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June 2021 Newsletter

As I write my comment for our newsletter, the state of Victoria in Australia heads into another lockdown; a timely reminder that not only does Covid-19 still have a sting in its tail in this part of the world, but also that we cannot afford to be complacent. In the context of Riccarton High School, it means maintaining good habits around hygiene, and staying home if feeling unwell. For our visitors to the school, including whānau, it means continuing to use the contact tracing app.

The first half of this term has certainly been a busy one. It was wonderful to be able to host 240 Year 8 students from our main contributing schools at the beginning of May, as they spent a day engaging in activities with our staff and some of our students. Providing an opportunity for these year 8 students to get a ‘taste’ of High School life continues to be popular and we have received some excellent feedback. Well done to everyone involved.

Our Open Evening also generated some very positive feedback with approximately 700 people exploring our various learning areas and engaging with both students and staff. The most common comment from our visitors was about our passionate teachers and outstanding student ambassadors.

E mihi ana ki a koutou I te mahi mī haro nei. Amazing work by all.

Feedback form our Open Evening has certainly reinforced the strong and positive reputation that we have in our wider community. It also reinforced the fact that for many out-of-zone families looking to enrol in 2022, their chances are diminishing as our in-zone numbers grow and the number of out-of-zone places offered decreases (as a result of a directive by the Ministry of Education). We certainly understand the disappointment that many of these families will feel, however, it is something that remains beyond our control.

Work on planning our redevelopment project, scheduled to start in 2022, continues to move forward. We are currently in the preliminary design phase, and we have received some positive feedback form the Ministry of Education’s Design Review Panel. We hope that this stage will be complete by the end of June before a fuller design brief is created, which includes such things as what materials will be used. In terms of ‘new’ buildings, plans for a 12-classroom block and whare are being completed in addition to redevelopment work on a number of existing buildings. I hope to bring you more specific details in the near future.

Finally, as a result of being awarded a TeachNZ sabbatical, I am looking forward to taking time in term 3 to explore how we can better utilise student voice as a way of enhancing our students’ experience at Riccarton High School; particularly important when we have such diversity within our student population. My thanks to the Board of Trustees for supporting my leave of absence, providing me not only with an opportunity to extend my professional learning, but also in the long-term benefit of our ākonga. During this time, the school will be left in the capable hands of Lisa Heald as Acting Principal.


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Whaiao Whare Update

by Kalina Harmer-Campbell

In Whaiao we have a carved whare taonga, ‘The Spirit of Whaiao’, that is awarded at our whare assemblies.

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by Sally Blake

League of Legends has become the latest new New Zealand high school sport. Already there are 80 schools enrolled and more than 1000 students playing, this is a lot for the first year of a new sport.

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PISA Testing

by Carole Lake

Riccarton High School has been selected to take part in PISA 2021, one of the world's largest education research studies. Its aim is to help governments around the world understand how well their education system is preparing children for success and informed citizenship after finishing school.

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Dates and Events

by RHS

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Physics Comp

by Sue Napier

A team of three Year 13 students, Ruby Tan, Tina Lin and Aaron McInnes competed in the New Zealand Young Physicists Tournament (NZYPT) 2021 which took place on the 29th of May representing Riccarton High School.

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Eid-al-Fitr celebration

by Sharnali Tisi

The Eid al Fitr is one of the most important celebrations for the Muslim community all over the world. It comes at the end of the month-long dawn-to-dusk fasting of Ramadan, and so in popular culture it is also known as the “festival of breaking fast”.

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International News

by Lorna Biddington

While Ms. Couling is on leave enjoying this special time, Lorna Biddington (EAL teacher and International academic Advisor) will be in part-time to support the International team.

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Riccarton High School presents Footloose!

by RHS

Riccarton High School are excited to announce the upcoming school production of ‘Footloose’ coming in Week 9 of Term 2.

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Uranga Whare news

by Heather Lindsay

This year Uranga has an amazing and dedicated team of nine student leaders, ably led by our magnificent Manukura Ella Robinson and Brae Hamilton-Currey.

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Maths Competition

by June Milne

A free online competition open for all high school students in Mathematics and Physics is being be held on July 15th 2021.

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Native tree planting project at Orohaki

by John Steeds

Recently the school embarked on a native tree planting project at the school campsite, Orohaki, near Oxford.

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Encouraging school attendance

by Shane Morrow

It is no surprise that the New Zealand Ministry of Education (2021) states that “student attendance and engagement are critical factors relating to student achievement”. This is also our experience at Riccarton High School.

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ATATŪ Whare News

by Sophie and Spencer (Manukura)

After seeing amazing commitment to the start of year events, we knew we were working with an awesome bunch.

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Kōtuhi Whare News

by Emma Cusdin

It’s been a great first half of the term for Kōtuhi.

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PTA Pop-Up second-hand uniform sale

by RHS

Wednesday 30 June, 3:15 start, in the reception area of the main admin block.

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Words from a teenager

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Winter uniform

Keeping warm this winter

by Rebecca Nicholson

With winter now here, we thought it was a good time to outline what students can do to keep themselves warm in the colder weather.

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Careers Expo 2021

New Zealand Careers Expo

by Lou Heenan

On Friday 14 May, over 400 Year 12 and 13 students attended the New Zealand Careers Expo at the Christchurch Arena.

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Riccarton High School 2023 Enrolment Information

by RHS

If you are considering enrolling your son or daughter for Year 9 in 2023, the close-off for applications is Friday 30 July. This includes all priority enrolments.

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