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Riccarton High School

July 2021 Newsletter

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I’m constantly reminded of what an amazing bunch of talented young men and women we have at Riccarton High School and this weeks major production; ‘Footloose’ is just one example not only of the skill and commitment significant numbers of our students display, but also of just how many opportunities are available to them. 

On the theme of ‘Footloose’, a special acknowledgement needs to be given to the students and staff who have been involved in putting this production together over the last five months. 

Being able to balance already busy schedules with endless hours of rehearsals is truly an amazing feat. Ka mau te wehi!

Board news

As mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter by our Board Chairperson, Janine Ogier, a warm welcome to two new parent representatives on the Board of Trustees; Natasha Austin and Angela Dowty. 

They join us at a very important and exciting time in the school’s history as we continue to prepare for our redevelopment work starting in 2022, in addition to completing work around reviewing our 3-5 year Strategic Plan and creating our first Strategic Plan for our amazing facility at Orohaki. 

I know that Natasha and Andrea will bring a lot to the important decisions that our Board will need to make over the next 12 months.

Thinking ahead

As we head towards the end of term 2 it also marks the time when our Year 13 students need to be thinking about their potential pathways for 2022. 

For those thinking about tertiary study, a reminder that there is a vast amount of scholarships that students can apply for, some of which have already opened.

My advice is:

Although our Government currently has the policy of ‘free fees’ for the first year in tertiary study many scholarships can be deferred until your second year. 

There are also scholarships which can assist you greatly if you are thinking about applying for a Halls of Residence. 

Applying for a scholarship can be a time consuming task . It can also reap great rewards so get onto it early!

Happy Holidays

Finally, can I wish everyone a restful break over the July holidays. 

2021 is very quickly passing us by and for our senior students that fact that there are only 14 weeks left in the school year before external exams serves as a timely reminder and a good opportunity to reflect on what needs to be achieved in that time.

Ngā mihi nui
Neil Haywood


Level 2 Hospitality

by Alex Schwass

A group of magnificent Level 2 Hospitality students volunteered their time to help out at the Middlepark Rest Home Fine Dining Extravaganza on Friday the 25th of June.

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Dates and Events

by RHS

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by RHS

2020 Head Student, Carmen Holdaway, has recently been awarded the 2021 Young Women In Public Affairs Award.

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Mums getting ready for the traditional dance presentation.

Cultural diversity activities: RHS Filipino celebrations

by Sharnali Tisi

Filipino Independence Day, also known as Araw ng Kalayaan, "Day of Freedom" is an annual national holiday and the biggest celebration in the Philippines observed on June 12, observing the declaration of Philippine independence from Spain in 1898.

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NCEA Language Days at UC

by Lydia Mills

Our Senior students learning Japanese and French recently spent the day at the University of Canterbury with hundreds of other language students from Canterbury.

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Whaiao Whare news

by Kalina Harmer-Campbell

Whaiao’s ‘Acts of Kindness’ challenge is in full swing with WEA currently leading the whānau class nominations.

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Carl Quiatchon UHM- First student to be acknowledged with the Spirit of Uranga Award.

by Heather Lindsay

Carl has been a key leader in driving positive class culture in UHM since they came together as a group.

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Pride Month 2021

by Kiera Brown and Rose Parkinson

Pride Month was celebrated in the month of June!

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Reports sent home for all students at the end of Term 2

by Shane Morrow

On Friday 9 July we will email out Achievement Reports for all students.

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RHS Book Club

by Sally Blake

The RHS Book Club meets twice a term in the Library to share all things bookish.

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Student Achievement Interview Day (SAID)

by Carole Lake

Thank you to everyone who came to this term's Student Achievement Interview Day held on Thursday, 27 May. Our next SAID will be held on Wednesday, 1 September (Term 3, Week 6) and will provide an opportunity to discuss progress to date, what is required for the rest of Term 3 and beyond, as well as discussions around course selection for 2022.

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Risingholme’s Evening Courses held at Riccarton High School

by Lynda Megson

Are you looking to learn or try something new?

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Sexuality Education - Year 9 and 10

by Kate Rowlands

Sexuality education is one of seven key areas of learning in the Health and Physical Education learning area of The New Zealand Curriculum.

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Emerging Leaders Conference

by Sarah Eaton

On Tuesday 29th June, a group of year 12 students attended the Emerging Leaders Conference at Christ’s College alongside 28 other schools in Christchurch.

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Message from the Board of Trustees

by Janine Ogier

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Humans of Riccarton - Carl Quiatchon

by M.A.D Elective

Carl Quiatchon is a year 12 student at Riccarton High School who is in this year’s school production of Footloose.

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Road Safety

by Shane Morrow

Both the Main South Road and Curletts Road entrances to Riccarton High School have pedestrian crossings which are controlled by traffic lights. In addition to these, there is a pedestrian crossing on Main South Road which staff and students from Te Kāpehu Riccarton School control with road patrol signs before and after school.

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Visit to Hamilton Jet

by Lou Heenan

On Tuesday 29 June, 8 Year 12 and 13 students got the opportunity to visit Hamilton Jet along with three students from Cashmere High School.

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by Rebecca Nicholson

Riccarton High School has signed up for the Government initiative to provide sanitary products in school for our female students.

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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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