Riccarton High School


Kia ora Koutou.

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2020 and for those students and whanau who are new to the school, it is wonderful to have you as part of the Riccarton family. Already we are at the halfway point in the term and it is amazing to see what has been achieved in the first few weeks of the year including:

  • The hiki te tapu (blessing) of our new outdoor education site at Orohaki. Junior classes will have an opportunity to use this great facility next term when they go on camp (details to follow)
  • A very successful ‘Big Arvo’ and Gala Day where our students fully embraced the spirit behind our new whare structure by dressing in their colours, showing a positive spirit and supporting each other through a range of challenges.
  • Successful gatherings for our Filipino and Pasifika families in addition more recently, to an opportunity for our Year 9 parents to meet their child’s subject teacher and whanau teacher.

Our provisional statistics from NCEA in 2019 are once again a cause for celebration, particularly when you add in the scholarship exams which saw scholarships awarded to;

  • Aislin Rogers in Biology (taught by Mrs Ross) and Statistics (taught by Ms Blissett)
  • Emily Ting in Biology (taught by Mrs Ross) and Chemistry (taught by Mrs Conyers)
  • Sangam Gaire in Chemistry (taught by Mrs Conyers)
  • Leah Albrow in Classics (taught by Mr Campbell)

Across all 3 levels of NCEA in 2019 there was an impressive number of high achievers with 200 students awarded either a merit or excellence endorsement. 

Overall statistics also continue to track above those for decile 4-7 schools throughout New Zealand despite the figures under NZQA’s reporting system now including everyone who is with us for at least 70 days whether they are doing a full NCEA course or not (for example, many of our English Language Learners are not entered into a full NCEA course for obvious reasons).

Finally, a reminder about our Learner Hui on Tuesday 10 March

Under our new whare structure in 2020 this is an opportunity to sit down with your child and their whanau teacher and not only discuss how things have started for them this year but also to have conversation around goals for the remainder of 2020.  

Check out the link to ‘School Interviews’ in the email sent to you. We look forward to seeing you there!

Neil Haywood
Principal


  1. Riccarton High School Library

    Our school library is like no other, it is a public library as well as a school library and open to everyone, students and families. Read more…
  2. Upcoming events

    Culture Festival - 4:30pm-8:00pm, in the hall.Volleyball Mainland Champs (to Sunday 8 March) NZ Young Physicists Tournament - ... Read more…
  3. Learner Hui - next Tuesday 10 March

    A reminder that the Learner Hui is being held on Tuesday 10 March, from 8:30am - 6:30pm. All parents/caregivers are invited to attend ... Read more…
  4. Video: Gala Day 2020!

    Gala day was a successful and fun day for all staff and students! Read more…
  5. Touch Tournament

    Brooke Mathie (Year 11) and Ella Ross (Year 11) represented Canterbury in Canterbury’s U16 Mixed Touch team, from 13 - 17 February. Read more…
  6. Mana Toroa

    Nau Mai ki te tau hou! This Executive committee has started off strong this year. Read more…
  7. This Year’s Leadership Assembly

    This year Riccarton High’s seniors have officially stepped up into leadership roles. Read more…
  8. Riccarton International

    We’re starting off the year with a nice, round total of 50 international students - here for both long and short term enrolment ... Read more…
  9. Riccarton Rowing

    Grace McConnell (Year 11) and Eva Franicevic (Year 11) have taken to the water this summer by getting involved in rowing. Read more…
  10. Kohanga Ako

    In KKG (Ms King) there are five new students. One girl, Briana, and four boys; Alex, Connor, Ozaer and Jubaer (identical twins). Read more…
  11. 2019 NCEA Scholarship examinations

    Congratulations to the following students on their successful results in the 2019 NCEA Scholarship examinations: Read more…
  12. Textbook Amnesty

    Any textbooks that are no longer being used can be returned to the main office, no questions asked. Read more…
  13. Second-hand uniform sale

    The PTA will hold a pop-up Second Hand clothing sale on Thursday 19th March from 3:00-4:00pm,in the office foyer. Read more…
  14. Dropping off in the school grounds is not permitted

    We are quite concerned that a number of parents are driving through the school grounds to drop-off and pick-up their young people. Read more…