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Riccarton High School

December 2017 Newsletter

Kia ora Koutou.

As we head towards the end of the school year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank a range of people for their contribution in 2017: to our wonderful students, dedicated staff and supportive parents/whanau - we appreciate all that you bring to Riccarton High School, making it the special place that it is.

Thank you also to those parents/whanau, who took time recently to provide us with feedback as we work to create our Education Brief that in turn will be used as the basis for some redevelopment work to occur over the next few years. 

From the feedback we received, it has been reassuring to know that so much of what we do at the school is not only appreciated but it is also ‘on the mark’ in terms of what we are aiming to achieve with our students. That is not to say that we are perfect. 

The survey also identified some areas that we need to reflect upon going forward, particularly in the areas of communication, provision for dealing with our culturally diverse community, and the way we use physical spaces around the school.

Enjoy reading through our last newsletter for the year. I do recommend that you take time to read the letter by our very own Andrea Andrews who is also part of the negotiating team working with the Government to try and achieve pay equity for Teacher Aides. This group of people who traditionally have been undervalued on a national scale, do an incredible job dealing with complex behaviours on a daily basis as they work to support our teachers and students inside and outside of the classroom. We wish them well in their negotiations.

Best wishes to you all for a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. 

I hope that you get a chance to relax, refresh, recharge and take time with family and friends while enjoying all the good things that the summer brings!

Neil Haywood



Video: Te Kapa o Putaringamotu | Riccarton HS Kapa Haka 2017

Kapa Haka Putaringamotu

by RHS

Te Kapa Haka o Putaringamotu performing at the 2017 Regional Secondary Schools Kapa Haka competition October 2107.

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Board News

by Alan Aitken, Board Chair

For a range of generally positive reasons our school is at a crossroad. The board is facing a series of once-in-a-generation decisions, which is an exciting prospect for us all.

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SPORT - Important Dates

by David Biddick

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Nga tangata

Beginning of year 2018

by RHS

Important dates and events from January 20 - February 6 2018.

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by Andrea Andrews

Andrea Andrews recently presented an open letter at the NZEI Annual Conference about pay equity and what it would mean for her as a person. Here is her letter.

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The Environment Committee

by Kate Stedman, Year 13

The Environment committee had a fantastic run this year that started with getting the school involved in volunteer activities with the Christchurch City Council and Trees for Canterbury and ended the year with their mural being put up above the staff room entrance just in time for term 4. 

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City Mission collection

by Brearna Summers, 10NI

Recently 10NI held a City Mission collection. Students were able to donate money, clothing, toiletries and food. 

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Kapa Haka

by Melanie Aitken, Year 12

Kapa Haka in 2017 started off with huge numbers and enthusiasm which carried throughout the year. 

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Future Problem Solver

by RHS

Congratulations to Leah Albrow who has been invited to compete in the FPS International Conference in the USA in 2018.

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Kohanga Ako – Athletics Day

by Tanya Bennett

On the 1st of November Kohanga Ako attended the Christchurch Special Olympics Athletics Day at Rawhiti Domain. While the sun decided not to turn out a great day was had by all and Riccarton High School well very well represented.

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O’Connor learning to TIG weld at Hamilton Jet Marine Division with Colin
overseeing the process. 

School and Community Partnerships in the Hard Materials Workshop

by Andrew Regaldo

As a number of our students have been developing projects that involve intricate work that the workshop doesn’t have the facilities to accomplish, we have approached companies in the community to help us out. These companies have opened their doors to our students, in some cases allowing them to learn onsite.

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Message and Request from Mr Dave Biddick, Sports Director

by Paul Johnston

The school is looking for an adult who understands the basics of radio control, rigging sails and racing yachts to lead the Radio Yachting group, and a second adult to support the leader. 

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Staff Farewells

by David Tapp

We farewell the following staff: Mary Edmundson, Joanne Thomson, Philippa Rendall, Fiona McDonald, Joe Gallagher, Helen Jermy, Graham Henderson, Anna Willows, Ripeka Tamepo, Sue Julian and David Tapp.

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Junior Showcase, December 7 at 7:00pm.

by RHS

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Sporting Success

by RHS

Congratulations to all our students who have achieved on the sports fields recently:

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Art News

by Amie Blackwell

A round-up of some of the happenings in the Art department this term.

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Fees-free tertiary education

by Vanessa Kidd

Fees-free tertiary education and industry training is now a reality for first-time students enrolling in courses for 2018. 

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Congratulations to our top prize winners

by RHS

This year, the top awards went to Shauna Lionnet (Proxime Accessit) and Kate Stedman (top student and Dux).

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PTA Update

by Wendy McLintock

The PTA would like to thank all families for their support during the year and we wish you all a Safe and Merry Christmas and New Year.

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Winter uniform


by Wendy McLintock, PTA Chair

The PTA sells second-hand uniforms on behalf of families and will be holding two uniform sales - 9th December 2017 9:00am - 11:00am and 20th January 2018 9:00am – 11:00am in the school hall. 

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Foundation day

by David Tapp

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2017 Library Service students enjoying a pizza lunch and with their thank you gifts from the School Library staff.


by Sally Blake

A massive thank you to all of the students who helped in the Library this year. 

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Wakefield reading out one of the soldier’s stories at Passchendaele Memorial Ceremony.

Passchendaele Memorial Ceremony

by Sally Blake

Over the last year, students from Riccarton High have been researching soldiers who are named on the Honors Board in the Riccarton Memorial Library.

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Level 2 Physics flight

by Joshua Daglish

On the last day of October, a group of lucky level 2 students from both Physics classes got the opportunity to have an educational flight over Christchurch and Lyttelton Harbour.

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Powering Potential

by Sharyn Varcoe

Congratulations to Vanessa Ye (12IT) and Kate Stedman (13SN) who have been accepted for Powering Potential this year. 

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RHS success at Evolocity

by Sue Napier

A team led by Matthew Woermann competed in the Regional Evolocity competition, where they had to design and construct an electric vehicle. 

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Yan Gong

RHS student awarded $10,000 UC International scholarship

by RHS

Congratulations to Yan Gong, who has been offered one of the UC International First Year Scholarships to assist with his university studies next year. Yan is one of only twenty-five students worldwide to receive the scholarship that recognises and supports top-achieving international students. 

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