Riccarton High School


Kia ora Koutou

Today marks the end of the school year and this afternoon we come together after a particularly challenging 2020 to celebrate and acknowledge a large number of our junior students not only for their academic success and effort but also outstanding leadership, citizenship and service. 

They have achieved remarkable things in the face of adversity. 

It’s not just the prize winners who deserve the accolades however- as a school community we have displayed a tremendous amount of resiliency this year and for that reason I think that we are all winners!

There are many things which make me incredibly proud to be the Principal of Riccarton High School. 

One of these is when I receive positive feedback from members of the public regarding the conduct of our young men and women. 

Last week our junior girls and boys volleyball teams travelled to Invercargill to compete in the South Island Championships (you will find the results elsewhere in our newsletter). 

The owners of the accommodation these players occupied for four days recently shared their absolute delight in the way in which our students behaved commenting that they were “by far the best school that they had ever hosted’” who left the facilities “spotlessly clean” when they departed. 

To me, this speaks volumes about the team culture which has been created and the degree to which our students embrace our Riccarton Way values even outside of school. Well done to all involved including our coaching team.

My focus is now starting to turn to 2021 with a number of exciting elements already being planned for. 

In terms of our Redevelopment Project, starting in late January we begin the process of preliminary design work which, as previously mentioned by our Board Chairperson, will see refurbishment of many of our older buildings and the construction not only of a new teaching block but also a new Whare. 

The design phase is likely to take most of next year with actual construction work scheduled to start (in stages) in the second quarter of 2022. We look forward to finally entering the design phase and we will keep you up to date with progress.

Finally, can I wish you a happy and relaxing break over the festive season. I think we all deserve it! I look forward to catching up in 2021.

Mere Kirihimete!

Neil Haywood
Principal


  1. Pō Whakanui

    The celebration of success for our Māori students was held this term on the 3rd of November. With about 100 whānau members, students ... Read more…
  2. Beginning of year dates and events 2021

    Wishing a safe and happy holiday season to our whanau and friends! Below are some key dates and times to make the beginning of 2021 as ... Read more…
  3. Junior Prizegiving

    Congratulations to all our Junior prizewinners and the winners of our special awards: Read more…
  4. Scholarship winners

    Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship winners. Read more…
  5. FREE BREAK-AWAY JANUARY HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

    Youthtown want invite our students on a FREE Break-Away Holiday Programmes for the upcoming January Summer Holidays! Read more…
  6. Trade taster day

    A small group of Year 10 students headed out to the Southern Institute of Technology for the day experiencing two trades each. Read more…
  7. Badminton

    The South Island Secondary Schools Junior Badminton Tournament was held in Christchurch on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 November. Read more…
  8. Celebrating Success

    Congratulations to George Grundy UBB, for winning first place in the CETA Flash Fiction Competition. Here is his entry: Read more…
  9. Staff farewells

    We recently farewelled several staff. Read more…
  10. Orohaki

    Junior Camps at Orohaki have now finished for the year. A huge thank you to the Orohaki camp staff for their dedication to a whole new ... Read more…
  11. Media Project

    A few weeks ago two of our students had the opportunity to work on a media project, where they created videos for the Ministry of ... Read more…
  12. Theatresports

    On Sunday 22nd November one of our two junior Theatresports teams performed in the 2020 south island junior Theatresports final. Read more…
  13. Student success

    Our Head Student Carmen Holdaway, was a keynote speaker at the National Women in Public Sector Summit 2020, where she presented her ... Read more…
  14. MindPlus students have fun in Science lab

    Recently students from MindPlus visited a Science Lab and completed some fun and fabulous chemistry experiments. Read more…
  15. Badminton

    Riccarton High School entered a boys and a girls team into the South Island Secondary Schools Junior Badminton Tournament, held in ... Read more…
  16. Student hui

    The final Māori student hui for this year was held on the 17th of November, led by our Mana Toroa ākonga, who took the junior students ... Read more…
  17. Marae Visits

    Following the successful visits by Year 9 to Te Wheke, the marae at Rapaki, our Year 10s have all spent some time at Te Whatumanawa ... Read more…
  18. BYOD (Bring your own device)

    All students are expected to bring their own BYOD device to school, fully charged and ready to use, every day. Read more…
  19. Uniform

    We are proud of our uniform and wearing it correctly with pride demonstrates respect for our Riccarton Way. All students must wear the ... Read more…