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Riccarton High School

December 2018 Newsletter

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Koutou.

Welcome to our last newsletter for the year. As I look back on 2018, there is much cause for celebration. 

Two key highlights for me (from a long list!) would have to be having the privilege of hosting over 1,000 people during the Regional Ngā Manu Korero Speech Contest in June; an event which proved to be an invaluable professional learning opportunity for our staff and one which saw our own Thomas Chin qualify for the national competition in September.

Secondly, was to receive a very pleasing report from the Education Review Office after their visit in August (you can find the full report on our website). Although there are always things for us to be working on, to receive a 4-5 year review from ERO with specific comments around our recent initiatives, focus on student and staff well being and multiple opportunities for students to learn, achieve and serve are all things that we can be proud of.

I also think that Riccarton High School can be proud of the way it goes looking for opportunities which will create a better learning experience for our students and staff. 

Recently we were chosen as one of only five schools in New Zealand to join a week-long trip to Hangzhou, China with an initiative funded by the Ministry of Business and Innovation. Science Teacher Emma Trott accompanied me on the trip, visiting schools, presenting to Education Bureau officials, engaging in various cultural experiences as well as creating a new sister school relationship with Hangzhou Binhe Middle School. We came away from the trip with some exciting new opportunities particularly around Science, Maths, Technology and the Arts. A signed formal agreement with our new sister school will not only mean regular communication over pedagogical practice and a focus on what the two schools can learn from each other, but also, opportunities for our students to study and our staff to teach in Hangzhou for short periods of time in the near future.

It has also been wonderful to see our junior students embracing the opportunity to exhibit some of those key Riccarton Way values associated with our Workday. This day also provides the opportunity to raise funds for something purposeful which can benefit large numbers of students. At last count they have raised over $10,000 which will go towards outdoor play/games equipment and I look forward to working with the School Council as we decide specifically what the money will be spent on.

Finally, can I thank you all for your support in 2018. Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Christmas. To those parents who have students leaving us - thank you for your contribution and interest in your child’s education while they have been with us. To the rest, I look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Neil Haywood



Charmaine Lam – Girls’ General Excellence; Apoorva Patelkhana – Academic Excellence and Proxime Accessit; Francesca Zhang - Top Academic Student and Dux; Joshua Paul – Boys’ General Excellence

Senior Prizegiving 2018

by RHS

Congratulations to our senior students who were presented with awards at Senior Prizegiving:

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Celebrating 60 years of Riccarton High School.

by Aiden Ireland

Riccarton High School has just celebrated its Diamond Jubilee, with a gathering of past and present students and teachers from throughout Riccarton's history.

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Gallery - 2018 poroporoaki

by RHS

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Canterbury Junior Volleyball Championships

by Chris Nielsen

Five teams represented Riccarton High School in the tournament that was played over three days in November.

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Digital tikanga magnet

Device Advice Term 4

by Sharyn Varcoe

Earlier this term our junior school was lucky to host an Attitude presentation for the second time this year.

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Did you know...?

by RHS

Dental care is free for all teens from year 9 up until their 18th birthday.

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L3 Painting folios

Canterbury Secondary Schools Art Competition

by Bree Smith

The Visual Arts Department is working to make the visual mahi of our students more visible. On Thursday 6th September we celebrated the entry of three of our Level 3 painting students to the Canterbury Secondary Schools Art Competition.

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UC Art History Day

Level 3 Art History

by Bree Smith

In August students from the Level 3 Art History class were given the opportunity to attend Art History Day at The University of Canterbury, with their teacher, Ms Bree Smith.

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Winter uniform

Second-hand uniforms sales in December and January

by Janine Ogier

The PTA will be holding another second-hand uniform sales in the school hall over the summer: Saturday 19 January 9:00am-11:00am.

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Beginning of year dates and events 2019

by RHS

Click here for school start dates and events up until 6 February.

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Library News

by Sally Blake

Once again we have a fantastic display of student work in the library. This time it is from the Yr13 Graphics class showcasing their design work in Architecture and Product Design

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Children's Badminton

by RHS

Bishopdale YMCA

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University Scholarships

by Courtney Watson

A huge congratulations to the deserving students from Riccarton High School who received scholarships from universities across New Zealand.

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Hannah Spragg

Peerswick Scholarship

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Congratulations to Hannah Spragg from Yaldhurst Model School, who has been awarded the Peerswick Cultural scholarship, worth $1,000.

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9ESL's collaborative cooking

by Carla Martin

As part of a Food unit, students in 9ESL planned, prepared, cooked, presented and ate food from each other’s countries.

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Sporting Success

by Joel Hammond

Congratulations to Erin Wood who has been selected for the Canterbury U18 Mixed touch team this year. She will be competing in the Nationals in Rotorua in the first week of February.

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