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Riccarton High School

July 2020 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou

How wonderful it has been to return to some sense of normality of the last few weeks, with normal routines such as assemblies and sports practices finding their way back into the school calendar. I have also been impressed by the speed in which a significant majority of our students have quickly got themselves back into those routines supported through some excellent work by our staff and of course backed up by your efforts as parents and whānau at home.

Can I take this opportunity to thank those of you who responded to our survey regarding the distance learning experience under Covid levels 3 and 4. Some of the key themes coming through included your appreciation of our levels of communication throughout the lockdown, and the degree to which many of our teachers went the extra mile to support our learners. 

Of course, we also wanted to know about things that we could have done better, and once again some key themes came through, including the need for more guidance over what was expected from parents in relation to the learning taking place, and the fact that in some cases there appeared to be an imbalance between subject areas in terms of the amount of work being set. 

Overall, I believe that together we all did an amazing job, particularly knowing that we only had 48 hours to put things together! We have also learnt a lot from this experience and we continue to analyse feedback from both students, staff and you our parents, to ascertain what aspects need to be considered in future planning, including what opportunities there are for our students who tend to thrive in an independent learning environment even under normal circumstances.

I trust that you all find a bit of time over the holiday period for a well deserved break and I look forward to catching up with you in term 3.

Ngā mihi nui
Neil Haywood

Contents

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40 hour fundraising mission

by Danny McNeil

An impromptu video of a 40 hour mission as part of the 40 hour Famine to raise money for famine relief in Malawi.

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A warm welcome to our new Te Reo Kaiako

by RHS

We are looking forward to the pōwhiri for our new Te Reo Kaiako, Matua Ramon Roberts, on Tuesday 21 July.

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Second place for Future Problem Solver

by Hugh Ryan (9UTL)

When people talk about representing New Zealand; what leaps to mind? Many would think of the All Blacks, Silver Ferns or the Black Caps. Maybe even the Tall Blacks. One thing that doesn’t come to mind is Future Problem Solving. Yet, every year New Zealand representatives fly to the United States to compete in this competition.

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What we learned about ourselves in Lockdown!

by WMCY

Ms McCarthy’s Whanau class reflect on being home during lockdown.

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Video: Whanau class UHW: Mannequin Challenge completed!

UHW's Mannequin Challenge

by RHS

Whanau class UHW at the new Orohaki Outdoor Education Centre earlier in the week. Mannequin Challenge completed!

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Education Perfect Language Championships

by Anne Jacques

Congratulations to the following students who have achieved certificates in the Language Championships with Education Perfect:

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Riccarton International class of 2020

Riccarton International

by Frances Couling

Read the latest update from the Riccarton International department

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The Duke of Edinburgh Award

by Tanya Mapp

The Duke of Edinburgh Award creates opportunities for our young people to learn new skills and activities, and encourage them to be active in their community.

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School Mascot, Riccy the Racoon, checking out one of the books from RHS Book Club.

Library News

by Sally Blake

Year 9 Readers Cup 2020 Riccarton High competition

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Early morning milo

by Carole Lake

Winter is now upon us which means the mornings are often dark and cold. For those students who arrive at school early, E1 is now open as a warm place to hang out and milo is available for those students who would like a warm drink to start the day.

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Celebrating Pride Month at RHS

by Josh Bridgman

June 1 saw the beginning of pride month here at Riccarton High School and all over the world.

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Senior and Junior Reports

by Carole Lake

Both senior and junior reports will be emailed at the end of this term on 3 July.

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Student Achievement Interview Day - 6 August 2020

by Carole Lake

This Student Achievement Interview Day (SAID) will be held on Thursday 6 August from 9am-7pm.

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Invitation to Parent Focus Group - Monday 20 July

by Shane Morrow

The Education Review Office (ERO) are wanting to better understand parents’ perspectives of what they would like to see in ERO community reports that are published following their review of schools. They will be conducting a focus group here at Riccarton High School, to get feedback from our parent community.

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RHS PTA seeks new team members

by Shelly Toms-Elder

The Riccarton PTA seeks new parents to join us. The purpose of the PTA is to create a close association between parents and the school.

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Calendar

by RHS

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Riccarton High School 2021 Enrolment Information

by RHS

If you are considering enrolling your son or daughter for Year 9 in 2021, the close-off for applications is Friday 31 July. This includes all priority enrolments.

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Student survey

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The Government & Ministry of Social Development are conducting a survey that aims to understand what can be done to help school-leavers feel more confident in what to do when they leave school.

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Dropping off in the school grounds is not permitted

by RHS

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

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Signing in and out at Student Services

by Vivien McCaskey

Please remind your son/daughter, if they are arriving at school late, or leaving early, it is essential that they sign in and/or out at the Student Services office.

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Piano lessons

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Beginner piano or keyboard lessons, adults or children!! Lessons in a safe, warm environment in the Bishopdale area. $25 for 30 minute lessons. For more information text or phone 0273934544 Angela.

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