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September 2015 Newsletter

Learning Support Parent Network

This group has now been established, and will welcome any parents who would like to know more about Learning Support and how it works in our school. 

We will meet once a term, with a focus on a particular aspect of Learning Support provision in the school.

The next meeting for our parent network will be on Monday 19 October at 7:00pm in the staffroom. 

The focus for this meeting will be to outline and discuss the process of qualifying for, and using Special Assessment conditions, such as reader/writer, use of a computer, rest breaks and extra time. 

This is particularly important to ensure that all students with any learning or physical difficulty have an equal chance to show their learning in assessment situations, as this support can have a significant impact on student results.

All welcome. If you have any queries about this meeting, please e-mail 


The group at Miri.

World Challenge Borneo Trip

by Mikayla Gillespie 11SC and Sam Gamble 11HG

World Challenge is an organisation that works in conjunction with schools to help students experience life in third world countries and to develop leadership, teamwork and decision making skills. 

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REMINDER: Notification of upcoming PPTA meeting

by Neil Haywood

Riccarton High School will be closing at 1:00pm on Wednesday 7 September, so that teachers who are PPTA/NZEI members are able attend a regional meeting to discuss the Government's current proposals on the resourcing of schools.

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Neil Haywood, Principal

Principal's Message

by Neil Haywood

We hope that you enjoy this newsletter in an updated format, which allows us to include more information, student achievements and photos of events.

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Culture committee Newspaper Fashion Show September 15th

Newspaper Fashion Show

by Karen Churchward

Held during lunchtime on September 18, the eight competing groups had half an hour to design and create their costumes.

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Sports Results

by David Biddick

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by Anne-Marie Plummer

Read on for reports and photos from our musical performances...

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Football Girls First XI

by Amira Abaza 13EM

This season was a huge step up for every one of the girls in the team.

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Dodgeball Tournament

by Karen Churchward

A Dodgeball tournament, organised by the Sports Committee, was held over three lunchtimes and included more than 80 teachers and students in 11 teams.

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Senior Art Portfolio Exhibition

by Amie Blackwell

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Avon River Field Trip 

by Jeff Gunn

As part of a study of an Education for Sustainability Achievement Standard, students visit various parts of the Avon River from source to the estuary to collect data about the rivers characteristics.

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The Senior A Netball team.

SISS Netball Tournament Timaru 2015

by Rachel Aitken 13EM and Julie Gillespie 13PL

On Sunday the 30th of August the Senior A netball team piled into a van and headed ALL the way to Timaru for the 2015 South Island Secondary Schools Netball Tournament.

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Performing Arts Awards

by Karen Churchward

Congratulations to all our students who received awards at the Arts assembly:

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Laura Wu stands next to her painting that was awarded first-equal place in the "Every Story Tells a Picture" competition.

“Every Story Tells a Picture” Art Competition

by Sally Blake

Riccarton High School student, Laura Wu 10NS, recently placed first equal in the Every Story Tells a Picture art competition. 

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Sophie Madsen (centre)  using a compass to find a track 

Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award

by Chris Stoop

Recently some senior students completed their adventurous activity training for their Gold and Silver awards.

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Student Representative on the Board of Trustees

by Karen Churchward

Congratulations to Andrew Eddy 11GN who has been elected as the student representative on the Board of Trustees. 

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Joe Ward at the radio station

Joe Ward hosts radio show

by Marty Bolger

Joe Ward 12RN recently started hosting his radio show The Big Joe Green Rap Show on plains FM 96.9. 

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Riccarton High International students at Kaikoura

International Student Homestays Needed

by Frances Couling

Host families are needed for our international students for 2016 and beyond.

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Student Success

by Karen Churchward

Emma McMorran 11CO has been selected by audition to represent the school in the 2015 National Secondary Schools' Brass Band. The band will meet in Auckland from Wednesday 7 to Monday 12 October for a training course which will conclude with two public concerts.

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Jaedyn Hanks 10TR modelling dive gear that a marine biologist brought in for careers show and tell.

FutureIntech Visit

by Emma Trott

Recently some of our Year 10 classes were visited by FutureIntech ambassadors. 

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Education Perfect Science Championships 2015

by Sharyn Varcoe

Congratulations to Aiden Morris 11HG for his achievement in the Education Perfect Science Championships 2015.

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There's an App for that!

by Dave Harris

Riccarton High School has an app called RHSone that is available for Android and IOS devices.

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2016 Peerswick Scholarship winners: Bridie McErlain from Avonhead Primary School and Jay Kang from Cobham Intermediate.

Peerswick Scholars 2016

by Karen Churchward

Two Peerswick Scholarships are awarded each year to a boy and girl in Year 8 who are coming to Riccarton High School in the following year.

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Sporting Success

by Joel Hammond

Congratulations to our high achievers on the sports fields.

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