Papanui High School Review 2008
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Culture - Writing / Speech 97 Awards
Papanui High School Staff 2008 Teaching and Administration Staff Mr L. Abbott, BA,DipTchg Ms J. Ainsworth, PGDEPD B.Tchg & Lng,AdDipSp Needs Ms L. Archer, BCApSc,Dip Tchg Mrs A. Attwood, IPS,JEB WPTChrs Dip, DipSpec.Subjects, ChCh College of Ed Trained Tchrs Dip Mr K. Barron, BSc(Hons),Grad Dip Tchg Ms B. Bridge, BA,DipTchg Mrs R. Brodie, DipPhysEd,DipTchg Ms S. Brydges-JONES, BA,DipTchg, Grad Dip Mgmt Mrs A. Bunnage , BFA, Dip Tchg Mr J. Calvert, BSc,BA(Hons),DipTchg Mr G. Campbell, BA,DipTchg Mrs Y. Cargill, AC, IPSDipSpecialist Subjects Mr D. Carmody, BEd,Grad DipTchg Mr G. Case, ATC,DipTchg,Dip Specialist Subjects Ms E. Cashion, DipTchg, BTchLng, Grad Dip Mgmt
Ms L. Chapman, DipTchg, B Com, M.Ed Miss S. Charteris, BCom - Dble Major Economics & Mktng, (Lincoln),Dip Tchg Miss A. Cherkaoui, MA French, Grad DipTchg Ms J. Chinnery, BSpLS (Sport and Leisure Studies), BLS B Leisure Studies, DipTchg Miss J. Coleman, Dip H/Ec, Adv DipTchg, Dip Spec. Subjects Ms A. Connon, B FA, DipTchg Mrs N. Conyers, BSc(Hons) PGCE
Assistant Head of English RTLB Dean Year 11,Assistant HOD Food & Textile Tech HOD Commerce,Co-ord.Adult & Comm Ed, NZQA Principalâ€™s Nominee Science,Physics Reading Development/Supported Learning, Teacher Librarian Careers HOD Mathematics Art (Relieving Terms 2-4) Mathematics Music Accounting, Alumini Association Study Class, RWS Technology (On Leave 2008) Careers, Transition, Snr Curriculum & Snr Course Tutor Mathematics, Specialist Classroom Teacher Supported Learning French Health & Physical Education HOD Food & Textile Tech, City & Guilds Level 3-4 Visual Art (Digital Media) Assistant HOD Science, Chemistry
Mr B. Cresswell, DipTchg, BA (Hons) Mrs L. Crooks, TTC Mr B. Dalkie, ATC, TTC, DipTchg, Dip Specialist Subjects Ms A. Davis, BA, MEd, DipTchg, Cert in Counselling Mrs A. Donaldson, BSc (Biochemistry), Grad DipEd Mrs J. Dwan, BA, DipEd, MEd Mrs R. Fearnley, B.Ed, DipTchg Mr J. Finlayson, B.Ed,DipTchg Mrs M. Flyvbjerg, M.Ed with Cert in Counsel., DipTchg, DipPE Mrs Y. Foster, MEd (Certificate in Couselling), DipTchg Mr B. Frost, NZCE (Elect), Reg Eng Assoc, Grad Dip T&L Mrs A. Gallop, NDBE, DipTchg, Dip Specialist Subjects Mr P. Gill, BEd (Hons) St Johns, York Miss S. Gilmore, BA, Grad DipT&L Mrs A. Goodfellow, BA, CELTA, ATCL Speech & Drama Mr T. Grocott, BA,DipTchg Mr G. Hall, BSc(Hons), DipTchg
Mrs N. Marshall, BPhEd, DipTchg Miss A. Martin, BA, DipTchg Mrs P. McComb , NZCS, Dip Med Lab Sci, Grad DipTchg Miss R. McConnel, BEd, Grad DipTchg
Counsellor Science, Electronics, Physics,Technology Commerce, Graphics Dean Year 12, Mathematics English ESOL Asst Principal,Snr Manager, Yr12, History,Social Studies, Professional Development Science, Junior Technology, Data Reporting Manager, Specialist Classroom Teacher Commerce, Computing, Kamar Support (On leave 2008) Assistant HOD Design/Tech,Graphics Geography, Social Studies, Tourism ESOL English Supported Learning Technology HOD ESOL & Languages HOD Science Counsellor HOD Outdoor Education, Health & Physical Education HOD of Health and Physical Education Co-HOD English, Year 11 Academic Tutor Science, Biology TIC Sport,Community Living,Food & Nutrition,Technology
Mr M. Hart, BCom, BSc, Grad Dip Tchg Mr A. Hill, BPhysEd, DipTchg Mr J. Hill, DipFA, DipTch, BA Arts Management Ms L. Hull, BSc(Hons), PGCE Mr T. Humphreys, BEd (Massey), DipTchg,NZ & Ontario, (Canada) T.Cert, Cambridge Cert ESOL Ms M. Jack, MA, DipTchg Mr M. Jenkins , BA, DipTchg Mrs C. Johnson, B.Ed (Hons) Design & Technology, BTec Nat Cert - Business Studies Mr M. Jones, MAppLing, BA, DipTchg, CELTA Mrs J. Land, BSc (Hons) Chem., Certificate of Education Mr R. Macdonald, MEd, Cert in Counselling, Dip Tchng, Dip P.E. Miss C. Major, BPhEd, DipTchg
Dean Year 10, Assistant HOD Mathematics Technology, Catering HOD Des & Tech, OED, Graphics Director Student Support Services, TIC ORRS Science, Biology, Chemistry Co-HOD English, Junior Curriculum Physical Education, Health Physical Education, Health International Student Director
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Mrs R. McCulloch, BA (Hons) Fash. Design, Grad Dip Tchg Ms H. McMillan, BA, Dip Tchg Mr D. McMurtrie, BA, DipPhysEd, DipTchg Mrs D. McMurtrie, BA, DipTchg Mrs A. Milner, SRD, HCIMA, FRSH(UK), DipTchg,Tech., Tchg Dip.City & Guilds Hotel & Cater. Mrs M. Mizusawa, BA, PG Dip TJFL, DipTchg Miss F. Mortimer, BEd, DipTchg Mrs J. Nichol, DipPE, DigTchg Mr J. Parsons, BA, DipEd, DipTchg, Cert Trinity TESOL Mrs. L. Parsons, BA, DipTchg Ms K. Pattinson, BEd, DipTchg Mr P. Peawini, BEd, DipTchg, Sport Performance, Outdoor Education Mrs C. Pentecost, BSc(Tech), DipSport & Rec, DMLT, DipTchg Mrs C. Petrie , BA,DipTchg
Mr D. Pitt, DipTchg, DipJazzPerformance Mr F. Poskitt, BSc, DipTchg Mr D. Pyatt, MA(Hons),DipEd Man, DipTchg Mrs J. Preddy, Advanced DipEd, DipTchg-Special Needs Miss R. Stark, B.Sc.,DipTchg Mrs R. Rees, DHSC, Grad Dip T&L Mr A. Reid, BA, Dip Theatre Studies, DipTchg Mrs L. Riddler, BA, CELTA, DipTchg Mrs R. Roberts, BA, DipTchng Miss J. Scott, BA Maths, Grad DipTchg Mrs S. Scott, B.Ed, DipTchng Mrs J. Shalders, BSc, DipTchg Mr L. Shanks, TTC Cert Mr J. Smith, BPhysEd,Dip Tchg Mr M. Soltero, AA(Graphic Design San Francisco), B. Design Mrs T. Spite, BA, GradDipTchg, Dip G.Psych Ms K. St Guillaume, M.Mus, LTCL, DipTchg Mrs F. Stewart, BA, DipTESOL, DipTchg Mr J. Stewart, BSc,DipTchg Miss R. Stewart, BFA (Hons), DipTchg
Art & Design English (On leave 2008) HOD Social Studies, Tourism, Geography HOD History & Classical Studies, CoOrdinator of PEP Programme Catering, Food & Nutrition, Technology Japanese Health & Physical Education Physical Education, Health,International Dean English, Student Teacher Liaison, Review Social Studies, History (Terms 1 & 2) Dean Year 9, Physical Education, TIC Health Physical Education, Maori Performing Arts Assistant HOD Science, TIC Biology Assistant Principal, Head of Junior School, Social Studies HOD Music Assistant HOD Maths Principal Kimi Ora Unit Science Food & Nutrition Textiles, Technology Dean Year 13, Drama, EEO Adult ESOL English Mathematics HOD Kimi Ora Unit Biology, Science Technology Deputy Principal,Senior Manager Year 11, PE HOD Visual Art HOD Supported Learning, English Music Adult ESOL Science, Biology Art
Mr C. Stoddart, BSc, DipTchg Miss J. Stokes, BA, DipTchg Ms S. Sullivan, BA(Hons) Mr M. Tapp, BSC, DipTchg Ms A. Taylor, DipTchg, Grad Dip Bilingual, & Immersion Teaching, BA (Hons) Ms A. Taylor, BSc(Hons), Grad DipTchg Mr L. Thompson, Tohu Matauranga Mr J. Thomson, Bsc(Hons), DipTchg(Sec) Mr M. Vannoort, BSc, Dip Tchg, Dip Ed Man, MEd. Miss J. Versteeg, BA, DipTchg Ms M. Wall, BA, DipTchg Mrs M. Warne, BA, LTCL, DipTchg Mr J. Warren, BCom, DipTchg Mr P. Washbourn, BPhEd, DipTchg Mrs J. Welch, MA, Grad DipTchg Mrs B. Welsh, BA,DipTchg Mrs. J. West, BSc, DipTchg Mr J. Whelan, DipPhysEd, Higher DipTchg-Special Needs Miss C. Williams, B.Ed Specialising PE, DipTchg & Learning Ms M. Williams, BSc, BEd, DipTchg Ms T. Williams, Dip Consumer Applied Science, DipTOL Miss A. Willmott, BA, Grad DipT&L, DipTchg Ms. J. Woods , BA(Hons), DipTchg
TIC Geography/Tourism, RAFA Co-ordinator, Assessment Leadership Team, English ESOL Mathematics HOD Maori Science Maori (On leave 2008) Assistant HOD Mathematics Deputy Principal, Senior Manager Y10, Mathematics/PE HOD Drama English Social Studies, History Assistant HOD Commerce Physical Education, Outdoor Education History, Classical Studies, Social Studies Associate Principal, Senior Manager Year 9, English (On Leave 2008) Asst HOD Supported Learning, English, Social Studies Social Science, Tourism, Geography Study Class, Mathematics, Supported Learning Food & Textile Technology Mathematics English
Administration - Dept Assistant Teacher Aide, Kimi Ora Database, Administration Teacher Aide Word Processing, Administration Teacher Aide, Kimi Ora Student Support Administration Teacher Aide Asst Technician, Science Library Assistant Arts Co-Ordinator
Miss N. Austin Mrs K. Bird Mrs C Boyle Mrs W. Bristow, Teacher Aide Certificate Mrs K. Brown Mrs L. Burge Mrs Y. Busson Miss H. Cattell Mrs S. Cooksley, NZCS, Cert Level Microbiology Mrs K. Couch Ms M. Davison, BA Anthropology & Drama, TEFL (CELTA), Post Grad Expression in Educ.(Spain)
Continued Mrs D. Dencker
Mr J. Foster Mrs C. Garrett, BSc, DipTchg Ms B. Gemmell Mrs S. Gibson Mrs B. Gordon Mrs F. Harkness Mrs J. Harris,Dip Tchg Mrs. B. Higgins, BA Geography, Grad DipTchg (Sec) Mrs. D. Hoskin Ms D. Hunter, DipTch Pract. Mrs. M. Kinzett
Mrs L. Loughnan, Cert Teacher Aid (Massey) Ms W. Matthews, MNZIM (Member of NZ Institute of Management) Ms E. Mclean Mrs M. Miles, Diploma in Therapeutic Massage Mrs L. Morell Mrs C. Mulligan Miss T. Nikora Mr M. Nuth Mrs G. Parlane Mr B. Parrant Mr J. Popenhagen Mr K. Rae, B. Rec Mgmt Ms A. Regan, MA, DipTchg, CELTA Mrs H. Robertson, D.Ed, DipTchg Mrs S. Rockhouse Mrs B. Roper Mr D. Ruddle, B.Ed Mr C. Seagar, B.Sc, Dip Tchg. Mr A. Smith, NZ Cert Science Mrs P. Stewart Miss K. Tausili Mr D. Thew, Teachers Cert, Tai Chi Chuan Ms T. Verschoor, NZ Library Studies Cert, RLIANZA Mr P. Walker Mrs J. Walmsley Mrs K. Watson Mr R. Watson, BA Ed & Psychology
International Students, Administration Grounds Maintenance Assistant RAFA Mentor Student Placement Officer Cleaner Gateway Coordinator Staffroom Attendant Teacher Aide, Kimi Ora Teacher Aide Office Reception, Creditors Administration Teacher Aide, Kimi Ora International Students Home-stay Co-ordinator Teacher Aide, Successmaker Executive Officer Kaiawhina First Aide, Administration Student Office, Administration Teacher Aide Teacher Aide Teacher Aide Office Manager Technician, Technology Grounds Maintenance Assistant Sport co-ordinator Teacher Aide, Languages Teacher Aide, Kimi Ora Teacher Aide, Withdrawal Room Continuing Education Administration ICT Support Network Manager Technician, Science Technician, Food & Textiles Teacher Aide Security Librarian Caretaker Personal Assistant & Secretary to the Principal Student Absences, Administration Teacher Aide, Kimi Ora
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March next year. Once this is complete, we will embark on a new student café and recreation area, which will be where the pool is now, so there are exciting times ahead.
This will be my last annual report for the school R e v i e w, as I am stepping down as Chair of the Board of Trustees from the start of 2009. I will however continue to serve on the Board until its term finishes in 2010.
Professional development has been given a high priority, and it is making a huge impact in the delivery of education in our school. Our teachers share their enthusiasm, ideas and knowledge with other teachers across the curricular areas. They know they can encourage and motivate each other, and of course, the students. It is a teaching team to envy. The Board of Trustees cannot thank the staff enough for its contribution to teaching and learning, co-curricular activities, student support, administration, building and grounds maintenance, and the continuing improvement in the tone of the school.
The school building upgrades continue unabated. The technology area will be completed by the end of the year, and the Roper Wing renovation will follow. The most exciting development will be the start of construction of the aquatic centre, with our new gymnasium and swimming complex. Hopefully this will start to happen by
This is the first year of the strategic implementation of the sports’ ‘Beacon of Excellence’ programme. We had a very successful sport’s awards’ dinner and the Board of Trustees is extremely proud of the success of our students, and the coaches and administrators who make it possible. The number of our students who have achieved New Zealand representation in their sport is truly inspiring.
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Our school has now settled into living with an enrolment scheme, and it has been an interesting experience seeing how this unfolds. Our Year 9 intake has been around 320, for a few years, and seems as though it will continue at this level. The school roll is now a little over 1500 students.
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The finances of the school are excellent. These reflect the fact that we have a prudent management team, and we have good forecast information available to us. A stable roll and a stable international student programme also contribute to our financial success. There are uncertain times ahead for all institutions, but we are in a strong position to ride these out and provide a first class education for our students.
and acting, first and foremost, in the interests of the students, staff and school. It has been an honour to serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Roger McKay Chairman, Papanui High School Board of Trustees
From the Principal
The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) continues to make a huge contribution to the school. It is a very important part of the fabric, and is where many improvements and ideas for our school are suggested. The PTA continues to be strong, and has a large membership. The Board of Trustees thanks the group for its ongoing and valuable support for the school. We also acknowledge the Papanui Foundation for its support and generous donations to the school over the year.
2008 has been another great year for Papanui High School. The articles in this review will show just how successful the year has been. Why is the school getting better and better every year? Is there one key factor that contributes most to the successes which we keep experiencing?
The Board of Trustees membership has remained stable since the election, and I would like to thank the Board members for their support and unstinting work on all the subcommittees. The school is fortunate to have people of this calibre serving as their representatives on the Board,
Some will say that it is the sporting opportunities. And this year once again we have seen excellence from our Touch teams, from our Girlsâ€™ Rugby team, and considerable development in Girlsâ€™ Foot-
ball, in Netball, in Boys’ Rugby and in Hip Hop. In addition individual students have gained selection in national sides.
dent at the school gaining a scholarship to Dickinson College in the United States. Staff might identify the intensive professional development programmes they’ve been undergoing as the key ingredient. The work through the RAFA and EHSAS initiatives has changed the teaching culture of the school. Staff have demonstrated once again this year their commitment to constant improvement in pedagogy
Others might say that the key factor is our cultural success. These people will cite such things as the Kapa Haka’s performance in the National Championships in Wellington, the highly successful season of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the explosion of success and number of our musical groups in the school with the jazz bands once again leading the way, and the debaters’ triumphs. They will also point to the students who travelled to France, or to China, or to Australia, or to the growth of a powerful Amnesty International group in the school.
Yet another explanation may well come from what we all call our full service philosophy. The support services in school are second to none. This year they were sorely tested as we worked through the tragic circumstances surround the death of Marie Davis.
And an argument could be made that the key ingredient in our continued success is the significant new building that has taken place in the school. At the end of this year we will complete our new Technology and Art block and the Music and Drama and Careers and Transition area will be almost finished. Next year we start on the “jewel in the crown”; the new gymnasium, swimming pool and fitness centre complex. All the above areas have contributed to
There will be many who identify the key factor as our phenomenal improvement in academic results. Students at the end of last year broke all records in the school and 69% of them gained NCEA Level 1 (up from 49% two years ago) and Level 2 pass rates also smashed previous records in the school. Further academic prowess was shown by our participation in the Physics fight in Auckland, by the outstanding results of our Year 10 Maths teams in Cantamaths, and by another stu-
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our success this year. But I don’t believe that any of them is the central ingredient. I’m convinced that key ingredient which underpins the development and success in our school is the relationship which exists between students and staff. There is in our school a genuine sense of mutual respect. Students and staff enjoy a warm relationship which is not necessarily shared by other schools. ERO noted this in their last visit review. “Teachers’ relationships with students are positive and helpful”. I see evidence of it on a daily basis in the happy relationship I see between staff and students in the classroom, on Outdoor Education camps, in musical groups, or in the various mentoring programmes around the school. The clearest demonstration of it occurs at Ball time every year when large numbers of staff and students spend an enjoyable evening in each others company.
staff I say thank you for your continued willingness to go the extra mile for our students and to engage in the process of continual improvement. And to the students I say congratulations on your success and thank you for making your parents and staff so proud of you. Mr. D. Pyatt Principal
Parent - Teacher Association 2008 has been an interesting year for the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). We said good-bye to Fiona Erby, who had been President since 2005, and Jean Dobbs after six years of being Secretary. Because of these resignations Jill Bowler was elected President and Haidee Meni, Secretary. Colin Hey was re- elected Vice President, Sue Hail, Treasurer, and Lynne Levick as second hand uniform co-ordinator. The P.T.A continues to grow, with currently over fifty members. We met every third Monday of the month, and are kept well informed of what’s happening throughout the school. Mr Pyatt gives a report at every meeting, as does the Board of Trustees. Teacher representatives at every meeting have included Mr McMurtrie, Ms Chapman, and Ms Pattinson.
Papanui High School continues to be an incredibly exciting place to be part of. I’m most grateful to all those people who contributed to another great year for the school: to the parents and whanau, PTA, Board of Trustees, and the wider community I say thank you for your support of the school and your children. To the
The canteen continues to be one of our main focuses, and has presented us new challenges owing to the introduction of the government’s healthy eating plan. This means we are no longer able to sell sugary or fatty snacks, which produced the bulk of our profit. The canteen staff and subcommittee have worked hard to create new options, most of which are proving popular with the children. Our biggest event this year was the ‘Glimpse of the Ball’ where a group of Year 12 and 13 girls modelled their formal dresses in front of an audience of parents and grandparents. This event was enjoyed by all, and will become a regular event for the P.T.A. I’d like to thank the parents and caregivers who so willingly give their time to help with Open Night, fundraising and everything else the P.T.A is involved with. It’s been a great year, and without your help my job would have been much more difficult. We’ve a lot to look forward to next year, and I am confident that the P.T.A will only continue to grow. Jill Bowler, Chairperson, PHS Parent Teacher Association. (Pictured top left, previous page is the outgoing leadership, Sue Hale, Fiona, Erby, and Jean Dobbs with the 2008 leaders behind, Lynne Levick, Jill Bowler and Haidee Meni.)
The purpose of the Papanui High School Alumni Association is to foster a network of contacts, create a school community whose members strengthen the position and profile of the school and enjoy an on-going sense of involvement and kindredship. We hope that this will include all ex-students and staff, from both day and evening school, and other associates.
Membership of the organisation is free and we would be delighted to add ex-students to our database, and to hear some of their memories of the happenings during their time here.
Should you wish to add your name, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mrs Yvonne Cargill, Alumni Co-ordinator
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We have been endeavouring over the past year or two to correct and enlarge our database of members. We have thousands of names but for many we do not have e-mail addresses. These are essential as we e-mail a newsletter three times a year. Contact with more students is our aim as we will shortly start planning for the 75th reunion to be held in 2011.
Mrs Joy Preddy
Mrs Joy Preddy
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Papanui High School has played a major role in my life. I first came to the school as a third former (Year 9), and after achieving University Entrance went straight to Teachers’ College. In 1996 I returned to study, completing my Special Teaching Needs Diploma, and in 1997 I returned to Papanui High as a Special Needs teacher in the KimiOra Unit. Nearly 22 years of my teaching have been spent in the special education area, and while it will be hard to leave the students. I am looking forward to retiring at the end of the year.
• Going on Unit camps and seeing the wonderful interaction between our students and the Year 12 P.E. students who go as their helpers and buddies. The Kimi Ora unit provides a dynamic place for young people with special needs. Their integration within the school & local community adds to the strength & character of Papanui High School.
Mrs Marg Flyvbjerg
Some of the highlights for me have been: • Working with colleagues in the school, particularly the wonderful team in the Unit. • Celebrating the successes of the students along the way. • Attending the school formal with our senior students. • Working with caring young mainstream students in our peer tutoring programme. • Knowing that the skills and hard work that you bring to your job can really make a difference to the lives of the students. • Being in the privileged position of working very closely with parents and families.
Can you imagine getting off the plane in a foreign country and being met by people you have never seen before, who look very different from you, and who speak a language you may not speak very well? You drive to the home, and are given a type of food you have never eaten before and may not like very much. The next day is your first day at school and you feel incredibly nervous. You are asked to do tests straight away, and taken to a class where a whole class stares at you. You listen to what the teacher is saying and understand about 30% of what is said. This makes you very unhappy because you are used to being
that we offer is enormously valued by the parents, every one of whom sacrifices so much to give their children the education in English they see as so important. They miss their children terribly. We may question whether or not this sacrifice is worth it, but it does show the value that is placed on education at the expense of family life. Many parents choose schools like Papanui for the support and personal encouragement our teachers give to students and for the style of teaching we use to make learning more relevant and lasting.
very successful at school, and your parents have enormous expectations for you. This is what starting at Papanui is like for many of our international students. Some speak English better than others; some look like you do, and these students find it easier to mix. But everyone one of the international students at Papanui say they want kiwi friends. If this happens quickly [because of friendly students and buddies], the international student feels welcomed. If this doesnâ€™t happen quickly, the international student will turn to students from their own country, and this is natural. We all need to feel secure and a part of a group.
Papanui High School is thought of very highly overseas and for good reason. The school is buzzing! I have been very proud to promote our school overseas. I ask that every student does what they can to welcome international students to Papanui. Take a little step out of your comfort zone
It has been a privilege for me to be able to travel to the countries our international students come from; to meet with their parents and agents, and sometimes visit their schools. This personal interaction
Mrs Marg Flyvbjerg
As I finish my four years as Director for International Students I look back with great respect for each and every one of the students I have dealt with. What they do takes courage and strength. I know that once in a while they would love to just go home after a hard day at school and blend into the well-known family routine, taste Mumâ€™s home cooking and maybe get a hug.
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In New Zealand we assume that in most cases, we will be able to go to the university of our choice if we pass University Entrance. This is not the case overseas. Competition is huge and top marks at secondary school are necessary. To do this, students study long into the night. In most countries you must pass tests at each university to be accepted.
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Mrs Aimee Bunnage My subject area of interest is Painting, although I trained at Otago Polytechnic School of Art and completed a Degree in Ceramics. I began my teacher training and teaching career here in Canterbury at Rangiora High School. My husband and I moved to Auckland where I taught at Rosehill College for the past four years. I am happy to be back in the South Island again, and have been lucky enough to fill in on a maternity leave position for part of this year.
and Physical Education. She has taught Health and Physical Education in the North Island, as well as one year in the UK. Ms Selena Charteris
Ms Chateris went to Timaru Girl’s High School, completed a 3 year degree at Lincoln Universtiy, and one year teaching degree at the ChCh College of Education. “I have travelled in India, England, Australia, Fiji and enjoy sport in general, particularly cricket, which I continue to play. I enjoy going for coffee, out for tea, reading and spending time with family I teach Economics – my major, Mathematics –my minor, and am currently teaching Maths, Social Studies, Civics in the Supported Learning Department. I always aim to give the students the skills that they can use in today’s society.”
Ms Justine Chinnery Ms Justine Chinnery’s introduction to PHS was last year as a reliever. This year she has worked parttime in Health
Miss Aida Cherkaoui Two years ago, my backpack and I landed at Auckland airport for a three-month
languages makes people special, and something you can always be proud of. Miss Cherkaoui returned to France at the end of the year to be near family, and will complete her masters in CrossCultural Studies at university in Paris.
Mrs Angela Donaldson Teaching at Papanui this year has been a great opportunity. I have worked with excellent teachers, and students who are proud to attend a school that makes a real effort to be involved fully with the Papanui commu-
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road-trip across NZ. A few weeks of wonderful adventures and amazing cultural experiences were enough to realize the inevitable: I had fallen in love with NZ and wanted to live here. I was qualified as a teacher in France, and gained my NZ teaching qualification after a year of training in Christchurch. This is my first year teaching in NZ. It is said to be one of the most challenging, and I have to admit, it is. Itâ€™s also an extremely enriching life experience, both from a personal and professional point of view. I am interested in languages, travel, writing, swimming and travel. I have been teaching French at Papanui High School since the beginning of the year. Giving students the ability to effectively communicate in a foreign language, understand a culture in its own terms, and leading them to a real inter-cultural awareness is definitely my teaching philosophy. Of course, it is challenging and hard work, but I believe that knowledge of foreign
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nity. Next year, I am off again, this time to the UK to gain more experience in teaching, and life in general. I have enjoyed getting to know all of my students and some of the parents, especially of students in my form class, 9Ds. I wish you all the best for the future. Thanks to you all, it has been a wonderful year.
teacher, worked as a relief teacher at Cashmere, and now teach Art and Design at Papanui. Back in the UK, I was an award winning designer working in Couture Bridal Wear, as a Stylist / Designer on music videos, and various freelance design projects in the music industry. Painting and dogs are my passions. I love English Mastiffs, and will hopefully be getting a show dog soon.
Mr Scott Johnson This is my first year teaching, and Papanui has been a great place to start. I have spent the last four years studying at Canterbury University and The Teachersâ€™ College where I completed my BA in English and History, and my teaching diploma. In my spare time I enjoy reading, mountain biking, and photography.
Mrs Catherine Johnson I moved here from the UK four years ago, taught Technology for 10 years there, and 3 years in NZ. I teach Hard Materials, Electronics, Graphics, and CAD/ CAM, specialising in CAD/CAM and electronics.
Mrs Rhiannon McCulloch I moved to NZ from London about four and a half years ago, since when I have worked as a fashion designer / pattern cutter, had my fifth baby, qualified as a
I live in North Canterbury with my husband and three girls, where we run a custom steel fabrication/design business Concept Steel Ltd. I own two young horses which I train in classical dressage and compete in eventing. I enjoy restoring and DIY in our old villa, and drawing horses in pencil from photographs. I attempt to make learning fun, challenging and stimulating. I insist on good manners and a cooperative learning environment for all.
As a Physical Education teacher it is no surprise that my interests are mainly sporting. I have played Netball, Basketball, Rugby, Athletics, Harriers and Gymnastics to a competitive level. But my main sport of interest is Touch, which I am extremely passionate about, both with coaching and playing. When I am not involved with anything sporting I treasure the time that I get to spend with my family and friends and gorgeous wee pup, Rokko. I teach Physical Education and Health, and believe that without the students’ support you can only achieve so much. Through the relationships that I have built with the students whom I both teach and coach in my first year in teaching, I am excited about what we can achieve in the years to come.
I came from Nelson, where I went to Nayland College to study at university, and started at the New Zealand Institute of Sport, I moved on to Lincoln University and completed the
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Mr Keiran Rae
Miss Frankie Mortimer I am a first year teacher, fresh from the College of Education. I was born and bred in Blenheim, and moved to Chch, in 1997, to start high school at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School. After high school I studied Law and Commerce at the University of Canterbury for 2 years until I decided that it wasn’t the career path for me. That’s when I changed my courses to the Physical Education degree. To this day I am very thankful that I did.
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Bachelor of Recreation Management. My spare time is spent involved with my interests in cricket, basketball, league and AFL. In the future I would like to travel.
do so here. I spent most of my life living in Australia, but spent one year in Canada, studying and working. This is my first year living in New Zealand. I enjoy snow skiing - the main reason for my move across the Tasman and spend time in the outdoors - tramping, the beach, sailing, etc I try to teach how maths works so that it can be understood rather than just learnt.
Mrs Rebecca Roberts I have just arrived back from the UK where I have been teaching English, and travelling Europe for two years. Before then I taught at Trident High School in the Bay of Plenty. I am a Cantabrian at heart and grew up on a farm in North Canterbury. My major interests are rugby, reading, singing, gym going and watching sports. This year I have been teaching English. Previously I have taught both Health and English and I believe that itâ€™s important that education is holistic, catering for more than just the mind of the student.
Mrs Sharon Scott
Mrs Scott graduated a long time ago from Otago University with BEd and Dip Teaching. She taught in Wanganui for four years before heading overseas to London where she lived and continued teaching for five years. While in London she attended Roehampton University
Miss Judy Scott I previously taught Maths at Mazenod College, Western Australia - an all boy Catholic boarding school, and continue to
gaining a Diploma in Special Needs Teaching. A lot of time was also spent travelling with her husband Shane. Highlights were tramping the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, three months on the back of a truck through Africa, and travelling through parts of India with its amazing culture. She stopped off in Melbourne for three years on the way home to NZ ,where she had her two sons. Last year she taught at Riccarton High School in the Special Needs Department. She loves the outdoors and spending time with her family and continues to play hockey for Canterbury Masters.
the summer holidays. “It is important to know your subject well, so that you can answer questions etc. promptly, and are able to help out with the odd problems.” Miss Rebecca Stark
I completed my degree at the University of Canterbury in Biology, and this is my first year teaching. At the beginning of this year I was relieving at a few schools around Christchurch but at mid-year took up a long-term relieving position in Science.
Mr James Stewart I have a passion for observing and interacting with animals. Many of my trips abroad have been focused on that theme. The highlights include: spotting big cats in the Masai Mara, being strangled by a
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Mr Lyall Shanks Mr Shanks came to us via Lawrence Area School (1975- mid-1989, and Waitaki Boys’ High (1989 – 2006), where he has taught P.E., Social Studies, Agriculture, and Art, as well as his specialist subjects of Graphics and Technology. He spends time golfing, motor racing, motor cycling, and fishing, although this is usually only in
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python in Borneo, bathing elephants in Thailand, and riding camels in the Sahara desert. I have taught Science for more than 6 years, two in New Zealand and four in England. I grew up in Christchurch and recently returned from England. I became a teacher because of my enjoyment of Science and Biology. Call me crazy, but I love it. I believe in the value of every student and aim to provide every student with the opportunity to succeed. I am excited about joining the staff at Papanui High School and look forward to building relationships with staff and students.
English at Tawa College, Wellington 2007. I enjoy all things to do with History, and love historical costuming, reading, teaching subjects and â€œphilosophyâ€? I believe trying to inspire my students with a passion for the subject they are studying. Part of this is showing them that people through history are very similar to themselves - they worry and are made happy by the same things. I also love the way history relates to the world around us now - how things that happened 1000 years ago can still affect our lives today. Ms Candice Williams. I studied for and completed a Bachelor of Education, specialising in Phys. Ed. and Diploma in Teaching and Learning. My majors are Outdoor Education, Geography, Social Studies and Health. I am originally from Durban, South Africa, so yes, I support the Natal Sharks, or the mighty Springboks. I have lived in Christchurch since 2000 and went to Burnside High School and stud-
Mrs Josie Welch I attended the University of Canterbury where I received a BA in History, English and Classics, a BA (Hons) and MA in History, and trained at New Zealand Graduate School of Education. I joined the staff in Term 3 to teach English, Social Studies, and History but was here in Terms 3 and 4 in 2006. I taught Classical Studies and
ied at Canterbury University for 4 years. I really love my Hockey (playing and coaching), enjoy most sports that include running, skiing in the winter, tramping all year, mountain biking, watching rugby, and socialising with family and friends. I have been very lucky to have taught Geography, Social Studies and Tourism at Papanui during 2008. I have also been on a few Outdoor Education trips and had a great time coaching the Hockey girls, whom I took to Blenheim for their first tournament. Physical Education is a subject I would love to teach in the future. I attempt to encourage and support my students to do their best, while ensuring I build a strong rapport and learning environment for each individual inside and outside the classroom.
ing, punctuated with a year (1990) in England teaching Maths. I left St Andrew’s in 2002. At this point I joined a colleague and formed a small IT consulting business which continues today - my role is now more of a silent partner. I now find that I miss the classroom environment so wish to with some IT support or administration type role. I’ve enjoyed my first year at Papanui. It provides a vibrant and positive learning environment which offers many opportunities to its students. Enabling students to recognise, value, and take advantage of those opportunities is the ongoing challenge. New Grounds staff are Phil Walker, John Popenhagen, and John Foster. (Pictured above left to right)
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Mr David Ruddle I trained and began teaching in Perth in the early 80’s, moved to Christchurch in 1985 on a teacher exchange programme St Andrew’s College. I taught Economics, Accounting, Electronics and Comput-
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Mr Bert Parrent (Above left) Mr Parrent finished his 23 year tenure at PHS at the end of Term 3. Bert had spent his time in the technical area of the School as a technician - maintaining hardware and tools, and ensuring the teachers had the equipment needed in their practical lessons. His other persona is as a classical guitar teacher and performing musician. He has tutored many students in that department and intends spending more time with his jazz band performing at functions.
Mrs Lynette Parsons We said farewell at the end of Term 2 to Mrs Parsons, who took up a position at St Margaret’s College after four years in the History, Social Studies Department. Her involvement in school activities inlcuded editing, in partnership, the School magazine. Her arrival from Aranui gave the department a skilled and demanding practicioner, who set high standards.
Mr Ross Tallentire (Above middle) Ross moved to Australia early in the year to take up a position as groundsman, driver and handyman in a private household. He has been with the School for about 12 years. As the groundsman living within the School bounds, he was the first to emergencies, and spent many hours checking security, often late in the evening.
Mr Allen Hill
Mr Hill has been HOD of “Outdoor Education, a P.E. teacher and took an active leadership in professional development. He took leave last year to pursue study in Dunedin. This has led to his continuing with this to complete a doctorate in outdoor education.
Mr Croydon Mayo (Above right) Mr Mayo was the ‘Mister Fixit’ around the School for several years. He had a repertoire of skills that ensured all the little breakdowns were mended quickly and efficiently. We were always pleased to see him because he was expeditious, with a smile.
The Main Office The Main Office of the commonly referred to by att as ‘The Engine Room’ days that is indeed what it
in the Student Office, with Mrs Denise Hoskin, Mrs Cathrine Boyle and Mrs Kay Brown in the Main Office.
school is Mr Pyand most feels like.
(Pictured below are some members of the Alumni Association at a reunion dinner.)
It is a very busy part of the school, with the phone ringing, new enrolments, students at the Student Office, and often staff congregating to discuss the day’s events, the forthcoming events, and even yesterday’s events. However, the office staff wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Office; Alumni
One of the features of Papanui High School is the strength of the relationships with the parent community; office staff are in regular contact with parents, particularly through Mrs Kate Watson, Absence Bursar, who endeavours to contact parents as soon as possible regarding the unexplained absences of students. With Mrs Mel Miles, who runs the sick bay, unwell students are very quickly made comfortable until parents are contacted. The school office is very fortunate to have an extremely professional team led by the Office Manager, Mrs Gaye Parlane, assisted by Mrs Lynne Morell
Student Leadership Head Students Jess Fiebig & Harris Wiliamson Our time at Papanui has been essential in our development as people. We have discovered the passions we intend to pursue, and through the guidance of teachers, and our relationships with fellow students we have a sense of self.
Part of this maturity was Harris’ audacious attempt to eat fifteen cheeseburgers in one sitting. This was one failed assessment which he couldn’t re-sit. In contrast we conducted ourselves beautifully at this year’s ball which did show we can be mature when the occasion calls for it. Even Harris behaved himself. Thanks to the formal committee, it was a night to remember.
Papanui has a real community feel, which we discovered from our first days in Year 9. We came to high school equally nervous and excited, and both vividly remember sitting in the hall waiting for our names to be called. To our surprise, high school wasn’t as terrifying as we thought, and we quickly made new friends, and settled into life at Papanui.
Our successes are owed to the support of fantastic staff, and we are always impressed by the hard work they put in for students. From our ultra-enthusiastic drama teacher Miss Versteeg, who works tirelessly to give students the gift of performance, to the English department which has taken Papanui debating from minnow to consistent regional finalists. All our teachers have been committed to the success of their students, and the work they put in reflects this. In our senior years we have worked with the senior middle management team, which really cares about Papanui High School. Thank you.
Extra-curricular activities have always played an integral role during our time here. We have been involved in sport and various councils throughout our school life. The arts have been instrumental in developing leadership skills, and have provided us with terrific memories. Our respective extra-curricular activities such as Amnesty International, drama productions and debating have been enlightening and enjoyable. At times such involvement has been challenging, but we have learnt that pursuit of our interests has helped make Papanui an experience that transcends academic grades.
We are ready to continue on the yellow brick road of education, and Papanui has been the foundation of our journey. We have learnt so much at high school in regards to ourselves, the people around us and our academic choices. Though we are prepared for life beyond Papanui, there will always be moments of nostalgia. Good luck to our fellow leavers and returning students. May the force be with you!
One of the challenges of Year 13 has been our participation in the peer support programme. It has been an unforgettable experience. Helping the new Year 9’s to settle in showed us the wheel has come the full circle, and that we have become the Year 13’s who once seemed so mature.
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Student Representative on the Board of Trustees Tom Wilkinson
Despite this, my final year at Papanui High School, having gone by so quickly, I have found time to consider how much the school has changed in the short space of five years that I have been here. With a huge growth in the number of students, and a substantial amount of construction work, I view the school today as a somewhat different place, and not just because I am now five years older, and have a different perspective. At the centre of this change is the Board of Trustees, a committee that I have had the privilege of sitting on this year as the student representative, and a committee that I have enjoyed getting to understand.
the members of the Board were â€˜lovely peopleâ€™. After a couple of months I began to settle into the role, having read guidance booklets, attended a workshop (with twenty other new student reps. sharing in my experience) and received some good advice from Toni. I began to work out what was going on, and understand the role of the Board. I even began to enjoy the 8 a.m. meetings (something I never thought I would be able to say when I first heard about the start time). Despite the name of the position, my role on the Board was not to directly represent students, but rather to bring a student perspective to the issues being discussed (for example, the need for me to write a monthly report was abolished). I am highly grateful for the opportunity to be involved with my school in this way.
I had held an interest in this position as early as Year 9, but when my predecessor, Toni Cox, told me last year that she thought I should run, I decided that I may as well give it a go. Having overcome tough competition in the election from three worthy candidates, I was determined to do a good job, but was also very nervous about this (and about sitting at a Board table surrounded by lots of people older and more experienced in this than me, most of whom I did not know). My nerves, however, soon went away. Mr. Pyatt had been right when he told me that
An exciting experience for me was the chance to attend the NZSTA (New Zealand School Trusteesâ€™ Association). I was naturally disappointed that my big trip to get there would be by the number 10 bus to Kilmore Street (as opposed to the flights to Wellington and Auckland experienced by those before me), but I nevertheless enjoyed the experience. I attended many
worthwhile experience. I highly recommend that anyone interested in the position of student trustee apply for this and give it a go. In some cases only one candidate applies, so makes it onto the Board without the need for election.
helpful workshops, gaining skills applicable beyond the role of School Trustee (such as participating in effective meetings), and enjoyed being at the forefront of education in New Zealand. The Minister of Education himself was in attendance, and his speech to us one morning made the six oâ€™clock news that evening.
I wish Laura Gray (the 2009 student rep.) all the best for her exciting year. If she has a year like mine, she will have much to look on with satisfaction when she similarly writes her report at the end of the year.
This year sitting on the Board has also helped to give me a better appreciation of, and insight into, what happens behind the scenes of the running of this school. I was impressed (and reassured) at how well this occurs, at how well the Board is in touch with the needs of the school, and at how professionally and efficiently any problems are dealt with. The running of the school, and its governance, are in good hands.
The School Council
BOT Rep, Council
The members of School Council 2008. Year13: Jess Feibig, Michael Gudgeon,
Being the Chairperson of the School Council this year has been an amazing experience and opportunity. The School Council is great, as it brings together students from all year levels, who would otherwise not usually socialise, raises money for groups and people within and out of the school. It also solves problems of the school and the world, all on a Friday lunchtime.
Looking back on my time on the Board, I would definitely say that it was a highly
Siobhan Levick, Christine Vo, Harris Williamson Year 12: Manu Somerville (Vice Chairperson), Jen Eder (Secretary), Georgia Glass, Kelsey Berryman, Phillip Williamson, Laura Gray Year 11: Courtney Jones, Kimberly Niewenhuize, Ashleigh Ooi, Matthew Crake, Eve Hopping Year 10: Michael Jones, Billy Clemens Year 9: Abby Dell, Alex Barron
entertaining ‘Lip Synch’ competition. The winners were Alex Thomson and Daniel Richardson with their rendition of ‘We are Robots’ by Flight of the Conchords. Although there weren’t many problems for School Council to solve this year, it meant we could concentrate our efforts on fundraising for charities, groups and individuals within the School. They include: The Make-a-Wish Foundation, Child Cancer Society, WSPA, Books-inHomes, Red Puppy Appeal, sports teams competing in Tournament Week, and we contributed funds towards school badges.
The School Council
The highlights of the year for me included - the ‘Emergency Mufti-Day’ we held in Term 2, in which we raised over $2000 (a mufti-day record). All this money went towards aid and support for the disaster victims of the Myanmar Hurricane and Chinese Earthquake.
I’d like to thank Mrs Pentecost and Mr Grocott for their support during the year, Tessa Bowler for her help with Extravaganza Week, and everyone on the School Council for being so enthusiastic, and for contributing good ideas.
- the help we gave the Amnesty International group in our school to raise $1750 for Amnesty International during the Freedom Week they held in Term 3.
2008 has been a great success for the School Council. It has been a huge privilege to be the Chairperson this year. I strongly encourage every student reading this to nominate themselves for the School Council next year. Lastly, good luck to next year’s council. Michael Gudgeon
- and lastly, the very successful Extravaganza Week which we ran in Term 2. This involved: ‘Cream Pie the Teacher’ – special thanks to all the teachers brave enough to take part, an intensely fought ‘Paper-Scissors-Rock’ tournament, a stomach-churning ‘Food Fear-Factor’ challenge, and a very
to brainstorm ideas alongside other schools at the beginning of the year. The committee would also like to thank Mrs. Roberts, Mr. Rae and Ms McConnell for their efforts to ensure that the committee’s ideas and planned activities ran as smoothly as possible. It has been a great year with the keen committee members, and we aim to keep that enthusiasm for the committees in the future. Thank you heaps for all the extra time and work everyone has put in for the benefit of our fellow students – it is much appreciated. Other committee members included: Caitlin Selfe, Elliott Duncan, Andrew Scorgie, Laura Gray, and Anna Brinsdon. Julia Don
Sport & Health Committee This year, the Sport and Health Committee members have been working consistently towards reaching the goals of improving the physical activity and the healthier food choices of students in our school. A lot of our focus has been on promoting healthy food options, and this was shown successfully during Health Week, where a number of creative and exciting activities took place. These activities included games of basketball between a group of teachers, the Papanui Police squad and the senior boys A team, the food fair, a body jam session and an open health committee meeting with special guests, all of which the Sport and Health Committee organised in their own time. Head committee members Hayley Robertson, Amy Wilson and Julia Don worked particularly hard on bringing Health Week into action – with the help of Ms Patterson and Ms Coleman – to participate as a pilot school for the ‘Mission On’ Fuelled for School project. Papanui was invited to be a pilot school (meaning our plans and actions were observed during the project). Amy and Julia went to Wellington
Peer Support Health & Sport Committee
The experience of beginning at a new school can be daunting for anyone. Papanui High School offers a programme to help lighten the experience and allow the students to feel comfortable and safe in their new environment. Peer Support is a systematically planned
programme which trains senior students in personal awareness and facilitation skills, and encourages them to understand and appreciate the similarities and differences in people. These trained student leaders are then able to offer support to junior students. They use group activities to develop cooperation and self-confidence among those new to the secondary school environment, and help support them in their relationships with others - peers, friends, and family.
The whole programme is designed to allow Year 9 students to settle quickly, allow them to identify and know senior students in the school, and feel comfortable and at ease. This year we saw sixty Year 13 students volunteer to be part of the programme, with eight staff. Training involved two days at school at the end of 2007, followed up by a three-day camp at Hanmer at the start of this year. They learnt how to be a peer support leader, looking at things like: peer pressure, communication, diversity, self identity etc. Lots of fun was had by all. They were well prepared to tackle the fresh Year 9’s.
Peer Support is funded by Rotary and is when our Year 13 students help Year 9 students settle into their surroundings. This is done in a variety of ways: Year 9 Orientation – a two-day programme at the start of the year filled will lots of fun, learning about the school, and being involved with the Year 13 leaders who take games, jumbo sessions, and challenges.
There were lots of laughs, and friendships were made through this programme between the Year 9 and Year 13, which will continue for years to come. A huge thanks to all the staff who have helped over the year to guide and support the Year 13’s in their role as leaders. Mrs. N Marshall Peer Support Co-ordinator
Sports Days – involved with the Peer Leaders in athletics, swimming and cross country. Form Time – Year 13 Peer Leaders attend Year 9 form time, to help them adjust to the school systems.
Marie Davis 1992 - 2008
The Students Student Achievement
It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Marie Davis in April. There was forever hope that she may have been found well, but that was not to be so. Amidst an outpouring of anger and distress at the manner of her passing, the School community found strength in the support friends, staff and community had in each others’ memories of a ‘laidback-girl with a heart of gold, who loved books, her hair straigtener and horses.’ Her family and friends spoke of a loyal, trustworthy person who had an inner self-confidence that drew people to her.
University Scholarship Winners 2007 (Pictured above left to right) Andy Luck: History (Outstanding), English (Outstanding), Classics; Toni Alsford: (Biology, Statistics); Delia Cormack (Classics); Min Hwa Kang (Calculus); Karl Barrett (Statistics); Ashley Ross (Physics); Emma Nicholl (Classics).
Marie Davis, Achievements
At that time her peers showed enormous fortitude, especially at the memorial they prepared and presented in the School hall, a service attended by her family, members of the Police, and a large number of students. This was followed by a more enduring remembrance in the planting of a magnolia tree in the School grounds for us all to remember the difficult times in April, and recall a special girl to many.
Dickinson University Scholarship Phillippa Draper was successful in gaining a scholarship to Dickinson College in Pennsylvania in the United States. The scholarship, valued at $50,000 per year, for four years, has now been offered for the last three years. Phillippa will join Michelle Liu and Lisa Liu, previous winners of the scholarship. (Above right: Phillippa received her scholarship from Professor Tom Reed and his wife Dottie, of Dickinson College.) Daniel Gray won a ‘prize’ for coming in the top 0.3% - 3 in 1000 in the Australian Maths’ Competition.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
talented Mr. John Hill working on our set, under the technical advice of the brilliant Mr. Aidan Reid. The stage went through a metamorphosis from a stage used for formal assemblies to a forest with a sixties’ theme. Needless to say, flouro was the main type of paint used. Thanks to Mr. Hill, we even had extra stage space attached to the front. The set was complemented by the fantastic costumes, and Miss Gilmore’s and Mrs Conyers’ amazing hairstyles. Miss Stokes’ funky make-up then added the finishing touch that made it even more special than it already was.
Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Personal Perspective This year’s major production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (AMSND) was undoubtedly a success. Under the direction of Miss Jay Versteeg, three successful nights of sixties Shakespeare wowed staff, students and families. There was so much work put into costuming, hair, make-up, rehearsals and, of course, the performances. Costume was an area which was essential in creating more believable characters, and Mrs Shalders was an invaluable part of this. With the aid of some helpers, she sourced some fantastic seventies material, and created fairy costumes to put Disney to shame. All the fairies thoroughly enjoyed being able to customize their wings. These wings would probably be best described as explosions of colour made with feathers, pom-poms, ribbon, and random scraps of material. Some of the costumes took longer to get used to, such as Titania and Oberon’s matching yellow robes, or Egeia’s mini-dress, that lived up to its name, and then some. Sam Laurie’s portrayal of Flute was made all the more memorable by his thigh-high boots. We were also very fortunate to have the
Before we could even think about costume, hair and make-up, we had to attend numerous rehearsals. The rehearsals started off as just a few days a week at either lunchtime, or after school. During these rehearsals, fairies would develop their characters – the characters ranging from the ditzy to the creepy. Under the inspiring direction of Miss V, the fairies would also run scenes. As opening night drew closer; rehearsals grew longer and much more frequent, with rehearsals scheduled for most Sundays. On these days, the school alarms would go off too. The best parts of the rehearsals were always the warm-ups. ‘Little green frog’ was by far
the favourite. Rehearsals were never dull and laughter filled the room while watching the other scenes run. Sometimes, the scenes weren’t the only reason rehearsals were funny. On occasion it would be the result of an actor being stepped on.
party where photos were taken, junk food was eaten and Mintie awards were given. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and we exited the hall, saying ‘Adieu’ to the crazy costumes, the outrageous hair and make-up, and the set that was always littered with flowers.
All the cast members had to learn to act outside their comfort zones, as the script required many styles of performance, including slapstick comedy, dance, singing, melodrama and of course, romance.
A BIG thank-you goes out to all of the amazing people who contributed to a totally groovy three-night trip back to the sixties with Shakespeare. Special thanks go out to Miss V, the mastermind who made AMSND possible. Jennifer Eder and Anny Ma, 12FR
Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Review This year’s major production was a 60’s inspired version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The massive cast of 60 tackled the language barrier to get to the heart of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. The play was ably led by Michael Gudgeon, Rachel Pfhalert, Josh Butler, Daniel Richardson, Isaac Welsh, James Westbourne, Jen Eder and Jess Fiebig. The cast’s hard work in rehearsal paid off when the last two nights’ performances were nearly full. A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows three different stories: misguided lovers, amateur actors and the mystical fairy land as they
As opening night - and everything we’d worked so hard for - drew near, it was hard to believe that we had only three more nights in the world of AMSND. After a final dress rehearsal for the very receptive audience of Casebrook Intermediate, nerves were at an all-time high. Our first official performance went without a hitch, thanks to Miss Wilmott’s stage managing, and Mrs Shalders’ behind the scenes re-stitching of costume mishaps. The buzz from performing in front of a real audience brought the show up a level, and after each performance we were so elated, elated yet sad that AMSND was drawing to a close. The last night was a huge success. Although the show was over; AMSND was not. We had a cast
intertwine on a midsummer night. A love potion and an ass’s head make for some hilarious antics, even in the modern-day world. The lovers’ feud also has relevance to today - we all know people with unrequited love. For these reasons, performing Shakespeare was an exciting challenge for the thespians of Papanui High School.
and lighting; Philip even created a DVD of our performance. Thanks everyone. The play would not have been possible without Miss Versteeg’s amazing energy and vision. Her dedication and enthusiasm is inspiring for everyone who works with her. Thanks Miss V. Jess Fiebig and Dan ‘The Man’ Richardson
The best night of performances would have to be Thursday, as it was wellattended by English teachers who got all the jokes. We could distinctly hear them laughing in the audience. People who normally didn’t enjoy Shakespeare understood too, thanks to the amount of physical comedy incorporated.
Don’t Play Games with Human Rights This year the Papanui High School Amnesty International Group focused our letter-writing and freedom challenge on spotlighting human rights’ abuses in China; the Olympics were key in our activities.
Miss Versteeg, our talented director, gave the play a psychedelic spin with colourful costumes, a Beatles’ soundtrack, and a retro set. The use the UV light to make the lovers’ costumes glow made us trip-out in true hippy fashion.
We kicked off the year with a petition against cluster bombs, and, as always, enjoyed getting around the school and talking to people about what we were trying to achieve. Year 10 Social Studies classes were taught about Amnesty by Amnesty, which was another highlight. We wrote several letters to China about torture, illegal detention and freedom of speech, but, as always, freedom week was the summit of our achievement. Armed with the topical tag-line ‘Don’t
Mr Hill built our amazing set, and Mrs Shalders created our ‘fantabulous’ costumes. Ms Wilmott and her crew kept everything running backstage and Natalie Simôn and Jessie Laughton choreographed. Philip Martin, Max and Tom Wilkinson did sound
Play Games With Human Rights’ we set out to raise awareness within the school and community about China’s human rights violations, which go directly against the Olympic Charter.
tures on our petition, and raised $1,500. Freedom Week was a great success; the whole team came together to ensure our hard work paid off. On a personal note, this year was my last year as leader of the school Amnesty International group since I started it in Year 9. We came from very small beginnings - three members, and now have grown to being a well-respected group in the school. Leading Amnesty throughout my time at Papanui has been key in my growth as a person, and my enjoyment of school life. I am both immensely proud of what we have achieved and sad to let go.
Our freedom week was packed with activities; we circulated a petition to China, had a bake sale and an ‘Ice-cream for Amnesty, I scream for Human Rights’ sale; we held a mufti day, talent quest, and a cage-in protest. Our protest was a demonstration of our outrage at the treatment of a Chinese man, Ye Guozhu,who was sentenced to four years in prison for ‘stirring trouble’ when he asked if he could protest against the demolition of his house in preparation for the Olympics.
Whilst I continue my fight for human rights, I hope that other people have been inspired to join Amnesty. I have learnt that every little bit counts, and that it is those who fight for change who get it.
Thank you to all the hard working activists in the Amnesty Group; I have been honoured to work with such a great group of students. You all make me so proud. Big ‘props’ to Miss Martin for all her enthusiasm and invaluable help over the last five years. She always had time for us. Best of luck to Anny Ma, Amnesty’s new leader for 2009.
All our activities this year were successful - the talent quest was full, and all the performances were of a high calibre. ‘The Duck Brothers’ took out first place with a medley that had all the girls swooning, ‘The Lady Marmalade Crew’ had us all in stitches at second, and third was ‘Love the Lost’, Papanui’s very own rock band. Our baking and ice-cream sale was well received, and the cage-in protest attracted big crowds outside the administration block. We gained 400 signa-
Most importantly though, thank you to everyone who supported our freedom week this year, because without you, it would not have been possible. Jess Fiebig
Hayley Robertson was selected as a youth representative on the Canterbury District Health Board.
From the newsletters
Julia Don and Amy Wilson travelled to Wellington to represent the school at the “Fuelled 4 School”, project launch which is aimed at improving the lifestyles of secondary school s t u d e n t s.
House Competition Houses competed for The Community Action Shield. In this competition houses were required to compete for the betterment of the community. The challenge of the “Big Give” required houses to collect items for the St Vincent De Paul Society, and visit rest-homes for afternoon tea and a chat, or to give a musical concert.
House leaders were: Yellow - Judah Dunbar and Kaylie Ashworth Green - Chad Vedder and Alisha Moses Red - Amy Wilson and Luke Johnson Blue - Laura Gray and Mark Taylor
Year 13 student Siobhan Levick travelled to China in April with ten other Christchurch high school students as part of a cultural exchange. The group spent two days in Hong Kong and five in Beijing, sight-seeing, shopping and enjoying the culture. The second week was spent in Wuhan, Christchurch’s sister city, where Siobhan stayed with a host family, expe-
Harris Williamson came second in The Race Unity Speech Competition in support of Race Relations Day.
rienced life in a Chinese family, and went to a Chinese school. Siobhan’s host sister visited Christchurch in August. Her trip with the City Council delegation was subsidised by the Papanui Foundation. (Her report appears in the Global Village section.)
ence Alive and, as part of an integrated study, visited Canterbury Museum to see the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition. Mathematicians excel Students continued their good results in the Australian Maths Competition. Year 9 Distinction: Ruby Somerville, Kimberley Choi, Su-Shing Chen, Nadia Salloum and John Yang. High Distinction: Oliver Westeneng. Year 10 Distinction: Robert Fletcher, Hannah Chew, Philip Arnold, and Jane Alexander. Daniel Gray won a “prize” (He came in the top 0.3% - 3 in 1000. Year 11 Distinction: Carl Johnson, Matthew Crake and Max Wilkinson Year 13 Distinction: Philip Jung. High Distinction : Tom Wilkinson
Annalise Fletcher, Caitlin Gray and Katherine Hansen were selected for round two in the 2008 Scholars in Science competition. They competed in December for a scholarship to Canterbury University worth $15,000.
Gifted and Talented students extended their horizons when four classes participated in robotic challenges at Sci-
Anna Brinsdon, Robert Fletcher, Char-
Papanui High School students excelled in the annual Cantamaths’ Teams Competition held in the Town Hall. Over 60 teams from Canterbury took part. The school’s Year 10 team of Daniel Gray, Laura Cadigan, Sally Hayes, and Hannah Chew gained second place, and the Year 9 team of John Yang, Kimberley Choi, Su Shing Chen and Wilhelm Horne gained 4th place.
A group of enthusiastic students took part in the Casio Calculator competition for Year 11 students at Christchurch Boys’ High on the 15th of May. The team of Max Wilkinson, Thomas Walsh, Julin Le-Ngoc and Ben Westeneng was placed 5th out of the sixteen teams. Max gained second place in the individual mental arithmetic challenge.
lotte Rapley, Fraser McGlinn and Nadia Salloum gained distinctions in the ICAS Science Competition.
Max Wilkinson, Richard Thai, and Tom Wilkinson, gained places in the Christchurch Youth Orchestra. Max Wilkinson was offered a place to play trombone with the CSO for a fundraising concert.
Off To France Year 13 Physics students Annalise Fletcher and Michael Gudgeon, and their teacher Mr. Frost, spent a week in France at the end of Term 3. They were selected to represent New Zealand at the World Forum in Lille. This year the World Forum involves adults and students from France, Hungary, Croatia, and New Zealand, who will be discussing environmental and economic issues affecting their countries. All travel and accommodation costs were covered by the World Forum. (Their full report appears in Departments.)
Music saw open rehearsals where the school’s newly formed orchestra worked on an original composition by the school’s composer-in-residence, Hamish Oliver. Sam Laurie, Josh Butler and Isaac Welsh, from the band Morti Humani, gained a place in the semi-finals of Rockquest, the Secondary Schools’ Rock Band competition.
Music Richard Thai was selected for the National Secondary Schools’ Symphony Orchestral Course. He was also granted $500 from the Dame Malvina Major Foundation to attend Clarinet and Jazz Saxophone Music workshops in Blenheim and Wellington.
Thirty six students in the school’s Gifted and Talented programme retreated to Living Springs for three days in August to be challenged mentally. They participated in mind games and a variety of workshops designed to enhance their thinking, creative, social and communication skills. Excitement levels were raised by the fact that they were snowed in for one of the days.
Extravaganza Week The Student Council organised a series of events at lunchtimes aimed at fighting off the mid-winter blues. Students participated in a lip-sync contest, a fear-factor food eating competition, creaming the teachers, and busking. A number of activities were also held to celebrate music, writing, drama, art, film and dance. Tessa McKenzie and Monica Wilson won the chalk drawing competition and Daniel Richardson and Michael Gudgeon the cartoon competition. The writing competition was won by Jess Fiebig. Staff and students held a mufti-day fundraiser to raise funds for victims of the Myanmar and Chengdu disasters. The school raised over $2000.
Alannah Rickerby and Melanie Hamzah were the inaugural recipients of a scholarship from the Winding Road Trust. The Trust supplies financial and mentoring support to academically able students, to enable them to complete their high school education and achieve an undergraduate degree. Jess Fiebig (1st) and Kim Nieuwenhuize (3rd) were placed in the inaugural Poetry Idol competition. Jess gained a Highly Commended for her poem â€œBlendingâ€? in the NZ Poetry Society Anthology.
Jess Fiebig, Daniel Richardson, Tessa Bowler, James Washbourne, Isaac Welsh and Michael Gudgeon performed scenes from Romeo and Juliet at the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare festival. Their piece was highly commended.
David Hansen was accepted for training as an Air Traffic Controller. David is the youngest candidate ever for this course. He will attend Massey University for two years prior to beginning his training in 2011. David will achieve both a degree in Aviation Management and the Air Traffic Control qualification.
France Bound Kathleen Lange who has won a Language Immersion Award. She will spend six months in France next year., following in the footsteps of ZoĂŤ Reason , who is currently enjoying the lifestyle of that country. (Pictured above right)
International English Test Students achieved outstanding results when they participated in the University of New South -Wales International Competitions and Assessments for Schools. Those students whose achievement was outstanding were rewarded with Certificates of Credit, Distinction and High Distinction. Year 9: Alex Barron - High Distinction; Daniel Millward - High Dictinction. Year 10: Billy Clemens - High Distinction; Sally Hayes - High Distinction; Robert Fletcher, Daniel Gray, Jane Alexander, Hamish Mills, Charlotte Rapley, McKenzie Rose, Alex Major, Anna Brinsdon - Distinction Public Speaking Week nine of Term two saw a number of talented orators present their speeches to an audience of their peers and judges. Topics ranged from the dangers of nursery rhymes through to David Beckham and the AIDs epidemic in Third World countries. The winners were: Year 9: 1st Courtney Holland, 2nd Stephanie Howarth, 3rd Oliver Westeneng. Year 10: 1st= Toni Officer and Chantelle Taylor-Harris, 3rd Billy Clemens.
Year 10 Twins Year 10 has four sets of identical twins in its midst. Dion and Rohan Tyrell, Abby and Monica Wilson, Rachael and Kathryn Luck, and Alice and Clare Manch. Question: Assuming PHS is a random sample of the population, what is the probability that there are four sets of identical twins in one year group of 330 students when the incidence of identical twins in the population is 1 in 500.
Year 11: 1st Richard Martin, 2nd Tristan Nicol, 3rd Kathleen Lange. Year 12 and 13: 1st Ben Uffindell, 2nd Harris Williamson, 3rd Shannon McIntosh
previous contests, but a style that Harris Williamson, in particular, took to with ease. It is disheartening that despite so many closely fought debates, at an increasingly high level, our teams have been repeatedly fallen short of winning these tournaments.
Debating Debating at the school continues to flourish as our school becomes increasingly recognised as a tough competitor in the Canterbury region. This year we have had success predominantly in the round-robin competitions.
However some individual speaker prizes were awarded. Both Ashleigh Ooi and Annalise Fletcher received highly commended awards – at Junior and Senior Press respectively. Speakers who performed well at other levels included Hamish Mills (Yr 10) and Max Wilkinson (Yr 11), who each received two best speaker awards. With the round-robin competition being year-long, both our senior teams, and one of the intermediate groups were set up for victory in this year’s round-robin debating contest.
In this series of debates teams are generally informed of the topic well beforehand and must prepare in advance to tackle some more difficult material - such as debating Kosovo’s right to independence. So far both senior teams and one Year 11 team have won every debate in this competition.
Our junior Year 9 teams received mixed results, but several speakers showed themselves to be very promising competitors for the future. Alex Barron and Steph Howorth both received ‘best speaker’ awards during the year. Unfortunately we were dealt a series of near misses in the Press competitions which involved a strenuous weekend of almost continuous debates. During the ‘Press’ tournament, speakers performed with severely limited preparation time. In one of these competitions some senior debaters were given the challenge of negotiating speed debating – a style which allows five minutes to talk and write ideas down followed by five minutes of actual speaking. This was a distinctly different style to any
We were fortunate enough to have been given hosting rights to several debates this year. The additional organisation that goes into hosting a debate should not be underestimated. Tom Wilkinson has done well to take on a managerial position in organising these events as ‘Student Head of Debating’ this year. Debating requires a team effort, and the work of teachers and student coaches is also gratefully acknowledged.
The Intermediate Debaters produced a impressive effort in round two of the Canterbury Inter-school Debating. The moot was “That music sharing is a victimless crime.” After a close battle, the Year 11 team (affirmative), Elise Hemmingsen, Kathleen Lange and Alannah Rickerby, won against St Margaret’s 1, with Kathleen named Best Speaker. The Year 10 team (negative), Angela Vo, Hamish Mills and Robert Fletcher, successfully debated against Middleton Grange, with Hamish named Best Speaker.
Debating has continued at the high standard for which our school has become renowned. We have seen individuals and teams undergo steady development over the last few years. Furthermore the number of students auditioning, giving up their evenings and competing has continued to increase in 2008. Heading into 2009, debating at Papanui is in excellent form. Annalise Fletcher
In other competitions, Tom Wilkinson and Jen Eder were named best speakers in their respective debates. Both teams were unbeaten in the senior competition this year.
Some results from the newsletters The junior teams beat Linwood College while affirming the moot “That public transport should be free”. The senior team of Tom Wilkinson, Annalise Fletcher and Harris Williamson made it to the semi-finals of the “Press Competition” before losing to the eventual winner
Departments Adult and Community Education
programmes: Stopping Violence Services, ESOL Home Tutors, Kingdom Resources, SPELD Canterbury, Methodist Mission, Citizens Advice Bureau, STOP Trust, Papanui Medical Centre, Women’s Centre, Christchurch Resettlement Services, Tough love, and PILLARS
Papanui High School Adult and Community Education Department has had a very successful year. There have been some new courses included in our programme this year: Portuguese Language, Café Style Cooking, Dog Training, Drama, Astrology, Chinese Language, Wu Tao Dance, Chair Yoga and Guitar. These courses, combined with the rest of our extensive programme, have seen us achieve record enrolments.
We had 1,982 students up to the end of Term 3 while our total enrolments to date are 2,877. We employ sixty-five tutors, and have 323 courses on offer in our programme.
On the final day each team’s business ideas, creations and discoveries went on display at a business expo. Judges in the programme are usually a mixture of local business people, celebrities and Members of Parliament, who evaluate each team’s presenta-
Papanui High School’s Adult and Community Education Department is pleased to be able to support the following Community Groups by allocating them funding to assist with the provision of their
We would like to thank all those students who have supported our programme by enrolling in courses and we hope their involvement in an Adult and Community Education Course has provided them with a life long learning experience.
SELL 2008 Eighty Year 11 students tried their hands at the world of business, by participating in ‘Student Enterprise Learning Link ‘ (SELL). The SELL programme is a threeday practical business education programme which involves students forming notional companies, researching and deciding on a good or service, writing a business plan and launching it in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ oral presentation competitive environment. Enterprise New Zealand Trust is able to provide the SELL programme through generous sponsorship.
tion, and score them on a range of criteria including innovation, financial planning, marketing, teamwork and technology.
strengths within their group situation. He expressed his thanks to the sponsors. Award Winners Overall Best Business Plan: Simply Ltd (timer device attached to mediation). CEO Janelle Cavanagh, Mimi Liu, Nick Sutton, Megan Ross, Kate Erby, Kathleen Lange, Lizzy Moemalo, Afultele Tuitaupe Best Team work: Safe Sense (device to indicate to driver a safe speed for the conditions prevailing). Best Financial Plan: CEO Elise Hemmingsen, Chris Robinson, Brandon Griffin, Renee Oâ€™Hallaran, Mathew Dell, Hayden Maxwell, Tara Snell, Katherine Stewart. David Levene Excellence NZ Institute of Accountants Award for Sustainability: Thermowear Ltd (skin tight thermal clothing) Award for Marketing: CEO Sam Goldsmith, Karyn Cox-Taylor, Vagisha Kashyap, Tiana Milner, Matt Andrews, Ashleigh Moana, Ashley Stuart, Victoria Chappell
The team which won the Overall Business Plan was Simply Limited which included Janelle Cavanagh (CEO), Nick Sutton, Mimi Liu, Megan Ross, Kate Erby, Kathleen Lange, Afultele Tuitaupe and Lizzy Meomalo. It developed a tablet dispenser with a built in electronic alarm system to alert a user that it was time to take medication.
SELL, Food & Textiles
The innovation award was given for a cell phone home security system whereby pictures taken in your home by camera were viewable on your cell phone. Students commented that they had learnt heaps about working in a team, complying with time constraints, deciding on a product and doing market research, developing, production and financial plans. Preparing and practising their presentation was at times stressful but rewarding in the end.
Food and Textiles
Principal, Mr. Pyatt, felt that the programme benefited the students by exposing them to strategic business planning, and developing their own
Year 10 Food and Nutrition This course was introduced for the second half of this year. Four classes took advantage of having the opportunity for extra
knowledge and experience for their Year 11 course. They spent time looking at the new food classification system, computer time on generating work, and seeing all the very creative information on the internet. Students also experienced an assessment similar to those they will encounter in Year 11 Home Economics. Many healthy meals were created and eaten.
students completing brunch service for guests. It was a great success owing to the superb work of the students. There is a steady clientele who support our trolley-of-food sales from the Year 13 students’ class work. This year the City and Guilds’ Verifier came and observed the students completing one of their three hour practical assessments in exam week. The course and delivery passed with flying colours.
Catering Capers Students in Year 13 spent five days completing the Montana Wine appreciation class in Christchurch, and a trip to Waipara and Blenheim. It was great to try the grapes and the wine into which they are made. Students benefited from the skills and knowledge of the CEO of Hunters vineyard, and one of the class went back for the first holidays to work in the bottling and restaurant area.
The class of 2007 all gained distinction in the international London City and Guilds examinations.
The rest of the courses have continued to run with good successes in the external examinations at all levels.
Food & Nutrition
It was pleasing to see that students took on part-time work in the food and hospitality industry while studying this course, which showed their commitment and interest in pursuing their career in catering. Again this year we catered for the annual Sports Dinner, the Leavers’ Dinner, and the Soirée. A new event was held in exam week with the Year 12
Year 13 Food and Nutrition /Health Studies camp This year again we combined with the Year 13 Health Studies classes and went to Hanmer Springs for an introductory curriculum based camp. Students use the same curriculum area for assessment, so they benefit from an indepth method of curriculum delivery.
in the future. Feedback from students was good because they had one more internal and one less external to study.
Geography student numbers were higher again this year continuing the pattern of growth from the last three years. Year 11 was the major growth area, with 105 students opting for Geo101, which resulted in four classes. This led to the employment of a new staff member, Miss Williams, to teach Geography, Tourism and Social Studies. Miss Williams is an enthusiastic first year teacher, and she loved getting involved in all aspects of Geography. This is particularly important as we are now running a full complement of field trips at each year level. Year 11 Geographers completed a fine day of field studies on and around the Port Hills.
The Year 13’s had three fine days on the beaches north and south of Kaikoura, collecting data for their natural environment study. We catch up with and work with Kaikoura High School students, and the interchange is a good learning opportunity for our students. We also spent a day around the Christchurch beaches collecting data for internal assessments. Education outside the classroom is a really important component of Geography which can not be underestimated in terms of building student knowledge and creating student enjoyment and enthusiasm for the subject. Just ask anyone who has been on a field trip. And on that note, I would like to thank all the staff members who have given up their time, and had classes interrupted to make field trips possible. As a department we look forward to doing it all again in 2009.
The Year 12’s experienced a slight hiccup to the start of their field trip to Arthur’s Pass followed by two stunning days up Temple Basin, in the Bealey River, and visiting Flock Hill Station. The highlights of the trip were climbing to the Temple Basin ski field and getting wet in the Bealey, Edwards and Mingha River confluence, whilst completing river profiles. Geography 201 introduced an Education for sustainability internal assessment this year, which looked at managing waste
Year 13 Geography Trip Year 13 Geography had a great year. From the minute go, there was a camp to Kaikoura to research the peninsula
versity entrance. We had two Year 13 classes this year. Outdoor Education is also becoming very popular especially in Year 12 and 13, and numbers are growing rapidly.
and the sea’s adverse effect on the land. There were many amusing moments with students and the wildlife. But the best part was the humour of the class. Some application was lacking in the class at first, but the rest pulled them through with hard work from the teachers. Another field trip involved more local beaches around New Brighton and Sumner, and these were just as interesting, especially regarding the social aspects. Overall it was a very good year. James Newbold
Achievements in these senior classes have been high, with most students gaining both unit and achievement standards. This is greatly attributed to the staff members, and the energy they give to get the students up to the grade.
Health and Physical Education Another year has flown by for the Health and Physical Education Department. More changes in staff occurred with the welcome return of Mr Smith from senior management back into the team, and the introduction of Miss Mortimer, Ms Chinnery and Mr Carmody, to make ten staff. Again numbers were high in all senior courses, three Year 11, two Year 12 and one Year 13 NCEA Physical Education, two Sport Performance and Leadership, and ten Recreation and Wellbeing classes. Health is still growing strongly, and is now recognised as an approved subject for uni-
Health & PE
In the junior school, Year 9 and 10 have been actively involved in number of activities such as running for life, creative movement, game sense, korfball, ‘kicking it long’, golf ,and aquatics. The health programme covers such topics as friendships, bullying, self identity, puberty, alcohol, peer educators and the real game (careers). The Police educators coming in to assist with some of
Highlights of the year from the students would be, the Year 13 sea-kayaking trip, the Year 13 Health, and Food and Nutrition Camp, the Year 12 Camp to Living Springs with Kimi Ora students, and the Speed Stacking. Year 11 Recreation & Well Being had rock climbing, rollerblading, and martial arts and Police visits to name a few.
dents have had the wonderful opportunity of being involved in the AJ’s Day Option Trust for the entire year. The trust aims to develop students’ self-esteem through the involvement in recreational activities. Some of the activities the students have been involved in, are team building exercises, ropes course, canoeing, rock-climbing and abseiling, tramping and camping. It has been a challenging experience for all involved. Students often returned to school at the end of the day uplifted, even though they had great difficulty getting up off the couch to go home. Two other students were also involved in a tenweek course, which targeted team-building and the development of social skills.
these topics was a great opportunity for school and community to work together. I know I mentioned it last year, and it may not happen overnight, but it will happen. The Graham Condon Leisure Centre 2009 is under way. This opportunity will be ‘out of this world’, and will allow us to be working in a stateof-the-art facility, which will be of benefit to students, staff and the community. Mrs N Marshall HOD Health and Physical Education
Kimi Ora It has been an extremely busy and exciting year with many highlights to celebrate. We welcomed new students Daniel Seelan, Alex Heneree and Jessica Murray. New Support Staff Heather Robertson and Lee Braxton also joined our team.
Work Experience opportunities are vital for students to gain skills, confidence and to provide stepping stones for possible future employment. This year we had a variety of work placements in a range of industries. We are indebted to the employers in our community for their support.
A highlight this year has been the growing community participation from students. This began with students entering the City-to-Surf event early in the year. We have also had a keen group of gym-goers who attended Canterbury Fitness weekly. Your Studio Art was also attended weekly by a budding group of artists. Six stu-
In the Secondary School Sport competition this year we entered T-Ball, petanque and soccer teams. Special Olympics Ribbon Days were held for Athletics, Swimming, Ten -pin bowling, Indoor Soccer and
is retiring at the end of this year. Joy has worked in the unit for the past 12 years. She has made a huge difference in the lives of the many students she has taught. We will miss Joy’s wonderful sense of humour, abundance of energy, support and her commitment to the team. We wish Joy and Terry a very adventurous and happy retirement. Mrs S. Scott, HOD Kimi Ora
petanque. We had great personal achievements in the Secondary Schools’ Road Race Event (Matthew Olley 1st, Alecia Hawker 2nd) and Cross Country Events (Alecia Hawker 2nd, Lesley Finch 3rd). A Night in New York, the senior ball, was a fantastic night for all. This was followed by the PTA fundraiser, ‘A Glimpse of the Ball’ where Andrew Oswin, Renee Claridge and Alecia Hawker did us proud on the cat walk.
This year we say goodbye to six wonderful students; Andrew Oswin, Annette Finch, Lesley Finch, Anna McCarthy, Sarah Anderson and Grace Dodge. We wish them all the very best as they leave school and enter the work force and other pre-vocational placements. They are going to be missed by us all. Sadly we farewell Mrs Joy Preddy, who
ESOL We were fortunate in welcoming Ms Alison Regan to be our new teacher aide this year, and she has done a terrific job helping students in need of particular assistance. The adult ESOL area has again been smoothly run by Mrs Fae Stewart, Mrs Lynne Riddler and Ms Sue Sullivan, who won a study scholarship early in the year. Her class was helped by Mrs Erina Wood. Mr Tony Humphreys has continued to teach ESOL Maths and Science to our orientation class; Mrs Alison Goodfellow and Mr Martin Jones have continued to teach both junior and senior ESOL classes. At the time of printing, 120 students from 20 different countries, and more than 60 adult students had been study-
Camp is always a huge highlight of the year. This year we had a fantastic team of Year 12 P.E students, who accompanied us to Living Springs. Days were jam-packed with activities that challenged the students physically and mentally; hence no rocking was required at night.
ing ESOL at PHS this year. Junior classes have been on field-trips to Willowbank, the Antarctic Centre, Caddyshack, the Museum and the Arts Centre, and the Canterbury A & P Show. We ran another successful International Week in Term 1, with a programme including a show of talent and national costumes, the ever-popular International Food Fair and the Nations Volleyball tournament (won by Rarotonga – see the report elsewhere in the Review) and we celebrated International Languages Week in Term 3.
one class took part in the Sasakawa foundation’s ‘100 cranes for Peace’ project at the time of the Hiroshima bomb anniversary, and received a nice framed certificate of appreciation for their efforts. Exchange with Fujiidera The annual language and cultural exchange programme between Papanui High School and Fujiidera City was again successfully completed this year. Eight students from Fujiidera city visited for twelve days in August. They were accompanied by two adults, Mr. Tanaka, a music teacher and Mr. Murasaki, a university student. Both are members of the Fujiidera International Exchange Association. Mr. Murasaki came to Papanui High School nine years ago as one of the students. During their stay they attended Japanese, ESL, PE, and Maori. They also visited the Kimi Ora unit and Heaton Intermediate School to teach origami (the Japanese art of paper folding). Our visitors also experienced woodwork, ice skating, horse riding, rock- climbing, a farm visit, and a trip to the Antarctic Centre.
French French has received a boost this year as we welcomed Ms Aida Cherkaoui to be our new French teacher. As a native speaker of French, she was able to considerably enhance the programme and extend students to achieve at a good level. French classes have done well this year under her tutelage, and we will be sorry to say “Bon Voyage” to her at the end of the year as she moves back to France to be with her family. Japanese Mrs Mizusawa continues to turn nonspeakers of Japanese into competent speakers in a short time. Her classes continue to perform brilliantly. This year
This programme was again a great success thanks to the assistance of the teachers, students and their families.
We have been invited to visit Fujiidera City again, and senior students who take Japanese have the opportunity of joining a school trip to Japan in the future.
Hosting experiences In August this year, I had the opportunity to host a student from Fujiidera, Osaka, Japan, for nearly two weeks. I was excited about the prospect of using Japanese more at home, even though I know communicating with someone,
Hosting a student This year I hosted a Japanese student from Fujidera, Osaka, for a fourth consecutive year. Each time I have a student I enjoy teaching them about the New Zealand culture. This time was no exception. However, it was even more important to
Hiroshima Day (August 6th) Papanui High School students and Heaton Intermediate students started making Origami cranes (senbazuru) at the beginning of Term 2, and managed to make 1000 by the end of the term. They were taken to Tokyo and sent to the office of the mayor of Hiroshima by Yu Iwaki (12TP), who was going home on holiday. This programme was organised and sponsored by the Sasakawa Foundation of Japanese Study (Massey University). All students learned about Hiroshima on Hiroshima Day.
All students had an opportunity to learn how to make origami cranes and Year 9 and Year 10 students taking Japanese made a poster of ‘Peace/World peace’ in Japanese.
me this year to make sure that our student, Miyuki, was able to experience everything that would make it a trip to remember. This is because last September I was lucky enough to travel to Japan as part of the exchange. Now, having experienced the exchange myself, I definitely have a better understanding about how you remember the kinds of people who make you feel so welcome. For example, when I was in Japan an English teacher at the Junior High school biked about 20 minutes to my host family’s house to meet me. I also met the neighbours, and my host sister’s aunty and grandmother. I thought I would want to go back because of the theme parks and the shopping, but the people I met made me feel more at home than I could have hoped for. From now on, I recognise that the friendship, or the connection you have with the student is often more important than the places you take them. Rebecca Harris, 12Fe
who knew about as much English as I knew Japanese, would be a challenge. When Yumi - my student - arrived on the first day, I discovered something infinitely useful in her luggage - a Japanese/English dictionary. However, I found myself not needing it as much as I thought I would. Two-and-a-half years learning Japanese had given me a sufficient level of speaking and understanding so that Yumi and I were able to, for the most part, communicate with each other. As well as the constant Japanese revision, I was able to experience many things during Yumiâ€™s stay. We went horse-riding, souvenir shopping in town and on one of the last nights, went to a Chinese restaurant with the whole Fujidera/Papanui group. It was a great experience, and I hope to keep in touch with Yumi and host another student next year. Ashleigh Ooi (11Wa)
dent, Miyuki, got to experience everything that would make it a trip to remember. This is because last September I was lucky enough to travel to Japan as part of the exchange. Now, having experienced the exchange myself, I definitely have a better understanding about how you remember the kind people who make you feel so welcome. For example, when I was in Japan an English teacher at the Junior High school biked about 20 minutes to my host family house to meet me. I also met the neighbours and my host sisterâ€™s aunty and grandmother. I thought I would want to go back because of the theme parks and the shopping, but the people I met made me feel more at home than I could have hoped for. From now on, I recognise that the friendship or the connection you have with the student is often more important than the places you take them. Rebecca Harris, 12Fe
Hosting a student This year I hosted a Japanese student from Fujidera, Osaka, for a fourth consecutive year. Each time I have a student I enjoy teaching them about the New Zealand culture. This time was no exception. However, it was even more important to me this year to make sure that our stu-
This year was my first time hosting a Japanese student. My mother and I only had Kentaro in our home for three days this August, but it was still fun getting to know him. Kentaro was not a high school student like most of the other visitors from Fujidera. He was a university student. Therefore, his English skills were very good,
which was great for my mother who knew minimal Japanese language and culture. In the small time he was with us we would discuss all kinds of things in the evenings. Having Japanese students in my home was a really new and exciting experience and I hope to host another in the future. Kimberley Nieuwenhuize. 11Wa
Kentaroo, who would be staying with my family for the next ten days. Kentaroo was a university student and spoke very good English, so communication was not an issue at all. After introducing ourselves and arriving home he presented us with some gifts, including some Japanese rice crackers and a book about the history of Osaka. Kentaroo, being an adult, was privileged to go on a trip to Akaroa, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately, I fell sick for much of his stay, but Kentaroo stayed fit and healthy. After the ten days we had a sayonara party to say goodbye. I really enjoyed having Kentaroo for that time, and had a great experience. Henry Bennett.
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to host a Japanese student from Osaka. The plane to New Zealand was delayed by one day, but they all arrived here at Papanui High School mid-August. I met
Japanese class I have been learning Japanese for 1 year and 9 months. It is a very enjoyable subject and we learn a range of topics including introducing ourselves, telling the time, sports and colours. Many of the topics learnt this year have been elaborated on since Year 9, to give us a wider Japanese vocabulary. We have also learnt Japanese script: hiragana and katakana. Earlier this year, Japanese students from Fujiidera came to Papanui and the Japanese class. We practised our Japanese
For the third year in a row, I have had the opportunity of hosting a student from Fujidera, Osaka. As I have in previous years, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience that hosting a student from another country provides. This year the group of students arrived in the middle of August and stayed for about two weeks. During their stay I had the opportunity to practise a language I enjoy studying, whilst participating in activities such as ice-skating and horse-riding. Despite a few communication difficulties, overall, I really enjoyed the experience and hope that my family can continue to host students from Osaka in the future. Alannah Rickerby. 11Wa
Library Information Centre 2008 has proved to be a year just as busy as the previous one in the Library Information Centre with the workload for the team continuing to expand. There is never a dull moment, and there are never two days the same.
Studying Japanese at School The main reason I came to this school was to take the Japanese class as my full year option, as I had heard that it was really worthwhile. I was definitely not disappointed and in the nine months, or so, that I have been learning Japanese, I’ve learnt so many things. I can now introduce myself and others, count to over 200 and make a lot of origami. My skills were seriously put to the test when a group of Japanese students from Fujiidera City visited our school to practise their English. It was a very challenging (and slightly embarrassing) experience, and I now further appreciate all the visiting students and exchange students who have to face that every day. I hope to continue with Japanese all through high school, so when I’m older I can live in Japan. Jessica Leach (9WT)
This year various members of our school community have used the facility for many different purposes. These include research by many junior and senior classes and staff, personal reading, study by senior students, reading development tutoring, special assessment conditions, debating, meetings of staff and outside agencies e.g. Civil Defence, In-Service courses and Secondary Schools’ Library Network meetings Most of the latter has taken place in the classroom area. Usage by the senior study students continues to be heavy although it has not always been research, recreational reading or assignments being written, but for some an opportunity to practise texting and listening to music. This year the SuccessMaker Suite has become an additional computer pod for the school and is booked by teachers using the library as a space for their
and they practised their English with us. It was great fun and I enjoyed the experience. Georgia Musson (10TM)
students to use the Internet for research. So far this has worked well with many groups across the school using the area.
students in a reading development programme or act as reader/writers for our students with special assessment conditions. As you can see some of them give us considerable time on a voluntary basis supporting our students with reading and writing tuition and the development of self-confidence and self-esteem. I am immensely grateful to them for all the time, thought and effort they put into this work. This year we have also had a good group of student librarians â€“ Sarah Aroos, Petra Agnew, Sol Ah Kim, Sul Gi Byun, Gabriel Hada, April Hall, Graham Leigh, Steffan Maraki, Nikki Officer, Andrew Oswin, Vanshika Prakash, Zoe Reason and Ian Vallance. They have given up their own time at interval, lunch and after school to assist with circulation routines, improving their skills and contributing to the efficient running of the library. Special thanks to all of them for their efforts.
We also have a small but efficient team of volunteers â€“ Lesley Alexandre, Beverley Chappell, Joan Dodds, Catherine Halligan, Janene Harris, Clare McConnell and Selyna McDermott, who either work with
Library Informatuion Centre
We are indebted to all the students and people in our community for their tremendous voluntary support. Without their generosity and willingness to help, the efficient systems that have been set up in our Library Information Centre would not function and the opportuni-
At this point it is important to acknowledge the valuable contribution of the volunteer members of our team to the efficient running of the Library Information Centre. Lesley Alexandre and Jeannette Leermakers continue to work tirelessly in the background as they have for many years. Karen Couch, a former volunteer, is now with us as a paid member of staff and continues the splendid work she has always done. Janene Harris has joined our team this year and has quickly developed a sound knowledge of library procedures. With great expertise the four team members complete the majority of the basic processing tasks which are very time-consuming. The efficiency with which new resources are made available to our clientele is mainly due to their hard work and their loyal support and I thank them for their dedication.
ties that currently exist for our clientele would not be there. My thanks go to them and also to the efficient and loyal staff in the Library Information Centre, in particular Ms Verschoor. We work as a team to achieve all that we do. They are a great bunch of people to work with. Ms B. Bridge Teacher Librarian
see the levels of performance to which they can now aspire. The group continued through the year to support powhiri in the school, and they performed at two special assemblies. All of their experiences during the year were supported by a wonderful crew of parents, teachers and other members of the community. The whanau form class This year we have celebrated many student successes. We have farewelled several of our members and we have seen many of our students develop into wonderful leaders and role models. Particular acknowledgment must be given to our three Year 13 members, Creavalle Karawana, Daley Whiripo and Alisha Moses, who have been integral in the development and success of the form class. Their dedication and leadership will be missed by all of the whanau.
Maori Kapa Haka The school kapa haka has been extremely busy this year with the main focus being the national secondary schoolsâ€™ competition in Wellington in June. The group practised intensively before the competitions, and all the hard work was rewarded with an amazing trip away and a stunning performance in front of thousands of people. The group was tutored by a very skilled and experienced, Junior Tana. It also thrived under the leadership of the senior members, particularly, Creavalle Karawana, Dallas Tatana and Albany Peseta. The standard of performances at the national competitions was very high, and it was a great experience for a group that is still developing to
Te Reo MÄ ori This year Mr Thompson was on study leave for the year so the students had to get used a new way of doing things. As their new teacher, I must say the students have been welcoming, respectful, and a pleasure to teach. I am lucky to have been able to know a group of young people who have such pas-
sion for the Māori language and culture. Some of the highlights for the year are: Manu Kōrero and the Regional Māori Speech Competitions. Janya Puru-Tongia and Ataarangi Jones represented the school. Both speakers were strong and confident.
committee for supporting me this year. Ms A. Taylor
Māori Language Week. Students of the Year 9 Māori language class went to CPIT to participate in some of their activities. They learnt a new song, did some flax weaving and were taught some more language by the lecturers. The kapa haka group also supported Māori language week by performing at the Papanui library. Mau Rākau. The tutors who teach mau rākau for the school came into the junior class to teach the language alongside the skills of mau rākau. It was great to see how the students responded to the new learning and benefited from the time given to them by two inspiring teachers.
I have really enjoyed my time with the students of the whanau form class, the kapa haka and the Māori language classes. I wish to give a particular thank you to Mr. Peawini, Emma McLean, Bronwyn Gemmell, Junior Tana, Nat Tatana and the members of the whanau
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. ‘The most important thing in the world is people’. This year Whaea Adrienne has done everything in her power to support, care for and nurture our whanau including tamariki, parents and staff. She has proven herself to be an excellent teaching practitioner, organiser, leader and colleague. Not only did Whaea Adrienne have to learn her way around the school and get to know how we function as a whanau, but she had to get our kapahaka to nationals. It was a very trying year and she succeeded in every aspect. Whaea Adrienne will be a huge loss to our whanau and I know the students and parents will miss her, as will I. Hopefully we are lucky enough that she will remain a supporter of the whanau is some form. We wish her all the best for 2009. Mihi aroha, mihi nui ki a koe e te whaea. Mr. P Peawini
Guitar Ensemble The school’s guitar ensemble saw a new director in charge, as it took on board the very capable Brad Banks. Seven guitarists have stood the test of time, and made it through this far. Their rendition of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” on the school music compilation CD has to be heard to be believed. Go guitars!
String Orchestra, Chamber Group and String Quartet This year the strings have had three incarnations, starting with a string orchestra of over twenty musicians, directed by Eva Schwanen-Lilley. Lucan Scott managed to switch from violin to stand-up bass, which added a touch of class to the ensemble. There were performances at the Papanui Public Library to celebrate New Zealand Music Month, and a combined musical concert at the Papanui Methodist Church. Eva selected six violinists to perform as a chamber group together with the string quartet, lead by Danny Sung, at the Papanui Baptist Church for the Papanui/Shirley Community Awards, where both groups were warmly commended.
Chorale The chorale’s first concert this year was at the Papanui Methodist Church, where it performed, together with other groups, in a concert thoroughly enjoyed by its large audience. Next up was a performance at the local library to mark New Zealand Music Month, followed by its participation at the Big Sing in the Christchurch Town Hall in early June. Just prior to the Big Sing the chorale entertained the whole school at assembly, singing their hearts out. The group has been working on an original piece written by our composer-in-residence, Hamish Oliver.
Flute Ensemble The flute ensemble boasts a group of sixteen talented girls, and an extensive repertoire to go with them. Under the able tutelage of Janet Simon, they performed beautifully at the Papanui Methodist Church in May, celebrating New Zealand Music Month, and entertained a large crowd of very enthusiastic listeners.
Barbershop Towards the end of the year Caitlin Ruddle, Kat Eder, Catriona MacDonald and Katie Kenton-Todd joined forces to form a barbershop quartet. The girls have worked
extremely hard, and managed to perform a very solid version of “Locomotion” for the Young Singers in Harmony Girls’ barbershop workshop held at Riccarton High School in September. Ever since, they have been in hot demand, and hope to sing at the Papanui Primary School Gala fundraising evening, and for the Papanui High School Alumni evening. Well done! Jazz Band The school Jazz Band won the gold! This twenty-piece band, led by Todd Jones, has worked its socks off this year, and presented an almost all- New Zealand repertoire at the CPIT Jazz Quest, which they repeated for the Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival in Marlborough. They were presented with an admirable silver award at Jazz Quest, and came away from Southern Jam with gold. Congratulations to Todd and team!
Concert Band The concert band, under director, Ian Thorpe, won a bronze award at this year’s Concert Band Festival, held at the Jack Mann Auditorium. This twenty-three piece band (three teachers included) managed to squeeze into the Papanui Youth Centre recording studio to record a stirring rendition of “Brookpark” which heads the school’s first music compilation CD.
Jazz Ensemble The Jazz Ensemble, lead by Richard Thai, started off with a very successful concert and instrument demonstration at Heathcote Primary School. Not long after, it performed to a large supportive audience at the Paparoa St. School Fair. In May it came to the rescue, at the last moment, when another group couldn’t perform,
giving a lunchtime concert at the Papanui Public Library as part of New Zealand Music Month. In early July the group was selected to play for the New Zealand Principals’ meeting at the Christchurch Art Gallery. It showed great professionalism, performing for nearly two hours, and was warmly commended by both organizers and principals from all over the country. Bronze awards were won at both the Jazz Quest and Southern Jam competitions. The last one was an amazing achievement, considering Richard managed to perform despite being extremely ill. Ole! The ensemble has worked closely with the school’s composer-in-residence, Hamish Oliver, and performed an improvisationbased game, “Cobra” during Arts Week to an audience of staff and students.
Rock Bands School rock band, “Love The Lost” (Sam Laurie, Isaac Welsh and Josh Butler) won through the Rock Quest heats at the Civic, and were able to play at the Christchurch Town Hall for the finals this year. The group later performed at assembly, and went on to play for the Casebrook Intermediate assembly where it was warmly welcomed. After the concert, the boys took a workshop with the school’s two rock bands, working closely with instrumentalists, and later jamming one of their numbers. Our boys rose to the occasion both for the concert and the workshop, and the Casebrook musicians were very appreciative of this opportunity. Definitely an experience to be repeated. The original song on the school CD is very strong, as is that from another band, “City in Chaos” (Sam Meni and Matt Andrews). Matt does some amazing drumming on this number, and Sam is an almost oneman-band on guitar, bass, and vocals.
wrote a piece especially for the group, and staff and students came over to listen to an open rehearsal during Arts Week. Fortunately the whole school was able to hear the orchestra when they performed the William Tell Overture with Eva Schwanen-Lilley conducting, at the end of term assembly. It has been an ambitious, but worthwhile endeavour. Composer-in-Residence We have been lucky enough to have a visiting composer with us for Term 3 of this year. Hamish Oliver has worked with students in the Music Department through classroom seminars and individual support for composition, as well as tutoring the Jazz Ensemble. through the improvisation-based game mentioned earlier. He has written original compositions for the school orchestra, and for the chorale. It is a great privilege to be able to have a respected New Zealand composer on board for a term. We look forward to hearing the results at this year’s Soirée.
Orchestra 2008 has seen the creation of an orchestra at Papanui High. For term three only, sixty musicians came together to form an almighty group that filled R3. Our visiting composer, Hamish Oliver,
Papanui High School CD This year has seen the creation of a recording project that consolidates and showcases the school’s many and talented music students. Each group has
had their chance to record one piece at the Papanui Youth Facility. Duncan Ferguson, as technician, has recorded and mixed eleven pieces of music performed by ten groups from the school to create the first school music compilation CD. It has been an ambitious, but highly rewarding experience, giving students the chance to record under professional conditions in a studio. We are proud of the results. The CD went on sale in Term 4.
Max Wilkinson was selected at this year’s Southern Jam Festival as trombonist for the All Stars Band. He also has a place in the New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra for next year. Well done Max! Lucan Scott was this year’s All Stars Band bass player at the Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival in Marlborough. Lucan has taken on the upright bass with aplomb, and is now playing confidently in all his groups. This is an extremely good effort and we wish him luck with further music study. He will be sorely missed in the Music Department. Ms . M Davison
Outstanding students Richard Thai directed the school Jazz Ensemble extremely ably, allowing all members to participate in the arranging process, with excellent results. He was chosen to play in the All Stars Band at this year’s Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival. He was selected for the New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra and will be able to choose from a number of Jazz Schools here and overseas for his ongoing study. Congratulations Richard. We will miss you.
Matt Andrews was presented with the Adjudicator’s Choice Award for drumming at this year’s Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival. We are very fortunate to have him around for another couple of years.
Lifestyles, minds, and of course, subjects are different ‘down here’; some, like outdoor education or wood work would be
Coming to another country as part of a High School Exchange programme is a dream of many students. In our case this dream came true; we were given the chance to go to the country of our dreams, New Zealand.
A review by Mia Woermer Poulsen (DEN), Antonia Sommerfeld & Friederike Bötel (GER)
taught neither in Denmark nor Germany. To get closer to New Zealand’s beautiful nature we chose Outdoor Education. Because we came half way through the year and didn’t have any skill at all, we were put into the Year 12 class. In the two terms we learned a lot about mountain biking. First of all, we had practices which we enjoyed a lot; we would spend our double periods either in Bottle Lake Forest Park or somewhere in the Port Hills. The biking was fun; speed had to be combined with skill to have a successful ride through the beautiful features.
pen’, and her Mum definitely didn’t want her to go on such a trip. After a bit of explaining, everything was fine and she was allowed to go tramping, too. We had a wonderful time away in Arthurs Pass National Park, even though we were quite nervous (you could almost say afraid) about going away to somewhere where we wouldn’t have any electricity, water out of taps or a roof above the head. To sleep under a tent fly, to get water directly out of rivers and streams; to experience nature this close was amazing. Peaceful and simply pretty. It was also a great opportunity to make closer Kiwi-friends. Year 13 brought more tramping with it. In the second week of Term two we left Christchurch to spend six days in the bush. The aim was to tramp the historic Harper Pass, which expands about 100km between the Arthurs Pass Road and the Lewis Pass Road. The backpacks were filled with food, spare clothes, cookers and all sorts of useful tools. Our teacher, Mr Dalkie, taught us important survival skills, such as sleeping in a natural bivvy (e.g. a hollow log with a couple of fern leaves as roof) without a sleeping bag, sleeping in isolation and lighting of a fire with wet wood. When we
But the practical wasn’t everything. We also learned about how to eliminate, or at least minimise, hazards, how to maintain and repair gear (e.g. fixing a flat tire, changing brake cable). We weren’t quite competent at any of these skills, and it was good to catch up with the bits we had missed out on when daddy did all the work for us when we were kids. We also went tramping for three days. When Frieda told her Mum back home in Germany that she was going to go away on a three-day tramp, her Mum freaked out. It turned out that the German word for ‘hitch-hiking’ was ‘tram-
have to master a seemingly tough task today, we can just say: “I slept in a hollow log, I can do this.” Great experiences!
nary views and had a lot of fun - again! Again we had to make an evaluation of our experiences, which was a bit easier this time because we still had files from the last one on computers.
We spent only two nights in a hut, had long-drop toilets only a couple of times, and took swims in rivers as an equivalent to a shower. We really learned to appreciate a nice, warm shower. It might sound weird, but being away on that tramp was more than a holiday. We had good food and good exercise followed by good sleeps during nights and - of course – a good socializing time.
Finishing off the second assignment coincided with preparing for the only tramp in term two. This time everything was a bit different; it was winter when we went and we didn’t travel in a big group. This time we were split into groups of three’s and four’s and travelled on separate days. On each group’s third day the particular group met Mr Dalkie, and Year 12’s OED teacher, Ms Major, who stayed in a hut along the track and assessed us. It was great to hear that we would have passed if we actually needed to (which we don’t as we aren’t setting NCEA exams)!
As the long summer was over and winter approached we prepared for our second trip, the Cass Lagoon Saddle Track - Tramp. By now we had developed good skills and weren’t nervous before the tramp, as it was ‘only’ three days long. We saw some extraordi-
As being ‘international’ girls on a trip with two kiwi blokes we had very good times and a lot of fun. Of course the nature partly covered in snow - was incredible, too. We even came across some wild horses. Looking back from now, Outdoor education was the most active subject, and definitely the one we will remember the
After we came back from the six days we had to make a portfolio. This is basically a reflection of the tramp - where and when we had gone, how we were prepared, what we had done, eaten, taken, thought about and felt. It was a lot of writing, but because of this we now have a nice souvenir of the wonderful time we had.
most. It showed us the beautiful nature New Zealand is so famous for, and provided us with many skills we didn’t even know about before we came here. It is a great opportunity to make friends and have a lot of fun, as well as learn something for life (that sounds a bit…old but is actually true.) and we’d recommend it to everyone, especially people who are in New Zealand for a limited time.
The competition consisted of a number of Physics fights (debates) on several practical physics problems, with scores on the presentation and defence of their theoretical and practical explanations of the problem; each fight lasted approximately 45 minutes and they were extremely gruelling and entertaining. Papanui High School achieved a very creditable 5th in the tournament just pipping Kings’ College second team to the 5th place. Kings College 1 won, followed by Auckland Grammar.
Tom Wilkinson was selected as one of seven into the New Zealand Physics squad for the world competition in Croatia.
Ismat’s Ahmadi’s Compact Audio Amplifier In the National Certificate in Electronics Technology catergory, Ismat Ahmadi Y12, won a 3rd = place with his “compact Audio amplifier” project. The Electrotechnology industry training Organisation’s (ETITO) annual Bright Sparks Competition is the ultimate showcase of New Zealand’s brilliant young minds. For almost a decade this competition has given imaginative and technically savvy 10 – 18 year olds the opportunity to create wild and wacky inventions in a bid to win prestigious awards and take home great prizes. This year, the 75 en-
The New Zealand selection tournament for the International Young Physicist Tournament (IYPT) was held at Kings College, Auckland over the weekend from the 28th Feb to 2nd March 2008. Twelve teams gathered from around New Zealand. They debated and defended seven physics experimental problems. Of the 12 School teams taking part, Papanui High School was the only representative from the South Island with Annalise Fletcher, Aidan Millow and Tom Wilkinson, accompanied by Mr Frost.
long days travelling around the city. By the time we left Paris we had recuperated from the flight. Having been on our feet a lot we adjusted to the time zone and learnt to sleep when we had the opportunity.
tries provided proof that New Zealand is home to some exceptionally talented, creative and dedicated young hi-tech stars.
School Trip to Europe
Earlier this year we, (Michael Gudgeon and Annalise Fletcher) were selected to attend, and give a presentation, at ‘The World Forum for Social and Environmental Responsibility.’ The Forum was held in Lille, France, in October. As speakers, we were provided by the conference with flights to France, transport within France, and accommodation was provided by a local school. We were also accompanied by Mr Frost, and Mrs Frost. We are incredibly appreciative of the generous opportunity we were given to attend.
When we arrived at the conference on the first day we still weren’t entirely sure what to expect. The actual conference was less formal than what we had originally anticipated, but there were still large crowds
Physics to France
We arrived in Paris, after spending over thirty hours in transit, having gone through Auckland, Los Angles and then Heathrow Airport. The next couple of days we had the opportunity to do some general sightseeing, and adjust to being in a new country, immersed in a new language that we ourselves could not speak. Paris was an amazing place to explore and despite the very short time we were there, we endeavoured to make the most of this experience. This involved spending two
We travelled by train to Cambrai, adjusting our presentation on the journey over. Upon our arrival later in the evening, we were unsure about what to expect. We were separated and stayed with different host families. Despite encountering some language barriers (and undergoing a slight reshuffle around after the first night) we were enthusiastically welcomed into their homes. Cambrai is a town with a population of 35 000. It is a one hour train ride from Lille, which we travelled to and from (with a different school group) each day. Although we spent only four nights in Cambrai, by the end of our stay we had become very friendly with the families, students and teachers we stayed with. The warmth with which we were so readily welcomed into these peoples’ houses was amazing.
Physics in France
in the area we were speaking in. We were scheduled to speak on the first day, to our surprise, and we were given a shorter time to present our project than what we had originally anticipated. Despite the frantic experience of making last-minute adjustments to fit the new time frame, we were organised. Our presentation was translated into French as we spoke, which did force us to simplify some of the wording, but hearing each sentence read back in French was an interesting new experience. We interacted with a lot of foreign students while at the conference, which was also a positive experience. In particular, we met many Croatian and Hungarian students who were being hosted by the same school as we were.
East Africa, and Professor Norman Uphoff who spoke about changing land use as a result of population growth. As well as this there was a continuous stream of student presentations from around the world. After the conference we spent time in London (with free accommodation provided by Michaelâ€™s very considerate extended family.) While in London we had the opportunity to relax a bit, see some shows and do some sightseeing. The time we spent in London whizzed by, as we were rushing around the city. (Or perhaps scuttling about under the city is more accurate considering how much we used the underground system.) Unfortunately, after just a few nights, we had to board a plane again, and survive another two nights of flying through darkness in cramped seats. Although we were sad to leave, getting off the plane and walking outside again in Auckland felt good, and we were grateful to arrive home after a (thankfully) short flight to Christchurch. We we were greeted by a bright sunny day - dazzling compared to Europe - and a lot of fresh NZ air.
After the day of our presentation we were invited to have a meal at the school and to explore Cambrai. The next two days we also attended the conference but were able to relax and watch some of the presentations of officials from around the world; there would often be three or four running at the same time, and we could pick and choose what to watched. Examples of speakers were Nobel peace prize-winner Wangari Maathai who spoke about the environmental movement in
Overall we were fortunate that everything ran so smoothly. We are grateful that Mr. Frost always seemed to know where we were (even if we didn’t); grateful that we ate so well, we arrived everywhere on time and were able to pack in a huge number of activities in a very short timeframe.
ing. Of course it would not have been the same without such enthusiastic chaperones, so we also owe a great deal to Mr and Mrs Frost for successfully organising and negotiating our travel itinerary. Annalise Fletcher and Michael Gudgeon.
Tourism Tourism broke new territory in this year by heading off to Hanmer and Kaikoura for a spot of hot pooling and whale watching. I won’t say too much, but I will say it was a great experience. As well as collecting data for their New Zealand regions’ internal, students also had the fun of being tourists and seeing tourism from an active perspective. Zara Dunns and Kimberley Bowden reported twenty-two Year 12 ‘Tourists’ had a three-day camp in Kaikoura, of which the highlight was the sighting of “three sperm whales, seven baby hump-backs and lots of gorgeous dusky dolphins.” Australian Tour The Year 13 Tourism students once again had the opportunity to combine with Catering and travel to Australia for ten days in the July school holidays. The staff re-
For this experience we would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous amount of money we were gifted by the Canterbury Development Corporation and the City Council. Our overall trip, and particularly the time we spent at the conference, was a really rewarding, learning experience that we thank Papanui High School (Mr Pyatt in particular) for secur-
Of course we were also thankful we didn’t get crushed to death in the Paris metro, or have our accents mocked too much in London, and that while attending Papanui we have never had to get up at 6:30am in order to come to school, eat a giant communal breakfast and start classes before eight. However, naturally we welcomed this kind of culture shock, learnt to successfully pronounce many French phrases, tried a lot of new food, redefined our concept of personal space, and developed our fake British accents.
ing experience, forty-two seconds in a lift to travel up seventy-seven levels.
ally enjoyed the trip, although it was no holiday, as some might suggest. The extra effort was worth the reward of seeing the students so happy. It sounds cheesy but it’s true. What’s the point in doing a subject teaching about people travelling without sampling a bit of it personally? No mention of class work, but that went well this year as well. Anyway that’s the summary of Tourism for 2008.
On our last night we went to ‘Dracula’s’ for a meal and a live show. Everyone agreed this was definitely one of the highlights of the whole trip and a great way to end a fantastic experience in Australia. A.Chapman
For the first half of the trip we were in Maroochydore, travelling to Noosa one day for a river cruise and beach trek. Another highlight at that time was a look around the famous Eumundi Markets, and nonstop fun at the Ginger and Nut Factory. After staying three days at the glamorous M1 resort, we made the road trip down to Surfers Paradise. The break on the way there consisted of a two-hour stop for shopping at Harbour Town – the discounted shopping mall where we did heaps of bargain shopping. A bit of bad weather didn’t stop us from exciting trips to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, a day at Pacific Fair, Dreamworld and Movieworld. The fun didn’t stop there ….. Going up the Q1 Tower was an amaz-
ing emptied box-by-box into containers and storage spaces. Our new and refurbished classrooms will be inspirational and the students will truly benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities.
We would like to say thank you to Mrs Bunnage who has worked so hard with our seniors in Year 11 Art and Year 12 and Year 13 Painting to help them achieve the best results they could this year. Mrs Bunnage took over from Miss Stewart who took maternity leave at the end of Term 1. Miss Stewart has come in to visit some of you during the year to keep an eye on progress and help mark work. We look forward to her returning in 2009, and wish Mrs Bunnage well in her new job at Rangiora High School. The students will miss her heaps. We welcomed Mrs McCulloch into the department and are grateful for the experience and enthusiasm she has brought to both the junior and senior programmes. The Year 13 Art/ Design students have benefited from her knowledge and encouragement.
Iâ€™d particularly like to thank Ms Connon on your behalf for all the hours and hard work she has put in, especially in Term 4, to help you meet deadlines and get the best results possible. I have enjoyed your sense of humour and your ability to be honest and supportive of each other. All the best - take care. Mr M. Soltero
Next year we look forward to our new surroundings. Our classrooms are be-
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This year was one of the hardest years we have encountered with the cruel and tragic loss of Marie Davis. Her absence has been felt, we will miss her.
A special note to our Year 13 students, and those Year 12 students who are leaving us. Some of you are going to further study in Visual Arts: Art Design, Digital Media, Fine Arts, Photography, Art History, etc, and some are off to courses in Nursing, Tourism, Education, etc. We wish you all well and we know that you will be an asset to the institutions you will attend. Some of you are going on to part-time or fulltime work for a period before you decide what to do next, and we wish you well also. We have really enjoyed working with all of you and we look forward to hearing about your successes and adventures.
Misako Nagai Danielle Webber
Maxi Lee Rochelle Bolton
Emma-Jane Harwood Manu Somerville
The Global Village International Week
crazy fast tournament in which nine countries were represented - the Cook Islands defeated NZ in the final.
In Term 1, mid-March we had a great week of celebrating the thirtyeight cultures represented at PHS.
We welcomed twenty-four new international students from Germany, Italy, Japan and Taiwan.
On Monday we held language workshops, where students taught their native language to other students – German, French, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Portuguese and Russian.
Pacific Island Group The Pacific Island group had an active year. Its first occasion was to pay a tribute to one of its former members, Sioa Taiulu, who died in a swimming accident in January. It began its performance at this year’s festival with a candle-lit song of farewell, accompanied by a beautiful slide show of photos. The programme went on to include a song of welcome, a mauluulu, a faataupati, a sasa, a taualuga, and a ‘freestyle’ exit song, again accompanied by a video of Sioa, dancing.
On Tuesday we had the ‘Parade of Nations’ concert in the hall. We were treated to items including an Indian dance, a Samoan group dance, a Taiwanese group doing hip-hop, a t’ai ch’i demonstration, an Ethiopian dance and a fire poi display. It was great to see a number of students wearing national costumes as well. Also on Tuesday, the senior Boys’ rugby team played a team from Yamanote High School in Hokkaido, Japan. (Yamanote won 37-33)
Huge acknowledgement needs to be made here to our leaders – all of them Year 12 and 13 students who devised the routine, composed and taught the dances. This is the first time we haven’t had an outside tutor. Well done, Albany Peseta, Lota Elisara, Tagai Elisara, Elisabeth Moemalo, and all the other students.
Thursday saw the ever-popular ‘Food Fair’ organised by our adult ESOL students, and enjoyed by hordes of hungry students and teachers. On Friday we had the ‘Nations Volleyball’ competition in the gym – a
Hopefully, this will begin a tradition of leadership and teaching within our group.
Canterbury, is married and has two children. They are New Zealanders. Now she works for Geelong City Council in Australia because her husband is a scientist and works as a researcher in Geelong.
Thank you to all the staff who helped out this year – the most staff involvement we have had for a long time – and to our families for their support throughout the first term. Special thanks go to Mrs Elisara for making the costumes.
My second daughter has been living in Germany for more then ten years. She can speak Mandarin and English very well; now she speaks German fluently. She is married and has a girl and a boy. They are Germans and speak only German. They can’t speak Chinese. What a pity!
Why I continue to study English in my 70’s My name is Water. I am Chinese and speak Mandarin. I came from a big city in the SouthEast area of China. I am in my seventies and I retired a long time ago. I have been living in Christchurch, New Zealand since 1998. I am married with two daughters and four children.
We have not only a big family but also an international family. There are Chinese, New Zealanders and Germans. There might be an Australian on the way.
My eldest daughter has three Master degrees (one from China, two from America). She used to work for a Systems Accountant at the University of
When I first came to NZ, my English was awful. Although I could read and write a little, my listening and speaking were terrible. Soon after I arrived, a problem I experienced with English was embarrassing. One day, I followed my daughter shopping. She met her boss and introduced me to him. That time I couldn’t say, “Hello”, “Nice to meet you”, “Good bye”. I seemed mute. To a New Zealander I seemed very shy. In fact, I couldn’t speak social English, and I am
not shy. My daughter was disappointed that I could not speak any English and she complained. I was very embarrassed. After that I decided to study English.
However, when I use English, I still have problems. For example I can’t read the insurance company contract. Last year, October, I got a credit card, so that I could pay the power bill each month from the card. But they didn’t understand my English and when I came back home from China I found my electricity was cut off. The smell was disgusting in my kitchen. The dirty water flooded on the ground from the freezer. I lost all the food in my fridge. It was terrifying. What a pain! I learned a lesson. My learning experience showed me, English grammar is very important, and so this year I decided to attend Papanui High School to continue studying English full time.
In the beginning, I went to church to learn English once-a-week. After a while, I learned English at ESOL for about four years but only two hours a week. Really, it’s not enough. Hence, I got Mr. Bill for my home tutor once a week. I felt my English level improved gradually. I can speak poor English. When I was able to communicate with Kiwis using simple English, I realized things were getting better. I often asked them “Do you understand my meaning?” “Yes, yes. You speak English very well.” I knew that they inspired me to even greater efforts. They were encouraging me. Of course, I studied very hard. I was interested in English.
Now my English is intermediate level. I find I can more easily read the headlines of newspapers. I can read the abridged books (level 4-5) but listening to radio and watching TV are still difficult. In the future, I would like to use English to listen to the news in the world on Radio NZ, and the BBC.
After that, I tried writing. I wrote a short story, “Dandelion” from my gardening experience. The article was published in an ESOL Newsletter first. Then two other magazines published it. Finally, one radio station in Christchurch read my article on air. I was proud of myself and this prompted me to write some more.
I want to communicate with my grandchildren who live in Germany. They can’t speak Chinese and I can’t speak German. So speaking English is a best
choice, because English is an international language. I believe the excellent teachers at PHS will help me to continue improving my English skills.
the islands off of it, shopping, going up the Peak Tram, visiting the giant Buddha, and viewing a really cool laser display.
The Wuhan Review On the 12th of April 2008, I left the Christchurch airport feeling incredibly nervous, but extremely excited, for the biggest journey of my life. I had the great privilege of travelling to China with ten other Christchurch high school students as part of a cultural exchange. I now think of my two weeks in China as the best two weeks of my life.
On the 20th we left Beijing for Wuhan, a small city (by China’s standards) of about eight million people in the centre of China. Wuhan is Christchurch’s sister city; we have a friendship alliance with them
Siobhan in Chiina
After nearly thirteen hours of travelling, climbing out of the subway station and staring up at Hong Kong is a moment I will never forget. I couldn’t believe I was finally in China. We spent the next two days sight-seeing around Hong Kong and
The next five days we spent in Beijing. Beijing is insanely huge. It is the coolest city I have ever been to. I would love to live there for a year or so. We did more touristy stuff in Beijing: visiting the Beijing Zoo (Pandas), Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Ming Tombs, the Summer Palace and, of course, the Great Wall. Standing up high on the Great Wall of China, looking at it spread out in front of me and thinking of its history is an indescribable feeling. It was so surreal, and I still can’t believe I have actually been on it. We also visited the New Zealand Ambassador in the NZ Embassy, which was good, simply because the NZ Embassy is one of the few places in Beijing where there is grass. Another amazing thing about Beijing is the Silk Market… six floors of pure shopping heaven. They have everything there. It was amazing.
Acknowledgement : I would like to thank my home tutor, Bill, my teacher Mrs Fae Stewart and the school librarian Ms Tina Verschoor for their kind assistance in writing my story. Water Bai (Adult ESOL student at Papanui High School)
inseparable. Her English improved a lot while I was there, and though, at times, we had absolutely no idea what the other was on about, we talked about anything and everything. In Wuhan I had no Western food. For breakfast Lu would take me to different places on the way to school and we had different kinds of noodles or dumplings every day, and for lunch and dinner we ate rice with a large selection of vegetables and meat. I love the way the Chinese eat, with all the food in the middle. You just take as much or as little as you want. I also ate some weird stuff, like chicken heart, fish skin, toad, and duck head. I figured I may as well try them.
and the main purpose of the trip was to further that relationship. My first day in Wuhan was really scary, as the Christchurch group was split up for the first time and I was alone with my host family. Travelling to my host family’s home was the most awkward moment in my whole life. I was tired, homesick and my host sister and her father could understand very little of anything I said. My host sister’s name is Lu, and she lives on the 6th floor of an apartment building – no elevator – with her mother, father, older cousin and younger brother and sister. Lu was the only one who could speak English, and it wasn’t very good. To top that, when I walked into the bathroom, I realized I would have to use a Chinese-style toilet for the next week… a squat, which is basically a basin in the floor with a hole in it. I felt like crying. It didn’t help that I was the only one who had to use a squat out of the Christchurch group. However, once I was used to it, it wasn’t actually that bad. But believe me when I say this: the state of public toilets in NZ is NOTHING compared to the public and school toilets I saw in Wuhan. You don’t want to know why, but I refused to use them.
On the second day in Wuhan, the Christchurch group and our buddies went on a tour around the city. This pretty much involved seeing Wuhan’s only tourist attraction, the Yellow Crane Tower. The Tower is five storeys high and very beautiful, and it gave us a really good view of Wuhan. I had my first day at school on my third day in Wuhan. It was really overwhelming, I walked into Lu’s classroom and everyone stood and clapped, and there were welcome signs everywhere. Some of the students spoke, welcoming me to their school. They also gave me a ridiculously
After a couple of days, Lu and I were
lebrity. Most people living there have never seen a white person before, so wherever I went I had people staring at me, or wanting to touch my hair, taking photos and calling out, “Hello”. It was totally crazy, but I loved it. Language wasn’t actually that much of a barrier. I managed to survive two weeks on a few phrases, and as long as you know ‘Wo ai ni’ (‘I love you’) you’re pretty much set. All of the Chinese people I met loved practising their English. My stay in Wuhan was definitely the most rewarding part of the trip. It was incredibly sad saying goodbye to Lu and to all the friends I had made.
Being white in Wuhan is like being a ce-
However, in August, Lu and five of the other Chinese students who hosted us came to New Zealand. It was so good to see them again, to take Lu around Christchurch and have her realize what it was like for me to live in a totally different place. She loved being here; she wants to move here to go to university. Saying goodbye to Lu and the other Chinese buddies was so sad. It’s amazing how close you can become with a person after spending only two weeks with them. I know I may never see Lu again, but we will always be friends. I e-mail her all the time, and more than anything I would love to
large Chinese knot symbolizing hope, friendship and unity as a gift. It may be beautiful, but it weighs 3kgs and I had to get another bag to bring it home. School in China is totally different to what we experience here. I had to get up at 6am every day because Lu lives 40 minutes away by car, and we had to be there at 7.30. Her school, No. 39 High School, has 1600 students and instead of many buildings spread out over the school grounds, there were a few buildings close together; the main one six storeys high with many classrooms. The students stay in the same room all day; the teachers come to them. No matter what class I visited, the students would all crowd around me wanting photos, hugs and to ask me questions. I went to classes such as painting, music, chemistry and English. I was lucky I didn’t actually have to experience a full day of school; it would have been really boring – and it doesn’t finish until 5.30pm. I was at No. 39 with two other students from NZ, and the three of us with our buddies spent a lot of time together, wandering around the school and playing sport and cards etc. We became very close and it made my week in Wuhan even more enjoyable.
taught me anything, it’s that we are all the same, and we all deserve to be treated the same. Something Lu said to me will stay with me forever: “I often say I am not a Chinese person, but an earth person. We’re all the same.” She’s right. It doesn’t matter what country we live in, or what colour our skin is, or what language we speak, we are all human, and that’s what counts. Siobhan Levick, 13Ve
go back to China to see her and her family. I think about my trip every day; it truly was the best experience I have ever had. China is so much more than just a country riddled with bad pollution (which, by the way, is not as bad as the media make out) and human rights issues. Unfortunately, the media and people who haven’t been there seem to only focus on the bad stuff. It is an amazing, beautiful country. The hospitality and kindness I experienced there is above anything I have ever experienced in New Zealand, and I no longer let other people’s view influence how I feel about it. Yes, China does have its problems. The poverty I witnessed there was heartbreaking – people sleeping on the streets, washing their hair in the gutter, begging for food and money. But it made me realize how fortunate I am to be brought up in a western country. So many people take living in New Zealand for granted – and we shouldn’t. We are so incredibly lucky to live here, and I think many people would benefit going to China to fully appreciate what we have. If you get the chance to experience what I have, I urge you to take it. You would never, ever regret it.
Exchange Students Jonas Fleischer Jonas Fleishcer attended Papanui as a Year 13 student from Germany. In his six months here he went tramping at Fox River, Abel Tasman and Mount Cook – the latter leaving a lasting impression. Tramping is rare in Germany, so Jonas embraced the opportunity by staying in youth hostels for two weeks, tramping with the other youth. Jonas also took the opportunity to try a variety of different sports; judo, indoor rock-climbing, martial arts, athletics, archery and rugby – archery
I understand that this will sound clichéd, but it really is true. If my time in China
and rugby being uncommon in Germany. While here, he also experienced the thrill of jumping off a bridge – with nothing but elastic attaching him to it.
When I was asked to write something for the school yearbook, I didn’t really know what to write about - I mean, something that you hadn’t heard before, something a bit more original. I believe what follows is not particularly original, fantastic or fascinating, but I promise, I have done my best. Well, I guess you are used to hearing this one, but at the same time it is true: “So far, my year in New Zealand has been one of the best times of my life.” I saw so much, lived so much, learnt so much, I think I’ve changed a lot. New Zealand and its people have left a large footprint on my life and I do hope that I left a little one somewhere, some time.
This week I received my tickets to fly back to France - it is almost like I had forgotten that this time would come. I am not sure I want to go back; I feel like I have two lives now and not able to choose which one I want to keep.
Jonas said he had to make an initial adjustment to our schooling system of six subjects, as opposed to thirteen in Germany. He “enjoyed focussing” on his strengths, rather than being forced into subjects that weren’t as enjoyable. At Papanui he took Computer Sciences, Biology, Photography, Geography, ESOL and Outdoor Education – the last two being unavailable in Germany. Having fewer subjects, he enjoyed the 9 – 3:10 school day, in contrast to the German school day of 8 till 3 or 4 pm, with the students only having one 15 minute interval and a 30 minute lunch. The schooling system in Germany is divided into 3 bands, the lower bands only being admitted till Year 10, and the top band being admitted up till Year 13. He was fortunate enough to be allowed to achieve Year 13, as students can only attend university if they have the Year 13 qualifications. After his six months experiencing New Zealand culture and sport, Jonas Fleishcer left our country on the 15th of July, with definite intentions of returning. Anny Ma, 12FR
You live in such a wonderful country and you sometimes seem to forget it. It is unique, so special. I just love spending hours travelling in a car looking out the window. It is just beautiful. Why would anybody want to leave that behind?
different as well as the way of teaching. Finally, this year has been crazy. I will miss ‘Pap’High’, my friends, at school and the ones outside, my kiwi friends and others of different nationalities, the landscapes, the mountains, the ocean, Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Shortland Street (maybe not that one), pavlova, misunderstandings, people calling me ‘Frenchy’ or ‘Gipsy’(even if I didn’t really like it), all those ads on TV that tell you to “eat fresh” or that “the lowest prices are just the beginning”,’ Flight of the Conchords’, missing home, meeting people, saying goodbye, my daily fights with my host brother, counting my new bruises from my fights with my host brother, the tasty carrot cakes that my host mother makes, my host family, my host family, ‘Sweet As’, just LIVING HERE, that is what I will miss.
I remember when I arrived here, my English was not too bad, but it was still hard to understand. But when I heard the kiwi accent, sorry, but I just freaked out. I couldn’t understand anything of what some people were saying. And then I realised that they couldn’t understand me either. Sometimes my accent or my difficulty in understanding, drove me to some strange situations or great misunderstandings. For example, when I first heard “Sweet as”, what I understood was something a little bit different...for me what people were saying was that something related to someone’s backside was really sweet. Here, school is also really different. It is so much more fun and relaxed. ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was a great time...and the formal...amazing. And so were the Outdoor Education trips and all the other things that I have been able to do at school. We don’t have all of that in France - no formals or drama productions, and the subjects are really
Thank you for everything. I’ll be back. (If it makes you happy or not). I’ll finish now and leave you alone, but just a little quotation from a kiwi – Burt Monroe: “If you don’t follow your dreams you might as well be a vegetable”. Estelle Shallon
Sport Alisha Moses (Bottom left) was selected in the Kiwiferns Rugby League squad to play at the World Cup.
Miss Frankie Mortimer was selected for the New Zealand Women’s Touch team. (Bottom right)
Callum Stent (Bottom right) is in his third year playing for the New Zealand Waterpolo team. He has been selected for the NZ Youth U18 squad to travel to Sydney for a month in 2009. Next year, he will go to Croatia for the Junior World Championships. He has played for Canterbury U18 and senior men, and was ranked 7th in New Zealand for Division 1 men.
Mr Phil Washbourn (Right on the Great Wall of China) attended the Paralympics as a referee for the Wheelchair Rugby; this was his second journey to Paralympics after attending in Athens as a coach. Cameron Jones was placed 1st in the 125cc motorbike Grand Prix roadracing series, making him the youngest ever New Zealander to win this.
Allie McGlinn (Year 12) (Top right) was selected for the National Ski Team. Fraser McGlinn (Year 9) (Top right) made the National Development Ski Team. Allie is ranked 150 for her age in the world. Matthew Crake (Bottom centre) was selected in the New Zealand U16 Hockey squad to play against Queensland. Lauren Welsh (Top left/left) was selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ team for Athletics to go to the Pacific School Games discus, shot put & javelin. Kelsey Berryman (Top left/right) competed in the Oceania Junior Athletics’ Championships in Saipan.
Aerobics and Hip Hop –National Success Papanui High School students starred at the National Championships in Lower Hutt in October. Abby Wilson was 1st in Open Novice Junior Individual, Jess Fisher-Robertson and Sarah Faithfull were 2nd in the Open Novice teams; Michael Gudgeon was 1st in the Open Individual male, and D’phaze (Michael Gudgeon, Jesse Laughton, Laura Gray, Birian Habte, Chloe West and Natalie Roberts) was placed 4th and given the award for the most creative choreography. Over 250 athletes were competing in this national event.
(Pictured above top left is D’Phaze: Chloe West, Michael Gudgeon, Natalite Roberts, Jesse Laughton, Birian Habte, Coach Daniel Chew and Laura Gray)
ball 1st XI, the Wednesday only Netball team, and the Girls’ XV Rugby team were all recipients. At the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Summer Sports Awards Ceremony, awards were presented to Kelsey Berryman for winning the Girls’ Open 300 metre hurdles, Matt Davison for winning the Boys’ Open 50 metre breaststroke, and Boys’ Open 100 metre breaststroke, and the Senior Boys’ Touch team for claiming the Supertouch title for the second year in a row
Zonta Sports Awards
The Zonta Sports Awards were held recently. These have been running for 18 years and are a celebration of elite secondary school sports. There were 188 nominations from 26 schools and Papanui had nominees in 4 of the 6 categories. Kelsey Berryman (Touch, Athletics) and Alisha Moses ( Rugby , Rugby League) were finalists in the category for the ‘Best all round sportswoman who has achieved in more than one sporting code’. There were nine finalists in that category and Kelsey Berryman was the winner and Alisha Moses was highly commended. Congratulations to both students for an outstanding achievement.
Students selected for representative teams: Rebekah Crake - South Island U17 Basketball team to travel to Australia Chad Tainui and James Wihongi - Canterbury U18 Rugby Development team. Jade Rogerson - Spring Swimming Nationals in Mt Maunganui. Canterbury Girls’ Football - Melanie Cameron, Rebecca Szentivanyi and Ruby Somerville Metro black U13 Rugby -Kelly Hutt and Joshua Policarpio U16 Canterbury Rugby League - Jesse Turner and Liam Kennedy. Canterbury U14 Rugby League - Dayshan McCausland, Eli Norton, Rohan
School Sport Canterbury Awards A number of our school teams which won their respective grades this season were presented with awards at the ceremony. The Boys ‘C’ and the Girls ‘B’ Badminton teams, the Junior Boys’ Rugby League team, the Girls’ Foot-
Aerobics & Dance
Tyrell and Shaquille Holland. Stef Moore - North Canterbury Basketball in the U17 Girls’ team.
Kathryn and Rachael Luck, Sarah Faithfull, Jess Fisher-Robertson, Abby Wilson and Michael Gudgeon competed in the NZCAF Canterbury regional Aerobics and Hip Hop competition held at Christchurch Girls’ High School. D’Phaze (Jesse Laughton, Christine Vo, Laura Gray, Birian Habte, Chloe West and Natalie Roberts) competed in the Hip Hop section. Abby came second in the Open Novice Individual, Jess and Sarah came second in the Open Novice Team. D’Phaze came third.
The Papanui High School Rugby League team, captained by Shaun Bell, won the second division final against Burnside. Hollie Robinson gained a creditable 6th place in the Interschools Equestrian event in March. Reuben Looi and Lizzie White gained places in the Canterbury Open and South Island Karate Championships.
Daniel Richardson took first place in his division in the Senior 200 -255cc division of the Grass Kart Championships at Easter.
Mt Herbert, 1st march Several students accompanied Mr Washbourn to the summit of Mount Herbert, the highest point on Banks Peninsula.
The Gap, 13th April We set off early morning towards Porter’s Pass and headed up to the Torlesse Range. At 9 we began trekking up Foggy Peak (1741m). We then hiked along the ridgeline and up Castle Hill Peak (1998m). By 2pm we were famished and stopped for a bite to eat at the peak. Next we whizzed down the steep scree slopes at full speed. We clambered
This year Houses are competing for a Sports Shield. The competition involved Touch and Benchball. The Touch competition was closely contested by the four houses. Overall results: Green 1st, 2nd, Red 3rd Blue and Yellow 4th.
18-19 Oct Hawden Valley Left Saturday afternoon, drove to the Hawden valley and stayed overnight in the Hawden Hut. Hiked up to Walker Pass for a swim in the tarn before returning to the van and coming home. Great weekend!
across to our destination “The Gap” and stood in awe at the breath-taking view. Mt Somers, August We piled into the minivan. Road Trip! An hour and a half down the road we pulled into the Woolshed Creek carpark, feeling slightly carsick after the many pineapple lumps consumed during the drive. We hauled our packs onto our backs and started heading up the first hill. About an hour later the sun had set and we were hiking through knee deep snow, lit by the moon. At about 8 o’clock we arrived at Woolshed Hut and cooked up a hot meal. A few hours later we were all sound asleep. The next day we woke up to the sound of kids giggling as they tobogganed down the hill outside the hut. We started walking up Snowy Pass at about 8 o’clock in the morning and arrived at Pinnacles Hut at 3 o’clock. Outside the hut we made a luge track and we skidded down on our shovels and packliners. Although the hut had only 19 bunks, 32 people had arrived during the afternoon meaning trampers were sleeping under the tables and under the benches. Mr Carmody even slept outside in the snow. In the morning there was 20cm of fresh snow. We made it back in the afternoon after an exhilarating weekend.
Athletics & Cross-Country South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships results were: Lauren Welsh: 1st U16 Shot put , 2nd U16 Discus, 2nd U16 Javelin; Kim Chambers: 2nd Senior 1500m; Nathan Shaw: 2nd U14 200m and Jayden Pike: 6th U14 200m South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships results were: Lauren Welsh: 1st U16 shot put, 2nd U16 discus, 2nd U16 Javelin; Kim Chambers: 2nd Senior 1500m; Nathan Shaw: 2nd U14 200m and Jayden Pike: 6th U14 200m Kelsey Berryman competed in the Oceania Junior Athletics’ Championships in Saipan. She won the gold medal in both the U18 100m and 400m hurdles. She was also a member of the gold medal winning 4 x 100m U18 girls’ relay team. Matthew Olley who was placed 1st in the boys section and Lesley Finch, 3rd, in the
girls section of the Secondary Schools’ Road Race on May 15th. They competed in the section for Athletes with Disabilities. Lauren Welsh has been selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ team for Athletics to go to the Pacific School Games. She competes in the throwing events discus, shotput & javelin
2008 was a successful, if not exemplary year for Badminton at Papanui. Notably, the Girls’ B and the Boys’ C were awarded first place in their divisions and the Boys’ B came second. The Girls’ C gained creditable results. These unprecedented achievements were partially due to the rise in school interest in Badminton, its members numbering well into the high 30’s. This could not have been achieved without the dedicated support of Mrs Mizusawa and Mr Humphreys.
Kelsey Berryman recently competed in the Oceania Junior Athletics Championships in Saipan. She won the gold medal in both the U18 100m and 400m hurdles. She was also a member of the gold medal winning 4 x 100m U18 girls relay team.
The Boys’ B team had two Canterbury U16 players, Michael Jones and Philip Arnold, the best in their year in Canterbury, won the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Doubles Junior Division. It also featured Bryan, an international student from Thailand, and Martin Munks. The team had a good chance of winning the finals, but unfortunately Michael and Philip were away on camp. The promising thing about the team was that it consisted entirely of Year 10’s. The more experienced Girls’ B team played admirably, having a few seniors on their side such as Man Hong Yuan and Bonnie Chen. It came first in their division
The School Cross Country was run in Term 2 with a large number of students and staff participating. The winner of each year level was: Year 12/13 - Dion Crighton and Kim Chambers; Year 11 -Tristan Nicol and Holly Earl; Year 10 Reuben Brown and Anna Brinsdon; Year 9 - Matthew Brorens and Ruby Somerville The Kimi Ora Unit participated keenly at the Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships. The boys’ relay team was placed 3rd and the girls’ won.
and we hope this tradition will continue. The Girls’ and Boys’ C teams acted as development squads for Papanui. A pleasant surprise was that the Boys’ C won their division and even more pleasing was that it was filled with newcomers such as Jesse Berry, Andrew Begley, and Lewis Fletcher. Admittedly it did have support from experienced players like Billy Clemens and Robert Fletcher. The Girls’ C team competed well and was held together by loyal members such as Angela Vo.
sport competition played on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. This year we were very competitive against some strong teams. After many battles we found ourselves playing in the final against Darfield High School, our traditional foes. Unfortunately they proved too strong in this game beating us 3-1. Second, however, in the Secondary Schools Competition is a very creditable performance. Our next challenge for the year was to compete at the Coaches’ Cup Schoolboys’ Tournament in Greymouth during winter tournament week. On August 31st a very excited team left for Greymouth and the unknown challenges of tournament Hockey.
Having won 41 out of 51 matches this year and with numerous new players joining the ‘Papanui Badminton Movement’ is, indeed, something to be proud of, and provides an excellent base for the next few years. Michael Jones
The first game, against Cromwell College, was fast and furious. We lost 2-1 and knew we would have to play much better in the rest of our pool games if we were to make the play-offs. Our next game was a draw against St Peters College 1-1 which put us into the quarter finals. We played Logan Park and won 1-0. This meant a semi final against the awesome and representative-packed Nayland College, our biggest challenge of the year. And a challenge it was. They came out firing but we didn’t give up and, although the score was 10-1, we were proud
Boys’ 1st XI This is the third season of the newly formed 1st XI and the hard work of the previous two seasons is starting to pay off. All those cold winter mornings training on the frozen Nunweek Park culminated in us entering a National Tournament for the first time this year. Our season began with the schools winter
of our effort. The 3rd and 4th play-off was against Cromwell College which we lost 3-1 meaning our final position at our first National tournament was 4th place. 2008 has been a great year for Boys’ Hockey at Papanui High School. We had several representative players in the team and Matthew Crake was selected in the New Zealand U16 Tiger Turf team. With new talent from this year’s Year 9 and some old heads returning, 2009 looks promising too. Sadly, it was Dion Crighton’s last year with us. He captained the team admirably this year and we will miss him a lot. Keith Delahunt, our manager, did a fantastic job once again and we look forward to his return next year. Our goal for 2009 is to play in the higher ranked Johnson Cup National Tournament; one step closer to the India Shield. Girls’ 1st XI Wow, what an amazing season. We started out with half a team and having to default every other game because of lack of players to having a fantastic team of 14 strong, dedicated girls to take away to tournament in week 7. This team is not only special because of the people in the team, it is unique, as it is the first full girls
winter hockey team to represent Papanui in 10 years. Our first game together happened to be against the Ormiston Girls second 11 who were on tour from Australia. That game was…well, interesting. We practised on Thursday mornings at 7.25 am before school at Nunweek Park in order to improve our hockey skills and fitness. And it sure did pay off. We played on Wednesdays after school for 13 weeks in the 2nd Division tournament and earned a healthy placing of 8th. That’s really great for our first year together. Just a few weeks before tournament we had the opportunity to play another touring team, this time from England. Cranbrook High School came to Christchurch for just 3 days and we played them on their last day here. It was a good hard game but we lost 5 nil. Tournament week was without a doubt the highlight of the season. On Sunday the 30th of August the Papanui High School Girls’ 1st XI arrived at school in clean tracksuits, personalised hoodies, got the vans packed up, and departed for Blenheim. We were to compete in the Jenny Hair Cup. I can safely say that tournament went way too fast for everyone. We played 6 games in 5 days and lost five and drew the last one. We had an awesome experience and had the opportunity to play
girls teams from all around New Zealand. These included St Margaret’s College, Buller High School, Sacred Heart College, Princess Margaret College, Mahurangi High School and finally Heretaunga High School. Our hockey improved dramatically over that week. Mr Ruddle, our manager, said that in five days we improved the same amount as we would have in five weeks of full training. There was also one other thing we got extremely good at while on tournament (other than charades) and that was cheering and chanting. We cheered on many of the other teams using our great array of chants (at least 6 strong), face paint, balloons, dancing and even letters on our t-shirts to spell out names!! We made lots of friends from Mahurangi, Buller and St Margaret’s and did I mention our singstar competition against Buller High; which we won! We ended up getting 15th equal and had the most fun out of all the teams there. A BIG thank you to Miss Williams for being our dedicated coach, friend, mentor and role model this whole season. None of this fun year enjoying and learning about hockey would have been possible without your hard work and effort. Look how far we have come because of it! As a final note, I say bring it on for next
year! I’m very sure we will be stronger, tighter, have even more fun, and we may even have a few new year nines on the team next year! Thanks to everyone who believed in this team and made it all happen, we all really appreciate it! Caitlin Ruddle, Papanui High School Girls 1st X1 Captain 2008
Netball Junior ‘A’ This year was my first year playing netball for the school and not only did I have the pleasure of being a part of an awesome team of girls, I was also lucky enough to captain them. This season we played Saturday and Wednesday Competition. We also had South Island Tournament in the July holidays, which was a great experience to be involved in and had three days of full on netball; playing for school gave me this great opportunity. During the tournament we played seven games and won four. The tournament was tiring but it was also a lot of fun and we improved throughout the tournament and focussed on a different goal each game.
Staff team (As presented at the netball club’s prize-giving) It is with great pleasure that I get to stand up in front of you and speak (at times with tongue in cheek) about the Papanui High School A Netball team. These custodians of the netball court entered selflessly as role models for the Papanui High School netball club. Their task was simple: “be what we want our younger players to be”; the down side of this was a distinct lack of skill and (as Mr McMurtrie put it after watching our first game) the sudden realisation that where the mind thought you were and where your body actually took you, were two distinctly different places.
With Christchurch Netball deciding to combine the U16 and U15 competition this year, it did take a few weeks to sort out the appropriate section as some teams varied from having Year 9 students through to Year 11 so quite a difference in skill level and size. Throughout the whole season our games and skills have improved as a team and this was shown by us winning our last nail biting game 29-28 against Christchurch Girls’ High with Papanui shooting the penalty shot to secure the game right on full time. Our team has demonstrated great sportsmanship both on and off the court. This netball season has been a great one, and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did and I am looking forward to 2009. A big thank you to Miss Fearnley, Andrea and all the other parents that supported and encouraged us. Our team consisted of: Chelsea Inwood, Nicole Harley, Caitlin Chilton, Anna Morrison, Lauren Tatana, Moana Leo’o, Jessica Fisher-Robertson, Marina Nottingham, Rachael McGeorge and Shontelle Peters. Jessica Fisher-Robertson - Captain, 10BA (2008)
There were of course many aspects of consistency. Winning was not included. However, you could be assured that every time Ms. Archer went to shoot and was giggling - she’d miss. Every time Ms. Taylor ducked, she would not catch the ball. Miss Major could be relied upon for the quarter, half, three quarters and after game nutrition; and every time it was cold, wet, blowing a gale and miserable, Mrs Fearnley would leap around that netball court wearing a woollen hat, complete with pompom, ear warmers and toggles that
would be neatly tied beneath her chin.
After three wins in round one the team lay in fifth place on the table and were eyeing up a semi final berth. However several weeks of heavy rain closed all Christchurch rugby grounds for nearly all of round two. This meant the Papanui side could not gain the points needed to move into the top four and remained fifth and missed out on the playoffs.
But humour aside, this team did for fill its primary objective. It demonstrated that at an approximate combined age of 236, life-long learning, participation, fun, and building positive relationships are what count. And as the ‘B’ Team never mounted a challenge, it seems that the ‘A’ Team will continue in 2009. Let’s hope that a bit more time together will improve its commendable record of 3 wins, 4 losses, 12 bruises. And finally, on behalf of the team I would like to wholeheartedly thank the students, parents, staff and husbands who came along and supported us throughout the season. I hope, if nothing else, you got a couple of laughs out of it. Ms. K Pattinson
Nevertheless there was no shortage of rugby for the boys this season. Several international sides fronted up on the Papanui High School main field to face the newly introduced school haka which was delivered with passion by the team. Teams from Japan, England and Australia made visits and the Papanui side also made trips to Westport to play Buller High School and Hanmer to play Nayland College. The highlights of the season were the narrow win over St Bede’s college and the senior 10 a side teams triumph in the Nunweek 10 a side competition. The coaches and management of the 1st XV would like to thank all the players for their hard work during the season. Also all the parents who took billets or provided food for the numerous after match functions. We look forward to see you all again next season.
1st XV The Papanui High School 1st XV had a promising debut season in the Canterbury Metro Under 18 Saturday competition. During the season they faced some stiff competition from schools such as St Bede’s, Christ College, Boys High, Shirley Boys and several strong club sides.
Rugby teams were both unbeaten in winning the 24/7 Sevens Rugby tournament held on 16th April
The Girls’ Senior and Junior 7 Aside Rugby teams were both unbeaten in winning the 24/7 Sevens Rugby tournament held on 16th April
Lauren Welsh, Ashleigh Dumelow and Alisha Moses were named in the girls’ Town rugby team to play Country at Darfield. In the first week of the holidays our Girls Rugby 1st XV travelled away to take part in the Oamaru Rugby Festival while our Junior A Netball team played in the South Island Secondary Schools Junior Netball Champs at Hagley Park
Rugby Successes The mud failed to prevent our rugby teams having successful seasons. The Girls’ 1st XV won the Christchurch Secondary Championships with a heart-stopping final minute win against St Margaret’s College. It also played in the Rugby Festival in Oamaru over the holidays, playing nine games and finishing in 7th place.
Alisha Moses and Lelava Leituala were named in the tournament team. The coaches, Laurie Welsh and Vicki Campbell did a great job of coaching and organising the girls. The Boys’ 1st XV made the top 6 in Section A of the U18 Competition. And the Boys’ U70 kilo team won the Wednesday Secondary Schools’ Competition. The 1st XV rugby team won the Secondary Schools’ Ten-a-side Cup, and the junior boys won the Plate in the U70kg division.
The Senior Girls’ Football When the 2008 football season commenced, we were soon greeted with the worst weather of any season I have experienced. The muddy swimming pool our fields had become prevented many games from going ahead and it would have been a very frustrating season.
The mud failed to prevent our rugby teams having successful seasons. The girls senior and junior 7 A-side
I say ‘would’ because though the weather foreshadowed the worst, the team, parent support and most importantly the enthusiasm of both Mrs Nicol and Mr Vannoort meant that it was very successful for us. We finished the season at the top
of the table, not losing a game; no goals scored against us and with a team mainly comprised of year 9 players who were being asked to play in the senior league.
enthusiasm and time throughout the season. Also I would like to say how much we appreciated two keen supporters Bruce Taylor and Tracy Faithfull who both came to several games throughout the season and accompanied us to tournament.
The difference between this team and past teams was the great team spirit among the players. This became obvious during tournament week when we travelled to Balclutha to compete at the South Island Girls’ Satellite Tournament. As most tournaments go everyone gets to know each other and therefore there is an increase in team spirit, and this tournament was no exception. I believe that we did so well at tournament not only because of the skill but the team spirit that evoked a true determination to succeed. We came out of tournament with a result of fifth out of fifteen teams. This was an excellent result and we played against other teams which were in premier leagues above us.
Results of our games at tournament were as follows: PHS drew with St Hilda’s 0 – PHS drew with Queens 1 – PHS lost to Otago Girls 1 – PHS defeated Craighead 3 PHS defeated Central Southland 5 Rebecca Harris, 12Fe
Squash Wednesday competition: Two Papanui High teams entered the Wednesday competition this year. The Boys’ B grade team (which actually had two junior girls in it) beat Burnside in their final game to finish 5th overall. The team was Tim Stevens, Cameron Ruru, Macey Karsten and Jessie Sime, with Mr John Calvert manager.
We went to tournament to compete at a high level and produce results which we could be proud of and with this achieved I am looking forward to next year when we can further challenge the team and improve. On behalf of the team I would like to thank Mrs Nicol for her support and encouragement and Mr Vannoort for his
The C Grade team was made up of four junior boys: Louie Cormack, Lach-
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lan Churchill, Ben Park, Craig Coey.and Finn Hudson-Hoggard reserve. Mrs Welsh was the manager of this team who also finished fifth in their competition.
Breastroke, Calum Stent; 2nd 50m Butterfly, Jade Rogerson; 2nd 50m Backstroke, Mark Mathias; 3rd 100m Freestyle, Steve Johnston; 3rd 100m Butterfly.
Christchurch Secondary Schools’ Championships This tournament saw two teams entered from Papanui. The girls’ team of Macey Karsten, Jessie Sime and Sarah Scobie – all juniors, performed well and were only beaten in the final by a much older Christchurch Girls’ High Team.
The Boys’ team of Jarred Beaumont, Tim Stevens and Cameron Ruru were beaten by only Christchurch Boys’ High School in their final. Jared, as number one, went through the tournament undefeated. The school’s Boys’ and Girls’ Squash teams came second in the Canterbury Squash Champs. Congratulations to Macey Karsten, Jessie Sime, Sarah Scobie, Jarrod Beaumont, Tim Stevens and Cameron Ruru.
Swimming Students performed well at the Intersecondary Schools’ Swimming sports: Matt Davison; 1st 50m Breastroke, 1st 100m
Senior Boys’ Touch The Senior Boys’ Touch team has had another very good year. At the end of 2007 we attended the Secondary School Touch Nationals and surpassed our greatest expectations to make the top four. During the first day we won two games and drew with the overall winners Rotorua Boys’. The second day saw us facing both Southland Boys’ and St Andrew’s. These two teams defeated us in the South Island Champs, but for some reason we felt very confident in beating them. This did happen, and even a loss to Hamilton Boys’ (which was the runner-up) still gave us a semi-final. We had to face Rotorua again in the semi unfortunately were beaten 4-2. We were disappointed to lose and miss out on the final. We never gave up and were extremely proud of our achievement and 3rd= placing. At the beginning of 2008 we had a great start with 1st place at Secondary School Regionals. The South Island Champion-
ship was very exciting with a drop-off in the final against Southland Boys’. Unfortunately we lost this, and although it made for good entertainment, we would have preferred a boring win as opposed to an exciting loss. In the end we qualified for nationals and used it as motivation.
play with the ‘Souljah’ heart and passion. We would like to thank the Board of Trustees, staff, parents and local businesses for their support. We hope to do you all proud in December. I congratulate all of those players who made Canterbury U15, U17 and U19 rep teams and a particular mention of James Wihongi Shaun Bell, Chad Tainui, and Michael Cavanagh for their New Zealand selections. (Pictured: James, Shaun, Chad)
To prepare for Nationals, we trained over the winter with 7:30am circuit and sprint sessions and then into our normal season with fitness, full trainings and game-plan practices. Playing in the school Supertouch grade and the Premier Men’s grade at Belfast allowed us to run our game-plan against opposition.
Lastly I would like to thank you, the players. They are all extremely talented, hard working and loyal young men. I am proud to be their coach and I am sure they will look back on this time and feel empowered by what they have achieved. They are, and always will be…a Pap Souljah!
At the annual sports’ dinner we received the ‘Team of the Year’ award and are very proud to achieve this as we worked hard to develop the team culture and live up to the values that were decided upon many years ago.
We gratefully acknowledge the work of the staff, coaches and managers; Ms McConnell, Mortimer and Emson and Messrs Peawini and Smith Mr P Peawini
With very high expectations after last year’s success at Nationals, and although having lost three experienced and quality players, we still feel that we have what it takes to achieve a top four placing. We know that anything can happen on the day so we will take each game as it comes and
Senior Girls’ Touch In December 2007 our Senior Girls’ Touch team travelled to Palmerston
North to compete in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Touch Nationals. Qualifying as the top South Island Girls’ team was a great advantage to us as we went into the tournament with a great pool. We went through into the top 9 after winning all our games, taking one step closer to achieving our goal of making top eight.
The team consisted of eight Year 13 players. For them it was an outstanding way to finish their school years and hand the reigns over to another squad . In 2008 came a new team, with just three players from the previous year competing at the South Island Tournament it was going to be a challenge to make top four and qualify for the Nationals in December.
The following day we had a satisfying victory against St Peters’, and an unfortunate loss against Otaki, by just one touch down.
Through hard work and commitment the team gelled in time for the tournament, and each player stepped up and performed, coming an encouraging 2nd place by just one touch down in the final. With a lot of hard work to follow through training and fundraising the journey has just begun.
To progress through to the top four we had to win our final game, which we drew against St Baradenes. Even though we didn’t make it through we had achieved our goal and exceeded expectations.
Sports & Health Council
Front Row: Kathryn Luck, Sarah Faithfull, Rachael Luck. Back Row: Abby Wilson, Jess Fisher-Robertson.
Front Row: Caitlin Selfe, Elliott Duncan, Amy Wilson, Andrew Scorgie. Back Row: Mrs R. Roberts, Laura Gray, Mr. K. Rae, Anna Brinsdon, Ms J. Coleman.
Athletics & Cross Country
Front Row: Julin Le-Ngoc, Lauren Welsh, Stephanie Roberts, Kelsey Berryman, Ruby Somerville, Anna Brinsdon, Michael Jones. Back Row: Mr P. Washbourn, Reuben Brown, Carl Johnson, Graeme Maley, Ashton Edwards, Mark Mathias.
Front Row: Mrs Mizusawa, Billy Clemens, Mami Watanabe, Bonnie Chen, Natsuki Fujiwara, Michael Jones, Bryan Prayote. Back Row: Philip Arnold, Martin Munks, Lewis Fletcher.
Football Girlsâ€™ 1st XI
Basktball Senior Girls
Front Row: Nicolle Brown, Rebecca Crake, Amy Wilson, Kelsey Berryman, Tagai Elisara.
Front Row: Caitlin Taylor, Laura Cadigan, Rebecca Harris, Courtney Napa, Melanie Cameron, Catherine Maley, Alana Cosgrove. Back Row: Mrs J. Nichol, Tiana Hill, Esme Garza, Ruby Somerville, Kathleen Lange, Stephanie Roberts, Sarah Faithfull, Mr M. Vannoort. Absent: Courtney Holland, Rebecca Szentivanyi
Hockey Girls’ 1st XI
Hockey Boys’ 1st XI
Front Row: Taylor Cleverley, Mike Harbott, Matt Crake (VC), Dion Crighton (C), Josh Gray, Ryan Walker, Matthew Hey. Back Row: Daniel Boustridge, Sam Deam, Sam Wyma, Glenn Thomson, Richard Woodtli, Callum Bennett, Ms M. Wall. (Absent: Manager, K. Delahunt)
Front Row: Mickayla Smith, Rebecca King, Jane Alexander, Caitlin Ruddle, Anna Brinsdon, Celeste Hammond, Laura Thyne. Back Row: Alysha Turner, Shannon McIntosh, Ashleigh Smith, Emma Kenton-Todd, Ashley Stuart, Calire Ruru, Brooke Lindstrom, Miss C. Williams.
Netball Junior A
Front Row: Nicole Harley, Shontelle Peters, Moana Leo’o, Marina Nottingham, Rachael McGeorge. Back Row: Mrs R. Fearnley, Lauren Tatana, Chelsey Inwood, Jess Fisher-Robertson, Anna Morrison, Caitlin Chilton.
Front Row: Cameron Boot, Sammy Kahn, Sam Stevens, Dean Smith . Back Row: Goergia Strangman, Matthew Olley, Andrew Oswin.
Touch Senior Girls Netball Junior B
Front Row: Georgia Coffin, Jamie Hammond, Danielle Cooper, Georgia Tracey, Courtney Dalley. Back Row: Lozzy Osbourne, Krystal, Ms L. Chapman
Front Row: Tash Kara, Janya Puru-Tongia, Rebekah Crake, Janelle Cavanagh, Kelsey Berryman, Ashleigh Dumelow, Ofa Veaina. Back Row: Miss F. Mortimer, Alisha Moses, Melanie Cameron, Kelly Bell, Sarah Faithfull, Stef Moore, Lauren Tatana, Chelsey Smart, Mr J. Smith.
Rugby Girls Netball Senior Girls
Front Row: Alisha Moses, Nivo Aiano, Katia , Lupe Taufe, Langi Veaina, Ashleigh Dumelow, Morgan Dumelow, Lauren Welsh, Terryn Moses. Back Row: Vicky Cambell, Alana Welsh, Sia Auvale, Rochaan Walker, Ofa Veaina, Natasha Kara, Tusi Elisara, Sarah Scarlett. Third Row: Tagai Elisara, Leone , Lelala Leituala, Kate Franks, Chelsey Smart, Meine Cokasinga.
Front Row: Bianca Weaver, Kelsey Berryman, Georgia Glass, Chelsey Smart, Caitlyn Hansen. Back Row: Ms L. Archer, Ms K. Pattinson, Janelle Cavanagh, Amy Wilson, Kate Morgan, Amy Rogers, Zara Alsford.
Touch Senior Boys
Front Row: Nic Rapana, Luke May, Liam Kennedy, Rhett Moore, Joseph, Toulson, Josh Karaitiana, Simon Toulson. Back Row: Mr. P Peawini, Ethan Gerkan, Matt Crake, Sheldon Shearer, James Wihongi, Chad Tainui, Shaun Bell, Mitch Chapman.
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black boy peaches
Senior Poetry Winner
today your words fall like fruit dark and bruised
sadness spills from you yet all I do is collect those discarded over ripened words slice away their velvet skins rearrange them into this I read in d-minor
All of Jessâ€™s entries in this yearâ€™s competition have been published as a celebration of her contribution to poetry at PHS over five years. As well as in this magazine, she has succeeded in the public domain where her work has won competitions and been published in anthologies. She has been a revelation as a poet and writer for her skill and insight.
there is nothing else to offer there is nothing else I hold in my throat like this; the tang of aftertaste sits bitter
the art of blending
mist rises like spirits from the early morning Waimak the seamless surface mirrors willows long branches bending lightly, dipping fingertips the sandflies in their hazy delight know that calm never lasts
your favourite light is crisp morning white and clear you paint clouds curdled in a firmament that rolls out forever
the contours I drew in thick black as a child soften
the river shivers and the willows weep
paint brushes sit in water bleeding blue
as light bleeds slowly into the sky the waterâ€™s skin grows gilded there are no signs except perhaps the mutterings of small flying insects that she was found here or he, pulled under
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those big hands have cobalt in the creases sky stained fingertips when you hold my face to yours the outlines that divide our bodies from each other amalgamate
2. “My friend dies of poems...” words are welts on her flesh lines of Keats and Byron are scrawled up ivory arms Neruda “the night is shattered” between her breasts
stretched into the tarseal was a hawk the sun caught its gilded feathers greased with blood one grand wing lay outspread the other vertical flapping relentlessly in the wind
veins fill with ink and become black webs stretched under skin
a carcass trying to make its way home
written in the sky: we never get poems they get us
dreams with jagged edges 1. “A dream seeps into my sleep...” folded in pageant satin and smiling into the mercury of mirror teeth are strung around my neck horrible pearls that grow back as needles
3. “A classic case of dreams with jagged edges..” the doctor has a lupine face hungry for rage blistered walls and childhood transgressions
i call for help but my tongue is sliced into pulp so birds thread my words from clouds
his eyes are dark, his shirt a crimson stain in the white room he cannot hear my dreams calling “sadness is the best kind of beautiful so overcoming it leaves them screaming in daylight wake up, wake up!”
my verses are suspended in the firmament
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still no-one comes the smile in the mirror drips through my dress until it is translucent like everything, red
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Mum. They both want to go and visit Devon. They’re about to come and ask me. I’ll have to find a way to telegraph my response. It would be good to have someone to talk to. Counsellor or someone. So I could spill my guts to someone who wasn’t drunk or medicated. Hell, I’d give my left one for that. But I would never tell anyone about... it.
Senior Prose Winner Harris Williamson Playing for Elise
* * * Faggot. That’s what he is. Cold hard truth of it. Brian might as well be a girl. Started callin’ him Brianna before he landed me in here, double - crossing smart alec. I had to put up with him, you know, bashing that goddamn instrument around like the fag he is. Couldn’t tell the white and black keys from each other if you asked him to.
E. E flat. E. E flat. E. B. D. C. A. That’s all I need to remember. It’s the opening bar or so of Beethoven’s Fur Elise. I’ve been trying to master it for about six months now. Devon hated it when he was here.
Yeah, I hit him. So what? Scumbag deserved it. I had my girl round for the first time in months ‘cos she’d been overseas, and he comes out bashing the piano asking for a drink of milk or something like that, and I tell him to P.O. and flip him the bird. Little runt should have taken the easy way out. But Brian always takes the high road. Naturally. He nags me like he’s Mum or someone. Britney is getting confused, asking “What the hell?” while I try to sort him out with a few harsh words again. No result. So I grab the glass, fill it up, and lose control. That’s it.
Everyone tells me it’s so easy, that I should be able to do it without any hassle. My music teacher shouts every week. The shouts seem to get louder and louder. They echo. Grade One Piano is a mile away for me apparently. Normality. That’s all I want. My body can’t achieve it. Neither can my mind, I guess. That’s why I’m writing all this down. People seem crazy to me. Everyone, it seems, wants to break away into some sort of anarchical fantasy world. But for every million who want to gain some ‘uniqueness’ per se, there’s one person who wants to lose some. That’s me.
Britney’s gone. Freedom’s gone. Job is probably about to go. All because of that retard.
People tell me I’m self-pitying. I tell them damn right. They would wanna be like that too. They don’t understand.
Dad’s apologising to Mum for the shards of glass left all over the lawn. It’s a mine field after a party. Mum should get mad, really. But she buys the clichés. Because she’s
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* * * Devon gave me a whack. I probably deserved it. I’ve seen those family violence ads, but they’re pretty idealistic. He was getting a bit of a hard time from me, as per usual. At the same time though, the guy is arrogant. He is not a schoolyard bully. He’s a hell - bound criminal and to be honest he got what he had coming to him. I shame to call him an older brother. Twenty-one years old, he
still hits a defenceless kid, and he still hasn’t moved out of home. Pathetic. He’s obsessed with this idea that I’m gay, just because I’m not a homophobic meathead like him. Devon is bigotry personified. He won’t last long in prison. Give him six months and he’ll be playing mummies and daddies with the rest of the class, writing to me for emotional support. And I’ll be laughing vindictively like I know I shouldn’t.
the assault. Judge called it poignant. I call it gay. All he did was rant on about how he, you know, how he couldn’t understand why on earth I’d hit him and how the injuries affected his personal life (like he ever had one). Dad was obviously low on testosterone round the time Brianna was born. Hehe. Must’ve used it all on me. I should probably go to bed soon. Pretty late. 3am now, in fact. I guess I over indulge in these pathetic self - therapy sessions. I’m surprised Mum hasn’t come in telling me to wind it up. If there’s anyone who still cares whether I’m around or not, it’s her. Dad’s got to her too. She’s exhausted all the time, always on Nurofen or Panadol or some wonder drug that is supposed to cure all. Occasionally she still comes in to give me the odd hug or two. She can’t remember my name though.
He used to be a pretty funny guy until Dad got a hold of him. We used to play with his Hot Wheels for days on end. Dad was at the pub; Mum was at work, we’d be zooming around one of those race tracks you could never get to fit together properly. A true kiwi holiday, eh? Round about sixteeen he turned a bit nasty. Started playing rugby, you know, crawling all over other grown men. He would get into bar brawls but Dad would cover for him. Dev would come home and glare at me with hatred. The Hot Wheels were back in the cupboard. That was round about the time we first got the piano.
Dad’s just a creep. He made Dev what he is. Dev will probably turn out the same too: a fat, alcoholic, wannabe rugby pundit whose only job was scanning and bagging groceries when he was a teenager (he got fired from that for stealing). As for the... it I referred to earlier, he’s involved. But I won’t tell anyone. Not even this blank Word Document.
But yeah, as I say, I probably deserved it.
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All I can hope for now is that gaol (is that what the olden day people call it? I dunno) straightens Devon out. Even if he was to beat me to death, I’d probably still love my older brother. Damnit.
He was always the odd one out in the family, Brian was. Never... never prepared to do any bloody work. You know, not gardening or easy stuff like that, but work that actually needed to be done. He was having none of it; sat inside and played with his goddamned toys and whatnot. Dad and I used to go out on expeditions after footy. Did a few burgs, burned a few buildings, got a feed. Yeah, we had a great time. Until we had to come home to Mum asleep all over the couch and Brianna fiddling with his toys we didn’t ‘ave any trouble.
E. E flat. E. E flat. E. B. D. C. A. One day.
I’ve got a photo of him somewhere. Be a bit of a heartbreaker if he wasn’t such a flower boy, but I guess that’s his problem. He’s soft. Not like Dad and I. We’re men. We know how to conduct ourselves. He’s just
He’s a goddamn droner, like his mother. He read the victim impact statement for
some lonely retard trying to find his place in a world that’s obviously too big for him. I’ll give him credit for trying. As I said, the runt bashes out the goddamn piano tune, Keeping the Peace or whatever it is, every night. He’s probably doing it as I jot this down. Trying is what made him wind up in this hell hole. I don’t think he knows how to stop. I wish I could like him. Respect him. As a brother and a man. But for now, I can honestly say that I hate my younger brother.
This is the season of Winter. The season of blossoms, Is the season of brand new starts, The season of colours, Is the season of mending hearts, The season of beauty, Is the season of arts, This is the season of Spring. The seasons that are always changing, Are the seasons that keep us going, The seasons that create our weather, Are the seasons that keep our feelings flowing, The seasons that are hot and cold, Are the seasons that keep us growing, These are the seasons of life.
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Abbey Chambers Seasons
The season of sun, Is the season of smiles, The season of blue skies, Is the season of happiness for miles, The season of warmth, Is the season of wedding isles This is the season of Summer. The season of falling leaves, Is the season of loss, The season of dying trees, Is the season of sadness from far across, The season of grey skies, Is the season of non-existing gloss, This is the season of Autumn. The season of rain, Is the season of sad eyes, The season of cold wind, Is the season of cries, The season of darkness, Is the season of lies,
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Life means so many things, If you look closely you will see, That Life is as simple, As we want it to be, Life is full of doors, You are our own key, Choosing which rooms to take, Choosing your destiny, Life shouldn’t be full of sadness, It should be packed with happiness and glee, Taking every new adventure, Treating it as a life spree, From the time you were a new born, To the time you get that hard earned degree, Whether you find that special someone, And make the decision to marry, Whether you decide to have kids, If so one, two, or even three, Life is overflowing with decisions, That I can well and truly guarantee, So take life on at the full, Don’t waste your time being unhappy. Enjoy it while you have the chance, And make it one amazing memory.
Soul Of A Poet
by the weight of her backpack, and from the window seat that she never ventured far from, she would wish that life had been more kind to the Brownlee women.
A poem is the soul of a poet, Born from the heart, Raised by the experience, Thriving on the emotion, And growing with imagination, But once the poet fades away, The poem does not, Once the poet comes to an end, The poem does not, The poems keeps living never to crash, Long lives the soul of the poet, Who disappeared in a dash.
She was aware that she still screamed in the night, and that Celia would sit beside her, holding her hand, smoothing the tears away from her worn face. Her mother knew she was holding Celia back from life, but she depended on her as a flower depends on water to survive. Celia was a bright girl who always passed her assignments with high marks, but she was never the best. When she received her marks, she would hold the papers to her with a small triumphant smile that was always shadowed by the arrogant shouts of her classmates.
Review Creative Writing Intermediate Prose Winner Kelsi Borren
She entered the competitions she was required to by her over-achieving school, but her teachers would never have realised if she had sat them out; Celia sometimes wondered if anyone would notice if she sat out her life completely. Celiaâ€™s school had a strict uniform policy, but her friends always found ways around the rules - a brightly coloured ribbon to liven up their hair, subtle make-up to give their faces a polished look, and a dress bunched and gathered to fit their curves in a way that made the neighbouring schoolâ€™s boys stare.
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Celia was the kind of girl who quietly existed in a busy world. While everyone frantically lived their busy textbook lives, she sat on the sidelines, a tentative smile on her pale face.
Celia didnâ€™t bother. Her perfectly curly blonde hair strained from its hold of black hair-ties in a way that made it look desperate to escape. It seemed to be pleading to belong to a girl who would take better care of it, cherish it the way it deserved. Celia would never be called ugly, nor did she have a plain face, but even her occasional break-outs were not concealed in the way other girls would be desperate to do so. Her uniform hung off her body, not hugging or accentuating any particular part; she could have been wearing a sack and
Celia lived her life alone, but was by no means a loner. In the midst of chattering, giggling, preening girls, she would have stood out, if anybody had cared to notice her. Celia knew her mother wanted her to be more like her friends, bubbling over with laughter and personality, as she herself had been as a girl before the misfortunes of her life had soured her pretty face. Her mother would watch Celia walking home from school, her small body slumped over
thought in people’s minds, and her whispered name was heard more than any other word throughout the school.
received the same amount of attention. On the day the news of her departure spread like wildfire, Celia was for once the centre of attention, the main
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was just a dream” as my speech topic; so I sat down at my desk and began developing a speech about Antarctica. Yes, that’s right, Antarctica. The aim of the speech was to get off my chest a lifelong anger I have toward people who actually find Antarctica interesting; people who do Antarctic studies at University, go to Antarctica, and then bring home photos seemingly ignorant that they could have saved themselves a whole lot of time by simply bringing back an A4 sheet of paper. So what did I choose? I chose something epic, something that makes up the foundation of society itself. I chose something that provides, for most people, a reason for living. I chose something that is society’s motivation, society’s defence, its tradition, its very essence.
Senior Winner Ben Uffindel
Swan Song (Walks on stage with a stitched up potato on a fork. Looks around and tosses potato/fork over shoulder) Good evening. I’m Ben Uffindell, and providing that the world does not come to a glorious, climactic end within the next ten or so minutes, this will be the final speech I will ever deliver in this forum. While I acknowledge that this is music to your ears, it was a nuclear holocaust to mine. It meant I would have to choose a speech topic appropriate for my final outing.
Now, in Hollywood, when you’ve no idea how to end something, you can simply apt for the “It was just a dream” ending, recently seen in Adam Sandler’s atrocious “Click”, and so long as you’ve maxed out your quota of rude jokes for the duration of the film, then your audience will be uproariously pleased. I know I wasn’t. Of course, after a couple of hours playing around with it in my head, it suddenly occurred to me no one would accept. “It
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The topic of my speech is things that don’t really mean anything. Now, I am well aware that things I mention in this speech do actually have meanings in the sense that, if you look them up in a dictionary, there will be words there, but that doesn’t mean they have any real substance. My final oral journey will focus on empty statements thrown together from the box of clichés for the sole purpose of making us all feel better, or making us obey and agree with that which we otherwise would not. Before I depart this stage for the last time, I want to have shown, at least to some degree, that society suffers from a lack of meaning, a lack of substance, and that the world around us is
built upon mechanical, empty sentiments.
past year because you were so offended by my last speech, you’ll probably have at least heard of Barack Hussein Obama, the Junior Democratic Senator from Illinois, who recently shattered all expectations by ending the Clinton political dynasty and ascending to the status of Presidential Nominee, meanwhile having his name frequently mispronounced as “Barrack Obama” by 3 News, which at the time was still struggling to figure out exactly how to pronounce Myanmar; that is until they discovered they could just say “Burma”.
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And, with that, I introduce my fifth, and final speech: Swan Song. Allow me to begin with the advertising industry; almost undoubtedly the hollow bastion of meaningless phrases. I began pondering this topic the other day when I saw the slogan of a car retailer that escapes my memory. The slogan read “Real Cars. Real People. Real Service”. This slogan sounds all good and well until you actually stop and think about what it just told you, or even worse, what it actually means. Real cars? As opposed to what? Fake cars? All this slogan has really told you is that A) It isn’t breaching the Fair Trade Act by pretending to sell cars when it, in fact, only sells plastic replicas thereof. B) Cyborgs haven’t been invented yet, and C) You will actually get served. I don’t know about you, but I expected these things, and having them written in front of me didn’t exactly make me any more partial to buying a car. Perhaps it says something that I’ve forgotten the name of the company. The truly sad thing here is that slogans like this must actually work in order for corporate entities to continue using them, and this paints a very glib picture of just how gullible society is. Scarier still, there are even worse examples of this meaningless marketing, such as Microsoft’s “Your potential. Our passion”, which, might I note, has an asterix at the end of it, and please don’t even get me started on this one. (Holds up picture of Sony’s Playstation 3 “This is Living” slogan).
Barack Obama has become somewhat of a political phenomenon in the States, inspiring a new generation of voters and turning them out in droves under the banner of his claim that, “Washington has become a place where good ideas go to die”, which raises the perplexing question of why exactly Mr. Obama is so intent on taking his ideas there. Much of this national hysteria is driven by a parade of “inspiring” catchphrases that, as you might’ve guessed, don’t really mean anything at all. They range from stating the obvious - “Yes, we can” - to bludgeoning you over the head with the obvious “Change we can believe in”. Of course it’s change you can believe in. When you’re going from a heavily conservative government that waged the war in Iraq to a candidate who opposes said war and has the most liberal voting record in the Senate, you’d be an idiot not to believe that’s a change. It’s simply a matter of putting 2 and 2 together to make 4. This is something that Obamaniacs, as they are known, can’t actually do, as they put 2 and 2 together and make 1,000 - a number about as large as the value they apply to Obama himself. I am not kidding you when I say I have witnessed two women who have compared him to Jesus Christ. There is a point where things like this get absurd, especially when the hysteria is driven solely by a string of cheesy catch phrases that are
While advertising no doubt churns out the largest number of empty slogans, easily the most shameless come from the realm of domestic politics. In order to restrain myself from giving into my relentless urge to make fun of John Key, please allow me to divert my attention to the politics of the United States of America. Unless you’ve been crying in a cupboard for the
about as empty as the ballot in Zimbabwe.
sector often backs up these arguments with an equally meaningless one, that if you do not say what is “appropriate” and do what is “acceptable” you will not “succeed” in life, whatever that means.
But, of course, despite the disturbing effect they may have on the population, these are all just slogans. Things that don’t really mean anything are not really at their most detrimental until they start to become accepted substitutes for real arguments. But people still buy into this pretend logic because it sounds impressive, and nowhere are these meaningless arguments more apparent than in public education. (Holds up picture of Nazi Swastika).
I’m sure that by now a number of you have already deemed this speech to be “inappropriate”, and I’m sure you’re the same people who think English marking schedules contain real criteria, or that being a newsreader requires skill. You’re probably also the same people who buy into a lot of these empty sentiments and meaningless arguments. But that’s okay. We all do, sometimes. After every speech I give, there are people making the rounds complaining that something I said was offensive, or inappropriate, or risqué. But just remember that those words don’t really mean anything. They hold no weight. They’re simply a product of people trying to justify being opposed to the expression of things they don’t agree with, or don’t like.
Whether schools are trying to get you to think alike or look alike, they always employ a singular all-purpose word, cleverly designed to mean absolutely nothing, while able to be cunningly used in literally any situation to stop you from saying or doing whatever it is they don’t want you to, much like the law. This ambiguous, all-purpose word is “Appropriate”, sometimes replaced by the synonym “acceptable”. This word forms a singular key argument at the heart of school discipline: “That is not appropriate”. This argument is incredibly similar to the “You hate America” argument in the United States. It doesn’t really mean anything, but it always wins. Of course, the reason “That is not appropriate” doesn’t really mean anything is that it is entirely subjective. It’s a legitimate argument in the same way tha,t “I like green. Green is the best colour” is a legitimate argument. It’s not. For example, speaking from personal experience, I know that agreeing with the judicial system’s conclusion that Clint Rickards was innocent of rape is “inappropriate”, believing that Amnesty International isn’t necessarily a good thing is “inappropriate”, that determining for yourself how you want to look is “inappropriate”.
People hate different opinions. They hate being made to think, and so they cling to meaningless justifications for their prejudices, pretend reasons that don’t require any thought, much in the same way they cling to empty justifications for their own lives. Whether it’s Barack Obama, the dream of “success”, or the letter E drawn on a project or assignment, people are looking to justify their existence, even if they have to believe in illogical, meaningless sentiments in order to do so.
If “appropriate” ever really did mean anything, it certainly doesn’t any more. To make matters worse, the education
The world devoid of meaning Its people lost as slaves To all the mindless sentiments Which lead them to their graves They work hard their entire lives
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And so, to round out my swan song, to end my quintrilogy of speeches, I would like to leave you with a poem that, I believe, truly does mean something:
Striving for success But find that word is just a myth A state of mind at best
Jill comes tumbling down. The moral? All I can get from that is you can get away with adultery for a while, but inevitably, you will bust your head in and die. Truly a great message to give to four and five-year olds.
And sometimes you’ll be criticised For being out of synch With all the other PC things That other people think But try not to be disheartened Because no one sees your ability Everything will be alright If you give a speech about your inanity.
Then there’s the old lady who lived in a shoe. She had so many children she didn’t know what to do, so she fed them broth without any bread and whipped them all soundly and sent them to bed. First things first. A shoe is something we wear on our feet to protect them from the cold and pointy things. It is not something you and your children can fit in, let alone live in. A shoe is definitely substandard living conditions. Then the mother neglects to give her children any food, and beats them. There are no morals in this; nothing you can learn from it. Reading this sort of thing is definitely not good for the ‘sole’.
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Heh, A little shoe-related pun there for you.
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Nursery Rhymes. Small, harmless poems we’re taught as a young child, right? WRONG. I believe these so called ‘harmless’ rhymes have a dark side, one we are not usually shown by our teachers or parents, one that I’m here to show you. I intend to exploit the lack of morals, stupid lengths gone to, to include rhyming, and the plain lack of sense some nursery rhymes make.
Rhyming? Every nursery rhyme I can think of has it. But, have you ever noticed the lengths that these writers go to, to make sure that their precious poems rhyme? It’s just stupid. First of all, what is a tuffet? And what kind of a last name is Muffet? Making up two words to make a rhyme is moronic. Then the spider just happens to sit down BESIDE HER. How convenient for the rhyme. It’s lucky that it didn’t stop six feet away, because that wouldn’t rhyme. Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to fetch her poor doggy a bone. When she got there the cupboard was bare and so the poor doggy got none. Rhyme check. Hubbard - Cupboard: Tick. There Bare: Tick. Bone - None: Big Fat X. Bone and none look like they might rhyme when written down, but they don’t. They just don’t. Children today are learning to rhyme from this?! If they are, you can wave goodbye to the future of the English language.
First of all, we are always told nursery rhymes have some sort of moral, but do they? Do they really? Jack & Jill? What’s the moral there? A tale originally written about two lovers who go up a hill to have “relations” behind the well, after telling their spouses that they are fetching a pail of water. One day, Jack falls down and breaks his skull, or “crown”. Soon after,
Nursery Rhymes sometimes just plain don’t make sense. I mean, Humpty Dumpty is supposedly an egg. Let’s investigate. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. No mention that he’s an egg. Mr. Dumpty is only thought of as an egg because of the way he is shown in the media. And if he is an egg, what are the king’s horses and men going to do to save him? A hoof would destroy the egg even further, and wouldn’t benefit poor old Humpty in any way.
Speech Competitions Year 10 Winner (First equal) Toni Officr You’re sitting down talking to your friends when suddenly someone sits in front of you and you can no longer talk to the person to whom you were talking to. ‘Blumin Niggers, always getting in the way.’
Moving on... sing a song of sixpence a pocketful of rye, four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie, when the pie was opened the birds began to sing. Wasn’t that a dainty dish to serve before a king? Firstly, twenty-four blackbirds do not slip into a pie un-noticed. It’s not like a hair or something that slipped in during the cooking process. No, this is like unknowingly emptying an entire aviary into the pie. Then, when the pie was opened, the birds began to sing. So, they’re trying to tell us, the loyal readers, that after being cooked for thirty minutes at 230°C on fan bake, that the birds will still happily chirp? It’s preposterous. If literature continues like this, in no time the English language will devolve into a hybrid of hillbilly, valley girl, inner-city slang and various grunts.
I’m here to talk to you about one of the most common verbal abuses-RACISM. How many times do you hear gossip about other races that people talk about every day? There’s the crazy Asian drivers, poms, niggers, stupid blonds, yanks, curry munchers, bungas, gangas.. The list never ends! O.K admit it. At least half of you who are sitting on your backsides have thought of something racist in the past week without realising it.
But not all hair types are as ‘IQ’ed as they’re classified. Not all blonds are dumb, and not all brunettes are smart. It’s just like what Dolly Parton said years ago, “I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde
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After writing and researching this speech about the dark side of nursery rhymes, I am beginning to forget if there is any sort of “bright” side. I highly doubt there is. How can there be any light side to a poem that has no morals, rhymes, but at what cost? And just doesn’t make any sense. Finally, have you ever noticed how nursery rhymes are always anonymous. Well... I wouldn’t sign my name to that nonsense either.
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If you see a crazy driver you assume it’s an Asian; if you see someone with ginger hair you call them a ganga. Well, what is a ganga? According to ganga.co.nz, it’s a person born with shades of hair defined within the red spectrum. Distinct from those with blonde, brown or black hair, usually fair skinned, easily freckled, good in a fight, stand out in a crowd.
jokes, because I know I’m not dumb ...I also know I’m not blonde. Hmm. At lunchtime my friends and I have the odd joke every now and then, but there are always two that stand out.
‘You WEREN’T the ones taken away from your country to become a slave. You WEREN’T the ones who lost everything and everyone you loved so much because someone HATED you to the extent that they had to murder you; and you AREN’T the ones who have to live every day as a struggle because you CAN make a difference.
To get them to laugh on a Wednesday you have to tell them the joke on Monday. And the funniest thing about them is one’s a ganga, while the other’s a brunette. You see it’s got nothing to do with your hair colour. It’s more a matter of what you do - or in this case - what you don’t have in your head.
You can treat each other with the respect that we all deserve. You CAN help one another when they need it, but mostly you can think twice before you assume something’s a certain way. We only make things the way they are because we talk about it every day. If we only STOP to think of something else to say then imagine how much of a difference we can make together. As Oprah Winfrey once said, “Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.”
Just because something’s a certain way doesn’t mean it’s right - this was one of Hitler’s biggest mistakes. Hitler thought that blonde hair, blue eyed people were perfect so he murdered millions of people who weren’t up to his perfect standards. And this was all for what? Well, thinking of his takeover in the short run, he gathered an army of men together to help him kill Jews. After almost six years of destruction he was caught, and killed himself.
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What a waste of a life killing innocent people because of what you believe. Well, believe me, not all blonde haired, blue-eyed people are attractive, but there’s the odd one now and then, if you know what I mean. It’s more a matter of your own opinion, and how you act on what you believe.
Chantelle Taylor-Harris Action-packed day Aahhh… what a lovely view of the Kawarau Gorge. Beautiful blue river, rolling hills. What a beautiful day in Central Otago, and here I am standing, 43m in the air, on a little plank of wood!
In 1861-1865 America had a civil war to free the slaves who were brought over from Africa. The North wanted to free the slaves while the South wanted to keep them for themselves. So, after four years of fighting North America won the war to free the slaves. Hundreds of lives were lost over something that could have been easily avoided. If you’re going to make racist comments, at least be able to take the consequences in return, or if you can’t then what are you complaining about?
HELLO, did anyone hear what I said, 43M IN THE AIR! That’s like a five storey high building, and here I am, standing on a piece of wood, look-
ing down at the river beneath me!
ing I had no other choice, I climbed in. “Mr Gondola, sir, anyone… it would be much appreciated if you don’t break.”
They have got to be joking, this can’t be 43m! Its more like 100,000m! Is that the river? It looks like a piece of blue string! And what is that? You have got to be kidding. Is that the rescue boat? It looks more like a teeny tiny toy boat!
What is this? Get rid of Chantelle day? It’s like that movie, “Honey, I shrunk the kids” but a mucked up version! I’ve just the right name, “HONEY I’M TRYING TO KILL THE KIDS!”
How did I get here? 43m in the air!! 43m!!! OH MY GOD, how did I let this happen?
There is no way possible that Mum and Dad have any more planned for today! Why me? Why me? Is it ever going to stop? Whenever I think there can’t be any more…BANG… they hit us with another idea. Stupid other ideas! This is the next idea, it is called, The Luege. It is this little cart that you sit in and zoom straight down a hill!
REWIND…. Let me tell you how my day started. This morning Mum and Dad asked us kids if we wanted to go on a nice, relaxed, jet boat ride! NICE, yeah right! Racing over Lake Wanaka at 200kph, is no way near what I call NICE!!
“Move, get out of the way! Where are the brakes on this thing? I can’t stop. Look out. Look out. This has to be a nightmare!”
How in the world did this crazed lunatic learn to drive a boat? PLAYSTATION? They should never have given this guy a boat licence! Hurtling down the Clutha River at 400kph! Seriously, it was a death trap going down that river!
Thank God, it’s all over, I can go home now. It’s finally finished. No more… No more jet boats. No more gondolas. No more Luege rides…Bu-bye, Bu-bye!
“Oh no, the river bank. That was so close! Hey careful of that rock. This guy is crazy. Look out for those rapids! Tree, branches, DUCK!! This guy is trying to kill us! The bridge, look out for the bridge. We are going to die! OH MY GOD, GET ME OUT OF THIS DEATH TRAP!” Whoa, that was enough excitement for one day! What? Oh no there’s more!
What? Dad’s just asked us if we want to go and watch the people at the Kawarau Gorge Bungy Jump. Ha! Now I get to laugh at the silly people who have to jump off the bridge.
After the death trap of a boat ride, we have even more exciting activities to do?
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Ok, now we are in Queenstown. A little shopping after this morning would be great. I should have known better! Mum wanted to know if we wanted to go on the Gondola and stupidly I said, “Sure, lets do it.” WHAT? That’s the Gondola? It’s going up that steep, as, hill? Know-
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We arrive at the bungy jump bridge. I run out of the car and straight over to the bridge. There is a woman standing there looking down. She’s scared; she’s so not going to jump! The bungy guy has just asked her to look down. What are they doing? Oh my gosh, they just pushed her off the bridge! Well by the look on everyone’s faces, I hope they attached the cord! I was laughing so hard after watching that girl that I wasn’t paying attention. I think Mum just asked us if we wanted to do a bungy jump and I think I nodded!
I’m still laughing and being led off to this room. The lady is really nice, but what am I in here for? They are telling me all this stuff, but I’m not really paying attention. Wait, what was that about no refunds? The lady took my age, height and embarrassingly, my weight! I signed the form, then they lead me out of that room and started to head towards the bridge. My Dad and Aunty were coming too. “Where are we going?”, I asked, but I should have known the answer.
can’t!! He tells me to take deep breaths, look up and not to look down. Gggrrr… why is it when people say that, you always seem to look down? There is no way I’m going to be able to do this. Maybe I could back out? Wait, no refunds! I could pay Mum back, but I don’t have that kind of money. I can hear Mum now, like on the Jerry McGuire film, “SHOW ME THE MONEY!!” I could do the dishes for the next year. That will never work. I’m going to have to jump; there’s no way out of this!
So, now I’m standing on the bridge, putting on the harness. “Man, this thing is giving me a giant wedgy!” Whoops, I forgot about all those people standing on the bridge.
The guy tells me to wave at the camera. Hey, no one told me there would be cameras. Now he’s telling me to wave at Mum and Dad. “Bye Mum, Bye Dad.” The bungy guy is counting down again. I’m going to have to jump. Well here goes nothing! No change that; here goes everything!!
I am now in the bungy jump booth; I’m sitting on this seat while they attach the bungy cords. Oh no, I’m starting to get nervous and the butterflies in my tummy are going berserk. I’m all strapped up and now wondering what was I thinking - why I’m up here?
3.…2.….1.….AAAARRRRHHHH!! OH MY GOD…OH MY GOD… I’m falling down, down. The water is rushing towards me. The river no longer looks like a piece of string; it looks like a huge raging river. I’m going to hit the water and drown! Whhooaaa….I’m flying back up towards the bridge and then back down towards the river I go. I feel like a yo-yo and between you and me….just a wee bit sick.
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My Dad is about to jump. “I love you, Dad. I hope you live.” Just before Dad jumps, he turns and yells, “No worries. It’s a piece of cake. I’ve done it millions of times.” Ah yeah, it is not a piece of cake, and there’s just one little problem, I have never done this before!!
I have done it. I have jumped and done my first bungy jump, and it was amazing! Here comes the boat to get me down. I wonder if I could do it again?
FAST FORWARD….. Let me remind you how this started. I’m standing on this little plank of wood… looking at the river….43m beneath me….with what looks like a giant rubber band around my ankles. The bungy guy has just asked me to walk out to the edge. Walk? How can I walk out there with this rubber band around my legs? It will be more like a waddle.
So that was my action packed day. First the jet boat ride, then the gondola, then the luege and last but not the least, the bungy jump! Would I do it again? TOTALLY!!
The so-called bungy experts, if you can even call them experts, have started to count down. 3...2...1.…Hhheett…I
heading for their hotel, so we decided to follow. We stood outside the hotel with hundreds of other David Beckham fans, and, no, I am not the stalker in the news.
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In one big herd the whole team was out and onto the bus, so we carried on to the big game. Now in our seats, we started counting down 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - when all of a sudden the crowd went wild as the Wellington Pheonix ran out waving to all their fans. Everyone watched patiently as they started to warm up, and once again the crowd went wild as LA Galaxy stepped onto a New Zealand pitch for the very first time. Suddenly everyone went quiet as we had realised that David Beckham had not come out yet.
My heart is pounding; my fingers are clenched; my palms are sweaty; my is face bubbling with excitement. In three minutes I would be on the plane, and on my way to see the one the only “David Beckham”.
B E C K H A M, DAVID BECKHAM we all chanted, and he finally came running out of the tunnel. I felt all excited, as this was the first time I had ever been to a professional football game and the first time I have ever seen David Beckham in person, not on a poster, but in person.
Why David Beckham – well, it isn’t all his looks, well maybe some, but also his passion for football. He is one of the most recognised faces in the football world. It all started with the Bend it like Beckham movie, with all the moves and passion for my favourite game. Their rooms covered with David Beckham posters and shirts, now very similar too mine.
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As I climb the stairs one by one I can feel my tummy all fluttery from nervous excitement from being able to see a live game, and David Beckham. As I go to sit down, I slowly go to get out my David Beckham autobiography but end up flat on my face in hysterics, as I have tripped over my bag. I start to get up, as red as a tomato and quickly sit down while pretending nothing has happened. The flight felt like forever but I eventually arrived there. Now on my way to Mum’s friends. I could hardly sleep for the whole two days before the game. It was Saturday morning, the day I had been waiting for since, forever. The day went like lightning and it was time for the big game, but on the way we saw the tour bus
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My heart pounding as the whistle blew and away they went. Men running up and down the field booting the ball from one end to the other and, just like that, it was half time with a score of 2 -1 to LA Galaxy. Soon the game was back on and there was plenty of action, and I even became hated by the whole crowd around me. Everyone was silent watching the game when I shouted “GO LA GALAXY - I LOVE DAVID BECKHAM” and everyone turned and looked at me. This time I went like a beetroot and I started laughing. Thankfully they went back to the game. Unfortunately where I was sitting was full of Phoenix supporters, not LA Galaxy. Many goals were scored with the crowd favourite Wellington Pheonix, but in my eyes there was only one favourite, DAVID BECKHAM.
The final whistle blew, L.A Galaxy had won!!!! I went crazy as David Beckham had taken off his shirt. I raced to grab my camera, but I was too late. He had GONE!!!!! I felt like crying, but held it in instead, and all I was able to do was talk, talk, talk until, ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ I was asleep.
Ipod (pull out Alex’s Ipod and spin the volume). A great way of amusement is using the Internet. You could watch extraordinary videos like the Brawndo ads and Boxman, or you could chat to your friends online, if you have any. You, YES YOU, could play a video game! There are many good video games like Halo 3, wii sports and very amusing classics like space invaders or good old Pac-man.
An excellent way of becoming amused is imagining stuff. Using it can make you more amused than riding a pony, which isn’t very amusing, but the pony’s 300ft tall and covered in chainsaws, and the only way to get to the top of the pony is to take a elevator full of 16 live cougars. It can be used to imagine stuff like how to build a house with a nail bomb, or how you’re going to take over the world with zombie slaves from the sugar cane fields. There are many ways to know if you have a big imagination. Some are: you’ve searched Google into Google, you’re laughing most of the day, or you write exciting speeches about amusement that deserve top marks. (Hint hint.) I personally think it’s great to have a huge imagination, so you don’t just rip paper all day (rip paper).
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(Rips paper) (Look up) (Rips again) Wow, this is amusing (Look up) (Go to rip some more) STOP? Do you find yourself doing simple things like ripping paper to amuse yourself all day long? Like when you’re supposed to be listening in class, or when you’re at a funeral, or even when you’re on the toilet? Well lucky I, Bo Tyler, am here to help you kick the habit of boredom and make you become a better happy you. For just 17 easy payments of $38.95 you can come to one of my four-minute long seminars and learn of my personal experiences of amusement. So, you can become the best you can be, and don’t go round slaughtering poor innocent pieces of paper (point at paper).
There are lots and lots and lots of different ways we amuse our self with out our imagination or using technology. You could get one of those things Mr. Barron has with the five metals balls that swing backwards and forwards, and watch it for hours on end, or you could make your own puppets out of human hair and do a puppet show with them. A really amusing thing to do is narrate your life. So, you could say what you’re thinking but people can’t get mad at you because you were thinking it, but not actually saying it out loud like. Oliver was thinking that he was going to burn the science block down with a lighter. Unfortunately no one heard his evil plans so no one could prevent him
Technology is one of the main ways of getting amusement in this grand day and age. There are many ways of becoming amused. You could unleash your nerdyness and play a MMORPG (it’s massive multiplayer online role play game for you noobs who don’t know what it is) or you could do something simple like spin the volume button on Alex’s
from burning it down. Another amazing idea is to light something on fire because fire is very amusing, but not as amusing as Brawndo. Brawndo (It’s an extreme energy drink for people who don’t know) It can make you have heaps of amusement and go insane because it’s got super extra caffeine and five kinds of sugar?
war, it sent a signal to the world that capitalism had prevailed - that the indomitable spirit of the individual had triumphed, that enterprise and individualism had defeated economic conformity and radical egalitarianism and that the intrinsic value of every single soul was the force which ought, by nature, to direct all social institutions. Communism, the era’s greatest threat to freedom, had been devastated, its philosophy and governmental model left in tatters. Or so we thought.
So, don’t be sitting around all day ripping paper (rip paper) and talking like Queen Victoria saying ‘We are not amused’. (We is the way of saying I in royalty), so go do something amusing like ride a 300ft tall pony covered in chainsaws, and the only way to get to the top of the pony is to take a elevator full of 16 live cougars or drinking Brawndo, or anything else I’ve mentioned in my speech. Now for a 10 second silence for the piece of paper I ripped up for amusement. (Do it) Thank you. Now do you have my $662.15 dollars?
Recently, socialism and radical egalitarianism have begun to reenter the national consciousness not just of this nation, but of the entire world. In Germany, systems of democratic socialism are already on the rise. Here in New Zealand, the education system has become almost completely given in to the concept of self-esteem. In the United States, Democrats have been elected to a majority in Congress for the first time in over ten years. And even in the magical world of Disney, ostensibly a magical monarchy governed by Mickey Mouse, the power of communism has reared its ugly head in the form of a made-for-TV film with the relatively innocuous title of “High School Musical.”
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When Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev officially agreed to end the cold
The sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system introduced during the presidency of John F. Kennedy, after all,
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Now, many will be confused. Is not “High School Musical” produced by a capitalist enterprise, namely, the Disney Channel? Has its merchandise not been produced primarily to bleed money from every adolescent in America? Does this film not make an unbelievable amount of money for Disney due to its existence? Perhaps, but even if the film was intended as a capitalist enterprise, that does not mean that its message or that its effect will necessarily bear a capitalist tone.
“I have witnessed the tremendous energy of the masses. On this foundation it is possible to accomplish any task whatsoever.” - Mao Zedong “The worker of the world has nothing to lose, but their chains, workers of the world unite.” - Karl Marx “We’re all in this together.” - High School Musical
were intended to lower crime rates, but ultimately made them skyrocket and so, it should be obvious that the intent behind a policy, whether of marketing or of criminal justice, will not always reflect the results produced by that policy.
Troy or Gabriella’s stature in their respective markets (in Troy’s case, the basketball player market and in Gabriella’s case, the intellectual market) to attempt to diversify because it might reduce their efficiency within those very markets with which they are associated. It would not be too much of a bold statement to argue that for them to do such a thing would, in fact, induce chaos in the overall market, and the communist loves nothing more than market failure, for with it comes the invitation to the proletariat to rise.
And so, the intent to make money espoused by the Disney Corporation proves irrelevant to this discussion, since the film it has produced under those pretenses has done anything but instill a vigorous spirit of innovation in the youth of the world.
Culture - Speech
The enthusiastic supporter of High School Musical will, no doubt, demand a reason for my argument with all the forces of internet vernacular and adolescent outrage marshalled behind them. I am only too happy to supply them with abundant reasoning why High School Musical is nothing but a philosophically communist tract masked by the pleasant facade of a children’s film. To prove this point, I hope to utilize the plot and the lyrics as evidence of what I see as an obvious tendency towards communism in this supposedly virtuous “family film.”
But this is hardly the only indicator of communism present in High School Musical. After all, along with the market, the communist also inevitably strives for the defeat of tradition, prescription and prejudice. High School Musical does this, too, in a vicious little ditty entitled “Stick to the Status Quo”, in which the musical attempts to parody tradition as something inflexible, bigoted and fundamentally unjust. Rather than showing tradition as the result of the accumulated wisdom of mankind, HSM, instead, attempts to downgrade it as something so petty and inflexible as to carry proscriptions against such minor acts as baking, the enjoyment of hip hop, or patronage of cello music, all well-established and acceptable behaviours in contemporary society.
In the first place, let us examine the plot of this dubious film. The story, basically summed up, tells the story of two teenagers, Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez, who break out of their respective cliques and audition for the eponymous High School Musical. This is a fairly innocent plot, on face, but a deeper examination reveals the pernicious strain of communism. Clearly, by having Troy, an excellent basketball player, and Gabriella, a consumnate intellectual, leave their respective areas of interest and throw themselves into an extracurricular activity which they had previously been unacquainted with is a poorly disguised attack on the division of labour present in a capitalist society. After all, in the business world, it hardly makes sense for someone with either
Now, if one of the students had openly confessed to adulating Mark Foley, one can understand the admonition not to say “another word”, and no reasonable human being would find that odd, much the same way no reasonable human being would find traditionalism oppressive. However, for communists such as those portrayed in HSM, accuracy of portrayal is hardly important so long as the revolution can occur. As such, “Stick to the Status Quo” is a foul attempt to attack traditionalism predicated on unreasonable grounds.
But perhaps the best example of High School musical’s anti-capitalism message comes from its vilification of Sharpay and Ryan Evans, the film’s antagonists and, ironically enough, its only supporters of the traditional division of labour present at East High. And, as if that was not enough, Sharpay and Ryan sing a song called “Bop to the Top” during their audition. Considering that the aim of every capitalist is self-advancement, it would not be too bold to argue that every capitalist wants to “Bop to the Top”, and that urge to “Bop to the Top” is what has made this capitalist country so great. America has, through its endorsement of liberty and the free market, “bopped to the top” and yet this film, a product of American industry, vilifies the only characters who advocate this incredible sound doctrine of betterment of the self.
Jean Jacques Rousseau also believed that “everyone is special in their own way”, and he said as much: “I may not be better than other people, but at least I’m different.” Regrettably, Rousseau also advocated a philosophy which led to senseless brutality and murder during the Reign of Terror in the aftermath of the French Revolution. These quotes should indicate something amiss with the musical. Was it an intentional advocacy campaign for communism on Disney’s part? Probably not. Has it become such a force? Absolutely. But there is hope, for never in the history of the world has communism succeeded. Neither will High School Musical, in the long run, for soon its proponents will grow up and tire of its anti-achievement message. In the meantime, we must remain vigilant against such insidious forces of the delinquent communist hoping for his return to power. We must ensure that HSM, along with all the merchandise associated, will head for the dustbin of history, where it will join the communism it so avidly supports. As the youth of today, we have a duty to defeat this musical menace to our freedoms.
What, then, is High School Musical’s ultimate image of civic virtue? The answer comes when Troy and Gabriella, the enlightened heroes of the proletariat against division of labour, land the leads in the Musical, for with this event comes a song entitled “We’re all in this together.” This song presents a terrifying vision of East High in the aftermath of the defeat of Sharpay. A few quotes may be helpful to illustrate precisely how the communist spirit manifests itself
And so I say: Remember Sharpay and Ryan, the first martyrs to this rise of the vulgar artistically illiterate masses and with all in you, oppose High School Musical.
Mao Zedong also believed that the “tremendous energy of the masses” could accomplish anything and that its “dreams had no limitations.” Funnily enough, those dreams included murder and human rights violations.
Culture - Speech
“I finally figured it out (yeah yeah) That all our dreams have no limitations That’s what it’s all about”
“Everyone is special in their own way We make each other strong”
Papanui High School Awards 2008 Sports Blues Officiating Zara Alsford Jason Reed Aerobics Michael Gudgeon Athletics Lauren Welsh Kelsey Berryman Basketball Julia Don Amy Wilson Tagai Elisara Elliot Duncan Cross Country Dion Crighton Mark Mathias Graeme Maley Kim Chambers Dance Jesse Laughton Birion Habte Laura Grey Hockey Dion Crighton
Netball Amy Wilson Georgia Glass Kelsey Berryman Rugby Alisha Moses Lauren Welsh Swimming Matt Davison Touch Kelsey Berryman Janelle Cavanagh Chelsey Smart Alisha Moses Joseph Toulson Shaun Bell Chad Tainui James Wihongi Waterpolo Calum Stent Steve Johnston
Merit Awards Officiating Elliot Duncan Athletics Kim Chambers Addisu Asres Basketball Natsuki Fujiwara Cricket Jono Dobbs Jeff Case Cross Country Tristan Nicol Holly Earl Natalie Roberts Kathleen Lange Cycling Nick Chapman Dance Chloe West Natalie Roberts Michael Gudgeon Christine Vo Football Rebecca Harris Courtney Napa Kathleen Lange Hockey Mike Harbott Callum Bennett Matt Crake Mountain Biking John Butler Michael Power Nicholas Chapman
Netball Janelle Cavanagh Chelsey Smart Rugby Nive Aino Morgan Dumelow Kate Franks Chelsey Smart Mitch Chapman Luke Johnson Jeff Case Chad Tainui Aj Taupau John Mathias James Wihongi Lota Elisara Sebie McLean Ethan Gerken Daley Whiripo Johnny Nevin Shaun Bell Squash Tim Stevens Swimming Calum Stent Steve Johnston Mark Mathias John Mathias Touch Stefanie Moore Kelly Bell Matt Crake Josh Karaitiana Rhett Moore Luke May Mitch Chapman Sheldon Shearer Volleyball Tagai Elisara
Alisha Moses New Zealand Kiwi Ferns Rugby League Team Allie McGlinn New Zealand Women’s Ski Team/Squad Matthew Crake New Zealand U16 Hockey Team Kelsey Berryman New Zealand Athletics Team for Oceania Championships New Zealand U18 Touch Team James Wihongi New Zealand U18 Touch Team/Academy Chad Tainui New Zealand U18 Touch Team/Academy Calum Stent New Zealand Age Group Waterpolo Team Lauren Welsh New Zealand Schools’ Pacific Games’ Athletics team. Miss Frankie Mortimer New Zealand Women’s Touch team
Mr Phil Washbourn New Zealand representative official Beijing Paralympics
New Zealand Representative Certificates
Cups and Trophies Aerobics Trophy for outstanding participation in sport Michael Gudgeon Athletics Ashby Cup for Girls’ Intermediate Champion Kelsey Berryman Board of Governors cup for Intermediate Athletics Champion Dylan Curtin BOT Cup for Boys’ Senior Champion Robert Ehelebe Basketball Girls’ Cup for Most Improved Player Natsuki Fujiwara Girls’ Cup for Most Valuable Player Rebekah Crake Boys’ Cup for Most Valuable player James Taylor Badminton Boys’ Trophy for Most Outstanding Participation Michael Jones
Girls’ Trophy for Most Outstanding Participation Man Hong Yuan Cross Country Senior Girls’ Champion Kim Chambers
Senior Boys’ Champion Graeme Maley Cycling Trophy for outstanding participation in sport Nick Chapman Football Mander cup for Most Outstanding Girls Soccer player Courtney Napa Hockey Bastin cup for Most Consistent Player in Boys’ Hockey Dion Crighton Harwood cup for Most Promising Boys’ player in Hockey Matt Crake Netball Most valuable contribution to Netball (Player not in Senior A) Candice Mangan Aitken Cup for most improved player Chelsey Smart Most valuable contribution to netball Amy Wilson Rugby Belfast Rugby Club PHS 1st XV Best forward Mitch Chapman Belfast Rugby Club PHS 1st XV Best Back Chad Tainui
Trophy for outstanding effort in girls’rugby Lauren Welsh Trophy for outstanding effort in Rugby Shaun Bell Most valuable player senior boys’ rugby James Wihongi Most valuable player senior girls’ rugby Alisha Moses Swimming Grant cup for Senior Girls’ Champion Heidi McConnell Grant cup for Senior Boys’ Champion Steve Johnston Tennis Senior Girls’ Tennis Champion Lena Roennberg Senior Boys’ Tennis Champion Tristan Nicol Touch Outstanding Participation Senior Girls’ Touch Stefanie Moore
Outstanding Participation Senior Boys’ Touch Shaun Bell Most valuable Player Senior Girls’ Touch Kelsey Berryman Most Valuable Player Senior Boys’ Touch James Wihongi, Chad Tainui Volleyball Cup for contribution to Senior Girls’ Volleyball Asumi Ueda
Service Awards Community Basketbal Scott Massey Mr Larry Thompson Kieran Rae Cricket Martin Robertson Hockey Keith Delahunt Dave Ruddle Netball Kathy Tausili Grace Hooper Victoria Prendergast Jacqui Blair Rugby Nathan Brown Mr Laurie Welsh Vicki Campbell Rugby League Robert Tau
Touch Julian Berryman L-J Emson Michael Cavanagh
Jason Reed Rugby Referee, Wednesday Rugby and School exchanges.
Waterpolo Robin Johnston
Winner Zara Alsford
Sports & Health Council Julia Don Laura Gray Anny Ma Andrew Scorgie Elliot Duncan Amy Wilson Hayley Robertson
Special Service Awards Ms Lynette Archer For long term service/ administration of the Papanui High School Netball Club Mr Alan Smith For long term service to school sport
Student in an Administrative Role
Laurie Welsh Coach Girls Rugby Team. Ms Megan Wall Coach Boys 1st X1 Hockey. Administration School Hockey. Mr Paul Peawini Coach Senior Boys’ Touch Team. Administrator School Touch. Ms Lynette Archer Coach Senior Girls’ Netball Team. Administrator School Saturday Netball. Winner Mr Paul Peawini
Zara Alsford Netball Umpire, South Island Secondary Schools Tournament, School exchanges and Wednesday Netball.
Adult in an Administrative Role
Sportswoman of the Year Kelsey Berryman Co-captain of the Senior Girls’ Touch Team Member of the Senior A Netball Team Member of the School Athletics Team Blues Certificate for: Athletics, Netball, Touch Trophies for: Intermediate Girls’ Athletics Champ, MVP Senior Girls Touch NZ Honours: U19 representative in the New Zealand Athletics Team for the Oceania, Athletics Championships New Zealand U19 Touch Team.
Alisha Moses Member of the Senior Girls’ Touch Team Member of the Senior Girls’ Rugby Team Blues Certificate for: Rugby, Touch Trophy for: MVP Senior Girls Rugby NZ honours: New Zealand Kiwi Ferns Rugby League Team for the 2008 World Cup. Janelle Cavanagh Co-captain of the Senior Girls Touch Team, Member of the Senior A Netball Team Blues Certificate for Touch Merit Certificate for Netball
Lauren Welsh Captain of the Senior Girls’ Rugby Team Member of the School South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics Team Blues Certificate for: Athletics, Rugby Trophy for outstanding effort in Girls’ Rugby NZ Honours: New Zealand Pacific Schools Athletics Team Winner Kelsey Berryman
Sportsman of the Year Matt Crake Member of the Boys’ Hockey Team Member of the Senior Boys’ Touch Team Member of the U16 Boys’ Cricket Team Merit Certificate for: Hockey, Touch Cup for Most promising Boys’ player in Hockey NZ Honours: New Zealand U16 Boys’ Hockey Team Chad Tainui Member of the Senior Boys’ Rugby Team Member of the Senior Boys’ Touch Team
Blue Certificate for Touch Merit Certificate for Rugby Trophy for: Most Valuable Player Senior Boys’ Touch, Most Valuable Back Senior Rugby NZ Honours: New Zealand U19 Touch Team. James Wihongi Member of the Senior Boys’ Rugby Team Member of the Senior Boys’ Touch Team Blue Certificate for Touch Merit Certificate for Rugby Trophies for: Most valuable player Senior Boys’ rugby, Most Valuable Player Senior Boys’ Touch NZ Honours: New Zealand U19 Touch Team. Winners James Wihongi and Chad Tainui
Team of the Year D’Phaze 2nd Canterbury Dance and Aerobics Championships 4th NZ CAF Dance and Aerobics Nationals.
Boys’ Senior A Touch Team 1st School Sport Canterbury Super-touch Competition. 1st Canterbury Secondary School Championships 2nd South Island Secondary School Championships 3rd = New Zealand Secondary School Championships Girls’ Senior A Touch Team 1st School Sport Canterbury Super-touch Competition. 2nd Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Championships 2nd South Island Secondary School Championships 6th New Zealand Secondary School Championships Winner: Senior Boys’ Touch Michael Cavanagh Stacy Rush Chad Tainui James Wihongi Shaun Bell Matthew Crake Joshua Karaitiana
Rhett Moore Nick Rapana Luke May Jason Drost Joseph Toulson Simon Toulson Mitch Chapman Sheldon Shearer Liam Kennedy Ethan Gerkin Paul Peawini LJ Emson
Service Awards Staff Athletics Mr P. Washbourn Badminton Mr T. Humphreys Mrs M. Misuzawa Cricket Ms S. Charteris Mr T. Grocott Mr G. Hall Cycling/Mountain Biking Mr D. Carmody Mr F. Proskitt Dance Mrs J. Shalders Equestrian Miss L. Hull
Rugby Mr J. Finlayson Mr M. Hart Mr J. Stewart Mrs R. Roberts Mr J. Warren Mrs C. Pentecost Skiing/Snowboarding Mr B. Dalkie Miss C. Major Squash Mr J. Calvert Mrs B. Welsh Touch Misss F. Mortimer Mr P. Peawini Mr J. Smith Miss R. McConnel Ms A. Taylor Mr A. Reid Volleyball Ms J. Coleman Mr M. Vannort
Netball Ms L. Archer Mrs R. Fearnley Mr D. McMurtie Ms K. Pattinson Ms L. Chapman Mrs A. Donaldson
Football Mr M. Vannoort Mrs J. Nicol
Hockey Ms M. Wall Miss C. Williams
Papanui High School Prize Giving 2008 Year 11 Jonathan Anderson Certificate for Geography Brandon August â€“ Stockton Certificate for Text & Information Management Emily Blackmore Certificate for Design Technology Todd Burnett Certificate for Text & Information Management Sul Gi Byun Certificate for Pure Mathematics Victoria Chappell Certificate for Recreation & Wellbeing Bonnie Chen Certificate for Mathematics Jordan Cormack Certificate for Health & Physical Education
Karyn Cox-Taylor Certificate for Combined Science Jasmin Dunbar Certificate for Mathematics
Claire Everts Certificate for Graphics & Design
Cam MacGregor Certificate for Combined Science
Benjamin Fortune Certificate for Food & Nutrition
Lokie McLelland Certificate for Recreation & Wellbeing
Kate Franks Certificate for General Science
Steven McShane Certificate for Recreation & Wellbeing
Matt Harris Certificate for Food & Nutrition
Stefanie Moore Certificate for Health & Physical Education
Elise Hemmingsen Certificate for English
Ji Eon Noh Certificate for ESOL
Bianca-Jane Humphrey - Hurst Certificate for Text and Information Management
Sophia Rabara Certificate for Recreation & Wellbeing
Danny Koko Certificate for Civics Julin Le-Ngoc Certificate for Pure Mathematics Clinton Levick Certificate for Mathematics Hao-Tin Lin Certificate for ESOL
Anna Ridley Certificate for English Michael Scobie Certificate for Accounting Jordan Snell Certificate for Recreation & Wellbeing Alannah Sowerby Certificate for Recreation & Wellbeing Nick Sutton Certificate for Accounting
Reuben Looi Certificate for Food & Nutrition
Stephen Thompson Certificate for Mathematics
Laura Low Certificate for Food & Nutrition
Chloe West Certificate for Graphics & Design
Charlotte Grubb Certificates for Drama, English and Recreation & Wellbeing Melanie Hamzah Certificates for Fashion & Fibre Technology and History Courtney Napa Certificates for Food & Nutrition and Recreation & Wellbeing Sheldon Shearer Certificates for Health & Physical Education and Recreation & Wellbeing Noam Wegner Certificates for Drama and English Andy Boerlage Prize for Food & Nutrition Abbey Chambers Review Intermediate Prize for Poetry Holly Earl Prize for Civics Delanie Holland The Karena Whanau Award for Year 11 Maori Josh Karaitiana Prize for Health & Physical Education Jared Kerrigan Prize for Graphics and Design
Richard Martin Prize and Rolls Cup for Intermediate Public Speaking Anna McDiarmid Prize for Fashion & Fibre Technology Charlotte Oakley Prize for General Science Megan Ross Prize for Combined Science Chanel Scarrott Prize for Applied Science Rebecca Sheed Prize for Mathematics Chelsea Smart Prize for General Science Vatey Uy Prize for Mathematics Troy Wilson Prize for Text & Information Management Kimberley Nieuwenhuize Mrs L Crudenâ€™s Prize for Food & Nutrition, Certificate for English Alannah Rickerby Prize for English, Certificate for Pure Mathematics
Ben Westeneng Prize for Pure Mathematics, Certificate for Geography Henry Bennett Old Studentsâ€™ Prize for Pure Mathematics, Certificates for Geography and Visual Art Kathleen Lange Prize for English, Certificates for Combined Science, History and Music Matthew Crake Prize for Health and Physical Education, Certificates for Drama, Geography, Year 12 Pure Mathematics and Combined Science Tristan Nicol Prize for Combined Science, Certificates for Economic Studies, English, History and Pure Mathematics Ashleigh Neville Prize and Progress Cup for effort & achievement in alternative courses, Prize for Employment Skills Natalie Hughes Prizes for Drama and English
Melanie Turner Prize for Visual Art, Certificate for Graphics & Design
Thomas Walsh Prize for Design Technology, Certificate for Pure Mathematics
Joo Hee Kwak Prize for Text & Information Management
Ae-Ra Lee Prize for ESOL
Matthew Dell Prizes for Economic Studies and Pure Mathematics, Certificate for Combined Science Chelsea Hewison Prizes for Practical English and Applied Science, Certificate for Mathematics Eve Hopping Prizes for English and French, Certificate for History Mimi Liu Prizes for Accounting and Combined Science, Certificates for Geography and Pure Mathematics Ashleigh Ooi The Old Studentsâ€™ Prize for English, Prize for Geography, Mrs R Swansonâ€™s Prize for History, Certificate in Japanese Max Wilkinson Prize for Year 12 Pure Mathematics, Prize and Elizabeth Norton Cup for Music, Norrish Cup for Highest Achiever in Year 11 Performance Music, Prize in Combined Science, Certificate in English, History and Japanese
Kimi Ora Sarah Anderson Certificate for participation and enthusiasm in Music & Art
Renee Claridge Certificate for growth in confidence and maturity Grace Dodge Certificate for increased independence and development of Life Skills Annette Finch Certificate for diligence and a positive attitude to all Work Experience opportunities
Year 12 Ismat Ahmadi Certificate for Electronics Ashleigh Blair Certificate for Tourism Kim Brorens Certificate for Outdoor Education Bridget Carruth Certificate for Tourism
Lesley Finch Certificate for initiative and excellent skills in Food & Nutrition
Mitch Chapman Certificate for Sport Performance & Leadership
Alecia Hawker Certificate for excellence in support and encouragement of her peers
Ploy Chirapattanakorn Certificate for Pure Mathematics
Anna McCarthy Certificate for diligence and a positive attitude to all Work Experience opportunities Jessica Peters Certificate for determination, a positive attitude and contribution to Physical Education Matthew Olley Biddington Cup for the Most Improved Sportsperson Andrew Oswin Hargreaves Cup for the Most Improved Student
Jessica Griffin Certificate for Geography Larissa Griffith Certificate for Catering & Hospitality Roger Hill Certificate for Sport Performance & Leadership Belinda Hughes Certificate for Geography Alex Hutton Certificate for Mathematics Halim Jung Certificate for Year 13 ESOL
Sam Laurie Certificate for Drama Sol Lee Certificate for Art Design Shannon MacIntosh Certificate for Biology Candice Mangan Certificate for Health & Physical Education Mariko Nakamura Certificate for ESOL Rachel Pfahlert Certificate for English Ashlea Rapley Certificate for Catering & Hospitality Paul Reynolds Certificate for Electronics Ali Richards Certificate for Tourism Pagan Swift Certificate for Food & Nutrition
Anna Proven Certificates for English, History and Music Rachel Withington Certificates for Biology, Chemistry and Physics Zara Alsford Prize for Health Studies Kelsi Borren Review Intermediate Prize for Prose Josh Butler Prize for Drama – joint recipient Nathan Chilton Douglas MacDonald Memorial Prize for Computer Studies Georgia Glass Prize for Painting Chris Haines Prize for Outdoor Education
Gabriel Hada Certificates for Computer Studies and Service to the Library
Chloe Jordan Prize for Community Life Skills
Alexandra McGlinn Certificates for Biology and Chemistry
Sebastian McLean The Karena Whanau Award for Year 12 Maori
Mallory Starink Certificates for Mathematics and Textile Technology
Tom Mould Prize and Walter Gibbs Memorial Cup for Year 12 Music
Albany Peseta Prize for Pasifika Leadership – joint recipient Callum Reid Prize for Pure Mathematics Jiseon Song Prize for Year 11 Japanese Queenzy Malagayo Prize for ESOL – joint recipient Chris Turnbull Prize and Cotton Cup for Sport Performance & Leadership Kim Chambers Prize for Tourism, Certificate for Outdoor Education Elisha Crosbie Prize for Food & Nutrition, Certificate for Catering & Hospitality Anna Dennehy Prize for Textiles Technology, Certificate for Painting Tom Hewitson Avon City Ford Trophy for Automotive Engineering, Certificate for Computer Studies
Greta James Mrs J Dodgson’s Prize for Text & Information Management
Mill Oohsup Prize for Employment Skills
Maarten Wansink Certificate for Outdoor Education
Michael Muller Prize for Electronics
Anny Ma Ray Cairns Award for Journalism, Certificate for Classical Studies Fraser Gemmell Prize for Biology, Certificates for Classical Studies and Physics Rebecca Harris Prize for Japanese, Certificate for Geography Kathy Liu Prize for Catering & Hospitality and Certificate for Physics Nicki Ross Prize for Chemistry, Certificate for Biology Hao-Wen Lin Prize for Graphics & Design, joint recipient of the Prize for ESOL, Certificate for Pure Mathematics Bradleigh Smith Prize for iCreate, Prize and Spencer Cup for Health & Physical Education, Certificate for Mathematics
Sahil Datta Prizes for Accounting, Business Studies and Economic Studies, Certificate for Computer Studies Manu Somerville Miss Plimsollâ€™s Prize for English, Prizes for Art Design, Yr 13 Japanese, Physics, Certificate for Pure Mathematics
Jen Eder Prizes for Classical Studies and English, joint recipient of the Prize for Drama, Certificate for History
Yoonjeong Oh Certificate for ESOL Sun Jun Park Certificate for Calculus Daniel Richardson Certificate for Drama
Sammi Major Prizes for English, Geography, History and Mathematics
Nick Rossiter Certificate for Catering
Alicia Sudden Certificate for Geography
Rochelle Bolton Certificate for Painting Deena Broadbent Certificate for Catering Sarah Chrisp Certificate for Classical Studies Kunal Datta Certificate for Calculus Katherine Hansen Certificate for iCreate Justin Kim Certificate for Physics Siobhan Levick Certificate for Classical Studies Sarah Metcalfe Certificate for Tourism Aidan Millow Certificate for Statistics and Modelling Rebecca Nicol Certificate for Food & Nutrition
Chad Tainui Certificate for Maori Joseph Toulson Certificate for iCreate Rosemary Ashton Certificates for Health Studies and Tourism Kaylie Ashworth Certificates for Food & Nutrition and Health Studies Patrick Sullivan Certificates for Classical Studies and English Michael Gudgeon Certificates for Biology, Chemistry and Statistics & Modelling Sarah Aroos Prize for Library Service Amber Chapman Prize for Catering David Draper Prize for Art Design
Tagai Elisara Prize for Pasifika Leadership – joint recipient Chris Grubb Prize for Design Technology Rachel Harley Prize for Information Processing Creavalle Karawana Prize for Kapahaka Leadership James Newbould Prize for Geography Hayley Robertson McKercher Award for Hauora Ashley Simeon Prize for Painting Jessica Taylor Prize for Art History Estelle Shallon Prize and Ming Wu Memorial Cup for ESOL Ben Uffindell Prize and Ayers Cup for Senior Public Speaking Amy Wilson Prize for Health & Physical Education Kate Rawlings Prize for Food & Nutrition, Certificate for Health Studies
Danielle Webber Prize for iCreate and Certificate for Tourism Jonathan Dobbs Prize and Weaver Cup for Excellence in Outdoor Education, Certificate for Tourism Annalise Fletcher Mrs L.B. Newton’s Prize for English, Certificates for Biology, Debating and Physics Michael Topp Prize and the Higham Award for Graphics, Certificates for Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics & Modelling Emajane Harwood Prizes for Health Studies and Textiles Technology
David Hansen The ASB Prize for Excellence in Commerce, Prizes for Accounting, Computer Studies and Economics Harris Williamson Prize for Classical Studies, Review Prize for Senior Prose, Certificates for Debating, Drama, English and History Tom Wilkinson Joint recipient of the Prize for Biology, Prize for Chemistry Miss M. L. Roper’s Prize for History, Mr A Shepherd’s Prize for Statistics and Modelling, Prize for Physics, Certificate for Debating
Caitlin Gray Prize for Biology – joint recipient, Mr E. Fancy’s Prize for Calculus, Certificates for Chemistry, History and Contribution to Debating Jess Fiebig Prize and the A.G. Bunn Cup for Drama, Review Prize for Senior Poetry, Certificate for English
Richard Thai Prize for Music, the Buchanan Cup for Musical Composition, Certificates for Computer Studies and Statistics & Modelling
Special Awards 2008 PTA Prizes for Contribution to School Life Sarah Aroos Jesse Laughton Tessa Bowler Richard Thai Julia Don Christine Vo Annalise Fletcher Harris Williamson Creavalle Karawana
The Hudson Family Award for Outstanding Contribution in all School Activities Jess Fiebig The J B Johns’ Cup for General Excellence in all School Activities Michael Gudgeon
Clayton Cosgrave Cup –Awarded to the student achieving at the highest level in NCEA level 1 internally assessed Achievement Standards Max Wilkinson
The Loffhagen Cup for General Excellence in all School Activities Tom Wilkinson PREMIER AWARDS 2008
McClintock Cup and Prize for Creative Arts Joint Recipients Jess Fiebig and Harris Williamson
Jack Dzenis Award for study in Health Sciences at Otago University in 2009 Julia Don
Konica Minolta Initiative Prizes awarded for voluntarily working for one or more specific causes. Blue House Laura Gray Andrew Scorgie Green House Elliot Duncan Chad Vedder Red House Luke Johnson Amy Wilson Yellow House Kelsey Berryman Judah Dunbar
Bridgestone Scholarships for Tertiary Study Excellence in Practical Arts Emajane Harwood
The Award for the Chairperson of The School Council Michael Gudgeon
The Award for The Board of Trustees’ Student Representative Tom Wilkinson
Excellence in The Humanities Harris Williamson
PROXIME ACCESSIT Caitlin Gray
The ANZ Group’s Cup for the Head Students of the School Harris Williamson Jess Fiebig
Excellence in Science Michael Topp
University of Canterbury John Bell Condliffe Scholarship For Excellence in Economics Richard Thai
Awards to Members of The Head Student Team Tessa Bowler Justin Kim Annalise Fletcher JesseLaughton Michael Gudgeon Alex Thomson Creavalle Karawana Amy Wilson
The University of Canterbury School of Law Bursary Harris Williamson
The Todd Selinger Trophy for Outstanding Effort in all School Activities Amy Wilson
Review 2008 Production Notes
This production of the Papanui High School Review has been written, collated and published through the work of many people in a variety of areas. The editor wishes to thank them sincerely for the contributions they have made. Copy has been written by teachers, and activity participants - this is a major process in the publishing of the magazine. Students involved included: Anny Ma, (recipient of the Ray Cairns Journalism Award), Jen Eder, Georgia Karaitiana, Yuri Filatov. Proofreading - Mrs. M. Warne, Mrs. J Welch and Ms S. Sullivan. Most of the photographs have been taken by Mr. Alan Smith. Others have been supplied by individuals involved in activities. Typing of general copy has been done by Miss Katrina Parsons and Miss Rowan Parsons. Mr. Mark Soltero designed the original layout and provided technical and artistic support throughout. The cover is photographs by Danielle Webber, and was processed by Ms Connnon. Griffin Printers has been responsible for the preparation of plates and the printing of this magazine. Class Photographs were taken and printed and generously supplied by the School photographer, Heritage Productions. Ball Photos were taken and generously supplied by Linton Photography. Following are the class photographs, and the current School roll. Leavers are indicated by an asterisk*.[e&oe.]
Front Row: Joshua Fahey-Smythe, Georgia Strangman, Amy Lister, Alissa Wootton, Kyle Smith. Second Row: Vincent Tuilagi, Emma Deeming, Amber Hayes, Tyler Smith*, Miss S. Charteris. Third Row: Connor Gillan, Alison Sutherland, Kristelle Rooney-Black, Hayley McLellan, Mitchell Neale. Fourth Row: Daniel Jeffries, Adam Lange*, Ricki Scoles, Tony Brunt. Absent: Aaron O’Docherty.
Front Row: Andrew Provan, Chontelle Harman, Stephanie Howarth, Vincent Tainui, Phoebe Smith, Jamine Stewart, Jordan Weekes. Second Row: Michaela Dons, Jacob Galbraith, Morgan Palmer, Nathan Shaw, Ryan O’Grady, Jody Haymes. Third Row: Danielle August, Shannon Heath, Jamie Woodhill, Melanie Cameron, Cameron Lake, Alexander Smith. Fourth Row: Kelly Hutt, Jedd Couglan, Seung Gyu Byun, Min Choi, Rakshita Prakash, Kurt Moore. Absent: Petra Agnew, Devon Eden, Nanna Amparbeina, Patrick Horne.
Front Row: Fraser Angus, Josef Hemmingsen, Minji Park, Shaun Goldsmith, Haylee Waaka, Samuel Clement, Mitchell Shaw. Second Row: Eun-Bi Choi, Catrionia MacDoanld, Ryan Britt, Monique Jack--Kino, Katie Kenton-Todd, Nicole Hyde*, Ashlee Menzies. Third Row: Aaron Cope, Samantha Doublett, Daniel Best, Ashley McDonald, Anita Griffths-Manuel, Holly Churches*. Fourth Row: Keoghan Brown, Matthew Bowden, Krystle Anderson, Jenna Stevenson, Calvin Foo, Jafar Archibold. Absent: Nathan Wright, James Ross, Hannah Willinger, Deanna Lee, Mariana Batchelor 131
Front Row: Edward Tuilagi, Aram Sarzali-Palani, Shao Hsuan (Michael) Hsiao*, Semin Choi, Yuliya Kalmykova*, Yurika Nobuchi. Absent: Misako Fukunaga, Chen-Tse (Michael) Sung, Shi Zhi (Alice) Zhang.
Front Row: Ben Morrow, Donna Labajo, Michael Bainbridge, Lachlan Churchill, Jenz Meiring, Samantha Palm, Ian Vallance. Second Row: Maggie Oakley, Rebecca King, Lorrin Dalrymple, BraydonMcNamara, Clare Robertson, AlyshaTurner. Third Row: Zion Smith, Lauren Jones, Kendra Ward, Shayden Vaughan, Stephanie Roberts, Janae Collins. Fourth Row: Esmeralda Garza, Alexander Morton, Jonathon Downes, Lana-Marie Matheson, Christine Muir, Callan McCulloch. Absent: Natasha Kara, Khadence Dixon.
Front Row: Georgia Duncan, Jackie Talutoe, Sarah Nolan, Haley Payne, Lorna Withington, EmilyRose Taylor, Rebecca Szentivanyi. Second Row: Anna Morrison, James Lange, Nicolle Brown, James Haseman, Joshua Policarpio, Georgia Karaitiana, Aaron Ditfort, Megan Venz, Mr L. Shanks. Third Row: Allanah Davey, Elleanor Jones, Sarah Kirkwood, Jack Crichton, Karlie Cullen, Darren Thai, Gregory Taylor. Fourth Row: Daniel McIntosh, Macey Karsten, Ashlee Choi, Alexander Marshall, James Andrew, Maddison Handley. Absent: Yuri Filatov, Mikaela Marks, Stefan Sesante, Amelia How, Dale Knight, Joshua Taylor, Da Im Jeun.
Front Row: Chanelle Martin, Josh Martin, Thomas Crimmins, Ethan Osborne-Ackroyd, Liam Hennessy, Campbell France, Emma Gilmour. Second Row: Lily Temoana, Tayla Philpott, Hayden Turnbull, Benjamin van Wijk, Jessie Knudsen, Olivia Barbara*. Third Row: Gabrielle Smith, Paige Hughes, Jasmine Marsden, Conor Johnson, Charlotte Quinnell, Louis Cummack, Kylie Davison. Fourth Row: Cole Hughes, Charlotte Williams, James Leeder, Moana Leo’o, Nadia Wineti*, Chelsea Gilchrist. Absent: Harry McLean, Hannah Neil, Thomas Dunn.
Front Row: Blair Jones, James Wheeler, Nyssa Levi-Levi, Lochie Perry, Tania Chilton, Jordan Bennett, Mitchell King. Second Row: Daniel Russell, Catherine Yates, Ane Leitch, Michael Nelson, Leeanne Davis, Mr J. Stewart. Third Row: Josh Wiley*, Sarah Barry*, Laressa Stevens, Tanoa Tulia, Sarah Maxwell. Fourth Row: Natasha Apiata, Shaun Wilson, Alex Rondel, Terihas Gebremedihin. Absent: Jayden Pike, Adam Moore*, Bobby Phillips.
Front Row: Sarah Hamzah, Jade Rogerson, Derrick Phang, Chloe Salter, Duncan Watson, Caitlyn Jones, Dana Richards. Second Row: Stephanie Murray, Natasha Tiplady, Kieran Teague, Liam O’Bannon, James Brown, Michael Smeaton, Elizabeth Harris, Shanay Wineti, Miss J. Stokes. Third Row: Lance Fox, Molly Sutherland, Nicole Eastwick, Celeste Falesi’l, Bradley Moody, Melyssa van der Splinter, Daniel Gray. Fourth Row: Alexandra Dawes, Matthew Brorens, Laura Patterson, John Yang, Jon-Luke Moore, Elsbeth Reid. Absent: Harold Arbuckle, Cody Standen. 133
Front Row: Peter Boath, Laria Ryder, Michael Walker, Alicia Didham, Nathan Barrow, Maria Hatcher, Antonie Young. Second Row: Faraimo Vai-Ewart, Albert Du Plooy, William Carr, Andrew McQuillan, Hayden Cassidy, Jessica Steel, Ms A. Taylor. Third Row: Michaela Smith, Michael Sandom, Liam Cross, Glenn Thomson, Krishana Ross. Fourth Row: Brittany Pahi, Sommah Tauwhare, James Woolf, Sasha Gallop, Tiana Hill. Absent: Eli Norton, Vicki Reed, Sarah-Jane Coulter.
Front Row: Amelia Richter, Dylan Trousselot, Alice Watson, Georgea Brott, Monique Selfe, Ben Crowe, Aleisha Monk. Second Row: Natasha Davey, Tessa Taylor, Rick Shin, Marco Monaco, Hayden Murphy, Courtney Scott ,Mr J. Warren. Third Row: Malia Siufanga, Tom Venis, Harrison Gibb-Faumuina, Bradley Morris-McKay, Eungyeong Lee, Benjamin Williams, Tamzin McLaren. Fourth Row: Gabi White, Cameron Hales, Jamaine Taylor, Mohammad Ahmadi, Graeme Steel, Courtney Holland.
Front Row: Jayden White, Aleisha Hanger-Dempsey, Adam Hawkes, Jarvis Rickard, Scott van der Zee, Sophie Kepea, Jason Armstrong. Second Row: Allen Raynor, Mariana Batchelor, Jordan Trent, Adam Foster, Tiffany Chisholm, Samuel Brunie. Third Row: Harry Simpkin, Brody Conibear, Eden Gaudin, Jamie McLean, Tyler Ede. Fourth Row: Bonnie-Lee Stokes, Moniqie Cockroft, Georgia Murphy, Philip Hill, Kyle Morgan.
Front Row: Abby Dell, Nadia Salloum, Matthew Dennehy, Krystal Dunham, Ricardo De Almeida Vasconcellos De Souza, Samantha Burt, Ashleigh Reeves. Second Row: Fraser McGlinn, Jessica Leach, Nicholas Albers, Sun Young Kim, Jamie Thomson, Cameron Bishop, Luke Bean, Ciaran Findlay. Third Row: Ruby Somerville, Richard Woodtli, Caitlin Chilton, Daniel Millward, Samuel Watson, Moritz Becker, Sarah Scobie. Fourth Row: Kimberley Choi, Kaden Toms, Su-Shing Chen, Oliver Westeneng, Wilhem Horne, Kamolpan Payat-Tapin. Absent: Samuel Deam, Alexander Barron.
Front Row: Jenna Boyes, Watson Maria, Rhett Manson (Elliott), April Mehrtens, Jonathan BowesOnions, James Nisbet, Amy Stephenson. Second Row: Te Otinga Brennan, Lelava Leituala, Christopher Browne, Leonie Tauapai, Alexis Branks, Gukhwan Son. Third Row: Jawed Deljo, Rachael McGeorge, Isaiah Allan (Rimamate), Shontelle Peters, Kween Ceh Taiulu. Fourth Row: Jonathan Andrews, Jessica Tahi, Ben Anderson, Epeli Cokanasiga.Absent: Jaydee Burgess, Georgia Taylor.
Front Row: Bopha Chea, Kathryn Luck, Nafisa Ahmadzadah, Matthew Owers, Nita Peragas, Renae Jongerius, YeLin Lee. Second Row: Peter Walshe, Samual Uffindell, Aaron Ashworth, Nick Rapana, Hamish Anderson, Alex Stone, Campbell Tomlins. Third Row: Chelsea Inwood, Jordan Rickerby, Melanie Saxon, Aydan Burgess, Cameron Robertson, Natasha Yeo, Claire Ruru. Fourth Row: Alexandra Gotsalks, Natasha Phillips, James Dyer, Millissa Schofield, Jenna Dodge, Sarah Faithfull. Absent: Marina Nottingham, Michael Brewster, Jessica Fisher-Robertson. 135
Front Row: Angela Vo, Hannah Chew, Jane Alexander, Alex Major, Sally Hayes, Elizabeth Osborne, Rebecca Gilmour. Second Row: Nicholas Mulligan, Chloe Batchelor, Samuel Lawson, McKenzie Rose, Daniel Gray, Philip Arnold, Madeline Parker, Samuel Wyma, Ms S. Brydges-Jones. Third Row: Carl Bolland, Justin Zhang, Benjamin Duff, Natasha Arona, Davin Kim, Nicholas McLean, Liam Swiggs, Hamish Mills. Fourth Row: Callum Margetts, Laura Cadigan, Nicole Harris, Ashleigh Dumelow, Michelle Pope, Charlotte Rapley, Shannon Douglas, Caitlin Ruddle. Absent: Ji-Hyun Park
Front Row: Shaylyn Collins, Daniel Boustridge, Joseph Hamilton, Genevieve Williamson, Craig Coey, Josh Morell, Samantha Waugh. Second Row: Laura Murdoch, Vanessa Brown, Thomas Taylor, Dong Gu (Kevin) Kang, Reuben Brown, Georgia Haines, Alice Hogan, Ms A. Connon. Third Row: Olivia Fraser-Arnold, Steven Hooper, Daniel Hullen, Finn HudsonHoggard, Tiana Batchelor, Elle Haugh, Alex Mehlhopt. Fourth Row: Leigh Haxton, Angelo Obus, Timothy Noonan, Jarrod Starink, Csilla Huse, Brooke Kerrigan. Absent: Jack Perry, Victoria Norris, Natasha Arona, Se-Mia (Tony) Choi.
Front Row: Antony Watson, Amy Cox, Ruby Williams, Tim Devries, Alice Manch, Hajnalka Toth, Rendz Remaneses. Second Row: Abby Wilson, Thomas Hey, Dion Tyrell, Mason Russell, Daniel Kingsland, Ashleigh Galey, Mr B. Dalkie. Third Row: Rebekah Cone, Caitlin Taylor, Bryce Elvy, Alex Banks, Brooke Lindstrom, Catherine Maley. Fourth Row: Brandon Jones, Chantelle Taylor-Harris, Kylie Hancock, Laura Simon, Niwa Ryan, Matthew Hale. Absent: Riki-Lee Dixon, Jessica Pasco, Dominique Thomas, Ae-Ra Lee. 136
Front Row: Steven James, Joshua Kyle, Amy Bush, Tessa McKenzie, Haris Noorzai, Orion Kenny, Bruce Pitcher. Second Row: Toni Officer, Natasha Owen, Emma KentonTodd, Martin Munks, James Taylor, George Arbuckle, Laura Kim, Brittany Hoare. Third Row: Shaquille Dench-Poutu, Nicholas Scott, Peter Sarchett, Monica Wilson, Jayden Harris, Sofia Cuillen-Ireland, Nicole Harley. Fourth Row: Sonia Peddie, Jennefa Dai, Brittany Baxter, Rebecca Aitken, Rochaan WalkerJohnstone, Brandie Quinn, Vanshika Prakash, Nicole Oberholster.
Front Row: Marianna Haase, Tuiroa Teingoa, Zoe Robinson, Vanessa Boese, Kitea Boaza. Second Row: Myles Cameron, Christopher Stringer, Jordan Foley, Callum Eastwick, Mr M. Jenkins. Third Row: Sony Choub, Jamie Nicholls, Chloe Turner, Azalea Kereopa, Brianne Otene. Absent: Sakina Muradi, Amy Pearton, Damien Rewi.
Front Row: Connor Lassen, Rachael Luck, Elsa Mengistie*, Ellen Dixon, Alicia Davidson, Penny Duns, Bradley Maguire*. Second Row: Theodore Faithfull, Janya Puru-Tongia, Brandon van den Bersselaar, Jason Massey, Michael O’Neill, Elora Harre’, Andrew Begley. Third Row: Jesse Berry, Kirsten Yellowlees, Sarah Norris, Benjamin Scott, Caleb Jordan, Cynamon Proud*, Tipene Kingi-Hazel*. Fourth Row: Marie Barnes, Sharna Holder, Kontorn (Bryan) Prayote, Serah Scarlett, James Dennehy, Jessica Syder. Absent: Kevin Miles
Front Row: Kimberley-Ann Nicol, Rachel Calvert, Marcella Maher, Alana Cosgrove, Fiona Love, Talia Rangiwhetu, Megan Amitrano*. Second Row: Maevor Pamagiotidis, Rebekah Crake, Regan van Eijk*, Christopher Mardon, Jessie Sime, Nathan Wilson, Rogan Taylor, Miss R. McConnel. Third Row: Anita Oâ€™Keefe, Benjamin Park, Danielle Cooper, Kate Morgan, Nicole Wall, Tania Stoneham, Caitlin Selfe. Fourth Row: Simon Yung, Georgia Coppen, Darren Botha, Lanulangi Veainu, Stephanie Shillito, Georgia Treacy, Matthew Sampson. Absent: Aimee Rogers*, Tina Kim, Kayla Barrie.
Front Row: Dean Smith, Samuel Stevens, Daniel Seelen, Samuel Kahn, Kelsey Te Kaat. Second Row: Mr R. Watson, Mrs K. Bird, Matthew Olley, Grace Paterson, Cameron Boot, Mrs J. Preddy. Absent: Joshua List.
Front Row: Ashlee Triggs, Lyndella Micol, Eden Allison, Lupe Taufa, Clare Manch, Paige Beijen, Jemma Grenfell. Second Row: Ryan Sumner*, Alexandra Greuber, Tawera Koni, Steffan Maraki, Justin Foster, Sam Clark, Mr J. Parsons. Third Row: Amelia Wildbore, Chelsea Gardner, Daniel Patrick, Maree Brazier, Megan Coates. Absent: Antony Brogden, Amber Karena, Jacinda Petherick*, Aroha Thompsett, Jade Wendelken*.
Front Row: Michaela Howard, Tusi Elisara, Courtenay Dalley, Alana Welsh, Aimee Harries. Second Row: Rohan Tyrell, Ricky McKenzie, Alex Greer, Dakota Rees, Hayden Crosbie, Mrs T. Spite. Third Row: Rebekah Trewern, Lewis Keown-Fletcher, Emma Aldous, Jamie Chapman, Cohen Goffe.
Front Row: Mikala Reesby, Jeffrey Torres, Ashlee van Wijk, Jared Reason, Laura Thyne, Joel Murphy, Rose Park. Second Row: James Hill, Liam Johnson, Ashley Meade, Yong Rae Noh, Hayden Dale, Louise Marshall, Katrina James, Robert Fletcher, Mr J. Thomson. Third Row: Katherine Eder, Kate Jones, William Clemens, Michael Jones, Blythe Stoddart, William Stevens, Alice McIlhone. Fourth Row: Georgia Musson, Samantha Goodsir, Annastaisha Brinsdon, Cora How, Grace Gerrard, James Gilling, Emma Eaden, William Le Heux. Absent: William Lawer*, Jeremy Madaje.
Front Row: Jordan Ring, Sun Mee Lee, Kate Franks, Brook Norris, Hannah Shaw, Hae Rim Sin, Eyob Habte. Second Row: Keri Wilson, Matthew Hey, Denny Moore, Clinton Levick, Jamal Willis, Mr. G Campbell. Third Row: Melissa Cayless, Cara Green-French, Steven Hofmeester, Jason Brown, William Clarke. Fourth Row: Rahma Osman, Ben Bowden, Thomas Jaggar, Camellia Carson. Absent: Thomas Nottingham, Andrew Schrafft, Courtney Smith*, Cheng-Feng Hung.
Front Row: Olivia King, Leonicca van der Merwe, Ji Eon Noh, Ethan Kemp, Gabby Costa, Jasmin Dunbar, Learne Robertson. Second Row: Nicholas Sutton, Steven MacDonald, Ryan Walker, Gavin Lancaster, Nathan Donnelly, Ms L. Chapman. Third Row: Hayden Maxwell, Haley Williams, Peter Jeon, Alex Clements, Willem Borkent. Fourth Row: Laura Low, Andre de Joux, Ashleigh Moana, Amy Fleete.
Front Row: Kelsie Stuart, Aleisha Richter, Rebekah Coulter, Lachlan McLellan, Tania Palmer, Kirsty Chivers, Jasmita Krishna. Second Row: Tyler Cleverley, Stefan Appleton, Ben Karlsen, Sean Hofmeester, Michael Wilson, Matthew Harris, Mr J. Finlayson. Third Row: Daniel Price, Jennifer Ward, Samuel Wright, Tyson Dench-Poutu, Courtney Napa, Anna McDiarmid, Richard Cattermole. Fourth Row: Charlotte Grubb, Melaine Turner, Olivia Foster, Harriet Prendergast, Emma Parker, Vagisha Kashyap. Absent: Zachary Whyte, Jaimi Halford.
Front Row: Sharnae Waterman, Jesse Angell, Kelsey Moore, Sarah Hawkes, Joo Hee Kwak, Cameron Thompson, Katai Scoles. Second Row: Kieran Thompson, Elizabeth Wilson, Ashton Edwards, Steven McShane, Breyden Finlayson, Daniel Wheeler, Courtney Whelan, Mr. G. Hall. Third Row: Nicole Moore*, Alana Burton, Leon Faigan, Alissa Johnston, Paige Bean. Fourth Row: Afutele Tuitaupe, Wen-Wen Ye, Paul Falesiâ€™i, Abbey Chambers, Charlotte Oakley. Absent: Jacob Bates-Puha, Fraser Spence, Movil Nand, Mengchu Luo. 140
Front Row: Nichola Pahl, Jesse Muir, Kate Erby, Stefanie Moore, Georgia Bowler, Justin Williamson, Georgia Priest. Second Row: Vincent Vigneshwaran, Girmaye Beyene, Ryan Henry, Hayden Dawson, Sang Hyu (Sam) Lee, Gukhyeon Son, Mr. M. Hart. Third Row: Janie Harrison, Iain Tranter, Roi Gapuzan, Joel Allen, Christopher Middleton. Fourth Row: Jardon Crighton, Charlotte Comley, Victoria Chappell, Elizabeth Moemalo, Marcel Viljoen. Absent: Janelle Cavanagh, Meadow Smith*, Joshua O’Docherty, Chelsey Smart.
Front Row: Renee O’Halloran, Matthew Andrews, Katherine Stewart, Melanie Hamzah, Hao-Tin Lin, Thomas Walsh, Eleanor Glover. Second Row: Daniel Baxter, Andrew Topp, Charlotte Smith, Jonathan Anderson, Tristan Nicol, Isobel Barczyk, Brandon Griffin, Ms M. Jack. Third Row: Samuel Goldsmith, Henry Bennett, Christopher Robinson, Levi Taiepa, Christopher Case, Liam Kennedy, Scott Bolton. Fourth Row: Jeremy Durham, Natalie Roberts, Monique Rijnberg, Sophie Morris, Megan Ross, Karyn Cox-Taylor. Absent: Ae-Ra Kim, Bianca McNamara, Julin Le-Ngoc, Jordan Snell.
Front Row: Sharmella Williams, Tane Sadlier, Kieu Huynh-Thi, April Hall, Charleen Lewis, Sheldon Fitzgibbon, Olivia Creighton. Second Row: Adi Cokanasiga, Dominick Paish, Sheldon Shearer, Cohan Ryder, Michael Scobie, Jaimee SissonSmith, Mrs. C. Pentecost. Third Row: Lauren Welsh, Kieran Stoop, Benjamin Fortune, Noam Wegner, Maria Kirsop. Fourth Row: Pamela Strickland, Ashley Stuart, Saraya Murphy, Howe Zhang. Absent: Rebecca Sheed, Alina Filatova.
Front Row: Ashleigh Neville, Chanel Scarrott, Kelly Bell, Nicole Cotton, Da Cheng Kwang. Second Row: Nive Aiono, Chiranakiat (Pete)Chirapattanakorn, Daniel Gerrard, Johnathan Nevin, Pelenato (Matai) Felise, Mr F. Poskitt. Third Row: Nancy Teopenga, Biana-Jane Humphery-Hurst, Rhett Moore, Neelam Devi, Kate Dixon. Absent: Mathew Philpott*, Joseph Williams, Andrew Boerlage, Alicia Dalzell, Amara Hector, Nicolle Rosewarne.
9 - 13PW
Front Row: Sequoia Healey, Alisha Moses, Lauren Tatana, Creavalle Karawana, Khanisha McCausland. Second Row: Philip Williamson, Nikau Edwards, Dallas Tatana, Bradley Hemopo, Shaquille Christie-Holland. Third Row: Jahnay McCarthy-Tuhua, Delanie Holland, Joshua Norton, Jamie Hammond, Titaa Metuatini Te Ariki.
Front Row: Jemma Vivian, Danielle Earl, Natasha Sullivan, Christina Gane, Alannah Sowerby, Natsumi Mizuno, Bonnie Chen. Second Row: Sol Ah Kim, Todd Burnett, Troy Wilson, Charlie Osborne*, Oliver Dredge, Victor Chu, Karina McDonald, Callie Morris*, Mr C. Stoddart. Third Row: Shenae Shaw, Kieran Palmer, Jared Kerrigan, Cameron MacGregor, Phillip McLean, Cameron Jones, Claire Everts. Fourth Row: Caitlyn Hansen, Alexandra Andrews, Mikaela Marshall, Sul Gi Byun, Casey Wakefield*, Chloe West. Absent: Michelle Kerr*, Cory Fisher, Abel Krishna. 142
Front Row: Hee Yeon (Sophia) Yoon, Grace Jones, Hayley Meads, Jarrod Beaumont, Tara Snell, Jacqueline Swift, Celeste Lamond. Second Row: Shanice Brown, Jordan Cormack, Thomas Gordon, Aimee McMullan, Rokas Beisinas, Reuben Looi, Mr M. Soltero. Third Row: Nicole Merrin, Rasoul Muradi, Leigh Jones, James Coates, Amber Lilly, Madeline Raxworthy, Vanessa Steele. Fourth Row: Charlotte Rigby, Stephen Thomson, Holly Shuker, Lauren Sila, Leah Tily, Olivia Lloyd.
9 - 13TR
Front Row: Chontelle Harman, Row Timblick-Poroa, Dâ€™Arby Te Moana, Kristal Jenkinson, Te Awa Waretini. Second Row: Amelia Young, Kaiva Peseta, Daley Whiripo, Brandon Poutu, Sebastian McLean, Tiana Milner, Ms Taylor. Third Row: Ataarangi Jones, Sacoya Butler, Albany Peseta, Elle Haugh, Joel Tipa, Brooke Phillips.
Front Row: Sophia Rabara, Natalie
Hughes, Anna Ridley, Elise Hemmingsen, Kathleen Lange, Ashleigh Ooi, Eve Hopping. Second Row: Matthew Crake, Matthew Sime, Kimberley Nieuwenhuize, Benjamin Westeneng, Josh Quinn, Joshua Karaitiana, Troy Hix, Benjamin Leeson, Ms M. Wall. Third Row: Erena Waretini, Nicole Winkelman, Courtney Jones, Carl Johnson, Brandon August-Stockton, Caitlin Wiblin, Rachael Prescott. Fourth Row: Max Wilkinson, Mimi Liu, Matthew Dell, Richard Martin, Isaac Nation, Irenie How, Vivienne Rijnberg, Alannah Rickerby. Absent: Rebecca Galbraith.
Front Row: Holly Earl, Emily Blackmore, Melanie Delaney*, Samantha Hill, Chelsea Hewison. Second Row: Ms J. Woods, Brandon Fabian, Stephanie Ladbrook*, Daniel Thew*, Michael Wiley*, Marcus Clark-Taylor*, Vicky Hofmeester, Mr. M. Nuth* (Teacher Aide). Third Row: Togamau Koko, Hawre Eliassi, Haylee Wilcock, Dean Hales, Daniel Johnstone, Vatey Uy. Absent: Shawn Walker.
Front Row: Megan Port, Kayla Le Gros, Kayla Cropper, Amy Midgley, Rebecca Russell. Second Row: Joshua Cattermole, Anthony Taupau, Daryl Banks, Bryce Giles, Miss A. Cherkaoui. Third Row: Jamal Quazi, Vulaono Cokanasiga, Ashleigh Smith, Lota Elisara. Absent: Michelle Cuff.
Front Row: Queenzy Malagayo, Eilidh King, Stacey Hodges, Samantha Neil*, Saori Sugawara*. Second Row: Georgia Linney, Dan Bi Choi, Thomas Hewitson, Brayden Didham, Daniel McDowell*, Andrew Campbell. Third Row: Sun Hee Kwak, Stephanie Anderson, Kyle Phillips, Kayla Bush, Kimberley Bowden, Jiseon Song. Absent: Rebecca Fox, Fatemeh Asadi, Kim Franicevic, Paul Link, Mill Oohsup, Ali Richards, Bianca Weaver.
Front Row: Yuki Manaku, Ansa Yokasowa, Narae Yung, Ruby Baker, Danielle Blair, Mariko Nakamura, Sora Igawa. Second Row: Roger Hill, Luke May, Rowan Marshall, Troy Cameron, James Vallance, Brandon Jack, Mrs J. Dwan. Third Row: Ethan Gerkan, John Mathias, Gabriel Hada, Carl Giles, Mitchell Lassen, Halim Yung. Absent: Lauren Thom.
Front Row: Laura Gray, Rebecca Harris, Hao-Wen Lin, Callum Bennett, Sol Lee, Samantha Dawes, Laura Cannan. Second Row: Jayden Dodge, William Tucker, Christopher Turnbull, Benjamin De Jager, Gareth Blackler, Joshua Stoop, Michael Power, Jashri Kesha, Mrs R. Fearnley. Third Row: Cheng-Jung (Danny) Sung, Dianne Candy, Nathan Ryan*, Benjamin Falconer, Aaron Venz, Joseph Szentivanyi, Joshua Taylor*. Fourth Row: Mallory Starink, Candice Mangan, Simon Toulson, Phillip Williamson, Tommy Turton, Bridget Carruth. Absent: Kelsey Berryman, Alexandra McGlinn, Michael Sheehan, Julian Giejsztowt.
Front Row: Tiffany Ponniah, So Young Park, Rachel Withington, Hannah Vogel, Samantha Major, Sarah Fleete, Shannon McIntosh. Second Row: Lance Truman, Matthew Davey, Graeme Maley, Thomas Mould, Alex Hutton, Paul Reynolds, Fraser Gemmel, Kieran Jongerius. Third Row: Kathy Liu, Anny Ma, Manu Somerville, Marc Harris, Callum Reid, Nicki Ross, Daniel Reed. Fourth Row: Ashlea Rapley, Zara Alsford, Kelsi Borren, Georgia Glass, Jennifer Eder, Rachel Pfahlert, Pagan Swift, Charu Sharma. Absent: James Barron.
Front Row: Carey McLaren, Roxanne Fouche*, Michael Ford, Caitlin Walker, Tejey Gebremedihin. Second Row: William Chu, Timothy Brook, Richard van Lokven, Liam Moran, Michael Ledgerwood, Peter Kearney, Mrs A. Goodfellow. Third Row: Blake Lawrence, Mathew Davison, Michael Powrie, Ken Yep, Daniel Flint, Jess Pearce. Absent: James Bastin, Tianya Chen, Natsuki Fujiwara, Brian Kao, Asumi Ueda, Sarah Wanhalla*, Lizzy White*, YongHao Zhu, Janik Adorf.
Front Row: Ursula Norris, Anna Provan, Josef Sheriff, Brooke Harrington, Joshua Butler, Hollee Norling, Shontelle van der Geest. Second Row: David Collie, Adam Hale, Christopher Haines, Jordan Barbara, Reuben Shearer, Maarten Wansink, Miss A. Martin. Third Row: Oskar Templeton, Jason Drost*, Samuel Laurie, John Fabling, Philip Mardon, Andrew Tonks*. Fourth Row: Bridget Beck, Lauren Aitken, Natasha Langridge, James Hall, Amy Wright, Ashleigh Blair. Absent: Jenny Park, Fatemah Rajabi, Jerome Flood, Ricky Nuttall, Vinicius Bacheti, Anna Brauer, Simon Resch.
Front Row: Melissa Sonnenberg*, Kimberley Brorens, Miron (Birian) Habte, Jessica Griffin, Heidi McConnell, Angela Crawford, Jasmine Somlay*. Second Row: Samuel Gardner, Conor Rose, Elliot Duncan, Judah Dunbar, Andrew Scorgie, Darrell Foley, Mrs R. Rees. Third Row: Robyn Botha, Marie Davis, Aaron West*, Belinda Hughes, Brittany Evans. Fourth Row: EmmaKate Adams, ClĂŠmence Liochon, Anita Gilchrist*, Samantha Ayers*. Absent: Emily Newbould, Matthew Jones, Paul Flutey*, Pattraporn (Ploy) Chirapattanakorn, Laura Campbell*. 146
Front Row: Renee Claridge, Annette Finch, Andrew Oswin, Jessica Peters, Alecia Hawker. Second Row: Mr R. Watson, Mrs K. Bird, Anna McCarthy, Lesley Finch, Mrs J. Harris, Mrs S. Scott. Absent: Grace Dodge, Sarah Anderson Alex Heneree, Jessica Murray, Mrs. H. Robertson, Mrs. L. Braxton.
Front Row: Brooke Forsythe, Margaret Jackson, Michael Wildbore, Zara Duns, Ryan Boath, Michaela Macfarlane, Chloe Jordan. Second Row: Chris Owen, Seoung Ho (Kevin) Cho, Nickolas Noonan, Melissa Kiesanowski, Elisha Crosbie, Kohei Ikoma. Third Row: Jamie Gifkins-Glentworth, Maria Leoâ€™o, Naomi Hooper, Mikayla Cochroft, Addisu Asres. Fourth Row: Johanna Lea, Matthew Higgs, Morgan Dumelow, Larissa Griffith, Melanie Donovan*. Absent: Oliver Svehla, Brendan Stewart.
Front Row: Shaho Eliassi, Mami Watanabe, Kimberley Chambers, Chantalle Smith, Anthony Ross. Second Row: Rahmat Ahmadi, Nicholas Chapman, James Cross, Samuel Hughes, Mr M. Tapp. Third Row: Mana Nakamura, Dylan Curtin, Bradleigh Smith. Absent: Yu Iwaki, Kimberly Ledgerwood, Gary McVicar, Ashley Robertson, Zane Schultz, Rachel Wakefield, Jorge Zahran, Andrew Hunton, Aljon Perez, Ashley Steel.
Front Row: Anna Dennehy, Lilia Garza, ZoĂŤ Reason, Michael Muller, Monica Tuilagi*, Greta James, Elisha Dingle. Second Row: Sam Robertson, Sahil Datta, Nathan Chilton, Benjamin Johns, Thomas Hurihanganui. Third Row: Ismat Ahmadi, Braden Norris*, James Saxon*, Hyeong Rae (Dylan) Noh, Elizabeth Sutherland. Fourth Row: Aimee Guerin, Kristina Wood, Jourdain Lemin, Nikki Officer. Absent: Shah Reza Ahmadi*, Eric Chester*, Chloe Diack-Tapiata, Wade Hughes*, Tyrrie Morris*, Aimee Numan*, Kendra Sherratt, Gabrielle Smith, Maximillian Joehn*.
Front Row: Deena Broadbent, YunSeoung (Ann) Cho, Holly Brooks, Hollie Robinson, Danielle Webber. Second Row: Nathan Gerrard, Abdul Osman, Calum Stent, James Washbourne, David Hansen. Third Row: Rosemary Ashton, Marvin Kagiri, Jong Hyun (Justin) Kim, Luke Mehlhopt. Fourth Row: Dima Dyshlov, Bronwyn Smith*, Tae Hyun (Ryan) Kim, Luke Johnson. Absent: Jennifer MacKinnon, Kunal Datta.
Front Row: Fatemeh Asadi*, Kimberley Milner*, Hayley Robertson, Amber Chapman, Sarah-Louise Kearney. Second Row: Yoshihiro Yokomachi, Alexander France, Christopher Grubb, Jasmine Buchanan. Third Row: Michaela Smalley, Danielle Mitchell*, Estelle Shallon. Absent: James Wihongi, Chad Tainui, Shaun Bell, Troianne Whitaker.
Front Row: Carlo Botha, Lydia Lee, Aimee Steel, Friederike Boetel, YunYing (Ann) Hsiao. Second Row: Michael Harbott, Martina Baumer, Jason Fruean, Lena Roennberg, Mrs J. Land. Third Row: Tagai Elisara, Yasataka Iwanaga, Nicholas Rossiter. Absent: Juliana Dalcol
Front Row: Heman Kakai, Lukas Muecher*, Thomas Sutherland, Kotaro Hirashima, Dion Crighton. Second Row: Salote Tausili, Yoonjeong Oh, Janis Preuss*, Julia Schulz, Mrs N. Marshall. Third Row: Kelly Delaney, Antonia Sommerfeld*, Alina Greupner*.
Front Row: Ashley Simeon, Mark Mathias, Jacinta Chappell, Souk Joon (Josh) Han, Sophie Luckman. Second Row: Sam Robinson, Dong Li, Robert Ehelebe, David Rampa, Won Suk (Philip) Jung, Rebecca Nicol, Mrs P. McComb.
Front Row: Man Hong Yuan, Julia Don, Dana Coppins*, Heidi Fuglestad*, Chisato Kamei. Second Row: Chene Nicol, Devon Edgeworth, Penelope Case*, Chung-Ting (Andy) Lin, Xihang (Andrew) Zhang, Miss C. Major. Third Row: Chanel Young, Liana Orrock, Mia Poulsen*, Clayton Shaw*, Nikola Petsch*. Absent: Emily Pollard, Tapuni Tinga, Chad Vedder, Sarah Washbourne.
Front Row: Christine Vo, Annalise Fletcher, Alicia Sudden, Harris Williamson, Tessa Bowler, Katherine Hansen, Sarah Chrisp. Second Row: Rochelle Bolton, John Butler, Richard Hodges, Jesse Laughton, Patrick Sullivan, Thomas Wilkinson, Xin Yan, James Newbould, Ayden Crequer*, Mrs L. Parsons. Third Row: Ethan Smith*, Ben Carruth, Timothy Stevens, Jeffrey Case, Aidan Millow, Michael Gudgeon, Cameron Ruru. Fourth Row: Caitlin Gray, Alexander Thomson, Richard Thai, Michael Topp, Emajane Harwood, Benjamin Uffindell. Absent: Gemma Parker.
Front Row: Kate Rawlings, Kaylie Ashworth, Sun Jun Park, SarahLouise Metcalfe, Rachel Harley. Second Row: Alastair Bowes-Onions, Jonathan Brens, Adam Barnett, Jacob May, Isaac Welsh, Benjamin Lowe, Mrs R. Roberts. Absent: Joseph Toulson, Samantha McCoubrey, Amy Chamberlain.
Front Row: Rachel Hunt, Hannah Morris, Fengjie Lin, Misato Nagai, Sarah Aroos. Second Row: Amy Wilson, Kingston Gore, Jonas Fleischer, Timothy Scott.Third Row: Adelaide Nisbet, Song-Yee Yoon, Clinton Deeming, Andrew Bruce, Vivian Partyka.
Front Row: Jessica Fiebig, Stephanie Turton, Joshua Nelson, Rory Vander Reyden, Natalie Sim么n*, Daniel Richardson, Emily Martin. Second Row: Sam Meni, Alexander Sampson, Siobhan Levick, Jay McKenzie, Jonathan Dobbs, David Draper, Colin Ria, Miss J. Versteeg. Third Row: Steven Johnston, Lucan Scott, Gabriel Pollard, Denny Trieu, Bex Thomas, Dean Wansbrough. Fourth Row: Matthew Everts, Jessica Taylor, Jasada Newson, Adam Cone. Absent: Abbey Gregg*, Vaoatea Tia.
Front Row: Young Ran Park, Choon Kee Lee (Lucia)*, Jae Yuel Park, Cher Huang*, Xin Cai Tang, Jasmine Lee. Second Row: Mrs L. Riddler, Linda Cheng, Mei Gallagher-Hu, Kia Ong Ling, Charles King, Le Shen*, Xinzhi Li, Ray Yang. Third Row: Joung Gog Han, Jin Ock Kim, Haye Seo Park, Li Ying Wan, Caiyun Chen, Yuci Huang, Young Jin Maeng. Absent: Kyeong Hee Lee, Tayebeh Taheri.
Front Row: David Zou, Yun Wang, Spring Lee*, Sarah Wang, Jane Lin, Pine Yun. Second Row: Ms. S Sullivan, Michael Jung*, Young Me Lee, Young-Mi Yang*, Donna Cho. Third Row: Sook Lim, Sue Lee, Jung Park*. Absent: Hye Kim, Julia Lee, Nanda Kafley, Michinora Kagaawa, Cindy Kim, Sydney Lim-Hur, Ma Li, Narayan Monger, Maryam Norouzi, Christina Park, Sarah Siripornpitak, Susanna Choi, Sunny Kim.
Front Row: Vicky Lu*, Yu Zhao, Hye Kyoung Min, Eun Ju Jung, Jin Hee Kim*, Myung Ae Chun*. Second Row: Evan Yang, Sean Wang, Water Bai, Mi Jin Youn, Ki Hee Park. Third Row: Amy Wang, Mia Jeong, Vivienne Kim, Ki Soon Park*, Xue Lian Wu*, Jian Ying Wang. Absent: Tina Mei, Hye Kyung Kim, Vivian Lee, Eun Joo Kim, Fang-an Zou.