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sUNDAY may 10 2009 N

May 2009

Papanui High School

NEWSLETTER School’s staff grows

from the Principal Greetings, Tena Koutou Katoa The Board of Trustees last week received the latest report on Papanui High School from the Education Review Office (ERO). We are absolutely delighted with the report because it provides a ringing endorsement of the quality of education being offered at our school. I’m personally very excited about its public release because I know it will be a source of tremendous pride for our students, our staff, and our community. An indication of just how good it is is provided by the fact that ERO will not be visiting us for another five years! Normally ERO reviews take place every three years. However in a recent policy change ERO stated “schools that a have a stable reporting history and demonstrate competence in using self review to improve the teaching and learning of students” will be visited every four to five years. We are one of the first schools in the South Island to achieve this status. I’ve already been contacted by ERO’s head office to seek permission to use our self-review processes as a model for other schools. Unfortunately the review is currently “unconfirmed” and I’m not permitted to release it. It will

become “confirmed” once our Board responds to the report. This will take a few more weeks. The report will be published in the next newsletter and will also be available on line at www.ero.govt.nz The report will also be available for our Open School on Tuesday, May 26. We have made a late decision to change the date of our Open School night. This decision has been made because we became aware that a number of schools appeared to have scheduled their Open Schools for the same night. This, of course, limits the opportunity for parents and students to make an informed choice of secondary school. We want everyone to have the opportunity to see how good our school is.

PTA NEWS NOTICEBOARD Giant PTA Auction

Denis Pyatt Principal

Technology thank you’s The Technology Department is grateful for support from Robokits Ltd, Tait Electronics and Steel and

As the school continues to grow so does the staff. There are now more than 150 staff at the school.

Tube for providing equipment and expertise to develop Technology in the school.

Right: The new PTA committee elected at the recent PTA AGM is pictured at right comprising: Cindy Hey (Treasurer), Jill Bowler (President), Julie Johnson (Secretary).

Saturday, May 23 in the school grounds, 11am start – viewing from 9am. All sizes and shapes of desks, chairs, stools, tables, cabinets, woodworking benches, tools and Second-hand equipment, vices, metal uniform sale shelving, drafting tables, next second-hand The map cabinets and much, uniform sale will be much more. held on Tuesday, May All must go – no reserves. 19 at 3.30pm in the

School Hall

Curriculum Jumbo Day The Minister of Education has granted all schools one day to work on the implementation of the New Curriculum. Most Christchurch schools, including Papanui High School, will be taking their Curriculum teacher only day on Thursday, May 21. School will be closed on that day.

Ball gown sale We are holding a preloved ball gown sale at the school on May 15 and 16. Students are asked to bring their dresses to sell to the student office.

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This year’s “Glimps e (an evening where of the Ball” students parade their ball go w be held on Monday, ns) will Ju the School Hall. M ne 22 in ore details in next month’s newsl etter.

Diary MAY

11–15...... Health Week 13............. Winter Sports begin 13–15..... First Aid Year 12 Catering 18............. School cross country 21............. Curriculum jumbo day – school closed 25............ PTA, 7.30pm in staffroom 26............ Open Night 28............ Board of Trustees, 5.30pm in Boardroom

JUNE

1............... Queens Birthday – School closed 2–5.......... Book Week 2–5.......... 301 OED Camp 4–5.......... Big Sing

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May 2009

Papanui High School

NEWSLETTER The successful SELL In the annual SELL Programme (Student Enterprise Learning Link) eighty Year 11 students engaged in a three-day practical business education workshop which involved forming “virtual” companies, researching and deciding on a product or service,

Above: The winning SELL team. writing a business plan and launching it. We are most grateful to judges: Brendon Burns, MP for Christchurch Central; Karl Waretini from Prosper Professional Coaching; Tyron Tiller, manager of ASB Northlands; Jason Higham from Higham Architecture; and Steve Daly from The Warehouse Hornby. The winning team of Robert Fletcher (CEO), and Vanessa Brown, Elsa Mengistie, Angela Vo, One of the participating SELL teams making a presentation to Jane Alexander, Sally Hayes and Laura Cadigan designed a whiteboard desk. the judges.

Authentic learning

Above: Year 12 students Melanie Hamzah and Alannah Rickerby received new laptops and printers at a recent assembly as they are the first recipients of scholarships from “The Winding Road Trust”, a charitable trust chaired by alumni Judith Paget, also pictured above. The trust provides financial support to students to enable them to achieve a university degree.

•  10Jh and 10Wa spent two days staying at the Koukourarata Marae at Port Levy, right. They focused on learning about marae protocol and building relationships. Such visits provide opportunities for cross-curricular learning.

We congratulate: •  Janelle Cavanagh, Kelsey Berryman and Ms Mortimer who played in a New Zealand Open Women’s Touch team in Wollongong in the holidays. Also participating in the teams were alumni Michael Cavanagh and Aleisha Berryman. Janelle and Kelsey are most grateful for the support of school staff, and the community who helped fund their trip •  Melanie Cameron who was part of the South Island Football team, winners of the Under 15 Girls’ title at the national tournament in Napier. •  Rachel Pfahlert and Genevieve Williamson who both achieved outstanding results at the National Youth St John Competitions. Rachel gained the title of Champion Individual which is the top honour for a cadet to attain at these competitions.

Cricket partnership

The Merivale-Papanui/Papanui High School Cricket Club has been announced as a winner in the 2009 New Zealand Cricket Development Awards. It won the Best Youth Cricket Initiative. Since the initiative began there have been three youth cricket teams established in the school and there is a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the sport. The Papanui High School 1st XV took part in the Christchurch Boys High School Rugby Festival at Easter weekend. They played matches against schools from Hamilton, Perth and Christchurch. The tournament provided a good opportunity for team building and pre-season workouts. Sam Hughes and Will Stevens were named as players of the tournament for the school.

Debating news Two teams won round two of the recent Intermediate Debating competition. The moot was “A low BMI should be enforced on beauty pageant contestants”. Team 1 comprising Billy Clemens, Robert Fletcher (named best speaker), and Michael Jones competed against Burnside High. Team 2 comprising Angela Vo (named best speaker), Hamish Mills and Anna Brinsdon competed against St Margaret’s.

Tu Kanohi Ora Programme

Twenty five Maori students have been selected to take part in the Tu Kanohi Ora Programme. Funded by Te Tapuae o Rehua, the programme provides them with mentoring and guidance towards ensuring they move on to tertiary education.

Double success

Tom Wilkinson, right, enjoys continuing success with the recent award of a New Zealand Education Scholarship Trust (NZEST) scholarship, one of only eight students in the country to receive such an award. The scholarships, worth $5000, are granted to students of top academic ability who also show ability in a number of fields. Tom’s younger brother, Max, left, gained the highest mark in the country in Grade 7 of the recent Trinity College Trombone exams.

Drama news

•  Josh Butler, Jen Eder, Shannon McIntosh and Gareth Blackler performed in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare festival recently. They performed scenes from Twelfth Night, and Josh Butler as Malvolio, received an Excellence in Acting Award. They performed their scene at the combined assemblies last week to rapturous applause. •  Rehearsals are under way for this year’s major production, Peter Pan. More than 90 students are involved and the season will run from June 24 to 26.

• The Year 13 PE class enjoyed their annual sea kayaking expedition in the Marlborough Sounds, above. Despite poor weather the students achieved their objectives. •  Students from 9Wz, left, visited the Christchurch Art Gallery to learn about Polynesian printmaking and participated in a Polynesian printmaking workshop. •  Students from the Year 13 Catering classes recently completed their wine appreciation course with a trip to vineyards in Waipara and Blenheim.

The Pacific Island group repeat their performance at a recent assmebly. The Pacific Island Group again did the school proud this year, performing with gusto at the recent Pasifika Festival at the Town Hall. Taught and led by our Year 12 and 13 students, they presented a full programme of Samoan and Cook Island dances and songs, with a bit of Fijian thrown in. Group co-leader and Head Boy Albany Peseta also represented the school at the Speech Competition in the same week.

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May 2009 Newsletter