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Rotorua Lakes High School “Mauria te+ pono – Keep steadfastly to the truth” NEWSLETTER ISSUE No. 3 – 17 February 2017

CHALKBOARD From the Principal P. 1 - 2 Important Information P. 2 - 5 News from Departments P. 5 - 6 Sports P. 7 – 10 Careers P. 10 - 11 Contact us P. 11

Dear Parents/Caregivers Kia ora tatou

Community Notices P. 11 - 13 Sponsors P. 14 - 15

FROM THE PRINCIPAL ________________________________________________________________________________

2016 NCEA ENDORSEMENTS We have had further notification from NZQA about more student successes in NCEA 2016 and we are proud to acknowledge and congratulate the following students: Level 1 with MERIT Bruno Silveria Lino Sam Weir Maddy Cosgrave Level 1 with EXCELLENCE Cara Thomson Jack Malcolm Shelby Cuff This year we again congratulate Euan Robinson who has achieved Level 2 Excellence as a Year 11 student. Amazing results for Euan well done. ________________________________________________________________________________

CELEBRATORY ASSEMBLY On Wednesday 17 February, we held a special assembly to congratulate and acknowledge the successes of our students. The students who achieved their 2016 NCEA Certificates Endorsed with Excellence and Merit were congratulated and their names were announced in last week’s newsletter. Our school leaders were also presented with their badges. A great day and fantastic results for all our students. Well done. ________________________________________________________________________________

ATHLECTICS DAY Due to bad weather, the Athletics Day has been postponed until next Friday 24 February.

TERM 1 KEY DATES Fri 24 Feb Wed 1 Mar Thurs 2 Mar Tues 7 – Fri 10 Mar Fri 10 Mar Mon 27 – Fri 31 Mar Tues 11 – 14 Apr Wed 19 Apr – Fri 5 May FRI 14 APR TO MON 1 MAY

Yours sincerely,


Athletics Day New Parents Evening (4 – 6 pm) Swimming Sports Day Year 13 Camp Mid Island Athletics Summer Tournament Year 10 Camp Spain Trip EASTER BREAK


NEW PARENTS EVENING PARENTS INFORMATION EVENING – We invite parents to an informal meeting on Wednesday 1st March 2017 from 4 – 6 pm Please see below timetabled sessions; Parents are invited to attend any or all sessions. Session & Time Intro to our school

4.00 – 4.30 NCEA

4.30 – 4.45

Welcome and introduction to the House system -

What A session aimed at parents of Year 9 and 10. Covering Transition, Timetable, Options, Peer Support, Sports Co-ordinator overview, Pastoral Support. A session to help any parents who wish to understand NCEA better – particularly useful for those with children who are in Years 11-13. A general overview of NCEA, looking at what students and families need to be aware of in order for students to achieve at the levels needed for career and tertiary education choices. This is intended for parents with students currently in NCEA classes or will be next year. This is open to any of our parents. An opportunity for parents to meet the House Group Tutor of their child and the Head of House.

Staff Mr T Renshaw, Mrs P Short, Ms L MacFarlane Ms K Beijeman

VENUE Auditorium

Ms J Sturme (DP)

Special Needs Room

Dean Year 9 Heads of Houses, House Group Tutors


For year 9 Parents: A brief introduction to the core teachers (Maths, English, Science, Social Studies and PE) of your child’s core class. Please find out prior to the evening which core class your child is in (9M1, 9M2, 9M3, 9M4, 9S2, 9S3 and 9 Rumaki) Whanau Hui for all interested. An opportunity to meet our Head of Maori – Mr Tau Soloman

Core Teachers


Mrs P McLean, Mr T Soloman and other staff


4.45-5.15 Year 9 Core Class introductions


Whanau Hui


The following Areas will be available for parents to pop in between 4.00-4.40: Area Languages, Drama, Music Technology/Art Teachers

Who Mrs Richardson, Mrs Harris, Mr Pasco Mrs Webster (HOD Technology), Mrs L Tolentino, Mr M Frost, Mrs M Malcolm, Mrs H Howard, Mrs S Hamilton, Mrs H Gainsford, Mr D Whitby, Mr R Morgan, Mr J Flitton, Ms S CarlanRiddell,

Venue Music Room Technology Department Classrooms

Throughout the afternoon, school prefects will be in the auditorium available to take parents around to the correct areas. There will also be tea and coffee available. ________________________________________________________________________________





VISITING ARGENTINIAN GROUP Over the next few weeks, a small Argentinian group of two teachers and five students will be visiting our school while staying in Rotorua. The group are from Don Bosco High School in Neuquén and will be led by Estela Rodriguez, who visited RLHS in 2015. Mrs Heather Richardson worked with Estela while she was in Argentina. Initially these students will be interacting with our students in Spanish classes. Please make them feel welcome. Thank you to those families who are homestaying the group for part of their stay. ________________________________________________________________________________

TERM DATES FOR 2017 Term 1











NEWS FROM DEPARTMENTS _________________________________________________________________________________ FROM THE LIBRARY

Book of the Month In this new book by Dr. Ben Bernstein, author of Test Success, Dr. Bernstein (Dr. B) uncovers the key principles for success. This is an awesome book on helping you be our best. Get it, read it, apply it . . . your life will improve. And that shall bring you the admiration of your dear sweet grandmother. Read it for her. She's counting on you. No pressure. Josh Shipp, author of The Teen's Guide to World Domination The world teenagers have never been so challenged as they are today. The constant demands of parents, school, work, peers, social media, athletics, music, etc. has created a generation who, while tremendously capable, are also tremendously stressed. Today’s teens are expected to not only do it all but to do it now. Having personally coached thousands of students over his years as an educator and a professional performance coach, Dr. Bernstein (Dr. B) understands and connects with today’s young adults _________________________________________________________________________________ MATHS HOMEWORK CENTRE

Each Thursday from 3.15 – 4.15 in A11 – All Welcome Please bring a snack and a


_________________________________________________________________________________ DUKE OF EDINBURGH NEWS Congratulations to all the new Bronze candidates that completed their training and practice journeys on the electives at the end of the school year 2016. Fifteen intrepid trampers carried out a rigorous journey of 15 km each way, in hot weather, and went to new limits with their fitness and endurance. We will be offering a Qualifying journey for all Bronze candidates in March and look forward to them stepping up to the Silver level. Also congratulations to Shane Lash who completed his Gold level residential project at Lavacamp over the summer holidays, and to Tangaroa Yorke, Kyle Wilson and Sarah Smith, who completed their Bronze Level Award at the end of year 2016. If you are interested in joining the award, please come to C3 to see Mrs. Carlan-Riddell to register and find out more. You must be 14 to begin the award. For more information, see their website, Great news also is that Gerry Purcell, whom many students know has been a stalwart supporter and facilitator of many of our tramps over the past years, has been awarded a Queen's Service Medal for his outstanding contribution to the training and journeys of Duke of Edinburgh's candidates not only at our school but across the whole Bay of Plenty. Other opportunities for journeys this term are:

Silver level Adventurous Journey Training - 1/2 April. Commencing at 0900 (9 am) in Welcome Bay. Then mid-afternoon we travel to Ngamuwahine, off SH 29, camp overnight, participants give a 4-6 minute presentation (on an outdoor subject I will give them the week prior to the course), set-up and operate a Mountain Radio, cook their meals over an open fire. Sunday we do some off-track navigation. The course should conclude by 1600 (4 pm) on the Sunday afternoon at Ngamuwahine Outdoor Education Centre carpark. Cost will be $25. Applications by 15 March. Gold level Adventurous Journey Training - 17-19 March, comprising an Outdoor Training NZ (OTNZ) Risk Management in the Outdoors Course and the OTNZ River Safety/Crossings Course. Course will commence at 2000 (8 pm) on Friday evening, likely at Greerton Scout Hall. Saturday will commence at 0900 (9 am).. Then late afternoon we travel to Dickey Flat Campsite, Karangahake Gorge, north of Waihi, camp overnight, participants give a 7-10 minute presentation (on an outdoor subject given them a week prior to course), set-up and operate a Mountain Radio, cook their own meals. Sunday we do an OTNZ River Crossing/Safety Course, during which participants, and their packs, will get wet. The course should conclude by 1500 (3 pm) on the Sunday afternoon at Dickey Flat Campsite. Cost will be $25. Applications by 5 March. Contact Mrs CR for more information on these trainings 027-659-6538 _____________________________________________________________________________ YEAR 13 CAMP – OHOPE CHRISTIAN CAMP 2017 The camp for year 13 students will be at Ohope Christian Camp from after school Tuesday 7 March to Friday 10 March 2017. All letters and forms have now been sent to parents / caregivers. Forms need to be returned and payment made in full by Wednesday 1st March 2017. Thank you.

Tuesday 7 March to Friday 10 March Leaving school @ 3.45pm Return to school @ 1.30 pm (approx.)

Cost = $185 approx Bus travel provided Open to all Year 13 Students

SPORTS Hot off the Press from our Coaches and Managers ________________________________________________________________________________ MINI-STOCK COMPETITION Congratulations to Yr 12 student Dion Henderson (left) who came second at MiniStocks in Paradise (MIP) on the weekend. This is the National Youth Mini-Stock competition with over 160 drivers from all around NZ. Fantastic


________________________________________________________________________________ NETBALL 2017 The 2017 netball season is fast approaching. A meeting was held this week for all players interested in playing netball along with a pre- season muster on Thursday. Players who attended were handed a letter with details for the season, as well as a trialist form. Trials start next week. All players trialing must fill out a form and hand in prior to the start of trials. Letters are available at the sports shed or on the netball page. Team selection policies and procedures, player expectations and netball dates are also available for viewing on the school website ________________________________________________________________________________ MOUNTAIN BIKING Race report by Skye Follas “The 2017 race season started with a bang, 4 rounds in January filling up every weekend with travel and race prep. The races were held in 440 Mountain Bike Park (Auckland), Pan Pak Eskdale Mountain Bike Park (Napier), Dome Valley (Auckland) and Fringed Hill (Nelson). Each round had very similar conditions being quite dry and dusty but they all had their own unique twists and features. 440 was a great start to 2017 with my first Junior Woman's win of the year and a time good enough for 4th in Elite Woman. In Napier I had another great race with my second Junior win and a time good enough for 3rd in Elite Woman. Dome Valley was by far my favorite track of the four which only helped me have such a great day and contributed a fair bit to my personal growth as an athlete. Another junior win and second in Elite woman. Finally, the last race of the national series that I will be attending, Nelson. Although I really enjoyed this long and technical track my race run did not go according to plan with numerous big mistakes and a big crash towards the end of the track. Still, my time was good enough for my fourth Junior Woman's win and 3rd in Elite Woman. I am over the moon on this start to the 2017 DH season and am looking forward to National Champs, NISS and Crankworx over the next couple months�.

Giant 2W Gravity Enduro This has evolved into the ‘ultimate’ MTB experience. Riders have the option of riding up to every stage or being assisted/shuttled (by a rather large bus and bike trailer). It was great to see so many Lakes High riders out enjoying the trails. Skye Follas also competed in the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro. She placed 2nd in U21, 11th woman overall and 9th out of the woman that rode up to every stage (non-shuttled).

Skye Follas Photo Credit: Jason Beacham

Skye Follas (left) Photo Credit: Jason Beacham

Josh Morley (left) and Taylor Forrest (right) Photo Credit: Jason Beacham

$5000 Enduro Scholarship Daniel Self finished Yr 13 last year. He was one of the original members of the RLHS Mountain Biking School Team and is returning this year to help with coaching. Daniel’s goal for 2017 is to race as many rounds of the Enduro World Series (EWS) as possible. This involves a huge commitment both financially and in terms of physical training. I am delighted to announce that Daniel was a recipient of the Enduro Scholarship which was awarded at the end of Saturday’s race. Daniel said “I am Absolutely over the moon to receive the u23 Enduro scholarship of $5000 at yesterday's Giant Gravity 2W. Having that extra money will be a huge help for me in the coming season when I'm chasing the Enduro world series rounds. Can't thank the awesome guys behind this and everyone involved enough!” Photo Credit: Jason Beacham

BIKE FEST – 16’ dual slalaom Turns out small wheels, large riders & tight corners is the perfect recipe for an epic event based in the stunning Dodzy Skills Park. There was a large contingent of RLHS students ready to take on the dual slalom course whilst trying to avoid crashing. A special mention goes out to Jake Johnston for the most ‘outstanding facials”. It was great to see so many people supporting the event even though they were not racing. Daniel Cobb and the Walton Contingent (Kev and Dylan) were in full voice cheering from the side lines.

Nathan Morshead (left) and Finn Birchall (right) Photo Credit : Mead Norton

Left to Right Finn Birchall, Nathan Saunders, Sam Weir and Daniel Cobb Photo Credit: BG

Dylan Walton (left) and Dad, Kev (right) Photo Credit: Mead Norton

Jake Johnston (front) with epic facials Photo credit : Alick Saunders

____________________________________________________________________________ SUMMER HOCKEY

Dream Team A fantastic end to the season with a 4-2 win. The whole team played exceptionally well and their team work was phenomenal. A few solid saves of goals by Devon Stewart and Kody Mayes kept the score in our favour. Player of the day went to Liam Rehu for his great midfield play which created results in defence and in goal scoring. It's been a pleasure to manage this team during the season. A fine bunch of young adults. Thank you to everyone involved. Jo Sturme (see further in the newsletter about a pre-season training opportunity from Rotorua Hockey).


daily notices

(It is important that students check the each day during House Group time for important careers events and deadlines.)

TERM 1 Unless otherwise stated all Tertiary Liaison Presentations are held in the Careers Classroom, usually at lunchtime. 6 March 2017 Ara Institute of Technology Christchurch Liaison Visit 1.30pm 7 March 2017 Waikato University Liaison Visit – 1st round – 1.30pm 21 March 2017 Canterbury University Liaison Visit 1.30 pm 22 March 2017 AUT Auckland Liaison Visit 1.30pm 30 March 2017 Massey University Te Manu Taiko Presentations 1.30 – 3.00pm 4 April 2017 WINTEC Liaison Visit – 11.05 am - Note Morning Tea Time 6 April 2017 Auckland University Liaison Visit – 1.30 pm 7 April 2017 Victoria University Liaison Visit – 1.30pm _________________________________________________________________________________ FREE APPS Students might like to download the following FREE apps:  NCEA PAL - Students can enter subjects, credits etc  NCEA Guide - Useful for parents, employers, students, teachers etc 

Occupation Outlook App

JUST THE JOB PRODUCTIONS Check out the following website for a truly great free careers video which is available online at


ROTORUA LAKES HIGH SCHOOL Mr P B Walker, Principal BA (Hons), Dip Ed, Post Grad Dip Second Language Tchg, Dip Tchg P O Box 7002, Te Ngae, Rotorua Phone: 345 6124 Fax: 345 5964