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Rangi News OCTOBER 2013

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CONTENTS

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Leadership

3 News from the Principal

6 Chaplain’s Column 7 Year 13 Samoa Trip 8 Project Blue Sky 9 Around Rangi 3

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9 Boarding House News 10 GATE Coordinators Desk 13 News from Year 7 & 8

16 Outward Bound 18 From the Director of Theatre Arts 20 From the Director of Music

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Sport

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26 Equestrian 28 Orienteering

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Community

29 From the Community Relations Coordinator

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Rangi News OCTOBER 2013

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The Cultural Concert Samoa | Cycling

Cover info: Dance Company, directed by Hannah Clarkson performing Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend at the Cultural Concert. More pictures on back cover.

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Celebrating Past Students Early Childhood College Preschool News Rangi Ruru Old Girls’ Association The Cultural Concert

Lesley Anderson 1918 - 2013 Headmistress, 1969-72

We were sad to learn of the death of past Principal Lesley Anderson on 16 September 2013 in Taupo. She was in her 95th year. Miss Anderson headed Rangi Ruru from 1969 to 1972, at which time she left to care for her ailing father. She was a small woman with a no-nonsense manner, who set in motion a great deal of change at the school. This included dropping the word ‘Presbyterian’ from the school’s name, rearranging the curriculum, instituting the Founders’ Day service, introducing meet the teacher evenings, opening a canteen and adding a great emphasis on joining clubs to broaden the girls’ education. Miss Anderson was also an accomplished musician and foundation member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

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News from the Principal Education goes through phases and suddenly certain terms or ideas become ‘flavour of the month’, some to the degree of becoming clichéd, some fading into oblivion after an initial hiss and a roar and others proving to have substance and becoming part of what we do. Some of these have their genesis in overseas ideas, some are political, some are financial and some come about as a result of good New Zealand educational research. Some of the ideas that have faded have been bulk funding, open plan classrooms, liberal studies. Some that have proved themselves and have morphed into standard policy or procedures are tomorrow’s schools, achievement based assessment and inquiry learning. And of course now we have the ubiquitous ‘21st century learning’. In his book ‘Our Secondary Schools Don’t Work Anymore”, published in 1998, David Hood looked at what would be required for schools in the then

next century and wrote “Schools must become learner centred, not timetable or teacher or class centred, but centred on each individual’s learning needs, talents and aspirations for the future. ….. shifting traditional concepts of ownership and dependency away from the system, the school and teachers to the learner”. This is something I have touched on before, but when I go back to Hood’s book, now 15 years on, I am always impressed at the relevance and foresight he showed but also slightly depressed that it has taken New Zealand so long to move in the direction he outlines. The New Zealand Curriculum, which came into being in 2007, reflects strongly Hood’s beliefs and is very much centred on the needs of young people. If you haven’t read it I urge you to have a look at nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz. Student centred learning is a huge concept and at the very heart of it is something much more specific, and which you will increasingly be hearing about – personalised learning. Actually I

prefer the idea of personalising learning as the use of a verb, and thus action, seems more appropriate. The idea of personalising learning is at the heart of our philosophy at Rangi Ruru and is reflected in our strategic framework. Impressive sounding words are all very well but they have to be translated into something tangible, so what does personalising learning look like? Maybe I need to start with what personalising learning is not. It is not about every girl being able to do what she wants when she wants. A school is still a community and it still has to have a framework in order to operate effectively for everyone. It does not mean that you can tailor a course that in the end will be of no transferable value to you. It is not about tailoring every lesson to always suit the individual learning needs of everyone in the class. It’s not about changing the rules of deadlines, assignment requirements, and course attendance. What it is about is knowing every girl and what her strengths are. It is about www.rangiruru.school.nz

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having classes small enough for teachers to engage one to one on a regular basis. It’s about offering options within a course; it’s about, where appropriate, arranging a course that might include multi levelling or using outside providers; it’s about creating a learning environment where, within the existing framework there is sufficient flexibility for girls to have choice. Above all it is about girls feeling they are involved in determining their own learning, in having the opportunity to be part of the design of their course. This requires change. It is a different way of working, it requires different planning and operating, it requires a shift in emphasis. It requires staff to guide, to facilitate, to teach, but also to stand back a little. One of the things that greatly facilitates a move away from the ‘mass market’ approach is technology. Technology saves us time (most of the time!), it is not bound by time and space, by the walls of a classroom, and thus it allows girls to learn, to explore and to collaborate anytime, anywhere – provided they have the framework. Technology also allows girls to take greater responsibility for their own learning, which is an integral part of personalising learning. This year our teaching staff have spent time on Tuesday mornings specifically looking at the use of technology to enhance their ability to

personalise learning for the girls. This has been known as ICE time, from our Inspire, Challenge and Empower vision, and while staff were learning there was a very valuable time for girls to work with form seniors and in clans. We are under no illusions that we have a long way to go in really personalising the teaching and learning for our students, and we are always mindful that change should enhance the learning and the learning outcomes. Down the track we do need to look at the timetable, which is a barrier to some of the things we would like to achieve, but we feel people have had to deal with a lot change over the last two years, and with new spaces coming into being next year, timetable changes might Where learning happens: A Year 13 Economics class building a just be a bit much. Within our giant jigsaw. existing structures, however, Some courses, such as Media some exciting things have and English, are offering a ‘menu’ of been happening which enable girls to achievement standards within one class take more responsibility for their courses from which girls can choose and design and their learning. their own course, depending on strengths, Some staff have been creating interests and future plans. In Year 13 instructional videos on YouTube Physics students choose to do Medical and specifically targeted learning Imaging (Internal) or Electricity (External). programmes for Scholarship students. Across year levels students are Some give these out through QR codes increasingly able to track their own for easy accessibility on smartphones.

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FROM THE PRINCIPAL LEADERSHIP

progress, including using visual records such as photos and movie clips of their learning. In some areas students can choose how they present something – the day of the essay is far from over but there are other ways to show learning, just as there are ways to learn other than sitting at a desk in a classroom. In the end it’s about knowing the learner and her needs and endeavouring to maximise her experience – and not only in the classroom but beyond. Personalising is about all aspects of a student, all her activities. Schools need to have a ‘whole view’ of a student, pulling together the understanding all those who are involved with a girl may have of her. Thus we are able to see the big picture and this is vital if we are to really personalise the Rangi experience for her. This is a tall order and one in which tutors and deans are important. This is also where PDPs are vital. This will continue to be a focus for us, from both a curricula and a co-curricular point of view. I have seen it operating well in the past few weeks in the intense conversations staff have been having with girls about subject choice, and as we attempt to create courses that are tailored to the individual. This is one of the real benefits of NCEA in that it is so flexible we can do a ‘mix and match’ for girls for whom the choices aren’t clear or easy. Personalising learning isn’t a fad, it isn’t something that will come and go. It is research based; it has been around as a concept for a long time and there are schools, particularly overseas, that have done a lot of work in this area. At Rangi we will build on the strengths we have, ensuring we don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, but at the same time work to ‘recognise, value and develop the capabilities of each girl’, to quote the first of our strategic goals.

Julie Moor Principal

Te Korowai o Rangi Ruru

Te Korowai o Rangi Ruru

Principal Julie Moor wearing Te Korowai o Rangi Ruru

I am always humbled by the way Rangi Ruru embraces its past and recognises its achievements. Reflecting on the important role that Te Ao Maori (the Maori world) plays in the school’s history it is only fitting that it has its own korowai. ‘Korowai’ (feathered cloak) is a highly prized traditional Maori garment, regarded as a family heirloom, and is an enduring gift to the school and staff of Rangi Ruru. This korowai was commissioned for the school to be worn at significant ceremonial occasions such as the opening of new buildings, the end of year prizegiving or other celebratory events. Though traditionally worn by the leader (in our case, the Principal), it is a gift to the school and as such it may be worn by all staff. If a staff member, for example, graduates with a new tohu (a Master’s degree, PhD etc) they would be welcome to wear the korowai at their capping. The design of the korowai speaks to the Rangi Ruru papakainga (home base). The connection to the surrounding hills, rivers and the sea is significant as it cements the school’s place in the community and Canterbury. Maori legend says that the Maori Chief Tamatea Pokai-Whenua went to the top of the surrounding hills and prayed that Ngā Atua (the Gods) would grant his people fire as they were constantly ill from the

freezing temperatures and it is from here that the korowai design begins. The individual green feathers which line the top of the korowai recognise Ngā Kohatu Whakatekateka o Tamatea Pokai Whenua (the smouldering boulders of Tamatea Pokai-Whenua) and Ngā Ngahere (the bush or forest areas) which sporadically appear. The brown feathers then start to descend from the top representing the tussock covered hills around Christchurch including Horomaka (the Port Hills) which eventually meet Te Patiki Whakatekateka o Waitaha (the Canterbury Plains) and the lower areas. Mixed in amongst the shimmering green feathers are blue feathers which remind us of the food resources Ngai Tahu depended on from the rivers, the sea and bush. We are reminded of the importance of these resources in a whakatauaki (Maori proverb) often used at Rangi Ruru “Ki te manu e kai ana i te miro nōna te ngahere. Ki te manu e kai ana i te matauraka, nona te Āo” (To the bird who feeds off the miro berry, the forest is hers. To the bird who feeds off education, the world is hers).

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CHAPLAIN’S COLUMN LEADERSHIP

Iona A sojourn on the Isle of Iona in Scotland working as a volunteer for the Iona Community sounded like a good way to spend a sabbatical. It was....every single moment. Sadly, it has been shortened by family illness, which recently called me home. Iona weaves its way around the heart however, and calls people back. Containing some of the oldest geological rock formations on the planet it has an ancient spirit which has no doubt inspired many groups of people who washed up on its shores over the aeons of time. Notably it is a pilgrimage site because of Columba, who sailed from Ireland and set up a community of Christian monks on the island in 563AD. The large abbey complex fell into ruin after the monks were killed by Vikings in the 8th Century, then was rebuilt in the 12th Century by Benedictine monks. With the dissolution of the monasteries in Britain under Henry VIII, the abbey once more fell into ruin until the Duke of Argyll bequeathed the isle to the people of Scotland. In 1938, the Rev George MacLeod developed a vision of rebuilding the abbey, as a sign of hope and rebuilding of community in urban Scotland. This project became part of the training of ministers in building community. Thus was born the Iona Community. In its modern form it is a dispersed community of members and associates reflecting and praying for peace and justice. The abbey is now under the care of Historic Scotland but the Iona community leases the kitchen and guest rooms, maintains abbey worship, as well as owning the McLeod Centre, another guest house. Each year a residential group plus a rotating volunteer group live and work on the island providing a ministry of hospitality to guests who arrive every Saturday afternoon and leave each Friday morning. Daily 9am and 9pm abbey services provide a structure around which key note speakers, activities and children’s programmes are organised. There is also an outdoor centre called Camas on the island of Mull, where volunteers work for the whole season with a range of young people, schools and people from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a volunteer it is richly rewarding to mix with a large

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Cloisters, Iona Abbey

variety of people from all over the world who come to Iona for rest, refreshment, renewal or simply for family time. My particular role was to work in the community gift and book shop. Not only was I dealing with guests but with the thousands of day trippers to the island, again from all over the world. At times extremely busy, it was always fun and I gained the big picture of life on Iona during the season. In the small amounts of recreational time I walked the island, shared in the community life of the volunteers and residents and enjoyed making new friendships. Whilst there were a number of older volunteers, many young UK and European people volunteer during their college vacation or post degrees. They work very hard and shoulder responsibility by supporting one another warmly and honestly. It reminds me of the World Challenge process some of our students at Rangi Ruru go through and the way in which the process and experience empowers them to exercise leadership and shoulder responsibility beyond what we might ever expect. The world is in good hands. The experience of living in a community is a reminder of “the ways in which we learn by so much more than cognitive and verbal reasoning” (Alison Phipps). It is a reminder to us all in the school community of how academic work is only part of the experience of educating citizens of the world. The strength of a community experience such as is gained at Iona, is that one mixes with a wide range

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of people, again something to encourage in education and school community experiences. Life on Iona was a very sensory experience. Yes, full of people, a welcome outward looking Christian ethos, stimulating conversations but also full of wind, rain, sun, sea, cloud, stones and beaches, ferns and heather which made up the ever-changing vistas of an isle seeped in time. I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to work there. Extract from the Act of Prayer - Iona Abbey Prayer Book I bring the faith that is in me and the doubt I bring the joy that is within me and the sorrow I bring the hope that is in me and the despair I bring the hurts that I carry and the hurts I have caused. To join these faiths and doubts, Joys and sorrows, hopes and despairs, Hurts carried, hurts caused To the faiths and doubts, joys, sorrows Hopes, despairs and hurts of my sisters and brothers.

“...restore in me the joy of your liberation And sustain in me a willing spirit ....”

Yvonne Smith (Rev) Chaplain


YEAR 13 GLOBAL LIVING LEADERSHIP

Samoa Trip

On 4 July, nine nervous but excited Year 13 girls set off for Samoa where we were about to embark on a life changing experience. Brimming with anticipation for what this trip had in store, we landed in Apia and began our ten day adventure. To indulge ourselves in a bit of the culture before we fully immersed ourselves in the villages of Savaii later on, we took tours around a culture village and went around the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. Slapping on the sunscreen and learning to master the tying of sarongs, we enjoyed learning the basics about life in Samoa and prepared ourselves for what the other island had waiting for us. When we arrived in Savaii we stayed in Tanu Beach Fales, beautiful accommodation run by a beautiful family where we watched culture shows and were first introduced to breadfruit. Different and interesting, we all liked to try the different Samoan foods, from Taro to Poulsami! By now we had all adjusted to the heat and were ready to take on the next step of our adventure; the homestays. In pairs we were placed in different Samoan

homes for four days where we ate, slept and lived with our new Samoan families. English was limited, but the learning was vast. We learnt about the importance of family and many of us realised that our sheltered and privileged lives were quite a contrast to those just four short plane hours away; and we learnt that everything in Samoa is done for a purpose. It is wonderful to see a family all work together and support each other, from helping with the dishes to learning a new card game, Samoans share and encourage each other in a way that many of us admired. We quickly learnt that it was normal to be sleeping on a mat, and luckily we had our mosquito repellent with us, but we didn’t have anything for the crowing roosters! Visiting church with our families was also a huge highlight, as it was inspiring to see such a great congregation of people so enthused and filled with love for God. During the day we visited the workplace of Women In Business Development’s coconut oil. We tried (our hardest!) to cut open coconuts and dry them out before we squeezed their oils out to be sold at the markets. It was

Making coconut oil for Women in Business Development

a great experience for us to learn about work that was done by local Samoans, and it was quite a contrast to our supermarket jobs back at home. Leaving behind cold water bucket showers and an abundance of volcanic rocks, we knew we were never going to forget our new families and there were many tears when we left. Although we may be in a different time zone, country and climate, we will never forget our time in Samoa as we all learnt to look outside ourselves and our lives and immerse ourselves in another life that has plenty to teach us. Sarita Christensen Year 13

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Project Blue Sky

The Gibson Centre taking shape with its roof on and glass installed.

August and early September has seen a lot of activity on the site with three buildings now in various stages of construction as well as a site being prepared for a fourth. The Science Centre on Hewitts Road can be clearly seen with the panels for the two storey structure erected. The next stages will be craning the roof into position and making the building waterproof. The Gibson Centre now has the roof on and all the glass installed with work proceeding towards the internal fit out. The foundations for the General Academic South together with the bridge which links this building with Science have all been poured and floor slab construction is due to start. The new Music and Performing Arts Centre which will be situated on Merivale Lane, is in the final stages of design. The site has been cleared and work will commence once final plans are agreed.

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The furniture and fittings for these buildings take a lot of planning and the school has been heavily engaged in ensuring the right outcome is achieved. To view our live feed of the build go to: building.rangiruru.school.nz

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Stewart Barnett Project Manager


Around Rangi Boarding House News During this term Mrs Cherryn Inteman has retired. After nine years at Rangi Ruru she will be missed, especially by those girls who remain in the House for most weekends. Weekends will not be the same without her. Senior girls in particular have appreciated her willingness to share the skill of walking in heels! Along with the contribution she made to boarding at Rangi Ruru, for quite a number of years her work as Conference Liaison Officer helped to make the holiday hiring run very smoothly. Mrs Inteman has decided to move north to Foxton Beach, where along with the opportunity to spend time walking along the beach, she will be near to one of her sisters. We wish her well. Term 3 is concert time and this year’s concert provided us with the usual showcase of hidden talents. With 22 items, including the annual staff contribution, the audience was treated to an evening of fun and enjoyment. The gold coin entry has enabled us to make a donation of over $220 to our chosen

charity, Cholmondeley Children’s Home. The practice exams have given our girls an insight into what to expect for the NCEA externals in November and reminded them just what they need to work on. It is great to see them working so hard at their study while keeping a balance to their lives over the exam period.

Jude Connochie Director of Boarding

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Scholarship Winners 2014 Entrance Scholarships YEAR 7 Academic Madison Cooper Kareena Singh Lauren Smith

Paparoa Street School Elmwood Normal School Cashmere Primary School

Rangi Ruru Old Girls’ Association Years 7 & 8 Academic Scholarship Emma Faulkner The Cathedral Grammar School

Across the GATE Coordinator’s Desk The school GATE community has been busy this term and involved in a number of exciting activities which the students have reported on below. The Philosophy Club have been to a café style conversation evening to discuss aspects of power in the world and Jay Sloss also ran a film evening to promote debate and analysis.

YEAR 9 Academic Emilie Aitken Ruby Blake-Manson Abby Croot Emma Cushing Hannah Davies Vera Goesmann Eleanor Lester Clementine Rose Danielle Rutter Karishma Singh Juliette Ward Yang Kun Xiang

Heaton Normal Intermediate Cashmere Primary School Selwyn House School The Cathedral Grammar School Rangi Ruru Girls’ School St Andrew’s College Westburn School The Cathedral Grammar School Casebrook Intermediate Heaton Normal Intermediate Selwyn House School Cobham Intermediate

Music Yuna Chon Rebecca Harris Eugene In

St Margaret’s College The Cathedral Grammar School St Margaret’s College

Rangi Ruru All Round Boarding Scholarship and an Academic Scholarship Suzanna Davis Selwyn House School Nancy S.B. McMillan Boarding Scholarship and an Academic Scholarship Samantha Ensor Selwyn House School Rangi Ruru All Round Boarding Scholarship Jemima Bell Rangi Ruru Girls’ School Rangi Ruru All Round Gabby Dodd-Terrell Maddy Finch Kasey McGrath Abby Spencer

Cobham Intermediate The Cathedral Grammar School Heaton Normal Intermediate Cobham Intermediate

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For the first time we had students attend a forensic camp which proved to be a great success and we had success at New Zealand Model United Nations with one of our students being selected to the The Hague International Model United Nations in December. It is wonderful to see students involve themselves fully in a variety of activities and I am pleased to see the degree of risk taking which goes on as this can sometimes be an area of difficulty for highly able students. ‘Perfectionism’ can be a problem for students and I have experienced this myself over the years when I have taught high ability English classes. Many highly able students go several years without the experience of making a mistake. Being perfect, right and smart easily becomes part of their persona - who they are expected to be and sometimes, their fear of a less than perfect performance can prevent them from performing at all. Classroom teachers, family and friends can help to moderate this behaviour by praising good thinking and risk taking as well as a final product which represents these qualities. You can discuss successful people who have made mistakes and experienced failure. You may discuss how failure affected these people – was it their inspiration? It is also useful to model the ability to laugh at yourself and your Petra Dyer own mistakes. Gate Coordinator


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Kristen College Forensic Camp

New Zealand Model United Nations On 4 July, I departed from Christchurch with Madison Hughes, Juliet Bruce and Ms Dyer for the NZ Model United Nations in Wellington. We were three very excited young adults but on the plane we stressed about the resolution and commented on the interesting flavour of Cassava chips. The conference was starting the next day and we could only distract ourselves by focusing on the frivolous. We stayed in a hotel off Cuba Street, which was a short commute to Victoria University. On the first day we all congregated at the University, after losing our way slightly, and then travelled all round Wellington in the Amazing Race getting to know some of the other delegates. We were absolutely exhausted by the time it came to the Opening Ceremony in Parliament by Phil Goff. The second day of the conference was thrilling! Juliet represented Togo, Madison, United Arab Emirates and I represented Lithuania. I debated many issues including refugee repatriation and the accessibility to technology, representing the views and values of Lithuania. That night we went to our regional grouping dinners and being in Eastern Europe, we went to Istanbul, which served delicious Turkish food. During the second day of the conference we had our last committee session, mine being biodiversity loss; then we had a think tank with our regional groups. We were assigned one of the sustainable development goals which will succeed the millennium development goals which end in 2015. These are primarily to focus on quality of life, literacy rates, disease and equality. My group was assigned ‘how to decrease child mortality’. We designed oral rehydration syrups, which would

After a hectic and challenging day of arguing, Juliet Bruce, Grace Collett and Madison Hughes are beautifully dressed for the New Zealand Model United Nations ball

help children with extreme dehydration who were going to die from diarrhoea and other sicknesses. We looked at how this was going to work on a practical scale, how we would get funding and other dynamics. The highlight of Sunday was the ball where delicious food was served. The last day of the conference was the plenary, which was actually a resolution about the sustainable development goals. Many changes were made to the resolution to ensure the best possible outcome for each country. After the plenary, it was announced whose group won the best solution to their sustainable development goals. My group, which consisted of students mainly from Canterbury won, which was absolutely fantastic. We were very proud of each other. Another exciting announcement of the last day was The Hague International Model United Nations Delegates for 2014; this is a delegation of 22 high school students from all over New Zealand. I was one of the very lucky people to be chosen for this. We travel through Europe and go to the Netherlands for the conference, which will be held in January. After a long day, filled with networking and yawns we finally left to go to the airport and back home. We were barely awake by the time we got home, though we were still buzzing from the adrenaline from the whole conference. We had a fantastic time and I suggest everyone should go to United Nations Youth Events; it is a great opportunity! Grace Collett Year 12 240 delegates for the New Zealand Model United Nations outside Victoria University

One of the most frequently asked questions when I come back to school is “What did you do in the school holidays?” The expected replies are, “I went away to … and it was lots of fun!” or “nothing, I just stayed at home.” However when I was asked, “What did you do in the school holidays?” I replied, “Oh nothing, just went to Auckland to solve a brutal murder.” Like my friends, you are likely confused. I will explain. Every year in Auckland Years 7-10 students are offered the chance to paticipate in a school forensics camp. The ‘detectives’ have to solve cases by using reports and information just like the police do. Even though it was from 8:30am to 8:30pm it wasn’t exhausting because we played lots of games and fingerprint specialists and lawyers came to talk to us about their job. At the end of the week, a court case was held and we had to either defend or prosecute the suspect. It was amazing and I highly recommend this camp to anyone from Years 7-10. Francesca Logan Year 10

The Canterbury Interschool Chess Competition 7 August

The Chess Club had an enjoyable day out at Selwyn House, playing ten games of chess with short breaks for morning tea and lunch. The B team, comprised of Clare Lin, Amy Huang, Grace Collett and Madi Hughes won third place. The results were close and the Rangi teams acquitted themselves with integrity and good sportsmanship. It was rewarding to see the senior students take responsibility for the junior girls and to witness the leadership skills that our girls so naturally display. I was a very proud teacher in charge. Petra Dyer

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DNA Profiling Visit On 8 August, 20 Year 11 students and Mrs Dyer set off to the University of Canterbury for the afternoon. We were to participate in a one and a half hour session about DNA profiling. To introduce us to the idea, we first made some models of a DNA strand. We created the distinct ‘double helix’ using marshmallows, toothpicks and liquorice. However, to everyone’s disappointment, we weren’t allowed to eat it. After that, we all watched as Mrs Gladwyn (lecturer) created a simple mixture from which we would extract DNA. Mrs Gladwyn created ‘pea soup’ from peas, water and detergent. We then put this mixture in a test tube

Philosophy Club

with meat tenderiser (an enzyme) and alcohol. After mixing it around gently, we were all delighted to discover we had extracted the DNA from the peas. After putting the pea DNA in a container to take home we got into the real deal of DNA profiling. We were all taught how to correctly use the micropipettes and practised moving water from one place to another. Then, in pairs, we were given four sets of DNA; one from a ‘crime scene’ and three suspects of the crime. It was our job to work out who did it. To do this we used the micro-pipettes to transfer the DNA to a container, which contained a thin layer of gel electrophoresis. We

Pizza, Philosophy and Film Evening: 2 July

Café Philosophy Evening, 27 May at Unlimited A delightful evening of Philosophy was held with students from St Andrew’s College, Christ’s College, St Thomas’, Hagley Community College and Unlimited. The moot was “Are the rich obliged to help the poor? Redistributing income (taxation). Is Taxation theft (by the Government)?” We also discussed the Libertarian philosopher, Robert Nozick who argues that we have certain fundamental rights that cannot be overridden by the government. The groups critiqued this proposition and discussed the right to an individual’s own labour considering: Who owns me? Am I owner/proprietor of my own person? Should the Government be entitled to (some of) the fruits of my labour? If I don’t have the sole right to my own labour, does it follow that the Government is a part owner of me? If so, am I a slave, since I do not own myself?

The Philosophy Club held a pizza and film evening in early July where they had a critical discussion of the film Bernie (2011) starring Jack Black. The film is based on the 1996 murder of 81 year old millionaire Marjorie Nugent in Carthage, Texas by her 39 year old companion Bernhardt “Bernie” Tiede. Tiede murders Nugent after growing weary of the emotional toll of her possessiveness, persistent nagging and non-stop putdowns. The girls were presented with some challenging and thought provoking questions including: Is Bernie Tiede guilty of murder? Manslaughter? Or is he innocent? Do you think Bernie was provoked? Can you make someone lose control of themselves? Was this a crime of passion? The purpose of this discussion was to encourage the girls to look at what motivates people and can they truly be judged for their actions based only on a one-sided account of the outcome? Jay Sloss Teacher in charge

put this container into a machine for ten minutes. The machine ran positive electrodes through the bottom of the container, which attracted the strands of DNA. However, the gel prevented some of the DNA from reaching the other side, causing bands to appear where some DNA had stuck. By comparing the crime scene DNA with the suspects’ DNA, we were able to accurately guess who had committed the ‘crime’. It was an incredible experience for all of us to learn about how DNA profiling is used in so many different careers and also a little bit of how it’s done. Becky Payne Year 11

Future Problem Solving The Year 7 and Year 9 Future Problem Solving girls are frantically learning facts about Megacities which is the topic this term and are predicting potential problems in the future. The girls had their two hour ‘lockup’ on Monday 16 September. They were given a future scenario and were required to solve the problems as a team using the six step process. This is their first time at future problem solving for most of the Year 7 girls and some of Year 9. The booklets were sent away and marked to work out the National Finalists. Rebecca Allen Teacher in charge

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News from Years 7 & 8

Years 7 and 8 Kapa Haka group take the stage at the Rangi Ruru Cultural Concert

Learning is alive and well Term 3 has gone by in a flash with the girls involved in numerous experiences and events. The Years 7 and 8 Kapa Haka group were invited to perform for the first time at the Rangi Cultural Concert. This is an indication of the very high level of skill they have attained. It was an impressive performance and one which resulted in a great sense of pride and achievement. Our current unit in Social Science has been around Early New Zealand history, with a particular focus on the 1860’s and the life of the Central Otago gold miners. To ensure the learning is authentic, we visited Ferrymead Heritage Park, where the girls experienced what it was truly like to live in that era. As with all good

inquiry units, the learners were able to lead the learning by their natural interest and we noted a strong interest in the early Canterbury settlers. The girls were praised by the Ferrymead staff for their considered questions and reflections.

Student Curriculum Committee As part of continuing Curriculum review, a group of students have been chosen to represent the other girls on a Student Curriculum Committee. The desired outcome is that the girls will research the New Zealand achievement objectives and establish some authentic learning contexts that they would connect to as learners. They will discuss with other students, ideas and global issues that inspire deeper learning at

Girls taking part in a lesson at Ferrymead Heritage Park

this age level and connect them to the objectives. It will be exciting to see where this takes us in Social Science.

Marine Biology Trip A number of Year 8 students left bright and early for Portobello in Dunedin. This is an amazing opportunity for budding Marine Biologists to be part of some very practical investigations. Offered as an extension to the Science programme in Year 8, it is a trip the girls look forward to greatly. I await with interest to hear the accounts of the trip. The girls will cook their own meals… a few ‘Junior Masterchefs’ in the making by the sounds of all the menu planning. Chris Campbell Lead Teacher of Years 7 and 8

Gyda Heidtke and Alice Newbold at Ferrymead Heritage Park

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Christchurch Cultural Festival Our Years 7 and 8 Kapa Haka group performed at the Christchurch Cultural Festival at CBS Arena on Thursday 29 August. Rangi Ruru was the only independent school to be involved with this Festival that involved primary and intermediate schools in the celebration of multi-cultural Christchurch. Due to other commitments, the girls only had a small window of time to prepare for the Festival with only seven Wednesdays to learn and rehearse a set of items. The biggest challenge was the waiata tangi ki Te Atairangikahu - a lament to the Māori Queen whom we lost in 2006. This was a challenge for the girls simply because all Māori loved her. This waiata was performed by her own Waikato Kapa Haka Group so holds a great deal of emotion for many Māori. As the girls were leaving the stage, there were many Māori who were very quick to acknowledge the Years 7 and 8 rendition of this waiata. One in particular was an elderly Māori

Years 7 and 8 perform at Christchurch Cultural Festival

woman who had tears in her eyes as she was thanking me for the incredible performance she had just viewed about her Queen. For many of our young girls this was just another day at the office but I suspect that when they look back in 10-20-30 years’ time and they will come to realise just what they achieved in the CBS Arena that night.

The performance warrants special thanks to the variety of tutors and helpers whose commitment inspired aroha and passion for performing in the girls; to Rebekah Boyce, Josie Whelan and Natalie Elms for their commitment and the time invested in the girls and this performance. Maaka Kahukuranui

International and Languages Week Earlier this term the International Club and the Languages Faculty joined forces again for a great week of international and language-themed activities. The week began with a lunchtime performance from the very talented Takumi Japanese drum group and Tuesday saw the return of the popular Indian henna hand-painting (rapidly becoming a Rangi International Week tradition). Tuesday was also an international-themed mufti day and it was great to see so many girls really joining in the spirit of the week with some fantastic costumes. Well done to 10Jb for being the best-dressed tutor group and winning the prize of early entry to Food Day. Other highlights of the week were making posters to send to Zululu School, language games and fun activities, quizzes and, of course, the much-anticipated International Food Day, where we had an amazing selection of food from all over the world. Lucy McSweeney, Liv Rule, Jennifer Kim, Jenny Park and Zaiwen Zhang ready their stalls

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International and Languages Week once again raised over $2,000, which we will send to Zululu School in Kenya. This primary school is also supported by a Rangi Old Girl, Pop Gunson, and her husband, who live in Kenya and it is great to have this personal link with Zululu. The money we raise helps pay the salaries of two young Kenyan teachers so that class sizes can be reduced. Only those primary school children who pass the national examination are able to go to high school in Kenya, so a good primary education is highly valued and very important. It is exciting to know that Zululu School will also benefit this year from the fundraising efforts of another Rangi Old Girl, Jina Kim. Jina was part of our International Club several years ago before she and her family returned to Korea to live, and she has been very busy this year fundraising at her Korean school to send money to Zululu as well – a truly international effort! Thank you to everyone who took part in International and Languages Week 2013, especially those who donated food and time to make it such a successful

Cantamath 2013 Cantamath results from last month’s hotly contested competitions at the CBS Canterbury Arena: Congratulations to our Year 9A team (Marisol Hunter, Fran Beaton, Ashleigh Goh, Victoria Dodge) who finished in third place just one question behind the winners. Also the Year 10A team (Kimberley Gee, Harmony Zhou, Amy Huang, Sujin Jung) were just one question off another third place for Rangi while the other Year 9 and Year 10 teams and the Year 7 and Year 8 teams all performed well finishing in the middle of their respective competitions. Congratulations also to the prize winners for posters: Excellence Award – Jessie Anderson Highly Commended – Xiling Liu, Ophelia Pearson Craig Bradley Teacher in charge

week. We are, as always, very grateful to Jason and the kitchen staff for being so supportive and accommodating throughout the week and special thanks to the Heads of the International Club, Jennifer Kim and Olivia Rule, and the Head of Languages, Greta Diaz Moreau, for their leadership, organisational skills and enthusiasm. Thanks to everyone who came along to the activities and got involved – it was lots of fun! Helen Scott International Dean

Mia Townshend (Year 7) and Masako Aoki (Year 11)

SADD Manifesto The 2013 Health Council created a manifesto as part of SADD’s (Students Against Driving Drunk) ‘Manifesto campaign.’ The campaign is all about setting the tone and determining the attitudes and behaviours regarding drink driving and safety on our roads – our

manifesto is made up of positive and powerful statements of intent that aim to reduce harm by creating the right ‘mindset’ before we even face risks or difficult situations. Evelyn Spiers Head of Health

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PTA Father Daughter Barn Dance

Outward Bound

Friday 20 September The annual PTA Barn Dance proved very popular again with fathers and daughters dressing up in their best barn dance attire and filling the school gym for a wonderfully fun night.

In September 2012 a group of 14 girls from Year 11 went on a ten day Outward Bound course. The girls had a great time and one of the girls, Claudia Sullivan, wrote the following article on her return. Another group of Year 11 girls will be experiencing Outward Bound this year and leave on 29 September for their ten day course. They are very excited. Keith Machin Teacher in Charge We began our Outward Bound experience by catching the Coastal Pacific train at 7.00am. We were all very excited about the ten days of unknown challenges ahead of us. The start of our course came quicker than we all expected; we met Kristy and Alfie our coaches in Picton and had a quick name game. We then were told we had five minutes to get clothes that could get wet; one thing we had all been expecting were short amounts of time to get ready! Our first activity involved us getting very dirty and by putting mud masks on our faces. We learned that everyone seems to live their lives with masks on, not showing their true selves. By washing

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these mud masks off in the sea, we could be ourselves in the upcoming ten days. That night we sat around a camp fire and learned about our watch name; all groups at Outward Bound have a name, we were called ‘Hillary Watch’. With an early and very chilly start, we were up at 6.00am for P.T. which the instructors like to call ‘Party Time’, but we thought it was more like ‘Personal Torture’! Everyone’s watch has a different version of P.T. and ours were sets made up of press ups, sit ups and lunges. This warmed us up for the full day of kayaking ahead. We learned how to spot a river for hazards and how to find good places to stand where there was easy access to jump-save a capsized kayak. Some of us definitely learned how to capsize! Day three was all about high ropes, which was a huge challenge for some, but other girls who were confident were pushed in alternative ways on the course. This meant everyone was challenged. Day four was the tramp. We all started off in fantastic spirits but the girls at the front raced ahead and we soon learnt that we needed to go at a pace which suited us all. It was a cold and wet day


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but we all got to the top of Mt Dukeshead, 980m above sea level. At the top of the mountain we cooked some well-deserved tomato pasta that we all ate incredibly fast! Leaving Mt Dukeshead the following day two hours late didn’t help us reach our goal at the end of the day very easily, but our team bonded the most this day. Day six we were at sea! It was a fantastic change for us all as we boarded

our cutter. The wind picked up as we sailed to Double Bay where we slept that night. We had a rocky sleep on the boat and the next morning we attempted to set sail in two knot winds! When we didn’t sail, we had to row. After a certain amount of time we became delusional and started thinking that we were zooming along! The next day was our ‘solo’. Solo

was different for everybody; scary for some, exciting for others. Through all our different experiences, we all got the same thing out if it which was reflecting on our experience and finding our true selves. Before we knew it the day we had to run the dreaded 12 kilometres had finally come. We set off from the starting point at 7.00am and all ran to the finish line feeling so satisfied that we had run 12kms. We had never really enjoyed jumping in the water, but after the run it was all we were thinking about, and some of us even jumped in twice! Once we packed everything up, and had our leaving ceremony, it was onto the train and back to Christchurch. We were all very tired and ready to have a long shower and sleep in our own beds! Outward Bound had been a rewarding and life changing experience that none of us will forget. We have all formed great friendships and have been through some fantastic experiences together. Outward Bound has showed us how, when we think there is nothing left in us, we can always go that little bit further. Our group was Madeline Newman, Hannah Browne, Sinead Foyle, Stella Stretton, Kate Willis, Megan MacKenzie, Madison Tait, Alice Butterick, Claudia Sullivan, Philippa Macfarlane, Georgie Andrews, Clare Macleod, Olivia Westley and Sasha Cran. We would like to thank Kristy and Alfie our instructors, Ms Moor and Mrs Brouwer for coming and visiting us, and Mr Machin who has been an inspiration, giving us helpful tips on the lead up to our Outward Bound experience. Claudia Sullivan Year 12

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From the Director of Theatre Arts

Elite Dance perform ‘Rich Man’s Frug’

Reflecting on the achievements to date for Theatre Arts this year, one wonders how we manage to fit it all in. Things didn’t start off too well, with two girls who had lead roles in our Sheilah Winn entry falling seriously ill only a fortnight before the festival. Unfortunately they were not well enough in time for us to enter this year. Thankfully, both girls are now back to full health. However, it wasn’t long before we experienced Into The Woods Jr, Stage Challenge, a trip to the UK, and Romeo and Juliet. More recently the Year 13 evening of monologues, yet again, demonstrated the depth of talent our girls have and their ability to astonish us with their insightfulness. We look forward to the upcoming Year 11 production of Passengers by Fiona Farrell. The Cultural Concert showcased our dancers in the best possible light, and The Evening of Dance reinforced just what extraordinary skills and exceptional dexterity our troupes have. Our best dancers will be competing at dance competition later in the year. For the first time at The Cultural Concert, we

presented the best of our Speech and Drama students. What a treat is was to have these fine, articulate and gutsy young women perform such thoughtprovoking pieces. Congratulations Sylvia Barnett, Alice Norton, India Alexander and Evelyn Spiers who all performed with style and distinction. Earlier this year, a group of senior Drama and English students travelled

Alice Norton’s monologue ‘The Country Wife’

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to London to immerse themselves in British theatre, literature and history. Highlights of the trip included an excursion to Stratford Upon Avon to visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare and take in a performance and workshop at The Royal Shakespeare Company. Workshops at The Globe Theatre and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts further inspired our girls, as did the


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India Alexander’s monologue ‘Verbatim’

Concordia performing Titanium

many performances they attended. One special workshop was that run by the National Theatre. There, students learnt the skills and techniques developed by the Handspring Puppet Company for the National Theatre’s production of War Horse. Of course, seeing the production of War Horse put the workshop into context. However, the goal was always to bring that learning back home to share it, and apply it to our own work. At the time

of writing, the Year 12 Drama class have taken those skills and applied them to a production of Bottom’s Tale - excerpts from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They will perform this piece at the International Theatre Festival on Norfolk Island during the school break, where they will compete against some of the best adult theatre groups from New Zealand, Australia and Norfolk Island. We owe our sincere thanks to the PTA for

assistance with travel expenses. Next production: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. Information evening for singers, dancers, musicians and stage crew will be on Monday 14 October. Auditions for Cats - 6 February 2014. Robert Gilbert Director of Theatre Arts

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From the Director of Music

Resolutions performing at the Cultural Concert

Life in the Music Department during Term 3 continued at its usual frenetic pace. Some girls have been involved in almost every event, somehow managing to keep a sense of humour and perspective despite sickness and some very long days. The Jazz Band and Combo had a busy start to the term. After some intensive rehearsals during the Term 2 break the band gained a Silver award and the Combo a Bronze at the CPIT JazzQuest competition. Four days later the groups travelled to Blenheim for the annual Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival where they gained Bronze awards. The most valuable learning at this festival happened during the masterclass and many gigs that the bands had at various restaurants, clubs and cafés in the Marlborough region. For a few days the girls experienced life as professional musicians, an experience that is very valuable not only in terms of their playing, but also in their personal and social development. Huge thanks and congratulations must go to the band Director Michael Lawrence, and combo Director Nanako Sato for their dedication and inspirational work with the girls.

The newly formed Show Choir, ‘Concordia’, participated in the Voices of Canterbury Show Choir festival at the La Vida Centre. This was a day of workshops and performances, where the girls learnt much about the art of singing and dancing. The event was well supported by a range of choirs from Christchurch Secondary Schools – thank you to Nanako Sato for supporting this group in their work towards the festival. The Cultural Concert, held in August, once again was a highly successful evening featuring a wide range of performing artists – Dance Companies, Jazz Band, Resolutions, Barbershop, Rangi Sinfonia, Chamber Music, Concordia and a new and successful initiative, four Drama monologues. We also heard a live performance of Siyu Sun’s evocative musical response to the movie Clip ‘The Exchange’, see www. youtube.com/watch?v=74VSbkvt-zE. Congratulations to all the performers, but also to the Head of Culture, India Alexander and her very efficient and capable team, for the superb organisation behind the scenes. Resolutions continued to put in many long hours of evening and weekend

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rehearsals towards their preparation for the BIG SING Finals, held this year in Dunedin. As part of the preparation the girls performed some of their programme in the Transitional Cathedral in a concert featuring four Christchurch choirs and two of the Auckland choirs the night before travelling. This was a wonderful occasion and was one of the first performances, to a packed house, in this stunning new building. It was an honour for the girls and their director Helen Charlton to be selected to attend the prestigious National Finale, which showcased the very best 18 secondary school choirs in New Zealand. Resolutions came away with a Bronze award, giving performances that showed a total commitment to, and understanding of, the text. The girls learnt much through the opportunity to be involved in this event, and were excellent ambassadors for Rangi in every respect. Their performances may be viewed at www.r2.co.nz/20130829/ - there are two recitals (total of six performances), scroll down the page to Rangi Ruru Girls’ School - Resolutions. Our percussion ensembles have been very busy rehearsing this term under


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the expert guidance of percussion tutors Rachel Thomas and Roanna Funcke. In order to provide a performance opportunity there was an evening of ‘Rhythm and Song’ early in September. This was a highly successful and wellattended occasion, where our junior percussion ensembles, along with the Junior Chorale and Junior Jazz Ensemble, performed with much panache and style. It was great to hear such talent amongst our junior students, and we look forward to hearing them develop as they move through the senior school. The Rangi Sinfonia participated in the 2013 Secondary Schools’ Orchestra Festival on 16 September. This festival is an annual non-competitive event, with the aims to raise the standards and profile of orchestral playing in Christchurch secondary schools, and to give students a positive performance experience without the pressure of competition. The Rangi Sinfonia performed a challenging programme with distinction and enjoyed hearing and supporting the other orchestras who participated in the festival. It was wonderful this year for Year 12 student Amy Lee to have the opportunity to conduct the orchestra. A new initiative for Christchurch was the ‘Strum, Strike and Blow’ Festival – an event featuring ukuleles, marimbas and recorders. Over 800 primary school children took part in this event at CBS Arena on 18 September, with our recorder ensemble being asked to be present

as leaders and mentors. The girls were featured in the evening Gala Concert performing a specially written piece for them by Christchurch composer Richard Oswin. Congratulations and thanks to their tutor, Genny Long, for her amazing support of recorder playing at Rangi and in other Christchurch schools. Our Barbershop Quartet, Fourtissimo (India Alexander, Sophie Copplestone, Greta Diaz-Moreau and Alice Norton), attended the National Barbershop Finals in Hamilton and achieved 7th place. The girls were excellent ambassadors for Rangi and gave stunning and engaging performances. My thanks to Amelia Davis for so ably mentoring these girls. The Rangi Players and Bellbirds, along with the Years 7 and 8 Dance Company, enjoyed a lovely outing to perform at Kids in Town, this year held at the Museum in Rolleston Avenue. It is great that this performance initiative has returned to Christchurch after a break following the earthquakes. Our girls really enjoyed the opportunity to show their talents to the supportive audience who attended - thank you to Marg Buchanan, Genny Long and Hannah Clarkson for their work with the girls. As well during this term there has been the usual Itinerant Music performance evening, Primary Schools’ Music Festival area rehearsals, and performances at Chapel services, in addition to senior examinations. Plenty to keep everyone very busy.

Amy Lee conducting the Sinfonia at the Cultural Concert

Congratulations All girls are to be congratulated for some stunning performances this term. I know that many are currently preparing for or sitting music examinations, with some girls working towards Grade 8 level or higher – I look forward to hearing the results as they arrive. The following girls deserve special mention: Congratulations to Lucy Anderson and Isabella Pickering in 7Fs, and Lydia Fay in 8Al who have successfully auditioned for the Senior Choir in the 2013 Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival. The girls attended intensive rehearsal sessions during this term in preparation for performances on every night of the three-night festival held in CBS Arena late in October. Congratulations to Year 9 music scholars Isabella Gregory, Grace McKenzie, Anna Bruce (also Year 9) and Pauline Ward (Year 11), who successfully auditioned for a role in the children’s chorus of the New Zealand Opera Company’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood). In addition Year 10 music scholar Sarah Pride, along with India Borelli and Lily Li (both Year 9) were recorder players in the orchestra. This one act opera was performed on Saturday 21 September as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival in the Transitional Cathedral. Further congratulations to Alice Norton, Year 12, who has been accepted for a place in the Christchurch Youth Choir. And also again to Grace McKenzie, Year 9, who won the Christchurch Branch of the Registered Music Teachers’ of New Zealand Young Musician of the Year contest recently. The contest was adjudicated by one of the visiting Trinity College examiners from London. Grace performed two works on the piano and was awarded first prize of $400. My ongoing thanks to the Music Department staff and dedicated team of Itinerant Music tutors who work so hard with all the various co-curricular groups. Without your help and support we would not be able to offer such an extensive and enriching music programme to our girls. My best wishes to you all for a well-deserved Term 3 break – time to recharge in hopefully some lovely spring weather in preparation for a busy Term 4. Janet Kingsbury Director of Music www.rangiruru.school.nz 21


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Speech and Drama English Speaking Union ATCL results: 2012 Speech and Annabelle Williamson, Gemma Davidson (Canterbury) Drama results and Emily Reid sat ATCL Communication An apology is extended to the students Scholarship In the English Speaking Union (Canterbury) Scholarship, Rangi Ruru old girl Harriet Wise came 1st, India Alexander came 2nd and Poppy Stowell (another Rangi old girl), Sylvia Barnett and Emma Strack all received Very Highly Commended. Harriet Wise will be representing Christchurch in the Young Performer of the Year Contest in Invercargill in October. Millie Osborne won many awards. They are: Comedy Cup and 1st in the Open Comedy Class Winner of the Open Solo Improvisation Best Female Performer over 14 years Most Points overall in the 16 -19 class (shared the Yates Family Trophy) 2nd in Prepared Bible Reading 2nd in Dramatic Extract 2nd in Test Poem 2nd in NZ Poetry and Prose 2nd Reading at Sight Livvy Pride entered and won the Own Selection Poem in her age group and came 2nd in the Prepared Prose Reading. All the girls who entered the Speech and Drama Competitions achieved highly.

Skills and India Alexander, Evelyn Spiers and Timmie Cameron sat ATCL in Speech and Drama. We will not know their results for a while yet as they are moderated in London. Ten girls sat grade exams. Out of the ten, eight achieved Distinction. They were: Brittany O’Rourke, Rebecca Gooby and Rosalie Wilkinson all in Grade 6 Speech and Drama. Kiera Horton-King achieved Distinction in Grade 7 Communication Skills. Millie Osborne, Emma Strack and Sylvia Barnett gained Distinction in Grade 7 Speech and Drama. Alice Norton received Distinction in Grade 8 Speech and Drama. Sylvia Barnett gained 97%, Brittany O’Rourke achieved 95% and Alice Norton got 93%. Lynn Williams Speech and Drama teacher

of Mrs Helen Fraser for the accidental omission of their results from the school magazine. Congratulations to the following students, they deservedly achieved at the highest standard in the senior Speech New Zealand examinations in 2012. Students who achieved Honours or above in 2012 Speech and Drama exams: Grade 5: Meelha Lesinski Mod. 1 Honours; Maddison Berquist Mod 1 Honours. Grade 6: Lucy McLeod Mod 1 Hons Plus; Mod 2 Honours; Mod. 3 Hons Plus. Sophie Allan Mod 1 Honours. Grade 7: Madison Tait Mod 1 Honours; Mod.3 Honours. Emily Tasker Mod. 1 Honours. Grade 8: Rosie Sloan Mod 2 Honours; Mod. 3 Honours. Maisie O’Donnell Mod. 1 Hons Plus; Mod 2 Honours; Mod. 3 Hons Plus. Lucy McLeod and Maisie O’Donnell were both nominated for a scholarship for Excellence in the use of Language and Communication.

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Strong Interest in 2014 Equestrian Programme

Maddy Tait (Year 12) competing at the Canterbury Interschools’ Horse Trials on her horse, Island Road

Enquiries continue to come in as we prepare to accept students into the new academically linked Equestrian Programme for 2014. To date girls from around the South Island including Blenheim, Invercargill and the West Coast, have pre-enrolled in the new programme Director of Equestrian, Pippa Young says that she has been overwhelmed by the response. “There has been a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and support for the programme – not only from prospective families but from current girls interested in learning to ride or develop their riding skills,” says Pippa. The opportunity to link equestrian skills and interest in animals with academic achievement has been a strong draw card. “For those keen to pursue a career in the equine industry, enjoy their riding or compete at any level, this programme is providing girls with a real advantage in a hugely competitive field,” says Pippa. Our current eventing squad of developing riders have also impressed

at the recent Canterbury Interschools horse trials at McLean’s Island with three quarters of the team jumping double clear rounds in cross-country and showjumping. International students have also been very keen to get involved with the programme and take advantage of the opportunity to learn to ride. It has been an exciting time for two new girls from Thailand who jumped into the saddle for the first time recently. Farsai Powthong says that when she was young she loved watching people ride horses but there were no opportunities to learn to ride in Thailand. “I tried once but I had a very busy life in Thailand. I have to study for tests and homework so I don’t have time for horse riding,” Farsai said. Farsai added “On holidays I would see lots of people riding horses along the beach and it looked very cool. But I have the problem that I cannot ride a horse. I don’t know how to. So when I came to Rangi, I decided to do what I really want to do and I found that it is very fun.” Fellow student, Tinting

Alongkornwuttichai shares Farsai’s enthusiasm, adding “Horse riding’s very good, I enjoy it very much. It is very exciting being given the chance to learn to ride and I have already had my first lesson.” If you are keen to learn more about the Equestrian Programme contact Pippa Young on 03 983 3700 or p.young@rangiruru.school.nz for more information.

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Sport Term 3 is the business end of the winter sports season, with all teams vying for semi-final and final spots, and tournament teams gearing up for their chances on the national stage. A huge congratulations to all girls in all teams and all representatives over the winter. We are so proud of you and the contribution you make to Rangi sport and the Rangi profile. Congratulations on your successes and your efforts. At Rangi, we cover such a wide spectrum of different sports and we always perform well. Also, a huge thanks and acknowledgement to our coaches and managers who give up many many hours of their time to work with, guide and support our girls. As the saying goes..... we couldn’t do it without you!! Here are the round-ups of various sporting competitions and Tournament week:

Badminton Badminton has kept a fairly low profile at Rangi in recent years. With the exception of a few experienced badminton players, it’s been a sport that girls have signed up to socially and formed their own teams. This year has been no different with eight teams entered in the Wednesday competition in both the Senior and Junior grades. However, that may all change with the support of staff member and ex-New Zealand player, Chris Campbell. Starting with some lunchtime coaching this year, the intention is to build on this next season. The A team will also be trialled for next year and this approach, combined with some expert coaching, might see an increase in the uptake of badminton by our girls.

Basketball Twenty-one basketball teams are not easy to co-ordinate, but it did happen week after week for the 18 week winter season. Well done to all teams who never defaulted over the season, who made finals, and who always walked off the court with a smile! Basketball’s a great game and a wonderful way to be competitive while having fun with your mates.

Senior A and Junior A Our top two basketball teams competed very well in the A grade competitions in the Friday night competitions. The Senior A’s finished the season in 5th place with a comprehensive win over Burnside High School in their last game. Unfortunately, after being undefeated all season, the Intermediate A team went down in a tough encounter to Rangiora High School in the Intermediate A final. The Years 7 and 8 team played in their Friday night final and went down after a big fightback in the second half of their game against a Merrin school team which was mostly made up of boys. Our girls played extremely well in a game that resembled a rugby match more than a basketball match at times! In Tournament Week the Senior A team continued their development and after three wins and three losses finished a very respectable 7th in the South Island Championships. They are a team that has improved all season and with considerable depth, all players contributed very well. They now head to the National finals in Palmerston North in the term break and we wish them all the best.

but then realised we had to play Heaton again. It was a very close game but this time we lost by two points. We came third overall, but we were very happy with this result. We really enjoyed this experience and thought we improved over the tournament. Jessica Miller Year 8 Congratulations to the following girls chosen for: Canterbury Basketball U15: Jess Miller and Annie Doig Allstars Basketball: Jess Miller and Lydia Fay

Cross Country Results of CPSSA Cross Country: Isabella Carter – Year 8 Independent Schools’ Team = 1st Isabella Inkson – Year 7 Independent Schools’ Team = 1st Millie Macalister – Year 7 Independent Schools’ Team = 1st Congratulations to Isabella Carter who was selected for the Canterbury Intermediate and Primary Schools’ Cross Country team to race at an inter-regional cross country race in Nelson on 26 September.

South Island AIMs Basketball Tournament

Cycling

On 21 August, the Years 7 and 8 Basketball team went to Cowles Stadium for the South Island AIMs Basketball Tournament. We were all very nervous when we got there because we knew that we were playing Heaton - possibly one of the strongest teams. Heaton scored the first goals but we came back in the last few minutes to end in a draw. We were all so happy because we weren’t expecting that outcome. Our team played five more games that day, which seemed to be a lot easier, and won them. The next day we returned to Cowles Stadium for finals day. We won the first two games, but then we had to play Ashburton A. We were very nervous because they had not lost any games at that stage. When we started the game they were scoring lay up after lay up and we were down by ten with four minutes to go. We persevered and just kept on getting steals and ended up tying with them. We were so excited,

As we come close to rounding up the season, we reflect on some fantastic results from our Cycling team as they are preparing for the upcoming New Zealand National Secondary Schools’ Road Race. We have had a successful year of inter-secondary competition at Tai Tapu. We had ten very keen girls biking out there each week to race in the time trials, hill climbs and scratch races. All the girls have worked hard in their respective grades and have had regular and consistent placings in the top five. Currently our small team of ten sit 4th in the overall standings, 2nd in the Girls’ Schools’ standings. This is an amazing result given the huge numbers of 30 riders in the leading team. The girls recently returned from yet another great tour in the Cuddon Two Day Cycling Tour, scratching names onto the cups for the 3rd year in a row. Ava Morrow won every race in her U13

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Girls grade including the TT, Hill Climb, Criterium and the road race. This was a repeat of her efforts at the South Islands earlier in the year. She will definitely be one to watch out for. Chloe Jenkins rode hard in her U15 group, placing in the top half of her field in every event. Rose Marshall-Lee fought hard in her U17 group, placing 2nd in her TT and in the top ten in all other events. In the U20 Girls grade Maddy Long and Eloise McIntyre rode hard in their events, with Tessa Jenkins and Charlotte Hand placing in the various races. Tessa placed 3rd in her TT and 1st in the Crit, giving her a placing of Second in the Tour. Charlotte placed 1st in the TT, 3rd in the Crit, and 2nd in the Hill Climb to be the overall winner of the U20. It was awesome seeing both our girls on the podium.

All the girls have fought and trained hard, had fun and completed another strong season that the team can be proud of. The Cycling team is going from strength to strength and will be looking to finish the season on a high at the Nationals. Anton Mogridge Cycling Manager

South Island Secondary Schools’ Road Cycling Championships On 13 and 14 June while most other people were off relaxing on their holidays, the Rangi Ruru Cycling team of nine girls, a small but very select group, threw on their layers of thermals and jackets and brought out the umbrellas to race at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Road Cycling Championships. The weather wasn’t on our side on the

first day of the 3.3km Individual Time Trial with a frost and light rain but this didn’t stop the girls. Two especially outstanding results from the Individual Time Trial were Ava Morrow, a new member of our cycling team taking Gold in U13 Girls’ and Rose Marshall-Lee also taking Gold in U16 Girls’. The weather cleared slightly for the Team Time Trials in the afternoon in which we entered three teams, our Junior team gaining bronze and one of our senior teams consisting of Charlotte Hand, Tessa Jenkins and Gabby Gray taking Gold for the second year running by 36 seconds. Unfortunately the weather the following day for the Road Races deteriorated and the girls had a new experience of racing in rain and hail! Ava Morrow won another Gold medal in the U13 Girls’ after a gutsy effort riding away from the bunch in the terrible conditions. Chloe Jenkins and Rose Marshall-Lee also topped off their performances with a Bronze medal each. In the Open Girls’ Race Tessa Jenkins had an impressive race where she rode away from the bunch with a fellow competitor and gained a well deserved Silver medal. Gabby Gray also had a great ride in the competitive Open Girls’ Road Race throwing many aggressive attacks. It was a very successful weekend for the Rangi Ruru cycling team which put us 2nd in overall points out of all the schools which was a great achievement considering we have one of the smallest teams! Charlotte Hand Year 13 www.rangiruru.school.nz 25


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Equestrian The Canterbury Interschools’ One Day Horse Trial was held recently at the National Equestrian Centre at McLean’s Island (fortunately before the gales closed most facilities in that area!) Rangi Ruru eventing squad is in development phase at present with riders on new and young mounts establishing themselves. The team of Anna Robertson, Maddy Tait, Christy Harris and Stefanie Nicholas acquitted themselves well with all riders at the top height going double clear in the cross-country and showjumping phases, and although two had time faults, the team was still well placed and can be proud of their achievements. Pippa Young Director of Equestrian

(4-0), St Hilda’s (8-0) and Taieri College (7-0). Wednesday is always the business end of the tournament with crossovers and semi-finals and it was during our semi-final match that the wheels fell. After disposing of Mountain View College (6-0) in the morning, the team went into the semi against Avonside Girls’, the tournament number one seeds and our nemesis. We have a history of

Football Congratulations to the 1st XI Football team who travelled to Dunedin to compete in the Southern satellite tournament during Tournament week; sixteen teams compete in this tournament over four days. The first two days saw our team with easy wins against Southland girls

Gabby Gray

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close games against this team and this match was no different. In the hail (no excuses) and with our heads full of the NZ women’s player in the opposition, the team went down 4-3. The girls always played well but in this game Avonside just played better. It would be untrue to say that the girls were not absolutely gutted to lose this game, especially after having just won the prestigious Christchurch U18 Club grade competiton the Saturday prior. They really had hoped to win in Dunedin and playing the other top team in the semi final did seem a bit daft. However, they eventually moved on from the defeat and went on to finish in 3rd place with a 5-0 win over Craighead. All in all a brilliant season for a talented young group of footballers. Congratulations to Phoebe Murray, Rebecca Wilson, Lucy Graham, Una Foyle and Laura Grigg who have all been selected for age-group Canterbury sides. This bodes well for our team in the future. Jo Fogarty Director of Sports


sport

Gymnastics

Netball

Congratulations to Mia Townshend (1st) and Molly McGurk (5th) for their results in the CPSSA Rhythmic Gymnastics competition in the Year 7 novice grade. Also in competitive Rhythmic gymnastics, at the Otago Champs, Annaliese Graham came 3rd overall in the junior international grade. Her apparatus placings were, 1st in ribbon, 1st in hoop, 2nd in ball and 3rd in clubs.

The second half of the netball season has been a busy time for our netballers. From South Island Tournaments, to the Craighead Junior Sports Exchange for our Years 7-10 teams, a skills session with the Tactix players and representative duties, let alone regular Wednesday and Saturday netball competitions, there has been a lot of netball. The Senior South Island Secondary Schools’ Tournament was held in Christchurch this year. Played at Hagley Park, the tournament is the highlight of the netball calendar for the Senior A team. After two days of play the girls were playing beautiful netball and looking for a strong finish to the tournament. Unfortunately, play didn’t go their way on Wednesday and the girls finished the tournament in 9th place. As disappointed as the team and management were at this finish, the season has had several positives with success in both the Supernet and Saturday competitions. The 9A and 10A teams competed in the South Island Junior Tournament in the July holidays. Played in some great conditions, the girls played some tough games, with the 9As finishing 8th in Division 2 and the 10As finishing 7th in Division 2. This tournament continues to be an opportunity for the junior players to experience top level netball and all that goes with competing in a multi-day tournament. Following on from the junior skills sessions with Maree Bowden earlier in the season, the Years 7 & 8 and Senior A-C netballers had the opportunity to

Hockey The 1st and 2nd XI competed in the new secondary school competition run by the Canterbury Hockey Association. Throughout the season, players developed new skills and improved as teams. The 2nd XI lost a hard fought final 2-0. Three teams participated in the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ sport competition on Monday and Wednesday. This provided a good level of competition for a wide range of players. The 1st XI finished in 8th place at Federation Cup. They lost a hard fought quarter final against St Cuthberts, losing on a penalty stroke competition. The 2nd XI finished in 7th place at the 2nd XI national tournament. They had many close games against other top 2nd XIs. Again in 2013 many players gain representative honours. Canterbury U21 Kirsty Nation Canterbury Regional U18 Kirsty Nation, Anna Radovonich, Evelyn Spiers Canterbury Association U18 Kate Willis Canterbury U18 Development Alex Clark, Sophie Radovonich Canterbury U15A Jess Gunn Canterbury U15B Danielle Ackland, Phoebe Spiers, Margot Willis, Annabelle Wilson Girls chosen for Canterbury Primary Hockey Canterbury Development Isabella Inkson Canterbury Development non travelling Reserve Kate Edwards Canterburys B’s Emma Stephens, Lucy Simpson Canterbury A (Collier Trophy team) Hilary Royds, Claudia Reid

develop their skills with two sessions led by Tactix players. This opportunity was well received, particularly for the younger players who relished the opportunity to meet some local netballing stars. Congratulations to the Rangi Ruru A, B, C, D, E, I, J, K, O and T teams who made quarter and semi-finals in the Saturday club competition. It was excellent to see the strength of our senior netballers, reflected in the representation of Rangi teams in the U19 Div. 1 and Div. 2 finals, as well as the U17 Div. 1 and 2 grades. Particular congratulations go out to the Rangi B, D and I teams on their successes, winning the U19 Div. 1, U19 Div. 2 and U17 Div. 1 grades respectively. At this time of the season it is also important to thank the people who help Rangi netball function. Special thanks to our Club Umpires – Alice Williams, Caitlin Rains, Nicola Blue, Maddy Richards, Georgia Thomson and Georgie Staples – without whose help, we wouldn’t be able to enter teams in the Saturday competition. Congratulations also to those girls who increased their umpiring knowledge through taking part in the Whistling programme, and in particular to our Year 10 netballers, Jaimee Millar, Gabi Newman, Nicole Smith and Giovanna McLaughlin for achieving their Gold umpiring badge. Special mention should also be made of Georgia and Maddy for achieving Level 1 qualification. It is great to see so many girls getting involved in netball. Throughout the season Pauline Shannon has been offering support to our student coaches and has been impressed with the enthusiasm and

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sport

Siena Rapley at Canterbury Schools’ Orienteering Festival

Marisol Hunter 1st place for Champion sprint course

Lucy Gordon receiving one of her Gold medals at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Champs.

desire to learn which the students have shown. It’s not easy to put your hand up as a student coach so our sincere thanks to those who have taken on this task. Importantly, a huge thank you to all our coaches – it’s impossible to offer netball at Rangi Ruru without you. And so the 2013 season comes to a close. For some teams it has been a tough season, for others there have been lots of successes. Whatever camp your team sits in, we look forward to seeing you back next year. With plans already underway to identify and recruit coaches and develop off-season training, 2014 promises to be another exciting year of netball at Rangi Ruru.

Orienteering The recent Spring storm closed Karaiki Forest so the long distance event at the Canterbury Schools’ Orienteering Festival has been postponed until Show Weekend. Fortunately the sprint event still went ahead on 14 September at

Ferrymead Historic Park. Our Junior Girls’ Championship team consisted of Siena Rapley, Marisol Hunter and Kathryn Ford. Kathryn is new to orienteering and only had time for a couple of training sessions before the event so did amazingly well to get around the course on her own and in great time. Results for the championship sprint course: Marisol Hunter 1st Siena Rapley 4th Kathryn Ford 6th Rangi Ruru is currently sitting in 2nd place just five points behind the leaders. Final placings will be known after the long distance event in November.

Additional congratulations: A huge congratulations to Gabrielle Gray who has been extremely busy over the past month competing for the school and for New Zealand, in three different sports. Gabby placed 3rd in the U19 Women’s section at the the National

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Secondary Schools’ Duathlon champs in Taupo. She then went on to represent New Zealand at the Australian Secondary Schools’ Cross Country champs in Tasmania, finishing a very creditable 30th AND she flew home from this to join the 1st XI Football team in Dunedin for the South Island Football tournament, where the team finished 3rd. Not to finish there, she is off to Palmerston North at the end of the term for the Nationals Secondary Schools’ Cycling Champs. Outstanding! Well done to Chloe Jenkins, who also competed at the national Secondary Schools’ Duathlon Champs. In the U14 section Chloe finished in 9th place. Chloe followed this up with a 3rd placing at the National Road Cycling Champs in Auckland in the Time trial. A huge congratulations to Hanna Malloch who has made the ‘Long List’ for the upcoming Commonwealth games for Gymnastics. Lauren Stapylton-Smith came 2nd recently in the CPSSA Competitive Gymnastics Step 6 competition. Awesome results by Lucy Gordon who had two 1sts and a 2nd at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Swimming Champs in Blenheim during the July holidays. Isabella Carter was named in the Canterbury Country U48kg Rugby team. Congratulations Isabella. Catherine Marshall went to Australia in the July holidays and came 15th in the Individual foil at the Australian championships. She was also a member of the Women’s Epee and Foil teams that came 2nd and 3rd respectively. Recently, the Rangi team of Catherine Marshall, Sophie Kelly and Francesca Logan attended the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Championships and came 1st. Catherine was first in the Individual Women’s Foil at this event and Sophie was 3rd. Congratulations to Mari-Clare McLaughlin for making the Canterbury Primary Netball team, and Breanna Hodges for making the Independent Primary Schools’ Netball team. Congratulations to the Years 7 and 8 Waterpolo team who placed 6th from 12 teams in the weekly waterpolo competition. For a team of very new players, this is a fantastic result. Year 8 team: Isabella Carter, Ava Morrow, Pieta Hansen, Jess Miller, Ella Neale, Claudia Reid Year 7 team: Millie Macalister, Isabella Inkson, Lauren Stapylton-Smith, Kate Edwards, Jemima Porter, Isabel Newman.


community

Community Relations Coordinator This issue of Rangi News contains the 2013 Annual Appeal brochure. This year we are asking our community to support just two things – an increase in funding for scholarships, and the 125th celebrations. By giving to the Annual Appeal scholarship fund you will be directly supporting a girl who would not otherwise have the benefit of a Rangi education. As a member of our community – whether as a student, parent, or staff - you know first hand the impact of a Rangi education. Many girls of limited financial means would love to have that chance too. The scholarship fund will ensure this can happen for girls with academic and all-round ability. The 125th celebrations are well into the planning stages. There are many exciting events planned including a gala concert, building openings, a market day and fun student activities throughout the year. Giving to this appeal would provide funds to be used, at the Principal’s discretion, to support these celebratory events. Please do take the time to read the appeal information. On another development note, the new-look Legacy brochure has been completed. Some people call this the bequest brochure; and often a gift to Rangi Ruru is made on the settlement of an estate. However, anyone at any age, can think about their legacy. I would encourage you to do so at earlier life milestones – even the very first time you make a will. The Legacy brochure will be at future Rangi gatherings for you to peruse, and take a copy if you wish. If you would like the brochure sent to you directly, please contact me on 03 983 3744. The +3 Leavers event held in July in the Boardroom of Te Koraha was a lovely evening. Attended by well over half the year group, and a smattering of their parents, this was a chance for our recent past students to catch up before embarking on their next adventure. Many thanks to Georgina Craigie, 2010 Head of House and Phoebe Clay, 2010 Head of School, for inviting their classmates. Leavers of 2011, it is your turn next year – start spreading the word. I note with interest that Georgina is now working as the pastry chef at the award winning Riverstone Kitchen. Apparently she gets a number of Rangi visitors, most recently Ms Moor en route to the Big Sing in Dunedin and Mrs Barnett. Assorted students also pass her way, many returning from ‘checking out’ the University of Otago. Be sure to say hello to

Catherine Hair and Nicole Chin at the +3 Leaver’s event

Catherine Shields and her parents Brent and Julie

Georgina on your next jaunt to Oamaru – just not on a Tuesday or Wednesday when they are closed! The next Fireside Chat is in the Ohoka area on Tuesday 29 October. It is being kindly hosted by Claire and Shaun Maloney, and their daughter Hannah (Year 12). If you know of anyone who would like to know a little more about Rangi, and would like to meet the Principal and current parents, please do let me know.

Amelia Davis Community Relations Coordinator

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Celebrating Our Community

Melanie Camp (1992 – 1996) A year into the job, Melanie Camp is revelling in her role as Associate Director of the Court Theatre. Melanie most recently directed the Court production ‘The Great Art War’ and, as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival, the New Zealand Opera performance of ‘Noye’s Fludde’ which involved seven Rangi students - Pauline Ward, Isabella Gregory, Anna Bruce, India Borelli and Grace McKenzie in the cast and Sarah Pride and Lily Lee in the orchestra. Melanie says the foundations for her career in the theatre were laid at Rangi Ruru under the guidance of then drama teacher Kerry Fitzgerald. She says she was “a bit shy” so spent most of her time behind the stage rather than on it. Her interest in things backstage was fostered further when a visiting English professional stage manager spent time with the school drama department. At Canterbury University, Melanie quickly signed up with DramaSoc. “ I even got up the courage to do some

acting and enjoyed it,” she says. But it was the off-stage side of theatre that still held most fascination. She stayed in Christchurch after completing her BA in English, working as a Collections technician at Canterbury Museum and pursuing her interest in amateur theatre with the Elmwood Players after hours. During that time she directed numerous plays such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Dresser, The Importance Of Being Earnest, Richard III and the musical Hair. In 2007, Melanie headed to Wellington to take up a job as Collections Manager at Te Papa. “But the theatre wouldn’t go away,” she says. Any spare time was spent involved with productions at Stagecraft Theatre. “I thought, ‘what am I going to do with the rest of my life?’ I really want to make a go of this.” So she applied for a Masters of Theatre Arts (Directing) through Toi Whakaari (New Zealand Drama School) and Victoria University, was accepted and her passion became her career.

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Melanie spent her Masters internship back in Christchurch at The Court, working with and inspired by director Ross Gumbley through the postSeptember quakes. She flew back to Wellington the Sunday before the devastating one in February 2011. She says the Court Theatre’s rapid resurrection on its new site in Addington was astounding. “It really got to me. That the first public building to get up and running was a theatre! I thought ‘people want this, people need this…this is essential!’ I knew I wanted to work at the Court. It was the right time and the right place.” Melanie moved down from Wellington with her partner, an actor and singer who shares her love of things thespian, to take up the position of Associate Director at the Court Theatre last October. “This is where I want to be,” she says. “There is a real buzz.” Melanie already has a long list of directing credits to her name, from the first act of David Mamet’s Boston Marriage while still at Toi Whakaari to a highly acclaimed production of Hamlet. Last year she directed the successful Wellington Summer Shakespeare season of Twelfth Night as well as Immaculate and Gameplan, which was performed at the Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre. Earlier this year, Melanie directed Groundswell: Stories from the Quake by Elizabeth O’Connor at Court Theatre Pub Charity Studio. She has another production coming up at The Court’s Forge Theatre at the end of October: a New Zealand play, Postal, by Lucy O’Brien.


celebrating our community

Sophia Fenwick (2006 – 2010)

Sophia was a member of the New Zealand U21 netball team which won gold at the 2013 World Youth Junior Netball Championships in Glasgow last month. Sophia, who plays goal attack but can also cover as wing attack, had a successful season with the Canterbury Tactix this year, starting in ten of the games. She came in as a replacement player for the Tactix in 2010 before heading south to play for the Southern Steel the following season. She returned to Canterbury and the Tactix in 2012, although she spent a lot of that season injured. A netball star throughout her days at Rangi Ruru, Sophia was part of the champion New Zealand Secondary Schools’ team in 2009 and 2010 and has been a member of the New Zealand U21 team since 2010. She also played for the Canterbury NPC team which achieved back-to-back victories in 2010 and 2011, and in 2011 made the tournament team. Between her provincial and national commitments, she still found time to coach a junior team at Rangi. Sophia went to Glasgow confident of the team’s chances. “We’re all on the same page, and we all want to win the World Cup, so it’s going to be our focus,” she said before they left. The team produced a strong finish to beat defending champions Australia 52-47 in the final. It was the first time New Zealand has won the title since 2005. Sophia is not playing in this year’s national provincial championship, instead opting to take some time out after the world championship to travel around Europe. U21 coach Janine Southby described Sophia as “a player for the future”. Ball skills run strongly in the Fenwick family. Sophia’s sister Harriet Fenwick (2003-2008) played basketball for the New Zealand Junior Tall Ferns at the Australian U18 National Championships while at Rangi Ruru.

Transition Girls’ Morning Tea On Wednesday 25 September, the school dining room opened its doors for the annual Transition Girls’ morning tea. This year forty five attended, and after catching up with friends and acquaintances, listened to the Business Manager, Neil Templeton, discuss building progress around the school site.

Marie Moncrieff (Brown), Adrienne Lambie (Anderson and Margie Perry (Free)

Desley Armstrong, Erie Cusack (Monro) and June Leggett (Bradbury)

Compiled and written by Sue Allison and Amelia Davis

Please contact Amelia Davis a.davis@rangiruru.school.nz if you know of a past student success that needs celebrating.

Ann Bell (Dysart) and Pat Manning (McKerrow)

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early childhood college

Rangi Ruru Early Childhood College We are pleased to report the outcome of the External Evaluation and Review visit that was undertaken by NZQA evaluators in June, as notified in the last Rangi News. The College received confidence statement ratings of ‘highly confident’ in education performance and also in ‘capability in self-assessment.’ This outcome of the highest possible EER rating is recognition of the team effort in ensuring the teaching and learning context and delivery of study programmes meet stakeholder

requirements. The EER reports for tertiary institutions are published on the NZQA website for public viewing on: www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/ external-evaluation-and-review/ Regretfully the College’s long-standing Nanny Education qualification will not be offered in 2014, our final year of operation and delivery of the Diploma of Teaching (ECE) qualification. Unfortunately there were insufficient applications for a viable intake for the Nanny Education programme next year. For the College,

this marks the end of an almost 30 year era as a key provider of nanny education for in-home employment in New Zealand and overseas. In the next edition of Rangi News we will share with the community, the historical journey of the qualification, which was first delivered in 1985 to 20 students. The final student year group enrolled in the Diploma of Teaching (ECE) programme will complete their study requirements in 2014. Alison Stevenson Director

Rangi Ruru Preschool News

Music specialist Sandy Watson with several young students participating in the music programme

Rangi Ruru Pre-school is a small community based centre: • for children aged 2 to 5 years • operating under a full day licence • quiet location • flexible hours • offering 20 hours ECE

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The Preschool offers a stimulating range of experiences for the children, including additional programmes based around children’s interests, such as Playball and music sessions. During this term, the children have had an opportunity to participate in an age appropriate weekly music programme with teacher and music specialist, Sandy Watson. The sessions are aimed at integrating a variety of music and movement ideas using activities that involve all the senses. The sessions are fun and interactive and include listening to music, playing and creating. The children are also learning to write, read and play simple notation on unturned and tuned percussion instruments. They are also learning simple graphic notation to write down their ideas before moving on to performing their creations. Several children are also learning the violin, ukulele and piano in individual lessons. The methods used for this instruction include Suzuki, Karl Orff and Susan Paradis. The aim of the specialist music programme is to help develop children’s awareness of music in an enjoyable and creative way. At the same time children are building and developing their skills, knowledge, appreciation and love of music. Vanessa Pauley Head Teacher


rangi RURU old girls ASSOCIATION

RROGA

Students pictured outside Te Koraha, 1946

A large number of Old Girls attended the RROGA AGM this year. We celebrated 90 years of the Old Girls’ Association and took the opportunity to thank Deborah Errington (Teale) who stood down as President. Deborah has done a great job over many years. Liz Lovell (Bain) took on the role of President. The RROGA is working towards establishing a website and Facebook page to keep in touch. RROGA is hosting the Reunions over 9 and 10 November, the Leavers Ball on 6 December and is looking forward to hosting a Cocktail function early in 2014 to celebrate the 125th year of Rangi Ruru. This busy committee is always looking for new members or helpers for their functions. If you wish to get involved email Liz – globe@vodafone.co.nz If you’d like to update your email address or any other contact details that

we hold please contact addresschanges@ rangiruru.school.nz Reunions for 2013 will be held 9 and 10 November 20 years on (Year 9 1993) Organiser: Hilary Walton (Blackmore) E: hilary.blackmore@gmail.com 30 years on (Form 3 1983) Organiser: Lara Vivian E: laravivian@xtra. co.nz 40 years on (Form III 1973) Organiser: Louise Smart (Anderson) E:andrew.louise.smart@gmail.com 50 years on (Form III 1963) Organiser: Ali McQueen E: a.mcqueen@ rangiruru.school.nz 60 years on (Form III 1953) Organiser: Jane Sullivan (Gilbert) E: jane. sullivan@xtra.co.nz 70 years on (IVB1 or IVB2 1943) Organiser: Hilary Sutton

For any enquiries, contact Hilary at school on (03) 983 3700 ext 828 or h.sutton@rangiruru.school.nz

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All the girls decked out in their clan colours for the clan singing competition on Friday 27 September

The Face of Uncertainty, Photography by Anna Bruce, Year 9

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The Cultural Concert

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Rangi News | October 2013  

October 2013 edition of Rangi News - the quarterly publication from Rangi Ruru Girls’ School.