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Welcome to Rotorua Girls High School

"EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN" - Toitu te mana wahine kia u ki te taumata

Kei te kura o nga kohine, he taonga te wahine

Welcome Back Information

Dear Parents/ Caregivers and students,
Kanuitemihiki a koutoukatoa.

‘He tawhitiketoukoutouhaerenga, tekore e haeretonu,
He nuirawaoukoutoumahi, tekore e mahitonu.’

‘We have come too far, not to go further
We have done too much, not to do more’
Sir James Henare

I extend a warm welcome back to all of our school families and am delighted to welcome the many new families who have chosen to join our community this year. I hope that you and your family had a restful summer with the magnificent weather and that you are excited to at the prospect of a new school year.

2015 will be another busy and exciting year in the life of the school. Our focus as we begin our 56th year will again be firmly on teaching and learning. We will continue to create a culture of excellence by raising the bar across the four cornerstones of Academic, Leadership, Cultural and Sporting endeavours.

This year we have made more changes and we are excited about consulting with our community on future strategic directions for our school. We will continue to review our assessment, reporting procedures and feedback models. We have introduced a new timetable structure and a more culturally responsive curriculum. We have established three new Houses to recognise prominent Te Arawa Women. MAKERETI Thom who was of Tuhourangi descent, WITARINA Harris and TAINI Morrison who are both of Ngati Whakaue descent. We are privileged and honoured that the families have consented to allowing these women to stand as role models for our girls.

Understanding who these women were and their contributions to their communities will bring a vital and vibrant dynamic to our leadership journey. As always the focus for the Houses will be academic mentoring, house spirit, participation and community. The new House colours are: MAKERETI - Pink, WITARINA - Orange and TAINI - Purple.

Additionally, we will continue to look at this year’s Year 13 students’ to provide leadership in the various communities that make up who we are at RGHS. I am looking forward to working with this group of young women and our first opportunity to develop this relationship will be the Year 13 Leadership Camp which is to be held from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 January at Lake Okataina.

New Staff and New Positions of Responsibility
We welcome a new staff member who joins us for the duration of 2015. Miss Olivia Kay has been appointed to a part-time position in the English and Humanities Faculties.

We would also like to welcome back the following staff:
Miss Morgan Aperahama
Miss Aperahama completed her final teaching practicum at RGHS last year and has now been appointed to the position of teacher of English.She replaces Ms Andrea Morrison who resigned at the end of the school year. We wish Ms Andrea Morrison all the best in her new position at Rotorua Boys’ High School.

Ms Trish Pike
Ms Trish Pike filled a variety of roles as a relief teacher last year and has now been appointed to the position of teacher of Mathematics.

Mrs Allison Zanelli
Mrs Allison Zanelli who will be a familiar name and face for many of our past students joins us as a part time teacher of Music.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge staff who have accepted new positions of responsibility:

Mrs Tui McCaull
Mrs Tui McCaull has been appointed to the leadership role of Professional Learning, Appraisal and Co-ordinator of ‘Kia eke Panuku.’

Year Level Deans
Mrs Marcy Stunell – Year 13
Mrs Helen Baldwin – Year 12
Mrs Michelle James – Year 11
Whaea Rana Motu – Year 10 and Senior Prizegiving
Whaea Felicity Kaiwai – Year 9 and Teacher in Charge of e-Learning

Mrs Carolyn Katu
Mrs Carolyn Katu returns as the Head of Faculty – Physical Education

Mr Kevin Heitia
Mr Kevin Heitia has been appointed HOF Business/Art and Technology Faculty

Miss Wai Morrison
Miss Wai Morrison (Head of Faculty – Humanities) is also in charge of Education outside the Classroom, Senior Prize giving and Funding Applications.

Miss Sarah Riley
Miss Sarah Riley (Head of Faculty English) is also in charge of Enrolment and Year 9 Testing.

Miss Kylie Hill
Miss Kylie Hill has been appointed as Assistant Head of Faculty – Mathematics

Ms Karen Aldridge
Ms Karen Aldridge has been appointed as Teacher in Charge of Year 13 Camp and Peer Support.

Ms Clare Morgan
Ms Clare Morgan will also extend her portfolio to include Teacher Librarian

Mrs Bryony Edwards
Mrs Bryony Edwards has been appointed for 2015 as the Teacher of Photography and e-Volcanics Dean. Mrs Edwards is also in charge of the School Website, School Photographs and Student IDs

Ms Bridget Donovan
Ms Bridget Donovan has been appointed for 2015 as a teacher of English, Drama.
Ms Charlotte Hazlett
Ms Charlotte Hazlett has been appointed as the Assistant Head of Faculty Business / Art / Technology and e – Volcanics Teacher for Fashion and Design.

Mrs Lesley Hughes
Mrs Lesley Hughes has been reappointed as the Head of Department of Art.

Mrs Meegan Edwards
Mrs Meegan Edwards our Sport’s Coordinator will be in charge of all House activities.

Miss Nikki Motu
Miss Nikki Motu has been appointed as our IT Manager.

We know that all of these teachers and support staff bring their characteristic enthusiasm, experience and talents to these roles and we are excited at the journey that lies ahead of us in 2015.

We are committed to creating a culture of excellence across the four cornerstones of Academic, Sporting, Cultural and Leadership endeavours. We are on the pathway to success for continued overall school improvement.

Our hardworking, committed teaching and support staff look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 27th January.

Ngā manaakitanga

Ally Gibbons

From Across the Deans’ Desks

Welcome back to the 2015 school year we hope that you have had a fantastic holiday and ready to start another exciting year at Rotorua Girls High School. As you are aware there are a few changes this year, we wanted to take this time to inform you about some of them.

This year you will all be in vertical whanau. Each class will have a selection of Year 9 through to Year 13 students. The first initial represents the house name and the second two initials represent the whanau teachers code e.g. TFT – T: Taini, FT: Sonia Foote

To support our new whanau system the Deans are now Year Level Deans. The Junior Deans are relocated into the old uniform shop. Our Senior Deans are located in the traditional deans room

School Day
The school day starts at 8:40am and finishes at 3:05pm as we have run in previous years, however we are now running a five period day instead of a 6 period day. Each period will be 1 hour long.

Uniform for all Year Levels
Please ensure that you are in correct uniform from Day One!

Uniform for Year 13
• All Year 13 students will wear the regulation black skirt($75.00), and white shirt which can be ordered through NZ Uniforms- 1302 Ranolf Street - opposite Spotlight - phone 07 282 2023. As the skirts will not be available until late February, students can wear their Year 12 blue skirts or can hire a Year 13 2014 blue skirt for $30 ($10 refunded if skirt is returned drycleaned)
• Those students who are awarded prefect positions will wear the school black blazer and black tie. These positions will be announced after the Year 13 Leadership Camp. All other students will wear blue blazers and blue ties. Blazers can be hired from the school office $70 with a $20.00 refund if returned at the end of the year dry cleaned and in good condition. Regulation ties can be purchased from the school office. Footwear for Terms 1 and 4 is black roman sandals and black shoes and stockings for Terms 2 and 3.
• White short-sleeve shirts with a tie may be worn

Some friendly reminders:
• Black Roman sandals only to be worn terms 1 and 4.
• No nail polish on fingers or toes
• Hair must be well groomed, tidy and off the face so the students can learn effectively. Any teacher has a right to request hair be tied back in the interest of safety or hygiene. Only hair colours in the natural human hair range are acceptable. Purple, Orange, Lime Green, streaked or bleached etc are not acceptable.
• No facial piercings (only one plain small stud in each ear, no large pearl earrings)
• No other jewellery

What’s happening Day 1 - Tuesday, 27th January
8.40am All students to the Arena to meet their whānau teacher, you will then go to your whanau rooms. Lists of whānau classes will be posted on the boards in the school courtyard outside the canteen.

Year 13 students to set up PAC for refreshments for staff and visitors.

9.25am All students will be taken back to the Arena.

9.30am Pōhiri practice for Years 10-13.
Year 9 and new students – meet on the bottom field by the Arena

10.00am Pōhiri starts.

11.00am Pōhiri finishes.
Year 9 and new students meet the Year 9 Dean for light refreshments on the bottom field.

Interval for Years 10-13

All parents are invited to the PAC for morning tea

11.30am Students go back to whānau class.
ALL Year 13 go with Miss Aldridge on the Mezzanine Floor in the Arena

12.30pm Lunch

1.15pm All students except Year 13 go back to whānau classes
All Year 13 go back to Miss Aldridge

2.15pm School finished.

2.30-4pm Year 13 Leadership speeches to staff in the PAC

School uniform items can only be purchased at NZ Uniforms, 1302 Ranolf St (opposite Spotlight) - Phone 07 282 2023.

However, we have been advised that some sizes of skirts and shirts are unavailable. We will update progress in this matter on this website. We apologise for any inconvenience. Phone RGHS 07 348 0156

Years 10 - 13 start at 8.40am on Tuesday, 27 January 2015.Please assembly outside the ARENA in your whanau class. Whanau classes for 2015 will be posted on boards in the main courtyard in front of the whare. Year 9 students assemble outside the ARENA at 9.30am for the pohiri. Parents / whanau are welcome to attend.

A Pohiri to welcome new staff and students will be held in the PAC at Rotorua Girls’ High School at 10am on Tuesday, 27 January 2015.

Friday 23 January- Teacher Only Day
Tuesday 27 January – Start of Term One
Friday 6 February – Waitangi Day

RGHS now has a School App - Download our school app from the App Store or for ios here and for android here

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