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BACK TO SCHOOL 2013
New Enrolments: Any new student wishing to attend Rangiora High School in 2013 who has not yet enrolled, must
contact the school office on 03 311 8888 (on or after 21 January) to request an enrolment pack.
Year 13 students from 2012: If you have not met University Entrance literacy requirements, please meet with
Ms McGowan in the Careers Room at 10.00am on Monday 28 January 2013.
Wednesday 23 January
STUDENT LEADERSHIP CAMP (Wed 23 Jan -- Fri 25 Jan)
• Students travelling to the Boyle River Outdoor Education
Centre assemble in A Quad at 8.15am
Monday 28 January
YEAR 12-13 COURSE CONFIRMATION
• Buses will run at normal times from today onwards.
Students attend in uniform from today.
• All Year 12-13 students (including new Year 12-13
students who have pre-enrolled) must bring their NCEA
results to school. They will attend form time and six
classes from 8.40am to 1.30pm to confirm their course.
• Year 12-13 students who do not attend to confirm
their course will have their timetables cleared and
will start the process again. These students may
not be allocated their first subject choice.
• Year 12-13 students will be released at 1.30pm.
Because of commitments to other schools, buses will
arrive for 3.20pm.
• Peer Support Leaders' Training will occur from 2.00pm
NEW STUDENTS' ENROLMENT
• Enrolment of adult students occurs at the school office
• Year 9-13 students who have not pre-enrolled in
late 2012 must collect and complete an enrolment
pack from the school office PRIOR to this day.
Please also bring proof of address and birth
certificate to school today.
• Enrolment of Year 9-13 students who have not
pre-enrolled occurs in the Hall at 2.00pm. Year 9-11
students new to Rangiora High School must bring their
school reports. Year 12-13 students new to Rangiora
High School must bring their NCEA results.
Tuesday 29 January
TEACHER ONLY DAY
Wednesday 30 January
YEAR 9 ORIENTATION / PEER SUPPORT
8.40am All Year 9 students and Peer Support Leaders
gather in the Hall for the Principal's welcome.
Wednesday 30 January cont.
9.00am Year 9 form time.
11.25am Peer Support sessions with Peer Support
2.10pm Year 9 Technology Test.
2.45pm Bus students meet in the Hall. Non-bus students
go home at 2.45pm.
3.20pm Bus students go home on the buses.
INDUCTION OF ALL NEW YEAR 10-13 STUDENTS
9.00am Students new to Years 10-13 meet in M3 (the
Drama Room, off Wales Street) for orientation
information and induction activities with student
ambassadors until approximately 11.00am.
Thursday 31 January
FIRST DAY BACK FOR THE WHOLE SCHOOL
NOTE: Buses run on Thursday times
(that is, 20 minutes later than other days)
9.00am Form time. The location of form classes for
2013 will be published in A Quad.
10.00am Whole school involved in a powhiri to
welcome new students and new staff.
School uniform required.
1 1.25am "Big Arvo Out" (including preparation for House
Sports Day tomorrow) includes LUNCH break
and ends at 3.20pm. Students may bring House
coloured mufti clothes to wear in the afternoon
in support of their House.
Friday 1 February
HOUSE SPORTS DAY
8.40am Form time. Wear House coloured mufti sports
clothes. Sun-block and hat required.
Monday 4 February
NORMAL SCHOOL DAY
8.40am Form time. Five periods of classes ending
Rangiora High School
Starting Times for 2013
Welcome to the new school year. Parents and caregivers of students new to Rangiora
High School in 2013 are invited to attend the whole school powhiri at 10.00am on
Thursday 31 January. Please assemble outside the School Hall.
Term 1 2013 commences
9am Monday 4th February 2013
Office open for new enrolments and
enquiries 9am-12.30pm Monday 28th
and Tuesday 29th January
Phone 03 312 6813
'A passion for Learning, a Pride in Belonging'
We would like to welcome pupils back to school
on Tuesday 29 January 2013.
For new enrolments and enquires please
email email@example.com or the office
will be open on Monday 28 January 2013.
9am - 11am
Phone 03 313 8907
162 HIGH STREET, RANGIORA
PH: (03) 313 8444
With purchase of Skechers school shoes
Parents can help ease first-day nerves
By JEFF LILLY
New start: Safe transport to a child's
new school is just one of several
issues that need to be thought
Our children will soon be back at
school, and as much as we love
them, a collective sigh of relief
seems to go around the nation. For
many parents however, their sons or
daughters are heading off to school
for the very first time.
As a father, a teacher for 30 years
and a school principal for many of
them, I acquired an understanding
for the nervousness that goes with
this separation -- for parents as well
The experience of starting school
for the first time can be associated
with a mixture of emotions -- some
happy, some sad.You may worry
about your children's adjustment, or
simply miss spending time with
It helps to be actively involved
with preparing for that first day, so
that you know you have covered the
field, and that will reduce those
feelings of anxiety. Bear in mind that
teaching and support staff go out of
their way to ensure the transition is
a smooth one.
Some useful tips:
I am sure you have visited the
school, if possible meeting your
child's teacher and getting some
idea of the physical environment.
Ask plenty of questions.
Check that you know what the first
day of school is and that you have
completed any documentation.
Check that you are familiar with
times, uniform requirements, food
and drink, transport and routines.
Make sure you have reviewed
safety precautions with your child
regarding traffic and strangers.
If your child is riding a bike, does
he or she know the school's rules for
If taking a bus, does your child
know the bus route? Does your child
know what to do if he or she gets
If you're not home after school,
does your child know who will be
responsible, what the rules are, and
how to get help in an emergency?
Be prepared -- start introducing a
timetable of getting up, mealtimes,
bedtimes, etc. in the week before
Practise getting dressed -- this will
help children put their clothes on in
the right order in the mornings.
Label clothing -- check your child's
clothes have name labels in them so
they don't get lost.
Reassure your child -- children will
be anxious and will want to talk
about how they are feeling. Listen
and share your own happy exper-
iences of when you started school.
Ask the teacher what they will be
doing on their first day, and discuss
this with your children, so that they
know what to expect.
Begin practising good morning
routines -- breakfast is the most
important meal of the day and
should be nutritious and filling.
Sometimes over-anxious parents put
too much into lunchboxes and then
worry when it comes home uneaten.
Put your trust in the school -- the
staff there are not only experienced
and skilled, they are pleased to talk
to you about settling in problems,
which are always temporary.
Nobody likes being out of their
comfort zone, and that includes you.
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