2019: Term 1 Dates for Student Diary
TERM 1 Mon 28 January to Fri 5 April (12.30pm finish)
TERM 2 Mon 29 April to Fri 5 July
TERM 3 Mon 29 July to Fri 27 September
TERM 4 Mon 14 October to Wed 4 December
Monday 28 Term 1 – School commences for Years 7, 9 and new students
Tuesday 29 Term 1 – School commences for Years 8, 10-13
|Friday 1||School photos
South Island Rowing Club Champs – Twizel (until 6th)
|Wednesday 6||WAITANGI DAY observed – school closed|
|Thursday 7||SISS Tennis Qualifying Tournament
Years 7 & 8 Parent Evening – MW (7-8.30pm)
|Monday 11||Years 12 & 13 Parent evening – MLT (7-8.30pm)|
|Tuesday 12||Year 9 Camps – Glenroy (until 15th)|
|Wednesday 13||Years 7 & 8 Camps – Wainui / Orton Bradley Park (until 15th)|
|Thursday 14||Year 11 Parent Evening – MLT (7-8.30pm)|
|Sunday 17||Summer Quad Tournament – St Hilda’s (until 19th)|
|Wednesday 20||Interschools’ Show Jumping|
|Year 9||Parent Evening – MW (7-8.30pm)|
|Friday 22||SISS Mounted Games|
|Sunday 24||New Entrant PTA BBQ – Field|
|Monday 25||Academic Awards Assembly|
|Thursday 28||Athletic Sports Day – Christ’s College (postponement day 1st March)|
|Friday 1||Mainland Volleyball / Tennis Championships (until 3rd)
Sinfonia Camp (until 3rd)
|Sunday 3||SISS Triathlon & Duathlon Championships – Oamaru|
|Tuesday 5||Years 7 & 8 Aquathon – Field / Pool|
|Friday 8||Rowing Camp – Twizel (until 10th)|
|Sunday 10||Years 7, 8 & 9 PTA Social Evening|
|Monday 11||Swimming Sports – a.m. / PDPs – p.m.|
|Tuesday 12||Canterbury Triathlon|
|Thursday 14||Year 10 Parent Evening – MW (7-8.30pm)|
|Saturday 16||Rowing – pre Maadi Cup – Twizel (until 18th)|
|Friday 22||OPEN DAY – 11am-4pm
Maadi Cup – Lake Karapiro (until 31st)
|Sunday 24||TOURNAMENT WEEK begins
SISS Touch Championships – Sheldon Park (until 31st)
|Monday 25||NZSS Tennis Championships – Wilding Park (until 28th)
SISS Water Polo Championships – Christchurch (until 28th)
NZSS Volleyball Championships – Palmerston North (until 29th)
|Wednesday 27||Cathedral Grammar Music Exchange & Concert – MLT|
|Thursday 28||Learning Progress Interviews – MW (4pm-8pm)|
|Friday 29||SISS Athletics Championships – Nelson (until 31st)
NZSS Triathlon Championships – New Plymouth (until 30th)
MODULE 1 ends
|Monday 1||MODULE 2 begins
Year 8 HPV Vaccinations – Boarding House
Year 13 Drama Production – MLT (6pm)
|Tuesday 2||Learning Progress Interviews – MW (4pm-8pm)
ITM Evening – P1
Wednesday 3 Canterbury Swimming Championships
Orchestra Extravaganza Rehearsal and Concert – Christ’s College (p.m.)
|Thursday 4||Classics History Trip to Athens & Paris (until 21st)|
|Friday 5||End of Term 1 (12.30pm)
Boarder Learning Progress Interviews – MW (from 1pm)
|Saturday 13||ANZAC Hockey – 1st XI to Auckland (until 17th)|
Absence or Lateness
If you have a request for leave
Up to one day – Parental letter, email or phone call to the office.
More than one day – Fill in a Special Leave form (available on RangiLife), see teachers and discuss with your Dean.
If you are unable to come to school
Ask a parent to phone the absence line (03 983 3786) before 9.30am each day you are absent.
If you are late to school
Report to the school office for a Late Pass. School Duty is given for repeated lateness (three times a term or twice in a week)
If you are late to class
This is recorded by the teacher and you may need to make up time.
Appointments during school time (to be avoided) or you need to leave the grounds during school hours
Students may not leave grounds without a Leave Pass except Year 13 students who sign out and in, on their return, at the office. To obtain a Leave Pass a parental note/phone call, email or appointment card is required at the school office. Report back to office on your return.
You have regular appointments in school time
Parental discussion with the Deputy Principal is required.
If you want information about sporting activities
See the Director of Sport in the sports office.
If you want music or drama tuition
See the Director of Music or the Director of Theatre Arts. Application forms available on RangiLife.
Code of Behaviour
All people at Rangi Ruru are a valued part of the wider school community. Girls are encouraged to look beyond themselves into the wider community and to take responsibility for the care of others and the environment.
People will be accepted in their diversity of beliefs and opinions and the variety of their gifts will be celebrated. Care and consideration will be taken in speaking and communicating with others.
Partnerships in learning will be nurtured and people will be supported and affirmed in their endeavours.
Our five core values are:
Respect – for oneself, for others and for the environment
Aroha – a sense of inclusiveness, of trust and belonging
Endeavour and enthusiasm
Generosity of spirit
Integrity and honesty
Crisis or Emergencies
Emergency Evacuation Situation (Fire & Earthquake)
FIRST: EVALUATE THE SITUATION QUICKLY.
DO NOT SEND ANYONE OUT IN TO A MORE DANGEROUS SITUATION
Windows are closed by those nearest
Bags, books etc are left in the classroom
Girls and teachers move to the field via route indicated on classroom noticeboard. Walk briskly – do not run
Teachers leave the room last shutting the door behind them. Turn gas and electricity off. Search wardens close Fire Doors and check areas. Deans collect rolls from Anita Sawyers and give to Tutors or Form Captains, who take roll to assembly point to check for absentees
Tutor groups line up in straight lines in alphabetical order in front of their designated assembly points
Search wardens report that their area is clear to the Duty person (Barbara Smith) in the centre of the field. Tutors send a girl to the Duty person (Anita Sawyers) to report that all girls in their tutor group are accounted for
Non-tutors report to Duty person (Alison Macnee).
If you are inside:
Do not rush outside. Shelter beneath beams, under a counter or table. Teachers may stand in doorways
Get into a protective position by tucking your head to your knees and cover your head with your arms. Drop, cover, hold.
When the earthquake stops, leave the building only if it is unsafe or the alarm rings. Wait for any debris to stop falling
Stay away from windows, glass partitions, filing cabinets, bookcases, electrical appliances and overhead fixtures
Give first aid to the injured but do not move a casualty who cannot walk unless fire or falling debris is likely to cause further injury.
If you are outside:
Move to an open area away from building structures.
Watch for fallen power lines, streetlights or trees and flying glass.
Emergency Non-Evacuation Situation (Lockdown)
Drill will be advised. Signal is an intermittent alert tone and voice message.
Stay where you are until advised to leave the classroom.
Seek shelter and avoid movement.
If you want to discuss your course
Talk to your Dean or the Assistant Principal – Curriculum.
If you want to change subjects
Consult the teacher of the subject you wish to leave, and see your Dean and the Assistant Principal – Curriculum with a note from your parents.
If you’re looking for information regarding NCEA assessment
Go to the Student NCEA page on RangiLife. This includes Authenticity, Subject Changes, Appeals and other useful information. It is important for NCEA students to be familiar with the ‘Student Guide to Assessment’ as this contains information vital to managing your year. Please direct any enquiries to the Assistant Principal – Curriculum.
Expected Classroom Behaviour
Classroom behaviour that promotes a positive learning environment:
1. Arrive on time
2. Bring all devices, books and equipment needed
3. The teacher is in charge – follow her/his instructions promptly and carefully
4. Your participation is valued but remember to listen to others
5. Respect other people and their property.
If you are ill while at school
Report to the school office and staff will phone home or send you to the sick bay.
If you need to take medication
Leave your prescribed medicines with the School Nurse and collect doses as required.
If you have an IT problem, speak to a member of the IT Helpdesk team or visit the IT Services page for information on printing, connectivity and quick tips.
Sometimes students require additional help with their studies. Tutoring can be arranged in all subjects. Areas where particular help is given include Reading, Language and Mathematical Development with individual or small group tuition groups available.
Check the lost property room in L Block, the trolley outside Te Koraha, the PE lost property box or at the school office. There is a loss of clan points for property left around the school.
You lose your Cando card collect a form from the school office to apply for a new one. $9 will be charged to your gold sheet and parent signature is required. No temporary cards are issued.
Going home for lunch on a regular basis
See the Deputy Principal for a Lunch Pass.
Buying your lunch
Use your Cando card in the Dining Room at lunchtime. Do not use others’ cards or provide yours to others.
Keeping Up To Date
If you want to know what’s going on
Check RangiLife for notices, calendars, news and weekly bulletins, Facebook pages, email or the Sports noticeboard opposite the gym.
Remember to check your emails regularly in case information has been forwarded to you.
Seeing a Counsellor
Book an appointment.
Information on future pathways
See the Pathways & Careers Strategist.
Seeing the Nurse
Go to Student Reception, then to the Boarding House.
School Administration & Support
Principal: Dr Sandra Hastie
Deputy to the Principal, Student Care & Development: Ms Stephanie Barnett
Assistant Principal, Curriculum: Ms Juliet Collins
Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning: Ms Melanie L’Eef
Business Manager: Mr Neil Templeton
Director of Community Relations: Mrs Emma Taurua
Director of Boarding: Mrs Kyleigh Lyth
Catering Manager: Mr Jason Burrows
Years 7 & 8: Ms Sally Fail
Year 9: Mr Jon Kimber
Year 10: Miss Kirsty Bell
Year 11: Mrs Erin Fitzpatrick
Year 12: Mrs Janette Frier
Year 13: Mrs Angela Lidstone
International Students: Ms Lousie Stanton
Ms Alison Burt
School Discipline Policy
1. The Principal has overall responsibility for discipline. She is assisted by members of
the school staff and senior students.
2. Students are expected to maintain good standards of dress and grooming at all
times. They are required to behave courteously to teachers and other students both
in and out of the classroom, and to abide by the standards set by the school.
3. Inappropriate behaviour such as the following will be handled within
- Loud, rough or discourteous behaviour
- Damage to property
- Lateness for school or class
- Incorrect wearing of uniform or untidy appearance.
4. For totally unacceptable behaviour such as:
- Continual or repeated disregard of school standards
- Any behaviour which makes it difficult for other girls to learn or for teachers to
- Involvement in theft, dishonesty or victimisation of others
- Involvement in smoking, vaping, drug taking or consumption of alcohol on the school
premises, in school uniform or at school functions or sporting fixtures away
from our property
- Any behaviour which the Principal at her discretion, considers to be
inappropriate or likely to affect the proper functioning or discipline of the
school, or adversely affect other students
Parents will be informed and other appropriate action will be taken by the Principal.
School Duty (Tuesday after school) and the referral system are also in place for
misdemeanours and unacceptable behaviour.
5. The Principal may, without any minimum period of notice, suspend or expel any
student for serious misbehaviour or serious breaches of discipline.
If you have received a request from your Dean, report to the duty Dean at the office on Tuesday after school to undertake work. Parents/caregivers will be informed.
Whaia to te Rangi – Seek the Heavenly Things
Rangi Ruru, the name of the school, was suggested by an old Maori Chief of Rapaki Pa, Paora Taki. It is translated “wide sky shelter” and indicates that the school stands for hospitality and generosity.
The motto, Whaia to te Rangi – Seek the Heavenly Things – reminds us that education cannot be limited to physical, cultural or academic studies only, but must include our spiritual dimension if we are to find values that are really worthwhile in life.
If you are looking for lost property
Check the lost property room in L Block, RangiLife, the trolley outside Te Koraha, the PE lost property box or at the school office. There is a loss of clan points for property left around the school.
You need to use a phone
In an emergency or for toll/cellphone calls, ask at the office.
You damage school property
Report damage to the school office.
You have a change of address or phone number
Notify the school office immediately.
You lose your Cando card
Collect a form from the school office to apply for a new one. $9 will be charged to your gold sheet and parent signature is required. No temporary cards are issued.
You have money/valuables at school
Take them to the school office where they will be kept in the safe.
Rangi Ruru let us sing.
Voice and heart re-echoing.
All whom space and time divide,
Still in Love are at our side,
Join to give thee thanks and praise
For our joyous youthful days.
Lord we offer Thee our praise
For thy blessing on our ways,
Still Thy guidance and Thy love
Over all our living move,
May our wide sky shelter stand
Loved and honoured thro’ the land.
Student Care and Development
The school provides a network of services to help all students through the many important transitions they make as they progress through school. The people in the network have special skills and abilities to ensure that student’s personal, social, learning and spiritual needs are met. They are there to provide information and resources, to listen and provide guidance, and support girls in decision making and handling challenging situations.
People in the network include:
• Guidance Counsellor – TBC
• Health Coordinator – Mrs Leigh Allan
• Wellbeing Coordinator – Ms Hannah Clarkson
• Learning Centre Leader – Mrs Rebecca Meachen
• Literacy Support Teacher – Ms Michelle Enright
• Mathematics Support Teacher – Ms Ali McQueen
• HPL Coordinator – Mrs Petra Dyer
• Chaplain – Rev Kirstie McDonald
• Pathways and Careers Strategist – Ms Kristen Fox
• Head of Student Leadership and Development – Mr Jonathan Kimber
• Deputy Principal – Ms Stephanie Barnett
Student Leadership Team
A list of all the TEACHER CODES CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE
A list of all the TEACHER CODES CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE
Travel to School
Bringing a vehicle to school
Fill in the vehicle registration section on the Personal Details Sheet or complete the e-form available on the student portal. This privilege is available to Years 12 & 13 only.
Transporting other students or being transported by a licensed driver on a school related activity
Fill in the appropriate section on the Personal Details Sheet or complete the e-form available on the student portal.
Riding a bicycle to school
Leave your bicycle and helmet in the bike cage beside the gym for maximum security during the school day. The code is available from the office. Bikes and helmets must also be locked.
If you don’t have the correct uniform
See the Deputy Principal, (with a note from home) to get a Uniform Pass.
If you want to buy uniform items
The Shop is open on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (refer to uniform shop section below).
VISIT THE UNIFORM PAGE for more information on School Uniform requirements.
41 Hewitts Road
School uniform, PE/Sports gear and quality second-hand uniforms are available from the Shop.
Opening hours during term are:
- Tuesday 12.45 – 2.00pm
- Thursday 12.45 – 2.00pm
- Friday 12.55 – 4.00pm
Phone (03) 983 3785 or email Nicki Pooley on firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information please visit the UNIFORM SHOP PAGE.
Purchases may be ‘Gold Sheeted’ (please refer to the Fees, Disbursements and Terms of Trade information), or payment may be made by cash, cheque, Visa/Mastercard/AMEX or EFTPOS.