Prize Giving & Awards 2018
Scholarships top night of sisterhood celebration
Rangi Ruru Girls’ School has enjoyed a fabulous night of academic, sporting and artistic celebration, capped by 50 university scholarships, including eight international placement offers. The full list of awards can be downloaded here.
At a prizegiving on Wednesday evening Rangi Ruru principal Dr Sandra Hastie made special mention of Isabella Gregory who received a 2017 New Zealand Scholarship Premier Award, available to only 10 recipients annually.
Another top achiever, Isabella Carter, was offered a choice of three American university scholarships including the University of California, University of Southern California and the University of Virginia. Isabella has accepted the offer from the University of Virginia.
Dancer Juliette Ward received scholarship offers from the College and Conservatory of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. She accepted another offer, from the Next Step Performing Arts programme in Sydney.
Dux of the School is Valerie Xiang with firsts in Music, Chemistry, 1st equal in English and High Achievement in Physics and French. Valerie has held Elite Academic Colours for the past two years, based on 100% Excellence grades in NCEA examinations.
In both years she completed an accelerated Mathematics programme and in 2018 enrolled in a University of Canterbury ‘Star’ mathematics paper. She gained an A+ for this paper.
In 2017 Rangi Ruru again placed in the top 3% of NCEA results in the country and 95% of students gained University Entrance.
“Rangi Ruru is a place which celebrates endeavour and success; a place where it is the norm to be the best you can be, where excellence and effort are celebrated and where values matter,” Dr Hastie said.
The school’s culture of care grew stronger over the year, led by the student leadership team’s Strength in Sisterhood, or SIS, complete with a hand signal, school badge, song and dance.
“The theme was rapidly embraced by us all and during the first couple of weeks of the year our field became the dance studio where from my office window I witnessed daily tutor groups, staff and form seniors, complete with a boom box, learning the dance moves coupled with joy and laughter and sisterhood in action.”
In other fields, notable sporting achievements included retaining the Top Girls’ School for New Zealand in rowing and top South Island in cycling, including individual gold medal at the national road cycling championships. The list also included top-three placings in Canterbury championships for hockey, basketball, skiing, tennis, touch, equestrian, multisport and waterpolo.
Performing arts also had an outstanding year with the Elite Dance Company achieving first place at the national championships, a best actress award at the Canterbury Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival and top national placings for the TheatreFest team.
Rangi Ruru is also well represented in the National Youth Orchestra , the Youth Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, the Secondary Schools’ Brass Band and the Secondary Students’ Choir. Eleven students are in the Secondary Schools’ Symphony Orchestra.
The school , Resolutions, also hit the heights at the Big Sing regionals, winning the best performance of a contemporary song.
Dr Hastie said the school was dedicated to preparing students for the future through Global Living, a student-led programme for Year 11-13, from Young Enterprise to service projects expanding on their understanding of global citizenship, sustainability and wellbeing.
This year students attended a number of sustainability hui to work with others in the wider community to find solutions for environmental issues. The school extended its Reuse Depot collections and links with business and Rangi Ruru was again able to reduce its carbon footprint, operating as carbon neutral for the second consecutive year.
In the NZI Sustainable Business Awards, Hardwired for Social Good, the school was one of nine finalists out of 293 entries. Although Rangi Ruru didn’t win, it was matched against some big businesses, including Fonterra, Auckland District Health Board and Z Energy. The school was also a finalist in the KBNZ Sustainability Beautiful Awards and a Year 12 student placed in the top three of the Young Legends awards for outstanding contribution to waste reduction.
Community service continued to be a feature of school life, with girls collectively giving more than 8000 hours of personal time and support to others. Twenty Year 12 students individually contributed more than 100 hours and the school donated just under $25,000 to charities and more than 2000 items of food to the City Mission.
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