HAMILTON GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL 2018 Production
HAMILTON GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL 2018 Production
TALOFA LAVA KIA ORA MALO E LELEI IA ORANA NI SA BULA FAKALOFA LAHI ATU TALOHA NI KIA ORANA MAURI ALOHA PRINCIPAL’S COMMENT Nga mihi nui ki a koutou Nga mihi nui ki a koutou Term 3 is always a culmination of amazing achievements in both the cultural, sporting and academic arenas of our school. The recent winter tournament week was for many of our young women the climax of a very busy few months. Those who were involved during this particular week had the opportunity to test themselves against some of the very best teams from throughout the country.
National Champions for our 1st XV Rugby, 2nd in NZ for our 1st XI Football and our Netball team qualified for the New Zealand Secondary School Nationals In the Performing and Visual Arts faculty, we have also had a number of students hard work rewarded through performances, achievements on the national stage and individual recognition.
Special recognition must be given to the wonderful cast and crew of the joint production, “Much Ado about Nothing” including lead roles Aimee Holton and Ana Teokotai (Leonata) and Stella Slomp and Chelsea Kelly (Beatrice). Ms Wynne-Jones is absolutely outstanding and brings out the best in all of our young men and women. We curently have 4 international trips out over this holiday beak: French Language tour - France Spanish Language tour - Spain and Portugal Japanese Language tour - Japan Kapahaka Cultural tour (combined with HBHS) - Japan Special thanks to all the staff who are leading these tours: Mrs Hall, Mrs Skandera, Mrs Roznowska, Mrs Steele, Mrs Barber, Mrs Mills, Whaea Frankie and Mrs Tautari.
An amazing experience for all involved and we look forward to reading about their trip in the next Bulletin. Time: 6:00pm (exhibition opens at 5:00pm) When: Tuesday, 30 October 2018 Where: Ngaa Puawaitanga, Hamilton Girls’ High School RSVP to email@example.com by Thursday, October 25th All students are required to be in full school uniform. 2018 Please come and join us on this wonderful occasion. Time: 6:00pm - 8.00pm When: Tuesday, 23 October 2018 Where: Ngaa Puawaitanga, Hamilton Girls’ High School 2018 MAORI & PASIFIKA AWARDS EVENING Hamilton Girls’ High School look forward to celebrating our 2018 sporting successes with you.
SPORTS AWARDS TIME Doors Open 5.30pm Seated by 6.00pm VENUE Ngaa Puawaitanga, Ward Street, Hamilton Girls’ High School Thursday 25th OCTOBER We are well aware that all of these very worthwhile endeavours place demands on a young woman’s time and amidst all this busyness, we must remember that the primary focus for our young women must be academic. Our practise NCEA examinations are an opportunity to see how ready they are for external examinations. I need to emphasise that EXTERNALS MATTER!!. We expect our students to prepare well and to sit every external achievement standard. All of our senior courses have pre- requisites (available online in our curriculum handbook) and they must meet these to be accepted into a course.
Many universities are also more interested in external results as well. This is the time to study, and to do more study.
The single most important focus for senior students henceforth is the achievement of their academic goals. Some sacrifice may be called for; some hard work will be necessary but the absolute priority for each student is to focus on their preparation for examinations. I would like to take this opportunity to invite parents to our prizegivings to celebrate student achievements. It is a wonderful way to support your daughter,their friends and the school. It is a special time of the year. Marie Gordon Principal ARTSAWARDS 3 2 TERM 3 2018
SPORTS AND WELLBEING CENTRE We are excited to present to our school community our designs for the proposed Sports and Wellbeing Centre.
Although this has been a project in the making for the past 20 years, we are confident that we can break ground by 2020. The design includes: 5 4 TERM 3 2018
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL MARIA DUNN TE WIKI OTE REO MAAORI During week 8 we celebratedTeWiki oTe Reo Maaori with fun activities for students and staff provided both across the school and online.Thanks to Tianna McKinnon, our Ka Awatea prefect and her team, guided by HOD Te Reo Maori,Whaea Hollie for their leadership. TAIOHI KAAKAO Reminder of the Taiohi Kaakaho - a 4 day rangatahi waananga/ workshop that strengthens the knowledge of our rangatahi to speak more te reo Maaori and to confidently practice Waikato tikanga. This programme caters for beginner to intermediate speakers of te reo Maaori.
To enrol, the student must be registered to one of our 68 Te Whakakitenga o Waikato marae and be 15 – 18 years of age.
There is no cost to participate in this programme. Taiohi Kaakaho will be delivered over 4 days during the October School Holidays at Maketuu Marae, Kaawhia on the following dates: Tuesday 02 – Friday 05 October 2018 There are 40 spots available for this programme,spots are filling fast.A confirmation email will be sent to all participants. If you and your daughter/s are interested,please click on the link below to see the programme and enrolment criteria. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScDbyE9TzX8aLE KpxnFRH3jU2aQBKjWvc4PQZRXti19mX3d0g/viewform CO-CONSTRUCTION MEETINGS - The Strategic Change Leadership team are preparing for the Reflect and Review meetings with core class teachers to be held in Term Four.
Discussions will focus on measuring the effectiveness and progress that shared teacher goals and actions have had on the core classes throughout the year. 2018 Goals and actions for every core class across the junior school each term can be viewed here, forYear 9 andYear 10 .
Two members of the Stratgegic Change Leadership Team made a visit to Flaxmere College in the last week of term. Flaxmere College have recently achieved the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Teaching and Learning Innovation. The school participate in Co-construction meetings in a similar vein to Hamilton Girl’s High School. It was great to see what and how they implement these meetings and were heartened that we are on the right track in making a positive difference. UNIFORM REMINDER - A big thank you to the parents and students for supporting the school values and expectations regarding the school blazer.It is great to see our students before and after school wearing their school blazer with pride as they enter and leave the school gates each day.This simple act shows a sense of pride, being and belonging.
InTerm Four, students can wear summer sandals.All uniform guidelines can be found in the parent and student handbook and the school website. STUDENT COUNCIL The Student Council has wrapped up its mufti days for the year. At the start of Term 3 our Blue themed day raising money for the Waikato SPCA. Our final mufti day in week 8 was to raise funds for our 2018 Student Council Project.The theme for the day was Hoodie Day. Overall we raised a fantastic $2,127.80 as a result of these last mufti days and it was fantastic to see everyone dressed up and in support.We will present a portion of this to the SPCA with the schools charity week donations later this term.A big thanks to everyone who participated in mufti days this year, dressed up, got involved in activities and brought along their gold coins - none of this would be possible without you!! DEPUTY PRINCIPAL SHARLEEN NATHAN Recently, our Country celebrated the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections. Kate Sheppard is now a Household name but the feat that she achieved was not possible alone; she had a team who believed in Kate’s vision and dedicated their lives to the cause. It took 14 years but they achieved something so incredible and momentus, that it is still admired worldwide today. I was fortunate enough to attend the Women of Influence Conference, on the Eve of women’s suffrage.
I was supporting a friend, Farah Palmer, who was nominated and won her category in Management & Governance. It was inspiring and empowering to see women from all walks of life break glass ceilings and follow their own visions and dreams. It made me think about our girls and how each and everyone of them can be or do anything they are passionate about and set their mind to.Trail-blazers before us have made this possible, and it’s only fitting that we should continue to break moulds and demand equality.
We are now moving into our summer sports and looking forward to seeing our girls take the opportunities on offer to get involved in exra-curricular activities. I am running trials for our Senior A Sevens team and hope we have more girls ‘having a go’ at Sevens and other opportunities on offer. We would also like to wish our threeYouth Olympians all the very best on their tour to Buenos Aires these holidays and we look forward to following you on the NZ Team App, the NZ Olympic Team Facebook page and on Sky or Prime channels.
With Awards Evenings coming up early in Term 4, our Senior Leadership Team are busy planning and working with their perspective teams to ensure we are set for wonderful evenings.
For our Maori and Pasifika evening, we extend a open invitation to all students and whanau who would like to attend. Invitations will be sent to award winners.We can also confirm that our guest speaker is Jade Tamatea an accomplished Doctor here in Hamilton; and, an emerging leader in endocrinology and thyroid disease. She is also an ex HGHS student.
All ourYear 9 students were involved in a Project Based Mathematics assessment inWeek 8 this Term. It incorporated taking measurements of our Wharenui to work out how much paint would be needed as well as working on other improvements for it. This was timely, considering it was Maori Language Week as well. Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable Term break. 7 6 TERM 3 2018
BUSINESS MANAGER KAMA SCUTTS OPERATIONS MANAGEMENTTEAM DIRECTOR OF BOARDING At Sonninghill Hostel we’ve been abuzz with positivity during Term 3. Celebrating Boarders’ successes and awarding Woman of the Week has made a strong impact on Hostel spirit.
Our recipients for Woman of the Week have been: Week 1 – Contributing to Hostel – Sacha Patterson Week 2 – Positivity – Unit 6 girls - Allazaye Hurae, Georgia Dockery, Renei Te Pairi and Anna Woods Week 3 – Honesty – Sarah Jennings Week 4 – Encouraging Others – Paris Bourke Week 5 – Resilience – Emily Tusa Week 6 – Helpfulness – Chelsea West Week 7 – Being Fun – Lucy Rennie Week 8 – Being Clean and Tidy – Sakura Nozaki Week 9 - Wearing our Uniform Well - Tabeth Chikunda Week 10 - Compassion - Ella Edwards At the time of writing we have two more weekly themes, these are ‘Wearing our uniform well’ and ‘Compassion’.
We are encouraging our girls to look for success, to know what it feels like and to seek out achievement.We celebrate success regularly as everyone posts little notes into our success letterbox to be read out at dinner and acknowledged.Woman of the Week is awarded at our weekly House Meeting on Wednesday nights. We have so many talented girls at Hostel who are doing their very best to achieve at a high level.We acknowledge each of these in our Hostel Bulletin. We held an international themed dinner in Week 4 and we’re planning a Fluoro Social with Argyle House in Week 9 and our Annual Stars in Your Eyes activity in Week 10.
Our Executive Council girls; Haydee Anson (Head Girl), Chelsea West (Deputy andYear 12 Leader), Pidgeon Kapea (Year 11 Leader),Amber Perana (Year 10 Leader) and Ruthie Holmes (Year 9 Leader) have done an amazing job this year.They work well as a team,have been organised and set a great example for younger Boarders to follow.The Year 13s have been very supportive and exhibit strong self-management.They have set a very positive tone for Hostel this year. COMMERCIAL & SERVICES MANAGER Leavers Hoodies forYear 13 students can now be paid for at the uniform shop. Payments need to be made before the 27th September.
ID Cards - there are still a number of students that need to collect their ID cards.These can be paid for and picked up from the uniform shop during opening hours STUDENT SERVICES MANAGER Please have all leave passes to Student Reception by 8.40am on the day you require your pass PROPERTY & FACILITIES MANAGER Please drive carefully in and around our school site.You may be aware that there is a great deal of congestion on our Ward street entrance ways and Parents are often asked to collect their daughters from Hill street. If you are doing so can you please keep clear of other driveways and carparks on Hill street.
We have had concerns coming in from Business owners regarding 3.15 pm traffic causing parking issues. FINANCE MANAGER When making payments by online direct credit into the school bank account, please provide following information: Particulars:Your daughter’s name Code:Your daughter’s ID Number Ref: School charge or activity name From now onwards for parent’s convenience the option to use your credit cards for flo2Cash payment will be available, please keep in mind when using your credit cards for payment, there will be 2% surcharge. ADMINISTRATION MANAGER Following on from our Student Election we have a new Student Representative on our Board of Trustees for 2018/2019.
The results are as follows: Shute, Emily 414 votes Khanna, Kashika 188 votes Lee, Charlotte 186 votes Khandarash, Sabriya 242 votes I hereby declare Emily Shute duly elected. I had the privilege of hosting the Waikato School Managers this term and thoroughly enjoyed organising a day of professional development for the regions business managers.As we work hard to create a better connected community of learning,these type of gatherings ensure administration continues to move with teaching and learning. Flo2cash is now able to accept part payments against any item listed in the parent portal.
Moving forward, we will be working with families who have automatic payments to use this option instead.The school is also looking at passing on credit card surcharges to those who use credit cards on flo2cash.
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL KATRINA WHAANGA SUCCESS IN SPORT It has been a fantastic year for sport with HGHS achieving multiple National titles and a couple of Runner Up placings.Something that has not occured for many years.Along with the Sports Department I would like to thank all of our Coaches, Managers,Teachers in Charge, and volunteers that have supported our teams and students this year. We are also excited for our Premier Netball team who are off to the NZSS netball final to be held in Timaru in the second week of the holidays.The team finished 5th at the UNISS tournament held in Mount Maunganui during tournament week.We wish Ms Williams, Ms Green and the team all the best for this amazing opportunity.
The Premier Basketball team is also participating in the National Basketball tournament to be held in Palmerston North in the first week of the holidays.The team qualified by making the final of the Regional tournament held in Tauranga during Winter tournament week.We would also like to wish Carolyn and the basketball girls all the best for their tournament.
We look forward to hearing how both teams go. The annual Sports Awards are to take place on Thursday the 25th October. After surveying sports students and staff we have decided to change the format for this years awards evening.We will follow the same programme as previous years with all the sports awards being presented,but we have decided that due to increased cost we are no longer going to have a sit down meal.We will still have a guest speaker who will speak part way through the presentation of the awards.At the end of the formal presentations we would like to invite all students and their whanau to join staff in the foyer of Nga Puawaitanga for some light refreshments.
HAMILTON GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL COACHING APPLICATION FORM: If you are interested in coaching a Premier Sports team for 2019 we would welcome you to please fill in the coaching application form below: COACHES APPLICATION https://goo.gl/forms/ MMNzq41JBYgfpFOl2 If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org Tēnā Koutou, “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say” - Bryant McGill. As the newly elected Student Representative on the Board of Trustees, I pledge to listen carefully and respectfully to all members Hamilton Girls’ High School community.
I think that the Board of Trustees strives to provide the very best educational environment for each and every Girls’ High girl and I hope to be the conduit between our students and the Board. This year, I aim to build on the wonderful work of our previous Student Representative, Rebecca-Rose Ngatai and contribute my skills and fresh ideas to further benefit our girls.I will aim to have the HGHS student body at the heart of every discussion I have, let the girls know what is happening within the Board, and bring student voice into every decision that we make as a Board of Trustees.
Ko Emily Shute tōku ingoa. It is my privilege to serve our School community as the 2018 Student Representative for the Board of Trustees. He waka eke noa - We are all in this together. MESSAGE FROMTHE 2018 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE FORTHE BOARD OFTRUSTEES STUDENT BOARD OF TRUSTEES REPRESENTATIVE Emily Shute The Design and Print Administrator has completed updates of the Option Books for 2019 subjects and has also been busy conceptualising yearbook themes, and comparing print quotes. Preparation is underway for all award evenings design and printing for the coming Term.
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ACADEMIC NEWS ENGLISH DEPARTMENT This term’s focus is senior writing, in particular poetry.
Earlier this year Jasmine Fulton won the Waikato Secondary Schools Peace Competition while Patricia Alcartado entered the National Schools Poetry Competition. Adjudicator Louise Wallace’s summary that the entries challenged and surprised her can clearly be seen in Patricia’s offerings in this newsletter. We are pleased with her runner up placing and look forward to reading more of her work in the future. We invite you to find a comfortable chair,put your feet up and enjoy the offerings from ourYear 13 students. WE ARE SMALL BUT WE ARE MIGHTY In a perfect world there'd be no war. We’d need no weapons there'd be no conflicts.
No terrorists no murders no racists we’d all understand each other.
We’d all be equal. But this world our world isn't perfect. There are wars weapons and conflicts. We live each and every day with racists,sexists and homophobes all whispering in our ears trying to tell us what's right and what's wrong. Not to mention the critics constantly telling us that our dreams are impossible That there can never and will never be such a thing as world peace and in a way their right There can’t. There can’t be such a thing as world peace not if we keep doing what where doing not if we keep acting the way we do. Not if somehow somewhere we don’t make a change. It takes hundreds to change the world but it only takes one to start.
One word to start a sentence. One lyric to start a song. One voice. One opinion can change the world. Kate Sheppard she won the right for New Zealand woman to vote she made us the first country in the world to have female and male votes standing side by side shoulder to shoulder voicing their opinions and slowly but surely the rest of the world started to follow.We are a country of firsts we are the first to see the light of a new year's day we were the first to have woman vote. We are a small but mighty country. We may not always see eye to eye but we are there for each other we support each other.
Through the good and the bad through thick and through thin. We are a symbol of hope. We are a symbol of peace of equality. We are home to those who seek a second chance. We are our own rainbow warriors. We lead the world in the way of peace but there is still so much more we can do. From stopping a bully in school to being a voice for the voiceless. We are who we are because we stand up not only for ourselves but for those in need. We are who we are because we stand up for what we believe whether the rest of the world believes in us or not weather there behind us or not.
Because this world is our world and we all have a right.
We all have a right to education. We all have a right to feel safe. We all have a right to make changes in it Because this world is our world Our country Our home and like those who stood before us we want it to be here for generations to come we want it to be a place where they will feel safe a peaceful place a happy place -Jazmin Fulton I WANTTHEMTO KNOW MY NAME i want them to know my name. every bridge in the city knows the lines of my palms i want them to know my name.
they ask, will it sate you, when you’re so known you’re burning at the stake? i want them to know my name and which name is that? when i hang on the trees, when my skirt pools at my knees, which name will they say in stifling solemnity? which name will skate from their painted lips, curled like snakeskin? i want them to know my name. let it be the name, spilled in expletive, cursing and blessing - i want them to know my name. my name is not chink, for my clothes are wrong. my name is not whore,for my lips are not painted,my dress hits my calves.
my name is not a slur. (i have never drunk.) i want them to know my name, if they are to come for me, i want their hearts to whisper it.
i want them to know my name and let that name be mine alone. -Patricia Alcartado HONEST PLEAS IN CRUDE CRAYON ham-fisted, over-saturated, filled to spilling - i am an old puzzle: pieces missing, colour faded my conduct is a stutter and my voice contains a fumbling green thing there are days where my heart forgets its place lodging in my throat, pressing into my larynx with each bloody pump when the sky unfolds above me i misremember my own name is it woman? is it youth? is it immigrant? am i merely the brand burned into my skin by a thousand condemning stares?
am i glass thing, changing within every fire i am placed? can you i ever be more than they’ve made me? -Patricia Alcartado BUSINESS DEPARTMENT BUSINESS STUDIESTRADE FAIRS It has been an eventful term three in the Business Department. The Year 12 Business Students sold at two events for their Business Plan Standard.The first was at Hamilton Girls’ High School under the G Block veranda.There was bunting,fantastic products and great turn out of students and teachers. The weather played its part and the groups showed enthusiastic customer service.
The second event was held at Gourmet Garage with theYear 12 and 13 classes.
There were 24 teams from a variety of schools in the Waikato area. The teams were a part of the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) and each stall was judged based of product, customer service, organisation and overall presence. Congratulations to Tatt from our Year 13 class who won the Waikato wide competition.Their product was temporary tattoos. Our Year 10 students participated in our Product Launch Trade Fair. In total, 29 Teams descended upon the hall to sell their products. Over the preceding 10 weeks, they had to think of, make and market, their products. Three members of the local business community judged the stalls and noted the enthusiasm, along with the ability of the students to be convincing when speaking about their business.
Congratulations to all the teams that won prizes. 11 TERM 3 10 TERM 3, 2018
SCIENCE DEPARTMENT RUBENSTUBE The setup had a hose on the side that was connected to the large metal tube. On the other side it was connected to the signal generator.The gas runs through the metal tube and out of holes on the top which makes the flames. Mrs Mills turned the signal generator on and had sound running through the steel tube out of a speaker. She turned on a lighter and put in to top of the holes. Now it is lit up and it has made some cool flames. The flames grew to about 3 cm. Mrs Mills turn on the sound to make a high pitch.We could see 6 waves in the flames.
Then she turn the pitch even more higher and it made 7 waves.
When we started to go low and we started at getting waves of 4 and then she tried again to go lower but we were unable to see 3 of them due to how spread out they would have been. When the notes change it all depends on the pitch whether it it high or low. The crests of each wave gets higher as the amplitude gets higher. This happened when the volume went up and down. The experiment was cool and it let us know about sound waves. 1SCI A RATES OF REACTION Since the end of Term one the Level 1 Science A students have been investigating rates of reaction. During this time the students have learnt how to plan, carry out and report on an investigation.
The assessment for this topic was recently completed. The response of the students to the assessment can be captured by the following comment. In our assessment we were investigating the effect of concentration on the rate of a chemical reaction. We had to make different dilutions of hydrochloric acid.We had to use all the science ideas of fair testing to do this experiment. I liked this type of assessment as it was a practical hands on internal which helped me learn better.I also liked the write up after the practical because it helped me understand what my results were showing. - GraceWiltshire LEVEL 2 CHEMISTRY - QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY Since the end of Term one the Level 2 Chemistry students have been focussing on Quantitative Chemistry.
Quantitative chemistry enables chemists to calculate known quantities of materials. Students have learnt how to carry out a titration and complete a variety of different calculations.The assessment for this topic was recently completed. The response of the students to the assessment can be captured by the following comments. This internal had two parts to it; practical and theory. Both of these components were very interesting and each had their own challenges.We did plenty of of practice in class and during lunchtime, which helped mitigate some of our nerves and increase our confidence.The practical was difficult but became easier the more we practiced the experiment, and it all seemed to come together on the day.The theory part of this internal also became easier with practice.
Titrations was a challenging but rewarding internal, as once you know what to do, you get into a rhythm and format of setting everything up and then just working through.
- Aimee Hudson This topic was really fun! I enjoyed learning the practical aspect along with the calculations in this topic. It was definitely a new experience and I really enjoyed it. - Ashlynne Singh For me titrations were easy, so I think that is the reason why I enjoyed it. I didn't really have any bad experiences. -Sabriya Khandarash I personally enjoyed the experience... it was something new.. fiddly and required a lot of patience. - Nevidita Lal I found the assessment easier to focus being spread out and having my own work station.I enjoyed it :only problem was that we had to use methyl orange.
- Jasmine Podmore PHYSICS Year 12 and year 13 physics classes are learning all about the rules of electricity and electromagnetism.This involves learning about how electrons behave in circuits and the types of field that they both create and are affected by.When students build circuits they use multimeters to measure the voltage, current and resistance.They can then calculate many other values such as power and energy.The year 13 students also are investigating two new devices, inductors and capacitors. Sometimes things go to plan and sometimes they do not. MAORI DEPARTMENT This year at Hamilton Girls we celebrated Māori Language Week by trying to teach students and staff simple phrases and correct pronunciation of Te Reo Māori.
We used presentations and social media to get our messages across. A highlight for us for the Inter- Whānau Tutor group Quiz, where students were challenged and there was some fierce competition.For some of us te reo Māori is not just one week in the year but it is what we live and breathe. However, for others this week is a way to learn and embrace Māori culture.
Kia kaha te Reo Māori. This year Hamilton Girls’ High School was represented by Arie and Tia Dargaville Rehua at the Tainui Ngā Manu Kōrero speech competition. As a competitor in the Korimako Senior English section, Arie was required to present both an impromptu and a prepared speech.She delivered a compelling and engaging impromptu speech on the topic:“A Māori worldview is an important worldview”, placing third equal for her work. “Trust me with our future” was the topic of Arie’s prepared speech, wherein she explored important ideas about the challenges of consumerism and the need for sustainable, future-focused practices.
Tia entered the SirTui Carroll Junior English section,and delivered a thought-provoking speech on the topic:“The best project I will ever work on is me”. She received very high praise from the judges, finishing 4th in a very tight competition. Both of our wahine toa represented our school, their whānau and themselves extremely well. Sincere thanks to staff and students who came to support our speakers and represent our school at this prestigious event. This year the Level 3 Māori class had the privilege of cooking a really yummy kai and going along toThe Serve to feed our whanau in the community.It was a very humbling experience for our girls and was nice to see them come together outside of the classroom and give back to our community.
We think that work that Aunty P and her team do at The Serve is absolutely amazing and it was a huge honor to work alongside them and see the wonderful work that they do each and every day. Huge congratulations can also be extended to Tia, who has since gone on to win the Hamilton Girls’ High School Year 10 Speech competition. Tia is a dynamic speaker, who addresses her audience with poise and confidence, delivering a compelling and engaging message. Koia kei a koe, e hine. 13 12 TERM 3, 2018 ACADEMIC NEWS
How can we help New Zealand to lead the way in creating a world where people learn to listen to, and respect the views of others, and work out differences in a non-violent way? Statement of Intent: Violence permeates all spheres of society all the while being fostered by the media and entertainment industry.
This essay examines how and why violence is embedded into the cultural identity of New Zealand and the world, with specific attention to the media’s influence in creating and shaping cultural and societal ‘norms’. It is only once we understand how violence has been fostered in a society that we can begin to make steps to counter it.
Reaping the harvest;The media’s influence in the formation and cessation of a violent nation Violence is the seed that society has sown, and we are now reaping the harvest.It has seeped into every realm of society and nowhere is exempt.America - as the cultural capital of the world - presents a violent front; Hollywood churns out torture, killing and violence in their films on a mass scale,school shootings and gun violence are on the news every other day,President Donald Trump threatens to fire nuclear missiles as retaliation, armed forces are sent as ‘peacekeepers’ to the Middle East. Even as we critique America, New Zealand and many other countries follow blindly in their footsteps.
This violent intolerance is heavily fueled by the media around us and stems from a view that others opinions, beliefs, and person is less than our own. Not only does the increasingly violent mindset of society need to be adjusted,but the portrayal of news and information needs to be changed.The influx of information in an age where news is so readily accessible must be taken account of if New Zealand wishes to become a nation which is non-violent and listens to, respects, and acknowledges differences in opinion and world views.
Underlying all the violence that is entrenched in society is a belief that some people are in some way less than others.Throughout history, the view that others are lesser and thus less human has led to - and has been used as a justification for- violence and atrocities. In the Nazi regime, [Jews] were Untermenschen — subhumans — and as such were excluded from the system of moral rights and obligations that bind humankind together. It’s wrong to kill a person, but permissible to exterminate a rat.To the Nazis, all the Jews, Gypsies and others were rats: dangerous, disease-carrying rats.” (SMITH, D.L.
(2011): Less Than Human). Likewise in the Rwandan Genocide, Hutus referred to the Tutsis as cockroaches, dehumanising them - a separation and segregation of humans that is still prevalent in similar forms in the twenty-first century - and thus causing genocide to be easier to carry out and psychologically more justified.Throughout the world there are still these distinctions; There are the ‘human’ and the ‘subhuman’,‘good guys’ and the ‘bad guys’, the ‘civilised’ and the ‘barbarian’, the ‘us’ and the ‘them’.Violence has become a justifiable act in society, and in order to change the mindset of this generation from obsessive violent behaviour, to one where listening to, and respecting each others opinions and views is the norm, one must first acknowledge others as fellow humans who, like ourselves, are valuable and worth listening to and respecting.Their views are just as important to engage with as our own.
Curiously, while this tendency towards violence is not one encouraged as children in New Zealand- rather, it is strongly discouraged- it is deeply prevalent throughout the children and adults of society.“Do unto others as you would have them do to you” is an intimately familiar phrase for most children, with parents, guardians and teachers enforcing it onto them from an early age and punishing them for hitting and fighting when things do not go their way.We are constantly taught to act in a non-violent way. Why is it then that this message of restraint and non-violence is silenced by the time these kids reach high school, drowned out by the idea that violence is the answer to all their problems.
In an age of rapidly increasing technology and information overload, the media is pivotal in the teaching of kids and adults, and this entertainment driven voice is more appealing than the non-violent tones that the authoritarian figures of society - the parents, education systems and governments- are providing.The media and entertainment industry is what is reshaping the minds of children- and adults- into being violent, self-serving and consumeristic. No longer does the ‘authoritarian’ figures of parents and the education system hold the greatest power in teaching and moulding behaviour and thought.The media and entertainment industry is one of the leading factors- perhaps the largest, most influential factor- of this violence orientated epidemic.
We worship the large screen. Films are part of our diet, subtly brainwashing adults and kids alike with messages that fighting and ‘going on the offensive’ is the only way to react.We identify with Po the Dragon Warrior, James Bond, Jason Bourne, and many other characters with whom violence is part of their life. Being constantly surrounded by images and sounds of violence, it is therefore not surprising that violence is seen as a ‘cultural normality’, simply a part of the world we live in. News sites are selective in the content they provide, with most of it being violence related; within five minutes listening to the television one can hear about a murderer being convicted, the syrian crisis and hate-filled protests.This hand-picking of news stories fortifies the violence that has already seeped into society.
Film and other such forms of media enforce a consumeristic, individualistic role of people in society, where violence is the idea being consumed. It is a circle, an ouroboros. Without an end in sight, media has created and bound society in a violent, self-serving cycle. In order to change anything, one must change the information presented; one must change the media. Having a violent mindset is not the only problem however, with the increasingly opinionated and biased views on news sites only serving to emphasise this. How can a society claim to be tolerant of all views if the media only serves to acknowledge one standpoint? There is no doubt that if New Zealand wishes to change its culture the media must be changed.How one does this is more difficult however.
How does one go about changing the entertainment industry when it is firmly embedded into the culture of New Zealand and the world? Media is universal. How does one still interact with the world around them without yielding to the violence,intolerance,and increasingly biased information that is so common in society? Perhaps it is as simple as exercising critical thinking. It is as simple as acknowledging everyone as human and worthy of listening to and respecting in spite of whether they agree with your beliefs or not. It is choosing whether you consume the violence that is churned out by film and media or not.
If there is no demand for violence, self-service and biases, they will cease to be the ‘normality’ in society.
Changing New Zealand into a country where people listen to and respect the views of others, and sort out differences in a non-violent way is counter-cultural. With the powerhouse that is the media and entertainment industry supported and idolised within the culture, any change to its image and production will be resisted. Change, whilst difficult and often unsettling, must occur within the media industry and within our own thoughts and perceptions if New Zealand wishes to re-orientate itself to become a non-violent society where ideas and differences are respected and acknowledged. New Zealand has the opportunity to sow seeds of non-violence and acceptance now that can be the next generation’s harvest.
The confessions of a Pakeha, the musings of a coloniser Statement of Intent: This poem addresses the feeling of shame around being white.The shame associated with the inheritance that I have been given by my ancestors; broken promises, broken bones, and destruction of a land. History has no place to be hidden, it must be unearthed and acknowledged lest we repeat it.
The white of my face are the broken bones of the people my ancestors fought The lines that marr it are the scars that stain the tapestry of Aotearoa My ancestors were land stealers, forest burners, predator introducers, Pillagers of the richness that Aotearoa held. The blood that flows through my veins is the same that flowed through The commanders and soldiers that fought For the desecration of a people, For the ground beneath the feet of Maori. The land wars of Aotearoa have carved this nation My ancestor’s actions scar the landscape of my country. Tears of blood flow even now from the mountains And the rivers carry the pains of a people.
I bow my head in shame.
Shame at the way this history has been ignored In favour of an invasion on the coast of Gallipoli History is written by the Europeans after all Shame that all I have inherited Is the wrongs of my ancestors Wrongs that they do not accept A dirty secret buried six feet deep To be unearthed, recognised, acknowledged. It has no place to be hidden anymore History should not be covered up. We must speak the unspeakable The rich history of Aotearoa - through its tears and stains - is what our ancestors have given us, It is our inheritance We cannot deny it, rather We must accept it. PEACE WRITING COMPETITION - Kate Sampson 15 14 TERM 3, 2018 ACADEMIC NEWS
LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT Term Three has been another busy one for the Languages Department. By the time you read this, one group of students will be on the way to France, with trips to Japan and Spain departing a few days later. We would like to thank everyone who has supported any of our fundraising events, we couldn’t have done it without you! On the 25th of July Year 11 Spanish students along with their teachers had an authentic Mexican lunch at Flying Burrito Brothers. It was a unique opportunity to order food in Spanish and put into practice what we have learnt in class. A delicious way of learning!
This term our school celebrated International Languages Week with various activities. It was great to see 26 students receive badges and certificates in assembly for their exceptional achievements in the Education Perfect World Cup. Our thanks also to Katie Osborne for her work on the quiz held at lunchtime during Languages week. Much importance is being placed these days on the benefits of second language learning to develop global citizens.We are pleased to see more students recognising the advantages gained in life as well as in the job market and choosing to continue with their language study.
MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT Week of Engineering:This is an annual event aimed at inspiring young minds to think about these future possibilities in the field of engineering. You may be aware that New Zealand is currently experiencing a shortage in this profession, so this was an ideal opportunity for our young women to learn more. Staff accompanied students on these visits which were arranged for Fonterra (Chemical Processing and Mechanical), Waikato Expressway (Structural and Environmental) and Huntly Power Station (Electrical and Mechanical). Students enjoyed learning and hearing about the varied days in the lives of Engineers who opened up their doors for senior school students to provide an exciting and interesting programme that showcased the world of work in engineering.The girls were able to learn about some of New Zealand’s most interesting engineering projects and companies.
Senior Mock Exams held during week 6 & 7 are an opportunity for students to see where they need to consolidate their learning in preparation for the NZQA end of year examinations which begin on November 7th. However, the Y 11 MCAT Algebra exam is being held onTuesday September 18th.Year 11 girls sitting this examination will have been given information about this.Your support for your daughter/student is important during this time. JuniorTutoring Monday lunchtimes and SeniorTutoringThursday lunchtimes in M 1.1 WAIMATHS COMPETITION 2018: Our teams comprised of 3-4 girls competed in this annual event representingY 9 – 11 which was held at HBHS.
It’s great to see our students giving up their time to take part in this challenging event.Thanks too, to the support from parent and caregivers to make this a success.
OPTIONS AFTERNOON: We welcome students and their families to this annual evening where you are able to have one to one conversations about various options and subject choices for the 2019 academic year. PE DEPARTMENT Term 3 is the 10 Sport Judo training and competition. The 10 Sport students run to Metro Judo club and are taught and trained by Sensei Terry in the art of Judo combat. The girls learn throws and holds to beat an opponent over 5 weeks of training. This year the competition was fierce with lots of the girls showing how strong and confident they were in their abilities. The competition week was a fantastic display of their hard work.
The A grade winners from each class were 1st: Sakura Nozaki 2nd: Simone Littlewood 3rd: Amber Waretini 1st: Gabby Gordon 2nd: Neema Mihigo 3rd: Quayani Ratu Congratulations to all the students who completed the Judo programme. Mrs Whaanga and Mrs Johnstone are very proud of your efforts.
Our level 2 Outdoors and PE class took on the big challenge of tramping up the Pinnacles in coromandel. After spending half the day tramping up a series of different terrain, the girls unpacked and set up their beds in the DOC hut for the night. The girls were required to pack and carry enough food to sustain themselves for the 48 hours, while also being rationed as space in their backpacks were limited.We believe this phone free tramp helped our girls reconnect and bond with each other, it also allowed them to fully see the views new zealand has to offer without the distraction of a device.
Once camp was set up those who still had energy to burn continued to the summit, 546 stairs later the girls trip had become worth is as the view was truly breathtaking.The girls showed how gutsy they were as they watched the sunset on the edge of the rocks.With a new mindset of New Zealand’s beauty, the girls made their way back to camp where they were required to cook their meals over gas stoves and boil their water for 3 minutes for the next days hike.
Nearing the end of our tramp, the two classes gathered while Mr Devcich and Mrs Johnstone handed each student a silver fern to represent our achievement. A huge special thanks to Johnathan Armstrong for being our parent helper and our teachers, without this support this trip and experience would not have been possible. Looking forward to hitting the Tongariro Crossing next year…. By Shauna Glassie-Ryan and AnnaWoods Level 3 sport just got tougher!! 20 of our students traveled to Helensville to compete in the secondary school's tough guy and gal event! The course was hilly but more than anything it was super muddy! Shoes were lost, students were crawling through the mud and trying to avoid the electric obstacles!!! A great challenge both physically and mentally to complete 6km let alone those of our girls who complete 12km!! We came away with a clean sweep for the podium and claim 9 of the tops spots in the 12km race.
Sharnae Taylor narrowly taking out the win over Kaitlyn Steedman after a joint effort to make it to the line! Well done to all students who took part. Miss Cox and Mrs Johnstone are very proud of you. 17 16 TERM 3, 2018 ACADEMIC NEWS
CAREERS GATE OPTION EXPO / CAREERS EVENING On Thursday 13th September evening we hosted a very successful event to assist students with their subject choices for 2019 and beyond.We were fortunate to have twenty one education and training providers present to answer questions about their programmes and pathways. We would like to thank them sincerely for their time – Waikato University,Wintec,Otago University,Victoria University, AUT, Auckland University, Massey University, Canterbury University, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, , Camp America, PIHMS, QRC, Vision College, Your Education Exchange Programme, NZ Defence Forces, NZ Police, NZMA, NZIS, NZ School of Tourism, Elite Beauty and Spa College and Les Mills.
WELLBEING WORKSHOP On the 20th of August, the GATE Committee, working in tandem with the counsellors, organised a Wellbeing Workshop. In the workshop, students of all years learned about a healthy approach to school, as extension students, and support systems that exist in the school. It was a lunchtime of both fun and learning and can hopefully be carried to further years. POETRY WORKSHOP In honour of National Poetry Day - August 24 - WINTEC organised a poetry seminar. Led by Dr.Therese Lloyd, students from many schools learned a lot about poetry in New Zealand. Dr. Lloyd introduced us “ekphrasis”, poems about art, and explained life as a poet.
Overall, it was a delightful, enlightening experience.
WAIKATOYOUNG LEADERS DAY 2018 Reflections from students who attendedWYLD atWaikato University Sophie Matai’a My highlight of the day was meeting the inspirational speakers and learning their incredible stories and challenges they have overcome. I also enjoyed interacting with kids from our school and other schools. Also I just wanted to thank you for today. It as such a great experience and I learnt so much and had heaps of fun.Thanks for organising it and I hope other young kids get to experience this same day. Thanks so much again, Kaitlyn Wallace My highlights over the day was being able to meet different types of leaders and hear about their stories on how they became leaders.We learnt their tips and tricks on how to become a successful leader.This day has inspired me to be more and do more in my life, take all the opportunities that I get given and to be more confident in what I do.
Just because you don't have a title doesn't mean you're not a leader. My favourite quote of the day was said by Douglas Rauche "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars." Thank you for the awesome day. It was an amazing experience. Rachel Apiti This was a great day full of lots of new people and most importantly meeting and listening to all the inspirational leaders.I have learnt so much from the leaders including qualities of a good leader and their stories of becoming one. After listening to the three main speakers we paired up with Hamilton Boys High to do a variety of team and leadership building activities.
Overall a great day with great people. Samantha Wells I had many highlights of this day but some of my mains were, getting the chance to communicate and meet new students from a range of Waikato schools, listening to the inspiring and motivating speakers who explained the ways of living our lives to the fullest and turning I can't into I cans. I went along to this day being told what you put in is what you get out and I sure came out with a lot. My perspective of leadership and what it is to be one has changed and has also made me believe that being a leader is a part of who I want to be.
WAIKATOYOUNG LEADERS DAY www.careers.govt.nz www.schoolconnect.co.nz www.nomajordrama.com www.Schoolleaver.nz Keep up to date with career related information through the HGHS Careers Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Hamilton-Girls-High-School-Careers- Gateway Useful sites to assist with career decisions from subject choice to future pathways – GATEWAY Congratulations to the students who have completed their Gateway placements this year.We have placed over 50 students in various workplaces across the wider Hamilton region and helped them experience what working in their chosen industry would be like.
Some students gain credits through their placement but the main purpose is for them to gain the key skills which businesses are looking for in their staff such as team-work, respect, communication,having a positive attitude,showing commitment, resilience and self-management. We are currently looking for a range of placements for students in 2019. We get a large amount of requests in the fields of Teaching (both Primary and ECE), Social Work,Accountancy or Finance, the Tourism Industry, the Retail sector and the Beauty and Hairdressing industry. If you are able to help then please contact Suzie Brace, Pathways Co-ordinator on braces@hghs.
school.nz or 022 639 2614.
There is no cost to you financially. The students are not paid for their placements as the focus of them is for the student to experience that industry and to support them in making some big decisions about their future. 19 18 TERM 3, 2018 ACADEMIC NEWS