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principal’s message I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and your family, as you join us at New Plymouth Girls’ High School. Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Kura Taitamawāhine o Puke Ariki. Our school has a long tradition of developing educated, confident young women of outstanding character. As you join the school that will not be the first thing on your mind, but what you will notice are that opportunities are everywhere. You will have opportunities to discover and develop the skills and knowledge necessary for academic success, alongside opportunities to grow and share your talents in sport, visual and performing arts, and cultural activities. The best thing you can do for yourself is to take an opportunity. Be brave, believe in yourself and try something new. We have a proud history of achievement, and now you are part of that too. I challenge you to add to that history by finding your own path, following your passions and giving everything your very best. We will be here to work with you and your family to support and encourage you along the way. You are very lucky to be joining a school that wants to make sure students are cared for and known as unique individuals. We want to know who you are, to help you enjoy your time at school and to become the best version of yourself that you possibly can be. You will learn more about the school values of Whakamana/Respect, Haepapa/Responsibility and Whanaunatanga/Positive Relationships and how you can show these values and appreciate them in other people. These values are the basis for so much of what happens at NPGHS. We believe in you, your ability to succeed and look forward to all that you can offer. Welcome to your new school! Jacqui Brown Principal The best thing you can do for yourself is to take an opportunity.
VIS ION To develop educated, confident young women of outstanding character. MISSI ON Each young woman will have the opportunity to discover and develop the necessary knowledge, skills, values and character to enable her to fulfill her potential. “Don’t stress about not finding your way around, settling in, or making new friends, as everyone’s in the same boat as you and it will all fall into place. There’s so much to do and the teachers are amazing, but as the Chinese proverb goes, teachers will open the door but you must enter by yourself.” Molly – Year 11, 2020 OUR VALUES RESPECT RESPONSIBILITY RELATIONSHIPS Whakamana Haepapa Whanaungatanga OUR MOTTO ET COMITATE ET VIRTUTE ET SAPIENTIA Friendship Courage Wisdom Whakahoanga Maia Matauranga
WAKA HUIA Our Waka Huia are named after famous waka. All the waka have historical connections to Taranaki through tribal interactions and they were great ocean-going canoes that were used in the migrations that settled New Zealand. Aotea kurahaupo tokomaru tainui Significant waka huia Events are Swimming Sports Term 1 Waka Huia Plays Term 2 Athletics Term 1 Fun Run Term 3 Waka Huia Singing Term 3 waka huia deputy principals Suzanne Bradburn Stella Bond Kevin Byrne Brett McFarlane firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Aotea tainui tokomaru KURAHAUPO
A–Z OF NEW PLYMOUTH GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL If a student is absent from school please notify the school on the ABSENTEE LINE PH: 757 3897 or ABSENTEE EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org If you arrive late to school. Go straight to class to sign in with your Subject Teacher. If you have to go to an appointment. Your caregivers need to ring or email the school or sign a note for this to happen. Attendance will print you a pass to excuse you from your class. Do not leave the school grounds without a pass. If a student needs to leave the school grounds for any reason she must obtain a pass from Attendance and parents must inform the school prior to this. ACTIVITIES All students are encouraged to participate in a range of sporting and cultural activities. Check out our website for details. ATTENDANCE During every subject class, Kawai Huia time, and assembly, a roll is taken. ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS Students in Years 9 to 13 are assessed in each subject in a variety of ways, such as topic tests, essays, assignments, projects, practical work and models. Faculties determine how students are assessed. Other factors that are taken into account in student assessment include attitude to work, homework, punctuality, preparedness, and attendance. BICYCLES Wear your safety helmet at all times when on your bicycle. Bicycles are to be housed in the covered school bicycle racks behind N Block. 1. Students should enter and leave the school by Northgate/Mangorei Road. 2. Road rules must be observed. BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD) Wherever possible, students should bring a device to school to use to support their learning. It is recommended that the device has at least a: • 10’’ screen • Physical keyboard • Long battery life The school has liaised with Harvey Norman and Noel Leeming and they have suitable BYOD devices with discounted prices for New Plymouth Girls’ High School students. Students are responsible for the management of, and appropriate use of their personal devices at school in line with the school values. Although permitted at school, cell phones must be set to silent and in school bag at all times other than break times, unless permission is given by the teacher. They are brought to school at the owner’s risk and are not covered
by any school insurance. Parents and caregivers are advised to check the status of their own insurance cover for them. On enrolment students and parents must sign an eLearning agreement indicating that they will follow the school’s expectations surrounding computer and internet use before any access is allowed. Students must take responsibility for their own network username and password as this allows access to both the school network and the WiFi network. The school filters internet access and blocks objectionable, offensive and inappropriate websites when students are accessing the internet. However, we cannot control students internet access using their own mobile data plans. The student’s school MS Office 365 Account allows them to install MS Office on 5 personal devices. If students are unable to bring any device to school, they will have access to school devices. BUSES All buses to and from the school operate from the school entrance on Mangorei Road, some from the school side and some from the sports field side. If you are crossing the road, you must use the pedestrian crossing and always follow the instructions of the staff on duty. If you need to know about bus fares, ticketing or specific bus stop information, for most buses this can be obtained from Tranzit 06 757 5783. Travelling on a school bus is a privilege and you must behave yourself appropriately and demonstrate our school values at all times. Travel is at the discretion of the bus company and they can refuse to transport students who are a danger or a disturbance to other passengers. CAREER DEVELOPMENT One of your most important goals at NPGHS is to find your career pathway. The Careers Department want to help by assisting you to discover your skills, explore opportunities and make decisions about the best career path for you, every year you are here. All you have to do is go to the Careers Centre in B Block to get information, find out about and enroll in helpful free programmes and to find someone to talk to you about your own unique and important career development pathway. CARPARKS The school has limited visitor parking. Parents/caregivers should NOT drive into school to drop off or pick up students. There is no parking provided on site for day girls. Girls who drive to school should park considerately in the surrounding streets. CURRICULUM New Plymouth Girls’ High School offers a very full curriculum. At Year 9, students have a taster programme where they experience 15 different curriculum choices. At Year 10, students study seven core learning areas and select three additional options for the year. Year 11 students all take an English, Mathematics and Science course and select three additional options. Year 12s all take English and five other options and Year 13’s select five options and they all have a study line.
Further information about curriculum and qualifications are available in the Curriculum Booklets and the Qualifications Handbooks. CYBERSAFETY New Plymouth Girls’ High School is a Netsafe School and takes Cybersafety seriously. Being ‘Cybersafe’ is part of being a New Plymouth Girls’ High School student. There are lots of ways to keep yourself ‘cybersafe’. These include thinking carefully about what information you put online about yourself, what social networking and other internet sites you belong to, and managing carefully how you use digital technologies to communicate and interact with others. Cyberbullying can be a real concern and we encourage all students to become part of the solution for addressing Cyberbullying by becoming ‘Cyberbusters’. Cyberbusting stops actions that lead to Cyberbullying. By applying our school values every student can be empowered to stop cyberbullying. For more information visit www.netsafe.org.nz DAILY NOTICES The Daily Notices are read in Spell 1 but copies of the notices are in the library and on noticeboards around the school. Notices are also available on the school website, school app and on Facebook. It is your responsibility to check the notices each day. DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP To be a good digital citizen you need to take RESPONSIBILITY to use and care for your digital devices properly. You should also consider your RELATIONSHIPS with others in how you use your digital devices, and finally you should RESPECT others when and how you use your digital device. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES Emergency Procedures are on the wall in every classroom. Emergency practice drills are held each term. The Emergency Assembly area is on the Turf Courts. ENGLISH SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL) Support is available for any students who are English speakers of other languages. The ESOL room is B13, or you can ask your Kawai Huia Teacher if you need ESOL support. HOMEWORK New Plymouth Girls’ High School has a clear expectation of homework as a valuable aspect of the learning process and as being especially important in developing sound study habits. Homework can be divided into either tasks set by the teacher to be completed by a certain date, or revision– time where you select what work to learn. The following times are suggested guidelines. Year 9 – 1 hour 20 minutes, Year 10 – 2 hours, Year 11 – 2½ hours, Year 12 and 13 – 3 hours plus per evening. It is the students responsibility to make sure that they complete homework and meet set deadlines. The Tumanako Homework Centre is open at Tuhonohono on a Wednesday after school 3.30-5.00pm.
LEARNING SUPPORT The Learning Support Services team is made up of the Learning Support Co-ordinator and the Awhina staff. These people offer a range of support to students, staff and parents. Students are referred to Learning Support Services by teachers, parents, and support staff or through self-referral. Learning assistance is available to students with specific learning needs. This includes special needs and literacy needs. The Learning Support team is based at the Awhina Learning Centre next to the Hall. LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CENTRE The Library is open before school, during interval, lunch time and after school. Fixed computers may need to be booked for use during these times. The loan period for books is three weeks. It is important that items are returned by the due date so that they are available for others to borrow. With teacher permission and a signed agreement, Year 12 and 13 students may borrow lap-tops overnight or for the weekend. Please check the school values library poster for expectations in our library. LOCKERS AND KEYS At the start of every school year, lockers are available to students near their Kawai Huia Room. The purpose of a school locker is to provide security for student’s belongings, particularly books and stationery. Students must supply their own padlock and key. LOST PROPERTY Check at the Main Office to see if the item has been handed in. Check the area where item was lost. If everything is named it should be returned to you. Keep your gear in lockers/bags. Any lost property must be reported promptly to the Main Office. At the end of every term, unclaimed items will be donated. MAIN OFFICE You don’t know what day of the week it is. The day number can be found on wall glass at reception in the Main Office, or on the Kamar app. If you left something behind. If you forget your lunch, or PE gear, or musical instrument, the Main Office is where you have these delivered to for you to pick up when convenient. MUSIC It is possible to learn most musical instruments at school. Specialist music teachers are employed to provide tuition for individuals or groups. Some instruments can be hired. The school has choirs, orchestras, bands and instrumental group activities. See Mrs Woller for more information. REPORTING AND LEARNING CONFERENCES Students receive school Work Habit Reports twice a term during the year, which are emailed out and also uploaded to the KAMAR Parent Portal. Students will also receive written feedback from subject teachers on assessments, which will be
accessible through the KAMAR Parent Portal. If you need assistance logging onto the KAMAR Parent Portal, please contact the school office. Learning Conferences take place in Term 2, to discuss student progress across their subject areas. Bookings for these interviews are done through the School Interviews Website. Booking codes will be sent out to parents closer to the time. SCHOOL APP We have a school app that is available to all parents and students. Our app includes features that will keep you up to date and informed as news comes in, and you can set to your requirements so you only receive alerts that are relevant to you. Some of the features are submitting student absences, daily notices, alerts, newsletters, access to the parent portal and so much more. To download the app simply type in this link https://npghs.apps.school.nz/install/ or you can search School Apps NZ in your app store. SCHOOL COUNCIL The purpose of the School Council is to allow students a place to: voice their ideas, take action on student related matters, support charitable events, manage student funds, and to experience being student leaders. The School Council consists of the Head Girl and Deputies, Secretary, Hauora Leader and Elected Representatives from each of Years 9,10,11,12. SCHOOL COUNSELLORS A full confidential counselling service operates from the Wai Ora Wellness Centre, with fully trained and experienced Counsellors. You can make an appointment to see one of the School Counsellors, to discuss with full confidentiality any challenges you are facing in your life including friendships, bullying issues, family, school or any other personal situations that you might like some support with. SCHOOL NURSE The school nurse is available at Wai Ora Wellness Centre; Monday-Friday 8.30am-3.00pm. Our Registered Nurse provides a wide range of confidential nursing care. There is also a Public Health Nurse and a Doctor who have clinics on-site at the Wai Ora Wellness Centre. Feeling unwell. During class time, ask your teacher for a pass to see the Registered Nurse at the Wai Ora Wellness Centre. If you are out of class, pop up to the Wellness Centre to see a Registered Nurse. Counselling. You can go up to Wai Ora and drop a “request an appointment” slip in the box on the door or you can email us: GOsmond@npghs.school.nz / email@example.com / JFinnigan@npghs.school.nz or you can go to our FB page NPGHS Counselling Services and private message us for an appointment and we’ll get back with a time for you. You can also text us: Gilly Osmond 020 4188 7388, Jan Finnigan and Whaea Jo 020 4188 7363. SECURITY OF BELONGINGS You can safeguard your property by the following means: 1. If you have money with you, hand it in to the Main Office for safekeeping (anything above
$10). Never show others that you have money with you. Do not leave money in your bag. Keep any electronic devices safe. 2. Name all uniform items and stationery (including calculators) and other items of equipment. With stationery, mark it across the grain of the paper. 3. Use your locker with a strong padlock for items you don’t need during the day, but not for items of value. STATIONERY AND SCHOOL FEES Stationery Requirements: A copy of our stationery requirements can be found on our school website under the ‘Our School’ tab. Students can use our online ordering at www.myschool.co.nz for both stationery and school fees. Parents can also set up automatic payments at Student Services if required. The Stationery Room is open at Student Services every day before school and at interval. It stocks a wide range of products at competitive prices for general stationery purchasing throughout the year. Payments: All payments are paid at Student Services. If you pay cash you will be given a receipt immediately. Stationery: Our preferred supplier for stationery is OfficeMax. Parents are able to shop online. To access the stationery list and to shop online go to www.myschool.co.nz. There is a free delivery service for any orders over $46.00 (inc gst). You are also able to pay the school donation at the same time as your stationery purchases. If you choose to shop elsewhere the school stationery list is available on our school website. PHONE There is a phone in Student Services for your use – please note it will not ring cell phones. TEXTBOOKS Textbooks and equipment issued to you become your responsibility. If they are lost or damaged you will be charged for them. At the end of the year you must ensure all books and equipment issued to you are returned and accounted for. UNIFORM DISPENSATION Students should organise their uniform the night before to make sure they have clean garments to wear. An excuse for not wearing the correct uniform because it is in the wash is unacceptable. If there is a problem with your uniform, take a note from a parent / guardian to the Dean’s Hub at the beginning of the day.
BUILDING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS NPGHS is committed to building positive relationships between students, teachers and all members of the school community. This programme is based on the three R’s: Respect/Whakamana, Responsibility/Haepapa/ and positive Relationships/ Whanaungatanga. These relationships are based on mutual respect and responsibility. We all need to take responsibility for: • managing our behaviour effectively; • establishing constructive positive relationships with our peers and teachers; • developing and maintaining a positive and safe physical and emotional environment; • creating an environment which encourages respect and understanding; • maintaining a purposeful learning environment. The three values Respect/Whakamana, Responsibility/Haepapa/ and positive Relationships/Whanaungatanga will be displayed in all areas of the school. Goal: To create a positive, supportive environment where all students can learn, work and achieve to the best of their potential. building positive relationships Expectation: New Plymouth Girls’ Classroom High School is a place of: • Being polite to one another. RESPECT/ WHAKAMANA • One person talking at a time. looks like… • Listening attentively to the person speaking. • Showing concern and care for others. • Doing what has been asked of you. • Treating materials and room with respect. • Being on time, ready to work with the correct equipment. RESPONSIBILITY/ • Following instructions. HAEPAPA • Staying on task and completing work to the best of my ability. • Using my initiative. looks like… • Communicating concerns, asking for help appropriately. Positive • Communicating positively and politely. RELATIONSHIPS/ • Sorting issues out in a calm and positive manner. WHANAUNGATANGA • Encouraging and supporting each other. • Being kind to one another. look like… • Working together.
RRR-Wards At NPGHS all students carry a stamp card and are rewarded by staff with a stamp when seen demonstrating the school values. You will be issued with a Bronze Card (from your Kawai Huia teacher) to keep with you throughout the day. Your card will be stamped by staff when they feel you have demonstrated the 3R’s (any staff member, any time). When your card is full, give it to your Kawai Huia teacher who will replace it with a card of the next level. You will receive a reward for completing each card (see below) Your progress will be tracked on the school computer system so the information can be included on your reports, references, leadership applications, leavers profiles, goal setting information etc. The Steps: Bronze card completed – CERTIFICATE from Kawai Huia teacher at Kawai Huia time Silver card completed – CERTIFICATE and reward from Kawai Huia teacher at Kawai Huia time Gold card completed – CERTIFICATE and reward from Deans in Waka Huia assembly Platinum card completed – CERTIFICATE and BADGE in school assembly.
UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LEVELS Shirt: NPGHS regulation blouse. Jersey: NPGHS regulation navy jersey (new merino, non allergy jersey available). Footwear: Black sandals with backstraps without socks, Haviana sandals are allowed (not surf wear sandals or jandals). OR Black low heeled, polishable shoes with or without plain black pantyhose/tights or black ankle socks. No sports shoes, boots, or canvas shoes. Jacket: NPGHS regulation jacket expected but any plain black/navy jacket still accepted during uniform transition. OPTIONAL Honours Blazer: NPGHS Honours Blazer – awarded only. Tie: NPGHS regulation tie. YEARS 9, 10 & 11 Skirt: NPGHS regulation style knee-length tartan skirt. Culottes/Shorts: NPGHS regulation knee-length culottes or shorts. PE Shirt: NPGHS regulation PE shirt. YEARS 12 & 13 Skirt: Regulation style knee-length navy skirt. Short/Trouser: NPGHS regulation knee-length shorts or regulation trousers. OPTIONAL Blazer: NPGHS Blazer – can also be hired. Any additional clothing worn underneath the uniform (i.e. tee shirt / thermal top) must not be visible. PE Uniform for All Levels NPGHS regulation PE shirt required for all Year 9s. Any black or navy top still accepted for other year levels during uniform transition. Black shorts/trackpants, sneakers and swimming gear. Protective gear, e.g. mouth guard. Jewellery Students will be allowed to wear one plain pair of earrings (either plain studs or sleepers), one silver or gold, metal pin-head sized, nose or lip piercing and a wristwatch. Items of cultural significance may be worn on a chain around the neck and hidden from view. No other items of jewellery are permitted. No makeup or nail polish is to be worn.
UniforM Junior Skirt 62cm – 122cm Sizes 6-30 Junior Shorts 62cm – 122cm Sizes 6-30 Junior Culottes 62cm – 122cm Sizes 6-30 Senior Skirt 62cm – 122cm Sizes 6-30 Senior Shorts 62cm – 122cm Sizes 6-30 Trousers 6 – 30 Blouse 6 – 34 Navy Jersey 82cm – 117cm Sizes 8-24 Jacket XS – XXL Blazers 8 – 24 PE Top 8 – 26 Ties One Size Footwear Black sandals with backstraps, Haviana sandals are (Not sold at permitted (not surfwear sandals or jandals). Uniform Shop) Black low heeled, polishable shoes with or without plain black pantyhose/tights or ankle socks. No sports shoes, boots or canvas shoes. Shop Hours Throughout the year Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 12.30pm – 2.30pm Wednesday and Friday – CLOSED Holiday Opening Hours 10, 11, 14, 15, 16 December 10.00am – 3.30pm Reopens Tuesday 12 January 2021 Monday to Friday from 12 January to 5 February 2021 10.00am – 3.30pm Saturday 16, 23 and 30 January 2021 9.00am – 12.00 noon Telephone 06 757 3899 ext 877 Forms of payment include: Cash, Eftpos, Layby or WINZ Card. We accept pre-payments for future uniform purchases. Terms and conditions apply. Please contact the Uniform Shop directly.
cafe Come and enjoy a great variety of different food – hot or cold from the CafÉ. We accept cash and have eftpos AVAILABLE. Opening hours Before School: 8:15am – 8:35am Interval and lunch Hot Food Hashbrowns $1.00 Pizza buns $2.00 Garlic bread $2.00 Pies (mince, mince + cheese, $3.50 steak + cheese, potato top) Butter Chicken wraps $3.50 Chicken Burger $4.00 Lasagne $3.50 Nachos $4.00 Toasted Paninis and Bagels $5.00 Stuffed Potatoes $4.00 (Tuesday & Thursday) Wedges $3.50 (Wednesday) Noodles (beef or chicken) $3.00 BBQ Rib Roll $4.00 Croissant (ham + cheese) $4.50 Cold Food Sandwiches $3.50 - $4.50 Chicken wraps $3.50 Pesto Pasta Salad $5.00 Moosies $1.20 Juicies $1.00 Sweet Stuff Cookie Time Cookies $1.00 Muesli Slice $1.50 Caramel Nut Slice $2.00 Chocolate Coconut Brownie $2.00 Caramel Slice $2.00 Licorice Allsorts Lolly Cake $2.00 Muffin $3.00 Date Scone (Friday Only) $2.00 Cold Drinks Available Hot Chocolate $2.50 Coffee $3.00 Apples $1.00 Yoghurts $1.50 Corn chips $1.50 Gluten free options available to order
Pastoral care team Each Waka Huia at New Plymouth Girls’ High School has two Deans. There are key people at the school that are in place to assist you as you become 2020 DEANS familiar with your new environment. Richard Brown Katrine Coleman Deans are special teachers who, in firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com addition to teaching, oversee the daily AOTEA AOTEA care and management of a Waka Huia. HARRIS ARRIS Jonathan Faulkner Lesley Harris Karen Eliason firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org KURAHAUPO KURAHAUPO HAUORA RRIS HARRIS HARRIS RRIS Jackie Crawford Claire Hodson Jonathan Faulkner email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com tainui tainui AKO Our Ako and Hauroa Deans are additional NOTE: Spelling error – LESLEY HARRIS Support people who you will get to know throughout your time at NPGHS. Your Kawai Huia Teacher is your first point of contact and you will meet daily with them and the other students in your Kawai Huia Group. Most of your classes include your Kawai Huia Group cohort, for example your core subject classes such as English, Maths, Science and Social Science. For Michelle Puckeridge Lisa Chubb firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com your option classes such as Technology and Languages, you will mix with students TOKOMARU TOKOMARU from other Kawai Huia Groups.
The first day for Year 9 students 2021 DAY ONE – Thursday 4th FEBRUARy 2021 Year 9 students and parents are welcome for a Powhiri in the school Hall. Please meet at the hall at 8:50am. New students of all year levels are also invited to attend. Powhiri Protocol It is important for the manuhiri (new students) to understand that this is a formal proceeding that should be respected as such. The manuhiri (new students) meet at the front of the hall waiting to be called on. The kaikaranga (woman caller) stands at the front. The seating arrangements are that the men are sitting at the front protecting the ladies sitting at the back. Karanga The manuhiri are called on by the kaikaranga who begins proceedings. The manuhiri move up slowly behind the kaikaranga. Everyone remains standing until the Tangata Whenua (people of the land) motion everyone to sit. The kaikorero (advocate) will stand and present their korero (speaking). This is followed by a waiata (song) that the group sings in support of their speakers. day two – FRIday 5th FEBRUARy 2021 9am start for all. Day will finish at 3.20pm. Your Kawai Huia teacher would have prepared you for this day. WHAT TO BRING On your first day of school please bring: - Lunch & a drink - Togs (our pool may be open for a swim at lunchtime depending on the weather) - P.E gear - Something to write on - Pen
Students are Welcome to visit our school during the holidays and weekends to have a look around TEACHER CARPARK
Stay in Contact New Plymouth Girls’ High School www.npghs.school.nz Phone: 06 757 3899 Absences email: firstname.lastname@example.org Enrolment email: email@example.com General enquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org School App: npghs.apps.school.nz/install/ 60 Northgate, Strandon, New Plymouth 4312
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