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Waitaki Girls’ High School Subject Information Guide Year 9 Respectful Responsible Resilient Kia Whakaute Kia Haepapa Kia Kaha i kā katoa
Young women well-equipped for the world The School Motto “Dulcius ex Ardius” “There is satisfaction to be gained from working hard”. Our vision: “Young women well-equipped for the world.” Principal Ms Walker Deputy Principal Ms Williams Assistant Principal Mrs Williams Deans: Year 9 Mrs Hudson Year 10 Dr McIntyre Year 11 Mrs Wright Waitaki Girls’ High School Year 12 Mrs Bain Year 13 Ms Sinclair Guidance Counsellor Mrs Corlet Careers Advisor Mrs Hay Executive Officer Mrs S Grant Principal’s PA Mrs Sime Office Staff Mrs Leslie Mrs Mackenzie Mrs Boraman Sports Coordinator Mrs Jones Librarian Mrs Robinson
Young women well-equipped for the world Programme for Week One Tuesday 29 January Thursday 31 January 8.40am Welcome in School hall 8.40am Usual Thursday 9.15am Whānau timetable 10.30am Peer Support 11.00am Interval Friday 1 February 11.30am Peer Support 8.40am Usual Friday timetable 12.00pm Run through tomorrow’s timetable 4 - 5 February 1.15pm Lunch 8.40am Usual timetable 2.15pm House Meetings 2.50pm Whānau Wednesday 6 February 3.20pm End of School School closed - Waitangi Day Wednesday 30 January 8.40am Level meeting—Year 9 to meet Mrs Hudson in hall. 9.00am Whānau—introduction of all students 9.30am Usual Wednesday timetable classes Dates for 2019 Term 1 29 January to 12 April Term 2 29 April to 5 July Term 3 22 July to 27 September Waitaki Girls’ High School Term 4 14 October to 6 December The Waitaki Way Respectful (Kia Whakaute): Care and consideration for self, others, and the school environment Responsible (Kia Haepapa): Make the best decision possible and take ownership of your actions Resilient (Kia Kaha I kā katoa): Be prepared to persevere and explore solutions. Classroom Expectations Arrive on time. Be prepared, bring the correct equipment to class. Use appropriate language - avoid put downs. Respect for everyone in the classroom
Young women well-equipped for the world At Waitaki Girls’ High we follow the Waitaki Way through PB4L which stands for Positive Behaviour for Learning. It is all about having a positive culture in the school. The Waitaki Way is a common school wide purpose and approach to discipline. It aims to minimise problem behaviour and maximise and celebrate positive social and academic student behaviours It has a clear set of positive expectations for all students and staff Respectful, Responsible, Resilient Learners Kia Whaukaute, Kia Haepapa, Kia Kaha I kā katoa There are procedures for teaching expected behaviour All staff show, explain, and lead the practice of social skills within and across all school settings There is a continuum of procedures for encouraging expected behaviour Lots of acknowledgement to students that is specific, positive and frequent There is a continuum of procedures for discouraging inappropriate behaviour All staff use the same consequences Waitaki Girls' High School Behaviour Expectations and Values We want our learners to be Respectful, Responsible and Resilient all the time in all settings – whether they are in the classroom, the playground, the sports field or the wider community. When we are respectful we care and show consideration for ourselves, others and our school environment. Waitaki Girls’ High School When we are responsible we make the best decision possible and take ownership of our actions. When we are resilient we are prepared to persevere, to keep trying and to explore all solutions. If your daughter exhibits the expected behaviour she will be acknowledged through: Frequent verbal acknowledgment Receiving a signature on her Dulcie card For more special recognition she may receive a postcard from a teacher for excellence of effort or behaviour observed over time. She may also receive an Attendance certificate for 95% attendance for a term. Teachers also try to nominate one student each term to receive a Gold award for special behaviour that encapsulates the spirit of Positive Behaviour for Learning.
Young women well-equipped for the world Tēnā koutou katoa. Nau mai Haere mai Welcome to Waitaki Girls’ High School Greetings to our 2019 Year 9 students. I have enjoyed meeting you on my visits to contributing schools and Transition Day. I look forward to getting to know you better as you become fully fledged members of Waitaki Girls' High School. I think you will find us a friendly bunch with helpful and committed teachers. Don't forget to ask senior students if you are unsure as we have a strong Peer Support programme and "Big Sister; Little Sister" approach to learning. We hope you will get involved in lots of activities during your time at Waitaki Girls' High School – no matter what your interest we are bound to have something to appeal to you as we have many clubs and sports groups and we are very big on participation and doing your best. We are a PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) school which means we set high expectations around behaviour based on our values of being Respectful; Responsible and Resilient learners. Don't worry, if you're not sure what they all mean; we will teach you. Essentially we treat people with Waitaki Girls’ High School respect and expect the same back. We also set high standards in uniform so wear yours with pride. If you have worries or questions there are lots of helpful people to ask starting with your Whānau Teacher; House Leader and of course your Dean. Enjoy your time at Waitaki Girls' High School and I look forward to getting to know you and your family better. Welcome. Tracy Walker Principal
Young women well-equipped for the world Nau mai haere mai, ki Waitaki Girls’ High School My name is Mrs Sonia Hudson I am the Year 9 Dean. It is a big change coming to High School and it will take some time for you to settle into school life. I am here to help make this transition as easy as possible and help you learn the “Waitaki Way” of being Respectful, Resilient and Responsible. When you arrive at school on Tuesday 29 January (8.40 am) you will be welcomed into the school with a Powhiri in the MK Dunning Hall. This will be followed by Whānau meetings, where you will meet your Year 13 Peer Support leaders. At Waitaki Girls’ we have strong tuakana/teina (big sister/ little sister) relationships and Peer Support is part of this. I am the person to see if you have any questions about school or need any help and advice. You can contact me by email (email@example.com), leave Waitaki Girls’ High School me a note or come and ask for me at the school office. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know you in 2019 and I am sure you will enjoy being part of the Waitaki Girls’ High community. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou kātoa Mrs Sonia Hudson
Curriculum Pathways: Where your learning leads Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13 Art Art Art Art: Design Art: Design Music Performance Arts Music Art: Painting Art: Painting Art: Ngā Toi Performing Arts Music & Drama Art: Photography Art: Photography Music Music English English English English English English: Te Reo English Alternative English Alternative Media Studies Pākeha German German German German German Japanese Japanese Japanese Japanese Japanese (Distance Languages: Learning) Mandarin Mandarin Mandarin (Distance Te Reo (Distance Ngā Reo Learning) Learning) Te Reo (Distance Te Reo (Distance Te Reo (Distance Learning) Learning) Learning) Te Reo (Distance Learning) Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics—Bridge Mathematics with Mathematics - Mathematics Calculus Mathematics: Numeracy Mathematics and Pāngarau Mathematics and Statistics Statistics Health & Health and Health and Physical Education Physical Education Physical Education Physical Physical Education Physical Education Practical Physical Education: Education Hauora Science Science Agriculture Agribusiness Agriculture/ Agriculture Science Biology Agribusiness Science: Biology Skills Science Chemistry Pūtaiao Chemistry Physics Science Physics Social Studies Social Studies Business Accounting Accounting Economics Classical Studies Social Geography Geography Economics Science: History History Geography Tikanga-ā-Īwi Tourism History Tourism Digital Technology Digital Technology Digital Technology Digital Technology Digital Technology Design & Visual Food Technology & Food Tech & Food Tech & Nutrition Food Tech & Nutrition Technology: Communication (DVC) Nutrition Nutrition Graphics & Design Graphics & Design Hangarau Food Technology Textiles Technology Textiles Technology (WBHS) (WBHS) Textiles Technology Textiles Technology Textiles Technology Careers Vocational Studies Dual Pathway Dual Pathway Gateway Gateway Transition Transition Transition *Personal Wellbeing *Personal Wellbeing All programmes Careers, English, Maths, English and English compulsory Student selected compulsory Health, Mathematics, Science course Guidance Physical Education, compulsory Notes Social Studies, Science compulsory * All Year 12 & 13 students have a personal wellbeing programme for one hour per week, covering topics such as leadership; healthy relationship and preparation for employment. This program does not offer NCEA credits but is intended to develop life skills.
Year 9 Subject Guide In Year 9 all students study subjects in the eight learning areas of English, Languages, Mathematics, Physical Education and Health, Social Science, Science, Technology and The Arts. These are all compulsory subjects. In 2019 all students will study: ENGLISH: Te Reo Pākeha TECHNOLOGY: Hangarau Digital Technology MATHEMATICS: Pāngarau Food Technology & PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH: Hauora Nutrition Textiles Technology SCIENCES: Pūtaiao THE ARTS: Ngā Toi SOCIAL STUDIES: Tikanga-ā-Īwi Art Music Performing Arts Language - Ngā Reo rotation of: German Japanese Mandarin A learning support class is also provided for those students who require literacy support. Subject contributions are required for: *The Arts $10.00 *Technology $50.00
Year 9 Stationery List 2019 Please purchase these items prior to the start of Term 1. It is recommended that all students have their own coloured pencils, pen drive (8G minimum), eraser, pencil, black, blue & red pens, glue stick, ruler, compass, protractor and scissors. Art 3B pencil, eraser English 1 x 1B8 for Assessment Tasks A4 lined refill for some homework tasks 1 x 2B8 (A4 hard cover) for class work Health 40 page clear file Languages 1 x 1B5 exercise book Mathematics 2 x 1E8 exercise books Calculator - we recommend a Casio fx-82AU PLUS. (Refer to school website if you wish to purchase a graphics calculator) Music 1 x 1B5 1 x 14M5 (loose leaf manuscript paper) Performing Arts 1 x 1B5 exercise book Science 1 x 2B8 (hardcover) book 20 page clear file Social Studies 1 x 2B8 (hardcover) book 1 x 1B4 exercise book Technology 1 x 60 page A4 Visual Diary Any payment can be paid at the office or through Internet Banking – Account details 010964 0077707 00 Ref: student’s name
Absences If you are absent, your parent/caregiver needs to ring the school office before 9 am to let us know. They need to be able to tell us your year group when they ring. That helps us record their call more quickly. If they phone, they do not need to send a written note. Activities During the last three days of Term 4, Year 9 and 10 students are involved in a range of activities. Year 10 students have the opportunity to attend a five day camp at Hanmer Springs ($380.00 in 2018). Those Year 10 students who choose to stay at school and all Year 9 students select a number of activities from those offered which range in cost from no cost to $35.00. Appointments Appointments to go to the dentist or for driving lessons should, except in special circumstances, be made after school. It is important that your study is not interrupted. Assembly Assembly is the only time when the whole school is together. Please move promptly and quietly to the hall. There should be no talking during assembly. Attendance You are obliged by law to attend school until you are 16 years old. The only reasonable causes for absence are sickness or a family crisis such as a bereavement. To seek exemption from school for any other reason your parent/caregiver must contact the Principal. Board of Trustees The Board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. Parents/caregivers are welcome to attend. Please phone the Board Secretary Nila Sime first to ensure that there has been no change of date. Current board members are: Lyndon McLay (Chairperson), Susan de Geest, Linda Wilson, Darryn Stewart, Emma Middlemass, Susie Sinclair, Jackie Grant (staff rep) and Tracy Walker (Principal) and Maddison Forbes (Student Rep). Bus Students Bus students catch a bus in Trent Street and are taken to Waitaki Boys’ High School where they board their correct bus. All bus students are issued with a bus ID card. Our buses are provided for rural students only. BYOD We are BYOD capable and students are able to bring their own devices (lap top/ netbooks etc) for use within their classes. For more information on the devices we recommend please contact the office. Careers Advice Our Careers Advisor is Mrs Viv Hay. She is responsible for the careers programme which operates at all levels and interviews all Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students to ensure that they have career directions and are prepared for these. Parents/caregivers are welcome to make a time to see Mrs Hay. They can contact her by ringing 434 8429. Cars at School Because of the acute shortage of parking around the school we ask that girls only bring a vehicle when it is strictly necessary. Vehicle Passes: All students bringing vehicles to school are required to complete a permission to drive form. Parents/caregivers need to read the information on the form before they sign it, as it is on this basis that a request will be considered. All Full licences will need to be photocopied; this will be done at no cost at the school office and should accompany the request form. If you have a full licence and wish to carry passengers, then you need a letter from your parent/caregiver naming the passengers you have permission to carry. The parents of passengers also need to give their written permission for their daughter to travel with the named driver. These letters all need to accompany the request for a vehicle pass. Vehicle passes are for one year only and need to be applied for again the next year. Chewing Gum Chewing Gum is not permitted either in the school buildings or around the grounds. It is not sold in the canteen. Classrooms Classrooms should be kept clean and tidy at all times.
Clubs and The school offers a choice of many clubs and activities. Students are encouraged to Activities take part in these. Communication Please look at our Facebook pages—School and Sports for up to date information about events happening at Waitaki Girls’. We publish a newsletter twice a term. Your daughter’s Whānau Teacher and Year Level Dean are available to deal with any pastoral issues, such as issues with other students and relationships. Her subject teachers and the Heads of Department are available to discuss issues to do with progress teaching and learning programmes. If required, the Senior Leadership Team (the Assistant/Deputy Principals and the Principal) are also available to meet with you to discuss these issues further. Detentions After three lunch time detentions, students will be required to attend detention after school (3.30 - 4.30 pm). Parents/caregivers will be contacted. After-school commitments are not a reason for failing to do an after-school detention. Diaries These are issued free to Year 9 and 10 students, other students may ask for one. They are sponsored by local businesses, who are listed in the diaries. We thank them for their ongoing support. Electronic Students/staff may have cell phones and other electronic signalling devices on the Devices - school grounds and school buses and may use them before school (8.40am) and after Cellphones school (3.20pm) (unless students are given permission to by their teacher for a learning reason), and during interval and lunch hour only. Email If you have provided the school with an email address on the enrolment form, this will be the our means of communication with you for newsletters, financials, letters, information regarding trips and relevant correspondence regarding school activity. Please ensure that you check this email address regularly. Students are also issued with an email address when they arrive at WGHS. Teachers use this as a means of communication with their students, they are encouraged to check this address regularly. Emergency Drill The continuous ringing of bells indicates an emergency. You should make yourself familiar with the instructions posted in each classroom and use the emergency exits. Extra Curricula There are a significant number of extra curricula activities that you are able to be involved with. Some of these require subscriptions to be paid (eg: Netball $85.00 in activities 2018); some also have trips associated with them and some activities are school based and require no payment (eg: Astra). If you are involved in extra curricula activities, you are advised to find out what costs are associated with the activity. It may be possible for assistance to be given to help cover some of these costs. Grounds Please respect our beautiful grounds and see that they are kept free of litter. Guidance Our Guidance Counsellor is Mrs Jenny Corlet. She is available to help both students and parents by appointment. Parents wishing to see Mrs Corlet should phone 434 6534 Homework Girls will have some homework every night. In Year 9 expect about one hour, in Year 10 one and a half hours and from Year 11 on, two hours would be the minimum. If you have concerns about this, please do contact the Level Deans. Homework should be recorded in the homework diary which is issued free of charge to each student in Years 9 - 13. Information If you do not know what to do, either ask your Whānau group teacher during Whānau time, consult your Dean, or go to the school office which is in the administration block.
Health As part of the curriculum you will be studying a variety of Health related subjects: Education Year 9 Through Year 9 Health the students study topics such as Managing emotions, Stress Management, Goal Setting, Bullying, Friendship, Decision Making, Communication Skills, Problem Solving. In addition students study Puberty, Alcohol, Year 10 Year 10 Health includes friendships, healthy relationships, risk analysis and decision-making attitudes and values, contraception and STI’s, access to health services; Keeping safe-alcohol and drugs, sexual abuse, consent, sexual orientation, diversity and inclusiveness, legal ages, reproduction and pregnancy Year 11 Sexuality, alcohol and drugs (Attitude presentation) If your parent/caregiver has a concern with these issues or would prefer that you do not attend these classes, they should feel free to contact Mrs Roberts by ringing the school office on 434 8429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Jewellery As jewellery can be a safety hazard in some situations, its wearing is restricted to a wrist watch, one ear stud or small keeper in each ear and one small, discreet, silver or clear nose stud only. Some girls starting secondary school may have a problem with a bangle which no longer comes off. This is not acceptable as part of our uniform. An Oamaru jeweller has advised that bangles can easily be cut off and it is probably appropriate for the bangle to be re-sized at this stage so that you can remove the bangle as required. Please note that Māori students may wear taonga as part of their uniform provided it is kept below their collar line. Leave For dentist or doctor, please hand your card or note, signed by a parent, to the office before school in the morning. Remember to sign the book before you leave and also when you return. For special leave, please bring a note, from a parent, to the Principal at least one week in advance. Lost Property Lost property found around the grounds is brought to the school office. Please ensure that every item of your uniform is named so that if it is lost, we can return it to you. Lunch Passes Students who wish to have lunch regularly at home can be issued with a permanent lunch pass. Permission will be granted on receipt of written/email from home. They may go only to the address shown on the lunch pass and friends may not accompany them. If a student needs to leave the school grounds at lunchtime for a special reason, a note from a parent must be brought on the day and handed in at the office. The lunch pass should be collected from the office at 1.10 pm. Permission is not given for lunch at eating establishments in town. Music Music Lessons are offered in all orchestral instruments; there is a cost of hiring an instrument if required. If you are interested, please contact the school’s music teacher. Drum and Guitar lessons are offered to Year 9 and music students. Oamaru Youth Orchestra: The Oamaru Youth Orchestra welcomes new players in all sections. If you are interested, please contact the school’s music teacher, Miss Gonzales. National Entry for all NQF Standards (Includes both Unit and Achievement Standards) is $76.70. Qualification Scholarship Entries: $30.00 per subject. Fees for 2019 Please note that NCEA fees for foreign fee paying students are different to the above fee structure. Financial assistance will be available, and more details on eligibility will be given to you in due course. Full details about NCEA fees, foreign fee payers, and financial assistance can be viewed here. Application Form for Financial Assistance
Newsletters Newsletters are emailed twice a term. Please ensure that the school has your current email address. Paper copies are always available at the school office. Notes When your parent/caregiver writes notes for you, please be sure they include your surname, year level and Whānau group Out of Bounds The following places are out of bounds: · Between the Hall/Library/A Block and Thames Street · Between the Science Block and Trent Street · Wilson Park · The Recreation Centre and car park · The Hostel grounds · The Music Suite without permission · Mayhew Grove and the area in front of X46, X47, X48 and X49 · Along Ouse Street frontage of the tennis courts and the grassed area between tennis courts and Reed Street · Area at top of the school above the Science Block. Parent Portal This is accessed through the school website and contains information specific to your daughter. Her timetable, attendance, financial summary, NCEA summary are all available to you through this portal. Once your daughter is enrolled at Waitaki Girls’ you will be given a username and password which will enable your access. Please contact the office if you have difficulties logging on to our portal. Reporting Feedback on your work and progress is ongoing and is available via the parent port throughout the year. This is called ‘realtime reporting’. Those without portal access (via the school website) will be sent an update at the end of each term School Canteen Our mission is to provide healthy food. We pride ourselves with home made items prepared by our hostel kitchen which enables us to keep stock at an affordable price. We have daily specials including: sandwhiches, wraps, salads, hot items, cold items ie fruit salad and mousse cups. Gluten Free food is also available. Eftpos is available. The board outside the canteen lists the prices as they change regularly. School Costs & Information explaining School Costs and Contributions are recoded on Kamar and available on the Parent Portal. Statements will be emailed out each term. Contributions Payments for trips including sports must be paid at least 3 days prior to event. Accounts are payable either: · Via internet banking - ANZ 01 0964 0077707 00 Ref: Student’s Name · Eftpos · Cheque or cash in an envelope with first and last name and what the money is for. Post the envelope through the secured payments box in the office foyer. If you use cash and need it changed, please ask at the office. All receipts will be handed out at Whānau group meetings. Sick Bay Girls feeling unwell should tell the class teacher and be sent to the school office. If girls feel unwell at interval or lunchtime, they must go to the office. Do not go straight home.
Smoke Free Waitaki Girls' High School is a smoke free environment. We will continue to take all Environments steps practicable to ensure there is no smoking in our school buildings or grounds. Act Students need to be aware that if they are caught smoking, they will be punished. Repeat offenders will be stood down. Sports Help available; Help needed: We are concerned that nothing should prevent students from being involved in sports if they wish to participate. If you need help to pay subscriptions for sports teams, please contact the Guidance Counsellor. If you have any sports gear - sports uniform - tennis racquet, hockey stick etc - at your house that you no longer need, please would you drop it in to the school office. We can use it for a student who may otherwise have difficulty participating. Thank you! Student Printing All students are credited with $10.00 for printing and photocopying per year at the beginning of each year. There after $2, $5 or $10 denominations can be purchased from the office. Textbooks Please could you check in your room for textbooks that belong to the school. If you find any, they can be returned to the school office no questions asked. We would appreciate your help with this. Uniform If for any reason you are unable to wear correct uniform, you must bring a note from your parent/caregiver for your Dean to explain this. You may then be issued with a uniform pass. Uniform Shop The Uniform Shop is open every Thursday 1pm to 2pm or by appointment from 3pm to 4pm, during the school term. The uniform shop will be opening for extra hours: December 2018 January 2019 Wednesday 12th: 12pm - 7pm Thursday 17th: 3pm - 7pm Tuesday 22nd: 12pm - 3pm Thursday 24th: 3pm - 7pm It can get very busy at the uniform shop, so if you know what you need you are welcome to email your order and once we confirm your order you are able to collect and pay for from the school office. We accept cash, cheques, eftpos, credit cards and pre approved school accounts. We also provide WINZ quotes. Note a 2% surcharge applies on credit card payments. Lay buy is also available. Phone Dixie Boraman on 434 8429 for any enquiries or email email@example.com.
Young women well-equipped for the world School Song - Waitaki, Waitaki Chorus A great river and a clear white stone, This is the school where I belong; The stone weathers and the water flows, This is the place where knowledge grows. A great river and a clear white stone Are my heritage, and make me strong. Corridors reach from the past to the future, I’ll take a walk down the paths of time; Mountain and tussock stretch before me, Here with my friends I’ll learn to climb. Waitaki, Waitaki! Chorus Braided the river, so many channels, So many things to be and do; Waitaki Girls’ High School Stone for the working, many shapings, Fitted together, me and you. Waitaki, Waitaki!
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