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Ara Bachelor of Design Students’ Graduating Exhibition

Each year Bachelor of Design students who are completing their qualifications present ‘RIPE’, an exhibition of the best work from the major projects that culminate their studies. This is a chance for friends and family to come and celebrate their achievements, the outcome of several years’ study. It can also be a chance to sell work to the public, and of course a chance to show their abilities to potential employers (many of whom are invited to the show).

Work is presented by students in Visual Communication, Photography, Applied Visual Art, and Motion Design. It ranges from drawing, prints and sculptures, through to posters, publications, films and animations. It is a great opportunity for intending students to come and see where study at Ara Art & Design might take them.

Date:                                     12 November – 21 November
Time:                                  Various (please refer to website)
Location:                              Artbox (opposite Black Betty Café) and Rakaia Centre

Kind regards

Ara Engagement Team

Latest ‘Leaving School’ Magazine is here

The next issue of Leaving School Magazine – Issue #17 has arrived.  Pick up a free copy from the Library or Careers Hub.

This issue of the magazine is packed full of information which is helpful to students in Years 11–13 as they plan for their futures post high school.

Included in this issue is advice from current BLACKCAPS Captain, Kane Williamson; study tips for students as they prepare for end-of-year exams; as well as coping strategies to help with exam preparation.

We also have profiles on young people making successful careers for themselves in Agriculture, the Armed Services, Fine Arts, Construction, Fishing, Horticulture, Hydrographic Surveying, Optometry and Sport and Recreation.  Also included are features on employment opportunities in the retail sector and financial advice for students.

Win a place on the Cambridge Summer School 2020 – essay competition

The Immerse Education Essay Competition 2020

Win a place on the Cambridge Summer School 2020!

The Immerse Education Essay Competition offers students the opportunity to win a 100% scholarship to participate on an Immerse academic summer programme in Cambridge, UK. Immerse academic enrichment programmes are unique study abroad experiences designed for motivated young learners from around the world.

In order to enter, students aged 13-18 are required to submit essay responses to a pre-set question relating to their chosen subject and age group. From MedicineComputer SciencePhysics to EngineeringCreative WritingEnglish Literature, and many more subjects, there is a category for every area of interest. Students from all nationalities are welcome to enter the competition.

For further details, and to enter, visit

Defensive Driving School Courses

Street Talk Defensive Driving Courses October/November

Cost $175(includes driving session)

NB Anyone with demerit points can complete

If you miss a session you have the flexibility to catch up this session at another course

To Enrol:

txt: 027229 8018

Held @ St Margarets College- 3.45-5.45pm Tuesdays   Oct -14-21-28-Nov 4th
Held @Lincoln High School – 3.15-5.15pm Tues   Oct  15-Thu-17-Tues 22-Thur 24
Held @Rewi Alley Riccarton 6-8pm Mon    Oct 21-Wed-23–Wed 28-Mon Nov 4
Held @ St Bedes College 3-5pm Mondays-   Oct- 21-Nov 4-11-18
Held @ Christchurch Girls  3.15-5.15pm Mon  Nov 11th– Thu 14- Mon 18-Thu 21
Held @Rewi Alley Riccarton 6-8pm Mon Nov 18-Wed 20-mon 25-Wed 27
Held @Lincoln High School – 3.15-5.15pm Tues  Nov  12-Thu-14-Tues 19-Thur 21
School Holidays- DECEMBERHeld @Rewi Alley Riccarton 6-8pm Mon  Dec 2 -Wed-4—Mon 9 -Wed 11


If you are aged between 13-19 then you are eligible to register for Summer Writing School for Teens, 2019. If you are still 12 but will be in Year 9 in 2018 then we count you as an honorary teenager- go ahead and register. If you have just turned 20 and still want to be an honorary teenager then go ahead and register. We aren’t going to quibble over a month here or there. Cost is $250. Closes 30th October.


Write On Summer Writing School for Teens, Christchurch, January 13-17 2020

Non-residential . Booking fast . Places strictly limited

Workshops and 1:1 mentoring

Tutors include:

James Norcliffe- novelist, poet, short story writer

Gail Ingram- recent winner of the Caselberg International Poetry Prize

Heather McQuillan – award winning flash fiction writer

Lisa Tui – lyricist- singer/songwriter

University of Otago – Residential College Applications

Many of you will have received news about your Residential College applications today. Some of you will be excited and happy. Some of you will be worried and unhappy about your offers. We would encourage you to not make any hasty decisions, give it a few days before you decide. Mainly we want to reassure you that the College you have been offered will be a fantastic place … even if it was not one of your choices it will become your home next year and you will have the most amazing time.

College profiles:

Toroa, Salmond, Knox, Unicol, Caroline Freeman and Aquinas are profiled on our Facebook page.

Check out the following clips –


Modelling for Ara

Pitch auditions

We are now taking registrations for our PITCH Model Auditions coming up on Wednesday 23 October 2019, 5-6pm.  However you must be available for the dates below.

Model audition Venue:  CPSA, Student building, Madras Street.

2019 Pitch dates and times

Models are needed for the garment fitting date, and Pitch show date.

These are compulsory to attend, if you are unable to attend the garment fitting evening and Pitch show date, we cannot use you as a model. We have fittings and the rehearsal/Pitch show day running to a tight schedule, it is not possible to catch up if you can’t make it.

To be eligible for selection you must be available for the garment fitting and PITCH Show dates below

Only come to the model audition if you can make the garment fitting evening, and Pitch show date. These key dates are specified below.

  • Female & Male Model Fittings 5pm Tuesday 19 November –  Please be punctual
  • PITCH Catwalk Show day is Saturday 23 November – You are needed from 8.30am – 11pm, Includes rehearsal in the morning, then hair and make-up.
  • Age: 14+
  • Male Sizes: 78-86cm waist, 96-104cm chest, 178cm minimum height
  • Female Sizes: Size 10-12, approximately 168-178cm height
  • Please bring high heel shoes (female) or dress shoes (male).

For further information contact Nickie McPhail on 03 940 8027 or

Click here to register

Short of credits? Enrol in Te Kura Correspondence Summer School

Te Kura (The Correspondence School) accepts short-term enrolments over the summer break for students to earn additional credits or specific internal standards in NCEA. Courses are delivered online, so with access to a computer and the internet, you can learn anywhere and anytime.

The standards and subjects offered can be viewed on our website shortly before registration/enrolments open on 25 November – please note these may be subject to change.
Te Kura’s qualified teachers are available online to answer questions and assess pupils’ work.
You can reach us on 0800 65 99 88 or by email at
Key Dates:
25 November: Enrolments open
16 December: Summer School starts
3 February: Enrolments close
10 February: Students must have final work submitted for the credits achieved to be counted towards their 2019 Record of Achievement

Help with NCEA – Study Skills Workshops during hols

StudyTime NZ is hosting a number of standard-specific workshops to provide pupils with the knowledge, confidence and strategies to excel in their NCEA externals. The workshops will be held during these school holidays at varying dates between 28 September -13 October, depending on the subject. The workshops currently cost $40 per student, per workshop, however, students have a 10% discount if they use the code STWORKSHOPS19. The workshops are run by experienced tutors who are studying at a tertiary level.

Head over to for more information and to register.”

UC Engineering Final Year Project Showcase

The College of Engineering invites you to attend the Final Year Projects Showcase 2019!

As part of the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree, our students complete a Final Year Project which builds on the knowledge they’ve gained during their first three years of study. Many of the projects are industry-sponsored, giving students the opportunity to solve real-world problems.

Please encourage any students interested in STEM to head along to this FREE event where they can explore the broad nature of engineering and discover the range of work engineers can pursue.

At the Showcase, students will display their project posters and design prototypes. They will be available to discuss their project and answer any questions about studying at the University of Canterbury.

Event details
Date: Wednesday 16 October
Time: 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Location: Engineering Core, Creyke Road, University of Canterbury (view map)

We hope to see you there!

Ngā mihi
UC College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha