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Enter the drawing competition

Drawing Competition

Earth Guardians Character Design Competition – Great prizesMassey is hunting for Aotearoa’s best young concept designers and they have an amazing collection of prizes. Create a character to defend the earth, using nature and the elements to inspire your designs. Entries open 6th April and close 1 July. Submit on at the page below and see it for more details.

Student Exchange Information Evening

Hear from returned students, meet our staff, find out comprehensive information on all aspects of exchange, learn more about discounts and scholarships available and ask questions.

Thursday, 19th March – 7.00pm
Te Hapua: Halswell Centre
341 Halswell Road

or call 0800 440 079 for more information

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation, registered with the Ministry of Education in NZ and all state and territory Departments of Education around Australia.  We are leading the way as the first secondary exchange organisation in Australia and New Zealand to be certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and we ensure the highest standards of care and support to our participants.Student

Court Theatre Youth Crew programme

Interested in technical theatre, design and stage management?


Training with our YOUTH CREW provides the skills required to operate safely under supervision in entry-level roles and often leads to casual employment at The Court Theatre. Students are taught by a variety of professionals across the field and learning will take place through practical application.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the roles and skills needed to work in performing arts and events venues;
  • Work safely as part of a supervised crew on entry-level tasks.
  • Communicate and interact with team members.
  • Receive instructions, give and receive feedback, reflect on learning.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of health and safety procedures and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate self-management skills, including time management and personal presentation.

Youth Crew members will experience six weeks of tutoring in Term 2, which will cover all elements of technical theatre, design and stage management:

  • Props
  • Costume
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Set
  • Stage Management

Sessions are held at The Court Theatre, and sometimes offsite at places of interest, on Saturdays from 10am-1pm.

The dates for the first term of Youth Crew are below:

Saturday 9 May

Saturday 16 May

Saturday 23 May

Saturday 6 June

Saturday 13 June

Saturday 20 June (plus options to crew the Youth Company show 22nd – 27th June)


$185 per member per term for Terms 2 and 3, this fee also covers involvement in any potential Term 4 activities.

If you are interested in being a part of this programme you can book a place by following the link below:

Writing Competition – The Sargeson Prize

The Sargeson Prize is back for 2020! New Zealand’s richest short-story prize is sponsored by the University of Waikato and includes an Open Division and a Secondary Schools Division.

For Secondary School entries, the maximum length is 3000 words and the prizes are $500 (first), $200 (second) and $100 (third). The Secondary Schools winner will also receive a one-week summer writing residency at the University of Waikato, including accommodation and meals, office space, and feedback on their writing!

This year the competition will be judged by Owen Marshall (New Zealand short-story writer). Entries are open 1 April – 30 June.

CDHB Youth Advisory Council

The CDHB is recruiting new members for the new youth advisory council.

The youth advisory council meets once a month and is aiming to make the health sector in canterbury more youth-friendly. We are looking for some amazing faces to join this team – can be any age from year 11 – year 13.

This opportunity provides a great experience in running workshops, writing policies, being a part of a committee and making connections within the health sector in Canterbury.

You can apply through this form;


You can check out the facebook page – CDHB youth advisory council or email for more information.


Studylink loans and allowances applications assistance

Resources to help students get ready for tertiary study.

Students planning on going to tertiary study next year have a lot to think about. That includes how to fund those studies.

The StudyLink website has alot of great information to get students thinking about what it will cost to live and study.

As well as using information online we have assembled a range of resources to assist you in helping students to understand their student finances.

We also encourage you to get your students to sign up to receive emails from us. That way they won’t miss out on important information, like when to apply and documents they need to send.

Sign up to receive emails from us

Annual Race Unity Speech Awards – details for 2020 competition

We are writing to invite your students once again to participate in the Race Unity Speech Awards.

Key dates:
The regional heats will be held during the last week of Term 1 next year (between Saturday 4 and
Thursday 9 April); the national semi-finals in Auckland on Friday 15 May; and the national final and
Hui on Saturday 16 May. The deadline for registration in all regions is Wednesday 25 March 2020.

About the Race Unity Speech Awards:
The Race Unity Speech Awards provide senior students (years 11, 12 and 13) with an opportunity to
speak their minds on how to improve race relations in Aotearoa – as well as providing the rest of
New Zealand with a chance to listen to the leaders of tomorrow.

The Race Unity Speech Awards were initiated by the New Zealand Bahá’í Community in 2001. The
New Zealand Police have been the principal sponsors since 2008, with further sponsorship from the
Human Rights Commission, the Office of Ethnic Communities and the Hedi Moani Charitable Trust.

This year’s speech topic:
Titiro whakamuri, kia anga whakamua – To face the future, look to the past
will give students a chance to consider and comment on a number of discussions currently taking
place in society about the past and future of race relations in Aotearoa, such as preventing terrorism
and hate speech; the recent decision to make New Zealand history compulsory in secondary schools;
the future of Treaty settlements; and appropriately commemorating historical events.
Full information about the speech topic and entry criteria is attached to this letter.

Web presence:
We invite you to share the following links with students who are interested in entering the Race
Unity Speech Awards or are interested in the kaupapa of race unity:
• Website:
• Facebook page:
• YouTube channel:

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.