2023 – Start of Year Information

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This page provides helpful information for 2023.

Parent Information
Early in 2023, we will be releasing a new platform for parents, caregivers and students to access information. This platform will replace RangiLife and the Student Hub. Further information about this platform will be published in Intouch in Term 1.

School Calendar 
You can access our school calendar here. The calendar has a filter feature so you can select the category of events you would like to view, and you can also sync the whole calendar, or a filtered view to your own calendar, which automatically updates as events are added or modified.

Parent Portal
An email will be sent out to all new families for 2023 in late January. This will provide you with log on details to access the Parent Portal. For those current families who may have lost or forgotten their log on, please click the ‘forgot password’ on the login screen, or contact helpdesk@rangiruru.school.nz to have it reset.

Personal Details
An email will be sent to all families at the end of January, asking them to update their details. It is important that we have the most up to date contact details for you in case of emergencies. To notify us of any changes during the year, please contact office@rangiruru.school.nz.

The Shop is located at 41 Hewitts Road, Merivale. There is a small carpark outside the shop. For The Shop hours or more information about the uniform, visit Uniform.

Shoe Clinic
School shoes can be purchased at Shoe Clinic, Riccarton. For every pair of school shoes sold, Shoe Clinic will give a $10 donation Rangi Ruru. Simply nominate Rangi Ruru when you are in store.

You can purchase stationery online at Office Max. It is best to place orders before January 13 to ensure delivery before school starts. Some items will be supplied by subject teachers and charged to the Goldsheet. Term 1 you will see two charges – Publications ($50), which covers Student Handbook/diary, School Yearbook and Digital Licences ($35), which covers software licences for students.

Year level specific stationery lists are available below:

YEAR 7 Stationery 2023
YEAR 8 Stationery 2023
YEAR 9 Stationery 2023
YEAR 10 Stationery 2023
YEAR 11 Stationery 2023
YEAR 12 Stationery 2023
YEAR 13 Stationery 2023

Bring your own Device (BYOD)
Rangi Ruru Girls’ School operates a compulsory Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. This means that every student will be expected to bring a digital device and charger that is capable of connecting to a wireless network and browsing the internet. Visit BYOD to learn more and find out what support options are available through our IT Services team.

Getting Connected
To allow students to get off to a seamless start when they start at Rangi Ruru, we will be emailing all new students in late-January with their school username and password, along with links and instructions to download and install Microsoft Office and Teams. We will also provide information about useful apps that students can install on their devices, should they wish.

It is important that all students do this prior to the school year starting. Should anyone have any issues with this process, there will be information on how to contact and come into the IT Helpdesk for assistance.

Dates for camps for 2023 are:

  • Year 7 – TBC
  • Year 8 – TBC
  • Year 9 – Mt Hutt Retreat, February 21-22 and 23-24. Click here for a Year 9 EOTC CAMP LETTER 2023.
  • Year 10 – TBC, May 16-20 and 23-27
  • Year 12 -TBC, September 17-19

An email with the Consent and Risk Acknowledgement and Health Profile will be emailed to families next year for completion and submission, prior to the girls going on camp. If you have any questions regarding upcoming camps, please contact the year level Dean in the first instance.

Accounts and Terms of Trade
Fees and disbursements are invoiced monthly. Our terms of trade require direct debit as the mandatory method of payment and you should have received a direct debit form from us. If not, please contact the Business Office on accounts@rangiruru.school.nz. Only one direct debit authority is required per family. For your reference the Terms of Trade can be located here.

Rangi Ruru Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Rangi Ruru has an active committee who meet monthly, normally on the second Tuesday of the month during the school term. For further information check it out here.

The first event for the year is Welcome to Rangi Ruru – Years 7 to 10 Families on Sunday February 12 3pm – 5pm. Drinks and canapes, with activities for the kids. To register your attendance please complete this form Welcome to Rangi Ruru – Years 7 to 10 Families.

PTA Year Group Facebook Pages

Year 7 2023: PTA Year 7 Rangi Ruru Parents Facebook
Year 8 2023: PTA Year 8 Rangi Ruru Parents Facebook
Year 9 2023: PTA Year 9 Rangi Ruru Parents Facebook
Year 10 2023: PTA Year 10 Rangi Ruru Parents Facebook
Year 11 2023: PTA Year 11 Rangi Ruru Parents Facebook
Year 12 2023: PTA Year 12 Rangi Ruru Parents Facebook
Year 13 2023: PTA Year 13 Rangi Ruru Parents Facebook

Itinerant Music/Speech & Drama Lessons
Lessons in a wide range of instruments, voice and speech and drama are available to all girls who attend Rangi Ruru. These lessons (ITM lessons) are held during the school day and are charged to the parent/caregiver account (Goldsheet) once per term. Lessons are mostly individual, although there are small group lessons available in speech and drama. Further information can be found by going to the New families ITM information for 2023.

If your daughter wishes to take music, or Speech and Drama lessons in 2023 you can register for lessons here. Tutors will be in touch with students/parents at the end of January/early February to arrange lessons times. Most lessons will start from Tuesday February 7.

If parents/caregivers require further information regarding ITM lessons please contact Janet Kingsbury at j.kingsbury@rangiruru.school.nz from Monday January 23.

As always the sporting year at Rangi Ruru kicks off in busy fashion with sign-ups for summer sport, winter and summer sport trials, swimming and athletics sports all happening within the first month.

Information on opportunities to connect with sport and physical activity will be sent out prior to the school year starting. There will be lots to keep our learners active and engaged!

Swimming Sports – Tuesday 14 February 1:00pm – 3:15pm, School Pool

This will be a competitors only event with prelims determining who will swim in the finals on the day. Prelims will be held as below:

Years 7 & 8: During sport period, Tues Feb 7
Year 9: Wed Feb 1, 11:15am – 1:05pm
Year 10: Thurs Feb 2, 2:30pm – 3:20pm.
Years 11 – 13: Before school 7:30am – 8:30am – Tues Feb 7, Thurs Feb 9. Afterschool 3:30pm – 4:30pm – Thurs Feb 2, Tues Feb 7, Thurs Feb 9.

If for any reason, you cannot make the scheduled prelim for your year level, you can attend on another day – just let the Sports Office know what day you will swim.

Prelims are compulsory for Years 7 to 10 but optional for Seniors…. however every prelim you swim in, earns you a point for your Clan so get in behind your Clan and get in the pool!

School togs are not required – but students are required to wear a one-piece, swimming tee-shirt & shorts or similar. Clan caps are also required and will be available to purchase at prelims.

A programme of events for the finals will be posted once prelims have been completed. Parents are welcome to attend but numbers may be limited due to capacity within the pool complex. The event will be livestreamed.

Athletics Sports – Thursday 2 March, 9am-2:45pm, Ngā Puna Wai
In 2023 we are taking this whole school event to Ngā Puna Wai. All students are required compete in at least three events and a maximum of five (note the 400m and 3000m are run on different days to the whole school event so do not count in the min/max number). Students will be asked to sign up for their activities via an online link which will be distributed at the start of the year. For reasons of safety, ONLY students who compete in club athletics will be able to enter the hurdles and/or javelin events.

Further information on the Athletics Sports, including the programme will be made available in Term 1. Parents are welcome to attend.

Uniform Items
In addition to the playing strip or uniform required for different sports, all students representing Rangi Ruru at South Island or national tournaments and events and annual sports exchanges will require the a school tracksuit (pants & jacket) and squad top. Both of these items can be purchased from the Uniform Shop.

This squad top is used as a travelling and warm up top across many sports so is a good investment. When selected in a team or attending an event, students can have the sport being played printed on the back – this will happen once a term. (Please note the tracksuit is available for purchase by all students regardless of whether they are in a travelling sports team or not).

Sports Staff Overview
The sports staff are always ready to help so if you unsure what you need to do to sign up or even if you don’t know exactly what you want to do, please come and find us at the top of the stairs in Atawhai or message us on Teams.

Ms Mandy Anderson – Director of Sport
Mrs Melissa Brooks – Assistant Director of Sport
Mrs Nicole Sinclair – Sports Coordinator – Head of Yr 7/8 Sport
Miss Trisha Hopcroft – Sports Coordindator
Mrs Anna Kennedy – Sports Coordinator
Mrs Sally Goldsmith – Equestrian Manager
Ms Olivia Ling – Rowing Manager
Mr Ross Kennedy  -Strength & Conditioning Coach
Ms Paula Rule – Mental Skills Coach

Physio – Balance Physiotherapy
In conjunction with Balance Physiotherapy, Rangi Ruru provides a physiotherapy service on Mondays and Thursdays in Atawhai. For further information click here.

Our Intouch newsletter will be sent by email the Friday before each term begins, and every second Friday during term time. The first In Touch for 2023 will be emailed on Friday January 27.

Social Media

Please follow us on social media for current updates on a regular basis of all the exciting events and success stories at school.

Rangi Ruru has a number of handbooks that are helpful to families and students. These can all be found here.

Family Handbook – The Family Handbook is a quick reference guide on aspects of school life and daily operations. A copy can be downloaded here: Family Handbook (2023 version will be updated early 2023).


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