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  • International Food Festival

    International Food Festival

    August 22, 2016

    Thursday 11th of August,  the 2016 Heaton International Food Fest took place on the basketball court. There were many different stalls offering food/drinks from countries such as Japan, Niue, America, Pakistan, Scotland, Thailand, England, New Zealand, Germany, Russia and many more.

    Our aim this year was to get students to experience and explore the  different cultural foods, and this was a great success. Some of the food on offer included Russian Sausage Rolls, sushi, Cassava Pancakes, pretzals, stroopwafels, Scottish crumpets, mock Sangria, Mango Lassi’s, Swedish cake and fresh Spring rolls!

    Despite the strong wind, many students turned up to try different foods from different cultures they had never tried before. It was great to see parents and family who came down to help and take part. There were many new cultures that were discovered and we can’t wait for next year’s International Food Fest. Thank you to all students and staff who participated, especially those who took the time and effort to set up the stalls and organise the event.

    Emily  (Room 15)

    Cultural Club Leader

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  • Korfball Tournament

    Korfball Tournament

    August 22, 2016

    On Monday, two teams for Heaton participated in a Christchurch tournament for the sport Korfball. We had a range of twelve teams from eight schools that participated in this event. All teams did very well.

    Our second team (Heaton 2) had an unlucky tournament and they unfortunately ended in last position, but played very well and pushed their opponents. Where our first team (Heaton 1) had outstanding performances that put them into the final. The final was very intense with every second counting. Sadly the Heaton team came out on the underside of this game with only three points in it. Mind you Kirkwood were a very good team and put up a fight. To wrap things up I would like to congratulate all of the teams for their phenomenal sportsmanship and teamwork.

    A huge congratulations to Holly Jackson and Mitchell McMillan who got in the tournament team that was announced at the end of the day. This team is made up of four boys and four girls from all schools that played incredibly during the games. They don’t do anything together but it is an honor to be in that team.

    Lastly I hope that all of the players

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  • Heaton Open Night

    Heaton Open Night

    June 21, 2016

    The Open Night was a huge success as we welcomed to our school over 500 parents and potential students. All aspects of life and learning at Heaton were on show from Outdoor Education to eLearning and Technology. The Performing Arts Centre had a constant rotation of musical performances. Mrs Knight gave her 2 addresses in the Hall to capacity audiences. With over 150 current students helping on the night our guests certainly had an excellent opportunity to find out about our school first hand.
    If any prospective parents would like to see the school  in action during school hours please contact the office and we can arrange a tour for you. Enrolments close on Friday 26 August.

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  • Heaton: A Fair Trade School.

    Heaton: A Fair Trade School.

    June 7, 2016

    This month saw us celebrate Heaton’s 6th year of commitment to Fair Trade with our annual art exhibition at Trade Aid Merivale. We were also joined by Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, as they celebrated their first year as a Fair Trade School. A number of joint art workshops were held where we shared skills and developed our ideas for a body of work to be exhibited. These were huge fun

    An initiative this year, by Art Extension, was to introduce a poetry competition. A selection of the best entries became art works in their own right.

    Last week Art Extension led our assembly as the Fairtrade Poetry Prizes were handed out, poems read, a rap performed and a slide show of work and students helping on World Fair Trade Day was watched.

    Below is the link to this slideshow. The music is by kind permission of Gareth Davies-Jones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHfQurBD2wQ

    Gaylis, the shop manager from Trade Aid Merivale, came to hand out the prize winners’ certificates. She spoke about how honoured and grateful Trade Aid was to have Heaton students involved in World Fair Day. Gaylis also commented on how many members of the public had been overwhelmed by the

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  • Comic Book Day

    Comic Book Day

    May 31, 2016

    Mickey Mouse? Captain America? What is going on? It’s World Free Comic Book Day! On 6th of May Heaton held a Comic Book Character Day to raise money to buy new graphic novels for the LRC.


    Each class entered in the recycled superhero competition. Everyone worked in groups to make a superhero costume out of recycled materials. At lunchtime a fashion show was held for all the class finalists in the hall. Mrs Noble-Laffey and Mrs Knight judged all the amazing 18 entries but in the end there was only one winner from each year group; Pipe Girl from Room 15 for the Year 7’s and Garbage Guy from Room 18 for the Year 8’s. Both these classes won the shield for their houses. Overall, the day was very entertaining and there was lots of laughter everywhere.

    By Tess and Lucy

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  • Pink Shirt Day

    Pink Shirt Day

    May 26, 2016

    Five years ago in a small town in Canada, a boy wore a pink shirt to school and was bullied for his ‘girl like’ appearance. His classmates knew that this wasn’t right, so the next day they all wore pink shirts and stood up to the bullies. Now yearly, there is a national Pink Shirt Day to stand up against bullying. Last Friday, Heaton students and teachers wore pink to show their support. There was also a competition for best dressed in pink. Well done to Jade and Sarah from Room 3 who won this and created an original poem too! Thank you to everyone who participated in Pink Shirt Day. We are hoping to show our support again in 2017. A video of the class competition can be seen on the following You Tube clip.

    Pink Shirt Day Class Competition



    Room 6

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To read more posts, please see the Achievements and What’s Happening blogs.