Category: Notice

AUT Accommodation Portal opening 1st August

AUT has recently changed their Accommodation application date for the 2020 intake.


When advising students please let them know that the portal for applying to AUT accommodation will open on Thursday AUGUST 1st 2019.


Places are offered on first in first served basis. 

Kind regards,

Pablo Fernandez

Future Students Team

P: +64 9 921 9239

Jobs within the Justice system + Emergency Services

If you would like information on what jobs are available within the Justice System, then come to the Careers Room. We have brochures on the many jobs/pathways available within MoJ, Police, Corrections, as well as in the Emergency Services eg Fire Service, Emergency Management, St Johns, Civil Defence…

YMCA Christchurch Holiday Programme Leadership Opportunity

Looking for something to do these School Holidays?

Do you want to;

 Develop your personal and leadership skills?

 Be encouraged to step out of your comfort zone?

 Receive training and experience in working with children?

 Be part of an awesome team and make new friends along the way?

Then the YMCA might just have the opportunity for you!

Every school holidays the YMCA run 8 programmes across three sites for children aged 5-15 years old. We are on the lookout for young people aged 16+ who are keen on developing their skills and gain experience working with children.

Full training is provided and you will receive feedback from your supervisor along with a certificate and record of your total hours. Our experienced team are on hand to support and guide you through the ins-and-outs of volunteering at the Y!

Sound like something you could be interested in?

Email for more info and to receive an application pack

Year 13s: References for University Scholarships and Accommodation

When applying for University accommodation, you will need a Common Confidential Reference Form (CCRF) to be completed by Ms McLaughlin.

If the university accommodation application does not direct you to the CCRF webpage as part of their application process (they generally do — but every year some students manage to miss it!), please use this link to start this request.

It’s very quick to request the CCRF online and then Ms McLaughlin receives an email, so that your request is waiting in her CCRF inbox.

Remember, you need to complete the SMC reference application form in detail. I’ve shared the master template doc with you via Google Drive (Scholarship & Halls Reference Application MASTER Form 2019) and instructions are included on the form.  It’s time to get started on this if you haven’t already!  This is also a good practice for writing scholarship applications.

As advised previously, you also need to ask three staff members who know you well to complete a staff input reference form for you also. This doc has been shared with staff already via Google Drive and so you just need to email them and ask them politely to contribute to your references by completing a ‘Staff Input Reference form’ for you. They make a copy of the Google Doc and share it directly with me.

It would be good to receive the majority of these early in Term Three. Every Year 13 student should complete this process, because you are likely to need a reference or testimonial, even if you’re not applying for university accommodation or scholarships.  If you’re unsure about this process at all, ask your friends or me to clarify for you.  — Ms McLaughlin



Lattitude Global Volunteering – Gap Year Options

Just a quick update from Lattitude Global Volunteering.
Lattitude Global Volunteering is an international youth development organisation, providing Gap Year and International Volunteering placements for young New Zealanders aged 17-25.
It’s not too late for your year 13 students to apply for an international gap year in 2020.
We have secured more placements to accommodate demand, and even added more destinations!
ALL our destination countries are currently available.
We have set a new Midyear Application Deadline: 


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. You will also find lots of information, including videos, our latest brochure and application form on our website


We have staff in most major centres in New Zealand, so please get in touch if you would like to request a presentation at your school – we are always happy to talk about our programmes!
Link to our latest newsletter here: LATTITUDE GAP YEAR NEWS – JUNE 2019
to read about volunteering as a medical assistant in Ghana, Project Asia, Project Europe, Greece Action Project, Volunteering in Spain.

Leadership Opportunity — Students Against Dangerous Driving

Do you care about keeping young people safe on our roads?

Are you looking for a leadership opportunity?

SADD (Students Against Dangerous Driving) are a nationwide organisation that has really good support for the development of student leaders in schools.
The Term Two event is happening on Thursday 20th June, 4pm at Papanui High School. See details below and reply to Lydia (+ cc Ms McL) if you are keen to go along and see what is involved.
Ms McL

Apply now to sail on Spirit of New Zealand as part of the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla

We are now taking expressions of interest for school-nominated individual students and school groups for this unique opportunity and we would love you to be a part of it.
For two months, from the 5 October 2019 through to the 1 December 2019, the Spirit of New Zealand will join the Tuia 250 flotilla. And, as part of this commemorative flotilla, there is the chance to get on board  free of charge* and experience one of the seven voyages planned.
* costs to get to and from the departure and arrival ports are at the expense of the individual.
1. Mātātahi Voyage Leg – (5 October)
First leg into Turanganui-a-Kiwa for the Opening Ceremony of Tuia – Encounters 250.  Open to 16 to 18-year-old students holding a Leadership position within the school. 
  • Each school can nominate up to two individual students and they will need to apply.
  • Students can enter the ballot here – Individual Expression of Interest Form
  • Applications close – 23 June at 10pm. 
2. Mātāohi Voyage Legs – (21 & 28 October, 3 & 25 November)
For teams of 10 students and one teacher. Open to all Secondary schools, throughout Aotearoa.  There are four dates and voyages to select from.
  • You are welcome to enter the ballot for as many dates as you like.
  • You can enter the ballot here – Group Expression of Interest Form
  • Applications close – 23 June at 10pm.
3. Mātāpakari Voyage Legs – (10 October & 15 November)
Open Secondary schools also have the chance to nominate up to two individual students to apply to be Tuia 250 Voyage Trainees. These voyages are for 16 to 18-year-old students.  
Please feel free to forward on this email to other people in your school that may be interested in this Voyage. 
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 


Community Engagement 

PH 093732060 Ext 1 | M  021 554453 | 

Youthtown Squad 2019 — volunteers wanted for community activities

What is Youthtown Christchurch Squad?

The Youthtown Christchurch Squad was formed in 2012.

The Youthtown Squad is open to 13-18 year olds who want to be involved in community events, develop your leadership skills, help to design and market afterschool and holiday programmes for teenagers as well as getting their peers ideas around youth issues. The Youthtown Squad play a big role in voicing what kind of events youth want to go to, so we can set about organising and promoting awesome youth events!


We want members to get out of it just as much as they put in, so expect awesome training opportunities, trips away to learn from other advisory inspirational speakers and squads and, of course. A whole lot of fun!!

This group will continue to grow as a voice for local youth, with endless opportunities to get involved with other projects running in our community.


All Star Kids Holiday Programme – Volunteers Needed

All Star Kids Club are looking for student volunteers to work with children with special needs. Volunteers must be 15 years or older and will be paid $25 per day to cover their expenses.

The All Stars Kids Club is a holiday program for children aged 5 – 15 years old, who have physical and/or intellectual disabilities. The program runs every school holidays from 8.30am – 3.00pm and is based at Shirley Intermediate School.

The All Stars Kids Club needs student volunteers who:

· Have a desire to work with children who have special needs

· Have a positive and inclusive attitude

· Are reliable and punctual

· Have a willingness to learn and try new things

· Have the ability to follow instructions

· Are able to mix well with others and be a team player

· Like to have a bit of fun


The next holiday program runs from: 8th July – 19th July 2019

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Donna on 021 023 86828