Western News: June 18, 2019


6 Tuesday June 18 2019

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Fire rages, homes at risk

School projects in community spotlight

• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

THERE IS no savvier generation

when it comes to using social

media than a generation of


That is why instead of Riccarton

High School staff desperately

trying to maintain an online

presence, it was better for the

students to do the job instead.

Two years ago, the school

established a media and advertising

division – which is aimed at

informing, celebrating and promoting

to the community what

is happening at the school.

From the formation of the

group, one of the popular media

ideas to form is the Humans of


Based on the famous photoblog

Humans of New York, the

blog of students aims to celebrate

and share thoughts, opinions

and stories of Riccarton High

School students.

Deputy principal Lisa Heald

and teacher in charge of MAD

said it was just one of the social

media platforms the students do.

The students between the years

of 11-13 run the school’s Facebook,

Snapchat and Instagram


They produce articles for the

school’s newspaper, organises Ka

Pai videos to celebrate students

doing good things around the

Grace Ward: I don’t believe in holding something against

someone because what happens happens and people

should just move on. There is no point in dwelling on things

and holding it against yourself or other people so you should

move on from it because life is too short to hold grudges

against people. I think it is much better to focus on yourself

and the people around you.

Orion Chau: I really like people that give first and continue

to give without expecting anything in return. I think wanting

to help is just basic human nature, and you feel so much

happier when you help someone, when they are happy so

are you. People I look up to are the people who just don’t

care about what people think. Once you start caring you

begin to limit how far you can go, your goals are no longer

yours but the people around you. If you want something

make it happen. ​

school and writes a weekly report

on the school.

“They were all things we

couldn’t do as well or as fast as

the students so we thought why

don’t we get the students to do

it,” Ms Heald said.

She said the work is a threehour

weekly course – but the

students would put in anywhere

Muskaan Lal (left): What I enjoy in life is travelling and

meeting new people. Because when you travel you hear

many different experiences from many different people

and see the world from a different viewpoint and you get

to reflect on how you view the world yourself, it helps you

really grow as a person.

Therese Yamit: There are three things that I feel are

important in life. Family, friends and passion. Family because

they are always there to tell me what to do or not do and

they are always there for me, friends because the company

you get from them that makes you just forget about other

stuff and it’s nice to be with someone you can talk to and

impact you in a positive way, and passion because you

are just in this little space where you feel like you can be


between five to 12 hours in spite

of there being no NCEA credits


“Social media is their world. So

many schools are trying to block

it and stop it and we thought let’s

go with it. Let’s use it in a really

positive and powerful way and

teach our school community that

is what it is about,” she said.

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