English Day Poster 2016

Poster 2016


English Day 2016

Here’s our opening video from last year English Day. This brings back a lot of memories.

We are looking forward to your participation in this year’s celebration. Start preparing yourself for the annual speech contest, poetry writing, and short story writing contest.

More information about English Day will be posted and announced to you at the beginning of term two. All the best!

ANZAC Speech Contest


This is a thank you note to all students who participated in the Year 13 Speech contest held at the USP Multipurpose Room last year which was held in remembrance of the 150 brave Niue soldiers that went into battle in World War 1.

As we commemorate ANZAC again this year, we encourage not only the year 13 students but all the other senior high school students (year 11 and 12) to participate in this year’s ANZAC Speech Contest which will be held on the 18th of March 2016 at the Niue High School Hall.

We are very grateful to the New Zealand High Commission here in Niue for opening this wonderful opportunity for our students to express their views on living a life that is less ordinary as the soldiers did.

We also would like to thank the Arts Department and their wonderful students who created the exquisite ‘mural’ (refer to photo above) last year entitled, “A Life Less Ordinary.” Looking forward to future collaborations with you.

Words and Pictures: A Literary Folio

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English Department is compiling stories, poems, and static images crafted by our very own Niue High School students at senior level. This is done in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of Niue High School in 1966. We hope to release the said compilation entitled, “Words and Pictures,” at the start of term four.

Want a copy? Make sure to order one from your English teacher.


In case you didn’t know, we distributed copies of this contract to all students at the beginning of the school year. If you are a senior student at Niue High School and have not filled this in, see Mr Jake Jagos immediately.

(Adapted from Angela Maiers’ Class Contract)

Welcome to our classroom. This contract represents ‘Our Mission’ to create a learning experience that will challenge, engage, and support you to make powerful changes in your lives as learners. Experiences we have discussed have shown that the following guidelines will set us all up for the greatest success.

As your teacher, I am 100% committed to your success. I will be an open listener and provide honest feedback. I can serve you best when you communicate openly and freely with me about your needs and your progress.

As a student, you are responsible for ensuring that we are moving in the direction you desire. Your success is based largely upon how well you accomplish the goals you set and the attitude in which you approach your school work and study. Our time together spans over the next, more or less, 10 months, and each day, what we learn together will be vital. I am committed to helping you move forward, accomplishing your goals, and seeing you finish this year confident and empowered by which you have become.

This contact also ensures of your awareness of our school rules and the policies & regulations established by the school (in accordance to the principles set by NZQA) for you here at senior high school.


I am fully aware that as a student, I am expected:

to attend class regularly and promptly.
to make an effort to catch up on what I have missed out on during the time that I was absent.
to submit work that is neat, presentable, ‘of quality’, and that which is truly mine.
to submit work on time; I am aware that late work will not be accepted.
to inform my teacher ahead of schedule, should I need an extension for my work to be submitted.
to stay away from ‘out of bounds’ areas (in English).
to keep our English classroom clean.
to take good care of the books loaned to me and return them back after use.
to communicate openly with my teacher.
to complete all weekly exercises and assignments.
give 110% effort to the process; knowing that mistakes are valued.
to respect the rights of my classmates and teachers in school.
to read and follow our school rules.

TEACHER Commitments

Be fully excited and prepared for each session
Provide insight, guidance, & accountability
Give open and honest feedback
Customise the program to meet your needs



Department Policies

No late work will be accepted. Use your planner to record the dates for homework assignments, quizzes, and assessments. It is your responsibility to know when your work is due.

All pieces of the essay (the entire process) must come in with the final draft; if part of the process is missing, the paper will not be accepted (the teacher will determine the parts of the process required for each essay).

All written work handed in should be neat and legible. If your teacher asks you to type your work on a computer, your written work must be double-spaced unless part of a journal assignment. Remember, your work is a reflection of yourself; present yourself well!

Your work must be written using a blue or black ink pen or printed in black ink. Work must be handed in on time. Credit will not be given for late work. Extensions on due dates will NOT be given unless you can present a valid reason.

If you are unable to print and staple your work, you should have emailed your teacher a copy of the paper prior to Activity Period, the day the paper is due. Your paper must be in .doc or .docx format for Word or as a .pdf file. No jump drives are accepted.

Plagiarism: Any paper that demonstrates evidence of plagiarism, either intentional or unintentional, as deemed by the department, will result in a zero on the paper. Other consequences may also be incurred, such as a failing grade for the term or disciplinary action.

Come to class prepared to read, write, and discuss. You are expected to have all of your materials and assignments with you when you walk in the door.

Be ready to learn! At this point in your life, you are quite familiar with proper classroom etiquette. You should, at all times, be on your best behaviour: swearing, inappropriate comments, and general bad manners will not be tolerated by your teacher or your fellow students.

Class is dismissed at the sound of the bell. Please stay in your seats until that time.

Please do not disrupt the class during lectures and demonstrations. This includes, but is not limited to, sharpening pencils, handing in homework, getting a tissue, and asking to go to the lavatory.

Academic Honesty

One important function of education is to foster in students the desire to become active inquirers and problem solvers. Acts of cheating or plagiarism are acts of dishonesty. They are choices that limit your ability to be successful with your academic and career goals. Copying an answer enables you to turn something in to your teacher, but you in the process have not engaged in the critical thinking or problem solving that led to the answer. It is in the processes of critical thinking and problem solving where learning occurs. Copying an answer, substituting a reading guide (e.g., Spark Notes) for the reading itself, or plagiarising an essay will limit your ability to develop your critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Plagiarism is defined as the act of borrowing and then passing off as one’s own the ideas, language, or data from an outside source. If, for example, you have included in your essay a statistic from a scientist or a quotation from a politician or a scholar, you must cite that information. Even where you have paraphrased or summarised a writer’s language, you must provide a citation. If you are uncertain whether or not information included in your essay requires a citation, ask your teacher or simply follow this basic rule: when in doubt – cite!

If a student engages in academic dishonesty, she or he will receive a zero for the assignment, quiz, test, paper, etc. No make-ups will be allowed. You may also receive an administrative referral and your parents may be called.


Welcome to the official website of Niue High School, English Department. You will find some valuable information about studying English at Niue High School in this website. Feel free to contact us should you need any form of assistance or further details about what we do in our English classes at Niue High. We will also be utilizing this site to inform students and parents about upcoming activities of the department as well as some important news concerning learning English at Niue High.

You will find our contact details at this link. We look forward to hearing from you.

Enjoy browsing. 🙂