Bohally Newsletter Term 4 - Week 8

December 10th

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Whānau

As I reflect on the year that we have just had it makes me realise that in life we can never predict what's going to happen. With this in mind our school values of Manaakitanga, Kia Kaha and Ako become ever more important as we face a changing and challenging world. I am very proud of our students and when I read through their end-of-year report comments I am aware that we have so many potential leaders within our school. As our Year 8's move onto College we wish them the very best and hope that they can continue to maximise their potential, not only academically but also in the area of arts, sports and service. Our Year 7's now become the leaders within our school and we are looking forward to seeing them step up in 2022.

I was fortunate to catch up with 4 of our Adventure week groups last week and want to take this opportunity to personally thank all of our staff and parents who helped make these camps such a success for our students. It is a huge undertaking and we were lucky with COVID times that they could all go ahead as planned. Thanks also to our parent community who helped finance these camps, it is a big ask of you all but a wonderful opportunity for our students.

I would also like to take this time to thank our community for the support we received following the sudden passing of our treasured student Skylah Hills. We have been blessed with support for our students and staff and our thoughts continue to be with Skylah's family and friends at this time.

If you are one of our departing families, we wish you well and thank you for being part of our school community. Keep in touch and our door is always open for past families and friends. To our Year 7 families, we look forward to seeing you next year and your continued support in 2022.

Have a wonderful Christmas break and remember to look after one another in these unsettling times,

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people

Ngā mihi

Nicky Cameron-Dunn

Prizegiving Celebrations - Tuesday 14th December

We will be celebrating 2021 with our annual prizegiving. Unfortunately, due to covid restrictions, parents and members of the public will not be able to attend. Because we cannot all physically fit in the hall at once we will be running 2 assemblies. We will be recording both the year 7 and Year 8 prizegiving and these will be available on the school website on Wednesday. We have decided not to live stream due to privacy concerns and the age of our students. Thank you for your support with this difficult decision.

End of Term Dates

Just a reminder that the last day for Year 8 is Tuesday 14th December, 3 pm and Year 7 is Wednesday 15th December, 1pm. Please remind your child to bring in a spare bag to bring all their books and belongings home next week.

Bohally Truffle Fundraiser - Thank You

Truffle week broke all records this year with a phenomenal 120,400 individual truffles rolled and packaged! Thank you for supporting this Bohally Fundraiser, whether it was by coming to make truffles, helping your child sell them, or taking orders from friends, family and workplaces! Every last bag sold made a difference.


Adventure Week 2021. What an adventure it was! Being able to provide students with such a range of activities is a privilege for staff at Bohally. Of course, none of that is possible without whanau support either. Also, a huge thank you to the parents who went on camp; we can't do it without you. Check out the Bohally Facebook page for some action-packed photos from our different camps and read below for student roundups of some the adventures they went on.

Walk the Abel Tasman


Abel Tasman was an amazing camp full of new opportunities, such as swimming, tramping and camping in the great outdoors. We were all able to make new friendships and learn something that can help us in the future. Over a period of 3 days, we walked 38 km and were treated to a swim at the golden sandy beaches of Abel Tasman on arrival. Toasted marshmallows, native wildlife and the bacon sandwiches kept us going! I would like to thank the teachers and parents that made our camp possible. I can happily say that we all learned something new and enjoyed ourselves!

By Sophie Barnes

Camp Wellington City

Cruising across the Cook Strait, excited for our week ahead

All around the grounds of Parliament, seeing TV cameras

Meandering down to Te Papa, spending hours enjoying the displays.

Playing table tennis and watching movies at night

Weta Workshop, and making ooey-gooey blood

Everyone enjoying the photogenic chimpanzees at the zoo

Lifejackets on and ready for kayaking in the harbour

Lifting ourselves up the walls, rock climbing

Into the city shops to find a bargain

Night time trip up the cable car to the gardens

Great to make new friends

Tea time treat of pizzas and icecreams

Oh no, the ferry is delayed

Now we're home, tired out.

Camp Christchurch

For adventure week we went to Christchurch and stayed in Kaiapoi. On the first day, when we got there, we went to Woodend Beach and spent some time making Mandalas using natural resources. On Wednesday we did a number of activities such as Surfing, Bodyboarding, Adrenalin forest. The next day we went around Orana Park and looked at all the animals, we even got to feed the Giraffes. We also visited timezone and did some shopping at Riccarton mall. All of the activities were very enjoyable and exciting and we all had such a great time at camp.

Riley Friend - Room 5

Hanmer Springs Hideway


Week 7 was the week of Bohally’s Adventure Week camps, there were more than 10 different camps but only 57 lucky students made it onto the Happening Hanmer camp.

We had an awesome time at the Hanmer Adventure Week camp. Some of the activities we were able to do were: jet boating, relaxing in the hot pools, going down the hydro slides, playing mini-golf, the maze, visiting the animal park, and spending too much money at the lolly pot. One of everybody’s favourite activities was the Mount Isobel walk. We all enjoyed it so very much and didn't complain the whole time…

We were very lucky to have such amazing parent helpers accompany us on our camp. They made sure we were well fed, looked after and having fun.

We had an awesome week full of exciting activities, laughter and new experiences.

West Coast Wonder

This year for one of the Bohally’s adventure week camps a group of students went to the West Coast.

We learnt about lots of different things including life on the West Coast before the English arrived. We got to spend the day dressed up as gold miners from different countries. We got to go to the river and make claims on land and mine as they did in the olden days. As well as that we had to cross rivers.

In Hokitika, we went down to the beach and saw the famous Hokitika sign, then we walked to a cool shipwreck. We went to a kiwi centre and saw kiwi, tuatara, fish and we fed some big eels. We also went on treetop walks which were a lot of fun. We learnt about pōunamu carving and glassblowing.

After that, we would go to the pool each afternoon and play around the campground. We went to the Grey river mouth and saw the dolphins.

It was so much fun with Mrs Knolwes and Mr Johnson. We can’t thank them enough.

Curious Cove /Kiwi Ranch

Our Curious Cove students hit the mini-golf in Picton at the foreshore and some had the first swim of the camp before lunch! After the trip out to Curious Cove, they spent the afternoon jumping off the jetty, fishing and swimming as well as setting up their rooms and having a look around.

Wednesday provided lovely weather for more fishing, kayaking and some of the kids even got a go on a dolphin board! We got a great view of the glow worms up the track just before bedtime.

On Thursday, we set off on a full-day fishing trip around the Marlborough Sounds. It was hit and miss for a while but kids caught Maori King, tarakihi and barracuda! Some people braved the cold water of the Tory Channel and jumped from the top deck of the boat to swim into Perano Whaling station for lunch. We had some spectacular views and sunshine for our day. The kids weren't totally worn out though - they continued to fish and jetty jump right up until dinner time! We ended our day by starting a fire in the massive oven and roasting some marshmallows.

On Friday we were up early and off to Picton where we all enjoyed stand-up paddleboarding and fish and chips on the beach. A great time was had by all and we all are so grateful to the amazing parents we had join us, they played a huge role in a successful and fun camp!

In the Wild

This year 26 of us to Upcot Station, in the Awatere Valley, for 4 days. We went tailing lambs, mountain biking to Grey Hut, 16km from camp, biked back the following day to Old Upcot, where the first settlement was. At Old Upcot we slept in our homemade bivvys, which was fun, and luckily mine was dry and actually quite comfy. Not everyone stayed dry!

The best part of the camp, besides the damper birthday camp with jam on my birthday, was going further up the Valley to the Enchanted Hut, and one of the parents took a group of us around the ridge onto another ridge with scree slopes either side. We spotted deer and goats.

I would definitely recommend this camp to anyone who loves the outdoors. A huge thanks to Mr Wilkin and all the Fantastic parents who came too.

Max Pickering, Room 18.

Maunga to Moana

I was in the Maunga to Moana group we did heaps of fun stuff like Paddleboarding and kayaking at Lochmara, we got to go on the underwater observatory. We spent the day Swimming at Whites bay, Sailing in Picton at the Queen Charlotte Yacht club and they let us do bombs off the decks. I really enjoyed the tenpin bowling because I got 3 strikes and got to buy lollies. Afterwards we went swimming at the town pool. I also really enjoyed going on the walk with Miss Rutherford from Monkey bay to whites bay.

Faalelie, Room 3.

Elemental Art Academy

At art camp, we all enjoyed painting, paper mache masks and decorating. Everybody made new friends and had a great laugh. I personally liked all my art and I am sure others liked theirs too. I thank Mrs Springett for holding this and Mrs Woods for helping us when we needed help.

Lilly H.

The amazing art adventure week had everyone busy doing their work. It kept me going in art when I was about to stop and it was nice to be doing it with my friends. I also liked being able to show my friends what we did for the week in the exhibition in Room 17.


In art adventure week I learned new techniques and I am going to use some of them in my next painting


I really enjoyed doing art for an entire week. I had a lot of fun painting with watercolours and making wind chimes. It was a fun experience and one I will remember.


Bridge Valley

Bridge Valley was awesome! On the way there we stopped at Lake Rotoiti for lunch. Once we got to Bridge Valley we had so many fun activities to participate in including, Rock climbing, Luge, High ropes, An inflatable obstacle course in the lake,

Swimming, Hydrosliding, Jumping from heights, Mini golf, drift bikes and many more fun games and activities. The food there was also AMAZING!! We had sausage and mash the first night and curry and rice the second as well as having the best nachos ever for lunch. Coming home was the best and worst part. I didn't want to leave!! Bridge Valley was definitely the best camp I have ever been on! I can't wait till next year! -Hannah Gilhooly:)

Upcoming Events

  • School Prizegiving - 14th December
  • End of School Year - Year 8 - 14th December, 3 pm / Year 7 - 15th December, 1 pm
  • Start of 2022 School Year - 2nd February, Year 8 / Year 7 3rd February

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