Wairoa College

Newsletter 20 August 2021


Communication 3 - 20th August 2021

Distribution of devices and hard copy materials

I hope you are doing well in your bubble. Remember if you need support please contact us. A list of all staff emails is on our school website at www.wairoacollege.school.nz. If you look back at Communication 2 you will also find useful phone numbers if you are concerned about your child's wellbeing.

We have received information from the Ministry of Education that we can under strict health and safety measures allow whānau to come to school to collect devices or hard packs of work for students. This process will happen Monday 23rd August 2021.

Roster - Monday 23rd August 2021

To ensure a steady flow of caregivers/students collecting work and devices we have a roster as below. This is based on your child's surname. Please stick to these times as much as possible as we have limited staff on-site.

10am-11am Surname A-F

11.30am-12pm Surname G-L

12pm-1pm Surname M-R

1pm-2pm Surname S-V

2pm-3pm Surname W-Z

To collect a device(s)

Go to S1 and S2 (science block) and line up

You will be asked to sign an agreement as acknowledgement of receipt of the device and care of the device

To collect hard copy work

Go to the hall and line up

We will have all students timetables printed so we can put together their hard pack as needed


  • Masks must be worn

  • To avoid large gatherings of whānau and caregivers we will be rostering and staggering families for when they can pick up their resources

  • There will be physical distancing (2m) by those attending to pick the resources up. We ask that wherever practical only one family member comes on site to collect devices or hard copies.

  • Good contact tracing systems will be in place including checking in via the COVID Tracer App and a register

  • Anyone who is unwell must stay at home and seek advice from Healthline on getting tested

  • We will have limited staff onsite at any one time

  • Staff working onsite are physically distanced (one metre), and will be using personal protective equipment (gloves and masks) and will practice good hand hygiene

  • High-touch surfaces will be regularly cleaned in between use by different staff

We know that these are unusual times. Please if you can come in on this day it will help your child with their distance learning particularly if we are in Level 3 and 4 for a period of time.

Jo Vennell



Tēnā Koutou Katoa

We have had a busy start to Term 3. Last Friday senior students who were interested in the Trades Academy at Gisborne EIT visited and discovered options for their 2022 schooling year. This week Year 13 students who are interested in tertiary studies will be visiting Wellington to look at a variety of options. Some of our Year 7 and 8 students participated in the Aurora Gifted and Talented day and they have all been planning for Adrenaline Week next term. Our school has also been preparing for the Kapa Haka Festival. Our Year 11 Sport Science class also went skiing as part of their course. They had a fantastic time. A special thanks goes to Sarah Martin who helped on the trip and Mr Joe McGregor who organised the trip.

Our Year 10 students have been sitting Level 1 standards. It is important to encourage your children to make the most of these opportunities so they are better prepared for NCEA next year.

Senior School Derived Examinations will be held Week 9 this term and Year 7-10 PAT assessments will take place Week 10. We are looking forward to seeing the progress students have made this year.

Just a reminder that although we have no community Covid-19 cases in New Zealand, we must not become complacent and therefore we must adhere to key health measures including:

  • Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette

  • Staying away if sick

  • Displaying QR code posters at our entrances and encouraging all of our community to download the NZ COVID Tracer App and use it if they come onsite

We know all these things will help to keep our community as safe as possible.

I would like to remind whanau that if you have a child going to attend Wairoa College in 2022 can you please complete the enrolment form. These are available through our school office. We will be starting our visits to schools soon to collect information about your child's learning. If we have your enrollment form this makes the process much easier and it enables us to support your child best when they come to college. If we know they are coming we can also make class placements thoughtfully.

Senior students will start making subject selection choices for next year starting in Week 7 this Term. A lot of thought has to go into these decisions so please encourage your child/ren to investigate areas of interest. Whanau teachers, deans and the careers team have been focusing on pathways over the last few weeks using My Mahi as a platform.

Ngā mihi nui

Mrs Jo-Anne Vennell

Achieving Excellence in NCEA - Congratulations!

Level 2 - Mathematics and Statistics 2.9 - Use statistical methods to make an inference

Araley Rudd

Level 1 - Physical Education 1.1 - Participate actively in a variety of physical activities and explain factors that influence own participation

kefir Kirwan

Level 1 - History 1.4 - Demonstrate understanding of different perspectives of people in an historical event of significance to new Zealanders

Ashley Atkinson, Eden Scotson & Grace Whaanga

Level 1 - Music 1.1 - Perform two pieces of music as a featured soloist

Alazaine Te Puia-Huaki


Our Cross Curricular Unit for Term 3

Changes and Challenges – Huringa me nga wero. The concept of this unit is Hauora. We have implement 6 Hauora workshops based around our Changes and challenges that will cover components of

  • Bullying
  • Mindfulness and Growth Mindset
  • Healthy eating
  • Te Wahre Tapawha
  • Cyber safety
  • Aumangea – Resilience / Confidence & Self-esteem.

Kapa Haka

In Week 8 we are hosting the Wairoa District Primary Schools Kapa Haka Festival. We are very busy preparing for this event with our focus on “We are all in this together”. We are proud of our student’s efforts, participation and motivation. And look forward to showcasing our students at the festival. Well done Year 7&8 students!

Ehara taku toa I te

Toa taki tahi, engari he toa taki tini.

My strength is not that of one

But that of many.

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Adrenaline Week

This Year our students started a new initiative called Adrenaline week. Our Adrenaline Week incorporates four North Island experiences.

  1. Central North Island Adrenaline Adventure – Hillary Outdoors Education Tongariro
  2. City Adrenaline Rush - Wellington.
  3. Going Bush - locally based Bush/Farm adventure
  4. Home is where it is - Visiting Wairoa, Napier and Gisborne

Adrenaline week promotes

  • High expectations of school values
  • Student achievement -Striving for Personal Excellence
  • The desire to learn
  • Future Focused Learners - My Mahi / Careers - Future career goals

Students learn skills that relate to our four North Island experiences. All our Year 7&8 students applied for one of the Adrenaline week experiences. Term 3 Adrenaline workshops are held once a week and are based in a learning environment where students work collaboratively around:

  • Our School values – Karma
  • Participation - Team building
  • Attendance – 85%
  • Challenges
  • School code of conduct
  • Students goals

Pa te Hau - Let's Get Puffed

Pa te hau is a High-intensity interval training (HIIT). N3 and N4 have trialled this new programme since the beginning of Term 2. Pa te hau involves a small number of repeated brief, intense bouts of exercise, typically lasting from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. The HIIT programme also incorporates Mātauranga Māori which underpins many of the sessions, and there are links to curriculum. Nga Purakau – Myths and legends lead into the exercises and depicts how Tane separated his parents. Each student has a heart monitor and can see their heart rate on the screen.

Wairoa Young Achievers Trust

This year two of the leadership initiatives Wairoa College has been involved with are the Wairoa Young Achievers Trust run by EIT Institute of Sport and Health and the Aurora leadership program.

The Wairoa Young Achievers Trust is a program that encompasses a period of testing using our 4 key values of Manakitanga, Kotahitanga, Aumangea, and Whakamana. The program is run in Hastings at the Hawkes Bay Community fitness. The main Tutor of the Program is Matua Raun Makirere Haerewa, who is fantastic with our students. Matua Raun takes the students through a whole array of leadership skills, fitness skills both practical and theory as well as moving into the mara kai Initiative with the students preparing and looking at planting according to the Maramataka Maori. We have 33 young leaders and they all have all enjoyed every aspect of the course.

Aurora Leadership

In our Aurora program, we have 6 Students who have represented our school with pride and they have attended Leadership activities, a Writing and speech workshop, have been on a historic Tour of Wairoa, and are looking forward to the next workshop coming up at St.Josephs school. The Year 7 Aurora Leaders, Lockie Rore-White, Luke Kapilovich, and Te Maioho Maitai, in year 8 we have Charles Vennell, Ngareraumati Hau, and Yasmin De La ha. The students have enjoyed themselves and have been proud to represent Wairoa College out in the community. After discussion with the students, perhaps the best quote came from Te Maioho Matai who said, “I like to be in this program because I get to meet different people from different schools, and I get to expand the power of my mind”.

Year 7 & 8 Assessments

This is a very busy term where our Year 7&8 students are preparing for their end of year assessments in Week 10.

Ngā mihi nui

Mrs Makareta Keil

Year 7 & 8 Dean

Year 9 Dean - Mrs M Gavan

Year 9 students will be busy this term with understanding the concept of Manaakitanga, involvement in sports activities and a trip at the end of the term. Manaakitanga is one of our school values and for Year 9, this will be the overarching focus inside and outside the classroom as we move forward into Term 3. We had our Senior Student Leaders present this at our first whole school assembly and we have embraced this in our weekly Year 9 Whanau class assemblies; students who demonstrate on a daily basis, that they are a caring, respectful, and supportive student of Wairoa College. I must congratulate the Year 9 student leaders for organizing and leading our assemblies every Thursday. There are a number of sports for Year 9 students in Term 3 and I praise the students for stepping up and showing commitment once again for the 29th CACTUS group. The cross-curricular theme for this term is Transport and near the end of the term, all Year 9 students will be travelling to Gisborne to the East Coast Museum and Tairawhiti Museum.

Year 10 Dean - Mr C Plessis

In our Year 10 group we currently have about 86 students. Our focus as a group for this term is bringing the presentation of our uniform to standard we can be proud of and having our attendance above 85%. We currently have a Deans meeting every Thursday where expectations are communicated and we have some fun such as playing basketball. A Year 10 leaders meeting on Tuesdays is also held for discussing and organising things in our year group. Sarah Bird from Sport Hawke’s Bay came in and spoke to our students about different career opportunities in sport. We will have another guest speaker from EIT coming in soon. On the 26thof August the Year 10s will be having their Olympics Day as part of their cross-curricular learning which is run by the Mathematics Department and will feature various activities throughout the day.

Year 11 Dean Reg Keil.

The focus for all Year 11 students this term has been completing internal assessments, attendance to school and wearing of correct school uniform. It has been a pleasure to see that 8 students have already gained NCEA Level 1 with some students almost nearing their 80 credits. Special mention must be made to 4 students who have Merit endorsements. A large group of students are currently sitting between 50- -70 credits and are working very hard to get their NCEA Level 1. I have been very grateful for our 4 Year 11 whanau teachers who have been a wonderful asset and support throughout the year by checking on their student’s attendance and uniform and making regular contact home to whanau. Mrs Rose Clarke has been a huge help with the Year 11s by tracking each individual students progress for NCEA each week. Mrs Ngaire Beagley-Dean and Mr Hemi Karauria have visited our level assemblies and spoke about career pathways for Tertiary/Gateway programs and Services Academy. Mr Toby Taylor has continued to take a group of 10 students out every Thursday to the Swann family farm for Agriculture. A group of 14 students have also been part of the Puhoro Stem program since last year which focuses on getting more students interested in taking up Science as a future career pathway or at University. I had the privilege of escorting these students down to Taradale last term to one of their wananga (workshops) and saw so much benefits this program has for our students. It was great to see a large number of Year 11 students having a balance in their lives and taking up winter sports representing Wairoa College in rugby, netball, basketball and badminton. I look forward to continuing to follow all Year 11 students progress for the remainder of the year. Well done to each and every one of you that strive to work hard and do their best.

Year 12 Dean - Mr G Waldron

The Year 12 students at Wairoa College continue to work towards achieving their Level 2 NCEA credits during Term 3, 2021. As a cohort these students have continued to develop into good young men and women that contribute to the wider Wairoa community. Term 3’s focus centers around the accumulation of Level 2 Credits. It is pleasing to note that all students at Level 2 understand the importance of continuing to track and monitor their academic progress in partnership with academic and pastoral teaching staff. I recently had the opportunity to observe the following students during Gateway placements at EIT in Gisborne; Kamryn Down, Nikki Winiata, Quentin Clark, Phillipa Mason, Maraea Hutchins, Rhythm Chime Jury and Lexus Te Kahu Brown. It is always pleasing to witness students involved in what they are passionate about. I wish our Year 12’s all the best as they strive to achieve personal excellence.

Year 13 Dean - Mrs K Hayward

At the moment we have a group of 32 Year 13 students. We meet as a group every Thursday to keep in touch. This term will be a busy one as students strive for a pass in NCEA Level 3. Teachers and students are working very hard. Congratulations to those that have already achieved Level 3.

At present many Year 13s are considering options for their future. They have been involved in careers conversations with one of the Careers Team. Students are making decisions around whether they will take up further training at University and Polytech, and what and where they will study. Those considering University study have been invited to take a tertiary trip to Wellington and Palmerston North to explore tertiary campuses there.

We also have a group of students that have been out exploring the world of work by spending time working at farms and local businesses etc. This may help in deciding their future pathways.

Prefects are working on designs for Leavers Hoodies which will be able to be ordered soon. A leavers magazine is also being planned

Service Academy

On Monday 02 August 2021, Panapa KEEFE represented Wairoa College Services Academy by attending the five day Advanced Leadership course held at The Royal New Zealand Airforce Base Ohakea. The aim of this course was to build on the knowledge and experience gained through Basic leadership and leadership roles undertaken in the Academy and during Bushcraft. Students were able to extend their knowledge in leadership skills and theory, providing them with confidence to demonstrate effective communication in complex situations to a larger audience. Overall, a good experience for all who attended.

SPS101 Ski trip

On the 1st of August, The Year 11 SPS 101 class accompanied by Mr Joe McGregor and Mrs Sarah Martin travelled to Mt Ruapehu for a snowboarding trip. There was a lot of excitement as we drove up the mountain and saw the snow. Snow ball fights was the main activity for the first day as we walked up to Te Horonuku lodge. The next day we got a lesson in the morning then had the whole afternoon of free snowboarding. All the students snowboarding skills improved so much throughout the day with some students going all the way to the top of the mountain by the end of it. It was a fun day had by all and an experience that they will remember for a long time. The students represented the school extremely well for the entire trip. We would like to thank acting HOD Gareth Waldron, Principle Jo Vennell and the Board of Trustees for making this possible, and Sharon from Te Horonuku lodge for her hospitality and making sure everything ran smoothly.


The following students were awarded this week for displaying one of our core values of:

Caring for each student (Manaakitanga),

Working together (Kotahitanga),

Respect (Whakamana),

and Resilience (Aumangea).

Orion Howard, Ngamanu Tai, Kyara Kaaho, Ahhaan Shah,

Zion Morrison, Lockie Morrell,

Kaya Keefe-Taeoalii, Kashya Ruwhiu & Tukaha Edwards


Wairoa College BOT By-Election

Nominations closed on Friday the 30th of July for the current BOT By-Election.

Four valid nominations were received for the three vacant positions, an election will be held.

On behalf of the students of Wairoa College a big thank you to the following candidates for putting

yourself forward for election:

  • Jeanne Clayton-Greene
  • Louise Greaves
  • Luana Mitchell
  • Rob Unwin

Voting papers will be posted out this week. Please return your voting paper in the envelope

provided by Wednesday the 1st of September.

Bernadine Hamlin

Returning Officer

Netball Semi Finals

The Yr 9/10 team play at Hastings Sports Park every Saturday against Hastings and Napier teams. This week they faced Woodford House. It was an awesome defensive game where the team kept their opponents scoreless for 2 quarters. Final score was 23-6.

Our coach hada couple of players play out of their position just to change things up and they adapted well. The team currently sit at the top of the table. They face Hastings Girls on Saturday 21 August 2021 in the final match of the competition round and hope to make the Finals.

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