Hamilton Boys' High School - Term 1, Edition 2, Feb. 2020
Hostel Tabloids - first event of the Matthew Allen Cup, Hostel House Competition
New Boarders Home For The First Time
We have all enjoyed and shared in the many induction activities that the boys have participated in over the past three weeks, to help us get to know each other and to mix across all year levels.
I have included numerous photos in this newsletter taken by staff from the many activities and events that have taken place to date.
Parents/caregivers Dinner & Swimming
Thanks to all Parents/Caregivers for coming along to the families dinner last Sunday and then watching your son competing in the Matthew Allen Cup Swimming Sports afterwards. Once again, it was a tremendous turnout. Cole Northcott's Sutherland House won the Swimming Sports overall by the smallest of margins.
First Set Leave
The hostel closes at 5.30pm on Friday 21st February and re-opens at 5.30pm on Sunday 23rd February with all boys expected to return by 7.30pm, unless they are returning by 8.00am on Monday morning. There is no dinner provided for the boys on Sunday evening. Please ensure all boys have a leave request entered on Boardingware.
Returning for Sunday prep.
It is important that all boys returning on Sunday evening have signed back in by 7.30pm, to allow for a settled hostel during the 30-minute spell of prep that commences at 8.00pm. I thank you in anticipation of your support, especially those families with boys that are returning in a private car.
If you have a son boarding for the first time, and he went home for the weekend, we look forward to his safe return on Sunday evening.
Feel free to contact me at any time.
All staff have thoroughly enjoyed the first three weeks. It is a very settled and happy hostel.
Head of Boarding
021 516 477
Hamilton Boys' High School Year 13 Prefects 2020
Hamilton Boys' High School, Academic Honours
Dorm Leaders Term 1, 2020
They all receive guidance and support at their weekly Tuesday evening meetings with Matua Mita Graham (Senior Master) and the six Year 13 Senior Leaders & Prefects who all reside at Grove.
The Dorm Leaders are extremely conscientious when carrying out their role to ensure the efficient day-to-day running of the hostel, especially at morning wake-up and check-off, and again at lights-out each evening. They also provide the care and guidance needed for our new and young boarders in the junior dorms.
First Day of School for Years 9 & 13, Haka Practice, Gym 1, Tuesday 28th January
NEW BOARDER INDUCTION PROGRAMME - Mountain-Biking, Gondolas & Luge, Movie Night, Basketball, Tabloids, Paintball, Town Orientation, St Paul's Collegiate Tug-O-War & Swimming:
Saturday 1st February in Rotorua, Mountain-Biking with 'Planet Bike'
Saturday 1st February - Gondola and Luge rides in Rotorua
Argyle Half-Court Basketball Tournament in Gym 1, Sunday 2nd February, followed by a Swim
Hostel Tabloids - First Matthew Allen Cup Event 2020, Monday 3rd February. Bennett House wins by 571 points to Sutherland's 514.
Movie Night, Wednesday 5th February: 'Jumanji - The Next Level'
Paintball at 'Hinterland Adventures', Waitangi Day, Thursday 6th February
'Rainbow's End', Auckland, Saturday 8th February
Families Dinner & Matthew Allen Cup Swimming Sports, Sunday 9th February - Sutherland House Wins!
Staff vs Parents vs Year 12 Prefects vs Year 13 Prefects/Senior Leaders
Manu Comp. to finish
St Paul's Collegiate Tug-O-War & Swimming Competition, at Argyle, Tuesday 11th February
Hamilton Boys' High School Swimming Sports, Wednesday 12th February. Argyle House finishes in 4th Place Overall, 2 places better than in 2019!!
Argyle boys that were awarded championship points at the school swimming sports
David finished the Intermediate Championship in 5th place overall, earning 38 points for Argyle House.
Josh finished the Junior Championship in 5th place overall, earning 26 valuable points for Argyle House.
Kale finished runner-up overall in the Intermediate Championship, earning 48 points for Argyle House.
Hamilton BHS Swimming Sports, Wednesday 12.2.20 - Individual Champions, Records Broken & House Points
Senior Championship House Points
1st Carlos Hardie, Wilson, 84pts
2nd Caleb Thomas, Wilson, 62
3rd Jack Bruning, Steel, 56
1st Dominic Fawkner, Taylor, 66pts
2nd Kale Twist, Argyle, 48
3rd Ciaran Watson, Taylor, 46
1st = Matthew Bruning, Steel, 56pts
1st = Joshua Edwards, Tait, 56
3rd Miles Julian, Steel, 38
6 Records Broken:
Matthew Bruning (Year 9)
- Junior 100m Backstroke
Joshua Edwards (Year 10)
- Junior 100m Freestyle
Hunter Read (Year 11)
- Intermediate 100m Backstroke
David So (Year 10)
- Intermediate 100m Breaststroke
Dominic Fawkner (Year 11)
- Intermediate 100m Freestyle
- Intermediate 200m Freestyle
Swimming Sports House Champions 2020 (Minor Event)
Place House Grand Total Final Points
1st Wilson, 520pts, 6points
2nd Steel, 432, 5pts
3rd Taylor, 346, 4pts
4th Argyle, 247, 3pts
5th Tait, 243, 2pts
6th Baigent, 168, 1pt
Hamilton BHS Athletic Sports
Hamilton BHS Athletic Sports
Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 8:30am-3:15pm
Porritt Stadium, Chedworth, Hamilton, New Zealand
All parents/caregivers are welcome to attend to watch and support your son on the day.
We would love to see you there.
There will be both non-championship and championship events on the day, so all boys will be participating.
The boys are currently turning up to athletics prelim events being held at lunchtimes for them to try and qualify for the championship finals on the 26th.
Te-Reimana Gray (Year 10), a Century Knock in Saturday Cricket
Te-Reimana Gray playing for Hamilton Boys' Colts Gold cricket team, scored his debut hundred on Saturday 8th February against Cambridge High School. Te-Reimana opened the batting with teammate and captain Angus Henry and their opening stand was an impressive unbroken 211. Te-Reimana played fluently throughout the innings with impressive strokeplay and running between the wickets. A demonstration of his power-hitting was shown when on 95 he pulled a short ball over deep midwicket's head to bring up his hundred off just 80 deliveries.
Te-Reimana arrived to Hamilton Boys and Argyle House from Gisborne midway through 2019 hopeful of more cricket opportunities. He has been a steady presence in our junior cricket programme but will be pleased to have produced results that exemplify his coach Mr Kilgour's motto that "potential is nothing, performance is everything".
We wish Te-Reimana luck as he attempts to help our Colts Cricket team qualify for the top 6 in New Zealand in his home town of Gisborne during Week 5 alongside other Hostel players Angus Reeves, Maxwell Steel and Mac Russ.
Jakob Arthur (Year 9): Hamilton BHS Junior Golf Champion, Thursday 13th February
The Junior Golf champion was found yesterday at Horsham Downs Golf Course. Eight eager and enthusiastic students took up the challenge and braved the heat.
It came down to one shot where unfortunately young up-and-coming golfer Ricci Putohe Year 9 (Argyle House) who has only been playing for 10 months, shot 45, one shot off the joint winning score of 44. This led to the first ever playoff hole situation since I have been in charge of golf. Jakob Arthur Year 9 and Thomas Ter Beek Year 10 played the first hole where Thomas putted well on the first playoff hole to send it into another playoff hole. The 2nd hole saw Jakob take the advantage being on the green for one. Thomas had some issues getting onto the green but managed to get a long putt to stay in the race but it slipped just under the cup.
Jakob is the 2020 Junior Golf Champion.
by Mr Cooley T.I.C Golf
2020 Argyle Manual, 2020 Grove Manual & 2020 Term Planner with Key Dates
I have attached these 3 documents below. Click to view and/or download and print.
Tana Clapham (Year 11), Semi-finalist, NZ Surf Nationals, Dunedin, January 2020
Tana did very well making it to the semi-finals in the U16 Division which is a new division for him and very competitive.
Presentation when returning to Argyle and Grove, especially black trousers, as part of their number 1s
What I have written below was sent out to all parents/caregivers in my final newsletter, December 2019 and January 2020. Please read carefully with your son and please ensure he signs in on day one wearing the correct black trousers as part of his number 1s, along with a white shirt that his top button can still be done up. Thanks for your support.
Dress & Grooming
The staff at Argyle House and Grove have become increasingly concerned that some students are flaunting the rules when it comes to presenting themselves correctly during the normal school day and especially when they return from weekend or overnight leave in their number 1s.
The boys represent the hostel and school when in the public eye, so it is important they are well-groomed, as they are our greatest advertisement. The boys are often reminded at our weekly house meetings about the responsibility they have to wear their uniform correctly and proudly outside the hostel. This also includes being cleanly shaven and having a regulation hair cut that complies with school policy.
One of the current trends is for some boys to purchase long black pants that are tapered, as part of their number 1s. Tapered, tight-fitting long black pants are not part of their number 1s. The pants must be loose-fitting around the thigh and calf. If your son has these pants then please ensure he returns with the regulation long black pants on his return. Our boys need to all dress following the correct code so we all look the same. Failure for your son to adhere to the dress and grooming rules from the beginning of term 1 2020, will result in stepped consequences. See below.
We don't want our standards to slip as the hostel should be setting the tone and standard for the rest of the school, we all believe here as a staff. Please have a conversation and check with your son over the holiday period to ensure he has the correct uniform items and returns clean-shaven with a regulation haircut. Check also that his neck hasn't swelled over the holiday period preventing him from being able to do up the top button of his white shirt. Our boys do grow quickly! All top buttons must be done up with their tie covering the top button.
Thank you for your continued support. I'm only talking to 9-10 families, as the other 158-9 comply and look perfect always.
Page 24 of the Argyle Manual 2020:
"DRESS & GROOMING
Boys wearing their regular school uniform must make every effort to ensure that their uniform is clean and tidy at all times. It is expected boys wear their footwear correctly and have school uniform shirts tucked in and socks up. Failure to comply will result in an instant 30 minute job i.e. do Lunch Duty, Kitchen Bins, vacuuming and a ‘strike’ to be recorded on the strike sheet. A third strike will result in the student being issued with a Community Service to be recorded in Boardingware.
At the end of each term this re-sets.
Consequences for a student failing to wear their socks up or have their shirt tucked in at morning check-off and/or in the dining room:
- First strike = 30 minute instant job, recorded in strike folder.
- Second strike = 30 minute instant job, recorded in strike folder.
- Third strike = Community Service, recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware
Boys signing out for general leave when not in uniform must wear tidy casuals. Offensive language on any items of clothing or bags is forbidden at all times.
Boys wearing their number 1s (formal travel uniform i.e. blazer, black trousers, white shirt, tie) must ensure their top button is done up, their tie is pulled up to cover their top button, their black trousers are the regulation trousers (and are NOT tapered), they wear ankle-length black socks and black shoes, are clean-shaven and their hair is a regulation cut and length (as per school policy) and they have all parts of their uniform on i.e. including their blazer.
If a student presents himself to the Duty Master and is not correctly groomed when he departs or returns from overnight and/or weekend leave, then he will be issued with a uniform ‘strike’, which will be recorded in the ‘Uniform Strike Folder’ in a drawer beside the Masters’ desk, as well as being recorded in Boardingware.
Failure to comply with the correct grooming and dress standard when wearing number 1s, the following consequences will occur, over the whole year:
- First strike = 30 minute instant job, recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware
- Second strike = Community Service, recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware
- Third strike = Community Service, Gated for 5 days (Mon-Fri 3.15pm), recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware
- Fourth plus strikes = Community Service, Gated for 7 days, recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware"
Clothing numbered and labelledOver the holiday period can you please ensure ALL clothing is numbered with your son's laundry number, and initialled, if possible. Having the number clearly labelled is what Kaye Nonoa, our Laundress, would prefer. Please check and re-do all numbers on all clothing items before returning in 2020. Thank you for your support, as there is a continual pile of unnamed clothing that sits in the laundry that remains unclaimed.
Argyle House photo
School Links Emails to Parents/Caregivers from School:
HBHS Athletics Day Programme
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Friday 14th February
Please find attached the HBHS Athletics Day Programme for Athletics Day, Wednesday, 26 February.
Please note these times are approximate.
Hamilton Boys' High School has attached a .pdf file to this email:athletics_progr....pdf
PPTA Paid Union Meeting - 20 February
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Thursday 13th February
Due to a PPTA Paid Union Meeting on Thursday, 20 February, school will be closing at 12.40pm.
The Library will be open for those requiring supervision until 2.15pm.
Bus Information for Athletics Day
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Wednesday 12th February
For boys busing to Porritt Stadium on Wednesday, 26 February.
The Number 14 Service runs along Crosby Road with pick ups and drop offs from both sides of the road very close to Porritt Stadium.
Boys wishing to catch this bus, who do not live in this area will need to bus to the Transport Centre and change to the #14 bus.
The closest Orbiter stop to Crosby Road is outside St Pauls Collegiate, for both the clockwise and anti-clockwise service. Boys would then need to walk to or from the Stadium to catch this bus.
If your son is wanting to catch an Orbiter from Hamilton Boys’ High School, he can do so opposite Countdown, NOT outside Hamilton Boys’ High School. This will take him to the St Pauls Collegiate stop.
The school will also have a late bus leaving HBHS at 8.45am for Porritt Stadium. This bus will depart Porritt Stadium at 2.30pm sharp to return to HBHS. The cost for this bus service is $2 each way. This is to be paid to the Deputy Headmaster on duty at the bus.
After Athletics, boys wishing to go to Chartwell will need to catch the #14 bus on the same side of the road as the Stadium. Boys wishing to go to the Transport Centre via Five Cross Roads, will need to catch the #14 bus on the opposite side of the road to the Stadium. These buses run every 30 minutes.
For more information regarding bus routes, please go to http://www.busit.co.nz/hamilton-routes/
ALL ARGYLE & GROVE BOYS WILL BE BUSSED TO PORRITT STADIUM AND BACK, CATCHING THEIR BUS AT ARGYLE HOUSE CARPARK.
HBHS Athletics Sports Day
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Wednesday 12th February
We are holding the annual HBHS Athletics Sports Day at Porritt Stadium, Crosby Rd Chartwell on Wednesday, 26 February, 8:30am-2:35pm.
- Attendance at Athletics Sports for all students is compulsory. Each student is to report to their Tutor teacher in their House area at Porritt Stadium by 8.30am. The day offers all boys the opportunity to compete at a level that challenges them personally, and earn points for their ‘House’ in a strongly contested House Competition. It is also a day to identify our elite athletes and for students of all abilities to compete in at least one jumping, throwing and running event, as well as relays.
- Transport: Students are to make their own way to Porritt Stadium. The students are expected to be there by 8:30am. Please note that this is a very busy area for traffic and delays maybe expected, so leave early.
- Buses: Please see the separate School Links notice regarding bus information.
- Bikes: Must be locked and kept in the secure area throughout the day.
- Uniform: HBHS House or PE shirts with black PE shorts are to be worn to and from Porritt Stadium, or your normal HBHS school uniform. While participating in the events, PE uniform, House T-shirts, or House coloured T-shirts must be worn. Running shoes are recommended to be worn on the track (to avoid receiving blisters).
- Expectations: If students are absent due to sickness parents must ring or provide a note in the School Diary to the Tutor Teacher on the next school day of attendance.
- Sun: Please ensure your son has protection from the sun in the form of sunblock, a hat, sunglasses and clothing to cover up.
- Food: A canteen is available to buy lunch and drinks with EFTPOS available. No pizza or other takeaway deliveries or BBQs are permitted.
- Weather: If the weather is doubtful, please check the school website http://www.hbhs.school.nz/blog under school notices at 7:00am for cancellation. We will also send an email via school links.
- Belongings: Although we take every care to prevent loss of personal belongings, we urge students not to bring valuable items.
- Finishing Time: The day will finish at approximately 2:35pm when students will be released. We invite all parents to attend, tea and coffee will be available throughout the day. However, parents are requested not to seek early release for their sons, except in the case of appointments or emergencies.
Mr T Miller
TIC Athletic Sports Day
HBHS Cricket Registration Term 1 2020
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Monday 10th February
Cricket Registration Term 1 2020
You will be invoiced once you have registered and been placed in a team
Basic fee for all teams - $60
Men’s Premier/Snr A - $150 ($60 + $90)
Development - $100 ($60 + $40)
1st XI and Junior XI fixtures, tournaments, exchanges and tours will be costed separately
Players to have an HBHS Cricket HQ profile (check you only have one)
CRICKET PLAYING GEAR
Cricket shirts and HBHS cricket hats are available at the school shop.
All players are expected to be in whites and correct shoes. No “snap backs” or non-regulation caps.
Batting and wicket keeping gear can be provided on request and will be added to the team gear bag.
HBHS has a small number of batting helmets available on request.
Travelling uniform for the 1st and 2nd XI school fixtures.
HCA matches players arrive at the venue ready to play.
Click the link below to visit HCA website.
021 084 17068
HBHS Bucket Hats
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Wednesday 5th February
Our HBHS bucket hats are available to purchase from the school shop. Originally they were $15 but now have been discounted to $10.
We have discounted the hats to encourage our boys to wear them to support a sun smart schoolwide approach.
HBHS Parents' Association AGM
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Tuesday 4th February
The Parents' Association wish to inform that the Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 18th February.
It will be held in the staff room at 7pm.
All are welcome to attend.
If you have any questions or concerns then please contact the committee on firstname.lastname@example.org
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Monday 3rd February
As you will have seen in the media the situation concerning the coronavirus is being monitored closely by the Ministry of Health and Education.
This is a new virus and its specific nature is currently unclear, however it appears that you can have the virus at an early stage and not be showing any symptoms. This incubation period is currently considered to be up to 14 days.
Our young men have returned to classes this week, so we ask you to recognise that the health of both students and staff is a priority for us all. I encourage you to err on the side of caution and here are some steps you can take:
- As always anyone who is unwell should not be at school. If you have a particular concern about your son, please contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages and they do have Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff available.
- Any student who may be at high risk of exposure because they have recently been to China, in particular the Hubei Province, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, are asked to delay the start of their school year for 14 days, after their return, and to voluntarily stay away.
- The following link provides information from the Ministry of Health, and we are reviewing the current situation daily.
Thank you for your support of the school, through this time. It is appreciated.
Defensive Driving with Evolve Driver Training
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Thursday 30th January
Defensive Driving with Evolve Driver Training - Courses for Term 1 are as follows:-
First course starts Monday, 10 Feb (times are 6pm - 8pm)
The second course starts Monday, 23 March.
Registration is to be done via Evolve website:
HBHS Parent Portal Access
In 2019 you were given access to the HBHS Parent Portal for a limited time to enter your son's Year 9 option subjects.
The details you were given are no longer valid and you are now unable to access the portal until the middle of February when we will email you a new username and password which will refresh your access to the portal.
Our two Argyle House Parent Representatives for you to contact about any hostel matters
Mrs Shay-Lee Wylie (Te Kuiti)
Feel free to contact me by email email@example.com