Issue 3 - 10 March 2022


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E ngā reo, e ngā mana, rau rangatira mā, ngā matā waka, tēnei te mihi nui atu ki ā koutou katoa. Ko te wawata me te tumanako ka noho ora mai koutou katoa.

Last week saw us move to an alternating school because we were having high levels of staff absenteeism. Thankfully many of these staff are back and ready for work. We are now in a position to welcome back the full school on Monday 14th March.

This was part of our business continuity plan. Whilst we move back to a full school next week we may have to move back to an alternating school if we are faced with the same staff absenteeism again.

The BOT are confident that we can run the school as usual at this moment in time.

We thank you for your support of our plan and would really appreciate it if you could encourage your child to return to school next week.

In the meantime we are looking forward to connecting with our community next week at our student mentoring interviews which can be booked here.

A reminder for all of us

  • If your child is symptomatic. Please do not send them to school.

  • If your child is at home isolating and can complete their schoolwork, it is important that they access their learning through their Google Classrooms. We have a complete list of every Google Classroom for every teacher here.

  • It is important that masks are worn inside at school.

  • If you are a household close contact your isolation period has been changed:

    • Isolation periods are being shortened. From 11.59pm Friday, people with COVID-19 and their Household Contacts must isolate for 7 days, not 10 days.

    • Household Contacts will need to test on Day 3 and Day 7.

    • Once you have recovered from COVID-19, you will not need to isolate again for 3 months, if someone else in your household tests positive during that time. This is an increase from 1 month.

Student Mentoring and Meet the Teacher

At WHS, we believe in powerful partnerships with students and their whānau at the centre. Education is strengthened when we work together on common goals. The Student Mentor interviews are important in building connections and common goals between students, parents and teachers. These will take place next week (Week 7) on Wednesday from 3:30pm-7pm and Thursday from 10:30am-5:30pm. We will provide a quick report on your child's progress against our school values and start discussing realistic goals for 2022 and beyond. You can book these interviews here. These goals will be reviewed at Student Mentoring Interviews in Term 3.

A reminder that students are not required at school on Thursday 17 March to allow these interviews to take place.

In Week 8, on Thursday from 3:30-7pm we will have a ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening where you can meet with teachers to discuss your child's learning in their specific classes, if you still have questions after meeting with your child’s Student Mentor in Week 7. These interviews can be booked at the Student Mentoring interview, or via a booking link which will be released at a later date.

Challenging students to achieve

My congratulations go to Mia Shepherd and Charlotte Billings for being accepted into the Blake Inspire Experience in October. These students have been recognised as environmental leaders and alongside 100 other students in NZ they will take part in a one week residential leadership programme in partnership with the Ministry for the Environment. Congratulations. More details are here.

Building future leaders: Student Leadership at WHS

In addition to the Blake Inspire Experience. We are also looking at additional ways to support and recognise student leadership in our school and grow our students leadership capabilities. We are involved with Waikato University Management School: Leadership Academy and have a number of year 13’s taking part in the program in 2022.

In addition to building leadership skills at School and recognising leadership we have created a new tier of student leadership in year 12. These students will be our House Leaders and work alongside the Heads of House in supporting and leading inter-house competitions and events.

Congratulations to the following students who will be acknowledged with badges at assemblies later this term:

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Chess battle

Every Tuesday during lunchtime, a battle takes place in our Library. Our teaching staff from the Maths department play chess against our students. The students really enjoy playing against them, and we're pretty sure the feeling's mutual.

Zonta recognises Whaea Hemarangi

Whaea Hemarangi has been recognized by Zonta with the Yellow Rose Award, coinciding with International Women's Day.

She stood out as a nominee for her dedication towards supporting and empowering the young rangatahi of Te Aka Matua, always showing maanakitanga and whanaungatanga. She was also commended for being a part of a team of Maori teachers at WHS who lead other staff in their learning about Waiata and tikanga Maori.

Ka mau te wehi Whaea Hemarangi, kei runga noa atu koe!


EBOP Dressage Show 2022 held 20th February

Amy Fleming (yr12) riding Jeff (Tough Kid) successfully competed in the show finishing 1st place in her OA test. A combination of movements and an awesome partnership between horse and rider

North Island Inter-Schools Show Jumping Final Series at St Peter College, Cambridge held 26th & 27th February. All the girls had a great weekend, there were a lot of horses and ponies in the lower heights with over 30 in the 60/70 and 80/90 pony classes.

Pony results from Saturday

  • Lily Isaac and Daisy Mae were 9th with a nice clear in their 60/70cm and 9th with one rail down in their 80/90cm.
  • Charli Robinson and Black Shadow had one rail in each round for 11th and 13th in both her 80/90cm rounds.
  • Katelyn Peterson and Glenarden Sky High had a couple of rails in both her 1.10/1.15cm rounds but still had great results with 2nd and 5th

Hack results from Sunday

  • Jade Maloney and Stella 7th and 14th in their 80/90cm rounds.
  • Abby Hindmarch and Mr Zebedee came 1st in their first round of 1.10/1.20cm and 2nd in their second round.

Overall the girls did a great job competing against 27 other teams over the weekend. The Whakatane Gold Team was made up of Katelyn, Charli, Jade and Abby finishing 8th. Lily Isaac was in a Draft team along with the rider from Whakatane Intermediate and Tokoroa and finished 17th. Unfortunately the girls didn't compete in Day 1 of the series so our overall results were not as good as they could have been. However the girls will be back next year.

Opotiki Pony Club Intermediate/Secondary Showcross 3rd March


  • WHS Team 1 (Abby, Talia, Bradley, Jade and Rosie (draft rider from Gisborne)) placed 1st
  • WHS Team 2 ( Katelyn, Charli, Josephine, Lily, Talia 2) placed 3rd.
  • Abby Hindmarch (and Zebedee) placed 1st in both rounds at 110cm, 1st overall
  • Talia Good 2nd both rounds at 110cm, 2nd overall
  • Talia Good and Vinnie (2nd horse) 2nd overall at 90cm overall
  • Katelyn Peterson and Chilli 3rd at 110cm, 3rd overall
  • Jade Maloney and Stella 3rd overall at 90cm
  • Bradley Dain 3rd overall at 1m


The WHS rowing team travelled to Karapiro to compete at the Aon Junior Rowing Regatta over the weekend 26th & 27th February. While the atmosphere was very different due to COVID restrictions meaning no spectators allowed, the team were grateful to have the chance to compete.

Final results were:

  • U17 Single Scull – (5th in heat) Jonghyun Yun
  • U16 Single Scull – (B final 5th) Logan Howard-Hill
  • U18 Novice Double Scull – (A final 3rd) Christiaan Nel & Indy English
  • U18 Novice Eight coxed – (A final 3rd) – Lucas Weijers, Deshan Senavirathna, Ryan Manning, Kikiwa Tua Swain, Jack Boyde, Andre Perkins-Toailoa, Christiaan Nel, Indy English and cox Evia Linnell-Olsen
  • U18 Novice Quadruple Scull – (A final 3rd) Lucas Weijers, Deshan Senavirathna, Ryan Manning, Kikiwa Tua Swain and cox Evia Linnell-Olsen
  • U15 Double Scull – (A final 7th) Ryan Pryde & Jack Boyde
  • U15 Double Scull – (A final 1st) – Kaden Naidoo & Travis Talpos (winning by 11 seconds)
  • U17 Eight coxed – (A final 4th) - Ryan Calder, Shaun Snow, Luke Berquist, Zak Boonen, Logan Howard-Hill, Jonghyun Yun, Kaden Naidoo, Travis Talpos and cox Conrad Hopkins
  • U17 Quad coxed – (A final 1st) Ryan Calder, Shaun Snow, Luke Berquist, Zak Boonen and cox Conrad Hopkins (Personal best time 6.26)
  • U 17 Coxed Quad Sculls - (B Final 8th ) Charlotte Billing, Emma Jackson, Kaylee Lawlor, Cassie Bennett, Entelea Savinelli
  • U 18 Single scull – (C Final 5th ) Sophie Peat
  • U 15 Double Sculls – (A Final 7th ) Cassie Bennett, Kaylee Lawlor
  • U 17 Double Scull – (B Final 5th ) Grace Iremonger, Sophie Sisson
  • U 17 Double Scull – (C Final 5th) Kirsty Bell, Entelea Savinelli
  • U 16 Double Scull – (B Final 6th) Charlotte Billings, Emma Jackson
  • U 16 Double Scull – Sophie Peat, Greta Jackson (3rd in heat, didn’t finish final due to injury)

The team now look towards preparing for the NI Secondary Schools Championship scheduled for 11-14th of March.


Rangiātea – Whakatāne School for Young Parents

Rangiātea – Whakatāne School for Young Parents, is part of Whakatāne High School but we are located on Golf Links Road, at the old site for Adventure Solutions. This is where Ngati Awa Social Services is located and our partnership with them means we have our school on their site.

Over the summer holidays, Ngati Awa Social Services supported Rangiātea to have some much needed signage erected, so that people in our community know where we are. Next time you’re driving along Thornton Road keep a lookout for our brand new signs!

If you know of a young parent under 21 who wants to complete their NCEA in a supportive and welcoming environment, then please get in touch. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and reach us via email and cell phone.

Uniform reminder

A reminder that the only jerseys that can be worn at school are the ones from the uniform shop with our logo. No other jerseys are allowed however any plain black jacket (showerproof) can be worn for warmth.
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New Surf Lifeguards on Patrol!

Congratulations to Eden Gloyn, Jordan Gault, Sian Gebert and Ella McKay who all passed their Surf Lifeguard Award and will now be patrolling the beaches for the rest of the season.

Students explore the history of the Mataatua Marae

On Wednesday, March 9th our Year 12 and 13 painting students went out to Whakatāne Library & Exhibition Centre - Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi, to work with artist Julie Paama-Pengelly. In the workshop, students explored whakapapa and the history of the Mataatua marae to create their own original artwork.
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19 orienteering students from Year 9 to 12 enjoyed a tough run around rotorua collecting checkpoints.

Student Wellbeing Survey

WHS continuously seeks ways to support the wellbeing of our students.

This year, we are working with a wellbeing team from GoodSpace Schools Ltd to implement a wellbeing survey, initially for all Year 9 students this term. We aim to extend this programme to other year groups throughout the year. The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete and will be run during mentor time.

The results of the survey are confidential and will be available immediately to our Student Support Team (school counsellors and nurse) only. Follow-up support will range from class-based information/education, referral to validated self-help tools, peer group sessions or individual time with a school counsellor or nurse. Students with the highest needs will be prioritized.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Judith Graham, HOD Guidance,

Term 1 House Competition Calendar

From a van push and tug-o-war, to carnival games and ultimate frisbee, Term 1 has it all! Click here to check out the calendar of house events to look forward to this Term.


Below is a small list of events coming up.

For the full calendar of events, check out this link:

  • Student Mentoring Interviews - 16-17 March - book here
  • Normal school timetable resumes from Monday 14 March
  • Meet the Teacher - Thursday 24 March
  • Class photos - Friday 8 April
  • Anzac Assembly - Tuesday 12 April
  • Community of Learning Teacher Only Day - Thursday 14 April
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Student Health Notice

Health services provided FREE in school:

  • School Nurse: daily except Wednesday morning
  • School Doctor: Tuesdays P2
Visit the Student Office to make an appointment.

School bus information

If you require information about your student/s bus route or timetable for any in-zone routes, please contact Go Bus directly on: 07 846 8796. If you're wanting information for out-of-zone bus routes, please contact Uzabus on 07 308 6169. Masks are mandatory on all school buses.

Rangiatea Whakatane School For Young Parents

Check out the Rangiatea Facebook page and see what our fantastic teachers have been up with with our young parents: