Wairoa College

Newsletter 25th March 2021


Tēnā Koutou Katoa

We have been very busy preparing for our Open Evening and Gala which is on today from 3.30-6pm. There will be many food stalls, raffles, pony rides and games. Students and staff will be available to answer your questions and help guide you on a tour around some of our classes. When you arrive for the Open Evening you will register and be given a card. If you visit at least four of the department displays, get the cards stamped and then place your card in a box at the registration desk you will go into the draw for a free uniform for 2021.

As mentioned in my last newsletter, ‘Regular’ attendance is defined for statistical purposes as 90% or higher. However, Ministry of Education analysis shows every day has a cumulative impact on a child’s learning and there is no ‘safe’ level of non-attendance. Every day matters. The whanau class with the highest average attendance rates for the first 10 weeks of school will earn House points and a pizza lunch. Students are asking their teachers what their attendance rate is on a regular basis.

Our KARMA cards have been a real success. Students who are displaying our school values and effort in their classes are earning themselves stamps on their KARMA card. Every week students who have completed cards gain House points and go in the draw for chocolate. This week's assembly was full of excitement as the first recipients were given their chocolate. Well done to all students who are regularly displaying our values of Kotahitanga, Resilience, Manaakitanga and Respect. I would like to thank Ms Haderbache and Ms Clark for all the work they have done in setting up this new initiative.

This week we have many fun activities happening including the Cricket Year 7 and 8 District event, our Open Evening and Gala, our Cross Country at Mr Galvan's farm and EPRO 8 for the district on Friday.

This week presentations to Year 11 classes started outlining what is needed for students to gain NCEA Level 1 and what Level 2, Level 3 and University Entrance also look like. Discussion was had around the need for these qualifications, terminology and what students had to do to gain Subject and Level Endorsements. The classes we have gone to so far have had a good understanding and they also asked good questions which is very pleasing.

Our assembly this week acknowledged students who had shown leadership in Years 9-12. These students received their leadership badges. I would like to congratulate them and I look forward to seeing what they accomplish this year.

Ngā mihi nui

Mrs Jo-Anne Vennell


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Grace Ismail, PJ Johnson, Kirby Montana, Joaquin Mitchell, Turi Paku, Tevita Pasikala, Hunter Rangi, Mia Robertson, Haylee Simmonds, Melakai Spencer, Keira Taylor, Matanui Whai, Te Awina Wihapi-Nia Nia.


Bonny Akuhata-Gemmell, Nate Douglas, Putiki Greening, Kaylah McMurtrie-Reynolds, Ayla Ranginui, Kashya Ruwhiu, Ivan Smith, Leitesha Taylor-Bell, Exodus Taylor, Miharo Te Amo-Tipuna, Madison Te Kahika, James Vennell, Alyx Wairau.

PB4L – Positive Behaviour 4 Learning

Positive Behaviour 4 Learning a is framework that Wairoa College has been using for many years now. However, it is getting a little bit of revamp this year with some new and exciting things happening.

The driving force behind PB4L is staff openly and transparently acknowledging out students’ positive actions. We want our young people to leave school in a positive way, into whatever they would like to do, with positive behaviours in place.

There are two new changes in school. The first is the KARMA Cards. The acronym KARMA stands for our four values of Kotahitanga, Aumangea, Respect and Manaakitanga. If you demonstrate good behaviour and these values, you are an Awesome person.

Each student has a KARMA Card and must have it sitting on their desk in class. Whenever staff see positive behaviour, they reward students by stamping their card and acknowledging their behaviour. When a student’s card is full, they pop into the house box at the office and go into a weekly draw for chocolate. At the end of each term, all KARMA Cards from the entire term will go back into a big draw for prizes.

The second change is a new fortnightly report. Each fortnight, teachers will be marking students on their ability to meet classroom expectations. The first focuses are on students’ effort and their ability to meet deadlines in subject classes.

The expectations of effort and meeting deadlines may look differently in different subjects so teachers will be having a conversation with students about this.

This fortnightly report is entered on KAMAR when teachers do the roll. Students will be given a mark between 1-4.

1 – Erratic (Students are erratically attempting work and/or meeting deadlines).

2 – Inconsistent (Students are occasionally attempting work and/or meeting deadlines).

3 – Consistent (Students are frequently completing work and/or meeting deadlines).

4 – Extra/Excellent (Students are going above and beyond expectations with completing work and/or meeting deadlines).

At the end of each fortnight, an email will be sent to all whanau with your student(s) report.

The purpose behind this report is to give students a more regular idea of how they are meeting classroom expectations. We are wanting to improve communication with our whanau in the community and allow better conversations to happen between students, whanau and teachers to improve learning outcomes for our students.

Please note that we need an up to date email from all whanau. Whanau teachers will be contacting you to update our details. These reports do not replace our current reporting system but support it.

9C English - Daily Dash

We are Learning to write quickly and well.

Topic of the day: Personal Excellence.

Writing by Kaya Keefe-Taeoalii

Personal excellence is all about teamwork, social intelligence and much more. It’s all about yourself. It’s also being the very best you can be. If you are a dedicated person then you might strive for personal excellence. Yes, it is hard work, but if you try really hard then you might achieve it. You just need to try your best and if you do you might even achieve something over personal excellence.

Writing by Tuhi Thompson-Hatley

Personal excellence is being the best you can be. In sports, try your hardest, don’t be a sore loser and have fun. Have a good time. Show kindness to others around, to all of the people you see even if they are mean to you.


Level 2 Chemistry students are currently carrying out an investigation into chemical species present in a water sample using qualitative analysis. The assessment requires students to present their analysis of water samples and discuss an ion’s effect on humans and /or the environment as a report.

9C and 9O Sailing

Last week despite rather cold and rough conditions 9O and 9C walked down to the Wairoa Sailing Club for a day of sailing instruction. Along with three of their teachers, the group were a little chilly on arrival. In groups of four, students watched a demonstration of how to rig up an Optimist yacht before completing the task themselves. Following this, the students hit the water. Working in pairs students attempted to sail around three buoys on the river. Overall a great day despite the cool conditions and shifty wind. We would like to thank Jill and Adrian Mayhead of the Wairoa Sailing Club for their time and support of our learning.

Senior Tourism Class

On Friday March 12 some of the students from the Tourism class visited Wairoa i-SITE. Hope Tahuri gave a thorough tour and talked about the facility and her role as a Tourism Information Officer. Hope shared an in depth knowledge of the tourist attractions in the Wairoa District and she spoke about the most commonly asked questions from overseas tourists. She showed the students a variety of her responsibilities from booking visitors a seat on the ferry to the South Island to booking local accommodation.

The students were then given a talk by Rubyanne Edwards the Tourism Information Coordinator. The students learnt a lot about the various roles within Tourism and they left with many brochures highlighting the beautiful local attractions in our area.

Many thanks to Hope and Rubyanne for their enthusiastic hospitality.

Ngā mihi Paddy Owen

Farming and Agriculture

Year 11 students that are interested in farming and agriculture have the opportunity to work on and experience farm life this year. Under the guidance of Toby Taylor as their tutor, and supervised by farm owners Paul and Sonya Swann students have done a range of physical farm activities. This includes crutching, docking, shearing, fencing, firewood, calf marking and a range of other jobs that are vital to the smooth running of a farm. The programme is funded by STAR which is managed by Karen Hayward. This fund allows students to experience the world of work and to also gain agriculture credits which go towards their NCEA totals.


All students have received a preliminary report last week to take home to whanau. These reports are a brief indication of how the student has settled into their learning for 2021. If you have any questions about the information provided in the report please do not hesitate to contact your student’s Year Level Dean to discuss these issues further. Whanau who have an email address on record should have received a copy of the report via email. Reports will also be made available on the Kamar app.


Congratulations to students who represented Wairoa College last week at the Hawkes Bay Athletics Championship. A special mention to Manuel Hook who placed 1st in the Discuss and will compete in the Hawkes Bay Team at the North Island Competition in Hamilton next month.

Hawkes Bay Secondary Schools Swimming Champs

March the 9th saw Kaylah McMurtrie-Reynolds (14years) and Ronan Gemmell

(12 years) make waves at the annual Hawkes Bay Secondary Schools swimming champs in Flaxmere.

Was a nice little meet to get Kaylah back into the competitive world after a number of meets being cancelled due to Covid, with Kaylah entering a small number of events she came home with top placings within the 14-15 year old female age group 1st 50m freestyle, 2nd 50m breast stroke , 2nd 50m butterfly.

It was a joy to see Kaylah up there with the top competitive swimmer in her age group.

Ronan swooped up 4th 50 backstroke, 4th 50freestyle and considering he was the only 12 year old male swimming he did amazing for his age group mixed in with 13 year old boys , he placed 10th overall in 100 freestyle this even was open age so he came up against a few 17 year old males .

These two swimmers put Wairoa College on the board with our female placing 5th school overall out of 10 and Boys 6th overall out of 7 schools.

Both swimmers continue to train 5 days a week to prepare for future competitions.

Well done Ronan and Kaylah.


Best effort

Year 7 - TK / Te Ahikura Edwards

Year 8 - Maraea Ahuriri-Campbell

Year 9 - Te Ruiihi Rore-Keefe

Year 10 - Zade Thompson-Maxwell

Year 11 - Hamuera Waiwai-Tipuna

Year 12 - Sativa Pari

Year 13 - Patricia Davis

Best shown house spirit

Junior boy - Joshua Cram

Senior Boy - Teancum Scotson

Junior girl - Chanelle Brown

Loudest person during chants

Te toki - Awatea Tither

Te toki - Putiki Greening

Patu - Mokai Wallace-Karauria

Nga taiaha - Wheturangi Peipi

Nga taiaha - Syderra Morrison

Manu- Tupou Pasikala

Manu - Jessie-James Mason

Best SPL participant

Manaia Ferris-Reynolds

Best dressed

Senior girl - Angel Hammond

Junior girl - Storm Sigley

Senior boy - Ceizar Fasso

Junior boy - Kayahdem Weekley

Best dressed teacher

Female - Turina Paku

Male - Reece Harrison

Most supporting teacher

Rebecca Haderbash


Tristan Gray-Thompson

Jemini Robertson

Ritchie (teacher)


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Upcoming Events For Term 1

  • Open Day and Gala, school finishes at 1:30 - Thursday 25th March
  • 10R Cross Curricular Trip - Friday 26th March
  • EPro8 - Friday 26th March
  • Board of Trustees Meeting - Wednesday 31st March
  • Firearms Licence info session - Tuesday 30th March
  • Easter Holidays - Friday 2nd to Tuesday 6th April
  • Year 10C &10K Cross Curricular trip to Takitimu Marae - Thursday 8th to Friday 9th April
  • Aspiring Leaders Screening - Friday 9 April
  • Gisborne Careers Expo - Tuesday 13 April
  • Interschool Athletics - Wednesday 14th April
  • Puhoro Wananga Day - Thursday 15th April
  • Trades Academy Year 12 & 13 Gisborne - Friday 16th April
  • Last Day of Term 1 - Friday 16th April
  • Term 2 Starts - Monday 3rd May
  • Year 13 Health and Safety Course - Friday 7th May
  • Smarts and Smashed Programme - Friday 7th May
  • Trades Academy Year 12 & 13 Gisborne - Friday 7th May
  • Learners Licence Course - Wednesday 12th May
  • Alcohol Expo Taradale - Friday 14th May