Newsletter Christmas 2021

Wairarapa College 16 December 2021


The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary - Vince Lombardi

This term we have recognised the hard work, grit and determination of our students at our award assemblies and prizegivings. Congratulations to all our students who gained success in academia, sport, performing arts and citizenship.

I extend my sincere thanks to those who have directly or indirectly enriched the lives of our students this year; the teaching and support staff, the Board of Trustees, our community volunteers and our parents and caregivers.

To the staff and students who leave us at the end of the year, I thank you for your contribution to our school and wish you all the best for your next adventure.

I wish you all a safe and enjoyable break and look forward to 2022.

With wisdom and courage, kia mātau, kia māia,’

Matt White

Principal Tumuaki

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Long serving staff farewell

Three long serving staff members leave us at the end of this year.

Mrs Christine Buckley, Health and PE teacher is retiring after a fun-filled 45 years. Mrs Jo-Anne Bisset, Assistant Principal, who introduced Academic Mentoring to our college, is also retiring after 16 years with the College. Mrs Jane Ogilvie, teacher of English and Social Science as well as Teacher in Charge of International Students departs after 18 years to spend more time with her family. They have all contributed over 40 years each to education.

Thank you for everything you have done for our school.

Senior Prizegiving Major Awards

Congratulations to the following recipients.

Elise Jung-Leask received the Middle School Dux and BOT Scholarship for the top Year 11 student.

Anika Stewart placed first in Year 12 and receives the BOT Tray – Top Year 12 Scholar.

Hayden Cooper won the T&J Rasmussen Cup for Achievement and Service to 1st XV Rugby and has achieved 33 Caps for the 1st XV Rugby and is the Vice-Captain. He is also a member of the Senior A Basketball team, Co-Captain and winner of the Best Boys Basketballer 2021. Hayden received the Holmwood Cup for Boy’s Sport and Sportsmanship.

Amy Bunny co-captained the 1st XI Hockey Team and has played for the 1st XI since Year 9. She has represented Wairarapa hockey at both U18 and Women’s grade. Amy was selected for the New Zealand Women’s U18 Hockey Squad. She received the Challenge Old Girl’s Cup for General Sportsmanship.

Paige Johns has been a committed Drama and Music student since Year 9. Paige has taken every opportunity offered in the school and has become an accomplished leader and an excellent role model. She is supportive of her peers and no doubt has a fantastic future. Paige is a worthy recipient of the Cultural Council Trophy for Greatest Contribution to Arts over 3 Years and the Niklas Mattsson Cup - Greatest Contribution to School Music.

Mila Te Whare-Manson has a strong interest in the Arts and has been involved in many aspects including choirs, productions and showquest. She volunteered herself with another student to organise the Cultural Prizegiving Assembly this year. She received the Buick Cup for Involvement and Commitment to all Aspects of College Life.

Georgia Higinbottom has been our Head Girl and has been proactive, performing her role with confidence and looking for opportunities to build the team further. Georgia clearly displays the ethos of this cup and it is our pleasure for her to be awarded with the Ronaldson Cup for 2021.

As Head Boy, Wills Harbord has again, led by example in a quiet and humble manner, carrying out the responsibilities required such as doing duty, taking a role in the student council, and working with younger students offering support in a variety of areas. Wills received the Drummond Chesterman Cup for All-round Contribution to College life.

Sophie Cusack received the McConnell Cup for demonstrating the highest quality of character and intellect. She is community driven, coaching and mentoring others, whether it is on the sporting field, at the Rural Games, Leading Relay for Life, as a House Leader or as Deputy Head Girl.

Samantha Marriott has displayed qualities of leadership, diligence, initiative and community spirit, just what is required for this award. Samantha has been involved in leadership, not only in the Prefect Team but since Year 10 as a SLAM Mentor. She has also held the mantle of one of the House Leaders this year for Rangitumau. Samantha has displayed leadership and community spirit at Poto College House and is held in high esteem. Samantha recieved the 22nd Battalion and Perry Family Award for qualities of leadership, diligence, initiative and community spirit.

Abigail McCaffrey was awarded Excellence at both Level 1 and Level 2 NCEA. She is a well- rounded young lady, who has given a huge amount to Wairarapa College, especially in the Cultural area of the school and as a leader. Abigail is a positive young person, and her positivity is contagious. The Proximate Accessit for 2021 is Abigail McCaffrey.

Kishan Sukha achieved an Excellence Endorsement in both Levels 1 and 2 NCEA. He has continued this outstanding academic record, achieving all 47 credits attempted to date at an Excellence level. Next year, Kishan is heading to Victoria University to study Business. Kishan has been placed first in Accounting, Biology, Chemistry and Economics. With a calculation of 1.95, the Dux for Wairarapa College 2021, receiving the Wong Cup, the Wairarapa College Prize and the BOT Scholarship is Kishan Sukha.

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Senior Prizegiving Cups

Schlaepfer Cup

Girls' 1st XI Cricket Best All Rounder Charlize Carson-Butler PUKAL

Craig McBride Award

Spirit of Cricket in Boys' 1st XI Felix Stephens REMW

75th Jubilee Trophy

Rugby Player of the Year Lipa Junior Lam Yuen TARKT

Kelly Cup

Most Outstanding 1st XI Boys' Player Travis Bartlett TARGD

Mandy Hall Trophy

Contribution & Sportsmanship to Girls' Football Rachael Patterson MAUHS

Tankersley Cup

Contribution & Sportsmanship in 1st XI Team Ben Schwass RANRW

Kim Condon Cup

Best All Round Girls' 1st XI Player Maddie Taylor AORWJ

Best All Round Girls' 1st XI Player Amy Bunny RANCL

Mutimer Trophy

Contribution to College Netball Sophie Cusack AORMG

Wairarapa College Best Girls' Basketball Player Charlize Carson-Butler PUKAL

Wairarapa College Best Boys' Basketball Player Hayden Cooper REMV

Fisher Family Equestrian Cup

Contribution to Equestrian Georgia Higinbottom MAUNB

Edmonds Cup

Contribution to College House Sport by a Senior Maddie Taylor AORWJ

Green Family Cup

Deputy Head Girl Paige Taylor MAUNB

Sladden Cup

Head Girl Georgia Higinbottom MAUNB

Sladden Cup

Head Boy Felix Stephens REMW

Hinau Cup

Practical Agriculture William Clarkson RANCL

Smith Estate Prize

Top Year 12 Agriculture Student Hannah Donald RANCL

PGG Wrightson Cup & Prize

Agricultural Excellence Samantha Marriott RANHR

J Henderson Memorial Trophy

Senior Graphics George Searle MAUBK

Mitre 10 Trade Tools Award

Innovation in Design Technology Hadley Wiramanaden AORAH

Progressive Engineering Cup

Senior Design Technology George Searle MAUBK

Robbie Cameron Memorial Trophy

Year 12 Construction Innovation Award Alexander Clark PUKPA

Falkner Trophy

Special Education Achievement Sam Armour KA

Daniell Tray & BoT Award

Year 12 Essay Ryan Davidson MAUBR

Hancox Memorial Tray & BoT Award

Year 11 Essay Elise Jung-Leask GNTBN

Ashton-Warner Tray & BoT Award

Year 13 Best Extended Writing Frank Preddey REMSA

Hatch Cup

Senior Girls' Public Speaking Rosemary King GNTBN

Amor Cup

French Improvement over the Years Rachael Patterson MAUHS

Cultural Council Trophy

Greatest Contribution to Arts over 3 Years Paige Johns MAURC

Jamie Selkirk Media Studies Trophy

Best Film of the Year Will Tickner MAULN

Olive Sutherland Baton

Contribution to Arts in School & the Community Will Tickner MAULN

Senior Drama Award

Contribution to any Aspect of College Drama Caelan Van Biljon TARGD

Potts Shield

Outstanding Theatrical Performance Timothy Osborne TARGD

Wingate Family Trophy

Commitment to Painting Ryan Davidson MAUBR

Annette McKenzie Cup

Contribution to School Choral Music Janelle Hargood-Connor GNTBN

Niklas Mattsson Cup

Greatest Contribution to School Music Paige Johns MAURC

PTA Prize for Performance Music Jayden Alexander AORMG

PTA Prize for Composition Jayden Alexander AORMG

Prime Minister's Vocational Excellence Award

Jordan Haglund GNTBN

Taucher Cup

Secretary of the School Council Clay Jenkinson GNTBN

Council Cup

Treasurer of the School Council Rebekah Brown REMHD

Treasurer of the School Council Hannah Donald RANCL

Kiri Playle Cup

Chairperson of the School Council Hannah Brown REMME

Rachael Edmonds Memorial Cup

Deputy Head Girl Sophie Cusack AORMG

Rachael Edmonds Memorial Cup

Deputy Head Boy Max Mitchell RANDM

Morice Gair Cup

Head Girl Georgia Higinbottom MAUNB

George Dixon Cup

Head Boy Wills Harbord MAUM

PTA Trophy

Achievement in an emerging Sport Dylan Turner RANCO

Challenge Old Girl's Cup

Girls' Sport & Sportsmanship Amy Bunny RANCL

Holmwood Cup

Boys' Sport & Sportsmanship Hayden Cooper REMV

The Ronaldson Cup

All Round Contribution to College Life - Girls Georgia Higinbottom MAUNB

Drummond-Chesterman Cup

All Round Contribution to College Life - Boys Wills Harbord MAUM

22nd Battalion & Perry Family Award

Leadership, Diligence, Initiative & Community Spirit Samantha Marriott RANHR

McConnell Cup

Highest Quality of Character and Intellect Sophie Cusack AORMG

Buick Family Trophy

Involvement & Commitment to all Aspects of College Life Mila Te Whare-Manson MAUM

UCOL U-Skills Accomplishment Award Alyssa Simpson TARGD

Most Dedicated Student Hair, Beauty and Retail Sarah Bunny RANHR

Outstanding Student Makeup and Skincare Olivia Goodin REMW

South Wairarapa Vets Scholarship Paige Taylor MAUNB

Middle School Dux & BOT Scholarship Elise Jung-Leask GNTBN

BOT Tray - Top Year 12 Scholar Anika Stewart AORSW

Chan Cup - Proxime Accessit Abigail McCaffrey REMN

School Dux - Wong Cup & Wairarapa College Prize Kishan Sukha TARPL

Cultural Awards

Junior Prizegiving

Jayden Kilmister Trophy

Best Junior Boys' Cricketer Samuel Payne AORW

B Edmonds Trophy

Most Promising Year 9 or 10 Rugby Player Le’Sharn Reiri-Paku TARTN

Cornford Cup

Most Promising Junior Hockey Player Amanda Jephson MAUHS

McKenzie & Patterson Cup

Sportsmanship & Contribution to Intermediate Netball Jayla Brown PUKKX

McKenzie & Patterson Cup

Sportsmanship & Contribution to Junior Netball Tia Lio REMN

Bailey Trophy

Best Junior Boys' Football Player Zach Anstis AORCG

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Best Junior Girls' Football Player Chloe de Lara-Bell MAUBK

Progress League Cup

Year 9 Essay Xander Martell-Turner REMHD

Progress League Cup

Year 10 Essay Brooke Medlin AORAH

Le Moyne Cup

Year 10 Public Speaking Sam Freeman PUKAL

PTA Prize

Year 9 Public Speaking Lola McCartney RANCO

Tama Isaacs Trophy

Māori Culture (Years 9 & 10) Awatea Carswell WHAR

Groombridge Family Trophy

Junior Music Loyalty & Dedication Alyssa Jordan RANCL

Council Cup

Junior Girls' Sporting Achievement Sovaia Sabutu TARCH

Junior Boys' Sporting Achievement Samuel Payne AORW

Mika Family Trophy

Greatest Contribution To School Life in Year 9 and 10 Brooke Medlin AORAH

Junior DUX and BOT Scholarship

Charlotte Cusack GNTBN


We are delighted to advise the following students have been offered School Leaver Scholarships for 2022

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington

Tangiwai Recipients - Abigail McCaffrey & Rachael Patterson

Totoweka Recipients - Frank Preddey & Jacob Walsh

South Wairarapa Vet Scholarship 2022

Paige Taylor

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University Scholarship

Tangiwai Scholarship - Rachael Patterson MAUHS & Abigail McCaffrey REMN

Totuweka Scholarship - Jacob Walsh MAULN & Frank Preddey REMSA

Waikato University

Ko Te Tangata Scholarship - Jordyn Matthews RANBC & Maddie Stewart TARTN

Canterbury Scholarship

Go Waitahi Canterbury Scholarship $5,000 - Cameron Baker MAUBK

Otago Scholarship

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship Allie Nelson AORW & Holly Hancox GNTBN & Hailey Robson TARWT

The Osborne Group Accounting Scholarship

Tom Cardno AORCG & Nahum McPhee RANEG

1st Biology and Ursula Macfarlane Scholarship

Georgia Higinbottom MAUNB & Kishan Sukha TARPL

School Bus Arrangements for 2022

Next year our school bus operator is changing. Our new school bus operator is Go Bus. We are working closely with Go Bus and the Ministry of Education to ensure that the transition to our new school bus operator goes well.

To make sure that the start of the school year goes as smoothly as possible, please familiarise yourself with the information below.

As always, please either stay with your children while they are waiting for their school transport in the morning or keep in contact with them to make sure that they are picked up safely.

School bus routes, timetables and bus stop information:-

when using the above link, filter by Central Wairarapa and this should show the routes. If not then you will need to contact “Transit 2021” or ”Go Bus 2022”

Eligibility for school transport assistance

We often get questions about whether students qualify for school transport assistance i.e., a place on a school bus.

The Ministry of Education has three criteria that students must meet in order to qualify for school transport assistance.

They are:

  1. The student must attend their closest state or state-integrated school
  2. The student must live more than a certain distance from the school:
    • Years 1-8: at least 3.2 km
    • Years 9-13: at least 4.8 km
  3. There must be no suitable public transport options

The Ministry of Education has a handy video on their website that helps explains the eligibility criteria for school transport assistance.

Responsibility of caregivers

To ensure a safe environment for bus loading and unloading, caregivers should:

  • not park in bus bays
  • adhere to the speed limit (20 km/h while passing a stationary school bus on either side of the road)
  • try to eliminate the need for children to cross the road
  • ensure that children get to and from the bus stop safely
  • teach children to not run across the road

Please note: if you currently have a private arrangement with your bus operator, you will need to contact your bus operator to confirm that your arrangement will continue in 2022. This includes fair paying students.

School transport queries

If you have any queries about our school transport, please contact our Bus Controller. He can be contacted on

Wairarapa College Uniform Donations

Summer holidays are a great time to have a clean out - if you have any uniform that is not needed we would love it if you could donate them to the college via the office (in February). Donated uniform goes a long way to helping those students who need extra support.

Thank you

Mr Alistair Morrison

Learning Support Co-ordinator


On 27 November 2021 WaiCol Cricket Team played in Wellington against Wellington College

Mark Steventon scored 250 runs (not out) and Samuel Payne 219 (not out). Their partnership of 449 (not out) is the 3rd highest batting partnership in New Zealand history below 1st Class level. The highest partnership dates back to 1910/11 apparently. Alistair has just been contacted by NZ Cricket to congratulate the team and notify us that we will be recorded in the NZ Cricket Almanack.

This is a fantastic result, and we won the match against a team that beat us soundly in Term 1, incidentally.

Poto College House 2022 enrolments OPEN NOW

Each student at Poto College House is considered part of an extended Whānau. We are a co-educational boarding establishment providing a structured environment which supports each child to be successful both in and out of school while developing life skills, pride and individuality.

We can provide flexible care for your Child. Poto College House provides the most affordable boarding option in the Wairarapa for 5 and a half days per week, Monday to Saturday. We also offer casual boarding (a minimum of three days per week).

You don’t need to live a long way from Masterton to come to Poto College House - You may simply commute for work and have a child who is heavily involved in cultural or sport activity after school! Poto College House offers support a few days a week to ensure your child completes their study, gets to and from their activities, is well fed, in bed at a good hour and at school on time!

2022 Enrolments are open now!

If you are considering boarding for your child, Poto College House Manager, Stacey Grant, would love to talk to you. Call 027 391 6311 or

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