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,’
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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.
Senior Prizegiving Cups
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
Most Outstanding 1st XI Boys' Player Travis Bartlett TARGD
Mandy Hall Trophy
Contribution & Sportsmanship to Girls' Football Rachael Patterson MAUHS
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
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
Contribution to College House Sport by a Senior Maddie Taylor AORWJ
Green Family Cup
Deputy Head Girl Paige Taylor MAUNB
Head Girl Georgia Higinbottom MAUNB
Head Boy Felix Stephens REMW
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
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
Senior Girls' Public Speaking Rosemary King GNTBN
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
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
Secretary of the School Council Clay Jenkinson GNTBN
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
Achievement in an emerging Sport Dylan Turner RANCO
Challenge Old Girl's Cup
Girls' Sport & Sportsmanship Amy Bunny RANCL
Boys' Sport & Sportsmanship Hayden Cooper REMV
The Ronaldson Cup
All Round Contribution to College Life - Girls Georgia Higinbottom MAUNB
All Round Contribution to College Life - Boys Wills Harbord MAUM
22nd Battalion & Perry Family Award
Leadership, Diligence, Initiative & Community Spirit Samantha Marriott RANHR
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
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
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
Best Junior Boys' Football Player Zach Anstis AORCG
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
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
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
SCHOLARSHIPS 2022 - CONGRATULATIONS
Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington
Tangiwai Recipients - Abigail McCaffrey & Rachael Patterson
Totoweka Recipients - Frank Preddey & Jacob Walsh
South Wairarapa Vet Scholarship 2022
Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University Scholarship
Tangiwai Scholarship - Rachael Patterson MAUHS & Abigail McCaffrey REMN
Totuweka Scholarship - Jacob Walsh MAULN & Frank Preddey REMSA
Ko Te Tangata Scholarship - Jordyn Matthews RANBC & Maddie Stewart TARTN
Go Waitahi Canterbury Scholarship $5,000 - Cameron Baker MAUBK
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.
- The student must attend their closest state or state-integrated school
- 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
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org