Wairoa College

Newsletter 1st September 2022

Message from the Principal

We are very much looking forward to seeing other Year 6-8 students from the district attend our Wairoa College Sports and Games Festival tomorrow, Friday 2nd September. This is part of the transition process for our students, an opportunity to mix with students from other schools and to get a feel for what we offer at Wairoa College.

Our Open Evening is on the 7th September from 4-6pm. There will be opportunities for a tour and to talk with current students and staff.

I would also like to remind caregivers that enrolments and scholarship applications for 2023 are due by the 30th September. If you would like to meet with me to discuss pathways for your child please contact the office to make an appointment. All information regarding enrolments and scholarships is on our school website.

Ngā mihi nui

Mrs Jo-Anne Vennell

Sports and Games Festival Friday 2nd September 2022

Wairoa College is hosting a Sports and Games Festival to support the transition of students to Wairoa College in 2023. The event will consist of Rippa/Touch Rugby, Netball and Basketball coaching and games as well as a range of other activities and challenges for students. Any Year 6 – 8 students in the Wairoa District, including our home school and correspondence students, are welcome to come and join in the fun.

Students are to come to school in mufti PE kit shorts/tracksuit/leggings suitable for playing sports in.

We will have Hawkes Bay Rugby, Sport Hawkes Bay and Kahungunu Executive working alongside Wairoa College staff and students to organise coaching and games of rugby, netball, basketball and a Services Academy challenge.

Parents and whānau are welcome and encouraged to attend to see the range of opportunities Wairoa College offers and join in the fun. Lunch will be provided and there will also be a sausage sizzle. Enrolment information, including access to our new online enrolment will be available alongside information about our wide range of extracurricular activities and sports.

For further details, please contact.


Learning Support Coordinator

Wairoa College

Nga Mata Nui o Kahungunu Kahui ako

Phone: 06 838 8303 Cell: 021 547 294

Email: lsc@wairoacollege.school.nz

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Year 7 & 8 Scholarships 2023

This year Wairoa College is offering four scholarships for Year 7 students and four scholarships for Year 8 students in 2023. These scholarships are worth $500 each and will be allocated to your child's account to cover school expenses.

There will be one scholarship for each of the 4 categories below

  • Academic

  • Sporting

  • Cultural

  • All Round

Online Enrolment and Applications for scholarships are open now. Please see link tabs below.

Scholarship applications close on Wednesday 30 November 2022.

What has been happening for Year 7&8 in Term 3 so far!

Health – Hauora

Kahungunu Executive delivered the Pūhuruhurutanga - Puberty Presentation with the support of Tihei Rangatahi co-cordinator, Miss Hineiaia Te Amo. This was a great opportunity for our student's to be involved in a presentation presented by our local role models. All our students completed a survey about the Pūhuruhurutanga - Puberty Presentation. Revel-Jamez Hook, Chase Carroll, Te Maioho Maitai and Logan Pitman won the Kahungunu Executive hampers.

Wairoa Aurora Young Leaders

The Aurora Leadership Programme, made up of students from schools around Wairoa. Uzair Sahib, Chase Carroll and Te Maioho Maitai are part of this group. As part of the Wairoa Aurora Young Leaders of 2022 the students have been learning about how they can give back to the kids in our community. With the help of Nigel How they are going to give our koha of kai and clothes to the organizations that will help distribute to those most in need. Our Wairoa community food bank, which gives food to other whanau who don’t always have a lot or who sometimes just need a helping hand. The members who help out don’t get paid and just do it out of their aroha for Wairoa.

Our Goal:

· Our message is all about giving back to our Wairoa community and giving back to our whanau.

· Koha from Wairoa College

· Helping tangata in need

· Give tamariki more

· And Mostly let our Wairoa Whanau know that we’re here for them.


We want every student from Wairoa College to donate


· Canned foods

· Preserved fruits and vegetables

· Packaged fruit and nuts

· 2 minute noodles

· Packets of soups, pastas and rice

· Cereal boxes

· Lunch snacks: Muesli bars, chip packets, fruit strings, crackers etc

Year 7&8 Cross Country

Our school Cross country is organised by Toby Taylor and the P.E Department in Term 1. Due to COVID we were unable to complete this. Also due to all the rain this Term we were unable to run a whole school Cross country as the grounds have been wet and muddy. Last week the Year 7&8 students were given the option to run in a Cross country event held at Toby Taylor’s farm. We had at least 24 runners who thoroughly ran their best and enjoyed the experience.

Year 7&8 Boys

1st Oryn Fasso

2nd Mason Crossan

3rd Oscar How

Year 7&8 Girls

1st Laverda Huata

2nd Desire Bell-Douglas

3rd Natasha Clayton-Greene

Health – Hauora

Our students continue to develop and focus on Navigating the Journey. Students are developing an understanding about their growth and development. Kahungunu Executive delivered the Pūhuruhurutanga - Puberty Presentation with the support of Tihei Rangatahi co-cordinator, Miss Hineiaia Te Amo and transition worker, Dom. This was a great opportunity for our students to be involved in a presentation presented by our local role models.

WYAT Aspiring Leaders Program

COVID interrupted this program from starting in Term 1 but we are excited to announce that this will continue this term. Ally Hislop is the new Sport Performance Programmes Coach who has taken the role over from Raun Haerewa. Koka Rox will be coordinating the WYAT Aspiring Leaders until the end of the year.

Friday 2nd September: Wairoa College

Friday 16th September: Hastings Sports Park

Friday 23rd September: Wairoa College

Year 7&8 up and coming Term 3 Events:

Thursday 1st September: 2022 Barefoot Sevens Primary Schools

Friday 2nd September: Wairoa College Sports and Games Festival.

Friday 2nd September: Wairoa Primary Schools District Cross Country

Friday 2nd September: WYAT Aspiring Leaders Program 9-10am

Wednesday 7th September: Wairoa College open evening 4-6pm

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Congratulations Achieved With Excellence

Geography 1.6 - Describe aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue.

Rylee Burton

Mikaela Foley-Hollis

Ava Moeau-Wilson

Economics 1.2 - Demonstrate understanding of decisions a producer makes about production.

Rylee Burton

Mathematics and Statistics 2.5 - Apply network methods in solving problems

Dylan Adams-Gray

Holly Gray

Tom Kerley

Mathematics and Statistics 2.2 - Apply graphical methods in solving problems

Kefir Kirwan

Eden Scotson

Grace Whaanga

Media Studies 3.2 - Demonstrate understanding of the meaning of a media text through different readings.

Tobias Hornby

Mathematics and Statistics 3.9 - Investigate bivariate measurement data

Custom-Lee Rigby-Grace

Araley Rudd

Year 9 Good Sorts Awards

The four students have been chosen as this week's good sorts for having high attendance and showing manaakitanga to their peers this term. Year 9 Good sort awards for 11th August

Good sorts were:

Waitama Crowley

Katherine Atkinson

Maraia Ahuriri-Campbell

Rebecca-Rose Baker

Well done to our Year 9's who are displaying our four school values!

Miss Wallace & Mr McGregor


The following students were awarded this week for displaying one of our core values of:

Caring for each student (Manaakitanga),

Working together (Kotahitanga),

Respect (Whakamana),

and Resilience (Aumangea).

Ataahua Te Puia-Huaki, Kingston Edwards, Isiah Amato, Liesl De La Haye,

Isobel Powdrell, Milla Rudd, Abbie Gray, Logan Pitman,

Victoria-Leigh Hati, Sophie Vennell, Storm Sigley, Ella Howard,

Emma Powdrell, Jahnei Lafaiki & Ina Chandler

Library Guess the winners

Library Week Competition winners

*Find the words to discover the saying

Y7 Milla Rudd / Abbie Grey

Y8 Brylee White / Ziva Strait

Y9 Trisdan Grey-Thompson

*Guess the title

Y7 1st equal Olive-May Thurston / Desire Bell-Douglas

2nd - Isobel Powdrell

Y8 1st -Riley Kendall

2nd equal - Brylee White / Mia Ngawhare-Kaa

Y13 Samantha Botica

Derived Grade Exam Week

Year 11 – 13 students who are completing external assessments will have a chance to practice their exam skills during derived grade exam week. The first exam is on Monday 5th September. Exams will run all week. Please see the attachment for a full timetable.

These exams are an important opportunity for students to show what they know. The results from these exams will be used to assign a grade to a student when they are unable to sit the proper exam in November, e.g. due to illness or tangihanga.

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Recreational Physical Education 202 Class

On Wednesday the 17th of August the REC202 class went out to Mohaka School to coach the kids through a series of sporting activities that included sports like Rippa Rugby, Ki O Rahi and Soccer. The students showed fantastic leadership skills and the kids at Mohaka all had a great time and can’t wait until we come back. One of the teachers from Mohaka school said; “The thing that really stood out to me was how kind and respectful the college kids were to ours”.

Services Academy - Year 10 Day Tramp

On Wednesday 17 August 2022, students from the Year 10 Services Academy embarked on an outdoor adventure to Lake Waikaremoana. Phase One, to tramp from Onepoto car park to Panekire Bluff (first lookout). In preparation for our tramp, students received lessons on basic navigation skills, map orientation using a compass, pacing distance and maintaining communication with portable radios. A first for most students, experiencing the physical demand required when conducting a tramp.

Phase two, cold water immersion in Lake Wakamarino. All students and I, without reservation leaped off the step walls jumping straight into the freezing cold water. Our objective, remain in the water for three minutes. What a long three minutes it was.

To finish our activities, students were in charge of preparing lunch. What a great time had by all.

Hemi Karauria


Services Academy

Services Academy - Life 202 Workshop

Wairoa College Services Academy students completed a comprehensive Life and Financial Skills four-day workshop. The programme was designed to give people direction, motivation and the life skills to make positive and transformational change. Some of the content focused on property investment, share market and business plans. Overall, an amazing programme delivered by a passionate and motivated facilitator, Philip Moon.

Hemi Karauria


Services Academy

Science Roadshow

Once again Wairoa College had the pleasure of hosting the Science Roadshow.

Once again, the Science Roadshow proved to be fun, exciting and an interactive learning

experience of science for our local tamariki.

The live show, 'Sparks, Arcs and Gherkins', show-casing the dynamics of electricity, was a hit.

There were many hands-on exhibits, including Astronomy, Ecology and the Environment,

Gravity, Heat, Human Lab and Sound.

Year 10 students assisted the Roadshow personnel and were praised for their efforts.

On behalf of Wairoa College, and the visiting Primary schools, we would like to thank the

Science Roadshow for including Wairoa in their tour and we are looking forward to a return


Music Workshop

On Wednesday 17th August, ten of our senior music students got the opportunity to work alongside Laughton Kora for the second time this year! Our students took part in an adult's songwriting session and were inspired by other musicians who attended. Nga mihi nui goes to Hawkes Bay Music Hub, the NZ Music Commission and EIT for funding such brilliant workshops and making them accessible to all. One of our students (pictured with Laughton), Putiki Greening performed at the conclusion as a thank you from our Wairoa cohort. Well done Putiki!

Here's what Laughton had to say about our students:

"It was great to see the students again! They spoke well and contributed to the session amazingly, keeping the room bubbly and alive. It was one of my favourite classes to date"

Georgia Wallace

Music Teacher


On Tuesday 16th of August we had a team of passionate representatives from the Wairoa Hospital visit. Manager Robbie Walker is keen on recruiting and training new staff from our local area. Where better to spread the word about Health Careers than here at school with our eager students. Also talking to our senior students were representatives from St Johns Ambulance, Health Care Assistance, Nursing and Midwifery - Students were able to hear from all of the speakers as they moved around the hall and some have now established a plan to work in the area of health care. Thanks to our presenters for their energy and enthusiasm.

Trades Academy Courses at EIT

Are you interested in completing a course at EIT? Are you unsure about what course you would like to do? Some of our students have taken the opportunity to do Integrated Trades. This is where students get the chance to experience Automotive, Building and Construction or Engineering over the course of one year. During these courses students have built dog kennels, stools, a tool box and serviced a car. Picture Tom Kerley enjoying engineering.

The Open Day is Friday September 23. Year 11's will have the chance to attend. See Ms Hayward for more details.


CONGRATULATIONS to our Year 7 & 8 netball team for winning the final of the Unison Napier Year 8 Premier Netball competition last night.

Wairoa College 15 Napier Intermediate Mystics 13

They will now be heading off to Rotorua in 3 weeks time to compete in a netball tournament.


Congratulations to our Year 10 Netball Team who won their final against Napier Girls High School on Saturday to take out the Hawkes Bay Netball Year 10 Two competition. They won a closely fought final 17 - 15.


CONGRATULATIONS to our Boys Basketball Team for winning the grand final of the Senior School Division 3 competition this week.

Wairoa College beat Napier Boys.


The teams final hockey game was played at Park Island this week. Wairoa College won 4 - 3 against Lindisfarne College.

Esports Action

Students in action during a lunchtime Esports session. The most obvious reason why Esports is so popular is the fact that it’s extremely entertaining for everyone involved.
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Calling for Volunteers

We are asking if there are any parents who might be available to help set up for the ball (Friday 23rd) and more importantly tidying up on the Saturday 24th. Please contact the school office.


Ball Coordinator


Tautoko Referral for Rangatahi

Tautoko is a Ministry of Education funded initiative to provide student support services for kura and schools across Ngā Mata Nui O Kahungunu Kahui Ako to address the emotional, behavioural and well-being needs of rangatahi (young people). Please note: This is a primary mental health service for children and young people 4 - 18 years old with mild to moderate needs. If you have moderate to severe mental health needs should be referred to Te Harakeke Child and Adolescent Family Services; the Secondary Mental Health Service Provider.


Adolescent Family Services; the Secondary Mental Health Service Provider.


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Upcoming Events

  • Trades Academy Gisborne - Friday 2 September
  • Sports and Games Festival - Friday 2 September
  • Open Evening for Year 7 & 8 - Wednesday 7 September
  • Derived Grade Exam Week - Monday 5 to Friday 9 September
  • Rural Health Careers Presentations - Friday 9 September
  • Sports Science 101 - Sunday 11 to Tuesday 13 September
  • Services Academy Adventure Challenge - Monday 12 to Friday 16 September
  • Te Aute Rugby at Wairoa College - Wednesday 14 September
  • MCAT Exam - Thursday 15 September
  • Cross-Curricular Trip 9C & 9K to Museum - Friday 16 September
  • Pilot NCEA Exams - Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 September
  • School Ball - Friday 23 September
  • Open Day at Trades Academy EIT - Friday 23 September
  • Year 10 Whakapunake Trip - Friday 23 September
  • Kapa Haka - Thursday 29 September
  • Last Day of Term 3 - Friday 30 September
  • Term 4 Begins - Monday 17 October


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