Issue 15 - 14 November 2022



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.

It has been an incredibly busy time since the last newsletter. We had the privilege of hosting our annual Senior prizegiving recently to our departing year 13’s, prize winners and parents in the hall and online. I felt privileged to host important guests and celebrate success at WHS. My congratulations goes out to every prize winner, head student and their family. Thank you for being you, for allowing us to teach you, learn from you and get to know you. We are proud of who you are and who you have become. There are a few photos shared below, and more on our Facebook page.

To our departing year 13’s , you still have your exams, but the reality is that you leave us to step out into the real world. Whatever the future holds for you, you will always be part of this school, always welcome back here. We look forward to learning about your future successes. Travel safely and have a full life, lived one day at a time and lived for others.

Thank you to the staff who organised the Prizegiving, so many hands make light work!

After prizegiving the senior students set off on study leave, I wish them all the best for their external exams. We have been hosting a full revision program that is available here. In addition there have been many students in school as part of our achievement support program who have been working with teachers to complete final assessments. Thanks to all those teachers who have continued working hard to make this happen and support our young people.

It has been great to see the seven teams from WHS compete at the BOPSS Volleyball over the last few weekends. There have been some great results and learning as a team. Our Senior Boys ‘A’ Volleyball will be competing in the Australian Schools Champs in December, good luck to them! Appreciation goes to the coaches, managers and parental support who have helped make this happen.

As we prepare for 2023 at school it is important to talk to the community about what is happening at the school.

In regards to Property we will see the L Block toilets get a refurbishment and a big new shade sail being built outside of B-Block as welcome shade for everyone, these are BOT funded. The BOT has also committed to over $250,000 of capital item purchases to put the best equipment in front of our young people. These include resourcing equipment like mountain bikes, stand-up paddle boards, tents and rucksacks for the growing Outdoor Education program. In addition to two new computer suites to replace existing ones which puts the latest technology in front of our students. Thanks to the BOT for their commitment to the school.

Staffing / recruitment for 2023 has been happening for the last two terms. We farewell Mrs Gail Zonneveld (again), Ms Gael Harper (again), Mrs Judith Graham, Mrs Linda Bonne, Ms Youngman, Mrs Matrix, Mrs MacFarlane and Mr Robinson. Mrs Jones and Mrs Blakeway will be on study leave in 2023. Ms Shanks is embarking on an OE next year and Mrs Wright will be on Maternity leave. To replace them we welcome:

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We look forward to welcoming these new staff and know that we have new staff that will add value to our curriculum and wider life of the school.

In 2023 we have modified our current timetable based on self-review and consultation with staff. You will see in the examples below that we have made the following changes:

  • More 90 minute periods. We feel that longer periods will offer more opportunity for deeper learning and understanding, greater opportunity for students to explore their ideas and thinking and will be beneficial for subjects that naturally lend themselves to longer periods. For example the Science department will benefit by being able to complete experiments and have time for the write up and reflection in longer periods. You can see that there are still one hour periods.

    We also believe that lesson time is lost as students transition across the school. Longer blocks and less movement over the school day will mean we have more learning taking place. We have been working with staff on adapting their practice over the course of the year and into next year.

  • Changing Mentoring time to before Interval. We know that mentoring is crucial to supporting young people, but organisationally by shifting it to before Interval will allow for important notices and information to be shared before Interval. In addition we know that students' priority is to get to school and straight into class. Mentoring time also enables us to run scheduled assemblies where we celebrate success, establish our expectations and acknowledge our values.
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I will share more about our strategic aims and our goals for 2023 in the coming weeks. Enjoy the warmer weather and I look forward to seeing you at the beach!

Martyn Knapton


Senior Prizegiving 2022

Level One English - NZQA Examination

As this is a digital exam, students are required to have an NZQA login. If students have not yet set up their NZQA student account, they are required to do so before the exam date of Thursday 17 November. They can easily do this by visiting the NZQA website and following the prompts. Please note they will be required to enter their NSN number, which can be found on their NZQA admission slip. If there are any issues, we strongly encourage students to come into the school so we will support them with this.
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Art folios

Here is some of the work our hard-working art students submitted for their external final submission. Congratulations to these students, we are so proud of you!
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Level 2/3 Film Awards 2022

t the start of Week 3, Year 12 and 13 Media Studies students had the opportunity to showcase their absolutely fantastic short films at our local picture theatre, Whakamax. The students had all worked tirelessly to produce short slasher films - think John Carpenter's Halloween and Wes Craven's Scream. All the films showcased excellent concepts. Chloe Moore’s film featured a vengeful teacher as the 'masked killer', Aspen Kennedy and Joshua Brown’s film centered around a killer microwave, and Evia Linnell-Olson, Sophie Mills, and Jess Rika’s film brought the Cluedo characters to life, depicting their gritty murders by wrench, candlestick and the like. It was neat to watch many of the students’ films on the big screen! Thanks, Aspen and Fay Kennedy for making this possible. You guys rock!

A big congratulations goes out to all of my wonderful Media students! I look forward to working with the Year 12s again next year and wish the Year 13s all the best for their future creative ventures/studies. I know your futures are bright!

Awards Pictured:

Maia Te Ratana and Mouwhia Davis - Best Costume Design

Jacob Hagan - Best Actor

Aspen Kennedy - Best Director and Best Cinematography (plus more!)

Joshua Brown - Best Visual Effects

Evia Linnell-Olsen, Sophie Mills and Jess Rika - Best Screenplay

Volleyball selections

A massive congratulations to the following students who have been selected for the NZ Junior Volleyball squads - Jamie Julian, Kendall McKane and Mia Cole. The squads will be working throughout 2023, looking to attend the 2024 Asian Champs.

Girl's Cricket

Whakatane high school sent a girls cricket team to the Mike Wright Invitational tournament in Tauranga on Sunday and Monday this week. The girls displayed courage and comradery throughout every game when facing a fast bowler or an aggressive batter. There were many highlights like “Pounce like a tiger” which was the motivational call during the fielding, quick reaction times saw some impressive run outs and brilliant catches, on point bowling left experienced batters stumped, the girls even managed to find the boundary a couple of times. It was an amazing experience for our novice girls to play against teams that had representative players which inspired a passion for cricket to which our students have communicated the need for more games in the future. Jarrod Braddock was the legend and the coach that initiated and constantly supported the cricket team to get off the ground. Cricket was the winner on the day for bringing the girls together and embracing their shared enjoyment of the game. All teams displayed amazing attitudes and positive energy both on and off the field.


The WHS Junior volleyballers were in action again over the weekend with most teams playing in new pools. The Junior A boys started their 2nd weekend strong with wins over the WHS B boys 2-0, Tarawera 2-0 and Te Puke 2-0, before going down in a tight game against TBC 9B 1-2. The Junior B Boys had losses to Tarawera 1-2, Te Puke 0-2 and Western Heights 0-2. The Junior C boys were in action at QEYC over the weekend with a win over John Paul College 2-0 and losses to Western Heights B 0-2, Otumoetai Y9 0-2 and a close 3 setter to Opotiki 1-2.

In the girls side, the Junior A girls won 2 close 3 setters against Trident 2-1 and Bethlehem 2-1, The A girls also won 2-0 against Tauranga Girls A, and took a 0-2 loss against Western Heights.

The Junior B girls had a successful weekend with 4 wins from their 4 games - Taupo 2-0, Otumoetai 2-0, Te Puke 2-0 and Aquinas 2-1. The Junior Y10 girls team had 2-0 wins against Katikati, Mount Maunganui 9Black and Western Heights Development, and loss 1-2 against Western Heights C. The Junior Y9 girls team celebrated wins over Otumoetai 9B 2-0, Mount Maunganui 9Red 2-0 and losses to Opotiki A 0-2 and John Paul College R 0-2.

All teams now have 1 more pool game before playoffs next weekend.

Well done to all players, coaches and volunteers.


Jon Tiwha-Smith recently competed in the New Zealand skateboard nationals 2022, held in Gisborne on the 4th & 5th of November. Jon competed in the men’s open street competition and finished 3rd in his heat, just missing out on the semi finals the following day. Overall Jon said it was a great experience competing and meeting new people. Well done Jon.

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Thanks Trust Horizon!

A huge thank you to Trust Horizon who granted us electricity equipment for the science department.
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Below is a small list of events coming up.

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

  • Sports Awards Dinner - 18 November
  • NCEA Teacher Only Day - 21 November
  • Paid Union Meeting - 30 November, 1-3pm. School finishes at 12.30pm
  • NCEA Teacher Only Day - 2 December
  • Wider Living Week - 5-7 December
  • Junior Prizegiving and last day of school - 9 December


Science Department Request

Our Science Department would appreciate any donations of ice cream containers and chinese takeaway containers with lids - any size.

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:
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