Newsletter 2022 Term 2 week 10

Wairarapa College 2022


I wish to thank and acknowledge the work of our staff during the most difficult term to date of the Covid-19 pandemic. Staff and their whānau have been affected by Covid-19, flu and the busyness of life. Some staff have been away all term.

Despite this, I have seen many examples of staff going above and beyond. They have remained committed to implementing our new junior curriculum and have been flexible to ensure our senior students continue to have the opportunity to succeed to the best of their ability in NCEA. They have also offered activities and events outside of the classroom to provide students with an all-round education involving the arts, sport and culture. I am proud of our achievements this term.

In particular, thank you to Mrs Suzanne Oliver and Mrs Katherine Cronin who have covered classes for the majority of the term including planning, marking and communicating with whānau.

We wish our departing staff member Mr Luke Knight our youth worker all the best as he commences a teaching degree. In addition, the wonderful Ms Sharon Haeata, Hostel Matron for 16 years, also departs to spend time with family in the Cook Islands.

Some of our significant achievements this term include:

  • Inaugural Readers Cup winners
  • Will Tickner being selected for the New Zealand Shakespeare School Production
  • Captivated winning Talent Wairarapa over 14 group
  • Wairarapa Times-Age Sports College of the Year

Congratulations on these successes.

We are always striving to improve in everything we do. We welcome any feedback. Our concerns and complaints policy is attached below.

I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable break.

Matt White

Principal Tumuaki

Please send us your feedback to

Readers Cup champions

Wairarapa Readers Cup

Wairarapa College Readers Cup team won the inaugural event at Rathkeale with a score of 43 out of 60. Kuranui and Rathkeale tied for 2nd with 38 points. A great achievement for our Year 9 students who had to read and study six texts without any help.

The team are:

Adelaide Arcus

Shaughan McGregor

Ava Kent

Joseph Campbell

Thank you to Whānau Teachers and English teachers for giving the team the time to get together as a team and read the required books!

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Wairarapa Film Festival - Milk Stains

Pictured above:

Mark Hadlow (Famous NZ actor)

Jed Brophy (Famous NZ actor)

Jane Ross (Festival organiser)

Dr Alfio Leotta (Vic Uni Lecturer and Q&A moderator)

Richard Wallis (Media Teacher Wairarapa College)

Daniel Johnston-Kanavatoa (Milk Stains creator)

Luca Neilsen (Milk Stains creator)

Congratulations to WaiCol students, Luca Neilsen and Daniel Johnston-Kanavatoa, on the screening of their short film, Milk Stains, as part of the Wairarapa Film Festival. It screened alongside the feature length film, Blue Moon, staring Mark Hadlow and Jed Brophy. The screening was followed by a very successful Q and A session hosted by Victoria University lecturer Alfio Leotta.

Special thanks to Jane Ross, organizer of the Wairarapa Film festival. Funds raised from this screening went to the purchase of new equipment for media students.

National Shakespeare Festival

After winning the 15 minute scene in the Wairarapa Shakespeare Festival our group qualified for the national festival in Wellington. We participated in a very competitive regional festival which has helped the students shine at the nationals.

Cody Laing-Bayley was chosen from hundreds of students performing and awarded best delivery of text. This is a huge achievement and even more so considering he is only Year 10.

Will Tickner and Cody Laing-Bayley were selected to attend National Schools Shakespeare Production (NSSP). Baxter Fergusson was selected as a runner-up and is therefore a reserve for NSSP. 46 students from around NZ are chosen to attend this week long workshop in Dunedin and from here, 20 are chosen to go to the Globe Theatre in London.

Thank you to Mrs Bridget Price for giving up her long weekend to assist and support our students.

Alix Bushnell

HOD Drama

Junior Curriculum - end of semester one

The first semester of our new curriculum has successfully concluded with a celebration of teaching and learning.

Project based classes displayed and presented their finished products including "Street Food" organising a very popular food market and "Experiential Art" completing their portfolios using a range of medium such as woodcuts. "How To Save The World", an inquiry based class has completed environmental audits of the school and then made recommendations to senior leadership. "Grow Local, Sell Global" completed an investigation of a local industry and harvested our first batch of olives for pressing. "Drama Alive" are ready for their Term 3 production. "Play it Loud" and "School of Rock" performed a lunchtime concert for students and staff. "French Bonjour" and "French Encore" classes were visited by a local French speaker, Mme Bénédicte Tollu. It was a chance for them to practise French talking with a real French person. They asked questions in French and she also had questions to ask them. Merci beaucoup à Madame Tollu!

Hapori Community Time

A new initiative as part of our revised junior curriculum for 2022 is Hapori Community Time.

Hapori Community Time provides our Year 9 and 10 students with creative/action/service-based experiences which enhance their hauora (health and wellbeing), develop positive connections with the wider school community, and equip them with transferable skills to reach their full potential in today’s world.

This term a group of Wairarapa College students are visiting Aratoi to learn about, and experience, what it is like to work in a museum and develop an exhibition. The group is working closely with Aratoi’s education team to engage and connect with the heritage of our region. The students have been collaborating with the staff to create the first youth-selected exhibition at Aratoi.

On 9am - 9:40am on Friday 8th July Aratoi is exhibiting Gone Bird, their exhibition is officially on Aratoi's website under upcoming events. Exhibitions | Aratoi — Wairarapa Museum of Art and History Check it out and start promoting it with your friends.

Other options this term included EnAction environment group, Kapa Haka, hockey development, World Vision, career skills with REAP, Recycle a Device with the Masterton Library and boxing at the Wairarapa Boxing academy.

Homestay Families Needed

New Zealand is opening its borders to international students from the end of July, and we are quickly gearing up to welcome international students back into the college.

These international students are coming to Wairarapa College to experience a kiwi lifestyle, to expand their knowledge of English and to see something of our country.

If you decide to host a student, we expect that you will treat them as one of your own and include them in any activities, trips, and visits that you would normally undertake.

The organizations sponsoring these two groups of students have asked that they are provided with their own bedroom, and that we ensure homestays host only one international student at a time.

The rate of reimbursement for homestay families is generous and more than covers the cost of having an extra person in your home.

If you are interested and would like to know more, email the International Student Dean, Geoff Shepherd on

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Wairarapa Times-Age Sports Awards

The awards evening was a successful night for the college, which attained:

  • College of the Year Wairarapa College
  • Youth Sports Team of the Year Senior A Netball
  • Disabled Sports Personality of the Year Josh Taylor
  • Peoples Choice award Josh Taylor
  • Scholarship recipient Maggie Shields, softball

There were a significant number of finalists and winners in other categories of current and ex students including Dane Lett who win the supreme award. Thank you to all our community who are involved in sport.

Inter College Cross Country Results

Great results at Wairarapa Secondary Schools Cross Country! Congratulations to the following participants:

Brooke Miller – 1st Y9 Girls

Ethan Davidson – 1st U16 Boys

William Larkin – 1st U19 Boys

Rory Faulkner – 2nd Y9 Boys

Rhett Dornan – 4th Y9 Boys

Noah Fisher – 4th U16 Boys

Charlotte Bunny – 4th Y9 Girls

Josh Taylor – 1st AWD

Thank you to the Wairarapa College Sports Foundation for the donation of 2 minivans.

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Wellington Short Course Swimming champs held in Wellington recently, was held over 3 days.

Tana Baker Sefo

Bronze in 100m IM

Silver in 200m Breaststroke

Silver in 100m Breaststroke

Bronze in 200m Free style

Jack Younger

Silver in 50m Breaststroke

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Slam Poetry

The Young Readers Programme in Schools is part of Featherston Booktown's Karukatea Festival. This year, Wairarapa College took the opportunity to host four fabulous poets, Jordan Hamel, Rose Northey, Vivienne Plumb, and Emma Sidnam. All of our junior students attended their performance of Slam Poetry, and were then invited to work with the poets in workshops.

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Senior Student School Ball

We have the Wairarapa Senior College Ball coming up on the 20th August. This is a special night, much anticipated by our Year 13 Students. In order to attend this, it is important students have regular attendance at school.

Tickets sales for the Ball open on Monday 27th June and close on the 5th August. There are NO LATE SALES, as caterers need definite numbers.

Tickets will be issued on Friday 19th August to the ticker purchaser. That means students must be at school on that day. Tickets are $85 each.

Parents are not permitted to enter the hall (although they are more than welcome to come and watch the arrivals) so private family photos should be taken before the event.

Students will be admitted to the Ball between 7.30pm and 8.30pm. The evening concludes at 11pm. Students need to be aware that if they arrive after 8.30pm, they may not be permitted to attend. Vehicles dropping off Ball attendees will need to enter from the Renall Street hostel entrance and leave via the main entrance on Pownall Street.

This is a school event, school rules apply. NO alcohol, vapes or drugs are permitted. Students deemed under the influence will not be granted entry.

The Ball is sure to be a fantastic night and Wairarapa College would like to thank the community for their ongoing support of this event.

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Senior A Basketball - Raffle results

Thank you to all those who purchased a raffle ticket to support the Senior A Basketballers.

I am pleased to announce the winners are:

1st place winning a load of firewood - Julie Fitzell-Feek

2nd place winning one month gym membership- Louise Edwards

3rd place winning $100 petrol vouchers - Kienz Solanzo.

Julie Fitzell-Feek (who lives out of town) kindly donated the firewood to a Wairarapa College family in need. A big thanks to Julie! Also, a big thank you to Jim and Lyn Alpe who donated the 1st and 3rd prize and also to Belgravia Leisure for donating the 2nd prize.

The boys are off to Wanganui to compete in a tournament so we wish them all the very best!

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Reminder-Year 12 Merit and Excellence NCEA is the measure for university scholarships.

Learners Licence practice and AA test July 12th ,13th and 14th at REAP House. Drivers Licence is a must for the workforce.

SVA- Student Volunteer Award.

This award recognises the students that do volunteer work. Coaching, service, life-saving at Riversdale etc. Download the App and log in your hours. Intro badge 5hours, Bronze 30 hours, Silver 250 hours and Gold 500 hours.

Comprehensive First Aid

A large number of students have up-skilled in First Aid. 24 students also gained certificates in Height Safety in the workplace.

Year 12 Victoria University Day Wellington

A group of Year 12 travelled to Wellington to explore options at Victoria University. Over 20 schools from the Wellington region participated. Students opted for three different workshops and were also able to explore an expo during lunch. Lunch was provided by Victoria University.

University 2023 Preparation

The majority of universities have now presented to our students. Their next visit will be to help students to plan their courses at university. In the mean-time students are applying for scholarships from either the university website or by searching the MONEYHUB database. Hostel accommodation and enrolment for university is the next job. Students also need to check out Student Loan and Student Allowance needs to be organised before mid- December for 2023 otherwise it won’t be processed for 1st Semester.

Careers Visits Term 2

Growing Future Farmers- Year 11 and 12 students opted to visit the Open Day at Solway Showgrounds after Natalie Priestley had presented to Ag classes. Guest speakers and former students spoke about their journey in farming.

Other visits were Massey University STEM day in Palmerston North, UCol Open Day in Masterton, Dairy visit to Stevenson’s farm Gladstone and school visits from Queenstown Resort College QRC, Smedley Training Farm, Pacific International Hotel Management School PIHMS and Tourism NZ

Careers Expo

Students in Year 12 and 13 chose to attend the Expo in Palmerston North. It was a good opportunity to chat to a wide range of tertiary and private providers.

School Holiday fun at Aratoi

Aratoi is offering free activities for children and families through the July holidays. It would be wonderful if you could include our flyer in your school newsletter to let your school's tamariki know about the upcoming events at Family Fun events at Aratoi.

If you have any questions about these events or any of our other children's programmes, please do get in touch.

Ngā mihi nui,

Kate Devenny


Our store here in Masterton will be closed ALL DAY on Monday the 11th of July for our annual stocktake.

We will also be unable to process any online orders made over the weekend of the 9th, 10th and 11th.

We will fill any orders placed in this time frame on Tuesday 12th.

We will re-open on Tuesday 12th July at 9am.

Kind regards,

Emily Farrell

Store Manager

Phone | 06 929 8233

3 Albert Street, Masterton 5810 | New Zealand

Upcoming events

July 8 - House Singing and End of Term 2

July 22 - Term 3 Starts - Day 6

July 27 - Yr 12 Agricultural Trip

July 31 - Cook Island Language Week

August 2 - Palmerston North Girls Sports exchange

August 4 - NZ SS Squash Tournament & Australian Math Competition begin

August 5 - Veterinary Nursing Taster Day & Ball Ticked Sales Close

August 9 - Whànau Day

August 10 - Matharapa begins & Barista Course

August 11 - Apiculture Taster Day

August 12 - Food Bank Casual Clothes day

August 15 - Interhouse quiz begins

August 18 - School Photos

August 20 - Senior School Ball

August 23 - Year 13 Geography Trip

August 24 - Speech Competitions begin

August 25 - Course selection evening

August 29 - Teacher Only Day & Winter Tournament Week begins

September 4 - Tonga Language Week

September 8 - Year 10 Agricultural Trip

September 9 - Cultural Photos

September 13 - Māori Language Week

September 19 - School Exams begin

September 25 - Tuvalu Language Week

September 27 - Sports Photos

September 28 - 3x3 Basketball Tournament

September 30 - Term 3 Ends