Hamilton Boys' High School -Term 3, Edition 3, Sept. 2019

Spring Has Arrived!

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With the winter sports season almost finished for the majority of winter codes, the boys make their own fun after school by playing a game of 'Touch' out on the front field in front of Argyle House. Here is a group of Years 9 - 12 boys enjoying the warmer, drier weather.
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Parents' Function, Winter Tournament Week, Reporting & Term 3 Events Remaining

Parents' Function

This inaugural evening is scheduled for 6.00pm, Friday 13th September, at 'The Roaming Giant'. This is an excellent initiative by our two hostel parent representatives, Mr Alistair Reeves and Mrs Shay-Lee Wylie, as an opportunity for hostel parents to meet with one another in an informal setting. See below for further details.

Senior Exams, Results and Reporting

Our senior students received their examination results last week after 7 school days of exams. The Hostel Masters were pleased with the attitude the boys brought to the supervised study sessions in the prep room each morning, and those at the Grove acquitted themselves well during this period.

Senior Subject Reports are currently being prepared by all subject teachers. They will be available for Parents/Caregivers to access from mid-September, on the Hamilton Boys' High School portal.

Winter Tournament Week

Some of our Argyle boys are involved in the 18 Hamilton Boys' High School teams competing around the region and country during Winter Tournament Week, from Saturday 31st August - Sunday 8th September. For many of these boys, this will be the final act of their winter sports season. We wish them well and look forward to hearing back on their success once they return.

Co-curricular engagement

Today is the first day of Spring! The boys certainly enjoy getting outside and organising their own activities after school, with modified games of Touch, American Football and Rugby proving to be the most popular.

With the winter sports season almost over, it is important that your son continues to be engaged in an organised sporting, cultural or club activity 1-2 times a week after school. The boys can turn to the back of their Student Diary to select from the many activities on offer at Hamilton Boys' High School.

The boys and staff are looking forward to the remaining four weeks of Term 3 with many exciting events still to take place. The conclusion of the Hamilton Boys' High School House competition will be hotly contested, with Argyle placed second equal overall after 12 events. The William MacErlich Trophy played between the Hostel and Day Boys' Rugby 1st XV teams is scheduled for Tuesday 17th September and 'Argyle's Got Talent' is scheduled for the final Wednesday of the term.

Feel free to get in touch with me at any time about hostel matters.

Kind regards

Murray McKenzie

Head of Boarding

021 516 477

Parents Function, Friday 13th September, 6.00 - 8.00pm, 'The Roaming Giant' - a message from Shay-Lee Wylie

Dear Argyle Parents/Caregivers

Your Argyle Parent Representatives, Alistair Reeves and myself, along with Murray McKenzie and Argyle management, would like to invite you all along to a “meet and greet” with other Argyle parents, on Friday 13 September upstairs at the Roaming Giant (across from the Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton East) from 6-8pm.

This is a great opportunity to meet each other and in some cases, put faces to names that you may have heard about, ask any questions you may have about hostel life, in a relaxed social setting while enjoying a little something to eat. It also goes without saying that liquid refreshments will be available so please bring along your cash.

Could you please let Katrina McLaughlin know by Thursday 5th September if you are attending. Please email her at or phone 07-8530437.

Hope to see you there.


Shay-Lee Wylie

Hostel Parent Representative

Welcome to New Boarder, Te-Reimana Gray (Year 9), Gisborne

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Te Reimana arrived from Gisborne on Sunday 18th August. His interests are Cricket, Rugby and he has been placed in 913 core class.

Staff Profile: Mr Jeremy Quigley (Hostel Master & Dean of Boarding)

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Born in Auckland and grew up on a Dairy farm in Waiau Pa by Karaka. Completed my secondary schooling at Rosehill College, Papakura. Moved down to Dunedin to do my Physical Education degree and teaching diploma at Otago University. I then moved to Hamilton in 1997 for my first teaching job at Fairfield College. After a few years of teaching at Fairfield College, I later became the Head of the Physical Education Faculty until I moved to Hamilton Boys' High School in 2011.

Within the first three years, I was appointed to hold the curriculum responsibility of Level 2 and 3 Physical Education. Also, I am the Middle School Academic Mentor where I help Year 10 and 11 students in the day school to reach their academic potential. Both of these positions are challenging and extremely rewarding.

I was fortunate to be appointed as a Master in Argyle and started my tenure in 2018. I am also the Dean of Boarding, a position which ties in nicely with my Mentor role at the day school as I work closely with Boarders and their families to ensure the students are working to the best of their ability.

I have 2 daughters, Jorja (14) and Grace (10). My partner, Sarah lives off-site in Horsham Downs with her four children Tiarna (20), Jimmy (12), Molly (10) and Riiley (8). Sarah's eldest son Tyran (24) has left home. With such a large blended family and full-time work as a teacher and Master of Argyle, time is limited and very precious. We have recently purchased a pop-top camper that can house 7 of us, so camping has become a new passion for Sarah and I and our family.

Farewell to GAP Student, Niall Armstrong (Northern Ireland)

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Niall stands proudly with his Chiefs jersey on, which was a gift from the boys and presented to Niall at a Tuesday house meeting by Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, Head Prefect. Niall returned to Northern Ireland on Sunday 18th August after two terms as a Grove Assistant Master and after a further 4 weeks in his role across at Argyle House. Niall contributed a great deal to the hostel and school, having coached a cricket and rugby team, as well as playing senior premier club rugby for Melville.

Senior Exams

Exams for Years 11, 12 and 13 students, as well as those Year 10 students taking NCEA Level 1 subjects, concluded on Friday 23rd August.

All students that remained on-site during the study leave period worked conscientiously in the hostel prep room for the two study sessions each morning. I'm sure their results will reflect the time they put in.

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Nils Dorband (Germany) and Finn Wittenbecher (Germany) are fully engaged in completing their Year 11 NCEA Level 1 Physical Education exam.
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Jadon Eng (Singapore) is also hard at work as he completes his NCEA Level 1 Physical Education exam.

Junior House Leaders at Hamilton Boys' High School

3 of the 25 Year 10 Leaders announced and presented with their badge and letter by the Headmaster, Mrs Hassall, at the Year 10 Formal Assembly on Wednesday 5th June, are from Argyle House. From L-R: Ashan Barr, Jack Broomfield and Thomas Verry

Effective use of the Student Diary

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The following Years 9 & 10 boarders boys are to be congratulated for using and maintaining an excellent student diary. Mr Jeremy Quigley, Dean of Boarding, regularly checks the student diaries to ensure the boys are using them correctly to gain maximum benefit from them.

Each junior has been presented with a $5 canteen voucher as reward for the upkeep of their diary: Josh Syme, Thomas Verry, Roman Carley, Max Pearson, Caylus Brighouse, Duggie Valler, Kane Gibberd, Joseph Lorimer, Jack Broomfield, Divyne Shadrock, Rangiwai Lunjevich, Josh Wickers, Taylor Sherlock, Jake Fannin.

Studying in the Junior Prep Room during Senior Exams

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A group of Year 12 students studying for their afternoon Maths exam on the first day of senior exams, Thursday 15th August.

Hockey 1st XI Win Intercity Hockey Final vs Trident High School 4-1

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The Hamilton BHS 1st XI Hockey team won their Intercity final 4-1 against Trident High School on Wednesday 28th August, at the Gallagher Turf. 7 of the 17 squad members pictured above are from Argyle House. Ethan Barton, Sam Boros, Nils Dorband, Logan Potter, Gus Nelson, Finn Wittenbecher, Thomas Marchant

100% Attendance at School during Term 2

Congratulations to the following boarders for fighting off the term 2 winter ailments and attending school every day over the duration of the 10-week term:

Boros Samuel, Bradbury Taylor, Brown Dylan, Cheng Bosco, Chow Max, Fourie Daniel

Grainger Harry, Houston Troy, Houston Wade, Irwin Blake, Kake Tuhoe, Lorimer Joseph, Marchant Thomas, McRobbie Hamish, Nelson Gus, Nelson Jono, Oliver George, Pierce Flynn, Ritchie Cameron, Tsunoda Ryoyu, Unsworth George, Valler Duggie, Van den Berg Neil, Verry Thomas, Waea-Allan Jayviar, Wipaki McLarin Zion, Zyza Jamie

Sleep Hygiene - Mental Health Awareness

The attached flyer was distributed to all staff last week to share the good sleep habits with their students, as part of Mental Health Awareness week.

Rugby 1st XV Super 8 Champions 2019

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Six players from Argyle House proudly display the Super 8 shield in the changing rooms having just beaten Hastings Boys' High School 1st XV 13-5 in the final, held here at Hamilton Boys' High School, Saturday 10th August.

L-R: Tyler McNutt (Year 12), Harry Russ (Year 12), Joeli Matalaweru (Year 13), Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead (Year 13, Captain), Tuhoe Kake (Year 12), Te Aonui Wharawhara-Muriwai (Year 13).

Argyle Hockey Team, Runners-Up

The Argyle Hockey 1st XI played their C Grade Championship final on Tuesday night against King Country. The boys arrived very confident after completely dismissing the HBHS 3rd XI the week before in the semi-final during a dominant display. They were up against King Country who had finished top of the table.

Unfortunately, the result did not go our way as we were unlucky with some key players missing, and King Country playing their best game of the season. The Argyle 1st XI recorded 31 shots on goal to King Country's 4 but goalkeeper Caleb Houghton was unable to restrict them scoring. The team are still proud of their second-place effort as most of the boys had never played hockey before and just turned up for the McDonalds feed after the game.

Many thanks to managers Sam Cardiosi, Niall Armstrong, Nic Audas Ryan and Director of Argyle Hockey Fraser Kilgour.

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Argyle House Wins the House Indoor Rowing, Tuesday 13th August, in Gym 2 & Move to Second-Equal Place Overall in the Hamilton BHS House Competition

Congratulations to our 8-man team made up of 6 seniors (Erik Attie, Tyler McNutt, Caleb Houghton, Cody Nordstrom, Josh Vodanovich, Kahn Caddy, and 2 juniors (Josh Syme, Snowden Hemi-Hill), won the 2500m event in a time of 7 minutes and 7 seconds. This was 13 seconds ahead of second placed Steel House. Each House team had 6 that had to row 250m each with 2 having to row 500m - of any age group.

House Points Overall after 12 events (including Rowing):

Steel in 1st place on 66pts, Argyle 2nd equal place with Wilson House on 63 pts, Taylor 4th on 62.5pts, Tait 5th on 43.5pts, Baigent 6th on 43pts.

Remaining events of the 2019 House Competition:

House Indoor Football, Weeks 8 & 9.

House Service hours conclude Wednesday 18th September.

House Singing: 'Invictus' & 'Flower of Scotland', Tuesday 24th September

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Erik Attie (Year 12)
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Cody Nordstrom (Year 12)
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Tyler McNutt (Year 12)
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Josh Vodanovich (Year 12) and Snowden Hemi-Hill (Year 10) hold down the erg as an Argyle competitor rows and House Captain & Deputy Head Prefect, Blake Morgan and Josh Syme (Year 10) attempt to stabilise the erg.

Only 3.5 Points Separating 4 Houses with 3 Events Remaining in the 2019 School House Competition

Rugby U14A Win the U15 Division 1 Final vs Hamilton BHS U15B team, 26-11, Thursday 15th August

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Joint photo of both teams after the final whistle.
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U14A Rugby team, with Captain, Mac Russ (Year 9), holding the Andrew Strawbridge Cup.
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10 boarders from Argyle House proudly display the Andrew Strawbridge Cup for winning the U15 Division 1 final. Back row, L-R: Iotia Teokotai-White, Caelys-Paul Putoko, Raharuhi Palmer, Rangiwai Lunjevich (Vice-Captain), Zion Wipaki-McLarin, Jacob Garland. Front row L-R: Mac Russ (Captain), Jahmal Enright, Daniel Fourie, Leo Scott

Intentions Form 2020 - just over one week to get it in!

Thanks to the 90% of parents/caregivers that have returned their intentions form to Katrina already. Can the remaining families please download the attachment below then print, scan and return this form to Mrs Katrina McLaughlin by this Friday, Friday 6th September. Thank you.

Year 13 Outdoor Education, Outdoor 1st Aid Field Trip, Rotorua, 11th & 12th June

Students and staff from the 13OE field trip, practice outdoor first aid scenarios in the Whakarewarewa Forest.
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Year 11 Outdoor Education, High Ropes Course Field Trip, Lake Karapiro

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Nils Dorband (Germany), is harnessed on as he climbs up to his start point on the high ropes course out at Lake Karapiro.
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Nils Dorband belays his good friend and fellow boarder from Germany, Finn Wittenbecher, who is high off the ground.
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Finn Wittenbecher is being belayed down to the ground.

'Man Of The Week' Award

At our weekly Tuesday House meeting, Deputy Head Prefect, Blake Morgan, announces the 'Man Of The Week' to someone who displays something 'extraordinary', 'special' or serves the hostel community above and beyond the norm. A $5 canteen voucher and certificate form part of the weekly award. Nominations are sought from both staff and boys.

Thomas Hayward (Year 11), Week 3 Term 3

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For being helpful when a staff member unfamiliar to the role of Minor duty was on duty, and for his ability to consistently umpire hockey fairly to both teams on the pitch.

Nic Audas-Ryan (Year 13), Week 4 Term 3

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For achievements in driving, involving having to chase down the bus that Niall Armstrong (Irish GAP student) was meant to be taking in order to catch his plane back to Ireland on Sunday 18th August!

Takeomi Nishiura (Year 13), Week 5 Term 3

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For being one of only two students (excluding Year 13 Scholarship candidates), to attain Excellence in 'Statistics', across all Year 13 classes in the recent Senior Exams.

Housekeeping Issues

Lime scooters

Have been banned from use and/or storage at Argyle House. This is the same policy for the school as emailed to all Parents/Caregivers last week. No lime scooters are to be used in school or hostel grounds.

It was disappointing to identify 11 senior Argyle boarders using these scooters last Friday & Saturday, then to have each of them spend 30-45 minutes last Wednesday afternoon on a scrubbing brush, cleaning off the numerous black marks on the concrete and pavers caused by braking/skidding around the senior units.

Weekend return times

Can you please make a conscious effort to have your son return to Argyle or Grove no later than 7.30pm on a Sunday evening. Some boys are returning well after this time, in some cases 8.30-9.00pm. The reason for the 7.30pm return time is to allow for a settled hostel as the boys return, unpack and then settle down in their prep space to prepare for the forthcoming week, during the regular prep time from 8.00 - 8.30pm.

Likewise on a Monday morning. The return time is supposed to be before 8.00am. Boys are continuing to return after 8.00am when the Duty Master has been around and locked the hostel from 8.10am.

Your support in adhering to the times above, as stated in the Argyle Manual, would be greatly appreciated by the hostel staff.

Thank you.

School Links Emails to Parents/Caregivers from School

Lime Scooters

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 27th August

Dear Parents/Caregivers

The safety and well-being of our students remains a priority at HBHS. The recent introduction of Lime Scooters to Hamilton has raised several issues relevant to our duty of care.

Please be aware of the following:

  1. Lime Scooters are not allowed on school grounds at any time and must be parked safely outside school property when not in use.
  2. Only students age 18+ are allowed to use Lime scooters, in accordance with their user agreement.
  3. Any student using a Lime scooter for their commute must obey the road rules, and are strongly encouraged to wear their helmets.
  4. A student caught publicly misusing a lime scooter will be subject to the school's disciplinary procedures.

Thank you for your support

Age Restriction on Energy Drinks

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Friday 23rd August

Dear Parents/Caregivers

You might be aware that Countdown is introducing an age restriction on energy drinks from Monday 2 September, which means that customers will need to be 16 years or older to buy these products in their stores.

New Zealand has the third highest obesity rate in the OECD. Energy drinks are not recommended for children, and they have to carry a warning on the can or bottle saying this. Countdown talked with a range of health leaders and overwhelmingly, the feedback they received was that when it came to children’s health, restricting the sale of energy drinks would make an important and meaningful impact. Specifically it was the combination of high-sugar, high-caffeine, serving sizes and the fact that energy drinks are often consumed on the way to school that was highlighted to them.

Countdown knows that students visit their stores regularly. From Monday 2 September, the Countdown team may ask anyone who looks under 16 for their ID.

Thank you.

Reminder - Hamilton BHS 2019 Year 13 Leavers Apparel

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Thursday 22nd August

Dear Parents/Caregivers

A reminder that orders are being taken for the 2019 Year 13 Long Sleeved Leavers Fleece ($98.00), Leavers Rugby Jersey ($86.50) and Leavers Shorts ($52.00). All prices include GST.

Orders and payment need to be into the School Shop by 1.30pm tomorrow, Friday 23rd August 2019.

Thank you
Liz Caskey
School Shop

Hamilton Boys' High School has attached a .pdf file to this email:


Hamilton BHS Year 9 Enrolments for 2020 (Day Students)

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 20th August

Dear Parents/Caregivers

A reminder to our Hamilton Boys' High School families that the deadline for Year 9 2020 enrolments is Friday, 30th August 2019.

Please ensure that any families with Year 8 students are aware of this cutoff date for enrolments.

Thank you.

Photolife Photos ordered online before 30 June 2019

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 20th August

Dear Parents/Caregivers

HBHS Summer Sports and Elite photos ordered online before 30 June 2019 have arrived and are ready for collection.

Please remind your son/s to collect them from the school shop.

Thank you.

Liz Caskey

Hamilton BHS 2019 Year 13 Leavers Apparel

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 13th August

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Orders are now being taken for the 2019 Year 13 Long Sleeved Leavers Fleece ($98.00), Leavers Rugby Jersey ($86.50) and Leavers Shorts ($52.00). All prices include GST.

Orders and payment need to be into the School Shop by Wednesday 21st August 2019.

Thank you

Liz Caskey
School Shop

Hamilton Boys' High School has attached a .pdf file to this email:


Hamilton BHS Wellness Centre update

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Monday 12th August

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Over the colder months, dehydration is still presenting, however (along with the usual headaches and constipation type complaints) in slightly different ways. We are dealing with boys that would otherwise be experiencing relatively minor sniffles and coughs, but because they are under-hydrated, are looking and feeling extremely fatigued and miserable.

Colds and flu can increase your fluid requirements because of insensible fluid loss (mouth breathing, increased sweating, etc), so you need even more fluid when you are sick compared to any other time.

The above said, on a positive note more boys are bringing drink bottles to school and monitoring their daily fluid intake.

Poor nutrition is also another ongoing issue, particularly compounded by some of the boys not able to manage their time very well in the morning and missing out breakfast altogether.

The wearing of appropriate footwear particularly during PE seems to have increased, perhaps with colder, wetter weather making it seem like a better option, along with boys and parents making use of the podiatry service, a decrease in foot and ankle injuries appears to be trending at present.

A reminder that with cases of diarrhoea and vomiting the boys must stay away from school for 48 hours from the last episode (e.g. if they last vomited at 0600hrs on the 1st September, they would not be back at school until after 0600hrs on the 3rd September).

Key notes for the boys to focus on...

  • Even during the colder months continue to drink plenty of water: Your degree of feeling thirsty may change in winter, but your daily requirements do not. As suggested previously, the fluid requirements for the average teenager in a temperate environment varies greatly, however, the US Food and Nutrition Board recommended in 2004 that teenage boys 14 - 18 years of age drink 3.3 litres of water per day.
  • Please do not come to school if you are unwell, especially during cold and flu season! A couple of days resting and hydrating can make all the difference to the severity of your illness and the length of your recovery.
  • If you are feeling particularly unwell, don't wait until Monday to see the school nurse, we will probably end up referring you to your GP anyway.

Thank you
HBHS Nurses

Reminder - Year 10 Camps 2019

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Wednesday 7th August

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Please find attached information regarding the upcoming Year 10 Camps for 2019.

All forms need to be returned to the School Shop before 29th August.

A reminder that all compulsory school fees must be paid before camp deposits.

Thank you.

Q West

Hamilton Boys' High School has attached a .pdf file to this email:


Defensive Driving with Evolve Driver Training

Emailed to parents/Caregivers Tuesday 23rd July

Defensive Driving with Evolve Driver Training - Courses for Term 3 are as follows:-

Course 7: 12 August (12, 15, 19 & 22 Aug)

Course 8: 9 September (9, 12, 16 and 19 Sep)

Course 9: 30 September (Holiday Course), 30 Sep, 3, 7 & 10 Oct

Registration is to be done via Evolve website:

Important Dates:



Friday 9th: Set Leave 5: Hostel closes 5.30pm. Re-opens Sunday 11th August, 5.30pm.

Thursday 15th - Friday 23rd: Senior Exams. Boys may take study leave from Wednesday 14th, 3.15pm.

Friday 30th August, Set Leave 6: Hostel closes 5.30pm. Re-opens Sunday 1st September, 5.30pm


Monday 2nd - Friday 6th: Winter Tournament Week

Monday 16th: Argyle House Years 10-13 2020 Enrolments close

Tuesday 17th: William MacErlich Trophy - Day Boys 1st XV vs Boarders 1st XV Rugby fixture

Friday 20th: Elite Sports Teams & Cultural photos (including Argyle House Hostel Prefects & Senior Leaders)

Friday 27th September: Final day of Term 3. School finishes 2.15pm. Hostel closes 5.30pm.


Sunday 13th: Hostel re-opens 5.30pm. All boys expected to have returned by 7.30pm unless returning on Monday morning by 8.00am.

Monday 14th: First day of Term 4. Cambridge International Exams begin

Our two Argyle House Parent Representatives for you to contact about any hostel matters

Mrs Shay-Lee Wylie (Te Kuiti)

Feel free to contact me by email

Mr Alistair Reeves (Te Akau)

Feel free to contact me by email