Hamilton Boys' High School - Term 3, Edition 4, Sept. 2019

Mr Nicholas White, our new GAP Student, has arrived from South Africa to join the Argyle family for 12 months

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Nic arrived in early September, originating from Durban, South Africa from a family of 4, that includes his parents, Greg and Tracey, and his 21-year-old sister, Kirsten.

Nic is a former South African U18 Indoor Hockey representative. In Field Hockey, Nic has represented his province of Kwazulu-Natal. Nic will be residing at Argyle House until August 2020.

This photo shows Nic proudly displaying his new motor scooter that his parents arranged through a local, South African ex-pat friend. Nic received the scooter as a gift from his family on his 19th birthday last Thursday 26th September.

Weekend Leave & Boardingware change, Prefects & Senior Leader interviews, William MacErlich Trophy, Term 4 formal occasions

I’m sure you are all enjoying the term break with your son, with thoughts now turning towards the final term of 2019.

Argyle and Grove will re-open on Sunday 13th October from 5.30pm. All boys are expected to have returned by 7.30pm on Sunday evening or 8.00am on Monday morning 14th October, so please ensure you have recorded on Boardingware the correct return day and time. This is a health & safety issue, particularly for those senior boarders who drive a vehicle back to the hostel. Thank you. The first day of school is Monday 14th October.

Weekend Leave, Boardingware & an accurate meal count

We have created a new 'Weekend Leave Event' in Boardingware. You will now be required to OPT IN or OPT OUT of Weekend Leave before midnight on Thursday each week.

This change was introduced over the final week of term 3, so will be the norm from now on.

To aid you in meeting this deadline, you will receive an email prompt on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon to remind you to get your leave request in on time.

You will complete your weekend leave request as normal, but it will now be through the ‘Event Pass’ instead of individual weekend leave.

We are doing this to streamline the process of leave to ensure our catering numbers are accurate from Friday evening through to Monday morning. It will require all parents/caregivers to complete their leave by the set time. Currently, some parents are turning up on a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning not having submitted a leave request, resulting in the hostel being charged for the meals we had your son recorded as being in for that weekend. Our catering company ‘Compass’, will base their weekend meal count on leave submitted by midnight each Thursday, which will give them the time to prepare exact quantities for the upcoming weekend. The two email reminders on a Wednesday and Thursday evening will prompt you to meet this deadline to ensure our meal count is accurate.

We recognise that circumstances can change suddenly, so If you have a late change of plan after submitting your leave request by midnight Thursday, then please use the ‘Special Request Leave’ on Boardingware.

You can now save a dinner for your son on Boardingware. However, please note there are no dinners available after a set leave weekend and on the evening the hostel opens after a term break.

If you have any questions or issues around these new Boardingware leave request procedures, then please contact the Master in-charge of Boardingware, Fraser Kilgour or Katrina McLaughlin 07-8530437

Weekend Leave return times

As I mentioned in my last newsletter, it is important that all boys are to have returned by 7.30pm on a Sunday evening to ensure the hostel is settled leading into the 30-minute prep session that commences at 8.00pm and concludes at 8.30pm. Those returning on a Monday morning need to have checked-in by 8.00am, as the Duty Master is clearing and locking the hostel at this time. Thank you for your support.

Parents' Function success

Thanks to the many parents that attended this evening on Friday 13th September, at 'The Roaming Giant'. It was an excellent opportunity for our parent community to meet and get to know each other in an informal setting. For those new to boarding with a son coming in as a Year 9 in 2020, our current parents were available to answer the many questions they had. This was an excellent initiative by our two hostel parent representatives, Mr Alistair Reeves and Mrs Shay-Lee Wylie, and I would like to thank Mrs Katrina McLaughlin (Hostel Administrator) for organising the evening. We will organise another function in Term 1 2020.

Senior Subject Reports

These are available for Parents/Caregivers to access on the Hamilton Boys' High School portal.

Winter Tournament Week

This is always a special week, with almost 400 Hamilton Boys' High School students engaged in 20 sporting events around New Zealand, which resulted in two NZ Secondary Schools National titles. Head Prefect, Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, was selected in the NZSS Barbarians Rugby Team as one of the top 50 rugby players in NZ, to play Fiji Schools and Australia Schools. Joeli Matalaweru (Year 13) was selected to play for Fiji Schools.

Term 4 Events

The boys and staff are looking forward to Term 4, with many exciting events, both formal and informal, scheduled to take place. One of the highlights will be the annual 'Argyle's Got Talent' evening set down for Monday 21st October. The Argyle Leavers' Dinner takes place on Friday 1st November and the Argyle Prizegiving is on Sunday 3rd November, which all boarders are required to attend.

Enjoy the remainder of the holiday period with your son. We look forward to all boys returning refreshed and ready to see out the final term at Argyle House and Hamilton Boys' High School.

Kind regards

Murray McKenzie

Head of Boarding

021 516 477

David So (Year 9) Wins 2 Gold and 2 Silver Medals at the NZ Secondary Schools Swimming Championships, 12-15th September

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David So (Hong Kong) won 2 Gold Medals in the 14 years age group for boys in the 200m Breaststroke and 50m Breaststroke.

David was placed second in the 100m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle.

We are all extremely proud of David's achievements, as he was up against the very best swimmers from around NZ in his age group. Well done David!

Argyle Leavers' Dinner: Friday 1st November

The Year 13 boarders will have mixed emotions as they approach their final few weeks in an establishment that has been a big part of their lives over the past 5 years. With that in mind, our Head Prefect, Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead and Deputy Head Prefects, Blake Morgan and Angus Ritchie are busy preparing for the Argyle Leavers’ Dinner on Friday 1st November here in the Argyle Dining Room, commencing 6.00pm, with pre-dinner refreshments from 5.30pm.

Invitations for this formal dinner will be emailed out to all Year 13 families in Week 1 of Term 4, allowing each Year 13 student to invite up to four members of their immediate family to attend. You will be asked to RSVP by Wednesday 23rd October, by emailing Mrs McLaughlin at with your confirmed numbers.

Although it is not a Set Leave the weekend commencing Friday 1st November, we would encourage those boys in Years 9 – 12 to take weekend leave. If they cannot go home then we will organise our GAP student, Mr Nic White to supervise the boys for the duration of the Leavers’ Dinner, as all hostel staff and partners will be in attendance at the dinner.

Argyle Prizegiving: Sunday 3rd November

On Sunday 3rd November, the Hostel Prizegiving will take place in the school gymnasium at 6.30pm, the same venue as 2018.

All boys are required to attend this compulsory formal occasion in their number 1s, where we celebrate as a parent, boarder and staff group the many successes and achievements of 2019 for what has been another excellent year within Argyle House.

Please feel free to bring as many family members as you wish, as there will be no shortage of seats in Gym 1.

The Prizegiving will be preceded by a Parents’ meeting upstairs in the hostel prep room at 5.00pm run by Hostel Committee representatives, followed by a buffet dinner for all families, staff and boys in the dining room from 5.30pm.

New Boarders' Orientation Day: Thursday 7th November

The New Boarders' Orientation Day is scheduled for Thursday 7th November, the same day as the Year 8 testing, for all those students coming in to Hamilton BHS in 2020. This is a change from the date in the 2019 Argyle Term Planner, which has come about due to a scheduling issue with NCEA Exams in Gymnasium 1.

Part of this day will require hostel families enrolled for 2020 to come across to Argyle House to finalise all arrangements i.e. issuing of laundry numbers, labelling, Argyle Manual, security/keys, as well as many administrative matters e.g. fees payment methods.

Prefect & Senior Leader 2020 Interviews

Year 12 & 13 Prefect and Senior Leader applications for 2020 closed on Wednesday 18th September.

Matua Mita Graham (Senior Master) received fourteen Year 12 2020 applications and twelve Year 13 2020 applications.

In Year 13, there are 6 positions to apply for:

1. Head Prefect

2 & 3. Deputy Head Prefect

4. Head of Grove

5. Head of Bennett House

6. Head of Sutherland House

In Year 12, there are 8 positions to apply for:

1-6. Prefect

7, 8. Senior Leader

This structure has worked very well since 2015.

Formal interviews will take place on Monday 21st October with Matua Graham (Senior Master) and Mr McKenzie (Head of Boarding).

Movie Reward Term 2

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Some of the 76 boys that were rewarded for exemplary behaviour throughout term 2 with a night out at the movies with Ms Wendy Moffitt (Assistant Master) and Mr McKenzie on either Thursday 19th or Wednesday 25th September.

House Competition, Final Event 2019: House Singing

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Argyle House in their number 1s singing 'Invictus' and 'Flower of Scotland'.
Going into the 15th and final house competition event of 2019 in second place, and having had 3 evening practices of singing 'Invictus' and 'Flower of Scotland' with the Hamilton BHS singing teacher, Ms Amber Evemy, and having a genuine point of difference from the other 5 Houses..........., we thought we were in with a good chance of impressing the judges in the House Singing competition. However, it wasn't to be, placing 5th in House Singing and ending up in 4th place overall in the 2019 House competition.

Steel House won the 2019 House competition for the first time in 18 years, which was announced and celebrated in front of the whole school at the conclusion of House Singing. It was a hard pill to swallow for those of us in Argyle, especially after finishing runners-up in 2018, winning in 2016 and 2017 and being in the hunt right up to the final event. Disappointing. The judging of singing that is!

House Singing Results:

BAIGENT: 12pts

WILSON: 10pts

STEEL: 8pts

TAYLOR: 6pts

ARGYLE: 4pts

TAIT: 2pts

House Competition Final Standings 2019:

STEEL: 82.5pts

WILSON: 79pts

TAYLOR: 74pts

ARGYLE: 73.5pts

BAIGENT: 61.5pts

TAIT: 54.5pts

House Singing preparation - we had 3 practices!!

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In Gymnasium 1 the night before the school competition, with Year 12 Prefect, Harry Russ, the nominated conductor

William MacErlich Trophy: Day Boys vs Boarders Rugby Fixture, Tuesday 17th September. Day Boys Won 27-22

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Mr Tim Aughton (Head of Boarding 2004 - 2011) speaks about William's life at Argyle House and Hamilton BHS to all players, Ian MacErlich (father of William) and Ian's wider family and friends, moments prior to kick-off.

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William MacErlich was part of the Argyle family as a Year 12 boarder who sadly passed away after a sudden illness in 2005. William was a gifted athlete, playing for the Cricket 1st XI and 3rd XV Rugby team.

Each year since William's passing, a Hamilton Boys' High School rugby fixture has taken place to commemorate the life of William. Since 2015, the trophy has been contested between the Day Boys 1st XV and the Hostel 1st XV, with Argyle winning in 2015, 2016, 2017 and the Day Boys winning 47-34 in 2018. In a game where the lead changed numerous times, the Day Boys won 27-22. Year 12 Prefect, Harry Russ, was the Boarders Player of the Day.

It is always a moving occasion, with William's father, Ian MacErlich, and many family members and friends in attendance. They spend the day at Argyle House, visit the 'William MacErlich Memorial Garden' adjacent to the Senior Units, watch the game then attend the aftermatch function in the Argyle dining room with the players from both teams, coaches and members of the school's Executive. Ian always says a few words on behalf of the family and it is at this time the people in the room see the raw emotions of a man still deeply affected by the passing of his son 13 years ago.

Mr Tim Aughton, Head of Boarding in 2005, speaks to both teams on half way in the moments prior to kick-off, giving an overview of William the boarder, sportsman and person.

The William MacErlich Trophy is an annual fixture that generates a huge crowd with both day boys and boarders playing a competitive and exciting brand of rugby that reflects the special occasion that it is.

Thanks to Mr Logan Asplin (Grove Master) and Mr Cameron Moorby (Grove Assistant Master), for coaching/managing the Hostel XV and to teachers Mr Stefan West and Mr Barney Killian for coaching and managing the Day Boys XV.

Congratulations to the Day Boys 1st XV.

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Captain of the Boarders XV, No.9 Te Aonui Wharawhara-Muriwai in action.
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Mr Ian MacErlich, father of William, presents the 'William MacErlich Trophy' to Ned Pene, the Day Boys captain, while the Boarders captain, Te Aonui Wharawhara-Muriwai applauds their victory, along with Deputy Headmaster, Mr Nigel Hotham.
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Year 9 Argyle Scholarship Finalists 2019

Each year the Hamilton BHS Board of Trustees offers an opportunity for Year 9 boarders to be considered for the prestigious Argyle Scholarship award.

All Year 9 boarders are invited to submit a handwritten essay of no more than 1000 words, outlining their family background and their beliefs and thoughts about leadership. They are asked to describe the characteristics of great leaders and provide examples of their own leadership qualities and leadership experiences gained in 2018 and 2019, as well as their future aspirations within Argyle House and Hamilton BHS.

This year, 14 boarders submitted an application. A shortlist of 4 was selected by the Masters at a recent meeting. The 4 finalists are scheduled to be given a 15-minute interview in the presence of Mrs Hassall, Mr Craig Coxhead, Chair of the Hostel Committee and Mr McKenzie during week 2 of term 4. The winner of the Argyle Scholarship will be announced at the Argyle Prizegiving on Sunday 3rd November.

The four finalists are:

Angus Reeves (Te Akau)

Iotia Teokotai (Tokoroa)

Duggie Valler (Te Kuiti)

Joshua Wickers (Papakura)

Watching the Rugby World Cup on our new 65" Smart TVs

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The boys that stayed in the hostel on Saturday night, 22nd September, got to watch the Springboks play the All Blacks on our two new 65" Smart TVs, purchased with the $4500 raised after our Fieldays carparking fundraiser back in June.

The boys made the decision on what to spend the money on, as this fundraiser was unexpected and came at short notice.

We now have a 65" Smart TV in both the senior lounge and junior lounge.

The boys in this photo are watching the game on our new, comfortable lounge suite that arrived in February this year for the junior lounge. Home away from home!

Bennett House Win Matthew Allen Cup Indoor Football, Monday 9th September, 3 games to 2


Year 9's - 2-1 BENNETT
Year 10's - 0-0 (2-1 Pens) BENNETT
Year 11's - 1-0 BENNETT
Year 12's - 2-0 SUTHERLAND
Year 13's - 2-1 SUTHERLaND

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Year 9: BENNETT win 2-1
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Action shot Year 9 game.
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Year 10: BENNETT win 2-1 on penalties. 0-0 at the end of full-time
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Action shot, Year 10 game.
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Year 10 game penalty shoot-out. Ashan Barr is in goal!
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Year 11: BENNETT win 1-0
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Year 12: SUTHERLAND win 2-0
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Year 13: SUTHERLAND win 2-1
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Head of Bennett House, Seth Roe (left), receives the Lake Shield for winning the Matthew Allen Cup Indoor Football competition from House Captain and Deputy Head Prefect, Blake Morgan.

Johno O'Brien (Year 9): Distance Rowed on an Erg in 30 Minutes, Best in the World

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Johno O'Brien (Year 9) rowed 7682 metres in 30 minutes on a Concept 2 rowing erg, to set an unofficial world record for 13-14 year old boys. He beat a boy from Great Britain who had previously rowed 7547 metres in 30 minutes. This is Johno's second season in the Hamilton BHS Rowing programme.

Junior Games Room, End of Term 3

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All boys in the dorm block leave their personal belongings in the Junior Games Room, having been checked off from their room at 7.30am on the final morning of term 3. Keran van Staden (Year 11) looks for a spot to place his suitcase and other belongings.

Matthew Corney (Year 12), Gateway Programme: Repair work in Argyle House

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Matthew puts his work experience skills to good use while working for 'ACL Construction', repairing a hole in the bathroom of the Argyle House dorm block. Matthew spends one day a week gaining work experience in the building trade as part of the Hamilton BHS Gateway programme. He hopes to gain an apprenticeship for the start of 2020.

NCEA Physical Education, Practical Performance Assessment

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Finn Wittenbecher (Year 11), engaged in lawn bowls at the Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club green

Rugby U14A Win the 'Colquhoun Shield', as U14 Super 8 Rugby Champions, Wednesday 4th September, Palmerston North

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Captain, Mac Russ, proudly holds the Colquhoun Shield after beating New Plymouth BHS in the final 32-5.

This team are currently fundraising for their 3-match tour to Japan in April 2020.

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Caelys-Paul Putoko makes a break in the final vs New Plymouth BHS
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Openside flanker Mac Russ leads by example and charges down the field as Captain of the Rugby U14A team, with Raharuhi Palmer and Jacob Garland close behind
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11 boarders from Argyle House were in the team of 24 that travelled to Palmerston North for the Super 8 tournament. L-R Back row: Caelys-Paul Putoko, Jacob Garland, Leo Scott, Iotia Teokotai, Zion Wipaki-McLarin, Jahmal Enright, Carlos Miln, Rangiwai Lunjevich. Front row L-R: Raharuhi Palmer, Mac Russ, Daniel Fourie
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Winners are grinners.....the 3 hostel Masters with the Colquhoun Shield. L-R: Murray McKenzie (Assistant Coach), Cam Moorby (Head Coach) and Jeremy Quigley (Manager).

'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.

Jack Broomfield (Year 10), Week 9 Term 3

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For finishing in third place in the Year 10 Speech competition, presenting a beautifully written speech on the Notre Dame Cathedral fire at Assembly.

David So (Year 9), Week 8 Term 3

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For winning two NZ Secondary School Gold Medals at the NZSS Swimming Championships, in the 200m Breaststroke and 50m Breaststroke for 14-year-old boys. David also won 2 Silver Medals in the 100m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle

Toby Heywood (Year 13), Week 7 Term 3

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For scoring a goal under pressure in the final seconds of a crucial House Indoor Football game against Steel House.

School Links Emails to Parents/Caregivers from School

Hamilton BHS Term 3 High Achiever

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Friday 27th September

To our HBHS whānau and friends

We hope you enjoy the Term 3 High Achiever, and all of the success stories we celebrate from what has been an exciting and busy term.

As always, we welcome feedback and suggestions to help us make our coverage the best it can be.

Have a safe and happy holiday break, and we will see you back with us in Term 4.

Ngā mihi nui

Wendy Moffitt

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


Hamilton BHS Foundation Scholarships

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Thursday 26th September

Dear Parents/Caregivers and 2019 HBHS Leavers

The Hamilton Boys’ High School Foundation generously offers a number of avenues of support for our students annually.

Two of these avenues are scholarships for school leavers in Year 12 or 13. One for a student pursuing tertiary studies and another is for a student entering the trade sector. Each scholarship is to the value of $1000.

You can find out more information about the Hamilton Boys’ High School Foundation and the Scholarship opportunities outlined above via this link:

Kind regards
Richard Petherick

Reminder - Hamilton BHS Year 13 2019 Leavers' Dinner

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 24th September

Dear Parents/Caregivers

The Year 13 Leavers' Dinner will be held on Tuesday, 29th October at the Playhouse Theatre, Waikato University.

Tickets are available from the School Shop. A reminder that the School Shop is closed over the upcoming school holidays.

Tickets will still be available, if not sold out, in the first week of Term 4 up until close of business on Monday, 21st October.

Tickets cost $55 per person.

The evening will commence at 6pm with drinks and music and will be followed by dinner and a speaker.

We look forward to seeing you there and helping you to celebrate the achievement of your son at Hamilton Boys' High School.

HBHS Parents' Association

Hamilton BHS Year 13 2019 Leavers' Dinner

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Friday 20th September

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Congratulations on taking this opportunity to celebrate your son's time at Hamilton Boys' High School.

The Year 13 Leavers' Dinner will be held on Tuesday, 29th October at the Playhouse Theatre, Waikato University.

Tickets will be on sale from the School Shop from Monday, 23rd September through until Monday, 21st October, close of business.

Tickets will cost $55 per person.

The evening will commence at 6pm with drinks and music and will be followed by dinner and a speaker.

We look forward to seeing you there and helping you to celebrate the achievement of your son at Hamilton Boys High School.

HBHS Parents Association

Year 9 Option Changes

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Thursday 19th September

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Your son is in the last week of his 3rd set of option subjects. He will begin his final set of option subjects on Monday 23rd September.

The new set of options have been posted at School so the boys can get prepared for their upcoming classes.

To ensure the boys are ready to get straight into their new classes on Monday please assist them in organising the correct stationary/equipment.

All students taking part in Technology Metal, Technology Wood and Food Technology need to bring covered in footwear.

All subjects except the following require a 1B5 book. Specialist stationery is as follows.


  • 1x 2B pencil $.80
  • 1x Staedtler Triplus Fine black pen $2.00
  • 1 x A3 clearfile 30 pocket $12.60


  • 1x Graphics Kit (available at School shop only) $30.00


  • 1B8 $.60

Thank you
Caitlyn Brown
Junior Curriculum Co-ordinator

Hamilton BHS Tennis Registration Term 4

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Thursday 19th September

HBHS Tennis Registration Term 4

One Tennis fee payment of $20 for both options

Interschool Competition

Term 4 only junior teams for Year 9 & 10 players. This competition starts on Wednesday, October 30th, at 4pm.

Social Tennis

Thursday afternoon-2.30-3.30pm beginning Thursday, October 17th at the Waikato Tennis Centre. Coaching available also.

CLICK HERE to register

An invoice will be emailed to you for tennis fees.

Mike Erceg
Master in Charge of Tennis

Hamilton BHS Cricket Registration Term 4 2019

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Thursday 19th September

Cricket Registration Term 4 2019

In order for your son to play for HBHS he must register through CricHQ using the link below. Existing players have been archived by NZ Cricket so all players will need to relink with the Hamilton Boys’ High School Club.

Players under 16 require parental consent and additional contact information. It may be simpler to do this process together with your son through the register “My Kids” option that you will first encounter.

Click Here to Register

Hamilton Cricket Association requires each team to have a qualified coach/umpire. This can be achieved with a short online course. Sign up details will be provided shortly.

Cricket Information

You will be invoiced once you have registered, been placed in a team and parent coach/ umpires have been arranged.
Basic fee for all teams - $60
Premier/Snr A - $150 ($60 + $90)
Development $100 ($60 + $40)
1st XI and Junior XI fixtures, tournaments, exchanges and tours will be costed separately

Cricket shirts and HBHS cricket hats are available at the school shop.
All players are expected to be in whites and correct shoes. No “snap backs” or non-regulation caps.
Batting and wicket keeping gear can be provided on request and will be added to the team gear bag.
HBHS has a small number of batting helmets available on request.

Travelling uniform for the 1st and 2nd XI school fixtures.
HCA matches players arrive at the venue ready to play.

Term 4

The draw is published on the sports noticeboard or click the link below to visit HCA website.
Hamilton Cricket

Yours faithfully
Tim Aughton
TIC Cricket
021 084 17068

Hamilton BHS Year 11-13 End of Year Reports

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Wednesday 18th September

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Year 11-13 End of Year Reports are now available to view and download from the Parent Portal. Instructions for accessing the Portal were sent to you early in the year via email.

If you require any assistance with using the portal, please contact Student Data Processing on (07) 853 0440 extn 2086 or email

Kind regards
Paul Gunn
Teacher in Charge of Reporting

Hamilton BHS Photographs

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 10th September

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Hamilton Boys' High School Winter Sports photographs taken on 2 August 2019, are available for you to view and order online with PhotoLife Studios.

Your son will be bringing home today, an online slip with your unique 'Shoot Key' detailed on it. This Shoot Key will bring up all photographs that your son is in. It is then an easy process for you to shop online and purchase the photographs you want.

All orders placed before 29 September 2019 will be dispatched back to the school and your son will be able to collect them from the School Shop. Any orders placed after 29 September 2019 will be sent directly to your specified delivery address and will incur a $6.00 postage and packaging charge.

Thank you
Liz Caskey

School Donations Scheme

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Friday 6th September

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Please find attached a letter regarding the School Donations Scheme.

Thank you.

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


Hamilton BHS Drop off/Pick up Argyle Street and Main School Entrance

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 3rd September

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Please be advised that you are not allowed to drive into the school grounds between 8.00am-4.00pm, to drop off and pick up your sons.

Students must walk into and out of the school. This is a Health & Safety issue for the school.

Boys can be dropped off or picked up on one of the numerous access streets to the school. Peachgrove Road is itself now becoming so congested that it is dangerous at peak times to stop near our entrance. Your willingness to pick up/drop off further away is appreciated.

There have been several accidents and many close calls from parents entering/exiting school grounds.

Thank you
HBHS Senior Management

Measles Update

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 3rd September

The following update is provided by Hamilton Boys' High School in consultation with Public Health Waikato District Health Board:

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Measles is a potentially serious, highly infectious viral disease, spread by contact with infectious droplets from the nose or throat of a person with measles. The virus may spread for a day before the first symptoms, and up to 5 days before a measles rash has appeared. You may not notice any symptoms for 8-14 days after contact with an infectious person (incubation period).

Measles may begin with symptoms of:

  1. Cough or runny nose or conjunctivitis (inflammation/pain/redness in your eyes)
  2. Fever (temperature above 38°C)
  3. Rash 2-4 days later, usually begins on the head and neck and gradually spreads to the rest of the body. The rash can last for up to a week.

Complications from measles are common and can be serious.

You are at greater risk of contracting measles if you have not already had measles or if you have not been immunised against the disease and were born after 1968. However, a very small proportion of fully immunised people may still get measles.

What you should do:

  • Check whether you have had two documented doses of Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine, or have had measles in the past. If you were born before 2005 you may have to check your 'Well Child Tamariki Ora' or 'Plunket' book, or check with your health clinic.
  • If you have only had one vaccine please phone your health clinic to arrange a second vaccination.
  • Please phone your health clinic (or Healthline 0800 611 116) if you have any of the symptoms outlined above. Don’t just arrive at a health clinic as you may possibly spread the highly contagious virus to other people. If there are masks and hand sanitiser at the entrance of the health clinic please use these prior to entering if you have any of the symptoms outlined above. You may be required to wait in a separate area to be seen by a nurse or doctor.

For more information see the below websites:

Immunisation Advisory Centre

0800 611 116

Ministry of Health and search ‘measles’

Part-Time Social Worker Position Available

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 3rd September

Dear Parents/Caregivers

We need your help!

Hamilton Boys' High School is looking for a qualified Part-Time Social Worker to integrate with our Pastoral Care staff and work closely with both Deans and Guidance Counsellors in support of their efforts to maintain the health and safety of our students.

If you know anyone that would fit this role please forward the attached job description to them.

Thank you.

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


Hamilton BHS Vaping announcement

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Monday 2nd September

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Given the recent increase in popularity in 'vaping', I am writing to you to stress the fact that Hamilton Boys' High School maintains its policy of banning the use and possession of vaping equipment, both on school grounds, and by any student in school uniform. It is illegal to sell vaping products to students under age 18. However, our policies apply to all enrolled students, regardless of age.

Standard disciplinary procedures apply under our "Use of banned/prohibited items" guidelines, which include Vaping, and are further supported by the Smoke-free Environments act of 1990.

Parents are strongly encouraged to discuss vaping with their sons, given the growing body of evidence demonstrating the potential health risks associated with it.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Susan Hassall

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 Term 4:


Sunday 13th: Hostel re-opens 5.30pm. Please indicate on Boardingware the return day and time on Sunday evening or Monday morning

Monday 14th: First day of school Term 4

CIE Examinations begin

Tuesday 22nd: Music & Arts Awards Evening, 6.00pm, Gymnasium 1

Thursday 24th: Maori & Pasifika Awards Evening, 6.00pm, Gymnasium 1

Friday 25th: Set Leave 7 (LABOUR WEEKEND). Hostel closes 5.30pm

Monday 28th: Set Leave 7 concludes. Hostel re-opens 5.30pm

Tuesday 29th: Hamilton BHS Year 13 Leavers' Dinner, 6.00pm, Gymnasium 1

Wednesday 30th: Sports Awards Evening, 6.00pm, Gymnasium 1


Friday 1st: Argyle Leavers' Dinner, Argyle Dining Room, 5.30pm pre-dinner drinks, 6.00pm formalities commence

Sunday 3rd: Parents' Meeting 5.00pm (Hostel prep Room)

Buffet Dinner for Parents, Families, Staff and Boys 5.20pm

Argyle Prizegiving 6.30pm, Gymnasium 1

Tuesday 5th: Hamilton BHS Senior Prizegiving

Years 9 & 10 Supervised Study Morning (Hostel Prep Room)

Wednesday 6th: NCEA Exams Begin

Senior Study Leave commences

Years 9 & 10 Exams begin

Thursday 7th: Argyle New Boarder Orientation Day

Year 8 Testing Day

Friday 8th: Set Leave 8 begins. Hostel closes 5.30pm

Sunday 10th: Set Leave 8 concludes. Hostel re-opens 5.30pm

Monday 11th: Year 8 Elite Arts Auditions

Monday 15th: Year 8 Elite Sport Testing Day

Monday 18th: Hamilton BHS Service (Work) Day

Tuesday 19th: Grove lease concludes. All Year 13s accommodated back at Argyle.

Tuesday 26th: Hamilton BHS 'Grandparents Morning'


Monday 2nd: NCEA Exams end

Monday 2nd - Wednesday 4th: Year 9 & 10 Activity Programme & Year 10 Camps

Thursday 5th: Final Day of Term 4

Years 9 & 10 Prizegiving, 10.00am, Gymnasium 1

Students Leave for Holidays after Prizegiving

Hostel Closes for the Year, 2.30pm

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