Issue 13 - 22 September 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.

End of a great term

Term 3 has been a busy term for both students and staff and I recognise that we all deserve a nice holiday. This term we have seen the end of the Covid Traffic Light system, which is a significant milestone for our country and for education in New Zealand. This means there are no restrictions at WHS. However, if people are symptomatic, they should test and if positive, should isolate according to government guidelines.

This term has also showcased the talents of our staff and students through the Arts Festival, winter sports and Open Day and Evening. We had over 500 members of the community through our school during Open Evening, where we piloted a more interactive approach which was well received. We have well over 200 students enrolled for 2023 already. Here is a small snippet of what the Year 8 students experienced at our Open Day.

More recently, the practice and digital exams have been well managed and run by Mrs McKane and Miss Crook with the support of our eHub Team. Currently our staff are marking work and entering grades into markbooks. I encourage all students to get valuable feedback from their teachers about their performance, which will enable them to set goals for the upcoming NCEA exams. The NCEA exam timetable is available here.

It has been great to see our students achieve well and make provincial teams, achieve mayoral awards and be recognised nationally. I wish Te Tokatumoana McGarvey good luck at the upcoming National Manu Korero competition.

To all students, staff and community, I thank you for your hard work and dedication this term and look forward to seeing us all refreshed for Term 4 (see calendar of events below).

Martyn Knapton


WHS Swimming Sports

This week the school celebrated the delayed Championship Swimming Sports. And what a day it was! Four records fell to Caign Boonen (9KGN):

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Photos courtesy of The Whakatane Beacon

Mr Hanlen, when interviewed by the Beacon, was excited to report that with the Covid Protection Framework recently dissolved, the PE Department were keen to offer this special event to students of WHS. In particular, those swimmers keen to win House points, gain podium results as well as challenge our school records, some of which go back to the early 1960s. Congratulations to the following students who placed:

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Mr Hanlen wishes to thank the Physical Education Department for their hard work managing the event and also the swimmers and timekeepers who gave their time, effort and energy to allow this day to succeed.


The Junior division for the WHS Badminton champs played their final games on Friday. In the girls side, Year 9 students Mackenzie Reid and Hannah White took on Year 10 girls Brooke Nolan and Catelyn Santos in the semi finals. Mackenzie defeated Brooke 31-9, with Catelyn defeating Hannah 31-17. Mackenzie and Catelyn then faced off in the final with Mackenzie taking the championship 31-24. On the boys side of the draw, Year 10 boys Ben Peat and Jai Julian faced off in one semi with Year 9 boys Sam Jackson and Dion Pawson facing off in the second. Ben defeated Jai 31-18 with Sam taking the win from Dion 31-16. In the final, Ben was too strong for Sam taking the win 31-22.

A huge congratulations to all Junior students who took part in the School Championships. The Senior students will look to play their finals later this week.

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GO-4-12 Challenge NZSSARC

Congratulations to Jamie Julian, Jai Julian, Olivia Nolan and Teigan Nolan who competed in the National Schools 12 Hour Adventure Race in the Hawke's Bay last weekend. The team placed fourth overall but took out the National Mixed Team title.

BOP Short Course - Swimming

Congratulations to students Caign Boonen, Nikkolas Brown, Ben Jackson and Tyler Macey on some great results at the BOP Short Course Winter Showdown held in Mount Maunganui.

Caign Boonen entered six events and earned three 1st placings, two 2nd placings and a 3rd placing, including some good personal best performances.

  • Gold Medalist: 50M freestyle, 50M butterfly,100M freestyle
  • Silver Medalist: 100M IM, 50M backstroke
  • Bronze Medalist: 100M backstroke

Nikkolas Brown qualified for five finals and received personal best times in all events

  • Gold Medalist: 1500M freestyle
  • Bronze Medalist: 50M breaststroke

Ben Jackson qualified for the finals in all five events he entered

  • Silver Medalist: 100M butterfly
  • Bronze Medalist: 100M freestyle

Tyler Macey raced in five events qualifying for the finals in all. He was only 0.24 seconds away from earning a bronze medal in the 100M breaststroke, dropping 6.54 seconds from his personal best time.

Zane Pearson also had a successful meet with impressive time improvements in all events entered and qualified to swim in six finals.

Student Leadership

Students Kendall McKane, Ollie Forsyth and Dane Hargreaves spent their Sunday upskilling on their coaching skills. All three students have volunteered to take on coaching roles within the Junior Volleyball programme.

They are pictured here with Volleyball BOP Coachforce Officer Brittany Allison-Carnie who ran the coaching session.

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Boys' Hockey

The first XI team ended their season playing in the Division A Final. The team were strong throughout the game and very unlucky not to come away with the win, going down 1-0. After five years in the team it was a farewell to Cory Warneford, Harry Young, Skye Martin, Ashton Ross and Finn Tailby. All of these young men have contributed outstandingly to the team and have provided excellent guidance for the younger players in the team.

We'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Amish Fermah the coach and Shane Tailby the manager, for supporting the team.

Shave For A Cure

We had around 20 brave students put their locks on the line today to raise money for Shave For A Cure, and in doing so, we raised $300 to support those with cancer.
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Board of Trustees Election Result

Congratulations to the new WHS Board of Trustees Committee.:

  • Keith Hamill
  • Hannah Simmonds
  • Stephen Lamb
  • Raewyn Iremonger
  • Paul Julian
  • Paul Goodman (Staff Representative)

Thank you to all who put their names forward, and to those who voted - it's so great to know our school has the support of so many families.

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Thanks from the English Department!

The English Department would like to thank all Year 11 students for completing their recent Portfolio of Writing assessment (1.3). The students have worked incredibly hard on these pieces, with the awesome, relentless support of their teachers and whanau. The English Department would like to acknowledge the end of this momentous chapter. Congratulations and thank you.

Manu Korero Nationals

Back in Term 2, Te Tokatūmoana McGarvey placed first in the Junior Maori Speech section at the Nga Manu Korero Regional Speech Competition in Hamilton. This meant he progressed to the National competition. The National competition is held a little differently this year, and speeches are recorded and streamed on YouTube.

Te Tokatūmoana's speech will be streamed at 12.40pm on Friday 30 September via this link:

Prizegiving will be held later that day. Good luck Te Tokatūmoana!

Performing Arts

What a term! Our ākonga have worked so hard! We have had some great performance opportunities from the arts showcase and the open evening and finishing the term off with Karaoke at lunchtime! Don't forget to get an audition pack if you are interested in being involved with our musical early next year, there are lots of ways to be involved, not just on the stage.

We were lucky enough to have Kirsty from Steps Dance School in for a workshop for our year 9s to finish off their Performing Arts option rotation with some fun! They have also worked hard creating Site Specific Dance (you may have seen them around school). Follow us on instagram @whakatanehighpa for more!

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Below is a small list of events coming up.

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

  • He Haakiri o te Kooanga (Restaurant Evening) - Saturday 24 September
  • NISS Snowboarding Champs- 26-28 September
  • Queen's Memorial Day - Monday 26 September
  • Noho - 27-30 September
  • WHS Speech Comp - Tuesday 27 September
  • Kotiri Trip - Thursday 29 September
  • Waikato Culinary Fare - Thursday 29 September
  • Cross Country and Last day of Term 3 - Friday 30 September
  • Sports photos - Wednesday 19 October
  • Labour Day - Monday 24 October
  • Out-of-Zone Enrolment Ballot Day - Friday 28 October
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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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