Wairoa College

Newsletter 11th March 2021


Tēnā Koutou Katoa

We are very excited to announce our Open Day and Gala on the 25th March. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet students from Years 7-13, talk to staff, explore a Year 8 class, discover what our school has to offer, grab some dinner, ride a pony and play a game or two.

We will have an enrollment desk, information on uniforms, classrooms will be open with our prefects and student leaders guiding you through each of these spaces and a prospectus for you to peruse in your own time. As you move around each of the classes make sure you get your card stamped. Once it is completed, place it in the box to go in the draw for a school uniform for 2022.

The Gala will take place in the quad under the new sun shades funded by First Light Community Foundation. Some of the stalls at the Gala include Batons Up, a Grocery Raffle, a Magic Word Game, Pony Rides, Food Stalls including Lasagne/Nachos, Sausage Sizzle, Meatball Subs, Cakes and Sweets and much more. We are hoping as many families as possible will contribute to this.

We are very proud of the work that we are doing here at Wairoa College, raising academic standards and engaging students in learning. We are in the business of raising good men and women who are going to contribute positively to Wairoa College and the community. We encourage whanau to also have the right conversations with their sons and daughters around being good men and women and solving problems in a constructive and safe manner. We explicitly teach our values of Respect, Kotahitanga, Resilience and Manaakitanga.

We have had another very busy couple of weeks with Athletics Sports, Year 9 cross-curricular units on Sailing, Aspiring Leaders trials, sport competitions and team trials starting, Leadership programmes and Swimming Sports to name a few of the events and activities taking place.

‘Regular’ attendance is defined for statistical purposes as 90% or higher. However, Ministry of Education analysis shows every day has a cumulative impact on a child’s learning and there is no ‘safe’ level of non-attendance. Every day matters.

The whanau class at each year level with the highest average attendance rates for the first 5 weeks earn House points. In assembly this week the following were acknowledged.

Top Whanau Classes

  • 12CDP Manu
  • 11PYS Manu
  • 10RHA Nga Taiaha and 10PO Manu
  • 9YEN Nga Taiaha
  • 8RDH Te Toki
  • 7SMC Te Toki

Top House Attendance

  • Te Toki House: 41 students at 95% & 20 students at 100% 100 points won
  • Manu House: 40 students at 95% & 13 students at 100% 75 points won
  • Nga Taiaha House: 29 students at 95% & 10 students at 100% - 50 points won
  • Patu House: 28 students at 95% & 9 students at 100% - 25 points won

100% Student Attendance Draw

  • Alyx Wairau - Nga Taiaha
  • Darsean Frewen - Te Toki
  • Leviticus Brown - Patu
  • Renata Aranui-Hook - Manu

Ngā mihi nui

Mrs Jo-Anne Vennell

Alyx Wairau, Darsean Frewen, Leviticus Brown, Renata Aranui-Hook


Cake & Sweet Stall

There will be a cake and sweets stall at the gala on Thursday 25th March. We are hoping that every family will make a cake, biscuits, slice or sweets for this stall.

There will be prizes kindly donated by Bloom n loco and Ecko for the best presented cakes. Cakes and sweets can be bought into the office on the 24th or 25th of March.

Thanking you very much in advance


The Mathematics Department

Easter Raffle

Year 10 Science are preparing an Easter raffle and donations of Easter eggs, chocolate etc. would be welcomed. Easter goodies may be left at the College office. Thank you.

Kind regards, 10R and 10K Science.

Battens Up - Multiraffle

$2 ticket Tickets available in the grounds


At least 40 prizes

Draw starts at 5pm

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It’s Week 6 already and our Year 7&8 students have had a great start to the year. We have been focusing on our Term One unit – Ko Wai Au – All about me / Our stories.

N7 – By Liahona Scotson

Ko wai au - All about me

Our Stories

Hi my name is Liahona Scotson and I am eleven years old. I was born on the 22nd of October 2009 in Arizona Albuquerque hospital. I have 7 siblings, three older and four younger. Their names are Teancom, Eden, Mahonri, Ammon, Ephraim, Joseph, and Serah.

I live with my Dad and my mum in an orangey red brick house. I like drawing, reading graphic novels, and being in quiet places by myself. I don't like annoying sounds like smacking your lips, sniffing sounds, any sounds with your mouth. I like a quiet classroom with people in it especially when we have a test.

Year 7&8 School Values

2021 has started off with a hiss and a roar, in Year 7 & 8 our department has rolled through events that have highlighted our school values such as our House Day, Athletics day and our Year 7 & 8 Swimming Sports.

In between this we have also had AUT Aspiring Leadership testing. It was fantastic to see the Manaakitanga and Kotahitanga displayed amongst the houses.

The events so far have highlighted the four pillars we are upholding at the school, Manaakitanga, Whakamana, Aumangea, and Kotahitanga. In our individual classes, we are currently working through our “Ko wai au” unit celebrating who we are.

EPro8 Challenge

The EPro8 Challenge is an interschool Science and Technology Competition . QRS (Quality Roading and Services) are a local civil construction roading company who are sponsoring this Wairoa event.

Our 7/8 Department are entering 6 teams (4 members per team)

Team 1- Literally Free

Moby Couper-Harker, Renee Paul-Pere, Tumanako Beattie, Charles Vennell

Team 2- 50 Shades of Awesome

Maisy De La Haye, Ashlin Swann, Amber Paikea, Conor Greaney

Team 3- Tech Slayers

Tane Prentice, Shawna Swann, Waiteata Winitana, Vahn Forrest-Solomon

Team 4- Technology Slayers

Jessie James Mason, Toby Wild, Sonny – Rose Robinson, Jahleah Moeau-Tahuri

Team 5- Electric Professionals

Lockie Rore-White: Luke Kopilovic, Chase Carroll, Regan McCormack

Team 6- Fantastic Four

Ngareraumati Hau, Laverda Huata, Chanelle Brown, Turei Kaaho

Events will be held at Wairoa College on Friday 26 th March 2021

Venue: Wairoa College Category: Year 5-6 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Venue: Wairoa College Category: Year 7-8 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Students from Year 7 enjoyed the chance to make a healthy snack - banana and berry smoothie

Year 7 & 8 Swimming Sports

On Friday the 26th of February the Year 7 and 8 Department held their annual swimming sports. Students participated with enthusiasm in 25m and 50m races ranging from freestyle to butterfly. Students displayed our school values of Manaakitanga and Aumangea, supporting and cheering for each other, as well as, participating in their second major sporting event in two days.

Thank you to our Year 13 prefects and helpers who kept times, started races and gave out spot prizes. Also a huge thank you to Sam and Gabrielle from Wairoa Young Achievers for giving up their time to record race results.

We had a fantastic day and we are now looking forward to taking some of our swimmers to the Wairoa District Swimming Sports on the 16th of March.

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9R Cross Curricular sailing experience was fun, challenging and rewarding. Last Friday the class was tutored by Jill Metz Mayhead and Adrian Mayhead. The students were given lessons in water safety, naming parts of the boat, how to prepare the boats and how to sail their optimist boat. Once partnered up they sailed off under the watchful eyes of the tutors on a rescue boat. The students had to sail around a set course, which they handled extremely well for first time sailors. After lunch they couldn't wait to get back out on the river to improve their sailing technique and team work. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and many thanks to Jill, Adrienne and the teachers of 9R.


As the Director for Wairoa College Services Academy, I am proud to report the first ever Year 10 Services Academy to be implemented at our school. Starting 2021, we have a good mixture of male and female students, all very keen and eager to absorb a different style of learning. The focus for Term One has been on discipline, time management, physical fitness and drill. All of which demonstrates team work and togetherness by encompassing our core values.

In such a short time, our team has proven they have the ability to learn new skills and improve every week. When conducting military drill, timing and co-ordination are an essential ingredient to success. This group of students have taken the challenge by not only learning drill, but also demonstrating potential leadership when given the opportunity to command.

Throughout the year, physical fitness (Known in the military world as PT) will be a staple diet for our Services. These activities will include circuits, boxing, running, beep test, required fitness level (RFL) and building up to a 4.5km pack march.

Overall, a pleasing effort from all. Remain focused and remember, always moving forward never backwards.


On Friday March 5 the Year 11 Employment Skills class was visited by Jeremy Harker from QRS. He gave a presentation about Health and Safety in the Workplace. His informative powerpoint reinforced learning the students have covered over the last five weeks. The students have developed their understanding of their rights and responsibilities for workplace health and safety and they can explain how hazards are defined and dealt with. Jeremy was able to share relevant examples about health and safety issues that the students could relate to. Furthermore, they enjoyed learning about the various job opportunities offered at QRS. On behalf of the class thank you Jeremy for sharing your knowledge and taking the time to visit. Ngā mihi Paddy Owen.


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New Board of Trustees Chairman

Ko Whakapunake te maunga

Ko Te Wairoa Hōpūpū Hōnengenenge Mātangi Rau te awa

Ko Wairoa ahau

Ko Owen Costley toku Papa

Ko Daphne Costley toku Mama

Ko Diane McCallum taku ingoa

No reira

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou.

I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to represent Wairoa College as BOT Chairperson,

following the decision of Kitea Tipuna to step down from the Chairpersons position at the last BOT


Kitea has left big shoes to be filled. He has done an incredible job of advocating for our school and

our tamariki, and leading the Board through a challenging 2020 due to Covid-19.

We wish Kitea all the very best in his new ventures and know we can continue to call on his support

and expertise as a general Board member.

For those who don’t know me I was raised with 5 brothers and sisters in the beautiful hills of Putere

where my whanau had a sheep and beef farm. I am now living in Frasertown, where my husband

John and I have a small apple orchard. I have lived and worked most of my life in education in the

Wairoa area as a teacher, Principal, Leadership Adviser and currently Learning Support Coordinator-

a role I am loving. I had the privilege of a Lead Principal role in the establishment phase of Nga Mata

Nui O Kahungunu: Kahui Ako and through my mahi over the many years have working relationships

with whanau, iwi and teams across the teaching, health and social development sectors of Wairoa.

I am looking forward to the opportunities this new role involves – I have always been passionate

about the learning and well-being of akonga / learners in Wairoa and will give my best to continue

be a strong advocate for them and for our College.

I feel very fortunate to have the support and experience of other Board members Denise Eaglesome,

Rebecca Everson, Paul Hyslop, Dave Ryan and student rep Tiana Douglas as well as Kitea, and our

Principal Jo Vennell and her leadership team, and the many strengths of all of you in our amazing

Wairoa community to call on.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi,

Engari he toa takitini.

It’s not the work of the individual that creates success,

But the work of the collective.



We are looking for a caretaker/groundsperson to work in a team to keep the grounds and property in very good condition. This position will also include rostered bed down and alarm callouts. The person will need to be reliable and fit as at times there will be lifting involved. There is a possibility of accommodation available. If you are interested please send in your CV to

Dee Hamlin at dgh@wairoacollege.school.nz or hand into the office by Tuesday 16th March.



Upcoming Events For Term 1

  • Services Induction Camp - Monday 15th March to Friday 26th March
  • Inter School Swimming - Tuesday 16th March
  • East Coast North Island Athletics Champs - Wednesday 17th March
  • X Country - Wednesday 24th March
  • Open Day and Gala, school finishes at 1:30 - Thursday 25th March
  • 10R Cross Curricular Trip - Friday 26th March
  • EPro8 - Friday 26th March
  • Board of Trustees Meeting - Tuesday 30th March
  • Firearms Licence info session - Tuesday 30th March
  • Easter Holidays - Friday 2nd to Tuesday 6th April
  • Gisborne Careers Expo - Tuesday 13 April
  • Interschool Athletics - Wednesday 14th April
  • Last Day of Term 1 - Friday 16th April
  • Term 2 Starts - Monday 3rd May


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