Hastings Boys' High School

Newsletter 2022 June Volume 4

Message from the Headmaster

Kia Ora Koutou

Winter is well and truly upon us with cold, crisp mornings typical of Hawke's Bay winters. It is important during these months we keep well, especially with the surge in flu cases.

It is great to see winter sports in full swing with very pleasing results right across the field. The local Hastings Boys'/Napier Boys' derby Saturday week saw a win in 8 games out of 9 and the 1st XV retain the Challenge Trophy.

2022 has seen significant disruption to learning and we strongly encourage our young men to put a little extra effort in over the next term. We have five hours of teaching in a school day, maximise these five hours, make them the most valuable of the day.

Nga mihi nui

Mr R G Sturch, B.Ed., Dip.Tchg., M.Ed.Admin.(Hons).,

Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) Caving

The day held lots of surprises and experiences. We headed out to the cave site and with our helmets and headlamps descended into the caves. It was cold and dark. Water swirled around our ankles. We saw a few wetas and glow worms along the way. We enjoyed our lunch provided by the school canteen.

The reason we went on the trip was to experience something different, learn about the terrain and challenge ourselves.

There are some great photos below this article.

Jack Lloyd, 10Bc

HB Wordskills Electrical Competition

On Thursday 9th June, four senior Physics students attended the first Hawke's Bay Worldskills Electrical Interschool competition, where they competed against other Hawke's Bay schools. The competition consisted of five different tests and these young men did Hastings Boys' proud. Joshua Leach and Matthew Brown performed admirably gaining top grades in the fault finding exercise. Liam Bruce and Jayden Wilson gained top grades in two modules and the overall title, along with a healthy cash prize. Congratulations to all four boys.


The year 9 Horticulture class recently had a trip to an orchard in Havelock North. The boys spent time with two local leaders in the Industry, learning how to pick and prune fruit trees. The boys did themselves proud and we have been invited back again during spring to look at other aspects of fruit growing. Ka pai e tama ma!

Interhouse Cross Country Results

HBHS Championship Cross Country Results

Year 9

  • 1st - Amanjot Singh 9Ry (21.48)
  • 2nd - Tye Engelke 9Ry (21.53)
  • 3rd - Tayven Dunn 9Ry (22.31

Year 10

  • 1st - Alexander Wilson 10Bc (19.20)
  • 2nd - Riley Tautau 10Cd (20.20)
  • 3rd - Rhys Llewellyn 10Bc (20.37)

Year 11

  • 1st - Brayden Reeve 11At (19.55)
  • 2nd - Callan Robson 11At (20.20)
  • 3rd - Bowen Steffert 11At (20.37)


  • 1st - Jackson McKay 13Fe(18.45)
  • 2nd - Henry Massingham 12Ro(21.30)
  • 3rd - Reuben Allen 13Fe (22.30)

Interhouse Cross Country Placing by House

  • 1st Place - Manu Huia (27.4% of competitors)
  • 2nd Place - Te Mata (26.94% of competitors)
  • 3rd Place - Heretaunga (23.74% of competitors)
  • 4th Place - Te Kahu (21.92% of competitors)

Rangatahi Business Challenge 2022

The Rangatahi Business Challenge was held at Hastings Boys’ High School on June 21st. We have been involved in this challenge for the past four years, and it has evolved to a one day programme for Year 10 rangatahi to learn about business and enterprise, develop work-ready skills, and connect with local Māori entrepreneurs who are sharing their talents, passion and skills across Aotearoa and the world.

Thirty Year 10 students were involved in the challenge, where they worked in small groups to identify a problem, come up with a solution, build a prototype then present this solution to a panel of judges. We were fortunate to have Alex Tulou (old boy) and Quaid Crawford (Head Boy) as our judges; Quaid was involved in the program as a Year 10 student himself.

Congratulations to Elite Hustle (Neeco Hape, Panapa Lambert, Manaia Kereru-Crackett and Tipene Clark) who were awarded first place in the challenge. They identified the problem of athletes returning to sport too soon after injury, and came up with an online programme to support this. Thank you to Seda and Jesse from the Young Enterprise Scheme for facilitating this day.

Taekwondo - Paradorn Maidens 10Bc

Congratulations to Paradorn Maidens who competed in the New Zealand Nationals Kyokushin Tournament on Saturday 11 June.

Paradorn is now the New Zealand Champion in the Boys 12 - 14 under 60kg division for Kumite (fighting) and he came 3rd in Junior Individual Black Belt kata and 2nd in Junior team kata.
At the tournament he also got to meet other competitors from around New Zealand and some competitors from Australia and make some new friendships.

Hawke's Bay Salon 2022 - Cooking Competition

Raghu Dadrah 12Cl and Dylan Houghton 11Ha entered the Risotto Entree Live Class at EIT and both received a bronze medal for their efforts. The students were tasked with prepping the dish from start to finish and had 45 minutes to complete the task.

Thanks to Apollo Projects and Waddell and Associates

We thank Apollo Projects for their financial support which goes towards supporting students that are financially disadvantaged, as well as providing funds for the purchase of equipment for various sports including volleyball, basketball, canoe polo and rugby. Without this generous support and that of Waddell and Associates quite a number of students and teams would be unable to participate.


Careers - Futureopoly Trip

I wanted to attend this event so I could find a career that interests me. I found talking to people who worked at these businesses very informative as they gave me some insight into what they do on a daily basis. I was surprised to find that most of the jobs offered training or apprenticeships, so there is no need to have much prior knowledge to get a job there.

By Reuben O’Connor, 12Ro

Hastings Youth Council

The Hastings Youth Council invited parents to their Council meeting recently.

The photo is of Bowen Steffert and Jackson McKay at the meeting in Council chambers with the Mayor.

Jackson presented on his sub committee - Community and Youth Engagement. It was great to see Hastings Boys' High School students representing on a city level.

It was a pity that others (Riley Bogard -Allan, Monte Timu and Marcus Laiseni were absent) but our school has the most members on the council.

Mission - Sustainable

On Tuesday June 14 10 Year 10 students travelled to the Napier War Memorial Convention Centre for Mission:Sustainable. This was run by the Young Enterprise Trust, and is a cross curricular design thinking challenge in which students work in teams to develop innovative solutions to real world issues being faced by the Primary Sector.

Year 10 Business Challenge Market Day

The Year 10 Business Studies class held a market day on Friday June 17th at interval. After coming up with ideas and writing business plans, they produced, promoted and sold snacks: popcorn and brownies. All groups were well organised, covered their costs of production, and made a profit on the day. The class decided to donate a proportion of their profit, with a donation of $53.60 sent to the Hawke's Bay Cancer Society. This was a great way to finish up our semester of learning.

Interhouse Tug of War

To open the competition, in a very close affair, the greater stamina of a very fit staff team took on, and beat the selected prefect team. Mr Taumalolo as anchor in the staff team proved to be immovable. Mr Green hopped off the table for the staff team to lead his house from the front!

The House Tug of War proved to be a huge event for the powerhouse Heretaunga team across most year levels. It was a very loud, very exciting event that everyone seemed to enjoy.

ANZAC Hockey Tournament in Hamilton

At the start of the season a very young 1st XI Hockey team travelled to St Paul's Collegiate in Hamilton to compete at the ANZAC Tournament. We played against top 1st XI Hockey teams from across New Zealand including Hamilton Boys', Whangarei Boys', Hutt International, King's College and Westlake Boys'. The team learned a lot, growing as a group and individually.

With our team consisting of seven Year 9's, six year 10's and only two senior out field players the future is promising as we lose only three players in the next four years! The travelling team was:

  • Benjamin Clifton
  • Louis Fernandez
  • Samuel Harris
  • Reef Hicks
  • Isaac Hillard
  • Kieron McKay
  • Wills Moroney
  • Manwinder Nagra
  • Eben Nel
  • Reuben O'Connor
  • Austin Powell
  • Isaac Pratley
  • Cowan Scotton
  • Bryce Simpson
  • Amanjot Singh
  • Bhupinderpreet Singh
  • Alexander Wilson

Congratulations to Alex Wilson, Pritesh Sunder and Jackson MacKay - see below

Year 9 Akina Basketball

Over the recent school holidays, a few of the young men in the Year 9 Akina basketball team participated in the Hoop Nation Junior Showcase in Whanganui. Four players were a part of the Under 13 boys championship squad "Jellyfish" based in Hawke's Bay.
It was a high quality tournament with many talented players from around the country involved, but Bryan Tamoe (BJ) was named Most Valuable Player of his respective age group. He was supported by honourable contributions from Maraki Edwards, Kaea Wharemate and Kingston Reid.

Another major event was the Under 14 New Zealand Camp in Rotorua. This was a high calibre development opportunity for these young men who were selected for this camp following their representative season last year. Both Tama Edwards-Butler and Carter Ah Kiong represented themselves and their families with pride and we hope to see many more Akina basketballers move through the Basketball New Zealand Pathway.

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Basketball - Hawke's Bay Reps

Congratulations on these boys being named in their respected Age groups for Hawkes Bay who all travelled to Tauranga Easter weekend

Hawkes Bay Under 17

  1. Ihaia Abbott
  2. Te Maru Sadler
  3. Scout Sadler
  4. Montell Godinet
  5. Ezrah Eagle
  6. Tyrese Ngarangione-Wicks
  7. Zoram Smiler

Hawkes Bay Under 15

  1. Dante Stoney
  2. Tyrell Minogue

Hawke's Bay Cricket Association 2021/22 Junior Prizegiving 2022

Congratulations to Koji Hardgrave Abe who was awarded the Best Batter in the Almak Fire & Security Under 17 Boys team with 108 runs @ 54.00 average and 111.34 strike rate.

Pink Shirt Day

Pink shirt day was on Friday May 20 and our prefects organised and ran a BBQ to raise funds

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to raise awareness in schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

Congratulations Derek Fa'avae

Derek Fa'avae

Derek has been selected to play for the NZ Under 19 Junior Men's Volleyball team. Hastings Boys' High School is proud of his achievements.

2022 Kaweka Tramps

The Year 12 Physical Education classes were lucky to embark on a trip to the Kaweka Forest Park for an overnight camp. There were two separate camps as numbers were high. They packed up their tents, gas cookers and warm clothing and headed out.

They tramped, camped and enjoyed the warm, thermal waters of the Mangainoka Hot Springs.

The students showed great resilience and leadership over the two days. The academic focus for the trip was around safety and risk management and the boys were asked to devise and apply strategies to ensure they managed risks associated with people, the environment and equipment. We had a real focus on minimising our waste as we had to carry out every bit of rubbish we took in and the boys rose to this challenge well.

See some photos of the trip in the gallery below.

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