Wairoa College

Newsletter 24 June 2021


Tēnā Koutou Katoa

Last week we were visited by ERO and had an opportunity to talk at length about how proud we are of Wairoa College. On top for Mrs Vennell and I were the students and all of their fantastic achievements. Our senior students who conducted themselves well in the practise examinations, all aiming for personal excellence. What great role models you are. In the recent week we have had 3 senior students offered a scholarship to Outward Bound: Araley Rudd, Steven Huata and Tiale Keefe-Taeoali'i. These students applied for this scholarship and were selected from a large number of applicants. We are very lucky to have 3 going from one school and we look forward to their assembly presentation on their return. A scout for rugby identified 9 boys for U14, U16 and U18 trials for the Hawkes Bay. In the U14- Zade Thompson Maxwell, Exodus Taylor, U16 Hamuera Waiwai Tipuna, Henry Taylor, Ceizar Fasso, BJ Stewart, James Vennell, Matai Wanoa-Manawatu, Will Taylor and for the U18 Materoa Edwards and Kalaney Ruwhiu. This highlights the sporting talent we have here. Tiana Douglas who attended the Show Quest at the Opera house and won: outstanding stage presence, outstanding storytelling and star of the night for her garment. Our yr 7&8 students have been working hard practicing kapa haka for the festival next term and were involved in Ki O Rahi which was a lot of fun. And all of this is just in the last 2 weeks! We have begun our 3 year cycle of review with ERO and will continue to provide updates along the journey.

As the Winter weather arrives it is time to be mindful of our health and the ever present threat of Covid 19. Our staff have been asked to encourage hand sanitising and have products to clean desks to prevent the spread of winter colds. To keep our students warm we have also introduced track pants which have been well subscribed and look really smart. If you wish to purchase these please see the front office. While we are building on our attendance rates for our tamariki it is also important to keep them home if they are unwell.

We have been celebrating our great attendance in assembly and next week I am looking forward to the draw for the Nike bags and gear for students with over 85% attendance. We are all looking forward to the teacher-parent interviews next Thursday as an opportunity to talk about your child's learning and how we can support them to grow. Please take the opportunity to come along to talk to staff and join our friends of the school group at the same time.

Finally I would like to acknowledge our staff who work very hard to support our students to be the best that they can be. What amazing people you are.

Ngā mihi nui

Mrs Lisa Akers


Term 2 progress reports will be distributed to students on Tuesday 29th June.


Teaching staff will be available to meet with whanau to discuss learning progress on Thursday 1st July, 3.30 – 6.00 pm. All interviews will take place in the School Hall.

As in the past we will be using an online booking system to make interview appointments, please use BOOK NOW button below.

You can also phone the school office to have bookings made for you if you are having difficulty accessing the booking site.


Alternatively, visit www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter the event code: 32frs

Ki O Rahi

On Thursday 17 June, 8 teams from Wairoa College Year 7&8 participated in the Matariki Maori Games Festival organised by Esta Wainohu from Sports Hawke’s Bay. Our Yr 7&8 students played Ki O Rahi , a traditional Maori game based on the Purakau ( legend) of Rahitutakahina and the rescue of his wife Tiarakurapakewai.

Students have been learning the rules of the game as well as gaining an understanding of the legend. Working together ( Kotahitanga) is our focus for Term 2 and the festival was an ideal opportunity to display these skills.

Senior students, including some Year 9&10 , helped out the Sports Hawke’s Bay Team by refereeing games and coaching/mentoring our junior teams.

Year 9 Cross Curricular - Sustainability

In science 9R are learning about Water Sustainability - Wetlands and our Awa - and how the health of these can affect the survival of the Tuna (eel) within our local region. Plants (trees and shrubs) play an important role in the stabilisation of riverbanks and the filtering of various toxins i.e. fertilisers that can make their way into our waterways, impacting on the habitat of our Tuna.

Students from Year 8 (N4) and 9R assisted with the planting of native trees and shrubs along the Carroll Memorial Walkway. This Community Planting for Te Wairoa initiative was organised in collaboration with the Wairoa Community Ngahere Nursery, Enviroschools Hawke's Bay and the Wairoa District Council.

Tourism Class

On Thursday June 3 the TOU 202 and 302 class was visited by Jackson Flavall who is the Regional Coordinator for Go with Tourism. Go with Tourism is a free government-funded service that aims at getting more young people to consider tourism pathways. Jackson presented a 50 minute interactive session with the class. He discussed the vast array of jobs that tourism encompasses and the many New Zealand tourist attractions. A highlight of the visit was when the students used the Virtual Reality headsets to experience bungy jumping, zip lining and skydiving. Jackson left informative posters as a follow up for the students. Many thanks to Jackson and we trust you had a safe trip back to the Kapiti Coast. Ngā mihi Paddy Owen


Top Whanau class at each year level

Year 12/13 GMW Te Toki/Nga Taiaha

Year 11 PYS Manu

Year 10 RHA Nga Taiaha

Year 9 TO Manu

Year 8 RDH Te Toki

Year 7 Te Toki

Top 4 Most improved whanau classes (greatest % increase in average attendance)

12JS Manu

9MCD Te Toki

8CPO Patu

7SMC Te Toki

Overall highest average attendance rate for a whanau class - 11PYS Manu house

House points

90 Te Toki

80 Manu

30 Nga Taiaha

20 Patu


Level 3 - Biology 3.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with guidance.

June Doyle & Riley Stanaway

Level 1 - Home Economics 1.1 - Demonstrate knowledge of an individual's nutritional needs.

Rawiri Haliburton & Eden Scotson

Level 1 - Music - Demonstrate knowledge of new Maori music.

Eden Scotson & Leighana Thompson-Perston


An NCEA credit summary is now being emailed to caregivers of Year 11 -13 student’s. This is emailed on a fortnightly basis to help whanau keep up-to-date with NCEA progress. Whanau are encouraged to contact the student’s Year Level Dean if they have any concerns or questions about a student’s NCEA progress. Printed copies can be provided on request.

Donated Painting

David King kindly donated his painting to the Mathematics Department. This painting is saturated with the history of The Golden Ratio. This ratio appears many times, in nature (the ant in the painting), architecture, art and more. This Golden Ratio was discovered out of the Fibonacci sequence in which the next number in a pattern is found by adding to two numbers before it (the spiral in the painting).

Pride Month at the Library

It is ‘Pride month’, where the world celebrates – to quote Y8 Waiteata Winitana – “Identity and gender”.

The NZ charity ‘Out on the shelves’, an online resource, run writing competitions for young people, as well as a ‘Whakataetae whakaatu’ (display competition). They are all about connecting Rainbow young people with the stories that represent them.

Winter Track Pants

The Wairoa College uniform shop now has Track Pants available for student to pre order.

The Track Pants come in Navy (Year 7-10) and Black (Year 11-13) with sizes ranging from 10 – 5XL. Sample sizes are available for the students to try prior to the weekly order being placed. There will be no returns once the pants have been received. Orders can be paid for at the College Office during the week. The order will be sent away on a Friday with the garments being available the following week.

Students and parents are welcome to come to the uniform shop between the hours of 8:30am - 9am Monday –Friday.

The cost to students is $40 per pair

The Track Pants will be permitted during Term 2 and Term 3.


The Uniform Shop is now available daily from 8.30am – 9am. Please come to the front office on arrival at school. There is the option to pay for uniform anytime during office hours 8am-3.30pm but this will not be issued until the following morning.

Karma Card Winners


Eden Scotson

Ava Moeau-Wilson

Holly Gray

Ngamihi Mcllroy


Zayden Cotter

Riley Kendall

Brylee White

Maggie Powdrell


Ashlin Swann

Waiteata Winitana

Shawna Swann

Ururangi Purcell-Morrell


Shaunalee Taylor-King

Katherine Atkinson

Jemini Robertson

Manaia Ferris-Reynolds

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Netball Junior A's v HGHS @ Hastings Netball Centre - Saturday 26 June - 11:OOam

7 & 8 Jets v St Josephs @ Wairoa Netball Courts - Thursday 24 June - 4:30pm

7 & 8 Stars v Te Aka Matua @ Wairoa Netball Courts - Thursday 24 June - 4:30pm

8 Te Aka Matua v Starz @ Wairoa Netball Courts - Thursday 24 June - 4:30pm


Senior Boys v NBHS All Stars @ Napier Boys High School - Friday 25 June - 5:00pm


Rugby Colts v HBHS @ HBHS - Saturday 26 June - 12noon

Rugby First XV v Havelock North @ Havelock North - Saturday 26 June - 12noon


Wairoa College Girls v Tamatea @ Tamatea High School - Thursday 24 June - 4:00pm


Soccer Boys v Gisborne Boys @ Nelson Park - Wednesday 23 June - 3:30pm

Soccer Girls v Lytton Girls @ Nelson Park - Wednesday 23 June - 3:30pm



College One v William Colenso 32 - 23 Win

Netball Junior A's v Woodford House 35 - 8 Win

7 & 8 Jets v Te Aka Matua 13 - 26 Loss

7 & 8 Stars v TKKM 3 - 7 Loss

8 Te Aka Matua v Jetz 26 - 13 Win


Basketball Junior Boys v Lindisfarne 46 - 30 Win

Senior Girls v Taradale 128 - 17 Win


Hockey Mixed v Central 4 - 1 Win

Hockey 7 & 8 v Ilminster 0 - 8 Loss


Rugby Colts v Taradale 10 - 52 Loss

Rugby First XV v HBHS 24 - 0 Win

Rugby Girls v Taradale/Central,/Sacred Heart 45 - 35 Win


Soccer Boys v Gisborne Girls 5 - 7 Loss


Wairoa College Girls v Hastings Girls High School 5 - 1 Win

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Upcoming Events

  • Trades Academy Y12/13 - Friday 25 June
  • Year 9 Cross Curricular Unit Event - Friday 25 June
  • Wairoa College Young Aspiring Leaders - Friday 25 June
  • Fashion Designer Pop Up Event - Friday 25 June
  • Planting for Te Wairoa Schools - Monday 28 June
  • Mates and Dates - Tuesday 29 June
  • Rural Health Careers Workshop - Tuesday 29 June
  • Puhoro Wananga Day - Thursday 1 July
  • Parent Teacher Interviews - Thursday 1 July
  • Mates and Dates - Tuesday 6 July
  • Year 7 Vision Screening - Wednesday 7 July
  • Teacher Only Day - Friday 9 July
  • LAST DAY OF TERM 2 - Thursday 8 July
  • TERM 3 STARTS - Monday 26 July