Wairoa College

Newsletter 7th April 2022


This term has been a challenging term for everyone. However, we are looking forward to having all students back at the start of Term 2, 2nd May for our normal full timetable of classes. It is important that students are prepared to continue with their learning. They should check their TEAMs to see messages from their teachers and complete the work that has been set for them.

Next term we'll be starting our Library Learning Club for students. This will be supervised by staff and allow students a space to complete school work, homework, study for assessments, gain study skills and support with their learning.

It is very important that Year 13 students who are intending to continue with future study check their TEAMs messages from the Careers Team. There are links to important information for student allowances, student loan, University presentations and other important materials. All year 12 and 13 students will be interviewed by our careers staff during Term 2. These meetings are very important to support your child in their future direction of work or study.

In 2023 there are changes to what NCEA looks like for Year 10 and 11 students. There will be new Foundation Literacy and Numeracy credits for students which can be sat throughout the year when a student is ready. In 2022 we are taking part in the pilot of these assessments. We wish the first group of students well in their examination next term.

I have appointed Sean Allen to the position of Hard Materials teacher starting week 3 Term 2. I would like to thank Mr Hamblyn and Mr Hardie for their fantastic support of our hard materials students during Term 1. They have been amazing! I would also like to acknowledge the great start Ada Clark has had as our new Gateway Coordinator. We have also welcomed Danielle Kirwan (Office Administrator) and Jordynn Spurle-Lowe (Teacher aide and Publicity support) who have already become valued members of our team.

I would like to wish staff, students and whanau a good holiday and we will see you all back again Term 2.

Mrs Jo-Anne Vennell

Ngā mihi nui

Message from Bethany Kerley

In Term Two we are encouraging ALL students to return back to school. This is extremely beneficial for your face to face learning, connecting with friends, team sports and your attendance record. You may have been enjoying your time at home during hybrid learning but Term Two is time to return to the normal 5 day week learning.

Mathematics & Statistics Awards

Level 3 - Achieved with Excellence for standard 2.4

Mahinarangi Hume

Level 2 - Achieved with Excellence for standard 2.5

Eden Scotson

Kefir Kirwan

Scholarships support students’ STEM education

Nine students from Wairoa College are starting the year well-equipped after receiving scholarship packs of laptops and tools.

Teachers at the college selected students who displayed outstanding engagement in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), work experience at Genesis’ Waikaremoana Power Scheme, or the school’s partnership with the Pūhoro STEMM Academy.

Genesis Energy donated the Ngā Ara Scholarship packs, which students could tailor to their interest in STEM subjects or to following their chosen trade.

Genesis’ Ngā Ara Pathways programme aims to increase the number and diversity of people in STEM education, study and career pathways.

The company’s Community Liaision Manager, Naomi Reese Nicholas, said it was a privilege to acknowledge and empower students with the scholarships.

“Our hope in offering these resource bundles is to accelerate and enable secondary students into the STEM workforce. We’re excited to partner with our generation site schools again later this year to support learning opportunities for more amazing rangatahi.”

2021 recipients of the scholarship bundles are:

Montana Kirby, James Vennell, Kaedyn Lange and Ahleah Westcott

Year 9/10 Outstanding Engagement in STEM, valued at $100 each

Mahinarangi Hume and Kefir Kirwan

Year 11/12 Outstanding Engagement in STEM, valued at $500 each

David McKenzie-Thompson

Year 11/12/13 Outstanding Engagement in Work Experience, valued at $1,000

Rawiri Haliburton and Grace Whaanga

Year 11/12/13 Outstanding Engagement in Pūhoro, valued at $1,000 each

Riley Stanaway

Year 12/13 Outstanding Engagement in STEM, valued at $4,000

‘Outstanding Engagement’ is defined as:

  1. a) High academic achievement; and/or

  2. b) Consistent effort and positive attitude to learning; and/or

  3. c) Strong team contributor and leadership attributes.

Our congratulations to these students and our thanks to Genesis for their continued support of our rangatahi.

Junior Bee Project

In Term 1 7R class, like the rest of the amazing Year 7 & 8 Department, are investigating Bees and their role in our world. Like all units in the Year 7 & 8 Department , this is truly a cross curricular unit even during Hybrid Learning! As well as learning about Bees whilst we are working online at home when our students were at school we were lucky enough to use our Food Tech rooms ( Thanks Mrs Murphy) and make rice bubble slice with honey! Thanks to Mrs Paula Couper and Ms Marg Edwards who worked with our elite crew last Friday to make delicious slices that we shared!

Well done team

ANZAC Stories written by the students in N3

The Junior students N3 have been learning about ANZAC as a topic this term.

Induction Camp

The Services Academy Induction Camp is an annual event which highlights and introduces students to the military ethos and values. A starting point for some but also a return for others who thrive on the experience. Waiouru Military Camp has been the bedrock and foundation for many soldiers over the years as this sacred ground is the entry point and gate keeper into the Army.

With the disruption of COVID, our students remained focused and eager to leave Wairoa on an adventure they will never forget. Learning basic skills from making their own beds with hospital corners, ironing uniforms and learning how to contribute within a team. Just a few of many skills they would learn being a part of the Services Academy.

This year we had the pleasure of combining with Tongariro and Murupara Academies to participate in the Drill competition and longest day event. What an epic time everyone had. We now focus towards the Basic Leadership course in Term Two.

To my team, well done, remain on course and keep moving forward.

Hemi Karauria


Services Academy

Pahauwera on the Services Academy

The Service Academy is an initiative run by the Ministry of Education. Trainees like me are required to spend a significant amount of time out of school participating in camps facilitated by the NZDF as part of the Service Academy program. As a student of the Services Academy I found that this program is a good way to get an insight into living on a military base. The program also has encouraged me to to join the military myself. The course at Waiouru Army Base teaches you the basics of discipline, team work and helps develop your leadership skills.

Student in the services academy

Year 13 Prefect

Pahauwera Hungahunga


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2022 Leaders

Year 12 Leaders

Riku Gordon, Nikau Pitman, Kefir Kirwan, Robina Pene, Kehu Morrell, Eden Scotson, Rawiri Haliburton, BJ Stewart, Ashley Atkinson, Geina Dougherty, Jemini Robertson, Tom Kerley, Tahlia Eriha, Zekaya Te Paora

Year 11 Leaders

Jahnei Lafaiki, Nate Douglas, Kyara Kaaho, Lily Verner, Ayla Ranginui, Exodus Taylor, Grace Cooney, Montana Kirby, James Vennell, Quinten Baker

Year 10 Leaders

Hunter Rangi, Joshua Beale, Grace Ismail, Kaya Keefe-Taeoalii, Ash-Ley Thomson, Kaydin Edwards, Haylee Simmonds, Keira Taylor, William Atkinson, Cheif Huata, Carman Hayes, Matanui Whai

Year 9 Leaders

Taurus Putaranui-Akurangi, Ngareraumati Hua, Aroha Hammond, Aaylah Copper-Rumble, Charles Vennell, Jhalena Lafaiki, Waitama Crowley, Devorn Johns Taofitau, Vahn Forrest-Solomon, Teo Ramoo, Katherine Atkinson, Khorys Tahuri

Year 8 Leaders

Natasha Clayton-Greene, Brodee Grigsby, Chase Carroll, Oviea Tuahine-Hunia, Chrisayce Thompson-Maxwell, Regan McCormack, Uzair Sahib, Lockie Rore-White, Tumanako Beattie, Luke Kopilovic, Riley Kendall, Rawiri Johnson, Jaden Gibson-Davis, Ziva Stait, Te Maioho Maitai, Anahere Olsen, Amber Cook

Year 7 Leaders

Ben Kopilovic, Sophie Vennell, Logan Pitman, Soncerei Kiamoana, Te Tahinga Lunny-Maitai, Kingston Edwards, Elana Tahuri, Boss.E Thomson, Kromm Rigby-Gace, Isobel Powdrell, Oscar How, Olive-May Thurston

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The following students were awarded this week for displaying one of our core values of:

Caring for each student (Manaakitanga),

Working together (Kotahitanga),

Respect (Whakamana),

and Resilience (Aumangea).

Trisdan Gray-Thompson

Grace Young

Tipu Tipuna

Vahn Forrest-Solomon

Taurus Putaranui-Akurangi

Good Sort Award

This year, a new initiative has begun in Year 9! The 'Good Sort Award', is recognition of a student's positive behaviour, outstanding attitude or being the best version of themselves. This year’s first group of Good Sort's were announced on Thursday 10th March and feature the following students:

9R - Teo Ramoo

9O - Rythem Hubbard-Bell

9C - Devorn Johns Taofitau

9K - Taurus Putaranui-Akurangi

Congratulations to these four tāne!

Will you be next?

BP Challenge

Normally a 3-day business challenge, done in 2days with Wairoa College year 10 students along with the talented mentors Ian Mussion and Seda Naden. Intentions of encouraging our rangitahi to think outside of the box, being as creative as possible, sharing resources and tools to find solutions to any sized problem. Stripping the stigma away from business and entrepreneurship, knowing that anyone can start a business.

Netball for Year 7 & 8 Students

Are you keen to play netball? Netball registrations today Thursday 7th April in the year 7 & 8 area.

Students who are attending school on Thursday registration is at 2:15 -2:30pm

Students who are not attending school on Thursday registration is at 3:15-3:45pm

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Upcoming Events For Term 2

  • 15th April - Easter Friday (beginning of school holidays)
  • 2 May - Term 2 Begins for full school
  • 2 May - Rural Schools Technology
  • 10th and 11th May - Laughton Kora music
  • 16th - 20th May - Services Basic Leaders 5 day camp
  • 23rd- 27th May - Seniors Assessment Week
  • 6th June - Queens Birthday
  • 8th June - East Coast Cross Country
  • 27th June - 1st July - Services Bush Craft Camp

Whānau Invite to Ministry of Education ‘Record of Learning’ Testing

Whānau at our school have been invited to take part in a 1.5 - 2-hour testing session to understand the needs, barriers and enablers of whānau engaging with a potential Record of Learning mechanism that the Ministry of Education may develop.

The purpose of working with whānau is to test the initial thinking that has informed developments so far. These insights from whānau will help provide recommendations to the Ministry of what should be included before the technical development starts.

A diverse range of whānau feedback is sought. All viewpoints are welcome. The whānau testing will take place on the 13 of April at 3:30pm. All participants will fill in an online survey. If you do not have access to a device, our school can make one available to you. We are looking for 5-12 participants. You will receive a $40 grocery voucher koha from the facilitation team, Aatea Solutions.

Please contact Mr Paul Westwood, Deputy Principal via the school office by 6 April if you wish to participate.

Our kaiako and some classes will also participate in similar testing in the next few weeks.

Outward Bound

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Outward Bound New Zealand is a not for profit organization offering personal development courses in the outdoors for New Zealanders young and old. Our courses are run from our school in Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds.
We are excited to offer two new fully funded courses for youth with a physical disability.

The fully funded Youth Activate is an 8 day course for physically disabled youth aged 16-17 years. Our next course date is
10–17 May 2022.

The fully funded Leaps & Bounds Activate 8 day course is for physically disabled youth (13 to 16yrs) and their parent or caregiver. Our next course date is
10-17 October 2022.

Experience EIT

Thursday 21 April- We are running a series of free taster day workshops. Open to those 15 and above. This is a perfect opportunity for students to get a glimpse into our Art and Design and Hospitality programmes. Registrations are open on our website https://www.eit.ac.nz/subject-areas/experience-eit-school-holiday-workshops/

Thursday 28 April- Experience EIT- Campus tour day.

Chat to our student liaisons, meet the tutors and tour the campus.

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MoneyHub has useful resources covering CVs (https://www.moneyhub.co.nz/cv-template-students.html) and practice questions for interviews (https://www.moneyhub.co.nz/common-job-interview-questions-students.html) - check them out and apply for student jobs with confidence.
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