HVHS Term 2, Week 10

Newsletter - 8 July 2022


Kia ora koutou

We are finally at the end of a long and challenging term. I know that schools are just one of the places experiencing difficulties with staffing and that some of you have been asked to have your children at home while you are working on staffing your businesses and workplaces. Thank you, everyone, for your patience, cooperation and flexibility. I am hopeful that we are over the hump of ill health but judging from the UK and Australia - we may be in for some tricky days next term.

We have hesitated to roster home and chose to only roster junior classes this week. This is not because our Yr 9 and Yr10s are not important but because there are looming deadlines for NCEA classes that can not be avoided, extended, or modified any further. Like everyone else in New Zealand, our staff are getting sick and are caring for unwell family members.

Our students performed at Rockquest on Saturday. Congratulations to Year 13 Emerson Devos (13AL) for being named the top Wellington Soloist. Emerson has a beautiful soulful voice and worked hard with teacher Jhan Lindsay to prepare for this competition.

Metabolic Overdrive has made it to the regional finals - Matty Miller (9MKTJ) and Xander Beatson (9INJA) are in this band. The reports are that Matty was quite the performer on the stage. Theo Thompson’s (11BS) - Stank Plankton duo are also winners and progress to the next phase of the competition. There are likely more finalists to be announced in the coming weeks.

In amongst COVID-19, colds, and flu, we have somehow managed to have some special days out of the classroom. The Yr13 PE class made it up to the summit above Powell Hut. The challenging climb up was rewarded with stunning views.

Some of our Chamber music groups performed to a very appreciative audience at St Mark’s Church.

The school received a super email commending our Rugby 1st XV Boys team for their conduct and attitude and for representing their school well. Well done to the following players who set an example for those they lead - Jaydee Fleetwood (11BL), Faenza Snowden (12CT), Marcus Alexopoulos (12PD), London Heperi (13JDFX), Siologa Faatagi (13RD), Te Ariki Apanui (13RD) and Hunter Anderson (12FE).

The team has had a tough and challenging season but is making progress. We don’t cherry-pick students to boost our teams. We are a truly inclusive and community-minded school. This sometimes means we have to train harder, work harder, play smarter, and rely on the whole team to contribute on the day. These are all attributes needed to succeed in future sporting endeavours and the world of work. So well done to this team and all our other leaders on the sports field.

I look forward to having everyone back on site next term, fit and well, and ready to get stuck into learning and preparation for NCEA exams.

Ngā mihi nui

Denise Johnson


School Board Elections - Nominations are Open Now

Nominations are open for the election of 5 parent representatives to the school board. All eligible voters will receive a nomination form. Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community. You will also receive a nomination cover letter calling for nominations. Information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form.

If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.

Nominations close at midday on Wednesday 3 August 2022. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.

Click here to learn more about school boards - https://www.nzsta.org.nz/

Information for Students Enrolling in 2023

Enrolments for 2023 are now open. Please complete an online enrolment application. We ask that caregivers enrol now so that we can plan for 2023 and that you receive the enrolment meeting and option selection information as soon as we send it out.

Important Enrolment Dates

The closing date for out-of-zone applications in Year 9 2023 is Monday 25 July 2022.

The closing date for out-of-zone applications in Year 10-13 2023 is Friday 14 October 2022.

Farewell to David Goldsbury - Youth Worker at HVHS

We had a wonderful farewell for David Goldsbury a Youth Worker at HVHS on Thursday. After many fantastic speeches celebrating David's contribution to HVHS, David headed down to the front of the school where students surprised David with a haka. It was an emotional moment that was the perfect send-off.

During David's time, the youth worker team has become an integral part of the guidance support offered at HVHS. They provide a balance to the services offered by Counsellors. David has been a massive part of this happening, and we intend to do all we can and honour the commitment to always have youth workers as part of this Kura. A legacy of which David should be so proud.

We'd also like to congratulate David on his recent 10 Years Service Award from 24-7 YouthWork. David is off to a new role, still working with young people this time in a university setting.

Learning about the history of Hutt Valley High School

Students from Tautoko, our Supported Learning Centre, were learning about the history of Hutt Valley High School this week. They were very impressed that it will be our school Centenary in 2026. They tried on some of the old uniforms, including the Drum Major's uniform from the old school band. Thanks to Judith from the school archives for supporting our students.

New Zealand Schools Japanese Trivia Competition

Congratulations to our two teams who entered the New Zealand Schools Japanese Trivia Competition held at Wellington College on Friday 17 June.

Results from the competition:

Astra Behl (10TT), Morgan Grummitt (10MR), Amy Liang (10MR), and Sophie Madge (10NB) came 2nd place by just 1 point!

Aaron Chong 10RI, James Ronchetti 10GL, Rylee Tuletufuga-Yaxley (10GL), Mark Dao (10RI) also enjoyed competing.

Aaron Chong (10RI) and Amy Liang (10MR) also won the "Best Costume" award.

Thank you to Wellington College for hosting an entertaining evening. Our students enjoyed competing with other Year 10 students from the Wellington Region.

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Sporting Achievements

On Monday 224 June our Premier Netball team won against Sacred Heart College in the final of the Hutt Valley Secondary Schools Premier 1 Grade. A very tight and hard-fought match by the two teams, but a 35-29 win to HVHS in the end. HVHS has not won this grade since 2004, so a fantastic result by the team! Our Underwater Hockey Senior Girls and Open teams competed in the Central Zones over the weekend. Both teams placed 5th and qualified for Nationals.

Also congratulations to:

Asher Pasia (12PD) - selected in Wellington U17 Women's Basketball team that is heading to Nationals in the July holidays.

Gemma Grant (13JA) - named in the New Zealand U20 Ultimate team travelling to the World Junior Ultimate Champs in Poland in August.

Hoana Hori-Hohepa (9MTCR) - a member of the Ngā Hau e Wha o Wainuiomata Marae U14s Kōtiro Rugby League team who finished 3rd in the U14 National Maori Championships.

Jamie Birchler (9RUMO) - a member of the New Zealand Youth Rock Climbing Team (U14) - 1st in the Lead Climbing event (with a rope), 2nd in the Bouldering event (without a rope), and 1st in the Speed event. Jamie was the overall competition winner for his age group at the Australian Nationals Championships in Sydney. Jamie will compete again for NZ in the Oceania Championships in New Caledonia in October.

Jonathan Green (11SP) - competing at the Central Regional Orienteering Championships - 1st in the Men's 16A Sprint, 2nd in the Long Race, and 2nd in the Middle Race.

Liam Turner (12DA), Wiremu Mauriohooho-Tokona (12MI), and Hunter Anderson (12FE) - selected to attend WRFU Williment Week (U16 Boys).

Matiu Lowrie-Ronson (10HK) and Wade Ronson (10RI) - members of the Wellington Māori U14 League Team attending the New Zealand Māori League tournament.

Mikayla Sola (11SP), Serina Tautau (11SP), Jorgia Taylor (11HF), Maddy Dickens (12CT) - selected to attend WRFU Williment Week (U18 Girls).

Nicholas Green (12SK) - Central Regional Orienteering Championships - 1st in the Men's 20A Sprint, 3rd in the Long Race, and 5th in the Men's Open Elite Grade.

Serina Tautau (11SP) - Ngā Hau e Wha o Wainuiomata Marae U16s Kōtiro Rugby League team that became National Māori Champions in the U16 Division at the National Maori Championships. Serina has also been selected for selected for the New Zealand U16 Touch Squad.

Sunny Everlupi (9KTWN) - Ngā Hau e Wha o Wainuiomata Marae U14s Kōtiro Rugby League team who finished 3rd in the U14 National Maori Championships.

Wellington Swimming Championships Results

Well done to our swimmers who achieved lots of personal best (PB) times and top 10 placings:

Daniel Williams (11TH) - 4 x Gold and 1 x Silver

Kayne Howat (9HTMS) - 3 x Gold, 1 x Silver, and 1 x bronze

Millie Sampson (10SMLY) - 1 x Gold and 2 x Silver

Lauren Young (12 FE) - 1 x Silver

Lauryn Collins (12PD) - 1 x Gold

Congratulations to all our players. If your student has achieved in sport, please let us know on sport@hvhs.school.nz

International Languages Week - Poster Competition

As part of International Languages Week, Year 9 and 10 Language students took part in a Poster Competition to promote learning languages. We received many great submissions and the winners for HVHS are:

1st - Amy Liang (10MRTT)

2nd - Elizabeth Wang (10CWOA)

3rd - Tian Garret (9BRBU)

Our language teachers were delighted by their colourful and creative designs. The winning posters are now going to the National Competition organised by the New Zealand Association of Language Teachers.

Be prepared before Measles is in our Communities

Dr Annette Nesdale, Medical Officer of Health for the Hutt Valley has reminded school communites about getting prepared before measles is in our communities. Measles is a very serious illness and is more infectious than COVID-19. The best prevention against measles is to ensure everyone in your family (born after 19691) has had two MMR vaccinations.

If you are unsure, you can check your vaccination status with your family doctor or general practice, although there is no harm in getting an additional dose. Vaccines are free for tamariki and adults who have not had two doses of the vaccine. Let's work together to protect our tamariki and whānau.

Upcoming Dates & Events

Last Day of Term 2 - Friday 8 July

First Day of Term 3 - Monday 25 July

Year 13 Geography and Tourism Trip to Rotorua - Sunday 14 August to Wednesday 17 August

Non-Uniform Day - Friday 19 August

NCEA Teacher Only Day - Friday 26 August