ARGYLE HOUSE

Hamilton Boys' High School - Term 1, Edition 2, Feb. 2021

Thomas Hayward: Deputy Head Prefect of Hamilton Boys' High School 2021

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Thomas Hayward (Year 13 - Argyle House Head Prefect), being congratulated by the Headmaster, Mrs Susan Hassall, after being announced as Deputy Head Prefect of Hamilton Boys' High School, at the full, school assembly on Wednesday 10th February.

New Boarders' Induction & Families BBQ

Kia ora koutou

We are now coming to the end of week 2 and all 47 new boarders are fully engaged in hostel life and the many activities, both on and off-site, that have been organised for them. There has been a lot of smiles over the past two weeks! The positive interaction between all year levels has been pleasing, with the Year 12 & 13 Senior Leaders and Prefects continuing to impress with their guidance and care of our young men.


I have included many photos from the events that have taken place so far.


WAIMARINO WATER AND ADVENTURE PARK

All new boarders, senior leaders, prefects and staff are looking forward to experiencing the water park in Tauranga this Saturday. We can take 100 boarders, so will top up the two buses with current boarders willing to come along. The hostel will remain open as usual for those boys that remain on-site. A reminder the hostel pays for all transport to our induction activities and the families pay for their son's entry fee which is charged to their hostel account.


BBQ FOR ALL FAMILIES

A reminder that the hostel families BBQ for both new and existing boarders takes place this Sunday from 5.30pm, Sunday 14 February. All boys are required to return by 5.00pm on Sunday evening and they have been reminded numerous times. From 6.25pm, all boarders and families will move down to the pool to watch the Matthew Allen Cup hostel house competition swimming sports, commencing at 6.30pm. We require some parents to volunteer to swim in the Staff, Prefects, Parents race, so bring your togs!


It is important that all boys return by 5.00pm to enable them to represent and/or support their hostel house, Bennett or Sutherland, after dinner. The two heads of Bennett and Sutherland have named and prepared their teams for Sunday already. This is one of two occasions during the year when all boys are expected to return on a Sunday evening, the other being the Argyle Prizegiving in early November. I thank you, in anticipation of your support.


The staff and I look forward to meeting you all again on Sunday evening.


Ngaa mihi


Murray McKenzie

Head of Boarding

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Hamilton Boys' High School Year 13 Prefects 2021

The hostel staff and boys are proud to announce that 9 of the 41 Hamilton Boys' High School Prefects announced at the full, school assembly on Wednesday 10th February, are from Argyle House. This is a tremendous honour and all nine boarders thoroughly deserve their leadership positions in the day school.


They are: Thomas Hayward (Deputy Head Prefect), Ethan Barton (House Captain), Sam Boros (Deputy House Captain), Keegan Caines, Levi Cressy-Baggott, Takoha Lunjevich, Gus Nelson, George Reeves, Keran Van Staden.

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Prefect announcement in Gym 1. Ethan Barton (far right) stands next to Sam Boros having been called up to receive their congratulatory letter from the Headmaster.

Academic Honours

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Bosco Cheng, Thomas Hayward, Gus Nelson and Alexander Nielsen were all presented with their congratulatory letter by the Headmaster, Mrs Hassall, in front of the whole school, as four of 73 Year 12 students who attained NCEA Level 2 Endorsed with Excellence in 2020. They all have the privilege of wearing an honours blazer and tie for the duration of 2021.

Sporting Achievements acknowledged at the full, school assembly, Wednesday 10 February

A celebration of sporting achievements that occurred over the summer break were acknowledged in front of the whole school in Gym 1 on Wednesday 10th February, prior to the announcement of our Academic Honours students, House Captains and Prefects of 2021.

U15 'Condors' Sevens Team, NZSS National Champions, December 2020

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U15 Sevens team that won the NZ Secondary Schools' U15 Condor Sevens title in December 2020, receive their gold medals from the Headmaster, Mrs Hassall. Eight Argyle House boarders were in the team of 12.
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U15 Sevens team are seated in Gym 1.

Quinn Boyle (Year 11), Marathon Swim, 40.2km, length of Lake Taupo

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Quinn Boyle (Year 11), receives a congratulatory handshake from the Headmaster, Mrs Hassall, for his marathon 40.2km swim, the length of Lake Taupo, on January 27th.


Quinn had been in training for this event for the last year having completed three other solo swims in 2020, ranging in length from 12 to 30km distances in the ocean and lakes.


Setting off at 4am and 13.46 hours later, Quinn completed the Lake Taupo swim. He had to dig deep mentally and physically, as he battled the sun and the cold lake water temperatures.

Quinn was not allowed to wear a wetsuit and couldn’t touch the support boat when he stopped to eat and drink.


Quinn is now the second youngest male to complete this marathon swim, and has now been invited to swim in other marathon swim events for charity, such as the Westpac Helicopter 20km Auckland swim in March this year.


Quinn set up a Givealittle page and personally fundraised a further $1000 for the Taupo event, which he will donate to HBHS, Otamarakau Primary School and the Cancer Society.


All of us here at HBHS are so proud of your achievements Quinn.

Senior 'Condors' Sevens Team, NZSS National Champions, December 2020

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Dorm Leaders Term 1

The Dorm Leaders are all students in Year 12 and there are two assigned to each of the four dormitories. In Term 1 our eight Year 12 Prefects begin the year as Dorm Leaders.


They all receive guidance and support at their weekly Tuesday evening meetings with Matua Mita Graham, Senior Master, and the six Year 13 Senior Leaders & Prefects who all reside at Grove.


The Dorm Leaders are extremely conscientious when carrying out their role to ensure the efficient day-to-day running of the hostel, especially at morning wake-up and check-off, and again at lights-out each evening. They also provide the care and guidance needed for our new and young boarders in the junior dorms.

Dorm 1 (Year 11 Dorm)

Dorm 2 (Year 10 Dorm)

Dorm 3 (Year 9 Dorm)

Dorm 4 (Years 9 & 10 Dorm)

Year 9 Boarders arrive at Argyle House, Monday 1st February

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The front field in front of Dorm 1, as the families of our new Year 9 boarders arrive
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Senior Matron, Mrs Cecelia Lake, assists Year 9 boarder, Cooper Phillips, and his family settle Cooper in as he arrives at Argyle House on his first day.
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Argyle Master, Mr Andrew Hay, shakes hands with Regan Harvey
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Argyle Masters, Mr Fraser Kilgour and Mr Rahiti Teokotai-White, answering questions as all administrative details are confirmed for the new Year 9 boarders.

New Year 9 boarders photographed with their whanau:

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Koweyn Kearins-Te Whare
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Houkura Lunjevich, and his older brother Takoha-o-te-rangi Lunjevich (Year 13), both dressed in number 1s. Houkura and Takoha's other brother, Rangiwai, is also in the photo, but doesn't return until later in the week when the Year 11s return. Three brothers, all residing in Argyle House.
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Justyce Waea-Allan. Justyce is the fourth brother to board at Argyle House.
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Alex Arnold
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Bryn Lee
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Ezekiel Ruaporo
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Luca Parrott
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Max Tarrant
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Kauri Leef, and his brother Haimz who started as a new Year 12 boarder later in the week.
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Kian Tapper
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Fletcher Reti
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Liam van der Heyden
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Jackson Alcock
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Ryshard Penitoa

The official welcome, in the dining room

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Staff, Year 12 and 13 Prefects and Senior Leaders introduce themselves
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Families playing table tennis in the Junior Games Room
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Hamish Fulton is finally out of his number 1s, as he says his final farewell to his mum and dad.

First Day of School for Years 9 & 13, Tuesday 2 February

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Powhiri, concluding with a haka from all Year 13s to welcome all Year 9s to Hamilton BHS
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Year 9 boarders Max Tarrant (left) and Corben Campbell, are being given an orientation of the school by a Year 13 student in their tutor class.

NEW BOARDER INDUCTION PROGRAMME - Mountain-Biking, Gondolas & Luge, Movie Night, Basketball, Tabloids, Paintball, Town Orientation

Mountain-Biking with 'Planet Bike', Waitangi Day - Saturday 6 February, Rotorua

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Makotahi Rameka (Year 12) new boarder from Mangonui, Northland
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Max Tarrant (Year 9)
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Grove Assistant Master, Mr Cam Moorby and Grove Master, Mr Logan Asplin, were with Sutherland House for the day.
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Argyle Master, Mr Andrew Hay and Head of Boarding, Mr Murray McKenzie, were with Bennett House for the day and start their day with a coffee at 'Planet Bike'.
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Van Driver, Mr Howard Mitchell, and bus driver, Jim, having a coffee.
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Bryn Lee helping out with lunch
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Koweyn Kearins-Te Whare on drinks
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Ben Morris also volunteering to help
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Thomas Hayward (Head Prefect) lending a helping hand with the packed lunches.
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Year 12 Prefects having lunch with the new boarders at 'Planet Bike'
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Makotahi Rameka and new Year 12 boarder, also from Mangonui in the Far North, Ihaia Te Wara, enjoying their first hostel packed lunch.
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Gondolas & Luge, Waitangi Day - Saturday 6 February, Rotorua

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The first outing for our new Weekend Matron, Kaye Nonoa (front row, far right). Thanks Kaye for all the photos taken of the boys and staff!
On our way up to the luge in a gondola
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The queues weren't too long on a very hot day
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Henry Palmer (Year 13) and new boarder Tahlor Cahill (Year 13) having a breather.
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Charley Wahanui (Year 9 - left) and new Year 10 boarder, Tom Martin, pose for a photo.
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Argyle Master, Mr Andrew Hay, heads off down the luge track with his son Brodie following

Argyle Half-Court Basketball Tournament in Gym 1, Sunday 7 February

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The winners of the 12-team, half-court basketball tournament, L-R Back: Keran Van Staden (Year 13, Head of Sutherland), Kotaro Fujimoto (Year 11), Caylus Brighouse (Year 12, Prefect), Kauri Leef (Year 9), Jack Higgins (Year 9) and in the front row Houkura Lunjevich (Year 9)
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Movie Night, Sunday 7 February: 'Dawn Raid'

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71 boarders accompanied by Ms Moffitt and Mr McKenzie, walked down to Centre Place to watch 'Dawn Raid'.

Paintball at 'Hinterland Adventures', Monday 8 February

The boys were divided into their Bennett and Sutherland groups. Bennett went to Paintball in the morning with Argyle Master, Mr Hayden Marrow and Argyle Assistant Master, Zac Corban.


Zac Corban went with the afternoon group from Sutherland, along with Dean of Boarding and Argyle Master, Mr Fraser Kilgour.

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Hostel Tabloids - First Matthew Allen Cup Event 2021, Tuesday 9 February

Sutherland House wins by 576.5 points to Bennett's 568.5
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Ricci Putohe (Year 10), Tai Tokerau Golf Tournament

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On 30-31 January 2021, Ricci with a 10 Handicap, played the Intermediate Grade of the Kaitaia Maori Golf Tournament. This is the first time Ricci played the course, and with rounds of 81 & 80, was good enough to win his section by 4 shots.


To wrap up the weekend, Ricci also received the award/scholarship “In Memory of Rae Filipaina” the Filipaina Trust Award for a Junior golfer who shows potential at golf, not limited to scores on the course but all round golf etiquette on and off the course.


All members of the Onewhero Maori Golf Committee congratulate Ricci on his achievements, and extend their appreciation to the Filipina Whanau for supporting our Rangatahi.

Daniel Garland (Year 10): Equestrian Sports NZ, #GameChanger

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#GameChangers is about encouraging people to tell us about acts of kindness or helpfulness by ESNZ members that made a difference to someone’s day. So, please keep your eyes and ears open when you’re out and about and nominate someone you witness doing something kind, supportive, helpful for someone (or a horse) that demonstrates the sort of inclusive, supportive, safe and friendly culture we’re working towards with Change the Rein. We will make sure people are aware of what great people we have in our sport.



Daniel Garland, another young equestrian showing us the way, did an “exceptional job – in fact the best gate person at any show we’ve been to!” at the recent Waikato Show Hunter at Taupō NEC according to Kirsten Seamer.


Kirsten said that Daniel isn’t very old and “he volunteered like a champ and did a very professional job”. He did the gate for the pony ring for Cat A and Cat B and then rode his own pony in Cat C.


Good on you Daniel, you’re a perfect example of what we mean when we talk about a #GameChanger: someone who lives the values which our Change the Rein campaign is all about. Being helpful and professional are definitely on that list, so a great big thank you!

Prep room library

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Thanks to the many families that have contributed to the prep room library upgrade. Your generosity has been greatly appreciated by the boys and staff, as they have a new selection of books to read during the first 10 minutes of prep when silent reading is scheduled.


Many more books have been placed on the shelves in the Junior TV lounge for the Year 11s to read at the start of their prep session.

Games Room pool table is re-covered

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Johno O'Brien (Year 11) and Taylor Shepherd (Year 11) playing a game of pool on the newly covered pool table.

2021 Argyle Manual, 2021 Grove Manual & 2021 Term Planner with Key Dates

The 2021 Grove Manual and 2021 Argyle House Manual, along with the 2021 Term Planner with all key hostel dates, have now been placed online, at the bottom of the 'Boarding' page on the school's website: www.hbhs.school.nz. No hardcopies will be posted out.


I have attached these 3 documents below. Click to view and/or download and print.

School Links Emails to Parents/Caregivers from School:

HBHS Parents' Association

Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Wednesday 10th February


Dear Parents/Caregivers

The HBHS Parents' Association would like to invite all new parents to the HBHS family to attend a welcoming evening, Monday 15th February, 6-8pm, in the School Hall. This is an event for you to meet other parents, new to the school community.

This is not a meet the teacher event. The Executive team and Year 9 Dean will be in attendance for you to get to know them further and understand how they can further support your son's success at the school.

We look forward to welcoming you to the school community.

HBHS Parents' Association

HBHS Headmaster's Message Tuesday 9 February

Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Tuesday 9th February



Dear Families of Hamilton Boys’ High School,


As we begin Week Two of our new school year, I write to thank you all for your genuine and real support, in ensuring that we have enjoyed a very settled and positive first few days together, as the 2021 school family.


I welcome all back to the 2021 year, and offer a very special, heartfelt welcome to all families new to the school. We look forward to meeting with you and to sharing the years ahead. Thank you for choosing Hamilton Boys’ for your son.


I am very happy to have this opportunity to congratulate our Year 12 and Year 13 students on the outstanding Level One and Two NCEA results they have achieved as a group. Both Level One and Level Two results are a strong improvement on the previous year, a testament to the commitment of the boys and of you, through your support and encouragement through the difficulties of the year we shared in 2020. I am proud of the young men of our Senior School, who will, this year, be continuing in their quest for academic excellence.


At each of our year level Assemblies last week, the Deans spoke of the key value we stand for as a school - that of arete, the value of being determined to be the very best one can be, in all aspects of life - academic, sport, cultural, and in our character. It is through the focus on arete, by each individual in our world, that together, we are able to realise our vision, and our shared goal of being a school in which all can thrive, and a school which provides a safe, happy and secure, affirming world for all.


I take this opportunity too, to congratulate Eushin Kang, our Dux of 2020, for his outstanding achievement as a Premier Scholar, one of the top ten students academically in New Zealand.

Eushin gained three Outstanding Scholarships and two Scholarships, and was top in New Zealand in Accounting. He will be recognised for his achievement in Parliament House later in the year.


We also congratulate current students Michael Lin, who in the Cambridge IGCSE examinations gained Top in New Zealand in Co-ordinated Science, and Top in the World in IGCSE Mathematics. And Tebijan Kalarathan, who gained Top in the World in AS Economics. Outstanding achievements from these dedicated young men, who have been ably supported by their teachers. I look forward to future successes from these talented young men, who embody the value of arete in all that they undertake.


As we begin our Summer sporting calendar, I look forward very much to meeting our families and the young men of our world, as they contribute through their involvement in the sports and activities of their choice. Every young man makes a difference to our world, in so many different ways. We are indeed blessed.


I wish you all a fulfilling, rewarding term ahead with your son, as we work together to provide every opportunity for him to be happy, confident, and successful. Thank you for your support and your care.


Susan Hassall
Headmaster

Mobile Dental Service

Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Friday 5th February



Dear Parents/Caregivers


Hamilton Boys' High School will no longer be providing the Mobile Dental Service Raukura Hauora O Tainui.

Dental services are free to all children until 18 years of age.

Raukura Hauora O Tainui's Referring Dentist is Dr Jason Wu, 395 Grey Street, Hamilton, 07 856 6438, if you wish to enrol your son/s with his practice.

For further information, please can contact Ana Randall on 021 894 675 or by email ana.randall@raukura.com

HBHS Start of Year Reminders

Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Friday 5th February



Dear Parents/Caregivers


It is timely for us to send out some reminders about life at HBHS, as we come to the end of our first week together. We appreciate your support in ensuring that your son is as safe, and as settled as possible, as we begin the year together.

  • Drop off and pick up: Boys are NOT to be dropped off or picked up from inside the school grounds. Please arrange a suitable meeting point to pick up your son after school, away from the school grounds.
  • Bikes: Boys are to lock their bike INSIDE the new bike enclosure. This is located between the Horticulture Room and the Carpentry Room (near the hockey turf) We have already had bikes stolen that were locked outside the bike enclosure.
  • Sun safety: We strongly encourage your son to have a school bucket hat or school cap in this very hot weather. The shop is now restocked and ready to sell these during the day. The bucket hats are heavily subsidised by the school, to make them very affordable for everyone.
  • Uniform and grooming: All boys have had their first assembly now and have been given strong messages about their grooming, in particular their hair length and tidiness. Please ensure your son is up to the required HBHS standard with his grooming.
  • Road safety: Please discuss with your son his safety around the busy streets bordering our school. After school particularly, our school community is very hectic with cars and buses. Encourage your son to use crossings where possible.

Waikato Swords

Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Thursday 4th February



Dear Parents/Caregivers


Please find attached information regarding Fencing classes.


Hamilton Boys' High School has attached a .pdf file to this email:

waikato_swords_....pdf

HBHS Tennis Registration

Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Wednesday 3rd February




Interschool Competition

Interschool Tennis Fee $25

This competition takes place after school on Wednesdays at 4pm against other schools in the Waikato. This will begin on Wednesday, February 24th.

Interschool players will also need to purchase a school Tennis Shirt from the shop, the cost is $80.

Trials for these teams will be held on the following dates after school, 3.30-5pm, at the Waikato Tennis Centre, Dey St, Hamilton East.

Tuesday, February 9th

Wednesday, February 10th

Players who are playing competitive tennis will also be able to be considered for selection to represent the school in the following tennis fixtures-

  • Hamilton Boys’ High School Tennis Championships-Friday February, 12th.
  • Waikato Secondary Schools Championships, Tuesday, March 16th, at the Waikato Tennis Centre

Social Tennis

Social Tennis Fee $25

Thursday afternoon 2.30-3.30pm.

Beginning on Thursday, February 18th.

This is where you can have a hit around with your mates after school. You get organised into singles or doubles games against fellow students from Hamilton Boys’.

Location: Waikato Tennis Centre, Dey St, Hamilton East.

Please note: School Tennis Courts are under construction

To register click here TENNIS REGISTRATION

You will be invoiced for tennis fees at a later date

For more information contact
Mike Erceg - merceg@hbhs.school.nz

HBHS Social Media

Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Friday 29th January


Dear Parents/Caregivers

We will be using the school's Facebook and Instagram accounts to get messages out to the school community. Some of these will be important dates and events from the school calendar and others will be interesting achievements, and/or articles that relate to current students or old boys to increase engagement with the school community. There will also be well-being articles or messages that relate to our well-being programme.

Please click on the links below to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

https://www.facebook.com/HamiltonBoysHighSchool/

https://www.instagram.com/hamilton.boys/

HBHS New Canteen Providers

Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Thursday 28th January


Dear Parents/Caregivers


HBHS now has new Canteen providers.


We will be installing EFTPOS terminals (minimum of 2) and will also accept cash.

Students and are welcome to visit the canteen to pre-order and pay for collection later in the day. A window will be allocated for collection so the wait is minimal.


Please find their menu attached.


Hamilton Boys' High School has attached a .pdf file to this email:

2021_canteen_me....pdf

Defensive Driving with Evolve Driver Training

Emailed out to all families by the school on Tuesday 26th January


Defensive Driving with Evolve Driver Training - Courses for Term 1 are as follows:-

First course starts Monday, 15th February. Second course starts Monday, 22nd March.

Registration is to be done via Evolve website:

www.evolvedrivers.co.nz

Our two Argyle House Parent Representatives for you to contact about any hostel matters

Mrs Diana O'Brien (Bombay)

Feel free to contact me by email eric.diana.obrien@xtra.co.nz

Mob. 027 277 1685

Mr Alastair Reeves (Te Akau)

Feel free to contact me by email amajlreeves@gmail.com

Mob. 027 457 3615

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