Hamilton Boys' High School


Newsletter 4, July 2019

Dear parents, homestay families and agents

Welcome to the end of Term 2. Many of our boys have travelled home these holidays and we wish them a safe journey, warm weather and relaxing time with family and friends.

Term 3 is a hectic term with the finish line in sight for our senior students. Senior practice examinations take place in week 4 of Term 4 and our Year 11, 12 and 13 students have only 13 weeks of school before they take study leave to prepare for NCEA examinations.

I have attached the NCEA examination timetable once again so that you are able to select flights home for your son, dependent on the date of his final examination.

Junior and Senior mid-year reports on the Parent Portal

Mid-year reports are now available on the parent portal. All homestay parents, natural parents, designated caregivers and agents should have access to the parent portal. If you are not able to access your student/son's report, please contact Janelle Cullen Wright, our Student Data Administrator. She will check that you are on our contact database and that you have the correct name and password. jcullen@hbhs.school.nz

Enrolments Contracts and Code of Conduct for International students

Over recent months we have been working very hard to update all contracts and policies under the requirements of the recently amended NZ Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code Of Practice. Our school is a member of SIEBA (Schools International Education and Business Association) and SIEBA is providing the templates for all contracts to New Zealand schools.

Returning students and parents, who enrolled prior to 2019, will be required to sign new enrolment contracts for 2020. These enrolment contracts include Terms and Conditions of Enrolment, Code of Conduct, Disciplinary Procedures, Refund policy and Accommodation Agreements for students in homestays. The contracts are very similar to previous years but more detailed and prescriptive. These contracts have been put into place to ensure that the rights of our International students are protected. New Zealand schools arguably provide the highest standard of safety and care for International feepaying students in the world and it is our contracts and policies that will ensure we maintain this high standard. I must remind my senior students of this when they complain that our rules are very strict!

For this year, International students currently enrolled at our school will be required to sign our Hamilton Boys' High School Code of Conduct. Each student will soon be given a copy to sign (we will ensure they are given translation support if required) and it will then be emailed to the parent/s to sign.

Below is the link to a read-only copy of our Hamilton Boys' High School Code Of Conduct. Several of the conduct rules pertain to students in homestays only.

Request to Leave Hamilton Form

Boys who live with a school appointed homestay family (not a parent or a designated caregiver), they will now be required to complete a Permission to Leave Hamilton Form if they want to travel out of the Waikato district for the day, or overnight, on their own or with a friend. This form has been created to support the safety of our International students.

The form must be submitted a week prior to the proposed outing and it must be approved by myself or Ann and signed by the homestay parent.

Visit by Raffles Institution, Singapore

It was our pleasure to welcome Raffles Institution to our school 2 weeks ago. The tour was organised by James Eng, father of Jadon Eng. The Raffles students observed some academic classes, played basketball, joined PE classes and enjoyed a friendly game of rugby. Jadon was our ambassador and liaison person over the two days. We were very proud of the way he conducted himself and represented our International programme and the boarding house.
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NZQA website and checking credits

Many parents and agents have asked me for access to to the NZQA website to check on their son/student's credits.

Students log on to the NZQA website using their NSN number (National Student Number which I can provide). You must ask your son/student for his password to access his record of learning. We encourage all our senior students to access this website regularly.

Access to the NZQA website is very straightforward. The link below will take you to the student/learner login. The NZQA website is updated regularly with files exported from our student management system. However, the most up-to-date record of your son/student's credits is his Tracking Folder IF he is choosing to enter his results as assessments are completed.

Term Dates 2020

Term 1 Tuesday 28 January - Thursday 9 April

Term 2 Tuesday 28 April - Friday 3 July

Term 3 Tuesday 21 July - Friday 25 September

Term 4 Monday 12 October - Tuesday 8 December (for Year 9 and 10 students only)

2019 NCEA Examination Timetable

Below is the link to the end-of-year examination timetable for Level 1, 2 and 3 NCEA examinations and Scholarship examinations. These examinations are for our senior students only. Once your son's timetable has been confirmed, you can discuss with him his subjects, the dates of his examinations and book flights home at the end of the school year.