Hamilton Boys' High School - Term 2, Edition 4, June 2021

Quinn Boyle, Year 11: NZ Ultra-Marathon (Swimming) Award

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Quinn received his award in Wellington on Saturday 12th June, for being the youngest swimmer to complete three ultra swims in a four month period, while also raising funds to give to numerous charities.

Quinn's three swims were:

1. Lake Rotoiti Double crossing, 30 km, December 2020

2. Lake Taupo, 42 km, January 2021

3. Waiheke Island to Auckland 'Westpac Chopper', 20 km, March 2021

Congratulations Quinn, we are all very proud of your swimming achievements. You are a deserved recipient of this NZ award.

Field Days, School Ball

Kia ora koutou

We are now into the final four weeks of Term 2 which is traditionally the busiest time of the winter term with sports exchanges, cultural and arts festivals, follow-up from junior exams and the reporting on the academic progress of our senior students in the day school. It can be a challenging time for many of our boys and staff as winter sets in.

We are all very proud of the positive way in which the boys have handled the change to winter temperatures, fewer daylight hours, the various school pressures as well as taking part in their own co-curricular activities. They have all managed themselves extremely well in what is a very settled hostel environment.

Field Days

I know many of our boys from rural areas are looking forward to Field Days this week, as well as those boys that have never experienced Field Days. You will have all received a School Links email from the Deputy Headmaster, Mr Power, on Friday 11 June, which outlined the school’s policy for boys attending Field Days, which has worked successfully in previous years to minimise disruption to the school on Wednesday and Thursday this week. In summary, all boys will attend classes as normal this week but are able to take leave on Friday 18th June.

Argyle and Grove boarders are able to take weekend or overnight leave from 2.10pm Thursday 17th June. The school and hostel will remain open on Friday 18th June and supervision will be provided in the day school for all hostel and day students who attend school on Friday, as all hostel staff have school commitments this day.

If your son is staying in the hostel on Friday morning and is not attending Field Days, or staying at the home of a friend or family relative, then he will be required to meet at the school library from 8.45am where he will spend the day completing an academic programme and participating in PE lessons. He will return to Argyle for lunch at the normal time, with the school day concluding as normal at 3.15pm. The hostel is open all weekend.

Hostel students are able to attend Field Days on Friday with their friends by catching a bus from Hamilton Central (corner of Bryce & Anglesea Streets) which departs every half hour between 8.00am – 11.00am, returning to Hamilton Central every half hour between 1.00 – 5.00pm, with the final bus departing Mystery Creek at 5.00pm. If the boys have a pre-paid ticket to enter Field Days then the bus is free, but they have to show their ticket to the driver. Others will have to pay. The boys will be instructed to travel to and from Mystery Creek with at least one other person, as we will not allow them to travel alone.

All Field Days leave must be entered into Boardingware, including who your son is going with and how he is getting there.

If your son is not going to the Field Days, he is welcome to spend the day at the home of an approved relative, family friend or a day student friend. Again, please state this on Boardingware when submitting your son's leave request. All Argyle and Grove students who are spending the day off-site, must have departed the hostel on Friday 18th June by 8.45am and may only return from 3.15pm, when the duty master comes on.

School Ball

The annual Hamilton BHS Ball is being held next Wednesday evening, 23rd June, at the Wintec Atrium. Only Year 13 students may attend, with tickets going for $70 a single and $140 a double. Doors open from 7.00pm and close at 7.45pm. The last dance is scheduled for 11.15pm and the Ball concludes at 11.30pm.

As the Duty Masters at Argyle and Grove are off duty from 10.00pm and the hostel has bedded down for the night, all Year 13s that attend the Ball will be required to find alternative accommodation for the evening. This has always been our policy and the boys have been given advance notice. All Year 13s will be required to return to the hostel by 8.00am the following morning, ready to complete their normal school timetable. It is a special occasion, organised by the Cultural Prefects of Hamilton BHS, which celebrates all Year 13 students' final year at Hamilton BHS. The theme is '007 - James Bond'.

Ngaa mihi

Murray McKenzie

Head of Boarding

021 516 477

Welcome to our New Boarders:

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Lennox Gray (Year 11), from Waitomo.
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Jaden Unasa (Year 12), from Pokeno.

'Leo Club' Food Drive, Friday 11th June

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The Hamilton BHS Leo Club, requested all students to bring non-perishable food items to school throughout the week following Queen's Birthday Weekend.

All food donated was distributed to the various Foodbanks around Hamilton city on Friday 11th June, to support those in need.

Jack Broomfield (Year 12, Prefect), second from left, is pictured carrying some of the goods with fellow Leo Club members.

Rupert Nielsen (Year 12) one of the premier bagpipers at Hamilton Boys' High School, wins the C grade Piobaireachd and the 6/8 march

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Following on from Rupert gaining second place in the Bronze medal Piobaireachd bagpiping event at Hastings earlier this year, he has returned from Dunedin after winning the C grade Piobaireachd and the 6/8 March, 2nd in the Strathspey and Reel and fourth in the 2/4 March.

The Queen’s Birthday competition held in Dunedin is regarded as one of the elite in the solo piping calendar with close to 30 competitors lining up for the C grade this year.

Rupert represented Hamilton BHS proudly, wearing the school kilt and tie. Rupert also had to give up an important family occasion to play in Dunedin. Congratulations Rupert.

Matthew Allen Cup General Knowledge, Tuesday 1st June

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Thomas Hayward (Year 13, Head Prefect) runs his part of the quiz in the dining room, in the presence of duty masters Mr Asplin and Mr Hay.
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Ethan Barton (Year 13, Deputy Head Prefect) runs his part of the quiz upstairs in the prep room, in the presence of Matua Graham.
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Bennett House won the General Knowledge quiz overall, once all 20 teams' results were counted, by 151 - 139.

Overall points: Keran van Staden's Sutherland House still lead the Matthew Allen Cup competition by 2 points to George Reeves' Bennett House, 11-9

House General Knowledge: Argyle House, 4th Place Overall

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Our junior team finished in 4th-equal place. The team was (L-R): Corben Campbell, Rhys Laker, Kian Tapper, Jack Higgins, Stefan Newman, Alex Brown.
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Our senior team finished in 4th place. The team was (front & clockwise): Luke Haddon, Jack Broomfield, Ashan Barr, Charlie Anderson, Thomas Hayward, Sam Boros.

Argyle House: 2nd Place Overall

After 9 events, Argyle House sits in 2nd place overall, only 4.5 points behind Wilson House.

See the attached points sheet with a breakdown of results.

1st, WILSON, 46 points

2nd, ARGYLE, 41.5 pts

3rd, TAIT, 40 pts

4th, TAYLOR, 36 pts

5th, STEEL, 34.5 pts

6th, BAIGENT, 32 pts

The final event in term 2 is Basketball, to be held in week 9.

New Plymouth BHS Sports Exchange, Thursday 10th June, hosted by Hamilton BHS

12 fixtures were played on Thursday 10th June, with 9 fixtures played on-site at school. It was the first time our school hockey turf had been used for a school sports exchange.

Argyle House hosted 31 billets from New Plymouth BHS on Wednesday evening. They appeared to enjoy our hospitality over the course of the evening, while relaxing watching TV, playing table tennis and pool and enjoying the evening meal.

The exchange was played in perfect weather conditions, with Hamilton BHS winning 7, losing 3 and drawing 2 fixtures. See the full set of results below.

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Jacob Crane (Year 10) takes a free throw in the Junior Basketball team's 71-67 win.
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John Anderson (Year 12), a key player in the Senior Basketball team's 71-63 win.
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Dylan McConnell (Year 10) challenges a NPBHS player in his U15 Hockey game.
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Thomas Marchant (Year 13, Captain) displays his usual aggressive approach in the 1st XI Hockey teams' win 5-1.
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Gus Nelson (Year 13) looks all class as he controls the ball during the 1st XI game.
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The NPBHS and HBHS gold teams about to commence their Top 8 exchange fixture, which was drawn 4-4.

Ricci Putohe (Year 10) and Jakob Arthur (Year 10) both represented HBHS in this fixture.

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The Rugby 1st XV performing their pre-game haka
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Number 8 Oli Mathis (left) and lock Tahlor Cahill (Year 13, right) in action.
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Tahlor Cahill steals an opposition lineout.
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After the final whistle, the Rugby 1st XV sit with Year 8 rugby students invited from around the Waikato for a morning hosted by U14A Rugby Coach, Mr Cam Moorby, at the Hamilton BHS Pavilion.

The Rugby 1st XV won their Super 8 fixture 36-29.

The 5 Argyle House boarders in the team that played NPBHS were: Tahlor Cahill, Kieran Draper, Sunia Fukofuka, Oli Mathis, Henry Palmer. (George Reeves and Keran Van Staden both remain injured).

Rugby U14A team have their first win of the Waikato Secondary Schools' U15 Division 1 competition

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The team are all smiles after having just defeated St Johns' U15B team 20-5 on Saturday 12th June, at St John's, in their second game of the Waikato Secondary Schools' U15 Division 1 grade.

The team is coached by Mr Cam Moorby (Grove Assistant Master) and he is assisted by Mr McKenzie. There are four Argyle House boarders in the team: George Roose (Captain, Year 10), Kiwa Rata (Year 10), Liam Van Der Heyden (Year 9) and Alex Arnold (Year 9).

'Boardingware' is re-branding and changing it's name to 'Orah' on July 1st 2021

Fundamentally there is no real change, other than the brand name. However, please click on the link below to understand their vision and rationale moving forward.

More details on what this means for you can be found here.

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: No hardcopies will be posted out.

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

Hamilton BHS Information Evening and Open Day

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'Man of the Week' Award

The boys named and photographed below were awarded 'Man Of The Week' for doing something extraordinary during the week, that warranted recognition in front of their peers. They each receive a certificate and a $5 canteen voucher, presented at our weekly house meeting by a Deputy Head Prefect.

Week 5 Term 2: Thomas Marchant (Year 13)

For captaining the 1st XI hockey team and scoring a goal, in the Matthew Allen Cup fixture vs St Paul's Collegiate.
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Week 6 Term 2: Jack Higgins (Year 9)

For the highest number of 'service' hours logged to date.
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School Links Emails to Parents/Caregivers from School:

HBHS Photographs

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Hamilton Boys' High School photographs taken on Friday, 9 April 2021, are available for you to view and order online with PhotoLife Studios.

Your son will be bringing home today, an online slip with your unique 'Access Key' detailed on it. This Access Key will bring up all photographs that your son is in. It is then an easy process for you to shop online and purchase the photographs you want.

All orders placed before 27 June 2021 will be dispatched back to the school and your son will be able to collect them from the School Shop. Any orders placed after 27 June 2021 will be sent directly to your specified delivery address and will incur a $6.00 postage and packaging charge.

Thank you
Liz Caskey

This email was sent: 1:42pm Friday June 11, 2021

2021 Field Days Leave - Friday, 18 June

Dear Parents/Caregivers

To minimise disruption to the school, HBHS has approved Field Days leave for those wishing to attend on Friday, 18 June only; students will attend class as normal 14 – 17 June. This policy allows students and the school to effectively operate normal classes and study during the week preceding.

The school will remain open on Friday, 18 June and supervision will be provided for students who wish to attend. Students attending school should report to the library at 8.45am with their school work.

We appreciate your support in allowing us to maintain an academic programme during a very busy week in the Waikato.

Nick Power
Deputy Headmaster

This email was sent: 8:57am Friday June 11, 2021

Photolife Photos ordered online before 2 May 2021

Dear Parents/Caregivers

HBHS Photos ordered online before 2 May 2021 have arrived and are ready for collection.

Please remind your son/s to collect them from the school shop.

Thank you.

Liz Caskey

This email was sent: 8:12am Thursday June 10, 2021

HBHS Cell Phone Use

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Students are discouraged from bringing cell phones to school.

However, if students choose to bring a cell phone to school, it must be switched to 'silent' and kept in their school bag during Tutor Group and class time.

At the discretion of the teacher, students may be allowed to access their phone in class for a defined period of time, to assist with their learning.

Students may use their cell phone during breaks and before/after school.

Students breaching this policy will be dealt with as per the following behavioural guidelines:

  • Faculty detention for breaches during class and tutor group time. (including when lining up for class or tutor group)

Mobile phones will not be confiscated except in circumstances where a member of staff considers the device to be a harmful or disruptive influence.

Inappropriate use of a cell phone will be dealt with under the schools Digital Technologies Student User agreement.

Please note, if students do make the decision to bring a cell phone to school, they do so at their own risk. Hamilton Boys' High School is not responsible for any loss or damage caused to any cell phone.

If you need to contact your son during the day; In an emergency, parents should contact the Student Services Centre, who will quickly convey a message to students. Students falling ill during the day must report to the health centre, who will contact parents.

HBHS Senior Management

This email was sent: 3:07pm Wednesday June 9, 2021

Reminder - Study Smarter Workshop

Study Smarter Student Workshop - Monday 12th July

Presenter: Karen Boyes – Study Skills Expert

Venue: Hamilton Boys’ High School Study Centre

Time: 9am to 3pm

Dear Parent/Caregiver

Students from the Hamilton area are warmly invited to attend the Study Smarter Workshop on the first Monday of the upcoming school holidays. The presenter, Karen Boyes is described as Australasia’s “Mrs Education.” An expert in effective teaching, learning and living, Karen turns her research into practical and simple-to-use techniques that create success. Her workshops at Hamilton Boys’ have proven to be immensely popular in previous years, with attendees learning some excellent strategies for studying and preparing for examinations.

As the Founder of Spectrum Education, an author, publisher of the Teachers Matter Magazine and an Associate Director of the Institute for the Habits of Mind, Karen is an expert of teaching and learning throughout the world. A dynamic presenter, she inspires teachers and students globally.

Students will learn the powerful strategies that make a difference to their study. Through the use of simple, easy to apply and yet practical ideas, students can boost their own performance and exam results.

Please see attachment for more information and registration details.

This email was sent: 9:04am Tuesday June 8, 2021

A message from the Health Centre

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Please refrain from sending your children to school unwell.

If your son has been vomiting and/or had diarrhoea, please remember he is required to stay home for 48 hours after his last episode.

We are seeing a number of boys turning up to sit their junior exams unwell, then returning home after the exam is completed. This behaviour is infecting others. All exams can be rescheduled by emailing Paul Gunn ( Your son should NOT be sitting an exam if he is unwell.

We would also like to remind you that boys should NOT be phoning their parents to come and collect them from school if there are unwell. All students must go to the Health Centre to be assessed by the School Nurses. Parents will then be notified to collect their children. Boys must remain in the Health Centre until their parents collect them for there.

We thank you for your cooperation to keep ALL of our students safe and healthy.

Thank you
HBHS Nurses

This email was sent: 3:19pm Tuesday June 1, 2021

NCEA Revision Seminar

NCEA Revision Seminar - Wednesday, 30th June

Presenter: Alan Reilly - ‘The Art of Learning’

Venue: HBHS School Study Centre

Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Parents are warmly invited to attend our NCEA Revision Seminar. Research clearly shows that one of the most important determinants of student success at school is parental involvement, but many parents don’t know how to get involved effectively.

To help with this, Hamilton Boys’ High School is inviting parents to a free, ninety minute seminar on Wednesday evening, 30th June, that will show parents how they can support their children’s learning at home and help them to develop more resilience and achieve greater success at school.

Presenter Alan Reilly has been running ‘The Art of Learning’ workshops for many years with the 'Art of Learning' business and our own students reporting significant shifts in their learning and achievement after participating in these workshops. Mr Reilly has an established history of creditable seminars that have generated many positive responses from schools within New Zealand and overseas.

This is for parents only (of any year level). Please express your interest via email to

Jeremy Quigley
Middle School Academic Mentor

This email was sent: 1:51pm Tuesday June 1, 2021

SchoolTV - Cyberbullying

Tena koutou katoa

Here at Hamilton Boys’ High School we are working hard to make our students aware of all the issues with social media and having phones in today's technology oriented society.

SchoolTV addresses this as a new online resource designed to empower you as parents with credible and sound information with realistic, practical ongoing support strategies.

In this edition of SchoolTV - CYBERBULLYING

With the advent of the internet, smart phones and tablets, there is now a whole new digital dimension added to traditional schoolyard bullying. There was once a time when bullying victims were given some respite outside of school hours, but sadly these days, online bullying can occur 24/7. In today’s world, teaching your child about online and cyber safety, is as important as learning to swim or cross the road!

Cyberbullying can be identified as being the repeated behaviour by an aggressor with the intent to harm or embarrass. Technology enables these aggressors to share information widely and quickly, making this form of bullying extremely dangerous and harmful. However, the answer is not to shun the internet nor social media. Instead, parents are encouraged to embrace it and instil a family internet policy to protect their children without limiting the freedom to learn, explore and communicate online.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents are provided with useful guidelines and advice on how to minimise the risks. Children have the right to feel safe, regardless of whether it is in the schoolyard or online.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to the Cyberbullying edition of SchoolTV

This email was sent: 8:56am Tuesday June 1, 2021

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

Mob. 027 277 1685

Mr Alastair Reeves (Te Akau)

Feel free to contact me by email

Ph. 07 825 4925

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