Hastings Boys' High School

Newsletter March 2022 Volume 2

Message from the Acting Headmaster

After such a difficult few weeks with Covid interrupting our school life, I must commend our students, staff and community for persevering and continuing to keep school life as normal as possible. We are continually adapting to the environment and regulations that have been placed on us. Our aim to keep our students and staff safe has been a priority, and I have no doubt that we will get through this challenge and learn to live with the consequences of having Covid ever-present.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Chris Owen as the new HOD of Science, commencing his position at the start of Term two. We wish Mr Michael Garbes all the very best on his appointment to Queen Charlotte College in Picton. Mr Garbes has been a hugely valuable member of school since 1999 and HOD for 20 years. His contribution as a teacher, HOD and coach of cricket and hockey has been greatly appreciated, he will be missed.

We look forward to the start of the winter season. Our participation in winter sport has always been a highlight of school life, and a chance for our students to participate in such a wide range of sport activities. Good luck to you all and be prepared for your involvement over term two.

Mr G.L Barrett, Dip. Phys.Ed., Dip.Tchg

Acting Headmaster

Congratulations to the Youth Councillors!

Hastings District Council Youth Council

The following students have been interviewed and elected as part of the Hastings District Youth Councillor group for 2022.

Bowen Steffert 11AT

Jackson McKay 13FE

Monte Timu 12CL

Marcus Laiseni 11AR

and re-elected for a second term:

Riley Bogard-Allan 13FE

The Hastings Youth Council is a group of 15-23 year olds that advocates on behalf of and for the youth of Hastings. It provides a youth voice on council matters and other important issues facing the district.

It's a priviledge to be voted onto the Council and to have the opportunity to represent the youth of Hastings.

Riley Bogard-Allan 13Fe

Staff involvement in sport at HBHS

Staff involvement is extremely positive at Hastings Boys' compared to the National and Hawke's Bay trends. It is really important to have dedicated staff involved in our school sport programme. We have just provided all staff involved in sports and cultural groups, and additionally other critical support staff, with a smart jacket to wear whilst coaching teams and at school. This was really well received!

Having staff involved ensures:

· that all sports activities align with the school's values as well as provides high quality learning experiences with qualified staff.

· great relationships are developed between staff and students that have huge benefits in the classroom.

· that our teams maintain a really high standard of behaviour, appearance and discipline on and off the pitch or court.

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Jackson McKay - Athletics

Jackson was the lead runner for the bronze medal winning 4 x 400m team in the U18 National event held at the Hastings Sports Park on March 5th.

Be a Volunteer

Kia tūao, e tu ki te ao - Be a volunteer and stand up in the world.

Volunteering is a great way to gain experience while helping others. If you're doing something to help other people, without expecting anything in return, that's volunteering. Whether you're putting out cones at a sports event, organising the school ball, caring for a sick family member, washing dogs at the SPCA, planting trees, or picking up plastic rubbish at the beach - you're making a contribution to your community, and that counts.

It can be hard to get a job without experience, but it can be hard to get experience without a job. By volunteering and logging your hours through the SVA Service Award app, you can add essential skills to your CV while building your confidence and making friends.

Volunteers work towards physical badges - Member, Bronze, Silver, and Gold - to acknowledge the work they do in their community, whether it be for their school, whānau or community. SVA helps volunteers get the acknowledgement they deserve for the work they do.

Set up an account on https://service.sva.org.nz/ and see Miss Ferrick in N14 with any questions you may have (paulaf@hastingsboys.school.nz), then start helping out.

EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) Beach Trip

The year 10 boys have an exciting new course on offer in their options line. Outdoor education has just been started and hopes to challenge boys and push them out of their comfort zone in a safe environment. Recently they enjoyed a beach education course at Westshore beach. On February 10th, 19 students visited for a fun filled day of swimming, boating, and learning about the beach. The highlight of the day for most of the boys was riding around in the IRB and preforming CPR on a dummy.

Jimmy Macken 10Bc

Youth Council for Sport Hawke's Bay

Hastings Boys' High School have three participants on the Youth Council for Sport Hawke's Bay in 2022:

Michael Lansdown - 13FE - swimming and cricket representative of Hastings Boys' High School

Bryson Crawford-Pakoti - 13FE - rugby, sevens rugby and kī o rahi representative of Hastings Boys' High School

Koji Hardgrave-Abe - 12RO - cricket and football representative of Hastings Boys' High School

Congratulations to all three candidates; we look forward to participating in the initiatives you implement within our kura this year.

Careers Department

The Careers Department encourage senior students and parents to keep looking at the Careers section of the school website for student job opportunities



It is important that all parents and caregivers have our app on their phones or devices. This is the main way we will keep in touch, especially important in the event of an emergency. It is a quick and efficient way to disseminate information.

Contact Us

800 Karamu Road South

Hastings 4120

Ph: +64 6 873 0365
email: paoffice@hastingsboys.school.nz