ARGYLE HOUSE

Hamilton Boys' High School -Term 1, Edition 3, February 2019

New Boarders' Induction Activities Conclude with Rainbow's End, Families Dinner, Matthew Allen Cup & Hamilton BHS Swimming Sports

All 64 new boarders have the opportunity to take weekend leave for the first time in three weeks this weekend. They will all be looking forward to the comforts of home and being in familiar surroundings once again amongst family, friends as well as enjoying some home cooking.


All Staff, Prefects and Senior Leaders have been impressed with how the group has gelled and settled into the Argyle environment. We have all enjoyed and shared in the many induction activities that the boys have participated in over the past three weeks, to help us all get to know each other and to mix across all year levels.


Thanks to all Parents/Caregivers for coming along to the families dinner last Sunday and watching your son competing in the Matthew Allen Cup Swimming Sports afterwards. Seth Roe's Bennett House won the Swimming Sports overall by the smallest of margins.


DAVID SO, JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPION

Congratulations to David So, Year 9 (Hong Kong) for being crowned Junior Swimming Champion at our school Swimming Sports on Wednesday. David won three races in the Junior U14 age group, winning the 100m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke and was placed 6th in the Open 4 x 25m Medley. This gave David a total of 54 points, four points clear of his nearest rival.


David also set a new school record in the Junior 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1.17:12.


The entire hostel was cheering and chanting as David competed and there was a huge celebratory cheer as David was announced as Hamilton Boys' High School Junior Champion. Congratulations David.


FIRST SET LEAVE

The hostel closes at 5.30pm on Friday 22nd February and re-opens at 5.30pm on Sunday 24th February with all boys expected to return by 7.30pm, unless they are returning by 8.00am on Monday morning. There is no dinner provided for the boys on Sunday evening. Please ensure all boys have a leave request entered on Boardingware.


If you have a son boarding for the first time, we look forward to his safe return on Sunday evening.


Kind regards


Murray McKenzie

Head of Boarding

021 516 477

Hamilton Boys' High School Swimming Sports, Wednesday 13th February:

David So (Year 9, Hong Kong) - Junior Swimming Champion

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David So with Matron, Mrs Cecelia Lake, after having won his favourite event, the Junior 100m Breaststroke and setting a new school record in this event
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David preparing for one of his five championship finals
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David So wins his favoured event, the Junior 100m Breaststroke Championship final
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Years 11, 12 and 13 Argyle students arriving en-masse at the pool at the start of the day

The Non-Championship Swimming Sports Events for the Senior School:

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Argyle House sets up in their area of the pool complex
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Senior boarders looking relaxed under the Argyle banner
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Joshua Vodanovich (Year 12) leaps off the blocks in his 1 length freestyle race representing Argyle
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Taikaha Larkins (Year 12) on the blocks
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George Butcher (Year 13, Head of Sutherland) about to launch himself off the blocks
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Seth Roe (Year 13, Head of Bennett) launches himself off the ledge to complete his length of freestyle
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Thomas Marchant (Year 11) readies himself to complete his length of freestyle
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Jack Avery (Year 13) looks ahead as he prepares to dive in to swim his length of freestyle and earn a point for Argyle House

The Non-Championship Swimming Sports Events for the Junior School:

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Lennox Gray (Year 9) about to dive into the deep end of the pool
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Jono Nelson (Year 9) looks contented with himself having just completed 1 length freestyle
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Cory Brownlee (Year 10) swimming his 1 length backstroke to earn a point for Argyle House
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Jake Fannin (Year 9) shows good starting technique as he awaits his turn to swim
Argyle House finished in 6th place overall, only 12 points behind Baigent House in 5th place

Year 9 Tabloids with Year 9 Sonninghill (Hamilton Girls' High School) Hostel, Monday 11th February

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The Year 13 Prefects from Sonninghill hostel organised and ran a series of fun activities for our Year 9 boys mixed in teams with their Year 9 girls. Our six Year 13 Prefects and Senior Leaders assisted them in the running of the activities. There were lots of laughs and lollipops handed out as a reward for their efforts. A great way to begin our interaction with Sonninghill.
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Pair balloon pop without using your hands!
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George Butcher (Year 13 Prefect, Head of Sutherland) gives instructions to the teams at his station
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Caelys-Paul Putoko enjoying himself
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Both hostels shaking hands to conclude the evening after 90 minutes of fun activities together, down on the Hamilton Girls' High School playing fields

Rainbow's End, Saturday 9th February

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Stratosphere - the most challenging of the rides
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Mr Howard Mitchell (Van Driver) is looking after the lunches, drinks and bags while the boys and staff engage in the activities
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In the orange carriage from left to right Ochiishi Ittetsu (Year 12, Japan), Takayoshi Hashimoto (Year 12, Japan), Kohei Shirai (Year 12, Japan) and Kohei's younger brother, Daisuke Shirai (Year 11, Japan), about to experience the rollercoaster
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The big and the short of it!

In the back of the green carriage Duggie Valler (Year 9) sits next to Joeli Matalaweru (Year 13, Fiji) while Jack Broomfield (Year 10) is in the front seat

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L-R: Carson Edwards (Year 9) and Roman Carley (Year 9) are all smiles as they return from their ride on the rollercoaster
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L-R: Sean Witters (Year 9), Ashan Barr (Year 10), Roman Carley (Year 9), Carson Edwards (Year 9) and Jake Fannin (Year 9) are seated and ready to experience the 'Invader'
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L-R: Raharuhi Palmer (Year 9), Jahmal Enright (Year 9), Renata Palmer (Year 10), Sunia Fukofuka (Year 11), Taikaha Larkins (Year 12) and Tumanako Te Papa (Year 11) take their seats on the 'Invader'
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L-R: Joseph Lorimer (Year 10), Kevin Zheng (Year 10, China), Gordon Shum (Year 10, Hong Kong) and George Unsworth (Year 10) happy to be at Rainbow's End for the day
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L-R: Silvio Tuuta (Year 9), Dylan Brown (Year 9) and Maxwell Steel (Year 9) queue for the go-karts
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Mr Andrew Hay (Hostel Master) and his 6-year-old son, Brodie, are all smiles and thumbs up after Brodie announces he has experienced the rollercoaster for the first time!
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About to queue up for the Log Flume

Families Dinner & Matthew Allen Cup Swimming Sports, Sunday 10th February

The dining room was abuzz with current and new boarders' parents/caregivers as they had a beautifully cooked buffet dinner put on by Head Chef, Mrs Kim Furcy and her catering team. Once dinner had concluded, all boys, staff, parents/caregivers and families walked down to the Hamilton BHS pool to watch the Swimming Sports

Matthew Allen Cup Swimming - Bennett House Wins!

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Matua Mita Graham (Senior Master) outlines the Matthew Allen Cup swimming programme to our parents/caregivers and boys
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Sutherland present their chant
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Bennett present their chant
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Parents/Caregivers and families watch on from the side as the Swimming Sports gets underway on a very hot Hamilton evening

Year 9s relay: Sutherland wins

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Year 10s relay: Sutherland wins

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Year 11s relay: Bennett wins

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Year 12s relay: Bennett wins

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Year 13s relay: Bennett wins

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Staff vs Parents vs Year 12 Prefects/Senior Leaders vs Year 13 Prefects/Senior Leaders

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Matthew Allen Cup Swimming Sports Results: Bennett win overall 31 - 29

After 4 relay teams (2 for each house) competing across each of the 5 year levels and concluding with a Manu competition, Bennett House win by 2 points.


The competition is now locked up at 2 - 2, with Sutherland winning the Tabloids

School Links emails to Parents/Caregivers from Hamilton BHS

HBHS Athletics Sports - Wednesday, 27 February

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Friday 15th February


Athletics Sports Porritt Stadium

Wednesday 27 February, 8.30am–2.35pm


Dear Parents/Caregivers


We invite all parents to attend our annual athletics day at Porritt Stadium, on Crosby Road, Chartwell, Wednesday 27 February. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.

  • Registration: Students are to make their own way to Porritt Stadium and report to their tutor group teacher in their House area before 8.30am. The first events commence at 8.50am. Please note that this is a very busy area of road and delays may be expected.
  • Buses: Some school buses will be re-routed to Porritt Stadium (check with your driver). After the event, between 2.40pm-3:00pm, the buses that were rerouted in the morning pick the boys up at Porritt Stadium. Students who come to school may catch the anti-clockwise Orbiter bus to the Crosby Road stop and walk to the Stadium from there.
  • Bikes: will be kept in a secure area and be supervised by staff throughout the day.
  • Uniform: Full school uniform or official House or PE shirts with PE shorts is to be worn to and from Porritt Stadium. While participating in the events, PE uniform, House T-shirts, or House coloured T-shirts must be worn. Running shoes are recommended to be worn on the track (to avoid receiving blisters).
  • Attendance is compulsory. The day offers all boys the opportunity to compete at a level that challenges them personally, and also earn points for their ‘House’ in a strongly contested House Competition. It is also a day to identify our elite athletes and for students of all abilities to compete in at least one jumping, throwing and sprint event, as well as relays.
  • Expectations: If students are absent due to sickness parents must provide a note in the School Diary to the Tutor Teacher on the next school day of attendance.
  • Finishing Time: The day will finish at approximately 2.35pm when students will be released. Parents are requested not to seek early release for their sons, except in the case of doctor’s appointments or emergencies.
  • Sun: Please ensure your son has protection from the sun in the form of sunblock, a hat, sunglasses and clothing to cover up.
  • Food: A canteen is available to buy lunch and drinks with EFTPOS available. No pizza or other takeaway deliveries or BBQs are permitted.
  • Weather: If the weather is doubtful, please check the school website http://www.hbhs.school.nz/blog under school notices at 7.00am for cancellation. We will also send an email via school links.
  • Belongings: Although we take every care to prevent loss of personal belongings, we urge students not to bring valuable items to Athletics.

Yours sincerely
Mr T Miller
TIC Athletics
tmiller@hbhs.school.nz

HBHS App Update

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 12th February


Dear Parents/Caregivers

Hamilton Boys' High School will be launching our Hamilton Boys' High School App in the next few weeks.


Once the app is complete, you will receive email instructions on where to find the app and your password to enter once you download the app.


The app will give you the opportunity to notify the school of absences, daily notices, school calendar, school newsletter, staff contact information, parent portal and many other helpful links and information.


Attached is an image of our new app for your information.


Kristin Rillstone
Office Manager


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

hbhs_school_app.pdf

HBHS Maths Buddy

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Monday 11th February


Dear Parents/Caregivers

Once again Hamilton Boys' High School parents and caregivers have been offered the opportunity to register for Maths Buddy at a heavily discounted price.


Maths Buddy is an online maths tutor that covers the entire NZ maths curriculum and is suitable for all students wanting to do additional maths revision or extension independently.

See https://www.mathsbuddy.co.nz/ for more details.


Cost: $26 for the year.


Payment: Please pay at the school shop or online. You MUST state the student's name and "Maths Buddy" in the reference section.


Date: Payment must be made by Wednesday, February 20th 2019. No late payments can be accepted.


Please note that login details will not be available until Wednesday, February 27th 2019.

HBHS Parents' Association AGM

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Monday 11th February



Dear Parents/Caregivers

The published date for the Parents' Association AGM is incorrect.

This is now being held on Wednesday, 20 February, at 7.00pm in the Staffroom.

All welcome.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

HBHS Mobile Dental Unit

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 29th January


Dear Parents/Caregivers

The Mobile Dental Unit will be based at Hamilton Boys' High School again this year between Monday 18 February and Friday 26 April.

Please find attached a letter outlining the services provided. The letter asks you to email the Mobile Dental Unit co-ordinator to indicate whether or not you wish to take up this offer.

Thank you.


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

hbhs_advice_of_....pdf

Defensive Driving with Evolve Driver Training

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 5th February


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

Term 1

Monday, 11 Feb (11, 14, 18 & 21 Feb)

Monday 11 March (11, 14, 18 & 21 March)

Holiday course - starting 15 April 2019 (15, 18, 22 & 25 Apr)

Register on Evolve website: www.evolvedrivers.co.nz

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

Mrs Shay-Lee Wylie (Te Kuiti)

Feel free to contact me by email grizwiles@xtra.co.nz

Mr Alistair Reeves (Te Akau)

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