Hamilton Boys' High School - Term 1, Edition 1, January 2021

Hamilton Boys' High School, Junior Prizegiving: 'Outstanding Year 10 Leadership Award' 2020 - Rangiwai Lunjevich

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Rangiwai Lunjevich (Year 10 2020), stands proudly with his whanau holding the McHaffie Cup for 'Outstanding Leadership in Year 10'. This award was presented to Rangiwai by the Headmaster, Mrs Susan Hassall, at the Hamilton Boys' High School Junior Prizegiving, Thursday 3rd December.

Kia ora koutou

Happy New Year to all Parents, Caregivers and the young men of Argyle. I'm sure the Christmas vacation period has treated you all well and our boys are feeling refreshed, excited and ready to face the challenges of the 2021 hostel and school year.

However, it has been a tragic start to 2021 for Lachie Douglas (Year 10) and his family, with Lachie's father, Revell, drowning at Karioitahi Beach on Wednesday, January 6. The Argyle family, Hamilton Boys' High School pastoral team and Rowing community will provide the necessary support for Lachie on his return. Our thoughts are with Lachie and his family.


I hope all senior students will be pleased with their NCEA grades to be released online this Thursday 21st January. Scholarship results will follow on Thursday 4th February. There is information on the NZQA website to support students who might be feeling nervous about their results, or concerned they may not achieve the credits they need. Any academic queries or concerns can be addressed to our new Dean of Boarding, Mr Fraser Kilgour. His email address is

All senior students who chose to remain in the hostel for the supervised study sessions worked conscientiously throughout the study leave period of NCEA examinations in November, so I am sure their results will reflect their positive approach towards their study.

Weekend Matron

We are fully staffed for the start of the new year, with Mrs Kaye Nonoa filling the Weekend Matron role vacated by Ms Holly Pass, who resigned during the break to take up full-time work during the week. I would like to thank Holly for her dedication and commitment to the role throughout 2020. She will be missed by the boys and weekend duty staff.

Mrs Kaye Nonoa will be familiar to the boys as she was recently employed as our Laundress, and has been our relief weekend and weekday matron over the past six years, as well as a relief van driver. Kaye's own children are now adults, and she has many grandchildren. We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Kaye's experience join the team in the Weekend Matron role.

New Boarders and the return of all boarders

The staff and I look forward to seeing you all as you arrive to return your sons to Argyle or to hand them over to us for the very first time. There will be a few nervous young men who will be thinking about their first day, but they will be guided by staff and our senior leaders to ensure their induction is one where they settle in quickly.

I know some new boarders won't have their blazer ready when they arrive. We understand that this can take time, so I would request that your son turn up in his number 1s wearing his black trousers, white shirt, school tie, black socks and black lace-up shoes.

A photo will be taken of all Year 9 boarders with their family on Monday 1st February, as soon as they arrive, wearing their number 1s. This will be printed then posted home in an enverlope with the letter they will write home on Tuesday after school, as they share with you their thoughts and feelings of their first night staying in Argyle and their first day at school.

If you have any questions about the beginning of the year then please feel free to contact me on my mobile number below.

Senior Leaders and Prefects

Matua Mita Graham (Senior Master) is looking forward to working with the 14 Years 12 & 13 Prefects and Senior Leaders this year. The staff look forward to their arrival between 4.00 - 5.00pm on Sunday 31st January. Mita will spend some time on Monday morning preparing our senior leaders for the arrival of the Year 9 boarders later that day, discussing likely scenarios they will encounter in their dorm and how best to manage them should they arise.

Please find below a few reminders to ensure all families, both current and new, are well prepared for your son's arrival into Argyle House or Grove.

Enjoy the final few days with your son at home. We look forward to working with all boys for what will be a busy and exciting first three weeks as the new boarders follow their induction programme aimed to help them settle in as quickly as possible to hostel and school life.

Nga mihi

Murray McKenzie

Head of Boarding

021 516 477

The Beginning of the New Hostel & School Year, Term 1 2021:

Arrival Days, Times & What to Wear

It is an exciting time for our 46 new boarders, 36 of them at Year 9 level, who will all be looking forward to their new life at Argyle House and Hamilton Boys' High School.

A reminder that all new boarders at Years 10, 11, 12 & 13 are to arrive at Argyle or Grove on the scheduled day that their year level is expected to return. See below.

All boys are to return to Argyle House or Grove wearing their full number 1s (blazer, white shirt, tie, black shoes and socks), well-groomed with a regulation school haircut on the following days:



4.00 - 5.00pm: Years 12 & 13 Senior Leaders & Prefects sign in at Argyle or Grove

6.00 - 6.15pm: Dinner in the dining room for Senior Leaders & Prefects.

7.00pm: 10-Pin Bowling, 'Sky City'.


Monday 1st (Auckland Anniversary Day): YEAR 9 ARRIVE & YEAR 13 RETURN

11.00am - 12.30pm: Leadership Training for all Senior Leaders & Prefects with Matua Mita Graham in preparation for the arrival of the Year 9 boarders.

12.30 - 1.00pm: Lunch in the dining room

2.00 - 4.00pm: Year 9 and Year 13 boys arrive in their number 1s (blazer, white shirt, tie, black shoes and socks) and check-in at Argyle House (or Grove for Year 13s). Families are to park on the grass field in front of the hostel.

4.00pm: Welcome in the dining room. All staff and Years 12 & 13 Senior Leaders & Prefects in attendance.

5.00pm: All parents/caregivers/families to have departed.


First day of school for Years 9 & 13

8.45am: Year 13 meet in the school hall

10.30am: Year 9 meet at the Peachgrove Road entrance to Hamilton BHS for their official powhiri/welcome

5.30 - 7.30pm: Year 10 boarders to have returned (including all new boarders at Year 10)

Wednesday 3rd: YEAR 11 RETURN TO ARGYLE

First day of school for Year 10

Normal timetable for Year 9

Year 13 to Leadership Camp

5.30 - 7.30pm: Year 11 boarders to have returned (including all new boarders at Year 11)

Thursday 4th: YEAR 12 RETURN TO ARGYLE

First day of school for Year 11

Normal timetable for Year 9 and Year 10

Year 13 return from Leadership Camp

5.30 - 7.30pm: Year 12 boarders to have returned (including all new boarders at Year 12)


First day of school for Year 12

Normal timetable for Years 9, 10, 11 & 13

I have attached the 2021 Term Planner earlier in this newsletter, to enable you to plan for the beginning of the 2021 hostel and school year.

There will be 2 in-weekends for all new boarders, Senior Leaders & Prefects and Staff with designated on-site and off-site organised activities to aid the new boarders in settling in and to get to know each other as well as the Senior Leaders, Prefects and Staff.

The boys will be kept occupied to keep their minds off home and potential homesickness by engaging in a variety of activities which include: Mountain-Biking & Gondolas/Luge (Rotorua), Paintball, Waimarino Water & Adventure Park (Tauranga), HBHS Gymnasium & Pool activities, Hostel Tabloids evening, St Paul's Collegiate hostel challenge in Tug-O-War & Swimming, Orientation morning in town with Senior Leaders/Prefects, Movie Night


5.30pm: All boarders to have returned from weekend leave and signed in.

5.30 - 6.15pm: Parents/families BBQ for all boarders and their families

6.30 - 7.30pm: Matthew Allen Cup Swimming Sports event at the Hamilton BHS Pool complex. The final event of the evening is a Staff, Parents, Year 13 swimming relay, so bring your togs!

New boarders can take weekend leave for the first time from Friday 3.15pm, 19th February.

Housekeeping Reminders

Clothing numbered and labelled

Over the holiday period can you please ensure ALL clothing is numbered with your son's laundry number, and initialled, if possible. Having the number clearly labelled is what Lagi, our Laundress, would prefer. Please check and re-do all numbers on all clothing items before returning in 2021. Thank you for your support, as there is a continual pile of unnamed clothing that sits in the laundry that remains unclaimed.

One mobile phone in 2021

This is a reminder that our boys are only able to bring ONE mobile phone in to Argyle House. As you are aware, the Year 9 and Year 10 boarders must hand in their mobile phone each evening. Despite increasingly punitive measures to deter the boys, there are some boys that hand in one phone and have another one stored in their room. The staff require your support to ensure they return in 2021 with one phone, as if they remain on their phone after lights out, they selfishly keep awake the other boys in their room and also wake up tired the following morning and are unable to function effectively at school the following day. Thank you for your support.

Presentation when returning to Argyle and Grove on the first day back wearing their number 1s, especially regulation, formal black trousers

Please read carefully with your son and please ensure he signs in on day one wearing the correct black trousers as part of his number 1s, along with a white shirt that his top button can still be done up. Thanks for your support.

Dress & Grooming

The staff at Argyle House and Grove have become increasingly concerned that some students are flaunting the rules when it comes to presenting themselves correctly during the normal school day and especially when they return from weekend or overnight leave in their number 1s.

The boys represent the hostel and school when in the public eye, so it is important they are well-groomed, as they are our greatest advertisement. The boys are often reminded at our weekly house meetings about the responsibility they have to wear their uniform correctly and proudly outside the hostel. This also includes being cleanly shaven and having a regulation hair cut that complies with school policy.

One of the current trends is for some boys to purchase long black pants that are tapered, as part of their number 1s. Tapered, tight-fitting long black pants are not part of their number 1s. The pants must be loose-fitting around the thigh and calf. If your son has these pants then please ensure he returns with the regulation long black pants on his return. Our boys need to all dress following the correct code so we all look the same. Failure for your son to adhere to the dress and grooming rules from the beginning of term 1 2021, will result in stepped consequences. See below.

We don't want our standards to slip as the hostel should be setting the tone and standard for the rest of the school, we all believe here as a staff. Please have a conversation and check with your son over the holiday period to ensure he has the correct uniform items and returns clean-shaven with a regulation haircut. Check also that his neck hasn't swelled over the holiday period preventing him from being able to do up the top button of his white shirt. Our boys do grow quickly! All top buttons must be done up with their tie covering the top button.

Thank you for your continued support. I'm only talking to a handful of families, as the other 163 comply and look perfect always.

Page 24 of the Argyle Manual 2021:


Boys wearing their regular school uniform must make every effort to ensure that their uniform is clean and tidy at all times. It is expected boys wear their footwear correctly and have school uniform shirts tucked in and socks up. Failure to comply will result in an instant 30 minute job i.e. do Lunch Duty, Kitchen Bins, vacuuming and a ‘strike’ to be recorded on the strike sheet. A third strike will result in the student being issued with a Community Service to be recorded in Boardingware.

At the end of each term this re-sets.

Consequences for a student failing to wear their socks up or have their shirt tucked in at morning check-off and/or in the dining room:

  • First strike = 30 minute instant job, recorded in strike folder.
  • Second strike = 30 minute instant job, recorded in strike folder.
  • Third strike = Community Service, recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware

Boys signing out for general leave when not in uniform must wear tidy casuals. Offensive language on any items of clothing or bags is forbidden at all times.

Boys wearing their number 1s (formal travel uniform i.e. blazer, black trousers, white shirt, tie) must ensure their top button is done up, their tie is pulled up to cover their top button, their black trousers are the regulation trousers (and are NOT tapered), they wear ankle-length black socks and black shoes, are clean-shaven and their hair is a regulation cut and length (as per school policy) and they have all parts of their uniform on i.e. including their blazer.

If a student presents himself to the Duty Master and is not correctly groomed when he departs or returns from overnight and/or weekend leave, then he will be issued with a uniform ‘strike’, which will be recorded in the ‘Uniform Strike Folder’ in a drawer beside the Masters’ desk, as well as being recorded in Boardingware.

Failure to comply with the correct grooming and dress standard when wearing number 1s, the following consequences will occur, over the whole year:

  • First strike = 30 minute instant job, recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware
  • Second strike = Community Service, recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware
  • Third strike = Community Service, Gated for 5 days (Mon-Fri 3.15pm), recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware
  • Fourth plus strikes = Community Service, Gated for 7 days, recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware"

Personal Presentation When Returning to School

Hamilton Boys’ High School insists on high standards of personal presentation and we ask for your assistance with this. We ask all parents/caregivers to attend to hair and uniform issues with their sons over the next few days, so they come back to school ready for work and prepared in their presentation. Jerseys, shirts, shorts, trousers and socks may need repair.

Boys need an appropriate hair cut to ensure their hair is short back and sides and of even length. Students whose hair is longer than regulation may incur a detention (see below for regulation details).

Socks –Boys’ socks need to be long enough to pull up to the knees. If socks do not reach the knees they need replacement. Garters should be purchased or made to assist with this. The School Shop provides free garters with the first pair of socks sold. Garters are also available for sale at $4 a pair.

Shoes - Must be black, leather, lace-up, clean and shining. If sandals are worn, they must be the standard black or brown Roman style and must be in good repair.

Jackets - If your son chooses to wear a jacket, it must be the official school jacket.

Lost Property – This is held in the Student Services Centre. Lost property will only be held for four weeks. Please make sure all clothing is labelled to make it easy to return to your son. The person in charge is Mrs Margaret Clark Tel: 853 0440

Hair – is to be short, neat and tidy, of even length, following the natural hairline above the collar, ears and eyebrows. Hair must not be braided, dyed, waxed, straightened, nor be tied, spiked, or cut with ridges. All students are to be clean-shaven.

Thank you for your assistance and for checking your son when he leaves for school and returns home each school day.

Kind regards,

Deans Network

Year 13 Grove Contracts 2021

Thanks to those families that have returned the completed contract. There are still a couple outstanding, so can you please download the attached document below, scan and return to Katrina McLaughlin by Friday 29th January. Katrina's email address is:

Thank you.

Hamilton BHS Shop Hours: Open from Friday 22nd January

For all uniform and stationery purchases, as well as payment of school/hostel fees.

2021 School Shop hours are:-

22, 25, 26 & 29 January

27-28 January

2-5 February

9 February for the remainder of 2021
7.30am-12.00 noon
12.00pm-12.30pm (closed)

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.

Prefects and Senior Leadership Group 2021: Returning Sunday 31st January 4.00 - 5.00pm

Please return in number 1s to either Argyle or Grove between 4.00 - 5.00pm and sign in with the Duty Master. This return time has changed due to a personal commitment with Matua Graham.

Dinner is being served in the dining room from 6.00pm, followed by an evening of 10-Pin Bowling at 'Sky City'.

The leadership training commences with Matua Graham from 11.00am Monday morning.

The following senior leadership appointments for 2021 are:

Year 13

Head Prefect: Thomas Hayward (Year 13), House Captain

Deputy Head Prefect: Ethan Barton (Year 13), Deputy House Captain, Matthew Allen Cup

Deputy Head Prefect: Samuel Boros (Year 13), Publications and Administration

Head of Grove: Keegan Caines (Year 13)

Head of Bennett House: George Reeves (Year 13)

Head of Sutherland House: Keran van Staden (Year 13)

Year 12

Prefects: Jack Broomfield, Caylus Brighouse, Luke Haddon, Joseph Lorimer, Samuel Potter, Joshua Syme, George Unsworth, Thomas Verry.

Thomas Hayward (Year 13), Head Prefect, from Te Akau

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Year 13 Prefects & Senior Leaders 2021

Year 12 Prefects 2021

Leavers over the Holiday Period

Sadly, we farewell Kale Twist (Year 13), Jadon Eng (Year 13), Te Mana Ellery (Year 10) and Bronson Curtis (Year 10) all of whom withdrew from Argyle House over the holiday period. We wish them all the very best for life beyond Argyle. Te Mana is returning as a day student.

Staffing Changes 2021:

Mrs Kaye Nonoa, Weekend Matron

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As mentioned earlier, our Weekend Matron, Ms Holly Pass, resigned from her position and has been replaced by Mrs Kaye Nonoa, who will be familiar to many of our boys and parents.

Kaye is a mother to six adult children and has 13 grandchildren. Kaye comes to us with a wealth of experience having had many work experiences in Admin, Recruitment, Hospitality and as a certified Life Coach. Kaye worked at Argyle House most recently in 2018 as our permanent Laundress so she knows many of the boys already. Kaye has previously worked at Argyle House in other capacities as a relief Matron and as a relief van driver, so is very familiar with how everything works here in Argyle House. We welcome Kaye back to the Argyle family.

Mr Rahiti Teokotai-White, Argyle Master

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Mr Rahiti Teokotai-White has been appointed to the vacant Argyle Master position due to the departure of Mr Jeremy Quigley. Rahiti is an English and PE teacher at hamilton BHS, with a role as Dean of Pasifika in the day school as well. Rahiti is an Old Boy and former Head Prefect of Hamilton BHS. He is also head coach of our Senior premier Waterpolo team and teacher in-charge of Waterpolo and Swimming.

Mr Daniel Popping, Grove Assistant Master

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Mr Daniel Popping has been appointed to the vacant Assistant Grove Master position due to the departure of Mr Mohammad Shahzad. Dan is a PE teacher at Hamilton BHS and has recently been appointed to the Head of Outdoor Education position. Dan is also an Old Boy of Hamilton BHS, with a passion for playing and coaching rugby.

Mr Fraser Kilgour, Dean of Boarding

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Fraser has been appointed to the Dean of Boarding position, vacated by Jeremy Quigley. Fraser's primary objective to undertake as Dean of Boarding is to assist the boys with school issues, academic and pastoral concerns, as they arise.

Fraser has now completed his fourth year in Argyle as a Master, and is the current Head of Classical Studies and teaches Social Studies in the day school.

Fraser coaches cricket and is the Master in-charge of the Argyle Gym Club, a very special part of the hostel for our senior boys.

If you have any subject or general academic concerns with your son leading in to 2021, please feel free to email Fraser

Achievements at the end of 2020:

Hamilton BHS Junior Prizegiving, Thursday 3rd December 2020 - Band, Subject & Academic Excellence Prizewinners from Argyle House Students:

Band Prizewinners:

Year 9

George Roose, 2nd in Platinum

Henry Seavill, 3rd in Maroon

Year 10

Sean Witters, 1st in 1031

Riley Fulton, 2nd in 1025

David So, 2nd in 1015

Jack Argent, 2nd in 1028

Flynn Pierce, 3rd in 1033

Raharuhi Palmer, 3rd in 1031

Joshua Baker, 3rd equal in 1025

Subject Prizewinners:

Ben Parker, Year 10 Adventure-Based Learning

NZ Secondary Schools' U15 Condor Sevens Tournament, NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 Dec, Auckland

Pool Play:

Vs Kerikeri HS, Won 63-0

Vs St Pat's Town, Won 29-7

Vs Shirley BHS, Won 51-0

Vs De La Salle College, Won 19-7

Quarter-final: Vs Kelston BHS, Won 29-14

Semi-final: Vs Rotorua BHS, Won 22-17

Final: Vs De La Salle College, Won 19-7

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The victorious U15 team having won the national title under the guidance of coaches Mr Stefan West, Mr Barney Killian and Mr John Steel.

Argyle House boarders in the team: Keaton Reti (Year 9), Oli Mathis (Year 10), Mac Russ (Year 10), Liam Anderson (Year 11), Raharuhi Palmer (Year 10), Jahmal Enright (Year 10), Nikau Dromgool (Year 9), Caelys-Paul Putoko (Year 10).

Iotia Teokotai travelled with the team in a support role, but did not play.

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Four of the eight Argyle House boarders in the team, all from Northland. L-R: Liam Anderson (Year 11 - Kerikeri), Raharuhi Palmer (Year 10 - Moerewa), Jahmal Enright (Year 10 - Kerikeri), Nikau Dromgool (Year 9 - Kaitaia).

NZ Secondary Schools' Open Condor Sevens, NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Thursday 10 & Friday 11 Dec, Auckland

Went through the tournament undefeated. This is the 6th consecutive year winning this tournament and their 7th title overall.

Hamilton BHS is the school with the most Condor Sevens victories and is the most successful school since Condors started in 1986.

A huge congratulations must go to Cody Nordstrom (Year 13), for being crowned the MVP of the national tournament and then gaining selection to play for the NZU18 team, that won the World Sevens Tournament. A wonderful achievement.

Pool Play:

Vs Whangamata Area School, Won 34-0

Vs Scots College, Won 49-0

Vs Palmerston North BHS, Won 24-0

Vs Kerikeri HS, Won 43-7

Quarter-final: Vs Sacred Heart College, Won 31-7

Semi-final: Vs De La Salle College, Won 35-0

Final: Vs Kelston BHS, Won 14-10

Tournament Team:

Cody Nordstrom (Argyle House), Taha Kemara, Noah Hotham

MVP of Tournament:

Cody Nordstrom

NZ Representatives:

NZ U18 and played, winning World School Sevens tournament: Cody Nordstrom, Noah Hotham

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Argyle House boarders in the team were Cody Nordstrom (Year 13) and Tyron Hilton (Year 13).

The team was coached by Mr Logan Asplin (Grove Master), Mr Nigel Hotham (Deputy Headmaster) and Mr Greg Kirkham (Deputy Headmaster). The team was managed by Mrs Barbara Clark

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Coach & Grove Master, Mr Logan Asplin, with Cody Nordstrom holding the Condor Sevens MVP Trophy won by Cody.
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Tyron Hilton with the coaching and management staff L-R: Mr Nigel Hotham (Deputy Headmaster), Mr Greg Kirkham (Deputy Headmaster), Mr Logan Asplin (Grove Master, High Performance Sports Manager), Mrs Barbara Clark (Manager)
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Hamilton BHS players that were selected for the Condor Sevens Tournament Team. L-R Taha Kemara, Cody Nordstrom, Noah Hotham

NZ Secondary Schools' Gillette Cup 1st XI Cricket Nationals, 4th Place Overall

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Monday 14 - Friday 18 December, Christchurch


Vs New Plymouth BHS, Lost by 4 wickets

Vs Westlake BHS, Won by 137 runs

Vs Christchurch BHS, Lost by 5 wickets

Vs Otago BHS, Won by 100 runs

Vs Wellington College, Lost by 101 runs

Two Argyle House boarders represented the 1st XI Cricket team at their national 50-over, 5-game, round-robin tournament in Christchurch. They were Harry Russ (Year 13, Head Prefect) and George Reeves (Year 12, Prefect).

Hamilton BHS finished in fourth place overall, after five games.

Here is the team boarding the plane at Hamilton airport, masked and in their number 1s.

NZ Polo Representatives, finally get to compete

In December 2020, Jonty Parrott (Year 13) and Liam Parrott (Year 12) finally got to play their match for the New Zealand polo team.
However, instead of playing against Australia (due to Covid), they played a Northern Barbarians team, which included Jay Wilson (Year 9) in the team, as well as two boys from Kings College and St Paul's Collegiate.
It was a very close and fast , going goal for goal. Unfortunately the NZ team lost by half a goal, 4 1/2 - 5. They started with a half-goal lead because the other team was rated higher in handicap.

Jonty was awarded MVP of the match.

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L-R: Liam Parrott, Jonty Parrott
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Jonty in action
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School Links Emails to Parents/Caregivers from School:

2021 HBHS School Shop Hours

Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Wednesday 20th January

Dear Parents/Caregivers

The School Shop will open on FRIDAY, 22 January 2021.

2021 School Shop hours are:-

22, 25, 26 & 29 January


27-28 January


2-5 February


9 February for the remainder of 2021

7.30am-12.00 noon

12.00pm-12.30pm (closed)


HBHS 2021 Beginning of the Year Information

Emailed out to all families by the school on Thursday 14th January

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Please find attached 2021 Beginning of the Year Information.

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


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

Mob. 027 457 3615

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