Hamilton Boys' High School -Term 1, Edition 1, January 2019

Back to School

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 2019 hostel and school year.

I hope all senior students are pleased with their external NCEA grades which were released on Tuesday to all students nationwide. At this stage, only the AS Cambridge results have been released, with IGCSE results becoming available later this week or early next week. 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.

It has been a busy time here at Argyle and Grove over the holiday period with numerous painting and maintenance projects completed. Dorm 1, which houses Year 11 boarders, is nearing completion, with all cabinetry now installed with the finishing touches of wardrobe doors and bedside drawers still to be fitted, as well as new carpet and curtains.

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. This information was also sent out in my final newsletter to all families in December.

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 here, but they will be well guided by staff and our senior leaders to ensure their induction is one where they settle 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 - 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 28th January, as soon as they arrive. This will be printed then posted home 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. I will be out of internet and cellphone range from the 19th-23rd January, so will follow up on any matters arising on my return.

Matua Mita Graham (Senior Master) is looking forward to working with the 14 Years 12 & 13 Prefects and Senior Leaders on Sunday 27th January, as they spend Sunday afternoon preparing for the arrival of the Year 9 boarders the following day, discussing likely scenarios they will encounter in their dorm and how best to manage them should they arise.

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 3 weeks as the new boarders follow their induction programme aimed to help them settle in as quickly as possible to hostel and school life.

Kind regards

Murray McKenzie

Head of Boarding

021 516 477

The Beginning of the New Hostel & School Year, Term 1 2019

Arrival Days, Times & What to Wear:

It is an exciting time for our 61 new boarders, 38 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:



12.00 - 12.45pm: Years 12 & 13 Senior Leaders & Prefects sign in at Argyle or Grove

12.45 - 1.30pm: Lunch in the dining room

1.30 - 4.00pm: Leadership Training for all Senior Leaders & Prefects with Matua Mita Graham in preparation for the arrival of the Year 9 boarders the following day.

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

Monday 28th (Auckland Anniversary Day): YEAR 9 ARRIVE & YEAR 13 RETURN

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: Headmaster's 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.

Tuesday 29th: YEAR 10 RETURN TO ARGYLE

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 30th: 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 31st: 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)


Friday 1st:

First day of school for Year 12

Normal timetable for Years 9, 10, 11 & 13

I have attached below, again, the 2019 Argyle Term Planner to aid all families with their planning for the beginning of the 2019 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, Rainbow's End (Auckland), 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!

Personal Presentation When Returning

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

Labels - Naming Uniform – we ask parents to name all school uniform. Shoes can be labelled as well. Two label companies are listed for iron-on or stitch labels:

1. Logo Express, Centreplace ph 838 3688
2. for online ordering

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.

Hairdresser – Our School Hairdresser is available for bookings. Pay $15 at the School Shop and a time will be arranged for your son within the school day.

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

School Shop Hours

Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Wednesday 16th January

Dear Parents / Caregivers

This is just a reminder that the HBHS School Shop opens on Thursday 17 January.

The School Shop is located in the Students Services Centre, so please enter at the Argyle St end of the school.

Note that stationery lists will be given to students on their first day of school, once they receive their timetables. The basic Year 9 Stationery Pack can be purchased from tomorrow.

Shop Opening hours for the beginning of the 2019 school year are as follows:

Thursday 17, Friday 18, Monday 21 and Friday 25 January 7:45am to 3.00pm

Extended Hours:
Tuesday 22 January to Thursday 24 January 7:45am to 7.00pm

Tuesday 29 January - Friday 8 February 7:45pm to 3.00pm (closed Waitangi Day Wed 6 Feb)

Monday 11 February and for the remainder of year Mon - Fri 7:45am to 1:30pm

For HBHS Shop enquiries please contact:
Liz Caskey
(07) 853 0421

Beginning of the School Year Information for all Students

Emailed out to all families by the school on the 17th December 2018

Please find attached 2019 Beginning of the Year Information.

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


2019 Hostel Manuals & Term Planner on Hamilton BHS Website

The 2019 Grove Manual and 2019 Argyle House Manual, along with the 2019 Term Planner with all key hostel dates, have now been placed online, at the bottom of the 'Boarding' page on the school's website:

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

The 2019 Argyle & Grove Manuals were posted out to all families prior to Christmas, along with a hardcopy of the 2019 Term Planner with all key hostel dates

Grove Places 2019: Years 12 & 13

The Grove is now at capacity for the start of 2019, with all 27 beds filled.

As I mentioned in my December newsletter, a large number of our 2018 Year 12 cohort left school to take up apprenticeships or join the workforce, so we didn't have enough Year 13 students needed to occupy all 27 rooms in 2019.

This provided an opportunity for a number of 2019 Year 12 boarders to apply for a place at Grove to occupy the final 9 rooms. I am pleased to announce that the following Year 12 boarders will be accommodated at Grove for the beginning of 2019: Matthew Batten, Kahn Caddy, Kai Clapham, Oliver Leen, Rique Miln, Ethan Morris, Jonty Parrott, Jacko Shek, Lachlan Wylie

Thanks to those families that have already returned the Grove Contract (see attached). Please scan and email to or by Friday 25th January.

Prefects and Senior Leadership Group 2019: Returning Sunday 27th January 12.00 - 12.45pm

Please return in number 1s to either Argyle or Grove between 12.00 - 12.45pm and sign in with the Duty Master.

Lunch is being served in the dining room from 12.45 - 1.30pm.

The leadership training commences with Matua Graham from 1.30pm.

If for any reason you are unable to attend i.e. Rowing Camp/Regatta, family wedding....then please email Matua Graham in advance. Thank you.

Year 13

Head Prefect: Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead (Year 13), House Captain

Deputy Head Prefect: Blake Morgan (Year 13), Deputy House Captain, Matthew Allen Cup

Deputy Head Prefect: Angus Ritchie (Year 13), Publications and Administration

Head of Grove: Caleb Houghton (Year 13)

Head of Bennett House: Seth Roe (Year 13), Matthew Allen Cup

Head of Sutherland House: George Butcher (Year 13), Matthew Allen Cup

Year 12

Prefects: Dylan Belle, Max Chow, Aaron Couper, Lachlan Roose, Harry Russ, Angus Valler

Senior Leaders: Cody Nordstrom, Cole Northcott

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Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, Head Prefect 2019

Dorm 1 Renovation almost complete

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First week in December. Demolition mode.
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Mid-January. Nearing completion.

Each student will have his own wardrobe, bed, bed drawers, desk, desk drawers and shelving

Mrs Mary Quinn Resigns as Weekend Matron

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Mary resigned in early December after taking up a Matron's position at a Christchurch girls' boarding school. Mary is looking forward to this new challenge and to being in the same town as her daughter and grandchildren.

Mary will be sorely missed as she had developed some wonderful relationships with our boys that regularly stayed in over the weekends, particularly our international boarders. We will miss Mary's wicked sense of humour and her genuine care of our boys.

Miss Hilary Teokoitu, Weekend Matron 2019

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I am happy to announce that after recent interviews, Miss Hilary Teokoitu has been appointed as the new Weekend Matron. Hilary is a mother, a former member of the Board of Trustees at Hamilton East Primary School, has a child in Year 10 at Hamilton BHS and is very excited about commencing her new role here at Argyle House on Friday 1st February.

The Matrons of Argyle House 2019

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Mrs Cecelia Lake (Senior Matron) and Miss Hilary Teokoitu (Weekend Matron)

Leavers over the Holiday Period

Sadly, we farewell Wiremu Flavell (Year 10, Bay of Plenty), Chandler Cunningham-South (Year 12, Auckland) and Jackson Bradbury (Year 13, Workforce), all of whom withdrew from Argyle House and Hamilton BHS over the holiday period. We wish them all the very best for life beyond Argyle.

Spain Men's Sevens Team Stay at Argyle

The Spanish Men's Sevens team are currently being accommodated at Argyle House as they acclimatise and prepare for the HSBC NZ Sevens Tournament hosted by Hamilton at FMG Waikato Stadium for the first time in 18 years, on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January. This is the fourth event on the World Rugby Sevens Circuit. They are residing at Argyle for one week, departing to move into their hotel accommodation with other teams on Monday 21st January.

Current NZ Sevens player, Regan Ware, is an Old Boy of Argyle House.

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The Spanish team overcome jet lag by playing football on the field in front of the hostel, on an extremely hot Hamilton afternoon


Clothing numbered and labelled

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 Kaye Nonoa, our Laundress, would prefer. Please check and re-do all numbers on all clothing items before returning in 2019. 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 2019

In 2019 we are making it compulsory that our boys are able to bring ONE mobile phone only 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 2019 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.

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

Mr Alistair Reeves (Te Akau)

Feel free to contact me by email