Hamilton Boys' High School - Term 4, Edition 1, Nov. 2019

Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead Wins the Premier Leadership Award at the Hamilton Boys' High School Maori & Pasifika Awards Evening

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Head Prefect of Argyle House and Hamilton Boys' High School, Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, stands with his parents Craig and Parehau, having won the 'Top Maori and Pacific Island Leadership Award', at the Maori and Pasifika Awards Evening, Thursday 24th October.
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Kohei Shirai (Year 12, far right) and his younger brother Daisuke Shirai (Year 11, second from right), both from Japan, perform a haka as part of the Maori Performing Arts group, at the Maori and Pasifika Awards Evening.

Formal Occasions, Final Farewells, Exams & Study Leave

The first 3 weeks of Term 4 have flown by. It is an extremely busy time at school for both students and staff. The students are currently attending the numerous formal, end-of-year events and year level assemblies, while continuing to prepare for their examinations that commence on Wednesday 6th November for both Junior and Senior students.


This is a reminder that we have our own Hostel Prizegiving, this Sunday 3rd November in Gymnasium 1. All boys are required to attend this compulsory formal occasion in their number 1s and are to have returned to Argyle House no later than 5.30pm. Please ensure your transport arrangements this weekend allow for your son to return by 5.30pm. I thank you in anticipation of your support.

The Argyle Prizegiving is a very special evening where we celebrate as a parent, boarder and staff group the many successes and achievements of 2019, for what has been another excellent year within Argyle House. Please feel free to bring as many family members as you wish, as there will be no shortage of seats in Gymnasium 1.

Argyle Prizegiving Timeline:

5.00pm: Parents/Caregivers meeting (Hostel prep Room). The Headmaster, Mrs Hassall, Charman of the Hostel Committee, Mr Craig Coxhead and myself will be in attendance to run proceedings at this meeting. We welcome all Parents/Caregivers to attend.

5.20 - 6.15pm: Dinner in the Argyle Dining Room for all families, boys, staff and guests.

6.25pm: Everyone to be seated in Gymnasium 1

6.30pm: Argyle Prizegiving begins

8.00pm: Prizegiving concludes, Supper at the rear of Gymnasium 1.


There are three official days of school left for our senior students, who are all required to attend school up to and including the Hamilton BHS Senior Prizegiving, commencing 10.00am, Tuesday 5th November, in Gymnasium 1. Please do not request leave for your son to depart prior to 12.00pm Tuesday, as the leave will be declined out of respect for the Headmaster, Hamilton BHS staff and all senior students walking across the stage to accept a prize or to graduate, in the case of all Year 13 students. It is the most significant formal occasion in the school calendar and all senior students are expected to attend. It will conclude approximately 12.00pm.

I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 3rd November at our annual Argyle Prizegiving.

Kind regards

Murray McKenzie

Head of Boarding

021 516 477

Argyle Prizegiving Programme, Sunday 3rd November

Argyle Year 13 Leavers' Dinner, Friday 1st November

Head Prefect, Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead and Deputy Head Prefects, Blake Morgan and Angus Ritchie are busy preparing for the Argyle Leavers’ Dinner, this Friday 1st November in the Argyle Dining Room.

This formal dinner commences at 5.30pm in the Junior TV Lounge with nibbles and refreshments, with everyone seated and the formalities commencing in the Dining Room from 6.00pm. Head Prefect, Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, will be our Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

NCEA Exams & Study Leave, Wednesday 6th November

Study leave for our senior students will commence immediately after the Hamilton Boys’ High School Senior Prizegiving on Tuesday 5th November.

A staff-supervised study programme commencing on Wednesday 6th November in the hostel prep room will be in place to ensure your son can study effectively over the 3-week period of NCEA exams should your son decide to remain at the Grove or Argyle during this time. Boys residing at Grove will have the option to study in their room at Grove or in the hostel prep room. Mr Logan Asplin (Grove Master), will be completing sweeps of the Grove throughout the study hours scheduled.

All seniors have the option to take leave to study at home during this time so they will need to carefully think through what will best suit them so we can accurately plan and inform the catering management of those seniors that will be in and out for all meals over this period

Junior Exams, Years 9 & 10

Junior Exams, for Years 9 and 10, commence on Wednesday 6th November and conclude on Monday 11th November.

On the day of the School Senior Prizegiving, all Years 9 & 10 boarders will complete a staff-supervised morning study session in the prep room with Dean of Boarding, Mr Jeremy Quigley, from 9.00am – 10.30am, morning tea from 10.30 - 11.00am, final study session from 11.00am - 12.00pm, as final preparation for their exams that commence the following day.

Boarders that have a brother receiving an award, have the option of attending the senior prizegiving with their family.

New Boarders' Orientation Day: Thursday 7th November

The New Boarders' Orientation Day is scheduled for Thursday 7th November, the same day as the Year 8 testing for all those coming in to Hamilton BHS as a Year 9 student in 2020.

Part of this day will require hostel families enrolled for 2020 to come across to Argyle House to finalise all arrangements i.e. issuing of laundry numbers, labelling, Argyle Manual, security/keys, as well as many administrative matters e.g. fees payment methods.

Grove Lease: Final Day, Tuesday 19th November

The Grove lease for 2019 concludes on Tuesday 19th November, at which time any Year 13 students remaining will be accommodated over at Argyle House from that evening.

All boys are to have vacated their rooms by 5.00pm, Tuesday 19th November, so their final night at Grove is Monday 18th November.

All rooms are being checked off at 9.00am Wednesday 22nd November by Grove Master, Mr Logan Asplin and Grove Management.

The final clean and any maintenance requirements are to be completed by Friday 22nd November, which is the day we hand over the studios to Grove Management.

2020 Prefect & Senior Leader Appointments

On Monday 21st October, Senior Master, Matua Mita Graham and I interviewed 16 Year 11 boarders that applied for the 8 Year 12 Prefect's positions for 2020. We then interviewed a further 12 Year 12 boarders that applied for the 6 Year 13 Prefect and Senior Leader positions 2020.

It was pleasing to have received 28 applications for the 13 hostel student leadership positions available in Years 12 and 13 for 2020, and we will have great pleasure in announcing these positions on Monday 4th November.

Dorm Leaders, Term 4

The Dorm Leaders are all students in Year 12 and there are two assigned to each of the four dormitories. In Term 1 our six Year 12 Prefects and two Year 12 Senior Leaders begin the year as Dorm Leaders.

For the remaining three terms each dorm has at least one Prefect or Senior Leader and is paired with a Year 12 student who volunteers to be a Dorm Leader. Volunteers are vetted by the Masters and Senior Master, Matua Graham, as to their suitability. They all receive guidance and support at their weekly Tuesday evening meetings with Matua Graham and the six Year 13 Senior Leaders & Prefects who all reside at Grove.

The Dorm Leaders are extremely conscientious when carrying out their role to ensure the efficient day-to-day running of the hostel, especially at morning wake-up and check-off, and again at lights-out each evening. They also provide the care and guidance needed for our new and young boarders in the junior dorms.

At the end of each term all Year 12 Dorm Leaders, Prefects and Senior Leaders go out for dinner at 'Gengy's', for an all-you-can-eat meal as just reward for their service to the hostel throughout the term. They are accompanied by the Year 13 Prefects and Senior Leaders.

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Hamilton BHS Sports Awards Evening, Wednesday 30th October:

Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead wins three Awards

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Rugby 1st XV Captain, Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, stands with his father, Craig Coxhead, having won three awards at the Hamilton BHS Sports Awards Evening, Wednesday 30th October.

Ballymore Ball: Leadership

1st XV Trophy: Most Games for 1st XV

Lodge Real Estate Award: 1st XV Player of the Year

Joeli Matalaweru, 'International Rugby Player of the Year'

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Joeli was a key member of the 1st XV Rugby forward pack this season and went on to represent Fiji U18 in September. This award was donated to the school in 2018 by the Grandfather of current Japanese boarder, Shinya Komura (Year 12), Mr Yamaguchi.
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Sports Committee Prefect, Argyle House Captain and Argyle Deputy Head Prefect, Blake Morgan, presents his 2019 House Competition summary report to those in attendance at the evening.
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Hakaraia stands with long-serving Rugby 1st XV Manager, Mrs Barbara Clark
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Rowing U15 Eight & U15 Octuple crew that were NZ Secondary Schools National Rowing champions on Lake Karapiro in March, on stage as winners of Junior Team Of The Year. Jamie Zyza (4th from left) coxed the U15 Octuple crew. Snowden Hemi-Hill (far right) won 3 national titles in the U15 Eight, Octuple and Quad
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Rugby U14A team on stage after being awarded the Fairplay Team Of The Year. L-R: Mac Russ (Captain), Rangiwai Lunjevich (Vice Captain), Jahmal Enright, Iotia Teokotai, Leo Scott, Zion Wipaki-McLarin, Daniel Fourie, Jacob Garland.

The team informed the referee in the Super 8 final that they had not scored a try that had been awarded to them, as they had knocked it on when the referee was unsighted. The referee overturned his decision. This was witnessed by the Headmaster of Palmerston North BHS, who phoned Mrs Hassall to inform her of their act of fairplay, as well as speaking about the team's general demeanour in glowing terms both on and off the field over the duration of the 3-day tournament.

Performing Arts & Cultural Awards Evening, Tuesday 22nd October

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Rupert Nielsen (Year 10, far left) plays the bagpipes with the Hamilton BHS Bagpipe group. His older brother Alexander (Year 11, far right), is also part of this group. Jack Broomfield (Year 10) is in this group as well, but unfortunately, he was completely obscured by the big drum he plays!

Grove 10-Pin Bowling night

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Grove Master, Mr Logan Asplin, organised an evening for our senior boarders residing at Grove, to have their farewell get-together as a group at The Bowlevard, Sky City, Hamilton. 10-Pin Bowling and a Pizza supper to follow.

'Argyle's Got Talent' - Wednesday 23rd October

'Argyle's Got Talent' would like to thank all live performers for their hard work and practice leading up to this event held in the dining room. All performances were very well received by the crowd with the first two placegetters, Joseph Lorimer (Year 10) and the Bagpipe duo of Alexander Nielsen (Year 11) and his younger brother Rupert Nielsen (Year 10) all receiving a 'Rebel Sport' voucher each.

A huge thanks must go to Argyle Master, Mr Fraser Kilgour, for organising AGT this year and for coordinating the Table Tennis and Pool knockout competitions, with the final of the Table Tennis competition played at the end of the AGT evening, between Cole Northcott (Year 12) and Fox Tamou (Year 11).

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Winner of Argyle's Got Talent, Joseph Lorimer (Year 10), who played a Jimi Hendrix instrumental on the electric guitar, followed by an original compilation.
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Runners-up of AGT with a powerful performance on the bagpipes by Alexander Nielsen (Year 11) and Rupert Nielsen (Year 10)
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Fox Tamou (Year 11, left) takes Cole Northcott (Year 12) to the 3rd and deciding set, with Fox hitting the ball off the table in the sudden-death final point, to allow Cole to win the Argyle Table Tennis Championship, with his name to go on the Honours Board in the Games Room.

Grove Placements 2020

Will be announced on Tuesday morning, 5th November.

Hamilton BHS Turf Opening Ceremony, Friday 18th October

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The Hamilton BHS Turf was officially opened at 5.30pm, Friday 18th October. Argyle House performed a haka after the Headmaster, Mrs Hassall, spoke and the cutting of the ribbon by Old Boy, Former Black Stick and current teacher at Hamilton BHS, Mr Richard Petherick. With many Argyle boys having departed for weekend leave, it was left to 30 boys and a few day boys to perform the haka. A team of Year 9 and 10 boarders manned the BBQ for the guests.

The Argyle juniors helping with the BBQ are, L-R: Silvio Tuuta, Flynn Pierce, Rangiwai Lunjevich, Te Reimana Gray, Jahmal Enright, Joseph Lorimer

U19 Leamington Sevens Victory

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Our Senior Premier Sevens team are preparing for their NZSS National 'Condor' Sevens tournament in early December. They won the U19 Leamington tournament, Saturday 26th October.

Boarders in this team are: Shinya Komura (Year 12), Joeli Matalaweru (Year 12), Cody Nordstrom (Year 12) and Te Aonui Wharawhara-Muriwai (Year 13), with the team coached by Mr Logan Asplin, Mr Nigel Hotham and Mr Greg Kirkham

Crest Club Mentoring

The Hamilton BHS Crest Club was initiated by the Hamilton BHS High-Performance Sports Manager, Mr Logan Asplin, Captain of Sport, Cailen Calkin, and the Hamilton BHS Sports Committee. The aim is to provide support for our high-performing athletes in the target age group of Years 9-11, who are juggling numerous commitments at school, to ensure they succeed in the classroom so it doesn't impact on their sporting development or performance.

This initiative was implemented in term 4, with Eric Murray (Rowing) and Quinn Tupaea (Rugby) meeting with the select group of students over two separate lunch hours, sharing personal stories about balancing multiple commitments and how they achieved this so it enabled them to perform well in competition and training.

Numerous Argyle House students attended and are in the photos below with our guest athletes.

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Eric Murray
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Quinn Tupaea

Halloween at Argyle

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Brodie and Cooper Hay, the sons of Argyle Master, Mr Andrew Hay, do the rounds of the staff houses 'trick or treating'!!

School Links Emails to Parents/Caregivers from School

Hamilton BHS Year 9 Activities - Week 8

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Thursday 31st October

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Please find attached information regarding the Year 9 Activity options for your son in Week 8.

Your son was presented these options in Assembly today. He will receive an email on Monday with a Google form to complete. He needs to follow the instructions on this form carefully to select his options. He must choose two separate activities - one for Monday and one for Tuesday.

All costs must be paid by Friday, 29 November.

Thank you.
Mr Nick Power
Deputy Headmaster

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


Hamilton BHS Photographs

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Friday 25th October

Dear Parents/Caregivers

HBHS School photos ordered online before 29 September 2019 have arrived and are ready for collection.

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

Thank you.

Liz Caskey

Hamilton BHS Private Boarding

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Friday 18th October

Dear Parents/Caregivers

We have received a few enquiries from families living out of Hamilton who are interested in placing their son in a private boarding arrangement next year.

If you are interested in having a student boarding with you in 2020, please contact:

Jill Skerman

Please include your name, email address, your suburb/area and a brief description of the living circumstances such as who lives in the home, how many rooms are available and transport options to the school.

Thank you
HBHS Management

Hamilton BHS Coming Events Term 4

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Wednesday 16th October

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Coming Events for Term 4

Music and Arts Awards - 6.00pm - School Hall
Tuesday 22 October
Art Exhibition - 5.00pm - Art Room
Tuesday 22 October
Maori and Pasifika Awards - 6.00pm - School Hall
Thursday 24 October
Year 13 Leavers Dinner - 6.00pm - Playhouse Theatre, Waikato University
Tuesday 29th October
Sports Awards - 6.00pm - Gym 1
Wednesday 30 October
Argyle Leavers Dinner - 6.00pm - Argyle House
Friday 1 November
Argyle Prizegiving - 6.30pm - Gym 1
Sunday 3 November
Senior Prize Giving - 10.00am - Gym 1
Tuesday 5 November
Junior Examinations
Wednesday 6 November - Monday 11 November
NCEA Begins
Wednesday 6 November
Service Work Day
Monday 18 November
Grandparents Morning - 9.15am - School Hall
Tuesday 26 November
Year 9 & 10 Activities Programme
Monday 2 December - Wednesday 4 December
Junior Prize Giving - 10.00am - Gym 1
Thursday 5 December

Hamilton BHS Year 13 Camp 2020

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Monday 14th October

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Please find attached information regarding the 2020 Year 13 Leadership Camp.

Forms must be returned to the Deans Office and payment made to the School Shop by Friday 15 November 2019.

Thank you
Richard Petherick
Year 13 Dean

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


Important Dates Term 4:


Friday 1st: Argyle Leavers' Dinner, Argyle Dining Room, 5.30pm pre-dinner drinks, 6.00pm formalities commence

Sunday 3rd: Parents' Meeting 5.00pm (Hostel prep Room)

Buffet Dinner for Parents, Families, Staff and Boys 5.20pm

Argyle Prizegiving 6.30pm, Gymnasium 1

Tuesday 5th: Hamilton BHS Senior Prizegiving

Years 9 & 10 Supervised Study Morning (Hostel Prep Room)

Wednesday 6th: NCEA Exams Begin

Senior Study Leave commences

Years 9 & 10 Exams begin

Thursday 7th: Argyle New Boarder Orientation Day

Year 8 Testing Day

Friday 8th: Set Leave 8 begins. Hostel closes 5.30pm

Sunday 10th: Set Leave 8 concludes. Hostel re-opens 5.30pm

Monday 11th: Year 8 Elite Arts Auditions

Monday 15th: Year 8 Elite Sport Testing Day

Monday 18th: Hamilton BHS Service (Work) Day

Tuesday 19th: Grove lease concludes. All Year 13s accommodated back at Argyle.

Tuesday 26th: Hamilton BHS 'Grandparents Morning'


Monday 2nd: NCEA Exams end

Monday 2nd - Wednesday 4th: Year 9 & 10 Activity Programme & Year 10 Camps

Thursday 5th: Final Day of Term 4

Years 9 & 10 Prizegiving, 10.00am, Gymnasium 1

Students Leave for Holidays after Prizegiving

Hostel Closes for the Year, 2.30pm

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