Wairoa College

Newsletter 30 September 2021


Tēnā Koutou Katoa

This week is the last week of Term 3. It is very important that staff and students get time during these holidays to have a rest. It is also a time for Year 9 to 13 to be thinking about their goals for Term 4. Year 9 and 10 will have end of year examinations in the hall week 5 and 6 of Term 4. These will help determine class placements for 2022 and awards for junior prize giving. Senior students will have their prize giving week 4 and then most will begin their study leave in preparation for external examinations starting the 22nd November.

Wairoa College staff and students would also like to wish our Year 7 and 8 rugby players who are competing in the Wakely Shield or Ross Shield tournaments during these holidays all the best. I know you have worked very hard with up to four training sessions per week. Last Saturday the students received their caps for Ross Shield. These were presented by Mayor Craig Little.

Thank you to those students who have returned their devices so we can continue our learning programmes in school. We would appreciate that if your child has not returned their device they do so as soon as possible. As we have the signed forms for user agreements already, if we did go into lockdown we would be able to issue devices swiftly to those students that had one in this last lockdown.

Subject selections have been taking place for some year levels. It is important that students have a conversation at home to discuss their options. It is even more important that students keep their options open so they do not close off potential pathways. Some students will need to be interviewed a few times in this process before their subjects are confirmed for 2022.

I would like to wish all staff, students and whanau a good break.

Ngā mihi nui

Mrs Jo-Anne Vennell

Achieving Excellence in NCEA - Congratulations!

Level 3 - Physics 3.7 - Use physics knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue.

Hirini Mcllroy, Tiana Runga, Aaron Stafford & Riley Stanaway

Level 1 - Mathematics and Statistics 1. - Apply transformation geometry in solving problems.

James Vennell


The following students were awarded this week for displaying one of our core values of:

Caring for each student (Manaakitanga),

Working together (Kotahitanga),

Respect (Whakamana),

and Resilience (Aumangea).

Trisdan Gray-Thompson

Ati Tutu

Nevaeh Tipu-White

Mercy Emberson

Preciouz Huaki - Te Puia

Vahn Forrest-Solomon

Zayden Cotter

Waiteata Winitana

Bree Clough

Zerena Fletcher-Hulbert

Jeziah Grigsby

Paige Cram

Shawna Swann

Nevaeh Tipu-White

Shayden Hook-Davis

Quiz Winner

"Our annual school quiz was a great success with all year levels across the school working with their whanau teachers in teams to answer a series of questions. We loved marking these and seeing our students aim for excellence with some very creative answers. There were a number of prizes and house points awarded.


The first quiz prize winners were: Year 7 & 8: Mason, Kingston and Lukah, Year 9 & 10 Kayahden and Orion Year 11-13 Custom-lee, Araley and Aaron.

The Second Quiz prize winners were: 7&8 Leviticus and Rythem, 9&10 Ceejay and Carmen, 11-13 Araley and Steven

The winning whanau class got a pizza lunch, well done Mrs Pollock N7, Mrs McDonald T10 and Mr Ryan N8.

House points were also awarded with Manu house 1st place 200 points, Te Toki 2nd place 150, Patu 3rd place 100 points and Nga Taiaha 50 points.

It was great to see the competitive spirit of our students and a great example of Kotahitanga as we all come together as one to participate and support each of our houses."

Karma Card Draw Term 3 - 2021

My Mahi Winners

Congratulations to the following students who have won last week's MyMahi quiz and will receive a $50 Prezzy Card.

  • Kasey McEwan - Wairoa College
  • Kassandra French - Edgewater College
  • Japjeet Kaur - Edgewater College
  • Nina Hoeta - Waitara High School
  • Maddy Green - Southland Girls' High School

Year 7 & 8 Adrenaline Camps

During the school holidays Year 7 & 8 students are preparing to complete a Fitness Fundraiser Challenge in the first week back. Students have applied to attend an Adrenaline Week Camp of their choice in Term 4 and will need to demonstrate the school values of Kotahitanga ( Working as One) and Aumangea ( Resilience) when they complete their sponsored challenge early next term. Students are raising funds to help offset the cost of their chosen camp and are seeking sponsors (ranging from as little as $1 up to $20) for each exercise. On completion, each student will raise $210 towards camp costs. The fundraiser will take place at school and students will be supported to complete the challenge by their peers and teachers. Please support our tamariki if you can.

Service Academy Adventure Challenge

Wairoa College Services Academy participated in the five day Adventure Challenge course held in Rotorua from 20 - 24 September 2021. What an amazing experience had by all students including Military, Directors and support staff. A big thank you to the Okataina Outdoor Education Camp situated on the outskirts of town which supported our programme by accommodating all Services Academies from Central Region.

On arrival to the camp site, everyone was required to complete a Covid 19 screening process answering a series of questions and recording body temperatures. Social distancing was enforced to maintain Level Two guidelines.

Starting with the first activity on Tuesday, we prepared our day packs and completed a 18 kilometre tramp climbing to an elevation of approximately 625 meters above sea level. This activity tested ones fitness and endurance level. The following day we started with a three hour mountain bike ride in Whakarewarewa forest exploring a few trail rides for different skill levels. In the afternoon we exchanged our bikes for paddles as we ventured into the Kaituna river to experience an hour full of excitement and adrenalin rush with white water rafting. Negotiating rapids and a seven metre water fall was such an awesome experience. The following day, we suited up in PT kit and competed in the Tough Guy, Tough Girl Challenge at Lakes Ranch. Running on farmland covering a lot of ground we encountered different obstacles from creeks, tunnels, spider web, barb wire, hurdles and many more. On departure day (Friday) we all headed to Rotorua Skyline to take a ride in the gondolas and the luge rides. A fitting way to cap off a fun filled week.

This was our last event for 2021. For those students who will be Year 12 or 13 next year, I challenge you to experience what the Services Academy has to offer.

Hemi Karauria


Services Academy

Year 13 Catering Class

Ms Haywards Year 13 Catering Level 3 class made wontons for their practical assessment this week. A tasty filling was made from pork, cabbage, onion, soy and asian spices. Students then used wonton wrapper pastry and learnt how to fold and create a wonton.

The hospitality room has a commercial deep fryer which was used to cook the wontons. The result was crispy, tasty and wonderful wontons which were enjoyed by all.


COVID-19 vaccinations will take place at Wairoa College for all students aged 12+ (Date to be confirmed soon). This has been approved by the Board of Trustees. Consent forms are available at the office.


Parent representative votes:

Name Votes

UNWIN, Rob 63

GREAVES, Louise 54

MITCHELL, Luana 37


Invalid Votes: 1

I hereby declare the following duly elected:




The Board met on the 21st of September and decided to co-opt Jeanne Clayton-Greene onto the Board of Trustees. They felt that Jeanne’s enthusiasm and knowledge of literacy would be of benefit to the school community.

Bernadine Hamlin

Returning Officer

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Upcoming Events

  • Trades Academy EIT - Friday 1 October
  • PAT testing for Year 7 to 10 - Friday 1 October
  • Last Day of Term 3 - Friday 1 October
  • First Day of Term 4 - Monday 18 October
  • Trades Academy EIT - Friday 22 October
  • Year 13 Leavers Dinner - Thursday 28 October
  • Wairoa College Young Aspiring Leaders - Friday 29 October
  • Careers Expo - Friday 29 October
  • Central North Island Adventure - Monday 1 to Friday 5 November
  • Trades Academy EIT - Friday 5 November
  • City Adrenaline Rush - Monday 8 to Friday 12 November
  • Senior Minor Prizegiving - Tuesday 9 November
  • Senior Major Prizegiving - Wednesday 10 November
  • Senior Study Leave Begins - Monday 15 November
  • Going Bush - Monday 15 to Friday 20 November
  • Year 9 & 10 Exams - Wednesday 17 to Monday 22 November
  • Year 9 & 10 Fun Day- Tuesday 7 December
  • Junior Minor Prizegiving - Thursday 9 December
  • Junior Major Prizegiving - Friday 10 December