Issue 2 - 25 February 2022


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E ngā reo, e ngā mana, rau rangatira mā, ngā matā waka, tēnei te mihi nui atu ki ā koutou katoa. Ko te wawata me te tumanako ka noho ora mai koutou katoa.

For WHS, our mission of Kia Whakatāne Au I Ahau means challenging students to achieve, ensuring that all students achieve to their full potential. Whether that be academically, sporting or culturally (or all of these at the same time!), we have to put students at the centre of what we do and work hard to get the best out of them, better than before.

I am always proud to announce the achievements of our amazing students. I am really pleased with the huge amounts of success that we had with our students achieving in the highest levels for NCEA, notably NCEA Endorsement at Merit and Excellence and Scholarship NCEA exams.

I would like to acknowledge the 80+ students who achieved NCEA Endorsement with Excellence at Level 1,2 and 3. In addition the 90+ students who achieved NCEA Endorsement with Merit at Level 1, 2 and 3. Our students also achieved three NCEA scholarships in 2021, with Milla Dibben in P.E, Michael Everett in History and Joshua Carter in Physics. Our 2021 year 13 students also gained $372,000 worth of University Scholarships as they head to University as we speak. We will publish a full overview of our NCEA results in a later newsletter.

Athletics Day

Our Athletics day is an important component of our P.E and sport curriculum. The Junior and Senior students as part of their P.E and Health program have been focussing on athletics. In addition the focus for all students as part of Student Mentoring is managing health and wellbeing, sport participation and exercise is important in this regard.

After discussion with the Ministry we have been advised that our Athletics Day can go ahead as a whole school event. It is important that we don’t bring large groups of students together indoors but outdoors for curriculum related activities it is allowed. The MOE guidance is that Close contacts and contact tracing relates to indoor settings, outdoor settings are considered low risk and no active management is required.

We have postponed Athletics Day to the next available Friday. We will notify the community and students about this date.

Athletics day is not considered an outdoor community sport event, which has limits on the number of people. The school is considered its own bubble and with Council approval we have been allowed to use Athletics Park.

Some important controls to manage our students on Athletics Day:

  • The event is outdoors and students do not need to wear a mask whilst they are exercising, competing, eating or drinking during the day.

  • Equipment that students use will be sanitised after use. E.g. Shot Put, Discus and Javelin.

  • Students will be advised to maintain distance in house bubbles and with friends.

  • No visitors will be allowed. The area has been booked and reserved for Whakatane High School on the day. We are in our own bubble. This has been approved by the Council. The area will be roped off and managed by the school.


We look forward to starting up training for a variety of Sports codes. This year the BOT has funded Teachers In Charge (TIC) of our major Sports codes. They will be the point of contact for major sports teams:

Our Sports Facebook page and notifications will tell the students what training is happening each day of the week. This page can be found here:


We are now in phase 3 of our Covid Red setting. Phases will be different as the cases in the community rise. Here is on important chart that explains Phase 3:

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For more details please read here.


Our plan

Remember that the school will run at all times. Your child's learning is important. The school will operate differently when cases rise and staff absenteeism is an issue. This is outlined in our business continuity plan here.

Online learning

If your child is at home isolating and can complete their schoolwork, it is important that they access their learning through their Google Classrooms. We have a complete list of every Google Classroom for every teacher.

Again, remember that if your child is exposed to a case at school, we will notify you that they are a close contact and explain the next steps.

Thank you once again to all of our students, staff and wider community that have assisted the school leadership in making sure we continue to operate as normally as possible.

Ngā mihi

Martyn Knapton


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Uniform reminder

Please ensure your child comes to school in the correct uniform. Shoes must be all black and hats can only be black and/or white.

Masks on buses

Masks are mandatory on all school transport. This is for the health and wellbeing of all onboard, so please ensure you are wearing your mask correctly while on all school buses.


Our 4 Senior volleyball teams travelled to Tauranga on the weekend to play in the BOP Senior Secondary Schools Volleyball Champs 2022.

The A boys team had a successful weekend winning all their games, finishing top of their pool. The team had wins over Mount Maunganui College 3-2, Western Heights 3-2, Tauranga Boys College B 3-0 and Papamoa College 3-2. The boys finished unbeaten, winning their pool.

The B boys team had a tough pool going down to Tauranga Boys College A 3-0, Trident High School A 3-0, Otumoetai College 3-0 and although defeated by Bethlehem College 3-1, the boys were happy to have taken a set off a tough team. The B boys finished 5th in their pool.

In the girls competition, the A team faced a tough pool consisting of top teams. The girls lost 2-3 to Katikati, 0-3 Otumoetai College A, 0-3 Taupo, but celebrated a win over Western Heights A 3-0 and a great way to finish the weekend. The girls finished 4th in their pool.

The Senior B girls had a weekend of ups and downs, but overall the girls played some AWESOME volleyball. The girls went down 2-3 to Aquinas A, but came back in the afternoon to beat Tauranga Girls College B 3-1. Sunday saw the girls lose a hard-fought 5 set match against Te Puke A. The girls came back with lots of learnings from that game and came away with a 3-2 win against Otumoetai C to finish the weekend. After some score count backs the Senior B girls finished 3rd in Pool D.

Unfortunately Bay of Plenty Volleyball made the difficult decision to cancel the rest of the Bay Champs, and then players were dealt another blow when NZ Volleyball cancelled the National Champs to be held in Palmerston North later this term.

Players and coaches are all hoping there maybe some smaller tournaments they will be able to compete in later in the year.

Year 9 Design Thinking

Marshmallows, eggs, clay and telescopes - these are just some of the items being used and created in our Year 9 Design Thinking classes. The students have been in the ideation phase of the design process and this has come out with creative solutions to potential problems.

Interact Club 2022

Interact Clubs are internationally recognised by Rotary International. Throughout the years, we have welcomed many students and grown a great club. If you’d like to make a difference in your community, through volunteering and/or providing services to Whakatane, come along to a meeting and see what it’s all about. We often have special guest speakers with inspirational stories and experiences to share with us.

WHS Interact Club meetings will start on Friday 4 March in B7 at Lunchtime. Contact Interact Club President, email Mrs Bonne at or just come along to our meetings and build some new connections. We hope to see you there!

Career News

University Recruiter Visits

We were able to host the recruiter from Massey University on Wednesday with more than 20 Year 13 students attending. Next week we have AUT visiting on Wednesday, at 1.15pm.

Armed Forces

The Armed Forces recruiters will host a virtual information evening on Wednesday 2 March from 6-7pm. Contact Ms Stuart for the link.


The Gateway Programme allows students to experience an industry while still at school. We appreciate local employers for their support of hosting students and sharing their industry knowledge. If any of our school whanau and supporters are interested in working with us, please contact us at school. We are starting students at Whakatane Countdown, New World, Little Orchard, and MicroPico Systems over the next week. Many thanks to these employers for hosting our students.

Futures Academy

Most of our students have begun their Futures Academy Trade over the last two weeks. Some have travelled out of town, but the majority are studying here in Whakatane for one or two days a week.

Jo-Anne Stuart and Julie Ball

Term 1 House Competition Calendar

From a van push and tug-o-war, to carnival games and ultimate frisbee, Term 1 has it all! Click here to check out the calendar of house events to look forward to this Term.


Below is a small list of events coming up.

For the full calendar of events, check out this link:

  • ID photo catch ups - Tuesday 1 March
  • Year 11 Media Trip - Tuesday 1 March
  • Year 13 Chemistry Trip - 3-4 March
  • Year 12 OED Tramp - 7-10 March
  • Year 12/13 Painting Workshop - Wednesday 9 March
  • Year 11 Geography Trip - 10-11 March
  • Student Mentoring Interviews - 16-17 March
    A booking link will be emailed to all families and advertised online next week.
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Student Health Notice

Health services provided FREE in school:

  • School Nurse: daily except Wednesday morning
  • School Doctor: Tuesdays P2
Visit the Student Office to make an appointment.

School bus information

If you require information about your student/s bus route or timetable for any in-zone routes, please contact Go Bus directly on: 07 846 8796. If you're wanting information for out-of-zone bus routes, please contact Uzabus on 07 308 6169.

Science Department Requests

This Term our Science department is after a number of small things you may have lying around at home. If you can spare any of the following items, we'd greatly appreciate it:

  • 1.5 - 2L fizzy drink bottles
  • cardboard tubes - long - eg. gladwrap, tinfoil tubes
  • small pieces/blocks of polystyrene
  • ice cream containers
  • small quantities of paint for identifying rocks - even a centimetre left in test pot is enough (any colours)

Rangiatea Whakatane School For Young Parents

Check out the Rangiatea Facebook page and see what our fantastic teachers have been up with with our young parents: