Hamilton Boys' High School - Term 2, Edition 2, May 2021

NZ Secondary Schools' Waterpolo National Champions

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L-R: Keran Van Staden (Year 13, Hamilton BHS Prefect, Head of Sutherland), Oliver Ingram (Year 12) and Mr Rahiti Teokotai-White (Teacher In-Charge Waterpolo, Head Coach and Argyle Master)
The Hamilton BHS Senior Premier Water Polo team is the newly-crowned National Secondary Schools' Champion, having beaten Rangitoto College 7 - 6 in the National Division 1 final on Saturday the 1st May.

Not only is this the first time that Hamilton BHS has won this title, it's the first time the trophy has been won by a school outside of Auckland and Wellington.

The team had been unbeaten all season, and this continued through into the National Tournament.

In pool play, Hamilton BHS beat Sacred Heart 13 - 2, St Peter's 21 - 3, Auckland Grammar 7 - 5, Westlake Boys' High School 11 - 4, and Rangitoto College 6 - 5. In the semi-final the team faced off against local rivals Tauranga Boys' College, beating them 9 - 4.

In the final Hamilton BHS beat Rangitoto College 7 - 6, after only going ahead with less than 30 seconds left to play.

Keran Van Staden (Year 13) was named Most Valuable Player of the Tournament, and was the scorer of the final goal which put the team ahead with only seconds left on the clock. Huge congratulations to all of the team on this historic result, to Teacher in Charge, Head Coach and Argyle Master, Mr Rahiti Teokotai-White, Coach Ms Roana Paterson, and Manager Mr Mark Harvey.

As Head Coach, Mr Rahiti Teokotai-White has put in an enormous amount of energy and time over the last 4-5 years, dedicating all his spare time to ensure these boys realised their potential. During their in-season Rahiti was working with his players 9-12 times a week. The whole school has been a-buzz with this first ever victory at senior premier level at a tournament that is so difficult to win outside of Auckland. We all congratulate the team and especially the Argyle boarders and staff involved. Well done Oliver, Keran and Mr Teokotai-White.

The team is being recognised at the senior formal assembly this Wednesday 12th May. All team parents and caregivers are invited to attend to see the players presented with their medals, followed by a small luncheon in the Pavilion from 12.30pm.

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Set Leave, Year 9 2022 Interviews, Hostel Parents' Meet & Greet Evening, Teacher Only Day

Kia ora koutou

I would like to begin by thanking all parents and caregivers for ensuring your son returned on Sunday evening last week. It allowed for a very settled start to the beginning of the new hostel and school term on Monday morning.

The first week of term 2 has passed by very quickly. The hostel is settled as the boys engage in their academic and winter co-curricular programmes. There is a genuine air of excitement as they go about their business in the classroom and on the sports field.


These are now underway and will continue through until Monday 17th May, with 56 interviews occurring over two weeks with Mrs Hassall, Matua Graham and Mr McKenzie.


The two Set Leaves during this 10-week term are at the end of weeks 2 and 5. The first Set Leave is scheduled for this weekend, with Argyle and Grove closing at 5.30pm on Friday 14th May and re-opening on Sunday 16th May at 5.30pm.

The second Set Leave for term 2 is over Queen's Birthday Weekend (Week 5). Argyle and Grove will close at 5.30pm on Friday 4th June and re-open on Monday 7th June at 5.30pm.


This is scheduled for next week on Wednesday 19th May (Week 3). There is no school for students on this day, so your son may take overnight leave from 3.15pm Tuesday 18th May and return by 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th May, or by 8.00am Thursday 20th May. Those boarders that remain in the hostel will be supervised in the day school from 8.30am - 3.15pm on the Wednesday, as all hostel staff will be involved in the Teacher Only Day.


This is an opportunity for all parents and caregivers to meet and get to know each other in an informal setting for a couple of hours. The evening is scheduled for Friday 21st May at 'The Roaming Giant' in the upstairs function room.

Please feel free to contact me at any time should you have a concern or want to discuss any matters relating to boarding life.

Ngaa mihi

Murray McKenzie

Head of Boarding

021 516 477

Hostel Parents' Meet & Greet Social Function, Friday 21st May, 'The Roaming Giant'

Katrina emailed out another invitation reminder from Alastair Reeves to all parents and caregivers on Friday 7th May. Can you please RSVP by this Friday 14th May.

Dear Argyle Parents and Caregivers

Your Argyle Parent Representative, Diana O'Brien and myself, along with Mr Murray McKenzie and Argyle Management, would like to invite you all along to a "MEET AND GREET" with other Argyle parents, on FRIDAY 21 MAY 2021 6-8 PM upstairs at THE ROAMING GIANT (across from the Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton East).

This is a great opportunity to meet each other and in some cases, put faces to names that you may have heard about, ask any questions you may have about hostel life, in a relaxed social setting, while enjoying a little something to eat. It also goes without saying that liquid refreshments will be available so please bring along your cash.

PLEASE RSVP to KATRINA MCLAUGHLIN by FRIDAY 14 MAY 2021 if you are attending.
Email Katrina: or phone 07 8530437.

Hope to see you there!

Nga Mihi Nui
Alastair Reeves
Hostel Parent Representative

'Boardingware' is re-branding and changing it's name to 'Orah' on July 1st 2021

Fundamentally there is no real change, other than the brand name. However, please click on the link below to understand their vision and rationale moving forward.

More details on what this means for you can be found here.

NZ Secondary Schools' Kiorahi Championships, 3rd Place

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The NZSS Kiorahi championships were held in Waitangi, Northland, during the recent school holidays from Wednesday 21st - Friday 23rd April.

Kiorahi is played competitively in mixed teams, which meant we teamed up with players from Hamilton Girls' High School.

Three Argyle House boarders were in the team that finished 3rd equal in NZ. They were Takoha Lunjevich (Year 13 HBHS Prefect and Team Captain), Joshua Reihana (Year 10) and Jared Earnshaw (Year 12).


Kei ngā whakatamarahi ki te rangi, kei ngā whakateitei ki te whenua, tēnā koutou katoa.

In the first week of the term 1 holidays, the Ki O Rahi team ventured north to Waitangi for the National Secondary Schools Ki O Rahi Tournament. Half of the players were juniors this year, but that did not deter us from performing competitively against teams many years our senior in both age and experience.

The official pōwhiri on day one occurred at the grounds where the Māori chiefs deliberated to discuss whether or not they should sign the Treaty of Waitangi. That evening, we retreated to the beautiful Ngāwhā marae for the night, before heading to our playing fields, opposite the Treaty Grounds.

Pool play was intense with seven games in one day. Two games in particular stood out. The first was against Waiorea. The second was Mana College. They were a formidable team with taniwha that were amongst the best the tournament had ever seen. They had a unique game plan that we did not know how to counter and this resulted in our first loss for the tournament.

Finals day was upon us and we were fortunate enough to qualify for the Championship playoffs. The draw was announced and determined we would meet Mana College in the quarter finals. Thanks to some careful planning and game strategy, we turned the tables, and played a style of game they were not prepared for. The results were in our favour so we moved through to the semi-finals against Rākaumangamanga. The rain started falling, which slowed down our quick game play. The experience of our opponents matched our athleticism and energy. At the final whistle the referees deliberated the score, before announcing 6-5 in favour of Rākaumangamanga. The final rankings placed us 3rd in the country, a feat to be proud of, especially with such a young team. Tainui was well-represented this year, with 4 teams featuring in the top 7. Congratulations to Ngā Tapuwae who were crowned 2021 champions.

Endless thanks to our coaches for the season - Kena Rangi, Raynard Haggie and Heremia Samson. Furthermore, the week at nationals would not have been possible without Whaea Frankie, Matua Toti and parent help Michelle Samson. Nei te whakamānawa i a koutou katoa.

Pool play

GAME 1 vs Ngā Mokopuna: 37-3 won

GAME 2 vs Tupoho: 19-9 won

GAME 3 vs Te Pihipihinga: 23-2 won

GAME 4 vs Waiorea: 14-9 won

GAME 5 vs Horouta Wānanga: 18-2 won

GAME 6 vs Taumarunui: 17-7 won

GAME 7 vs Mana College: 14-5 lost

Qualified for Championship

Quarter final vs Mana College: 15-4 won

Semi final vs Rākaumangamanga: 6-5 lost

Placed 3rd Overall

Rugby U16 South Island Tour, Sat. 10th - Sun. 18th April

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Mr Cam Moorby (Grove Assistant Master and U14A Rugby Head Coach), organised the South Island U16 Rugby Tour to replace the cancelled 2020 U15 Rugby Japan Tour due to Covid. Cam was committed to giving this wonderful group of young men, who he coached in 2019 to an U14 Super 8 title and a Waikato Secondary Schools' U15 Division 1 grade championship title, an experience to remember.

Originally, it was the Headmaster's initiative to approach Cam to see if he was willing to take this group of fine young men to Japan in April 2020 to play 5 games in two weeks, while Mrs Hassall and our Director of International Students, Ms Tonia Heeps, were in Japan promoting Hamilton BHS.

It was a huge disappointment to the boys, coaching staff and parents that we had to cancel the tour due to Covid. Cam then went about seeking an expression of interest from the boys and parents in term 3 2020 to see if they would commit to a South Island replacement tour. The proposal was gladly accepted by all concerned so Cam once again spent many hours organising an itinerary. The 3-game tour was a tremendous success and Mrs Hassall got to see the boys play and travelled with them for part of the tour.

Fourteen of the 27 players that travelled are boarders in Argyle House. They are: Liam Anderson, Jahmal Enright, Jacob Garland, Rangiwai Lunjevich, Oli Mathis, Carlos Miln, Raharuhi Palmer, Caeyls-Paul Putoko, Mac Russ, Leo Scott, Josh Syme, Iotia Teokotai, Joshua Wickers, Zion Wipaki-McLarin.

The coaching and management staff that travelled with the team were: Mr Cam Moorby (Coach), Mr Luke Katene (Coach) and Mr Maxie Kemara (Manager).


Vs Christchurch BHS won 36-12. (No.8 Oli Mathis, Man of the Match)

Vs Kings HS Dunedin won 86-5 (Flanker Liam Anderson, Man of the Match)

Vs Southland BHS won 38-0. (Halfback Mac Russ, Man of the Match)

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Tour report by Rangiwai Lunjevich and Mac Russ:

Kia ora,

Recently Mac and I were a part of the Hamilton Boys High School Under 16 Rugby Team that travelled The South Island and played some of the most dominant schools on our travels.

On our way to Christchurch we visited some prestigious landmarks such as Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura and our enemies this weekend the Crusaders High Performance Centre and we were lucky enough to meet an old boy of the school “Sevu Reece”, as well as Whetukamokamo Douglas who kindly showed us through their facility. After this adventure we met with our billets for the night preparing to play Christchurch Boys High School the next afternoon. The outcome of that game was 36 - 12 with Oli Mathis receiving man of the match.

The next morning we made our way to Kings High School in Dunedin, stopping in at Oamaru for lunch on our travels. We then met our new billets and went on to play Kings High the following day. Our preparation for this game was being lucky enough to go through the well known Forsyth Barr Stadium and the New Zealand High Performance Centre that The Highlanders train at. We were once again fortunate to meet old boys Ayden Johnson and Josh Moorby during the Highlanders training session. The outcome of our game was a big 86-5 victory with Liam Anderson receiving man of the match with some silky skills.

The trip then had Invercargill next on the map with Mr Moorby stating it only deserved one day. On the way to Invercargill we stopped in at the Catlins, Kaka Point to spot some Sea Lions before Damian McKenzie country “Gore” for lunch. We arrived at Southland Boys High School in Invercargill mid afternoon and were again billeted out before arriving at school the next morning for a quick trip out to the bottom of the country Bluff. We returned to school ready for a big game against a strong Southland Boys school. We ran onto the field with the majority of their school supporting their team. The outcome of this hard fought match was 38-0 with Mac Russ receiving man of the match.

A big thank you to Mr Katene and Maxie Kemara for their supervision and their commitment towards the team. Also a big thanks to Mrs Hawke who put in a lot of effort behind the scenes to make this trip possible. A special thank you to Mr Moorby who organised this whole life experience for this team and for all his hard work for making this trip happen. Finally a special acknowledgement and thanks to Mrs Hassall for her attendance and support along the trip. We would now like to present Mrs Hassall with a gift, a framed picture of the team taken at Kingston, southern end of Lake Wakatipu.

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Matua Mita Graham, NZ Men's Provincial Touch Champion

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Congratulations to our Argyle Senior Master, Matua Mita Graham, for winning the 2021 Bunnings National Touch Open Championships with the Waikato men's team during the recent school holidays in Christchurch. Mita was a player, captain, and co-coach. Well done!

School House Competition

The Term 2 competition begins this Tuesday 11th May, with the Hamilton BHS Cross Country championship and non-championship event. This also runs as a Matthew Allen Cup event for all Argyle House boarders.

Argyle House is currently sitting in second place overall, 9 points behind Wilson House.

House Competition Events Term 2:

Week 2: Cross Country

Weeks 2 & 3: Volleyball

Week 4: Tug-O-War

Week 5: General Knowledge

Week 9: Basketball

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.

'Man of the Week' Award

The boys named and photographed below were awarded 'Man Of The Week' for doing something extraordinary during the week, that warranted recognition in front of their peers. They each receive a certificate and a $5 canteen voucher, presented at our weekly house meeting by a Deputy Head Prefect.

Week 1 Term 2: Keran Van Staden (Year 13)

NZSS National Division 1 Waterpolo Champion and MVP of the Tournament
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School Links Emails to Parents/Caregivers from School:

HBHS Cross Country - Tuesday, 11 May 2021

This email was sent: 8:42am Tuesday May 4, 2021

Cross Country

Tuesday 11th May 2021

8:50am - 12:15pm

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Hamilton Boys' High School Cross Country run offers all Year 9-11 students the opportunity to compete at a level that challenges them personally, and also earn points for their ‘House’ in a strongly contested House Competition.

  • Uniform: Official House or PE shirts with PE shorts are to be worn during the Cross Country Event. Shoes are recommended on the course.
  • Participation: Is compulsory for all Year 9 - Year 11 students. A detention will be issued for those who do not participate without a medical clearance or parents note on medical grounds.
  • Weather: If weather is doubtful, a final decision will be made on the day.

  • Parents are welcome to come and watch.

08:50am Championship athletes gather

09:05am Junior Championship

09:15am Intermediate Championship

09:30am Senior Championship

10:15am Year 9 Non-Championship

10:30am Year 10 Non-Championship

11:50am Year 11 Non-Championship


You have 15 minutes to finish the course.

(NB: This may alter on the day, depending on the advice of the Course Coordinator)

Yours sincerely
Mr A Ellis

HBHS Refugee Community Bike drive

This email was sent: 12:27pm Monday May 3, 2021

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Here at Hamilton Boys' High School we have a community of 37 students who are refugees from around the globe. All of them were born overseas, and all have experienced war, famine, natural disasters, terrorism, living in refugee camps and more.

Many of these young men do not have bikes or bike helmets. To assist these students with getting to and from school, we are asking for donations of unused or unwanted bikes and helmets.

If you would like to donate to our bike drive, please email me on

Thank you

Ms Naaz Shah
HBHS Refugee Coordinator

HBHS Yr 10 Father & Son Breakfast

Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Wednesday 14th April

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Please find attached an invitation to our 2021 Yr 10 Father and Son Breakfast.

Ticket numbers are limited! Be quick to avoid disappointment.

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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