Issue 8 - 10 June 2022



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.

Student Leadership

Recently our Senior Leadership Team have been considering what leadership looks like at Whakatane High School, and how we can grow opportunities at the school for students to exercise their leadership in different ways.

We recognise that leadership starts with the leadership of ourselves, if we can't manage ourselves, our actions and have a vision for our future, we cannot possibly lead others. With this in mind, we are currently in the process of writing mid-year reports for our students that will help all students understand where they are in their learning and their next steps. Mid-year reports come out next week, and we encourage you to read them with your child and identify any areas that you feel need to be addressed, and make an appointment for the Meet The Teacher interviews in week 8, booking code p5q9q.

This last fortnight has shown our students leading the way in our school and in our community. This week we have had the following:

  • Te Aka Matua showing leadership in organising and leading the powhiri, recognitions in particular to Te Rangimoaho Piper-Iti and Nohotahi Lores for their whaikorero, acknowledgements also to Londie Rika for leading the kaikaranga.
  • Our Year 11 Geography students for organising the Youth Social Action event.
  • Our Te Aka Matua students for organising food parcels for the community, in particular, thanks to Waikare Black, Evanda Savage, Sandra Kingi and Taimane Simanu.
  • Our prefects have been busy at our Prefect Camp, reflecting on their great leadership this year so far, designing the ball theme and set up, and establishing opportunities for leadership in the next two terms.
  • Groups of Year 10 students took part in the organisation and running of the Interschool Cross Country event at Ohope School on Wednesday.
  • Callum Giles and Kiera Dooley attended a three-week Outward Bound course.
  • Jonghyun Yun has been selected for the International Bluelight Leadership Camp in New South Wales.

Next week:
  • Our Pride leadership group have organised, with the support of Ms Abbott, a whole range of events to celebrate Pride at Whakatane High School.
  • A number of our students are off to Waikato University, completing a University paper on leadership, and they have some exciting student-led projects at the school later this year.

As always, this newsletter only highlights a fraction of the opportunities for leadership at Whakatane High School and my thanks goes out to parents and the community for supporting the programme that we offer.

Martyn Knapton


Well done Jonghyun!

Jonghyun Yun has been selected for the International Bluelight Leadership Camp in New South Wales.

Seeking Industry Experts

Kia Ora Whakatane community

On Tuesday 5 July (Week 10), our Year 10 students will be exploring the job world during their Mentor time. The Year 10 Deans were wondering if there was anyone from our community who would like to chat with a few interested students about their industry area. Please get in touch with Holly Shanks if you would like to showcase your industry and encourage young people to get involved.


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Outward Bound

Callum and I travelled down to a bay based in the Queen Charlotte Sound where we began a twenty-one day Outward Bound course with 12 other 16-year-olds from around the Bay of Plenty. We were completely disconnected from the outside world. It was packed to the brim with various outdoor activities including; Sailing, white water kayaking, rock climbing, high ropes, tramping, a solo experience, physical training and lastly a half marathon. It was cold and slightly smelly but we got to see some of the most stunning views in the South Island while experiencing some of nature's finest toilets.

The mental challenges for sure outweighed the physical, really allowing me to push my limits. We were often kept in the dark on what was to occur next allowing us to really focus on the present moment. I can't pinpoint one aspect that was my favourite as I loved the lessons and laughs I had every day with the crew. It was the longest but at the same time the shortest three weeks of my life. Thank you to the Acorn Foundation and the WHS Interact Club for allowing us this amazing opportunity.

By Kiera Dooley

WHS Mural Club

On the 17th of May, local artist Te Marunui Hotene came and visited Whakatane High School's Mural Club at lunchtime. He talked about his artwork, processes, and some other projects. Students responded really well to his talk (and the free pizza). Thank you to Rebecca Wright for organising this event.
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24 swimmer's from the Whakatane Swim Club competed at the XLR8 Swim Meet 2022 at Taupo over Queens Birthday Weekend with a large medal haul and some great personal best times.

There were 25 clubs in attendance from around the North Island and six of the swimmers representing the Whakatane Swim Club are Whakatane High School students.

Ben Jackson was the club’s top performer, earning a total of seven medals across all strokes, which included five gold medals. He received 1st place in 50M and 100M freestyle, 100M IM, 50M backstroke and 50M butterfly. Silver medalist in 50M breaststroke and 100M backstroke.

Caign Boonen received four gold medals placing 1st in 50M and 200M backstroke, 100M IM and 50M freestyle. Silver medalist for 50M and 100M breaststroke and bronze medalist for 200M freestyle.

Tyler Macey brought home six medals, placing 2nd in 50M backstroke and butterfly, 100M freestyle and 200M IM. He received a bronze medal for 50M freestyle and 100M IM.

Nikkolas Brown was a gold medalist in the long distance 1500M freestyle event and also 200M breaststroke. He received a bronze medal in the 200M freestyle.

Leo Collier received a gold medal in the 100M backstroke and bronze in 100M breaststroke.

Zane Pearson was a Silver medalist in the long distance 800M freestyle and received bronze in 200M breaststroke.


Congratulations to WHS students - Jamie Julian, Joseph Doogue, Kendall McKane and Jordan Cochrane who all competed for BOP Volleyball at the NZ Inter Provincial Championships held in Wellington over Queens Birthday weekend. Final results for our students were -

  • Kendall and Jordan - 3rd U17 girls
  • Jamie - 4th U19 Boys
  • Joseph - 5th U17 Boys

Massive congratulations also to Kendall who was named in the Tournament team


WHS Senior A boys defeated Tauranga Boys College - Senior Blue in Tauranga on Wednesday night 71 - 62


WHS girls football teams were in action Wednesday afternoon. Results were -

  • Girls 2nd XI drew with Trident High School 4 - 4. Goals scored by Aramia Hanlen, Brooklyn Graham, Fifi Portsmouth and Stacey Lang.
  • Girls 1st XI had a tough game vs Bethlehem College 1st XI going down 1 - 9. Eva Sexton was the goal scorer for WHS girls.


Three WHS netball teams travel every Friday night to play in the Tauranga Schools competition. Results from Friday 3rd June -

  • Senior Premier team - Defeated Matamata College A 42 - 35
  • Senior Premier Reserve team - Lost to OTC Junior 1 23 - 31
  • Junior Premier team - Defeated TGC Bon Bons 55 -13
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BOP Cross Country

10 Hearty Souls travelled across to Tauranga to compete in the BOP Cross Country competition. Despite the windy and wet conditions all students put their best foot forward and ran really well.

We had three students who finished in the top 10 in their respective grades

  • Zoe Giles - 7th Junior Girls
  • Ben Peat - 9th Junior Boys
  • Kithmini Melville - 9th Senior Girls

Draft Charter Consultation

Every three years the Board of Trustees (BOT), have to update their charter. The Charter sets the direction of the school. The BOT has worked to develop this draft charter: As whanau of a Whakatane High School student, we would love your feedback on specific parts of the charter rather than the whole document. However, there is space for you on this survey to provide further feedback, if you wish. Feel free to answer all the questions, or just a few. Any feedback you provide will help us with the direction of our school.

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School of Rock!

We are so excited to announce that nine Whakatane High School students are part of the Theatre Whakatane Inc School of Rock musical which will be performed at the Little Theatre Whakatane from 22 June to 9 July. The students appearing on stage are Leila Franklin, Emilie Rosset, Kael Mitchley, Lincoln Jones, Conal Dixon, Niamh Steens and Lily Isaac, while Ethan Burke and James Elliffe are part of the backstage crew, ensuring the lighting and sound is on point!

These students, along with the rest of the cast, have been giving their all to this show and we know it's going to be a great one to watch!

Purchase your tickets here.


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A group of te ao haka and performing arts students went to watch the original production ‘Mataatua’ in Tauranga last week. It was a great day and a really enjoyable production.
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Career News

University Visits

This week we have had visits from the University of Otago and Lincoln University.

The University of Waikato, Tauranga Campus, has open days next week, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June. Any students wanting to attend on Friday with the school need to contact Ms Stuart to join that trip.

The University of Auckland Whakapiki Ake programme has a regional hui on Thursday 6-8 pm, 9 June at REAP. This is to promote Maori students into Health Careers.


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 have recently placed students into Little Orchard Preschool, Dixon Electrical, Horizon, RDA, 24/7 Towing, The Meat Company, Ohope Beach Care, Bay Vets, St Joseph's School, Otakiri School, and Ohope Beach School.

Futures Academy

Students continue to attend the Futures Academy for their chosen trade. The short taster courses have begun and we are taking names for the next courses that will happen next term. We have students who have begun their Padi Dive training with Dive Zone Tauranga; they are excited to spend one day a week training in Tauranga.

Student Job Search

Local employers might want to join SJS to start recruiting for the summer. Our students who intend to study at the tertiary level in 2023 are eligible to use SJS from July 1 this year. It is a free service.

Students who are going to enrol in a tertiary course for 2023 are eligible to enrol for SJS once they have proof of enrolment in tertiary study.

Jo-Anne Stuart and Julie Ball

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Below is a small list of events coming up.

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

  • Mentor Photos - Thursday 16 June
  • Meet the Teacher - Wednesday 22 June
  • Matariki - Friday 24 June
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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. Masks are mandatory on all school buses.

Science Department Request

We are in need of chinese takeaway containers with lids. If you have any of these spare, please drop them in to the front office. We'd really appreciate it!

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: