Hamilton Boys' High School -Term 1, Edition 2, February 2019

New Boarders' Induction & Families BBQ

We are now coming to the end of week 2 and all 65 new boarders are fully engaged in hostel life and the many activities, both on and off-site, that have been organised for them. There has been a lot of smiles over the past 2 weeks! The positive interaction between all year levels has been pleasing, with the Year 12 & 13 Senior Leaders and Prefects continuing to impress with their guidance and care of our young men.

I have included many photos and some video clips from some of the events that have taken place so far.


All boys and staff are looking forward to experiencing the Rainbow's End theme park in Auckland this Saturday. All boarders that remain in this weekend will be expected to come to Rainbow's End, as all staff will be in attendance to supervise and participate in the many activities themselves. Mr Hayden Marrow is the Duty Master this weekend and will lock the hostel from 9.30am and re-open it from 3.30pm.

All boys will be issued with a hostel packed lunch, including those boys that are not coming due to their commitment to organised sport on Saturday i.e. Touch, Cricket, Rowing.


A reminder that the hostel families BBQ for both new and existing boarders takes place this Sunday from 5.30pm, Sunday 10th February. All boys are required to return by 5.00pm on Sunday evening and they have been reminded numerous times. From 6.25pm, all boarders and families will move down to the pool to watch the Matthew Allen Cup hostel house competition swimming sports, commencing at 6.30pm. We require some parents to volunteer to swim in the Staff, Prefects, Parents race, so bring your togs!

It is important that all boys return by 5.00pm to enable them to represent and/or support their hostel house, Bennett or Sutherland, after dinner. The two heads of Bennett and Sutherland have named and prepared their teams for Sunday already. This is one of two occasions during the year when all boys are expected to return on a Sunday evening, the other being the Argyle Prizegiving in early November. I thank you, in anticipation of your support.

The staff and I look forward to meeting you all again on Sunday evening.

Kind regards

Murray McKenzie

Head of Boarding

021 516 477

Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, named Head Prefect of Hamilton Boys' High School 2019 at the full school Celebration Assembly Thursday 7th February

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The entire hostel and staff were extremely proud to hear Hakaraia's name read out by Deputy Headmaster, Mr Nigel Hotham, at the full school assembly. No one can recall the last time the Argyle House Head Prefect was also named Head Prefect of Hamilton Boys' High School.

As a result of this announcement, Blake Morgan (Deputy Head Prefect, Argyle House) was named Argyle House Captain and will assume overall responsibility for the House Competition. Angus Ritchie (Deputy Head Prefect, Argyle House) was named Argyle Deputy House Captain and so will support Blake in his role this year.

Hamilton Boys' High School Year 13 Prefects 2019

Argyle House had a total of four Prefects announced at the full school assembly on Thursday 7th February, including Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead. The other three appointed are Blake Morgan, Angus Ritchie and George Butcher

Two New Grove Assistant Masters

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Mr Sam Cardosi, from Northern Ireland, arrived for the start of the 2019 school year.
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Mr Niall Armstrong, also from Northern Ireland, arrived for the start of the 2019 school year, having worked in Argyle House for 2 months back in mid-2017

Dorm Leaders Term 1

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.

They all receive guidance and support at their weekly Tuesday evening meetings with Matua Mita Graham (Senior Master) 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.

Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead (Kaitataki) and his Year 13 cohort welcome the new students to Hamilton BHS at the Powhiri, Tuesday 29th January

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NEW BOARDER INDUCTION PROGRAMME - Mountain-Biking, Gondolas/Luge, Movie Night, Basketball, Tabloids, St Paul's Collegiate Tug-O-War & Swimming

Off to the Movies to watch 'Aquaman' on Tuesday 5th February

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A small group of the 102 boys who walked into town with staff to watch 'Aquaman'. They loved it!

Saturday 2nd February in Rotorua on the Gondola and Luge

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Excitement builds as Year 9s Carson Edwards (left), Max Steel, Roman Carley and Blake Irwin approach the top
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Year 9 and 10 boys happy to be waiting in the queue for their next luge ride
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Year 9s Harrison Grainger, Lennox Gray and Lachlan Pickett are all smiles as they head down after almost 3 hours of luge riding

12 Teams Playing a Half-Court Basketball Tournament in Gym 1, Sunday 3rd February

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Joeli Matalaweru (Year 13, Fiji) has the ball as he is blocked by Finn Wittenbecher (Year 11, Germany) with Tuhoe Kake (Year 12) also moving in

Mountain-Biking in Rotorua with 'Planet Bike'

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A hostel packed lunch for everyone as we all have a break at the changeover of activities
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The boys await their final instructions from the operators of 'Planet Bike'
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L-R: Lachlan Roose (Year 12, Prefect), Iotia Teokotai (Year 9), Lucas Blake (Year 12) and Joe Waenga (Year 13) about to head off
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Semisi Koroibuleka (Year 13, Fiji) has a break while trying to master the art of mountain-biking
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Carlos Miln (Year 9) returns a bit the worse for wear after colliding with a tree while biking through the redwood forest!

Matthew Allen Cup: Hostel House Competition

Head of Sutherland House: George Butcher

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Head of Bennett House: Seth Roe

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Hostel Tabloids - First Matthew Allen Cup Event 2019, Monday 4th February. Sutherland House wins by 548 points to Bennett's 534.

Bennett House await insructions

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Mr Andrew Hay, as Master In-Charge of Tabloids, explains the event procedures to Bennett House.

Sutherland House receive their instructions

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Bennett vs Sutherland teams in a tug-o-war challenge on a bench
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The first person to get hit with the wet sponge is out!
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Matthew Corney (Year 12) taking control of the rope
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Aaron Couper (Year 12 Prefect) ecstatic, as is his team

St Paul's Collegiate Tug-O-War & Swimming Competition, at St Paul's, Thursday 7th February

First Event: Tug-O-War. St Paul's Wins 3 - 2

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Argyle House Year 9, 10-Man team wins
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Argyle House Years 12/13 10-Man team wins

Second Event: Swimming Sports, Argyle House Wins 4-1

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Ashan Barr about to dive into the pool to swim his leg of the Year 10 race, supported by Ryan McConnell and Renata Palmer. Argyle won this race.
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The final relay of the evening: 2 x Year 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. The 5 at this end L-R are Keran Van Staden (Year 11), Tana Clapham (Year 10), Ryan McConnell (Year 10), Tyler McNutt (Year 12), David So (Year 9)
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David So (Year 9) about to lead off the 10-Man mixed year level team in the final race of the evening, which Argyle won by the smallest of margins.

Manu Competition: St Paul's wins one and Argyle wins one!

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The evening at St Paul's concludes with supper in their dining room before catching the bus back to Argyle

Jack Dunlop (Year 12) Wins a Motocross NZ Grand Prix Event

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Jack has had a successful time throughout the summer holiday break, placing second overall in the Summer Cross Event in Whakatane. He as presented with the trophy for the Most Promising Junior Rider at the Patetonga Club. The icing on the cake was winning the NZ Grand Prix event in Woodville, in the junior 15-16 years class. See the collection of awards above that Jack has won over the summer

Semisi and Joeli relaxing in the C Block Quad as they await their Tutor Group photo

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School Links emails to Parents/Caregivers from Hamilton BHS

HBHS Mobile Dental Unit

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 29th January

Dear Parents/Caregivers

The Mobile Dental Unit will be based at Hamilton Boys' High School again this year between Monday 18 February and Friday 26 April.

Please find attached a letter outlining the services provided. The letter asks you to email the Mobile Dental Unit co-ordinator to indicate whether or not you wish to take up this offer.

Thank you.

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


Hamilton BHS Tennis Term 1

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Thursday 31st January


Interschool Competition
Tennis Fees $20

This competition takes place after school on Wednesdays at 4.00pm against other schools in the Waikato. This will begin on Wednesday, February 27th.

Interschool players will also need to purchase a school Tennis Shirt from the shop, the cost is $80.

Trials for these teams will be held on the following dates after school, 3.30-5.00pm, at the Waikato Tennis Centre, Dey St, Hamilton East.

Year 9 - Tuesday, February 5th
Year 9 & 10 - Thursday, February 7th (2.30pm-3.30pm)

Years 11-13 - Monday, February 11th
Wednesday, February 13th

Players who are playing competitive tennis will also be able to be considered for selection to represent the school in the following tennis fixtures:-

  • Hamilton Boys’ High School Tennis Championships - Friday, February 15th

  • New Plymouth Boys High School Sports Exchange in New Plymouth on Tuesday, February 19th (Junior and Senior Team consisting of 6 players)

  • Waikato Secondary Schools Championships, March 12th, at the Waikato Tennis Centre

Social Tennis

Thursday afternoon 2.30-3.30pm.
Beginning on Thursday, February 21st.
Tennis Fees $20

This is where you can have a hit around with your mates after school. You get organised into singles or doubles games against fellow students from Hamilton Boys’.
Location: Waikato Tennis Centre, Dey St, Hamilton East.

Please note: School Tennis Courts are under construction

To register click here TENNIS REGISTRATION

You will be invoiced for tennis fees

For more information contact:-
Mike Erceg

Hamilton BHS Cricket Registration Term 1 2019

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Thursday 31st January

Cricket Registration Term 1 2019

Click Here to Register

Cricket Information


You will be invoiced once you have registered and been placed in a team

Basic fee for all teams - $60

Men’s Premier/Snr A - $150 ($60 + $90)

Development - $100 ($60 + $40)

1st XI and Junior XI fixtures, tournaments, exchanges and tours will be costed separately

Players to have a Cricket HQ profile (check you only have one)

CLICK HERE to register on Cricket HQ


Cricket shirts and HBHS cricket hats are available at the school shop.

All players are expected to be in whites and correct shoes. No “snap backs” or non-regulation caps.

Batting and wicket keeping gear can be provided on request and will be added to the team gear bag.

HBHS has a small number of batting helmets available on request.


Travelling uniform for the 1st and 2nd XI school fixtures.

HCA matches players arrive at the venue ready to play.


Term 1


The draw is published on the sports noticeboard or click the link below to visit HCA website.

Hamilton Cricket

Yours faithfully
Tim Aughton
TIC Cricket
021 084 17068

Hamilton BHS Summer Sports, Clubs, Arts, Music, Leadership and Service Opportunities 2019

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Thursday 31st January

Dear Parents/Caregivers

We are proud of the many Co-curricular opportunities available for your son to participate in here at Hamilton Boys’ High School. Please ask him to:

  • Listen to the daily news which is read out at tutor time each morning, with meeting venues, trial dates and training venues. It is also available for Parents/Caregivers to view on our school website
  • Read pages 136 – 141 in the Student Diary that outlines all the opportunities available to your son, as well as who the Teacher in-charge is, their room, so your son can meet to ask any questions about the co-curricular opportunity with this teacher.
  • Check the B Block Sports noticeboard each day, for registration procedures, trial dates/venues, training venues and competition draws.
  • Listen to his Year level Dean at weekly assemblies, where we present the opportunities to engage in the co-curricular life of the school.
  • In addition, we have provided a list of contacts below which may be helpful to you.


Registrations for the cricket and tennis summer sporting codes can be completed online or by completing a paper copy of a registration form at the school’s main front office reception. We endeavour also to send School Links notices to parents explaining the procedures, timeline and associated costs for the different activities.

Winter Sports Code communication will become available and emailed to you in early March.

  • Tennis – see the School Links Notice to be emailed to Parents today in a separate email
  • Cricket – see the School Links Notice to be emailed to Parents Friday 1st February in a separate email

Cricket Trainings and Trials Term 1 2019

Friday 1st February: Years 9/10 Colts Trial

Please note that the Year 9/10 Colts trials take place at 3.20pm tomorrow, Friday 1st February, at the Hamilton Boys’ High School cricket nets on the front field beside the Pavilion. The purpose of this trial is to select the top 2 junior cricket teams, Colts A and Colts B. The majority of these boys will be in Year 10 and have played representative cricket.

Monday 4th February: Year 9 Muster

A meeting has been scheduled for 11am in the school hall for all Year 9 students wanting to play cricket this term. There will be a training for Year 9s from 3.20 – 4.30pm on Monday after school.

Tuesday 5th February: Year 10 Muster

A meeting has been scheduled for 11am in the school hall for all Year 10 students wanting to play cricket this term. There will be a training for Year 10s from 3.20 – 4.30pm on Tuesday after school.

Cricket bags can be left from 8.15am underneath the Pavilion in a lockable shed to be collected at the end of each day.

Parent support for Years 9 and 10 teams is required to coach and/or manage a team. Please email Mr Tim Aughton (Teacher In-Charge of Cricket) if you can assist. This is vital to ensure your son’s team can play on a Saturday, otherwise the team will have to be withdrawn from the competition.

A list of Summer Sports and the Teacher In-Charge email addresses is provided below. Further information can be found on pages 138 & 139 in your son’s Student Diary.

Adventure Racing Mr Cronin
Archery Ms Morrow
Athletics Ms Heeps
Basketball Mr Singh
Canoe Polo Mr Lannam
Cricket Mr Aughton
Cue Sports (8-Ball) Mr Emery
Cycling Ms Brown
Equestrian Mr McKenzie
Futsal Mr Wood
Golf Mr Cooley
Lawn & Indoor Bowls Ms Stoner
Mountain Biking Mr Spicer
Rowing Mr Ross &
Mrs Ross
Sailing (Big Boats) Mr Tizard
Sailing (Little Boats) Mr Hepburn
Sevens Mr Asplin (Senior) &
Mr Miller (Junior)
Softball Mr McKenzie
Surfing Mr Cronin
Swimming Mr Teokotai-White
Tennis Mr Erceg
Touch Mr Graham
Triathlon/Duathlon Ms Becht
Ultimate Frisbee Mr Cowley
Volleyball Mr MacLean
Waka Ama Mr Harnish
Waterpolo Mr Teokotai-White
Wrestling Mr Bair

Please contact me should you have any further questions about Sport at Hamilton BHS, or 021516477, Mr M McKenzie, Director of Sport

Arts & Clubs

Please find a list of Teachers in Charge for your information and communication. Further information and more Clubs can be found on pages 136 & 137 in your son’s Student Diary

Chess Mr Nolan
Choir Dr Williams
Creative Writing Mrs Cameron
Debating Mr Kearney
Drama & Theatresports Mr Ashton
Duke of Edinburgh Mr Winslade
Kapa Haka Mr T West
Kayaking Mr Lannam
Leo Club Yr 9 – 13 Ms Dobbyn
Library Ms Schmidt
Music Mr Botting
Oratory Mr Kearney
Polynesian Group Mr Cowley
Programming Club Mr Silvester
Scuba Diving Mr Johnson
Tramping Mr Bennett
Young Farmers Ms Cumming

Please contact me should you have any further questions about Music or Arts at HBHS, Mr Adrian Botting, Head of the Languages, Arts and Music Faculty

Leadership and Service

Leadership - Please contact me should you have any questions about Leadership at HBHS, Mr Nigel Hotham Deputy Headmaster. Further information can be found on page 141 in your son’s Student Diary

Service – Please contact me should you have any questions about Service at HBHS, Further information can be found on page 140 in your son’s Student Diary

Please note: Daily News

All Parents have access to the Daily News which is live on our school website each morning, so you can follow what is happening in school activities with meetings, registrations, trials and trainings. Go to the home page on our school website and click on the white tab, on the far left, under that, reads: “Daily News”.

Defensive Driving with Evolve Driver Training

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 5th February

Defensive Driving with Evolve Driver Training - Courses for Term 1 are as follows:-

Term 1

Monday, 11 Feb (11, 14, 18 & 21 Feb)

Monday 11 March (11, 14, 18 & 21 March)

Holiday course - starting 15 April 2019 (15, 18, 22 & 25 Apr)

Register on Evolve website:

First Set Leave of the Year

The hostel closes at 5.30pm on Friday 22nd February and re-opens at 5.30pm on Sunday 24th February. There is no dinner provided for the boys on Sunday evening.

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