Wairoa College

Newsletter 13 May 2021


Tēnā Koutou Katoa

Now that we are in Term 2 many students will have just had or will be having this week their first sports game. I would like to congratulate our students on getting involved in the opportunities our school has to offer. Playing team sports has many benefits; fitness, improving your skill level, working as a team, displaying your personal excellence, developing your communication and leadership skills.

I would like to congratulate our Senior A Netball team for making the top 12 Competition and our Hockey team for having a win against Karamu High school on Monday night 3-1. This weekend rugby begins, our U15 are playing HBHS at HBHS and our First XV are playing Havelock North High at Wairoa College on Saturday. Junior netball starts this week. Year 7 and 8 are playing at the Wairoa Netball courts and our Junior A's are playing HGHS at the Hastings Sport Park on Saturday. We have Year 7 and 8 Basketball teams playing Friday night at the Community Centre, our Senior Boys are playing NBHS at the Hastings Sports park and our Senior Girls have a bye. Our Junior boys and girls teams have played this week. Badminton and Football will also be starting soon.

I know that some teams have been training for weeks. I wish them all the best for the season. I know they will display our school values and have fun.

Starting next week for about three weeks, staff will be visiting contributing schools to do a presentation on the transition programme and what Wairoa College has to offer for new students starting in 2022. All contributing schools have been contacted. Those contributing schools that would like us to visit have indicated when they would like us to come. We will bring enrolment forms and prospectuses. We look forward to meeting all of you.

Wairoa Primary School - Tuesday 18 May - 3:00pm – 4:00pm

St Joseph’s School - Monday 24 May - 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Te Kura o Waikaremoana - Tuesday 25 May - 11:00am - 12:00 noon

Te Mahia School - Wednesday 26 May - 11:30am – 12:30pm

Nuhaka School - Thursday 27 May - 11:30am – 12:30pm

Frasertown School - Tuesday 1 June - 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Putere School - Wednesday 2 June - 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Ngā mihi nui

Mrs Jo-Anne Vennell



June Doyle Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics


Mahinarangi Hume Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics 2.5 and 2.1

Cara Turipa-Hook Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics 2.5

Custom-Lee Rigby-Grace Excellence in Mathematics and statistics 2.1


Riku Gordon Excellence in Physics 1.1

Kefir Kirwan Excellence in Physics 1.1

Eden Scotson Excellence in Physics 1.1 and Mathematics and Statistics 1.1

Owen Verner Excellence in Physics 1.1

Grace Whaanga Excellence in Mathematics 1.1

Karma Card Winners

Te Toki:

Lia Scotson

William Tawera

Louise Gray-Thompson


Koia Rongotoa

Mikaela Foley-Hollis

Lexus McRoberts

Nga Taiaha:

Nate Douglas

Moana Aiolupo

Ashton Mugridge


Victor Wamoana Grant

Kefir Kirwan

Colton Stevenson


Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates all servicemen: and servicewomen "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served". Most significantly ANZAC an acronym that stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corps. Anzac Day is marked by the landing at Gallipoli 0n the 25 April 1915 during world war one this day was commemorated nationally during the school holidays and our head boy and Head girl attended the Dawn Service on our behalf. On Wednesday 5th as a school we had an opportunity to hold a special assembly in which we have invited our returned servicemen to attend to commemorate our whanau who have served, run by our services academy.

Health and Safety Course

On Thursday and Friday of last week 22 of our Year 12 and 13 students took part in a Health and Safety course. This is an important part of preparing our students for safe work practices.

During this course our students learnt the principles of good risk management, undertaking a range of activities based on real life scenarios and wrote a comprehensive safety management plan for

specific tasks.

The students also received a good appreciation of the dangers associated with drugs and

alcohol and how it affects themselves and their whanau should they suffer an injury when under

the influence.

Congratulations to the following students who participated and passed. Another great achievement to add to their C.V’s.

Timara Eriha, Tainguru Harrison, Lisa Delaney, Junior Sopp, Barnaby Couper-Harker, Will Taylor, Troy Colquhoun, Sibrina Tawera, Kamryn Down, Teancum Scotson, Ishmael Kirwan, Kalaney Ruwhiu, Materoa Edwards, Tiale Keefe, Sharon Maru, Zhana Poni Whakamarurangi, Shechinah Brown, Patricia Davis, Raewyn Quenneville, Maxwell Baty, Naleeah Blake, Angel Hammond.

Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment

Congratulations to Rawiri Haliburton, Aimee MacDonald and Zekaya Te Paora who received their certificates after successfully completing the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment at Guthrie Smith Centre, Tutira last weekend.

All three students impressed staff with their positive contribution to the weekend, and were a real credit to their school.

Smashed & $MARTS Programme

On Friday the 7th of May the Year 9’s at Wairoa College attended the ‘Smashed’ Programme delivered by the ‘Life Education Trust’ through a ‘Theatre-in-Education’ model. This theatre presentation delivers key messages utilising well known education and psychological theory – Social Cognitive Theory (SCT). SCT contends that in addition to direct experiential learning, people learn vicariously by observing models of behaviour. Theatre-in-Education supports all student learning styles. During SMASHED students are taken on a journey, following the young characters behaviours and choices. After the thirty-minute performance students were able to engage in a workshop to explore the behaviours and decisions that took place in depth, encouraging discussion and further thinking to reinforce the key learning outcomes. This session was well presented by actors that related well to and set the tone for an enjoyable experience for the entire Wairoa College Year 9 Cohort.

On the same day the Year 10’s at Wairoa College attended the ‘$MARTS’ Programme. SMART$ introduces students to key everyday financial concepts, using Theatre-in-Education to engage students in a learning environment outside a classroom. SMART$ focuses on key learning points covering; saving vs deferred payment schemes, credit cards and KiwiSaver. Through relatable situations, students explore the behaviours and decisions of the performing characters. Life Education has teamed up with Banqer, providing a free trial of their online financial education simulation for secondary schools. In Banqer High, students explore and extend on the concepts learnt during SMART$ after their session. Yet again this was a well presented and interactive presentation enjoyed by our Year 10 Cohort.


Learners Licence

Restricted Drivers

Defensive Driving

See Ms Hayward to book


Tena koutou!

Greetings to all teachers, students and whanau of Wairoa College.

Ko Robyn Gray taku ingoa.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as a new Public Health Nurse for Wairoa College and will be based in the school clinic. The days are yet to be confirmed.

I was born in Napier, Hawke’s Bay where I spent the majority of my nursing career but was also employed as a Registered Nurse in Auckland, and recently in Western Australia for 11 years.

My nursing experience is diverse and entails inpatient settings to community settings, working across the lifespan with neonates, children, teens, adults and older adults. I was recently teaching in the nursing degree programme at EIT (Te Pukenga) but have chosen to focus on caring for communities.

Wairoa has spectacular scenery and I look forward to working and promoting healthy minds and bodies in this fantastic setting.

Nga mihi nui,

Robyn Gray.

Staff Netball Team

Every Wednesday night the staff indoor netball team participates in the social grade competition held at the Wairoa Community Centre. The team Kia Mataara, started the season as beginners not fully understanding or knowing the rules. However, the team has made good progress reading the game and the skill and fitness level is continually improving. The team thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie of playing together and besides a good physical workout there are many laughs with positive and inspiring support from the sideline. The team embraces the school values of kotahitanga, manaakitanga, resilience and respect.

At the end of term one competition Mr Puata Tuahine was awarded the Fair Play trophy.



College One v Taradale @ Hastings Sport Park - Tuesday 11 May - 5:30pm

7 & 8 Jets v St Josephs Magic @ Wairoa Netball Courts - Wednesday 13 May - 4:30pm

7 & 8 Stars v Mohaka @ Wairoa Netball Courts - Wednesday 13 May - 4:30pm

8 Te Aka Matua v St Josephs Tactix @ Wairoa Netball Courts - Wednesday 13 May - 4:30pm

Junior A's v Hastings Girls Manuka @ Hasings Sport Park - Saturday 15 May - 10:30am


7 & 8 Dolphins v Wairoa College Warriors @ Wairoa Community Centre - Friday 14 May - 6:30am

7 & 8 Lakers v Wairoa College Panthers @ Wairoa Community Centre - Friday 14 May - 6:30am

Senior Boys v Napier Boys C @ Hastings Sport Park - Friday 14 May - 5:00pm

Senior Girls - BYE


Rugby Colts v Hastings Boys High School @ Hastings Boys - Saturday 15 May - 12noon

Rugby First XV v Havelock North High School @ Wairoa College - Saturday 15 May - 12noon


Basketball Junior Girls v Karamu - Loss 13 - 43

Basketball Junior Boys v Napier Boys High School - Loss 20 - 54

Hockey Mixed v Karamu 2nds - Win 3 - 1

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There is currently a wide range of bad behaviour and illegal behaviour being carried out at the Wairoa skatepark and Playground.

We would like this to stop and are working together with the schools to identify and target these offenders.

Police will now be arresting and trespassing children who are found to be involved in any illegal activities in this area. You will be held to account and publicly shamed when you are caught.

If you want to anonymously report any behaviour you can do so by ringing 0800 555 111.

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Upcoming Events

  • Alcohol Expo Taradale - Friday 14 May
  • Trades Academy Y12/13 - Friday 14 May
  • Yr 10 Cross Curricular Trip - Friday 14 May
  • Services Academy - Basic Leaders Trip - Monday 17 May to Friday 28 May
  • Road Safety Week - Monday 17 May to Friday 21 May
  • Wairoa Primary School Visit - Tuesday 18 May
  • Defensive Driving Course - Tuesday 18 May
  • TEACHER ONLY DAY - Wednesday 19 May
  • Rippa Rugby - Thursday 20 May
  • Aurora Leadership Workshop Writing - Thursday 20 May
  • Pink Shirt Day - Friday 21 May
  • Trades Academy Y12/13 - Friday 21 May
  • St Joseph's School Visit - Monday 24 May
  • Careers Expo Cross-curricular - Tuesday 25 May & Wednesday 26 May
  • Board of Trustees Meeting - Tuesday 25 May
  • Te Mahia School Visit - Wednesday 26 May
  • Service Academy - Water Safety Course - Thursday 27 May & Friday 28 May
  • Nuhaka School Visit - Thursday 27 May
  • Trades Academy Y12/13 - Friday 28 May
  • Yr 9 Cross-curricular - Friday 28 May