Issue 5 - 7 April 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.

This is the final newsletter for the term and a time to press pause and reflect on how we have coped and managed as a school community in such a disrupted term. We have recently bought back our assemblies this week, reminding us who we are, what we are about and celebrating and acknowledging the achievement of others. At the assemblies we acknowledged all our staff and students for displaying and committing to our school values:

  • Showing each other respect as members of the school community at a difficult and challenging time.

  • Taking responsibility for their learning whilst we have been in an alternating school and coping with personal disruptions to learning through Covid. In particular too, our year 9’s who have transitioned to WHS so well this term.

  • Our students are striving to achieve their best by attending the Mentor interviews and setting goals for 2022.

Term 2: Focus on attendance

Our focus for Term 2 will be on ensuring that our students are at school learning as much as possible. We know that, for the majority of our students, the best place possible for wellbeing and learning is at school with their friends, teachers and other school staff. We also have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible. This is why the government has determined that we should remain open at the Red setting of the Covid Protection Framework.

NCEA Achievement

We are focussed on improving student outcomes and ‘challenging students to achieve’. Our NCEA results have improved significantly over the last few years and we are proud that our overall NCEA pass rates are significantly higher than national averages and averages for similar schools across NZ.

We have a commitment to ‘challenging ourselves to improve, being better than before’, this means we relentlessly pursue ways to strengthen what we do as a school, as a staff member and as a student. This is reflected in our 2021 NCEA data below:

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Our reflection on our NCEA results is that again, Covid had an impact on students' achievement. In particular students who prioritised passing the year, making a choice to focus on achieving rather than striving for Endorsement (Merit and Excellence).

We have developed a range of action plans to support this which have been presented to the BOT. In addition we have created a number of positions in the school to oversee our achievement focus. These include your child's Student Mentor, please contact them if you have any concerns in the first instance around your child’s achievement.

Miss Crook oversees our raising achievement plan with Mrs Jones who has a focus on Māori student achievement. You can contact them at and

Declan Manning (HOD Maths), is our Excellence Co-ordinator and is focussing on supporting targeted students for Merit and Excellence Endorsement and in the Puawaitanga (ALP) programme. If you would like to talk to Mr Manning email him at

In the meantime, please continue to have conversations with your child about their learning via Google Classrooms and your child's achievement and progress by logging onto Kamar Portal here.

Next week we will resume as a full school, we welcome back both Juniors and Seniors. Our last day at school for students is Wednesday the 13th April, we have a Teacher Only Day on the 14th of April.

On behalf of the school we wish you a happy Easter and a restful and relaxing holiday.

Take care, stay safe.

Martyn Knapton

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Congratulations to all students who made the long journey down to Twizel. Final results from Maadi Cup 2022 for the WHS rowing crew:

  • Christiaan Nel & Indy English - 3rd U18 Novice Double sculls
  • Luke Berquist & Zak Boonen - 4th U17 Double sculls
  • Ryan Calder & Shaun Snow - 6th B final U17 Double sculls
  • Graceyn Growden - 6th C final U17 Single sculls
  • Luke Berquist, Zak Boonen, Shaun Snow, Ryan Calder & Conrad Hopkins - 2nd U17 Coxed quad sculls
  • Christiaan Nel, Indy English, Kikiwa Tua-Swain, Lucas Weijers & Evia Linnell-Olsen - 2nd U18 Novice coxed quad sculls


The Senior A boys volleyball team travelled to Taupo to play in an Invitational tournament run by Otumoetai College. Due to the remainder of the BOP Champs and Nationals being cancelled, it was a great opportunity for the boys to get some competitive volleyball in. The boys played Bethlehem College and Otumoetai College in pool play, winning both games 3-0. The boys then faced Hamilton Boys High School to secure a spot in the final. The boys fought hard to secure a 3-0 win and a place in the final against Mount Maunganui College.
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Sea Week Poster Competition

A massive thank you to all who entered our Enviro Group Sea Week Poster Competition! We received some fantastic entries and it is clear that all those who entered made a huge effort. Congratulations to our three overall winners; 1st Place: Ben Doogue (Y13), 2nd Place: Sasha Cameron (Y13), 3rd Place Mackenzie Reid (Y9) - winners received a Hydro Flask for their excellent efforts. Thank you, also, to our Enviro Prefect, Mia Shepherd - this entire competition has been student-led and she has led the way so well, with great enthusiasm and professionalism. Come by the Library to take a look at the Sea Week poster display.

  • 1st Place - 'SEA WEEK' Ben Doogue
  • 2nd Place - 'Unsafe Water' Sasha Cameron
  • 3rd Place - '4 Minute Shower' Mackenzie Reid


Our Hard Materials Department has a Miller Syncrowave 250DX welder for sale (in good condition) at $2,500 ono. Please email if you'd like to view.

FREE Leadership Opportunity

This is an EPIC opportunity, FREE for Young Enterprise Students. Anyone interested in joining Young Enterprise email
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Below is a small list of events coming up.

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

  • Athletics Day for all students - Friday 8 April
  • ANZAC Assembly for Year 13 students - Tuesday 12 April
  • Last day of school for students - Wednesday 13 April
  • Community of Learning Teacher Only Day - Thursday 14 April
  • First day of Term 2 - Monday 2 May
  • NCEA Teacher Only Day - Friday 13 May
  • Class photos - Thursday 16 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 small plastic containers - chinese takeaway containers would be perfect! 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: