Bohally Newsletter - T3, Week 5

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Principal's Welcome

Kia ora koutou

Welcome to another Bohally newsletter where we can celebrate all the positive things our students are up to. This term has been busy on the sports front with many of our students involved in one of our winter sports teams. I have spent quite a bit of time watching many of our Bohally sports teams and would like to say a huge big thank you to all of our parents that help out with coaching and managing teams. Our students are very lucky and I hope they remember to thank you! It was a pity that our annual Nelson sports exchange was canceled but seeing the results of the storm in Nelson it was probably lucky we didn't go otherwise we might have got stuck there. In this newsletter, we feature some students and teams who have won special awards at the end of season prizegivings, well done to those students.

On a less positive note, we have had to cancel our annual quiz fundraising night due to a lack of tables sold. This is a bit of a pity as it not only raises a lot of money for our school but is also a fun night for our community to come together. We thank those who had bought tables and helped us out with wine, auction prizes and food donations, we hope that you can continue to support us next year. A special thanks to the FABs committee for the time you have put in to organise this event we appreciate your support. Hopefully everyone will get behind our next fundraiser - The Bohally Truffles. This is a major fundraiser and sales will start early next term with a production week in November.

Finally, our curriculum focus is moving into science with a more focused look at chemistry. Some classes have started experiments and are looking at chemical changes, if you have some knowledge of this take time to discuss what they are learning about. In maths, most classes are looking at fractions and or decimals. We are finding that students who do not know their times tables are finding fractions quite tricky. One thing you can help your child with is practicing their times tables at home, if they can rote learn them then a lot of maths becomes quite easy. I have been teaching for a long time and still advocate rote learning of times tables, I might be old-fashioned but they should know them before they come to Intermediate School. It is something that can be done at home, in the car on journeys etc. I always say you can't buy that knowledge at a shop, it takes time and effort.

Enjoy the beginning of spring and hopefully we begin to see some brighter and longer days ahead of us.

Ngā mihi Nicky

Adventure Week Update

All students are excited about the annual Adventure Week for late Term 4. The exciting range of camps will provide our students with a range of challenging experiences, in the likes of Wellington, Hanmer Springs, West Coast, and the Marlborough High Country.

Payment plans can be made through the front office. To make automatic payments please pay into the following account ASB 123167 0106660 00 with your child's name in the reference field and ADWK or AW. You can also make part payments through the school Eftpos or with Cash at the front desk. (Please note we do not carry change.)

Marlborough Cross Country

Earlier this term our elite runners competed in the Marlborough Cross Country Inter-School Competition. Well done to all our competitors, representing Bohally with fantastic attitudes, and especially our students who finished in the top 3 for their event.

Year 8 boys

1st - Cullum Rayner

2nd- Liam Harcus

3rd- Josh Harris

Year 8 Girls

1st- Sophie Campbell

2nd- Jaye Wiapo

3rd- Katherine de Zwart

Year 7 Boys

1st- Keegan Middleton

Year 7 girls

3rd- Dara Robertson

Hockey and Netball Round Up


Congratulations to all our Bohally netball teams for an outstanding final day of netball on Saturday. A huge congratulations to the 8A team who won their semi final, booking themselves a spot in the finals this Saturday at Stadium 2000, an incredible achievement playing in the senior competition!

Well done to those that received awards at the year ⅞ prizegiving on Saturday.

Most improved team = Bohally 7A

Most outstanding attack player = merit for Izzy Vickery, winner Jaye Wiapo

Most outstanding defense player = merit for Hannah Harper, winner Jah’bree MacDonald

Most outstanding midcourter = winner Ava Marcroft

Most improved player = merit for Luke Tucker, merit for Charlie Bennett


A huge congratulations to all Bohally hockey teams for winning their respective 11-aside finals.


BIS Rima (Combined with Tua Marina) Won the 7th/8th Play-offs.

BIS Rua won the 3rd/4th Play-off

BIS Tahi won the grand final.

In the 6-a side competition

Tier one:

1st: BIS Tahi

3rd BIS Wha

5th BIS Toru

7th BIS Rua

Tier two:

3rd BIS Rima

From each team, a Most Valuable Player and Most Improved were selected

BIS Tahi- MVP: Spencer Gregg, Most Improved: James Taggart

BIS Rua- MVP: Tommy Phipps, Most Improved: Lizzie Gibbons

BIS Toru- MVP: Liam Harcus, Most Improved: Neve Smith

BIS Wha- MVP: Viliami Manoa, Most Improved: Maddison Hampton

BIS Rima- MVP: Michael Field, Most Improved: Lachie Scobie

Spencer Gregg and Hannah Harper won overall Most Valuable Players for the season.

Teachers Doing the Mahi too!

A number of our Teaching and Support Staff have been hard at work this year completing extra learning qualifications. Some staff have been involved in a Team Approach to Language Learning (TALL) - a tailored professional learning project to support culturally and linguistically diverse learners in our school.

Marlborough Young Leaders Conference/ Esports and Coding Festival

72 students from Bohally were lucky to attend the Marlborough Young Leaders Conference, held at the ASB theatre this week. Our young leaders were inspired by the guest speakers who spoke on a range of motivating topics.

Another 60 students explored the many opportunities at the e-sports, coding, VR festival, also at the ASB Theatre. The students that attended this festival were hopefully inspired to learn more about the world of Coding, Programming, and Virtual Reality - and discover pathways into this ever-increasing field of opportunity.

Mr Science

This term Mr Science visited Bohally to share a range of exhilarating experiments with each class. As we all move from our Disasters Unit to Chemistry, this was a great introduction to the range of experiments classes will get to try out, that demonstrate physical or chemical change.

Curriculum Focus

Already this term, students have completed their learning around: The Commonwealth, Causes and Effects of Natural Disasters in NZ, The Role of the Civil Defence in an Emergency, Statistics, and created Information Reports.

For the remainder of Term 3 we are covering the following curriculum areas and topics:

  • Maths - Fractions,Transformations

  • Science - Chemistry

  • Reading - Skimming, Scanning, Information Gathering, Summarising

  • Writing - Explanation Texts

  • PE - Netball and Rugby, Athletics

  • Arts - Dance

  • Health - Keeping Ourselves Safe

Thank you - 40 Hour Famine

Bohally Intermediate set a fundraising goal of $4000 this year, and we succeeded! Awesome job to all our participants on the amazing effort. We raised $4018! Ka pai te mahi!

Shining a light on ........Extension Learning Opportunities

At Bohally we have a number of opportunities for students to extend their learning -such as Maths and Science badges, MP Challenge, 40 Book Challenge, ICAS exams and Kiwi Competition, FPS and Maths and Literacy classes. Here is a snapshot of what's been happening with a few of these wonderful opportunities;


FPS is the future problem-solving group. There are 11 or 12 of us in the group. we meet every Tuesday afternoon to research our topic then, at the beginning of each term, we are given the problem. Last term we were working on hydro-cities, which are cities on the water. We had to come up with 16 challenges, and find the underlying problem. Next, we created solutions to the challenges, picked the best 5, and whittled them down to the best solution by ranking them against a set of criteria of our choosing (such as most cost-effective). This term we are doing a problem about insects; the main problem we found so far, is a food shortage due to locusts eating the farmer's crops.

By Katherine, Room 19 and Andrew, Room 3

Maths - stocks and shares

In extension Maths everyone is competing in the ASX share market game. The aim is to make as much "money" as possible in 8 weeks. To begin with each group was assigned $50,000, and bought and sold shares based on the real stock market values. Andrew Hall and I are currently leading NZ against other participants from NZ and Australia, from both Intermediate and High Schools! We have made $1500 in just the last few days. It ends in October, so we are hoping for continued success.

By Max Pickering, Room 19

Upcoming Events

Term 3

Tuesday 6th September - Tennis Grading

Friday 16th September - Regional Kapa Haka Competition

Friday 23rd and 30th September - Academy days

Saturday 24th September - Bohally Quiz Night

Saturday 24th September - Pasifika Festival

Friday 30th September - Last day of Term 3

Term 4

Monday 17th October - Term 4 begins

Thursday 24th November - MGC/MBC Taster Day

Tuesday 29th November - Friday 2nd December - Adventure Week

Tuesday 13th December - School Prizegiving

Wednesday 14th December - Last day of term - Year 8

Thursday 15th December - Last day of term - Year 7

Community Notices

Technology Centre Cleaner Required

Marlborough Technology Centre

Cleaner required

The Marlborough Technology Centre requires a part-time cleaner. 2 hours per day, 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm. Term time Monday - Friday. Holidays by arrangement. Must be reliable.

Applications or enquiries to: Paul Sainsbury, Associate Principal, Marlborough Technology Centre, 45 McLauchlan St, Blenheim.

Ph: (03) 5772434, 0212374582. Email:

Active Dads

Active Dads Nelson & Active Dads Marlborough are delighted to let you know about 3 online parenting presentations with Dr Bradley Hannigan.

These online presentations are held over 3 consecutive Wednesday evenings, and are FREE!

If you would like to attend or have parents that you think would benefit from these presentations, please share the posters above (one for Nelson, one for Marlborough) which has registration details on it.

In fact, these events can be shared far and wide within our community and beyond, it would be great to reach as many parents as we can.

You can check out our Facebook pages here which has separate events you can share also

If you would like to attend, please flick me an email back, and I’ll place you on my registration list

Any questions or requests, please ask


Cancer Society Support Services

The Cancer Society Marlborough in collaboration with Omaka Marae are holding and education and support day for those experiencing cancer or whānau supporting those on their cancer journey on the 9th of September between 9am and 4pm that is open to anyone wanting to come along, we would love to have whānau supported so knowing we are here that would be amazing.

Chinese Association

Marlborough Chinese Association would like to invite all school families to join our event as Chinese Language Week.

There is no any fee for the interesting activates as Chinese calligraphy workshop, tea art, the cultural handcrafts and displays, also we have Chinese snack tasting and more.

Casual Vacancy - Giesen Wines

Interested in casual work? Please see the job advert attached.

Call 021 403 326 for more information or send your CV to


At Bohally we strive to keep our community up to date with what is happening at school. We have three main ways we communicate - our school app, website, and Facebook page. We recommend downloading our school app. The app will allow you to set up alerts for your child's class and activities. This causes a push notification on your phone if any notices are uploaded. If you have any questions about how to access any of these three systems please talk to your child's teacher. Below are the links for you to follow.



School App:

Search 'School Apps NZ' on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Design an App Competition

The Student Wellbeing Digital Tool Design Competition is open to all students enrolled, or eligible for enrolment, in Yrs 7-13+. The competition is based on design thinking. Student teams - from any subject area – are invited to think through the information in our brief and develop a conceptual design of a digital tool that will meet the attributes and features outlined. Teams can be made up of students across year levels (Yr 7 –13+), schools or kāhui ako. Minimum team number is 5 students.

The grand prize-winning team can win up to $5,000 worth of prizes for their school! There are also finalist team prizes.

We encourage teams to register before they begin to work on their submission so we can monitor competition numbers and keep teams updated. We are offering a small bonus gift to the first 500 student participants who register. Registrations close on 16 September 2022.

This competition closes on 30 September 2022. Finalist teams will be notified in November 2022 and will be invited to attend a prizegiving in Wellington, which will be held after senior examinations.

Please see attached information. Full competition information and registration link is here:

We welcome your engagement in this competition.

Ngā mihi

The Student Wellbeing Measures Project Team