Issue 13 - 30 September 2021


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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.

As we move towards the end of Term 3 it is important to reflect on what a huge term this has been for us as a school. This term has been incredibly disruptive, but as always, the students and staff show the greatest strengths through this adversity. Despite the stop-start nature of the Term and the certainty of uncertainty, our focus on well-being first has ensured that we have managed to successfully bring the school back together and work towards our collective and individual goals.

As always, a huge acknowledgement to our staff who have shown their resilience and have worked hard during this Term. Last week we held our catch up week that supported students to prioritise assessments and learning. As a result, our senior students seem to be well-placed to meet their achievement targets.

For our senior students, Term 4 represents a crucial time. In weeks 1 and 2, practice exams begin. Practice exams start on Wednesday the October 20th with Tuesday the 19th being an online learning day for seniors so they can prepare for exams. It will be important for seniors that they use the practice exams to gauge where they are in their learning and use weeks 3-5 of Term 4 as the opportunity to strengthen the gaps in their knowledge for the real exams. Getting into the habit of studying and revising will be important over the holidays.

Senior students have been given a copy of the practice exam timetable and workshops that are available in weeks 1 and 2. The workshops have been designed to help students complete outstanding assessments and revise for the practice exams. A huge thanks to Miss Crook for organising and Heads of Department for developing the workshops and putting students at the centre of this work.


Next term on the 19th of October we have our Year 8 Open Day and Evening. It has been so encouraging to see the huge number of students who want to be tour leaders, speakers and help out within departments to showcase the best for school and what we offer to the community. We are encouraged by the large amounts of enrolments for next year already.


The school has recently been selected to be an NCEA Hub. This means we will be gathering parent, student and staff voices about the NCEA changes for the Ministry of Education. We are only one of a handful of schools selected across the country and this will help us continue to lead NCEA changes in the community. I would like to acknowledge the English Department for their work in piloting the NCEA standards in 2021. They are helping lead the NCEA changes in English across the country. These changes do not come into effect until 2023 and our current Year 9s will be the first year group to be working towards the new NCEA qualification.


This week we welcomed Stacey Fluhler (nee Waaka) to the school to celebrate her recent gold medal at the Olympics in Japan, as part of the successful Black Ferns team. Stacey spoke to our students with passion and enthusiasm about her life at school and how she made the most of her time here with the support of her teachers. We invited students who had participated in sports this year to meet with her and I think many of them were inspired by her visit. I would like to thank Te Aka Matua for their waiata and haka for Stacey. Stacey is a former member of Te Aka Matua.

Winter code sports have now come to an end and the build up for summer starts in Term 4. I encourage your child to get involved in touch, volleyball, athletics, cricket and many other sports on offer over the next few months. As always, a huge acknowledgement to all of the staff, students and parents who have made our winter sports so successful this year.

Good luck to the Hillary Challenge team who will be competing over the holidays in the Central North Island. Thanks to Mr Manning for getting the students ready for the competition and for the fundraising for the team.

I wish you a restful and relaxing holiday and look forward to seeing the students ready to go in Term four.

Martyn Knapton


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Senior Mock Exams, Workshops, Catch-Ups and Tutorials

Senior Mock Exams will take place from 20 to 27 October. During this time, we will also be running workshops, catch-ups and tutorials. Check out the link on this page for all the details:

Year 11 Design

Year 11 Art Design students have had to decide on either an environmental issue (i.e. climate change, overpopulation, pollution etc.), or a social issue (i.e. gun control, poverty, racism, bullying etc.) as a theme to work with this year. They have been learning how to use Photoshop with Wacom drawing tablets to create a series of digital artworks around their chosen theme.

Left: Chontae Powell

Below from left: Hunter Samson, Emma Dinning and Payton Warman.

Sports Uniforms and Fees

Winter Sports Uniforms

With the winter sports season ending this week, we are asking that all sports uniforms, tracksuits and any outstanding sports gear are returned to school.

These are to be returned to your coach/manager, please do not return directly to the student office.

A stocktake will be taken and invoices may be sent out for any gear that is missing/unreturned.

Sports Fees

Also, it is an expectation that all season fees for winter sports should have been paid in full by now. If you haven't managed to pay these yet or are having trouble, please contact the office at or 07 308 8251, to set up a payment plan.

Whitianga Dive Trip

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Student Election Voting

Thanks to those who nominated candidates for the Student Representative on the BOT.


Please go to the Student Office at interval or lunchtime to cast your votes - one vote per student.

Year 9 Mechatronics

9MEC were tasked with designing a robot that could take on another robot in a sumo battle. The robots needed to be programmed to stay inside the ring by sensing the white line and retreating and to also seek and destroy their opponent. There were 8 robots in total all with very different designs and attributes. SWAG 3000, designed by Beren Pearce, took out the title.

Sports/Group Photo ordering

Sports/Group photos are available to order online. Please visit this link to order directly from Lazer Photos and Cameras:

Final day for orders delivered to WHS is October 31.

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Junior Business Studies

Welcome to your Year 9 and Year 10 Junior Business Studies experience, where there are no prerequisites, other than an inquiring mind, courage and an innovative nature. Click HERE to begin your journey.

Senior Prizegiving

Our Whakatane High School Senior Prizegiving for 2021 will now be held on 17 November 2021.

We are in the beginning stages of organisation for this annual event and would like to ask that all 2020 trophy recipients please return these trophies, to enable us to present them to the 2021 winners.

Farewell Kosuke

Our only remaining International Student, Kosuke Misawa, is returning to his home town in Tokyo during the next holidays to apply to university courses. He has been with us for almost two years and has improved his English considerably.

Because of Covid and the closed border, Kosuke could not go home in the summer holidays to see his family, which was hard for him. However, he has had very caring host families, Jan Freemantle and son Titan in 2020, and this year Robyn and Mike Davies. Kosuke was also able to spend the summer with friends in the Coromandel.

Kosuke has been playing badminton and has enjoyed his classes, particularly Marine Studies and Hospitality. His Mentor teacher John Keepa and his classmates will give Kosuke a farewell party. That will be great for him to finish his time here in a fun way.

It was great to have you with us, Kosuke. We hope that we will be able to welcome International Students again soon.

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Girls Hockey Season Wrap-Up

That’s a wrap for the 2021 Girls Hockey team. The team started with six new Year 9 players and played in two different competitions.

We won our first round in the BOP school comp and were promoted to the A Grade and came 5th in the second round, with very tight games. We lost the opportunity to play in the final of the women’s comp in the semi final where we lost 3-2 in a shootout after a 1-1 draw at full time.

Top goal scorer for the season was Eva Sexton and top goal saver was Olivia Calder. Strong defence from Monique Prasad and Madi House. Fabulous play all over the pitch from Lara Longney, Daisy Boon, Huiarau Tutua and Jessie Jones. Zoe Giles, Ashlyn Bennett, Kithmini Melville, Aiyana Prasad and Bea Knapton have shown they have the speed and fitness to run and run and run, they are fast in attack, show great stick skills and are quick to get back in defence. Awesome goal opportunity makers and scorers from Kendall McKane, Emily Van Dijk, Mo Davis, and new signing Marina Sirkku.

Thanks so much to Mark Longney, Lyndell, Antje and Chanel (our top fans) and all the families for braving the cold, the wet and the long drives to come and support the team and supporting your daughters to play. We love it when you are there and they wouldn’t be there without you.

Farewell to our amazing Year 13s (Emily, Olivia and Madi), you’ve stepped up, shown leadership and helped create an awesome culture within the team, keep playing and we’ll see you out there.

Everyone else, keep up your skills over the summer and bring on 2022 (and - fingers crossed - a Tournament Week to go to). If you are keen or know anyone keen to step into Olivia’s big (and padded) shoes then please let us know!

Congratulations Jake!

Huge congratulations to Jake Gilbert who was named as the player of the day for the Bay of Plenty FMG Rural XV team in their curtain raiser game against Hawkes Bay FMG Rural XV at McLean Park, Napier.

Jake was joined by his WHS 1st XV team mates, Jaden Andrews and Ohane Poihipi-Black in the team that was selected from college 1st XV players across Opotiki to Reporoa, Katikati, Murupara and Te Puke. The team has been training for this match for several weeks now coached by Steve Axtens and Aaron Bidois.

The BOP team was successful in a 65-5 victory over the Hawke's Bay. Well done Jake, Ohane and Jaden!

Well done Kokako and Leanna

Kokako Raki (pictured here with ball) and Leanna Roebuck were both selected to represent the Farmland Girls XV Rugby team. This team was made up of students from rural communities in the EBOP and CBOP regions. They had an overnight camp in Tauranga before playing the FMG team (WBOP) on Sunday where they had a really good win that was built on the back of some really strong defence.

Career News

Most of the Year 13 students who are headed off to university in 2021 will be awaiting their accommodation and scholarship offers over the holidays! Good luck and be sure to let Ms Stuart know of your successes.

Students applying to polytech need to be doing that soon also.

Toi Ohomai is offering Open Days during the holidays:

Tauranga Windermere Campus Saturday 16 October 10 am - 1 pm

Rotorua Mokoia Campus Sunday 16 October 10 am - 1 pm

Toi Ohomai scholarships are available to apply for now:

Toi Ohomai Scholarships

There are still some scholarships available to apply for including the following:

William Lomis Cox Memorial Scholarship Fund

This is for students of our school who are studying toward being a teacher, especially in the Social Science area. This can be for either secondary or primary teaching. Applications close on Sunday 17 October.

William Cox Scholarship

Dillon Scholarship

This scholarship provides financial assistance to people who have significant physical or intellectual disabilities and will be undertaking tertiary education in 2022. The student’s home base must be the Bay of Plenty. The scholarship opens on 1 November and closes on 14 January 2022.

Dillon Scholarship

Futures (Trades) Academy

The students have nearly finished their Trades courses for the year. Some have a few catch-up days, either in the holidays or early Term Four.

We are still collecting applications for Futures Academy for 2022. Application forms should be handed in before Friday 1 October.

Please follow the Careers Facebook page for updated information and work opportunities

Whakatane High School Careers


Below is a small list of events coming up.

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

  • Year 9 Enrolments - 13 Sept to 1 Oct and 18 to 28 Oct
  • School Cross Country - Friday 1 October
  • Last Day Term 3 - Friday 1 October
  • First Day Term 4 - Monday 18 October
  • Year 8 Open Day and Evening - Tuesday 19 October
    (Senior students are to study at home on this day)
  • Senior Mock Exams - Wednesday 20 to Wednesday 27 October
  • Year 9 Ballot Day - Friday 29 October


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.

Icecream Containers, Newspaper and Cardboard Tubes

The Science Department are always in need of ice cream containers and newspaper and at the moment would really love the cardboard tubes from tinfoil, glad wrap and greaseproof paper please!

School bus information

If you require information about your student/s bus route or timetable, please contact Uzabus directly on: 07 308 6169.

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: