Issue 10 - 4 August 2022



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.

Welcome back to Term 3

It has been great to see students back at school and learning over the last two weeks. Students and staff feel refreshed after the break. Term 3 is a busy Term, there are some great things happening at WHS which we look forward to, these include:

  • Arts Festival - 17-18 August

  • Subject Information Evening - 24 August

  • Tournament Week - 29 August - 2 September

  • Student Mentor Interviews - 7-8 September

  • Model United Nations - 9 September

  • Open Day / Night - 13 September

  • Subject Teacher Meetings - 15 September

  • He Haakiri (degustation evening)- 24 September

  • Cross Country - 30 September

Pathways month

Term 3 represents an important time for all students as they work hard to make progress and achieve their personal best in and out of class. In addition, thinking about careers and pathways will help bring a focus to the courses students would like to take in 2023. Subject selection for 2023 must be completed by the end of the last week of Term. Parents are invited to attend meetings with their child’s student mentor to discuss subject selection in week 7.

To help all of our students we have created Pathway Month, our students will be exposed to a range of talks, presentations and resources to help them make subject choices. As parents you can support us by talking with your child about your experiences of employment and looking at Career websites. A good site to use is: also give this activity a go

Rewarding school values and expectations

We constantly reinforce our school values and expectations. When we do this we create a great culture for learning and reinforce values that are important for success in life beyond school. Our pastoral team (Deans and Senior Leadership), have listened to student voice at each year level to make rewards and acknowledgments that we know students will value.

During each 2-3 week period we will be focusing on one of our values and students will be rewarded with a ticket when they demonstrate it. At the end of the period, all tickets will go into a draw for a chance to win prizes that students at each year level have identified as being meaningful to them. Students who have been outstanding over that period of time will also receive a certificate of acknowledgement.

Our first focus is punctuality.

Student successes and student leadership

It has been great to see so many Sports teams giving it their best over the last week. The results are not always a win, but the learning and personal growth through engaging in Sport is invaluable. It was great to see our Smokefree rockquest group ‘Scooby don't’ win the regional competition. They now enter the national semi-final, good luck. Congratulations to ex-students Hayley Mackey and Stacey Waaka for their recent efforts in the Commonwealth Games.

As always, I have been impressed by the quality of student leadership at WHS. The prefects and Ball Committee did a fantastic job organising the recent Ball. The theme of ‘Ancient Greece’ meant a lot of thought was put into the decorations. A great time was had by all and the community were engaged by the huge number of cars, trucks and motorbikes that dropped off the students to school. The photos from the ball are available to view and purchase online at

A notable mention goes out to our school leaders who developed ‘Peace Week’, and a range of activities to support students to think about peace and wellbeing.

School Meals

I recently emailed the school community about concerns we have had about the school meals. We were very disappointed with the food provided on Tuesday, we have raised our concerns with the Ministry who have a service agreement with the supplier. It has been great to get feedback on peoples’ feelings on the matter and the quality of the meals from our supplier.

The Ministry have responded in the following ways:

  • They have asked our food supplier to undertake an investigation internally to identify the cause of the issue, and will share the results of that investigation with the school.

  • They have contacted MPI to notify them of this event. IF they determine it is worthy of investigation, they will undertake this investigation and inform the Ministry of the results of the investigation.

I am thankful that the Ministry is being proactive in this matter. In the meantime I welcome feedback and suggestions about our school meals. Please email me at

Thank you, as parents, for your ongoing support of our school.

Martyn Knapton


Please bring a gold coin to support the Peace Foundation

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On Thursday July 28th, our Junior A basketball side and selected members of the Senior B team were fortunate enough to have a special guest coach take a training session with them. Byron Vaetoe is a regional coaching development officer with Basketball New Zealand, a former New Zealand Tall Black, and a New Zealand National Basketball League star so it was a great honour to have him take time out of his schedule to come and share his wisdom of the game with our young men.

The boys were in awe, initially of Byron being that he is 6’7”. They were brilliant representatives of our school whilst in front of him and must be commended for their respect, willingness to listen, attitude, and willingness to apply themselves to the fullest.

Special mention to Te Are Hare for thanking Byron for coming. The boys took a lot out of what he showed them and we look forward to building upon the defence, dribbling, shooting, and formation building blocks he provided us over the hour and a half he spent with us when the boys head to Tauranga for the Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools championships next Friday.


1st XV - The 1st XV Boys took on Trident High School 1st XV in the local head to head clash. WHS Teacher in Charge of Rugby, Ben Sexton, said the Whakatane boys stepped up for this game and put on one of their best performances of the year against Trident in the local derby.

The game was very physical right from the start with many big hits coming from both teams.

The WHS forward pack dominated the breakdown and the lineout and had some fantastic rolling mauls that led to a few tries.

The team was superbly led around the field by Jacob Gilbert and Dane Hargreaves with some strong running and defence.

Unfortunately a few lapses on defence allowed Trident to score late in the game and then Whakatane could not find a way to score a try in the last 5 mins despite being camped on Trident's line.

U16 - The U16 Boys travelled over to Tauranga on Thursday to play against top of the table Te Taumata. Te Taumata opened up the scoreboard scoring the first try and 3 minutes later Mac Andrews scored our first try with a successful conversion from Tawhitinui Midwood placing WHS 2 points ahead.

A tough battle followed with no change to the scoreboard for over 20 minutes with the team working hard to defend the try line.

Te Taumata scored another 2 tries and Riccardo Mareroa followed up with WHS 'second try leaving the half time score at 17-14 to Te Taumata.

In the second half the team had to dig deep to not only defend against some massive players but also gain points.

Riccardo scored the first try of the second half in the 60th minute and 10 minutes later Tawhitinui also crossed the try line putting WHS in the lead at 24-17. In the last minutes of the match Te Taumata scored and converted their try leaving the final score a draw at 24-24.

It was a nail biting game from start to finish.

WHS Manager, Gemma Coxon said the WHS players left it all out there on the paddock and we are very proud of their strength and determination.

Well done to both teams

Rugby - Youth Development Cup

Congratulations to Kokako Raki, Katie Mahy and Shayarna Mareroa who were part of the winning EBOP U18 rugby team. The girls won the Youth Development tournament held in Whakatane over the past few days. The girls won 2 games and drew 1 to make the finals against Western Bay of Plenty. The score in the finals was 17-0.

The EBOP U18 Boys team included - Jacob Gibert, Dane Hargreaves, Jamie Julian, Regan Atkins, Taylor Simpson, Ben Doogue, Sam Dibben, Putere Hare, Zayden Paul, Brimsy Marshall finished in 2nd place after going down in their final against Western Bay of Plenty 10-19.

The EBOP U16 Boys team included - Fearghus Byers, Jax Waterson, Mac Andrews, Riccardo Mareroa, Hakeke Mokomoko, Jon Tiwha-Smith, Jake Laurent also finished in 2nd place, going down in their final against Western Bay of Plenty 0-19.

Well done to everyone who played.

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North Island Junior Championships 2022

A number of WHS girls travelled to Taranaki in the 1st week of the school holidays as part of the EBOP U14 and U16 teams to play in the North Island Championships 2022.

Parent Hannah Simmonds said the girls weathered some atrocious conditions, playing in torrential rain at times, however all girls enjoyed the tournament experience.


  • U14s EBOP - Molly Fenwick, Sincerely Wikitera-Clay and Te Whetu Allen placed 9th in their grade
  • U16 A team Shekinah Maxwell placed 9th in their grade
  • U16 B team Lily Anderson, Akemi Tutua, Amiah Pugh and Ali Cole placed 15th in their grade


The 1st XI Boys travelled to Tauranga to play Bethlehem in a catch up game on Wednesday afternoon. The boys claimed a good win over the Bethlehem 2nd XI team, 4-2. Charlie Waters scored 2 goals with Fjord Hagger and Josh Allison also adding to the goal score. Charlie Waters had a great game and was player of the day.

The Girls 2nd XI also played on Wednesday against the Trident 2nd XI girls, The girls celebrated their first win of the season with a 3-2 win over the Trident team. Bea Knapton, Sophie Growden and Chelsea Kerr were the goal scorers for WHS. Coach Mark Hanlen said the girls were down 1-2 at half time, but the girls took on his advice and acted on his instructions managing to come away with the win.


National Junior Team Championships 2022

Four WHS students spent the first week of the school holidays down in Palmerston North with the BOP Badminton teams playing in the National Junior Team Championships 2022.

Members of the BOP teams were -

  • McKenzie Reid - U15 BOP Blue
  • Hannah White - U15 BOP Yellow
  • Lauranze Juan - U17 BOP Blue
  • Xavier Reid - U17 BOP Blue

Manager of the BOP U15 Blue team, Kirsty Reid said it was an awesome week with all the Bay of Plenty kids playing well, leaving everything on the court. She said they received multiple comments throughout the week on how awesome Bay of Plenty kids were in terms of their sportsmanship.

Results for the teams were -

  • Hannah and her BOP U15 Yellow team finished 7th in Division 2.
  • Xavier and Lauranze as part of the U17 Blue Team placed 4th in Division 2, just missing out on the Bronze medal by a heartbreaking 3 points.
  • Mackenzie and her BOP U15 Blue Team placed 2nd in Division 2 earning themselves the Silver medal.

Congratulations McKenzie, Xavier, Lauranze and Hannah.

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Innovation Station - 12 August, 10am-2pm

Kia ora and welcome back to the Whakatane High School "Innovation Station"

This event celebrates and promotes the entrepreneurial flair of Whakatane High School students and will be held in the school hall.

Level 1 and 2 Senior Business Studies students have been busy designing, validating and developing their own unique products which will be launched for sale at this "Innovation Station" market day. Eftpos is available.

This will be a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a wonderful market day atmosphere while supporting young local innovative entrepreneurs.

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Welcoming International Students back!

Ten International Students, all from Germany, and some of the host parents, were welcomed to WHS last week by Te Aka Matua and the principal Mr Martyn Knapton. A group of prefects, particularly head girl Danielle, helped them to settle in.

Ben, Anneus, Johann, Louisa, Josefine, Alicia, Maxima, Julia, Johanna, Josefine and Malin enjoyed four days of orientation, which included a tour of our special landmarks. Also welcomed was our new Homestay Coordinator Ms Michelle Cossey.

Director of International Students, Mrs Sue Whale, arranged for the ten students to come on a special program by the government to allow 1,000 International Secondary Students into the country this year.

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Arts Festival

Come along and see the awesome creations students across the Arts have produced. Kapa haka will be interspersed with other performance arts including drama, musical theatre pieces, songs, bands and dances. Alongside these, our brave and talented students will deliver their whaikorero and speeches. Throughout the evening we will be treated to visual art works, both digital images of art works and movies. Physical examples of art works will be on display in the staffroom.
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Below is a small list of events coming up.

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

  • Mufti Day - Friday 5 August
  • Innovation Station - 12 August
  • Arts Festival - 17-18 August
  • Subject Information Evening - 24 August
  • NCEA Teacher Only Day - 25 August
  • Winter Tournament Week - 29 August - 2 September
  • Student Mentoring Interviews - 7-8 September
  • Model United Nations - 9 September
  • Maori Language Week- 12-16 September
  • Year 8 Open Day/Evening - 13 September
  • Sports team photos - 16 September
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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 chinese takeaway containers with lids. 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: