Issue 9 - 30 June 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.

Reflecting on Term Two, looking forward to Term 3

The end of Term Two is almost here, it has been a busy and action packed Term at WHS. It has been a Term of highs and lows. The disruption of Covid and flu has been frustrating for the school and community this term. We are still seeing Covid cases in our community and many of us have been affected by the flu which is impacting all schools across New Zealand.

In between this disruption we have seen some real highs. Most recently, our school Matariki celebrations highlighted how powerful it is when staff, students and the community come together for a common purpose. I would like to acknowledge all the hard work from our Junior students, Science Department staff and Te Aka Maatua team who brought the day together.

I have been privileged to see the resilience of our school through this term. Our students have been able to engage in such a range of activities over this term. A wide variety of house competitions, lunchtime clubs, trips, sports events, competitions and leadership opportunities. I continue to see the settled classroom environments we work hard to create and meaningful learning, happening across the school each day. None of this would be possible without our support staff and teaching staff. Like the students, I hope that they get a restful and well earned break.

Term 3. Looking ahead…

Term 3 will start with an adapted Senior and Junior timetable to support Achievement Week. This term we surveyed over 200 of our senior students and learned that there was a lot of anxiety and stress for them about where they were in their NCEA. Listening to the students, we identified that longer blocks of learning and the opportunity to complete outstanding work would really help our seniors. Therefore on the Tue, Wed and Thur of Week 1, all seniors will have the opportunities to complete assessments. Our teachers are currently planning for this week. The Friday of week 1 is a Teacher Only Day and our annual Senior Student Ball, the theme is Ancient Greece. I know our prefects are busy planning for this as we speak!

Week 2 sees another student-led leadership initiative called Peace Week. There are a range of opportunities for students to get involved in during the week at lunchtimes and throughout the day.

Week 4 sees our bi-annual Arts Festival where we showcase a range of talents across our school in the Arts area. Listening to our bands that are performing at Smokefree Rockquest this week, we are all in for a real treat! In addition, we see winter tournament week in week 6. Exam week in week 8. Subject teacher meetings, careers advice and subject selection for all students will be a real focus for us in the latter part of the Term.

We also see the return of International Students back to WHS and we will welcome them as part of our school, helping build our students' sense of the wider world and understanding of different cultures. I thank Sue Whale for re-invigorating this programme.

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

Martyn Knapton



Whilst we have seen seasonal flu cases subside, we have been advised by the Ministry that new variants of Covid are on the rise overseas and therefore expected in our community in the near future. Currently we are at the Orange Setting, but we will be taking advice and guidance from the Ministry of Health. If settings change, we will advise you as soon as we know.

Dive Whitianga

Brrr! Kiaora everybody, Mr Hanlen here. As I write this the mercury is hovering at 8 degrees and the rain is pouring here in Whitianga. The temperature may be down but spirits are high as the 19 rescheduled Marine Studies and Outdoor Education Senior Students embark on their PADI SCUBA diving Qualifications. 13 Level 3 NCEA Credits up for grabs. But the students have to work hard for it, completing over 14 hours of online learning and examinations. And right now they are on boats heading far off the coast. The biggest challenge is going to be plucking up the courage to SCUBA in frigid ocean conditions. 6 dives, 3 days. Destination Ohinau Island, Gemstone Bay Marine Reserve and Great Mercury Island. During these times there are Humpback Whales and Killer Whales migrating past and hopefully we will get an encounter over the next 3 days! Best of luck to these courageous young people.

Mike King Presentation

We were so grateful to have Mike King from I AM HOPE visit our kura on Wednesday, and speak to our Senior students about mental health. He is such an inspiring man (even though we know he doesn't like compliments) and hope that his talk, impacted on all our tauira in some way.

We thank Mike and his team for the great work they're doing around the country to bring mental health to the forefront.

Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou Māori (Happy Māori New Year)

Last week, all junior students contributed towards designing and delivering a Hāngi for the junior school as part of their term 2 science topic 'Matariki'.

This was a great way to come together as a school and celebrate our first Matariki at WHS.

For some students, this was a new experience and it was fantastic to see so many of them engaged, and curious as they learnt more and more about the process of a hāngi. Our Te Aka Mātua tuakana showed leadership and supported the juniors, guiding them through each process.

Students enjoyed a shared kai, a range of workshops, games of Ki O Rahi and performances from Te Aka Mātua.

We would like to congratulate everyone who was involved in making this day so successful and memorable for our school.

We have put together a short video showcasing some moments of the day


On 16 June, four of our Prefects (Skye Martin, Anchal Sharma, Lara Longney and Mia Shepherd) went to Waikato University, Tauranga campus. They enjoyed some interactive sessions which brought to life the leadership theory the Prefects have been learning about in their tutorials. In their group they presented their first assignment on the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership - and they chose to look at Greta Thunberg and how she has inspired them in their leadership journey. They look forward to the next one in August!

Career News


On June 16, we had a group of ten Wahine Toa involved in an awesome initiative, Girls with Hi-Vis. These young women demonstrated our school values throughout the day while learning about infrastructure in our local area. They heard from other wahine in the industry, checked out Waiotahi’s Blue Rock Quarry and managed to get behind one of the diggers with the guidance of experienced Waiotahi staff.

This was a great event to be a part of which we hope encouraged our young wahine to consider the various roles involved in infrastructure as a career path.

Special thanks to our hosts, Waiotahi and Connexis as well as guest speakers from Whakatāne District Council and Peppers.


We recently had 19 senior students complete their Defensive Driving 8-hour course plus one drive with MaryLou's Driving School. We are trying to negotiate another course for Term Three. Many thanks to Toi-EDA and Mary Lou for their support.


The Gateway Programme allows students to experience an industry while still at school. We appreciate local employers for their support of hosting students and sharing their industry knowledge. If any of our school whanau and supporters are interested in working with us, please contact us at school. We have recently placed students into Waiotahi Contractors, as a direct result of the Girls in Hi-Vis outing. We also have space for some Year 12 students in Seeds, a retail programme based around Countdown Whakatane. Any Year 12 students interested in that should see Mrs Ball or Ms Stuart.


Students continue to attend the Futures Academy for their chosen trade. There may be spaces for some more short courses beginning in Term Three. Students should look out for details in next week’s school notices.


Local employers might want to join SJS to start recruiting for the summer. Our students who intend to study at the tertiary level in 2023 are eligible to use SJS from July 1 this year. It is a free service.

Students who are going to enrol in a tertiary course for 2023 are eligible to enrol for SJS once they have proof of enrolment in tertiary study.


Year 13 students who intend to go to university or polytechnic in 2023 or 2024, should check the latest announcement from their Career Classroom to prepare for their applications. Scholarships will be open from July 1 and accommodation applications will be open from August 1.

Next week, Thursday, July 7, from 1.15 pm, we will have Kennedy from The University of Waikato available for extra help with applying for scholarships, in the Careers Room.


Students and their whanau wanting to find more information about Navy recruitment, there are a number of webinars coming up, details can be found on this document, including the webinar registrations: Navy Webinars

Jo-Anne Stuart and Julie Ball

Rugby League

WHS had a number of girls playing in the NZ Maori Rugby League tournament that took place in Rotorua over Matariki weekend. Kokako Raki, Jordyn Shadrock and Kaia Skipps all played in the Tuhoe 18s Kotiro team with Naia-Lee Shadrock playing in the Tuhoe 16s Kotiro team. The 18s girls finished the tournament in 3rd place with the 16s finishing in 6th.

Huge congratulations to Kokako Raki who was named in the tournament team AND awarded Player of the Tournament for the 18s Kotiro division. Amazing work Kokako!


Congratulations to McKenzie Reid who recently won the Year 7-10 division of the Finch and Fern badminton tournament run by Whakatane Intermediate. This was held over a number of Friday afternoons with McKenzie taking the top spot.

Motor Sport

Over the past four weeks, Kenna Baker has been competing in Off Road Racing. It had been very difficult over the last year to get races in because of Covid so it's great to finally be back in the race seat.

Kennas first race was down in Nelson, with a full weekend of racing. Saturday was the NZ Enduro Champs with Kenna finishing second overall. Then on Sunday, Kenna did another enduro for the second National round of the National Off Road Series, placing second in M Class and third overall.

Seven days later, Kenna had another race in Manukau, Auckland for the final round of the Counties Classic. Where she placed first in M class and sixth overall in the kiwi trucks. Finally, Kenna had the third round of the National series, up at Woodhill, Auckland where she placed second overall and first in M class. M class is the size of the engine Kenna races. Kenna races a DR200 which sits in the middle of the engine size for the youth.

Kenna is loving every minute of this awesome sport and can't wait for her upcoming races which will take place over the July school holidays.


WHS U16 boys faced Trident on last Wednesday afternoon. With several key players absent, WHS were down to a team of 18 and feeling somewhat nervous about the game ahead. Trident was up first on the scoreboard with Riccardo Mareroa quickly equalising the score. The scoreboard at halftime was 21-7 to Trident.

Going into the second half Trident scored another two tries leaving a 21 point difference. It seemed like out of nowhere, the WHS team pulled together and ignited that spark that was much needed, demonstrating their determination and sheer strength, both mental and physical.

Te Okiwa Tutua was the next player over the try line, followed by Tawhitinui Midwood and Riccardo with another two to add to the tally. Odin Herrick then had a 40m run away leading to the final try of the match.

Tawhitinui showed he can perform well under pressure by successfully converting the try in the final minute to draw the game. What a comeback!!! Final score 38-38

Try Scorers: Riccardo Mareroa x3, Te Okiwa Tutua x1, Odin Herrick x1, Tawhitinui Midwood x1 and 4 conversions


Results from the EBOP Basketball competition held Monday night last week, for WHS teams -

  • WHS Senior Boys A defeated Opotiki College Senior Boys 51-42
  • WHS Senior Boys B defeated Te Wharekura o Ruatoki Senior Boys 52-22
  • WHS Junior Boys A defeated WHS Junior Boys B 64-14
  • WHS Junior Boys B lost to WHS Junior Boys A 14-64
  • WHS Junior Boys B lost to Trident Junior Boys 22-72
  • WHS Senior Girls lost to Trident Junior Girls 17-62
  • WHS Junior Girls lost to TTK Wahine 14-83

The WHS Senior A boys then travelled to Tauranga on Wednesday for their BOP game. The Boys came away with a solid 67-41 win against Trident Senior Boys Blue.


It was the WHS Senior girls turn to have Erena Mikaere, Georgia Tong and Georgie Edgecombe run their training session.

The girls loved the experience and said that it was awesome learning new drills and having the opportunity to work on their skills with the Magic stars. After the session, the girls had the opportunity to ask questions then some photo opportunities and tiktok creating. Congratulations to Madi Fenwick and Sophie Peat who were chosen by the Magic players to receive gift cards for their efforts in the training. Special thanks to Erena, Georgia and Georgie for travelling over to work with the girls. A massive thank you also to David Mays from Magic uniform supplier Macron for organising these opportunities for our wahine.

Young Enterprise pitch their ideas

Our Young Enterprise Entrepreneurs students pitched their company ideas to a group of Tauranga Business mentors on Wednesday. Our young people have considered world problems and come up with innovative ideas to develop and create as a business. The students have developed companies Nature Lux, Tradies Tradie and Premium TCG. All three companies were acknowledged for their innovative ideas and were given encouragement and support to advance their products towards a real, revenue-making environment. Our students are looking forward to challenge three held in August!

Global Competency Certificate

There is a wonderful opportunity for a student to develop leadership skills and learn about other cultures, global issues and meet students online from other countries and gaining a Certificate at the end.

Anyone interested, please get in touch with Mrs Blakeway in Lab 2 or email Mrs Whale at

Senior Performing Arts

The senior Performing Arts classes each had a workshop on Lifts and Weight Bearing movement earlier in the term. Click on the QR code to watch a short clip from the sessions!

Movie Fundraiser

On Monday 27 June, the 2022 Interact Board held a fundraiser movie night at Whakamax Movies to raise funds for Relief Aid Charity to help Ukraine. Members from our community came to watch the Elvis movie and took a dive into the past. The night went really well.

We had 64 people come to enjoy some nibbles provided by the Interact Board and to watch the Elvis movie. Anne Bulley came as a representative of Relief Aid, which is a New Zealand local non-government funded charity working towards providing aid to people in war zones. Anne outlined what the Charity is, what they do and how the money raised will help the people of Ukraine. A raffle provided by Mrs Bonne was given away to the lucky winner on the night as well. The Interact Board are proud of their efforts in organising this event themselves as Mrs Bonne was able to take a back seat, while the board rose to the occasion and successfully ran the fundraiser.

- Charlotte Billings

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COMMUNITY NEWS: New Taekwon-Do Classes

International Taekwon-Do is bringing Hae Taekwon-Do to Whakatane.

Taekwon-Do is a popular martial art based around self-defence. It also involves punching, kicking, flying, sparring and breaking stuff. Something for all ages and stages. No matter what your ability, be empowered, build strength and make new friends.

We are also running a martial arts inspired fitness class, for those that like the idea of punching and kicking, but don't want to do Taekwon-Do.

Apanui Primary School Hall

Classes start 25 July 2022 and will be on Mondays and Wednesdays ongoing.

  • 4 - 5pm age 5 to 7
  • 5.15 - 6pm martial arts inspired fitness only
  • 6 - 7pm - age 8 to 11
  • 7 - 8.30pm - age 12 and up

There is some flexibility around which classes people attend. Just need to enquire. First four lessons free. Contact Sheryl Chase at Hae Taekwon-Do Whakatane on Facebook, 027 549 7580, or


Below is a small list of events coming up.

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

  • Smokefree Rockquest - Friday 1 July
  • Manu Korero - Friday 1 July
  • Noho - 5-8 June
  • Waikato Culinary Fare - 7-8 July
  • End of Term 2 - Friday 8 July
  • Teacher Only Day and Senior Ball - Friday 29 June
  • Mufti Day - Friday 5 August
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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: