Bohally Newsletter - Week 11,Term 1

15th April 2021

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Whanau

It is difficult to believe that we have come to the end of term one, it just seems like we were welcoming lots of nervous Y7's into the school, now they look like they have been here forever. Thank you for your support in attending the whanau hui, where many of you had time to meet 1-1 with your child's class teacher. Please remember to keep the contact between you and the school going so that we can maximise your child's time here at Bohally.

Below are a few reminders that many of you probably already are aware of but we have a duty to remind everyone every now and then:

Parking and drop-offs outside the school - just a friendly reminder that we need people to keep off the yellow lines as this can restrict visibility for our wonderful road patrol students, we also need to remember that the loading zone and bus bay area are not parking areas.

It is wonderful to see so many of our students walking, cycling, and scootering to school. Please remind your children about respecting other users on the footpaths and river trails. It would be nice to know that our students are the ones who move over and show respect to others.

As we approach the winter sport's season we need to support our coaches by letting them know if your child can't attend games, ensuring our children are at the practices and continually showing respect to others on the field/court.

Finally a big thank you to Mrs Knowles and her hard-working team who are pulling together our production ready for a performance next term. We understand that this is a big time commitment for some students and we thank them for this. It's very similar to being in a sports team where we sometimes have to put the team before ourselves.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday break with your whanau and we look forward to seeing everyone back for Term 2 on Monday 3 May.

Nga Mihi,



Kia Ora Whanau,

Attendance at school is a legal requirement in New Zealand and it’s important that the school expectations are clarified with our parent community. Parents, in partnership with schools, are legally required to ensure that students are at school learning every day. Once enrolled, it is compulsory for students to attend school regularly. Regular attendance is defined as 90%+ and means your child is at school for 4.5 days out of 5 each week.

Please read the document below to find out the laws, rules and expectations around attendance.

2021 Whittakers Chocolate Fundraiser

Firstly, a big thank you to all the students and their whanau who have supported Bohally this term with our fundraiser. It has been another successful year with funds raised. This year, after payment for the chocolates, Bohally gets to maintain $18,377.00. That's amazing! The Funds raised go towards a range of learning opportunities over the year that students directly benefit from. There were many students who received canteen vouchers each day for their efforts.

The overall winners were:

- Class Winners (pizza lunch): Room 2, Room 8, Room 14, Room 20 and Room 22.

- Individual Winners: 1st: Everis Waterproof Action Camera HD 1080P - Storm Lee-Turner; 2nd: Urban Spec HD Smart Watch & Activity - Vespa Duncan; 3rd: Portable BT Speaker - Bella Strong.

Congratulations to Neve Mckenzie

A huge congratulations to Neve Mckenzie who won the U13 girls triathlon at the NZSS competition in New Plymouth recently!


A big congratulations to Drew Materoa, Isla Tilbury, and Neve Mckenzie who represented Marlborough over Easter at the Interprovincial Athletics in Palmerston North. Well done you three - there were some amazing results, including some personal bests!

Quiz Night - Saturday 26th June

This is a major fundraiser for our school and one where whanau and friends can come together for a social evening out or help the school with donations. Please read the poster below to find out more details about the evening. At this stage, we are also asking for the following:

Donations of wine (you may work for or own a wine company?)

Donations of specialty food products suitable for our table platters

Donations of goods for our auction

Donations of goods to add to raffle/silent auction table

If you are able to help in any way please contact Nicky or Jo ( or

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Lego wanted

We are after some full kits of lego (with instructions) for use at school. If you have any at home (new or second hand) please bring them into the school office. Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Events

  • Last Day of Term 1 - 16th April
  • First Day of Term 2 - 3rd May
  • Academies - 7th and 14th May
  • Yr 7 Vaccinations - 25th May
  • Queen's Birthday - 7th June
  • Cross Country - 15th June
  • Quiz Night Fundraiser - 26th June
  • Last Day of Term 2 - 9th July

What's been happening?

Term 1 was a very busy, action packed term full of many exciting learning opportunities, events, and experiences for the students. We hope you enjoy reading about some of these as told by students from Tane Mahuta.

Learning in Tane Mahuta:

In term 1 we did a lot of learning about a lot of different things. For example, earlier in the term we learned about geometry in Maths, for geometry we did things such as enlargement with grid pictures. We then moved on to focus on Number and learning about things such as subtraction and addition in the form of algorithms. For writing, we learnt about Information Reports. We looked at different examples of Information reports and looked at the key points that you need to have in your report.

Finally, for Inquiry we have had lots to learn about, starting with Ko Wai Tatou, which is our identity topic. For this, we made title pages that included things that are important to us and our identity. We then learnt about our mihis, and a bit about our family heritages. Another topic that we had to learn about was genetics and what DNA is, along with different things like dominant genes. The last topic that we learnt about in inquiry is puberty. We learned all about different changes that will happen to each other's bodies and how our bodies mature.

We have learned lots of things throughout term 1 and I hope you enjoy reading about some of the other events we have participated in.

Jeasinah Alipia (Room 5)

In Room 20 have been working on our inquiry about Who We Are and it works in with our Life Education visits with Genevieve and Harold. As well as learning about puberty we have been thinking about what makes us who we are and during this process, we wrote “I Am’ poems.

We also have some penpals in an intermediate school in Tauranga and have written them some letters introducing ourselves and hope to receive letters from them soon.

Vili from our class went to the Ki O Rahi tournament in week 10 and represented our school in a team playing at Redwoodtown School. He also represented Bohally at the Swimming Competition this term!

Swimming Sports

In week 6 of term 1 we did the swimming sports, we got to choose to participate in either competitive or noncompetitive. The Year 8s swam on Monday and the year 7s on Tuesday. For the competitive races, the events included freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. There was also a competitive reply where each tribe swam against each other. For non-competitive, the races included flutterboard and an egg and spoon race. All the tribes cheered on each other with their chants to show their support. It was awesome to see everyone earning points for their tribe.

Jasmine King-Turner


Recently, Bohally has been having Life Education lessons. We have learnt about stress, the causes of stress, facts about the brain, what you can and can’t control as well as resilience. For example, did you know the brain weighs approximately 1.5 kilograms? and when you are around 12, your brain loses the weak connections so you have room to make new connections and learn new things?

When you go through puberty, that is when your brain loses the weak connections.

Bouncing forward not back. This is an important part of resilience. Most people tell you to bounce back, but if you bounce back, then you have to keep relearning the same things. When you bounce forward, you have learnt the skill, and you are getting better at it.

Stress can be caused by all sorts of things, war, sport, family, love, and lots of other things. Some ways to tell if you are stressed, are headaches, or if you are feeling worried or anxious. A few good ways to get rid of your stress are, screaming into a pillow, listening to loud music, talking to someone, eating, sleeping, watching a movie, or just crying.

We learnt about what you can and can’t control. You can control things like what you think, what you say, and what you do. You can’t control things like what others think, what others say, and who your teacher is.

In conclusion, we learnt lots of different things, like what you can and can’t control, some facts about the brain, some causes of stress, and that things are good, most of the time.

By Scarlett and Seth, Room 21



This term, we have had many challenges. One of these exciting experiences was the Triathlon! The three events either a group of three or an individual had to take part in, was biking, swimming, and running. We had to swim 5 lengths of the school pool, bike three laps of the field and run three laps of half the field. Everyone showed amazing sportsmanship and resilience, even though for some of us this was not our idea of a fun day. It pushed many of us out of our comfort zone but we all gave it ago and finished with a smile on our faces. Overall, this was a fun experience for everyone, and we can’t wait for future challenges!

Arwen Attridge and Sophie Barnes.


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.

Community Notices

Marlborough Boys’ College 2021 Year 9 Uniform Pre-pay

Hello Parents of Year 8 boys,

Though it is a long way off, I want to talk about your son coming to Marlborough Boys' College next year. The MBC PTA Uniform Shop runs a prepay system where you can pay weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Then at the end of the year, we get your son fitted, and it's all done One less thing to worry about come the new year. Our feedback has been wonderful and the people that started pre-paying early say they do not even notice paying it.

Highlighted items are all that is needed for the first week. We suggest:

- 2/3 shirts

- 2 shorts

- 3 pairs of socks

- 1 set of PE uniform

We will send out quarterly updates. Now is the time to get registered. Please contact me at with your son's name and your contact number. I will return email with bank details.

Look forward to hearing from you,


MBC PTA Uniform Shop Manager

Junior Table Tennis

The Marlborough Table Tennis Association is again running junior table

tennis starting Tuesday 4th May 2021. It will run during terms 2 and 3.

4-5 pm - Beginners

5 pm - Two-player team competition, any gender, A and B grades.

Location: Blenheim Indoor sports centre, 50 Batty’s Road.

To register phone Debbie, 0211632140, 5786822, or e-mail

Volunteer Marlborough

Volunteer Marlborough is an independent volunteer centre committed to promoting volunteerism and to assisting the people of Marlborough to find opportunities to become involved as volunteers.

We have recently created the Youth Advisory Committe (YAC) which will be dedicated to inspiring, empowering, and transforming the lives of youth in Marlborough region through volunteerism....but we need your help!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Youth Advisory Committee. The YAC will form part of a broader youth engagement strategy which will seek to encourage a youth relationship by providing a voice to young people in shaping Volunteer Marlborough's programmes and initiatives, while facilitating greater input and involvement by youth.

The committee will also collaborate with the larger Volunteer Marlborough team on events, programmes, and other initiatives, thereby increasing the organisation's awareness of youth engagement.

If you're keen to help shape the future for the youth within the Marlborough volunteering community, this is your chance to make your voice heard! Make a difference for your peers, learn and practice leadership and planning skills, contribute to valuable community discussions, and meet new people. It looks amazing on your CV....and we will even feed you!

So, if you're aged between 12 and 24 and you're keen to be part of this new opportunity, get in touch!

Role description can be found HERE

Application form can be found HERE