HVHS Term 4 Week 5

Newsletter 19 November 2021


Kia ora koutou

We farewelled our senior students this week. NCEA exams start next week.

We wish them all the best.

Our prize givings took a more intimate and gentle path this year. Prizewinners only attended - however we have taken numerous photos and videos which we will share with families, caregivers and whanau soon.

I'd like to congratulate the following major prize winners;

Lewis Martin - Hotuwaiapara premier award winner

Zoey Kung - Hotuwaipara premier award winner

Nicholas Green - Top academic Y11

Jiakai (Tom) Chen - Top academic Y12

We are delighted to announce our next year's student leaders:

Head student leaders Max Webb and Diana Galloway

Deputy Head student leaders Zara Bowen and Thomas Grummitt

Māori student leaders London Heperi and Moata Albrett

Cultural student leaders Eva Langridge and Jaxson Cook

Sport student leaders Gregguil Niel Besa and Māia Morehu

Junior School student leaders Libby Hanaray and Eli Bramāo

Service student leaders Rhiannon Mackie and Abi Hilliard

Tararua house leader Ruben Brinck and Jett Rangitaawa

Pukeariki house leader Pierce Collins and Rose Tanuvasa V Tutogi

Pukeatua house leader Saxon Tidmarsh and Ella McNeillage

Matairangi house leader Gabrielle Claridge and Caleb Robinson

Orongorongo house leader Charlie Williams and Juliette Langley

Remutaka house leader Steven Leishman and Sophie Chamberlain

Rose Tanuvasa V Tutogi is also our Pasifika student leader.

Liaison leaders and SNAP leaders will be announced soon.

They are a super bunch who are already showing leadership in many areas of the school.

Introducing our new Sports Leaders

We are hoping to run a large and inclusive graduation ceremony for Y13 and will let you know closer to December 13th exactly what will be happening.

Thank you for sharing the vaccination status of your students. To date 1000 students have responded and we have a 98% vaccination rate, with 1% planning to get vaccinated. Here is the link if you are yet to complete it Vaccination-Students

Here is the latest video of buildings, rock 'n' roll, Hotuwaipara Awards and today’s prizegivings.

Ngā mihi nui

Denise Johnson


Spotlight on a Learning Area - Technology

Below are samples of work from students in their chosen technology classes. They have been working on these pieces throughout the year and are very proud of the outcome. The Technology department is also very excited to be moving into the new Technology block next year.

Production Design Technology

Mechanical Engineering

Design and Visual Communications

Furniture Making

Digital Technology

Congratulations HVHS Debate Team

One of our wonderful debate teams won the Wellington Speaking Union's Senior Certificate final last night! They have taken part in a number of debates throughout the year. They deserve a huge well-done for beating St Oran's, especially as they prepared some excellent speeches whilst revising for exams! Big congratulations to Thomas Grummitt, Tom West, Hilary Smith, May Harmer, and Mac Halford.

Applying for COVID related Derived Grades for NCEA examinations in 2021

An application for a COVID related Derived Grade can be made to Mr Larkin for any student who is unable to sit an external exam under Alert Level 2. Evidence must also be provided. See below for reason and evidence examples.

Reason: Compromised immunity/medical condition. Evidence: School will have medical evidence
Reason: Locked Down in Region. Evidence: HVHS will use school Derived Grades
Reason: Isolating or staying at home as per MoH guidelines. Evidence of Covid Test to Mr Larkin
Reason: COVID symptoms at the exam. Evidence: Exam Centre Manager will contact Mr Larkin

The Exam Centre Manager can ask a student to stay away from the exam if they have COVID-like symptoms. While the student should be advised to get a COVID test, the school cannot require this. No additional evidence is required. An application for this event will apply only to the date of the exam.
If the student does not attend further exams, the school needs to make a further derived grade application for them using the normal Derived Grade process.

All other medical, trauma, event and misadventure applications must use the normal Derived Grade process mentioned above , that includes completing an application form and providing supporting evidence.

Uniform Fittings

Friendly Reminder - The Resource Centre runs on a booking system for purchasing uniforms from the middle of Term 4 2021 through till 1 February 2022. This is now open. If you did not receive an email please contact the Resource Centre.

For current students we ask that they hold off and they will be given the chance to book in late January for any updated items they may require. Otherwise they may purchase items during Interval or lunchtime, once school resumes.

Please remember to wear a mask and scan in using the QR Code which is outside the Resource Centre.

Message from INphotography:




Orders will be accepted up to and including Friday 10th December to ensure delivery before the end of 2021. Orders received after this date will be processed at the end of January 2022

Thank you to all of you that have placed orders throughout the year, we appreciate your support of our local business! For those who may still have us on your ‘to do list’ or need that extra print for the Grandparents for Christmas, your chance is now!

All photographs are subject to INphotography’s full website terms and conditions, and privacy policy as indicated on the website. The photographs have also been supplied for publication in the school yearbook.

For any queries please email admin@inphotography.nz

NZ Blood Service Drive

The NZ Blood Service are starting a new regular blood drive on Thursdays and Fridays at Avalon Pavilion where they will be collecting both whole blood and plasma.

Upcoming Events

  • NCEA Exams - Monday 22 November - Tuesday 14 December
  • Year 9 'Day out' - Monday 29 November - Tuesday 7 December
  • Teacher Only day - Wednesday 1 December