Hamilton Boys' High School - Term 3, Edition 2, Sept. 2020
Movie Reward for Good Behaviour & Service in Term 2
Winter Co-curricular activities completed, Prefects & Senior Leader applications, William MacErlich Trophy & Term 4 formal occasions
Kia ora koutou
I’m sure you are all enjoying the term break with your son, with thoughts now turning towards the final term of 2020.
Argyle and Grove will re-open on Sunday 11th October from 5.30pm. All boys are expected to have returned by 7.30pm on Sunday evening or 8.00am on Monday morning 12th October, so please ensure you have recorded on Boardingware the correct return day and time. This is a health and safety issue, particularly for those senior boarders who drive a vehicle back to the hostel. Thank you. The first day of school is Monday 12th October.
We will expect all boys to return to Argyle and Grove with a regulation haircut, clean shaven and wearing their number 1s correctly. Please ensure you check that your son's top button on his white shirt can be buttoned, as our boys grow so quickly, especially around the neck.
The black trousers are a formal, loose-fitting cut, and should not be tight up against their leg. No alternative black trouser is allowed. We have a number of school and hostel formal occasions this term so now is the time to check to ensure your son presents himself at the standard expected, especially as many boys will be receiving awards on stage from the Headmaster and other staff.
Weekend Leave return times
A reminder that it is important that all boys are to have returned by 7.30pm on a Sunday evening to ensure the hostel is settled, leading into the 30-minute prep session that commences at 8.00pm and concludes at 8.30pm. Those returning on a Monday morning need to have checked-in by 8.00am, as the Duty Master is clearing and locking the hostel at this time. Thank you for your support.
Alert Level 2
I want to thank all parents, caregivers and students of Argyle House for the way in which you have all supported the hostel staff with the many restrictions and changes that were created as part of the Argyle House Safety Management Plan under Alert Level 2 to keep everyone safe. The boys just got on with the modified routines and systems and for that I am very proud of them, especially when it came to the strict leave restrictions.
Senior exams and Study leave
The boys that remained on-site during the eight days of senior exams, studied conscientiously upstairs in the hostel prep room, under staff supervision, for 2 1/2 hours in the morning each weekday. I am sure their exam results will reflect the effort put in.
Co-curricular activities in Term 3 and Winter Tournament Week
We were fortunate as a school and region to have our students actively involved in a sport, cultural or club activity this term. It did wonders for the student and staff mental and physical well-being. I know the boys enjoyed their weekly Waikato Secondary Schools' competitions played over a condensed season across all winter sporting codes, whether they were at the elite level or participation level.
Winter Tournament Week is always a special week on the school calendar. In 2020 it became a week of NZ Super 8 Schools' tournaments, due to the cancellation of all national NZSS events. Many of our boys got to travel away to various parts of the central North Island to play in a junior or senior Super 8 tournament hosted by a Super 8 school. These 3-day tournaments were the pinnacle of their winter sports season. We count ourselves as extremely fortunate to be one of the eight NZ Super 8 Schools.
Term 4 Events
The boys and staff are looking forward to term 4, with many exciting events, both formal and informal, scheduled to take place. I have listed the important school and hostel dates for this term below.
The William MacErlich Trophy rugby game between the Day Boys 1st XV and the Hostel 1st XV takes place at 12.30pm on Thursday 15th October on the back rugby field.
The Argyle Leavers' Dinner takes place on Friday 30th October and the Argyle Prizegiving is on Sunday 1st November, a compulsory evening which all boarders are required to attend.
Enjoy the remainder of the holiday period with your son. We look forward to all boys returning refreshed, well-groomed and ready to see out the final term at Argyle House and Hamilton Boys' High School.
Head of Boarding
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Important School & Hostel Dates Term 4
Hostel re-opens Sunday 11th October, 5.30pm. Boarders to have signed in by 7.30pm.
School Starts, Monday 12 October
CIE Examinations begin, Wednesday 14 October
House Singing & Haka competitions, Wednesday 14 October
Mufti Day: Air Ambulance, Thursday 15 October
William MacErlich Memorial Match, Thursday 15 October, 12.30pm kick-off
Elite Sports Team & Cultural, Club Photos, Friday 16 October
Māori & Pasifika Awards Evening, Tuesday 20 October 6 - 8pm
Art Exhibition, Thursday 22 October 5 - 7pm
Music & Arts Awards Evening, Thursday 22 October 6 - 8pm
Argyle House Set Leave, Friday 23 October. Hostel closes 5.30pm
Labour Day, Monday 26 October
Argyle House Set Leave concludes, Monday 26 October. Hostel re-opens from 5.30pm
Sports Awards Evening, Thursday 29 October 6 - 8pm
Argyle House Leavers’ Dinner, Friday 30 October 5.30pm
Argyle House Parents' Meeting, Sunday 1 November 5pm
Argyle House Parents/Families Buffet Dinner, Sunday 1 November 5.30-6.20pm
Argyle House Prize Giving, Sunday 1 November 6.30 - 8pm
Year 9 & 10 Examinations, Mon 2 - Thurs 5 November
Year 13 Leavers’ Dinner, Wednesday 4 November
Argyle House Orientation Day, Friday 6 November 11am - 3pm
Year 8 Testing Day (School)
Argyle House Set Leave, Friday 6 November. Hostel closes 5.30pm
Argyle House Set Leave concludes, Sunday 8 November. Hostel re-opens from 5.30pm
Senior Prize Giving, Wednesday 11 November
NCEA Examinations begin Monday 16 November
Service Work Day, Monday 16 November (No regular school classes today. Boys can remain at home to work)
Year 8 Whānau Evening, Thursday 19 November
Grandparents’ Morning, Tuesday 24 November
Mufti Day: Charity Day, Thursday 26 November
Night of the Notables, Thursday 26 November
Year 9 Activities & Year 10 Camps, Mon 30 Nov. - Wed. 2 December
Final day of the 2020 school year, Thursday 3 December
Year 9 & 10 Prize Giving, Thursday 3 December 10-11.15am
Argyle House rolling lunch, Thursday 3 December 11.30am-12.30pm
Argyle House closes for the year 2.30pm Thursday 3 December
Farewell to Deputy Headmaster, Mr Stuart Hakeney
Stuart was a hostel master at Argyle House for 11 years. He lived and worked on-site from 1997 - 2000 and returned in 2002 finishing up in 2008. Stuart was the Senior Master of Argyle House in 1999 and 2000.
The boys were very fond of Stuart as he connected positively with all boarders, going the extra mile to ensure their needs were met and taking a personal interest in them.
In the hostel, Stuart will be remembered for his tremendous work ethic, attention to detail, sense of humour and playing table tennis at every opportunity, even when he was off duty! The positive energy he brought to Argyle House was evident throughout his time here.
In the school, Stuart was the Deputy Headmaster responsible for Curriculum and Achievement, an area of responsibility he held for 9 years, since his popular appointment in 2011.
Stuart has been heavily involved in the co-curricular life of Hamilton BHS as a tennis coach and as teacher in charge. Over the past 15 years Stuart has coached Football, has been the 1st XI team manager and has been the teacher in charge of Football, responsible for coordinating 35 plus teams and all the logistics that goes with this role e.g. fields/venues, trials, team lists, registrations, gear bags, kit etc...a mammoth task!
We farewelled Stuart in the staffroom at morning interval on Friday, after 24 years at Hamilton BHS. Stuart was appointed as a first year teacher back in 1997, specialising in English, before moving into Information Technology. Like our Headmaster, Susan Hassall, Hamilton BHS is the only school he has taught in, and has learned his craft well. Stuart will be sorely missed by the staff and students. We wish him well at Lindisfarne College, a school with a roll of 500 students, 250 who are boarders.
Argyle Leavers' Dinner: Friday 30th October
The Year 13 boarders will have mixed emotions as they approach their final few weeks in an establishment that has been a big part of their lives over the past 5 years. With that in mind, our Head Prefect, Harry Russ and Deputy Head Prefects, Lachie Roose and Aaron Couper are busy preparing for the Argyle Leavers’ Dinner on Friday 30th October here in the Argyle Dining Room, commencing 6.00pm, with pre-dinner refreshments from 5.30pm.
Invitations for this formal dinner will be emailed out to all Year 13 families in Week 1 of Term 4, allowing each Year 13 student to invite up to four members of their immediate family to attend. You will be asked to RSVP by Wednesday 21st October, by emailing Mrs McLaughlin at email@example.com with your confirmed numbers.
Although it is not a Set Leave the weekend commencing Friday 30th October, we would encourage those boys in Years 9 – 12 to take weekend leave. If they cannot go home then we will organise our GAP student, Mr Zac Corban, to supervise the boys for the duration of the Leavers’ Dinner, as all hostel staff and partners will be in attendance at the dinner.
Argyle Prizegiving: Sunday 1st November
All boys are required to attend this compulsory formal occasion in their number 1s, where we celebrate as a parent, boarder and staff group the many successes and achievements of 2020 for what has been another excellent year within Argyle House, despite the Covid interruptions.
Please feel free to bring as many family members as you wish, as there will be no shortage of seats in the hall.
The Prizegiving will be preceded by a Parents’ meeting upstairs in the hostel prep room at 5.00pm run by Hostel Committee representatives, followed by a buffet dinner for all families, staff and boys in the dining room from 5.30pm.
New Boarders' Orientation Day: Friday 6th November
The New Boarders' Orientation Day is scheduled for Friday 6th November, the same day as the Year 8 testing, for all those students coming in to Hamilton BHS in 2021.
Part of this day will require hostel families enrolled for 2021 to come across to Argyle House to finalise all arrangements i.e. issuing of laundry numbers, labelling, Argyle Manual, security/keys, as well as many administrative matters e.g. fees payment methods.
Prefect & Senior Leader 2021 Applications & Interviews
Applications for the fourteen Years 12 & 13 Senior Leader and Prefect positions will close on Friday 16th October.
Please find attached the application form for your son to download should he wish to complete his application during the holiday period.
In Year 13, there are 6 positions to apply for:
1. Head Prefect
2 & 3. Deputy Head Prefect
4. Head of Grove
5. Head of Bennett House
6. Head of Sutherland House
In Year 12, there are 8 positions to apply for:
Formal interviews will take place on Wednesday 21st October with Matua Graham (Senior Master) and Mr McKenzie (Head of Boarding).
Joseph Lorimer (Year 11) Wins Music Songwriting Award
Joseph Lorimer (Year 11) was one of 50 finalists that entered the '2020 Lion Foundation Secondary Schools' Songwriting Competition'
All 50 finalists were presented with a $50 Rockshop voucher along with a signed certificate from Mike Chunn (member of Split Enz) for each songwriter and a professional recording studio session to the value of $750 (plus GST).
All songs will be mastered for the annual 'Play It Strange' album, available for free downloading and/or streaming (Spotify).
This songwriting competition was open to all secondary students around NZ. Hundreds of songs were submitted and judged 50% on lyrics and 50% on the music. Joseph made it into the top 50 finalists. Only first place was announced, a student from Gisborne Girls' High School.
This is a remarkable achievement from a very talented musician. We are all very proud of Joseph's achievement.
Hockey 1st XI Win the Waikato Secondary Schools' Championship Final, 3 - 2
The 1st XI Hockey team overcame St Paul's Collegiate in the final of the Waikato Secondary Schools' Hockey Championship on Wednesday 23rd September, with a 3-2 win. All 3 goals were scored by boarders at Argyle House.
A tense first half ended 2-1 to Hamilton BHS, with Thomas Marchant (Year 12, Argyle House) opening the scoring for the red and blacks, and Gus Nelson (Year 12 Prefect, Argyle House) setting up Sam Boros (Year 12 Prefect, Argyle House) for the second. Gus Nelson then provided HBHS with a two goal buffer himself with a goal. St Paul's hit back in the last few minutes, but it was too late to deny Hamilton BHS the victory.
Other Argyle House boarders that played in the Hockey 1st XI final were Ethan Barton (Year 12 Prefect) and Blake Irwin (Year 10).
Tim Neild (Assistant Coach) is an Old Boy of Argyle House and previous Deputy Head Prefect of Hamilton BHS.
The 1st XV have won their Super 8 final 13 of the last 15 years, with this victory being their fourth in a row. A record we are all proud of.
Five Argyle House boarders were in the 22 that played in the final: Tyler McNutt (Year 13), Harry Russ (Year 13), George Reeves (Year 12), Shinya Komura (Year 13), Tyron Hilton (Year 13). Daniel Fareti (Year 13, Fiji) is part of the wider 1st XV playing squad.
Mr Logan Asplin, Grove Master, is one of the Co-Coaches.
Rugby 2nd XV Wins the Super 8 2nd XV Round-Robin Competition, Saturday 19th September
Five Argyle House boarders were in the 22 that played in the final game against Napier BHS: Henry Palmer (Year 12), Sunia Fukofuka (Year 12), Kieran Draper (Year 12), Cody Nordstrom (Year 13), Keran Van Staden (Year 12).
'Shave For A Cure': Jack Broomfield (Year 11) raises $2409
The Hamilton BHS Service Committee organised and ran the annual 'Shave for a Cure' on Tuesday lunchtime, 22nd September, in the school hall, after initially being postponed in early August due to Covid.
All proceeds have been donated to 'Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand' who provide support for families and funding for cancer research. This year, we had more than 50 participants, including ten teachers. See some of the hostel students and staff below.
Jack Broomfield (Year 11) boarder, raised $2409, the second-highest total in the school. Congratulations Jack, for your service and commitment to this worthwhile cause. This is a remarkable achievement.
Argyle House Wins the House Service Competition, with 2892 Hours Logged
Argyle House logged 2892 hours over this period, 452 hours clear of Tait House. This is a remarkable feat considering the amount of time lost due to Covid.
A big thanks must go to our Senior Leaders and Prefects for ensuring all hours served were logged with Assistant Master, Ms Wendy Moffitt, to then go through to be logged with the Hamilton BHS Service Committee.
See below for the official results.
House Competition Update: Argyle 2nd Place Overall
Covid has interrupted this fiercely contested school-wide competition twice this year. With 4 events remaining, the 2020 house competition is far from over.
Remaining events Weeks 1 & 2 Term 4:
Singing & Haka (Wednesday 14th October)
Tug-O-War (Week 2)
Indoor Rowing (Week 2)
See below for an update of results.
Whanau in Kaitaia organise a surprise cake for Nikau Dromgool's 14th birthday
The photos show Nikau about to blow out the candles and Senior Matron, Mrs Cecelia Lake, cutting the cake up for the boys to eat after their dinner.
Happy 14th birthday Nikau!!
Quinn Boyle (Year 10) Lake Taupo Swim Fundraiser
The Boyle whanau have set up a 'Give a Little' page' on Facebook to raise money for the hostel/school, Quinn's old primary school and the NZ Cancer Society.
Quinn's 40.2 km swim in Taupo will take place over the summer this year and the funds will be divided up between these 3 areas.
Recently in his 10 km training sessions around Mt Maunganui, Quinn has been joined by seals, orcas, stingray and a large pod of dolphins.
In preparation for the Taupo event Quinn is not allowed to wear a wetsuit, only togs, in 12-13 degree water temperatures. Quinn is enjoying the mental and physical challenge so far.
Hamilton BHS Staff vs Prefects Football Match, Friday 25th September
Cam Moorby (right) trying to maintain control of the ball.
Hayden Marrow looks all class as he crosses the ball.
Fraser Kilgour clashing with the opposition in centrefield.
Ricci Putohe (Year 9) Golf Club Champion
Congratulations to Onewhero Māori Junior Golfer, Ricci Putohe (Year 9) on winning the Presidents Trophy Match Play Final on Saturday 12 September 2020.
To put this achievement into perspective, Ricci’s last three matches to make the final was against three Onewhero Senior Pennant Players, with handicaps of 7 and 6. To make the final he beat the Senior Pennant’s Captain on a 2 handicap, with handshakes on the 12th hole.
Highlights of the final were, that after 9 holes the match was all square, but with a stunning final 9 holes and scoring 38, 1 over par, Ricci put club legend Doug Hull away on the 15th hole with a birdie.
Congratulations to Ricci for your first major trophy at the Onewhero Golf Club. There is definitely more success for you in the future.
The Winter Sports Season comes to an End
Rugby U14A Win the U14 Super 8 'Colquhoun Shield' Tournament in Palmerston North, Wednesday 2nd September
The team won all three pool games against Gisborne BHS, Palmerston North BHS and Tauranga Boys' College, to progress to the final against Rotorua BHS who they beat 37-15 in the pouring rain.
Monday 31/8: vs Gisborne BHS, Won 31-12
Monday 31/8: vs Palmerston North BHS, Won 36-20
Tuesday 1/9: vs Tauranga Boys’ College, Won 57-7Wednesday 2/9: FINAL vs Rotorua BHS, Won 37-15
L-R: Cam Moorby (Head Coach & Grove Assistant Master), Joshua Reihana, Jake Rabarts, Keaton Reti, Marco Miln, Preston Brydon, Joshua Wickers, Hendrik Roux, Jesse Humberstone-Kara, Nikau Dromgool, Murray McKenzie (Assistant Coach), Jeremy Quigley (Manager & Facebook page, Argyle Master).
Josh Reihana (middle) relaxing with his roomies moments before lights-out.
Cam Moorby plays a personalised, best wishes, video message from our 1st XV, at our team meeting on the eve of the final.
The boys await their cooked breakfast to be plated up and brought to them at their accommodation, under AL2.
Healthy Eating for Teenagers here at Argyle House
As you are aware, the Argyle House catering contract is sub-contracted out to 'Compass Group'.
Their dieticians use the resources provided by the Ministry of Health to develop healthy meals and menus for our school youth aged 13-18 years.
I have attached this booklet and have requested 200 hard copies to be collected from the front reception desk should parents/caregivers want to pick up a copy.
In the booklet attached you will see the portion sizing and guide to what healthy boys should be encouraged to eat. In summary, if our boys eat the recommended portions described, then they will receive all the nutrients and energy required to function in their daily lives and will not go hungry.
Please click on the link below for further information around healthy eating for teenagers.
All hostel and catering staff would be grateful if you could spend some time with your son to go through this guide to healthy eating, so they understand the health food choices they need to make each day while at Argyle House. Thank you.
Weekend 'Ping-Pong' Competition run by Holly
Man Of The Week:
Hamish McRobbie (Year 11): Week 9 Term 3
Joseph Lorimer (Year 11): Week 8 Term 3
One of 50 finalists that entered the '2020 Lion Foundation Secondary Schools' Songwriting Competition' from hundreds of entries. Being awarded a $50 Rockshop voucher along with a professional recording studio session to the value of $750.
Jack Broomfield (Year 11): Week 7 Term 3
Thomas Hayward (Year 12): Week 6 Term 3
Riley Fulton (Year 10): Week 5 Term 3
Man of the Weekend
Matthew Riley (Year 9), Week 6 Term 3
Stefan Newman (Year 9), Week 5 Term 3
School Links Emails to Parents/Caregivers from School:
HBHS High Achiever
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Monday 28th September
To our HBHS whānau
We hope you enjoy our Term 3 edition of the High Achiever, the newsletter that celebrates all of our success stories from the term.
Have a safe and happy holiday together and see you back here in Term 4.
A limited edition print version will be on offer early next term.
Ngā mihi nui
Hamilton Boys' High School has attached a .pdf file to this email:term_3_2020_hig....pdf
HBHS Tennis Registration Term 4
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Friday 25th September
HBHS Tennis Registration Term 4
One Tennis fee payment of $20 for both options
Term 4 only junior teams for Year 9 & 10 players. This competition starts on Wednesday, October 28th, at 4pm.
Thursday afternoon - 2.30pm-3.30pm, beginning Thursday, October 22nd at the Waikato Tennis Centre.
An invoice will be emailed to you for tennis fees.
Master in Charge of Tennis
HBHS Supporters Clothing Clearance Sale
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Wednesday 23rd September
The School Shop is offering a Clearance Sale on the Kukri Supporters Clothing. There are limited sizes and quantities available for each item. Please note that these clothing items are Supporters Clothing only and are not to be used as school uniform.
Supporters Jacket - $55.00
Sizes - 2XS, XS and Small only
Supporters Polo - $30.00
Sizes - XS, Small, Medium and 2XL only
Supporters Tee Shirt - $25.00
Sizes - 2XS, XS, Small, Medium and 2XL only
Supporters Rugby Shirt - $40.00
Sizes 2XS, XS, Small, Medium and Large only
Trackpants (old style) - $10.00
Sizes XL, 2XL, 3XL and 4XL only
2020 Hamilton Boys High School Leavers' Dinner
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Tuesday 22nd September
Every year the Parents' Association of the school holds a dinner for the Year 13 boys who are leaving the school and moving into the world that awaits them.
The dinner is attended by Year 13 boys and their parents/caregivers. It is a special way for the boys to celebrate their achievements throughout their time at the school, but we need your help to keep this an event that is affordable for all boys and their parents/caregivers to be able to attend.
We are looking for sponsorship for the evening.
Your business/family name would be included on the evenings programme and acknowledged during the night. Sponsorship starts at $250 and a full receipt is available.
This year has been difficult for many and your sponsorship will enable us to keep the cost of the tickets affordable for families. We are trying to ensure an enjoyable evening after so much uncertainty this year.
The Leavers Dinner is being held on Wednesday, 4 November at the Atrium at Wintec.
If you are interested in helping fund this event in anyway or know someone who may be keen to assist then please contact the Parents Association on firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathryn on 021 11 33 907
Thank you for your support
Hamilton Boys' High School Parents' Association
Year 13 Leavers' Gear
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Monday 21st September
Kia ora Parents/Caregivers & Students
It has been a long time coming but it is my pleasure to inform you that Year 13 Leavers' Gear orders are open from tomorrow, Tuesday, 22 September, until Thursday, 15 October, at the school shop. Samples for students to see and try on will be available at the school shop. Please see the attached for samples.
Pricing (incl GST)
Pullover - $95.00
Retro Jersey (Rugby Jersey) - $81.00
NBA Singlet - $69.00
Gym Shorts - $53.00
It is school policy that all fees must be paid before you can purchase Leavers' Gear. This includes your student ID card. If you have any concerns about paying fees, please go to the fees counter at the school shop ASAP so you can arrange a payment plan. We would hate for you to miss out!
The school will submit a bulk order for the products. A School Links notice will be sent out towards the end of November, notifying you that purchases have arrived and are available for collection from the school shop.
If you have any other concerns or questions please address them to the school shop, email@example.com.
Ngā mihi nui
Captain of Sports
Hamilton Boys' High School has attached a .pdf file to this email:leavers_gear_fi....pdf
Spirit Of New Zealand Spaces and Scholarships
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Thursday 10th September
The Spirit of New Zealand is set to sail and they are ready to help those who need assistance to take up an amazing youth development opportunity. There are a few remaining spaces available on the following 10 Day Voyages for students aged 16 - 18.
- 803 - 15th September, Auckland
- 807 - 13th November, Auckland
- 808 - 25th November, Auckland
The great news is that the Spirit of Adventure Trust has funds available which students can apply for now. Scholarships range from funding for those that cannot afford to get on board at all, through to those who just need a small helping hand. They work with everyone individually to understand their needs.
Any students who are keen to get on board should contact Lauren Kenney directly at the Spirit of Adventure Trust - see below.
Ph 0800 472 454/093732060 Ext 1/M 021 554453
Spirit of NZ Coordinator
Emailed to all Parents/Caregivers by the school on Monday 7th September
A reminder that firstname.lastname@example.org is the email to use for advising us of absences or notifying the school of appoinments or students leaving early.
Alternatively, you can install the school App by going to the App store on your phone, download SchoolApsNZ and then search for Hamilton Boys' High School.
HBHS Year 13 Leavers' Dinner
Save The Date!
The Parents' Association's Leavers Dinner will be happening this year on Wednesday, 4 November at 6pm.
We have chosen the beautiful venue of the Atrium at Wintec for the evening.
Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of Term 4, the cost will be determined very soon.
Please save the date in your calendar for this wonderful celebration of the year with your young man as he completes his time at Hamilton Boys' High School.
We are very mindful of the current pandemic situation and Alert Levels that may affect the outcome of this evening.
We are continuing at present, hoping we will be in Alert Level 1 at time of the dinner and will make a more definitive call on the evening at the beginning of Term 4, when the tickets become available.
We look forward to celebrating with you on November 4th.
HBHS Parents' Association