HVHS Newsletter

Week 7, Term 1 - Friday 10 March

Principal's Welcome

Kia ora koutou,

It has been a busy couple of weeks - The Year 12 Physical Education (PE) classes were fortunate to have beautiful weather for their three days and two nights camp. The focus was to learn about risk management.

The camp started with a bike ride around the Pencarrow south coast into Catchpool Valley campsite, a night camping followed by a walk up into the Ōrongorongo Valley for another night of camping under the stars.

The Year 10 Leadership programme is well underway, with each class attending two hours of leadership training with Ignite Sport at their new Bell Road premises. Our Year 11 Geographers have headed to Martinborough this week for their field trip. Education outside the classroom (EOTC) is essential but does come with complications, costs and lost learning time in other subjects. We try to balance all those factors carefully, but it can be challenging. These EOTC experiences are memorable, involve real-world learning experiences and create valuable connections to our community and environment.

I want to tell you about our fire evacuation system; as you may have heard, we have had several recent evacuations. We used to have an old eclectic set of different alarm systems requiring us to look at five stations to understand where the issue was. We have undergone a fire protection upgrade and now have a modern, fully functioning system communicating to one central station. Our new system is too sensitive and very responsive. Most of the false alarms have been triggered by bugs, ants, and drips of water in our unused leaky buildings. We are working with specialists to understand how we can improve this situation.

Ngā mihi nui,

Denise Johnson, Principal

Images below - Year 12 PE classes at their recent camp.

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The PPTA has advised the Hutt Valley High School Board that its member teachers at our

school will be taking strike action. As a result, the school will be closed for normal instruction this Thursday (16 March 2023).

If making alternative arrangements for your Year 9 student’s care is difficult, please contact the Office at office@hvhs.school.nz with your student's name if supervision of your child is required.


The Visual Art Department will be exhibiting NCEA level 1 and 2 folios from last year (2022) in S1 this Monday (13 March), 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Parents, caregivers and other whānau are invited to this special evening to celebrate the work of our young artists.

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Dates for Winter Sports Trials

Winter trial dates for badminton, netball, football, basketball, underwater hockey and rugby are fast approaching. Please ensure your student/s are registered to receive all the information they need.

Register here for winter sports - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSchueAo0MAmpCc5X9MWkQKw9JlW14Si21-qd6H3_J1I1Iqscw/viewform

Trial dates and times are listed in the table below. For any questions, please email sport@hvhs.school.nz.

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HVHS Boys Rugby 2023 - Key Dates & Information about the Season

Last chance to register!

Final winter registrations are due NOW - get in quick and don't miss the opportunity to represent the Black and White. If you haven't registered yet here's the link https://forms.gle/Dj5R28wuMRN82bok8, or see Steve in the Sports Office.

Pre-season training
Ka mau te wehi to all of the students that have been going to the pre-season training sessions. It's not too late to get involved. Come along from 3.30-5.00pm Mondays and Wednesdays at school.

Weigh ins
Weigh-in for the 2023 season is confirmed for Tuesday 14 March at lunchtime in the HVHS Pavillion. There will be a backup weigh-in at lunchtime on Thursday 16 March for those who cannot attend Tuesday 14 March.

Rugby Information / Registration Form

All players must fill out the following link before weigh-in https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/209514. Please note - this is different from the HVHS sports registration form.

  • Under 'Playing details' where it asks for 'team playing for this year', please select the team you hope to play in this year. If you aspire for 1st or 2nd XV please select 'Premier 1-4' option.
  • Under 'Player registration details' where it asks for weight, you only need to fill out 'indicative' weight. This is an estimate of your current weight. We will enter your actual weight at weigh-in.

Key Dates for the Rugby Season


Week 7 (Week starting 13 March)

School weigh-ins will be on Tuesday 14 March and Thursday 16 March.

Week 8 (Week starting 20 March)

HVHS Rugby coaches night on Wednesday 22 March. We look forward to meeting with the coaches to discuss the season and how we can help. If you are interested in volunteering as a coach, please contact the Sports Office.

Week 9 (Week starting 27 March)

Teams confirmed and practices underway

Week 10 (Week starting 3 April)

Practices and pre-season games start.


Week 1 (First day back at school is Wed 26 April)

The rugby season starts.

*Dates are subject to change

Finally, a massive kia pai to the coaches that are running the pre-season training. The players are buzzing about their growth and the opportunities offered, including the sessions at BuildaBody Gym.

For any questions, please contact Steve Willis at the HVHS Sports Office -steve.willis@hvhs.school.nz. Information about the Girls Rugby Programme is coming soon.

Job Vacancies & Apprenticeship Opportunities for Students

Our Pathways Department regularly talks with employers seeking students to fill job openings and apprenticeships. The Pathways Team compile these opportunities into the google document below that is updated each week.


Current opportunities include drain laying and earthworks jobs, part-time work at BP Railway Avenue, Trade Support Staff at Mitre 10 Mega in Petone, OSCAR House after-school care positions and an AV Installer apprenticeship opportunity.

Sports Results

Student Results

  • Congratulations to Oliver Tewtiya (13HM) who has been selected for the New Zealand U19 Cricket Development Camp. This camp will determine a squad to attend the U19 World Cup Qualifiers tournament.
  • Our athletes who competed at the Hutt Zone Athletics produced fantastic results with the Girl's Team winning overall and receiving the Brabin Shield and the Boy's Team placing 2nd overall.
  • Mikayla Sola (12SP) broke the Hutt Zones Athletics Discus Senior Girls record with a throw of 37.46m beating the old record of 35.04m. Mikayla also competed in the New Zealand National Athletics Championships, won the U18 Hammer Throw and placed 3rd in the U20 Hammer Throw.
  • Over the weekend, our two Year 13 Dragon Boating teams competed in the Wellington Dragon Boating Festival. Both teams made it to the A Final with HVHS2 coming away with the Gold and HVHS1 placing 4th. Great team spirit was shown on the day, thanks to all the supporters who cheered the teams on.
  • Congratulations to Jessie McKenzie (11SM) who competed in several Athletic events with great results - Capital Classic U20 mile: 1st 5:21, Wellington Senior Champs U18 1500m 1st 4:46, Wellington Senior Champs U18 800m 1st 2:19.
  • Mac Duggan (12SP) competed in the National Lead Climbing Championship in Christchurch on the weekend & came 1st in his age group. A fantastic result!
  • Congratulations to our students who competed in the Wellington Schools Regatta earlier this week. Morgan McKeown (10KTIC) placed 6th in the Starling Fleet division, Cameron Johns (9FYBB) placed 3rd and Lucas Holm (9WMHR) placed 4th in the Optimist Secondary Fleet division, Névé Groom (10KTIC)/ Ruben Taptiklis (9FRTI) placed 2nd and Finnley Espersen (11NB)/Adam Kennett (11MN) placed 3rd in the Sunburst Fleet race.

Keeping in Touch

Please help us celebrate our students' sporting successes by emailing sport@hvhs.school.nz with any information or results. If you can also include a photo as well, we will share it on our social media pages. For reminders, news and results follow HVHS Sports on Facebook and Instagram.

Images below:

Row 1 - HVHS2 who won gold at the A Final of the Wellington Dragon Boat Competition.

Row 2 (Left to Right) - Mac Duggan (12SP) placed first at the recent National Lead Climbing Championship and photos of the HVHS teams competing at the Wellington Dragon Boat Festival.

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Every year we see a number of students who are coming to school who haven't had breakfast and are without kai for the day. This year is no exception. Some of the charities that have provided support for students in the past are no longer able to provide this service and we are reaching out to our school community to see if this is something you as a whānau would like to help with.

Donations of grab-and-go foods such as muesli bars, spreads for sandwiches or anything that fills a hungry tummy would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Claire Ross (claire.ross@hvhs.school.nz ) from our Wellbeing Team if you would like to help.

HVHS's Student Run Coffee Shop - 2022 Donation of Profits

The Barista Management team of Aidan Meehan (12PF), Jacob Oliver (12BQ), Everett Parker (12HU) and Morgan Harvey (12PF) have decided to donate 2022 HVHS Coffee Shop profits ($3,000) to the disaster relief fund in support of the many people who have lost homes and livelihoods.

The Barista team will donate the profit in the hope that it will be used to purchase necessities for displaced families. The Coffee House team continues looking for opportunities to provide community support and has offered to donate the daily takings to Jude Allen’s (Pathways Department) disaster relief fundraiser. Jude's Year 12 Employment Ready class will run a sausage sizzle in the next few weeks.

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Clubs at HVHS - K Pop Club

HVHS's K-Pop Club meets every Wednesday in the Dance Room. Students listen along to K-Pop songs and sometimes dance and learn moves. The K-Pop Club is very low-key and is looking for new members. Everyone is welcome. For any questions, please contact Sarah Roper at sarah.roper@hvhs.school.nz.

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Term 1 School Policy Reviews - Feedback Welcome

As part of the Board of Trustees policy review cycle, the following school policies are open for review:
  • Legislation and Administration
  • Student Attendance
  • Enrolment
  • Privacy
  • Official Information Requests
  • Uniform/Dress Code

The close-off date for feedback and input is Thursday 6 April 2023. To access the policy reviews: https://www.schooldocs.co.nz/ - search for Hutt Valley High School, and then use the username: hvhs and the password: Adalta

Senior Water Polo Team Fundraiser

If you'd like to see Shazam! Fury of the Gods and help support HVHS's Senior Water Polo Team; please contact Tara at tara.mcknight@hvhs.school.nz to purchase tickets. The screening is at the Light House Cinema in Petone on Wednesday 22 March at 6:00pm and tickets cost $20. It will be an awesome night supporting a great team!
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Canteen's Missing Red Bread Crates

Each day the Canteen Staff put their red bread crates outside the Canteen's back door for collection. Over the last week, these have been taken before the collection. Please let Jo from the canteen know if you have seen them anywhere we'd love to have them returned.

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Monday 13 March

Exhibition of Level 1 & 2 Folios from 2022 in S1, 5:30-7:30pm

Wednesday 15 March

HVHS NCEA Evening, 6:30-7:30pm (POSTPONED TILL TERM 2)

Thursday 16 March

PPTA Strike Day (School Closed)

Tuesday 21 March

Year 12 Level 1 Excellence Endorsement Evening, 6:00-7:00pm, Hall

Year 13 Level 2 Excellence Endorsement Evening, 7:30-8:30pm, Hall

Wednesday 22 March

HVHS Board Meeting, 5:30-7:30pm

Friday 24 March

Non-Uniform Day

Monday 27 March

Summer Sports Tournament Week Begins

Thursday 6 April

Last day of Term 1


Wednesday 26 April

First day of Term 2