Wairoa College

Newsletter 8 July 2021


Tēnā Koutou Katoa

What a busy term we have had. Our teachers and students have been very focussed on teaching and learning. I appreciate all the support teachers have given me, each other and their students during this first half-year.

I would like to announce our new Year 9 Dean for 2022 to be Mr Joe McGregor. We are also creating a new position of a Junior Dean who will support the Year 9 and 10 deans with the well-being of students and assist them with pastoral and academic learning support

Mrs Georgia Wallace will take up this role. Mr Paul Quesnell has stepped down from his position of Year 10 Dean and therefore we have appointed Mr Clinton du Plessis to this position. I know they will all be fantastic as they take on these new responsibilities.

During the break students need to make sure they have completed all assignments and are ready to work very hard during Term 3. There are only 12 weeks left of the academic year before seniors are on examination leave. Last week we had parent teacher interviews. It was great to see the large numbers of parents. Over the last three years the number has increased substantially each year strengthening our community connections. Parents would have gained more insight to where their child's learning is at this stage of the year. I am very pleased with the progress most students are making in their learning although some will need to be more focused in Term 3 if they are to achieve their goals.

We also had a number of parents signing up for Friends of the School. We are looking forward to working more with our community and making new connections.

I wish all teachers, students and families a wonderful and relaxing holiday.

Ngā mihi nui

Mrs Jo-Anne Vennell


Wow! The end of Term 2 has approached us really fast. Our Year 7&8 students are amazing us every day with their learning and behaviour. It has been great to be part of our school, community and District Primary School events.

To name a few

  • Wairoa District Speeches
  • Rippa Rugby
  • Wairoa District Softball Preparations
  • Community Planting
  • Matariki Celebrations
  • Adrenaline Week
  • Aurora Leadership
  • Wairoa Aspiring Leaders
  • Novel Studies
  • Cross Curricular Activities

Thank you to all parents who attended Parent Interviews last week. To those parents that missed the opportunity, if you’re wanting to have a chat with your child/children’s teacher, please make an appointment. It’s not too late!

Integrated Learning Unit for Term 2 was - Where to for us? Ki hea rā Mātou?

To celebrate the end of our unit we are having a Mini Olympics held at WCC. This is a nice way to end the term by having all our students involved with Swimming, Artistic Swimming, Volleyball and Basketball. The games will start at 11.20 am and we will return to school for lunch by 1.30 pm.

Kotahitanga - “We're all in this together”

Adrenaline Week

Last Friday we had our first Adrenaline meeting. Students are really excited and can’t wait for Term 3 & 4.

  • Central North Island Adrenaline Adventure - Tongariro 1st - 5th November
  • City Adrenaline Rush - Wellington. 8th - 12th November
  • Going Bush - locally based Bush/Farm adventure 15th - 19th November
  • Home is where it is - Visiting Wairoa, Napier and Gisborne 15th - 19th November

This Adrenaline week promotes

  • High expectations of school values
  • Student achievement -Striving for Personal Excellence
  • The desire to learn
  • Future Focused Learners - My Mahi / Careers - Future career goals

Wairoa College School Values
  • Manaakitanga - Care for one another
  • Kotahitanga- Working together
  • Whakamana - Respect
  • Aumangea - Resilience

A big thank you to all our parents, Year 11 Agriculture and Ms Loffler for supporting and organising our first Fundraising event.

Ernest Huata, Regan McCormack & Leighicy Jury

Kapa Haka

Our Year 7&8 Department has been getting involved in Kapa Haka. We are proud of our student’s efforts, participation and motivation. Well done Year 7&8 students!

Ehara taku toa I te

Toa taki tahi, engari he toa taki tini.

My strength is not that of one

But that of many.

Matariki Celebrations

This is a special time of the year. We have helped to celebrate Matariki with the Community Planting alongside Jenni Scothern-King – Enirorschools facilitator. “Matariki Maori Games” tournament held by Wairoa Community Centre – Esta Wainohu/ Kaimahi Hakinakina ki Te Wairoa.

“Matariki is a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past,

celebrate the present, and plan for the future”.

Where to Next? Let’s be future focused.

Year 7&8 PE Shirts

Our department have purchased new PE shirts for all our Year 7&8 Students. Our students are looking amazing. Students are more involved in PE lessons, class games and district events.

Our students look smart and feel smart.

Your Āhua determines your Ātaahua

Ngā mihi nui

Mrs Markareta Keil

Year 7 & 8 Dean

Rural Health Careers

Grassroots Rural Health workshop. Tertiary students came from the Unievrsity of Auckland to visit us - these students are studying Medicine, Medical Imaging, Pharmacy and Optometry. They are currently doing a noho marae at Mohaka.
Their aim is to inspire students into health careers- students had hands on practice with medical gear, and were introduced to careers that they may not have thought about or considered before. Our Year 9 and 10 students were lucky to be able to meet with them this time. Earlier in the year a larger group came and worked with our senior students.

Bush Craft Camping

On Monday 21 June 2021, the Services Academy students participated in a five day Bush Craft camping exercise in Whirinaki Forest, Te Urewera National Park near Murupara.

Outside their comfort zone and away from technology, students were able to embrace our beautiful landscape and rivers by walking a number of tracks, enjoying nature at its finest. In preparation, students were taught basic navigation skills , layering of clothing, hypothermia and setting up tents with the real test being in the thick of things (The bush) leading their peers on on daily tramps. As part of the experience, students were introduced to military 24-hour ration packs containing three meals plus brew gears and snacks. Having to prepare and cook their own meals using small gas cookers gave students a sense of achievement and appreciation. On the odd occasion and to boost morale, students were provided with a nice cooked meal to help them through the day.

To preserve our forests, it was important to teach our students the environmental care code and the responsibility each of us has by ensuring we remove all rubbish, stay on formed tracks and to use the facilities provided. Overall, an enjoyable experience capped off with a long deserved shower and relaxation at Debretts hot pools in Taupo.

Hemi Karauria


Services Academy

Achieving Excellence in NCEA - Congratulations!

Level 3 - Chemistry 3.2 - Demonstrate understanding of spectroscopic data in chemistry

Ruby Mildon

Level 3 - English 3.4 - Produce a selection of fluent and coherent writing which develops, sustains, and structures ideas

Riley Stanaway

Level 3 - Mathematics and Statistics 3.3 - apply trigonometric methods in solving problems

Hirini Mcllroy & Riley Stanaway

Level 3 - Biology 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of how an animal maintains a stable internal envioronment

Riley Stanaway

Level 2 - Physics 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics

Kefir Kirwan & Grace Whaanga

Level 1 - Mathematics and Statistics 1.4 - Apply linear algebra in solving problems

Ashley Atkinson, Kefir Kirwan, Aimee MacDonald, Nikau Pitman, Eden Scotson, Verner Owen, Grace Whaanga

Karma Card Winners

Te Toki:

Holly Gray

Ava Moeau-Wilson

William Tawera

Tom Kerley


Breannah Clough

Anahera Olsen

Shayden Hook-Davis

Rylee Burton

Nga Taiaha:

Shiloh Edwards

Mahaki Tahuri

Nate Douglas

Kaydin Edwards


Jeziah Grigsby

Katherine Atkinson

Grace Young

Mercy Emberson

Introducing our Learning Support Coordinator

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa!

Ko Pilot Hill tōku maunga

Ko Te Wairoa hopupu honengenenge matangi rau te awa

He whāngai āhau o Aotearoa.

Ko David Glover tōku matua

Ko Edith Glover tōku whaea

Ko Stephen Broomfield tōku hoa rangatira

Ko Dawn Colless tōku tēina whāngai

Ko Diane Broomfield tōku ingoa

Tēnā koutou katoa!

A little about me….

I was born in Dublin, Eire and raised overseas in South Africa, Portugal, Nigeria and England. After training as a high school science and maths teacher, I taught in secondary schools from England and Botswana to New Zealand. My husband and I have lived in New Zealand for over 20 years; the longest period I have ever spent in one country, and I now realise that I have travelled around the world in search of my tūrangawaewae here in Wairoa!

For over 14 years I worked across all schools in the Wairoa District as a Resource Teacher for Learning and Behaviour (RTLB). I have a particular interest in special education and a passion for supporting students with additional learning support needs, and their whānau, teachers and school systems. In 2019 I returned to Wairoa College to teach Science and Maths, and had the pleasure of being the Year 11 Dean. I continue to be immensely proud of my now Year 13 students; their personal growth, academic achievements and strong leadership within our school.

Currently I hold the position of Learning Support Coordinator at Wairoa College. The LSC role is to ensure chlildren and young people with disability and additional learning needs have access to the services they need. They will substantively contribute to a collborative approach that organises leaning support around what best meets the needs of children and young people across a cocal community. They will help simplify the current learning support system, particularly for the key stakholders that interact with it, including parents and whanau.

If you have a concern about your child’s learning and would like to contact me, you can:

I welcome the opportunity to meet, collaborate and work with whānau and caregivers.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini

My strength is not that of a single warrior but that of many.

Ngā mihi

Diane Broomfield


Nominations are invited for the election of three parent representatives to the board of trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be issued to all eligible voters. Eligible voters can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or your can nominate yourself. Both parts of the form must be signed. Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office.

Nominations close at noon on the 30th of July, 2021 and may be accompanied by a signed candidate statement and photograph. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates' names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school.

Voting closes at noon on the 1st of September, 2021.

Bernadine Hamlin

Returning Officer

Winter Track Pants

The Wairoa College uniform shop now has Track Pants available for student to pre order.

The Track Pants come in Navy (Year 7-10) and Black (Year 11-13) with sizes ranging from 10 – 5XL. Sample sizes are available for the students to try prior to the weekly order being placed. There will be no returns once the pants have been received. Orders can be paid for at the College Office during the week. The order will be sent away on a Friday with the garments being available the following week.

Students and parents are welcome to come to the uniform shop between the hours of 8:30am - 9am Monday –Friday.

The cost to students is $40 per pair. ONLY the school track pants are permitted during Term 2 and Term 3.


The Uniform Shop is now available daily from 8.30am – 9am. Please come to the front office on arrival at school. There is the option to pay for uniform anytime during office hours 8am-3.30pm but this will not be issued until the following morning.

Designer Night

On Friday 25 June we were privileged to host an awesome event in the Textiles room. We had a visiting designer by the name of Jerome Taylor of the brand “not for you “ based in Wellington. The event was a collaboration between ADARA, Curve Technology, Wairoa Digital Hub, Wairoa Young Achievers Trust and Wairoa College. The night began with the launch of a new 'fashion in a box' learning program which Seenie Kahukura of ADARA and Jerome are working on. This will be a valuable learning tool for rural students like ours. The evening was attended by 24 registered students of all ages. We were able to view and purchase one off clothing items created by Jerome and had access to lots of inspiration and runway shows on the digital table. After this we had refreshments provided by the college catering team then moved into Ms Hayward’s textiles room where the celebrity Mika joined us via zoom. Jerome and his assistant then helped us to transform jackets, jeans and hoodies with screen-printing, Spray-painting, stenciling , ripping , stitching and cutting to make original one off amazing street wear items. Parts of the workshop were recorded to be part of an Instagram podcast. The evening was busy, creating and inspiring and thoroughly enjoyed by all.



Netball Junior A's v Taikura Juniors 42 - 29 Win


Basketball Junior Boys v NBHS 41 - 36 Win

Basketball Junior Girls v Hukarere 31 -29 Win

Senior Boys v Taradale Senior B 60 - 26 Win

Senior Girls v Iona 84 - 14 Win


Rugby Colts v HBHS 5 - 48 Loss

Rugby First XV v NBHS 22 - 19 Win


Wairoa College Girls v Woodford Black 4 - 2 Win

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Upcoming Events

  • Teacher Only Day - Friday 9 July
  • LAST DAY OF TERM 2 - Thursday 8 July
  • TERM 3 STARTS - Monday 26 July
  • Services Academy - Life202 Workshop - Monday 26 July to Thursday 29 July
  • Trades academy Y12/13 Gisborne - Friday 30 July
  • Service Academy - Advanced Leaders - Monday 2 August to Friday 6 August
  • Whakapikiake - Thursday 5 August
  • Learners Licence course - Friday 6 August
  • Wairoa College Young Aspiring Leaders - Friday 6 August
  • Attitude Presentation - Tuesday 10 August
  • Board of Trustees Meeting - Tuesday 17 August
  • Wellington Tertiary Trip - Thursday 19 August & Friday 20 August
  • Wairoa College Young Aspiring Leaders - Friday 20 August
  • Yr 10 Olympics Day - Thursday 26 August