Buller High School Newsletter
Issue 6, June 2022
From the Principal
Kia ora koutou,
Term 2 has been a very busy one for students, with opportunities beyond the classroom now becoming more available. Over recent weeks we have had a Year 12 Physics Trip to Christchurch, Rugby in Kaikoura, Netball in Greymouth, Year 13 Biology fieldtrip plus other events. Next week we will be holding the annual school Swimming Sports at the PERC.
Last year we trialed only those entered for at least two events taking part and we will be following the same process this year. My hope is that many students take up this opportunity for a fun day out of the classroom and to support their house.
This week the student council organised a non-uniform (mufti) day to support the local branch of the Salvation Army. The Army do a wonderful job in helping those in need and this was a small opportunity for our school community to add to that support. $220.90 was raised.
Friday 24 June is the first public holiday to acknowledge Matariki, the Māori New Year. We introduced this to our students at the assembly on Monday, and ran a Matariki themed kahoot on Wednesday 22nd and Ki o Rahi on Thursday 23rd. Several curriculum areas are using Matariki as the theme for classroom learning and activities. There are other community events planned to celebrate Matariki in our community. The best time to see the cluster is before dawn on a clear day – we are getting some of these at last!
Hauhake tū, ka tō Matariki.
The harvest ends when Matariki sets.
Finally, I want to pay tribute to Ms Karen Wells, our Assistant Principal who is leaving at the end of this term to take up a Deputy Principal role at Motueka High School. Ms Wells arrived just over five years ago from Motueka and has become a valuable, treasured staff member and leader in our school. We will be holding a special assembly in her honour in week 10. We will be sorry to see her go but congratulate her on the new role.
I look forward to once again sharing more student and staff successes and would encourage all parents and the community to be involved in the many events scheduled this term.
Head Student Profiles
BHS Planting - Environmental Studies 9E
9E after planting 120 native trees on the Tauranga Bay headland on June 22nd.
This was the 94th class from BHS to be involved in the revegetation project!
Drone footage of 9E planting.
Trees in the background have been planted by previous BHS classes.
New House Names 2023
Following consultation with students, staff, the school community and Ngāti Waewae, new house names will come into effect in 2023.
The young, curled shoots of native ferns, Pikopiko are an edible delicacy, traditionally eaten at Matariki festivals and also used to garnish dishes. Pikopiko are representative of the journey ākonga make throughout their schooling.
The harakeke plant represents the whānau. The rito (shoot) is the child. It is surrounded by the awhi rito (parents) and the outside leaves represent the tīpuna (ancestors). Versatile, the harakeke is also one of Aotearoa’s most distinctive plants. It is hoped that all ākonga are nurtured in a whānau environment.
Tī kōuka (Blue)
Although they grow throughout the country, Tī kōuka prefer wet, open areas. They grow 12-20 metres tall and as the plant gets old, the stems may die but new shoots grow from any part of the trunk. Each year our new ākonga provide the new shoots from which the plant continues to grow.
Where are they now? by Gavin Haussmann
I have now been teaching drama and music at BHS for 16 years and have to admit that time has gone quickly. I am very fortunate to work alongside Rona Halsall in our music department. Last term I was preparing a presentation for the Board of Trustees and wanted to know what some of my students had done with their love for the Performing Arts. I decided to contact 17 students and they all replied with their current status.
I have decided to make a feature of their replies and in the coming newsletters, each student will be highlighted.
This newsletter features graduate of 2018 Tristan Valencia.
After graduating from Buller High School in 2018, I, Tristan Valencia, went on to further pursue Performing Arts in the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA). I graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts. I am now a co-founder and a core member of a theatrical company called ‘Yugto Productions’ that me and my classmates from NASDA founded during our second year of studying there.
This company is an Ōtautahi based theatre company that provides a platform for Asian creatives to tell their stories. Since launching the company we have hosted a fundraiser concert for the typhoon that hit the Philippines in 2020, we have produced and crafted the first all-Asian cabaret in Aotearoa called Asian Kiwiana.
The arts is a weird place, where we are able to explore what is not being said, or what is too big to say. The arts have helped to shape the way that I am today. It goes deeper than just liking being on stage or liking plays. It genuinely allows us to explore the world, but most importantly it allows us to explore ourselves. Ever since starting my journey in the arts, I see and recognise myself for who I am and why I am the I am.
The arts serve as a mirror, inviting us to look deeper,
ask questions and reflect on this weird journey called life.
Year 12 Physics Trip to Christchurch
L2 Physics students explored University of Canterbury’s Radioactivity Lab where they played with liquid nitrogen, held a uranium fuel rod, and learned all about Rutherford’s experiments that developed our understanding of the atom. We also had time to fit in some activities to help bring to life physics principles like force and momentum.
Physics is Phun!
West Coast Secondary Schools (WCSS) Junior Netball Tournament
On Tuesday 21 June the Buller High School Junior Netball team, travelled to the Hokitika Sports Hub to compete in the WCSS Junior Netball Tournament. This was the second time the team had played together, meaning they put in an outstanding effort. A special thanks to Milli Skinner for umpiring on behalf of the team!
Buller High School vs John Paul II = 12 - 27
Buller High School vs Westland High School = 16 - 19
Buller High School vs Greymouth High School = 11 - 26
Buller High School vs South Westland Area Schools = 18 - 8
Year 11 Horticulture
Proud Year 11 Horticulture students with some of the produce grown in their gardens.
All produce was grown from seed, sown and cared for by the students since the start of the school year.
Left to right: Kiriana Dickson, Jayda Barry, Baylee Rowsell, Grace Forsyth, Lily O’Toole, Mitchell Riach, Stevie Jacobsen, Jayden Frater
Mitchell Riach, holding a record size Broccoli from the school gardens.