Wairoa College

Newsletter Thursday 24 November

Teacher Only Day - Friday November 25

Year 7 and 8 WYAT Aspiring Leaders Programme

“The goal for the WYAT Aspiring Leaders Programme is to enhance health and wellbeing and establish aspirational high-performance pathways for students at Wairoa College. A selected group of Year 7 and Year 8 are taken through a range of activities to enhance physical competency, understanding of hauora and success characteristics for life (team work, communication, resilience etc). We hope these aspiring leaders will realise their own potential and apply these skills to future endeavours.”

Some of the activities planned: are as follows.

  • Log Carry
  • Paper Mache Activity - Whare Tapa Wha
  • Quiz
  • Balloon Challenges
  • Physical Competency: Balance
  • Meke Meter

Ally Hislop

Sport Performance and Programmes Coach

EIT Institute of Sport and Health

Aurora Programme

Aurora has been the best programme that I've ever indulged myself in. It helps children in all factors; manners, tikanga, teamwork skills, communication skills, building confidence, working under stressful situations, and social skills.

I liked it best because it revolves around real life situations and problems that we face in this world. Instead of teaching us maths that we’re all bored of, they teach us about real life. We learnt about a bunch of different children who made a big difference in the world despite their age; teaching us that it is never too early or late to make a change. We learnt about pollution and air pollution issues, hate against different races, big challenges that we would face if we ever wanted to be a councilman, governor, or even the Prime Minister.

They taught us important lessons that we’ll take with us for the rest of our lives.

I loved how considerate the staff were and how friendly they always are. I don’t think of Katie and Rebecca as teachers, I think of them as friends. They always knew that when we were all looking tired and drained that they would give us a break and we would play a fun game and grab a snack.

What I mainly loved in Aurora, was the connections I made. Everyone knows that I’m a very social person, so getting to have new friends was really cool for me. Knowing that wherever I go in Wairoa, Mahia, Nuhaka, Mohaka, Ruakituri, I will always find a friendly face. Whenever I see the tutors we had in town, I know that I can always go talk to them and give them a hug and that they will always have my back.

By Te Maioho Matai

Year 8 Student

Pā Whutupōro Touch

Wairoa College Year 7 and 8 Students enjoyed playing touch at the Tapuae Sports Grounds. Thank you to the students, coaches, referees and management for a great day.


Year 7 - 10 students will only be onsite until 11am on this day, after this they will be released to go home. Due to our staff attending the hui there will only be a skeleton staff left to supervise, please make alternative care arrangements for your child.

Teacher Only Day - Friday December 2

Transition Day Year 9

On Friday the 18 November Wairoa College hosted a group of students from Nuhaka, Te Mahia, Mohaka , Kotemaori and St Joseph's School who are looking to enrol as Year 9 students in 2023.

The visitors first spent time in the gym with 2023 Year 9 Dean, Ms Morgana Nathan, taking part in some ice breaker games before enjoying what for some was a new sport, and a Wairoa Collge favourite, Ultimate Coney Island.

Year 11 leaders, Exodus Taylor, James Vennell, Alyx Wairau and Montana Kirby helped run the activities and supported our visitors.

Next, the students were treated to morning tea in the Food Tech Dept thanks to Mrs Shelly Murphy. After interval students spent time in the Hard Materials department where they looked at some projects students are able to make with wood. Mr Johan Oosthuizen/Mr Andrew Hume showed our visitors the new e-Sports facility and students got the opportunity to try out our virtual reality experience.

Before returning to their own schools, students and whanau were given information about a typical school day, sporting opportunities available and the 2023 'Year 9 Ready to Learn Day' Wednesday 1st February, 2023. Students left with enrolment packs, a Wairoa College water bottle and having enjoyed a fun visit.

Thank you to all the Learning Support Coordinators, teachers, support staff and whanau that contributed to a very successful visit.

Nga mihi nui,


Learning Support Coordinator

Wairoa College

Year 10 Agriculture Taster Course

Year 10 students who have chosen Agriculture as a subject in 2023 have been attending a taster course at the Swanns, Cricklewood Road farm. They have been drenching lambs, drafting sheep, pressing wool, marking calves, mustering sheep and dagging ewes for the shearers. This taster course will allow them to see if this is something they wish to study as a Year 11 student.

Inter House Touch Competition

Congratulations to all the students that participated today during extended whanau time. Thank you to all the whanau teachers that helped out. Also, a big thank you to Luana, Lyric and the Year 9 Leaders for their help refereeing, setting up and packing away.

The results from the touch tournament in terms of house points are:

200 points - Patu

150 points - Nga Taiaha

100 points - Te Toki

50 points - Manu

Te Pukenga EIT Presentation

Te Pukenga EIT Staff came to school on Thursday to talk to students about different options for study in an area that they may be passionate about eg. the Level 3 Farming Agriculture course which was delivered by tutor Sam Sidney.

Maraea Wesche and Kelsea Harris explained how their team are available to help students choose the right subject or give them guidance on the best way into their chosen career. They also explained how to get the most out of their time at study by focusing on what really matters to them, being their studies and their future.

Scholarships students can apply for were discussed. The Te Toka Scholarship which is 1 year fees free and helps students to gain their driving license. Year 13 students wanting to do a Bachelor Degree at Te Pukinga EIT could also apply for a scholarship which is 2 years’ fees free. There is travel assistance also available.

Zac Te Maro the services tutor explained to the students the importance of determination, commitment and self-discipline. It was great to see students fully engaged in the discussion.

Ada Clark

Gateway Coordinator

Papa Taiao Earthcare Predator Control Course

Students were able to participate in a fun and exciting Papa Taiao Earthcare Predator control two-day course, gaining 13 Level 3 NCEA credits. The students discovered the extraordinary endemic biodiversity of Aotearoa and the significance of protecting species through predator control. Students finished with an understanding of predator eradication methods, monitoring, and the importance of community engagement.

The students were excited and really enjoyed the fun activities throughout the course.

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Upcoming Events

  • Year 10 AG Farm Taster - Wednesday 23 and 24 November
  • Teacher Only Day - Friday 25 November
  • Paid Union Meeting - Wednesday 30 November
  • Year 7 & 8 Splash Planet Trip - Thursday 1 November
  • Teacher Only Day - Friday 2 December
  • Year 7 to 10 Fun Day - Monday 5 December
  • Junior Minor Prizegiving - Wednesday 7 December
  • Junior Major Prizegiving - Thursday 8 December

Presenting "The Rebel in Me"

The Rebel in Me' is a magical story that follows Lyric, an 'at-risk' rangatahi who is raised by his aunty due to his mum passing at a young age. Lyric struggles with his identity as a "rebel without a cause" and so his tipuna send an ancestor from the past into the present to "sort him out". The play is filled with heart- felt emotion and humour with original music, dance and haka composed by our rangatahi.

Over the last couple months, twenty Rangatahi from Hawkes-Bay have been participating in Marae wānanga building their leadership skills and building their capabilities. 10 of these Rangatahi are from Mahia and seven of them attend Wairoa College.

Please come and support these inspiring Rangatahi by attending any of their shows but especially their Mahia and Wairoa show.

These Rangatahi are also fundraising to for a summer show in Brisbane, we will have stalls/kai available.

Kei te mihi,



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