Issue 6 - 12 May 2022



E ngā reo, e ngā mana, rau rangatira mā, ngā matā waka, tēnei te mihi nui atu ki ā koutou katoa. Ko te wawata me te tumanako ka noho ora mai koutou katoa.

Welcome back to Term Two

Welcome back to Term Two. It has been great to welcome our students and staff back after a well earned break. We have seen a sharp increase in attendance and it has been really good to see our students well prepared and ready to get back into their learning after a disrupted Term 1.

We are currently at the Orange setting for Covid, this has enabled us to run assemblies for the first time. The messages at the assemblies have reiterated our school values. We respect our right to learn, ourselves and each other. We show responsibility by looking after each other, our school and community. We show achievement by working hard in class and in school to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes for life.

Whilst orange is here for now, if we see spikes in Covid cases at Orange we will return to face mask wearing and if this is the case we will communicate these changes with you.

Recent online incident

I would like to take this opportunity to address how the school has responded to the inappropriate email that was sent last Friday 6/05/2022 at 5:32pm to all students.

Over the weekend and this week, the school has worked alongside the Police and has thoroughly investigated the incident. We have identified the person that committed the offence. The Board of Trustees and Police have met with the person involved and are satisfied that whilst their actions have caused harm they were not malicious in intent. The person has shown sufficient remorse, acknowledging the harm they have caused and we are confident that they have learned from the experience.

The school has asked teachers to reiterate our Cyber safety rules to all students and has offered support to all students if required through our pastoral support network.

On investigation with independent organisations Linewize and PCMedia, have identified how the breach in security occurred. We have activated their recommendations and amended our school policies accordingly; these are available at

The BOT are confident in the integrity of the school network and believe that it can assure the safety of our school email system.

I would like to personally thank the students, staff and community who communicated with me about this incident and offered their support.

Winter illness

With Term 2 underway, we’re looking ahead to what might come next – not just from COVID-19 but the upcoming winter season and illnesses that may come with it.

With New Zealanders mostly sheltered from exposure to flu in the last two years, health experts are concerned about our lower immunity to flu. If you are normally someone who doesn’t bother with the flu vaccine, we strongly encourage you to get your flu vaccination this year and get your whānau up to date with any other vaccinations (for example, measles, whooping cough).

Flu (influenza) vaccines – Ministry of Health

As always, we want to keep our students and staff as safe as possible from the harms from illness and to have as many students learning on site as we can. All those good actions like staying away if unwell will reduce the risk of harm from COVID-19 will also help to prevent seasonal illnesses.

We have a number of upcoming events and activities coming and I hope I will get the chance to meet you this term, reconnect and talk about what we are doing well and what we need to do better at WHS.

Martyn Knapton


Term 2 Focus - Attendance

Our focus for Term 2 will be on ensuring that our students are at school learning as much as possible. We know that, for the majority of our students, the best place possible for wellbeing and learning is at school with their friends, teachers and other school staff. We also have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

In 2022, the Whakatāne Kahui Ako (Community of Learning) has introduced four new Attendance positions within Whakatane High School, to help ensure students are attending school on a regular basis. We'd like to introduce these new staff below:

Mathew Martin

Kia Ora,

My name is Mathew Martin and I will be leading the Kāhui Ako Attendance Service Team for 2022. I have a background in dealing with attendance through different roles over 20+ years as an educator. These roles have included pastoral care, Dean, Guidance, Careers Advisor, Head of Department and I have also covered Deputy Principal and Assistant Principal roles in various schools. I love my job and supporting young people to navigate through a changing and at times, challenging world.

On a personal note, I am a husband, a dad to two wonderful young boys and a very keen fisherman who loves all sports. I love DIY and spending time with friends and family.

I am looking forward to the challenge and helping students and whanau re-engage with schools in a positive manner.

Maraea Porter

Ko Mākeo te Maunga

Ko Waiaua te Awa

Ko Mātaatua te Waka

Ko Ngāti Ruatakena te Hapū

Ko Te Whakatōhea te Iwi

Ko Maraea Porter ahau

I am one of three that have joined the Whakatāne Kāhui Ako team with Whakatāne High School. I am based at Te Kura o Te Pāroa where I am also a Kaiāwhina. I am gaining experience as a Youth/Resource Worker with Te Ahirau Social Services, supporting, strengthening and assisting tamariki and rangatahi in care. I am also a student at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, studying towards a Bachelor of Humanities degree.

Contributing towards Māori development and advancement is my priority. My career aspiration is to work in kaupapa Māori environments that aim to enhance the wellbeing and prosperity of our people. I have a passion for Humanities, and I am determined to use my skills in everyday life and work experiences, and turn my passion into a successful career one day.

Brendan Stevens

Kia Ora Koutou,

Ko Brendan Stevens tōku ingoa nō Te Whakatōhea ahau. Everyone seems to call me Uncle or Uncle B, which is cool with me.

New to the team but old to the game. I've jumped onboard to join the truancy program as of 2022 and look forward to what I'm sure will be an eventful year.

I've been told I am fun and a supportive person to be around and offer another avenue for the wider whanau to communicate to the students Kura. I'm very much a student advocate and always willing to tautoko them where I can.

About me, I love my whanau and musicianship. I also have a long background in Martial Arts and love to teach youth. I have also been known to coach youth netball, rugby and strength conditioning in general for budding athletes.

Jenna Wharewera

He uri au no Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe me Te Whānau Ā Apanui.

Ko Jenna Wharewera tōku ingoa.

Kia ora! My name is Jenna Wharewera. I am a former student of Whakatāne High School where I am based as one of three Kai tō Roopu Pāhekoheko (Attendance Advisor) for 2022. I am also a first year Bachelor of Applied Counseling student at Te Pū Wānanga ō Anamata. I often spend my spare time in and around the taiao (environment), working on my personal development, connecting and learning more about Te Ao Māori and re-learning my photography skills. A large part of my career is administration where I learned most of my skills through my family’s business, Power Lines and Services Limited. However, I aim to focus my future career on building and maintaining relationships throughout the community and guiding people of all ages to embrace their identity, reclaim their mana/strengths and utilize their experiences to succeed in all areas of life.

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A number of WHS students have been successful in being selected for BOP representative teams -

  • U18 Hockey - Skye Martin, Callum Giles, Eva Sexton & Lara Longney
  • U17 Volleyball - Joe Doogue, Kendall McKane & Jordan Cochrane
  • U19 Volleyball - Jamie Julian & Oliver Forsyth
  • U15 Badminton Blue - McKenzie Reid
  • U15 Badminton Yellow - Hannah White
  • U17 Badminton Blue - Lauranze Juan
  • U17 Badminton Yellow - Xavier Reid
  • U16 BOP Rugby League Team - Naia-Lee Shadrock
  • Kokako Raki and Jordyn Shadrock represented the BOP Under 18 Rugby League team at the NZRL 9s tournament. The team finished 3rd and Kokako was named in the tournament team.
  • Kaio Moses has also been selected to attend ESP Trust camp for Rugby League


Caign Boonen and Ben Jackson attended the NZ Age Group Swimming Championships in Wellington over the holidays. Caign won 2x silver medals in the 50m backstroke and 100m backstroke. He also picked up a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle.

Ben was also successful in making a number of finals.


Girls 1st XI Lost to Trident Girls 1st XI 7-3 (played Tuesday 10th May)

Junior Boys A against Trident Junior A ended in a 2-1 defeat for WHS. Great possession and control for large parts of the game but the result didn't do our efforts justice. Well done guys, you played brilliantly as a team. Player of the day Jai Julian.

Rugby - Girls

WHS Girls lost to Mount Maunganui Girls - 24-35, tries scored by Kokako Raki, Leanna Roebuck, Cameron Waaka and Naia-Lee Shadrock

Rugby - Boys

U14s vs Otumoetai - a 24-17 win for the young team

1st XV vs Te Taumata - a close loss 15-19

Basketball - 9 May

Junior B Lost vs Trident Junior Boys Blue 35-59

Junior A beat Opotiki College Junior Boys 58-16

Senior girls defaulted to Te Wharekura o Ruatoki Senior Girls

Junior girls Lost to OPotiki College Junior Girls 31-41

Senior boys B Lost to Opotiki College Senior Boys 15-47

Senior boys À Defeated Trident Senior Boys Blue 39-31


1st XV defeated Ohope Gold 6-0

Basketball - 2 May

Senior A Boys Defeated Opotiki 51-36

Senior B Boys Loss to Trident A 19-86

Junior A Boys Defeated Trident Junior B 54-29

Senior Girls Loss to Trident Junior Girls 44-48


Senior Prem Lost to Poroporo Rewatu

Senior Prem reserves Lost to Trident Prem 2 45-17

Senior Gold

Junior Prem Defeated TWTOP Ravens 54-5

Junior Prem reserves Defeated WHS Junior Kowhai 34-11

Junior Pikopiko Lost to Team Shannon

Junior Kowhai Lost to WHS Junior Prem Reserves 11-34

Here are some great artworks produced by Ms Wright's Y10 Photography and Design students

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Level 2 OED Te Urewera Tramp

Whakatane High School PE staff have been taking students tramping in Te Urewera National Park for over 50 years. With the school's strong cultural links to the Tuhoe Iwi, it is always a pleasure and privilege to visit, travel and connect with this special place. Last week the 3 senior Outdoor Education classes embarked on a 3 day, 2 night expedition deep into the park. Destination Te Panaa, far up the Matahi Valley.

Thanks to the hard work of teachers Mr Muru, Mr Christie and Miss O-C, the 60 students were well prepared for the rigours and demands of tramping and camping in cold frosty autumn conditions. With 15kg pack limits students had to tramp over 24km while utilising risk management strategies to support each other on their journey. This involved navigation, map work, bush survival, safe cooking practices, camping in tents, respecting the mana of the environment as well as applying first aid in the field.

Congratulations to all of the students and staff involved in this expedition. Next up for this group is Mountain-biking, Lakes day at Rotoma as well as pest control at manawahe.

Whakatane High School Interact Club is back up and running for 2022 this term!

Our board committee has planned an awesome line up of guest speakers and fundraising event ideas (like a Pink Ribbon Breakfast) to get the club members inspired and involved in the community.

Last week we had Mr Knapton, he spoke about the shade sail that the Interact Club are partly funding, and how much the WHS Interact Club is valued by the school. The next meeting we have Drew Ewan, CEO of the Big Brother Big Sister NZ speaking on the 20th of May, BBBSNZ is an organisation that helps mentor young people, developing important values of caring, unity/togetherness, kindness and generosity to give tamariki a sense of belonging. Then we have Jason Lougher on the 27th of May. Accountant, Jason Lougher has been, and still is, involved in many community activities doing good works, which is the vision of our Interact Club and what we aspire to do.

WHS Interact meetings are every Friday of the term at 1.15pm in room B7. If you would like to join, come along and listen to the speakers and find out what we do. Hope to see all you Interactors and new members there!

Working at Heights

This week our Level 3 Construction Crew and a couple of enthusiastic Level 2 students enjoyed a full day of learning the ins and outs of safely working at heights. The cabins our Year 13's have been building as part of their Construction curriculum were used for the practical part of this course. We are really proud of these students, whom the Safety 'n' Action trainer said he was very impressed with - particularly all their prior knowledge about Health and Safety. Ka rawe!

Careers News

The Eastern Bay of Plenty Career Expo is being hosted by Trident High School this year and will be at Trident HS on Wednesday, May 25. Year 12 and 13 students will be scheduled to attend. We will take the students by bus and they will be away from school for approximately 1 hour. If you do not want your student to attend, please let the school know, either Ms Stuart or the mentor teacher.

University Visits

The University of Waikato Open Day on the Hamilton Campus is on Friday 27 May. Years 12 and 13 students are welcome to sign up for the trip. We ask for a fee of $25 to go toward the cost of the transport. See Ms Stuart to sign up for that trip.

Defensive Driving Course

We have space for 15 students to complete their Defensive Driving Course through school. Students must have held their Learners License for at least 4 months and have started their driving practice, or have just gained their Restricted Licence.

Students must attend all eight hours of the course:

15 & 17 June 11:15 – 1:15

20 & 22 June 08:45 – 10:45

A small cost to the students will be $50.00

The remainder of the course fee is sponsored by Toi-EDA

Please contact Ms Stuart if you would like to be considered for this course.

Armed Forces

There will be an evening presentation on Tuesday May 31 6-7 pm, at the Mount Manganui RSA. Please email to register and ask for more information:


The Gateway Programme allows students to experience an industry while still at school. We appreciate local employers for their support of hosting students and sharing their industry knowledge. If any of our school whanau and supporters are interested in working with us, please contact us at school. We are starting students at Horizon, James Street School, Ohope Primary School, RDA, Awanuiaarangi, Little Orchard Preschool and Whakatane Info and Countdown.

Futures Academy

Students continue to attend the Futures Academy for their chosen trade. There are short taster courses beginning soon and some Year 11 students will be part of that.

Jo-Anne Stuart and Julie Ball

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Below is a small list of events coming up.

For the full calendar of events, check out this link:

  • NCEA Teacher Only Day - Friday 13 May
  • Junior Term 1 Option Reports available on the portal - Friday 13 May
  • NCEA Information Evening - Thursday 19 May
  • Pink Shirt Mufti Day - Friday 20 May
  • EBOP Careers Expo - Wednesday 25 May
  • Community of Learning Teacher Only Day - Friday 3 June
  • Class photos - Thursday 16 June
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When dropping students off in the morning, or picking up in the afternoons, please do not park across any of the driveways on Goulstone Road, blocking the entry and exit to the driveways.

Student Health Notice

Health services provided FREE in school:

  • School Nurse: daily except Wednesday morning
  • School Doctor: Tuesdays P2
Visit the Student Office to make an appointment.

School bus information

If you require information about your student/s bus route or timetable for any in-zone routes, please contact Go Bus directly on: 07 846 8796. If you're wanting information for out-of-zone bus routes, please contact Uzabus on 07 308 6169. Masks are mandatory on all school buses.

Science Department Request

We are in need of small plastic containers - chinese takeaway containers would be perfect! If you have any of these spare, please drop them in to the front office. We'd really appreciate it!

Rangiatea Whakatane School For Young Parents

Check out the Rangiatea Facebook page and see what our fantastic teachers have been up with with our young parents: