Hamilton Boys' High School -Term 2, Edition 2, June 2019
Argyle House Leads the School House Competition
Argyle House currently sits 2 points clear at the top of the table with House Basketball and General Knowledge still to take place this term.
Year 9 Boarders 2020, Field Days, School Ball and a close House Competition
We are now into the final four weeks of Term 2 which is traditionally the busiest time of the winter term with sports exchanges, cultural and arts festivals, follow-up from junior exams and the reporting on the academic progress of our senior students in the day school. It can be a challenging time for many of our boys and staff as winter sets in.
We are all very proud of the positive way in which the boys have handled the change to winter temperatures, fewer daylight hours, the various school pressures as well as taking part in their own co-curricular activities. They have all managed themselves extremely well in what is a very settled hostel environment.
Year 9 Boarders 2020
Mrs Hassall (Headmaster), Mr Quigley (Dean of Boarding) and I have concluded all Year 9 2020 interviews for Argyle House and are extremely pleased with the high calibre of young men that have now been accepted into Argyle House for 2020, including 9 brothers. We interviewed all 60 boys that applied and accepted 40. As always, it is extremely difficult to place everyone that applies so we have a lengthy waiting list. With this in mind, I have attached the 2020 Intentions Form, which I would like all families of boarders in Years 9 – 12 to complete and return to Mrs Katrina McLaughlin by Friday 6th September, Week 7 Term 3, as I need to determine whether your son is returning in 2020. We get numerous applications from Years 10 – 13 2020 boarders, so being able to confirm your son’s intention for 2020 will help me with filling the correct number of beds for next year. If you know your son’s situation for 2020 now, then please return the form as soon as possible, particularly those with sons currently in Year 12.
I know many of our boys from rural areas are looking forward to Field Days this week, as well as those boys that have never experienced Field Days. You will have all received a School Links email from the Deputy Headmaster, Mr Power, last Friday, which outlined the school’s policy for boys attending Field Days, which has worked successfully in previous years to minimise disruption to the school on Wednesday and Thursday. All boys will attend classes as normal this week but are able to take leave on Friday 14th June.
Our boys are able to take weekend or overnight leave from 2.10pm Thursday 13th June. The school and hostel will remain open on Friday 14th June and supervision will be provided in the day school for all hostel and day students who attend school on Friday, as all hostel staff have school commitments this day.
If your son is in the hostel on Friday morning and is not attending Field Days, then he will be required to meet at the school library from 8.45am where he will spend the day completing an academic programme and participating in PE lessons. He will return to Argyle for lunch at the normal time, with the school day concluding as normal at 3.15pm. The hostel is open all weekend.
The hostel boys are able to attend Field Days on Friday with their friends by catching a bus from Hamilton Central (corner of Bryce & Anglesea Streets) which departs every half hour between 8.00am – 11.00am, returning to Hamilton Central every half hour between 2.00 – 4.30pm, with the final bus departing Mystery Creek at 5.15pm. If the boys have a pre-paid ticket to enter Field Days then the bus is free, but they have to show their ticket to the driver. Others will have to pay.
All Field Days leave must be entered into Boardingware, including who your son is going with and how he is getting there.
Field Days Fundraiser
I would like to thank the 6 parents that have volunteered to help the Argyle boys, 3 GAP students and I park cars as part of our hostel fundraiser from Wednesday to Friday this week. We are very fortunate to be given the opportunity to earn $4500 by providing car parking assistance for all exhibitors and public attending Field Days. The proceeds will go directly to the hostel to purchase items not budgeted for, with input from the boys. e.g. upgrade to a 65" TV for the Junior TV Lounge. The 6 parents are Adrian Verry, Bridget St George, Hamish Nelson, Blair Nelson, Phil McConnell and Alby Anderson.
The annual Hamilton BHS Ball is being held next Wednesday evening, 19th June, at the Wintec Atrium. Only Year 13 students may attend, with tickets going for $70 a single and $140 a double. Doors open from 7.00pm and close at 7.45pm. The last dance is scheduled for 11.15pm and the Ball concludes at 11.30pm.
As the Duty Masters at Argyle and Grove are off duty from 10.00pm and the hostel has bedded down for the night, all Year 13s that attend the Ball will be required to find alternative accommodation for the evening. This has always been our policy and the boys have been given advance notice. All Year 13s will be required to return to the hostel by 8.00am the following morning, ready to complete their normal school timetable. It is a special occasion, organised by the Cultural Prefects of Hamilton BHS, which celebrates all Year 13 students' final year at Hamilton BHS. The theme is 'A Starry Night'.
Head of Boarding
021 516 477
Intentions Form 2020
Cooper Bennett (Year 11), Whangamata
Hamilton BHS Tug-O-War, House Competition Event, Tuesday 21st May (Juniors) & Wednesday 22nd May (Seniors) - Argyle House 1st Place Overall
Argyle House can be well proud of winning the House Junior and Senior Tug-O-War competitions, which moves us to the top of the House Competition after 8 events, by only 2 points.
House Basketball is currently being played with General Knowledge in a fortnight's time.
L-R: Renata Palmer, Raharuhi Palmer, Hoani Ham, John Anderson, Iotia Teokotai, Zion Wipaki-McLarin, Caylus Brighouse, William Pierce, Snowden Hemi-Hill
Matthew Allen Cup Basketball, Monday 3rd June - Won by Bennett House 3 - 1
Year 10 game: Bennett won 24-6
Year 11 game: Sutherland won 12-2
Year 12 game: Bennett won 15-6
Year 13 game: Bennett won 16-2
N.B. Year 9s were absent from school the following day, due to the PPTA Union Teachers' Rolling Strike, so did not compete.
A big thanks to Mr Alby Ellis, the Hamilton BHS Teacher In-Charge of Junior Basketball, who turned up to officiate all games.
Matthew Allen Cup Tug-O-War, Monday 20th May - Won by Sutherland House 3 - 2
Year 9 - Won by Bennett
Year 10 - Won by Bennett
Year 11 - Won by Sutherland
Year 12 - Won by Sutherland
Year 13 - Won by Sutherland
Bagpipers and Brothers, Alexander Nielsen (Year 11) and Rupert Nielsen (Year 10) Win Awards
Alexander and Rupert both competed at the Hastings Highland Games and then attended a 4-day Piobaireachd seminar where they received tuition from two world-renowned masters of this classical form of bagpipe music. The Hastings Highland Games is an annual event where NZ pipers gather to measure their skills and compete to win titles in their own grade.
Alexander won the prestigious Bronze medal for his playing of the piobaireachd.
The piper must submit two full tunes to the judging panel, one of which he is required to perform on a stage with a perfectly tuned instrument.
The preparation and dedication required to win this event is intense.
Alexander now moves up to the Silver medal competitions for which the bar is raised and competition is tougher. He is also now in the same grade as his father! It will be a proud moment when he beats Phil, although he won’t make it easy.
Rupert is also a very promising musician and although he has not featured on the big stage yet he is definitely one to watch.
Over the July school holidays both boys will fly to Canada where they will attend a week long piping retreat in the Rocky Mountains receiving more guidance from the world’s top competing pipers.
Congratulations to both Alexander and Rupert who both out many hours of practice over at school and at home.
Auckland Grammar Exchange, Thursday 30th May, split exchange - with fixtures home and away
Ryoyu Tsunoda (Year 12, Japan - far right, partially obscured) is part of the Kapa Haka group leading the 1st XV Rugby team out onto the number 1 field.
Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead (1st XV Rugby Captain and Head Prefect of Argyle House) leads the team out
Ittetsu Ochiishi (Year 12 - Japan, second from left, partially obscured) proudly performs as they lead the 1st XV out onto the field
New Plymouth BHS Exchange, Thursday 6th June, all fixtures in Hamilton
Thomas Marchant (Year 11) - Hockey Injury
'Man Of The Week': Lachie Ross (Year 11), Week 6 Term 2
'Man Of The Week': Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead (Year 13), Week 5 Term 2
'Man Of The Week': Shinya Komura (Year 12), Week 4 Term 2
'Man Of The Week': Nic Audas-Ryan (Year 13), Week 3 Term 2
'Man Of The Week': Dylan Brown (Year 9), Week 2 Term 2
School Links Emails to Parents/Caregivers from Hamilton Boys' High School
High Achiever - Printed copies available
Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Friday 7th June
Print copies of the Christmas 2018 and Term 1 2019 High Achiever are now available.
Please send us your postal address with High Achiever in the subject line and we will post you out copies of these editions. Alternatively, if you would like additional copies or just one of these editions, then let us know in your message.
We hope you enjoy our coverage of all of our HBHS High Achievers.
Reminder - Year 13 Ball
Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Friday 7th June
The Hamilton Boys' High School Year 13 Ball will be held on Wednesday, 19th June 2019.
Tickets are available for purchase from the School Shop until Tuesday 11th June.
Please see the attached flyer for all information relating to the Ball.
Please note that any Hamilton Boys' High School student attending other School Balls during Ball season, is expected to behave by the same guidelines as if it was our own School Ball, and the same consequences apply if our expectations are not met.
On behalf of the HBHS Cultural Prefects
Hamilton Boys' High School has attached a .pdf file to this email:hbhs_yr_13_ball....pdf
2019 Field Days Leave - Friday 14 June
Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Friday 7th June
To minimise disruption to the school, HBHS has approved Field Days leave for those wishing to attend on Friday 14 June only; students will attend class as normal 10 – 13 June. This policy allows students and the school to effectively operate normal classes and study during the week preceding.
The school will remain open on Friday 14 June and supervision will be provided for students who wish to attend. Students attending school should report to the library at 8.45am with their school work.
We appreciate your support in allowing us to maintain an academic programme during a very busy week in the Waikato.
BOT Voting Papers
Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Thursday 6th June
Please be advised we are aware that voting papers have been received late due to unforeseen circumstances.
CES has stated that they will accept voting papers returned in the mail and posted this week until Thursday 13th June.
We are also happy to receive sealed envelopes in reception which we will courier June 7th to CES.
Reminder - Study Smarter Workshop
Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Wednesday 5th June
Study Smarter Student Workshop - Monday 8th July
Presenter: Karen Boyes – Study Skills Expert
Venue: Hamilton Boys’ High School Study Centre Time: 9am to 3pm
Students from the Hamilton area are warmly invited to attend the Study Smarter Workshop on the first Monday of the upcoming school holidays. The presenter, Karen Boyes is described as Australasia’s “Mrs Education.” An expert in effective teaching, learning and living, Karen turns her research into practical and simple-to-use techniques that create success. Her workshops at Hamilton Boys’ have proven to be immensely popular in previous years, with attendees learning some excellent strategies for studying and preparing for examinations.
As the Founder of Spectrum Education, an author, publisher of the Teachers Matter Magazine and an Associate Director of the Institute for the Habits of Mind, Karen is an expert of teaching and learning throughout the world. A dynamic presenter, she inspires teachers and students globally.
Students will learn the powerful strategies that make a difference to their study.
Through the use of simple, easy to apply and yet practical ideas, students can boost their own performance and exam results.
Please see attachment for more information and registration details.
Hamilton Boys' High School has attached a .pdf file to this email:hamilton_sss_fl....pdf
Hamilton BHS Podiatry Service
Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 4th June
Hamilton Boys' High School would like to welcome our new Podiatrist Nadia Keogh to the Wellness Centre team. Nadia comes with 20 years experience in sports biomechanics, minor surgery, diabetes and general podiatry.
The Podiatry service will be operating from the School Wellness Centre. Appointments can be made by contacting Nadia directly on 0225703776. Any issues with booking appointments please contact the Wellness Centre.
Services provided and related costs summary:
● ACC related injuries - fully funded by ACC
● Non-ACC or Private podiatry services charges do apply.
Parental/guardian consent is required prior to treatment proceeding. Treatments/consultations will be billed directly to the student’s family.
● Foot and ankle sprains
● Toe injuries
● Toenail and ingrown toenails caused by injury
● Wounds to the foot caused by injury
● Foot and ankle strapping
● Simple insoles and/or ankle or foot supports
● Prescription (casted) orthotics (subject to the approval of ACC)
● Hip, knee and heel injuries
● Sever's disease - (Heel pain) Osteochondrosis of the heel, common in 10-14 yr olds)
● Footwear advice and recommendations
● Plantar Fasciitis
● Foot, ankle and heel pain
● Osteochondrosis non-acc related (result of overuse)
● Corns and callus treatment
● Tinea advise - some treatment options available
● Biomechanical issues
● Footwear advice
HBHS consultation fee $40.00
Insoles/orthotics Price TBC
Payment options include eftpos, cash and online banking
NCEA Fees - Ministry of Education & School Update
Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Wednesday 15th May
The Minister of Education has announced that families of secondary students will no longer have to pay fees to enter NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship.
This change will remove financial barriers and ensure all the credits received towards NCEA will be visible in a student’s Record of Achievement.
These changes also mean schools no longer need to collect fees from around 168,000 New Zealand domestic students, or students from the Cook Islands and Niue, who are entering for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship.
Any fees already collected from these students for 2019 will be refunded by schools. NZQA will be in contact soon with those schools which have already remitted fees, and NZQA will be working to award credits and qualifications earned in previous years where fees were not paid. In the first instance, any NCEA fees already paid will be credited towards any outstanding fees on your son's account. If there are no fees outstanding the school will grant a full refund. The refund process will take a few weeks so please be patient.
Additionally, as fees no longer apply to enter NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship, schools will not need to process applications for financial assistance to pay them.
The Minister has also announced a range of improvements to NCEA, and that the Government will fund the continued roll out of the NCEA Online programme.
More information about NCEA Online can be found here.
Further information about the NCEA Review can be found on the NCEA Review website.
Defensive Driving with Evolve Driver Training
Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 30th April
Defensive Driving with Evolve Driver Training - Courses for Term 2 are as follows:-
Monday, 13 May (13, 16, 20 & 23 May)
Monday, 10 June (10, 13, 17 & 20 June)
Holiday course - starting 8 July 2019 (8, 11, 15 & 18 July)
Register on Evolve website: www.evolvedrivers.co.nz
Field Days (no school on this day. Boys can take weekend leave from 2.10pm Thursday 13th)
NZQA Scholarship entries due.
Year 8 Information Evening
Years 11, 12 and 13 Report Evening
'Shave For A Cure'
Tauranga Boys' College Sports Exchange (Tauranga)
Final day of Term 2. School finishes at 2.15pm
Hostel closes for the term at 5.30pm
TEACHER ONLY DAY
Hostel re-opens 5.30pm. All boys to have returned by 7.30pm or 8.00am the following morning.
First day of school for term 3
Years 9 and 10 Report Evening
Our two Argyle House Parent Representatives for you to contact about any hostel matters
Mrs Shay-Lee Wylie (Te Kuiti)
Feel free to contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org