Hamilton Boys' High School -Term 3, Edition 2, August 2019

Bennett House, Matthew Allen Cup Champions 2019

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Johno O'Brien (Year 9) in action for the Sutherland House junior team, surrounded by his fellow boarders as they race off in the best of 3 Indoor Rowing (erg) races.

Matua Mita Graham (Senior Master) worked closely with Head of Sutherland House, George Butcher and Deputy Head Prefect, Blake Morgan, to co-ordinate an 8-man junior and senior team event. Because it was 1-1 after both races, a decider was set up with a 6-man team from each House comprising 3 juniors and 3 seniors to race off.

With Bennett House winning the Indoor Rowing Matthew Allen Cup event, they now have an unassailable 16-8 lead in the overall Matthew Allen Cup, hostel house competition, with 2 events remaining.

Congratulations to Seth Roe (Head of Bennett House) and all of Bennett House, as they are back-to-back champions.

Senior Exams & Study Leave, Set Leave

Senior Exams

They take place during Weeks 4 & 5 of Term 3.

All Years 11, 12 and 13 students are able to take study leave (studying from home) from 3.15pm Wednesday 14th August. If they remain within Argyle or Grove then they must follow the study regime we have successfully put in place over the past few years. Those residing in Argyle House will study under the supervision of a Master for the duration of the morning in the hostel prep room over 2 sessions. Session 1 goes from 9.00 - 10.30am. Session 2 goes from 11.00am - 12.00pm. Those in Grove will study in their rooms but also have the option of coming across to Argyle to study in the prep room.

After lunch, all senior boys have 3 options:

1. Continue studying under the supervision of our GAP student upstairs in the prep room from 1.00 - 3.00pm.

2. Take town leave.

3. Relax in their room, hostel communal areas or TV lounges.

Normal Prep times will occur as normal each evening.

Year 10 students sitting mock NCEA Year 11 Exams:

If they have an afternoon exam they will have the morning to study in the hostel prep room following the arrangements for Years 11, 12 and 13 boarders. If they have a morning exam they are to attend their Periods 4 & 5 classes in the afternoon.

Meals during Senior Exam week

During week 3, the boys will be filling in a spreadsheet that will inform the hostel which 3 daily meals they will be remaining in for during exam week. Each students will record "I" for meals they will be IN for and "O" for meals they will be OUT for. This will help the kitchen prepare the correct amount of meals over this period. The boys have been advised to think carefully about their plans before completing this spreadsheet from Monday 12th August.

Set Leave

The hostel closes at 5.30pm Friday evening 9th August and re-opens 5.30pm Sunday evening, 11th August.

Enjoy your weekend.

Kind regards

Murray McKenzie

Head of Boarding

021 516 477

Year 12 Dorm Leaders Term 3

Dorm 1

Dorm 2

Dorm 3

Dorm 4

New Staff: Grove Assistant Masters

Mr Cameron Moorby and Mr Flynn O'Brien started at the Grove as the new Assistant Masters at the beginning of term 3, replacing Sam Cardosi and Niall Armstrong. Both are Old Boys of Hamilton BHS.
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Cameron Moorby is an Old Boy of Hamilton BHS and spent 5 years as a boarder in Argyle House, leaving in 2011. Cam played 24 games for the 1st XV rugby team and played for the University and Melville Rugby clubs here in Hamilton. Cam has been previously involved with the 1st XV as a trainer and toured Japan with them in 2014 to the Sanix World 1st XV Rugby Championships, which was won by Hamilton BHS. Cam is now employed as a teacher of General Subjects at Hamilton BHS, having completed a Bachelor of Sports Science degree at WINTEC followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching at Waikato University. Cam is the current Head Coach of the U14A Rugby team, comprising 10 boarders from Argyle House, who play their WSS U15 Division 1 semi-final on Saturday 10th August.
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Flynn O'Brien is an Old Boy of Hamilton BHS, leaving at the end of 2015. His passion is Football and played one season in the Hamilton BHS 1st XI. Flynn has played 1 year of National League Football for Hamilton Wanderers. The highest level he has played is in the Oceania Champions League. Flynn is playing in the Chatham cup semi final against Bay Olympic on the 24th of August in Auckland. His career aspiration is to play overseas at a high level.and is a member of the Melville United team that has made the Chatham Cup final. Flynn is currently studying Law at Waikato University.

Matthew Allen Cup Indoor Rowing, Thursday 8th August

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George Unsworth (Year 10) rowing for the Sutherland House junior team.

Sutherland House, Senior 8-Man Team, win their Matthew Allen Cup Indoor Rowing Event

The victorious Sutherland House 8-man senior team was: Sam Cairns (Year 11), Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead (Year 13 & Head Prefect), Troy Houston (Year 11), Caleb Houghton (Year 13 & Head of Grove), Jayviar Waea-Allan (Year 12),
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Sam Cairns (Year 11)
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Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead (Year 13 & Head Prefect)
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Troy Houston (Year 11)
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Caleb Houghton (Year 13 & Head of Grove)
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Jayviar Waea-Allan (Year 12)
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Kieran Draper (Year 11)
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Takoha Lunjevich (Year 11)
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Kahn Caddy (Year 12)

Bennett House win the 6-Man, Indoor Rowing decider

After the Bennett House 8-Man Junior team won their event, and the Sutherland 8-Man Senior team won their event, a 6-Man team comprising 3 juniors and 3 seniors from each House, raced-off to determine the overall winner on the night.

Bennett House won with Caelys-Paul Putoko (Year 9), Ashan Barr (Year 10), Snowden Hemi-Hill (Year 10), Cody Nordstrom (Year 12), Erik Attie (Year 12) and finishing with Tyler McNutt (Year 12)

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Caelys-Paul Putoko (Year 9) - Bennett House
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Ashan Barr (Year 10) - Bennett House
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Snowden Hemi-Hill (Year 10) - Bennett House
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Cody Nordstrom (Year 12) - Bennett House
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Erik Attie (Year 12) - Bennett House
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Tyler McNutt (Year 12) - Bennett House, is congratulated by fellow Bennett House boarders after rowing Bennett home to win the Indoor Rowing competition.
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George Butcher (Head of Sutherland) presents the 'Lake Shield' to Blake Morgan (Deputy Head Prefect), representing Bennett House, after Bennett won the deciding race to win the Indoor Rowing overall 2-1.

Waikato Armed Offenders Squad Training Exercise, Thursday 25th July, at Hamilton BHS

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50 Argyle House boarders had written parental consent to be part of a Waikato Armed Offenders Squad training exercise, that was conducted in the school grounds between 6.30 - 8.00pm on Thursday 25th July.

The scenario was an active shooter on-site at school. The boys were placed into 5 groups with each group having a different role to play e.g. held hostage. It was very realistic for those of us that live close by, with numerous blanks being fired when the exercise was underway.

The Police gave high praise to our boys afterwards, with the AOS benefiting from having our boys act out their specific group roles.

Thanks to all our parents/caregivers that supported this training exercise.

Murray McKenzie

Year 11 Prep, Argyle Dining Room, Wednesday 31st July - the boys preparing for their Senior Exams

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Intentions Form 2020

Thanks to the 90% of parents/caregivers that have returned their intentions form to Katrina already. Can the remaining families please download the attachment below then print, scan and return this form to Mrs Katrina McLaughlin by Friday 6th September. Thank you.

House Chess Competition, Week 2 Term 3

The school senior and junior chess competitions took place at lunchtime, Monday - Friday, all of last week. Argyle is not renowned for their chess prowess, but we always fight hard. Unfortunately we ended up being placed 6th overall.
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Eiji Johnson (Year 12), won more games than he lost.
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Toby Heywood (Year 13) halved this game.
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Fox Tamou (Year 11) ponders his next move.
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Sam Potter (Year 10) in a close battle with his opposite.
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Luke Haddon (Year 10) seems pleased with his performance.
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Silvio Tuuta (Year 9), showing the concentration required to go on and win his game.
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Joseph Lorimer (Year 10), happily filling in for Silvio today.

Argyle House drop to 4th Place Overall in the Hamilton BHS House Competition after 11 Events

After placing 5th equal in the General Knowledge Quiz and 6th in Chess, Argyle House is now placed 4th overall, but only 4 points behind the leaders, Steel House. This is the closest House competition in many years, with only 4 points separating the top 4 houses.

There are 4 events remaining, with 30 points up for grabs:

1. Indoor Rowing (Week 4)

2, Indoor Football (Weeks 8 & 9)

3. Service (Concludes Wednesday 18th September, Week 9)

4. Singing (Week 10)

The competition is far from over and I know our Senior Leaders & Prefects will be doing their best to rally the boys to do their best in each of the remaining house events.

See the attachment below for a breakdown of the house points for each of the 11 events completed to date.

Junior Prep, Monday evening 5th August, upstairs in the Junior Prep Room

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Hamilton Boys' High School Open Day, held on Tuesday 6th August

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L-R: Year 13 boarders George Butcher (Head of Sutherland), Seth Roe (Head of Bennett) and Blake Morgan (Deputy Head Prefect) stand in front of the Outdoor Education and Physical Education displays in Gymnasium 1, awaiting Parents and prospective students to walk by so they can promote these two subject areas to them.
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L-R: Year 10 boarders Hoani Ham, Caylus Brighouse and Renata Palmer prepare the 'House Competition' boards for Open Day the following day.

Argyle Hockey Team

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The Argyle House Hockey team proudly pose wearing their number 1s for their team photo with Mr Fraser Kilgour (Hostel Master & Argyle Hockey coach) as part of winter sports photos day last Friday 2nd August. This team is undefeated in their Waikato Secondary Schools' division.

L-R, Back row: Oliver Leen, Caleb Houghton, Troy Houston, Angus Ritchie, Seth Roe

Middle row: Nic Audas-Ryan, Blake Morgan, Mason Tombleson, Jack Avery, Ethan Morris, Mr Fraser Kilgour, Cameron Ritchie

Front row: Nic Hill, Charlie Anderson, Toby Heywood, Lachie Ross, Lachie Kettlewell

Semisi Koroibuleka (Year 13) plays his first game for the Rugby 1st XV vs Gisborne BHS, Saturday 27th July

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L-R: Joeli Matalaweru (Year 13) Semisi Koroibuleka (Year 13), Te Aonui Wharawhara-Muriwai (Year 13) and Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead (Year 13 & 1st XV Captain) stand together to acknowledge Semisi after his proud moment playing for the 1st XV.
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Semisi stands in the mid-field ready to defend.

Year 12 Outdoor Education, Mountain Biking Field Trip, Rotorua, Tuesday 30th July

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Students and staff from the 12OE field trip to the Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua, run by 'Planet Bike'.
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Jonty Parrott ready to go on his mountain-bike.
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Jonty Parrott shows some damage to his body after taking a fall.
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The 3 staff that were with the boys on this field trip. L-R: Mr Logan Asplin (Grove Master & OE teacher), Mr Jeremy Cronin (Teacher In-charge of OE), Mr Nick Power (Deputy Headmaster & Mountain-Bike enthusiast)

Rugby 2nd XV Team Weight Training, Wednesday 31st July, Hamilton BHS Fitness Centre

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Cody Nordstrom (Year 12, Senior Leader) completing a squat.
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An obscured Keran Van Staden (Year 11) completing a chin-up.
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Kahn Caddy (Year 12) pushing himself lifting some heavy dumb-bells.

'Man Of The Week' Award

At our weekly Tuesday House meeting, Deputy Head Prefect, Blake Morgan, announces the 'Man Of The Week' to someone who displays something 'extraordinary', 'special' or serves the hostel community above and beyond the norm. A $5 canteen voucher and certificate form part of the weekly award. Nominations are sought from both staff and boys.

Neil Van den Berg (Year 9), Week 2 Term 3

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For his selflessness in giving up technology so that another student could complete their assignment.

George Oliver (Year 11), Week 1 Term 3

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For stepping up to umpire a Waikato Secondary Schools' 3rd XI Hockey game when the official umpire didn't turn up.

Harry Russ (Year 12), Week 10 Term 2

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For making his Rugby 1st XV debut as a starting open-side flanker away to Napier Boys' High School in a Super 8 fixture.

Divyne Shadrock (Year 9), Week 9 Term 2

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For always volunteering for any service opportunity that is offered. Divyne always puts his hand up to offer his services.

School Links Emails to Parents/Caregivers from School

Reminder - Year 10 Camps 2019

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Wednesday 7th August

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Please find attached information regarding the upcoming Year 10 Camps for 2019.

All forms need to be returned to the School Shop before 29th August.

A reminder that all compulsory school fees must be paid before camp deposits.

Thank you.

Q West

Hamilton Boys' High School has attached a .pdf file to this email:


Year 10 Camps 2019

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Thursday 1st August

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Please find attached information regarding the upcoming Year 10 Camps for 2019.

All forms need to be returned to the School Shop before 29th August.

Thank you.

Q West

Hamilton Boys' High School has attached a .pdf file to this email:



Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Thursday 1st August

Dear Parents/Caregivers

We write to inform you that we have had a confirmed case of a Year 10 student who has contracted mumps.

The Ministry of Health recommends a five-day exclusion period, which has now passed. However, there may be a risk to any student not vaccinated against mumps, of exposure in the first week of term.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the nurses at The Wellness Centre, 07 853 0440, ext 2434, or

Thank you
HBHS Senior Management

Hamilton BHS Term 2 High Achiever

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Wednesday 31st July

o our HBHS whānau

Printed copies of the Term 2 High Achiever are now available on request.

Please send your postal address to the email below and let us know how many copies you would like and we will get them out to you as soon as we can.

We hope you enjoy our coverage of the term's highlights.

Kind regards

Wendy Moffitt

Hamilton BHS Senior Examinations

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Thursday 25th July

Dear Students, Parents & Caregivers

Please find attached a copy of the senior examination timetable. Examinations take place in weeks 4 & 5 from Thursday 15 August to Friday 23 August.

Year 11-13 have study leave for the examination period. Year 10 ALP students sitting NCEA exams will be given letters indicating the special leave they are allowed.

In cases of illness or unavoidable absence, you need to contact to reschedule your exam.

Where an absence is known prior to the examination, your son needs to see Mr Gunn in his office next to the Study Centre at Registration Time.

Where there are exam clashes, your son also needs to see Mr Gunn at Registration time asap.

Students will also receive a paper copy of the timetable from their tutor teacher.

Please support your son in his preparation for and completion of the upcoming examinations.

Mr P Gunn
Data Manager

Hamilton Boys' High School has attached a .xlsx file to this email:


NCEA Tracking Folder Updates

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 23rd July

Dear Yr 11-13 Students and Parents

Term Three will be a very busy one for our senior students, with the 2020 course selection process just around the corner and the practice examinations coming up in Week 4.

We ask that all boys please make sure their NCEA Tracking Booklets are in their diaries and up to date with the latest credits. Boys need to be aware of their achievement status as they approach the business end of the academic year. Tracking Booklets must be brought to school every day so that they can be updated in classes.

Thank you and regards

HBHS Senior Management

Defensive Driving with Evolve Driver Training

Emailed to parents/Caregivers Tuesday 23rd July

Defensive Driving with Evolve Driver Training - Courses for Term 3 are as follows:-

Course 7: 12 August (12, 15, 19 & 22 Aug)

Course 8: 9 September (9, 12, 16 and 19 Sep)

Course 9: 30 September (Holiday Course), 30 Sep, 3, 7 & 10 Oct

Registration is to be done via Evolve website:

Important Dates:



Friday 9th: Set Leave 5: Hostel closes 5.30pm. Re-opens Sunday 11th August, 5.30pm.

Thursday 15th - Friday 23rd: Senior Exams. Boys may take study leave from Wednesday 14th, 3.15pm.

Friday 30th August, Set Leave 6: Hostel closes 5.30pm. Re-opens Sunday 1st September, 5.30pm


Monday 2nd - Friday 6th: Winter Tournament Week

Monday 16th: Argyle House Years 10-13 2020 Enrolments close

Tuesday 17th: William MacErlich Trophy - Day Boys 1st XV vs Boarders 1st XV Rugby fixture

Friday 20th: Elite Sports Teams & Cultural photos (including Argyle House Hostel Prefects & Senior Leaders)

Friday 27th September: Final day of Term 3. School finishes 2.15pm. Hostel closes 5.30pm.


Sunday 13th: Hostel re-opens 5.30pm. All boys expected to have returned by 7.30pm unless returning on Monday morning by 8.00am.

Monday 14th: First day of Term 4. Cambridge International Exams begin

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

Mr Alistair Reeves (Te Akau)

Feel free to contact me by email