Hamilton Boys' High School - Term 4, Edition 2, Nov. 2019

Seniors Studying for NCEA Exams in the Hostel Prep Room

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Years 11, 12 and 13 boarders that have opted to remain in the hostel during study leave, are completing daily, supervised study sessions in the prep room from 9.00-10.30am and 11.00am - 12.00pm.

Formal Occasions, Final Farewells, Exams & Study Leave

The year is almost over with the junior boys looking forward to their Year 10 Camp and Year 9 Activities programme next week to round off their 2019 year at Argyle House and Hamilton Boys' High School.

Thank you to all families for ensuring your son returned for the Argyle Prizegiving on Sunday 3rd November. It is always a very special and rewarding occasion that allows us to share in the success and achievements of our young men, that concludes with all Year 13 students walking across stage, for the final time at Argyle House, as part of their formal graduation.

The senior boys that remained in during study leave all worked conscientiously in the prep room from 9.00 - 10.30am and 11.00am - 12.00pm each week-day morning, under the supervision of an Argyle Master. A few Year 13s from Grove were in attendance most mornings as well. I am sure their studious approach will result in a pleasing set of NCEA examination results for all students.

With Years 9 & 10 the only year levels remaining at school, they have all enjoyed the reduction in prep hours and have made good use of the warmer weather most evenings. The tone of the hostel is very relaxed and positive, as we all look forward to the end of the school year.

The final day of school is Thursday 5th December. The hostel closes for the year on Thursday at 2.30pm.

Junior Prizegiving Timeline, Thursday 5th December:

8.45 - 9.30am: Years 9 and 10 students to tutor group to receive subject certificates for diligence, merit and distinction.

9.30am: Boys move to Gymnasium 1 for the Prizegiving.

9.45am: Parents/Caregivers are to be seated in Gymnasium 1.

10.00 - 11.15am: Junior Prizegiving. Compulsory for all Years 9 and 10 students.

11.15am: Boys return to their tutor class to receive their school magazine, the 'Hamiltonian'

11.30am - 12.30pm: Rolling lunch at Argyle. Boys are able to depart for the year immediately after prizegiving has concluded.

2.30pm: The hostel is closed for the year.

We now look forward to 2020 and the new hostel year. Our Senior Leaders and Prefects have been appointed and we have a full hostel for the start of 2020 with 47 new boarders, 39 at Year 9 level.

It has been another exceptional year at Argyle House. We are blessed with a caring and hard-working staff, an outstanding group of Prefects and Senior Leaders and a group of young men who go about their daily lives within Argyle and Grove with such positive energy. It is truly a pleasure to be part of this very special place. The support of the boys, Parents/Caregivers, Headmaster, Hostel Committee and Board of Trustees has been appreciated by us all and we now look forward to what lies ahead in 2020 with one new member of staff and 47 new boarders.

This is my final newsletter of 2019. I am sure you have all enjoyed following a snapshot of life within Argyle House and Grove over the course of the year.

Have a safe, happy and prosperous Christmas and New Year with your son, family and friends.

Kind regards

Murray McKenzie

Head of Boarding

021 516 477

Argyle House Prizegiving, Sunday 3rd November:

A Sample of the many Positive Citizenship Certificates awarded to our Years 9 - 11 boarders

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L-R: Taylor Bradbury, Keegan Caines and Sam Cairns line up on stage after receiving their Year 11 Positive Citizenship certificates from Dean of Boarding, Mr Jeremy Quigley

Argyle Scholarship Finalists and Winner

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Left to right: Angus Reeves, Iotia Teokotai, Duggie Valler and Joshua Wickers
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Headmaster, Mrs Hassall, presents each of the four Year 9 finalists with their certificate and their 'goody' bag.
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Iotia Teokotai receives his 'goody' bag, certificate and cup from the Headmaster, Mrs Hassall, for winning the Argyle Scholarship.

Service Awards

Service Certificates: Dorm Leaders

Four Terms as a Dorm Leader

Thanks must go to these four young men, all Prefects, for their strong sense of service for willingly volunteering to lead a dorm for all four terms this year. All four have been appointed to senior leadership roles within the hostel for 2020.

Service Certificates: Year 12 & 13 Prefects and Senior Leaders

Year 12 Senior Leaders

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L-R: Cody Nordstrom and Cole Northcott.

Year 13 Senior Leaders

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L-R: Angus Ritchie (Deputy Head Prefect), Blake Morgan (Deputy Head Prefect) and Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead (Head Prefect) come together on stage having been presented with their Service certificates by Hostel Parent Representative, Mr Alistair Reeves.

Year 13 Prefects

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Angus Ritchie, Deputy Head Prefect
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Blake Morgan, Deputy Head Prefect
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Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, Head Prefect

Matron's Cup: Best All-Round Year 11 Boarder

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Senior Matron, Mrs Cecelia Lake, announces the winner of the Matron's Cup, which is presented to Ethan Barton by Weekend Matron, Ms Hilary Teokoitu.
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The other two finalists were Nicholas Hill and Thomas Hayward.
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Ethan Barton (Year 11) and Senior Matron, Mrs Cecelia Lake, stand together with the Matron's Cup after the Prizegiving.

Winner of the Matthew Allen Cup: Bennett House

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Seth Roe (Year 13, Head of Bennett) is presented with the Matthew Allen Cup by Hostel Committee and Board of Trustees member, Mr Sigi Kerbers, for winning the hostel house competition for the second consecutive year.

Junior Sportsman of the Year: David So (Year 9)

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David was absent from our Argyle Prizegiving, as he was competing in Hong Kong, winning 2 Gold Medals in the National Long Course 50m Breaststroke and 100m Breaststroke. David also won 1 Silver Medal in the 50m Freestyle and 1 Bronze Medal in the 200m Breaststroke, in the 13-14 year age group. Congratulations David.

Here he is with Matron, Mrs Cecelia Lake, after winning and breaking the Junior 100m Breaststroke record at the Hamilton BHS Swimming Sports back in February.

David won the Tylee Cup for Argyle Junior Sportsman of the Year.


HBHS Swimming Sports Day (Feb, 2019)

Winner in Junior Championship

Winner in 100m Backstroke

Winner in 100m Breaststroke

(*Junior 100m Breaststroke new record)

Waikato Secondary Schools’ Junior Swimming Champion(2 April 2019)

Winner in 50m Breaststroke

Winner in 100m Breaststroke

Winner in 100m Medley

Winner in 100m Medley Relay

Winner in 100m Freestyle Relay

2019 Hong Kong Division 1 Age Group Long Course Swimming Competition (14 July 2019)

Bronze medal in Boys 13&14 years olds 200m LC Breaststroke(2:34.08 of age:13)

2019 NZ Secondary School Champions(12-15 Sept, 2019)

Gold medal in Boys 14 years olds 200m SC Breaststroke(2:29.91)

Gold medal in Boys 14 years olds 50m SC Breaststroke(30.37)

Silver medal in Boys 14 years olds 100m SC Breaststroke(1:08.02)

Silver medal in Boys 14 years olds 50m SC Freestyle(24.81)

2019 NZ Short Course Champions (1-5 Oct,2019)

Gold medal in Boys 14 years olds 200m Breaststroke(2:28.42)

Silver medal in Boys 14 years olds 50m Freestyle(*24.74)

*make Waikato new record for 50m free

Silver medal in Boys 14 years olds 50m Breaststroke(30.54)

Silver medal in Boys 14 years olds 100m Breaststroke(1:06.90)

Silver medal in Boys 14 years olds 50m Butterfly(26.87)

Senior Sportsman of the Year: Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead (Year 13, Head Prefect)

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Hakaraia receives the Blythe Cup from Hostel Committee and Board member, Mr Sigi Kerbers


School and/or Club Achievements:

Captain Hamilton Boys’ High School 1ST XV Tour to Japan

Captain Hamilton Boys’ High School 1ST XV

North Island and/or Regional (e.g. Waikato, Midlands, Super 8) Achievements:

Chiefs Under 18 team to play Crusaders

Chiefs Under 18 Camp

Waikato Rugby Pre-Academy

Received Rugby Cap for 25 1ST XV games

1ST XV - Super 8 Champions

1ST XV – Chief Top Four Qualifiers

National Achievements

Captain New Zealand Barbarians Schools Rugby Team

Selected to attend NZ Secondary School Rugby Camp

1ST XV - 3rd at National Top 4 Tournament

Hamilton Boys’ High School Most Valuable Player National Top 4 Tournament

International Achievements:

New Zealand Barbarians Schools Rugby Team – played Australia U18 and Fiji U18

Morris Trophy, Outstanding Junior Visual or Performing Artist: Joseph Lorimer (Year 10)

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Joseph is presented with the Morris Trophy by Mrs Ann Bennett, the wife of our former Headmaster, Mr James Bennett.
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Joesph won 'Argyle's Got Talent' this year with an original 3-tune composition on the electric guitar. Joseph also played this composition to the audience at the Argyle Prizegiving

Coltellaro Trophy, Outstanding Senior Visual or Performing Artist: Alexander Nielsen (Year 11)

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Alexander is presented with the Coltellaro Trophy by Mrs Ann Bennett.
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Alexander (Year 11) plays the bagpipes and performed at the Argyle Prizegiving alongside his younger brother, Rupert (Year 10). They played a 3-tune medley, that was very well received by everyone in attendance.

Alexander is photographed here with the Coltellaro Trophy, announced by Hostel Master, Mr Fraser Kilgour and presented by Mrs Ann Bennett, the wife of our former Headmaster, Mr James Bennett.

Academic Excellence Awards:

These awards have been calculated by using a combination of Grade Point averages for NCEA subjects and mid-year examinations for Cambridge IGCSE and AS subjects. The top prize at each level is very tightly contested.

Margaret Beattie Scholarship: Junior Dux Finalists

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L-R: Year 10 students Jack Broomfield (Runner-up), Ashan Barr (Winner), Josh Syme (3rd overall)

Margaret Beattie Scholarship: Junior Dux - Ashan Barr

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Ashan Barr (Year 10) is presented with his cup, certificate and book prize from Headmaster, Mrs Hassall, for being awarded Junior Dux of Argyle House.

Runner-up was Jack Broomfield (Year 10) and in 3rd place was Josh Syme (Year 10).

Originally an English Award the Margaret Beattie Scholarship was re-introduced by Mr Mike Beattie on behalf of the family for the Junior Dux. Mike was a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Hostel Committee and was a great supporter of the hostel for many years.

Year 11 Top Academic Prize: Thomas Hayward

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Thomas is presented with his cup, certificate and book prize from Headmaster, Mrs Hassall, for being awarded the Top Academic Prize in Year 11.

Runner-up was Gus Nelson and in 3rd place was Adam Wallis.

Year 12 Top Academic Prize: Aaron Couper

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Aaron is presented with his cup, certificate and book prize from Headmaster, Mrs Hassall, for being awarded the Top Academic Prize in Year 12.

Runner-up was Matthew Batten and in 3rd place was Eiji Johnson.

Headmaster's Cup, Academic Excellence for a Year 13 Student, Dux of Argyle House: Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead

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Hakaraia is presented with his cup, certificate and book prize from Headmaster, Mrs Hassall, for being awarded the Top Academic Prize in Year 13 and Dux of Argyle House.

Runner-up was Blake Morgan and in 3rd place was Te Aonui Wharawhara-Muriwai.

Service & Leadership Cups: Presented by Mrs Ann Bennett, wife of the late Mr Jim Bennett, a former Hamilton BHS Headmaster and Hostel Manager of Argyle House

Leigh Cup, 'Service & Leadership displayed over consecutive years by a Year 11 & 12 Boarder': Aaron Couper

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Bennett Trophy, 'Outstanding Service & Contribution to Argyle House': Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead

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Cramond Cup, 'Outstanding Service': Blake Morgan, Deputy Head Prefect

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Argyle Cup, 'Outstanding Leadership': Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, Head Prefect

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Year 13 Graduation from Argyle House

The evening concluded with the following Year 13 students being called up on stage by Head Prefect, Hakaria Richards-Coxhead, and presented with their Graduation Certificate by Grove Master, Mr Logan Asplin:

Nicholas Audas-Ryan, Jack Avery, Harrison Browning, Chris Chung, Toby Heywood, Semisi Koroibuleka, Joeli Matalaweru, Takeomi Nishiura, Kohei Shirai, Mason Tombleson, Kaz Van Genne, Joe Waenga, Te Aonui Wharawhara-Muriwai, George Butcher, Seth Roe, Caleb Houghton, Angus Ritchie, Blake Morgan, Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead.

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The front row of Year 13 boarders, singing 'Flower of Scotland'.
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Two Year 13 Argyle graduates, L-R, receive their certificates from Grove Master, Mr Logan Asplin: Te Aonui Wharawhara-Muriwai, Blake Morgan.
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Head Prefect, Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, receives his Year 13 Graduation Certificate and is being congratulated by Head of Boarding, Mr Murray McKenzie, and the two Grove Assistant Masters, Mr Cam Moorby and Mr Flynn O'Brien.

Tribute by the Hostel to Head Prefect, Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead with the School Haka

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The whole hostel stands and performs the school haka in respect of their Head Prefect, Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, who has just completed his valedictory speech to the parents/caregivers, staff and boys.

Alexander Nielsen (Year 11) and Rupert Nielsen (Year 10) play a 3-tune Medley on the Bagpipes

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Year 13 graduates from Argyle House relax as they gather at the conclusion of the Argyle Prizegiving, holding their certificates and the Matthew Allen Cup won by Seth Roe's Bennett House.

L-R Te Aonui Wharawhara-Muriwai, Seth Roe, Jack Avery, Nicholas Audas-Ryan, Takeomi Nishiura, Blake Morgan.

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Deputy Head Prefect, Blake Morgan and Head of Bennett, Seth Roe, proudly hold and display the Matthew Allen Cup, recognising their superiority in the hostel house competition for back-to-back victories.

Some of the Argyle Prizewinners with their Family

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Joseph Lorimer (Year 10) stands with his family that includes his mother, Jessica, as he proudly holds the Morris Trophy for Outstanding Junior Visual or Performing Art, and his certificates for Positive Citizenship and the Morris Trophy.
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Ethan Barton (Year 11) stands between his mother, Rachel, and father, Jonathan, proudly holding the Matron's Cup, awarded for Best All-Round Year 11 Boarder.
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Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead (Year 13, Head Prefect), stands between his mother, Parehau, and father, Craig, with his four awards for Senior Sportsman of the Year, Senior Dux of Argyle House as Top Academic Student in Year 13, Bennett Trophy for Outstanding Service and Leadership, and the Argyle Cup for Leadership. The Richards-Coxhead family end a 10-year association with Argyle House, with two sons having gone through. Hakaraia's older brother, Te Raina, has been appointed to a teaching position on the Hamilton BHS staff for 2020.
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Caleb Houghton (Year 13, Head of Grove), holds his two certificates for Senior Leadership and as a Year 13 Graduate from Argyle House, in the presence of his parents Carolyn and James, and his grandmother. The Houghton's end an 8-year association with Argyle House, having had Reuben end his time here in 2016.
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Deputy Head Prefect, Blake Morgan, stands with his father, Paul, mother, Denise, and older brother, Hadleigh, ending an 8-year association with Argyle House, with Hadleigh, Fletcher and Blake all going through Argyle House.

Hamilton BHS Senior Prizegiving, Tuesday 5th November - Subject & Special Prizewinners from Argyle House Students:

Year 11 Subject Prize:

George Oliver, Mechanical Engineering

Year 12 Subject Prize:

Austin Lupton, Building and Construction

Ryoyu Tsunoda, English Language Learning

Jonty Parrott, Outdoor Education

Aaron Couper, Physical Education

Year 13 Subject Prize:

Mason Tombleson, Drama

Seth Roe, Outdoor Education (WINTEC Adventurer's Cup)

Hamilton Boys' High School Special Prizes:

Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, Manuel Monga Award for Most Outstanding Maori or Pasifika Student

Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, AP Nelson Memorial Prize for All-Round Excellence

Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, Old Boys' Prize for Leadership, for Head Boy

Grandparents Morning, Tuesday 26th November

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Angus Reeves (Year 9, Te Akau) stands with his Grandmother, Mrs Helen Reeves, momentarily, while on a tour of the school.
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Raharuhi Palmer (Year 9, Moerewa) sits between his Grandparents, Mr Midge Palmer and Mrs Anita Palmer, at the breakfast in the Hamilton BHS Hall. Rangiwai Lunjevich (Year 9) sits with them.
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Te-Reimana Gray (Year 9, Gisborne) stands between his 2 sets of Grandparents in the hall. L-R: Mr Steve Gray, Mrs Debbie Gray, Mr Joe Clarke and Mrs Maria Clarke.
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Jacob Garland (Year 10) sees the humorous side to having his photo taken with his Grandfather, Mr Robert Simpson (right) and Mrs Beverley Simpson (obscured).
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Iotia Teokotai (Year 9) stands proudly with his Grandfather, Mr Don Ryan, in the school hall.

Movie Reward Term 3: "Zombieland: Double Tap", Monday 4th November

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84 boarders in Years 9-13, were rewarded with an evening at the movies for consistent good behaviour throughout term 3. The movie was entertaining!

NCEA Level 2 Engineering

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Te Uira Palmer (Year 12) shows the finished product after a year completing his Go-Kart, as part of his NCEA Level 2 Engineering course.

Waikato U19 Club Sevens Champions

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The final of this competition held at the Marist Club grounds on Saturday 2nd November was played between two Hamilton BHS senior sevens teams. Team 1 (red & green strip) played under the Melville Club name and Team 2 played under Hamilton BHS. Both teams met in the final with Team 1 winning 33-21.
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There were 6 Argyle House boarders in the two teams. L-R: Joeli Matalaweru, Hakaraia Richards-Coxhead, Shinya Komura, Te Aonui Wharawhara-Muriwai, Cody Nordstrom, Kahn Caddy.


The Hamilton BHS Kilikiti team won the Waikato Secondary Schools' tournament, beating Fraser High School in the final. The team bowled extremely well and there was alot of singing and chanting, in the presence of Hamilton BHS teacher, Mr Oliva Cowley.

This sport is very significant to the Samoan community. Iotia Teokotai (Year 9) and Semisi Koroibuleka (Year 13), both from Argyle House, played in this tournament.

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Iotia Teokotai (Year 9) bowls.
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The victorious Hamilton BHS Kilikiti team after winning the WSS title.

Year 9 Junior Premier Cricket Team Qualify for Northern Districts Finals Tournament, Gisborne 2020

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The Hamilton BHS Year 9 Premier Cricket team, coached by Hostel Master, Mr Fraser Kilgour, have qualified as the Hamilton representative for the Northern Districts national qualifying tournament to be held in Gisborne in February 2020.

They defeated St Paul's Collegiate after bowling them out for 73 and chasing it down comfortably. Hamilton BHS then played a strong St John's College team with HBHS posting a very competitive 179 off their 40 overs. St John's were unsuccessful in their chase only managing 139.

FIve players in this Year 9 team are boarders at Argyle House: Carson Edwards, Angus Reeves, Mac Russ, Te-Reimana Gray and Max Steel.

Front field games after dinner

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All boys happily participate out on the front field in front of the hostel after dinner between 7.00-8.00pm every weekday evening, before coming in for supper followed by a 45-minute prep session. The weather has been superb!

I received the following email on Wednesday 27th November from a neighbouring family that I thought I would share with you all, as it relates to how well our boys mix in together when playing their own organised activities on the front field:


I live next to HBHS having moved here at the start of the year. My son Isaac is the neighbourhood kid who is out there with the boarders every day/night playing whatever activity the guys are up to.

I assume school is finishing soon for these kids and I just wanted you to know how fantastic they have been with Isaac. Considering they are all older, more skilled, with their mates etc they have always been so welcoming and inclusive of this 10 year old - chucking him the ball, letting him score a try, giving him a nickname and basically making his new life in Hamilton awesome.

We’re a couple of years away from my 4 sons being students with you but Isaac especially very much feels like part of the crowd.

Thanks to the boys and to the teachers who are obviously doing a great job.



Hostel End-of-Year Report for all Boarders

All hostel reports are currently being proofed ready to place on the Hamilton BHS portal for all Parents/Caregivers to access.

Every boarder currently on the roll at Argyle House will receive a hostel report.

Reports will be available to view from Thursday 5th December.

If you have difficulty accessing the Hamilton BHS portal, then please contact Mr Paul Gunn. His email address is:

Farewell to Staff Leaving

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Mr Flynn O'Brien (Grove Assistant Master), leaves after two terms at Grove. Flynn is moving to Wellington to continue his tertiary studies and football career. Thank you, Flynn, for the commitment you have made to our boys at the Grove in the short time you have been with us. The boys have certainly enjoyed your management style and company. Wishing you all the very best.

Prefects and Senior Leadership Group 2020

16 Year 11 2019 and 12 Year 12 2019 applications were submitted for Prefectship and Senior Leader positions. All applicants were interviewed by Mita Graham (Senior Master) and Murray McKenzie (Head of Boarding), on Monday 21st October, then discussed and confirmed with the Headmaster and staff the following day. The following 14 appointments for 2020 have been made after being offered to, and accepted, by the boys:

Year 13

Head Prefect: Harry Russ (Year 13), House Captain

Deputy Head Prefect: Lachlan Roose (Year 13), Deputy House Captain, Matthew Allen Cup

Deputy Head Prefect: Aaron Couper (Year 13), Publications and Administration

Head of Grove & International Prefect: Max Chow (Year 13)

Head of Bennett House: Angus Valler (Year 13), Matthew Allen Cup

Head of Sutherland House: Cole Northcott(Year 13), Matthew Allen Cup

Year 12

Prefects: Ethan Barton, Sam Boros, Keegan Caines, Levi Cressy-Baggott, Thomas Hayward, Takoha Lunjevich, Gus Nelson, George Reeves

Head Prefect 2020, Harry Russ

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Year 13 Prefects & Senior Leaders 2020

Year 12 Prefects 2020

School Links Emails to Parents/Caregivers from School:

Hamilton BHS Photographs

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Friday 29th November

Dear Parents/Caregivers

The cultural and sports photos taken recently are now available to view and order online with PhotoLife. You will be charged a postage fee and any photos ordered will be sent directly to your address.

You are still able to use the same shootkey your son received earlier in the year to order photos. If you are unsure of his shootkey, please contact me.

Thank you
Liz Caskey
School Shop

Hamilton BHS Year 13 Leadership Camp - Reminder

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Thursday 28th November

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Please disregard this email if you have completed and returned the 2020 Year 13 Leadership Camp form.

The camp is a wonderful way to start the year. It also offers all Year 13 students valuable insight into what it is to be a Year 13 Leader at Hamilton Boys’ High School.

Attending the camp is an expectation. If you could please complete the form and return it via email in picture form or scanned that would be much appreciated.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a fantastic summer and see you all in January.

Kind regards
Richard Petherick
Year 13 Dean

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


Hamilton BHS Junior Prizegiving 2019

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Wednesday 27th November

The Headmaster and Staff of


invite families to our



Thursday 5 th December 2019
Hamilton Boys’ High School

at 10:00am

We recommend that you are seated by 9:45am

Parking available on the school field adjacent to the gymnasium

Expectations of all Students

This is a normal school day, it is compulsory to attend

Immaculate Day Uniform or Representative/Travelling uniform
Must be clean and pressed
No jerseys

Black lace up, polished
Black regulation

Short, tidy, groomed and appropriate hair style (no product etc.)
Clean shaven

Holiday or permanent work opportunities

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Tuesday 19th November

Dear Parents/Caregivers and Students

Looking for work over the holidays? Or are you looking for work now school has finished?

OneStaff can help with both and has a lot of options depending on your situation.

OneStaff Hamilton is owned and operated by Old Boy Matt Scoble and has work for people covering all the main trades (Construction, Electrical, Plumbing, Manufacture/Process and many more).

If you are looking for work, no matter what your situation, call 07 260 4883 or 08001STAFF and talk to the Hamilton team.

Please let them know you are from HBHS and they will do everything they can to get you into work ASAP.

Hamilton BHS Term 3 High Achiever - Printed Copies

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Monday 18th November

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Printed copies of the Term 3 High Achiever are now available.

If you would like a copy, please send your postal address to with "Term 3 High Achiever" in the subject line and we will post it out to you.

Ngā mihi

Wendy Moffitt

Publications, Website, and Media Manager

Hamilton BHS Textbook returns

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Monday 11th November

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Please remind your son/s to return all textbooks borrowed from the Library this year, when he comes into school to sit his NCEA exams.

Textbooks can be returned directly to the Library. Alternatively, there will be Library staff and a bin for book returns, outside exam venues at the start of each exam.

Please note that you will be invoiced for any books not returned.

Kind regards

HBHS Library

Hamilton BHS Year 9 Activities

Emailed to Parents/Caregivers Friday 1st November

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Further to our email yesterday, please note that all compulsory fees must be paid before your son will be able to participate in Year 9 Activities.

Thank you.

Housekeeping Issues

Dress & Grooming

The staff at Argyle House and Grove have become increasingly concerned that some students are flaunting the rules when it comes to presenting themselves correctly during the normal school day and especially when they return from weekend or overnight leave in their number 1s.

The boys represent the hostel and school when in the public eye, so it is important they are well-groomed, as they are our greatest advertisement. The boys are often reminded at our weekly house meetings about the responsibility they have to wear their uniform correctly and proudly outside the hostel. This also includes being cleanly shaven and having a regulation hair cut that complies with school policy.

One of the current trends is for some boys to purchase long black pants that are tapered, as part of their number 1s. Tapered, tight-fitting long black pants are not part of their number 1s. The pants must be loose-fitting around the thigh and calf. If your son has these pants then please ensure he returns with the regulation long black pants on his return. Our boys need to all dress following the correct code so we all look the same. Failure for your son to adhere to the dress and grooming rules from the beginning of term 1 2020, will result in stepped consequences. See below.

We don't want our standards to slip as the hostel should be setting the tone and standard for the rest of the school, we all believe here as a staff. Please have a conversation and check with your son over the holiday period to ensure he has the correct uniform items and returns clean-shaven with a regulation haircut. Check also that his neck hasn't swelled over the holiday period preventing him from being able to do up the top button of his white shirt. Our boys do grow quickly! All top buttons must be done up with their tie covering the top button.

Thank you for your continued support. I'm only talking to 9-10 families, as the other 158-9 comply and look perfect always.

Page 24 of the Argyle Manual 2020:


Boys wearing their regular school uniform must make every effort to ensure that their uniform is clean and tidy at all times. It is expected boys wear their footwear correctly and have school uniform shirts tucked in and socks up. Failure to comply will result in an instant 30 minute job i.e. do Lunch Duty, Kitchen Bins, vacuuming and a ‘strike’ to be recorded on the strike sheet. A third strike will result in the student being issued with a Community Service to be recorded in Boardingware.

At the end of each term this re-sets.

Consequences for a student failing to wear their socks up or have their shirt tucked in at morning check-off and/or in the dining room:

  • First strike = 30 minute instant job, recorded in strike folder.
  • Second strike = 30 minute instant job, recorded in strike folder.
  • Third strike = Community Service, recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware

Boys signing out for general leave when not in uniform must wear tidy casuals. Offensive language on any items of clothing or bags is forbidden at all times.

Boys wearing their number 1s (formal travel uniform i.e. blazer, black trousers, white shirt, tie) must ensure their top button is done up, their tie is pulled up to cover their top button, their black trousers are the regulation trousers (and are NOT tapered), they wear ankle-length black socks and black shoes, are clean-shaven and their hair is a regulation cut and length (as per school policy) and they have all parts of their uniform on i.e. including their blazer.

If a student presents himself to the Duty Master and is not correctly groomed when he departs or returns from overnight and/or weekend leave, then he will be issued with a uniform ‘strike’, which will be recorded in the ‘Uniform Strike Folder’ in a drawer beside the Masters’ desk, as well as being recorded in Boardingware.

Failure to comply with the correct grooming and dress standard when wearing number 1s, the following consequences will occur, over the whole year:

  • First strike = 30 minute instant job, recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware
  • Second strike = Community Service, recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware
  • Third strike = Community Service, Gated for 5 days (Mon-Fri 3.15pm), recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware
  • Fourth plus strikes = Community Service, Gated for 7 days, recorded in strike folder & recorded on Boardingware"

Clothing numbered and labelled

Over the holiday period can you please ensure ALL clothing is numbered with your son's laundry number, and initialled, if possible. Having the number clearly labelled is what Kaye Nonoa, our Laundress, would prefer. Please check and re-do all numbers on all clothing items before returning in 2020. Thank you for your support, as there is a continual pile of unnamed clothing that sits in the laundry that remains unclaimed.

The Beginning of the New Hostel & School Year, Term 1 2020

It is an exciting time for our 47 new boarders, 39 of them at Year 9 level and 6 new international students, who will all be looking forward to their new life at Argyle House and Hamilton Boys' High School.

A reminder that all new boarders at Years 10, 11, 12 & 13 are to arrive at Argyle or Grove on the scheduled day that their year level is expected to return. See below.

All boys are to return to Argyle House or Grove wearing their full number 1s (blazer, white shirt, tie, black shoes and socks), well-groomed with a regulation school haircut on the following days:



4.00 - 5.00pm: Years 12 & 13 Senior Leaders & Prefects sign in at Argyle or Grove

6.00pm: Dinner in the dining room for Senior Leaders & Prefects.

7.00 - 8.30pm: 10-Pin Bowling, Sky City

Monday 27th (Auckland Anniversary Day): YEAR 9 ARRIVE & YEAR 13 RETURN

10.30am - 12.00pm: Leadership Training for all Senior Leaders & Prefects with Matua Mita Graham (Senior Master) in preparation for the arrival of the Year 9 boarders that afternoon.

2.00 - 4.00pm: Year 9 and Year 13 boys arrive in their number 1s (blazer, white shirt, tie, black shoes and socks) and check-in at Argyle House (or Grove for Year 13s). Families are to park on the grass field in front of the hostel.

4.00pm: Headmaster's welcome in the dining room. All staff and Years 12 & 13 Senior Leaders & Prefects in attendance.

5.00pm: All parents/caregivers/families to have departed.

Tuesday 28th: YEAR 10 RETURN TO ARGYLE

First day of school for Years 9 & 13

8.45am: Year 13 meet in the school hall

10.30am: Year 9 meet at the Peachgrove Road entrance to Hamilton BHS for their official powhiri/welcome

5.30 - 7.30pm: Year 10 boarders to have returned (including all new boarders at Year 10)

Wednesday 29th: YEAR 11 RETURN TO ARGYLE

First day of school for Year 10

Normal timetable for Year 9

Year 13 to Leadership Camp

5.30 - 7.30pm: Year 11 boarders to have returned (including all new boarders at Year 11)

Thursday 30th: YEAR 12 RETURN TO ARGYLE

First day of school for Year 11

Normal timetable for Year 9 and Year 10

Year 13 return from Leadership Camp

5.30 - 7.30pm: Year 12 boarders to have returned (including all new boarders at Year 12)

Friday 31st:

First day of school for Year 12

Normal timetable for Years 9, 10, 11 & 13


I have attached below the 2020 Argyle Term Planner to aid all families with their planning for the beginning of the 2020 hostel and school year.

There will be 2 in-weekends for all new boarders, Senior Leaders & Prefects and Staff with designated on-site and off-site organised activities to aid the new boarders in settling in and to get to know each other as well as the Senior Leaders, Prefects and Staff.

The boys will be kept occupied to keep their minds off home and potential homesickness by engaging in a variety of activities which include: Mountain-Biking & Gondolas/Luge (Rotorua), Paintball, Rainbow's End (Auckland), HBHS Gymnasium & Pool activities, Hostel Tabloids evening, St Paul's Collegiate hostel challenge in Tug-O-War & Swimming, Orientation morning in town with Senior Leaders/Prefects, Movie Night


5.30pm: All boarders to have returned from weekend leave and signed in.

5.30 - 6.15pm: Parents/families BBQ for all boarders and their families, both new and current.

6.30 - 7.30pm: Matthew Allen Cup Swimming Sports event at the Hamilton BHS Pool complex. The final event of the evening is a Staff, Parents, Year 13 swimming relay, so bring your togs!

2020 Argyle Manual, 2020 Grove Manual & 2020 Term Planner with Key Dates

The 2020 Grove Manual and 2020 Argyle House Manual, along with the 2020 Term Planner with all key hostel dates, have now been placed online, at the bottom of the 'Boarding' page on the school's website: No hardcopies will be posted out.

I have attached these 3 documents below. Click to view and/or download and print.

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