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Rotorua Boys’ High School Ad Astra Per Aspera Whaia Te Iti Kahurangi To The Stars Through Hard Work Introducing our Student Leaders for 2018 Head Prefect, Hohaia Macfarlane Deputy Prefects, Manny Crawford (left) and Joape Nagera Newsletter 11 2016 Newsletter 2018
ROTORUA BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL MOTTO Ad Astra Per Aspera Whaia Te Iti Kahurangi To the Stars Through Hard Work VISION To be the outstanding Boys’ High School in New Zealand PRINCIPLES Rotorua Boys’ High School provides an environment for boys to mature into outstanding young men to prepare them for the important future role they must play in the community. VALUES Students are expected to: Be strong of character – Pūmau Being strong of character means you show respect for both yourself and others, have personal integrity, take responsibility for the consequences of your actions and be a good citizen. Be a good man. Demonstrate leadership – Whakaatu ngārahutanga Leadership can be taught and learned. You will have many opportunities to demonstrate leadership and be a good role model as well as encouraging appropriate behaviour in others. Be a good leader. Display commitment – Ūpoko pakaru Commitment means never giving up just because something is difficult. It encompasses a work ethic, time management and sacrifice in achieving your goals. Be a good worker. Take opportunities – Kapo huanga Taking opportunities is about embracing new challenges. You will be presented with a myriad of opportunities in your time at Rotorua Boys’ High School. Enjoy the challenge. Strive for Excellence – Hiratanga Striving for excellence means you will always do your best, learn from your mistakes and seek continual improvement. Reach for the stars.
Principal’s Message Dear Parents and Caregivers Nga mihi nui ki a koutou me te tangi hoki ki a ratau kua riro atu. Welcome to our 2018 school year, it has been a positive start to the year and there is a feeling that 2018 will be another successful year for our school. In celebrating the start of the new year I would like to welcome all our new students and especially our 240 Year 9 students and their families to our school. I am pleased also to welcome our new staff members for 2018. Ms P Cameron B.Sc., P.G.Cert.Anta.Stud., G.Dip.Sc. Teacher of Science and Chemistry Mr J Carroll B.Sp&L Director of Hockey Mr D Chendri B.E., M.Comp.(Hons) Teacher of Mathematics and Computing Mr P Conrad B.A., Dip Tchg. Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning Mrs A Hay B.Ed (Music), Dip. Tchg., F.T.C.L Violin Performance Teacher of Music and English Mr H Huang Beijing University Mandarin Language Assistant Mr B Kanara B.Ed Teacher of Technology (Hard Materials) Ms A Katipa B.Ed RTLB and Teacher of English Mr C Maguire B.Sp.Sci. Sports Technician/Gap Mr K McLean B.Ph.Ed., Dip.Tchg Director of Learning – Awhina Activity Centre Mr T Merito Teacher of Dance
Ms R Morris B.A./B.Com., P.G.Dip.Ed (Maori Med), Dip.Tchg. HOF Te Reo Maori Mr J Te Huia B.PhEd., P.G.Dip.Tchg. Teacher of Physical Education The school is pleased to welcome this highly qualified group of staff to our school. Welcome back following a period of medical leave to Mrs R Mudge Dip.Tchg. our Year 13 Dean and Teacher of English. Furthermore, given staff changes there have been a number of changes to responsibilities within the existing staff team as follows: • Mrs Y Boulton Dip.Careers HOD Careers and Transition • Mr S Cameron Gateway Co-ordinator • Ms M Hartley M.Ed.L. (Hons.), B.Ed., Dip.Tchg CoL Supported Learners Programme • Mrs R Harvey B.Ed., Dip.Tchg Assistant Leader of Learning Mathemaitics • Mr C Hay B.MediaArt., Dip.Tchg Head of House - Nelson • Mrs K Hemana M.Sp.Tchg. (Hons.), P.G.Dip.Ed., B.Ed Dean Year 11 • Mr G Hunt B.Sp.&Ex.Sci., Dip.Tchg Dean Year 12 • Mr H Lockwood B.Sp.L.S., Dip.Tchg Deputy Principal - Student Support • Mr M Trembath B.Tchg. Dean Year 10 • Mr A Williams B.Sc., M.Tchg. Head of House - Frobisher • Ms C Zilionis B.A., Dip.Ed. CoL Attendance 2017 Academic Achievement In 2017 the school received pleasing NCEA results and came very close to achieving its 2017 goal of a 90% pass rate across all year levels. Our NCEA results were as follows: NCEA 2017 Results
RBHS Maori 2017 against National Maori 2016 RBHS Pasifika 2017 against National Pasifika 2016 Endorsements 2017 Congratulations to the following students who gained endorsements in 2017: 16 Excellence Endorsements at Level 1 Jordan Urwin, Fraser Raukawa-Phillips, Chris Werner, Breyton Westrupp, Haden Turner-Kino, James Baldwin, Te Ahurei Epapara, Manukau Whata, Ruameto Hamiora, Sebastian Douthett, Mate Radics, Michael Stanley, Kahurangi King, Jimah Ruland-Umata, Joshua Berryman, Joshua Vandy, 20 Merit Endorsements at Level 1
Doohan Robson, Caleb Hinga, Vance Harris, Tristan Karaka, Chase Waikato, Bailey Edwardson, Te Rama Reuben, Devin Hiniduma-Archarige, Autumn Karatau-Te Kuru, Kalyb Tawa, Mana Ver- coe, Junta Hamano, Eli Hunia-Mataio, Nikki Jacobs, Manaia Harawira, Nirai Ririnui, Pacey-Jack Apo, Te Ao Billing, Patrick Barron, Caleb Piua 16 Excellence Endorsements at Level 2 Savisesh Rajan, Diaz Morrison, Rishay Anand, Teina Grant, Daniel Gray, Temuera Hall, Hohaia MacFarlane, Erick Alvarez Canales, Tamawhakaara Ngawhika, Matene Te Whata, Bradley Wig- gins, Rhayvon Mihaere, Cameron Caudwell, Hyung Park, Joape Nagera, Manaia Harawira (Year 11) 15 Merit Endorsements at Level 2 Te Okiwa Morgan, Rangitukehu Eruera-Williams, Dray Forster-Ambrose, Jayden Prakash, Reuben Barton, Oliver Nixon, Josaia Sorovaki, Kira Whareaitu, Mikaere Kiel, Max Scott, Thomas Kepa, Edward Muangkhot, Cory Howe, Manny Crawford, Rikawerohia Wana Unuwai 9 Excellence Endorsements at Level 3 Whakaio Nopera, Trent McVarnock, Rehua Selwyn, Guillaume Martel, Tawharau Mohi, Nikora Wade, Arona Clay, Nathan Kenah, Renati Waaka 10 Merit Endorsements at Level 3 Barnabus Radics, Sean Osborne-Curtis, Ali Al Omari, Tawhaarangi Taylor, Grayson Hayward, Kewarei Hawkins-McClutchie, Drury Mapu-Takuira, Hagan Plaisted, Jimmy Rogers, Michael Ke- pa-Godfery The school was also pleased to gain through Sidney Tamati a scholarship pass in Painting. Con- gratulations to Sidney and his teacher Mr Whitrow (see page 31). In summary… RBHS outperforms boys and girls nationally in NCEA Our Maori students outperform all Maori students nationally in NCEA across all three levels Our Pasifika boys outperform all Pasifika students nationally in NCEA across all three levels Our Hostel again had 100% pass rate across all five year levels Congratulations to all our students of 2017 and their teachers for these solid results. I wish all our 2018 students the very best as they continue to place their mark on these successful graphs. Prefects 2018 I am pleased to introduce a group of 13 Prefects that were announced at our Senior Prizegiving and who already are providing strong leadership and positive role modelling for our students • Hohaia Macfarlane Head Prefect • Joape Nagera Deputy Head Prefect and Pasifika Captain • Manny Crawford Deputy Head Prefect and Hostel Head Boy • Te Hemara Gardiner-Toi Captain of Drake House • Temuera Hall Captain of Frobisher House and Student Trustee to the Board • Te Okiwa Morgan Captain of Nelson House • Takeshi Endo Captain of Raleigh House • Rishay Anand Academic Captain (Junior School) • Daniel Gray Academic Captain (Senior School) • Rhayvon Mihaere Arts Captain • Poukohe Sorenson Tawhara Sports Captain • James Scott Citizenship Captain • Bradley Wiggins Environment Captain
Academic Review Day Our Academic Review Day scheduled for Thursday 8 March is one of the most important days in our Academic calendar. This day is important because it gives every student with a parent or care- giver the opportunity to understand and to plan their academic programme and academic goals for the school year. One of the reasons that the academic achievement in our school has climbed in recent years has been because this planning and sharing of information that takes place with student, family and house group tutor takes place on our Academic Review Day. All students have been issued with times for these interviews and we are striving as a school to achieve a 100% attendance target on our first Academic Review Day. Board of Trustees 2018 The School this year is pleased to have a stable and experienced Board made up of the following people: Mr Herby Ngawhika (Chair) Mr Mark Lawrence (Deputy Chair) Ms Andrea Elliott-Hohepa Mr Daryl Watene Ms Mercia-Dawn Yates Mrs Yolanda Boulton (Staff Trustee) Mstr Temuera Hall (Student Trustee) Mrs Julie Fisher (Board Secretary) Celebration of Success Evening On Tuesday 27 March the school will hold its Celebrating Success Evening where we will intro- duce a number of our Year 9 Jubilee Scholars, Students who gained Excellence in NCEA and School Prefects in an evening where we celebrate our success as a school across all dimensions to school life. Invitations for our Celebrating Success Evening will be issued this week. Special Events To Date • Congratulations to our Touch Team who after Junior Prizegiving last year in mid December won the New Zealand Secondary Schools Touch Championship. This is our 5th National Title in Touch. • Congratulations to our Senior Golf Team who on the 26th and 27th February won the New Zea- land Super Eight Schools Golf title for the first time since 2012 and for the eleventh time out of the 19 years that this championship has been held. • The school held a very successful Athletics Tabloids event on Friday 16th February with Nelson House coming to the fore. • On Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd February 66 of our Year 13 students undertook the Te Wero Programme which was a huge test for each par- ticipant in both a physical sense and as a team member. Congratulations boys for the impressive team work displayed.
• Congratulations to the Year 12 boys who participated in the BP Business Challenge held at the school on 1st and 2nd March. Congratulations to the winning team who developed an app and shoe which monitors a player’s vital signs while in training and playing sport. This means the coaches know when to sub players on and off and limits player fatigue! Important Dates Coming up this Term Thursday 8 March Academic Review Day Monday 12 March Start of Year 9 Tane Raukura Camps Thursday 22 March Waka Ama National Secondary School Championships Tuesday 27 March at 5.30pm Celebrating Success Evening Thursday 29 March First XV Rugby Tour to Fiji departs Friday 30 March Easter Holiday begins Friday 13 April Last day of Term 1 Wednesday 25 April ANZAC Day Monday 30 April Term 2 commences Wednesday 2 May ANZAC Assembly, 10.00am As you can see it has been a busy term for the school and I extend best wishes to all students and staff and the wider school community for not only a successful Term 1, but a highly successful 2018. Targets have been set, goals defined, and now we must all work hard and work together to realise these goals. Best wishes for a successful 2018! AC Grinter Principal
Address from the Head Boy Kia ora, My name is Hohaia Macfarlane. I have been granted the honour to stand before you to- day, as your Head boy for 2018. First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge our Principal Mr Grinter; our Deputy Principals Mr Buckton and Mr Lockwood. I acknowledge all the school’s staff: Deans and teachers; my Prefect team; parents of the school, and all of you, the students. To our new year 9 boys, welcome. For some of you this will be an exciting day. For some of you, it will be daunting. Seeing you here takes me back to my first day as a year 9. My emotions were running wild. I was excited, yet pet- rified at the same time. Coming from Intermediate where most of the students were only a year older than me, to a school where the year 13’s looked almost 30…was overwhelming to say the least. But I had other new students on either side of me feeling exactly the same. It didn’t take long for me to realise that I was actually surrounded by the encouragement of caring and supportive people; my teachers, the older students and role models, and my friends. I rec- ognised the special bond that you will see around you today. Look around you. We are brothers. This is the brotherhood of Raukura. We are all here to help, encourage, and motivate one another. If I had ill feeling towards the person sitting next to me, I told myself to leave those feelings at the gate. I encourage you all to do the same. Napolean Hill once said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve”. When you truly want something, you must go after it. You have a great deal or more to learn, and remember always, the pursuit of excellence. This is a significant rite of passage. You now stand with us and share a bond like no other. You are now one of us.
When an opportunity arises, take it. Follow your passion. Set yourself goals. Whether these goals are to make the stage for Raukura Kapa haka; the field for the 1st XV, or even to be the Head Prefect when you reach year 13…visualise your goal. Keep visualising your goal, so you stay focussed and motivated. There is no short cut to achieve- ment. Not everything is easy. Nor should it be easy. You will come across challenges on the road to your goals, but these challenges are only to test you. They are there to sort out those who are able to put to one side, the aggravation of the moment in order to achieve the long term goal. Fol- low you dreams, whether it be sporting, academic, cultural or musical. Listen and trust the advice of your teachers and family…and think Big! It is an absolute honour to have been elected Head Prefect of the school I call my second home, and to represent a brotherhood of which I am immensely proud to be a part of. I wish you the best of luck for the year gentlemen. Na reira Tena Koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou katoa. Hohaia Macfarlane, Raukura Head Boy 2018.
From the Desk of the Deputy Principal Teaching & Learning At Rotorua Boys’ High School we strongly recommend the use of a digital device to support learning. In the junior school we are in our third year of a targeted 1-1 iPad initiative and it is our vision that at some point every student will be able to learn with their own iPad. Technology has revolu- tionized the way we think, work, and play. Technology, when integrated into the curriculum, revolutionizes the learning process. More and more stud- ies show that technology integration in the curriculum improves students’ learning processes and outcomes. We live in a rapidly evolving world and students today need to be digitally literate and flexible to succeed in the 21st Century workplace. There is considerable research that concludes many students of today will find jobs that haven’t been invented yet. Therefore, the emphasis on schools is to develop 21st Century Skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, digital and information literacy, adaptability and creativity. Bringing technology into the classroom has many significant benefits ranging from increased student engagement, a richer learning context, increased collaboration, access to material previously not possible and in- creased ability to cater for various learning styles. It is for these reasons and many more, that that Rotorua Boys’ High School strongly recommends the use of an iPad to support learning. Currently we have over 550 students taking advantage of a learning environment enriched with an iPad. For those families that would like to have their son join this initiative, there is still the oppor- tunity through our commercial partner, Noel Leeming. The iPads can be purchased outright, or through a 24 month finance plan. If you require more details, contact us at school or discuss in store at Noel Leeming. Please note that this offer is available to senior students too.
Students can also bring an existing iPad from home, but these must be configured on our school network. This will ensure these iPads have the same advantages that the new iPads have. Please be advised that there is $40 fee for the MDM and Apps to be installed on these iPads. Digital Citizenship A focus of this initiative is digital citizenship, which is the responsible use of technology. Your son will learn digital skills, ethics, etiquette, and online safety. These are important aspects of partici- pating in today’s world. Safe and Secure To maintain a safe and secure learning environment, a filtered Internet connection will be provided for students. They will not be permitted to use a personal broadband connection such as a 3G/4G phone network. As well, students will only be able to use their device under the direct supervision of their teacher. Any unauthorized use can result in the device being confiscated, searched, and privileges being revoked. Responsibility While the school will make every effort to ensure all devices are secure, ultimately, students are responsible for their device. They must bring it fully charged to school. Similar to other personally owned items, the school is not liable for loss, damage, misuse, or theft. Participation in this initiative is voluntary. For more information about digital citizenship, cyber safe- ty and school expectations pertaining to device usage in school, please visit our Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety website. This can be accessed via the Curriculum page of the school website or using this link: https://sites.google.com/a/rbhs.school.nz/rbhs-digital-citizenship/ “Our students, through the use of digital technologies, will be offered future-focused learning op- portunities, to ensure they are equipped with the skills to be successful global citizens” RBHS Learning with Digital Technologies Vision Academic Review Day One of the key strategies our school utilises to ensure students meet their academic potential is the Academic Review process. At the start of the year your son developed a number of goals and throughout the year your son’s House Group Teacher will work alongside him to monitor and en- courage him to achieve these goals. We believe that this process has been a key factor in improv- ing student outcomes in recent years. Academic Review days are your opportunity to join us at school to discuss your son’s progress in an individual, positive conversation with his House Group Teacher. This year we will again be holding two Academic Review Days. The first is on Thursday 8th March and all parents are expected to come with their son. Your engagement with this process is vital to ensure the most positive outcomes for your son this year. The second Academic Review Day will be early in Term 3 and will offer a chance to review progress towards his goals. Term 1 Interim Reports Please be aware that Term 1 Progress Reports progress reports will be available for collection on Academic Review Day. It is important to note that it is school policy to write reports using each student’s legal name. If however you prefer us to write your son’s report using his preferred name, this can easily be arranged. In order for this to happen, you need to contact the main office or your son’s House Group teacher and inform them of your preference. Mr P Conrad (B.A., Dip Tchg.) Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning email@example.com
From the Desk of the Deputy Principal Student Support Kia ora Students and Whanau of Raukura 2018, My name is Hamish Lockwood and I am the Deputy Principal- Student Support 2018. Just wanted to start with a huge Mihi to all our Whanau of Raukura and especially to the young men at Rotorua Boys High School. I am looking forward to fulfilling my role in 2018 and relish the opportunity to improve student outcomes. Attendance It is a timely manner to remind parents and caregivers regarding our Ab- sentee protocol 2018. Student’s, parents, and staff are continually working together to improve the attendance rate for our school. An emphasis on being at school regular- ly and punctually will ultimately drive toward enhancing the academic profile for each student. Should your son not be attending school for any length of time, there are a number of options below which can be utilised to inform the school of his absence; 1. Contact Absentee Hotline – (07) 349 5137 2. Phone or email the Dean 3. Written explanation for House Group Teacher on his return to school Early Notification To improve the timeframe in which Rotorua Boys’ High School notifies you of your sons absence, we are now operating an Early Notification system where by Parents / Caregivers will receive a message via text or email informing that your son is absent from school without explanation. The message will be sent on the morning of absence and his records automatically adjusted on return message from Parents / caregivers. To enable the programme to function effectively, please notify the school office to confirm the mobile and/or email address you would like this message delivered to. Leadership: It is an important year for your young man to step out of their comfort zone and strive to become a future Leader here at Raukura. There are many opportunities for students to achieve these goals and I encourage students to be involved in as many extracurricular activities both in and out of school as possible. Leadership opportunities 2018: Sir Peter Blake Trust, National Young Leaders day, Outdoor Pursuit Centre, Y Lead Conference, Outward Bound, Hawaiki Rising voyager and many more. Please do not hesitate to contact me, either via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 3486169 ext 872 if you have any concerns. Nga Mihi, Mr H Lockwood (B.Sp. L.S., Dip.Tchg.) Deputy Principal- Student Support email@example.com
Faculty Course Assessment Assessment Title Credits Due Date English 1ENA AS 90052 Produce creative writing 3 Week 6 AS 90855 Create a visual text 3 Week 10 1ENG AS 90052 Produce creative writing 3 Week 6 AS 90855 Create a visual text 3 Week 10 1NLS AS 90855 Create a visual text 3 Week 2 US 26624 Read with understanding 3 Week 3 Mathematics 1MAA AS 91026 Apply numeric reasoning to solve problems 4 23 Feb US 26627 Use measurement to solve problems 3 5 March 1MAS AS 91030 Apply measurement in solving problems 3 15 March 1NLS US 26627 Use measurement to solve problems 3 10 April Science 1SCB AS 90952 Surface Features 4 Week 5 1ScI AS 90930 Reaction rates 4 Week 4 Technology 1TEC US 22926 Demonstrate knowledge of safety procedures 2 Week 4 Demonstrate Knowledge of and apply safe 1FTT US 24352 working practices in the construction of a BCATS 2 Week 3 project Identify, select, maintain, and use hand tools for 1FTT US 12927 6 Week 5 BCATS projects 1FTT US 25920 Use joints for a BCATS project 3 Week 10 1AUT US 16113 Safe Working Practices 2 Week 6 1DVC N/A - Portfolio due Week 2 Term 3 Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts of 1DGT AS91072 3 Week 6 digital media Term 1 identify career pathways in the Hospitality 1FHO 21058 industry 2 Week 6 Social Sciences 1HIS AS91001 Research an historical event 4 April 12 1GEO AS.91013 Aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale 3 1 Apr
AS 90840 Apply the marketing mix to a new or existing 1BTM 4 28 March product Physical 1PED AS90964 Demonstrate Quality Movement in a Physical Activity 3 30 April Education AS90970 Demonstrate Self Management Strategies 3 30 April Use drawing methods and skills for recording The Arts 1ART AS 90914 v3 4 28 March information using wet and dry media. 1MCA US 23005 v2 Demonstrate knowledge of carving. 5 11 April 1MUS AS91095 Demonstrate knowledge of two music works 6 6 April Write a variety of text types in Chinese on areas of Languages 1CHI 90872 5 9 March most immediate relevance 22.2.2018 AS 91089 6 He Whakaputa Koorero ( Fluent Speakers ) 2.3.2018 / 1TRM Maori He Whakaputa Koorero ( Learners ) 30.3.2018 10TRM Āta Whakarongo mai AS 91085 6 22.2.2018 Demonstrate knowledge and skills of performance of 3 22.2.2018 US 22752 components 1MPA US 22753 Demonstrate knowledge of people associated with 3 06.04.2018 MPA Faculty Course Assessment Assessment Title Credits Due Date Produce a selection of crafted and controlled English 2ENA AS 91101 6 Term 3 writing AS 91103 Create a crafted and controlled visual text 3 Week 10 Produce a selection of crafted and controlled 2ENG AS 91101 6 Term 3 writing AS 91103 Create a crafted and controlled visual text 3 Week 10 Produce a selection of crafted and controlled 2ENB AS 91101 6 Term 3 writing AS 91103 Create a crafted and controlled visual text 3 Week 10
2LIT US 24871 Complete work related forms 2 Week 4 Select, read and assess texts to gain US 2989 3 Week 9 knowledge Apply coordinate geometry methods in solving Mathematics 2MAC AS 91256 2 8 March problems 2MAS AS 91264 Use statistical methods to make an inference 4 8 March 2MAT AS 91264 Use statistical methods to make an inference 4 16 March Science 2BIO AS 91153 Practical investigation 4 Week 7 2CHE AS 91162 Ions in solution 3 Week 5 2PHY AS 91172 Atomic and nuclear physics 3 Week 5 2SCI AS 91155 Adaptations of plants and animals 3 Week 5 Demonstrate knowledge of general health, 2FSY US 17769 safety, and environmental requirements in 5 Week 7 forestry. 2TEC US 21911 Demonstrate knowledge of Safety 2 Week 4 Technology 2TEC US 21905 Demonstrate knowledge of trade calculations 6 Week 9 Demonstrate knowledge of and apply safe 2BTT US 24354 4 Week 4 working practices in a BCATS workplace Receive instructions and communicate 2BTT US 24357 4 Week 8 information in relation to BCATS projects 2AUT 223 Service an automotive battery 4 Week 6 Identify emergency procedures in the 2AUT 229 2 Week 11 motor related industries 2DVC N/A - Portfolio due Week 3 Term 3 Implement advanced procedures to produce a 2DGT AS91368 specified digital information outcome with 6 Week 11 dynamically linked data Social Sciences 2HIS 91229 Research assessment 4 April 10 2GEO 91246 Aspects of a global topic at a global scale 3 1 April Demonstrate an understanding of accounting 2ACC 91175 4 11 April processing using accounting software 2TOU US22854 Apply innovative thinking techniques within a 2 1 March business context Physical 2PED AS91331 Examine Significance of a Sporting Event 3 30 April Education Write a variety of text types in Chinese for Languages 2CHI AS91112 5 23 Feb genuine contexts
Waihanga tuhinga auaha, i te reo o te ao AS91288 Maori 2TRM torotoro (1 of 2) 6* Week 6 AS91285 Kōrero i te reo o te ao torotoro (1 of 2) 6* Week 8 2MPA US 13359 Demonstrate knowledge and skills of waiata 6 11.04.18 Generate, develop and refine visual ideas in The Arts 2MCA US 23010 v2 5 11 April Whakairo. Use drawing methods to apply knowledge of 2ART AS 91311 v2 conventions appropriate to painting. 4 11 April Develop ideas in a related series of drawings 2ART AS 91316 v2 appropriate to established painting practice. 4 11 April 2MUS 91278 Investigate an aspect of New Zealand Music. 4 23 March Faculty Course Assessment Assessment Title Credits Due Date Produce a selection of fluent and coherent English 3ENG AS 91475 writing which develops, sustains and structures 6 Term 3 ideas Respond critically to significant aspects of visual AS 91480 texts through close viewing supported by 3 Week 10 evidence Apply linear programming methods in solving Mathematics 3MAC AS 91574 3 23 Feb problems 3MAT AS 91581 Investigate bivariate measurement data 4 9 March Science 3BIO AS 91604 Homeostasis 3 Week 4 3CHE AS 91393 RedOx 3 Week 5 3PHY AS 91521 Practical Investigation 4 Week 6 3SCI AS 91604 Homeostasis 3 Week 4 Demonstrate knowledge of factors that affect 3FSY US 24575 5 Week 6 the quality of commercial forestry operations Perform Building calculations Technology 3BTT 24378 4 Week 4 3Btt 12998 DKO Carpentry Hand Tools 4 Week 10
Prepare and cook vegetable dishes in a Term 1 3FHO 13293 commercial kitchen 6 Week 10 3DVC N/A - Portfolio due Week 3 Term 3 Implement complex procedures to produce a 3DGT 91635 4 Term 1 specified digital media outcome Demonstrate knowledge of common engineering Term 1 3TEC 20799 4 metals Week 11 End of Term Social Sciences 3HIS 91434 Research inquiry 4 1 Analyse a contemporary event from a geographic 3GEO AS. 91428 3 End Term 1 perspective Demonstrate understanding of Accounting for 3ACC AS 91428 4 11 April partnerships 3TOU US 24733 Promote a New Zealand tourist destination 4 1 March Physical Education 3PED AS91789 Devise Strategies for a Desired Outcome 3 April 30 Write a variety of text types in clear Chinese to Languages 3CHI AS91537 5 9 March explore and justify varied ideas and perspectives Maori Waihanga tuhinga whai take i te reo Māori o te 3TRM AS91654 6* Week 6 ao whānui (1 of 2) Kōrero kia whakamahi i te reo o te ao whānui (1 AS91651 6* Week 8 of 2) 3MPA US 13360 Perform Moteatea 15 May 4th The Arts 3MUS 91425 Research a music topic 6 29 March
From the Desk of the Deputy Principal Curriculum and Assesment NZQA / NCEA Student Information Monitoring your achievement and progress is easy with the NZQA Learner Login page. Enter the following web address and you will be able to access your personal learning information. Check it out! www.nzqa.govt.nz/students If this is your first time checking out the website and using Learner Login, you will need the follow- ing to be able to register for free! and login; 1. NSN (National Student Number) – any staff member at school can give this number to you or you can also access this by contacting the NZQA call centre 2. Password or Pin number – You will be asked to create a password and pin number 3. It will take less than 60 seconds of your time to register! On completing the Registration and Login process, you will be free to browse and access all there is to know about your learning! Firstly, I recommend watching a short video clip with parents/caregivers about NCEA and how the new Course Endorsements work. Just Click ‘What are endorsements’ and you will have access to a short video clip or read the info which is certain to answer all your questions. Secondly, take a look at the following; • Entries and Results (order new result documents / certificates) • Credit Summary – All years • Credit Summary – For a particular year • Track your progress and predict your outcome • Your Rights and Responsibilities for External and Internal Assessment • University Entrance and Scholarship How much does NCEA cost? ****Complete and return a Financial Assistance Form before September 1 to reduce the NZQA Fee**** If you have any further questions about how NZQA and NCEA works you will find it on the student page or you can also contact the NZQA call centre on 0800 697 296. Enjoy your search. Mr B Buckton (B.Sp. Ex.Sci., Dip Tchg) Deputy Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Deans Year 9 Dean Ms M Hartley email@example.com ext 827 Year 10 Dean Mr M Trembath firstname.lastname@example.org ext 895 Year 11 Dean Mrs K Hemana email@example.com ext 803 Year 12 Dean Mr G Hunt firstname.lastname@example.org ext 836 Year 13 & 14 Dean Mrs R Mudge email@example.com ext 880 International Dean Mrs T Grinter firstname.lastname@example.org ext 837 From the Year 9 Dean Ms M Hartley What an amazing start to the year. The Year 9 boys have transitioned beautifully into High School. They look fantastic i n their uniforms and seem eager to settle down and start learning. Thank you for your support in ensuring this transition was smooth, and for setting your son up for success by having their uniform and stationery needs organised. Your son has been issued with his own individual timetable. These are really important in ensuring your son knows where he needs to be, at what time and who his teacher is for each subject. It would also be helpful for you to have a copy of this timetable. Ask him to share it with you so you are aware of what subjects he has this term and in the future. Having their timetable glued to some cardboard, laminated, or as a screenshot on their device, can save a lot of time and despair. Your son’s attendance will directly impact on their achievement at school this year. Please ensure your son is at school EVERY day, unless there is a justified reason for his absence. In this case, please ensure you inform either his House Group teacher, or myself, as to why your son is away. You will be able to track your son’s attendance and achievement this year if you have access to the internet. At our first Academic Review Day (Thurday, 8 March) your son’s House Group teacher will give you a specific username and password to the website which enables you to see exactly how many credits they have, as well as monitor their attendance. A very useful tool for parents!! Junior Certificate at Year 9 requires our boys to achieve a minimum of 80 credits over the course of the year. If your son manages to get 50+ of these at ‘Excellence’ level, he will achieve his Year 9 Certificate with an Excellence endorsement. Likewise if he achieves 50+ at Merit/Excellence level, he will achieve a Merit endorsement. We want as many of our boys to achieve with endorsements as possible. Please support your son by having conversations about their learning at home, and tracking their credits via KAMAR on our school app. My role is to liaise between yourself, your son and his teachers. If I can be of any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to meeting you in the future. Ms M Hartley (M.Ed.L.(Hons), B.Ed., Dip. Tchg.) Dean of Year 9 email@example.com
From the Year 10 Dean Mr M Trembath Kia Ora and welcome to our Year 10 students of 2018. My name is Mark Trembath and I am the Year 10 Dean here at Raukura. I was born and raised in Rotorua and attended Rotorua Boys’ High School from 2000 to 2004. I am an old boy of the school which I believe gives me a greater insight into how our school works and how I can support the students I work alongside. I have been teaching since 2008 and have always had a passion for teaching young men. I am also the Director of Football here at Raukura and coach a number of teams at school. This year the goals for Year 10 are to: • Improve attendance rates from 2017 • Have students attending every class during their school day • Expect 100% submission of assessments – non-submission to be referred to the Dean for catch up sessions after school at Te Honoa Toi • Improve 2017 Junior Certificate pass rates Year 10 is a year when some students struggle to see the value in school work and they think that their Junior Certificate is not worthwhile. This could not be further from the truth. The preparation that the students embark upon this year will pay dividends as they prepare for their NCEA journey next year. I cannot stress how important this preparation is. We are fortunate to have the support of Year 12 mentors to work alongside our Year 10 students to offer guidance on academic success, cultural leadership and achieving their sporting goals. Opportunities for Year 10 students this year: • Sir Edmund Hillary Leadership Camp for a week - 40 students • Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment for a weekend - 8 students • Pūkaki Award - 1 student • General Excellence - Academic, Sport, Culture & Leadership • Spirit of Raukura - one student in each core class • Top in class - each subject An extensive amount of sporting avenues • Junior Certificate endorsement - Excellence (50 credits); Merit (50 Merit/Ex credits) • Level 1 credits to be offered in House Group and at Academic Review Day Students who may require advice and guidance for future pathways will also be given an opportu- nity to attend local tertiary institutions and the careers programme to help gain better knowledge and experience of pathways that are on offer when they leave school. I am looking forward to help support and foster our rangatahi on their learning journey whilst in Year 10 and I look forward to working alongside whanau to enable success for our young men. Please do not hesitate to contact me, either via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 3486169 ext 895, if you have any enquiries. Nga Mihi Mr M Trembath (B.Tchg.) Dean of Year 10 email@example.com
From the Year 11 Dean Mrs K Hemana Kia Ora Raukura whānau, For those of you who do not know who I am, my name is Kelly Hemana and I am the Year 11 Dean for 2018. I was born and raised here in Rotorua and have been teaching since 1999. My teaching experience ranges from Year 4 through to the Ter- tiary sector, and I have a Master of Specialist Teaching in Learning and Behaviour from Massey University. I have two wonderful children, Koan Hemana, a current Year 9 student here at Rauku- ra and Grace who is a Year 7 student a Rotorua Intermediate. I would like to extend a warm welcome back to our highly successful cohort of students from 2017. I am excited to be able to continue working with a fine bunch of young Raukura men. Our endorsements last year were the best results we’ve had in the last 5 years. The challenge moving forward for us is to continue with that strength and determination to succeed. Our Year 10 Junior Certificate results are to be celebrated but also act as a reminder of the task ahead this year in the NCEA Level 1 programme. There are three levels of NCEA certificate, depending on the difficulty of the standards achieved. At each level, students must achieve a certain number of credits to gain an NCEA certificate. Credits can be gained over more than one year. NCEA level Requirements Level 1 80 credits are required at any level (level 1, 2 or 3) including literacy and numeracy. For more details see the following website: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/understanding-ncea/ Te Honoa Toi – Homework Centre This learning space is now operating after school from 3-4pm in L4 from Monday through to Wednesday. This is an opportunity for students to keep pace with their studies and utilise the teachers expertise also. I will be in Te Honoa Toi every Tuesday afternoon for any students wish- ing to work directly with me. Mentors We have some Year 11 students taking on the role of mentor for other students within their House Group - who have been identified as needing support to manage their goals. We really want to foster the notion of collaboration and accountability to others. I will be meeting regularly with this group to support the work being done every day in House Group time. So therefore, House Group from 8:45 – 9am is a vital time for our student’s academic progress. Attendance Regular attendance is crucial for the success of our students this year. NCEA is a demanding pro- gramme and as a Senior student of our school it is expected that our students attend every class. Should circumstances arise that prevent this we would appreciate a call or email justifying your sons’ absence. If you need to discuss anything with me please send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring on 3486169 ext 803. Nāku noa Mrs K Hemana (B.Ed., P.G.Dip.Ed., P.G. M.Sp.Tchg. (Hons.)) Dean of Year 11 email@example.com
From the Year 12 Dean Mr G Hunt Tena Koutou Katoa, Greetings to all the families of our students at Rotorua Boys High School. My name is Mr G Hunt and I am the Year 12 Dean for 2018. It has been a very busy start to the school year with an increase in the roll at Year 12. This year, I lay down the challenge to our cohort to better their results in 2018. Targets that we will be striving for are as follows: • 90%+ pass rate at Year 12 • 30% of the Cohort endorse with Merit or Excellence • Full attendance at Academic Review Day (ARD) Academic Review Day The Academic Review Day is your first opportunity to discuss your son’s pathway in 2018. This re- lationship with your son’s house group tutor is a vital cog in the potential success of your son. Our first Academic Review Day is on Thursday March 8th. I look forward to seeing you there. Google Classroom Ask your son about his google classroom, from this platform you are able to see the work he is doing in class and discuss any upcoming assignments. He will need his school email address and password to access this digital classroom. Attendance Attendance is a major contributor to a students success. Our goal this year is to have an atten- dance rate above 90%. If your son is unwell or unable to attend school, please ring the school office to advise us of his absence. 07 348 6169. Finally I want to wish you great success in 2018. I look forward to your continued support in your young man’s education. “Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, Engari he toa takitini” “Success is not the work of one, but the work of many” Mr G Hunt (B.Sp.& Ex.Sci., Dip.Tchg) Dean of Year 12 firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Year 13 Dean Mrs R Mudge Welcome to the 2018 school year. Firstly, can I thank the school community, including our parents and students, for the support and understanding I have received on my return to work. After an absence of close to a year due to ill health, I am relishing the challenge of meeting the varied and exciting demands of supporting the Year 13 and Year 14 students to prepare for the roles they have planned for themselves beyond school. Secondly, congratulations to the Year 13 cohort for their outstanding results in NCEA Level 2, maintaining a pass rate exceeding 90%. Year 13 is a challenging year, as students lay the platform for life beyond school. Requirements for future pathways are as varied as the boys themselves, and it is important that students fully understand what is needed to attain University Entrance should this be a pathway they aspire to. I work closely with House Group teachers, Mrs Boulton in Careers and Mr Cameron in Gateway to ensure that our boys are supported in a range of ways to achieve their goals. My role is to liaise with students, parents, and teachers to ensure that stu- dents are working towards achieving what is required for the future pathway they have chosen for themselves. Year 13 is a year of opportunities - and not only in the classroom. The more involved students are in all facets of school life, the more prepared they will be for what lies beyond. good attendance is the key to making the most of these opportunities and is also the key to academic success at this level. Please do not hesitate to contact me, either via email (email@example.com) or phone (07 3486169 ext 880) if I can assist you in any way. Nga Mihi, Mrs Rhonda Mudge (Dip.Tchg.) Dean of Year 13/14 firstname.lastname@example.org International Dean Mrs T Grinter The International Department welcomes to the school the new and returning international students for 2018. We currently have 25 International students from around the world experiencing our great school ranging from Year 9 to Year 13. The 11 new students from China, Japan, Fiji and Macao are settling in and the 14 returning students are renewing their friendships and getting straight back into New Zealand school life. Interested in being a short term homestay? The Shiba High School group from Japan will be visiting us again this year from Saturday, 28th July – Wednesday, 8th August 2018 (11 nights). If you have a spare room, we are looking for fam- ilies who would like to be a homestay to these young boys, please contact Mrs. Grinter on tgrint- email@example.com or 348 6169 Ext: 837. The students are generally about 14-16 years old and want to experience the Kiwi home and life style. Shiba High School is a multi-storied school in the centre of Tokyo so our school and way of life is a very different experience. This school has visited Rotorua Boys High School for 20 years now and it is a very successful cultural exchange. The students return to Japan with fond memo- ries of their time with their New Zealand families. Mrs T Grinter (B.A., B.C.S., Dip. Tchg) Dean of International Students firstname.lastname@example.org
PASIFIKA Malo ni, Kia Orana, Ia Orana, Malo e lelei, Ni sa Bula and warm Pasifika greetings. Talofa lava everyone my name is Mr Pesefea I am the Pasifika Mentor for 2018. One of my key aims this year is to recognise and enhance Pasifika identity within school that is reflected across all areas of the curriculum. In partic- ular for our Pasifika boys to be proud of their culture heritage, language, family and community. Celebrating success of our Pasifika boys in all ar- eas of leadership within the school. Our Pasifika Captain for 2018 is Joape Nagera (below, right). We have a few key events taking place soon. At local level the “Pasifika Mr Pesefea Fun Day” held on the 24 March at the Lakefront. The “Pasifika Speech Competition” held on the 5 April at the Methodist Church on Old Taupo Road in Rotorua - the first ever Secondary School Pasifika speech com- petition held in the Bay of Plenty, and our very own traditional “Super 8” competition to be held at New Plymouth Boys’ High later on this year. This will be the highlight for us, and because Rotorua Boys High School was the first school in the Super 8 competition to introduce this section in 2017, we will be ready to contest again. On a final note - we have Pasifika Newsletter to be released this term, updating notices and other matters regarding Pasifika communities. My contact details: email@example.com Looking forward to putting names to faces, and to grow our Pasifika community at Raukura. Joape Nagera Malo ma fa’afetai. The Raukura Pasifika group performing at the Super 8 Cultural Festival last year. Mr J Pesefea (Dip.Tchg.) Pasifika Mentor, Teacher of English firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS Gymnastics Well done to Michael Stanley (Year 12) who was part of the New Zealand team competing in the Valeri Liukin Gymnastics Invertational in Texas, United States last December. Michael com- peted in Level 10 against 68 other competitors. He placed 2nd in the floor discipline and the New Zealand team placed 6th overall. NASA Visit Congratulations to Taipari Walker (Year 12) who was the only Bay of Plenty student to be chosen to go to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Houston, Texas. Taipari joins a group of 11 others who have been tak- ing part in the Massey University’s Pūhoro STEM Academy programme. New Zealand Touch Representatives Fantastic to have 13 boys named in the 2018 New Zealand Touch Teams. We also have Old Boy, now staff member Shaq Stone named the NZ U18 Boys Coach. U18 Boys (25 in Squad) U16 Mixed Team Ceiza James Dretyn Harris Kingita Kingi Miles Tapsell Jordan Tuakana-Hudson Mitchell Clarke Kalem Strickland Tome Poona Mixed Squad Jayden Andre Kingi U16 Academy Team Bless Perese-Elliott U16’s Team Kahutia Te Hau Gregan Maui-Black Tuakana Tuaine
Basketball Year 12, student Sharne Perham has been named in the New Zealand Under 17 boys team for the FIBA U16 Asian Championship in China next month. The 13-team tournament, which runs from April 2 to 8 in Foshan, will double as Asia’s qualifying tournament for the 2018 FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup to be held in Argentina later this year. New Zealand has been drawn in Pool A along with China and Hong Kong, with the top placed team advancing directly to the quarter-fi- nals. If placed second New Zealand will face the third placed team in Pool B for a spot in the last eight. Pool B is made up of Australia, the Philippines and Malaysia. Pool C comprises of Iran, Chinese Taipei and Macau with defending champions Korea, Japan, Lebanon and India in Pool D. Perham was first selected to play for the New Zealand under 17 team in the Philippines last July. He will be joined by Rotorua Boys’ High School basketball coach, Mr Courtney who is New Zea- land’s assistant coach. Perham is the younger brother of New Zealand Warriors player Hayze Perham. New Zealand head coach Dave Bublitz is looking forward to the tournament with preparation a long time in the making as the championship was originally scheduled for October 2017. “We held our first camp back in December 2016 so we have had a long time preparing for this event. “The majority of the team we have selected came on a tour of the Philippines in July last year. We used that tour to gain experience playing against Asian style basketball, which is very guard orien- tated and quite different to the style we are accustomed to in New Zealand. “We have had a total of six camps as a build up to the Asia qualifier, the last being in Rotorua in December. That camp was very beneficial and I know when the team comes together again later this month they will bond very quickly.” Bublitz stated that the goal for the coaching staff and players was very simple. “We want to make the quarter-finals then from there we are one win away from a place at the FIBA U17 World Cup.” Bublitz expects the main competition to come from traditional foes. “I imagine Australia will start favourites and Asian powerhouse China are always formidable. I’ve also heard that Japan and Korea operate with fulltime coaches so we can expect those two teams to be strong.” The team will gather for a couple of days training in Auckland on March 26 and will also play a couple of warm-up games in China before the tournament gets under way on April 2. - Rotorua Daily Post
Citizenship LAKESIDE Students from the Rotorua Boys’ High School and Rotorua Girls’ High School’s police studies programme gave a help- ing hand at Lakeside 2018. Co-ordinator Nicola Salmond said some of the students worked really long hours helping with car parking, ushering and the clean up. “Some of the less confident ones really stepped up - they shone.” She said all of the helpers were helpful and polite. Rotorua Boys’ High School deputy principal - student support Mr Lockwood said the 15 students from Boys’ High and 15 from Girls’ High were in charge of the VIP carpark, ushering and the clean-up at the end of the night. “This was a great experience for our Raukura men and Rotorua Girls’ High School girls within the police studies course as it was a great introduction to working with the general public, gaining valuable communication skills, how Iliesa Baleisuva Year 13 with Head Prefect and Police Studies stu- to adapt to challenging situations and dent, Hohaia Macfarlane. problem solving. “It was also good to gain community service and citizenship experience. “Overall it was a beneficial experience for our young men and aligned well with the police values of professionalism, respect, integrity, Maori and Treaty, empathy and diversity.” Boys’ High Year 13 student Genesis Hull said the volunteering effort was a good experience. “We were able to represent the school and be part of such a huge community event. Rotorua Girls’ High School principal Ally Gibbons said the girls really loved helping out. “They really enjoyed being part of the show and it was a great experience for them. “The staff have spoken really positively about how they looked, behaved and interacted with the public.” - Rotorua Daily Post
LOVE SOUP A great launch for the 2018 Love Soup Programme was held with nearly a pallet of milk donated to the organisation which feed the homeless daily. A great job by our boys who volunteer three times a week, with many from last year’s programme returning and many new faces. The roster is on the Student Desk window. Any questions or those wanting to join, email the Citizenship Captain, James Scott, email@example.com. THANK YOU, RAUKURA Kia ora, I just wanted to extend my thanks for sending/ bringing over such a wonderful group to assist in ‘handing me over’ at our Powhiri today. It was a very special emotional day for me. I felt previleged and honoured to not only be supported by my family, but also my friends and colleagues and the wonderful men of Raukura. It was also a special previlege to have Tumauaki Kimiora and Dunno attend alongside several Raukura old boys as well. I was humbled to have you speak for Te Arawa Waka, Wairangi and I will never forget your beautiful words. It was especially emotional for me to have the boys tautoko me during the hand over. It brought a level of finality in a symbolic sense to my time at Raukura. A special memory that I will hold dear forever. We all know how wonderful ‘our’ young men are - I still consider myself part of the Raukura whanau but it was special fo me to have my new staff and students see this too (especially after all the stories I have been telling). So many staff members expressed to me how impressed they were with the boys. They especially loved ho well they sang, how fierce they were in performing the haka and how personable they were in our staff room after the Powhiri. Not to mention taking the initiative to lead karakia before we ate and then to give thanks for the preparation of the kai. I can only hope the students of Aquinas will be held in equally high regard should they be visitors in another school.... but I fear that’s quite a high bar. I hope you can pass on for me a special thank you to all the members of staff that took the time to wish me well ahead of the Powhiri. I was overwhelmed by the phone calls, emails and messages. I feel truly blessed. Nga mihi, Mr M Dalton, Principal of Aquinas College
Leadership POLICE STUDIES We had our noho marae stay the police studies course on February 1. Combined with RGHS It was a really good noho as it set our expectations and values for the course. Parents of our boys also attended the evening hui. Highlights were: • A number of Rotorua boys high old boys speakers who are in the Rotorua police . Senior ser- geant Graeme Hill who is my mentor and liaison person. • Day 2 we had Tyson Repia who has recently graduated from police college. Students respond- ed well to him and Billy Hill the police dog. The students also undertook a solemn undertaken where District Commander Superintendent Andy McGregor and Rotorua Area Commander Inspector Anaru Pewhairangi swore-in the stu- dents. Inspector Pewhairangi returned last week and swore in another group of boys. Overall it was a really good hui Mr H Lockwood (B.Sp&Ls.,Dip.Tchg.)) Deputy Principal - Student Support firstname.lastname@example.org
TAI MITCHELL HOSTEL As the new year of 2018 begins a group of hostel prefects and I participated in a newly created leadership camp which was held at the hostel on the dates of 27th and 28th of January. Each day was filled with leadership and bonding activities. Day One was a settle in day where did small group activity and also went out for a swim. Day Two was filled with monstrous activities such with the main event we had coming up, the high ropes course. To kick-start the day, we went for a run and along the way we stopped and did bonding games. Then a small crossfit session, and onwards to the Adrenaline Forrest. Most boys completed levels to the best of their abilities which gave us an eye opener that we can complete many more obsta- cles this year in the hostel as we have a massive increase in numbers. Shout outs to Mr Cameron and Mr Courtney for giving us the opportunity to begin this leadership camp and hopefully it continues for future leaders of the hostel. We believe that this camp made us much more tighter as a group and if we remain tight we will communicate more which will result in keeping our hostel to a high standards as it already is. Thanks also to Mr Mayhew for allowing the leadership program to expand into this camp. I can not forget all other housemasters who gave up their own time during the weekend to help out when and where needed. Without all of the housemasters this hostel would not be in the great place it is today. Bring on 2018. Manny Crawford Tai Mitchell Hostel Head Boy, Deputy Prefect
TE WERO Once you decide to do it, you give it your all! Nothing can prepare you for the challenges that you will face on the gruelling Te Wero course. On thursday the 22nd of February, a large group of year 13 students took on the annual two day challenge of Te Wero. This challenge tested the students physically and mentally, and pushed many to their limits. But we quickly discovered this was no individual challenge, and that in order to succeed we must have to work as a team. Many of us underestimated what as ahead. The course consisted of a run from school to Aorangi Peak, Ngongotaha, back to school and then out to Mourea where we would spend the night rest- ing for the second day. On the Friday morning the boys biked from Mourea out to the blue lake, then to the Redwoods car park, and finishing with a 6km run back to school. Te Wero was built up to be something extremely difficult. It’s not supposed to be easy. Te Wero has its name because it is a challenge. We were all willing to challenge ourselves. At the end of the two days, the young men were absolutely exhausted. We could barely walk. But we pushed through. Our Deputy Principal, Mr. Lockwood, said “I thought it was really successful and a great oppor- tunity for the year 13 cohort to form better relationships, comradery in a very tough physical and mental challenge undertaking over the two days. Student demonstrated leadership etc”. It was physically the hardest challenge we will encounter while at Rotorua Boys’ High School. But it was all worth it in the end. No matter what physical fitness level you are at, Te Wero is a challenge worth taking. We all took from the experience that we can’t make it through life alone, and that some time we will need someone to support us just like we supported and pushed each other through Te Wero. Hohaia Macfarlane Head Prefect 2018
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