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Te Tohu Pai!

This week saw Pete, our caretaker, place the finishing touches on our new welcome sign. He's done a fantastic job on these. We've erected a sign by the Taradale road entrance and one in the Freyberg road entrance. For a number of months we have had trial corflute signs, and we have tried two different colour schemes. Now we've settled on the final designs and they are permanently installed with steel frames. The signs are bilingual and reflect the diversity of our kura. On the reverse side are o...

September 9, 2022

Mānawatia a Matariki

Ka rere a Matariki, ka wera te hinu! Tamatea High School celebrated Matariki on Thursday 23rd of June by planting a native ngahere. With funding and support from Matariki Tū Rākau (NZ Forestry), Panpac Ltd, One Foundation, Ray Burkett, Leon Phillips and Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc, the school has been able to cover the nearly $60 thousand for plants, irrigation, electricity, mulch and landscaping. The dawn ceremony started with a blessing of the ngahere by Koro Matiu Eru and Tipene Cottrell. The ...

August 12, 2022

Board Elections 2022

The triennial elections for parent representatives on school Boards of Trustees will be held nationwide on Wednesday 7th September 2022. Nomination forms have been emailed home to all eligible voters and the nominations close at midday on Wednesday 3rd August 2022.If you would like to become a member of our amazing governance team, please either complete the nomination form yourself (providing you are on the electoral roll) or have someone who is on the school electoral roll nominate you. We hav...

August 2, 2022

THS Endorsement Students

All the Tamatea High School students who achieved endorsement for NCEA last year have been celebrating their achievement with their Principal who took them to lunch at EIT’s Scholars restaurant. In order to attain an endorsement in NCEA, students must achieve 50 or more credits at the merit or excellence level. Mr Fabish said “These students are our top achievers who have worked hard with the support of their teachers to get good grades. I’m proud of the kids and their teachers for doing s...

August 2, 2022

Tamatea Food Festival

For the first time in twenty years Tamatea High School recently held their Food Festival Fundraiser. The school are raising money to buy a new school van and the event raised $2,500 towards the target of $45,000. The weather Gods were smiling on the school - the Friday afternoon event was warm and sunny. The High school students combined with staff and parents to run the stalls which included curry, tacos, hamburgers, hāngi, hot dogs, cakes and pancakes. Local MP Stuart Nash, assisted in sellin...

August 2, 2022

Shamon and Omeka

For many Napier secondary school students last Friday was a day off school for a teacher only day. However, there was no break for Shamon Kara and Omeka Puhara who are Year 13 students at Tamatea High School.In a partnership with Tamatea Pak’nSave, there is a team of senior students who are working the 5.30am to 8am shift each weekday.  Cindy Morgan, Head of Careers at Tamatea said that “Andrew Graney, the Pak’nSave owner, came to us and offered the opportunity of early morning work f...

August 2, 2022

Tamatea High Scholars

Most schools celebrate their top scholars with a certificate at a school assembly. Robin Fabish, the principal of Tamatea High School, decided to take a different approach when he took the Tamatea High School top scholars out to lunch last week.Mr Fabish said “These students have worked really hard to gain merit and excellence endorsements in their NCEA courses and we wanted to make a big deal of that. Treating them to a special lunch shows how much we value their achievement.” The school s...

August 2, 2022

One Year On - Stella Dornan

Stella Dornan has just completed her first year at Tamatea High School and she is thrilled with her success. She passed her Junior Diploma with Excellence and was also awarded the Year 9 Academic Excellence Award for 2016.When asked what was the key to her success, Stella explained that she has worked hard in class, completed her homework and pushed herself to learn. She plays Netball and Basketball for the school and also has a part time after school job. She’s a busy girl, but she has made t...

August 2, 2022

New Lead Principal Appointed

The Ahuriri Community of Learning (COL) have appointed Robin Fabish, Principal of Tamatea High School as their new Lead Principal.Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, is driving the COL initiative to promote collaboration between primary and secondary schools. The Ministry of Education has a goal to create pipelines of education from pre-school through to tertiary institutions. Schools all around the country have been joining together to create a seamless learning experience for students in thei...

August 2, 2022

New Heads for Tamatea High School

The auditorium at Tamatea High School shook with the sound of haka as the students demonstrated their enthusiasm for their new Head Boy and Head Girl. Connor Beere is the school’s Head Boy. He is a local Tamatea lad who went to Bledislow Primary School and Tamatea Intermediate before making the choice to spend his 5 years of secondary schooling at Tamatea High School. Connor chose to attend Tamatea High because his mother was impressed by the calibre of the seniors and the positive school envi...

August 2, 2022

Flower of Scotland Bloom in Ahuriri

This week the Ahuriri rugby teams played two development teams from Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ahuriri is the combined William Colenso College, Tamatea High School and Te Ara Hou rugby team and it was a real priviledge for them to play the international visitors. Merchiston Castle School is a private boys school of 400 hundred students. The fees are $60 thousand per year and the school is one of the top rugby schools in Scotland with a number of Scottish Internationals as o...

August 2, 2022

Fast, Clever and Ambitious

Logan Carroll is the head boy of Tamatea High School and Mariah Wainohu is the head girl. Both are great examples of young Hawke’s Bay students who are going places.Logan is the fastest secondary school student in the Hawke’s Bay over 100 metres. He plays fullback and centre for the school first XV and has scored a number of tries using his blistering pace. There’s more to this young man than just sports though. He has passed level 1 and level 2 NCEA with endorsements and this year his aca...

August 2, 2022

Dr Lance O'Sullivan

Tamatea High School were proud to be able to host Dr Lance O’Sullivan in their school this week. Lance was in Hawke’s Bay to present at the Beyond Me Inspiration Conference that was organised by Ironmāori creator, Heather Skipworth. Dr O’Sullivan was named New Zealander of the Year in 2014 for his contribution to Māori health in Northland. He has been acknowledged as an emerging leader  by the Sir Peter Blake Trust. The Readers Digest named him the second-most-trusted New Zealander ...

August 2, 2022

Black Ferns Inspire Tamatea High Students

Students at Tamatea High School were inspired by a visit from Black Fern Rugby player Kendra Cocksedge and New Zealand Women’s Sevens player Gayle Broughton. Cocksedge who also plays rugby for Canterbury is a dynamic half-back and was the first woman to score 500 NPC rugby points last year. More than that she has played for the Black Ferns since 2007 and last year she was World Women’s Rugby Player of the Year award. Kendra shared that she had written a goal with her coach to be the best rug...

August 2, 2022

Tamatea High Chooses Fees Free

This week the Tamatea High School Board of Trustees made the decision to sign up for the governments new ‘Donations Scheme’ which will mean that students will not be charged a donation to attend Tamatea High School in 2020.The new donations scheme will see the Ministry of Education pay the Tamatea High $150 per student instead of the school charging its normal $80 donation plus course costs. The scheme is only for schools which are decile 1 to 7 and is designed to take the pressure off famil...

July 28, 2022

School Leaver Statistics

The principal of Tamatea High school, Robin Fabish is celebrating the schools latest school leaver statistics.He said “Last year, we set a goal to ensure that all students had meaningful pathways to pursue when they left school. Previous to that we had focused on NCEA results and worked to improve them, but we realised that while qualifications are important, they’re not how we should be measuring success – we should be ensuring that qualifications actually lead somewhere and give students...

July 28, 2022

Project Day

Junior students at Tamatea High School recently spent a day working on a project of their choice. The students chose an interest and as groups worked to explore a big idea. Students with a music talent got together and discussed how they could do something worthwhile with their musical abilities. A brainstorming session explored ideas and the group decided to go busking and use the proceeds to support kids in need through the KidsCan Charitable Trust. Now Phone and Broadband company from the Ahu...

July 28, 2022

Pernambuco Students from Brazil

Tamatea High School is host to 11 students from the state of Pernambuco which is in the northeast of Brazil. The Brazilian government runs a scholarship system which student can apply to travel and study overseas. The students, who all speak Portuguese, study English and take an exam. The highest qualifiers are given the opportunity to study in Canada, the USA, Australia or New Zealand.Students at Tamatea High School are some of 50 who have come to New Zealand for 4 months....

July 28, 2022

New Teachers for Tamatea High

Two new former primary teachers are already making a good impression at Tamatea High School. Ms Meredith Ellingham has joined Tamatea High as a Year 9 home room teacher – instead of students having 8 or 9 teachers each week, Ms Ellingham takes them for their core subjects and they have two option teachers. “It makes it easier for our new students to build relationships with less teachers, improves their sense of belonging and makes the transition to high school much smoother.” Says Ms Elli...

July 28, 2022

Mufti Day for Salvation Army

Last Friday, the prefects at Tamatea High School organised a mufti day to give support to the Salvation Army food bank. Each student was required to bring a can of food instead of the usual gold coin. The response from students was fantastic and a huge amount of canned food was gathered. Deputy Head Girl, Saskia Hook, said that the prefect group thought supporting the food bank was something that the school would get in behind of. It also might have been easier for them to grab a can from the pa...

July 28, 2022

Maths Competition at Tamatea High

Last week the Head of Maths at Tamatea High School, Sanjesh Kumar, organised the inaugural Tamatea High Maths Challenge for our local primary schools. Teams of four competed to answer a list of Maths questions within the allotted time of 30 minutes. Entrants included teams from Tamatea Primary, Porritt Primary, Napier Intermediate and Tamatea Intermediate. The teams had to work together collaboratively to solve problems using their Maths ability, communication skills and creativity. Mr Kumar is ...

July 28, 2022

Back to School for Principal

While some were sitting at the beach relaxing in the sun, local Tamatea High School Principal, Robin Fabish, was in Australia at Sydney University taking a Harvard University course in Educational Leadership.Fabish said that “I was very fortunate to receive a $5000 scholarship that covered the course fees and accommodation at St Pauls College which allowed me to join 170 other school leaders. Most of the other participants were from Australia and there were about a dozen from New Zealand.”Th...

July 28, 2022

Freedom to Choose

At the end of 2017 the leaders at Tamatea High School reviewed their uniform rules – especially given there was a lot of media attention on unisex uniforms. In consultation with the students the school decided to change the school rule to allow the girls to wear short and long pants. Without a lot of fuss, the girls have enjoyed the option to wear trousers. Many of the girls are still wearing skirts and stockings, but some who prefer pants are wearing those instead. Yr 13 student Chontelle K...

July 28, 2022

Careers Speed Dating

This week forty Year 10 students at Tamatea High School were visited by a dozen employer representatives from various Hawke’s Bay organisations. Tamatea High piloted a ‘Careers Speed-dating’ event to raise student awareness of career possibilities and make connections for students and employers. The students in groups of three had 4 minutes with each representative to find out what their job is, what is good about it, what’s not so good, how much they get paid and any other questions the...

July 28, 2022

Young Enterprise Trust BP Business Challenge

The auditorium at Tamatea High School has been buzzing with the ideas and planning of all the Year 11 students who are taking part in the Young Enterprise Trust BP Business Challenge.What is the Challenge? Initially students go through several business challenges where they redesign a common product. Who wouldn’t like to use a shopping trolley with larger wheels, a GPS tracker and a chilled products storage section? Then the students choose a problem and develop a full business plan to solve t...

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