Rangatahi Pānui

Term Three Week 3

Senior Learning Conversations

During Weeks 4 and 5 senior students will be having learning conversations with their Ākina Coach. These conversations will be about how students are progressing towards their learning goals for the year and making a plan to ensure they achieve these goals. It is important for students to engage and be honest about their progress in these conversations. These conversations will be noted and emailed to whānau at the end of week 5.

Benchmark Examinations

Students should now be preparing for their Benchmark examinations in Week 6 from 21-25 August. All students will be required to come to school each day, where they will be in supervised study classes when they are not writing exams. Attendance each day is vital! The proposed examination timetable will come out next week, as well as a form allowing students to nominate their preferred study area.

Why is regular attendance to school so important?

Attendance is linked to both student wellbeing and academic success. Student wellbeing is a key priority for us. One of the biggest causes of student anxiety and lack of feeling like they belong is due to the amount of time skipping school. As their classmates continue to learn and grow, they fall further behind which spirals into more and more time off school, avoiding the hole they are digging for themselves. If you feel this could be the reason for your daughter's continued low attendance, please meet with one of our amazing Deans who will help come up with a tailored plan on how to catch up and regain control of their potential.


Thank you Aigamua for visiting our Pasifika Students last week.

Aigamua are a Pasifika charitable trust that focuses on educating and supporting and raising awareness for our people. Our mission is to champion mental health and empower aiga to achieve holistic wellbeing. We strive to create a safe space where mental health matters. “A place where voices are heard, stories are told and lives are changed”.

Level 2 PE Camp

Last week we travelled to Taupō for a three night camp. The activities we completed were mountain biking, an off road walk to Huka Falls, a hot swim, and a high ropes course at Rock 'n Ropes. The purpose of the camp was to look at risks in the outdoors and look at risk management strategies to minimise the risks involved. We had an absolute blast and the girls were an amazing bunch to take away.

Winter Tournament Week

Around Aotearoa this year's Secondary School Winter Tournament Week kicks off   27 August. WTW represents the high point of the season for our Premier Netball, Rugby and Basketball teams. Sports is an opportunity to develop fully rounded rangatahi with imbued mindfulness and resilience of mana, identity, and connection to each other. Most importantly we are grateful for our whānau support as we couldn't do it without you.

Nga Mihi Nui ki

Poitukohu - Basketball
Dustine & Vanessa Sadler
Aaliyah ah Kiong
Sammie Harris & Loren Miringaorangi

Whutuporo - Rugby
Jenn Simati
Tivani Fomai
Emma Jensen

Poitarawhiti - Netball
Jamie Richardson
Sarah King
Jo Husband
Pam Minor

Upcoming Sports 

Netball Draw 
Saturday 5 August - Secondary School Netball at Mitre 10 Sports Park
HGHS Senior B vs Sacred Heart Senior Gold @ 9am (Court 2)
HGHS Senior C vs NGHS 11 B1 @ 10am (Court 2)
HGHS Senior Social vs CHB Senior Blue @ 11am (Court 1)
HGHS Junior 10a vs CHB Junior Premier @ 10am (Court 16)
HGHS Junior 10b vs CHBC Junior A @ 11am (Court 2)
HGHS Junior 9a vs Karamu Ruapehu @ 8am (Court 3)
HGHS Junior 9b vs NGHS 10 B  @ 8am (Court 16)
HGHS Junior 9c vs SJMGC 9 A @ 9am (Court 15)
HGHS Ākina vs William Colenso College @ Deferred  8 August @ PGA
HGHS Senior A vs Taradale @ 5.30pm 8 August @ PGA Court 6

Hockey Draw
HGHS 1st X1 vs TBC
HGHS 2nd X1 vs Woodfood Maroon @ 4.15pm Monday 7 August @Unison Stadium

Badminton Draw
HGHS C1 vs CHBC Blue @ HGHS 3.30pm Thursday 10 August 
HGHS C2 vs CHBC Gold  @ HGHS  3.30pm Thursday 10 August
HGHS C3  vs TKKMONK  @ HGHS 3.30pm Thursday 10 August 
HGHS D1  vs Playoffs Thursday 10 August
HGHS D2 vs Playoffs Thursday 10 August

Football Draw
HGHS 1st X1 vs TBC Wednesday 9 August
HGHS 2nd X1 vs  TBC  Wednesday 9 August

Basketball Draw
HGHS vs Flaxmere Defaulted 

School Calendar

Keep up-to-date with all school activities by checking the calendar regularly.

School Calendar

Important Dates

Monday 7 August
- The Great Outdoors Hub - National Park Trip 2023
Tuesday 8 August
-  Inter House Sports Week - Dodgeball
-  Incubator Medical and Mental Health
Wednesday 9 August
- Inter House Sports Week - Ki O Rahi
Thursday 10 August
- Senior Māori Level 2 & 3 classes - Te Reo ki Tua - Te Reo Māori Symposium
- Inter House Sports Week - Netball
- Kauwaka Takitini enrolled students Whānau Evening
Friday 11 August
- Senior Māori Level 1 class - Te Reo ki Tua - Te Reo Māori Symposium
- Inter House Sports Week - Amazing Race
- Police Course Students: Police Station visit
Sunday 13 August
- Hawke's Bay Farmers Market (Young Enterprise)
Monday 14 August
- Applications for Student Leadership 2024 Open
- University of Canterbury Course Planning Visit for interested Year 13 students
Tuesday 15 August
- Level 2 & 3 Chemistry students trip to Massey University in Palmerston North
Wednesday 16 August
- Visual Arts Workshop for selected students
- House Assembly 
Thursday 17 August 
- Maintaining Healthy Communities Trip
- Te Ao Haka Hub with Kahurangi 
- Fiafia Night
Friday 18 August 
- Senior Pathways Hui
- Pathway to the Podium Hub - Boxing


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