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PRINCIPAL DEPUTY PRINCIPALS SENIOR MANAGERS Mr W Ford, MBS, DipSp.St, PG DipSp, DipTchg, TTM Mrs M Crate, BTchLn, NZDipSS, DipEd.Man, FPIS, DipTchg Mr B Rothman, BA, BEd, MEd, HDipEd, FDipEd. Mr B Reid, MSpLS, BLS, DipTchg, Unitech Cert in Sport Mrs D Manu, BEd, DipTchg, GDJst, PGDipSLT HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS AND TEACHERS WITH RESPONSIBILITIES Continuing Education Dr T Bentley, PHD, MPhil, MA (Hons), DipTchg, Dip Adult Ed. Guidance Mrs Y Evans, M Counselling, DipTchg. (Adv) PGC in MBH English Ms C Merrylees, PGDipEdAdminLead, BEd, DipTchg Languages/Arts Ms T Tarai, BEd, DipTchg Mathematics Mr A Phayer, BSc, DipTchg, CNA Physical Education/Sport Mr N Manu, BEd, DipTchg Science Mr T Jones BSc(Hons) PGCE. Social Sciences Mr M Olsen, BA, DipTchg Learning Support Mrs J Hainsworth, BEd, DipTchg(Adv), DipTchg (Higher), MA(SpEd) Technology Mr E Hamman, HDipEd TEACHING STAFF Miss K Krause, BA DipTchg(Sec) Mr D Baker, BMA, DipTchg, PGradDipEd Miss A Chung, BA, DipTchg Mrs E Lotter, HDipED Mr G Cassidy, BSc DipTchg CLTA Mrs T Solomon, MEd, BTchg(Hons) Mrs R Tucker, DipTchg, BEd Ms D McQuade Mrs W Haigh, BA, DipTchg, TESOL Mr J Jowett, BA, GradDipTchg Mr S Tsai, BSc, MSc, GradDipTchg Mr W Maea, BEd, DipTchg Mr P Winikerei, BMs, PGradDipTchg Mrs M Deuschle BSc, BA(Hons) GradDipT Mr P Chundra, MBA, BEd, DipEd, CTESL Mr M Manu NON-TEACHING STAFF Executive Officer: Attendance Officer: Reception: Cluster Manager RTLB: Sports Coordinator: Gateway Coordinator: TEACHER AIDES Ms S Kant Mr S Tito, BTchg Mr K Ngapo, BA, GradDipTchg, MA(Hons), TTH(Hons) Ms L Kelly, BSocSci, GradDipTchLn Mrs I Hakaria, BTchg, PGradDipMaori Ed, DipBusStuds Mrs R Lal-Phillips, BEd, DipTchg, DipAcc&Mgnt Mrs Chandra, MA Ed, PGradEd, BEd, CTESL Mr D Tereu, BSocSci (Hons), DipTchg Mrs N Fa’agalu, BTchg Ms R Miller, BTchg, DipPhot Mr B Tahau, BSpLS, DipTchg Miss L Jacobi, DipTch(Sec) BSc(Bio) Mr C Linklater, BSpLS, GradDipMktg, GradDipTchg Mr G Surric, LLB(Hons), PGDipSportMgt, MIR, GradDipTchg Miss J Beale, BMA, Grad DipTchg Mr A Kiss, BA(Econ), DipTchg Miss N Renowden BSpLS, PGDipSpLS, GradDipT Ms P Kelly Mrs J Jowett Mrs A Salmon Ms S Taipeti Mr T Teaukura Mrs C O’Connell Principal’s Personal Assistant: Science Technician/NCEA: Library Manager: Caretaker: ICT Manager: Groundsman: Mrs E Appel Ms D Collins Mrs L Henderson Mr K Rugg Mr R Trotter Mr N Bell Mrs I Mutter Ms Y Voss Miss M Wyatt Mrs D Dewhurst I ROTO I TE HUMAIRE - KO TO KAHA KI TE AO | IN QUIET CONFIDENCE LIES YOUR STRENGTH | TEI TE NGAKAU AU E TE MARU TOOU MATUTU | O LE FA’AUTAUTA LELEI E FA’ATUPU AI LOU MALOSI | IN SPE FORTITUDO


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Kia Ora, Kia Orana, Talofa Lava, Malo e Lelei, Goeie Dag, Ni Hao, Namaste, Greetings 2014 has seen major inroads for the school in it’s relationship with the  Education Review Office. The whole school review by ERO in March was followed up by an ERO visit to the Teen Parent Unit in early November. In both  review visits, ERO was highly affirmative of the positive progress the school has made in the past two years. We have returned to the normal three year review cycle. We acknowledge the considerable support given by Ministry of  Education senior advisor Glenn Rowsell in his work with our school. We started the 2014 academic year with the knowledge that our 2013 NCEA results were the highest ever at Level’s One (81%) and Two (92.8%), and second highest ever at Level Three (78%). When averaged across the three levels, we saw movement from 70% in 2012 to 84% in 2013. Academic excellence was also seen when two scholarships were achieved in the external examinations by Moenohotu Maui. These scholarships were in Te Reo Maori and Te Reo Rangatira. Four students, Ahere Hapi, Shaylyn Whetu, Tamatha Paul-Durbin and Alaa Abueliff gained excellence endorsements. In addition, the number of course endorsements jumped from 19 in 2012 to 65 in 2013. To maintain the academic momentum from 2013 to 2014, we started analysing NCEA data a lot earlier than in previous years. This analysis has been included in the monthly reports to the Board of Trustees. Our second annual Fashion and Wearable Arts show was again a huge success drawing in strong community support. The Music and Art Exhibition continued again in 2014 and has become a feature of the school calendar. Celebration of language occurred with ‘Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori’ (Te Reo Maori Language Week). A hugely successful Market Day culminated the end of Cook Island Maori language week. Lahaina Solomon represented the Tainui region at the National Nga Manu Korero competition. In Athletics, Dionne Treadaway represented New Zealand in the TransTasman competition held in Australia. In Rugby League, Dylan Clark was named MVP (Most Valuable Player) at the under 16 trials and later represented New Zealand against Samoa. Sean Millward, performed very well in the New Zealand Secondary School Swimming championships. In Taekwondo, Kristian Wood was in the New Zealand Oceania team and Holly Petera was in the New Zealand Development squad. The school qualified for national tournaments in seven sports this year; Athletics, Mixed Touch, Ki-O-Rahi, Turbo Touch, Netball, 1st XIII Rugby League, Under 15 Rugby 7’s. The Girls Cricket team were northern region winners of the secondary school competition. Shaylyn Whetu, Trena Hunapo-Moetu, Shardey Te Kanawa, Dionne Treadaway and Chantae Wilson-Jenkins gained international experience in representing the Northern District Maori Women’s team against the Cook Island’s team. Our Senior A Netball team finished in second equal place in the premier grade. This was an outstanding achievement for this young team who were coached by Taneta Riki. Following this competition, the team participated in the New Zealand Secondary Schools National Netball Tournament in Auckland. For the first time in many years, our 1st XV Rugby Team was able to win a Waikato Secondary School title. Coached by Greg Draper, the team went through the ‘Warren Gatland Cup’ 2nd division competition undefeated. Isaiah Cooper-Tetevano signed a two year contract with the New Zealand Warriors, to begin in 2015. Our girls rugby team reached the final of the Waikato championship. The Under 14 Rugby Team finished in 5th place in Division One, and the Under 15 Team reached the Division One semi-finals. Waikato representatives were Cameron Whetu (under 15), Matthew Letoga (under 16) and Owen Draper (under 17 Maori).       Continuation of school property development resulted in completions of the  long awaited permanent Teen Parent Unit facility, the RTLB building refurbishment, and the Mission On Social Café project. Our strong financial management over the past few years has enabled the school to be able to adequately spend surplus funds on extra school resourcing. This included the  purchase of new computers at a cost of $38,000 for the 2014 year. All Year 9 students who were part of the FYD (Foundation for Youth Development) Stars programme received free bikes from Move 60, an  organisation aiming to make young people more active. Olympian and BMX star Sarah Walker presented our students with their bikes and later in the year made a surprise visit to Tokoroa High School for the Year 9 Bike Challenge held at Lake Moana Nui. Farewell Mr Saunders: Mr Noel Saunders QSM, one of the best to ever teach at Tokoroa High School, passed away earlier this year. He was a true icon of the school, with an association spanning some 46 years. At his funeral service, we were heartened to hear that “the best job he ever had was teaching at  Tokoroa High School”.  Our strength in cultural, arts and sporting endeavours showed  similar upward trends as those displayed in academic domains.   For the third year running, our Puna Vai Ora group were overall winners of the Pasifika by Nature competition. Group leaders Mrs Tiaki, Ms Tarai and Mrs Solomon constantly refer to and reinforce that ‘top line performance on the stage can only occur if there is similar top line performance off the stage’. These off stage performances include efforts in goal setting, positive behaviour, academic achievement, 90% plus school-wide attendance and strong parental and community support.


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 The 1st X111 Rugby League side gained the national ‘Team of the Tournament’ award for the second time and Billy Maea gained the ‘Manager of the Tournament’ award for the third consecutive year, and was also appointed as manager of the New Zealand Secondary School team that played Australia. Isaiah Cooper gained the Best and Fairest Player award for his efforts, and Te Waiata Anderson received an NZRL sponsor’s award. full time at university and at night he worked at a job cleaning toilets. He worked at this job seven nights a week, to support his wife and young child. He said he was determined to be the best toilet cleaner there ever was. He felt there was a causal link between the effort he made in his job, the effort he put into his studies, and the effort he made as a husband and as a father.  I believe it is hard work that makes a difference in a person’s level of success, rather than some innate gift of intelligence. I read the following quote from an The Tokoroa High School soccer boys won 1st place in the Tokoroa AFC educationalist by the name of Watkins. He said, ‘Being brainy is learnt, not Junior Soccer competition by going through the entire season undefeated. fixed, it is the effort that you put into it that helps you learn how to be brainy’. The 2014 South Waikato District Sports Awards nominees included: Billy Maea (Administrator category); Greg Draper, Kara Hodge, Taneta Riki, Chris Williams (Coach category); Dylan Clark, Isaiah Cooper-Tetevano, Owen Draper, Matthew Letoga, Sione Levao, Cameron Whetu (Junior Sportsman category); Dionne Treadaway, Chantae Wilson-Jenkins, Kristian Wood (Junior Sportswoman category); Senior Girls Netball, and the 1st XV Rugby, Girls Cricket (Team category). We would like to congratulate Billy Maea, Chris Williams, Dylan Clark and the 1st XV Rugby team for winning their respective categories. Many years ago, I taught a young man who had returned to high school as an adult, with the aim of getting into university. He struggled at times through the year with the requirements of academic writing. And at a low point in the year, he confided in me that his family had told him that he did not have the brains to go to university, and he said that maybe they were right. The young man and I sat down and we talked about strategies. We talked about an academic game plan. We talked about perseverance and effort. We talked about never giving up. I caught up with him several years later. He had gone to university and completed a degree, although not surprisingly, he had taken longer than most people to complete it. Now he had his own company and a decent sized workforce. What is it that we as a school, as teachers, and as family members can do for our young people? I believe it is our responsibility to promote the notion that learning is life-long. I believe it is our duty to support each student in the belief that effort, perseverance, hard work are the ingredients for success. Finally, I would like to leave you with this quote that I heard at a national tournament way back in 1987, by Mrs Johanssen who was manager of the Auckland Under 17 team.  Bereavements are something that each of us have to deal with inevitably. To our students, staff and community who have suffered the loss of a loved one this year, I offer my sympathies and condolences. In memory - Hei maumaharatanga. I thank the Board of Trustees for the support given to me this year, and commend their passion for this school and commitment to ensuring quality education for our young people. My thanks go to our Board members Graeme Dewhurst. Ernest Appel, Tracey Marama-Lyon, Maria Te Kanawa, Marama Tahapehi, Dean Tereu, Shaylyn Whetu and Braiden Allen-Vano. I thank our senior leadership team of Margot Crate, Butch Rothman, Brian Reid and Darnel Manu for their hard work and professionalism. I thank all of our school staff, both teaching and support, for their effort and perseverance in improving student learning outcomes. I am optimistic that this may be the catalyst in moving Tokoroa High School from being a good school to becoming a great school. Finally, at the 2014 senior prizegiving, I shared the following thoughts on effort and perseverance: “There is a saying that ‘the harder you work, the luckier you get’ . Interesting: “the harder you work, the luckier you get’. You work at doing all the extra little bits and then work some more, to achieve success. Or as some would say, to become lucky. A few years ago, I listened to the manager of an international sports team speak. He was a successful lawyer and businessman, but spoke about the struggles he faced when he was a student. During the day he studied ‘Success comes to those who wait, so long as you work like mad while you are waiting’. Ma te Atua hei manaaki, hei tiaki i a tatou katoa. Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou, Tena Tatou Katoa Willie Ford


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Once again another year is behind us and once again we have seen success. I often wonder what success is and every time I come to the same conclusion; if you reach the goals you have set for yourself you have been successful. Throughout the year there were a number of students who reported their progress to me. Every time it was about their progress towards their goals. The most pleasant experience was when they reported that they have achieved the number of credits to gain their NCEA levels with an excellence endorsement. Success also comes from goals set in areas other than academic achievement and there are those students who have reached their goals in terms of sporting, or other extra-curricular activities. To be selected for a national side or a professional club is no mean feat. First of all a big congratulations to these students. It is interesting to observe that these successes, like academic successes, only come with great personal discipline. This concept makes me think of the great value the Key Competencies in the New Zealand Curriculum have and I am elated to see that these students have mastered the skill of self-management. When the abovementioned is considered, I think of the other Key Competencies and then come to the conclusion that success goes hand in hand with the mastering of the Key Competencies. Successful students have good relationships with their peers and those in positions of authority. They communicate well using a variety of communication skills and in doing so they use text and symbols in a manner where the message they wish to communicate is received by the others as they intend. In conclusion, one can in all probability say that a well-rounded person is the type of person who is very likely to be successful. Well another year has passed, and it is one that has been busy and productive for many of our students. It is really pleasing to see so many of our students now setting goals around academic achievement early in the year, and then working solidly all year to achieve their goals. It is well known that success does not just happen – it is the result of planning and hard work. I love the following quote as I believe that working hard is the same as fighting to achieve! “THE IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE IS NOT THE TRIUMPH, BUT THE FIGHT; THE ESSENTIAL THING IS NOT TO HAVE WON, BUT TO HAVE FOUGHT WELL.” Students who focus on achievement whether academic, sporting or cultural, will in most cases be successful and their success is the direct result of their fight to achieve. It has been most satisfying this year to see the pride of the students who have attended the ‘excellence events’ throughout the year. As we all know ‘excellence’ comes in many different shapes and forms, and it does not matter what ‘excellence’ you are working towards as long as you are fighting and putting in as much effort as you possibly can. We continually see ‘excellence’ throughout the year – on the sports field – at the Wearable Arts Show – at our Arts Festival night – at our Puna Via Ora and Puna Wai Ora performances – all these events don’t happen without a lot of effort and fighting to excel. My congratulations go to all students who are aiming for ‘excellence’ whatever that may look like to them and, of course, our thanks go to all the staff who are continually working with our students to assist them to achieve. To our seniors who are leaving this year – go well, work hard to achieve your dreams and keep in touch. We love to hear about your successes as you move forward through your life. To students who are returning next year – have a great holiday. We look forward to seeing you in the new year and working with you in 2015 to help you achieve your goals. Margot Crate - Deputy Principal (Curriculum) I wish all the students the very best for 2015. Butch Rothman - Deputy Principal (Pastoral)


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“Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed. For the Lord thy God is with thee wherever so ever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9 CONGRATULATIONS! It’s now the end of the year! Serving as Head Boy was an amazing experience; I got to see the school from a view that only few get to see. Being involved with the teachers, we had the opportunity to see how much work and effort each and every one of them puts into making this school as great as it is today. From my perspective as a student, I got to know most of the students that attend THS. This makes me appreciative of all the extra hours and hard work teachers put in for us. We are able to see the fruits of all our teachers’ hard work and their push to get the best education that we are willing to push for. For all the students I can honestly say “We have talented students. If you took our students and worked with one person, they would be magnificent, by magnifying the talents that the heavenly father has blessed them with. I know we all have determination - I have seen that each individual has something special about them. It’s true !” You know us Tokoroaians, we’re pretty out there and we have some crack up moments. When you’re from Tok you have a massive amount of laughter, and loud conversation. I’m proud to say I’m from Tokoroa, we have so many wonderful and amazing people in our town and in our lives. Nothing beats the sense of unity and sense of family which this school and our humble town provides. My fellow head students - as long as I’ve known you, we’ve been a really tight knit bunch. I’ve known Paris for ages as we both go to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and she’s still the same. Compassionate, competitive and hates losing, especially against me. Our Chloe, well we’re direct family so we are pretty tight. If anyone asks who’s in charge I just say it’s the Head Girls, because they can be bossy, but they run the show so effectively. Last but never least, my brother Dane. The start of the year was epic and having him beside me just made every moment more enjoyable, funny and worthwhile to remember, always my partner in crime. Being Head Boy was more than just role to me. It was more about being an example and being friendly, trying to get to know people as much as I could and promote the school in all things. I believe I have accomplished the things I wanted to do, but I wouldn’t think of this as goals, but more along the lines of a lifestyle. We all know that students, teachers and people don’t just see you from 9 am till 3 pm, they see you around wherever you may be. MASSIVE THANKS: First of all I give thanks to the Lord for providing this opportunity for me. I’d like to thank all my family and friends for everything they’ve done for me. I’d like to thank all the teachers and management staff at Tok High for all the hard yards you put in for us. Also thanks to the students of 2014 - we have done our town proud this year with all our accomplishments! Finally a massive thanks to my three Head Students. I couldn’t have made it through this year if it wasn’t for you three. I can’t believe it is this time of year already! Every word, thought and feeling I have right now cannot be expressed through my knowledge of vocab, but I do have a few thoughts to share. Reminiscing about my days as a Year 9 student just makes me realise and appreciate every single time and moments of memories made through my years; I wouldn’t change any of it! The good or the bad. It isn’t until you reach your final year of high school that you wish you were a Year 9 again! It has been the most memorable years of my entire life! “To the students of our school, I am thankful to know that our school is full of so many talented, bright and intelligent people and I really mean that. You each have your own unique something that identifies who you are as a person and that is something most of you don’t even realise right now, but as you grow you will. You are all a huge part of the success of our school which is why you need to keep striving for the best and to never settle for less” To the Neteporo girls - I thank you all for being part of my netball life, whether I’ve played against you or with you. Just know that I treasure these moments we’ve had. It was a little emotional for me this year because I knew it was the last time I’d ever play with you guys, but thanks for making it one to remember. Thanks for my very unique nicknames, leleh, prawny and ‘yes head girl’. When I had my blonde moments, they will stick with me forever. To our coaches and managers I want to thank you also, as I know that our team wouldn’t manage without your hard work and efforts. There is so much more that I could write but just like my drivers license I am restricted to the amount of words I can say! Thank you to all my teachers and tutors, I appreciate everything you’ve done for me! To my mischievous brother Dane. You have been through many ups and downs this year, but regardless you still carried on through it all. I am grateful for the times you were there for me to vent at and for help when I needed you. I know it’s been a challenging year for both of us, but I appreciated everything you did do to help us. I wish you all the best for your future endeavours and no doubt your future will be bright. To my competitive brother, Montell. What a year it’s been! We both tried our best in everything we did and I guess it’s starting to show now. You have been there for the students as much as you could have and I know they look up to you in some way. I thank you for the times you stood with me for support and for your advice when I needed it. I know that whatever you choose to do, your future will be promising and I wish you good luck! Last, but not least my dearest Chloe. We both have shared an amazing journey through our high school life and I thank you for being a major part of it. You are more than determined with anything you set your mind too, and for that I admire you because that is how we all should be. Thank you for standing with me no matter what. I have been watching you this year, just like a stalker! But a good one; cause I have seen you grow and be more involved with many activities through school. I know that your future will be great and that you will continue to grow throughout your life. Thank you for growling the students when I felt too mean to, and for helping me with all the little things that we as Head Students need to do. All the best for your future Chloe and keep doing what you do! Well that’s me for the year so I leave you with this: Have a beautiful day everyone, all the best with everything that lies ahead of you. Always remember to LIVE IT UP! “Embrace each moment that comes your way and make high school the place where you want to stay!”


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Walking through the Marae o Noa gates as a Year 9 student changed my life. At the time it wasn’t a big deal, but as I look back on the memories I made I wouldn’t change one thing. Coming to THS was one of the best choices of my life. Not every day was fun and happy, some were hard but the next five years from day one were set for me to become someone. To make the most of any opportunity given to me, and to be the best I could be. I arrived as a driven and motivated boy ready to take on the world. I breathed the values of excellence, truth, respect, hard work and enjoyment. Through the guidance and encouragement of my family, I worked hard to demonstrate a balance of school-work, family, sport, culture and community involvement giving me an all-round perspective to my life. I must say at times, it was a struggle to keep positive, but with the support from Mr Ford, staff and students, I was able to lift myself and move forward. That’s something I will always remember about my school. “If you surround yourself with good people, you too shall be good.” Rugby Team won their first trophy final in many years, and to be a part of the winning team was amazing. Reflecting back on my time at THS there are many things I wish I could have changed. But as life goes on, “I’ve learnt that things happen for a reason and if you want something you have to work for it.” I couldn’t have asked for a better school to attend. I thank all the teachers, senior management team and Mr Ford for your support during my time here, and for giving me the best five years of my life so far. Last but not least to the 3 Musketeers. I thank you for everything you have done for me this year. Chloe: In the short time we have known each other I have learnt a lot from you, and it has been great having someone keeping me in line. Thank you for keeping the title strong and inspiring us all to succeed. Thank you for a good year. Montell: This year has been mean brother! Everyday you’d always check if I was all good and if I needed help. Playing together in the 1st XV and 1st XIII made our brotherhood stronger. Thank you for being the Head Boy you were set out to be, and for being a role model to student’s, and also to me! Whoa! Time has gone by so fast! Five years of High School has come to an end, and out of all my five years at Tok High this year has to be the best… It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but I wouldn't change anything. I have enjoyed every moment at THS. I am proud and honoured to have taken part in our school activities like girls’ rugby, Puna Vai Ora, wearable arts, stage challenge, student council and lastly being your Deputy Head Girl. This year I have had the pleasure of joining girls’ rugby for the first time and I can say it was an awesome experience. The reason I enjoyed playing, was because of my team and coaching staff - you guys are the best! At times I was probably annoying because I didn’t know what I was doing, but thank you for being patient. Thank you for the best year of rugby. I can say I made it to finals in my first year and even though we didn't win, we won in my eyes. I have been a part of Puna Vai Ora since Year 9 and it has been an experience of a life time. Even with all the growling’s and tears, it was all worth it in the end. Puna has made me the confident and outspoken person I am today. Since joining, I have been more passionate about my culture and dancing. May you all stay in the light and not go in the darkness. Thank you to all our tutors for always encouraging me and pushing me to aim high and reach my full potential. I admit that school and I had our moments where I wasn’t the best student, nor the smartest, but in saying that I have gained the ability to not give up. One of the reasons I still came to school was because of the teachers who have had the pleasure of teaching me. Thank you very much for everything you have done for me and for taking the time to get me to where I am now! To my fellow Year 13’s - we made it! It has definitely been a very adventurous and memorable five years. No matter what everybody says, we always prove them wrong. We may be naughty, have no ears and be rebellious, but I am very happy to say I wouldn’t change any of that. There was never a dull moment with you and I know that each and every one will go from high school and do tremendous things with your lives. I wish you all the best for the future. To my rebellious partner Dane. It has been a pleasure working alongside you, there is never a dull moment. I am pleased that you are who you are, and you kept on pushing forward. Thank you for having my back! No matter what everybody may say, I’m glad to have worked alongside you this year. May the future be bright for you, I have no doubt that everything you do from here will be great. To Montell. What to say about you? It has been a memorable year working alongside you. We have had our disagreements, but in the end we always have each other’s back. I wish you the best for the future. I know that everything you do, you will accomplish to the best of your ability. It has been a laugh with you all this year, I’m going to remember our Geo classes and our jokes. Paris: You are the reason for laughter, and the cause of my overdue assessments. You are a remarkable person. It has been an amazing year with you and I am so glad to be able to work alongside such an astonishing young woman like yourself. You are an amazing leader and an inspiring person. We have done so much together. I wish you all the best for next year and the future. I know for sure that whatever you set your mind to, that you will do it to the best of your abilities. I’m going to miss you. During my time at THS I have enjoyed many of the things I have done. I was privileged to meet so many amazing and diverse people. Being a student gave me opportunities I never thought would be possible. I was honoured to represent not only our school, but our country in the NRL Indigenous All Paris: This year with you has been crazy. I Stars Youth Summit. This felt like a dream, wouldn’t change anything. You have been an amazing leader to many students and you coming from little THS! have done so much for our school. Thank The week included mentoring and life skill you for helping when I needed it. You are a workshops with both the Indigenous All Stars great leader and I wish you all the very best and NRL All Stars. The team captains taught in your future journeys! us life and communication skills for our future careers. I developed these skills and brought Thank you Tokoroa High School for being my home! them back to give back to my school. Throughout my years here I was involved in No reira, Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou, a number of groups. I was a member of the Tena Koutou Katoa. Te Rito Tautoko Kapa Haka group, and attended every Manu Korero Competition. I was a STARS mentor, a school councillor and helped fundraise for our school teams. I played for the 1st XV and First XIII. Making new friends and playing the sport we loved made it so much better. This year the 1st XV All the best for next year. I leave you with this quote: work hard, play hard.


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S*T*A*R*S Snow Trip After the lack of snow, the trip had finally come. I rolled over to the sound of my alarm chiming. It was 5 am. Ugh! Rolling out of bed, I grabbed for my dressing gown only to trip on my two year olds toy and smack my head on the door! “We are off to a fantastic start” I mumbled to myself. Kettle on, I remembered my two year old had been playing with my alarm clock and decided to double check the time. Yip, my boy had changed the time and I was up 20 minutes earlier than I should have been. I decided to take my frustration out on the one person I could blame for all this pain and suffering, which is of course was my stepson. So out the door, I crawled into the freezing air and over to the batch. As loud as I could, I banged on the door bellowing out the fatherly chime of “Get out of bed, it is time to go!” and then walked back inside chuckling to myself. 5:20 am, my teenager appears worse for wear, dragging his feet from the brisk morning chill into the warmth of the house. A quick breakfast and some more coffee, we braved the outside world once again to head for the school and get the day started. Cars flowing like an Auckland highway, the school was bustling with tired parents and excited students. 6 am we are packed and ready to go. After approximately 30 minutes of shuffling around and making sure every student had a seat, the bus roared to life and off we went. I don’t remember much of the bus trip, because I fell asleep next to an embarrassed student. Stopping at Turangi, we all exited the bus to stretch our legs and grab some food among other things. On the road again and you could feel the air chilling as the students got more and more excited. After a long journey, we finally arrived at our destination of Mt Ruapehu. I’m not sure who was more excited, the students or myself. Exiting the bus we clambered for our bags and made our way as the ’Mob from Tokoroa’, up to the snow. At this point I received my instructions as a helper and proceeded to the toboggans with Ms Jacobi and a pack of teenagers. I would like to explain that I have never dealt with so many teenagers at once and I must admit that it was very amusing. Picking our spot, everyone threw down their bags and vanished. I jumped on a toboggan and had a play for a while before sitting back and watching the fun unfold. Before long it had to start. It was only a matter of time and the snow beganflying from all directions. Ducking and diving, I ran for cover, but there was nowhere safe from the precise aiming of some very cheeky students. The war had begun and it was boys against girls. The boys, being brave and staying in plain sight and the girls being very tactical hiding behind a picnic table. No one was safe, including some tourists who decided it would be a great idea to walk straight through the middle of a war zone. Ms Jacobi tried her best to hide behind me but failed. Once the war had died down, some of the girls started making snowmen, so I took it upon myself to get them motivated, to think outside the box and I made a reindeer. The girls spent all day on theirs and made a masterpiece of a family of Meerkats. Before I knew it, the day was over and we were all going back to our buses and heading home. The students were visibly exhausted and so was I. I had a fantastic time with the students and staff, and look forward to the next time if invited. By Andrew Anderson STARS Camp On the 3rd of February 2014, Tokoroa High School Year 9 students, mentors and staff le to go to Rotorua Lakes Ranch for a week. During that week, the students par cipated in different group ac vi es such as: the mud run, abseiling, kayaking and many more. We arrived mid‐a ernoon and unpacked into our dormitories. Meanwhile, groups 12, 13, 14 and 15 packed their bags to spend a night up at the Top Camp which was a 1 ½ hour walk. When we reached our des na on, we put up our tents and put our bags away. Later on that day, we set our camp fires up and started to cook our own dinners, noodles, corn, sausages and more. We played games around the fire and sang relaxing camp fire songs. There was one toilet or should I say a “long drop” which was very dirty and yuck, but a er all it was worth the me up there. A er 24 hours of surviving top camp, we walked up and down hills to the scramble. The scramble is exactly like abseiling, but only no harness and not as steep. It’s ring and sore because you get rope burn, but it was be er than walking. However the kayaking back to the camp ground was fun. Camp was awesome. Waking up early and going for a run was a downside, but it was worth it. WriƩen by Margaret ,Taylor, Shannen, Madi


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STARS students from Tokoroa High School took part in the ‘MOVE 60’ event at Mystery Creek in Term 1 and came away with a brand new Avanti bicycle. The ‘MOVE 60’ event is part of an initiative by Coca Cola New Zealand to inspire teens to stop sitting and start riding. Coca-Cola New Zealand has made four business commitments aimed at helping address the issue of obesity. One of those commitments was to invest in physical activity programs to help get Kiwi teens moving. Called Move60, the program initially focuses on biking. Coca-Cola is partnering with Bike New Zealand, a leading not-for-profit organisation that seeks to ensure cyclists of every age and ability are given the opportunity to participate, develop, compete and perform right up to the highest international level. The lucky 129 Tokoroa High School students receiving a bike, helmet, lights and lock are all part of the STARS programme run at Tokoroa High School. To qualify for the bike they had to first complete a 24 hour survival camp as part of the week – long camp that all Year 9’s take part in at the start of the year. One of the elements of the STARS program is helping provide access to bikes so that more teens can enjoy the sport. Coca-Cola has partnered with the Foundation for Youth Development (who fund the STARS program along with the Tokoroa High School BOT) to identify and reward worthy teens with new Avanti bikes. Tokoroa High School Principal, Willie Ford was at the event and said it was fantastic to see the students’ smiles on their faces. They were all buzzing with excitement and one student said, “It felt like Christmas”. NZ sporting idol, Sarah Walker was also at the event and put the STARS students through their paces on the track. Sarah also gave a motivating speech encouraging students to set health goals and use the specially designed bike app. At the Mystery Creek event, Bike NZ provided expertise in bike safety through entertaining and informative clinics and materials to ensure this initiative promotes safe road cycling. Move60 will continue to impact on our local youth after the Mystery Creek event through a new Move60 mobile app. STARS coordinator at the school, Tony Jones believes that “The app is both motivating and fun for our teens…hopefully enough for them to discover the benefits of biking and make it a habitual activity’. Sarah Walker Returns We had the pleasure today of a visit from Sarah Walker to hear about the fun we have had with our bikes. She signed bikes and gave a question and answer time for our Year 9 students


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STARS Big Walk Tokoroa High School STARS participants, all wearing colour coded Move 60 T-shirts, escorted several primary schools on a Big Walk around Tokoroa’s, Lake Moana Nui. The primary schools were organised into groups with their own Year 9’s and mentors to guide them. The Big Walk’s main purpose was to allow us to bond with the younger students, which we all completed without a any problems. We were supplied with our own lunch to keep us motivated. The children were energised and moved by the thought that we came to spend quality time with them, even though it wasn’t one on one contact. The Big walk was a great success and concluded on a high, and positive note. Written by Tori and Bella Senior Careers Expo


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School Council This year has been a slow, but steady one for the student council. Although it was a quiet year, we still managed to donate amounts of money to a variety of different charities e.g. Westpac helicopter, Canteen, the local soup kitchen, our students to go to their national tournaments in league and netball, and a group of students to attend a leadership conference in Wellington in July. In September, we held a very successful mufti day where students brought cans and food to support our local foodbank. The response was amazing with Mr Jowett’s tutor winning a lunch for bringing the most cans. The foodbank was very appreciative of our efforts, as they are really struggling these days to keep up with the demand for food from families in our district. At our last meeting, as we enjoyed our final lunch together and made our final contributions for the year, went to: Mission on, the library, senior prizegiving, the PE department, STARS graduation and the Leavers Dinner. We gave away $2,300 and still left enough money in the account for the council to start next year. Overall, it has been a quiet, but still satisfactory year for the council. COMMUNITY EDUCATION 2014 has been another busy year for the school’s Adult Community Education (ACE) programme. Four additional driving licence courses were held during terms two and three, to cater for the extra numbers of teenagers wanting to obtain their learner licences. A number of new evening classes were also offered this year, including Cook Islands and Spanish languages, and two courses in beginners and advanced Te Reo respectively. The most popular evening classes were Te Reo for Beginners and of the learner’s theory licence. The most popular day classes were Cook Island’s language and culture. focus on adult literacy, computing literacy, languages, ESOL and NZ Sign Language. My thanks to the many wonderful adult education tutors, who continue to teach with passion and share their expertise with adult learners in our various South Waikato Ministry of Education restrictions on the types of communities. subsidised evening courses that can now be run by Dr Trevor Bentley schools for NZ communities, have greatly restricted ACE Co-ordinator opportunities for South Waikato adults to develop new knowledge and skills. The once popular practical subjects of welding, woodwork, car repair and crafts are now but a memory. The new government guidelines do ensure however, that the programme will continue to have a special Swinging into providing Breakfast Club five days a week at the wharekai was only possible this year with the help of staff and students. Our grateful thanks go to the STARS mentors who have organised the wharekai, food and cleaning up afterwards. Twenty to thirty students regularly attend. The following mentors have contributed all, or part of the year towards keeping Breakfast Club going by supervising the mentors-in-training teams: Tyrone Tonge, Marlin Tonge, Braxton Carlson, Kora Edwards, Kandi John, Eileen Hauraki, Arlene Bowers, Sneha Kant, Robyn Phayer, Taylor Vakatini, Jacinda Shaw, Cameron Whetu, Teariki-Teara TearoaNatua, Devante Ashin and Owen Draper. Breakfast club also provides opportunities for younger students who are not mentors for STARS to show commitment, reliability and an ability to work as a team in preparation for becoming STARS mentors. The following staff members have provided valuable support to the mentors by overseeing the process: Mr Tahau, Ms Teao, Mrs Solomon, Mrs Chandra, and Ms Piki Kelly. Thanks also to Mr Jones for supplying the STARS mentors. Without the mentors, breakfast club would not happen. Lastly, we need to acknowledge the part that Fonterra and Sanitarium play in sponsoring the milk and weetbix, and the school for supplying the milo, bread, butter and spreads. Yvonne Evans - Organiser for Kickstart


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On Tuesday 18 March we held our Excellence Evening in the hall where more than 150 people gathered to celebrate the success of our students from their results of last year’s NCEA exams. This was a great occasion and all who gathered were certainly proud to be there. There was a rea l buzz in the hall as the students got their awards. This evening is growing each year, and it was great to acknowledge our awardees in the hall with fabulous nibbles prepared by our senior hospitality students. Excellence badges were awarded to students who did well obtaining excellence grades in their exams and the Board of Trustees academic awards were also presented. The following students won awards: Bronze awards - 8-14 credits –Level 2: Toru-Atua Tearoa-Natua, Ben Lacey Hodge, Lousiana Arioka and a merit subject endorsement in L2 English. Level 1: Braxton Carlson, Jamie Ferguson-Peacock, Eileen Hauraki, Jacinda Shaw, Cameron Short, Boss Taramai, Sheree Treadaway Hale, Jaedah Vano, Luke Winikerei, Reegan Ford, Melissa Henry, Zsalia Ihaka, Rizalyn Salavante, Jaymi Hirawani-McTaggart, Tiare Manu Silver Awards – 15-24 credits - Level 2: Melandi Appel and L2 subject endorsement in Art, Tamaru Tereu and L2 subject endorsement in Cook Island Maori Level 1: Caroline Vaikai-Ivitu and L1 subject endorsement in Cook Island Maori, Bradley Hayes-Lennon and L1 subject endorsement in PE, Angel Geldard and L1 endorsed with merit and subject endorsement in Art with merit, Te Oranga Whareaitu, Hannah Farrar, Keegan Willis and L1 endorsed with merit and subject endorsement in PE and English with merit, Ezra King and National certificate in Maths L1, Nicholas Hunia, Dylan Clark and L1 endorsed with merit and subject endorsement in PE with merit, Natalya Short and L2 subject endorsement in Art with excellence, Michael Andersson and L1 endorsed with merit and subject endorsements in Maths and Geography with merit Gold Awards - 25+ credits –Level 2: Chloe Herman and L2 endorsed with merit, excellence subject endorsement in Art and merit subject endorsement in Cook Island Maori, Alaa Abuellif and L2 endorsed with excellence, merit subject endorsement in Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Maths. Level 1: Turoa Tepana and L1 endorsed with excellence, L2 National Certificate in Maori, subject endorsements in L1 Te Reo Maori with merit and L1 PE with excellence, Shardey Te Kanawa and L1 endorsed with merit and L1 PE subject endorsement with merit, John Anderson and L1 endorsed with merit and L1 Geography subject endorsement with merit, Dionne Treadaway and L1 endorsed with merit and L1 Geography subject endorsement with merit, L1 PE subject endorsement with excellence, Braiden Allen-Vano and L1 endorsed with merit, merit subject endorsement in PE, Telia Lepa-Bonner and L1 endorsed with merit, merit subject endorsements in Art, English, Geography and History, Brian Loveday and L1 endorsed with merit, merit subject endorsements in L1 History and Maths; and a Geography subject endorsement at excellence, Tamatha Paul-Durbin and L1 endorsed with excellence, merit subject endorsements in L1 Art, English and History, Ahere Hapi and L1 endorsed with excellence, merit subject endorsements in L1 English, Business Studies, Maths and Science and an excellence subject endorsement in L1 PE, Shaylyn Whetu and L1 endorsed with excellence, merit subject endorsements in L1 Geography, History and Maths and an excellence subject endorsement in L1 PE and English. Board of Trustees Academic Awards Alaa Abeullif, Shalyn Whetu, Brian Loveday, Telia Lepa-Bonner, Chloe Herman, Marylise Dean-Aukuso, Manisha Saini, Dean Smith-Holley, Joshua Brown Attendance lucky draw - Brenna Clarke, Cody Chesterman, Marylise Dean-Aukuso, Camelia Cook, Dionne Treadaway Library Report This year has been wonderful, as we have had new librarians helping out. All the wonderful new faces that have been seen within the library has been pleasing. We thank all of those that have helped out, and appreciate all the help that was offered, especially those that did help without being asked. I would also like to thank all the librarians, for the hard work, and working beside me to show me the ropes in the years of being a librarian. We look forward to seeing your faces next year, and wish that you have a good holiday, Christmas and New Year. If you think of any books that you would like to see in the library, please let Mrs Henderson know. I would also like to thank Mrs Henderson for the amazing job she does, and for all the help that she has given to each of us. She really does go beyond the call of duty and we are extremely lucky to have her running our library. Steffie-Anne George Librarian GUIDANCE COUNSELLING 2014 has been another very busy year in the counselling area, with around one hundred students a term seeking help with a wide range of issues that interfere with their ability to focus on academic achievement. The school gratefully acknowledges the work provided by Mrs Sue Wilson and Mr Tokerau Putai who have spent long hours, over extended periods of time working with students in our school as part of their academic training in counselling and social work respectively. Yvonne Evans Guidance Counsellor


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The re-birth of the Tokoroa High School Trust this year has been one of the most exciting developments in what has been another outstanding year for our school community. The Trust’s goal of raising $1,000,000 may seem impossible and too hard, but, as our students do on a regular basis, our community has risen to the challenge and embraced the vision of future proofing the educational opportunities for the people of Tokoroa. With the ambition to provide financial assistance in the fields of Academic, Sporting, Cultural and Adult Education; the trust has put together a powerful team of Trustees. They are committed and passionate about giving back and paying forward, to ensure that our future generations of learners are given the best possible support and opportunities. It is exciting to know that for the first time in a long time, a long term plan has been developed that will encourage a sense of pride and ownership in terms of education for the Tokoroa community. A range of events are planned for 2015 as the goal of $1,000,000 slowly but surely becomes reachable. The response and level of interest from our community has been outstanding and people are invited to join up and help out. These are our families that will reap the rewards in the future. After all, for Aristotle to praise the work of all the people involved in supporting the Trust, that is a high enough endorsement for us! Want to learn more… head to http://www.tokoroahightrust.org.nz


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“I have a dream”……. An opening line from of the great Martin Luther King speech…….and one of the many key messages portrayed and shared by our talented speechmakers. It is true that in our everyday lives, part of living, working and relating to others involves speech. Thus, we all need to learn the true art of speech. As an teacher of English, one of my passions is teaching speech and seeing our young students take the stage. It made me so proud to be a part of this day. The speech competition was a fantastic spectacle. With speeches ranging from YOLO to dreams, black civil rights, women’s rights, and even a monologue. As the co-ordinator of the speech competition, I wanted this year to be well contended. There was a total of 48 entrants ranging from Years 9-13. We had such a fantastic turnout and finding a winner was no easy task. The overall winner was Tamatha with her passionate and provocative speech on women's rights and gender equality. I would like to thank judge Peter Mario and my English department for their support. I hope that other students take up the challenge in the future to enter competitions like this, which can expose them to a world of opportunity. Opportunities that can lead them to enter the Lions and the Nga Manu Korero speech competitions. As a result ,of one of our contestants, Lahaina Solomon was selected to represent our school at the Regional and National Nga Manu Korero speech competition. Opportunities like this should not be wasted and I hope the students take up these challenges. Remember always make the most of your opportunities and set your sights high. Mr Ngapo “When I was just a little girl, I asked my papa what will I be? Will I be p-retty? Will I be rich? Here’s what he said to me. La-haina-haina, be wise and listen to me, See the world, no boyfriends, no babies, no alcohol, get an education, a university degree – Lahaina, haina. On my first day at Tokoroa High School, I asked my cousin what will I be? A doctor? A dancer? A lawyer? Here’s what he said to me – # YOLO”. YOLO. You Only Live Once - an iconic phrase of the 21st century that has become synonymous with risk taking, random behaviour and sometimes stupidity. Let’s ditch Science today and go for a “holdout” at the shops #YOLO. Let’s sneak out and go to that party, I’ll tell my parents I’m at yours and you tell yours, you’re at mine #YOLO!!! #STUUPPIIDDD!!! When I hear the acronym YOLO – it reminds me of how reckless we as rangatahi can be, and I’m not just referring to drugs and alcohol. I’m talking about wasted opportunities and wasted talent. The words YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE have the potential to enrich our lives. Instead of it being a phrase that justifies reckless behaviour, let it be a phrase that identifies with opportunity. As a rangatahi growing up in the 21st century, I am reminded of all the opportunities I have been granted because of those who have come before me. The very people who sacrificed much because they envisioned a life full of opportunity for all Māori. The signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the decision to send our Maori soldiers to fight alongside pakeha in World War Two, the revival of Te Reo Maori. These were not random acts, but foundational steps made by our tupuna to achieve a common goal. That goal? Equal opportunity. See, our tupuna did not always have access to the luxuries that we so freely enjoy today. My great grandmother Mere Paora lived during a time where she was caned for speaking Maori. My grandfather Ropata Horomona lived during a time where many Maori struggled to complete high school. My own father lived during a period of time where being Maori was undervalued. But for me, I don’t have those same struggles. Why? Because others who have come before me have paved a pathway where I now can do whatever I choose to and not just as a little girl with no idea, but as a young Maori leader, with a dream to see the world and bask in everything is has to offer. So, what does opportunity look like? Palker Palmer wrote, “Education at its best. This profound human transaction, is not just about getting information, or getting a job. It is about healing and wholeness, empowerment and liberation. It is about finding and claiming ourselves and our place in this world.” This is opportunity. In the words of Henare Ruru, in his address to the Maori Battalion, “Tamariki Maori ma, haere, kia maia, kia toa. Maori youth go, be courageous, be brave.” Courage and bravery is in you, you have inherited it from your ancestors. Go, create a name for us and for your generation. YOLO. Random acts of recklessness? Versus YOLO, making the most of every opportunity. The choice is yours. YOLO. You only live once. One lifetime to see the world. One lifetime to fall in love. One lifetime to get an education. One lifetime to be Māori. Lahaina Solomon Congratulations to the following: Yr 9 1st. Paige Wilson Jenkins 2nd. Rico Tarai 3rd. Rinah Fuimaono Y r10 1st. Matthew Letoga 1st. Sean Millward 2nd. Lahaina Solomon Yr 11 1st. Dayton Johnson 2nd. Manea Pohatu Abrahams 3rd. Teariki Teroa-Natua Yr 12/13 1st. Tamatha Paul Durbin 2nd. Chloe Herman



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