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2016 STAFF PRINCIPAL Mr W Ford, MBS, DipSp.St, PG DipSp, DipTchg, TTM DEPUTY PRINCIPALS Mrs M Crate, BTchLn, NZDipSS, DipEd.Man, FPIS, DipTchg Mr B Rothman, BA, BEd, MEd, HDipEd, FDipEd SENIOR MANAGERS 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 Guidance English Languages/Arts Mathematics Physical Education/Sport Science Social Sciences Learning Support Technology Dr T Bentley, PHD, MPhil, MA (Hons), DipTchg, Dip Adult Ed. Mrs Y Evans, M Counselling, DipTchg. (Adv) PGC in MBH Ms C Merrylees, PGDipEdAdminLead, BEd, DipTchg Ms T Tarai, BEd, DipTchg Mr A Phayer, BSc, DipTchg, CNA Mr N Manu, BEd, DipTchg Mr Alan Utanga, NCE(civil), BA(Hons), BSci, MA, DipTCHG Mr M Olsen, BA, DipTchg Mrs J Hainsworth, BEd, DipTchg(Adv), DipTchg (Higher), MA(spEd) Mr E Hamman, HDipEd TEACHING STAFF Mr S Tito, BTchg Mr C Teague, BSocSi, GradDipTchg Mr D Baker, BMA, DipTchg, PGradDipEd Mr K Ngapo, BA, GradDipTchg, MA(Hons), TTH(Hons) Miss A Chung, BA, DipTchg Ms L Kelly, BSocSci, GradDipTchLn Mrs E Lotter, HDipED Mrs I Hakaria, BTchg, PGradDipMaori Ed, DipBusStuds Mr G Cassidy, BSc DipTchg CLTA Mrs R Lal-Phillips, BEd, DipTchg, DipAcc&Mgnt Mrs T Solomon, MEd, BTchg(Hons) Mrs S Chandra, MA Ed, PGradEd, BEd, CTESL Mrs R Tucker, DipTchg BEd Mr D Tereu, BSocSci (Hons), DipTchg Mrs N Fa’agalu, BTchg Mr P Chand, PGDipEdLd, BEd Mrs W Haigh, BA, DipTchg, TESOL Ms R Miller, BTchg, DipPhot Mr J Jowett, BA, GradDipTchg Mr B Tahau, BSPLS, DipTchg Mr C Hakaria (Snr), Miss L Jacobi, DipTch(Sec) BSc(Bio) Mr W Maea, BEd, DipTchg Mr A Kiss, BA(Econ), DipTchg Mr P Winikerei, BMs, PGradDipTchg Mr G Surric, LLB(Hons), PGDipSportMgt, MIR, GradDipTchg Mr C Hakaria (Jnr), BSpLS, DipTchg Mrs J Teao, BEd, DipTchg Mr P Chandra, MBA, BEd, DipEd, CTESL Miss N Renowden, BSpLS, PGDipSpLS, GradDipT Mr M Manu Mrs S Wilson, PGDipEd, BA(Soc), DipTchgECE Mr S Singh, Med,PGg, BRd Miss M Chesterman, BA, GradDipTchg Mr A Faumui, BSocSci(Hons), DipTchg Miss C Tavai, BPe Mr R Alexander. BSocSci, DipTchg NON-TEACHING STAFF Executive Officer: Attendance Officer: Reception: Caretaker: Sports Coordinator: Gateway Coordinator: Careers Support: Ms P Kelly Mrs J Jowett Mrs A Salmon Mr K Rugg Mr T Teaukura Ms D Collins Miss T Ford Principal’s Personal Assistant: Science Technician: Library Manager: Reception/NCEA: ICT Manager: Groundsman: Mrs E Appel Mrs S Singh Mrs L Henderson Miss A Watene Mr R Trotter Mr N Bell TEACHER AIDES Mrs I Mutter Ms S Kara Ms Y Voss Mrs J Manu Mrs D Dewhurst Mrs L Maea Miss P John Mrs A Vano Mrs G Teaukura 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. We bid farewell to Dr Trevor Bentley PhD. Historian, writer, specialist was going to let the staff know who was in charge, that they could either ‘shape classroom teacher, community education leader, Tokoroa High School teacher up or ship out”. I formulated my speech over the weekend and thought that I had since 1973 and lately we have found that he has another claim to fame, as the it right. Monday arrived, now it was time for battle. At 3.15pm I made my way to uncle of Dwayne Johnson aka ‘the Rock’. I first got to know Trevor when he had the staffroom and met Dr Bentley as he was coming out of his office. He said to performed a couple of lesson observations on me during my time as a PE me, “Ready for the staff meeting, I’m looking forward to what you have to say. teacher. I was impressed by his enthusiasm for his role as the school’s specialist You’re always so cheerful and positive when you speak to the staff, never classroom teacher and especially fascinated by the fact that that he held a change, always be like that”. Not surprisingly, my speech remained in my pocket Doctorate. He was, to me, the academic guru of Tokoroa High School. The ‘man that day and was eventually destroyed. I believe those two words, positive and who could walk on water - academically’. I had dreams of following a similar cheerful, actually sum up Dr Bentley. Two year 13 girls spoke to me at the end of doctoral pathway and I discussed this with Dr Bentley early in 2009. His words last term and related how the History level 3 course taught by Dr Bentley was were motivational and he also offered to be one of my supervisors. I held a their favourite. How Dr Bentley through his positive manner, had instilled in them Master of Business Studies in Management degree as well as a Postgraduate and their other class members a sense of self belief. That Dr Bentley, in his Diploma in Teaching and during the year was deciding whether to do my teaching, made the understanding of difficult concepts appear easy and thus doctorate in business or in education and had made contact with five they were confident of gaining a university entrance domain in the subject. Yes, universities. Somehow, I got side-tracked and ended up not applying for doctoral a fairly good achievement rate Dr Bentley. Sixteen of eighteen students gained a studies but for the principal’s job. Trevor’s first words to me following my university entrance domain in History – the best NCEA level 3 result at Tokoroa appointment was “I guess that you won’t be looking to work on a doctorate for a High School. Cheerful!! Dr Bentley would sometimes share experiences, while”. humorous or not and he would give a little punch in the air to emphasise a point. We all need mentors in our lives, our early mentors tend to be our parents, How can I forget the sweepstake for the principal’s speech at senior prize-giving. grandparents and other family members. Sometimes they’re our coaches and I always managed a smile, especially with Dr Bentley’s comments to the staff teachers and sometimes those who just have experience in an organisation or such as, “I have informed the principal that he is not eligible to place a bet on his place. In my time as principal these past seven years, I was fortunate that I was speech”. able to spend the time to converse with Dr Bentley. Most of these conversations However, it is with sadness that we farewell Dr Trevor Bentley. His commitment took place during the evenings when he was in school supervising the night to our students and staff and impact at Tokoroa High School, has been immense school classes. He gave me a superb insight into how the school culture had over the past 44 years. One can only imagine the impression and influence that developed over the years and spoke about the wonderful times he had he has left. At a personal level, I will miss my conversations with him, often late experienced here. In my early days in the job, he would also counsel me. He at night, in that each time, I think without intending to, he was showing me how said to me more than once - “I’m concerned about the number of hours that to become a better principal and a better person. Talofa lava Dr Bentley. Thank you’re working. Every time I’m in school in the evenings, you’re also here. It can’t you for being my mentor. be good for you”. I used to try and hide, by going home in my car and then riding Ia manuia lou Alofaiva. Faamanuia le Atua. May your future journey be good. my bike back to school or parking my car at Matarawa, hoping he wouldn’t see God Bless. me. But I still think that he knew that I was here. After a few years, he gave up and one day stated with a grin on his face, “Oh well, I see you’re not going to listen to my advice”. However, there was a piece of advice that he gave me and it is one that I have always tried to follow. It is also the best advice I ever had as a principal. I was a month into my new role as Principal and not unexpectedly was on a steep learning curve. I experienced several challenges in the job and many of these challenges, whether intentional or not, came from Tokoroa High School staff. Today, I can now reflect with some amusement as I remember my reaction at the time, in that I had decided that “I was going to meet things head on. I was going to show everybody who was boss”. We were scheduled to have a staff meeting during the next week on Monday March 1st 2010. So I thought that I would use this meeting as my opportunity to ‘lay down the law’, so to speak. I


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2016 Reflections: Once again, the year started in a positive manner with data showing that our 2015 NCEA results, along with those of 2014 were the highest ever recorded at Tokoroa High School. To maintain this momentum, we have continued to carefully monitor and track student progress throughout 2016. A number of initiatives supporting student achievement have been conducted this year and include; Lighthouse, Kia Eke Panuku- Building on Success, MOE Regional Mentoring, Trades Academy, MOE ARTs, Sport in Education, Year 13 academic mentoring and Year 10 AES (Applied Exercise Science). The introduction of ‘Te Ara ki Angitu: The Pathway to Success’, a University of Waikato initiative developed by Vice Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley to widen the pathway to university study, was exciting with the first group of students attending university in March. Later in the year, at the 2016 Senior Prize-giving, Alonzo Mason (Senior Future Student Adviser) presented University of Waikato Scholarships to students attending Waikato University in 2017. Guest speaker for the 2016 Prizegiving was Dr Peter Mace. Tokoroa High School Head Boy and Dux in 1992, Peter was considered a talented all-rounder and notable for his performances in a number of sports whilst a student here. The 2016 Dux award went to Robyn Phayer. The Proxime Accessit was a joint award shared by Tiare Manu and Valeska Martis. The next top academic award for a student who is not Dux or Proxime went to Owen Draper. Our Head Girl and Head Boy received outstanding leadership awards for their work as peer mentors in the STARS programme. Tiare Manu received a Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato Excellence Award 2016 in September and Teariki-Terae TearoaNatua received a National Excellence Award 2016 in October. Our school was especially honoured in that both Tiare and Teariki -Terae were asked to make speeches on behalf of the other award recipients at each of the presentation ceremonies. Extra-curricular activity was passionately led in 2016 by Sports Coordinator Tama Teaukura, Head of Sport Nooroa Manu, Arts Coordinator Teokotai Tarai and a dedicated band of staff and parents. I thank each of them for their committed efforts to our students and school. We had many feats that are worth recording in 2016.  International visits surpassed the five exchanges made in 2015. A total of nine exchanges occurred with six groups visiting and three groups touring overseas. St. Laurence’s College from Brisbane, St Wilfrids Catholic High School from Featherstone England, Emu Park under 18 Girls from Rockhampton, Young Achievers under 13 team from Central Queensland, Toowoomba Warriors under 14 team and the Queensland Murri under 15 team were hosted by Tokoroa High School. Puna Vai Ora visited Samoa and the Girls Football team were hosted in Rarotonga by the Cook Islands Football Association. The under 16 Girls Waka Ama team competed in the Vaka Eiva festival in Rarotonga.  Improvements across all sports was evident this year including participation in National tournaments; Waka Ama, Ki-ORahi, Turbo Touch (Boys, Girls & Mixed teams), Netball, Rugby League, Mountain Biking, Athletics, Touch (Mixed & Boys teams).  At the 2016 South Waikato District Sports Awards, the Mixed Touch team received the ‘Team of the Year’ award and Danielle White gained the ‘Secondary School Contribution to Sport’ award.  There was an increase in the number of school Netball teams and the highlight was our Senior A Netball team becoming runners-up in the Tokoroa Premier Netball competition. All four rugby union teams (1st XV, Girls, Under 15, Under 14) played in the first division of the Waikato competition. The 1st XV also held the coveted Tricolour Trophy for part of the season. It has been 20 years since the school last won this trophy. In Rugby League, three teams (Senior Boys, Girls, Junior Boys) showed their dominance in winning every match at the Waikato secondary school nine’s tournament.  The second year of involvement in the CACTUS programme (Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit & Support) occurred this year and was an extremely successful venture for our 24 students. Thanks to Kylie Tatham (BlueLight), NZ Police, our school staff Robin Miller, Attila Kiss, Leanne Jacobi and parent/caregivers.  Pinnacle of Pacific Island cultural performance, Puna Vai Ora were runner-up in the extremely competitive Pasifika By Nature competition. The group might have placed second in the judge’s eyes but were definitely first if judged by audi- ence reaction.  Our fourth annual Fashion and Wearable Arts show was once again a huge event, involving many staff and students. The show is now a fixture on the community Arts calendar and a great promotional showpiece for the school, bringing in many people both from the local community and from afar. Always the saddest part of life is the passing away of a loved family member or special friend. On behalf of our school community, I wish to express our condolences and sympathy to all who have suffered loss this year. In addition, I include the loss of our school kaumatua Wiremu Graham and our school kuia Aunty June Ormsby. Arohanui ki a tatou katoa. Paimarire. I would like to acknowledge the work of our current Board of Trustees led by Graeme Dewhurst (Board Chair) and Board members Tracey Marama-Lyon, Angela Treadaway, Amanda West, Barney Teao, Andrew Phayer and Sean Millward. I wish to thank outgoing Board members Ernest Appel, Marama Tahapehi, Dean Tereu and Jamie Wehipeihana for their service and commitment over the past few years. I thank our senior leadership team of Margot Crate, Butch Rothman, Brian Reid and Darnel Manu for their support and efforts to make Tokoroa High School a better place for students. I thank our staff for their dedication in raising student achievement and student morale. To our departing year 13 students, including my grand-daughter Reegan, I thank you all for your achievements and for your efforts in making Tokoroa High School a wonderful school to be principal of. I wish each of you, all the very best for the future. To our staff, parents/caregivers and students, Ma te Atua hei manaaki, hei tiaki i a tatou katoa. Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou, Tena Tatou Katoa William Ford


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DEPUTIES CORNER Wow, it’s the middle of term 3 again and the chase is on. All the senior students are suddenly most concerned about the number of credits they have. I have even heard some junior students discussing their Junior Diploma assessments, as they want to do well and achieve with ‘excellence.’ This is superb!!!! To achieve well at school, students need to be focused academically, but also, they need to be happy within themselves, so they can set personal goals and challenges. I believe there are four secrets to staying young, being happy and achieving success:  You have to laugh – find humour every day.  You have to have a dream/goal. When you lose your dreams goals you die. They are many people walking around who are already dead and they don’t even know it!  Recognise the difference between growing up and growing older. If you are 17 years of age and lie in bed for a year and don’t do one productive thing you will still turn 18. Anybody can grow older – that doesn’t take any talent or ability. The challenge is to grow UP by always finding opportunities in change.  Have NO regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what they did, but rather for things they did not do! So my challenge to all our students is to always have dreams/goals, accept opportunities as they come along and step out of your comfort zone occasionally. To achieve your dreams you all need to be prepared to take risks. Many of the great events in history may not have happened if people were not prepared to risk something: e.g. Man walking on the moon Columbus discovering America The All Blacks winning the Rugby World Cup None of these events would have happened if people weren’t prepared to take risks. With a whole lifetime ahead of you, can I suggest that you set yourself some goals. Be prepared to take risks and allow resulting success (or failure) to teach you something about yourself and the world in which we live. And who knows where you will end up some day …………………. To those students who are returning to Tokoroa High next year, have a great holiday and come back prepared to make new goals and work hard. To those leaving, accept the challenge of your new direction. Embrace the change and set your goals high. You are equipped with the skills you need to make your mark in the big wide world - you just need to dig deep into your tool box of skills and be prepared to work hard! Our good luck goes with you as you move in your new directions. We have confidence in you. We are looking forward to watching the contributions you make to society – we know they will be many and varied. The world is an exciting place – grab all opportunities that present themselves and keep in touch. Margȏt Crate DP Curriculum As the years roll by we all become just a little older. Some of us just a little more than others. One also becomes more aware of the students who are likely to succeed and those who are going to find it difficult to cope with what life throws at them. The one observation which has not altered over time is the effect that attitude has on students’ lives. The creators of the New Zealand Curriculum have aptly called it “Key Competencies”. Those students who have these essential life skills are the ones who are most likely to succeed in life. Academic qualifications is not the most important aspect of a student’s schooling. Both of these concept play equally important rolls in the in the life of a student. They are intertwined. The one is of little value if the other is not there. It like the excellent kicker in a rugby team who uses his right leg as a points gathering machine for his team. If he develops only that leg, and pay no attention to the other, he will in all probability not maintain his excellent kicking skills for as long as he requires them. This year was an Olympic Games year, which means that the Paralympics followed a few weeks later. The Olympics were grand and it is amazing to see what man is capable of. However, not them achieved great heights just because they wanted to, they also had to work very hard to get there. The true marvel of tenacity was seen in the Paralympics. There were many a great athlete who had every reason and every excuse to not do the event they did, but they overcame adversity and did not allow obstacles to prevent them from achieving great heights. One of the athletes whom I thought was exceptionally good was a Chinese swimmer with no arms. He had to touch the pool end with his head. That must have been so painful. He came second by the smallest of margins. This to me is one of the greatest examples in life of someone who removes barriers, who overcomes adversity, and has resolve that we can only but envy. To every student from Tokoroa High School, may I express the wish that each and every one of you will use their talents, overcome adversity and triumph in life. The school’s record of academic success has shown that you are learning at an institution of learning that provides care, encouragement and learning opportunities. Choose wisely. “May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears.” Nelson Mandela Butch Rotham DP Pastoral


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HESADTUDENT’S We write to you as proud graduates of the class of 2016. A class who has come through the good times and the bad, a class who has quietly achieved and a class who has become like a family. From our nervous Year 9 footsteps at the gate of Te Whanau a Noa, to our final footsteps out of the school. This family is not your typical traditional family but more like an extended whanau, anau, aiga, where the whole village has helped to raise us.  Firstly, our Principal, Mr William Ford. A proud Cook Islander, Maori and Pakeha. A man who is a role model to us all and one who believes in what we can become.  Secondly, our Teachers, many of whom who go the extra mile by giving up their own time to help us excel in the classroom, on the sports field and on the stage.  Our Support Staff who often go unappreciated but not unnoticed.  Our office ladies, our caretaker and our Uncle Nic, who always asks how we are.  Our parents who dragged us out of bed to get to class in the mornings, bank rolled our many excursions, and asked us daily if we had homework - to which we replied the standard “I finished it at school.”  Our extended whanau, our nans, our aunties, our uncles.  You are all appreciated and have helped make us who we are today.  Within the class of 2016 there are many groups. We’ve got a group who are dedicated to the library, who quietly help people and make sure others are content. We’ve got a group who spends almost every spare minute in our common room contending to see who’s the best at card games like “Presidents” or “Last Card”. We also have the court touch group, who practice their ‘whacks’ and are ready for the next NRL call up. We have a group who simply go about their business and get things done. The ones who stay back in class to ask for more study notes. And finally we have the group that sings Disney songs until they no longer have a voice. No matter what group we belong to, no matter where we end up in the world, we will all have something in common. Tokoroa High School. It will always ground us, give us a sense of belonging and draw us back to our youth. The times when life was carefree, where the only real struggle was hustling money from the juniors to buy us a pork in a bun. So as we say goodbye to our fellow graduates. We leave you with this; we are unique, we are special, we are ready. Ready to make the world our oyster, ready to make our dreams a reality and ready to make our own money so we don’t need to hustle from the juniors anymore. As we journey through the adventures and challenges ahead. Remember we are not alone. Our village will always be here, cheering us on from a far. Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Tiare Manu and Teariki-Terae Tearoa-Natua


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DEPUTHYEAD’S One of the biggest journeys in my life has we've learnt and apply them into our been my time at Tokoroa High School and my everyday lives, so our dreams and aspirations position as Deputy Head Girl goes along with can become realities and we can reach our that without saying. I think it is safe to say that full potential. Never forget who you are and this position was never something I - or where you came from. anyone else anticipated in my earlier days of high school but here I am and what a great To those who still remain in our school - make time it's been. Year nine I was one of the the most of your time and enjoy every minute quiet kids with a lack of social skills and here I you have left remaining. Tokoroa High School am now at the end of year 13 - a confident is our school so always remember to be student with huge aspirations. Being a head proud of it! There will be times where you will student - if I must say so myself has helped be tested and you will hate what is happening me tremendously. This role is often looked but remember it is all happening for a reason. upon as just a role but it's so much more than The teachers are there to help you thrive and that. It's a year of responsibilities yes - but it's prosper to be the best you can be, so take also a role of new friendships and new advantage of everything that surrounds you. beginnings and I can promise you it's worth Apply yourself and make the most of your it. r e m a i n i n g t i m e h e r e - i t ' l l be some of the best times of your life! It's amazing and terrifying to think that five years of high school is officially over but in To those who have helped me throughout the particular my year 13 year and my time as duration of my journey here - Thank you isn't Deputy Head Girl. I can tell you that it has enough. Thank you for helping me to achieve been such a privilege and an honour holding everything I've set my mind to and believing this title throughout the year and I wouldn't of in me when I thought I couldn't do it. Your wanted to spend my final years at Tokoroa continuous help and support throughout the High School any other way! As a little year year means the world to me and it is because nine girl, I walked through the gates of Te of you all that I am where I am now. So thank Marae O Noa and embarked on the terrifying you - thank you for all your hard work, your journey we call high school. Doubts were dedication, your inspiration and your time that racing through my mind because I didn't want you put into all of our students. to be here, I And finally, to my fellow head students, it's wanted to be at Forest View. Do I regret that been an amazing year with so many ups and decision? No way! My time at Tok High has downs. I couldn't imagine working alongside been the best five years of my life and anyone other than you three and it was even throughout my time I've had the privilege of more of a privilege to be working with three of meeting and forming connections with some my closest friends. Thank you for standing of the most amazing people I've ever met. alongside me and pushing me to do my best - Tokoroa High School is one of the best you all mean the world to me. You've all places to spend your high school years and I made a huge impact on the lives of our hope you never underestimate that. From the student body and I can whole heartedly say loving whanau aspect to the sporting and that you're all a bunch of amazing leaders cultural aspects, Tokoroa High School with the potential to do anything you want too. continues to outdo itself. So please, if Our endless jokes and memories will forever anything, all I ask is that you love our school play on my mind and I love you all so much! for what it is. Get involved, make new friends, The good times, the laughs, my year was reform connections with old friends and as truly filled with the best times. cliche as it sounds, live life to the fullest! Because once you realise you're about to So this isn't goodbye, this is see you all later. leave and you'll no longer be at high school, I'll be back and I know Tokoroa High School you'll understand that we are so privileged to will continue to be better than before! My love attend the school we do. for this school will always remain strong and I'll never forget my time here and everyone To the class of 2016, it's been a journey that has influenced me. worth remembering! 5 years full of drama, good times, bad times and everything in "So let it be written, so let it be between. Our time has now come to an end done!" and we're all going our seperate ways but this is not the end. I know in our hearts our time Valeska Martis here and the memories we've made will always be prevalent and Tokoroa High School will always be a huge part of our being. Take these memories and the lessons 2016 has been a huge year for myself and my fellow head students. Humbly filling the position of Tokoroa High School’s deputy head boy for 2016 has been a honour. Fortunately, since walking through the gates of Te Whānau a Noa for the first time as a year 9, I have had no regrets of attending my last five years of high school here. The challenges, memories and lessons I have picked up from being here with these amazing people will stick with me for the rest of my life. The opportunities that this school has presented to myself and other students has been endless. Growing from a hoha little year 9 boy only wanting to play sports to an academic and sporting achiever and also a respected leader of my school is what I am most proud of. Through academics, I have had many teachers who have mentored myself and they are one of the big reasons for my academic success. Special shout out to Mr Manu, Mr Kiss and Mr Tahau who have brought me up and guided me right through my five years of attending this great school. However, can’t forget senior management and the Big Papa of the school, Mr Ford. It has been a pleasure being a pupil of this school and your work and efforts are greatly appreciated. This year has been jammed packed with amazing experiments. Being involved with the STARS programme, the Ball Committee and being head student has definitely been highlights, but my number one highlight of this year and the past five years has 100% been sports. It is my passion and it is what I love doing the most and playing rugby, league, touch, turbo touch and ki o rahi beside my ugly mates is what I’ll cherish the most and miss the most. Coming from such a small school and being a part of teams that have achieved so high at national level shows the mana and the passion that runs through our sports across the board. Having one last chance to get a national title for this school at the upcoming touch nationals would just ice the cake for this chapter of my life. Owen Draper


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Forty three glorious years! What an exciting journey teaching at Tokoroa High School has been. As one of five brand new teachers on day one 1973, I recall: a staffroom jammed with 70 plus noisy teachers, seen through a the haze of cigarette smoke, the driveway lined with student motorbikes and cars, 1300 plus excited students, huge Afros with tiny school caps perched on top, and not one, but two sprawling prefab jungles. Since that time, I have worked alongside seven principals, seven sets of senior managers, various Boards of Trustees and HODs; all without exception, committed to improving teacher performance and the success of our students. I thrived in this supportive environment and thoroughly enjoyed my various teaching, admin and extra curricula roles. These have included senior dean, HOD Social Studies, Specialist Classroom Teacher, Adult Education Coordinator and rugby, canoeing and cycling coach. When I began teaching, there was a common belief that it was a boring profession and that teachers were people with little real world experience. That silly myth was soon disproved. Each day and each class was totally different. From day one, I was up to my arm pits in the anxieties, hopes and dreams of teenagers, and life doesn’t get more real, or more interesting than that. Personal high points have included:  Realizing that teaching = rapport and it’s really the students who teach us how to teach.  The building and opening of Te Whanau o Noah, a true community effort.  Our first fifteen winning the tricolor trophy from the giant ‘students’ of Church College.  A 100% pass rate two years in a row in the old 7th form UE history exam.  Annual prize giving's, with student achievement acknowledged and talent displayed.  The new security fence which ended years of costly graffiti and vandalism.  The new Science and Maths blocks and teaching in these wonderful environments. Low points have included:  Attending the funerals of teaching staff and too many students.  The move to the NCEA system and to national academic mediocrity.  Actually having to go on strike to achieve very basic gains in salary and conditions.  Teaching about ancient Rome then marking an essay where Romans travelled in trucks.  Closing the school swimming pool and the fires that destroyed E and C blocks. I want to pay tribute to Mr.Ford, our management team and my colleagues, for their support, friendship and professionalism. I have thoroughly enjoyed the positive and collegial environment that characterizes our staffroom., I will miss the coffee machine, Friday’s raffles and awards, and the many engaging conversations. Mentoring individual staff in my role as SCT and the opportunity to share teaching strategies with all staff, has been a privilege, and I do hope I have made some difference here. As a Social Studies teacher, I have been fortunate to be part of a talented team, committed to improving their teaching and assisting students to achieve their potential. Being keen Star Wars fans, teachers in our department have alternative names. So, after 43 years of teaching on planet TokHigh, it’s time for Obiwan (Ben) Kenobe to blast off to the Retirement Star. To those left behind: May the force be with you! Dr. Trevor Bentley


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After many History periods trying to convince Mr Bentley to allow us to spend new years at his Papamoa house, even offering to camp out on his lawn, our small class of 7 decided it was time for a silent protest. We all agreed to ignore him as our stand against his rejection, and while he mentioned the nice change of quiet as he walked in to class, he decided to ask me a question which required a verbal response - from any polite person. I glanced at my peers who all lowered their heads in to their book work, silently pressuring me with their narrowing eyes... and with the weight, I too lowered my head and chose not to respond to this kind, respectable man. Confused and probably a little hurt, Bentley frowned in disappointment, turned and returned to his teacher's nest behind the front desk while the guilt of dealing undeserved snobbery over took me. While we all held our pact until the end of the period, it was I who initiated it and of course, took the flack from the others for being so "cold hearted". On the other hand, Bentley did seem to enjoy the quiet element of our protest that day. Elvisa Robb Mr Bentley. Thanks for giving me some of the funniest memories I’ve ever had at school. From putting up with us staging a protest, screaming at you to take your meds and demanding your wife to host an underage house party (which you still owe us by the way). Thank you. I went on to study history at university and from that had the opportunity to study more and travel. I still have that signed copy of one of your books you gave me for being one of the sickest student you ever had. Enjoy the golden years mate. Now you have all the time in the world to paint your figurines. Thank you. Carl Haa My memoirs of Dr Bentley while attending Tokoroa High have been ones of utmost respect but the two that stand out the most were these; 1. In 1984, Dr Bentley, myself and Deputy Principal Gordon Cooper spent at least four hours putting up battons on the east facing exterior wall of the wharenui (Te Marae o Noa) then Mr Cassidy resident carpenter for the Marae project put up the west facing wall in half an hour, to our complete amazement. 2. In 1987, Dr Bentley was in charge of the THS kayaking club and on one expedition we kayaked down the Fulljames rapids (Aratiatia rapids, grade 4, Taupo) He instructed us to always hold on to our kayaks if we capsized. I followed this instruction as I got caught in a giant whirlpool directly below the rapids, while holding on to my kayak I was sucked under and according to Dr Bentley I was under for at least five minutes. I finally surfaced 50 metres downstream and conscious to Dr Bentleys relief. The funny part of this story is that Dr Bentley never told my mother who was a teacher at the time at Tokoroa High. He and Mr Tolovae kept the incident a secret for many years, afraid of my mum of course. Billy Maea I have great memories of being in Trevor’s Level Three History class. I’ll always remember him for being the teacher that could captivate you so much one day with adventurous stories of gold hunting in the South Island, but then put you to sleep the next day talking about the dust bowl. My favourite memory, and something I often still think about, is he is still the only high school teacher I know that quotes himself in his own course. Chris Teague Eight years ago I was very fortunate to have been taught by one of the greatest history teachers in New Zealand. His passion, knowledge and mana that he engulfed his students with has helped me and many students into people who breathe social justice every day. He taught us the importance of New Zealand's identity and what happened in history that shaped our country today. He taught me that being of an indigenous culture we must be proud and always stand up to the injustices that have happened in our past so we can all move forward with pride today. My peers who were with me in my 2008 class still discuss our favourite class which was history and the protests/debates we did in his class because he embraced us with his knowledge . He taught us to be passionate about history and thrive towards a better future. I have knowledge about the Treaty of Waitangi which has helped me at University, my career today and a proud New Zealander because of Mr Bently. P.S Mr Bently told Elvisa Robb's brother Denzel that his 2008 class (us) were his favourite class he has ever taught..so maybe add that in the year book hahaha! Bernie Kerr One of the most memorable things about Dr Bentley’s classes was his sense of humour. His dry jokes and ‘tummy chuckles’ will forever be remembered! “What did one light post say to the other light post? Let’s go out together”. Jason Jowett “Mr Bentley was my rugby coach when I played for THS second XV thousands of years ago. The following year we beat Church College of New Zealand (CCNZ) for the coveted Waikato Tricolour trophy and retained it for the summer. Alan Utanga I'll always remember my gold bond from Mr Bentley. To Keinan Ngapo for diligence in social studies. All the best Mr Bentley for your time effort and always ensuring teachers are well supported. Arohanui. Keinan Ngapo


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I was in a year 10 social studies with Mr Bentley. That year I learnt more about the treaty and many people who were around at the time through his teachings and his books. I wasn't the best at attendance but when I was there I never took his class for granted. I still remember how he sucked the fun out of our plan for an end of year class activity. "Ooh yes lets all get together and have some high caloried sweets, greasy and fatty fish n chips then watch an uneducational/trivial movie" haha. BE always talked about how he loved to surf and being near the water. I'm glad that I was first taught by his wife in primary, then by him in high school. Very grateful to have been apart of his teaching career. Gabby 2010 As a student of Tokoroa High School, I always had respect for 'Mr Bentley'. Even when you are a young student, you know when you are in the presence of a professional, and of someone who is passionate about their work. As a student of Trevor's I was always slightly intimidated. He has a plethora of knowledge, and as a History student, you do not want to disappoint Dr Bentley. Not because he was scary, but because you wanted to perform your best for him, because he always gave his best to his students. His humour, his dedication, and his knowledge always shone through, and still does to this day. As a beginning teacher, it has been an honour learning from Dr Bentley, this time as a fellow colleague. All the best for your endeavors Trevor, you are an asset to Tokoroa High School, and always will be. Students past and present respect you, thank you for your service to our community. Melissa Chesterman When I started my first year at Tokoroa High School, Mr Bentley (as we knew him back then) was my Social studies teacher. He was very strict. I was glad because our class was terrible. He had a commanding voice that caused us to respond quickly. He would say ”Not a word, not sound! I will not tolerate that!” No-one in our class would dare challenge him. Yes, he was one of my favourite teachers. We always worked hard in his classes. Shane Tito Over the years I have heard many stories about Trevor Bentley, some from as far back as the early 70's, and the Monday he didn't turn up to work, had something to do with an orange Charger, but it was so long ago is it truth or just a story? But most of all, when you speak to past students about Trevor they hold him in high regard, he knew his subject area well and gave many lively examples. I myself wasn't taught by Trevor, but I knew him as a coach when I was in the school cycling team and the Round Lake Taupo rides and Team Trails. Another great event he was responsible for was the team triathlon that had us canoe the lake, cycle around the Campbell Road block, followed by a run around the lake. He also coached the school canoe team, I recall on one overnight interschool event down Sandels Road the lads got a bit out of hand, come Monday morning he called us all into his room at interval, said he wanted two students to own up, left for interval and on return two students took the rap. Andrew Phayer Dr Bentley’s class was notorious for getting gold bonds in. It was the only class that ever gave them out. His class was always filled with stories and experiences of his life, such as when he used to talk about the Rush of the Bulls in Spain. Dr Bentley was one of the greatest teachers I had while at Tokoroa High School. He is an extremely knowledgeable man and I learnt a lot from him. Throughout the time Dr Bentley was teaching me, he was also on dialysis. Although this was a tough time for him, he always came in with a smile on his face and ready to put our learning first. You would have never known the struggles he was going through when walking into his classroom and seeing him teach. I will forever have the utmost respect for him. All the best Dr Bentley, you will be a great loss to this school, as both a teacher and colleague. Nikki Renowden Mr Bentley taught me for form 4 social studies and form 5 geography in 1989-1990. I really like how strict he was but also that how caring he was too and how much he loved the subject. I remember learning all the countries in the world and all their flags off by heart- i wish I'd kept that info on board for quiz nights! One of my strongest memories was when he played an Auschwitz video to the class and how upset we all were, he taught the hard stuff really well and it gave me a massive appreciation of life for Jewish people and other minorities. He must have had a good influence as I've been teaching Secondary school for the last 14 years. Cheers! Ben Mills As a year 10 students I would look forward to social studies with Dr Bentley because of the wealth of knowledge he would share on current events, NZ history and just his life experiences. I love learning from stories, and he had a lot of them. I still go on about how he went to America for a weekend to watch the Super Bowl, too bad the half time performance wasn’t Beyonce. My mind is still blown to this day! Chantel Tavai


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Bradley Lal Phillips Robyn Phayer Valeska Martis - joint DEAN Murray Olsen TUTORS Cherie Merrylees Andrew Phayer Glenn Cassidy Leanne Jacobi Chris Teague Rose Phillips Nicki Renowden Robyn Tucker Congratulations to all those students who have played their part in FORTITUDO this year. From all those who have always been in correct uniform, which is the majority of you; to those who have been involved in sports or groups within the school community, and to those who have gained academic awards. FORTITUDO has once again been well represented with the Dux and a joint Proxime Accessit roles being picked up by our students. Thanks goes to our tutors for their determination to see that our students get as much help as they need to assist them in their learning, and to the students for their good-natured approach in their everyday dealings with other other and their teachers. FORTITUDO is a diverse group of people who have contributed in no small way to the success of our school during 2016.


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We are so proud of our young people, who most of the time are respectful, thoughtful, school abiding citizens, hehe. Sometimes, we think we have it bad, because we have a dean, that is always pushing us, growling us, and thinking about us, but despite that, I know that she wants what is best for us. So I say, keep those growling’s/sermons coming Miss Tarai. Our senior tutors are Mr Manu, Mr Baker, Mr Tereu and Mr Utanga, with our junior tutors of Mrs Solomon, Mrs Faagalu, Mr Hakaria and Miss Chesterman. With everyone encouraging us, we run a pretty tight ship, with champions on the sports field, in the classroom and in the community. We give thanks to our Year 13 students, who leave a big hole for us to fill. To Tiare, Terae and Owen , you guys are amazing workers, STARS mentors, serving people, passionate in sports and culture, high achieving academics. We truly are blessed in Te Manava to be surrounded by positive role models. So to our Year 13’s who leave us for the big, wide, world, “ Go out and make us proud”. Matthew Letoga


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Kia ora koutou katoa Well what a year it has been! With success in Māori academic awards, kapa haka, nga manu korero and kia eke panuku, these are but a few initiatives where Maori are seen to be achieving. Maori achieving success as Maori: Kia Eke Panuku: This year we had students involved in a number of extra-curricular activities and Manu Korero is one of those activities where students excelled. Ariana Stewart of Te Rito, entered the junior English section. She was phenomenal with her presentation and she represented our school with pride. Although she was unplaced at the regional competition, she was by far the crowd favourite. Jay McLaren-Harris represented the school, and was seen by all as an inspirational leader. Jay qualified at the regionals to represent our school at the Nationals in Whangarei. As a result of his fine talents, he was placed second equal in the impromptu section, third equal in the prepared section, and fourth overall. It was so amazing to be a part of this experience and Tokoroa High This year also saw the introduction of Kia Eke Panuku, a Maori initiative designed to help support our Maori student’s, because it recognises that all Māori learners learn differently, and as a kura, our staff need to recognise those varying needs. Thus, the ideology and whakaaro of this initiative is to help ALL Māori learn in an environment that fosters their ability to learn in a variety of ways, one which recognises that the student is the focus and we as staff, are there to help support them in any way possible. The outcome has been positive and upon reflection, and with the help of feedback from staff, whanau, wider community and our KEP group facilitators, we can only see this having positive long-term effects. School has always had a great history of success when it comes to public speaking, and I am excited for future years to come. Word of Thanks: Being the Dean of Te Rito brings me great pride, and this year it has taught me that student success is what it is all about. I am proud that predecessors and past pupils of Te Rito are making their mark at University and beyond, Ahere Hapi, Dionne Treadaway, Shardey Te Kanawa, Turoa Tepana, and Dylan Clark are all great ambassadors for our school, and are leading the way. Current Maori students continue to excel and show that with hard work, Thanks to Senior Management for their continued support this year, especially to Mr Ford, E Pa, our Kuia and Kaumatua who continue to support all Māori initiatives in the school. Mention must also go out to the hard work and dedication of Mrs Manu. Whenever Maori need support in Te Rito and anywhere else, she is always willing to help out and lend a helping hand. Your devotion to all things Maori, is admirable. patience and perseverance, anything is possible. While there are always areas to improve on, our students can hold their heads high and be proud of their Maori heritage. “Ko te mana o te whakawhanaungatanga”. Last but not least, to our Maori whanau. Thank you for entrusting in us, your aroha to support your tamariki. Sometimes it can be difficult with all that life deliversand due to extenuating circumstances, to get our students motivated Tuakana/Teina system: and learn and become fully engrossed in school. So thank you all, and please know that with your help and support, things are much more manageable. Our Senior Maori tuakana/teina system is going well and many of the juniors look up to our seniors for support. Our leaders lead by example, and we commend Te Herenga Tahere Williams, Casey Clark and Jamie Wehipeihana as our head Tuakana leaders. Jamie also served on the B.O.T this year and represented Maori youth to the very best of her ability. She was commended for her efforts and congratulated for her ability to lead and to represent the voice of the youth. She helped promote and push the agenda in terms of new Furthermore, I would strongly encourage you to help out where possible in Te Rito and support our tamariki to do their work and aim for academic excellence in all that they do. We have seen evidence of our Te Rito students gaining excellence endorsements in the past - this has been done! We have seen all four head students from Te Rito tutor group – this has been done! We have seen Te Rito dominate at national Maori language awards and nga manu korero to name but a few examples – this has been done! water fountains, as well as other concerns that students had. We are pleased to have her in our whanau and again, it is with students like this, that Te Rito thrives. Now it’s time for ALL Maori to reach that mark, for ALL Māori students to pass their Levels 1/2/3 with excellence endorsement and to strive to gain their UE literacy and Numeracy and with your help and ours in the future, we aim to Tutor support: reach that mark. I would like to thank our staff for their committed work ethic, but more than this, for their awesome hearts. With help at noho marae, sport outings, and in Nga mihi kia koutou katoa whanau E Tu whanau! your daily rituals and interactions at tutor, our students are always guided by you and for this, I am so blessed to have the best tutors in the world, to help inspire and lead the way for our students.


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What is the Services Academy? The Services Academy is a military-focused programme that encourages and motivates students to achieve their academic and physical goals, using military strategies and ethos. The SA is also a vehicle to guide students who are pursuing a career in the military, police, fire services or security industry when they leave school. However, students can still join the SA if they want to follow a different occupation. Dispelling the myths . Students are not chosen to be in the SA because they are fit, however, a core fitness is built up and maintained over the year through physical training and personal work outs. Students do a lot of running to build up a core fitness and then it is maintained. Research proves that one’s physical fitness helps to sustain one’s academic performance, “a healthy body equals a healthy mind”. The purpose of ‘Drill’ (Instructed Marching), is to produce an individual who is: Proud Alert Disciplined Team focused Rock steady when given a directive. All these attributes are great advantages to have when applying for any future employment. Our students have enjoyed sporting, cultural and academic success in the SA. In 2011, a year thirteen student joined the SA, with only a few level one credits. By the end of the year, with a lot of encouragement, motivation and hard work, he successfully completed his level one, two and three credits. Over the years we have had head students, prefects and sporting captains grace the ranks of the SA. Some of these students are currently enjoying lucrative sporting or military careers. For six years the SA have always been involved in serving the community by: helping to set up for ANZAC parade, doing projects for schools and early childhood centres, “Wearable Arts”, and “The Taniwha Bike and Run Event”, just to name a few of the projects. With military induction courses and military skills (MILSKILLS), the Ministry of Education have initiated NCEA credits for SA students as from 2015. So yes, our students get credits through SA, as well as their other subjects. What can I gain if I join the Services Academy? One thing I have personally seen a lot of as a teacher is personal growth and boosted confidence. Many students come in purely for a new experience but leave with confidence, assertiveness, the ability to lead others, and a feeling of being a part of a team that has direction and motivation. Here are some testimonials from some of our students: I do hope that this has clarified some of the mystery that has left many asking, what is the Services Academy all about? I would simply say to those students, “join the ranks and experience it for yourself”. Staff Tito I joined the SA because I wanted to experience something different and break out of my comfort zone, work with a good team and learn to lead. Over the years, I have made so many friends in and outside of Tok High, brothers and sisters. SA is like a family to me. If it wasn’t for Services, I don’t think I would be the person I am today. I have learned to ‘never give up’ and always give 100% effort in everything I do. I have enjoyed the four years I have been in SA. It’s been a fun journey. Braxton Carlson During my time in the SA, I have participated in a full Military Induction course and learned many life skills and made many friends in the Auckland and Northern regions. The Basic and Advanced Leadership courses have boosted my confidence and made me a strong individual. Thanks to the SA, a career in the Navy seems more attainable. Eileen Hauraki I joined SA because I wanted to become fit and gain confidence while achieving my academic goals. My drill is a lot better than at the start of the year. I have enjoyed physical training (PT) and I disliked nothing. Morehu Whareaitu I joined SA because my brother and cousins were in there initially, but I have learned many life skills and disciplines, especially while attending the full military induction coarse in Auckland. Shaq Maea


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PA HARAKEKE Continuing Education Centre (Teen Parent Unit) What’s Been Happening in the Teen Parent Unit This Year? Learning practical life skills has been a real focus for the team of students at the TPU this year. In addition to their commitment to their academic studies, the students have had the opportunity to gain their First Aide Certificate and Driver’s licences, participate in parenting and budgeting courses, with a student also attending an Adventure Tourism course in Rotorua. Building on last year’s learnings, students have also had the opportunity to develop two new gardens. One has been the colourful succulent garden and the other being a vegetable and flower garden. The students have enjoyed creating and building the garden, and are now learning how to ensure it is productive and healthy so we can enjoy the ‘fruits’ of our labour. We are looking forward to yummy summer salads! The Te Kahui Whetu students have enjoyed a busy year of learning language, maths, science and other curriculum subjects through as much practical activity as possible. We had a fun day at camp in February. Cooking, caring for caterpillars and tadpoles, shopping, electronics and art have been some of our ways of learning. Students baked puppy biscuits to raise money for Guide Dog puppies. From here…. Doing the mahi... With support from one of our pepe. Producing this. And this, the succulent garden. As we have learnt about gardening, we have also been considering ways to reduce rubbish and waste that we generate at the Unit. As a result we have implemented composting systems, and have been learning about how to develop this amazing resource from our waste. The compost will eventually be used to enrich our gardens and grow the food we use in our cooking sessions. And on the subject of eating…… students in the TPU all The compost bin learnt the awesome skill of operating a ‘barista’ this year too. We really enjoyed hosting this course in the TPU, which involved 15 students from the TPU and the wider school. Learning about where coffee comes from and how to make a great coffee was a really fun two day workshop. We would like to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of the students in the TPU, who juggle the challenges of parenting and studying. We have a great spirit in the TPU as our students continue their learning journeys.



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