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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 Mr D Belfield, GradDip: Tchg,Eng, 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 Miss C Tavai, BPE Mr P Chundra, MBA, Bed, DipEd, CTESL NON-TEACHING STAFF Executive Officer: Attendance Officer: Reception: Cluster Manager RTLB: Sports Coordinator: Gateway Coordinator: TEACHER AIDES Mrs S Chapman Miss M Wyatt 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 Ms P Kelly Mrs J Jowett Mrs A Salmon Ms S Taipeti Mr T Teaukura Mrs C O’Connell Ms S Kant Mr J Tahere Principal’s Personal Assistant: Science Technician/NCEA: Library Manager: Caretaker: ICT Manager: Groundsman: Mrs I Mutter Mrs D Dewhurst Mrs E Appel Ms D Collins Mrs L Henderson Mr K Rugg Mr R Trotter Mr N Bell Ms Y Voss Mr Te Kaawa 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. 2013 has been notable for the amount of progress made in the development and implementation of strategies to improve student achievement. The Board of Trustees rewards scheme to boost the numbers achieving in both External and Internal NCEA assessments has been a huge success. We saw marked increases in the number of students attending external exams in late 2012 and indications are is that these numbers will be replicated in 2013. The quality of the credits gained with subject endorsements this year is the highest since NCEA was introduced. With Ministry of Education support (Dr Sally Scott and Glenn Rowsell), we worked to develop the school’s evaluative capability in assessment of student achievement. Interventions were placed for those students ‘at-risk’ of not achieving, including the establishment of a literacy professional development programme for all staff. Dr Scott noted in her final report on the Change and Improvement Literacy Plan that “Leaders have established a robust system with processes through which accurate, strategic and consistent judgements are made about student achievement, progress and ‘next steps’ in writing”. To further push our work with literacy, two appointments were made as Literacy and Numeracy coordinators. These positions were created to specifically improve the rate of attainment of level one literacy and numeracy. There was the introduction of Operation Evidence, a Literacy and Numeracy achievement strategy which features the collection of evidence across various curriculum areas. Analysis of individual progress at year 9 and 10 levels has become better and even possible with the introduction of the Junior Diploma this year. EasTTle has become the main formative assessment tool used with year 9 and 10 students. Major work has been done in the Mathematics department in terms of EasTTle usage. Continuation of high quality analysis of NCEA results has taken place. A small but significant group of Year 13 students will sit Scholarship papers in 2013. Tracking of NCEA level 2 students takes place each week, in order to meet the government’s goal that 85% of 18 year olds will have attained NCEA level 2 by 2017. Year 12 and 13 students who failed to gain their appropriate NCEA level or Literacy/Numeracy requirements in 2012 have support mechanisms in place this year. The numbers of staff involved in providing extra tutorials for students has grown significantly over the year. Especially heartening has been the rapid rise in the numbers of students participating in these tutorials. We are further exploring the notion of contextual learning. Exploring methods of increasing student engagement and learning in all classes. “Tran striding towards a culture of learning excellence”. To better support student learning, our property development programme has seen the refurbishment of the social sciences and art classrooms. The demolition of old buildings, such as F.block and plans to replace these with new quality classrooms. New buildings attract new students into the school and breeds a new air of optimism. Our new school uniform has been eyecatching and definitely set us apart from other schools in the district. Our students, ably supported by staff, again exhibited their strengths in a variety of cultural, arts and sporting arenas this year.  The inaugural Tokoroa High School ‘Wearable Arts and Fashion Show’ was an outstanding success and a highlight for the local community.  For the second year running, our Puna Vai Ora group won the “Pasifik by Nature” cultural performance competition for secondary schools in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.  Following a successful Art exhibition in 2012, the Art and Music departments this year combined in holding an Art exhibition and Music show. Our students were able to perform musical numbers and display their artwork.  Dionne Treadaway continued her outstanding performances in Athletics (intermediate girls 100m and 200m) at the North Island Secondary Schools championships. Dionne will compete at the NZ Secondary Schools championship in Hamilton during December along with new student Tyro Hewett (triple jump).  As in 2012, Camelia Cook again won a woman’s National title in 8-Ball.  The Netball A team played competitively in the NZ Secondary Schools National tournament in Auckland to attain a 6th placing in their grade.  The 1st XIII rugby league team came 6th in the NZ Secondary School Nationals. Mr Billy Maea received the manager of the tournament award for the second year running.  Joseph Manu played for the Sydney Roosters under 18 side in the SG Ball competition. He also gained selection in the NZ Secondary Schools team.  Weyan Hewett and Ezekiel Cooper made NZ Maori sides.  Mana Tepana gained selection in the National KiO-Rahi team.  Holly Petera and Kristian Wood won Gold at the NZ Taekwondo national championships.  All four of our rugby teams played in the first division of their respective grades in the Waikato secondary schools competition.  Our school was well represented in local and regional competitions in hockey, soccer, netball and touch.

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Dear Friends A big thank you to the staff and parents/caregivers for supporting our students in their various activities. I thank the members of our Board of Trustees led by Board Chair, Graeme Dewhurst. Ernest Appel, Tracey Marama-Lyon, Maria Te Kanawa, Vanessa Letoa-Palea, Marama Tahapehi, Dean Tereu, Manisha Saini for serving the school so passionately. I thank our senior leadership team, Margot Crate, Butch Rothman, Brian Reid and Darnel Manu for their hard work and commitment. I also thank our school staff, both teaching and support for their efforts in assisting our students to achieve. Many give up their free time – often away from their families – in order to provide opportunities for our young people. Bereavements are an incredibly difficult time and I wish to express heart-felt sympathy from our school community to all who have suffered loss this year. I thank our parents/caregivers for the trust you have placed in Tokoroa High School as the learning institution for your child. I believe that we are a people centred school and will always work to do the best we can for your child. One of the important lessons that I have learnt over the years is to never be afraid to have a shot at things. I have had the privilege of being part of the Tokoroa High School community since 2008, when I joined, with a group of parents and reformed the Board of Trustees, all of whom believed in the unique education Tokoroa High School offers. I also had the privilege of being part of the appointment of our Principal Willie Ford. I would like to go on public record and acknowledge the incredible energy and passion our Principal brings to his role as the leader of learning of our young people. I know I speak for the entire community in thanking Willie, and his family for allowing him to be part of what is a great learning environment. The word greater is used to emphasize that something is notable, wonderful or large. We think that the achievement of our young people be it in sport, cultural activities, or academia should be celebrated. I also need at this time to acknowledge the other members of our Board of Trustees some of whom have joined during the recent elections and others who have served for a longer period. It is reassuring to know that I can call on these dedicated individuals for support. Our children are leaving our school to a different world than that in which we left school. It is our duty as a school to prepare them for this changing world. This is our challenge as a Board and we intend to meet this challenge head on. Thank you Graeme Dewhurst BOT Chairman We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we WILL do, by finding out what we will NOT do. I believe that our jobs as teachers and as schools is not to say we can’t; but to say we can. Without mistakes, there can be no learning. Without doubts, there can be no faith. Without fears, there can be no courage. Our mistakes, our fears and our doubts are our paths to wisdom, faith and courage. I remember a statement that a friend of mine made about teaching. He said “Always be a coach. Coaches are those teachers who motivate their students, getting the best out of them. Coaches are people orientated, ready to say yes rather than no; doing the best they can to help others; they have vision, vitality and creativity; always encouraging others to have a go”. Ma te Atua hei manaaki, hei tiaki i a tatou katoa. Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou, Tena Tatou Katoa.

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One thing I have learnt in life is that every day is a blessing. When we wake up each morning we should be pleased to be alive and determined to make the most of the day. To do this though, one needs to have the right attitude to take advantage of the opportunities that come our way each day. I firmly believe in the following: Attitude is everything! ‘No matter what the opportunities, challenges, problems or possibilities you see in your education, nothing will be as important as your attitude. It’s the same with all the people involved in your education – theirs and your attitude is everything! ‘Whether it is optimism, realism, accountability, responsibility, punctuality, loyalty or any other attitude – it is over to the individual to use it to achieve their goals. No amount of management or education will overcome attitude problems. The message here is to work as hard on your attitude as you do on any other aspect of your education.’ When you take time to reflect on this year and your success, or lack of success then also take time to reflect on your attitude. Did your attitude help or hinder your success? What could you have done to improve your results or the success of your year? No one has success in anything without hard work and the right attitude! Congratulations to all of you who have achieved your goals this year. If you are leaving school I wish you all the best in your future endeavours – keep in touch - and to those returning I look forward to working with you next year. Have a great holiday and we will see you back at school in late January. It is quite strange how certain events came to the fore as one approaches the end of an academic year. The end of the year time seems to have developed its own milestone status. It is a time to measure where one is, where students are and what has been achieved. As I look at students who are approaching the end of their schooling I cannot help but to feel immense gratitude when I see those who toiled for years and in so doing secured good future prospects for themselves. At the same time I cannot help but to observe those who did not use their time wisely and in so doing diminished their future options. The good thing about this is that those who have worked towards their future are in the majority, but it is still sad that there are those who fail to see the benefits of a sound education. So I would like to congratulate all those students who worked hard for many years, and still had great fun during their school years, and wish them all of the best for a bright future. To those who are not there yet may I say it is not too late. With determination and a great plan your dreams can become a reality by this time next year. The one thing you have to do though is you must make a decision. There is something else that I observed this year more so than in others and that is the successes of students who can call Tokoroa High School their alma mater. Students who have gained their Ph.D. degrees this year, others who completed their master’s degrees always make me very happy. It is fantastic to see success. Another very pleasing observation was to see students who completed studies and show tremendous potential for their future careers. It is great to see that some completed their trade qualification and had the courage to venture into business. The great part is that they are exceptionally successful. ……………………………………………………………………………………. So would I still like to win Lotto? - Do I wish everyone who hopes to win Lotto well? The answer to both these questions are; sure I do, but having taught mathematics for many years, I do have great faith in the theory of probability and that tells me you will be much better off providing for a great future through a great education and if you then win Lotto you might even know what to do with you windfall. To all those who have not yet reached their final year of schooling; use your time wisely, have wise fun and lots of it. Have a great 2014!

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and downs, but above all I have enjoyed working with you and the results we have High school went so fast for me, from day one accomplished. Thank you so much for standing as a year 9 till now as a year 13. I had the alongside me and being there for me when I privilege of spending my high school life with so needed it. many amazing people and made memories that I will keep for the rest of my life. Not every day To my two dearest friends, I could not imagine was sunny and not every moment was two better people for the job as Deputy Head measurable, but I have learnt that life is full of students. surprises, some good and some bad. Timote - I have loved every single moment spent with you. You have been able to put a One of my highlights would have to be our smile on my face every day. You are so bubbly STARS programme. I had the honour of being and I thank you so much for making my final in STARS all my high school life. It is because year full of laughs. I will always treasure every of the year 9’s and mentors I’ve worked with memory we have created together. over the years and of course Mr Jones, why I’ve come to realise my passion – that is, working Jerreau - We have done so much together with youth. Mr Jones you are one of the many and made many memories. We have made Role models who I have learnt off. I‘ve learnt many changes and accomplished so much the gift of being a good quality mentor and I together. You have been an amazing leader to thank you for all your hours of hard work and many young people and you’ve done so many the guidance you’ve given me. things for this school. Thank you for always My main highlight of this year was having the being there when I needed it; times where you fantastic opportunity of being Head Boy. If I had stood with me, laughed at me and disagreed to explain my experience in 3 words it would with me, every moment was a good one. be… HILARIOUS, HONOUR, and PRIVILEGE. ………………………………………………. What a ride it has been and I have enjoyed To the class of 2013, what a journey it has every single moment! There were times that I been. The seed has been planted and for five wish I’d done somethings differently, or took the years we have been watered with wisdom, opportunities given to me. There were also nurtured with knowledge and guided forward. times when I thought ‘Yes I have done the best Now that our growing here has come to an end, that I can!’ As Head Boy I learnt many things I’ve realized that in order to keep growing, we and one of them was to put yourself second... must leave this school and branch out to new grounds. Use what you’ve been taught to your You don’t always have to lead from the advantage and to get you closer to your front. You can watch, listen and guide dreams. Life will not always be what you want it people in the right direction. to be. Never be afraid to fail, make mistakes, Leadership is being able to guide, support stumble or fall, that’s life. and lead people forward. Also being there Failure is not falling down but when they fall or come to a dead end and refusing to get up! need direction; that is your queue to lead from the front and build a new path for The greatest things in life come from the things people to follow! that you fail at and things that hurt you the To the students…remember THS is your most. school, be proud of it! Make the most of it, apply Finally to the people who carried me through yourself and enjoy every moment. Always stay my journey here. To the staff of THS, past and true to yourself. Many people will try to present. Thank you for helping me to achieve influence you into becoming a person you don’t my goals and follow my dreams. I often ask want to be. If you are Maori, be Maori. If you myself why our school is so different to others are Asian, be Asian. If you’re a Christian, be a and the answer is always the same. It is the Christian. Remember to always be true to people who we are surrounded by. I thank our yourself, your religion and your culture. staff for the many things that they do, going Being Head Boy is much more than a role, a beyond just teaching, for guiding us and sharing position or even a badge. A head student is a your words of wisdom. I take my hat off to you person who can make a difference and who can all for your hard work! influence others. I can confidently say that I ……………………………………………… have done my best to achieve that, but I Avea ia lenei avanoa oute momoli’atua ai couldn’t have done that without our le agaga fa’afetai i lau susuga ile alii pule 3 head students... ae maise le mamalu o le vasega o faiaoga Ona o lo outou lagolagoina o au I taugaga e tele. Ia faamanuia tele atu le atua ia le outou uma - Faafetai Don’t count the days, make the days count! Anisa – It’s been a great year with many up 2013 - What a year! It has been the most exciting, most scary year of high school. It marks the end of five years and wow, it has gone by so fast. Becoming head girl was something I had wanted for so long and for it to become a reality was the most incredible feeling. I am privileged to have been able to represent Tokoroa High School and all the amazing people within our school. I have grown to really love it here and it’s quite scary to think that with everybody going their separate ways a new journey is only just beginning for us all. If it’s going to be anything like the past five years has been, then bring it on! I started this year with the thought that, if you want your year to be memorable, you’ve got to do things worth remembering. School is just not about exam results or academic excellence. It goes far beyond this. It’s about developing friendships, realizing your potential, and eventually growing into your schoolbag! What I have come to learn, especially this year, is that it is truly about the people you meet. The ones who pass you a tissue when your nose is runny, the ones who hand you deodorant after vigorously exercising both the body and mind. The friends you will remember forever because they have made themselves impossible to forget. What we lack for in skirt length we make up for in spirit. Tokoroa High School is certainly a place that no one will forget! The laughs, the atmosphere, the teachers and staff are all aspects that make our school unique. The Tok High uniform may be the last uniform any of us have to wear, so wear it with pride! It represents everything good about our education. It makes us part of a bigger picture and a brighter future. To my fellow year 13s the world is our oyster. This past year has been hard but we are on the home stretch now and it’s just a matter of weeks till ‘D-Day’, would you believe it? It will be strange not being amongst the grey, black, white and green uniform (with the odd splash of colour here and there thanks to an “illegal” scarf, hat or hoodie). Next year we will be out in the real world at long last but we will carry on the Tokoroa High School legacy and put all our energy into every endeavor. We may no longer be together but we’ll always be the class of 2013, and we’re a pretty brilliant bunch if I do say so myself! To the Head students of 2014 - GO HARD! Do everything you possibly can to help your school and make it a better place for your peers. Do everything you possibly can in your last year of school and make it a year to remember. …………………………………………………………………………………………… To Jerreau and Timo - You guys are the best deputy head students anyone could ask for, it has been an absolute honour working beside you guys! Thank you for everything! I’m going to miss all the jokes and the laughs about nothing and everything. I am truly grateful to have had you guys standing beside me on this journey of leadership. Last but definitely not least, to my dearest Hitro, there has never been a dull moment working alongside you. You have made this experience one to remember, thank you for everything. Although we have had our disagreements we still have managed to pull through in the end. All the best for next year! …………………………………………………………………………………………….

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One of my biggest journeys was serving as Deputy Head Boy for 2013. How did I do it? Even I have no idea! As I look back on my years here, I notice how much I have grown and how much the school has grown as well. Back in Year Nine, I was one of the quiet kids plodding along. Now I am a quietly confident young man taking the lead. Being a head student, there are no specific guidelines set for you. You must make your own instead of waiting to be told them, because the answer won’t come! Someone once asked me, Is it really busy being a head student? To that I say... It’s not so much the title, it is the roles and responsibilities you decide to take on that makes you busy - You must go for Head ……………………………………………… boy with a vision in your mind and not be To those striving on, here is... the type to just sit back and watch others lead. Rule 1: Be yourself! Don’t be what Being part of STARS has been one of my key other people want to see. Stay true to highlights. It has allowed me to develop into the person I am. I have dealt with many challenging yourself cause that’s what matters the situations and worked with so many awesome most. people. To each of my STARS groups over the years, I wish you all the best! I will miss you all Rule 2: Follow the rules & expectations and I am so greatful to have been your mentor. and life here is not as bad as some make it To the Mentors I have worked with, Denzil, out to be. These can be the best years in Timote, Jakob and Nu, you guys are amazing life. So make them count in a good way! leaders. I am honoured to have worked with you all and I will never forget the crazy times we Rule 3: Live, Laugh, Love and Learn! shared. Thank you so much! Live in the moment while you can. Laugh Reflecting back on my time at THS, I realise until it hurts. Love the people in your life how important things turn out to be. Even the things I probably rolled my eyes at or took no and Learn all that you can! Head students - It has been unforgettable working with you through some HUGE challenges! Hitro - even though we are always laughing, or arguing over nothing. I have never expressed how greatful I am to know you. Some full on craziness right there! You have been one of my role models and one of my best friends. Thank you for everything! Anisa - in the short time we have known each other it’s been great having you by my side. It has been awesome working with you and I thank you for this year and our time together! Us four, we are an amazing team and I am so proud of what we have achieved not only in 2013, but over all of our years at this school... 2013, Best it’s ever been! This year I had the greatest opportunity to stand as Deputy Head girl for 2013! It has been very challenging and at times hard to balance things and stay motivated. This rollercoaster ride has almost come to an end, but also a boost towards my future. The best part of me leaving is that, I’m leaving a part of me with different groups I had the pleasure of being part of. During my entire high school life, it has been amazing meeting new people each day. It is unbelievable how many people you meet over the years. You can take me out of Tok High, but you can never take Tok High out of me! Every Monday at Te Manava’s assembly, Miss Tarai has always given a lecture that we should all follow. Even though we may not appreciate every hour in our school day, the main message for us was “You cannot pass if you aint in class!”. You know you’re successful when you can say that you’re aiming high and striving for what you want, and I know that I am one of the people who believe this. We have people in this world who think they are cool and those who think very little of themselves. I believe that this school is able to bring out the best in every student! Tok High has so much to offer and with so many opportunities you can never go wrong. Culture has been one of my main achievements and I owe it all too every single person here in this very place. Puna Vai Ora has given me the opportunity to experience more of my culture and other cultures around the Pacific. I was able to travel with other students and create a better relationship with them and also our tutors. We are not who we are, without our culture. We are who we are, because of our culture! This year I also had the pleasure of playing rugby and netball. Being part of a team that is able to help each other and get to know one another was an honour. Having the opportunity to play alongside people with so much talent and passion for their sport was amazing. It has been awesome, getting to know my girls and being able to create some funny moments with them. Being part of STARS has given me the greatest opportunity to get to know our students and create a closer relationship with them and our teachers. The STARS Camp really drew me closer to what our younger generation has to say and what they want for themselves. Often, all they need is someone to listen to them. Being in STARS has created precious memories with our mentors which will never die. To the teachers that had the privilege of me being in their class, thank you for sharing your knowledge with me and helping me strive for a better future. Thank you for giving up your time during the day to educate us and for sharing your experiences in life with us all. notice of. In the end there are so many things that I wish I had done while I had the chance Rule 4: The barriers put in our lives are and a few things I would have done a little the ones that distract us from the path to differently at the time. So I advise you to not success. Person or object. In order to waste the opportunities put in front of you, succeed you must break through them! cause you may regret not taking them! People often wonder: What is so special about Rule 5: Go with the FLOW! You will lose THS? For me, it is the people! Most importantly our amazing staff who go above and beyond to ensure that our students are doing their very best! To the staff. I can’t thank you enough for your guidance and support, it truly means a lot. Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom and guiding us beyond our limits. With out you where would we be? Mihi atu kia koe! Timote - It seems like we have been on the craziest journey since we met. Thank you for always having my back and always being there for me. We make an unbeatable team and it’s been an amazingly, hilarious year. I am so honoured to have worked with you and I thank you for sharing 2013! Arohanui my sis! your flow at times, but make sure you get back on that waka and go hard. …………………………………………………………………………………………… Last but not least, to the three amazing head students. We have come to the end of our journey! Hitro This year has been an amazing journey working with you and I thank you for the ………………………………………………. It has been an honour being Deputy Head boy for 2013! Yes I am crazy and yes there are actions taken which you may not have liked. But above all I hope you have enjoyed having me as your Deputy Head Boy. The memories we share will be with me forever, good, bad, hilarious and tearful. I will remember you all for your own reasons. As much as I do not want to leave, my time has come to its end. It has been an amazing journey and the best years of my life so far! I know I have left THS with my own mark and in a great direction. Just know that ‘I’ll be back!’ many fond memories we have created. There have been so many laughs on our journey, but now our journey of laughter has come to an end. Thank you for being an awesome role model and being a great leader for me! Jerreau This year has been full of tears and laughter for both of us. But we got through our tough times, not that we had many. Thank you for being there and always making my day with your jokes, even though sometimes they were serious. Thank you for the random things you do and I will never forget the bumper car dance that you created! Anisa Girl it has been an amazing year with you. Our relationship has grown and I thank you for being there for me and for making this year one to remember. Thank you for shaking it up a bit and for allowing me to be your sidekick. You are an awesome chick to kick it with.! …………………………………………………………………………………………… I hope to leave this school with inspiration and determination! My final words to you all is... Be happy with who you are! Give yourself the time to serve others. Realise how much you are worth and your talents. Enjoy your youth while you can and stay in school to better your future! Follow the rules and expectations and these will be some of the best years of your life! My years here at THS have been AMAZING! - I will miss this school so much, but like all good things, my time has come to an end! THS it’s been an honour. No Reira tena rawa atu koutou. Hei Konei ra, Noho ora mai. Kia Ora mai tatou katoa. Kia Orana e kia manuia

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This song was written and composed by Jerreau Tonge as part of the business studies group— Upside Productions. Our vision is to raise awareness of the issues that surround our youth through music. This song is being produced at the Tokoroa Youth Hub by Joseph O’Sullivan & Ryotaro Wright. Thank you for your support and helping us produce our music. Thank you also to Aroha Riki-Hamana for your support of our Business and our cause. This year has been a slow but steady one for the student council. Although it was a quiet year we Seems like clouds are always grey No such thing as a sunny day When I am at the end of the rainbow Wish the colours would last all day When life is shifting off the tracks And you cant seem to find no way back There's someone out there waiting for you Waiting to help you get through Chorus Cause i am a Supernova Burning inside No i am not gonna hide Cause I'm a Supernova I am talking to you I can't take it no more And its because of you Why I am feeling this way more. They turn into a Supernova, a person who is fearless and doesn't care what the world thinks of them. They shine above the world as a new person. A Supernova! your innerself that the world can’t see, the hidden person inside of you waiting to come out. The song takes you on this person’s journey, up to the point where they just can’t take it any that they don't like. The song talks about seeking help in finding the people who love you, because they are the ones who help you get through the sadness. Supernova in this song means Supernova was written around the theme of bullying for Upside Productions. Supernova talks about someone who is being bullied and how they see the world, as this grey and dull place still managed to donate copious amounts of money to a variety of different charities e.g. Westpac helicopter and Canteen and also supported young athletes. We also gave funds to the Rugby League team for their trip to Auckland. We planned various mufti days and also the occasional socials every term for the youth, not only of Tokoroa High School but also the youth of Tokoroa, which also helped raise funds for the student council. We have made various amounts of contributions throughout the year which have gone to the ball committee, the recently opened soup kitchen and we have also fundraised money for many charities such as Canteen week and many more. Overall, it has been a very giving and productive year for the Student Council of Tokoroa High School . Anisa Gardiner Treasurer Student Council Seems like birds fly by (singing a sad tune) No light from a full moon (that's shining above) When i am sitting on a star (shooting across the sky) Wish i could stay afar (away from you) When life is shifting off the tracks And you cant seem to find no way back There's someone out there waiting for you Waiting to help you get through Chorus I'm ready gonna shut it out I'm gonna let it all out Cause im a supernova Cause I'm a supernova I'm burning up Its time to let it all out I'm going Supernova Chorus

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2013 has passed very quickly and for the most part it has been a relatively quiet year with the bulk of students making steady progress with their studies. Our students have been involved in a wide range of school activities; ranging from a member of the Board of Trustees, helping out with the breakfast club, working with the new Year Nines in the STARS programme, through to sports day and as members of our sporting teams to name a few. The new school uniform at Year Nine has had a positive impact on the school community and it has been pleasing to see the large number of senior students who have adopted it as well. As with previous years our whanau group has continued to meet as ‘Big Tutor’ every Thursday, which has allowed all the seven tutor groups to come together. As Dean I have come into contact with a large number of students who have been good-natured, friendly and easy to get along with. It has been very enjoyable to be able to support students to achieve their goals as part of the school community. Once again those students who have met the necessary requirements at Years Nine and Ten, will be going on the rewards trip to a different destination from the previous year. The tutors of FORTITUDO have been invaluable to work with for all their ideas, support and for their guidance for our students. My thanks go to Miss Jacobi, Ms Merrylees, Mrs Lal-Phillips, Mr Phayer, Mr Cassidy, Mr Linkater and to our newest member Mr Tsai. I wish those students leaving us for employment or further studies all the best for their future and to those returning have a safe holiday and I look forward to seeing you in 2014. Those students who had maintained very high levels of attendance, behavior, work ethic and uniform were able to go on the first rewards trip for Fortitudo, at no cost to the students. Thirty two students and three teachers went to Rotorua for a fun day out. We visited Fairy Springs, where the new water ride the ‘BIG SPLASH’ was enjoyed by all. We had time for lunch in town followed by ten pin bowing at Strike Zone. We already have next year’s trip planned which will be to different activities. So year Nine and Ten if you want to join us you know what is required of you during the 2013 year. Murray Olsen Dean of FORTITUDO

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All these attributes that are accorded in our Year 13’s are all characteristics that we want in all our young people of Te Manava. We are always striving to do our best in everything that we do. Our tutors are... We are always under the watchful eye of our Dean Miss Tarai who always makes sure that we are doing what is expected of us. On behalf of all us students we thank all our teachers for helping us in all our school work and keeping us up to date with the pulse of our school. To our Year 13 students who will leave us, May God continue to guide you and bless you in all that you will do in the future. Ia manuia, kia manuia, peace be the journey, cool runnings everyone. Corey Hawkins 5 Fantastic Tutor teachers 3 Amazing Head Students 10 ‘O-for awesome’ Year 13’s 1 Demanding Dean 25 Half-half Year 12’s 15 Sharp -as Year 11’s 26 Labouring Year 10’s 47 ‘In for everything’ Year 9’s

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Kia ora mai tatou. This year, there have been a number of positive developments within Te Rito, which included breaking the tutors into their year levels. I have the privilege of being the tutor teacher for half of the Year 11 group. We have had some outstanding academic success this year, especially. Ahere Hapi and Shaylyn Whetu have both excelled across all subject areas and are currently the top two academic students at Tokoroa High School – Ahere is currently leading the Internal Points System and Shaylyn is the first student to gain an excellence endorsement across her whole NCEA Level One Ceritficate! On top of this, we also have 7 students from this What a year it has been. Students have been actively working on their credits, Nga Manu Korero, Sports, Maori Language Awards and other activities to name but a few and we are fortunate to be finalists in the Maori Language Awards. I am always humbled by the work that our students do. Their commitment and hard work is evident with the results achieved in class, with NCEA and also with extra curricula activities. I would also like to thank all our tutors for their contributions. Ms Julie Teao joined our crew this year and her insight knowledge, wisdom and charisma has been fantastic. Mr and Mrs Chandra’s support has not gone unnoticed. They have shown the student’s compassion and their aroha to go that extra mile is fantastic. Mr Kiss also excelled with his tutor and showed tremendous support for all. Mr Tahau and Mr Jowett our old stalwarts continue to excel and give our students direction and support where needed. Mr Winikerei has brought his reo and expertise to the forefront when needed. I’d also like to thank E Pa & Darnel Manu for their support and the Graeme’s for their continued support at functions and at powhiri for guests. Without your support Te Rito and the school would not be the success it is. Our overarching goal has been dedicated to attendance and attitude. Tutors have been working hard to ensure students are in class, are achieving and are practicing virtues of aroha, awhi and whakawhanaungatanga. Finally, a big mihi to all my Te Rito whanau for the support shown to our tutor group. I thank you for the aroha given and for the continued support you provide for our students. I would also like to congratulate the Maori parents who were fortunate to make in on the Board of Trustees. Overall, as Dean I am happy with the support shown by all Nga mihi kia koutou katoa Keinan Ngapo Dean Te Rito tutor who are in line for merit or excellence subject endorsements, and they should all be encouraged to prepare thoroughly for exams. We have also had a number of extra-curricular successes in this class that have not gone unnoticed, such as Bradley Hayes-Lennon in his pennants Golf, John Anderson and Turoa Tepana in their fantastic guitar renditions as part of the music course, as well as a number of students performing well in their school sports. I look forward to next year and building on what has been a successful all-round year for TRJW! “Whaowhia te kete matauranga Fill the baskets of knowledge” Academic success and student achievement have continued to be the main focus of all teachers and students within the Te Rito tutor group. Students have been guided during the year to ensure they are aware of what is needed to achieve excellence, how they can improve their grades and reminded of their responsibilities towards their learning. Dedication and determination from students was imperative. Effort and commitment a must. It was clear that Te Rito as a whole possessed these qualities. It has been a fruitful year and all teachers and students have worked hard to produce some outstanding results. I look forward seeing the many successes of the students as the year ends. Beau Tahau Our tutor was introduced as a new tutor group in Te Rito this year. It started out as a vertical group with all year levels representing themselves and it was great to see the older students accepting and supporting the younger ones right away. Before long we have changed to tutors by year level so TRKI became a year 11 tutor. For some year 11’s it meant no change at all, however a larger group that came have settled well too. Apart from a few students, the majority of the group showed positive attitude and proved to be an asset to our tutor throughout the year. The highlight of our short time has to be the winning of the inter-tutor sports competition in term 3. Beating a year 12 tutor in a very close game. We have all learnt amongst other things that hard work earns better results. Well done, all the best to everyone and I will see you in 2014. Mr Kiss

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This year has seen new beginnings, growing pains, highs, lows and the odd push up here and there. Once again our senior class attended the NZDF induction course which was mentally and physically hard as usual. One of the high lights for our students was bond they grew with Kelston boys high school. Makaia Te kanawa was awarded most improved student and Montell Maea was awarded top student. The focus for the academy still continues to be consistency in academics. This year has been a huge juggling act for our students as they participate in a lot of extracurricular school activities such as the mentor programme, wearable arts, first thirteen just to name a few. Even though academics is first priority, we encourage our students to participate across our school community as we believe in building our school and helping our students to become well-rounded young individuals in school and life in general. Prioritising is the key for our students which at times we still need to revisit isn’t that right team? The junior academy has had to adjust to the new school addition of the junior diploma. At first there was some growing pains but, in general the junior diploma has added value for our junior students. It prepares them for the expectations of NCEA Level One such as them earning points and I can only see it strengthen our juniors more academically as we can see where we need to help our students. Thank you to our staff, Staff Tito and Staff Solomon for your continued effort and dedication to pushing our students to achieve and for handing out a few motivational chats and CT’s. Farewell to students who will be leaving us, remember stay true to yourself and ... COURAGE, COMMITTEMENT, COMMUNICATION, CONSISTENCY AND INTEGRITY. Last but not least thank you to our students who have worked hard this year. I know at times it can get tough with all that we do but, you have shown positive attitudes that have produced success for you this year. Well done team. Bring on next year! Staff Manu OUT “This is a place of joy, laughter and caring people. The teen parent unit helps all young mothers and their partners to finish their NCEA as well as create a path for their further education” Neeka “The Teen Parent Unit offers you a lot of opportunities such as: your licence, parenting courses, first aid courses and many more” Tearoa “Most of our students enjoy coming here because you can work at your own pace and we have a lot of help around if we need it” Dee Reflecting on my first year in the ‘Pa Harakeke – Teen Parent Unit’, I have really enjoyed the one-on-one tutoring and time to get to know our students. Teenage years are challenging enough in themselves and I take my hat off to our students who, along with their children, commit to continuing their education. Often in difficult circumstances our students demonstrate perseverance, determination, and drive to complete NCEA. I have thoroughly enjoyed our year, being able to share with our new parents and their babies in their respective journeys. Thanks to the students, Irene and Jenny for their support. Goran Surucic

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Mentors are inspirational, fun and energetic leaders! Our goal is to ensure that our year 9 students feel welcome and they have us to support them throughout the year. We love our job and we are passionate about our young people and seeing grow and succeed in school! “STARS was a good experience and I enjoyed being a mentor, especially this year! To my junior mentor Tiare, it was an honour being your senior mentor. We had heaps of laughs and dorky moments. Thank you for being an awesome junior mentor! Nunu out” Nuhaka Numanga “This year the STARS program was awesome. The year 9s made my job easy and our time together more enjoyable. Getting to know everyone and seeing the potential that these kids have was an awesome feeling. I hope they have a great time at high school and lead the way for the next generation. I’d like to thank Turoa for his helping hand and also making my job easier.” Dremon Matthews-Ford “I’ve had an enjoyable experience working with the year 9’s. I had the pleasure of working with Reegan who has been great! I would like to thank the teachers that helped me become a mentor and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to do it!” Bianca Tito “It’s been an honour to be involved in STARS since I arrived at THS. We had some hectic times and made awesome memories. To my little crazy American, Arlene, I’ve had the best year working along side you and I wish you all the best for the years to come!” Tyler Draper “This year, I was honoured to be part of such a great team of mentors! I have enjoyed every moment spent in STARS. To my junior mentor DeVante, we had so many laughs and ‘black’ moments. I thank you so much for being an awesome mentor” Hitro Ale “It has been a blessing having the opportunity to be involved with Stars. At times it has been challenging but overall worthwhile and I definitely recommend this programme to anyone. I cant wait to see the upcoming talented mentors of stars within Tokoroa high school. Coralie Te Hiko “Being a mentor has been a great part of my life here at THS. I’ve have learnt so much about leadership thanks to Mr Jones and the other mentors. It has been an awesome experience being able to work with new year nines each year and helping them settle into High School and just being a great part of their first year.” Anisa Gardiner “This year I had the pleasure of having Toru-atua at my side for STARS. I enjoyed meeting new students and creating awesome moments that I will never forget. STARS is AMAZING! It has been an honour being part of this programme, making our students feel comfortable and letting them know that we are there for them. Drive for your goals & make their dreams come true! Always remember put 100% dedication into your education” Timote Turu “I have enjoyed STARS with a passion. It had its ups and downs, but overall I loved it! Cameron, working with you has been cool. You are an inspiration to our year 9’s and I thank you. I wish you all the best for the years to come and all you do in future” Tamara Thorn “I’m gonna miss the STARS programme. STARS helped me boost my confidence and I created bonds with others in my STARS class. My junior mentor Makaia is really good with the group we had this year, she will go really far in the STARS programme” Mana Tepana “I loved every minute of being a mentor & I’m proud of our mentors! I loved working with this crazy, energetic team! Jakob, its been really cool working you. I hope that you will continue to grown and become the awesome mentor I know you can be. To my wonderful year nines, I hope that we have been great mentors for you, I will miss you guys. Thanks heaps for this year” Jerreau Tonge

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