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Tokoroa High School Yearbook

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I roto I te humarie - ko to kaha ki te Ao Tei te ngakau au e te maru toou matutu In Spe Fortitudo In Quiet Confidence Lies Your Strength O le Fa’autauta lelei a fa’atupu ai lou Malosi In Spe Fortitudo I roto I te humarie - ko to kaha ki te Ao Tei te ngakau au e te maru toou matutu In Spe Fortitudo I roto I te humarie - ko to kaha ki te Ao In Quiet Confidence Lies Your Strength O le Fa’autauta lelei a fa’atupu ai lou Malosi In Spe Fortitudo


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STAFF LIST PRINCIPAL DEPUTY PRINCIPALS Mr W Ford DipSp.St, PG DipSp, DipTchg, MBS, TTM 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 Science Social Sciences Learning Support Sport Technology Dr T Bentley PHD, MPhil, MA (Hons), DipTchg, DipAdult Ed. Mrs Y Evans M Counselling,DipTchg. (Adv) PGC in MBH Ms C Merrylees BEd, DipTchg Ms T Tarai Bed, DipTchg Mrs T Johnson BA, HA, DipTchg Mr N Manu BEd, DipTchg Mr T Jones BSc(Hons) PGCE. Mr M Olsen BA, DipTchg Mrs J Hainsworth BEd, DipTchg(Adv), DipTchg (Higher) Mr I Mutch BTchg, DipTchg Mr E Hamman HDipEd OTHER TEACHING STAFF Miss K Krause BA DipTchg(Sec) Mr D Baker BMA, DipTchg Miss A Chung BA, DipTchg Mr A Phayer BSc, DipTchg, CNA Mr G Cassidy BSc DipTchg CELTA Mr D Kinloch MSc, DipTchg Mrs R Tucker, DipTchg BEd Mr W Maea BLibSt, Grad DipTchg Mrs W Haigh BA, DipTchg, TESOL Mr J Jowet BA, Grad DipTchg Miss N Boss Grad DipTchg Mr S Tito BTchg Mr K Ngapo BA Grad DipTchg, MA(Hons), TTH(Hons) Mr J Hoby DFA Hons, CLTA, DipTchg Mrs E Lottee HDipED Mrs R Phillips BEd, DipTchg, Dip Acc & Mgnt Mrs T Solomon MEd, BTchg(Hons) Mr D Tereu BSocSci (Hons), DipTchg Mrs N Fa’agalu BTchg Ms R Miller BTchg Mr B Tahau BSPLS. DipTchg Mr M Manu NON-TEACHING STAFF Executive Officer: Reception: RTLB: Caretaker: ICT Manager: Groundsman: Ms P Kelly Mrs A Salmon Ms S Taipeti Mr J Alderton Mr G Harris Mr N Bell Principal’s Personal Assistant: Mrs E Appel Science Technician/NCEA: Library Manager: Reception: Sports Coordinator: Gateway Coordinator: Ms D Collins Mrs L Henderson Mrs A Salmon Mr M McCurran Mrs C O’Connell Attendance Officer: Mrs J Jowett TEACHER AIDES Mrs S Chapman Miss M Wyatt Mrs B French Ms S Kant Mrs A Heydennych Mrs I Mutter Ms Y Voss


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From the Principals Desk Kia Ora, Kia Orana, Talofa Lava and Greetings. This year has been exciting with many opportunities and experiences. Our students have impressed with their openness, their enthusiasm and their achievements. I wish to acknowledge the many student highlights this year. Turoa Tepana won the junior Te Reo speaking section of the Tainui Regional Nga Manu Korero competition and then placed third at the Nga Manu Korero Nationals. This was an outstanding feat as the level of oratory needed for success is very high, particularly in Te Reo Maori. Our Arts programme was to the fore again with the ‘NCEA assessment’ musical performance evenings. We entered the world of fashion with solid representation at the ‘Wearable Arts’ competition. In terms of cultural performance, Puna Vai Ora were runners-up in the prestigious “Pasifik by Nature” as well as featuring in a television documentary on Tagata Pasifika. The success of the Professional Sports Pathways course was seen with Denzil Manu and Isaiah Cooper offered contracts by the Newcastle Knights. The 1st X111 rugby league team achieved fourth placing at the NZ secondary school nationals and Axl Kingi gained selection in the NZ Secondary Schools team and NZ under 18 team. Other sporting highlights included the mixed hockey team playing competitively in the NZ secondary schools national tournament. Nathaniel Cassidy performed well in representing our school at the NZ secondary school Golf nationals. In March, we received final NZQA confirmation of our 2010 NCEA results. Our figures have continued their upward trend with averages taken across all three levels at their highest since the NCEA qualification was introduced in 2002. Tokoroa High School received an excellent report from the Education Review Office (ERO) on the quality of education in our Services Academy. Among the areas of strength identified in the report were leadership, educational outcomes, programme design, programme evaluation and review and full integration of students into learning. The Education Review Office concluded that many students in the Tokoroa High School Services Academy enjoyed significant educational success. The well designed programme and effective leadership of the director are significant factors in the success of the academy. This service academy is performing at a high standard and is responding effectively to the diverse learning needs of its students. Other developments this year have included: • • • • • Successful establishment of the Teen Parent Unit within the school. The ICT “Systems Network Upgrade Project” (SNUP) project was completed at the start of term one. This project allows our school to have faster and more reliable access to the school network and internet. Painting of our school was completed during the summer holidays. A ten percent increase in our school roll has followed a similar increase in 2010. It was great to see ex student Keven Mealamu playing for the All Blacks winning World Cup team. Keven attended Tokoroa High School in his junior high school years before moving on to Auckland’s Aorere College. Finally, I thank our school staff, both teaching and support for their efforts in assisting our students to achieve. I thank our Board of Trustees, led by Mr Graeme Dewhurst, for their wisdom and guidance and for serving our school so passionately. To the parents and caregivers, thank you for supporting our school and continuing to recognise the many fine achievements of our students. To each of you, staff, parents/caregivers and students, Ma te Atua hei manaaki, hei tiaki i a tatou katoa. Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou, Tena Tatou Katoa Willie Ford


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Looking back is the usual activity this time of the year. Not only does one look back, but one evaluates the year and its activities and achievements. In some instances it was a hard year as we mourned the passing of two of our students. Although the sense of loss is almost unbearable one realises that life goes on. It does fill me with gratitude though to see the respect that our students have for their fellow students and their community. Reviewing the year furthermore brought to mind student effort and achievement and once again reality teaches one that the only way to achieve is to enter the event It never fails to amaze me when I see the wealth of talent and ability that we have at Tokoroa High. It is indeed something we can be proud of. Our students are fiercely protective of our school and its reputation and this is a quality that I admire. It is part of the Tokoroa spirit! Our students are also protective and caring of each other and this is a quality to treasure. I like the old Chinese proverb that states – prepared whether it is an exam, a cultural competition or sporting event. In doing so one can move forward confidently and achieve the best results possible. In the past I would look at group achievement but am now more focused on individual achievement. It was very good to see students achieving in rugby league, being selected to represent New Zealand. achievement. What an The same sense of excitement is Be it the Year 11 ʻTeachers open the door. You enter by yourself.ʼ Our staff work extremely hard to give all our students opportunities to succeed – academically - in the sporting arena and in cultural events - however, teachers can only do so much, in the end it is up to each individual student to work hard, challenge themselves and aim to be the best that they can possibly be. As Henry Ford once said, experienced when one thinks of the academic achievement of some students. student who achieves NCEA Level Three or an exstudent who is granted a $47,000 bursary towards his studies for his Master’s degree or the ex-student being selected to do his Ph.D. or the girl who wins her event in swimming at the New Zealand swimming championships. All these occurrences of success fills one with joy and all these successes come with thorough preparation. Not just for a short time before the event, but for years. These are students who did not give up and did not say I am not good at this, but persisted until they could master what they were to do. As one has to practice to drive a car, even though one has no idea how to do it when one drives for the first time; with persistence and practise one becomes competent in what one does. May it be that every student manages to understand that success is the result of effort and hard work and not a “Lotto” shot in the dark. The only place where ʻAnyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.ʼ One of the challenges of the new curriculum is to encourage all students to become ‘life long learners.’ Learning does not finish when you walk out the school gates, in fact, in many ways that is when your learning actually starts. Hopefully while you have been a member of our Tokoroa High School student community you will have gained skills and values that will enable you to contribute to our New Zealand society as a great citizen. To our school leavers, graduation is just another word for opportunity, another word for choice. You have many choices. Just now, of course, you may be slightly bewildered by some of them but you know, deep down, that you are lucky to have those choices. Today you are happy to have finished with school and to be entering the adult world. You are glad that you can now embark on preparing for the career and study you have chosen. You know that you have taken the first steps on your road to adulthood. That road will be a long one. You will, if you are lucky, have many interesting detours as you go your way. Hopefully you will make many new friends as you journey along. Always remember your old friends though, and what they have meant to you. You won’t keep all of them, of course, but I encourage you to make every effort to stay in touch with those who have been closest to you here. I am sure you will agree, you owe a debt of gratitude to the families who have stood by you and encouraged you during your school days. I hope that you will always have that love and support in years to come. More importantly, I hope you will, in turn, be the kind of person who will make your parents and family proud. Go forward and build on the foundation, the rock of values, established at home and at school, with confidence in your ability to cope and to conquer. My very best wishes go with you. To those students who are returning, I hope you have a wonderful holiday and festive season and I look forward to seeing you return next year. Look after each other over the summer break - you are all precious to our school community! Margôt Crate Deputy principal (curriculum) success comes before work is in the dictionary. I would like to conclude with a quote from arch bishop Desmond Tutu who said: ”It is not where you come from, but what you become”. Butch Rothman Deputy principal (pastoral)


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Head Students E muamua lava ona si’itia le viiga ma le fa’afetai I le Atua ona o lona alofa ma lona agalelei I lenei atalii. Upu o le tusi Analese noa Ieova se manu tatou te le maua faamuiga a le Atua. O lo’u igoa o Gideon Paulo Moe Fanonoa Letoga Kia Ora, Kia Orana, Talofa Lava and greetings From the time I was elected Head Girl, I knew I had to prioritise my life and balance school, work and of course my head girl responsibilities. To me, the most important thing I learnt from this was, ‘Don’t meet the challenges and expectations, let them meet you.’ I have loved and cherished every moment of being head girl. Some of the most memorable moments, I have enjoyed was being involved in STARS Programme, which allowed me to meet new people and help our lovely yr 9s settle into Tokoroa High School. It was a honour to represent the school at the Anzac parade, which was actually the first one I had ever been to. It was an honour to be part of the opening of the new Teen Parent Unit ). It was an honour to be the person whose presence would be respected. Words can’t describe what a year it has been all I can say is “In quite confidence really lies your strength” and that anything can be conquered if you are willing to conquer it. No matter how big the task is always do it with a humble heart. The journey this year has been one big mountain to climb. Taking it a step at a time knowing that my role, my responsibility as the new leader of Tokoroa High School was going to be a mission. From entering through the gracious gates of Noa as a Year 9 rookie to now becoming a Year 13 Sergeant in the making, from playing rugby in the heavy school White collared rugby jersey as a Junior to playing in the newly tight silk supreme green and gold 1st XIV and XIII uniforms. From making CMD videos to appearing on National Television, who’d ever thought that in all my years in Tokoroa High School being the cheesy guy I would actually get to be on T.V. All I can say is that with hard work comes perseverance, with perseverance comes preparation and with preparation comes patience and being patient, opens your eyes to see the real opportunities you have in life as you walk your long journey into the future. Although I am a leader, it is the teachers who are the real leaders that really carry this school.” These are the people I look up to. They have guided me this far and for that I would like to thank them all. Your hard work and diligence will never be forgotten. To my fellow students, I hope I have done you proud, because I am so proud of all of you. I hope in the years to come that you will UPLIFT the profile of this Fortress and take it to another level. The one word that describe the students of Tokoroa High School is PRIDE, no matter where it is, who is in it, or what has happened the students always show pride in wearing that Green and Gold uniform. To the year 13’s, we have been together for five years and it has been a Magic Carpet Ride. We all started together and now it is time to go our own ways, praying that somewhere in our future we will meet again. Who can ever forget the team. The FANTSTIC FOUR! The Talented Tearaara Tangimataiti, The Mellow Melissa Appel and the…… Lets just say THE JUST STRAIGHT UP Julius Mata Daniels. We have had a blast this year. My memories will always bring a smile to my face and a chuckle to my belly and it has been an honour to serve you. To my fellow head student of 2011 Gideon, Julius and Melissa; we all knew this year would be where the final chapter in our high school life ends,. We are like the fantastic four, proactive about issues and representatives of our school. Even though we all did not agree on all things, we always worked it out together as a team. It was an honour standing alongside you. We have grown close, and I wish you the best for next year. To the head students of next year The most brilliant feeling in the world is waking up every morning having to wear your uniform, putting on the badges and being ready for school. The message that drove my mindset was, “you were chosen because your teachers, principal and peers see that you are capable of balancing all areas of your life”. The best advice that anyone could receive is “Just be yourself”, because being a role model does not mean you have to be this strict person who sticks to their own group. Being a role model means being the kind of person, that is reliable, caring, committed and your ideal friend. To all the leavers, surviving year 13s. We have walked through Tokoroa High School not knowing what to expect in year 9. We have been called names such as “Turds”. We have watched things develop at our school over the years and life has flashed before our eyes like a fast-paced movie. We know our school, the in’s and out’s and we have become lifelong friends.. We have grown up together from little immature year 9s, to young intelligent adults. I wish you all the best as when we finally depart from our school and start our journey to live our dreams as the adults we aspired to be. I would like to thank my family, who have supported me, for helping me be the person I am today. I would also like to thank the inspirational teachers of Tokoroa High School, for giving me support and direction. All of your lectures have helped me to achieve my goals, even though some were harsh when I needed it. Lastly I would like to thank my school family for having me as a pupil and for being a part of my life. I was once a quiet, shy girl and now am a confident young adult. The people I have met, the teachers that have taught me, the important events I have been to. They are never going to be forgotten, but are going to be missed. I have been in Tokoroa High School for five years and I am proud and honoured to have served my school family as Head Girl for 2011. Tearaara Tangimataiti Seek your happiness in the Lord, and he will give you your heart's desire. (Psalms 37 v 4) Ia fa’afoi pe le viiga I le Atua se ia o’o I le fa’avavau fa’avavau lava Amene Gideon Letoga


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Deputy Heads As they say, all good things come to an end, I can honestly say that my time here as your Deputy Head Boy and also as a student has been not only good, but the best. In a way I’m pretty excited to get out of here and start a new journey, but who’s not going to miss the many growling’s I dish out every day, the good laughs I share with EVERYONE, and not forgetting the awesome tuck shop where LEGENDS like myself are overcharged and under fed! My life at Tokoroa High School has been a journey I will never forget. I remember walking through the gates of Tokoroa High School all scared and not knowing what to expect and now five years later walking through Tokoroa High School as Deputy Head Girl proud and inspired that I can do anything if I put my mind to it. George Patton once stated “Leadership is not about telling people I never thought that I would see the day when my school days would how to do things, it’s about telling people what to do and letting them surprise you with their results.” This year has been challenging for me as Deputy Head Girl. It challenged me in ways I could not have imaged, but now I found myself stronger because of it. It has been interesting working with the Head Boy Gideon Latoga, Head Girl Tearaara Tangimataiti and Deputy Head Boy Julius Daniel Mata. We worked well together with the different personalities shining through. I definitely got to know them individuality for who they are. The ’speaker’ Gideon, the ‘honest’ Tearaara and the ‘loud’ Julius. It has been a pleasure and an honour to serve you as Deputy Head Girl for 2011. All the best for the 2012 head students. come to an end. It brings tears to my eyes to know that the last days of my five years at Tokoroa High School are coming to an end. One thing is for sure, I am going to miss Tokoroa High School. My thoughts will always be with this school and it will hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for the memories and all the friends I will treasure forever. The biggest thanks to my Father in heaven parents as without them I wouldn’t have become who I am now. I’m going to break down what I have learnt over the past five years into parts I’ll call the…………. Deputy’s top FIVE! NUMBER ONE “Good things happen to those who do Good” Long story short, if you put in the hard yards and do all that is required of you then life here is a breeze, however when you do give over and above what is needed then you will become one of those greats like your awesome Deputy Head Boy of 2011. NUMBER TWO “If you do nothing expect nothing” Do not expect credits to fall out of the sky, if you are just coming to school to eat your lunch and look good, that’s not how things operate, and don’t think you’re the coolest guy in school, because you are not, enough said? I think so. NUMBER THREE “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds in a day. Have you used one of these to say "thank you?" Throughout my life here at Tok High I have learnt that I would not be the leader and person I am today without the everlasting support and “kick up the butt” talks from my great teachers and my supportive family, and for this I am forever grateful. NUMBER FOUR “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” This one is for the Leaders and students of next year. 2012 is your year, do not worry about what students of the past have achieved it is time for you to make your own mark and lead a new path. NUMBER FIVE “You only get one shot at life. LIVE IT TO THE FULL” Wherever you may go in life remember to never let an opportunity pass you by and that there is always help out there for you. All you have to do is reach out. Never be afraid of what life has to offer you. I have probably been the most outspoken and straightforward deputy the students of this school have seen, but I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey here—from the pain in the butt year 9s, right up to my fellow Head Students. Go out and create your own pathways in life and I wish you all the best in whatever ventures you take. Kia Orana e Kia Manuia Julius Daniel Mata “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” Psalm 119:105 “They say dreams are like stars, you may never touch them but if you follow them they will lead Thank you to all the teachers that helped me achieve my personal best and for all the effort you have put into preparing me for gaining my credits in NCEA. Thank you for everything. Many thanks to Mr Ford who has been a great help and truly wonderful principal. A special thanks to my you to your destiny”. So follow your dreams! God Bless Melissa Appel


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Rangi Wilson 24 December 1995 - 18 September 2011 We Remember Moihi Selwyn 1 June 1994 - 3 October 2011 NOW and THEN In my primary years the environment was so vibrant, bright and full of life. The sound of kids laughing with one another. Happiness crept into my mind each time I walked through the gates of Strathmore School. This was an era where boys were afraid of girls and girls afraid of boys. Nonetheless in my case the girls were totally yummy. At my primary school everything was a breeze. I had no worries, no problems; all I had to worry about was packing my lunch for the marvellous day I was to have. I felt comfortable at school, because my first cousin Ashley attended and was there to have my back. As the years went by, I made a lot of close friends and we became like family. One of my most closet friends was Bradley. He and I played Dragon Ball Z every play time and lunch time with the rest of our fun gang “The Room 10 Lao’s”. We’d play up now and then and always crack up because we though we were awesome as thought we ruled the school. Running onto the dried up and rough field, we’d all argue about who got to be the boss and who got to be Goku who was one of the main characters of my favourite cartoons at that time. Once the argument was over, we’d all shout “Kamaehamaehaaaaaaa!” and pretended to shoot a beam with the motions of our hands. Class work was more like a game with smiles on the student’s faces, and everybody enjoy it. As we sat on the ground, everyone was disciplined. Not a single whisper was heard. The assemblies were uncomfortable; we sat in our house rows and sang our songs of our school pride. I felt amazed at the heart and soul that this school had and the songs that use to put a smile on everyone’s face. Now as I walk into the gates of my new school ‘High School’ a feeling of laziness overcomes me. Rubbish is seen everywhere making the school look in a state which causes those to think we live in a dump. People are still in mufti though not allowed as this is incorrect uniform. The buildings have depleted and no longer look new rather it has started to peel and you can see two or three older coats underneath, thus the buildings are in desperate need of repair. No longer do I play Dragon Ball Z, though I still watch cartoons just those that are a little more mature like Family Guy, The Simpsons or Sponge Bob Squarepants, well I guess Sponge bob is the exception. I often walk around our school lost in my misery with nothing to do. People are more interested in relationships, clothes, fashion rather than the education. In primary we didn’t know what a relationship was because it did not matter. We didn’t even know what a label or fashion was. Although many things are at fault, there are many things that make my High school beautiful. The smell of fresh rose bushes fill my nostrils, and as I engage in winter sports, I am always proud to run on the frosty, firm field wearing the green and gold colours of our school. It’s great to grow up and now I am older ,High School seems to be the place I love to be. I guess the next chapter would be University. By Rangi Wilson. This year has been particularly difficult for many in our school community who have lost precious family members, both young and old. We extend our aroha to you all and acknowledge the strength of the wonderful youth of our school. You have shown maturity and love beyond your years. May you nurture your faith and appreciate all that you have. Each day is a gift; use every minute of it wisely.


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On March 15th we gathered in the staffroom to acknowledge our students who achieved well in their 2 0 1 0 N C E A e x a m s . I t w a s gr e a t t o s h a r e t h i s o c c as i o n w i t h t h e i r p a r e n t s a nd teachers. Mr Ford presented the students with their badges and encouraged them to strive for more excellence grades this year. The students all received a certificate and an ‘Excellence Badge’ which they are encouraged to wear with pride all year. Bronze Awards: (4-14 Credits) Nic Flutey 4 credits Sean Farrar 4 credits Jamie Gray 5 credits Matthew Thompson 5 credits Gideon Letoga 5 credits Jerreau Tonge 6 credits Stacey King 6 credits Christopher Bishop 6 credits Rebecca Hoani 7 credits Courtney Ross 14 credits Silver Awards: (15-24 Credits) Mana Tepana 15 credits Mereana Poko 22 credits Te Ao Nui Mckenzie 22 credits Gold Awards: (25+ Credits) Hannah Dewhurst 28 credits Aaron Gott 30 credits James Loveday 46 credits L2, L1, L1, L1, L2, L1, L1, L2, L1, L1, L1, L1, L1, L1, L2, L1, L2/3 Physical Education Computing Physical Education Computing, English English, Music English and Music Computing, Science Cook Island Maori English, Physical Education English, Geography English, Te Reo Maori Physical Education, Geography, English Computing, Te Reo Maori English, Japanese, Mathematics, Science Physics, English, Music, Chemistry English and History Physical Education, Physics, Geography and Mathematics Over the past few years Tokoroa High School have had many students who have overcome their fears and saved lives by becoming registered New Zealand blood donors. These students and staff are really super heroes. Giving blood is as simple as filling out a questionnaire, providing your details if you are a first time donor and reading a couple of pamphlets. You need to complete a questionnaire and a simple health check and you are good to go. All you have to do is sit back relax and squeeze a ball. Simple right! Over the last few years Tokoroa High School has been creating Life Savers. Mrs Crate, Mr McCurren and Ms Merrylees are regular donors and each year try to encourage students to join up. Last year four students donated however this year we have eight students donate. Next year we would like to double this number. Donors this year were Heath Taylor, Stacey King, Hannah Dewhurst, Braydon Willis, Whetu White, Christina Black, Teahlie Maraku and Cassandra France. These students took time out of our own lives to overcome their fears and save the lives of many others less fortunate than themselves. With each donation you can save up to 3 lives. But sadly only 4% of New Zealand currently roll up our sleeves and donate blood. Blood only lasts 35 days so come on Tok High roll up your sleeves overcome your fears and help us save lives.! It may seem to you that you blood is more useful in your own body but as a matter of fact your blood can regenerate within six hours. Unfortunately for some New Zealanders such as cancer sufferers this is not the case and they always need new blood to keep them alive. With your help they can live the life they deserve. We also acknowledged Courtney Ross, Hannah Dewhurst and James Loveday who got their certificates endorsed with Merit. Congratulations to all these students! Innocence lost, replaced by the fear, Uncertainty in the eyes of the young Tutsi. Desperation and terror, crying out for justice, Witnesses to the horror of a million deaths. The dark deathly silence deepens his despair. Recalling the sound of steel on stone, Being sharpened for slaughter, screaming out for their blood. Cheap machetes used for cold-blooded murders, The smell of putrefying blood overwhelms his senses. A familiar silhouette sheds light In his time of darkness Offering a helping hand to comfort his Saddened soul . By Telia Lepa-Bonnar Each Tuesday and Thursday and morning interval, between twenty and forty students have made use of the Breakfast Club run from the cooking room C10. Breakfast usually consists of weetbix, milo and toast. The weetbix is sponsored by Sanitarium and the milk by Fonterra through the Kickstart Programme and run with the help of the Services Academy. Grateful thanks goes to all the students in the academy and their instructors Staff Manu and Staff Tito. Our thanks also to the staff who have donated food and Ms Lotter for allowing us to share her space. Something different happened this year with the Dare to Move On programme – we had our first boys group. We started with six students but only five completed the course - Kaleb Sadler, Marcus Robertson, Corey Stephenson, Kieran Landrebe and Zane Sell. Four students completed the challenge by a trip to Taupo Events Centre using the climbing wall, hydroslides and having a swim and lunch before coming home. Kieran Landrebe was the first to climb to the top of the wall. Way to go Kieran!


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On the 30 t h June- 9 t h July, I had the opportunity to sail around the Hauraki Gulf with 40 other students from around the country on the Spirit Of New Zealand. The thought of living on a ship for 10 days away from home, with no proper showers, cell phones, iPods, no family or friends to turn to, and not knowing anybody was quite scary, but I knew I’d be fine. Our days were always full. Waking up at 6am for a morning swim/ shower, spending the day putting sails up and sailing, visiting islands such as Kawau and Great Barrier Island, swimming, activities, bonding and so much more. By sunset our nights were just as full with safety lessons, night activities such as burma trail, movies, Spirit Olympics, group debriefs and more bonding. We live in a world of black and white Where both of them are destined to fight Until one of them chooses a different way So both can live to the present day And both black and white can be friends And live together peacefully till the very end And black will finally be recognized Instead of being shunned and despised Though with peace, racism lives to this day Hurting people in many ways Though it’s not as worse as before There are still black and white fights that make people sore Even though racism exist we can rise above And have a Utopia filled with love And racism will cease to exist So try to stop racism, I insist By John Anderson An exciting part of the voyage was trainee day. This is where on the 9 th day of the voyage, all control of the ship is handed over to us. No help is given and the safety of the ship, crew and ourselves depends on us. Captains, navigators, engineers, cooks, watch leaders and rope technicians were all nominated the night before. What we had to do was sail our ship from Hauaki Gulf back to Auckland wharf. This Allowed us to put what we learnt throughout the voyage to use. Everyday was a new challenge: learning to trust each other, getting over my fear of heights, adjusting to a new routine and having pretty much no personal space, but overall, The Spirit Of New Zealand was the most rewarding experience ever, with everyday being adventure. Gabrielle Mapstone a new


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The library is no longer a warehouse for dead books. The library is the nerve centre of the school for information and student gathering. It is a place for our students to find help with homework assignments, find the books they love, kick-back and relax, work hard. A learning envoriment where students and teachers come together to interact, work, coordinate, invent and produce. It is a place where students are supported by their teachers to think widely and deeply across curriculum boundaries. It is about creating an environment where the transformation of information into knowledge will enable students of Tokoroa High School to achieve in tomorrow’s world. In keeping with the school’s policy of ‘qualifications for all’, the library seeks to provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary in their lives beyond school. Access to information has been improved, with the addition of more books, for both school work and relaxation; and additional search facilities being added to the library computers. The layout of the library is flexible to allow room for larger groups or quiet, relaxed reading. All activities are catered for at interval and lunch: music students earning credits for performance, Gateway courses, chess and card games. The library has indeed been busy and bustling. As always, the wonderful group of student librarians has been invaluable. They have worked hard to keep the library bright and attractive, recommended the latest ‘must have’ bestseller, helped prepare displays and are more than ready to share their expertise with other students. In conclusion: knowledge is useless if you don’t even know where to begin to look. How much more can you discover when someone can point you in the right direction, when someone can maybe, even give you a treasure map, to the places you may not even have thought you were allowed to go? This is what libraries do… Laura Henderson Library Coordinator Tokoroa High School is future proofing and fibre ready... School Network Upgrade Project In late 2009 Tokoroa high School applied to the Ministry of Education (MoE) to be part of the School Network Upgrade Project whereby the MOE would fund 80% of the cost to upgrade the school data and electrical cabling. This would ensure that our school would enjoy a reliable, high-performance data network, that meets industry standards essentially future proofing the school. In early 2010, Tokoroa High Schools application was successful and the start of many months of planning got underway. Torque IP was contracted by the MoE to complete an audit on the schools network and to develop a tender document for contractors to quote on. Connetec from Rotorua was awarded the contract and work began in Term 4 of 2010. It was completed mid way through Term 1, 2011. Connectec worked seamlessly, installing new switches, data and electrical outlets and fibre in all classrooms around the school. Down time was kept to a minimum and we are experiencing an improved performance over the network already. As a SNUP school we have the benefits of continued access to subsidised equipment as the network grows. We are safe in the knowledge that all work carried out is to MoE high standards. The next project in the pipeline is the Governments roll out of Ultra Fast Broadband via a fibre connection. Tokoroa is included in the first round roll out and we are hoping to have a fibre connection in the school in 2012. Brian Reid Senior Management 2011 has been another busy and successful year for the school’s adult community education (ACE) programme. Four additional driving licence theory courses were held during terms one and two to cater for the large number of 15 year olds wishing to obtain their Learner’s Licence before the national driving age rose on the 1st August. The most popular evening classes this year were the self supported Indian cooking course under tutor Mohan Lal and Mrs Herta Miehe’s German Language course. Most popular day classes were Adult literacy and Cook Island language and craft classes. Mrs Debbie Thompson’s well supported Te Reo for Beginners course was also held each term. Recent cuts in government subsidies to the adult education sector have greatly reduced the number of courses on offer through the school, and this has impacted on the number of adults wishing to develop new skills and confidence through night classes. Under the new guidelines, the programme continues to focus on courses in literacy, numeracy, ESOL, Te Reo and other languages. Our night class community regrets the recent passing of Harold Warburton, who worked as a welding tutor at the school for over 20 year. Harold was a popular tutor who will be remembered with affection by his many past students. Finally, my thanks to our wonderful tutors who continue to work in the programme. and share their expertise with South Waikato adult learners. Dr Trevor Bentley ACE Co-ordinator


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The year began with a large number of students interested in wearable arts projects across all levels of the school. A group of really committed students who had previously been involved went to an exhibition at the Rotorua Arts Village in Rotorua one afternoon in February. They were met by Barabara Cook the chairperson of the Wearable Creationz trust and Terry Wheeler, a judge in the events, who provided the students with ideas about what they expect, how things are achieved and answered any questions. Students had an opportunity to observe previous winning creations up close. From this meeting also came sponsorship in terms of a bus to transport contestants and costumes to the venues this year. This was organised by Barbara Cook with Pedersen Industries. Many thanks must go to Pedersen Industries and Barbara for their huge support. As a result four groups of students entered in the wearable arts competition in Rotorua put on by Rotorua Creative Art Trust during the week of 16-20 August 2011. Stacey King, Cassandra France, Ariana Hawker and Melandi Appel worked for two and a half terms on their projects with the help of parents and staff – John Hoby, Damien Baker, Elsabe Appel and Yvonne Evans and other students like Tamara Thorn and Devon Morris. Pre-judging day was held in Rotorua on Saturday 6 August at the Energy Events Centre, followed by rehearsals on 16 August, matinee performance on 18 August, Gala event on Friday 19 August and the Awards Evening Saturday 20 August 711 pm compared by Jackie Clarke and accompanied by performers Ward 16, Matt Barnard and Amjazz Creative dance group and an art exhibition. The students performed to audiences totalling more than 5000 people over the 3 performances – a huge boost to their self-esteem. Students who had begun projects and not completed plus students from the Teen Parent Unit made use of the free bus to attend the matinee performance and support the students competing. As a result the creation by Melandi, Melissa and Elsabe Appel, modelled by Melandi, succeeded in winning a highly commended place in the Youth section competing against 33 entrants. Congratulations to Melandi, Melissa and Elsabe for their well deserved efforts after three years. Many thanks to Elsabe Appeal and John Hoby for giving up their time to accompany our young people to these events. Without their assistance our wearable arts programme would not work. Many students are now inspired and plotting their next entry for 2012!! Another very busy and productive year, began with meeting the Y9 students at STARS camp in February and continued with the guidance counsellor working four days a week from term 2. This did not mean a lessening of the load, as for the first two terms we had a waiting list of 20 students. Our counselling staff has been greatly weakened this year without the usual support of student counsellors / social workers in training doing their placements here. However, we are fortunate to have the services of a number of trained and experienced peer mediators that are available to help students when I am not available. I would like to acknowledge the work done by these peer mediators not just this year but for many of them for over three years. They take their own time to train and assist students having difficulty and add another layer of safety for our students. These peer mediators are Gideon Letoga, Julius Daniels Mata, Matt Broman, Stacey King, Cassandra France, Heath Taylor, Devon Morris, Hannah Dewhurst, Hitro Ale, Jerreau Tonge, Grace Clarke and Tamara Thorn. It was great to Henderson, Jacob Te Moananui and Stephen Jackson into the training programme. Training has been limited welcome Helen Meyer and Darlene Westlake into the trained mediators group this year and De-Arna this year due to the difficulty of getting students together. However, most students completed a sexuality training day with Glenys Wood from Family Planning on 4 August with a follow up afternoon on 30 August. This gave students sufficient background in sexual health issues to be able to assist their peers on first contact before referring them on to either the school doctor, nurse or counsellor or seeking help outside the school. It is of concern that we are not getting Y9 and 10 students coming forward to begin training – an issue that will need to be addressed next year as we lose considerable numbers when Y13 students move on. It was a pleasure working alongside Mr Jones in the STARS programme this year to provide leadership supervision for peer mentors which allowed us and them to strengthen the training even further. With Mrs Leger retiring the school has a new nurse, Raewyn Mathew. Her hours have been increased to two and half days a week this term – Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday and Thursday. We were lucky enough to have the service of a doctor Wednesday mornings this term. This will continue from the beginning of next year. Thanks must go also to Mrs Tiro for her help in the drug and alcohol counselling field. She has a clinic at school every Monday morning. We greatly appreciate their help and caring. I would like to acknowledge the help and support I receive from staff members, in particular the senior staff, in my quest to assist students to make the most of their opportunities at our school. It is a great pleasure and honour to work with our young people. I believe I have the best job!!! I wish you all a merry Christmas and look forward to seeing most of you in the New Year. YVONNE EVANS, GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR ‘Tera’ - a sea, bird and human creature combined. About 2000 beads, old materials and some paint were used. Were done by Melandi and Melissa Appel. Here we are making a bird mask with an old mask which we tidied up with some glass beads and some shiny strips from old pom-poms. We took an old dress and put beads and patterns on it to create all the panicles stuck on a fish under water.. This took for ever to do and is around 2000 beads. Here we are busy cutting the tail bit. We used mum’s sewing machine and then we stuffed it with some cushion stuffing. The wings are made of old material pieces and netting. We used some sticks to keep the wings steady This was not and easy creation and took a lot of thinking and hard work. Being inspired by monsters and creatures is awesome. Avatar was a great inspiration to us but we still had to come up with something of our own. Melandi & Melissa Appel


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In the end, ‘twas, to be’, as Tokoroa High School entered into the Sheilla Winn Shakespeare Festival for the first time since 2006! Funnily enough, this was also the last year that Mr Jason Jowett was involved in the festival…as a student! The students learnt a scene from Hamlet, where Hamlet meets the ghost of his recently deceased father. His father tells him that he wasn’t killed by a poisonous snake, but rather, he was poisoned by his own brother (Hamlet’s uncle), who has now assumed the throne and married Hamlet’s mother. It was a very intense scene, and the students involved did very well, having had no experience or exposure to Shakespeare before. The students all enjoyed themselves, and we are really looking forward to developing a culture of “Shakespeare” in the school over the next few years. We will be starting preparations for next year’s competition at the end of the year, so we will be much better prepared for the competition. On Wednesday 15 th June, three junior students travelled to Putaruru to participate in the annual Freemasons Junior Debating competition. These students were Tiana Hill, Dean Smith-Holley and Dionne Treadaway. The Tokoroa High School teams were up against Matamata College, THS arguing for the moot that “Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder”. Dean Smith-Holley clearly introduced the argument, which focused on the fact that we as individuals all see beauty differently, and for that reason, Beauty does indeed lie in the eye of the beholder. Second speaker Tiana Hill strongly supported Dean’s opening argument, while Dionne Treadaway spoke with power and elegance as she countered the arguments made by the opposing team. In the end, Tokoroa High School won their debate against Matamata, but it wasn’t enough to beat the deserving winners Putaruru College. The students had a great time, and both Tiana and Dionne will be back for next years competition. A big thank you to Mr Ngapo, Ms Crate, Ms Voss and Mr Tahau for coming over and supporting our junior debaters. “If humans are to survive, they must reach for the stars”. On Wednesday the 17th August 2011, three students travelled to Putaruru to debate the topic, that if humans are to survive, they must reach for the stars. The students involved were Gideon Letoga, Teahlie Maraku and Rangi Wilson, and boy, did the chair of the debate struggle Hamlet: Iain Mowbray Horatio: Stacey King Trumpet Player: Hitro Ale Hair and Makeup: Tamara Thorn, Brenna Clarke and Devon Morris Prompter: Jacob Te Moananui Marcellus: Kayla Dewhurst Ghost: Heath Taylor in pronouncing their names! Mr Ngapo had been working tirelessly with these three students for the previous couple of…..DAYS!!! The students were arguing against the moot, and their argument centered on the fact that instead of reaching for the stars, why don’t we reach for our families, reach for our friends and stop the violence in order to survive. The students were up against a very good and experienced Putaruru College team. Our humorous speakers shone through, as Gideon wowed the audience with some audacious and sometimes cheeky comebacks to the opposition argument. Rangi spoke clearly and argued his points precisely, while Teahlie was fantastic as the leader of the group, especially when it came to summing up their argument. In the end, Putaruru were adjudged to have won the competition. The students enjoyed their night out, and seemed to have gained a lot of experience in the field of debating by arguing with Mr Ngapo in class! A Highlight of the night was seeing Taylah Kaponga perform Rihannas “Take a Bow” at the half time break, as well as Taylah, Gideon and our very own Mr Beau Tahau combining to wow the audience at the end of the night with a Performance, Jireh’s hit “Draw me nearer”. A big thank you to Mrs Voss and all the supporters that turned up to watch!


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Farewell to Kasper Nooyen Kasper Nooyen was born in The Netherlands in 1990. His first language was Dutch. He arrived in New Zealand in 2000 and started school at Amisfield, with Paula Whitford as his personal teacher aide who with her sense of humour and common sense helped him overcome a lot of problems he had due to his autism. When he started attending Tokoroa High School the Special Needs Unit was at Matarawa, and his teacher was a South African lady called Mel. She was followed by Tania Hodges. He moved to Te Kahui Whetu with Mrs Bates when this new facility opened.. Kasper has enjoyed all the Special Olympics competitions, especially swimming. His specialist stroke is breaststroke. He trains by swimming laps every week. He is also a reliable goal shooter in basketball and enjoys horse riding most Fridays. Kasper’s other interests include gardening, drawing, listening to music and reading. Outside of school he is also involved in Scottish Country Dancing and he attends the catholic church with his family. Because making new friends is not easy for Kasper, his family has stayed in the Tokoroa area so that he can become familiar with the town and become known by the local people. Kasper hopes that when he leaves, people will continue to recognize him and say hello. Kasper would like to let you all know that even though he doesn't speak much he still knows most of you and enjoys being involved in your lives. He keeps track of all that happens to you guys and his favourite town, Tokoroa, by reading the local newspaper. Having recently turned 21, Kasper has now completed his schooling at Tokoroa High School. He is leaving to attend the Creative Art centre and find work through the South Waikato Achievement Trust. The current staff of Te Kahui Whetu, Ms Haigh, Mrs French, Mrs Mutter, Mrs Kant, Mrs Chapman, Miss Wyett and the SENCO Mrs Hainsworth have all enjoyed working with Kasper over the years. We wish him a happy future and look forward to hearing news from him in the future. “Are boys becoming too girly?” 2011 saw another amazing range of topics covered in the School Speech Competition. The calibre of speakers, particularly in the junior section was very high and will certainly make for exciting viewing in the future years. The seasoned veterans of our school competition then took the stage and showed the juniors something to aspire to. The unenviable task of judging was taken up by Mrs Henderson for all categories and Mrs Crate for the junior section and Mr Jowett for the seniors. Thank you to you all and we hope that you take this up for us again next year! To all of our contestants – thank you for your efforts and we hope to see you all competing again in the future! “We live, we die, we cry, we buy.” School Council report for 2011 This year has been another phenomenal year for the school student council organising a lot of activities and funding activities that are running in the school. It is very rewarding being able to help extra curricular activities when we receive applications for help. We have held three awesome socials with no problems. This is always a great feeling and it is great to see students enjoy themselves at these events. We had ‘occupation’ and ‘fluro’ as two themes with the last social of the year having no theme. In May we held a mufti day with the students bringing cans of food instead of money. The cans were donated to the Food Bank. We collected 718 cans of food and $143. The Salvation Army were very grateful for our support as they had just been burgled and all their supplies were taken. During the year we were also able to help the hockey team with going to the nationals, the senior ball, Gabrielle Mapstone with her trip on the Spirit of Adventure and the Manu Korero trip. As the school council we like to help activities where we can and at our final meeting this year will make a donation to our library and prizegivings. Good luck to the school council for next year. FACT Gideon Letoga has won the School Speech Competition every single year for the past 5 years! The results are: Junior Oratory Cup Winner: Highly Commended: Year 11: 1st – Tamara Thorn 2nd – Kayla Dewhurst 3rd – Manisha Saini Year 12: 1st – James Loveday – Winner of the Year 12 Ngapo Cup 2nd – Stacey King 3rd – Peter Letoga Year 13: 1st – Gideon Letoga 2nd – Julius Daniels Mata Overall Senior Placings: Winner of Senior Oratory Cup: Gideon Letoga 2nd – Julius Daniels Mata 3rd – James Loveday Highly Commended: Tamara Thorn Mikaia Te Kanawa Dean Smith-Holley & Dionne Treadaway


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“The mentor camp helped us GAIN CONFIDENCE, knowledge and a better understanding of what was in store. Tamara Thorn At the end of the school holidays before term one, the mentors went on a 3 day camp of peer mentor training at ‘Lakes Ranch’ in Rotorua. The purpose of having the camp was to help each of the participating mentors become stronger and more confident and prepared for the ‘Stars Camp’ ahead. During the camp we learnt how to create lessons and plan activities that we could run with our groups during camp. The Lakes Ranch staff taught us the rules and safety for camp, like putting on harnesses and helmets properly, so we would know how to help if needed, and keep our year 9s safe during the activities on the actual camp. Each mentor had a turn at taking the other mentors through a lesson, so we could get positive feedback and advice from our teachers and senior mentors on how we could improve. This helped to boost our confidence in taking lessons and gave us the chance to learn from any of our mistakes. These lessons helped us with our mentoring on camp and creating relationships with the year 9s so they would contribute and participate as a group in the activities on the Stars Camp. We learnt a number of different educational games to teach, which can help improve social and problem solving skills and how to work as an team and lead as an individual. The mentor camp gave us the opportunity to work “ The mentor camp helped me, because when I went on the year 9 camp I knew the area alongside other mentors, staff and our senior well and I learnt how to do things on the mentor camp that I would have got frustrated mentors. We got to know the camp and area about on the actual camp… The Mentor Camp was helpful for us and saved a lot of time better and other mentors we would work with on the actual camp” Jasmine Hoani on camp. Tearaara & Jerreau “The mentor ca mp helped me w ork better w ith other mentors” Denzil Manu “Lights, camera, action! yes it was all on” Being chosen to be apart of the FYD advert was an honour. Not only were we stars for a 30 second advert but being apart of this experience has opened my mind to the world of possibilities; Computing Design, Acting also Casting. IT WAS GREAT. What Opportunities has it given me? Job prospects How to Direct What did I learn? Acting skills and confidence Creating Graphics Working with Green Screen Being a Creative Director This has been great – it was a chance in a life time, it just goes to show that with hard work and determination anything is possible, give it a shot and you could be that next poster boy/girl for that ad, director for a movie or even be the next Justus Riki-Hamana Creative Director. By Justus Riki-Hamana



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