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STAFF LIST PRINCIPAL DEPUTY PRINCIPALS Mr E Edwards MEd Admin, BSc,GradDipDR,DipSocSci,DipTchg Mrs M Crate BTchLn, (Sec) Dip Ed Mgmnt, FIPS, DipTchg Mr B Rothman BA, MEd, HDipEd, FDipEd. SENIOR MANAGERS Mr B Reid MSpLS, BLS, DipTchg, Unitech Cert in Sport Mr A Utanga BSci, BA (Hons) MA, DipTchg, NZCE (Civil) HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS AND TEACHERS WITH RESPONSIBILITIES Arts Continuing Education Guidance English Languages Mathematics Physical Education Science Social Sciences Learning Support Mrs M Crate BTchLn.(Sec) Dip Ed Mgmnt,FIPS,DipTchg, Dip SpSub Dr T Bentley PHD, MPhil, MA (Hons), DipTchg, Dip Adult Ed. Mrs Y Evans M Counselling,DipTchg. (Adv) PGC in MBH Ms C Merrylees BEd, Dip Tchg Ms T Tarai Dip Tchg Ms T Johnson Dip Tchg, MDTL, BA, Mr W Ford DipSp.St, PG DipSp, DipTchg, MBS, TTM Mr T Jones B Sc (Hons) PG Ed. Mr M Olsen BA, DipTchg Mrs J Hainsworth BEd, DipTchg(Adv), DipTchg (Higher), Med Spec Ed Sport Technology Mr N Manu BEd, DipTchg Mr E Hamman HDipEd OTHER TEACHING STAFF Mrs L Bates BEd,Dip Tchg Mr D Baker BMA, Dip Tchg Miss A Chung BA, Dip Tchg Mr A Phayer BSC, Dip Tchg, CNA Mr C Hakaria BSpLS, Dip Tchg Mr D Kinloch MSc. Dip Tchg Mrs R Tucker, Dip Tchg BEd Mr W Maea BLibSt Grad Dip Tchg Ms R Miller B Tchg Mr K Ngapo MA(Hons), BA(Hons), Grad Dip Tchg Mr J Hoby DFA Hons, CLTA, Dip Tchg Mr M Olls HDIPEd (Technical) Mrs R Phillips BEd, Dip Tchg, Dip Acc & Mgnt Ms K Krause BA Dip Tchg (sec) Mr D Tereu B Soc Sci (Hons) Dip Tchg Mr G Cassidy BSc Dip Tchg CELTA Mrs T Solomon B Tchg(Hons), MEd(Hons) NON-TEACHING STAFF Executive Officer: Reception: RTLB: Caretaker: ICT Manager: Groundsman: Mrs J Poko Mrs A Salmon Ms S Taipeti Mr J Alderton Ms C Mckenzie Mr N Bell Principal’s Personal Assistant: Science Technician/NCEA: Library Manager: Sports Coordinator: Gateway Coordinator: Mrs Y Miles Ms D Jansen Mrs L Henderson Mr M McCurran Mrs C O’Connell TEACHER AIDES Mrs S Chapman Mrs I Mutter Mrs B French Ms Y Voss Ms T Hemming Ms S Kant Mrs J Knox


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From the Principals Desk Tena Koutou Katoa, Kia orana, Talofa Lava I have been asked to write from the heart as this is my final article for Te Tahi. This is probably the most difficult task I have had to face this year, as we tear out our roots from this place. Yes, it is this “place” but most of all it is you the people. Over the years in the ups and downs there has been a focus on two things. These things have kept us going through the good and the bad times. One is a belief that God is ultimately in control so that if we can just hold on we will win through. If we work hard and keep planting, the seeds will grow. The harvest will come. The concept of “develop” is best understood by the opposite word. That word is to “envelop”. That is to surround and close off. A seed is “enveloped” by the outer shell. “Develop” then is like a seed when the outer shell is removed and the life springs free and grows. The second belief is also unshakable. It is a belief in the quality of our people. The people in this place have developed. The potential, the life, the quality has and always will always be there. We as teachers have the role of breaking through the outer shell. Our aim is to remove the barriers to young people achieving, and releasing that life, energy quality much like a spring. The quality, life, and energy of Tokoroa as young people, and as a community has always been there. What we have seen is the release of that in the last few years. So like the plant that grows from a seed, it can not be pushed back. Our young people, school and teachers are like that they have reached “lift off’. What happens now who knows? I believe much greater things will be achieved by our people and our school. I look forward to hearing of your achievements. In the last seven years our school has become the school of choice for many families in the South Waikato and our students have high quality academic, sporting and cultural outcomes. • • • Academically our students have the best average outcome, over the last three years, of any of the South Waikato Schools. This is in independent statistics from NZQA and the ministry. In sports our young people have been successful locally nationally and regionally just read the detail in this magazine. Culturally, Te Rito and Te Manava have been established and our young people are consistent winners of regional and national events. The school’s reputation is well known. Thank you students, community and teachers because our school has a consistent positive regional and national profile. In terms of property, governance and personnel • Around 2.5 million has been spent on property improvements. Thank you to the Ministry of Education, Our Board of Trustees and community • Our Board of Trustees members serve both locally and regionally. Thank you to the Board and community who serve voluntarily giving their time. We particularly want to thank the Chair of our Board of Trustees, Graeme Dewhurst who gives us his “days off” (equivalent to his weekends) so our people can grow. • Our staff and senior management are known regionally and nationally as an effective, committed team with a focus on student learning. They make a difference. Our people serve, go the extra mile and “give without counting the cost.” Thank you. So that is the factual descriptive part. But the real joy, are the issues of the heart. We have a fantastic staff. We have amazing student community. We have a wonderful parent community. Our people have gone well past what we believed was possible even three years ago. I am thankful to God for His blessing and favour. I look to God and pray for wisdom, strength and perseverance for us all. I believe that as we serve each other and God we make a difference, we have fulfilment and we have joy. Farewell to you all. In my mind I know I will survive leaving this place and moving North, but in my heart I leave so much of who I am with you. I am not sure I will ever be the same again. The words do not actually match in any way what I feel. It has been a joy to serve you in senior management over the last 15 years. I wish you all success and accomplishment for your futures. Blessings to you all. Arohanui, Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou, Tena Hui, Hui mai Katoa Elgin Edwards Your friend and Principal


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From the Boardroom From Where I Sit “Our School is more than just buildings and fields surrounded by a fence.” We need to celebrate our diversity both in community and achievement. As a school we can stand proud. Our individual student achievement across all fields is right up with the best, truly a result of consistent hard work. As a school community we need to embrace the strong cultural strength and diversity we enjoy. I would like to take time to thank; Elsabe and Angela in the Office, John the Caretaker plus all our Teacher Aides and support staff, for without them our School would not be what it is. Our teachers, and senior managers need to be acknowledged for their seemingly endless enthusiasm for our students learning. It is appropriate here also to thank all members of our Board of Trustees for the time and energy they have put into supporting and governing our School. Our Principal Elgin Edwards will leave our school at the end of this year. It is through his energy and leadership that our school will be in a position to continue to growing. For that and much more we thank you Mr. Edwards. “Our School is more I find it hard to believe that another year has passed and it is time for me to write this column. Doesn’t time fly when we are having fun? It has been great to see so many of you respond positively to the excellent opportunities provided by our school and take pride in what you achieved. Thank you for your help as peer mentors, mediators, breakfast club organizers, and as willing organizers of events like the socials, 40 hour famine and the Ball – well done! Congratulations to all of you who have achieved well this year whether academically, culturally or in the sporting field. To succeed in any area one must put in extra effort so well done – I hope that you were happy with were you got to and if not then you must set new goals for next year. Next year will be a challenge for all of us who are returning in that we will have a new Principal at our helm. This will be an exciting time for our school and I would like to wish our current Principal, Mr Edwards, all the best as he leaves us and heads north to take up the Principalship of Bay of Islands College. They are lucky to have him as their new leader. Thank you Mr Edwards for all you have done for our school. You are leaving us in good heart. To all of us staying at Tokoroa High School we need to embrace our new leader and any changes that come with him/her. We need to look forward to this change as we move into the new year together. To the seniors who are leaving I say - set yourself goals and work towards them, take all opportunities that are offered to you. I like this quote from Mark Twain as it is so pertinent to all of us! than just buildings and fields surrounded by a fence, it is our people all of our people!” Graeme Dewhurst Chair – Board of Trustees ‘In 20 years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover!’ To all students who are returning – have a super holiday. I look forward to seeing you return to meet the new challenges and changes that will greet us next year. Margot Crate At this time of any year one gets to the point where one cannot help but to reflect on the events on the past year. This year is the last year of the first decade of what was not too long ago the new millennium and it was a very good year for Tokoroa High School. Our students have a very good grasp of the Key Competencies, which form a major part of the New Zealand curriculum. Experts in the employment relations industry consider these competencies as vital skills a person should have. Parents can thus feel very good about their young persons’ skill levels for future employment. More Our students started the year well with the Puna and more of our students go on to tertiary Vai Ora students bringing not one but two major education. This all points to the fact that the last trophies to our school. Once again one of our year of this decade was a very good year. students was the winner of the Tainui Manu Korero competition. Our sports teams had This year is also the year in which our principal will success and built an excellent foundation for end his tenure at our school. We trust that he will future teams and we saw the return of hockey to be as successful at the Bay of Islands College as our school. This makes it a very good year. he has been at Tokoroa High School. We wish Further on the aforementioned academically we him all of the very best and trust that we at had a very good year as well. The ERO visit Tokoroa high School will carry on to deliver quality came out with the best report we had in years. All education and go forward looking with enthusiasm points towards only one thing and that is that it is at new developments at our school. Butch Rothman going well and we can consider ourselves Deputy Principal (Pastoral) blessed.


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Head Girl Commitment! Integrity! Results! The three words above form the motto I adhered to from the beginning until the end of my year of being Head Girl. It was an awesome experience but it definitely took a lot out of me. I stayed confident though when it came to doing whatever I could for my school and the students. Being Head Girl kept me busy in a really good way. I was grateful to have good companions: Teagan (Deputy Head Girl), Andrew (Head Boy) and Josh (Deputy Head Boy). We were there for each other when things got difficult and full-on, and we worked it out together, along with prayer. It was great! For all those students who become stressed and who worry when it comes to finishing schoolwork or exams, even just by doing something out of their own comfort zone, here is a quote for you to remember. It is one that keeps me motivated and positive: ‘Courage doesn’t eliminate anxiety, it rises above it!’ What you must remember is doing always comes before the feeling of increased confidence. Each time you confront your anxieties you take a step forward. When you allow anxiety to control you, you retreat into your ‘safe zone’ and start seeing yourself as somebody who can’t handle life and no one wants to feel like that. So just get out there and DO IT!! Whatever it might be. Even if it’s just For years, leaders world wide have left legacies. Legacies of hope, pride, and sometimes evil. But today I wish to speak about a different kind of legacy, MY LEGACY. The best example of leadership, is leadership by example. Andrew Marama-Lyon, head boy 2009. WHO AM I? WHAT AM I? AND WHAT DO I STAND FOR? Being head boy of Tokoroa high school has been a privilege and I have had the chance to lift the profile of Tokoroa High School. There's something special about putting on the badge which empowers you with a sense of responsibility and pride. What an intense year! I loved every part of it, events, thoughts, times of uniform on hot days, gate duties, and assemblies when we have to sit on stage, this year was everything I expected it to be. This job was made a lot easier with the help of my fellow head students and I thank you all for you help and support. Now to my loyal followers, class of 09. We have been together for 5 years now and what a ride it has been. We came through the gates of Noa as immature divided individuals, and now it is our time to leave these grounds and head into the reality as a solidified unit. From the court touch players, to the soccer field guys, to the girls in the class rooms, we all are a product turning up to class on time; or studying that little bit extra so it feels like you are taking that step closer to your success in the future. I know everybody has the ability, so just get off your lazy gluteus maximus (behind) right now! Getting out of my comfort zone was the real challenge for my last year of high school… but I surprised myself when I just went for it!! By getting involved in as many activities as I could, including being Head Girl for Tokoroa High School, my last year has been fantastic and a year I won’t forget in a hurry. It was a big confidence boost for me. I loved every moment of it! “Do not be anxious about anything …..” Philippians 4:6 Meanante Appel Head Girl 2009 of Tokoroa High. We will always be connected in the circle of life! One reason I decided to go for the position of head boy was to help prove to others that anyone could do it, and to inspire people in my scool and community to make the most out of the opportunities out there and to live life to the full. Remember, one day your life will flash before you eyes. Make sure its worth watching. We must remember that our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness which frightens us most. That's my legacy, now its time for you to create your own. Head Boy


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Deputy Head Girl No longer am I that snot nosed kid who roamed the school. No longer am I that third former, or, turd, who disliked getting involved in good things. No longer am I that small fish in a big pond, but the Deputy Head Girl (DHG) for Tokoroa High School. I’m telling you, being DHG was a mission!!! Well, technically, it was a privilege more than a mission. As Elvisa, our last years DHG said, Deputy Head Boy My ambition to be a student leader all started in year 11 when Andrew Marama-Lyon and I decided that we where going to be the head students for 2009. From that day I have strived to be the best in everything I do. Of course this has been a challenge for me and I haven’t always come out on top. I have enjoyed working with great individuals such as Andrew M-L, “Deputy Head Girl… It’s not just a title...It’s a responsibility…” And for me, it was a huge step. Once upon a time I was a shy, big, and mean person who did not fit in well. I used to hide away from others and speak only to those I knew. During my time here, from third form to now, I have changed. I have changed even further to fit into my new role of DHG. This role made me more open to those who seek my help. It made me more respectful towards those who deserved respect. Also, it made me more confident to be who I want to be, which is...me. I might not be a brainyack, a hippy-happy type of girl, or a grumpy old hag, but a mixture of them all. I act sensibly and maturely to suit my peers and adults, but then, I can act immaturely and be fun to suit those who are younger and want an older person to have fun with. I even take care of those who look up to me and need a person to talk to. With my experience at Stars Camp, working with the third formers was a toughy, but I survived and gained a lot of friendship from them all. Not only that, it made them more comfortable to be around me and enjoy being with me. Working with teachers and peers, I found it quite hard to handle, due to the fact that I thought I did not have what it takes. But I was wrong. So very wrong. With the help and support from my friends and family, I became more confident and comfortable to speak my mind. Working on the Ball Committee, the Student Council, being Peer Mentor, and Senior Librarian, my leadership roll and confidence increased. To Andrew. We may have our ups and downs, but we always know what we're on about. No matter where we are we always find each other and manage to argue over something then laugh about it at the end. To Menante. No matter how far apart we are I can never forget you. Remember, you were the one I did not like in maths but now, look at where we are. To Josh. It has been a privilege working along side with you as a Deputy, and remember, Deputies rule. To you all, I would like to say, it has been an honour to work along side with you. To all my year thirteen peers. Thank you for giving me the best time of my life at Tokoroa High School. If I could survive you from third form to now...I can survive the future. To those who want to achieve highly I leave you now with a message. Menante A, Teagan R, Tony W and Zak N. But by doing so I am now the Deputy Head Boy for 2009. It is definitely an honor to be the DHB for Tokoroa High-School and I would like to tell you that it opens up a lot of opportunities not only just for this year but for the rest of your life. For example the Army Careers Experience camp I went on was life-changing. It showed me inside and out how the military spend their days in Waiouru and what’s best of all is now I see things differently than civilians by joining the New Zealand army. From being the DHB I have learned that you have to be serious but at the same time you have to relax and enjoy yourself because life gets tougher when you are stressed. My advice for people thinking about becoming a head student is, don’t hold back. It cant do you any harm to do your best. I would like to leave you with my favorite quote, “Embrace your dreams and respect your honor as a student of Tokoroa High-School” Joshua Smith-Holley Whaia e koe ki te iti kahurangi; ki te tuohu koe, me maunga teitei Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain. Kia Ora Teagan-Jade Rangitutia Prefects The prefects of 2009 have tended to be a tight group of students who have carried out their duties in a quiet and low key manner. Early in the year they were issued with their uniforms with the majority of students looking well presented in them. This year the prefects new “Gate” duty involved keeping an eye on students moving in or out of the school. This was an attempt to give the school a higher profile with the students attending in correct uniform. However with the fall in student numbers and other commitments, it proved impossible to maintain this activity.


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Adult Education Programme It has been another busy and successful year for the school’s adult community education (ACE) programme. New additions to the programme were drawing and painting day classes, learn to drum and line dancing. The most popular evening classes this year were Indian cooking, Te Reo, German Language and Pilates. Most popular day classes were English for new immigrants and Cook Island crafts. Popular courses in pottery, yoga, welding and driving licence were repeated each term and were also well attended. The four South Waikato schools offering adult education programmes received a boost this year through the work of our ACE networker Margaret Crampton-Steer who liaised with many local groups to help identify community needs and new courses. Unfortunately, due to government funding cuts of 80%, the number and variety of courses offered in 2010 will be drastically reduced. Emphasis will now be placed on courses in literacy, numeracy, ESOL, Te Reo and other languages. Finally, my thanks to the many wonderful tutors who shared their expertise and enthusiasm with their classes and communities over the many years that ACE programmes have operated in the South Waikato. Dr Trevor Bentley Guidance Counseling Menante Appel and Claudia Russell are presently working with Carolyn McKenzie, our computer technician, and Brian Reid, one of our senior managers, to move peer mediation into cyberspace for 2010 , making it even more available to support our students. Many thanks to Menante, Claudia, Samantha Hutchings, Soraya Reid, Coral Olsen, Angelica Old, Stacey King, Cassandra France, Molly Mitchell, Devon Morris, Ranginui Paparoa, Junior Pepe, Mathew Broman, Julius Daniels Mata, Aaron Anderton, Gideon Letoga and Isabella Tau for their continuing interest in the welfare of their peers. I look forward to working with them again next year in new and interesting ways. 2009 has been an extremely busy year in the guidance counselling department dealing with many of the usual student concerns such as relationship issues, bullying, attendance, achievement, family circumstances, dealing with feelings, anger management - all the things that may act as barriers to happiness, learning and achievement. Also, we have continued to work alongside families, staff and the community in a FOOD FOR KIDS supportive role. Earlier in the year, Ms Bates and Ms Evans provided money for a raffle for those staff and students who brought items of food to bolster the food bank kept in the Highlights of the year have included: counselling rooms for students who are hungry during the day. This has provided welcome comfort to many students. Thanks for your support. A VISIT BY VIC TAMATI Vic Tamati is from the “It’s Not OK” campaign against violence. Vic spent the time TEEN PARENT UNIT with students from Tokoroa High and Tokoroa Intermediate giving from his heart to We are pleased to be working closely with Ann Vospers from TECOSS, Forestview get his powerful message across - findings ways to stop violence and resolve staff and the Ministry of Education in the establishment of a school for young parents problems. Students are still talking about his visit, demonstrating the impact of Vic’s in Tokoroa, which will enable young parents (both male and female) to continue their message. education whilst also supporting their own families. This is an exciting incentive well PEER MEDIATION We have a large group of peer mediators in the school, some fully trained, others in training as well as a large group of students interested to begin training in the last term. The peer mediators are available to students in and outside the classroom as well as outside of school. As well as talking with students with problems, they have assisted in school projects providing support for Amisfield students on their visits to our school and helping to run the breakfast club with prospective peer mentors for 2010. overdue in our community. With hard work by all concerned we hope to have the unit up and running early next year. Thanks must go to the organizing committee, which includes a number of young parents themselves. NURSE’S CLINIC We are fortunate to have a weekly nurse’s clinic at our school on Tuesday mornings to deal with medical concerns run by Ms Maureen Leger, PHN. Thanks Maureen for your aroha, support and medical know-how that is employed to keep our young people well and happy. COUNSELLING STUDENT Having Keith Allen working at our school all year, as a counselling student on placement from WINTEC, has been a bonus to our school. As well as providing an opportunity for his learning, his presence has added a male option and an extra pair of ears to our counselling services. I am sure that the soccer team also appreciate his expertise in coaching soccer. Thanks Keith. All in all, it is a privilege to work with the students, staff and community of Tokoroa High School. It brings great job satisfaction to see the changes taking place in our community. To everyone who has supported me and added value to my work I say thank you and wish you a bright future. Yvonne Evans GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR


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LIBRARY BLOG Words and Music are the tracks of human evolution. The words are in the books, the music in the laughter of students. It has been another busy and successful year in the Tokoroa High School Library. This year the Library has been a good place to: TE WIKI O TE REO MAORI Tauke means - awesome! Tumeke means – too much. But what does Korero Maori mean? Fellow students of Tokoroa High School learnt, spoke and promoted Te Reo Maori last week. Students organised some school wide initiatives to focus on Te Reo Maori week. Many students helped deck out classrooms with a pimp the room competition among the teachers. The relabeling of classes and ablution blocks were also done, to raise awareness. Congratulations to all the students and staff who went that extra mile and really helped promote Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori. catch-up on school work complete a jigsaw sink into a good book socialise Be warm be quiet play a game of cards be cool play a game of chess However, the main function of our Library has been to support student learning. Adolescents entering the adult world in the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history – so, the ability to read is crucial. We are fortunate that our Library is able to provide access to many forms of literacy and ensure that learning is enjoyable. This year we were able to purchase a full set of World Book Encyclopedias - plus the dedicated website. In addition the book stock within the library was increased with many more fiction and nonfiction being purchased. The wonderful Student Librarians have, as always: issued books! returned books! shelved books! helped other students find books (and websites)! and generally kept everyone focused and well-behaved! And kept the plants alive!! Special thanks to Teagan Rangitutia – our Head Librarian, her assistance has been invaluable. Special thanks also to Serena Olsen and Angelica Old who, along with Teagan, helped prepare flyers, advised on suitable books to purchase and were always ready with a joke! I enjoyed your company, thank you for keeping me sane! I wish you all the best for the years ahead. Thanks also to all our other librarians who provided inspiration and help when it was most needed: Stacey King, Hannah Dewhurst, Courtney Ross, Cassandra France, Grace-Marie Clarke, Tamara Thorn, Tyler Metu-Tana, Matthew Short, Colin King, Jerreau Tonge, Hitro Ale, Jacob TeMoananui-Placid, Molly Mitchell, Heath Taylor. Other factors that contributed to this huge success was the invitation for our students to participate in Te Reo Maori week down at the South Waikato Library. As a result, Te Rito students were seen on prime time TV with breakfast host Tamati Coffee singing and doing haka, and more importantly raising awareness of the Reo. Another highlight, was hearing from our AFS student from Spain speak the Reo. So many good books, so little time! We look forward to 2010. Laura Henderson Library Manager Thanks to Carolyn Mckenzie, we were also fortunate to have a Maori webpage that was used to promote the language. Just fantastic! Results from our in school korero Maori competitions: Students: Nicky Beneria and Matthew Broman. Staff: Rose Phillips, Elzabe Appel, Mr Ford, Carolyn Mckenzie. Jenny Hainsworth. Korero Maori!


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Along with the mufti day’s, we also organised a little giggle this year for Valentines’ Day again. The Valentines’ Balloons were great for the secret admirers at our school. We like to get the students involved in special days of the year, and so we supported young love out there too. Our socials were off the hook! Everyone loved to get into theme and have fun with their friends at the dance party. We were happy that we didn’t have any trouble throughout the nights; everyone came to enjoy themselves and loved the music selection. We were a very generous council; we gave where we could when students or foundations asked for support. I recommend everyone should at least be in the council for a year; it’s a very good experience. Thanks to all my fellow councillors for a great year and good luck to the council for next year. Memories of Conscious Thought Our council team this year was extremely big and was very enthusiastic about organising events for the school. We organised some pretty awesome and successful mufti days’ with themes like sports idols, wearing red for the heart foundation, wearing yellow for Daffodil Day, crazy hair day, wearing bandanas for teenage cancer and many more. 2 souls almost 1, in the fading light of dusk, heed the call of approaching night. Nothing more than animals, carnal desires rife, almost visible in the moonlight. Onlookers watch silently, an unspoken agreement nothing really needs to be said. Waves of colour dance beneath the hot summer moon, signals 2 souls unite. Bright neon carnival lights swim in and out of focus, memories of conscious thought. Sand, warm to touch makes to numb the feeling, helps bring you back down to earth. People and places never remain, madness resides in memory REVITALISE THE LANGUAGE - where, why and for whom? On the Saturday 26th September 2009, Te Rito attended the Raukawa Maori Language Awards at the Te Wananga o Aotearoa Campus in Tokoroa. Tokoroa High School - Te Rito were fortunate to have made the finals in two categories, the education long term award as well as the Maori Language week category. This is the first year that we have been in this award and so to have made the finals was just great. Our kura spent a lot of time on our entry and the work presented was truly indicative of the time and energy spent on maximising and supporting Maori language initiatives. In Maori language week, Te Rito promoted the use of Maori Waiata at staff functions, Hui and staff meetings. Student workshops, wananga, noho marae, kapa haka, and walks in the couummunity to raise awareness that the Maori language is a vital part of our history and heritage. The Maori language awards was a prestigious night that recognised the efforts of all those who supported the Maori Language. It was great to see deserving students receive trophies and awards for their contributions towards the Maori community, the workplace, and education sectors. For those Te Rito students and staff in attendance this was a great eye opener and it really gave us the incentive to continue our efforts next year. Our students really did look great in our new dress blazers and they represented the school and Te Rito to the very best of their ability. Congratulations to the Raukawa Trust Board and reo department for excelling and providing our students with a great opportunity. Te Roopu o Te Rito: Mana, Justus, Kardas, Tussy, Alecia, Te Aonui, Jasmine & Matua Ngapo, Ms Mckenzie.


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Moro Moro. Olen Caitlin ja olin Suomessa kymmenen kuukautta. Ennen lähdisin en voinut puhu suomea. Nyt puhun! On hieno olo ja mahtava saavutus. To translate; Hi. My name is Caitlin and I was in Finland for ten months. Before I left, I couldn’t speak Finnish. Now I can! It is a great feeling to speak Finnish and a great achievement. Travelling half way across the world isn’t easy, especially in a completely foreign country. I remember my first day clearly. Smelly(from 30 hours travelling), excited – yet so tired – and so completely lost. I thought the flight was the most difficult thing to get over… Boy was I in for a toughie! I got to Finland during the end of Summer, it was so nice. Warm weather, green grass and sun. People warned me about the dark and the cold, and I thought “what is everyone talking about?” Then November hit me. Scandinavian weather was harsh, yet the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. Imagine waking up, looking outside at eight in the morning, and it is pitch black with a metre of snow. Well I had this experience for about two months. Many days were spent waking up and wanting that extra five minutes in bed, not wanting to walk out into the brutal coldness that dropped down to -10, waiting for me outside, just mocking me. I still managed to make it outside. I would walk to the bus stop at 9am, still dark, thinking about the amount of time Finland is in the dark, and how insane it is. The sun usually rises about 10am but then sets at 3pm. The only light I saw was when I was in school. School was different to NZ schools. My first day of school was hard. I remember being the new one. The alien. Everyone staring and talking. Finnish people are quite shy, so my expectations of people talking to me were shortly lived. It took me quite a while to make friends, but I got there in the end. The schools were like the ones you see on T.V. The big building with flights of stairs, leading to different floors, unlike NZ schools with separate buildings. Everyday we got free hot lunches. The food varied from soups to pasta to casseroles. Some days it was good but some days it was awful. I took a lot of different subjects. Psychology, Art, Music, Social Studies, English, German etc. The classes would be about 75 minutes. A regular day for me would go from 10 am to 2 pm. This wasn’t long because I only chose 4 classes per period. One big AFS trip we had was the Lapland trip. Lapland is the northern part of Finland which is past the Arctic Circle line. In Lapland it was very different to the Southern parts, where I lived. In the winter it is colder and it was dark all of the time and in the summer it was sunny all the time. The Lapland trip was one of the best trips I had there. There were about 80 students which was almost hard to handle for the people keeping us in line. I did a lot of new and different things in Lapland. I went ice hole fishing, snowboarding, I ate reindeer (poor Rudolph), I rode reindeer on a sleigh and the craziest thing, I jumped in the lake after Sauna while the water was 2°Celcius and the air was -25° Celcius. This may seem crazy to us, but it is completely normal for them. After months and months of waiting for summer (well at least the start of summer) it came. I remember saying to my friend “its 5 degrees, its quite warm today” once I said this, I knew I had been in Finland too long. On the 1st of May, there is a huge celebration called Vappu. This is a week long celebration for the university students, which is basically just a week long party and a massive hangover once its all over. Just like the winter with the “all day” darkness, the summer was sunny literally all day. I remember at 3:30am, I would wake up and it would be sunny like it was midday. So my exchange was coming to an end. I left my second life, saying goodbye to friends, family and of course Finland. The day I left Finland, felt like the day my life ended. Coming back to New Zealand, to my family, was exciting, strange, scary and tough all at the same time. Fitting back into New Zealand was the same. Speaking English, hearing the accent and coming back to school was hard. It was another culture shock. Strange as it may seem. But all of this was worth it. An experience to remember. The SCHOOL


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Making STARS Year 9 Students have had a fantastic introduction to Tokoroa High School with three days of team building, followed by an action packed week away on camp. At camp were 103 Year 9 Students along with 25 year 12/13 mentors, 9 Teaching Staff , 5 Volunteers' and 8 Outdoor a reality at Tokoroa High School The Stars programme is in its 4th year at Tokoroa High School and the camp at the beginning of the programme is a fun way to start the year. It is also great for the Year 9 students to get to know the senior students who will be their Peer Mentors for the rest of the year. Stars is delivered to Tokoroa High School through the Waikato Youth Empowerment Trust (WYET). Each year, WYET raises money from Tokoroa and the wider Waikato community to be able to deliver the programme. It’s not just about the camp, it’s about the year-long components of Stars which develop leadership in the senior students and strengthen the school community. We would like to be able to offer Stars to every high school, but it’s just not possible. We partner Tokoroa High School because they are committed to the same aims we are- helping our young people to stretch themselves to realise their potential and understand their value in our community. We work together to make sure that each week at the Stars session, something valuable is gained and that when the students participate in Community Projects, Community Adventures and the Careers Forum, they gain a wider appreciation of what happens in their community. WYET is very grateful for the support of SWDC, Fonterra, Carter Holt Harvey and New World Tokoroa who all contribute to making sure that Stars continues at Tokoroa High School. This year there have been some wonderful experiences on Stars and we are looking forward to more successes in 2010! Karen Blue Programme Director Specialists provided by Waikato Youth Empowerment Trust. Year 9 students were split into ten groups and allocated two Peer Mentors who organised, encouraged and supported them. Throughout the week, they rotated through twelve different activities week which included; Orienteering, Abseiling, Kayak Skills, Kayak safety, Tough Guy Challenge, Water Slide, Archery, Slug Guns, Bush Swings, Horse Riding, Raft Building and C Crew. C Crew (or Camp Crew) was an opportunity for our year 9’s to get to know about support structures at the School Including our Guidance Counsellor Mrs Yvonne Evans. In addition to this very full rotation, students also had time at the Hot Pools, Night DVD in the Hot Pools, the swoop, Burma Trail, Spot Light, Bush camp and most popular of all, the Camp Concert. The camp was a fantastic success with year 9’s really giving it “their all”. It was a great opportunity to get to know the three Deans who have year 9 responsibilities, all the year 9 Tutors, Heads of Department for Maori Science, Te Kahui Whetu, Technology, Languages and Physical Education. They also developed extremely supportive relationships with our Head Prefects and Senior Students. Most importantly it was an opportunity to get to know each other and develop positive groupings and friendships with other Year 9 students. This awesome introduction to High School was made possible at no charge to Parents and Caregivers due to the generous support of Tokoroa High School Board of Trustees and the Waikato Youth Empowerment Trust. Tony Jones, Year 9 Dean


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WEARABLE ARTS For the Wearable Arts 2009, we had two teams enter from Tokoroa High School. Melissa Appel and Nikki Reid with their creation “Culture Queen” and Stacey King, Cassandra France and Hannah Dewhurst with their costume “Dark Angel”. DARK ANGEL CULTURE QUEEN “ Our costume called Culture Queen took about 42 hours to make. It was fun. We put a lot of thought into this costume. The other contestants were awesome. They were very friendly and I would love to do it again next year.” (Melissa). “ I had fun helping Melissa with her dress. I mostly helped with the New Zealand part. I had fun at the shows. I would like to do it again next year with Melissa.” (Nikki). Day Mount Maunganui towers over the beach as a guardian of the winds all knowing, all seeing over this ocean mouth. Below its gaze the parking lot is choking with cars. Waves prowl over the motionless rocks like horses racing to the finish line. Steaming hot sand filled with shells lay beneath the summer haze. My eyes were filled with astonishment to see so many people there. I was distracted by the sight of broad shoulders, lean muscles and nicely tanned skin. Hmmmmm (day dreaming). In behind, the shimmer and glittering ocean. I decided to investigate. I dashed through a humungous crowd of sunbathing bodies, racing to my paradisiacal destination. I leapt forth into the water, crashing into the waves, sinking to its depths and basking in its embrace. Heaven. “ Our costume, the Dark Angel, took three weeks of frantic work to complete, but we are really pleased with the result.” (Hannah). “ Being on stage was pretty freaky, but I got a real good buzz afterwards.” (Stacey) “ I had a really great time and seeing some outfits was awesome! I’d definitely do it next year!” (Cassandra). Our costume was made with a bamboo frame, twelve packets of crepe paper and a whole lot of sewing. Night Mount Maunganui now hidden by the dark night with only the stars to cloak him. The parking lot is deserted, overflowing with litter, the evidence of a summer blast. The night sky guards the sea water as it sleeps, fatigued from a long days journey. The sand beneath my feet is slowly cooling down and filled with drift wood that floated in through the day. As the night breeze lingers past me I can smell the sweet aroma of the ocean. I close my eyes and I listen to the gulls circling above me. The water is calmly swaying from side to side as if to ask me to join him. Instead of scurrying to the water, I sit down on the sand and admire the peace that the night brings. Tempted, I make my way down to the water but only to dip my toes in. The coolness of the water makes me shiver as I turn away to make my way home. I turn back to make one last glance at the water as a sign to farewell the beauty that it holds. Heaven. By Rayna Takiri As a great man once said, “We are no strangers to war, we have been fighting for as long as we can remember”. Well, like this great man I am going to join our honourable armed forces. I am also going to tell you about a great Army Careers Experience I went on in term 2. In term 2 I travelled down to Waiouru with 119 other students from between Taupo and the top of the North Island. First we were divided into three platoons consisting of 40 students and then told by the Sergeant Major that we where going to be treated as recruits doing their basic training. This meant marching everywhere and keeping everything spotless. If something was not up to standard everyone was punished, I’m not going into detail on that, I’ll let you find out for yourself. Also we had to be fit because marching everywhere is not easy especially after doing the assault course twice, and physical training and the army entry fitness level test. But besides all the blood and sweat, it was great because we got to travel around and look at the trades offered by the army. As you are probably aware every soldier is a trained killer. However, most are also trained in a secondary trade, for example fire fighters. The army owns 64 thousand hectares of scrub in Waiouru that are prone to catching on fire with all the hot bullets and shells that explode on impact as well as there being many crashes on the desert road. This situation calls for a crack job team of fire fighters. Also the signals trade was good, they do all sorts, like setting up communications and internet lines on the battle field. But my personal favourite trade were the electronic technicians because they get to repair everything electrical. They are also the only electrical warfare unit in New Zealand So if this all sounds interesting, all I had to do was talk to our careers advisor Mr Phayer, either be in 6th or 7th form, you must be able to run 2.4k in under 12 minutes, do 30 push ups and 130 sit ups with out stopping, easy. So if you want to go I suggest you join as many student leadership programs as you can, join a sports team or two and start getting fit. I was accepted from over 300 applicants, a lot of that because I had joined leadership and voluntary groups . By Joshua Smith-Holley WEARABLE ARTS


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Regional Nga Manu Korero Te Rito-Tokoroa High School had success at the Regional Manu Korero speech competition. We were fortunate to enter three speakers: Andrew Marama-Lyon, Bianca Orsmby and Mana Tepana. National Nga Manu Korero They turn my mic on and I walk onto stage. Foot step after foot step. Its silent. You cant see the crowd due to the blinding light, but you know they are there. Knees buckle. Hands start to shake. Months of preperation come down to this very moment, I had one shot, one opportunity, to seize everything I ever wanted. In one moment, would I capture it or just let it all slip? Nga manu koreo national competion 2009. What an experience! This year I had the Senior English Junior English Junior Maori privilege to make it to the NZ nationals to not only represent Tokoroa High School, but also Among the highlights of the competition, was placing second in the junior Maori section. This is the first time in a while that we have placed in the Junior Maori section, so this was just an amazing moment for our young Te Rito member Mana Tepana. Mana’s speech was about the importance of the Maori language and how it needs to be spoken in order for it to survive. Bianca Orsmby also excelled this year and she spoke remarkably on the importance of Maori Taonga. Her speech highlighted that in this modern word we need to stay true to things Maori (those things that were bestowed upon us from our tipuna) and not to let our Maori taonga become jeopardised by not using it regularly. In addition to this, and for the second year running, Tokoroa High Schools Andrew Marama-Lyon won his Korimako and total aggregate section of the regional final in Ngaruawahia with his heart felt korero on the wealth of our culture. His impromptu was also superior. He held the crowds attention from start to finish, with his witty nature and heartfelt whakatauki and whakaaro on how to reach the top of your maunga or mountain. This now entitles Andrew to enter the nationals in September of this year in Rotorua. All the hard work was well worth the effort; it was just so great to see our kura doing well at this event representing Te Kura Tuarua o Tokoroa High School and the Tainui region to the very best of their ability. carry the mana of the Waikato region. My topic was about wealth and what it is determined by. My message was that traditional maori wealth was all about aspects of culture, land, language, and self determination. I then exposed the harsh truth that today's wealth has changed and is all centered around money. I also had to do an impromptu speech. The topic that was given to me was ; “its all about participation.” I went out there with a message that its all about winning and blamed this point of view on our obsession with the All Blacks. I placed second in the importu which was a realy good feeling and it felt great representing my school against the huge Maori kura in NZ. A special thanks to those who made this possible. Mr Ngapo was a huge help in all aspects, such as writing the speech, and organising the group that travelled over. Also all the parents and teachers that helped with the group and the trip. Lastly the students. Mana, Justus, Te Aonui, and the rest of the support crew. I thank you for being there for me on stage. Your support was moving. My final message: I did this for the students of Te Rito to show them even though we come from a small community, we can be up on that national stage. My joy in learning is partly that it enables me to teach. Thank you. By Andrew Marama-Lyon


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On Sunday 31 February 49 senior students left Tokoroa High School at 11:30am for a science camp at Ohope Beach Christian Camp. We got there at 3:30pm, picked our groups and waited for Mr Jones to tell us which cabin we were in. The teachers that went were Mrs Tucker, Mr Kinloch, Mr Utanga, Mr Cassidy. John the bus driver also stayed with us. We were there to get some credits. We had to do surveys of the shells, small sea animals and the rocky shore. We also went on a walk to study the bush. On Monday we went for the big walk. We walked from Whakatane to Ohope beach. It lasted most of the day but we got to do a little bit of shopping before the long walk. Every morning we had to get up at 7:00am to go for a run on the beach. The run was 2km long - it was tiring. Then it was time for breakfast. After breakfast we made our lunch for the day. We then got our gear ready for our investigations. After lunch we got the chance to go for a quick dip before we had to go back to camp for a rest before dinner. Then at 9:30pm we went to bed. I enjoyed this camp because there was lots of fun as well as the opportunity to gain credits – a good start to the year. The camp, The camp, The camp Words to describe the camp would be: Hardening: because of the 5 hour walk across hilly terrain from Whakatane to Ohope. Tiring: From the work being done all day and continuing into the night e.g. 10:30pm. Nathan Chapman Annoying: because Mr Jones would silently stalk into our rooms at 7:00 am, then bang a metal spoon on a metal pan and yell at the top of his voice “TIME TO GET UP!, Lets go for a run”. Not so funny for someone sleeping on the bottom bunk waking up to hitting your head on the bunk above! And what really made the camp was the water fight which was so AWESOME, well for some! By Zak Newton


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Law Physiotherapy Sports Trade engineering Emergency management These are just a sample of the work placements 35 The hall overflowed with over-excited potential students for Tokoroa High. 240-250 form 2 students cluttered the hall from five different schools. The noise and delighted squeals rebounded off the four walls. Mentors stood anxiously, anticipating what the day might hold in store. The prefect helpers looked sharp, the finest exemplar of positive rolemodelling at work. Mrs Crate allocated where each Year 8 student would participate, with the help of the mentors the day began. Performances started the day dancing, singing and Miss Tarai’s usual comedian acts. The students gasped, the time has arrived; time to explore the world of Tokoroa High School. Bubble Gateway students experienced during 2008. Gateway is a programme run in selected secondary schools nationwide, which places students in local workplaces for hands-on learning. It is invaluable in helping students decide for, or against, a career path. It also gives local employers a chance to see the young talent on their doorstep. While in the workplace, students complete relevant unit and achievement standards which contribute to the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). This year the required 10 credit per student average was pleasingly exceeded. Additionally, all Gateway students completed a First Aid course, which is a valuable bonus for their CV and for their life skills. It was good to see wider school involvement with Gateway this year, with invitations extended to nonGateway students for short workshops such as the Plunket Tots & Toddlers course (designed for students on Early Childhood Education placements). Thank you to all the local businesses and organisations who make this programme a success by freely sharing their time, their knowledge and their premises. Thanks also to Cath O’Connell, the Gateway co-ordinator who arranges the placements. Blowing, Pancake Making, lazer gun designing, crafting sculptures out of paper, , eating M&Ms with chopsticks, astonishing card making with Mrs. Phillips. Thanks to Mr. Olsen the tradition of studying world geography was part of the oil sizzle off the barbeque, eager to grab hold day. The Bell rung for LUNCH, hearing the of their sausage, ice-block and drink all students fell in line. The end of the day slowly crept upon us, the ending performances. Hip-hop dancing, singing and Cook Island dancing. Laughter and smiles flooded the hall. Miserably all days must to come to an end. Students waved goodbye and went separately to their own schools. Students and Teachers collapsed from exhaustion, advertising our school. With a bit of luck let’s look forward, new and potential third form students of Tokoroa High for the year to the



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