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OTHER TEACHING STAFF Mrs L Bates BEd,Dip Tchg Mr D Baker BMA, Dip Tchg Miss A Chung , BA,.Dip Tchg Mr J Hoby DFA Hons, CLTA, Dip Tchg Mr C Hakaria BSpLS, Dip Tchg Mr D Kinloch MSc,. Dip Tchg Mrs K Krause BA PGD Tchg (sec) Ms J Liu MAEng, Dip Tchg Mr I Stewart B Sc, PGD Tchg Mrs R Tucker Dip Tchg (study leave) NON-TEACHING STAFF Executive Officer: Science Technician: RTLB: Sports Coordinator: Gateway Coordinator: Caretaker: Ms S Taipeti Mr M McCurran Mrs C O’Connell Mr C Pentecost Ms D Jansen Mrs J Poko Principal’s Personal Assistant: Mrs Y Miles Reception: Reception: ICT Manager: Library Manager: Groundsman Mrs E Appel Mrs A Salmon Ms C Mckenzie Mrs L Henderson Mr N Bell Mr G Cassidy Ms Laser BA, Dip Tchg Mrs D Manu BEd, DipTchg (study leave) Ms T Tarai BEd Dip Tchg Mr D Tereu B Soc Sci (Hons) Dip Tchg Mr M Olls HDIPEd (Technical) Mrs R Phillips Bed, Dip Tchg Dip Acc & Mgnt Mr A Phayer Bs, Dip Tchg, BSC CHN Mr K Ngapo MA, Dip Tchg Ms R Miller BTchg PRINCIPAL Mr E Edwards MEd Admin, BSc,GradDipDR,DipSocSci,DipTchg DEPUTY PRINCIPALS 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: Mrs M Crate BTchLn.(Sec) Dip Ed Mgmnt, FIPS, DipTchg Continuing Education Mr T Bentley PHD, MPhil, MA (Hons), DipTchg, Dip Adult Ed. Guidance Mrs Y Evans M Counselling,DipTchg. (Advanced) PGC in MBH English Mrs C Merrylees Buckler BEd, Dip Tchg Languages Ms A Paekau Dip Tchg Mathematics Mr M Be Physical Education Mr W Ford DipSp.St, PG DipSp, DipTchg, MBS Science Mr T Jones B Sc (Hons) PG Ed. Social Sciences Mr M Olsen BA, DipTchg Ms S Kant Special Needs TEACHER AIDES Mrs S Chapman Mrs J Knox Mrs J Hainsworth BEd, DipTchg(Adv), DipTchg (Higher), Master Ed (sp.ed) Sport Mr N Manu BEd, DipTchg Technology Mr E Hamman HDipEd Mrs B French Mrs I Mutter Ms T Hemming Ms Y Voss


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From the Principal’s Desk Tena Koutou, Kia orana, Talofa Lava This year has once again been a year of outstanding success on the examination room, sports field and in cultural achievements. Congratulations to students, parent, staff and the community. • 15 plus NCEA results for 2007 were the best results in five years. • Catch up / Study classes - 50 extra classes were been offered to support students completing assessments and preparing for external examinations. • Quality and Management Systems and Procedures have been reviewed and the aim is for all assessments leading to NCEA to be moderated and verified. An assessment report was completed on all the departments. • The Sports results were outstanding: Boys rugby league achieved a third place in the National Competition, Gymnastics 12th in Australasia, first in pommel in the National Competition, u14 rugby team won the regional finals against Hamilton Boys, u15 rugby team came second in their grade (see sports report for more detail) • Manu Korero Nationals were a highlight. This is the fourth year in a row that a student from Tokoroa High School has won through to the nationals and two of those students were placed first in the country in their year. • This year was the start of the New National Curriculum and this has been implemented through professional development in Staff meetings, Head of Department meetings, and full staff training. Reports (interim and mid year) to parents have included reporting on the Key Competencies and a teacher only day will be held in term 4. • The security fence and new boiler have been approved by the Ministry of Education and with security cameras (which are funded locally) will be in place by the end of the year. In 2008 approximately $180,000 will be spent on the fence with the majority of the funds coming from the 5YA Ministry funds. A new energy efficient boiler will be installed at the end of this year of next year. • The years outcomes reflects on leadership of the school. We would particularly like to thank you Board of Trustees and Chair Graeme Dewhurst. Senior Management, Deans and Heads of Department have worked very hard and this is reflected in student results. Throughout the organisation staff are encouraged to be innovative and also to demonstrate initiative. The evidence of staff commitment and enthusiasm is reflective of student success and we thank them. Student success is the success of the school and community. We, the staff of Tokoroa High School wish you (students), all the best for your futures and that you will be richly blessed in all you do. Regards Elgin Edwards


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This is the year in which the students, to whom I was dean when they were in Year 9, are completing their high school careers. Looking back I cannot help but to see how they have grown, physically and socially. The verdict: what a fine transformation. It is with great pride that Tokoroa High School can see them going into the wide world, well equipped to handle life. This is also the year in which the school started implementing the revised New Zealand Curriculum, which is to be fully implemented in 2010. In my capacity the introduction of the Key Competencies is one of the highlights of my entire career. Those aspects, which are essential in life, are now an integral part of school and reporting. Skills like selfmanagement, how one relates to others and how one handles language, symbols and text are being recognised as of paramount importance. These matters were always important, but for the first time have been granted official status. I am hoping that students are going to embrace the Key Competencies as described in the curriculum and endeavour to make it their own. As has always been the case there are up and downs in any year. It is great to know that there were many more ups this year than downs. So once again I can say; it was a very good year. I wish all those students leaving to going on to tertiary training or the job market all of the very best. Butch Rothman Deputy Principal (Pastoral) I find it hard to believe that another year has passed and it is now time for our seniors to leave to sit their external exams. It always amazes me the urgency that everyone succumbs to at this time of the year in the lead up to the exams. If we worked hard all year this wouldn’t be necessary however, human nature being what it is, we always leave things till the last moment. Will we ever learn? This year has seen the New Revised Curriculum document introduced. This curriculum has as a focus values and key competencies. While these are not completely new, the document does make it compulsory for us to focus on them and to state in our planning how we are addressing and teaching the values and key competencies. One of these competencies is ‘managing self’ and of course, if we all did this well then we would not have to rush around at this time of the year to ensure that we have the necessary credits that we need to succeed. All classrooms have the ‘key competencies’ on the walls. It would pay for all of us to focus on these as we progress through the year. As you read this magazine you will see the great successes some of our students have experienced this year. It is amazing! We must thank Miss Miller and her team for all the hard work they put into this magazine as it provides a great record of what has happened in the school. However, few of these successes would not have been possible without the commitment and hard work of our staff and members of our community – we must be thankful for this. To our seniors who are leaving I wish you well. The world awaits you! Now is the time for you to spread your wings. Your journey here has come to an end however, it is now time for you to plot your own course and find your own direction in life. This is an exciting time for you however, never forget where you have come from your heritage that has made you the person you are today. Good luck and keep in touch. Staff like to know how you are getting on and where you are heading. To those students returning – have a great holiday. I look forward to seeing you return next year, setting new goals and making contributions to our school. Margot Crate Deputy Principal (Curriculum)


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What can you say about an experience in your life that has given you so much? Reflection on the past five years of my life is a hard topic to dwell upon, as I am standing at the far end of the tunnel of high school life saying good bye to the five greatest years of my life. In my time here I have been able to truly grow and develop the way I have wanted to with the help and support of my teachers, peers, and all others included the student and school body. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to our principle Mr Elgin Edwards and his staff for providing a great environment for education and fun. This past year has proved to be a lot tougher then I had first anticipated. Becoming actively involved in such programmes as Stars, Student Council, Ball Committee, Puna Vai Ora, the list just goes on. Although it has been very tough and tiring, the fun times and the excitement will always out weigh the negatives. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this journey, with the people that have walked along side me and helped give direction and support. To the beautiful and ever supportive Bernadette Kerr, what a blessing and an honour it has been for me to have worked beside you in leading our school. Thank you for your wisdom and your charisma; it has definitely been an asset to me and to Tokoroa High School. The future is shinning bright for you. Students 2008: Given all that’s happened, Tokoroa High School students remain strong and motvated. Over the past years we have been able to prove the critics wrong. Let’s carry this reputation on in to 2009. I would like to express my thanks to all those friendly faces I see every day around our campus. It makes coming to school that much more exciting. Study hard everyone, and enjoy your time at Tokoroa High. For I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. Luke 21:15 Heads 2009: If there is going to one lesson that I have learnt as a leader of this school, it would be, “if you do not know, don’t be afraid to ask for help”, because the truth of your not know will always find you out. “Our ability to lead is based on our ability to be lead”. So don’t be afraid to use those around you. Tokoroa High School provides a brilliant family culture. So ask your brothers and your sisters for help in your times of need. But also don’t forget to live in the moment. There are great times ahead for you all next year, and if it’s anything like my year was, you will all have a blast. Enjoy it. In all your ways acknowledge him, And he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:6 PRIVILLEDGED, EXCITING and HILARIOUS are the three words which sum up the role of being HEAD GIRL 2008. I have loved every second of it, from having the responsibility, being more involved in school and the students and who wouldn’t enjoy the perks that come with it. Some of the most memorable moments were being part of the Students Against Drink Driving Crew, representing the school with pride at Wellington and spreading the important word, to also watching Jess Stol slip up in front of 90 people at the SADD social. Learning how to become a more efficient leader, such as being a Peer Mentor/Role Model to the Year Nines has been awesome. I hope they have learnt a lot from me as I have gained so much from them. The Year Nine Camp was a vital place where we head students had to shine as leaders as we took on great responsibility. From trying to control extremely energetic and excited 12 & 13 year olds starting high school and also trying to deal and help with the everyday hilarious dramas which consisted every minute at camp, was an extraordinary experience. It felt like we were on the set of 'Days of Our Lives' because of the funny, immature episodes which happened at camp. They had us running on our toes, pulling out our hair and losing our breath was a challenge, because of course by looking at me, I don’t do a lot of running. Goodness me, Mr Edwards didn’t tell me in the job description I had to run. After that tiring run, which felt like a marathon I started to have regrets about the job (hahaha just joking). and family, which has provided me with so many beautiful opportunities. It has been an honour serving you. Tokoroa High School you have embarked on a 5year wonderful journey with me. Your guidance has seen me change and grow from a young, scared girl starting high school in 2004, into a young independent woman right now in 2008. But every wonderful journey must come to an end and, it is heartbreaking, even the thought of saying goodbye is heartbreaking. Elvisa, Ngarimu and Patoa, it has been a privilege working and serving the school with you. Some of us went the extra mile, while some of us slept in, until the afternoon. I am going to miss everyone at Tokoroa High especially THE CLASS OF 2008 as we now have to seek and pave new pathways and create new endeavours. I must embark on my own, new journey now and no matter where this journey takes me. I will never forget where I am from, and Tokoroa High School will forever hold a significant and special place in my heart, where ever I go. By Bernadette Kerr (Bernie Bill Williamz) I have LOVED, CHERISHED and APPRECIATED every moment of being Head Girl. I deeply thank my family, friends and Tokoroa High School for all my successes. For allowing me to take part in these great opportunities of being Head Girl, Student Council, SADD Committee, rugby and many more which has made me mould into a better person. I thank the inspirational teachers who have put up with me for 5 years and have shared with me with their whacky wisdom. 2008 has definitely been the best year of all my school life because I actually adore coming to school everyday. I don’t want to leave; I want to stay here FOREVER and EVER!!! Once again, I WHOLE HEARTEDLY thank the best school ever created by man "TOKOROA HIGH SCHOOL" for granting me with these blessings, of being part of a school, community Class of 2008: To my brothers and my sisters, life long friends, buddies and pals, we are they who have come out of great tribulation. From the burnings of the great E block in third form and wood supplies room in fifth form, to the media trying to tear our school apart with false propaganda. I never thought the day we leave Tokoroa High School would ever come, but guys, we’ve made it. We entered Te Whanau a Noa, as snotty nose adolescents, but we leave as accomplished young adults. It has been with profound gratitude and great humility to have served you as head boy for 2008. Let brotherly love continue. Hebrews 13:1 Patoa Tavai is my name, but a product of Tokoroa High School is who I am.


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Who are they: Bernadette Kerr, Elivisa Robb, Patoa Tavai, Ngarimu Hapi, Daina Charlie, Deputy Head Girl... It’s not just a title... It is a responsibility... A responsibility I have been honoured to hold this year. My name is Ngarimu Hone Te Rori Rakena Herewini Hapi and I served as Deputy Head Boy for 2008. The position of DHB is not for the faint hearted. If you have difficulties in looking handsome, being popular, and all in all being praised for your greatness, then you might want to consider another leadership role. I thought that becoming a Head Student would make me feel special. It didn’t. To be quite honest, it made me feel old. But not old as in grey-haired and grumpy, but as in I realised I was no longer the younger student looking up to the older students as role models. I had become one of the role models. I just hope I have been an inspiration to those students who have looked up to me… no matter how vertically challenged I am. For me being DHB has meant all this and more. I look back to the head students that have left their legacy and wonder if I will be remembered in the same light as them. I just hope that the small mark that I have left on this school has been positive and of some substance to someone lol =). I leave this school with the knowledge that maybe I have inspired someone to strive for greatness no matter their circumstances. I have found that being a head student is more than just a fancy title, but a title that comes with great responsibility whether that be announcing notices in assembly, representing our school in musical ventures, attending conferences such as SADD or speaking on behalf of the school on the marae. But seriously. During my time here, ‘Tok High’ has seen many challenges but has overcome them with great strength. I know this is because of our schools amazing spirit in assistance to its supportive teachers and talented students, all of which I believe have helped me become the bubbly and positive young woman I am today. “Mate atu he toa, Ara mai ra he toa.” “When a leader passes, Another rises in his place.” Being prefects we had to wear blazers which we wore with pride. 2008, a new year, a new group of prefects, a new beginning. A very diverse group of youth, set out to help lift our school profile. From 10ft Carl to 4ft Manpreet, the class of 08 were determined to make an impact. Being a prefect gave a great sense of responsibility and pride as everywhere we went we were representing our school through the uniform and our behaviour. The role of being a prefect built up our confidence in being leaders and we enjoyed the responsibility like Gate duties, peer mentoring, and fund raising for the Ball and SADD. We also helped on Open day by looking after Intermediate School students and showing them around the school. We supported teachers where ever we could and being a prefect was a good opportunity to prove to ourselves that we are good role models to younger students. Berny and I have made a great team in association with the Head Boy’s and Prefects. From peer mentoring the year 9’s to donating blood, we have experienced so much together and I am privileged to have been a part of it all. I challenge next years head students to role model even more than what we did, and to all Year 13 enjoy your last days. The best form to have ever entered this Tokoroa High School is almost leaving. Class of 2008 is drawing to an end. The life of a Prefect “it was the best of time of times it was a worst of times” To Burny, Elvis & Puttz its been fun serving as a head student alongside you. xXo I would also like to add how proud I am of the surviving year 13’s. Over the years we have grown to know each other well and have been successful in a lot. Thank you for making our last year the best! God Bless! “Thank you very much. You’re beautiful.” Louise Sinclair, Jo Tyson, Julie Ball, Carl Haa, Symon Marama-Lyon, Manpreet Kaur, Cecilia Hosking, Pania Hosking, Carolyn Wu, Tim Sarsfield, Jim Wilson, Elvis Aleesha Dean, Ella Cartwright Tino RangatiraTANGA . . .


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What’s Prefect Life Like? The Student Council of 2008 2008 has been a wonderful year for the Student Council. We bonded as a close team and have served the school with our hearts and souls to try and do things which catered for the students needs. We have been privileged to be part of the student voice and helping in any way possible. Some of our greatest achievements this year, was giving donations to organisations such as the China Victims Fund, Heart Variety Foundation and many more. Student Council representatives Menante Appel and Angelica Old both went the extra mile for a good cause. They are both shaving off all their hair to help raise funds for Canteen Week. The role of being a prefect built my confidence to be a leader. I enjoyed being a role model to the younger youth in the school Jimmy. Being a prefect gave a great pride, although we were role models to our juniors I gained knowledge from them and I am truly grateful to given this position - Louise. Prefects + Head students = Fun² + Responsibility - Elivisa. It was the best time of times it was the worst time of times, but mainly it was a good time - Julie To be a representative and a leader of Tokoroa High School “wow! What a privilege” - Patoa I’ve enjoyed the time being a prefect - Caroyln We have hosted the best social (in my opinion from all the 5 years I have been here) ‘The Flouro Social’. It was the first time majority came in theme, everyone was dancing and we had made our biggest profit. This was the most memorable social and I was ecstatic to be part of it. • We have donated $200 to the 2008 Ball, which also turned out to be a beautiful night. • We also donated $200 to the SADD Committee for they’re North Island Conference in Wellington, which turned out to be a success. • We held a tutor competition, on which tutor could bring the most food or cans, to donate to the Tokoroa Food Bank. Mrs Krauss’s tutor won and got shouted KFC for the prize. • To exit with a bang and make 2008 one of the best school years to remember, we held the last mufti day to support Breast Cancer, which we all wore pink to support the theme. We worked hard and put all our mite and effort into the last social of the year to be the best ever. The theme is ‘SUPER HEROES’ and we provided spot prizes for ‘Best Hero’, ‘Best Heroine’,’ Most Creative Hero’, ‘Most Unexpected Hero’ and ‘Funniest Hero’. It was a fantastic and awesome night, especially for the ‘Class of 2008’ who are leaving this year. We have raised a great amount of money this year; with currently having $1000 in the Council Bank. After our last social and next meeting, with the money left we are going to leave some for the 2009 Council and the rest is going into school facilities or activities which would benefit the school in the future. On behalf of the Student Council of 2008, I would like to thank the students who trusted us with their problems and opinions, which wa vital in making this, school a better place. I would also like to thank Mrs Crate and the following Council members shown below for giving up their time to contribute to the Student Council and all their hard work and effort. It has been an honour serving this school and I wish the Student Council of 2009 all the best. By Bernadette Kerr (Bernie Bill Williams). I was one of those prefects that didn't wear uniform everyday, but I knew in my heart I was one, I loved it, enjoyed it - Cecilia Well being a prefect was a good opportunity and like Cecilia just said, I didn’t always wear my uniform much really but I knew I was one - Jo Being a prefect has been memorable and an honor. We all had our good time together being responsible for the school I’ve enjoyed wearing the blazer, I have enjoyed the many .responsibilities and it has been a great privilege being part of an efficient committee” “best wishes for the prefects next year!!!!!!! - Bernadette Being a prefect has been an awesome experience, from wearing my uniform to being told I’m not going to university countless times (thanks Dean), I’ve been a hassled constantly for not wearing my ridiculous expensive school shoes courtesy of Mr Rothman and screamed at for not wearing my blazer on a scorching hot day. ahhhhh the life of a prefect. - Carl Apart from avoiding Mrs Crate for not wearing uniform…...I enjoyed my time being prefect. and had fun doing all the prefect things - Manpreet


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On Tuesday 18 March, it was our pleasure to host a ‘wine and cheese’ evening during which we acknowledged the achievement of the students who had excelled in their NCEA exams last year. It started with a gathering in the hall with a welcoming speech and a quick performance from our Tokoroa High lip sync group. Then the year eights were split in to groups of about 20 each with two year thirteen and twelve leaders and given their agenda for the day and sent to their first class for the day which was a variety between Home Economics, Science, English, P.E. Maths, and Computers. We stopped for a morning tea break where the year eights were giving a selection of fruit, muesli bar and a drink of juice. Then it was back to some more class selections for another two hours until we stopped for a lunch break where we had a sausage sizzle and ice blocks. The students had a chance to watch the league boys train then have a go. They also played some soccer with the older students. Then it was another class and back to the hall for some more performances where we had singing and puna vai ora. That was the end of a great day, meeting lots of new people and participating in heaps of different activities. To receive an ‘Excellence Award’ a student has to achieve at least 10 credits at Excellence Level in their NCEA assessments. A student who receives 10-19 excellence credits will receive a Bronze Award, to receive a Silver award 20-29 credits must be achieved and if a student gains 30 plus credits at Excellence level they receive a GOLD Award. This year we recognised 10 students: Bronze Awards: (10-19 Credits) Laura Thrupp 10 Credits Menante Appel 10 Credits Claudia Russell 10 Credits Teagan Rangitutia 12 Credits Patricia Ngatai 12 Credits Savea Daniel Malietoa 12 Credits Anthony Utanga 12 Credits Meriol Tearetoa 16 Credits Heamo Dehar 17 Credits Science and Biology Science and Biology Science, Biology, Maori Maori Dance, PE and Cook Island Maori Health PE, Maths, Computing Dance, Cook Islands Maori PE and Maori Gold Awards: (30+ Credits) Ngarimu Hapi Te Reo Maori and English 30 Credits We also acknowledged two ex students who did very well. James Gardiner who received 40 credits at excellence level in Level 3 in English, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology and gained scholarships in statistics and geography. Patrick Broman who received 24 credits at excellence level in Level 3 in English, History and Geography. When presenting the Awards Mr Edwards laid down the challenge to the students – they need to set themselves the goal of achieving more excellence credits in 2008!


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Kimberly Morris When I first got to the school I wasn't sure if I was going to fit in, but I soon realised that it wasn't so hard. Everyone here is friendly and it was really easy for me to make friends, specially with those guys that share the same interest for soccer. Well, actually they were more interested by the fact I am from Argentina and I am supposed to be really good at it, but they soon found out that I am no Maradona, and I am definitely not better than Chris Teague. He is actually teaching me stuff about soccer, but as I turned out to be better than some of the guys that play soccer for Tok High they invited to play with them, as well as train every morning before school starts, and every interval and also at lunch time. I am playing more soccer here than in Argentina! Oh, by the way, it's called football not soccer! There are many differences that I could list between Tok High and my school in Argentina. The most important is that there I don't get to choose what subjects I want to study and I have 15 of them, so it's been quite easy for me changing from 15 compulsory subjects to just 6 of them that I can choose, although I am still struggling with the English classes. I've never done a reading log before! Also we don't have one room for every subject, but only one room for the whole year and the teachers are the ones who need to change classes not us. My first week here I got lost and I didn't which way to go, but thankfully I had Mere Jo and my friends to take me to my classes on time, until I learned my way through the school. Another difference between the schools is the buildings and fields. In my school we have to use the same field for soccer an rugby and we don't even have a gym, not even proper heaters to warm the whole classroom. We rely on our body heat to warm it. It works better when you have more people inside one classroom, and it can get really cold in winter, but of course not as cold as New Zealand! To sum up: Tok High is better than Saint Anthonys (that is the name of my school in Argentina). I conclusion I can say that I have fitted in and that I am really enjoying my time in New Zealand, and at Tok High. I can't start saying that I am going to miss it, because I still have another 8 months of exchange in New Zealand before I go back in June. It is not time to be thinking about my life in Argentina, because as they say in AFS (the exchange organisation) you have to "be where you are" If you live the present and don't miss your past and you will have the greatest time. Martin Piccinini My name is Cory Scott from Pennsburg Pennsylvania which is on the eastern side of the USA about an hour from Philadelphia and a few hours from Washington D.C. I will be living here in Tokoroa for the next year. I first applied to come to New Zealand in November of last year. I found out I was coming in May but was not due to come until midJuly. Due to lack of host families my trip was postponed four weeks. To get to New Zealand I flew five hours to Los Angeles. Then I flew another thirteen hours to Auckland, and lastly forty minutes to Rotorua. My town in the USA is just a little smaller than Tokoroa but very similar, so it was an easy change for me. I live with my parents and my two brothers on a small farm. I now am living in a house where I have two sisters, which is very different for me. My older host sister was an exchange student in the USA last year, so it is easy for us to talk about all the different things are experienced. My school is called Upper Perkiomen High School and has about 1000 students, quite different then the 360 here at Tok. I would just like to say that yes, in the USA we ride to school in yellow school busses and we have cheerleaders at my school. I have found school here to be slightly easier because in the USA we get a lot more homework. Another difference I notice was that in the USA my school is one large building, while here you have a bunch of smaller buildings. Overall I really like Tok High, it's a little different, but I like it. Over the course of the next year I hope to see more of the country and experience as much as possible. Cory Scott Went to New York State, USA for a year Had to fundraise $10,000 in 8 weeks Left NZ August 9th 2007, home again July 2008 Hard leaving friends and family, but knew I was in for adventure. 8 of us Flew 12 hours to LA, then me and another girl And I from NZ flew 5 hours to NYC. Was all excited to be in another country Got dehydrated and was vomiting, first day in America, But hadn’t met host family. Ended up in Queens hospital on a drip for 36 hours. I wanted to come home, but got over it Tough beginning, just meant things were going to get Better. Host family, 3 sisters and Mom, just lived with Mom and Kim(14) Lived a very rural area. Back yard was a forest, deer always around. Saw bear one day, snake another. School like tv, lockers down hallways. First family didn’t work out, After 3 months, changed familes. Moved 5 hours away, near Niagara falls. New host family 3 sisters, mom and dad Felt at home While I was there, I got to see: Niagara Falls (25 min from home) Went to Chicago for a few days. Canada (border 30 min away) Toronto Day trip, Over night Statue of liberty. Washington DC, White house, Lincoln statue etc Disney land in Florida 5 days with school. You’re probably thinking you could never get the chance to do these things, I thought the same. If you think you want to experience another culture, you can do it. It can be anywhere in the world Don’t have to know language, just be able to adjust to their life style. Hard for me at first but now I am so glad I did it, An experience I will never forget.


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Adult Education A fear factor challenge is announced from the notices. At lunch a bit of people gather near the office where the picnic tables are. Only some girls including me were keen to step up to this fear factor challenge. Three girls are in each house team, only two house teams which Rimu and Kauri showed up along with some witnesses and supporters. Time had come to start this challenge. I step forward, towards the table and blow a little gasp. I’m the first one to start off fear factor as well as my opponent. In front of us is Raw mushy Squid topped on the dry Weetbix, alongside a pineapple lump. Fear Factor It has been another busy and successful year for the school’s adult community education (ACE) programme. The most popular evening classes this year were introduction to salsa, Turkish belly dancing, candle making and Indian cooking. Most popular day classes were English for new immigrants and Cook Island crafts. Other new additions to the programme were pilates, electronics, Henna or Indian body art, home maintenance for women, reflexology and self defence for women. The new courses in forkhoist licence and heavy truck licence theory were also well attended. The four South Waikato schools offering adult education programmes will receive a boost next year with the appointment this term of of Margaret Crampton-Steer as ACE networker. My thanks to all the wonderful tutors who shared their expertise and enthusiasm with their classes and communities this year. 1 2 3 GO!! Dr Trevor Bentley ACE Co-ordinator Introducing Mohan Lal and Lalita Sudhakar Mohan is a night class - Community tutor, teaching Indian Cooking. I pick up the disgusting Weetbix with Squid and tried to munch it down as fast as I can. The words, “ Just picture it as chocolate” kept running through my head, but the feel of dry Weetbix getting stuck in my throat was quite painful as I was trying to swallow. When I felt the Raw mushy Squid touch the roof of my mouth I almost vomited, it sickened me and sent a chill down my spine. I got through the torture afterwards and ended off with a tasty pineapple lump, which didn’t taste right with the previous unwanted food I just had. Lalita is teaching Henna or traditional Indian body painting this term. Q. A. HOW DO STUDENTS LEARN WHEN THEIR TEACHER IS NOT IN THEIR SCHOOL? VIA VIDEO CONFERENCE. television, disguised as video conference equipment, is part of the life of a few students. I enjoy teaching adults because of their vast knowledge, experiences, and skills. It open a window to lots of possibilities and I have developed life long friendship through teaching adults cooking internationally. I have taught cooking in Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, USA, and Canada. Mohan Lal Since the invention of television, people have discussed, debated and lamented over the amount of time young spend in front of a television set. Some people see the television set as a stationary baby sitter while others see the television set as a piece of technology that gives young people an unnecessary education or stifles the development of social skills. I have taught adult education courses internationally and my areas of expertise include pottery, jewellery making and a variety of decorative Indian crafts. Lalita Sudhakar For various reasons students sometimes wish to study subjects that are not offered in their school. Other schools can provide lessons via video conference. For example, one student studied electronics by linking to a school in the South Island. Other students studied Economics by linking When computers became more than just another invention, people with a neighbouring school which was also linking with another school in thought them unnecessary because the computers would take over jobs, the South Island. creating unemployment. Computers were certainly not needed in schools because teachers delivered the lessons and the students remembered Students not only sit in front of television screens, disguised as video conference equipment, but also use a computer to email their teacher to every bit of the information given out. ensure good communication is kept. Well, computers are now part of every student’s school life and the


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Law, physiotherapy, sports, trade engineering, and emergency management. These are just a sample of the work placements 35 Gateway students experienced during 2008. Gateway is a programme run in selected secondary schools nationwide, which places students in local workplaces for handson 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 non-Gateway 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’Connoll, the Gateway co-ordinator who arranges the placements.


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Gifted and Talented Enrichment Programme Art Publishing a Book One very interesting thing we did with GATE was to spend a session talking to Mr Bentley on how to publish a book and we got some good tips on writing and dealing with publishers. Aaron Gott This has been a very good year for GATE doing all sorts of activities. But my favourite was art. We learnt a bit about history at the same time doing art. It was a very good learning experience. Matthew Broman Art was cool. We had to draw and memorise pictures, look at it again and see what was missing. Haraina Mani The art section in GATE was interesting because we learned about the history of some famous paintings and we memorised some things in a painting and drew them on our paper. We soon learned that we all had bad memories. Courtney Ross Taupo Trip Gate has been a great learning experience. I’ve learnt a lot about many activities. The trip to Taupo was awesome. My favourite activity was art. Bradley Tremain about the Maori Battalion. There were three men acting as twenty seven characters. This show gave me a fair understanding of the Maori Battalion. I have learnt that the New Zealanders fought for their land and never gave up. I feel proud to be New Zealander and thank you of giving me this opportunity. Tatyana Closing Statements When we were working with Miss Tarai we made a fold out card that described ourselves and when we worked with Mr Hoby we sketched ancient artefacts and were learning about famous painters. Hannah Dewhurst In art we learnt about paintings and what they stood for and then we tried to draw a picture by looking at it then it goes away and we try to draw what GATE is all good. You get out of normal class. We have done art, we remembered about the painting. Another time we learnt how to do some music and heaps of other topics. Tane Thompson. stuff on the computer that interested me quite a bit. Literacy Opeta Utanga thought that literacy was an exciting subject, as did Gary Simeona Harris who only attended this one session as he preferred to stay in his classes. We did similes, synonyms antonyms and adjectives. Gate is an exciting thing to do. We did a lot of good subjects but my favourite was going to Taupo and learning and watching a play about the Maori Battalion. We learnt a lot of For a day we went to Taupo to see a World War 2 play and to the Volcanic interesting things. Centre. After all the excitement we Joel Bramall got to walk around Taupo to get our This year we did a lot of stuff in lunch and to look at things but it was GATE but I’m here to talk about the sad because it was raining but it was Maori Battalion. It was a great exan alright day. perience and it was of lot of fun. One Hayley Bason of the actors was getting really I liked the time we went to the Volcheeky to me and I didn’t get any canic Centre in Taupo. When we food but it was really fun. watched the play with the guyz in it. Lucus Pollard. It was funny because they acted out (Lucas did however get to taste a lots of different parts. cup of strong coffee as part of his Rebecca Russell Second World War experience.) Yes Tane you have covered other topics such as Indian cooking, learning about travelling and computing. You still have music, drumming, dancing, videoing and using photoshop coming up this year. I wish to thank all the staff who have given of their free time to teach this enthusiastic group of students this year. Jenny Hainsworth Service to Others On this day we did painting and we painted over the seats at the youth park. Phillip Towler We went to the Volcano centre and learned about all different kinds of volcanoes. We went in this room that shook like an earthquake and watched a video. Next we went to the new library where we met the stars of the Maori Battalion play. The show was cool and funny! They did a lot of talking before the show at the library. Then we went to KFC, had a feed then watched the play. I wish I had known the Maori Battalion song. Whetu White I liked the time we went to the Taupo Volcanics Centre and when we went to watch three guys play where they acted a lot of different characters out. It was a very fun day. And I’m sure everyone enjoyed themselves like me. Devon Morris There have been many events in GATE but the one that I was most interested in was when we went to Taupo for a show. The show was (This little group of students decided to give service to the community by painting over graffiti in town. Working alongside the local Council the boys discovered that there was The trip to see the Maori Battalion very little graffiti in the town on that particular was a pretty cool way to learn about day and so they painted tables and seats in WWII. We got to go back in time and two public areas of the town to beautify the experience it from the fun side of the town instead.) story, opening our view and expanding our knowledge. The trip itself was great with fun activities along with it. Even Subway for lunch! Sharnice Birch


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On the 28th of April, Jesse, Louise myself, along with Mr Ngapo, attended the SADD conference in Wellington. It was such a great event and an eye opener for us! It wasn’t until we saw the shocking truth and the effects on some of its victims that it really did affect us. I guess the biggest thing for us was getting to listen and talk to a real life panel made up of the police, coroners ambulance of alcohol crew and doctors. They spoke to us about what they see everyday relating to drunk drivers and the teens and the innocent lives of those lost to a drunk drivers. One girl who lost her mother spoke this year at the conference about how now has to live without a mother! The Mission of SADD is to reduce road deaths and injuries from drink driving by promoting positive behaviour change among teens. Last week we were honoured by the visit of our Prime Minister Helen Clark and our MP Mark Burton. Senior students were given the chance to ask questions and challenge our Prime Minister on what is happening in our country and overseas. The vision is clear: New Zealand young people should not drink-drive. I want to personally thank the Prime Minister for the opportunity given to our young people to listen, question and grow. It was an outstanding interaction and a real gift to our young people from the top political leader in the country. I don’t think any of us will forget the day the Prime Minister of New Zealand had dialogue with our seniors. Elgin Edwards Helen We all partook in seminars that taught us the importance of not driving and not hopping into the car of a drunk driver, it’s just too risky and that statistics show this! What sort of things will our school aim to do? Organise other SADD conferences, inviting guests to speak to the school etc Fun events like organising and networking with other students Inform our community of Tokoroa about doing the right thing (no drunk driving) and most of all, getting the message out that drink driving is not cool! • • • Our prime objective in going to this conference was to get ideas for promoting positive SADD messages on behalf of T.H.S. On behalf of the SADD committee we would like to thank the school for all their support. Bernadette Kerr, Jesse Stol, Louise Sinclair. Meridian Energy Our congratulations go to Mr Jones year 12 Physics class who are the winners of the LEARNZ Wind Power Trip Competition. These students have received a Power House which will enable them to experiment with sustainable living in the 21st century. Well done to all students and staff members involved


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So many good books, so little time!! 2008 has been a fast and furious year for the Library. Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated student librarians: Deearna Dewhurst, Serena Olsen, Angelica Old, Molly Mitchell, Chris Cook, Aaron Anderton, Jesse Cadle-Middlemas, Reuben Dixon, Natasha Finlayson, Hannah Dewhurst, Cassandra French, Stacey King, Devon Morris, most tasks were completed on time. As well as helping with displays and flyers student librarians also helped with choosing books for the library – with a wide range of ages and interests involved book selection became very interesting indeed! The Library has benefited greatly from their help, I couldn’t have done it without you! It was on a fine autumn morning during term two when our history class and Mr Bentley left the school on the annual year 13 history field trip. The theme for the day was nineteenth century NZ warfare and we travelled by van firstly to the Te Awamutu Museum. Here, our guides Alan and Paul took us through their New Zealand Wars display and Ngarimu won some vouchers for Subway after winning the research skills competition. From here our guides took us to the old Orakau battlefield where Carl was greatly inspired by their exciting description of the battle better known as ‘Rewi’s Last Stand.’ Visiting author for this year was Apirana Taylor. He spoke to senior classes on his works, the writing process, and his involvement with theatre and drama. Students agreed that meeting this author was a stimulating experience and many found that such was his versatility with words and music that they were moved and inspired to produce creative work themselves. It was certainly a performance not to be missed. From Te Awamutu, we travelled to the Waikato Museum to view their kingitanga exhibition where the normally cool Timinator gave way to emotion. We c o m pl e t e d o u r activity sheets with the help of a brilliant guide. The lunch break in Hamilton took a little longer than expected as Bernie, Elvisa, Louise and Jesse were delayed talking to and posing for photos with Richard Kahui. We then visited Cambridge Museum. Here the theme was the Intertribal Musket Wars and we viewed and sketched their massive model of Te Totara Pa which once dominated the Thames district before it fell to Hongi Hika’s 2,000 muskets in 1821. In all, it was a very busy day summed up by the history crew as ‘good times,’ ‘magnificent day’ and ‘very visual.’ This year saw the start of a new reading programme within the Library. Named the ‘Quest’, it was aimed at differing levels of reader and rewarded students for books completed at their level – quality rather than quantity. In all, twenty-four students participated. ‘Quest’ was made possible by the generous support of Kiwanis. Games are always an attraction on wet winter days and this year the upstairs rooms were used to capacity for cards, chess, scrabble and various board games. A small but dedicated group of student, under the guidance of Mr Billy Maea, have become chess fanatics and use every interval and lunchtime opportunity to hone their skills. The Library continues to be a vibrant and inspiring workspace, fully utilised by students and staff. 2008 has been busy and exciting and I look forward to 2009. Laura Henderson Library Manager Lions Speech Competition On the of 7th June, Andrew Marama-Lyon along with Mr Ngapo travelled to Rotorua to attend the Lyon’s Speech competition as the youngest competitor in the competition Andrew had a lot of serious opposition but against all odds managed to exceed in the competition taking it out; earning him the right to partake in the regional speech competition in Cambridge. Andrew gave a direct and persuasive speech on “reaching your true potential” and how the media makes it difficult for this to occur! We congratulate Andrew for his efforts and applaud him for his ability to speak well in public, This a skill we all need to learn to acquire. Kia Kaha Andrew!


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Baccalaureate isosceles labyrinthine mnemonic pseudonym voluptuous zeitgeist Haka – Apirana Taylor Earlier this year, in Term One, we were lucky enough to have Apirana Taylor visit our school. During his visit he performed some of his works, much to the delight of the audience, as well as held a writing workshop. It was amazing to see the man behind the words and hear them come to life. It moved the audience in so many ways, some even to tears. Apirana’s generosity extended to a gift of a CD of his works which is to be given to the top student in Year 13 English this year. We were extremely honoured to have this prestigious New Zealand writer share his talents with us for the day. “If some of you don’t have the foggiest idea what these words mean, or just don’t know how to say them let alone even spell them, then don’t worry too much, neither do most people, but Hannah does” Spelling Bee When I hear the haka I feel it in my bones and in my wairua the call of my tipuna flashes like lightning up and down my spine it makes my eyes roll and my tongue flick it is the dance of earth and sky the rising sun and the earth shaking it is the first breath of life eeeee aaa ha haaaa A Day Out to the Theatre On Friday the 9th May, with a wet start to the day, nineteen students ventured to the Volcanic Centre library and Civic Centre in Taupo. At the Volcanic Centre, the students viewed different types of rocks, identified volcanic areas within the centre of the north island and reconstructed the tectonic plates around the world. They experienced a simulated earthquake and watched films showing the last three eruptions of Mount Ruapehu. On the 14th March 2008, Hannah Dewhurst attended the regional Vegemite Spelling Bee in Hamilton on behalf of Tokoroa High School. She participated with gusto and really did our school proud. We were the only participating school representing from the South Waikato. In representry the school and community; she did a wonderful job, making it through the first round and placing in the top 25 spellers overall. The second stage of the day involved listening to the three actors talking about the research they had undertaken prior to creating the production. Two of the three actors were involved from the inception. These two actors were from different cultural backgrounds – one Maori and the other Italian. They identified the common elements between their two peoples as a love of food and song. After speaking to family members from both of these people they put together a series of linked events that had actually occurred to their people from both nationalities, even though they were on the opposing sides of the war. These were based around the time of the bombing of Monte Cassino. The play had the students and adults shrieking with laughter. Our students laughed so much during part of the play one actor was unable to hold his role and had to move the play forward to an acting part so that he did not laugh and destroy the illusion. The drama swung viewers from one emotion to another. Actors made attachments to their audience by handing out small quantities of food and drink and asking questions. The actors personally connected many of the students to the play. The representation and symbolism was portrayed in a very clever manner. These six talented Christian youth gave up their precious time to perform at Tokoroa High School on the 2nd of April near the end of the first term. There was also another young woman, part of the band, who could not make it unfortunately. Performances included re-arranged songs such as “This ain’t a scene, it’s a damn arms race” by Fall Out Boy, “What I’ve done” by Linkin Park and “Changes” by 2Pac. This years drummer, Eli, spoke about the hardships he had undertaken as a child and how he grew up to become friends with his past enemies- “Treat other as you wish to be treated”. YONE also featured a humorous skit which took the mickey out of ‘High School Musical’, ‘Hairspray’ and onion rings. Band member, Andre, also did a professional beat boxing performance which was totally awesome! This band tours every year around New Zealand, performing at schools, churches, prisons and youth events. Hannah enjoyed the experience and urges other year nine students to also give it ago. She recommends getting in early, and learning the words as it allows the students better opportunities in the competition. Hannah only had two weeks to do well in the Bee. It was great that she was so highly placed. We are all proud of you. Hannah would like to thank her classmates for helping her study for the Bee and her teachers and family for their undivided support. Y = Youth One = 1 year Mr Keinan Ngapo. 08 Every year, the band has different members but always has the same message for youth and other people who may have troubles in their lives. Their purpose is to entertain, encourage and to help others find the right path. Elvisa Robb



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