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22 OCTOBER 2014

The focus of this term for all students is their preparation for and completion of end of year assessments. For seniors this is a focus on NCEA externals and Scholarship examinations as well as the completion of any internal assessments.


Senior students will commence their NCEA exam leave from Monday 3 November with exams scheduled to commence on Monday 10 November.

Exams for Year 9 and 10 students will be held in week four of this term and will run over three days – Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 November.


At the end of last term senior students received reports and Records of Learning.  Students who did senior exams will also have received their exam scripts.  Parents are encouraged to discuss all these documents with their students and to reflect on strategies that would help students to achieve their goals by the end of 2014.

A number of departments are offering extra learning opportunities for students after school and during lunch times, as advertised in the Daily Notices on PukekoheNet News Centre. With only 7 school days left, all senior students should be well into their study programme.  There is still enough time to ensure that every student has a successful academic year.


During this term there are several ceremonies to recognise the academic, sporting and cultural achievements of our students.

Arts Awards

Wednesday 22 October, commencing at 7:00 pm in the school hall to recognise achievements in music, the visual and performing arts.

Sports Awards

Thursday 24 October, commencing at 7:00 pm in the school hall.

Senior Prize Giving

Tuesday 4 November, commencing at 7.00 pm in the Town Hall.

Senior prize giving is our most important school ceremony and is our opportunity to acknowledge the many and wide ranging achievements of our students, culminating in the announcement of our dux for the year. All prize winners in years 11, 12 and 13 are expected to attend and we extend an invitation to families of these students as well.

Māori Achievement Celebrations

Tuesday 2 December (date to be confirmed) commencing at 5.00pm at the Ngā Hau e Wha Marae and is an evening where we acknowledge the successes of our Māori students.

Year 13 Graduation

Monday December 8 in the school hall at 7.00 pm. Year 13 students who meet the graduation requirement of at least 80 per cent attendance will be entitled to attend and be recognised as a graduate of the school.

This is last opportunity for the class of 2014 to be together as a  year group. Many have been together over the past five years and in that regard they share a special bond. Graduation night is also an occasion when the school can recognise them as having completed 5 years secondary education and for the many contributions they have made to school life throughout this time.

Junior Prize Givings

Tuesday 9 December - Year 10.       Wednesday 10 December - Year 9.


The annual Sports awards evening commences at 7.00 pm on Thursday 23 October in the school hall. At this function will be presented our sports awards and trophies across the full range of sports that we offer. These will include our top awards for which individuals and teams have been nominated.

Nominees for the Major Awards are as follows:

Malcolm Hood Cup - Endeavour in Sport; Jenna Dodd, Bailee Waller, Zane Anderson, Kendrick Siu.

McQuoid Trophy - Commitment, Preparation, Performance; Rebecca Cheyne, Jenna Dodd, Maxine Rawnsley, Bailee Waller, Kaitlin Petherick, Hayley Marx, Harvey Humber, Olivia Gillot.

Ken Hemopo Shield - Leadership in Sport; Lance Tairakena, Aaron Campbell, Kendrick Siu, Lachlan Caudwell.

McMillan Trophy - Fair Play Award; Football Girls’ 2nd XI, Football Boys 1st XI, Hockey Boys 1st XI, Hockey Boys’ 3rd XI, Yr 9 and Yr 10 Netball teams.

Lions Club Cup - Most Outstanding Achievement; Kaitlin Petherick, Olivia Gillott, Abi Chapman, Hayley Marx, Hannah Childs.

Welander Shield - Most Outstanding Achievement; David Van Den Bogaard, Zachary Dell, Regan Bernasconi.

C Pritchard Cup - All Round Sportswoman of the Year; Abi Chapman, Kaitlin Petherick, Maxine Rawnsley, Hayley Marx, Ellenna Caudwell, Roxanne Rawnsley.

6A 1959 Cup - All Round Sportsman of the Year; Gerard Melchers, Lachlan Caudwell, Hiraku Walley, Dylan Moxon

Guest speaker at the awards is Ms Louise Jones, physical education teacher at Pukekohe High School and member of the New Zealand track team that competed at the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.


Included in the term dates for the year approved by the Board were three teacher only days. The first was held in term two and focussed on student wellbeing and we had a presenter from the Brainwave Trust on that day.

The second is scheduled for Friday 14 November where the focus will be on curriculum planning and assessment.

The third will not be held before the end of term. Consequently this will mean a change to the end of school dates.

 On Tuesday December 9 Year 10s will finish school for the year following their prize giving at 1.00pm.Year 9s will finish on Wednesday December 10 following their prize giving at 10.00 am. These dates are one day earlier than previously stated.

Junior Exam Timetable

Year 9

Year 10

Wednesday 5 November


Social Studies

Thursday 6 November



Friday 7 November

Social Studies


Monday 10 November


Physical Education

  Breakfast Club


Junior students are invited to join us every Wednesday morning in H3 for breakfast (no charge) for the rest of term 4. Food will be served between 7:30am and 8:10am. Hope to see you there!



The University of New South Wales Science exam was held on 4 June 2014 where 73 students from years 9 to 13 participated.

 Results were as follows: 1 High Distinction, 3 Distinction and 11 Credit

 Credit awards (top 30% in NZ) - Nikita Tolmie, Sheena O’Brien, Caitlin Bergervoet, Thomas Curtin, Jack Boulton, Logan Ward, Matt Stevens, Rebecca Cheyne, Eden Yin, Cory Townsend and Jemma Norman.                                           

Distinction awards (top 5% in NZ) - Ailsa Coulson, Charlotte Duke and Angus Eason.

A High Distinction award­ (top 1% in NZ) - Charlotte Colyer

The University of Otago Senior Science Quiz on held on 11 June where 4 students gained Merit awards. - Alexander Truong, Jack Arthurs-Schoppe, Lily Lynden and Cailtlin Bergervoet.

Australian National Chemistry Quiz - Jack Boulton - High distinction, Kieran Evans, Jacqui Smith, Tyne Wijdeven - Distinction, Alexander Truong - Credit.

HOST FAMILIES AND HOMESTAYS needed for International students 2015

Busy, active, fun and caring host families and homestays are needed for 2015. You don't have to speak or be learning the language as the students are here to learn English. We will visit you before they arrive and give full training and support whilst the students are here. All Hosts are paid $225 per week.


·       1 week to 8 weeks March-May - Japanese girls and Thai boys/girls

      Yr 9 – Yr 13.

·       Yr 10 students needed to host or buddy Japanese girls for all of term 1.

The short term students have their own NZ Study and ESOL classes as well as trips and other activities organised for them. English must be your first language spoken in the home and living close to school is a big advantage.

Please contact Mrs Morbey amorbey@pukekohehigh.school.nz OR 021668716 if you can help or know someone that can.


-    Homestay families or couples needed (6 months - 1 year) from end of  January 2015 for boys and girls aged 15-17yrs. Hosts to live close to school or must be prepared to drive  student/s to school daily.

Please contact Mrs Anderson tanderson@pukekohehigh.school.nz OR 0212246456 for further details.


Next Wednesday 24 September is when subject selection forms for 2015 need to be returned by all Year 10, 11 and 12 students. Over the past two weeks students have had access to subject information through the school's internet, subject information books and careers education classes. Hopefully, parents and caregivers have felt part of this process by discussing future career and study goals with their student(s) and ensuring that the subjects chosen will enable them to achieve their goals.

Information regarding subjects and courses for next year can be found on the school’s website (access Subject Selection tab). There are also course planning guides which are there to assist students to plan their courses beyond 2015, information about NCEA and there is helpful advice under “Formula for choosing subjects to study”. The prerequisites that students need to meet in order to take some subjects are also listed.

Students will be able to view information about subjects and courses, their linkages with vocations and the type of learning that is involved from displays in the hall. These displays will be available to students over the next few days and will also be available for parents and caregivers to view and discuss with subject teachers on Thursday 18 September between 4.00 – 7.00pm.


 Mr Willy Schoppe has resigned his position as a parent representative on the Board of Trustees. Mr Schoppe has served four years as a Board member and the school community thanks him for his support and contribution to school governance during this time.

There is now a casual vacancy on the Board for an elected trustee. The Board has resolved under section 105 of the Education Act to fill this vacancy by selection. A public notice to this effect will be published shortly.

Five year 12 students, Antoine Ogilvie, Jacqui Smith, Jessica Haigh, Ishaan Singhal and Oliver Jenner have submitted nominations for the position of student representative on the Board. In all schools this is a 12 month term commencing in October. Students will be able to vote for their candidate when polling commences on Thursday.