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2018 Yearbook | Edition 97

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FOREWORD

Mrs Carol Mulcahy (Editor) Ms Laura Abbott Abbie Reid Abigail Howard Cameron Hooper Catherine Burr

2018 Magazine Committee: Katie Wekking Celeste Nyatsanza Katie Reid Chloe Vivian Levi Preston Dani Codnig Lilly Fox Dylan Harris Matthew Fleming Emma Bradley McKenzie Kerr-Bell Hannah Lidgett

Morgan Twiss Nameera Khan Seth Green Sophie Hutchinson Taleisha McGuire Tamoa Eremee

By Mrs Carol Mulcahy

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hat a year! So many changes, the biggest being the change of Principal. Mid way through 2018 saw the departure of Mr McKinnon after 22 years at the helm, and the arrival of Mr Barnett to take charge. In trying to come up with a theme for this yearbook, I figured we had seen our trilogy of nostalgic games and then saw a morphing of the principal from one to another. So, the idea of the regeneration came about. In the Dr Who universe, the Doctor is a Timelord who can regenerate into another human body. Therefore, it would be fun to see our Principal ‘regenerate’ from Mr McKinnon to Mr Barnett. In addition, 2018 saw the first female actor take on the iconic role of Dr Who, which is a great step forward for equality. Tolerance, getting along, equality and always being on a learning journey should be qualities for any school student, just as it is for a Timelord. On the show, the doctor travels the universe in a T.A.R.D.I.S, meaning Time And Relative Dimensions In Space. Basically, it is much bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside. I’d say that is true of Pukekohe High School. Yes, we can see the buildings, the huge fields, the outside Special thanks: Sisi, our wonderful designer from Alpine Printers, Pukekohe Thomas Williams and Richard Spranger photography extraordinaires Ms Jess Bluck, Emma Bradley and others for supplying photos Matthew Fleming for his Gallifreyan translations and images Anna McCarthy for additional Whovian ideas All staff, students, whanau and others who have supplied information

areas and so on, and those places don’t change much in terms of their size. However, the activities that go on inside those boundaries are immense. There is much more that takes place than can be seen from the outside. To try to represent the broad range of activities, involvements, and successes at the high school, this book has 20 more pages than in previous years. So, you would think that we would have space to spare to fit things in. No chance! I am sorry to say that we have probably still left news, and people, out. It wasn’t intentional. This Magazine Committee has just resigned itself to only being able to provide a flavour of what it is to be at Pukekohe High School. Be impressed by what you see within the covers of this yearbook. I know I am always still surprised at the huge opportunities offered, and taken up, by students at our school. Be proud to be at this school. I am! Turn the page and see what is in store as we take you on a journey through 2018. I wonder where we will go next year…


CONTENTS

Year 9 Article Head Students, Not Headless Monks! Principal’s Page Chair of the Board Prefects & Councils Staff News – Joiners and Leavers Junior Achievement Awards 2017 Maaori Student Achievement Awards 2017 New Roopu WMX/Parihaka Visit Hikoi to the North Wairua Week Canteen Capers House Sports – “Don’t Blink!” Tongan Language Week A Voyage of Self Discovery Blake House Photos/Home Room Photos Music Mass Music Stars Rockquest Tangata Beats/48hr Film Festival Real Science Puhoro/Maths English Day House/Home Room Photos Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award World Vision Pukekohe Pride Arts Awards Art Art Exhibitions and Visits Sydney Vivid Art Trip Suffrage 125 Year 13 Dress Ups RSA/40hr Famine PHS in the Community Farewell to Mr McKinnon

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The Arrival – Mr Barnett Fiji Biology Trip Jellicoe House/Home Room Photos Sports Overview Kiana Swain Water Polo/Squash Spotlight on Aleisha Rugby Hockey Rowing/Floorball Netball Basketball Ki O Rahi/Equestrian Shooting Massey House/Home Room Photos Sports Awards 2018 Pukekohe Life Market Days Big Business Brains International Students Taiwan was a Lit Time, Fam. Hip Hop Stars/Library Perkins House/Home Room Photos Career Development Services New Caledonia School Ball - Destination Las Vegas Maaori World Language/Maaori Leaders A Rising Star – Jarney Proctor Our New School Haka Polyfest House Shield Results Academic Stars Senior Prizegiving 2018 Staff Photo Class of 2018 The Last Word

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Tanisha Robertson CONTENTS | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018 | 1


DO YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW HOW TO FLY THIS THING? By Katie Reid & Lilly Fox

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e stepped into the school on the first day and marveled at the sheer size of the place, at least us two did. With one step, we had sunk from the Alpha status of our previous school to the little fish in the big pond. We all had our own groups and labels: nerd, geek, jock, athlete; and we worried about where we would be placed We all knew the stories; that you would have your head flushed down the toilet by gangs of seniors, that you would get beaten if you turned in homework late and that it was 100% guaranteed that you would get a boyfriend (or girlfriend). Teleport yourself a few weeks ahead and we were used to a huge school. The marathon sprint across the school was normal, lessons with weird names were normal. I mean, what happened to reading and writing? We speak for all of us, that we (as a collective) acted like we owned the place. Before we knew it, it was the last day of term 2 and our year was half finished (or half complete, it depends how you look at it) Throughout this year, we’ve encountered many things and obstacles, such as science fair, cross country, speeches and more. For some of us, it’s a breeze. Just another task ahead of us that’s a fun learning experience. But for others, it’s sleepless nights of mental breakdowns and the last-minute gluing of a rushed poster. But in the end, it’s all of us together just trying to make it through our first year. High school is like travelling in the TARDIS. You don’t know where you’re going to go or what you’re going to do but you always know it’s going to be an adventure.  Like the Doctor, you’ll need a companion. Someone to embark on your journey with. Over the next 5 years, they will come and go but they’re an important part of your high school career. A shoulder to cry on, or a supporter to back you up even if you’re wrong. The Doctor once said, “When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… Grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.” Going into high school, this comment means so much more. So instead of focusing on the most important things in life, we need to stop and

enjoy the little things. Appreciate every opportunity you get given and live in the moment. Looking back over the year, we both think we have all changed. We’ve grown a little, learnt a little about ourselves, learnt information that we will never use. We will become anything from apiarists to zoologists. When we look back on the trials and tribulations of year 9, we hope everyone remembers the fun times. And above all, we remember the emotions we felt at the beginning of the year. This year is finally over and it’s our time to regenerate into our year 10 selves. Allons-y! “We all change when you think about it, we’re all different people all though our lives, but that’s okay, that’s good because you’ve gotta keep moving, as long as you remember the people you used to be.” - Dr Who

“He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.” – Esperance Withers

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HEAD STUDENTS, NOT HEADLESS MONKS! ELEANOR CATO

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he first day of high school feels like the starting block of a race: exciting, nerve-racking and a little bit terrifying. The bell went, and our race began through years 9, 10, 11 and 12. There were plenty of hurdles along the way but overall it was a time of self-discovery, hard work and having fun with your friends. And boys became less smelly.... For me, year 13 and becoming head girl is like the last 50 metres of the race. Now, we are leading the pack, but the obstacles just keep coming and we have to remember to push through. Not long now because the finish line’s just ahead of us and we are about to venture into our next new adventures. In my experience, what you get out of high school depends on what you put in, so lose yourself in the moment, take every opportunity you can and strive to reach your full potential in whichever aspect of high school you love. As a leader for 2018, I leave you with some final words, “Ko te pae tawhiti, whāia kia tata; ko te pae tata, whakamaua kia tīna – Seek out distant horizons and cherish those you attain.”

riginally, I thought that to be a head student, you had to be perfect, destined to be a leader. You had to be confident and mature beyond your years. In year nine, I looked at my young inexperienced self and didn’t see any of those qualities. But what I’ve learnt is that everyone is perfect in their own way. No one can expect you to be the optimal student, they can only expect you to be you. Everyone has the potential to be an amazing leader and all our 2018 year 13’s showed this so well. I cannot thank them enough for how positive and supportive they all were to one another; it really felt like we were all in this together. And the incredible Leadership Team are all so good to work with. High school has been a time I will never forget. The highs, the lows, the amazing opportunities but, most importantly, my peers. I’m so glad I got to experience this journey with the best group of people anyone could ask for and I will take the memories we share together to my grave. I wish all the leavers of Pukekohe High the best of luck in any future endeavours and hope you all live life to the fullest.

SHEY EVA

KATE FRYER

locking in as a little year 9 in 2014, in a huge school, was a little daunting. However, I knew this place held a lot of potential for me for in my life. I was a long shot off being the brainiest in class and if you were to ask me during my first three years if I’d ever wanted to be Head Student, I’d say, ‘No Way!’. Fortunately, I had many friends, family and teachers who saw my leadership and encouraged and motivated me to give it a shot at applying. ‘Why not!’ and look where it got me. Yes, my position is leadership but, for me, it’s all about servanthood, having the attitude to be willing to serve others. As I look to clock out for 2018, I can’t be thankful enough for what this school community has given me. It’s more than the label of ‘Head Student’. Each of us was assigned a task to make a difference in our school, in our own little special way and, we hope that we’re able to leave our school in a better way than when we found it. Timothy 4:12 – Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. I Am Thankful. 2018 – Over and Out! Bless!

hirteen years of school life have nearly come to an end. In that time, everyone has changed as people, whether physically, socially, or in personality. In thirteen years, we have moved through different groups of friends, and often are no longer friends with people we socialised with in primary school. We have matured as people and identified what our morals and values are. This journey has been filled with many good times, bad times, embarrassing and mortifying times. These have shaped us as people and are memories we will never forget. After thirteen years, we are all moving on to bigger and better things, but we all will never forget how nerve-wracking our first day of school was, followed by jump jam, receiving your pen licence, school productions, AIMS games, Stepz, studying for exams, interhouse tournaments, the ball and graduation. All these times have flown by and, in a way, we took them for granted. Fate is such an odd prospect. Look how much we have achieved in the last thirteen years of our lives. Who knows what will happen next? Thanks to the Class of ‘18 for a wonderful final year of school and the best of luck for your future endeavours. Love, Kate x

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“Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.” – Sydney Verrenkamp HEAD STUDENTS, NOT HEADLESS MONKS! | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018 | 3


“PRINCIPAL WHO? HE IS THE PRINCIPAL!” By Richard Barnett

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otahi te kohao o te ngira e kuhuna ai te miro ma, te miro pango, te miro whero Through the eye of the needle pass the white thread, the black thread and the red thread. I am delighted to write my first article for The Hill as Principal of Pukekohe High School and I would like to thank the whole PHS community for the genuine welcome that I have received since my appointment in July. The sheer energy and vibrancy that I noticed on my first ever visit to the school has been brought home to me many times during the past two terms. The range of cultural and sporting activities that are available to our rangatahi is a key strength of this school, and one that is rightly celebrated in the pages that follow. From the group chalk art of Wairua Week to Bike Bash during Canteen Week; from a student-led Tongan assembly to the great QR Code Hunt; from the many events to celebrate Te wiki o te Reo Maaori to the Year 13 Mud Run, our school organises a huge variety of activities that enrich the lives of our young people. The future for Pukekohe High School is a highly positive one, too, in terms of our facilities. At the time of writing, work is about to begin on a $1.8 million refurbishment of the Massey Block, which will ensure the long-term integrity of this crucial teaching space. In 2020 we will see a new, six classroom block built on the corner of Harris and John Streets. During the forthcoming term break a new climbing wall will be installed in the McKinnon gym, which will be a wonderful facility for our students and for our community. As our school roll continues to expand over the next five to ten years, so the number of buildings and facilities will increase too. I would like to thank Mrs Emma Murtagh, the school’s Property Manager, for helping bring these projects to fruition. While providing excellent accommodation to meet the needs of 21st Century learners is important, it is clearly what happens within our teaching spaces that has the most impact on student outcomes. The 2018 Education Review Office report on Pukekohe High School has a number of vital recommendations for us to work on together over the next

year to eighteen months; indeed some of the most urgent matters raised by ERO have already been addressed. As a school, we are determined to continue working to provide equity and excellence for all our students and we welcome the ongoing involvement of ERO in that process. As the whakatauki above acknowledges, it will take our whole community, acting cooperatively together, to realise the full potential of our school. The most important resource of any school is its staff, both teaching and non-teaching, and this article is an opportunity to thank everyone who works at PHS for their continuing commitment and willingness to rise to the challenges ahead. As in any year, there are a number of staff who are leaving, and we thank them all for their hard work and service during their time at PHS. I would particularly like to acknowledge and thank Amy Tipene, Assistant Principal, who has been on study leave in 2018 and who is moving to Northland next year to be near to her whaanau. Enormous thanks are due to Brian MacDonald who is retiring from his role at PHS as Assistant Principal after 25 years; he will be greatly missed by us all. As Principal, I am fortunate to have the strong support of our Board of Trustees, who give up countless hours of their time on behalf of our students. The governance and stewardship roles of a Board are crucial in ensuring the success of any school and we are lucky to have such hardworking and dedicated trustees. I wish Levi Preston, newly elected student trustee, well for the next year, and would particularly like to thank and congratulate Ben Hancock, the PHS Board Chair, on his new role as Deputy Principal at Kaitaia College from the start of 2019. Ben is a past student and staff member of PHS as well as current Board Chair, and his contributions and involvement in the life of our school are greatly appreciated. To those students and their families who are moving on from the PHS community, I wish you well and trust that you will retain many happy memories from your time here. To all students, parents and staff, my very best wishes for the summer break. Ngaa mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

“It’s all insanity from here on out.” – Amber Castle-Evans

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THE CHIEF COMPANION – THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD By Ben Hancock

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ello, Kia Ora, Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Bula Vinaka, Namaste, Nǐ hǎo. 2018 has been a transitional year for Pukekohe High School. We said goodbye to our long serving Principal and warmly welcomed our new leader of learning and Principal, Mr Richard Barnett. We rolled out our BYOD program across the school, and underwent a thorough review from the Education Review Office. It is about this time of the year that the Board takes stock of where we are and where we have come from. We reflect upon the various developments, challenges and success stories that have taken place across the school, and we also peer into the future to see what this will bring to our school, our students and our community. The School Leadership team, along with the Board of Trustees, are co-constructing a plan with the Ministry of Education and Education Review Office that will provide the school and its staff with a blueprint for the future of Pukekohe High School. There are a lot of challenges ahead for everyone, and it will take a combined concerted effort if we are to achieve the lofty ambitions that have been set for the School and its students; but it is a challenge that we embrace. Our role as a Board has been to help shape the direction for the school: what are the priorities, what are our areas of need, where do we want to be as a school, what skills do we want to equip our school leavers with, as well as the governance matters that help the keep the school running. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow trustees for their service over the past 3 years. We are coming to the end of our term as board members, where we have worked tirelessly to make a difference and to help make the school the best it can be. There have been some tough decisions and challenging times that we have faced together, but there have also been many success stories and I believe we have made a difference and have accomplished a lot of what we set out to do. I encourage any parent or caregiver to consider putting their hand up for the next round of board elections; it is a challenging but rewarding role and one I have enjoyed with my fellow trustees. The Board would like to acknowledge the numerous accomplishments and success stories that have taken place throughout the year by its students. There are far too many to identify in this article, but we are aware of the many achievements that PHS students have received in the arts, music, sport, and culture, as well as academics. Well done to everyone, don’t stop here! Continue to work hard to smash your potential.

The Board would also like to thank all the staff for their efforts this year. It takes a lot of people to make Pukekohe High School the place that it is. Everyone on staff has an important role to play in the day to day running of the school and we value their contributions to the success of our school. On a recent trip to Melbourne, I visited an exhibition for Nelson Mandela and I would like to share one of his memorable quotes: ‘Education is the most powerful tool to change the world’. It is these tools of change that Mandela spoke of that we are attempting to ingrain in our students, so that our students are better equipped to adapt to the fast changing world. The teaching of these transformative change tools to our students is not limited to the four walls of our classrooms. Rather they are developed through a wide range of learning opportunities and contexts, both within and outside of the school. Sticking with the African theme, there is the old African proverb that says ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and this still rings true today. We are collectively responsible for the education and development of our young people. Education is changing. What we traditionally think a school to be has changed, and will continue to change. Now, more than ever, students need authentic learning opportunities in real world contexts, and these contexts cannot always be provided in the traditional school model. We need the engagement of our communities to help us develop the tools of change in our students, we need a connected community to be a part of our students’ educational journeys. I challenge everyone to think about how they could contribute to the educational journeys of our students: what can you do to add to our students’ tool kits? The Board has made the statement that we want Pukekohe High School to be the school of choice for the community. We have been working hard at making this happen, this has been our challenge. My challenge to our community is: what can you do to help make our school the best it can be, what tools can you contribute to our agents of change? It takes a village after all. On behalf of the board, I wish you all well for the rest of the year and beyond. Ngā mihi.

“Big mood.” – Christian Meade

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COUNCIL COMPANIONS

By Mrs Mulcahy and Ellie Cato Academic Council Our clever council organised the activities for Academic Week, as well as the Scholar’s Dinner to celebrate those who received scholarships the previous year. We also arranged some the house competitions. Digital Council We were the new council in our school universe this year. We were busy arranging the QR Code Competition, the Kahoot quizzes, the Digital Help Facebook Page and we organised the Cyber Youth Puke North Programme. Arts Council As the creative council, we arranged the Chalk Art and House Chants competitions which were bigger than ever before. We ended with the amazing Arts Prizegiving event. Environmental Council Our Environment Council were pretty active this year. Our major highlight was to develop the signage at the front of school. We also worked with the Franklin Local Board and Representatives from Auckland Council about the future of transportation in Pukekohe. Some great ideas included expanding our cycle ways, enhancing the walking experience through town, developing strategies for sustainable growth and ways to protect the great farmland that surrounds Pukekohe. Of course, we had plenty of involvement of house competitions and we organised Pink Shirt Day Banner. Community Council The Community Council had an epic year. We arranged all the activities for Canteen Week and Bike Bash, all the mufti days to raise funds for Epilepsy, Pink Shirt day, Puni School clean up, Amelie Blackett’s World Vision trip and others. We also set up the great Teacher vs. Student Comps and joined the local Cops for the SADD drink driving Cop Stop checkpoints.

Sports Council This was an awesome year for sports and we organised the successful Mt. Roskill & Papatoetoe Sports exchanges, the Mini Sports tournaments which included volleyball, futsal and rippa, as well as jointly arranging the Teacher vs. Student Comps. Our highlight was to organize and host the annual Sports Prizegiving ceremony. Cultural Council Tena koutou, Malo e lelei, Talofa Lava, Mauri, hello! Our council of culture were kept busy with the organization of Te Reo Maaori oo te Wiki (Maaori Language Week), Uike lea faka-Tonga (Tongan Language Week) and Pasifika Week. We arranged the great Haka Off between Pukekohe High’s Kapa Haka group, The 1st XV boys and Waiuku College’s Kapa Haka group. Our mahi culminated in the annual Maaori and Pasifika Prizegiving evening. Wellbeing Council Our Wellbeing Council members worked to keep our students warm and ready for school with the Hot Chocolate Club each morning, as well as looking smart by keeping a Uniform Cupboard stocked. We also joined in organizing the House Comps and worked with the Cops on the SADD Cop stops. LEVI ON THE BOARD After having no student representative on the Board of Trustees for a year, all the students voted Levi Preston as our Rep for the next year. He had strong competition though as six other students also campaigned well. However, well done Levi and enjoy your year at the top.

“The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” – The Doctor 6 | PREFECTS & COUNCILS | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018


THE PILOTS – STAFF NEWS

New staff of 2018

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his was a big year with lots of new staff arriving in New Zealand and Pukekohe from the UK and South Africa, among other places. Chhaya Acharya, Laura Abbott and Jasmine Cross joined the English Faculty. Stephen Langdon, Mike Sweeney and Cherylize Van der Rensberg swelled the ranks of Science. In Maths, we gained Cathy Munro, Caleb Taylor, Amy Price-Williams and Matthew Clements, who later left to jump the ditch to Australia. John Cook, Aaron Smith and Matt Whitby teamed up with PE, along with our Rugby Coordinator, Shaun Atamu. Rebecca Bell has split her new year between PE and Social Studies. Carlos Briones, Annie Mein, Jean Potter and Tricia Zwarts arrived to get practical in Technology, along with Jim Matchett, who returned to PHS after a few short years away. The Arts Faculty were joined by Nicole Stone, Kylie Waitai and professional photographer and artist, Jessica Bluck. Rhiannon Swift, Hester Myburgh, Cam Cameron and Liz O’Hagan bolstered numbers in Social Studies. Sally Guy has been teaching in Technology and Art. Donna Morgan and Marisa Mencarelli-Skilton are our new Relief Teachers. We also have a number of Teacher Aides, including Aaron Poroa-Simmons and Crishelle Robertson. Emma Murtagh took over as the new Property Manager and Shelly Eskdale-Turner returned as a Enrolment Officer. Oh, and of course, we gained a new Principal when Richard Barnett moved north from Christchurch to take the helm at the start of Term 3.

the original Dean of Blake House when it was brand new! Vikki Lidgett left as Food Tech teacher and went over to worth the RTLB service. Nigel Lowe (Technology) left Pukekohe High to run a holiday camp on the South Island and Phillip Gardiner (Property) has gone to be a school Business Manager at Aorere College. Natasha Higgs left the International Department and Andrea Baker left after a great stint as Enrolment Officer. Bronwyn and Paul from the Canteen also packed up and served their final bag of hot chips during the year so they could retire. Judy Lawry (Careers) also left, though she has returned at times to help out. During the year, we lost three important and longstanding members of staff: Amy Tipene was away for the year to study in full immersion Te Reo Maaori. After ten years at Pukekohe High, including as a PE teacher, Assistant Head of PE and then being promoted to Assistant Principal three years ago she has now moved back to her Northland roots with her family. Her work on Te Kotahitanga and other teaching initiatives in school was invaluable. She has contributed so much to the school in many ways, often in her quiet, conscientious manner, so she is going to be hugely missed. Brian McDonald has now retired from teaching, after a short illness. His leadership in the school was first as Head of Social Studies for ten years, before spending seventeen years as Assistant Principal. As someone who enjoys his cricket and coached the cricket team to great successes, he was the leadership team member who oversaw the sports activities at school. The massively high profile senior prizegiving celebration last year was an event to rival any corporate awards ceremony, thanks to Mr McDonald. His calm presence around school means he has been a mainstay for so long and he takes with him a great amount of knowledge. He is well and is taking life as it comes, while looking forward to spending time with his wife and grown up sons, who are successful ex-students of PHS. We wish them both the very best of luck. As for Ian McKinnon and the end of his tenure as Principal at the end of Term 2, well, we need a bit more space. Go over to page 56 for more…

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ne of our great artists left this year. Peter Le Fevre has been magnificently battling health issues for a long while despite working as a full time Art Teacher. He retired during the year and is sorely missed. Richard Wilson (Accounting and Business teacher) took a year off for a break and has now decided to leave PHS for good after many years of great service. He was

“No, my mum doesn’t have it going on.” – Stacee Jones

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2017 Junior Achievement Awards

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n 13th and 14th December 2017, we celebrated the achievements of our junior students. The high number of students achieving highly is impressive and our Kapa Haka and music bands were on hand to entertain the audience of students, parents and staff. We introduced new awards to represent the core values of learning, community and respect, and the recipients were recognised for best representing these through their various involvements and achievements. Congratulations to all who performed well, with high honours being awarded as follows: YEAR 10: Annaliese Duke was First in Year 10 and was awarded the Bill Barnaby Memorial Award for Academic Excellence in Year 10. She gained excellences in Art, English, Maths, Science, Social Studies and Design & Visual Communication Abbie Reid was Second in Year 10, with excellences in Art, Business Studies (1st Equal), English, Maths, Science and Social Studies Jenna Lowe was Third in Year 10 and was awarded the Gerrard Brady Memorial Award for All Round Excellence in Year 10. Her excellences were in Business Studies, English, Japanese, Maths, Science and Social Studies Ella Barwick was First in Year 10 for Junior Gold Diploma. Callum Farmer was awarded the Ken Hemopo Shield for Best All Round Sporting Achievement

Kukenga Chiyesu won the Year 10 Speech Trophy. Stephanie Reynecke and Brianna Grant were both awarded School Awards for Community, and Keegan Neate gained the School Award for Respect. YEAR 9: Joel Hawkins was First in Year 9 and was awarded the Principal’s Award for Top Academic Year 9 student. Joel gained excellences in English, French, Maths, Music, Physical Education and Health, Science and Social Studies. Sophia Larsen was Second in Year 9 and gained excellences in English, French, Music, Science, Social Studies and Technology. Morgan Twiss came Third in Year 9 with excellences in Art, English, Japanese, Science, Social Studies and Technology. Jessica Pressnell was First in Year 9 for Junior Gold Diploma. Teancum Tuialii was presented with the Head Students’ Leadership Award. Sarah Carpenter was awarded the Ken Hemopo Shield for Best All Round Sporting Achievement in Year 9. Drew Bishop won the Year 9 Speech Trophy. Alex Swindells, Caitlyn Marx and Taylor Gillard were each presented with the School Value Award for Learning.

“I’m 5’2 but my attitude is 6’3.” – Aleisha Neary

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MAAORI

Achievement Celebrations 2017

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n 5th December 2017, we celebrated the achievements of our Maaori aakonga at the annual Maaori Achievement Celebrations. We were honoured to have Joseph Wirihana Royal as our presenter who shared great words with us. Joe plays for Counties Manukau Steelers and for New Zealand’s Maaori international side, the Maaori All Blacks. In total, 188 students were recognised for a wide range of achievements and involvements throughout 2017. Of those, the significant awards were given to: Logan Soole - Whare Hiku Memorial Award for Whaikoorero. Logan is the first recipient of this new award. Sally Rickard - Top All Round Maaori Student in Year 13 Abigail Johnson - Nga Hau e Wha Trophy for Top Year 13 Academic Maaori Student Devos Horton and Jordan Falepeau - Top Maaori Boy in Year 13 (First equal) Eleanor Cato - Top All Round Maaori Student in Year 12 Cameron Johnson - Top Maaori Boy in Year 12 Clarissa Taylor - Leadership in Tikanga Maaori Bella Perham - Top Maaori Girl in Year 12 James Martin - Top All Round Maaori Student in Year 11 Jackson Wilcox - Top Maaori Boy in Year 11 Emily Peri - Top Maaori Girl in Year 11 Jarney Proctor - Leadership in Tikanga Maaori in Year 11 Javan French - Top Maaori Boy in Year 10 Veronica Bagley - Top Maaori Girl in Year 10 Jacob Shaw - Top Maaori Boy in Year 9 Malia Carter - Top Maaori Girl in Year 9

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James Martin

Jarney Proctor

Sally Rickard

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Celebrating our whare waananga

he sunrise on 16th December 2017 rose on the paepae and we officially opened ‘Te Hikoi’, our new whare waananga. Kaahui Ariki, representatives of King Tuteitia, performed a waerea where kaumatua made it safe for people to enter the whare. Various mihi and performances by members of our Kapa Haka group

celebrated this long awaited, important occasion, and we shared beautiful Kai haakari. In fact, we had all been waiting 15 long years for this moment! Our whare is now used with tikanga and kawa of Waikato Tainui, the Pukekohe High way of doing things in Te Ao Maaori.

“Finger guns not real guns.” – Campbell Lambert

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NEW ROOPU! By Henare Thompson “Ka puu te ruuha, ka hao te rangatira” “Embrace new challengers when old ones are no longer relevant” ei roto ahau i tenei ahua whaitake no te mea kua tohua ahau hei akonga e kaha ake ana i te Kura Tuarua o Pukekohe. Ko ahau no te mea i taku ake whiringa whawhai. Na, kei roto ahau i tenei ahua poutini, he tino waimarie au. E pai ana ahau ki taku kaiako no te mea e awhina ana ia ki aku kaupapa. He nui te korero me te hono atu tetahi ki tetahi, me te whakaatu mai ki ahau me pehea te whakatutuki i aku whāinga. Ko tetahi atu take e ahuareka ana ahau ki te ahua

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poutū, ko taku ahua poutū whakamutunga ko te ahua o te ata noho, me taku e pai ana no te mea he pai ahau. Ka tohaina e tatou nga whaainga me nga whainga noa. He maha nga tautoko me te akiaki a to tatou kaiako. He hōtaka pai tenei mo nga akonga e rite ana ki a au. I am in this vertical form because I was identified as a student who could do better at Pukekohe High School. I was because of my own choices struggling. Now that I am in this vertical form I am very comfortable. I like my teacher because she helps me with my goals. There is a lot of communicating and connecting one to another and she shows me how to achieve my goals. Another reason I like my vertical form is that my last vertical form was kind of quiet and this one I like because I have fun. We share common struggles and goals. We get lots of support and encouragement from our teacher. This is a good program for students like me.

WMX TOP:

BOTTOM:

ABSENT:

Henare Thompson, Jordarn Walker-De-Thierry, Piper Chase, Dean Purua, Whaea Kahiwa Sam Walden-Taupo, Anahera Haru, Kyra Wilde, Lucy-Anne Marshall Riley Samuel Rau, Gracie Sharp

CHILDREN OF PARIHAKA

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n Wednesday 1st August, we welcomed Maata Wharehoka from Taranaki to share the documentary “Tatarakihi - The children of Parihaka”. This was shown to all our year 10 students, as well as some senior classes. The staff were also fortunate enough to hear a presentation by Maata where she shared the journey towards the completion of this documentary and the sharing of the awful events surrounding the people of Parihaka.

This documentary was produced by Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph, of Atihau-a-Papaarangi and Nga Rauru descent, from Kaiwhaiki Pa, near Whanganui, which is affiliated to Parihaka through longstanding family and political connections. He was given his Maaori name, Te Oti Takarangi, in memory of the ancestor who led his people to Parihaka to support the philosophy of peace practised there. We learnt the heartbreaking history of the events of the invasion of Parihaka, when the children ‘sang like cicadas’ on the road to welcome the troops to no avail. The experiences of their men who were enslaved and brutally moved around the country to various prisons was also shared. The kaupapa of peace and nonviolent action in the assertion of Rangatiratanga (Sovereignty) and Kaitiakitanga (Rightful Guardianship), first articulated by Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi, has endured to the present day at Parihaka. Our thanks to Mrs Bell and Mrs Grass for organising this important event and for helping us to understand the peaceful resistance of Parihaka and its place in NZ’s history.

“Only the craziest people seem to make it through the year.” – Robert Wormald

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KA KATA NGAA PURIRI O TAIAAMAI - THERE IS GOOD NEWS IN THE NORTH By Clarissa Taylor

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he trip to the Far North of New Zealand was a magnificent trip as we learned about the rich history of the Far North of Aotearoa and discovered more than we originally knew prior to going on this trip. We all saw what Paptuuaanuku and her children had created. How stunning and informative is the sight of Cape Reinga and the learning about the Northland wars! We visited Ruapekapeka Paa where we stood right in the area where both Maaori and Paakehaa had fought against each other. After that, we went to an urupaa where we paid our respect to the soldiers who had died at the battle of Ohaewai and who were buried there. We made a visit to the Waiomio caves, where we met the Kaitiaki Pricillia [an eel] and saw the glow worms, learning about the story of the waahine that stayed in that cave. Last but not least, a very memorable part was when we sang a waiata at the feet of TanMaahuta where, after our karakia and waiata, it started to shower right after we stopped singing our waiata. As a kuia who was there said, “we were thanked by the gods themselves for showing our mana, kaha and manaaki”. In our culture, rain is a sign from Ranginui. This feeling felt so special, I can’t even explain it in words.

“Remember when a Series of Unfortunate Events were books and not your life?” – Brooke Morgan

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WAIRUA WEEK

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ugust saw the return of Wairua Week, where we celebrate school spirit with a week of challenges and competitions. Monday saw us bring the Wairua in style with a Haka Off. Our 1st XV and Kapa Haka groups took on the visiting Kapa Haka group from Waiuku in an interschool challenge. On Tuesday, we had the Teacher vs Student Futsal game which was incredibly competitive. Wednesday was the day to get creative with an amazing Chalk Art competition. This comp just improves every single year and the standard of artwork produced in a couple of hours around the school was so amazing that we wished it wouldn’t wash away! The fierce House Chants also took place in the gym. On Thursday, the Dodgeball games were great fun, as was the King of the Ring bumperball comp. Puke High knows how to do fun! Check out the photos…

“School is like a box of chocolates; the first two are ok but the third one starts to make me sick and full of anxiety.” – Daniel Holmes 12 | WAIRUA WEEK | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018


WAIRUA WEEK

“An admin has turned off commenting for this post.“ – Callum Miers

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CANTEEN CAPERS

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he end of Term 3 saw the school get together in a week long fundraising effort for CanTeen. This is such an important charity and one that is close to the heart of Pukekohe High. We had Tug-o-war competitions in the gym, which is always great fun. This time, the boys’ basketball and girls’ lacrosse teams triumphed. The Kiwiana themed dress up event on mufti day is gorgeous when our students dressed up as groups of Kiwi stereotypes. Our year 13 house leaders also entertained us all with their brilliantly choreographed Lip Syncs for the House challenge. The song they had to include this year was ‘Bicycle Race’ by Queen. On Thursday, the serious money was made when a group of students sacrificed their hair during the head shaves. Chloe Mugg had door-knocked her neighbours to raise an amazing $ 5,000 by shaving off her long beautiful red hair, which she donated to Freedom Wigs. Brayden Puaha raised $1,318 when he shaved off the hair he has been growing since birth! Taylor Everitt’s afro was sacrificed for $349 along with the locks belonging to Ciaran Taylor ($180), Jack Lawson ($100), Noah Smith ($140)and Blayze Jarman ($85). The teacher vs student

eating challenges were not yummy but entertaining. Ms Killen was beaten in eating dry Weetbix. Mr Cook beat Teeabo Teaabo in eating full pavlovas. Ms PriceWilliams took on Bailey Tonga in trying to manoeuvre a cookie from their foreheads to their mouths – definitely not as easy as it sounds! Manni Faiva beat Mr Bennett in each skulling a full litre bottle of L&P. Mrs Mulcahy hates Marmite but still beat Taylor Anderson in eating a full heaped tablespoon of the brown stuff. Friday saw the day long Bike Bash, led by the irrepressible Surinder Edwards. What can I say… it was awesome! The home rooms had to raise $100 per bike for the day and then keep it going all day long. The hall was decked out like a club, with mascots, flags, house colours galore and general shenanigans going on, like gumboot throwing, the onion bag lift, and dance offs. It was great fun and Day House took a huge points win on the day. Olivia Fausett personally raised $994 for Bike Bash by riding a bike all day! In any case, the overall winner was definitely CanTeen because we raised a total of $ 15,408! HUGE thanks to Jemma Norman and Jordan Santry for organising this, along with help from Mrs Suz Williams.

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Daniel Jamieson

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“You can’t run away from your problems if your problem’s asthma.” – Jarrod Dobell

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HOUSE SPORTS – “DON’T BLINK!”

SWIMMING

CROSS COUNTRY

he girls dived in and broke two records this year. Kiana Swain swam the 50m Senior Fly in 30.69s, and Mikaela Hawley took only 32.75s to swim the 50m Junior Fly. Zac Dell was in good form when he completed the Fulton Swim School Trophy swim in 58.97s and lifted the trophy, leaving the other finalists in his wake: Nathan Hickmott, Blake Elliott, Kiana Swain, Keegan Neate, Jasmine Niederberger, Richard Petty and Maia Claire.

ith our students flying past finishing lines and surrounded by colourful costumes for their school houses at the Fun Run, our champions stood tall with their placings in the Competitive Finals. Each brought their houses many steps closer to the House Shield. Our Juniors ran an astounding 3km, with our Seniors running equally impressive 4km – the day was concluded with the 2km Fun Run.

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Competitive results: Junior Girls Mikaela Hawley (Day) Maia Clare (Perkins) Ernestine De Bruin (Blake) Junior Boys Ethan Langit (Massey) Leon Duke (Massey) Jaden Lobb-Harris (Blake) Intermediate Girls Tavarnya Howe (Perkins) Jasmine Niederberger (Day) Abbey Swain (Massey)

Senior Boys Zac Dell (Perkins) Cameron Woods (Perkins) Robert Wormald (Blake)

House results 1st Perkins 2nd Massey 3rd Day 4th Blake 5th Jellicoe

Intermediate Boys Nathan Hickmott (Perkins) Blake Elliott (Perkins) Richard Petty (Massey) Senior Girls Bella Perham (Day) Kiana Swain (Massey) Hayley Marx (Massey)

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Competitive results: Junior Girls Bronwyn Mitchell (Day) Mikaela Hawley (Day) Jorja McKenzie (Perkins) Junior Boys Caleb Moxon (Jellicoe) Locklan Brown (Jellicoe) Mason Johnson (Perkins) Intermediate Girls Caitlyn Marx (Massey) Leeshelle Small (Blake) Jenna Lowe (Massey)

Senior Boys Cade Austen (Massey) Shaun Munro (Blake) Jaedyn Hancock (Massey) House results 1st Massey 2nd Day 3rd Blake 4th Perkins 5th Jellicoe

Intermediate Boys Aditya Sharma (Perkins) Jacob Croft (Perkins) Callum Farmer (Blake) Senior Girls Aleisha Neary (Day) Bella Perham (Day) Hayley Marx (Massey)

“When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… Grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.” – The Doctor 16 | HOUSE SPORTS – “DON’T BLINK!” | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018


HOUSE SPORTS – “DON’T BLINK!”

TENNIS

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he House tennis games are not for weaklings and the players came in to destroy their house opponents! Our Junior Champions Taylor Gillard and Sam Shaw stand proud, alongside our Intermediate Champions Olivia Fausett and Cohen Brady-Leathem, and our Senior Champions Simone Wallace and Sam Pascoe. Sam has been house tennis champ for the last three years.

Competitive results: Junior Girls Taylor Gillard (Massey) Benika Vandermeer (Day) Yasmin Brady-Leathem (Jellicoe) Bronwyn Mitchell (Day) Junior Boys Sam Shaw (Massey) Caleb Moxon (Jellicoe) Logan McCort (Day) Alex Wright (Blake)

Senior Boys Sam Pascoe (Jellicoe) Bradley Allen (Massey) Angus Eason (Day) Cameron Woods (Perkins) House results 1st Jellicoe 2nd Massey 3rd Blake 4th Day 5th Perkins

Intermediate Girls Olivia Fausett (Blake) Ella Barwick (Blake) Briar Warren (Jellicoe) Olivia van Tiel (Perkins) Intermediate Boys Cohen Brady-Leathem (Jellicoe) Trent McNaughten (Massey) Cameron McRobbie (Blake) Keegan McCort (Day) Senior Girls Simone Wallace (Jellicoe) Chloe Marthe (Blake) Simon Moxon (Jellicoe) Brianna McCort (Day)

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his year, Stanley Grace-Dare broke the Junior Boys’ Shot Put record by throwing 13.09m, busting Zac Dell’s previous record throw of 12.41m. The other record breaker was Hayley Marx. She claimed the record throw of 27.99m in Senior Girls’ Javelin, an impressive 1.59m further than the record held by Sharon Hair since 2007. Overall, the athletics comps saw Briar Warren, Aditya Sharma and Hayley Marx continue as champions in their age divisions. Competitive results: Junior Girls Caitlyn Foote (Jellicoe) Mikaela Hawley (Day) Bronwyn Mitchell (Day) Junior Boys Jayden Flanagan (Perkins) Caleb Moxon (Jellicoe) Stanley Grace-Dare (Blake) Intermediate Girls Briar Warren (Jellicoe) Caitlyn Marx (Massey) Sarah Carpenter (Jellicoe)

Senior Boys Zac Dell (Perkins) Rawinder Singh (Massey) Angus Eason (Day) House results 1st Jellicoe 2nd Massey 3rd Day 4th Perkins 5th Blake

Intermediate Boys Aditya Sharma (Perkins) Titanian Palei (Massey) Loyal Henwood, Devan Gardiner (both Jellicoe) Senior Girls Hayley Marx (Massey) Aleisha Neary (Day) Tahina Heta (Jellicoe)

“I’m not good at cooking but I’m sure good at stirring the pot - tehe ” – Taylor Anderson

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UIKE LEA FAKA-TONGA – TONGAN LANGUAGE WEEK

KOE ‘OTUA MO TONGA KO HOKU TOFI’A

GOD AND TONGA ARE MY INHERITANCE

By Bella Liuaki

By Tonga Fakava

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alo e lelei, ‘Ihe ta’u koeni na’e tokolahi ‘ae fanau Tonga na’a nau kau ki hono fakamahu’inga’i ‘ae uike lea faka-Tonga. Na’a mau fokotu’utu’u ‘ae ki’i polokalama ke fakalele ‘ihe fakataha ‘anga ‘ae ako ke fakaha kihe fanau ako ‘o Pukekohe High School ‘a homau ki’i fonua ko Tonga. Na’e ngaahi ‘ae ngaahi kahoa lole ke fai ‘aki e fakapale, pea na’e fai moe tau’olunga ‘a ia na’e fai ia ‘e ‘Iunisi Pome’e, moe hiva faka-Tonga na’e hiva’i ia ‘e Tonga Fakava, Lesty Tangi pea mo Lucy Setefano. ‘Ihe lolotonga ‘oe uike lea faka-Tonga, ‘ihe taimi kai malolo ‘ae ako, na’e fakalele ai ‘ehe kulupu ‘oku ui koe “Rising Foundation” ‘a ‘enau fakatau ‘ae ngaahi me’akai faka-Tonga. Hange koe ‘otai, panikeke, sapasui moe ngaahi me’akai kehekehe pe foki. Koe laulotaha ‘oe uike lea fakaTonga ko ‘emau tui homau ngaahi teunga faka-Tonga ‘o fakaha ‘aki ‘emau faka’apa’apa mo hounga’ia homau ki’i fonua. Koe uike lea faka-Tonga foki na’e fakafiefia’i pe ia ‘ihe uike pe ‘e taha, ka ‘oku ‘ikai ke fe’unga ia ‘ihe ‘emau lau. ‘A ia ai mou mateuteu he ‘oku mau ‘osi maau mo ‘emau ngaahi palani moe fokotu’utu’u kihe uike lea faka-Tonga ‘oe ta’u fo’ou. Malo.

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reetings everyone, This year, many Tongan students from Pukekohe High School were encouraged to show and celebrate the language and culture of our homeland (The Kingdom of Tonga) for Tongan language week. Together we planned a special assembly for our school to see and experience a tiny bit of our culture. We gave out traditional lolly leis as prizes and also performed various cultural acts such as Tau’olunga (traditional dance) performed by ‘Iunisi Pome’e, and a beautiful song sung by Tonga Fakava, Lesty Tangi and Lucy Setefano. Our celebration didn’t end there! During the interval and lunch breaks, the Rising Foundation sold some of our most popular dishes from Tonga: ‘otai, panikeke, sapasui etc. The highlight was when we were all dressed in our traditional clothing throughout the whole week. Our celebration had to come to an end and one week was not enough to show off our culture or to celebrate the Tongan language. So get ready for what we have in store for next year’s Tongan language week! Thank you!

“I’ve got a one-way ticket into Sydney.” – Ryan Hasselman -Black

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A VOYAGE OF SELF DISCOVERY By McKenzie Kerr-Bell

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remember hearing about the Spirit of New Zealand in Year 9 in assembly – a pupil stood up on stage and talked about their experience. While the talk was interesting I thought no more of it until last year. For those that don’t know me I had a stroke when I was 12 and so I thought that trips like this were only for fit, able-bodied kids who could have a go at anything. I never thought I could have a go at something like this. It was my sister who first challenged my ideas – she had looked in to it and found that once a year, the Spirit of New Zealand Trust operated a trip for kids just like me! I was not keen. A few days before I was due to go, the news was full of warnings about the arrival of ex-tropical cyclone Gita from the Pacific. Australians were being urged to stay out the water, and the Met Service here was warning about 12 metre high waves…and I was preparing to go out in a boat for the week? This certainly didn’t help my anxiety! Fast forward to the end of the week and I accomplished more than I ever thought possible – both physically and mentally. I climbed up the mast to the crow’s nest in the pouring rain. I was determined I was not doing that climb but they made me, no arguments. Ten

minutes later, I was at the top, feeling amazed and not even worried about how I was going to get back down again! The week was made up of events like this – me doing things I didn’t want to do, only to find out that I could, and it felt great. I made good friends during the week and the old saying that ‘there is always someone worse off than you’ is so true. Some of my new friends have to get through life with daily challenges but they overcome them, time after time. By the end of the week, I was buzzing. Now I am not afraid to leave my comfort zone. I think everyone should be pushed outside their comfort zone - staying within the limits of what you know is OK, but that you will never know what you are capable of until you have been pushed to boundaries that you never knew existed. This experience for me pushed me outside of every comfort zone – physically, mentally and emotionally – and guess what? I learned so much about myself. Whatever the challenge and whatever your level of ability or disability there is always a way around it - you just have to believe in yourself and not listen to the negatives. Everyone should have a trip on the ‘Spirit’ if possible – it’s the most amazing way to meet people and take part in an activity that could be unique in New Zealand. What are you waiting for?

“After my 13 years of education, I still don’t know how mortgage or taxes work, but hey at least I know about the cells inside a leaf.” – Chloe Marthe A VOYAGE OF SELF DISCOVERY | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018 | 19


“My life begins after coffee.” – Kajal Makan

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BLAKE HOUSE By Katie Wekking

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his year, a plethora of new year 9’s joined Blake and I think we have stepped up from last year! Blake is not only the youngest house but also is a diligent house, working hard and not giving up. We came third in the interhouse competition, but that doesn’t matter because Blake house is the strongest and nothing will break through nor defeat us. We came first and second for intermediate girls’ tennis, second in intermediate girls’ cross country, second in senior girls’ tennis, and more. Blake has done heaps of things this year and we have had heaps of people participate so I say Blake is the best. Don’t give up - next year will be even better. And we will strive to the top! Message from Mr Cooper, Dean of Blake House “The Lord gave us two ends – one to sit on, and the other to think with. Success depends on which one we use the most. “

BAB TOP: MIDDLE: BOTTOM:

ABSENT:

Liam Gregor, Edward Kirk, William Kirk Te-Auta Johns, Sione Tupou, Cole Harris, Ms Abbott Chelsea Mills, Gracie Dawson, Aniela Dawson, Abby Verrenkamp, Brylee Smith

Brayden Barclay, Jack Leonard, Marcel Marconi, Lydina Matene, Joshua Mills, Waireka Ngauamo, Michael Paterson, Taine Scott, Declan Smith, Sydney Verrenkamp, Tavania Wells

BBL TOP:

Sarine’ Willemse, Katey Sharp, Travis Robertson, Jorja Sharp, Letitia Nikio MIDDLE: Levi Puru, Cameron McRobbie, Cameron Johnson, Liam Amstad, Chad Enslin, Ms Brenchley BOTTOM: Leeshelle Small, Bailee Bignell, Olivia Fausett, Georgia Murphy, Celes Hira

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Christian Jambalos ABSENT: Amber Catterall, Alex Fausett, Chloe Marthe, Kaukea Retitaake, Sam Robertson, Andre Stevens

“Jesus that’s a nice church” - Heather Ineson passing a really nice church

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BCV TOP: Hamish Fowler, Ollie Bergquist, Simon Gay TOP MIDDLE: Ceazyn-Rose Bhana De-Thierry, Mark Gutierrez, Ben Fowler, Aries De Real, Adam Gay BOTTOM MIDDLE: Georgia Carter, Javan French, Kirianna Matthews, Milyo Kolarov, Ernestine De Bruin, Mrs Carver BOTTOM: Emily Carter, Dimana Kolarov, Eden Yin, Maddison Thompson, Holly Jones

ABSENT:

Aila Child, Anita Chi Yau Ma, Siobhan Martin, Janae Te Rangi, Teancum Tuialii, Lily Webber

BHY TOP:

MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

Millie Norman, Joshua Hodgson, Logan McGlade, Sippakorn Khieocha-Aum, Hannah Marshall Bodie McCall, Josh Wilson, Pakapon Sukjard, Jackson Wilcox, Jasper Wilson, Mr Hughes Caroline Bagley, Lorne Watson, Jemma Norman, Libby McGlade, Madison Hodgson

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Ethan Milne-Ranger, Sean Palmer ABSENT:

Alyx De Ponte, Kaylia Fraser-Leau’, Jennifer-Rose Heremaia, Vaughan Heremaia, Kale McFall, Callum Miers, Thomas Scanlon-Jones

BLT TOP: BOTTOM:

Xavier McFarlane, Lat Cheong Sio, Mr Langdon Sophie Harker, Miyah Chapman, Tin Wing Ng, Christine Adams, Emma Polglase SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Lexus Harlick, Mareikura Hira-Kingi, Luca Kingi

ABSENT:

Danielle Adams, Matthew Bach, Riley Baxter, William Cooling, Mosooi Esau, Jamie Galvin, Asena Halapio, Silivelio Halapio, Rachael Harwood, Seb Inkster, Luxman Jeram, Alan Lin, Keaton Samuel Rau, Dylan Stadler, Satya Timalsena

“Oh far Cup!” – Shaun Munro

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BOH TOP: MIDDLE: BOTTOM:

Strata Tawhai, Riley Kingston, Calais Blackledge, Micah Latoa Briana Ineson, Hope Psaros, Taebin Jeong, Shannen Tawhai, Taein Jeong Chelsea James, Chelsea Grey, Emily Liu, Heather Ineson, Alex Murphy, Lara Rowe, Sam Murphy

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Ms O’Hagan, Minsung Kwon ABSENT:

Chelsea De Kock, Adrian Liu, Caleb Ormsby, Kingi Ormsby, Alitheia Psaros, Navah Richardson

BPC TOP:

Troy Goldsack, Ford Martin King, Shaun Munro, Byron Goldsack, Stanley GraceDare, Ms Price-Williams BOTTOM: Sophie Manning, Eden Tata, Danni Aarts, Jazmyn McGregor, Jake McGregor ABSENT:

Temaari Aramoana, Te Warena Astle-Kingi, Aria Astle-Martin, Bailey Coleman, Annaleigh Foster, Blake Foster, Luis Ihaia, Sarah Munro, Shaun Munro, Paul Nieuwendyk, Cara SinclairWright, Paige Sinclair-Wright, Valour Tata, Tyler Wade, Sarah Wekking, Freddrick Whyte, Te Rua Withers, Torrance Withers, Robert Wormald

BPG TOP:

BOTTOM:

Sam Purdy, Logan Harding, Billy New, Meg Grey, Matt Harding, Liam Wilson Ethan Tucker, Brie Karanikolaou, Dayna McKenzie, Richelle Seidel, Steadfast Sutrisno

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Mr Perrigo, Mihiata Hemopo-Nicholls ABSENT:

Camlyn Allen, Cale Barnett, Shavarn Christopher, Taylor Everitt, Callum Farmer, Ross Kamatoa, Alice McCrory, Whido Retitaake, Evey Roberts, Bayley Tucker, Cullen Wilson

“Bad puns, that’s how eye roll.” – Jamie Galvin

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BPL TOP: MIDDLE: BOTTOM:

Devon Benny, Bella Small, Phoebe Sirett Rick Lacsamana, Blake Allen, Tom Hira, Liam Dickson, Thomas Wilde, Jack Dickey Fina Taulafo, Ana Seini Davis, Kasanita Taulafo, Brooklyn Winder, Ashania Ali

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Ms Pope ABSENT:

Liam Barnett. Ella Barwick, Teah Campbell, Lang Coxen, Slade Coxen, Samuel Dickey, Mackenzie Douglas, Kayla Havinga

BPR TOP: MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

Asahi Smith, Molly Gibson, Sophie Sumner, Ella Crosbie, Dylan Galvin Zane Whittingham, Yuki Smith, James Hodson, Dylan Walsh, Ben Hodson, Jordyn Galvin, Corey Molineux, Kyan Rumbold Greer Crosbie, Poppy Gibson, Keely Rumbold, Emily Quarrie, Katie Wharfe, Sophia Chen, Ruiha Bhana-De-Thierry

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Mr Pressnell, Arisa Watanachai ABSENT:

Niklas Meads, Breeze Teanau-Matene, Kayah Teanau-Matene

BRM TOP:

MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

ABSENT:

Rurahi Taha, Helena Teisina, Tyler Chapman, Simran Singh Sanjay Singh, Edward Tan, Campbell Lambert, William Harris, Bradley McKibbin, Antony Lot Justyce Taewa, Kara Irwin, Victoria Lowe, Jamie McKibbin, Rebekah Farmer

Mrs Remington, Isabella Christoffersen, Tom Christoffersen, Kaylum Davis, Jaecob Harris, Holly Lawson, Tyler Mercer, Joylina Pinataake, Rongonui Waterhouse, Katie Wekking

Funny yearbook quote. – Zac Dell

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BSF TOP: MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

ABSENT:

Eli Ross, Seth Jourdain, Samantha Dobell, Raymond Huang, Anya Dew, Aidan Tot Jack Clarke, Donovan Hunt, Jarrod Dobell, Jego Amio, Ethan Bennett, James Smith, Mr Schofield Shontelle Pithie, May Huang, Brooke Morgan, Emma Stevens, Casey Morgan, Sandra Amio, Mia Peters

Izaiah Boag, Soakai Faiva, Phoenix Hunt, Brodie Lewis-Dew, Jessica Pressnell

BWA TOP: MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

ABSENT:

Amber Younger, Kitty Peters, Alex Beeston, Tanisha Shehnaz Jayden Lobb-Harris, Alex Wright, Kaleb Dunstan, Tamale Talanoa, Caleb Seddon, Mrs Watt Renesis Parks, Jesse Oostdam, Samara Bennett, Shazia Hussain, Mikayla Younger, Amber Middleton, Maia Mould

Taylor Anderson, Ethan Campbell, Bee Kelly-Hoffman, Devon Matthews, Drew McGuigan, Shania Nelson, Riley Nicholson, Ian Orosio, Calleigh-Marie Seddon, Orlando Wells

BWT TOP: MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

Katie Reid, Samantha Brockliss, Samantha Anderson, Abbie Reid Jaime Moore, Christian Epere, Cleveland Parata, Cody Tuhaka, Adam Mathieson, Ms Watson Sadee Jones, Cassandra Elley, Jessica Loader, Joely Wardle-Stead. Amber Jones

ABSENT: Maximus Banach-White, Naiya Carroll, Charlotte Chavez, Eli McRobbie, Craig McSkimming, Jordan Ralph, Megan Taggart

“I am not Eugene.” – Nicole Kawondera

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MUSIC MASS

By Ms Abbott and Emma Bradley

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he bands which provide a soundtrack to life at Pukekohe High School have had an awesome year performing throughout Franklin and the North Island during 2018. Every year, the Pukekohe High School Music Department inspire staff and students alike and it’s because of their pure passion and dedication from the students that their wide range of success in all areas of music is possible. This year has brought a large number of achievements: Stage Band being awarded for Best in Festival at the Tauranga Jazz Festival for the second year in a row, Don’t Eat The People reaching the Regional Finals for Smokefree Rockquest, many of our students performing alongside the APO at the Vodaphone Events Centre, and Daniel Piper winning a Special Performance Award at the Wellington Jazz Festival. TAURANGA JAZZ FESTIVAL were early highlights of the year for the PHS Musicians. In March this year, the Jazz Band rocked Tauranga’s Baycourt Community and Arts Centre with some sweet sounds. They impressed the judges on the night, for the second year running, and were awarded the ‘Best of Festival Trophy’ for the Most Outstanding Jazz Band as well as receiving a gold

award. Not a bad result considering there were 32, highly competitive and very talented, schools also competing for the title! It was a gruelling time for the all the students involved; getting up and getting into school for 7.45am rehearsals was a huge commitment but it clearly paid off. Big thanks must go to Simon Schofield for his cheerful disposition and dedication! ‘What’s the goss…?’ – You nailed it Scho! In May, MATAMATA BRASS FESTIVAL saw the Concert Band and the Wind Band, make the hour and a half drive early in the day to Matamata High School. Many bands were in attendance alongside us, most of which were adult dominated bands. After two excellent performances, the Wind Band came away with a Bronze award and the Concert Band received a Silver award. Huge congratulations to all involved! KBB MUSIC FESTIVAL was once again held in Parnell Cathedral, Auckland in term 3, week 3. Five of Pukekohe High School’s music ensembles performed and all experienced success but not only that, it was a brilliant experience for our new players this year. The String Ensemble were commended for their performance, Big Band and Wind Band were each awarded a Bronze

“The Office, season 7, episode 19, minute 14.45.” – Peter Stichbury

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certificate, Concert Band and Stage Band were each awarded a Silver Certificate. The level of commitment and dedication seen in our groups was very impressive. On the Friday evening, three of our musicians and senior students, Daniel Piper (baritone saxophone), Nicolas Lee (2nd trombone) and Jonathan Westlake (double bass), were selected to play with the KBB Honours Ensembles which is a huge achievement and we couldn’t be prouder, as a school and department. Congratulations to these three students! Throughout the year, the Music Department has had the chance to have workshops with Rodger Fox and Matt Harris as well as some students getting the chance to attend the Auckland Philharmonia ‘Play In South’ day. School tours were also a big part of the music calendar this year with the rock bands performing at local primary schools and Stage Band and Concert band being part of the Tironui Music Trust tour. We also have to acknowledge the ongoing contributions for our school events: Senior Prize Giving at the Town Hall saw the Stage Band, Combo, and Concert Band all performing to staff, students and whanau. It was a tremendous success with a notable performance from Siobhan Martin who

says goodbye to the department this year. We are extremely proud of the accomplishments and professionalism of PHS musicians and thank them for their commitment. Our best wishes go to our group of Year 13s leaving to go onto University. We wish them all the best in their endeavours and know that the music and memories will stay with all our music students, just as it will those for still here for more musical madness next year!

“Next week has been so stressful and tiring.” – Cameron Woods

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“Do buffalo wings come from buffaloes?” – Mackenzie Stone

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FLYING PAST THE MUSIC STARS SONG OF THE SUMMER FLOWERGIRL By Abbie Reid

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ongratulations to Ella Barwick who is a finalist in this year’s Lion Foundation’s songwriting competition, Play It Strange, for the second year running. Again, she got into the top 40 lyricists out of 504 competitors! The finalists recorded their songs at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios. Neil is a founder member of the famous bands, Split Enz and Crowded House, who now plays with Fleetwood Mac so he is a proper NZ music legend. Her new song, called ‘Flowers of Summer’, is about Christmas and was inspired by a family trip to Ohope. She has a very musical family and is inspired by her parents. Her favourite part of the whole process was recording her song. Initially nervous, she was excited to hear the final version. Whenever she plays it, she remembers her amazing time in the recording studio. Ella continues to play jazz guitar in the school stage

band and bass guitar in the concert band. She has been writing songs for a number of years and performs regularly at school events and markets. We can download or stream Ella’s song on the newly released album from the Play It Strange website and check her out on Youtube!

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hree of our great musicians applied for, and won a place, in the KBB Festival Honours Bands. Daniel Piper, Nick Lee and Jonathan Westlake were selected to play at the KBB Festival one day event at Parnell’s Holy Trinity Cathedral. Our talented trio had applied for the prestige of playing in these honours bands. They arrived in the late afternoon for rehearsals and then went on to perform from 8pm.

Nick and Daniel played in the Jazz Band with 10 other students from all over the North Island, and Daniel was lucky enough to be a soloist. Jonathan played in the symphony orchestra. They all performed well and enjoyed this evening. We can look forward to more spectacular music from these guys!

“I don’t always have time to study but when I do I don’t.” – Bailey Coleman

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ROCKQUEST

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his year PHS entered 7 groups into the Smokefree Rockquest SFRQ supported by Mr Granshaw. SFRQ is a nation-wide annual song writing and performance competition for secondary school students. These bands were up against about 50 other bands from different schools in the Manukau region. Divine, Don’t Eat the People, and Phoenix Hawke managed to snag 3 of the 12 available places in the regional finals, with Don’t Eat the People finishing off with 3rd place,

which was quite the feat as standards were high and the competition tough. Cameron Loving from Divine won the Fatboy Style Award during the Manukau Regional Final for Stage Presence. Congratulations on gathering the courage to put yourselves out there! Special mentions to Mr Schofield and Mr Granshaw for their help and support. To learn more about Rockquest, visit their website, www. smokefreerockquest.co.nz, talk to Mr Granshaw, or take a look at some videos from previous years.

“Don’t play squash.” – Sam Pascoe

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TANGATA BEATS By Celeste Nyatsanza and Mr Granshaw

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angata Beats is a celebration of traditional Maaori and Pacifica culture blended with contemporary and popular music. The bands must include a cultural element to their performance and can include traditional forms of dance, instrumentation or language. Kadex and Mocific worked hard to get their performances ready to compete against 40 bands from the Auckland region. Kadex managed to gain a place in their regional final, impressing judges and won People’s Choice Award with the lyrical messages, original sound and traditional costumes. Both groups performed

extremely well and we’re all proud of them and their efforts!

STRANGE PUDDLES

– 48 hour Film Festival

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his competition is a film festival where participants have just 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a 6-minute film. Ms Killen and Miss Bluck joined up with some Year 10 and 11 Drama students: Maha Thompson, Maiawa Tamango Uaruta, Bailey Tonga, Reanah Brown, Amber-Lee Kelliher, Eileen David. Luckily, professional Director of Photography, Joe Hitchcock, helped and they gathered together on Friday night. Given the genre of High School movie, they had to include a silhouette shot, a slamming door and a puddle. Looking for inspiration around school, they realised that it is actually a little spooky at night. Therefore, they came

up with a genre blend of horror and high school movie. The team met at 12pm on Saturday to start filming. By 10.30pm on Saturday, they had finished and Ms Killen began the arduous task of editing. The story revolved around a group of students at school late one night where strange events occur. The group’s intention to make it a horror changed and it ended up being a mockhorror comedy. This worked in their favour and they were finalists for best student film! While they didn’t win in the end, it was amazing just to be nominated and they hope to put in more teams next year.

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REAL SCIENCE

By Catherine Burr

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his year, Pukekohe High School has continued its success in science in various events. PHS has achieved many science awards over the years, and this year has been no different. Here are just a few ways in which our earthly scientists have shone this year... In January, Sophia Chen and Eden Yin attended the Rotary National Science and Technology Forum. Staying at O’Rorke Hall in Auckland, they were able to experience university life first-hand, attending lectures and modules. They were introduced to science in a more practical way, as opposed to just theories on paper, giving them a better understanding of the science and technology world. Modules included biomedical engineering, robotics, psychology, game development, as well as universitylevel chemistry and physics. “The forum was one of the most eye-opening, cultivating and enriching experiences I’ve had in my life… and the programme helped me figure out I want to pursue neuroscience. Forum helped me find my

place, and that is an invaluable gift to me.” – Eden “Forum was a blast, learning about areas I’d never encountered. The Forum also set my mind on biomedical engineering; it taught me that grit, perseverance and interest is needed to excel in any aspect of my life.” – Sophia Pukekohe High School also competed in the Waikato University Analytical Chemistry Competition. Our team of four students (Sophia Chen, Charlotte Collier, Bella Perham and Cameron Woods), took part in the titration competition along with 24 other teams from across the Waikato region. The PHS team came second by a microscopic 0.03 difference. The annual Franklin Science Fair was again hosted in Term 2, where students showed off their various inventions, experiments, gadgets and gizmos for the scientists and creative minds to mull over and play with. Most agreed that there was an impressive amount of talent and ability on show and that the future of scientific thinking, engineering and creativity is in good hands in

“If it was easy, everyone would do it” – Jordan Ralph

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the future. Congratulations to all the award winners and to all of those students who took part. From here, some students continued on to compete in the NIWA South and East Auckland Science and Technology Fair. Two students from PHS gained notable awards, Matthew Clooney of Year 9 and Jojo ColemanChaiman of Year 12. Matthew was awarded with a Highly Commended for his “Scrill Tool” in the Years 7-10 Technology and Innovations Category. Jojo and her project “Using Fluoresence Spectroscopy to Measure Oil in Water”, placed second in the Years 11-13 Senior Science Category. Jojo also won various other awards including the best use of IT, and the Best Application of the Scientific Method. Her third and final award of the evening was The Eric Clague Kiwanis Award for being the runner up for the whole science fair. We would like to extend our congratulations to all of the people that succeeded in science this year and wish you the best of luck for next year!

“If practice makes perfect, I’m practice’s baby.” – Brayden Puaha

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PUUHORO STEM ACADEMY By Ms Vale

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e waka eke noa – we’re all in this together. The Puuhoro STEM Academy is an initiative developed by Massey University to target Level 1 Maaori students and engage with them to promote and support study in science. Originally rolled out in the Manawatū and Bay of Plenty in 2015, in 2018 it was introduced to several South Auckland schools, including Pukekohe High School. The programme includes weekly tutorials on the external science achievement standards, and a once a term waananga at the Massey

Albany campus. The waananga involved a range of workshops that included material relevant to the achievement standards, fun projects, and development of a sense of self, community, as well as the relevance of science to being young and Maaori.

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ur numbers experts have done well this year. We had 15 Junior students who achieved high scores in the MangaHigh Ninja Challenge: BRONZE: Kaelan Paranihi, Joshua Weinstein, Joel Hawkins, Logan McCorrt, Millie Norman, Sophia Larsen, Amrit Pal, Ava Morgan, Bronwyn Mitchell, Freya Faulkner, Sarah Munro, Bethany Swarbrick GOLD: Ocean Joseph-Horsfall, Bianca Parish, Liam Siddle In the Auckland wide Calcex contest, four of our year 13 Calculus students competed against approximately 60 teams from across the wider Auckland area, across multiple venues. The team was made up of Sophia Chen, Charlotte Colyer, Angus Eason and Cameron Woods. At the end of the half hour time period, the team had tied with for 1st place with 60 points out of 100. This put them in a tie-breaker with ACG Strathallan which they unfortunately lost, putting them in 2nd place. It’s still a phenomenal effort – well done. We had an impressive number of students participate in the Australian Maths Competition this year, which is

optional and on top of their usual school studies: Abbie Reid, Nick Wilson, Celeste Nyatsanza, Antonia Wilcox, Yu Ao, Sophia Chen, Cameron Hooper, Stanley Yip, Trenyce Gardiner, Theresa Nota, Amanda Lee, Poppy Kempster, Morgan Twiss, Jimmy O’Keeffe, Rocel Katuin, Lilly Fox, Abigail Howard, Jasmine Neiderberger, Jasvin Girgla, Noah Smith, Hayley Thomas, Analeise Larsen, and Sam Shaw. Two teams competed against 10 others from 7 different schools in South Auckland in the EPro8 Challenge at Rosehill College. The Destroyers were the first to win points and so win the tournament with 420 points. X Force struggled with the first challenge but went on to devise a clever strategy and came in 2nd with 340 points. At the semi-finals, The Destroyers just lost out and came 3rd, with X-Force close behind in 5th. It was fantastic to see The Destroyers go into the Final and they came 4th overall. The Destroyers: Jayden Fox, Joel Hawkins, Jasmine Niederberger, Samuel Roche. X-Force: Lilly Fox, Ethan Lim, Heather Smith, Stanley Yip

“The only thing slower than Auckland traffic this year was Shaun.” – Cade Austen

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WRITING THE NOW AND THE FUTURE By Joely Wardle-Stead

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he Auckland Writers festival was a very inspirational event and a bunch of students were fortunate enough to be taken to this by Mr Furze and Ms Yuretich. On this particular day, we were fortunate enough to experience meeting authors, and were able to discover their journey of not only their success story, but the key to what aspect of their lives changed their perspective of life and enabled them to have the thoughts and ideas of producing books. One story which really changed an author’s life was explained by A.S King. She stated how before becoming an author, she would often write about her own personal feelings. In one example, she wrote about a can of succotash being alone on a shelf during a winter’s day. The whole idea of this was not to describe the can itself, but for the can to be described as herself. By doing this, she was able to state her feelings through an object. The speech was also presented in such a way that you could relate to the experiences that the author had been through. Other amazing presenters included Te Kahu Rolleston, who produced spoken word poetry and the children’s novelist and illustrator, Chris Riddle. He had the ability to produce art sketches in less then minutes which was really intriguing. He drew all varieties of different

images, some related to what he was explaining to the audience. It was fascinating how these words could be transformed into pictures. It was extremely humorous as well, especially when he showed his written book, Alienography. Te Kahu’s spoken word poetry was very engaging, some things which were discussed in his poems involved his Maori heritage and how some of it evaporated through English culture. One thing that was very memorable involved him discussing about when he was younger. He articulated a story of realism by pretending he was writing to a family during a time of war, but in this scenario, it was whilst he was actually dying so he wrote and drew a scribbled line down the page. Te Kahu explained how this was discarded by a teacher and he stated how this affected his outlook on education during that time. Overall, this Auckland Writers’ Festival was well worth going to. We received an immense amount of encouragement in terms of producing ideas for writing pieces, and developing more of an idea of what it’s like to become a writer. Personally, It gave me a thought of what opportunities I have, and I am grateful that I was able to attend this spectacular event.

“I don’t get it...I still don’t get it.” – Bella Perham

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“My name’s not Lightening, but I’m still a Queen. xxx” – Premila Morar

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DAY HOUSE By Catherine Burr

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nother fantastic year for Day house where we maintained our ethos of effort and participation with a decent amount of fun along the way. Missing out on the house shield by a measly 15 points wasn’t a highlight, but Red definitely goes faster, with Mikaela Hawley breaking a 50m swim record! We also had excellent involvement, coming 3rd in Athletics, 3rd in Swimming, 4th in Tennis, 2nd in Cross Country and an almighty 1st in Squash. With each new Dean regeneration, we have to farewell familiarity. Mrs Mulcahy left the role after a fantastic job and the Day learning community had the pleasure this year of welcoming Mrs Bodman as Dean. Message from Mrs Bodman, Dean of Day House Be kind, observe people’s differences and make sure your actions are positive. Albert Einstein said it another way: “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

DFH TOP:

MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

Ben Iqbal, Roxy Deihl, Ryan Paton, Daniel Howell, Jesper Nitzschke, Simarpreet Kaur Singh Tui Tamihana-Parata, Harry Matthews, Diesel Jakeman, Maharaia Thompson, Carson Loveday, Mr Smith Chantelle McLaren, Paris Murphy-Kake, Mareeshia Van Lieshout, Eileen Davis, Yutong Pan, Fangzhu Deng, Christelle Botha

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Mr Forch, Lingxi He, Kanon Katakoda, ABSENT:

Jacob Abraham, Tino Arcari, Ryan Hill, Hamish Nicholls, Michael Oosthuizen, Visoth Socheat

DHI TOP: MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

ABSENT:

Isadora Nichio Rueckert, Troy Wellstood, Cole Van Gysen, James Bell, Brie Kingi Ben Wellstood, Nicholas Lee, Cody Geck, Kiran Nepia, Damien Nicholson, Alec Thomas, Connor Mayne, Mrs Hill Tanu Mali, Tyler Weir, Shini Tamil, Kajal Makan, Emily Peri, Faith Crosbie, Yasmin Tyson

Ondrea Caddy, Soraya Moses-Turner, Maddox Simon, Zac Tyson

“‘I Shoot People’. Because I’m a photographer and stuff.” – Thomas Williams

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DKE TOP:

Jasmine Niederberger, Courtney Perrett, Abigail Howard TOP MIDDLE: Inderpreet Singh, Regan Walters, Ofa Uasilaa, Shaun Van Zyl, Guile Buskermolen BOTTOM MIDDLE: Shey Eva, Braden Miller, Ryan Kellas, Daniel Piper, Reginald Taulafo, Birinder Singh, Sagar Kumar, Mr Kemp BOTTOM: Mikayla Perrett, Amanda Lee, Marichelle Joubert, Brianna McCort, Nicole Kawondera, Taylor Rademeyer, Hazy Taka-Buskermolen

ABSENT:

Layton Hughey-Leniu, Lelu Taukeiaho

DKL TOP:

MIDDLE: BOTTOM:

Jasvin Girgla, Cameron Morgan, Rose Perham, Ben Avis Jibin Varghese, Tom Baxter, Kavi Van Dijk, Tadhg Brady, Finn Alexander, Jackson Mills Kyla Remkes, Maddy Hawkins, Bella Perham, Alex Williams, Grace Perham

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Niel Maritz, Kiwara McMoses ABSENT:

Emily Denny, Amber-Lee Kelliher, Jack McCullough, Hayden Morgan, Gaia Richards, Esperance Withers

DKW TOP:

Ella Rose Wilson, Logan McCort, Joel Brown, Teretia Baraniko TOP MIDDLE: Arianna Moana, Wonbong Cho, Maxx Magee, Rina Choi, Ashlee Orwin BOTTOM MIDDLE: Tremayne Moana, Keegan Orwin, Brae McLeod, Angus Eason, Reuben Crawford, Keegan McCort, Joel Hawkins, Mr Kelway BOTTOM: Bronwyn Mitchell, Naho Kawase, Ai Iwashita, Eden Hawkins, Savvarna Griffin, Ella Martin, Freya Faulkner

ABSENT: Zachary Avis, Angus Edwards

“Hydration is key.” – Angus Eason

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DLS TOP: Seth Slaney, Rory Mulcahy TOP MIDDLE: Nickala Pompey-Hoeta, Madina Akbari, Emily O’Connor, Denny Daly, Melissa Bradley, Maryam Akbari, Tara Houia MIDDLE: Tyrone Gilmour, Harry Hall, Finn Martin, Cameron Hooper, Ryan Hooper, Semisi Fahina, Hamish Bernard, Miss Low BOTTOM: Miriam Tautua, Shaliha Hasan, Ryley O’Flaherty, Emma Bradley, Lilee Turnwald, Zahra Akbari, Gemma O’Connor

ABSENT:

Teaabo Teaabo, Chloe Vivian

DMQ TOP:

MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

ABSENT:

Brittany Hepburn, Torben Walden, Reade Crookes, Trent Swindles, Cameron Clark Benika Vandermeer, Alex Van Gysen, Chris Vave, Que McDonald, Luke Crookbain, Emily Winch, Mrs McLeod Sasha Tou, Lisa Naidoo, Briana Daly, Charlotte Colyer, Jessica Vandermeer, Zoe Mazengarb, Eugene Tapera

Patrick Butters, Premila Morar, Pono Pomare-Brown, Christina Tupou

DMW TOP:

MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

Kirsten Paulsen, Victoria Viljoen, Eric Nielsen, Morgan Twiss, Chris Maugham, Imogen Collier Matthew Brady, Ben Fry, Blayze Jarman, Andre Hewitt, Max Stewart, David Kawondera, Ms Mein Hannah Lidgett, Nadia Paulsen, Hannah Gurnick, Susana Bogitini, Reanna Bregman, Becky McKay-Day, Cassidy Porter

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Jordan Freeman ABSENT:

Raphael Binder-Gloor, Gypsy Martin, Bailey Tonga, Michael Wright

“There are no sharks in New Zealand, hun.” – Mackenzie Douglas

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DMY TOP:

MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

ABSENT:

Serena Ravji, Braith Andrews, Kerrod Andrews Fenton Loveday, Gordon Morgan, Vance Andrews, Ravinder Singh, Logan McKinley-Holley, Robert Chapman, Mrs Mulcahy Emma Neary, Ocean Joseph-Horsfall, Ava Morgan, Mikaela McKay, Shreya Wallabh, Ashley Wichman, Mikaela Hawley

Daniel Chapman, Tefini Fahina, Viviena Fahina, Bachelor Folau, Robert Morgan, Aleisha Neary, Claire Thomas

DRY TOP:

Naweed Khan, Keegan Wharfe, Sileas Cramer, Troy Duffett TOP MIDDLE: Georgia Wilson, Jake MItchell, Megan Stobart, Connor Morrison, Jiordyn Howell-Walmsley BOTTOM MIDDLE: Luke Rose, Vincent Bunning, Kurt Yates, Simi Tuinabewa, Bradley Morrison, Mr Reynolds BOTTOM: Kyla Black, Charlotte Blazevic, Olivia Sokimi, Kendall Stobart, Trinity O’Sullivan

ABSENT:

Dylan Brown, Cody Cronin, Nameera Khan, Joseph Peri, Jake Thorburn, Ryan Wooliams

DSY TOP:

Brier Benioni, Ciaran Hanrahan, Asadullah Kabir MIDDLE: Braden Howard, Taylor Nelson, Jymin Hamilton, Hone Moka, Mr Sweeney BOTTOM: Salma Allahyar, Xanthe Wright, Lauren Hanrahan, Kaylee Brooks, Molly Kaio SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Pearl Muaiava, Atalya Shelford-Poto, ABSENT:

Ali Allahyar, Huma Allahyar, Jesse-James Austin, Nathan Carlyle, David McKinley, Brookelynn Moka, Harrison Moore, Dylan Tautari, Kate Villejo

“I like coffee how I like my men. I f*ing hate coffee. #pride” – Amelie Blackett

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DTO TOP:

MIDDLE: BOTTOM:

ABSENT:

Nathan Tunzelmann, Trelisse Diamond, Kieran Dawson, Antonia Wilcox, Shawn Stanley Sloan Africa, Corbin Brace, Damien Brown, Tevita Latu, Badhan Mali, Mr Taylor Azura McKenzie, Mishka Purkis, Selu Latu, Catherine Burr, Alice Horner, Nicky Brooks, Jemma Morrison

Caroline Bowler, Gloria Donaldson, Teira Kani, David Lagud

DWZ TOP:

Vaughn Gower, Gemini Cossey, Caitlin Schneider, Maha Carter MIDDLE: Lara Dreyer, Tyrone Koroheke-Oti, Cody Morrison, Jack Haddon BOTTOM: Bri Moffatt, Ella Reaney, Claudia Kempton, Emilie Mous, Hope Greenstreet

ABSENT:

Mrs Williams, Samantha Arvidson, Max Byrne, Hayden Clark, Liam Collo, Marshall Halsey, Teina Lang, Cavell Rogstad-Heke, Carlos Tangikau Thomas, Chance Tangikau Thomas, Kyle Walker, Sienna Yoakley

DYU TOP:

MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

Gianni Lucioni, Ashley Mugg, Daniel Miller, Jason Qiu William Tuakara, Devin O’Callaghan, Caleb Rose, Kenneth Tischendorf, Tom Gordon, Hayden Clements, Ms Yuretich Sophia Larsen, Alyssa Brown, Hayley Etherington, Chloe Mugg, Tayzia Henare, Analeise Larsen, Lulu Otia

ABSENT: Jemma Greenwood, Jess Johnson, Ella Kayrouz, Melaney Klaasen, Grifyn Morgan, Ella Morison, Lillie Yates

“ I hate coffee too.” – Emma Bowden

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DARING DUKE OF ED EXPLORERS

By Cameron Hooper

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he Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award scheme is a global, non-formal education framework, with more than 60 years of experience of challenging young people to dream big and discover their potential. The three levels of the program, Bronze, Silver and Gold, have faced many challenges this year, but have brought out three groups of outstanding students who will continue to push the barriers for years to come. The Bronze Bunch this year was made up of 35 budding, excited Year 10s, all with many different paths to obtain their award. From skills such as guitar to cooking, and community service activities such as helping at after school programs, and coaching kids in sports, the award continues to show us just how beneficial It is not only for personal growth, but for the growth and wellbeing of our community. The Bronzies took on the Kaimai Ranges for their adventurous journey training this year. For their qualifying journey, they are planning an expedition from Rangitoto across to Motutapu Island and back. The Silver Squad, coming off the back of their Bronze Award, were pumped and prepared to take on the new

challenges Silver offered. With now 6 months required of each challenge, they would need a lot more perseverance and grit. The group of 15 individuals will be doing a practice journey in the Kaimai Ranges through the remote Mangakino Valley, and out the Waitawheta River; how awesome! They then plan to complete the Great Walk at Lake Waikaremoana in late January for their qualifier! The New Gold Gang are a bunch of Year 12 students, grinding to get that top award of them all; the sense of conquering their Duke of Edinburgh Challenges with the Gold Award. They will be completing a central Kaimai’s practice journey to the Te Rereatukahia Hut and then out over Mt Te Aroha. They then will have the opportunity to complete their Duke of Ed experience in the Upper South Island, through the 80km Heaphy Track, a stunning 4-day trek through the Kahurangi National Park. And finally, the leavers; the ‘old’ Gold Gang. The biggest group of students to achieve Gold Award for quite a number of years. What an adventure we have had! An amazing trip up Mt Ruapeha, facing all that the mighty mountain could do challenge us. Four years of

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commitment not only to the program, but to developing ourselves, and building who we are today. Here’s to you Goldies, thank you for everything you guys have put into the friendships we have built, and to all the great walks and trips with you all. And of course, we could not do Duke of Ed without Mr Forch, and his team (Mrs Remington, Mr Whitby and Mrs Brenchly). Sydney Verrenkamp summed it up well, “Manuka is mean, kanuka is not”. Mr Forch passed on this little piece of wisdom: “When you squeeze the branch of a manuka tree, its leaves are sharp and spiky; it hurts, therefore it’s mean. Kanuka leaves are soft and don’t hurt at all”. To this day, I still haven’t found a quicker way to identify the difference between them. Thanks again, Mr Forch.

AMELIE’S AFRICAN ADVENTURE By Dani Codnig

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hile most of her year level is gearing up for university, Year 13 student, Amelie Blackett, is preparing herself for a whole other experience. Leaving on the 31st January 2019, Amelie will be flying across the globe on a Lattitude volunteering program to make a difference for an entire year. Headed for Ghana, more specifically the tiny village of Abrobiano - which is so tiny that it does not appear on maps! – Amelie is going to be working towards women’s empowerment, local health things such as HIV and AIDS, engaging young people through education and promoting youth development through sport. Living off a diet of rice, onion and tomatoes, all her work is completely unpaid for the entire year which is a huge undertaking for such a young woman. When asked about her motivation to embark on this trip, Amelie said, “For me volunteering comes so easily, I did it for 5 years in cadet forces, do it in school through my role of the Wellbeing Prefect, and through other leadership aspects such as Youth Line ambassador, peer support leader, house leader and peer mediation. I also felt I wasn’t ready for university because I have no idea

what I want to do, so I decided an overseas experience in a country that is absolutely foreign, doing something I love would be just perfect for me. It’s a really great way to discover myself and what I am really passionate about so, when I come back to New Zealand, I might have an idea of what I want to be.” The build up to her departure has been very busy for Amelie who is funding the whole trip herself through a Give-A-Little page, countless sausage sizzles and a mufti day at Pukekohe High School. It has also included many immunisation shots, research into the culture of Ghana and an upcoming meeting in Wellington to meet the other people going. Amelie will be documenting as much of the trip as she can on her Instagram page @amelie_in_africa and we all wish her the best of luck on her adventures.

“Where ever you go, go with all your heart.” – Patrick Butters

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PUKEKOHE PRIDE PHOTOS BY MS JESS BLUCK

“How many words is this thing meant to be, Miss?” – Reuben Crawford

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Drama Awards Outstanding Drama Performer Zinzan Coop - Junior

ARTS AWARDS 2018

Outstanding Drama Performer Cass Elley - Senior Head of Department Cup for Gracie Sharp Overall Excellence in Drama Best Director - Junior Teana Munokoa Best Director - Senior Charlotte Newman Significant Progress Tonga Fakava Student Leadership - Junior Chloe Vivian Student Leadership - Senior Dani Codnig Engagement and dedication to Hannah Keppel, Jack drama - Junior Jamieson, Roxy Deihl Engagement and dedication to Reanah Brown, Amberdrama - Senior Lee Kelliher, Eileen Davis Kyle Davies, Abigail Howard, Marcos Outstanding Ensemble Work Lawson, Jasmine Junior Nederberger, Morgan Twiss, Gaia Richards Gracie Sharp, Outstanding Ensemble Work - Alexia Purchase, Emilie Senior Mous, Ayla Johnstone, Riley Samuel Rau

Art Awards Artist of the year, Student Leadership Award, and Senior Aleisha Neary Printmaking Award Junior Printmaking Award Millie Norman Senior Painting Award Naho Kawase Junior Painting Award Emma Neary Design Award Jarrod Dobell Senior Drawing Award Cassandra Elley Junior Drawing Award Mark Gutierrez Moving Image Award Edward Tan

Music Awards Musician of the year, Most outstanding woodwind player, and William McIntosh Contribution to School Music Senior Most outstanding composition, Dedication and Commitment in music, and Highly Ella Barwick commended for contribution to music out of school Student Leadership in Music, and Kaya Tanoa HOD Special Award Contribution to a school event, and Kaylum Davis Senior Performer of the year Most outstanding Brass player, and Highly commended for contribution Nick Lee to music out of school Junior Significant progress in music Devin O’Callaghan and Most outstanding composition Senior Significant progress in music Josh Wilson

Senior Photography Award Angus Edwards Junior Photography Award James Lovell Year 10 Junior Art Star Jessica Pressnell Outstanding Progress Emma Stevens Service in Art

Jayden Graham and Emma Bradley

Student Leadership Award Danni Aarts Outside Achievement Award Forest has the Blues Team Outstanding Studentship Caitlin Symonds Art Department Special Award Annaliese Duke Inspirational Student Award Eden Yin Top Sculpture/Installation Jarrod Dobell and Award Heather Smith Top Digital Artist Will McIntosh

Most outstanding percussionists

Richard Petty and Jack Wright

Most outstanding string player Laura Will Most outstanding vocalist Siobhan Martin Best performance by a Rock Band Don’t Eat The People Achievement in Music outside of PHS Jackson Wilcox Junior performer of the year Alex Vujanic Most outstanding cultural Kadex performance Highly commended for contribution Daniel Piper and to music out of school Jonathan Westlake Sophie Chen, Contribution to school music Amanda Lee and Sydney Verrenkamp

“Praise Iommi.” – Phoenix Hunt

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ART

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t’s been a tremendous year for our art students and staff this year. We have been on heaps of trips, participated in some great exhibitions, including the Suffrage 125 event and at the Auckland Botanical Gardens, and gone on fantastic trips to Tiritiri Matangi island and further afield to Sydney. Our students continue to create amazing art and we’re proud to share just a mere sample of it here.

“Still waiting for a real man.” – Tracey Jenner

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ART

“Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me te maunga teitei.” – Esperance Withers

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ART EXHIBITIONS AND VISITS

“Still waiting for a real man.” – Tracey Jenner

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VIVID ART

By Dani Codnig

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n the 15th on June, a group of 26 students and 6 teachers set off for a non-stop weekend in Sydney, Australia with the PHS Art Department. Across the ditch, Vivid Sydney - a city wide art installation of light music and idea, which runs across May and June - was in full swing and served as the purpose for the trip. Staying at the Youth Hostel right down the road from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the group spent the whole weekend being totally immersed in Sydney’s rich culture. The first day was spent looking at the Museum of Contemporary Art and taking in the city of Sydney. Vivid Sydney truly comes alive at night, so they spent the evening looking at various incredible light displays by world renowned artists around the city and through the botanical gardens. Day 2 involved the Art Gallery of New South Wales and experiencing the very best part of Vivid Sydney - the closing fireworks show in Darling Harbour. On the final day, the group ventured to Manly and spent the morning exploring, before hopping on a plane and flying back to Auckland in the afternoon. The phrase non-stop doesn’t quite do the trip justice as the group walked a grand total of 48.26 kms in the 3 short days they were there, courtesy of a few wrong turns and a couple of misleading street signs, but it all added to the experience. The group had an amazing time and we look forward to more trips with the art department in the future.

“Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me te maunga teitei.” – Esperance Withers

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SUFFRAGE 125

Celebrating 125 years since women were given the vote

TIME TRAVELLING DEBATERS

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n 15th September, Mrs Allen took an intrepid group of argumentative students along to Pukekohe Town Hall for a debate. The six students split into two teams to debate women getting the vote as if it was the year 1893. Seth Green, Jessica Mous and Kyla McNaughten put up a strong argument that women should still be ‘kept down’ and not given the right to vote. How dare they! Affirming the moot that woman should be given the vote was Levi Preston, Celeste Nyatsanza and Georgina Sutton. Poor Seth’s team didn’t stand a

chance and Levi’s team debated magnificently so women were given the vote. The audience participated with enthusiastic cheers, boos and heckles, deciding on which team were the most persuasive. Needless to say, the feminists won a resounding victory for women. Well done to Mrs Allen and her time travelling talkers who won a sizeable donation to the school from the BPW 125 Suffrage Pukekohe Committee, some of which went towards the Pukekohe High School Quartet and the rest towards English debating.

MUSIC HALL MAGIC

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he Pukekohe High School Jazz Quartet performed on the day of the Suffrage celebrations. They played a medley throughout the afternoon of the event and entertained everyone during the high tea. Thanks to Kaylum Davis, Nick Lee, Richard Petty and William McIntosh! Check out the music pages for news about the Jazz Quartet.

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ome of our art students have been working tirelessly on producing extra print art for the 125 Suffrage 125 exhibition in Auckland. Some of the students’ work will be included in the 125 pieces of art for the Suffrage celebration. Another suffrage exhibition that students are contributing towards is She Speak.

“If Fleetwood Mac can write Rumours on a month’s long binge while they were all breaking up with each other, you can get through this week.” – Laura Baker 50 | SUFFRAGE 125 | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018


YEAR 13 DRESS UPS

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RSA TRAVELLING COMPANIONS

By Hannah Lidgett

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very year, there is a reciprocal tour to Australia that a few very lucky RSA youth get to go on. This year, two Year 10s, David Kawondera and I went and what a time we had! This experience was like no other, especially because it was 100 years since the end of WW1. The week we had over there was truly eventful from ice skating to tree top adventures. All of this was so much fun but the main highlight for all of us was the Sydney ANZAC parade itself. It was huge! People from all around the world had come together to participate in this event. We saw it all, from a band from Tonga to a marching group from Russia. We joined the parade at around 11am,

even though it started much earlier, there were just so many people! The march was amazing and we even got a quick appearance on Sydney TV. Even though we only marched for 15- 20 minutes, it is a memory we will have forever. Knowing we were part of something bigger than ourselves was truly amazing and we felt pride and joy at representing our country in such a significant historical event like this.

HELPING TO FIGHT FAMINE By Dani Codnig

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he 40Hr Famine is World Vision’s annual event where participants do something that will significantly impact their lives for 40 hours. The most common famine is no food, but other common famines include no technology, no furniture, or even handcuffing yourself to a mate for 40 hours. Fundraising from sponsoring students’ famines provides crucial food, clean water, education, housing and spaces for kids stuck in the trauma of war. This year, the funds raised went to children fleeing conflict and famine in South Sudan. Pukekohe High School raised a grand total of

$6600 through the 40Hr Famine, a PHS Mufti Day and the committee’s extra activities, such as a coin trail at Puni School, bake sales in the staff room and a raffle filled with goods from local businesses. Well done to the Community Council and all the students who participated.

“I finally decided to come out of the cupboard (in the year 13 room).” – Bachelor Folau

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PHS IN THE COMMUNITY

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ur students are doing more each year to work with the community. Our activities have included the Head Students and Prefects representing the school at the 2018 Memorial for Anzac Day, several school council members working alongside Police for the Cop Stop drink driving checkpoint, other junior students working with Ms Boyes and the RSA, and all our massive fundraising efforts this year. We have raised funds for CanTeen, 40 Hour Famine, WestPac Chopper appeal, World Vision and Amelie Blackett’s trip, as well as raising

money to help Puni school after their vandalism damage. Our music students have also performed on several ‘tours’ to local schools to entertain and inspire, as well as putting on a concert in the Town Square. The year has been topped off with our Kapa Haka group performing on the track just before the main ITM V8 Supercar race at Pukekohe Raceway. As well as gaining international exposure, this will raise great funds for the group and their future endeavours next year. Ka pai!

“Koe ‘Otua Mo Tonga Ko Hoku Tofia - From God and Tonga I descend. – Bella Liuaki PHS IN THE COMMUNITY | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018 | 53


FAREWELL TO MR MCKINNON

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n Term 2, we said farewell to Mr Ian McKinnon who was retiring after 22 years as our principal. There were several occasions held in his honour, including special assemblies at the Town Hall for the school, a community farewell and a staff farewell. We surprised him at the senior special assembly with a fabulous interpretative dance which led into a powerful haka that many of our senior students had been secretly practising for weeks. He was presented with gifts, including a kowhai tree. However, the special koha were the special korowai (cloak) that was created especially for him and a beautifully carved patu. This

greenstone was commissioned from a large piece of greenstone that is kept specially for great leaders. The feathers attached to it were also of significance to his ancestral connection to Hongi Hika. During the community farewell, Ian was presented with a school rugby shirt, an Auckland Blues shirt and as a lasting legacy, what was still called the ‘new Gym’ is now the ‘Ian McKinnon Gymnasium’. Of course, he was given several gifts at the staff farewell too. He has left quite a legacy and some of it is outlined on the following pages. Haere raa. Farewell Mr McKinnon!

“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams” – The Doctor 54 | FAREWELL TO MR MCKINNON | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018


FAREWELL TO MR MCKINNON TIME IS UP FOR PUKEKOHE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL By Catherine Burr

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y first time being sent to the principal’s office was to interview the principal, Mr Ian McKinnon. I did feel the weight of all those years on my shoulders, although walking into his office was a bit like walking into a Tardis, with a feeling of awe at being inside the school’s inner sanctum. It wasn’t long before I learnt that it’s actually the job that’s “much larger on the inside”. Having come from deputy and associate principal roles at Edgewater and Howick colleges respectively, this teacher of history succeeded John McConnell as Pukekohe High’s principal in 1996. When asked what his first impressions of the school were, Mr McKinnon said, “I was really welcomed”. “The best thing is the excitement that students bring but, right from the start, I was really impressed with the level of student involvement. The range of things that they wanted to do, and the interesting mix between town and country. After I got the job, I came out for a look. It was 10am on Sunday and, in the main street of Pukekohe, there was a young boy walking a dog; and us. You compare that to what it’s like now. I think it’s grown in a way that has become a lot more inclusive of different groups, and I think that, as a school, we have done some great work in that regard as well.” One thing he had seen develop the most is the ability of our students to compete alongside the best of any students in NZ. Initially, people dismissed PHS as, ‘that’s a big Auckland school’. “We have moved away from that and that’s been good. You know we can foot it with the best and we can be proud of that” The most memorable change he had seen whilst in the principal’s role was “the way that people have developed and grown in acceptance”. In fact, it is obvious that Mr McKinnon cares about people. Sure, we chatted briefly on how everyone’s experiences in school are not the same and, sadly, some students give

people a hard time by pushing boundaries. Yet, the one thing he has always appreciated from the vast majority of his PHS family is the willingness of people to smile and say ‘hi’. Academically, Mr McKinnon was the principal that saw the introduction of NCEA and the fall of the exam based system. “NCEA has enabled students to be able to seek achievement and gain recognition of achievement across a wide spectrum of interests, strengths, and futures that they want to head towards. So to me, that has to be probably one of the biggest improvements. We’ve moved away from an exam based system which automatically failed nearly 50%. How wrong was that!” I have to admit it though, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to dig for some dirt. And just like Sarah Jane Smith hunting around for aliens in the closet, I did find out that Mr McKinnon is an Auckland Blues supporter, although at the time of writing even he was having trouble with coming to terms with that! He has no set plans for the future except for an overseas trip to visit his son in Barbados, before returning home for Christmas. After that, “we’ll probably move out of Auckland in a year or so and start to wind down; but I’m not going to do nothing, I just have to work out what that ‘not nothing’ will be.” He does admit to his role here as having had a huge impact on his life and on the influence of his future, learning to listen and understanding people’s needs. “It’s about relationships, and I think that’s probably one of the biggest focuses about how teaching has progressed, it’s that we are not authoritarian anymore. We can be in front of more than 100 people in a day, and we have to sum up how each one of them is different, and how we can meet their needs in a way that helps them best…Don’t sit still. The world doesn’t. We can’t. And you have to keep opening those doors and going forward. It’s frustrating, it’s hard work, and people say they have had enough of change but get used to it, the world is, schools have to keep up. Hopefully some of the thinking that has happened over the last two or three years, particularly around teaching and learning practices and the use of technologies, will remain. Keep the door open; it’s got to be open because close it, and you just fall behind.” Mr McKinnon, like the regenerating Dr Who, we will always remember when the principal was you. Thank you for your service!

“Education is important, but big biceps are importanter.” – Logan Smith

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FAREWELL TO MR MCKINNON

A FAREWELL MESSAGE FROM MR PETER MATHIAS

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t the staff farewell on Friday afternoon a range of speakers offered different views of Ian. These can be summed up in 3 powerful characteristics that aptly describe him – learning-focused, stewardship and compassion. Mid-career, having experienced a couple of years out of the classroom working in a public relations company, Ian quickly made his way back into teaching, and ultimately the students at Pukekohe High School were the ones to benefit. Ian is known for his stewardship – most obvious to the community through the huge building programme of some $13 million over the past decade or so. His grasp of financial matters is first class and he has always been keen for the school to find ways of funding activities that improved student learning. However, while the buildings and financial matters may be an indication of change within a school, it is mostly out of sight that teachers have benefitted from Ian’s warmth and compassion. At the staff

farewell, a good number of teachers related the very clear and invaluable support that Ian has provided to individuals on a personal level. Ian challenged his teachers to lift our game, to ask “how do you know”, do the research and the reading, make informed recommendations and not put our faith in hunches. Always, at the heart of the decisions that he made, the focus was on the benefits for students. Without doubt, Ian has been here for the students, he was always proud of the students and their successes were his successes. Ian made a point of attending a huge variety of activities – cultural, sports, arts – wherever our students were performing, whether that was out of town or locally, during the week or weekend. Ian’s desire to address the needs of Maaori students, in particular, saw a number of strategies that were introduced over the years, including Maaori achievement celebrations. However, the longest journey by far was the 14 years or so that it took from the time that the idea of a marae on our school site was first raised at property meetings, and with the Board, until Te Hikoi was built and formally opened late last year. This is his legacy. Ian, we have particularly appreciated your wisdom, wry sense of humour and support. You will leave a large hole in this school and we will miss you. Enjoy your retirement, you have deserved it.

“I am a very stable genius.” – Donald Trump

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FAREWELL TO MR MCKINNON

AN OPEN LETTER TO MR MCKINNON, AKA KINDOG OR MK By Jordan Oppert (former student and Broadcaster on TVNZ Breakfast

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must say, being asked to write a piece for this year’s yearbook about your tenure in the rowing department was a big privilege and honour. I straight away got in contact with the squad and the memories came flooding in thick and fast, a bit like that unpredictable Waikato River or Tamaki Basin tide. We would be here all day if I were to mention them all, so I’ve collated a few highlights. For a start, not only has Pukekohe High School lost an incredible principal, they’ve lost an incredible rowing coach. I think I speak on behalf of all those lucky enough to be coached by you, that you were one of the best we’ve had - in any sport. Your support, guidance, motivation and above all commitment never went unnoticed. We knew when we signed up to row that we would be giving up our weekends and most of our free time, something you did too. You believed in us as a squad and always pushed for us to be the best we could be. Your pre-race chats never failed to calm the nerves - especially sitting on the edge of Lake Karapiro or Lake Ruataniwha. Win or lose, we knew you always had our backs - just perhaps not the time we knocked Auckland Grammar’s brand new eight off the rack in the boat park, or the time

we backed into the Kings’ College trailer, and rightfully so. We are still really sorry about that… We have so many memories with you. From trips away for regattas and the pranks we pulled on you, to Maadi party and boogies in the mosh pits, your questionable music choices whilst stuck in traffic on the way to trainings and your multiple coach-boat mishaps. We shared the good, the bad and the ugly with you; the ugliest being Glasgow Road hill sprints, of course. Rowing is a sport that teaches vital life skills; courage, commitment, determination and resilience. You were the best example of that. It can’t have been always easy coaching a squad of teenage girls. We take our hats off to you for putting up with us and we thank you for bringing all of us together. It was in our rowing years that we made friends for life and learnt the real definition of a squad. We can honestly say all the early morning trainings, 2 km erg tests and stormy rows in white caps were worth it, and we hope you can too. From Jordan Oppert, on behalf of all the rowing girls lucky enough to call you their coach.

“The less you care, the happier you’ll be.” Blake Foster

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THE ARRIVAL

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r Richard Barnett joined us on a rainy day at the start of Term 2. His poowhiri was when representatives from Burnside High School came to join his welcome to Pukekohe High. They brought a tii koouka tree to plant to commemorate his new role as leader.

THE LATEST REGENERATION By Catherine Burr

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hose of you who think the apex of cool is to wear a long coloured scarf or a bow tie may be bitterly disappointed with our regenerated principal. However, I found that Mr Richard Barnett surprisingly had more in common with the Doctor Who character than even he might realise. Firstly, he is originally from England. Not quite across time and space, but about as geographically removed from NZ as you can get. But that is in the past. He has been at Burnside High School in Christchurch for the past 12 years, with the last two as Associate Principal. His first impression of Pukekohe High was on a beautiful summer’s day. He saw it as a friendly school, with a good vibe. For the record, Burnside High is the ‘best’ school in the South Island for music and Pukekohe High is the ‘best’ in the North Island. Coincidence? Maybe. Mr Barnett apparently doesn’t play an instrument, but that never stopped him from getting the best from students he leads. He has high expectations which he hopes to foster at Pukekohe High School in the future. As for as any other Whovian traits, I definitely saw the following: The Hero: Not so much that you will see him saving students by wielding a sonic screwdriver, but more in the fact that he genuinely believes in what students can achieve, and in supporting the teaching staff that help students get there. Although he admits missing hands on teaching, he believes in a strong leadership role, trying to bring about change in how teaching happens in a classroom and in students’ learning. He will walk the school, have contact with students, dealing with good and evil (ok; that may be a bit dramatic - I mean interacting with student leaders or those at the other end of the spectrum that need support). He also makes a point of visiting classrooms and to see his staff teaching first hand, so he’ll be there when he is needed. Loves his TARDIS: When he left

Burnside, their roll was a strong 2500 students. It is no surprise to anyone that our school is going to get a lot bigger on the inside. There will be an influx of students in the years ahead, and Mr Barnett wants to make sure we are ready, in terms of infrastructure, and also from a community viewpoint. “What we want to do is to continue to develop the standards of schooling and the quality of education. We want to improve what is here already and build on the really good things that happen here”. He sees the range of fantastic opportunities for people to get involved in co-curricular activities and, of course, the teachers obviously working hard to make this happen. “Build on what we have, and make it better still”. Well Chosen Companions: “Teachers need to do a good job in class rooms. Students need to be taught well.” He believes in supporting good teachers as people who can build good relationships and enjoy working with young people. Those staff are passionate about what they are teaching. “We need teachers with a whole variety of different techniques which they can adopt, depending on who they are teaching, time of day, whatever…We also need people who are culturally responsive.” Being Timeless: Mr Barnett shared his wish for us to be more Values Driven, for us to be a highly regarded school of choice for people within our region; one that all will be proud to attend. There are going to be challenges along the way but his ideals are held high with expectation. Regenerate and repurpose: This is one area where things got just a little bit “wibbly wobbly”. I’m told that we will not be regenerating him into a Chiefs supporter, though he may concede to Counties eventually. So, we will not be repurposing his Crusader’s jersey as we cannot remove the Crusaders supporter out of him. I guess no regeneration is perfect, but it feels as though our little part of the universe might just be well set up for the future.

“Nine out of ten times, I didn’t have physio.” – Cameron Johnson

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TIME AND SPACE TO DEEP DIVE IN FIJI

By Emma Walters

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n the July holidays, thirteen Pukekohe High senior science students, alongside two teachers, headed off to Fiji for two weeks on an Operation Wallacea expedition. Operation Wallacea is a conservation research organisation which relies on teams of student volunteers to join their many expeditions around the world and collect real-world data with academic researchers to make a positive difference. Our group landed at the tiny airport of Labasa on the island of Vanua Levu, where our journey continued by bus through the beautiful Fijian mountains and villages to the Natewa Peninsular; the site of our expedition. We were dropped off at the warm-welcoming Vusaratu Village on Sunday night where we spent two days with homestay families while experiencing traditional Fijian culture, food, and activities. On Tuesday morning we trekked up the village’s surrounding mountains to the Natewa Forest Camp where we would be spending our next four nights after being out in the Fijian forest each day. The Forest Camp was very full on and involved participating in many research fields alongside scientists and local Fijian guides in the areas of bats, birds, butterflies, mammals, forest structure and snails. Many friendships were made with the scientists and local guides over games of cards and it was a very tearful departure as we left on Saturday morning to the more relaxing Natewa Marine Research and Training Centre, where we would be spending

the next seven days. It was located on the edge of the picturesque Natewa Bay which is filled with an abundant of coral reefs and marine species. The seven days were spent learning how to scuba dive, or snorkelling and diving for those already qualified, over the coral reefs and obtaining research data on coral and marine species life. Our two weeks spent in the tropical paradise of Natewa Bay wouldn’t have happened without the extensive amount of organisation from Mrs Baxter with the help of Mrs Brenchley. So we thank you for giving us the opportunity to create memories, gain knowledge, and make friendships on Operation Wallacea’s Fiji Expedition!

“Heil Hydra.” – Kaylum Davis

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“We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” – The Doctor

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JELLICOE HOUSE By Matthew Fleming

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ord John Jellicoe, whom we in Jellicoe house represent, has taught us through his diligence that we can all grow to fill the shoes of the people we strive to be. As Lord Jellicoe’s feet grew and grew, he became a model of good virtue; and he filled his shoes. In Jellicoe House, we strive to do our best…and I guess that’s all anybody can ask from us.

Message from Mrs Masemann, Dean of Jellicoe House: “The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people.” Leo Tolstoy An Irish Blessing from me to you: “May the road rise before you, May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, And the rain fall soft upon your field. Until we meet again, May God hold you, In the palm of his hand.”

JBH TOP: MIDDLE: BOTTOM:

Ezekiel Lal, Boston Farr, Kees Chalmers Waldo Pretorius, Sean Swan, Levi Preston, Ben Gold, Jonathan Westlake, Mrs Bach Cody Wilson, Losaliyah Alusa, Tegan Allan, Kaycee Nelson, Kruti Mistry

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Simon Lee ABSENT:

Noah Badger, Liam Carlin, Amber Clarke, Jemma Gold, Kayla Gold, Tiger Lily Howan, Daniel Jamieson, Luke Nicklin, Connor O’Donoghue, Keegan O’Donoghue, Dirk Van Wijk, Ton Van Wijk

JBQ TOP: Laine Brown, Rylee Barrow, Emma Hanley TOP MIDDLE: Toni Warrender, Toaiti Ramsay, Tamihana Ramsay, Zach Oram, Sophie O’Flaherty BOTTOM MIDDLE: Cheyenne Potter, Mudish Nadan, Cameron Reilly, Thomas Williams, Finn Williams, Zinzan Coop, Kyle Windelburn, Ms Baxter BOTTOM: Chelsey Buzeika, Kayla Buzeika, Emma Walters, Amber Randall, Tylah Galvin, Amanda Chong, Cara Child

ABSENT:

Matthew Bowers, Ciaran Taylor

“Be aware of your surroundings!”– Shaun Munro

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JBY TOP:

Jeffrey Tolmie, Spencer Jaques, Dézarn Rogers Bin Farouk, Sky Senining TOP MIDDLE: Nicole Downey, Cohen Brady-Leathem, Aaliyah Hurst, Brandee Hurst, Harjot Kaur Singh, Manuraj Chand BOTTOM MIDDLE: Jiatong Li, Yilin Li, Devan Gardiner, Tavish Gavin, Connor Gavin, Jas Brady, Ke Wu, Ms Boyes BOTTOM: Yu Ao, Shriya Govan, Hollie Redington, Shanayah Irving, Brianna Grant, Bella Cooper, Rhianna Litherland SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Kate Nakagawa ABSENT: Dylan Farrell, Izzy Grace, Briar Warren

JCE TOP:

MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

Noel Langer, Heival Sidhu, Callum Healey, Pavan Prajapati, Yasmin Brady-Leathem, Liam Healey Sera Cooper, Brody Jellyman, Tristan Van Zyl, Jack Hobbs, Nick Langer, Chien-Hao Kung, Ms Cottee Bree Travers, Katy Jellyman, Jenny Graham, Floriz Pascual, Courtney Keary, Anahera Ramsay, Pene Travers

ABSENT: Daniel Hall, Misaki Koreeda, Rory Quinn, Keane Wikiriwhi

JCT TOP:

Jamie Cochrane, Joel Cullinane, Kaelan Paranihi, Baden Moko, Cam Ormsby, Daniel Dhaneshwar Kumar MIDDLE: Stuart Martin, Sio Nau, Ezekiel Butcher, Nic Ormsby, Jonny Ormsby, Luke Allan, Mr Courteaud BOTTOM: Taleisha McGuire, Ruby Schick, Kara Murray, Devon Paranihi, Rebecca Brown, Saskia Munden, Trinity Butcher

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Oceana Edwards ABSENT: Matthew Gowdy, Manawa Kapetaua, Mele Whyte

“#newkneesplease” – Alice McCrory

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JGW TOP:

BOTTOM:

Sean Maxwell-Le-Cheminant, Lachlan Brown, Nikolas Stirling, Brian Eksteen, Anthony Chubb, Mr Granshaw MacKenzie Finlay, Catherine Devcich, Amber Lowe, Kaya Tanoa, Briar Thorpe

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Liebu Nikaro ABSENT:

Jamie Chubb, Taebin Chung, Kayla Gillibrand, Imogen Knightly, Storm Knightly, Jess Lansdown, Tai Lucas, Tomasi Nikaro, Paulo Pascual, Lewis Sheffield, Taine Stirling, Gabriel Wilson

JKA TOP: Tyron Tamati, Connor Jones, Logan Burton MIDDLE: Shyanne Panapa, Austin Purewal, Kiarn Lavea, Caitlin Foote, Mrs Karauria BOTTOM: Caitlin Cottee, Abigail Pretorius, Khooshi Patel, Lakeisha Welsh, Danielle Sinclair SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Nancy Edwards, Koko Mastumaru ABSENT: Chloe Brown, Chase Donaldson, Sione Fonokalafi, Taina Grey, Scott Griffiths, Stacee Jones, Jaxon Layourn, Tyler Matthews, Nathaniel Perry, Joshua Schreuder, Zoe Slater, Kathryn Van Der Westerlo, Joshua Weinstein, Emily Wolfsbauer

JMC TOP:

Jacob Siddle, Jayden Fox, Alex Coleman-Chaiman, Liam Siddle MIDDLE: Sarah Dodd, Lutila Seymour, Viliami Fonokalafi, Jackson Evans, Amberleigh Maartens, Mr McNelly BOTTOM: Nikita Maartens, India Potton, Jojo Coleman-Chaiman, Danni Bach, Kyrah Dunn

ABSENT:

Jeremiah Alusa, Jade Isaac-Singh, Bella Liuaki, Mason McQuarrie, India Phillips, Manaia Seymour, Connor Sinclair

“Don’t be a snacc, be breakfast. The most important meal of the day.” – Megan Taggart

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JMS TOP:

Jacob Tuhi, Rangimarie Povey, Cam Tremain, Damien Lal TOP MIDDLE: Saiatua Tai, Sonny Kahui, Ethan Tapp, Lachlan Ritchie, Alecia Kahui BOTTOM MIDDLE: Popo Tupai, Shane McCoard, William Tremain, Dylan Firth, Saia Tai, Alex Matthews BOTTOM: Kahurangi Povey, Hannah Ritchie, Angel Lilo, Kalisha Uka, Chloe Wilcox, Sophie Tautari, Shelby Whitley

ABSENT:

Mr Meads, Dante Joslin, Carlin Keegan, Hannah Miller, Sam Pascoe, Jak Reece, Alicia Watkins, Georgia Watt

JMV TOP:

MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

ABSENT:

Troy Tukiri, Ella Herangi, Brodie Drinnan, Hamish Carpenter, Sarah Carpenter Robbie Leaning, Mathias Brown, Travis Jenkins, Joseph Fleming, Jackson Leuschke, Corey Walden, Mr Matthews Bianca Parish, Madison Tukiri, Alyssa Wikiriwhi, Skylar Ryan, Paige Livingstone, Hannah Caulton, Madison Jaques

Laura Baker, Shekinah Brown, Cullen Ikifitu, Rishal Kishor, Vishal Kishor, Anaru Tupuhi

JPF TOP:

MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

ABSENT:

Hitesh Makan, Flynn Batters, Ben Keppel, Thomas Marr Mrs Green, Danni West, Christian Meade, Peter Stichbury, Mason Little, Jizane LloydAngell, Clace Hazell, Mrs Puflett Eva Calley, Eden Marr, Kyla Fisher, Alexia Purchase, Petra Batters, Chelsea Young, Khushi Vaidh

Kyle Branch, Jayqwan Dingley, Chervez Dingley-Harwood, Colin FloyedDe-Thierry, Liam Haxby, Olivia Russek, Alex Tupuhi

“I always knew I was a Queen, now I got a sash to prove it.” – Claudia Kempton

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JWB TOP:

Shyal Chandra, Michelle De Thierry Andrews, Shayla Naran TOP MIDDLE: Josh Connors, Jayden Shaw, Sam Northover, Milan Patel, Mikaela Keane BOTTOM MIDDLE: Kellee Heta, Saheel Chandra, Saneel Chandra, Nicholas Johnston, Ethan Hargraves, Aria Fotofili BOTTOM: Emma-Rose Sears, Rose Johnston, Shannon Douglas, Taryn Norris, Simone Moxon

ABSENT: Mr Whitby, Frank Du Plessis, Tahina Heta, James Martin, Cole Miller, Caleb Moxon

JWS TOP:

MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

Jolin Tang, Blake Jensen, Josh Wightman, Jessy Drader, Eunby Hwang, Alex Hayles Matthew Fleming, Tyler Wood, Tony King-Drader, Liam Ihaka-Kirk, Madison Prowse, Nikita Wood Gurnoor Kaur, Karishma Govan, Lucia Harris, Leanne Hayles, Ramanjeet Kaur, Ms Wild

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Natalia Shelford ABSENT: Devyn Frew, Leanne Hayles, Rereahu Paikea-Joseph, Chante Rota, Indi Rota, Kitana Walker

JYE TOP:

Anton Reble, Prashnil Sharma, Lupe Raass, Anchita Verma, Aaron Graham TOP MIDDLE: Nicholas Van Der Vegte, Chanon Pattananuphab, Jayden Graham, Thomas Styles, Alex Van Der Vegte, Cameron Wright, Mrs Yeomans BOTTOM: Andree Louw, Erin Smith, Amy Reive, Simone Wallace, Madie Wright, Duanais Louw, Abby Crane

ABSENT:

Joel Heineke, Tine Louw, Coral Morgan, Chardonae Pickering, Raiden Pickering, Ben Reive, Logan Smith

“Who Needs a Regular Wreath When You Can Have the Wreath of Khan.” – Nameera Khan

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SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS

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here are many extra-curricular sports on offer at Pukekohe High School, many of which are celebrated on other pages of this yearbook. Here are just a few highlights of the year…

AFL

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n December 2017, both our Junior Boys and Junior Girls teams played in the Auckland champs. This year, the girls won the Franklin champs and the boys team matched this, before going on to win first the

Auckland champs and then complete in the North Island Secondary Schools competition. Chelsea Young and Taylor Rademeyer now also play in the New Zealand AFL U18 Women’s Team. Well done!

ATHLETICS

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ayley Marx completed in the New Zealand Athletics Champs in Hastings in December last year and then represented New Zealand on the NZSSAA team where she performed highly in events. This year, she competed in the North Island Secondary schools champs in Whanganui in the 300m and 100m hurdles and long jump, coming 4th overall.

“Enjoy now, because now never comes back - One last nugget of wisdom.” – Kaya Tanoa 66 | SPORTS OVERVIEW | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018


CROSS COUNTRY

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e sent four teams to NZ Secondary Schools this year and they performed well:

Year 9 Girls: Bronwyn Mitchell, Jorja McKenzie, Brit Rennell, Hope Psaros, Tyler Chapman, Grace Perham, Caitlin Van Rijs Year 9 Boys: Caleb Moxon, Lochlan Brown, Ethan Tapp, Mason Johnston Junior Girls: Caitlyn Marx, Leah Robinson, Sarah Carpenter, Isabella Coughlan, George Carter, Abbey Swain Junior Boys: Aditya Sharma, Stanley Yip, Logan McGlade, Milan Patel We had an awesome 12 students who joined the Regional Relays Championships teams: 7th Counties Manukau Year 9 Boys: Caleb Moxon, Lochlan Brown, Ethan Tapp 4th Counties Manukau Junior Boys: Aditya Sharma

10th Counties Manukau Year 9 Girls:  Bronwyn Mitchell, Jorja McKenzie, Brit Rennell, Tyler Chapman, Grace Perham 10th Counties Manukau Junior Girls:  Caitlyn Marx, Leah Robinson, Sarah Carpenter

ORIENTEERING

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ur fantastic Orienteering team came 3rd in the co-ed schools competition in New Zealand, after we sent a smaller team with more juniors to Christchurch to compete in the New Zealand Secondary Schools team. Three of our senior girls joined the Regional Relays Team and came 3rd – Aleisha Neary, Charlotte Duke and Heather Ineson. See page 72 for more about Aleisha’s achievements this year.

LACROSSE

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uring our third year of playing Lacrosse, our team moved up a grade to Division 2, and did fantastically well to come 3rd. Well done!

“If birds can fly, why can’t flies bird?” – Peter Stichbury

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FOOTBALL

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ur Girls’ Football Premier team played in the Counties Manukau Secondary Schools team and the Junior Boys won their competition to lift the Counties Manukau Secondary Schools trophy.

“It’s okay to be a glow stick. Sometimes, you need to break before you can shine.” – Tanisha Robertson 68 | SPORTS OVERVIEW | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018


TEAM PHOTOS

“There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors… You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.” – The Doctor SPORTS OVERVIEW | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018 | 69


TEAM PHOTOS CONTINUED...

“I’m not injured... I just had surgery.” – Hayley Marx

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KIANA SWAIN

By Ms Abbott

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fter wanting to learn to swim simply for water safety at the age of 5, Kiana Swain has become a fearless and talented swimmer who has her sights set on Olympic success. It was never Kiana’s intention to be the swimmer she is today. She struggled in her early years and didn’t win many competitions. Her competitors at Pukekohe Swimming Club (PSC) were always the ones in front and she found herself unable to keep up. However, someone at PSC spotted her potential and in only a few months, at the age of 10, she was swimming for the same club who she had previously lost to. With the new club, new trainer and new-found confidence, Kiana began winning her heats and competitions. She found her strongest stroke was 200m fly and began a gruelling programme to ensure that she was improving and getting stronger. Part of her training is her pre-competition routine which can make or break her performance. Kiana ensures that she gets plenty of sleep, eats healthy and stays hydrated and she uses her foam roller to help her muscles recover. Careful analysis of her time trials and races to improve her technique is ongoing but is particularly important when leading up to a big event. Maintaining this level of commitment and being a successful Year 12 student takes its toll, but Kiana’s previous success, as well as her up and coming goals, keep her motivated. In fact, her greatest success has been becoming New Zealand’s fastest 200m butterfly swimmer – a huge achievement at such a young age. Kiana wouldn’t be the swimmer she is today without

the help and support of her family. Not only does Kiana have to commit to her strict regime, but her family must make sure that they are getting her 5am training, six or seven times a week, that they have the right food in for her to maintain her fitness and energy but also take her to the swim camps Kiana has to attend. The future for Kiana is looking bright: the next big event she’s working towards is the Victoria State championships in Melbourne which will happen in early December. After that, she’s working towards making the qualifying time for the Junior Worlds championship which will take place in Hungary next year. However, her ultimate goal will be getting close to a Fédération internationale de natation (FINA) qualifying standard time meaning that Kiana could be a contestant for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. So, watch this space! In less than two years, PHS could witness their first female Olympian competitor and even a medallist! Congratulations on all your successes so far and the very best of luck in the future.

“More espresso, less depresso.” – Charlotte Duke

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SQUASH By Cameron Hooper

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quash this year had some big wins, as well as some big upsets. For the first time ever, we had 3 squash teams which played in the weekly College Sport Competition. We started the year with the biggest school squash tournament we have ever had. It was awesome to see so many students getting involved in the greatest sport around! Our Boys’ Premier Team, unfortunately, could not repeat their 3rd Place at the Auckland Regional Competition, but still had a cracker of a season, introducing Bradley ‘The Rocket’ Allen to the team, which didn’t really help the team at all. We also had newcomer Sam ‘The Upset’ Pascoe; his name says it all. Our Girls’ Team, a first for squash at Pukekohe High School, had a really good season, winning almost every single match during their weekly competitions, and taking out Gold at the Auckland Regional Division 2 Competition! Big ups to them, and hope they continue their success next year! We also had a second Boys Team this year, a Junior Boys Team which played in the B Division College Sport

Competition. They ended up finishing 3rd in this, and awesome effort from them! A big thanks to Leanne Dodd for transporting the Girls Team most weeks, Russell Hooper for taking the boys to Regionals & Nationals, and to Mr Adam Kemp for being an all-round legend and helping where he could!

WATER POLO By Cameron Hooper

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his is the first time in over 10 years where Pukekohe High has had both Boys’ and Girls’ Water Polo Teams. The Boys’ Team this year played incredibly well, coming runner-Up every week in the College Sport Competition, and even being selected to play at the National Competition. Unfortunately, the team could not play due to unforeseen circumstances. The Girls’ Water Polo Team had similar success but hope to improve their consistent 2nd Place every game next year!

A massive thanks to Dean Woods who helped transport the boys to their games every week, and to Caitlan Hurrell for Coaching and Managing the Girls Team. And, of course, to all our supporters, you guys rocked! Shout outs go to Taine Scott for his goal, Stacee Jones for making the team without even trialling, and Logan Smith for still managing to float with all that muscle weighing him down.

“Take pride in how far you’ve come and have faith in how far you can go - but don’t forget to enjoy your journey. “ – McKenzie Kerr-Bell 72 | WATER POLO/SQUASH | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018


SPOTLIGHT on Aleisha

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leisha had a busy Year 13 on top of studying for her Level 3 NCEA and being Arts Prefect. As an artist and athlete, she has always strived to achieve her

best. As an artist, her accomplishments this year included gaining first prize in the youth section of the Franklin Arts Festival for her Kauri woodcut and she sold her winning artwork, with orders for more. She was a finalist in the NYAA (National Youth Art Awards) run by the Waikato Arts Society and, in the school Arts awards, she was awarded the Artist of the year, Student Leadership Award, and Senior Printmaking Award. She is a keen orienteer. In the NISS champs, she came third in long distance and 5th in relay. She then went on to the NZSS champs, where she was third in relay, fourth in sprint distance and seventh in long distance. She

also ran in the Auckland schools competitions. She was fourth in the middle/long distance at AKSS champs and came first in the AKSS rogaine champs after a fantastic run. It is not surprising that she is the Girls’ Captain in the Auckland Schools Regional Challenge Team! In recognition of her talents, she became a NZ Regional Invitation team member for the Australian Orienteering champs, where she came 11th in long distance champs. She represents New Zealand in the NZ Junior Pinestars (20E) Reserve for the Australia orienteering champs. Not satisfied with that, she also came first in the PHS senior girls cross country and went on to get first place in the Counties cross country. In school athletics, Aleisha was second overall senior girl. Wow, what a fantastic achievement for such a humble student. Well done Aleisha!

“In the name of the father, son and holy ghost, head, shoulders, knees and toes, turn up your nose, strike that pose. Hey, macarena!” – Becky McKay-Day SPOTLIGHT ON ALEISHA | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018 | 73


RUGBY By Shaun Atamu and Ms Abbott

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hat a year it has been. It has been a year of great movement in the ‘New Era’ of Pukekohe High School & Districts Rugby Club. We have fielded nearly 200 athletes both male and female throughout 7 Rugby Union Teams and 5 Rugby 7s Teams. We also have over 30 volunteers either coaching, managing or doing their part within our Rugby Committee and Community – for that, we send out a huge thank you for this. This year has opened up more opportunities in Rugby for our community to move together as a whole. There is a great sense of respect, belief, unity and pride revamped in the student athletes and with expectation, carrying into their education and future endeavours. Memorable events from 2018: Starting 2018, with consistent high numbers in rugby Hosting the Counties Manukau SS Rugby 7s tournament here at school and qualifying for Condors Nationals for a 2nd time The introduction of New Rugby apparel (Jerseys and Training Tops) Fielding a Girls 1st XV for the first time Our 1st XV winning the Chiefs Trophy and Making the Grand Final in our region

Numerous student athletes involved in Representative Rugby including Gabriel Wilson in Waikato Chiefs Under 18 Secondary Schools and Tahina Heta in New Zealand Secondary Schools Girls 7s. The promotion of our rugby through the lens and highlights work of student Thomas Williams Creating a stronger link with Pukekohe Intermediate School as part of the transition to high school Hosting a successful ‘Sponsors Day’ and ‘Old Boys’ Day Hosting Northland Marist Under 16s becoming an annual event Hosting Mount Richmond Special School for a game of Rugby In addition to these brilliant highlights, some of our Girls 1st XV saw themselves ending a difficult season on a high, with eight of the PHS team going through to play for a Counties Manakau ‘Country’ team where they joined forces with other promising players from various schools in the South Auckland area. The Country girls played a ‘City’ team over three games and came away victorious. In addition to this, further congratulations need to go to Asena Halapio, Chelsea Young, Anahera Ramsay, Seluvaia Latu, Tahina Heta and Shilo Whareaitu for

“Just Team Legendary.” – Teaabo Teaabo

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RUGBY

their selection in the Counties Manukau Under 18 Wider Rugby Squad for 2018. This is a huge achievement for them and for women’s rugby at PHS. Congratulations to all the players this year for your commitment, talent and strength! Thank you to the all management, sponsors, the union, the school and our Rugby Committee. Nothing is possible without the work people you do that no one sees in the background. Special mention to Head Boy Shey Eva who has been an immense in his final year. The amount of work he has contributed to our rugby community has only strengthened the understanding for passion in what we do. You will be missed but you have left the school in a better place and others will continue to remember your work ethic as they grow into role models alike yourself for the younger generation to come. Another student thank you is to Anahera Ramsay who has shown great leadership and commitment to the Girl’s team this year; her unwavering dedication and talent has been inspiring to the younger girls in the team. Anahera is a talented player which saw her gain the ‘Player of the Match’ award at the Massey Park final earlier this year. She will be sorely missed next year and we wish her well

in her future and her rugby pursuits. Thank you to all the constant support from family and friends. The potential and talent pool is never ending here at Pukekohe High School. With a bit of direction and constant support, we will see little achievements to turn into bigger ones individually, for our teams, school and community in good time. As we close the door on this year’s season, there is plenty rugby ahead for us all I am sure. To those leaving, we wish you the best in your future endeavours as you all are capable of great things in life alongside Rugby. To those returning, we welcome you once again to our rugby scene in 2019 and may you return to develop your skills, challenge yourselves and continue to make lifelong friendships and memories. “With Pride!” Mr Shaun Atamu (Rugby Director/Coordinator) Email: rugby@pukekohehigh.school.nz

Follow us on Facebook for up to date events: Pukekohe High School and Districts Rugby Club: https://www.facebook.com/PHSRugby/

“If you shake it more three times, you’re playing with it.” – Tommy McKerras

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BOYS’ HOCKEY HIGHLIGHTS By Chloe Vivian and Milan Patel

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e drew against Hamilton boys 0-0, which was a fantastic game by the brothers. Everyone put their heart and soul on the line and it paid off. Full credit goes to Reuben Crawford for playing one of his best games ever, contributing to at least 20 powerful saves from the Ham Boys battlers. We ended coming up 5th in the Rankin Cup. Tournament week was a rough week for the crest

(boys), we just missed out on making the Rankin Cup and entering the Indian Shield. The next phase was to avoid relegation. Unfortunately, after that, it all went downhill and we ended up coming 8th in the Indian Shield, coming 24th in New Zealand. Overall it was a rough week, but we enjoyed it and had a good time. We had a strong base team this year; from the striker line to the midfield to the defence. Also, our GK was the biggest brick I’ve ever seen! Credit to Myie Rong and Slee-Dog (our affectionate name for Mr Slee) for managing the team. The last game we played was emotional for the four Year 13s leaving. Even though it was emotional, by the power of the crest we battled through. Congratulations to Reuben who is now in the U18 NZ Men’s Hockey development group.

GREAT GIRLS’ HOCKEY By Chloe Vivian and Shreya Wallabh

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his year, we battled hard and we first won in a match with Rosehill and we came 2nd in the Counties Cup. Then, we lost it to... Rosehill! I feel like Tournament Week brought all of us closer as a team and it definitely showed on the turf. We didn’t win any games in the tournament but if you ask any of the girls, I’m sure they’ll all say that we became a unit, playing our hearts out every game. So, this year, our team lost a few players through injury. First, Chloe then Ashleigh, followed by Premila, Regan, Kara and Amber. However, fortunately, Chloe and Ash came back stronger, but we still struggled. Intercity was a battle but all the girls pushed and, even with no subs, we played amazingly well for some games. The results won’t show it but, on the turf, we fought until the final second. Our massive thank you to Sarah Bofica, our coach, for

dealing with our complaining, tears, laughs and injuries. Also, thanks to Jill Vivian, our manager, for driving our van at tournament week and dealing with my ‘singing’, and also for keeping the team together and positve when times were rough. Finally, a MASSIVE thank you to the girls. This year has been amazing and I love you all. Thanks to Brooke Morgan for being a fantastic captain and playing for the team throughout her high school years. Also girls, always remember for next year to give the other teams the double hockey sticks.

“Mate Ma’a Tonga!!..’Ofa atu Class of 2k18.” – Meesi Isileli-Fo’ou

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DOES ANYONE HAVE A GOOD SONIC SCREWDRIVER TO SET UP THE ROWING BOATS? By Aniela Dawson

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e had an awesome bunch of rowers represent Pukekohe High School at Maadi Cup this year. PHS is considered a small school in the rowing community, so the achievements this year means that all involved can be proud of what they have achieved. Jaymie Lenssen and Braden Morrison competed in the Novice Double Sculls and raced in the B final. As novices (first year rowers), Meg Grey, Devon Benny, Gracie Dawson and India Philips came 5th in the B final at Maadi cup in the Under 15 quadruple sculls. This makes them 13th in the country. Maadi Cup is the NZ Secondary Schools competitions and was held in Twizel this season, with the races commencing on Lake Ruataniwha. The aqua-blue glacier water and surrounding mountains make it a stunning place to spend the week. It was a great and challenging experience, meeting new people and getting to know each other better. All the Pukekohe High School rowers worked very hard this season, and we look forward to seeing what they do next year.

FLYING FLOORBALLERS By Emma Bradley

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n the 23rd of March, our floorball team travelled down to Wellington to play in the national floorball tournament. On day one, we played a total of three games winning 2 and drawing 1. During our second day, we won our first game, which was our semi-final. This meant we advanced into the final, which was a very close game. Unfortunately, we lost the match after having 2

players sent off. We placed 2nd overall and our whole team enjoyed their time away.

“You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what’s right, even when everyone else just runs away.” – Rose Tyler ROWING/FLOORBALL | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018 | 77


NETBALL

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t was a strong year with our Premier Team retaining the Counties Manukau Secondary Schools championship by beating ACG Strathallan 20-16. Tangi led by example all year and it was an amazing result for our talented girls. We also competed in the Upper North Island Secondary Schools championship and kept our A Grade status.

“Don’t be the bait. Be the catch.” – Ella Kayrouz

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BASKETBALL By Lisa Perry

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t has been a good year for basketball at PHS. The senior girls and senior boys teams both finished third in the Schick Northern Cup tournaments. Our junior boys team finished sixth at the Junior Secondary School Zone 1 Tournament. We are thrilled with this result which is the best we have come, especially since we were competing against some of the powerhouse basketball programmes of Westlake, Rangitoto, Rosmini and Auckland Grammar.

“Can’t wait to sashay away from here.” – Amanda Chong

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KI O RAHI By Cameron Hooper

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hat a bunch we had for our school’s first Ki O Rahi Team, which competed at the Auckland Regional Competition. This was the first time Pukekohe High had moved to really create an elite group of Ki O Rahi players within our school. We had Ngawai Rewha, an expert in the sport, come in for two training sessions to help our players learn the ins and outs of the game, and help us to really create a good team dynamic, with destructive strategies. Tremayne Moana and Shilo Whareaitu took charge of the group of players, organising trainings, the team, and bringing

good mana and expectations! We came away from the tournament in 8th place out of 11 teams, not a bad feat for our first time! We really hope we can improve on this next year, by getting a team together earlier, and really showing how good this sport is! Massive thanks to Ngawai for the hard work she put in, and Mrs Wallace for taking the team on the day! Chur!

EQUESTRIAN RIDERS REACH THE HEIGHTS By Olivia Martin

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he equestrian team has had a great year in 2018, starting with the North Island Secondary Schools ODE in March. The team consisted of Bridget Sullivan, Poppy Kempster, Florry Kempster and Emma Singleton, and placed 3rd in their division. In April, a team of four riders, Olivia Martin, Bella Small, Poppy Kempster and Clace Hazell, competed in the North Island Secondary Schools Dressage, held at St Peter’s College in Cambridge. The team placed 2nd overall and came home with a handful of individual placings. The Secondary Schools Equestrian Cup at Woodhill Sands is seen as the main event of the year. Olivia Martin, Kayla Gold, Florry

Kempster and Briar Limmer were competing to bring the cup home and, after several well ridden rounds, they secured the trophy. Pukekohe High has won this cup three times in the past five years and I don’t think we are quite ready to hand it over to another school next year! In addition, Year 11 student, Bella Small, managed to find time within her busy academic schedule to achieve something truly special. Bella was a winner and Dressage Champion at the recent NZ Horse of the Year Show which takes place in Napier every year. Having only competed in four championships before, this win was a fantastic accomplishment at national level.

“School was very hard (gang).” – Thomas Scanlon

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SHOOTING STARS By Shelley Brady and Mrs Mulcahy

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e had a great year of rebuilding the team after losing our senior team members. Having no year 13 shooters and only two other experienced team members, meant pretty much starting again. However, we had a record number of six new Year 9s join us, as well as both a new coach and team manager. It is brilliant that we had seven shooters make it to the NZ Secondary Schools Shooting Championships in Christchurch in October: Blake Woods, Melaney Klaasen, Ben Fry and James Swift. William Cooling was awarded Top Gun, Liam Amstad was Best First Year Shooter and Jas Brady was presented with the Determination and Commitment to the Sport award. Bring on next year… pull… shoot!

“I wish I was Head Boy.” – Cameron Hooper

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“Chak de.” – Harman Singh

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MASSEY HOUSE

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assey have been breathing fire this year! From the fantastic chalk arts to the rousing house chants, they have hustled all year long to secure their trio of wins of the House Shield.

Message from Mr Orton, Dean of Massey House Thanks to all the hard-working students who have made a huge effort in all the house competitions; the students who entered and won in some cases; the House leader group and the group that made the house chant so memorable this year; the students who entered competitions and gained house points. Thank you. The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, “I was wrong.” – Sidney Harris

MBU TOP:

MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

ABSENT:

Chayada Sudson, Max Tillick, Mele Lafaele, Jade Van der Coer, Sami Pomare Zhengshuo Ti, Toni Bates, Nate Palmer, Samuel Roche, Jack Tillick, Toa Konelio, Ms Bluck Tamoa Eremee, Frima Tauraoi, Alice Farrell, Alexia North, Grace Farrell, Maese Baroko, Meika Curtis

Kaitlin Curtis, Malia Lafaele, Lavdeep Singh, Reimond Van Staden, Equator Whetu

MCD TOP:

Taylor Shaw, Abby Lyford, Jack Lawson, Ethan Langit, Necia Lawson, Ms Chand BOTTOM: Baniko Teaiaki, Zabrina Flowerday, Gagan Kaur, Anna McCarthy, Cheyenne Beresford SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Jay Buena, Malachi Kingi-Renata, Oralia Renata ABSENT: Todd Arnet, Hannah Ellis, Max Gordon, Kellan Haszard, Meesi Isileli-Fo’ou, Chloe Ling, Melody Manga, Rufaro Nyahore, Jackson Olsen, Sasha Patel

“That’s it.” – Matt Flight

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MED TOP:

Corban Yee, Setefano Palei, Xavier Troon, Leon Duke, Jayden Johal, Eli Murray MIDDLE: James Swift, Bradley Allen, Caleb Rhodes, Filipe Setefano, Jacob Yee, Samuel Situa, Cian McFadden, Mr Edwards BOTTOM: Paige Van Lieshout, Annaliese Duke, Kyla McNaughten, Jordyn Clarkson, Sophia Toop, Aimee Tautari, Marissa Gallagher

ABSENT:

Charlotte Duke, Tana Eremee, Lucas Hitchmough

MFZ TOP: MIDDLE:

Ray Te Kare-Ruaine, Lahrenzo Harris-Parker Matthew Mills, Jacob Shaw, Jack Callander, Nathan Darby, Ben Lowe, Mr Furze BOTTOM: Zoe Hartwell, Kyla Doyle, Kiana Swain, Taya Shaw, Ben Mills

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Kai Meyer, Georgia O’Sullivan ABSENT:

Laura Bull, Bailey Couchman, Carl Hayman, James Hewitt, Maddisyn JeffriesPointon, Sam Lataipangai, Keegan Moore, Kiran Sanghera, Aidan Toop, Ricky West

MHE TOP:

Dion Milliner, Zander Beaver, Cameron Loving, Matthew Potter, Matthew Gavin MIDDLE: Sheenal Kumar, Chance Ross, Connor Van Lieshout, Trent McNaughten, Richard Petty, Ms Hansen BOTTOM: Caitlyn Marx, Taylor Gillard, Samantha Gavin, Hayley Marx, Dani MacFarlane, Ella Roberts, Olivia Bell

ABSENT: Nino Changiz, Helen Fong, Ashleigh Higgs, Cheyenne Jacobs, Naina Kumar, Lana Letcher, Dyce Whareaitu, Shilo Whareaitu

“Be BOLD or be italics but never be regular” – Nameera Khan

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MJC TOP:

Emma Singleton, Jack McWilliams , Winston Wiggill, Sam Moore, Blake Robb MIDDLE: Dallas Running, Chad Taylor, Jack Green, Cade Austen, Christian Grant, Brody Austen BOTTOM: Anita Tukiwaho, Jessica Howard, Jade Van Heerden, Filomina Fagatoa, Simar Sandhar, Awa Te Anau, Dayna Bruce

ABSENT:

Mrs Jacobs, Delaney Hart, Ephrame Lawrence, Shailee Patel, Anandpreet Sandhar, Rawinder Singh

MJV TOP:

Cassidy Jones, Terri-Anne Moana, Stanley Yip, Meneca Meiring, Mia Murphy MIDDLE: Logan Walden, Jayde Picot, Kevin Kedde, Adorah Graham, Lucy Setefano, Josh Small, Mc Janse Van Rensburg BOTTOM: Bella Wright, Alesha Sankey, Iunisi Pomee, Waiora De Thierry, Natasha Setefano, Jaz Holmes, Paige Bruce SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Tian Meiring, Roman Ramea ABSENT:

Aidan Picot, Legin Taituha, Selwyn Tamaolevea, Toni Tuhou, Morgan Wilks, Ryan Wilks

MLN TOP:

Logan Stichbury, Breahna Barker, Toni Lafaele, Harrison Darby, Jacqueline Coyle, Keana Carson-Walker BOTTOM: Renee Wilde, Mya Pomare, Trisha Santos, Jessica Coyle, Nyle Turuwhenua SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Ryan Hasselman-Black ABSENT:

Mr Lowe, Tyrone Atkin, Kyle Davies, Liam Dowdall, Jack Glenn, Lyrical KingWilliams, Mona Naiqara, Amrit Pal, Amanda Setefano, Jahmayne Taituha, Corrina Can Huenen, Kees Van Huenen, Alex Wyatt

“You miss 100% of the DMs you don’t slide into.” – Christian Meade

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MMA TOP:

MIDDLE:

BOTTOM:

Kyan Bradbury, Sam Shaw, Nathan Ellis, Nikhil Prasad, Mia Apelu Nick Wilson, James Lovell, Brody Perry, Jarod Wilson, Leighton Watts, Campbell Puaha, Kayles Holmes-Albert, Mr Tamil Ashanti Wilson, Crystal Rosieur-King, Amber Lawson, Abby McWatt, Katerina De Thierry, Tevaiuva Lekasa, Madison Plummer-Fonotoe

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Ashna Kumar ABSENT:

Emma Bowden, Xavier Burger, Corey Perry, Gloria Situa, Jonty Stephens

MOB TOP:

Zac Hewitt, Jack Jamieson, Bradley Jenkins, Harry Pritchard MIDDLE: Matthew Haig, Ashton Callander, Jackson Davis, Matt Flight, Connor Roberts, Titanian Palei, Adrien Shackleton, Nathan Hill BOTTOM: Nataleigh Hokai, Isabella Coughlan, Wanita Lidgard, Laura Will, Trenyce Gardiner, Grace Tilyard, Hayley Small

ABSENT:

Mr O’Brien, Ashley Blandford, Lawson Gainfort, Samuel Klassen, Shannon Peretini

MRU TOP:

Jessica De Villiers, Kane Joseph, Jenna Lowe MIDDLE: Jack Knight, Shamant Kumar, Anurag Deo, Natasha Bach, Mr Rushton BOTTOM: Rabina Kc, Darshana Kc, Jordyn Santry, Brooklyn Dean, Rachel Urroz

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Adon McPherson ABSENT: Damien De Villiers, Simon Flight, Devan MacKinnon, Anika Myburgh, Coeghan Van Lieshout, Keagan Walker

“Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that its stupid.” – Sophie Chen 86 | MASSEY HOME ROOM PHOTOS | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018


MST TOP: Ellen Smith, Caitlin Van Rijs, Franz Padilla TOP MIDDLE: Christine Bogaart, Tevita Hahea, Roddy Lewis, Tristan Hart, Danny Fong BOTTOM MIDDLE: Jaedyn Hancock, Daymond To’oto’o, Lauren Townley, Elmar Maree, Jesse Rowe, Broedus Leiataua, Morgan Hill, Miss Stone BOTTOM: Jham Atillo, Dharma Bedwell, Emma Mathieson, Olivia Roberts, Shaelyn Mills, Paige Coade, Rhianna Mills

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Trevor Lawrence, Tyrese Rautangata, Holly Thomas ABSENT:

Heather Smith

MTR TOP:

Michael Spies, Ashlea Reid, Kaleb Tautari, Vincent Lafaele, Arvinder Singh, Jaice Zeng MIDDLE: Paula Setefano, Declan Campbell, Vaziahn Tonga-Awhikau, Max Siemelink, James Emslie, Koheleti Setefano, Calum Campbell, Mr Trenberth BOTTOM: Kararaina Marsh, Mickayla Davey, Jayna Burnett-Brown, Charlotte Lambert, Bryer Salmons, Danielle Hart, Claire Swindells SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Arian Dodd ABSENT: Samson Davis, Laaquesha RemihanaTapae, Dylan Van Leeuwen

MVL TOP:

MIDDLE: BOTTOM:

Leah Robinson, Umang Mehta, Abbey Swain, Sala Deng Braden Morrison, Jack Wright, Jayden Twiss, Alex Swindells Georgina Sutton, Christina Letcher, Briar Limmer, Jennifer Gu, I-Ting Hung

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Neema Amiry, Ataahua Edwards, Nathan Haig, To-Wei Lee, Tsai Ya-Ting, Dani Wright ABSENT:

Ms Vale, Lii Kopineasi, Josh Morrison, Kaleb Ritchie, Chompisa Sarutanond, Maiawa Tamango Uaruta

“We’re adults. When did that happen? And how do we make it stop?” – Briana McCort

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LOOKING UP AT THE STARS Sports Awards

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he Sports Awards dinner was held on Thursday 25 October and a remarkable number of students were awarded a huge range of trophies, cups and awards. The guest speaker on the night was Hannah Kraakman, former Pukekohe High Student and recent Uni of Auckland graduate in Arts, who is now NZ Futsal Ferns Captain. We would need an additional sports book of our own to fully acknowledge all the winners here, so forgive us for only including a selection on these pages. Huge congratulations to the awardees and our admiration for the pride, commitment and determination shown by all who represent in their chosen sports. Well done!

“In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.” – The Doctor 88 | SPORTS AWARDS 2018 | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018


LOOKING UP AT THE STARS New Zealand Representatives Jarney Proctor

NZ U-16 Rugby League Team and NZ Maoris U-16 Rugby League Team

Hayley Marx NZSS Athletics Team Rachael Harwood NZ Junior Pool Team Zabian Jeram NZ Junior Pool Team Chelsea Young NZ U-18 Women’s AFL Team Taylor Rademeyer NZ U-18 Women’s AFL Team Aleisha Neary NZ Orienteering Pinestars Team Brody Perry NZ U-14 Basketball Team Emma Mathieson NZ Equestrian Mounted Games Team

Major Sports Awards Chelsea Young

All Round Sportswoman of the Year – C Pritchard Cup

Gabriel Wilson

All Round Sportsman of the Year – 6A 1959 Cup

Hayley Marx

Most Outstanding Performance by a Girl – Lions Club Trophy

Gabriel Wilson

Most Outstanding Performance by a Boy – Welander Shield

Best All Round Team Rugby Boys 1st XV – National Bank Cup Bree Grant

Official of the Year – McKinnon Trophy

Tangi Isileli-Fo’ou Fair Play Award – McMillan Trophy Shey Eva

Leadership in Sport – Ken Hemopo Trophy

Levi Puru

Endeavour in Sport – Malcolm Hood Cup

Commitment to Preparation and Reuben Crawford Performance – McQuoid Trophy Shaun Munro

Sports Prefects Award – Sports Prefects Trophy

– Sports Awards

New Zealand Schools Representatives NZSS Athletics (2017) Hayley Marx and NISS Athletics Liam Amstad, Jas Brady, NZSS Clay Target William Cooling, Ben Fry, Shooting Melaney Klaasen, James Swift, Blake Woods Bronwyn Mitchell, Jorja McKenzie, Brit Rennell, Tyler Chapman, Grace Perham, Caitlyn Marx, Leah Robinson, Sarah Carpenter, Caleb Moxon, Lochlan Brown, NZSS Cross Country Ethan Tapp, Aditya Sharma, Isabella Coughlan, Georgia Carter, Abbey Swain, Hope Psaros, Caitlin van Rijs, Mason Johnston, Stanley Yip, Logan McGlade, Milan Patel Bronwyn Mitchell, Jorja McKenzie, Brit Rennell, Tyler Chapman, Counties Regional Grace Perham, Caitlyn Marx, Relay Team Leah Robinson, Sarah Carpenter, Caleb Moxon, Lochlan Brown, Ethan Tapp, Aditya Sharma NZSS Gymsports

Madison Plummer-Fonotoe, Cameron Johnson, Mason Johnston

Charlotte Duke, Angus Eason, Mikaela Hawley, Heather Ineson, Fenton Loveday, Caitlyn Marx, Caleb Moxon, Aleisha Neary, NZSS Orienteering Jasmine Niederberger, Aidan Sarginson, Noah Smith, Finn Williams, Thomas Williams, Jarod Wilson, Nick Wilson The NZSS team plus Leon Duke, Callum Farmer, Jaedyn Hancock, Kyla McNaughten, Millie Norman, NISS Orienteering Samuel Roche, Emma Singleton, Benika Vandermeer, Cameron Woods, Alex Wright, Ella Herangi Devon Benny, Ann Cato, Eleanor Cato, Aniela Dawson, NZSS Maadi Cup Gracie Dawson, Meg Grey, Rowing Tangi Isileli-Fo’ou, Bradley Jenkins, Jaymie Lenssen, Braden Morrison, India Phillips, Alex Williams NZSS squad plus Chelsea Grey, NISS Rowing Hannah Lidgett, Tine Louw, Nathan Tunzelmann Angus Eason, Cameron Hooper, NZSS Squash Marcel Marconi, Sam Pascoe, Dirk van Wijk Bella Perham, Jasmine Niederberger, Leon Duke, NZSS Swimming Keegan Neate, Nathan Hickmott

“Call me Daddy.” – Patrick Butters

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PUKEKOHE LIFE

“Not Shivorn. Not Seeobarn. Not Sibborn. Not Cyborg. Not ‘you there’. That’s how you spell it, my parents did not hit their heads randomly on the keyboard.” – Siobhan Martin 90 | PUKEKOHE LIFE | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018


YEAR 10 MARKET DAY

MARKET DAY AWARDS Best Stall Presentation: Thicc Chips - Trenyce Gardiner, Shyal Chandra, Jaymee Tahau, Megan Stobart, Hannah Lidgett – made a well-presented sign above head height and adding flashing lights.   Best Sustainable Packaging: Sapasui - Jenny Heremaia, Janae Te Rangi, Te Uru Kahui, Dylan Tautari, Harmony Proctor – made a sustainable choice by presenting their chop suey in food grade cardboard noodle boxes, bearing their brands logo. Most Innovative product: Tic Tac Toe - Celeste Nyatsanza, Taleisha McGuire, Isadora Nichio-Rueckert, Ben Gold, Alex Robinson made candles, bath bombs and bath salts from scratch and presented in recyclable glass containers, with their own designer business labels which matched their banner on Market day. 

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his unit of work was focussed on how people seek economic growth through business, enterprise, and innovation. The unit concludes with students coming together in groups to form businesses for market day. These businesses were required to put together an eight page proposal outlining what they wanted to do for their business and include things such as pricing, market research about the product, advertising, how and when the production was going to take place and how they were going to go about presenting their product and stall. They then had to carry out the business activity. To parallel real life the businesses were required to pay sales tax (or GST).   

Best Social Enterprise Business: The Rally Experience - Seb Inkster, Tristan Hart, Anton van Leishout, Hitesh Makan, Aries De Real, Alex Swindells – They had a professional tyre changing gig, a driving simulator and personally negotiating the use of Ben Hunt’s rally car to promote safe driving. They donated their time to companies so they could donate all their profit to SADD an organisation that promotes safe driving among students. Best Entrepreneurship: Cotton Puffs - Arna Killick, Cassidy Porter, Taylor Gillard, Heather Smith – despite initial problems with their candyfloss machine, their final batch sold out in seven minutes. Best overall Business:  Paradise Pies - Theresa Nota, Ciaran Taylor, Jayden Fox, Eunby Hwang, Cody Morrison, Joshua Weinstein - made three types of pies – mince, nachos and apple.

“Knowledge is power. Power corrupts. Study hard. Be evil.” – Charlotte Colyer

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BIG BUSINESS BRAINS By Mrs Bach

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he business studies students are again climbing the ladder of success. The PHS start-up businesses have achieved their vision of success and exposure in 2018. Business Studies in Year 13 is incorporated with the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), an authentic learning experience where groups have to come up with an idea, pitch it to panel of entrepreneurs, and market their business over three terms. Plus, they gain many NCEA credits along the way. As well as running your own business, you attend the Kickstart Day and Training days where you learn more about business and meeting some fantastic mentors. Plus there are opportunities to attend day courses at Massey University and AUT. Canterbury University came and spoke to the year 12’s and 13’s about business courses in Christchurch. As you can see, Business is full on with the aim of success! Highlights include:

IdeaStarter...Dare to dream Young Aucklanders were challenged to develop a smart business concept by entering the IdeaStarter competition delivered by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). This competition encourages young Aucklanders aged 15-24 to turn their energy and ideas into action and create a product or service. The Food Dudes, entered and did their pitch at AUT during term 2. The judges were innovative young NZ business owners so the Dragon’s Den type pitch was vital as they only had five minutes to capture the attention of the judges. The Food Dudes team comprising Floriz Pascual, Premila Morar, Christian Meade, Nikolas Stirling and Cameron Hooper were awesome they came second from over 100 entrants,

winning a 10 week ‘entrepreneur incubator course’ run by YES Mentors. This is business learning on steroids! The Food Dudes supply easy, healthy and innovative prepacked lunches to primary school children in the Franklin area.

Shadow a Leader Nicole Kawondera and Austin Purewal attended the Shadow a Leader programme facilitated by AUT. Nicole spent the day with MYOB (an innovative accounting software company) and Austin followed several leaders from Foodstuffs.  This is a huge company who are the owners of New World, Pak N Save and other food related businesses. An awesome experience for these young entrepreneurs!

Pop Up Market at PHS Open Day For the first time at PHS, the Year 12 and 13 business studies students set up a ‘pop up mall’ on Saturday 4 August. These student groups are running businesses to help them gain NCEA credits. Setting up a mall in lower Massey, people who were enrolling their children, would walk through and buy some of the great offerings. Deluxe candles (that smelt terrific), scrumptious food, paper bags for shopping (plastic free zone), plants to grow organically and vintage inspired Tshirts, plus glasses to protect your eyes from ‘blue light’ (screens) were some of the items for sale. These innovative students got their products to market and had a very successful day!

YES South Auckland Regional Award Winners The following teams were successful in the annual awards recently! As The Goodness Box, Austin Purewal, Harman Singh, Lachlan Ritchie and Cale Barnett are a young

“Up the Team India!” – Austin Singh

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dynamic group of guys trying to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders by encouraging them to grow vegetables organically. The Goodness Box contains an assortment of plants so people can plant of variety of vegetables and herbs, The group donated plants to Mr Matthews, and the new PHS horticulture area of the school. They then spent time teaching younger students how to successfully plant these vegetables in the fantastic new raised gardens. Winning in Excellence customer service. Give Good – a superfood box of high energy foods. Aimed at people who want a variety of healthy and inexpensive delicious food in one box that you can store in the fridge! Even ‘The Steelers’ mascot has been seen eating this delicious food – view the video clip online! This team has also scored highly in the pitch

and innovation sections of YES Competition, winning in Excellence for product development. The Food Dudes gained second place overall, and an Excellence award for Sales and Marketing. Cameron also won CEO of the region. The winners on the night were Lunchbuckz – an innovative eftpos system for young school students to purchase their lunch at their school canteen. The children experience being in charge of their own money and learning financial literacy at the same time. You may have seen this team on TV – 7Sharp, or in the newspapers, Franklin News, The Post and Stuff.co.nz. This team of Nicole Kawondera, Shontelle Pithie, Megan Taggart, and Rebekah Farmer won the regional award and will be flying to Wellington to the national finals with Mrs Bach in December.

NEW ZEALAND BUSINESS WEEK - THE BRAVE THINKERS By Briar Nota

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uring the July holidays, I had the pleasure of attending the Brave Thinkers’ New Zealand Business week thanks to sponsorship from the Way of Life, Pukekohe. I went to Palmerston North Boys High School to learn, collaborate and think business with other like-minded year 12s and 13s. Each day was filled with various activities including tours of Toyota, NZ Post and Ezibuy, talks with some of New Zealand’s most influential business people including Stacey Cotrill, Kathryn Wilson and Lisa King. By the end of the week, my group had finished a business plan for a company we created called Flatpack3D, which combines 3D printing technology with flat-pack housing to provide affordable

and sustainable housing. We won our first pitch at Massey University and, after winning, we pitched a second time in front of an audience of 300 people to four judges. These judges were some of New Zealand’s most innovative business people including Larry Ellison and Margaret Kouvelis. Our team came second, which really topped a fantastic week. I am so honoured to be a part of such a wonderful week and have made friends for life.

“You could be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world but there will always be someone who doesn’t like peaches and hey, that’s okay.” – Ellie Cato BIG BUSINESS BRAINS | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018 | 93


COMPANIONS FROM AROUND THE EARTH International students

Hi, my name is Jiatong Li. I am an international student from China. It has been two years since I came to New Zealand, the beautiful country. I have seen so many spectacular natural scenes in NZ. I am glad to study in Pukekohe High School with the patient teachers and the enthusiastic classmates. Furthermore, I met a wonderful homestay, they are my second family, and helped me a lot. Thus, wherever I am in school or home, I am surrounding by kindness and love. As I attempt different lifestyles, culture and education systems, these experiences make me more independent and outgoing. I am so appreciative every people and experience in New Zealand, and I love here so much! I am Tina from Hong Kong. It is my 3rd time to stay in Pukekohe High School. For the first and second times, I came here for 4-5 weeks as a summer course during my summer holiday 2 years in a row. I stayed with 2 different host families during the course. Although, they had different lifestyles, I got used to it within a short time and they were nice to me! It is a good and positive environment for us to learn as the school provides us more freedom and less pressure compare to the schools in HK. The teachers are patient to answer my questions about schoolwork and I have many opportunities to explore around New Zealand. Therefore, I came back and study in Pukekohe High. I hope I will enjoy the remaining high school life in the school!

I’m Scarlett, from China. I have been studying in New Zealand around two years. Teachers and classmates always help me deal with my academic problems, such as chemistry and math. There are also various activities. I like the biology trip the most which not only provide opportunities to learn the ecosystem as a group but also lead me to recognize different trees. Therefore, I really enjoy NZ life. I am Yu Ao from China. I have been in New Zealand for 3 years. I cannot believe that soon I will graduate from Pukekohe High School, marking an end of my high school life. I still remember that when I first came to New Zealand, it is not easy to get used to a totally new and foreign environment. Luckily, in Pukekohe High School, there are always awesome people around who are willing to give me a hand when I need help. The thing I enjoyed the most of being in Pukekohe High School is that I can meet people from different countries and make friends with them. There is nothing more interesting than exchanging culture and listening to their story back in their hometown. Moreover, my homestay experience has been brilliant. My host mom has been taking care of me like her own child and I want to say a massive thank you to her. Overall, I appreciate that all people I met and all goals I have achieved in New Zealand. I will never forget these beautiful memories.

“I was sick.” – Emily Carter

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Hi, my name is Naho and I am from Japan. I really enjoy being in New Zealand and have experienced so many things that I could only do here. I have made lots of friends here and have lots of memories. The school is so kind, even though my English wasn’t so good when I first arrived. Everyone at the school was so kind and helpful. The whole Pukekohe Community is really sweet, I have loved my time here, I am really lucky as I’ve never been homesick because it’s so much fun here! Hi, I am Jasper and I’m from Germany. I have really enjoyed Pukekohe High School this term. The big open spaces are so good at the school which is unlike back home where it is just one building. I have enjoyed my studies and found most of the subjects quite easy. I especially enjoyed my food technology class. The Homestay family have been really nice and kind, and I have been able to visit many places around Auckland with them whilst here like the Sky Tower, the beaches and the Mt Eden volcanic crater. I look forward to coming back one day and bringing my brother and family with me. Hi, my name is Zheng Shou but everyone calls me Tim. I have been in New Zealand for 5 years and the last three years here at Pukekohe High School. I was worried about my English but with lots of practice I have

improved a lot and made it better. I will really remember all my friends from classes both International students and all the others!! My homestay has been great and with a homestay brother and sister it feels like a real family. Many things are different from home, but I learned quickly and now this feels comfortable and like my second home. Next year I plan to continue into Tertiary Study in Auckland studying in Engineering. Hello, my name is Chanon and I am from Thailand. I have been at Pukekohe High School for 4 years. I have had a great time at Pukekohe High School and made many friends. I have gained not only the English language but many life experiences that will remain with me forever. I love being here in New Zealand and have found my homestay families welcoming and enjoyable to live with. I will be sad to leave this school but it has put me in a great position for University. Hello, I am Eric and I have been in New Zealand for 4 years. It’s been a great place to study and meet more friends. The teachers here at school are very helpful and the homestays are nice. I have been really enjoying the time in New Zealand.

“So was I.” – Kiran Sanghera

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TAIWAN WAS A LIT TIME, FAM. By Lauryn Hortle

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t was early in 2017 when Mr McKinnon proposed a seemingly impossible idea to Mr Leffelaar. Why not take our Stage Band on a musical exchange tour through Taiwan? Fast forward through hours of practice, festivals, and NCEA exams and you’ve got 18 kids and three adults getting told off for blocking the path outside Auckland Airport. However, that did not deter our excitement for the fullon two weeks ahead of us in late 2017. Shin Ling and Gavin greeted us at Taipei Airport at 6am local time. They continued being our tour guides, translators, and overall amazing people we were happy to have with us. That day brought many new challenges; the first being breakfast. Once we’d got to Taipei, we were pointed in a very vague direction of street food and told to meet back in an hour. It was interesting to say the least. Working our way through jet-lag, culture shock, the 30-degree heat, and hunger pangs, we eventually figured out that pointing at food and saying “one” worked. (This was a theme for the trip.) On our two-day tiki-tour through Taipei, we almost got lost many times. We explored night markets, a mall full of affordable tech, a mall full of not-so-affordable Louis Vuitton, the 10th tallest building in the world, Taipei 101, and played Twister at our hostel. And we can’t forget one of our kids pressing the emergency button in a school bathroom. Leaving Taipei, very, very early in the morning, brought us to the next part of our tourist stage – The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. Here we learnt much about the original tribes of Taiwan. We were also shocked to discover that before Taiwan was properly settled, the tribes travelled around the Pacific Ocean, the furthest reach of their travels being Aotearoa. It’s strange to think we have bonds between our countries running deeper than we know. This ‘village’ was also a theme park. So, while there was history involved, there was also 18 high

schoolers running wild until closing time. That night brought us to our hotel at Sun Moon Lake and what I remember to be my favourite part of the trip – Wen Wu Temple. A place where, even if you don’t believe in the religion, you still feel the spirituality of it. It’s a four-storied, tiered, humungous temple full of intricate paintings, woodwork, statues, and carvings. The most amazing part being the fourth tier. Stone stairs lead to a set of delicately carved archways with pillars either side. While taking my breath away, it also spoke to the Classical Studies nerd in me. Now, the real reason we went to Taiwan was to exchange music and build relations with other schools. This included becoming sister-schools with Fusing Junior High and living with homestay families. Home life brought new challenges, like the language barrier or getting up for school really early (school hours are 7:30 am – 5 pm). But, our families were loving, welcoming, and readily opened their homes to us. The Taiwanese school kids were also amazing. At every school, we were met with happy screaming students, and we accidentally became Instagram stars throughout Taiwanese schools. We were blown away by the calibre of musicianship shown from the students. Across the ten schools that we went to, there were full classical orchestras, traditional Chinese orchestras, Chinese recorder ensembles, and even a harmonica quartet. The range and style shown by students, the majority of which were younger than us, was amazing. While we performed for each other, we also performed songs together. Teaching individuals or entire bands the fun of jazz and improvisation and, in exchange, we were given lessons with traditional Chinese instruments. Overall, it was an amazing experience. From screeching Bohemian Rhapsody on an early morning bus ride, to the brave souls eating chicken feet, it was a trip to remember. And what a way to end an era – with Mr McKinnon, Mr Leffelaar, our conductor and, of course, the Year 13s in the Stage Band leaving, it was unforgettable.

“Jemma’s hub caps? Dylan has them.” – Anaru Tupuhi

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HIP HOP STARS

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018 has been yet another successful year for two of our senior Students. Ben Lowe (year 12) and Amber-Lee Kelliher (year 11) both had the honour of attending the Hip-Hop International Dance Championships in Phoenix, Arizona for the second year running. Ben is a member of Swagganauts, one of the three varsity crews representing New Zealand, and both he and Amber-Lee are members of Yung ID in the megacrew division. Both dancers started off their dance

journeys at a local dance studio and worked hard to get to where they now are, the top. Getting the chance to compete against over 400 dancers from 50 countries, representing New Zealand was an honour for both Ben and Amber-Lee. Though neither of the two groups received medals, making it to the finals of the biggest Hip-Hop dance competition in the world was a huge achievement.

SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY By Levi Preston

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018 has been a fantastical year for the 20+ legion of librarians at Pukekohe high school. Throughout the year, the technological might of humanity has resulted in all computers in the library being replaced, fulfilling the communist manifesto of likes that have never been seen before. Alongside the show of humanity’s technological might, such as the wondrous world of eBooks, the library has invested heavily in the beating heart that is of the

nonfiction area; from the fine culinary art of Gordon Ramsay, to the pile of brain-melting chemistry books that only a select few can understand. Overall, it’s been a good year, and we can rest easy knowing that the armies of Misha Collins are there to save the library from the oncoming hordes of Vashta Nerada.

“Still waiting on my growth spurt.” – Gagan Kaur

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“UP THE HOEY!” – Gabriel Wilson

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PERKINS HOUSE By Seth Green

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s Perkins students, we strive to try our hardest and give everything in the school a go. Early in the year, we won the swimming competition in three different categories: Intermediate Girls, Intermediate Boys and Senior Boys. We had a plethora of students participate in multiple events and competitions such as the athletics, cross country, tennis, the speech competition, chalk art, suffrage debate and much more. As the oldest and first school house at Pukekohe High School, we set the standard for what a student here is; someone who will always give things a go and try their best. We will thrive like the lions we are and leap into any challenge given.

Message from Mrs Allen, Dean of Perkins House: I can do things you cannot. You can do things I cannot. Together, we can do great things. – Mother Theresa

PAC TOP:

Jamie Joseph, George Davies, Juliet Gwangwava, Callum Smith, Mason Johnston MIDDLE: Brooke Williamson, Namolisa Kapili, Harrison Bright, Chien-Chia Kung, Raniya Buksh, Ms Acharya BOTTOM: Beverly Tytherleigh, Tanisha Robertson, Ella Lewis, Francis Buskermolen, Chelsea DeKock, Kukenga Chiyesu, Theresa Nota ABSENT:

Ashley Armstrong, Bradley Johnston, River Liuu, Livvy McLaughlin, Paige Nimmo, Briar Nota, Callum Saines, Bridget Sullivan, Tapairu Te Momo, Han Wu

PBB TOP:

Jimmy O’Keeffe, Angel McCulloch, Ryan Spick, Tara Doel, Mohammed Khan MIDDLE: Karl Finstad, Aaron McCrum, Nevin McCrum, Kejie Wang, Ned Narzo, Mrs Babu BOTTOM: Lilly Fox, Ava Thompson, Anne Karsten, Brogan McColl, Liina Laitamaki, Annie Mackenzie, Eleanor Mackenzie

ABSENT: Ariane Bell, Zachary Dell, Tessa-Jane Hamill, Leighton Kinghan, Jet Moyle

“Can I retake the photo? – Ed Pachino” – Edward Tan

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PBR TOP:

Bella Pike, Jane Stevens, Max Brundson, Jake Brunsdon, Brennan Miller, Mackenzie Armitage, Rocel Katuin MIDDLE: Daniel Egelhoff, Troy Reimer, Ziyu Nie, Taylor Armitage, Lewis Pike, Whitiora Purua, Mrs Bremner BOTTOM: Tiffany Purua, Renee Reimer, Amelie Blackett, Dani Codnig, Meg Stevens, Mia Fabrello, Arna Killick

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Hori Cassidy ABSENT:

Zoe Brown, Mohit Singh, Amy Thomason

PCJ TOP:

Sasha Brooks, Hannah Brown, Maia Clare, Blake Fryer, Clara Brown MIDDLE: Bishop Walker, Keegan Neate, Cody Whiteman, Brayden Puaha, Grady Neate, Luke Platt, Mr Cook BOTTOM: Tonga Fakava, Kayla Whiteman, Jess Van Der Loos, Kate Fryer, Sam Rasing, Olivia Clare, Cassi Pitsillides

ABSENT:

Savannah Hill, Ella Madden, Ethan Madden, Grace Madden, Luke McGregor, Mata’afa Sakisi

PCX TOP:

David Flint, Jayden Flanagan, Billie’Jae Jenkins, Jemma Hogan, Ray Pysarenko, Matthew Clooney, Marcos Lawson MIDDLE: Alex Vujanic, Nazar Ukraychenko, Charlie Kelway, Joshua Soole, Zamon Armstrong, Max Taylor, Lily Jenkins, Mrs Cox BOTTOM: Teah Roberts, Kate Tytherleigh, Hannah Hogan, Jessica Fouche, Hannah Nunes, Jemma Young, Maia Johnson

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Bryn van Zyl ABSENT: Mitchell Holmes, William McIntosh

“If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.” – Kate Fryer 100 | PERKINS HOME ROOM PHOTOS | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018


PHR TOP:

Karlos Ormsby, Rhylee Turner, Jarney Proctor, Sam Williams, Ben Walsham MIDDLE: Walter Paruru, Lance Matthews, Connor Williams, Cody Fisher, Malik Hawkins-Dench, Stuart Millard BOTTOM: Harmony Proctor, Larissa Hilaire Tabrum, Charlotte Newman, Olivia Martin, Megan Kuhn, Natalia Turner, Teagan Dargaville

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Mr Hari ABSENT:

Amaaria-Rose Bhana, Caitlin Dargaville, Denzil O’Shannassey, MacKenzie Stone, Charismah Te Rangi

PJA TOP:

Nithiphon Nisaiyok, Noah Smith, Ryo Mazawa TOP MIDDLE: Eli Smith, Paul Bosse, Aditya Sharma, James Hooper, Sam McKenzie BOTTOM MIDDLE: Skyee-Li Benson, Tyler Harris, Michael Hooper, Ben McKenzie, Callum Millard, Jack Ritchie, Matthew Reynecke, Mr Jarvis BOTTOM: Olivia Van Tiel, Gurleen Dhaliwal, Abigail Pyne, Wiki Honetana, Amber Castle-Evans, Georgia Fisher, Stephanie Reynecke ABSENT:

Florry Kempster, Poppy Kempster, Gemma Trigg

PLA TOP:

MIDDLE: BOTTOM:

Kian Buffery,Te Uru Kahui, Ethan Adams, Britt Rennell, Flynn Wells Jacob Horton, Liam Reid, Aidan Trow, Nic Bogaart, Gazel Cartoneros, Mr Lamont Jorja McKenzie, Alice Li, Tinaya Straker, Tavarnya Howe, Manroz Kaur, Regan Ross, Olivia Quarrie

ABSENT: Tyler Adams, Elliott Gibson, Ethan Gibson, Esperance Reeve, Quinn Straker, Werner Visagie, Lizzie Way

“High school is just putting up with others because that’s what they do for you <3” – Jarod Wilson PERKINS HOME ROOM PHOTOS | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018 | 101


PSR TOP:

Kiah Ruka, Zoe Cherrington, Henry Williams, Holly Cochrane, Keannan Van Zyl, Sophie Hutchinson MIDDLE: Bethany Swarbrick, Joseph Clearkin, Daniel Holmes, Reuben McDonald, Taite Herbert, Aden Goel, Stevie Cochrane, Ms Sayer BOTTOM: Carmen Nolan, Atarangi Thompson, Maddy Kelsey, Bridget McCrum, Ayla Johnstone, Dani Kelsey, Aniisa Mohammad Firdaus

ABSENT:

Danika Buttery-Moa, Hugh Clearkin, Malakai Poa, Christine Tulafono, Riley Williams, Aidan Woodcock

PTY TOP: MIDDLE:

Phoenix Lankow, Hennessy Biddle Carla Fick, Kyle Waldron, Caleb Kake, Colby Deed, Daniel Fawthrop, Hannah Keppel BOTTOM: Nadine Van Zyl, Chelsea Waldron, Eleanor Cato, Abby Keppel, Ann Cato

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Jennifer Atkinson, Ashton Steen, Mr Taylor ABSENT:

Connaugh Brown, ‘Ofaloto Fakava, Sam McPherson, Brayden Riggs, Fonua Taumoefolau, Mono Taumoefolau, Nofoaipe Taumoefolau

PWH TOP:

Kenanniah Seiloa, Heremia Hemopo, Luana Paranihi, Truth Shortcliffe MIDDLE: Celeste Nyatsanza, Loyal Henwood, Jaymie Lenssen, Blake Elliott, Ayden Lenssen, Mr White BOTTOM: Paris Fong, Blaise Nathan, MacKenzie Hair, Amy Arcari, Amber Knight, Cherise Hopkins, Sunni Nathan

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Faith Seiloa ABSENT: Paige Fong, Teana Munokoa, Jaymee Tahau, Clarissa Taylor, Tristin Van Zyl

“You’re cooler than me? Guess that makes me hotter than you.” – Jess Lansdown

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PWX TOP:

Lene-Annike Wong, Kobe Fabrello, Espen Wong, Zenephi Kwan-Wing, Thomas Smith MIDDLE: Mr Bennett, Joshua Hamilton, Jacob Croft, Kyle Matthews, Harman Singh, Nathan Hickmott, Dylan Harris, Ms Waitai BOTTOM: Braedan Mills, Kate Saunders, Lesty Tangi, McKenzie Kerr-Bell, Ashley Croft, Anouk Kuehner, Shawn Temu SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Hayden Hawke ABSENT:

Jessica Barrar, Victoria Barrar, Kade Kerr-Bell, Candice Leith, Alex Robinson, Jayden Temu

PYO TOP:

Leo McKerras, Ethan Lim, Amber Cocker, Brodie Anderson, Isaiah Tulafono MIDDLE: Blake Woods, Dillon Williamson, Cameron Woods, Malachi Tulafono, Bailey Gibbs, Mr Young BOTTOM: Joyce Singh, Katrina Aceron, Mary Regala, Charlotte Anderson, Tracy Jenner, Simran Singh, Summer Haines-Roycroft

ABSENT:

Bede Alexander, Julia Fabriga, Wacko Fabriga, Tommy McKerras, Callum Perry, Hayley Thomas

PZW TOP:

Amrinder Chhatwal, Caleb Buckley, Charne’ Strijdom, Ben Green MIDDLE: Moana Parata, Tapu Veainu, Seth Green, Aidan Sarginson, Ayush Chandra, Mr Zwarts BOTTOM: Bridget Nissen, Taylah-Rose WalkerDe-Thierry, Marianne Regala, Caitlin Symonds, Reanah Brown, Allissa Symonds, Ria Chhatwal

SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE: Liam Quensell ABSENT: Genevieve Hemi, Tory Bruce-Jones, Michael Nissen, William Swarbrick

“I bless you in the name of Mona Jean.” – Tamoa Eremee

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Transition Studies & GATEWAY Work Experience Programmes, including ASDAN Youth Award Scheme

By Ms Shelly Boyes

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ave you ever wondered what your possible dream job would look like? Have you ever thought about trying out a possible career pathway while you were still at high school? Each year one hundred work experience students do just that - learning how to work in real workplaces, dealing with real situations, making real products, delivering real services for real customers and clients. Here’s a few cool work stories from our class of 2018 ...

He has used his work experience to develop this ‘back up’ pathway. Meanwhile, Dirk is enlisting with the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a pilot officer in 2019. Rishal Kishor (3GTRS / ASDAN Platinum Award) found a way to extend his metal working and tool handling skills with a 20-week work experience placement with Peter Nicholls Panelbeaters Limited, Pukekohe. Rishal learned some useful skills that he has since been able to apply to the cars of his friends and

Reimond Van Staden (3GTRS /ASDAN Platinum Award) was a member of Technology’s building programme at PHS and his work experience was as a junior technician within the faculty itself. When Reimond wasn’t working with junior wood technology classes and carrying out construction jobs about the school, he was working with a range of private external clients making large functional furniture items that he would design, create and produce himself. Reimond says that the cubby house-shop he made for the infants’ class at Ramarama Primary School was his work experience highlight, together with the stairs and railing he designed and built for the high school outside Room H3. Reimond is looking forward either to further studies in building construction in 2019, and/or working as a builder’s apprentice. Dirk van Wijk (3GTRS / ASDAN Platinum Award) worked as a trainee IT technician with Netpoint NZ, Pukekohe, where he was able to extend his experience in computer repairs and servicing. He says learning about computers in a more in-depth way and linking this to his interest in business has helped him realise that creating his own repairs and serving business could be a reality.

family. He says that working on cars he’s only seen in magazines was his highlight at work experience this year. Rishal is using his work experience to form the basis of his enlistment as an aircraft engineer with the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 2019. Brody Jellyman (2GTRA) is a volunteer fire fighter with the Pukekohe Volunteer Fire Brigade. He was interested in developing his emergency services skills in the dynamic and dangerous environment of mass movement of people and machines. Brody independently arranged

“TOFTB” – Jess Johnson

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Izzy Grace (1GTRA) worked as a junior pre-apprentice hair stylist at OD On Hair, Pukekohe. She wanted work experience in a field that enabled her to develop and extend her creative abilities, increase her knowledge about hair (and make up), as well as build her personal confidence. Izzy was rapt to be offered a part-time job at the conclusion of her work experience – clearly a highlight. Izzy will be joining us in 2019 as a Level 2 Future Pathways student, aiming to either secure a hairdressing apprenticeship, or explore the world of special effects make up artistry. Mona Naiqara, Ryan North and Lewis Pokai (3GTRS / ASDAN Platinum Award) were members of The Red Shirts Programme, a GATEWAY and Warehouse Limited Pukekohe initiative. The programme immerses senior high school students in the world of retail. This opportunity was perfect for Mona, Ryan and Lewis, all parts of his work experience engagement with ‘Brown Watch’ of Auckland Airport Emergency Services, based at Auckland International Airport, Manukau City. He was fully involved in a number of emergencies across the airport complex, including the domestic airport. He says that being a part of water salute crew welcoming a new jumbo aircraft into the international airport was a highlight. Brody will be joining us in 2019 as a Level 3 Future Pathways student, working toward his dream job as a commercial pilot. Braden Morrison (1GTRA) worked as a junior workshop engineering assistant for the Drury office of Transport & General Engineering Company Limited, Hamilton. For 12 weeks, he learned, developed and applied welding, fabrication and light engineering skills repairing and maintaining various parts of large transport vehicles and trailers. He also counts this work as his work experience highlight, alongside the offer of an apprenticeship when he is ready to leave high school. Braden will be joining us in 2019 as a Level 2 Future Pathways student, intent on extending his engineering skills with heavy transport trucks.

helping them to fully complete their respective NCEA Level 2 qualifications in Term 1 and kick-start their various pathways by developing real-time customer service and sales skills. They also completed the Customer Service Award. Students of Level 2 Te Kuaha will do The Red Shirts Programme as a key part of their travel and tourism studies in 2019. The Career Development Services Team (pictured left to right): Mrs. Jane Jolly (Careers Centre Manager), Mrs. Jillian Stone (GATEWAY Co-ordinator), Ms. Shelly Boyes (HOD-Career Development Services and Transition Studies Programme teacher). In 2019, Transition Studies and GATEWAY become one work experience programme to be known as Future Pathways. 

“Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!” – The Doctor

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NEW CALEDONIA By Celeste Nyatsanza

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n the 27th of September, Mr Courteaud and Ms Boyes took a group of about 14 students and 6 adults to New Caledonia so that we could enhance our French capabilities by practising with locals and sampling some French delicacies. The first day of the trip started off with fresh baguettes and croissants for breakfast (something which would become the norm for us) followed by a bus ride to the local market by the bay and a visit to the supermarket. We had to be wary of our spending, especially since we still had another 6 days of exploring (no names...)! On the next day, a visit to the aquarium introduced us to the exotic wildlife of New Caledonia’s waters and a face-to face encounter with a shark...well, through a glass panel. That night, we went to a crêperie for dinner. Yum yum! The rest of the day was spent snorkelling and relaxing on Duck Island (Ile aux Canards), which we got to via sea taxi. We were all wondering where the ducks were until we realised; with our flippers on, we were the ducks! For dinner, we went to a Moroccan restaurant and for

many of us, it was our first-time trying couscous. The following day we went to the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre to learn a little more about the Melanesians’ way of life prior to being colonised. On the fourth day, we took a tour of some of Noumea’s attractions on the “Tchou Tchou” train that drove on the road. During this tour, we noticed that there were many outdoor mini gyms dotted all over the place. These were pretty much just playgrounds minus the slide, flying fox, swings...minus everything except for the monkey bars. For dinner we got to try the well-known French delicacies that are frog legs and snails, which we were all pleasantly surprised by. On the fifth day we went to the Zoo (Parc Zoologique et Forestier). Here, we got to see some of New Caledonia’s diverse range of flora and fauna which included the cagou, which is New Caledonia’s national bird. Peacocks were abundant and freely roaming the grounds—and trees! Some trees had up to about 10 peacocks perched on their branches.

“Daddy Squad” – Dylan Brown

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NEW CALEDONIA

On the Wednesday, we took the Phare Amédée to Amédée Island. The island was crawling (or should I say slithering) with sea snakes giving us the opportunity to get some close encounters with them, some of which were too close. Here, we tried some Melanesian foods and got to see some cultural performances. Most of the groups that went over with us were from Australian schools, there being only one other school from New Zealand: Whangarei High. Some of us had a go at the thirteen-floored lighthouse, which had stunning views of the crystal-clear water surrounding the island and a bird’s eye view of the island below. We also went on a glass-bottom boat to view the coral and wildlife that was further way from shore. Following this, we all went snorkelling and some of us got to get close and personal with some turtles. We left on Thursday with lifelong memories made, new experiences under our belts, unlikely friendships found with some Australians and, for some of us, really bad sunburn. This trip wouldn’t have been possible without Mr Courteaud and Mrs Boyes, whom we are extremely grateful to for giving us this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“Oh. My. GAAAAWD!” – Neema Amiry

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DESTINATION: LAS VEGAS!

By Ms Bach

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his year’s theme for the Pukekohe High School Ball was ‘Las Vegas’ and took place at the amazing home of sport, Eden Park. There was glamour, suits, sunglasses, sequins and feathers! Everyone looked fantastic and fabulously dressed for the occasion. The gamblers (students) took advantage of the dance floor, photo walls, food and entertainment. It was a sparkling success. Outside the venue was just as exciting as inside, with the guests arriving in limos, expensive cars and even a Mack Truck lit up like a Christmas Tree. What else would you expect in Vegas? As the guests arrived, they were handed a glass of ‘bubbles’ and had their photo taken underneath the famous Vegas sign. The scene was set for a high roller evening with lots of laughs, fun and dancing! Next, the guests moved onto the ’Edge’ Radio Station’s prize. Pukekohe High School had won a Ball upgrade package that included an ‘Instax’ photo wall (like polaroids), lolly booth and DJ. The dance floor was packed all night,

except for dinner time which was delicious! The year 13 dance was awesome and everyone had a great time mixing and mingling with other ‘gamblers’. As the last card was played and last dancer sashayed off the floor, everyone said what a fantastic night it was. “Sick venue”, said Holly Robertson, and Ella Reaney declared it was the “Night of the year”. “The chance to make so many fun memories”, said Tine Louw. Simone Wallace shared our gratitude well, “Thanks to the ball committee – they did a truly amazing job”. King and Queen were Gabriel Wilson and Claudia Kempton Prince and Princess were Caleb Kake and Jojo Coleman-Chaiman Cutest couple were Jarrod Dobell and his partner, Nick Eady Best Dressed were Nikita Wood and Ryan Hasselman-Black

“Youuuuuuuuuu...” – Jemma Norman

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DESTINATION: LAS VEGAS!

“... Soulja Boy tell ‘em.” – Eden Yin

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TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER

Tammy and Blaise become ambassadors to the Prime Minister

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n January, Tamsin Heremaia, Blaise Nathan, Clarissa Taylor and Shanayah Irving attended a Polyfest Leadership Conference. They were pronounced Cultural Leaders for Polyfest 2018 at the end of it. They were the only Maaori to attend the conference. Check out the photos of them with Kevin Mealamu, the legendary former All Black. Prior to Polyfest, they each received an invite to join a small group of leaders who would act as ambassadors to the new Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern on Friday 16 March. Only six students nationally were selected. Tamsin and Blaise from our school were two of those lucky six. At Polyfest, they escorted Ms Ardern to every stage, sharing a meal and interacting with her while they walked. On each stage, she introduced each student to the community present AND they got a selfie. Ka rawe!

TE REO MAAORI WORLD CHAMPIONS...AGAIN By Matua Tipene

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number of Pukekohe High School students from years 9-13 have thousands of reasons to celebrate. In May, they participated in the annual Language Perfect World Championships for Te Reo Maaori. This is an online competition where students answer questions using the mediums of writing and speaking. The questions range from basic to complex. For each three questions answered correctly, a student gets one point. The competition runs for 10 days and schools compete from all over Australia, New Zealand and England. They successfully defended the title they won last year. Many thanks to the students as many worked round the clock to get totals in excess of 5000. Rangmarie Povey [Year 10] earned over 10000 points and came 3rd in the global competition for Te Reo.

We also thank the parents and staff whose schedules were strained during the competition. “Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini kee” My success is not of myself but of the many.

“Mauria te pono – believe in yourself.” – Esperance Withers

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A RISING STAR - Jarney Proctor

By Tamoa Eremee

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s a young Maaori leader growing up, Jarney’s life during his childhood was not as easy as he makes it look. He was picked on for his size because he was apparently too big for his age. “When I was little, people used to see me as the big kid.” He was teased and laughed at, and he didn’t like it at all. Although he may have been a size bigger than the other students, that did not stop him from achieving his goals. Now looking at the young rising star; born out of pure Maaori blood, Jarney has shown them that being big is good. Not many may know this but Jarney is also known as the hedgehog saviour. “It was during a lunch break when I was at the Maaori block and I heard that there was a hedgehog stuck in a hole. I acted immediately, grabbed the shovel, carefully took him out of the hole and now he is safe.” With pride for his league, also comes the arohanui for his culture. Jarney also has always been into Kapa Haka. He said he always loved watching the All Blacks do the haka when he was little. Now, as a a member of the Pukekohe High School Kapa Haka Roopu, he stands out of the crowd when he performs the haka. With mana

and pride comes a warrior in the making. League in general for him was just a hobby, playing as a muck around with fellow mates. Then it all started to get serious when he played a game with his bro’s and an NRL executive watched them play. Then later suggested if he wanted to play in the NRL Warriors. Now contracted into the team, he’s blessed and happy for his overall achievements. Although there is still a long way ahead of him, he’s thankful for his parents for the huge support, family and friends who’ve been by his side since day one and to everyone for making this possible for him. His coaches are also very supportive and love to joke around with the young star league. Asking him for any tip advice to be given to students or readers, he says, “Size doesn’t matter, no matter the sport. Work hard to get to the top.” And he is definitely on his way there as he now represents New Zealand in both the NZ U16 Rugby League and NZ Maaori U16 Rugby League Teams. For now, Jarney is also focussed on finishing off his NCEA Level 2 and moving into Level 3 while the world waits for his next move.

“When’s this due?” – Floriz Pascual

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OUR NEW SCHOOL HAKA By McKenzie Kerr-Bell and Whaaea Kahiwa

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018 was a very special time for Pukekohe High School. Our Principal of the last 23 years, Ian McKinnon, announced he was leaving us. This occasion could not just be marked with a small gift and a card wishing him well. The influence he has had over the school and the community needed to be marked in a unique way. The idea of marking this occasion with a school haka was developed by the staff to mark their appreciation of his work. This was a ‘first’ for the school and Whaaea Kahiwa Moeau was instrumental in developing a work of appropriate significance. It also acknowledged Mr McKinnon’s long held dream of a whole school haka. Kapa Haka at Pukekohe High School has always been important. However, the last three years have seen a resurgence, with the group growing in size and representing themselves, and us, at a variety of competitions, as well as performing with other local schools and a community kapa haka group. In August this year, they performed at the Maaori King’s coronation, held in Ngaruawaahia at Turangawaewae Marae.  Whaaea explained, “On writing this haka, I have tried to keep the words very simple and to the point. In the beginning, we acknowledge our school motto “He waahi whai mana ki te rapu Matauranga”, then mentioning that we are based closer to the Port Waikato end of Tainui/Waikato, acknowledging the land marks of the local tribe. In the second verse, I acknowledged that we have a connection to the King movement and use it to run into and highlight our school values, stating that we are staunch to our values. The Pukekohe High website highlights these values. At the end, I acknowledge the sub-tribe from this area which is important being that this item is a Maaori discipline and it’s also always important to acknowledge them as well.”

THE SCHOOL HAKA Ngaa uri Kohekohe Teenei ngaa uri o te Kohekohe He waahi whai mana kit e rapu Matauranga Ki te ngutu Awa o Waikato e Ko taupiri te maunga tapu Ko Waikato te awa pikopiko Ko Tainui te waka e tere ake nei He kura kawenata, pono ki te kiingitanga Ki nga Iwi whaanui e Lahaha He kaingaakau kit e ako Ko te tino painga, ko te kawenga, Manaakitanga e Teenei a Tamaoho e haruru ake nei Here we are descendants of the Kohekohe It’s a safe place to learn At the lips of Waikato (Port Waikato) Taupiri is a sacred mountain Waikato the river with many bends Tainui the sailing canoe  e are a Kawenata school, we are staunch to W the Māori Monarch To community To learning Excellence, Accountability, Respect Here is Tamaoho making the earth move. (Doing great things, Tamaoho is the sub-tribe of Pukekohe)

“When’s this due?” – Floriz Pascual

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PUKEKOHE HIGH AT POLYFEST

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ia Hiwa Raa Kia Hiwa Raa Kia Hiwa Raa i teenei tuku Kia Hiwa Raa i teeraa tuku Kia Hiwa Raa Kia Hiwa Raa Kia ora whaanau. Kei te tuku atu maatou nei o te Kura O Pukekohe ngaa mihi whaanuime aroha kia koutou katoa, ngaa maatua, ngaa whaea, ngaa koroua me ngaa kui o te rohe nei. On Thursday the 16 March at 10am, The Roopu Kapa Haka Taiohi taane me Taiohi waahine o te Kura TeiTei o Pukekohe. performed at Polyfest. Me peehea te koorero? What does one say? Mr Ian McKinnon said, “Refreshing, Excellent “Refreshing as it had been 7 years since they were last there.” Excellent as it was very much so. It is interesting to note the comments from Nikora Hutchins (nee Dong-Bhana), a former student of Pukekohe High School who was a performer in the former group and was on hand to help us with many of the last minute preparations including the moko kauae. She remarked how well behaved this group

of students were. She is right. They were awesome, and they know it, and they speak of the “wairua”, which was present. Huge thanks, he mihi arohanui teenei ki a Matua Gary raaua ko Rongomaihuatahi, Mrs Schanzer, Mrs MooreAllen, Whaea R Paewai, Whaea J Dong-Bhana, Whaea Nikora Hutchins, Whaea J Pompey, Whaea Jose Thompson me aana kootiro, Matua Charles Bhana, Mr McDonald, and the many staff who assisted with the food and other resources. Our group participated in Division 3 this year, which his for newcomers to Polyfest. They eventually came 12th in that division. They won the Mau Raakau Trophy for that division too, which is for performance with weaponry. To put it into context, only four boys achieved this outstanding result. Our group also placed 4th in Kaakahu (dress) for boys in the division, again a great result as we were competing against 24 other teams in the division. Noho ora mai koutou.

“Of course I can dress well! I didn’t spend nearly 5 years in the closet for nothing.” – Amelie Blackett

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HOUSE SHIELD 2018

WE’RE NOT WEEPING ANGELS – WE PLAY FAIR!

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hursday 25th October saw the excitement build in the assemblies in readiness for the culmination of so many exciting and hard-fought House events. Yes, it was the time for the presentation of the HOUSE SHIELD! Who would be victorious? The tension built as our great Head Students took turns to read out the placings of each event. Perkins splashed their way to victory in swimming, Jellicoe sprinted to an overall win in Athletics and swung the tennis champ too. Massey beat everyone to win the cross country and in the Squash competition, Day house… um… ‘squashed’ everyone. During Wairua and Canteen weeks, Day rallied support and won convincing victories in the House Chant and Bike Bash. As for Chalk Art, Massey’s artistic prowess was outstanding so they were clearly the winners. Once the points were calculated, it was clear who the winner would be. The house to lift the House Shield for the third consecutive year is MASSEY. Well done to the Dragons and Mr Orton, and thanks to all the houses for a fantastic interhouse competition in 2018. Overall: 1st 240 points 2nd 225 points 3rd 155 points 4th 150 points 5th 130 points

MASSEY DAY BLAKE JELLICOE PERKINS

“Something cool.” – Blake Foster

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ACADEMIC STARS OF 2018 DUX MEDAL AND TROPHY

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eonjin (Amanda) Lee is a highly academic student who balances her studies with her commitment to music as Lead Flute in the school Concert Band. Her academic successes are as follows: In Year 9, Amanda achieved excellences in Art (where was first in Year 9), English, Japanese, Mathematics (she was third in the year), Music and Technology. She came overall third in 9D3. In Year 10, she gained excellences in Japanese, Mathematics (where was first equal), Music and Science. In Year 11, she achieved excellences in Level 1 Art, Japanese (where she was first in Level 1), Mathematics A and Science A, as well as Excellence in Level 2 Music. In Year 12, she gained excellences in Level 2 Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics and was first in Level 2 Japanese. This year, Amanda gained excellences in Level 3 Chemistry, Japanese, Mathematics with Calculus, Mathematics with Statistics

and Physics. She was awarded the Bradleigh Benton Cup for Senior Physics and has gained the Benton Scholarship for Top Physics Student worth $500, which is a shared award. She is also awarded the Helen Aspinall Cup for Year 13 Calculus.

PROXIMAE ACCESSIT – GEMMA ANDERSON CUP

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ngus Eason has been an excellent role model as a Head Student this year. His co-curricular involvement and sporting commitments are varied, including North Island Secondary Schools Orienteering and Squash, being a successful member of the four person year 13 team competing in the Calcex Auckland Maths Competition, and completing his Gold Award in the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award Scheme, as well as being third in both Senior Athletics and Senior Tennis Championship. Angus has been consistent in his academic achievements, as follows: In Year 9, he gained excellences in Japanese, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education and Health, Science (where he was 1st in Year 9), Social Studies and Technology. He was second equal in 9T1 and third equal overall in the Year 9 core subjects. In Year 10, Angus achieved excellences in Year 10 Digital Information Technology, English, Mathematics, Science (where he was 1st in Year 10) and Social Studies. He was third overall in the Year 10 core subjects and was presented the Gerard Brady Memorial Award for All-Round Excellence in Year 10. In Year 11, he gained excellences in Level 1 Accounting, Economics, Mathematics A, Physical Education and Science A, and was commended for overall

Year 11 Academic Excellence. In Year 12, Angus achieved excellences in Level 2 Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics A and Physics.This year, Angus has gained excellences in Level 3 Economics, Mathematics with Calculus, Mathematics with Statistics and Physics. Angus was awarded the Bradleigh Benton Cup for Senior Physics which is shared, along with the Benton Scholarship as Top Physics Student which is $500 and is also shared.

“Something cooler.” – Rishal Kishor

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SENIOR PRIZEGIVING 2018 Academic Excellence Awards Bank of NZ Dux Medal and Cup for First in Year 13 Dux Medal Yeonjin and Trophy, Helen Aspinall Cup for Year 13 Calculus, Bradleigh (Amanda) Lee Benton Cup (shared) for First in Senior Physics Angus Eason

Gemma Anderson Cup for Proximae Accessit for Second in Year 13, Bradleigh Benton Cup (shared) for First in Senior Physics

Olivia Martin C A Neate Trophy for Outstanding All Round Ability in Year 12 Kaitlin Curtis Abigail Reid

Bun Barnaby Trophy for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Year 12 Dr Paul Hutchison Trophy for First in Year 11, Commercial Course Challenge Cup for Digital Technologies

Nga Hay e Wha Maaori Committee Trophy for Top Maaori Bella Perham Student, Science Faculty Cup for Chemistry, Slee Family Cup for Physical Education

Year 11 Academic Excellence Awards Vincent Bunning Youlden Prize for Year 11 Technology Meika Curtis

Limestone Downs Trophy for Year 11 Agricultural and Horticultural Science

Poppy Gibson Pūhoro Award Meg Grey Wharfe Brothers Cup for DVC Poppy Kempster Norwood Farm Machinery Trophy for Year 11 Agriculture Sophie Manning Duncker Cup for Fabric Technology Blake Woods Trade Tools Prize for Engineering Callum Perry Whitmore Challenge Cup for Furniture

Year 12 Academic Excellence Awards Pukekohe High School Old Students’ Cup for Computer Saneel Chandra Applications Shazia Hussain Merilyn Williams Cup for ESOL Kirianna Limestone Down Trophy for Agriculture Matthews Amber Clarke First equal in Year 12 YAS and Transitions Patrick Hay Trophy for Excellence in Technical Area, John Henry Williams Smith Memorial Cup for DVC, ETS Cup for Year 12 Electronics Tiger Lily Howan Year 12 Commercial Cup for Digital Technologies Kara Murray Georgia Reed Award (shared) for Year 13 Legal Studies Tinaya Straker Georgia Reed Award (shared) for Year 13 Legal Studies Joanna ColemanFirst in Year 13 Earth Science Chaiman Danielle Codnig Rorke Cup for Drama Sagar Kumar First in Year 12 Engineering

Year 13 Academic Excellence Awards Science Faculty Cup (shared) for Senior Yahui Biology, New Zealand (Sophia) Steel Scholarship Cup, Chen Allen Cup and Holcim Award for Top Year 13 Science Student Jarrod Photolife Award for Art Dobell Design Tongan Committee Bella Liuaki Trophy for Top Tongan Student Kajal G Aspinall Cup for Year Makan 13 Geography Laura Ross Hamilton Trophy Baker for Arts Angus DK Lilly Trophy for Edwards Practical Art Grace Autobahn Café Cup for Farrell Hospitality and Catering Franklin Law Award Alexandra (shared) for First equal Fausett in Legal Studies Rambhai Memorial Trophy for Top Indian Karishma Student, Pukekohe Govan High School Digital Technology Cup for Computer Studies Jack Aldis Award for Classical Lawson Studies Franklin Arts Festival Aleisha Society Cup for Neary Printmaking Eleanor McDonald Cup for Cato History Charlotte Bradleigh Benton Cup Colyer (shared) for Physics Andrea Lim Award for Nicole Excellence in Enterprise Kawondera and Entrepreneurship Campbell Tyson Commerce Award for Floriz Commerce, Franklin Law Pascual Award (shared) for Legal Studies Reimond Alexander Cup for Van Staden Outdoor Education Science Faculty Cup Cameron (shared) for Senior Woods Biology Naho First equal in Year 12 Kawase Furniture

“Prefect in the streets, but freak in the...” – Jordan Santry

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Scholarships

Special Awards Lions Club Trophy for Outstanding Sporting Hayley Marx Performance by a Girl, NZ Secondary School Athletics Team Welander Shield for Outstanding Sporting Gabriel Wilson Performance by a Boy, 6A 1959 Cup for All Round Sportsman of the Year Chelsea Young C Pritchard Cup for All Round Sportswoman of Year Shey Eva Ken Hemopo Trophy for Leadership in Sport

New Zealand Steel Scholarship, Benton Yahui Scholarship (shared), (Sophia) University of Auckland Top Chen Achiever’s Scholarship, 2018 First Foundation Scholarship Todd Arnet DMI Plumbing Scholarship Kaya Tanoa

Inder Lynch Achievement Award

Luke Allan

Inder Lynch Achievement Award

Kaylum Davis Te Kanawa Cup for Contribution to Music Kaya Tanoa Frances Allingham Cup for Service to Music Hyeongiin (Nicholas) Lee Rosenberg Trophy for Best Performance – Brass Laura Will Roseberg Trophy for Best Performance – Strings William McIntosh

Peacock Award for Best Solo Performance, Leffelaar Cup for Service to Music

Nicole Kawondera, First in Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Southern Shontelle Pithie, Megan Auckland Region for Lunchbuckz Taggart, Rebekah Farmer Cameron Hooper, Floriz Pascual, Premila Morar, Second Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Southern Christian Meade, Nikolas Auckland Region for The Food Dudes Stirling Thomas Williams SanAm Young Cup for Service Georgina Sutton Ruth Kingston Memorial Award for Library Service Esperance Withers Interact Award for Tenacity Cameron Woods Bruce Nelson Cup for Tenacity Yu Ao AI McGregor Cup for Ambition and Determination Eden Yin Eric Soakell Cup for Courtesy and Consideration Amelie Blackett Hasnip Cup for Social Awareness Jordan Santry Pukekohe Lions Cup Award for Leadership Shanayah Irving Leadership in Tikanga Maaori Award (female)

Shey Eva WF Birch Award for Head Student Eleanor Cato Franklin Masonic Lodge Award for Head Student Kate Fryer Franklin Masonic Lodge Award for Head Student Claudia Kempton Head Students’ Cup for Leadership in Senior School

Eleanor Cato

Brianna McCort Aleisha Neary

Charlotte Duke

Jemma Norman

Angus Eason

Bella Perham

Kate Fryer

Ella Reaney

Cameron Hooper

Sydney Verrenkamp

Heather Ineson

Jarod Wilson

Daniel Jamieson

Cameron Woods

Hayley Marx

Eden Yin

National Representatives in Sport Chelsea NZ U18 Womens’ Young AFL Team Taylor NZ U18 Womens’ Rademeyer AFL Team NZ U16 Rugby League Jarney Team, NZ Maaori U16 Proctor Rugby League Team

Emma NZ Mounted Mathieson Games Team Aleisha NZ Orienteering Neary Pine Stars Team

Filomina MIT Partnership Scholarship Fagatoa University of Auckland Eleanor Māori Academic Excellence Cato Scholarship University of Auckland Jarod Māori Academic Excellence Wilson Scholarship Charlotte University of Canterbury Colyer GO Canterbury Scholar Charlotte University of Canterbury Duke GO Canterbury Scholarship Angus University of Canterbury Eason Emerging Leaders Scholarship University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship

Jemma University of Otago Leaders of Norman Tomorrow Scholarship

Angus Eason WF Birch Award for Head Student

Reuben Crawford

Reuben Lincoln University Sports Crawford Scholarship for Hockey

Kate Fryer

Henare Thompson Leadership in Tikanga Maaori Award (male)

Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award – GOLD

The Brave Thinker’s New Briar Nota Zealand Business Week Scholarship

University of Otago Eden Yin Performance Entrance Scholarship University of Otago Hayley Performance Entrance Marx Scholarship University of Waikato Te Paewai o te Rangi for Olivia Clare Outstanding Academic Achievement

Excellence endorsements gained before exams: 97 Year 11 students - ONE or TWO subjects 19 Year 11 students – THREE or more subjects 92 Year 12 students - ONE or TWO subjects 17 Year 12 students – THREE or more subjects 50 Year 13 students - ONE or TWO subjects 7 Year 13 students – THREE or more subjects

“My position is leadership, but my purpose is servanthood.” – Shey Eva

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118 | STAFF PHOTO | PHS YEAR BOOK 2018

2018 STAFF PHOTO

Back Row Carl Rushton, Caleb Taylor, Joel McNelly, Stephen Langdon, Jean-Luc Courteaud, Paul Mead, Julian Austen, Nalini Chand, Jayna McKenzie, Jay Pressnell, Corey Proffitt, Elly, Good, Rawinia Paewai, Tipene Frearson, Kelvin Furze, Paul Reynolds 6th Row Rhiannon Swift, Ying Carver, Rebecca Bell, Rena Hill, Debbie Gordon, Donna Fulton, Sharon Watson, Melinda Botha, Colleen Jacobs, Sarah Babu, Raewyn McLeod, Kellie Loader, Julia Brenchley, Molly Vale, Cushla Berry, Dave Young 5th Row Gary Neels, Jillian Stone, Carol Mulcahy, Marama Killen, Mary Righton, Maria Ward, Chhaya Acharya, Amy Price-Williams, Laura Abbott, Murray Trenberth, Lisa Yuretich, Tricia Zwarts, Cherylize Van der Rensberg, Andrea Baxter, Kirsten Browne-Cole, Kaori Smith, Tamil Maran 4th Row Emma Murtagh, Rachel Schanzer, Suzanne Williams, Annie Mein, Polly Lee, Sally Guy, Maree Wallace, Natasha Taylor, Athlyn Watt, Vanessa Ball, Nicole Stone, Donna Morgan, Lyn Puflett, Renee Nelson, Yana Cox, Fiona Cottee 3rd Row Cathy Munro, Lhara Pope, Tara Remington, Marisa Mencarelli-Skilton, Jean Potter, Rose Karauria, Carolyn Bach, Kylie Waitai, Aaron Smith, Andrew Hargreaves, Allan McLunie, Matt Whitby, Mike Sweeney, Shaun Atamu, Eleanor Purchase, Laura Sayer, Esther Hansen, Hester Myburgh 2nd Row Liz O’Hagan, Stephanie Low, Lee-Anne Hodgson, Jim Matchett, Martin Good, Grant Jarvis, Steven White, Simon Schofield, Steven Granshaw, Dave Matthews, Brendan O’Brien, Greg Hughes, Janni Zwarts, Don Lamont, Catherine Kempton, Jane Jolly, Lynne Green, Cam Cameron Front Row Shelly Boyes, Peter McGregor, Dave Cantley, John Slee, Amelia Bodman, Sita Bakker, Julie Brien, Heather Shannon, Renee Neville, Richard Barnett, Peter Mathias, Carolyn Cornu, Bob Cooper, Sharon Grass, Peter Orton, Marilyn Masemann, Vicky Moore-Allen, Ann-Maree Bremner, Sandy Wild Absent: Mary Allen, Tracey Anderson, Natalie Avery, Amanda Bailey, Martin Bennett, Jessica Bluck, Rachel Board, Carlos Briones, Michele Capper, Tracey Caskie, Gail Cook, Gael Crimmins, Jasmine Cross, John Cook, Warren Edwards, Yvonne Edwards, Angela Eggleton, Shellie Eskdale-Turner, Ganga Forbes, Tom Forch, Morag Gray, Coburn Hari, Nick Haslam, Matt Judd, Howard Kelway, Adam Kemp, Amy Lambourne, Rhonda Mehrtens, Lorraine Mitchell, Nga Rangi Kahiwa Moeau, Lisa Mous, Fiona Murray, Helen Nortier, Sue Oppert, Jodine Parkinson, Mark Perrigo, Zowie Polward, Aaron Poroa-Simmons, Crishelle Robertson, Jo Senior, Lex Short, Jennifer Stewart, Di Stringer, Doris Tapene, Sarah Tilley, Maree Wallace, Shirley Yeomans

“Before I go, I just want to tell you: you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And you know what? So was I.” – The Doctor

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“If no-one from the future comes back to stop you, then how bad of a decision can it be?” – Heather Ineson

CLASS OF 2018


LAST WORD OF THE FIRST MILLENNIALS By Cameron Hooper, with a little bit of Jazz by Eden Yin

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ooking back at my time at High School, I don’t think I’ve ended it how I wanted to. Nor do I believe I started it how I planned to either. Coming to High School as the chubby, opinionated, disliked kid; and leaving as the taller, opinionated, not the best liked kid… huh. But I guess, that’s just it, isn’t it? Plans change, outcomes often catch us by surprise. The important thing is to learn how to push through those unexpected things life throws at you and build up to be the person who is better prepared next time. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails, so I always reach my destination”. That’s what I would pass on to Year 9 me. The confidence to always, no matter the size of the challenge, carry on. 2018 was no exception; it was surprising. It had its challenges. But all 1750 of the students made it one to remember. From the power of a school-wide haka to commemorate Ian McKinnon’s 22 years of leadership and service to our school, to the roar of the houses chants during our aptly named ‘Spirit Week’, as well as the sweat and tears those bikes brought us while giving it our all for Canteen Week, this year reignited something that was slowly slipping away; passion. All of us have passion, whether it be the passion to get Excellence in that Science internal, or the passion to make a top sport team, or even the passion to score a Victory

Royale. But if you are to challenge yourself, whether for your next school year or wherever the wind takes us leavers, make it your challenge to find the passion to learn. “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” -Anthony J. D’Angelo Learn a new skill, a hard equation, or even 126 numbers of Pi. But find the passion and the will to want to learn more. Whether your high school journey is ending or not, it doesn’t mean your journey of learning is. Change is inevitable, but growth is optional. Choose to keep pushing, keep striving, keep testing your limits. Growth and comfort don’t come hand-in-hand. Don’t settle, don’t get complacent, don’t think outside the box; instead, believe there is no box. To the returners: if this be the last word, to reflect on what has been 5 years of the Class of 2018, then it would be only fair to have a quote that reflects something all of us have thought: “Making decisions in the matter of months that will decide your entire future sucks”. Enjoy every minute you have at school, turn the bad days into good days, because life hits you hard and fast. To the fellow leavers: it’s your life now. Go be you; but never forget where you came from. Pukekohe High School, through the good, and maybe the bad, has helped define who you are. Never leave that behind, and don’t forget your roots. Live and die for the crest.

“Let passion and purpose outweigh fears and excuses.” – Olivia Clare

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