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Te Kura Tuarua o Taniwharau


MARCH 2014

Issue 02

Fraser to Host 2014 Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival The University of Otago Sheilah Winn, Hamilton region Shakespeare Festival is being held in the Fraser High School hall on 14 and 15 April, starting at 7 pm. Local High Schools will be performing 15 minute student and teacher directed scenes and 5 minute student directed scenes. Students from Fraser High are performing in a 15 minute scene from The Winter’s Tale, as well as a 5 minute scene from Cymbeline, directed by Bianca Henley. Doors open at 6 pm and food will be available for sale

($10.00 adults and $5.00 for students) to help fundraise for the Shakespeare clubs trip to the National festival in Wellington over the Queen’s Birthday weekend. The Festivals were initiated and are organised annually by Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ (SGCNZ). This is the 23rd Festival and over 90,000 students have participated since they were started in 1992. To find out more about the Shakespeare Festival in New Zealand go to www.

A Scene from the Fraser High entry in the 2013 Festival.

Hei Taniwha Students’ Camp a Fantastic Experience

Fraser High School’s, Hei Taniwha camp at Te Papa O Rotu Marae was a great way for everyone in Hei Taniwha to experience whakawhanaungatanga and become more comfortable with each other. There were situations when we had to get into groups and communicate, especially with the variety of activities that we had to face as a team and work together. A challenging activity was the tabloids on day one, with many different types of team building games, such


as bench races, sack races, human wheel barrow races, egg and spoon races, three legged races, and the list goes on. On day two at Te Kopua Domain, another activity was the Amazing Race, where everyone had to participate. It was a wonderful day to get down and dirty in the sand working together to complete all the tasks. The group rooms had to kayak to the other side of the estuary, run as a team holding on to two ropes and even make a

tall sand sculpture. Everyone had an amazing day. The activities were organised by senior students and student leaders so that the teachers could participate and enjoy their stay on camp along with the students. Being organised by students ensured that there were positive interactions between all students and staff. The activity that was the ultimate highlight of the harenga was our group skits. They showed teamwork, determination and cooperation. Every one pulled

together with a positive attitude and had a wonderful time during all five skits. Another highlight was learning the background of Te Papa O Rotu Marae, which we learned about from Matua Rick. Another skill we all learnt was motivation. We all came together and supported each other throughout our stay. Thank you to everyone who helped make our camp happen, students, staff and whānau alike. – Tee Tonihi

Learn with Purpose • Engage with Pride • Act with Respect • Dare to Succeed

‘A person who uses their abilities and resources will create success’ He kai kei aku ringa There is food at the end of my hands This is an extra-ordinarily long term for students, and it is at this time that they need to be encouraged to revisit their goals, to be given additional strategies to cope with the pressure of the first set of assessments, and to be told that they will succeed when they take responsibility for their learning in partnership with you and their teachers.

SECRETS FOR SUCCESS – that aren’t secret anymore. 1 People succeed because they take pains to succeed …successful people… make determination and unity of purpose more important than ability.

2 We learn to do things by doing them. No disappointment must discourage, and a run back must often be allowed, in order to take a longer leap forward. 3 No opposition must be taken to heart… Who ever got anywhere in a dead calm? 4 A fatal mistake is to imagine that success is some stroke of luck. 5 We have been told, for centuries, to watch for opportunities, and to strike while the iron is hot. Very good; but I think better of Oliver Cromwell’s amendment – “make the iron hot by striking it.” 6 Everything good needs time. Don’t do work in a hurry. Go into details; it pays in every way.

7 Be orderly. 8 …success is no accident. Success demands the whole heart, the whole intellect, and the whole time. 9 Don’t fail through defects of temper and over-sensitiveness at moments of trial. One of the great helps to success is to be cheerful; to go to work with a full sense of life; to be determined to put hindrances out of the way; to prevail over them and to get the mastery. Acknowledgement: British novelist Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919)

Virginia Crawford, Principal

Parent Concerns and Complaints Parent Concerns • The first point of contact for parents is your child’s Group Teacher. If they’re not able to assist you with your query or concern, they certainly will be able to direct you to find the specific person you require for help or information. • The subject teacher is able to inform you about your child’s progress and learning in their subject. They will know about tutorials and additional learning assistance available. • The Leader of Curriculum is responsible for an entire learning area, e.g. English, Technology etc. They are

CHANGES TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES The Fraser High School Board of Trustees would like to acknowledge the resignation of Mr Gus Row and sincerely thank Mr Row for his service to the Board over the past three years. The Board of Trustees welcomes Ms Te Rehia Papesch as the selected member to replace Mr Row. Also, the Board welcomes Mr Glen Perkinson who has been co-opted onto the Board of Trustees.

able to map out learning pathways for your child in their subject area from Year 9 to Year 13. • The Year Level Dean will assist you with subject selection and changes, academic counselling, and concerns about your child’s learning behaviour or their safety. The Year Level Deputy Principal will assist you with major concerns about your child’s academic pathways, and learning behaviour

Complaints • Before taking any action, it’s a good idea to sit down with your child and let them tell you, without interruption, what has happened. Find out what has upset them. Ask them what they think would put things right. There’s nothing worse than charging into the fray and discovering your child has got over it and moved on. • If you are still worried, or your child asks you to, contact the class teacher. The teacher may be worried too and will be able to suggest the next step. Or you will be able to get a clearer picture of, for example, class dynamics

or reassurance that the incident was a minor one with no consequences for your child. • If you are still concerned, the Dean or the Deputy Principal’s door is always open to parents. Schools really appreciate parents who want to find solutions. The Dean and the Deputy Principal are your ally, and only want to get to the bottom of things, to help you and your child. • Build on your relationship with your child’s teachers. When you and your child’s teachers keep communications open, trusting, and positive, your child is the one who will reap the benefits. When a complaint is given directly to the Principal, I need to go back to either one or all of these people too: the class teacher, Leader of Curriculum, Dean and/or Deputy Principal. I do not ‘shortcut’ the process. The school does appreciate the opportunity to fix our mistakes, if we’ve made one; and work with parents and caregivers to resolve crucial matters that affect their child’s learning and success.

Virginia Crawford, Principal

Change in the Senior Leadership Team Currently, Mr Graham Taylor is away on leave until the end of Term One. In his absence Mr Joseph Tini (pictured) is the Deputy Principal responsible for Year 9.

Calendar of Events Friday 28 March Teacher Only Day Thursday 10 April Half-day; Teachers Union Meeting Thursday 17 April Inter-house competition – Tabloid Sports Thursday 17 April LAST DAY of Term One Monday 5 May FIRST DAY of Term Two See Fraser High School web site or Facebook page for more details


Great Sporting Achievements by Fraser Students Basketball

Mountain Biking

Fraser sent four teams to the 3x3 Basketball Tournament that was held at St Peters recently. They all did extremely well with the Junior Boys, Senior Girls and Senior Boys 2 teams all finishing in 3rd place. The Senior Boys 1 team finished 1st after knocking the 2nd team out in the SemiFinals. The Senior Boys and Senior Girls teams will now be attending the National 3 x 3 Basketball Tournament in Auckland next month.

Inline Hockey Hannah Jensen – has been selected in the junior and Senior NZ Women’s Inline Hockey Teams. This is a fantastic achievement so congratulations Hannah. Good Luck also to Scott Swetman and Dylan Fowler who will be trialling out for the Junior Men’s Inline Hockey teams in the near future.

Rock Climbing Dominik Essenhofer finished 1st in the Regional Rock Climbing Competition. He has a few more comps coming up and we look forward to hearing the results.

Congratulations to Alesha Ferguson who finished 3rd in the U17 National Mountain Bike Championships. What an awesome achievement to place 3rd in NZ.

Zone Athletics

If you have achieved to a high level in sport please let us know so that we can advise the school of the outstanding results.

House Point Updates Athletics Sports and Swimming Sports have now finished and we have an update of house points for you:

Recently students from Fraser competed at the Zone Athletics champs at Porrit Stadium. Fraser’s student selection was based on those who were placed in the top 3 in their event on our school athletics day. Congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 8 at the Waikato Zone Athletics Championships Simolo Reupena – Top 8 Shot Put and Discus Te Aho Reihana – 3rd Place Shot Put Keoni Lee Heu – 8th Place Discus, 2nd Place Javelin Shanelle Tarawhiti – 5th 100m Final Summer Gunn – 8th Long Jump Keoni Ewington – 3rd 100m Final, 3rd Long Jump O’Ryan Farrell – 8th 100m Final Tukiri Anderson – 6th Discus Kael Taplin – 4th High Jump Trent Hilliam – 5th Long Jump Victoria Hicks – 3rd 400m Ataahua Anderson – 2nd Javelin



Aotea 387 Te Arawa 386 Tainui 223 Tokomaru 194 Mataatua 147


427 814 299 685 432 655 338 532 375 522

Winter Sports Most winter sports are now kicking into action. Please see the Teacher in Charge if you are keen to play a winter sport but haven’t heard what is happening. Boys and Girls Football – Please see Mr Sim Boys and Girls Hockey – Please see Mr Tan Netball – Please see Jenn at the sports office or Mrs Bates Rugby – Please see Cody at the sports office Basketball – Competitive Juniors – please attend trainings at the gym Mondays and Fridays after school. Social players – we will be putting teams together in the next couple of weeks – listen out for information in the school notices so you don’t miss out.

Fraser High School Opening Hours School Grown Produce for Hangi The school office is open each day from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm. Should you wish to speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team, please phone the receptionist on 847 9044 and she will arrange an appointment for you. Alternatively, you may email the person you wish to contact direct. To access their email address, go to nz , click on ‘Contact’, select ‘Teacher contact’ and click on the email address of the person you wish to contact.

All students must be at school during these hours: Monday & Wednesday Tuesday & Friday Thursday

8.45am to 3.25pm 8.45am to 2.55pm 8.45am to 2.45pm

Board of Trustee Meetings Meetings will be held in the school library from 4.30pm on the following days in 2014. Monday 8 September Monday 14 April Monday 13 October Monday 12 May Monday 10 November Monday 9 June Monday 8 December Monday 14 July Monday 11 August Agenda items for the meetings must be received, in writing, by the BOT secretary one week prior to the meeting date.

In 2013 the Horticulture department fed 100 junior students with the produce grown in their gardens. This year the Agriculture and Horticulture department will feed all of the 250 students who are taking these subjects. Matua Barnes and a student’s parent, Mr Whitiora, are the school’s Hangi masters and again will be in charge of the preparation and cooking of the food for this year’s feast. The students have harvested more than 100kg of potatoes, 600 kumara, dozens of onions for the stuffing, as well as 20 pumpkins. Hunting families are contributing some wild pork towards the feast.


Senior Student Council Activities

Senior Student Council members getting involved in the fun at Relay for Life.

Valentine’s Day The Senior Council celebrated 14 February in true Valentine’s Day spirit. They decided to sell little cards which were hand delivered to students throughout the day. They had cute and funny messages on them, along with space for people to write their own messages. The fundraiser was designed as a contribution for Relay for Life and was a huge success.

Relay for Life On Saturday, 1 March, an awesome bunch of Fraser students and teachers attended an event called Relay for Life. This is an event where everyone comes together to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer. Starting at 2pm, we walked throughout the day and night for 22 hours while being entertained by numerous events including jump jam, Zumba, themed laps, live music, late night movies and a heart touching candle light ceremony. Tears were shed, stories were shared and memories were made. Thank you to all the students who attended, to those who donated, and to Mrs Mathers for making this event possible. This event would not have been as successful if our local

community had not jumped on board and supported our students and I would just like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors. A special mention to: Reduced to Clear – 7 Karewa Place, Pukete, for supplying energy drinks, snacks and nibbles for the students to see them through the wee small hours. Pak n Save, Mill Street, for contributing $100 towards grocery items to feed the masses Dominoes Pizza, Nawton Mall, for providing dinner for the students on Saturday evening.

Staff Member Appointed as Head Coach In Early February I was invited to apply for the North Island under 17 Volleyball coaching position. After an initial period of apprehension, I put together my CV and put in my application. Two weeks later I was informed I had been appointed as Head Coach for the team. This position is considered a stepping stone towards coaching New Zealand teams. It involves selection of players, a three day high performance training camp in Wellington and concludes with a week- long

tournament in Canberra Australia. This is a chance to learn from top NZ and Australian coaches as I hold the belief that we never stop learning and one should always strive to improve. I also hope to gain Australian contacts to facilitate a possible Australian sports exchange for the Fraser High Senior Girls Volleyball Team early next year. – Mike Polley

Student Selection for Project K 2014 Project K is a youth development programme for which twelve Year 10 Fraser students are selected each year. Next week the school will survey all of Year 10 students so that Foundation for Youth Development Waikato can create a pool of students most likely to benefit from the programme. These students and their families will then be invited to an evening meeting to learn more about Project K if they are interested. Project K begins with a three-week wilderness programme straddling the winter school break, then proceeds to a

community project phase, then a twelve-month mentoring stage. We ask all of Year 10 to complete the initial survey questionnaire to keep the selection process reliable. For further information, please phone Alf Fry at Fraser – direct dial 846 8637.

Wanted: any old photos and/or school records If any past pupils of Fraser High School, or Hamilton Technical College, have any school records, photos, magazines, uniforms or other

memorabilia they would be happy to lend to the school for copying, please contact the School Archivist, Angela Davison, at school on 07 847 9044, ext 745. The combined schools will be having their 100 year celebrations at Labour Weekend in 2020. If you are interested in joining a group of past pupils to help with forward planning, please contact Angela now! This 1920s photo shows the original three headed Taniwha, used in the school logo. The statue is situated in the Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia.

Fraser High School 72 Ellicott Road, PO Box 15121, Dinsdale, Hamilton, 3243 Telephone 0-7-847 9044 • Fax 0-7-847 9054 Email: • Website:

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