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St Bernard’s College 2009 Yearbook

Presence Simplicity Love of Work Family Spirit In the Way of Mary


Anthony Tino, 13MF

2009 Acknowledgements The completion of the 2009 St Bernard’s College Yearbook was only possible due to the hard work and support of a terrific team: Matt Harrison, Felicity McDonnell and David Sefton.

Special thanks to our photographers ‘out in the field’: Jeanne Lomax, Christopher Hart, Colin Frude, David Sefton, Matt Harrison, Manu Corcoran, Cameron Gibson, Jarrod Murrell and Chris McPadden.

Extra special thanks goes to the Harrison family: Kristine, Lucas, Molly and Poppy for their patience and understanding in giving up Matt over the summer holidays and beyond...

Particular thanks go to: Precise Print & Design Ltd for publishing the yearbook, especially Mark Vine for his advice and support.

We thank the Board of Trustees for its continued support. For all the teachers, staff, students, parents and friends of the school who submitted articles and other content, we express our thanks to you all, especially Panapa Lafoa’i for providing the art students’ artwork for the cover.

Matt Harrison, Felicity McDonnell and David Sefton. Yearbook Committee 2009

We thank Matt Harrison for his excellent graphic design, pre-press, illustrations and sub-editting; Felicity McDonnell for her stellar editing skills and David Sefton for his fantastic managerial skills and content layout assistance.

Edward Schaafhausen, 13MF


Contents

Year in Review 2 Principal’s Address 3 Board of Trustees’ Report 5 Staff Photo / BOT & Staff List 6 Staff Welcome / Staff Farewell 8 Obituaries 10 Head Boy’s Speech 11 Academic Success 12 Special Character 15 Year 13 Retreat 16 O’Shea Shield / YCL 17 Special Character Day 17 Junior Badge Ceremony 18 St Bernard’s Day 19 Leavers’ & Other Masses 20 Parents and Friends of the School 21 Shakespeare Drama Group 21 Kapa Haka 22 Pacifically Wellington 24 Rock & Water Programme 25 Peer Support 25 St Bernard’s Senior College Ball 26 Year 13 Quotes 28 Year 13 Ski Trip 29 Student Contributions 30 Education Outside of the Classroom 33 Learning Support 35 Dept of International Languages - Japanese Trip 42 The Library 44 Debating 44 Music 45 Lip Sync 47 Science 48 Social Sciences 51 Technology & Computing 53 Careers and Gateway 54 Guidance / Health 55 Sports Awards 56 Co-Curricular Photos 62 Civil Defence / First Aid 88 Sport Athletics Day 89 Cricket / Cross Country 90 Football 91 Hockey / Rugby League 94 Rugby 95 Swimming / Triathalon 97 Tennis 98 Volleyball 99 Waterpolo 100 Form Class Photos 101

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The Year in Review

January

February

Teacher Only Day Enrolments Course Confirmations

Waitangi Day Powhiri for new staff and students Year 13 Retreat Inaugral Mass Ash Wednesday Athletics

May

April

Year 9 Retreat Marist Quadrangangular Rugby Lip Sync Competition End of Term Mass

July

Parent Interviews St Ignatius Feast Day ICAS Maths Competition Year 11 Retreat Special Character Day Kapa Haka Competition

October

Japan Trip Labour Day Sports Awards Ceremony Year 7/8 Speech and Bible Competition Year 10 Speech Competition Māori Mass Pasifika Mass

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Chanel House & Pompallier House Days ICAS Science & Computing Competitions Regional Korero Competition Work Choice Day Cross Country O’Shea Shield

August

Football Tour Senior Ball St Bernard’s Day Assumption of Mary Liturgy Celebration of Music PFS Quiz Night

November

PFS Gala Garage Sale CSW Sports Awards Dinner Last Day Year 11-13 Leavers’ Mass and Dinner Year 9-10 Exams NCEA Exams

March

Hutt Zone Athletics Day Progress Reports Swimming Sports Volleyball Tour

June

Queen’s Birthday ICAS English Competition Francis Douglas Exchange St Marcellin Feast Day Open Day, Year 12 Retreat Contributing Schools Visit

September

Year 13 PE Ski Trip Year 7-10 Badge Ceremony Year 11-13 Mock Exams Year 9 Parliament Trip End of Term Liturgy

December

Peer Support Training Academic Awards Ceremony Year 7-10 EOTC Programme Year 7/8 & Y10 Retreats Reports sent home


Principal’s Report

Principal’s Address Reflecting on 2009 Karanga mai, karanga mai, mihi mai. Ngā mihi ki te whare, ngā mihi ki te pāpā kua mate. E te kaimahi Hēmi Ting, haere, haere, haere atu rā. E te whānau o Hato Perenara Kāreti ki Awakairangi, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. I te ingoa o te Matua, me te Tamaiti, me te Wairua Tapu. Āmene.

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ayor Ogden, our guest speaker and old boy Andrew Dawson, distinguished guests, trustees, parents, students and colleagues, greetings to everyone. I am honoured to present my thirteenth annual report. Today we celebrate our academic award winners and all those who have been a part of this year’s achievements. Firstly, I wish to address the Year 13 leavers. Some of you started here seven years ago, others five years ago. You came with dreams of what your life would be like at St Bernard’s. You came with different attitudes and life experiences. You may have carried burdens, had issues or just sailed through. Whoever you were when you arrived, I pray that you have now been moulded in the Marist way. You have breathed life into St Bernard’s through what you have said, what you have done, what you have achieved. Now you are leaving. My greatest hope is that you depart knowing that you have gained more than just NCEA credits to help you through the good and not so good times. You have gained friendships, happy memories, and our Marist values – a belief in yourself and the power of prayer. Take with you your shared memories of the kindness and courage that you have shown and the love and care that you have found. But most of all, take with you the love of God. Do not leave these here. Carry them in your heart so you can return to this special place, wherever you may be. Live the promise, grasp the future. Go and be Bernard’s Men.

Our Special Character Marist theme this year, has been ‘presence’ – being present for each other, being accessible, being good listeners and being altruistic givers. It is not easy living up to these commitments, but I can assure you that we have done our very best and in most instances we have gone beyond the call of duty. Our students are to be congratulated for the

many charitable events they have been involved in, whether it was CARITAS, Te Omanga hospice, or ICan. They have also been present for each other, helping out, offering an encouraging word. Many times we have not been fully aware of this. Although we all know that effort is a key element in academic, sporting and other school endeavours, setting ourselves high standards is what makes us push ourselves and achieve our full potential. I am very impressed with the achievements of everyone here today, but I am especially in awe of those whose efforts have translated into attainment and because of this are being rewarded. These students have strived to do their best and be a part of this ceremony and, I believe, represent the true spirit of St Bernard’s College. These award winners are talented, intelligent and confident. However, there are others who do not, perhaps, get the special recognition they deserve. They are excellent ambassadors for the youth of today and will, no doubt, go on to succeed in school, in tertiary studies, in their chosen careers, and become valuable members of society. I am sure you all see the same desirable qualities in the majority of our students.

questionable tastes in music and dress-sense. Similar sentiments were expressed in the 1970s, the 1950s, and probably the 1850s. I take every opportunity to promote a positive image of our students and I think it is something we all have to do on a regular basis. There are some who let us down and attract media attention — often for matters that are hardly news-worthy. We need to remind our communities that the really important people in our schools are the majority — the responsible, respectful, thoughtful, caring, confident young men who enrich our lives and give us so much enjoyment. I am often asked about my attitude to the publication of NCEA results in the papers or about the new national standards that will be set next year for Years 7 and 8. While I am well aware of their limitations, and indeed the damage they can do to schools that are struggling to survive, I have no issues and am quite happy to see our results published in the papers. In fact, we put them on our website. For all their lack of subtlety, if these tables are to exist, then our parents and prospective parents have every right to access the basic information that is available. I believe you should be able to see our results and indeed, make initial comparisons with other schools. It strikes me as extraordinarily condescending to imply that parents are not capable of putting this information in its true perspective. We are a multiethnic, decile five, Catholic boy’s school with a very high proportion of students from an ESOL background, and we are proud of it. We support academic, sporting and cultural endeavours totally immersed in our spiritual beliefs, Catholic traditions and gospel values. We definitely are punching way above our weight and this year. Readers of our results will have noticed that St Bernard’s is definitely doing well. If we are not, then it has nothing to do with the newspapers, but perhaps reflective of way we do things.

Be present for each other. Carry the Marist Values in your heart. It is through such achievements that we are clearly able to see the skill, high expectations and presence of our teachers. These award winners are great examples of the teachers’ dedication, represented in the many hours of extra work that takes place at lunch times, after school and even weekends. I applaud these staff members. Your efforts are noticed and appreciated. The media would have us believe that the majority of our youth are binge drinking, drug taking, disrespectful, MP3 playing, text messaging boy racers who are illiterate, innumerate and have

Basically, newspaper tables are a distraction and I have no doubt that it is wrong to teach with them in mind, or indeed have unrealistic targets as one’s aim rather than simply wishing to help

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Principal’s Report (continued)

Education is changing fast and we must adapt

every boy to fulfil his potential. Being present to all students means a desire to help them gain the best possible standards they can, in all they undertake. We want to be constantly improving, as does any other organisation which looks to the future rather than resting on its laurels. You are seeing plenty of evidence this evening of a dynamic and vibrant community. There is a balance to be sought, and here we remain as committed as ever to many extra-curricular possibilities, including a traditional emphasis on the virtue of competitive team games. Intelligent young people are naturally competitive, even if the spirit of competition manifests itself simply in wanting to do something better than before, whether playing a musical instrument or capturing the nuances of a role on the stage. Our Bernard’s men are well-rounded individuals who occasionally drive us insane, but in the end they get there. Vaughan Samuelu would not have got his prestigious Price Waterhouse Coopers scholarship if he had not been involved in such activities. Similarly, Sepe Mua’au would not have won the impressive NZ Shakespeare Young Actor’s award to study and perform at the Globe Theatre in London and Stratfordupon-Avon, if he had not been supported and encouraged in his acting. The U15 Rugby team would not have won their grade if the coaches did not push the players to the limit, requiring discipline and commitment. They all had to compete against others to win their prize. Just turning up and participating would not have cut the mustard. Boys love competition – it is losing with dignity and winning with humility which matters. We must continue to promote this and use it to the boys’ advantage and not abandon it in favour of political correctness. Nor does a healthy enjoyment of competition militate against the traditional Marist qualities of humility and courtesy which we also pride ourselves on at our college. I began by pointing out the pride we have for our students’ achievements. But what of the future? Education is changing fast and the changes to the NZ Curriculum next year are heralding a new way of teaching. It is a huge mistake to think that

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it is the old curriculum in new packaging. At the start of this year I challenged teachers to move out of their comfort zone because fundamental changes in how they plan their lessons and deliver the teaching were afoot. We had no issues with the core values the NZ Curriculum asks us to engender in the students – Catholic schools have been values-based since their inception. The challenge is to integrate the key competencies across the curriculum and, more importantly, to adopt a new pedagogy. I am pleased to say that teachers have been working solidly this year in readiness. As well as this, our young people find themselves under more pressure than ever. It is right that we should set high standards for them, but they and ourselves need to retain a sense of perspective, and indeed a sense of humour, if we are to meet our challenges and remain healthy.

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If St Bernard’s College is to serve our boys properly, then we need to adapt; we cannot turn back the clock. We must embrace new technology by continuing to make a huge investment in equipment and professional development next year alongside Chilton St James and Ss Peter & Paul school. Yet, we must also be wary of throwing out triedand-tested methods of teaching which stimulate young minds and still provide them with knowledge. And yes, I do mean, knowledge for its own sake. Of course our students need to learn how to process knowledge, they need to know how to use a computer and yes, it is right that they should gain good career advice and choose courses to which they are best suited. But this does not mean that the delight that can be gained from understanding an abstract concept in mathematics or the sudden awakening in seeing the initially obscure meaning of a poem or a text in a foreign language should be sacrificed.

We are definitely punching above our weight

I still see the point in these things, and can still enjoy the wonder on a boy’s face when he has really understood something for the first time. True enjoyment of this type, means hard work and struggle. Learning new things does not come easily, nor does it necessarily come every day, but it happens. It is lasting and profound, and completely outweighs the sort of superficial pleasure which is afforded all too easily by our trying to make everything ‘fun’ first and foremost. One group of people which is essentially present both to children’s happiness and their achievements at school is, of course, the parents. We very much appreciate your support, both in our day-to-day business and in your presence at school events such as this. We know that the partnership we enjoy with you is absolutely key

to our success. I came across this anecdote at the start of the year after the summer break when little Fred returned to school. Two days into term Fred’s teacher phoned his mother to tell her that Fred had been misbehaving. “Wait a minute,” she said. “I had Freddy with me for seven weeks and I never called you once when he misbehaved!” Thank you for talking to us; it helps us to help your son. Having spent time before extolling the virtues of our teaching staff I must single out another group: our support staff. At St Bernard’s they are spectacularly good at what they do. They all individually and as a team, contribute towards the college’s ongoing success. The teacher aides are amazingly present for those boys who need learning support and for the teachers adapting and organising work. A considerable portion of office work occurs with few students and teachers around, and sometimes it goes unnoticed. To all of the teacher aides, office staff, property officers, laboratory technicians, and librarians, I pay tribute to you. Several teachers are finishing their contracts or moving on. Rather than identifying you individually, I thank you all for your hard work and for your contribution. I wish you well and may God bless you in your new positions or retirement. With typical modesty, Mrs Baucke, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees has not drawn attention to the role she personally and fellow trustees, have played in steering through the initiatives mentioned. It is right that due tribute is paid to all trustees for their unstinting presence at the college. We are fortunate indeed to have a board that is deeply loyal and dedicated to the college, with a finger on the pulse yet never interfering in its running. Similarly, I am grateful to my senior leadership team who put up with my constant evaluation and quest for higher standards; to the Parents, Friends and Supporters who provide for our students through their fund-raising; to the Filipino parents - salamat sa inyo; to the Hato Perenara whanau – wkakawhetai; and to the Samoan Parents Support group - faafetai lava. Finally, love goes to my wife for being present for me at times when the stress and strain of the job was too much. We have created an exciting future for ourselves this year and I believe that we are up to the task of developing that future further in 2010. I am truly excited at the prospect of bringing so many of our ideas into fruition in the year ahead. Ngā mihi nunui ki a koutou katoa. Kia noho te Ariki ki a tātou katoa. St Bernard, pray for us. St Marcellin, pray for us. St Mary, Morning Star, pray for us. God Bless and Happy Christmas to all. Peter Fava


Board of Trustees’ Report

A positive year in review

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ur Special Character Committee has worked closely with Patricia Reilly, our Director of Religious Studies and our very dedicated Chaplain, Anna Marie Dickinson, in keeping the special character of the college in good spiritual health. Fr Elmer from Wainuiomata Parish has been dedicating his time to St Bernard’s and attending liturgy and prayer sessions with the students at the college. The Rama Group, who meet with Sacred Heart College, and the Young Vinnies are two groups in particular, which are service oriented. They are both active groups within the college. Each class within the school has participated in their own class mass during the year. Students have been very involved in liturgies, both the end of term liturgy and the St Bernard’s Day liturgy celebrations.

Curriculum and Policy

budget. The 2010 budget will be finalised over the holiday break. We received a satisfactory audit this year, and look forward to working with our new auditors, Deloittes. Thanks must go to Pauline Johnston, who retired this year as a secondee to the committee and also to John van Workem who we welcomed as a secondee to the Finance Committee. The board members would also like to thank Peter Fava and Michael O’Flaherty for their dedication and hard work.

But throughout this disruption, the teaching and support staff have continued to give their time and attention to the students and show their total commitment in many ways. This is especially the case in the amount of additional tutorials available for students to attend in preparation for their exams.

Our school roll has been increasing steadily in recent years, bringing additional funding from government and donations from parents and caregivers. Your continued financial support of the college is crucial to St Bernard’s. The ability to provide resources for the benefit of the boys both now and in the future depends on this.

Sadly in Term 2 the staff and students, lost a much respected friend and colleague with Jim Ting’s passing. We all remember him again tonight.

Property

2010 is the first official year for the new New Zealand Curriculum.

Apart from normal maintenance and adjustment issues, there have been two main recurring items on the property agenda this year; the new administration block, and the gymnasium.

The new curriculum’s emphasis is on how the students learn and improve their learning skills rather than on what they learn. For the last two years our staff at St Bernard’s has been in preparation for this and we are well positioned for its implementation.

The administration building is now very visible from Waterloo Road. The construction is running to schedule and it aims to be completed by the end of Term 1 2010.

Coinciding with this implementation, are the new National Standards, announced late this year by our current government. The government expects these standards will improve outcomes for our students. You, as parents, can expect clear reports on how well your son is performing in comparison to the rest of the country. Unfortunately this will require more administration and reporting to the Ministry of Education. I thank staff in anticipation of this. In this regard, we must also acknowledge David Sefton and David Housden for their contribution to the implementation of the new curriculum within St Bernard’s College. The college is expecting to be visited by ERO mid to late term two, 2010. This also will involve a huge amount of work for both management and staff. We welcomed Darryl Waiti and his whanau to the college as our new Head of Maori Department, with a Powhiri earlier in the year. He has initiated a Strategic Plan to increase Maori achievement levels and this plan is about to go through a consultation process.

Finance

Our Finance Committee has been led, for many years, by Angus Hartley. We greatly appreciate his financial leadership. Although he is still a very valuable member on the Finance Committee, Angus handed over the reigns, as Convenor, to Paul Clausen whom we welcomed to the board at the beginning of the year. Paul joins myself, Br Doug and Sr Trish as a Proprietor’s Representative. Despite unexpected costs from the admin project, the school will finish 2009 overall, with a balanced

Our second major property issue, and our reason for being here at the Town Hall tonight, is the renovation of our gymnasium, and especially, the floor. This is not so straight forward at the moment but it will be more evident at the beginning of next year. Included in this renovation is a brand new roof, a new ceiling and what will probably be the most noticeable feature, a new, state of the art floor. Looking ahead into next year should also see the installation of six new drink fountains around the school, and an electronic sign on the Waterloo Road frontage.

Student Activities

Many of our students have achieved exceptionally well in both academic, sporting, art and cultural areas, including a group of students travelling overseas to Japan. Peter Fava will detail this more in his report, but recognition must be given not only to these students and their achievements, but also to the teachers, staff and parents who spend many hours coaching, encouraging, and driving around the region in all weather conditions, fundraising. Fundraising is also undertaken by our very dedicated PFS Group. Without the volunteer support of these people our students would not have the opportunity to achieve to such high standards. On behalf of the board, I thank you all.

Teaching and Support Staff

Due to the rebuilding of the administration block, some teachers and staff have had to relocate to smaller spaces, or have lost space altogether. Everyone has been disrupted in some way. The board recognises that this has also placed additional pressure on Terry Davies throughout the relocation.

Board Members

Please be assured, that as a board our aim is to achieve the best for the students and staff at the college and that we are all feeling very positive about the college’s performance in 2009 and are looking forward to the year ahead. I must mention an award received by our staff representative on the Board. Brenten Higson was nominated and awarded, the 2009 Pride of Workmanship Award in July this year. We were all extremely proud and thrilled for Brenten and congratulate a most deserving recipient. Following the student trustee elections in September, we farewelled Blessing Mbenjele and welcomed Waqar Munir to the Board, as our new student representative. Thank you both for your commitment. Speaking of elections, the triennial School Board of Trustee Election is set for May 2010.

Farewells

A number of teachers and staff leave us this year and we sadly farewell them and thank them for their contribution to the college over the years. We say farewell to our senior students, who will be embarking on a new phase in their lives. We wish you well. You leave with our every blessing.

Principal

Our Principal, Peter Fava returned to the college at the beginning of the year. Although the year has been very stressful in some ways, with the administration rebuilding and relocation, the loss of a friend and colleague and the effects of the swine flu, it has also been a very positive year. Peter has remained passionate and dedicated to the college and is committed to teaching and leading the college, always with the five pillars of Marcellin at the forefront of all decisions. Peter, thank you for your leadership and, total commitment to St Bernard’s. On behalf of all the Board Members I would like to wish you all a holy and joyful Christmas season. We hope it will be a relaxing time, spent with friends and family. And finally, in closing, I must finish in the words of our Marist Brothers. ‘Look to the stars, and call upon Mary.’ Thank you and good evening.

Stephanie Baucke Chairperson, Board of Trustees

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Absent: Mr David Burtt, Miss Corrie Elligson, Miss Kavita Gounder, Ms Cath Haley, Mr Darrell Waiti, Mrs Catherine Hudson, Mrs May Lax, Mrs Annemarie Peckston, Mrs Lynley Pawson, Mr Dean Wipatere

Front Row: Mr Colin Frude, Ms Anita Samy, Miss Lyn Too, Mrs Catherine Brennan, Mr David Housden, Mrs Elizabeth Thomson, Mr Peter Fava, Mr David Sefton, Mr Michael O’Flaherty, Mrs Jill Tuau, Mrs Elsabie Prasad, Miss Jackie Sheehan

Second Row: Mrs Nicola Grant, Ms Anna-Marie Dickinson, Mr David Harrison, Ms Ann-Maree Devescovi, Mrs Petra Jaeger-Letts, Mrs Chris McPadden, Ms Ann Garry, Mr Gerry McKay, Ms Patricia Reilly, Mr Rakesh Sejwal, Mrs Jeanne Lomax, Mrs Kerry Rubick, Miss Manuhiri Corcoran, Mr James Ting, Ms Kathy Taylor, Mrs Margaret Gardiner,

Third Row: Mr Terry Davis, Mrs Jessica Christian, Ms Annabelle Flood, Mr Michael Fowler, Mr Neil Hayes, Mr Matt Harrison, Mr Te Wai Piripi, Mr Brenton Higson, Mr Panapa Lafoa’i, Mr Paul Fairfield, Mr Neville Watson, Mrs Glenys Shkopiak, Ms Yasuyo Sudo, Mrs Ripudaman Kanwal

Fourth Row: Mrs Michele Volk, Mr Christopher Hart, Mr Stephen Davis, Mr Paul Cutler, Mr Patrick Cassidy, Mrs Nila Uili, Mrs Sue McNab

Back Row: Mr William Daveis, Ms Felicity McDonnell, Ms Paulina Watson, Mrs Clare Shill, Mrs Rachel Kneepkens, Mr Dean Wipatere

St Bernard’s College Staff 2009

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St Bernard’s Board & Staff Board of Trustees Parent Trustees: Ms Jo Culhane Mr Angus Hartley (Property/Curriculum/Policy/Strategic Planning) (Finance Committee)

Mr John Lambert (Curriculum/Policy/Strategic Planning)

Mrs Vita Reid-Tuala (Property and Student Activities)

Mr Paul Saggers (Student Activities)

Mr Brian Slade (Personnel)

Mrs Stephanie Baucke (Chairperson)

Br Doug Dawick (Deputy Chairperson, Property and Special Character)

Sr Patricia Hanaray (Special Character)

Staff Trustee

Student Trustee

BOT Secretary

Proprietor’s Trustees:

Mr Brenten Higson

Blessing Mbenjele

Mrs Patricia Pynenburg

Teaching Staff Principal

Mr Peter Fava

MA, MEd (Hons), BA(Hons), Dip Couns, Dip Tchg

Director Curriculum

Mr David Sefton

BSc, Dip Tchg

Director Pastoral Care

Mrs Elizabeth Thomson

Dip Tchg

Director Studies

Mr David Housden

BSc(Hons), DipTchg, FNZIP, F Inst P, HOD Computing, NZQA Principal’s Nominee

Director Religious Studies

Ms Patricia Reilly

Dip VCD, Dip Tchg, Cert Cath Studies

Mr Patrick Cassidy

Dip Tchg, HOD Technology

Mrs Ripudaman Kanwal

BHSc (Food & Nutr.), BEd

Mrs Jessica Christian

BSC, Dip Tchg

Mr Panapa Lafoa’i

BFA, Dip Tchg

Miss Manuhiri Corcoran

BA, DipTchg, Dean Year 10

Mrs Jeanne Lomax

BA, DipTchg. HOD Careers

Mr Paul Cutler

BA, Dip Guidance & Counselling, Dip Tchg, Guidance Counsellor

Miss Felicity McDonnell

BA, Dip Tchg, Cert Cath Studies

Mr Stephen Davis

BSc, Dip Tchg, HOD Mathematics

Mr Gerry McKay

BA (Hons), Dip Tchg, HOD Social Sciences

Miss Corrie Elligson

BA (Hons), BTchg

Ms Sue McNab

BA, DipTchg, Specialist Classroom Teacher

Mr Paul Fairfield

BEd, DipTchg, Dean Year 13

Mr Te Wai Piripi

Dip PE (Otago), DipTchg. HOD Physical Education, Sports Coordinator

Miss Annabelle Flood

BMus, Dip Tchg

Mrs Elsabie Prasad

BA, Grad Cert Ed, T/T Fiji. Dean Year 12

Mr Michael Fowler

MPhil, BA (Hons), Dip Tchg, Dip Soc Sci.

Ms Anita Samy

BA, T Cert

Mr Colin Frude

BCA, Dip Tchg

Mr Rakesh Sejwal

BSc, BEd, MA (Hist), LLB, DISM

Ms Ann Garry

BA, Dip Bus Admin, Dip Tchg, Adv Cert Journ.

Mrs Clare Shill

BA (Hons), Dip Tchg

Miss Kavita Gounder

BSc, BA, Dip Tchg

Ms Kathy Taylor

DipTchg, HOD Junior Studies, Dean Y7/8

Mr Neil Hayes

BSc (Hons), PGCE

Mr James Ting

J.P. BSc (RIP)

Ms Cath Haley

Mus B, Dip Tchg, HOD Arts (On leave)

Miss Lyn Too

BSc, Dip Tchg

Mr David Harrison

BA

Mrs Nila Uili

BEd Tchg, Dean Year 11

Mr Matt Harrison

BA (Hons), PGCE

Mr Darrell Waiti

BA, Dip Tchg

Mr Christopher Hart

BA, Dip Tchg, Dean Year 9

Mr Neville Watson

BA, Dip Tchg, HOD English

Mr Brenten Higson

BSc, TTC, HOD Science

Ms Paulina Watson

BEd, Dip Tchg, HOD Learning Support

Ms Petra Jaeger-Letts

BA (Hons), Dip Tchg

Support Staff Ms Anna-Marie Dickinson

Chaplain, Teacher Aide

Mrs Catherine Hudson

Auxiliary Teacher Assistant

Mr Michael O’Flaherty, A.T.

Business Manager

Mrs May Lax

Gateway Broker

Mr Terry Davis

Maintenance Officer

Mrs Annemarie Peckston

Office Assistant

Mrs Catherine Brennan

Sports Fit Coordinator

Mrs Lynley Pawson, BSc

Science Technician

Ms Ann-Maree Devescovi

Gateway Broker (Resigned)

Mrs Kerry Rubick

Dip Info & Lib St., Librarian

Mrs Margaret Gardiner

School Secretary

Miss Jackie Sheehan

Library Assistant

Mrs Nicola Grant

Careers Assistant, Photocopying, Uniform Shop

Mrs Michele Volk, BBS.

Accounts Office Assistant,

Mrs Chris McPadden

Teacher Aide

Mrs Jill Tuau

Teacher Aide

Mrs Glenys Shkopiak

Teacher Aide

Mr Dean Wipatene

Teacher Aide

Learning Support

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Staff Welcome

Welcome to the New Staff Jessica Christian

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iwi born Mrs Christian is a Science and Mathematics teacher. A graduate of Victoria University specialising in Physics and Mathematics. Her talents are not limited to the classroom, she enjoys coaching the soccer team too.

David Hanley

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May Lax

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ith a warm smile and a no-nonsense approach, Mrs Lax typifies the best of British, hailing as she does from the North East. Mrs Lax took over from Ms Devescovi in the Gateway Team as a Gateway Broker. She will be busier than ever as the Gateway programme goes from strength to strength, with even more placements this year.

Clare Shill

avid Hanley had the honour of taking over Mr Ting’s classes this year. A recent convert to teaching, he has spent many years as an industrial chemist in the Hutt Valley. “I have enjoyed this year at St Bernard’s very much as the college has a nice community feel to it, helped no doubt by the Marist ethic and the school’s modest size. I hope to see some of the boys enjoying the summer at Petone beach.” Mr Hanley urges St Bernard’s boys to come and say hello if you see him at the rowing club!

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Matt Harrison

Darrell Waiti

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riton Matt Harrison comes from the Wirral, near Liverpool. He worked in the graphic design industry for seven years before the call of secondary teaching. He has applied this experience to create this year’s SBC Yearbook design. He enjoys our kiwi lifestyle and climate, and has taught IT, web and graphic design in NZ for two years. Last year he was HOD of Technology at St Catherine’s College, Kilbernie, but decided to cut out the commuting and take up a teaching position at St Bernard’s to fix the work/life balance, especially important with a new addition to the family. With three children, time is precious but when he can, he enjoys painting, bike riding, kung fu (he’s training for his black sash) and wharf jumping. He performed some impressive forward flips at Days Bay this year, to the delight of many boys. Mr Harrison started to co-coach the SBC Martial Arts Club with Ms Reilly and is happy that “it’s going really well and growing in popularity; we have a number of dedicated students.” He is quick to praise St Bernard’s. “This college has got a great community atmosphere. It’s just the right size for getting to know students. Staff pull together well. I really enjoyed St Catherine’s but teaching boys is fantastic. Boys shoot from the hip and tell it like it is.” He is looking forward to enriching the minds of young web designers.

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riginally from Huddersfield, Yorkshire, this bubbly Brit is no stranger to New Zealand. She is experienced in the extreme sports / outdoor adventure tourism industry which is a real asset for our EOTC trips. Ms Shill has recently emigrated from the UK with her family and is our Graphics and Technology teacher. She has a down to earth approach to problem solving. She brings past experience in the technical side of motion picture production.

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arrell Waiti, the new HOD Māori/Director of Māori Achievement, grew up in Rotorua and has taught in Auckland, Ngaruawahia, Hamilton, Ruatoria, Hastings, Rarotonga, and now ‘The Hutt.’ He has also done some time in NZQA and ERO. Married, with four children (16-34 years old) and two mokopuna, Darrell loves sport, and still plays rugby, golf, squash and softball, and does waka ama when he finds time. He also enjoys diving for seafood. Mr Waiti is enjoying his new job at St Bernard’s, especially the strong multi- cultural dimension it offers. His motto, “Constanter in caelum”, (reach for the sky). Tēnā koutou katoa.

Dean Wipatene

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orking at St Bernard’s as a Teacher Aide in Learning Support, Dean is a rock of quiet support with empathy, patience and a sense of humour. He’s a real asset to the team. Dean has formerly worked with students in Wainuiomata.


Staff Farewell

Alas Farewell, haere rā! Ann Garry

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lthough Ann Garry is sad to be leaving St Bernard’s, she assures us that she will take away many happy memories of her four years here. “A 2009 highlight was being part of the inaugural Shakespeare group and watching our students succeed at the Sheila Winn Festival. For me it was an opportunity to see students excel in other areas.” Ms Garry’s overriding memory will be the sound of laughter that reverberates around the college grounds….that and the sound of tennis, rugby and soccer balls thumping against the buildings…and occasionally through the glass! She likes the multi ethnic mix that makes St Bernard’s what it is. “I do consider it a privilege to have taught so many lovely students and I have particularly enjoyed watching my first form class grow into fine young men, many of whom will be school leaders in 2010.” Ms Garry thanks Peter Fava for giving her the position, the teachers who offered words of wisdom, advice and support and Sue McNab - a great teacher, mentor and friend.

Ann-Maree Devescovi

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ateway broker extraordinaire AnneMaree Devescovi left us earlier in the year to return to her hometown of sunny Blenheim. She was an important part of school life here at St Bernard’s and could always be seen with a huge smile on her face. She formed tight relationships with both staff and students, especially the gateway boys.

Rachel Kneepkens

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achael Kneepkens was an integral part of the junior Studies department and will be thoroughly missed. A lover of all things IT, she was a driving force behind many of the more creative ventures in and outside the classroom. From auctioning her class’ fabulous works of art on Trade Me, to organising a class entry in the Fair Go Ad awards, Mrs. Kneepkens formed fantastic relationships with both staff and students here at St Bernard’s College. She recently accompanied two other adults and seven St Bernard’s boys on the Japan Trip. Ms Corcoran advises us that she was an excellent choice of staff member to help navigate a group of teenage boys around a foreign country! She is now teaching a Year Six class at Waterloo School.

Cath Haley

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009 saw Cath Haley end her time here as Head of Arts at the college. She has been Head of Music, developing boys’ talents to a high standard. Highlights were the selection of two St Bernard’s students for the New Zealand Secondary Student’s Choir and the barbershop ensembles which drew acclaim from all their performances.

Kahu Maremare

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ormer HOD of Māori, Kahu Maremare was committed to improving education for Māori students. He was instrumental in building a relationship with Koraunui Marae in Stokes Valley and stood as a Māori representative on the PPTA. Mr Maremare made a major contribution to designing piu piu for the Kapa Haka group.

Here for this year Annabelle Flood

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ailing from Gisborne, Ms Flood has been in Wellington for 6 years. She has a Music Degree, majoring in Classical singing, a Diploma in Performing Arts and a Diploma in Teaching. Outside of school she likes to perform acoustic gigs, write music and go trail riding on her motocross bike. Ms Flood concludes “I have thoroughly enjoyed my year at St Bernard’s and I am sad to go. The students are very helpful, caring and full of character which has made my time here so pleasant. Thanks guys.”

Corrie Elligson

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anadian Corrie Elligson has lived and taught in Mexico, England and Canada.” I was really excited to move here to NZ with my partner where we both took up teaching positions. I really enjoy the energy of this school and I have learned a lot from teaching here.” Ms Elligson loves to play Ultimate Frisbee, although she admits it’s difficult to play on windy days! She has completed in several half marathons and finished a few 10K runs here in the Wellington area. “I love travelling and hope to see more of the North Island, as well as some Pacific Islands in the future.”

Yasuyo Sudo

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n term one, we said konichiwa to Miss Yasuyo Sudo, the Japanese department’s language assistant. Our students have been very fortunate to have had the help of this incredible Japanese Assistant. Her presence in the classroom has been inspirational. Sayōnara Miss Sudo.

David Burtt

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r. Burtt joined St Bernard’s College at the beginning of term three, to cover a medical leave. He has taught English, Religious Studies, and Drama. He joined the school, having just completed a teaching year in England. He has a distinctive Canadian accent and an intricate knowledge of ice hockey, both of which have yet to be explained.

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πing Obituaries

Stanley James (Jim) Ting (17th of March 1935 – 25th of May 2009) Jim had many sides to him:

Active member of the Chinese community Teacher (for 50 years) Churchman Trainer of teachers Family man Lip sync extraordinaire Handyman & stage performer FreeMason Film star Justice of the Peace Rugby coach House painter Cook and Friend!

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im was born and bred in Wellington; the son of Joseph and Molly. He was brought up in the eastern suburbs of Wellington and went to the local primary school; then to Rongotai College. From Rongotai College Jim attended Victoria University and completed a Bachelor of Science degree (Geology) and gained employment as a laboratory technician with Shell-BP-Todd. After two years, in 1958, he decided that laboratory work was not for him so Jim became a teacher at Rongotai College where he taught for most of his career. He taught Mathematics, Science and Chemistry. In time, Jim was appointed to the position of Head of Mathematics, then, later Deputy Principal and Acting Principal. In 1997 Jim moved to Wellington College where he taught Mathematics and became the manager of the first fifteen rugby team. In 2004 Jim accepted a position with us here at St Bernard’s College as a teacher of Mathematics, specialising in Calculus. He was a tower of strength in the maths department and a support to other teachers in the department. In particular, he supported me unstintingly as his HOD. Everything I asked of him he always had the same reply, “Yes Boss, when do you want it done?” He made himself available to students in his own time and provided extra help and tutoring for NCEA and Scholarship examinations.

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Jim could have retired 10 or 15 years ago but he just loved teaching students. He especially loved sharing his knowledge of the laws, uses, theorems, patterns, skills, and all the other wonders of Mathematics. Jim was so dedicated and so determined to do this, that he continued to do so even when he was seriously ill. Jim was a mentor and a strong support to many staff members. He always had a story, a riddle, a puzzle, a joke or a song. He was a loyal

He always had a story, a riddle, a puzzle, a joke or a song

supporter of this college and defended its name in the community. He was one of the most experienced and respected teachers of Mathematics in New Zealand. All of us at St Bernard’s were privileged to have known Jim and have had the benefit of his experience, knowledge and friendship. Jim was a good friend as well as a colleague. He and Valerie were inclusive in their friendships and invited people into their home for meals and to watch rugby

on Sky. They also introduced those of us who were not of Chinese heritage to the pleasures of Yum Char and to some of the Chinese festivals and other celebrations. I sat next to a man in church shortly before our memorial service at the school. It was not a church that Jim had ever been to as far as I know. This man said to me, as I sat down, “You knew Jim Ting”, to which I replied, “Yes”. “I knew him through Masonic circles” he said, “He was a pretty important bloke.” He was a man who touched many people’s lives, especially those of us who are members of the St Bernard’s College community. Everyone will have their own special memories, and stories, dedicated to Jim, that, I am sure will be treasured. Jim said that some of his happiest times had been as a teacher at St Bernard’s College. The students who Jim taught through the years, especially those at St Bernard’s, have largely been responsible for that happiness. May he rest in peace. Steve Davis, Head of Mathematics


Head Boy’s Valedictory Speech

What is the one thing unique to St Bernard’s? Why are we so different to any other school? What is the one word that defines our community?

Brotherhood

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began my journey at St Bernard’s in Year 9, a short, chubby faced kid, who only knew a few other people from primary and intermediate. As I walked into my new class for the first time (I was late due to the entrance test in learning support), I opened the door, and as I did, every head in the room turned and was staring at me, including Mr. Lafoa’i! I felt like I was some kind of lost kid in the wrong class. I felt so out of place until Mr. Lafoa’i realised I wasn’t in the right class, so he promptly introduced me to my new form class. Suddenly, one of the boys called out “Hey Sole, come sit here!” I was surprised that anyone would want to sit next to me, but I didn’t pass up this golden opportunity. It was then that I met my first new friend at SBC, Charles Auelua.

After this I began to get to know everyone in my class and eventually, my year. To this day the bond in our year group is tight due to our five to seven years together. The aspect I’ve enjoyed most about this school is the accepting attitude towards new people, especially those students from foreign countries. We are inclusive. Because St Bernard’s is smaller than most schools, you have the ability to get to know everyone in your class, your year and almost the entire school! Knowing everyone in our school community enables us to forge stronger relationships with our fellow students and teachers.

line, I think, is definitely something very special. This year we have enjoyed many great successes, from Rugby, with Lorenzo Pili making the U17 New Zealand Training Squad for 2010, to Shakespeare of all things! My good friend Sepe Mua’au gained entry into the most exclusive and renowned Shakespeare School Production in the country. There have been many highlights and successes during the year, and we congratulate you all. But, with these highlights, there have also been a few low points for us, as a community. The one having the greatest effect on the school, was the passing of one of our most highly respected and admired teachers, Mr. Ting. Mr. Ting held a special place in many people’s hearts, and he will always be an important part of this school. He had a way of making maths enjoyable (for many students this would have seemed impossible)! His passion for teaching maths, his joy of performing and his everlasting smile, will remain in the memory of us all here at St Bernard’s.

Thank you and Farewell

Mr Ting made Maths fun.

Many schools are too large or don’t have the same sense of community as we do. So the chance to form relationships with teachers is rare. But here, I have made many friendships with teachers and I hope to maintain these friendships long after I leave. From these relationships, a stronger bond forms throughout the school. This ultimately reinforces the strength of BROTHERHOOD.

This year was my last year playing rugby at school, and I’ve experienced a lot of great memories whilst playing. This year, every time before we headed out onto the field, we’d get into our huddle. We’d often talk about our game plan and other things. But the one thing I always remembered the boys saying, when we were taking on some of the top teams, was “they may be bigger than us, faster than us, or even older than us! But, it’s not about that. NO! It’s about what’s in here! The crest on your jersey, this is WHAT you play for! The brothers by our side, this is WHO you play for! This is why we’ll win!” And, although we may not have won every game this year, just being able to play in a team where every player is putting everything on the

To Mr. Fava and the entire staff, I’d like to say a huge thank you for all the time and effort you have invested in us, to become the academic, sporty, artistic, and musical young men we are today. Teachers, role models and friends - there is truly no way of measuring the appreciation the students have for you. Thank you so much, you are truly amazing. To my two deputies Orville and Anty, remember our Monday nights in town? Mean! I wouldn’t have got anything done without you two. You’ve served your school exceptionally well, as servant leaders should. Thanks brothers. Also to my YCL boys: Eric, Allan, Jordan, John, Peter, DJ and Alehana, thank you for all your time and effort. I’ll never forget you guys, SOLID! Lastly, I would like to say an enormous thank you to the most important person in my life, my Mum! It’s been a testing year for us both, and you’ve been there by my side every step of the way. You have always encouraged and supported me. Making me lunch every day. What would I do without you? I love you Mum!

To our successors, Jordan, Sepe and Stephen, congratulations! This is a night you will never forget, I can assure you. You have been chosen because you have the qualities to lead a school, to shape and mould it into a better place for us

to work, play and pray. But most importantly, you have been chosen on your ability to form an even stronger family, community and BROTHERHOOD. The future of the school is in your hands now. But, before we leave, I ask you to do one thing as leaders of our school. Try something NEW! Do something DIFFERENT! Something no one has tried before you! Be creative with your ideas. It may work for you and be brilliant! Or it may not work, and not be so brilliant. But, you’ll never know until you try. One of the most important things I’ve learnt this year is that there is no better education than your own failure. Failure is necessary, because every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success. Because, you won’t get

Don’t fear failure. Your brothers will be there for you.

everything right. No one does. And if you do fail, don’t worry; your brothers will be there for you, like they were for me. Because, that’s what family is for, that is what BROTHERHOOD is aboutbeing there, in good times and in bad. Finally, to the Year 13 of 2009, our time here has ended. You have all served your school fabulously and have given a piece of yourself back to the school. For this, I say thank you! I am honoured to be a part of your year group, and to represent you. My wish for you is that you go on to lead happy and purposeful lives. Continue to be the Bernard’s Men I know all you are. St Bernard’s possesses a community that is so strong and so unique - any old boy will tell you that. The BROTHERHOOD which exists within these school walls will remain long after you leave. In future years I’m sure I’ll be able to say, “we are family, we are Bernard’s Men, and we are BROTHERHOOD!” And, I truly hope that the BROTHERHOOD of St Bernard’s College will continue to grow and become even stronger. Thank you all for listening. And good luck for the years to come. Vaughan Samuelu Head Boy 2009

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Academic Success

Caleb Meade

Luke Gomez

Principal’s Awards

David Ferrari

Jordan Kooge

Y13 Curriculum Certificates

Hugh Graham Memorial Trophy - Contribution to Special Character of the College

Jordan Kooge

Old Boys’ Association Cup - Dux

Caleb Meade

St Bernard’s College Cup - Proxime Accessit to the Dux

Luke Gomez

David Beckett Memorial Cup- Commitment to Study

Caleb Meade

1972 Prefects Cup - Generosity and Service

Jordan Kooge

Geoffrey Collin Memorial Cup - Achievement and All Round Qualities

Lionel Taito-Matamua

Barbara Mullin Cup - Good Conduct and Leadership

Vaughan Samuelu

House Shield 2009

Pompallier House

Special External Awards

General Excellence across the Curriculum

Harry Josephson Luke Gomez Caleb Meade Primo Castro

Orville Vasquez Vaughan Samuelu Kervin Viagedor David Ferrari

Lionel TaitoMatamua Jarrod Murrell

Y12 Academic Awards Senior Maori Cup

Faafoi Sakaria

Tom Mahoney Cup - Senior Instrumental Music in Yr 12/13

Vincent Polaczuk & Caleb McInman

Redwood/Prichard Cup - Senior Music

Vincent Polaczuk

SBC Performing Arts Cup - Services to Sound and Lighting

Patrick Wyllie

Andrew Nevillez

First in Physics

Andrew Neville

First in Applied Mathematics

Anthony Tino

First in Science

Sione Alofi

First in Art

Nelly Tino

First in Technology Construction

Reginald Reid

Va’a Lologa

Price Waterhouse Cooper Scholarship

Vaughan Samuelu

First in Biology

Jordan Saggers

Sepelini Mua’au

First in Chemistry

Philip Ibrahim

First in Technology Cookery

Sione Alofi

On the Edge Leadership Programme Most Outstanding in Gateway

Jordan Houpapa

Arkerei Manaia

Most Diligent in Gateway

Fa’amanu Anae

Br. Ralph Kane Memorial Trophy - First in English

Matthew Loveranes & Marcus Bentley

Catholic Education Scholarship

David Ferrari

First in Communication Skills First in Economics

William Warren

DRS Cup First in Religious Education

Pradyumna Bhagavathula

T J McCosker Cup - First Aggregate, Br. Ambrose Trophy - Commitment to Study

Philip Ibrahim

Br. Majella Cup - Third Aggregate

Sepelini Mua’au

Krohn Memorial Trophy - Second Aggregate

Pradyumna Bhagavathula

St Bernard’s Cup - Generosity and Service

Jordan Saggers

N Z Institute of Physics Prize - Experimental Physics (voucher from Institute), Katherine Mansfield Literature Award

Luke Gomez

Weltec Secondary School Scholarship

Year 13 Academic Awards

First in Accounting

First in French

Stephen Gibson

First in Accounting

Caleb Meade

First in Gateway

Alehana Vitale

First in Art

Salam Malkonyan Luke Gomez

First in General Studies

Esekia Tanu

Br. Bernard Cup - First in Biology St Bernard’s Cup - First in Chemistry

Caleb Meade

First in Graphics

Joseph Lewis

Margaret Hindmarsh Cup - First in Economics

Jarrod Murrell

First in Japanese

Marcus Bentley

Mr & Mrs Mullen Cup - First in English

Luke Gomez Caleb Meade

First in Mathematics

Andrew Neville

Br. Cyprian Cup - First in Mathematics St Bernard’s Cup - First in Physics

Orville Vasquez

First in Music

Vincent Polaczuk

First in Physical Education

John Braddock

Esekia Tanu

First in Technology Hospitality

Alehana Vitale

First in Pacific Studies

Philip Prendergast Cup - First in Senior Computing

Kervin Viagedor

First in Physical Education

Ben Filipo

Shivinandan Cup - Industry in Mathematics

Vaughan Samuelu

Peterson Cup - Music Performance

Soonalote Pepa

Fr. Daly Memorial Cup - First in Religious Ed

Mark Esparas

ASB Bank Trophy - Third Aggregate

Kervin Viagedor

Y13 Curriculum Certificates Merit across the Curriculum

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Peter Wilkinson Isileli Tonu Jordan Brown James Coddington

Y12 Curriculum Certificates Merit across the Curriculum

Sione Alofi John Barkess Omar Malkonyan

Michael Nicol Raul Reyes Malqui

Troy Spiers Andrew Neville

General Excellence across the Curriculum

Philip Ibrahim Matthew Loveranes Phil Tran Marcus Bentley

Pradyumna Bhagavathula Patrick Lonergan Lloyd Moyo

Sepelini Mua’au James Nash Lisiate Peaua Jordan Saggers Colin Situ


Academic Success Y11 Academic Awards

Y10 Curriculum Certificates

Lees Landscaping Cup - First in Applied Science

Angelo Ritossa

Senior Japanese Cup, First in Japanese

Callum Dickinson

First in Accounting

Daniel Campbell

First in Applied Mathematics

Raymond Lesoa

First in Applied Science

Angelo Ritossa

First in Art

Aashchaykumar Patel

First in Economics, Commander Fairfax Cup First in Religious Education, First in Mathematics

Saifuddin Ahmed

First in English

Daniel Campbell

First in French, First in Graphics, First in Science

Terrill Anthony

First in Te Reo Maori

Merit across the Curriculum

Ashlee Lardelli Anthony Lim Manuele Pereira Jerome Chan Eliapo Fetoai Cole Goddard

Arwin Sinnathambi Tony Su Francis Vaaua Lee Waldman Yuxuan Zhou

Certificates General Excellence across the Curriculum

Cameron Adams Matthew Boivin Jordan Lamond

Dipak Ranchhod Thomas Searancke

Y10 Academic Awards First in Junior Japanese Cup

Allan Murrell

Music Cup

Fraser Sewell & Allan Murrell

Bevin Family Cup for Oratory

Yuxuan Zhou & Lee Waldman

Rydell Mita

First Aggregate Year 10

Jordan Lamond

First in Music

Jeremy Cains

Second Aggregate Year 10

Yuxuan Zhou

First in Physical Education

Lorenzo Pili

Third Aggregate Year 10

Cameron Adams

Wgtn Certificate in Science Trophy Most Improved in Science Year 11

Tyrone Martin

McGuinness Family Cup Commitment to Study

Jerome Chan

First in Technology Cooking

Ciaran Michael Hogben Kent Whiley

Michael Sherry Memorial Trophy Generosity and Service

Cameron Adams

First in Technology Construction Br. Arnold Cup - First Aggregate in Year 11

Saifuddin Ahmed

Second Aggregate Year 11

Daniel Campbell

Third Aggregate Year 11

Terrill Anthony

Crook Family Cup - Commitment to Study

Terrill Anthony & Daniel Campbell

Brown Family Cup - Generosity and Service

Raymond Horua

Y11 Curriculum Certificates Merit across the Curriculum

Saifuddin Ahmed Nineb Haddad Michael Hagarty Ndabezinhle Mkandl

Raymond Horua Alvin Pascual Kenton Su

Certificates General Excellence across the Curriculum

Norman Vasquez Jayden Hamilton Timothy Graham

Daniel Campbell Jeremy Cains Terrill Anthony

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Y9 Academic Awards First Aggregate in Year 9

Ethan McAuliffe

Second Aggregate in Year 9

Antonio Puka

Third Aggregate in Year 9

David Anthony Smith

SBC College Music Trophy Music

Ashleigh Sales

Oratory Trophy

Bernie Seufale

Art Cup First in Junior Art

Zane Baker

Anthony Heffernan Memorial Trophy Commitment to Study

Miguel Orevillo

George Flett Memorial Cup - Generosity and Service

Jack Imray

Y9 Curriculum Certificates

Pricewaterhouse Cooper Aspire Awards

Merit across the Curriculum

Benjamin Wallis Hosea Tapuai Michael Alofi Duarte Johnson Reuben Pusa Liam Gorham

Miguel Orevillo Tyler Saggers Jack Imray Joshua Peterson Cameron Piper David Anthony Smith

Certificates General Excellence across the Curriculum

Sione Lilomaiava Zane Baker Ethan McAuliffe

Thomas Mair Matthew Dicken Brettelemani Manaia

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Y8 Academic Awards First Aggregate in Year 8 Form 1 & 2 Music Trophy Music SBC Trophy Bible Reading

Benjamin Van Woerkom

Second Aggregate in Year 8

Stephen Clark

Third Aggregate in Year 8

Michael Brennan

David Peters Memorial Cup Speech

Benjamin Duthie-Jung

SBC Old Boy’s Jubilee Trophy - Commitment to Study, SBC Old Boy’s Jubilee Trophy - Generosity and Service, Lesley Duncan Prize Improved English by a Maori speaker or speaker of another language

Arama Pou

Y8 Curriculum Certificates Merit across the Curriculum

Joseph Divinagracia Cameron Judd Matthew Clark Adrien Tavite Jesse Murrell

Kaleb Haftka-Schatilo Jacob Netzler Benjamin Van Ooyen Justin Wilson

Certificates General Excellence across the Curriculum

Nathan Dicken Blake Owers Luke Vallance Martin Markwitz Jozef Van Hout Nathan O’Riley Joseph Schuchmann Michael Brennan

Benjamin Duthie-Jung Stephen Clark Jayden Grant Nathan Lindstrom Arama Pou Benjamin Van Woerkom

Kervin Viagedor

Y7 Academic Awards First Aggregate in Year 7

Alexander Nelson

Second Aggregate in Year 7

Morgan Rowan

Equal Third Aggregate in Year 7

Jay Aickin & Troy McGuinness

SBC Trophy Bible Reading

Michael Start

Moohan Cup Speech

Sam Su

SBC Old Boy’s Jubilee Trophy - Commitment to Study

Alexander Nelson

SBC Old Boy’s Jubilee Trophy - Generosity and Service

Jay Aickin

Y7 Curriculum Certificates Merit across the Curriculum

Andre Canderle Harvey Dawaton Alexander Ryde Lloyd Villaver

Dylan Goddard Jonathan Kung Rogan Scott

General Excellence across the Curriculum

Jay Aickin Hamish Clausen Joshua Lim

Alexander Nelson Morgan Rowan

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Special Character WYD Group 2008

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Lead by example... with pizza!

ello everyone, my name is Jordan Kooge and I am 17 years old, going on 18. I am a young Catholic in the Wellington archdiocese, more precisely the Hutt Valley. I am a Year 13 St Bernard’s College student currently working my way towards achieving a degree in Radio Broadcasting at the New Zealand Radio School in Wellington next year. At the beginning of this year in February, the Year 13’s of St Bernard’s College went to Otaki for our Year 13 retreat. At the end of one of our liturgies, we were asked to take a rock from the pile in the middle. Each rock had a word written on it, and mine said ‘role-model’. So each day I now look at my pet-rock (affectionately named ‘Rocky’) and ask myself how can I be a role model to people today? I have been going to church regularly for the past 17 years of my life, but as I look back through the years I can remember the times I didn’t go to church, or I acted unjustly to people around me. When I was younger, and in my rebellion phase, (which I still believe I am in) I used to pretend I was asleep on the couch so mum would not have to take me to church. I would do almost anything to get out of things when I was younger: Showers, getting dressed, going to school every day, and, mainly church. A while ago, one Sunday after evening church, my good friend John Braddock told me about some free pizza which was available in the back room. This immediately made me feel 100% again, about church! We went into the room, and, sure enough there was pizza. We went to grab a piece but it was already too late. They locked the doors and said “Youth Group!”

Church and Youth group... FUN?!?!

A big ‘oh man!’ was heard throughout the room (or maybe I was groaning too loud). Sure enough, (mum is always right) Mum asked, “How was youth group Jordan?” Now, my usual answer would either be a grunt or an “OK.” But, I thought about it for a second and said in one breath: “Mum, it was actually really good. I enjoyed myself the whole time and it was a really wonderful night. The pizza was ok. It’s on next week too, can I go?” Mum thought she had

picked up the wrong child, and looked at me as though I wasn’t speaking English. Wait, church and youth group was…fun? I couldn’t imagine myself saying those two things in the same sentence! Church was cool. As time went on I began playing drums in the music group at 5.30pm Sunday mass with all the other local ‘youthies’. I started reading at mass, became a usual Eucharistic minister, and soon became the leader of Special Character for St Bernard’s College. This basically means I am the school’s student religious leader, a valuable addition to my Curriculum Vitae! Being a student in a Catholic college is very enjoyable, and it has been a great experience for me. I used to be the kind of person who would keep everything secret about myself and would agree with everyone, even if secretly I disagreed or I knew they were wrong. I was told to be honestso hear goes… I can honestly say I am a proud Catholic student in a Catholic school.

YCL was a life-changing experience

of life. It is to do God’s will and to be the best person we can be to everyone we see, meet, greet, or perhaps don’t even know. I went to WYD in Sydney in June 2008 as a Wellington pilgrim. I met new Christians and Catholics from different places around the world. Some Canadians came to stay with us in Wellington before we went to Sydney. These Canadians were very excited about coming to New Zealand, although some of them did get a little frightened of the haka! The Pilgrimage was fantastic, so many people were excited on the first day. There was one person in our group of kiwis (there is always one!) He was the loudest and most annoying person on this trip, for all the right reasons. ‘Unluckily’ he lost his voice after two days and for once there was peace. With so many chants and songs to sing, we were completely exhausted after the first three days. The final mass was just so special. When the Pope asked for silence during the moments of prayer, a crowd of over 750,000 screaming nutters fell silent. It was actually silent, the first real silence we had in 8 days. Just magical. WYD changed my view of other Catholics completely. I felt so warm and special after WYD that I came back a better person.

I went to a camp in January of this year called YCL; this was the best camp experience of my life. Nine schools, (boys and girls) and around thirty four teenagers, together, for five days. That, was something special. YCL will forever hold a place in my heart as a life-changing experience. The leaders kept our attention and we all quickly became good friends, most of us cried on the last day, (I managed a sniffle!) Best camp ever. Hands down.

I think my five minutes is almost up but I would just like to say two words before I go. Thank you. Thank you for supporting young catholic leaders. Thank you for changing my life. Thank you for opening my eyes to God, to Christ, to a better and more amazing world. Thank you for making me want to be me and not anyone else. Just be yourself, people around you will love you for it. Don’t try and be someone your not. That’s why God created YOU. You’re unique, so act it.

If I were in a state school, my whole life would be completely different. Knowing myself, I would have left school, and perhaps would have picked up a course at Weltec but I probably would have dropped out of that too. I would not be with the people in my life now. I am very lucky and proud to have these people walking down the street with me.

Now, some advice to teachers and leaders of schools and churches. If you want younger people to become involved, provide pizza.

This is my life, not anybody else’s. It makes me happy to know people want to hear about my life as a Christian, a musician and a teenager. Catholic education has helped me understand the bible and Jesus’ life as a follower of God. I never used to believe in God or Jesus or his miracles, but now looking at it from a Catholic perspective, I can truly understand the meaning

Thank you once again for listening. My name is Jordan Kooge, a proud Catholic leader. God Bless. Jordan Kooge Winner of Hugh Graham Memorial Trophy Contribution to Special Character of the College

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Special Character Retreats

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Year 13 Retreat theme: Presence

n February of 2009, on a hot Sunday afternoon, around sixty five boys were ready to embark on a trip to Otaki for our annual Year 13 retreat.

When we arrived we all settled quickly and started a game of cricket. Lunch and dinner was a big hit with some boys, others preferred the water slide down the hill. The first night did not go so smoothly as some boys thought it would be a good idea to party around the campsite and have as little as two hours of sleep! The second day was not so enjoyable for some, but the leaders did a good job keeping us busy. Our days consisted of liturgies and prayer sessions to open up our minds and transport ourselves to a spiritual space. On the last night, after a decent sleep, we rose to find ourselves occupied with team building exercises. I think the boys felt a little uplifted by their efforts. We all partied in the afternoon then departed for home as grown men, and what’s more, we were very proud to be ‘Bernard’s Men.’

Mr Paul Fairfield, Mr Steve Davis, Mr Michael Fowler and Ms Patricia Reilly

Images of Year 13 Camp in Otaki. For more information turn to page 35 to read a student account.

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Special Character - O’Shea Shield Mr Fava proudly stands shoulder to should with the O’Shea Debating team

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pecial Character is a big part of a Catholic school, especially here at St Bernard’s College. When I was chosen to go to YCL (Young Catholic Leaders) I never thought I would be in the position I am in today.

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’Shea Shield 2009 was held at St Mary’s College in Wellington on the weekend of 910 May. The Religious Drama was held at St Patrick’s College, Wellington.

YCL

YCL was a five day camp where student leaders from different schools came together for a week of fun, games, and meeting new people. Five days later we were all best friends.

Congratulations to the Drama team who won the Bishop Owen Sneddon Cup and also to Raymond Horua and Jordan Kooge who scored highly in the Scripture Reading and Oratory respectively. Action packed, stirring stage performances

This year Young Vinnies was run by Peter Wilkinson and what a fine job he did! He brought in new people and created a great foundation for future Young Vinnies students. The special character of our college is the most important part of maintaining a solid foundation for new Catholic leaders of the future. God Bless you all, Jordan Kooge.

The O’Shea Team: Students:

Coaches:

Scripture reading:

Raymond Horua

Religious Questions:

John Braddock

William Warren

Stephen Salter

Sr Patricia Hanaray, Mr Terry O’Donnell

Religious Drama:

David Ferrari, Simon Patelesio

Lionel Taito-Matamua Esekia Tanu

Anthony Tino Philip Vaticani (res)

Debating:

Jordan Saggers

William Warren

Stephen Salter

Oratory:

Christopher Kooge

Ms Julia Fetherston

Junior Prepared Speech:

Jordan Lamond

Ms Ann Garry

Impromptu Speech:

Patrick Lambert

Mr Michael Fowler

Fr John Greally Harry Slade (tech)

Ms Jean Howell Mrs Sue McNab

Special Character Day

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very two years, Board members and staff (teaching and non-teaching) work together on a theme related to the Special Character of the College – what makes St Bernard’s College the Catholic school that we say we are? On Friday 24 July, at the Gear Homestead in Porirua, Alan Parker, the Director of the Champagnat Partnership, facilitated the day with the theme of ‘exploring the Marist ethic’.

Our charism (what drives us) is based on the 5 Marist Pillars of Presence, Simplicity, Love of Work, Family Spirit and In the Way of Mary. We were asked to define what these pillars meant through looking at some case studies. Groups

developed a school creed—what we believe in and how the Marist values are reflected in our school. It was a very successful day. These ‘creeds’ now have to be moulded into one creed and the community will be asked for its contribution. The personal hard work starts with each one of us, because we are called upon to reflect on these Marist Pillars by examining our own individual beliefs and how our behaviours and relationships are aligned with them. Ms Patricia Reilly, Director Religious Studies

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Junior Badge Ceremony

Some winners’ reactions…

“I felt a little nervous, but privileged, to receive an honour like this.” Joseph Shuchmann 8MD

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ach year two ceremonies are held, one at the end of term one and the other at the end of term three. Badges are awarded at each ceremony to students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Each level is given a different coloured metal badge. Year 7 receive blue, Year 8 gold, year 9 red and year 10 green. The badge is awarded to those students who show Gospel values in their interactions with other students, at work in the classroom and at play during leisure times. A badge wearer treats others with compassion, care, support and encouragement.

Those who receive a badge should feel proud because students are selected by peer vote without teacher intervention. Sister Patricia Hanaray honoured us by officiating at the ceremonies, blessing and awarding the badges to students. The PFS supports this event and our junior students, by donating to the cost of the badges. This year Junior Badge ceremonies were held on the 6 April and 21 September and were well attended by parents and whanau (family) of the badge winners. Our congratulations to all those students who received badges in 2009.

Junior Badge Winners Form

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Badge Winner - April 2009

Badge Winner - September 2009

8KT

Year 7

Jay Aickin, Wei Ming Lim

Andre Canderle, Jordan Uini -Paolo

Year 8

Jacob Netzler, Gabriel Balaug

Benjamin Van Ooyen, Michael Brennan

Year 7

Jordan Taylor, John Ulu

Daniel Raju, Christopher McDowell

Year 8

Nathan Lindstrom, Stephen Clarke

Jayden Grant, Joseph Divinagracia

Year 7

Dylan Goddard, Terence Jiang

Troy McGuiness, Jonathan Kung

Year 8

John Emsley, Nathan Dicken

Mathew Clarke, Wilson Lologa

Year 7

Harvey Dawaton, Lloyd Villaver

Elliot Ferris, Victor Taase

Year 8

Nathan Russell-O’Riley, Joseph Schuchmann

Nicholas Lunn, Joshua Williams

Year 9

Zane Baker, Harrison Royle

David Manasa, Reuben Pusa

9KA

Ethan McCauliffe, Tyler Saggers

Brettelemani Manaia, Jesse Navassa

9HR

Jacob Katoa, Sione Lilomaiava

Trey Ryder, Michael Alofi

9SH

Matthew Logan, Patrick Duffy

Cameron Piper , Jack Imray

8UI 8KN 8MD

9JA

10TO

Tony Su, Talaivi Asovale

Cole Goddard, Anthony Toluono

10CH

Anthony Lim, Cameron Adams

Manuele Pereira, Keanu Te Kawa

10LF

Junior Eliapo, Marc Soloa

Anthony Mamea Lemalu, Elia Tionisio

10CA

Thomas Searancke, Sunia Kamokorewa

Imam Assovie, Julian Murphy

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“I was simply ecstatic. I didn’t even know I was going to get it.” Nathan O’Riley 8MD “I felt really privileged to go up. I felt really special. It was good to see families there, supporting their sons. Harvey Dawaton 8MD. “I felt a little bit nervous when I got up onto the stage and received my badge. Everyone laughed when I read my acceptance speech as I had some difficulty reaching the microphone. I’m really small!” Lloyd Villaver 8MD “I felt really nervous and scared because it was a huge surprise and I didn’t really know what to do.” Daniel Raju 8UI “I was really surprised. My family didn’t tell me I’d won the badge!” Troy McGuiness 8UI “Honoured, amazed, overwhelmed. This is what I felt when I received my badge.” Jayden Grant 8UI “I felt shocked when my mum told me that I had won the badge and when I was up on stage receiving it, I felt very nervous. My parents are proud of me and I will wear the badge with honour and pride.” Jonathan Kung 8KN


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Masses and Liturgies

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Parents and Friends of the School

All for the boys

The PFS strives to provide those extras for our sons’ education

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espite losing three longstanding and knowledgeable committee members,  we welcomed three new and enthusiastic women to our PFS committee this year - Virginia Dicken, Sally Scott & Diane Start. We started the year off with a couple of very successful sausage sizzles at Mitre 10 and Karen Van der Lee organised two very relaxing film evenings at the Lighthouse Theatre in Petone.

We enjoyed participating in the Open Day at SBC offering prospective students and their families our ever-popular sausage sizzle delights!  The annual Quiz Night in September was a roaring success with many new families making up tables. Our Quizmaster (John van Woerkom) provided an entertaining night with Julia Fairbrother doing an awesome job arranging raffles and sponsored prizes.

We raised over $4,000 and were able to help with airfares for Ms Dickinson to attend the Marcellin Marist conference in Auckland and Sepe Muaau to attend a Shakespeare drama camp as well as purchasing new laminated trestle tables for use around the school. The Giant Garage Sale in November finished off a successful year for us with everyone enjoying the camaraderie that comes with being involved in a committee that strives to provide those extras for our sons’ education. Tania Dennis continues to help boost our income by selling 2nd hand uniforms and we look forward to providing the Library with some new equipment with the money raised.   Elizabeth Josephson PFS Secretary

The PFS helped fund Sepe Muaau’s trip to a Shakespeare drama camp (see below).

Shakespeare Drama Group

Bard to the bone

The SBC drama students won high praise indeed from the judges of the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival for their powerful performances.

To win a prestigious place in performing arts Sepe showed positive performance & attitude

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ur heartiest congratulations to Sepe Mua’au who is off to England in July next year to perform at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and to visit the birth place of The Bard – Stratford-Upon-Avon. Sepe was recently offered a place in the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Young Shakespeare Company 2010 and is one of only 24 students selected nationwide. In February this year Sepe, along with a number of other St Bernard’s students, took part in our first entry to the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. Our College received favourable feedback from the judges who were impressed with the energy and the talent within the group. At the judging, Sepe was offered direct entry to the National Shakespeare Schools’ Production. He, along with 45 other students chosen from around New Zealand, attended a week-long intensive course. The students worked with three leading

directors, attended workshops and courses and rehearsed every day. The culmination of that was two public performances - the final one being held in the Legislative Chambers of Parliament at the end of September. During the weeklong course students were being constantly assessed for the coveted London places. Dawn Sanders (QSM) the Trust-Chief Executive of the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand says she is thrilled with Sepe’s selection which was based on his performance and attitude. “He did so well… he threw himself into all the workshops brilliantly, learnt his lines diligently and showed a lovely disposition.” The group of 24 students will spend three weeks representing New Zealand in the UK. They will study, attend performances and perform at The Globe in London. They will also attend other theatre related tours in London and go to workshops and performances in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Thanks for the opportunity of a lifetime. Let’s Shake(speare) on it

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Kapa Haka

Te Tari Māori 2009

“Mate atu he tētē kura, ara mai he tētē kura” Koinei pea te tino tuāhuatanga i tēnei tau i te wehenga atu o Matua Kahu (Maremare) me te taunga mai a Matua Darrell (Waiti). He whakawhētai atu ki a Matua Kahu mo āna tāonga tukuna mai ki ngā tamatoa o tē kura nei. Ka nui te aroha te mihi atu mōna i tana haerenga atu. Rire, rire, pai mārire. Ki te tētē kura kua tau mai i Te Arawa, i Taranaki hoki, mauriora!

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lthough I was appointed to the position of HOD Māori, I have also formally taken on the new role of Director of Māori Achievement. Essentially, this entails identifying all the Māori students at St Bernard’s, and addressing their individual needs to ensure that they achieve their potential academically, culturally, socially and spiritually. One of my first goals was to draft an Achievement Plan for Māori students. In consultation with the college whānau, this was completed and presented to the Board of Trustees for discussion at their most recent meeting. We are looking forward to seeing how it develops and the positive impact it will have on our Māori students at St Bernard’s. From the start of term two, the Kapa Haka group’s main focus was the regional secondary schools’ Kapa Haka competitions in July at the Town Hall. We joined up with our sisters from Sacred Heart to form Te Huatai Katorika 22

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and our performance on the day was a wonderful showcase of the talent in our two schools. While the results were not exactly what we were after, the Judges’ comments provided us with plenty to think about for future competitions. Our results were: 1st Equal 2nd 3rd Equal 3rd 4th 4th

Kākahu Waiata Tira Waiata-ā-ringa Male Leader Poi Female Leader

The boys who performed were: Faafoi Sakaria (Kaitātaki Tāne – Male Leader), Cedric Aiulu, Darcy Cowan, Paasi Fine, Mav Maiava, Nicky and Rydell Mita, Jonty Puna, Trey Ryder, Jay Singh, Donnell SnowdenWilson, John Marc Stowers, Bob Tane, Charles Tarau, Kade Tiatia, Daeshan Wichman and Mudsan Yu Hoi. They were a tribute to their whānau, and St Bernard’s. We would also like to thank the tutors Tai Heraud, Pare Knowles, Jaye and Renee Moeahu and Amber SaggersNepe, who worked tirelessly to get the group to a very high standard. Special mention should also be made of two parents, Tim Clarke and Tania Saggers, whose personal contribution went way over what was expected of anyone. Finally, Matua Darrell, Whaea Tawai and Whaea Maeia helped in the background providing the resources needed for

a rātou katoa!

our group. Kia ora rawa atu ki

An exciting development this year was the completion of our maro (costume), which we wore for the first time at the competitions. They are awesome and resulted in us coming first equal in the costume section. A big thank you to Matua Sarni and his workers at Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa, Porirua. Also, we must thank Matua Kahu who organised their completion before he left. We want to keep the momentum going so we will continue with kapa haka during school-time but also include NCEA standards in Māori Performing Arts and Mau Taiaha. We have also organised a tour to Rarotonga late July 2010. This will coincide with the Maeva Nui celebrations (their version of our Te Matatini), where their dance and singing will be on show. We shall also be tracing our roots back to Rarotonga and look at the similarities between our two cultures. We are really looking forward to this and have several fundraising activities planned for next year. We would also like to acknowledge the efforts of one of our students who spoke at the regional Manukōrero at Naenae College in May. Donnell Snowden-Wilson (Yr11) volunteered to speak in the Korimako section (Senior English), and although he had very little time to prepare, he got up and did his best. He did not get a placing but


Kapa Haka Pleiades - Seven sisters. Image: astrocruise.com

Hāngi preparations

we congratulate him, and his whānau, for taking on this huge challenge and giving it a go. In June we celebrated Matariki, the Māori New Year at our school assembly. We were lucky to have Te Huatai Katorika, fresh from the regionals, sing us all a song about Matariki. Later in July we got involved in a number of activities to celebrate Te wiki o te reo Māori. I spoke at the school assembly and explained the importance of te reo Māori not only to us Māori, but also to all New Zealanders, as it is one of the official languages of our country. We also did a hāngi and that was a resounding success. A special Mass, almost totally in Māori, took place in the school chapel and later that evening there was a dress rehearsal performance for the kapa haka competitions. It was full on, but very successful. We look forward to getting more involved next year. Finally, we have a number of exciting initiatives in the Achievement Plan (copies are available from the school office) and one of them is to create a vertical Form Class of Māori students. Here, te reo Māori me ōna tīkanga will be the kaupapa of the class and we are asking students to think about joining it next year. If you are interested in your son being in it, please do not hesitate to contact me. We look forward to your continued support in 2010. “Kia hora te marino, kia whakapapa pounamu te moana, kia tere ai te kārohirohi i mua tonu i ō koutou huarahi.” “May the calm be widespread, may the sea be as smooth as greenstone, and may the rays of sunshine forever dance along your pathway.” Mā te Atua koutou e manāki e tiaki i ngā wā e tau mai ana. Nāku noa Darrell Waiti HOD Māori/Director of Māori Achievement

Matariki

A time to pause and reflect on the year

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n June 24th we celebrated the beginning of the new Māori year. At the school assembly, Mr Darrell Waiti, St Bernard’s new HOD of Maori, enlightened our school community on the traditions and beliefs surrounding Matariki. Then Te Huatai Katorika, the kapa haka group consisting of St Bernard’s and Sacred Heart students, sang a beautiful waiata composed for it. Matariki is a cluster of stars that appear in the sky once a year marking the beginning of the Māori year. When the Europeans arrived in NZ they introduced their own calendar system which was based on the twelve lunar months. But the Māori already had their own calendar based on the food gathering activities in place at that particular time of the year - setting seed beds, planting, weeding, harvesting, gathering, fishing and storage, were some of these time held activities. Using the European calendar and terms, the Māori New Year begins in the month of June. This year it was the 24th of June. Matariki is a time of festivity for Māori and the appearance of Matariki in the morning sky is also an important sign for the new year. If the stars in the cluster are clear and bright, it is thought the year ahead will be warm and productive.

If they appear hazy and dull, then an unproductive year is in store. So as the natural world regenerates and another seasonal round begins, Matariki is a time to pause and reflect on the year that was, and the year that will be. During Matariki we celebrate our unique place in the world. We give respect to the whenua (land) on which we live, and admiration to our mother earth, Papatūānuku. Throughout Matariki we learn about those who came before us. Our history. Our family. Our bones. Matariki signals growth. It’s a time of change. It’s a time to prepare, and a time of action. During Matariki we acknowledge what we have, and what we have to give. Matariki celebrates the diversity of life. It is a celebration of culture, language, spirit and people. Matariki is our Aotearoa Pacific New Year.

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the 12th of August gton TSB Arena on lin el W e th at , 09 Poly Club. In term PACWELL 20 l event for the SBC13 leaders, the sfu es cc su r he ot the Year 2009. was an ership and vision of two, under the leadned and organised their items and cultural group plan for their new uniform and sticks for fundraising eventse. a Tongan war danc

e On the night of the event, our boys wer ol scho last the g bein of our given the hon to perform, and what a spectacular performance it was!

A huge faafetai is sent out to all the leaders for their hard work and to all the members of the 2009 Poly Club for their commitment during the year.

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Rehearsals for the big event started run during the lunch hour, and then after school practices were added, with all day practices during the holidays. The rehearsals were intense, but the commitment shown by the boys and especially the leaders was overwhelming.

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Rock and Water Programme

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he development of the Rock and Water programme at St Bernard’s has continued this year. Both 8UI and 8KT participated in Rock and Water lessons over two terms, with 9HR also participating in a number of lessons. The boys certainly seemed to enjoy the programme and also learnt a lot about themselves at the same time. ‘Rock and Water’ is based around physical activity – the boys are taught how to stand strong; how to use their breath to keep calm and strong, the importance of body language, and how to recognise and control their emotions. Hopefully then, the students can learn to think and control their reactions and decide whether they need to be like a rock – to stand firm and be stubborn (which can be good in terms of resisting

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Standing strong in a “Rock Castle” stance peer pressure for instance); or is it better to be like water –to listen to other people, balance their opinions against your own and remain physically relaxed. The boys learn that if they choose to react like a rock, then they must be water inside, otherwise it is too easy to lose self-control. The Rock and Water programme helps to develop self-control and self-confidence. It teaches someone how to keep calm in all sorts of situations and, how to communicate in a calm, controlled manner.

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The aim is to develop excellent social skills that will stay with the boys throughout their life. The programme develops values for life… for ‘St Bernard’s Men’. Rob Schofield, RTLB For more info visit: http://sites.google.com/site/rockandwaternz/

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 his year the leaders were a keen and enthusiastic group. They were motivated, and most worked hard, planning before every session. This amount of effort was a fine example to the Year 9 students who will progress to be leaders in their last year at school.

The sessions were run over the first two days of school and then the remainder were in period four during the first two weeks of the school year. This programme also benefits the Year 13 who learn the skill of leading groups and working with students of another year level.

Leaders’ Training

The 2009 Programme for the 2010 leaders took twenty four Year 12 students who volunteered to give up two days of their break and turned up at St. Michael’s School in Taita to train on the 3rd and 4th of December. The staff again, made us extremely welcome. We are now like members of the family there. This year we came across a St Michael’s student called Rachel, and heard about her ride in the Round Taupo Bicycle Race, to raise money for Heart Children New Zealand. We were able to assist with a donation from St Bernard’s. Well done, Rachel. A great cause. Our students worked with the St Michael’s students

for practice and became very good at relating to them. The groups were in all kinds of spots round the building. Both the groups really enjoyed this and the younger students look forward to us coming each year. Our young men play games at break and lunch. Some are also Old Boys of St. Michael’s school.

Peer Support Review

The Peer Support Programme has run in its present form at St Bernard’s College for five years since being reinstated in 2005. It is a programme run by Year 13 students, for Year 9 students. The benefits are twofold in that the Year 9 students become assimilated into the college, get to know Year 13, learn skills to deal with problems, and become more familiar with their class mates. Year 13 have the opportunity to gain leadership skills by running the programme and they also acquire a fabulous addition to their CVs. Having the ability to work with other leaders and follow a fully prescribed programme is of huge benefit to them as well.

Programme

Consisting of groups of eight to ten Year 9 students, under the watchful eye of two Year 13 Leaders. All work on the same session. Subject teachers of Year 9 classes circulate around the groups as well as the Peer Support coordinator, who oversees the session.

The Review Process

This was conducted in the week following the end of the programme and involved separate surveys of: Year 9 Student participants; Year 13 Student Leaders; Teaching Staff of the college. This could not encompass any longitudinal benefits to any of the participants. These surveys results were tabulated by clerical assistance and the analysis and commentary has been produced by the Peer Support Coordinator. Overall Recommendations were:

• Students at both levels enjoyed the programme, gained from it and want it to continue. • Staff wish to see it continue but there is concern on the impact on subject classes- also other activities need to be taken into account as they impact as well at that time of year. • Staff were split on the benefits — but a lot are not tangible and need to be measured longitudinally. • A return to a more drawn out programme with sessions weekly. • Deans and form teachers need to be identified early so they can be trained. • Leaders need to utilise the training and notes must be taken to keep strictly on course. These will be done, where possible, in 2010. Paul Cutler, Peer Support Coordinator

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St Bernard’s Senior College Ball

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St Bernard’s Senior College Ball

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Year 13 Quotes

DJ:

Chas:

Patch: Oi guys! (tap.. tap.. tap tap)

Blessing: Just one more chance sir!

Lote: Ohh that us! My shout!

Ben W: Umm… Dee

Darren: That’s what your mum said

Eamon: Hmmhm mhmm, oh yeah

Sad guy… What time’s your party?

How did God make this so beautiful?

Pim: Friken!

Daniel:

OHH HO HO HO!! Ohh wetting myself laughing!

Nick:

Ohh you guys are idiots… Dude you’re such a moron…

Davis? Oh nah nah (story starts)

Kervin: Bball at lunch.. Ohh nah DJ

Peter: Woooiyyaaa… Huuurrrrrryyy up!

Jordan B: Oh nah that’s lame

Luke: No! No!

Harry: Oh listen… Honestly!

Jacob: Hearty!!!

Nick M: “Ooohhhh”

Simon: Don’t be a dork! Aaahhh!!

Jarrod: Meh!

Gerry: What? Yo!

Caleb: I’m not really a drinking man…

Mark: You done yourra biioo? *big grin*

Deng: DJ Kahled

Orville: Ohh nah eh?

Lionel:

Panapa: Damn you Viane!

Jordan K:

John: Oh nah oi! Mario!

Isileli: Steel Chair...

Aaron:

Matt: Yeeeeeeeeaaah!

Have you locked the door? Stuupid!

James: Guys! No way!

Jamie:

Alehana: Ohhh steel chair!

Vaughan:

Oh true... Real cool aye DJ?

Nah nah you’re (insert lame insult here)

Salam: Man leave the ball... Sole!

Thang: Acccceeeee!

Telima: Tch ARGH!

Viane: Oh sorry sir, sorry, Blagh!

Allan: Oh shamese!

Why NAAAWWT?? What are you guys talking about? Nah I did that but better.

Mario:

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*breathing heavily* is that us?

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Year 13 Ski Trip

Nature of Education Some of the most memorable of life’s lessons occur outside the classroom.

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t dawn on the last Saturday of term three, with internal exams behind us, bright eyed teachers Mr Piripi and Mr Sefton and a van full of bleary eyed Y12 & 13 PE students headed for Tongariro National Park. All were very happy to reach the Extreme Backpackers Lodge at Turangi that night. On Sunday we did a tramp, a mere 17km to Tama Lakes via beautiful waterfalls and iced streams with views of Ruapehu and Ngaruahoe. Some of the boys were a little surprised to find out how hard the walk was and so the hot pool soak at Tokaanu than night was sorely needed. That evening one of the groups managed to lose their room key and so the group had to sleep on the lounge floor for the night. Silly!!!! Thinking skills boys!!! Monday was a blue sky sunny day on Whakapapa. The boys quickly graduated from Happy Valley and headed up to the upper slopes. Three (nameless but if you look closely at the photos you can work out who) “accidentally” managed to get themselves onto an advanced slope after getting on the wrong chairlift. Thinking skills boys!!! Fortunately Mr Sefton found them and was able to guide them down safely. Tuesday was an awful day on the mountain with near blizzard and whiteout conditions so we returned the skis and snowboards at the top of the Bruce Rd. Daniel thought it would be a good idea to throw a snowball at Mr Piripi. It was a good shot but not such a good idea. Thinking skills boys!!! Instead of skiing we spent the morning at the Waiouru Military Museum (interesting) and the afternoon at the trout hatchery. That evening Mr Piripi caught a trout which we cooked on the barbecue. He also caught another the next morning. Not a bad effort at all. On the trip home we stopped off for a round of golf at the Taihape golf course. We have some potential golf champions if they want to take it on seriously. Rain set in so we headed back to school and awaiting families. A great trip with many thanks to Mr Piripi for organising it. We learned lots of things especially “thinking skills”.

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Student Contributions

Demolition Man!

The Building Site

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 he shining concrete shows off its surface, glimmering in the sunlight. Tiny chips blemish it, but it ignores them, disowns them. The drills are on a break, thankful after the gruelling, mindless work they have been ordered to undertake. Scraps of wood and mud and concrete are randomly dumped, left to die – no one cares. Wooden foundations do not yet know or understand the heavy burden they will carry for years to come. This place feels ghostly and abandoned; obviously it is ‘smoko.’

Special items were removed, then prayers and a final farewell to the Admin block prior to demolition

I hear the wind beating at my polo collar, sometimes the faint whimper of a passing car. As I peer through the cold, metal, and mesh fence that sharply presses against my skin, I smell unsettled dust, the dirty taste of concrete. I have breathed it in. I smell the metal of the building site and, in a funny way, I smell the cold wind. Small rays of sunlight warm my back, but the rest of my body is cold all over. Once again I watch the shimmering but blemished concrete, which reminds me of how we only focus on our good parts and ignore the parts that really need work. I pack up to leave, to return to daily life. By Josh Dominikovich, 9KA

After the rubble was removed and the ground flattened, then foundations were dug. Upon this, a smooth and shiny concrete base was laid, ready for the new structure of steel and wood to be erected.

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Student Contributions

BusRide he bus pulls up in front of me, a monstrous, smoking, shuddering behemoth. The driver waits grumpily, face downturned in a scowl of irritation, fingers stained yellow and breath, reeking of smoke. The look he gives me suggests he’d rather be anywhere else than here. Violent expletives are scrawled across the seats in permanent marker and a monstrous buzzing echoes throughout the buss; an electronic scream. A faded poster from an outdated event leers at me evilly, tracking my every movement as if waiting for me to turn my back. Finally, the bus lurches into gear and pulls out into the road belching foul smoke into the air. The bus roars and shakes as the electrical buzzing continues drilling through my skull and directly into my brain. The bus is deserted, only a few hardy students and adults are present. Some students are halfheartedly working on essays, others listen to music. The adults just stare out of the window as if stricken by some unseen malady, mindlessly watching the scenery rush by. The only sounds to be heard are those of the bus taking us to our dreaded destination.

On a weekend however, everything changes. As the bus pulls up in front of me the same hateful buzzing can be heard, but only faintly, drowned out by the cheery hubbub wafting from the bus. Even the bus driver is happy, chatting cheerfully with the passengers. An attempt has been made to clean off the worst of the graffiti and shiny new posters are plastered on the windows. Cheery teenagers chat with one another; a drastic change from earlier that week. The adults have also come to life, their malaise gone with the arrival of the weekend, leaving them nearly as talkative as the teenagers. As the bus fills up with people, students gets out of their seats to make room. Apologies flow like water as incoming passengers force their way to a seat. The bus sags low to the ground, engine groaning in protest of the weight of humanity pressing down upon it. The passengers are unfazed, simply raising their voices to drown out the roar of the engine. They won’t allow anything to ruin their fun trip into town. Daniel Campbell

HAIKU Pool

Blue chalk dust settles The formation of balls break The man arms his cue Kenton Su

HAIKU Travel

The plane touches ground Endless corridor of gates A new journey starts Kenton Su

The Campsite

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he morning sun rose sluggishly over the campsite. All you could possibly hear, in the damp air, were the cicadas singing, trying to compete with the chirps of the birds nestled in the trees. Nothing else seemed alive. The rugged night had left its imprint on the dense bush environment. Everything was drenched in drops of dew or rainwater. Strange sounds joined the drone of the cicadas and birds as people started to wake. Reluctantly, they slowly made their way out of their toasty tents and into the cold wilderness.

The once tall and mighty fire, that stood at the heart of the site, was reduced to nothing but a pathetic heap of wood and ash laying still on the blue grass. The creek that ran alongside the campground carried dark brown water as a result of the violent night. Flowers, that were scattered everywhere, could not even muster the strength to stand upright. All life succumbed to the melancholic spirits that drifted endlessly over the woods. The night, however, was a completely different story. By sundown, every drop of moisture had been eradicated by the flaming sun. Night was crisp, w i t h light breezes. Noises emanated from everything that was in the woods. Shadows and silhouettes moved across the tents as people shared scary

stories. The fire was resurrected from the ashes and stood blazing triumphantly. Many people were crowding and leaning over it for its lovely warmth and also to get their marshmallows perfectly charred. An aroma of marshmallows and fried fish wafted gently in the air, teasing everyone unlucky enough to cross its path. Everyone circled around the campfire and they were singing songs, swaying to the beat of the music and tenderly minding their marshmallows. An orange glow surrounded the campsite. The faces of the people were totally different from their faces in the morning; smiles from ear to ear seemed to be contagious. Soft embers rose from the crackling fire towards the full moon. Everything came to life at night.

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Student Contributions Image courtesy of Forthgallery.wordpress.com - “Inscribed Space” by Chua Say Huo

The Street in China T

he orange ball in the sky shines with all its might, yet it is still too cold, as if someone has left this place in a freezer. The street is quite dirty, messy and damp with clumps of wet paper and rusting cans littering it. There are no rubbish bins in sight. The buildings are dull, grey and made of stone that look like blocks that a giant child did not bother to pack up. Cracks run up the sides of these buildings like black streaks of still thunder. Inside these buildings shopkeepers shout at the top of their voices trying to sell their overloaded goods on chipped and cracked tables. A few cyclists speed past and pick up dust from the dirt road. It is immediately clear that these people are not the richest around here, but they are happy with what they have. The elderly have no worries in the world and they slowly wander about... However,

it is a different story for the children around here who are energetic and seem as if they have an inner fire burning inside of them. People greet each other like family. I am not surprised. It is like a small community here. I greet some people walking past and they smile and wave. My first thought that came to mind when I saw this street was, “ten years ago this was not how I remember it!” The cold is even worse than last time, as if this street was located out in the Arctic. The street is unrecognisable. The buildings loom over you like menacing black golems and are everywhere. It is like being stuck in a maze or a shopping centre when you were young and hopelessly lost without your parents. The ground is made up of concrete; it is cracked and uneven in height. Cars and motorbikes clog up

the road, their impatient beeping is unbearable to listen to. If you look up past the towering buildings all you can see is the grey smog, only the faint circle of the sun is all that gets through. The grey smoke stretches as far as you can see; it is like a net enclosing the whole place.  The people glare at me. Are they thinking, “You are not supposed to be here”? The crowded street forces people to walk very close together and some push and shove. The shopkeepers don’t even bother to shout what they are selling anymore, as their voices would never get through the chugging noise of the cars and the motorbike’s engines. By Peter Su Year 11

The Garden – Then and Now

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he wet grass slowly dances in the wind. The sheet of icy frost covers the old walks, fighting off the peeling paint. The shadows begin to give way, as the first light of dawn glides over the dilapidated roof. The closed roses shiver in the new, dim light and the overgrown tree blindly sways against the stark blue fence. The only sound is that of the cold wind caressing the trees. The black sky hangs up above, spreading its inky darkness over the cowering daisies. The grey, rusted roller rests against the fence and its puffy cobwebs hang by their last limb. The slimy barrel sits, full of rancid, green water. It reflects the empty and starless sky deprived of the moon’s soft glow. The sun spreads its vivid red glow as it sinks behind the crimson hills. The light drenches the scene in a soft purple aura. The flamboyant red roses radiate their colour on to the white walls of the house, covering its imperfections. The fluffy trees seem to hover in the air, towering well above. The sky is like a whirl of colours on a palette, painting a lovely warm picture on to the canvas, that is, the garden. The rust-coloured roller stands against the wooden fence, its rich colour blooming on to the grey and white concrete. The patch of fiery orange grass creeps over the edge of the planter as it cools down from the long day’s sun.

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A single black bird quietly floats down through the open air. The purple light lends the bird a shiny, violet coat. It perches on the pearl-white lamp post before flying off into the darkening east. The final rays of light hit the white wooden fence, casting a long, cool black shadow across the deep red tiles. A black cat slinks across the blue fence and into the sun-washed trees. The last ray of golden light fades behind the mountains as the shadows stretch over the garden. Ridhwan Ahmed


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for the bus to stop. The doors swung open. We were all ready to have fun in the sun-yet we HAD to have patience. Class after class filed onto the bus, the bus that would take us to our destinythe lovely Day’s Bay! On arrival we had to listen to the rules and safety expectations which were drummed into us by Ms.Taylor. After what felt like an age we were finally allowed to roam free.

Some boys rushed to the shop and café, some ran straight to the beach/wharf and others explored the park. We had heaps of fun playing tennis on the courts, fishing off the wharf, JUMPING and swimming in the warm sea. Even Mr Harrison jumped off the wharf doing forward flips. We really did have a great time and a fun day was had by all Year 7 and 8 boys. Thank you S.B.C Junior Studies Department for a terrific day! 8MD

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Learning Support

Y13 Camp An uplifting experience

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 ear 13 went to Palm Grove in Paraparaumu for a three day retreat. I caught the bus with the other students. We needed two buses. I had a window seat. My Mum drove her car to Palm Grove, she was our medical person. We were put into groups for our cabins. I was in Cabin One. Jacob, Jordan, Jamie, Ben, Luke, Nick and James were all in with me. We had to make our beds with sleeping bags before we could go to lunch. We spent the afternoon playing team building games. We even passed people over our heads! We had a lovely dinner. Then we played a game called Spotlight until we went to bed at 10pm. After breakfast on Monday, I went to the swimming pool. I played a game called pool rugby with the other boys. It was drizzling, but it didn’t matter.

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on the slide! Alan and Jontana went on the slide with me. I went on the slide three times. I also went on the low ropes. You walk across a thick rope while you hold onto the side ropes. It’s a lot of fun. We all hiked to the hills behind Palm Grove. At the top we saw a beautiful view of the Kapiti coast. Our last night was spent watching a movie called Amazing Grace. Our final day was wet. We had inside teamwork. I joined a group called the Tribesmen, and we made up our own chant. We had a competition and a prizegiving. Mr Fava was there to give out the certificates. I was given an award for being committed to completing the outdoor course. I was proud of myself! We all had a wonderful experience. It was the best start to Year 13 2009! Patrick Donovan, 13DI

Then I went to the huge water slide. Your body is covered in laundry detergent before you get

I was proud of myself. We all had a wonderful experience.

Images of Year 13 Camp in Paraparaumu. For more photos turn to page 16.

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International Students

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y name is Tomoki Minagawa. I am an International student. I came to St Bernard’s College in February 2009.

I love being a student here. It is a nice school because the students are friendly. I met many friends. The teachers and my form class, 12 HI, are all wonderful. My hobby is kendo. It is a Japanese national sport. I do kendo practice at Naenae College gym twice a week. I also do practice in room 17 every Friday lunch time. When I go back to Japan at the end of the year, I am going to train as a High School teacher. Tomoki Minagawa

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am Imam Assovie. I am in Year 10. This is my third year at St Bernard’s College. I have improved a lot since I first came here in 2007. I am thankful to my teachers and class mates who have been very supportive.

My hobbies are drawing and I love to play soccer. I am in the 15th grade soccer team this year. This year things are going really well. My teachers are good but most of them are too serious. Too strict! But that’s the only way to keep the class working, I guess! Imam Assovie


Learning Support

Simply the Best

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 ongratulations to Jacob Katoa and Hosea Tapuai who proudly represented our college at the Regional Athletics Finals in Newtown on the weekend of the 3-5 April. Competition at this event was of a very high calibre, top athletes from across the country represented their schools. Both pupils competed in the AWD and AWID shot put final and discuss final with the excellent results as follows: Jacob Katoa Hosea Tapuai

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Our thanks go to the families and parental assistance received across the weekend to support the pupils, this enabled full participation for our fantastic athletes !

My Fishing Trip

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n the last day of Term 2, Mr Schofield and I went out to go fishing. The day was beautiful, it was really good weather. Mr Schofield was waiting in the boat for us. We put our lifejackets on and we went out onto the ocean. When we got there, we put our fishing rod out over the side and put our burley (bait) out. Then the other man caught a dog shark – then Mr Schofield caught one too. I caught a scorpion fish and Mr Schofield said “don’t touch it – it is poisonous” , so he flicked it back into the sea. We had lunch and then we had to clean up and get to the shore and come back to school to go to church. Henry Tamala, 10TO July 2009

Myanmar National Day

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went for 5 days to Nelson to see my other (Myanmar) people. On 20 February, I went with my family on the ferry and it was raining.

Auckland and Wellington people were going to the National Day at Nelson. Some are my chin (my group) and some are different chin. Everyone was coming. Myanmar people are very happy people. Some people were singing and other people were clapping. I stayed with Thang Sing and friends at another house. We played soccer and had a good time.

I love soccer. We (Wellington) won the soccer games! We beat Nelson and Auckland people. I had a good celebration at the church. We ate lots of food. I met my country people and learnt about our National Day. It was a good celebration. I will be going to Nelson in the April school holidays to see my friends again. Pau Sian Thawn Pau, 9HR April 2009

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Learning Support BFF: Salam, Blessing and Thang. For more pictures of the Ball turn to pages 26-27

Sad to go but remembering all the good times:

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he first day when I arrived with my two brothers to St Bernard’s College, I was kind of shy and scared. I said to myself, “How am I going to cope with those people?” While the teacher was talking to my brother, I looked around the school and the students. It seemed like the whole world was united here. While I was watching, I looked at the basketball court – it was very crowded with Filipino and African students. I looked on the school field and saw little kids playing with a soccer ball. As I looked on the other side, a crowd of students were bunching up and I thought it was a massive fight going on and then someone came out of the bunch with a ball. I had never seen a ball like it before! It was shaped like an oval and was kicked like a belt in the air. Two or three boys started chasing the ball like lions chasing cattle.

the same emotion, but I guess they did. Nothing interesting happened in this year except when I joined the school football team. I was very excited to join the team with Mr Higson as a coach. Every Saturday morning before the sun rose up, I woke up so early (which I still do) getting ready for the game. I still remember my first game in New Zealand and the boys in my team, they all left except for Eamon McKeown who is still giving help to the teams.

The day went real slowly. You could tell that my brothers were pretending to be happy. We couldn’t wait for the day to finish. ‘YES’ and ‘NO’ – were the only words we could speak in those first days, no matter what question was being asked. We would guess if it was ‘YES’ or ‘NO’. When we went back home, I threw my pack away, rushed towards the dictionary, to look up the new words I had learnt from the school boys. SOLIE took me an hour and I couldn’t find it. The next day I went to the teacher. She said “that’s not an English word, it’s a Samoan word.” But this word had been treated as an English word that the whole school used! Years seven and eight - they were very boring! Maybe because I wasn’t used to the school or I didn’t have the language to communicate with the others. It made me very worried and lazy! Waking up in the morning was absolute laziness! Sometimes I pretended to be sick, or I tried to come up with something that wouldn’t make me go to school. I didn’t know if my brothers had

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patience. I think I am very lucky to be at St Bernard’s College because when we came, I was about to join Hutt Valley High School. Now I am about to leave school to find my future! This is going to be my saddest moment leaving the school, teachers and friends. I will remember all the good times that happened at school. At the end, I would like to thank everyone who stood next to me in my hard times, especially when I first came. Big thanks to the teachers in Room 29 who influenced me to go on with my school work, since when I came until now. They are still taking care of me to make sure that I am on the right track. Miss Jill (who never says NO to anyone who needs help from her) helped me a lot – the coolest thing is when we had discussions about something we did or something we saw. Sometimes she got sad from Thang’s sad, tired face. She likes a person who has a smile on his face. Spelling tests were also a great thing we did with Miss. Thang and I used to have a competition to see who got all the spelling words right. We had so much fun during the year!

I was very excited to join Mr Higson’s football team

In year nine, at that year, I felt like I could do what these guys can do, but my language was still at a low level. I tried to be equal with the others. I thought that would help me to improve my English. Blessing Mbenjele, my first mate at school was a very funny guy with his comments. I was in lots of trouble because of him that year, especially in Religious study class at the time of Miss Townsend! The teachers gave me lots of help to get me through my English. Year after year, my confidence kept on building. Now my English is helping me to go through life. When I see new students come from overseas with no English, I know the teachers find it very challenging to make sure the students understand. What I like about the teachers at St Bernard’s College is that they have a lot of

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Learning Support Friends, friends’ mates and teachers

Having a ball! Despite hesitations, enjoyable excellent experiences

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was unwilling to go to the ball when I heard about it from Miss Thomson. As days passed by, I revised whether I should go or not. My mates Salam, Blessing and Itai were asking me to go as well. “This will be our last chance to have a good time together,” they said, “very well” I replied. After that we didn’t have a conversation about the ball for a few days. But one day, at lunch break, we all came to a bench which is attached to the side of room 17, and talked about stuff. Not only us, but most students like coming to this place because you can sit and enjoy the sun or see the boys playing football or rugby. Sometimes, it is funny to see them blaming each other when they break a window. As we had been talking, the conversation turned itself towards the ball. Unbelievably, Salam said “Thang, if you want to come to the ball I will pay the deposit for you and you repay me later”. “Thanks bro, let’s go to the office now,”I replied as I thought he was only joking. But he wasn’t. A few days later, I decided to go to the ball because I have never attended a ball or party before, and my friends wanted me to come. The other reason is that I saw school balls on the TV and I heard about the ball parties from people, I

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was eager to know what it would be like. In Myanmar, schools don’t have this kind of programme for the students. Three days before the ball, I went on a football tour which gave me valuable experience, and was very fun. I got home on Friday night. The next morning, when some of my soccer team mates and I were heading to Wellington in Mr Higson’s ‘people mover’ to play soccer, he asked us if we were going to the ball, otherwise I would have missed it! After winning 3-2 against a Wellington team, I came back home and then prepared to go to the ball. At about quarter past five, I went to friends’ houses because I reckoned that we were going together. Except for Salam and I, everyone else had their partner which meant we couldn’t go at the same time as them. So Salam and I had to find our own way to the Duxton Hotel in Wellington. Fortunately, we were not late for the party, though we weren’t sure how to get there! To get to the Duxton hotel, we walked in the rain for a while. I knew I was a bit nervous by the time I entered the hotel, I tried my best to be confident in front of people. No sooner had I arrived in the hotel, the ceremony began and everybody got busy eating and dancing. The dinner was the tastiest Kiwi food I had ever had! It looked very healthy, so that I even thought that if I eat it, I’ll immediately become stronger. I didn’t know we had so many special dancers at our college! I saw some difficult dance movements like those in movies and on TV. I watched them while eating my dinner. Having eaten dinner, I got photos taken with friends, friends’ mates and teachers, but mostly with Salam, Blessing and Itai. As the clock was ticking, more and more people disappeared and the party gradually became dead. From 11pm I just sat and waited for my friends to go home. When it was after

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eleven, I enquired if my buddies wanted to go home. I hadn’t had a good rest since I returned from the soccer trip; therefore, I was exhausted and couldn’t sit any longer. So Salam and I left Blessing and Itai as soon as we knew that they were going to the after party, and we went home. This party was one of my most joyful and valuable moments. I improved my friendships, learned the ‘Kiwi life style’ and how to socialise! If you haven’t been to the school ball, you should definitely not miss when it comes to your turn. It is certain that you will regret it if you do not go! You won’t get this type of opportunity when you leave school. So don’t miss your chance! Thang Hau Mang Pau, 13DI

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Learning Support

My Taratahi Experience

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t was 6:50am, on Monday the 28th September when Miss Jill came and picked me up from my house. Thang Sing was already in the car. We were off to Taratahi in Masterton. I was very happy about going because I had never been there before. On our way to Masterton I saw many farms with lots of sheep, cows and lambs. We went through Featherston, Greytown and Carterton, they were small towns. We arrived at Taratahi around 8:00am. They did a roll to check who was there and who hadn’t come. After that the leaders introduced themselves, then, they asked us to say some things about ourselves – like where we were from and how we heard about Taratahi. They showed us to our room, gave us keys and we locked our bags in the room. We went immediately to work!

morning to go and do the milking. I found milking hard because I had never done it before. In the evening we had another awesome dinner! Everything about Taratahi is good. It is a lot of fun! Working on a farm is fantastic! Since that day I would love to make Agriculture my career. Thursday afternoon was our last day on the farm. The leaders told us to wait for the van to take us to the train station. We waited for half an hour, then the van came to pick the five of us up. Two guys got off at the Masterton station because their parents were waiting for them. Three of us, Thang Sing, Jordan (from Auckland), and myself were left in the van. The train was leaving at 3:30pm. When we came to the station we found the train waiting on the tracks.

We were split into many groups. I was in Group Two with three other people. Our group went on to Pasture Class, it was cool! We had to measure the grass and see what was growing in the pasture, e.g. clover, green grass and weeds. We did a calculation on the percentage of clover and weed that was in the grass. We did a lot of things that day - driving tractors, fencing and lambing. In the evening we had an awesome dinner!

The guard came and told us to put our bags in the baggage compartment and we sat in the front seats. It was nice inside the train. We then set off for Wellington. Jordan was going to get off at Wellington and catch the plane to Auckland. I had never been on an express train before, going through the tunnel was very dark, and I couldn’t see a thing! It was a very, very good trip!

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Deng Nyok, 13MF

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y name is Ding and I am one of eight children. I come from Ethiopia, in Africa. My family wanted me to come to New Zealand to get a good education. I was a little bit scared because it was my first time on a plane. When I arrived in New Zealand I didn’t feel good. I was lonely and without any friends. The land is different to my country, there are many mountains and the weather is very cold. The New Zealand people are good and friendly. I stayed in Mangere for six weeks and then came down to Lower Hutt. I was glad I knew another family here who made me feel welcome. I came to St Bernard’s College to get a better education. It is good. When I started at St Bernard’s College the boys were not too friendly, but now I know many boys and enjoy school. I wanted to improve my English and learn other subjects, it has been hard. I like reading, writing, ESOL and Mr Higson! He has been a great help with science and soccer. I have enjoyed my learning and will always try to do better. I have been back to Auckland twice. The last time was September this year. I went to see my friend and my mother’s friend. There were people there that I knew, but they were not my friends. We went to a party at my friend’s house because he was having his birthday. We watched movies in our room, which was fun. I played soccer with my friends and they asked me how I felt about Auckland. I had a good time in Auckland. I answered by saying “I like it, and I am feeling good that I will go home tomorrow.” On the way back to Wellington, it was good because I was sitting in a seat by the window. I had a good view all the way to Wellington. Ding Deng, 13DI

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Room 29 Quotes Most frequently heard quotes from staff in and around the vicinity of room 29: “Is it hanging off the ceiling?” “Now, would that not rip your jeans?” “It is going to be fine tomorrow, you know, it’s Thursday.” ‘Right, would you like a cup of tea Miss?” “Gordon Bennett!” “Oh joy, wonder and harmony !” “Breathe, in and out, just breathe… are you breathing?”


Learning Support Report

The Dream Team Marhaba ahlan mosahlan (Iraq), Mengalaba (Burmese), Hum jum bo (Kenya), Ce bak (Sudanese), Dzien dobry (Polish) and salutations from the Learning Support Department .

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he homework centre for ESOL pupils’ reopened week 2 of term 1. Every Wednesday afternoon until 5:30pm, Jill Tuau (Miss Jill - pictured right) and Glenys Shkopiak (Ms.G), masterfully managed and multi-tasked to create an extremely positive, productive and well-supported learning environment. The study centre has provided a designated time and place to improve literacy levels, assist students with homework assignments, research for class tasks and foster independence skills to liaise with varied agencies to establish bank accounts, obtain holiday employment and fill in the many forms required to make successful transition from school to adulthood! The attending pupils have grown in confidence, celebrated the rewards of perseverance, enhanced communication skills and formed life-long friendships with their St Bernard’s ‘brothers’. With our last full gathering during term 4, prior to the seniors pupils departing for study leave, we celebrated the many successes of our hard working students with a traditional shared New Zealand meal – Fish and Chips served on the paper with the traditional accompaniments: tomato sauce, and white bread with butter of course! Refreshments consisted of Coke, Fanta and Lemonade. Due to a noticeable lack of tropical weather, Pavlova and strawberries were “off the menu” for dessert! The next and very obvious choice was hokey pokey ice cream, lime and boysenberry jelly with the iconic pink wafer artfully mounted on an angle on top – minimal dishes, just brilliant! This was thoroughly enjoyed by all pupils and adults, despite some people struggling to eat without cutlery! The sharing of food, knowledge and experiences brought from many cultures has continued to enrich all of our lives through learning about each others differences and similarities. The Learning Support Department continued professional development throughout the year with ‘our Rob’, Rob Schofield, a Lower Hutt based RTLB

(Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour). We are one of the three schools within the Lower Hutt Valley that Rob is allocated to and we do not doubt that we are his favoured college also! Ongoing trialling of “Toe by Toe”, a multisensory phonetic language resource designed to assist weak readers and pupils diagnosed with specific learning difficulties, has continued to prove itself to be successful for the majority of pupils involved. Continuity of the programme, and supported reading at home with whanau and caregivers has benefited our pupils’ self-esteem, motivation and provided more opportunities to practice and perfect reading strategies. Our second and third training sessions occurred during terms one and four of the year with the physically challenging and mentally inspiring Rock and Water Program presented by Freerk Ykema. In 2000, Freerk won a national award in the Netherlands for targeting boys education to address negative cultural and social issues where young males were predominantly being publicised as being irresponsible and immature. The purpose of the program is to offer educators a new way to interact with boys through physical and social teaching. This leads from simple self-defence techniques, boundary and communication exercises to a strong notion of self-confidence, purpose and motivation in life. Australian schools particularly, have recognised the difference in how female and male pupils learn and develop, and have addressed the needs by using this programme with great success. To witness our students utilising the strategies in times of anxiety has been heart-warming as you have observed a young adult mature and decide for himself to “do the right thing” when often this has been the more difficult option – well done boys! As always, we greatly look forward to learning and working alongside ‘our Rob’ in 2010 and steadily increasing our use of Rock and Water techniques to benefit pupil and teacher wellbeing! Glenys Shkopiak operated the Accelerated Reader Programme from the library for Year 7-9 classes. 8KT achieved pass results for 320 tests, with both 8KN and 8MD passing over 250 tests each! 8UI and 9HR came in very close to the 200 total also. What excellent results for all classes involved! The students have continued to enjoy the programme and the super incentives acquired from the rugby and football union for effort put in during the school holidays to maintain reading levels.

Thank you to our awesome librarian, Kerry Rubick, for supporting the programme and for creating such an exciting learning environment! The changing three-dimensional board displays, wide range of up to date magazines and texts for all reading levels, have continued to entice and encourage us all to enjoy the wonders that books provide, and improve literacy levels. The beginning of 2009 welcomed the addition of Dean Wipatene to the support staff roll of our college as a Teacher Aide in the junior area. His experience in the Lower Hutt region made transition into St Bernard’s appear seamless! To my truly dynamic ‘Dream Team’ – your dedication and skills continue to enhance the community spirit In The Way of Mary within our college. For the mended shorts, re-stitched zips in trousers, darned jerseys…..the pens, pencils, rulers and paper ‘loaned out’ to maintain learning….. the inspirational problem solving skills…. the multitudinous teas and coffees made to quench parched throats…. the restoration of energy levels, of both students and teachers alike through the ‘loaves and fishes’ regularly provided by Brother James ….. and the time given to smile and warmly welcome all who enter room 29. I thank you ‘Dream Team’, a name most rightfully deserved! It has been said that Teachers change lives. Many staff and pupils at our college wholeheartedly agree that James Ting did just so, in a multitude of ways. Dear James, I thank you for the many times you stopped me in mid-flight to celebrate the “right now” by making me dance with you up and down the hallways between our classrooms to the delight of pupils. You never saw obstacles in your path, you saw stepping stones instead! To the many brilliant colleagues and great pupils who create our whanau and have passed day and night, (24/7), through the door of room 29, may God bless you all. Paulina Watson HOD Learning Support.

Learning Support Staff: Mrs Anna-Marie Dickinson Mrs Chris McPadden Mrs Glenys Shkopiak Mrs Jill Tuau Mr Dean Wipatene

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Department of International Languages: Japanese Trip

Go East! Terrific trip threatened by Tokyo’s terrible typhoon

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t was 4:50am on Saturday, 26 September, 2009. I was rocked awake by my best friend, Mona, who had stayed the night before we finally left for Japan. Like many nights before, I couldn’t sleep, instead I was consumed with thoughts about Japan. We were experiencing many emotions; for me, it was anxiety, nervousness, happiness, excitement and disbelief. At roughly 5:15am, everyone met at St Bernard’s College for a quick talk over the arrangements and then we went on a seemingly endless trip to Wellington Airport, where we checked in at roughly 6am. The feeling of going to Japan was finally setting in. We couldn’t believe it was actually happening. It had taken the last 15 months of fundraising, meetings, planning, haka practices and many other experiences. I was especially nervous at the airport, because at that time I had never flown, let alone travelled to any other country before. Around 10am, we finally departed for Auckland. Thankfully, the flight was largely uneventful, everyone was supportive of each other especially Mona as he started to make hand actions of a plane crashing! An hour later, we arrived in Auckland. We were constantly on the move, taking the bus to the International terminal, going through customs, having a quick lunch and other security checks. At around 2pm we finally boarded our 10 hour flight to Singapore. Thankfully, Singapore Airlines wonderful flight crew and in-flight entertainment systems made the trip memorable. We arrived in Singapore at 7:30pm local time. We stayed in a lounge until 1am for our flight to Osaka, where, after a short delay on the ground in Singapore, we arrived 8 hours later at roughly 9:45am (Japan time). We were in transit for roughly 30 hours all up. Ouch! So, we had finally arrived in Japan. We were all SO excited, but completely nervous about our host families and what they would be like. After what seemed to be a very long time in security checks and customs, we collected our luggage and went through the gates, where our host families met us. After a short speech from Mr

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Uesato, the Hatsushiba Hashimoto Junior and Senior High School principal, we went our separate ways for the next few days. Staying with a host family is nothing short of an amazing experience, even if you have communication problems. We all did different things but we all visited local historical sights, ate lots of yummy Japanese food and explored life as a teenager in Japan. The last two days we went to school with our host students. On the first day we travelled to Mount Koya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where we were taught about Japanese history- we even participated in a tea ceremony. The next day, we visited different classes, which included: three English classes, calligraphy, physical education and club activities (one was the Tea Ceremony Club and the other was the Naginata Club). The lessons were very fun and we made a lot of new friends. In most classes we performed the haka “Ka Mate”, to the delight of our sometimes startled audience. Next up was Hiroshima. Travelling on the Shinkansen (high speed train) was quite the experience, in roughly two hours we travelled a distance of 350kms. When we arrived in Hiroshima, we travelled by streetcar to the Ikawa Ryokan to drop off our luggage and then by streetcar and ferry to Miyajima Island, where we were allowed to go sightseeing on our own. When we arrived back from Miyajima we were allowed to go out and explore the local area. The next morning, we went to the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park. It was a humbling place to be. Learning about the history of the incident in the museum and seeing the Atomic Bomb Dome in person, was saddening but it gave us a better understanding of Japan and Hiroshima. Later that day, we travelled by Shinkansen to Kyoto. The first thing we did was check in to the Utano Youth Hostel and drop off our luggage. We set off to explore the area. We visited a LOT of temples over the next three days, too many to list. We also travelled to Himeji to see the Himeji Castle, one of the largest and most famous castles in Japan. On the second morning, our

recent Japanese assisant, Yasuyo Sudo, met us at the hostel to travel with us for the next day and a half. Two of her friends also met us and accompanied us for the afternoon. The Japanese assistant from St Bernard’s College in 2005, Minobu Ohno, also travelled with us for the rest of the time we stayed in Kyoto. It was an awesome opportunity to have a number of travel guides to practice our Japanese on and to share bits of local knowledge. We farewelled our visitors and then travelled by Shinkansen to Chiba, a city and prefecture neighbouring Tokyo, to visit our second host school, Shibuya Makuhari Junior and Senior High School. When we arrived, we got sorted with our host students and then went to lessons for the two days we stayed with them. On the second day at school, there was a special ceremony for us, where we performed the haka and the school’s choir sang us a wonderful song. The last day and a half we spent sightseeing in Tokyo. Mrs Yoko Murakoshi, Miss Corcoran’s host mother from when she went to Japan for a year in 1991, travelled with us for that time. It had been on the news earlier: a typhoon was making its way through Japan. Unluckily for us, the typhoon was in Tokyo on the day we were supposed to leave! The Yamanote Line on Tokyo’s train system had to be shut down, one station away from the station we were going to use to connect to the airport express train! So, after a long time waiting for the trains to restart, we decided to walk to the next station to catch our express train, which was running at reduced speeds due to the typhoon. The typhoon wasn’t THAT bad... we were all remarking how it is normal Wellington weather, and that they were being overly pedantic. There was an occasional huge blast of wind, but nothing we’re not used to. There was no rain and


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International Languages Week Sunday 16th - Saturday 22nd August 2009 The International Languages Week activities continue to be an institution at St Bernard’s College. This year, we continued to use international greetings on the daily notices and in our daily interactions in both the staffroom and classroom. Monday Ni Hao! Chinese Tuesday Bonjour! French Wednesday Guten Tag! German Thursday Konnichiwa Japanese Friday Buenos Dias! Spanish During the week, the Year 10 Japanese and French students took the opportunity to organise mini lessons with the Year 7&8 students, teaching the basics of communicating in these target languages. It is pleasing to see that a number of our students arrive at St Bernard’s with very good second (and sometimes third) language skills.

when we arrived at Narita International Airport the sky was clear. As if we had not been unlucky enough, our flight, on the latest Air Bus to Singapore was delayed by 7 hours. When we arrived at Narita International Airport we had plenty of time to wind down and had free time to eat, call home and shop while we waited for our flight. We had to stay at a hotel in Singapore for a night because we had missed our connecting flight to Auckland, but thankfully Singapore Airlines paid for it all, even for us to call our families in New Zealand to tell them the situation. We also had to stay for a night in Auckland, as well. In the end, we had one extra day of travel. We really want to give a huge vote of thanks to everyone involved in this trip. Rachael Kneepkens, Mary Hogben and Manuhiri Corcoran especially, as they handled the whole typhoon situation, getting everyone around Japan with minimal problems. They got us to, through and home from Japan safely. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff, families and students of Hatsushiba Hashimoto and Shibuya Makuhari Junior and Senior High Schools for their wonderful hospitality in hosting us for a few days, experiences none of us will ever forget. Mr Fairfield for helping out with the typhoon situation and telling our families about it and all the other work he put into the trip. A special thanks has to go to our parents and families for the support and many hours they put into helping us fundraise and prepare for this experience. We also need to pass on our thanks to the following people and organisations that helped in many ways – Satoko Matsuda at OKC, Yoichi Kondo at JTB, Shane Cockayne at ETI and Minobu, Yasuyo and Yoko for their time and help while we were in Japan. Thank you also to the Lower Hutt and St Bernard’s College communities, New World and Dominos Lower Hutt, Mitre 10 Mega Petone and the Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education for assisting our fundraising efforts. Without all this fundraising these trips would never happen. Minasan, doomo arigatou gozaimashita. Everyone, thank you so much. I look forward to the next Japan Trip, and hope it will be just as much fun.

There was also a school wide Haiku competition. Students were asked to write a Haiku poem based on the theme ‘people of New Zealand’. There were also Japanese and French themed activities held during lunch hours. It was exciting to see a high level of involvement at all levels and we hope that next year our students will be as motivated and contribute to language based activities. n ts in Japa ith studen w o d u S Yasuyo

Japanese Department Report

Fujiyama Tapp anyaki on Taranaki St

Another full year of fun

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n term one, we were very lucky to have Miss Yasuyo Sudo stay on with us. Our students have been very fortunate to have had the help of this incredible Japanese Assistant. Her presence in the classroom has been inspirational. I can not thank Yasuyo-san enough for her many contributions to the Japanese department and for all her help during our preparations for, and while we were on, the Japan Trip in October. This year we continued our fundraising efforts towards getting to Japan. Fundraising for this trip was hard work but the trip was extremely rewarding for all participants! This year we were also lucky to have a number of boys host students from Shibuya Makuhari Junior and Senior High School in Chiba. This was a very valuable language and cultural learning experience for both students. St Bernard’s students were able to meet these boys again when we visited their school for three days during the Japan Trip.

After the movie we went down to Fujiyama Teppanyaki on Taranaki St, where we once again, had a mouth watering teppanyaki meal. I was impressed that most of our students tried the different foods and played games like catching raw eggs and fried rice in bowls! It was particularly amusing when some boys dropped some egg or rice on themselves. A great time was had by all. Many thanks to the parents. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Sudo, all the parents, students and teachers, for their support and assistance in the various activities undertaken by the Japanese department this year. Your help is very much appreciated. Miss Manuhiri Corcoran

On the 25th November, the Year 9 & 10 students went on their EOTC field trip to the Japan Information and Cultural Centre in the Majestic Building in Wellington. This year we were given an educational presentation including a quiz, short video presentations and explanations about current Japanese trends and life.

Callum Dickinson

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The Library

A new chapter for the library

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he Library was the place to be this year with an increase of class bookings and a number of students coming in during lunch time. Books are still a vital component for research assignments and recreational reading. At the beginning of 2009 the library received a facelift. We were given a new colour scheme on the walls, a new circulation desk, new computers with LCD screens, and new open lockers for the student’s bags. Again the library had a wonderful team of devoted helpers. Devoted volunteer Jacki Sheehan helped in the background by processing an endless amount of books. We were lucky to have the help of nine student monitors who assisted with the lunch time duties of manning the circulation desk and working with AB Tutor. We celebrated music month by having the SBC Barbershop Boys playing a couple of songs in the library. They were fantastic and supported by a crowd of staff and students. Kerry Rubick RLIANZA, Library Manager

Top Row: Brent Duggan, Kerry Rubick (Librarian), Jacki Sheehan (Library Assistant), Blake Owers. Bottom Row: Liam Cropp, Callum Dickinson, Arama Pou, Ben Wallis. Absent: Raymond Horua and Timothy Josephs.

Library Statistic From February To September, 2009

Most Popular Item

Most Popular Author

Most Active Borrower

Most Active Class

Most Active Year

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Robert Muchamore (Cherub Series)

Kieran Robbie 10CA

8KN (658 books issued)

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Debating

Arguably a fine effort

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he debating club fielded four teams this year in the Junior, Junior Premier, Senior Certificate and Premier B sections of the competition. The Junior team did particularly well under the tutelage of Nila Uili and now have all the skills to take their section by storm next year. They came so close on so many occasions this year. The Junior Prem. team were an enthusiastic, hard working side who did not allow the loss of their beloved coach, Petra Jaegar, who went on sick leave mid-year, to stop them. They did particularly well in the impromptu debates with Lee Waldman excelling. The Senior Certificate team were a very well prepared team ably coached by Ann Garry. They put on some striking performances, best of all at HIBS. Daniel Campbell is the outstanding talent of this team with his ability to intelligently dissect an argument and see its faults. The Premier B team of Stephen, William and Matthew loved to debate but did not particularly enjoy the rigours of preparation. They faced a

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Debating Teams - clockwise from top left: Junior Certificate, Senior Premier B, Senior Certificate and Junior Premier. For a full list of names turn to pages 73-74. huge challenge in this competition, having to adapt to a far more immediate and adversarial style of debating. They always gave their opposition a run for their money, but lack of preparedness told on them. Next year maybe?????

There were no cups this year, but a huge amount of learning went on and a lot of important skills honed. Well done to all our teams and many thanks to the hard working coaches. Sue McNab


Music

Creative Fun!

Righteous Rythms + Beneficial Beats = a Boost for Boys

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o, why take music at school? Good question. Music is one of those subjects that seem to be too easily dismissed… it should not be!

Did you know that music promotes self-esteem and self-efficacy? Through performance, students learn to achieve their very best. Music boosts creative thinking, improves writing and reading, memorisation, motivation and helps students express emotions in a positive way. It decreases performance anxiety, which, allows students to deal with stress better during exam time. Not only this, but music as a subject is really fun. Over the following pages you will read about a variety of music groups - all of which have worked very hard this year while at the same time having fun! Ms Flood

Pacifica Beats: Yung Wunz Yung Wunz, consisting of William Oloapu (Lead vocals), Christian Meafou (Keyboard), Junior Sulusi (Back-up vocals), Nelly Tino (Guitar), Siaosi Smith (Back-up vocals), Nehemaia

Pomale (Guitar) and Anthony Mamea (Drums), performed at the Pacifica Beats competition at Mana College in August. William, Nelly and Christian got together and wrote a fantastic, catchy song called ‘Pacifica Girl’ which incorporated Samoan language and dance. They performed really well on the night; however, they did not make it through to the finals. Next year I would advise you boys to do more work on the vocals and to not be afraid of being heard!!

Barbershop This year the Barbershop group were made up of William Oloapu, Christian Meafou, Nelly Tino, Junior Sulusi, Siaosi Smith, Sepe Mua’au and the occasional, Greg Strickland. They performed for various occasions such as the Catholic Convention, variety nights, numerous assemblies and the Celebration of Music. The boys have had fantastic reviews, especially from the Catholic Convention and, what amazes me is that they pulled it off after only hours of practice! Although they did not compete in the Barbershop Competition this year, they have had a productive and eventful year. Keep up the great work boys.

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Music Celebration of Music What a great show! It was both entertaining and professional, and what you probably didn’t know was that it was run purely by students of St Bernard’s College. They did a brilliant job of the lighting and sound, and we won’t forget to mention the hours they put into setting up and packing out. Big thanks to Patrick Wyllie, Raymond Horua, Harry Slade, Cameron Gibson, Fraser Sewell and our wonderful MC’s. The talent involved this year was, again, fantastic. Thanks to the solo artists who performed on piano, guitar and drums, he bands such as ‘Kings Destroyed’ (Yr 10), ‘Island Boys’ (Yr 10), ‘Josh’s Band’ and ‘Almost Ace’ (featuring Vincent Polaczuk) the choir, the Shakespeare group and the Barbershop boys. There would not have been a show without you!

Mass Band(s) This year the mass band was a mixture of senior and junior students. During the year we have had several year 11 boys – Jeremy Cains, Harry Slade, Jayden Hamilton, Jeremiah Dunn and Matthew O’Flaherty. Most recently, for the end of term four mass, some of the year 10 boys got involved including Keanu Te Kawa, Fraser Sewell, Allen Murrell and Lee Waldman.

Choir & The Big Sing This year the St Bernard’s College choir was one of many schools across the Wellington region who took part in the annual Big Sing, a festive competition which celebrates all aspects of choral performances. It is a chance to show off the many talents and voices. It was showcased in the Wellington Town Hall on the 3rd and 4th of June 2009. We learned, and sang, a classic American song called ‘Leaning on a lamp post’ by George Formley, a German accapella ‘Fuga a’ by Michael Psaetoruis and an old traditional Māori waiata ‘ E papa waiari’, conducted by Lote Pepa. We practised heaps, giving up our Monday lunchtimes and many intervals. We took part in two choir workshops where we learned to harmonise the different parts of the songs. We persevered and dedicated ourselves wholeheartedly to the songs and to the teachers who helped us. This dedication paid off with fantastic reviews and a joint winbest performance of a waiata!! Let’s hope next year is just as good. Arama Pou

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Science

“Number one under the Star of Mary” Science department motto

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hat makes teachers come to work and students come to school? There is no one answer but there are many indicators which help us answer this question. Teachers have to have students in front of them who want to learn and above all, enjoy the challenges that come from being extended. Students have to have teachers who show an interest in them and want them to do the best they can. I believe that our science department staff and students excel at St Bernard’s. The following is an account of what has been going on within the science department this year.

1. Staff

The department is very fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented group of teachers who believe that every student has the potential to be academically successful. Last year we bid farewell to John Jaurigue who took up a Physics and Science teaching position at Naenae College. John’s contribution was greatly appreciated by the staff. His ability to reach out to the less academically able boys and have them achieve NCEA was appreciated by the students. We welcomed Mrs. Jess Christian, a first year teacher with a degree in physics and mathematics. Mrs. Christian brings youth and enthusiasm to the department as well as a contemporary academic knowledge. This allows our students to have access to the latest information that is being researched and taught at universities. Ms Lyn Too and Mr Neil Hayes continue to excel in the teaching of Chemistry and Biology respectively. Both teachers were proud of the academic achievement of their students. Both Lyn and Neil are excellent role models. We are very fortunate to have the teaching services of Mr David Housden in our very successful Physics department. David’s work with the Ministry of Education has been of immense help to both ourselves and other departments as we begin to implement the New Curriculum. David has the wonderful knack of making difficult Physics topics relevant and easy to understand.

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It is also great to have Mr David Sefton back teaching in the science department after his year long stint as Acting Principal. David’s experience in motivating and encouraging junior students is legendary and it is great to have our Y9 students bubbling with enthusiasm. The Science department owes a great deal to our science technician, Mrs Lynley Pawson. Lynley ensures that all materials required for our science investigations are available and useable. Her greatest asset is that she foresees what we require even before we do. This allows all students to have access to safe and useable scientific apparatus.

2. New Curriculum

The staff is working very hard to implement the new curriculum by 2011. Our staff is working collaboratively to combine the new aspects of the science curriculum which require us to look more closely at the nature of science and how science impacts on our everyday lives.

3. Scholarship

Last year we were very pleased to see Chris Bignell achieve a scholarship grade in his Physics examination. This was a fantastic achievement and one that was well deserved.

4. ICAS

ICAS is the International Competition in Assessments in Schools. We were very pleased with the results of the 70 students who had the courage to attempt this academically challenging competition. This competition is organised by The University of New South Wales and is attempted by around 1.5 million students around the Pacific and Asia. Special congratulations to Simon Garlick (Y10) who gained High Distinction (top 1% of NZ). Congratulations to Stephen Salter (Y12), Daniel Campbell (Y11), Yuxan Zhou (Y10), Joseph Divinagracia (Y8) and Jozef Van Hout (Y8) who gained a Distinction award which is those in the top 10% of NZ. We had 13 students achieve a credit award (top 25% of NZ). Congratulations to: Y12: David

Kinnersely, Y11: Terrill Anthony, Norman Vasquez, Ridhwan Saifudden Ahmed, Y10: Jakob Lee, Y9: Tom Mair, Jesse Narvasa, David Smith Y8: Benjamin Duthie-Jung, Jayden Grant, Ben Van Woerkom. Y7: Alex Nelson, Jordan Taylor

5. Otago Senior Science Competition

Congratulations to Daniel Campbell (Y11) who received a Distinction award along with a monetary prize. This is a difficult competition to do well in, as it covers all aspects of science and requires candidates to have a very good current scientific knowledge. To gain a distinction award is very prestigious.

6. Wellington Regional Science Fair.

This year we had 16 students with the confidence to display their investigation skills to the scrutiny of university staff. There were over 440 exhibitors from mostly primary, intermediate and secondary schools. Special congratulations to William Matheson (Y7) who was awarded a special prize from the Institute of Professional Engineers of $125 for his exhibit on ‘Earthquake Preparedness.’ He showed an innovative solution to a physical engineering problem. William also received $75 from “Devereux –Blum Training and Development Limited” for the best junior project relating to emergency management. William’s work was also highly commended. Jerome McGuinness (Y9) was highly commended for his working model of a Van de Graaff Generator.

7. The Night Sky

This year we were very fortunate to have the expertise of Mr Anthony Gomez of the Phoenix Astronomical Society. For over five nights we were given the opportunity to see the wonders of our solar system and galaxy. We were able to see the rings of Saturn, the glory of our moon, the sight of binary stars, a cluster of stars millions of light years away and the largest sun visible from earth. He came back later in the year to show parents, students and friends, the sight of Mars.


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8. Night Cosmo Dome

As part of the Y7/8 and 10 Astronomy work we were lucky enough to get in an inflatable dome that demonstrates vividly the position of constellations, the planets, and other astronomic features observable form earth. There was a great deal of very useful astronomical and geological knowledge gained from this experience. ‘Crash Technology.’ 10CH and 10CA were given the opportunity to analyse a car crash and look for evidence as to what caused it. This was very closely linked to their physics studies and provided them with defensive driving skills.

9. Working With Our Local Primary Schools

We were privileged to take our science equipment to Our Lady of the Rosary and Ss Peter and Paul school for some hands on experience of science. At Our Lady of the Rosary the senior students had the opportunity to make ice-cream and sherbert fizz. The junior students experienced the wonder of magnets and magnetism along with static electricity. At Ss Peter and Paul five junior syndicate classes experienced the wonder of magnets, magnetism and static electricity. We used four young Y9 and 10 scientists as demonstrators.

10. Paper Recycling

11. Horticultural Work

The Y7 and 8 continue to plant vegetables in the horticultural plot. They will maintain their garden and hopefully harvest their crops of silverbeet, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. The “cross” on the south side of the school, facing Waterloo Road was again planted out in marigolds in summer and primulas in winter. These gave a very colourful display all year round.

12. College Science Fair

Our guest judge, Mr Paul King, ex physics teacher and regular contributor to NZ Science teacher magazine, mentioned that he was impressed with the standard of exhibits. A special thank you to the parents who allowed their garages, kitchens, back yards etc to be turned into make shift science laboratories. On the following page a full list of the prizewinners and the title of their investigation.

14. Conference Attendance

Three staff attended biannual conferences this year. Ms Too attended the Chemistry teacher’s conference, while Mr Housden attended and presented workshops at the Physics teacher’s conference. Mrs. Pawson attended the science technician’s conference. All three came back armed with resources that will further enhance the learning opportunities of our students.

15. Y10 NCEA Classes

Again, we offered the opportunity for two classes, at Y10 level, to attempt the astronomy and geology external standards as well as the internal research topic at level 1. Our results were encouraging. Well over half of the classes passed the internal standard and the two externals. These are offered to extend students but also to prepare them for study in external examinations. The science staff wish everyone a successful New Year and may all your aspirations be realised. Jess Christian, Neil Hayes, Brenten Higson, David Housden, Lynley Pawson, David Sefton, Lyn Too,

In exchange for our paper recycling we were given 14 native trees to plant

Again we participated in the collection of paper from within the college. In exchange we were given 14 native trees to plant around St Bernard’s. For every three wool bales of paper that we recycled, we received one native seedling. Ultimately we will be planting tress in a local reserve once we have forested the college.

13. Study Skill Opportunity

Three classes were given the opportunity to participate in a study skill seminar run by an international presenter. The students learnt a number of strategies that will assist them in remembering data, facts, processes, and concepts. Our students were shown how to store information so it stays in your longterm memory, thus making it easier to recall knowledge for examinations.

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Science Fair Results

A special thanks to the parents who allowed their garages, kitchens and back yards to be turned into makeshift Science labs

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Form Award

Title

Fraser McMillan

7/8 KN

1st 7/8 KN / 2nd Yr 7/8 / 2nd overall

The Missing Ingredient.

Troy McGuinness

7/8 KN

2nd 7/8 KN

What kind of physical activity raises your heart rate the most?

Jayden Ioata

7/8 KN

3rd 7/8 KN

Can foods be left for a week without going moldy?

Connor Barkess

7/8 KN

Highly Com

Which wood burns the longest?

Kyle Lamond

7/8 UI

1st 7/8 UI / 1st Yr 7/8 1st Overall

How to deal with a frosty windscreen?

Jayden Grant

7/8 UI

2nd 7/8 UI

What drink fizzes the most?

Jordan Hall & Arama Pou

7/8 UI

3rd 7/8 UI

How clean are your hands?

Joseph Divinagracia

7/8 UI

Highly Com

What is the best method of purifying water?

Michael Start

7/8 UI

Highly Com

What is added to H2O to make flowers last longer?

Stephen Clark

7/8 UI

Highly Com

Can you make a piece of paper fall as fast as a $2 coin?

Michael Brennan

7/8 KT

1st 7/8 KT

Flat or inflated?

Kaleb Haftka-Schatilo

7/8 KT

2nd 7/8 KT

Ants and their preference.

Jordan Wilson

7/8 KT

3rd 7/8 KT

What material burns best?

Alexander Nelson

7/8 MD

1st 7/8 MD / 3rd Yr 7/8

Strings of speed.

William Matheson

7/8 MD

2nd 7/8 MD

Making houses safer in earthquakes.

Martin Markwitz

7/8 MD

3rd 7/8 MD

Magnetism power.

Joshua Williams

7/8 MD

Highly Com

Leaf burning.

Nathan Russell

7/8 MD

Highly Com

Game Times.

Maxim Hey

7/8 MD

Highly Com

Sweating bananas.

Tyler Saggers

9 KA

1st 9 KA / 1st Yr 9

Aerodynamics of paper planes.

Mathew Jacobs

9 KA

2nd 9 KA

Insulators.

Bryden Smith

9 KA

3rd 9 KA

What bottle rockets?

Jonathan McMillan

9 KA

Highly Com

Marble roller.

Joshua Watts

9 KA

Highly Com

What material burns the fastest?

Anthony Walters

9 HR

1st 9 HR

Fresh bananas for how long?

Ben Wallis

9 HR

2nd 9 HR

Can I grow a sneeze?

Sione Liomaiava & Hosea Tapuau

9 HR

3rd 9 HR

Bacteria.

Jerome McGuinness

9 SH

1st 9 SH / 2nd Yr 9

Van de Graaf Generator.

Patrick Lee & Kirill Woodhouse

9 SH

2nd 9 SH / 3rd Yr 9

What type of food do dogs prefer?

Sam Ward

9 JA

1st 9 JA

Bottle launch and angle.

Zane Baker

9 JA

2nd 9 JA

What batteries last longer?

Liam Gorham

9 JA

3rd 9 JA

What type of ball is best to play with?

Deepak Patel & Kayne Mooney

10 LF

1st 10 LF / 3rd Yr 10

Disinfectant.

Craig Howard

10 LF

2nd 10 LF

Bouncing balls.

Paul Villaver & Jordan Burns

10LF

3rd 10 LF

Boats and floats.

Andrew Wyszynski

10 TO

1st 10 TO / 1st Yr 10 / 3rd overall

The best insulator.

Jonty Puna, Henry Tamala & Andrew Mamea

10 TO

2nd 10 TO / 2nd Yr 10

Baking soda and vinegar reaction.

Aaron Savelio & John Tufele

10 TO

3rd 10 TO

Germination of cress seeds.

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Social Sciences Below and right: Amazing Journies

Inquiring minds Teams did well in the Dominion Post quiz Newspapers in Education at Capital E.

Social Science students relate to research skills that remain relevant

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 erm one began with a familiar face in front of the students. But, as the year progressed, we lost Rachel Kneepkens and this resulted in a re–shuffle of the Social Studies team. Most of Rachel’s programme was taken over by Corrie Elligson, a refreshing new teacher from Canada; adding a further accent for students to enjoy, in what had become a very cosmopolitan Faculty. Mr Darrell Waiti also joined the department to teach 9KA Social Studies, as Ms Taylor moved over to R.E. A move to a more inquiry based approach is under way in Social Studies, where students are being asked to examine issues relating to their own perspectives. At Year 9 they have been asked to examine controversial issues such as the ‘Anti-smacking Law’ and gain a range of opinions on the issue. A financial literacy unit has been introduced in both the junior school and at Year 9. These are important units that emphasise the skills necessary to be wise consumers and good money managers. Year 10 student have examined human rights issues and presented their finding in groups to their class. They also examined the changing nature of work. This can develop into examining career opportunities relevant to student needs. .

St Bernard’s Open day

St Bernard’s Open Day was an opportunity for us to display the varied and interesting activities students have undertaken in Social Studies. Unfortunately, a power cut put paid to some of the e-learning displays that had been so carefully prepared. However, student work and activities were well presented. I would like to thank Miss McDonnell, Mr Hart, Mr Fowler and Ms Gounder for the preparation of the displays, as, at that time I was in hospital recovering from a football injury (not one of the joys of the beautiful game from my perspective)!

EOTC

Education Outside the Classroom is also a key feature of Social Studies. Year 9 had an enjoyable educational experience when they visited Parliament. The visits were aptly timed, as Parliament was in session. Students gained first hand experience of a parliamentary debate, thus gaining an insight into ‘democracy in action’. The Acting Prime Minister (unfortunately the Honourable Mr Key was in New York!) and the leader of the Opposition engaged in debate. One group was even lucky enough to gain an invitation to the speaker’s office thanks to the good work of one of the parents!

Amazing Journey

Year 10 took part in our ‘Amazing Journey’. They spent a day in Wellington visiting a wide range of places of economic, historical and geographical importance. The journey began with a visit to the New Zealand Film Archives on Ghuznee Street. The students saw the first film shown in New Zealand and the development of film as a social commentary. The New BNZ building and its museum were a big hit. The NZX used new graduates to explain their work. An old boy of the school and a parent, Mr Neild, gave the students a summary of the role of the Reserve Bank. Students now know what a million dollars looks like. The Cable Car and its museum also proved a novel experience for some of the students as they examined the geological challenges faced by early Wellingtonians. In spite of the inclement weather, everyone had something interesting to

talk about.

Newspapers in Education

Newspapers in Education. Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 entered the annual general knowledge quiz run by the Dominion Post. The competition was held at Capital E in Wellington. The students performed admirably, given that they were only informed of the competition at short notice. The Year 7 and 8 team came a commendable third and the two teams from Year 9 and 10 came sixth and seventh in their grade. Well done teams, a great effort. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for their support in these activities as they would not have happened otherwise. Catering for students’ needs is an important consideration in preparing them for NCEA. We study Tokelau as a topic at Year 10 in which students are encouraged to attempt the Level One NCEA standard ‘Change in a Society’. Students can clearly see the changes in Tokelau and describe these in their answers. The purpose of offering the standard is to encourage students to extend themselves. Overall Social Studies aims to be relevant to the needs of students, offering different learning activities to cater for the different learning styles of our students.

Economics

The importance of understanding economics has never been more relevant than it is in today’s climate. Students are exposed

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Enterprising Approach

Working with girls from St Oran’s College the boys have to professionally present their business ideas to SELL them to a “dragons den” of industry leaders

Student’s look at History

The highlight of this year was undoubtedly the briefings given to successive American presidents and their cabinets on various aspects of the Cold War. The high-level briefers were: The Head of the East Asian Desk of the State Department; The Director of the Rand Corporation; The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and the National Security Advisor. The briefers were required to provide not only background, but also policy and action recommendations. Wearing their other hat, these briefers were also the Level 2 history class at SBC, and what they were effectively doing exemplified a key aspect of history teaching under the New Curriculum, which will shortly be impacting on our senior students of this subject. The New Curriculum requires that, at all levels, history students locate New Zealand history within a wider global context. The phase ‘of significance to New Zealanders’ has caused considerable angst within some sections of the history teaching community, but it should not have. It simply means that teachers enable students to connect New Zealand history to that global context. Good history teachers have always done that; our Level 2 students did so this year; and Professor James Bellich has recently given this globalising historical perspective a huge boost with his recently published Replenishing the Earth, the flavour of which has already been captured by the Year 13 history course at SBC. To give an extract from the introduction to the year: In 1835, Te Whanganui a Tara was the site of various hapu under the loose control of Te Rauparaha. They lived in a way traditional for hundreds of years around a harbour that was ecologically much the same as when

the first East Polynesian voyagers had come through maybe a thousand years before. In 1885 Wellington had been the capital of New Zealand for twenty years, it was linked to a world-wide system of under-sea marine telegraph cables, and the Gear Meat Company at Petone was putting in the technology to send refrigerated meat to the UK. It is going to be a good time to be studying and teaching history.

Geography Overview

I found geography lessons quite interesting in Year 11. As a result, I have learned a lot about the topics in this subject this year. Our class only consisted of seven people, but a lot of learning came out of it! Our first topic introduced us to basic skills in Geography, which consisted of analyzing and drawing maps. Also, it focused on collecting data and then graphing our results that came out of that data. After the completion of our skills topic, we moved on to a disasters unit (which happened to be my favourite one) which covered earthquakes in New Zealand (such as the 1931 Napier earthquake and the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake) and tropical cyclones in the south-west pacific (such as cyclone Sally 1986-1987). Following our look at disasters we studied resource use in dairy farming and coal mining. We looked at two case studies for dairy farming, one in Taranaki and one in South Auckland. Our two case studies for Coal mining were Rotowaro, (an open-cast mine in the North Island) and Strongman No.2, (an underground mine in the South Island). Our final topic for the year was Population Studies. We compared Japan’s population to New Zealand’s. Raymond Horua

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the reasons for the recession. They develop an understanding of the actions of the Reserve Bank and the government, through its budget, to counter the worst effects of an economic shock. Topics are presented in a way that relates to students’ own lives. Year 10 examines resource allocation that extends to organising resources to run their own business. This culminates in a business simulation. This year they combined with St Oran’s College in the S.E.L.L. programme. Student Enterprise Learning Link was run in cooperation with Young Enterprise. This is a $6,000 programme that gives students the opportunity to run their own business under the guidance of business mentors. They are given seminars on the key aspects of running a business that go beyond marketing and costing. Students are then required to give a presentation to a group of business leaders. This high quality course is an ideal introduction to the business world. Year 11 experienced economics according to McDonald’s. Their visit to the local restaurant saw them examine the production process operated by McDonald’s. They had to identify, recognise and explain how economic resources are organised. Year 12 and 13 looked at the dynamics of the New Zealand Economy and how it can be explained by economic theory. They were introduced to the Young Enterprise scheme and the role of business directors when they attended the Young Enterprise Seminar at Victoria University. Economics continues to increase in popularity as the courses offer relevant and topical issues which relate to students’ daily lives. Mr Gerry McKay HOD Social Studies


Technology & Computing

The Byte stuff

Tech Demons: Harry, Tom, Mario, TJ & Nick Front row: Pim, Raymond, Patrick and Kaleb

Dane Skipper & Ben Van Woerkom have the IT Factor

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hree Y8 boys stood out from the crowd showing they’ve got the “IT factor!” Kaleb Hafta and Dane Skipper achieved Distinctions in the ICAS Computer Skills Competition, placing them in the top 10% of the country’s computing students. Ben Van Woerkom demonstrated his remarkable abilities achieving a High Distinction with a score that puts him in the top 1% of New Zealand’s IT talent! The boys said they were “blown away” with their results, their parents are really pleased and they look forward to spending their prize vouchers in the canteen! Mr Matt Harrison, who joined SBC this year as a computing teacher, said, “We are proud to celebrate our successes in ICAS. We have a fantastic group of twenty-nine Y7 / 8 boys who’ve entered the competition this year. They’ve done very well, including five who have achieved Credit certificates. We look forward to more boys entering next year.” Mr Harrison and Mr Fava were proud to present the boys with their certificates and prize vouchers in assembly to a rousing round of applause from the whole school. Well done to all those who entered. A special thanks for the hard-work and support provided by the boys’ parents and computing teachers Ms Corcoran, Mr Harrison and Mr Housden.

E-vents 2009 In May a cohort of 29 Year 7/8 students entered the ICAS Computing Skills competition to achieve some of the best results in New Zealand.

In June Mr Harrison took Tech Demons to Samuel Marsden Collegiate School for the NZ Tech Hui 09 featuring successful SBC old boys. In September talented IT students entered their games and websites they had created in Mr Harrison’s Computer Club into the Netguide TVNZ 6 Challenge to win laptops & goodies.

IT’s Gathering Momentum

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n June Mr Housden’s Tech Demons braved Mr Harrison’s helming of the SBC minibus in an intrepid journey through the crazed Karori traffic. The gates of Samuel Marsden Collegiate School were a welcome sight when they finally arrived, with body and soul intact, to experience the Tech Hui 2009 – Sustainability Unlocked.

Tech Demonstrations

This event brought together students from across NZ to share and learn about cuttingedge developemnts in technology. The Hui was masterminded by SBC old boy Alistair West, Director of ICT at Samuel Marsden. However all credit goes to his students and those from Wellington College who directed all logistics. A fun day was had by all as they experienced a range of interesting and intelligent IT keynote speakers. A wickedly witty & topical talk was given by St Bernard’s College old boy Vincent Heeringa of Good old boy Vincent Heeringa HB Media, famous for Idealog and Good magazines. Vincent showed he was the sharpest pencil in the box when he gave a funny, pragmatic and persuasive presentation on how to become incredibly rich and successful - and save (or sustain) the world at the same time. He gave away copies of his cool magzines which cover great ideas for the future in IT and how to live sustainably. Other speakers included industry experts 3D modelling and students who presented games and software which could improve society such as the Taxi-bus software.

Zen and the Art of Xbox: Kaleb focused intently on new interface design

Hi Specs: Raymond with the latest developments in 3D gaming. A real highlight of the day was the visits to Natcoll, Victoria and Massey Universities to view the facilities and get a taste of the IT, Audio Visual and Engineering technology courses and resources available. Students loved the interactive elements with hands-on exhibits. A few Tech Demons (who will remain nameless) tried hands-on interactive experiences with the IT Girlz and Tech Angels. They tested and evaluated their social networking skills - with varying degrees of success. Mr Matt Harrison Computing & Technology

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Careers and Gateway

Opportunity Knocks A career to bank on!

A recipe for success!

If you can, teach!

It all stacks up!

Wheelie good work!

Business brains, work smarter!

Now we’re cooking!

A teacher may open the door, but the student must walk through! Chinese Proverb

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his year has been an exciting one for the Gateway Program with our full quota of places being filled in a diverse range of industries. We were funded for 35 places but in fact placed 37 students. They worked in areas such as Building Construction and Road Construction, Cabinet Making, Banking, Community Development, Tourism, Recreation, Turf Management, Hospitality, Education and Retail Sales, not forgetting Paving and Panel Beating, Administration and Entertainment. In addition to their placements some students had the opportunity to participate in several short courses. They achieved excellent results. The very intensive preparation the students received in the new Gateway Class, supervised by Mrs Thomson, helped them to settle into their placements and to fit in with their work colleagues with ease. She was particularly successful at making all the students comfortable with applying for jobs online. The students were shocked at how many interviews and job opportunities that generated. We have been delighted with the feedback from the employers and very proud of the way the majority of our students performed this year. Some students have obtained paid work from their placements and others have been so successful in their chosen

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industry that they have been encouraged by their employer to undertake further study. One student was invited to apply for work with his employer while another two are being considered for employment under the Government JobOps Scheme. In July we farewelled our Gateway Broker Ms Devescovi who was responsible for most of this year’s placements and welcomed Mrs Lax to the Gateway Team. The Gateway Program will be bigger next year ( we have received funding for 40 placements) but it will be managed by the same team led by Mrs Lomax who has overall responsibility for the program, Mrs Thomson supervising the Gateway Class, Mrs Grant covering administration and Mrs Lax organising the placements and the daily management of the students placement  and industry study programme. Finally a huge thank you to all the employers who supported us this year, because without them, we could not run our Gateway Program.

If the shoe fits. Just do it 

Service wit

h a smile!

Gateway Team: clockwise from left - Mrs Lax, Mrs Lomax, Mrs Thomson and Mrs Grant


Guidance / Health

Guidance makes a big difference

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valuable opportunity to pick up new ideas and to catch up with colleagues who are facing similar problems.

This year’s counselling work has been wide ranging and challenging. It seemed that family issues have been a major focus of the year. Some families break up and in general, the children are more affected than we realise. Honest objective parenting is required to move forward in the future. Parents need to communicate important issues affecting their young people and support each other in decisions. The role doesn’t change but the living arrangements and decisions can be complex. I am happy to talk to parents and assist. There is a lot of material and DVDs available from various agencies and I have copies that you may borrow.

I was also on the Wellington Guidance Counsellors’ Professional Development Committee. This is a highly motivated group who have lifted the standard of training in Wellington and this year it was well received by colleagues in the area.

009 has been another rewarding year in guidance. The old buildings were demolished and this meant a move to a new office with more room and, luckily, more sun as it is on the other side of the main block. A new paint scheme has also enhanced the ambiance.

The memorial service for Breeze Moeahu- Tairua, was held in February to mark his birthday and a stone and plaque were placed in our memorial garden. It was with great sadness that we learned of the deaths of some relatives of our students, all victims of the tsunami in Samoa. Our thoughts and prayers are with those families.

I attended the New Zealand Association of Counsellors’ Conference in Hamilton at the end of the third term. This was an extremely

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The Catholic Counsellors’ met twice during the year, facilitated by Phillipa Barker at the Catholic Education Centre. These were valuable to discuss common issues. We lost our new health nurse, Emma Stephens, who resigned to take a position at Capital Coast Health. Gill Alcorn has filled in throughout the remainder of the year. Hopefully we will be able to gain a permanent replacement in 2010. Doctor Beena Hegde has continued her fine work with our students. She is very approachable and liked by our students who flock to see her on Wednesday mornings.

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We have offered Peer Support successfully again this year. Also we reviewed the programme and the results reinforced the benefits to both year 9 and year 13 students.

I would like to thank the outside counsellors who offered their services to our students. Robert from Weltrust; Tira from Kokiri Marae; and Father Peter Healy from Catholic Social Services. Their skills and input provide valuable specialist help. We have been lucky also to have the services of the Folau Alofa Trust to run courses on self

ly high.

It was also a wonderful time to attend some interesting workshops. The key speaker spoke on a theme of ‘hope’ and this had widespread acceptance. It has been mentioned in a number of forums since.

Our prayers are with the Samo tsunami victims’ families.

I was elected the Wellington Representative on the National Executive of NZ Association of Counsellors, in August. I have been placed on the Guidance Counsellors’ Portfolio which holds certain responsibilities. Already this has been interesting and challenging.

The Kapa Ha

development for some of our Year 9 and Year 10 students. This was successful and we hope to use them again next year. Thanks Zac and Peter. It is lovely to bump into recent old boys in all walks of life and see they have successfully gained jobs and set up their lives. They tell me that guidance help came at a critical time and did make a big difference. I was lucky to be asked to accompany our Kapa Haka Group to the secondary schools competition where they performed with credit. The standard was extremely high and I am sure our group, under Darrell Waiti, is destined for a top placing in the future. Anna-Marie Dickinson, our chaplain, and I have again worked closely this year. She is changing the perception of the roll and is involved in every part of college life. 2010 has new challenges with an increase in roll and the completion and opening of the new Administration block. Paul Cutler Guidance Counsellor

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Sports Awards for Excellence in Sport 2009

Sportsman of the

Year 2009

Michael Hagarty Athletics:

SBC Intermediate Champion, Hutt Valley Secondary Schools Championships,

Wellington Secondary Schools Championships Badminton: Senior 1st Badminton Team Cross Country: SBC Intermediate Champion Football: Hutt Valley U17 Representative, Wellington U16 Federation Team Stop Out Soccer Club Senior Men’s Team

Award

Code

NZ U19 Development Squad, Wellington U19 Development Squad

Golf

2009 North Island Golden Gloves Champion U75kg Open

Boxing

2009 Recipient Ricardo Canderle Ben Filipo

North Island Secondary School Athletics Team

Athletics - AWD

Jacob Katoa

North Island Secondary School Athletics Team

Athletics

Sione Katoa

North Island Secondary School Athletics Team

Athletics

Jonathan McMillan

Wellington U19 Team

Volleyball

Jeremy Moananu

North Island Secondary School Athletics Team

Athletics

Saita Tuaoi

3rd place in NZ Championships, 14-15yr Open Kumite North Island Secondary School Athletics Team NZ U17 Secondary Schools Development Rugby Team Providing First Aid at: SBC Athletics, Y7/8 Interschool Athletics Day, Hutt Valley Athletic Champs, Wellington Regional Athletics, North Island Secondary School Athletics, SBC Cross Country

Ricardo Canderle

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Lee Waldman

Athletics - AWD

Hosea Tapuai

Services to Sport

Jonathan McMillan

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Karate

Rugby

Ben Filipo

Lee Waldman

Lorenzo Pili

Peter Wilkinson

Hosea Tapuai

Peter Wilkinson


Sports Awards Award ATHLETICS

Trophy / Medal

2009 Recipient

SBC Trophy Year 7 Champion

Trophy

Jacob Moa

SBC Trophy Year 8 Champion

Trophy

Salesi Rayasi

Marist Old Boys Cup Junior Champion

Trophy

Jonathan Mcmillan

J.S. Fulton Cup Youth Champion

Trophy

Tyler Tane

Coltman Cup Intermediate Athletic Champion

Trophy

Michael Hagarty

Casey Cup Senior Athletic Champion

Trophy

Francisco Wilson, Darcy Cowan, Thomas Maharaj

Fair Play Award

Medal

Cole Goddard

Most Improved

Medal

Aaron Teiri

SBC Doubles Championship

Medal

Joshua Lim / Thomas Josephson

SBC Singles Championship

Medal

Joshua Lim

Player of the Year

Trophy

Joshua Lim

Fair Play Award

Medal

Benzi Rodrigues

Most Improved Player

Medal

James Nash

SBC Doubles Championship

Medal

Jordan Kooge / Kenton Su

SBC Singles Championship

Medal

Kenton Su

Watson Family Cup Player of the Year

Trophy

Kenton Su

Fair Play Award

Medal

Malachi Tangiiau

Most Improved Player

Medal

Benjamin Meafou

Player of the Year

Medal

Michael Brennan / Nathan Russell

Fair Play Award

Medal

Kyle Viagedor

Most Improved Player

Medal

Peter Ocampo

Player of the Year

Medal

Anthony Lim

Fair Play Award

Medal

Lisiate Peaua

Most Improved Player

Medal

Daniel Mcerlean

Most Valuable Player

Medal

Primo Castro

Fair Play Award

Medal

Kervin Viagedor

SBC Cup Most Promising Player

Trophy

Waqar Munir

SBC Basketball Cup Services to Basketball

Trophy

David Ferrari

Maidstone Engravers Trophy Most Valuable Player

Trophy

Dier Makoii

Bryan Kora Trophy Outstanding Player

Trophy

Dier Makoii

Fair Play Award

Medal

Matthew Jacobs

Most Improved Player

Medal

Andre Canderle

Player of the Year

Medal

Jack Imray

BADMINTON (Junior)

BADMINTON (Senior)

BASKETBALL (Year 7/8)

BASKETBALL (JUNIOR)

BASKETBALL (Senior B)

BASKETBALL (Senior A)

CRICKET (Junior)

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Sports Awards Award CRICKET (2ND XI)

Trophy / Medal

2009 Recipient

Fair Play Award

Medal

Hoani Hotene

H.V.M.B.O.B- P.J McMenamin Cup Most Improved Player

Trophy

Timothy Nield

H.V.M.B.O.B.- J. Burke Cup Most Catches

Trophy

Matthew Boivin

Player of the Year

Medal

Daniel Bramwell

Fair Play Award

Medal

Aaron Thompson

Most Improved Player

Medal

Jonathan Mcmillan

Outstanding Bowler of the Season

Trophy

Harry Josephson

Hansen Trophy Outstanding Fielding for Season

Trophy

Stephen Salter

Bernard Cup Cricketer of the Year

Trophy

Daniel Mcerlean

Year 7 Champion

Trophy

Hamish Clausen

Year 8 Champion

Trophy

Stephen Clark

Junior Champion

Trophy

Joshua Peterson

Youth Champion

Trophy

Jarom Guillonta

Intermediate Champion

Trophy

Michael Hagarty

Peters Cup Senior Champion

Trophy

Dier Makoii

Fair Play Award

Medal

Tyler Saggers

Most Improved Player

Medal

Alexander Nelson

Player of the Year

Medal

Taban Makoii

Fair Play Award

Medal

Julian Murphy

Most Improved Player

Medal

Brandon Lynch

Player of the Year

Medal

Terrill Anthony

Fair Play Award

Medal

Omar Malkonyan

Most Improved Player

Medal

Matthew O’Flaherty

Player of the Year

Medal

Jordan Clout

Fair Play Award

Medal

Mario Miranda

Most Improved Player

Medal

Anu Singe

B.C.I. Cup Most Valuable

Trophy

Salam Malkonyan

Fair Play Award

Medal

James Nash

Most Improved Player

Medal

Manuele Pereira

Kyle Family Trophy Most Valuable Player

Trophy

Ricardo Canderle

CRICKET (1st XI)

CROSS COUNTRY

FOOTBALL (14TH Grade)

FOOTBALL (15TH Grade))

FOOTBALL (2ND XI)

FOOTBALL (1ST XI)

GOLF

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Sports Awards Award HOCKEY (1ST XI)

Trophy / Medal

2009 Recipient

Fair play Award

Medal

Joseph Lewis

1st XI Hockey Cup Most Improved

Trophy

Christian Davis

McIntyre Family Hockey Trophy Player of the Year

Trophy

Jayden Hamilton

Fair play Award

Medal

Vicente Montero

Most Improved

Medal

Rogan Scott

Player of the Year

Medal

Mundshung Yu Hoi

Fair Play Award

Medal

Mason Tavite

Most Improved Player

Medal

Philip Vatikani

Bike Biz Trophy Most Dedicated Player

Trophy

Lionel Taito-Matamua

Randwick Rugby League Club Kingfisher Trophy Most Valuable Player

Trophy

Joshua Patea / Arkerei Manaia

Fair Play Award

Medal

Stasson Lea

Most Improved Player

Medal

Bernie Seufale

HOBM Rugby Club Most Meritorious Player

Trophy

Trei Mu

Fair Play Award

Medal

Andrew Mamea-Lemalu

Most Improved Player

Medal

Jean-Luc Knox

HOBM Rugby Club Most Meritorious Player

Trophy

David Filipo

Fair Play Award

Medal

Sunia Kamakorewa

Most Improved Player

Medal

Alex Galuvaa-Tangatapoto

HOBM Rugby Club Most Meritorious Player

Trophy

Hayden Asher

Fair Play Award

Medal

Lokeni Alesana

Senior Rugby Shield for the Most Improved Player

Shield

Jordan Saggers

HOBM Rugby Club Most Meritorious Player

Trophy

Andrew Pasene

Fair Play Award

Medal

Anthony Tino

Van Musscher Cup for Most Improved Player

Trophy

Francisco Wilson

HOBM Rugby Club Most Meritorious Player

Trophy

Faamanu Anae

Fair Play Award

Medal

Caleb Meade

Jonathan Collins Memorial Cup Greatest Contribution to Team

Trophy

John Braddock

The Riordan Cup Most Promising Player

Trophy

Sione Alofi

HOBM Rugby Club Most Meritorious Player

Trophy

Sepelini Mua’au

Stemp Family Cup For Most Outstanding Player Overall

Trophy

Robert Tane

MARTIAL ARTS

RUGBY LEAGUE

RUGBY (Under 14)

RUGBY (Under 15)

RUGBY (Under 65kg)

RUGBY (3rd XV)

RUGBY (2ND XV)

RUGBY (1ST XV)

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Sports Awards Award SWIMMING

Trophy / Medal

2009 Recipient

SBC Trophy Year 7 Champion

Trophy

Jamie Curtis

SBC Trophy Year 8 Champion

Trophy

Stephen Clark

The Barry, Craig & Mark McGuiness. Cup Junior Swimming Champion

Trophy

Antonio Puka

McGuiness Cup Youth Swimming Champion

Trophy

Adam Rangi

John Manning Cup Intermediate Swimming Champion

Trophy

Luke Mcguinness

Bernard Tanner Memorial Cup Senior Swimming Champion

Trophy

Michael Nicol

Fair play Award

Medal

Cameron Judd

Most Improved

Medal

Tyler Saggers

Player of the Year

Trophy

Thomas Josephson

Fair Play Award

Medal

Michael Brennan

Most Improved

Medal

Bradley Kitt

Player of the Year

Medal

Stasson Lea

Fair play Award

Medal

Jozef Van Hout

Most Improved Player

Medal

Andrew Barnett

Player of the Year

Medal

Nathan Dicken

Fair Play Award

Medal

Jeremy Cains

Most Improved

Medal

Brent Duggan

Player of the Year

Medal

Norman Vasquez

Fair Play Award

Medal

Harry Josephson

Most Improved Player

Medal

Joseph Lewis

Player of the Year

Trophy

James Nash

Fair Play Award

Medal

Jayden Ioata

Most Improved

Medal

Poata-Ezra Tuisamoa

Player of the Year

Medal

Jordan Uini-Paulo

Fair Play Award

Medal

Logan Ongley

Most Improved Player

Medal

Dane Skipper

Player of the Year

Medal

Justin Wilson

Fair Play Award

Medal

Thomas Nanai

Most Improved

Medal

Matthew Dicken

Player of the Year

Medal

Andre Knox

TENNIS (Junior 1)

TENNIS (Junior 2)

TENNIS (Junior 3)

TENNIS (Senior B)

TENNIS (SENIOR A)

TOUCH RUGBY (Year 7 Blue)

TOUCH RUGBY (Year 8 Gold)

TOUCH RUGBY (Junior- Division 3)

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Sports Awards Award TOUCH RUGBY (Junior 2)

Trophy / Medal

2009 Recipient

Fair Play Award

Medal

Isaac Fuimaono

Most Improved Player

Medal

Nicholas Alofi

Player of the Year

Medal

Jacob Katoa

Fair Play Award

Medal

Cameron Adams

Most Improved

Medal

Ryan Perez

Player of the Year

Medal

Jonty Puna

Fair Play Award

Medal

Sepelini Mua’au

Most Improved

Medal

Joshua Patea

Player of the Year

Medal

Vaughan Samuelu

Fair Play Award

Medal

John Tufele

Most Improved Player

Medal

Jonam Sega

Player of the Year

Medal

Anthony Toluono

Fair Play Award

Medal

Jeremy Moananu

Most Improved

Medal

Anthony Tino

Player of the Year

Medal

Nelly Tino

Fair Play Award

Medal

Mataio Pou

Most Improved Player

Medal

Codie Meehan

Water polo Cup Most Promising Player in Y7&8

Trophy

Troy Mcguinness

Fair Play Award

Medal

Tyler Saggers

Most Improved Player

Medal

Jerome Mcguinness

Para Trophy Most Promising Player Y9&10

Trophy

Adam Rangi

Fair Play Award

Medal

Luke Mcguinness

Most Improved Player

Medal

Max De Maat

Maidstone Engravers Shield Most Valuable Player

Trophy

Michael Nicol

TOUCH RUGBY (Junior 1)

TOUCH RUGBY (Senior)

VOLLEYBALL (Junior)

VOLLEYBALL (Senior)

WATERPOLO (Y7 & 8)

WATERPOLO (Junior)

WATER POLO (Senior)

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Co-Curricular Photos

Co-Curricular Photos Contents: Page

Group

63 Year 7 and 8 Athletics 63 Individual Athletics Champions 63 AWD Athletics 64 Junior 1 Badminton 64 Junior 2 Badminton 64 Junior 3 Badminton 65 Junior 4 Badminton 65 Senior 1 Badminton 65 Senior 2 Badminton 66 Senior 3 Badminton 66 Year 11 Band 66 Barbershop 67 Junior Basketball 67 Senior B Basketball 67 Senior Premier Basketball 68 Year 7 and 8 Basketball 68 Chess 68 Civil Defence Students 69 1st XI Cricket 69 Milo Cup Cricket 69 Intermediate Cricket 70 Year 9 Junior Cricket 70 Junior Cross Country 70 Cross Country 71 Cross Country Individual Champions 71 Junior Certificate Debating 71 Junior Premier Debating 72 Senior B Premier Debating 72 Senior Certificate Debating 72 1st XI Football 73 2nd XI Football 73 14th Grade Football 73 15th Grade Football 74 Golf Team 1 74 1st XI Hockey 74 Josh’s Band 75 Regional Kapa Haka

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75 Kings Destroyed 75 Lighting and Sound Technical Crew 76 Martial Arts Club 76 O’Shea Shield Team 76 Philosophy Club 77 Road Patrollers 77 1st XV Rugby 77 2nd XV Rugby 78 3rd XV Rugby 78 1st XIII Rugby League 78 Under 14 Rugby 79 Under 15 Rugby 79 Under 65kgs Rugby 79 Sons of Old Boys 80 Year 7 and 8 Soccer 80 Student Councillors 80 Senior Student Leaders 81 Swimming Individual Champions 81 Year 7 and 8 Swimming 81 Tech Demons 82 Junior Tennis 83 Senior A Tennis 83 Senior B Tennis 83 Junior Division 1 Touch Rugby 84 Junior Division 2 and 3 Touch Rugby 84 Senior Touch Rugby 84 Year 7 Blue Touch Rugby 85 Year 8 Gold Touch Rugby 85 Tri Brothers 85 Triathalon 86 Junior Volleyball 86 Senior Volleyball 86 Junior Water Polo 87 Senior Water Polo 87 Year 7 and 8 Water Polo 87 Yung Wunz


Co-Curricular Photos Year 7 and 8 Athletics Back Row: Alexander Nelson, Michael Brennan, Jayden Grant, Benjamin Duthie-Jung, Elliott Ferris Third Row: Mrs C. Brennan (Manager), Jordan Uini-Paulo, Poata Ezra-Tuisamoa, Benjamin Van Ooyen, Salesi Rayasi, Nathan Dicken Second Row: Hamish Clausen, Benjamin Meafou, Aaron Ulu, Francis Tauauve’a, Stephen Clark, Talosaga Tanu, Karl Hofsteede, Connor Bliss Front Row: Joshua Montague, Jayden Ioata, Ben Brooking, Justin Wilson, Panashe Machingura, Harvey Dawaton, Jay Aickin

Individual Athletics Champions Back Row: Salesi Rayasi, Tyler Tane, Michael Hagarty Front Row: Jonathan McMillan, Darcy Cowan, Tom Maharaj Absent: Jacob Moa, Francisco Wilson

AWD Athletics Back Row: Quentin McCarthy, Jill Tuau, Christine McPadden, Anna-Marie Dickinson, Lewis Taito-Matamua Front Row: Hosea Tapuai, Patrick Donovan, Jacob Katoa

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Co-Curricular Photos Junior 1 Badminton Left to Right: Matt Boivin, Cole Goddard, Mr S. Davis (Coach), Aaron Bouzaid, Julian Murphy

Junior 2 Badminton Back Row: Miguel Orevillo, Mr S. Davis (Coach), Dane Skipper Front Row: Bryden Smith, Cameron Piper, Jordan Burns

Junior 3 Badminton Back Row: Jireh Aninon, Mr S. Davis (Coach), Matthew Tamarua Front Row: Salesi Rayasi, Gabriel Balauag, Ashleigh Sales

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Co-Curricular Photos Junior 4 Badminton Back Row: Thomas Josephson, Mr S. Davis (Coach), Joseph Divinagracia Front Row: Terence Jiang, Adrien Tavite, Wei-Ming Lim

Senior 1 Badminton Left to Right: Harry Josephson, Jordan Kooge, Mr S. Davis (Coach), James Nash, Kenton Su Absent: Michael Hagarty

Senior 2 Badminton Back Row: Bob Tane, Mr S. Davis (Coach), Callum Meehan, Phil Tran Front Row: Benzi Rodrigues, Sepe Mua’au

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Co-Curricular Photos Senior 3 Badminton Left to Right: Stephen Salter, Theodore Lacsamana, Mr S. Davis (Coach), Lloyd Moyo, Kervin Viagedor

Year 11 Band Left to Right: Jeremy Cains, Jayden Hamilton, Jeremiah Dunn, Matthew O’Flaherty

Barbershop Back Row: Junior Sulusi, Siaosi Smith, Christian Meafou Front Row: William Oloapu, Nelly Tino, Sepe Mua’ua

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Junior Basketball Back Row: Joshua Peterson, Aaron Teiri, Logan O’Sullivan, Daeshan Wichman Middle Row: Kyle Viagedor, Kervin Viagedor (Manager), J. Condliffe (Coach), Benzi Rodrigues (Referee), Daniel Ocampo Front Row: Jahnn Cerezo, Anthony Lim, Josh Dominikovich, Miguel Orevillo, Paul Villaver Absent: Mav Maiava

Senior B Basketball Back Row: Norman Vasquez, Paul Ogwaro, William Oloapu, Daniel McErlean, Dau Atem, Mr N. Leqakowailutu (Coach) Front Row: Pim Castro, Theodore Lacsamana, Nelly Tino, Lisiate Peaua (Captain), Phil Tran

Senior Premier Basketball Back Row: Mathew Phillip, Jordan Collins, Dier Makoii, Lote Pepa, Waqar Munir Front Row: Kervin Viagedor, Donnell Snowdon-Wilson, Orville Vasquez, David Ferrari, Benzi Rodrigues Absent: Mr J. Ferrari (Coach), Mrs T. Ferrari (Manager)

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Co-Curricular Photos Year 7 and 8 Basketball Back Row: Nathan Dicken, Poata-Ezra Tuisamoa, Richard Awatere, Richard Awatere, Malachi Tangiiau, Nathan O’Riley, Mrs C. Brennan (Manager) Front Row: Michael Brennan, Jordan Uini-Paulo, Benjamin Meafou, Jesse Gilbert, Dane Skipper Absent: Ms D. Russell (Coach)

Chess Left to Right: Andrew Neville, Chris Upton, Elsabie Prasad (Co-ordinator), Theodore Lacsamana, Jerome Chan

Civil Defence Students Back Row: Caleb McInman, Ben McCathie, John Barkess, Lawrence Wright, Raul Reyes Malqui, Rakesh Sejwal (Teacher) Front Row: Matthew Loveranes, Christian Meafou, Lloyd Moyo, Reginald Reid, Patrick Soe

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Co-Curricular Photos 1st XI Cricket Back Row: Chris Upton, Jordan Kooge, Aaron Thompson, Daniel McErlean, Waqar Munir, Mr T. Piripi (Coach) Front Row: Telima Paselio, Stephen Salter, Harry Josephson, Pradyumna Bhagavathula, Jordan Clout

Milo Cup Cricket

Back Row: Stephen Salter (Coach), Connor Bliss, Stephen Clark, Thomas Benseman, Harry Bramwell, Andre Canderle, Harry Josephson (Coach) Front Row: Michael Brennan, Ben Brooking, Jayden Grant, Thomas Josephson, Justin Wilson

Intermediate Cricket Back Row: Timothy Nield, Tupou Sanerivi, Tyler Tane, Julian Murphy Front Row: Joshua Ebert, Cole Goddard, Matt Boivin, Absent: Daniel Bramwell, Hoani Hotene, Dipak Ranchhod, Vitale Rimoni, Faafoi Sakaria, Elia Tionisio, Mr S. Lawrence (Coach)

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Co-Curricular Photos Year 9 Junior Cricket Back Row: Tom Mair, Jack Imray, Cameron Williams, Brandon Lynch Front Row: Taylor Edwards, Ben Brooking, Harry Bramwell, David Smith, Matthew Jacobs

Junior Cross Country Back Row: Jack Imray, Joshua Peterson, Taban Makoii, Lee Waldman Middle Row: Mrs C. Brennan (Manager), David Smith, Tom Mair, Brandon Lynch, Stasson Lea, Callum Meehan, Mr T. Piripi (Manager) Front Row: Kerwyn Meehan, Matthew Dicken, Buay James, Terrill Anthony, Yanky Johnson

Cross Country Back Row: John Graham, Niko Patelesio, Stephen Clark, Malachi Tangiau, Seamus Lahood, Nathan Dicken, Hamish Clausen Middle Row: Dane Skipper, Thomas Josephson, Benjamin Duthie-Jung, Benjamin Meafou, Jayden Grant, Michael Brennan, Elliot Ferris, Panashe Machingura, Mrs C. Brennan (Manager) Front Row: Joshua Montague, Mitchell Statham, Keegan Molenaar,Bradley Kitt, Dylan Goddard, Jayden Ioata, Jay Aickin Absent: Troy McGuinness

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Co-Curricular Photos Cross Country Individual Champions Back Row: Hamish Clausen, Jarom Guillonta, Stephen Clark Front Row: Michael Hagarty, Dier Makoii, Joshua Peterson

Junior Certificate Debating Back Row: Ethan McAuliffe, Joshua Logan Front Row: Kevin Satur, Thomas Nanai, Matthew Logan

Junior Premier Debating Back Row: Simon Garlick, Lee Waldman Front Row: Fraser Sewell, Jordan Lamond, Hoani Hotene

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Co-Curricular Photos Senior B Premier Debating Left to Right: Matthew Loveranes, William Warren, Stephen Salter

Senior Certificate Debating Left to Right: Ms A. Garry (Teacher), Daniel Campbell, Jayden Hamilton, Ciaran Hogben

1st XI Football Back Row: Marshall Rankin, Ben McCathie, Eamon McKeown, Paul Ogwaro (Captain) Middle Row: Reggie Reid, Raul Reyes-Malqui, Mario Miranda, Harmon Molenaar, Mr Brenton Higson (Coach) Front Row: Anu Singe, Itai Kaisa, Michael Nicol, Salam Malkonyan, Angelo Ritossa Absent: Michael Hagarty, Thang Pau

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Co-Curricular Photos 2nd XI Football Back Row: Lloyd Moyo, Ding Deng, Hamish Angus, Dau Atem Middle Row: Jessica Christian (Manager), Jordan Clout, Simon Nock, Caleb McInman, Matthew Christian (Coach) Front Row: Thang Sing Pau, Jamie Bovey-Wills, Harry Slade, Matthew Loveranes, Omar Malkonyan Absent: Nineb Haddad, Tom Maharaj, Blessing Mbenjele, Dier Makoii, Deng Nyok, Matthew O’Flaherty

14th Grade Football Back Row: Tyler Saggers, Taban Makoii, Jordan Garrow, Tom Fitzsimons Middle Row: Antonio Puka, Buay James, Herbert Nelson (Coach), Aidan Spooner, Farayi Kaisa Front Row: Hamish Campbell, Alexander Nelson, Matthew Jacob, Pau Sian Thawn Pau, Panashe Machingura Absent: Joseph John, Tavonga Mahowa, Rogan Scott

15th Grade Football Back Row: Wayne Ebert (Coach), Ryan Van der Lee, Jordan Lamond, Jonty Johnston Middle Row: Joshua Ebert, Lewis Baucke, Brandon Lynch, Tim Graham, Cole Goddard Front Row: Ndabezinhle Mkandla, Iman Assovie, Terrill Anthony, Arwin Sinnathambi, Julian Murphy

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Co-Curricular Photos Golf Team 1 Left to Right: Manuele Pereira, James Nash, Ricardo Canderle, Harry Josephson

1st XI Hockey Back Row: Jerome Chan , Peter Su, Dipak Ranchhod, Joseph Lewis Middle Row: S. Davis (Coach), David Kinnersley, Jayden Hamilton, Jeremiah Dunn, Matthew Gupwell, W. Hamilton (Manager), C. Lewis (Manager) Front Row: Kayne Mooney, Ciaran Hogben, Deepak Patel, Tom Mair, Christian Davis Absent: Patrick Lonergan

Josh’s Band Left to Right: Josh Dominikovich, Keanu Te Kawa, Matthew Boivin, Tyler James

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Co-Curricular Photos Regional Kapa Haka Back Row: Mavaenga Maiava, Kade Tiatia, Jon-Marc Stowers, Bob Tane, Darcy Cowan, Donnell Snowdon-Wilson, Cedric Aiulu, Mr Darrell Waiti (Coach) Front Row: Paasi Fine, Fa’afoi Sakaria, Rydell Mita, Nicky Mita, Mundsan Yu Hoi, Jay Singh, Jonty Puna Absent: Trey Ryder, Charles Tarau, Daeshan Wichman

Kings Destroyed Left to Right: Daeshan Wichman, Allen Murrell, Fraser Sewell, Keanu Te Kawa

Lighting and Sound Technical Crew Back Row: David Sefton (Teacher), James Savelio, Harry Slade, Patrick Wyllie Front Row: Cameron Gibson, Fraser Sewell, Liam Gorham Absent: Raymond Horua

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Co-Curricular Photos

Martial Arts Club Back Row: Ms Patricia Reilly (Karate Sensei), Jordan Taylor, Mundshung Yu Hoi, Kieran Robbie, Mataio Pou, Mr Matt Harrison (Kung Fu Instructor) Front Row: Michael Start, Bradley Kitt, Wilson Lologa, Joseph Divinagracia, Rogan Scott Absent: Vicent Montero

O’Shea Shield Team Back Row: Jordan Lamond, Harry Slade, William Warren, Patrick Lambert Third Row: Philip Vatikani, David Ferrari, Simon Patelesio, John Braddock, Esekia Tanu Second Row: Mrs Anna-Marie Dickinson, Ms Ann Gray, Mr Michael Fowler, Mrs Sue McNab, Ms Patricia Reilly, Ms Jean Howell Front Row: Stephen Salter, Anthony Tino, Jordan Saggers, Lionel Taito-Matamua, Jordan Kooge Absent: Raymond Horua

Philosophy Club Back Row: Tyrone Martin, Caleb McInman, Jerome Chan, Elsabie Prasas (Co-ordinator) Front Row: Eamon McKeown (Chairperson), Matthew Loveranes, Marcus Bentley Absent: Antone Oliver

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Road Patrollers Back Row: Kim Donato, Nathan Dicken, Salesi Rayasi, Nathan Russell-O’Riley, Jesse Gilbert Middle Row: Michael Brennan, Connor Bliss, Jordan Taylor, Karl Hofsteede, Joe Schuchman, William Matheson Front Row: Jay Aickin, Maxim Hey, David Woodman-Smith, Terence Jiang, Lloyd Villaver, Justin Wilson Absent: Poata-Ezra Tuisamoa, Mataio Pou

1st XV Rugby Back Row: Sione Alofi, Lorenzo Pili, Mason Tavite, Caleb Meade Third Row: Philip Vatikani, Isileli Tonu, Jon-Marc Stowers, Ben Filipo, Gregory Strickland Second Row: Mr P. Fairfield (Manager), Lionel Taito-Matamua, Daniel McErlean, Eric Fealofani, Mundshung Yu Hoi, Mr M. Lee (Coach) Front Row: Chas McGregor, Sepe Mua’au, John Braddock, Vaughan Samuelu, Bob Tane, Simon Patelesio, Arkerei Manaia

2nd XV Rugby Back Row: Blaize Tuisila, Nelly Tino, Johntana Vitale-Petelo, Va’a Lologa, Raffel Vitale-Petelo Middle Row: Telima Paselio, Faamanu Anae, Joshua Patea, Junior Sulusi, Patrick Soe, Christian Meafou Front Row: Esekia Tanu, Edward Schaafhausen, Aaron Thompson, Anthony Tino, Lote Pepa, Darcy Cowan, Jordan Collins

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Co-Curricular Photos 3rd XV Rugby Back Row: Olo Tafili, Andrew Pasene, Kent Whiley, Eric Vaelei-Fagaiava Third Row: T. Tuisamoa (Coach), Henry Dominic, Aashchaykuma Patel, Lokeni Alesana, Andrew Lamkam, Poata-Ezra Tuisamoa (Waterboy) Second Row: A. Tuisamoa (Coach), Jeremy Moananu, Hosea Mano, Jordan Saggers, William Oloapu, Sione Likio, M. Haley (Coach) Front Row: Bernie Taulealo, Nazareth Savelio, Kade Tiatia, Jeremiah Tuisamoa, Jordan Heketa, Tuliese Tangataese, John-Perez Koloi

1st XIII Rugby League Back Row: Tyler Tane, Patrick Soe, John Braddock, Daniel McErlean, Edward Schaafhausen, Esekia Tanu Third Row: Bob Tane, Sepe Mua’au, Simon Patelesio, Arkerei Manaia, Jon-Marc Stowers, Chas McGregor Second Row: Eric Fealofani, Jean-Luc Knox, Anthony Tino, Jordan Collins, Mason Tavite, Lionel Taito-Matamua, Mr D. Jones (Coach) Front Row: Blaize Tuisila, Philip Vatikani, Gregory Strickland, Joshua Patea, Fa’amanu Anae, Va’a Lologa, Jonty Puna

Under 14 Rugby Back Row: Stasson Lea, Jeremiah Moa, Chad Briant Middle Row: R. Baker (Coach), Shalom Scrimshaw, Eden Maka, Cedric Aiulu, Richard Perez, Mr B. Edwards (Coach) Front Row: Corey Soe, Trei Mu, Taylor Edwards, Patrick Duffy, Zane Baker, Dakota Nuku, Bernie Seufale

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Co-Curricular Photos Under 15 Rugby Back Row: Callum Meehan, Nehemaia Pomale, Ryan Perez, John Peaua, Telima Pereira Third Row: Sione Katoa, Tupou Sanerivi, Anthony Mamea-Lemalu, Tyler Tane, Raymond Lesoa, Jean-Luc Knox Second Row: Henry Tamala, Atini Mulitalo, K. Katoa (Coach), Mr M. Keating (Coach), Mrs K. McMillan (Manager), Jonam Sega, Saita Tuaoi Front Row: Marc Soloa, Anthony Toluono, Andrew Mamea-Lemalu, Jonathan McMillan, David Filipo, Jason Montin, John Tufele

Under 65kgs Rugby Back Row: Rydell Mita, Patrick Soe, Chris Upton, Anthony Van Ooyen, Matthew Van Der Horst Middle Row: Kainaki Lemisio-Cameron, Keanu Te Kawa, Hayden Asher, Junior Fetoai, Sunia Kamakorewa Front Row: Moroati Stretch-Swan, Vakesh Naidu, Aaron Bouzaid, Alex Galuvaa-Tangatapoto, Nicholas Alofi

Sons of Old Boys Back Row: Telima Paselio, Keanu Te Kawa, Bob Tane, John-Perez Koloi, Julian Murphy Front Row: Michael Brennan, Lokeni Alesana, Jordan Kooge, Joshua Peterson, Jozef Van Hout

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Co-Curricular Photos Year 7 and 8 Soccer Back Row: Nathan Dicken, Salesi Rayasi, Arama Pou, Liam Francis, Daniel Raju Middle Row: Reggie Reid (Coach), Ben Van Woerkom, Thomas Josephson, Antonio Ritossa, Elliot Ferris, John Graham, Harmon Molenaar (Coach) Front Row: Joshua Montague, Jayden Grant, Dylan Goddard, Kelly Higgins, Joshua Williams, Cameron Judd, Jayden Ioata

Student Councillors Back Row: Reggie Reid, Ash Patel, Chas McGregor, John Braddoock , Lee Waldman, Harry Slade Middle Row: Deepak Patel, Sesilili Ahokovi, tMatthew Loveranes, Nathan Dicken, Terrill Anthony Front Row: Ben Van Woerkom, Joseph Schuchmann, Orville Vasquez, Vaughan Samuelu, Anthony Tino, Joshua Logan, Benjamin Duthie-Jung Absent: Kyle Viagedor, Bernie Taulealo, Benzi Rodrigues, Blessing Mbenjele, Zane Baker, Robert Walker, Stasson Lee

Senior Student Leaders Back Row: John Braddock (Marcellin House Captain), Eric Fealofani (Chanel House Captain), Jordan Kooge (Marcellin House Captain), Darcy Cowan (Ignatius House Captain), David Ferrari (Ignatius House Captain) Front Row: Lionel Taito-Matamua (Pompallier House Captain), Orville Vasquaz (Deputy Head Boy), Vaughan Samuelu (Head Boy), Anthony Tino (Deputy Head Boy), Mario Miranda (Pompallier House Captain) Absent: Viane Falaniko (Chanel House Captain)

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Co-Curricular Photos

Swimming Individual Champions Left to Right: Antonio Puka, Luke McGuinness, Adam Rangi, Michael Nicol, Stephen Clark Absent: Jamie Curtis

Year 7 and 8 Swimming Left to Right: Mrs C. Brennan (Manager), Ben Van Woerkom, Stephen Clark, Michael Brennan Absent: Jamie Curtis, Troy McGuinness

Tech Demons Back Row: Mr David Houden (Teacher), Thomas Maharaj, Edward Staples, Harry Slade Front Row: Primo Castro, Nicholas McCarthy, Mario Miranda, Patrick Wylie Absent: Raymond Horua, Mr Matt Harrison (Teacher)

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Co-Curricular Photos Junior 1 Tennis Back Row: Jordan Lamond, Ms F. McDonnell (Coach), Tyler Saggers Front Row: Cameron Judd, Thomas Josephson, Justin Wilson

Junior 2 Tennis Left to Right: Michael Brennan, Jacob Lillyston, Ms F. McDonnell (Coach), Stasson Lea, Bradley Kitt

Junior 3 Tennis Left to Right: Jozef Van Hout, Nathan Dicken, Liam Gorham, Ms F. McDonnell (Coach) Absent: Andrew Barnett, Matt Boivin

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Senior A Tennis Left to Right: Joseph Lewis, James Nash, Benzi Rodrigues, Harry Josephson Absent: Stephen Gibson

Senior B Tennis Back Row: Brent Duggan, Ms F. McDonnell (Coach), Tyrone Martin Front Row: Jeremy Cains, Donnell Snowdon-Wilson, Norman Vasquez

Junior Division 1 Touch Rugby Back Row: Sione Katoa, Jonty Puna, Saita Tuaoi, Mr Christopher Hart (Coach) Front Row: Ryan Perez, Jean-Luc Knox, Jonam Sega, Kainaki Lemisio-Cameron

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Co-Curricular Photos Junior Division 2 and 3 Touch Rugby Back Row: Jacob Katoa, Joshua Peterson, Thomas Nanai, Andre Knox, Tui Oloapu, Mr Christopher Hart (Coach) Front Row: Taylor Edwards, Nicholas Alofi, Zane Baker, Dakota Nuku, Kerwyn Meehan

Senior Touch Rugby Back Row: Blaize Tuisila, Ben Filipo, Sepe Mua’au, Vaughan Samuelu, Jon-Marc Stowers,Philip Vatikani, Mr Christopher Hart (Coach) Front Row: Reginald Reid, Eric Fealofani, Joshua Patea, Darcy Cowan, Jonty Puna

Year 7 Blue Touch Rugby Back Row: Jeremiah Tuisamoa (Coach), Benjamin Meafou, Poata-Ezra Tuisamoa, Jordan Uini-Paulo, Christian Meafou (Coach) Front Row: Joshua Montague, Dylan Goddard, Jesse Gilbert, Aaron Ualo, Jayden Ioata

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Year 8 Gold Touch Rugby Back Row: Nathan Dicken, Nathan Lindstrom, Logan Ongley, John Graham Front Row: Ben Van Woerkom, Cameron Judd, Justin Wilson, Dane Skipper, Michael Brennan

Tri Brothers Left to Right: Nehemia Pomale, Marc Soloa, Sione Katoa, Anthony Mamea Absent: Andrew Mamea

Triathalon Back Row: Trei Mu, James Nash, Luke McGuinness, Michael Nicol Front Row: Tom Mair, Jonathan McMillan, Joshua Ebert

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Co-Curricular Photos Junior Volleyball Back Row: Nelly Tino (Coach), Japan Soanai, Anthony Toluono, John Tufele, David Filipo, Jeremy Moananu (Coach) Front Row: Sione Katoa, Anthony Mamea, Marc Soloa, Andrew Mamea, Saita Tuaoi

Senior Volleyball Back Row: Arkerei Manaia, William Oloapu, Jeremy Moananu, Mr Christopher Hart (Manager) Front Row: Nelly Tino, Sepe Mua’au, Anthony Tino, Ben Filipo, Siaosi Smith

Junior Water Polo Back Row: Jonathan McMillan, Nicky Mita, Adam Rangi, Jason Montin Front Row: Kerwyn Meehan, Tyler Saggers, Antonio Puka, Ben Van Woerkom, Matt Jacobs Absent: Jerome McGuinness

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Senior Water Polo Back Row: Jason Montin, James Savelio, Adam Rangi, Rydell Mita Middle Row: Michael Nicol, Nicky Mita, Luke McGuinness, Kade Tiatia, Max De Maat Front Row: Antonio Puka, Tyler Saggers, Jonathan McMillan, Callum Meehan, Mundshang Yu Hoi Absent: Jerome McGuiness, C. McGuinness (Coach), S. McGuinness (Manager)

Year 7 and 8 Water Polo Back Row: Michael Nicol (Coach), Mataio Pou, Jacob Netzler, Mrs K. Van Woerkom Front Row: Ben Van Woerkom, Nathan Dicken, Arama Pou, Fraser McMillan, Codie Meehan Absent: Troy McGuinness (Captain), Jamie Curtis

Yung Wunz Back Row: Nelly Tino, Siaosi Smith, Christian Meafou, Junior Sulusi Front Row: William Oloapu, Sepe Mu’aua, Nehemia Pomale, Anthony Mamea

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Civil Defence / First Aid

You’re in safe hands

Civil Defence team steps up

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  his year, ten Year 12 students helped rejuvenate the St Bernard’s Civil Defence team. John Barkess, Ben McCathie, Caleb McInman, Christian Meafou, Lloyd Moyo, Reginald Reid, Raul Reyes Malqui, Patrick So’e, Lawrence Wright and yours truly, took part in three Hutt Valley Secondary School training days. We learned basic skills such as ground level rescue and reconnaissance. Schools across the Hutt Valley sent their respective civil defence teams on the course, starting off with two training days in April. It finished up on the 15th of May with the practical assessments. The old, abandoned Wainuiomata College on Moohan St. provided the perfect training ground for testing our abilities. The assessors/members of the Hutt Valley Civil Defence Team were more than capable mentors. This is the second year our team of ten has taken part. We returned this year with improved theoretical and practical skills. Our St Bernard’s spirit was evident when we received the school spirit trophy. In addition to this, we have each gained three Level Two credits for Unit Standard 20473-Developing Knowledge and Skills (essential for being an effective member of a Light Rescue Team.) In the end however, it was still a competition

and even though we didn’t win over perennial favourites Sacred Heart College (1st Place), Chilton St James (2nd) and Hutt Valley High School (3rd), we came home with the knowledge and ability to help our school community in times of emergency. We also developed a sense of pride at bringing some much needed life into the, at times, tiring and trying proceedings. This endeared us not only to our tough assessors, but also to some other teams (they couldn’t shy away from the infectious St Bernard’s spirit)! It is rewarding to have been part of such a diligent team. I am proud to have led us through and experienced the many highs this year. Of course none of this would have been possible without the efforts of the hard-working Mr. Rakesh Sejwal, who organised everything for the team. Thank you Sir. Best of luck to next year’s team. Matthew Loveranes

Ready for any emergency

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 his year, thanks to the PE Department, I was allowed to join the Year 13 PE group who were taking their Emergency First Aid Training as part of their NCEA Level 2. As a martial arts instructor I wanted to brush up my skills; you need to do a refresher first aid training course every two years. I was joined on the course by Mr. Fairfield and a group of mature senior boys. We had an intensive day’s training under the watchful eye of our assessor from the Wellington Free Ambulance Service. We covered a broad range of areas: bleeding, burns, broken limbs, strokes and heart attacks - with helpful advice and sometimes gruesome anecdotes from our sardonic instructor. He always says, “you need to laugh at some of these things otherwise you’d cry.” Armed with advice we carried out a range of practical skill tests including injury assessment, CPR, bandaging wounds and how to stop choking in adults and infants. We had to practice on each other (embarassing) and dummies. We all had a good laugh at the stupid errors you see on medical TV shows. Now we’re ready! Mr. Matt Harrison

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Athletics Day

Athletic Sports Results

House Championship Pompallier

1st

471

Ignatius

2nd

413

Chanel

3rd

392

Marcellin

4th

379

Individual Champions Year

Name

Year 7 Jacob Moa 1st Jayden Ioata 2nd Year 8 Salesi Rayasi 1st Ben Brooking 2nd Junior Jonathon McMillan 1st Taban Makoii 2nd Youth Tyler Tane 1st Callum Meehan 2nd = Jean-Luc Knox 2nd = Intermediate Michael Hagarty 1st Bernie Taulealo 2nd = Olo Tafili 2nd = Senior Francisco Wilson 1st = Darcy Cowan 1st = Tom Maharaj 1st =

House Chanel Ignatius Chanel Marcellin Pompallier Marcellin Ignatius Pompallier Ignatius Pompallier Chanel Marcellin Marcellin Ignatius Chanel

Records Jayden Ioata

Y7 200m

31.06

Jonathan McMillan

Junior 400m

1:03.00 (1:05.75)

(31.59)

Michael Hagarty

Intermediate 400m

57.94

(59.12)

Josh Patea

Senior 400m

58.38

(58.66)

Callum Meehan

Youth 800m

2:27.63 (2:29.72)

Matthew Phillip

Senior 800m

2:18.19 (2:20.76)

Taban Makoii

Junior 1500m

5:13.65 (5:20.00)

Dier Makoii

Senior 1500m

4:58.47 (5:02.47)

Justin Wilson

Y8 High Jump

1.36m (1.34m)

Jarom Guillonta

Junior High Jump

1.52m (1.46m)

Pompallier

Int 4x100m Relay

49.96

(50.13)

Chanel

Snr 4x100m Relay

48.59

(48.97)

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Cricket / Cross Country

Bowled Over by Our Success 1st XI Report

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 009 was a successful year for the 1st XI-we won most of our games. The team was strengthened this year with the introduction of two Year 9’s, Jonny McMillan and Jack Imray. These players both proved themselves to be worthy of 1st XI status by consistently scoring runs. Memorable moments included Daniel McErlean scoring three 50’s in a row with five in the season, also David Ferrari and Harry Josephson both taking five wicket bags. The team would like to thank Mr Piripi for all the hours he has invested in St Bernard’s College cricket, also to Wellington Firebird player Andrew Lamb for his coaching every Thursday - your contributions were much appreciated. I would like to especially thank the parents for providing lunch and for supporting us every week, cricket would not go ahead without you. Lastly I would like to thank the boys for your efforts this year. I wish you the best of luck next year! Harry Josephson 1st XI Captain

Cross Country Results Wednesday 13 May 2009

House Championship Pompallier

1st

449

Marcellin

2nd

409

Chanel

3rd

385

Ignatius

4th

267

Individual Champions Year

Name

Year 7 1st Hamish Clausen 2nd Panashe Machingura 3rd Troy McGuinness Year 8 1st Stephen Clark 2nd Ben Duthie-Jung 3rd John Graham Junior 1st Joshua Peterson 2nd Jonathan McMillan 3rd Taban Makoii Youth 1st Jarom Guillonta 2nd Callum Meehan 3rd Joseph John Intermediate 1st Michael Hagarty 2nd Andrew Lamkam 3rd Nineb Haddad Senior 1st Dier Makoii 2nd Deng Nyok 3rd James Nash

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House

Time

Pompallier Ignatius Marcellin

13min 22 sec

Chanel Ignatius Marcellin

13min 30sec

Pompallier Pompallier Marcellin

10min 28sec (NR)

Marcellin Pompallier Marcellin

11min 30sec

Pompallier Marcellin Pompallier

20min 26 sec

Marcellin Pompallier Chanel

19min 22sec


Football

Farewells The end of each season we farewell players who have made a special contribution to St Bernard’s football.

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ootball continues to be an attractive winter sport for many students with sixty two players signing up for the four teams. This year saw the introduction of compulsory college football from 15th grade up which meant that players had to play for St Bernard’s and not their clubs. This caused a great deal of anguish for both players and parents but we successfully negotiated this due to a commitment from the players and parents to make sure it worked. The result of having only college play we fielded three teams in this competition and had dispensation to play a junior (14th grade) team the local Hutt Valley competition. Highlights of the season were: 1. The 14th grade team went undefeated through the 13th grade (gained promotion) to the 14th grade and won it. Scored 134 goals and conceded 15. 2. Our newly formed 15th grade team played in Division 2 of the junior competition finishing 1st equal but were defeated in the final 2-5 by Wellington High. 3. Having four Saturday teams which is the highest number of teams for many decades. 4. Having 62 players giving their football allegiance to St Bernard’s College. 5. Having ten different nationalities participating in our teams. Football is definitely a global sport. 6. Having three exceptional outside coaches to take our teams. Mr Herbert Nelson brought Eastern European flair to the 14th grade team. Mr Wayne Ebert brought many years of representative coaching experience to the 15th grade team and Mr Matt Christian brought youth, enthusiasm and current coaching techniques to the 2nd XI. 7. Having managers who ensured their teams were ready for each game. Thanks to Mrs Jess Christian (staff) for her work with the 2nd XI, Mr David Graham and Mr Aneel Anthony with the 15th grade and Mrs Carol Saggers with the 14th grade team.

8. Having excellent support from the parents who encouraged and acknowledged the skills of every player. 9. The enthusiasm of the 1st XI in face of the number of defeats they experienced. 10. The success of the annual Lower North Island tour which involved playing 6 games in 3 days and winning five of them. 11. The 2nd XI finished a very creditable 4th in their grade and had a number of very good victories. 12. Having a number of boys make it to representative honours. Congratulations to Terrill Anthony in the 15th Grade Federation team, Michael Hagarty in the 16th grade Federation team. Joshua Ebert in the H.V 15th grade team, Taban Makoii in the 14th Grade HV team. 13. Hosting Francis Douglas College from New Plymouth in our annual exchange. We are yet to be victorious but our 0-3 defeat was a very meritorious display against an opposition that plays in the Taranaki men’s competition. 14. Having two year 7/8 teams competing in the Hutt Valley intermediate school tournament and having one team win it and go through unbeaten. Thanks to Reggie Reid and Harmon Molenaar (1st XI) players for coaching the teams. 15. Running the Futsal indoor football competition during lunchtime for the second year. This year we have gone from 9 teams in 08 to 10 senior and 6 junior teams this year. The enjoyment level is high. Last years winning team was “Team 1st XI” 16. The links were forged with Naenae football club, which saw some players from Naenae join our 14th grade team. Special thanks to Naenae for allowing us to use their floodlit training ground. 17. The development of a St Bernard’s College football club committee. This group of parents and friends will chart the course for future years. Its goal is to allow each player to reach their potential within a well coached, managed and enjoyable environment.

1. Eamon McKeown Eamon played 98 games for the Saturday college teams and was a survivor from our initial team in 2004. No player has shown such loyalty and pride in the blue and gold shirt. Has played defensively most year but showed most recently he has attacking prowess on the left wing. A fantastic servant of St Bernard’s football. 2. Salam Malkonyan Besides his beloved Barcelona, St Bernard’s would be his favourite team. No player lived for football more than Salam. He played 4 seasons for us accumulating 68 games and scoring an incredible 48 goals. Salam’s ball skills saw him find his niche in a centre midfield role. Excellent team player who lived for the thrill of seeing the net buckle under one of this thunderous shots. 3. Thang Pau Thang brought his immense playing skills from his time in Myama. No player could match his close ball skills and his jinking runs through opposition defences. Thang played 48 games scoring an amazing 39 goals. An amazing player who helped many younger players to hone their skills. 4. Blessing Mbenjele Blessing was also of our first seasons team back in 2004 and he played 82 games. Blessing started out as a central defender but preferred to be scoring goals rather than stopping them. A very quick and decisive runner with the ball. 5. Mario Miranda Mario played 47 games scoring 26 goals. Arrived with us after laying in South America and the USA. An exceptional goalkeeper but played in midfield and on the wing. Total commitment to each game and was our on the field motivator. Never short of a word or two to say. 6. Simon Nock Simon Played three seasons, accumulating 45 games but would have saved 10x this number of goals. Fearless under the high ball and total commitment when on one to one with an attacker. 7. Itai Kaisa Itai played 3 seasons accumulating 35 games and scoring 5 goals. The player with the most untapped ability who has the most potential to achieve at a high level in senior football. Great speed and positional play.

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Football Player profile:

1st XI Report

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 his year has been a challenging one for our football team but the boys stuck it out. Our results did not go our way but we never gave up and we gave 110% in each game, so we can be very proud. The players support for each other was exceptional. They encouraged each other in every game. I wish to thank a lot of people this season. Firstly, I want to thank; Michael Nicol, Angelo Ritossa, Anu Singe and Michael Hararty who have joined the team this season. You gave use a real boost and I thank you guys for this. Secondly I would like to thank Eamon McKeown, Salam Malkonyan, Mario Miranda and Itai Kaisa who have been with the team for the last five years. The last game was a sad occasion as we bid farewell to these loyal participants of St Bernard’s football. You guys will be sadly missed. I would also like to thank Mr Greg McCathie for driving a mini bus during our last two tours. I know it must have been tiring looking after 15 boys but thank you very much for your help throughout the tour and the season as a whole. Last but not least, thank you Mr Higson, without whom this team would not have functioned. There were times, I am sure, that Mr Higson wanted to quit but his love of the game never allowed him, so thank you Mr Higson. We might not show it, but we have always appreciated everything you have done. Thank you. Overall, this year has taught me that there is always time to play for a club but playing for your school and with your friends is priceless. My advice for anyone who is playing football: there will always be a club but it is the school team where you play with your friends and where you experience good times. Thank you to everyone involved in St Bernard’s Football. Congratulations to the other three teams, your results were awesome. Paul Ogwaro. (Captain)

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Player

Features

Michael Nicol

First year in football and in goal. Total commitment, learnt fast, great courage!

Eamon McKeown

Loyalty and commitment his two driving forces. Total team player.

Ben McCathie

Great positional play on defence. Has excellent overlapping abilities. Team player.

Paul Ogwaro

Solid, dependable under high balls, timing his tackles is brilliant. Great temperament.

Marshall Rankin

Great positional mind and covers attackers very well. Has speed and determination.

Angelo Ritossa

Find of the season. Consistently very strong in defence. Attacked everything. Brilliant!

Mario Miranda

Talented and committed. Readily shared ideas which assisted the team. Fun to be with.

Harmon Molenaar

Follows the game plan well. Excellent ball skills, great ball distribution. Brilliant.

Raul Reyes

Very talented with ball at his feet. Very good vision. Total team player. Perseverance.

Salam Malkonyan

Total commitment. Would die for the team. Is totally passionate. Others always first.

Reggie Reid

Versatile, rapid acceleration and has endurance. Great overlapping defender. Focussed.

Thang Pau

Great ball skills, great vision and always has an eye for goals. Visionary.

Itai Kaisa

Fast, dynamic, enthusiastic about the game and played great possession football.

Anu Singe

Has a great right foot. Shoots powerfully. Confidence is growing as is his talent.

Michael Hagarty

Joined us late but brilliant skills with both feet. Great vision and ball distribution.

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he 2nd XI had a good season overall, finishing 4th on the table in Division 7. Our team consisted of Simon Nock, our goalkeeper, who showed great determination putting his body on the line to make numerous saves. Our mighty defenders Harry Slade, Jordan Clout, Hamish Angus, Matt Loveranes and Caleb McInman, made numerous goal saving tackles and were always there to cover each other as well as support the attackers. Midfielders Omar Malkonyan, Lloyd Moyo, Matt O’Flaherty, Deng Ayuen, Nineb Haddad and Thang Sing Pau, distributed the ball well and scored many beautiful goals. Also our strikers, Ding Deng, Blessing Mbenjele, Dau Atem, and Dier Makoii, were always there to finish off with strikes on goal, some of which were out of this world. Special thanks to Mr Christian who had to leave work early to coach us twice a week straight after school. Your knowledge and ability to motivate us was greatly appreciated. Thank you Mrs. Christian, our manager. You looked after us on Saturdays and kept us working hard. Blessing, Deng, Ding and Dier won’t be returning next year but thank you for your brilliant support and your contribution to the skill development of all players. Thanks again to everyone in 2nd XI. See you all next season. Dau Atem and Omar Malkonyan. (Co-captains)

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14th Grade St Bernard’s 14th grade football team was a formidable force on the soccer field in 2009, winning all 11 games with an average score of 13 goals for and 1 against. Lead by two very talented soccer personalities Tauonga Mahowa (captain) and Taban Makoii (vice-captain), the team established dominance within the first five minutes of each game. Our tactics were simple: identify the opposition’s weaknesses and capitalise on them. We scored an array of goals that would please any professional manager. We scored from half way, with headers, acrobatic scissors kicks, and used all body parts (knees, chest, and back heels). It was a real pleasure to watch St Bernard’s boys playing such attractive and skillful football. Even the opposition admitted that they had never seen such exciting and skilful play. We have a very talented group of players but, as always, there is room for improvement. We had an outstanding goalkeeper in Matthew Jacobs. He gave us the confidence to focus on our attack. We had the best defender in the league, Tyler Saggers, lead in our back four. Our two quick midfielders, Pau Thang and Antonio Puka applied pressure on the opposition midfield which, in turn, created gaps for our forwards. Our two most improved players were our youngest players, 12 year old Panashe Machingura and Alex Nelson. They both developed the skills and attributes of experienced players . Thomas Fitzsimmon, Hamish Campbell, Fargi Kaisa, and Jordan Garrow made significant and valuable contributions to our team’s success. The strong bonds between players, their dedication, self discipline, and good sportsmanship helped make the St Bernard’s College 14th grade football team invincible. Mr. Herbert Nelson (Coach)


Football

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  his was our fifth consecutive tour and was our longest and hardest. We had 6 games in three days with victories against Otaki College (5-0), Rangitikei College (12 -0), Taihape Area School (17 -0), Taumarunui H.S (2-1). Ruapehu College (9 -0) and St Peter’s College in Palmerston North (0 -4).The tour is designed to acknowledge the hard work, loyalty and commitment of the players to the 1st XI and football at College. There were three 2nd XI players included and they gelled very quickly into the team atmosphere. The team stayed in Ohakune for the two evenings and travelled to colleges from there. Car washes and selling chocolates were the fundraising activities and most players used these activities to cover the full cost. Three games were classified as ambassadorial fixtures because the opposition does not get the

1st XI Coach’s Perspective

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ur team was in the qualifying round for the 2nd and 3rd championship divisions but with only a draw we ended up in the 3rd division. The standard of football was very good and we struggled at times to keep up. We had the honour of being one of two teams to beat the top team but this did not stop us from coming 5th out of 6 teams. We consistently scored goals but, with our attacking style of play, we conceded too many. All of the squad of fifteen players gave the season their total commitment and are to be congratulated for their efforts. This year we had two training sessions a week. With many having afterschool employment, this meant that it was difficult to have a full team present at any one session to develop the strategies for set pieces and tactics.

opportunity to play teams such as ours and we were there to enjoy the fixture with them. The Otaki fixture was hard and fast and a difficult test first up. Against Taumarunui HS a new trophy was introduced in recognition of the very long association the two respective coaches have which goes back over fifteen years. The ‘Friendship’ trophy is to be played for each year and this year we brought it back with us. The results over the past 4 years now have two victories each. This is one game the boys lift themselves for. Our last game is against the very strong, talented and skilful St Peter’s team. They were too strong over the park but we never gave in. They are very appreciative of the fixture as are all the colleges. Thanks to Mr Fava and the BOT for allowing this.

Club Awards:

Each year the St Bernard’s Football Club have their own awards ceremony which is over and above the annual college sport awards. 2009 recipients were: Award Best & Fairest Most Consistent Most Improved Exciting Prospect Fair Play Team Spirit

1st XI

2nd XI

15th Grade

Paul Ogwaro

Dau Atem

Raul Reyes

Simon Nock

Michael Nicol

Hamish Angus

Angelo Ritossa Salam Malkonyan

Terrill Anthony -------------------

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Brandon Lynch ------------------Julian Murphy

14th Grade Taban Makoii ------------------Alex Nelson -------------------Tyler Saggers

Eamon McKeown

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Club Service

Reggie Reid and Harmon Molenaar

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Golden Boot

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Jordan Lamond

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We will be losing five players, so, with a core nucleus still present there is the opportunity to improve on this year. We had two year 11 players which will give us depth in the future. The future 1st XI’s are looking good.

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Hockey

Hockey 1st XI Report

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i, I’m Steve Davis (Dinky), coach of St Bernard’s 1st XI Hockey. Hockey has only returned as a sporting option at this school for the last 3 years. In our first year, we struggled on in the bottom grade but were able to make it to the semi-finals. Last year, with a little more experience on board, we won the grade. This season we won the grading round convincingly. This saw us, move up to the next grade and hold our own in next grade up. The team consisted of experienced senior players, some with minimum experience and others who were complete beginners. A very successful team has formed. With a 99% turnout for practices, the beginners were catching up to the more skillful players with their encouragement. All the forwards and halves scored goals. Joe, in particular had an exceptional season, scoring 31 goals. Jayden, the guts of the midfield, with his tackling and distributing skills, contributed to the forwards and scored many goals. Our inners, Ciaran and Tom, attacked and defended well. The wingers, Kane, with his determination and Christian, helped themselves to many goals. Christian’s skills have also improved. Our other halves, Peter, who had a very strong season and

Jeremiah, contributed well and helped out at full back. Our senior fullback Patrick tackled strongly and our junior fullback Deepak came on leaps and bounds. Our senior Goalie Dave had a moderate season and saved his best for last, with an outstanding save in the last game. New goalie Matt showed great potential until sadly he got injured. Our beginners, Jerome, showed total dedication, and Dipak R improved so fast, that next season I expect big things from him. The highlight of this season was when we were promoted to a new grade. Another good moment was drawing with Francis Douglas Memorial, who was more experienced, faster and skilful, in our annual sports exchange. Games played Won Drew Lost Goals For Goals Against

18 12 2 4 72 32

I would like to thank Winnell, Brian & Claire for their excellent managerial skills (and then some). Also, a big thank you to John & Francie, for umpiring and Mary (parent) for her ‘mothering skills.’ Combined with my coaching, we ended up being a happy and successful team!! See all you guys next season (hopefully some new players too.)! Steve Davis 1st XI Hockey Coach

Rugby League Far left: Darcy Cowan triumphantly lifts the Rugby League World Cup. Left: Mr Piripi with Frank Endicott, former NZ and Warriors coach.

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Rugby

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009 was a stellar year for U15 Rugby at the College, culminating in the team taking out the Fr. Gus Hill Cup, awarded to the U15 Division 1 Champions, for the first time since 1989. The team played 17 games, won 14, scoring 457 points, including 74 tries whilst only conceding 189 points. Pre-season games included wins over St. Pat’s 10-0, Taita 71-7 and Rongatai 26-17. Our grading matches brought a narrow loss to St. Pats 17-20, a win against Mana 35-0 and Wellington College 25-10. The team went on to win their annual exchange with Hato Paora 22-15.

1st XV Report This season’s team showed inspirational strength of spirit and determination to succeed

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 ith an early season trip to Auckland to participate in the annual Marist school’s Rugby quadrangular tournament, numbers were good for trainings. With some experienced players unavailable due to other sporting commitments, we took the best available players away to compete, build Team Spirit for the upcoming season and make new friends from the tournament. Playing our hosts, St Paul’s College, the boys were up against a physical side who played very close to the rules and spirit of the Marist tournament with a lot of cheap shots unpunished…but the boys dug deep. I can still see that tackle by Francisco! Next up was Sacred Heart College and, for 60 odd minutes, an astounding display of controlled rugby gave both Paul and myself, confidence for the upcoming season.

To those boys leaving this year good luck with your career pathways, hopefully you will continue playing rugby at age / senior grade levels. To the 3rd XV and U15 sides well done on your seasons, hopefully a few of you will be pushing hard for 1st XV spots next season. A big thanks to Vaughan, Bob, John and JonMarc who led the team at certain stages during the season. Also, to the senior players who had leadership roles within the team. You all made coaching the side easier for Paul and myself.

To those boys leaving: Good Luck! You’ve played with pride and passion!

We played 3 grading games to earn the right to play in Premier 1, scoring 96 pts and conceding just 12pts. In our first competition game we played Stream. We were down 3-7 at halftime, eventually losing 6-24. Next, was Rongotai. Again, we were down 5-10 at halftime, eventually losing 8-22. In both these games the boys played well and possibly could have won both if they had been more experienced in playing Premier rugby. We did record 2 wins over Taita 24-5 and Kapiti 17-16 in the first round finishing 6th on the table. The second round we played Mana losing 13-55. We then played Town for 5/6 spots, eventually losing 12-39, with us again, finishing 6th in the second round. Games which stand out were the last game against Town, where the pride and passion was very evident with a few players playing their last game for the school. Others were the Stream and Rongotai games. These would have been

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achievable wins if we had of been a bit more experienced. If we had the vision we could have changed some tactics, altered our patterns and tempo and got the results.

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Special thanks to Paul. You came in and helped with both the coaching and managing of the side, as well as your other duties as Rugby Convener. Thank you Te Wai and Catherine for your support and co-operation during the season, especially the mid week traditional fixtures.

And finally thank you for the parental support for games, after-match functions and transport to and from our away games. It was good to see and hear positive encouragement from the sidelines. Mr Matt Lee (Coach)

We then went on to record victories over St. Pats Stream 21-19, St. Pats Town 155, Taita 35-10, Otaki 62-10 and Porirua 37-5. Top 4 saw us beat Rongatai 17-15 and St. Pat’s Stream 21-7 to put us into the final against Wellington College. In the final two boys converted tries. A penalty to Tyler Tane saw us take a 17-6 half time lead. Wellington College cut this back to 17-12 and the match was sealed 24-12 when Jean-Luc Knox intercepted a pass 40m out and raced on to score under the posts. It was a team effort this season but our outstanding performers were: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Andrew & Anthony Mamea, Tupou Sanerivi, David Filipo, Jason Montin, John Tufele, Marc Soloa, Sione Katoa, Raymond Lesoa, John-Luc Knox, Tyler Tane, Saita Tuhoi, Callum Meehan Jonathan McMillan.

K. Katoa (Coach), Mr Mark Keating (Coach), Mrs K. McMillan (Manager),


Swimming / Triathalon

Swimming Championships Results

House Championship

Thursday 26 March 2009

Marcellin

1st

309

Ignatius

2nd

237

Chanel

3rd

219

Pompallier

4th

202

Individual Champions Year

Name

House

Year 7 1st 2nd Year 8

Jamie Curtis Troy McGuinness

Chanel Marcellin

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Stephen Clark

Chanel

2nd

Ben van Woerkom

Ignatius

1st

Antonio Puka

Ignatius

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Tyler Saggers

Chanel

2nd =

Joshua Peterson

Pompallier

1st

Adam Rangi

Marcellin

2nd

Cameron Adams

Ignatius

Junior

Youth

Intermediate 1st

Luke McGuinness

Marcellin

2nd

Callum Meehan

Pompallier

1st

Michael Nicol

Marcellin

2nd

Vaughan Samuelu

Pompallier

Senior

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or the first time St Bernard’s entered the College Sport Wellington Triathlon Championships with great success. The Junior boys team of Jonathan McMillan, Trei Mu and Tom Mair finished 2nd and our Senior boys team of James Nash, Michael Nicol and Luke McGuinness finished 4th in their event. Joshua Ebert was brave and competed as an individual and finished strongly.

Michael Nicol

From Left: Michael Nicol, Trei Mu, Luke McGuiness, Tom Mair, Jonathan McMillan, Joshua Ebert and James Nash

Luke McGuinness

James Nash

Jonathan McMillan

Joshua Ebert competed as an individual and finished strongly. Well done Josh!

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Tennis

Start of Year Junior Tennis success! W

e had a very successful start to the tennis season with one team in particular, Junior 1, reaching the zone finals. Unfortunately they missed out on winning the final as, at the end of the day, it came down to points. However they won their grade comfortably and have turned out to be a strong team indeed! The Junior 1 boys were Jacob Lillyston, Bradley Kitt, Stasson Lea, and Michael Brennan. A big thank you to Catherine Brennan and Mrs Lillyston for your reliable management and team transport. Junior 3 team consisted of beginners and less experienced players but they gave it their best shot and gained good court experience. Liam Gorham, Jozef van Hout, Nathan Dicken Matt Boivin and Andrew Barnett showed up to every game with a positive attitude and a taste for a challenge.

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Thank you to Mrs Gorham for assisting me with team transport and courtside companionship! Felicity McDonnell (Tennis Convenor).

Liam Gorham

James Nash

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he 2009 Senior Tennis team, Harry Josephson, James Nash, Joseph Lewis and Stephen Gibson (with regular fill-in Thomas Josephson) played in the Hutt Valley Division One Competition in term one. The boys convincingly won this Hutt Grade, which secured them a place in the Regional Semi-final against Kapiti College. They narrowly missed out on winning this match after a very close and well played semi-final. Well done boys on some great tennis. Claire Lewis Manager

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Joseph Lewis

Stephen Gibson


Volleyball

Win or Lose... as a Team

Nationals were tough. We were tested mentally and physically.

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ur team has been together now for a couple of years and we knew that if ever we were to have a shot at taking on regional’s, then this year was it. Our journey started off during Term One when we successfully won our grading games to start in Premiere One. But the real games started at the Wellington Schools Regional Tournament, held at the new Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua. This was the true test for the top Wellington Secondary School Teams. Over the course of the next two days, we successfully made our way to the final where we met Mana College in a competitive final in front of 500 spectators. Mana won the first set 25-22 and in the second set we fought back from 2420 to 24 before finally going down 26-24. Three of us were named for the tournament team Jeremy Moananu, Sepe Mua’au and Nelly Tino. The loss was hard but we had to learn from it quickly as we had our eyes set on Nationals.

Our parents, supporters, Mrs. Uili and Mr. Hart and especially our coach Vaigafa Oloapu, worked tirelessly to get us to the Nationals in Palmerston North. We cannot thank them enough for it. Here we were, still a young team but going out to represent our school and to do our best on the National stage. But on arriving at the venue and seeing all the other teams, that final in front of 500 spectators back in Wellington seemed like a drop in the ocean compared to Nationals. With 145 teams competing nationwide, we had never seen a stadium, or any tournament for that matter, of this stature. We soon realised our preconceived ideas of a fun-filled, cruisy Nationals was completely wrong. Nationals were tough, and that’s putting it in simple terms. The early mornings, the late nights, the long gaps in between games tired us

all and not to mention the games themselves! We were tested mentally and physically and each day and each loss tore us down. We fought hard in all our pools games, but the teams were harder and after 3 days, we had zero wins and four losses. Despite these losses and no matter how tired we got, I never saw one of us get down or mope about at the motel. We were there as a team and we learned that you win as a team and you lose as a team. So, in true St Bernard’s style, instead of sulking, we had the best possible fun we could. We grew stronger and closer with not only these losses, but having to live together for a week. The late night heart to hearts about girls, having to cook each night, straightening each others hair, swimming in the pool, relaxing in the spa or just chilling with each other 24/7, really exemplified Bernard’s Brotherhood. After losing our pool games, we were placed in Division 3. Here, we caught our stride and started playing our game, the one where we knew we were hitting our potential. We won our next three games and smashed our way into the finals where we played Hamilton’s Fraser College whom we’d already beaten previously in a tense match. I don’t know if it was because we were all nervous, too tense, or all just too exhausted from the tiring week, but when we went to the final, our game plan disappeared. We really didn’t pull it together for that final. We were there, but we weren’t there and in the end, we knew we had lost it. It was a hard and abrupt end to Nationals, but we took it on the chin because we knew we could have beaten them.

Volleyball Team would like to thank our sponsors, Just in Time LTD and Pacific Health Service Hutt Valley. We would also like to thank our supporters, our parents, St Bernard’s College, Mr. Hart and especially to our coach Vaigafa Oloapu who after many years has always put in a hundred percent effort for the boys, taking up a lot of his own time. He has never expected much in return and has always remained loyal. We cannot thank him enough. You all made Nationals for us possible, an experience we will treasure our whole lives. Nationals were definitely an experience to remember, we met a lot of great new people (Ben, ha-ha) but also we strengthened the relationships we had within our own team. There’s something about being at Bernard’s that brings us boys together despite the losses. We find that we unknowingly pick ourselves up each time, Volleyball just showcased this. Nationals 2009 Week came to an end, faster than anyone wanted or expected and it was then that we realised how much of an event it was. It was the total experience that we took away from Nationals- I wouldn’t swap that for a win any day! Sepe Mua’au

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Water Polo

Water Polo Tour Making a splash in Christchurch

Many thanks to the coaches for their committment and also to the friends, family and whanau who helped suppoort and fundraise to enable the team’s tour..

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Year 8 Form Classes 8KN

Back Row: Adrien Tavite, Mataio Pou, Poata-Ezra Tuisamoa, Seamus Lahood, Nathan Dicken, Jesse Gilbert Third Row: David Tarrant, John Graham, Fraser McMillan, Wilson Lologa, Terry Watkins, John Emsley, Bradley Kitt Second Row: Rachael Kneepkens (Teacher), Luke Vallance, Dylan Goddard, Terence Jiang, Rogan Scott, Francis Tauauve’a, Blake Owers, Jacob Moa, Jayden Ioata Front Row: Jonathan Kung, Matthew Clark, Troy McGuinness, David Woodman-Smith, Codie Meehan, Hamish Ram, Joshua Howsan Absent: Connor Barkess

8KT

Back Row: Joseph Afoa, Salesi Rayasi, Kaleb Haftka-Schatilo, Malachai Tangiiau, Jordan Uini-Paulo, Niko Patelesio Third Row: Aaron Ualo, Joshua Lim, Talosaga Tanu, Gabriel Balauag, Hamish Clausen, Connor Bliss, Jordan Wilson Second Row: Dean Wipatene (Teacher Aide), Dane Skipper, Benjamin Duthie-Jung, Andre Canderle, Jacob Netzler, Karl Hofsteede, Brandon Cole-Tegas, Jireh Aninon, Benjamin Brooking, Kathy Taylor (Teacher) Front Row: Quentin McCarthy, Keegan Molenaar, Justin Wilson, Michael Brennan, Nicco Gonzalez, Kelly Higgins, Jay Aickin Absent: Benjamin Van Ooyen

8MD Back Row: Jesse Murrell, Nicholas Lunn, Ashby Alexander, Logan Ongley, Nathan O’Riley

Third Row: David Lanigan, Victor Taase, Sam Su, Harrison Bramwell, Kim Donato, Alexander Ryde Second Row: Felicity McDonnell (Teacher), Jozef Van Hout, William Matheson, Martin Markwitz, Alexander Nelson, Joseph Schuchmann, Anthony Parshot, Liam Dickinson Front Row: Mitchell Statham, Harvey Dawaton, Panashe Machingura, Maxim Hey, Luke De Jong, Lloyd Villaver, Joshua Williams Absent: Daikyn Nuku, Elliot Ferris

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Year 8 - 9 Form Classes

8UI

Back Row: Liam Francis, Liam Kelly, Nathan Lindstrom, Jordan Hall, Richard Awatere, Thomas Benseman, Stephen Clark Third Row: Tobias Julius Donnelly, Jamie Curtis, Daniel Raju, Arama Pou, Benjamin Meafou, Antonio Ritossa, Jayden Grant Second Row: Anita Samy (Form Teacher), Joseph Divinagracia, John Ulu, Benjamin Van Woerkom, Troy Rose, Cameron Judd, Samuel Tamala, Thomas Josephson, Morgan Rowan, Nila Uili (Home Room Teacher) Front Row: Conor McCarthy, Jordi Reid-Ferris, Michael Start, Lee Bush, Christopher McDowell, Kyle Lamond, Joshua Montague Absent: Jordan Taylor

9HR

Back Row: John Siaosi, Cedric Aiulu, Hosea Tapuai, Fletcher Bunney-Parker Third Row: Jacob Katoa, Anthony Walters, Eden Maka, Daniel McAlister, Johnny Vaelei Second Row: Matthew Harrison (Teacher), Robert Walker, Trey Ryder, Benjamin Wallis, Buay James, Michael Alofi, Cormac Wyllie Front Row: Pau Sian Thawn Pau, Duarte Johnson, Dion Williams, Bernie Seufale, Sione Lilomaiava, Farayi Kaisa, Tyler James

9JA Back Row: Walden Noble, Tui Oloapu, Richard Perez, Jason Montin, Jermaine Moa, Jordam Garrow

Middle Row: Petra Jaeger-Letts (Teacher), Nicholas Alofi, Reuben Pusa, Shalom Scrimshaw, Taban Makoii, Sam Ward, Harrison Royle, Venilaite Fine Front Row: Kerwyn Meehan, David Manase, Zane Baker, Liam Gorham, Aidan Spooner, Christian Davis, Lewis Taito-Matamua

102

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Year 9 - 10 Form Classes

9KA

Back Row: Joshua Watts, Mavaega Maiava, Jonathan McMillan, Brettelemani Manaia, Jordan Rose Third Row: Thomas Fitzsimons, Raymond Nunns, Ethan McAuliffe, Chadley Briant, Miguel Orevillo, Tyler Saggers Second Row: Ripudaman Kanwal (Teacher), Joshua Dominikovich, Joshua Gomez, Tihei Kereopa-Rerekura, Matthew Gupwell, Thomas Mair, Trei Mu, Moroati Stretch-Swan Front Row: Hamish Campbell, Taylor Edwards, Joshua Logan, Campbell Dawson, Bryden Smith, Matthew Jacobs, Geoffrey Soe Absent: Aravind Llancko, Patrick Leota, Jesse Narvasa,

9SH Back Row: Nicky Mita, Thomas Nanai, David Williams, Cameron Piper, Jacob Lillyston Third Row: Patrick Duffy, Kevin Satur, Andre Knox, Joshua Peterson, Stasson Lee, Brandon Lynch Second Row: Clare Shill (Teacher), Matthew Logan, Cameron Williams, Ashleigh Sales, Dakota Nuku, Jerome McGuinness, David Smith, Nathan Houpapa Front Row: Mathew Dicken, Kirill Woodhouse, Antonio Puka, Ponifasio Atani, Shavin Senanayake, Matthew Tamarua, Patrick Lee Absent: Jack Imray

10CA

Back Row: Kotaemai Connell-Davey, Isaac Fuimaono, David Filipo, Jean-Luc Knox, Matthew Van Der Horst, Zachary Little Third Row: Kyle Viagedor, Ryan Perez, Aaron Teiri, Daniel McIntyre, Kieran Robbie, Kainaki Lemisio-Cameron, John Peaua Second Row: Patrick Cassidy (Teacher), Julian Murphy, Antone Oliver, Ryan Van de Lee, Sunia Kamakorewa, Simon Garlick, Arwin Sinnathambi, Edward Gill Front Row: Timothy Nield, Imam Assovie, Alex Galuvaa-Tangatapoto, Jordan Lamond, Matthew Boivin, Jakob Lee, Thomas Searancke Absent: Adam Rangi, Kenneth Grech-Zammit

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Year 10 Form Classes

10CH Back Row: Jarom Guillonta, Logan O’Sullivan, Allen Murrell, Stefan Rood, Anthony Van Ooyen, Damon Hutley

Third Row: Andrew Barnett, Lee Waldman, Cameron Adams, Harrison Godfrey, Yuxuan Zhou, Tupou Sanerivi, Anthony Lim Second Row: Jessica Christian (Teacher), Daniel Bramwell, Peter Ocampo, Vini Fa’atui, Mauele Pereira, Fraser Sewell, Jerome Chan, Dipak Ranchhod, Hoani Hotene Front Row: Junaid Ahmed, Bryan Pascual, Joshua Ebert, Keanu Te Kawa, Jahnn Cerezo, Aaron Bouzaid, Wiremu Caldwell, Absent: Karl Pelayo

10LF

Back Row: Anthony Mamea-Lemalu, Marc Soloa, Japan Soanai, Daeshan Wichman, Nehemaia Pomale Middle Row: Francis Vaaua, Lareeze Haenga, Elia Tionisio, Eliapo Fetoai, Jonam Sega, Craig Howard Front Row: Paul Villaver, Deepak Patel, Alexander Edmonds, Sione Katoa, Kayne Mooney, Kieran McGruddy, Jordan Burns Absent: Panapa Lafoa’i (Teacher), Penehe Timoti, Corey Soe

10TO Back Row: Talaivi Asovale, Anthony Toluono, John Tufele, Andrew Mamea-Lemalu, Vitale Rimoni

Middle Row: Lyn Too (Teacher), Saita Tuaoi, Sesilili Ahokovi, Tony Su, Telima Pereira, Antony Higgins Front Row: Joseph John, Aaron Savelio, Jonty Puna, Henry Tamala, Cole Goddard, Tavonga Mahowa, Andrzej Wyszynski Absent: Scott Staples, Darcy Smith

104

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Year 11 Form Classes

11HY

Back Row: Andrew Pasene, Timothy Josephs, Tyler Tane, Jeremy Cains, Nineb Haddad Middle Row: Neil Hayes (Teacher), Matthew O’Flaherty, Scott Addley, Nazareth Savelio, Ricky Situ, Kent Whiley, Norman Wasquez Front Row: Angelo Ritossa, Kenton Su, Tyrone Martin, Hayden Haughey, Cameron Gibson, Terrill Anthony, Brent Duggan Absent: Ndabezinhle Mkandla, Jose Situlia

11MC Back Row: Luke McGuinness, Jeremiah Dunn, Atini Mulitalo

Third Row: Aashchaykuma Patel, Fotahi Ahelemo, Jeremiah Tuisamoa, Kade Tiatia Second Row: Gerard McKay (Teacher), Daniel Campbell, Conor Culhane, Raymond Lesoa, Lorenzo Pili, Yateshay Lal Front Row: Nicholas Tran, Peter Su, Alvin Pascual, Vicente Montero, John Perez-Koloi, Callum Dickinson, Liam Cropp Absent: Bradley Dale, Mathew Simpson

11MN

Back Row: Thomas Wright, Lokeni Alesana, Hosea Mano, Bernie Taulealo, Andrew Lamkam Middle Row: Sue McNab (Teacher), Lewis Baucke, Olo Tafili, Donnell Snowdon-Wilson, Quayde Bon, Hayden Asher, Dylan McKechnie Front Row: Thang Sing Pau, Eric Vaelei-Fagaiava, Jonty Johnston, Tuliese Tagataese, Anu Singe, Rakai Haenga, Andre Sukroo Absent: Max de Maat, Sione Likio

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Year 11 - 12 Form Classes

11PI Back Row: Benjamin Fairbrother, Rydell Mita, Luke Weijers, Jayden Hamilton, Henry Dominic Middle Row: Callum Meehan, Harry Slade, Ricardo Canderle, Jordan Heketa, Jordan Clout, Michael Hagarty Front Row: Ciaran Hogben, Saifuddin Ahmed, Vikesh Naidu-Patterson, Jay Singh, Noel Dycoco, Raymond Horua, Timothy Graham Absent: Te Wai Piripi (Teacher), Joshua Tefono, Jeremy Moananu

12HI

Back Row: Trent Kirk, Isaac Elsmore, Benjamin Daly, Jesse Lahood

Front Row: Patrick Wyllie, Mundsan Yu Hoi, Marcus Bentley, Nelly Tino, James Savelio, Stephen Salter, Troy Spiers

Third Row: Siaosi Smith, William Oloapu, Jordan Saggers, Tomoki Minagawa, Philip Ibrahim

Absent: John Barkess, Joseph Lewis, Timoti Timoti

Second Row: Brenten Higson (Teacher), Phil Tran, Reginald Reid, Raffel Vitale-Petelo, Marshall Rankin, Benjamin McCathie

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Year 12 Form Classes

12NW

Back Row: Edward Staples, Charles Tarau, Ben Filipo, Sepelini Mua’au, Robert Tane, Christopher Sheppard, William Warren Middle Row: Sione Alofi, Luke Martin, Michael Strickland, Waqar Munir, Lloyd Moyo, Michael Nicol, Patrick Soe

Front Row: Matthew Loveranes, Harmon Molenaar, Theodore Lacsamana, James Nash, Malesh John, Jamie Bovey-Wills, Andrew Neville Absent: Neville Watson (Teacher), Thomas McKecknie, Jed Pelayo, Pradyumna Bhagavathula, Thomas Maharaj, Alexanda Sia

12SJ

Back Row: Hamish Angus, Kurt Meads, Lawrence Wright, Christopher Upton

Second Row: Rakesh Sejwel (Teacher), Colin Situ, Caleb McInman, Raul Reyes Malqui, Junior Sulusi, Stephen Gibson, Jon-Marc Stowers, Patrick Lonergan

Third Row: Paul Ogwaro, Benzi Rodgrigues, Jordan Houpapa, August Fa’afua, David Kinnersley

Front Row: Christian Meafou, Ramon Ligeralde, Lisiate Peaua, Faafoi Sakaria, Dau Atem, Vincent Polaczuk, Omar Malkonyan Absent: Sam Englert, Cole Williams, Alapati Tionisio

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Year 13 Form Classes

13DI

Back Row: Harry Josephson, Jordan Kooge, Patrick Donovan, Lionel Taito-Matamua, Joshua Patea, Allan Vaifale, Gerald Tuohy

Second Row: Stephen Davis (Teacher), Thang Hau Mang Pau, Simon Nock, Daniel McErlean, Ding Deng, Isileli Tonu, Mathew Phillip, Mason Tavite, Blaize Tuisila, Caleb Meade

Third Row: Anna-Marie Dickinson (Teacher Aide), Chas McGregor, Arkerei Manaia, Simon Patelesio, Dier Makoii, Jacob Elsmore, David Ferrari, Vaughan Samuelu, Peter Wilkinson

Front Row: Va’a Lologa, Primo Castro, Lafaele Paselio, Jarrod Murrell, Darren Bush, Hai Long Gu, Salam Malkonyan, James Coddington, Alehana Vitale. Absent: Viane Falaniko

13MF

Back Row: Edward Schaafhausen, John Braddock, Aaron Thompson, Darcy Cowan Third Row: Jordan Collins, Anthony Tino, Soonalote Pepa, Deng Ayuen, Eric Sefo Second Row: Michael Fowler (Teacher), Esekia Tanu, Jordan Brown, Orville Vasquez, Luke Gomez, Eamon McKeown, Nicholas McCarthy

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Front Row: Itai Kaisa, Nicholas Jury, Johntana Vitale-Petelo, Faamanu Anae, Kervin Viagedor, Zyron Haenga, Mark Esparas Absent: Mario Miranda, Ben Whatman, Francisco Wilson, Patrick Lambert, Antonio Tefono, Philip Vatikani, James Royle, Blessing Mbenjele, Panzapa Rimoni


Salam Malkonyan 13DI

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