Inspiring a community of passionate learners



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leaders and teachers are highly committed to fostering
each individual’s present and future potential. There
is evidence of many students becoming connected,
successful learners.
would like to
acknowledge our
teaching and support
staff who continue to
go well above what is
expected to achieve
outcomes that we are
really proud of. I
acknowledge the senior
leadership team and
my associate principal,
Louise Addison, for their
support during the year,
Mr I L Ropati, Principal
alongside my executive
secretary, Kathy-Heaton
Brown. We have an extremely competent professional
team at the College who continue to be effective mangers
of change. Education in the 21st century is increasingly
challenging; it demands more and more of our energy,
our time, and our commitment. As many of you already
know, Howick College has made significant progress over
the years and I credit this to the inspirational qualities of
our staff. I truly believe that we have a special place here
that young people really respect and in turn continue to
demonstrate outstanding engagement and performance
in and outside of the classroom.
Leadership: A culture of continuous improvement
permeates the school. The management of change is
well paced and considered. Self-review has effectively
promoted school development and coherence in its
systems. Howick College is very well placed to sustain
and improve its high quality performance. The college
has a clear focus on building a strong learning community
that values inspiration and innovation. Howick College
provides high quality education.
For me, it is no surprise that we have received such a
glowing report. All members of our school community
have worked extremely hard and this recognition and
reward is quite appropriate and a true reflection of where
we are as a school. We are determined to be the school
of first choice and each year we move closer and closer to
that ideal.
This year we adopted a new school vision. The
previous vision had served us well but it was time to
refresh our thinking and as a consequence developed
a new aspirational goal of ‘inspiring a community of
passionate learners’. This bold and challenging vision is
a call to inspire; our job is to light that spark that ignites
the love of learning so that young people find an interest
and embrace it. There is a responsibility on us all to be
the catalyst for inspiration and to pass this quality on to
the next person in whatever shape or form it is presented.
Our progress and ERO report are clear evidence that we
are collectively taking this responsibility seriously and I am
confident that this new vision will be achieved.
In August this year, we were formally audited by the
Education Review Office and received an outstanding
report on our progress. We received the maximum
return cycle of 4-5 years (Just 10% of schools nationwide
are awarded this type of report) and while ERO don’t
particularly like schools using the return times as a
‘badges of honour,’ we actually think we deserve it! Their
report made a number of highly affirming comments
which I would like to note, particularly around three key
areas which are important to us as a school community:
At the end of 2015, we say farewell to a number of
staff and wish them all the very best for their future. I’d
particularly like to thank Ms Barbara Evans, who retires
from the teaching profession after 26 years at Howick
College and over 40 in education. She has been a
significant member of the senior leadership team over the
years, providing exceptional curriculum and leadership
influence that has shaped our school today and for the
future. I would also like to recognise the service of Mr
Deryk Wardlaw who retires at the end of term one next
year. Deryk has served Howick College for 35 years and
interestingly, was appointed by the foundation principal
Mr Don Ingham! I thank them both and other staff leavers
for their dedication, professionalism and most of all their
unwavering support for the students in their care in and
out of the classroom. We wish you all well.
Relationships: Positive and affirming relationships for
learning underpin interactions between students and
teachers. Teachers have a strong commitment to meeting
student aspirations and respond to students’ goal setting.
A school-wide focus on student wellbeing underpins the
school’s educational vision.
Teaching and learning: Teachers are increasingly focused
on engaging students in classroom programmes that
encourage innovation, creative learning and thinking, as
well as qualifications success. Student engagement in
the curriculum is strongly supported by a comprehensive
and inclusive pastoral care network. Well embedded
restorative approaches support changes in student
behaviour. Students engage positively with a curriculum
that supports and strengthens their learning. School
a ‘spirit stick’ to bolster the potential power of Minerva
House. We want Minerva to be not just a House, but a
home. A cause to bond together, to be fiercely loyal to
each other and to protect the spirit of the House. The
spirit stick will be carried during House events in the years
to come and we hope it brings much luck and hope to
Minerva House. We aim for the stick to become a symbol
of pride. My message to you all is don’t be a bystander
in life, grab life by the horns. You will only get out of life
what you put into it and that’s the simple truth. Life is
far too short to be silently observing watching everyone
else get involved. Find that ‘spirit’ within and enjoy life by
being part of it!”
The college student leadership teams, house leaders,
peer support leaders, Yr 13 committee, cultural and
sports councils, academic mentors, students coaches and
managers, monitors, college hosts and the many others
who helped out during the year and were so supportive,
I thank you for your unselfish valuable contribution to the
I also commend the work of our student trustee, Mellissa
Parmar, for her services throughout the year and her
understudy, Elias Worrall-Bader, who will assume his role
on the board of trustees from 2016.
Inspiring a Community of Passionate Learners
I would like to acknowledge the BOT, who always have the
interests of the students at heart.
To our special Y13 student leavers, I don’t need to wish
you good luck, for you don’t need it. Each one of you
will carve out a niche for yourself in the world and I
know that you will be successful in to whatever it is you
choose to direct your energies. You have been given, by
your parents and our teachers, the best foundation on
which you can build awesome dreams. You carry our 3
Cs forward into new directions and will continue to be
positive contributors to our communities. On behalf of
the staff at Howick College, we are proud of you and
thank you all for your friendship.
To all of our students, I want to share some words of
wisdom from Eloise Kerr, who spoke to her Minerva House
Peers recently. What I particularly liked about her speech
was that it referred to a ‘spirit’ of goodwill, loyalty and
honour that surfaces in abundance when people unite
in purpose. Her speech is a challenge to all members of
her House (and school) to release this ‘magical spirit’ they
exhibit by getting involved in House competitions and by
contributing in some way. She believed that by doing so,
the spirit would have a long- lasting effect in lifting school
pride. She presented this ‘spirit stick’, as a symbol and
reminder of her message.
Congratulations to you all. I wish everyone continued
success and happiness in life.
She said: “What you get out of life is what you put into it.
This quote aptly describes for me how my time in Minerva
House has been for me. For some of you, this is just a
house and nothing else, but for a large proportion of you,
it’s something much more. This year, I’ve had the honour
of getting to know so many of you, I’ve been able to
watch triumphant teams evolve, brought together by their
house spirit. To everyone who has participated, I think
you should be proud of yourselves. Your determination
to be actively involved and not to simply watch from the
side-lines has made competition and life so much more
enjoyable for everyone. I want to leave a legacy (with
Kendall Dawson) that will continue to challenge people to
get involved and it’s for that reason that we’ve introduced
Gogo makes her way to the front and all the music stops.
I follow as everyone hangs their heads, Gogo recites
Psalm 100. Then she does the unthinkable and calls upon
my brother and me to join her at the front. I sit frozen,
and realise all eyes are directed towards me. I quickly
make my way to the front realising that I might have hurt
her feelings. I stare at the brown lizard running along the
wall as Gogo gives a heart-felt speech on how blessed
she is that we visited and tells everyone to make us feel
welcome. The singing and dancing commence and I
head back to my corner. I feel a tap on my shoulder; I
whip around and see a tall boy. He points to the dance
floor, I open my mouth to say no but make eye contact
with Gogo, she gives me a hopeful smile and I turn to
the boy and smile. He takes that as a yes and leads me
to the centre. He shows me how to do a spinning step. I
half-heartedly do it, unable to do the quick manoeuvre.
He slows down to let me get the hang of it. I turn to
give up but I see my mother, aunty, and Gogo smiling at
me for trying. I turn back around, determined to master
this step. After a few collisions and awkward apologies I
start to get the hang of the move. As I do it, I slowly feel
myself relax and enjoy myself. I don’t know the words
so I hum along to the beat. I start to enjoy myself as I
dance along with everyone and laugh every time I make
a mistake.
The outside is bleached from the hot Zimbabwean sun.
I can see the patches where the thatched roof has worn
thin. We weave our way along the path, dressed in our
Sunday best, avoiding the prick of the thorn bushes
saturating the area. We walk in to see people already
settled in. As I take my sandals off, I observe the room.
The inside is just as worn as the outside. The paint is
chipped, taking a bit of the concrete walls with it, some
places so severely that it exposes the brick holding this
crumbling structure together. Rays of sun shine through
the triangular vents running along the centre of the walls.
An old bench runs along the furthest wall with a pile of
bricks in the centre preventing it from caving in.
Mum directs to sit on one of the stained potato sacks
neatly placed along the edges of the floor to protect
our dresses from the dust due to the eroding concrete
floor. A thick oak sturdily stands awkwardly at the centre,
supporting the weight of the roof. The pile of shoes in
the corner increases as more people dressed in white
and blue entered. Words are quietly exchanged as they
observe the abnormality of my presence. I cross my legs
and keep my head down, trying not to embarrass Gogo
(Grandma) as she is an important elder figure of the
Songs of hope, joy, sorrow and death fill the room. Every
song is accompanied by dance. I move to the corner
near the shoes so as to not be in the way of the dancers.
I watch them, mesmerised by the intricate footwork.
Gogo, too old to join in, hobbles her way over to me. I
smile politely at her, not in wanting to disappoint. In the
far corner I see my brother looks as awkward as I feel.
The song finishes and everyone claps. I turn to see Gogo
wearing the biggest smile; I bounce over to her and give
her a big hug. The next song starts; I give my brother a
knowing smile and drag him to the dance floor.
Vuyo Dzadya, Yr 11
A book;
My magic eye can see the sharp emerald eyes of a kitten,
Slender or thick;
Before it squints at the burning sun.
Short or long;
It can spot a tall palm in the distance,
Fictitious or not;
As it sways in the soft winds.
Is a gift,
My magic eye has discovered a new species of fish,
Swimming in the depths of the ocean.
Respect it;
It watches as the final leaf falls to the ground,
Don’t drop it;
Then sees winter envelope the landscape.
Don’t doggy-ear it;
This morning, my magic eye saw the sun rise,
And tonight it will see it set.
Whatever you do;
My magic eye is wide, wide open.
Georgina Stafford, Yr 10
Thomas Speed, Yr 10
Inspiring a Community of Passionate Learners
Melissa at a Model United Nations event with Umbar Sandhu and former
student Devanshi Jani.
Board of Trustees
Dr Neel Pandey, Mr Peter Jones (chair), Ms Louise Addison, Mr Alan Topham, Elias Worrall-Bader (student trustee 2016),
Mrs Diane Fenner (staff trustee), Ms Kathy Heaton-Brown, Ms Shaundra Biggs, Melissa Parmar (student trustee), Mr Iva
Ropati (Absent: Mr David Eager and Mr Gary Upson)
Our three new Trustees, Alan Topham, Shaundra Biggs
and Neel Pandey have settled in this year and made a
really positive contribution to the school. We also have
a new student representative elected: Elias WorrallBader. The Board would like to thank the retiring student
representative, Melissa Palmer, for all her hard work. A
big thankyou and congratulations also goes to Mr Ian
Morrison, our former Associate Principal, who is now the
new Principal at Mission Heights Junior College. The
Board welcomes Ms Louise Addison, our new Associate
Principal, who is already doing so much positive work to
continue to move the school forward and ensure ‘better
never stops’. Thanks as well to the continued hard work
of board members David Edgar, who chairs the HR
sub-committee, Gary Upson (Property and Finance) and
Dianne Fenner, our teacher representative.
The Board would like to wish all our senior students
good luck with their forthcoming NCEA external
assessments. The challenge for all our students and staff
is to be the best they can be with the school on target to
achieve the best NCEA results ever for Howick College.
To all those students and staff who leave at the end of
2015: the Board would like to wish you well whatever
future direction you choose. We hope you have enjoyed
your time at Howick College and you continue to live our
“Citizenship, Courtesy and Commitment”
Mr P Jones
Chair of the Board of Trustees
I am pleased to report we continue to maintain a stable
financial position. However, we still very much need the
support of parents through the payment of donations
and school fees. Please do not underestimate the
difference your contributions make to the school. The
exciting development plans for the school over the
next few years, including a new Technology building,
sports facilities and the refurbishment of the existing H
block buildings to create modern learning environments
suitable for 21st century learning, will only become a
reality with the support of the community. The call goes
out again to any of you who might be able to offer
further support, fund raising expertise or contacts. If you
can help then please contact me or the Principal.
his has been a landmark year for Howick College. The
on-going hard work of Mr Ropati and all the staff and
students has led to the school achieving a superb ERO
report and the highest 4-5 year review period. This is a
fantastic achievement and everyone associated with Howick
College should feel very proud. More than ever our school is
becoming the school of first choice for our community. This
choice is made easier by the many highlights of our students
and staff detailed in this year book.
to manage the school. Governance is the development
of policy and ensuring that desired outcomes eventuate.
Management is the day-to-day running of the school.
The matters discussed and work done on the board are
often unnoticed by students - aside from the uniform
change - as the role of a student trustee often affects
the long-term governance of the school, rather than the
eing the Howick College Student Trustee has been
an extremely eye-opening experience for which I
shall ever be grateful. It is vital to ensure the student
voice is heard and action is taken, and my understanding
of the extremely complex nature of a school of almost
2000 students has certainly been deepened by my being
in this role.
One of the most important lessons I shall take back
is the depth of effort put in by all management staff,
teachers, deans, and other board members within our
school. All these people put in extreme amounts of time
and dedication to benefit the students, who may not
necessarily notice. At a school such as ours, teachers
are continuously striving to provide students with the
best resources, material, and knowledge possible. As I
have progressed through from junior to senior years, I
have noticed the teachers here are willing to go to every
level in order to ensure they have done the best for
their students. Although students may not understand
the depth of background work assigned to each deputy
principal, the result is shown in our students who are all
able to strive for excellence and display the three Cs.
None of this would be possible without the principal,
leaders of this school, and teachers working as hard as
they do.
I would especially like to take this time to thank the
house leaders. As a Yr12, I have never seen such an
inspirational, dedicated, or committed group of students
before and I have certainly learned much simply by
working beside you all throughout the year. All the
hard work and perseverance undoubtedly showed
in the school events such as athletics day and interhouse events. I wish you all the best for the future
and I know all the 12 house leaders will go far in their
desired directions. I would especially like to thank Mr
Ropati, Mr Morrison, Ms Addison, Mrs Heaton-Brown,
senior management, and the board of trustees for their
continuous support, mentoring, and guidance.
I would like to congratulate Elias Worrall-Bader as the
elected student trustee for 2016. To the graduating class
of 2015, I would like to congratulate you on the end of
your schooling journey and wish you the very best in the
future. Lastly, to fellow students: not everyone will be
lucky enough to see the school I have seen in past year
but one thing I will certainly say, make the most of your
time here as the opportunities you are given every day
will not come again.
Melissa Parmar
The student trustee role is one that many fail to truly
understand. The trustee attends board meetings where
they have a voice equal to that of a parent trustee or
a staff trustee. Many students may not realise that the
board actually governs, whereas it is the principal’s role
Inspiring a Community of Passionate Learners
Mr S Chang MSc, DipTchg
Mr I Parker BSc, DipTchg
Ms P Urwin (HOD) BEd, DipTchg
Mrs L Clayton BEd (Hons), Adv.Cert.Ed, DipEd
Ms S Plyler CertEd (UK), DipSS
Mr L Clements BA (Hons), GradDipSecEd
Mrs R Poole BA, DipTchg
Mr B Packer (HOLA) BPE, Dip Tchg,
Ms S Collingwood BSc, DipTchg
Mr R Porteous MA, DipTchg, HCertTESSOL, CLTA
Miss R Hartley BLSt, DipTchg
Ms R Doolin BSc, DipTchg
Mrs R Ryan BA, DipTchg
Mr C Dryden BHPE, DipTchg
Mr J Sarah BVA, DipTchg
Mrs S Meffin (HOD) MA, DipTchg
Mrs S Duffell BSc, DipTchg
Ms S Schmidt BA, DipTchg
Mr W Du Toit Dip HEd, DipEdTech
Mr M Searle BSc (Hons), PGSE
Mrs R Roberts (HOD) BCA, DipTchg
Ms R Emmanuel PhD,MSc, MPhil, PGDS
Mrs T Singh BSc, DipTchg, DipTESSOL
Mrs C Familton DipDomSc, DipTchg
Ms N Slamat HDE Commerce
Mrs S Petkovic (HOD) BA, DipTchg
Ms L Fapiano BBS, MBA, DipEd
Mr C Smith MSc, PGCE
Ms K Fisher BA, BComp St, DipTchg
Mrs A Sotutu DipTchg
Mrs C Jaffar (HOD) MEd, PGDip Ed, HDE
Mr L Gabel BA(Hons) PGCE (On leave)
Ms K Stegmann BA, HED
Mr M Gedye BPE, BCom, DipTchg
Mr A Tamati DipTchg
Mrs A Gerrard BA,TchgCert (Lond), NZDipTESSOL
Ms N Taylor BEd, DipDramArt, GradDipTchg
Ms S King BA, Dip Tchg, DipELT, CertEdTech
Mrs K Parker MA, DipTchg, HDipTchg, RSACertTEFLA
Mrs V Forbes; Mrs J Fuller TAideCert (Level 4);
Mrs K Gillett BPE, DipTchg
Mr S Thompson DipTchg
Mrs G Gouldstone; Mrs R Mustard CertTESOL
Mr C Andersen (HOLA) BE, DipTchg
Miss L Goodhue BA, DipTchg
Mrs S Travers DipHSc, DipTchg
Mr I Ropati MA (Hons), DipTchg
CertTesolHmTut, DipCelebStud:
Mr S Lal BSc, GCEd, DipMathsEd,
Mrs L Grimmer Dip PE, DipTchg
Ms M Van Daatselaar BSc, DipTchg
Mr K Tristram BPE
Ms Janet Jones BSc, DipTchg
Ms Z Han PhD, MSc, DipTchg
Mr B Vogel MA, DipTchg
Ms A Addison MEd (Hons), BA, BSc, DipTchg
Mr R Hargreaves DipTchg
Ms J Wallace BA, DipTchg
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL (Manager Year 10)
Ms D Agnew BSocP, MNZAC.
Ms E Mossop (HOD) BA, GradDipArts, DipTchg
Mr G Hawkins BSc, DipTchg
Mr A Welman BA, BEd, DipTchg
Ms B Evans BA, DipTchg
Ms K Hayter BABSc, DipTchg
Mrs K Whiteman BA, DipTchg, DipJourn.
Ms L Jennings BEd, GradDipCounselling
Mrs T Hapi MA BSocSc, Dip chg
Mr A Heuer BSc, DipTchg
Mr A Whyte MSc, DipTchg
Mr J Heays MSc, DipTchg
Ms J Aitken
Mr M Hodson BSc, DipTchg
Mr C Wilson BA (Hons), DipTchg
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL (Manager Year 11)
Mr M O’Ryan (HOD) MSc, BA, LTCL, DipTchg
Ms R Huang BSc, DipTchg
Ms J Wood BA, DipTchg
Mrs L Lescher BA, DipTchg, DipHum
Mrs E Batt DipHSc, DipTchg DipCarGuid
Mr J Husband BPE, DipTchg
Mrs J Wright BA, DipTchg
Mr D Mason GradDipSecTchg, DipORL, NDA
Ms Z Iqbal BSc, DipTchg
Mr J Wright BEd, DipTchg, Cert Outdoor Leadership
Ms C Jaffar BA, DipTchg
Mrs J Dryden (HOLA) BA (Hons,) PGCE
Mrs G Jamieson BA, DipTchg
Ms F Jeffcoat MA, BCom, DipTchg
Mr P Johnson (HOD) BSc, BEd, DipTchg
Mr R Kearney BDes, DipTchg
Mr N Kerr MSc, DipTchg
Mr S Martin (HOLA) BSc (Hons), MA
Mr J Koh BSc, DipEd, GradDipPrsnlMgt, MHR Mgt
(Woodwind. French Horn)
Mrs S Kop CA, DipTchg
Mr A Morrison Dip Perf Arts, NZCE (Guitar, Electric Bass)
Mr P Arthur (HOLA) BA, DipTchg
Mrs N Kyle BA (Hons), CertEd
Mr T ‘Ofamooni BA, BPerfArts, BMus (Drums)
Mr B Lewis BSc, DipTchg
Ms P Robertson-Bickers BMus (Hons) (Cello, String
Mrs B Copestake (HOLA) MEd (Hons), DipTchg
Ms P Liang BA, DipTchg
Ms G Liu BSc, DipTchg
Mr J Seagar MA ATCL, Dip Tchg (Violin, Viola)
Mr R Mishra GradDipEng, TCCabinetmaking
Mr B Rosoman (HOD) DipTchg
Mrs J Lonsdale-Cooper BALLB, DipTchg
Mr A Young MMus (Composition, Aural, Harmony)
Mrs A Machin BEd (Hons)
Mrs V Beilby (HOD) TDipWP, FIPS, TDipPS, CTC, TDip ITS,
Mr A Harman (HOD) BVA, DipTchg
Mr B Machin BE (Hons), PGCE
Mrs C Martin BA, DipTchg
Mr I Ropati (Principal) MA (Hons), DipTchg
Mrs J McCallum H DipTchg
Mr P Jones MSc, BA (Chair)
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL (Term 3/4 Year 12)
Mr S James BEd (Hons)
Mrs M Skelton AT
Mrs D Fenner PGDipTechEd, DipTchg
Mrs N Sundrum BA, UHDE, MEd, DipTchg
Ms J Ryan BSc, DipILS Level 5, CertLibLitCYP
Mrs K Perry
Mrs D Szopa
Miss A Mikkelson BTchg, GradDipPE
BA (Hons), QTS
Mr S James BEd (Hons)
Mr A Arts, Mr C Cheeseman, Mr D Hollick
Mrs J Wheway (Chair)
Mrs D Reyneke (HOD) BCom, HED
Mr J Singh BSc, GradCertEd, Dip chg
Ms A Marsick BA, MEdL, DipTchg
Mr P Pearce, Mr A Kipa
Ms K Clearwater BSc, DipGrad, GradDipTchg, LTCL
Mrs M Anderson
Mrs L Little, Ms D Wright
Ms K Heaton-Brown
Mr M Stanghan
Mrs E Whitwell
Mr R Galliers (TIC), BA (Hons), UED
Mrs D Agnew; Mr L Anderson; Mrs C Andrew;
Mrs B Spencer (TIC) MA, DipEd
Ms K Albertson DipAgrSci, NZCS, MProf Stud, DipTchg
Ms A McCamish BA, BEd, DipTchg, CELTA
Mr D Eager BSc (Hons)
Mrs F Al-Obidi BSc, DipTchg
Ms E McInnes BA, DipTchg
Mr G Upson
Mrs N Bailey BSport & Rec, GradDipTchg, GradCertArts
Mrs N Metcalfe DipTchg
Mr N Pandey PhD
Mrs K Mitchell BA, DipTchg
Ms S Briggs
Mrs S Molia BEd, DipTchg
Mr A Topham
Mrs M Nayagam BSc, DipTchg
Mrs D Fenner (Staff Trustee) PGDipTechEd, DipTchg
Mrs N Nimo BA, DipTchg, DipCreatWrtng
Ms M Parmar (Student Trustee)
Mrs E Ong BA, DipTchg
Ms K Heaton-Brown (Board Secretary)
Mrs H Aspeling; Mrs J Ball; Mrs S Ballantyne;
Mr Du Plessis BSecEd, BEd
Mrs J Gibson BEd, DipTchg, GradDipSpecialEd,
Mrs V Hatley-Owen; Mrs L Hewett;
Mrs S Jenks; Ms L Jennings; Mr E Jones;
Mrs M Koh; Mrs L Mackereth;
Mrs H Manoylovic; Mrs K Neville; Mrs L
Mrs R Restieaux (HOLA) MA, DipTchg,
Mr R Galliers BA (Hons), UED,
Pearce; Mrs D Prime; Mr M Protheroe; Mrs J
Mrs A Botha BA, MEd, HED, SDS
Mr D Wardlaw BA, MS
Prowse; Mrs R Sampson; Mrs C Simpson BA;
Mrs W Sole; Mrs C Stark; Mrs V Tabunot BE;
Ms L Granat (TIC) BEd, DipTchg
Ms Y Huang BMus (Hons), Dip Tchg, Dip Mus (Perf)
Mrs K Coleman; Mrs J Hamilton;
Mr R Douglas MComp, BSc, DipTchg
Ms C Gilfillan MA , Dip Tchg (Voice)
Mr H Arthur BA, BMus, Dip Tchg, (Brass, Jazz Band)
Mrs T Bradley; Mr E Cheng BSc, DipBusComp;
ASSISTANT DEAN Mr D Rattray BSc, DipTchg
Mrs B Walker PGDipAdvNursing, Ms P Stubbins
ASSISTANT DEAN Mrs S Petkovic, BA Dip Tchg
Mrs M Traynor,
Mrs T Trousova; Mrs V Thomas;
(on leave)
Mrs L Belcher HDE, DipProfDev, GradDipTESSOL
Ms L M Bowers BSoc Sc, BEd, DipTchg
Ms J Breen BEd
Mr and Mrs Dryden a son, in the September holidays
Mr Oswald a daughter, in the September holidays.
ith the departure of our Associate Principal, Mr
Morrison, at the end of Term 2, Ms Addison,
hitherto a Deputy Principal, was appointed to replace
him, and Mr James, dean of MacDonald, became Acting
Deputy Principal.
Sue Plyler
Ms Plyler resigned in August. She began at this school in
2002 as a teacher of maths and became assistant HoD in
2004. In that time she put an enormous amount of energy
into the PPTA, both as branch chair at school and as a
member of the regional and national executives for the
last eight years. So conscientious was she in those roles
that she had no time to spare for extra-curricular activities.
She will be remembered both for her willingness to help
any member with any problem, and the good humour and
laughter with which she conducted meetings.
Inspiring a Community of Passionate Learners
Ms L Addison (maths, DP, now AP); Ms J Aitken
(counselling); Ms K Albertson (maths); Mrs F Al-Obidi
(science); Mr L Clements (visual arts); Ms S Collingwood
(science); Mr F Du Plessis (technology); Mrs S Fa’asolo
(maths); Mrs C Familton (business studies); Mr M
Gedye (PE); Mrs K Gillett (health and PE); Mr C Grant
(social studies); Mr A Heuer (maths); Mr M Hodson
(PE); Mr J Husband (PE); Ms C Jaffar (expressive arts);
Ms F Jeffcoat (Learner Support); Mrs N Kyle
(technology); Mrs J Layland (maths); Mrs J MacCallum
(technology); Mrs A McCamish (English and ESOL);
Mrs A Machin (maths); Mr B Machin (science); Ms R
Restieaux (HoD English); Mrs S Roy (food technology);
Ms S Schmidt (dance); Mr M Searle (science); Mrs
T Singh (maths); Mr C Smith (science); and Mrs K
Whiteman (maths)
Ian Morrison
On a cold winter’s morning at the beginning of Term 3 a
group of senior staff, students and the Kapa haka group
gathered at Mission Heights Junior College to hand
over our Associate Principal, Mr Ian Morrison, to his new
school where he was taking up his position of Principal.
In a ceremony attended by the staff and students of
Mission Heights Junior College we ‘gave’ Mr Morrison to
them in a powhiri accompanied by speeches expressing
our sadness at the loss of a much-loved and respected
staff member from our school, and words of welcome
from his new school.
Mr Morrison arrived at Howick College in May 2008
as Associate Principal. He came to us from Macleans
College, where he had been a House Leader. An
Englishman by birth, and educated in South Africa,
where he had trained as a teacher and risen to be a
principal, he brought with him a wealth of experience in
education in many different settings.
Mrs S Jenks (student office); Ms L Jennings (counselling);
Mrs D Minahan (science technician); Ms R Mustard
(teacher aide in Learner Support); Mr K Tristram (sports
dept); and Mrs T Troussova (international)
Mr P Arthur (HOLA Social Sciences) retirement; Ms
N Crawford (sports dept administrator) to the Police;
Ms B Dee (science); Ms B Evans (English and DP) to
retirement; Ms L Goodall (international student coordinator) to Bryanston School, UK; Mr R Hargreaves
(technology) (but he has been back to do a lot of
relieving); Mr C Hull (sports development manager)
to be Regional Sport Director of Counties Manukau;
Mr S Lal (maths) to Mission Heights Junior High: Ms J
Layland (maths) family going to Australia; Dr W Laux
(science and French) to Sancta Maria College; Mrs C
Martin (English) to Botany Downs Senior College; Ms
A Mikkelson ( PE and dean of Ingham), to be director
of sport and PE at Southwell School in Hamilton; Ms J
Milne (counselling) to real estate; Mr I Morrison (AP) to
be principal of Mission Heights Junior College; Ms S
Plyler (maths); Mr D Rattray (PE) to King's College; Mr I
Thomson (counselling); and Ms M Traynor (teacher aide)
Mr Morrison’s main responsibility while at Howick
College was to lead the student support network. As
such he was the team leader of the house system and all
the associated pastoral care functions which surround it.
He worked tirelessly to ensure that the needs of students
were placed at the centre of school decision-making. He
was a passionate advocate for restorative practice when
dealing with student/student or student/teacher conflict.
Each year he managed the Yr 13 students and each year
the Yr 13s came to appreciate his quirky sense of humour
and fun as well as his genuine desire to ensure that
their final year of secondary schooling was memorable
for the additional academic, leadership, and service
opportunities available to them as young people on the
cusp of their adult lives.
Mr Morrison was a ‘well-rounded’ leader. He could be
very serious and extremely funny, almost both at the
same time. He could see things from an authority point
We wish him well in his new position.
Miss Mikkelson has established with the ‘Irvinites’,
have enabled students to have wonderful experiences
and become passionate and successful learners.
Competitiveness is one of Miss Mikkelson’s qualities
and the House has added some winners’ shields to
the office walls. (Don’t mention the Sisterhood Netball
Tournament though!). Each member of the House wishes
her well for her new role and the next chapter in her life.
‘Irvinites’ know that she will be wearing purple proudly in
the Waikato! She will be gone from Howick College but
never, ever forgotten!
Satendra Lal
Peter Arthur
Satendra Lal left us at the end of the year after 18 years
in the maths department. Over the years he has held
various responsibilities, such as course co-ordinator
for Yrs 9, 10 and 11. He has run the Maths Club and
specialised in Statistics. Outside the classroom he has
been Teacher in Charge of tennis since 1999, being a
registered Auckland Tennis referee. For some years
he was a welcome fixture in Yr 9 camps. He has been
notable for his good humour and very enthusiastic
nature. His motto is - Aspire to inspire before I expire.
We shall surely miss him.
Peter started teaching at James Cook High School in 1974
and after a two-year overseas trip to Europe and Asia
returned thither, remaining there until 2004. In 2003 he was
awarded a one-year Royal Society Science and Technology
Fellowship to develop, at the University of Auckland,
teaching material related to geographic information
systems for use in New Zealand High Schools.
of view but also see the student’s point of view. He
joined in with student activities which gave them faith in
themselves by affirming them as young adult learners.
In the same way, sport was another of his passions. He
made a very valuable contribution the Sports Council
and managed and coached both cricket and rugby. He
affirmed students in their efforts and dreams of doing
well in sport. He provided a bridge between students and
We welcomed Peter to this school in 2005 as Head of
Social Science. He came to us with a reputation for both
being able to get on well with his students and being
a helpful and knowledgeable colleague - a “people
person”. It was not long before he was appointed
Head of the Social Sciences Learning Area and he has
continued in that capacity to this day.
Amy Mikkelson
It is with immense sadness that Irvine House and the school
bid Amy Mikkelson farewell at the end of the year. She has
been part of the school for eight years and the time has
come for her to return to the Waikato to take up a position
as Director of Sport and Physical Education at Southwell
School in Hamilton. She will excel in the role and her new
school, staff, and students are very lucky to have her.
His teaching has always been complemented by his wider
interests. His interest in teaching geography and geology
through the Tarawera school trips has also seen him
tramping in almost every corner (and many mountains)
of New Zealand; his interest in students as individuals is
matched by his ability to be a good friend to adults, and
his interest in digital learning has developed alongside
his ability to build and use computers at home.
Amy has enhanced the Health and Physical Education
department with her charismatic teaching and new ideas.
Students who have been taught by her have enjoyed her
sense of fun, her singing and dancing, and have developed
skills and knowledge to fulfil their potential. The Health and
PE team will not be the same without ‘Mikks’!
Throughout his eleven years at Howick Peter has
immersed himself in a number of high-level projects,
the most critical being the gradual introduction of
“netbooks” to Yr 9 and Yr 10. He has always been
at the cutting edge of the use of computers as a
teaching tool and has led a team of teachers in their
development of new teaching methods for use in classes
where all students have small laptops. His great digital
presentation skills have been matched by those in
presenting information to his colleagues. His thorough
research, analysis of students’ progress and attitudes,
and his inspirational leadership, have all led to his making
an impact that will be felt for a long time.
Netball at Howick College is firmly on the map as we
look forward to the 2016 season. She can most certainly
feel proud that she has been the main driver in the HC
Netball journey. Clocking up many years as Teacher
in Charge and coach, she worked tirelessly to grow
the sport within the school. Players have been given
opportunities to play at a very competitive level, coach,
umpire and tour the world. Her enthusiasm saw the
famous Miami and Barbados Tour become a reality this
year. Netball is in safe hands now but all the players
will miss her presence as a supporter and take this
opportunity to say another “thank you”.
Peter will be missed by his colleagues in the Social
Sciences. His honest, good-humoured and thoughtful
contributions will also be missed by his colleagues in the
wider school. Future students, however, will not realise
that they have missed being taught by one of those
teachers who are remembered, with warm respect, by
former students for the rest of their lives.
Finally, Irvine House… Where would Irvine House be
without Miss Mikkelson at the helm? Just three years
as the leader of the House has seen Irvine grow into a
force to be reckoned with. Energy, enthusiasm, craziness
but most importantly, the fabulous relationships that
Charlotte Dickin
on reflection tonight is in part about transitions. Every
ending has a new beginning. Those of you in Yr 13 are
just like me – tonight we close the door on the past,
open the door to the future, take a deep breath, step on
through and start new chapters in our lives.
Charlotte Dickin left us at the end this year to move to
Nelson with her family. Charlotte started at this school
in May 2008 as a part-time teacher of PE and health,
becoming full-time in 2011. In that time she has acquired
an enviable reputation for her commitment to her
students, her innovative practices, and her work outside
the classroom with many things, not least athletics. She
has also raised four girls. A keen member of the SIE
(Sport in Education) team, she takes with her a wealth of
experience and knowledge which will be hard to replace
We shall really miss her.
I made the decision to retire from teaching at the end
of 2015 mid-way through last year. At the time a friend
of mine said “You know, Barbara, apart from the first
five years, your entire life has been spent in education
in some form or another”. And she was right. Even the
four years of my big O.E. were largely spent in schools
in Australia, England and Germany. So for me, the end
of the 2015 school year represents a major transition in
my life and one which I welcome. But the closer that
day comes the more I agree with Winnie the Pooh when
he said “How lucky I am to have something that makes
saying good-bye so hard”.
Barbara Evans
Inspiring a Community of Passionate Learners
Barbara Evans arrived to take up the role of Senior
Mistress in 1989, in 1992 becoming a Deputy Principal.
She came from Penrose High School where she was
HOD English. Here she has worked with three principals:
Don Ingham, Bill Dimery, and Iva Ropati.
It is difficult for me to believe that my career in teaching
spans 43 years. It doesn’t seem that long ago that
I fronted up to Gore High School in Southland as a
beginning teacher where, as was often the case back
then, the newbies were given the classes that no-one
else wanted. So I got the typing girls for English and the
woodwork boys for social studies. I wish no disrespect to
those subjects, which now bear rather more glamorous
names, but back then they were used as a rather crude
tool for streaming students. My teaching skills were
honed on these classes and in the end we came to
terms with each other. Perhaps it was my height, or lack
of it, that endeared me especially to my typing girls
notably Lorraine who often walked beside me in the
corridor patting me on the head as she exulted in finding
someone who was at least as short as she was. At some
point I must have given them an exercise in writing a
poem about a person because not long ago I found
some poems that they had written. Here is one of them:
Barbara has a keen mind and an eye for detail. Her
work with the timetable team highlighted her calm and
logical approach to issues. She comes to good decisions
because she is willing to listen to opposing viewpoints.
She has been involved in building programmes, furnishing
rooms, school uniform reforms, and curriculum. She was
dubbed the ‘wordsmith’ by Ian Morrison. Her ready smile
has welcomed many a new teacher.
She has been a regular in the outside courtyard seating
where many stimulating discussions have occurred. She
is a people person.
Barbara has hidden talents but shared with us her love of
singing when she sang at a Teacher Only Day. We know
that she has a regular season ticket for opera.
For many years, she travelled overseas to recruit
international students. At that time, the school had an
impressive number of international students, perhaps the
most in New Zealand.
Small/ teeny tiny, bright red hair/ ultra-modern clothes/
frightening voice/ long brown boots/ good sort/ teacher.
43 years on and I’m still short, the bright red hair has
dulled, the clothes are rather more conservative and I
hope the voice has moderated. But I remember those
kids probably better than any I have taught. What a
precious memory.
Barbara, with her partner Doug, will be moving to the
new house which she has built in Cambridge. She will
be fondly thought of and missed. We wish her a fulfilling
retirement in her new rustic abode.
Barbara Evans’ farewell speech
delivered at Senior Honours
I arrived at Howick College in 1989. The school was 15
years old and the founding principal, Don Ingham, had
established a vibrant ethos which reflected his strongly
held beliefs about education. In the intervening years
much has changed but every year at this ceremony, I
reflect on the fact that the thinking that lay behind what
we value and therefore reward, is as true today as it
was then. When I arrived in 1989 the Senior Honours
Ceremony was held in the gym during the afternoon.
Invariably it was stinking hot, and sometimes it rained
and no-one could hear what was being said. But we
Parents and invited guests, members of the Board of
Trustees, staff and students.
This is rather weird. For most of the 26 years that I have
been at Howick College I have organised the Honours
Ceremonies. I’ve done my share of reading out names
and passing certificates to the various presenters, but
today, here I am as part of the ceremony. When Mr
Ropati asked me to speak I thought to myself "But what
would I say? How does one capture 26 years?" But
come a long way since 1989. I believe that has been the
biggest transition Howick College has ever made and we
are so much the better for it.
handed out certificates for excellence in classwork, and
at house honours we handed out certificates for merit
in classwork. Students were reminded that anyone
could get these certificates, they just had to do their
best consistently across all their subjects. They were
competing with themselves, not each other. There
were also certificates for service and extra-curricular
activities. There were emphatically no cups or prizes
because personal success was its own reward and that
was what was being acknowledged. The climax was
the announcement of the Howick College Awards, a
tightly kept secret as it still is today. The venue for
Senior Honours changed over the years as the college
grew ranging from two different venues in the then
very new Manukau events centre, to Alexandra Park to
this building here. There are still no cups, Excellence
in classwork certificates are still presented to those
students who have given of their absolute best, and
the Howick College Award is still presented to those
students who best exemplify Mr Ingham’s belief that
the development of good people , people who take
every advantage of the academic opportunities available
to them while being contributing participants in the
wider life of the school and who have developed an
ethical framework which guides their daily lives, is
the prime task of education. Along the way we have
added extra awards such as those for specific subject
excellence and the Howick College Scholar Award,
but we have remained true to that original belief that
acknowledgement trumps prizes.
Education has a constantly changing landscape. If 43
years as a teacher has taught me anything it is that I
will never feel that I have fully mastered my craft. No
two classes are the same, no two students are the
same and superimposed on that are the constantly
evolving educational theories which demand we
continually reassess and modify the ways in which we
teach. Fundamentally, however, it is the one-to-one
relationships which we develop with our students that
will determine how well they engage in learning and
how long we, as teachers, remain in the profession.
In the end I must be true to myself. I have had a long
and fulfilling career but the time has come to fill my
head with other things: to move back to Waikato which
is my turangawaewae, spend more time with my family
there, establish a beautiful garden around the house
we are building there and become involved in my new
community of Cambridge. This is my transition, my new
life. If there was any advice I would give to those of you
embarking on your new lives it is the same as I would
give myself: “ Maybe the journey isn’t so much about
becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming
everything that isn’t really you so you can be who you
were meant to be in the first place”. I found that quote
somewhere and have no idea who said it but I like it.
To all of you in Yrs 11, 12, and 13: I wish you every
success in the coming exams. Study hard, take your
opportunities and follow your dreams. But above all be
true to yourself, become the person you are meant to
be. Love the people who treat you right, think good
thoughts for those who don’t. Life is too short to be
anything but happy. Falling down is part of life. Getting
back up is living.
When I was interviewed for my position at Howick
College I was asked by the Board of Trustees chairman
what my long term career plan was. I replied that if I was
still here in 10 years time then kick me out. The fact that
10 years turned into 26 is testament to the challenges
that this school has given me which have kept me fully
committed and passionate about my job. The changes
in the school parallel the changes across New Zealand
and especially Auckland. We have gone from being a
school which was very monocultural in outlook to one
with a hugely diverse student population. One of the
first priorities for me when I came was to organise ESOL
classes for the growing number of students who did not
have English as their first language. South Auckland
schools had been managing that issue for years, but
for Howick this was a new and unsettling time for staff.
Simply sending students to the reading teacher for the
day was not an acceptable solution. Howick students
were also unprepared for the social change evolving in
their neighbourhood and as a school we worked hard to
manage the changing dynamic in the playground. When
I look at the students in front of me tonight you are the
product of all that change: students who have embraced
diversity, who are not threatened by multiple languages
being spoken at school, who are tolerant of differing
cultural practices, who love to try new food. We have
Cherie Martin
Mrs Martin came to us about ten years ago after seven
years as HoD English at a private boys’ school in
England. Her husband (now HoD science) had secured
a position here in 2005, and very soon after Mrs Martin
began in the English Dept. Among other things she
helped to introduce the 3Cs scheme.
After five years away to spend time with their son, she
returned part-time to English, where she has shown herself
to be an enthusiastic contributor and very willing to
share both resources and ideas with colleagues. We shall
miss her greatly both personally and professionally, (and her
baking) and we wish her all the best for her new position at
Botany Downs Senior College.
D.G. “Don” Ingham M.A. (Hons)
4th June 1931 – 24th December 2014
For these reasons, the school had no corporal
punishment, minimal rules on jewellery and hair, no
prefects, no prizes, no class places, no streaming, and no
dux awards.
Foundation Principal
Inspiring a Community of Passionate Learners
Howick College opened one week late in February 1974
with 254 students and 12.5 teaching staff. The roll was to
grow very quickly over the years and when he retired in
1991 the roll was 1279.
One of his biggest challenges was ensuring that there
were sufficient classrooms, staff and resources in place
ahead of the increasing numbers of student enrollments.
He achieved three major property developments in
these years which were of great benefit to students
and staff alike – the building of the performing arts
theatre, the building of the gymnasium, which enhanced
sports and PE in the school, and which also became a
place where full school assemblies could be held, and
the development of the wonderful outdoor education
facility at Waharau which was a source of pride to him as
funds we raise do to help communities in developing
nations such as Malawi. Through World Vision and the
conference there was a lot to take away from a day full of
fun and education.
he 2015 Global leadership conference, GLC held in
Auckland city in March was an opportunity for high
schools around Auckland to meet and learn from each
other, get inspired and develop more ideas about how to
get our school communities more involved in the 40 hour
Famine. It was a truly exciting experience, the simulation
game we participated in giving us a little background
on how unfair the world can be. Through the game one
group was clearly leading and achieving every task we
had, while another group was favoured and rewarded for
the hard work of others by the leaders of the programme.
During the debrief of the simulation game we realised
that they were teaching us a lesson on inequality.
After our Howick College 40 Hour Famine team visited
the GLC we worked hard on raising awareness for this
year’s 40hr Famine which focused on raising funds
for Bangladesh. We spent time sharing videos and
speaking to tutors as well as the events that we did.
The participation of our students in the 40hr Famine
weekend alongside the Sponge- a-Teacher, sausagesizzle, and bake sale events at school meant we finally
meet our target of $10,000. In fact we did even better
than expected and raised a total of $11,011. We
qualified for a Gold Award due to this year’s efforts and
once again we made it through to the Sanitarium and
World Vision Senior Scholarship week.
The conference in general taught us how we could make
more of a difference in our schools. Last year’s youth
ambassadors shared their stories about their trip to
Malawi and really motivated us and showed us what the
He maintained very good relationships with staff and
the environment in the staff room was always positive,
and he acknowledged their efforts each year in personal
letters which he wrote, and which were then signed by
the board chairman before being given to staff at the
end of the year.
The foundation principal of Howick College, Mr Don
Ingham, died on the 24th of December 2014.
The following obituary was written by Mr Ian Gardiner,
board member 1980-1995, and board chair 1983-1995,
who delivered a eulogy at Mr Ingham’s funeral.
Don Ingham, M.A. (Hons)( in history) began his teaching
career at Dannevirke High School in 1955 and stayed
there until 1962, during which time he spent a year at the
London Institute of Education, which he considered an
important part of his development as a teacher because
it caused him to rethink his approach to teaching,
particularly the values with which he established this
school. He then taught at Wanganui High School
(1963-1969), and was principal at Otorohanga College
(1970-1973.) He won a Woolf Fisher Travelling Fellowship
to Australia in 1973, before becoming the founding
principal of this school in 1974, until his retirement in
April 1991.
Don worked from a set of core beliefs which were
important to him. Some of these were: all children can
succeed and be leaders in some field, given the chance;
pupils should be allowed to make mistakes and learn
from them; all subjects well taught were of equal value;
gender equality should be a basic principle in all schools;
socialisation was as important as intellectual growth; all
students should be given the opportunity to reach their
full potential; and values are caught, not taught.
He knew the students of the College very well, and the
successes of students across all facets of school life were
recognized at the end of each year by the presentation
of certificates at the end-of-year assemblies.
He always had the full support and respect of the Board
in his time as principal.
Mrs Ryan and World Vision Famine Scholarship
awardee Tanatswa Wenge with the Howick
College Gold Award.
Famine committee members running the sausage sizzle.
In his retirement speech, he said: “Most of my memories
of Howick College are good memories and they are
memories about people. I hope, when you leave Howick
College, you will also take good memories with you. I
hope the main memory you take is of a school that has
respected the worth of each and every one of you.”
Don is survived by his wife, Hope, who loved, supported
and encouraged him in both his personal and
professional life for the 54 years of their married life
together, and their four children, Deborah (a foundation
pupil of Howick College), Gillian, John, and Anne, who
also attended Howick College.
He is still spoken of with great fondness by those staff
who worked under him.
A sponge on its way to Ms Taylor.
Mr Dryden taking a shot at his
Mr Lal, Mr Vogel and ‘The Sponge’.
Part of a field of 100 crosses set up at
Howick College commemorating local fallen
Mr Morrison and House Leaders at the
Stockade Hill ANZAC Day parade.
Tabby Adams delivering her winning
ANZAC Day commemorative speech at
the Stockade Hill civic service. (Photo
courtesy of Howick & Pakuranga Times
photographer, Wayne Martin).
Inspiring a Community of Passionate Learners
abby Adams won the annual speech competition
between the local schools and gave this speech on
Stockade Hill, Howick, at the end of the ten o’clock service
on Anzac Day this year. The Howick College student
leaders accompanied Mr Morrison and Mr Heays in the
parade. Tabby’s speech was well received, and she and
her family joined ex-servicemen at the RSA afterwards for
lunch. Congratulations, Tabby, and well done.
sacrifice and the names of these battles are carved in
wood in our Parliament building in Wellington. New
Zealanders won 16 Victoria Crosses for exceptional
bravery from World War One alone.
Gallipoli and World War One made us realise that we
were different - we were New Zealanders and so our
sense of national identity emerged or was affirmed
by the acts of bravery and sacrifice of these ANZAC
men and women. It also created an unbreakable bond
of friendship with our neighbour, Australia. We wear
our poppies with pride every Anzac Day, and carry the
knowledge of what it represents and how it has shaped
our society today.
On this day, a century ago, the battle of Gallipoli began.
On this day, a century ago, April 25th 1915 marked the
beginning of a long hard-fought battle in which 2,779
New Zealanders gave their lives. As they gathered
together on that narrow beachhead at Anzac Cove,
they could not have known how significant the battle for
Gallipoli would become in our history nor that 100 years
later New Zealanders would gather in their thousands
throughout the country to honour and remember them
for their service, their bravery, and for many of them who
made the ultimate sacrifice, their lives.
Yet it is not only the Anzacs that we commemorate on
this day; we acknowledge, remember, and respect all the
other men and women who have done their duty and
left their homes to defend New Zealand and our values
across the seas. In particular, the servicemen and women
of World War One and World War Two, but also those
who served in other conflicts, in Korea and Vietnam,
and in many other parts of the world, in combatant and
peace-keeping roles. We thank them from the bottom
of our hearts for their service to New Zealand in its times
of need and their part in making the world a better and
safer place to live.
This remembrance service today has special significance
because it is exactly 100 years ago today that our soldiers
came ashore at Gallipoli at about this time, 10 o’clock,
following our Australian brothers who arrived at dawn.
One of these individuals was a man whose name is on our
memorial here on Stockade Hill, Private Joseph Alexander
Dunn. He left New Zealand on 16th October 1914 to fight
for King and Empire with the majority of the 100,000 men
and women who fought in World War One. Private Dunn
was wounded at Gallipoli, and like most of those who
survived Gallipoli, he went on to serve on the Western
Front where he died on the 30th September 1916.
Greg van Maanen at Anzac Cove.
But that’s exactly how those soldiers would have seen
the Anzac and other Allied troops on April 25, 1915,
and in the grinding months of fighting that followed.
Gallipoli, a place of extreme sacrifice, is close to every
New Zealander’s heart and with over 2,500 deaths on the
shores and hills of Gallipoli, these soldiers will always
have a special place in the heart of any New Zealander
or Australian.
Greg van Maanen, Yr 11
The church bells cry
As she wonders why
They took her only son.
They said it would be fun,
An adventure full of excitement.
There was no mention of a tent
Or the blood, or the tears
knowing that this moment could be
their last.
At night they would huddle together
and reminisce about the past,
A happier time when the future
was certain and they were not
threatened by the final curtain.
The stories that pain them to
remember but that they regret to
The stories that have become
legend, a part of our history,
Passed from one generation to the
Frightened at every noise
To a heartless war where thousands
What they went through will remain
a mystery,
Maimed and mangled,
A brother, a nephew, a cousin, a son,
Minds left all tangled.
All were eager when the war had
They can tell their story but one can
never fully understand the sacrifices
they made,
No one prepared them for the mud
and flies
Now, every day glad to see the
setting sun.
As yet another innocent man dies.
So many good men lost today,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At first they cried and they cried
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
And then as the days turned into
They made it seem like it was child’s
We will remember them.
Stripping back the hardened years
Turning men into boys
Those tears stopped flowing.
Tabby Adams, Yr 12
While New Zealand troops initially captured the heights
of Chunuk Bair on August 8 1915, the Turkish forces were
ultimately successful in the battle. More than 90 per cent
of the 760 New Zealand men who reached the summit of
Chunuk Bair were killed or wounded. To climb Chunuk
Bair to reach the New Zealand Memorial, along with
2000 other New Zealanders, was truly surreal. The climb
took over two hours with stops and at a pretty-much
constant gradient of 30-45 degrees.
Gaining new understanding you
cannot read in the text.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Aside from Gallipoli, Ypres, Passchendaele, Messines,
and the Somme became synonymous with bravery and
eing present at Gallipoli for the centenary this year was
such an amazing experience and a true once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity. Not only was it educational, it also gave me an
insight into what these young soldiers endured, some of
whom were a similar age to me (15). As New Zealanders we
rarely think of ourselves as anyone’s enemy.
Mothers sent the babies they
As you can see from the audience today, many young
people are here to learn, to honour and take part in this
remembrance service which has become part of our identity
as a nation. You can all see how Anzac Day continues
to impact our society. We remember them in family
gatherings, in schools, in museums and on monuments.
We remember them in our poppies on this day, but most of
all we remember them in our hearts and we remember the
sacrifices that were made for us on this day.
We honour and remember those Gallipoli servicemen
and women, as well as the 12,000 other New Zealanders
who died on the Western Front. Overall, we lost 18,000
New Zealanders in the First World War, and 41,000 were
wounded. Their lives were greatly impacted by the war,
both physically and mentally. Men and women of every
race and creed answered the call, including 2,200 Maori,
500 Pacific Islanders, and 550 nurses.
Before every ‘push’ they would sit
A game that you could leave behind
But in the end broke the spirited
and kind.
To fight for king and country for
the ultimate ‘game’ that had to be
We must continue to remember
long after many forget
For they fought so hard for our
future we must try our best to
Charlie Hamilton, Yr 12
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Bullying - An act that is done on purpose. Bullies use
their power (physical size, age, social status, etc) to
repeatedly threaten, harass, embarrass, or hurt others.
he Big Stand is a key student-led strategy that
has been running at Howick College since 2010 to
combat bullying, violence, and peer pressure. This year
a 35-member committee was formed with a clear goal
to uncover, hear, share and promote the student voice.
Our key aim for 2015 was to continue to make a positive
change by understanding the feelings, beliefs, needs,
and challenges in our school.
Our committee are proud of what we do, we are proud
of the dialogue we create, and the honesty in which we
share. Children and teenagers experiencing bullying can
be told to ‘just ignore it’ or ‘walk away’, but this is not
addressing the issues, or helping us to find any solutions.
New Zealand is plagued with stories of the ‘sweepit-under-the-carpet’ mentality, but we will not do that
because this issue is important to us!
Bullying is a nationwide issue. A major international
study in 2008 surveyed 37 counties and found that New
Zealand was ranked the second-worst country for the
prevalence of bullying in primary school. In 2015 the
NZ Census @ School included bullying as a focus area
for the first time, finding that verbal bullying was the
most commonly reported form, with 36% of respondents
saying it was a problem in their school.
In recent years international research has focused on the
role of bystanders as the solution, appealing to people’s
empathy and sense of social responsibility to act. This
is great, but how are they doing this? Our school wide
survey told us that this is not so easy. Bullying does not
just harm the victim but also those witnessing it. In fact
47% of bystanders at Howick College reported feeling
upset, 45% feeling helpless, 33% finding it hard to
concentrate, 22% being afraid, and 18% feeling anxious
when they observed bullying happening to others.
Last year our team conducted a survey of the student
body and this year we had the opportunity to share our
findings with the school. We led school-wide assemblies
in Term 2 with a focus on how bullying is defined. We
took four possible definitions to the student body, with
52% voting for the following definition, which has now
been adopted as our school-wide definition:
Our solution was to provide four options for student
consideration. Sixty-three per cent of students voted
for the creation of an anonymous reporting system for our
school. This system means students can report bullying and
safety-related issues without fear of their peers finding out that
they ‘told’. All information exchange will be done online, and
evidence such as witnesses, screen shots etc. can be provided.
Specific staff will be trained (by students and professionals) on
how to receive the notifications, and how to respond.
In our follow up Action Assembly we explored why students
voted so strongly for this option, and what the benefits and /
or potential challenges would be. We knew we needed the
support of the SMT to make this happen and we are pleased to
report that Mr Ropati has made a commitment to resource and
support the development of an anonymous reporting system in
2016. Our hope is that this will ensure every student feels able
to access support.
So how can you make your own stand? As Toni mentioned
in the assembly, you can take a stand wherever bullying may
occur by not laughing along, by intervening, by speaking up,
by getting help, or by speaking to a teacher or your parents.
Plus, from 2016 if you feel unable to do that there will also be
anonymous reporting.
Remember: doing nothing is the problem, not the way in which
you take a stand!
hroughout the year the bakers of the Baking Club
(founder: Mrs R Poole) have put their wooden
spoons to the test in five different challenges. Our first
was “Bake your best,’ where some delicious treats were
made, including a pavlova, Anzac biscuits, and a caramel
brownie, with Baylee Hoverd’s caramel brownie taking
first place.
The next challenge brought cupcakes in a range of
amazing flavours and creative decorations.
Ms Marsick and Ms Addison judging taste and
Challenge number three was very healthy and tested
bakers by swapping sugar for coconut sugar or stevia
and making the products gluten-free.
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A savoury challenge was the next one, which caught
some of our simply- sweet bakers by surprise. However,
some delicious savoury treats were made, including
savoury scones and a yummy pizza.
It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it! Mr Chang
and Mr Martin taste-testing.
The final challenge was Howick’s Hottest Home Baker.
There were four judges: Ms Marsick, Ms Addison, Mr
Martin, and Mr Chang. They thoroughly tasted and
appraised all the contestants’ food and gave valuable
feedback, as it were, to everyone.
As a new club in the school, the Baking Club has been
very successful (and also very delicious.) Everyone
was committed to baking to a high standard and the
atmosphere was always supportive and fun.
Ready to face the judges' tough questions in the BP
Business Challenge.
Yr 13 student team building at the Enterprise Day for the
Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme.
Bayleee Hoverd, Sarah Kitchin,
and Hamal Young, Yr 13
Meghan Woodfield Baking Club final winner.
A bus was cruising along on a particularly rainy day
on a road that was grey. The trees were grey, the
buildings were grey. I felt slightly uncomfortable in my
bright green bus; the contrast with the monochrome
surroundings made me feel uncomfortable in a
way. Being a bus driver had given me a whole new
perspective on the world. Why, for example, was I
sitting in a green box with windows all around driving
in circles? I was wasting all that precious fuel for no
effect but the environment’s destruction.
The Scan and Secure team; winners of the BP Business
A glimpse at the clock, the realisation of being late.
Suddenly there was a puddle, a splash, a figure. There
was a silhouette on the wall. The wall of the apartment.
The wall the water had splashed on. But the mark, the
silhouette on the wall, clearly indicated somebody must
have been there. Somebody must have blocked part of
the splash. That person was nowhere to be seen. I was
later to realize that no one, absolutely no one was to be
seen. With the splash, everybody had disappeared. And
it didn’t take me much longer to realise, I myself had
disappeared too.
The crossing at Street Road… suddenly tyres screeched,
the bus tipped 10 degrees sideways and then everything
was back to normal.
Levi Beintken, Yr 9
Creative writing group
Tie-dyed t-shirts for sale at the Howick College market day.
who have no idea of a future career are encouraged to
do ‘Career Quest’ on and write
the top 10 results in their diaries. This list can provide a
direction, and maybe even a specific career. Diary use
is compulsory at school and is a strong indication of
success - nearly all students who are achieving to their
potential use a diary.
very Yr 13, Yr 12 and Yr 11 student has been called
for a personal interview with one of the Careers
Advisors, either Mrs Batt or Ms van Daatselaar. Many
parents have also attended, which is exceedingly helpful
when making appropriate life- and career- enhancing
decisions. A large number of Yr 10 students have also
made appointments, which is pleasing to see. Students
Student exchange Expo
year to begin courses, apprenticeships or move
into chosen employment.
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Schools are expected to provide career education and
guidance for all students, which can be done in a variety
of ways. Some of our highlights this year were:
Involvement in the AME High student / parent /
tutor meetings, which is generally regarded as a
valuable initiative in our school.
Careers Evening, which is an annual event held midyear, continuing to be a popular and hectic evening.
This year we had over 50 providers in attendance
from ITOs to universities and armed services.
Student Exchange EXPO, which takes place annually
in the school library during March. Providers set up
stalls and interact with our students. The number of
interested students is very encouraging.
STAR courses, which are government-funded and
aim to give senior students a sample taste of a
future career e.g. baking and pastry, IT (forensic,
software, hardware), hairdressing, beauty, travel,
engineering, motor body trades, carpentry and
welding, film and audio engineering. Students
also gain credits towards NCEA. These courses are
done either within or out of the school, often in the
The Gateway programme continues strongly. It is an
extremely beneficial programme for students who
thoroughly enjoy their work placements, such as
aviation out at Auckland Aero Club, flight attending,
Air New Zealand engineering, hospitality, The
Warehouse, hairdressing, automotive, and building
and construction. Gateway helps to broaden the
range of work experience, and students can gain
approximately 20 credits towards NCEA. This year
45 students completed their Gateway training.
– perhaps even to take a guess as to what the culture
was. We also carried out activities during Samoan
Language Week (such as a teaching session from Mr
Noyce, and an art session in Ms Wood’s classroom), with
help from students and teachers around the school,
and set up stalls for Culture Week involving various
traditional practices such as Japanese origami, Indian
henna-inspired bookmarks, and French pétanque. Our
involvement in the Ingham House Food festival was
furthermore quite substantial, with a great number of
stalls being staffed by members of our very own group.
Overall, this year has been successful in establishing the
school’s brand-new Culture Club, and we look forward
to seeing where Mrs Sundrum and the members of 2016
take it from here!
reviously known as the Asian Council, our fresh
team of students came together this year, with
the generous help of an enthusiastic Mrs Sundrum,
to take on a fresh persona - a new name which would
appropriately address our interest in the diverse
range of cultures found within our school, and within
our community. Thus, the Culture Club was born, a
group of all-new members with a wide variety of ideas,
aiming to promote and encourage the expression of
cultural identity for ALL students, including our many
international friends visiting from places such as Italy,
Chile, Germany, and Japan. We kicked off this year with
a “What Culture am I?” competition, which worked to
spread knowledge on the main 30 cultures throughout
our school. The competition was successful in getting
people to talk about the various cultures, stopping to
read the posters and share interesting facts with friends
Lisa Howe (on behalf of Culture Club members)
We are using Dreamcatcher at all year levels. This
personalised career management system is studentdriven and is accessible to staff and parents at
home. Students investigate career options that may
interest them. There are also links to other sites such
as ITOs, universities, and scholarships.
KATTI (Kei a Tātou te Ihi) / PILOT (Pacific Island Leaders
of Tomorrow) / STEAM AHEAD and BEAMS days
which take place at Auckland universities and technical
institutes have been attended when they have not
clashed with assessment weeks, exam weeks and no-trip
weeks. They are a powerful motivating tool for those
who attend.
The Pathways classes are for both Yr 12 and Yr 13
students. They provide work experience and Unit
Standard credits relevant to employment. Topics
range from making a CV to job interviews, site
safety, computing, managing taxes, and leaving
home. Several students have left school during the
Students and parents are always welcome to make an
appointment to see a Careers Advisor, or drop in and
look at our resources in H3.
Careers Evening.
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lias Worrall-Bader, Max Calvert, and Jessica Bennett.
The Yr 11 debating team. This year contained a lot
of ups and downs for us, but we wouldn't take back
a second of it. Our wins and losses were relatively
balanced, though as every debate passed we got
better as individuals and grew stronger as a team. Our
debating coach, Mrs Botha, is an inspiration for us all,
never failing to scold us for a win or loss regardless.
Cacophonous car rides into the city birthed many both
productive and unproductive conversations. We have
come out the other end of the season better debaters
and a better team.
Junior Premier team - Elias Worrall-Bader, Max Calvert,
Mrs Botha and Jess Bennett.
The team, consisting of Eloise Kerr, David GroothuizenDijkema (both Yr 13) and Greer Bonnette (Yr 12) had a
very successful year, with moots covering such things as
charter schools, prime ministerial hair-pulling, and the
morality of violent protest in defence of animal rights.
Our opponents were invariably both good-natured and
very able, and the obvious pleasure which all derived
from their intellectual exertions was very gratifying to
behold, as was the willingness of the team to take on
board the adjudicators’ constructive comments. We got
as far as the semi-finals, which was a highly impressive
achievement in view of the size of the field and the
reputations of some of our opponents. As always, of
course, the debates continued in Mr Porteous’s car on
the way home.
This year proved to be a wonderful learning experience
for the Premier Advanced team, which consisted of
Adayla Williams, Umbar Sandhu, and Tabby Adams.
Advanced Open team – David Groothuizen-Dijkema, Eloise
Kerr, Greer Bonnette and Mr Porteous.
The rush of adrenaline we all get from debating is
another reason why we all continue to enjoy it. We
enjoyed a couple of wins and some strong opposition.
This experience has helped us to debate with
more confidence and be more organised
when debating. We are very grateful to Ms
Goodhue for coaching us and dedicating
her time to help us, and Mr Wilson for
transporting us when Ms Goodhue was
unable to make it. We would also like to thank
Mrs Botha for organising the debates and for
her helpful advice.
Premier Advanced team – Umbar Sandhu, Mrs Botha and
Adayla Williams. (Absent: Tabby Adams).
We would like to thank Mr Wilson and Mrs Botha for
transporting us to Diocesan and back every second
Wednesday night and providing us with their invaluable
Our Premier Advanced team in action.
This debating season has been a rollercoaster in which
we learnt so much and enjoyed every step. We all
particularly enjoyed working as a team; if someone
was unsure there was always another to help them out.
One of our strengths was certainly our teamwork, which
enabled us to be efficient with our preparation before
debating in impromptu rounds.
Lachlan Stanghan, Madi Hewett, Aimee
MacKenzie, and Rupin Singh
Moving from Premier Junior to Premier Advanced
was a massive change, and not just in speaking times.
Throughout the year, we made the most of weekend
tournaments as well as the standard rounds, to ensure
we were developing as debaters. Debating against
speakers who consistently rank in the top 10 in Auckland
was an extremely humbling experience. We hope that
we have learned many valuable skills in analysis, and
developing strong arguments, that we will be able to use
next year to do even better.
Senior Open team - Maddie Hewett, Aimee Mackenzie,
Rupin Singh and Miss Goodhue. (Absent: Lachlan
She left you beaten, bruised, broken and scarred.
Her poisonous air contaminated your lungs.
Yet all I did was stand there and watch,
As she grabbed you by the neck
And saw your light slowly diminish
But most importantly
I’m sorry that with your last breath,
As you looked up at her,
All you saw was your reflection and cold dark eyes.
My dear, present me,
No words can describe,
How sorry I am,
You’re dead.
She’s alive.
She haunts me whenever I look in the mirror
Yet, I can’t bear to admit, your killer
Was me.
To start with,
I’d like to apologise
For the way I let her treat you
The way I let her speak to you.
I’m sorry for her condescending tone,
Her patronizing words and how long I let it go on.
I’m sorry her perspective clouded your eyes,
Her hate coursed through your veins.
The way I let her laugh at you, convince you you’re
I’m sorry that every day her words played in your head,
Slowly driving you insane.
Her sneering seeped into your brain,
Consuming your thoughts
I let her break through your ribcage,
And tear out your heart
I let her suck you up,
Until you were hollow, and for that,
I’m truly sorry.
She made you insecure and question your being
Shammah Mufanechiya, Yr 12
Howick College debaters.
WASD keys and one would use the arrow key. We first
found some art for our game settling on a grassy field
background, a red player and a blue. Then we decided
the goals could be red and blue rectangles.
Code camp was on Wednesday and Thursday of the
second week of the Term 3 holidays. We arrived at
8:40am on Wednesday and were given an introduction
and given the basic idea of what we were going to do
over the two days.
For the first day we could sit with whoever we wanted
and we listened to two different talks from various
people already working in IT. This included project
managers from companies such as Wynyard. The
talks were mainly about starting a business, running a
business and people skills.
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The hardest part of making the game was getting the
multiplayer to work. We spent a lot of time trying to
figure it out and eventually found that we could do it by
using a massive “if” statement. We also had to make a
presentation to go with our game and so we put one
person on programming, one on presentation and one
on both to help both sides.
ome exciting things have been happening in Digital
Technologies this year. Students have taken part in
programming competitions with success.
The silver prize winners (all Yr 10 students) were:
Izzy Williams
Stephanie Browne
Waldo Theron
They won a wireless speaker each.
In February students learnt how to program with Touch
Develop. Dallas Harvey won a Surface Pro tablet for the
game that he developed.
The other team members (all Yr 10 students) were:
Reuben Yu
Dallas Harvey
Jonti Chang
We ended up with a game with two players who start at
either side, in front of their goals. The players then run
to the middle to the ball. Red would try to push the ball
into Blue’s goal and Blue would aim for Red’s goal.
Next we learnt how to use TouchDevelop, the program we
would be using to create our games. To learn the basics we
started with making the well-known game “Flappy Bird”.
The program was relatively easy to understand. However,
its UI was not very well set up. It is a tool probably best for
beginners or people who want to understand some of the
language to do with programming. It also came with plenty
of easy-to-use, copyright-free, sprites and game mechanics
such as gravity.
We were announced as runner-up to the game that came
first place and received our prize, a Microsoft wireless
keyboard and mouse and a Microsoft laptop bag. The first
place winners received Microsoft phones. There was also a
special prize for teamwork that went to only one person.
I was put into a team with two Yr 11s, both from different
schools. Once we were in groups we did some team
building exercises before splitting off into groups and
planning over morning tea.
Overall the two days were a good experience. It was
interesting being able to listen to and interact with
people who were already in the IT industry and were all
passionate about their jobs.
Our first idea was a multiplayer football game played
with one keyboard in which one person would use the
Izzy Williams, Yr 10
Dasha Solovyeva from Yr 12 was in a family team organised
by her mother and her family were bronze winners.
In the Term 2 and 3 holidays a group of Yr 10 students
went to Manukau Institute of Technology for a
programming competition called JHack. One of the
teams won a silver prize. The students had to earn their
place in the finals by spending hours of their own time,
over a month, learning to program Minecraft. Over two
hundred students started the program but only 100
students were eligible for the finals. The prize winners
were selected on their ability to work in a team, rather
than their ability to program using Minecraft.
In August a group of Yr 12 and 13 students went to
Auckland University to attend a nationwide programming
Robotic sumo is a competition where robots, known as
sumo-bots, attempt to push each other out of an arena
using sensors, clever programming, and innovative
design. It has taken Yr 12 students 20 weeks to design
and construct their sumo-bots, ready to compete against
Pakuranga College. The most common "weapon" used
this year was an angled blade at the front of the robot.
Students spent hours programming and adjusting their
robots to get it ready for the big event.
On the day of the competition, the robots were placed
in the competition ring and had 90 seconds to knock
opposing robots out. A team from Pakuranga College
ended up taking the top spot, followed by a team from
Howick College.
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Early Childhood gave me a good
insight in what it’s like to work in a
kindergarten. It helped me make a
decision on whether to do it in the
future which I was then unsure of.
Emma Relph
I really enjoy ECE because I have
learnt a lot about children and it
will be a good thing to know in
the future. It was fun to go to a
kindergarten for a term and look
after them. It was also good to learn
how the Early Childhood educators
help the little kids etc if you are
wanting to be an ECE teacher.
Yr 9
Yr 10
Yr 10
I enjoyed the ECE course because
you get to go out on work
experience and get first-hand
knowledge on what it’s like to work
with children. It was a fun course.
ear 10 DVC were involved in a number of new initiatives.
The work shown above evolved out of a bio-mimicry
lesson that was introduced to the students by a supporting
parent, Dr Shaun Forgie. The results met and exceeded
all expectations. We shall be looking at extending
opportunities for interested parents to become involved
in projects in the future. Work above completed by Harry
Forgie, Ciara Maher and Elise Horan.
Yr 10
Yr 11
Angela Moran
I really loved this Early Childhood
course. It was such a cool experience
to work at the centre with the
children, getting to know who they
are and what they love.
Yr 11 DVC have continued to produce outstanding
work. The pages shown here were produced by Kerrin
Hainsworth and Monish Lal.
Yr 11
Paige Lamb
I enjoyed the Early Childhood
course because they give you an
opportunity with hands-on education
such as work experience. The centres
are warm and welcoming to the
students in our class and have taught
us a lot as well as giving us great
experience and education. We did
fun activities such as looking after
an egg for a week, teaching us great
skills and to be attentive. This course
is a great taster to see if you want to
be a teacher. The work experience
gives you a really good idea of what
it would be like. This course prepares
you for the work force and I feel it
makes you ready and confident for
teaching young children.
Ella Smith
I enjoyed ECE this year as I was able
to go to work experience and I was
being in a workforce. I enjoy this
subject as it’s something I want to
pursue; it has taught me that I want
to stick with ECE as a subject. This is
a vocational subject – ECE prepares
for my job experience.
Jess Tucker
I really enjoyed the ECE this year
as I was able to participate in work
experience which was quite eyeopening. I was able to truly see what
it would be like to work with children
as a career. The unit standards are
very fun and interesting as you
always learn something new. The
discussions had during class time
are also lots of fun as everyone has
different opinions and the subjects
are related to things that would be
handy for the future.
Danielle Woodley
I loved the ECE course because we
go to go to a centre of our choice
and get first-hand experience with
children. I have learnt so much and I
have now decided my career choice
because of this course.
Becky Ward
Yr 11
his year the English Department has been a
veritable Sea of Tranquillity as regards staff
movements, the only change being the welcome arrival
in our ranks of Ms A McCamish, a past pupil of the
school, who assumed responsibility for a Yr 10 class in
Term 2, and did it very well.
Yr 10 SIE boys met their favourite author David Riley to
find out why he is so passionate about engaging boys
with reading. He believes that:
School speech winners: back left to right: Jess Bennett,
Katelyn Petty, Inka Pleiss, Teagan Moroney, Rupin Singh.
Front left to right: Savanah Konia and Brayden Buckley-Smith.
(Absent: Nathan Limm and Tim Cloves)
The Creative Writing group with New Zealand author Shriram Iyer.
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So he started writing and his books have been a
favourite in the Yr 10 SIE Boys’class this year. Books such
as Samoan Heroes, Steppin’ with Benji Marshall, and
Offloading with SBW show that some books work better
with boys than others.
Howick College Speech Competition
Mrs Poole has sought and offered an interesting
diversion in her new Baking Club, the report for which
appears elsewhere.
Our new HoD, Mrs Restieaux, has had a very successful
first year in her new role, maintaining harmony and morale
of the department, and proving a hit with her Yr 13s.
On a sad note, the death occurred in the September
holidays, surrounded by her family, of Ms Barbara Letcher,
from cancer which she had fought for over a year. Her
resignation was noted in last year’s magazine. She made
a very moving and courageous speech, to a standing
ovation, at the staff farewells last year, and we think of her
often. A number of her former pupils have spoken of their
sadness at her passing, and of her proficiency as a teacher.
Ms Stegmann continues with her lunchtime Creative
Writer’s Group, where talent is nurtured and developed,
this year with much help from David GroothuizenDijkema, who, being Yr 13, is unfortunately (for us)
leaving this year. Some of the work from this group
regularly appears in this magazine, and students are
grateful to Ms Stegmann for giving up her time for them.
Our annual Howick College Speech competition held
early in the third term was a great success. Audiences
were presented with a wide range of topics that were
sometimes entertaining, sometimes thought-provoking,
and all delivered with competence. Students, teachers,
and parents were invited to consider ideas that ranged
from gender equality and euthanasia to the value of
computer games. The winners of the school competition
With this in mind two teachers, Ms Jamieson and Ms
Mossop, took eight boys into the National Library in
Parnell to hear David talk about his writing journey
and his passion for engaging boys with reading. After
meeting him they were free to tour the library and
choose books they liked to take back to school. We
were the only school to take TWO boxes of books and
the librarians commented on their ‘awesome’ behaviour
and their enthusiasm. Keenan Motuliki thanked
David, impressing him with his thoughtful and sincere
appreciation of David’s presentation.
Year 11
1st place: Rupinderpal Singh
2nd place: Katelyn Petty 3rd place: Jess Bennett
Year 10
1st place: Teagan Moroney
2nd place: Inka Pleiss 3rd place: Nathan Limm
added that we all have a story to tell. She was very popular
with the audience.
This year four members of staff at Howick College took
25 avid readers and writers to the annual festival held in
Auckland. What a privilege it was to listen to the guest
speakers. They included Grace Taylor, Anthony Horowitz,
Laurie Halse Anderson, and Morris Gleitzman.
Morris Gleitzman told us that a story is more than just what
is on the surface; a story allows us to contribute to what it
is saying. His motto is, ‘Just do it.’ We need to remember
that the reader wants to ‘clothe’ the character. Every story
needs to be unlocked. In the life of every main character
we need to imagine what the focal problem is he is facing.
Put yourself in that character’s position or shoes. Once
a main character realises he/she has a problem, he/she
realises he has to do something to survive.
Grace Taylor (New Zealand poet/performer) performed
poems to the audience. It was very entertaining. She
believes that people want to hear the story behind the
story; therefore as a writer you should write in character
as that gives you permission to say things you want to
say. Poetry has no rules: keep it personal, conversational,
don’t think too much, and start writing about things that
are important to you.
It was a day well spent. Everyone went away pondering
on some aspect the guest speakers had pointed out.
What an experience!
Anthony Horowitz (UK writer) told us that books are more
valuable than films. Reading is a valuable experience as
YOU are the character. A tip he gave to writers was to
never give up: the unsuccessful writer stops. He also told
us that location is important in writing. He added that
one minute spent on planning will save you 30 minutes;
therefore you should always plan. You need to know
everything about your character; be immersed in what
you do while you are writing. His last piece of sound
advice was: Listen to what you write; breathe it; live it!
Year 9
1st place: Brayden Buckley-Smith
2nd place: Tim Cloves
3rd place: Savanah Konia
Meeting New Zealand author Dave Riley at the National
The Eastern Zone School Speech competition was
held in August at Mission Heights Junior College.
Participating schools included Botany Downs Senior
College, Howick College, St. Kentigern College,
Macleans College, Pakuranga College, Sancta Maria
College, and Mission Heights Junior College. Our
contestants were Rupinderpal Singh, Teagan Moroney
and Brayden Buckley-Smith. The standard was very high
and we were very proud of the manner in which our
speakers represented the school. Rupinderpal Singh’s
very interesting and entertaining speech won him third
place in his division.
This competition is run by the Howick Rotary Club.
Students are required to deliver a speech on an ethical
issue to which they apply the Rotary 4-Way Test. This test
is designed to promote ethical standards and was created
in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. The test asks the
following four questions of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The semi-finals of this competition were held in August
and four students were selected to present their
speeches at a Rotary Dinner where the best speaker was
selected. The students all received generous awards.
The results for this competition were:
Laurie Halse Anderson (USA writer) opened her discussion
by saying, “A library is a hospital for the mind.” She
discussed her novels Speak and Chains. She said that we
have all survived something, so we need to be kind and
generous to each other as we are all a bit broken. She
“Boys may not be reluctant to read, but reluctant to read
what we want them to.”
Mrs Jameison and Ms Mossop and keen readers at the
National Library.
1st place: Brooklyn Harrison
2nd place: Liana Sykes
3rd place: Teagan Moroney and Catherine Thomas
Rotary 4-way speech.
Our juniors are enjoying the classes we provide and
the SIEP classes are busy relating what they eat to their
sporting success while baking treats that they hope will
give them an advantage on the field.
his year has flown by. The smell of freshly ground
coffee and the delicious aroma of newly baked
bread wafted down the corridors of T block thanks to
our new Barista club. We are particularly proud of the
six of our baristas who are putting their skills to use in
our local cafes.
We were lucky to have two wonderful relievers in Mrs
Familton and Mrs MacCallum covering Mrs Emmanuel’s
classes while she has been on leave and we are
delighted to welcome Mrs Emmanuel back in Term 4.
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Our Nutrition and Food classes spent a term uncovering
the hidden messages in the duplicitous marketing
of the multinational food corporations and how they
manipulate the public into buying their products.
Sustainability Trust (EERST) which we now proudly
boast in our school. We shall continue to polish the
recycling methods we already have in place. Each year
the committee becomes more and more student-driven
and it is our hope that our passion will spread schoolwide. Meetings have become fast-paced with room for
everyone to grow as an independent leader. Our next
big step is becoming a Silver Enviro School, a title that
we hope to achieve early next year.
015 was a big year for Howick College's
Environment Committee. Again, we participated
in regional education for sustainability conferences,
Mangemangeroa Reserve tree-planting, Love Your
Coast training and presentations to local schools, and
our major initiative for this year was to reduce the
landfill leaving Howick College by 70%. Through our
extensive recycling projects we are well on our way to
achieving this challenging goal. This year we applied for
and received a $4000 grant for two beverage container
bins from the Environmental Education for Resource
We are thrilled to nominate Anon Keenan, Erica Goh,
James Cross, Ingrid Ventura, Paige Leemans, Rochelle
Cleminson, and Shannon Hughes for gold service awards this
year. Their commitment and support for the large number
of hospitality functions in the school and around our local
community over 2015 has been outstanding. We take this
opportunity to wish all our leavers well for the future.
Inka Pleiss and Umbar Sandhu
As always we give you our favourite recipe of the year;
simple, easy, and oh so delicious chocolate éclairs; a
treat for the whole family!
Our Hospitality students continued on in the fine
tradition of providing food and service to the school
community. A highlight was the brown-bag lunches
where we provided meals for staff in a takeaway format;
many took them home for family dinners.
½c flour
1/4t salt
50g butter cut into pieces
1/2c water
2 eggs
Our Yr 13s are experts at making choux pastry and
even earned the industry seal of approval when we had
a bakery team come and see our students. They were
particularly impressed at the styles and varieties that
our Hospitality students attempted. We hope this will
be the start of a long partnership that will see us making
fantastic breads and cakes and biscuits for sale while
gaining credits at the same time.
1. Heat oven to 200°C and line baking tray with paper
2. Sift flour and salt on to a plate
3. Bring butter and water to a violent boil. While
boiling add the flour and beat hard till the dough
forms a soft and glossy ball. Take off the heat
4. Add the eggs a small amount at a time, beating
well after each addition. Continue till the batter is
smooth and glossy
5. Place spoonfuls on to a tray leaving about 2cm
between them
Ms Slamat, Liana Sykes and Inka Pleiss with
the new recycling bins from the EERST.
Cleaning up the school.
6. Bake in a hot oven for 10 mins. DO NOT OPEN THE
7. Reduce temperature to 180°C for 20 mins till dry
and crispy. When cold fill with whipped cream
and top with cooled chocolate ganache, made by
mixing equal quantities of dark chocolate and cream
together and heat till smooth
Environment Committee 2015.
Volunteering to help re-plant Mangemangeroa Reserve.
a Belle France !
Sixteen senior Howick College students are
The group of students who will be heading to France in 2016.
off to France for two weeks in April 2016. A group
of French students and a few Classics students
will be chaperoned around the north and south
Also, to make this experience as authentic as possible
of France by Madame Granat (TiC French), Mr Galliers
a little background jazz café music is played while they
(TiC Classics) and Mrs Sundrum (Dean of Ingham). The
enjoy their ‘croissants, pains au chocolat et baguettes’
students will start in Paris and visit famous landmarks and
(croissants, chocolate croissants and French bread). To
attractions such as la Tour Eiffel, la Cathédrale de Notre
top it off, Madame Granat spends hours the night before
Dame, le Louvre, l’Arc de Triomphe, EuroDisney, and
making French crêpes to add to the experience where
many more. They will then make their way down towards
the students have the choice of indulging in a Nutella or
the south of France and visit places such as Bordeaux,
maple syrup-filled crêpe (French pancake).
Carcassonne, and Montpellier. While in Montpellier,
For the Yr 10 students the experience is slightly different:
students will stay with host families and go to school for
they write their own recipe for a crêpe mixture and
five days. They will have three hours of French classes
fillings. Then, in class the students get to make their own
in the morning and cultural workshops in the afternoon.
crêpes. Let’s just say that there were some interesting
They will then go back up to Paris and make their way to
choices of fillings . . .
Normandy where they will stay in a chateau and visit the
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lobal flavours permeated the school theatre
once again this year to celebrate cultural
diversity, and support Ingham charities, the
Foundation of the Blind and Cure Kids. Student
leadership again was at the forefront in the threeterm co-ordinating of international food stalls.
Students were also well-supported by teachers
and the parent community. Cuisine was enjoyed
from 22 countries and included dishes such as
oreo and chocolate fudge pie (American), milk
tart (South African), palmier (French), tiramisu
(Italian), ptichye moloko (Russian milk cake), nasi
lemak, sri muka (Malaysian dessert) and chicken
curry, jalebi, roti and naan bread (Indian). Visiting
Pasifika student leaders from One Tree Hill
College, together with staff and students of this
school delighted themselves on the fanfare of
festivity and fun. A whopping $2,300 was raised.
Ingham House wishes to extend their thanks to all
who made creative efforts at contributing to the
overwhelming success of the event.
D-Day landing beaches and Musée du Débarquement,
the famous Mont Saint Michel, and many more.
Bienvenue en classe de Français!
Besides learning French in Yrs 9 and 10, the highlight
each term for these classes is that they get the
opportunity to share in the cuisine of France and enjoy
‘un petit déjeuner Français’ (French breakfast) in the
case of the Yr 9 students, who are encouraged to wear
French attire and are encouraged to speak only French.
Georgia Beasley and Glenn Scotson, on
behalf of the Ingham House Junior and Senior
Berets and baguettes at breakfast.
015 has seen another successful year for Geography
fieldtrips. The weather gods were kind with all trips
enjoying good weather.
Term 1 continues to be peak season for trips with all three
senior classes heading to various hills, volcanoes, streams
and beaches. Forty five Yr 13s enjoyed a day in the surf
and sand at Omaha and Tawharanui measuring and
drawing different beach profiles, finishing off with a welldeserved ice cream at Omaha before heading home.
around one of the more recent geothermal areas at
Waimangu. However, the highlight of the trip continues
to be the exciting and spectacular trip to the summit of
Mt Tarawera. Here they get to see the huge chasm and
fantastic views from the top. But the best part continues
to be the descent down the scoria slope deep into the
crater. Everyone leaves exhilarated if not a little tired
from all the walking but well worth the effort. We are one
of only a few schools who take this opportunity.
Next it was the turn of 55 Yr 12s to venture south to
the spectacular volcanic environment at Tongariro
and Ruapehu. Armed with a variety of equipment,
and oranges, they waded into streams measuring and
drawing as well as working out stream velocities. This is
where the oranges became useful. The Park provided us
with excellent facilities such as en-suite rooms and loads
of great food. The cooked breakfasts were especially
popular, with the sausages being a great hit.
Our final trip saw the Yr 13s heading towards the
bright lights of Rotorua to study the results of tourism
development. Highlights include a hangi and cultural
evening at Mitai Maori Village, a look at the history of
tourism in Rotorua at the museum as well as visiting Te
Puia, the geothermal area at Whakarewarewa and the
entertaining show at the Agridome.
The last trip of Term 1 involved over 90 Yr 11 students
experiencing their first Geography fieldtrip to see the
effects of the Tarawera eruption. This included visits to
Rotorua Museum, the Buried Village as well as a walk
Bon appétit!
Year 13 at Rotorua.
On Mt Ruapehu - Year 12.
The best bits are left to the last with a trip to the Luge
and Agroventures where students can experience
adventure tourism first hand. The jet boat and swoop
continue to be firm favourites and many a scream has
been recorded on mobile devices.
Huge thanks to Ms Urwin, Mr Kerr, Mr Arthur, Mr Craig
and Mrs Kyle for giving up their valuable time and effort
to ensure the success of these fieldtrips. Looking forward
to 2016...
Year 11 field trip to Mt Tarawera.
With lunch came the short drive into Devonport and a
carefree meander through playground, beach, and food
shops alike. Highlights included a shared insistence on
visiting as many of the numerous forbidding yet exciting
tunnels as possible and the many memorable pictures
taken. All in all it was an unforgettable experience.
Lowlights included a reluctant bus ride home back to
the long (educational) days of normal school life in the
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he Yr 11 History trip to North Head was a total
blast. After the bus ride and a short walk up the hill
we were briefed on the day’s activities. North Head, or
Maungauika, itself is a coastal defence installation turned
public reserve complete with extensive dark tunnels and
ample information boards. The trip was preparation for
an internal we were doing on its significance. Not only
did wandering through intimidating tunnels and gawking
at large guns immensely entertain us but information
drawn from signs, pictures, and the documentary
we were shown helped us to complete our internal
assessment projects.
Rocking up to the aircraft terminal we were all pretty
psyched that we were going to miss a couple of days of
school to rock it on down in the capital. All of us girls and
boys who were a part of the history fambam departed
to Wellington! Just a wee tip: don’t take a selfie on
the runway as you WILL get told off by a random flight
attendant or if it tickles your fancy take a selfie in front of
the Beehive and get Mr Oswald to photobomb.
Our school trip started with a comfy five-hour bus ride
up to the Bay of Islands with air conditioning and plenty
of leg room. We spent the rest of the day acclimatising
to the sunny North’s beautiful weather, lazing around the
pool, playing giant chess and other games. Many games
of Donkey and Marco Polo were played in the pool with
Ro-Ro and the Meffinator. After this, food was essential
and the buffet meals at the resort were a highlight. We
had a birthday cake for Calum, who turned 18 on the
trip. Next day we visited the Waitangi Treaty grounds
with its million-dollar views, then to Paihia (heaven to the
missionaries) and a ferry ride to Kororareka (Russell, today,
but known then as the hell-hole of the Pacific.) This quaint
village had an old building in which the missionaries made
books for the Maori, a walk through history. Samuel aka
Stanley got the printout of the Maori Bible.
pole down, caused us all to wish we had water bottles,
but it was worth it for the beautiful view of the Bay of
Islands, a great picture opportunity or selfie shot. Next,
we drove to Kerikeri and Kemp House and the Stone
Store, where Lyndsey bought the pink tentacle as a lovetoken for Mr Oswald aka Ro-Ro, which started the bad
omens. The first tentacle incident was when a glass was
just touched by one unwitting owner of a pink tentacle
at dinner and the glass shattered. Later that night, the
cool people were grooving at the disco with some great
dance moves seen from both students and teachers.
The second tentacle incident happened when a student
(who had not bought a pink tentacle) went to sit against
a glass ranchslider and the bottom panel cracked, all
because of the dreaded pink tentacle.
Bullet holes in the church at Russell made us realise that
history is everywhere. Later on the fun- but- tiring walk
to the top of Maiki Hill to where Hone Heke cut the flag
If you want to get up close and personal with real
murderers and experience the ghostly passages of the
high court dungeons, also, if it suits you to look through
glowworm caves and historical archives History is totally
the place for you!
On the way back to Auckland we stopped off at Te
Waimate graveyard, Ohaeawai Church and battle site,
and the amazing Ruapekapeka battle site, where we
tried to find tunnels that were still open to crawl through
and hide in. Our journey home ended with a healthy diet
of KFC, McDonalds, coffee and ice creams.
Also, Wellington is a lovely getaway for your ultimate
honeymoon destination. For recommendations see
Howick College’s bachelor Tristan and his Matilda
Alice. Also plenty of tumblr cafes with high rising
prices that will jingle the cash right out of your parents’
pockets. In total, Wellington City is just as compact as
the friendships you gain from doing this trip. To steal
the limelight from the rest of the country our history
clan were the first people to see and walk around the
National War Memorial even before it was opened!
For the aspiring lawyers, have a sneak peek into the
badgering and bickering of the debating chamber.
Learning doesn’t have to be done traditionally; a little
walk around town produces a lot more knowledge then a
paragraph out of the textbook.
Sabrina Eagleton, Yr 12 History
Sharing friendship and culture - Howick College
and Saijo High School, Japan.
International Students from South America with
Mrs Parker at their Food Festival stall.
Many of the Internationals have been out on Outdoor
Education trips. This is a very popular subject choice
for many of our International as they would never have
access to these unique experiences back home in their
own countries. Some went caving at Port Waikato,
squeezing through underground tunnels looking
for a way out. Some have been on bushwalks in the
Waitakeres, navigating through the bush and sliding
down waterfalls. Some have camped out on Motutapu
Island, orienteering, snorkelling, kayaking, and playing
games in the dark. In Term 3 the Waikaremoana Trip was
cancelled due to track conditions, which has meant some
of our students who left at the end of Term 3 were not
able to join the delayed trip in the holidays. Mr Mason
does a wonderful job of encouraging all students to get
the most out of the experience.
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015 has been a busy year, with 86 long-term
international students, plus a number of others who
came for less than a semester. We have a very multinational group of students, with many from China,
Japan, Korea, Thailand, Germany, Brazil, Chile, Italy, and
our first-ever student from Mexico. We are again hosting
two Chilean scholarship students, or Penguins, for the
second semester.
Looking glamorous at the Howick College Ball.
a great team of people who are committed to looking
after the students and families in their care.
At the end of last year we welcomed Tracey Bradley to
the International Department as the Office Administrator.
Cath Stark, who did a wonderful job looking after groups
and helping Kathy Parker, the Dean, left to have a wellearned break, and Louise Goodall moved into Cath’s
vacant position as International Student Administrator.
We were very sad when we learned that Louise and
her family had decided to return to the UK in June this
year. Valerie Thomas became the International Student
Co-ordinator and we welcomed our latest Homestay Coordinator, Tania Troussova, at this time. We again have
We enjoyed visits from seven short-term student groups
again this year. In Term 1 we had a group of 13 students
from Zhoushan High School in Zhejiang Province in China,
and another group of 14 students from Shimon Private
School in Japan, who also brought a group to this school
last year. In Term 2 we had a group of 13 students from
Ninghai Middle School in China at school for six weeks.
This was a very long stay for a group and they were well
integrated into school life during that time. In Term 3 we
had a busy start with two large back-to-back groups, the
International Students
Back Row: Cheney Dai, Luca Karp, Mac Ye, Eric Wang, James Li, Fenrir Tang, Guy Ngamekua, Daisuke Yokoyama, Mark
Kampom, Tiew Kampom, Kohsaku Kaizuka, Pin Tanmanee Fourth Row: Mahiru Ohira, Edward Yu, Brian Murtagh, William
Hu, Leo Li, Jonas Hoelzel, Noddy Ng, Carlos Zawadzky Valenzuela, Matheus de Souza Zilio, Martin Repullo, Ethan Chen
Third Row: Paul Goller, Mercury Dai, Jimmy Chen , Jana Dewor, Katy He, Bokyung (Anna) Kim, Tomoko Sugibayashi, Leslie
Hu, Maria Hidalgo, Maneegarn Kanjanasupark, Elise Zeni, Myryung (Anna) Kim, Nicole Luan, Xenia Myrenska, Muriel Krull
Second Row: Mrs K Parker (International Dean), Laura Novoa Peralta, Miriam Chen, Krystal Cheng, Yuna Arai, Airi Kondo,
Diana Yang, Vicky Ni, Hanako Takakubo, Grace Li, Annie Li, Juliana Barivieri, Aka Wang, Janissta Jetiyanonta
Front Row: Daniela Gonzalez Barrios, Yuvraj Barot , Vrunda Patel , Nadiya Amiri, Vidhee Patel, Saloni Chinchmalaputre, Juhita
Bajaj, Rushi Patel, Vivek Patel, Varun Shah, Archan Kothari, Mrs Valerie Thomas (International Student Co-ordinator)
Kohasku Kaizuka enjoying an Outdoor Education
tramp at the Waitakere Ranges.
Visitors from Zhoushan High School with their Howick
College buddies.
first group of 30 arriving in the second week of school
from Saijo High School in Japan, for a week. This last
group not only attended mainstream classes with their
Howick buddies, but were also provided with specialist
classes in ESOL, Maori culture, dance, cooking and PE.
This was the fourth visit we have enjoyed from Saijo and
they prepared a lovely farewell show for our buddies.
The same day they left, we welcomed our group of 29
students and their teachers from Ninghai for a week.
A few days after they left, we had three students from
ACE Business Solutions visit the school for two weeks.
We are already receiving many requests for next year’s
prospective groups. From these groups we have already
enrolled over 20 students wanting to come long-term.
Yr 13 student Hyerim Lee (Allison), from Korea, came
first in the Rönisch Auckland Secondary School Piano
Competition in October. Even to participate in this
competition is a mark of high distinction: to win it is
evidence of rare brilliance. Hyerim has been with us for
two years and we are very proud of her achievement.
As part of her first place prize, Hyerim will have the
opportunity to perform at an event with the Auckland
Philharmonia Orchestra in 2016. Congratulations Hyerim
and all the best for your studies at Auckland University
School of Music next year.
We were extremely proud
when one of our Chinese
students, Leslie Hu, was
chosen to be one of four
Student Ambassadors for IN
Auckland, organised by the
Auckland Council. Leslie was
the only secondary student
Leslie Hu receiving her
Student Ambassador
to be selected. She had
certificate from Auckland
the opportunity to try many
mayor Len Brown.
different activities around
Auckland including the Sky Jump from Sky Tower, and
kept a blog of her experiences on the Council website.
This was a great experience and challenge for her.
Once again we would like to send out a massive thanks
to all the teachers who have accommodated so many
various students and student groups in their classes this
year. We understand how much effort teachers make for
this to be successful and we appreciate the welcome the
groups are given whilst here. We are also very grateful
to and proud of all the student buddies who give up
time to look after our visitors, making sure they feel
welcome, involved, and know how to get around the
school. We must of course also extend a huge thank you
to all our wonderful homestay families who look after
our Internationals so well. We have had quite a few new
families join our homestay group this year, and several of
our staff have also opened their homes to students when
we have needed extra homes. Teachers, buddies and
homestay families all help to ensure that these students
have the best experience of a New Zealand college
education as possible – thank you!
Several of our students were involved in stalls for the
international food festival, adding to the diversity of
culinary delights showcased on the day. Many senior
international students attended the school ball in July
and had a great time dressing up for the event.
Ms Valerie Thomas, Student Co-ordinator.
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be yours for the picking. We will always be there for you
if you need us. Whaia te iti kahurangi e tama e! Kei kōnei
mātou hei taitūara mōu i ngā wā katoa.
apa haka is the term for Māori performing arts and
literally means to form a line (kapa) and dance (haka).
Kapa haka is an avenue for Māori people to express and
showcase their heritage and Polynesian cultural identity
through song and dance. This year our kapa haka ‘Tū Toa’
has performed at the ASB Polyfest, Koanga Festival, and
a very special performance and pōwhiri (welcome) was
to take Mr Morrison our Associate Principal to his new
role as Principal of Mission Heights Junior College. This
event certainly pulled on the heart strings of staff and
students and I want to acknowledge that the welcome was
organised with deep integrity and with the best practice of
protocol in our hearts and minds. It set the tone for greater
things to come for Mr Morrison. All our ‘aroha’, sir, Ian,
to you and your family. Another very special moment was
having to say farewell to our kaea, Andre. Andre made a
choice to leave HC to attend Waiorea, Western Springs,
the school of the current Auckland regional winners of
kapa haka. I believe to be the best, you have to go to the
best and Waiorea is it for kapa haka. Pursue your passion,
Andre, with dedication and conviction and the world will
Kapa haka is a taonga (gift) and it is for many students
a real-life journey of knowing more about oneself,
developing connections between culture and education,
and celebrating the time of coming together with
family and friends to perform. We have enjoyed many
memorable moments this year and ASB Polyfest is
always a highlight. I must acknowledge Moana Tito, Tyler
ElyTuhimata, Lewis Anderson, Hemi Raukura, Mataatua
Marae whānau, our whānau helpers and last but not
least Andre Monga, Rahiri Maihi and Ariana Pohe. Your
commitment and unconditional aroha to do what you
all do and to give diligently of yourself to help to ready
our ākonga for performance times is just amazing. I can’t
express how much this all means except to say E kore te
puna aroha e mimiti. Arohanui i ngā wā katoa.
he Latin Group continued as before: a small but dedicated bunch
of (by chance) seniors who exercised their intellectual powers
by translating both out of and into Latin. When you consider that
the University of Auckland claims to be the only one in the southern
hemisphere teaching translation into Latin you will appreciate the
courage, nay, recklessness, of these cerebral adventurers.
Two Yr 12s, Ashley Chang and Yiu Mun Lee, with Mr Porteous, met
intermittently on Tuesday afternoons to do a Level One NCEA Latin
paper, and both achieved Excellence endorsements, thus probably
bringing Latin credits to the school for the first time.
Readers with enquiring minds keen to beguile the tedium of
quotidian existence may like to google Latin Word of the Day. Where
else do you hear an ancient language spoken? Lingua Latina non
mortua sed immortalis. Latin is not dead. It is immortal.
his department continued on its usual
unobtrusive way. Staff changes were:
Ms A McCamish, a past pupil, taking over a
Reception class, so that our HoD, Ms Petkovic,
could be elevated to the ranks of the newlyestablished assistant-deanery, and Ms T Singh
taking over a maths class to free up Mrs Ong
to give more time to her seniors. Dr J Condon
continued to give sterling service as a volunteer
tutor providing individual attention to students
in particular need. The only trip of the year
was the annual, highly educational, and always
popular one, combined with Yr 12 biology, to
the Auckland Zoo.
Whaea Hapi
A haka tribute for visiting alumnus
Dan Bidois.
Kapa Haka
Back row: Matua Lewis Anderson, Deakan Shepherd, Tanner WarrenChapman, Rahiri Maihi, Kupa Pohe, Barrett Warren-Chapman, Ethan Wensor,
Kaelim Donnelly, Tuli Fungavaka, Matua Hemi Raukura Front row: Aramoana
Hiwarau, Dylaney Cassidy, Jasmine Teina, Connie Passfield, Ariana Pohe, Briar
Heke, Archie-Leigh Russell, Shaylani Tangianau, Whaea Hapi
pointed leaves of a holly bush pierce my skin through my
jacket. Absently, my fingers trail over my right arm. They
remember the sleeve of thin angry scars left by the knifelike leaves after I crashed into the hedge five years ago. I
had been forced to bike home with blood seeping from
a thousand scratches on my arm.
It’s the same dull sky, the pinkish-grey clouds hinting at
the promise of snow in the coming days. But everything
else is unfamiliar; the river of people flowing down High
Street and leaking in pairs of twos and threes on to the
glistening road are all unrecognizable, strangers. Even
the air is different. The light crisp Christchurch air filling
my lungs and those of the people around me is colder,
more bitter than I remember. I wince as the biting air
clutches my throat with icy fingers. I am as much of a
stranger to this town as it is to me.
The silent houses framing the road start becoming
familiar. The white house with the rotting wagon wheel
in the front garden, the cream one with the heart-shaped
letter box and the orange brick one I had stopped at
every day on my way to the bus stop. Slowing, I peer into
the yard made of cracked and faded concrete, green
weeds braving the open air between the fissures. My
eyes search for the grey dog I had greeted each morning
as she lay pressed against the dusty green metal gate.
Instead, they find a small black body sprawled beneath
an olive tree. The puppy raises its head as I walk past.
Flowing with the river of bodies, my feet take me along
the street that has changed entirely. The wire mesh
fences that had bordered the narrow road are gone.
Replaced by shiny new buildings and stores, the pungent
smell of oil-based paints still lingers in the air. Gone is
the orange tape; there are no piles of rubble and dust to
cordon off. It’s incredible what change can do to a place,
or a person, in just four years.
On I walk, barely glancing down the landscaped
entrance to the Oaks and the thin winding street of
Belmont Avenue. I need to see my house, just to know
it’s still there. A faint anxious buzz erupts in the pit of my
stomach as I turn into Arlington Boulevard, my street.
Stopping in front of a navy-blue-roofed house, I take in
the grey bricks, the midnight blue garage door slightly
ajar revealing a chaotic workspace around a bright red
Toyota. My heart sinks; this house is no longer my home.
Taken by the flood of families, shoppers, and children
taking advantage of the dry weather, I am steered
towards the centre of town. Struggling against the flow,
I push my way on to the quieter side streets that run
parallel with High Street. The urge to see the house
I grew up in makes me walk faster. I need to see how
much it has changed.
Pukana! Heading off to Mission Heights Junior High to say farewell to
Mr Morrison.
My shoulder brushes the hedge beside the path,
sending sharp prickling pain along my arm as the
Kerrin Hainsworth, Yr 11
ne of our major library displays this year was a
commemoration of the centenary of the Anzac
landings at Gallipoli. A large number of fiction and nonfiction books were published to coincide with the event,
and these have been popular with our borrowers.
We have just upgraded Access-it, our on-line library
catalogue, to a more advanced version. It now
automatically adjusts itself to suit the screen or the device
on which it is being viewed. All our library resources, and
links to curriculum related websites, can be found on
Access-it. For future reference, bookmark http://accessit.
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ir Peter Blake Leadership week was all
about #believeyoucan. This year we
took a different approach, having separate
boys’ and girls’ assemblies organised
by the house leaders. The boys had the
opportunity to hear the CEO of Spark, Mr
Jason Paris, speak about his experiences
in making the most of opportunities in
striving for excellence. The girls’ assembly
heard from guest speaker, Ms Makaia Carr,
the founder of MotivateMe, a company
working to empower women through a
sense of community. Hearing from these
New Zealand leaders was an inspiration for
all the students and gave them something
to aspire to.
Another initiative the house leaders
introduced was a display outside the library
of inspiring leaders chosen by students,
along with a reason that they are leaders.
This included well-known names such as
Nelson Mandela and Beyonce, as well as our
very own Mr Ropati and some of our peers.
Two students from each tutor were
nominated by their fellow- students
to receive red socks to recognise the
leadership qualities that they have displayed
at the school. We all wore our red socks with
pride in honour of Sir Peter Blake and the
values that he stood for.
The week was a success and I speak from
experience when I say I left feeling inspired
and motivated by our guest speakers and
fellow students and teachers.
The Creative Writing Group at the Auckland Writer’s Festival.
Our visiting New Zealand writer this year was poet Paula Green.
In Term 3 she talked to over 250 junior English students and
she also ran two workshops for some of our aspiring writers.
She was a fascinating speaker, sharing with students the delight
to be had in playing with words and their sounds. She also
generously gave away copies of some of her books to members
of the audience. Her visit was thoroughly enjoyed by all those
who spent time with her.
The highlight of the year for some of our seniors was once
again our trip, via ferry, to the Auckland Writers Festival at
the Aotea Centre. The speakers we heard this year were just
wonderful: Grace Taylor, Anthony Horowitz, Laurie Halse
Anderson, and Maurice Gleitzman. They all had interesting
things to say about their writing, and about the readers that
they write for. Several students queued to get books signed
by, and be photographed with, their favourite writers. We
look forward to learning who the writers at next year’s
festival will be.
At the end of 2014, we celebrated our most prolific readers with
a luncheon here in the library. Our top thirty book-borrowers
were invited, and Ms Addison and Mrs Restieaux were also in
attendance to congratulate them on their reading achievement.
Ciara, Jess, Maddi and Elysia meeting American YA author
Laurie Halse-Anderson.
As ever, we have been reliant on the work of our student
librarians. We simply could not function as well as we do
without them being as reliable and industrious as they are.
Our student librarians for 2015 were:
Abbie Cotton, Winnie Cao, Louis Bennet, Jac-Wye Chan,
Chiara Beintken, Darren Phu, Sook Ping Choi, Kyla Cooper,
Umbar Sandhu, Adayla Williams, Dasha Solovyeva,
Maisie Kanzig, Olivia Holt, Taylor Pearce, Nicola de Vries,
Rhiannon Hudson, Sashmeeta Prasad, Kristen Erasmus,
Nicola Gan, Charlie Hamilton, Nicola Pfister, Elaine
Ryan, Soukunvattey (Selina) Nath, Vivian Yin, and Ariel
The library would not function as well as it does without
the work of our support staff. Once again I would like to
thank Mrs Ryan, our librarian, and Mrs Perry, our library
assistant, for the excellent work they continue to do for our
Georgia Beasley meeting
international bestselling author
Anthony Horowitz.
New Zealand spoken word
poet Grace Taylor.
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athematics and Statistics this year started with the
news that two of our 2014 students had scored
the double in obtaining scholarship exam passes in
both Statistics and Calculus. Hanzhi Wang and Briana
Gao were the two outstanding students and this got the
department off to a good start.
The usual round of competitions
saw our students achieve excellent
results doing the more “outside the
box” aspects of Mathematical and
Statistical endeavour. We couldn’t
make Mathex this year due to a last
minute change in a parent/teacher
evening leaving us short of parent/
teacher supervision.
Along with the rest of the school
our staff are moving to adopt the
e-Learning tools. This has meant
that we have some of our younger
members of the department taking
the lead, re-invigorating the teaching
of all of us.
The end of the year sees Mr Satendra Lal leave us
after 18 years. His hard work and friendly nature will be
missed. Another long-standing member of staff, Mrs Sue
Plyler, also left during the year. As the assistant HOD
she has also made many positive contributions to the
department both professionally and socially.
Mr Lal with the Maths Olympiad team at the University of Auckland.
edia Studies is thriving here at Howick College.
We are lucky enough to have 100 students across
three year levels who are enthusiastic and enjoy critically
thinking about this media-focused age.
For the first time at this school , Yr 11 Media was offered
and the results have been outstanding. The class
planned and created music videos ( special mention to
Raynor Perreau, Jessica Carlin, and Kimberley Langevad
for their emotional black and white Jealous by Labrinth,
and also Ruby MacDonald, who worked solo on an
upbeat romantic Rollercoaster. The Yr 11s also studied
the Hip Hop music video genre, examining some of the
implications for younger viewers, censorship within video
gaming, and the shooting of Walter Scott in the back by
a white policeman.
Yr 13 had a Noir year, delving into both the classic noir and
neo-noir genres with films such as Double Indemnity and
Memento. They created short films ( special mention to
David Win, Ramon Sosich, and Ethan Curtis for their thriller
spoof A Night to Remember starring Ben Egan and an
anti-climax of sharp knife meets birthday cake!)
Overall there is much to be excited about for the future,
Media geeks, as we get ready to embark on another year
ahead of post-modernism, male gaze, “raunch culture”
and critical analysis.
ach year the Auckland Rotary Club offers secondary
students all over the city the opportunity to represent
their school at the Model United Nations Assembly. The
Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) enables students
to experience a simulation of the real international peacemaking organisation, the United Nations.
This year, Jack Eager, David Groothuizen-Dijkema, and I
were delighted to be able to represent the school in this
simulation, being the delegates assigned to the member
nation of Turkey. We were able to debate in the best
interests of our assigned nation with Auckland’s best
and brightest young students. This year the conference
discussed important global issues such as illegal cyberespionage between member nations, defensive actions
against the jihadist terrorist group ISIS, and formulated
solutions for refugee problems from third-world nations
plagued by war.
This is a group of Yr 11-13 students who have been
identified as having leadership potential. The group has
developed a strong sense of cohesion and meets every
week in C14 with Mrs Fapiano. The students have been
on several camps this year where they set academic
and personal goals. An urgent goal which came up
was to support the people of Vanuatu, who suffered
serious damage from Cyclone Pam. Up to 90 per cent of
housing in Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, was reported to
have sustained serious damage.
Lyndsey Bartlett
Yr 13 History
Pasifika group with inspirational special guest Fa’atili
Enosa, the first Pasifika principal in New Zealand.
The group decided that an immediate goal would be
to raise money for a Rotary shelter box, costing $1,500,
which would house and sustain a family or up to ten
people. A shelter box has all the basic requirements for a
large family and can last a long time, until the family can
be re-settled. We enjoyed being able to take part in the simulation, get
an idea as to the inner workings of the United Nations, and
share ideas with other keen humanitarians in Auckland.
We would thoroughly recommend it to other students in
coming years.
Yr 12 were immersed in a dystopian world, studying
Mad Max, V for Vendetta, The Matrix, Terminator,
and of course the Hunger Games franchise. Some
disturbing film trailers were created by both classes
(special mention to Mia Courtney, Shaman Theron,
and Connor Cattermoul for their creation of A Year
Ago…, Tabby Adams and Sian Lovelock for Autonomia,
and George Phillips, Nicholas Ezekiela, and Jeremy
Masagnay for Mindsweep.)
Representing Turkey at the Model United Nations
Assembly: Jack, Lyndsey and David.
Fundraising for shelter boxes for Vanuatu.
Tuli Fungavaka and Jasmine Lancaster-Tasele coordinated the student-led event which raised enough
money for two shelter boxes. The group was elated by
the support from our school community and was pleased
to do something for the people of Vanuatu.
Members dressed in their national costumes for the day
and asked for support from teachers and students.
n the 22nd of May two Yr 13 Physics classes
were lucky enough to get the opportunity to go
to Rainbow’s End and apply our new and profound
physics knowledge to the real world. We had a brilliant
time getting to go on all the rides, from the good old
dodgems to the terrifying new Stratosfear that spun us
in a 360 degree full rotation upside down for those who
dared! SCIENCE
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As we went around the park during the day we filled out
worksheets that aided us in our understanding of the
physics of theme parks. We learned lots of intriguing
concepts as part of our Mechanics topic this year and
got to effectively apply our physics knowledge to the
rides we went on. We found that the physics behind
the rides were fascinating phenomena to investigate in
terms of the application of physics laws and concepts
and how they worked. We learned about the Simple Harmonic Motion idea
behind the Pirate Ship, and the reasons for the loop shapes
on the roller coaster, and it was even better getting to try
these out for ourselves. Overall it was an epic adventure
filled day that definitely beat sitting in a classroom.
didn’t manage to persuade you to come on the rides
with us! Our trip to Rainbow’s End was an enriching
experience without a doubt the best physics lesson of
the year.
Georgia Beasley and Sokunvattey Nath
Thank you so much to Mr Johnson and Mr Whyte for
organising this amazing experience - even though we
his year, when we entered students at the regional
Manukau NIWA Science Fair, we didn’t know what to
expect. The range and calibre of science fair projects were
amazing and the ones from our school were definitely up
there. Our projects submitted included a “SpudZooka”
from William Pickett; observing the flower-colour
preferences of bees (Zhuali Lim and Nageesh Sharma);
and looking at the taste perception of sugar in homebaked goods (Katie Smith).
Katie Smith – 3rd Place Yrs 9 and 10 Physical and
Material World
NIWA Manukau Science Fair saw many awards going to our
students, including three top placings. The students’ projects
were submitted after success in the school Science Fair earlier
in the term. Thanks to our Science department teachers for
their support and encouragement.
Tilly Smith and Laura Davies – 2nd Place Yrs 9 to 13
Secondary Consumer Science
Levi Beintken – Highly Commended Yrs 9 and 10
Physical and Material World
Visit from the Fire services
On the 16th of February, the Yr 12 Science students
went to the Stardome to learn about what it would be
like to live in space and about all the harsh conditions
that we would encounter. Did you know that the reason
why astronauts wear a spacesuit while being outside a
space shuttle is because the temperatures in space are
extremely either hot or cold? The spacesuit is used to
keep the astronaut’s body at the right temperature so
it can survive in such an extreme environment for long
periods. The spacesuit works by pumping hot and cold
water around the suit between the layers of materials.
There is no oxygen in space so astronauts need air
tanks fitted on the spacesuit to be able to breathe and
allow them to continue to respire. Astronauts must also
exercise regularly in the space stations as they lose bone
matter. So, we learnt that while it is fun to be able to
discover outer space, it is hard work too! Thank you, Dr
Laux, for the wonderful opportunity to learn about the
extreme conditions of outer space. I initially didn’t think
of all the work that goes behind preparing the human
body for space conditions and how much work is done
to optimise the technology we take up there. A single
mistake could kill us. I think this trip made us more aware
of the risks that an astronaut faces. There are so many
restrictions and dangerous secondary effects.
On the 12th of February, we got to learn about how
firefighters use special equipment to deal with extreme
and therefore dangerous events and conditions such as
working in fires, collapsing buildings, crashed cars, …
We realised that working in fires is extremely dangerous
because the temperatures that are involved range
from 48°C up to 650°C, which is a massive amount of
heat. Such high temperatures could kill a human in
seconds. All the equipment that firefighters use such
as the oxygen masks, tanks, axes, protective jackets,
and special gloves has been designed to allow them to
survive in such conditions. These firefighters not only
have been trained to use the equipment safely and
appropriately, they are also trained to cope in extreme
heat emotionally. You need to be fierce but still remain
calm when you are a fireman. It isn’t easy being a
firefighter. Something to think about: If you are ready to
save people’s lives with no limits, join the fire brigade
and find out how you can push your body to the limits!’
Thank you, Dr Laux, for the opportunity to learn about
the reasons why fires are actually extreme environments.
I am sure the Yr 12 Science class now has a better
understanding of what fire can do to the human body
and how the body can adapt to such situations.
Mia Siaosi
William Pickett – Highly Commended Yrs 9 and 10
Physical and Material World
Zarko Mravicich
Georgia Hoddle – Highly Commended Yrs 9 and 10
Environmental Science/Planet Earth and Beyond
Special Awards:
Sarah Spargo – Best use of Flour Award from Baking
Industry Research Trust
Congratulations to all these students:
Georgia Hoddle – DairyNZ Award
Zhuali Lim and Nageesh Sharma – Highly Commended
Yrs 9 and 10 Living World
Jenna Gawn and Shanna Steffany – Student
Encouragement Award
Sarah Spargo – 2nd Place Yrs 9 and 10 Physical and
Material World
A morning out at the planetarium
Hands-on work on the biology trip to
the Liggins Institute
NIWA Manukau Science Fair winners with Miss Huang.
The Sport in Education programme was very welcoming
when I first started at this school. It introduced me to
new people and a new way of approaching school. I was
very nervous when I first started school but being part of
the programme eased me in well.
he Sport in Education programme has been running
for three years offering students a contextualised
academic programme based on increasing engagement
through by adding a sporting context to classes.
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Our Sport in Education Programme (SIEP) is a fun and
beneficial way of learning that helps you improve not
only academically, but also during game play because
learning is done in a way that is appealing and relatable
to us athletes. The core classes use sport as a context for
learning because it means that we are learning through
something we thoroughly enjoy which captivates us. Over the last three years the Sport in Education
programme has opened up a new world of opportunities
for me. It has prepared me with the knowledge, people
skills and general life skills to carry me through life. It has
helped me with my academic focus and this has been
reflected in my good grades in NCEA Level 1 in all of my
Over the two years that I have been in SIEP, my
experience as a whole has been full of highs and
mostly positives. We were given the opportunity to
meet so many amazing successful athletes and were
able to ask lots of questions, which was very inspiring
and encouraging. We were also able to engage in
activities outside of school like helping out at Cockle Bay
school cross country and at the Eastern Zone primary
gymnastics competition. We also met the successful world-record-holding shot
putter Jacko Gill in a maths class and were taught
self- defence skills by an experienced, skilled and
entertaining coach.
Michael Scott, 11SIE
My three years of being part of the Sport in Education
class have been very enjoyable. I have been lucky
enough to be taught by some very good teachers who
have a real passion for what they are doing. I have been
challenged and pushed to always do my best, both
by the teachers and the other students in the classes.
I very much enjoyed the practicals and being able to
meet some famous sports people such as Mitchell
McClenaghan, who talked to us about his experiences. I
have learnt a lot over these last three years and have had
a great time with my classmates.
The students of SIEP also learn how other sports work
and learn values like teamwork and sportsmanship
constantly throughout the course. SIEP has been such a
blast and I was able to work with a great group of people
and teachers who helped me expand my knowledge in
sport, and I enjoyed it so much!
Rosie Salt
World Champion Cheerleader class of 2014-2015 10SIE
Carleen Daw, 11SIE
Exploring The Gardens.
During our time in Singapore, we were lucky enough to
stay in a nice hostel called the Metropolitan YMCA, a
four-storey building with a pool, laundry room, a dining
hall and three storeys of accommodation. Each room
slept three in comfort, with a bathroom and a television,
and we were all very comfortable. We had delicious
buffet breakfasts and dinners. The pool also was a relief,
as it helped to cool us down after a day out and about in
the hot and humid streets of Singapore. Overall our stay
there was pleasant, and the staff were very attentive.
Sumobot champs Chris and Blake at the Science School.
Marina Sands Bay Sky Park was hands-down the most
amazing view I have seen to this day. I could see the
way Singapore worked, which had been boggling
my mind: how they fit that many people into not a
massive landscape. But after seeing almost the whole
of Singapore from 57 levels I understood, the number
of high-rises was crazy and the way the roads twisted
around through and above each other took my breath
away. Everything was so busy down below me yet up
there it was so peaceful. I could watch everyone living
their own little lives. It was the definition of magical.
Waiting for the bus heading for a jungle walk.
Sadly, due to lightning warnings the gardens walk was
closed but I found looking up at it to be just as cool!
The number of amazing things to look at in Singapore is
crazy; so much effort is put in to making it beautiful. The
garden-tree-like sculptures lit up and from far up above
it was spectacular, like a free light show. Apart from just
the gardens, Singapore was overwhelmingly green,
with bright healthy-looking plants everywhere, all nicely
trimmed, too.
Jeanne Wilson
A Taekwondo session.
n February this year, the school gave me the opportunity
to go on a 10-day voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand,
run by the Spirit of Adventure Trust. Through those days
I faced many mental and physical challenges and fears
but as I faced them I also had 39 other people, who later
became friends, there to help me battle through it and
conquer them. Even with the early morning wake up calls
and 6 am swims, to this day I still cannot find a fault with
the Spirit of New Zealand. I have made many life-long
friends who have helped me grow as a person.
I went on the Spirit of Adventure trip. I had never been
on a boat for a long period before but I found that it was
a fantastic experience. The five days were so different
from normal life, and I shall never forget them.
Mr Noyce
I would recommend the Sprint of New Zealand to anyone
who was looking for a way to meet like-minded people
and make new friends, as well as looking for a way to get
out of their comfort zone and discover who they are as a
person. Our four 10-person teams worked together to do
many activities such as cleaning and sailing the ship. It was
an experience for which I am grateful and which I shall
remember for the rest of my life.
Nadine Sellwood, Yr 10
The trip was packed full of activities and I was never
bored. I made heaps of friends, both from my school and
others. We did everything from building model boats
to going for a trek in a forest inhabited by peacocks
and wallabies. My favourite activity was the Burma Trail,
when we went through and over obstacles on the ship.
The Spirit of New Zealand was brilliant. It was fantastic
to look at with its many sails and it felt well-built and
solid. On board the environment was very comfortable
and clean, and the crew was very friendly, too. The cook
kept us well fed with a different meal every night, and we
could have seconds, and sometimes thirds. The boat did
not roll much and I was seasick only once.
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n May, ten students from Howick College accompanied
by Ms Fisher from the English Dept, and three similar
groups from three other schools with their teachers, went
on the five-day Trophy Voyage on the sailing ship Spirit
of New Zealand, run by the Spirit of Adventure Trust .
This is one student’s report:
015 has been an impressive year for our talented
performers. We kicked off with a demonstration
on the Samoan stage of the ASB Polyfest. A shift in
focus this year has seen a larger involvement with the
community as Maorikava Turaki, Deakan Shepherd, and
Lee Wilton have run workshops and performed for three
local primary schools. We have welcomed to the group
this year Chris Zhou and Rahiri Maihi. We thank Howick
College and our families for the continued support.
The voyage was a great experience and was so different
from my usual life which is mainly just school. I would
recommend it to all students who are looking for an
exhilarating five-day adventure. Many thanks to Ms
Fisher, for giving up her time to make it possible.
Reuben Yu, Yr 10
I look up, vision blurred
From the pain and my tears
I can hear your grumpy laugh
I rest my head on the cold ground
I can’t help it but I start to laugh
I am thankful
For everything you have done
Everything you will do.
We have our ups and downs
After 15 years I’m never sick
Of seeing you and
Never will be.
One of the worst days of my life
Now I look back and laugh
If it wasn’t for you
My life would be plain and boring.
Your stupid ideas always get me in trouble
But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Remember the forest
A dark, cold and wet day
Your voice in my head, “Don’t be a pussy”
The pain
My voice trembling
Hands shaking
Tears rolling down my face
Anon, Yr 12
ur Textiles students from Yrs 11-13 took part in
the Botany Town Centre Design Awards again this
year, with a total of 85 students entered from schools
Auckland-wide. We were well represented with around
40 entrants. The students took to the catwalk for the
awards ceremony and two of our students won their
categories. Leah Schlaffer (second time winner) and
Charlize Strydom each came away with a certificate and a
$500 voucher for Botany Town Centre.
Kevlar, a bullet/stab-proof fabric, was the material studied
for the Level 3 external report in 2015. We invited Pete
Hoskin, ex-NZ Army member to come and speak about
his experiences wearing Kevlar protection gear in his
combat role in Afghanistan and how successful it is. He
brought along military and other emergency service
protection gear that included Kevlar for the students
to examine and see how it had been incorporated into
the piece of protection gear. He showed us different
sized shells of bullets that the Kevlar protection gear is
designed to protect against and explained the different
situations each piece of uniform had been designed for.
It was as authentic as it gets for the students to have
first-hand knowledge of these experiences. Seeing
photos of the environments this gear is worn in and
being able to examine the gear and compare the size of
the ammunition it protects against created an authentic
starting point for their own research and the quality
of their written reports reflected how engaged and
motivated they were throughout this assignment.
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Their garments were on display throughout Botany Town
Centre for two weeks. The designs were voted on by
the public and judged by NZ Fashion Tech for their flair,
elegance, originality and technical skills. We had some
amazing talent this year and the students put in a lot of
effort to get their designs looking perfect and professional.
As in previous years our 10TXD class is working on the
Little Girls' Dresses unit; they learn the basic construction
of a dress through producing a dress for a little girl aged
2-5 years old. For nearly all students this is the first time
they have made a dress. The students choose from three
different dress designs and picked their own fabrics to
make the dress which is then donated to a charity of
their choice at the end of the year. Around 60 dresses
were donated in 2014 and come the end of 2015 we
hope to increase that number. Thanks to Trelise Cooper
and Graeme Brown for their very generous donations of
fabric and zips for this cause. This is a project we have
done for the last three years and charities have been very
grateful for the donations just in time to make a little
girl's Christmas that much better.
nother successful year for the Trades. No fewer
than eight of our students left school for an
apprenticeship and another three will start next year.
Here they are hard at work doing an assessment to gain
credits at Level 2.
The highlight was the Build Ability project where we built
and donated a playhouse to Somerville Kindergarten.
We did not win the competition but are ready to give it
another go next year. Thanks to our sponsor – Marten
Bakker Timbers.
As every year, we also built some props for the Drama
department. Building and designing church pews was
not one of the easiest tasks. The play The Crucible was a
greater success for it, though.
We also did our bit for the community by making and
assembling a metal frame for growing plants. This is to
be used by “Friends for Mangemangeroa” to grow trees
to be planted in the park.
“What’s that?” asked Lewis, pointing across the
road at the splatter of dark blue on the wall.
My magic eye can see a tall lighthouse, perched
On the ragged rocks.
We are woken. The Khmer Rouge's elite generals have
come to rouse us. 'Rouse', however, is an inaccurate
word. They scream us awake, shout us dressed and, in
what seems like a matter of moments, we are dressed,
have collected our guns and are divided into our
“Nothing,” I told him, trying to hide the haste,
but he didn’t buy it.
“Something happened, didn’t it?” he said. He
turned and faced me, hands on hips, demanding
an answer.
How’s life treating you?
“Tell me, I’m going to find out anyway,” he
I hope life is letting you laugh,
Of course he was going to ask. Splashes of
dark colour were all over the town. After several
months every newcomer knew about it, and Lewis
had been here for several weeks. On top of that
he was determined and curious, often too much
for his own good.
Though life won’t understand you,
I hope life treats you fair.
Though they may laugh and stare,
I sighed. “That was Tom Arnot, he got on the
wrong side of the kids who live on the other side
of those buildings. One night he stepped over
the line, and they paint- balled him to death,
right across the street.”
And that no matter how far away I am,
I will always be near.
You weren’t the big sis I asked for,
Lewis’s eyes widened.
He’d bought it.
But I wouldn’t ask for any other,
For now.
My heart aches when I see you struggle,
Eve Tyler. Yr 9
Creative writing group: 2015
But no matter what, I know I can’t change what you
were born with,
Nor can I change you.
I want to mend and shape you,
I want to thank you
For all the support you have
And will continue to give me
Although I can never
Thank you enough,
Forever in your debt.
But no bandaid could ever fix you,
Because you don’t need to be fixed.
Life won’t accept you,
Life will think you’re strange,
Life won’t have any shame.
If I’m not there to protect you,
I can’t help but feel to blame.
You are not like me,
You are not like him or her,
But if life can’t accept you,
Cassidy Hatley-Owen, Yr 9
I don’t see you often,
No call, no text, no “How are you going?”
No “When will I see you?”
When will you see your daughter.
I have become a soldier; my will is broken, and my
family has disappeared. I do not dare ask where they
are, for fear of execution. All I know is that I must
survive my new life.
Our group moves out and we patrol the fields. Workers
are sporadically starting to begin their day’s work. Men,
women and children, it doesn't matter who you are.
The Khmer Rouge echo the phrase to all: "Keeping
you is no profit; losing you is no loss." I clutch my gun,
looking out as pleading, begging faces become locked
in my mind. I turn away from them, and look out at the
dawning countryside. I hear a cry and turn instinctively,
seeing a young girl get gruesomely kicked by a
Khmer Rouge soldier. He shouts aggressively at her.
She couldn't be more than 10 years old. I turn away
emotionlessly, ignoring my screaming moral compass.
I see a teenage boy on the ground, still passed out. I
get a jolt from my nerves, poking him with my gun, in
which he stirs, and I kick him in the ribs. He awakes and
lashes out at me, throwing a punch at me. I dodge it
and he screams at me, "I will never work again!"
A nearby Khmer Rouge soldier comes to my aid,
beating the boy down. The soldier grabs his arms and
handcuffs him, forcing him to walk away. I know where
he is going…Tuol Sleng. He will never get out.
I take a breath and calm myself as I watch the boy
disappear. Year Zero is here. And it seems no-one will
Thomas Speed, Yr 10
Creative Writing Group: 2015
Noted her mistakes.
Ignored her success.
Anon, Yr 12
My father made me become a soldier, to save me
from a fate of pain and agony in slavery of the Khmer
Rouge. But I am starting to wonder if he instead gave
me a worse fate. Instead of being the punished, I am
the punisher. I am not sure how much I can take. I can't
even remember how many days it has been; I lost
count after about six. I haven't seen my father, mother
or sister since the taking of Phnom Penh.
Dad, take a look at yourself,
Hear yourself,
Hear yourself when you spit words at me,
Words that no being would ever believe
It if they heard a father speak to his only daughter that way.
Thank you.
My name is Vann Sirith, and I am 16 years old. I am a
soldier of the Khmer Rouge.
And for that,
For that
You owe me.
Some time, kind words, appreciation.
Life needs to change.
Sharman Theron, Yr 12
Yesterday my magic eye examined the rock pool,
Tomorrow, it will delve deep into the ocean beyond
As your daughter, I worry for you.
I worry about the state you are
I worry for your life, I worry it won’t last much longer.
As I get older
I appreciate it more
I look back on the memories
All good and rough spots
You had gotten me through
You say you love me more
Although you think that’s true
You will never know love
You see yourself through my eyes.
From the cruel things life says,
It watches the clouds in the reflection of the pool,
Following each mist drift from end to end of the
The year is 1975 or, as the Khmer Rouge would have us
believe, Year Zero. The Khmer Rouge's leader, a person
my father told me was once known as Saloth Sar but is
now Pol Pot, has rebooted Cambodia, restarted it from
the ground up, gone back to life at its most basic.
Lies after lies when things could be told truth.
Dad, take a look at yourself.
Drugs determine your mood,
Dad, you are only okay to be around once you’ve had your fix.
I still remember all the books
Dr Seuss’ ABCs
The endless laughter
To the nightmares at night
You hold me tight in your arms.
Life won’t see how you struggle and,
My magic eye has discovered a family of crabs,
Living far beneath the surface of the rock pool.
The funny thing is,
The funny thing is that you only wanna
Know me when you’re lonely.
Lonely without your troubled girlfriend’s presence
Into what society thinks you should be,
It studies every nook and cranny of
The rockly plateau as the day continued
Around me.
My magic eye is awake and always seeing.
And this was one of those times.
Don’t ever forget I love you, Sis,
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You’re a terrible role model, but I love you.
I know you do too,
Tori Munyard, Yr 12
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ACOT, BACOT, BACOT . . . Oi! Oi! Oi! What a
fantastic year Bacot has once again had. We may not
have taken out the House shield but on the inside I think
we feel like winners. The support of our fellow-students
on Cupid’s Day was absolutely phenomenal, the money
raised going to our house charity, Cystic Fibrosis. Our
other fundraisers have been mufti days , a bake sale,
and a can drive for the Salvation Army. Thank you to all
the brilliant Bacot House participants who took part in
inter-house sport, and well done the Yr 13s who won the
Quiz, the final inter-house challenge of the year. Without
you guys we wouldn’t have had such great house spirit!
A special thankyou goes to Mrs Fenner and her brilliant
sidekick, Mr Noyce: you guys have been the backbone of
our house, and we all appreciate the many hours you put
into it. To our committees, students, and tutors: you guys
have been great. Thank you for your continued house
spirit and contribution to the house.
015 was another great year for Bell House filled
with a huge amount of participation, spirit and
achievements. This year we again supported the Child
Cancer Foundation and ran a range of successful
fundraisers such as our famous ice-cream sundae
day and cookie day. For the second year our junior
committee sold “lollies for courage”, contributing a
large portion to our funds. This year everybody was
enthusiastically involved in our House events and our
best accomplishments were achieving 2nd place in
both senior touch and debating. We introduced fun
and engaging inter-tutor activities, such as our paper
plane competition, basketball competition, and ‘Guess
the mmm’s in the jar” to get the house involved. A
massive thankyou to our junior and senior committees
for making 2015 another great year, and to everybody
who contributed to our fundraising events. We wish Bell
House all the best for the future and we know you will all
go on to achieve great things.
We wish each and every member of the Howick College
community a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. All
the best for 2016.
Hannah Young
Maddi Mitchell and Elaine Ryan
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OW! What an amazing year twenty fifteen has
been! We started on a high with Ingham taking
out Athletics day, followed with consistent second
placings in Yr 9 Multisport, Yr 10 Volleyball, Yr 11 5-bat
rounders, Yr 12 Netball, Yr 13 Quiz and Cross Country to
put us in the lead overall for house points!
The Ingham debating team did a great job coming third
overall and the Senior Mixed Touch team showed some
awesome commitment, talent and skill, making the
house proud.
Not only did Ingham dominate in the Inter-House
competitions though, we also managed to organise and
run the International Food Festival which was a massive
success. With around 200 students involved and 22 stalls,
we raised the most money yet with a total of $2 300, $200
more than our last record! A huge thankyou to everyone
who was involved in, and supported this event.
Massive thanks also goes to our junior and senior
committees. It was a pleasure working with such a
talented and hardworking group of people, and the
effort they put into our house was humbling. This year
Ingham supported The Foundation of the Blind, Cure
Kids and Auckland City Mission. It was great to see the
support for these charities and the involvement with
fundraising events.
Thank you all for being such a fantastic house! Thank
you to the students, the tutors, affiliates, and of course
our wonderful dean. Mrs Sundrum, it was a privilege
being your captains this year and we wish you all the
best. Good luck to Sabrina and Zierra for 2016. Keep working hard, Ingham, keep being a great house.
Make 2016 your year!
Georgia Beasley and Glenn Scotson
Ingham House Leaders
015 has been a great year for us all, resulting in our Yr
11 5 bat rounders, Yr 12 netball and Irvine debating
team coming away with 1st place in their inter-house events
as well with the Yr 10 volleyball closely followed by our
enthusiastic Yr 9s in multisport with a great turnout. With the
help of our brotherhood and sisterhood (junior committee)
we have done three very successful fundraisers in which
a lot of students got involved and thoroughly enjoyed
the dodgeball, force-down and mixed netball, finishing
off with the great sisterhood bake sales and brotherhood
sausage sizzles. The senior committee organised Irvine
Easter day. The proceeds of our efforts will go to a very
deserving cause, the Westpac rescue helicopter. We also
had some great inter-tutor competitions such as tug of war,
quizzes, and indoor cricket to boost and encourage house
spirit and participation. A big and massive thankyou to our
brotherhood and sisterhood family. UJ and I have watched
you guys all grow over the year into a very impressive
bunch, and we wish you beautiful souls the best. To
the senior committee: nice work, guys, you have been
enthusiastic and supportive to work with and thank you
for your hard work! And finally our dean, Miss Mikkelson,
assistant dean Mrs Jones, and deputy house captains Aaron
Parry and Lillie Botica: this all would not have been possible
without your endless support and help.
Overall, 2015 has been the best so far for Irvine and a great
learning opportunity to share with our dean. It is sad that
Miss Mikkelson is leaving at the end of this year to embark
on a new and different journey with her “to be” husband.
Our House has loved having you as our dean with your hard
work ethics, enthusiasm, and your sneaky and cheeky groovy
moves that come out of nowhere. We wish you all the very
best and we shall miss you!
Irvine, you definitely have gone out with a bang!!!
Jessica Morrison and UJ Fungavaka
Irvine House Leaders
lthough this year, MacDonald was not successful in
their goal of reclaiming the House shield, we have
still proved successful in many other ways.
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Coming into a new position in the House it was clear to
us that our MacDonald family was lacking that Maccas
pride and flair, so together we decided it was a perfect
time for a bit of redecoration.
With help from each other, Mr James, his assistant, Mrs
Petkovic, our senior and junior committee, and other
members of the staff we have begun our journey of
re-branding and re-birthing our House into a new and
improved MacDonald. We aspire to raise participation,
enthusiasm and general pride and understanding of
MacDonald House, which we realise has been lost. We
have devised plans towards re-branding the House in
a way that allows the people of our House to give their
opinions and therefore own the changes that are to come.
We hope that this goal of ours is continued in the hands
of our future 2016 leaders, and that they find success.
015 has been home to lots of highs and lows – from
being undefeated in Yr 9 Multisport and smashing
out first place in Yr 10 Volley Ball, to fourth place in Yr
11 5- bat-rounders and Yr 12 Netball, our youngsters
showing the older Minerva students what’s up! Big ups
to all the students who participated and represented
Minerva, giving their all.
Spending the year with the House and competing in
various inter-house events such as Yr 9 multi-sport, Yr
10 volleyball, Yr 11 five-bat rounders, Yr 12 netball and
finally Yr 13 touch and quiz, it was easy for us to see
both MacDonald’s strengths and weaknesses. Despite
the fact that we never placed first in any of these events
(weakness), we came to discover the gradual rate at
which our House is becoming more and more united
(strength). It is these events that allowed us to support
our MacDonald family, regardless of which year group
we were supporting and the outcome that we got. It
gave us an opportunity to get on a more personal level
with the House which we would not usually get around
school, and work at improvement in terms of inspiring
and encouraging one small step at a time, starting with
those who make up MacDonald. And to us, it is this
gradual unity and improvement we uncovered that was
the true win for us! We will be forever proud of this
House, and hope that what we aspire to can one day
become the MacDonald reality. It’s not about how good
you are, it’s about how good you want to be. So watch
out for us, we’re coming!
Izzy Lavas, George Cartledge
and Jasmine Lancaster-Tasele
MacDonald House Leaders
Through some very successful fundraisers we were able
to raise around $2,000 for out three house charities –
Child cancer, Youthline,and the Howick Volunteer Fire
Brigade. Our fundraisers included Dance Fest, Pink Shirt
Day, and Daffodil Day (Daffodil Days proceeds were
donated to Child Cancer), organised and run by our
Senior Committee as well as many amazing Bake Sales,
organised and run by our Junior Committee, of which the
proceeds went to the Howick Volunteer Fire Brigade.
Overall 2015 has been a great year in which we have
been honoured to have been Minerva’s House Leaders.
Huge thanks go out to our tremendous Junior and
Senior Committees who have been the ‘backbone’ to
Minerva’s successes in 2015. All your hard work, time,
and dedication was greatly appreciated. And a massive
thank you to our brilliant new dean, Mrs Gibson, and
assistant dean, Mr Rattray, who have been an absolute
pleasure to work alongside and who made this year an
enjoyable one.
He’s a scholar, he’s and acrobat, he’s a gentleman.
Badum badum badumbadumbadumbadum
baduuuuummmmmm badadadum!
Few who saw George, in collar (buttoned) and tie shin
up a rope in the gym, faster than his rivals, on a muggy
February day, and coolly descend, apparently unruffled,
can have failed to make the comparison with James Bond.
Eloise Kerr and Kendall Dawson
Minerva House Leaders
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Interact Dance group.
YouDance performance photos courtesy of Nina Gastriche Photography.
Backstage an
abilities were approached at the beginning of the year
to be part of this group and 10 students performed in
the Interact Festival at the end of October. Students
were able to contribute to the choreographic process
and commit to rehearsals at lunchtimes. They were also
able to choose their own costuming which was themed
“Around the World”. The incentive for this group is
to take them each year to the Interact Festival and be
involved in as many arts activities as possible.
his year marked a refreshing change to the Dance
Department as two new teachers joined the
school and began to continue the remarkable legacy
of Mr. Ichiro Harada. Initiatives were implemented to
accommodate the diverse course we wanted to pursue
to all year levels as well as introduce the students to
the professional industry within NCEA Dance. We were
lucky to have a strong connection to the University of
Auckland this year, with both Miss Callan Jaffar and
I being graduates of the Dance Studies Programme,
which allowed us to have guest choreographers come
in and share their experience and give insight into the
professional dance industry
We were fortunate enough to be involved this year in
the YouDance Festival, an annual event that celebrates
secondary school Dance in the North Island, taking one
group to perform at the Maidment Theatre. Deriving
from a Level 3 Dance Internal Standard we were able to
collaborate with emerging artist and former Black Grace
Dance Company member, Nita Latu, to create our 3.4
group piece “En Route”.
Dance Showcase, formally known as Dance Night,
focused solely on the theme “En Route”. Performances
from Yr 10 Dance students to Level 3 were involved in
this spectacular night. All performances highlighted
the growth and development of each individual within
this subject. A special thank you goes to all guest
choreographers who came in to help and inspire our
emerging artists, also to family, friends and colleagues
who came along.
“En Route is about discovering the indecisive choices we
make. We see our destination but never the road to get
there. We experience the ups and downs, the feeling of
being unsure and the unexpected decisions we intend
to make in order to carry on travelling. At times we halt
to a stop, not knowing what to do next. However, the
people we meet are sometimes those who can change
This year marked the introduction of an Interact Dance
Group, led by Ms. Callan Jaffar. Students with mixed
ready to perf
orm at YouD
International hip-hop competitors Shanna Steffany, Drew
Sackfield and Maddy Gilbert. Also competing with their
dance teams were Jess Toatoa and Ruth Pearce.
our route and sometimes our destination. The paths to
our destinations are never easy or known but we always
seem to take en routes to get there”.
(Level 3 Dance) and Rebecca Johnson (Level 1 Dance)
were able to attend the Unitec Winter Workshop in the
Term 2 school holidays.
A huge thankyou goes to Debbie Szopa, Sharlene
Ballantyne and Jilly Dryden for their continuous support
throughout the process as well as the Level 3 Dance
students, UJ Fungavaka, Kimberley Green, Nicole Green,
Alysha Hardey, Bronte Kent, Mylinh Luu, Curshla Momoh,
Caitlin O’Neill, Emmy Parker and Jessica Toatoa, Level
2 Dance student, Viktoria Metz, Level 1 Dance student,
Drew Sackfield and international student Valerie Wakarecy.
We are looking forward to the year ahead as the Dance
Department have more surprises for the students, school
and wider community.
Watch this space!
Santana Schmidt
Teacher in charge of Dance
We were lucky enough to have two students involved
in school holiday workshops with the New Zealand
Dance Company this year. Olivia Homan (10DAZ) and
UJ Fungavaka (Level 3 Dance) attended two separate
week long workshops with the company members. Olivia
attended the Autumn Workshop in the Term 2 holidays
whilst UJ went to the Spring – Just for the Bros workshop
in the Term 3 holidays.
Tertiary institutes throughout the year offer intensives
for youth and it’s so exciting to hear our Dance students
taking their own initiatives and attending these lifechanging workshops. Kimberley Green, Alysha Hardey
his year, 2015, has been another very busy one in
the Drama Department and despite several major
changes along the way it has been a fantastic journey
working alongside the senior students in both an
NCEA assessment and co-curricular format. The shows
presented this year have also been entered in the
NZ Auckland Showdown Competition and results will
be revealed in Term 4. For the school, it is a fantastic
opportunity to have our students showcased in the
wider community, regardless of outcome.
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A Streetcar Named Desire and The Crucible are not
easy plays to tackle, let alone at senior college level.
Both equally challenging with subject content and
extremely well known, having been made into major
motion pictures since their release over 60 years ago,
they still thrive in theatres around the world today.
Senior Productions
Back row: Abe Horrocks, George
Cartledge, Max Calvert, David Win,
Joshua Cairns
Middle row: Viktoria Metz, Caitlin
Chirnside, Jesscia Bennett, Lachlan
Stanghan, Scott Gardner-Snoad,
Charlie Schwalger, Devansh
Bhavsar, Christine Tuck, Shammah
Mufanechiya, Olivia Walls, Mrs
Jilly Dryden (and Master Dryden)
Front row: Sian Lovelock, Taylor
Davis, Briar-Rose Butler, Maddi
Hewett, Siobhan Cuthill, Saskia
Jordan, Alexandra Rutherford,
Shana Beggs, Jess McBain
Our Yr 12 and Yr 13 Drama students have taken
these plays and embraced their opportunities and
hard-hitting story lines, whilst developing a sense of
community, friendship, and whanau within the school’s
student body.
It has been wonderful to see several of our Yr 11s
come on board for further learning and all three year
levels work alongside each other, providing support
and learning from one another. I am blown away with
the level of commitment and more so in seeing our
students rise to some difficult challenges I have given
them, which along the way have made these pieces
some, I believe, of the most powerful performances the
school has yet seen, and achieve way beyond what they
knew they were capable of. For me this is really exciting
and makes me smile inside and out.
On Friday 6th November students, their families and
Mrs Dryden attended the Awards Ceremony and
congratulations go to Lyndsey Bartlett who was awarded
the 2015 Best Female in a Leading Role (Play) for her
part as Blanche du Bois.
Earlier in the year both our senior productions were
entered into the 2016 Auckland NZ Showdown
Competition which is a wonderful way to showcase our
Drama and Performing Arts Students. A Streetcar Named
Desire proved to be a lucky contestant with the judges,
receiving nine nominations in the following areas:
I have had the privilege of co-directing Streetcar with
Mr Egan (Yr13) and could not ask for a better colleague
in this process. It has also been exciting to see him use
this process to arrange and compose musical items,
which again embraces my philosophy of cross-curricular
links and extending students’ opportunities.
Best Direction: Ben Egan and Mrs Jillian Dryden
I would like to thank Mr DuToit and the Trades
Academy who every year support these productions
with assistance in set constructions, and sometimes the
requests they are given are not easy ones to achieve.
So thank you, and thank you, Drama Students, for
making this year fun, rewarding, challenging and most
of all taking a risk and going for gold!
Best Sound Design: Ben Egan
Best Set Design: Mrs Jillian Dryden
Best Props: Ben Egan and Mrs Jillian Dryden
Best Lighting: Mrs Jillian Dryden
Best Female Leading Actress in a Play: Lyndsey Bartlett Best Male Leading Actor in a Play: Anon Keenan
Best Female Support in a Play: Jess McBain
Best Male Support in a Play: Devansh Bhavsar
Lyndsey Bartlett; winner of the 2015 Auckland
Showdown award for Best Female in a
Leading Role.
he Music department has been very busy this year
and our many musical groups had the opportunity
to perform at many events.
The jazz band and orchestra have worked hard
building their repertoire and were able to showcase
their talents for the first time at the Uxbridge Arts
Centre annual Classics at 12 series where schools in
the local area showcased their musical talents.
Jazz Band
Back row: Finn Dobson, Hariz Boucher, Max Butchart, Sam
Coles, Harry Gohns, Sam Mackay, Basant Singh, Joseph Hickton,
Daniel Romero Front row: Darren Phu, Natalie Khammanivong,
Drew Milligan, Laura Davies, Morgan Davies, Jessica Larmour,
Laura Cloves, Katrina Flower
Back row: Mr Mathew O’Ryan, Nicolas Popov, Sam Mackay,
Hanson Chong, Don Yeh, Henry Chen, Jac-Wye Chan, Hariz
Boucher Front row: Evangeline Chung, Laura Cloves, Hannah
Crandall, Inka Pleiss, Amy Wang, Rania Tabunot, Alysa Davis,
Bernadette Oshita
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This experience helped to prepare us for the KBB
music festival where schools in Auckland perform
and gain awards. Both the jazz band and orchestra
won bronze awards and received professional
feedback from the judges which helped us to learn
from this marvellous experience.
Every year the orchestra and jazz band go on tour
to another region of New Zealand to share our
music with younger students in order to develop our
performance skills as well as help to inspire others
to pick up an instrument. This year we headed up
north to Mangawhai for three days. We performed
at five primary schools that were very welcoming
and even clapped and sang along. This is one of the
year’s highlights and after our hard work we headed
to Waiwera Hot Pools on the way back to reward
Hyerim Lee performing at the Rönisch Auckland Secondary Schools
Piano competition
At the end of the year we have the annual music
concert which this year featured the orchestra, jazz
Band, ukulele band, string quartet, soloist, and the
newly- formed cello band and the outstanding students
of our department are recognized for their hard work
and talents at the annual Oscars awards night.
Hyerim (Allison) Lee, from Korea, came first in
the Rönisch Auckland Secondary Schools Piano
Competition in October. Even to participate in this
competition is a mark of high distinction; to win it is
evidence of rare brilliance. Hyerim, who does not have
a piano teacher, played Allemande from Bach’s Fifth
French Suite and Chopin’s Second Scherzo in B flat
minor Op 31.
2015 has been a busy year for the music department
but it has been rewarding and successful and we
hope that next year we will continue to inspire others
through music.
Amy Wang, Yr 12
Ukelele Group
Left to right: Kraznaya Perez, Selina Jiang, Natsuda Loetsiritrakun, Mrs Skelton, Ishal Eshna, Serene Lee, Joby Laserna, Boydat Fuiava,
Mr Caleb Strickland (tutor) Absent, Jacob Carr, Kristoffer Gemmell
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Titane Witehira
Ashley Hunt
Arts Council
Back row, left to right: Kimberley Green, Anika Rahm, Anon Keenan, David Win, Saskia Jordan, Caitlin Chirnside,
David Groothuizen-Dijkema, Mrs Szopa Front row, left to right: Rhiannon Hudson, Louise Parker, Victoria Metz, Ariel
Hargreaves, Kristen Erasmus (absent: Abe Horrocks)
Victoria Hardey
Victoria Hardey
Jennifer Nou
Hannah Gilmore
Sam Clark
Tilly Smith
Finn Watkinson - 2015 recipient of the Pat Hanly Art Award
Hillary Te
Julia Cooper
Mikayla Galbraith
Finn Watkinson
Chiara Beintken
Ben Cummins
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Sean Forde
Jessica Manchester
Victoria North
Isobel Jacobs
Aimee MacKenzie
Suved Shankar
Renee Rackham
Crayne Tee
Aimee Roberts
Rhuben Mafileo
Rayleen van Boom
Connor Cattermoul
Joshua Crundall
Shaman Theron
Grace Driscoll
Simone Kritzinger
Holly Michael
Finn Watkinson
Elaine Ryan
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Left to right: Emma Allen, Lottie Hood,
Fin Watkinson, Saskia Jordan, Grace Driscoll.
Musicians Sam Mackay and
Laura Cloves.
Best Developed Concept in Visual
Art – Holly Michael
Lottie Hood
Fin Watkinson
Sam Palmer (Yr 12)
Best use of Mixed Media in Visual
Art – Emma Allen
Matt Spittal (Yr 12)
Cameron Shearer
Aimee Roberts (Yr 12)
The Interact Dance group (left to right): Joshua Bradley,
Luke Thorne, Brayden Pettigrew, Erin Peaufa-Kilgour,
Suhayl Shameer, Jacob Adamson, Hannah O’Kane,
Kirteshni Kumar and Ms Callan Jaffar.
The Perceptive Art Historian Lottie Hood
Elaine Ryan
Fin Watkinson
Emma Allen
Baking Award - For going above
and beyond in Baking Club and
winning 3 out of 4 baking challenges
- Baylee Hoverd
Best use of Traditional Media in
Visual Art - Simone Kritzinger
Emma Allen
Elaine Ryan
Fin Watkinson
Siva Afi (Samoan Fire Knife Dance)
‘Leadership and Determination’ Maorikava Turaki
Lee Wilton
Deakan Shephard
Best use of Digital Media in Visual
Art – Jackson Sarsfield
Fin Watkinson
Alice Curwood (Yr12)
Elijah Pinho.
Creative Writing Group - For
leading the Creative Writing Group.
He is an inspirational leader and
has taught the other students to
be comfortable about being able
to write whatever they want. He
has reported back on courses and
discussion groups he has attended,
making sure the others gain as
much from them as he has. He is
extremely creative and the students
love attending this group as he
is such a dynamic leader: a true
champion for the cause!
David Groothuizen-Dijkema
Best Art Practice - Fin Watkinson
Elaine Ryan
Holly Michael
Cameron Mosheim
Most unique artwork Grace Driscoll
Denzil Hogan
Jason Gillard
Ben Cummins
Creative Writing
Group award – David
Groothuizen Dijkema.
Best Male Actor
– Abe Horrocks.
Ria Imandin Award
– Anika Rahm.
– Rebecca Johnson.
Lions Club Derryk Wigzell
Award – Ben Egan.
Most Talented Vocalist
– Amy Wang.
Most Talented Popular
Music Instrumentalist
– Sabastian Munlo
Holly Michael.
Head of Dance,
Ms Santana Schmidt.
Mia Courtney, Connor Cattermoul
and Shaman Theron.
Student Arts Council
award – Ariel Hargreaves.
Most consistent effort award Caitlin O’Neill
Briar Michael
Kimberley Langevad
Shanna Steffany
Ashlin McGrath
Mylinh Luu
Upcoming choreographer
- Rebecca Johnson
Abbie Cotton
Maddie Gilbert
Samantha Olesen
Lauren Peddie
Maya Lodge
Upcoming Dancers
- Ariana Nathan-Welch
Ana McKearney
Brandon Luangrath
Katie Smith
Danielle Taylor
Emma Moses
Best Choreographer - Curshla
Viktoria Metz
Bronte Kent
Alysha Hardey
Emma Flack
Yuna Hosaka
Dancer of the year - Olivia Homan
Dancer of the Year
– Olivia Homan.
Velvet Wesche
Saskia Jordan
Maddy Holland
Shanna Steffany
Vicki Mosheim
Hype Award - Brandon Luangrath
Ashlin Mcgrath
Caitlin O’Neill
Kimberley Langvad
Best Male Actor - Abe Horrocks
Callum Elia
Anon Keenan
Ben Egan
Kimberley Langevad
Best Male Newcomer
- George Phillips
Scott Gardner-Snoad
Lachlan Stanghan
Charlie Schwalger
Y13 Film Directors Award: Denzil
Y11 Actor Award: Tyra Regan
Y12 Actor Award: Saskia Jordan
Y13 Actor Award: David Win
Best Female Actor - Taylor Davis
Sian Lovelock
Shaman Theron
Anika Rahm
Certificates for Participation:
Hannah O’Kane, Erin PeaufaKilgour, Suhayl Shameer, Jacob
Adamson, Joshua Bradley, Luke
Thorne, Kyle Horsefield, Kye Perez,
Lelia Hamidova, Brayden Pettigrew,
Kirteshni Kumar.
Most Committed Interact Dancer
– Erin Peaufa-Kilgour
Kye Perez
Lelia Hamidova
Ria Imandin Award - Anika Rahm
Kathryn Armstrong Award for
Excellence - Ariel Hargreaves
Stuart Shacklock Award for
Outstanding Achievement
- Anon Keenan
Best Female Newcomer
- Kimberley Langevad
Shammah Mufanechiya
Raynor Perreau
Olivia Walls
Theatre Design & Technology
(Sponsored by Mr R Douglas)
- Saskia Jordan
The Show Must Go On Award
- Lyndsey Bartlett
Hidden Treasure Award
- Caitlin Chirnside
Student Arts Council Award
- Ariel Hargreaves
Y11 Film Directors Award: Raynor
Perreau, Jessica Carlin and
Y12 Film Directors Award: Mia
Courtney, Shaman Theron and
Connor Cattermoul
Most talented Art Music
instrumentalist – Hyerim Lee
Bernadette Oshita
Sam Mackay
Hannah Crandall
Evangeline Chung
Most talented Popular Music
Instrumentalist - Sabastian Munro
Daniel Romero
Max Butchart
Mark Tohovaka
Most talented vocalist - Amy Wang
Shaman Theron
Gabbie Badger
Briar Heke
Greatest contribution to extracurricular music activities - Laura
Cloves & Sam Mackay
Amy Wang
Hariz Boucher
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Junior Girls
Teuila Sotutu
Emma Moses
Mackenzie Wiki
Chris Stewart
Samuel Green
Emeka Ekwo
Dane Hill
Jack Cupples
Wesley Alofi
Iva Lavani
Gabrielle Hill
Melenia Kaita’eifo
Sean Moli
CJ Sinclair
1st =
Matt Brock
Ainsley Thorpe
Nicole Robertson
Patricia Roseiur
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Junior Boys
Intermediate Boys
Intermediate Girls
Senior Boys
Senior Girls
choice and proudly walked over to Cecil’s mountainous
corpse; there he lay blanketing the dehydrated grass,
each strand of his silky black fur glistening in the sunlight
and slowly waving in the subtle breeze. The men crept
closer and closer until they were close enough to inspect
the wound of the dead cat. A smile stretched over
the dentist’s face and he felt not a shred of regret, nor
remorse, just simple satisfaction.
The shy presence of the peaceful beast stole my gaze as
the kind Zimbabwean breeze weaved itself through the
thick strands of blackened silk that coated Cecil’s neck.
Each stride performed with such heavy precision, my
fascination grew as I observed his admirable movements.
Weary eyes scanned the deserted surroundings of the
African landscape he called home. Carrying scars as
souvenirs of youthful scrapes, the unique creature left my
eyes in such wonder and my heart as warm as a winter
fire as he passed slowly through the overgrown sunbleached paddocks.
“Big-shot US dentist illegally hunts the precious
Zimbabwean lion…” “Cecil the lion’s strategic killing
by US dentist strikes rage in the hearts of many
Zimbabwean locals…” News lines circulating through
the hungry media, word of the cruelty spreading like
wildfire around the globe, anger escalates uncontrollably
throughout the village and tears of hopeless heartbreak
fell on to the tanned cheeks of Cecil’s supportive
community. Justice-hungry politicians, followed
by animal rights activists prepared statements and
testimonies, building armies in favour of revenge for the
kind beast which now lay lifeless, with just images and
memories behind his name. No sentence was too strong
in the eyes of passionate locals for the punishment of
this unthinkable murder.
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Up he rose to begin his dull morning routine, the strong
aroma of expensive cologne polluted the overpriced
condo and the scent of lazy mouthwash flooded the
taxidermy-decorated hallway. The dentist struggled to
escape the dream he had been dreaming for the past
month, the pure temptation he felt when visualizing Cecil’s
silky black mane lying motionless on the cream carpet
of his beloved trophy room, surrounded by murderous
badges of past huntings. Somehow he would starve
without the possession of the rare prize draped around
the weary neck of Cecil the lion so many miles away.
In court he stands, wearing smirks of mockery and the
scent of the same rich cologne he had coated his freshly
pressed Armani suit with, hovered around him. It was
sickening to watch the pride creep over his face into his
coffee-coloured eyes. The judge made several harsh
remarks towards the character of the dentist, yet we all
stared in disgust as not a word that was said showed
a single speck of humanity. Like a heartless robot he
stood there, so impressed by his own accomplishments.
After much deliberation the jury delivered its verdict to
the judge and soon enough the confidence he carried
so effortlessly vanished as the words that shaped his
future were spoken. He soon realized that the offence
he had committed lost him his freedom and his actions
were not worthy of the slightest shred of pride. So he
stood, blank-faced, tired eyes scanning the unwelcoming
interior of the courtroom, over-crowded with haters of
the lion-killing dentist.
The roar of the mud-splattered Land-Rover came to
a silent halt as the three middle-aged men reached
their desired destination and emerged from the grey
interior of the desert-friendly vehicle and planted their
hunting boots into the mustard-gold soil, the dentist
(esteemed leader of the pack) strolled several paces
ahead, obnoxiously sniffing the thick African air as if
to flaunt the talent behind his respectable hunting
reputation to the following two men. Oblivious to the
selfish intentions of the American predators, Cecil calmly
approached the visitors and greeted them with his
strong, intimidating presence. The dentist watched with
intense focus as his next trophy trudged slowly around
its habitat, unaware of their cruel agenda, weakened
by the suffocating heat. The men cautiously prepared
their weapons and quickened their pace to reach the
tame beast. It happened in the flash of a moment, fast
as a shooting star the arrow soared through the humid
air of the faded Zimbabwean sky. A sudden eruption
of adrenalin invaded the dentist’s body as he practised
once again the despicable talent in which he found a
sickly desperate thrill. He slowly lowered his weapon of
Olivia Walls, Yr 11
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This year seven teams competed for their school and
the rain held off for most of the day. Despite our 1st XV
and Premier netball teams both winning their games
and the Boys 1st XI and Girls 1st XI football teams
drawing their matches, Hillcrest won the day and the
trophy headed south.
n Term 3 current students at Howick College took part
in an event that many former students of the school
also participated in over the school’s 41 year history.
Known in the school as the Hillcrest Sports Exchange, or
simply Hillcrest, the annual event first took place in 1977
between Howick College and Hillcrest High School in
Hamilton. The foundation principal of Howick College,
Mr Don Ingham, had the idea of bringing the two school
communities together in a sporting challenge. Back
then, Howick and Hillcrest had both just begun and were
similar in size. The day of sporting challenge proved to
be popular and a tradition was born. The schools each
take turns to host and Howick College students from
the 80s will fondly remember overnight Hillcrest trips,
although in recent years the format has been changed to
a one-day affair, so there is no billeting.
Both schools played hard and showed great
commitment. The games results were as follows:
Rugby – Howick 15 Hillcrest 12
Netball – Howick 53 Hillcrest 30
Boys Football – Howick 2 Hillcrest 2
Girls Football – Howick 1 Hillcrest 1
Basketball – Howick 37 Hillcrest 53
Boys Hockey – Howick 1 Hillcrest 3
Girls Hockey – Howick 3 Hillcrest 7
he Aerobic gymnastic team had an enjoyable year
with some good results across all levels and both
codes. At Auckland Secondary Schools, we won four
gold and three silver medals. Golds for Jessica Bray,
Kendra Neaves and Saana Wilson in their Individual
competitions and Saana and Molly Ward in the pairs.
Silvers went to Ana McKearney, Isobel Jacobs and Molly
Ward in their individual categories.
his sport has been well represented at the
top level by Nicole Robertson, Andrew
Catley, Jessica Morrison and Aron Mago.
Aron is the National 800m champion 2 years
running; an amazing achievement. Athletics
has some talent coming through with a
team of over 40 that attended the Eastern
Zone athletics and a group that went on to
Auckland Champions.
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At Gymsport Nationals, in the Individual Competition,
Ana McKearney gained a bronze in International Age
Group 2, Sarah Spargo, a silver in International Age
Group 1 and Kendra Neaves, a silver in Step 9 (18+).
Sarah also won gold in the International Age Group 1
Trio and gained a proficiency pin for her individual score.
At NZCAF National Secondary Schools Aerobic
Championships, Saana Wilson won a silver in the Junior
Secondary Open Individual category and Molly Ward, a
gold in the Secondary Individual Novice category.
Back row: Shalom Setu-Veve, Cullen Jenks, Jack Cupples, Andrew Catley,
Ruby Young, Dominique Nagel, Corinna Rahm, Lachlan Haitana, Iva
Livani Front row: Gaby Hill, Amy Mackenzie, Tim Cloves, Alysia Lefau,
Teuila Sotutu
Sarah Spargo was selected for the New Zealand
Gymsports Aerobics team and travelled to compete in
the ANAC competition in San Diego in July.
Greer Bonnette and Emma Spargo continued their
involvement with club coaching.
Back row: Saana Wilson, Isobel Jacobs, Ana McKearney, Jessica
Bray, Britney Bishop Front row: Sarah Spargo, Kendra Neaves,
Molly Ward
Thank you to all our coaches and our families who
supported and encouraged us.
015 has been a successful year for our badminton
players. Not only have they taken the first place in
the B open grade Eastern Badminton Competition twice
(Sterling and Lachlan Bartlett, Satnam and Basant Singh,
Benjamin Philavong, Hamish Bechu and Zhuali Lim), but
our badminton boys and girls have also ensured that our
school has silver (B open grade: Nathaniel Broadbent,
Zhuali Lim, Carl Ponio, Lachlan Bartlett) and bronze (D
girls grade: Yining Wang, Leslie Hu, Natalie and Jessica
Corrigan) medals around its neck!
Back row: Mrs Sonja Petkovic (manager), Melissa Parmar,
Hamish Bechu, Bassant Singh, Sam Mackay, Sterling Bartlett,
Mary Rose Lopez, Mr Bartlett (coach) Front row: Jessica
Corrigan, Natalie Corrigan, Evengeline Chung, Leslie Hu,
Sanjana Vyavaharkar, Olivia Holt, Emili Weston
This would not have been possible without their
commitment, hard work and team effort, and without
the caring presence of their selfless and supportive
coach, Mr Bartlett.
small but devoted group of archers, coached and
managed by Mr Arthur and Mr Parker, and supported
by Mr Mason, has been in existence quietly for some
years. Most shooting is ten and fifteen metres indoors, but
they enjoyed their first outdoor shoot this year.
They sprang to prominence when our Yr 12 Yokiu Lee
scored only 5 points less, out of 300, than the first-place
getter in the female division of the National Archery in
Schools Competition in August, a particularly impressive
achievement given that she has been a toxophilite for
only about a year.
Back row: Joshua Schoeman, Ronan Tait, Fergus Cleveland, Mr Peter
Arthur (coach) Front row: Robert Mills-Vlaardingerbroek, Louis
Bennett, Cyrus Ainsworth, Taylan Boyle, Mitch Kirk
Absent: Yokiu Lee
Boys Basketball
Back row: Michael Nou, Rittin Prabhakar, Dino Fajardo, Glenn
Scotson, Justin Bu Front row: Jeremy Laserna, UJ Fungavaka,
Niko Murdoch-Tighe, Aidan Adsett, Josh Sabayle
Absent: Mr Adrian Boyd (coach), Mr Anosh Wadia (coach)
U15 Boys Basketball
Back row: Connah Thompson, Mr Jess Sarah (coach),
Brayson Avai Front row: Mujeeb Sharifi, Aden Ing,
Jia Tee, Caleb Brown
the stand-out performances were from our young legspinner, Blake Sellwood, who took 5 wickets in the game
against Sancta Maria, and Luke Barnes who took 4 wickets
against Macleans. Bryce Wessels and James Paranthoiene
grew in confidence within a shared captaincy and the
stage is set for a successful Term 4 and 2016.
he Howick College Cheerleading team has
accomplished a lot in 2015. Since Term one this
year, the team has been training weekly to get ready for
the year’s competitions.
It must be noted that the team had an amazing run-in to
the end of 2014 with three players scoring centuries in
Term 4. William Paranthoiene and Bryce Wessels struck
first, sharing a 250-run stand against Takapuna and the
following week James Paranthoiene scored another
century against Auckland Grammar. This was an amazing
run and left us with high hopes for 2015. The First XI
finished 2015 1st equal on the C grade Plate. They are
promoted to B Grade for 2016.
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The first competition was the Cheerbrandz Rock N
Cheer Nationals where the team took first place in
the Secondary Schools Level 2 division and also won
Grand Champions for being the top School Team to
compete. This was a great achievement as we have not
won at this competition before. Since the Rock N Cheer
Nationals, our cheer team has competed at Cheerbrandz
Schools Spectacluar and Cheerbrandz Spring Carnival
competitions where they have also placed 1st in their
division and are overall Grand Champions at both of
these events.
Gabby Hill and Rosie Salt
World Champ Cheerleaders.
So far the year has been a great success with only one
further competition left in November and we are hoping
for another win and Grand Champs to make a clean
sweep for 2015.
The team is coached by Stacey Harwood, a world
champion cheerleader herself and an inspirational leader
with great motivational skills. The team would not be
where it is today without her.
Mr I Morrison
TIC Cricket
This year we have had boys join the cheerleading team
for the first time. They have been considerable assets,
proving that this is not just a sport for girls, and we hope
their participation will encourage more boys to give the
sport a go in the future.
Boys First XI Cricket
Back row: Blake Sellwood, Luke Barnes, Christopher NevilleDowler, Connor Masson, William Paranthoiene, Devon Bryant
Front row: Richard Greenwood, Brennan Honour, Bryce
Wessels, James Paranthoiene, Bradley Pawsey
Absent: Mr Hayden Jones (coach), Mr John Jones (manager)
Back row: Caitlin O’Neill, Kiara Garrow, Olivia Cook
Middle row: Jaide Wooler, Ella Hinton, Renee Cure, Rosie Salt,
Melanie Stols, Jamie Rollason Front row: Callum Thomson,
Jemma Roberts, Paige Adams, Georgia Henderson, Troy Renata
Overall, our cheerleading has been an amazing
experience and a huge success. I am happy to say that I
have been a part of such an exciting sport.
My thanks go to a big support team; once again Hayden
Gardiner provided outstanding coaching for the boys;
every week five fathers were available to assist with
umpiring – Peter Sellwood, Alan Greenwood, Jason
Pawsey, Grant Masson, and Sean Wessels. Chris
Paranthoiene scored with unnerving accuracy; John Jones
as manager was always one step ahead planning and
organising on the day; and Alan Greenwood arranged
sponsorship from the Coffee Club. The commitment
of the parents and boys has been outstanding;
sportsmanship excellent and generally the Saturday
afternoon experience a pleasure to be a part of.
Caitlin O’Neill
he first term brought an end to an extremely busy
cricket season. The Cricket World Cup captured the
nation’s imagination as the Black Caps came so close to
a memorable victory in the final. While they failed to win
the cup, the team had the same effect on the sporting
public not just here, but also all over the world. I am
hopeful that the excitement the tournament created will
translate into new converts to this wonderful game.
of Mr Gedye and Mr Grant. Many of the Yr 10s in this
team will be fighting for selection next year. The First XI
consolidated its position in the middle of the Premier
C competition. One more point would have secured a
top 6 place which was our goal and would have shown
an improvement on last year. It is still a creditable result
after a slow start – we won three of our last four games
including a thrilling tie against Sancta Maria.
Cricket at Howick College continues to grow with the
promise of a Second XI in 2016. The Colts had a superb
season under the enthusiastic and knowledgeable care
Creditable performances with the bat came from
Brennan Honour (2), Bryce Wessels, Connor Masson, and
William Paranthoiene, who all scored 50s. With the ball,
Junior Cricket
Back row: Mr Mike Gedye (coach), Scott Pauling, Nageesh
Sharma, Blake Sellwood, Balpreet Singh, Connah Thompson,
Nathan Limm, Tim Cloves, Mr Gilbert Oberholzer
Front row: Ruan van Heerden, Fatehjit Singh, Keegan
Oberholzer, Sam Hosking, Aryaman Kailani, Amarsh Raj
Cricket Girls XI
Mr Craig Dryden (manager), Natasha Richardson, Ashley
Hunt, Claire Spittal, Holly Hannaby Absent: Jasmine
Hannaby, Muskkaan Gopilal, Kate Hamilton, Ellie Layland,
Lily Otway, Brianna Reynolds, Barbara Timu, Miss Shannon
Carr (coach)
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Having said that, the season was an overall success
and has unearthed some committed young students to
develop a successful team for the coming seasons.
The first half of the season could not have gone better.
Everything about this group of boys is extremely
encouraging and positive. Not only are they very
talented cricketers but more importantly you will
struggle to find harder working, more selfless, and
more dedicated students. After winning their first seven
matches the team has been offered a place in the Junior
A grade, which is well deserved. This promotion will
provide a stern challenge and allow all the players to
be tested at the highest level. Success for this team has
been due to the reliable and meaningful contributions
that every single member of the squad has made,
whether it be with the bat, the ball, or in the field. Standout individual performances so far have been from the
opening batting pair of Nageesh Sharma, with three
50s and a highest score of 85, and Nathan Limm with
a highest score of 70 not out. With the ball, Connah
Thompson and Sam Hosking were always a threat. The
inclusion of Liam Geddes has been a huge boost to
the side and special mention has to be made of the
captain Keagan Oberholzer who always led the team
by example. It has been a hugely enjoyable season so
far and the entire squad cannot wait for Term 4. There
are exciting times ahead for Howick College cricket. Its
future is in very safe hands.
The girls were playing a 20/20, 8-a-side format, which
makes setting fields a challenge. However, a 3/2 win/
loss record during the normal season was pleasing.
Highlights included a winning, undefeated opening
partnership of 89 against Papatoetoe by Claire Spittal
and Muskaan Gopilal. This same match saw Ashley Hunt
take 3 cheap wickets when Papatoetoe couldn’t cope
with her accurate pace.
In the final series we lost both our matches against
Rutherford and a forfeit against King’s. The Rutherford
match saw a fine 43 retired, scored by Ashley Hunt. The
game was close and if Ashley had batted on for another
4-5 overs, the outcome might have been different.
However, it’s important all team members get chances to
bat and bowl as the team is very much in a development
stage with a number of the team not having played
cricket before.
The commitment from the girls to training was extremely
commendable and their polite attitude towards their
opponents a pleasure to observe. I look forward to
being involved with this team next season and watching
the developmental progress of all girls involved.
Cricket Blitz is an Auckland Cricket initiative aimed at
getting more students involved in cricket. Our juniors
played in the mid-week, 8 -a-side competition and
narrowly lost the final to Mission Heights Junior College.
The boys represented the school excellently and all
our players benefitted from the experience. Mr Grant’s
enthusiasm while coaching and managing the team was
greatly appreciated as it has helped to broaden the
player base for cricket at the school and deepen the
boys’ experience.
Mr C Dryden
Junior A Football
Back row: Sam Finlayson, Avikash Naidu, Joe Jones, Fraser
Webb, David Wilson, Cameron Kelton, Mr Mike Gedye (coach)
Front row: Emeka Ekwo, Sam Hosking, Jordan Wheeler,
Daerezad Cooverji (captain), Hamish Robinson, Kristian
Cleminson, Heath Galloway
Hannah-Marie Rhodes, Jordyn McMicken, Katherine
Whitwell, Ms Rachael Hartley (manager)
ootball has gone from strength to strength with
our team and player numbers increasing every
year. This year we fielded nine teams across both boys
and girls football , seeing 130+ students representing
the school across many levels .
Junior Girls: The Junior girls team got off to a flying
start winning their first game 12 – 0 against Pakuranga
College. Coached by Bradley O’Brien and Brandon
Scrimgeour, they continued in fine form, winning
the finals of the Junior Girls Counties A division.
Unfortunately an administrative oversight saw them
finish in 2nd place.
Football Year 10 Boys
Back row: Jarred Hamilton, Josh Hegley, Mitchell Bull,
Seth Gibson Front row: Logan Kean, Logan Carr, Sam
Wofinden, Peter Garofalakis, Jake Morgan
Prizewinners: Sportswoman of the year – Annie
Williamson, Most improved – Aimee O’Brien, Player
of the Year – Emma Moses. The junior girls were also
awarded Team of the Year.
Girls Cricket was re-born at Howick College this year
and I was privileged to be the TIC in its re-development.
We were very lucky to have Shannon Carr to coach the
side and her commitment and enthusiasm to the girls
was extremely commendable. Shannon is an ex-HC
student from 2014 with 10 years’ playing experience and
currently captain of the Howick/Pakuranga Emerging
Hearts team. It is great to have ex-students come and
give something back to our school.
Back row: Danielle Grimmer, Georgia Corkill, Jeremy
Thompson, Andrew Catley, Shanna Steffany, Neve Bradbury,
Lachlan Haitana Front row: Aimee Mackenzie, Olivia McNair,
Max Bradbury, Maddie Gilbert, Jenna Gawn
It has been a difficult term of cricket due to the various
school trips and other sporting events which took
different players out of the team at different times.
Yr 9 Boys: Two teams were entered into the Yr 9
boys divisions and both showed great commitment
throughout the year and achieved commendable
results. The Junior Boys B team, coached by Matt
Smith and Bailey Davis, finished in the middle
of the Eastern Conference Division 1. Notable
achievements included beating King’s College 10-nil
in the first game.
The Junior A team coached by Mr Mike Gedye won
the Greater Auckland 2nd Division going the entire
season unbeaten.
Junior Girls Football
Back row: Charlie Byrne, Claire Spittal, Abby McArthur, Annie
Williamson, Evie Armstrong, Brad O’Brien (coach)
Front row: Aimee O’Brien, Georgia Abbott, Emma Moses,
Katie Heaven, Nancy Chitekwe Absent: Anagh Driscoll,
Sarah Gatward, Teagan Moroney, Beth Williams
Award winners: Junior B Sportmsman of the Year- Mitch
Kirk, Most improved – Mujeeb Shirifi, Player of the Year –
Daniel Clarke.
Prize winners: Sportswomen of the Year (joint) – Chynna
Davie and Hinemoa Watene, Player of the year - Caitlyn
Barrett, Player of the year – Danielle Grimmer
Junior A: Most improved - Sam Finlayson, Player of the
Year – Jordan Wheeler, Player of the Year – Avikash Naidu
Boys 1st XI: After being relegated to Division 4 last year
the Boys 1st XI made massive improvements in playing
style and team culture which saw them finish 2nd after
the round robin. Unfortunately, Mr Rattray’s team finished
the league in 4th place. The boys also competed
commendably in the Malcolm Cowie tournament in
Papakura, putting in some great performances against
higher level sides such as St Peter’s and Takapuna
Grammar. Again the lack of goals cost them and a 16th
placing was awarded.
Yr 10 Boys: The Yr 10 boys achieved some great results
amidst a mixed season. A 7 -2 win over Western Springs
saw them finish 7th on the 14th grade Auckland Division
2 table. A big thankyou must be made to Liam Thurbon
for filling in in his brother Alex’s absence enabling the
boys to concentrate on a good finish to the season.
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Prize winners: Sportsman of the Year- Luke Thorne,
Most Consistent – Logan Carr, Player of the Year –
Peter Garofolakis.
Junior B
Back row: Damon Kackson, Amarsh Raj, Callum Mason, Mitch
Kirk, Matt Smith (coach) Front row: Ethan Washington,
Daniel Clarke, Jacob Voisey, Ayden Dormer, Ethan Brown
Absent: Mujeeb Sharifi, Alex King, Josh Merrick
Yr 11 boys: Unfortunately they didn’t have the best start
or middle campaign to their season, accruing a number
of losses but only by an ever-decreasing margin. The
commitment they showed was first class and this saw
the Luke Bulay-coached side get their first win of the
season beating Massey 5 – 3 and get off the bottom of
the table.
Year 11 Boys Football
Back row: Bryden Montgomery-Austin, Callum Bradding, Jack
Wakelin-Morrison, Johan Howard, James Smithers
Front row: Taine Collins, Dylan Anderson, Reuben Beattie, Zac
Kershaw, Yusuf Khadaied Absent: Elias Worrall-Bader, Kaelim
Donnelly, Luke Ellis, Joseph Standring, Mr Luke Bulkay (coach)
Award winners: Most Consistent – Callum Hamilton,
Player of the year – Liam West, Player of the Year –
Chris Walden
Many people must be acknowledged for their role in
the various teams’ successes over this year: parents,
players, teachers, supporters, other family members
and anyone who has helped out this year. Please
accept our sincere thank you. We look forward to
building on this again next year.
Prize winners: Sportsman of the year – Taine Collins,
Most Improved – Zac Kershaw, Player of the year –
Johann Howard
Mr Daniel Rattray
Girls Second XI: A committed group of girls coached by
Dianne Harrison had a mixed season. A double win over
Pukekohe High School was a highlight once in the round
robin and again to finish above them in the plate finals.
Boys First XI Football
Back row: Calum Jones, George Cartledge, Aakash Kumar
Middle row: Liam West, Mathew Feldmann, Bradley McAuley,
Liam Brown, Quaid Naidoo Front row: Samuel Green, Ben
Scales, Christopher Walden, Ryan Tamepo, Tyler Cooke
Absent: Mr Daniel Rattray (coach)
Prize winners: Sports Woman of the year – Julia
MacDonald, Most improved – Charlyze Strydom, Player
of the Year - Samantha Johnson
Boys 2nd XI: A number of boys stepped up this year in
absence of a coach to ensure this team went ahead.
This team went on to have a very successful season,
most notably a 7-2 win over Pakuranga and 5-0 win over
Botany. The team ended up finishing 3rd in the Senior C
Eastern Division.
ur girls 1st XI hockey team were able to put
together a brilliant team this year, which lead us
to one of our most successful seasons ever. We came
first in B grade, scoring 24 goals overall whilst having
only two goals scored against us. We were then able to
progress to A grade where the girls were challenged,
and which gave us a chance to develop our skills on
tougher opponents to prepare us for tournament week
in Taupo. The girls played in the Kate Trolove Cup and
managed to place 4th overall which ended our season
on a high note.
Girls First XI Football
Back row: Rachel Seymour, Danielle Grimmer, Annie
Williamson, Joyce O’Brien, Anika Rahm Middle row: Mr
Craig Dryden (manager), Laura Annison-Chisholm, Holly
McKendrick, Grace Driscoll, Anna Ross, Ariana Nathan-Welch,
Corinna Rahm Front row: April Tamepo, Caitlin Barrett,
Makere Pohe, Hinemoa Watene, Cassandra Fausett
Absent: Mr Scott Harrison (coach)
Award Winners: Sportsman of the year – Emmanuele
Brunenghi (International Student), Most consistent –Tom
Kazula, Player of the year – Thierry Hyde
Many thanks to our coaches throughout the season,
Kimberley Hayter and Sheryll Johnson, as well as Pamela
Bracewell, who has managed and supported our team
throughout the season.
Girls 1st XI: The 1st XI had a great year achieving a
number of successes on and off the field. This year saw
Scotty Harrison lead the girls to a top finish of 2nd in
the Counties Manukau Premier division and qualifying
them for the top APC division, competed with pride and
finished 10th across greater Auckland. This team also
travelled to Hamilton to take part in the national satellite
tournament where they ended up finishing 5th in a wet
but enjoyable week of football.
Michelle Corbett
Boys Second XI Football
Back row: Stephane Popov, Enej Ranziner, Jeremy Thompson,
Liam Phillips , Harrison Carr Front row: Keegan Ennis, Tom
Kazula, Thierry Hyde, Carlos Kershaw, Sam Rawlings
Girls Second XI Football
Back row: Jessica Carlin, Julianna Barivieri, Alice Croll,
Charlize Strydom, Catherine Yu, Carleen Daw
Front row: Alicia Upfold, Raylene van Boom, Taylah
McKendrick, Julia MacGregor, Olivia Marris
Absent: Mrs Diane Harrison (coach)
Girls First XI Hockey
Back row: Jordyn McMiken, Sarah Bracewell, Lillie Botica,
Sophie Schade, Maryam Barghashiy Middle row: Ms
Kimberley Hayter (coach), Tiffany Ahern, Catarina Pereira,
Olivia Gwiazdzinski, Mia Courtney, Hannah Young, Annabell
Fletcher-Jones Mrs Pamela Bracewell (manager)
Front row: Kelly Perfect, Michelle Corbett, Lana White, Sarah
Wood, Josefina Pereiraa
Hockey Girls U15
Back row: Ms Kate Fisher (manager), Jasleen Kaur-Grewal,
Melissa Boyd, Georgia Gibson, Meghan Osborne, Ella
Bryant, Mrs Sheryll Johnson (coach) Front row: Harsimran
Hundal, Annaleise Brajkovich, Nikki Smith, Catherine
Thomas, Natasha Richardson
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The year started with 17 players who were all keen to
play. This did not unfortunately last long. Within a matter
of weeks we dwindled to 13 players, owing mainly to
clashes with other sporting codes.
Boys First XI Hockey
Back row: Andrew Gill, Max Calvert, Carlos John
Middle row: Scott Pauling, Adam Senior, Rahiri Maihi, Zac
Kershaw, Liam Geddes Front row: Cole Forder, Timothy
Cloves, Carlos Kershaw (captain), Thomas Whiting, Max Kanzig,
Joshua Mackintosh Absent: Elias Worrall-Bader, Carlos
Kershaw (player/coach)
Mountain Biking
Jessica Manchester, Blake Ross, Kayla Russell
Absent: Jemma Manchester, Blake Schmanski, Ryan Cobb,
Damon Jackson, James Richardson
The team started off in the open U15 grade and had a
heavy loss to St Cuthbert’s in their first game. We then
had to default the 2nd game for want of a full team.
Girls 2nd XI Hockey
Back row: Mr Matthew Brajkovich (coach), Tiffany Salmond,
Emma Ellis, Alicia Sharman, Brieah Glynn, Briar Smith, Jean
Erickson, Mrs Rebecca Poole (manager) Front row: Jordan
Joyce, Fang-Fei Tham, Sarah Collins (captain), Vuyo Dzadya,
Jess Moat, Rhiannon Hatley-Owen
After the first round of U15 Girls Open grade the
team was placed in the Eastern Zone grade. This was
obviously their level as they never looked back after
the first game. Most weeks we had only 11 players but
everyone enjoyed full games and improved on a weekly
basis. Confidence grew as did their skill level. Injury and
sickness was the main reason for the low numbers.
What a year! The girls had many individual successes
this year, with their own improvement forming a stronger
team by the end of the season. We started with many
girls not having played before and each girl improved
her own stick-work significantly. The most promising
players were Nomvuyo Dzadya and Fang Fei Tham,
who both had the ability to play in multiple positions
and worked hard to improve their stick-work. Girls who
improved the most were Tiffany Salmond and Briar
Smith, who were outstanding with what they had learnt
during the season and then applied to the game to allow
others opportunity. Lastly, Sarah Collins, our captain
and team player - she was an outstanding role model
for all and sorted out lots of issues during the games
and at practice. The team were very lucky to have such
a dedicated coach in Matthew Brajkovich, who worked
tirelessly on improving their stick-work and game
strategy. Thank you so much, Matthew. Congratulations
to the girls – they worked hard this season.
Forty-seven goals for and three against. Apart from one
game which we drew the team won every game. Our
last game actually decided on us being outright winners.
Pakuranga were only one point behind us at that point
and we had to win or draw. The win secured top position
in the grade and the girls well deserved that place. The
support that we had from the school on our last game
was much appreciated.
Our manager, Ms Fisher, was very efficient and helpful,
both in organizing the girls and in keeping the statistics
of each game for the girls to see later. The girls can also
be commended on their professionalism both on and off
the field and are great ambassadors for the school.
New Zealand Representatives
Back row: Mr John Wright, Teuila Sotutu, Farrah Brill-Holland,
Annabelle Fletcher-Jones, Shalom Seta-Veve, Alysia Lefau,
Mr Mark Hodson Front row: Gaby Hill, Sarah Spargo, Rosie
Salt, Jessica Manchester Absent: Angel McCreedy, Hunter
Edwards, Kyle Glogoski, Jemma Manchester, Mac Rawiri, Lana
White, Ainsley Thorpe, Evan Froger
Also two members of the team, Nikki Smith and
Catherine Thomas, had no hesitation umpiring for other
schools when asked. This is very good sportsmanship.
Sheryll Johnson
Mrs Rebecca Poole, Manager.
Back row: Annie Williamson, Jenna Gawn, Hannah Ferguson,
Anagh Driscoll, Mackenzie Wiki, Emma Moses, Ella Bryant,
Saana Wilson, Teuila Sotutu Front row: Max Bradbury, Sam
Marshall, Ainsley Thorpe, Jessica Manchester, Blake Ross,
Seb Judd
Team of the Year – 9B/Coach Lata Davison
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twenty-two students have umpired the games, too. It is
wonderful to see netball providing so many leadership
opportunities for our students.
t has been another splendid season for netball at
Howick College. 2015 was the year that saw our
premier team return to the Premier 1 Grade of the AMI
Auckland Competition. With players from Yr 10 to Yr 13
in the team the squad reflected the depth of our netball
programme. Despite some outstanding performances
they just missed out on a top 8 spot so will be back at
the courts in 2016 to dominate the grading rounds and
hopefully take their spot in the top grade again. In total,
16 teams have taken to the courts each week at AMI
Auckland and put HC netball firmly on the map. Seeing
the red and black uniforms en masse has been great! We
finished the season with: 2 first places – congratulations
to the 9B and 9C teams; 3 second places; 5 third places;
4 fourth places; 2 fifth places; 1 sixth place, and our
Premier team finished 9th. Not happy with that, they
went out and won the Grade B UNISS tournament and a
promotion into the A Grade for next year.
2015 was also the year when the infamous Miami and
Barbados tour actually took to the skies. Miss Mikkelson
and her team took 30 students overseas for the
experience of lifetime. Netball, sight-seeing, shopping,
and more netball!
We finished the year with a beautiful celebration of all
the fantastic things that had happened through netball
– the prizegiving. With the help of our committee we
hosted approximately 300 people in the gym. Tables
were set with black, red and white decorations and the
girls brought in food and drinks to share with their teammates as the awards evening rolled out. The evening was
one filled with fun and pride and of course a few tears as
we said goodbye to members of the HC Netball Club.
The awards recognised for each team were:
With almost 160 players, netball has needed a vast
number of people to make it happen. A fabulous team
of coaches, managers, and umpires have facilitated
play throughout the season. Many adults have coached
and umpired and done a really professional job. In
addition, seventeen students have coached this year and
Coach’s Choice
Mikaelah Poua
Isabella Lavas
Senior A
Susana Jones
Maddi Mitchell
Senior B
Lizzy Domigan
Courtney Jonson
Senior C
Hannah Tilling
Brieah Glynn
Senior Black
Bailey Smith
Karli Boyd
Senior Red
Sam Johnson
Raynor Perreau
Senior White
Lauren Burger
Olivia Walls
Shanna Steffany
Alysia Lefau
Emily Grimmer
Inka Pleiss
Jesse Boyd
Alyssa Michael
10 Black
Caitlin Hunn
Nanise Waqaira
Su-Elyse Ulugia
Alexis Tau
Dayna Todd
Holly Hannaby
Jessie McInnes
9 Black
Jessica BennettHalliday
Lydia Ainsworth
9 Red
Kate McKie
Katie Smith
The Team of the Year award was snapped up by one of
our 9B who worked incredibly hard this season. They
trained twice a week, one of these at 7am! At the start
of the season they found themselves graded into a
lower division than they had hoped. Not deterred, the
girls and coach rose to the challenge. They entered the
Championship round undefeated and set their sights on
continuing their winning ways. That they did, winning
their league.
UNISS Player of the Tournament – Iva Livani
Five Year Member’s Badge – Mikaelah Poua and
Maddy Kinsler
Netball 9B
Back row: Molly Ward, Brooklyn Harrison, Mackenzie Turner,
Alexis Tau, Taitiana Witehira, Mrs Lata Davison (coach)
Front row: Arwen Matthews, Dayna Todd, Kate Hamilton,
Hannah Mesley, Kaliyah Lima
Two players have been members of HC netball teams
since Yr 9 – Maddy Kinsler and Mikaelah Poua
Service Award – Nicola Crawford
Nicola Crawford was selected this year for her service to
netball in a coaching role, as an administrator and most
importantly as a friend to the students and staff. Despite
our best efforts to hang on to her until the end of the
season, we had to say goodbye to her before the season
was done but still she would appear on the side-line at
AMI supporting our girls, and us.
Most Valuable Player: In recognition of the player who has
displayed the highest quality of performance this season.
Coach’s Choice: In recognition of the player without whom
the team could not have functioned, for whatever reason.
Lifetime Service Award – Sam Kinsler
Sam Kinsler has been involved in netball here since 2006.
She has been valuable in securing managers for each
of the teams - even now we have so many at 16! She is
always on the sideline supporting all the teams. She has
also been involved with winter tournament week and
overseas tours, willingly giving her time to our girls and us.
Netball 9 Black
Back row: Karli Boyd, (coach), Jessica Bennett-Haliday, Chloe
Wallace, Leilani Loloa, Taiga Donovan, Hannah Tilling (coach)
Front row: Keaton Smith, Zoe Virgin, Lydia Ainsworth
(captain), Nicole Tilling, Millie Clark
Katrina Grant Award – Mikaelah Poua
The Katrina Grant Award was donated to the school by
Katrina herself, a former student. The award is designed
to go to stand-out players who not only show the 3Cs on
court but also in the classroom and around school.
Mikaelah Poua is one player who unquestionably
deserves this award. She has only been playing netball
since she was Yr 7, starting off at the top playing reps
– in the GD position! Despite being ‘clumsy,’ as mum
tells us, often tripping over nothing, she is also an
exceptional touch player and not too bad with a tennis
racket in hand. Her first netball club was Howick but
she soon moved to Livewires. Not content with playing
her netball only in NZ, she represented the Pacific Rim,
travelling to Australia to play in a tournament. She has
played netball for our school since Yr 9, making the
Premier team as a Yr 10. Whole-heartedly committed,
she has also stepped into a coaching role with one of our
senior teams this year. It is with sadness that we have to
let her, now a Yr 13, go on to bigger and better things.
Netball 9A
Back row: Grace Lazaro, Su-Elyse Ulugia, Leehava Saverio,
Nanise Waqaira Front row: Mikayla Metcalfe, Jazmin
Stevens-Apaipora, Mackenzie Wiki, Rhian BlakeboroughKocsis, Cassidy Samson
Netball 9C
Back row: Natalie Whittaker (coach), Jessie McInnes, Kiara
Garrow, Riya Luthra, Stella Schade, Kelly Kimpton (coach)
Front row: Jemma Roberts, Asher Hall, Holly Hannaby
(captain), Madison Welham Absent: Ofalota Kaita’eifo
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Netball 9 Red
Back row: Courtney Williams (coach), Lybarti Henare, Amelia
Rawlings, Tara Pene, Kelsey Clark, Ashley Hunt, Tasmyn
Cleland Front row: Kate McKie, Alicia Allan, Katie Smith,
Kareena Bechu, Georgia Hoddle
Netball 10A
Back row: Jessica Benns, Jane Ward, Alysia Lefau, Maddie
Gilbert Front row: Neve Bradbury, Shanna Steffany, Sasha
Lowe, Teuila Sotutu Absent: Liana Sykes, Manasseh Grey
Netball 10 Black
Back row: Raylene van Boom (coach), Lucy Gribble, Nelly
Rahuf, Gemma Owen, Toni Ransom, Courtney Jonson (coach)
Front row: Hanako Takakubo, Caitlin Hunn, Sara Brewer,
Angelina Huynh
Netball 10B
Back row: Maddi Mitchell (coach), Abbie Cotton, Sarah
Browning, Hannah Lewis, Jeanne Wilson, Hayley McDonald,
Isabella Lavas (coach) Front row: Jenna Gawn, Mya Boyd,
Inka Pleiss, Brooklyn McCracken, Emily Grimmer
Netball 10C
Back row: Jansje Strydom, Jess Boyd, Ellery Martin, Holly
MacDonald, Olivia Morrow (coach) Front row: Deepali Patel,
Jamie Rollason, Alyssa Michael, Jennifer Phung
Absent: Mollie Salt
Back row: Nanise Waqaira, Ruby Young, Ariana Pohe
Middle row: Lisa Lee (coach), Devon Kellow, Teuila Sotutu,
Shalom Setu-Veve, Lasalle Lefale, Iva Livani, Mrs Adelita
Sotutu (coach) Front row: Olivia Morrow, Camryn Lee,
Mikaelah Poua, Isabella Lavas, Evalana Puangi
Senior Black
Back row: Karli Boyd, Britney Lenne, Lexi Fokkens, Bailey Smith
Front row: Paige Guthrie, Sian Burton (captain), Kelly Kimpton
Senior A
Back row: Susana Jones, Kendall Dawson, Dominique Nagel,
Maddy Kinsler, Courtney Williams, Ms Chris Dyke (coach)
Front row: Natalie Whittaker, Melenia Kaita’eifo, Maddi
Mitchell (captain), Claudia Gibson (captain), Shannon Chapman
Senior C
Back row: Taylor Gill, Greer Fitzgibbon, Brieah Glynn, Mrs
Adelita Sotutu (coach) Front row: Mikayla Galbraith, Hannah
Tilling (captain), Jess Galbraith
Senior B
Back row: Danielle Keene, Chelseigh Maclou, Lizzy Domigan,
Jessica Corrigan Front row: Natalie Corrigan, Hannah TrebetWilliams (captain), Courtney Jonson Absent: Gemma France
Red Team
Back row: Olivia Morrow (coach), Keeley Mackenzie, Alice
Croll, Melissa Parmar (coach) Front row: Emma Lack, Tasmyn
Cleland, Brooke Grant
game and were buzzing after the experience. This was
wonderful to see.
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he tour was certainly a trip of a lifetime and this was
mainly due to the excellent behaviour displayed by
the girls whilst we were away. We often had members
of the public, hotel management, or restaurant
management comment on their commendable
behaviour and attitude. This also alleviated stress for the
staff and made the trip very enjoyable.
Our students also had some cultural experiences in
Barbados. We went to a cultural show with limbo
dancers, fire eaters, and stilt walkers. We also went to
a local fish market where the girls selected their fish
and sang karaoke with the locals. Our students gained
an appreciation of New Zealand and how lucky we are
economically compared to Barbados.
Opportunities for students to play in a tournament in
Miami are very rare. Although the number of teams
was not what we initially expected, the girls very much
enjoyed watching and playing against the island flair of
the Jamaican teams. There were certainly some athletic
performances out on court. The popular way of landing
often ended in the Jamaican player doing the splits,
which was pretty amazing to watch. It was also marvelous
to see the development of netball in the USA. The Silver
Ferns visited in 2010, and since then Netball USA have
weekly games in a club tournament in Miami.
It was amazing to see the girls not only develop in their
netball but in their people skills and as ambassadors
for our school. Our student tour leaders - Barbara
Timu, Maddi Mitchell, Maddy Kinsler, Evalana Puangi
and Kendall Dawson were outstanding in the way they
brought the girls together and led by example.
I would like to also acknowledge my tour management
team, who really made this tour happen. They have
worked with dedication over the last 18 months getting
the wheels in motion. Kim Galbraith was our accountant
and a real treasure to have in the team. Nikki Williams
and Sam Kinsler worked just about every weekend
doing car washes, bake sales, stocktakes, and led
the fundraising committee. They also came on tour
and really worked again around the clock to meet the
medical, emotional, and pastoral needs of all the girls.
Nicola Crawford and Adelita Sotutu have been fantastic
ladies to work with, both in coaching and preparing the
girls for the tour, and in preparation and planning while
on tour. They also worked hard on tour keeping the girls
focused on netball.
From Miami we headed to Barbados to play some
local schools and club teams and give our students an
opportunity to play another unique style of netball. All
our teams won against the local school teams, and as
it was a developing sport we donated our balls, drink
holders and ball bags to the teams to encourage them
to continue to grow. The club teams were pitched at a
higher level and proved to be a challenge to all of our
teams. Our girls really grew during this experience and
were keen to implement what they had learnt into their
own games, for example turning on the ball and driving
towards the ball hard.
We were lucky enough to have Anna, the Barbados
national coach, take the girls for a training session. She
also organised a game with her national Barbados side,
in which the Barbados development team played our top
team. Our girls absolutely rose to the occasion in this
Overall the tour has been a challenging road but
definitely the rewards have outweighed the amount of
time and effort that has been put in.
Ms Amy Mikkelson
growing number of participants are joining
the Howick College Orienteering team. A very
successful year was achieved by a number of our
students. Two of our junior girls were placed in
the top 10, and our intermediate girls category is
going from strength to strength with three in the
top 10. The boys groups are growing in experience:
a special mention to Sam Rawlings who was in the
top five. Students found their way to the events
and completed in a number of events held at East
Auckland schools.
Coaches: Rod Cole and John Lee.
Team Awards: Best Forward Kurt Harrison, Best Back
Scott Nicholson
Back row: Max Calvert, Stuart Ballingall, Connor Greyling,
Daniel Williamson (captain) Connah Thomspon
Front row: Sian Lovelock , Saskia Jordan Annie Williamson, Rhian
Blakeborough-Kocsis Absent: Ms Rachael Cummins (coach)
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ugby continues to develop at Howick College as
reflected in the both the number of students playing
and the success of all teams this year.
leading to an exhilarating last few seconds that had
everyone hanging on right to the very end. The season
started with a hard-fought 10 -7 home win over MAGS
showing how the team would be competitive in all the
games, but also showing how difficult every side in the
competition would be. Close wins were followed by
a mid-season slump that saw the team just scraping
into playoff contention. The team were in a position
where every game had to be won and they responded
producing a very impressive winning streak to force a
place in the final against Auckland Grammar. Great
running and support play saw Howick take a handy lead
before Grammar’s spirit coupled with some creative
refereeing made for a close and nervous end to the
game. Camped on their own line, a 13-man Howick
showed great resolve in holding on for a well-deserved
14 -7 win.
Coaches: Gilbert Oberholzer, Jason Oberholzer, and
Craig Marshall. Captain: Keagan Oberholzer
Team Awards: Best Back Niko Mravicich, Best Forward
Keagan Oberholzer.
The 7th grade side started the year well with the forward
pack delivering a healthy supply of ball to the hardrunning backs. This led to solid wins in the first four
games before a narrow loss to a well- drilled Macleans
side brought home the realisation of how tough this
grade would be. This set the tone for the remainder of
the season, with good rugby bringing a series of wins
punctuated with another close loss to Macleans. As the
season went on the team kept building a well-rounded
15-man game that saw them earn a home semi-final
against Auckland Grammar that was won comfortably
37 – 5. This set up a final against their closest rivals
Macleans which was a magnificent display of pressure
rugby with us dominating most of the possession and
field position and winning by 24 – 5.
Coaches: Bevan Packer and Mark Hodson
Team Awards: Best Forward Nico van Heerden, Best
Back Malik Saipani
This year the Auckland Rugby Union introduced a new
Auckland-wide competition involving teams from the
Counties, Auckland, and North Harbour. This meant a
great deal of travelling as seen with the first game of the
year being played in Waiuku. The team was made up of
a mix of Yr 9s through to Yr 13s who initially struggled,
particularly when playing against the A sides of other
schools as these sides tended to consist mainly of older
players. Momentum built towards the end of the season
where wins against Rosehill and Selwyn saw the team
qualify for the knock-out phase of the competition.
An excellent away win against Rosehill by 22-14 in the
Coaches: Wayne Stockman and Jason Husband.
Manager: Chris Smith. Captain: Dylan Adams
Team Awards: Best Back Dylan Adams, Best Forward
Anthony Stockman
The 6th grade season is best described as a wild rollercoaster ride with ups and down, twists and turns, all
quarter finals saw a semi-final booked against Pakuranga.
In a close game we led for much of the first half before
Pakuranga pulled away to win. This was followed by a
win by default in the 3rd / 4th play-off. Overall it was a
season of which everyone associated with the team can
be proud for the sportsmanship, spirit and attitude of
the players, showing the future of Howick College rugby
is in good hands.
1st XV
Back row: Mr Eddie Jones (coach), Peter Johnson, Mitchell
McKee, Zac Smith, Connor Masson, Alex Westholm, Tane
Bloor Middle row: Brennan Honour, Dylan Oberholzer,
Chris Neville-Dowler, Jordan McArthur, Josh McArthur, Ryan
Edmonds, Thian Nieuwenhuizen, Liam Peyroux
Front row: Luke Barnes, Michael Scott, Bradley Hughes, Dylan
Leckner (captain), Eliot Riley, Regan Lefale, Taylor Clare
Absent: Mr PJ Morrow (coach)
Fielding a mix of experienced players who had played
together before, along with a number of younger
players the 5th grade team played in the Auckland-wide
competition. The team dominated grading and pool
games throughout the season and it wasn’t until the
third game of the year that points were conceded while
117 points had been scored. This continued throughout
the year with the side scoring a total of 517 points while
just conceding 25 on their way to hosting a home semifinal. The semi-final game was played in wet conditions
on a heavy Howick No. 1 field and proved to be “one
of those days” when nothing seemed to go right, with
the game being lost 6-8 to Auckland Grammar. It was a
disappointing end to a stellar season, but the coaches,
players, and parents are all extremely proud of the way
the team played throughout the year.
Coaches: Eddie Jones and PJ Morrow. Manager: Steve Smith
Team Awards: Best Forward Dylan Leckner, Most
Promising Forward Mitchell McKee, Best Back Elliot
Riley, Most Promising Back Liam Peyroux, Best Team Man
Zac Smith.
Back row: James Paranthoiene, Brayden Cole, Michael Chandler
Middle row: Mr Rod Cole (coach), Riley Jenks, Cullen Jenks,
Todd Hoverd, Percy Rudd, Ethan Gutry, Dylan Wichman, Scott
Nicholson, Connor Greyling, Mr John Lee (coach)
Front row: Seth Oxen, Mlondi Mlangeni, Callum Thomson,
Richard Morrison, Kurt Harrison, Michael Lee, Ryan Monoyoudis
The 1st XV were given two goals for the year. Firstly,
regain a place in the 1B competition and secondly,
remain there. It is to the credit of the team and
management that both of these goals were achieved.
After a tough pre-season campaign the team started
the competition positively but initially struggled with
the step up to 1B rugby. It took a few weeks for the side
to build belief in themselves but the first round ended
with a draw with Mt Roskill Grammar and a close loss to
Pakuranga to show everyone that they truly deserved
their place. The annual game against Hillcrest was also
won during this period. The second round saw close
scores in all games with wins against Avondale and
Marcellin and two very close losses being enough to
cement a place in the 1B competition for 2016. With a
good number of players returning to the team next year
2016 looks promising with the challenge being to build
on all of the good work that has been done this year.
Back row: Mr Bevan Packer (coach), Zane Evans, Joshua
Mackintosh, Jack Cupples, Ryan Parsons, Blaine Le Roes, Dylan
Turner, Mr Mark Hodson (coach) Front row: Rueben Samuels,
Samuel Pieterse, Cole Shepherd, Jorden Moore (captain),
Bradley Pawsey, Kingsley Fahey, Dayne Curtz-McQuarrie
fter taking a break in 2014, Howick College once
again entered a team in the Auckland Secondary
Schools U85kg competition.
This is a seven-week competition with the team
finishing 3rd in Auckland.
Rugby 6th Grade
Back row: Mr Jason Husband (coach), Dylan Immelman,
Anthony Stockman, Karl Brown, Jordan Connal, Jack Norton
Middle row: Mr Wayne Stockman (coach), Owen Ritchie,
Hamish Kelly, Clayton Geirnaert, Josh Spence, Nathan Limm, JR
Seyfarth, Mr Chris Smith (coach) Front row: Dane Schimanski,
Ryan Kelly, Bradyn Myles, Connor Mills, Harry Smith, Troy
Renata, George Gohns, Justis Murdoch-Tighe
It was a great season with Joseph Mafileo being
named MVP of the tournament and the team being
presented with the Fair Play Award at the Auckland
Rugby League Prize Giving.
We also entered a 1st X111 team in the National
School Winter Tournament at Bruce Pulman Park.
The boys faced a challenging week, but showed
commitment, sportsmanship and all round team spirit.
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I would like to thank both Terry Hill and Leroy Mafileo
for their time and effort this season.
Girls U15 Rugby Sevens
Back row: Ceyan Drollett, Rhian Blakeborough-Kocsis, Nanise
Waqaira, Corinna Rahm, Mrs Adelita Sotutu (coach)
Front row: Iva Livani, Hinemoa Watene, Alysia Lefau, Mackenzie
Wiki, Teuila Sotutu, Shalom Setu-Veve Absent: Ofaloto
Kaita’eifo, Carleen Daw, Lasalle Lefale, Manasseh Gray
Sevens U15 Boys
Back row: Mr Bevan Packer (coach), Taniela Wacokecoke,
Shane Mafi, Etimani Tulafono, Dray Roberts, Seth Coxen,
Mr Jason Husband (coach/manager) Front row: Keenan
Motuliki, Jyvante George-Nathan, Maorikava Turaki, Nui
Andrews, Cole Shepherd
Rugby 7th Grade
Back row: Samuel Marshall, Niko Mravicich, Lockie Lockhart,
Josh Gould, Alex Howearth, Brayden Buckley-Smith Middle
row: Brayden Connor, Adam Burgess, Ethan Kelly-Neville,
Tyson Souliyadeth, Kamal Radonich, Mr Gilbert Oberholzer
(coach) Front row: Troy Johnson, Dom Stuart, James
Davison, Keagan Oberholzer, Taine Hughes, Hamish Haitana,
Blake Schimanski
Rugby League Under 85Kg
Back row: Ricky Va’afusaga, Rhys Matete, Zane Evans, Liam
Peyroux, Stanton Hart-Stephens, Connor Morris, Tyrone
Faiva, Mrs Carol Andrew (manager) Front row: Kingsley
Fahey, Dane Hill, Joseph Williams, Elliot Riley, Justin Bu
Absent: Mr Terry Hill (coach), JJ Cassidy, San Drollett, Micah
Milne, Etimani Tulafono, Dylan van den Dop
Absent: Mr Iva Ropati (coach)
Rugby Colts Yr 9 and 10
Back row: Mr Jason Husband (coach), Rhys Matete, Matthew
White, Shane Mafi, San Drollet, Etimani Tulafono
Middle row: Mr Mark Hodson (coach), Tani Wacokecoke,
Hamish Kelly, Maorikava Turaki, Zaine McCarthy, Mosese
Waqabaca, Matthew Turner, Mr Bevan Packer (coach)
Front row: Seth Coxen, Hare Wi, Keenan Motuliki, Keagen
Oberholzer, Sam Pierstese, Cole Shepherd, Anthony
Stockman, Nui Andrews
Sports Council
Back row: Dominique Nagel, Christopher Walden, Bryce
Wessels, Dylan Prentice Middle row: Grace Driscoll, Melissa
Parmar, Courtney Jonson, Raylene van Boom, Shannon Gugich
Front row: Annabelle Fletcher-Jones, Olivia Morrow, Susana
Va’afusuaga, Michelle Corbett, Mia Courtney, Barbara Timu
Parkside. The team had lost last year to the same team so
were motivated to reverse the result. They didn’t start off
too well, being down 0-6 at halftime, but a tactical change
by Coach UJ Fungavaka in the second half brought home
a 10-6 victory and a return of the division trophy to Howick
College. Luke Thorne was the top points scorer and he
worked tirelessly around the court.
ur Special Olympics Team started the year with
Athletics held at Massey Park in Papakura. The day
started very wet as we travelled down to the park but by
the time the events started the sun was out and it was
a lovely day. The team, consisting of Jacob Adamson,
Josh Bradley, Erin Peaufa-Kilgour, and Luke Thorne,
competed in a range of running, throwing, and jumping
events with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places being attained. All
athletes competed with great enthusiasm and a great
day was had by all.
I would like to thank both Yr 13 students Thierry and
UJ for coaching the teams and special thanks to Jackie
Fuller for joining me with the team for all the events and
to the parents and grandparents who provided fantastic
spectator support.
The following event, five-a-side football, was a bit closer
to home with games being played at William Green
Park in Highland Park. Jacob, Josh and Erin were joined
by newcomers to the school, Braydon Pettigrew, Kyle
Horsefield, and Ben Sharp. The boys had a terrific day
of football and plenty of goals were scored, with Kyle
being our top goal scorer. We lost only the one game,
which meant we were runners up in our division. The
boys were quite exhausted after a full day in the sun and
playing four games of football. Coach Thierry Hyde gave
up his own time during school lunchtimes to coach the
boys and the results were obvious on the pitch.
The third event for the year was basketball held at the
ASB Stadium in Kohimarama. Luke Thorne re-joined the
team from football after being on an OPES tramp at that
time. The team had three games in their division, starting
off with a narrow 10-9 victory over Sancta Maria College,
followed by a 10-4 victory over Totara Park. They were
now undefeated along with their final game opponents,
Mr Dryden
Special Olympics
Back row: Mr Craig Dryden (manager), Luke Thorne, UJ
Fungavaka (basketball coach), Ms Fuller (asst manager)
Front row: Benjamin Sharp, Erin Peaufa-Kilgour, Josh Bradley,
Braydon Pettigrew, Jacob Adamson
The school entered three teams in the Auckland regional
secondary school squash competition this year. The Senior
girls came 2nd place in the B grade girls competition with
high levels of skills. Both the Senior and Junior boys teams
played well throughout the tournament but unfortunately
they did not make it to the playoff.
Squash Junior Boys
Left to right: Callum Farmer, Nicholas Craythorne, Ethan
Craythorne Absent: Harrison Edwards, Reuben Yu
As the manager of the teams, I am extremely pleased
with the teams’ effort throughout the competition.
Special mention to the captain of the senior girls team,
Jordan Edwards, for leading the team to the playoff with
high levels of play and leadership.
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Mr S Chang
Table Tennis Junior
Back row: Carl Ponio, Ezra Sabayle, Richard Wulansari,
Balpreet Singh, Nicolas Popov, Nageesh Sharma, Fan Zhang,
Mr Jason Koh (manager) Front row: James Hamill, Joey Han,
Zhuali Lim, Harry Bajwa, Rashil Nand
This year we also started on table-tennis coaching.
Besides the usual Monday lunch time practice, we hired
Patrick Low to coach our boys. Under Patrick’s coaching,
many have shown improvement after taking heed of
the coach’s advice that control, speed, and power must
come in that order.
We sent in 15 boys for the East Auckland Early Spring
Interschools Table-Tennis Competition. Our B Grade
team came in 3rd again, but for C3 Grade, we were
placed 1st and 2nd. Our champion team consisted of
Haiden Smith, Carl Ponio, and Ezra Sabayle. Our runnerup team came from three players who have greatly
improved, namely Balpreet Singh, Nageesh Sharma, and
Baltej Singh.
The majority of the players were from Yrs 9 and 10. This
augurs well for the future, as we would like to have girls
join the sport, and to develop a pipeline of skilful players.
Mr J. Koh
Squash Seniors
Back row: Mr Stanley Chang (manager), Alex Helg, Jackson
Godfrey, Jackson Sarsfield, Sune’ van Deventer
Front row: Alpha Hargreaves, Jordan Edwards, Ariel Hargreaves
Swimming Sports 2015
Junior Girls
Hannah Ferguson
1st =
Mackenzie Wiki
1st =
Teuila Sotutu
Ethan Brown
Max Bradbury
Caleb Brown
Daniel Steel
Joel Hughes
Jeffrey Woo
Neve Bradbury
Velvet Weshe
2nd =
Brooklyn McCracken
2nd =
Niko Murdoch –Tighe
Bryce Wessels
Tom Kazula
Hannah Young
Baylee Hoverd
Grace Driscoll
The year started on a brilliant note with a good number
of students wanting to play for the school. However
when the crunch time came to turn up for Saturday
games we were let down by juniors. In the second part
of the season we had a good group of enthusiastic
junior players, thanks to Eddie Jones and the sports
Junior Boys
Intermediate Boys
As usual we had six spirited teams. Three Boys and
three Girls teams were entered in the Auckland
Secondary Schools Lawn Tennis League in A3 division.
All games were played on Saturday mornings.
Intermediate Girls
Back row: Todd Hoverd, Max Bradbury Front row: Ainsley
Thorpe, Neve Bradbury, Teuila Sotutu, Mackenzie Wiki
Absent: Hannah Ferguson
Senior Boys
Tennis Mixed
Back row: Katie Stevens, Laura Cloves, Sterling Bartlett,
Adam Senior, Reuben Beattie, Cameron Mosheim, Dane
Hill, Jackson Sarsfield, Kelly Kimpton Front row: Alpha
Hargreaves, Caitlin Barrett, Riley Jenks, Briana Sharp, Cullen
Jenks, Melenia Kaita’eifo, Ariel Hargreaves Absent: Elias
Worrall-Bader, Mr Satendra Lal (manager)
Girls teams performed better than the boys, particurlarly
senior girls who are the leaders in their pool. Boys faced
much tougher opponents. Nevertheless, there had been
some excellent display of courage and skills.
Congratulations to all players for their commitment and
good sportsmanship. We have some promising junior
players coming along.
We fielded a strong team of eleven players in the
Counties Manukau Tennis Championships. We won
three titles. Junior Girls Singles Championship- Winner
Ofaloto Kaitaeifo (BAWY), rising star. Runners up in
Senior Boys Doubles Championship: Cameron Mosheim
(MCGS) and Riley Jenks (MCSG) and Senior Girls
Doubles Championship Alpha and Ariel Hargreaves.
Senior Girls
t was a good year for table-tennis. We had 17 boys who
participated in the East Auckland Winter Interschools
Table-Tennis Competition. Our B Grade team consisting
of Zhua Li Lim, Richard Wulansari, and Blake Sellwood was
placed 3rd. We had three teams for the C Grade and a
number of them showed great potential. Our D Grade
team, namely Haiden Smith, Nicholas Popov, and James
Hamill, played well and came in 2nd out of eight teams.
They were selected to play in the Auckland Secondary
Schools Table-Tennis Tournament, where winners from the
different zones came together for a one-day tournament.
Our D Grade team did the school proud by coming in 3rd
at the tournament.
Special thanks to all the parents, supporters and teachers
who helped to see us through to the end of the season.
Mr Satendra Lal, TIC
Tennis Junior Boys
Back row: Logan Hudson, Tom Du Pille, Mr Satendra Lal
(TIC) Front row: Daniel Clarke, Yuni Yamashita (captain),
Connor Sharp
Tennis Junior Girls
Back row: Zia Worrall-Bader, Margarita Baksheevya, Sarah van
Wyngaard, Mr Satendra Lal (TIC) Front row: Bridie Carlson,
Varushka Umrigar, Joyce O’Brien (captain), Amelia de la Vega,
Aditi Samy
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Counties U15
National Referees
International World Cup
James, mixed
Kurt Harrison
Mr M Hodson (NZ Open Mixed)
Mr J Wright (NZ Referee)
Lockie, boys
Karl Brown
Dray, boys
Mr J Wright
Nui, boys
Mr M Hodson, Auckland Mixed
We entered two teams in Eastern Zone, who performed
well but were unable to qualify for Auckland Champs.
Our Yr 9 team played in A grade and a Yr 9/10 team
played in B grade.
Our A grade team lost their semi-final playoff against
Sacred Heart in a drop-off, just missing out on a spot in
the Auckland Champs.
Our B grade team performed well and developed a
better understanding of the fundamentals of touch.
Touch Boys
Back row: Cullen Jenks (captain), Kingsley Fahey, Riley
Jenks, Matt Smith, Mr Jason Husband (coach)
Front row: Tyrone Faiva, Bradley Hughes, Josh McArthur
Thanks to Ben Bartlett for coaching both teams.
The team consisted mainly of Junior girls playing against
Seniors in the Eastern Zone competition on a Tuesday
afternoon. They won five of their six games in the roundrobin to finish 2nd.
The Yr 9/10 girls
finished 2nd in the
Eastern Zone behind
St Kents and went on to the Auckland Champs. We got
through pool play to face MAGS in the quarterfinal, just
losing in a drop off.
Unfortunately they lost their semi to the 3rd place team
to miss out on Auckland Champs but won the 3rd/4th
playoff to finish 3rd overall. Hinemoa Watene led the
team well with Teuila Sotutu, Ruby Young, Jessica
Morrison, and Shalom Setu-Veve.
A great effort, girls.
A Senior team coached by Mr Husband and a Yr 10 team
coached by Ben Bartlett played in the B grade this year
where the Yr 10s lost to our Howick Senior Boys. As
expected, the team was well led by Lockie Lockhart and
Nui Andrews. Another player who us developing very
strongly is Keagan Oberholzer.
Well done on a great season, managed by Mrs Sotutu
and coached by Mr Wright.
Team: Makere Pohe, Jessica Morrison, Natalie Whittaker,
Hinemoa Watene, Shalom Setu-Veve, Ruby Young, Alysia
Lefau, Iva Livani, Teuila Sotutu, Corinna Rahm, Ceyan
Drolett, Mackenzie Wiki, Jazmin Stevens-Apaipora, and
Tayla Wells.
NZ Development
Teuila, mixed
Ruby, mixed
Hinemoa, girls
Taylah, girls
Ceyan, girls
TEAMS 2015
We won the rest of the games to finish 5th in Auckland.
MAGS went on to lose the final to St Kents. Most of
these girls will play Junior Girls again this year so a
higher placing is achieveable.
Hinemoa, Taylah, Shalom, Teuila, Ruby, and Ceyan all
played in the National U15 tournament and Natalie in
the U17 grade representing either Counties Manukau or
Auckland with Teuila and Shalom being selected for a NZ
U15 development team to tour Australia in October.
Junior Girls Touch A
Back row: Mr Mark Hodson (coach), Teuila Stotutu, Danielle
Grimmer, Ruby Young, Shalom Setu-Veve, Ceyan Drollett,
Iva Livani Front row: Mackenzie Wikie, Jane Ward, Hinemoa
Watene, Maddie Gilbert, Alysia Lefau Absent: Tayla Wells
Touch Girls
Back row: Alysia Lefau, Shalom Setu-Veve, Ruby Young,
Corinna Rahm, Iva Livani, Mr John Wright (coach)
Front row: Jazmin Stevens-Apaipora, Teuila Sotutu,
Hinemoa Watene, Makere Pohe, Mackenzie Wiki
Absent: Jess Morrison, Mikayla Poua, Ceyan Drollet
Junior Girls Touch B
Back row: Jenna Gawn, Rhian Blakeborough-Kocsis, Annie
Williamson, Sasha Lowe, Alyssa Michael Front row: Jessica
Benns, Emily Grimmer, Laura Annison-Chisholm, Jazmin
Stevens-Apaipora, Adena White, Lybarti Henare
Touch Junior Girls 1C
Back row: Grace Lazaro, Alexis Tau, Taitiana Witehira, Mr
John Wright (coach) Front row: Evie Armstrong, Jaydeane
Ngateaure, Hannah Mesley, Kaliyah Lima, Mollie Ward
Absent: Jessie McInnes, Stella Schade, Kiara Garrow
Both teams won their pools and semi-final to play each
other in the Final with the Senior team winning. Led by
Ben Watene, AJ, and Elliot Riley, they dominated their
opposition during the season.
Kingsley, Brad, Tyrone, and Josh played in the Counties
U19 team at Nationals.
The Yr 10 team led by Lockie Lockhart, Nui Andrews
and James Davison performed well when they played in
the Counties U15 team at Nationals, despite not having
many subs. Another player who is developing very
strongly is Keagan Oberholzer.
Natalie, girls
School Tournament Team. Our Junior Open Team gave it all
they had in a very tough competition and were placed 9th.
his year we were able to field five teams; two junior
open teams, two senior girls’ teams and one senior
open team, who all competed in the Tuesday night
Secondary Schools Competition (March to September),
the Auckland Secondary Schools Regional Competition
(June) from which three teams (Senior Girls A, Senior
Open and Junior Open A) qualified for the NZSS National
Tournament which were held in Auckland in September.
We had a number of players and coaches away for a
month during the season as they were at the UWH Age
Group World Championships in Spain. Congratulations
to Annabelle Fletcher-Jones, Farrah Brill-Holland,
Vanessa Brill-Holland and Emma Bavelaar for winning
Silver at for the U19 Women in Spain, and to Hamish
Arthur and Louis Flavell-Birch on winning Bronze for the
U23 Men in Spain.
The stand out team from the Tuesday night competition
was Senior Open who were placed first. This was an
amazing achievement for a team with only one substitute.
Senior Girls A
Back row: Shannon Chapman, Grace Driscoll, Marieke
Bavelaar, Toni Wharehoka, Alicia Upfold, Mr Louis Flavell-Birch
(coach) Front row: Farrah-Brill-Holland, Mikayla Galbraith,
Annabelle Fletcher-Jones, Jessica Galbraith, Jess Tucker
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Senior Open
Devin Marshall, Caleb Logan, Farrah Brill-Holland, Logan
Stevenson, Ryan Deen
Congratulations also to the following players who have
been selected in the Northern Regional U18 UWH Teams
to compete in Wellington at the end of November:
Farrah Brill-Holland, Annabelle Fletcher-Jones, Grace
Driscoll, Emma Bavelaar, Marieke Bavelaar, Caleb Logan,
Ryan Deen and Logan Stevenson.
Congratulations to Junior Open (A) for securing 3rd
place and a bronze medal at Regionals in June. This
is quite an achievement for a mixed team with 1st and
2nd places going to all boys’ teams. Senior Girls were
placed 2nd equal, but because of point difference ended
up playing off for 3rd and 4th. After full time this game
was drawn and went into golden goal time, which saw
the opposition score after five minutes of extra time,
resulting in our girls coming 4th.
Finally, congratulations and good luck to Caleb Logan,
Farrah Brill-Holland and Annabelle Fletcher-Jones being
named as finalists at this year’s Young Sportsperson of the
Year awards, to be held to be held at the end of November.
The stand-out team at Nationals was the Senior Girls’ A
Team who only lost one game all tournament and came
away with the Bronze Medal. Annabelle Fletcher-Jones,
Farrah Brill-Holland and Grace Driscoll were all named in
the NZSG Secondary School Tournament Team. Senior
Open went to tournament without any subs and placed
10th. Caleb Logan was selected in the NZSO Secondary
To our players, you represented Howick College proudly
in all competitions. The dignity you showed in both
winning and losing games and the support you gave to
each other did us proud! We look forward to seeing
everyone back next year, and to anyone interested in
playing this sport: come and give it a go!
Senior Girls B
Back row: Mr Robert Michael (manager), Hannah Curwood,
Holly Michael, Briar Michael, Mrs Holland (coach)
Front row: Mya Boyd, Jess Moat, Robyn Elgar, Jessica Tucker,
Alice Curwood
Junior Open A
Back row: Back row: Mrs Wendy Stuart (manager), Max
Bradbury, Bradley Stuart (captain), Ms Melissa Sare (coach)
Front row: Jeanne Wilson, Imogen Shaw, Neve Bradbury (vice
captain), Jane Ward, Alex Tawharu
he Junior Boys Volleyball team has grown in number
considerably this season, competing in the Junior
A grade for the first time. Players showed enthusiasm,
dedication, respect, and a fair-play attitude over the
season which is to be commended.
Senior Girls Volleyball
Back row: Iva Livani, Alysia Lefau Front row: Caitlin Barrett,
Ruby Young, Melenia Kaita’eifo, Susana Jones
Farrah BrillHolland named
most outstanding
senior girl in
the Auckland
secondary schools
Junior Open B
Back row: Rebecca Jeromson, Brooklyn McCracken, Georgia
Corkill, Mr Matt Hyde (coach) Front row: Sam Marshall,
Rebecca Dean, Kristoffer Gemmell Absent: Heath Galloway
Howick College Senior Open; winners of
the ASS Underwater Hockey competition.
Junior Boys Volleyball
Back row: Heath Galloway, Ryan Parsons, Dylan Meleiseia,
Dylan Phillips, Kupa Pohe, Daniel Goldstraw, Anthony
Stockman, Mr Sam Mackenzie Front row: Ivan Nixon Bentley,
Damon Jackson, Mitchell Kirk, Max Bradbury, Josh Hayward,
Harry Forgie, Ken Chang
Volleyball Junior Girls B
Back row: Saana Wilson, Neve Bradbury, Gene Wilson, Shanna
Steffany, Sasha Lowe, Sheetal Pandy, Mr Eddie Jones (coach)
Front row: Adena White, Jess Benns, Jane Ward, Jaydeane
Ngatuere, Maddie Gilbert
Camouflaged like a chameleon in the wilderness, Claude
positioned himself at the window of a run-down house,
an SVD gun firmly in his grasp. He did not often take the
time to examine his surroundings for fear that it would
make the situation more personal. But this house was
different. It felt like a home.
Born in a hospital in Lower Hutt, Wellington.
Raised in Howick, Auckland
Traditional rugs and cushions adorned the living area,
with deep reds and purples drawing Claude into
an atmosphere of comfort and security despite the
circumstances. Brewing on the coffee table remained a
pot of tea, the mint leaves floating, the scent infiltrating his
nose. The tea was still warm, like the blood on his hands.
With welcoming arms
This brown boy enters the world
With a mum, dad and two brothers, I live
Volleyball Junior Girls A
Back row: Jennariah Tamala, Leehava Saverio, Nanise
Waqaira, Ruby Young Front row: Mrs Adelita Sotutu
(manager), Teuila Sotutu, Iva Livani, Shalom Setu-Veve,
Mackenzie Wiki Absent: Manasseh Gray, Ofaloto Kaita’eifo,
Nerrisseh Fitialo
Senior Boys Volleyball
Back row: Tyrone Faiva, Stanton Hart-Stephens, Sean Moli,
Alex Westholm Front row: Peter Johnson, Joseph Williams,
CJ Sinclair, UJ Fungavaka
In a small blue house I wander
Painted portraits of the family he had killed still hung on
the walls. With every stroke of the paintbrush, the artist
had captured the warmth of each person’s spirit. The
expression of one young boy in particular deeply struck
the human in Claude. The child reflected the soft, gentle
glint in his eyes that Claude’s own son possessed. A
smile so angelic, so innocent, illuminated the boy’s face.
Claude imagined him to be affectionate, much like his
own son. He couldn’t help but notice that this family was
so similar to his own. Each person’s identity lingered in
the house like the presence of a haunting ghost. These
people were the enemy, yet they seemed so…human.
With a big backyard to play
This brown boy wanders
Ngati Porou my Iwi
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The New Zealand icon a kiwi
The European dominate
As this brown boy
Struggles to keep in touch with his culture
This year the senior water-polo team combined the best
of their experienced players and newer team members
to the sport.
House between house
School to school I move
For this small brown boy
Junior Waterpolo
Back row: Mr Kevan Moroney (coach), Alexis Tau, Ethan
Brown, Max Bradbury, Evan Hoflich, Kupa Pohe, Molly Ward,
Saana Wilson, Hannah Ferguson Front row: Mrs Adelita
Sotutu (coach), Teuila Sotutu, Neve Bradbury, Jeanne Wilson,
Jessie McInnes, Teagan Moroney Absent: Mrs Cherone
Wilson (manager), Mrs Megan Brown (manager)
There was no selfish play, no one was left out and the
senior members of the team- Niko Murdoch-Tighe,
Baylee Hoverd , Todd Hoverd and Josh Killian, really
helped and included the junior/newer players in the
squad, who played out of their skins and improved
enormously over the season.
League my sport
Rotorua my resort
I look forward to the day
I finally earn pay
To uplift this brown boy’s future
Te Wananga o Ngati porou
I walk towards the meeting house
Getting ever so scared
Of the Haka and greeting
I hope I never lose contact
In the seven years of my involvement in school waterpolo this has been the nicest team atmosphere I have
had the pleasure of being a part of.
Commands to proceed with the mission blared through
Claude’s communicator. Would he dare question the
ideology of those in charge?
With this brown boy’s culture.
Yr 10 Student
In 2016 we shall unfortunately no longer have Yr 13
students Niko and Baylee, but we shall still have a good
base with which to attack the coming season. I hope we
see the same team spirit in 2016.
Claude hesitated only a moment longer, and made his
Senior Waterpolo
Back row: Todd Hoverd, Niko Murdoch-Tighe, Brodie Powell
Front row: Olivia Walls, Baylee Hoverd, Devon Kellow
Absent: Elias Worrall-Bader
Linden Hoverd
Team Manager
Under different circumstances, Claude could imagine
himself lounging on colourful cushions, enjoying mint
tea in the company of the family, had he not taken their
lives. This was a dangerous thought. It was starting to
become personal, but he couldn’t stop himself now.
Claude’s subconscious mind drifted into thoughts of
morality. As he sat and contemplated, Claude noticed
a young child walking outside. Alone and afraid, the
child glanced around, awaiting death to snatch him
as it had likely done with his family. In all suddenness,
Claude could not fathom the idea of taking another life.
This was not right. Emotions clouded his judgement,
and almost instantaneously, a sense of guilt overtook
his feelings. What made his own children more worthy
of life than the parentless child that walked across the
remains of his city right before his eyes? He wondered,
was it circumstance? Or was it fate by design?
Looking for a decent education
This group of students epitomised “team”. We were as
good as our strongest and weakest players in any given
game, everyone seeming to have fun, mixing well and
playing to their capacity. The senior players were not of
the “win at all costs” mentality; sharing play with all the
team in each game, and the junior players did not gripe
about not having enough time in the pool. The group of
parents was supportive and involved.
Kiana Hania Yr 11
Team of the Year – U15 Girls Sevens 2014.
New Zealand Representatives (left to right): Gaby Hill, Mr John Wright, Jemma Manchester, Farrah
Brill-Holland, Kyle Glogoski, Angel McCreedy, Teuila Sotutu, Shalom Setu Veve,Alysia Lefau, Annabelle
Fletcher-Jones, Mac Rawiri, Rosie Salt.
Mr Ropati with rugby league team
members, (left to right): Liam Peyroux,
Stanton Hart-Stephens, UJ Fungavaka,
Sean Moli and Dane Hill.
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Sports person of the Year
– Angel McCreedy.
Values Cup - Hannah Tilling.
Sterling Bartlett
Niko Murdoch-Tighe
Bike sports (boys) Blake Ross
Bike sports (girls) Jessica Manchester
Caitlin O’Neill
Cricket (boys) Bryce Wessels
Cricket (girls) Ashley Hunt
Jordyn McMiken Football (boys) Chris Walden
Football (girls) Danielle Grimmer
Gymsports (boys)
Josh Wilson
Gymsports (girls) Kendra Neaves
Hockey (boys) Carlos Kershaw
Hockey (girls) Sarah Wood
Ainsley Thorpe
Mikaelah Poua
Sam Rawlings Rowing
Daniel Williamson
All Rounder Iva Livani
Values Cup Hannah Tilling
Team of the Year U15 Girls Sevens 2014
Coach of the year Adelita Sotutu
Junior Sportswoman Junior Sportsman Joint award to Gabby
Hill and Rosie Salt
Blake Ross
Senior Sportsman Hunter Edwards
Rugby League
Dane Hill
Senior Sports Woman Angel McCreedy
Dylan Leckner
Sportsperson of the year Angel McCreedy
Jessica Morrison
Supporter of the year Gilbert Oberholzer
Jordan Edwards
Manager of the year Sam Kinsler
Table Tennis
Haiden Smith
Service to sport (Adults) Ben Bartlett
Tennis (boys) Keegan Ennis
Tennis (girls) Alpha Hargreaves
Touch (boys)
Elliot Riley
Touch (girls)
Hinemoa Watene
Underwater Hockey (boys)
Caleb Logan
Underwater Hockey (girls) Annabelle Fletcher-Jones
Volleyball (girls) Melenia Kaitaiefo
Volleyball (boys) UJ Fungavaka
Niko Murdoch-Tighe
Service to sport (Student) Hinemoa Watene
Special guest speaker,
Pita Ahki, NZ Sevens team
MVPs (left to right): Blake Ross, Bryce Wessells, Jorden
McMiken, Chris Walden, Kendra Neaves, Ainsley Thorpe,
Sam Rawlings, Jess Morrison, Jordan Edwards.
Angel McCreedy - Taekwondo
Hunter Edwards - Taekwondo
Teuila Sotutu - Touch
Shalom Setu-Veve - Touch
Alysia Lefau - Tag
Kyle Glogoski - Baseball
Farrah Brill-Holland - Underwater Hockey
Annabelle Fletcher-Jones - Underwater Hockey
Jemma Manchester - Mountain biking
Mark Hodson - Touch
John Wright - Touch
Gabby Hill - Cheerleading
Rosie Salt - Cheerleading
Mac Rawiri - Ice Hockey
Lana White - Junior Polo Crosse
Evan Froger - Ice Hockey
Sarah Spargo - Aerobics
Jessica Manchester - Mountain Biking
Ainsley Thorpe - Triathlon
Manager of the Year –
Mrs Sam Kinsler.
Coach of the Year –
Mrs Adelita Sotutu.
Netball Premier badge recipients
Awarded to students who have played the nominated
amount of games, for one of the Premier Howick College
Sports Teams.
Netball 40 games - Mikaelah Poua, Isabella Lavas,
Evalana Puangi, Olivia Morrow
Service to Sport (student) Hinemoa Watene.
Junior Sportsman – Blake Ross.
Junior Sportswoman –
joint awardees Rosie Salt
and Gaby Hill.
Service to Sport (adult) – Mr
Gilbert Oberholzer.
Rugby 20 games - Brennan Honour, Regan Lefale,
Connor Masson, Michell McKee, Elliot Riley, Liam
Football 35 games - Chris Walden, Liam West, Callum
Jones, Calum Hamilton, Aakash Kumar, Liam Brown
Cricket Caps are presented 10 students that played 12
games for the Howick College First XI.
All Rounder – Iva Livani.
Premier badge recipients
Komal Arora
Service to Big Stand Committee
Sam Bailey
Leadership – Bacot House Leader
Georgia Beasley
Leadership – Ingham House
Jasmine Lancaster-Tasele Service to the MacDonald House
Senior Committee
Isabella Lavas
Leader and service to Netball
Devansh Bhavsar
Greer Bonnette
Inspiring a Community of Passionate Learners
George Cartledge
Rowena Ainsworth
Rosalie Basham
Chiara Beintken
Jessica Bennett
Smriti Bhandari
Hariz Boucher
Callum Bradding
Anna Brickell
Jessica Budd
Elysia Burns
Max Calvert
Jac-Wye Chan
Dannielle Cripps
Morgan Davies
Avani Delay
Lizzy Domigan
Ishal Eshna
Richard Greenwood
Ashley Groves
Kerrin Hainsworth
Kevin Han
Kiana Hania
Angel Hlatshwayo
Flora Hugues
Rebecca Johnson
Sam Jones
Susana Jones
Mele Kaita’eifo
Devon Kellow
Zac Kershaw
Tabby Adams
Dale Ballantyne
Cait Barrett
Shana Beggs
Greer Bonnette
Scott Bristow
Ashley Chang
Ashleigh Corkill
Jessica Corrigan
Natalie Corrigan
Mia Courtney
Alice Croll
Alice Curwood
Grace Driscoll
Jade Gemmell
Evie Gill
Miki Gill
Lachlan Haitana
Benj Hamill
Charlie Hamilton
Jasmine Hannaby
Natasha Hartshorne
Olivia Holt
Zoe Hughes
Saskia Jordan
Amol Kumar
Monish Lal
Kimberley Langevad
Serene Lee
Kate Littlejohn
Aimee Mackenzie
Keeley Mackenzie
Olivia Marris
Sam McGillicudy
Anjana Naidu
Briana Nguyen
Victoria North
Lauren Peddie
Raynor Perreau
Darren Phu
Trishant Prasad
Georgia Ross
Imogen Shaw
Laura Sinclair
Rupinderpal Singh
James Smithers
Annalise Sunde
Fang Fei Tham
Shannon Trim
Olivia Walls
Aka Wang
Daniel Williamson
Elias Worrall-Bader
Diana Yang
Keanu Laumatia-Paki
Yokiu Lee
Mengdi Li
Aron Mago
Zianne Mehta
Viktoria Metz
Chris Neville-Dowler
Jamie Patterson
Benjamin Philavong
Aimee Roberts
Kayla Russell
Umbar Sandhu
Melissa Stevens
Geoffrey Tseng
Christine Tuck
Vanessa Ung
Sanjana Vyavaharkar
Amy Wang
Cherry Wang
Jasmine Warner
Emili Weston
Toni Wharehoka
Adayla Williams
Jordan Wright
Service to Big Stand Committee
Paige Leemans
Service to Hospitality in the School
Service to Bacot House
Aimee Mackenzie
Service as Student Host
Committee and Student Peer
Emily Mathieson
Service to Bacot House
Committee and Student Peer
Leadership – MacDonald House
2015 Howick College Award recipients.
Service to Student Peer Support
Maddi Mitchell
Leadership – Bell House Leader
Service as Student Host
Caitlin Chirnside
Service as Student Host
Rochelle Cleminson
Service to Hospitality in the School
Michelle Corbett
Service to Hockey
Lyndsey Bartlett
Amandeep Bath Singh
Georgia Beasley
Lillie Botica
Tyla Buckley-Smith
Laura Cloves
Hannah Crandall
Kendall Dawson
Elle Eketone
Nik Gemmell
David Groothuizen-Dijkema
Charlotte Hartley
Lottie Hood
Lisa Howe
Jianhui Huang
Annie Huen
Simone Kritzinger
Bertha Lai
Jason Mak
Ruby Martin
Holly Michael
Munirah Mohd Mahadi
Liam Murphy
Caitlin O’Neill
Victoria Pickett
Anika Rahm
Elaine Ryan
Laura Snowden
Caitlin Warren
Finn Watkinson
Hannah Young
James Cross
Service to Hospitality in the School
and service to Pasifika Leadership
Kendall Dawson
Leadership – Minerva House
and service to Netball
Jessica Morrison
Olivia Morrow
Service to Netball
Peer Support
Sokunvattey Nath
Service to the Library
Nicola De Vries
Service to the Library
Melissa Parmar
Service as Board of Trustees
Nomvuyo Dzadya
Service as Student Host
Kristen Erasmus
Service to the Library
UJ Fungavaka
Leadership – Irvine House Leader
Student Representative
Romika Patel
Service to Pasifika Leadership
Service to the Library
Leon Percival-Wheway
Service to Student Peer Support
Claudia Gibson
Service to Student Peer Support
Raynor Perreau
Service to the Big Stand
Erica Goh
Service to Hospitality in the School
Richard Greenwood
Service as Student Host
Nicola Pfister
Service to the Library
Alysha Hardey
Service to Minerva House Senior
Sheena Pindoria
Service to the Big Stand
Liana Gafa
Committee and as Student Host
Alpha Hargreaves
Service to Tennis
Ariel Hargreaves
Service to the Library
Charlotte Hartley
Service to the Year 13 Committee
Natasha Hartshorne
Service to Student Peer Support
Madison Hewett
Service as Student Host
Ella Hinton
Service to the Year 13 Committee
Lottie Hood
Service to the Year 13 Committee
Baylee Hoverd
Service to Waterpolo
Amy Howe
Service to the Bacot House
Mary Ponio
Service to the Library
Anon Keenan
Service to Hospitality in the School
Eloise Kerr
Leadership – Minerva House
Ben Egan
Sarah Kitchin
Mikaelah Poua
Service to Netball
Evalana Puangi
Service to Netball
Renee Rackham
Service to the Bacot House
Anika Rahm
Student Peer Support
Elaine Ryan
Umbar Sandhu
Committee and Student Peer
Service to Bacot House
Charlie Schwalger
Service to Student Peer Support
Mikayla Stewart
Service to Minerva House Senior
Service to the Big Stand
Gloria Tavila
Service to Pasifika Leadership
and Minerva House Senior
Performing Arts Award
– Ben Egan.
Service to the Big Stand
Committee, Bacot House
Committee, Year 13 Committee
Scholar of the Year
– David Groothuizen-Dijkema.
Service to the Big Stand
Kimberley Sare
Leadership – Bell House Leader
and service to the Library
Committee and Student Peer
Simone Kritzinger
Service to the Year 13 Committee,
Bacot House Committee and
Service to the Bacot House
Service to Student Peer Support
Maisie Kanzig
Umbar Sandhu
Service to the Big Stand
Taylor Pearce
David Groothuizen-Dijkema
Leadership – Irvine House Leader
Leader and service to Student
Stephanie Johnson (in
Grace McMahon
Jac-Wye Chan
Angel McCreedy
Leadership – MacDonald House
Fang Fei Tham
Service as Student Host
Shaman Theron
Service to Student Peer Support
Susana Va’afusuaga
Service to Pasifika Leadership
Finn Watkinson
Expressive Arts – Wallace
Secondary School Arts Award
Ingrid Ventura
Service to Hospitality in the School
Toni Wharehoka
Sport – Underwater Hockey
Chelsea Warman
Service to Bacot House
Adayla Williams
Performing Arts - Debating
Tabby Adams
English and Media Studies
Ainsley Thorpe
Sport Triathlon
Dale Ballantyne
Cait Barrett
Food Technology
Tyla Buckley-Smith
Economics and Social Studies
Sterling Bartlett
Business Studies
Max Butchart
Hamish Bechu
Advanced Practical Skills
Laura Cloves
Greer Bonnette
Economics and History
Bethany Cogger
Scott Bristow
Hannah Crandall
Biology and Statistics
JJ Cassidy
David Groothuizen-
Calculus, English, History and
Rochelle Cleminson
Year 13 Hospitality
Alice Cloke
Outdoor Education
James Hannah
English to Go
Ben Cummins
Abe Horrocks
Alex Delaney
Lisa Howe
Nutrition and Food
Nicola De Vries
Jianhui Huang
Scott Dibley
Mathematics (Statistics)
Bradley Hughes
Digital Technology Applications
Grace Driscoll
Art Practical
Shannon Hughes
Jasmine Hannaby
Early Childhood Care and
Jacob Hulston
Sports and Leadership Studies
Thierry Hyde
Computer Studies
Zoe Hughes
Hospitality Skills
Bronte Kent
Ali Kiteley
Hospitality Beverages
Simone Kritzinger
Jordan Liddington
TradesPath – Engineering
Bertha Lai
Business Studies
Sian Lovelock
Photo Design
Isabella Lavas
Physical Education Studies
Alex Mackay
Digital Technologies
Liam Murphy
Digital Technologies – Electronics
Jewel Meredith
Money Management
Victoria Metz
Zane O’Connor
Construction and Mechanical
Hospitality Practical
Finn Watkinson
Service to the Year 13 Committee
Tanatswa Wenge
Service to the World Vision 40
Hour Famine Committee
Quaid Westerlund
Service to the Pasifika Leadership
Toni Wharehoka
Service to the Big Stand
Joel Abraham
Elias Worrall-Bader
Service as Student Host
Vivian Yin
Service to the Library
Hannah Young
Leadership – Bacot House Leader
Marieke Bavelaar
Hamish Anderson
Sport – Underwater Hockey
Max Butchart
Performing Arts – Music
Shannon Chapman
Sport – Underwater Hockey
Laura Cloves
Performing Arts – Music
Mechanical and Engineering
Sport – Underwater Hockey
Farrah Brill-Holland
Construction and Mechanical
Inspiring a Community of Passionate Learners
Reuben Beattie
Physical Education Studies
Chiara Beintken
Smriti Bhandari
Hariz Boucher
Digital Technologies and Music
Finley Brown
Alternative Mathematics
Jessica Budd
Art Practical
Jac-Wye Chan
Economics, Mathematics, Physical
Science Advanced and Science
Morgan Davies
Tuli Fungavaka
Clayton Geirnaert
Science Skills
Kerrin Hainsworth
Biochemical Science
Hannah Crandall
Performing Arts – Music
Grace Driscoll
Sport – Underwater Hockey
Hunter Edwards
Sport - Taekwondo
Ben Egan
Performing Arts – NZ Showdown
Communication, English and
Callum Elia
Performing Arts – NZ Showdown
Olivia Morrow
Advanced, Design and Visual
Hannah Atkinson
Early Childhood Education and
Annabelle Fletcher-Jones
Sport – Underwater Hockey
Kiana Hania
Textiles and Design Technology
Benjamin Philavong
Mathematics (Calculus)
Caitlin O’Neill
Jessica Galbraith
Sport – Underwater Hockey
Angel Hlatshwayo
Food Technology
Sheena Pindoria
Design and Visual
Nicola Pfister
Food Technology
Anika Rahm
Classical Studies
Elijah Pinho
Elaine Ryan
Design and Visual
Sam Rawlings
Computer Studies
Kayla Russell
Physical Education Studies
Glenn Scotson
Media Studies
Textiles and Design Technology
Mikayla Galbraith
Sport – Underwater Hockey
Rebecca Johnson
Evie Gill
Expressive Arts – Wallace
Susana Jones
Health Studies
Secondary School Arts Award
Ryan Kelly
Building and Construction
Ariel Hargreaves
Performing Arts – NZ Showdown
Digital Technologies
Communication and Art History
Anon Keenan
Performing Arts – NZ Showdown
Monish Lal
Automotive Engineering Pathway
Malik Saipani
Alternative Mathematics
Amber Sterritt
Isabella Lavas
Sport – Netball
Olivia Marris
Outdoor and Physical Education
Umbar Sandhu
Classical Studies and English
Beth Tremlett
Outdoor Education
Leah Schlaffer
Textiles and Design Technology
Caitlin Warren
Health Studies
Year 12 Programming and Digital
Jack Smith
TradesPath – Building
Finn Watkinson
Design, Painting and
Technologies – Electronics
Melissa Stevens
Cameron Summerfield
Dylan Leckner
Sport - Rugby
Allison Lee
Performing Arts – Winner –
Sam McGillicudy
Ronisch Auckland Secondary
Schools Piano Competition
Dominique Nagel
Sport in Education
Sam Mackay
Performing Arts – Music
Anjana Naidu
Social Studies
Jemma Manchester
Sport – Mountain Biking
Victoria North
Jess Manchester
Sport – Mountain Biking
Lauren Peddie
Angel McCreedy
Sport – Taekwondo
Bernadette Oshita
Performing Arts – Music
Mikaelah Poua
Sport – Netball
Elliot Riley
Sport – Rugby
Umbar Sandhu
Performing Arts – Debating
Shaman Theron
Performing Arts – NZ Showdown
Jess Tucker
Sport – Underwater Hockey
Alicia Upfold
Sport – Underwater Hockey
Construction and Mechanical
English for New Settlers
Photo Design
Shaman Theron
Sport in Education Science
Geoffrey Tseng (in
English for New Settlers
Raynor Perreau
Drama and Media Studies
Bailey Smith
Physical Education and Health
Amy Wang
Biology and Music
Yining Wang
Year 11 English for New Settlers
Annalise Sunde
Business Studies
Jasmine Warner
Chemistry, Digital Technologies –
Mark van Deursen
Applied Mathematics
Electronics and Physics
Toni Wharehoka
Wenhao Yin
Health Studies and Social Studies
The Howick College Award is the most prestigious
award made to students at the College. It is awarded
to students who have made outstanding commitment
to the various areas of school life – namely academic,
sporting and/or cultural and service. Awardees have
gained maximum benefit from their time at school,
but equally they have given much to the school for the
benefit of others.
Hannah Crandall
Citizenship Award
– Umbar Sandhu.
Ingham House leaders Glenn Scotson and Georgia Beasley.
Sports person of the Year
– Angel McCreedy.
Victoria Pickett
New Zealand Institute of Physics
Lillie Botica
High Distinction – ICAS Writing
Competition (Top of New Zealand)
Inspiring a Community of Passionate Learners
Kevin Han
Georgia Beasley
Eloise Kerr
Tabby Adams
Maddi Mitchell
High Distinction – National
George Cartledge
Caitlin O’Neill
Computer Science School Challenge
Laura Cloves
Toni Wharehoka
Zonta Leadership Award presented
Amy Wang leading the singing of the National Anthem.
by Kathy Bigwood from Zonta
Hannah Crandall
Kendall Dawson
Elaine Ryan
Tyrone Faiva
David Groothuizen-Dijkema
Shannon Gugich
Alysha Hardey
Finnian Watkinson
Ariel Hargreaves
Board of Trustee chair Mr Peter Jones.
Charlotte Hartley
Abe Horrocks
Kelly Spence
Eloise Kerr
Carlos Kershaw
Simone Kritzinger
Isabella Lavas
Lillie Botica
David Lin
Holly Michael
Maddi Mitchell
Bertha Lai
Jessica Morrison
Victoria Pickett
Scholarships also held from Universities of
Canterbury and Otago to be presented to the
recipient of the Howick Scholar Award should that
person wish to attend their respective universities.
Anika Rahm
Elaine Ryan
Inspiring a Community of Passionate Learners
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt through high school it’s that our minds
are contagious. Our thoughts, our attitudes, our passion - you reflect
the spirits of those around you, and your own mind is a constantly
evolving work of art. I’m grateful to have had such wonderful influences
during my time at Howick, sculptors who have shaped who I am today,
and to have had the courage to protect myself from not-so-wonderful
contagion along the way. These sculptors come in all forms, from the
teachers who spend extra time helping us understand something, to
the friends who support and encourage us to be our crazy, beautifullyindividual selves. We are each a mosaic created from pieces of others,
and I am so thankful to have developed in an environment rich with
such colourful spirits. Here’s to the Class of 2015!
Lisa Howe
For the past five years, Howick College has
been my crazy yet incredible home. While these
five years have seen our school family grow
and develop, it is now the time for the class of
2015 to move out into the real world. As Kim
Kardashian says, “There’s a lot of baggage that
comes along with our family, but it’s like Louis
Vuitton baggage.” It’s time to take our baggage
and start our next adventure, with the support of
our HC family and the knowledge and skills we
picked up on the way.
Lottie Hood
I think the most valuable lesson Howick College
taught me was how to be in charge of my own
learning. We did not get everything handed to us on
a silver plate, we had to learn to be self-disciplined
and responsible for ourselves and take advantage of
all the things the school had to offer. This is how it
will be now that I go and venture out into the world
so I will be forever grateful for this lesson.
Throughout my time at Howick I have learnt what it means
to be an independent learner. The teachers has allowed me
to develop my learning and my knowledge in my own way
by setting challenges to strive for. They have allowed me to
learn by myself, for myself and not just to take knowledge
but to give it as well. The people at Howick have taught me
how to be myself, but also, the best version of myself. My
experience at Howick has shaped me into the person I am
today and I am thankful to those who have helped me along
the way.
Anika Rahm
Charlotte Hartley
Because it is ‘Me’ who kept on moving.
‘Me’ who found a light in darkness.
The world is a dark place,
‘Me’ who kept dressing up
In which we use escapism
Because it was ‘Me’ who wanted the courage to say:
To eliminate any trace of pain.
“I am amazing.
None of us complains.
I am special.
It’s as if we all stole a blank canvas mask
Thanks go to all contributors, both of word and photograph, especially those who got their material in on
time at a time when we are all busy. Thanks also to Mr Andrew Harman and Mrs Marion Skelton, who do a
lot work with the photos (especially this year); to Yr 11 student Dominique Nagel, who is our resident sports
photographer; to Mrs Jacqueline Prowse for copious typing; to Mr Eddie Cheng for technical help; to the
invaluable Mrs Vanessa Hatley-Owen, who does almost everything (but especially photos); and the team at
BlueRiver Creative, without any of whom this magazine would not exist.
I am loved”
And carved a big red smile on to it
R. Porteous, editor
It took me five long years to realise this.
So we would forever be “happy”
Five long years to feel a sense of belonging,
Then we traded shoes and walked for a mile
And find a way of by passing the issue of having the
words barely spill out and spread in this word,
Because somehow we all understand.
Like a sickly spoiled golden syrup.
Remember our dress-up box?
The arts are a special place
Remember the days spent putting on silly clothes
Where it heals all traces of pain.
Trying to be a new person who nobody knows?
Inspiring a Community of Passionate Learners
Where someone can have a bad day turned good.
Remember the pirate?
We would like to thank the following companies and organisations
for their continued support.
Where someone notices things and says:
Remember the robot?
“Yo, brother, let’s mess around
Remember the superhero?
Then go cry together in the proper ways that humans should.”
Or remember the superhero pirate robot?
So to my beloved tribe,
Remember how on the bad days,
Or to those who want to feel that family vibe,
We would turn to this universe of unknown
These memories are some that I treasure forever.
That was never known except by us
Life is just a dressing up-box,
And put on a brave face.
So take off your mask and smile
Eventually we all grew up,
For there’s something inside you that this world needs.
And our costumes became well worn.
So thank you tribe for:
All except one.
T - all the trust we place in one another
R - passing on the respect we learnt from our mother
Typically we all think this costume is the worst.
I - the inspiration that travels through us all
The one that acts as the world’s worst bouncer,
B – the bonds we’ve created, no matter how big or small
Letting in the worst guests into our minds.
E – and the emotions felt, one for all and all in all.
But there’s nothing wrong with “me.”
David Win. Yr 13.