JULY 2018


Dear Parents & Caregivers

The concept of kotahitanga is centred around the idea of groups working together to pursue a common goal.  Here at Hastings Girls’ our common goal is in preparing your daughter for her tomorrow.  We are currently having conversations around what this might look, sound and feel like across all areas of the school including BOT, Curriculum and Pastoral teams, student groups and through creating opportunities for whanui to attend hui.  We know, that through working together, to build educationally powerful connections, our girl will be given the very best opportunity for success. 

As part of this strategic vision, our Kahui Ako (Community of Learning), are piloting a professional learning programme through Waikato University.  Our teaching and support staff are engaged in two year programme of study, either as akonga (learner) or kaiwhakaako (leader/participant), where we are working to deepen and apply our learnings of, cultural relationships for responsive pedagogy, adaptive expertise and building educationally powerful connections. We believe that our learning and understanding in these areas, underpin all other facets of school life, influencing future direction.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday,  I look forward to seeing you all again in Term 3.

Catherine Bentley


Monday 2 July
Cultural Assembly
House Music Competition

Friday 6 July
End of Term Two

Monday 23 July
Term Three starts

Thursday 2 August
Pasifika Community Hui

Wednesday 8 August
Open Evening - Between 4.00-6.30pm

Thursday 16 August
Junior Report Evening 4.00-6.30pm

Friday 17 August
2019 Year 9 Enrolments close

Wednesday 22 August
Maori Community Hui

Friday 25 August
NZQA Fees due 3pm


Pasifika Fonotaga mo Matua ma Aiga

To all our Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Cook Island, Niuean, Tuvaluan and other Pasifika parents

Talofa Lava

Matou te vala’auina oe ma lou afafine i le lauga Nu’u o Hastings Girls’ High School. O se avanoa lenei mo oe ma lou afafine e fa’alogologo ai i le lauga a ta’ita’i o le a’oga. Mo sona lumanai manuia lelei, pe afai e iai sau fesili, po’o sou manatu e fia fa’ailoa, fa’amolemole vili mai le ofisa o Hastings Girls’ High School. Matou te fia fa’alogologo i ni au manatu, po’o au polepolega i le a’oga.

We invite you to a Lauga Nuu at Hastings Girls’ High School. As school leaders we would like a chance to talk with you about your daughters’ education, your concerns and questions, and your hopes for her future. We would like to hear your voice about:
  • How we can better work with you to support the quality of your daughter’s education?
  • How is your daughter achieving, engaging and participating in school and how can we develop that hand-in-hand with you?
  • What goals and hopes do you have for her?
  • What concerns or questions do you have for us?
Please come along Thursday 2 August, 6pm to the School Hall.  Everyone is welcome.

You are welcome to bring all your family, there will be Senior Students available to look after small children

Tena Koutou
Nau te rourou
Naku te rourou
Ka ora ai te iwi
With your contribution
and my contribution
the people will be well
Nau mai Haere mai
We invite you to a Hui at Hastings Girls’ High School. As school leaders we would like a chance to talk with you about your daughters’ education, your concerns and questions, and your hopes for her future. We would like to hear your voice about:
  • How we can better work with you to support the quality of your daughter’s education?
  • How is your daughter achieving, engaging and participating in school and how can we develop that hand-in-hand with you?
  • What goals and hopes do you have for her?
  • What concerns or questions do you have for us?
Please come along Wednesday 22 August, 6pm to the School Hall.  Everyone is welcome.

You are welcome to bring all your family, there will be Senior Students available to look after small children

CONTACT DETAILS                              

If you have had any changes to your contact details (address, phone, email or emergency contact details) please contact the School Office so we are able to update our records. It is particularly important for the School Office to have current contact details in case of an emergency.

SCHOOL PARKING                              

A gentle reminder -
In the interest of everyone's safety, please refrain from parking in our main entranceway or on yellow lines outside the school.

CHOIR FESTIVAL                              

Our annual Choir Festival was held on Monday 2 July with 'The Wonderful World of Disney' as the theme.  The adjudicator for the day was Mr Anthony Tattersall from Frimley School.

All houses sang the set song, 'How far I'll go' from Moana, followed by a song of their choice. 

Green House, led by Jemimah Curtis and Trinity Hart sang 'When will my life begin' from 'Tangled'.

Purple House, led by Patyne Te Whaiti and Courtney McLeod sang ' Dig a Little Deeper' from 'The Princess and the Frog'.

Blue House, led by Caroline Howell and Melissa Paul-Bartlett sang 'We know the way' also from 'Moana'.

Gold House, led by Alex Potts-Tyro and Alex Thach sang 'Breaking Free' from 'High School Musical'.

There was great excitement as Purple House were announced the House Choir Champions for 2018!  Well done Purple House on a fantastic effort.
Blue House were in 2nd place with Green and Gold coming 3rd=.

The school enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining afternoon with plenty of House spirit shown.  A particular highlight of the afternoon was the Staff Choir singing 'The Bare Necessities' from 'The Jungle Book'.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT                              


Year 11 students Olivia Burney and Eva Harper have combined their love of fashion with their Business Studies with a pop-up op shop called 'Ivy' which has recently opened in Hastings.

According to the girls, the principle is simple - one woman's cast-offs are another woman's latest trend.

The girls have opened Ivy in the Heretaunga Women's Centre which has generously welcomed the pop-up shop and let out their premises on the first, third and fifth week of the month. This support is indicative of the centre being passionate advocates of the initiatives of young women.

The girls say their point of difference is that the items have been filtered and sourced specifically for Ivy, with high street fashion in mind. They look at each brand and decide whether it has something special to it.

Olivia and Eva say they have already learnt a lot about business, especially how much work goes on behind the scenes.

If you have any items you would like to sell at Ivy, contact to arrange a pick up.

Visit the shop at the Heretaunga Women's Centre, cnr Russell and Eastbourne Streets, Hastings.

Next dates include 15 July, 29 July and every first, third and fifth week of each month from 10am - 3pm.

Check out updates on Instagram, ivyhawkesbay and



Several of the residents from Colwyn House in Hastings had a very special visit from Ms Carroll's Year 12 Trades Academy class.

Here is Mrs Carroll, pictured with Shelby Udy-Johns, Rudeania Crichton, Aroha Keepa and Jahneeka-Shanae Halbert with some of the beautiful 'Fidget Boards' the class made for the residents.

On Saturday 30 June, six Year 12 students volunteered to help at the Hastings Rotary Club's annual Quiz Evening.
Sincere thanks to Kate Allen, Holly Barclay, Katie Nicholls, Ashleigh Jamieson, Chloe Macaulay and Julia Tiemens who were so willing to give up their time to help.

Monday 23 July - Friday 28 September

Monday 3 September
Teacher Only Day

Monday 15 October - Monday 10 December

Friday 19 October
Hawke's Bay Anniversary

Monday 22 October
Labour Day


New Zealand Junior Squash Team

Congratulations to Year 13 student Winona-Jo Joyce who has been selected in the New Zealand team for the Junior World Championships in Chennai, India.

Winona plays for the Havelock North club as an A2 grader, is the fourth seeded Kiwi female and the top ranked of three development players.

The New Zealand contingent departs on 13 July and the weekend before Winona will compete in the North Island junior championships in Wellington. Last year Winona won the North Island under-17 title as well as the South Island under-17 and under-19 titles and in Wellington she will tackle the under-19 age group.

Winona has produced some admirable results at recent tournaments. She had a top eight finish at the Waikato Open, a fourth placing at the New Zealand Junior Open in Invercargill and a third placing at the Auckland Junior Open which was the last selection tournament for the New Zealand team.

Among her other highlights on the national scene are consecutive national champion of champions B grade title wins in 2015 and 2016 and helping the Hastings club's B grade women's side win their national teams tournament in 2016.
We wish you all the very best for your time away Winona. Congratulations on an outstanding achievement.

Hastings Girls' High School Rugby Team

Congratulations to the Hastings Girls' High School rugby Team who are Hawke's Bay champions.  The final was played on Wednesday 4 July at Ranui against Karamu High School with Hastings Girls' confidently winning 39-20.

Hastings Girls' High School now proudly hold the Hawke's Bay Secondary Schools Girls Rugby Patrons Trophy.

Hearty congratulations to the team - Te Aira Te Pou (Captain),Liana Mikaele-Tuu, & Ashley Palu (Co-Captains), Kahlia Awa,  Sarah Coakley-Fidow, 
Tuia Edwards,  Rahera Heke,  Gloria Iosefo,  Zephra Johnson,  
Renee Karaitiana,  Maraea Kupa,  Julian Lolofie,  Juliet Lolofie,  
Emmaleigh Oli,  Priya Singh,  Irie Smith-Craig,  Lillie Spencer,  
Stevie-Lee Sylva and  Kika Toma.

Sincere thanks to Thomas Te Pou as coach of the team and teachers Annemarie Mirams and Pam Angland who have been team managers.  Thank you also to our new Assistant HOD PE and former Black Ferns player, Emma Jensen for her support and guidance.

New Zealand Secondary School Aotearoa Maori Netball Team

Congratulations to Asher Grapes who had a very successful campaign while she was away with the New Zealand Secondary School Aotearoa Maori Netball Team.

During the team's integration camp prior to leaving, Asher was selected as part of the leadership team.

Team results included - 
Vs Australian Budgies
Won 69-22

Vs Fiji U19
Won 52-32

Vs Pacific Rim
Won 47-26 

Vs FANZ (Fiji Auckland New Zealand)
Won 43-37 

Vs Australia
Lost 29-44 

Vs NZ Samoa
Won 40-35 

Vs Malaysia
Won 51-24 

Vs NZ Tonga
Won 39-30 

Vs NZ Samoa 
Lost 36-37 

Vs NZ Tonga
Won 44-37

Congratulations Asher on a very successful tournament.

Tennis Eastern Results

Katrina Mairs, Olivia Mairs, Holly Dawson, Jessica Dawson, Ruby Foskett
Tennis Eastern - 2018 Interschool Senior Girls Social Grade Winners
Jordan Mou, Ella-Rose Spooner, Eva Harper, Kathleen Ah Funny, Ashley Hart
Tennis Eastern – 2017 C Grade Winners

HBSS Cycling Road Champs

On Saturday 30 June, Year 10 student Katelyn Garbes competed in the HBSS cycling road champs held near Havelock North. 

Katelyn competed in the 29 km under-15 girls road race representing Hastings Girls' High School and won the Gold medal in her category. 

Due to the limited number of entries across all age groups it was a mass start for all riders from under-15 to under-20 both female and male. 

Congratulations Katelyn on a fine effort.

Taekwondo World Championships

My name is Jodie Filipo and I am 15 years of age.  I am a 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. I have been learning this martial art for 7 years. I, along with 14 others in my club, have been selected to represent New Zealand at the World Championships held in Argentina.

We fly to Auckland on 25 July then we have a 14-hour flight straight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

My family and I are really proud of this huge achievement.

I'm looking forward to the trip because it is going to be a good experience and an amazing opportunity.

Jodie Filipo



Congratulations to the following students who have performed particularly well in the recent Language Perfect Championships. The Education Perfect World Series is an annual online competition in which schools compete in Humanities, Languages, Maths, English and Science events.

World Championships
Elite Award
Nicole Douylliez
Jasmine Norton
Alahzay Brown
Mackenzie Potts-Tyro
Karmen Maxted
Trinity Hart
Ruth Prasad
Humanities Championships
Gold Award
Ruth Prasad
Jasmine Norton


The annual Year 11 Speech Competition was held recently with some outstanding participants.

1st Place - Gurmeen Kaur

2nd Place - Anna Gilmour

3rd = Placing - Grace Lochan-Duly & Jennifer McMahon


Congratulations to the Year 11 Debating team who have had a very successful term winning all their Prepared and Limited Preparation debates. They were described by the Lindisfarne team they competed against as "scarily good" and by Sacred Heart as better than Year 13 debaters.
Congratulations to Thea Morton, Libby Bush, Ariana Matheson and Gurmeen Kaur




Kirsty Taylor's Senior Fabric Technology class has been lovingly making baby items for 'Little Sprouts'.  

Little Sprouts is a totally volunteer run charitable trust based in New Zealand. They give away free life-changing baby packs to families in real need.

Their Mission ...

To give all babies the very best start in life.

A comment from 'Little Sprouts' -

"We are so very grateful to Kirsty and every single girl who created items for our babies. Each one will be gifted to a vulnerable baby and will make such a difference to them".

Below are some of their beautiful creations.






The Level 3 PE class had a fantastic trip to Turangi in Week 7, to raft down the Grade 3 rapids of the Tongariro River. The girls had a fantastic time learning about the Safety and Risk Management strategies put in place to conduct a trip like this, and started to look at different leadership styles also. Not only did the girls learn about these things to go towards NCEA, they also learned about stepping out of their comfort zones, and working together to achieve a common goal.

Thanks to Mrs Geary and Miss Jones who accompanied the girls on their trip and provided this wonderful learning opportunity.



Flying has been something I have always wanted to do since Year 9 and last year I began taking lessons to try it out. I instantly fell in love with it and have enjoyed every minute spent in the air. After many months of learning to fly a Piper Tomahawk and with the help from some amazing club and Air Hawke's Bay Academy instructors, I am now flying solo.

My first solo is an experience I will never forget as it felt so surreal to be finally flying alone. Flying has been a difficult thing to fund but recently I was awarded the Hawke's Bay and East Coast Aero Club BP Scholarship which has been a huge help with this.

Holly Barclay - Year 12


Driver Licencing


HGHS was fortunate to have Constable Chris come into school during the week of 28 May to help students complete their Learners Driving Licence test. Constable Chris has a very easy-to-learn system (all done on the computer) and can get a student trained and down to VTNZ to sit their test within a day. We were able to licence 25 girls in 4 days.

If your daughter is 16 and would like to get her Learners Licence, Constable Chris will be back on the week of 6 August. She needs to collect a permission slip from Maxine or Leah in the Travers Centre, and will need $98.30 and a passport or original birth certificate on the day.

Every Monday lunchtime there is also a driving tutorial in T2 to learn the road code. Anyone is welcome.

Driving Lessons

Focus Driving School offers subsidised driving lessons on Thursday afternoons at school. They are $50 for a 45-minute lesson. To book in, students need to see Leah in the Travers Centre for a permission slip and pay their money to the school office.


Femmina Cappella - Winning Choir

Congratulations to our stunning auditioned choir Femmina Cappella  who recently competed in the 'Big Sing' regional competition held at Waiapu Cathedral in Napier.

From 34 choirs in the competition, they were not only the 2018 winners of the New Zealand Choral section ('Tancnota' by Zoltan Kodaly) but  the proud overall winners of this East Coast Regional Choir competition which is the first time in Hastings Girls' High School history.

The choir, directed by Mr Chris Atkinson, also sang Tutira mai nga iwi and worked closely with Huata whanau to re-establish the original intent of Wi Te Tau Huata's melody and 'Children will Listen' by Stephen Sondheim.

Femmina Cappella has a tradition of using repertoire that acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of our school community, e.g. Punjabi, German, Maori, Hungarian, French, Samoan. This choir has developed a culture of belonging and excelling, some girls celebrating their fourth year of involvement.

Over the last 4 years, Femmina Cappella have won each of the individual categories, in the past 5 years have won sectional awards, and Mr Atkinson was also awarded the Choir Director Award in 2016.

Congratulations on these outstanding achievements.

You are able to view their performance of Tutira Mai Nga Iwi from the link below. 

Edible Fashion Awards

The Edible Fashion Awards were held on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June.  More than 150 designs entered based around the theme Peace, Love and Diversity.
Congratulations to Kate Rowland who won Senior Designer of the Year and was Runner Up – Hastings Art and Culture Trust Designer of the Year with her beautiful design.

This is a wonderful achievement Kate and we are looking forward to hopefully having your stunning creation on display at school.

Cultural Assembly

On Monday 2 July, our annual Cultural Assembly was held. This was an opportunity to recognise 'Service' and 'Excellence' in the cultural arena at Hastings Girls' High School. School Blues will be presented at a separate occasion to be held in Term 3.


Visual Art

Excellence in Visual Art
Kate Rowland
Service to Visual Art
Jaime Treweek
Kate Rowland
Layla Poppelwell
Excellence in Debating
Rytasha Sekhon
Navratan Kaur
Katie Voice
Hena Dugh
Service to Debating
Priscilla McLintock
Mae Gilmour
Nicole Douylliez
Excellence in Kapa Haka
Caroline Jones
Teataimihia Osborne
Kasharna Edwards
Most Improved in Kapa Haka
Rosemary Jones

Service to Femmina Cappella
Bernadette Christanti-Yafar
Libby Crawford
Jemimah Curtis
Nicole Douylliez
Hena Dugh
Lily Harding
Trinity Hart
Amy Heffernan
Ashleigh Jamieson
Caroline Jones
Navratan Kaur
Hemani Mall
Lauren McGinty
Nissi Narsoo
Jasmine Norton
Abby Scarborough
Cassidy Scotton
Puaula Vaima’a
Service to Chamber Music
Bernadette Christanti-Yafar
Shelby Christieson
Trinity Hart
Nissi Narsoo
Jasmine Norton 

Service to Symphonic Band
Bernadette Christanti-Yafar
Shelby Christieson
Trinity Hart
Georgia Huisman 
Excellence in Pasifika
Gloria Iosefo
Deborah Maletino
Bernadette Ma’u Tuanaki
Ilaisipa Ma’u Tuanaki
Service to Pasifika
Puaula Vaima’a
Gloria Iosefo
Bernadette Ma’u Tuanaki 
Excellence in Sabhyachar
Hena Dugh
Sakshi Sharma
Diksha Sandhu
Mae Gilmour
Bhupinderjit (Pinder) Singh 
Service to Sabhyachar
Hemani Mall
Gurleen Kaur (Year 12)
Ramanvir Kaur
Palveer Kaur


We welcome Niamh Egan, from Cape Physio, who has started as the physiotherapist at HGHS which is a free service.
Niamh will be available from 12.30pm – 2.00pm on a Tuesday and 10.30am – 12.15pm on a Thursday. Students will need to book an appointment to see Niamh at the main office.


This is a timely opportunity to reinforce the importance of regular school attendance. The following table illustrates just how much vital learning time is missed when students do not have regular attendance. At Hastings Girls’ High School we are fortunate in having an attendance rate that is relatively high. There is a direct correlation between attendance and achievement.
Period of
Years 1-10
Rate of
Level of
Average of
5 days
per term
90% 1 year Classified
as regular 
but not ideal
1 day
per week
80% 2 years Indicated
1.5 days
per week
70% 3 years Moderate
2 days
per week
60% 4 years Moderate
3 days
per week
40% 6 years Severe Risk
5 weeks
per term
50% 5 years Severe Risk
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