Dear Parents & Caregivers
In order to best equip students for a rapidly changing world, it is no longer enough to leave school with NCEA qualifications, but rather, students need to be ‘lifelong learners’; they need to be able to be nimble in their thinking, adapting quickly to new and challenging situations. 

The New Zealand Curriculum refers to essential skills as the ‘Key Competencies’, the skills required to live, learn, and contribute as an active community member. Primarily, traditional formal assessments focus on only two of the five key competencies (Thinking and Using Language, Symbols & Text), which assess the learner's ability to recall and process information. In order to provide a balanced curriculum, the other three competencies need to also be taken into account (Relating to Others, Managing Self, Participating and Contributing). Successful learners need to be able to be confident across all five competencies; they need to know when to use them, how to use them and why they are used. At Hastings Girls’ High School we are exploring new ways to provide opportunities for girls to be able to develop all competencies across all learning areas. Through creating authentic learning experiences and skilled coaching, we will enable girls to become more self-aware as learners.

Some of the ways we are currently developing competencies through the curriculum are:

Cell phone trials – In some classes teachers are trialing the use of cell phones as learning devices. Students are learning the importance of using technology appropriately to support their learning. Whether it be for gathering evidence of learning, literacy development or analysis of a particular aspect of learning, the girls and teachers are learning new and exciting ways to enhance learning outcomes.

Student-led assemblies – Our student leaders have started leading assemblies on a fortnightly basis. This provides opportunity to further develop their leadership skills and to understand that as a leader, they have the ability to influence the way people view our school and how the members of our school community feel about belonging here.

Use of student voice – Student voice is a powerful tool to help us as teachers understand how girls feel about their learning. It is also important in that it helps the girls become increasingly aware and articulate about what they are learning and how they learn best. 

Cross curricular planning – As part of this focus, next term, Year 9s will be working on a cross-curricular inquiry unit of work. Teachers are in the early stages of creating a unit of work focusing on the big idea of Change.

Pastoral care – We want to ensure that our students know who they are and feel unconditionally accepted and valued. We want our girls to feel connected and valued which means we need to know them really well. To ensure that all students feel connected to, and have strong positive relationships with at least one significant adult in the school who knows their story, we are currently reviewing our pastoral care systems and structures.

I look forward to sharing our progress with you across the course of the term.

Catherine Bentley


Wednesday 2 August
Year 13 Trip to Massey University, Palmerston North

3-6 August  
Secondary School Band Festival in Whangarei

Thursday 17 August  
Year 13 Economics Trip to Wellington
Junior Report Evening (More information to follow)

25 August, 28–30 August  
Senior Benchmark Exams

Monday 4 September – Friday 8 September
Tournament Week

Thursday 28 September
House Choir Festival

Friday 29 September

Sports Assembly
End of Term 3

Monday 16 October
Term 4 Commences

Friday 20 October
Hawke’s Bay Anniversary

Monday 23 October
Labour Day

Tuesday 31 October
Year 13 Graduation dinner

Thursday 2 November
Senior Prizegiving

Friday 3 November
Senior sign out day

Thursday 9 November
NCEA begins


Updated 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.


Congratulations Adrienne van den Berk
Adrienne recently competed at the Sydney Grand Nationals, a showing event held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre which is one of Australia's most prestigious showing occasions. Adrienne competed in the 17-21 Lady Rider section with 36 competitors in her class, all of an extremely high standard.
Congratulations to Rose Morton who has been selected for the New Zealand Secondary School’s Girls Football U18 Representative Team 2017 to tour Singapore from 27 September - 6 October 2017.
Congratulations Kathleen Nahora who has been named in the Cook Islands Netball Team who will travel to Singapore to compete.
Both the Under-15 (Liana Mikaele-Tuu) and Under-15 Development  (Anahera Hide & Aaria Campbell-Birch) teams competed in Taranaki at their National Tournaments. They finished 10th in A Grade and 13th in B Grade respectively.

The Under-17 (Asher Grapes, Summer-Rose Taylor & Myer Crawford-Pakoti) side competed in their age-group tournament in Pukekohe, also over the holiday period and finished 11th. This event is a key stepping stone for players along the development pathway.

Winona-Jo Joyce recently returned from Invercargill with the Under-17 and Under-19 South Island champion titles. Congratulations – a wonderful achievement.

Congratulations to the Hastings Girls' High School Rugby team  who are the winners of the North vs South Hawke's Bay Secondary School Girl's Champion Cup.

Well done - Te Aira Te Pou, Olioli Mua, Tuia Edwards and Liana Mikaele-Tuu who were selected to trial for the New Zealand Under-17s Sevens team and will attend a Rugby camp in October.



The production of ‘Oliver’ in the last week of Term 2 was an incredible success with sell-out crowds in attendance. Click to follow the link to the review.
Cultural Assembly 2017
Our annual Cultural Assembly was held on Friday 28 July. Congratulations to the following students who were presented with School Blues and Service  Awards.

Chamber Music Georgia Naera, Rytasha Sekhon, Mae Gilmour
Symphonic Band Shelby Christieson, Georgia Huisman, Trinity Hart
Kapahaka Caroline Jones, Mahinaarangi Aranui-Kingi, Elisabeth Tuapawa-Keepa
Sabhyachar Hena Dugh, Rytasha Sekhon, Navratan Kaur
Choir Jemimah Curtis, Amy Stanton, Priscilla McLintock, Ashleigh Jamieson
Pasifika Grace Peia, Florence Skelton
Dance Chare van der Merwe, Devon Willis
Drama Neve Duff, Caroline Jones, Amy Heffernan, Alex Thach, Jemimah Curtis
Music Mary Dent
Debating Navratan Kaur, Hena Dugh, Rytasha Sekhon, Priscilla McLintock, Rose Morton, Mae Gilmour, Mary Dent, Emma Jacobs

Service to Choir Bernadette Christanti-Yafar
Service to Pasifika Natisha Pualilo, Violet Finau
Service to Sabhyachar Diksha Sandhu, Hemani Mall, Jasmine Kaur (Year 10), Gurmeen Kaur


Congratulations Diksha Sandhu who won the Spanish Year 10 Speech Competition organised by the Hawke's Bay branch of the New Zealand Language Teachers Association (NZALT) on Friday 30 June.


Our International Students proudly displaying their artistic talents in Drawing, Music, Design, and Multi-tech.
    Ami Yamada                                        

     Mio Kurosaka & Jia Liang
   Misung Hwang & Mizuki Akedo

   Yuko Yanagi, Ayaka Ueno & Hina Kanda with
   Mrs Taylor


The modernisation of our Maths block has been completed with both students and teachers thoroughly enjoying the wonderful new spaces to work in.

Some of Ms Jackson's Year 9 students enjoying
the Maths games they have created.



Hastings Girls' High School students volunteering at the Hawke's Bay Hospital Chapel service on Sunday 30 July with Assistant Principal, Mrs Jill Frizzell.


NCEA Examinations
NCEA Examinations commence on Thursday 9 November, finishing on Friday 1 December 2017. Students will receive individual timetables and further examinations details early next term. Not all students will start and finish examinations at the same time.

Parents are reminded that these examinations cannot be rescheduled, so students must be here on the right day at the correct time. If for some reason your daughter is unable to attend an examination, it is likely a year’s study will receive little credit. Please do not schedule family events over the examination time. Afternoon examinations finish as late as 5.10 pm. Please be aware alternative transport may be required.

Examination fees are due on Friday 25 August 2017. The fees this year are $76.70 per student. Financial assistance forms were sent out with your daughter's account. Spare forms are available from the school office. Financial Assistance forms must be returned as soon as possible.

To receive financial assistance the following criteria applies:
  • Be receiving a Work and Income or Study Link benefit.
  • Have a joint income below the threshold for receipt of a Community Services Card.
  • Have more than one child in the family undertaking the qualifications in the same year, irrespective of income.
The timetable for the external examinations has been published by NZQA. Examinations start on Thursday 9 November and finish on Friday 1 December 2017. Some students will have fewer examinations than others and may finish before this December date. Please ask your daughter to check before confirming travel plans. A full timetable is available on


Thinking about further study?

Students thinking about further study after they leave school have a lot of choices to make.

Sussed Online is a great way to get thinking about what it will cost to live and study. Will it be broadband and baked beans, or dial-up and dining out? Part-time job or parents helping? Hear from students about their experiences and the choices that need to be made. You’ll also find out more about StudyLink and what they do along the way.

There are some really important decisions to make. A little effort, planning and commitment now can turn into exciting jobs, higher wages and only having to pay back what you really needed to borrow to get there.

Figure out what things you’ll need for your tertiary education, and how you might pay for them.

We encourage students and parents to check it out at


Trade Apprenticeships—Earn as you learn!

If you are a practical, hands-on learner—you might want to consider a career in the trades. There is currently a huge trade skill shortage in New Zealand for builders, carpenters, tilers, plasterers and electricians. The best thing about trade training is that you earn as you learn—NO STUDENT LOAN, and a qualified trades person can earn just as much as a university graduate.

BCITO—the Building and Construction Industry Organisation hosted their annual combined schools Big Day Out on Thursday 29 June to look at careers in the construction industry. As part of the tour, our Girls got to meet Tara, an ex-HGHS student from last year who is in her first year of an aluminium joinery apprenticeship at Toop Aluminium in Omahu Road and loving it!

If you are interested in giving the trades a go next year—maybe a course or some work experience out in the industry—see Mrs Gilmour or Mrs Setford in the Travers Centre.
Ex-student, Tara Kilgour—in
her first year of an aluminium
joinery apprenticeship at
Toop Aluminium and loving it!


Are you interested in becoming more actively involved in the governance of our school? If so, being a member of the Board of Trustees is a way to show your support.
The board has the overall responsibility for the school. The board's most important responsibility is for student achievement. To achieve this, the board is also legally responsible for the curriculum (what is taught), property, personnel, finance and health and safety.

This means that the board is responsible for making sure that all students are getting a high quality education that will prepare them to survive and thrive in the world by the time they leave school. Being able to show that your school is doing this well is what they mean when they talk about "progress and achievement".

The board must be able to provide leadership for its local community and its Principal and staff. At the same time, the board is elected by the community to ensure that the community has a voice in how their school operates. An effective board needs to be able to balance these two responsibilities.

The board is also responsible for acting as a good employer to all the staff in the school.

Trustees are active leaders in their schools, just as your Mayor and Councillors are in the wider community. A Board of Trustees needs the same skills that a city council or other local body needs to work effectively. All trustees need to be able to:
  • work well in a team
  • understand and think about what they are being told
  • ask relevant and challenging questions
  • have good communication skills.
Boards also need a balance of specific skills and experiences to make sure that all the board's responsibilities are being met, and that the important business of preparing students for life beyond school is being done really well. Some of those skills are:
  • passion
  • energy
  • people skills
  • honesty
  • integrity.
Financial know-how and strategic thinking are also valuable.
If you are interested in becoming a member of our School Board of Trustees, please contact our Board Chairperson, Mrs Celia Dent –
You can also refer to the ‘School Trustees’ link from the ‘Links’ tab in this app for more information.
(NZSTA Website)


Summer Uniform:
A reminder to all parents that your daughters will be required to be in summer uniform at the commencement of Term 4.

It may be useful for your daughters to try on their summer uniforms to check hem lengths and attend to any missing buttons.

Year 13 students will wear their navy skirts and white blouses with either the senior cardigan or the regulation school jersey. No variations are acceptable.


PB4L – Positive Behaviour for Learning


Do what’s right regardless of who's around.

Do what you say you will do.

Don’t deceive, cheat or steal.

Be someone others can trust.


This year our Senior Prizegiving will be held on Thursday 2 November in our School Assembly Hall starting at 7.00 pm. We only have classes for half a day and finish teaching at 12.10 pm so that senior students can prepare for Prizegiving and the hall can be organised. Junior students finish at 12.10 pm but are not expected to attend Prizegiving.


(Maori Achieving Success in Health) Programme

During the four days, we had become like one big family. As the rangatahi, we built so many lifelong friendships and also made connections with the tuakana that we will forever be grateful for. Our next step is C.O.A.C.H (Creating Opportunities for a Career in Health) in Year 13. C.O.A.C.H is a transitioning programme for Year 13 Māori students who have a career goal towards becoming a Māori health professional. Applicants must be studying NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) Applied Sciences (preferably 2-3), Maths and English (or English-rich) subjects. Preference will be to students who are committed to studying in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland.

The motto for the trip was learning to learn. The main learning we took away from these four days was learning to learn - learning how we learn as an individual and how we study best in order to succeed in our schooling life. During our trip, it was priority for us to be exposed to our Maori heritage by coming together in our tribes and learning about where we are from. We performed a skit based on one of our famous iwi stories.

Some of the career pathways we were exposed to along the way included Anatomy, Physiology, Optometry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dietetics, Surgery. It was also explained how these careers could be used in the community or in a 'hands-on' manner. The most useful part of the MASH programme was the student panel where the tuakana, Maori university students studying health, were on a panel and we got to ask them all the valuable questions that ranged from motivation to lifestyle to money struggles. During our time here we got an exclusive tour by our tuakana of Auckland City and the campus. MASH is arranged by a Maori organisation, Whakapiki Ake who work with Maori students to encourage and motivate them in their potential health career. It’s all about building confidence in learning and striving to reach their full scholar potential.

On Monday 10 July, the three of us got up before the crack of dawn and flew to Auckland, along with 60 other students from across the North Island. We arrived with our little Hastings crew of 7 not knowing what we were getting ourselves into. Driving to Waipapa Marae, our accommodation, created a whole lot of anticipation but also excitement. After all the awkward introduction games, our tight four-day schedule began and ended with NCEA workshops to help with studying and managing time and then two full days of getting a real taste of the endless number of health career options to study. Over the four days we were there we did a range of workshops, learnt valuable knowledge from a range of professionals and got a taste of what we may want to study. And definitely a new perspective of Auckland University life.

After learning we (Tymeka Wawatai, Olivia Bell & Irirangi Hui) had been accepted into the Whakapiki Ake MASH course in Auckland. We all eagerly waited for the day to leave the Bay. Most people started their holidays off with a nice peaceful sleep in but not us.

The Whakapiki Ake Project is a recruitment programme that actively engages with rangatahi Māori enrolled in secondary schools to promote health as a career and entry into Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences’ professional programmes. WAP (Whakapiki Ake Project) operates within a kaupapa Māori framework across the recruitment pipeline (Year 9 to first year tertiary study).

Tymeka Wawatai - Year 12
L to R - Tymeka Wawatai, Olivia Bell & Irirangi Hui


What is Strep Throat?
A 'strep throat' is a throat infection caused by the Group A Streptococcus (GAS).

The strep throat bacteria are highly infectious. It can be spread when the infected person coughs or sneezes.

A strep throat infection can lead to Rheumatic Fever, even if it's the first time or a one-off. The risk of getting Rheumatic Fever gets higher when a person suffers from repeated untreated strep throat infections.
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