Dear Parents & Caregivers

Glancing through this most recent edition of our newsletter, one cannot mistake the common thread weaving its way from start to finish; creating a pattern which celebrates outstanding student achievement.

Our girls are taking centre stage at a regional, national and international level, across all aspects of school life.  A particular mention must be made of Rytasha, Asher, Isha and Hena and their extraordinary successes.  We are all so very proud of them and wish them well in the next phase of their exciting journey.

Thank you for your feedback on our proposed new uniform.  We have also gathered voice from the student body and staff all of which was unanimous in its support for change.  The Board of Trustees have agreed to the proposed changes, with the new uniform timed to roll out at the start of 2019.  Next year, all Year 9s and Year 13s will be in the new uniform, with the transition completed by the start of 2021.  You are able to view the new uniform items under the 'Links' tab. NB. trousers will also be available across all year levels.

Catherine Bentley


Thursday 31 May
NZPPTA - Paid Union Meeting (Students released at 12.30 pm)

Monday 4 June
Queen's Birthday (School Closed)

Tuesday 29 May
'Big Sing' Competition (Pacific Pride & Femmina Cappella)

Friday 29 June
Cultural Assembly

Wednesday 4 July
House Music Competition

Friday 6 July
End of Term Two

Monday 23 July
Term Three starts

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.

Friday 26 January - Friday 13 April

Tuesday 6 February
Waitangi Day

Friday 30 March
Good Friday

Monday 2 April
Easter Monday

Tuesday 3 April
Easter Tuesday

Monday 30 April - Friday 6 July

Monday 4 June
Queen's Birthday

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 Secondary School Aotearoa Maori Netball Team

We are very proud to announce that Year 13 student Asher Grapes has been named as a member of the New Zealand Secondary School Aotearoa Maori Netball Team.

The 2018 AMNISS team to defend the International Schoolgirls Netball Challenge at the end of May in Australia was named following a two day trial camp in Otaki.  Head coach Jess Huia was thrilled with the calibre and experience of the girls.

Asher joins this team for her second year and is looking forward to travelling to the Gold Coast at the end of May to defend the title.

Congratulations Asher, we wish you every success.


Equestrian News

Caroline Howell and her grey mare Telestory competed at the national 3 day eventing championships last week in the 105cm open class. In a large and competitive class of 29 riders, they finished the event in 3rd place.
National Junior Rider Series

After Caroline's fall at Kihikihi, she was unable to compete at the NZ Pony Club Champs and lost her lead in the National Junior Rider Series. Lying in 5th place after the dressage, Caroline moved up to 3rd at the completion of the technical cross country course. With less than one show jump rail in hand over 6th place, she had to have an error free show jump round which she delivered. The placing gave her enough points to overhaul the leader and take out the series. 
The prize giving for the title will be held in Wellington on 14 July.


It's been an exciting year so far for the new Trades Academy Course run at HGHS. Not only has the structure of their academic learning week changed, but the students are also getting a feel for education beyond the gates through their Friday trade classes at EIT.

One thing that has been a barrier to the progress of students has been accessing computers. However, a business has come to the rescue and the class has been donated a brand new laptop. The team from Mamacita Mexican Restaurant in Havelock North, after speaking to the Trades Academy teacher, have seen that investing in rangatahi education will benefit them as well.

Of the 15 students doing the Trades Course this year, eight of them are studying hospitality. One of the owners, Clint Toomer, acknowledges that focused education in his industry area will mean he has a better-skilled applicant at entry level.

Hastings Girls' would like to acknowledge and thank the owners of Mamacita for their generosity. If any other businesses are interested in donating a laptop or device please contact the school office. 

The Year 12 students are enrolled in hair & beauty, computing, building, and hospitality at EIT.

Rudeania Crichton who is studying building through the EIT Trades Academy this year.


We have much pleasure in sharing two outstanding achievements in the Science and Maths fields.

Hena Dugh has been selected to attend the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) 25 July – 8 August. This is a residential event and students will stay at the Imperial College, London. The theme for LIYSF in 2018 is “Science - Making Life Better”. Participants will attend lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visit research centres, scientific institutions and world class laboratories and universities. 

Isha Kaur has been selected to attend the Summer Research School in Mathematics and Informatics in Bulgaria 28 July – 17 August. This summer research school focuses on the fields of Mathematics, Informatics and ICT. The students will work with scientific mentors, traditionally stemming from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and guests from international research universities in the fields of Mathematics and Informatics. The programme includes lectures on advanced scientific problems and modern technologies, meetings with representatives of the industry and different academic institutions.
Both of these results are wonderful and we are very proud of them. Its down to the hard work of fundraising now to pay for the trips. Any ideas out there would be appreciated.

Mr Michael Duncan
HOD Science


Year 11 students recently attended the Youth Alcohol Expo at the Pettigrew Green Arena, hosted by the Hawke's Bay Regional Council. This was a great opportunity for the students to gain some insight into the consequences of alcohol and driving, to hear some first-hand stories of those consequences, and to examine their own attitudes to this issue. It was a successful and informative day.


Congratulations to Chare & Karmi van der Merwe who were both involved in the Aubyn Live Theatre performance of Pinocchio directed by Wendy Beauchamp from 14–22 April.
This was a wonderfully entertaining show which was the culmination of hours of dedication and hard work for all those involved. Well done girls.
The Aubyn Live Theatre is a charitable organisation that provides the opportunity for people from the community to experience live theatre in all its facets. They stage up to 5 productions a year catering to all ages and lifestyles touching up to 3500 people annually either through participating in the production or as audiences.



University Information Evening

The University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC) invites students from our school and their families to attend its Hawke’s Bay Information Evening on Tuesday 12 June.

The evening is a great opportunity for senior secondary students and their parents to learn more about the range of qualifications UC offers, to hear from leading academics and get key questions answered about:
         Scholarships
         Accommodation
         Student Support
         Degree and course information

Anyone considering university study in 2019 or 2020 is welcome at this free event, so register online to find out everything you need to know about life and study at UC. Register at:

The UC Information Evening starts at 6pm on 12 June at Napier Conference Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Bluff Hill, Napier.



University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

The University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival is an event which occurs annually in regions across New Zealand. Schools can opt to perform a student directed 5 minute piece or a teacher directed 15 minute piece. It can be from any Shakespeare play and as long as the language stays the same you can make any other changes you like.

This year Hastings Girls' High School entered a 15 minute teacher directed piece. We performed a scene from the Shakespeare play Othello and in this scene Hena Dugh played Iago and Neve Duff played Othello. Anna Gilmour, Grace Lochan-Duly, Jennifer McMahon, Kataraina Te Whaiti and Poppy Wilkinson were the ‘thought chorus’ and they were a physical representation of what was going on inside the minds of Othello and Iago.

After weeks of rehearsing and line-learning, on Thursday 5 April 2018 the group performed their piece at the Hawke’s Bay University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. It was an amazing opportunity for the students and they are already looking forward to preparing a piece for next year’s festival.

Mrs Emily Miller-Matcham


International Student Fair - Hamburg, Frankfurt, Vienna

In the last term break, Mrs Bentley had the pleasure of attending the International Student Fair hosted by Hausch and Partner who are the agency that a number of our International students have visited us from. These fairs were hosted in Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Vienna and a particular highlight for Mrs Bentley was meeting up with Julia Menck who had been a student at Hastings Girls' High School for a year, across 2016 and 2017, staying with the Allen family and also Amelie Schmid.


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.


The combined Hastings Girls' High School and Lindisfarne College Concord Symphonic Band performed at the Hawke's Bay Festival of Bands on Sunday 20 May at Lindisfarne College.

In this very entertaining all day event, the Band was one of sixteen to present 4 beautiful pieces to the adjudicator Staff Sergeant Nick Johnson and were proudly presented with a silver medal.

Saxophonist, Georgia Huisman played a beautiful solo and received a Highly Commended Award from the Adjudicator.  Congratulations Georgia.


The school assembly recently enjoyed a wonderful account from Katrina Mairs of her 3 week course at Outward Bound in April.

Hastings Girls' High School is very fortunate to have been offered a further 2 places on an Outward Bound course running from Monday 4 June - Sunday 24 June 2018.

The two students who have been selected for this course are Year 12 students, Pelerose Vaima'a and Olivia Mairs.



Hastings Girls' High School was proudly represented at the Hastings Dawn Service on Anzac Day at the Hastings Cenotaph. Assistant Principal, Ms Reid attended the service with Head Girl, Caroline Jones, and Deputy Head Girl, Hena Dugh.


Congratulations to Rytasha Sekhon who recently won the  Hawke's Bay RSA Speech Competition.

This Competition is a way to include young people in recognising the significance of ANZAC Day. Rytasha delivered her incredibly moving speech to an audience at the end of Term 1.

We are very proud of Rytasha’s achievements in winning this competition and it was a pleasure to have members of the RSA join us at our recent ANZAC Assembly to present Rytasha with her trophy.


Race Unity Speech Awards 2018

On Wednesday 11 April, Hena Dugh, our Deputy Head Girl took part in the regional heat for the Race Unity Speech Awards.

The Race Unity Speech Awards were initiated and are organised by the New Zealand Baha’I Community. They are sponsored by the New Zealand Police Force, the Human Rights Commission, the Office of Ethnic Communities and the Hedi Moani Charitable Trust. The awards are designed to encourage deeper thinking about race relations and to help Aotearoa New Zealand become a more unified, harmonious country – one that embraces diversity and welcomes all peoples.

For 2018, the theme was ‘Give nothing to racism’. Hena competed against speakers from five other Hawke's Bay schools and she was the clear winner of the regional final.

On Friday 12 May, Hena travelled to Auckland to compete in the semifinals of the national competition against 21 other speakers from schools across New Zealand. Hena’s speech so impressed the judges that she got through the semifinals and earned her place in the national final. On Saturday 13 May, Hena attended the Race Unity Conference, listening to inspiring speakers, such as Rez Gardi – Young New Zealander of the Year for 2017 – and Dr Arama Rata from The University of Waikato talk about race, unity and justice.

Hena’s performance in the national final on the evening of Saturday 13 May was outstanding and she beat all other competition to claim first place in the 2018 Race Unity Speech Awards. What a fantastic achievement and a fantastic experience!

Congratulations Hena!

Mrs Nicola Lewis - English Department

Photos taken by Tom Mackintosh


Gateway – Learner Licence Programme

The school has a learner licence programme, where students can sign up and receive a copy of our driving link with all of the questions that could be asked during their test. There is a study session every Monday lunchtime in T2 with our Gateway Coordinator. 

Once a student has been tested by one of the Gateway Coordinators, they will need to return a signed permission slip (in T1) in order for the school to transport them to and from VNTZ to sit their test.
  • A learners licence costs $93.90
  • Students must be 16 years or older
  • Students must have a current passport or birth certificate
Please contact Maxine Gilmour or Leah Setford if you require any further information.

Gateway – Restricted Driving Programme
The school operates a restricted driving programme on a Thursday afternoon.  The school has engaged the services of a qualified driving instructor to provide students with a 45-minute lesson at a cost of $50. Students and parents/caregivers must sign a contract (located in T1) and prepay for their lessons on their student account. Please see Leah Setford in the Travers Centre for more information.

Curriculum Vitae Assistance
The school provides CV seminars and assistance for students who would like to learn how to create a CV. CV templates are available in T1 for students to use.  Leah Setford can provide assistance creating a CV suitable for job applications.


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



On Friday 4 May, the Hastings Girls' High School Kapa Haka ropu performed at the Napier Municipal Theatre along with a number of other Hawke's Bay schools. 2018 was deemed a performance year as opposed to a competition with all schools entertaining the audience.

We were extremely proud of the girls and their performance which was the culmination of hours of hard work over lunch hours and their school holidays. Our sincere thanks goes to their wonderful tutors, Whaea Mahinarangi Huata and Whaea Hinei Reti who had prepared the girls beautifully and bring such a wealth of experience and positive guidance.

Thanks also must go to our dedicated staff members, Whaea West, Mrs Monique Goodson and Miss Niwa Brightwell.

Following the festival, the new Kapa Haka leaders were named at an assembly where the girls performed to the school.

Left to Right
Kapa Haka Leader (Kaea)

Caroline Jones
Kapa Haka Deputy Leaders (Kaea Tautoko)
Jahneeka-Shanae Halbert & Teataimihia Osborne
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