Following our return from Japan our focus shifted to a 10 Performance Season of The Wiz which was another outstanding success. Close to 5000 people viewed The Wiz and the performances got better and better so that on Closing Night our school had produced another high calibre musi- cal production which received commendations from all who attended. I would like to pay particular tribute to the Director Mr John Drummond, the Musical Director Mr Cameron Hay (Head of Music), our Production Manager Mrs Rhonda Mudge and a hugely talented cast and crew.
All involved in The Wiz can be proud of a most impressive final product.
Rotorua Boys’ High School Chinese Language students enjoyed success yet again in The New Zealand Chinese Bridge Competition in 2016.
From the 24 candidates in the Senior Category, Joape Nagera took the first place and Ryan Beamish took the third place in the regional competition.
The boys then went on to compete at the New Zealand Chinese Bridge Competition where Joape Nagera was placed second in the country. He will represent NZ to compete in the International competition in China in October. Jimah Ruland-Umata came third in the junior group.
This year’s ANZAC Assembly was held on the last day of the first term on Friday,15 April, in the War Memorial Hall. This year, the Year 9 boys attended this special assembly for the first time along with the Year 13 boys, and it was great to see their young faces there!
As with last year, thirty white crosses forming a “Field of Remembrance” were placed across the front of the stage with the names of men and a woman who died in World War I. This year, we also had the House Flags displayed in the Hall hanging from the ceiling. During World War II, the House Flags were carried by their Captains – there were eight Houses back then – with the boys and girls behind them as they marched past the School’s temporary Roll of Honour. As each Captain passed by it, he or she dipped their Flag as a mark of respect for the School’s fallen men.
The guest of honour for the occasion was Mr. Dave Donaldson, the Deputy Mayor of Rotorua representing Her Worship the Mayor, the Hon. Mrs. S. Chadwick, who could not be present.
SCHOOL ARCHIVIST & HISTORIAN.
It has been a successful Term 1 for our International Students. All of our students have settled well into school life and have made good progress in their subjects.
We had an International student taking part in the SANIX World Youth Rugby Tournament Tour to Japan during the Term 1 holidays. The team won third place at this tournament.
We have also had International students performing in the school’s musical Production of “The Wiz” which has gained fantastic reports.
It is great to see our International students fully participating in school activities.
I would like to share some points on creating Resilient Adolescents from The first Parenting Guide written by Dr Michael Carr and Professor John Touborou.
Parenting is for all of us a work in progress.
“Putting aside time to listen to your children is an important contribution to their development and builds a strong and respectful relationship.”
“Give adolescents lots of positive feedback. Encourage them for whom they are,not just for their accomplishments. When parents are quick to encourage rather than criticise, young people feel good about themselves and develop the self-confidence to trust their own judgment.
Mr T Hale – Guidance
Term Two kicked off with all three year levels of Geography undertaking field trips as part of their Geography NCEA Internal assessments. The boys relished the opportunity to be outside the confines of a classroom and they embraced the opportunities that they were presented with.
The purpose of this visit was to explore the history of tourism in Rotorua, as well as research for their upcoming assessment where students will create their own tourism product to pitch in a Dragons Den-style panel. Students were able to explore the museum, ask questions and try na- ture’s own mud facials. The students had a blast engaging with our local community and represent Rotorua Boy’s High School proudly. We look forward to more exciting adventures throughout the rest of the year.