Today, at the first senior school assembly for this year, the 2014 Year 12 Academic Excellence students were announced and congratulated for their accomplishments. These students, the largest number in the school's history, have all achieved excellence in their NCEA Level 1 results and the IGSCE examinations, and are therefore eligible to join the prestigious Academic Honours group. In addition to the Year 12 students, Year 13 student Kiefer O'Donoghue was presented with his Academic Honours badge. The 2014 Year 12 Academic Excellence students are:
|Leon Arcus||Harry Ash||Ryan Baker|
|Paul Barkle||Thomas Bedford||Reed Bell|
|Kalib Bouma-Tucker||Samuel Brennan||Johnny Brough|
HBHS Cricketers have been notcing up some pretty impressive statistics this summer, and last weekend Year 9 student Josh Glass, pictured right, playing for the Year 9 Maroon Team took 6 wickets for 15 runs playing against Te Aroha. What makes this statistic even more impressive, is the fact that Josh took 5 of these wickets in a row, a near double hat-trick! Congratulations to Josh on this accomplishment, and we will be keeping an eye on him as the 2014 summer season continues.
NEWS UPDATE: Check out this link on our Year 9 Cricketers for interview footage and for the article that appeared in the Friday morning edition of the Waikato Times and on line at the Stuff website!
News flash! In a nailbiter of a match, the HBHS Development Cricket Team have claimed the Dave Hoskin Trophy from St Peter's 1st XI. More details as they come to hand.
Congratulations to the following boys who were named as Captains of the Summer Sports Codes for 2014 at the first senior school assembly for the year. This award recognises their outstanding performances within their sporting codes, along with their service and contributions to the various competitions that the school is involved in. The 2014 Captains are:
Congratulations to HBHS swimmer Jesse Reynolds (pictured, right), on winning a bronze medal in the 400m Freestyle event at the 2014 New South Wales Long Course Open Swimming Championships, held in Sydney last week. Jesse also achieved a personal best in the 100m Freestyle race, which is the event that he hopes to qualify for in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year. His immediate goal is to achieve this target at the New Zealand National Open Championships in April.
Well done to Jesse on another fantastic achievement. We will report on his progress at the New Zealand Championships, and wish him every success as he attempts to qualify for the Commonwealth Games. Thanks also to Mrs Tracey Reynolds for keeping us up to date with Jesse's accomplishments.
In what is proving to be a very successful weekend for HBHS teams, the HBHS Rowing crews have won a total of 14 medals at the North Island Secondary Schools Rowing Championships, held at Lake Karapiro over the weekend. The HBHS medal haul of 9 golds, 4 silvers and 1 bronze medal was good enough to retain the trophy for Top School and bodes very well for their build-up towards the National Championships at Twizel next week.
On Tuesday 4 March, HBHS sent a seventy-strong team down to Porritt Stadium in Hamilton for the Central Zones Athletics Competition, to compete against other secondary schools in the Waikato area. The team came away with 47 medals, 21 of which were gold, along with 13 silver medals and 13 bronze medals. Two athletes set records on the day, Sam Montgomerie, who beat the Junior Boys 3000m time by 7 seconds, and Christopher Goodwin, who set a new record in the Intermediate Boys High Jump by 1cm. HBHS rounded off the day by emphatically winning all three of the 4 x 100m relay events, coming in at least 50 metres ahead of their nearest rivals. Congratulations to all of these athletes on their fine results and we will follow them as the season progresses. Thanks also to the Teachers in Charge of Athletics, Mr Paul Ardern and Mrs Tonia Heeps, for their support of HBHS Athletics.
After three events in the 2014 House Competition, things are tight at the top and there is definitely some work to do for the bottom placed Houses if they are going to catch the leaders. First is Tait on 26 points, followed by Taylor in second place with 25 points. Wilson is third with 19 points, Baigent is fourth with 15 points and Argyle is in fifth place with 10 points. Coming in last is Steel House on 8 points. There are two more opportunities for House points this term, with the Cricket competition in Weeks 6 and 7, and the Volleyball competition in Weeks 9 and 10. Go Steel! We can do it! (The last two statements are completely biased and absolutely reflect the House that the Publications Manager is in).
Check out this fantastic video footage of HBHS Year 9 student Jaxon Waters, pictured right, competing in a two day trampoline competition held in Auckland last weekend. Jaxon won gold in the Individual 13/14 Age Group Mens section (his gold-medal-winning routine is featured in the video link below) and silver in the Double Mini-tramp 13/14 Age Group Mens section. In doing so, Jaxon achieved the entry scores he needed to qualify for the National Championships which will be held at the end of the year. This is a very impressive effort considering this was the first competition of the new season. Jaxon is off to Christchurch this coming weekend to compete, and we wish him every success as he head south.
HBHS Year 12 student Jarrod Banks, pictured right, has continued to win titles at national level since he won his first fight in 2012. Recently, he won the New Zealand Junior 75kg Amateur title after moving up a weight division, which he can add to his North Island Championship gold in the Under 65kg category, and his Golden Gloves and Central North Island titles which he won in 2013. Next up for Jarrod is a tournament in Christchurch on Saturday 15 March, followed by another tournament in Queenstown on Saturday 12 April. We will keep you posted on Jarrod's progress, and we wish him the best of luck in his upcoming bouts. Fellow HBHS student and McNabney's Gym member Niko Nicholson is also making pleasing progress, havinig won gold in the Under 48kg division alongside Jarrod at the Central North Island Championships in 2013. We will follow these two fighters with interest as they continue to pursue their goals at national level and beyond, and we wish them every success.
The New Zealand Rowing Club Championships were held last week at Lake Karapiro from the 18th to the 22nd of February, and as part of their build-up to the Maadi Regatta, a number of HBHS crews competed and came away with a collection of ten medals. The Novice Four won a gold and silver medal, as did the Novice Quad in their events. The Novice Eight won gold by an enormous 26 second margin, and the Novice Double also came away with a gold medal. Two of HBHS's novice rowers, Jacob Prier and Rhys Bain won all four novice titles they competed in, a most impressive effort. The HBHS Maadi Crew (pictured, at right) performed very well, winning both the Club Eight with the ceremony at right, and the Under 19 Fours event. The other Under 19 Four came a very close second in the Club Four race, and the Under 17 Eight finished a close third in the Club 8. HBHS's final tally was 6 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal. Worth noting, the Under 16 Eight and Four finished fourth in the Club 8 and Under 19 Four, contributing to a strong HBHS showing at this regatta. For more information and photos, click on the link below to head to the HBHS Rowing Supporters website, and keep checking in to see how our rowing crews are preparing for Maadi 2014. We congratulate them on their efforts and wish them every success.
Today HBHS headed off to Porritt Stadium to brave the blazing sun and decide who the individual and House champions would be in 2014. Taylor House continued to perform strongly after their successes at the Swimming Sports, but it would be Tait House who would take out the competition today, winning the field events and coming second in the track competition. The full list of age group champions, House points and new records are listed below, but first we must congratulate Mr Todd Miller and the Physical Education department on another superbly organised and thoroughly enjoyable day. (Article cont)
As a result of their fine performances at the Mai FM Junior Touch Nationals held last weekend, the following HBHS students have been selected for New Zealand Age Group Representative Touch teams. Tyler Riki-Pahewa, Dylan Brockett and Ifor Jones (from the Waikato Team), and Anthony Sinclair (who played for Counties Manukau) have been selected for the New Zealand 15 Boys Touch team, and Matthew Lansdown, Morgan Harper, Orbyn Leger, Rameka Poihipi and Josef Meek have made the New Zealand 17 Boys Touch team. These players will travel to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, from the 13th to the 21st of September, and we will follow their progress with interest. Congratulations to these boys and their families on this outstanding accomplishment, and we wish them every success.
HBHS was well represented indeed at the Mai FM National Touch Championships held at Papamoa from February 14 to 16 this year. Dylan Brockett, Nikorai Paul, Ifor Jones, Thompson-Reed Karena and Wiremu Beattie are now back-to-back winners of the Under 15 Championship title, having played for Waikato last year as well. They were joined this year by fellow HBHS players Raiki Willison (as captain), Tyler Riki-Pahewa, Tairoa Crean, Kees Anderson and Cameron Todd. The team, coached by HBHS parent and long-time Touch supporter Mr Danny Beattie, were utterly dominant in the competition, winning every match they played by at least two points. (Article cont)
On a day that was unusually rain-free for the HBHS Swimming Sports Competition, the 2014 Champions, along with the winners of the Haka Competition have been found. Whilst the Haka Competition was the closest it has been in years, with 6 points the difference between first and last place, the House Swimming Sports Competition was anything but, with Taylor House winning by a considerable margin. Argyle House (pictured, right) took out the Haka Competition with a polished and very well-rehearsed effort, with Taylor a very close second. In the Inter-House relay this result was reversed, with Taylor the winners from Argyle, and in the all-important Staff Inter-faculty relay it was a combined English and Social Sciences team that took the win. The Junior, Intermediate and Senior Swim Champions are as follows, along with the Haka and House Competition final results. Check out the Term 1 High Achiever for a full report on today's events, and a special thank you to Mr Hemi Coates and the Physical Education Department for organising a superb day. (Article cont)
On Thursday 13 February, the HBHS golf team took to the St Andrew's Golf Course in order to compete for a place in this year's Super 8 team. Teacher in Charge of Golf, Mr Brendon Cooley, reports on the tournament...
It was certainly an important day for the golfers, as there are only 8 spots available in the Super 8 team. The junior boys were competing to see who would take out the Junior Cup in 2014, and it was the first stage in the Senior Cup competition, which will be decided on performances over the year to encourage consistency.
Check out this article that appeared on page 2 of today's edition of the Waikato Times for more on our world-beating duo. Thanks to Education Reporter Libby Wilson and the Waikato Times for their excellent coverage of our excellent students.
HBHS students have certainly been making their mark at a global level over the past few years, and the 2013 IGCSE results have served up not one, but two world-beaters, and they're not even in Year 13 yet! Christopher Mayo (pictured, left) and Soumil Singh (pictured, right) have scored top of the world in one subject each, and Soumil has also topped New Zealand overall across all of his subjects. What makes Christopher's results even more extraordinary is that he was invited to sit IGCSE as a Year 10 student (a full year early), and achieved a mark of 99% in Mathematics and 97% in Co-ordinated Science, with his Science mark earning him a first in the world award. Soumil notched up a collection of marks in the late nineties which were as follows: 96% in Science, 97% in three subjects, Economics, English Literature and Geography, and 99% in Mathematics. He was placed first in New Zealand for best overall in five subjects, first in New Zealand for Economics, and first in the world for Geography. We would like to congratulate these students on their exceptional accomplishments, and congratulate and thank their very proud families for all of their efforts and support. (Article cont)