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Lytton High School

Newsletter · Term 4 2023

Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou.
Thank you for another amazing year. Despite the weather issues of term one, we have collectively moved forward one step at a time. Our community has shown resilience in the face of adversity. Thank you for these wonderful young people who are inspiring while also challenging.

Please enjoy the reading the final newsletter for the year.

In preparation for 2024, I would ask you as parents and guardians to;
  • begin asking each day, what they did well at school and what they could have done better
  • remind them daily, of the importance of attending and being on time for learning,
  • that their circle of friends will change over time and that it is okay,
  • and lastly, to always be kind to others.
Enjoy the Summer Break . Mauri ora!

2024 Prefects

Congratulations to our students who have been selected as prefects for 2024, we wish you a rewarding year ahead.
Baker, Zarneo
Barbarich, Piper
Bartlett, Lane
Bodle, George
Christieson, Paige
Gibson, Logan
Lamb, Melissa
Mariette, Amandine
Mill, Manaia
Mullany, Ava
Norris, Isla
Patel, Panth
Perano, Stella
Van Zyl, Darren
Van Zyl, Matthew
Walker-Komene, Adelaide
Walker, Rilee

Year 11 Fashion

Stevie and Aria ( Year 11 Fashion) decided to combine contrasting colours when they had the opportunity to create a hoodie. Awesome work girls. All the hard mahi paid off and you gained 10 NCEA Level 1 credits. Ka pai

Congratulations to Kobe Rongonui

Kobe is a Year 9 student who gained 3rd place in the 'Cushion Category" at our local A & P show recently. Fabulous news Kobe who incidentally is a first time sewer. Ka pai Ms R

Clean Sweep at the A&P Show.

Pin cushions and sewing kits were the order of the day with a clean sweep at the local A & P show held here recently in the Any Article section in the Hall of Industries craft section. These 3 students had never entered the competition before and were super proud of themselves with placings.
1st Place - Aria Harris Year 11
2nd Place - Gypsy Walder Year 11
3rd Place - Lily Hobrough Year 13
Awesome work girls.

Cupcakes for the Community

SuperGrans Tairāwhiti is a holistic service that offers whānau a hand when they need it. The two Year 10 Food classes decided to make cup cakes to provide some of the kai products that SuperGrans deliver to those in need.
The rangatahi enjoyed the experience of doing something for others and were treated to a few of the delicious cupcakes they had made.
A special mention to Miss Leanne of Good Bitches Baking who was the icing queen and showed the classes how to ice a cupcake with creative flair.
Ka pai Year 10 Food

Waka Ama - Trans Tasman Gubbi Gubbi 2023

Hau toto, hau toto,
Ko Tu heke ana, ko Rongo heke ana,
Ko te ngahau o Tū.

Over the Term 3 Holiday, a group of twelve fantastic senior students and four teachers had the opportunity to travel over to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia to compete in the Trans Tasman Gubbi Gubbi International Waka Ama regatta for 2023. After many weeks of planning, intense training and picking mandarins, we hit the ground running!
We arrived in Brisbane on the 27th of September, bright and early after a 3:00 am start (New Zealand time!). After checking out our apartments in Marcoola on the Sunshine Coast and exploring some of our surroundings, it was time to get back to work. Our Lytton/Mareikura team helped the Mooloolaba Rowing Club set up and lash all of the waka that evening, a gesture that represented the impressive sportsmanship and attitude that our team would display for the entire trip.
One of the Waka lashed by our students named Rowe Wharehinga had a connection here in Turanganui-a-Kiwa. As evident from the Lytton High School honors board, where his achievements in 1999 are proudly displayed, Rowe was a highly skilled and accomplished sportsman. Sadly, Rowe's untimely passing in 2021, at the age of 38, left a void in the Waka Ama community. It was a privilege for our students to celebrate his memory and honour his leadership in the world of Waka Ama.
His legacy continues to inspire and remind us of the impact one individual can have in the world of sports and leadership.
The Gubbi Gubbi tournament ran from the 29th September to the 1st October and involved teams from Australia, New Zealand and the wider Pacific, including New Caledonia. Our students represented Rītana with pride and performed amazingly well throughout the tournament… whether on the water, or launching waka for other teams! Our mixed six-man teams managed to come home with a gold and bronze ribbon respectively, on the first competition day for taking out the second division 500m mixed W6 Ocean Sprint. However, a special mention is deserved for the performance of our mixed twelve-man and girls six-man teams. The J19 boys and girls twelve-man double hull team came away with a bronze medal in a fiercely competitive 500m Ocean Sprint. As well as this, our J19 girls won a hugely impressive silver medal for the 4km Ocean Marathon race.
All 12 of our athletes can be massively proud of their performance on the international stage, as they produced some moments that they and their teachers alike will never forget. As part of the overall experience Rītana also performed in the ‘Cultural Evening’, which featured items hailing from Australia; Sāmoa, New Caledonia, Tonga and Aotearoa. The practice our students put into both Hautoto and our own school haka paid off in a performance that was brimming with mana and pride.
After the competition was over, Rītana headed south to the Gold Coast, where we spent three days at MovieWorld, Wet ‘n’ Wild and doing a lot of shopping. This was a fantastic way for our students to unwind, have fun, and explore some of the best parts of Australia. After their performance at Gubbi Gubbi, they definitely deserved it!
We extend our gratitude to Turanga Health, Mareikura, Y.MP, Horouta and Mooloolaba waka ama clubs, parents, teachers and supporters that have made this experience possible. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa!
These 12 students represented Rītana and Mareikura Waka Ama Club fantastically well and set a high standard for the future of the sport here at kura. We are extremely proud of them and excited for what the future holds for Waka Ama at Lytton High School - can it get better than this?
To the support staff, kei te mihi ki a koutou. Lauren Carr, Jason Devery, Daryl Dunn and Luke McKenzie.
The final mention and mihi must go to the students who put in the effort and commitment to paddle. Piper Barbarich, Te Rangiora Bartlett-Tamatea, Kalea Daly, Amiria Devery, Leityn Henry, Kalais Hooper, Shivarna Lewis, Te Mauri Matete, Flex McGhee, Charlize Ngarimu, Rangimaitu Patuwai, Haami Salmanzadeh. You were true ambassadors for te kura o Rītana. Mei kore ake koutou hei pokai rangatahi ma te kura o Rītana.

Whano, whana!
Haramai te toki! Haumi e! Hui e! Tāiki e!
We are pleased to welcome to the Lytton High School Board the newly elected members for 2023-2024.
Quentin Mill, Parent Representative
Zarneo Baker - Student Representative
Returning board members are,
Gabrielle Perano, Rachael Reynolds & Hugh Stuart, all Parent Representatives.
Albie Gibson, who is re-elected for Parent Representative & our current Board Chairperson.
Charlie Holland the Staff Representative & Wiremu Elliott, Principal.
We would also like to thank Janine Bava a departing Parent Representative for her contribution to the school board for the last three years & to Chloe White the student representative for her contribution in 2023.

Leavers Dinner 2023

The last day of November was our annual Year 13 Leavers Dinner. We had a great turn out of both students and staff and we enjoyed a delicious meal at The Vines. It was an emotional time at the conclusion of the evening when Mrs Te Puni and the students exchanged their final farewells. We wish all the students well for their future.

Elements Group Trip to Tauranga.

In late October the Elements Creative Writing and Reading Group attended the Tauranga
Arts Festival where students were able to hear from some of Aotearoa’s leading writers in
fiction, poetry, scripts, children's literature and short fiction. Junior student Ashia Nicklin
loved seeing Lynley Dodd saying, “As well as writing, Lynley Dodd has a unique style of
illustrating and learning about her process was very cool as someone who aspires to be an
artist. As a bonus, I also got my book signed. Senior student, Selina Mills commented, “The
thing that I loved about the Katherine Mansfield panel is how, even though she passed away
a century ago, the impact of her work on Katie Wolfe, Michèle A’Court, Charlotte Yates, and
Claire Mabey—who spoke at the panel has made her writing timeless.” Newly elected
prefect, Paige Christieson commented on the final event of the day, “The ‘Comfort/Disturb’
talk featuring Sam Brooks, Katie Wolfe, and Tusiata Avia was rather interesting because it
highlighted what it's like to make work that is meant to disturb people. They talked about how
they take on criticism, how different audiences perceive their works, and how they take on
backlash sent their way by people who don't necessarily like the work they make. Their talk
really made me think about how I take on criticism about my work and I aspire to get to their
level when dealing with this kind of stuff.”

Celebrating Te Whare Taupua

Te Whare Taupua stood proudly on stage at the Tūranganui Schools Māori Cultural Festival. This was the 38th Anniversary of the festival and our second year performing. This is all about participation in a non competitive festival of kapa haka. This is one way naturally to inject and learn Te Reo Maori within our schools. ‘Kia Mate Ururoa, Koi mate wheke!’. All our students made us proud. They accepted the challenge and excelled on the day!
Te Whare Taupua experienced life at Te Tapuae o Rongokako Marine Reserve. It was a wonderful day to wander over and explore the rock pools. Underwater visibility was crystal clear and we were able to see many anemones, small fish, crayfish and lots of kina. Our students absolutely loved their experience. We had to remind ourselves that it is a reserve and that it is under protection.
Te Whare Taupua day at the Kiwa Pools. This was a reward and celebration of all learners' achievements. They definitely deserved this day out!
Senior Kia Manawanui students participated in a variety of physical activities throughout the year. Students performed many indicators to achieve their physical goals. Here are some indicators they had to display:
  • Being organised and prepared for the activities
  • Come with a positive attitude
  • Attempting to improve their level of performance.
Senior Kia Manawanui students who achieved their ‘LEARNERS LICENSE’ are
Renae Davidson, Lily Hobrough, Lilly Mear, Fabian Waikawa-Waihape, Mihimoana Waikawa-Waihape, Sonny Perston and Ben Adcock,
Ka mau kē te wehi!

2023 Senior Prizegiving

On Thursday 2nd November we had the pleasure of celebrating the successes of our senior students. A full prizegiving recipient list can be seen here. Images from the evening can be seen on our Facebook page.

2023 Junior Prizegiving

The Junior prizegiving was held on Wednesday 5th December here at school. It was a pleasure to welcome so many parents and whanau to the event. The full award recipient list can be seen here.

Sports Calendar Term 4

8th March - Athletics Day
18th - 22nd March - Secondary Schools Waka Ama Nationals
16th - 18th April - NZ Secondary Schools Ki-o-Rahi Nationals

2024 Enrolments

2024 enrolments are now open. A copy of our Prospectus and enrolment forms are available on our website or from the school office. Enrolments for 2024 received after the closing of the school office on Friday 8th December 2023, will be processed in the following time frame:
● Completed enrolment forms (including all relevant paperwork required e.g. previous school reports and information, received before February 1st 2024, will have an interview with the Dean prior to being accepted and work towards a start date of Monday 12th February.
● Enrolments received on or after February 1st 2024, will be notified of the start date once an interview with the Dean can be arranged, all relevant information/paperwork is received and acceptance of enrolment has been confirmed.
This process is to ensure that new students to Lytton have the best transition possible which sets them up for success for the remainder of the year.

2024 Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop will be open week days from Wednesday 24th January 2024 between 10.00am and 2.00pm until Wednesday 31st January, as well as, two late nights on
Thursday 25th January and Tuesday 30th January from 5.00pm until 7.00pm.

Staff Farewells

For Term Four we bid a fond farewell to
Bronwyn Johnstone
Michelle Lawrence
Lulu Maitai
Jismi Mathew
Christina McClutchie
Deb McClutchie
Pieter Reichwein
Chrissie Robertson
Hana Ropata
Sue St John
Sue Te Puni
Cleo Thorpe Ngata
Morgan West
Simon Win

Welcome to New Staff

A very warm welcome to all the new staff who will join us for Term One 2024.
Radhika Chand - Teacher Aide
Freda Christie - Teacher Aide
Shannon Harris - Teacher
Jade Hinaki - Teacher Aide
Rangituhia Hollis - Teacher
Emma Le Goff - Teacher
Sumie Madill - Teacher Aide
Ranjani Mudaliar - Teacher
Ben Ross-Murphy - Teacher
Te Ataarangi TeRito-Niwa - Teacher Aide

Upcoming Events

8th December - Final Day of School
1st February - First day for Year 9's
2nd February - Full School First Day
6th February - Waitangi Day
12th - 14th February - Year 9 Camp
8th March - Athletics Day
9th - 12th March - Prefect Camp
18th - 22nd March - Secondary Schools Waka Ama Nationals
23rd - 24th March - Relay for Life
25th - 31st March - Meijo High School visit
29th March - Good Friday
1st - 2nd April - Easter Monday & Tuesday
8th - 12th March - Green Week
12th April - Last Day of Term 1
16th - 18th April - NZ Secondary Schools Ki-o-Rahi Nationals
29th April - 1st Day of Term 2