Lytton High School

Newsletter · Term 4 2023

Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou.
On the last day of this term as I reflect on this period of time, I am overwhelmed with joy and pride. Working in education can be tough. It can be a real grind at times. However, the rewards are immense.
In this last week I have had the honour to observe drama and music performed by our young people at the recent SGCNZ Otago University Sheilah Winn Shakepeare Festival and last night's Talent Quest. These were great, they were built on consistently turning up to do the work, culminating with the need to lean into the fear of performing, and just doing it. Professor Milroy, tūwhitia te hopo, "embrace the fear and do it!"
We hope you enjoy the newsletter as it captures some of these moments of reward. Keep our young people well over the next two weeks and please remind them that consistency wins always.

Mauri ora!

Relay for Life

From 12.00pm on the 9th of March the teachers, prefects and a few other students walked a 24 hour relay in support of the Cancer Society. This year it was open to the whole community after a few years of cancelled events. In the lead up to the relay the teachers and prefects raised a grand total of $5029.00 for the Cancer Society. This was done through individual fundraising and a school wide bake sale.
Ritana won a Certificate of Recognition for possessing the Spirit of Relay, this entails; Good behaviour/attitude, great set up, and school spirit. We are beyond happy with how everyone performed at the relay and grateful as it gave our prefects the opportunity to bond as a team. A huge thank you to everyone who got involved and came to visit our prefects down at the showgrounds!

Prefect Camp

Our prefects went on their Rotorua Camp from the 10th March - 12th March. They represented Lytton High School in the GRIP Leadership Conference, where they learnt how to become young leaders and help better Lytton High School. They did a wonderful job at displaying our school values of ako, aroha and aspire throughout the camp. During this trip our team made the most of every opportunity that presented itself, such as, Redwoods tree walk at night, the luge, and white water rafting before heading back home. During all of these activities the team bonded with each other which helped everyone gain an understanding of others abilities.

William Barton Workshop

On Thursday 14th March a group of music and social studies students went to the War Memorial Theatre to attend a workshop held by William Barton and Chamber Music New Zealand.
It was an opportunity to experience Australian Aboriginal music and stories. He was an engaging speaker and an amazing musician and left our students with an appreciation of the culture and of didgeridoo playing that they would have otherwise never have encountered.

3 Year 13 PE classes, 3 epic teachers, one Maunga to climb.

On Thursday the 29th of February, a 10.5 kilometre tramp followed a 2.5 hour drive for the Year 13 PE classes, led by Mr Hooper, Mr Devery and Koka Lana. After hours of tramping, the keen Year 13’s and teachers would find themselves at 1,250 meters above sea level. Camp was quickly set up, with everyone helping others to get the job done.
Friday morning started off with sunrise watching at the Pou, a few hundred metres from the hut. Alongside this, Mr Devery gave a lesson on the cultural significance of the site.
A nutritional breakfast was then had before the 2 and a half hour walk back to the carpark.
2 days of tramping filled with friendly competition, banter, character building and an invaluable cultural experience, the hikoi up Mt Hikurangi was the highlight of the term for Year 13 PE and Outdoor Education.
Everyone had a good time and we’re all looking forward to Lake Waikaremoana in term 2!
Zarneo Baker

Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Regional Festival.

“Let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me.”
Preparations are underway for the Lytton High School entry to this year’s SGCNZ Otago University Sheilah Winn Shakepeare Festival!
We have a wonderful cast of 11 students from every year level who are all working hard to learn their lines and blocking for our 15 minute performance of sections of the famous and well-loved play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.
The Prince is coming to stay at Leonata's house, bringing Claudio and Benedick with him.
Will true love spring anew from the ruins of war, or will Benedick and Beatrice miss their chance again? Not if their friends and family have anything to do with it…

Outdoor Education

During week 7 a group of 29 Year 12 Outdoor Education students completed their first overnight hikoi to Koranga Forks Hut in the Waioeka Conservation Area. This was a challenging track following the Koranga River with stream crossings, slips and steep climbs. Students had to pack appropriately for the conditions while keeping weight to a minimum, set up their campsite and prepare their meals in groups. Highlights included manus in the freshwater swimming hole, fishing for tuna and smores over the campfire.
In week 10 it was the Year 11 Outdoor Education class’ turn to get on the track. They completed their first day hikoi at Opoutama/ Cooks Cove in Uawa, Tolaga Bay. Students were being assessed on their introductory knowledge of weather, the land safety code, and maps in the outdoors. Highlights included pūrākau shared by Matua Cam and exploring Te Kotere o te Whenua/ The Hole in the Wall.

Mr Hooper
Kaiako - Outdoor Education

Eugene's Corner

Well, we started our sports with a hiss and a roar this term as well as being pressed for time with the range of activities on offer. Waka Ama preparations were first out of the blocks in readiness for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship, held in Rotorua. Netball, Indoor Bowls, Hockey, Rugby and Basketball trials soon followed.
Athletics – We were blessed to have sunny days to start off our athletic week with the Javelin event. Got high jump out of the way, with some interesting battles, Logan Gibson winning Senior Boys. The athletic track was cultured perfectly, as a result Jacob Lewis won the Junior Boys 800M, Ezequiel Ribeiro Intermediate Boys and Jakeb Te Kani Brown Senior Boys. Capria Tamatea won Intermediate Girls with Oho Hailey the Senior Girls winner. In the 1500M, Ruby Ferguson won the Junior Girls, Amandine Mariette Senior Girls, Victor Barnard Intermediate Boys and Sosaia Fine was Senior Boys winner. On Athletics Day it was lovely to see the House colours on display, some going all out with war paint, tutus, ribbons etc. The weather wasn’t looking too good with forecast for rain in the afternoon. However, we soldiered on. We were able to complete most of the events: 100M, 200M, Shot Put, Long Jump, Disc, before the rain
drove us to seek shelter. A decision to continue the sports later during our lunch break the following week, gave us the opportunity to catch up on those year grades and complete the overall House points standings. As always the 200M and 100M final is exhilarating and a spectacle to watch. Congratulations to Rilee Walker, who won Senior Girls discus, with a throw of 25.9m. Also to Stella Perano who has bragging rights in the Senior Girls Shot Put with a new record of 11.05M. Ka mau te wehi.
Basketball – Trials, practices and other sports activities finally led to the preparation of basketball. A Senior Boys squad emerged that looks exciting to watch with seasoned playmaker Tu Maurirere Tuwairua named and new comer Henrich Bilran also one to keep an eye on. Stepping up to the Senior grade are some of the Junior Boys champions from 2023, Logan Takoko, Richard Moa Lyver, Benecio Hira and Anaru Vertongen. We had a good start to the Girls training and there’s hope that the girls will do well under the tutelage and wing of former student, O’Shae Rangihaeata, a basketballer extraordinaire. We have a mixture of talent amongst the Junior Boys Basketball team. The flair of some differs from the ability of others which is challenging. Getting the right mixture so that one doesn’t look out of place is testing.
Hockey-. What a great turnout, we play Monday evenings and are never short of numbers this year. Mr. David Preddey is once again giving of his time to coach and guide the team. Also making a difference imparting her knowledge, expertise and know how, is Kōkā Anita Wharepapa. Nga mihi ki a korua.
Indoor Bowls – We have not had a full muster at practice yet because of various school happenings and goings on. However, from the occasional peek I’ve made, I’m quietly confident that we will do well at the upcoming North Island Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Tournament at Mount Maunganui next term. I‘m appreciative that Rachael Rickard has once again accepted this coaching role. Nga mihi nui.
Netball- I’m grateful for Koka Stephanie Oliver for putting her hand up to support Ritana Netball this year. As a result of trials, personal changes and things, we are blessed with a Senior A, Junior A coached by Sarah Reihana, a Lytton Social team looked after by Trixie Gan and a Mixed Netball team headed by Jarrod Waikawa. We wish them all the best for their upcoming games.
Rugby – Boys are training Thursday after school at Campion College, Mr Mark Naden and Mr Brendon Hart are taking the U15's. The U18's have a poor attendance so far and we are seeking assistance with the U18 boys. Start date is 2nd week back in Term 2. Keep a watch on the School Notices for times and venues once the draw has been made.

Sports Calendar Term 2

Boys Football begins – Wed 1st May
Rugby begins – Wed 8th May
Tairawhiti Secondary Schools Golf – Tues 14th May
East Coast North Island Cross Country – Wed 5th June
Basketball - to be confirmed
Ngata 7's - to be confirmed
Term 3
North island Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls – 26 -28th July

Staff Farewells

For Term One we bid a fond farewell to
Luke McKenzie - Teacher

Welcome to New Staff

A very warm welcome to all the new staff who will join us for Term Two 2024.
Sarah Donnelly - Teacher Te Whare Whai Hua
Gloria Folau - Teacher Aide
Callam McCready - Teacher
Kereama Rakuraku - Teacher
Kelly Simpson - Transition / Careers Administrator

Upcoming Events

29th April - 1st Day of Term 2
14th May - BOT Meeting
16 -17th May - Ngā Manu Kōrero - Ngata College
31st May - ACCORD day
3rd June - Kings Birthday
4th June - Whanau Hui
10 - 14th June - School Production "Dawn of Matatini"
24th June - Year 9 Hearing Screening
25th June - BOT Meeting
28th June - Matariki
5th July - Last Day of Term 2
22nd July - Term 3 begins