Lytton High School

Newsletter · Term 2 2024

Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou.
Mānawatia a Matariki! The stars of the Matariki cluster have certainly aligned well for us this term. There have been several examples of shining stars this term. At the 2024 Ngā Manu Kōrero Speech competitions, hosted by Ngata Memorial College, three of our students shone. Then there was the sparkle of the stars who travelled to Wellington to attend the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. Followed by the stars that ascended and twinkled with the recent school production, The Dawn of Te Matatini, at the War Memorial Theatre.

With Matariki rising above the horizon in the early morning we reopened and rededicated the school hall. It was an auspicious occasion with many past pupils and staff in attendance.

Keep well, mauri ora.

Ngā Manu Kōrero

My first time attending Ngā Manu Kōrero was an amazing experience. The supportive and encouraging atmosphere was inspiring, as everyone cheered on the participants, celebrating their courage and skill. It was a profound experience that left me with a greater appreciation for the richness of Māori oratory traditions and a sense of pride in being part of such a meaningful event. Speaking in front of everyone at Ngā Manu Kōrero for the first time was both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. As I made my way to the front, I could feel my heart racing and my palms sweating, but I also felt a surge of excitement and pride in representing my school. The supportive atmosphere and the encouragement from the audience gave me the confidence I needed to begin. While sharing my speech, I focused on each word, hoping to convey my message with clarity and passion. As I spoke, I could see the attentive faces of the listeners, which helped ease my nerves. By the time I finished, the applause and positive reactions from the crowd were incredibly rewarding, making all the preparation and practice worthwhile. I would highly recommend others participate in Ngā Manu Kōrero. Beyond personal growth, it's a unique opportunity to celebrate and share Māori culture, language, and identity. It not only allows you to develop valuable skills but also connects you deeply with your heritage and community. It's a memorable and enriching experience that I believe everyone should have the chance to enjoy, and I cannot wait to do it again next year in the senior category. Zyanja R.

SGCNZ 2O24 – Ritana Goes On the National Stage!

“I were but little happy if I could say how much.” – William Shakespeare
In our last Newsletter, we wrote about the preparations of our Rōpū Shakespeare for the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival at the regional level on the 10th of April. We are thrilled to report that we did our school proud that evening. Not only did we win the award for Best Costuming, but Year 12 student Georgia Lee won the individual regional ‘Embodiment of the Shakespearean Spirit’ award for her acting. We also won the Overall Prize for the evening – meaning that we were selected to travel to Wellington for the National Festival.
Over King’s Birthday weekend, our fabulous cast made the journey to
Te Whanganui-A-Tara, ably accompanied by Kōkā Beatrice, Kōkā Gwyneth, and Mr Cunningham. We were fortunate to be able to stay at Te Tatau o te Pō Marae (Te Ati Awa) in Petone. Our days in the capital were filled with activities, Festival workshops and the performances themselves. Our students had a ball! The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to act on the stage of the St James Theatre was not lost on them, and they did beautifully.
At the end of the Festival, Rītana received a coveted Participation Certificate, and our very own Year 12 student Reaf Dittmer was given the incredibly prestigious Sam Wanamaker Award for Most Promising Actor. He has since been invited to join the 2024 National Shakespeare in Schools Production – one of only 48 actors out of roughly 4000 to take part in this year’s Regional and National Festivals.
Congratulations to Reaf, Georgia, Paige, May, Zyanja, Thom, Helena, Ruby, Kayleigh, Fleur and Uma!
Arohanui also to our Support People, Te Whare Toi teachers, Cath, Leanne,
Mr Elliott and the Board. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Reaf D

Lytton Lego Masters 2024

The Lytton Lego Club started in Term 2 as a place to come and hang out, interact with like minded people, meet new people and get creative! The club meets every Wednesday and Friday at lunchtime and is open to people of all ages and abilities. The students come and go to fit in with their other commitments, and can build from plans or create their own masterpiece.
Teachers, Heidi Rice and Megan Hughes are onsite in R04 to support and host Lytton’s future engineers, designers, artists and all round Lego junkies. There are 2 rules in the Lego Club; clean up at the end and HAVE FUN! We are very grateful for the ongoing support of our local RTLB Service who have helped make this happen.
If you haven’t checked us out yet, then come along and GET CREATIVE!

Boys and their toys.

Our dedicated Caretaker Mark & Property Manager Kevin are delighted with their new John Deere Gator, completing the line up of equipment. Their smiles say it all.

Outward Bound 2024

In May this year, three year twelve students - Gypsy Walder, Benjamin Shanks and Nasya Battin took up the challenge and spent three weeks in and around Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds at Outward Bound.
They all had a wonderful time. Here is some of the feedback from the trip;

How was it, what was hard, good, great?
- sailing in stormy weather, being so cold and wet that your hands just wrinkled up.
- The long days and cold nights because it was winter. I wasn’t challenged from being away from school for three weeks though.
Fun times ;
- when the whole group worked together and was positive.
- Eating hot food around the campfire at night. Collecting firewood, talking without modern distractions like phones, tv.. no wifi.
Impacts on you ;
- Boosted my confidence, I was scared of public speaking but now I have done it three times and survived!
- I improved my public speaking and it allowed me to do the speech at the museum, made me fitter and stronger both physically and mentally. I learnt how to cope with challenges.
What are some of the things you did?
- sailed a cutter, tramped and learnt orienteering, did volunteer work in the community, spent time in the bush alone, did waka ama, kayaking and rock climbing.
- ate great meals, the food was good except the gluten free, dairy free, meat free stuff!

Would you recommend this course to others?
- definitely, it’s a really great time, we all had fun and worked together.
- Yes it’s definitely worth it, the scenery is amazing, going without a phone or the internet is actually so much fun in that environment. Like here at school, we just often see the same thing, but to go to the South Island and be outdoors and see the Sounds, spend time talking etc is so much better. Definitely something you want to include in your life - doing this.
In Gisborne a group of fourteen students are picked from our rohē to attend the Outward Bound course. It is fully paid for by sponsors, in particular the Sunshine Foundation. We are very grateful for this and those who contribute to this organization.

Rītana Speech Competitions

Coming in as a late entry, Jeree Smith-Morgan went on to win the senior section of this year’s Rītana Speech Competition. His topic, ‘Stress less, live more: Rangatahi Tips’, was chosen from the same list given to our Ngā Manu Kōrerō contestants. Jeree likened the feeling of stress to that of a villain in a Marvel story saying, “Stress is a super villain whose power can often be underestimated.” To battle this villain, Jeree recommended surrounding yourself with music you enjoy and people who love you.”
Maddy Honig, who won the junior section, had the judges laughing and amused with her tips about building confidence and strength through public speaking.
Congratulations also to Zavier Williams who came second in the junior section with his heartfelt speech on last year’s Cyclone Gabrielle and flooding in Tūranganui a Kiwa.

Drivers Licencing

Congratulations to our students who were successful in passing their drivers licences.

Black Berry Jam - Rockquest

Huge Congratulations to Black Berry Jam (Eru, Kingston and Jameson) who took out 1st Place Band at the Rockquest Regional Finals last Friday!
They now get the chance to qualify for the National finals.
Photo Credit to Doug Menzies

Visit to Japan May 2024

In May Mr Majstrovic, Mr Ingram & Miss Oliver took a group of 17 senior students to experience Japan for 10 days, here are some of their reflections.
“I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to experience Japan the way we did. Through staying in home stays I made some great connections and had many different adventures with each home stay. Massive shout out to Ryan for making this trip happen, couldn’t have done it without you, we appreciate you” Stella P

"My favourite experience was the Maid Cafe in Akihabara, I feel like you'd only find something like this in Japan." Oliver B

"I was incredibly lucky to experience Japan’s unforgettable beauty, culture and all the loving families that welcomed me so generously. I made connections that have now turned into forever friendships ." Adellah B
“After living in such a small city all my life, seeing nothing but a city on the horizon was an incredibly unique feeling.” Thom C

"Everyone had a lot of fun in Japan and we will cherish our memories of the trip for a long time If you plan on going some day make sure to visit Nonoichi -- they love people from Gizzy!" Cassidy P

The Dawn of Te Matatini

With four scheduled performances, this year’s school concert The Dawn of Te Matatini, did not disappoint with close to 500 ākonga attending each matinee show, enthralled with the characters singing and dancing about on stage. With such positive feedback like that of one of our schools: “ … the show was magic! All our kids from year 0 to year 8 loved it, especially the modern twists. So much energy and talent. They engaged with the audience so well and above all they all looked like they were having fun. You all should be very proud.” And proud we were. Ruataupare Stewart who played the characters of the koekoea, tuna and skink said, “Close to the ending of the performance, we introduced the cast for the audience to let them know who we were and bowed, clapped and sung a song for everyone to join in. Everyone who performed on that stage saw the smiles, heard the laughter and claps from the audience and we knew we had done a good job. We left the stage feeling good about ourselves - that was the best feeling.” Many thanks go to all the cast and crew, and especially to those who attended and supported our rangatahi.

Outdoor Education

In Term 2, both Year 11 and Year 12 Outdoor Education classes tested their navigation and shelter building skills. Year 11 students undertook their second day hike at Te Kuri Farm Walkway, while Year 12 students embarked on their second overnight hike at Lake Waikareiti. This proved to be a valuable experience for all participants.
Meanwhile, Year 13 Outdoor Education students had initially planned a multi-day hike around Lake Waikaremoana. However, due to a heavy rain warning, they had to adjust their plans. After rescheduling, they managed to complete the most challenging section of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk up to Panekire Hut, which stands at 1180 meters above sea level. Students were rewarded for their hard work with panoramic views of Lake Waikaremoana.

Inclusive Team - Dancefit

This term our Rongomaiwhiti kids did hiphop with Dancefit Studios. The 10 week workshop teaches students the joy of movement, freedom of self expression, strength, balance and a pure love of dance. There is so much to think about; arms, legs, musicality, facial expression and spacing to name a few. The big finale was being selected to perform to a full house at the War Memorial Theatre. Look out for them at the DFS Xmas Concert!

Sports Photos Term Two

Sports Calendar

27- 28 July - North Island Secondary Schools Bowls Tournament
2 - 6 September - Winter Tournament Week

Welcome to New Staff

A very warm welcome to all the new staff who have joined us this term.

Sarah Donnelly - Teacher Te Whare Whai Hua
Callam McCready - Teacher
Kereama Rakuraku - Teacher

Staff Farewells

For Term Two we bid a fond farewell to.
Bob Leeming
Hollie Murrell - Extended leave
Ben Ross-Murphy
Beatrice Papazoglou
Emma Schweizer - Extended leave

Upcoming Events

22 July - First day Term Three
24 July - Hui Whanau Meeting
27- 28 July - North Island Secondary Schools Bowls Tournament
29 July - Cactus begins
6 August - Board of Trustees Meeting
6-7 August - School Photos
10 August - School Ball
19 August - Accord Day
2 - 6 September - Winter Tournament Week
17 September - Board of Trustees Meeting
21 September - Cactus Longest Day
27 September - Last day of Term Three
14 October - First day of Term Four