Lytton High School

Newsletter · Term 3 2023

Principal's Message

Tēnā koutou i te wiki o te reo Māori. Nau mai Mahuru Māori.

What an amazing term 3! This newsletter captures some of those great moments.
As we share these moments, we thought it was important to publicly say thank you to Wiremu Wharehinga, alias Pāpā Wī. Our resident kaumātua, i.e. our resident mentor for students and staff.
A fortnight ago Pāpā Wī joined the illustrious 80s club. We, as a school and community, have been blessed to have him here. He treats all students as though they are his very own mokopuna. He praises as only a grandfather can and he scolds in a way that students both accept and respect.
He never misses a day of school. His respect for our young people is evident by his professional standard of always wearing a suit and tie. This standard is captured in the famous words of his tipuna, Tamaterangi, who said "as the clouds bedeck the heavens so feathers adorn a bird", "he ao te rangi ka uhia, he huruhuru te manu ka tau."
Happy birthday Pāpā Wī, may you enjoy continued good health and many more birthdays.

Keep well, mauri ora.
Wiremu Elliott

Ritana Ball 2023

Ritana Ball 2023

Each year, Lytton High School continues its tradition of inviting Year 12 and Year 13 students to the eagerly anticipated Ball. This annual event serves as a cherished highlight in the lives of our seniors, allowing them to come together to celebrate their growth, achievements, and the friendships forged within our school community.

This year, on the 19th of August, we transported ourselves to the glamorous era of "The Great Gatsby" for a truly unforgettable evening. The theme was thoughtfully selected by the dedicated members of our ball committee, who strived to make this event exceptional in every way.

The setting for this enchanting soirée was none other than the Lawson Field Theatre, which was transformed. As the evening unfolded, it became clear that this year's Ball would be etched into our memories as a resounding success.

The night was graced by our impeccably dressed students, each one radiating elegance and style, who revelled in the joy of dancing the night away. The set of Brazil Beats Sound System's provided the soundtrack to our memorable journey. Dancing was not the only entertainment; the brave among us even engaged in rounds of limbo and musical chairs, adding an element of laughter to the festivities.

To capture these moments of glamour and camaraderie, we have included a selection of professional photos taken during the event, which are conveniently accessible on our Facebook page and the attached link. 2024 Ball Photo's

These images serve as a visual reminder of the magic that unfolded on that night for students to reflect on in many years to come.
As we reflect on this remarkable evening, we eagerly look ahead to the planning of the 2024 Ball. We hope to see another group of enthusiastic Year 12 and Year 13 students step forward to form the next ball committee. Together, we will work towards creating yet another unforgettable event of Lytton High School's tradition.

Tournament Week Boys Football

Lytton High School boys competed in the Hillsdene Football Tournament in Tauranga. Lytton had 2 wins, a draw and 4 losses during the week-long tournament.
The leading goal scorer was Xavier Priestly and our tournament MVP was Jakeb Te Kani-Brown.
Congratulations to all players on an awesome week and a special thanks to our Head Coach Breeze Parsons and Assistant Coach Cam Cairns.
We are looking forward to the 2024 season.

Lytton High School Drivers Licence Programme

This term 40 students have gained their learners drivers licence through preparation programmes held at either McInnes Driver Training or Matapuna Training centre. By the end of this year, a significant number of Year 11-13 students should have achieved at least their learners licence.
A group of 10 senior students have also successfully completed their Forklift license at McInnes Driver training.

Girls with Hi-Vis®

"Girls with Hi Vis" day was organised by Connexis. This was attended by Skye and Storm Sheridan, Kaydenze Harrison and Cadence Nom on the 18th June. It was held at the Waerenga o Kuri Quarry, Tiniroto. Girls with Hi-Vis® gives female students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, hear from inspirational women in the industry and learn what a career in the infrastructure's civil, energy, telco and water industries can offer. New Zealand's infrastructure industry has a skills gap when it comes to upgrading roading networks, replacing leaky water pipes, maintaining power lines or installing faster broadband technology, to name a few. These jobs are in high-demand, can be a lot of fun, and provide varied career paths…for women just as much as men. The girls all thoroughly enjoyed visiting the working Downer site, with at least 2 of them expressing they would like to potentially pursue a career in the industry.

Year 10 Journey Around the World

The two Year 10 Food classes took a 'journey around the world' with authentic food recipes from different countries. Some of our rangatahi knew or had heard of the food items whilst others had never tried these before. It was a great learning curve and all agreed that 'papadams' were a must to have with Butter Chicken. Ka pai Year 10.

Year 11 Fashion

Whoever said that sewing is a lost art/skill????? I'd like to meet them. To start the Year 11 Fashion semester course I decided to give our rangatahi a challenge. I noticed that they were losing their equipment that they needed to have for sewing. So voila they made an individual pin cushion and a little sewing kit that they could all keep their equipment in. They stepped up to the challenge and created these little beauties that they will take with them at the end of the course. They probably didn't realise the different processes of construction that were required.
I was so impressed that I entered them into our local A&P show in the Hall of Industries. Watch this space for the outcome...


A wonderful evening at the Theatre!
After months of hard work and many laughs, our 2023 school production went into the
Gisborne War Memorial Theatre for two memorable performances. Our first show was for whanau and friends at 7.00pm on July 26th , and we had a nearly full house. Whole families, plenty of friends and a good portion of Ritana support and teaching staff came along to tautoko our rangatahi, and there were proud hugs and amazed faces all around when our loved ones saw how great the production was and how terrific the cast and student crew were! The second performance was the next day, July 27th at 12.00pm. This showing was especially for Gisborne Intermediate and Ilminster Intermediate, and our audience really raised the roof showing their appreciation for all aspects of the performance. Hopefully next year we’ll see some of those students on stage for the 2024 production.
A huge mihi to those who helped us along our journey from page to stage – we couldn’t have done it without you! See you next year!

Student Representative to the Board of Trustees

Congratulations to Zarneo Baker on being elected as the incoming student representative to the school board of trustees, we wish him well in this role. We would also like to extend our thanks to Chloe White for her dedicated service as our departing representative.


CACTUS is an acronym for Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit & Support. This program has been with us here at Lytton High School since 2012 having over 400 students graduate. We went into recession for a year and half due to COVID and are in the development stages of revitalising the kaupapa again. 2023 brought us 20 students who were keen to give it a go, 8 weeks, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 5.30am to 7.30am in the Lytton High School Gym. Students were run through the PAT (Physical Appraisal Test) which consists of a 2.4km run, maximum push ups, and maximum press ups. From those testings the 20 students were then put through a variety of training sessions to strengthen and improve their cardio in preparation for the Longest Day.
Longest Day was on Saturday the 16th of September. At 5.00am students were lining up at the gym doorway waiting anxiously for what was in store. It started off as a normal morning, they got dressed, lined up in formation for a small briefing with the CACTUS staff and into the vans to their first mystery venue. 7 hours later after 26kms of running, crawling, multiple physical challenges saw 15 students complete CACTUS 2023 at approximately 12.30pm with the last task being pulling a 30 tonne Firetruck 500 metres up Gladstone Road.
The students were absolutely shattered and relieved it had finally finished and they could celebrate their success.
Congratulations to the following Lytton High School students. Zarneo Baker, Te Rangiora Bartlett-Tamatea, Benecio Hira, Yuna Preddey, Storm Sigley, Levi Spring, Joden Stuart, Capria Tamatea, Darren Van Zyl and Matthew Van Zyl. Also a big thank you to Stella Perano and Brooking Poi who passed CACTUS in 2021 but never had the opportunity to celebrate in style as the country was plagued with COVID and put into isolation.
Thank you to the Gisborne Police, Gisborne Fire Service and Kayla Tane for their time and commitment, and we wouldn't have been able to do this without the funding from the JN Williams Memorial Trust.
CACTUS will resume again next year Term 2.

Year 10 Top 40 Reward Day

In Weeks 8 and 9 of Term 3, 40 Year 10 akonga enjoyed a delightful day out as a reward for their hard mahi and dedication to their studies. Teachers of Year 10 students were tasked with nominating those who consistently excel in the classroom, exhibit positive attitudes, and embody the Ritana Values of Ako, Aroha, and Aspire. Originally, the plan was to take out 20 students, but due to the overwhelming number of nominations from multiple teachers, we decided to organise two separate days to celebrate these outstanding students.
The day's itinerary included a morning of mini golf, followed by a visit to the park for recreation and a delicious pizza lunch. The afternoon was spent at the fabulous new Kiwa Pools, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to the outing. It was heartwarming to witness these akonga being recognised for their dedication and commitment to their studies. Our intention is to continue this initiative and encourage all students to strive for nomination, inspiring them to embody the qualities that merit this well-deserved reward.

Miss Belton & Ms Murrell

Term Three Sports

"Talent unused, becomes talent diminished. Don’t let your talent diminish”.
Basketball - Lytton Junior Boys v Te Waiu was a ‘humdinger ‘of a game, you had to be there to get a feel of the feverish excitement and atmosphere the two teams provided. This was a game that had everything; ‘fouls’, ‘3 point shots’, ‘alley oops’, ‘bake n shake with the killer cross overs’. Lytton had to play catch up for ¾ of the match, behind by as much as 15 points. Then in the 4th quarter, ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the night, Manu Moana, weaved his ‘magic’ with spins, turns and shots that began to eat away at Te Waiu’s lead. Out of nowhere, Jaiya Fleming and Jahmin Toa combined to give Lytton a crucial lead, as we made our way to the front, see sawing goal for goal with Te Waiu. With under a minute to go Lytton had 2 players fouled out. We were very lucky under enormous pressure to hold onto the lead to win the GBA Junior Boys Tournament 41 -38. Many thanks to Te Waiu for the manner in which they played, bringing out the best in us. To our supporters, who came week in week out, thank you. Also thanks to Gisborne Basketball Association for providing the tournament and a season to remember.
The Lytton team: Tautuhi Donnelly-Collins, Jaiya Fleming, Benecio Hira, Timana Logronio, Ash Kuru, Logan Mason-Takoko, Richard Moa-Lyver, Manu Moana, Jahmin Toa & Anaru Vertongen. Ka mau te wehi.
Hockey – The Lytton Mixed Team has gone from strength to strength as the season progressed. They have made big strides from the first round, which saw them under the hammer, on the back foot, under pressure on defense, shots not finding their man, shots at goal few and far between. However, this round saw them rally to a different beat, getting more shots at goal, putting pressure on the opposition defense when on attack, which brought relief to me and a belief that hockey is a fun sport to play when you are on an even keel with the opposition. The wins and drawn games, and the loss by 1 or 2 goals was certainly a nice change from the first round. Many thanks to Coach David Preddey for his care and guidance of the team.
Indoor Bowls – New coach, Rachael Rickard had a grand start to her coaching career. Molding the Lytton team into champions, is a tough ask. She spent 2 days a week for the last two terms with the Lytton team at practice, in preparation for the North Island Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships in Mount Maunganui. At the tournament, the Singles draw was such that we had to play each other. As a result, Zarneo Baker did us proud in winning the Constellation Singles. The Pairs draw saw us eliminate each other again, Zarneo Baker (Lead) and Kayla Trowell (Skip) went on to win a quarter final over our very own, Amandine Mariette and Adam Rickard. Also, as luck would have it, Arty Baker and Te Maioha Olsen won the Constellation Pairs. Even the newbies to the squad, Zyanja Rudge and Kyra Ensor held their own and never looked out of place, displaying a bowling maturity beyond their years. The Indoor Bowls team; Kayla Trowell, Zarneo Baker, Adam Rickard, Amandine Mariette, Jakeb Te Kani-Brown, Zyanja Rudge, Te Maioha Olsen, Arty Baker, Campbell Olsen and Kyra Ensor. Thank you Rachael for your leadership and management of the team. To all the parents, for your continued support. Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou.
Extra congratulations to Kayla Trowell, for her effort in winning a silver medal in the Singles tournament at the NZ Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships in Auckland. She continued to impress in the Singles event of the NZ U18 Indoor Bowls Championship coming second equal with Rachael Rickard. A great season for Kayla. Her resumē this year includes; Member of the Poverty Bay East Coast U18 winners of the Alison Cowan Junior Challenge Trophy in Tauranga, the Memory Pearce Trophy in Hamilton, the Zone Final Mixed Pairs Title, and North Island Secondary Schools Pairs Title. Ka mau te wehi.
Girls Rugby – It seems a long time to wait for the third term to start for the girls to turn to rugby. The first couple of training runs was a bit slow for personnel to get going and their first XV game exposed some areas to address with a loss to Girls High. But, this gave a good indication to new Lytton Girls coach, Te Rina Williams of what she has got to play with and what needs to be done, going forward. The learning at practice, was on display in their following games, line upon line, precept upon precept. Absolutely fantastic, demolishing Girls High in their rematch. Credit to Girls High though, they never gave up in their pursuit to do well. Lytton providing the bulk of the team, including 3 from Tolaga Bay Area School and one each from Campion College, Matapuna and Te Karaka Area School. Coach Te Rina Williams is also coach of the Poverty Bay U18s Girls Rugby squad, and had the
luxury of selection from Girls High School, bringing them into the mix. As a result they recorded their first representative win together against an U18s Thames Valley side.

Sports Calendar Term 4

18th October – Condor 7's Qualifier
19th October – Junior Ki o Rahi Regionals
28th October – Softball begins
14th - 16th November - Junior Kī-o-Rahi Nationals - Lower Hutt
20th November - Junior Sports Week
TBA – Touch / Rippa Rugby
TBA – Have a go Bowls

Snowboarding 23. Yr 13 Outdoor Education & Academic PE.

We arrived at Mt Ruapehu in cloudy conditions with our packs loaded up with warm clothing. We tramped up the mountain in low visibility looking for our hut. Once located we went inside and found the best hut ever! Super cosy with a fantastic custodian to look after us. The pool table and media room were a nice surprise.
The next day we enjoyed a snowboarding lesson in Happy Valley. Many students showed immediate promise. So up the mountain we went on a mix of gondolas and chairlifts.
We had the best spring weather with 3 days of sun and spring snow conditions. The students all excelled and could confidently navigate around the mountain.
The students were a fabulous group to take away. Looking forward to next years 13's.

Term Three Pathways

Scaffolding - We had nine senior students complete their Low Level Scaffolding certificate this term. This is a great course that gives students the qualification to erect and dismantle scaffolding up to five metres in height. The weather held up perfectly for these students to put their new skills to the test for their final assessment.
Forklift - Congratulations to our group of students who completed their Forklift licence this month. Our students were diligent and focused in less than ideal weather conditions to all complete this qualification. The rain during their practical exam meant that they really had to focus on the knowledge they had learnt and all came out on top.
Gateway - Our Gateway students for Term 3 have been very busy, with 18 students completing various work experience placements at local businesses and organisations. Gateway is a programme designed to give students real life experience in an industry they may want to pursue a career in. They will also gain credits and qualifications related to their work placement to show their competencies. A common problem for students when looking for employment opportunities, is that they do not have any work experience. This programme allows students to gain valuable experience and knowledge to better prepare them in that process.
We also want to say a huge thank you to all the organisations and businesses that support us with this kaupapa.

2024 Enrolments & Prospectus

2024 enrolments are now open, a copy of our Prospectus and enrolment forms are available on our website or from the school office.

Staff Farewells

For Term Three we bid a fond farewell to
MJ Dain-Cutlerhunt -Whānau Support Worker

Upcoming Events

2nd November - Senior Prizegiving
7th November - Board Meeting
14th November Final Day Year 12 students
16th November - Final Day Year 11 students
17th November - Accord Day
28th November - Year 8 Open Day
30th November - Leavers Dinner
5th December - Junior Prizegiving (to be confirmed)
5th December - Board Meeting
6th - 8th December - Intensives
12th December - Final Day of School