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Otago Boys' High School

Newsletter - No.18 - 2016


Monday 27

Junior exams commence

Tuesday 28

Junior exams continue

Wednesday 29

Junior exams completed (P2)
Year 13 Business Studies Dragon's Den

Thursday 30

Friday 1 July


Monday 4

CBHS Interschool leave 9.30am
Monday 4 - Friday 8  Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
Junior Cross Curricular Programme 

Tuesday 5

Brain Bee Championship
CBHS Interschool (A)

Wednesday 6

Thursday 7

Friday 8

First Aid Course
Hostel Parent/Teacher Interviews
End of Term 2

Friday 6 - Sunday 8
SISS Swimming Championships



A Message From the Rector

by Richard Hall

Academically we are racing to the end of the term. Junior students will sit their first set of examinations for the year. Each boy was individually emailed his exam timetable and Mark Hooper, Assistant Principal has published study tips through last week's newsletter.

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Samuel Wardhaugh

The Last Word

by Samuel Wardhaugh

As you know, our values for this term are honour and courage. I could stand up here, tell you to follow your dreams and give you some tired old cliches like “when you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything” or perhaps “when you fall off the horse, get straight back on” but there is more to it than that. It takes courage to follow your dreams and not let life’s hurdles hold you back. Sometimes life pushes you around, knocks you down, but it is what you do when you get back up that matters.

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Sam Kilsby, Joshua Malcolm, Cameron McAuslan and James Nind

New Zealand Treasury Schools Challenge Final

by Gwyn Pratley

On Thursday 16 June an Otago Boys’ High School team flew up to Treasury in Wellington to compete in the 2016 Treasury Schools Challenge national finals.

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Samuel Hewson

2016 Nidd Realty Youth Innovation Award Winner


Congratulations to Sam Hewson of Year 10 who this week was named the 2016 Nidd Realty Youth Innovation Award winner.

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Tane Mercer

Māori Scholarship Winner


Congratulations to Tane Mercer in Year 13 who has been selected to participate in the R.E.A.C.H 2016 Otago Scholarship.

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OBHS Young Enterprise Scheme Team – ‘Code Cases’

by Gwyn Pratley

One of the four teams from our new Year 13 Business Studies class as part of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) ‘Code Cases’ are making big steps in the business world.

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The Future is Looking Bright

by Mark Hooper

In November this year the highest level of examinations available to schools in New Zealand will be undertaken by the 40 or so young men pictured.

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Blair Duthie

Lions Young Speechmaker Competition


Year 13 student Blair Duthie took part in the Lions 2021 District Young Speechmaker competition final held in Gore recently. 

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Patrick Koppert

Gateway 2016

by Patrick Koppert

Year 13 student Patrick Koppert is participating in the Gateway programme and is hosted by Otago Electrical and Communications Limited.

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Otago/Southland Secondary School Chess

Kings of the Castle 

by Peter Odgers

Last Saturday Otago Boys' High School hosted the annual Otago/Southland Chess Championships. Eight teams took part, of which three were from Otago Boys’.

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Can Do Attitude


Continuing the house points competition- our students brought along almost 1000 cans of food for the annual food bank "Octacan Appeal".

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A Note of Appreciation


The following email was received from a member of the public on Wednesday.  Well done to the students who kindly assisted, putting into practice the school values.

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Pasifika Homework Club

by Enoka Taufua

Another great turn out to our Pasifika Homework Club. This week the Juniors were the focus with mid year exams next week.

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Year 11 Science - Cotton Wheel Tractors

Remember Cotton Wheel Tractors?

by Pru Casey

Year 11 Science students are studying balanced forces and constant speed by attempting to balance the force of thrust from the rubber band with the opposing force of friction - our tractors crawl along supposedly at constant speed.

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Sione and Tevita Asi

Brothers in Arms


Tevita Asi was awarded his cap at the 1st XV cap ceremony yesterday. Tevita is one of the youngest players ever (U15) to receive this honour. He is pictured with his brother and 1st XV Captain Sione Asi.

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Joshua Kellett

Badminton Success


Year 11 student Joshua Kellet is on a winning streak.

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OBHS v TBHS Interschool

OBHS v TBHS Interschool Results


The OBHS v TBHS Interschool was held in Timaru today.  Following are the results.

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OBHS Under 14 Blues v John McGlashan College

U14 Blues v John McGlashan 


Last weekend the Under 14 Blues played John McGlashan College and while they may not have came away with the win, it was a great game.  All the boys did themselves, their parents and the school proud!

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OBHS Parents Association Cheese Roll Fundraiser


The Parents Association is once again offering the community the opportunity to purchase these delicious cheese rolls.

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Appointment Reminder


As much as possible, could boys and parents please make all medical, (off site) physio, dentist and driving lesson appointments for students out of school time. These one off, but sometimes frequent absences during the year can have a considerable impact on student learning. Your support is appreciated. 

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Notice of Early Closure 


Otago Boys' High School will close at 1.30pm for tuition on Friday 8th July,  to allow our teachers to run parent interviews for our hostel students. 

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Tell us about the activities and successes your son has been involved in so that as a community we can celebrate with them.

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