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Newsletter - No.22 - 2016


Monday 15

Year 12 Geography trip

Tuesday 16

Otago Secondary Schools Music Festival rehearsal
Year 12 Geography trip
ICAS Mathematics Competition
Year 9 Omathlon - Edgar Centre 7.00pm
Year 10 Omathlon - Edgar Centre 8.00pm

Wednesday 17

Otago Polytechnic Liaison Officer visit

Thursday 18

Form Class photos

Friday 19

Sunday 21 - Thursday 25

Year 12/13 Outdoor Education Snowcaving trip


Monday 22

Tuesday 23

Wednesday 24

Otago Polytechnic Sports and Engineering visit

Thursday 25

Year 9/10 Attitude Programme

Friday 26

Ski trip (2) leaves


A Message From the Rector

by Richard Hall

Industry. Like perseverance, industry is an important criteria for a healthy man. Those who are industrious are not, in my mind, tied to drudgery, rather they are freed by the commitment to the task. Industrious people are generally very successful, and in my experience, also happier. They understand the value of a 24 hour day and the time that they put in allows them the freedom to truly relax when the task is complete.

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OBHS Head Boy Eddie Grant with Otaki Scholar Jamie Seedhouse

2016 Otaki Scholar Visits OBHS

by Eddie Grant

This week we have had the pleasure of hosting the 2016 Otaki Scholar Jamie Seedhouse. Jamie tells us about the scholarship and his visit to New Zealand.

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Mitch Pryde

The Last Word

by Mitch Pryde

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” - Denis Waitley

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2016 Prefect Samuel Dippie

The Last Word

by Samuel Dippie

The last five years between these walls have been some of the best years of my life. But one thing I have been noticing recently, is the contrast between myself as a fresh faced year nine, and now the present me, in my final year of school about to make decisions that will effect the outcome of my life.

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Aurora Energy Otago Science and Technology Fair

Hayden gains Premier Award in the Aurora Energy Otago Science and Technology Fair.

by Pru Casey

Marking by a panel of judges has been completed and the school has been advised that Hayden McAlister's project "Friendly Fire" won 6 awards.

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Great NZ Spelling Bee Finalist - Sam Thompson

Great spelling, Sam!

by Stewart Tagg

Year 10 student Samuel Thompson struck it big at the Regional Semi Final of the Great NZ Spelling Bee and won a trip for him and a member of his family to Auckland to compete in the National Final.

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Samuel Belcher

Year 13 English Speech

by Samuel Belcher

Greetings and welcome. Our last year of high school together has finally caught up with us, whisking us away from the wonderland teapot adventure of adolescence into the real world. 

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Khaylm Marshall

Year 13 English Creative Writing

by Khaylm Marshall

Vladimir woke up to a whiff of smoke tickling his nostrils and choking his throat. He had no memory of being here, yet the moss licked walls, fractured windows cowering behind desert dunes of dust and vast emptiness surrounding him seemed all so familiar. Clambering to his feet, he realised he was standing isolated amidst a burning hell. Waves of dancing flames licked at his feet, and clung to the once tatty, torn wallpaper, now charred as black as the night.

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OBHS Marshmallow Stuffed Mouth Champion Found

by Mark Hooper

Year 12 students learning about Experimental Design in Statistics get to design and carry out their own experiment.

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Cardrona Ski Trip 6/7 August 2016

Cardrona Ski Trip 

by Richard Roe

With snow and ice bringing Dunedin to a standstill on Friday there was initial doubt over whether we would actually make it to the ski field. 

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William Hume


by William Hume

Year 13  student William Hume is currently attending a Building and Construction course at the Otago Polytechnic.

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OBHS 2016 Ski and Snowboard Team

Otago/Southland Ski and Snowboard Championship

by Pru Casey

The Otago Boys' Ski and Snowboard team have once again proved their worth with taking second place in both disciplines at the recent Otago/Southland Ski and Snowboard Championships held at Cardrona last weekend.

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Otago Under 19 Futsal Team

Silver for Otago Under 19 Futsal Team


Congratulations to Cam Scott, Max Chu, Kasam Ali and Louis Peyroux who were members of the Otago Under 19 Futsal team and played in the 2016 Futsal Youth Nationals in Palmerston North during the school holidays.

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House Badges


OBHS Student Council are selling badges of the school House crests.

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Fundraising Concert

by Enoka Taufua

The combined Otago Boys' and Otago Girls' Pasifika group, Empire are holding a fundraiser for Polyfest this evening. There will be a variety of acts, snacks and pacific food for sale, along with spot prizes for the audience. $5 entry at the door, held at the Otago Boys' High School auditorium at 6:30pm on the 12th of August. Please come and support the group. We hope to see you all there! 

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Form Class Photos


Form class photos will be taken next Thursday, 18 August.  Photos are $17.00 each and orders and payment will be taken on the day.  

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Subsidy on Prescription Charges


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Students thinking about further study after they leave school have a lot of decisions to make.

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1st XI Cricket

Indian Cricket Tour Fundraiser


Export quality ANZCO frozen legs of lamb (1.5-2kg) available to purchase for $25 each as a fundraiser for our cricket tour to India and Sri Lanka later next year.

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NCEA Fees - Due Wednesday 31 August


There is only 1 more day to make payment for your sons NCEA fees. 

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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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Humanities Trip to Europe July 2018

2018 Humanities Trip to Europe


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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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