St Paul's Collegiate School - Hamilton


From the Headmaster's desk ...

A concerning trend which is becoming an increasing issue in schools and society over the past year is vaping.

Vaping is the use of an electronic cigarette (e-cig) or vaporizer (vape) to deliver nicotine, marijuana and/or other chemicals to the body. Vape contains liquid chemicals (e-juice), along with a mechanism to heat those chemicals in a very small device that comes in many styles. Vapes heat the chemicals to create an aerosol form of those chemicals that get delivered into the body and often into the environment. Vaped chemicals enter the lungs, bloodstream and brain within seconds. The user can often have a feeling of light-headedness, dizziness or experience a rush or high, which may set off cravings for more.

Purchasing or possessing a vape under 18 years of age is supposed to be illegal, but in New Zealand, in it’s poorly legislated position over vapes, there is little regulation or control. Many of our students are buying vapes online and just ticking the box on the order form online agreeing that they are 18 years of age (even if they are not). There is no real proof of age required. Australia, in contrast, does not allow vape shops – you can only buy online, it is illegal to vape in public/out on the street/in a vehicle where children are present.

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Key events in August

Fri 9 Aug: Good Vibrations - 7pm in the Chapel - tickets online

Sat 10 - Mon 12 Aug: EXEAT weekend

Tues 27 Aug: Andrew Fuller seminar - 7pm in the Chapel - tickets online

Sat 31 Aug - Tues 3 Sep: EXEAT weekend

Mon 7 - Sun 8 Sep: Winter sport tournament week

Mon 9 - Fri 13 Sep: Senior benchmark examinations

For other key events, view the calendar.


  1. Is it all smoke and mirrors? The great vape debate

    E-cigarettes and vaping are quickly gaining in popularity, especially among teenagers. Manufacturers of these products are deploying ... Read more…
  2. Understanding the risks of vaping

    An increasing issue in schools and society over the past year is vaping. Headmaster Grant Lander discusses the risks and effects of this ... Read more…
  3. Science technician Raewyn Keene is nominated for well-deserved Kudos

    Working behind the scenes supporting the delivery of the science curriculum and agribusiness programme in St Paul’s science faculty is ... Read more…
  4. Musicians put on a show for GC tour

    During the school holidays, a group of 60 St Paul's musicians travelled to the Aspire Music Festival on the Gold Coast. Read more…
  5. A night of music, singing and 'Good Vibrations'

    Be entertained by our finest musicians from solo instrumentalists, choir and rock bands to vocalists, big band and concert band - Good ... Read more…
  6. Young environmentalist wins international travel award

    Marnie Best has always had a fascination with nature, so the Year 13 student was naturally thrilled to win a trip to attend the Future ... Read more…
  7. Continuing St Paul's rowing legacy

    Alison Mills (Year 13) is heading to Tokyo to compete in the Rowing Junior World Champs as part of the New Zealand women's coxless four ... Read more…
  8. Among the best in the world

    Aidan Nelson (Year 13) and Frazer Tam (Year 11) have had the chance of a lifetime - to represent New Zealand on the world stage in inline ... Read more…
  9. Building resilience - Andrew Fuller parenting seminar

    Unlocking your child’s genius – how to discover and encourage your child’s natural talents. Read more…
  10. CNI crunch time as 1st XV took on St Peter's

    Saturday, 6 July was always circled on the calendar – this was the date the 1st XV played local rivals St Peter’s School, Cambridge. Read more…
  11. Outstanding performances at regional Big Sing

    On Tuesday, 18 June, 67 students travelled to Tauranga to compete in the annual Waikato/Bay of Plenty regional round of the National Big ... Read more…
  12. Tihoi intake 1/2019 prizegiving

    Intake 1/2019 recently completed the Tihoi programme and a prize giving ceremony was held to congratulate this intake and celebrate those ... Read more…
  13. Intercity tournament underway for Girls' Hockey

    The St Paul's Girls' Hockey team had their first game of the intercity tournament against Western Heights. Read more…
  14. Give rowing a go!

    Keen to try your hand at rowing? Here's your chance to hit the water and test your endurance skills. The St Paul's Rowing Club is inviting ... Read more…
  15. Tight finish at North Island cycling champs

    Over the weekend of July 6-7, eight students represented St Paul’s at the North Island Schools Cycling Championships. Read more…
  16. Are the "good old days" all that they seem? - Chaplain's comment

    As a seasoned school chaplain, Revd Peter Rickman has counselled generations of youth on matters both trivial and otherwise. So who better ... Read more…
  17. Grease - from a student's perspective

    At the end of last term, a group of approximately 60 St Paul’s students performed in this year's sell-out school production of Grease. ... Read more…
  18. Grease lightnin' strikes sell-out crowds

    With the end of Term 2 comes the end of another successful St Paul’s production. Grease, the ever-popular and loved musical, played to ... Read more…
  19. An Open Day in your pocket

    Go beyond the front gate and have a look around our school campus with our new virtual tour! Read more…