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Timaru Boys'  HS 1st XI
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Rector's Message - September 2021


Kia ora whānau

Crikey! We have made it to the end of Term 3.

In many ways it has been an incredibly difficult term, one of the most difficult I can remember. We were shocked by the disastrous accident that took 5 young lads’ lives back in early August. One boy, Niko Hill, had been a member of our TBHS whānau and we mourned his tragic passing.

We have had to put up with a three week lockdown and manage the fallout from that on student learning, practice exams, NCEA achievement, student wellbeing, sports tournaments, events such as the Ball, etc, etc. However, we drew on the strength of our community and we did the best we could. Student achievement may have dipped during lockdown but I think the boys will finish strongly.

All our major winter sports completed successful seasons, with a wide range of teams in a wide range of grades taking part in finals. Congratulations to our 1st XI Hockey side, who fought valiantly in their Christchurch 1st XI Hockey Final, going down against a very good Christ’s College team. Our Prem A Basketball team had another good season, making their finals. The Rugby 1st XV performed extremely well, beating a raft of quality sides before losing to the eventual South Island champion, Nelson College, in the Crusaders region semi-final. Lastly, our Football 1st XI are playing for the South Canterbury Cup against Thistle this Saturday. Go Boys’ High!

There are so many things going on at Timaru Boys’. We are seeing the benefit of appointing Karoline Roberts to the position of Arts Coordinator. The Arts Extravaganza and the soon-to-commence Theatre Club are just two examples. This is a growing area in our school.

I want our senior boys to enjoy their holidays. However, I want them to keep their own personal achievement goals for 2021 in mind. A little bit of revision or work on an internal during their break will bring real rewards at the end of the year. Please ask your son about his achievement - how many credits does he need to get his NCEA Levels 1, 2 or 3, or UE? If he is unsure, please feel free to email me during the holidays and I will let you know.

Donations received from families enable the school to provide learning experiences across a range of subject choices, supporting pathways to future career options. After much thought, we have decided not to opt into the government donations scheme because we would not be able to continue offering all of these opportunities. Thank you so much for your continuing support.

See you in Term 4. Roll on the summer weather!

He waka eke noa.
Nga mihi
Dave Thorp