Year 8 Prizegiving & Speeches

posted: Thu, December 13, 2018

Good luck to the Year 8 students as they move onto High School. You have been brilliant role models for our young students.

The following children received the Year 8 awards for 2018:

Cup: Charlotte Lund
Excellence Cert: Jasmyn Purves, Emily Vernon

Cup: Oliver Weaver
Excellence Cert: Charlotte Lund, Jasmyn Purves

Cup: Jasmyn Purves
Excellence Cert: Charlotte Lund

Cup: Charlotte Lund
Excellence Cert: Emily Vernon, Jasmyn Purves, Joshua Gifford

Boys Cup: Tanner Dean
Excellence Cert: Oliver Weaver

Girls Cup: Phillipa Barber
Excellence Cert: Lily McNeil

Cup: Phillipa Barber
Excellence Cert: Hamish Malcolm, Charlotte Lund, Emily Vernon

Boys Cup: Joshua Gifford
Girls Cup: Emily Vernon

Phillipa Barber, Charlotte Lund, Aimee Evans, Oliver Weaver, Joshua Gifford

Thanks to:

  • Branson Family Trust for selecting the following students (Dane Napier & Hayley Hanna) for the 2019 scholarship.

A big thanks to the PTA, Jeanette Watkins, Jackie Cowie, Julie Green, Donna Webster, Rachael McGarvie & Kylie Gaddum for providing and preparing the afternoon tea for the parents and year 8’s.


E ngā manuhiri, koutou kua haere mai i tawhiti, koutou kua haere mai i tata,
Nau mai haere mai ki te Kura o Kaharoa
Anei mātau e mihi atu nei ki a koutou katoa kua tae mai nei i tēnei rā.
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

I would like to acknowledge the families of Year 8 children who are leaving our school, many of whom have had a long association with the school.
-Janine Branson representing the Branson Family Trust
-Sarah Coatsworth our Board Chair and Board Members
-Past pupils Emily Hammond and Emma LundParents, family, friends and children to our 2018 prize giving for our Year 8 leavers. |
BARBER - Phillipa
CAMPBELL - Tara and Max
EVANS - Aimee and Blake
HORTON - Alexia and Julia
LUND - Charlotte, Sam and Emma
MALCOLM - Hamish and Jack

Thanks also to:
To our sponsors and supporters - thank you: in particular the PTA who have funded and supported numerous events including the parents and grandparents who have helped out at school in the gardens, coaching, electives, transport, camps…..the list goes on.

  • Barbeques for various events throughout the year and purchase of two new BBQ
  • Our ladies and gent’s night out.
  • Three Firewood fundraisers
  • Michael Van De Elzen (food truck chef)
  • Fun run sponsorship for the cross country
  • Metal drive with the support from McCauleys Metals
  • $20,000 towards teacher aide funding to support learning across the junior school - this support benefits all the children as teachers can work with smaller groups and/or children with specific needs
  • Water play equipment for juniors learning through play
  • Sponsored $2000 for tickets for Nanogirl
  • Afternoon tea for the year 8 leavers
  • Ice blocks twice in the year
  • Southern Trust, Pub Charity and RECT for funding new tiered seating in the Kokako Centre a combined $50,000
  • NZCT for funding our distinctive uniforms
  • Creative Communities for funding our visiting artist and art exhibition
  • Kiwibank - $1000 to become a Predator Free School

This year all of our teachers along with 200 teachers across our Community of Learning were individually observed against set teaching and learning criteria which related to how they responded and related to the children. These criteria were across 5 levels which move from Basic Level 1 on to Developing up to Integrated Teaching Practice at Level 5. Our teachers came out exceptionally strongly across the school. We had absolutely wonderful feedback from trained facilitators with our teachers providing many exemplars of good practice for other schools to use to improve their teaching approaches. Overall as a school we are at the Integrated Practice level (Area 4 & 5). It is wonderful working with dedicated teachers who care about and want the best for the children and who are always looking to improve.

We as teachers don’t always get it right, however our actions are always in the interests in wanting the best for the children while setting a standard for the children so that they learn to be respectful, responsible and resilient. Teachers appreciate the support and trust we get from parents as we work to build resilient children who can push and challenge themselves, pick themselves up from disappointment and learn from misTAKES.

I would like to acknowledge those teachers who are leaving us.

Joanne Clark - Joanne after 18 years service is resigning to move north to be nearer family. Jo the children, staff and I will miss your quiet, calm and cheerful manner along with your sharp mind. We are losing a wealth of experience and knowledge. Jo your professionalism, commitment and love of the children has never waned despite personal challenges over the last few years. As well as classroom responsibilities Jo has looked after all the special needs and subsequent funding applications generating thousands of extra dollars, looked after sports teams, attended sports meetings, organised hockey and NZEI meetings. We wish you all the best on your new and exciting journey and adventures.

Rick Merrington - we and many other schools have enjoyed Rick’s wide teaching experience and skills on many occasions as a short and long term reliever. Rick is such a positive advocate for all children and he has saved us on a number of occasions when we have needed a reliable and experienced practitioner at short notice. Thank you

Gaynor Lincoln, Christina Clark who have worked part time over the last two years and Adele Lyons over the last year in job share positions. Again each teacher has brought a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills to our school. Thank you

No doubt we will still see Rick, Gaynor, Christina and Adele in relieving capacities in the future.

Thank you to all teachers for your dedicated classroom efforts and for going that extra mile coaching, transporting, organising events such as discos, trips, camps, ukulele festivals, band, and the many school and inter school competitions and leadership opportunities. Thank you to our support staff who work tirelessly in the background. They certainly don’t do the great work they do to become millionaires.

While I was overseas this year it became so apparent to me how many extra curricular activities and opportunities we provide for the children. This highlighted to me the importance of parent support and involvement along with a team effort between teachers and parents. This is what makes Kaharoa School achieve strongly against much larger Primary and Intermediate Schools on the sports field and academically.

To you all – thank you!

Next year a few of the many things we can look forward to are

  • To the Year 8 children who are leaving we are giving you a Cornerstone Values passport. Keep this passport. The guidelines within will help you throughout life and throughout the world if you use the information within. It’s about doing the right thing even if no one is watching.
  • welcoming three new teaching staff Denise Sharp (Room 8), Shanelle Kivell (Room 4) and Kimberlee Fields (Room 3).
  • all teaching staff doing the Pause, Breathe, Smile training
  • further exploiting our ruralness through garden to table and our new predator free school status
  • having professional development in the Digital Curriculum and increased use of LEGO.
  • upgrade of our junior block and pool - the architect is measuring up the junior block for the development of a concept plan as I speak
  • continuation of ukulele, band, introduction of marimba and possibly choir

Also thank you for fundraising for and leaving as your gift the wonderful planter boxes. This gift will brighten up the school for years to come.

I encourage ongoing communication from you as well. Keep in touch with Kaharoa School. Teachers like following your progress and achievement. I like to celebrate and recognise achievements of past pupils and I get a lot of pleasure ‘skitting’ on your behalf. So keep in touch.

We start next year with a full roll of 199 pupils.

We look forward to seeing the rest of the children back on Wednesday 30 January and seeing work commence on the junior block.

Kia Ora tatou
Warwick Moyle


Hello everyone, I’m Olly Weaver and today I would like to share with you my experiences Kaharoa School.

I will always remember the first day I walked into room 1, we were learning the alphabet with Mrs Shoebridge. Then the lunch bell rang and as I walked out I saw these huge scary monsters otherwise known as the seniors. Now I’m one of those scary monsters.

To my little friends in room one, Elsie and Luke, I will miss you next year and I hope I was never a big scary monster to you. My time here has been a great mix of sport and academic experiences. I have loved being part of lots of teams here at kaharoa. Everyone has their own strengths and together we have achieved some pretty amazing awards for such a small school.

In a team with Charlotte, Phillipa and Josh.G. We won rotomaths. It took hours of training but taught us the importance of commitment.

I love rugby, just ask my parents, as they yell at me to come inside from kicking the ball around. Rugby is my favourite and this year Sam, Hamish, Max, Hunter and myself made the Rotorua gold tai mitchell representative rugby team. (that’s ¼ of the team that was from our school). We got to stay at the backpackers and we learned real quick where not to put the deep heat.

I have been in the Tai Mitchell team for the last two years and at the end of year prize giving kaharoa pupils have won a lot of the awards. Last year Rohm Dixon won most improved, This year I got player of the year and old Hamish should have got Deep Heat Man of Pain. Good luck to Kobe, Ty, Fletcher and Hunter for next year, continuing this honour.

Kaharoa kids are Can Do Kids. An example is the cricket team Mr Merrington put together. Riley Kusabs was the only one of us who had played competitive cricket before. It was a pretty amazing achievement, seeing that we made it into the finals and finished second.

To all my classmates, last weekend’s farewell party was great, with all the laughing, playing and saying goodbye. All the best for high school next year. When our eyes meet in the years to come we will remember the fun years we had at Kaharoa.

Mr Moyle and our teachers have played a huge part in getting us to this stage and we would like to thank you for this. Although we are leaving Kaharoa, Kaharoa will never leave us.
Thank you


Kaharoa school has brought so many amazing memories and with it so much joy. I know that in a couple of years I’ll look back and remember those fond memories that this school has created. I have been at Kaharoa School since 2010 and in those eight years, I have met so many great people that I have shared so many incredible experiences with.

One such memory was way back when I was five and the whole school went on their annual trip to the kokako forest. I remember being extremely excited as it was my first ever school trip. After a five minute drive we made it and started the walk. But about half-way through disaster struck. On a skinny path with no other way to get through, there was a wasp nest. For a little kid like me this was the worst thing that could have happened as naturally my five-year-old brain was terrified of anything even remotely dangerous. I stopped in my tracks as the teachers and parents persuaded me to go across.
Reluctantly I took a step over the nest and relaxed as I realised no wasps had noticed me…that was until a wasp -seeming to think my leg was just a sun lounger- landed on my shin and I froze. Eventually I moved my leg about a centimetre and the wasp obviously aggravated sunk its stinger into my skin. Now that was when I lost control. I started bawling my eyes out and while the adults still attempted to get to calm down (what troopers) key word - they attempted, nothing would get me to move. I remember going back to school and asking the teacher for what would have been the thousandth ice pack and still sobbing, sitting down and sulking, although afterwards I had a lot of battle stories to brag about!

Another memory that I vividly remember was when Tara and I auditioned for Kaharoa’s Got Talent with a dancing act. I remember dancing along to “Hot and Cold” by Katy Perry while lip-syncing and I don’t know how but we got into the next round. Tara and I were ecstatic thinking we were the best dancers that had ever lived. Although looking back now I realise that it was probably a bit biased as both my brother and Tara’s were a part of Kaharoa’s Got Talent.

The memories that I’ve acquired over the years at this school have played a massive part of my life and has shaped me into the person I am today. I am sad to say that I will never be a student here again, even though I’ve had my fair share of telling-offs over the years! Overall I’m proud to say that I have had the privilege of going to Kaharoa School and I am sure it is not only me but also the other Lund children that have enjoyed the experiences and opportunities that this school has to offer. I am sure that I’ll cherish my memories of Kaharoa school forever.


A long long long long long time ago I was sitting right where you are. I have many memories of those years at Kaharoa from trying to get a teacher to supervise tackle bulrush (in which someone would always end up in the sick bay). Or I remember how we celebrated Mrs Powley’s 29th birthday, strange she had been 29 for quite a few years. I also remember it being very sad when Mr Merington retired … oh wait he’s right there! Shortest retirement ever!

Anyway, next year you year 8’s will be moving on to high school. Now unless you’re being home schooled, high school will be a lot bigger and with a lot more people than Kaharoa. Things are different. You’ll have to wear an ugly uniform. Instead of having one or two teachers, you’ll have 6.Instead of having desk trays and cloak rooms to store your stuff at high school you have to carry all of your stuff with you like a snail. For me Kaharoa was the only school I had attended moving to high school was my first big change. Change can be overwhelming and scary, but it’s important to make the most of it. Highschool brings many new opportunities my best piece of advice is to ‘just say yes’ and to get involved as much as you can. When I was year 9 I did netball, stage challenge, speech and drama, waterpolo and I tried new subjects that weren’t available at Kaharoa. Don’t get me wrong I wasn’t good at all the things I tried, I was the smallest girl on my water polo team, pretty sure I drowned a few times in that pool. But throughout the years I figured out what my strengths and passions are.

Eventually you will have to face challenges and experience failure. Now there are two things you can do: give up or keep trying. Now everyone will have a subject at school they hate, whether its maths, English or PE, for me it was chemistry. I HATED chemistry and last year I failed my practice exams. When it came to the final exam many students who were also struggling gave up, sometimes it is easier to put in no effort and fail rather than work really hard with the chance that you still might fail. I decided to work hard, through many YouTube videos and late nights studying I did the chemistry exam and passed, I even surprised myself by getting an excellence. The values and lessons learned from your time at Kaharoa will help you with high school and beyond.

After high school the world just keeps getting bigger. Some people travel the world, start working or go to university like me.

I remember my time at Kaharoa school fondly and it has set me up well for the future.

Year 8’s make the most of high school and the new opportunities, because the time will fly by.


Good afternoon everybody, I am Emily Hammond. I won’t ramble on forever, because trust me, I’ve sat in your seats plenty of times so I know how boring long speeches can get.

So, five years ago, I sat in your seats. Listening to a past pupil talk about their experiences in high school, feeling both excited and absolutely terrified. I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I’ve just finished high school myself.

At high school, you’ll find that there are a lot of different opportunities thrown your way. Some academic, some cultural, performance, sports the list goes on and on. Now the big thing you need to remember, is you do not have to steer towards the ‘popular’ things. Those of you who do enjoy those main things, such as rugby, netball, soccer, I don’t mean to tell you not to follow that. All I’m meaning is that you need to follow what you want to do. Don’t let the main crowd steer you off on one direction, just because that’s what everyone is doing.

I didn’t. All my time here at Kaharoa, I played many sports, soccer, netball, basketball, touch rugby. When I went to high school, I joined the heights Jazz Band, Concert Band, Mass Choir and Girls’ Choir. I played the trumpet in bands and sung soprano in the choir. No, not the most popular things in high school. But, I enjoyed it. It was something I wanted to do.

Now, the main thing. I started small-bore rifle shooting. Yeah, not a common sport. Most people, haven’t even heard of it. So, back in year 10, I joined the school club, going down every second Tuesday. By the end of the year, I had started going to the club nights, on Wednesdays.

I stuck with this sport, for four years. I started competing properly in year 12, and just this year, my rifle shooting has taken me to places I never thought I’d get too. First I was chosen to represent Waikato, then the North Island and then New Zealand. I went to Nelson in the South Island to shoot for the North Island Woman’s team and the North Island Juniors team. While there, I was selected to shoot in the New Zealand Woman’s and New Zealand Juniors teams against the Home Counties. As well as that, I got to meet so many amazing people from all over New Zealand, share an awesome experience and have a lot of fun.

Because I was doing something I loved. It wasn’t a common, or popular or ‘normal’ sport or activity, but it’s what I enjoyed and what I wanted to do.

So, my advice to you year eights, is get out there and find something you love. Find something you enjoy and are passionate about. Whether that is something common, or not. Something you’ve done for a long time, or something completely new. Don’t be afraid to do what you love, to go against the main current. Just do what you love. That’s what’s most important. I’ll end on one quote I really like.
Two roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.

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