Hamilton Boys' High School Summer Sports photographs and Tutor Group photographs (taken in Term One) are available for you to view and order online with PhotoLife Studios.
Your son will be bringing home today, an online slip with your unique 'Shoot Key' detailed on it. This Shoot Key will bring up all photographs that your son is in. It is then an easy process for you to shop online and purchase the photographs you want.
All orders placed before 5 July 2020 will be dispatched back to the school and your son will be able to collect them from the School Shop. Any orders placed after 5 July 2020 will be sent directly to your specified delivery address and will incur a $6.00 postage and packaging charge.
HBHS Headmaster's Message Thursday, 11 June
As we move to Alert Level 1, I am very pleased to be able to take this opportunity to thank you all, for everything you have contributed to our world over the past 12 weeks. It has been a time of uncertainty and anxiety for all, and now, as we begin to hold assemblies, as classes regain the full momentum in teaching and learning, and as we plan the beginning of the Winter sport season, we must continue to feel grateful. With the emotion of gratitude, comes happiness and a greater sense of contentment, even when we face challenges and disappointment in our lives. So it is important to encourage the young men of the school to reflect on all of the many positives we have in our world, thanks to the commitment of so many.
We are working through the ongoing changes to our school calendar, as we strive to commit to rescheduling and maintaining as many activities as possible, while recognising the importance of maintaining a settled, "focussed on learning" Term Three. An updated, live calendar is available to you on https://www.hbhs.school.nz/school/school-calendar/ so that you can remain aware of any changes we have made.
We remain committed to best practice in hygiene, and we will continue to send home any student who appears unwell. Although we are blessed to be back to a normal routine, we remain vigilant, and our expectations on our students remain high. Part of our sense of gratitude as a school, is for the wonderful young men we work with, every day, and for their willingness to support us in realising our goal to remain safe and well.
After three and a half weeks back, the school is settled and engaged, and both staff and students are very positive about the remainder of the term, and of the year. I hope that the return to normal for you, and your families, has also been as smooth and happy.
I look forward to sharing the opportunity to enjoy watching sport, on the sidelines, in the gymnasium, and at the turf, through the weeks ahead. And to take time to listen to some wonderful performances by our young men, in music, drama and debating.
This morning, I realised a dream, when I opened, with our Director of Culture, Mr Dent, a parcel containing our first, custom made in school colours, kilt. Our Pipe Band will now be the smartest in the country, as well as the best. And, as we opened this precious package, I once again reflected on the joy of the world of HBHS, where so much is given, by so many. And that is something for which we must all feel grateful!
My very best wishes for the remainder of the term; enjoy the beauty of these amazing, perfect Winter days, and enjoy our ability to share them, together.
Rugby at HBHS 2020
To all students and families who have signed up (or would like to sign up) to play rugby at HBHS in 2020, please read the attached adjusted plan and timeline for our season.
HBHS Career News
Over 40 tertiary education providers are confirmed for this event including all eight New Zealand Universities, plus a wide range of polytechnics, Wananga and private tertiary providers.
Attendees will enter into a virtual ‘exhibition hall’ and can browse through the participating providers, visiting their virtual stands and engaging in live chats with representatives from each institution.
Explore - Wander through our virtual expo hall featuring top providers and institutions from across NZ
Discover - Visit the Webcast Hub to watch seminars and feature from exhibitors
Engage - Chat with staff to find out more about each institution
Just like at a real-life Career Expo, students will have the opportunity to attend scheduled presentations. Each provider will host a 20-minute webinar session, where attendees can participate in a live Q&A.
This initiative set up by Media Design School has been provided at no cost to the exhibiting education providers or prospective students.
Each attendee will need to register individually to access the event. I also have attached an email header if you would like to use this in your communications about the expo. Attendees can log in to the expo at any time during the opening hours. A timetable of the webcast will be available, next week on the registration page.
NZ Wide Higher Education Virtual Careers Expo
Date: Thursday 18th June: 12pm-8pm
Friday 19th June: 9am-5pm
The Ministry of Education has recently made a few changes that will affect the structure of NCEA in 2020 due to COVID 19. To this end, NZQA has released the following statement to help understand these changes.
To help address this and support students, the following changes are being made to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) requirements for this year:
- Students working towards an NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. These additional credits will be known as Learning Recognition credits. For every 5 credits a student achieves towards their NCEA either through internal or external assessment, they are entitled to an additional 1 credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits.
- Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 – will be awarded a course endorsement.
- Current UE requirements have been reduced from 14 to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet literacy and numeracy requirements to be awarded University Entrance.
- External NCEA examinations and NZ Scholarship examinations will now take place from 16 November 2020 to 9 December 2020. This will provide extra time for teaching, learning and assessment in Term 4.
- The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio (for example, Design and Visual Communications) has been extended to 12 November 2020, to give students more time to complete their portfolios.
These changes have been designed to encourage students to continue working towards their NCEA and to ensure that the NCEA attained by this school year is just as valid as those earned in previous years.