Tokomairiro High School News Feed http://www.tokohigh.school.nz Tokomairiro High School 2015 Opening Arrangementshttp://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/66/2015-Opening-Arrangements<h2>Tokomairiro High School 2015 Opening Arrangements</h2> <strong>Finalising Courses</strong><br /> All Year 12-13 students must get their 2015 courses approved by a Dean. This is happening in January (Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 January). Appointment times are being mailed. We urge parents and caregivers to attend this meeting. Students, please bring your NCEA results.<br /> <br /> <strong>Peer Support Training Call Back</strong><br /> This is for all those who completed the training recently. Training begins at 9.00am, Friday 30 January 2015 You can expect a letter reminding you of this, we would appreciate a response. You will have a chance to plan your first session and make plans for year 7&rsquo;s first day.<br /> <h2><strong>SCHOOL OPENING</strong></h2> <strong>Thursday 29th January</strong>: Teacher only Day. 8.30am Start.<br /> <br /> <strong>Monday 2nd February:</strong> 9am School begins for Year 7 New Entrants and Peer Support leaders (the latter please be at school by 8.30am to meet and greet the new entrants).<br /> 9.00am Year 7 students and new staff will be welcomed into our school. Parents are also invited to attend this welcome.<br /> Year 7 wear school uniform and bring $10 for their log book, pen, paper and PE gear. Please bring lunch (Canteen closed).<br /> Parents are invited to attend a BBQ at 2.00pm to meet the teachers.<br /> <br /> <strong>Tuesday 3rd February:</strong> School begins for all students, starting with Assembly at 8.40am.r<br /> Please remember to bring $10 for your log book.<br /> Wear correct uniform and have your stationery sorted.<br /> The canteen will be open.<br /> <br /> <u><strong>Buses</strong></u><br /> All buses will be operational from Monday 2nd February.1420801200http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/66/2015-Opening-Arrangementshttp://www.tokohigh.school.nz2015 Opening Arrangementshttp://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/66/2015-Opening-Arrangements Stationery List for 2015http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/65/Stationery-List-for-2015Click you links below to view Stationery List.<br /> <br /> <a href="/files/1757/file/Stationery-List-2015-Year-7-pdf" data-object-ref="attachment:466">Year 7</a><br /> <a href="/files/1758/file/Stationery-List-2015-Year-8-pdf" data-object-ref="attachment:467"> Year 8</a><br /> <a href="/files/1759/file/Stationery-List-2015-Year-9-pdf" data-object-ref="attachment:468"> Year 9</a><br /> <a href="/files/1760/file/Stationery-List-2015-Year-10-pdf" data-object-ref="attachment:469"> Year 10</a><br /> <a href="/files/1761/file/Stationery-List-2015-Year-11-12-13-pdf" data-object-ref="attachment:470"> Year 11/12/13</a>1418814000http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/65/Stationery-List-for-2015http://www.tokohigh.school.nzStationery List for 2015http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/65/Stationery-List-for-2015 Prize Giving 2014http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/64/Prize-Giving-2014<strong>TOKOMAIRIRO HIGH SCHOOL 2014 PRIZE LIST </strong> <br /> Whole School Prize giving - 9h December 2014<br /> <br /> <strong>ACADEMIC AWARDS</strong><br /> <strong>Year 13</strong><br /> Jemima Aratema - first in physical education, Sonta Award for excellence in the sciences and mathematics, diligence in biology<br /> Maxine Calver - first in mathematics with calculus and food technology, diligence in chemistry and food technology<br /> Jerrym Frost - first in STAR, diligence in STAR, hard materials technology and practical horticulture)<br /> Lydia Hammersley - Jean Littlejohn Prize for Mathematics, first in mathematics with statistics and geography, diligence in geography and physical education<br /> Courtney McLellan - first in English, chemistry and biology, diligence in mathematics with statistics, Martin Cup for achievement in the arts, Reid Memorial Prize for science, Rosslyn Art Gallery Trophy for excellence in the visual arts<br /> Brittany Scott - first in drama and horticulture, diligence in drama and English<br /> Matthew Whitaker - diligence in mathematics with calculus<br /> <br /> <strong>Year 12</strong><br /> Rowan Blackbourn - first in physics<br /> Monica Beck - diligence in physics and chemistry<br /> Jak Calver - first in English and digital technology<br /> William Jordan - first in chemistry and mathematics, diligence in English and digital technology<br /> Natasha Maybee - diligence in English, biology and mathematics<br /> Stormy McDonald - diligence in art<br /> Abigail McKay - diligence in English<br /> Jamie McSkimming - first in gateway, diligence in gateway<br /> Georgia Pringle - first in geography and applied mathematics, diligence in geography, physical education and applied mathematics, distance learning award in history<br /> Nicholas Shaw - first in biology, geography, physical education and hard materials technology, diligence in geography<br /> Hannah Weatherall - first in art and horticulture, diligence in horticulture<br /> <br /> <strong>Year 11</strong><br /> Kane Bassett - Agnes &amp; John Littlejohn Prize for first in mathematics, first in English, history and gateway, diligence in gateway<br /> Connor Blunden - diligence in hard materials technology<br /> Ella Brock - diligence in geography<br /> Kyla Carruthers - diligence in science<br /> Kayla Dobson - diligence in English<br /> Alice Dowle - first in digital technology, diligence in digital technology and art<br /> Samantha Drinnan - first in horticulture<br /> Rose Graves - diligence in horticulture<br /> Toni Hall - first in science<br /> Meighan Herbert - first in geography and mathematics, diligence in food technology<br /> Karta Hewitt - first in physical education<br /> Georgina Irvine - first in English, South Otago Federation of Women&rsquo;s Institutes Prize for first in food technology, diligence in physical education<br /> Joshua O&rsquo;Sullivan - The Fowler Art and craft Trophy for first in art<br /> Shane Patrick - First in horticulture, Mainland Fasteners Prize for first in hard materials technology Matthew Roxburgh - diligence in English and mathematics<br /> Rachel Thompson - Rosslyn Art Gallery Trophy for the most improved student in year 11 art<br /> <br /> <strong>Year 10</strong><br /> Connie Anderson - diligence in mathematics and English<br /> Caitlyn Anderton - first in English, health, art and music<br /> Brittany Barkman - diligence in health and art<br /> Cassima Foster - first in Maori<br /> Bree Grant - first in social studies, diligence in physical education<br /> Poppy Hasler - first in physical education and health<br /> Chevtin Jeffery - diligence in hard materials technology<br /> Dylan Lee - first in physical education<br /> Connor Marshall - first in graphics<br /> Reihana Mason-Waru - diligence in physical education and health<br /> Caleb Philps - first in science and food technology<br /> Maria Scott - first in mathematics, French and social studies, diligence in English, mathematics and French<br /> Campbell Thomas - first in mathematics, diligence in science<br /> Kain Walker - first in science, diligence in science<br /> Lucas Wilkinson - first in English<br /> <br /> <strong>Year 9</strong><br /> Bronson Blackbourn - diligence in health<br /> Sam Brown - first in physical education<br /> Rhys Davie - first in English, mathematics, science, social studies, health and digital technology, diligence in science, physical education and music<br /> Kavarn Francis - diligence in English<br /> Rebecca Hutton - first in hard materials technology, diligence in social studies and graphics<br /> Anna Jordan - first in English, social studies, health and French, diligence in science, mathematics and French<br /> Jorjah Mason-Waru - diligence in Maori and social studies<br /> George Philps - first in drama<br /> James Scanlan - first in mathematics, science and horticulture, diligence in digital technology<br /> Calum Scoon - first in physical education, diligence in English<br /> Jessica Thin - diligence in health<br /> Zoe Thompson - diligence in horticulture<br /> Ryan Weatherall - diligence in drama and mathematics<br /> Reuben Wilson - diligence in physical education<br /> <br /> <strong>Year 8</strong><br /> Conrad Bond - Littlejohn Prize for first in mathematics<br /> Kaleb Cain - diligence in social studies<br /> Jennifer Coleman - first in art, diligence in Maori and health<br /> Jadin Coulter-Butler - first in hard materials technology<br /> Phoebe Cox-Herring - diligence in science, art, Maori, physical education and digital technology Kellan Crowie - first in art<br /> Kaleb Fegan - first in English, science and digital technology, diligence in mathematics<br /> Jade Findlay - diligence in English<br /> Molly Flett - first in Maori<br /> Millicent Geary - first in hard materials technology, diligence in hard materials technology<br /> Liam Grant - first in science, physical education and health, diligence in hard materials technology and mathematics<br /> Cairo Lambert - first in English<br /> Shadyn Mason - diligence in art<br /> Clara Scoon - diligence in physical education<br /> Richard Scott - first in mathematics<br /> Shawn Taylor - diligence in English and social studies<br /> Jacob Walls - first in physical education<br /> Laura Wilkinson - first in social studies and Maori, diligence in science<br /> <br /> <strong>Year 7</strong><br /> Zachary Aitken - diligence in health<br /> Joshua Allen - diligence in hard materials technology<br /> Meg Clark - first in French, diligence in social studies<br /> Callum Davie - first in social studies and French<br /> Zayde Francis - diligence in mathematics and music<br /> Mathew Fyfe - diligence in French<br /> Jacob Gillies - first in hard materials technology<br /> Harley Herbert - first in physical education, health and music<br /> Jordan Hunt - first in English<br /> Angel McLeod - diligence in soft materials technology<br /> Joseph Mills - first in science, diligence in art<br /> Patrick Norman - diligence in hard materials technology<br /> Emma Paul - first in art, materials technology and food technology, diligence in English, science, physical education and health<br /> Thomas Paul - first in mathematics, science and physical education, diligence in mathematics <br /> Annabelle Philps - first in art<br /> Regan Roxburgh - first in English and mathematics, diligence in food technology<br /> Tarryn Roxburgh - first in mathematics, social studies and soft materials technology, diligence in mathematics<br /> Megan Stringer - first in health, diligence in English and physical education<br /> Heather West - first in music, diligence in social studies<br /> Olivia Woodley - diligence in science, music and art<br /> <br /> <strong>SPORTS AWARDS</strong><br /> Jemima Aratema - senior girls cross-country<br /> Meg Clark - minor girls cross-country<br /> Levin Coulter-Butler - junior hockey<br /> Henry Cox-Herring - intermediate boys athletics<br /> Kellan Crowie - soccer<br /> Georgia Brown - touch<br /> Kaleb Fegan - junior boys swimming<br /> Abbey Frost - intermediate girls cross-country<br /> Tayla Frost - juniors girls cross-country<br /> Millicent Geary - junior girls swimming<br /> Dylan Greer - senior boys cross-country<br /> Morgan Hale - senior hockey<br /> Lydia Hammersley - senior girls athletics<br /> Jared Hayes - minor boys athletics, junior boys cross-country<br /> Kaleb Hayes - junior rugby<br /> Harley Herbert - minor boys cross-country, junior hockey<br /> Karta Hewitt - intermediate girls athletics, senior girls swimming<br /> Dylan Lee - touch<br /> Sam MacDonald - most improved rugby player<br /> Jorjah Mason-Waru - junior netball<br /> Rhys Mathieson - cricket, senior boys swimming<br /> Taylor Moeahu - cricket, greatest contribution to rugby<br /> Kobi Oliver - intermediate boys cross-country<br /> Emma Paul - minor girls swimming<br /> Thomas Paul - minor boys swimming<br /> Justin Perkins - junior boys athletics<br /> Monique Perkins - junior girls athletics<br /> Georgia Pringle - contribution to netball<br /> James Scanlan - intermediate boys swimming<br /> Laura Scanlan - intermediate girls swimming<br /> Jacky Scott - senior boys cross-country<br /> Nicholas Shaw - touch<br /> Terri Thomas - senior girls athletics, senior netball, most consistent netball player at SISS tournament<br /> Michael Tuari - senior boys athletics<br /> Tia Valli - minor girls athletics<br /> Jessica Walker - most valuable senior hockey player<br /> <br /> <strong>CULTURAL AWARDS</strong><br /> Bronson Blackbourn - junior drama<br /> Oliver Blackbourn - junior drama<br /> Angus Hewett - year 8 oral competition<br /> Courtney McLellan - literary award<br /> Grace Michelle - year 8 oral competition<br /> Regan Roxburgh - year 7 oral competition<br /> Shylo Waitere - excellence kapa haka<br /> <br /> <strong>SPECIAL AWARDS</strong><br /> Awards for diligence and progress not otherwise recognised in years 7-10: <br /> Year 7 - Joseph Lomas-Carr, Oliver Maniapoto, Olivia Still<br /> Year 8 - Angus Hewett, Braedon Johnston<br /> Year 9 - Oliver Blackbourn, Chantalle Fegan, Rawiri Mason-Waru, Laura Scanlan<br /> Year 10 - Jessica Hutton<br /> Olivia Adam - Principal&rsquo;s leadership award<br /> Jackson Anderson - Lions Trophy for junior boys citizenship<br /> Jemima Aratema - Rotary Award for Tertiary Study, <strong>Proxime Accessit</strong><br /> Georgia Brown - diligence &amp; progress in senior school not otherwise recognised<br /> Jordie Bungard - Principal&rsquo;s leadership award<br /> April Gray - deputy head student award<br /> Jamie Griffiths - Otago Polytechnic Principal&rsquo;s Scholarship Award<br /> Lydia Hammersley - best all round sports woman, Dickinson Citizenship Shield for senior girls, J B Roy Prize for student who best fulfils the school motto &ndash; learning, self-control, courtesy,<strong> dux</strong><br /> Kaleb Hayes - Duffy Memorial Prize for the best all round pupil in the junior school<br /> Courtney McLellan -<strong> dux</strong><br /> Brittany Scott - Vollweiler Family Trust Scholarship for tertiary scholarship, academic diligence<br /> Maria Scott - Lions Trophy for junior girls citizenship<br /> Nicholas Shaw - best all round sportsman<br /> Michael Tuari - deputy head student award<br /> Matthew Whitaker - The Alice Baird Sustainability Award, Dickinson Citizenship Shield for senior boys<br /> Proxime Accessit &ndash; Jemima Aratema<br /> Joint Dux &ndash; Lydia Hammersley and Courtney McLellan<br /> <br /> <br /> <embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="https://photos.gstatic.com/media/slideshow.swf" width="400" height="267" flashvars="host=picasaweb.google.com&amp;hl=en_US&amp;feat=flashalbum&amp;RGB=0x000000&amp;feed=https%3A%2F%2Fpicasaweb.google.com%2Fdata%2Ffeed%2Fapi%2Fuser%2F107887114661274841248%2Falbumid%2F6093972571968737601%3Falt%3Drss%26kind%3Dphoto%26hl%3Den_US" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"></embed>1418727600http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/64/Prize-Giving-2014http://www.tokohigh.school.nz1756Prize Giving 2014http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/64/Prize-Giving-2014 Mid Year First in Class 2014http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/63/Mid-Year-First-in-Class-2014Congratulations to the following students who were first in class at the end of term 2, 2014 <h3>Year 7</h3> Emma Paul - Hard Materials Technology <br /> Tarryn Roxburgh &ndash; Mathematics, English, Social Studies <br /> Harley Herbert - English, Music, PE<br /> Thomas Paul &ndash; PE, Maori<br /> Regan Roxburgh &ndash; Mathematics, Food Technology<br /> Nicole Keen &ndash; Social Studies<br /> Sariah Domb &ndash; Food Technology<br /> Annabelle Philps &ndash; Art<br /> Heather West &ndash; French <h3>Year 8</h3> Shaydn Mason &ndash; Art<br /> Kaleb Fegan &ndash; Science, Hard Materials Technology, English, Social Studies<br /> Molly Flett &ndash; Maori<br /> Phoebe Cox-Herring - Maori<br /> Richard Scott - Mathematics<br /> Jade Findlay - English, Social Studies<br /> Clara Scoon- PE<br /> Jared Hayes - PE<br /> Phoebe Johnston &ndash; Digital Technology<br /> Liam Grant - Mathematics<br /> Jennifer Coleman &ndash; Science <h3>Year 9</h3> Rhys Davie &ndash; Social Studies, Science, English, Digital Technology<br /> Anna Jordan &ndash; English, Science, Social Studies, Mathematics<br /> Rebecca Hutton &ndash; Hard Materials Technology<br /> James Scanlan &ndash; Science, Horticulture<br /> Calum Scoon &ndash; PE<br /> Rawiri Mason-Waru &ndash; Music<br /> Sam Brown &ndash; PE<br /> George Philps &ndash; Drama <h3>Year 10</h3> Caleb Philps &ndash; Science<br /> Campbell Thomas &ndash; Mathematics<br /> Kain Walker &ndash; Mathematics<br /> Marie Soctt &ndash; Mathematics, French, PE<br /> Cass Foster &ndash; Maori<br /> Dubhghlas Ferguson &ndash; Social Studies<br /> Caitlyn Anderton &ndash; Social Studies, English, Art<br /> Dylan Lee &ndash; PE<br /> Poppy Hasler &ndash; Food Technology<br /> James Marshall &ndash; Graphics<br /> Connor Marshall &ndash; Graphics <h3>Year 11</h3> Alice Dowle &ndash; Art, History, Digital Technology<br /> Georgia Irvine &ndash; Science, Careers, English<br /> Natasha Maybee &ndash; Biology<br /> Shane Patrick &ndash; Hard Materials Technology<br /> Toni Hall &ndash; Foundation Mathematics<br /> Kane Bassett &ndash; Gateway, Careers, English<br /> Eliza Barrett &ndash; Careers, Food Technology<br /> Kayla Dobson &ndash; Careers<br /> Karta Hewitt &ndash; Mathematics<br /> Meighan Herbert &ndash; PE<br /> Sam MacDonald &ndash; PE<br /> Samantha Drinnan &ndash; Horticulture <h3>Year 12</h3> Hannah Weatherall &ndash; Art, Drama<br /> Georgia Pringle &ndash; Mathematics<br /> Euan Anderton &ndash; Mathematics<br /> William Jordan &ndash; Physics, English<br /> Jamie McSkimming &ndash; Gateway<br /> Monica Beck &ndash; Careers<br /> Nic Shaw &ndash; PE, Geography<br /> Jak Calver &ndash; Digital Technology<br /> Jessica Carr &ndash; Horticulture <h3>Year 13</h3> Courtney McLellan &ndash; Art, Biology, English<br /> Jerrym Frost &ndash; Hard Materials Technology<br /> Aaron Mead &ndash; Mathematics with Statistics<br /> Maxine Calver &ndash; Mathematics with Calculus<br /> Jemima Aratema &ndash; PE, Food Technology<br /> Lydia Hammersley - Geography<br />1404388800http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/63/Mid-Year-First-in-Class-2014http://www.tokohigh.school.nz1642Mid Year First in Class 2014http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/63/Mid-Year-First-in-Class-2014 Blue Mountain Sports Exchangehttp://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/62/Blue-Mountain-Sports-ExchangeBlue Mountain Sports Exchange<br /> On Wednesday 11 June, 107 students travelled to Tapanui to compete in the annual sports exchange with Blue Mountain College.&nbsp; Tokomairiro played 5 games of netball at the community centre ranging from the A team to the Year 7 Toko Junior 2 team. Unfortunately we were to loss all the netball games, with the B team coming the closest in points with a three goal loss at 18-21, A team; 36-16, White team; 43-8, Year 8 team; 24-3, and Year 7 team; 12-2. All games were played in good spirit and great sportsmanship. The rugby teams were the highlight for the exchange with all three teams clinching wins from Blue Mountain. The 1st XV won 35-12, the Year 9/10 had a spectacular win 76-0 and the Year 7/8 game was a slightly closer game which could have gone either way but Toko was lucky enough to hold them out till the final whistle winning 24-22. The Senior boys and junior boys basketball were up against strong competition with both opposition teams playing in a regularly competition. Their scores were&nbsp;senior boys lost 15-42 and junior boys lost 14-42. Blue Mountain College were great hosts and provided a warm welcome and super afternoon tea to end a great day of competition. Thank you to all the parent coaches who travelled up to Tapanui, the time and effort you put into your teams is greatly appreciated.&nbsp; Thank you to the PTA for subsiding this trip and it was great to see so many teams participating.<br /> <br /> Click here to see more <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.680525702019824.1073741829.665427000196361&amp;type=1">photos</a><br /> <br type="_moz" />1402401600http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/62/Blue-Mountain-Sports-Exchangehttp://www.tokohigh.school.nz1632Blue Mountain Sports Exchangehttp://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/62/Blue-Mountain-Sports-Exchange Ronald McDonald House Street Appealhttp://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/60/Ronald-McDonald-House-Street-AppealWe know that families are stronger when they are together, and their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better.<br /> <br /> Whether those problems involve how to stay near and support a hospitalised child, how to afford staying together in another city while a child is undergoing treatment, getting dental care in a vulnerable community or even a well deserved family holiday.<br /> Families with a chronically ill child are often placed under immense emotional, physical and financial stress. To help relieve this burden Ronald McDonald House Charities along with various community groups created the Ronald McDonald Family Retreat.<br /> <br /> On Friday 6 June 11 of our students (plus Mrs Gowing) gave up their time to stand in the cold to collect for the Ronald McDonald House Appeal. Thank you to the following students: Liana Spence, Kelsey McKechnie, Cory Holden, Sarah Leebody, Sharn Bungard, Chase Cole, Jess Carr, Hannah Weatherall, Brittany Scott-Jenkins, Lydia Hammersley and Jemima Aratema. <br />1402315200http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/60/Ronald-McDonald-House-Street-Appealhttp://www.tokohigh.school.nz1612Ronald McDonald House Street Appealhttp://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/60/Ronald-McDonald-House-Street-Appeal Mick (Michael O'Connor) A Good Manhttp://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/59/Mick-Michael-O-Connor-A-Good-ManIt never occurred to me a few weeks ago when I was walking the Kepler with Mick that I would be writing this so soon. His passing has come as a horrible shock to all of us. Mick was an integral part of our community.<br /> The following are my own impressions of a man I first met 14 years ago and regard as a good mate.<br /> At Teacher&rsquo;s College, one is told that the most important people to get on with in the school are the caretaker and the secretary. Mick made that easy. In my first few years at the school I was in a car pool that left late and I spent many hours with Mick, learning how the school worked and how the staff all fitted in together. One of the things we researched together was the status of Mick&rsquo;s golf handicap. I was, and still am, impressed that he had a handicap that was close to single digits. I also learned from him and others that he had been a more than useful rugby player in his youth. He had many pearls of wisdom that he had picked up over the years and it was a true measure of his character that he became one of the best friends of the next principal, Lindsay Laing. I got to know Mick really well on the tramping trips that we did together, some years ago on the Routeburn and very recently on the Kepler. I will always be impressed by the way he went about these trips preparing thoroughly and making sure that he was fit enough. He was dedicated to his walk into town on Friday evenings and this preparation meant that he was able to cope well with the Great Walks.<br /> Mick was very much a family man and was very proud of all his children. He really enjoyed the trips with Daune to exotic places to see them and his grandchildren. I enjoyed looking with him at the places that he was planning on visiting and seeing where he had been afterwards. <br /> He was always interested in what other people were doing. I could rely on his stopping by my room after every holiday to see pictures of my adventures. He had many other good friends on the staff and he had the rare ability to bring out the best in all of us.<br /> This enthusiasm translated really well into developing relationships with students. Mick was everybody&rsquo;s mate and he was especially good at relating to some of the more interesting students at the school. He was able to explain life to them in language that would not always have been suitable for a teacher. His style worked for most of them and it was never a punishment for any of them to spend time with Mick. He understood that his job was as more about people than anything on his job description. His unofficial job was as a counsellor and he would always make time for anyone who needed to vent about anything. This was appreciated by all, but the outstanding example is the student from way back who made the famous MIC 1 trolley that has been used for many years.<br /> Mick became very good at organising his work to suit the temperature in the last few years. Inside jobs got high priority on very cold mornings and it was rare to see him inside on nice days. I really enjoyed working in with him and solving the world&rsquo;s problems while we did it. We would have made a great combination running the world together. <br /> Mick&rsquo;s passing leaves a huge gap in many lives. As well as his family and the school, the wider Milton community and especially the golf club, will miss him for a long time. This has been a very personal view of a man I considered a true gentleman and a good friend. <br /> <em>Owen Cambridge (Teacher)</em><br />1401710400http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/59/Mick-Michael-O-Connor-A-Good-Manhttp://www.tokohigh.school.nz1607Mick (Michael O'Connor) A Good Manhttp://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/59/Mick-Michael-O-Connor-A-Good-Man New Caledonia - Trip of a Lifetime!http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/58/New-Caledonia-Trip-of-a-LifetimeEight days on a tropical island enjoying sun, sand, <br /> sea and French language and culture: this is what awaited<br /> nine excited Tokomairiro High School students and their teachers <br /> when they went to New Caledonia in the Easter school holidays.<br /> The goal of going to a French-speaking country had been set in <br /> April 2013 after Miss Hart spoke to her then Year 9 and 10 French <br /> students about her fantastic experience living in the French speaking <br /> part of Belgium. New Caledonia is the closest French speaking country <br /> to New Zealand being less than three hours flight away. Following <br /> many months of fundraising by hard-working parents, students and<br /> teachers and wonderful support from the Milton and Otago community, <br /> our departure day finally arrived. <br /> Getting to New Caledonia was an adventure as our plane from Dunedin <br /> had been delayed and we were very late getting into Auckland and had <br /> to sprint from the Domestic to the International Terminal.<br /> Arriving at Noumea Airport some three hours later, we had a number of forms to fill in, in French which proved time-consuming. The plan had been to do this on the plane but they had run out of forms. Finally, it was &lsquo;Bienvenue en Nouvelle Caledonie&rsquo; and we were arriving at the Le Pacifique Hotel. We spent two nights at the hotel but the majority of the time was spent with homestay families. We also had classes in French for three mornings at a language school. Soon we were putting our French into action: trying to understand our homestay families, catching the local buses, ordering food at &lsquo;Quick&rsquo; ( the French equivalent of MacDonalds ) or at a caf&eacute; and buying souvenirs.<br /> While in Noumea, we visited the city museum where we learnt that New Caledonia had once been a penal colony and also the aquarium where Nikki Hall and Bree Grant saved a fish which had jumped out of a tank. One of the highlights was our trip to Amedee Island, a tiny island about 40 minutes by boat from Noumea. Here we swam and snorkelled and saw lots of fish and a turtle. Some of us were a bit startled to see a &lsquo;tricot raye&rsquo; or sea snake swimming nearby as it is poisonous. Fortunately, it is shy of humans and swam away.<br /> Our time in Noumea, New Caledonia was up very quickly and soon we were saying Au Revoir to the homestay families, to the lovely warm weather (a constant 28 degrees) and the relaxed atmosphere. Things were not quite so relaxed at the Airport as the computers had broken down and over 300 passengers had to be manually checked in! Eventually, we boarded the plane and a short time later found ourselves back in New Zealand. <br /> We have wonderful memories of the people, the food, and the beaches. It was also &lsquo;fantastique&rsquo; to be able to speak French with &lsquo;real&rsquo; French people &ndash; some of us still find ourselves saying &lsquo;oui&rsquo; and &lsquo;merci&rsquo; automatically even though we are now in New Zealand. <br /> It certainly was the experience of a lifetime and we would like to thank Ms Eames for accompanying us, Miss Hart our French Teacher who organised it; our hard-working parents, Tokomairiro High School, the Milton community and many others for their support in enabling us to go to New Caledonia.<br />1400587200http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/58/New-Caledonia-Trip-of-a-Lifetimehttp://www.tokohigh.school.nz1605New Caledonia - Trip of a Lifetime!http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/58/New-Caledonia-Trip-of-a-Lifetime Swimming Sports Results 2014http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/57/Swimming-Sports-Results-2014School Swimming Sports Results 2014<br /> Held on Thursday 27th March&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>House Points</strong><br /> 1st Ayson 2835<br /> 2nd Malcolm 2602<br /> 3rd Reid 1746<br /> 4th Ross 1486<br /> <br /> <strong>Minor Boys</strong><br /> <u>33m Backstroke (Record 25.90sec)</u><br /> 1st Thomas Paul (35.60s)<br /> 2nd Jacob Gillies<br /> 3rd Hoani Wipaki<br /> <u>66m Backstroke (Record 1.04.56sec)</u><br /> 1st Thomas Paul (1.24.34s)<br /> 2nd Hoani Wipaki<br /> 3rd Joshua Allen<br /> <u>33m Freestyle (Record 21.78sec)</u><br /> 1st Thomas Paul (26.66s)<br /> 2nd Oliver Maniapoto<br /> 3rd Jacob Gillies<br /> <u>66m Freestyle (Record 48.97sec)</u><br /> 1st Thomas Paul (1.06.18s)<br /> 2nd Oliver Maniapoto<br /> 3rd Aiden Mallon<br /> <u>33m Breaststroke (Record 28.55sec)</u><br /> 1st Harley Herbert (51.13s)<br /> 2nd Aiden Mallon<br /> 3rd Mathew Fyfe<br /> <u>66m Breaststroke (Record 1.14.7sec)</u><br /> 1st Harley Herbert (2.18.75s)<br /> 2nd Aiden Mallon<br /> 3rd Mathew Fyfe<br /> <u>33m Butterfly (Record24.41sec)</u><br /> <strong>Champions</strong><br /> 1st Thomas Paul<br /> 2nd Aiden Mallon<br /> 3rd Harley Herbert<br /> <u>Non Champs 33m Freestyle</u><br /> 1st Hamish Lowery (31.85s)<br /> 2nd Olly Milburn<br /> 3rd Ethan Walker<br /> <u>Non Champs 33m Backstroke</u><br /> 1st Joseph Lomas-Carr (40.66s)<br /> 2nd Ethan Walker<br /> 3rd Ben Hutton<br /> <u>Run</u><br /> 1st Ethan Walker<br /> 2nd Hoani Wipaki<br /> 3rd Liam Ferguson<br /> <u>Underwater Swim</u><br /> 1st Thomas Paul<br /> 2nd Jacob Gillies<br /> 3rd Oliver Maniapoto<br /> <u>Floatboard</u><br /> 1st Aaron Taane-Carr<br /> <u>Dog Paddle</u><br /> 1st Callum Davie<br /> 2nd Zayde Francis<br /> 3rd Joseph Mills<br /> <br /> <strong>Minor Girls</strong><br /> <u>33m Backstroke (Record 26.93sec)</u><br /> 1st Emma Paul (32.09s)<br /> 2nd Mereana Phillips<br /> 3rd Megan Stringer<br /> <u>66m Backstroke (Record 60.80sec)</u><br /> 1st Amy Lockhart (2.17.66s)<br /> <u>33m Freestyle (Record 22.37sec)</u><br /> 1st Emma Paul (24.53s)<br /> 2nd Mereana Phillips<br /> 3rd Amy Lockhart<br /> <u>66m Freestyle (Record 49.35sec)</u><br /> 1st Emma Paul (1.05.00s)<br /> 2nd Megan Stringer<br /> <u>33m Breaststroke (Record 29.00sec)</u><br /> 1st Emma Paul (36.20s)<br /> 2nd Mereana Phillips<br /> 3rd Amy Lockhart<br /> <u>66m Breaststroke (Record 1.12.18sec)</u><br /> 1st Emma Paul (1.25.56s)<br /> 2nd Amy Lockhart<br /> <strong>Champions</strong><br /> 1st Emma Paul<br /> 2nd Amy Lockhart<br /> 3rd Mereana Phillips<br /> <u>Non Champs 33m Freestyle</u><br /> 1st Meg Clark (35.00s)<br /> 2nd Paige Mackie<br /> 3rd Holly Clarke<br /> <u>Non Champs 33m Backstroke</u><br /> 1st Annabelle Philps (40.91s)<br /> 2nd Jorden Dickie<br /> 3rd Azaria Thomas-Kavanagh<br /> <u>Run</u><br /> 1st Annabelle Philps<br /> 2nd Mereana Phillips<br /> 3rd Emma Paul<br /> <u>Underwater Swim</u><br /> 1st Paige Mackie<br /> 2nd Emma Paul<br /> 3rd Annabelle Philps<br /> <u>Floatboard</u><br /> 1st Rebecca Coleman<br /> 2nd Jorden Dickie<br /> 3rd Paige Mackie<br /> <u>Dog Paddle</u><br /> 1st Summer Carter<br /> 2nd Meg Clark<br /> 3rd Rebecca Coleman<br /> <br /> <strong>Junior Boys</strong><br /> <u>33m Backstroke (Record 22.81sec)</u><br /> 1st Kaleb Fegan (26.28s)<br /> 2nd Levin Coulter-Butler<br /> 3rd Liam Gibson<br /> <u>66m Backstroke (Record 1.00.59sec)</u><br /> 1st Kaleb Fegan (1.04.94s)<br /> 2nd Liam Gibson<br /> <u>33m Freestyle (Record 19.33sec)</u><br /> 1st Liam Gibson (24.23s)<br /> 2nd Levin Coulter-Butler<br /> 3rd Liam Grant<br /> <u>66m Freestyle (Record 41.85sec)</u><br /> 1st Kaleb Fegan (57.53s)<br /> 2nd Liam Gibson<br /> 3rd Liam Grant<br /> <u>33m Breaststroke (Record 27.56sec)</u><br /> 1st Kaleb Fegan (39.37s)<br /> 2nd Liam Gibson<br /> <u>66m Breaststroke (Record 1.05.26sec)</u><br /> 1st Kaleb Fegan (1.14.22s)<br /> <u>33m Butterfly (Record 21.25sec)</u><br /> 1st Kaleb Fegan (41.06s)<br /> 2nd Liam Gibson<br /> <strong>Champions</strong><br /> 1st Kaleb Fegan<br /> 2nd Liam Gibson<br /> 3rd Levin Coulter-Butler<br /> <u>Non Champs 33m Freestyle</u><br /> 1st Richard Scott (27.06s)<br /> 2nd Jadin Coulter-Butler<br /> 3rd Matthew Herbert<br /> <u>Non Champs 33m Backstroke</u><br /> 1st Richard Scott (33.75s)<br /> 2nd Cairo Lambert<br /> <u>Run</u><br /> 1st Richard Scott<br /> 2nd Levin Coulter-Butler<br /> 3rd Jadin Coulter-Butler<br /> <u>Underwater Swim</u><br /> 1st Levin Coulter-Butler<br /> 2nd Richard Scott<br /> 3rd Kaleb Fegan<br /> <u>Floatboard</u><br /> 1st Austin Burgess<br /> 2nd Felix Gillan<br /> <u>Dog Paddle</u><br /> 1st Austin Burgess<br /> 2nd Kaleb Cain<br /> 3rd Jadin Coulter-Butler<br /> <br /> <strong>Junior Girls</strong><br /> <u>33m Backstroke (Record 25.54sec)</u><br /> 1st Millicent Geary (38.10s)<br /> 2nd Grace Michelle<br /> <u>33m Freestyle (Record 21.12sec)<br /> </u>1st Alicia Gillies (28.34s)<br /> 2nd Millicent Geary<br /> 3rd Grace Michelle<br /> <u>66m Freestyle (Record 46.31sec)</u><br /> 1st Alicia Gillies (1.12.22s)<br /> <u>33m Breaststroke (Record 27.08sec)</u><br /> 1st Alicia Gillies (46.07s)<br /> 2nd Millicent Geary<br /> 3rd Grace Michelle<br /> <u>66m Breaststroke (Record 1.23.16sec)</u><br /> 1st Millicent Geary (2.47.50s)<br /> 2nd Grace Michelle<br /> <strong>Champions</strong><br /> 1st Millicent Geary<br /> 2nd= Alicia Gillies, Grace Michelle<br /> <u>Non Champs 33m Freestyle</u><br /> 1st Jade Findlay (29.00s)<br /> 2nd Laura Wilkinson<br /> 3rd Tayla Gold<br /> <u>Non Champs 33m Backstroke</u><br /> 1st Laura Wilkinson (40.03s)<br /> 2nd Clara Scoon<br /> 3rd Phoebe Johnston<br /> <u>Run</u><br /> 1st Tia Valli<br /> 2nd Tayla Gold<br /> 3rd Kelsey Carter<br /> <u>Underwater Swim</u><br /> 1st Jade Findlay<br /> 2nd Tayla Gold<br /> 3rd Shayna Lloyd<br /> <u>Dog Paddle</u><br /> 1st Kelsey Carter<br /> 2nd Brigitte Clarke<br /> 3rd Jade Findlay<br /> <br /> <strong>Intermediate Boys</strong><br /> <u>33m Backstroke (Record 20.16sec)</u><br /> 1st Reuben Wilson (28.53s)<br /> 2nd James Scanlan<br /> 3rd Ben Pepper<br /> <u>66m Backstroke (Record 43.38sec)</u><br /> 1st James Scanlan (1.21.16s)<br /> 2nd Ben Pepper<br /> <u>33m Freestyle (Record 17.07sec)</u><br /> 1st Reuben Wilson (22.05s)<br /> 2nd James Scanlan<br /> 3rd Jackson Anderson<br /> <u>66m Freestyle (Record 37.94sec)</u><br /> 1st James Scanlan (55.91s)<br /> 2nd Reuben Wilson<br /> 3rd Ben Pepper<br /> <u>100m Freestyle (Record 1.12.41sec)</u><br /> 1st James Scanlan (1.30.29s)<br /> 2nd Reuben Wilson<br /> 3rd Joe Pepper<br /> <u>33m Breaststroke (Record 23.81sec)</u><br /> 1st Jackson Anderson (35.93s)<br /> 2nd Reuben Wilson<br /> 3rd Joe Pepper<br /> <u>66m Breaststroke (Record 56.02sec)</u><br /> 1st Jackson Anderson (1.29.13s)<br /> <strong>Champions</strong><br /> 1st James Scanlan<br /> 2nd Reuben Wilson<br /> 3rd Ben Pepper<br /> <u>Non Champs 33m Freestyle</u><br /> 1st Kobi Oliver (25.09s)<br /> 2nd Lucas Wilkinson<br /> 3rd Reihana Mason-Waru<br /> <u>Non Champs 33m Backstroke</u><br /> 1st Reihana Mason-Waru (29.13s)<br /> 2nd Lucas Wilkinson<br /> 3rd Kobi Oliver<br /> <u>Run</u><br /> 1st Ryan Weatherall<br /> 2nd Sam Brown<br /> 3rd Justin Perkins<br /> <u>Underwater Swim</u><br /> 1st Kerrin Hall<br /> 2nd Kain Walker<br /> 3rd Shylo Waitere<br /> <u>Floatboard</u><br /> 1st Jahn Swain<br /> 2nd Atrael Thomas-Kavanagh<br /> 3rd Bronson Blackbourn<br /> <u>Dog Paddle</u><br /> 1st Oliver Blackbourn<br /> 2nd Jahn Swain<br /> 3rd Atrael Thomas-Kavanagh<br /> <br /> <strong>Intermediate Girls</strong><br /> <u>33m Backstroke (Record 24.45sec)</u><br /> 1st Nadia Lloyd (29.72s)<br /> 2nd Nikki Hall<br /> 3rd Laura Scanlan<br /> <u>66m Backstroke (record 52.69sec)</u><br /> 1st Laura Scanlan (1.27.13s)<br /> 2nd Maria Scott<br /> <u>33m Freestyle (Record 21.17sec)</u><br /> 1st Nadia Lloyd (25.25s)<br /> 2nd Nikki Hall<br /> 3rd Laura Scanlan<br /> <u>66m Freestyle (Record 47.20sec)</u><br /> 1st Laura Scanlan (1.14.56s)<br /> <u>33m Breaststroke (Record 25.80sec)</u><br /> 1st Maria Scott (46.06s)<br /> <u>66m Breaststroke (Record 1.05.98sec)</u><br /> <strong>Champions</strong><br /> 1st Laura Scanlan<br /> 2nd Maria Scott<br /> 3rd Nadia Lloyd<br /> <u>Non Champs 33m Freestyle</u><br /> 1st Caitlyn Anderton (34.90s)<br /> 2nd Rebecca Hutton <br /> 3rd Shannon Hollebon<br /> <u>Non Champs 33m Backstroke</u><br /> 1st Kirby McLellan (38.38s)<br /> 2nd Brittany Barkman<br /> 3rd Rebecca Hutton<br /> <u>Run</u><br /> 1st Jorjah Mason-Waru<br /> 2nd Rebecca Hutton<br /> 3rd Brittany Barkman<br /> <u>Underwater Swim</u><br /> 1st Sophie McDonald<br /> 2nd Monique Perkins<br /> 3rd Ashleigh Walls<br /> <u>Floatboard</u><br /> 1st Ashleigh Walls<br /> 2nd Chantalle Fegan<br /> 3rd Abbey Frost<br /> <u>Dog Paddle</u><br /> 1st McKenzie Carter<br /> 2nd Zamira de Montgomery<br /> 3rd Alana Kerr<br /> <br /> <strong>Senior Boys</strong><br /> <u>33m Backstroke (Record 19.91sec)</u><br /> 1st Michael Tuari (26.50s)<br /> 2nd Chase Cole<br /> 3rd Nic Shaw<br /> <u>66m Backstroke (Record 43.02sec)</u><br /> 1st Rhys Mathieson (1.15.03s)<br /> 2nd Sam Still<br /> <u>33m Freestyle (Record 17.57sec)</u><br /> 1st Sam Fischli (19.97s)<br /> 2nd Michael Tuari<br /> 3rd Nic Shaw<br /> <u>66m Freestyle (Record 39.68sec)</u><br /> 1st Rhys Mathieson (50.22s)<br /> 2nd Sam Fischli<br /> 3rd Matthew Whitaker<br /> <u>100m Freestyle (Record 1.04.47sec)</u><br /> 1st Rhys Mathieson (1.21.43s)<br /> 2nd Matthew Whitaker<br /> 3rd Nic Shaw<br /> <u>33m Breaststroke (Record 22.56sec)</u><br /> 1st Michael Tuari (28.50s)<br /> 2nd Matthew Whitaker<br /> 3rd Rhys Mathieson<br /> <u>66m Breaststroke (Record 51.80sec)</u><br /> 1st Matthew Whitaker (1.10.25s)<br /> 2nd Rhys Mathieson<br /> 3rd Jordie Bungard<br /> <u>33m Butterfly (Record 18.21sec)</u><br /> 1st Taylor Moeahu (29.56s)<br /> 2nd Rhys Mathieson<br /> <strong>Champions</strong><br /> 1st Rhys Mathieson<br /> 2nd Matthew Whitaker<br /> 3rd Michael Tuari<br /> <br /> <strong>Senior Girls</strong><br /> <u>33m Backstroke (Record 23.82sec)</u><br /> 1st Toni Hall (27.63s)<br /> 2nd Georgia Pringle<br /> 3rd Ashleigh Walker<br /> <u>66m Backstroke (Record 51.17sec)</u><br /> 1st Toni Hall (1.08.75s)<br /> 2nd Georgia Pringle<br /> 3rd Katie Jewitt<br /> <u>33m Freestyle (Record 20.53sec)</u><br /> 1st Karta Hewitt (21.35s)<br /> 2nd Toni Hall<br /> 3rd Georgia Pringle<br /> <u>66m Freestyle (Record 47.27sec)</u><br /> 1st Karta Hewitt (50.84s)<br /> 2nd Toni Hall<br /> 3rd Georgia Pringle<br /> <u>100m Freestyle (Record 1.11.29sec)</u><br /> 1st Karta Hewitt (1.27.53s)<br /> <u>33m Breaststroke (Record 27.35sec)</u><br /> 1st Karta Hewitt (30.23s)<br /> 2nd Georgia Pringle<br /> 3rd Katie Jewitt<br /> <u>66m Breaststroke (Record 60.00sec)</u><br /> 1st Karta Hewitt (1.14.46s)<br /> <u>33m Butterfly (Record 22.39sec)</u><br /> 1st Toni Hall (31.18s)<br /> <strong>Champions</strong><br /> 1st Karta Hewitt<br /> 2nd Toni Hall<br /> 3rd Georgia Pringle<br /> <br /> <strong>House Relays</strong><br /> <u>Junior/Minor Boys (Record 1.39.57sec)</u><br /> 1st Ayson (1.49.16s)<br /> 2nd Malcolm<br /> 3rd Reid<br /> 4th Ross<br /> <u>Junior/Minor Girls (Record 1.51.28sec)</u><br /> 1st Ayson (2.06.34s)<br /> 2nd Malcolm<br /> 3rd Ross<br /> 4th Reid<br /> <u>Intermediate Boys (Record 1.34.24sec)</u><br /> 1st Ayson (1.38.03s)<br /> 2nd Malcolm<br /> 3rd Reid<br /> 4th Ross<br /> <u>Intermediate Girls (Record 1.37.62sec)</u><br /> 1st Malcolm (1.55.09s)<br /> 2nd Ayson<br /> 3rd Ross<br /> <u>Senior Girls (Record 1.32.58sec)</u><br /> 1st Malcolm (1.32.74s)<br /> 2nd Reid<br /> 3rd Ross<br /> 4th Ayson<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />1397131200http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/57/Swimming-Sports-Results-2014http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/images/1391/medium/DSC-0095.jpgSwimming Sports Results 2014http://www.tokohigh.school.nz/news/57/Swimming-Sports-Results-2014