Napier Boys' High School

Week Ahead: Week 4, Term 4, 2021


Napier Boys High School Week Ahead

Week Ahead: Week 4, Term 4
Monday, 08 – Sunday, 14 November

Dear whānau,

I write today, with regret, to communicate changes we have made to our Term 4 calendar.

As the country continues to be managed by Alert Level restrictions, we have reached a point where we have had to make some difficult decisions regarding end of year events.

In a time where we have already lost opportunities to celebrate the year, I know that these decisions will bring disappointment to many. However, we must prioritise what matters most – the well-being, happiness, and success of our young men. Our focus remains to ensure that your son(s) finish the year in a positive way, proud of their effort and achievement.

Today, we have confirmed the changes – below – for end of year award ceremonies. Changes have been made to adhere to the Ministry of Education’s direction related to limiting gatherings at Alert Level 2. All schools in the Hawke’s Bay region will follow this directive. This means all events that have more than one hundred students in attendance cannot include the presence of parents, caregivers and whānau.

As parents, caregivers and whānau will, sadly, not be able to attend these celebrations we will ensure each recipient will be photographed and the images made available after the event.

I have been impressed by our students, their resilience, positivity, and endeavour to make the most of the time we have together through to the end of term.

Early next week I will update the community in relation to the vaccine mandate.

Again, I acknowledge and thank you for your support and care through these challenging times.

Jarred Williams

Māori and Pasifika Achievement Awards (MAPAA)

Ni sa bula! Fakaalofa lahi atu! Talofa lava! Fakafeiloaki! Malo e lelei! Kia ora!

The Māori and Pasifika Achievement Awards (MAPAA) will take place during the school day on Monday, 08 November. The school must apply Alert Level 2 protocol and procedure, making this is a closed event. Unfortunately, whānau and aiga cannot attend. The school has hired a videographer to record the awards and performances. Matua Pōhatu will make the recording and notes available to the community. We will post a highlights package to social media.

Year 13 Valedictory Assembly

In recent years we introduced the Y13 Valedictory Assembly. This is an opportunity for the school to acknowledge the entire Y13 year group. This group takes centre stage! Again, this is a closed event, conforming to Alert Level 2 protocol. We will capture some of the Valedictory and post to our social media channels. The Y13 Valedictory Assembly is Friday, 12 November.

Uniform Shop – closed during Week 4

The Uniform Shop will be closed through Week 4. We are running the Y8 course selection meetings Tuesday 09 – Thursday 11 November. During this period the uniform shop will be closed as they prioritise arranging uniforms for the 2022 Y9s. Students may come to the school office if they have urgent uniform requests, for example, ripped shorts.

Normal hours recommence Tuesday 16 November 3 – 4:30 pm. A reminder that the uniform shop is now in temporary premises behind P Block.

Senior Prizegiving – advance notice

As indicated by the Headmaster the Senior Prizegiving will be a closed event, limited to Y11, Y12 and Y13 prize winners. The prizegiving will take place on Monday, 15 November.

Y9, Y10 & Y11s not receiving an award will be dismissed at lunchtime. Please contact the school if you wish for your son to be supervised through until 3:10 pm.

‘Leaving School’ publication

‘Leaving School’ is a magazine for all secondary school students. It is a free guide to study and career options. Paper copies were distributed to seniors in tutor class. You can access the digital version here:

NBHS Memorial Library – summer reading

Boys who are returning in 2022 are encouraged to continue their recreational reading over the summer holidays.

If you would like your son to borrow books / magazines for the summer – and this can be for anyone in his family – please complete the following permission form:

Please contact if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events – stay informed

Please keep a close eye on this school newsletter, the ‘Week Ahead’, each Friday where any changes will be communicated. Urgent updates will be pushed-out via the School App.

Key changes include:

  • Through to 15 Nov Senior Benchmark Assessments where required (date change)
  • 15 Nov                     Senior Prizegiving
  • 17 Nov                     Study Leave for Seniors – teachers will run tutorials & workshops through this period. Students should liaise with their subject teacher.
  • 22 Nov                    NCEA examinations start
  • 23 November        Teacher-only day – NCEA Accord Day 4 (date change)
  • 10 Dec                    Junior Prizegiving / final day for Y9 & 10

Please refer to the calendar on the school website for other school events.

Benchmark Senior Examinations

Our second series of benchmark / mock external assessments continue in Week 4. These run through to 15 November during regular timetabled classes. Building in this flexibility gives our students more time to complete their coursework and dovetails into the external examinations. As per Term 3, no study leave is required. HODs and subject teachers have confirmed the updated benchmarks with their classes. Please discuss this with your son.

StudyIt: Online NCEA Assistance

StudyIt is an online learning space for secondary students. It has content for NCEA Science, Mathematics, and English. The site is student focused. It has been designed with input from students. Content has been written by subject specialists.

It contains information for students about what they need to know to achieve particular Achievement Standards alongside general study and exam tips and encouraging ‘success stories’ from students.

Students can use the forum to discuss NCEA issues with other students and teachers, as well as send specific questions by email to expert teachers.

Students and whanau can access the website here:

NCEA External Examinations – date change

As per the Minister’s announcement last week the NCEA examinations will proceed from Monday, 22 November and finish Tuesday, 14 December.

The 2021 National Secondary Examination Timetable can be found here:

NCEA Internal Assessments due in Week 4

NCEA Level 1
Subject Achievement Standard Classes involved
Accounting AS1.4 Financial Statement for a community organisation PRA


NCEA Level 2
Subject Achievement Standard Classes involved
Mathematics 201 AS2.7 Calculus 201 classes
Mathematics 202 AS2.12 Probability 202 classes
History AS2.2 Examine an historical event ENG
Art  Portfolio HAR
Art Design Portfolio WLS


NCEA Level 3
Subject Achievement Standard Classes involved
Economics AS3.4 Market failure and government intervention PRA
History (NZ) AS3.4 Analyse differing perspectives CAM

NCEA Internal Assessments due in Week 5

NCEA Level 1
Subject Achievement Standard Classes involved
DIT AS1.7 Python STA & HAM
DIT AS1.8 Iterative Process STA & HAM
CPE & SPR AS1.1 Participate actively in a range of activities and explain factors that influence participation GUN, LEI & LOC


NCEA Level 2
Subject Achievement Standard Classes involved
DIT AS2.3 Relational database STA & HAM
SCI AS2.3 Demonstrate understanding of the chemistry used in the development of a current technology OCO


NCEA Level 3
Subject Achievement Standard Classes involved
DIT AS3.4 Develop a digital media outcome STA & HAM

KAMAR Parent Portal

A reminder that parents / caregivers can access results and school reports through the KAMAR Parent Portal. Log-in details were posted by mail at the start of the school year. If you have difficulty accessing the portal, please contact Mrs J Gourdie

You can access the KAMAR parent portal here:

Sports Draws & Fixtures

Sports draws are posted on the school website and school app. Sports draws are updated as we receive them.

You can find the sports draws here:

Junior T20 cricket continues Wednesday, 10 November. Students should check the Sports Noticeboard for teams and fixtures.

Touch rugby continues Thursday, 11 November. A reminder that students must arrange their own transport to the Sports Park.

Volleyball continues in Week 4. Division 1 games are on Monday, 08 November. Division 2 & 3 run Wednesday, 10 November. Students should check the link above for draws, fixtures and venues.

Alert Level 2 Protocol & Procedure

As we remain at Alert Level 2, we remind the community that sport is limited to groups of one hundred in a defined space outdoors and fifty in a defined space indoors. As a ‘single group’ different people cannot come and go under these group limits. These group limits include all players and spectators, but not referees and officials.

With the above measures in place, we are required to closely monitor numbers at events. In the first instance our preference is for those who transport their son to our school venue, or to another school within Hawke’s Bay, to drop their son off outside the school and organise a time and place to pick him up after the game.

If you do intend to be a spectator, please be aware that you may be asked to leave if numbers exceed limits. We understand how disappointing this will be for all supporters who enjoy watching school sport. If you intend to be a spectator onsite at NBHS, you must sign-inQR codes are at the front of school, and one will be placed on the Te Awa Avenue side of the school. Finally, visitors to the site must wear a face covering.

Thank you for your understanding at this challenging time. Your continued support is appreciated by all Napier Boys’ High School staff and students alongside the many community / parent volunteers that contribute to our school’s co-curricular programme.

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