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I am really enjoying my senior academies, they are pumping. My students are managing themselves and motivated (for the most part) to finish their work and achieve their goals and assessments. The class environment is really good too, I took some photos of them at work this week. 

One level one student helping another with a music technology task






















Two students working on a composition- one working on the 
beat/backing track and one writing lyrics


Two students practicing their raps for solo performance



Musicians Hub Academy Days

I am really enjoying my senior academies, they are pumping.
My students are managing themselves and motivated (for the
most part) to finish their work and achieve their goals and
assessments. The class...

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27 September 2017 | 2:44 pm


On Sunday the 3rd of September 8 students headed down to Wellington to visit Whitireia Polytechnic and check out the music department. The students attended a range of classes including DJ scratching class, Improvisation, Band class and beat making. It was a great day. We stayed in Levin with Ms Hoskins' family and also got to check out downtown Wellington and the Levin adventure park as part of our visit. We also caught up with Whare Mitai and Carlos Rangi-Dick who are in their first year of study for the music degree after graduating from tarawera high school last year. You can watch the video of our journey here:


Music Further Studies

On Sunday the 3rd of September 8 students headed down to
Wellington to visit Whitireia Polytechnic and check out the
music department. The students attended a range of classes
including DJ scratching class,...

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6 September 2017 | 1:02 pm

On Sunday the 29th of May 13 senior students headed to Otumoetai College in Tauranga to perform in the Smokefree Rockquest heats. We had three groups; Contradiction, Cass N Dem and Fundamental.We had an awesome day and the students did THS proud. They performed well and had lots of energy n stage. The competition was tough and although we didn't get through to the finals we had a great day. Here is a video of one of our groups and some photos....










SmokeFree Rockquest

On Sunday the 29th of May 13 senior students headed to
Otumoetai College in Tauranga to perform in the Smokefree
Rockquest heats. We had three groups; Contradiction, Cass N
Dem and Fundamental.We had...

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30 May 2016 | 9:23 am

Some lucky Tarawera students had the chance to work on their song writing skills with Hani Totorewa who has written songs and performed with the band Katchafire for the last 16 years. The day was very successful, our seniors wrote an entire song (about Kawerau) in one lesson! Our year 11s also worked on some reggae songs and had the chance to show their songs to Hani and get feedback. Thank you to the NZ Music Commission for setting this up!








Music Mentoring

Some lucky Tarawera students had the chance to work on their
song writing skills with Hani Totorewa who has written songs
and performed with the band Katchafire for the last 16
years. The...

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8 April 2016 | 6:20 pm

Students from year 7 right through to year 13 are gearing up for their performances of 'Seussical the musical' next week. They will be performing two matinees on Wednesday and Thursday next week to local retirees and primary schools with evening performances Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The musical is based on Dr. Seuss stories. Here is a picture of some of the cast trying out their costumes
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SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL

Students from year 7 right through to year 13 are gearing up
for their performances of 'Seussical the musical' next week.
They will be performing two matinees on Wednesday and
Thursday next week...

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8 April 2016 | 6:04 pm
As our music students start writing their first songs of the year we have an awesome new set up that is going to help the process along and create a much higher quality of recordings.
Our music room has been kitted out with some new gear that has been set up so students have the facilities to record their own instruments and vocals for their original songs and there is already some awesome tracks being recorded! There are over 50 students writing songs for NCEA credits this year. We are also hoping to take some of these students and their original songs to Rockquest next term- watch this space! Here are some pictures of the new recording facilities.


Tarawera's new recording gear!

As our music students start writing their first songs of the
year we have an awesome new set up that is going to help the
process along and create a much higher...

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8 April 2016 | 5:44 pm
Senior Volleyball Trainings - Term 1)

Initial Trials:



Boys -
Thursday 4th Feb 3-5pm, Saturday 6th Feb 2-4pm


Girls -
Friday 5th Feb 3-5, Sunday 2pm - 4pm


Weekly Training times:


Time/Day
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Before school
7 - 8.00
Breakfast Club open until 8.25





Lunch
12.30 - 1.10





After School
2.45 - 5
Senior A Girls
Senior B Girls
Senior A Girls
Senior B Girls
Senior A Girls
Evening
5.30 - 7.30

Senior Boys

Senior Boys


Season Dates

BOP Dates


Prelims - Feb 20 and 21 QEYC -ASB ARENA-WHHS TRIDENT WHAKATANE TBC -
Round 1 - Feb 26th  QEYC /ASB
Round 2 - March 5th and 6th  (promotion –relegation)  QEYC  ASB ARENA     
Finals 19 and 20 March QEYC ASB ARENA

Nationals

Sunday 3rd - Saturday 9th April

Senior Volleyball Season

Senior Volleyball Trainings - Term 1)

Initial Trials:*
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Boys -

Thursday 4th Feb 3-5pm, Saturday 6th Feb 2-4pm*
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Girls -

Friday 5th Feb 3-5, Sunday 2pm - 4pm *
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Weekly Training times:*
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Time/Day ...

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4 February 2016 | 9:32 am
Day three started with a good match up. Tauranga Girls 9A. A top volleyball school. We dropped the first set but came back to win the second. The third set was a close pressure cooker. Under the pump, we battled and played some tidy volleyball to come out on top winning a very close 16-14. We served tough and handled the pressure really well. It was an awesome win against one of our rivals from this season and the future. 

Our second game was against a very structured and well coached Orewa year 9 team. We lost in two sets, but their coach and I agreed both teams got a lot out of the game. We pushed them in both sets, we even had players successfully jump serving. The best thing to come from the game was that it was clear to see a big step up in performance from all players. We got to an attacking shot regularly and put them under pressure. As a team massive development.

We carried this form into our final game. Day four we played Te Aroha College. Their coach is a New Zealand age-group coach, so we knew they would have some ability. We put service pressure on them, scrambled better and our bump/set/hit was more consistent and aggressive. We comfortably won in two sets. This meant we finished in a respectful 11th in Div two. This is a really pleasing final placing all things considered. We gave each player at least one set every game, never starting the same six players. This proved to be great for every players development. Each player contributed massively when they were on the court and they all developed so much since the BOP tournaments. We can all be really proud of this awesome group of young women. They played some outstanding volleyball. Our goal all season was to produce our best volleyball possible. We totally achieved this goal and had outstanding performances from each player. Off the court, the girls were fantastic. Organised, respectful and a pleasure to coach. A lot of other coaches made positive comments about our cool attitudes and behaviour. One high-level volleyball New Zealand representative coach said that we had some outstanding athletes and that if we can keep them together the future looked really promising. 

A really big thank you to all our whanau, manager Jarrah Burns, supporter and fundraiser Carolyn Ion and assistant coaches Ricky Ion and Brayden Tunui. Without all these people, this trip would not have happened or be as successful.







































North Island Champs - Day 3 and 4

Day three started with a good match up. Tauranga Girls 9A. A
top volleyball school. We dropped the first set but came
back to win the second. The third set was a close...

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29 November 2015 | 9:53 pm
The last three games have been great. We have won two from 3. Last night we played a late game against Taradale High and won. Earlier today we played Te Awamutu who served really tough and put pressure on our pass a lot. We lost badly in the first set but came back really strong to win the second to take them to a third set. This was close, but they won by just making less unforced errors so a really good learning experience for the girls. Our next game was aginst a team from Australia, Upwey College. A very big volleyball school. They were a similar team. Tough serving and structured. Our girls again dropped the first set but took the second to take it to a three setter. Our girls played really tough under pressure and it showed they had learnt from the previous game and closed the game out strongly with solid serving and passing along with consistent attack and scrambling. Awesome game to watch. Tonight we have a tough game against Napier Girls College. A big girls school with a lot of athletes to choose from. If we can play as consistent as possible then it is all on!!

We had a birthday celebration for Georgina last too wich was really cool. Thanks to Mrs Burns for that.








Day two - North Island Champs

The last three games have been great. We have won two from
3. Last night we played a late game against Taradale High
and won. Earlier today we played Te Awamutu who...

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25 November 2015 | 5:02 pm
We lost our first two games against two good Year 10 teams so we are still happy with how we are developing. The game we are targeting to get a good draw into Div 2 is tonight at 7 pm against Taradale High from Napier. All girls have good game time and are learning a lot about playing tough and how to handle long tournament days. The have been representing the school really proudly so no complaints from the coach.




Day one - North Island champs

We lost our first two games against two good Year 10 teams
so we are still happy with how we are developing. The game
we are targeting to get a good draw...

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24 November 2015 | 4:03 pm