Tauranga Boys' College


18th March 2022
Robert Mangan,  Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers & Friends of the College

It has been great to have had students of all year levels back onsite this week.  The pleasure of the boys being at school with their mates and in class enjoying 'face to face' learning with their teachers has been obvious.

I do want to acknowledge the work of our teachers who have shown significant goodwill in covering additional classes for their colleagues who have been away.  They have stepped up willingly to ensure we have been able to remain open for all year levels, despite the large number of teaching staff unable to be at school.

An example of this goodwill is that today we have 21 teachers away, either isolating, positive for COVID, sick or with sick children, or involved in school trips.  External relievers are employed where possible to cover classes of those away with the shortfall covered by teachers doing internal relief, additional to their normal timetable.  I want to publically acknowledge the goodwill shown through this difficult time to enable teaching and learning to continue.  It appears that we have moved past the peak for the college with over 30 teachers absent in previous weeks.  This trend is also evident in the student body with the notification of positive cases decreasing daily and increased numbers of students attending. 

It is great to hear that the CPF RED level setting will be reviewed next week.  Unfortunately the RED level has meant the cancellation or postponement of the majority of events planned for the summer sport tournament week.  Currently we have athletes involved in only four championship events; a senior crew rowing in the Maadi Cup in Twizel, our senior Water Polo teams at the NISS championships in Auckland and the Division 2 champs at Baywave and athletes at the NZSS triathlon championships.  We wish these athletes all the best as they represent the college.

I invite you to enjoy a summary of the highlights of the academic and sporting success that our boys have achieved recently in this newsletter.  We look forward to being able to offer a wider range of opportunities to our boys as the RED level restrictions are eased in line with reduced numbers of COVID cases across the country.

We will continue to prioritise the health and safety of your sons here at school and follow the protocols required under the RED setting of the Covid Protection Framework.  I remind you of the importance of wearing a face mask and physically distancing should you need to be on the school site.

We look forward to the remaining four weeks of the term, optimistic that we can provide the full, rich and engaging curriculum both in the classroom and outside to all our students.    

Ngā mihi nui

R W Mangan
A significant achievement that we recognise is that of "Centurion".  This term is used to describe those boys who have gained 100% of their Achievement Standard / Unit Standard Credits in their NCEA Qualification in one year, provided this is greater than 80 credits at Level 1 and 60 credits at Levels 2 and 3.  Those achieving Level 1 Centurion status are called Bronze Centurions, Level 2 Silver Centurions and Level 3 Gold Centurions.  This is recognised with the presentation of a badge and an appropriately coloured bar showing achievement at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. 
This is an outstanding achievement recognising diligence and application to studies throughout the whole year with both internal assessments and external exams.  Centurion status is a goal a large number of our boys aspire to, and it is really encouraging to be able to recognise boys who have achieved this status in 2021. 

Pictured below are our Gold Centurions who gained 100% Achievement at Level 3 as Year 12 students in 2021.

Back row, left to right: Zachary Graham, Benjamin Goodjohn, Gus Shivnan, Peter Gedye, Colby Butler
Front row, left to right: Mr Mangan, Principal, Aaron Keene, Charlie Peacocke, Manav Sawhney, Robert Napier
Absent: Taine Larsen, Jacques van Rinsvelt, Caleb Everitt, Luke McConnell.
Silver Centurion Badge
Level 2, 100% Achievement - Year 12, 2021

Darcy Bassett, William Bourne, Neil Buchanan, Nate Camplin, Darcy Collett, Benjamin Cosford, Cruz Dawson, Ethan Duck, Luke Fraser-Brown, Jackson Gilbert, Connor Hart, Edward Haynes, Tom Hughes, Luke Hunter, Kel Iggulden, Binew Illangamudalige, Matthew Jefferies, Min-Hyeok - Chad Kang, Joshua King, Vincent Lim, Corbin Mackay, Trustin Maclang, Jedidiah MacMillan, Sean McDonagh, Aston Monk, Levi Overbye, Raanik Patel, Sam Penny, Cody Pentecost, Micah Pugh, Mackay Rodger, Prabhanmol Sangha, Jack Unsworth, Jayden Valois, Kalani Vieira-Gall, Makaha Vieira-Gall, Simon Wagstaff, Lennox Ward, Matthew Ward, Kail Waru, Stanley Wells, Jun Yun.

Silver Centurion Badge
Level 2, 100% Achievement - Year 11, 2021 

Saad Aamir, Will Casey, Ben Charman-Moore, John Clemance, Kaedyn Coates, Jonty Collier, Elias Cresswell, Aaron Finn, Andrew Friskney, Ryan Gibbs, Sylvester Green, Joshua Guttormson, Elliot Hayes, Ashton Horne, Nick Hung, Ryan Jenkins, Suho Jung, Max King, Taylor Mankelow, Kane McBrydie, George Miller, Daniel Nelson, Ajay Nirvaneshwar, Tyler Pendergrast, James Poutawera, Joshua Renz, Ben Richardson, Tejeshwar Sandhu, Saptrishi Sharma, Younghoon Song, Joshua Sutcliffe, Daniel Wells, Montana Wheeler, Alex White, Luke Young.

Bronze Centurion Badge
Level 1, 100% Achievement - Year 11, 2021

Corbin Bain, Kian Barnard, Aiden Bax, Joel Bennett, Isaac Bishop, Asher Brickell, Byron Bunning, Will Casey, Sam Clode, Jake Corney, Jai Crowe, Dian De Koster, Atutahi Downes, William Dunlop, Josh Espitalier, Jack Fanelli, Aaron Finn, Max Forsythe, Conrad Grace, Sylvester Green, Nathan Helmes, Harvey Hinde, Caleb Hughes, Nick Hung, Ryan Jenkins, Darcy Jourdain, Suho Jung, Taine Kilsby, Max King, Connor Maguigan, Taylor Mankelow, Dylan Maris, Eli Marsters, Jayden Matthee, Kane McBrydie, Josh McQuoid, George Miller, Connor Minto, Jack Newton, James Poutawera, Tyler Pratt, Samuel Presland, Bevin Pugh, Joshua Renz, Caleb Roberts, Alexander Rose, Ben Rowland, Isaac Strange, Billy Syme, Ethan Vassilatos, Aanakyn Williams-Harris, Fynn Williamson, Leonardo Wilson-Taylor, Luke Young.

Bronze Centurion Badge
Level 1, 100% Achievement - Year 10, 2021
Zaid Aamir, Aryan Aryal, James Bunyan, Pilgyu Chang, Conor Foreman, Dylan Forster, CJ Goss, George Haden, Josh Hardy, Will Kirkwood, Harry Kneebone, Giles Lightfoot, Max Mann, Ben Mason, Jameson McConnochie, Daniel McLachlan, Hamish Neilson, Elias Roessner, Emil Rooseboom, Henry Scholes, Blake Smith, Kian Valois, Michael van Lieshout, Tanner Wilson, Jacob Workman, Riley Youard.

Congratulations to Seb Heath (Year 11) and Billy Syme (Year 12) on their selection to the BOP Mens cricket team. TBC has a proud tradition of supplying players to our mens rep team. Here are 5 of our players who made their debut while at school.

Youngest Player on Debut
  • Tim Pringle 15 years 92 days - (b 29/8/02) v Northland 11 Nov 2017
  • Kane Williamson 15 years 111 days - (b 8/11/90) v Hamilton 27 Nov 2005
  • Sebastian Heath – 15 years 245 days (b 17 July 2006) v CM 19 March 2022
  • Daniel Flynn – 15 years 333 days (b 16 April 1885) v Northland 17 March 2001
  • Billy Syme - 16 years 210 days (b 11 August 2005) v CM 19 March 2022

The Rowing squad had a great couple of days at NISS Karapiro despite a very different atmosphere lakeside with no spectators and some schools limited attendance.  They made 5 A finals and 4 B finals with James Hollard and Adam Shields managing to secure a Bronze medal in the U18 double sculls.

The BOPSS Teams Sailing regatta was held at Sulphur Point on Tuesday 8 March.  TBC picked up 32 out of a minimum of 30 over 5 races. Meaning they only dropped two places over the entire day which is a great effort.
A special mention to Alex Colville who showed great sportsmanship by donning the Taupo Nui bib and racing with their team for half the day so that they had enough team members to form a race team.  He then came back to the TBC team to help them win the last 3 races of the day.
Well done to the TBC sailors for coming home with first place. 

Year 10 student, Tao Mouldey has been selected to represent New Zealand at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. The team will compete at Surf City El Salvador from the 27th May to 5th June 2022. 

Tao's selection follows a dominant summer where he is currently rated 1st in NZ on the U16 Division ratings. He has had an average heat score of 13.37 (out of 20) for the year, meaning his average wave score is 6.69. His sublime form has seen him win all three Billabong Grom Series Events that were held in Mount Maunganui, Whangamata and Piha respectively.

Congratulations to Carrigan Hartley (Senior Captain) who won the WBOP Secondary Schools singles champion beating Jack Blow (our 4 / 5 seed) in the final.

Jack played an amazing upset in the semi to beat the number 2 seed Josh Dale from Whakatane.

Another great effort and a great day for our boys.

Congratulations to Year 12 student, Ben Westernberg who broke the National Record for the 4000m individual pursuit on the track recently, beating the record by 4 seconds with a time of 4:53:520.

Ben is a Paracyclist and has had to overcome issues by adapting his bike.  He is an outstanding mountain biker and track cyclist and we're sure that the Paralympics can't be far away for him!

Photo: Courtesy of Cycling NZ Schools. 

This year, day trips  have operated as a replacement for the Year 9 3-day camps that historically went to Bowentown. 

These Year 9 days trips have been extremely well received with boys doing water based activities, based at Pilot Bay and have achieved some of the social goals that we aimed to achieve through the usual Year 9 camps. 

Pictured below is form class 9GTN enjoying this week's sunshine and warm temperatures.  

Year 10 Inquiry students at Tauranga Boys’ College have connected with students in Mutsu’ai-higashi Junior High School in Japan

As part of the Asia NZ Foundation’s desire to promote school connections between New Zealand and Asia, this week a class of Y10 Inquiry students joined a video call with students from a school in Tokyo, Japan. Arranged through the Learn English Live organisation, the class started off with a shared quiz before splitting into smaller virtual groups to chat with their Japanese counterparts. This was a great experience, reinforcing to our students the challenge of communicating with students who don’t speak English as a first language.

One of our students commented “I thought it was pretty cool talking to the other students and learning things about them”. The boys exchanged information on their families, favourite subjects at school, life in New Zealand and what jobs the Japanese students were interested in when they left school. This tied nicely into the Y10 Career’s Inquiry project for our boys.

The class is keen to continue this programme and are hoping to make a connection with a school in Korea to have a series of video calls in Term 2.

Congratulations to Old Boy, Tim Pringle who has been named in the New Zealand XI side to take on the Netherlands in Napier, in a match which also includes BJ Watling in the coaching staff.

The full Sunlive article can be found here

Photo: Courtesy of Sunlive 

Today parents face a multitude of modern day challenges in raising happy, well and resilient young people. Whilst there is a great deal of information available, this can often be confusing and overwhelming for parents looking for guidance.
SchoolTV addresses this as an online resource designed to empower you as parents with credible and sound information with realistic, practical ongoing support strategies. Just click on the “SchoolTV” icon on the TBC parent portal page or on the link is below:
There are a multitude of topics covered containing videos, facts and support strategies. All SchoolTV topics are divided into series. The number of topics relating to a series will differ and over time new topics will be added. Take the time to explore each series and topic and make sure you visit the resources section. Here you will find useful factsheets, apps, books, websites and other additional videos - all on one single topic.
The series included are listed below.  Also, under the “Special Reports” section there are frequently published reports on selected topics of interest which are both relevant and current and empower parents with clear and well researched information. 
All information regarding the Tauranga Boys' College Uniform can be found on the school website

This information includes:
  • Uniform prices
  • Sales of new and second hand uniforms
  • Uniform shop hours (please note updated hours) 
  • Holiday trading hours


Tauranga Boys’ College Uniform Shop has an ever-changing selection of second-hand uniforms for sale.  We sell ‘on behalf’ of families and would like to suggest that any time from now on would be a good time to bring in unwanted items.  

We have a large demand throughout December and January for uniforms in good condition that have been freshly washed.  Payments are made once items are sold and it is done via internet banking so please bring your bank account details with you.


Good  Clean Second Hand TBC College Uniform Items

Our TBC Welfare Centre facilitates care and support for our boys in need. One initiative we have is to collect donations of unwanted second-hand Tauranga Boys’ College uniforms and we distribute these where most needed.  

Good condition, clean uniform items can be dropped into Tauranga Boys’ College Reception or at our TBC Hillsdene Store Uniform Shop.  

Shop Hours -

Thank you! 
Your donation will help make a big difference for those in need,
and will be most appreciated!  

Matters involving college policy should go to the Principal, Mr Robert Mangan or in his absence, Associate Principal, Mr Ian Stuart or Deputy Principal in charge of Senior School, Mr Rob Gilbert, or Deputy Principal in charge of Junior School, Mr Leyton Watson.
Matters involving academic questions and class placements should be referred to the Tutors.  They are:
  • Year 13:   Mr Justin Brewer
  • Year 12:   Mr Aaron Leech
  • Year 11:   Mr Charles Williams
  • Year 10:   Ms Vicky Lacey 
  • Year 9:     Ms Jana Pretorius
Questions involving careers or work experience should be addressed to Mr Tom Collin.

Personal Matters or issues of health which are affecting learning should be referred to our Guidance Counsellors, Mrs Jo Wallace-Boyd, Mrs Kylie Gemming or Mrs Rebekah Whittle.

Matters involving discipline - matters such as unexplained absences, loss of equipment, bullying, detentions, classroom behaviour etc. should be referred to the Assistant Principal in charge of Student Management, Mr Mike Akkerman, Associate Dean, Mr Ben Ormsby or one of the Year Level Deans:
  • Year 13:   Mr Tane Taitoko
  • Year 12:   Mr Dan Anson
  • Year 11:   Mr Richard Apanui
  • Year 10:   Mr Hamish Boyce
  • Year 9:     Mr Alex Bryant
Late lunches, forgotten appointments etc. need to be notified to the Student Office before 8.00am to catch the Daily Information Sheet (DIS).  The office can deal with the range of information such as opening and closing times, illnesses, uniform shop times etc.

To make contact with any of these people ring the College Office on 578 4029.  If the person you want it teaching at that time, please leave a message or have them call you back.  Return calls are usually made during intervals and lunchtimes, when the teacher has a non-teaching period or after the teaching day ends at 3.10pm.  If uncertain as to who to talk to, please ask the office staff.

Database Details
If your contact details have changed e.g. postal or email address, phone number etc. please email so we can update your details.
  • If your son is away for any reason please advise the school.  You can do this via the parent portal.  Login to using your son's ID and your parent portal login password.  Or you can email or phone the school office on 07 578 4029.  You can also monitor your son's attendance via the portal.  If you son is unwell for more than 3 days a medial certificate may be requested.  Text messages are sent home but not daily so it is recommended that you keep an eye on your son's attendance and if you have any concerns, please contact the school via either the attendance officer or your son's Dean.
  • If your son is going to be out of school for an extended length of time, including sporting and cultural commitments, permission is required from the Principal.  Please send your request to
I am concerned with the number of requests I receive from parents for time off for their sons during school term to travel in New Zealand for holidays.

I understand the educational value of travel but remind parents to be mindful of the impact time away from the classroom can have on your son's academic achievement.

Of particular concern is when this absence occurs at the same time NCEA internal assessments are planned, as this can have a significant effect on your son's NCEA results.

Ministry of Education regulations only allow me to give permission for absence from school due to illness or family bereavement and advise that all trips / holidays should be taken during official school holiday periods.

I would ask that all requests for leave are sent to me at

My preference is for all leave of this nature to occur during the school holidays.  Leave from school for holiday travel that is taken outside of school holiday periods will be recorded as "explained but unjustified".

Thank you for your assistance with this.

RW Mangan
School Health Service
The school nurse this year is Vicki (Mon-Thurs) who is a fully registered nurse funded by the Western BOP Primary Health Organisation. The clinic is located down by the gym and there is no cost for the youth health services. This is in addition to the sickbay team at the main office with whom the nurse work closely, to provide best care to the boys at TBC.  There is also a GP who does a short clinic each Monday for those who may face barriers to accessing their own GP. 

In an attempt to support our young men with any challenges and to identify any barriers to learning at an early stage, health assessments may be done in Year 9 (or other years if required) and include a discussion around; physical health, growth and development, hearing, vision,activities, eating and weight, school and home, drugs and alcohol, sexuality, mood and safety (HEADDSS).
If you would like more information or for your son
to 'opt out' from being involved then please contact Vicki: 
Ph 578 4029 ext. 2029
Student Physiotherapy Services onsite
Tauranga Boys' College has a partnership with Foundation Sports and Rehabilitation Clinic to provide FREE services to all students onsite.  This means the boys limit time away from teaching and learning as they rehabilitate.  The physio room is attached to Gym 2 and the Athlete Development room.

Book on or call 07 579 5601 to make an appointment.  


The Parent Portal dashboard now has a DETAILS tab.
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