Tauranga Boys' College


5 April 2022
Robert Mangan,  Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers & Friends of the College

Last week was the culmination of the summer sports season with the secondary schools summer tournaments being held.  Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions, the majority of championship events were cancelled.

We were fortunate however to have teams involved in Water Polo, Sailing and a small representation at the NZ Secondary School Rowing Championships.  The achievement of these teams are acknowledged in the following pages of this newsletter.

As a college we have benefitted significantly from our association with the NZ Super 8 Schools and have been able to continue with tournaments and championships despite the disruption to other sporting competitions and tournaments due to Covid.  The summer season has been particularly successful for our teams in this regard with Tauranga Boys' College winning the Cricket, Tennis and Volleyball tournaments.
Pictured below:
NZ Super 8 Schools Shields currently held by the College
Cricket, Tennis, Volleyball, Football and Basketball
I congratulate all our students who have trained hard over the summer season to represent the college and achieve sporting success, reminding them there is no replacement for "hard work".

I also take the opportunity to thank all our teaching and non-teaching staff for the vast number of opportunities that they have provided for our boys here at TBC.  As a school we are incredibly fortunate with the goodwill that exists with staff committing selflessly to provide sporting and cultural activities outside the classroom.  The success of our teams is a reflection of the committment that our staff and wider community make to provide opportunities for our students.

Ngā mihi nui

R W Mangan
Deputy Head Boy, Hemi Tulemau's speech to the Junior students on Friday 25th March.

"Ko Mauao me Putauaki te maunga, Ko Te Awanui te moana, Ko Ohinemataroa te awa, ko Mataatua te waka, Ko Ngai Te Rangi me Ngati Awa te iwi, ko Ngati kuku me Patuwai te hapu, Ko Whareroa me Pupuaruhe te marae, ko Hemi Tulemau ahau".

Morena Boys, Staff and Mr Mangan,

It is a great honour to stand here and address you as the Deputy Head Prefect of Tauranga Boys College for 2022. Where do I begin with what has to be described as a rollercoaster of a journey to where I am today? My parents who have sacrificed so much for me and my brother, I'm thankful for. My Nan and Koro who also have sacrificed alot for me and my brother, I’m thankful for. My mates who are basically brothers to me and the memories we’ve shared, I’m thankful for. To every teacher who has played a part, big or small in my development, I’m thankful for.

Going through Greenpark Primary School and Tauranga Intermediate I played many sports such as Rugby for the mighty Papaka at Rangataua, Cricket, Golf and even decided to take up Rugby Refereeing at the age of 13. I was also involved in the arts through cultural groups and visual art.

These past 5 years here at Tauranga Boys is where I believe I found my true passions, Golf and Rugby Refereeing. The countless tournaments I have had the privilege to be a part of such as Super 8 with both golf and Rugby, to Condors 7s and the Bunnings NPC with Rugby Refereeing. These are just some of the fruits of my developments as a person.

Nervous, anxious, curious and excited can be some of the feelings that were racing through my head as I walked through the gates of Aronui during the year 9 Powhiri, to welcome us was Head Prefect Anaru Palmer and the rest of his year 13s. He spoke with mana, carried himself as a proud Maori but ultimately like every year 13, made sure we felt safe and felt like we belonged.

It seemed the common theme with all of the prefects' speeches at the time and the ones who have spoken over the past 4 years is, “I regret not doing something”. You have 5 years to make something of yourself boys, it may seem like a long time but it’s not, I can still remember my year 9 year like it happened last year. So my advice and words of wisdom are the same, take any opportunity when you can and take it with two hands.

To you year 10s who embark on the biggest journey of schooling next year NCEA, I wish you luck and hope it’s not affected by covid like mine and so many others have been. Still enjoy the perks and fun that comes with being in the Junior school as much as you can. To you year 9s, hopefully you have settled well into our college, opportunity taking should be your guys biggest focus with the amount of time you have, so I reiterate the importance of doing as many co-curricular activities as you can. 

I haven’t had the chance to formally congratulate my peers on their roles, firstly to Taine who I have been through school with for around 10 years, Gus all those games of Rugby against you I could tell you were a talented athlete, Hamish and Ben who I’ve met here in my time at TBC, I congratulate you all.

And finally to finish off with a true TBC tradition, a quote from Barack Obama.

“Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don't settle for what you already know. Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world.”


Congratulations to our senior debating team who became regional champions after 5 straight wins.

The team consisted of Prahbanmol Sangha, Tom Hughes and Peter Gedye.  Peter demonstrated oustanding leadership to come out on top in a tough field of 36 teams.

Among our junior speakers, Oliver Farquharson was named as one of the most promising speakers of the tournament.

On the 25th of March, Mrs Tanya Williams and a small crew of six U18 rowers travelled down to Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel, 3 hours south west of Christchurch to compete in the NZ Secondary Schools Rowing championships, most commonly known as 'Maadi.' The Maadi Cup is the largest secondary school event in the Southern Hemisphere in any sport and the Maadi Cup itself is presented to the winning school crew of the U18 eights and originates from contests between NZ soldiers and local Egyptian clubs (who donated the cup) on the River Nile during World War II. 

The boys conducted themselves very well in the higher altitudes, which can make rowing more difficult, and with some unfamiliar boats and crew combinations due to Covid issues. They appreciated Mr Mangan travelling down to support them in what was a very different Maadi experience to the normal large, loud and communal event they have had in the past. The squad ended up with the following final results. 

U18 coxed quad sculls
Adam Shields, James Hollard, Leo Wilson-Taylor, Cullan Fuller + Shrirang Ekbote
B Final: placed 8th (7:06.65)

U18 single sculls
James Hollard
C Final: placed 4th (8:02.90)

U18 double sculls
James Hollard, Adam Shields
B Final: placed 4th (7:09.12)
  • TBC 2nd XV 46 St John's 0
  • TBC 1st XV 33 St John's 19
held at Lake Taupo 

On Day 1 TBC finished at the top of their pool and went through to the Gold fleet.

Day 2: TBC beat ACG/Aquinas (combined team), Tohara (Taupo), Napier Boys B team, the Napier Boys C team, Napier Girls and then lost in the final race of the day to Napier Boys A, their nemesis. Here is a link to the full results:

Day 3: A carbon copy of Day 2 with TBC winning all their races except the final against Napier Boys, leaving them second overall.  A great effort from our boys.

Team members:
Braden Aleksich, Alex Colville, Caleb Hughes, Noah Kota, Emil Rooseboom, Robert Shirley and Simon Wagstaff.
Congratulations to our Water Polo teams - Division 1 and 2 champions!
  • Opening game vs Auckland Grammar 11-7 Win
  • Vs Rangitoto Premiere Boys 9-5 Win
  • First crossover Vs Westlake Boys 8-8 Draw
  • Vs Kings College 12-10 Win
  • Semi-final Vs Palmerston North Premiere Boys 9-7 Win
  • GOLD Final Vs 2021 NZ Champions Hamilton Boys' High School 7-6 Win
Team Members:
Matthew Anderson, Gene Baggott, Harrison Bos, Ethan Carrington, Jack Jones, Loughlin Keaney, Corbin Mackay, Liam Marett, Kerry O'Reilly, Maxwell Rickit, Henry Scholes, Isaac Schuler, Gus Shivnan (Tournament MVP).
  • Vs Green Bay College 9-2 Win
  • Vs Mount Maunganui College Boys 14-5 Win
  • Vs Hamilton Boys High School B 15-0 Win
  • Vs Westlake Boys High School B 9-8 Win
  • Semi Final Vs Palmerston North Boys High School B 11-6 Win
  • GOLD Final Vs Westlake Boys High School B 4-3 Win
Team Members:
Vinnie Baggott, Gianni Baker, Jake Bell, Logan Gillbanks, Joseph Goodjohn, Charlie Hammerich, Cody Henry (Tournament MVP), Daniel Kingsbeer, Ryan Kingsbeer, Will Kirkwood, Lewis Morgan, Jack Webster, Tom Webster.
Welcome to the School Bridge App.  This is the mobile app that gives you access to the college portal anywhere.  

Parents, please ensure your access settings are secure. 
Congratulations to Braydon Iuli who has recently been signed to the Auckland Tuatara Basketball team ahead of their debut 2022 Sal’s NBL season.

The 18-year-old guard joins the Tuatara after spending the 2021 Sal’s NBL season as a development player with the Franklin Bulls.  The 6’4” player of Samoan heritage is adept at playing both guard positions.

Auckland Tuatara head coach Aaron Young is excited to have secured the services of someone he has big hopes for.  “Braydon is an exciting young talent who is eager for an opportunity to showcase his versatility on the court,” Young said.  “Watching Braydon over the years, through secondary schools, he’s gotten significantly better each year. The pace at which he plays makes him a perfect fit with the way that we want to play this year.  “I’m excited to see how he responds to having a significant role with us, I know he’s going to step up and have a breakout year.”


Congratulations to Tuwharetoa Hapi and Denym Clarke who have been selected into NZ Māori Hockey Senior Tāne squad for the upcoming Heritage Hockey tournament in Papatoetoe, Auckland, 15-18 April.

Tuwharetoa has previously played for NZ Māori Hockey Senior Tāne and plays for Rotorua Aces. He also coached Aquinas College 1XI boys in 2021 and was Assistant Coach of the Tauranga U18 Men's team that travelled to Hamilton for tournament last year.

Denym has been a NZ Māori, Midlands and Tauranga player for many years and coached the Tauranga U18 Men's team in 2021.

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 the school term to travel domestically or internationally 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.
Please ensure that all details are up-to-date and submit any changes for approval.
You will need to contact the school office directly at to change any additional information (including medical details).

For help accessing the Parent Portal please email
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