Tauranga Boys' College


17 June 2022
Robert Mangan,  Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers & Friends of the College
This week our  Year 11, 12 and 13 students and Year 10 accelerate boys, have been busy with assessments across their various subjects.  These assessments are very important, more so after the disrupted academic year to date.  The results will contribute to the overall academic success for the year with some assessment completing internal assessments for NCEA credits.  Achievement of these internals will contribute towards boys final total that they require to achieve their NCEA.  Other assessments will provide guidance of how much is understood and what skill development or further learning is required to ensure success later in the year. 

From next weeks, our Seniors have only 15 weeks remaining before they are released on study leave for NCEA externals.  With the limited time remaining in the school year, it is important that boys are thinking about next year.  As part of this process, form teachers have been engaged with Year 11, 12 and 13 students on planning their future pathway.  I'd encourage you to follow up on the conversations at school and talk to your sons to encourage them to clarify their planning for 2023.

On Tuesday this week we welcomed the whanau of Dr Morehu Ngatoko Rahipere into the college to unveil his portrait which hangs in the foyer of the GYYT.  Dr Morehu Ngatoko Rahipere supported the college as a Kaumatua from 1996 through until 2016, he was also an honorary Board member from 1997 to 2016 offering advice and guidance to the Board for Māori students and tikanga.  He was instrumental in progressing our whare 'Te Whananga ao Aronui' to the beautiful building and taonga it is today. 

It is with real sadness we have acknowledged the tragic death of Keanan Coetzee, a Year 13 student of the College, who was killed in a motor vehicle accident on Wednesday.  This passing was recognised within the College with an assembly for Junior and Senior students and a staff briefing.  Our thoughts are with Keanan's family and friends at this tragic time.  Keanan was a well mannered young man who worked diligently through the adversity he faced having only been in NZ for 2 and a half years with English as his second language.  His family and culture were incredibly significant to him and he was always well turned out and carried himself with integrity.

Thank you for your continued support of our students, our staff and our school.
Ngā mihi nui

R W Mangan
Dr Morehu Ngatoko Rahipere MNZM

Dr Morehu Ngatoko Rahipere MNZM
02.12.1927 - 20.2.2018

Dr Ngatoko Rahipere could whakapapa to Ngāi Tamarawaho, Ngāti Rangi hapu of Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāi Te Rangi, including Ngāti Awa. 

Dr Ngatoko Rahipere, better known as Morehu Ngatoko, was an acknowledged leader, an exponent of tribal lore and narratives and a man of mana who was able to draw his people together.  He selflessly gave of his time and skills for the public good and was passionate about the role and power of education to enable people to meet their aspirations.  He led many initiatives, including the establishment of the Maharaia Winiata Research Institute in Tauranga.  He was deeply involved in the Te Kotahitanga research programme, providing strong cultural guidance.  He led by example in many areas and held enormous respect across the political spectrum.  He was one of a team instrumental in advancing the return of Mauao to the people and his expertise and knowledge in tikanga and kawa has ensured the mountain is protected and its cultural integrity is maintained.  

Dr Ngatoko Rahipere was a loved and deeply respected Kaumatua of Tauranga Boys’ College.  In 2007 he became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Māori.  In October 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Waikato, the most prestigious award that the University can bestow.   


A recent assembly celebrated the cultural diversity of Tauranga Boys' College.  Shared below are speeches by our Head Boy, Taine Larsen and
International Head Boy, Min-Hyeol - Chad Kang.  

Taine Larsen

Two weeks ago we acknowledged the QSA group, to inspire change within our culture here at school, today we do the same for cultural diversity.  Culture is important, important to all of us, it is who we are, what we know and what we believe. Our culture is what we are born with, we cannot change it, therefore we must embrace it. 

Look around you now, have a look, these are your brothers, I think that's something we take for granted often. Our brothers come in all shapes and sizes, different cultures, sexualities, just the same as we are different heights, weights and strengths.   Our diversity is a huge asset for us, imagine if the school had 2100 clones of you. I emphasise this point as we can achieve unity through diversity.  But if diversity is an asset, why do we not embrace everyone, why do we separate ourselves, limit our involvement and discriminate others because of something we can’t change. 

Up on stage are just a few great examples of cultural diversity within our school. 

Ko Kopukairoa te maunga
Ko waitao te awa
Ko Mataatua te waka
Ko Ngati Pukenga te iwi
Ko te whetu o te rangi te marae

Aronui head boy, leader of te Tauranga o ngawaka and the brother with the mullet.
Ko te Kirikau Blake tonu ingoa

Yusuke Takahashi, from Japan. He has been in New Zealand for two and a half years. He grew up in Tokushima, one of the smallest prefectures in Japan. He is also an amazing musician, playing in the NZSO and NZYSW. 

Hemi Tulemau, Samoan/Maori. On his fathers side hailing from the village of Falefa in Samoa. On his Mother’s side he descends from the Mataatua waka through the Iwi of Ngai Te Rangi and Ngati Awa, belonging to the hapu Ngati Kuku and Patuwai.  

Binew Illangamudalige, an allrounded man from Sri Lanka, and island that lies in the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka is best known abroad for its Cricket, food, Religions, and Cultural exports, often referred to as the 'pearl of the Indian ocean'. 

Reuben Palmer, a giant of a rugby player, who grew up in Sydney, Australia and attended Newington College. In 2019, Reuben and his family made the move from the big city of 5 million to little old tauranga. He says that, because of the range of diversity at TBC, it was fairly easy to settle in. 

Gus Shivnan, our sport captain. Gus has english and irish ancestors and he has grown up in Mt Maunganui pretty much his whole life. 

Michael Ren is an international student from China, he lived in a city called Chengdu and came to New Zealand in 2015.

If these boys can strive to reach their potential, why can’t you? I want to emphasise that good men are well rounded. So much potential at TBC goes undiscovered, or under utilised, maybe because we are scared of what our mates will think, maybe we are scared of taking that first step, laying down that first brick on the path you pave for yourself.  

I am half Filipinio and half pakeha, but or a long time I didn’t know what ethnicity i was, questioning my own culture. But really, I think this was a gift, allowing me do choose who I wanted to be. I indulged in Kapa Haka, mandarin, arts, sports and academics. 

So before I pass over to Chad id like take ask you two questions. 

 1. Do you limit yourself based on cultural stigmas or the expectation around people of your heritage? 

2. Imagine you were in another country, people look different maybe even speak another language, no one wants to sit by you or talk to you just because you are “diverse”. How would you like to be treated? 

Min-Hyeok - Chad Kang

Today, I am here to tell you guys a bit of a story of myself as a student from a different country that goes to school in NZ and how I ended up doing the speech in in front of the whole school with the language that I’m not even that good at.

This whole story starts from May of 2019 which was my first year in NZ. Actually, TBC is not my first school in NZ. It was a high school in Palmerston North. Back then, I was so full of excitement and anticipation that I couldn’t wait to talk to people with the language I was so passionate about learning and to experience new things in such a new culture. Unfortunately, it didn’t last for that long. The language barrier was higher than I expected and being included in the local community was harder than I imagined. The excitement and anticipation that motivated me to step forward soon turned into self - disappointment and fear of getting rejected by others.

Of course, I looked different and spoke little English, but I also had a strong cultural colour which is obvious since I spent way more time in Korea than I did in NZ. The way I was speaking, the way I was thinking, the way I was behaving, the way I was joking, the way I was eating and everything, every small thing was similar but different to other students due to my cultural colour. These differences between myself and other students made an invisible wall which prevented both me and other students from approaching each other. As a result, by the end of the year, I learned nothing but how to greet in several asian languages as people kept saying “Nihao” or “goniziwa” every time they walked past me. And I also gained nothing, but an uncle named Kim Jung Un somehow by the end of the year. I was thinking “Surely, I can learn something more than how to say “hi” in other Asian languages. Surely, I can gain something more than an uncle named Kim Jung Un, paying $15000 per a year just to come to school”. 

Since then, I decided to change, and I had to change. So, I started to observe those who came from different cultures like me but got along with local students well. And I found out that they were trying to be exactly like other students at school. You see, here’s an important thing: They were not like other students for sure, but they were trying to be like other students at school. They tried to think, talk and behave like other students. So, I decided to do the same thing. I had to hide my cultural colour and become a “normal” student at school. Even though it took some time it worked really well, and I could finally build some friendships with local students and be included in the local community more.  I will be honest with you, I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed being treated like others and being identified as a normal student. The invisible wall blocking me and other local students was gone like it never existed and I felt a sense of belonging. But It felt like I had two identities, inside and outside the school. When I was Inside the school, I would be a person who prefer to eat sandwiches for lunch instead of rice and call K-pop as gay-pop. But, when I was outside the school, I couldn’t have a singlemeal without  kimchi and I could dance for an hour just listening to “gangnam style”.

I love eating rice and listening to K-pop but I had to pretend like I don’t because that was the way to survive from being just a quiet and mysterious Asian who is super good at maths at school, which wasn’t me again because I wasn’t good at maths. As you could imagine, I couldn’t handle the confusion in me by having two different identities and soon gave up trying to be like other normal students. And, as expected, the invisible wall between me and other students at school started to be built again.  

My story and situation cannot speak for all the international students, but I can confidently say that students like me who are from different cultures have been going through the same or similar struggles to mine day by day. And now, I am wondering Why can’t it be changed? Why can’t we lower that invisible wall and make the school community a place where students that have different cultural backgrounds understand and include each other more while maintaining their own cultural colour? Why can’t we? I see the needs and possibilities so why can’t we start the change?  I see the need for this change at school, especially in NZ because of the unique aspect which is a massive diversity of cultures. If we just look at TBC, stats show that there are 53 different ethnicities at school. This means, We have 2102 students who are from 53 different cultures at school. That’s something very unique that can only be seen at schools in NZ . I also see the possibilities because NZ has already done this before as Maori Culture is so respected and understood by not only those from Maori Cultures but by those who are not from Maori Culture as well which is impressive. So, knowing those needs and possibilities, I decided to stand up here today and speak about the change.  However, we can’t do it without your support.

We understand your stances. Why would you want to try to understand and talk to people who don’t speak English that well and have different cultural backgrounds to yours when you’re busy talking to your mates who are fluent at English and from similar cultural backgrounds. There is no motivation or reason for you guys to make this change at school. We understand and that’s what we’re going to do, giving you guys a motivation and reason to try to understand us. But as I said, we can’t do it without your support. 

I’m not asking you to feel sorry for me or other international students. I am telling this hoping this might help you guys understand a bit more about the circumstances of students from different cultures, so maybe next time, when you see students struggling to speak English, you choose to help them out instead of laughing at them. Maybe, next time, when you see students expressing their cultural colour, you choose to try understanding them instead of ignoring and staring at them like they are not “normal”. And, If you bring those little changes and efforts into our school, I believe we will be able to give an actual impact to our community.

Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit our school community and I’m looking forward to bring that collective strength with you, altogether, by breaking down that invisible wall existing among us.

Thank you.

This year TBC are taking two Big Bands and three Combos to compete at the National Jazz Festival.  Performances are at BayCourt Theatre. 

It would be great to have family and friends down to support the boys. 

Performance times are as follows:
  • TBC Combo 3          Sunday 19 June @ 3.25pm
  • TBC Combo 2          Sunday 19 June @ 4.35pm
  • TBC Combo 1          Monday 20 June @ 9.05am
  • TBC Big Band 1       Monday 20 June @ 11.30am
  • TBC Big Band  2      Tuesday 21 June @ 9.15am


This year TBC entered five groups into the NZ Chamber Music Bay of Plenty Competition.  The Chamber Music Competition is focused on small groups in the classical genre.  Although we narrowly missed out on going through to the national final, TBC groups picked up four of the five awards on offer.

  • Highly Commended: TBC Saxophone Quartet - Toby McGuffie, Marcus Louie, Hugo Tawharu-Senf, Jacques van Rinsvelt 

  • KBB Music Prize (best brass, woodwind or percussion group): TBC Brass Trio - Sylvester Green, Yusuke Takahashe, Benjamin Louie

  • Adjudicators Award: TBC Guitar Trio - Joshua Macken, Fynn Williamson, Flynn Hay

  • Adjudicators Award: TBC Piano Trio - Nathan Helm, Pilgyu Chang, Kamac Ramirez Lema


Congratulations to Peter Gedye who was one of three Bay of Plenty students chosen to compete at the 2022 National Schools Debating Competition. 

Peter's semi-final debate can be viewed here
Congratulations to Teacher, Andrew Corney and the TBC Sustainability Committee on a successful application to the BOP Regional Council's School Sustainability and Resilience Fund.

The committee applied for funds for a Recycling Station to encourage students to put rubbish and recycling in the right bins, reducing the amount of rubbish that goes to landfills.

TBC Clay Target had two teams representing in the interschool Clay Target Champs Matamata. Both Teams A & B did exceptionally well. While Team B fell a little behind, Team A ensured that we defended our title by winning the championship for the third year in a row. Lead by Captain Ryan Taylor and special appearance from the former Captain Alex Williamson brought in the much needed boost of energy, and TBC spirit to stay focused and enduring through fierce competition. Our boys showed resilience through out the competition including in the shoot offs. We now look forward to competing at Hamilton and North Island Champs in July. We extend our gratitude to the sponsor Sean Williamson, and the coaching team Ben Tuck and Tiggy Clayton alongside the supportive parents and the community. 

Another solid race from our XC Squad on Wednesday at the Waikato/BOP Cross Country Championships held in Mangatarata. With 4 of our athletes getting on the podium, 5 being selected for the Waikato/BOP team to race in the provincial relay at Nationals, all our Year 9, Junior and Senior 3 man teams winning gold along with our Year 9 and Junior 6 man teams winning gold we are looking forward to our penultimate race next week at the National Champs in Nelson.

Individual Top 10 finishers:

Year 9
  • 3rd Cameron Fitzjohn
  • 5th Caleb Litolff
  • 6th Stefan Pendergrast
  • 1st George Wyllie
  • 3rd James Catto
  • 1st Matt Hill
  • 4th Azrael Cabusao
3 man Team
  • Year 9: 1st
  • Junior: 1st
  • Senior: 1st
6 man Team
  • Year 9: 1st
  • Junior: 1st

Sam Crawford has returned from the 2022 Oceania Karate Championships hosted in Noumea, New Caledonia, 5-6 June. He competed in the Junior Division for Kumite (fighting). He won gold in both events, competing in the Under 76 kg and Junior Open Kumite. This was followed up in the team event placing third.

The Australian National Youth Climbing Championships were held in Sydney, Australia from the 3rd to the 5th of June.

Speed Finals - Youth A
Congratulations to:
  • Julian David for Gold Medal - 1.19.15
  • Flynn Chisholm for Bronze medal - 1.11.29

Congratulations to Matthew Ward, Jonty Collier and Jayden Valois on winning the BOPSS Squash Teams Champs for TBC on Wednesday at the Devoy Courts.
Congratulations to Tao Mouldey who was the highest ranked Kiwi surfer finishing 17th in the Under 16 Boys Division.  Tao was a member of the NZ Junior Surfing team who finished in 13th place overall in the 2022 World Junior Championships held in El Salvador.

The full article can be read here:

Photo:Jersson Barboza/ ISA.

Gus Shivnan (Y13) has qualified for the 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Games to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii from 24 – 27 August. The team consists of 16 girls and 7 boys.  Gus has also qualified for the Junior Black Fins team to compete at the Lifesaving World Championships 2022.

The Team, composed of six females and six males, will compete in the Youth (U19) division in a variety of pool rescue, ocean and beach events.  With the 2020 World Championships postponed due to COVID, the Junior Black Fins will finally get the chance to wear the NZ Black beanie for the first time. The Championships will be held in Riccione, Italy from September 21 – October 2.


Under testing conditions yesterday TBC hosted RBHS in its annual winter sports exchange.

The Results:

Rugby U15. 3-14
Rugby U14. 7-43
Hockey Junior A 2-1
Football Junior A 11-1
Basketball Junior A 99-70

Super 8 Rugby Round 1
1st XV. 15-17
2nd XV. 3-7
Hockey 1st X1 1-1
Football 1st X1 13-0
Basketball Senior A 50-88
Golf 235-250

Congratulations to Rotorua Boys' High School on winning the exchange this year.

In early 1 June the level 2 Agricultural students visited a deer farm in the Kaimai ranges and a dairy farm near Rotorua. 

The Steiner deer farm has Wapiti deer that are produced for both velvet production and trophy animals. Students were able to see a 5 year stag deer with full antlers (Thor) and then see their 2-year-old stags used for velvet. Velvet is harvested up to three times a year with the second cut getting a higher price than the first.
'Thor' stag
Wapiti deer for velvet production.

Students then travelled to Rotorua to visit Holdem Dairy Farm where they were able to try milking and drenching cows. This knowledge is needed for their external at the end of the year on the growth and development of livestock.  The other purpose of these visits was for students to see examples of how farmers prevent environmental impact from livestock production for an internal.

Milking cows.

                    Pour over drench.

In early June the Year12 horticultural students had an all-day visit to Eastern Rise orchard being developed by Southern Cross Horticulture.  The green field development is located near Edgecumbe. The 80-hectare development is a combination of gold and red fruit with a very large water reservoir for irrigation and frost protection. Water is accumulated during winter for use in summer.

Water reservoir for kiwifruit orchard.

Students hear about the plant management practices such as training, stringing and pruning of young vines to develop a full canopy within as little as 3 years from planting.


Farm manager explaining stringing of young vines.

Students also visited a new orchard development near Pukehina. The land was developed from a dairy farm for a local NBA basketball player. The overhead supports and structures were still being installed across a newly graded site to provide a level surface. When the orchard is fully developed it will have both side wind protection and overhead netting.

Newly constructed nail netting structures.

The visit was towards students working towards 2 internals, 1 on the environmental impact of kiwifruit production and the other about plant management practices. As the gold licences now achieved $800,000 per hectare, Southern Cross Horticulture provides a complete end-to-end specialist team that will convert bare land into full canopy within a reduced number of years. 

Pathways, Gateway, Pasifika, Māori Achievement, Secondary-Tertiarty Partnership 

The Future Pathways Department continues to work hard on getting boys into work and tertiary study. The next big step is university applications. A session will be held for all students intending to attend university during 2023 on Friday the 1st of July. All information that students need about university applications, scholarships and accommodation will be passed on then. 


In the meantime we continue to have a significant number of businesses who have approached us for potential employees and students who are looking to get into part time or full time employment should contact us at any time. 


For the last two weeks the Homo Haia Homework Hub has been in operation. This action of homework support has been great in terms of giving students extra help with assessments, exam preparation and genuine study tips. In the last session, former Head Boy Elijah Taula zoomed in to give the students some insight to life in the Royal NZ Navy and tips to ensure success when moving through your school years. This will continue right up until the end of term. 


The ‘Garden Shed’ building and construction project for our STP students is getting close to being water tight. The frames are all now standing with the plywood and batten cladding also complete. By the end of the term the corrugated iron roof will be in place which will leave only painting and the construction and installation of the barn doors remaining before the students will be looking to market and sell to the public. 


Congratulations to Brad Fuller on his selection to the NZ Beach Volleyball team for the 2022 Commonwealth Games which will be held in Birmingham, UK.

The full SunLive article can be read here:

Congratulations to Old Boy Aidan Ross on his selection in the 2022 All Blacks Squad.  Aidan becomes the 16th All Black from Tauranga Boys' College! 

Bay of Plenty prop Aidan Ross was a member of the New Zealand Under-20 squad who took out the 2015 World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Italy.  In 2017, Ross was called into the Chiefs squad as injury cover and made his debut against the Western Force.
Ross captained and led Bay of Plenty to victory in the 2019 NPC Championship final and he continued his form through to the Chiefs 2020 season as a regular starter.

The 26-year-old has gone from strength to strength as a Super Rugby player in 2021 and 2022 and is known for his work-rate and ability to grow his game.

Congratulations to Old Boys' Josh Bartlett and Lucas Cashmore on being named in the NZ U20's side.
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Below is a link to a Ministry of Education community survey on the proposed new schools at Ōmokoroa. This survey is for members of the school community to have a say on the proposal to establish the primary and the secondary school. 
The timeline for the survey is 1st June – 22nd June, so three weeks to have a say.
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.

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  • 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.
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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.  


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