Tauranga Boys' College


5 August 2022
Andrew Turner
Dear Parents, Caregivers & Friends of the College

Kia ora kotou katoa. 

Ko Mauo te maunga

Ko Wairoa te awa

Ko Tauranga te Moana

Ko Michelle taku hoa rangatira

Ko Ngati kahungunu tona iwi

Kei a tatou e wha tamariki 

Ko Andrew Turner taku ingoa.

Firstly, on behalf Michelle, myself and our whanau, a big thank you to our College community for the warm welcome home. A special nga mihinui to te whanau Aronui for the pōwhiri tautoko. Tauranga has always been our turangawaewae, so returning home, has been very special. 

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Mr Robert Mangan not only for his service to the College but personally, for the role he has played in supporting me as a student, a teacher and now as a leader in education. His wisdom and guidance throughout the years has proved invaluable. Robert has certainly left a legacy to be proud of and I will wear ‘Te Kahu Pono’, the sacred cloak to be worn as a reminder of the sacredness, prestige and warmth of our Maori Culture bestowed upon the Principal/Tumuaki to uphold the protocols and principles of the tribes of Tauranga Moana, with pride. I wish him and Linda all the best with the next chapter of their lives.   

I would also like to acknowledge our Old Boys’ community and accept the ‘Toki Poutangata’  - the ceremonial adze, a symbol of chiefly authority and tribunal leadership and symbolic of the shaping of the school, staff and students. Thank you for your wero/challenge to continue to uphold the College’s traditions. The fact that we have such an active Old Boys' community, willing to engage with the College, is a credit to the College and the role it has played in instilling great values into men who now want to give back to the community that raised them. Nga mihi nui kia koutou nga tauira o mua o te kura. You are our Tuakana - older brothers, and we thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the College. Our goal is to make you even prouder.  

As an Old Boy of the College it is an honour to be able to pick up the mantle of Tumuaki/Principal. I take this challenge personally and will endeavour to work alongside our team to uphold the vision, mission and values of the College. To champion our quest to be: 

  • Best for boys

  • Better than before

  • Leaders in boys learning

  • Respecting our past to create our future

  • Turangawaewae. A place where we all connect and belong 

We have a proud history of growing great young men both inside and outside the classroom. Our quest to be the best, starts with a commitment and attitude to being ‘better’. Waking up each morning and making a conscious choice to be better than the day before. For some of our boys that is as simple as getting to school every day, being at school/class on time, wearing the correct uniform, listening, asking questions, putting some more effort into their classwork, sports trainings or performance. It could be striving to be a better mate.  

What that looks like, will be different for each student, but fundamentally, if we commit to being better every day, then one day, we could be the best! Tama tu, tama ora. Tama noho, tama mate - (“He who stands, lives. He who sits, perishes”). 

I look forward to working with our community again and keeping you updated on our progress throughout the term. Enjoy our first newsletter for Term 3 and the amazing achievements of our young men. 

Ngā mihi nui

A G Turner
Enrolments for 2023 are now open online, go to, click on enrol and follow the instructions provided.  Both in zone enrolments and out of zone enrolment applications are completed online.
Out of zone applications for 2023 close on Monday 5th September.

Year 9 - Jamie Locke
Jamie's teachers say that he has consistently excelled in his work and gets on with the task at hand despite any distractions that he may face. He is polite at all times and helpful to his classmates. His positive attitude makes him an asset to have in all his classes. 

Year 10 - Riley Hudson
Riley's teachers say that he is a model student, shows great character and a good man attitude. He is very reliable and can work well unsupervised. Riley is very helpful and considerate and he assists his team in any way possible. He certainly has great potential to be a future leader by working well academically and motivating others around him.

Year 11 - Dylan Monteiro
Dylan's teachers say that he goes above and beyond in class and is a respectful and mature young man.  He has a fantastic work ethic, welcomes advice to improve and is a strong critical thinker.

He goes above and beyond in class, putting in the work required to be amongst the top of his classes.

Year 12 - Kane McBrydie
Kane's teachers say he that is very diligent, not easily distracted, is polite and works hard.  He has a good sense of humour and is a great student to teach.  Kane is a fantastic academic with amazing dedication to his swimming training and performances and is always a positive influence in class. 

Year 13 - Te Kirikau Blake

Te Kirikau's leadership within the Aronui community is huge. He is a great role model to the younger boys, showing and receiving respect from both teachers and students alike. In the classroom Te Kirikau has NCEA endorsed at Level 1 and Level 2 and is well on the way to doing the same at Level 3. Mahi nui kia mau tonu Te Kirikau!

This term we have welcomed new cohort of International students to the college,
the first new students since 2020!

Welcome and enjoy your time with us.
The new students enjoyed a pizza lunch with their Kiwi buddies
and exchanged 'buddy pins' cementing their friendship.

Congratulations to the following students who were recognised at today's Principal's Assembly for achieving oustanding success, sitting university papers through Waikato University and the Victoria University of Wellington.

Computer Science Colby Butler A+
Computer Science Caleb Everitt A+
Computer Science Aaron Keene A+
Computer Science Jayden Litolff A+
Economics Benjamin Goodjohn A+
Economics Luke McConnell A+
Economics Md Shahmat Mahin A-
Economics Alexander Padfield A-
Economics Reuben Parekowhai-Gudex A-
Economics Gus Shivnan A
Economics Jacques van Rinsvelt A+
Ecology & Biodiversity Cruz Dawson A+
Ecology & Biodiversity Benjamin Goodjohn A+
Engineering Benjamin Cosford A+
Engineering Caleb Everitt A
Engineering Benjamin Goodjohn A+
Engineering Zachary Graham A+
Engineering Aaron Keene A+
Engineering Jayden Litolff A+
Engineering Benjamin Louie A+
Engineering Luke McConnell A+
Engineering Mc Shahmat Mahin A+
Engineering Manav Sawhney A+
Engineering Gus Shivnan A+
Law Ethan Carrington A
Law Darcy Collett A
Law Peter Gedye A
Law Reuben Parekowhai-Gudex A+
Law Fergus Roberts A+
Law Jacques van Rinsvelt A+
Philosophy Jan-Hendrik Hamann A
Philosophy Jacques van Rinsvelt A+
Statistics Luke McConnell A+

Physics Colby Butler A
Physics Benjamin Cosford A+
Physics Benjamin Goodjohn A+
Physics Zachary Graham A+
Physics Aaron Keene A+
Physics Md Shahmat Mahin A+
Physics Luke McConnell A+
Physics Manav Sawhney A
Physics Gus Shivnan A+
Physics Jonathan Smalberger A+
After winning Waikato Clay Target Competition hosted by Hamilton Boys', TBC was in good form to compete against schools from around the country. At the North Island Secondary School Champs many teams from the South embarked on a fierce battle, noting that TBC Clay Target is also the South Island Champs from 2021. TBC Clay Target went shot to shot and at the end fell 6 points below the winning team but took the podium as 2nd in Super 8 and 2nd in Teams.

We are very proud of our boys who held their heads high and didn't let the weather dampen their TBC spirit. Thanks to all the coaches, supporters and parents. We have now qualified to compete in the Nationals in Christchurch from 1-3 of October.

Congratulations to Sam Penny who applied to trial for the NZ Makos team. 

Sam has been accepted into the NZ Men's Flag squad, being one of only 6 players selected nationally.
Congratulations to Sam Crawford who recently competed in the NZ Open and NZ National Secondary Schools’ Karate Championships in Christchurch, winning Gold in the Secondary Schools U19 Kumite (fighting).  Being granted dispensation to compete in the grades above, he then went on to gain Bronze in the Senior Male Kumite Open and Gold in the Male U21 Kumite in the NZ Open.

Sam has been selected to represent New Zealand at the 10th Commonwealth Karate Championships 2022 hosted in Birmingham, UK, in September and the 2022 WKF World Junior, Cadet and U21 Championships hosted in Konya, Turkey


This event took place on 28th - 31st July and saw the best secondary school swimmers go head-to-head for the national title and the secondary schools seeking the top school gong. This competition had a particular focus on enjoyment and pride in representing their school, with lots of relays on offer to promote team swimming.  Our boys had an excellent time throughout the weekend and completed some great team and individual swims.  


  • Gus Shivnan - Silver Medal - Mens 17-18yr 400m Freestyle

PB for this competition:

  • Gus Shivnan - 17-18yrs 100m Individual Medley
  • Kalani Bruce - 17-18yrs 100m Butterfly, 200m Freestyle
  • Thomas Logger - 17-18yrs 200m Breaststroke, 100m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Backstroke, 200m Freestyle
  • Jamie Robins - 17-18yrs 50m Breaststroke                                 
  • Kane McBrydie - 17-18yrs 200m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke
  • Ben Riordan - 15yrs 50m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke
  • Charlie Shivnan - 14yrs 400m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle
  • Zack Pask - 14yrs 200m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly
  • Dane Wooster - 14yrs 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke
  • Mitchell Ellis - 13yrs 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke, 200m Freestyle


Over the school holidays the North Island Taekwondo Championships were held in New Plymouth.  It was great to see four TBC students represented at this event, all doing really well in the competition.

Competing in New Plymouth on 16 July were:

Zane Henry - Year 12 - Placed 1st in Division (Black Belt Under 73kg)
Max Crozier - Year 12 - Placed 2nd in Division (Black Belt Under 73kg)
Tait Oyama - Year 11 - Placed 1st in Division (Black Belt Under 55kg) 

Connor Minto - Year 12 - Referee at event

Nationals are being held in Auckland on 6th of August with the New Zealand team also being announced at this event.

Pictured below: 
Zane and Max after placing first and second in the Black Belt Under 73kg Division in the North Island Championships.

A huge congratulations to Jed MacMillan and Maddix Kamo for being awarded the Tauranga City Council Seed Funding for their startup business. A panel of experts from Parliament NZ, Creative BOP, Tauranga City Council, Toi-Ohomai and Young Enterprise Scheme came together to judge their business on the goal of  "what your YES business does to make our region a better place and impact our local community in a positive way". Their business won this award and received an allocation of $300.00 towards their business enterprise.

Jed and Maddix are extremely grateful for this opportunity and will be spending the prize money on building a social, idea-sharing platform that connects projects from across the globe. While they are grateful for the TCC funding, they believe this is only the beginning. They plan on focusing on building out the product, getting it to market and then seeking investment. We wish them all the best!
This outing wrapped up the class's novel study of 'The Maze Runner' with the trip giving the boys  a chance to bond and gain a deeper understanding of characters and settings within the text.

The boys had approximately 90 minutes to work together and solve a series of puzzles to escape the room. The staff said that the boys worked well together and respected the rooms. 
Pathways, Gateway, Pasifika, Māori Achievement, Secondary-Tertiary Partnership

Planning for work and study opportunities continues at great pace. Our senior students are in the process of applying for an incredible variety of scholarships as well as finding themselves a halls of residence placement for next year. It is important to make applications for the halls as early as possible to guarantee a space and many of the boys have this process well under way. A number of the major universities have their scholarship applications closing on Friday next week so if the boys don’t have this underway, they need to get onto it. 

Over the past two weeks we have had every Year 10 Social Studies class down in the Future Pathways Centre for an introduction to the Pathways world; the main purpose of this is to encourage the boys to make contact with the Pathways team and start considering their future.


Wow, we have had a really busy couple of weeks.  Many of our Gateway students have not returned to school after the holidays having secured full-time employment with some amazing companies. We wish them all well in their future pathways.

Students have been employed at:
  • Nic de Mey yacht building
  • Nationwide Stock Crates
  • Hose Supplies
  • Mainfreight
  • Konnect
Gateway continues to provide great work place experiences for our young men.


This term we are running the Homo Haia Homework Hub (HHHH) again. This is a great opportunity that is provided by the Pacific Island Trust where students are able to gain up to two hours of specific tutoring from different subject areas.

This takes place once a week on a Wednesday after school where students can bring in current assessments, homework or study material that they are looking to get a jump on. We are currently gauging whether there is enough interest from students and if there is, we will do this again at the start of Term 4.


Next Wednesday, August 10th we are hosting a Year 11 Māori / Pasifika Pathways day in Aronui.

The aim of the day is to get students to consider their potential pathways and what they need to do, while they are at school to make their future plans a reality. 


The STP students are to be congratulated on the fine job they have done to date on construction of the garden sheds. With the very wet weather it was a relief to get the corrugated roof on to help keep out all of the rain we have been experiencing! The students have selected the colour scheme they think will be most appealing to the public and in a few weeks they will be ready to be transported off site.

  • Congratulations to STP student Gareth Jones who has secured an apprenticeship at Nic de May Yachts. 

Our school-wide Appeal starts Tuesday 16th August and finishes Tuesday 30th August. We hope that your son will have been asked if he can contribute an item from home. Any support in this regard will be greatly appreciated, however we do understand that this may be difficult in some circumstances and do not want to place unreasonable demands on your resources. Previously the support has been outstanding and we have been very pleased with what has been generously given by our community to this vital and very worthy cause.  All non perishable food items will be gratefully received.

This year Food bank has identified the following items as being on their wish list:
Spreads - jam and peanut butter.  Cereal - cornflakes and rice bubbles. Baking supplies - cocoa and icing sugar. Canned or packet soup, Canned fruit, Canned tomatoes.

We are having three bonus days where Form classes will receive double points for their contributions.
  • Thursday 18th August - Tinned fruit
  • Tuesday 23rd August - Cereal
  • Thursday 25th August - Canned Tuna and Salmon, particularly large tins that can be used to make a family meal.
Prior to the commencement of our Appeal this year, all of our boys will be asked to contribute $1. These funds are being spent on much needed personal care items like shampoo, razors, deodorant, shaving cream, toothpaste and toilet paper. The Food bank has no budget for these items and relies solely on donations, and the shelf is almost bare!  

Tauranga Food bank has seen an increase in the need for grocery support from people who are wage earners. They are still seeing accommodation costs as the major reason for income not being able to meet outgoings and food is often the only thing that can be adjusted in someone’s budget. They are seeing people’s food budgets showing a ridiculously small amount left available for food - at times as little as $30 a week to feed a family.

Tauranga Food bank no longer uses the term ‘Food Parcels’ as this does not truly reflect the support that Foodbank provides, and it is unempowering for people who need Food bank’s assistance. In the past year they have been able to provide support to 17, 123 people. The volume of food given is equivalent to more than 205,000 meals along with pet food, cleaning supplies and personal care items.

Thank you in anticipation  for any contributions you are able to make to this very vital cause. Every little bit really does count.

The Bay of Plenty will soon have another fledgling footballer to cheer on in Europe as former Tauranga Boys’ College standout Jordan Toy prepares to say “bon voyage” to New Zealand and “bonjour" to French football.

The exciting winger has agreed a deal to join St Pierre de Milizac that will see the teenager playing football in the home of the current FIFA World Cup holders.

The full story can be read here:


Te Manu Toroa provide FREE yearly treatment for adolescents up until their 18th birthday.  Their Mobile Dental Caravan will be onsite here at Tauranga Boys' College next term and they will be seeing students who are enrolled with them (NB: your son can only enrolled with ONE Dental Provider).

If you would like your son to be seen by the Community Dental Service here at school, then please ensure that you complete a consent form (available from the Student Office) and return it ASAP.
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. 
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. 
*** We currently have a stock of white dress shirts (sizes 38 to 42)
that have been reduced in price to $20 each.
Available from the TBC Uniform Shop on Cameron Road.***
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 Andrew Turner 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.

AG Turner
School Health Service
The school nurses this year are Vicki (Mon-Thurs) and Stephanie (Thurs - Fri) who are fully registered nurses 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 nurses 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 or Stephanie: 
Ph 578 4029 ext. 2137
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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