He waka eke noa.

We are all in this together.

Welcome and Haere Mai

We are in very strange times as we respond to the Covid-19 situation in New Zealand. I heard psychologist Nigel Latta give some great advice recently. He said that we’re all in our isolation bubbles not unlike astronauts, those in Antarctica, people circumnavigating the globe, or other people doing great expeditions that required isolation. They all have a mission in what they are doing to keep themselves focused, like getting to the moon, or scientific study or meeting a great challenge. New Zealanders love a challenge, and it is what has made us great over many years. Therefore our challenge and mission in our “great lock down expedition” is peace and calm in our households.

If everyone in our households (or bubbles) take on that challenge, then we will do fine. It is important that we don't sweat the small stuff, keep some balance in our lives, and be kind to one another, as it will help create peace and calm.

I would like to thank our Guidance Counsellor, Mr Shaw; and Deputy Headmaster Mr Wilson-Pyne and his pastoral team for putting this site together. It is important that we look after ourselves and each other in the weeks ahead, and this site provides advice and guidance for boys and their families.

He waka eke noa

Tim Grocott, Headmaster

Brain scan. Brighter colours mean more brain activity.

Why look after yourself ?

The way we think and the things we do affects our brain activity. Certain ways of thinking and acting can trigger parts of the brain and the 'feel good chemicals' serotonin, endorphin, oxytocin, and dopamine are released.

When we do things to look after our hauora we are triggering the brain to release our 'feel good' chemicals. We are more likely to feel better and cope with challenging times like these when our 'feel good chemicals' are about.

Right now our lives are very different to normal. The things we used to do like sport, recreation pursuits, school productions, hanging out at a mate's place or at the mall are things we cannot do. We are at risk of missing out on those 'feel good' chemicals.

Looking after your hauora is about making sure the parts of our brain that help us to feel good are active.

During times like these where things are challenging our mental health can be negatively impacted on. A range of stats looking at mental health and well-being around the Christchurch earthquakes tells us that we are all at increased risk of poor mental health.

We also know that tough and challenging times pass (the rate of 0800 calls in the graph drops off). This is a moment in time, and looking after ourselves will help us get through to better times.

0800 calls for mental heath support made per month.

We can increase the chance of staying well during our period of lock down by taking planned action to look after our hauora and especially our mental health.

Check out the tabs at the top of this page for ideas !

Head Boy's message.

Talofa Lava, Bola Vinaka, Kia Ora, and hey guys!

I know being stuck at home can sometimes not be the best, trying to do schoolwork can seem like a distant dream when your bubble consists of siblings! But all in all, we know that it is the right and best thing to do and that although it may seem difficult, we have many within our bubble and out of it that support us through this time. I know for a fact a good cheese bread can lift the spirit of us boys, however, unfortunately, we don't have this. It's important that we together stay connected, have each other's backs, and keep in touch with our friends. If you need to spit a yarn with anyone, the student senior leadership team is more than happy to chat! Hopefully, we will all be back at school sooner rather than later! Stay rested and stay safe team.

Cooper Gibb-Faumuina

A message from Mr Wilson-Pyne.

Keep moving forward...

“Step with care and great tact. And remember that life is a balancing act” - Dr Suess

Sometimes the world around us can feel out of control. School work, home life, friends and family are just some areas that, at times, can make us stumble. Life is a great balancing act and it’s important to choose your steps carefully. At the same time you don’t want to worry so much that you don’t take those steps at all. You might miss out on something special.

When trying to balance so many things, we often worry about those around us. That’s because we care, but it’s just as important to look after yourself. Take some time for you, talk to someone, share what you are feeling. You will find that you are not alone. At times the hardest thing to do is to take the first step!

Sometimes things happen that we weren’t expecting. Its times like these that you just have to get moving as well, ride them out rather than having them run you over.

Dr Seuss had this in mind when he wrote “If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew. Just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”