School House Newsletter Term 2 Week 2

By Vai Mahutariki | Posted: Friday May 14, 2021

Notices and Updates


Term 2, Week 3

Monday 17

Tuesday 18
BEATS Survey
Logan Park Road Race

Wednesday 19
SBHS Interschool (away)

Thursday 20

Friday 21
Pink Shirt Day
Hostel Open Day

Saturday 22
Year 13 Formal

Term 2, Week 4

Monday 24 - Saturday 28 May

OBHS v King's High School Interschool
(rolling throughout the week)

Monday 24
Tertiary Open Day (All Year 13)

Tuesday 25

Wednesday 26
Sports team photos

Thursday 27
9SOS Trip 1 to Puketeraki Marae
Caversham Relays

Friday 28
9SOS Trip 2 to Puketeraki Marae

Greetings to our School House Parents,

Our boys have settled in well to daily routines and learning. Each day they work hard in being organised and departing the hostel promptly before 8:30am in order to start their day on time and in the right way. Prep times each evening have been effective for all our boys and are supported by both teaching and hostel staff. Our new Hostel Haka has also started well with the boys bringing great energy and effort to our weekly sessions.

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During the last holiday break our International Students who remained on-site had some great opportunities to try new things and see more of Aotearoa. Thank you Mr Markham and Family who took our boys on a trip for a few days that included Horse Riding. Thank you to Mr Petelo (Pita) Sinamoni who also took the boys out on day trips to see the sights around Dunedin and the greater Otago Region.

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Term 2 Value - Respect

As mentioned our value for the hostel this term is Respect and our boys are committed to a variety of ways we can show this to others, their learning and themselves. I have been impressed with how our hostel boys have taken the time to think about the meaning and value of showing respect to each other and also to our staff.

We hope you enjoyed our Hostel Mothers Day videos. We know Mum's, Grandmothers, Aunties, Sisters work hard to provide for our boys and give them the best life possible so it was important for us to show our message was with heart and had meaning.Thank you to all our Hostel Staff who worked tirelessly in the background to help put this together.

Our Senior Prefect meetings have started well this term. Again, I am impressed with the calibre of leadership amongst our Senior Prefects who show a great presence in our hostel with setting high standards and being great role models for their peers. They are working hard with thoughtful but effective planning to best serve our hostel boys each day and week. Leadership is a key element for our Senior Prefects to further develop and it is great to see these boys are embracing the opportunities to lead from the front, and lead well.

A large number of our boys and staff are looking forward to attending the first of the Trans-Tasman Super Rugby Game tonight Friday 14th May, between the Highlanders and Australian Champions the Queensland Reds. Lets go The Highlanders!

We look forward to hosting our Year 13 parents next weekend Saturday 22nd May for the Year 13 Formal. Nibbles will be provided as parents spend time taking photos with their sons on this special occasion.

Weekend activities have now been confirmed by our Senior Prefects and Staff. Details of the Term 2 schedule is below.


School Cross Country

Well done to Jack Scott finishing 2nd in the Year 9 Boys Race in the School Annual Cross Country

Clay Target Southland Intercollegiate Championship

Congratulations to Henry Sim, Nic Sim, and George Scurr who won the Youth Teams event in the Claas Harvest Centre Clay Shooting competition in Wanaka in the Holiday break and also had the Best Overall score for the day. Well done boys. 

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Well done to our OBHS Shooting team made up entirely of Hostel boys. They competed well in the Southland Collegiate Shooting Competition. Members included Nic Sim, Ollie Nicholson, Shamus Young, Henry Sim, Isaac Ottrey, Jack Small, George Scurr, and William Scur.

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Results from the first Intercollegiate shoot for the season:

Ollie Nicholson - Second Senior Single Rise, Second Senior Single Barrel

Jack Small - First Senior Single Rise

Nic Sim - First Senior Individual Points Score

Thank you to Jacqueline Irving for all you do for our Clay Shooting boys. Our hostel boys and staff appreciate you and your efforts. Thank you also to our parents who travelled and supported these boys down in Southland last weekend.

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New Zealand National Division II Swimming Championships

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Congratulations to Anthony Sim and Daniel Gilbert who competed in the New Zealand National Division II Swimming Championships hosted in Dunedin this week.

Anthony Sim finished 5th in the 50m backstroke final, as well as 14th in 50m butterfly, and 15th in 50m freestyle.

Daniel Gilbert won Gold Medals in the 100m butterfly, 800m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 1500m freestyle, and 400m freestyle. Daniel also won Silver Medal in 100m freestyle and Bronze Medal in 200m backstroke.

Congratulations to all our boys who have shown great pride in their sport but also the hard work that it takes to achieve that success. Thank you to our Coaches, Staff and Parents who continue to support our boys. We appreciate you, your time and your contribution to the success of our Hostel Boys.


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Reminder: We have our Hostel Open Day Friday 21 May, 10.00am at the School House 25 Melrose St, Roslyn, Dunedin. You can find more information about our Open Day and how to register on our OBHS Hostel Facebook page.

We will be ordering the Otago Boys Hostel Backroad Jerseys soon so parents please let us know if you would like one for your son. Please email [email protected]

We will also be completing the Annual Flu Vaccinations which will be done on-site this year. If you would like your son to be vaccinated please let us know at [email protected]

150th Otago Boys Hostel Anniversary. If you or people you know are former hostel boys, please register for the 150th Anniversary Celebrations that take place 23-24 October 2021. You can register on the website, follow this link:

Also if any hostel old boys have photos from your time in the hostel, we would love you to share them with us to add to our history over the 150 years. Please either email them to [email protected] or post them to School House at 25 Melrose Street, Roslyn, Dunedin 9010. You can also upload them directly to this link now Upload Photos here


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We have a new IG page - you can find us at @obhshostel

Sunday Activities for Term 2

16-5-21 - Zorbing Edgar Centre - $15 per person.

23-5-21 - Volleyball House Competition in school

30-5-21 - Kayak Tours - Cost TBA

6-6-21 - Queens Birthday Weekend - Boys are at home.

13-6-21 - Battle Combat (Laser Tag) - $26

20-6-21 - Rowing House Competition in Hostel

27-6-21 - Ten Pin Bowling / Bowls in Kaikorai - Cost TBA

4 -7-21 - Basketball House Competition - Edgar Centre.

Other activities will be added throughout the term like Super Rugby and other sporting events.

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