1998: (Year 39)

  • The roll is 834.
  • BOT elections took place in May.
  • BOT accepts the direct resourcing option.
  • Lifts are installed in A and S blocks for students confined to wheelchairs.
  • After waiting for many years the BOT decided to proceed with the re-development of the Technology suite using its own funding and stage 1 should be complete by the end of term 1, 1999.This was T-block's first refurbishment since the block was built in 1959.
  • In May it was decided to do away with the bell between classes.
  • Ben Shaw (7th form) selected to perform at the Globe Theatre in London.
  • Due to very low numbers the I.S.C.F and SADD groups were not very active this year.
  • A very successful year for the Shakespeare groups. Our production of scenes from "Twelfth Night" won the regional contest. At the nationals in Wellington the group won the British Council award for outstanding costume design while Ben Shaw won the Peter Vere-Jones award for outstanding performance.
  • From 4th-27th April Mrs. Domney led a group of students on a cultural visit to Japan.
  • Junior and Senior debating groups were active.
  • Music:- Our various bands had an eventful year with Hatrix(11) performing at the Tauranga Jazz Festival in April, and the Concert Band (23) at the National Concert Band Festival in Auckland. The 6 member String Orchestra, 3rd form Advanced band, 4th form band(12) all had a quieter year.
  • At the Smokefree Rockquest '98, Simon Prestidge won a lyric writing award for his song "A Tease".
  • About 10 students comprised the Choir. 
  • The 7th form history visited Wellington.
  • A small group of 10 senior students took part in the annual OPC trip to Turangi.
  • Alistair Tippett participated in a 10-day Spirit of New Zealand course.
  • Tuesday 4th August we sent 6 sports teams to Hawera HS for a junior sports exchange.
  • 10th-11th August we hosted Fraser HS in 9 sports in:-Cycling, Badminton, Basketball, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, Surfing and Volleyball.
  • Sports teams:- Badminton,   Boys' &   Girls' Basketball; 3 Boys' & 2 Girls' Cricket; Cycling; Equestrian; Golf; 1 Boys' & 1 Girls' Hockey; Netball; 3 Boys' & 1 Girls' Sevens Rugby; Skiing; Boys' & Girls' Soccer; Yachting; and Boys' & Girls' Volleyball.
  • Phil Gayton commences compiling data to complete various Honours boards for the College.