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Message from the principal

John Rautenbach, PrincipalIt is my pleasure, as Principal, to introduce you to Taumarunui High School. We have a proud tradition of welcoming international students from across the globe to our school, and support every student to feel like they belong in our wonderful part of the world. Our town is centrally positioned between Auckland and Wellington in the Heart of New Zealand’s North Island. Taumarunui is located near the foot of Mount Ruapehu and at the convergence of the Whanganui and Ongarue rivers. Our school is steeped in tradition and opportunity, and we offer a high quality education in a caring, friendly environment.

We have fantastic school grounds, facilities and open areas where our students can relax and socialise. Our classrooms and buildings are regularly upgraded and have high quality equipment to aid learning and teaching and our teachers are passionate and committed.

We believe the people who will be successful in the future are those who are adaptable, who thrive on challenge, who have a strong sense of personal values, and who continue to improve themselves throughout their lives.

Through the New Zealand Curriculum we have had the opportunity to review our teaching and learning programmes and to focus on a range of learning opportunities that meet the needs of our students. We aim to produce young adults who are confident, who are connected to their communities, who strive for excellence and develop the skills to become lifelong learners.

I invite you to become part of a school community prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century with confidence and assurance.



John Rautenbach

Meet our head students

Nathaniel Smith (Head Boy)

Nathaniel Smith, Head BoyIn my spare time I can be found on the river fishing or bush stalking fallow deer. I have also recently got into Kayaking as it’s my new project on a Thursday.

I had no intentions of coming back to School this year. I thought I had it all sussed out. I would leave school and walk straight into a building apprenticeship, you know start the “real world stuff” taxes, bills, car, food, maybe a nice little flat to stay in, it was all planned out. Then one day it all changed, this crazy idea just wouldn’t leave my head. No matter how hard I tried, the idea of becoming Head Boy and taking on a senior student leader role sounded both academically challenging and hard work. I knew deep down somewhere within, that I had the courage to step up and help other students.

Last year I had the privilege of being Captain of the 1st XV. I shortly found out that leading a team of 23 young soldiers wasn’t going to be easy. I also found out, if the Captain started to play up, the other boys would too. I guess what I’m trying to say is, I can relate a lot to leading by example. Three things I have learnt from the captaincy of last year that I would apply to this year’s student’s roles would be dedication, commitment and self-belief. I strongly believe that these three things will help with any student leadership tasks and improve their chance to reach their goals, alongside the schools four A’s (Appearance, Attitude, Achievement, and Attendance). I look forward to this year as I will not only lead by example but will strive for excellence within everything I do.

Four weeks into Term 1 and I already love the roles, taking all opportunities with two hands. Not only to benefit myself, but to benefit the school, from a student’s point of view.

Alexia Malcolm (Head Girl)

Alexia Malcom, Head GirlI am one of the Head Girls for 2016 I have been a student here for 5 years. I have enjoyed many experiences and opportunities given to me, such as everything from Mountain Biking, Swimming, and Athletics to Wearable Arts. We have an incredible Outdoor Education Project at THS that I have first-hand experience of and I would like to encourage others to take full advantage of.

As a head student in my final year, I would like to encourage others to strive to do their best and be the best that they can be.

Angus Long (Head Boy)

Angus Long, Head BoyHi, I’m Angus Long, Head Boy for 2016. Taumarunui has been my adopted home, since my family’s immigration from England in 2011. I have attended Taumarunui High School for all four years of my secondary education and have been made to feel welcome and comfortable for that whole time.

The wide range of opportunities at this school has meant that I have been able to move comfortably between all social groups. My own passion is for the Performing Arts. I have been in every school production possible, often juggling it alongside acting at the local theatre. THS has always encouraged me to succeed in all areas including academic excellence of which I am working towards in my final Year.

My favourite thing about Taumarunui High School is the diversity of people and the abundance of extracurricular opportunities on offer to every student.

Chaye Moana Tawaka (Head Girl)

Chaye Tawaka, Head GirlHey guys my name is Chaye Moana Tawaka and I am Head Girl and Academic Leader for 2016. I was born in Penrith Australia and moved here to New Zealand when I was 4 years old. I lived in Waihi for 10 years before moving to Taumarunui in 2014. My interests are The Arts, Football, and any outdoor activities. When I finish school I plan to join the New Zealand Air Force as an Officer working my way up to become a Squadron Leader one day.

As Head Girl I would like to encourage students to make the most of everything our school has to offer including the wonderful outdoor education available to us. I believe we are very lucky to have these opportunities. Lastly I would like to wish everyone the best for 2016.

Jonty Powers (Deputy Head Boy)

Jonty Powers, Deputy Head BoyFor those of you who do not know me, my name is Jonty and I am Deputy Head Boy for 2016. My main passion has to be Rugby and I had the honour to be part of the 1st XV last year and I am proud to say we won the Gatland Cup 2015. I look forward to playing in the team again, and hope we go on to defend the title this year.

I believe that school, like life, is what you make of it. I try to get involved as much as I can to make my days at school more interesting. Before you know it you will be a Year 13 and you will find yourself in your final year as I have. So enjoy yourself, have fun while it’s free.

Olivia Richardson (Deputy Head Girl)

Olivia Richardson, Deputy Head GirlHi my name is Olivia Richardson and I am Deputy Head Girl and Sports leader for 2016. I have attended T.H.S since Year 9 and have especially enjoyed playing Netball and Rugby 7’s for the school. A highlight of my time at THS would have to be travelling to Australia’s Gold Coast, for the Netball Carnival with the Open A Netball Team.

I have always been given amazing sporting opportunities such as playing for my school all over the North Island, as well as King Country and Waikato Interschool Athletics. I believe everyone at high school should fully embrace what is on offer and for all students to give it a go. I am looking forward to working with the other senior leaders this year.

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Academic Awards 2016

At 7:00 pm
Taumarunui High School

Showcase 2016

At 7:00 pm
Taumarunui High School

Wearable Arts 2016

At 7:00 pm
202 Golf Road Taumarunui

Sports Awards 2016

At 6:15 pm
202 Golf Road Taumarunui

Beauty And The Beast

At 12:00 am
20 Miriama Street Taumarunui