24 JUNE 2016
- Principals Report: Meet the new Board for Kelston Boys High School
- Sport: Student Coaches, Sports Results, Hockey Reps Joe McLoughlin & Owen Smith
- From the Junior Academic Dean: Mr Woodhall-Martin
- My 40 Hour Famine: Nathan Herlihy
- Theatresports Update
- Kelston Boys High School students dig to beautify
- Old Boys playing Internationals in June
- RYDA: Out and about with the Year 12s
- The Spirit of Adventure: Teancum Lopati
- Woodwork: Making Art Easels
Thank you to the following who offered themselves for election to the BOT 2016-2019
Koloa Folofola Misiloi
The following were successful:
Koloa Folofola Misiloi
Terry Harrison (unopposed)
NZ Herald, June 1 2016. Story:Campbell Burnes Photo: Nick Reed
Linus Jakszt says Kelston Boys' return to the prems has earned respect across the school.
Like the Kelston Boys' High School premier basketball team, Linus Jakszt has come a long way in just three years.
The 17-year-old Year 13 sports prefect was a fast learner, taking up basketball in earnest in 2013 when Kelston were halfway through a five-year plan to make it back to the top flight of schools basketball.
Jakszt had height and athleticism, honed by a football background, but he lacked understanding of the nuances of the game and you couldn't ask him to lay up with his left hand.
"They were going off to a junior prems tournament in Rotorua. I jumped in and learned the rules on the way to the event," he says.
The rest is, as they say, history. Now he is the captain as Kelston makes a successful re-entry into premier league basketball. His coach Jeff Fahrensohn calls him their "franchise player".
Used as a power forward, small forward or centre, Jakszt is the go-to man at either end of the floor. In the April qualifying tournament he poured in 48 points against Macleans, averaging 28 ppg for the competition, and has put up consistent numbers, and three double doubles, in Kelston's four premier league games: 27 points and 12 rebounds against Westlake, 28 and 21 against Liston, 23 and eight against Onehunga and 32 and 12 just last Friday night in the narrow win over Rosmini.
"My personal goal going into each game is to average 25 points and get as many rebounds as possible," declares Jakszt.
Kelston are proving more than competitive and have their goals for this season, and the success of this team is proof that Kelston is far more than just a rugby and league school.
"Basketball is now back in prems and it's getting acknowledged by the school, which is great," Jakszt says.
The jump is a big one from where they were in 2015, playing in the Western Zone Under 19 league. The players in prems are taller, more experienced and with real basketball pedigree. At 199cm Jakszt bangs bodies with the best.
He was good enough to play for the New Zealand Under 17s last year, which saw him pulled in to train with the NBL side the Super City Rangers, for whom he appeared in the pre-season. Throw in Saturday club play for the Waitakere Under 19s and his senior studies and Jakszt has rather a full plate.
"The Under 19s is ... really competitive. Harbour is our main opponent, with the Westlake and Rangi boys, but it's real good fun."
He may be busy but he knows the sacrifices that go with wanting to go higher in his sport.
"You don't have much time to go out anyway if you want to do the thing you love."
He is knuckling down with his studies too, as that will be a factor in his quest for a US college basketball scholarship next year. That and the Junior Tall Blacks are his 2017 goals.
So is he inspired by Steven Adams and his NBA exploits with Oklahoma City Thunder?
"I love watching him. They are my favourite team. I met him at a camp at Trusts Stadium, he's a real cool dude," says Jakszt, who, like Adams, thirsts for improvement.
"I'm working on being a better shooter. I want to spread the floor too, so I'm working on [handling]."
Jakszt has the talent and the work ethic, and Kelston will benefit in the short-term.
Coach hopes to tick off second goal
When Jeff Fahrensohn took the coaching reins at Kelston BHS's basketball programme in 2011, the sport at the west Auckland school was at a low ebb.
Despite a proud basketball history, which included winning the nationals in 1982, the top team were relegated from the premier league at the end of 2010. There was a lack of pride and numbers.
"There were only 3-4 turning up to trainings," says Fahrensohn, an old boy and former NBL player.
Along with old boys Shane Compain and Tom Blair, who all played NBL together for the Waitakere Rangers, they presented a five-year plan to return to premier league. They hit their five-year deadline. But it needed building from the Year 9s up, not recruiting from other schools.
Fahrensohn visited local intermediate schools and cranked up the Kelston basketball academy. His 2016 captain Linus Jakszt was one of the raw prospects who was unearthed.
After gradual progress made by the top Under 19 side, they arrived at the premier qualifying tournament in April needing a top two finish to win the coveted promotion. Critical wins over St Kentigern and Mt Roskill Grammar saw Kelston, to great jubilation, back in the top flight, along with MAGS. They have now won three of their first four games to lie second equal.
"They understand that they might not be as skilled as the top schools, but if they can be fitter, they can run harder and longer," says Fahrensohn, tipping his hat to trainer Brent Ihaka.
The school has six teams this year. There is a 30-page playbook entitled, which encapsulates the ethos and philosophy of Kelston basketball.
The first goal - winning promotion - can be ticked off. Now the aim is a top half of the table finish to qualify for the schools nationals for the first time since 2010.
On Friday, Kelston face MAGS at Avondale College. Tipoff is at 7.30pm.
SIR GRAHAM HENRY SCHOLARSHIP
WE INVITE APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 CLOSE 29 JULY 2016
Established in recognition of the outstanding achievements of the former Deputy Principal and Principal of Kelston Boys High School, this Scholarship will be awarded to young men who can benefit from the unique opportunities offered by the school. We are looking for applicants currently in Year 8 and resident in the Auckland region, who are potential role models and exceptional students in the following areas:
- Performing arts
- Leadership - Special Leadership Awards (These are suitable for current Head Boys of Intermediates or similar positions and are for a 5 year period)
Western Leader, April 26 2016. Story & Photo: ROSE REES-OWEN
Kelston Boys High School student engagement officer Janice Collins Is introducing an Attendance Awareness Week. She is pictured with Jacob Kim, 17, left, Ayush Kumar, 14, Shemaiah Mose, 14, Nathan Hastings, 13, and Kennedy Limpus, 14, who all have a 100 percent attendance rate so far this year.
Attend today, achieve tomorrow is the message at Kelston Boys High School.
Posters and flyers with inspiring slogans fill the corridors of the school gearing up for an Attendance Awareness Week starting on May 23.
Student engagement officer Janice Collins says, to her knowledge, it is the first in the country and her long term goal is to replicate it in schools nationwide.
“It’s about celebrating what’s working well in our school already,” Collins says.
The school has achieved a 94 percent attendance rate so far this year but she says there is always room for improvement and she wants to bring that figure up to 100 percent.
Forty-eight boys have 100 percent attendance so far this year.
“There is a connection between attendance and achievement - if a student isn’t at school then they are going to miss out and catching up can be stressful.”
She says vital things can be missed if the child is absent even if it’s just one day.
Collins says there is more than one reason why a student is not attending and it doesn’t just come down to illness.
Time off school could be for a variety of reasons including looking after a younger sibling whilethe parents work or the embarrassment of sending a child to school without food.
Part of her job is home visits where she tries to address some of the underlying issues facing a family.
She wants to raise awareness about the importance of attendance, spreading the message notonly to the students but to parents as well.
“It’s about educating our parents that it’s for their kid’s future.
“Enabling their child to stay home is not going to help in the long run.”
Students who achieve 100 percent attendance during the weekwill get a certificate of resilience plus a prize. Spot prizes will be handed out to the first boy to walk into class as well as prizes for punctuality.
A video produced by students will show the impact of not attending school and it will be put on the website and Facebook page and shown at assembly.
Western Leader, April 26 2016
Kelston Boys High School head boy Levi Farrell, 17, is a Maori student challenging NCEA stereotypes. Photo by: Ciara Pratt
Levi Farrell knows the stereotypes he faces, which is why he’s enjoying turning them on their head.
The head boy at Kelston Boys’ High School is one of the examples of young Maori boys achieving highly in NCEA.
Statistics released show the decile three school is helping Pasifika and Maori students achieve well beyond expectations.
In 2015, the school’s Level 2 pass rate for Pasifika students was 90 per cent – the national average for Pasifika boys was 74 per cent.
Achievement rates for Maori students at Level 2 were also up with 83 per cent passing despite a national average of 71 per cent.
Farrell says as a year nine student in mainstream classes he knew what public perception was.
‘‘I thought I needed to make a change. I wanted to break the stereotype of Maori underachievement,’’ he says.
Farrell, 17, achieved Level 2 endorsed with merit, just eight credits off an excellence endorsement.
‘‘It’s the moral support of teachers, homework classes after school and whenever you need help, teachers will give up their time to be there. It’s a really family-based school.’’
The culture among students is also changing, he says. It’s ‘‘cool’’ to do well at school.
‘‘Whereas talk used to be about what sport you played or watched that weekend, you come to school and everyone’s asking ‘have you got your assessment done?’ or ‘what mark did you get?’’’ Principal Brian Evans says the results keep getting better because of the school’s commitment to recognising cultural diversity and boosting engagement among students and parents.
‘‘It’s about making sure the different groups of boys feel really proud of themselves.
‘‘Historically the pakeha kids at our school have achieved at really high levels and that continues,’’ Evans says.
‘‘We talk about success and achievement every week. Success breeds success and we leverage it off our strong sporting and performing arts pedigree.’’
Setting up a home room for Maori students has also tackled the issue of retention, he says – with a 35 per cent increase in Maori students staying at school.
Evans says the school’s next challenge is to boost UE rates and excellence endorsements.