Category Archives: News / Notices

Important Dates

  • 20 September: Learning Conversations day — students attend for their interview only
  • 23 September: Board of Trustees meeting
  • 27 September: Final Senior course choices due for 2020 (Y10—Y12); End of Term 3

Important Information

MCAT reminder for MAT123 students doing 1.2 Algebra

  • Revision session – Saturday 14th September 10am -12pm come to Level 3. 
  • Come for some or part of the time to work through papers or ask teachers questions.
  • Assessment– Tuesday 17th September. 
  • Arrive by 8:30am at the latest in the foyer for a prompt 8.45 start.

Learning Conversations – Friday 20 September (8.30am-4.50pm)

The Learning Conversation takes place between your student, the student’s rōpū teacher and parent(s) / caregiver(s).  Each learning conversation will take 20 minutes at the most. Students will only be at school on Friday 20 September for their learning conversation. Please make the effort to support this event.

This learning conversation is an opportunity for students, with the help of you and their rōpū teacher, to reflect on learning and engagement so far this year, and look ahead to plans for 2020.

  • Bookings for learning conversations can be made at https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/ using code fmvnr
  • Bookings are made by choosing the year level then the rōpū teacher. Please note that we are only able to run one learning conversation per student.

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Snapper concessions

Please note that, if you need to change a concession on your student’s Snapper card, you now need to contact Snapper directly. Unfortunately they will no longer allow Student Services to email details through. Instead, parents and caregivers are encouraged to go online to: http://www/snapper.co.nz/child-concession/ to request the changes directly.


What’s happening?

WHS welcomes Meng Foon, NZ Race Relations Commissioner

We were delighted to welcome the new Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon to the library on 2 September.  Mr Foon spoke of his childhood growing up on the outskirts of Gisborne and of the Tairawhiti community that shaped him and showed him the value in respecting the traditions and beliefs of other cultures.  His entertaining talk gave listeners a good insight into the experience he brings to his new position; his time as Mayor and the skills learned there – about communication “kanohi ki te kanohi”, about turning up – being present at events “e tae ā-tinana” – in person.
Mr Foon’s message for a future of harmonious race relations is the importance of tolerance.

         


Careers Expo 2019

On Mon 2 Sept, we held a Careers Expo in the Riley Centre for students, in conjunction with the Future Focus event after school for students and parents. Students from Y11-13 were rostered to go through the Expo for an hour each and Yr 10 students were encouraged to attend during lunchtime. There was certainly a buzz in the hall as students entered and circulated and then found who they wanted to chat to. This event was to support the overall process of subject selection for 2020 and next steps planning for those looking to be out of school in 2020.

There was a time for parents between 3.00 – 4.00pm but given the long day, many providers were not able to stay so some parents with students missed out. It gives us interesting food for thought about how to address this for next year, and our apologies if you missed out. I am more than happy for you to get in touch with me if you need some information or advice for your kids. You can contact me at     chuni.bhikha@whs.school.nz    04  3858 911 Ext 827

If your student is interested in Wellington Trades Academy for 2020, the list of courses on offer can be found here.

            


Spoken Word Competition entries called for

White Ribbon are holding their first spoken word competition and WHS students are encouraged to submit entries! Deadline for all entries is 16 September at 5pm and more details are available from Mr Kingston.

 


Achievements

National Secondary Schools Culinary Competition grand finalists

     

Nikita Dyer and Euliz Samson competed in the final of the National Secondary Schools Culinary Competition in Auckland last week. Up against six other teams they had 90 minutes to prepare and serve entrees and four mains, and after judging came away with silver medals! Both students had put in considerable effort and commitment in the months leading up to, and during, the competition. Nikita was one of four students who also received an industry starter pack prize.

Their carrot and pork gyoza with quick pickle was one of the head judge’s favourites.

Ka Rawe!


NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair, 2019

WHS students won two of the top placings and another of the top prizes at last week’s NIWA Science Fair. In category 5 (Year 11 to 13 students) Sophie Mance placed first equal and Ryan Bright placed third. In coming first, Sophie has given herself a chance to contest the Prime Minister’s Science prize in the “Future Scientist’ category. Her entry was entitled “Particle Patterns: Tremors and Tessellations” and resulted from one of the investigations she completed in preparation for her role as captain of the New Zealand IYPT team.

Ryan’s achievement is remarkable in that he is still in Year 11, and beat a field of mostly Year 13 students from other schools. Ryan’s entry, entitled “Solar fire lighter” also won the Otago University prize. Ryan will travel to Otago University in January for an all expenses paid trip to “Hands on Science”. In all, Sohpie and Ryan brought home six prizes. 


Tournament of Minds

WHS students achieved a second place the Tournament of Minds regional tournament held at Victoria University on August 31st. The team of Year 9 and 10 students were awards Secondary Honours in the Social Sciences section. Their success qualifies them for the National Final to be held in Wellington on September 21st. 


Students selected for NZSM music programmes

Congratulations to Zoe Ioannau who has been accepted in the NZSM jazz programme and Kesson Percher-Treacher who has been accepted into NZSM classical programme 2020. This is a fine achievements for these two talented year 13 students and we wish them all the very best.

   

Sports

Winter tournament week wraps up

Over Tournament Week our teams travelled across the North Island: Junior Boys Basketball played Napier, Girls 1st XI Football and Senior A Girls Netball played in Wellington and the first XI Football team played in Whanganui. 

           


Underwater Hockey success

At the Underwater Hockey tournament held at the end of Winter Tournament week, the WHS teams acquitted themselves well. The junior boys: won 2: drew 1: lost 3 and finished 7th of 10. Carlos Relph was named MVP and Henry Murdoch was also a standout performer. Congratulations to the team and to Michael Edmeades, their coach. The senior girls did not manage to pull off a win, but came closest in their final game against Queen Margaret College where they lost 5-3.
Players Sofi Dickinson-Smith, Michael Edmeades and Milly Woodbury now progress to trials for the Wellington U18.

Sports Uniforms

Now that Winter Sports have ended, all sports playing uniforms should be returned to the Sports Office or Student Services as soon as possible.

A big thank you to all the coaches, managers and supporters: without you all, our students do not get to participate, play and progress. The time and expertise that you put into the season is very much appreciated by myself (Wendy McIntyre, Sports Coordinator) and the players. 

 

Senior Course Choices 2020

The Senior Course Choice Booklet for 2020 and planning sheets are now available on our website: http://www.whs.school.nz/course-choice-booklet/.  Hard copies are available from the Library and Student Services.

Students in Years 10—12 are invited to explore the options available.

The timeline for making course decisions for 2020 is below. There are opportunities to discuss course choices at Future Focus Evening next week and also at your Learning Conversation:

  • Monday 2 September 2019 Future Focus Evening, 3.45pm—5.45pm
  • Monday 9 September 2019 Preliminary course decisions made
  • Friday 20 September 2019 Learning Conversations Day
  • Friday 27 September 2019 Final course decisions made for 2020

Important Dates

    • 30 August: Mid-term break — School closed
    • 2 September: Future Focus Event & Careers Expo (see below)
    • 5 September: WHS Brand designs forum (see below)
    • 9 September: Sexual Abuse Prevention Network presentation
    • 9 September: Preliminary course choices due for 2020 (Y10—12)
    • 20 September: Learning Conversations day — students attend for their interview only
    • 23 September: Board of Trustees meeting
    • 27 September: Final Senior course choices due for 2020 (Y10—Y12); End of Term 3

Important Information

Senior Course Choices for 2020

The Senior Course Choice Booklet for 2020 is now available on our website: http://www.whs.school.nz/course-choice-booklet/. 

Students in Years 10—12 are invited to explore the options available. We will share the selection planner and process with students shortly.

The timeline for making course decisions for 2020 is below. There are opportunities to discuss course choices at Future Focus Evening next week and also at your Learning Conversation:

  • Monday 2 September 2019 Future Focus Evening, 3.45pm—5.45pm
  • Monday 9 September 2019 Preliminary course decisions made
  • Friday 20 September 2019 Learning Conversations Day
  • Friday 27 September 2019 Final course decisions made for 2020

Future Focus event and Careers Expo 

You and your student are invited to Wellington High School’s Future Focus event on Monday 2 September 3.45pm to 5.45pm in the Main Block and Foyer. The evening will help your student make smart course choices for 2020 and beyond. Please note that there will be no rōpū that day, and school will finish at the earlier time of 3pm to allow for setting up.  

Visit the Careers Expo — Riley Centre 11am — 4.30pm 

This year’s Expo features over 20 exhibitors (see the list of exhibitors here), including trades, universities and tertiary providers. All Year 10—13 students will  be attending the Expo during the day, and we encourage students to show their families any stalls of interest before Future Focus Evening starts between 3.00 – 3.45pm. 

Visit the Learning Areas — M Block Levels 3 and 4

The event will include information about each Learning Area and a number of additional information sessions, all offered on a 15 minute rotation basis.  Most Learning Area presentations have the following format:

Each 15-minute rotation will begin with a short presentation by the Head of  Faculty about the Learning Area and the course selections available. This will be followed by some time for questions and answers. At the end of the 15 minutes, you and your student move to the next presentation. 

Faculty presentations are in Main Block and your student should be able to guide you. Student guides will also be available to provide assistance. 

Level 3

  • M305 – Mathematics
  • M306 – Arts
  • M307 – Physical Education and Health
  • M308 – English
  • M309 – Languages
Level 4

  • M406 – Social Sciences
  • M407 – Science
  • M408 – Technology
  • M410 – Learning Support  available – no session
  • M409 – How NCEA works 

Come and view the draft Wellington High brand designs

Over the past two terms, a large group of students, staff and whānau has participated in workshops to share and develop ideas about the directino of a refreshed brand identity for the school.

You are warmly invited to pop into the school foyer on Thursday 5 September (anytime between 11.30—4pm) to view the draft identity designs that are in development with the designers at Chrometoaster (https://www.chrometoaster.com/). 

On Thursday, Chrometoaster will have a stand in the foyer to share our draft direction so far, and take feedback from our school community. Note that the design of a central element to represent Te Kura Tuarua o Taraika ki Pukeahu is in separate development with the school. The design team can talk about this.


Achievements

Say ‘Yes ‘to YES!

Last Saturday three WHS Young Enterprise Groups ran stalls at the YES @ The Wellington Underground Market. Congratulations to Remixxed Bags (Sienna Williamson and Sierra Williamson), Toucher Soap (Poppy Vine and Leanne Fandialan) and Poneke Ahi (Jacob Baddeley and Eliseo Biondini). Follow them on Instagram remixxedbags, PonekeAhi and ToucherSoap.

 


Poetry success

Congratulations to Seb MacCaulay (Year 12), for being shortlisted as a finalist in the National Secondary Schools Poetry Competition. He received prizes from the New Zealand Book Council and Sport, as well as $100 and the opportunity to attend a masterclass at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University last weekend. Seb’s poem is included below:

Old man

I’m sitting and I watch the old man from the street rest and unfurl from his linen
a pack of Dunhills.
He twists off the cellophane and eyes his catch with that vintage gleam
of noon-stripped old lowlifes, naked,
howling at their cigarette moons.
Cars and their drivers blur on by, each turning their heads as if to say
yes man, light that cigarette for all you’re worth. 
Yes, man lights it.
Draws each drag out long like a bones player shifting keys.
He exhales each time only
a whisper of thin smoke-suns that twist, convulse mid-air.
I have a moment when I think of my father and I
driving along an afternoon’s length of country road; we could’ve been both fifteen
naive
and I feel as if right here and now I’ll weep watching this old
new nomad smoke,
pulling our car breakneck along the asphalt,
filling the valleys and valleys and valleys,
hauling us through them,
here to someplace to every place,
maybe, most likely, somewhere unideal,
where infants are born dead but still live.
My father and I, our cities become flame, the skyscrapers strip the blue skies,
haul from the seas
an urgent thunderstorm now upon us all and still.
The old man smokes.
Almost at the filter now.
Watching our cars roll on by.
Looking with those eyes at each and every person as if to say
yes man, go on your way, go on your way.


IYNT Winners, Minsk, 2019

WHS students Ryan Bright and Lydia Acton were part of the winning NZ team at the 2019 International Young Naturalists’ Tournament. Lydia was the team captain, having also competed in the 2018 tournament in Tbilisi, Georgia. Ryan reported his solution to problem 7, “Burning Glass” in the final against Croatia and Switzerland. He scored the highest score in the final, which was won by NZ with 47.9 points, to Croatia’s 45.9 and Switzerland’s 45.6.

        

The team’s achievements have been widely recognised, including this tweet from the National Science advisor!


International Climbing underway

As shown here, Year 11 student, Joy Williams, is currently competing in the World Youth Climbing Championships in Italy. We look forward to hearing more about Joy’s experiences when she returns to New Zealand next week.

     

 


Sports

Underwater Hockey

HUGE congratulations go out to all our Underwater Hockey teams for their fantastic season this year.  Our Junior Open A team won bronze medals in Friday night’s CSW Premier finals, defeating Hutt Valley High School 6-2 in their playoff game. The boys were hoping for better after entering the playoffs in second place, however they suffered a shock 3-0 loss to Scots College in their semi final. The bronze medal is still a massive achievement, and the first medal won by a WHS team for as long as Murray Chisholm can remember.

This team and our Senior Girls team will contest the national championships in Wellington at WRAC from September 6th-8th.

If you are interested in Underwater Hockey or intrigued by this mysterious sport, please watch the video made by Year 9 student Sky Gobbi here: https://youtu.be/978v3IPhqV8 


1st XI Boys Hockey vs Tararua College

Last Sunday our 1st XI Boys Hockey team played Tararua College. Tararua are doing a Lower North Island tour, mainly playing schools in the Wellington region. WHS may have lost the game 3 – 0 but it was an evenly matched contest and our team benefited from the opportunity to take on Tararua College.  

Message from the Principal

Dominic Killalea’s mid-term message focuses on NCEA and the debate surrounding the future of NCEA Level 1. Please click here to read Dominic’s full message.


Important Dates

    • Friday 23—Thursday 29 August: Senior Derived Grade Exams (Y11-13) and altered timetable for Years 9-10 (see email sent home) 
    • 26 August: Board of Trustees meeting
    • 28 August: No late start for Juniors
    • 30 August: Mid-term break; school closed.
    • 2 September: Future Focus Event & Careers Expo (see below)
    • 9 September: Sexual Abuse Prevention Network presentation (see below)
    • 20 September: Learning Conversations day — students attend for their interview only
    • 23 September: Board of Trustees meeting
    • 27 September: End of Term 3

Important Information

Future Focus event and Careers Expo 

Parents, caregivers and students in Year 10-12 are invited to Wellington High School’s Future Focus event on Monday 2 September 3.45pm to 5.45pm in the Main Block and Foyer. The evening will help your student make smart course choices for 2020 and beyond. Please note that there will be no rōpū that day, and school will finish at the earlier time of 3pm to allow for setting up.  

Visit the Careers Expo — Riley Centre 11am — 4.30pm 

This year’s Expo features over 20 exhibitors, including trades, universities and tertiary providers. All Year 10—12 students will have been to the Expo during the day, and we encourage students to show their families any stalls of interest before Future Focus Evening starts. See here for a full list of exhibitors.

Visit the Learning Areas — M Block Levels 3 and 4

The event will include information about each Learning Area and a number of additional information sessions, all offered on a 15 minute rotation basis.  Most Learning Area presentations have the following format:

Each 15-minute rotation will begin with a short presentation by the Head of  Faculty about the Learning Area and the course selections available. This will be followed by some time for questions and answers. At the end of the 15 minutes, you and your student move to the next presentation.  Faculty presentations are in Main Block and your student should be able to guide you. However, student guides will be available to provide assistance. 

Level 3

  • M305 – Mathematics
  • M306 – Arts
  • M307 – Physical Education and Health
  • M308 – English
  • M309 – Languages
Level 4

  • M406 – Social Sciences
  • M407 – Science
  • M408 – Technology
  • M410 – Learning Support  available – no session
  • M409 – How NCEA works 

An electronic version of the Course Choice Booklet 2020 will be available before the end of August on the school website under the Students tab at http://www.whs.school.nz/course-choice-booklet/ .


Sexual Abuse Prevention Network presentation: Monday 9 September

In support of our Mates and Dates programme, and in response to parental enquiries, we are pleased to be able to offer the presentation “We need to talk about pornography” to all parents and caregivers. You are invited to join us for this event on Monday September 9 at 5.30pm in the Riley Centre. Please note that the presentation is for adults only.

Kate Whitaker, is a fully registered teacher and an educator at the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. Her presentation will include information on how to talk to teens about the impacts of pornography on them; healthy relationships and consent. Her talk stems from the awareness that our young people need to know that mainstream pornography is not an accurate description of what real sex looks like, or how healthy relationships work.

Please fill in the form here by Thursday 5 September if you will be attending.


Wellbeing tips for families

We like this wellbeing website – Sparklers – and we will share a resource each week that you might find useful. This week:


What’s happening?

He Kākano Activities

      

Art, science, cooking and history have all come under scrutiny in He Kākano this week. Our students have learned all about potatoes and bread in cooking classes this week. They also learned about the travel of sound in science class using cardboard boxes and tubes. When the weather improved a group took a walk to the Greek – New Zealand Friendship memorial. 

            


Knowledge beats shame 

“Will people step up now and take the time to learn, know and feel the history of the places they call home?” Author Rachel Buchanan challenged our students and staff In the Library Lunch Hour Lectures on Tuesday 20th August. Rachel discussed her connection to Taranaki – the land and mountain – and the ongoing impact of te pāhuatanga, the invasion of Parihaka. 

              


Kapa Haka perform at Hiakai

Following their spine-tingling performance in assembly, our Kapa Haka performers were again on show last weekend. This time their audience was the diners at the Hiakai Hāngi 2019. This event, part of the month-long Visa Wellington on a Plate food festival, saw Wellington celebrity chef, Monique Fiso working with an internationally acclaimed chefs team to serve up a unique hāngi.

You can see Hiakai’s images from the evening (including our Kapa Haka group) on Instagram @hiakai_nz: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1VD950J4ao/


Year 9 Passion project

Year 9 students Anna Reilly, Maddy Jobson and Charlie Paul visited Ronald McDonald house on Tuesday afternoon to donate baking goods that they made themselves. This was part of the 9Howell passion project where students were asked to plan and carry out an action where they could give back to the community.

     


From the International Department

This week we received a visit from a past international student Danilo Gobatto is from Brazil and he was a student at Wellington High School for a full year in 2009. Danilo is now a radio journalist in Brazil.  He has returned to Wellington to visit his homestay family and explore old haunts. Danilo has very strong and fond memories of his time here.  He told us that his year at Wellington High School was transformational. Teachers who might remember Danilo are Murray Chisholm, Steven Lee, Julie McDonald.

 

 

 

 


Stories from the Wild: NZ Book Council Lecture

The NZ Book Council annual lecture will take place at WHS on August 28th. Samoan author Lani Wendt Young will  deliver the lecture which will take place in the Riley Centre at 6pm. Described as a a brave and personal talk on the growth of Pasifika literature and how digital technologies are disrupting traditional publishing and offering new opportunities for both readers and writers Lani’s talk is sure to be a thought provoking and insightful.

For further details and tickets (student tickets are free) visit: http://bit.ly/NZBkCncl19

 


Achievements

Mathswell competition Year 10

Congratulations to the Year 10 Mathswell team, who competed on Wednesday night against 20 other Wellington teams and got 6th overall in the mathswell competition. Two teams of three students competed in a range of problem solving and multi choice questions. Tino rawe, to our problem solving team who got 4th in the problem solving sections. Thanks goes out to the parents who transported students there and back as well. 

 

 

 

 


48Hour film success

Wellington High School was represented by eight teams in this year’s 48Hour Film Competition. With only a weekend to complete the film it’s often a frantic race to the end. This year a group of students from Years 10 to 13 calling themselves “Bus Stop Productions” were given a genre, dialogue, characters and props to include in their film. 48 hours later, “The Talk”  was complete. Members of the crew travelled to the Grand Final in Auckland and were rewarded with best School film, beating 146 other entries. This was a fantastic effort from a very talented group of  students.

      


Sports

Netball 

HUGE congratulations go out to all our Netball teams for a fantastic season this year.  Our Senior A netball team won their division; Senior B and Junior A both came third in their divisions.  Well done to the players and coaches Pip, Joe and Michael.

      

Judo

The North Wellington Open Judo Championships were held in Palmerston North on the 10 & 11 August.  We had 3 Wellington High School students participate in the champs Sam Power, Tara Stockwell Williams and Jay Blair.

Sam got Gold in the 81kg Cadet Men, Bronzie in the Cadet Men, Gold in U90kg Junior Men and Bronze in the Open Junior Men

Jay got Bronze in the U66kg Junior Men 

Tara got Silver in the U57kg Junior Women and Bronze in the U57kg Cadet Women 

Congratulations to you all on your amazing results and achievements 

Badminton 

College Sport Wellington Badminton Open Single Championships were held on Wednesday 14 August at Badminton Hall in Hataitai.  Ben Page and Everett Teahan both competed in the champs and Ben got to Round 3 in the Championship Round and Everett made it to the Quarterfinals in the Consolation Round.  Well Done and congratulations to both boys.

From Friday 23 August – Thursday 29 August, we will be running an altered timetable for Years 9 and 10, due to the senior derived grade exams.

Please note the following:

  • There will be no 20 minute rōpū slots, and
  • No late start on Wednesday. School will start at 8.45 every day.

Classes will run as follows:

  • Period 1: 8.45 – 9.40
  • Period 2: 9.40 – 10.40
  • Interval: 10.40 – 11.00
  • Period 3: 11.00 – 12.00
  • Lunch: 12.00 – 1.00 (earlier than usual)
  • Period 4: 1.00 – 2.00
  • Period 5: 2.00 – 3.00 (note the slightly earlier finish)

The canteen will open at the adjusted times.

Note that Friday 30 August is a mid-term break and the school will be closed that day.

Senior Derived Grade Exams 2019 — Years 11-13

All students in Year 11—13 will be sitting derived grade practice examinations between Friday 23 August — Thursday 29 August 2019. Full information has been sent home, and can also be accessed via our website: http://www.whs.school.nz/newsnotices/senior-derived-grade-exams-2019/

 

Important Dates

  • Fri 23 Aug – Tertiary Open Day – Victoria University, Massey University and other local providers – students will get info today
  • Friday 23—Thursday 29 August: Senior Derived Grade Exams (Y11-13) and altered timetable for Years 9-10 
  • 26 August: Board of Trustees meeting
  • 28 August: No late start for Juniors
  • 30 August: Mid-term break; school closed.

Important Information

Senior Derived Grade Exams 2019 — Years 11-13

All students in Year 11—13 will be sitting derived grade practice examinations between Friday 23 August — Thursday 29 August 2019. Full information has been sent home, and can also be accessed via our website: http://www.whs.school.nz/newsnotices/senior-derived-grade-exams-2019/


Wellbeing tips for families

We like this wellbeing website – Sparklers – and we will share a resource each week that you might find useful. This week:


What’s happening?

Kapa Haka performance in Assembly

            

Students in Years 9-11 had the opportunity to watch our Kapa Haka team’s performance – live in assembly this morning. The team, who performed at TSB on the final day of Term 2 as part of Whakataetae Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua, Te Whanganui-a-Tara ki Otaki, were almost more nervous than they had been in the lead up to their competition performance. The group brought ihi, wehi and wana to the stage and the audience watched spellbound. Congratulations go to our Kapa Haka team, Whaea Char, Whaea Suz and Kapa Haka tutors Rangi, Baden and Shane for their dedication and achievement.

               


Feminist Club Flea Market

 

The Wellington High Feminist Club’s annual Flea Market was held last week with epic success! Raising over $500 for Wellington Rape Crisis, a range of second-hand clothes, books, baking, drinks, zines, hand-made earrings, scarves, and other miscellaneous items were sold in the foyer, complimented by live music and coffee sponsored by our neighbour down the road Coffee Supreme.   

        


Seminar on selective breeding & artificial evolution

Dr Peter Ritchie from Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Biological Sciences joined WHS students and staff  on Tuesday lunchtime for an in depth discussion on “Selective breeding and artificial evolution: How humans have become an Evolutionary Force that is changing nature”.  

The audience discovered what we understand about evolution, and how humans have altered species through selective breeding and become  the world’s most powerful evolutionary force because of industrial-scale harvesting of the natural environment. 

Thanks to Dr Ritchie and Thom Adams for organizing this challenging and thought provoking event for our staff and students.

 


Fashion project products on show

      

Students studying Fashion in Years 9 and 10 have recently been finishing off projects. Students have been focusing making and printing re-usable Kete bags, stitching, and making hoodies. Below  and above are photos of their completed work which we will continue to feature in coming weeks.

        

 


From the Garden

Splashes of late-winter colour have been appearing in the garden over the past few weeks. If these are anything to go by it is great to think that Spring is nearly here!

             


Stories from the Wild: NZ Book Council Lecture 

The NZ Book Council annual lecture will take place at WHS on August 28th. Samoan author Lani Wendt Young will  deliver the lecture which will take place in the Riley Centre at 6pm. Described as a a brave and personal talk on the growth of Pasifika literature and how digital technologies are disrupting traditional publishing and offering new opportunities for both readers and writers Lani’s talk is sure to be a thought provoking and insightful.

For further details and tickets (student tickets are free) visit: http://bit.ly/NZBkCncl19

 


Achievements

National Chinese Bridge Speech Competition

Congratulations to Year 13, Theo van Toor who won 5th prize in the national competition held in Christchurch last week. This is a phenomenal and well-deserved achievement recognising Theo’s hard work plus the support he has received from teacher Angel Lin in preparation for the competition.


WHS student work featured in Suffrage in Stitches

Following our feature in last week’s Wrap Up, we have discovered that Year 10 Jeb Dudfield has also created a panel for this national exhibition in collaboration with his brother. Jeb’s panel features family member Eliza Blakie who signed sheet 363 of the petition.

Suffrage in Stitches is open at the Wellington Museum until 31 August, after which it will be touring the country.


Sport

Fencing

CONGRATULATIONS to Josh James for his 1st place at the Central U20 Epee held in Upper Hutt on Saturday 10 August.  Well Done Josh another awesome Fencing result.

Netball

Good Luck to all our Netball teams this Saturday.  The weekend is finals weekend for all teams. We have our Senior A playing for 1st and 2nd, Senior B and Junior A both playing for 3rd & 4th. 

Sport and Cultural Photos

If you wish to order Sports and Cultural Photos, these can now be purchased at Student Services for a price of $7.00 per photo. Payment must be made when placing your order, the last day for ordering your photos will be on Thursday 29 August. 


From the Careers Desk

Term 3 is very busy for students and staff alike in terms of thinking about next steps. In the next few weeks, students in Years 10-12 will have opportunities to do activities in Rōpū and are encouraged to engage with you at home. These activities are to encourage conversations about Subject Choice for 2020. These students will also receive a “CHOOSING SCHOOL SUBJECTS ACTION PLAN” where they can record their thoughts about their interests, skills and favourite subjects. They can then look up information about required and recommended subjects for pathways/jobs that they are interested in. Later this term, students will need to submit their subject choices for 2020.

To further support students and families, for Years 11-13 there is an opportunity to visit local tertiary providers on Fri 23 Aug. WHS is running a Careers Expo on Mon 2 Sept (Future Focus event) where students will have the chance to meet and chat with a wide variety of University, Polytech, Industry Training Organisations (details in the next Weekly Wrap Up). We would encourage parents to come to the Expo at the end of the school day (3.30 – 430pm),  or during the day  before they go to the Future Focus sessions.

For Year 13 students over the next few weeks, there will also be the Expo opportunity as well as access to resources such as …

  • Where to from school? (E Book)
  • CV/cover letter templates for those intending on seeking work.
  • ALL NZ universities will visit WHS between now and late Sept
  • Apprenticeship contacts information
  • Polytech course information 
  • Gap Year ideas

Any students/families that want to have a Careers focused conversation with the Careers Adviser can set this up by contacting: CHUNI BHIKHA     chuni.bhikha@whs.school.nz

Important Dates

  • Friday 23—Thursday 29 August: Senior Derived Grade Exams (Y11-13) and altered timetable for Years 9-10 
  • 26 August: Board of Trustees meeting
  • 28 August: No late start for Juniors
  • 30 August: Mid-term break; school closed.

Important Information

Senior Derived Grade Exams 2019 — Years 11-13

All students in Year 11—13 will be sitting derived grade practice examinations between Friday 23 August — Thursday 29 August 2019. Full information has been sent home, and can also be accessed via our website: http://www.whs.school.nz/newsnotices/senior-derived-grade-exams-2019/


Wellbeing tips for families

We like this wellbeing website – Sparklers – and will share a resource each week that you might find useful. 

This week:

  • How to help tweens & teens navigate social media: They say: “Internet use can be a real concern for us parents. Here we tackle how to teach your kids to stay safe and make good choices without having to ‘go into battle’! May the force be with you!”

What’s happening?

Capital City Kāhui Ako update

On Tuesday, trustees and whānau from across the seven schools in our Kāhui Ako gathered at Newtown School. It was a great opportunity to hear more about the areas that our schools want to work on, and how we would like to connect regularly with our community through a Kaitiaki Group.

Our Community of Learning has also appointed four Across School Lead teachers, and three stepped into their roles at the start of Term 3 – You can ‘meet’ them all here – with Andrew to come on board Term 4.


Drama in Year 12

If you would like to watch monologue and duologue performances by year 12 drama students we have the event for you: Hall stage, Wednesday 14th August 4pm and 6pm, free entry. The show run time is 60 minutes. 


He Kākano students meet the NZSO

The Base One/He Kākano students attended an NZSO Relaxed Concert at Shed 6 on Wednesday. The orchestra played short pieces by Bach/Webern, Mozart and The Bizzola. The students were invited to meet some of the musicians and have a go some instruments including viola, percussion and trumpet.

              

A group of English Language students also walked down to the afternoon concert and enjoyed listening to and playing music.


Pop-up Globe’s Hamlet trip

Last Thursday, 30 students from across year levels attended a matinee performance of Hamlet, by the Auckland-based theatre company behind the Pop-Up Globe. This was an excellent and  surprisingly funny version of Shakespeare’s tragedy, with the actors breaking from the script at points to make fun of the audience and reference current events – e.g Hamlet is sent to England because no-one will notice his madness, as everyone there is as mad as he is: #Brexit!). Good on these students for taking up this opportunity.

 


TEngineering careers workshop with GHD engineers 

Wellington High School senior physics students had a chance to find out about engineering careers from on Wednesday. Two young graduates working in Wellington for international firm GHD ran a 90 minute workshop for 25 keen students. Alanna and Zoe are in their second and third years in the workforce after completing their studies at the University of Canterbury. Their presentation covered all aspects of their experiences at University and they were able to offer a wealth of practical advice. There was also a practical challenge demonstrating the type of challenges engineers face.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The International Young Naturalists’ Tournament, Minsk, 2019

WHS students Ryan Bright and Lydia Acton are off to Minsk, Belarus for the 7th IYNT from the 18th – 24th August, with the NZ National Team. The IYNT bridges gaps between natural sciences and inspires young students. It promotes the creative potential of teenagers aged under 17 who are eager to explore the world, experiment, work in teams, and gain new skills in an international setting.

The IYNT tournament problems require students to conduct interdisciplinary research across the sciences. The NZ team comprises students from WHS, Hutt Valley High School, Auckland Grammar School and Kristin School (pictured right). They will face 20 other international teams as they progress through the tournament. We wish Ryan, Lydia and the NZ Team all the best for the Tournament.

 

 


Suffrage in Stitches

Over the past year 546 makers across New Zealand have researched, designed and stitched 546 panels recognising the 546 pages and 27000 signatures on the 1893 suffrage petition. These panels, the result of an incredible project by Wellington-based St Vincent de Paul’s Vinnies Re Sew are on display in the Wellington Museum until 31 August. The link to WHS? Three staff members, veteran stitcher Ruth Jeffery and novices embroiderers Alison Jeffery and Nicola Dow, spent time over the summer creating three of the panels that form part of this exhibit of national significance.


Achievements

Hockey

CONGRATULATIONS to our Boys Hockey team who won their preliminary final on Wednesday night, with a 2 – 0 victory over Rongotai College. We now progress to the final in two weeks’ time. 

Netball

CONGRATULATIONS also goes out to our Senior A Netball team who have made it into the Final for their Division.  Their 1st -2nd playoff will be played next Saturday 

Junior Netball Tournament 

On Thursday 8 August our Junior A Netball team competed in the CSW Junior Netball Tournament held at the ASB Sports Centre.  The team had some very close and nail biting matches, but they all did a fantastic job and thoroughly enjoyed the tournamnet.  Thanks go to Miss Wood (Coach), Mr Thirkell (Manager) and Joe Sione for your wonderful coaching and support on the day.

        

Sports and Cultural Photos 

If you wish to order Sports and Cultural Photos, these can now be purchased at Student Services for a price of $7.00 per photo.  Payment must be made when placing your order, the last day for ordering your photos will be Thursday 29 August.

Winter Sports 

With Winter Sport coming to an end, Coaches and Managers will be collecting all the players’ playing uniforms at the end of their last game.  Players will need to remember to bring a change of clothes to their last game!

Important Dates

  • 5 August: Whānau Hui, 6pm (see below)
  • 6 August: Capital City Kāhui Ako information evenings for trustees and whānau (5.30pm, Newtown School)
  • Friday 23—Thursday 29 August: Senior Derived Grade Exams (Y11-13) and altered timetable for Years 9-10 
  • 26 August: Board of Trustees meeting
  • 28 August: No late start for Juniors
  • 30 August: Mid-term break; school closed.

Important Information

Senior Derived Grade Exams 2019 — Years 11-13

All students in Year 11—13 will be sitting derived grade practice examinations between Friday 23 August — Thursday 29 August 2019. Full information has been sent home, and can also be accessed via our website: http://www.whs.school.nz/newsnotices/senior-derived-grade-exams-2019/

Altered timetable for Juniors during Senior exams

From Friday 23 August – Thursday 29 August, we will be running an altered timetable for Years 9 and 10, due to the senior practice exams.

Please note the following:

  • There will be no 20 minute rōpū slots, and
  • No late start on Wednesday. School will start at 8.45 every day.

Classes will run as follows:

  • Period 1: 8.45 – 9.40
  • Period 2: 9.40 – 10.40
  • Interval: 10.40 – 11.00
  • Period 3: 11.00 – 12.00
  • Lunch: 12.00 – 1.00 (earlier than usual)
  • Period 4: 1.00 – 2.00
  • Period 5: 2.00 – 3.00 (note the slightly earlier finish)

The canteen will open at the adjusted times.

Note that Friday 30 August is a mid-term break and the school will be closed that day.


What’s happening?

Te Whānau a Taraika hui – Monday 5 August

We would like to invite everyone to our term 3 meeting for Te Whānau a Taraika.
Monday 5 August, 6pm, at Hineakau, Wellington High School.
If you would like to, please feel free to bring a plate to share.
Everyone welcome!

Agenda:
Election of Te Whānau representative for Board of Trustees
Graduate profile for Wellington High School
Kapa Haka 2019 update
Kapa Haka future/long term plan
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2019
Whānau class Year 9 2020 – proposal
Renaming ‘Tukutahi’ to ‘Herengatahi’
Any other business

For more information about Te Whānau a Taraika visit our page on the WHS website: http://www.whs.school.nz/te-whanau-a-taraika/


WHS Branding — Workshop #3

On Tuesday, Chrometoaster joined us for our third design session to start to refine possible avenues for developing our brand story. Eight options, that drew on the ideas we had previously shared, were presented and led to a lively discussion between staff, students and whānau as we weighed up graphic fonts and bright colours! The next step involves going out to our wider community for feedback. Watch this space!

      


Innovative Young Minds 

What do plastic flakes, ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, painted walls that turn on the lights when touched, an anechoic chamber and early morning exercise all have in common? These were all part of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) experiences that 40 young women enjoyed in the July Holidays in 2019 as apart of the Innovative Young Minds (IYM) Programme. Hayley Bulmer and Emma Grainger  were chosen as Wellington High Schools Representatives.

 ​IYM 2019 was a fun-filled week packed with a broad range of science and technology activities showcasing the extensive range of STEM careers and opportunities in the Hutt Valley and Wellington region. IYM is a residential programme and all students stay together at Silverstream Retreat, Upper Hutt. Each day student traveled to a variety of science and technology businesses, research institutes and tertiary education providers in the Wellington region. Hayley and Emma experienced hands-on science and tech activities and heard from a range of women mentors who have built careers and businesses in the sector. In the evenings, they listened to inspiring speakers, reflected together on the day’s experiences and got to know the other amazing young women in the group!


Festival for the Future

A dozen students from Wellington High School joined the 1200 strong Festival for the Future held last weekend at the TSB Arena. Thank you to our sponsors, parents and  organizers who donated complimentary and reduced price tickets for our students and staff. 

FFtF was an incredible platform to help our students start innovating for a sustainable, inclusive and collective future. With influential speakers and panelists from within government, councils, and the business world it was a fantastic development opportunity and the only event targeted towards our nation’s future leaders. 


Achievements

WHS student Nikita Dyer was the subject of an article in this week’s Dominion Post. As reported in last term’s Weekly Wrap-Up, Nikita, working with fellow student Euliz Samson, has secured a place in the National Secondary Schools Culinary Competition grand final. You can read the full article here.


Sport

Football

Our Girls 1st XI Football team are hosting a Futsalathon fundraiser on Saturday August 10th at the Tindill Gym from 2.00pm to 8.00pm.  If you are interested in entering a team please contact our Sports Co-ordinator on sport@whs.school.nz .  Come and help support our Girls 1st XI and have some fun at the same time.

Sports and Cultural Photos

If you wish to purchase a Sports and Cultural photo, these can be ordered at Student Services for $7.  You must pay at the same time you are ordering, closing date is Friday 30 August.

Summer Sports Term 4

Sign up sheets are now on the sports noticeboard.  If you are interested in playing any of the following sport in Term 4 please come and enter your name.

  • Futsal – Junior Boys and Girls Only 
  • Volleyball – Senior Boys and Girls
  • Volleyball – Junior Boys and Girls 
  • Tennis – Junior Boys and Girls only 
  • Tennis Lessons – Senior Boys and Girls 
  • Tennis Lessons – Junior Boys and Girls 
  • Yoga – all Year Levels 
  • Floorball – all Year Levels 

Winter Sports

Winter Sports are coming to an end shortly.  Your child will be asked to return their playing uniform to their coach or manager at the end of their last game, please make sure that they bring a change of clothes to change into.  Can all outstanding Winter Sport fees please be paid by the end of August and finally thank you for encouraging your son/daughter to be the best they can be and transporting them to and from their games and practices. We cannot do this without your amazing help


From the Careers Desk

Driver Licence update

Having your driver’s licence (especially your Restricted/Full) is a hugely valuable “qualification” to have. If your son/daughter already has a licence of some sort, they can get NCEA credits for having your driver’s licence. NZQA will award Unit Standard credits (retrospectively) for students who have gained one of their licences. To get these awarded, students need to see the Careers Adviser (Mr Chuni Bhikha in Room M410), with the following: a photocopy of BOTH sides of their licence and their actual licence to check against the photocopies.

FULL: US 29363 L1/2C, US29364 L2/4C, Unit Standard 29365 L2/2C

RESTRICTED: US 29363 L1/2C, US29364 L2/4C

LEARNERS: US29363 L1/2C

Career Planning and Decision Making Conversations with the Careers Adviser

Students or whānau can book this by checking in at chuni.bhikha@whs.school.nz or (04) 3858 911 Ext 827


WHS connections

Following last week’s item featuring former Wellington Technical College student Guy Ngan, we were delighted to hear from his daughter, Liz, and learn that Guy’s grandson is a current student. The item resulted in a flurry of correspondence detailing other WHS / Wellington Technical College alumni who are featuring in local / national events:

Film Festival alumni links

Two films in this year’s NZ Film Festival have strong links to Wellington High:

Births, Deaths & Marriages, described in the Festival programme as “a spirited debut feature (which) adds a tangy Kiwi slant to classic domestic farce”. Its cast and crew list read like an alumnae list for WHS circa 2009-2011: writer/ director Bea Joblin, producer Sophie Lloyd and actor Fran Olds are among a raft of ex-students. Here’s a link to a review: Births, Deaths & Marriages

Helen Kelly – Together, directed by Tony Sutorius. This doco follows the last year of “brilliant,funny and indefatigable” Kelly’s life. Helen is on the WHS Wall of Fame, and Tony Sutorius is a parent of Theo in Yr13. Here’s a link to a NZListener article about the film: Helen Kelly – Together

Rea Burton at Auckland’s Ivan Anthony gallery

Alumna Rea Burton’s (WHS class of 2011) exhibition ‘Personality Crisis’ is now on at Auckland’s Ivan Anthony gallery. The exhibition runs from 31 July to 24 August.

Guy Ngan

Guy has a second exhibition running until 17 Aug at Auckland’s Artspace Aotearoa concentrating more on his public artworks. A book about Guy’s work will be jointly published by the Dowse and Artspace in August.

Len Mitchell

Another former Wellington Technical College alumnus is Len Mitchell, whose family run Mitchell Studios in Khandallah and regularly show Len’s work and that of other NZ artists. They recently published Mitchell & Mitchell (Alsop, Reed & Wolfe, 2018) about the artistic legacies of both father and son.

All students in Year 11—13 will be sitting derived grade practice examinations between Friday 23 August — Thursday 29 August 2019.

Timetable and information

The timetable, student instructions, and a revision advice booklet, will be shared with students this week and are also available online. You can find them via the Student Hub, and also on the WHS website (under ‘Students’ > ‘Senior Derived Grade Exams 2019’)

Please note:

  • Students need to see Ms Spencer (M508) if they have a clash on their timetable. 
  • Students need to be at school by 8.30am in the morning, and 12.50pm in the afternoon on the days when they have exams.
  • Exams are in the Riley Centre and students meet in the foyer unless told otherwise.

Teachers will be preparing students for these examinations over the coming weeks. These examinations are an important opportunity for students to familiarise themselves with the demands of the NCEA exams. They also provide a derived (‘back-up’) grade in the event of illness/absence in the final exams at the end of the year. 

Special Assessment Conditions

If your student is being considered for Special Assessment Conditions, you will be contacted shortly by Learning Services.

Absences

If your child is unwell on the day, please contact the school as normal. Opportunities to sit exams in class the following week is at the discretion of Heads of Faculty. Note that students will not be able to claim a derived grade from the exam if they sit it at a later date.

Useful advice for revision

There is useful advice for parents about how to help your student prepare for exams in the student information folder, plus:

Important Dates

  • 29 July: Board of Trustees meeting, 6pm
  • 5 August: Whānau Hui, 6pm
  • 6 August: Capital City Kāhui Ako information evenings for Trustees and Whānau (5.30pm, Newtown School)
  • Friday 23—Thursday 29 August: Senior Derived Grade Exams
  • 26 August: Board of Trustees meeting
  • 30 August: Mid-term break; school closed.

Important Information

Online Safety Parent Toolkit

Netsafe has created the Online Safety Parent Toolkit to get parents and whānau talking about online safety.  As young people spend more time online, it’s important that parents and whānau can teach their child to have a safe online experience.

The Parent Toolkit offers practical tips and tools that will help you talk to your child about online safety. It includes:

  • Quickstarter tips for parents, whānau and young people
  • Information to enhance your digital parenting knowledge
  • Details about the online risks and challenges your child may face
  • Advice about how you can help your child

University Scholarships for Year 13 students

MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2020. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list. Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success. For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page.


Free home fire safety visits from Fire and Emergency NZ

Annually Fire and Emergency NZ attend an average of 5226 residential property fires, resulting in 262 injuries and 19 fatalities. The average house can become totally involved in fire within 5 minutes, un-survivable in as little as 3 min and reach temperatures in excess of 1200 degrees Celsius (4 times hotter than the average oven).

Wellington’s Fire Service is offering Free Home Fire Safety visits with families of school age. Officers are aiming to educate families on home fire safety, smoke alarms and safe meeting places. If you are interested, contact your local fire station or email FENZwellington@fireandemergency.nz

 

 

 


What’s happening?

Welcome to our new International Students

Wellington High has welcomed a wonderful new group of 33 international students. The students have come to us from 11 countries, will be studying in years 9 to 13. While some will just be here for a term, others may be here for their whole high school education! 

              

It is always a very exciting time to finally meet students who we have been communicating with for sometimes up to two years prior to arrival.  For these new students, meeting their homestay family and arrival at school are big moments. They have now set off on their life changing journeys.

 

 

The first week for these students began with a two day orientation programme including subject selection.    This is an amazing group of young people and we know that they are going to bring new colour and outlooks to Wellington High.  We will all enjoy the similarities and embrace the differences as we learn about each other together.

 

 

 

 

 


Blank Canvas – now open

Stop Press: Blank Canvas is open! Over 90 exhibitors have contributed work to this year’s exhibition, hosted in the Gallery. Thanks to all who have contributed.

     

It’s not too late to visit: Blank Canvas will be open tomorrow Saturday 27 July from 12-4pm.


Spanish Exchange

In 2018, a group of WHS students, went to Argentina as part of a the sister school agreement with Escuela Parque de España in Rosario. Hosted by the Argentinian school for ten days they then travelled to the Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires. It was an amazing experience which, not only enabled students to improve their Spanish language skills, but also gave them a taste of a different culture, helping prepare them to be better citizens of the world.

In June, the Argentinian group visited us! Sixteen students visited WHS for two weeks. They were introduced to our culture with a pōwhiri in Taraika, participated in classes, visited Te Papa and took part in a wealth of activities. Thanks to the following students and their families for hosting our visitors and making the exchange possible: Thomas Woodward, Ash Dearnley, Flynn Cunningham-Beentjes , Georgia Savage, Charlotte Hofmann-Body, Aquila Gibbs, Stanley Thomas, Sophia Stephens, Ruby Arahanga, Seb Boyes, Jonah Broughton,  Alice Markwell, Cherian Baxter, Arlo Haig and Carlos Gamble.

We are now preparing to visit Argentina again next year. If you would like to know more about the 2020 Exchange please contact carlos.junca@whs.school.nz 


Notes from the Music Department

The WHS Vocal Ensemble is looking for new members! If you like to sing, this could be the opportunity for you! Practices take place every Thursday lunchtime and this term we are beginning rehearsals for the Music Evening in September.


Pukeahu Game Dev Girls – make games & learn code!

Pukeahu Game Dev Girls is an after school programme starting Monday 29 July for those aged 11-15 who are curious about coding and making video games. WHS students have been awarded scholarships to learn how to create multi-level video games, inspired by the wāhine of Pukeahu and Aotearoa. 

With the help of expert game developers from Gamefroot and the Pukeahu education team, our students will create their own game to launch and share with the world by the end of this eight week programme. A few fee paying spaces are still available for girls to join contact dan@gamefroot.com to register. For more details see: https://mch.govt.nz/pukeahu-game-dev-girls-make-games-learn-code.


WHS alumni exhibitions at Te Papa and The Dowse Art Museum

Two former WHS students currently have exhibitions in local galleries. Gordon Walters: New Vision exhibition is hosted in Te Papa’s Toi Art gallery until 13 October. Meanwhile, at the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, Guy Ngan’s Habitation exhibition is open until 15 September.


Achievements

NZ Physics team success in Poland

Congratulations to the NZ Physics Team, captained by WHS year 13 student Sophie Mance (in the centre of the photo with team mascot Kahoot). NZ competed among 36 countries at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament in Warsaw, Poland, taking 8th place and thereby returning with silver medals.


Year 9 poetry published

Congratulations to Frances Till in Year 9. Frances’ poetry has been published in the latest edition of ToiToi, a journal for Young Writers and Artists.

 

 


Chess team takes bronze

The WHS chess team participated in the regional chess qualifier at Tawa College at the end of june. Lea Rosenbaumova, William Ackroyd, Sarah Bennett and Sky Gobi took on teams from six schools, completing six rounds of Chess in one day!

At lunchtime, following victories over Samuel Marsden, Rongotai and Scots, WHS were in third place. After a 5th round loss to St Pat’s, our team was in contention for third place. In a nail-biting final round, WHS beat Tawa College by the narrowest of margins (half a point) to secure the bronze medal. Special mention to Lea Rosenbaumova who, on the number one ranked table, did not lose a game.

         


48 Hour Film Regional Winners

Congratulations to Finn Culver, Grace Medlicott, Tristan Harris, Roman Barlow, Emily Rosemergy, Alex Buyck, William Pride, Ian Blackburn, Zoe Crane, Liv Calder, aka “Bus Stop Productions’, who topped the bill, winning the regional round of the 48 Hour Film competition. Their film, kept a closely guarded secret, will now be entered into the grand finals in Auckland next month.

 


Tuia 250

Congratulations to Year 11, James McKay who has been accepted for the Tuia 250 T6 Spirit of Adventure trip and will be sailing from Tauranga to Picton leg of the voyage in November.


Sport

Fencing 

Congratulations to Josh James who was selected to represent NZ in Sydney during the holidays. Josh won the individual bronze medal for epee and was the highest placed New Zealander in his event. He is pictured below with the other medal winners. 

Futsal

Congratulations to Seth Mitchell-Webster, Futsal goalkeeper representing Wellington at the recent Futsal National Championships.  Wellington won the tournament and Seth took the Golden Glove as best goalkeeper.

Judo

Congratulations to Sam Power who won a bronze medal in the open boys category at the National Secondary Schools’ Judo competition in the recent holidays.