Category Archives: Weekly Wrap Up

IMPORTANT DATES

25 – 31 August
Senior Exams – Senior Exams Timetable 2017_updated

1 September
Mid-term Break

4 September
Future Focus Evening

4 – 8 September 
Winter Tournament Week

8 September  
Initial 2018 Course Choices for Year 11 – 13 due

20 September 
Learning Conversations 2

 IMPORTANT DATES

7 August 
Blank Canvas Exhibition
25 – 31 August
Senior Exams – 2017 Senior Exams Timetable Here
1 September
Mid-term Break
4 September
Future Focus Evening
4 – 8 September 
Winter Tournament Week
20 September 
Learning Conversations 2

SCHOLARSHIPS DATABASE

Wellington High School students can access this database for FREE, but only from a WHS IP address ie they must use it at WHS. http://generosity.org.nz/giv-me/

More than 4,000 opportunities for scholarships included on this database.

POLITICAL PANEL

Year 13 student, Kate Mills-Workman organised a panel of five local political candidates to address interested staff and students at lunchtime in the library.The parties represented were, in no particular order:

Labour, National, United Future, Greens & The Opportunity Party.

It is evident that political apathy is not a problem at Wellington High as the library was overflowing.

The candidates addressed questions from the audience that included their policy on Mental Health services.  Thanks go to Kate for a wonderfully organised event, to the candidates for their time and to the library staff for hosting the event.

 

 

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Principal, Dominic Killalea, will be doing regular messages to families on our new website page “Principal’s Message”.

You can read his first message here.

 

 

It felt a little like Christmas last Friday when I drove into work to see the shrink wrap had been taken off our music and drama block revealing … our music and drama block, but with a beautiful new (and hopefully watertight) exterior. This building and the adjacent library have been a part of some leaky buildings remediation work that has presented challenges to us all. This has also revealed to us that we will need to do some similar work on our centrepiece hall in the very near future but it is nice to know that we will start term 3 free from the challenges of the previous two terms.

This has been my first term as Principal and I have really enjoyed a busy, sometimes hectic but ultimately satisfying 10 weeks. Term 2 started with about a third of our students becoming engaged in a wide range of winter sports. I would love to see more students involved in sport in general but I have had the pleasure of watching some highly engaging and competitive sport so far. It’s exciting to see that around 120 students are engaged in badminton which must be our fastest growing sport, and I must mention our senior A netballers in particular who play heart stoppingly close games each week, wonderfully coached by Kendra Blackburn and Tash Wilson, two of our many volunteer coaches who we depend on so much.

Term 2 also started with the Shakespeare Society’s popular version of Romeo and Juliet which was a credit to the ongoing leadership and skills of our many students involved in this student led society. It is wonderful to see the number of past society members who also still engage by attending the annual production. This society is one of the jewels of the school.

Term 2 has also seen feeder school visits and our annual open evening as we make preparations for 2018. We enjoy promoting ourselves to our community and beyond. Enrolments for year 9 close on 31 July 2017 so please encourage anyone intending on enrolling, to get their paperwork in promptly.

We also started the term with trips returning from Japan, Nepal and China and we have just farewelled students heading to Europe and Samoa. These trips are fantastic learning opportunities for all involved.

The final week of term has been an interesting reflection of the many, varied opportunities that we offer our students. Firstly, a group of our science students flew to China to compete in a Young Naturalists competition where they were required to solve challenging science problems. They qualified for the final against Switzerland and China and in a very close competition emerged as world champions! Congratulations to Zuni, Tristan, Anna, Sai, Luke and Ethan and to their endlessly devoted teacher, Murray Chisholm. At the same time Otis Rea, one of our brilliant year 13 Physicists is currently captaining the New Zealand Young Physicists team as they compete internationally in Singapore.

Tuesday this week showcased our musicians with music evening. This event is always a highlight of the year for the eclectic mix of musical styles on display. A parent said to me that this was the best music evening he’d been to in eight years and it was hard to disagree but to me that is like trying to name my favourite Beatles song. There have been so many good ones and this continued the high standard of performance. I particularly enjoyed listening to our two wonderful violinists Cassandra Bahr and Lauren Jack, both in year 13, and I try to imagine life at Wellington High music evenings without them – it will never be the same. Other particular highlights for me were Jarad Brown’s beatbox, a smooth version of Johnny B Goode by some of our year 11s, and of course our recent Rockquest participants, year 12 band Retriever. In a way, it doesn’t feel right to single out a few acts because the overall standard was quite outstanding and another reflection of the fine work being done in our music programmes. There was also a nice surprise before the music evening with an exhibition of year 10 Art in the foyer. The quality of the work on display was again outstanding.

Finally, this week also saw our kapahaka group perform at the regional kapahaka championships in Otaki. The students involved have put in an immense amount of work spending long weekends in practice. Their performance on Wednesday was probably my favourite moment of the term. They made the many parents, supporters, tutors and teachers there very proud to be associated with them and the way they have conducted themselves and performed.

Learning profiles were posted on the portal last week and this is an opportunity for you to have a conversation with your student about how their learning is tracking at this mid-point of the year. Please take some time to check out the appropriate links to assessment, attendance and reports to get an idea of how your student is progressing.Don’t forget to book in your parent-teacher interview for early next term.

Finally, our kaumatua Ben Tangaere has announced that he will retire on Friday 7 July. This will reach you on his last day in teaching. Ben has been a teacher for 40 years starting at Mangere College in 1977 and arriving at High in 1997. Ben’s tribal affiliations are Ngati Porou and Ngati Kahungunu and Ben has been devoted to kaupapa maori education his whole career. Ben was our Head of Maori language for many years and he has also taught in the Social Sciences faculty. He oversaw the establishment of kapahaka at Wellington High School and at a regional level and he was involved in basketball and volleyball coaching earlier in his career. Ben’s warmth and care for all students has made a profound contribution to the atmosphere at Wellington High School. We wish him well in his retirement and he will be greatly missed.

I hope you are able to spend some good time with your teenager over the coming break and we look forward to seeing you again in term 3.

Nga mihi nui.

Dominic Killalea

IMPORTANT DATES

7 July Last day of Term 2
24 July First day of Term 3
26 July Senior Parent Teacher Interviews
31 July Junior Parent Teacher Interviews
7 August Blank Canvas Exhibition
25 – 31 August Senior Exams
1 September Mid-term Break
4 September Future Focus Evening

EVAS WISH

“If you found out you had a terminal illness, what would your dying wish be? For many, the bucket list might include visiting those places you’ve always dreamed of, meeting your idols or just cramming as much fun as possible into the time you had left.

Eva McGauley, however, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2015, has just one, quite different wish – to create a safer world for the loved ones she will leave behind.”  (from Stuff.co.nz.  Read the article HERE.

Eva has launched her website (www.evaswish.com) and has gained international attention for her incredible work.  Once you’ve had a look at why we need this service, met the team of young people changing the world, and followed Eva’s Blog, you’ll want to know how to contribute.

Donate to EvasWish at http://www.evaswish.com/donate.html and pre-order some merchandise at http://www.evaswish.com/merchandise.html

 

IMPORTANT DATES

26 – 29 June Year 13 Play
30 June International Student’s Dinner
7 July Junior Reports Online
7 July Last day of Term 2
24 July First day of Term 3
26 July Senior Parent Teacher Interviews
31 July Junior Parent Teacher Interviews
7 August Blank Canvas Exhibition
25 – 31 August Senior Exams
1 September Mid-term Break
4 September Future Focus Evening

HEALTH NURSE

We are trialling a free health nurse service at WHS, each Thursday, (held in the Guidance suite).

Students can attend the drop-in clinic at lunchtime on Thursdays or book an appointment by filling in the form in the guidance waiting room.

IMPORTANT DATES

19 June Board of Trustees Meeting
26 – 29 June Year 13 Play
30 June International Student’s Dinner
7 July Junior Reports Online
7 July Last day of Term 2
24 July First day of Term 3
26 July Senior Parent Teacher Interviews
31 July Junior Parent Teacher Interviews
7 August Blank Canvas Exhibition
25 – 31 August Senior Exams
1 September Mid-term Break
4 September Future Focus Evening

OPEN EVENING

Sai August demonstrating his experiments with fluorescent tonic water at Open Evening.

Open Evening was a success with hundreds of potential WHS families coming through the school.  If you know of someone who missed it, they can have a tour with our Enrolment Officer, Jude.   Bookings can be made by emailing jude.aspinall@whs.school.nz.  Enrolment forms and dates can be found HERE

 

IMPORTANT DATES

12 June Open Evening
19 June Board of Trustees Meeting
26 – 29 June Year 13 Play
30 June International Student’s Dinner
7 July Last day of Term 2
24 July First day of Term 3
26 July Senior Parent Teacher Interviews
31 July Junior Parent Teacher Interviews
7 August Blank Canvas Exhibition

TIMETABLE CHANGE

There will be no Rōpū on Monday 12 June 2017  and will see a slight change to the end of the day as a result.
Monday’s timetable will be:
  • Period 1-2: Normal time
  • Period 3: 11am-12
  • Lunch: 12 – 1pm
  • Period 4: 1pm – 2pm
  • Period 5: 2pm – 3pm.
 Buses will run as normal.

Important Dates

5 June Queen’s Birthday – SCHOOL CLOSED
12 June Open Evening
19 June Board of Trustees Meeting
26 – 29 June Year 13 Play
30 June International Student’s Dinner
7 July Last day of Term 2
24 July First day of Term 3
26 July Senior Parent Teacher Interviews
31 July Junior Parent Teacher Interviews
7 August Blank Canvas Exhibition

Congratulations

WHS teacher, Anna Reeve, received a Certificate of Excellence at the recent Victory University Graduation ceremony.  The certificate acknowledges professional commitment and achievement of excellent performative in initial teacher education programme.  Congratulations, Anna!

Entertainment Books

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WHS Entertainment Book – BUY HERE

Assessment Extensions

Assessments are starting to come due for lots of students and we are starting to get questions about extensions.

If you will miss an assessment due to illness, family trauma or a school sporting/cultural activity you will need to apply for an extension. The extension form is at:

Teacher Only Day

On Friday 2 June there is a teacher-only day which means there will be no classes for Wellington High School students.  Students are expected to work on their learning at home.

Monday 5 June is Queen’s Birthday which makes it a four-day weekend for students.

The teacher only day is a Wellington wide day of professional development for schools who are part of Wellington Loop Trust. The trust supports schools to build teacher capability, enhance outcomes for student and to provide responsive, future-focused learning for the digital age.

We look forward to using these new skills in the classroom and thank you for your support.

Important Dates

23 May Contributing Schools Visit – no late start, early finish
30 May Contributing Schools Visit – no late start, early finish
31 May & 1 June Year 12 Play
2 June Teacher Only Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
5 June Queen’s Birthday – SCHOOL CLOSED
12 June Open Evening
 19 June Board of Trustees Meeting
26 – 29 June Year 13 Play
29 June International Student’s Dinner
7 July Last day of Term 2

Thank You

Wellington High School has received a grant of $4500 from the WF Anderson Educational Foundation. This money will be used to assist students in financial need. We are deeply appreciative of the Foundation’s support.