Important Dates

4 April Learning Conversations
5 April Otago University Maths Competition
13 April Last Day of Term 1
1 May First day of Term 2
3 May Junior Parent Teacher Interviews
8 May Senior Parent Teacher Interviews

Learning Conversations – Tuesday 4 April

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All students are to be involved in Learning Conversations on Tuesday 4 April with booking times between 8.30am and 4.30pm. Each learning conversation takes approximately 20 minutes. Please make the effort to support this event.

The Learning Conversation takes place between the student, the rōpū teacher and parent(s) / caregiver(s). Students will only be at school on Tuesday 4 April for the learning conversation.

The first learning conversation is an opportunity for students, with the help of their parent/caregiver and teacher, to think about and make judgements about their learning. The teacher will facilitate discussion and reflection about progress so far with the goal being for the student to set a maximum of three goals to achieve through the year.

Bookings are made by choosing the student’s year level and then their rōpū teacher’s name.

Please note that we are only able to run one learning conversation per student.


To our two Dragon Boat teams, who competed at the recent regatta.

Staff team winning their final.

WHS Student Team

The staff team came away with a long-coveted gold medal!  The student team did really well with third place in the B final.  They had only four seasoned paddlers on the boat, so this was a huge result for them.


Also, congratulations to WHS Physics Team who competed in the Wellington regional physics tournament on March 11th. The final scores for the regionals put WHS teams in second and third – so we have silver and bronze medals to show off.



Second Whanganui River Trip

Prepped, packed and ready to leave, the students found they couldn’t open the boot of the van.  Nigel and Sil arrived with WD40 to the rescue and we were away to Taumarunui.

Chloe, our French guide, gave paddling tips before launching us down the river. The first day was a 37km slog through low water but high spirits; singing broke the tranquility.

Day 2 started with a head wind, continued with a head wind and ended heading into the wind. “Be the wind” I heard one of the students mutter. Anytime anybody paused in their paddling their boat was turned sideways and coasted to the side. We arrived at Tieke Marae only an hour later than expected, tired and ready for dinner.

The river rose overnight making our last day a breeze. The students were fantastic showing tenacity and camaraderie.

Play by Play Careers Evening

Play by Play, New Zealand’s premier international games festival, is putting on a free careers information night for high school students potentially considering (or just interested in) an exciting career in the games industry. Industry professionals with a wide range of experience will talk to students about how certain roles work, how they got into the industry and their own journey so far. There will also be time for a Q&A session at the end of the information segment, and parents are encouraged to attend with students to learn about the width and breadth of what game development can offer as a career!