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.

WELCOME TO NEW DEPUTY PRINCIPAL

 Karen Spencer has joined WHS as the new Deputy Principal, a vacancy created with Dominic Killalea’s appointment as Principal.
Originally from Yorkshire, UK, Karen has 23+ years in education, working in schools both in England and here in Aotearoa—New Zealand.  She has a background in English/Drama and brings a passion for inclusive, student-led curriculum design.
In recent years, Karen has also worked in educational organisations leading professional learning for schools and national programmes focused on digital technologies and online safety.
She has two children at primary school, enjoys scuba diving off the South Coast and is a keen runner around the Wellington hills.
Welcome to the WHS whanau, Karen.

CONGRATULATIONS

Manawatu Jazz Combo Competition

Two WHS Jazz bands went to the Queen’s Birthday weekend competition and won 8 out of the 11 available awards.
These awards were:
Best combo/band
Best drummer – Harper Wilson
Best bass player – Davin Ojala
Best Guitarist – Ashton Cane
Best Pianist – Christo Matheson
Best Flute player – Keeson Perkins-Treacher
Best overall musician – Ashton Cane
Best Singer – Grace Slaughter
You can watch and listen to some of their performance in the following two videos

NZ Physics Team
The team worked hard over the long weekend, presenting solutions to physics problems and getting robust feedback from a panel of teachers.
At the end of the 3rd day, the team elected their captain.  Standing out amongst students from Auckland Grammar, Hamilton Boys’ and Onslow College, was WHS student Otis Rea who, probably because of his unending patience and calm yet persistently encouraging manner,  was elected as Captain.
Congratulations, Otis!

STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY

Diving Representative

Wellington High School students are representing diving on the world stage.

Liberty McIntyre-Reet is heading off to Singapore soon, representing NZ in an International diving competition.  Liberty and her Mum have been working hard on fundraising for this trip. They have set up a give a little page as the deadline is approaching fast.

Show your support either by giving a little or sharing this link!  SUPPORT LIBERTY DIVE IN SINGAPORE

Anton Down-Jenkins (Year 13) has been diving for seven years.  He is off to Budapest, Hungary in July as one of four New Zealand divers at the world championships. He’ll face a field of 45-50 of the world’s best in the men’s 3m springboard.  Watch Anton diving here.

 

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe

WHS Year 9 student Tiana Krafft-Soffe is dancing in the upcoming production of Iolanthe.  It is directed by John Goddard and tours the lower North Island in June and July, fully staged.

Tiana is part of a cast of 32 singers and dancers with a 24 piece orchestra conducted by Hugh McMillan and choreographed by Lia Purcell.  Tickets are on sale here.

 

WHS Student aims at America’s Cup

Former WHS student, Josh Junior,  has signed with Team New Zealand for the 35th America’s Cup.  An accomplished sailor in Laser class, he and fellow sailor Andy Maloney have recently completed a trial with Team NZ and have been signed on as a result.   You can read more here.

Congratulations, Josh!

 

SLAM POETRY

Recently the WHS Library hosted two renowned Slam Poets, Carrie Rudzinski and Olivia Hall.

They presented part of their “How We Survive” show, a feminist spoken word performance which presents a powerful and honest narrative on what is to be a woman living and surviving in 2017.

Their performance addressed topics ranging from rape culture to body image to Hermione as a feminist role model. The lunchtime event was well-attended and students could then go onto a workshop with the two poets.  One of their poems can be found at this link:

Hermione Granger and The Patriarchy Take Down