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.

ANNUAL WHS FOOD DRIVE

 

 

SCIENCE NEWS

Antarctica – from Geology to Human History

Our Year 10 science enrichment students recently took the opportunity to embark on a virtual field trip of Antartica to explore the coldest, driest, windiest continent on earth.

The students participated inthe first MOOC (massive open online course) offered by universities in New Zealand.

Through lectures filmed on location on Ross Island and in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, the students explored 500 million years of geological history and 250 years of geographic history and scientific endeavour.

Students self-managed their online study and we congratulate those who finished the course.

Scientist Conference
Four Wellington High Students were selected from over 500 to represent our school at the New Zealand Association of Scientists Conference at the Royal Society on the 20th of June 2017.
They were addressed by Government Ministers, world class researchers, leading scientists and a talented artist who helped create the Antarctica MOOC. They examined the Big Global Challenges facing Aotearoa, New Zealand and the world and how science is at the center of teh fight to help solve them. The students gained free access to the scientific experts and dedicated listening time in the question and answer sessions. Our Science Student Representatives included: Jack Futter, Hazel Broadley, Henry Williams and Grace Slaughter.

This year was especially appropriate given the theme was Science beyond what we think of as a “normal” science career – something that is becoming increasingly important as alt facts, alternate realities and contesting ideas become the norm.

The conference presented stories about science and scientists beyond the Universities and CRIs. It asked Where does all that science knowledge go that we learn about at University, teach ourselves and absorb from the media? It included: Central Government, Regional Councils, Small and Large Consultants, Primary and Creative Industries, Teachers, Students and “anyone who’s ever had a science-thought – and more”
It was live streamed and on-line and you can watch it HERE

SMOKEFREE ROCKQUEST

The Wellington Heats of Smokefreerockquest were held at Notre Dame PAC, Sacred Heart College, on Saturday 17 June. WHS had a great showing again!

Congratulations to Rahel Mueller who got 1st place in the Solo Duo Category.

Thirteen bands from around Wellington and the Hutt Valley have been selected to go on to the Wellington final of the Smokefree Rockquest.  WHS band Retriever is one of those bands.  They are a Funk-Rock trio with Ashton Cane on guitar and vocals, Harper Wilson on drums and vocals and Davin Ojala on bass.

Finals are to be held tonight,  Friday 23 June at the Wellington Opera House.

SPORTS NEWS

Congratulations

At the CSW Individual Swim Champs, WHS student Orlando Cristobal-Mandel came first in the U14 Boys 100m Short Course Breaststroke with a time of 1.10.99.  He was also first in the U14 Boys 50m Short Course Breaststroke with a time of 32.63.  Congratulations, Orlando.

Congratulations to our WHS 1 Table Tennis team, who won their division at the local competition and to the WHS 2 team for being Runners Up in their division.  Well done to all!

From the WHS Sport Facebook Page

WHS Junior Boys Badminton Singles match against Rongotai – Badminton Video #1

WHS Junior Boys Badminton team plays Rongotai 1. A great game and a great WHS win – Badminton Video #2

SHADOWTECH

Weltec and NZ Tech offered a ShadowTech Day to five female High students on the 22nd June 2017.

The fortunate five who attended this hands-on, minds-on tech day were: Tess Burgoyne, Nina Anderson, Lydia Acton, Tessa Hogan and Rosa Donovan-Roelants.

The purpose of ShadowTech day was to give our students experience in real tech working environments. ShadowTech helped them to meet women working in a variety of roles within the technology sector, so that they might better consider this sector as a future career option.  The Technology sector will require more and more people in future, and there is already a shortage in some areas, and there are high paying options within the sector that our students need to be better aware of.

Weltec and NZ Tech arranged a large number of exciting companies and inspirational women technologists who volunteered their time on the day to help mentor and guide our students. They were matched one-on-one with mentors and traveled with them for the day to workplaces, studios startup tech companies, and innovation incubators. Students were inspired by young women guest speakers including recent  IT graduates employed in the IT sector.

This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to have an inside look into this rapid growth industry.  The feedback from students and the mentors they shadowed for the day, was extremely positive.