PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

The end of Term 3 message from Dominic Killalea is now online. Read it here.

IMPORTANT DATES

Friday 29 September
Last day of term 3

Monday 16 October
First day of term 4

Monday 30 October
Board of Trustees meeting

Tuesday 31 October
Sports prizegiving

Thursday 2 November
Whakanuia Friday

3 November
Last day for year 11-13 students

Monday 6 November
Senior Prizegiving

NEW SCHOOL GATEWAY

Junior technology students under the guidance of Paul MacDougall have created a stunning new gateway to WHS.

 

SPORTS NEWS

Ultimate

Rory Coxill-Bogacki, Year 13 is currently in Sydney competing in the Trans-Tasman Ultimate Frisbee Tournament.  He is representing NZ in an under 20s team.  This competition is also part of the selection for the world championships which are in Canada next year.

Winter Sports 

Winter sports have now concluded and we have had some great results.  Senior Boys Basketball were runner-up in their grade, our Senior Girls Basketball team made the top four playoffs and our Junior A Boys Basketball team won their grade, Junior Girls Badminton won the Regional Division 3, Senior Boys 5 and Senior Girls 3 made the Regional Finals.

Winter Tournament

Winter Tournament week was held from 4-8 September.  Our Senior Boys Football competed in the Trident Tournament in Hamilton and Girls Football were here in Wellington competing in the Grant Jarvis tournament.  Both teams had a lot of fun and enjoyed the tournament vibe.  Thanks must go to the coaches and parent helpers who gave up their time to travel and help out.

Staff vs Students

The 2017 Staff vs Students sport concluded this week.  Over the last few weeks, games included Netball (staff win 24-17) Basketball (staff 44-33), Football (draw) and this week, we had Volleyball (students won 3 – 0).  These games are always competitively played by both the staff and students.  It’s always a great atmosphere.

Summer Sport

Summer Sports will be starting up in Term 4 with Tennis, Touch Rugby, Cricket, Volleyball and Futsal.  These sports for Term 4 with be Juniors Only.

Fees

Sport Fees need to be paid as soon as possible if you haven’t paid them already. If you are unsure if you have any outstanding fees please contact our Sports Co-ordinator on sport@whs.school.nz or check on the portal.

TSNZ Challenge

Target Shooting NZ has approximately 900 school pupils taking part in their annual competitions, all gaining valuable practical knowledge of firearms safety and handling, apart from experiencing the thrill of target shooting as a sport. 
The TSNZ Challenge Secondary School competition provides many of our next generation of target shooters.  WHS had students competing.  Their results are:
Carter Lemmon, Aidan Lynch, and Connor Campbell Came 4th in the Boys grade (32 teams).

Lilith Wagner, Everett Teahan, and Hari Canovas Came 15th in the mixed Grade (23 teams).

Individual scores can be found at tsnz.nz 

ROBOCUP

The groups had a fruitful yet frustrating time, learning a lot about what is required to be involved in the Robocup. It’s been a good experience for everyone.
Team Ellana – (John Shea and Samson Bodkin) were chosen as one of the teams that had a good code writing by an external judge.
Team Toby – (Tess Burgoyne, Nina Anderson, Daniel Loader and Seb Boyes) had some programming issues during the competition.
The students’ independence and collaboration with other groups during the workshop program on Friday was wonderful to see. So overall it’s been a tremendous success.

FASHION

We are celebrating Eloise Daysh in Year 13 fashion. Her WOW work is on show in the windows of Te Papa for this week and next.
 
Go check it out for real but also make sure you like it on Instagram (https://instagram.com/p/BZNGLCeHlLa/) and Te Papa Blog (http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2017/09/18/students-give-our-shop-windows-the-wow-factor/)

HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

This term, Year 10 English classes made short films for the inaugural ‘Horror Film Festival’. We were impressed with the results: vampires, fake blood and vengeful ghosts aplenty.

One film from each class went through to the final screening, which was judged by Deputy Principal and horror film connoisseur Karen Spencer. Aside from glory, these films were competing for a paid entry into ‘Bloodfest’ – the Australasian Horror Film competition.
The winning film was ‘Exspiravit’ directed by Finn Culver – Starring Nova Waretini-Hewison, Ella McGovern, Bianca Coulter, Eden Kettles and Brooke Giblin.
Expiravit – watch below