We are rapidly heading to the end of the year for our Senior Students and there are lots of things happening around the school.

Music Evening for Term 4 showcased the diverse musical talent of our students.  Some of the photos from the night can be found here.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for important dates:

Whakanuia – Recognising and celebrating our top performing Maori students at the school at Junior and Senior level.

Thursday 29 October, 6pm, in Taraika.

Senior Prizegiving 

Monday 2 November, 6pm, in the Riley Centre

Last Day for Seniors – Friday 30 October 2015.

There are leaver’s assemblies on this day for each of the senior year groups.Students will be dismissed after their leavers’ assembly.

Junior Prizegiving and Last Day for 2015 – Thursday 10 December.  School finishes at lunchtime.

Pride Award Winner

12095186_622699287861756_6127610838789371980_oJosie Sharman,  who is in Year 11, was recently the recipient of the Senior Community First Award at the 2015 Datacom Pride Awards ceremony.

Since completing a Photography Course, Josie has been anxious to share her passion and skill by actively helping other young people explore their own interests and legitimise their passions by sharing her photos of them performing. Josie has supported 90% of the Zeal organisation’s event
s, run and performed by young people, helping with set up and pack down after shows.

She has tutored six refugee-background young people in photography, as a way to include and integrate them into a mainstream service provider with other young people in a safe, caring environment. She has taken part in street-based youth work, to reconnect at-risk youth to their own community, and develop a positive relationship with these teens. Gaining substantial confidence in herself and her abilities, Josie fervently works to engage with other young people to journey with them to the same place.

Congratulations, Josie.  A well-deserved recognition of your work.

Inline Hockey Success


image002Year 10 stimage006udents Kathleen Rose and Brynn Wilde spent 8 days at Inline Hockey National Championships over the holidays and came back with a haul of prizes.

Both received came back with two silvers  for the Under 14 Team.  Kathleen also got silver in Junior Women, Most Valuable Goalie for Junior Women and bronze for U19.

Well done to them both!

WHS Students and NZ Opera

Wellington High Year 9’s Nathan Dew  and Ollie Markwell were chosen to be part of the 12-strong boys’ chorus for the NZ Opera production of Tosca earlier in October.DSCF3169

The production drew huge public acclaim, with sell-out shows and a stellar cast featuring kiwi super-stars; Wagnerian tenor Simon O’Neill and charismatic baritone Phillip Rhodes as well as the thrilling Irish soprano Orla Boylan.

They did a brilliant job, singing powerfully and accurately, in Italian, whilst running all over the stage!

Lest We Forget

At the end of 2014 teachers Paul MacDougall and Michael Harcourt hatched a plan to do a joint learning exercise between Technology and Social Sciences to create an ANZAC memorial.
The Year 10 Social Science classes did research and design concepts whilst the Year 10 DTW class would learn the processes and machinery that would be used to build a sculpture.  The common theme that kept appearing was poppies so with some tweaking of Social Sciences design concepts  the DTW class was able to build the sculpture.
And now the concrete is dry, the poppies are swaying gently in the breeze and it looks great.
We are not putting a photograph here as we would like our community to visit the school to see the sculpture.
Thanks go to Henry Hollis and Hannah Paton-Smith for encouraging their classes to take part.   Michael Harcourt for spearheading the concept.  Nigel Hanton and Marietjie Van Schalkwyk for giving their full support to our ambitious project.  Thanks also to the grounds staff for getting them in the ground and Sil Graham for his technical know how and digging stamina.

Football World Cup Update

unnamedWHS student, Owen Parker-Price who is playing for the NZ U17 Team at the Football World Cup in Chile.  They have got through to the knockout stage after a stunning 2-1 win over Paraguay.
They face Brazil on Thursday 29 October at 9.00 a.m (NZ time).
We’ll keep you updated!