IMPORTANT DATES  

Tuesday 6 February: Waitangi Day — public holiday
Wednesday 7 – Thursday 8 February:
School photos
Thursday 8 February: Year 9 ‘Meet the Teachers’ evening, 6—7.30pm
Monday 12 February: BoT Meeting
Friday 23 February: Athletics Day

Welcome to 2018

On behalf of the Board of Trustees at Wellington High School we welcome new students and families to our school as well as welcoming back our current school families.

Congratulations to all students who sat NCEA exams at the end of last year. The Board are currently analysing the results from these exams to inform our decision making for the year. We encourage all parents and students to realise the importance that attending school has on learning.  Attendance is vital for good grades and encouragement from home to come to school each day is a vital part of supporting all our young persons’ learning.

This year has already started in a busy way with the school preparing to host the Education Review Office (ERO) in our school, arriving on Monday 26th  February. We look forward to the feedback that the ERO team can provide us.

The Board are working with the Senior Leadership team to review our Strategic and Annual plans. We invite parents to have a say in this as well and as such please respond to the survey that is included in this Weekly Wrap-Up below.

We continue to have some much needed construction work done in the school, in particular, in the school hall. A new fire alarm system upgrade will occur this term as well.

Finally, we encourage all new families to join our Te Whānau a Taraika. You are all welcome to attend the next hui which will be held in Taraika on Monday 19 February at 6pm.

Deanne Daysh, Chairperson Wellington High School Board of Trustees

Important Information

School Photo Days — Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 february

Kia ora whānau

Our school photos take place on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th February.

All students will have a rōpū class photo and an individual portrait/ID photo taken.

There is no need to order in advance this year. Later in the term students will receive an individualised envelope with their portrait displayed and instructions on how to order class and/or portrait photos.  You can see prices for different packages in the flyer below.Sibling and group photos will be done during the lunch break on each day, and between 3.20 – 4pm on Wednesday. These do not need to be booked; students should simply arrive at the Riley Centre at the correct time. The times for photos are outlined below.

Wednesday 7th February

Period 1 Year 10
Interval Year 10 to continue if needed
Period 2
Ropu  
Year 13
Period 3 Year 13 continues
Lunch
Period 4 
Year 12
Period 5 Year 12 continue if needed
3.20 – 4pm  Sibling and group photos

Thursday 8th February

Period 1 9.15 am Base One
Period 2 Year 9
Ropu Year 9 continues
Period 3 Catch ups
Lunch Staff photo 12.50 – Sibling and group photos
Period 4 Year 11
Period 5 Year 11 continues if needed

 

Music lessons

Music lessons start this week. All information is under ‘Music News’ on the Student Hub. Please read carefully: http://hub.whs.school.nz/music/

 

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Careers News

TERTIARY EDUCATION INITIATIVES
Increase your knowledge about fees-free tertiary education

Are you prepared to answer your students’ questions about fees-free tertiary study (Universities, polytechnics and other training providers), industry training and apprenticeships? The FAQs on feesfree.govt.nz will provide you with a good understanding of the eligibility criteria, what courses are covered by Fees Free, scholarships and much more. Your students’ can also check out their eligibility to access fees-free tertiary education at feesfree.govt.nz .

Careers Contact: Chuni Bhika
Careers Adviser/Vocational Pathways Teacher, Wellington High School
Ph: +64 4 3858 911 Ext 827
Email: chuni.bhikha@whs.school.nz

What's been happening this week?

Pōwhiri for our new students

It was wonderful together under the trees by Taraika to welcome all our new students this year.

 

Below: A huge Welly High welcome to our 22 new students from China, Germany, Japan, Austria, Vietnam, Switzerland and the US! Orientation was lots of fun and now it’s time for classes!

Below: Base 1 students are entering the world of robotics. This week they are putting the components together and, once built, they will learn to programme them. Check out the concentration. Rossi is working with us in the Base this year teaching the new Digital Technologies curriculum. AND great bread making!

  

Below: Year 9 Royal students all together on their second day at Welly High

 

Library Art


Below: Each year the library commissions a Year 13 art student to produce a work to adorn the library walls. Honey Brown, who took level 3 Sculpture last year, is the recipient of this commission for 2017 . This artwork is a photograph of her video work and is now on view in the Library.

 

Horticulture

Freshly picked from the school horticulture garden

 

 

Achievements

Informatics Summer Camp

Eli Martin, in year 10 attended a New Zealand Olympiad Informatics summer camp from 6 January to 12 January held in Christchurch. Students stayed in a university hostel (Bishop Julius) and attended lectures and practice sessions in labs at Canterbury University. We were sent an email from the coordinator who remarked on the way the students conducted themselves in what was an ‘intensive learning experience’. There is the hope that Eli may be selected to represent New Zealand at the International Olympiad in Informatics to be held in Tsukuba, Japan in September this year. Watch this space!

Japanese Ambassador’s Commendation Award

Sharon Henry, our Head of Languages and one of our Japanese teachers, has been awarded the Japanese Ambassador’s Commendation Award for Services to Japanese Language Education in New Zealand. This is the first time it has been awarded to a teacher. Sharon is one of ten recipients of the award from both the tertiary and the secondary sectors. Recipients are both New Zealand and Japanese nationals.

             

Sport

Girls’ Volleyball

All girls interested in trialling for the Senior A Girls Volleyball team: there is a trial on Saturday 3 February in the Tindall Gym from 9.30-11.30am.  Please see Ms Mac in the Sports Office if you are interested.