Important Dates

  • Monday 11 JuneOpen Evening, 6pm
  • Tuesday 12  – Thursday 14 June – School Production
  • Monday 18 June – BoT meeting
  • Tuesday 3 July – Music Evening, 7pm
  • Friday 6 July – Last day of Term 2

Important Information

Fee payments

We receive a number of payments for school charges by way of automatic payment, or direct credits. This is just a reminder to ask that when you do pay money into our account, can you please include a clear reference so that we can identify who has paid the money.

The easiest way for us to identify who the payment is for, is the student ID number and the student’s surname.  (Student ID number is located on the parent portal and on your student’s ID card). Thank you for your assistance.

What’s happening?

Year 11 Production – Cymbeline

Written by Emma Rice and Kneehigh Theatre

Shakespeare wrote the original and while this rewrite holds onto the essential themes, little else remains of William’s verse.  A tale of broken families, friends and foes. The story of loss, grief and our search for a place to call home. Plenty of laughs and bawdy humour in this tragic comedy.

  • Tuesday 12th June — shows @ 4pm and 7pm
  • Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th June — shows @ at 7pm
  • Book a seat at student services
  • Cost: Koha at the door.

 

 

Games Club

Wellington High School staff and students featured at this week’s WellyCon (see Jeb and Solomon 

in the photo). Wellycon is New Zealand’s biggest, fun, friendly board game convention. Over the course of Queen’s Birthday weekend, 600+ people from different backgrounds came together to play modern board games. Our students checked out the library of games to discover new treasures, met some amazing game designers and won competition and spot prizes.

A warm favourite for Wellington High School winter Wednesdays: Carrying on their success, students met for the first time at school to play a wide range of board Games from Risk and Planetarium* to the Viking inspired Raiders of The North Sea (developed by Wellingtonian Shem Phillips who was nominated for the International Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year)

 

Wellington High enters the Tournament of Minds (ToM)

The Tournament of Minds (ToM) is a school competition, commencing in Week 1 of Term 3 and concluding with the regional Finals at Victoria University of Wellington on Saturday, September 1 2018.

Teams of students work to solve problems in one of four disciplines, these being: Science & Technology, Language Literature, Engineering Mathematics, and Social Sciences. In 2018, WHS students will be entering the Science & Technology Challenge. Students form teams of seven and work together to solve both spontaneous and long term challenges. There are two divisions, WHS is entering the Secondary division finishing at year 10. Students in years 11 and 12 are welcome to  assist the teams as coaches, and practice spontaneous challenges with the students (every Wednesday 12.30pm – 1.00pm in S503)

The long term challenge is prepared by the students over six weeks, with minimal assistance from teachers or parents. The students receive an outline of the challenge and present their solution to the problem six weeks later at a regional competition. The solution takes the form of a dramatic production, with all costumes and props being created by the students with a strict budget ($75 per team).

Contact Tony Cairns tony.cairns@whs.school.nz if your student would like to participate.

 

 

 

Ngā Manu Kōrero

Eva Taumata and Bronte Metekingi will be presenting at Ngā Manu Kōrero next week.

Ngā Manu Kōrero (Māori: “The Orators”) is a Māori speech competition for secondary students. The competition encourages fluency in Te Reo Māori and English. It began in 1965 as the Korimako Contest,  and commemorates Dr Pei Te Hurinui Jones, a Waikato elder and scholar who died in 1976.Every year, 14 regions compete in the Ngā Manu Kōrero National Secondary School’s Speech competition.

Now nearing its 50th year, it begs the question, what are the benefits and what happens to the winners? Competitors must first win their regionals to qualify for nationals. The competition is made up of four sections: Pei Te Hurinui for Senior Māori, Korimako for Senior English, Rāwhiti Ihaka for Junior Māori and Sir Turi Carroll for Junior English.

Five topics are given to speakers in each section. Twelve minutes are allocated to Māori speakers and six minutes for English speakers.  While this might seem like a short amount of time, preparation is another story. Students take two to six months to prepare themselves to take the stage.

The top four students for each section will compete at the National Manu Kōrero Competition being held at Houhoupiko, Gisborne in September.

 

 

Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House

On Wednesday evening, members of the Senior Open Underwater Hockey Team volunteered to make a meal for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House in Newtown. The players cooked, served and cleaned up the meal that they devised themselves. Manager Maya Symmans de Vere Green organised the opportunity, which turned out to be great team bonding.

Ronald McDonald House Wellington runs a Youth Board that Year 12 and 13 students can apply to be part of. Volunteering, Leadership and Fundraising are the aims of the program. The Youth Board intake happens at the beginning of the year. Contact Ronald McDonald House on 04 3895505 or email info@rmhc.org.nz for more information.

 

 

Bridge Building just got real! 

This year as part of the bridge building for Year 10 science enrichment, Wellington High School has been offered the chance to take the students on site to a real bridge construction project. NZTA are building “bridge 20” in Cannons Creek as part of the Transmission Gully project .

The students will discuss the project with the engineers involved (civils to utilities, surveyors, geotechnical and design as well as Environmental Management and other careers that are still associated with construction but not specifically engineering). They will find out about the challenges faced with this bridge site and the other bridge sites on the route, and solutions being employed.

 

 

 

WHS enters the Zayed Sustainability Competition 

Wellington High Schools Roots & Shoots Group is in with a real chance to win the  US$100,000 Zayed Sustainability Prize. This funding will help us continue our R&S journey and build on their sustainability projects for a better future for our school, region and planet.

The application workshop for this competition will be held on Tuesday 12th June – 4:00 – 5:30.  at Heretaunga College, Upper Hutt. All Wellington High School R&S students, whanau and teachers are invited to learn more about entering the 2018 Zayed Sustainability Prize at this workshop.

The  Zayed Sustainability Competition offers this international prize recognising impact and innovation across 5 categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Education to implement a range of sustainability projects and programs.

The 2016 winner, Cashmere High School received US$100,000 to implement a range of sustainability solutions: windmills, solar power, bio-digester and bicycle powered cinema.

Sports

Cross Country

Last week, the College Sport Wellington Cross Country Championships were held on Wednesday 30 May at Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt.  We had Lee Stanton-Barnett in the U16 Boys with an outstanding finish of 21st overall, Liberty McIntyre-Reet in the U16 Girls and Boh Denham and Bruno Vasbenter in the Year 9 Boys.  Thanks goes to Miss Lydia Cross and Mr Joe Sione for taking and supporting our students.

    

 

Football

Some photos of our 1st XI Boys and Junior A Boys Football teams at their games last weekend.  The 1st XI Boys played Upper Hutt College and unfortunately went down 0-5, but the Junior A Boys had a great win against Wellington College 3-2.

1st XI Boys Football

Junior A Boys Football