Ngā Manu Kōrero
Last week, Brontë Metekingi represented the school at the regional Ngā Manu Kōrero competition in the Senior English category. In 5 minutes she crafted an impromptu speech on the topic ‘time is the only thing we can’t recycle’. Bronte’s prepared speech topic was ‘the best project I’ll ever work on is me’ and presented a powerful speech about the impact of adults’ expectations of young people. She was given perfect scores for two of her 10 scores and was 5th in her category. Ka rawe, Brontë.
Tararua Tramping Club
The Youth Programme filled the Tararua Tramping Club van and headed to Poads Rd where we had to walk from the bridge due to the weight restrictions. The students spent the day walking to Waiopehu hut, in the mist and through the mud. We didn’t see the hut until almost at its door. The evening was spent playing cards, telling ghost stories and a fireworks display (the bush was wet so it was safe). One boy ate seven sausages. In the morning only half the students needed encouragement to get up (dragging students in a sleeping bag off the bunk) the rest had beaten the adults up.
A bit of geocaching was played as well, followed by a drone videoing the bush and hut. After brekky and a massive clean up we headed back down on a clearer day. One boot fell apart and duct tape was used to reunite the boot. After a few hours we were back at the van, with the students wishing the trip had been for more days.
Group : Nikki Williams (TTC instructor), Fynn Hutson, Ryan Sediga, Hannah Spittler, Shae Foley, Lewis Thomson, Adam Sondej, Nico Maiden, Leo Lewis, Fletcher Smith, Oliver Gradwell and Stu Hutson (TTC instructor)
Transmission Gully field trip
Standing at the top of a 70 metre drop, way up in the hills on a cold Wellington day with the drizzle coming in sideways…what a great way to learn about the demands of completing construction of a $50 million bridge that is part of New Zealand’s biggest infrastructure project.
29 member of the Year 10 science enrichment group visited the project headquarters and several bridge sites including the Cannons Creek Bridge – “Bridge 20”. Hosting the group were Community Relations Manager Belinda Mackenzie-Dodds, Southern Zone Manager Ben Patrick, Civil Engineer Tom Puxley and Logan, New Zealand’s #1 bridge builder.
During the trip the students learnt what it means to “de-fish” a stream, how to stop a new bridge becoming the latest, greatest graffiti canvas, and of course, how to span a 230m gap using this technique of pulling the deck across the piers. This is the first time in the Southern Hemisphere that the technique has been used. Once back at school the group competed to build the best bridge using Bridge Designer 2016 software.
Weltec Chef for a Day and Pink Ribbon Fundraiser
This week has been a busy one in the foods department.
Open Evening: Thank you to the parents, students and teachers that provided valuable feedback on our students’ lamb and kawakawa buns that they’re developing for the CREST Product Development Challenge. We have one team entered this year.
Wāhi Kai: Our Hospitality students prepared and served kai for our annual Pink Ribbon Wāhi kai fundraiser.
They did an amazing job and can be really proud of the mahi they put in.
Chef for a Day: Weltec tutors, Ray and Patrick joined us to put the students through their paces making dumplings and wontons. The students produced some lovely dishes and had a great time.
Bio Zoo trip a roaring success
Despite picking the wettest, windiests, wildest day on record this winter – 32 biology students and 3 teachers braved the cold of mid winter to focus on our distant relatives – primates at Wellington Zoo.
Students were challenged to identify and explain how animals’ behaviours influence their ways of life. They discussed how behavioural adaptations enable animals to occupy an environmental niche.
They even practised speaking Capuchin and learned how to recognise if the monkey was angry or just hungry. Through guided observations, students explored the behaviours of animals at Wellington Zoo.
They investigated strategies animals use to find and defend resources, different ways of communicating and building relationships and how they cared for their young, as well as strategies to avoid predators.
A great day was had by all – even the soggy primates, Robyn and Vilson, the Zoo’s resident duo of White-Cheeked Gibbons
Creating Real Change: Roots & Shoots and the Zero Carbon Bill
R&S Students from WHS helped launch The Climate Change Challenge Covenant (C4) that’s traveling around NZ schools to garner support for the Zero Carbon Bill.
Tour Organizers Generation Zero created a covenant to be sent around NZ in four parts; each quarter will travel to a different region, gathering students’ signatures of support.
1/4 will be remaining in Wellington to tour as many schools as possible before the holidays (1/4 for Auckland, 1/4 Wellington, 1/4 central North Island, 1/4 South Island).
The Wellington quarter started at Wellington Girls’ College on Wednesday this week and moved to WHS on Thursday. Students can sign their names anywhere on the petition before it travels to the next school and the next round the motu. Roots & Shoots Leaders who spoke so movingly, at the LoopEd conference last week, lead the process to launch the covenant.
Roots & Shoots Build Wētā Motels
WHS Students spent last weekend at Wellington Zoo building ‘homes’ and motels for wētā to protect them from being eaten by rats, stoats, cats and hedgehogs.
Roots & Shoots Group are selling Wētā hotels along with bags and an information booklet for $25.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Cymbeline – a tour de force
The Year 11 Production , Cymbeline by Emma Rice and Kneehigh Theatre, was outstanding and played to packed houses in a sell out season.
WHS Year 11 used Emma Rice’s adaptation of Cymbeline where “Imogen speaks three times more lines than Cymbeline so it really is her story. We are saying women have a strong narrative in these plays.” WHS described it as “a fairytale of families, damaged, broken, distorted and reformed. The story of loss, grief and the journey back to the safety of home.”
One teacher said, “I have been to many Shakespeare adaptations at WHS – with the teacher inspired drama students and the students run Shakespeare’s Society – truly this is one of the best I’ve ever seen. The cast was outstanding, word perfect, emotionally tight and shocking in the best possible way.”
A big thanks to all the actors, crew and Roger Mantell for making this another triumph for High, Shakespeare and equity.
ASB Young Leaders’ Rugby Experience
Heidi Coleman and Reuben Du Toit were selected to attend the ASB Young Leaders Rugby Experience on Friday 15 June, as they demonstrated positive leadership qualities on the sports field and within their team environment. This once in a lifetime experience includes a Stadium Tour (on match day), attendance of the pre-match captains run, an Adidas/All Black gear pack and a double pass to the All Blacks v France test match held in Wellington. Congratulations, Heidi and Reuben! this is thoroughly deserved and we hope you enjoy your day.
2018 Central Zone Secondary Schools Underwater Hockey Championships
We have three teams entered in this year’s tournament, which runs from June 22nd- to June 24th. As always you are invited to come and watch at WRAC (Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre). Game times for each team are between 8.30am and 9.30pm on Friday, 7am and 8.30pm on Saturday and 7am and 3.30pm on Sunday.
If you are wanting to find the sports draw for your son or daughter, these can be found in the following places:
- On the WHS School Website, click on the ‘Sports’ tab, select ‘Sports Draws’, then from the drop down arrow select your sport.
- Download the College Sport Wellington App
- If you play Netball please click on the following link www.netballwellington.co.nz then select ‘Draws and Results’ and then click on the ‘Collegiate’ tab
- Hockey draws can be found on the following link www.wellingtonhockey.org.nz then select ‘Competitions’, click on ‘Draws and Results’ and then select ‘Secondary’
Just a gentle reminder that these uniforms are not to be worn at school or for casual wear. They are only to be worn when playing the sport. Also, they are to be returned to the school at the end of the Winter Sporting season (they are NOT for your child to keep). These uniforms are expensive to purchase and for future teams to use.
Sports Fee Reminder
Just a little reminder that all summer and winter sports fees need to paid ASAP. Payment can be made either by Eftpos at Student Services or via the Parent Portal. If you any queries please feel free to contact the Sports Department on email@example.com
We are always on the lookout for photos of all our sports teams. If you are at any of the games this season and have taken any shots (with permission), we would appreciate having a copy. These can be sent through to firstname.lastname@example.org