Important Dates  

  • Tuesday 3 July – Music Evening, 7pm
  • Friday 6 July – End of Term 2

Term 3

  • Monday 23 July – Term 3 starts
  • Monday 23 July – BoT meeting, 6pm
  • Wednesday 25 July – Senior Parent Interviews
  • Monday 30 July –  Junior Parent Interviews

Important Information

Parent-Teacher Interviews — Term 3

An email was sent to all whānau and caregivers last week to invite you to book Term 3 interviews with your student’s teachers. This is an opportunity to check in on your student’s progress. Students should attend with you if possible. Student reports for Term 2 are now on the parent portal.

You can book your interviews now by going to https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and using the correct code(s) for your student(s):

  • Juniors Year 9-10: Code ytyff
  • Seniors Years 11-13: Code mh2md

 

Changes to Metlink buses

From Sunday 15 July 2018, there will be some changes for school students using Metlink buses and trains in Wellington city and surrounding suburbs.

If your students uses public transport to travel to and from school, they need to know about changes to fares and tickets for Metlink trains, buses and harbour ferries from Sunday 15 July 2018, ahead of the start of Term 3.

The new Metlink lemon and lime buses, including electric double-deckers, are on their way to Wellington city, but not all at once. If you’re catching a bus, please check the number and destination – rather than the colour of the bus. For more information: https://engage.ubiquity.co.nz/mail/view/LgvN-tzo80K6SQjVzSotXA

What's been happening?

Government Matariki Celebrations

Earth and Space Science students Josh James, Caitlin Gregan, plus teacher Kerry Parker represented WHS by invitation of the Governor-General of New Zealand, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy at a Reception to celebrate Matariki on Friday 15 June 2018 at Government House.  The students met Dame Patsy in person and enjoyed a very interesting talk about Matariki, courtesy of the Carter Observatory and, through a brief gap in the clouds, observed Jupiter.

 

 

 

International Young Naturalists’ Tournament

The following students are traveling to Georgia next week to defend the title our school won in Nanjing in 2017.

Alexandra “Superfly 3000” Cochrane
Tom “Bruticus” Divehall
Ella “Crazy Vixen” Blakely
Millie “Grim Geek” Rea
Asher “Bad News” Wilkinson
Lydia “Ant Crusher” Acton

Over the past 5 months, the team have spent hundreds of hours preparing theoretical and experimental solutions to the 17 IYNT problems. They will be doing “science fighting” at the IYNT, where they will defend their solutions against teams from other countries, and challenge the solutions presented by those countries. Host country Georgia is the South Caucasian country between Russia in the north and Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan in the south.

 

Chemistry Lab Experience Day @ Vic

On Wednesday 27 June 2018, 30 Chemistry (CHE335) students took part in the Chemistry Lab Experience Day, organised by Victoria School of Physical and Chemical Sciences. The students had the opportunity to carry out the synthesis of ester – a chemical which is commonly used as an artificial food flavouring.  In addition, the students also had hands-on experience with some of the spectroscopic instruments used in the characterisation of organic molecules, including IR and NMR spectroscopy. All in all, it was an enriching day for the students.

     

 

Feminist Club Flea Market

On Thursday the 28 of Pipiri the Wellington High School Feminist Club ran a lunchtime Flea Market to raise money for Wellington Rape Crisis. The market sold everything from baking to coffee to second-hand clothes, and featured live music and a raffle. The market was a huge success, raising close to $600! Thanks to staff and students who donated clothes and supported the event, as well as sponsors from local businesses Coffee Supreme, Karma Cola, Whittakers and V1 Vegan Store.

 

 

Letting off STEAM with fun and games

Wednesday lunchtimes in winter are brightened by the Level 5 Science Labs running Gaming, Tournament of Minds (ToM) and EPro8 Engineering (STEAM) Opportunities for students and staff. Twelve gamers compete to build planets, fight epidemics and build Minecraft ecosystems over lunch. Two dozen budding engineers will be practising their craft with bridge building and electrical wiring challenges in Term 3 while ToMs debate current critical climate issues. For more details contact tony.cairns@whs.school.nz or drop in to S503 & S504 any Wednesday lunchtime.

 

 

Sports

Underwater Hockey

2018 Central Zone Secondary Schools Underwater Hockey Championships Results:

Junior Open – 9th
Junior Girls  – 4th
Senior Open – 8th

Congratulations to the junior girls, coached by Gwen Palmer-Steeds who qualify for Nationals in Rotorua September 6 to September 10.

MVP Awards: Casper Hjert, Brittany Batcheler, Michael Edmeades.

Wellington under 18 rep trialists: Michael Edmeades, Sofi Dickinson-Smith, Maya Symmans de Vere Green.

 

 

 

Badminton

CONGRATULATIONS to Anthony Cater who won the College Sport Wellington Junior Singles Badminton Champs, held on Wednesday 27 June at the Badminton Centre in Hataitai. He won 21-19, 21-17.

 

 

Floorball

CONGRATULATIONS to Christo Matheson and Josh Campbell for being selected to represent New Zealand in the U19 Mens Floorball team.  They will competing in the World Floorball Qualification tournament in September.

 

High Students in Matariki Harbour Challenge

Matt Ammunson-Fyall (ex WHS student) is one of the organisers for the Waka Ama Race Committee and has arranged for two student volunteers to assist the media team for the Matariki Harbour Challenge (MHC).

MHC has become the premier long distance Waka Ama race in the lower North Island, is one of the largest water-sports events in Wellington City and is a great opportunity for students who have an interest in sports or outdoor photography. The three lucky students are:Sienna and Sierra Williamson, and Tessa Hogan.

The Committee knows this is an ideal opportunity for three student volunteers to gain valuable experience, working with a small media team to capture and publish race photos from the day.

           
Wellington’s Hikoikoi Waka Ama’s talented team of committed paddlers (coached by Matt Ammunson-Fyall above) have been selected to compete at IVF Va’a World Championship 2018 in Tahiti to race against the best waka ama paddlers in the world.

From the Careers Desk

MĀORI: Te reo Māori courses selling out as fast as tickets for Ed Sheeran or Adele

Wellington High School Community Education Centre has  doubled its te reo programme.
Director Nigel Sutton said this year they had seen 375 enrolments, and he expected to see 700 by the end of 2018.  In 2019, they’re gearing up to teach te reo to 1000 people. “We have a joke in the office that it’s ‘Ed Sheeran, Adele and te reo Māori’ … they all sell out so fast.”

Sutton had never seen a subject’s popularity increase so rapidly.  “It’s grown in the last two to three years, but this year it’s just through the roof … we just can’t meet demand.” They were having to bring in more teachers and train them.  People weren’t just doing the introductory course anymore, they continued to higher levels,  he said.

Hospitality workers, corporate executives and average New Zealanders, from age 16 to 80, were enrolling in the courses. “People are finally understanding that we’re a bicultural country, and this is worth learning.” We are optimistic that could be possible.”

Stuff: By Amber-Leigh Woolf 


(Above) Ariki Spooner (Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Kurahikakawa), Nigel Sutton, and Alana Broughton (Ngā Rauru, Te Pakakohi, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Arawa, me Ngāi Tahu ) from the Wellington Community Education Centre have had to increase their te reo Māori courses to meet demand Institutions are facing demand for te reo Māori language courses as hundreds sign up to learn the language.  

Community Notices

Newtown Connections transport engagement

Engagement is open from 5 June–17 July for Wellington City Council’s project to make getting places by bike in Berhampore, Newtown and Mt Cook (‘Newtown Connections’) safer and easier. It’s about developing neighbourhood connections for people of all ages and abilities, as well as safer links to nearby suburbs and the city. Almost 400 people have participated so far, but the Council is keen to hear from more.It’s not just for cyclists – no matter how you travel, please share your thoughts. The Council wants to hear from people of all ages, from kids to great grandparents, and everyone in between. Read more and submit your feedback here: https://www.transportprojects.org.nz/current/newtown-connections

 

 

NCEA Holiday Revision Workshops  

Campuslink will  be running online revision workshops for NCEA this July holiday break. They are a non-profit organisation that strive to provide equitable access to education in New Zealand.
Here’s the details:
– Online workshops using state of the art online classroom technology
– 3 x 2-hour workshops for each NCEA subject, each covering a specific external exam topic
– Interactive lessons with 1 tutor per 3-4 students
– $33 per 2-hour workshop
Their tutors are all from MyTuition, one of the leading tutoring companies in New Zealand. They’re all very experienced and know the content inside out. To see available sessions and make a booking, just click the link below.
Spaces in courses are limited, so make sure you book early to secure your spot!
Private tutoring
If you are after a more individualised approach to aiding your revision, MyTuition offers weekly lessons one-on-one lessons, tailored to your needs. They are also offering a special rate for CampusLink students. To find out more or to book a lesson, click the link below.
Any questions?
If you have any questions at all, just contact CampusLink at hello@campuslink.nz. They’d love to help!