Important Dates

  • Monday 10 — Wednesday 12 December – Short Courses for Years 9 and 10
  • Thursday 13 December – Year 9 Picnic Day and Year 10 Rōpū Day
  • Friday 14 December – Junior Prizegiving, 10am, Final day of term. School closes at 12 noon

NOTE: There is a detailed list of Term 4 events on our website and you can access the school calendar on our website: http://www.whs.school.nz/whs-calendar

Important Notices

Year 9 and 10 — The final week of term

Year 9 and 10 students will be involved in short courses, rōpū days and Junior Prizegiving in the last week of term. Full information is on our website http://www.whs.school.nz/newsnotices/year-9-and-10-short-courses-and-ropu-days-10-13december-week-9/ and has also been emailed home.

What's happening?

Ecology Trip

In July 2020 we would like to take a group of students to Dominica Island (not the Dominican Republic) in the Caribbean for 2 weeks during the holidays with a provider Operation Wallacea.

The purpose of the trip is to allow students to work alongside academics and scientists t

o study the ecology of the island. One week is spent in the jungle, sampling, measuring and identifying different species including freshwater species, bats and birds. The second week is spent on the coral reef where students have the opportunity to complete a PADI dive course if they wish to or snorkel and do further ecological reef studies. It is one of the best places in the world to see whales, so the students will be helping with research work. The academics and scientists will also give lectures to the students on their specialty area.

Students need to be at least 16 years old in 2020 and have a keen interest in ecology. Studying Biology is not essential, but is recommended. Accommodation in the jungle is in tents and the coast it is in dormitories in an historic fort (Fort Shirley).

On Tuesday February 26th at 6pm, the founder of Operation Wallacea, Tim Coles, will be at WHS to talk to any interested parties and answer questions. The total cost of the trip is in GBP (GBP 3500 or NZD 6500 as of 03 December 2018) and is made in installments, with the deposit to be paid two weeks after the presentation.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me Joanne Lowe (joanne.lowe@whs.school.nz)

 

Sports

Success in Wellington Special Olympics Equestrian Program

Dominique Gilling has been offered a place in the Wellington Special Olympics Equestrian Program for Term One 2019.  Earlier this year, he qualified to represent NZ at the Special Olympics World Games  in Abu Dhabi next year but was unable to take his place in the team as he will still be 15 and the minimum age for international competition is 16. Here is a short video for those of you who recognise a good rider with great skills and a wonderful relationship with his pony.

 

 

Tall Blacks at Wellington High

On Friday 30th of November we had a small group of tall blacks train at Wellington High School gym. It was a great spectacle and experience the senior boys basketball team will never forget. It was a fitting reward after the great 2018 season the boys had and gave a insight into how much it takes to be playing for your country. From the Senior boys basketball thank you for all your support over the year and look forward to seeing you in the new season.

Pictures – Captain Zac Lequesne with some of the younger nz tall blacks

Pictures – Coach Joe with Legend of NZ Bball Pero Cameron

Careers

Student Leadership Opportunity – Conservation and Sustainability (3 students)

In 2019 students from schools around Wellington will have the opportunity to learn how to lead sustainable action projects in their community. You will connect with like-minded young people to take action on issues you are passionate about. 

Any senior secondary student can apply. You will need to commit to ten evening workshops throughout the year. If you are in years 11-13 you can complete a 6 credit achievement standard for your work.
Workshops will be hosted by different environmental organisations around Wellington including the Zoo, Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, DOC, etc. The workshops will cover:
  • Overnight whanaungatanga conservation camp on Matiu-Somes to meet like-minded young people from around Wellington.
  • Planning your project like a professional
  • Making environmental action mainstream
  • Speaking out about your passion
  • How to fund your awesome project
  • Networking with experts in your community
If you want to apply fill in this application form before the 10th of February or contacmiriam@papataiaoearthcare.nz for more information.