Important Dates 

Term 1

  • Monday 9 April – Emergency Lock Down Drill
  • Friday 13 April – Last day of Term 1

Term 2

  • Monday 30 April – First day back for Term 2
  • Wednesday 2 May – Junior Parent Teacher Interviews (bookings to open during Week 11)
  • Monday 7 May – Senior Parent Teacher Interviews (bookings to open during Week 11)
  • Monday 14 May – BoT meeting
  • Monday 6 June – Open Evening
  • Monday 17 June – BoT meeting

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Important Information

Lock Down Drill — Monday 9 April 2018

Wellington High School has been working with Harrison Tew®, who specialise in emergency management planning for schools, to further strengthen our emergency planning.  The procedures they have developed allow us to respond safely and quickly to a range of circumstances and have been successfully implemented at schools across the country.

Harrison Tew® will run specialised training with senior management, our staff and students in the lead up to a lock down exercise, which will occur on Monday 9 April.

 The exercise will be as real-life as possible, which will mean that parents/families will receive notification by way of text, WHS app and/or email.  The information passed will emphasise that this is an exercise/practice and will explain that all updated information will then be posted on the school website.

In a genuine incident, should you hear of a lock down at the school, can we please ask that you do not attend the school or phone, as we will not be able to respond.  Your presence at, or contact with the school may make it more difficult for us to manage the situation, and could potentially & place your children and in fact yourselves at risk.

 What you need to do now


Reminders: Earthquake / school closure

 This is a good time to encourage you to make or review your family plan around other emergencies, such as earthquakes.  You may find ‘How to get ready’ is a helpful resource. A family plan is particularly important for students who travel to school from out of zone as their transport routes may be cut off.

 If a decision is made to close school, for any reason, we will keep our year 9 and 10 students with us until a known adult can come and collect them from the school field.   The only adults permitted to collect a student will be the caregivers and emergency contacts that we have recorded.

 We will only release our year 11, 12 and 13 students when it has been declared safe to do so. Please ensure that a discussion about safe routes to get home are part of your family plan. Older students may stay at school under our supervision until they are able to be collected if this arrangement forms part of your Family Emergency Plan.

We thank you for your ongoing support.

What’s happening?

Junior and Senior Debating

Wellington High’s bustling debating society has seen great success in the last couple of weeks with all of our teams including Premier A, Junior Prem and Senior Certificate smashing the opposition.

Our Senior Premier A team defeated Paraparaumu, and then they defended the moot ‘This house believes that progressive social movements in democratic countries should drive social change through the courts rather than the legislature’ to secure their second win of the season. Our Junior Premier team showed great improvement with a recent victory over St. Catherine’s College.

Finally, our Senior Cert 1, comprising two novice debaters, pulled a win against St. Mary’s.

Special congratulations to:

  • Ri Comer, Rusheen Draper & Ronan Dyer, (Prem A)
  • Nick Sheppard, Kaleb Griffin (Best Speakers), (Junior Prem)
  • Lydia Acton, Vincent Ng and Gwen Palmer Steeds (Best Speaker), (Senior Cert 1).

 

 

 

The Education Conversation – launched this week by the PM

The Education Conversation—Kōrero Mātauranga about the future of education in New Zealand has been launched by the Prime Minister and Ministry of Education. Feedback across New Zealand is welcome: you can access the survey at conversation.education.govt.nz. You can also join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #EdConvo1.

 

 

 

 

Astounding Art at Te Papa  – a must see for all!

WHS not only makes great artists, scientists, musicians and sportspeople, but also awesome art curators and respected reviewers. WHS staff and students have been assisting Te Papa with its redesign of National Art Galleries, Science Exhibitions and Digital Media Workshops. The latest $8.5M remake is Te Papa’s spectacular new art gallery. Our teachers and students were invited along for the soft opening. Well worth a visit in the school holidays.

 

 

 

Wellington Climate Challenge 2018

The Wellington Climate Challenge is running again and is set to be amazing! It will be held on 19th—20th of May at Victoria University. It will be up to students and caregivers to arrange transport to/from. Tickets are on sale now so get in quick: https://wellington-climate-challenge-2018.lilregie.com/step1

 

 

 

 

EPro8 Challenge 2018

The EPro8 Challenge is an inter school science and engineering competition and  Wellington High has been chosen to host the Heats and Regional Finals this year .  EPro8 have over 260 events planned throughout New Zealand with 800 schools taking part.

Wellington Regional EPro8 Challenge is in the  Wellington High School Riley Centre (Hall)  on Thursday 13 Sep at 5pm – 8pm.

We have 6 confirmed teams competing.

The full schedule of events and further details of what each event involves is at http://www.epro8challenge.co.nz

 

 

Achievements

National Physics Champions

Wellington High School is officially the best school in New Zealand for Physics. We won the National tournament of the New Zealand Physics Tournament, with Sai August, Zuni Preece and Luke Roeven beating this year’s runner ups Onslow (by 2 points) in Christchurch on the 24th March.

Next stop is the national team selection, this weekend in Wellington, and the 31st International Young Physicists Tournament will be held in Beijing, China. Huge thanks to Kerry Parker and Murray Chisholm in our Science Faculty for all their hard work and support. We wish our national team all the best!

  
National Trophy and Wellington High School and Onslow College IYPT Teams

 

Wellington High School wins four awards in National Youth Jazz Competition


Over Easter weekend, musicians from Wellington High School won four awards at the 41st National Youth Jazz Competition held in Tauranga.

  • A Combo Gold Award was won by Island Birdie.
  • A Combo Silver Award was won by In Limbo,
  • Harper Wilson was named as Most Outstanding Drummer, receiving the Hill/Wilcock Trophy.
  • Most Outstanding flautist, receiving the Errol Christiansen Trophy, was Keeson Treacher-Perkins.

 

Senior debaters make regional teams!

Our Premier A team consisting of experienced debaters, Ri Comer and Rusheen Draper, and roped in rookie, Rose Wallington, represented Wellington High School at the Wellington Regional Debate Competition.

The purpose of this gruelling tournament of five rounds back-to-back over a weekend aimed to find the champion Wellington team and select the two regional teams to represent Wellington at Nationals in a month’s time. Although we did not succeed in ‘breaking’ to semi finals, all three WHS debaters were selected for Wellington regional teams.

Huge congratulations to Rusheen and Ri who qualified for Wellington Black, and Rose who qualified for Wellington Gold despite having never debated before this weekend. The debaters are overjoyed, save for Rose who is shocked to say the least! Huge thanks to their coach, former WHS student Jack Boltar [Comer-Hudson].

 

Sports

Judo

Sam Power (on right in photo) won the gold medal for the under 81kg cadets in the Wellington Area Open Judo Championships over the weekend.


Congratulations Sam!

 

Football

We have our last Senior Boys Football Trial for all Senior Boys teams on Tuesday 10th April at Te Whaea Turf from 8.00-9.30am.  If your son is wanting to play Senior Football they will need to be at this trial.

Junior A Boys Football have their first practice on Tuesday 10th April at Te Whaea Turf from 4.00-5.30pm, please make sure you bring your boots, shinpads and drink bottle.

Term 2  | Practice days and times

  • Girls Football – Tuesdays 8.00-9.30am at Te Whaea Turf – starts Tuesday 1 May
  • Junior Boys Football – Tuesday 4.00-5.30pm at Te Whaea Turf – starts Tuesday 1 May
  • 1st XI Boys Football – Tuesday 8.00-9.30am at Te Whaea Turf – starts Tuesday 1 May
  • 2nd XI Boys Football – Mondays 4.00-5.30pm at Te Whaea Turf starts Monday 30 April

All Football fees of $95 are to be paid to student services by Friday 4 May.

Term 2  | Football Games

Girls – Play on Wednesdays (usually at Wakefield Park) starting on Wednesday 2 May

Boys – Play on Saturdays at various school grounds starting on Saturday 5 May

We still need a coach for the Senior Boys 2nd XI, if anyone is available can you please contact Ms McIntyre on sport@whs.school.nz

 

Netball

Netball games will be starting in Week 1 Saturday 5th May.

  • Senior A, Senior B and Junior A will have their games at ASB Sports Centre
  • Senior C, Junior B, Junior C and Junior D will have their games at Hataitai Courts

Fees for Netball are $115 and payment to student services by Friday 4 May

 

Hockey

Boys’ Hockey have practices on Tuesdays at NHS from 4.15-5.15pm

  • Games are on Thursdays and start on Thursday 3 May

Girls’ Hockey have practices on Mondays at NHS from 4.15-5.15pm

  • Games are on Tuesdays and start on Tuesday 1 May

Fees for Hockey are $110.00 and payable to student services by Friday 4 May

 

Newlands Sports Exchange

Today we have our first Sports Exchange will Newlands College. The teams representing the school are Basketball (boys/girls), Football (boys/girls), Hockey (boys) and Badminton (boys).

 

Summer Sport Uniforms

All students who have played in the following teams this term need to return their playing uniforms ASAP. Volleyball & Futsal – these uniforms are required for teams next term.

From the Careers Desk

How to future proof your career in the age of robots?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation is becoming increasingly powerful, cropping up in self-driving cars or smartphones that recognise their owners’ faces. While it’s not yet at the point of taking over our jobs, the future of AI in the workforce is unavoidable. So, the question on everybody’s lips is ‘how do I prevent robots from taking over my job?’


Make yourself adaptable

The simple answer is: you can’t stop robots from taking your job. Adaptability is going to be your best tool in kicking those job-stealing bots to the curb. Jobs that have some type of repetitive activity are more at risk of automation, as machine learning algorithms can be easily programmed to complete recurring or mundane tasks [Read more…]

Develop your soft skills

The common denominator of the careers least likely to be automated is ‘soft skills’.

Soft skills will remain relatively constant throughout your career. This is because soft skills are the abilities we have to relate to other people, communicate or empathise. They are the skills that make you easy to work with, and make employers want to invest in you.  

Find a stable career field

In the year 2030, there will be 300 million more people over the age of 65 than there were in 2014. It’s a staggering statistic that gives us an insight into the world’s ageing population. And what does an ageing population spend more money on? Healthcare.

Healthcare is already an increasingly understaffed profession that offers job security and longevity. Better yet, it relies on a lot of the soft skills that are difficult to automate.