- Friday 13 April – Last day of Term 1
School Holidays 14 April – 29 April
ANZAC Day Wednesday 25 April.
- Monday 30 April – First day back for Term 2
- Wednesday 2 May – Junior Parent-Teacher Interviews
- Monday 7 May – Senior Parent-Teacher Interviews
- Monday 14 May – BoT meeting
- Monday 11 June – Open Evening
- Monday 18 June – BoT meeting
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The term has drawn to a close. The first term is a difficult one for a lot of students as they settle into new classes and, for those students attempting NCEA for the first time, things seem more daunting.
The Education Review Office visited us during the term and they have reported very favourably about the direction and priorities of the school. The report is currently in draft form and I hope to be able to share that with you early next term. One of the talking points of the review was defining success. When we interview students before enrolment at Wellington High School we always ask you, the parents, what success looks like for your young person. I am always heartened to hear when the response is “I would like my son / daughter to be happy” and this is in most cases. If our primary focus is that our children are happy, we have started them on the pathway to success. And we know that success is multi-faceted and quite personal.
Thank you for your understanding in relation to the lockdown drill that we ran last week. I think it is very important that we rehearse our behaviour in situations such as evacuation and lockdown procedures so that everyone is clear on what they need to do. I see that the media created a story out of our situation (see https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/354637/hundreds-of-schools-getting-private-lockdown-training) questioning the relevance of such a procedure whilst carrying headlines on the banner at the right of four lockdown situations that had already occurred this year in NZ schools. Somewhat ironic and not really a story. I spoke to the reporter but wasn’t quoted in the article. I had suggested that a better story would be to report on our Young Physicists who recently became the national champions in the International Young Physicists’ Tournament. This has been reported elsewhere in our weekly updates but Luke Roeven, Sai August and Zuni Preece not only won the national competition but all three have been selected to represent New Zealand in an international competition in China in July. The team that New Zealand will send is only five students so it is quite remarkable that all three have been chosen for this. I must also extend my congratulations to our two outstanding Physics teachers, Kerry Parker and Murray Chisholm, who have been spending long hours coaching and preparing the students.
Finally, some of our sporting teams were recently involved in a sporting exchange with Newlands College. It was a relatively small affair with only seven sporting teams competing but we hope for this to become a regular feature of our sporting calendar in coming years. As winter approaches, try to encourage your young person to get involved with one of the many and varied sporting or cultural opportunities. School is a wonderful time to be involved, experience something new and possibly find one’s passion.
I hope you are able to spend some good family time with your young person over the break.
Junior and Senior Parent-Teacher Evenings
You are invited book for Parents’ Evenings next term:
- Year 9—10: Wednesday 2 May, 3.30—7.00pm
- Year 11—13: Monday 7 May, 3.30—7.00pm
This is an opportunity for you and your student to meet with subject teachers and briefly discuss progress. You can access the Term 1 report via the Parent Portal > Reports. If an interview is requested, it will be on the report.
Each booking lasts five minutes. Bookings with teachers can be made at https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/ by entering the correct code:
- Year 9—10: 8rjde
- Years 11—13: x4sv4
What's been happening?
Year 9 Writers’ Walk
Braving a wild windy Wellington, 10Riley1&2 explored the Wellington Writers’ Walk along the waterfront on Thursday. We left school in search of the concrete slabs along the waterfront (you’ve probably seen some before) which have words from poems and stories by some of NZ’s best known writers carved into them. Elli Yate (English) gave the students a ‘golden lines’ hunt to complete which involved them identifying the lines they particularly liked and explaining why to their group. We found the range of writing about Wellington inspiring and helped us write some lines in our own words describing what we love about our beautiful city.
National Physics team
Congratulations to Sai August, Zuni Preece and Luke Roeven. All three have been selected to represent NZ in the National Physics team in China in July! (There are only five students in the team – the only other schools who have ever pulled off the three of five are Auckland Grammar and Kings’ College. We did it this year!) The photos below show the dream team with teacher, Kerry Parker, at the finals in Canterbury, plus Sai presenting in the Grand Final.
North Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics
CONGRATULATIONS to Ari Koed-Chang for winning the Junior Boys Long Jump at the recent NISS Athletics meet held in Whanganui on 7-8 April.
CONGRATULATIONS to Maia Grace-Paul for selection into the Wellington U17 Netball Team
Newlands Sports Exchange
The exchange was held on Friday 6 April at Newlands College. We had 80 students participating in their chosen sports. Our students did Wellington High School proud and gave it their all on the day. Unfortunately, some of the results did not quite go our way, but this gave us some much needed pre-season game time before the competitions start in Term 2. The sports involved were football (boys and girls), basketball (boys and girls), hockey (boys), and badminton (boys). Thanks goes to Mr Wakefield, Mr Sione, Mr Johnson, Mr Pinckney, Mr Junca and Mr Killalea for coming and supporting and coaching our teams.
Term 2 Winter Sports
All winter sports start Week 1 of Term 2:
Badminton – $30.00
Juniors play on Thursday after school – tbc
Seniors play on Friday after school – tbc
Basketball – $100.00
Juniors play on Tuesday after school – first game on Tuesday 1 May
Seniors play on Friday after school – first games on Friday 4 May
Football – $95.00
Girls play on Wednesday after school – first game on Wednesday 2 May
Boys play on Saturday mornings – first game on Saturday 5 May
Hockey – $110.00
Boys play on Thursday after school – first game on Thursday 3 May
Girls play on Tuesday after school – first game on Tuesday 1 May
Netball – $115.00
Girls play on Saturday’s – first game on Saturday 12 May
Rugby – $80.00
Boys play on Saturday mornings – first game tbc
Table Tennis – $20.00
Boys and Girls play on Tuesday after school – first game tbc
If you child plays Rugby, Football or Hockey they will need to purchase the WHS Sports Socks; these are $15 and are available from Student Services.
All sports fees are to be paid to Student Services by Friday 4 May
To find a copy of the sports draw, go to the WHS website > Sports Draws [http://www.whs.school.nz/sport-draws/]. Use the drop down arrow to choose your sport. The only sports not on the website will be Hockey and Netball, as these are run by Wellington Hockey and Capital Netball; everything else is run by College Sport Wellington
Summer Sport Uniforms
If you son or daughter has played a summer sport this term can they please return their playing uniform to the Sports Department ASAP.
- Ultimate Frisbee
These uniforms are needed for teams playing in Term 2.
Netball Coach required – Year 8
This is a great student leadership opportunity: South Wellington Intermediate School (SWIS) are looking for a coach for their Year 8C team who play in the Motu Kairangi Netball competition. The season usually runs from May until early September with players taking the court on a Saturday at EBIS netball courts. All logistical aspects of the competition are handled by a parent manager leaving the coach to focus on the netball itself. Training days and times are open to discussion with the coach. This will be a volunteer role where you’ll be rewarded with adoration from your grateful players who have heaps of enthusiasm and potential! Please direct all interested enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 027 256 4296.