Learning Conversations — 29 March
An email was sent to all whānau and caregivers last week to invite you to book a session for a Learning Conversation with your student’s rōpū teacher.
You can book your learning conversation session(s) now by going to https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and using the correct code(s) for your student(s):
- Juniors Year 9-10: Code f7ajr
- Seniors Years 11-13: Code q63q
- The Learning Conversation is a conversation between the student, the student’s rōpū teacher and parent(s) / caregiver(s).
- Students will only be at school on Thursday 29 March for their learning conversation.
- Each learning conversation takes 20 minutes
- During the conversation, we invite students to think, and make judgements about, their learning. The teacher will help the student to lead the discussion and reflect on progress so far. Students will develop up to three goals that they would like to achieve through this year.
2017 Year Books
The 2017 Yearbooks have now arrived in school and are in the process of being distributed next week in rōpū time to all students, staff and families who have already ordered copies. Apologies for the delay with the publication — but we think they look great so we hope you’ll feel it was worth the wait!
You can order online www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/104r121 or you can hand your order form to student services with either cash or credit card details. Membership costs $65 and $13 goes towards our general fundraising efforts.
The Foods Department: Recycling your plastic containers since ages ago
Our students use plastic containers to take their kai home. In the interests of the environment we’d really like to re-use your ice cream, butter, margarine, yoghurt, takeaway containers etc.
Drop them to reception, or get your student to drop them into our food rooms.
Surplus fruit and vegetables?
Our Level 3 hospitality students are currently making preserves and chutneys. So if you have a surplus of fruits or vegetables that will otherwise go to waste, please send them along to us.
Dragon Boat success for staff and students
Congratulations to the staff and students for winning gold medals at Dragon Boating on the 11th March 2018. The student team included:
Ivy Austin, Molly Doyle, Seyi Durojaiye, Taupiri Gray, Henry Gregg, Simon Gude, Max Helbick, Zach Le Quesne, Bena Lentell, Kintaka Lim, Max Mathieson, Meredith Metcalfe, Lolo Owen, Drea Parai-Tupene, Adam Roberts, Francisco Vitalis, Molly Web-Lidall, Amelia White, Charlie Zonnevylle.
Our students won the B final. They were second fastest qualifiers and were just behind Tawa’s top team most of the race then passed them in the last 50m to take the Gold. The students were all really excited but didn’t know the result, it was that close. Great work, Charlene, Joe and William and all the supporters.
Above: The staff competed in the annual Dragonboating regatta last Saturday and won GOLD in their final. The team comprised of Miss C Henderson, Miss M Reid, Ms S Tobin, Miss A Kirby, Mrs D Jordan, Ms K Jean-Louis, Mrs C James-Meijer, Mrs S Meijer, Mr M Neville, Mr B Pancha, Mr D Killalea, Mr J Sione, Mr R Mantel, Mr R Janaszkiewicz, Mrs A Reeve, Mr M Johnson, Mr B Roth Shank, Mrs T Murphy, Ms A Ortego, Mr W Pinckney, Ms L Cross, Mr M Pope and Mrs J Nicholas.Scoreboard
Mayor speaks to Te Reo Māori students
Over 300 of Wellington High School’s Te Reo Māori students were visited by Justin Lester on Wednesday. Drawing from his own experience as a second language learner, the Mayor emphasised the importance of engaging in Te Ao Māori and spoke about the Wellington City Council’s new Te Tauihu policy which will see Te Reo Māori prioritised in our city. Students had spent time over the last couple of weeks working on submissions for Te Tauihu and were able to ask Justin further questions about the Council’s ongoing commitment to this kaupapa.
We are proud to report that Wellington High School is officially the best school in the south of the North Island for Physics. We won the regional tournament of the New Zealand Physics Tournament, with Sai August, Zuni Preece and Luke Roeven showing a clean pair of heels to Onslow (our big rivals). The B team, Joseph Basham, Sophie Mance and Quang Ngo Minh, also performed very well and took the bronze medals.
It was an exciting day with the draw leaving the two favourites (Onslow and High) to meet in the final session. The fight was epic, with two gifted mathematicians (Luke and Finnegan from Onslow) debating the workings of a weird type of pendulum which Luke analysed using Lagrangian Mechanics – a topic normally reserved for third year Uni students and which Luke taught himself from Youtube videos.
The team continue to the Nationals in Christchurch on 24th March.
Murray and Kerry are hoping to run a series of ‘fights’ on Tuesday after school, with the A and B team practising their skills and helping to train the IYNT team. Watch this space!
Students assist Royal Society at Gene Editing Workshop
Catherine Edmeades, Aidan Lynch and Gemma Guiney, WHS Senior Biology students, were invited by the Royal Society to assist their panel in answering these key questions for the future: – Should gene editing form part of our healthcare options? and Should gene editing be part of New Zealand’s tool box for pest control? The panel including top NZ molecular biologists, scientists, epidemiologists and legal experts were impressed with the quality and depth of their knowledge. WHS have been studying CRISPR – Cas9 gene editing (CCGE) – in their Biology classes over recent weeks and prepared a range of essays on the potential and problems of CCGE for New Zealand.
EPro8 needs STEM Students for September
The 2018 schedule for the EPro8 Challenge, the inter school science and engineering competition has just been confirmed and WHS has been chosen to host the Heats and Regional Finals . EPro8 have over 260 events planned throughout New Zealand with 800 schools taking part.
Wellington Regional EPro8 is in the Riley Centre WHS on Thursday 13th Sep 2018 5:00 – 8.00pm for the Year 10 teams. We have 2 teams entered for this event and 2 more teams for the Year 9 event the day Friday 14 September 2018 9:30am – 12.30pm.
The full schedule of events and further details of what each event involves is at www.epro8challenge.co.nz.
Registration is available to all interested Year 9 and Year 10 students, cost is $30 per student per event. There are 4 students per team. Last year our teams had great success in the Junior Heats and Regional Finals and we look forward to this year’s competition in our own school hall.
Please let Tony Cairns know by email or in person if you are keen to try out for inclusion in the WHS EPro8 2018 teams – spaces are limited to 16 students with 4 backups in case of illness on the day.
Year 11ART and Level 2 PWD previewed the brand new galleries at Toi Te Papa on Friday morning before it officially opens to the public on Saturday. The students were very taken by the use of colour in the work of Tiffany Singh.
Last weekend Wellington hosted the NZ Bowlzilla Championships at Waitangi Park. Congratulations to our very talented Soul Kropelnicki who won the NZ U16 Division.
On Thursday College Sport Wellington held the Futsal Regionals at the ASB Sports Centre. WHS entered 1 Senior Boys, 1 Senior Girls and 1 Junior Boys team into the competition. All teams competed well and played with great enthusiasm. It’s great to see some awesome talent coming through and Futsal looks to be strong here at WHS in the following years.
On Tuesday we had students take part in the College Sport Wellington Lawn Bowls Championships.
Thank you to Ms S Henry (teacher) for looking after our Bowls programme. See left for a shot of Kolja Lange in the Bowls Double Championship.
It has been a very busy summer for a couple of our athletes. On Thursday they had the Regional Athletics meet held at Newtown Park. Congratulations goes to Ari Koed-Chang for winning the Junior Boys’ Long Jump with the jump of 5.96, and 3rd in the Junior Boys’ 200m with a time 25.58sec. Ella Blakely won the Intermediate Girls’ 400m with a time of 1.01.03sec and came 4th in the Intermediate 200m with a time of 27.05sec.
Ari also competed in the Athletics Wellington Junior Championships held on the 10th and 11th March at Newton Park. At this event he came away with a Gold in the Junior Boys Long Jump and a Silver in the 4x100m relay. Well done and congratulations to both students.
Senior Boys’ Basketball have their trials starting on Monday after school 3.30-5.00pm in the Lower Gym and Thursday lunchtime in the Tindall Gym.
Upcoming Sporting Events
Good luck to the Ultimate Frisbee, Waka Ama, Futsal and Floorball teams who are competing in the Summer Tournament week, next week.