Weekly Wrap Up

The Wrap Up (Term 4, Week 3)

This week’s Wrap Up features the work of Year 13 DVC students, and celebrates success for two former WHS staff members. Find out more about Learning Opportunities week and link to the photo galleries for recent events. All this and more in this week’s Wrap Up.

Important Dates

  • Monday 30 October – Friday 3 November: Opportunities Week for Senior Students
    • Junior timetable changes: lunch is from 12.20-1.20pm and period 4 from 1.20-2.20pm
  • Monday 30 October: Year 13 celebration evening 6pm
  • Tuesday 31 October: Numeracy corequisite exam 1.20-3.20pm
  • Wednesday 1 November: Writing corequisite exam 1.20-3.20pm
  • Thursday 2 November: Reading corequisite exam 1.20-3.20pm
    • Parents and caregivers of students involved in corequisite exams have been emailed separately.
  • Monday 6 November: NCEA Exams start
  • Monday 13 November: Board meeting 6pm
  • Tuesday 21 November: NCEA Teacher Only Day – School Closed
  • Thursday 30 November: Enrolled Year 8 experience afternoon – school ends 12.00pm for Junior students
  • Thursday 30 November: NCEA exams end
  • Monday 4 December: Normal Junior timetable resumes
  • Monday 11 December: Board meeting 6pm
  • Wednesday 13 December: Junior Prizegiving 10am
  • Wednesday 13 December: Term ends 12.00pm



Important Information

Learning Opportunities week

Learning opportunities week takes place in week 4: Monday 30 October – Friday 3 November

Senior subject and rōpū teachers have been discussing learning opportunities week with their classes over the last couple of weeks. During the week teachers offer a range of workshops, including revision sessions and time to complete work. This is for students to opt in to, if it would be beneficial for them. If students need a reminder about what is on offer, they can find all the information that they need on their rōpū Google classroom.

What’s happening?

Year 13 DVC exhibition

In Design and Visual Communication our Year 13 students have been installing their beautiful exhibition pieces, displaying their own pieces of architecture. These were  ‘Dine in the dark’, ‘Edible insect’ and ‘everybody eats’ concept restaurant designs. They have worked exceptionally hard this year, and we wish them well with their Scholarship submissions!

The Shonas photo gallery

Throughout the year we create photo galleries of the latest events. To visit the most recent addition, photos from The Shonas, visit: 

Keep an eye on the galleries site over the next few weeks as we add galleries from Whakanuia, end of year Prize giving assemblies and the Senior Celebration evening.

Hallowe’en in the Library

It must be the end of October – the Grim Reaper is back in the Library ready to celebrate Hallowe’en.




Rotary National Science and Technology Forum

The Rotary Club of Wellington South have selected Charlie Chen (Year 12) to attend the 2024 forum. Charlie will be flown to Auckland in early January, where he will be based at the University of Auckland for two weeks. He will visit educational institutions, research institutes and scientific industries with fellow high achieving students from around the country. Congratulations on securing this amazing opportunity, Charlie.

Staff success

Shout out to former WHS staff members Eru Hart (English) and Tim Li (Arts). Eru is currently a finalist in the Māori Literature Trust’s non-fiction category for the 2023 Pikihuia awards.

Tim Li is featured on the cover of the current edition of Seafood magazine with the article “The impression seafood can leave” focusing on the creative processes that Tim uses to produce intricately detailed artwork with kai moana themes.


Year 9 careers education

Term 4 is a great time for us to engage with our Juniors. During Term 1, Year 10 students had 2-3 sessions of careers activities and now it is our Year 9 students’ turn. They will be having two sessions:

Session 1: 

  • Careers quiz based on interests – see Careerquest. Students are asked where their interests lie and some job ideas are suggested. Students finish the activity with a list of favourites which they can email to others.
  • Jobs of the Future report. A look at possible jobs of the future

Session 2

  • Introduction to Careers Central – an in-house personalised careers info package
  • A look at self – personal qualities, skills, values
  • Adding favourite job ideas to their Job Bank – this will be revisited every year and students are given the opportunity to update their profile and ideas.

Chuni Bhikha – Careers Advisor