- Monday 6 April: Board of Trustees meeting (5pm)
- Thursday 8 April: Term ends
- Friday 27 March: Learning Conversations have been cancelled. This will now be a normal school day.
- Thursday 9 April: This day reverts to being a Teacher Only day.
- To track changes to our calendar, please visit: http://www.whs.school.nz/whs-calendar/
Use SchoolAppsNZ to report absences
- This is the quickest way to ensure that your student’s rōpū teacher is aware of their absence.
- SchoolAppsNZ is available for both Apple and Android devices.
- When you open the app for the first time, type in our school’s name.
- Use the absentee button to enter your student’s name and details.
The following information may be useful in keeping track of the current situation.
- The Government’s website
- Responding to COVID-19 latest updates for our families
- WHS and online learning
One year on from the Christchurch mosque attacks, WHS students took the opportunity to remember events in Christchurch and to come together as a community that promotes diversity and unity. During a sunny lunch break, students took the opportunity to get together, playing guitar, frisbee and enjoying each others’ company.
Property Planning workshop
Thank you to the parents and caregivers, staff and students who attended the two property planning workshops this week. The two consultation workshops gave the community the opportunity to discuss aspirations for the WHS of the future focusing on the school’s physical environment and infrastructure, teaching and learning, and culture.
Year 12 visit to VUW
This Wednesday, Year 12 English with Religion students visited Victoria University, and were fortunate to listen to Pádraig Ó Tuama – visiting poet, theologian, and conflict mediator. He was one of several speakers on a day organised by the Victoria University Religious Studies department. Pádraig spoke about the difficulty and importance of peace, and the need to aim for something greater than just tolerance. Our students made up one fifth of the audience and asked two thirds of the questions, and were a credit to to our school.
Dance with Me
Monday was the first day of the dance lunchtime classes at WHS. A big bunch of students enjoyed an energetic workout of dance moves instructed by dancer Chloe Bishop from the RNZB. There are still a few places available if students still want to join.
Science Enrichment trip
On Wednesday the first science enrichment event of the year was a trip to space place for the Year 9 group. The students spent the afternoon with one of Space Place’s educators, learning to program robots. Afterwards they had a chance to explore the galleries and enjoy a planetarium show.
Congratulations to our rowers: Jessie Davidson, Indiana Ford, Georgia Savage, Lola Crocker and Emma Thirkell. This group made it to the C Final of the women’s under 18 novice squad at the NZ Secondary Rowing Championships last weekend, a phenomenal achievement for a group at the end of their first season.
Congratulations to our four fabulous Waka Ama teams who competed last weekend for CSW Waka Ama championships in Porirua. All four crews competed exceptionally, with phenomenal results as shown below. Our teams were up against crews who will represent NZ at the world championships and really held their own.
|Whatonga (J16 Boys)||Hineakau (J16 Girls)|
|Long, Daniel||2nd – Plate Final 250m sprint||Murdoch, Maddy||5th – Plate Final 250m sprint|
|Gray, Wharo||1st – Plate Final 500m turn||Hillyer Magoffin, Lillian||4th – Plate Final 500m turn|
|Maher, Rory||Wiertsema, Janne|
|Wairau-Timu, Anaru||Henry, Ruby|
|McDonald, James||Mitra Pattavi, Eshika|
|Bellamy, David||Beaglehole, Vidthia|
|Taraika (J19 Boys)||Pukeahu (J19 Boys)|
|Broughton, Jonah||1st – Plate Final 250m sprint||Rillstone, Riley||2nd – Plate Final 250m Sprint|
|Newton, Noah||4th – Championship Final 500m turn||Henningsen, Thies||1st – Plate Final 500m turn|
|Calderon, Diego||Hape, Kereama|
|Bellamy, Ben||Abdust, Orlando|
|McCormack, Thomas||Lewise, Leo|
|Shanks, Bryn||Coppard, Perran|