WHS Newsletter | Issue 1.09 | 31 March 2023
Kia ora e hoa mā and welcome to the Wakatipu High School newsletter,
It has been another vibrant and exciting week at WHS with lots of action including our annual school Musical - Rock Apocalypse. It’s certainly a different show from year’s past but is quite an extravaganza with the complexity of visual, light, sound, technology and of course some great singing, acting and music. With more than 140 students involved, it is impressive to see the hard work come together so seamlessly on the night. Congratulations to all those involved, WHS is unquestionably teeming with talent. Be sure to get your ticket to this rocking show today, as there are only two nights left!
As I noted last week, this week has been summer tournament week and the Sports section below has highlights on our students’ achievements and success in a range of sports this week. Congratulations to all of the 110 athletes that have been competing. Of particular note, today was the first day of finals at the NZ Secondary Schools rowing championships - the Maadi Cup, and our rowers have had a remarkable day with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals with hopefully more to come tomorrow. These students train very hard, and our congratulations go to all these athletes. We will provide further updates on all the sporting achievements next week, both in the newsletter and through our Facebook page.
Thanks to all junior parents who had their ‘Next Steps’ meeting with their student’s Kaiārahi this week. Parents being informed and engaged with their student’s education is very important, and so a big thanks to everyone who had their meeting. It's not too late if you haven't done it yet - just email your student’s Kaiārahi to arrange a meeting. Also, for parents of junior students, please be sure to read the article below regarding the Ākonga passport, which is an important way in which we celebrate and acknowledge students participation in our great all-round education.
With the school holidays now just around the corner, we want to bring your attention to Term Two. As mentioned last week, Term Two is always a busy term for teaching and learning. With that in mind, we strongly encourage senior students to create their assessment calendar to assist with planning and preparation. This can go a long way towards supporting students with their wellbeing and achievement. If your student would like assistance with their planning, encourage them to ask their Kaiārahi in the first instance.
On Monday, 24 April there is a National Teacher Only Day to support teachers with their preparation for the NCEA changes due to be implemented in 2024 (eg. the new literacy and numeracy corequisites), and with Tuesday 25 April being ANZAC day, school will not start for students until Wednesday 26 April.
Also, on Monday 24 April, we will be holding the Official School Opening of our new WHS campus. While we have now been here for five years, the construction is now complete and we want to acknowledge and celebrate this important moment for the school and the community that we serve. The opening will commence with a mihi whakatau at 2pm, and we would like to welcome all members of the school and wider community to this special event. Please could you complete this form if you intend to join us.
Enjoy the extra hour of sleep as the clocks fall back out of daylight saving on Saturday night and be sure to have a read through another excellent newsletter.
Ngā mihi nui,
Academic Achievement - Supporting your Student at Home
We have widely circulated the Internal Assessment Calendars (attached below), but at home it would be useful if parents can sit down with their student and look ahead to Term Two, mapping out which subjects have assessments due and when. A reminder, too, that these calendars reflect internal assessment deadlines only, and students also need to build time into their week to review and consolidate key learning and notes, so that they are adequately prepared for end of unit topic tests or Term 3 School Examinations. Although these formative assessments don’t necessarily count for credits, all of the research around learning supports regular and thorough revision as the best way of committing key knowledge to long term memory. Doing this will also alleviate pressure prior to the external examinations in November / December (link).
Some handy tips and tricks around metacognition (learning how to learn) can be found below. Please note that this site is still under development, so there are not, as yet, any subject-specific resources available.
Ākonga Passport Update
All juniors are well underway with gaining points towards receiving their passport awards this year. To acknowledge the broad all-round development of students, points are being accumulated through a range of activities such as participation in house events, demonstrating school values, having great Learning Engagement (LE) reports and taking part in one or more of the many extra curricular activities on offer. Click here for more details about the Ākonga Passport.
Bronze Passport = 15 Points
Silver Passport = 30 Points
Gold Passport = 50 Points
Something that is worth noting is the ability to gain recognition for activities such as sport/service or leadership outside of school. To do this students can either collect a form from student services and return this there, or there is a new way to submit this online through this form.
A couple of things to look forward to next term:
- A prize draw for those who have reached at least the Bronze level in a special junior assembly in Week 2.
- Badges for those students who have gained a level in the House Assemblies in Week 2.
- Additional reading progress in Ako time being acknowledged on reading cards.
- Winter sports extra curricular contributing to gaining points.
- Digital competency (Year 9 focus) and Careers competency (Year 10 focus) chances to contribute to overall development and points.
Acting Assistant Principal
Supporting Regular Attendance
Kia ora koutou,
With our transition into autumn and with Term Two just around the corner, a reminder that regular attendance at school is important for students' learning, wellbeing and their futures. The key measure of attendance is the proportion of our students who attend regularly, that is, the percentage of students who have attended more than 90% of the term or year-to-date. A more simplistic take on this is that students who attend regularly still miss up to one day a fortnight and even that adds up to one week of school time across a term and one month off school each year. To support you with identifying whether your student is attending regularly you’ll now see some key information about attendance on our regular Learning Engagement Reports.
As parents, caregivers, and whānau you play the most important role in helping our students regularly attend school. We encourage parents, caregivers, and whānau to play their part by:
Not taking your son/daughter out of school for holidays or special events like concerts during term time. Yes, we know that travelling musicians, cheaper accommodation, and flights are tempting outside of the school holidays but please avoid this.
Communicating with us if you are having difficulties with your son/daughter attending school. Don't let them have the day off just because they would rather be at home. Whether it’s mental health, bullying, a sense of overwhelm about workload, anxiety about assessments, or something else that they won’t disclose details of. Talk to them about why they don’t want to go. And be supportive. Talk to us. Whatever the reason, we have good advice, experience and insight - we’ll be able to work together to help your child. Please reach out to your students kaiārahi in the first instance if you are having a challenging time getting your son or daughter to attend school.
Not sending your son/daughter to school if they are sick. We know that winter colds and illnesses usually peak in the second and third terms of the school year so, ‘Stay well this winter’. The symptoms of the common cold and flu can be the same as, or similar to, the symptoms of Covid-19. If your son/daughter starts to feel any of the symptoms of Covid or the flu, it is really important that they stay home and take a Covid-19 test. These include headache, sore throat, cough, runny nose, muscle ache, and high temperature. Also, ensure they stay home for 24 hours after their symptoms have resolved.
On the preventative side of things, colds and flu spread very easily but there are things you can do to protect yourself and your whānau. Keep your immune system strong: get a flu jab, be active by exercising regularly, eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, wrap up nice and warm, and get plenty of sleep.
Please note that medical certificates are important to justify absence from school due to extended illness. We may require medical certificates for any absence longer than three days or more than 10 cumulative days during a school term. The exception to this is when a student has Covid-19 or is applying for an extension for an NCEA assessment - in this situation a medical certificate is always required. A reminder that we have our free and confidential Public Health Nurse service available to students on a Monday at Ako time and Tuesday Period 2.
Note that if your child misses a lot of school because of a serious illness you may be able to get help from the Southern Health School - please contact me if you want to know more about this service.
We hope the upcoming holidays give everyone a rest and a chance to recharge their batteries for a big term ahead.
All in for Learning, Kia kotahi te ū ki te ako
Deputy Principal l Kaihāpai Māori
Arts Department News
Musical Week Rock Apocalypse
The WHS Performing Arts have had a very exciting week. The pack in started last Friday and lasted throughout the weekend as teachers, students and local sound and lighting firm Tomtom worked very hard to get our theatre ready for the Musical. The scaffolding went up, the stage was set, metres of cabling were laid, and sound and lighting equipment were set in place. The cast, band and crews were ready to perform their first full dress rehearsal and prepare for the big night.
Tuesday is traditionally our community dress rehearsal and this year we were pleased that Alzheimer's Otago were our first audience and gave us fabulous feedback on the show.
Wednesday, Opening Night, was a huge success where the cast, band and crews had an explosive first night. They enjoyed the enthusiastic audience that ensured a dynamic vibe throughout the show.
Thursday was our Musical Sponsors and WHS Foundation night, which included the business partners of the Foundation. Our talented and dedicated students were able to showcase their skills and show appreciation for their support.
Friday and Saturday will be our last two shows, so don’t miss out! There will be door sales from 6:30pm unless we are sold out.
Tickets: Tickets are General Admission only and are on sale now via iTicket.
Click the link below for tickets.
Rock Acopalypse Tickets
Rock Apocalypse Sneak Peak Photos
Musical Promo Videos
Click on the link below for the interviews of the very talented students in Rock Apocalyse.
Artist of the Week
This week’s artist of the week is Retaj Alshinawi, a Year 12 Student in the Photography class 7FOT. She arrived in NZ with her family at the start of this year and is very inspired by her Jordanian culture. In many cultures coffee is just a simple drink but in Jordan coffee is something so much more as it’s an integral part of family gatherings. Coffee carry’s emotions related to family and their culture. Fabulous work Retaj.
Sports and Active Recreation News
Summer Tournament Week Results
It has been a busy week for many WHS student athletes as they compete throughout New Zealand as part of Summer Tournament Week. Some tournaments and events are still on going and we will have a full wrap of those results next week. Below are the results of completed STW events to date.
SISS Touch Champs - Top 5 Finish
The WHS Mixed A team had a top 5 finish winning the 5th/6th playoff against Mt Hutt College in a drop off in the final game. It was a great weekend of touch with a number of super competitive games. The team won six of seven games as well as beating tournament winners St Andrews College. This caps off a really solid season for this group of players who now take a break before focusing on a build up to nationals in December. A huge thank you to coaches Jamie Natapu and Nick Saunders as well as manager Steve McIsaac for a big 2022/23 season.
Game results were:
Beat Rangiora High 5-2
Beat Waimate High School 12-2
Beat St Andrews College 6-5
Beat Te Kura O Arawhenua 15-1
Lost to Lincoln High School 4-6
Beat Taieri College 6-4
Beat Mt Hutt College 5-4 - Finished 5th out of 11 teams
Southland Golf Champions
The WHS golf team had a great day out at the Winton Golf Course on Monday competing in the Southland Secondary School Golf Champs. Congratulations to the team of Nico Cheifetz, Su Kang and Yoonae Jeong who won the tournament which qualifies them for the National Secondary School Champs in Winter Tournament Week later this year. Individual results were:
1st: Su Kang
2nd: Nico Cheifetz
3rd equal: Yoonae Jeong and Noah Novacek
The Wakatipu 2 team of Noah Novacek, Josh Harris and Ricky Kang finished in third place while the Ambrose team of Toby Gallie, Wilem Wikstrom and Diego Maddison finished second. A huge thank you to Mr Harding for taking our 12 students out for a great day of golf. Well done to all involved.
1st XI Girls Gillette Venus Cup Placing
A big well done to our 1st XI Girls Cricket team who finished third in the Gillette Venus Cup this year. The team played a double header on Monday in Mosgiel initially losing to Otago Girls High School in the semi-final before enjoying a good win over St Hilda's 2nd XI in the 3rd/4th playoff. The team had a great trip away and enjoyed the chance to play some other school teams. A huge thank you to Greg Trounce, Debbie Hutton, Jason Rhind and Simon Wilkinson for all of their efforts with the team this season!
Senior B Girls Volleyball - Satellite Tournament
Our Senior B Girls Volleyball team have been competing in Division 1 of the South Island Satellite Champs in Christchurch. The team had two solid wins against Riccarton High School and Rangi Ruru, where they didn’t drop a set. It was a close game against Hillmorton High School, who took the game in the 5th set. The team play off for 7th against St Margarets. Pool results are below:
Lost 3-1 Avonside
Won 3-0 Riccarton B
Lost 3-2 Hillmorton
Won 3-0 Rangi Ruru
Lost 3-0 Bayfield
Lost 3-1 St Margarets - finished 8th out of 12 teams in Division 1
A huge thank you to Mrs Hollyer and Ksena Proskur for stepping up and getting the team to Christchurch.
NZSS Volleyball Champs
Our Senior A Girls Volleyball team have been up in Palmerston North playing at the National Secondary School Volleyball Champs. The team is competing in Division 5 and have experienced some tough competitive games with a mix of wins and losses. Below are the game results.
Lost 3-0 Te Awamutu College Girls
Lost 3-0 Longburn Adventist College
Won 3-0 Waiopehu College Senior A Girls
Won 3-0 Inglewood High School Girls
Lost 3-2 Whanganui High School Girls
Lost 3-1 Columba College
Playing Middleton Grange School Girls A
Maadi Cup Finals
It has been a big week for the WHS rowers with a number of crews making it through to semi-finals and finals of their events. A full wrap of results can be found in next week's newsletter but if you want to check out the finals action be sure to watch the live streaming here: https://www.youtube.com/@rowingnz/streams
Otago Long Course Swimming Champs
A number of WHS swimmers competed at the Otago Long Course Swimming Champs last weekend which was attended by 27 clubs from around the South Island. Our swimmers all did extremely well, with podiums for each of them.
Sydney Alva: 1st - 200m Butterfly, 2nd - 100m Butterfly
Bailey MacKay: 2nd - 200m Breaststroke, 3rd - 100m Breaststroke, 3rd - 50m Breaststroke
Milla Leemborg: 3rd - 200m Breaststroke 3rd
Billie Druett: 3rd - 400m Freestyle
Wakatipu Legend Open Water Event
Swimmers also competed in the Wakatipu Legend Open Water event, swimming the 1km Grove race. Congratulations to Finn Henderson won the event taking out 1st place overall as well as 1st place U15 male, Sydney Alva was 1st for U15 female, Billie Druett 2nd U15 and Milla Leemborg 3rd for U15 females. This wraps up the summer open water races as the Ruby Island event in Wanaka was in February where Finn Henderson and Billie Druett competed in the 1.2km Return of the Jetty event. Finn came 2nd place overall for the event and 2nd place for U16 and Billie finished 7th female overall and 6th place for U16.
Opportunities to Get Involved
Queenstown Junior Squash
The Queenstown Squash Club is starting a junior programme with the renowned Tracy Flux. This will take place every Friday 4pm - 5:30pm at the Queenstown Squash Club on Memorial Ave. This is a free programme so go along and check it out. There are opportunities to compete in regional secondary school events later in the year.
NZSKI - 3 Peak Season Pass Details
We’re delighted to welcome your school whanau back to our mountains this winter with incredible deals on local schools 3 Peak Season Passes for Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt for enrolled students.
Purchasing Online – up until 31 May 23. NZSki will manage the eligibility audit directly with our eligible local schools.
From June 1 purchasing only at town Snowcentre (corner Camp and Shotover St) or by phone 0800 697 54, in this instance you will need to bring/supply evidence of enrolment at your school.
Use this link to purchase a secondary school pass.
Any questions please reach out to us via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 697 547.
CARDRONA / TREBLE LOCAL SCHOOL CHILD SEASON PASS 2023
Our local school seasons passes are available to purchase online here.
YEAR 9 – 13, $225
Keep Us Informed
The sports department would love to hear from you if you know of any awesome achievements from our students so that we can celebrate these as a school. Please send through details and photos to email@example.com.
Support Sport at WHS
Jump on board and support the team by liking or following the Wakatipu High School Sports Facebook page. This is the best way to stay informed and up to date with the successes of our athletes and teams and help celebrate their great achievements.
Director of Sport
2023 Winter Academy
Calling all pro athletes for the 2023 Winter Season!
Calling all winter sports athletes! If you are currently enrolled with, or planning to enrol with a snowsports training provider (QAST, Coberger, HPC, RSSA) and would like to apply to join the WHS Winter Sports Academy, please complete the application form by Friday 5 May, click here.
The Academy runs from 3:30 - 5:30 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (probably starting in Week 8), and offers a quiet space for students who are missing school during the day to catch up on their learning. Students are supervised and mentored to balance both their sporting and academic commitments, and guided to develop their self-management skills. For more information on what the Academy offers and for pricing information, please click below:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Academy Coordinator
Curious Minds Classroom
The Curious Minds classroom is a Google classroom where teachers from all departments post about competitions, trips and other opportunities for any student to get involved with. In the past this has included ICAS assessments, Biology field trips, writing competitions and university trips to Dunedin to name a few.
To ensure your student has access to all of the exciting extracurricular opportunities, make sure they are signed up to Google Classroom using this code: bmrwxjo
This year ICAS are offering assessments in English, Maths, Science and Writing to Years 9-11. They have stopped offering assessments in Year 12 and 13 students as well as changed the DIT assessment to be only available up to Year 8.
If you are interested in registering for any of the assessments visit the site and use the code below to purchase the assessments you are interested in.
You need to have ordered your test before the 31st July to sit these assessments in 2023 and you can see the assessment windows by following this link.
University of Canterbury Junior Kiwi Assessments
Calling all Junior students looking to flex their academic might in Maths, Science and or English.
The annual Kiwi English, Mathematics and Science competitions are skills-based and closely aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum. The tests are designed by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students. Results are provided to schools in Term 3. All participating students will receive a certificate and a prize will be awarded to the top student nationally in each competition. The competition will provide parents/caregivers with an Individual Pupil Report of the student's performance in that subject.
Fill out the form below to register for the tests - which must be completed by 10 May.
Each test cost $9.90 and this must be paid before the sitting window of the 12th June - 21st July to be able to sit the assessment. Click here for more information.
Ngā mihi nui,
Online Safety Hub
We are pleased to announce that our Online Safety Hub is now live and includes access to the Qustodio Parent app. We invite you to join us in further building healthy digital habits and a safe online environment for your child by creating your own Qustodio account to use at home across two devices free of charge.
Key features include:
- Filter and block apps and content that you don’t want your child to see
- Customise what your child can access during homework hours
- Balance screen time by setting time limits on devices as well as for specific apps
- Protect screen-free moments such as mealtimes and bedtimes.
Please use the link below to create your Qustodio account through our Online Safety Hub:
Important note - one parent/ guardian needs to create the account in the first instance, and then additional parents/guardians can be invited and given access to the same features once the account has been created.
As a reminder, you can protect two additional personal devices (phones, shared iPads, etc.) per family free of charge.
*Important point to note - when creating your Qustodio account a validation email will be sent to you. Please check your spam or clutter folder for the validation email.
Reminder, school photos are still available to order via the PhotoLife website.
Students would have received a set of instructions, including how to order online, and their own unique code for ordering.
Any queries, please email email@example.com
Media Students on set of short film "Pulling Up Stumps"
Over the long weekend (15th-19th March), two Media Studies students Jack Smillie and Jack Trounce had the privilege of working on the local film set “Pulling Up Stumps” the brainchild of Arrowtown writer and director, Elinor Teele.
They both worked as Production Runners for the 5 days of shooting which involved them running around the set helping out wherever needed. While on set they got to work and network with a highly acclaimed team of professionals, including Kiwi Veteran actors lan Mune and Mark Mitchison. As well as world renowned cinematographer Alun Bollinger who is the eye behind Lord of Rings, Heavenly Creatures and Goodbye Pork Pie.
On top of this, the Jack’s were in charge of producing the Behind the Scenes documentary which they plan to release later in the year. They were very grateful to have been given this extraordinary opportunity and look forward to working on like minded projects in the future.
To check out the project follow THIS link.
Media Studies Department
Inzone Careers Coach
The INZONE Careers Coach is a rolling careers expo, which provides a unique delivery method for the latest industry and training information. With its sides expanded, the Careers Coach creates an interactive presentation showcasing New Zealand industry training organisations, tertiary institutions as well as information on New Zealand's defence forces.
Our Year 11 students were lucky enough to access this careers resource as a result of ongoing generous sponsorship from the Ministry of Social Development. Logging into the kiosks using their cell phones, our students were able to access videos and other information for careers, including tertiary education or apprenticeship pathways. If the students clicked 'yes' they would like further information after watching the videos they automatically receive an automated txt showcasing the organizations website details and any affiliated scholarships.
We hope that this experience will help to spark some ideas, further research and conversations over the dinner table!
Year 13 Biology Trip- NZ Marine Centre, University of Otago
This week our Year 13 Biology students participated in a 3-day Marine Biology laboratory experience at the NZ Marine Centre - University of Otago. The students learnt about the collection of abiotic data- temp, salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen, light levels on a rocky shore and the impact of these on living things, especially crabs. They developed a research question and completed laboratory trials underpinned by their understanding of bioethics. The students were completely engaged, very studious and did some valuable research. The students completed each day with a boat trip across the Otago Harbour to stay on St Martin Lodge of Quarantine Island.
Rose Kidd & Meadow Koslen Ridd
Otago Tertiary Open Days
Otago Tertiary Open Days give you the chance to see what student life in Dunedin is like. Explore the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic campuses, learn more about the subjects you're interested in, and see first-hand the fantastic range of study options on offer. For further information or to book your place on this trip, please clink the link below. Numbers are limited and registrations close Monday 24 April.
Click link below to view latest job listings.
STARS: Positive Thinking
STARS: POSITIVE THINKING
Another impressive session led by our peer mentor teams last week on “positive thinking”. Encouraging year 9's to focus on two elements:
1. Power of giving and receiving compliments and the positive impacts this can achieve within WHS and beyond.
2. Designing a poster based on the outcomes of the lesson – competition time!
Advice given to the peer mentors before delivery, whatever energy you put out (every session) is the energy you will receive back. After delivery, one peer mentor shared “I surprised myself how well this session went”. I replied, “don’t be surprised, this is you and your teams leadership skills and commitment in action. You're making this happen, together".
POSTER COMPETITION RESULTS
ARTHUR: group 1
DUNCAN: group 2
FOX: group 1
HAY: group 1
MACKENZIE: group 3
We are delighted to announce the overall house winner: FOX! Miss Jermy and I really liked how this poster included "breathing". Moving forward we'll be strongly embedding this simple, effective and free wellbeing strategy into the STARS program across the board to enhance resilience, performance, empathy, positivity, calm, stress management, sleep hygiene and overall everyday wellbeing.
Well done to everyone. Keep up the great work. Finally to quote some of our year 9 compliments shared on this poster, "you surprise me everyday", "you're doing great", and "I love your smile : )".
With kindness and thanks,
P.S. Thank you to all our teachers supporting STARS implementation and positive outcomes.
Frankton Fire Brigade marks 50 years with open day Sunday, April 2, 11am to 2pm
Frankton Fire Brigade is inviting the public to an open day at the station as it commemorates 50 years of serving the community. The station traces its origins to a public meeting held on March 29, 1973, where the need for a new station to support the growing Frankton and Kelvin Heights communities was discussed. The first fire station was the original Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade tin shed, relocated in 1974 to a section in Douglas St Frankton, where the current station was built in 1979.
The open day will take place at the Douglas St station on Sunday, April 2, from 11am to 2pm.The public are invited to look around the station, chat with firefighters, get photos on the fire truck and purchase fundraising anniversary patches and challenge coins. A display of the car extrication equipment will be held during the day.