WHS Newsletter | Issue 4.4 | 6 November 2020
- Principal's Message
- Senior Prizegiving Awards
- Cultural Blues Awards
- Fox House Haka for Mrs Kelly
- Library Books
- And the winner is...
- 2021 Stars Programme - Peer Mentors
- Generation Give Grant Ceremony
- Head Student Address
- Arts Update
- Sports News and Results
- Careers Department - Job Vacancies
- Key Dates
- Community Notices
Kia ora and welcome to the Wakatipu High Newsletter at the end of Week 4 - the end of the first phase of the term. As I have noted in previous pieces, these first weeks of Term 4 are a time of celebrations and ceremonies as we mark the end of the year, as our seniors finish classes before Tutorial Week and then exams.
On Tuesday this week we had our Cultural Blues Awards. Preceded by an always amazing display of student artwork in the foyer, Cultural Blues is a wonderful celebration of all things artistic and cultural at WHS. Complete with performances and great speakers and speeches, it is always a wonderful showcase of the talent in the arts area. My thanks to the Arts team for making it such a great event, and for all the work they and so many others do to provide opportunities in this important area for our students. My congratulations also to all recipients.
This afternoon we had our Senior Prizegiving. The impact of being a growing school, lots of students receiving awards and many parents attending meant not all staff could attend, but it was a fantastic event which celebrated the academic as well as leadership, service and all-round efforts and achievements of our students - some of which are quite incredible. Senior Prizegiving culminates in the awarding of the Proxime and Dux and the Dux’s Valedictory speech. As per last year, we also did this at an assembly where we gathered as a school late this morning. My congratulations to all prizewinners but especially to our joint Proxime Accessits - Micky Nguyen and Natsune Suzuki, and our 2020 Dux - Om Alva. My sincere thanks to Colliers International who stepped up to sponsor this most important award this year, as well as for all their incredible support over many years now - thank you from WHS. See below for lists of prizewinners.
Senior End of Year Reports - will be available on the Portal by this evening, however please note that a fibre cutover as part of Phase 2 work means that there will be no internet to the school and the Portal will not be available during the day tomorrow.
Generation Give - our youth philanthropy programme are holding their grant giving ceremony at school at 5.30pm on Sunday, please see below for more.
Friday 13th November - is always a different day here (and is actually based on Canterbury Show Day when there are normally no NCEA exams nationally, but that has been Covidified this year …). Please note:
- Seniors - no studying at school this day; leadership training for Student Leaders
- Year 10 - Branches Camp Workday
- Year 9 - School and buses as normal
- Year 8 - Orientation Day
‘Accord (Teacher Only) Day’ - is on Tuesday 17th November. This is the first in a series of nationwide days over the next few years for teachers to work on the upcoming NCEA changes. Exams continue for seniors but there will be no school for juniors that day.
Branches Camp - as always, if Branches Camp fees are an issue, please remember that our Awhi Fund is available to support students and families financially. Please either contact one of our Guidance Counsellors or click here for an online application. A big thanks to everyone who is supporting Branches Workday next week.
As well as everything else happening today, Fox House hosted a very moving haka tautoko in the foyer this morning to acknowledge Mrs Barb Kelly who is retiring at the end of the year :(.
Tutorial Week begins for seniors on Monday. Seniors who come to school must be in tutorials or studying.
Another game of two halves weekend weather-wise, as while Sunday will clear Saturday will feel like a nicer day. Go the All Blacks again!
Senior Prizegiving Awards
Congratulations to all students who received awards today at our Senior Prizegiving Ceremony. It was a wonderful celebration!
Year 13 Awards
Year 12 Awards
Year 11 Awards
Cultural Blues Awards
Tuesday evening was a fabulous night for the Arts Department. It was a chance for everyone to celebrate the successes and events that have happened throughout this year. Congratulations to all the deserving Cultural Blue recipients.
A huge thanks to everyone involved, especially our guest speaker Jessica Winchcombe. Also, thanks to the teachers, tutors and the wider community for giving our students opportunities to develop their skills.
Prior to the Cultural Blues, we exhibited artwork from the senior Arts student in Design, Photography and Painting. As always, the standard was incredibly high and reflected the ability and considerable work that went into developing these folio boards. Thanks to Leslie Koehn, Abbey Brown and Rosa Scott for guiding our students through their creative art journey this year.
We wish the departing Year 13s well for their futures and hope they continue their journey in the Arts.
Cultural Blues Awards
Fox House Haka for Mrs Kelly
Fox House students and many others gathered in the Foyer this morning to perform a haka for Mrs Kelly who is retiring at the end of the year.
It's time for all senior students to return their library books and English text books and for Junior students to return any book which they have had issued to them for more than three weeks. Students who are not sure exactly what they have issued can check the school portal or ask a Librarian. We will be charging for all overdue books on Friday 13 November, so please try to return everything before then. Students can still take books out and will be able to have books issued for the Christmas Holidays. If you return a book for which you have been charged we will reverse the charge; and if you return a book which you have paid for we will credit your school account. So look under the bed/sofa/cat and return all those books before the 13th.
And the winner is...
Three of our student filmmakers, Elke Koehn, Fineen Hingston and Finn Hyndman were selected as finalists for the School Shorts Film Competition run by the NZ Broadcasting School. We are delighted to announce that Elke Koehn was the winner of Best Screenplay for the short film Mania.
2021 Stars Programme - Peer Mentors
Kia Ora Team,
The first week back of Term 4 saw the recruitment of the 2021 Stars Peer Mentors.
Over 100 students with different skill sets and talents have put themselves forward, which makes for an action-packed and fun-filled 2021 Stars Programme.
Stars is a great avenue for students to develop and strengthen key elements of our Ākonga Profile such as social, self and active citizenship for their holistic development.
Stars Programme congratulates all those who applied and welcomes the Peer Mentors for 2021.
Ngā Mihi Maioha,
Stars Programme Coordinator
STARS PROGRAMME - giving students the chance to make a positive difference in the lives of young people entering our school community.
Generation Give Grant Ceremony
Join us for our GRANT CEREMONY on Sunday 8th November!
Generation give is a non-profit education programme where us students have learnt about philanthropy - "to love and care for others despite their differences to us". As young professionals, we execute board meetings, making consensus decisions and learn from guest speakers from the community.
After a year’s effort of learning, fundraising and event coordinating of the year, the Grant Ceremony will mark the end to the 2nd year of the Generation Give Programme which has been a great success thanks to the support of the Wakatipu Community and YPNZ team.
Grants will be presented to local charities chosen by us students in support of environmental and youth-focused initiatives in the Wakatipu region.
We invite the Wakatipu Community to the celebratory evening, as well as students of WHS who are interested in joining the programme in 2021.
Please RSVP via this link: https://forms.gle/
YPNZ Generation Give Marketing Manager
Head Student Address
Welcome to the last week of school for senior students. I trust that everyone has managed to continue being productive throughout this week as we head towards exams. Exams are extremely important for all students and it is essential to prepare well in advance. Personally, I would advise senior students to make use of the rest of this week and tutorial week as this will be the only period where your teachers will solely be dedicated to assisting you with your queries.
This week has been eventful - as is the last week of school every year. On Wednesday, the Year 13 cohort had their annual uniform swap. This was followed by the pranks and ‘dress-up’ day on Thursday. Credit goes out to the junior students who managed to continue their learning amongst the disruption. The celebration for Year 13 leaving was marked with another milestone event - the Senior Prizegiving. Congratulations to all the prizewinners, this celebration validates your hard work so keep your eyes on that prize both literally and figuratively. Speaking from experience, self-management is a key skill for your future successes.
This will likely be my last newsletter article for the year. I cannot express the honour of being Head Boy at Wakatipu High School this year. This year was challenging globally with Covid and while no one thinks of this as ideal, we learnt important life lessons to be grateful, to not take our opportunities and privileges for granted and for our surprising resilience to changes. So embrace change we must. I think it’s important that all of us students can concede the broader importance in this to recognise that life outside of WHS, will be capricious and uncertain. We live in a world where gender gap, climate change, political turmoil and racism is ubiquitous. In all of these days, I am proud of how WHS supported the Black Lives Matter movement. This is where I want to congratulate my fellow students because I think we deserve to be proud of the inclusivity, and friendliness and laughter that I see every day at this school.
To the incoming leaders, my best wishes and with this new group of leaders the legacy of WHS as a formidable school will continue. Use your position of privilege with constructive consciousness.
My final few words of advice and encouragement is that with the abundance of opportunities available here at WHS, it is important to take every chance that you are given because you never know when you will get another one. I’ll end by sharing a quote that has resonated highly with me.
“We may live in an age of instant messaging, instant gratification and Instagram, but there is no way to short circuit the path to success.” Tory Burch
I hope you all have a great rest of the year.
Minna Wins National Aotearoa Poster Competition
Congratulations to Minna Zhu for winning the Young Person category of the Aotearoa Poster competition!
A famous panel of judges met in Wellington to access the entries. They said, “Key features of your winning entry included the strong impact and dynamic nature of the poster through the use of colour and the detail of different people’s expressions. The clarity of the message and use of the slogan “I’m Kiwi too” and the crowd scene imagery to generate interest, engagement and connection with the public. The judges loved the passion expressed within your poster.”
Minna’s poster, along with the other three winners, will be collected by Te Papa for their Asian History collection.
Jazz Combo Visits the Primary Schools
On Wednesday the Jazz Combo had one of its last performances of the year. They played several songs for both St. Joseph’s and Queenstown Primary School. The favourite song of the day was when they were able to play ‘Watermelon Sugar’ by Harry Styles after having a request from someone in the audience. It was a lovely day for all.
Sports News and Results
National Climbing Champs
Two WHS students competed in the National Masters and Youth Bouldering Champs in Wellington last weekend. Lucy Sinclair finished 5th and Azaria Briscoe 6th out of 16 competitors in the Youth B Female Bouldering final. Congratulations girls!
Central Otago Touch
WHS entered two teams into the annual Central Otago Junior Touch competition that was held in Cromwell on Tuesday. The Mixed A team went through unbeaten to the final and the Mixed B team, in the opposite pool, also made the final with two wins and a draw. It was great to see both WHS teams playing off against each other in the final and congratulations to the A's who took it out with a comfortable 7-0 win!
Central Otago Girls Cricket
The WHS girls cricket team wrapped up their T20 season with an 155 to 142 run win over Cromwell College on Wednesday afternoon. This meant that the team won all three of their games in the modified form of cricket which is aimed at introducing girls to the sport and developing skills and knowledge in a social setting. Well done girls, we look forward to building on this result with a strong Bates Cup team in Term 1 2021. A big thank you to coaches Kloe Vermeir and Jason Rhind for supporting the team over the last few weeks.
A number of WHS students competed for the Wakatipu Rowing Club at the Aoraki regatta last weekend which 12 clubs attended. A number of finals were cancelled due to weather conditions and below are the placings from A finals. Congratulations to all involved.
1st - Neve Bates - U15 Girls Single Sculls
1st - Gigi Thomson - U16 Girls Single Sculls
1st - Marley King Smith - U16 Boys Single Sculls
1st - U16 Girls Coxed Quad Sculls - Olivia Key, Zara Mackley, Neve Bates, Holly Rogers, Emily Howick (cox)
1st - U16 Boys Double Sculls - Marley King Smith & Sam McAtamney
2nd - Neve Bates - U16 Girls Single Sculls
2nd - U16 Girls Double Sculls - Olivia Key & Zara Mackley
2nd - U16 Girls Coxed Quad Sculls - Primrose Johnson, Keely Erskine, Ellie Shuttleworth, Phoebe Cavanagh, Charlotte Muir (cox)
3rd - U16 Boys Double Sculls - Tiwai Saxton & Will Donovan
3rd - U16 Girls Coxed Four - Primrose Johnson, Keely Erskine, Ellie Shuttleworth, Phoebe Cavanagh, Emily Howick (cox)
Careers Department - Job Vacancies
Please continue to keep a look out for jobs over the remainder of the school year as we will continue to update accordingly!
McDonald's Queenstown Frankton is now recruiting!
McDonald's has job vacancies for students during the Christmas and New Year period, aswell as some ongoing roles if applicants are interested. Please make contact with Sarah Lucas for more information. Ph 03 441 4257 or 0275889808 or email your CV through to Sarah.email@example.com
Bed Bath and Beyond are now looking for a student to work weekends and holidays. No experience needed, you just need to be keen to work! See Ali at Bed Bath and Beyond.
Casual Position Available
- 30pm-5.30pm Weekdays
- 9am-12pm Occasional Saturday
- Restricted car drivers license
- Good computer skills
- Prior interest or knowledge around motorcycles
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to follow direction and use initiative
- Pick up & deliver motorcycles & parts
- Order parts & accessories
- Talk to customers, sell parts & gear
- Light duties in the workshop may include, tyre changing, washing bikes, sweeping, recycling.
- Stock handling
We are looking for a responsible person with an interest in motorcycles to join our team at Remarkable Motorcycles. This is a casual after school position with flexibility to work around extra-curricular activities with extra hours potentially available during school holidays.
This is a new role so there may be some changes to the job as time goes on. It will be quite varied giving you the opportunity to experience many sides of the business.
If you think you have the skills needed for this role then call Rebecca on 027 3785768 , email us at firstname.lastname@example.org also feel free to pop into the shop to discuss the position at 4/27 Glenda Drive, Frankton. You can also learn more about us on our website www.remarkablemotorcycles.co.nz or our socials @remarkablemotorcycles
COUGAR SECURITY IS NOW RECRUITING: Do you have what it takes?
- Applications must be over 18 year (this is a requirement for the security licensing) – further info at the Careers Hub.
- Full Drivers license is an advantage but not a must at this point
- Full and part time roles available
- Be able to work independently
- As we are a 24/7 operation, we have a mixture of roles with nights and weekend work included
- Each of the roles have their own skills, therefore the CCTV/Monitoring role a reasonable sense of IT would be required
- Absolute discretion and confidentially in all the roles is a must as we deal with some fairly sensitive topics
- Male or female applicants are welcome
- Staring hourly rate is $19.50ph
GIBBSTON VALLEY : Summer Holiday Jobs Available
Gibbston Valley are actively looking to fill the following roles for the summer period Dec-Feb:
- Cheesery café front of house
- Cellar door assistant (clear tables, polish glasses & customer service)
- Kitchen hand
- Packing for wine club shipments in the warehouse, which happens once per quarter.
If interested please make contact with Maggie Fea - email@example.com
We are a New Zealand owned food delivery company operating in 15 cities across the country. You can find more about us here: www.delivereasy.co.nz
We're currently looking for a lot more drivers in Queenstown. Drivers are brought on as self employed independent contractors and get to choose when they would like to work. Drivers would need their own vehicle and would be paid per delivery, so street smarts and efficiency = great pay!
Click here for the link to the TradeMe advertisement where drivers can take a better look at what the job involves. We'd love to hear from any drivers keen to jump on board as soon as possible! We're getting busier by the day so there is a lot of work available.
Contact Brett Johnston for more details - firstname.lastname@example.org
NZSKI have part time employment opportunities for students this summer at Coronet Peak. They are operating from December 17th – March 13th seven days a week until mid January then Thursday – Sunday after that. 10:30am – 6:30pm, 8:30pm on Friday nights. They are keen to offer the right people an opportunity to work, learn and ride with them this summer. This is a unique opportunity to learn some kitchen operations, barista and front of house service skills.
Contact Dan Maroszek email@example.com for more details.
ARE YOU A LOCAL STUDENT ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A SUMMER JOB? GREAT NEWS….WE’RE HIRING!
A long term, part-time job while studying. The ideal candidate will be at least 17 years old. We will provide you with valuable skills, training and experience that you can either build on for a hospitality career once study has finished - or take with you when you head off overseas. We can offer flexible hours to suit your needs, such as part time work while at school and work during university holidays. Learn the skills of hospitality in one of Queenstown’s most popular restaurants.
You will be well presented and bring the right attitude along with a desire to learn.
If this sounds like you, then email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanted: Part time lawn mowing job at an Arthurs Point home
Contact Betty Gray - 442 7187
Startup Queenstown Lakes 27 Nov
Startup Weekend is a high-energy, 54-hour event for established entrepreneurs and budding founders, for designers, developers, business-focused, and non-technical people alike. It's like outward bound for entrepreneurs!
You can expect to:
- Meet potential new co-founders and make some great friends.
- Have a FUN time - make some great memories with passionate, energetic people.
- Learn from the best - engage with mentors who will keep you going and foster your entrepreneurial spirit.