WHS Newsletter | Issue 4.07 | 03 December 2021
Associate Principal's Message
At Wakatipu High School, our vision is to enable students to experience and develop through ‘Aotearoa/New Zealand’s best all-round education’, and once again, this week has delivered.
Branches Camp offers students the opportunity to learn and grow holistically through a range of experiences, and by all accounts, Camp 1 is off to a stellar start, as the 140 students have had great weather experiencing the ‘Best of Branches’ - from Rafting to Polnoon to Lochnagar, and much more. Meanwhile the other half of Year 10 has been doing the ‘in-school programme’, in which they have been learning about the people and personalities in their respective Groups, while also learning astronomy, knot-tying, flax-weaving/harakeke. Yesterday, the students went up the Remarkables and helped clean up the environment while learning about the importance of citizenship and service. We look forward to welcoming back Camp 1 on Sunday and seeing Camp 2 off on Monday 6 December. (See below for photos).
Late last week, we were informed that Helena Hornbacher (Yr 12) and Kieran Leftley (Yr 9) had received the ICAS Medal for Writing and Digital Technology, respectively. Each student was the top student in all of New Zealand and the Pacific in their respective categories. This is quite an achievement, and very uncommon, let alone for two students to win a medal from the same school in the same year. What’s even more remarkable, is that this is the second year in a row that Helena has won a medal as she received the English ICAS medal in 2020. See below for more details on all the ICAS achievements, and my congratulations to all those students who are striving to reach their potential, Kā Mauka Whakatipu!
The annual WHS Foundation Golf Tournament was held again at Millbrook on Wednesday, and despite being under Level 2 conditions (maximum of 100 guests), this was another truly remarkable event. With more than $29,000 raised, the support that the WHS Foundation and Wakatipu community give to WHS is truly humbling. These funds have an immensely positive impact on students' education both in and out of the classroom, and as a school we cannot give enough thanks to everyone who is involved with organising and supporting events that contribute to the delivery of Aotearoa’s best all-round education.
Today, I met with the Deputy Secretary of Education to discuss Phase 2 of our school build. As mentioned last week, progress has been steady and we are looking forward to having the new extensions available to us from April of 2022. Similarly, the remediation of our sports fields is tracking to schedule, which means they will be available for our start of year, including Participation Day 2022. See below for key dates to the 2022 Academic Year.
Lastly, despite the country moving to the ‘traffic light system’ from today, the Secretary of Education has stated that all schools will stay with their current systems through to the end of the year, which means that at WHS, we will continue to operate at ‘Alert Level 2’. Unfortunately, this means that our end of year Prizegiving and Graduation will be livestreamed to parents/caregivers, as only students and teachers will be able to attend in person. Please see below for more details about Junior Prizegiving.
I’m looking forward to going into Branches tomorrow and with Mr Hall continuing to support the smooth running of Branches, there will be no newsletter next week, with the next and final newsletter for 2022 coming on Wednesday 15 December.
Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.
Key Dates for 2022 Start of the School Year
|Monday 24 Jan
|Office opens (midday)
|Mon 24 - Fri 28 Jan
|Uniform shop open (see article below for details)
|Thursday 27 Jan
|Teacher Only Day
Stars - Peer Mentor Training (9 - 3:10pm) in Gym
|Friday 28 Jan
Stars - Peer Mentor Training (9 - 3:10pm) in Gym
|Tuesday 1 Feb
|All Year 9's 1st day of school
New enrolment (non Yr 9s) orientation (9:00-10:30am)
|Wednesday 2 Feb
|All students at school, 9:10am start
|Friday 4 Feb
|Monday 7 Feb
|Waitangi Day (Public Holiday)
|Tuesday 8 Feb
|Normal timetabled classes
WHS Foundation Annual Golf Day Raises $29,500!
The sun was shining on Wednesday as 100 golfers in 25 teams fiercely competed in the WHS Foundation Annual Golf Tournament at Millbrook Resort. Some say that golf is just a good walk spoiled however on Wednesday it also proved to be a great fundraiser with $29,500 raised! These funds will benefit all WHS students through the $350,000 in initiatives the WHS Foundation is funding in 2022.
Congratulations to the winners of the day:
1st: Justin Ralson's Team with Justin Ralston, Glyn Lewers, Blaire Deasy, and Jamie McIssac
2nd: The Aprotean team with Stuart Dix, Craig Walton, Richard Parnell and Barnie van Biljon
3rd: Moore Markhams Otago with Heath Copland, Ben Irons, Peter Fullerton-Smith and Callum Rhodes
Nearest to the Pin Competition Sponsored by Mitre10 Mega Queenstown
Whip the Whippersnapper Nearest to the Pin Competition
The Longest Drive Competition Sponsored by Assembly Architects Limited
We would like to thank Millbrook Resort for generously sponsoring the day as well as all the wonderful local businesses that sponsored Holes and donated raffle and auction items and our Auctioneer Brendan Quill of Colliers. A special mention goes to the WHS Whippersnappers - Jack Gallie, Noah Novacek, Mace Korani, and Oscar Stanley who joined us on the course to play against our golfers and help raise funds on the day. Our Annual Golf Tournament would not be possible without the support and generosity of all involved. Thank you!
End of year prizegiving for Year 9 will happen on Monday 13 December, and Year 10 on Tuesday 14 December. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions these will be live streamed events with students and staff only. Parents are not able to attend in person. Early next week the whanau of prizewinners will be notified by email and given instructions for accessing the live stream. Due to privacy restrictions this event is not publicly available.
Year 9 Prizegiving - Monday 13 December (11:00 to 12:15), school finishes and buses run at 12:30pm
Year 10 Prizegiving - Tuesday 14 December (11:15 to 12:30), school finishes and buses run at 12:45pm
Branches Camp 1
Branches in school programme
Kia ora koutou!
Every year students from across all year levels take part in ICAS assessments. ICAS assessments are designed to recognise and award academic achievement in Mathematics, English, Writing, Science, and Digital Technologies. Student achievement is recognised with Commendation, Merit, Distinction, or High Distinction awards in each subject. Students with the highest score in each year group and subject within New Zealand and the Pacific are also awarded a medal and a medal winner’s certificate.
This year we are proud to announce that two of our students have been awarded an ICAS medal. Helena Hornbacher attained the medal for top Year 12 Writing student and Kieran Leftley top Year 9 student in Digital Technologies. This is a fantastic achievement and we're all very proud of your success!
Principal's Awards were also presented to the top students in our school in each assesment area. In addition to our top prize winners we also had a plethora of students awarded with certificates. Congratulations to you all and to everyone that participated this year!
English and Writing: Helena Hornbacher
Digital Technologies: Kieran Leftley
Mathematics: Tom Schenk
Science: Abby Fookes
Harriet Blundell- Credit in English and Mathematics
Georgia Chinn- Distinction in English, Credit in Writing and Science
Peter Davis- Credit in Mathematics
Jorja Dawson- Credit in English
Louis Denney- Credit in Mathematics
Daniela DiFazzio- Distinction in English
Abby Fookes- Credit in Mathematics and Science
Anthony Hollyer- Distinction in English, Credit in Mathematics
Helena Hornbacher- High Distinction in English, High Distinction in Writing + Medal
Paige Jones- Credit in English
Kieran Leftley- High Distinction in Digital Technologies + Medal, Credit in Mathematics
Tom Martin- Credit in Mathematics
Alice McPike- Distinction in English
Alisha Messingham- Credit in Mathematics, Credit in English
Mia Pagan- Credit in Mathematics, Credit in Science
Daphne Ricketts- Credit in English, Credit in Writing
Tom Schenk- Distinction in Mathematics
Ricky Webster- Credit in Mathematics
Sorcha Wilkinson- Distinction in English, Merit in Science, Credit in Writing
Uniform Shop Guidelines for Incoming Year 9 Students
As we approach the end of the year, incoming Year 9's will want to start organising their WHS uniform. Most of the WHS uniform items are for online purchase only and can be found here in the Online Shop. We recommend parents and caregivers place their uniform order before Christmas or early in January to avoid delivery delays because of Covid restrictions and very high demand on courier services.
Here is the Guideline Chart to help you with taking proper measurements.
For parents who need help with the sizing, WHS will be opening a pop up uniform shop downstairs in the Food Tech learning common area during the following days and times. Please enter via the side door opposite the first staff carpark. There will be signage on the door. All small items such as socks, belts, jerseys and ties are available to purchase at the onsite shop.
2022 Dates: Monday 24 Jan - Friday 28 Jan, Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Covid restrictions apply to the WHS pop-up shop and we ask that every visitor please adhere to the following
- Sign in on arrival using the covid tracer app
- Wear a mask at all times
- keep 2m social distance
We are excited to announce that Wakatipu High School has partnered with TaxGift, a simple to use platform that enables you to donate your tax refund back to us, boosting your donation by up to 48% at no additional cost to you! It takes less than a minute to opt in to TaxGift by clicking the link below. Then your job is done. TaxGift will integrate with Inland Revenue to claim the donation tax credit and pass them back to us, as a further gift from you.
International day of Persons with Disabilities
Special Education group of Wakatipu High School celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities today, Friday 3 December. The group invites everyone to support inclusion within our communities by wearing orange.
Special Education - Art
The Special Education group painted festive Christmas rocks yesterday which we will place along the Frankton trail near the Kawarau river. We hope that people in the community will find and enjoy our Christmas decorations!
This year we introduced an additional programme, COYEP (Central Otago Youth Employment Programme), at Wakatipu High School. COYEP has an educational focus and is a crucial component of an inclusive education here at school. It is designed to keep students engaged in learning through an interest related programme whilst identifying a possible vocational learning pathway.
This year COYEP provided opportunities for a number of our students to gain their best academic level possible whilst remaining engaged in learning. The programme has been a combination of personally selected NCEA mainstream subjects and school/work-related packages.
The other element to the programme has been work placement. This enabled students to develop vocational skills and interests and explore the ‘world of work’. It has profoundly impacted some of our students, increasing self-belief, motivation, and aspirations for their futures.
We would sincerely like to thank a number of businesses that have opened their doors to providing work placement opportunities for our COYEP students, a vital part of the programme's success. Without support from our community, alternative learning programmes like COYEP could never be possible.
We wish to thank:
Tom Tom Productions
Dion Bolland Painters
FUSO Torque AUTO
If you are interested in supporting our student community, and keen to have a hand in building and growing our vocational work force then we would love to engage with you further. Please get in touch, and if you have any further questions let us know.
If you would like to find out more information about COYEP please follow the link below. All enquiries to Lea Lawniczak at email@example.com or
Arts News & Information
2022 Musical Update
Thank you for your patience with updates on the 2022 Wakatipu High School musical. As some of you know, we announced that the show for 2022 would be “Heathers - The High School Edition”. While Heathers is a great musical it does contain complex themes including bullying, mental health and suicide, and accordingly, our intention was to develop a plan for how to address these matters appropriately and ensure it was a positive experience for students. However, from the feedback we have received, as well as our own research we have made the decision that now is not the right time to do Heathers and we need to do another musical in 2022.
While we know that there will be students and local arts folk who will be disappointed with this decision, we do still think that Heathers has real merit as a musical and it is our intention to do it at some stage in the future.
What does this mean for students who have been selected for the 2022 Musical?
Naturally, this poses some questions for students already cast for 2022. Firstly, all students who have been selected through the 2022 audition process will still be a part of the 2022 show. However, as we are changing the show for 2022, the roles that have been cast must be re-cast. The reality is that some students may miss out on lead roles. This process will be extensive, and it is our goal to endeavour to be fair to all students.
So if it is not “Heathers - The High School Edition”, what is the new show?
This is likely the first question that pops into the minds of the cast and parents. We wanted a show that would have the same buzz in the student community as “Heathers - The High School Edition” would have created. Along with this, we needed a show that would fit our current cast. With that in mind, we have selected “Footloose” for 2022.
“Footloose'' is a fantastic show that focuses on love, truth and dancing. At a deeper level, this show dives into the complicated love between family, friends and the community but ultimately the power of forgiveness. Like all musicals, “Footloose” represents society and it raises issues like child abuse, bullying, religious overreach and the message that if we never trust our children how will they ever grow up trustworthy. In the words of Origin theatre, “Footloose celebrates listening to the young people and guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind”. Accordingly, parents are advised to conduct their own research to ensure they are comfortable with their students participating in this show.
New Release for No Man's Land
No Man's Land has released their newest song 'Safehouse' yesterday. Listeners can find it on Spotify at the link below.
Sports News and Information
Southland School Sports Junior Adventure Race
20 WHS students competed in the Southland Junior Adventure Race last Friday in Invercargill. It was a cold and wet day of navigating while kayaking, biking and running. Highlights included running on sand, getting legs shredded from sharp grass and swimming to the checkpoints on the kayak, but despite all of that action, the teams did really well! The first team to cross the finish line were the Wakatipu Wogainers (Jess Hudson, Jude Deaker, Pete Davis, Abby Fookes) in under 2.5 hours, closely followed by Tom Schenk, Seb Watson, Siena Mackley and Sara Warmington. Everyone put in their all and came back soaked to the skin and full of stories. It was awesome to have five teams representing WHS in this growing sport! A huge thanks to Ms Dixon for all of her organisation and effort on the day.
Wakatipu Wogainers: Jess Hudson, Jude Deaker, Pete Davis, Abby Fookes - finished 27th
WHS 1: Tom Schenk, Seb Watson, Siena Mackley, Sara Warmington - finished 4th
WHS 2: Abbie Rooney, Violet Smilie, Lucy Boniface, Neive McLeod - finished 7th
WHS 3: Elsbeth Purdue, Manuela Pedrosa, Charlie Manser, Harry Walker-Leech - finished 18th
WHS 4: Finn McCaw, Hyugo Saunders - finished 8th
Junior Cricket Tournament
The Year 9 boys cricket team competed in the annual St Kevins Junior Cricket Tournament in Oamaru this week against schools from Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill. This is the second year WHS has sent a team to this 40 over tournament and a great way for our Year 9's to spend time together as a group and play schools they normally would not get the opportunity to. A late default from Waitaki Boys saw the team take on the North Otago Primary School rep team on Monday. The side were all out for 134 and had their opposition on the ropes at 18/5 in the second innings before easing off far too much and allowing the North Otago side to achieve the run target. On to a far better second day of the tournament where Hugo Bogue hit the form of his life make 135 runs off 104 balls, smacking 22 fours and one six. Hugo displayed plenty of elegant stroke making and looked good right from the first ball. The team set 204 to win against St Thomas' of Canterbury and got them all out for 176. Wickets were shared well throughout the team and there was some great fielding from Havyn Cooney with a spectacular run out. Unfortunately the third day was rained out. This team now goes on to play Southland Boys High School in Invercargill on Tuesday in the semi-final of the Otago Junior Boys Tournament. A massive thank you to coaches Mr McNamara, Mark O'Neill and Reuben Bogue for their huge contribution to WHS cricket this week.
Coaches/Managers Required for 2022
If you are keen to get involved in supporting the development and growth of our students through sport next year, please let us know. We are looking for coaches and managers in the following sports:
Please send me an email to register an expression of interest; firstname.lastname@example.org
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. https://www.facebook.com/WakatipuHighSchoolSports/
Director of Sport
Student Job Vacancies
Waste Management is looking for two students who would like to potentially job share a role from November to beginning of March over the Christmas school holidays.
The role involves riding an electric trike in Wanaka to service, clean and maintain public rubbish bins in the CBD and along the waterfront from approximately 12 to 5pm daily Monday to Sunday hence the suggestion of job sharing.
Full training would be provided for this very relaxed and chilled job. A pre-requisite of the role is a reliable, outgoing and confident personality. For the right candidates we are offering $22.00 per hour.
We also have roles in our recycling centre Monday to Friday either part or full time.
If interested please email Sean - SCronin@wastemanagement.co.nz
The Dishery in Arrowtown are seeking a summer holiday Kitchen Hand to join our team.
You would be working in a small team under some of the most skilled and creative chefs in the district. This is a great opportunity to learn from the best and further your hospitality career. Hours available on a causal basis from 20 December.
If this opportunity appeals, please send your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Lakes Laundries are looking for SENIOR STUDENTS to join our friendly team.
We are a Commercial Laundry base in Glenda Drive looking for LAUNDRY STAFF.
Candidates must be:
- Physically fit as the job involves heavy lifting and repetitive tasks
- Reliable and punctual
- Friendly with a positive attitude
- Promoters of safe work practices
Full training to perform the job will be provided. If you are interested, please email your resume to:
CAFE SOCIETY - 5 MILE QUEENSTOWN:
CASUAL SUMMERTIME position available! Would suit a senior student looking for summer work. Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa
Please apply via Email with C.V to email@example.com or pop in and speak to Kari or Dan.
GWD - Looking for a School Leaver:
Are you looking to start a career in the motor trade? Do you know a thing or two about cars? Can you tell a camshaft from a crankshaft? Sort out the cabin air filters from the regular air filters? Then this could be a great opportunity for you to join our busy parts team at our Queenstown branch. Nestled in beside the Queenstown airport on Lucas Place our busy Toyota and Lexus dealership needs an additional parts advisor to keep providing our clients with top-notch service.
As a parts advisor, you will be assisting our customers to find the correct parts and accessories they need for their vehicle and assisting our service technicians in getting the parts they need to get our client’s vehicles on the road. Our preferred candidate is someone who has a passion for motor vehicles, interested in a career in the motor trade and have a genuine desire meet our customer’s needs.
To be successful in this role you will have:
- Be just a little bit car-mad
- An eye for detail
- Knowledge of automotive parts (or willing to learn!)
- The ability to work well as part of a team
- Fantastic customer service skills
- Good numerical, communication and literacy skills
- A sense of humour
- Excellent computer literacy
- Genuine desire to learn new skills
- Looking to start a career in a very fast changing industry that needs intelligent self starters.
GWD’s has been serving Southern Motorists for over 100 years and in that time, we have developed a great reputation for service and for looking after our staff so If you think you meet our criteria and want to join a great team, with a fantastic culture, selling parts for NZ’s no.1 automotive brand and in a location that offers you an awesome lifestyle then get your application into Tim Duggan (firstname.lastname@example.org) today.
Joe’s Garage is on the lookout for students interested in working over the summer break to join our team. Ideal candidates will be enthusiastic and energetic with a strong willingness to learn new skills and help us continue to deliver the Joe’s experience Queenstown locals know and love.
We also have apprenticeships opportunities available in our kitchen for school leavers wanting to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.
For more information, please contact Ryan - email@example.com
Novotel is looking to hire students who are wanting to work the Summer holidays
- Flexible with number of days per week
- Room attendants and various roles available
- $21 per hour
Send a CV and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cranbury Court Apartments are looking for a student to help over the busy summer holidays. They would be assisting the housekeeping team. They would need to be fit and reliable. Hourly rate would be above the minimum wage. If interested contact Marama email@example.com
Wyndham Garden Remarkables Park Do you want work over the summer holidays and beyond? Housekeeping roles at various locations for the Wyndham Gardens.
- Flexible days 9am to 3pm
- Full training given
If interested email a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org attention Lana
We are on the hunt for a school leaver or senior student looking for a summer job as a Vehicle Detailer.
SIXT is an innovative global company that has joined forces with the Giltrap Group. SIXT is the first true ‘New Mobility’ service of its kind bringing Kiwis new flexible vehicle solutions with a variety of services that can be tailored to suits people’s individual mobility needs.
About the Role:
We are looking for a motivated and genuine team player to prepare our fleet prior to rent. Vehicle presentation, safety checks, and thorough cleaning and sanitising are very important to us and key to the service we offer our customers.
This can be a part time, fix term or full-time position, based at our Frankton location, is 20 - 40 hours per week working on a rotating roster across 7 days between our operational hours from 06: 30 am to 8:30 pm (please only apply if you are able to commit to a roster and have a full driver’s license). Weekend and public holiday work is often a part of the roster. Hourly wage of NZ$22.75 is on offer for the right candidate.
To apply, please contact Cecile Mendoza, Ces.Mendoza@sixt.nz
NEXT CHAPTER PARENTING offering Individual, or group, PARENTING SESSIONS via Zoom.
Eight one hourly sessions, weekly at a time convenient to you, available evenings.Topics covered include Communication, Empathy, Setting Limits, Quality Time, Consequences, Choices, Redirection, Pick your battles with your child, Problem Behaviour, Praise vs Acknowledgement, Time In vs Time
Out, The Pause, Erickson’s Stages of Growth, Personality Types and how it affects your children. WINZ funding assistance where eligible.