WHS Newsletter | Issue 1.05 | 04 March 2022
Associate Principal's Message
It has been an unexpectedly normal and busy week at WHS, but before I get into some of the highlights of the week, I need to begin with some words about covid.
As you would expect, we have had some covid cases at WHS over the past two weeks but they have been relatively few. These students and staff have been following health guidelines and self-isolating accordingly, and with the phase 3 changes, only household contacts are now required to isolate. Our attendance rates for students over the past week have been very high and actually comparable to that of non-covid times. This, along with minimal staff absence, has meant that teaching and learning, and other school-based activities have largely continued as normal to date. We have done a lot of continuity planning to ensure that school can stay open and that high quality teaching and learning can persist, and we appreciate everyone’s continued vigilance with wearing their masks to support this. We are actively monitoring this space and we will keep you informed of any changes to teaching and learning that could occur should absences, due to covid, increase dramatically. I’d like to thank parents for keeping us in the loop when students are sick and/or have become household contacts of a positive case, as this is very helpful with our planning.
With regards to extra and co-curricular activities, this week Minister Hipkins announced that there will be a change to the Health Order that will ensure students can “participate in all school-organised teams and groups regardless of their vaccination status”. We expect this order to take effect no later than Tuesday 15 March, and we hope to be able to provide more details in the coming days as it is provided to us.
We appreciate that the current environment is tough for many families and wish to remind you that the school is very well supported by the WHS Foundation, and that we have an Awhi fund that can be used to support students with uniform, BYOD and their extra and co-curricular endeavours through school. You can find out more about our Awhi fund at the link here.
Wakatipu High School's vision is to have ‘Aotearoa New Zealand’s best all-round education’ and March is usually a key marker in which a range of activities begin. Our annual Greenstone Camp, which has historically offered Year 9 students the opportunity to come together in a treasured part of the world, was modified to a one day outdoor experience walking, kayaking and river crossing on the Shotover River. It was awesome to see the Year 9 students in the outdoor environment, and equally encouraging to see our Year 12 and 13 Peer Mentors out there supporting the students, as part of their Stars Programme. It was also fantastic to have so many applications for our Student Councils and I would like to acknowledge everyone who has put their hand up for these important leadership positions.
In sporting news, our rowers had some excellent results at the club championships last weekend, as they prepare for South Island Secondary School (SISS) Champs in a few weeks. Congratulations also to Toby Meek who finished second in the National u19 Mountain Biking Championships. Also, for the first time, we have sent two teams to the SISS Volleyball Championships in Christchurch who are playing now. Karawhiua!
Our senior students should have identified and completed their goal-setting for 2022. Students were required to set an NCEA achievement goal, a Learning Disposition (or habit) goal, an Extracurricular involvement goal and a Wellbeing goal. Similarly, our junior students have been asked to set a goal around their habits, with the view that good habits can lead to long-term success. We strongly encourage parents/caregivers to ask their students what their goals are for the year and to assist them with planning, including what habits they may need to change or implement to enable them to achieve their goals. The NCEA assessment calendars below are a great tool to assist with planning for senior students.
As we turn the corner into the second half of Term 1, we are very pleased with the progress that is being made with the expansion of the school. The north-east extension is on track to be ready for Term 2 and the new double-gym now has a roof and some external cladding, looking to be completed for the start of 2023.
Parents, please note that there is our annual Teacher Only Day on Friday 18 March, leading into Otago Anniversary Day on Monday 21 March.
Finally, with Steve’s announcement last week, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the extraordinary work, commitment and leadership that he has shown over these past 10 years. There will be plenty more about this, but in the meantime, a massive thank you from all of us!
Please enjoy the action packed newsletter that follows and the stellar weather this weekend.
Ngā mihi nui,
My Covid-19 Plan
Internal Assessment Calendar
The 202 internal assessment calendar provides the due dates for all internal assessments that students undertake throughout the year for each course in Years 11-13. We highly recommend that parents ask their students to create their individual assessment calendar to better enable them to organise and plan so that they may ultimately achieve their academic goals. (NB. Students will also have external practice exams that can be added to the calendar. Ask to see the ‘Course Outline’ for each of their subjects).
- Level 1 Internal Assessment Calendar
- Level 2 Internal Assessment Calendar
- Level 3 Internal Assessment Calendar
While the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has not yet caused disruptions to school bus services, a reminder to all students and parents that it is highly likely that some school transport services will need to be cancelled at very short notice due to drivers being unavailable (either by having contracted Covid-19 or by being a household contact of a Covid-19 positive person).
In the event that a driver is identified as a Covid-19 positive case or is directed to self-isolate, students and parents will be notified as soon as possible, but all students who rely on the school bus should have an alternative plan for transportation.
Additionally, should a student who travels on a school bus test positive for Covid-19, it is critical that they notify the school so that we can pass this information on to Go Bus. Students who are notified to isolate while they are at school must not catch the school bus home.
Public buses have also, to date, escaped disruption to services due to COVID-19. We do, however, strongly recommend that all students monitor changes to services by accessing the Orbus website here.
And finally, as has been signalled by the Ministry of Health, and Mr Hall in previous newsletters, there is an absolute requirement for all students travelling on either public or school buses to be wearing masks at all times. This is to protect the bus drivers as well as fellow school students from possible spread of the virus. We have been advised that compliance around mask-wearing has been good to date, and students are encouraged to continue adhering to this public health advice.
Acting Assistant Principal
Level 2 with Excellence - Parent Meeting
High performance, academically, is something that we value and focus on at WHS. Achievement of NCEA Level 2 with Excellence is a qualification that frequently supports students to access significant scholarships and apply successfully to university halls of residence. All senior students either have set or are in the process of setting their academic goal for the year, and to date, we have 64 Year 12 students for whom Level 2 with Excellence is their goal in 2022.
To help parents better understand how they can support their student to achieve Level 2 with Excellence, we are holding a Parent Information Evening via Google Meet on Thursday 17th March at 7pm. We will send out more details over the coming weeks, but please pencil this into your family’s calendar.
Student Leadership Team & Goals
The following students have been selected to be on one of our 11 Student Councils at WHS. These positions assist with the development and running of key initiatives that enhance school-wide culture and ultimately contribute to one of the five goals that the Student Leadership Team have developed :
People care about each other, are kind and feel safe
People feel like they have a say
People feel proud and enjoy being at WHS
Promoting a culture of personal success
Wellbeing is valued
Well done! Mahi tika ana!
|WHS STUDENT COUNCILS
|ARTS AND CULTURE
|COMMUNITY AND SERVICE
|Leadership positions in bold and Deputy Leaders in Italics.
Year 9 River Based Activity Week
Our Year 9 students have had a wonderful week of river based activities in their House Whanau groups with their STARs Peer Mentors. They went kayaking on the Kawarau River, learnt river safety and swimming skills under the Kawarau Falls Bridge Ō Te Roto; and practised river crossing skills at the Shotover Delta Puahuru.
Many thanks to their instructors: Barb Simpson, Dan Lynton, Gareth Wilson, Gabriel Campbell-lloyd and Bod (Dave Boden).
Languages Championships 2022
Senior Languages students and all junior students will take their language to the next level through the Education Perfect Global Languages Championships 2022 next week.
This year's competition will be open from Tuesday 8 March until Tuesday 15 March 2022 and all students need to do is to go to 'Competitions' on their Education Perfect.
Last year students answered 136,666 questions!!! Let's answer 200,000 questions in 2022!
Spelling Bee Competition
Building on the success of House touch in recent weeks, on Wednesday next week we'll kick off our spelling bee House competition. This competition hopes to build upon the momentum of Wordle and our focus on literacy this year as a school. This is a new event where teams of five (mixed gender and year level) from each House will take on one another at break two each day culminating in finals on Wednesday 16th March and a staff versus students spelling bee the next day. Of course, to make this event as safe as possible in these uncertain times we will be livestreaming the event to the rest of the school. Come one, come all, and may the best spellers beat them all!
Acting Deputy Principal
Lead Prefect Message
Kia ora all,
Yet another unusual week of mask-wearing, adapting plans and overcoming challenges. On behalf of the student leadership team, I want to congratulate every student who applied to be on the Student Council. We received a total of 122 applications. We thank every one of you for your commitment to the success of Wakatipu High School by joining a council. During the coming week, the Lead and Deputy prefects will begin running meetings and work hard to create plans and activities for the year ahead.
This week brought some changes with the Year 9 calendar, with the adaptation of the Greenstone Camp into a series of river safety activities including kayaking, river crossing and swimming throughout the week. It was great to see all Year 9 students giving their best to participate and get involved with the activities. The staff were supported by the Stars Peer Mentors who were invited to join along with their assigned peer support groups.
Stars is a programme run in conjunction with the Graeme Dingle Foundation, and aims to support Year 9 students in their first year at High School. This is achieved by recruiting and training senior students as peer mentors, who then work together to deliver a programme of key life lessons including topics such as cyber safety and mental wellbeing. It also introduces the school values early on in high school to foster a culture of success.
It has been great to see the level of support the senior students have shown, not shying away from getting involved in these activities. These are promising signs for the remainder of the year, and I look forward to seeing more of how both peer mentors and Year 9’s utilise the amazing opportunity offered by this programme.
The week ahead is as packed with events as this week has been, featuring both the House Spelling Bee competition and the next speaker, Mike Rewi from Mana Tāhuna Charitable Trust speaking on Thursday morning as part of the External Speaker Series on Leadership. Keep an eye out for more information on these throughout the week and don’t be afraid to get involved!
Peer Support Lead Prefect
Sports and Active Recreation News
Meridian South Island Junior Rowing Regatta
Rowing continues to be able to deliver successful regattas in the current COVID environment and last weekend was no exception. South Island Rowing maintained strict covid protocols for this regatta involving the absence of all spectators and up to 20 separate zones allocated for each school. A large crew of WHS students competed for the Whakatipu Rowing Club at the Meridian South Island Junior Regatta in Twizel and an awesome weekend of rowing was had by all which builds nicely into the South Island Secondary Schools Rowing regatta due to take place from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th March. Once again, another huge thank you to the WRC organisational team in particular Hamish Noton, Kelly Saxton and head coach John Morrison. A total of 50 crews from WHS performed at the South Island Junior regatta with 16 crews achieving top three placings. Congratulations to all competitors and well done on the outstanding results below.
1st - U17 2X - Sam McAtamney, Marley King Smith
1st - U17 1X - Marley King Smith
1st - U17 4X - Sam McAtamney, Marley King Smith, Will Donovan, Tiwai Saxton + Emily Howick
1st - U16 4X - Toby Rorrison, Marley KingS mith, Ashton White, Josh Viana + Ava Mcintrye
1st - U16 1X - Ashton White
1st - U16 2X - Toby Rorrison, Ashton White
1st - NU18 2X - Xavier Small, Keegan Green
2nd - U16 2X - Xavier Small, Josh Viana
2nd - U17 4X - Keely Erskine, Olivia Key, Neve Bates, Phoebe Cavanagh + Emily Howick
2nd - U15 8X - Kate Woods, Pippa McAtamney, Molly Shuttleworth, Lucy Clark, April Bentley, Tessa Phillips, Emma Andrew, Evie Snow + Jemima Mckay-Lund
3rd - U18 4X - Keely Erskine, Olivia Key, Neve Bates, Phoebe Cavanagh + Emily Howick
3rd - U15 2X - McKellar Thornton,Sebastian Watson
3rd - U15 4X - Molly Shuttleworth, Cameron Bates, Emma Andrew, Madeleine Harvey + Katie Battrick
3rd - U15 4+ - Molly Shuttleworth, Lucy Clark, April Bentley, Emma Andrew + Millie Ullrich
National Dowhill MTB Champs
A number of WHS riders competed at the National Downhill MTB Champs in Christchurch last weekend. A huge congratulations to Toby Meek who podiumed with a 2nd place in the U19 Male race. Well done to all of our competitors at this national event!
Toby Meek - 2nd U19
Rory Meek - 4th U17
Josh Bonnar - 8th U19
Malik Boatwright - 8th U15
Ben Blewitt - 10th U19
Reon Fernandez - 16th U17
Taaroa Malmezac - 23rd U17
Central Otago Touch Tournament
The Mixed A Touch team enjoyed competing in a Central Otago tournament last Sunday in Cromwell and competing against other schools. The team has been training hard and it was great to see them put that mahi into action with wins over Cromwell College 5-4 and South Otago High School 5-4 before beating SOHS in the final 5-4. Thanks to our coaches Jerram Hill and Jamie Natapu and manager Steve McIsaac. Bring on Otago Champs!
Highlands Sprint Series
Year 12 student Saxon Sheehan is currently competing in the Highlands Sprint Series in his Toyota 86 (supported by GWD Toyota). Saxon is stepping up later this year to compete against 22 other young up-and-coming drivers in the New Zealand Toyota 86 national series. Saxon is following in the footsteps of Hugo Allan, a recent graduate from WHS who now races his Toyota 86 with the ‘Heart of Racing’ team in that series. Saxon was running 5th in his Sprint Series class coming into last weekend's third round until a big incident in race one which ended his weekend. He’s got a big job ahead of him to earn enough money to fix and run the car in four weeks, hopefully in time for round four. All the best for this Saxon!
WHS Social Touch Module
The Junior Social Touch competition started this Tuesday with over 30 players competing in four teams for the next six weeks at school. This is a great way to play social touch and meet new people. The Mixed A team help to ref this competition as a fundraiser for the NZSS Champs in December this year.
Cycling Schools NZ Focus Group
Congratulations to Year 12 student Zara Mackley who has been selected onto the Cycling Schools NZ Student Focus Group for the second year running. Zara is also on the Southland Secondary Schools Youth Council. It is great to have students contributing back in this space.
Opportunities in Sport/Active Recreation
WHS Sports Hoody Term 1 Order
The standard WHS sports hoody is a uniform item that a lot of student purchase to wear for multiple sports. It is not compulsory but many students wear these to events and weekly games. If you would like to purchase one in time for this winter sports season, please ensure that you do so by Friday 18th March when the Term 1 order will be made. Please note that this will be the final year of the current design. More details and ordering can be found on this form: https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/196798
Coaches Wanted - Netball, Rugby, Hockey, Football, Basketball
As always we are looking for volunteer coaches to help us realise our vision of growing better people through sport and active recreation. Coaches play an incredibly vital role in the lives of our rangitahi. If you are interested in getting involved, we would love to hear from you! Below are Expression of Interest forms for different sports that are seeking coaches for the winter season, you do not need to have heaps of prior experience, especially if you are keen on the development and participation space. Like all clubs we rely solely on volunteers to help us deliver sport to our students. Please complete these if you are wanting to be involved this year.
Netball Information 2022
The start of organisation for the 2022 netball season is getting underway. This is a massive task with over 200 students already signed up to play. Any students wishing to get involved in netball this year are invited to join the google classroom, code: au7uqbs. Here is an information document outlining the various pathways available in netball and a form for all players to complete by 9am Tuesday 8th March. There will be an online meeting for Players and Parents on Thursday 10th March 8pm. We encourage anyone new to pop into the zoom meeting to get an understanding of how Netball is delievered at WHS. The zoom link will be posted to the Netball Google Classroom.
Player Info Form: https://forms.gle/oUhWSoHNsg974bPU8
Southland Surf Champs
Entries are now open for anyone wishing to compete in the Southland Secondary School Surf Champs to be held in Colac Bay on the 19th/20th March. More details and entry form can be found on this link: https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/194313
Strong Girls Bootcamp
Lauren from Snap Fitness is running a 6-week Strong Girls bootcamp. Join her on a Tuesday and Thursday morning for a fun and educational strength training session. Learn about the different compound exercises, correct form cues and how they can be implemented into everyday life; while building confidence in and outside of the gym. All fitness and experience and levels welcome! More information is on the flyer below. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest by the 12th of March.
Queenstown Associated Football Club (QAFC)
Registrations are now open for our 2022 Junior Season. Full details are at the following link:
QAFC 2022 Registrations
Registrations close on Sunday 6th March. Register by 27th February to go into the draw to win your subs back! Full pre season info
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
Arts News & Information
WHS 2022 Musical
We are excited to be taking expressions of interest for crew members in 'Footloose' the musical. The Musical will be held from the 21-24 September. Roles that will be chosen earlier to begin preparing well ahead of time (Term 1) include; costume, set design and set construction. The remaining roles won't start till Term 3. These include; Front of House, Make up, Hair, Backstage, Props, Sound, Lighting & Publicity (designers, photographers and writers). If you would like to be considered for a crew member role, please fill out this form by Friday 11th March
Y9 BAND HUB
Our Band Hub session kicks off on Wednesday 9th April running from after school at 3:20 until 4:30. This is an all-comers group for students who are not yet in an established band. We need to have some indication of who will be there so if parents could confirm student attendance that would be great. If numbers are too big then we will look to create another time in the weeks following. Any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Itinerant Music Lessons
These are now all up and running and students involved should have the times in their calendars so they are in the right place at the right time. There is still some space in brass/woodwind instruments but at this point, any additional students wanting guitar or drum lessons will need to be on a waiting list. Please email email@example.com if you would like to join brass/ woodwind instruments or be added to the waiting list for the others.
A heads up to all students who did junior art last year; 5ART1 / 5ART2 / 5ART3 /5ART4, Come and see us at any break time if you are wanting to retrieve your artwork- specifically all of the work on your folio boards as it will no longer be kept in storage. You have until the end of this month to do so.
Our feature student this week is Ollie Ridd, showcasing his excellent Level Two design folio from 2021. Mahi tika ana (very good work) Ollie!
Let Us Know
The Arts department would like to know about any artistic achievements that students have attained outside of school- be it in drama, dance, music or visual arts. Please send through details and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Support the Arts
We are always looking for local professional performing and visual artists to visit our school and run workshops for our students. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Monica Parker (the Arts Coordinator) at email@example.com
Follow our school’s Instagram page for recent successes or news within the school’s Arts Department at @whsartdepartment.
Arts and Culture Co-ordinator
Branches Camp 2021 - Lost Property
A number of items were left behind at Branches Camp last year - clothing, footwear, towels, camp chairs, etc. See the photos below. Named items have been taken up to Student Services to be returned to their owners.
If you wish to come and look through the items, these will be available for the last time on Wednesday 9th March 3.00pm - 3.30pm at the OE Shed (last driveway on the left past the bus shelters). Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity.
Careers - Job Vacancies for Students
Looking for a Part time Job? The new Walk in Wardrobe store in Frankton at The Landing is looking for a casual worker to cover late lunch breaks. The role would be pretty much straight from school for an hour to cover staff breaks, with consideration for more hours as a casual retail assistant if we find a great match!
If there is anyone who is interested, they are welcome to pop by the shop for a chat, or contact Kat - firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to work but have most of your weekend? Are you an earlybird?
Goodman Fielder are on the look out for a WHS students to rack/stack bread at both New World and Pakn'Save. You would be required to work Saturday and Sunday mornings 6am-10am. Ideally you would have a drivers licence and access to a car or bike as you would need the ability to get yourself to Pakn’Save in the morning, then New World and back to Countdown. There is no leeway in time to walk.
If this job sounds like you, please make contact with - Elaisa
Ever wanted to get experience in real estate? be an Office Manager? Then this job could be for you!
Bayleys Frankton is looking for an Office Manager.
We are looking for a new office helper to start here and were wondering whether you could help circulate this information to year 12 & 13 students who may be interested in the role.
The role is Monday-Thursday, 3.30-5pm. The rate is $21.20 ph (minimum wage). The work entails helping reception by; replenishing the printing room, general tidying (kitchen, toilets & bins), collating newsletters, purchasing groceries – and any other jobs which help support reception and the office.
Ideally, we would like someone who is enthusiastic to take on the role & learn.
If interested please send a CV and Cover letter to - Emily.Sceats@bayleys.co.nz
The Fork and Tap are looking for a kitchen hand (maybe even 2 part timers to share some hours) to help with basic food prep, dish washing and organisation. Full meals & drinks provided on shift, uniforms, staff discount when not working.
The Fork and Tap offer flexible hours so very suitable for a senior student; evenings / weekends / school holidays are ideal!
If interested please contact Helena - email@example.com
Harbour Fish is looking for a senior student to work part-time at their Frankton store. Every Saturday, and possibly one of two afternoons after school. Please touch base with a little about yourself if you’re interested on firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off your CV into the Frankton store at 9 McBride St.
Kinross Winery in Gibbston is looking for some enthusiastic students (16 years and over) to join our team for one or two shifts a week on an ongoing basis across our housekeeping, kitchen and front of house teams. Some local students have recently moved off to University after a fun few years with us, so we would love to have some new smiling faces join our crew! We have a great team who look after each other, free lunch is provided, and there are great staff discounts.
Available shifts are for Saturdays, Sundays and some evenings. Please email email@example.com with some info about yourself and we can chat further.
Lloyd Troon Law is looking for a school Leaver:
Initially this role would predominantly require a lot of electronic filing of Deeds, files, and client information, along with managing an electronic diary for the staff, and answering the phone. As your experience grows we are looking to mentor you into a role whereby you will be a legal assistant working for a commercial solicitor to assist in conveyancing and property matters.
If interested send a CV and cover letter to: Steph Bewley Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHS SZ App
All parents, caregivers and students should download the SZapp to your device as this is how we will communicate urgent and important school alerts and our weekly newsletter. The app also features an absence form, the online school cafe, a calendar and some handy links! See below information on how to download the WHS SZ app.
- On your device, open the App Store.
- Search the App Store for SZapp.
- Download and install SZapp.
- On your device, open the Play Store.
- Search the Play Store for SZapp.
- Download and install SZapp.
Learning to drive can be a stressful experience, not just for the learner but for the parent or coach too.
Waka Kotahi and ACC have teamed up to help educate parents on how to take the stress out of teaching someone to drive. A variety of free tools can be found via https://parents.drive.govt.nz/ to help you brush up on your knowledge or even learn the road rules from scratch.
You’ll also find stories, video tutorials and apps that can help you along the way.