WHS Newsletter | Issue 2.05 | 10 June 2022
- Principal's Message
- WHS SZ App
- Key Dates
- Junior Exams
- House Debating
- Drive to Survive
- 8GEO Aoraki Mt Cook
- Te Iti o Tāhuna - Mihi Whakatau
- Arts Vision - Consultation
- Fostering a Love of Language- through Food and Culture
- Lead Prefect Message
- Academic Tutoring
- Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award
- Gifted Education - ICAS assessments registration now open!
- Overseas University - Parent/Student Information Evening
- Sports and Active Recreation News
- Arts News & Information
- Get ready for Tertiary study!
- Branches Trust AGM
- WHS Foundation
- Careers - Job Vacancies for Students
- Community Notices
Kia ora and welcome to the Wakatipu High School newsletter at the end of Week 6, with seniors now halfway through their academic year. Despite it being a short week there has been plenty happening here - which you will see in the newsletter below.
One of the highlights of the week has been the conclusion of the House debating competition, which has been running for several weeks now. Mr Nathan and I had the pleasure of judging yesterday’s final which was incredibly close - with MacKenzie beating Hay by 601 points to 600!! Staff took on students at lunchtime today and it was another close one, with students coming out on top. A big thanks to everyone who has organised and participated in debating, well done!
Last night was the Wakatipu High School Foundation’s annual Gala Dinner, held at the Sherwood. Despite the wintery weather it was a very successful night, with a great time had by all and fantastic funds raised for the Foundation and WHS (I’ll update on the final amount raised next week).
Also last night the Foundation donated us a new school van!! Extracurricular opportunities are a very important part of our all-round education, and given that travel is required for many extracurricular activities the van will be a tremendous support. The donation of the van is due to the support of Mr Jack McPherson, who has gifted the Foundation $100k this year for camps and extracurricular activities - incredibly generous!! Please see the separate piece re ‘Uncle Jack’ below. Once again, I must say just how humbled and grateful we are for the amazingly generous support of the Foundation and the community which makes such a difference to WHS - on behalf of the school, thank you very much!!
Covid and illness have continued to be an issue again this week, with 24% of students absent on Tuesday and 21% today. You may have also seen in the media this week that staff absence continues to be an issue in schools nationally, although thus far we have not had to return to rostering home this could yet happen, particularly as the Ministry of Health's predictions for winter include that the combination of Covid and winter illness may be significant this winter.
LE Report 5 will be out this evening. LE reports are important indicators of how your student is engaging with their learning. Please do go through it with them and acknowledge the positive and decide how to address areas needing improvement.
There is a huge newsletter below with lots of great information and updates on happenings at WHS, with everything from student tutoring to some great sporting achievements and how to buy student season passes. It also includes information on Junior Exams which begin next week. As the piece sets out these exams are very important, including for students to rehearse the process of studying for and sitting exams - please support your junior student to make the most of this opportunity.
Looking ahead, please note that our Open Evening is coming up on Tuesday 21st June, and school will finish at 1.50pm that day.
There is some wintery weather forecast this weekend and potentially into early next week - please ensure that you have the WHS App installed on your device as that is how we will communicate with you in the case of adverse weather.
A big weekend ahead with the Formal on Saturday night. Always a significant event, we hope that it is a really great night for everyone :)
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.
As signalled in previous newsletters, Junior Exams will be running from next Monday 13th June through until Monday 20th June. These will take place during a teacher-nominated lesson (in regular class time), under test conditions.
Sitting exams is designed to support students to:
- Practice for NCEA external assessments
- Learn to perform under pressure (rehearsal is key for this)
- Develop resilience and self-management skills
- Develop study techniques that will allow them to commit key information to memory
- Provide an opportunity for students with Special Assessment Conditions (SAC's) to practise using them.
Year 9 and 10 students have been given access to the exam timetable, (link below), so that they can map out when (and where) each of their exams will take place. They have been encouraged to prepare by reviewing the key material that will be assessed in each exam. You can support your child by looking at the timetable together, and asking what knowledge or skills are going to be tested in the exam. Allocating some time over the weekend for study would certainly serve students well so that they can sit their exams with confidence. If you don't know where to start, included below are some links to useful videos and websites sourced from TKI, a New Zealand Educational Website.
All exam results will be published in the upcoming Junior Mid Year Reports.
Assistant Principal (acting)
Over the past fortnight Houses have duked it out in the Theatre at break 2 in order to win the hotly contested house debating. A big congratulations to Mackenzie, Hay, and Fox rounding off the top three placings. The students won in the staff vs students debate this morning by a narrow margin.
Next up, matatū, with training kicking off in Week 8!
Drive to Survive
On the 1st of June our Year 12 students spent the day attending the important Drive to Survive course to help them understand the responsibility of staying safe on the roads as a driver and the role of a passenger. Students watched a demonstration of emergency services responding to a crash, considered the distractions that can cause accidents, an awareness of blind spots, how to fit various types of snow chains, and driving laws including modified vehicles and the booze bus. The day finished with a talk from a young local man, Jesse, about his journey after a serious injury in a car crash in which his girlfriend died. There was a lot of good learning and reminders for us all about being safer on the roads.
We really appreciate the support of the Fire Service, St John, the Police, Waka Kotahi, Whakatipu Youth Trust and the Yr 13 drama students who all helped to make this such a valuable day.
Thanks to Jacqui and the team at Whakatipu Youth Trust for all their work in putting this valuable day together!
8GEO Aoraki Mt Cook
For the first time, Year 13 Geography students ventured to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park last week to undertake data collection for an internal assessment. Students had their eyes opened to what it really means to be a geographer. Students were conducting research and collecting primary data on various topics including;
- river velocity
- environmental issues
We got to experience the ever-changing Tasman glacial landscape, exploring icebergs of every shape and size that periodically tear away from the face of the glacier into the rapidly growing lake, which was an opportunity to truly feel small. Another highlight from the trip was stargazing, where we explored the night sky in the world's largest Gold Status International Dark Sky Reserve, Aoraki Mt Cook. Students also got to explore the National Park through a range of the stunning walking trails on offer. We saw a viewing of a local film. Finally, we had various presentations from local experts.
Undoubtedly all students have come out of this trip with a richer understanding of the uniqueness of New Zealand’s natural environment and just how vulnerable this environment actually is. Understanding Geography is integral in helping our students gain the knowledge to ensure that our natural environment survives for the future.
Our class would like to thank Miss Turner, and Mrs Cross for coming with us on the trip. Their help was invaluable and we could not have gone away without you all.
Mr Josh Kendall
Te Iti o Tāhuna - Mihi Whakatau
In Te Ao Māori, Manaakitanga is the concept of welcoming and hosting visitors to our region. As locals, it’s up to us to support Ngāi Tahu in a traditional pōwhiri.
This is what Te Iti o Tāhuna did, alongside students from Mt Aspiring College, at the opening of the Secondary Principals' Association of New Zealand (SPANZ) Conference in Queenstown recently.
The ākonga performed a mihi whakatau including three songs: Haka pōwhiri, Ka tū te tītī, and Te Taukaea Aroha. Through performing together, they made connections with other rangatahi (young people) and developed stronger connections within their own groups (whakawhanaungatanga). The rōpū did the rohe proud with their energy and enthusiasm, and received high praise from the principals in attendance.
Ngā mihi nui ki a Steph, rātou ko Emily, ko Kyle for your tautoko and to the kapa haka tutors, Callum, Sydney and Candace. We are so proud of all of you for representing our school with such skill and enthusiasm and for working so well with your peers from Mt Aspiring College. Ka nui te mihi, ko koutou a runga!
Arts Vision - Consultation
The Arts Vision committee has created a Vision statement and accompanying Values that will inform our direction for the Arts at WHS. Gathering feedback from our stakeholders is an important part of this process and helps means of determining if we are on the right track and will help guide out strategy over the next few years. We would very much appreciate your thoughts as this will help shape our next steps.
If you could complete this survey by Monday June 20, that would be appreciated.
Fostering a Love of Language- through Food and Culture
The English department are always looking at innovative, (and traditional) ways of fostering a love of language and to engage learners in their learning programmes in way that brings back the joy in learning. This week this manifested in three classes experiencing authentic learning opportunities that all involved food! People say food is the way to a person's heart, we also believe it is a way to their brain!
12 ENF are learning to write Restaurant Reviews as part of their Writing Portfolio Achievement Standard, an assessment that works towards them achieving their UE literacy. After learning about what is involved in writing a review the students visited "Saigon Kingdom" for a real dining experience and are now writing their own reviews in response.
Jackie Rodgers also facilitated a fabulous lesson for our ELL learners, where they brought in samples of food from their own cultures, and while sharing were able to discuss elements of their culture they missed, elements they celebrated, and any challenges they faced in our country as a result of their move here. Mrs Rodgers facilitated excellent discussion, around inclusion and culture, and the joy in the learning experience was apparent for all to see. And Taste! (this HoLA in particular enjoyed the chance to participate in the lesson!)
Then finally, Mr Rae engaged his 5AENX learners in a Poetry Cafe; whereby learners shared their favourite poems and what they enjoyed most about them, in a cafe like setting, inclusive of hot chocolate and baked goods. A heart warming and experience whereby learners appreciation of the food was equalled only by their renewed appreciation of poetry. English never tasted so good!
Head of Learning Area - English/Te Reo Pakeha (Acting)
Lead Prefect Message
Kia Ora Everyone,
Term 2 has been busy for all of us with extra-curricular activities and internals starting to stack up. We are nearly half way through the year with the Juniors having their mid-year exams next week and the Year 11’s sitting several internals for the first time. It may feel like a lot of work but it's worth putting the hard work now, knowing that there's only a few weeks left of it before we can relax during the break.
House debating has come to a close with a very tight final on Thursday between Mackenzie and Hay, with Mackenzie winning the competition after a debate on whether performance enhancing drugs should be allowed in sports, with Mackenzie affirming and Hay negating the moot. The rest of the standings are; Fox in third, Arthur in fourth and Duncan fifth. It was great to see so many people come in and support their peers throughout the competition.
As many of you know Year 12’s and 13’s have the Formal coming up this weekend. An event made possible thanks to the hard work and dedication of several people so a huge shout out to them for the amazing work they’ve done making this possible.
The Year 9 and Year 13 ambassadors went around to the primary schools to start the process of transitioning to high school including answering questions about Wakatipu High School and what being a High School Student is like, this is an important step in the process and leads to Open Evening which is only 10 days away. Wednesday next week we have the James Hargest Exchange and we have several students participating in this annual sports exchange.
We are just over half way through with this Term, with only four weeks left before our winter break. Keep up the good work.That's all from me.
International Student Lead Prefect
Over the past couple of weeks, the Academic and Junior Councils have been collaborating to develop an academic tutoring programme in which we pair capable students with others who are wanting/needing tutoring. There are many students who need an academic boost but may not be able to afford commercial prices or may respond better to help from their peers. This programme is designed to develop these relationships in a minimal pressure environment, and expose both students and tutors to opportunities they otherwise would not pursue themselves. We are collecting EOIs for all subjects offered at WHS.
Currently, our goal is to facilitate a few sessions in order to develop mentoring/tutoring relationships between students. These will be school based, from 3.20 - 4.20pm, starting in week 8 (20 June), Term 2 and continuing until week 2, Term 3 (5 August). At that point, the continuation of tutoring will be up to the students involved; and may develop into a more formal arrangement.
We currently have:
- 22 Mathematics Tutors
- 14 Science Tutors
- 10 English Tutors
- 10 Social Studies Tutors
- 6 Arts Tutors
- 4 Technology Tutors
- 3 Language Tutors
- 2 Health & Physical Education Tutors
Deputy Head Girl
Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award
Bronze Practice tramps
Twenty three students working towards their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award got up bright and early in the last weekend of May to complete their practice tramps. Starting from either the Mt Crichton loop track or Arthur’s Point, we all camped at Moke Lake campsite for the night.
This was a challenging walk; students hiked roughly 10 km each day carrying tents, sleeping bags, food and cooking equipment. We were lucky to have beautiful clear days, but this did mean we woke up to a very chilly morning and frozen tents!
The next tramps are planned for 6-7 August (Bronze) and 5-7 August (Silver/Gold).
Thank you to Mrs Hoffman, Ms Jermy, Ms Jones and Miss Gunson for volunteering their time to accompany the Bronze level students, and to Mr McIntyre for taking the Gold and Silver students on their practice tramp in the Eyre Mountains. Thank you also to Nicky Busst for sharing the video below which shows the route we took!
What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award?
The Adventurous Journey is just one aspect of the Duke of Ed Award. Students also complete a Physical Activity, Voluntary Service and commit time to learning a Skill.
For more information, have a look at the WHS Duke of Ed website linked below. Students can also come to the Tuesday Break 2 drop-in sessions in Coronet.
TIC Duke of Ed
Gifted Education - ICAS assessments registration now open!
Kia ora koutou,
Wakatipu High School will be once again hosting the ICAS assessments. The following assessments are available to register for, each with a fee of $20.70 (except Writing which costs $27.03):
Digital Technologies - Available for Years 9-11 and sat between the 8th-12th August.
Writing - Available for Years 9-13 and sat between the 8th - 12th August.
English - Available for Years 9-13 and sat between the 15th - 19th August.
Science - Available for Years 9-13 and sat between the 22nd - 26th August.
Mathematics - Available for Years 9-13 and sat between the 29th August - 2nd September.
To register and pay for the assessments please visit the link below and use the code EUM725 before the 1st of August.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask!
Ngā mihi nui,
Kyle Jackson - Gifted Coordinator
Overseas University - Parent/Student Information Evening
There will be a general information session for students and parents interested in knowing more about the requirements and preparation for attending a university in the USA. See the Google meet link below to join this online information evening, which will be recorded.
Overseas University Parent/Student Meeting
Wednesday, June 15 · 8:00 pm
Google Meet joining info: https://meet.google.com/cof-jtmv-tfs
Sports and Active Recreation News
Australian National Youth Climbing Champs
Year 12 students Azaria Briscoe and Lucy Sinclair recently represented New Zealand at the Australian National Youth Climbing Championships in Sydney as part of the 15 strong Climbing NZ Youth Team. These 15 climbers were competing against the top 330 youth climbers from around Australia. Azaria came second in Lead Climbing (Youth A) having placed very well in the two qualifying lead climbs followed by a strong finals climb. Lucy placed third in Bouldering (Youth A) having had an especially strong start with the five qualifying boulder problems. Both girls did incredibly well and can be very proud of their achievements, well done!
Otago Sports Awards Emerging Talent Team Award
Last Friday night the WHS and Whakatipu Rowing Club U16 Boys Coxed Quad and U17 Girls Coxed Quad crews were finalists at the Otago Sports Awards in the Emerging Talent Team category. A huge congratulations to both of these crews for earning recognition at a provincial level for their fantastic 2021/22 seasons. The U16 Boys Coxed Quad crew of Ashton White, Toby Rorrison, Xavier Small, Marley King Smith and cox Emily Howick were the winners of this award.
Otago/Southland XC Relays
It was a successful day out for our Cross Country Relay teams at the Otago Southland Champs in Milton last week. The Junior Boys team of Tom Schenk, James Weber, Charlie Manser and Jude Deaker took out first place, an incredible 58 seconds ahead of the 2nd place team! Jude and Tom also recorded the two fastest Junior Boys laps. The Senior Girls team of Abby Fookes, Jess Hudson, Elsbeth Purdue, and Siena Mackley came in third. Siena was also the third fastest Senior Girl (and the fastest Junior). Thank you to Jayna Mackley for helping get the team down there. Well done all!
Otago Secondary School Swim Champs
Last Sunday six students competed at the Otago Secondary School Champs at Moana Pool in Dunedin. It was a very successful day in the pool with WHS swimmers earning a number of top three placings. Congratulations to Avril, Connor, Kaleb, Logan, Jacob, and Finn for an awesome meet, and a huge thank you to all of the parent helpers who made the day happen. Top three placings are as follows:
Logan Campbell: 15 & Over - 1st - 100 IM, 1st - 100 Free, 1st - 50 Breast, 2nd - 50 Free & 2nd - 100 Breast
Jacob Marriott: 15 & Over - 1st - 100 Back, 1st - 200 Back, 1st - 400 Free, 2nd - 100 Free & 3rd - 100 IM
Connor Paton: 15 & Over - 2nd - 50 Fly
Kaleb Poole: 15 & Over - 1st - 50 Back
Finn Henderson: 14 & Under - 1st - 200 Fly, 2nd - 100 Back, 3rd - 100 Fly & 3rd - 200 Back
Otago Country U18 Women’s Hockey Reps
Congratulations to Abby and Sammy Fookes who have been named in the Otago Country U18 Women’s Hockey team to compete in the National U18 tournament taking place in the July holidays. Congratulations!
Southland U19 Basketball Representative
Congratulations to Year 13 student Aurelian Pons who has been selected into the Southland U19 Men’s Basketball team who competed at the national age group tournament in Rangiora last weekend. Well done Aurelian.
Southland Women’s Volleyball Representative
Congratulations to Year 12 student Aurora Macleod who made her debut for the Southland Women’s Volleyball team at the Inter-Provincial Championships in Wellington over the long weekend.
James Hargest Exchange Draw
We are excited to be hosting James Hargest High School from Invercargill in our first winter exchange of the year. All parents/caregivers are welcome to come along and support the WHS sports teams at the exchange on Wednesday at the Event Centre. Participants have been emailed all specific information related to the day. Please click here to view the Draw.
The girls rugby team got their season underway last Wednesday evening with two wins over Cromwell and Mt Aspiring Colleges in pre-season 10 aside games at the Event Centre. The team trains on Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm and is still looking for players if anyone wishes to come along and give the sport a go.
Congratulations to Tom Martin, Pete Davis and Carlos Reuss who were sponsored by Armstrong to be in their wingfoiling international promotion video. This was an awesome opportunity for these Year 11 students and a great day out.
WHS Sports Tracksuit
A WHS sports tracksuit is now able to be ordered and purchased to wear to WHS sports games, competitions, tournaments, events and in PE classes during the winter months. This is an optional uniform item for students and is more formal than the hoody. The tracksuit can be seen at Student Services where it can also be tried on for sizing. Orders close Monday 20th June at Break 2. The order form can be found on the school sports website: https://www.sporty.co.nz/wakatipu/player-zone/uniform-1.
NZSki Local Schools Season Passes (Under 18yrs)
- Purchasing Online at the link below – up until June 17, opening day of season at Coronet Peak.
- Purchasing at The Station Snowcentre or through
0800 697 547,available all season.
Season Passes for NZSki Transport and First Tracks also available via the link below.
Further information: Please call NZSki Reservations team on 0800697547 or email email@example.com with subject title ‘local school season pass’
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Estrogen Perform at Atamira
The WHS rock band, Estrogen, had the opportunity to perform with local band Echoknot for Music Month at new arts centre, Te Atamira. The students did a fabulous job. Band Members: Mikaela Patterson, Mya Wilcox, Ruby Ross and Emily Johnston.
Last Thursday evening we had our annual Big Break which is an opportunity for school bands and solo/duo acts to play in front of an audience in the school theatre. It was a great evening with a range of genres on show. A few acts weren't able to be there but the following students performed to a small but enthusiastic audience;
Eye Contact (Cam McKenzie, Jack Speedy, Jasper Feenstra, Sam Glover)
RnR (Hannah Winter, Rochelle Tickle, Naomi Mitchell)
The Goose Pies (Harper Souness, Lincoln Reddell, Ted Coutts)
Cherry Garden (Ollie Bailey, Luke Crichton, Jack Bromwich, Connor Ravenwood)
Term 2 Music events:
Things are busy in the Music department this term with the following events scheduled;
Y11 Music Night June 13/14
Y13 Music Night June 22
Y12 Music NIght June 27/28
Information about this year's Rockquest event has gone out to students and parents involved. This is happening in the Memorial Hall on June 18. Students need to read the information carefully and ensure they understand what is required on that evening.
Continue to prepare for the Blenheim trip in August 2-(7)
June 11 Peace Song entries due
July 27 Lion Foundation entries due
Further information can be found on Play It Strange
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow our school’s Instagram page for recent successes or news within the school’s Arts Department at whsartdepartment.
Get ready for Tertiary study!
We've put together a timeline and prepared some information to help get you started.
Branches Trust AGM
Careers - Job Vacancies for Students
Career Profile of the Week - Operations Managers are often the glue that holds an organisation together. They are responsible for people, operations, budgets, project delivery and strategy. Read on for an insight into the role of National Operations Manager at Tourism Holdings Ltd.
During the upcoming Matariki public holiday weekend, the following cinemas are showcasing a number of movies with links to either Māori directors, actors, and/or themes:
- Lion King (Te Reo) -Releasing on 23 June
Dorothy Browns Cinema
- Friday 24th June - 8pm Whina
- Saturday 25th June - 5pm The Whale Rider, 7.30pm Hunt for the Wilderpeople
- Sunday 26th June - 2pm Waru, 5pm Whina
Head online to Dorothy Browns or call up to book tickets.