WHS Newsletter | Issue 3.05 | 02 September 2022
- Principal's Message
- Key Dates
- Parent Reps - WHS Board Election
- Student Rep - WHS Board Election
- Wellbeing Spotlight - 5 Ways in 5 Weeks
- Parenting Adolescents in Queenstown
- Homestay evening (for prospective families)
- NZ Economics Competition Results
- Lead Prefect Message
- Why Pride Week is important
- Another Perspective
- Community Service Council Update
- Arts News and Information
- Sports and Active Recreation News
- Local scholarships and other opportunities
- Year 13 First Aid Course
- Careers - Job Vacancies for Students
- WHS Foundation
- Community Notices
Kia ora and welcome to the newsletter at the end of Week 6. A relatively brief piece from me on a productive Accord Teacher Only Day.
Firstly, a big thanks to Branches Trust and everyone who supported the Art Auction last Friday. It was a great night in support of a very important cause, for which we are very grateful.
Winter Tournament - has been a big deal this week. On Wednesday I travelled to Dunedin to watch our basketball, girls’ football and ice hockey teams, then headed to Gore to watch our hockey team in action. It was great to see our students competing so well and in such great spirit, and to see our staff, parents and community members doing a fantastic job of coaching and managing the teams. Winter Tourney has been Covid-cancelled for the last two years so it is great that this important part of our all-round education has been back on this year.
WHS Foundation - we hope you enjoyed the Foundation's quarterly update yesterday (click here if you missed it). As per the update, their work is remarkable - and it is impossible for me to overstate just how significant their $400,000 contribution is to our ability to deliver a great all-round education. But the Foundation needs support from the WHS community too and there’s no better time to demonstrate that support than right now by buying a ticket in their fundraising raffle - please click on the link to buy a ticket and be in to win great prizes!
Uniform - as below again, with August now behind us puffer jackets are no longer part of the uniform. Along with ensuring that students are correctly wearing the correct uniform, we appreciate your support with ensuring that our students are wearing their uniform well and with pride.
Elections - another reminder that online voting for the parent representatives on the board is now open. Please see below again for more, as well as for information on the student representative process.
There are now only four weeks to go in the term but they include a number of important events including our Parenting Adolescents evening next week, Branches Camp parent information evening, Senior Next Steps, our school musical, Footloose (tickets are now on sale!), and Year 9 Journeys - please see Key Dates and below for more.
A great newsletter below, including articles on Pride Week and the many things happening here. Mr Nathan will do the honours on this piece next week. A somewhat unsettled first weekend of spring, but hopefully its not too bad after tomorrow afternoon :).
Parent Reps - WHS Board Election
It's time to vote!
A reminder that parents and caregivers will have received an email with information and instructions on how to vote from email@example.com (please check your spam folder if you have not seen the email). Click the link in the email and follow the instructions to see the candidates, read their statements and place your votes. If required, you can log in and out of the voting site as many times as you like before casting your vote.
Voting closes 4pm Wednesday 21 September.
The 10 candidates for the six Parent Representative positions are:
- Blundell, Guy
- Edmonds, John
- Exell, Rachel
- Hastie, Gaylene
- Irvine, Sara
- Januszkiewicz, Adrian
- O'Malley, Ben
- Maroszek, Daniel
- Mason, Simon
- Read, Melissa
WHS Returning Officer
Student Rep - WHS Board Election
Nominations are invited for the election of one Student Representative on the Wakatipu High School Board. All students enrolled full-time in Year 9 and above and under 20 years old, are eligible to be placed on the electoral roll, stand for election and vote in the school’s election for the Student Representative on the Wakatipu High School Board. The Student Representative has equal standing, voice, accountabilities and vote as other board members and the term of office is 12 months. Information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form. Further information may be found in the Student Representative Handbook and in the Student Board Member video.
A nomination form and copy of this notice was emailed to all eligible voters on the student roll on Monday 29 August.
If you are considering standing for the election, you need to print the nomination form or collect one from Reception. The nomination form is to be completed and returned to Karla Dawson, Principal’s PA and Returning Officer, at Reception before noon on Monday 5 September, along with a short candidate statement (400 words max, also to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org) and may include a photograph. The Returning Officer may remove or edit any part of the candidate’s statement if it exceeds 400 words or is offensive or defamatory. Candidate statements will be printed as part of the voting paper.
There will be a list of candidates' names as they come to hand displayed at Reception.
The voting roll will be open for inspection at Reception during opening hours.
The timeline for the student election is as follows:
- Electoral roll available – Monday 29 August
- Nomination forms available – Monday 29 August
- Nominations close – noon Monday 5 September
- Voting papers issued in Ako Time – Friday 9 September
- Voting closes - 4pm Wednesday 21 September
- New trustee takes office – Wednesday 28 September
* First Board meeting Wednesday 28 September
Karla Dawson (Principal’s PA)
With August coming to an end from Monday 5th September (Week 7) puffer jackets are no longer part of our uniform. Also a reminder that our ngā tama (young men) should be tucking their shirts in, all students should be wearing ties, and we expect students to have the correct navy socks/tights and black low-cut polishable shoes by this time of year.
Wellbeing Spotlight - 5 Ways in 5 Weeks
In the lead up to Mental Health Awareness Week (Week 10), the Wellbeing Council is running 5 Ways in 5 Weeks to increase awareness about how we can use The Five Ways to Wellbeing to help us feel good and function well. Each week, there will be a challenge or activity aimed at improving wellbeing, so keep an eye out on the Insta page - @wakatipuwellbeing - and get involved to win prizes and feel good!
Why the Five Ways?
Research shows there are five simple things you can do as part of your daily life – at work and at home – to build resilience, boost your wellbeing and lower your risk of developing mental health problems. These simple actions are known internationally as the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
Strengthening relationships with others and feeling close to and valued by others, including at work, is critical to boosting wellbeing.
Being physically active, including at work, improves physical health and can improve mood and wellbeing and decrease stress, depression and anxiety.
Carrying out acts of kindness, whether small or large, can increase happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing.
Paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings and to the world around, boosts our wellbeing.
Being curious and seeking out new experiences at work and in life more generally positively stimulates the brain.
For ideas and more information, go to https://mentalhealth.org.nz/five-ways-to-wellbeing
Parenting Adolescents in Queenstown
Kia ora koutou,
We invite parents and caregivers to our ‘Parenting Adolescents in Queenstown’ evening from 7.00 - 8.00pm on Thursday 8th September in the WHS Theatre. There will be a wide range of topics covered but it will be most relevant for parents and caregivers who are interested in some support and guidance with navigating the challenges presented by rangatahi, teenagers (especially from the ages of 13-16 years old) in Queenstown. Our guest speakers are:
Maria Frewen | Registered Nurse| Public Health Nurse
Maria is one of our Registered Nurses who visits WHS on a weekly basis to offer health advice, assessments and referrals to our students. During her talk she will focus on what she is seeing and hearing from young people regarding vaping, alcohol and drugs and the health approach in regards to these topics. Maria has a strong mental health background and has been supporting rangatahi with understanding and implementing strategies to help their anxiety. She will also focus on the importance of good all round health, healthy eating habits, regular exercise, and sleep as we know that these topics are always important in our growing rangatahi. Maria will emphasise the importance of healthy choices and safety as well as positive consent for rangatahi in exploring their sexuality.
Senior Constable Wayne Park | Police Youth Aid Officer | Queenstown Police
Youth Aid Officers such as Wayne are specialists that work with children and young people to keep them safe and promote healthy life choices. During his talk, Wayne will focus on alcohol and drug trends our under 20 year olds face in Queenstown, and the challenges they may face in their first couple of years after they leave school.
Dr Kathryn Smith | General Practitioner | Queenstown Medical Centre
Kathryn’s experience is focused on general practice, accident and medical, women’s and reproductive health, sexual health, sexual assault care, relationship work and sexual problems, mental health and self-worth, gender diversity care, LGBTIQ and family health.
Homestay evening (for prospective families)
NZ Economics Competition Results
In July a group of senior Economics students took part in the online NZ Economics Competition run by Auckland University. Results are finally back and we need to say whakamihi - congratulations to the following students!
- Marley King-Smith
- Georgia Key
- Lachy Boniface
- Rowan Liu
- Connor McIsaac
- Cody McRae
- Charli Robertson
- Jan Ebbinge
- Daniel Hong
Lead Prefect Message
Kia Ora Everyone,
Week 6 already and what a better week to highlight what is going on around our school!
This week we celebrated Winter Pride Week. To show support, students throughout the school signed their name to the Pride Pledge. The Pride Pledge states that “We commit to all LGBTTQIA+ (rainbow) people having the freedom to be safe, included, healthy and visible and we will use our voice to actively support and celebrate rainbow communities”. Wakatipu High School celebrates diversity and values inclusion, and as a school, we have been signing the 'Pride Pledge' since 2018. It was great to see so many students signing the pledge and showing support!
Finally, after two years of being cancelled due to Covid, 127 students, as well as staff and parents, are heading around the south island to compete in Winter Tournament Week. Wakatipu’s top netball, field hockey, ice hockey, soccer, basketball teams and more are competing against other schools from around the country, showcasing just what our students are capable of. Amazing hearing the ongoing results and our students demonstrating great sportsmanship. A highlight from the recent days, our Senior A Netball team winning their nail biter game against Nelson in the final 10 seconds! Can not wait to hear the full final results as the tournament comes to a close!
With Mental Health Awareness Week coming up in the last week of Term 3 the Wakatipu Wellbeing team has decided to host lead up events throughout the final 5 weeks of the term. Focusing on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing the Wellbeing council has dedicated each week to different aspects of this Wellbeing Model. Last week, after finishing off exams, we encouraged students to go out and Connect with one another. This week was focused on Taking Notice. Placed in the library was a board where students were able to take notice, writing up the supportivate acts and kind gestures of fellow students. In the next following weeks we have many more activities planned such as, compliment cards, student versus staff games, free giveaways of Franks and swim & slide vouchers. I hope all students are getting involved in the fun activities that are to come!
Many students visited the Victoria, Massey, Auckland and AUT open days across Wellington and Auckland this past weekend. Students spent Friday and Saturday touring halls and attending introduction lectures, helping students feel more comfortable and excited with what's to come in 2023.
While the weeks are continuing to fill up with various activities and opportunities term three is moving along very quickly. I hope you all enjoy your long weekend and will see you all back on Monday ready to kick start week 7!
Wellbeing Lead Prefect
Why Pride Week is important
With all the fun of Pride Week it's easy to get caught up in the chaos, for anyone wanting a quick reminder on why we have Pride here's a wee recap:
HISTORY OF STONEWALL
The Stonewall Riots were a series of protests occurring in June 1969 in New York that acted as a catalyst for a movement of LGBTQ+ activism. These riots took place at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar that served as a hotspot for gay, lesbian and gender diverse people. Unfortunately being a gay bar also made it a vulnerable target for arrests, as at the time homosexual activity was considered a crime in the USA. The riots started as a response to a violent police raid where patrons and employees were being roughly hauled out of the bar by officers and arrested. The Stonewall Riots led to the creation of multiple gay activism groups both in the US and globally. June is now considered Pride month as a way to honour these riots and the role they played in LGBTQ+ history.
PRIDE IN NEW ZEALAND
Pride here in New Zealand serves as a celebration of the progress made in the LGBTQ+ community over the past decades. Pride is a way of appreciating how far we’ve come, and showing gratitude to those who put in the hard yards in order for the rainbow community to be where we are today. In New Zealand gay marriage was made legal in 2013, and this year a ban was placed on conversion therapy. Pride serves as an opportunity to celebrate these wins and allows people of the rainbow community and those who support it a place to express themselves safely with others. Pride is both an acknowledgement of progress, a safe space, and an opportunity to express the change we want to see in the future.
PRIDE OUTSIDE NEW ZEALAND
Although we are lucky enough to have Pride be a means of celebrating identity and commemorating progress, in many countries less fortunate than New Zealand, Pride and other rainbow movements have not yet reached this point of celebration and are instead a cry for change and justice. In over 60 countries there are still laws in place to criminalize homosexuality, and even in countries where homosexuality isn't punishable by law, many LGBTQ+ people still feel unsafe due to their identity and normalised homophobia. Pride is a reminder of the progress we still have to make and is an opportunity to recognise where change can be made for the better. Over Pride Week it is important to remember how lucky we are in our community, and to support your friends who may be needing it.
Walking from your class, looking forward to getting to lunch, and you hear some loud talking in the hallway.
"I don't know what I would do if I were straight." followed by giggling from a large group of kids. You brush it off, and continue walking to your friend group.
Your next class is health and PE. You hear some kids on the table over, whispering about how straight people might have sex, making strange gestures. It's the next break, you're in the cafeteria line. Someone shoves past you, calling you straight. Another kid purposely calls you by a different name, you brush it off.
Replace all the times 'straight' was written with 'gay'. Think about how you would feel if this happened to you on a daily basis? Would you feel hurt? Upset? Angry? Annoyed?
This happens in the school halls far too often, many students part of the LGBTQIA+ community suffer from bullying, whether it's verbal, physical or emotional. This attitude towards the community is not okay, yet it still happens on a daily basis. Why is this considered normal?
If you need a safe place to talk or to simply hang out, contact the youth workers at Wakatipu Youth Trust about the Spectrum club. We have regular meetups where we just chill, eat food, and do some fun activities.
Community Service Council Update
Kia Ora All,
Last Friday, in association with the National Daffodil day, 27 students volunteered at a booth at the airport to fundraise for the Cancer society. It was an incredible day, raising over $700, with the cancer society raising over $11,000 in Frankton. This event is vital in showing our support in the fight against cancer. Thank you to all those who wore non-uniform on Wednesdays fundraiser or donated to the cause in the last few weeks, as there is noticeable support from our school. In total we raised over $1700! You all have made a difference, with the money going towards assisting those in need.
This Friday, we ran our second Community and Service day in association with Volunteer South. It was awesome to see 31 students sign up to volunteer. There were a range of opportunities that include working at Plunket, cooking for Kiwi Harvest, planting trees and setting up events. Although this was short notice signing up, this work is vital to help rebuild the community and give back to those who need it the most. This is an awesome opportunity unlike any previous ones associated with the school, and will continue to run in the future with the aspirations of more students volunteering their time.
The Community & Service and Whanaungatanga Councils are also still running the Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is an opportunity for WHS students to come along and enjoy a school provided breakfast of weetbix, muesli bars, coffee, and more recently milo, fresh bread & spreads. It is for anyone who may not be able to access breakfast, are too busy or just forgot to eat breakfast before they leave the house. Be sure to check it out, it’s on every day in the Arthur social space and runs until the end of the Week 2 next term.
This year, the Community and Service council had a goal to increase active citizenship within our school and wider community. We aim to help others without asking for anything in return, but also to make connections & contributions within the community. This year, events that we have run such as Breakfast Club, Daffodil Day, Community Service days and upcoming events including Bandanna Day and Breast Cancer Brunch have fit in this goal, and are working towards increasing active citizenship. Volunteering is so rewarding and has such a large influence on the causes for, so I hope that in the future, we get many more of the student body giving their time in the mixture of events being run.
Community and Service Lead Prefect
Arts News and Information
‘SHOWING OFF’ - Senior Visual Art Exhibition
It is coming up to that time of year again when the Visual Art Department showcases the work of their Senior students in the annual SHOWING OFF EXHIBITION.
The work covers the three disciplines of Design, Photography and Painting. The selection process is always a difficult one as every student produces at least one piece they are proud of during the year, however, the final section is based on choosing work from the students who have achieved Excellence this year.
The exhibition is being held at the LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM in Arrowtown.
The opening is on Wednesday 7th September at 6pm, and will run from Thursday 8th September until Sunday 9th October.
There is a People's Choice for one of each discipline (painting, design, and photography) and one overall winner at the end of the exhibition.
Come and see the wonderful and varied artwork on display!
2022 Cultural Blues Nominations
It is that time of year when nominations for the Arts Cultural Blues awards are underway.
The purpose of the Cultural Blues is to celebrate the Arts and recognise Contribution, Leadership and Achievement Awards in Visual Arts (Painting, Design and Photography), Performing Arts (Drama, Speech, Dance and Kapa Haka) and Music. Please read the criteria before filling out the attached form.
If you received an award at a school affiliated event or extracurricular activity, there is no need to submit an entry. This form is primarily for students involved in the Arts outside of school who wish to be considered for a Cultural Blue. Please note that students must supply proof of achievement by submitting copies of certificates or written letters from coaches, teachers, event coordinators, judges, etc.
You may nominate yourself or someone else to receive a Cultural Commendation, Cultural Service and/or Cultural Achievement Blue on this form. Please ensure all sections of the form are completed as required. All nominations must be completed by 4 pm on Friday, 9 September. Nominations will not be accepted after this date.
Nominees will be notified if their application has been successful.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Please contact Monica Parker at email@example.com
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
Sports and Active Recreation News
Winter Tournament Week
It has been a huge week of sport for WHS with 127 students competing in various tournaments across NZ. Our teams have done really well on the whole and enjoyed some fantastic weather this week. We are really proud of the efforts of these students and the way they have conducted themselves on and off the field, court and ice. A huge thank you to our extraordinary group of coaches, managers and staff for all of their commitment and energy. WTW is a really unique and special part of secondary school sport and we would like to thank all of those that helped to make this happen for our students! The results for each team are listed below.
Basketball - Southern Cup
Beat Logan Park High School 93-49
Lost to Papanui High School 85-69
Lost to Cashmere High School 92-61
Beat Hagley College 62-51
Playing for 7th/8th
Boys Football - Jim Wishart Tournament
Lost to Upper Hutt College 3-1
Drew with Lincoln High School 2-2
Drew with Kings College 1-1
Lost to Rolleston College 2-0
Beat Grey High School 6-1
Beat Buller High School 10-0
The team finished 13th
Girls Football - Lotto Sportswear Tournament
Beat Logan Park High School 5-0
Lost to Kapati College 2-0
Beat Middleton Grange 7-0
Lost to Columba College 3-0
Drew with Southland Girls High School 1-1, lost on penalties
Beat Mountainview High School 6-0
The team finished 11th
Mixed Hockey - SISS Mixed Tournament
Beat Kavanagh College 10-0
Beat St Kevin's College 7-1
Beat Menzies College 6-0
Beat Gore High School 6-1
Lost to Mt Aspiring College 4-1
Playing for 3rd/4th
Ice Hockey - SISS B Grade Tournament
Waka Blue beat Dunstan Black 14-0
Waka Gold beat Burnside High School 9-3
Waka Blue beat Shirley Boys High School 9-3
Waka Blue beat Waka Gold 4-2
Waka Blue beat Dunstan Devils 2-1
Waka Gold beat Shirley Boys High School 7-0
Waka Blue beat Burnside High School 4-3
Waka Blue beat Mackenzie College 6-2
Waka Gold beat Dunstan Black 11-1
Waka Gold beat Mackenzie College 4-1
Waka Blue beat Waka Gold 1-0
Waka Blue winners
Waka Gold runners up
Senior A Netball - SISS Senior Champs
Lost to Otago Girls 33-32
Beat Ashburton College 40-25
Beat Riccarton High School 39-28
Beat Nelson Girls 29-28
Lost to St Hildas 48-22
Lost to Cashmere High School 25-15
Lost to Malborough Girls 45-21
Lost to Villa Maria 31-22
The team finished 12th
U15 Rugby - SISS Co-ed Junior Tournament
Beat Darfield High School 12-5
Beat Menzies/Gore 10-7
Beat St Peters College 31-14
Beat John Paul II 17-5
Lost to Taieri College 26-12
The team finished 3rd in Division 2
NZSS Climbing Champs
Congratulations to Year 10 student Cybella Briscoe who finished 16th overall out of 28 climbers in the Junior Girls event at the NZSS Climbing Champs in Tauranga as part of WTW. Five events made up the overall score. Well done Cybella.
Otago Country Rep Players
A big congratulations to 1st XV players Sam McAtamney and Connor McIsaac who have been selected into the Otago Country U18 Squad for the 2022 rep season. We also have eight players selected in the Otago Country U16 Squad, the most out of any school. Congratulations to Flynn Dawson, Keegan Green, Cooper Gilchrist, Ben Hogan, Thomas Hulsman, Toby Rorrison, Xavier Small and Josh Viana.
Climbers in Action in Texas
Lucy Sinclair and Azaria Briscoe are competing in the youth climbing world champs in Texas at the moment. In the Youth A Female category for Lead Climbing Lucy Sinclair finished 36th and Azaria Briscoe finished 46th. The bouldering event is still to come. The link below has an interview of Lucy as part of team NZ; https://youtu.be/1BYz5TvJUDs?t=167
Year 12 student Saxon Sheehan is about to embark on his maiden South Island Endurance Series, a major national motorsport series in NZ. At 16, Saxon will be the youngest competitor in the 1 hour, 0-3500cc race class in his Toyota TR86 race car. The series starts this weekend at Mike Pero Motorsport Park (Ruapuna) in Christchurch, before progressing to Teretonga (Invercargill), Levels (Timaru) and finally Highlands in Cromwell throughout September & October. The series is being used by Saxon as a precursor to the New Zealand Toyota 86 Championship in 2023, where he will join ex-WHS student Hugo Allan and other pro-driver hopefuls chasing this fiercely competitive championship. We wish Saxon all the very best for these events. Go well!
National Points Series - Mt Hutt Races
There was lots of racing to be had for our alpine skiers this past weekend at Mt Hutt in some interesting weather conditions.
Combined times Slalom times for U16 Girls:
Races 1&2: Sasha Key 4th and April Bentley 5th
Races 3&4: Sasha Key 1st, April Bentley 2nd and Violet Smillie 6th
Combined times Slalom times for U16 Boys:
Races 1&2 - Finn McCaw 3rd
Races 3&4 - Finn McCaw 3rd and Hagen Brown 5th
Combined times Giant Slalom for U16 Girls:
Runs 1&2: April Bentley 3rd, Sasha Key 4th and Violet Smillie 6th
Combined times Giant Slalom for U16 Boys:
Runs 1&2 - Hyugo Saunders 2nd, Finn McCaw 3rd and Hagen Brown 7th
South Island Championships - (1st SL plus 1st GS races)
U16 girls - April Bentley 4th, Sasha Key 5th
U16 boys - Finn McCaw 3rd
Sports Blues Nomination Form
Nominations are now open for the 2022 Sports Blues Awards. The Blues awards celebrate sporting excellence in students Year 9-13. To read the criteria document and to complete a nomination form please click on the link below. Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 7th September. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
Nomination form: https://forms.gle/s6sbL3ynMcHEkuPy5
WHS Running Club
We're looking to start running club up next week. It is likely to be a 30 minute run, catering for all abilities. You can run at your own pace. Please indicate on this form which day would suit you best: https://forms.gle/tM6FCdTvdQt4AD9H7.
Kiwi Athlete Agency Seminars
The Kiwi Athlete Agency is hosting a series of zoom meetings for any students wanting to find out more information regarding the U.S. student-athlete pathway. Students and parents can sit in on these seminars and ask any questions they may have. These seminars are going to range from basic information to sport specific sessions with guest speakers from their respective sports. The first seminar is going to be on Tuesday 20th September at 6pm. This is going to cover all of the basics, so it’s a good way to get things up and running if you are interested. It is free and to sign up you can use the link below.
New to WHS?
If you have just recently joined Wakatipu High School and keen to find out more information about sport and active recreation opportunities please visit our website to see what is on offer and join the google classrooms of those activities you are keen to participate in: https://www.sporty.co.nz/wakatipu
Merv Aoake Scholarship
The Wakatipu Yacht Club in conjunction with the Lions Club Queenstown are proud to be offering the Merv Aoake Scholarship for the 2022-2023 season. This scholarship is open to our junior members interested in furthering their sailing skills in an O’pen Skiff. This is an amazing opportunity for any junior member to enhance their sailing skills and also have a go at regatta racing.If you would like to apply for the scholarship please fill in the application form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ajmeVcbL5mdpjkhDkqwSK0PJmHjgixME/view?usp=sharing and return by 4th September 2021 to email@example.com. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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
Local scholarships and other opportunities
If you haven't yet registered for the StudyLink Evening, there is still time!
The Central Otago Budgeting Advice Team will be at here at WHS on Monday 5th September (6:00pm - 8:00pm). This session is for all senior students heading into Tertiary study as they need to apply to qualify for the fees free for the first year and course related costs. Please sign-up here https://forms.gle/
Merv Aoake Scholarship
The Wakatipu Yacht Club in conjunction with the Queenstown Lions Club are proud to be offering the Merv Aoake Scholarship for the 2022-2023 season. This scholarship is open to our junior members interested in furthering their sailing skills in an O’pen Skiff. This is an amazing opportunity for any junior member to enhance their sailing skills and also have a go at regatta racing.
If you would like to apply for the scholarship please fill in the application form and return by 4th September to email@example.com
Margaret Templeton Tertiary Study Scholarship
Valued at $15,000 over 3 years i.e. $5,000 per year - This scholarship is open to students who reside in the Wakatipu Basin and was set up to support those who would find it extremely difficult to meet the financial cost of tertiary study. Evidence of the financial position of the applicant and parents will be required to establish need for support. Applications must be returned to the Careers Hub no later than midday on 29th September, so that we can deliver to Anderson Lloyd. The Household Income Questionnaire should be in a sealed envelope as this information is for the scholarship trustees only.
Dave Geddes RSA Memorial Scholarship
Valued at $1,000. Applications for this scholarship close 23rd September.
Year 13 students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. For a comprehensive guide to a range of University, Regional, Industry and Sport Scholarships that are available for our Year 13 students, please see link below.
Tertiary Course Planning Sessions in Term 3
University Liaison Officers visit Wakatipu High School during Term 3 for course planning and to assist students with the transition from school to university. This is a good time to look at individual interests and help students put their first-year course together. Please drop by the Careers Hub to sign-up or email Careers to register your attendance. These visits are scheduled to take place on the following dates:
- Otago Polytechnic - 5 September - 9:00am
- Victoria University of Wellington - 13 September - 1:30pm
- Lincoln University - 20 September - 2:00pm
- Massey University - 23 September - 9:00am
- University of Canterbury - 26 September - 9:00am
- University of Otago - 27 September - 9:00am
Year 13 First Aid Course
WHS are able to offer Year 13 students first aid training at school on Friday 30th September. This course starts at 9:00am and goes for the full day.
The course is the “Comprehensive Programme” for those requiring first aid training for study or future employment. With a required online component pre-course component, the rest of the course is all hands-on and practical, utilising scenarios to enhance learning. It will give you skills, knowledge and confidence when providing first aid.
6400 Manage first aid in emergency situations – Level 3 Credit 2
6401 Provide first aid – Level 2 Credit 1
6402 Provide basic life support – Level 1 Credit 1
To secure your spot on this course, please register with Careers.
Careers - Job Vacancies for Students
Student Job Vacancies can be viewed at the link below. Please join the google classroom with the code: 3spycgk
Office Administrator wanted!
10 hours per week – independent contractor
The Wakatipu High School (WHS) Foundation is a charitable trust, working with our community to
support a world-class, all-round education for the youth of the Wakatipu Basin.
This independent contractor role will provide administration support to our Executive Officer and
Board of Trustees to ensure that all our programmes, fundraising activities and communications is
delivered as planned.
This role is for a part time Wakatipu based contractor for 10 hours per week, offering flexibility and
both a work-from-home and office arrangement. Attractive pay rate based on experience.
There is room for both hours to increase as workload varies and over time.
Applications including cover letter and CV to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications close 20 September 2022
Who do you think should be our mayor for the next three years?
Wakatipu High School students are working with long-time local journo and editor David Williams, now Newsroom South Island correspondent, to probe behind the political sound bites at Catalyst Trust's Mayoral Candidate Forum.
Masks to be worn to ensure only information is spread.
Registration required at the link below. Entry Free- Koha Welcome. All koha collected goes straight to WHS's Awhi Fund.
Volunteer Native Tree Planting Day,
Whitechapel Reserve, Arrow Junction,
Saturday 3rd September.
Spring is in the air, and it's time to swap out your skis for your shovel and join us at the first of an exciting season of community volunteer native tree planting days around the Whakatipu Basin. Starting at Whitechapel Reserve, we will be planting 1500 native trees and shrubs grown at our very own Jean Malpas Community Nursery over the past year by our amazing nursery volunteers. We couldn't be more thrilled by the growth of the (over) 14,500 native trees and shrubs planted to date, and we are looking forward to watching the continued transformation of this site - restoring biodiversity where once there were only weeds. Part of the spring planting season, Whitechapel is the first of five community planting days, so stay up to date with the posters around the school and the reforestation trust site found at https://wrtqt.org.nz.
Morning tea will be provided by our wonderful friends at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, followed by a community sausage sizzle (including gluten-free and vegan options).
Location: Whitechapel Road, Arrow Junction. Plenty of parking is available. The map on the trust website
Time: 9 am onwards - drop-in style, come along any time and stay for as long as you like.
What to bring: Gardening gloves, a garden shovel (or borrow one of ours), sturdy boots, a hat, sunscreen, water & keep a cup for your hot drink at morning tea.
**Absolutely no experience is needed**
Volunteers will be on hand to show you how to plant a tree!
NOTE: Due to rabbits recently burrowing under our fence and feeding on our plants, we have to do a pindone drop. For the safety of your dogs, please leave them at home this year.
We are looking forward to catching up with all of our volunteers! See you there!