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    • Weekly Wrap Up (Term 3, Week 6)
      • 29 Aug 2019
      • Wellington High School
      • Important Dates 30 August: Mid-term break — School closed 2 September: Future Focus Event & Careers Expo (see below) 5 September: WHS Brand designs forum (see below) 9 September: Sexual Abuse Prevention Network presentation (see below) 9 September: Preliminary course choices due for 2020 (Y10—12) 20 September: Learning Conversations day — students attend for their interview only 23 September: Board of Trustees meeting 27 September: Final Senior course choices due for 2020 (Y10—Y12); End of Term 3 Important Information Senior Course Choices for 2020 The Senior Course Choice Booklet for 2020 is now available on our website: http://www.whs.school.nz/course-choice-booklet/.  Students in Years 10—12 are invited to explore the options available. We will share the selection planner and process with students shortly. The timeline for making course decisions for 2020 is below. There are opportunities to discuss course choices at Future Focus Evening next week and also at your Learning Conversation: Monday 2 September 2019 Future Focus Evening, 3.45pm—5.45pm Monday 9 September 2019 Preliminary course decisions made Friday 20 September 2019 Learning Conversations Day Friday 27 September 2019 Final course decisions made for 2020 Future Focus event and Careers Expo  You and your student are invited to Wellington High School’s Future Focus event on Monday 2 September 3.45pm to 5.45pm in the Main Block and Foyer. The evening will help your student make smart course choices for 2020 and beyond. Please note that there will be no rōpū that day, and school will finish at the earlier time of 3pm to allow for setting up.   Visit the Careers Expo — Riley Centre 11am — 4.30pm  This year’s Expo features over 20 exhibitors (see the list of exhibitors here), including trades, universities and tertiary providers. All Year 10—13 students will  be attending the Expo during the day, and we encourage students to show their families any stalls of interest before Future Focus Evening starts between 3.00 – 3.45pm.  Visit the Learning Areas — M Block Levels 3 and 4 The event will include information about each Learning Area and a number of additional information sessions, all offered on a 15 minute rotation basis.  Most Learning Area presentations have the following format: Each 15-minute rotation will begin with a short presentation by the Head of  Faculty about the Learning Area and the course selections available. This will be followed by some time for questions and answers. At the end of the 15 minutes, you and your student move to the next presentation.  Faculty presentations are in Main Block and your student should be able to guide you. Student guides will also be available to provide assistance.  Level 3 M305 – Mathematics M306 – Arts M307 – Physical Education and Health M308 – English M309 – Languages Level 4 M406 – Social Sciences M407 – Science M408 – Technology M410 – Learning Support  available – no session M409 – How NCEA works  Come and view the draft Wellington High brand designs Over the past two terms, a large group of students, staff and whānau has participated in workshops to share and develop ideas about the directino of a refreshed brand identity for the school. You are warmly invited to pop into the school foyer on Thursday 5 September (anytime between 11.30—4pm) to view the draft identity designs that are in development with the designers at Chrometoaster (https://www.chrometoaster.com/).  On Thursday, Chrometoaster will have a stand in the foyer to share our draft direction so far, and take feedback from our school community. Note that the design of a central element to represent Te Kura Tuarua o Taraika ki Pukeahu is in separate development with the school. The design team can talk about this. Achievements Say ‘Yes ‘to YES! Last Saturday three WHS Young Enterprise Groups ran stalls at the YES @ The Wellington Underground Market. Congratulations to Remixxed Bags (Sienna Williamson and Sierra Williamson), Toucher Soap (Poppy Vine and Leanne Fandialan) and Poneke Ahi (Jacob Baddeley and Eliseo Biondini). Follow them on Instagram remixxedbags, PonekeAhi and ToucherSoap.   Poetry success Congratulations to Seb MacCaulay (Year 12), for being shortlisted as a finalist in the National Secondary Schools Poetry Competition. He received prizes from the New Zealand Book Council and Sport, as well as $100 and the opportunity to attend a masterclass at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University last weekend. Seb’s poem is included below: Old man I’m sitting and I watch the old man from the street rest and unfurl from his linen a pack of Dunhills. He twists off the cellophane and eyes his catch with that vintage gleam of noon-stripped old lowlifes, naked, howling at their cigarette moons. Cars and their drivers blur on by, each turning their heads as if to say yes man, light that cigarette for all you’re worth.  Yes, man lights it. Draws each drag out long like a bones player shifting keys. He exhales each time only a whisper of thin smoke-suns that twist, convulse mid-air. I have a moment when I think of my father and I driving along an afternoon’s length of country road; we could’ve been both fifteen naive and I feel as if right here and now I’ll weep watching this old new nomad smoke, pulling our car breakneck along the asphalt, filling the valleys and valleys and valleys, hauling us through them, here to someplace to every place, maybe, most likely, somewhere unideal, where infants are born dead but still live. My father and I, our cities become flame, the skyscrapers strip the blue skies, haul from the seas an urgent thunderstorm now upon us all and still. The old man smokes. Almost at the filter now. Watching our cars roll on by. Looking with those eyes at each and every person as if to say yes man, go on your way, go on your way. IYNT Winners, Minsk, 2019 WHS students Ryan Bright and Lydia Acton were part of the winning NZ team at the 2019 International Young Naturalists’ Tournament. Lydia was the team captain, having also competed in the 2018 tournament in Tbilisi, Georgia. Ryan reported his solution to problem 7, “Burning Glass” in the final against Croatia and Switzerland. He scored the highest score in the final, which was won by NZ with 47.9 points, to Croatia’s 45.9 and Switzerland’s 45.6.          The team’s achievements have been widely recognised, including this tweet from the National Science advisor! Sports Underwater Hockey HUGE congratulations go out to all our Underwater Hockey teams for their fantastic season this year.  Our Junior Open A team won bronze medals in Friday night’s CSW Premier finals, defeating Hutt Valley High School 6-2 in their playoff game. The boys were hoping for better after entering the playoffs in second place, however they suffered a shock 3-0 loss to Scots College in their semi final. The bronze medal is still a massive achievement, and the first medal won by a WHS team for as long as Murray Chisholm can remember. This team and our Senior Girls team will contest the national championships in Wellington at WRAC from September 6th-8th. If you are interested in Underwater Hockey or intrigued by this mysterious sport, please watch the video made by Year 9 student Sky Gobbi here: https://youtu.be/978v3IPhqV8  1st XI Boys Hockey vs Tararua College Last Sunday our 1st XI Boys Hockey team played Tararua College. Tararua are doing a Lower North Island tour, mainly playing schools in the Wellington region. WHS may have lost the game 3 – 0 but it was an evenly matched contest and our team benefited from the opportunity to take on Tararua College.  
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    • Weekly Wrap-Up (Term 1 – Week 7)
      • 15 Mar 2019
      • Wellington High School
      • Important Dates NOTE: You can access the school calendar on our website: WHS School Calendar 26 March: FRIDAY timetable runs today 29 March: Learning Conversations all day (with rōpū teachers) 12 April: End of Term 1 Important Information Learning Conversations — 29 March 2019 The Learning Conversation takes place between your student, the student’s rōpū teacher and parent(s) / caregiver(s).  Each learning conversation will take 20 minutes at the most. Students will only be at school on Friday 29 March for their learning conversation. Emails have been sent home. Bookings for learning conversations can be made at https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/ using code xktku NCEA Internal Assessment calendars online Students and their families can access the NCEA Levels 1—3 assessment calendars via our website.  On the calendars, you can see all the assessment deadline for the year. Go to Students > Calendars and choose the one that applies to you. You can add the appropriate calendar to your own via the Google button at the bottom left.         Measles Outbreak — Advice to schools As you are likely aware, there is a large and ongoing outbreak of measles in Christchurch, with 26 cases as at 14 March. Auckland and Dunedin now also have measles cases. While there are currently no reported cases in the greater Wellington region, people will move around NZ during the school holiday period of 13 – 28 April, which includes Easter (19 April –22 April), and ANZAC Day (25 April), and it is likely measles will spread. Accordingly, attached is an information sheet and FAQs regarding measles for primary, intermediate and secondary schools.  Regional Public Health – www.rph.org.nz Ministry of Health – www.health.govt.nz Immunisation Advisory Centre – www.immune.org.nz What’s happening? Focus on Climate Change At the time of writing, a large number of our students are in town for the Climate Change Strike, part of a global movement of youth protest.  In the build up to this, Wellington High’s Molly Doyle in Year 13, took part in a panel with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the Green Party’s James Shaw, and student leaders from other schools. You can read more about the event here.             World Vision Youth Conference Stop Press: While many of our students have been out at the Strike4Climate this morning, four students have been representing WHS at the World Vision Youth Conference. Abishkar Palma, Emily Brooke, Liberty McIntyre-Reet, and Jack Davies have been learning and sharing their ideas and vision of how they can be change makers in our community.           Talking Books with Jacinda Ardern Johanna Christ, Alex Buyck, Otis Brown and Em Flux attended a fundraiser for the Katherine Mansfield House and Garden on the evening of Wednesday 13 March to hear Jacinda Ardern talk about her love of books. The Prime Minister shared advice for teenagers, “Know yourself. Know when you are feeling fragile and get off social media. Don’t live life on a screen.” She also talked about the importance of reading saying, “In order to give children the gift of reading, we need to give parents and caregivers the gift of time.” The students came away feeling very lucky to have had the opportunity to attend the event.       Farewell to Chrissy Laing We reluctantly said goodbye to Chrissy Laing on Thursday 14 March after four and a half years of outstanding service as our Gateway coordinator. Chrissy brought enormous positive energy to this important role and she will be greatly missed. Chrissy is embarking on a new journey much closer to home and we wish her well in her new role.       French Club trip to view a French Film Festival  On Thursday members of the French film club, joined with other French students in Wellington to view the view Au Bout des Doigts.       Tongariro Crossing On Monday the GEO223 and ESS223 classes left for the long bus ride up to Tongariro. We journeyed up to the mountains and on Tuesday did the long 19.4km Tongariro Crossing. The 22 students and 3 staff made it over in just under 8 hours, some more adventurous students choosing to run the final 3km downhill. Everyone did a great job an had a great time, and the warm hot pools straight afterward were welcomed by us all. The weather was fantastic – a number of us were sporting pink noses by the afternoon. Thank you to Kerry Parker and Kyle West who accompanied and made it possible to do the Crossing for the first time in many years. Drama Camp Last week Year 13 Drama went on camp to Riversdale in the Wairarapa. The purpose of the camp was to have an extended rehearsal period for two upcoming performance assessments. While they were away students worked on their acting technique for an assessment which finished yesterday, and started drafting self-devised character-based solos for presentation in week 11 (9-11 April).       JustSpeak lunchtime lecture The lunchtime lecture on Friday 8 March was delivered by Tania Sawiki Mead.  Tania is the Director of JustSpeak: a movement of young people who are speaking up and speaking out about criminal justice, aspiring for a thriving Aotearoa. JustSpeak develops  youth-led tools, resources, spaces and support to facilitate public conversation on criminal justice informed by evidence and experience. Thank you to the Library for hosting another fascinating talk, and to Kathryn Hutchinson  for organizing the lecture and visit.       Achievements Talented footballer and former WHS student featured in Sunday Star Times The Sunday Star Times on 10 March featured the story of former WHS student, Athman Othman. Athman is remembered by many of his teachers for his sporting talent and we were glad to read of his success on the field playing for Tasman United. Read the full article here. NZYPT – New Zealand Young Physicists’ Tournament take silver On the 9th March, two teams of WHS physicists competed in the Wellington regional heat of the 14th New Zealand Young Physicists’ Tournament (NZYPT). Held at Victoria University, the teams took part in science fights defending their research into seven pre-determined problems, and challenging that of their opponents. The team of Millie Rea, Sophie Mance and Khalid Adam are to be congratulated for finishing second. They will head to Auckland next weekend to take part in the national finals.       Sport Futsal We have had another busy week sport wise.  On Wednesday 13 March we had a Junior Boys and Senior Boys team compete in the College Sport Wellington Futsal Competition held at the ASB Sport Centre in Kilbirnie.  The teams had a great day with some very close results. Big thanks goes to Mr Junca for coaching the boys. Junior vs St Patrick Town, 6-3 lost vs Hutt International, 4-2 lost (draw until last 3 minutes!) vs Hutt Valley High, 8-3 win vs Scots College, 4 all draw (excellent game!!!) vs Tawa College, 6-1 win Senior: vs Wellington College, 7 nil lost vs Aotea College, 2 all draw vs Hutt International, 7-3 lost vs St Patrick Town, 3-2 win vs Onslow College, 3 nil lost Regional Athletics On Thursday 14 March a team of six from Wellington High School competed in the College Sport Wellington Regional Athletics meet at Newtown Park. Competing were: Fynn Hutson Senior Boys High Jump Thomas Woodward Senior Boys 100m and 200m Liberty McIntyre-Reet Senior Girls 800m Tiopira Mulholland Intermediate Boys High Jump Ari Koed-Chang Intermediate Boys Long Jump Frankie Coup Junior Girls Javelin All athletes participated extremely well.  Thomas reached the final of Senior Boys 100m and Frankie  won the Junior Girls Javelin with a throw of 24.97m (which beats our school record). Netball Reminder: Junior and Senior Netball Trials take place on Saturday 16 March (tomorrow) and Saturday 23 March here at school in the Tindall Gym. Juniors 9.00-11.30am Seniors 1.00-3.30pm Players must bring the correct shoes and a drink bottle.  If you cannot make both trial dates please let Ms McIntyre (Sports Office) know. Football Trials for all Junior Boys wishing to compete in the Junior Boys Football team take place on Tuesday 19 March from 3.30-5.00pm. Players must bring their football boots and correct clothing for the trials.  Also on Tuesday 19th March, trials for Senior students (Year 11-13) wanting to compete in the 2nd and 3rd XI Football teams, should meet at Wakefield Park, Adelaide Road, Berhampore, from 3.45-5.00pm. They will need their football boots and correct clothing for the trials.  Upcoming Sporting Events Summer Tournament week is quickly approaching!  From 25-31 March, we have the following teams away competing in the NZ Secondary Schools National Sporting Events. Floorball – ASB Sports Centre 30-31 March Ultimate Frisbee – Owen Delaney Park in Taupo 25-26 March Wake Ama –  Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lakes) Rotorua 25-29 March Futsal (Senior and Junior Boys only)- ASB Sports Centre 27-29 March Mountain Biking – Waiu Trail Park, Wainuiomata 30-31 March Sports Exchange For the 2nd year running we have our Sports Exchange with Newlands College.  This year Wellington High School are hosting the exchange and we are looking forward to yet another great battle on the sports field.  The following team will be competing: Badminton – Boys and Girls Basketball – Boys and Girls Hockey – Boys Football – Boys and Girls Netball – Girls  
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