Issue 8 - 10 June 2021


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E ngā reo, e ngā mana, rau rangatira mā, ngā matā waka, tēnei te mihi nui atu ki ā koutou katoa. Ko te wawata me te tumanako ka noho ora mai koutou katoa.

Dear whānau,

We hope you are well and enjoyed the recent long weekend. It was nice to have some time with the family.

Recently we have had assemblies for our senior students with some clear messaging around the expectations this term and a conversation with students about safe driving and responsibilities for restricted drivers at school. For our senior students, it is important that they take control of their learning, understand how many credits they have, what assessments are coming up and what priorities for learning they need to make. This going to be a focus of Mentoring time with their Student Mentor.

As we head into term 3, a focus for senior students during Mentoring time will be career planning, subject selection and exam revision techniques to help position our young people to excel in the exams and have a learning pathway for 2022. Our junior assemblies have focused on the importance of attendance and celebrating those students who have consistently attended school in term 1 and 2. I feel it is important to reiterate the importance of attendance and punctuality for learning. Please support us by ensuring your young people arrive to school on time, ready for learning and in the correct uniform.

B Block toilets

Thank you to all members of the community who contributed towards our consultation around the placing of cameras in our B-Block toilets. Through that consultation process, with both the community and our students, we've decided to place cameras externally, on the outside of the bathroom doors to capture images of students walking in to the bathrooms. None of the images will take any footage from students inside public spaces in the bathrooms, but we believe that this strategy will help identify students who have created unsafe behaviour that affects others. When this occurs, this will help us to be proactive in our response to maintain the bathrooms and keep them a safe and secure place for students. Please refer to our Privacy Policy on SchoolDocs.

SchoolDocs is an online site where parents can access all our school policies and procedures and this is accessed through using the login (below). From time to time the school will communicate and consult with the community around various policies and procedures, for example, most recently, we consulted with the community around our reporting of progress and achievement for students in Term 1, which formed an improved procedure and policy for our school.


Username: whakatanehigh

Password: whs100

Whakatane High School Vision Consultation

The Board of Trustees is really interested in consulting with the community around the Strategic Vision for our school. The Strategic Vision of our school will help us align resources and our energies to make sure we are the best school for our community. To do this, we're asking questions about what the community feel our vision for education at Whakatane High School should be. We want you to think about who are the adults that we want our young people to become, so that our young people are able to thrive in life, at school and beyond school.

To make this a really simple process, here's a link for you to follow, which will bring up a simple survey of only three questions, which will help you give some feedback to the school around what you feel we should be. What we should keep, stop and start doing. Once we have gathered this information, the Board of Trustees will synthesize this and present it as a consultation to the community, before we eventually work towards developing a robust and progressive charter, which suit the aspirations of our community.

Martyn Knapton


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A life-changing experience!

Iziah Carter and Tyler Lang have had a life changing experience recently.

In late March they were told that they had received a scholarship to go on a 21 day course to Anakiwa Outward Bound in Te Wai Pounamu. Anakiwa Outward Bound is an organisation that specialises in challenging young people to push themselves to their limits, physically, mentally and emotionally.

They would be participating in lots of different activities, such as sailing, rock climbing, high ropes, tramping, kayaking, and staying out for two nights alone, and having time to reflect on the future and learn from the past. They met 12 other Year 12 students, between 16-18 years old and were certainly not disappointed with the experience! Their account of the trip is below:

"We left Whakatane on the 9th May, headed to Anakiwa which is a small town outside of Blenheim, in the Marlborough Sounds. We finally arrived at Anakiwa and the very first thing we did when we arrived was go for a big run. We very soon realised that at Anakiwa they love running, everywhere we go we have to run, and if we were late there were given punishments. One thing which I was not expecting when going to Anakiwa Outward Bound is how often we had to talk about ourselves and our feelings. I’m not used to doing this back at home so at first it felt a bit weird, but on the second day for some reason all 14 of us already felt like we were family or had been friends for years so it felt easier to open up to each other and to be able to trust each other. By the end of the 21 day course they felt like a true family and I could talk to them about anything. This experience was a life changing experience that will stay with me for life, it has shown me that I can do anything I want as long as I push myself and give myself the opportunities to do so."

“Excuses are always there, opportunities are not”

If you would like to find out more about our 21 day adventure we are making a presentation about everything we did, in B7 at lunchtime on Friday to the WHS Interact Club.


Huge congratulations to Leon Fuller on being selected as part of the 2021 U18 World Canoe Championships for K4 500m.
REMINDER - PE Uniform is compulsory

PE Uniform is compulsory for both Junior and Senior students. See this link for the uniform code if you are unsure.

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New Zealand Title!

Whakatane High school sent three boys over to the 3D Multisport Event at the Blue Lakes, Rotorua to compete in the 30km team event.

The weather was not great but the boys took out the National title. The event comprised a 5km paddle (Cambell Julian), 20km mountain bike (Hayden Sisson) and a 5km run (Alex Manning). All three boys had excellent legs leading all the way through. Well done boys!

Jai Julian was also competing in the U16 individual 30km event.

Manukorero 2021

Congratulations to Parekohai Baker, Whatonga Raki and Tekaumarua Christie who competed in the Manukorero Competition in Ruatoki last week. Although they didn't place, they enjoyed the competition and the experience and did themselves and our school proud.

Careers News

Forestry Careers

On Tuesday 1 June we had the Forestry Industry Contractors Association present a display of the over 40 different careers available in the Forestry Industry. Students were able to use a Waratah simulator to try their hand at virtual felling, stripping and cutting of logs ready for processing.

University Open Days

Recently, senior students have visited the University Open Days, including Hamilton and Tauranga campuses of The University of Waikato.

Upcoming ones include:

  • Massey University, Manawatu Campus - 4 August
  • Wellington Campus - 20 August
  • Auckland Campus - 21 August
  • Victoria University of Wellington - 20 August
  • University of Auckland - 28 August
  • AUT - 28 August

Health Careers

On Wednesday 30 June, we have a group of tertiary students coming to share their experience of their health studies with Year 10 students. Students will attend in core class groups.

On Thursday 1 July, senior students interested in a Career in Health will be able to attend the DHB Health Career Expo at Whakatane Hospital. Students will be able to sign up soon.


Our students continue to experience the world of work through their Gateway work placements. If any employers are interested in hosting any of our students, please get in contact with either Ms Stuart or Mrs Ball here at school.

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Tickets are available to purchase for shows from 22 to 26 June.

$15 per ticket, from the Whakatane High School office. Families of four (two adults and two children) are $45.

Lights and sound are packing into the school hall, weekend tech rehearsals are underway. It's getting closer!

Casino Royale

Senior Ball permission slips have been emailed to students and parents.

80% Attendance is required to purchase a ticket and tickets can only be purchased from the student office during break times not during class time!


Below is a small list of events coming up.

For the full calendar of events, check out this link:

  • Back to the 80's (School Production) - Monday, 21 June to Saturday, 26 June
  • Last Day of Term 2 - Friday, 9 July
  • First Day of Term 3 - Monday, 26 July
  • Teacher Only Day and Senior Ball - Friday, 30 July


Student Health Notice

Health services provided FREE in school:

  • School Nurse: daily except Wednesday morning
  • School Doctor: Tuesdays P2
  • Nutritionist/Dietitian: Weekly on Wednesday morning

Visit the Student Office to make an appointment.

Icecream Containers, Newspaper and Test Pots

The Science Department are always in need of ice cream containers, newspaper and paint test pots (even if they have a little bit left in them). Any time you have some spare, please drop them in to the front office.

School bus information

If you require information about your student/s bus route or timetable, please contact Uzabus directly on: 07 308 6169.

Iti Pounamu - homework club

3:15pm-4:30pm in the library every Wednesday.