Issue 13 - 22 September 2022
WHAKATANE HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
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.
End of a great term
Term 3 has been a busy term for both students and staff and I recognise that we all deserve a nice holiday. This term we have seen the end of the Covid Traffic Light system, which is a significant milestone for our country and for education in New Zealand. This means there are no restrictions at WHS. However, if people are symptomatic, they should test and if positive, should isolate according to government guidelines.
This term has also showcased the talents of our staff and students through the Arts Festival, winter sports and Open Day and Evening. We had over 500 members of the community through our school during Open Evening, where we piloted a more interactive approach which was well received. We have well over 200 students enrolled for 2023 already. Here is a small snippet of what the Year 8 students experienced at our Open Day.
More recently, the practice and digital exams have been well managed and run by Mrs McKane and Miss Crook with the support of our eHub Team. Currently our staff are marking work and entering grades into markbooks. I encourage all students to get valuable feedback from their teachers about their performance, which will enable them to set goals for the upcoming NCEA exams. The NCEA exam timetable is available here.
It has been great to see our students achieve well and make provincial teams, achieve mayoral awards and be recognised nationally. I wish Te Tokatumoana McGarvey good luck at the upcoming National Manu Korero competition.
To all students, staff and community, I thank you for your hard work and dedication this term and look forward to seeing us all refreshed for Term 4 (see calendar of events below).
WHS Swimming Sports
This week the school celebrated the delayed Championship Swimming Sports. And what a day it was! Four records fell to Caign Boonen (9KGN):
Mr Hanlen, when interviewed by the Beacon, was excited to report that with the Covid Protection Framework recently dissolved, the PE Department were keen to offer this special event to students of WHS. In particular, those swimmers keen to win House points, gain podium results as well as challenge our school records, some of which go back to the early 1960s. Congratulations to the following students who placed:
The Junior division for the WHS Badminton champs played their final games on Friday. In the girls side, Year 9 students Mackenzie Reid and Hannah White took on Year 10 girls Brooke Nolan and Catelyn Santos in the semi finals. Mackenzie defeated Brooke 31-9, with Catelyn defeating Hannah 31-17. Mackenzie and Catelyn then faced off in the final with Mackenzie taking the championship 31-24. On the boys side of the draw, Year 10 boys Ben Peat and Jai Julian faced off in one semi with Year 9 boys Sam Jackson and Dion Pawson facing off in the second. Ben defeated Jai 31-18 with Sam taking the win from Dion 31-16. In the final, Ben was too strong for Sam taking the win 31-22.
A huge congratulations to all Junior students who took part in the School Championships. The Senior students will look to play their finals later this week.
GO-4-12 Challenge NZSSARC
BOP Short Course - Swimming
Congratulations to students Caign Boonen, Nikkolas Brown, Ben Jackson and Tyler Macey on some great results at the BOP Short Course Winter Showdown held in Mount Maunganui.
Caign Boonen entered six events and earned three 1st placings, two 2nd placings and a 3rd placing, including some good personal best performances.
- Gold Medalist: 50M freestyle, 50M butterfly,100M freestyle
- Silver Medalist: 100M IM, 50M backstroke
- Bronze Medalist: 100M backstroke
Nikkolas Brown qualified for five finals and received personal best times in all events
- Gold Medalist: 1500M freestyle
- Bronze Medalist: 50M breaststroke
Ben Jackson qualified for the finals in all five events he entered
- Silver Medalist: 100M butterfly
- Bronze Medalist: 100M freestyle
Tyler Macey raced in five events qualifying for the finals in all. He was only 0.24 seconds away from earning a bronze medal in the 100M breaststroke, dropping 6.54 seconds from his personal best time.
Zane Pearson also had a successful meet with impressive time improvements in all events entered and qualified to swim in six finals.
Students Kendall McKane, Ollie Forsyth and Dane Hargreaves spent their Sunday upskilling on their coaching skills. All three students have volunteered to take on coaching roles within the Junior Volleyball programme.
They are pictured here with Volleyball BOP Coachforce Officer Brittany Allison-Carnie who ran the coaching session.
We'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Amish Fermah the coach and Shane Tailby the manager, for supporting the team.
Shave For A Cure
Board of Trustees Election Result
Congratulations to the new WHS Board of Trustees Committee.:
- Keith Hamill
- Hannah Simmonds
- Stephen Lamb
- Raewyn Iremonger
- Paul Julian
- Paul Goodman (Staff Representative)
Thank you to all who put their names forward, and to those who voted - it's so great to know our school has the support of so many families.
Thanks from the English Department!
Manu Korero Nationals
Te Tokatūmoana's speech will be streamed at 12.40pm on Friday 30 September via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT0HgV-gZTs
Prizegiving will be held later that day. Good luck Te Tokatūmoana!
We were lucky enough to have Kirsty from Steps Dance School in for a workshop for our year 9s to finish off their Performing Arts option rotation with some fun! They have also worked hard creating Site Specific Dance (you may have seen them around school). Follow us on instagram @whakatanehighpa for more!
For the full calendar of events, check out this link:
- He Haakiri o te Kooanga (Restaurant Evening) - Saturday 24 September
- NISS Snowboarding Champs- 26-28 September
- Queen's Memorial Day - Monday 26 September
- Noho - 27-30 September
- WHS Speech Comp - Tuesday 27 September
- Kotiri Trip - Thursday 29 September
- Waikato Culinary Fare - Thursday 29 September
- Cross Country and Last day of Term 3 - Friday 30 September
- Sports photos - Wednesday 19 October
- Labour Day - Monday 24 October
- Out-of-Zone Enrolment Ballot Day - Friday 28 October
Science Department Request
Student Health Notice
Health services provided FREE in school:
- School Nurse: daily except Wednesday morning
- School Doctor: Tuesdays P2