Newsletter Week 39 Term 4
Waiheke High School 8th December 2022
Tēnā koutou katoa,
We have made it to the end of what has been an extremely challenging year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing students, supportive whānau and extremely hard working staff. I for one have felt extremely welcome in my first year at Waiheke High School.
2022 sees the retirement of Tony Sears, Russell Duurloo and Tom Mulvey. While Te Ao Marama Hau and Johnny Keevil are taking up opportunities elsewhere. I would like to thank these five amazing staff for their contributions to Waiheke High School.
Rebecca Cunningham-Rose (Deputy Principal), Paul Knighton (Deputy Principal) and Emma Musson (Assistant Principal/Specialist Classroom Teacher) will form a new look senior leadership team (SLT). A massive thank you to Demelza Round, David Kennedy, Te Ao Marama Hau, Pita Mahaki and Bill Godbout for their contribution on the extended SLT in the previous two years.
Bring your own device (BYOD) will be extended to the whole school in 2023. If your young person does not currently have a device, please organise one over the summer break. If you need support in purchasing a device, please get in touch with us. We have some support available for those who require it.
The yearbook will be available for collection this Friday 09 December. Thank you to our talented staff member Chanette Büttner who has coordinated the yearbook with the help of Demelza Round and Brent Simpson.
Finally, I hope you all take the opportunity to spend some quality time with whānau and friends. Have a great summer break.
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.
Ngā mihi nui,
- 13 December - Junior Prizegiving (LAST DAY OF TERM 4)
- 31st January 2023 - FIRST DAY OF TERM 1 2023
Term 4 Sports Report
Year 7/8 CZ Events
- Touch Rugby - Girls, Mixed and Boys grades
The Central Zone Touch Rugby Tournament was the highlight of this term where we were able to field three teams, Girls, Mixed and Boys. All three teams were very competitive in their games, all finishing around the middle of their grades. I would like to congratulate our Most Valuable Players for the day:
Girls - Gracie Barker-Smith
Mixed - Monty Bailey
Boys - Lockie Spence
Touch Teams - Local Competition
Our two school teams that play every Thursday night in the Local Touch competition are doing extremely well, both near the top of the table, with the WHS Koura team unbeaten so far and the WHS Kuku team only one loss. Keep in going teams - only 2 more game's to go!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff and the community for your amazing help with our sports program in the school this year, whether it was managing, coaching, dropping kids off or picking up. Any help with our kids in sports is awesome. Without you all it would not happen, so thanks!
I am working on the Sports Timetable at the moment for Term 1 2023, so will get this out to everyone before the end of this term. (There maybe a few changes to it in the New Year)
From myself and the Sports Department at Waiheke High School we would like to wish you and your families an awesome, safe, active and healthy Xmas!
Glendowie scored 160 for 9 off 20 overs. WHS scored 125 for 8 off 20 overs - top score Christian Kennedy 20 runs not out.
School Apps Launch
School Apps is a free app that can be downloaded directly onto your phone from either the Apple Store or the Google Play Store. There is also the opportunity to use Schools Apps as a dashboard on your computer if you do not wish to use your phone.
You will be able to use School Apps for the following purposes:
1. Attendance - you can submit absences directly through the app
2. Communication - you can access up to date calendar events and daily student notices
3. Newsletters - you can access the school newsletter directly from the app
4. Forms - medical and contact details can be directly updated via the app if changes occur
5. Contact details - you will be able to access teacher emails and phone numbers more easily
6. Alerts- we can send out notifications and alerts for specific groups and events (e.g. School trips)
7. Parent portal - you can access the portal through the app to track attendance and results
8. EOTC trips (Education Outside of the Classroom) - trip permission slips will be sent out digitally and consent forms will be returned via the app. Paper forms will no longer be used for trips. Online payment options will also be linked to the app for trips but there will still be the option to pay in person at reception or through a payment plan (if approved).
You should have all received an email from School Apps that includes instructions on how to log into the app. Once you click on the log in button, you are invited to set your own personal password. You can also access the app via the following link: https://waiheke.apps.school.nz/install/
School Apps is also available as a student version so that students can easily access calendar events and daily notices.
A Message from Student Support Services
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to seeing you all in 2023.
Health Tip for Happy Holidays - SunSmart"
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in New Zealand. Melanoma is the most
serious type, and our rates are amongst the highest in the world.
Skin cancer is largely preventable. Over 90% of all skin cancer cases are attributed to excess
sun exposure. We encourage all New Zealanders to be SunSmart and
to "Slip Slop, Slap and Wrap."
Liz and Bill are now on summer break until the 31st January. If you need assistance over the summer holidays here are helpful phone number and websites:
Oneroa (09) 372 3111
Ostend (09) 372 5005
Piritahi Hau Ora (09) 372 0022
Crisis team (24/7) 0800 800 717 - mental health emergency number
Kari Mental Health (9-5) (09) 623 4646 –Youth mental health support office hours
Need to Talk (text or call 24/7) 1737 – you will talk to a qualified counsellor
Whatsup 08009428787 www.whatsup.co.nz - Barnardos helpline/webchat for children &
Youthline 0800 376 633 free txt 234 or Youthline.co.nz - focus on young people
The Low Down Thelowdown.co.nz or free txt 5626 – phone/call or chat online if
anxious/down or depressed
Aunty Dee https://www.auntydee.co.nz/ - Aunty Dee is a free online
tool for anyone who needs some help working through a problem. It
doesn't matter what the problem is, you can use Aunty Dee to help you
Rainbow Youth, phone 09 376 4155 www.ry.org.nz
Outline: Rainbow community mental health support 6-9pm 7days 0800 688 5463
In an emergency 111
Liz Morris, Counsellor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maggie Lethwaite, Nurse: email@example.com
Bill Kinghorn, Counsellor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 9 Rotoroa Island Education Programme
This trip was a practical experience aimed at igniting students' creative side, learning aboutAotearoa’s flora, fauna and predators and giving back to the environment. Year 13 students Cody and Aron Salisbury speaking to the students about their lives growing up on Rotoroa Island was a definite highlight for the students and Rotoroa Island educators. A big thanks to Jared, Tanique, Brent, Avi & Demelza for helping, particularly Avi and Jared with managing the swim. We also had Elisa Unga's sister Racheal along as an adult helper, a past student who has just finished her first year of Nursing.
Year 9 Burger Competition Friday 11th November 2022
Check out these Burger varieties: Pulled Pork n Slaw, Calamari, Vegetarian, Chicken, Mussel, Beef and Prawn, Lamb, Fish and of course Beef! No tomato sauce and no white buns from the supermarket!
Winners: Fish Deluxe Burger – they caught their own fish!!! – Sam Chevaldin, Ugo Ferrari and Moby Ethel
Second with their Pork n Slaw Burger, Heidi Deacon and Lilly Burdett
Third overall with their Crunch Burger – Lamb was Morage Ore and Georgia Simpson
Congratulations to one and all Year 9 Food Technology students. An amazing effort – catching their own fish, making their own buns, bringing local salads galore and flavourings, with our focus for extra points being on "Eat Local – Eat in Season".
Big thankyou to our judges: Our Principal Mr October, Mr Kennedy, Mr O’Toole, Mr Howell along with our photographer Ms Buttner - TUMEKE KOUTOU KATOA!
Year 9 ( 2nd rotation) Unique Snack Treat Competition
Winners were Georgia & Morag , Heidi and Lilly, Sienna, Amelia and Pippa, Bianca and Skyla.
Thanks to the judges, Mr Smith and Mr G..
Rotary National Science & Technology Forum
Congratulations to Ambrose Burke-Munns and Genevieve Blackburn who have both been selected to attend the Rotary National Science & Technology Forum in 2023.
Each January 160 of New Zealand’s top science students spend two weeks of their holidays at a residential Forum at the University of Auckland, prior to starting their last year at High School. Students apply through their schools to their local Rotary Clubs and are put forward for selection, based on their grades and all-round ability. The University of Auckland, AUT and Massey University combine resources to present diverse and stimulating academic sessions & experiences across a wide range of sciences & technologies. The programme includes visits to science & technology enterprises in the Auckland region as well as a range of fun activities. The central purpose of the Forum is to broaden the student’s horizons and assist them in making decisions about their future studies and career options. Two of these students are then selected to represent NZ at an International Science Forum in London the following year.
A big thank you to Waiheke Rotary for enabling our Waiheke High School students to take up this amazing opportunity.
Tony Sears (Deputy Principal)
Rachael Wheeler (Business Manager)
Location: 11 Donald Bruce Rd, Surfdale, Waiheke Island 1081, New Zealand
Phone: (09) 371-9000