Te Panui - 1 April 2021
Western Heights High School
Over the last month our students have been involved in many sporting and co-curricular activities, including the NZSS Summer Tournament - the next newsletter will feature their achievements.
I would like to thank those caregivers who were able to attend our goal setting day on 16 March. We know that the discussions were worthwhile and our teachers appreciated the opportunity to meet and speak with you. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you have concerns about their progress, especially students who should at this time be earning NCEA credits.
We wish you all an enjoyable Easter break with whanau and friends. School resumes on Wednesday 7 April.
"YES is 'back in business' at Heights.
After a brief hiatus last year, our kura has a group of Year 12 and 13 students who are looking to test themselves in a national competition against enterprising students from all over Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Young Enterprise Scheme is a year-long programme run by a charitable trust in Wellington which provides resources and opportunities for young entrepreneurs to learn valuable, practical business skills while they are still at college and compete for over $20,000 worth of prizes.
Year 13 Business Studies teacher, Ewan McLeod says "This is a really hands-on experience and a lot of very valuable skills are developed by our tauira as part of the experience. We had a visit to Toi Ohomai on the 15th March where some of our students heard from local award-winning YES alumni who competed successfully at the nationals and presenter Ian Musson a successful Maori businessman. They also had the opportunity to discuss their innovative business ideas with local business people in speed-coaching sessions".
Ewan is really keen to hear from the local business community as part of this initiative and is also looking for any whanau/community members with business experience who are prepared to help mentor the YES teams to get in touch with him through the college reception."
Opera New Zealand
We recently had the opportunity to see a Schools production of Opera New Zealand's touring show 'Don Pasquale' by Donizette. A comedic opera of love slapstick and arranged marriages. The Opera Company regularly takes a show on the road to perform to Intermediate students and we were lucky that they were able to fit in a performance for us. About 150 students watched the hour long show and it was a great opportunity for them to see a professional Opera production.
Auckland Theatre Company - Drama Field Trip
Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival
The pieces WHHS entered were two fifteen minute pieces Twelfth Night and Merry Wives of Windsor and a 5 minute piece from King Lear.
We were successful in winning three awards with Maia Harrison winning the "Direct entry to SCGNZ" and Berrie Kruger winning "Most Promising Actor"" plus The Twelfth Night piece coming second.
Those involved were
Maia Harrison Feste/Clown
Ashton Kusabs Sir Toby Belch
Taylor Takiwa Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Chloe Marshal Maria
Ricky George Malvolio
Merry Wives of Windsor
Berrie Kruger Falstaff
Nariah Ward Mistress Ford
Brittany Checkley Mistress Page
Rory Ward Robin
Jade Keir Robert
Jay Diamond John
Phaedra Allcutt Gonerill
Jade Keir Regan
Jay Diamond King Lear
Rory Gillette Cordelia
Cate Gulliford King of France
Bay of Plenty Athletics Results
A team of 38 students represented Western Heights High School at the Tauranga Domain on Tuesday 9 March. All students participated competitively and represented us well, with many only narrowly missing out on placings.
Below are the students who gained a top 3 placing and represented not only Western Heights High School, but also Bay of Plenty at the Waikato Athletics on 24 March 2021.
Neo Gera - 2nd
Zack Ferguson, Neo Gera, haut Dayberg, Jordan Pearce - 3rd
Keira Hewitt - 1st
Kalani Aldworth - 2nd
Nessakiah Titoko - 2nd
Kalani Aldworth - 2nd
Nessakiah Titoko - 3rd
Kalani Aldworth - 2nd
Naturelle Rangiawha, Keira Hewitt, Kalani Aldworth, Nessakiah Titoko - 1st
Attention Rugby Players
Ngongotaha Sports and Community Association Inc is inviting all new and returning Junior Rugby players to register NOW for the 2021 season. Registration is easy and can be completed online at www.sporty.co.nz/nsca (click 'junior rugby' tab). $40 per player which includes a mouthguard and boot bag. Playing a team sport helps to build confidence, learn new skills, and make friendships in a fun environment. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.