Te Panui - 1 April 2021

Western Heights High School


This is our first newsletter using new software and the power of our school App to communicate with you. We are also sending a link through our Kamar email system - if you have received the newsletter by email and would like our app on your phone, please scroll to the bottom of this newsletter and follow the link to install it.

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.

James Bracefield



"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."

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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.

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Auckland Theatre Company - Drama Field Trip

On March 29th the Y10, 11,12 and 13 Drama students travelled to Auckland to see the Auckland Theatre Company’s production of ‘The Haka Party Incident’. The bus trips were long but well worth it as we were part of the very first audience to watch this original play written and directed by Katie Wolfe. We enjoyed the opportunity to watch and learn about a moment in NZ history that challenged some assumptions and stereotypes of Maori culture We enjoyed the presentation of the play and learned, amongst other things, of new ways to portray different character roles. Other highlights for our students were seeing the Skytower and being close to it.
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Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

This year Western Heights High School had three entries in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. Students spent weeks and months rehearsing for the big day. This year we performed at JPC's new performing arts centre. Other schools involved in the competition this year were WHHS, JPC and Rotorua Girls High School. There were 9 performances competing on the day.

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

Twelfth Night


Maia Harrison


Maia Harrison Feste/Clown

Ashton Kusabs Sir Toby Belch

Taylor Takiwa Sir Andrew Aguecheek

Chloe Marshal Maria

Ricky George Malvolio

Merry Wives of Windsor


Nariah Ward

Brittany Checkley

Berrie Kruger

Cate Gulliford


Berrie Kruger Falstaff

Nariah Ward Mistress Ford

Brittany Checkley Mistress Page

Rory Ward Robin

Jade Keir Robert

Jay Diamond John

King Lear


Phaedra Allcutt

Jade Keir

Jay Diamond

Rory Gillete


Phaedra Allcutt Gonerill

Jade Keir Regan

Jay Diamond King Lear

Rory Gillette Cordelia

Cate Gulliford King of France

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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.

Junior Boys:


Neo Gera - 2nd


Zack Ferguson, Neo Gera, haut Dayberg, Jordan Pearce - 3rd

Intermediate Girls:

Triple Jump

Keira Hewitt - 1st

Long Jump

Kalani Aldworth - 2nd


Nessakiah Titoko - 2nd


Kalani Aldworth - 2nd

Nessakiah Titoko - 3rd


Kalani Aldworth - 2nd


Naturelle Rangiawha, Keira Hewitt, Kalani Aldworth, Nessakiah Titoko - 1st

WHHS Climber Accepted into Climbing NZ Development Camp

Congratulations to LUCIA FARIAS (Youth B Females) who has made it to the Climbing NZ selection/ development camp. From this camp the NZ team is selected to go to world championships.


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 nscajab@gmail.com.