Te Panui - 18 February 2022

Western Heights High School


Kia ora

This week we have had the pleasure of holding a Recognitions Assembly to acknowledge the achievements of last year’s examination candidates, and to announce our student leadership team for 2022. Unfortunately traffic light restrictions meant that caregivers could not share this occasion with us. We would like to congratulate all those students who achieved outstanding results in their examinations in 2021. We are particularly proud of our scholarship students who were successful in gaining 10 scholarships across six subjects:

Bryanna Cassidy - Classics

Julie Gray - English

Zach Jans - English

Chloe Kim - Statistics

Maringi James - Te Reo Maori

Ashton McGarvie - Classics, Economics, English, History, Statistics

In earning five scholarships Ashton has achieved a level of success that very few students in New Zealand are able to attain. We acknowledge his work ethic, dedication and commitment to excellence and congratulate him on this outstanding achievement.

The student leadership team for 2022 is:

Head Prefects: Samuel Gifford and Alexa Harvey

Deputy Head Prefects: Koby Grimes and Hunter Jenkins

Gemma Brunt

Ryan Bulcraig

Bryanna Cassidy

Brenna Caulfield

P J Crosbie

Teagan Curtis

Campbell France

Maggie Guyton

Maia Hulton-Harrison

Tyra Hulton-Harrison

Rhiannon Hunter

Chris Kang

Tuakana Kingi

Michael Mandeno

Sophie May

Sam Patangan

Pania Paul

Damian Robertson

Caitlyn Taikato

Jayden Tamariki

Curtis Veysi

Noah Wineti

We look forward to working with this fine group of students who demonstrate the core values of Western Heights High School in everything they do.

We are aware that there have been covid cases in schools in Rotorua. Should we have a positive case here we will identify close contacts promptly and communicate with all caregivers in a timely and responsible way. We continue to stay up to date with new guidelines as they become available from the Ministries of Health and Education. These inform the school’s covid response plan which we will implement in the event of a positive case.

Our intention is to remain open with students working at school for as long as it is safe to do so. If staff numbers are impacted to the point that we are unable to operate our normal timetable we may need to roster year levels home, and if the situation worsens, move to remote learning. If your child is required to isolate (eg because you have a positive case at home) they will be able to find work on Google Classroom to continue their learning.

Ngā mihi

James Bracefield



PPTA Paid Union Meeting - Thursday 24 February 2022

The Post Primary Teachers Union has advised us that their members are required to attend a Paid Union Meeting on the afternoon of Thursday 24 February 2022.

To accommodate this we will work a short day and release students at 12.20 pm. Non-union staff will provide supervision for students who need to remain at school. The Springfield bus will run at 12.30 pm, all other buses will run at the normal time.

Covid 19 - Please keep students at home if unwell

We really appreciate the way in which our Student Support Centre staff have managed students who present at school with symptoms. We will always contact caregivers and ask for these students to be collected from school. Our nurse has advised us that one of the symptoms of Omicron can be a sore throat and she has seen a number of students with this. Please do keep your child at home if they have even mild symptoms. Here is the list again

  • Sore throat

  • Cough

  • Runny nose or sneezing

  • Altered taste or smell

  • Fever

  • Difficulty in breathing

We are immensely grateful to staff and students who are doing their best to keep us all safe and well.

From the Board of Trustees

Ko Daphne ahau and I am honoured by being re-elected as the WHHS Board presiding member (previously referred to as Board Chair) for a third year. Over the past two years we have endured more change and upheaval then we have ever seen in recent history. The Board continues to be extremely proud of staff, students and whanau who have persevered and found success.

All members of the Board have returned this year, Denton Grimes Deputy Chair, Roger Ngatai Parent Rep, Melissa Gordon Parent Rep, Peter Sharplin Parent Rep, Nathan Lynch Staff Rep, Jayden Tamaki Student Rep, Kym O'Mahony Secretary and James Bracefield Principal. Thank you to all members for your time and dedication to our Kura.

2022 will see the re election of the Board. This has been postponed until September. Being part of the Board is a privilege that comes with immense responsibility, but if you are interested in governance and have the time to help our school thrive please consider running. More information will be provided closer to the time.

All Board meetings are open to the public, if you are interested in seeing what is involved in being part of the Board or have an interest in what is happening at a governance level for the school, you are more than welcome to join.

Meeting Dates:

March 7th

April 11th

June 13th

July 4th

August 1st

September 5th

November 7th

December 5th

All meetings begin at 5.30 pm and are in the WHHS Board Room.

Ngā mihi

Daphne Williams


Athletics Day Results

Click here to see the results of WHHS Athletics Day 2022

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Lucia Farias competed in the National Indoor Rock Climbing and came second place! Congratulations Lucia.

Civic Arts Trust Scholarship

Congratulations to Isabella Erdbeer who was awarded the Civic Arts Trust Scholarship for the top junior mark in Speech New Zealand exams in Rotorua on Tuesday 8 February. Well done Izzy for your commendable achievement!
Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly grabs a double for the Maori

Past Heights student Autumn-Rain Stephens Daly showed why she is one to watch in the 2021 NRLW competition after scoring a double against the Indigenous All Stars at CommBank Stadium. Click here to see her in action


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Force Information Online Event - Wed 2 March @ 6pm

This online hui is a great starting point for any student that wants to look at a career in the NZDF

Attention rugby players:

Ngongotaha Sports and Community Association Inc is inviting all new and returning Junior Rugby players to register NOW for the 2022 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. 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.

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Career Navigator

Career Navigator is a ready-for-work programme for Year 12 and 13 students, designed to support their decision making around future employment. The programme runs in terms 1-3 and offers opportunities through workshops, mentoring and work site visits that challenge students so they:

  • are motivated to pursue education and employment.
  • have the confidence to set challenging career pathway goals and are motivated to achieve them.
  • have the ability to interact with adults to obtain the support and resources they need.
  • are connected to employers in their community and are aware of the resources and activities available to support them in their career decision making.

Please feel free to make contact if you would like to know more Sarah Moffatt - Programme Coordinator 0223502579 sarah.moffatt@dingle.foundation.co.nz or

Mrs Chesterman - Careers Advisor, Western Heights High School jchesterman@whhs.school.nz

AUT Information Session - Online Meeting @ 5.30pm March 1

For students who think they might be interested in going to AUT this is a fantastic opportunity to learn a little more about what AUT has to offer. They will go over entry requirements. Degree programmes on offer, accommodation, scholarships, cost of study, campus location and general information for first year students. It is also a good opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

Please email Mrs. Chesterman, jchesterman@whhs.school.nz, if you are interested in going to AUT next year so she can keep you informed of updates.

Te Pae Tawhiti Kaimoana Enhancement Scholarship

Moana New Zealand is a proudly 100% Māori-owned kaimoana and kai ora (ready to eat meals) company. We are owned by all Iwi across the motu.

They're pleased to open entries for Te Pae Tawhiti Kaimoana Enhancement Scholarship for the 2022 academic year, which is designed for Māori who have a desire to contribute to the enhancement of the Māori kaimoana industry.

To be eligible, applicants must be of Māori descent and be accepted into (and enrolled) in a kaimoana enhancement related tertiary programme at a tertiary institution.

Applications are now open via their website and close at 5pm on Friday 25 March 2022.

Please see below the information booklet to review application criteria and learn more about the programme, which has been established to honour the long-standing commitment and contribution by Mr Whaimutu Dewes to the Māori fishing industry.

We encourage any Year 13 students intending on tertiary study next year (in the kaimoana enhancement area) to apply.

Te Pae Tawhiti Scholarship booklet

Follow this link to an information booklet about the scholarship, value, eligibility, and information on how to apply. (Applications close March 2022)

University Scholarships

MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2023. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and international university scholarships completes the list. Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success.

For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit https://www.moneyhub.co.nz/


Studylink helps students make informed choices about their student finance, how to apply for it and manage it online. Follow this link for help with what you need to do when you are starting to study https://www.studylink.govt.nz/starting-study/