HVHS Week 7, Term 4

Newsletter - Friday 2 December 2022

Principal's Message

Kia ora koutou,

This time last year, we were preparing to remove the mould-affected C-Block, and frantically running around setting up temporary accommodations for 2022. The Ministry of Education organised a portacom Village and new Drama & Dance spaces, and we officially opened our new technology Block. Fast forward to December 2022, and we have green space where C-Block once stood, plans to demolish E and M Blocks, draft plans for the design of two new teaching blocks, and we are working closely with iwi to ensure our mana whenua cultural stories are captured in all we do. I feel optimistic and excited about the look and feel of the school going forward.

It has been challenging with pandemic-affected learning, and mould-affected accommodation impacting the way school is done. Our year 13 students are preparing to leave after three covid affected NCEA years; our year 9 students began their journey in masks and had numerous times where they had to learn from home. We ask that teachers discuss and encourage our school values, but this was not quite the learning situation we intended. I hope that we will have a more straightforward year in 2023.

Our year 9 students were able to enjoy camp at Kaitoke Regional Park recently. I am pleased that the weather was okay and that the swimming, campfires and challenges could proceed. Camp exemplifies our school values and provides a challenge and an opportunity to get to know classmates outside of a classroom setting.

We are lucky to have staff prepared to give up their family time to spend two days and one night in tents with their year 9 class. Special thanks to the teachers and mentors who got involved. However, the biggest thank you must go to the Year 9 Deans Jeremy Keane and Nicole Arnell, and Josh Nicholls and Nicola Blacklaws, who participated in and oversaw all thirteen camp groups.

Images below: Year 9 camp at Kaitoke Regional Park

Along with our year 13 leavers, we have four staff retiring:

  • Gary Wilby has been at the forefront of HVHS music since 2003. He has steered hundreds of music students into performance, composition, choir, chamber music and orchestra.
  • Kareen Kennedy retired in term one after 40 years of service to the school.
  • Wayne Rutherford began as the school’s AV (Audio & Visual) Manager and has given seventeen years of service.
  • Dr Leonore Hoke, also known as the Rock Doctor due to her expertise in Geology, has been with the Science department since 2006.

Along with our year 13 leavers, we wish them all the best for their future.

School prizegivings will happen next week and students will receive an invitation to attend. Please keep an eye on HVHS's Facebook and Instagram pages for beginning-of-the-year information.

Meri Kirihimete, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy New Year.

Ngā mihi nui

Denise Johnson (Principal)

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Sports Registrations for 2023 - Now Open!

Sports registrations for 2023 are now open. Please register for the sports you are wanting to play next year by completing this google form - https://forms.gle/bjnokhxK371XtWed6

Many summer sports start from week 1 of term 1 so please make sure you register your interest as soon as possible. Once registered the Sports Department will contact you about any trial dates that may take place before school starts.

NCEA Exam Feedback, Derived Grade Deadline & Te Kura's Summer School

The NZQA/NCEA and Scholarship examinations are now complete. Congratulations to all the students that have prepared and completed their exams. We are proud of all your successes and considering the effort that we noticed in the lead-up to the examinations, we are sure students will be proud of their results too.

The supervisors were full of praise for the way students conducted themselves during the exams saying that HVHS students were respectful, diligent, and friendly. The supervisors continued to be impressed with their attitudes on a daily basis.

If there are any students considering applying for a derived grade based on compassionate grounds, applications can be requested from Rob Everett, but must be submitted by 4 December for processing. Rob can be emailed at rob.everett@hvhs.school.nz.

If year 13 students have concerns about attaining Level 3, please contact Rob and he can help set you up with Te Kura summer school. Te Kura work with HVHS to create programmes of up to 12 credits.

Spotlight on a Learning Area - English

Each newsletter features a spotlight on a different curriculum area. This week, Mark Houghton (Head of Learning Area - English) writes about year 9 & 10 English classes and the Junior Book Club. Students Siân Roberts (9BKBN) and Giselle Hotop (9BKBN) provide an update on storybook writing.

Term 4 in Junior English

In Term 4, junior English students have been displaying their creative talents. Year 9 ākonga have focused on producing engaging pieces of creative writing. From myths about the origin of the stars to original character descriptions, topics have been varied and unique. While perfecting their writing, students have improved their syntax, spelling, grammar, and punctuation, thus hopefully acquiring the knowledge necessary for success in all subjects.

Our year 10 students have had the opportunity to complete an NCEA Level One speech assessment. As a result, learners have had to live the school values of Perseverance and Success by confronting the challenge of public speaking. We know this is a necessary life skill, and classroom teachers have been impressed with the resilience and flair our students have demonstrated in this task.

Storybook Writing by Siân Roberts (9BKBN) and Giselle Hotop (9BKBN)

This year in English we were given the unique topic of writing a children’s storybook as our assessment. We first started by visiting 5-year-olds at Hutt Central School and figuring out what they wanted to see in our books. Beginning our writing process, we used a number of different language features and writing techniques to make our storybooks intriguing to younger readers. We also did illustrations, whether that be on paper or digitally was completely up to us. Once we had completed our books, we then visited the kids at Hutt Central School again and read to them. The children were in awe of our stories and were overjoyed to be able to keep them.

Images below: Student storybook covers.

Junior Book Club

In August, Junior Book Club and our Level One Enrichment Group had the exciting opportunity to attend the Books Alive! Event at the Wellington National Library. Students had the opportunity to meet award-winning New Zealand authors including David Hill, Mary Anne-Scott, and Saradha Koirala. We were treated to book signings, writing workshops, and author talks. It continues to be the highlight of Junior Book Club, where students can ask prolific authors about how to come up with ideas, how to look at getting published, and even how to get started.

The fun didn't stop there! In the afternoon, the group visited Unity Books, a massive bookstore on Willis Street for a browse and a series of chats with the booksellers. Students and teachers alike left the store with new reading material for the train ride back to school. It's always incredibly heartwarming to see so many young people inspired by books and the stories within and around them.

Junior Book Club is a weekly English reading and enrichment group that has met on Monday lunchtimes this year, led by Cory Spence (English & Drama Teacher). It is open to Year 9 and Year 10 students. Our Level One Enrichment group consists of students who discuss and write about challenging topics and texts, many of who later take up the option of completing a Level Two NCEA assessment ahead of time. In 2022, this has been led by Sarah Marchant (Assistant Head of Learning Area - English).

Job Opportunities for Students Looking for Summer Jobs or Full-Time Work!

With the summer holidays fast approaching many students will be job hunting. The fantastic Careers, Transition Gateway and Employment Ready team at HVHS have compiled a google document for job vacancies they are notified about - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1azTtZybPe3XEv-hi5MGN0Nm3KeZ1x0z2fB6EAteM5l8/edit

The Google document has nineteen pages of wide-ranging job opportunities including:

  • Oven Hand, Grocery Night Filler, Meat Packer, Grocery Day Filler, and Seafood Assistant roles.
  • Part-time and full-time positions at the Wellington Seafood Market (based in Lower Hutt).
  • Paid work experience and training opportunity with LT McGuiness (a major construction company).
  • Building opportunities with a local firm (full-time).
  • Customer Service Representative roles at an Inbound Call Centre based in Lower Hutt.
  • Hospitality jobs including kitchen hands and wait staff.
  • Electrical apprenticeships with Millars Electrical starting in 2023.
  • Permanent and 3-4 month roles as Recycling Sorters in Seaview.

A link to this document is also listed on Google Classroom for students. If students would like help with writing their CVs or the best way to approach a potential employer they can contact Jude Allen, Rob King, Jodene Fitness or Meghan Mckeefry who are located upstairs in G Block opposite G5.

Sporting Achievements

Congratulations to:

  • Anna Jamieson (11LA) won one gold and three silvers this week at the International Powerlifting Federation Commonwealth Championships. Anna achieved gold in squat and silver in the deadlift and bench events. Overall Anna received silver in her weight and age category.
  • Ethan Johannes (11BQ) has qualified as an accredited volleyball referee at the recent North Island Satellite Cup.

The following students have been named to Wellington representative teams and will all be attending New Zealand Touch Nationals.

  • Matiu Lowrie-Ronson (10HK) and Rome Katene (10RI) named in the U16 Boys Wellington Touch Team.
  • Hoana Hori-Hohepa (9MTCR) named in the U16 Girls Wellington Touch Team.
  • Sunny Everlupi (9KTWN) named in the U16 Mixed Wellington Touch Team.

Congratulations to the following students all selected to play in the Volleyball Battle of the Regions Tournament.

  • Jai Morgan (10KIBG) named in the U15 Hutt Valley Volleyball Boys Team.
  • Sophie Hughes (11PF) and Maisie Stock (11BQ) both named in the U15 Hutt Valley Volleyball Girls Team.

Well done to the following teams:

  • Elliot Kenning (10HGPC) and Sam Campbell (10PRGN) - placed 1st in the CSW Bowls Tournament.
  • Douglas Ryan (9HTMS) and Cooper Young (9INJA) - placed 3rd in the CSW Bowls Tournament and also won their weekly competition as well.
  • Junior Softball Team - placed 2nd at the CSW Junior Softball Tournament.
  • Junior Boys A Touch team - finalists in the weekly competition.

Congratulations to Oliver Tewatiya (12WB) for scoring his second premier hundred of the year on Saturday against Onslow College. After scoring a match-winning hundred against St Pat's, Town earlier this year, he backed it up with another hundred against Onslow on Saturday. Oliver and Finn McQueen (12SK) who scored 62, put together a partnership of 158 in a total of 236/6. Oliver finished with 108 and took 3-44 as Onslow was bowled out for 160. A fine all-around performance from Oliver and a good win for the Boys' 1st XI Cricket Team.

Finally, a massive thank you to all our sports volunteers (coaches, managers, and officials) who have helped this year. HVHS wouldn't have such a vast sports programme without you.

We wish you all a happy and safe festive season!

Images below (left to right): Powerlifter Anna Jamieson (11LA), Junior Black Social Touch Team (placed 3rd in their weekly competition) and newly accredited volleyball referee Ethan Johannes (11BQ).

Remember to Collect your Student Art Folio!

Our Art Department has over 200 art folios that need to be reunited with their student owners. We’d appreciate it if students could collect their fantastic work as soon as possible as we don't have space to store them. Students can collect their art folios during school hours or email Adrian Cartwright at adrian.cartwright@hvhs.school.nz to arrange a time to collect them.
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Thank you to Randall Ray from AA Driving School

A huge thank you to Randall Ray from AA Driving School who has been so kind and generous in providing a number of HVHS students with free driving instruction. Randall's specialty is helping nervous learner drivers develop safe, competent, and confident driving skills.

If you are looking for a skilled driving instructor over the school holidays or in 2023 you can contact Randall on mobile at 020 4173 7033 or by email at Rday@aadrivingschool.co.nz.

Casual Vacancy for a Parent Representative on the HVHS School Board

A casual vacancy has occured on the HVHS school board for an elected parent representative. The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection. If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Please send your request for a by-election to Miranda Cross (Board Chair) at chair@hvhs.school.nz. The deadline for sending requests is 5 pm on Saturday 31 December 2022.

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Get your 2023 enrolments in now!

In-Zone Applications

Enrolments for 2023 are open for students who live in-zone. We ask that parents enrol now so that we can plan for your child's learning needs for 2023 and ensure a smooth transition to high school. A big advantage to enrolling now is that your child will receive the email with subject selections (some subjects have limited spaces) and a booking time for an Enrolment Conversation. Please complete an online enrolment application. If you have challenges with internet and/or computer access you can also bring your documents into HVHS and use a laptop at reception. The office is open till midday on Friday 9 December.

Already Enrolled for Year 9 2023

For those Year 8 students joining us next year, look out for an email regarding subject selections and booking a time for an Enrolment Conversation.

Out-Of-Zone Applications

Out-of-zone applications for students in years 9-13 in 2023 have now closed.

Final Reminder & Deadline - Ordering School Photographs for Christmas Presents

A final reminder that photograph records remain available online at INphotography.store for direct delivery only. Orders will be accepted up to and including Friday 9 December to ensure delivery before the end of 2022. Orders received after this date will be processed at the end of January 2023.

To access the photographs you will need to refer to the details last emailed to you on Wednesday 19 October.

INphotography wishes to thank families that placed orders throughout the year, they appreciate your support of their local business. For those who may still have us on your ‘to-do list’ or need that extra print for the Grandparents for Christmas, your chance is now!

For any enquiries on school photos please check out INphotography's FAQ page - https://inphotography.nz/inp_faqs/ or email Kirstyn - admin@inphotography.nz.

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Upcoming Dates & Events


Monday 5 December

Year 13 Prizegiving, 6:30-8:30pm

Year 10 Production (FY Group), 6:30-7:30pm

Tuesday 6 December

Year 10 Production (FY Group), 6:30-7:30pm and 7:30-8:30pm (BE Group)

Wednesday 7 December

Supported Learning Centre (SLC) Concert, 3:30-5:00pm

Year 10 Production (FY Group), 6:30-7:30pm and 7:30-8:30pm (BE Group)

Thursday 8 December

Year 10 Production (BE Group), 7:30-8:30pm

Friday 9 December

Last day of Term 4


Wednesday 1 February

First day of term 1 for students in year 9 (starting at 9am)

Thursday 2 February

First day of term 1 for students in years 10-13 (starting at 11am)

Year 9 students start at 9:00am

Monday 6 February

Waitangi Day (School Closed)