Te Panui - 20 August 2021

Western Heights High School


As I write this, many in our community are being impacted by the effects of the Delta variant of Covid-19. While there is much uncertainty around this, you can be assured that our staff are working hard to provide a stable learning environment for our students. We know that coming to terms with this new way of learning can be frustrating and demanding for both caregivers and students. We have done what we can to make things as easy as possible. From the beginning of the year we have asked teachers to prepare their classes for the possibility of a lockdown by making sure that Google classroom was accessible and that students had learning material available. We have asked teachers not to over-burden students, and our teacher aides and guidance staff are available to provide support.

Unfortunately the shift to Level 4 was too sudden to allow us to distribute devices to those who need them. If necessary, when we can access the school campus again, we will make arrangements to do this safely. A survey was emailed out on Wednesday evening asking for information about those who need devices, or will need their under-14 year olds to be provided with supervision if we move to Level 3. If you haven’t completed this for each WHHS student in your care, we ask that you do so as soon as possible to assist us with preparations.

Senior students will be concerned about whether the school ball can go ahead. We are continuing with arrangements for this but of course the Alert Level at the time will determine whether it will need to be postponed or in the worst case, cancelled. The same applies to Winter Tournament week - and indeed to the Prelim exams scheduled for later in the term!

On a more positive note, there were many events and successes in the last few weeks at school. The talent and creativity of our students is inspiring. Congratulations to all involved, I hope you enjoy reading their stories in this newsletter.

James Bracefield



Talent Quest!

It was an amazing week where we had a wide range of outstanding talent at WHHS compete in three heats from Mon-Wed with a powerful, high energy finals on Friday. Every performer outdid themselves and should be proud of their efforts.

A big thank you to the Music Industry classes who planned this week for an entire term, working hard and earning Level 1 and Level 2 credits in Music. They did a phenomenal job preparing for Talent Quest week, delivering an incredible show with outstanding performances.


School Mathsmind Competition

Congratulations to all students who participated in the school Mathsmind competition last Thursday. The following students placed first and second and will be representing the school at the Bay of Plenty Mathsmind competition at Trident High School.

Year 9 First Place

Maia Drabble

Charlotte Rose

Emily Yang

Lily London

Year 9 Second Place

Seowoo Lee

Dylan Kleine

Denis Samoilov

Logan Gaskill

Year 10 First Place

Katrina Walshe

Nikita Cannon

Annalise Drabble

Kaitlyn Colle

Year 10 Second Place

Ela Aydogmus

Amira Sadiq

Jess Downs

Dayna Schmidt


A number of Fabric Technology students from year 10 - 12 have spent the past few months working studiously on their entries for the Pin’d Fashion Showcase. The event was held last weekend at Baycourt theatre in Tauranga. Students from all around the Bay of Plenty designed and made garments to fit within the 11 Categories on offer. We congratulate Darcie Rakels and Angela Emmerson, two of our year 10 students who placed 2nd in their category ‘Bold Geometrics’. They were also nominated for Workmanship, Applied Design and Supreme awards. We are very proud of all our students who participated in this annual event.

Heights Business Hub Happenings

Year 13 Business Studies

Year 13 Business Studies: Enterprise In Action (EIA) is a business competition hosted by the Young Enterprise Trust where 70 high school business students from all around the country meet in Wellington for a jam packed ‘long’ weekend full of business activities. Georgia Ivimey was selected to represent our rohe and we asked her to comment on her experience.

“When we arrived, we were told that we would be split into teams of 6 but because 2 people couldn’t make the trip, our team was one short with 5 - so we had to work harder than the other teams.

We had two different challenges to complete: one within a day; and the second one over two days. We had to come up with a business plan, environmental scan and pitch our business in front of judges and the rest of the teams. The first topic was how to make New Zealand a more environmentally stand-alone country, but our business had to be up and running within the next two to three years.

The second challenge was how to grow the Maori economy and create more jobs. Our solution was to support South Island’s iwi - Ngai Tahu - to develop a sustainable bioplastic byproduct as part of an eradication programme removing didymo from rivers and lakes in their motu. I was mentored by Team Asia New Zealand and my team placed second overall in the competition.”

We are so proud of Georgia representing our kura so capably, and this creditable final placing!

Photos below: Georgia and her team and mentors at Asia NZ Foundations, and Georgia's team pitching at EiA

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Massive Market Day

Four year levels of Business Studies classes are developing products to take to an uber-market experience in Week 10. Year 10,11,12 and 13 Business Studies students are learning first-hand how to create their own businesses and to successfully sell their products in order to earn a profit. The senior classes also gain NCEA internal credits for their mahi.

Year 9 Business Studies

Over 50 new students have started their studies in the new two-term Semester B intake. They are currently learning about needs and wants as consumers and techniques in business to connect with the marketplace. Students have designed their own introductory business cards and each class is participating in a competition to see how quickly their cards circulate in our kura’s community. They have also learned about their Term 4 Market Day opportunity and a local community visit to our neighbouring business Skyline Gondolas.

Photo: Neo and Kaelin at Skyline Rotorua

Year 11 Business Studies

Local tourism operator, Waimangu Volcanic Valley is looking forward to hosting our students this term on their business research fieldtrip. We wish them all the best as a finalist in the 2021 NZ Tourism Awards for two categories - Environment, and Resilience and Innovation!! Another local business, Craigs Investment Partners has created a partnership with our Business Hub and sponsored a Sharemarket Investment Challenge for our Level One students - and also our kura’s staff. Jodie Pepping and Paul Stewart (Investment Advisers at CraigsIP) visited our class to talk about their backgrounds, their work and launched the competition. Kaiako, Kaiāwhina tautoko and ākonga are looking forward to joining in this fun activity!

Photo: CraigsIP Advisors visit 11 Business

Artist of the Week

Charlotte Rich Y9 Art.

The year 9 Art students have been working on emulating the artist model 'Jeff Soto' using their own monster design. The students spent the first term drawing concepts for a monster and then started painting them during term 2. Charlotte has been chosen as this week’s artist because of her vigilant focus on bringing her drawing to three dimensional life through her painting.

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Dance Champions!

Wonderful to see Zenith Dance Crew bring the house down on Sunday, following their performance at NZ Schools Hip Hop Regional Competition. They came 1st Place in Auckland Region.

This qualifies them for Nationals in mid September to compete against regional winners from Wellington and Auckland!

Congratulations to all Zenith dancers we are proud of each one of you - Ngawai Clendon, Kosumo Nakamura, Tylah Rawson, Mashiro Imai, Haeun Kang, Sam Patangan, Paige Elliott, Logan James, and Liana Pont

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E-Sports NZ

11th of August 2021

SEMI FINALS - From E-Sports NZ - Victory Up

Western Heights High School - Gooners and Western Heights High School - Box of Sporks Congratulations to the players for making the Final of the Division 2 League of Legends competition.

Both teams went undefeated throughout the season. It was exciting to see two Western Heights High School teams make the Division 2 Final.

Next season these teams should be considering competing in Division One after their dominating performances. To both semi finals opponents congratulations and thank you, well played this year.

18th of August 2021

FINALS - from E-Sports NZ - Victory Up

Congratulations to Western Heights High – Box of Sporks. The Champions of Division 2 League of Legends! Congratulations Box of Sporks for a fantastic year.

Well done to Western Heights High School – Gooners, who came in 2nd place. The competition went to the third match, so it was close.

The trophy and medals will be sent once everything opens back up again, and the students are back at school.

Hopefully we get to meet the teams and yourself at a future Live Event.

Amazing season by both teams with Heights “WAIRUA” shown throughout the tournament on and off the battlefield.


Joshua Williams, Lachlan Irwin, Andre Vincent, Bradin Cassidy, Yiheng Huang.

WHHS GOONERS Team members:

Eric Yang, William Forster-Ambrose, Nicholas Chan, Zaid McFarland

If your keen to meet the NZ E-Sports Div 2 Gold and Silver medalist in person they can be found most lunchtimes in B12 Computer Suite battling it out. “BRING ON 2022”

A Gear

(Coach, Facilitator)

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League of Legends Division 2 Winners!!

This year was the inaugural season of the national League of Legends high school tournament. Over 800 players from around New Zealand signed up for the tournament. Western Heights had two teams in division 2; “Box of Sporks” and “Gooners”. Since the beginning of term 2, both teams have been playing schools from all around the country every Wednesday. Both teams dominated their games all the way through finals, where they fought each other for the first time. Each team up until this point had been undefeated. Three rounds were played in the finals. In game one the Box of Sporks went with a skirmish/pick composition meanwhile the Gooners ran a bruiser/teamfight composition. The Box of Sporks won this game as they were able to pick out priority targets before fights broke out. The Gooners ran the exact same composition as game 2 but the Box of Sporks were prepared this time. Instead of their usual skirmish/pick composition they instead ran a teamfight composition. This allowed them to win big fights, eventually closing out game 3 and earning them the win.

We are looking forward to next year's tournament and are needing new players. Go see Mr Austin Gear in B12 if you are interested in playing in next year's season. Both teams had lots of fun playing this year and are excited to compete in division one next year.

- Joshua Williams

Western Heights U14s Rugby. Well done and great effort for your 2021 Rugby season Boys!

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Congratulations Nando, Oly White and Olympian

We were very proud to see former Heights student, Nando Pijnaker , representing New Zealand playing football in the recent Olympic Games. Nando was a student here for Years 9 and 10 and played for our First Eleven football team before he left to train in a football academy. We wish him all the best for his future sporting career.


Poutama Scholarships

Applications are now open for the Poutama Scholarships. These are fully-funded scholarships that provide a wonderful opportunity for students of Māori descent (entering year 12 or 13 in 2022) to participate in the weeklong Hands-On at Otago programme. The successful applicants will travel to Dunedin from Sunday 16 to Friday 21 January 2022 to experience a week of serious fun!

To apply online for both Hands-On at Otago and a Poutama scholarship, please use this link: https://www.otago.ac.nz/hands-on-at-otago/application

For general information on Hands-On at Otago: https://www.otago.ac.nz/hands-on-at-otago

All scholarship applications must be received by Friday 24 September 2021.

Please feel free to contact the careers advisor, Mrs. Chesterman, for any further information or assistance.

University Scholarships

MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2022. 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/


MTF FINANCE HAS LAUNCHED THE FUTURE LEGENDS SCHOLARSHIP. It has been developed to support and nurture talented young Kiwis from a range of disciplines. They are looking for the legends of tomorrow; the sporting greats, the performers, the change-makers.
MTF Finance will award six $5,000 cash prizes nationwide over two rounds throughout a year moving forward. Applications are open to New Zealanders aged 13-21 years.

Winners will be chosen from three categories:

  1. · Sport
  2. · Academia and entrepreneurship
  3. · Music and arts

For further information see https://www.mtf.co.nz/next-generation-future-legends/


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