Newsletter Week 30 Term 3

Waiheke High School 23 September 2022

Principal's Message

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Ngā mihi o te wiki o te Māori i tērā wiki. Kia kaha te reo Māori!

Term three has proven to be busy as usual. Seniors have just finished their derived grade exams. Study leave begins for senior students on Thursday 3 November. NCEA exams start on Monday 7 November. Parents and caregivers can assist their students by encouraging homework through the completion of current internals.

The traffic light system no longer exists. Mask wearing is now optional in most places. This includes school and public transport. Only those who have covid are required to isolate. Sickness in our community has decreased, therefore, we encourage students to attend school as much as possible. We know that high attendance has positive impacts on student outcomes.

Monday 26 September marks a one off memorial day for Queen Elizabeth II. School will be closed for instruction. Next week is also the last week before we break for the school holidays. I wish you all a restful long weekend.

Ngā mihi nui,

Mikaere October


Upcoming Events

  • 26 - 30 September - Second Year 9 Mountain Trip
  • 31 September - LAST DAY OF TERM 3
  • 17 October - FIRST DAY OF TERM 4
  • 24 October - LABOUR DAY
  • 3 November - Senior Prizegiving (LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR SENIORS)
  • 7 November to 6 December - NZQA External Exams
  • 13 December - Junior Prizegiving (LAST DAY OF TERM 4)
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School Leavers' Information

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Biology Olympiad Competition

Congratulations to Genevieve Blackburn, for her success in the New Zealand International Biology Olympiad competition. She received a Bronze Award in her examination and has been chosen to participate in the next stage of the selection process. Just 224 Yr12 Biology students nationwide were chosen. We are so proud of your efforts Genevieve!

Te waimarie, pai ki a koe

Katherine Cole, HOD Science

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Year 7 & 8 Mathex Event

This Term our Year 7 and 8 representatives performed creditably at the Mathex 2022 competition in Auckland. The evening was hugely enjoyed and was a great experience for all.
Special thanks to Nesrin kennedy who organised and managed the whole thing. It was fantastic to just go along for the ride.

Tony Sears, Deputy Principal/Maths Teacher

Property Improvements

We have finished the refurbishment of our Science Laboratories. Waiheke High School has four laboratories including dedicated Biology, Physics and Chemistry labs.

The refurbishment programme included upgrading one of our oldest school classrooms (B1) which was part of the original school. It is a great achievement to have finished this work and we are very happy with the results.

Whilst school classroom equipment is continually reviewed and upgraded, full classroom refurbishment is done in partnership with the Ministry of Education.

We are thankful to all of our local island contractors who helped to deliver the project and glad that our students and staff are now benefiting from learning in the upgraded rooms.

We are planning to start work on our new Hospitality and Creative Industries classroom (B3) as well as the refurbishment of D Block in Term 4 – ready for use in 2023.

The programme of work to upgrade all of our older school buildings, after the new Whare Toi block was finished in 2020, has been a critical school goal. Continual work on associated paving and grounds is also being done as funding allows.

Rachael Wheeler, Business Manager

From the Drama Department

Level 1 Drama students performed their major production for the year - Selfie in the WHS Hall on Monday 12th September. The cast performed with skill and courage, bringing the often moving and relevant script alive for an appreciative audience of friends and whanau. Photographs by Erzakerias O'Brien.

Vanessa Carnevale, Drama Teacher

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Meet & Greet Hospitality Event

This annual event was held in the High School food room on Wednesday 7th September. A group of invited local hospitality industry representatives came to sample cuisine prepared by our Level 3 Hospitality students as chefs and presented by our Level 2 Hospitality students as front of house. The event provides an opportunity for our senior students to earn NCEA credits while also connecting with local restauranteurs for possible employment/apprenticeship opportunities. Service IQ, our Industry Training Organisation was also in attendance.

Whaea Huhana Davis, Food 7 Hospitality Teacher

Waiheke High School Sports

Term 3 has been a big term for Sports at Waiheke High.

End of season finals - Year's 9-13

- Girls Football

- Boys Basketball teams

- Year 9 Girls Netball

Well done to the above teams for getting through another great season of winter Sports, you represented your school superbly and we want to congratulate all of you on a successful season in your chosen sport.

Central Zone events - Year 7/8

- Year 7 Netball

- Year 7/8 Cross Country

- Year 7/8 Boys Basketball

- Year 7/8 Mixed Futsal

Well done to these teams, and all our young students who took part. You all had fun, successful tournaments, and represented your school with pride.

AIMS Games 2022

This was an amazing event to be a part of. After being cancelled for the past two years because of COVID, it was so awesome for your young Year 7/8 students to get to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. The AIMS GAMES is like a mini Olympics for young people, one of the biggest sporting events in the world, with 10,800 competitors. Our school was represented in the following sports:

Cross Country

Our two runners made us super proud, running against 150 other students from around the country. They ran hard in a very fast 3km course, up against some outstanding NZ athletes.


Our very young Year 7 Netball team had a big week of Netball playing teams a year older than themselves in many cases. This amazing young team improved with each game - they learnt so much this week and I could not be more proud. Well done team on a great tournament. You were awesome on the court and so wonderful and well behaved off the court.

Thanks to Duana Upchurch for coaching this team. You are a legend (as well as being my amazing older amazing sister!) and you really have so much love and care for this team, passing on all your skills and techniques. Thanks

Most Valued Player - Melody Akauola - so very well deserved. An absolute machine on defence for the entire week with endless energy.

Rip Rugby

This team was outstanding all week, just missing out on a Bronze medal. They improved with every game also, and their team environment on and off the field was awesome. A huge congratulations to this team for your success at AIMS. You should all be very proud of yourselves as we all are here at School and the community of Waiheke.

Thanks to Jimbo Bailey for coaching this team. You were a superstar; always having them well warmed up and focused before each game. They could not have been better prepared. Also thanks for being our awesome bus driver, and refereeing the finals. big successful week!

Most Valued Player - Jack Harte. This young player was brilliant on attack scoring 12 tries, but it was his defence and his commitment on defence and to his team that stood out to me.


The Basketball team went to AIMS well prepared after training every day for months before the event. The commitment these boys showed to the team was so impressive. They came against some solid teams at AIMS, twice their size most of the time. The boys never gave up, worked hard for each other on court in every game.

Thanks to Jean Arlove for coaching this team, your commitment to this team was outstanding. So nice to pass your experience onto our young Basketball players.

Most Valued Player – Nixon Winger. Nixon was outstanding on defensive rebounds, and hit a few amazing 3 pointer shots throughout the tournament.

This was such an incredible experience for our students, and they would not have experienced this if it hadn't been for the amazing support from our community and the parents who were the driving force behind making it happen.

Mikaere October, our new Principal, came down to Tauranga for 3 days to support the Waiheke High School students, and to cheer his school on. The kids were overwhelmed, and so proud to have him being a part of this event with them.

Biggest thanks to:

Duana Upchurch, Rachel Demchy, Abby Kurtini - Netball House

Jimbo Bailey, Timmy Smith, Lexi Moon, Rachel Flemming - Rip Rugby House

Jean Arlove, Bree Fisher, Mark Spence - Basketball House

Thank you to all involved!

Shelley Foster, Sports Co-ordinator

Girls' Rugby Activator Programme

Shelley Foster and Tony Wood, with the support of Auckland Rugby, Waiheke High School and Waiheke Rugby Club are running a Girls Rugby Activator Training Program!

This course will give our young girls on Waiheke the opportunity to enjoy a new sport or for girls who already play Ripper or Rip Rugby to extend and learn new skills on the Rugby field.

We begin with Ripper to Rip, then move on to Rip to tackle.

If your daughter is interested in this and is in Years 5 up to 13 then please come along and enjoy playing a new game or extend your knowledge and skills in this awesome sport, Women's Rugby.

As we all know Women's Rugby is growing in NZ, and around the world. Our training program is perfect timing as the Women's World Cup is kicking off at Eden Park on the 8th October.

Introduction session will be held on Tuesday the 27th September at the Waiheke Island Rugby fields from 3.30pm-5pm.

If you have any questions please contact Shelley on 0210664840. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Shelley Foster, Sports Coordinator and Tony Wood, P.E. Teacher, Waiheke High School

Rutherford College Sports Exchange

In week 8 of this term we hosted Rutherford College for an exciting day of Sports!

We competed in 6 different sports. They were:

- Ki - o Rahi - Rutherford won

- Netball - Rutherford won

- Girls Football - Rutherford won

- Boys Football - Waiheke won

- Volleyball - Waiheke won

- Basketball - Rutherford won

Rutherford went home with the Trophy again this year, however we can be proud of the two wins for Waiheke. It was a great day all round.

Thank you for Simon Bickerton and Waiheke United Football for coaching and refereeing the boys' football match and thanks to Jay Kay and Loyal Deighton for your help with volleyball.

We are looking forward to Rutherford hosting us next year! It must be our turn to bring the trophy home!

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A Message from Student Support Services

Spring is in the air. We hope you get to have a break over the school holidays, free of sickness. We look forward to catching up with the students in Term 4, which will be a very short time for our seniors. However, the senior students are welcome to access Student Support Services, including the doctor until the end of the school year, December 13th. The nurse will be on Leave from 6th October until 10th October, but will be checking emails outside of those dates, see contact details below:

027 618 9225

Emergency 111
Your GP
Oneroa (09) 372 311
Ostend (09) 372 5005
Piritahi Hau Ora (09) 373 0022
Crisis team (24/7) 0800 800 717 - mental health emergency number
Kari Mental Health (9-5) (09) 623 4646 –Youth mental health support office hours
Need to Talk (text or call 24/7) 1737 – you will talk to a qualified counsellor
Whatsup 08009428787 - Barnardos helpline/webchat
for children & teens
Youthline 0800 376 633 free txt 234 or - focus on young people
The Low Down or free txt 5626 – phone/call or chat online if
anxious/down or depressed
Aunty Dee - Aunty Dee is a free online
tool for anyone who needs some help working through a problem. It
doesn't matter what the problem is, you can use Aunty Dee to help you
Rainbow Youth, phone 09 376 4155
Outline: Rainbow community mental health support 6-9pm 7days 0800 688 5463

Contact Us

Mikaere October

Senior Management:

Tony Sears (Deputy Principal)
Rachael Wheeler (Business Manager)

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Waiheke Junior Cricket Registration

Waiheke Junior Cricket registrations are currently open through Grafton United Cricket Club for the 2022/23 season at

The season starts in Term 4 with the first hardball games at the end of October.

Our fees for the coming season remain low:

Yr 1-4 are $70 - this is the softball league that plays on island

Yr 5-8 are $130 - these are the hardball teams that play in the Auckland Cricket league and rotate between Waiheke and Victoria Park.

It helps us greatly if you register soon as we are looking to finalise teams in Term 3.

If you have any queries please contact us at

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Waiheke Adult Learning Road Code Courses

We are pleased to be offering FREE Road Code courses again during the upcoming school holidays, specifically for young people.

Courses will be taking place on Tuesday mornings, 4th and 11th October, from 10 am until 12 noon. This course covers the nuts and bolts of the road code and will also give learners the opportunity to practice the Road Code theory test online.

For more information and to book online, please click this link to our website.

Ngā mihi (Kind regards),

Robyn Wilson

Office Administrator

Phone: 09 372 9868 | Mobile: 021 2397079 Website:

Address: 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa | PO Box 59, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1081