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Achievement in NCEA and UE

Congratulations to all students and staff at Waiheke High School. Statistics released by the Ministry of Education show that Waiheke High School has out-performed and exceeded both National and Decile Band Achievement in NCEA at Levels 1 to 3 – FIVE years in a row. Scroll to bottom of page for the numbers.

 

Waiheke High School

National

Decile 4-7

Academic Year

Year 11

NCEA L1

Year 12

NCEA L2

Year 13

NCEA L3

Year 13

UE

Year 11

NCEA L1

Year 12

NCEA L2

Year 13

NCEA L3

Year 13

UE

Year 11

NCEA L1

Year 12

NCEA L2

Year 13

NCEA L3

Year 13

UE

2014 88.2 86.1 77.6 56.9 72.4 75.0 59.5 45.7 74.5 77.5 59.6 43.4
2015 89.9 87.5 78.6 55.4 74.5 76.3 62.5 48.0 77.1 79.7 64.3 48.2
2016 85.3 86.7 71.4 77.6 75.2 78.4 64.0 48.7 78.0 81.4 65.1 47.7
2017 86.3 88.2 73.2 57.1 74.9 78.3 65.0 48.5 78.0 81.3 66.0 47.1
2018 85.3 89.8 77.1 54.2 71.8 77.4 66.2 49.1 74.5 79.9 66.6 47.7

 

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Thanks to Waiheke Local Board

Once again the Waiheke Local Board have supported our students with $1000.00 towards the registration of 15 Year 10/11 students to complete their Bronze Hillary Award through the Duke of Edinburgh programme.

More information about this programme can be found here: https://dofehillary.org.nz/

 

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World Vision Youth Conference 2019

On 19th March three Year 11 students had the opportunity to attend the World Vision Youth Conference along with students from other schools around Auckland.  The conference was focused mainly around humanity and leadership and featured a special guest, invited following the terrible events in Christchurch just days before the Conference.  The speakers were Chris Jupp, Jenna Harris, Abe Nouk and Julie Zhu.
This is what they discovered:
 
From Gil Selem 
At the World Vision Youth Conference one of the ideas I found very interesting was that anybody willing to help share the idea of humanity, first needs to choose which area of this wide topic they want to focus on and then do their research. This means looking at whether someone is already working on this topic and if they are, then try to partner with them rather than create something else and compete. I believe this is really important, because we usually tend to get caught up in our own ideas and not actually consider if it is the best way to achieve our goal. By completing rather than competing, we make better use of our energy, and our commitment is more effective. From now on, I have decided to weigh my actions in the light of the negative impact they can have on others, and try to find solutions. It was a great day. I would really love to go back next year and I think anybody that gets the opportunity to attend, should definitely take it.   
From Stella Mares
The conference included speakers on social justice, a workshop on the 40hr Famine and a discussion on how to change the world. It was attended by many schools from all around New Zealand, and I was able to have amazing conversations with extremely interesting people. As the Christchurch attack was less than a week beforehand, the organisers changed the program to address this serious issue. The first speaker was an incredible young Muslim woman, whose speech on the Muslim community’s reaction to the attack completely changed my mindset, even inspiring me to write my English speech on how the terrorist attack should not have come as a surprise. The second speaker was a woman, who worked with refugee teenagers on Nauru. She empowered us to believe that we are never too young to change the world, and our generation can achieve great things. The third speaker was an incredible refugee, who recounted his life and demonstrated that social media can be one of the best forms of activism. The final speaker was a woman who makes films designed to integrate the Maori and Asian communities. The speakers, the staff, and the many activities we did inspired, and empowered me. After going to this conference I feel that I too could change the world.
From Alex Taylor
The World Vision Youth Conference was a great experience for all of us. The speakers in the Conference were very talented and inspirational, speaking from both their hearts and minds. The way they changed 50% of the schedule and plan to incorporate the incident in Christchurch was exceptional, and the conference itself was mostly about how young people like ourselves can make a difference, a change, without waiting until we’re older.  

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High School asks “How are we doing?”

For a small school, Waiheke High hits above its weight, scoring well on national measures and offering specialist subjects like sea sports and viticulture.  And with work started on a new teaching block to replace tired old classrooms, it’s getting a much awaited face lift too.

The school motto is ‘Striving for Success’, and the school’s board of trustees want the school to be the first school of choice for all families on Waiheke.   Board chair Robyn Woodall says “This is a great school, a real treasure for our community, with good people and a bright future.  But we know we need to work on communication, both listening to what people want and sharing the schools successes. The first step is to ask how we are doing”.

Over the next few weeks the school board is inviting parents of all school age kids on the island, students, teachers and the wider community to tell them what they want through a confidential online survey which has been emailed to all parents at the high school, with paper versions available at the library in Oneroa.  There will also be a series of focus groups where people will be able to give in depth feedback on where they’d like to see the school heading.

School principal Jude Young says “With elections for a new school board this year, it makes sense to review where we are at and get some clear direction on what kind of school people want us to be”.

The online survey can be accessed via: http://bit.ly/WaihekeHighSurvey . People interested in taking part in a focus group should email survey organiser Anne Bailey at annebailey@xtra.co.nz

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Tobias and Brad Roebuck-Ward

We are committed to the development of our community and the next generation of Waihekians.    For every property on Waiheke sold with The Boys we will give $500 to your child’s school, or a school of your choice.

List with The Boys and help them support the next generation on Waiheke.

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Cellphone use at Waiheke High School

Most students have cell phones and they are welcome to bring these to school. However cell phones are to be switched off and in students’ bags before coming into classes.

Cell phones are not to be used as calculators or as research devices. Where appropriate, a teacher may ask students to take out their cell phones to participate in a class activity.

When students are incorrectly using cell phones, the teacher should first ask them to switch them off and place them in their bags. If the same student is caught on their cell phone again, the teacher could ask the student for the cell phone and place it on the teacher’s desk for the remainder of the class. On a further occasion, the teacher may take the phone and ask the student to collect the phone at the end of the day from the front office. It is important that teachers deal with cell phone misuse at the lowest levels first.

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Hats During PE

Students may wear any hat of their choice during PE, Health, Sport and Sea Sports lessons outside. This includes any style, colour, size or shape! The purpose of this Hat is for sun protection.  Students may ONLY wear this hat during PE, Sport, Health and Sea Sports lessons. They may not wear it during school time.
 
If students wish to wear a hat at lunch/interval/to/from school, they must wear a WHS Blue cap available from the uniform shop or a navy blue hat of their own (no emblems please).
 
During PE, students should only wear a hat when it is sunny and the class is outside. This is likely to be mainly in Term 1 and 4. Hats are not permitted in the recreation centre or in classroom based PE, Health or Sea Sports lessons.
 
PE Staff are encouraged to actively promote and encourage the use of hats, including role modelling good practice. 
 
The hat rule is not compulsory, and therefore the choice rests ultimately with parents and students.  

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Student Trustee Elections 2018

We had six nominees for Student Representative on the Board of Trustees. The nominees were:

  • Jamie Cels
  • Charlotte Cleverley-Bisman
  • Felix Blaha
  • Keoni Davies
  • Presley Cox
  • Ethan Douglas

Each nominee spoke to the school about why they were standing for this role and what they could bring to the Board and the student body.

Presley Cox was elected to the Board of Trustees with 108 votes.  Presley will join the Board in Term 4, 2018.

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