Message from the Principal

Whakatane High School has enjoyed a strong beginning to the 2017 school year. This year has seen the largest intake of Year 9 students for many years. It has been great to welcome well over 200 new students to our school this year and I would like to commend these students on the way they have settled into secondary school life.

The school’s students continue to shine. At the mid-point of the school year we have acknowledged twenty students who have gained national selection or have gained podium finishes at national events. It is really impressive that the students of Whakatane High School continue to excel nationally and internationally. Those students who have gained this status to date are:

 

National Selection

Finn Jenkins                                      

NZ Junior Men’s' Rowing Team

 

Reece Hendl-Cox                            

NZ Formula First Racing Rookie of the Year                                                               New Zealand’s world-class Elite Motorsport Academy programme                                     

Hayley Mackey                                                                                                              NZ Judo Team

               

National Achievements

Caitlin Studer and Emily Julian   

NZSS Beach Volleyball Championships 4-6 February 2017 – 3rd

 

Caitlin Studer and Emily Julian   

NZ U17 Beach Volleyball Championships 26 January 2017 – 3rd

 

Hannah Van der Horst                  

NZ Dressage Championships (Reserve Champion Young Rider)

 

Noti Keepa                                        

NZ Maori Basketball Nationals U19s February 2017

 

Elliott Jenkins                                    

NZ National Rowing Championships Senior Double

NISS Rowing Champs - U18 Single Sculls                                                

NISS Rowing Champs - U18 Double Sculls                                                             

NISS Rowing Champs - U17 Double Sculls                                                             

NZSS Rowing Champs - U17 Double                                                        

NZSS Rowing Champs - U18 Double                                                        

NZSS Rowing Champs - U18 Single

 

Finn Jenkins                                      

NZ National Rowing Championships U19 Double

NISS Rowing Champs - U18 Single Sculls

NISS Rowing Champs - U18 Double Sculls

NISS Rowing Champs - U17 Double Sculls

NZSS Rowing Champs - U17 Double

NZSS Rowing Champs - U18 Double

Samuel Murray                                

NZ Junior Mini Stocks, pairs

 

Gemma Baldey                                

NZ National Karate Champs U18 3rd Kumite, 4th Kata

 

Anna Manning                                 

NZ National Surf Life Saving Champs - Beach Sprint Relay

 

Ashleigh Jackson                             

NZ National Surf Life Saving Champs - Beach Sprint Relay

 

Lilly Duesterbeck                             

NZ National Stand Up Paddle Board Champs U17 6-8kms

 

Ava Andersen                                  

NZ Age Group Swimming - 14 year old 50m Breastroke

 

Ava Andersen                                  

Selected NZL Youth Women's Performance Group (Volleyball) - to attend training camp in Hamilton–

July school holidays

 

Emily Julian                                        

Selected NZL Youth Women's Performance Group (Volleyball) - to attend training camp in Hamilton–

July school holidays

 

Caitlin Studer                                    

Selected NZL Youth Women's Performance Group (Volleyball) - to attend training camp in Hamilton–

July school holidays

 

Emily Julian                                        

Selected Volleyball NZ Beach Development Tour to California as non-travelling reserve

 

Hayley Mackey                                

Ranked 4 in the World Judo U18 U 70kgs section

 

Mikayla King                                      

Selected to represent BOP at the Lydia Ko invitational Golf Tournament for the U19 at Golf Harbour

Queens Birthday Weekend

 

Kerryn Rota-Sainty                         

Representing NZ in Leiden, Amsterdam, Netherlands Hip Hop

 

The school is looking forward to the development and refurbishment of three science labs. This has been a long and arduous process but it is pleasing that tenders for this project are now being called for and we hope to have this project under way before the end of the year.

The Whakatane Community of Learning, of which Whakatane High School is one of ten member schools, is collaborating to create the best opportunities for our young people. I have had the pleasure of leading the Whakatane Community of Learning since its inception in 2016. 

The Whakatane Community of Learning is making considerable progress and is moving beyond the establishment phase. To date we have seen all schools participate in shared professional development that I am sure will lead to more consistent approaches across our community and improved outcomes for our students.

Recently John Parsons, an expert on cyber safety for young people, addressed groups in Whakatane. It was pleasing that the community of learning schools were able to come together and take advantage of this opportunity. Over three days John Parsons worked with a large section of our community speaking with all students from Years 5-13 and all school staff members, and was also available for all parents from the community.

The Whakatane Community of Learning has made significant steps in working with the early childhood sector. We have been successful in gaining the Reading Together and Early Reading Together programmes. These will give the parents of pre-schoolers and those in the first two years of schooling the opportunity to receive support in the best methods of assisting their children with their reading at home.

Initiatives such as these benefit all within our community and will bring us closer together in our work.

Whakatane High School continues to perform at the highest level in all aspects of school life. Any families interested in discussing the school and the opportunities we offer should feel free to make an appointment to meet with me.

 

C.L. Nielsen

Principal  

 

 

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