Message from the Principal

As the 2016 Olympic Games came to a close I couldn’t help but reflect on the extordinary talent that passes through Whakatane High School. In a week that saw former students Lisa Carrington win a Gold and a Bronze medal and Jamie Lovett making an Olympic final in the kayaking, it really brought my attention to these high quality performances. This same week we fare welled Lenny Jenkins as he left to represent New Zealand at the World U19 Rowing Champs in Rotterdam, and Henry Spring has gone to Taiwan to represent New Zealand in Junior Golf. On top of that Brooke Bridges, our Head Girl, is travelling to India where she will represent New Zealand at the Asian Science Fair, and Katya Collins will travel to France as a New Zealand representative for the Commemoration for the Battle of the Somme.

On top of that we have seen the extordinary performance of the schools Kapa Haka group as they made the final nine groups at the National Kapa Haka Champs in Napier. This is a truly outstanding performance that saw them winning 1st Waiata Tira - E Te Atua and 1st Waiata-a-Ringa - Aku Raukura, which is an outstanding achievement.

Reflecting on these very recent results generates great pride in Whakatane High School and the quality of students that the school continues to produce. But also highlights the many opportunities that our students can enjoy.

C.L. Nielsen




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