2017-2018 PROSPECTUS - Wakatipu High School
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Welcome to Wakatipu High School Wakatipu High School’s mission is to deliver a ‘great all-round education that enables our students to reach for their heights’ – and that is what we do every day. The key priority in this great all-round education is student engagement, learning, progress and achievement. Our academic results are testament to the high levels of achievement of our students and our recent Education Review Office (ERO) report states that our “rich and varied curriculum provides many opportunities for students to learn, be challenged, explore their local environment and develop competencies for lifelong learning”. Wakatipu High School students also achieve success in vocational pathways through our Careers, Trades Academy and Gateway programmes. In addition, we provide learning support in literacy and numeracy as well as a Gifted and Talented programme to support all of our students to reach their potential. This year we have introduced a new timetable which allows junior students greater opportunity for choice and engagement while experiencing the breadth of the curriculum. ERO’s also noted that we have ‘continued to extend the breadth and depth of our curriculum to better provide meaningful learning pathways for an increasing number of students to achieve success’. As well as our academic foundation, Wakatipu High School offers students a wealth of ‘all-round’ extra and co-curricular opportunities in sport, arts, music, culture, community and leadership. From our Ski Academy and rowing, to our jazz band, school Musical, Stage Challenge, Kapa Haka group, Model United Nations, Duke of Edinburgh, and trips and exchanges to places like Aspen, Japan, Sri Lanka, Noumea and France – we offer students an incredible range of opportunities in which to learn, grow and develop holistically. Geographically the Wakatipu Basin is a unique environment, enabling us to offer outstanding Outdoor Education programmes including the iconic Branches Camp. Our environment also attracts international students from around the globe, giving our students the chance to learn and grow as members of a multicultural community - an opportunity normally reserved for larger urban centres. Students’ wellbeing and engagement is very important to us, and the very high results of our ‘student voice’ surveys show that our students feel safe and enjoy coming to Wakatipu High School. ERO’s report included that ‘a positive tone, respectful relationships and interactions are strongly evident’ and that ‘together with clear expectations they promote high levels of engagement, learning and wellbeing across the school’. Pastoral support is through our Whanau (House) structure, including Deans and the newly-introduced Kaiārahi, as well as our Guidance Counsellor. This structure also provides the basis for our very keenly-contested Inter-House competitions. Well-governed by a very capable Board, and generously supported by the Wakatipu High School Foundation, Wakatipu High School is on an exciting journey. This is especially so with our move to our new innovative learning environment school at Remarkables Park in 2018. We welcome you to the Wakatipu High School community, where students truly receive a great all-round education and ‘reach for their heights’ in one of the most special places in the world. Mr Steve Hall PRINCIPAL 1
Academic success Student achievement is the key priority and responsibility of schools, and over the last few years Wakatipu High School has had an increased focus on student Senior Leadership Team engagement, learning, progress and achievement which has yielded great academic results and success. Principal Mr Steve Hall Over that period, a particular focus for the government and Ministry of Education has been students achieving NCEA Level 2. We have embraced this educational Senior Deputy Principal challenge and have worked very hard to support and enable as many of our students Mr Oded Nathan as possible to achieve this important qualification and last year 91% of our Year 12 students achieved NCEA Level 2, including 94% of our Maori students and 100% of Deputy Principal our Pasifika students. Mr James Rasmussen Our approach to supporting these levels of student achievement has included Assistant Principal focusing on great teaching and learning, and the introduction of new systems for Mrs Sonia Panapa monitoring and tracking students. As part of our new timetable, this year saw the introduction of ‘Kaiārahi’ (Learning Advisers) who serve as mentors for all students Board of Trustees as they strive to achieve their academic and holistic goals. Parent Trustees Our reporting system (see more on Pg 6) reports to parents every three weeks and Dean Hamilton CHAIRMAN enables parents and students to see progress in real-time. Niki Hawke As well as NCEA Level 2, an important focus for us is the University Entrance (UE) Charlie Phillips qualification as many of our students go on to study at University. Last year more Grant McCulloch than 80% of eligible students achieved this qualification. Susan Mawhinney Tony Balfour As well as key educational qualifications we also have a real focus on ‘high performance’, which includes Merit and Excellence endorsements and Scholarships. We have also Wha-nau Trustee made continued progress in this area, consistently getting double-digit Scholarships, Jackie Kukutai and with student Meg Jolly achieving the Top Scholar award for New Zealand in Photography in 2016. Staff Trustee Michelle Loggenberg In terms of our ‘preparing students for life’ goal (i.e. students leaving Wakatipu High School with either NCEA Level 2 or being on a vocational pathway) last year 96% of Student Trustee our students achieved this. Kiki Clarke-Liechti WHS ACADEMIC RESULTS 2016 2015 NCEA Level 2 (roll-based) 91% 86% University Entrance (participation-based) 80% 75% 12 16 Scholarships (incl 3 Outstanding, (incl 2 Outstanding) 1 of which was Top Scholar) Students on a ‘Pathway’ (NCEA Level 2 or Pathway) 96% 96% 2 Students ‘engaged’ in school and learning (NZCER Survey) 91% 94%
Curriculum Timetable At Wakatipu High School, we believe that Students in Year 9 and 10 select twelve classes per year students should have the opportunity to – each of which runs for half the year, while senior experience the full breadth of the curriculum students select up to six classes per year – each of in the junior years before becoming which runs for the whole year. Each class runs for increasingly more specialised and seven and a half hours over a ten-day cycle, with individualised in the senior years. three 60 minute periods and three 90 minute periods over that cycle. Student choice is a key characteristic As we prepare for the innovative learning of the timetable, as we believe that choice is a key environment (ILE) of the new school, we are facilitator of engagement which supports learning, also redefining our curriculum, incorporating progress and achievement. future-focussed and personalised learning, student voice and ‘Bring Your Own Device’ The seamless timetable for juniors and seniors supports to drive student engagement. student option choice and gives students the flexibility to study at a level that best suits them. Students in Year 9 and 10 experience the eight learning areas of the New Zealand The students are divided into five Houses which are then Curriculum and get to choose subjects to further split into Ako groups. Each Ako group has a allow them to explore their passions, while Kaiārahi who supports students with their pastoral and ensuring that they meet the literacy and academic needs, and monitors students’ well-being. numeracy thresholds required for academic Students meet with their Kaiārahi three times per week. success in the senior school. As students move to the senior school, they become more specialised in their chosen pathway. We offer a broad range of subjects in the senior and junior school, as well as literacy and numeracy support, ESOL classes for second language learners, a Talent Development (Gifted and Talented) GREAT programme, separate Scholarship support, plus extension and accelerated learning TEACHERS... opportunities across all the learning areas. are inspired and passionate Students are supported with their learning by a Kaiārahi (Learning Adviser) who have high expectations connects with and supports students and are student-centred their families from the day they enter our learning community to the day they exit. give effective feedback We promote a great all-round education and differentiate actively encourage students to engage in know their impact education both in and out of the classroom (use data and evidence) to support the students haoura or health and well-being. = great learning, progress and achievement for 5/5 students 5
Reporting BYOD We believe all parents and students should receive regular and (Bring Your Own Device) timely feedback that best supports student engagement, learning, Our students use digital devices to progress and achievement. communicate and learn both inside and Our Learning Engagement Learning Engagement Report outside the school environment. Since the Reports (LE Reports) are John Smith beginning of 2016, all students at Wakatipu issued every three weeks to High School have been required to bring a XXXX Junior Science 22 June 2015 parents and students via Ms Jones Attendance: 46 / 48 device to school each day to assist with email and through our online their learning. Week 4 7 10 13 16 19 24 27 30 34 Average Classwork 3 3 4 3 3 3 3.17 WHS Portal. These reports Homework 0 3 3 0 3 3 3 A student-owned device is an important part 2 3 3 3 3 3 provide a clear and concise Organisation 2.83 Behaviour 3 3 4 3 3 3 3.17 of their toolkit, giving them instant access to overview from every class and unlimited resources and enabling them to teacher relating to a student’s support, extend, communicate and share effort and engagement in their learning. This ultimately prepares classwork, homework, them for life beyond school in a global and organisation and behaviour. 4 = Exemplary 3 = Good 2 = Needs Improvement 1 = Serious Concern 0 = N/A digital environment. Classwork Homework Organisation Behaviour The reports enable students There are many advantages to student-owned to modify their learning devices and teachers are experienced in using behaviours as needed, and these devices to extend students learning give parents the information they need to engage with and opportunities. Details about the required support learning and achievement. specifications of devices can be found on We also make extensive use of the Portal to provide parents our school website. and students with useful and timely feedback on academic We do know that some families may struggle learning, progress and achievement. Teachers report on the financially with providing devices and so our level that the student is working at, provide feedback on what Awhi Fund (see more on Pg 16) supports the student can do to improve and next steps for learning. students and families with this. Senior students and parents receive feedback each term as to how students are tracking towards their NCEA Qualification and the academic goals they set for themselves at the start of the year. Kaiārahi provide mid-year and end-of-year comments summarising students’ academic achievement, engagement indicators, extra and co-curricular involvement as well as an overall summary in relation to student citizenship. We also have a number of ‘Next Steps’ parent-student-teacher interviews throughout the year that give parents and students the chance to have face-to-face discussions with teachers about next steps for learning. 6
WHS visit from Willie Apiata VC and Steven Adams. Pastoral Student leadership Our pastoral network has built a solid foundation based around caring There are numerous student for individual student needs, either academic, social or emotional. leadership opportunities available The pastoral network involves the entire staff working in a safe, caring at Wakatipu High School, many environment, ensuring each student is able to reach their full potential. of which are fostered through our Key members of staff in the pastoral team are our House Deans and Inter-House competition. Kaiārahi (Learning Advisers). The Student Council and its The Kaiārahi supports and enables students’ educational achievement sub-committees are responsible and holistic development. Kaiārahi are the key point of contact for parents, for developing our vibrant students and staff when dealing with the pastoral life of students. Inter-House competition which Additional specialist pastoral staff include our Guidance Counsellor, includes events such as Participation Careers Counsellor and the Senior Leadership Team. Day, Swim Sports, Haka/Waiata Competition, Debating, Waka-Maths Deans are responsible for the overall welfare of all students in their House, and much more. with a role that encompasses coordination, guidance and discipline within their House, as well as encouraging student leadership. There are multiple sub-committees of the Student Council, including Pastoral care is a shared responsibility - in partnership with parents, Academic, Arts, Community and we ensure that each student has optimal opportunity to become an Service, Environmental, Sports, and independent, caring, reliable and responsible member of the community. Whanaungatanga (Support) Councils. The pastoral network continues to strive toward developing our school-wide values of Excellence, Responsibility, Resilience, Diversity and Respect. House Leaders are responsible for organising students, developing House spirit and leading the charge Houses in the Inter-House competition. The school is divided into five Houses whose names are taken from early We also run the Duke of Edinburgh settlers in the Wakatipu Basin – Arthur, Duncan, Fox, Hay and Mackenzie. programme. Each House has a Dean who has the oversight over the entire House and is divided into a number of Ako groups who meet three times per week. Students remain in the same Ako groups throughout their time at Wakatipu High School and as a result Kaiārahi get to know their students very well over five years. A strong and important aspect of the House system is the Inter-House competition. This is a fiercely-fought feature of the school calendar. It kicks off with our Participation Day early in the year and includes a range 9 of activities from the arts, sports and academic areas of the school.
Sports and recreation As part of our great all-round education our goal is to have all students New Zealand Alpine Sports Academy involved in extra and/or co-curricular activity. To enable this, we offer a wide range of sport, cultural, leadership and arts opportunities to our students. For over a decade the New Zealand Alpine Sports Academy has been an invaluable programme The school employs a Sports Coordinator and an Arts Coordinator to promote enabling aspiring young athletes to pursue and enable student participation and excellence in their sport or activity. sporting and academic excellence. Participants in A wide range of sports are offered locally. These can take place before or the Academy’s winter programme train in their after school, during breaks and/or at the weekend. Some sports are hosted chosen alpine skiing or snowboarding disciplines at school, while others are offered in conjunction with local clubs. with expert coaching from the Queenstown Alpine Competitions and tournaments are held locally, regionally and nationally Ski Team. The athletes train on snow up to four depending on the level of achievement. Over the years we have had multiple days a week and have their school work delivered athletes succeed on the national and international stage in a variety of sports. over the afternoon on three of these, so that academic achievement is maintained. Wakatipu The Sports Coordinator also arranges our major sports exchanges of which High School has a long legacy of athletes we have two at present - with James Hargest College in Invercargill, and representing New Zealand in the Winter Olympics. Mount Aspiring College in Wanaka. Our unique location means we also take part in several annual international school visits, with competitions in many sports. Outdoor Recreation The school rewards sporting and cultural excellence at our prestigious We also offer a unique Outdoor Recreation Blues Night – a formal function that culminates in the presentation of our programme, making the most of the amazing school’s Blues Awards. local environment. Year 12 and 13 students gain credits and experiences in kayaking, tramping, bushcraft, mountain expeditions, snow caving Student camps and safety management. Some of the most memorable school days at Wakatipu High School are Highlights of the programme include tramping those spent on school camps. Outdoor Education provides excellent the Rockburn Valley, kayaking the Clutha River and opportunities for holistic growth, learning outdoor skills, appreciating and a snow expedition at The Remarkables. caring for the environment, developing personal responsibility, and social interactions and friendships with others. The school has developed a comprehensive and coordinated junior Year 9 Snow Programme Outdoor Education programme in our unique Queenstown environment. Students in Year 9 have a one day per week Most activities involve trips away from school, the cost of which varies. ski/snowboard programme running for six weeks Year 9 students participate in a river-based Outdoor Education camp at during Term 3. We make the most of our close Greenstone Station in the first few weeks in Term 1, and in Term 3 they have a proximity to Coronet Peak and the expertise of ‘Journeys’ experience travelling by non-motorised means around the Wakatipu mountain staff for this teaching and learning Basin including horse trekking, tramping, mountain biking and kayaking. programme. This programme gives all students access to this very special aspect of our local The Year 10 Outdoor Education camp to Branches Station, is an event environment and enables them to learn to all past students remember for the rest of their lives. For 12 days the entire ski/snowboard under the guidance of professional year group is isolated from normal life, living under canvas while experiencing instructors as part of our Health and Physical outdoor pursuits including abseiling, rafting, tramping, bushcraft, survival Education programme. skills, kayaking and shooting, as well as developing personal, interpersonal and leadership skills. This camp at Branches Station at the head of the Shotover river, has a tradition of over 50 years now and is one of the 10 longest-running camps under canvas in the country!
Arts and culture We offer an extensive Arts programme through our visual arts, music and drama departments, along with exciting extra-curricular opportunities. Participation and excellence in the Arts is encouraged and supported. The Arts are offered from Year 9 and can be studied at all NCEA levels. Every year, we produce a very successful school Musical involving a number of students from Years 9 to 13 in both technical and performance areas. At Years 12 and 13 the students produce and perform a high-quality Charlie Hotop Hannah McInnally dramatic piece to a small live audience. Our acclaimed jazz bands compete annually in the Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival in Blenheim, and the Southern Schools Jazz Fest in Invercargill, and perform publicly at local events such as the Queenstown Winter Festival. Numerous school rock bands compete in the Smokefree Rockquest competition every year, and also perform on stage at the Queenstown Winter Festival in conjunction with ‘Big Break’. Our opportunities for singing include junior group tuition with an outside tutor, as well as involvement Tessa Joiner Anoushka Guillot in a variety of musical events and activities. Our extensive visual arts department offers students courses in painting, design and photography, and their folio work is exhibited at the end of the year along with varying local exhibitions. The ‘Artz’ Council, comprised of senior students, holds many events throughout the year, actively involving students in different areas of the Arts. Emma Gamson Stephanie Arrowsmith 13 Meg Jolly Beatrice Onions
International student programme Wakatipu High School has developed an excellent programme for international students. We currently have 42 students from 15 nationalities. Mrs Joan Potts DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL ERO’s review noted that “the school provides well for international students. STUDENTS They receive appropriate support and pastoral care, along with appropriate Mrs Potts assists with levels of support with the English language. Students are involved in a range everything from enrolment of school activities, including education outside the classroom.” to visa application, subject selection, We offer: communication with agents and • A safe and supportive community parents, and general pastoral care of students. • Full pastoral care and support • An approved study programme for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Mrs Donna Baldey HOMESTAY COORDINATOR • Integration with New Zealand classes to study for New Zealand qualifications Mrs Baldey inspects prospective accommodation, At Wakatipu High School we place high priority on the happiness and interviews hosts and wellbeing of our international students. To achieve this we provide: carefully matches students to • Dedicated support services homestays. Students are met at • Quality homestay placement and support the airport on arrival and given • Excellent school guidance support ongoing pastoral support. International students are also offered career and guidance counselling to ESOL Teachers ensure that their subject selection and progress matches their tertiary goals. We have two specialist teachers who Students are provided with pathways to study in New Zealand universities, provide classes at five different overseas universities, and/or return to their home countries. levels. They offer skills, pathways 14 For further information on our international student programme, to NCEA and IELTS (International please contact firstname.lastname@example.org English Language Testing System).
The new school Wakatipu High School A particularly exciting aspect of being a Wakatipu High School student in Foundation 2018 will be the move to our brand new school. The Wakatipu High School Foundation was Situated in the sun at Remarkables Park, our new home will be a state-of-the-art established in 2014, in part to offset the secondary school, designed to deliver a future-focused education. Notably it lower level of funding that Wakatipu High will feature larger and more open ‘innovative learning environment’ teaching School receives as a Decile 10 school, but and learning spaces, as well as specialist spaces including science labs, technology primarily as a vehicle for the community to workshops, food technology and hospitality, and a theatre and gymnasium. support the school in delivering a great all-round education. We are very excited about this move and the opportunities it presents for Wakatipu High School. In a short time it has been hugely successful, raising over $1 million to date. The Wakatipu High School Foundation has funded a range of initiatives, including strategic and current projects. Initiatives funded include our Awhi Fund (see below), professional and leadership development for staff, strategic resourcing and positions within the school. While it has only been in existence for a short time, the Wakatipu High School Foundation is having a very real and positive impact on the school, its students and its future. Awhi Fund Awhi means to help or support, and our Awhi Fund is a very important feature of Wakatipu High School. The fund is used for a wide range of things which families and students can struggle with financially, including uniforms, school fees, camps and trips, educational assessments and even some extra and co-curricular activities. Funding is in partnership with families and their ability to contribute, with the Awhi contribution also determined by whether the application is for a compulsory expense (e.g. uniform or fees) or extra or co-curricular. Awhi is very generously funded by the Wakatipu High School Foundation. Our Guidance Counsellor is the key contact for further information and confidential applications. 16
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