WHS operates on a 'mixed model' of school transport for Wakatipu High School students. This means some WHS students use public buses and some will use Ministry of Education provided bus transportation, depending on the area in which they live. Please see the list on the right to check which type of bus students should use.
Ministry of Education Bus Areas
Lake Hayes Estate
Public Bus Areas
MOE Bus Routes for 2019
Please note that some routes change their name, routing and colour code, and that routes are frequently revised at the beginning of a new school year. Bus timings are occasionally subject to change at short notice due to weather and other factors. The school transport system is a free service provided by the Ministry of Education and as such bus timings are approximate and flexible, and parents/caregivers and students must ensure that students are at their bus stop with plenty of time. Only bus stops indicated in the outline of each route are legitimate stops. Students must be picked up and dropped off from these stops only. Coloured lines indicate the bus route colour code that will appear on a student's ID.
Student ID: Route Indication Students will be assigned a bus route to and from their home (including any secondary residence, if requested), where they are eligible to receive free transport. Each student's ID card will carry an image of a colour-coded bus which identifies their eligible route to the drivers (see list of routes below for these colours). Students may not use other bus routes for any reason, including travel to and from work, clubs etc. either before or after school. Students may not take other people (such as friends) on a school bus unless that person also has an ID card for that route. If you move house and a student needs to use a different bus, please contact our Student Records Officer. Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to claim a Conveyance Allowance to assist with getting your child to school. Contact the Ministry of Education's Dunedin office if you would like to find out more about this.
Purchasing Uniform Wakatipu High School operates an in-school uniform shop, with a full range of WHS Uniform items available for try-on purposes only.Once you've found your size, orders can be placed online and the items delivered by our uniform suppliers, Argyle Schoolwear. Small items, such as socks, belts, jerseys, tights and ties, are available to buy at the uniform shop.
The in-school WHS Uniform Shop is open weekdays 8:30am- 3pm.
For any uniform-related questions, please click the contact us link above or phone the school office on 03 442 730.
Blazer - is the compulsory 'primary' garment. It must be worn to and from school and during the school day. Students may remove the blazer whilst in class or when active during Breaks. On hot days in February students may choose not to wear the blazer, and may come to school in just the shirt (and tie if required).
Tie - must be worn year-round by Year 11-13 students. For Year 9 and 10 students the tie is optional for the month of February and compulsory for the rest of the year (and then optional for Year 9 students after Branches Camp goes in). The tie is compulsory for formal events such as prizegiving. Year 9-12 students must wear the school tie, and Year 13 students that year’s Year 13 tie.
Blue kilt - is compulsory for all Year 9-12 girls, and the green or blue kilt can be worn by Year 13 girls. The blue kilt can be worn year round, but the green kilt can only be worn in Terms 2 and 3.
Sizing guide: if the summer kilt is a good fit, order a size up for the kilt eg. size 10 summer skirt will require a size 12 winter kilt.
Shoes - must be: plain; all black (with no coloured logos); be made of polishable material (ie not canvas, but may have a rubber toe-cap); have a low or no heel; be shoes, not boots or 'high tops'. They may be lace-up or slip-on, with no buckles. NB the Uniform Shop does not sell shoes.
Belt - must be plain black leather with a plain silver buckle.
PE uniform - must be worn by all Year 9 and 10 students.
Formal occasions, eg Prizegivings - all students must wear blazers and ties.
School jersey - is an optional 'secondary' item which is worn under the blazer, and may be worn year round. It may not be worn instead of the blazer.
School scarf and beanie - may be worn year round.
Puffer Jackets - students may wear a plain black puffer jacket during June, July and/or August only. It must be worn over (not instead of) the blazer.
School Kilt Who wears the blue kilt?
Year 9-12 girls must wear the blue kilt.
Year 13 girls may purchase and wear a blue kilt if they choose.
The Uniform Shop only stocks and sells blue kilts.
What is the price of the kilt & how can I pay for it?
The blue kilt is $169.00 (cheaper than the old kilt).
You can pay at the Uniform Shop.
Please note that if finance is an issue, please contact our Guidance Counsellor, Vicki Patton, or the student's Dean, re support.
It is a requirement that all students who attend Wakatipu High School bring a device to school to assist with their learning.
Why BYOD? WHS recognises the role eLearning plays in upholding our vision in a rapidly changing world. The change in access to new technologies penetrates all aspects of society with the way people work, communicate and relate to each other. WHS identifies that the teaching and learning environment has to keep abreast with societal changes.
BYOD will allow all students to learn in ways that are not possible in a traditional classroom. The key drivers for change are:
Ubiquity - anywhere, anytime, any pace, any device learning
Agency - the ‘power to act’ - informed/empowered/enabled learners
Device Selection We have developed a series of specifications to ensure that students' devices will meet the requirements for effective learning. Find out more.
How to get a device There are a number of options families have available to obtain a device.
Families may have a suitable device already or have the ability to purchase a suitable device from any supplier either online or in store.
Families may use finance options available to them in store.
We recognise that not all families may be in a position to provide a suitable device for learning. It is possible for families to access our Awhi Fund for financial support.
Financial Support If you feel that you require financial support, please contact Vicki Patton or Christopher Tweddell, our Guidance Counsellors, either via email (through the Our Staff page) or byphone. They will be able to discuss with you the options that are available for support. If you are unsure, email our Deputy Principal,James Rasmussen and he will assist you.
School Lockers To assist with the security of student devices, WHS has decided to provide 250 lockers for students who may wish to store their device during periods of the school day when the device is not is use. You can find out more on this page.
WiFi Safety Based on the information available from sources such as the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health, WHS considers that the use of wifi in a controlled way to enhance teaching and learning is compatible with our obligation to provide a safe environment for our students. If you are interested in this topic, please check this page for more information.
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