Central to our mission to deliver Aotearoa New Zealand’s best all-round education is our Ākonga Profile. The Ākonga (Learner) Profile outlines the areas in which we want our students to learn, develop and grow during their time at WHS. The profile is very holistic and has four key areas:
WHS’s values - excellence, respect, responsibility, resilience and inclusion are at the centre of the profile.
Future-focused qualifications, transitions and pathway - including the best qualification possible for each student.
Capabilities for lifelong learning - including competency development and key knowledge, skills and processes.
Holistic development - including self, social and active citizenship.
Students in Years 9 and 10 experience the eight learning areas of the New Zealand curriculum and choose subjects which allow them to explore their interests while building the foundation for success in the senior school and achieving the best qualification possible. As students move to the senior school, they become more specialised in their chosen subjects and pathway; with our broad range of subject choice for both seniors and juniors designed to meet students’ various interests and needs.
We also provide literacy and numeracy support, ESOL classes for second language learners, talent development programmes, separate scholarship support, extension and accelerated learning opportunities across the learning areas.
As per the Ākonga Profile, our students also learn and develop through our broader school-wide curriculum. An extensive extra and co-curricular programme, including sports, arts, cultural, outdoor education, community and leadership, as well as our vibrant House competition all provide important opportunities for our students to learn, grow and develop holistically.
Ākonga Passport The Passport aligns with our Ākonga Profile and recognises students for: exemplifying our school values, successful Learning Engagement reports, participation in extra and co-curricular activities, service to others, and for achieving digital and careers certificates. Students strive to gain points in each of these areas to achieve bronze, silver and gold levels of the Passport.
Our timetable is founded on the belief that student choice is key to engagement - which supports learning, progress and achievement.
Students in Years 9 and 10 select 12 classes per year - with six courses running in semester one (Terms 1 and 2) and six in semester two (Terms 3 and 4). Senior students select up to six classes per year - with each course running the whole year.
Time for each class totals seven and a half hours over a 10-day timetable cycle (three 60 minute periods and three 90 minute periods). School Day The structure of the school day is shown below. L-codes and colours in each period indicate different lines in the timetable. View our school timetable.
Internal Assessment Calendar The internal assessment calendar provides the due dates for all internal assessments being sat by students throughout the year for each course in Year 11-13. We highly recommend that students note the dates of their internal assessments on their calendars and plan their term and year accordingly to ensure their academic goals are achieved. Kaiārahi and parents are encouraged to support this.
Students should use the assessment and school calendar to identify all their assessments - particularly noting pinch points when several fall due at the same time, and then put this beside their other commitments eg sport, work, family and plan accordingly.
2021 Term Dates Term 1 Thursday 28 January to Friday 16 April Term 2 Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July Term 3 Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October Term 4 Monday 18 October to Tuesday 14 December See our calendar and key dates page for more.