Principal's comment 17 October

Welcome to Term Four. Much of the school is revolving around derived examinations at present, both in terms of the students’ efforts in sitting their papers and the staff’s in the considerable marking effort that is entailed. 

This part of the school cycle is very much focused on the academic dimension of school life. For seniors it is high stakes time and it’s good to see students rising to that challenge. Our entries in Scholarship examinations for this year are similar to 2018; our students remain keen to take on the highest level of academic test in New Zealand’s qualification structure, eager to compare themselves with the top academics in New Zealand. We know they’ll do well, as our recent record in this area is strong and that record sits alongside national level successes this year across a range of areas of endeavour.

One of those successes was advised during the holiday break by Massey University, who have awarded a Massey University Vice Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship valued at $21,000 ($7,000 per year) to Grace Allan 13RS. 

While some universities/tertiary institutions send us information about student successes in scholarship or award applications, that is not the case for all. If any student has been awarded a scholarship, please let us know so we can be sure to recognise your success in our newsletter and year summaries.  

Business Studies has already had a great year, with two students winning national-level awards. We have more good news, with two Young Enterprise companies off to the regional finals. These two teams will pitch against two other companies from the Hutt/Wairarapa Region, in the hope of being crowned the regional champions and progressing to the national finals.  Best wishes to them.

The two companies are 

Radiant: Emeline Gray 13BR, Mieke van den Bergh 13HF, Libby Tonkin 13PN , Monisha Reddy 13HJ and Esther Sopoaga 13SS, who produce eco-friendly deodorant.  

Save Our Plant (S.O.P):  Logan Hunter 13FL , Kathryn Davies 13RS , Zoe Houston 13RS  and Joanna Beattie 13RS, who produce eco-friendly reusable bags. 

In addition, we have all five HVHS teams listed below who are category finalists for the 6 regional awards listed below.

Another group of students had confirmed during the break that they have been offered an all-expenses paid trip to Japan in February 2020 for the High School Parliamentary Debate World Conference and Competition. A team from HVHS took part in this competition earlier this year, and our debaters have been invited to represent New Zealand in 2020 in this international event. The competition is between twelve Japanese schools and twelve schools from around the world. It runs from 13th February to 16th February for the event itself, followed by travel and sightseeing through to the 19th. This is a great opportunity for Mathusha Paraneetharan 12PR, Bianca Schioler 12TS and James Thompson 12PR to meet with and compete against their international peers. 

It’s great to see our students featuring in robust academic competition and doing well. Congratulations to those mentioned above, and best wishes to all of our students as they work through the latter part of the derived grade examinations.