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AIMS Games

AIMS Games

Congratulations to all the Wentworth students who participated with passion and sportsmanship at the AIMS Games in Tauranga last week.  This year, 11,555 students aged 11, 12 and 13 traveled to Tauranga from all across the country to participate across 23 different sporting activities.

Wentworth Students – Photo courtesy of Anchor NZ, sponsor of AIMS Games

Congratulations to Sam Wild and especially to Jack Hollands who finished in 3rd place in the O’pen Skiff yachting event. The fleet of 35 boats braved the cold conditions over three days, with a closely fought battle for second and third places being decided in the last leg of the last race. Jack won a Bronze medal.

The Year 8 Netball Team had a great experience at the AIMS Games, being placed in ‘C’ grade after a number of grading games. Whilst they did not gain a medal placing in their grade, this was a fantastic opportunity for our players to play against teams from all over New Zealand. Phoebe Andrew had a successful week as umpire and passed both her theory and practical assessments. Our special thanks to Chrissy Smith for coaching the team for the week, as well as Sue Andrew for all her help looking after the girls during the week. Well done to all our netballers on their efforts!

Congratulations to Mia Stanley-Hunt who competed in swimming events at the recent AIMs Games, achieving personal best times and placing amongst the top 15 competitors in all of her events.

Congratulations to Tina Lee who placed second in the 18 holes Under 13 Years Golf competition.

September 11 Memorial Sky Tower Climb

September 11 Memorial Sky Tower Climb

Last week, in memory of the firefighters who lost their lives in the September 11 bombing of the Twin Towers in New York, and also in memory of the 59 New Zealand firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty, over 200 New Zealand firefighters (including Wentworth’s own caretaker and volunteer fireman, Nick Pelikani) climbed the Auckland Sky Tower. Fully kitted out in 25kg worth of gear (including oxygen cylinders), the firefighters climbed 1,103 stairs with Mr Pelikani achieving this feat in just 18 minutes. Mr Pelikani has expressed his thanks to all the Wentworth students for the fantastic fund-raising event organised by McDonald House last week in support of this challenging climb.  Our students raised money through bake sales, the Sky Tower Coin Trail Challenge and mufti day.

 

Wentworth Senior Hockey teams

Wentworth Senior Hockey teams

Congratulations to both the Boys and Girls Hockey First XI teams. The girls finished their season on a high, with a 4 – 0 victory against Massey First XI to place them 3rd in the 2nd Division. This is an exceptional achievement given they commenced the season in the 3rd division. Well done to all the girls for their commitment and sportsmanship throughout the season.

On Wednesday evening, the Wentworth Senior Boys XI Team faced Orewa College 2nd XI Team in the finals for first place in Grade 3a. It was a tense and close match against a young and skillful Orewa team but Wentworth had the edge on them by going ahead 2-1. At a crucial stage in the game, the lights went out and it took some time before they came back on and subsequently the momentum of the game changed and Orewa equalised. This resulted in the final going to a penalty shoot out and the Orewa goalie was successful in blocking three of the Wentworth penalties to win the game. The boys should feel proud of how they played on the day despite the challenging circumstances, so well done to them all!

Thank you to all the supportive parents & students who cheered on both teams at every game!

Wentworth Cellist comes first in Performing Arts Competition

Wentworth Cellist comes first in Performing Arts Competition

Wentworth’s very talented Year 7 cellist, Caitlin Chen performed in the South Auckland Performing Arts Competition over the last weekend of the school holidays. Caitlin was awarded 1st place in the Junior String Solo – Baroque, Classical/Romantic 11 & 12 year old competition. She also came first in the Junior String Solo Own Selection 11 & 12 years old competition, and Second Place in the Intermediate Restricted Solo Instrumental: Own Choice 11, 12 & 13 years old. Congratulations Caitlin, we always enjoy listening to you play the cello in our music festivals and assemblies.

New Zealand Youth Parliament

New Zealand Youth Parliament

Congratulations to our Year 13 student and Prefect Anya who was in the New Zealand Youth Parliament over the school holidays from 15th-17th July. Anya was serving on the Justice Committee and representing local Labour MP Marja Lubeck.  Philip Lee, Head of College said “Congratulations to Anya.  Anya conducted herself well and I am impressed with the speech she made”

Listen to Anya deliver her Legislative Debate speech here: https://youtu.be/OSvkh_n-PYs

 

Sailing success at home and in Italy

Sailing success at home and in Italy

Congratulations to Wentworth Year 9 student Mattias Coutts who achieved a 10th placing out of 100 boats in the Waszp Europeans competition on Lake Garda in Italy in July.  Over 100 boats competed from 18 nations.  Fantastic result.

In a slightly less sunny setting, a group of Wentworth College students also competed over the holidays in the Manly Mid-Winter Championships in several sailing classes. The students performed well. Congratulations to these students who achieved the following results:

• O’pen Skiff – Jack Hollands 9th
• O’pen Skiff – Phoebe Andrew 15th
• O’pen Skiff – Imogen Herbert 19th
• 29er – Mattias Coutts & Cailen Rochford 1st
• 29er – Maddie Rist 5th
• RS Feva – Sam Wild 2nd
• RS Feva – Bridie Smith 11th
• Laser Radial – Matthew Rist 7th

Water Polo Success

Water Polo Success

Congratulations to the Wentworth College Years 7/8 Water Polo team for placing second in the Term 2 Hibiscus Coast Water Polo Tournaments. After strong competition, the Wentworth College team has emerged with impressive results. The Years 7/8 team placed second in their league, despite forfeiting a game that fell in the holidays. This team has played consistently well, winning almost every match, and has proved to be a tour de force in the water.

Our older players, Years 9 and above, have taken on both students and adults in the Fast 5 competition. This is a non-stop version of Water Polo so, in addition to being strong swimmers, players have needed excellent attack and defence skills in order to respond quickly and effectively to the play. Our team has gone from strength to strength with an outstanding passing game, which has seen every member playing their part. As a result, the Wentworth Fast 5 team beat tough competition to win their league. Congratulations to all our Wentworth College players.

Trip to Wellington

Trip to Wellington

Last week the Years 12 and 13 Economics and Business Studies classes went on a school trip to Wellington. They were there for three very busy but fantastic days. While they were at Parliament they were able to watch Simon Bridges and Jacinda Ardern during Question Time. The students visited several government buildings including Treasury, the Beehive, the Reserve Bank and the Supreme Court. At the Supreme Court they had a full tour which included learning how the building was built as well as a visit to the courtrooms and the cells. The students also visited some well known companies such as Trade Me, Xero and the Weta Cave.

Wentworth College Trip to Wellington

Beach Cleaning and Whitebait Counting

Beach Cleaning and Whitebait Counting

In Global Perspectives this Term the Year 8 students are learning about Water Matters – globally, nationally and locally.

Last week the Year 8 students helped complete a habitat assessment and water quality tests of the Stanmore Bay Stream under the guidance of Sarah Dimitrijevic from the Whitebait Connection. The results are being used in the 2019 Hibiscus and Bays Inanga/whitebait spawning project which is funded by a grant from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board. It was an excellent opportunity for students to have a real-life, hands-on field work experience and begin to understand how human actions impact on our local environment and the species that live there.

The students also did a beach clean up competition to see which House could find the most litter with a focus on looking closely for microplastics, small plastic pieces less than five millimeters long which can be harmful to our ocean and aquatic life. In one hour each House nearly filled three icecream containers – an excellent effort.


 

Wentworth College Music Festival

Wentworth College Music Festival

The 2019 Wentworth Music Festival was a great success last week.   It was wonderful to see that all the Years 7 – 9 students were involved in class bands.  From ukuleles to recorders, keyboards, violins, bongos and congas, every student performed confidently as part of their group.

Our soloists ranged from string players to pianists, drummers and saxophone players, as well as the beautiful voices of our singers.  Between them they covered a wide range of genres from modern Popular Music to Jazz and Classical styles.

One main feature of our Music festivals is our Orchestra, which opened both evenings with an original arrangement and a cover of ‘A Million Dreams’ from the Greatest Showman.

A unique feature this year was the showcasing of songs from our forthcoming school Musical ‘Journey Through the Heart of the Library’ which were sung by the soloists who will perform on stage next term.  A special mention to the song ‘Stabby Stabby’ which had the audience joining in!

Students create a giant human periodic table

Students create a giant human periodic table

Wentworth Students created a giant human periodic table this week to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first variant of the periodic table being produced.  It was just one of the many activities that took place during Science Week at the College.

In the Education Perfect Science World Championships, Wentworth College students collectively answered over 100,000 questions, placing us 10th of all schools in New Zealand and around 30th globally – a phenomenal effort for such a small school.

Congratulations to Jack Austin and Brendan MacLeod for attaining the Emerald Award for clocking up over 5000 points.  Gold Awards were attained by Ella Young, Amy Carstairs, Luis Vallejo-Mohl, Emma Gilpin, Joy Renolds, Paul Berns and Alexis Besson-Mackain.  Blake Wood claimed a Silver, and a further 19 students gained a Bronze or Credit award.

Wentworth College creates a human periodic table

Human Periodic Table

 

Wentworth Netball Success

Wentworth Netball Success

The netball teams of Wentworth College have got off to a good start this winter season. This year, the school is fielding a total of six netball teams, playing at North Harbour and the Hibiscus Coast.
Three teams are playing on a Saturday morning at North Harbour, under the coaching and management of Megan McKenzie and Mandy Houseman.
The first four weeks of play were grading games and Team 1 Blue won them all. Their best win was against Northcote 3 with a score of 42-19 and their toughest game was against Carmel 4, winning 33-26. After their impressive playing during grading, this team has moved up from playing in Grade 6 to Grade 4.
Team 2 Maroon has also done well in their grading games, winning three out of their four games. The team’s best win was against Waiheke 2 with a score of 27-4. This team will be playing in Grade 7.
Team 3 White has had a mixture of wins and losses during grading and the team’s performance has improved as the weeks have gone on. In the last game of grading, the team beat Northcote 6 with an impressive score of 20-6. This team will be playing in Grade 11. This team has already suffered a number of injuries early in the season and players from the Year 8 team, Sammi Ryan and Sion Jung, have stepped in to help out.
After a busy morning of netball on the North Shore, a mixed team of players are also playing at HBC Netball in the afternoon. This team has had a mixture of wins and losses so far this season.
The Year 8 team is playing on a Thursday evening at North Harbour, with Lyndal Kelly as coach and Dee Ryan as manager. This team has had a great start to the season, winning all its grading games. Their best performance was against Takapuna Normal Intermediate School, with a winning score of 20-6. After the great efforts during grading, the team was moved up into Grade 2. Phoebe Andrew has been umpiring their games.
The Year 7/8 team has been playing at HBC Netball on a Saturday morning, coached by Arwen Hulsbosch and Emma Gilpin, with Stacey Donovan as manager. Some of the players are new to netball and their skills are improving as the weeks progress. Capri Partridge has been umpiring the games.
Well done and thankyou to all the coaches, managers and umpires for the time they have put in to assist our teams, as well as the parents for their support each week on the side lines.

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