In Global Perspectives this Term Year 9 are learning about New Zealand’s system of Government. Yesterday, our local MP, Mark Mitchell, visited to answer a wide range of questions put to him by the students, about the life of a politician and a variety of current political issues. Mark thought our Year 9s had some great and informed questions!
After Covid-19 lockdown disrupted the school cross-country twice, Wentworth College decided to offer an alternative solution for our students in which they could participate independently.
The College’s “virtual cross country” commenced during the second level 3 lockdown, and students were asked to run either 3 or 4 km, depending on their age group, and to record their run on an app such as Map My Run or similar. Once the students have completed the run, they then use an on-line form to enter the distance covered and time taken, together with a screenshot of the run from their app. The timeframe for completing the run will extend until the end of this week, so students may take the opportunity to achieve better results by completing multiple runs. Any students unable to take part in this format will be given the opportunity to do a timed 3km or 4km run once they are back at school.
As this is one of the Inter-house events for the year, students are allocated house points for completing the run, and the top runners in each age group (based on their average pace for the run) are awarded additional points. There has been an enthusiastic response from the students with plenty of encouragement from the student house leaders.
Here are some of our students doing their virtual cross country during lockdown!
The government has announced that Auckland is back at Alert level 3 lockdown as of midday Wednesday 12 August until midnight Wednesday 26 August. This means that Wentworth College and Primary School is closed to all students from Wednesday 12 August apart from students of essential workers.
UPDATED INFORMATION can be found on our website here
Students may come in to collect books before noon on Wednesday, but please observe mask wearing guidelines if you enter the school. We urge you to keep your children at home unless you are an essential worker or can not arrange for childcare. School will be closed until Monday 17 August to all students except children of essential workers.
Parents need to keep their children home or arrange alternative care until next week. If you are an essential worker and cannot make alternative arrangements please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register that your child will need to be in school. Zoom lessons with commence following the normal school timetable on Thursday 13th August and the school will communicate with parents later today.
We need to expect the worst and therefore anticipate that we could be teaching from home for longer. We feel assured that since we did this so well last time, we can rally again. Further information can be found on our website here
The Wentworth College Annual Ball took place last Saturday at Markovina Vineyard Estate in Kumeu. In a time when many schools had to cancel their school ball, Wentworth College was very fortunate that this wonderful event was able to take place. The venue this year was exceptional, and the photography provided by Cactus Photography was perfect, and captured the key highlights of the ball. The DJ created an atmosphere that was unforgettable, with music that lasted the entire night.
Our years 11, 12 and 13 students all had an amazing evening, dancing and having fun.
We also wanted to share the lovely feedback we had from the venue – we are very proud of the conduct of all our students.
“We were so impressed with the entire School, a great bunch of young adults, had a lot of fun and without doubt the best School Ball we have hosted at Markovina. You and your school have a lot to be proud of.” Event Manager, Markovina Vineyard Estate, Kumeu
Well done to the Head Boy and Head Girl, and the ball committee for all the hard work they put in to making the ball a huge success.
On Thursday 6 August, 2 teams of Year 10 students represented Wentworth College at a Regional Qualifier for the E-Pro 8 Engineering competition.
Competitors are required to use a selection of structural, mechanical and electrical items to construct solutions to the challenges posed. Team “Dumb and Dumber”, comprised of Mari, Briar, Rosie and Luca spent most of their time designing a roller-coaster. In doing so, they scored enough points to finish 4th, and will face a wait to see whether they qualify for the Regional Finals. Finishing a whisker behind them were team “Nameless”, comprised of Thomas, Ben, William, and William. These students built a motorised shopping trolley.
The EPro8 Challenge is an engineering and problem solving competition. Every year over 10,000 students from 800 schools from throughout New Zealand take part. Teams compete to build large sized structures and solve practical problems using pulleys, motors, gears, wheels and axles, inventing machines that can complete simple tasks.
Last week, 40 Year 8 students planted over 500 native trees on property owned by Gulf Harbour Country Club, behind Regency Lake.
Despite an unusually long, hot, dry summer, COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and an Auckland Council directive to turn off the shadehouse irrigation recently, due to water shortages the majority of harakeke (flax), manuka (teatree) and karamu (Coprosma robusta) the students potted in October grew into healthy plants.
Trees for Survival (TfS) Field Officer, Gail Allende briefed the students on health and safety and the correct way to plant a tree. She explained how the planting of native trees increased biodiversity, food sources for native birds, created habitat for insects key to pollinating plants that provide our food, and improved water quality due to more controlled runoff.
Ryan Taylor, Course Superintendent of the Gulf Harbour Country Club and some of his staff assisted the students with their planting. As a way of showing their appreciation they provided a BBQ lunch for the students.
The planting site is visible from Regency Park Drive making it possible to watch the trees grow over the years.
Congratulations to all of our College and Primary Year 5 & 6 competitors who entered our annual Swimming Sports event on Wednesday, February 26th at Northern Arena. Our annual Swimming Sports is a busy and exciting day, and it was very pleasing to see lots of enthusiastic students and lots of supportive spectators. Everyone gave it their very best and cheered each other on fantastically well. The amount of participants in each race was an absolute joy to witness. Thank you to those who came along to support us.
100% of Wentworth College domestic Year 13 students gained University Entrance this year, an outstanding achievement. We are very pleased with how well our students performed in their Cambridge papers at the end of last year. 66% of the Year 12 students gained University Entrance from their grades, and 100% of the domestic Year 13 students gained UE. We had very pleasing results in the AS and A2 papers, and outstanding results in IGCSE, including one student who achieved top of New Zealand in IGCSE Physical Education. Cambridge Assessment International Education continues to open doors to the world’s best universities and Wentworth is proud to be delivering a curriculum that challenges our students to think, be creative, and really develop confidence, knowledge and understanding that will benefit them at university and beyond.
Congratulations to Wentworth College student, Sophie Ogden, for being selected to represent New Zealand as a member of the International Geography Olympiad team at the 2020 International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) in Istanbul, Turkey next year.
Sophie, a Year 12 Geographer, traveled to Wellington Girls College to compete with eight other students over the weekend. After a day of geography-related tasks and fieldwork, Sophie won her place in a team of four senior geography students through her outstanding performance. This is a fantastic result and a wonderful opportunity to enhance the skills and aptitude needed in the Social Sciences. She will travel to Istanbul, Turkey with the team next July to compete against 40 other countries.
Every two years gifted and talented young geographers in New Zealand have the chance to participate in the International Geography Olympiad (iGeo). The event is a highly contested one-week international challenge, with students competing from all over the world. It is not only the opportunity to travel abroad and challenge themselves that students appreciate, but also the experience of meeting and making friends with students from around the globe.
Sophie is delighted to be representing New Zealand and we are very proud of her accomplishment.
On Wednesday and Thursday our Years 7 and 8 students potted up approximately 800 native tree seedlings under the guidance of Gail, the Trees for Survival field officer. They are now housed in the two shadehouses and we will be keeping a close eye on them to ensure they thrive and are ready to plant out next year.
This has been an exciting project for our students. It started in March when students sold spring bulbs to raise money to cover the start up costs of buying the shadehouses. There is an irrigation system that waters the seedlings daily to ensure they survive and thrive.
Trees for Survival (TfS) is a hands-on environmental education programme. Students grow and nurture native seedlings to sapling stage and then take an annual field trip to plant the trees. Through the programme, students help landowners to revegetate erosion prone land, improve stream flow and water quality, increase native biodiversity and offset carbon emissions. Each year TfS plants 70,000+ trees throughout New Zealand with the assistance of over 5,000 school students.
What our students said:
Aria – I learned how much trees matter to New Zealand and other countries. The lady said we need to keep planting trees to keep things going.
Emily – Really satisfying when putting dirt in to the bags that you are bringing trees and life into the world.
Harry – Cool to know we were planting a forest, and the fact that in 10 years time there will be tall trees.
Tyler – An amazing opportunity and shows that everyone can make a difference.
Caitlin – Interesting to learn how to plant seedlings.
Nathan – Cool knowing every seedling you planted will go to making a better environment for the world.
Wentworth College achieved 3rd place for Spanish in New Zealand in their category (out of 27 schools) and we have now received the certificates.
Jack, for his Gold award for answering 6,414 questions and placing in the top 2% of 150,000 competitors from around the world.
Harry, for his Bronze award for answering 1,346 questions and placing in the top 10% of 150,000 competitors.
Iris, for her Credit award, placing in the top 20% of 150,000 competitors.
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.
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.