Westland High School depends on it's strong links with the local community to offer the best opportunities to our students. School-community partnerships bring together critical resources and strategies to enhance caring communities that support all youth and their families and enable success at school and beyond.
There are many ways in which local families and businesses can help to support our school and it's students. This section of our website will be kept up to date with specific requests, or you may contact the school at any time if you would like to offer support.
Our first production coming up is ‘Badjelly the Witch’, a children’s story I’m sure most of you will be familiar with. You may have listened to the idiosyncratic Spike Milligan tell the tale on the radio, or you may have been very lucky to see a production of the play on stage somewhere. Whatever your experience with this classic story, here is your chance to relive the magic! The story revolves around Tim and Lucy’s efforts to find their missing cow, Lucy, and to rescue her form the evil clutches of Badjelly the witch.
As you can see we have already cast out the show and are into our early rehearsals. This is a junior and middle school production, and signals the first time we have offered one of its kind to our students. The aim is to scaffold the learning opportunities, right from year seven.
- Nick Meissel
Badjelly ........... Olivia Anderson
Dulboot ........... Keri Dowell
Rose ............... Ellie Pearson
Tim ................ Daley Brough
Binkelbonk ...... Camille Nieper
Mudwiggle ...... Caitlyn Esson
Appletree ........ Elly Mulholland
Dinglemouse ... Laura Jones
Jim ................. Caitlin Gordon
Shark ............. Janelle Williams
Jilly J, Nicole S, Brooke W, Charli P, Grace J, Holly S, Bree A, Meg T, Lauren G
Congratulations to all students who auditioned! Your level of talent is outstanding – it made it so much harder to cast the show!
This year Westland High School will be putting on a community production of the musical Chicago. Students AND members of the community are invited to audition - actors, singers and dancers are needed!
Student auditions are on Wednesday the 6th June at 3.15pm in the school hall.
Open community auditions are on Wednesday 6th June at 7.30pm in the school hall.
If you would like to audition for a part, please prepare a song that showcases your voice.
Speak to Mr. Meissel if you need any further information - call 755 6169 ext 842
Look out for show dates and the official poster coming later in Term 2!
We are updating our register of families who would like to host visiting International students. We receive students in groups - for example:
We also require hosts for individual students for longer stays of 3 - 12 months.
If you are interested in hosting a student please contact Yvonne Simpson, Director of International Programmes, on 03 755 6169 ext. 829
The ball committee is seeking donations of props that could be used to decorate the hall with the theme ‘Roaring 20s’. Specifically they are looking for lace doilies and table cloths, candelabras, chandeliers, beads and beaded jewellery, old crockery and anything else that could be used to decorate the hall in a 1920s theme (please note: items will not be able to be returned). If you are able to help please bring the items in to the school office.
Large trailers of dry wood are now available for sale. Funds raised will go towards subsidising the students' Geography trip to Vietnam later in the year.
Only $80 per trailer delivered!
Contact Aden on 755 6243
Each year there are hundreds of students from around the world who choose to visit New Zealand. You can be a part of the experience by welcoming an exchange student into your home.
Our students bring with them their own spending money, health insurance and a wonderful attitude and desire to learn about their new host country. Your whole family - and your relatives and friends - will grow and learn as you all get to know your new 'son' or 'daughter' from another land. If your family can offer a friendly, supportive and caring home environment, contact us today.
To hear more about this wonderful opportunity, or our student exchange programs out of New Zealand, log onto www.studentexchange.org.nz or call us on 0800 440 079.
Pounamu is our record of school activities in the community and a treasured keepsake for our departing students and their families to look back on in the future. The magazine is professionally printed and over 300 copies will be distributed to Westland High School staff, students and their families.
To subsidise the cost of producing this quality publication we are offering advertising space to local business and also offering families the chance to sponsor a page in the magazine.
You can click here to view the full list of advertising and sponsorship available. Applications close on November 9th.
Contact the school if you would like further information.
Gateway is a formal type of work experience in which students are assessed by Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) at their workplace. We are always looking for new businesses and industries for our students to gain experience in. If you would be willing to have a senior student placed in your business (for one day a week or more), please get in contact with our Gateway co-ordinator Anne Marie Greig.
A special thank you to the people and businesses that helped to make our show a success!
Dr Anna Dyzel, Don Neale & Sue Asplin, Hokitika Dramatic Society, Maria’s Beauty & Style Boutique, Hokitika’s Regent Theatre, Take Note Hokitika, New World Hokitika, Hokitika Resene Colour Centre, SignLink Graphics, Bradley Panel Beating, Dream Time Villa, Renton Hammer Hardware Hokitika and McMullan Timber.