The WHS Foundation is passionate about supporting the school to REACH FOR THEIR HEIGHTS, enabling our students to achieve the pinnacle of academic, cultural, and sporting success.
WHO WE ARE.
The WHS Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 2013 to support Wakatipu High School in delivering an outstanding education and to oversee the management and prudent investment of the generous gifts and donations from our school community. Originally founded on a generous endowment from the Wilding Trust, the WHS Foundation works with a wide range of supportive community members, businesses and funders to ensure ongoing support for WHS.
WHAT WE DO.
Working closely with Principal Steve Hall and the Board of Trustees, we provide WHS with additional funding to ensure a world-class education offering to all our students. We fund a range of initiatives annually which enables WHS to drive high academic, sporting, and arts achievement, assists students who are experiencing financial hardship to fully participate in educational and extra-curricular opportunities as well as supporting the wellbeing of our school community.
WHY WE SUPPORT WHS.
We believe as the only secondary school in Queenstown, WHS is truly one of the most valuable assets in our community.
Our support is integral in enabling WHS to offer a quality, holistic education that meets the needs of all students in the Wakatipu Basin. Our support allows WHS to increase the amount of teaching and learning resources available to all students as well as supporting a vast range of extracurricular activities. It is through the generosity of our business partners, parents, alumni and the wider Queenstown community that our students continue to thrive in academic, cultural, and sporting endeavours. WHS consistently yields outstanding academic results and 2019 saw WHS benchmarked number two out of 187 state co-ed schools in key academic qualifications.
Our vision is that all WHS students are enabled to meet their potential in a supportive and well-resourced environment.
A community with an excelling school develops and attracts excellent individuals, families, and businesses and contributes to the incredible lifestyle we all cherish in the Wakatipu Basin.
The WHS Foundation is focused on supporting WHS in perpetuity with the goal of building a $10 million endowment fund to secure the continued success of the school. To ensure WHS students have a continued wealth of academic, cultural and sporting opportunities, we appeal to our community to invest and support the school.
SUPPORT A WORLD-CLASS, ALL-ROUND EDUCATION
MEET OUR TRUSTEES.
Wayne Foley | CHAIRMAN
Wayne and his wife Julia have lived in the Wakatipu Basin for over 25 years, with all four of their children attending WHS. Wayne served on the WHS Board of Trustees from 2010 and left to establish the WHSF in 2013. He served on the WHSF board until 2016. He was recently reappointed the Chairman of the WHSF.
Wayne is a director/shareholder of Trinity group of companies which cover property development and bespoke residential construction. Wayne and Trinity have been active in supporting the Wakatipu community throughout the years including the local rowing club, sponsoring other local activity, previous chairman of the Historic Places Trust local branch and served on QLDC committees.
Richie is a Partner in local Accounting Superheroes, Affleck O’Meara. Originally hailing from rural Southland, Richie has a varied background including working as a CFO of a multi-national tourism business and holding senior finance roles at several large media organisations in London.
Richie has been a Queenstown resident since 2003 and with his wife Becky have two primary-aged boys (8 and 6 years). Richie has a clear vision that the Wakatipu needs to have exemplary levels of secondary education in order to retain and reward the bountiful young talents that we have coming through our education system.
Michelle King is a long-term Queenstown resident and alumni of Wakatipu High School. Michelle, and husband Anthony, are raising their two children in the Wakatipu and operate a business here.
“Queenstown is definitely our home and I am enthusiastic about doing what I can to ensure the education available here and the community we live in is the best it can be.”
An experienced tourism operator, Adrian is a former Shotover Jet Group (now Ngai Tahu Tourism) CEO. His company, Adventure Group, owns Canyon Explorers and Snow Rentals in Queenstown. He is also chairman of Canyon Swing and a director of Fox Glacier Gliding and Mt Cook Glacier Guiding.
Adrian has been a resident of the Wakatipu Basin twice, first moving to Queenstown in 2000 and after some time away, returning with his family in 2013. Adrian and his wife have two primary aged children with the oldest set to attend WHS from 2021. A key driver in the decision to return to Queenstown was having confidence that his children would receive an excellent high school education. He believes the Foundation’s work, to ensure all Queenstown kids have access to a broad and high quality education, is critical to the future prosperity of Queenstown.
Originally from America, Marc and his wife Kristen have chosen to live and raise their four children (preschool - year 7) in the Wakatipu Basin.Marc is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank of Kigali, Rwanda’s largest financial institution. He is also Chairman of CBZ Holdings, the largest financial institution in Zimbabwe. Marc was President of the University of Denver from 2003 - 2005.
The Holtzman family are passionate philanthropists. Marc was co-founder of the Denver School for Science and Technology, a charter high school in Colorado, The Holtzman family supports the Point Foundation, a non-profit organization creating opportunities for children and youth living in social poverty in South Africa and Rwanda and Marc is a National Trustee of National Jewish Health – a leading respiratory hospital in America
Debbie arrived in Queenstown in 2007 with her kiwi husband Paul and two young sons. Throughout both her sons' early school life Debbie enjoyed being involved and connected to the community through the Queenstown Primary School PTA and when Debbie's eldest son started at Wakatipu High School she was introduced to the concept of the Wakatipu High School Foundation when it was first being established. "I now feel privileged to have the opportunity to contribute towards the original vision of the Wakatipu High School Foundation as a Trustee to ensure the continuity of this vital additional funding that has and will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of students, teachers and families in our school community".
Charlie Phillips | ADVISORY
Charlie Phillips is CEO and a Director of Queenstown Resort College. Prior to this he spent 12 years in the Tourism Industry where he was General Manager of Europcar New Zealand. He moved to the education sector as he understood the ‘depth’ issues within the tourism workforce, and QRC helps address this. Charlie is currently Chairperson for Wakatipu High School, on the Board of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce (past Chair), and Chairman of Study Queenstown.