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Our Impact

Since 2013, The WHS Foundation has donated over $2 Million to fund initiatives at WHS with a further $450,000 committed in 2024

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Wellbeing Programme

Wellbeing is increasingly an issue for NZ and schools. To address this,  WHS is implementing  the Wholeschool Wellbeing Partnership programm (WWPP) run by the NZ Institute of Wellbeing and resilience. 

The WWPP is a three-year programme designed to develop whole-school wellbeing. Funding the NZIWR program has enabled the Wellbeing Team Leaders to gain critical professional development and knowledge about implementing a wellbeing program into a workplace and curriculum. 

This has enabled us to form a wellbeing team and resource release for this team to have professional development run by the Institute as well as full staff sessions about wellbeing pedagogy and implementing this in the classroom with students. 


Peer Support Stars Programme

WHS Foundation partially funds the Graeme Dingle Foundation Stars Programme at WHS. The Stars programme uses the teina/tuakana mentoring model and achieves positive and measurable results, including increased academic engagement and achievement for junior and senior students. Stars makes the transition into high school a more positive experience for Year 9 students whilst providing leadership and citizenship development opportunities for senior students. Stars involves matching trained Year 12 and 13 students as mentors to their Year 9 counterparts and has four components (adventure camp, peer mentoring, community adventure and a community project).

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Āwhina Support Fund

Āwhina means to help or support, and the Awhi Fund is an integral feature of Wakatipu High School. The Awhi Fund ensures financial barriers do not constrain a student’s participation in school-related activities or access to valuable resources. Support may be for uniforms, school fees, camps and trips, education assessments and extra curricular activities and allows all WHS students to Reach for their Heights.

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Head Students to Outward Bound

Outward Bound aims to help people reach their full potential through challenge in the outdoors. It is through our valued partner Colliers International Queenstown, that WHS Foundation is able to send the Head Girl and Head Boy to develop their leadership capabilities through an Outward Bound course each year.

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Leadership Development

Developing our leadership capability at senior and middle leader levels is an investment back into our educators so WHS can continue to deliver on the vision of delivering a great all-round education.


Offsite and alternative education

This enables WHS to support students undergoing some challenges to continue their education and hold classes offsite.

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Past initiatives 

  • Scholarship Classes

  • Staff ILE visits

  • Kapa Haka Uniforms (2018)

  • Sports Uniforms (2017)

  • Sports Coordinator Role (2014, 2015 & 2016)

  • Arts Coordinator Role (2014, 2015 & 2016)

  • Learning Advisor Coordinator (2014 & 2015)

  • Staff Leadership (2015)

  • e-Learning & Modern Learning Environment Development (2015)

  • Visible Learning Programme (2014)

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Extra-curricular activities

WHS offers a range of extra and co-curricular activities for students to grow and develop holistically, whether it be through sport, arts and culture, leadership or the outdoors. These opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the teachers and support staff who, along with members of the community offer their expertise and time working with students. 


With the WHS Foundations' support,  those who offer their commitment for the benefit of the students are able to be acknowledged and thanked for supporting the schools vision of delivering New Zealand’s best all-round education and aiding the students growth and development. 

Extracurricular participation was ever more important in 2020, supporting students› engagement and their wellbeing.  WHS bucked national trends and actually saw greater involvement in student participation in 2020.  Similarly, we had an extraordinary number of teachers involved with extracurricular activities in 2020 and we are so grateful to all those that volunteered their time. 


Director of Sports

A new position to WHS in 2020, the focus of this role is to strategically grow and develop both participation and high performance pathways in sport - integral in supporting our goals of a successful and outstanding all-round education.  

Funding of the Director of Sport position has injected badly needed resources into supporting and growing the secondary school sports scene. The additional time, capacity and expertise in this area has helped to increase participation rates; provide quality sporting experiences for students; support coaches; create sustainable organisational structures for sports codes and develop a vision for sport and active recreation at WHS. Ultimately, the funding is providing WHS students with greater engagement and enjoyment in sport.

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Teacher Aides

The WHS Foundation pays for one Teacher Aide. Teacher Aides are an essential resource in secondary schools. In order to support students to access the curriculum and effectively engage in teaching and learning programmes, more teacher aide support is required above what the school receives in funding. 

This additional resource is invaluable in being able to support a growing number of students identified as having special educational needs (including highly complex and challenging behavioural needs). The increase is attributable to the growth in the school roll, a change in philosophy and a better understanding of learning needs. The demand for T/A assistance is insatiable and we are unable to provide support that our students need. This goes some ways towards addressing this. 


BYOD Āwhina Support

WHS operates a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme allowing teachers to plan and deliver learning in a personalised and collaborative way and giving students the ability to be more engaged with their learning.  This programme enabled WHS to seamlessly transition to an online learning model during the COVID-19 lockdown.


The BYOD Āwhina Fund ensures no students are disadvantaged by financial hardship by by giving students requiring financial support a laptop that they are able to use during their time at WHS. Most of these laptops are fully funded.

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Digital exam security

NZQA is changing how students can do their NCEA exams – from hand-written papers, to online, using a device. This reflects the way students already interact with the world and their learning, helping prepare them for their next steps after school. This technology would ensures authenticity of school digital assessments 


Heads of Learning release time

Wakatipu High School has eight HoLA’s across Arts, English, Health & PE, Languages, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and Technology.  With assistance through the WHS Foundation, HoLA’s are provided with extra release time above what they would normally be entitled to support them in leading their Learning Areas. This extra time is extremely valuable and has enabled the HoLAs to focus on preparing and organising for the new school environment, sharing of ideas, observations and professional learnings, while researching cross-curricular possibilities and focussing on course alignment.

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