Wakatipu High School

School stoush

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has fired back at Queenstown's MP, after he implied Wakatipu High School's planned expansion may not go ahead. Clutha-Southland National MP Hamish Walker has challenged Labour's Hipkins to explain why there was no money in this...

School site up for grabs

The former site of Queenstown's high school is being considered by another government department to see if it's worth keeping in public hands. Wakatipu High School's Gorge Road site has been empty since the move to a new campus at...

Resort’s $50m-plus high

They were like kids in a candy store – and that was just the teachers. After four years of planning, building and moving, about 100 staff and 1000 students embarked on a new chapter in the history of Wakatipu High...

Gym club in a spin

Queenstown's gymnastics club hopes for a stay of execution once Wakatipu High School's decommissioned next month. Club boss Mark Kunath says the hunt for an alternative, affordable site for its 185 gymnasts to train in began about three years ago. To...
A Queenstowner with special needs faces an uncertain future when his education funding comes to an end in December. Michitu Kosakai, 21, suffers from a rare chromosome disorder. From next year he'll no longer be eligible to attend Wakatipu High School,...

School bus blow

Bussing to school will no longer be free for hundreds of Wakatipu High students. The Education Ministry's pulling its school bus service next year for students who can travel on the district's expanded public transport system. Currently 809, or 88 per...
Local teachers are taking a futuristic approach to education. The Wakatipu Kahui Ako, community of learning, has been set up for schools to share ideas. Arrowtown School principal Chris Bryant says it's a new way of thinking. Instead of acting independently, schools...

Unvarnished potential

One local band is hoping to smoke the competition at this weekend's Smokefreerockquest regional finals in Queenstown. Rafe Swan, 17, the drummer of Wakatipu High School band Quencha, reckons the trio have a shot at making it to the next...
Wakatipu High's come a long way in six years. In 2011, a damning Education Review Office report led then-principal Lyn Cooper to resign. This year, Queenstown's only high school has received an ERO report to rave about. "We're extremely pleased", says principal...
For the first time, a special cultural opening ceremony will be held during Queenstown Winter Festival. Mountain Scene can exclusively reveal all the details that were kept under wraps until today. The Wakatipu Waka Ama Club will paddle ashore in Queenstown...
Wakatipu High students are cooking up a storm with a 'Cook for a Cause' fundraiser that will help both needy Kiwi families and Syrian refugees. Nineteen students aim to cook up to 6000 meals over World Vision's 40-hour famine weekend,...

Costly clamping lesson

Queenstown high school students face a $200 charge for parking in staff spaces. Wakatipu High School has chosen the nuclear option to deal with its parking problem – it's started clamping. Anyone who parks in staff parking areas at the Fryer...
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