Wakatipu is a primarily white school that can be very racist at times, if a white student and one of ethnicities got into a fight they would take the white students side and put the ethnic student down. They do try to help students but there is so much pressure to be great. There is many opportunities but generally a bad school.
Good school, they push a lot for excellence in academics, sometimes to the point that it’s destructive for students. We also need far more education about feminism and gender equality, and not just in history class, young men need to be taught about it.
Open plan learning does not work. All students at this school would agree. Cameras outside bathroom stalls really is an invasion of privacy. School only cares about their image and being a rich decile 10 school. Canteen is overpriced and food is gross and undercooked
Only school in its populated area so the halls are astonishingly busy and crowded. The open plan layout isn’t ideal for work and consistently gets annoying with the ruckus that tends to happen from other classes or students walking the hallways. Lots of teachers are great for sure, lots of them do care for the students. The school as a whole, however, only think about the image and statistics of the school. Lots of vaping and such issues, but in all honesty the school can’t do a lot about that when student won’t listen or attempt to quit. The bullying on the other hand is something the school attempts and fails at fixing, But I will mention students can be pricks who will care less about any attempt to stop what they’re doing. Student stress is taken lightly and tends to be whittled down to ‘poor planning’.
Overall this school does offer some good opportunities but really lacks the student engagement and focuses on their academics, rather than them as people.
The cafeteria used to have good food at a reasonable price. Now the garlic bread and everything else is completely mid, they don't even have waffles anymore. All the prices have gone up while the food has shrunk in both quality and quantity. Oh and there's a massive vape/alcohol culture which is never really addressed. The academics are pretty good though All in all 10/10 wouldn't do again.
Some people will hate on WHS but honestly it really helped me with my personal growth and I wouldn’t be who I am today without going there. The racism and homophobia should definitely be looked into more by the teachers and staff.
The school focuses mainly if not all on self image it use to have a cafeteria that had almost edible food but have now braught in a new company that sells cardboard burgers and half frozen ice blocks (Kumara fries are a nicety though) away from the cafeteria the bathrooms perfectly overflow with vape fumes leaving some bathrooms almost stained with the smell for weeks at no help to the cameras that are placed looking at every bathroom door in the school witch I wouldn't be so pissed about if the work that students were making in the hard materials weren't vandalised every day you don't have class there same applies for the outside car park and bike stand both out of camera view and both vandalised in the past month my scooter has been stolen and now has a flat spot that means I can't go down hills I saw a moped get hidden in shrubs a kids electric scooter rid on by 3 guys at once (plus battery drained) and I have seen people walking off to get food mid class in total a very bad school in my opinion and bad morel all around
Wakatipu High School is not the school that the school claims it to be. The school has a massive drug issue that is pushed under the rug far to often and will only deal with such issues if the public know. The school values how it is viewed over the wellbeing and success of the students. Some teachers are good however most are average. If u can, send ur child to a boarding school. The open plan learning is unideal to students learning.
Really stock standard school, Don’t believe the hype that it gives its self.
This school provides its students with excellent opportunities; academic, sporting and cultural. However, it focuses primarily on how it is viewed. The leadership team value the physical appearance and image of the school over the students themselves. For example, they would rather push students into achieving UE rather than support them in their actual interests and wellbeing, for the pure interest of boasting about 'the high achieving school'.
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