Category Archives: Weekly Wrap Up

Important Dates

  • Monday 24 – Wednesday 26 February: Year 9 Noho Marae (2)
  • Tuesday 25 February: School closes at 12.20 for PPTA PUM.
  • Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 February: Year 9 Noho Marae (3)
  • Monday 2 – Wednesday 4 March: Year 9 Noho Marae (4)
  • Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 March: Year 9 Noho Marae (5)
  • Friday 27 March: Learning Conversations
  • Wednesday 9 April: Term ends

Important Information 

Notice of timetable change for Tuesday 25 February

As reported in last week’s Wrap Up, on Tuesday 25 February, school will close at 12.20pm as all teaching staff who are members of the PPTA will attend a branch based union meeting held under the provisions of Section 26 of the Employment Relations Act 2000.

The timetable for the day will see periods 4 and 5 cut with the timetable running as follows:

  • 08.45: Period 1
  • 09.40: Rōpū
  • 10.00: Period 2
  • 11.00: Interval
  • 11.20: Period 3
  • 12.20: School closes

If your student requires supervision during this time, there will be supervision available. Please contact Jude ( at Reception if this is the case.

What’s happening?

Athletics Carnival

Last Friday’s Athletics Carnival was a riot of colour, a day filled with great competitive spirit and a day with some top athletic performances. This snapshot below gives a flavour of the day.



Aroha Day

Aroha Day is a special day of engagement and opportunity for all students at WHS. On Tuesday, for our second annual Aroha Day, the hall filled with stalls from over 40 different activities and sports. Students from all year groups took the opportunity to discover what is on offer and sign up.  

For new students it was an inviting opportunity to find out about the life of the school. For older students it was the chance to showcase their passion for the activities they are already engaged in. Groups put together inviting displays to tell others about their activities. Students enjoyed the outreach and opportunity to talk with and encourage their peers to sign up and get involved.


As a result many activities and sports are experiencing record levels of interest. 70 students have signed up for Dungeons and Dragons and more than 80 attended Ultraviolet’s first meeting.

Overall, Aroha Day was a day of collaboration, outreach and engagement and is a day that is definitely a highlight in the WHS calendar.


News from He Kākano


The He Kakāno students have had a great week in art and cooking classes, as well as club promotion at our Te Aroha day. In addition, to complete our team this term, we have welcomed two new teacher aides to work alongside our He Kākano students.


DANCEwithME Ministry of Education Creatives in Schools

DANCEwithME is a new Ministry of Education-funded project to make dance accessible to everyone and promote recognition through participation. An application for this exciting project was submitted by WHS in late 2019 and approved at the end of term 4. WHS is the lead school in what is certain to be an exciting and creative opportunity.

The WHS project was one of 33 selected from a pool of 157 applications. It involves residencies in three Wellington schools – Wellington High School, St Anne’s Newtown and Evans Bay Intermediate.

The focus of this 20-week residency programme is to develop students’ knowledge and skills in collaboration and creative thinking and encourage expression, communication and a deeper appreciation of dance. Students of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to embrace the joy of dance and access a wide range of dance experiences with the RNZB.

RNZB dance educators Chloe Bishop and Lauren Byrne have started delivery of phase one: 

  •       to offer dance workshops to every student at St. Anne’s School (189 students) 
  •       Evans Bay Intermediate School (436 students)
  •       and in He Kākāno at Wellington High School (23 students)

The plan is to stage a dance production at the end of Term 2. Watch this space.

Outdoor Education: making a splash

Year 11 students have been practising self-rescue skills in kayaking this week.


Notes from the Music Department

Keep an eye on this link for changes to music lesson timetables:

If you have any questions, please contact Fritz Wollner.

A Glance at Year 10 Social Studies

Ever wondered what Year 10 are focusing on in Social Studies? Wonder no more, this helpful infographic shows the breadth of their year’s curriculum.


NCEA Level 3 Fashion success

Congratulations to Naomi Melville whose Fashion Design 2019 end of year portfolio was the highest in the country in Fashion. Her work was ranked 8th overall in the country alongside Architecture – Spatial Design and Industrial Design Product portfolios. This is a huge achievement: no Fashion Design portfolio has ever been ranked this high. Naomi is going to have a bright future ahead of her in Design and Fashion.



Toitoi journal publication

Congratulations to Year 9, Jasper Barkett Greenberg. Jasper’s essay‘ Why Hyperloop is the future of transportation.’ has been published in Toitoi issue 18. 


Waka Ama and Dragonboating

It’s not every day that the skies are blue, the waters still and the waka ama and dragon boat crews are able to race. This was the scene out on the water last night, incredible!


  • This term WHS has 11 Futsal teams underway and competing at the ASB every Monday and Friday.
  • Cricket is making a comeback. The Junior team is undefeated and the seniors have a win and a loss.
  • Interested in finding out what’s going on? Check out the Sports Draw for more information:

Island Bay Squash club looking for members

Entertainment book 2020 now available

Get your new entertainment membership today to support WHS. Click on the image below to benefit from up to 4 months’ extra membership – and more!

Important Dates

  • Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 February: Year 9 Noho Marae (1)
  • Monday 24 – Wednesday 26 February: Year 9 Noho Marae (2)
  • Tuesday 25 February: School closes at 12.20 for PPTA PUM.
  • Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 February: Year 9 Noho Marae (3)
  • Monday 2 – Wednesday 4 March: Year 9 Noho Marae (4)
  • Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 March: Year 9 Noho Marae (5)
  • Friday 27 March: Learning Conversations

Important Information

Introducing our new Board Chair

Kia ora te whānau o Te Kura Tuarua o Taraika ki Pukeahu.

 Welcome back to school everyone, and welcome to all of our students, whānau and staff whether you are returning to WHS or new to our school.

 My name is Annette Atkins and I am the new Board of Trustees Chair.

 This year, in addition to school as usual, the school will be part of a pilot for the international PISA study: a research project to understand how well the world’s education systems prepare young people for success and citizenship in today’s world. There will also be a number of additional prefab classrooms moved onto the school site to accommodate our increased roll, as long term classroom and facilities planning gets under way.

 Our hope is that these activities are not disruptive to normal business.  We remain committed to a great school experience for all students, staff and whānau.  However if you have any concerns please get in touch with your normal first point of contact at school: rōpū teacher, dean or other relevant staff member.

 A reminder that Board of Trustee meetings are open to you, our community, which means that you are most welcome to attend all but the confidential portion of our meetings.  The dates of Board meetings are on the Board page of the school website. All families/whānau are also welcome to Te Whānau hui, held once each term. This term’s hui is next Monday 17 February.  Details are below. Please do come along!

 Thank you all for the various ways that you support the work of the school and our young people.  We look forward to a great year ahead.

Invitation to join Te Whānau a Taraika Term 1 hui

Nau mai, haere mai ki te hui; Te Whānau a Taraika.

Welcome to all Wellington High School whānau! All parents, caregivers and whānau included. Our Term 1 whānau hui is next Monday evening, 17 February, 6.00-7.00pm. Venue is Hineakau, the dining room attached to Taraika. Bring kai to share if you would like. All welcome.

At hui we discuss a range of topics. This hui we would like to cover:

1. Work to do on Taraika, the vision for Taraika as a house for all WHS whanau, and maintenance work for 2020
2. Kapa Haka calendar for 2020
3. Nominees for Te Whānau chair
4. Nominees for whānau representative on the school Board of Trustees

And any other issues that whānau would like to raise are most welcome.

You do not need to have come to any hui before. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Ngā mihi nui
Tim Poi
Chair, Te Whānau a Taraika

Notice of timetable change for Tuesday 25 February

As reported in last week’s Wrap Up, on Tuesday 25 February, school will close at 12.20pm as all teaching staff who are members of the PPTA will attend a branch based union meeting held under the provisions of Section 26 of the Employment Relations Act 2000.

The timetable for the day will see periods 4 and 5 cut with the timetable running as follows:

  • 08.45: Period 1
  • 09.40: Rōpū
  • 10.00: Period 2
  • 11.00: Interval
  • 11.20: Period 3
  • 12.20: School closes

If your student requires supervision during this time, there will be supervision available. Please contact Jude ( at Reception if this is the case.

Calling potential host families for Japanese students

Japanese teacher, Jo Hawes writes: “I am looking for families to host a group of ten students from Japan from March 19 to March 31, for 12 nights. The students, aged 14-17, are all survivors of the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and have been selected from different schools from around the Tohoku region.  They are very excited to visit New Zealand and to share their experience with us. If you think your family can help and would like to find out more please contact me.  Ngā mihi.”

Paddleboarding perfect waters

Following last week’s amazing surf conditions, the calmer weather this week has given Year 12 Outdoor Education students the opportunity to paddleboard at Worser Bay. Conditions could not have been better!


Year 9 at home in the laboratory

As these few pictures show, Year 9 students have rapidly becoming acquainted with the Science labs at WHS and are becoming confident in carrying out experiments.


Top Art exhibition achievement for former student

Congratulations to Sofi Dickinson-Smith (Year 13, 2019), who has been nominated for inclusion in this year’s Top Art touring exhibition of NCEA Level 3 Art. To be invited to exhibit is a real privilege and confirms that Sofi as a top NCEA Level 3 artist last year. Sofi is off to the Elam School of Fine Arts at Auckland University this year and we wish her all the best as she starts her studies there.

The Top Art exhibition is in Wellington from 24-27 February at Massey University’s Level C Galleries, Te Ara Hihiko.

What’s happening?

Safer Internet Day 2020

This week marked the annual Safer Internet Day which was marked by Hon. Jacinda Ardren. Here at WHS, we support students and whāau to have conversations about the way they are suing digital technologies. You might find the following conversation starters from Netsafe useful:

Notes from the Music Department

To find out what the Music Department is offering this term, please click on the image below.

From the Garden


Horticulture teacher Claire Neiman shared evidence of the garden’s booming harvest this week. With seven types of Māori potato harvested, plus garlic, onions and a wealth of herbs, Food Tech teacher Bob Naylor has enjoyed beginning to transform them into some delicious kai!





Important Dates

  • Monday 10 February: Year 9 meet the teacher (6.00pm)
  • Monday 10 February: Board of Trustees meeting (6.00pm)
  • Wednesday 12 February: School photos
  • Thursday 13 February: School photos
  • Friday 14 February: Athletics Carnival (Newtown Park)
  • Wednesday 19 February: Year 9 Noho Marae begin

Important Information 

School Photos: Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February

All students will have a rōpū class photo and an individual portrait/ID photo taken.

There is no need to order in advance. Later in the term, students will receive an individualised envelope with their portrait displayed and instructions on how to order class and/or portrait photos.

You can see the prices for different packages on the school website here

Sibling and group photos will be done during the lunch break, and between 3.20 – 4.00pm on Wednesday. These do not need to be booked: students should simply arrive at the Riley Centre at this time.

Wednesday 12 February
9.30am: Year 10
11.30am: He Kākano
12.20pm: Year 13
1.20pm: (Lunch) International students and peer support. Siblings and groups.
2.20pm: Catch ups as needed
3.20pm: Siblings and groups

Thursday 13 February
8.45am: Year 11
10.00am: Year 12
12.20pm: Year 9
1.50pm: Staff
2.20pm: Catch ups as needed

If you have any queries, please contact your student’s rōpū teacher.

Athletics Carnival: Friday 14 February

On Friday 14 February we will hold our annual WHS Athletics Carnival Day at Newtown Park.

We expect all Year 9 and 10 students to attend and compete. In Years 11 to 13 the event will only be for competitors, peer supporters and those running stalls. As it is not possible to run a normal school day and the athletics day, all other students in Years 11 to 13 who do not wish to attend the athletics day will have a Home Learning Day. Teachers will talk to students about their expectations for the day, and I encourage students to make good use of their time if they are not going to attend.

Students need to make their way to Newtown Park and have their name marked on the roll by 8.45am. The athletics programme will start at 8.45am with the 1500m. Those competing in the 1500m need to be at the track at 8.30am to get ready. The day should conclude by 3.30pm. Entries for all events are taken on the day and students are encouraged to participate actively and to support their whānau group by wearing their colours: Riley – red; Kelly – yellow; Howell – green; Royal – blue; McKelvey – purple.

Notice of a Paid Union Meeting : 25 February

The Post Primary Teachers’ Association has directed members to attend a round of branch based union meetings held under the provisions of Section 26 of the Employment Relations Act 2000.

The meeting for PPTA members at Wellington High School will be held on Tuesday 25 February. To facilitate the meeting, school will finish at 12.20pm. A revised timetable for the day will be circulated closer to the meeting.

If your student requires supervision during this time, there will be supervision available. Please contact Jude ( at Reception if this is the case.

Music Department

To find out what the Music Department is offering this term, please click on the image below.

What’s happening

New students welcomed to WHS

At a series of pōwhiri on January 29 and January 30 we welcomed our new students. Over the past week it has been wonderful to see them settling into WHS life and quickly becoming part of this community.

Outdoor Education on the crest of a wave

Year 13 Outdoor Education has got off to a fantastic start with students taking advantage of great surf conditions at Lyall Bay during their first lesson of the year.

New Community Education courses supporting parenting

Another two CEC courses are aimed at helping with complex issues parents face:

  • Raising Great Kids in An Age of Over Indulgence – Thursday 20 February – 7.30pm-9.30pm – only $20. Parenting today delivers unprecedented challenges – are you wondering what went wrong and somehow ended up living with a child you don’t recognise as should be belonging to you? Get a new perspective, an easy-to-understand model to follow and tools to help you to raise likeable and respectful children in an age of over-indulgence.
  • Creating Confident Eaters – Wednesday 4 March 5.30-pm – 7.30pm – Only $20. If you have a picky eater aged 2 – 12 this workshop is a must. Take home practical strategies that you can easily implement at home. Simple for parents, acceptable for even the most selective of children.

If you are interested in these or any of the courses offered by the Community Education Centre, their new term begins on Tuesday 11 February. Visit their website for further details.


Prime Minister’s Vocational Award winner Whitireia success

Congratulations to Martine Tauwhare-McGowan of 2019’s Year 13 cohort. We were delighted to hear this week that Martine has been accepted onto the Māori nursing course at Whitireia’s Porirua campus. We wish her every success as she begins her studies there.

Martine was the inaugural recipient of the Prime Minister’s vocational award at November’s Senior prizegiving. The award, worth $2,000, is aimed at raising the status of vocational study and, in this instance, recognised Martine’s achievements in Hospitality and Trades Academy. Martine worked during her Year 13 year, securing employment with Caterplus and working in the kitchens of a retirement home while also completing her NCEA Level 3 successfully.

Scholarship successes 

WHS received the Scholarship results from the 2019 NCEA exam session this week. 26 scholarships were awarded across 13 different subjects to 13 of last year’s Year 13 students. Students receive $500 per scholarship awarded and, if successful in achieving three or more Scholarships, receive $2,000 a year for three years.

Congratulations to all students who sat and achieved scholarship success. Of particular note are the achievements of Sophie Mance who was awarded six scholarships to go alongside the Geography scholarship she was awarded in Year 12. Elijah Neilson and Ollie Markwell each achieved three scholarships, with Ollie achieving a rare Outstanding in his Physics scholarship. Congratulations also go to Rilke Comer, Anna Liu and Sofi Dickinson-Smith who all attained two scholarships each.


Reminder: Gateway Work Experience 2020 – applications now open for Year 12 and Year 13 Students 

Expression of Interest forms are available from Student Services or COM 5. Once the form is signed by a parent and returned to Student Services, the student will be contacted by email and/or a note in class to meet for a standard in-school meet and greet interview to assess potential work interests/options, student suitability and that criteria for the programme is met. Spaces are limited. Please note that students who are enrolled in Trades Academy are not eligible for Gateway as well.

Students are given opportunities to try out their career choices, while gaining realistic workplace experience. Gateway gives the students confidence to make a smooth transition from school to future employment.

Cabinet Maker
Chorus – Phone and Internet cabling
(with a possibility of apprenticeship if successful after their Gateway placement is completed)
Retail/Customer Service:
Moore Wilsons
The Warehouse
Warehouse Stationery
Z Petrol Station
Hospitality/Customer Service:
Restaurant Chef
Airline Customer Service
Hotel Reception
Café/Barista work
Youth Development Programme
Event Management Programme
Live Sound Engineering
Barista work experience
Computer Hardware/Laptop Repairs
Corporate Sector:
Corporate Investment Company – Exploring the different departments within the organisation.
New Zealand Institute of Sport:
Certificate in Sports Coaching Skills
Botanical Gardens
Animal Care:
Various employers
Various employers

Please Note: Some work placements will start in the next few weeks so applications should be handed in ASAP. 

For more information and any questions, please contact: Terry Hawkings, Gateway Coordinator or Paula Willis, Gateway Administrator 

Parents & Community: if you or your organisation would like to host a student for work experience in your industry, please contact Paula for a Gateway Employer information pack.

Important Dates

Today we are celebrating our Junior Prizegiving and the end of the school year. Please see our Term Dates for 2020 for start of year timings in January. In the meantime we wish all our families and whānau a relaxing summer and a peaceful holiday. 

For our Principal’s message for the end of 2019 please click here. 


Junior Prizegiving

Check back on Monday for the Junior prizegiving award-winner’s list and photos of today’s event.

CEC wins international marketing excellence award

The Community Education Centre was thrilled to receive an Excellence in marketing award at the Learning Resource Network Conference (LERN) in San Diego. CEC entered the “community good” and “marketing” categories and successfully won the marketing award. LERN is the largest and most respected adult lifelong learning organisation in the world, with over 1000 members. Pictured is CEC Director, Nigel Sutton holding the “Excellence in Marketing” award.

The Community Education Centre’s new 2020 course brochure is out now. You can enrol online at or call CEC on 04 385 8919. Many of our most popular courses sell out early – enrol now to avoid disappointment.

Click on the image below to read the 2020 course brochure and find out more.


What’s happening

He Kākano visit Zealandia


The He Kākano students had a walking tour at Zealandia and were lucky to spend time amongst the beautiful native bush on such a lovely day. They saw pied shags, kaka, hihi, a friendly north island robin and some amazing tuatara basking in the sun. Some weren’t so keen on the box of weta and gherkin slugs!








Year 10 Camp

Over two hundred students and 23 staff headed to El Rancho, Waikanae, for three days of fun activities. Despite the torrential rain that started on the first day and didn’t finish until the evening of the second (!), everyone made the best of what was on offer — tubing, kayaking, swimming, climbing, horse-riding and team activities, to name a few. There was a film, and a talent show, on each night, and a hearty beach walk on the final day. Huge thanks to all the students for their willingness to work together, clean the camp  at the end and make the most of it all — and thanks also to the staff for all their support. Everyone will have slept well on Wednesday night!

Year 9 Short Courses


While Year 10 were at camp, Year 9 participated in a wide range of short courses. Options include Spanish cookery, Japanese culture, Jigsaws, mural painting, outdoor activities, joining the Awesome Squad and much, much more. Students had the chance to follow their passions over the three day programme.

The Library in numbers 2019

Between the 30th of January and the 1st of December we issued 7,834 items, including:

  • 4,378 Fiction
  • 1,233 Graphic novels/Manga
  • 1,671 Non-Fiction

63% of our students used the library his year. Our top library user took out 100 books.

  • Year 9 classes issued 2,103 books
  • Year 10: 1,824
  • Year 11: 1,031
  • Year 12: 860
  • Year 13: 534

The most popular novel this year was Wonder by R, J, Palacio

Most popular Graphic novel was Rage you damned nerd (My hero academia) by Kohei Horikoshi

Happy reading over the summer and see you in 2020!

Skate update!

The Year 10 Industrial Arts roller skate is nearly complete and is incredibly impressive! It will adorn our campus in early 2020.


Underwater Hockey – regional and national success

Those of you who follow the Wrap Up regularly will know that WHS has had an exceptional year in Underwater Hockey. This week we learned of success for two key players: Sofi Dickinson-Smith and Milly Woodbury. Both students were selected for trials to represent Wellington for the U18s tournament with Milly subsequently selected as goalie for the A team and Sofi as centre for the B team. Having competed for Wellington, Milly has been selected for the New Zealand squad and will be competing in the Trans-Tasman tournament in 2020. These are two phenomenal successes and we congratulate both Sofi and Milly on their achievements.

Important Dates

  • 2-4 December: Year 10 Camp
  • 2-4 December: Year 9 short courses and tramp
  • 3 December: NCEA exams end
  • 5 December: Year 9 Picnic & Year 10 Options Day (9.40am late start for Year 10)
  • 6 December: Junior Prizegiving (see below)
  • 6 December: End of Term 4

To see our Term Dates for 2020, please visit :  

Important Information

Final week of term

The timetable for the final week of term is altered as we celebrate the year and students try out new opportunities. Emails have also been sent to Year 9 and 10 whānau.

    • Monday 2nd — Wednesday 4th December: Year 9 short courses and Year 10 Camp
    • Thursday 5th December: Year 9 Picnic and Year Options Day — altered timetable for Year 10 below
      • 9.40am start with rōpū
      • 10.00 – 11.00 / 11.20 — 12.20: Option 81B
      • 12.20 – 1.20 / 2.20 — 3.20: Option 82B
    • Friday 6th December: Last day of term
      • 8.45am – Students go to rōpū rooms for final admin and farewell from their rōpū teachers.
      • 10.00am – Junior Prize Giving, in the hall
      • 12pm – End of school for 2019.

Whānau Survey 2019

Below you will find a link to our Whānau survey 2019. This survey is geared towards helping us evaluate how well we have worked with you in 2019 and will help identify areas that we can seek to strengthen as we move into 2020 and beyond. 

The survey focuses on our WERO values: (Whānau, Excellence, Respect and Ora) and the questions we have asked reflect these values while also linking to our strategic plan. 

You can access the survey here:

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback.

What’s happening?

Blessing our new waka 

Last Sunday (17 November), staff, students, and whānau gathered on the beach at Petone to bless our kura’s new waka . 


Year 10 students on RadioActive 

Some of the tāonga produced for the ‘Navigating our Past’ project have caught the ear of a RadioActive D.J. On Saturday 22nd November, the Caffeine and Aspirin show featured a podcast dealing with the arrival of Cook and Tupaia, created by Ike Hayes, Levi Oliver, Hugo Randerson, Flynn Arnold, and Ethan Johnston. Ike, Levi and Hugo were then interviewed, talking about the podcast and the overall ‘Navigating our Past’ project. Congratulations to these students, who spoke extremely well.

Listen to the podcast and interview here

Year 10 Students visit their Tuia 250 Exhibition

WHS Year 10 students visited the Tuia 250 Exhibition today to see many of their own art works exhibited for the nation to see in the Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre. Educator Dr. Emma Kelly praised the students’ work and thanked them for sharing it with the city and the region at this important time of commemoration and reconciliation. Congratulations again to all students involved in this project.


Year 10 Industrial Art at work

We are used to seeing the results of the Year 10 sculpture projects but this week we saw their work in progress. Pictured are Year 10 students in the final stages of constructing their semester sculpture: a giant roller skate. Be sure to keep an eye out for this one when it hits the campus in early 2020.

Heated propagation for Horticulture

In preparation for the new year, heated propagation benches have been constructed in the greenhouse and the first plants are already benefiting from them.



Maths competitions 2019

The following students performed superbly in the Maths competitions that have been held throughout the year:

Otago University Junior Mathematics Competition

  • Atom Gush Top 200 out of 2531 year 10 entrants
  • Mila Van Stokkum Top 15%

Kiwi Mathematics Competition

  • Atom Gush Top 3%
  • Mila Van Stokkum Top 3%

Australian Mathematics Competition

  • Sky Gobbi Top 3%
  • Corwin Heath-Cameron Top 7%
  • Atom Gush Top 10%


Rowing regatta

WHS Rowers had a great regatta last weekend. Students arrived at 6.30am, rigged their boats and got on the water for the first race. The regatta finished at 2pm, so it was a long day for all concerned. The students did an amazing job, and all had sore blistered hands by the end of it. They were back at 6:30am on Monday morning training, so kudos to them for their stamina and resilience!
Over the school holidays, these students will continue to train 4-5 days a week. The upcoming events are as follows. If you are close to any of these areas come and watch:
7th December – Jury Cup – Whanganui
12-17th December – KR1 – Cambridge
21st-27th January – KR2 – Cambridge
1st February – McLachland Shield – Wellington

Important Dates

  • 25 November: Board of Trustees meeting
  • 2-4 December: Year 9 short courses; Year 10 camp to El Rancho
  • 3 December: NCEA exams end
  • 6 December: Junior Prizegiving
  • 6 December: End of Term 4

Important Information

National mobile alert test – Sunday 24 November

This Sunday, the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) will be conducting its annual alert test. The alerts will be sent to all capable mobile phones and the purpose of the testing is to check rates of reception. If your mobile phone is compatible, it is not possible to opt out of receiving the test alert, so MCDEM recommend putting your phone on silent between 6pm-7pm when the testing will be carried out.

For further details, read this article from Stuff.


Wallace Street road closure – December 2019 to mid-2020

We have been advised that work connected to the Omāroro Reservoir project will result in the closure of Wallace Street from Sunday 8 December until mid-2020. This closure will be 24/7 to traffic between John and Hargreaves Streets. Wright Street will be the marked diversion route with Adelaide Road an alternative route. The Council acknowledges that this work will be disruptive and delays are to be expected for those needing to travel in this area. 

This will have an impact on travel to and from Wellington High School. Your student will need to allow extra time to travel to and from school. We will keep you informed as we receive updates from the companies involved in the works. To date, this is what we know:

Bus Services

Timetables and new route maps will be available on the Metlink website from 25 November. If your student uses Metlink buses to travel to and from school, we recommend that you check this regularly throughout the period of the road closure.

What’s happening?

Tuia 250 exhibition at Pukeahu

As reported in last week’s Wrap Up, Year 10 work from the ‘Navigating our past’ integrated project is currently on display at Pukeahu. If you are interested in visiting, it is open at the following times:

  • Weekend 10-5pm – by arrangement with National War Memorial Staff (go say hello and ask!)
  • Monday 25th 1-5pm
  • Tuesday 26th 9-5pm
  • Wednesday 27th 12-5pm
  • Thursday 28th 9-5pm
  • Friday 29th 9-5pm

Kāhui Ako – Pānui Term 4

The Capital City Kāhui Ako has continued to progress this term. Their Term 4 Pānui can be read here.

From garden to plate

It is a bumper time of year for our gardens. This week Year 9 Food Tech students have enjoyed transforming the harvest of broad beans into this delicious broad bean, feta and caremalised onion bruschetta. Mmmmmmmm delicious!


He Kākano fire station visit

The He Kākano students visited Johnsonville Fire Station this week to learn about the kinds of equipment fire officers use, safety procedures during a fire, and to have some fun using the fire hose.

Important Dates

  • 25 November: Board of Trustees meeting
  • 3 December: NCEA exams end
  • 6 December: Junior Prizegiving
  • 6 December: End of Term 4

What’s happening?

$1300 donated to Relief Aid

Thanks to all who generously gave koha at the Music Evenings this year. As a result we have donated $1300 to Relief Aid in 2019.

The charity acknowledged our donation reporting that 19 trucks of aid have now arrived in Syria with the team packing the shelter kits and issuing them to families in need. To reduce the risk of airstrike impact the charities warehouses are now located underground. At the same time Relief Aid faces the almost impossible challenge of identifying families who will benefit from the shelter kids. With so many families in need this is an unenviable task.

Relief Aid thank all at Wellington High School for their support and donations and hope to share another update with us before the end of 2019.

First meeting for Friends of Wellington High


A group of former students and staff met with archivist Carey Clements this week to establish the Friends of Wellington High, alumni association for WHS’s and Wellington Technical College. The meeting established a committee to run the association, electing Carey Clements as chair and Deputy Principal Shaun Tavernor as secretary.

A full report from the evening can be found here.


WHS teacher on RNZ

Our very own Head of Social Studies, Henry Hollis, has been heard on the airwaves recounting stories from early New Zealand history. Henry contributed to ‘Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan’ recounting colourful and little-known stories from NZ’s history. If you missed the broadcast you can download or listen online via the RNZ website.

Exhibition of WHS tāonga at Pukeahu Education Centre

Remember the ‘Navigating out Past’ exhibitions at the end of Term 3? The best of the best tāonga (one from each TKT group) will be exhibited at the Pukeahu Education Centre, showcasing students’ responses to the question: how should we commemorate the first encounters between Māori and Pākehā?

The exhibition opened on Thursday 14th and will be open to the public for the next two weeks. 


He Kākano artists on campus

Our He Kākano students have been out enjoying the sunshine. They have been practising sketching the school sculptures during Art classes. They drew the rocket, poppies, Rex the dinosaur and the jandals.


Exposure to Art, Fashion and Design.

Riley Year 10 visited the Exposure Exhibition He Kanohi Kitea at the Massey University College of Creative Arts (CoCA) Toi Rauwhārangi.

The Exposure Exhibition showcased the work of all CoCA’s graduating students (with many former WHS students) , including undergraduates in design (photography, fashion, textiles, industrial, spatial and visual communication design), fine arts, creative media production and commercial music. Work by Masters students in design, fine arts and creative enterprise was also on display.



Important Dates

  • 13 November: Friends of Wellington High School inaugural meeting (see below)
  • 25 November: Board of Trustees meeting
  • 3 December: NCEA exams end
  • 6 December: Junior Prizegiving
  • 6 December: End of Term 4

Important Information

Invitation to Friends of WHS inaugural meeting – Wednesday 13 November

What’s happening?

Senior Prizegiving 2019

Senior prizegiving took place on Monday 4 November. Students, staff, family and whānau gathered in the Riley Centre for an uplifting celebration of  our senior students’ many successes.

A gallery of photos from the evening can be seen here.

A list of all our senior prizewinners can be read here. 

Congratulations to every one of our prizewinners. Your wide-ranging achievements in all areas of school life bring to mind the whakatauki which Dominic quoted in his Principal’s speech: Tangata ako ana i te kāenga, te tūranga ki te marae, tau ana – A person nurtured in the community contributes strongly to society.

Whakanuia photos now online

Photos from our Whakanuia celebration of Māori achievement on 1 November are now online. You can view the gallery here.

He Kākano visit to Island Bay Marine Education Centre 

On Tuesday students from He Kākano caught the bus to the Island Bay Marine Education Centre-Bait House Aquarium. Victor Anderlini showed us around. He has been working there for a long time.


We got to touch the marine creatures in the Touch Tank, that was really fun.

We fed the big fish in the large tanks and watched the octopus squeeze itself through small holes drilled in the interior wall of the aquarium. The octopus has started laying eggs on the inside of the tank.


Senior Ball photos online

A gallery of photos from the Senior Ball can be seen here.

To view the full collection of photos from the Ball, please click here. If you wish to download photos, the password is 2019.

Papa Taiao Earthcare

On Monday morning Caleb Anderson O’Brien and Nicholas Maloney from the WHS Papa Taiao sustainability and enterprise course were on RNZ’s ‘Nine to Noon’ programme. They were interviewed about their enterprise which reuses old real estate signs to make tracking tunnels to monitor pests and native animals. So far they have successfully sold more than 150 tunnels to DOC and Predator Free Wellington so far. To listen to the full interview, click here.



Powering Potential success

Congratulations to Year 12, Lydia Acton who has been selected for the Royal Society’s ‘Powering Potential 2019’ to be held in Wellington from 16-18 December. Lydia is one of 40 students nationally who have been selected for this programme. Powering Potential gives students in Year 12 and 13, who are passionate about science and technology, the opportunity to work in teams to tackle scientific issues. Lydia, with her experience of captaining the New Zealand IYNT team in Georgia this year, is someone who we know will thrive in this environment.


Netball Meeting 

On Wednesday, 13 November at 5.30pm  the Netball Committee are holding a meeting in the school staffroom. The meeting is for all parents who are interested in finding out about the 2020 Netball season, meeting the Netball committee and knowing what they do to make the netball season fun smoothly.  All are welcome and we look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

AWD Swimming

Our He Kākano students competed in the annual AWD swimming competition. Rohan Lane-Turnbull and Dominique Gilling placed first in the 25m and 50m freestyle. We had a joint relay with Naenae college, with Rohan and Gregory Stewart swimming the 100m relay and the joint team won.



How to describe skills in your CV

Are you looking for a job for the summer? Or leaving school and wanting to look for something longer term? Whichever applies to you, understanding what to include in your CV and how to structure it can make a difference when it comes to being successful, or not. Mr Bhikha has compiled the guide you can read here to help you tackle this important skill.

Important Dates

  • 4 November: Senior Prizegiving
  • 7 November: Parents notified of outcome of out of zone ballot (Years 10-13 in 2020)
  • 8 November: NCEA exams start
  • 25 November: Board of Trustees meeting
  • 3 December: NCEA exams end
  • 6 December: Junior Prizegiving
  • 6 December: End of Term 4

What’s happening

Whakanuia celebration of Māori achievement


Senior students’ final day

With NCEA exams just around the corner, today is our senior students’ final day of school for 2019. The day has been filled with assemblies, reminiscing, excitement, tears and sentiment. To all our seniors, we wish you all the best, whether you are sitting NCEA exams or joining the workforce, whether you are leaving us or returning to WHS in 2020.


Level 3 Art Portfolio exhibition

The Level 3 Art Portfolio exhibition is happening in the Art department,  D block, Monday 4 November, 12pm – 5.45pm and Tuesday 4 November 9am-5pm. All welcome.

Japan exchange students’ farewell

Saaya Nakahara and Saki Sasakawa have been attending WHS since the end of August as part of their exchange from Osaki Kasei, WHS’s sister school in Japan. Below are some of the memories of their experience here.

We arrived in NZ on August 30. We have had many experiences in just 2 months. We went to the Climate Change strike on 27 September. We have never been to a strike, so we were surprised that there were so many people. It was a good experience because we cannot join a big event like this in Sapporo.

Our most exciting experience was the Ball. We do not have an event like this in Japan. This was the first time for us to go to a dance party. We took a lot of pictures with our friends in the photo booth. Our favourite photo was taken with our year 13 Japanese classmates and Grace.

Thank you for giving us wonderful memories!!!


NCEA Art folio exhibitions

Folios were exhibited on two Fridays this term showcasing the enormous efforts students have put into their artmaking this year. Many friends parents and staff visited the exhibitions.


Rowing regatta success

WHS Rowing have completed in their first regatta of the season: the Queen’s cup regatta. The regatta was held over a 1000m course with all rowers competing to a high level despite the cold and windy conditions. The next race will be on 2 November and is the Norton Cup Regatta.



Former WHS student Marie Sundin is transferring from Wellington Floorball Club to Swedish IBF Falun. Last month the International Floorball Federation picked Marie as one of the top three international transfers. Congratulations Marie!

Important Dates

  • 28 October: Labour Day (school closed)
  • 29 October: Whānau hui
  • 31 October: Whakanuia
  • 1 November: Last day for senior students
  • 4 November: Senior Prizegiving
  • 7 November: Parents notified of outcome of out of zone ballot (Years 10-13 in 2020)
  • 8 November: NCEA exams start
  • 25 November: Board of Trustees meeting
  • 3 December: NCEA exams end
  • 6 December: Junior Prizegiving
  • 6 December: End of Term 4


Important Information

Whakanuia 2019: celebration of Māori achievement

Whakanuia 2019 takes place on 31 October in Taraika. All those who will be receiving awards have been personally invited to attend.

Invitation to Te Whānau a Taraika Term 4 hui

Nau mai, haere mai ki te hui; Te Whānau a Taraika.

We would like to invite everyone to our term 4 meeting for Te Whānau a Taraika. Tuesday 29 October, 6pm, at Hineakau (whare kai), Wellington High School. If you would like to, please feel free to bring a plate to share.  All whānau welcome!


  • Election of Te Whānau representative to WHS Board of Trustees. Nominations are invited for co-opted Te Whānau representative on Board of Trustees.  If necessary, an election will be held by whānau members present at this hui.
  • Kapa haka
  • Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori report
  • Invitation to Whakanuia Celebration, Thursday 31 October 6pm, at Taraika
  • School branding project
  • 2020 hui dates
  • Any other business

For more information about Te Whānau a Taraika visit our page on the WHS website:

Ngā mihi nui

Tim Poi


School Magazine payments reminder

A reminder that the last payments for the 2019 school magazine are due by 1 November.  Please pay at Student Services or online.

What’s happening?

VUW – Getting Sorted evening

We invite students and their whānau to come along to our Getting Sorted evening and learn about the key services at the University to help prepare for first year. Hear from our Student Finance team on fees-free study, Studylink, and budgeting. Students can also get help with course planning and enrolment.

  • Date: Thursday 28 November 2019                           
  • Time: 6–8 pm
  • Location: Kelburn campus, Kelburn Parade, Wellington

Register here:


2019 Smart Alex Creative Writing award

Congratulations to Julia Randerson whose entry into the 2019 Smart Alex Creative Writing Competition has been awarded Highly Commended in the years 11-13 category. All winning and highly commended work, including Julia’s, can be found on the Friends of the Turnbull Library website:




CSW Sportsperson of the Year finalists named

Congratulations to the following students who are finalists in the College Sport Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards.  The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday 3 November at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua.

  • Sophie Mance – Ultimate Frisbee NZ U20 Womens 
  • Amelia Mance – Ultimate Frisbee  NZ U20 Womens 
  • Morgan O’Hara – Ultimate Frisbee NZ U20 Mens