Important Dates

  • 19 – 25 August : School Exams for Seniors
  • 22 August : Board of Trustees Meeting
  • 26 August : Mid-Term Break (SCHOOL CLOSED)
  • 29 August : Future Focus for Senior Students and families
  • 14 September : Learning Conversations 2
  • 22 September : Music Evening
  • 23 September : Last day of Term 3
  • 23 September : Year 11 – 13 School Reports on Portal
  • 10 October : First day Term 4

Science News

Year 12 Student wins Royal Society Sponsorship to Australian Forum

Congratulations go to Frankie MacKenzie who has been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra.

The NYSF is a twelve day residential program for students in Year 12 who are passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and maths. The program aims to show participants the wide variety of study and career options open to them in STEM fields.

Frankie’s trip will be funded by the NZ Royal Society and takes place in January.

High Achieving Junior Scientists 2016

The ICAS suite of tests is developed by the University of New South Wales and evaluates students’ skills, knowledge and understanding in the core learning areas. The tests are sat by students throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Sixty-one Year 9 and 10 students sat the science ICAS this year. We are proud of the 24 Credit winners and the students who gained a very impressive Distinction award. Well done Khalid Adam, Hunter Davidson, Michael Edmeades, Ollie Markwell, Liam Matheson, Cass Maughan, Franta Novak, Morgan O’Hara, Rose Wallington and Luke Williams for gaining distinction in the Year 10 test.

And in year 9 we celebrate Distinction certificates earned by Nina Anderson, Alexander Cattanach, Daniel Loader and John Shea. This year we also gained a High Distinction award reserved for the top 1% of all candidates. Daniel Sellen in Year 9 can be justifiably  proud of a stellar performance.

Heartiest congratulations from the science team. You all rock!

Horticulture Field Trip NCEA Level 3

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In early August, AgHort students visited the Ration Creek apple orchard and the Ohau vineyard.

Students saw plant training systems and the tools and machinery used to carry out the yearly schedule of operations. It was also an opportunity to gain knowledge from growers about the key plant management practices used to ensure a high yield of quality fruit each year.

Winter pruning was taking place so students could easily see how the apple trees and grape vines are trained.

Although Wellington had its coldest, wettest few days of winter in the two days before the trip, the day of the trip turned out to be fine but cold. This meant students could walk through the vineyard with the manager and see first-hand the expertise involved in quality fruit production.

The information students collected is being used to complete an internally assessed research assignment on the factors that affect the profitability of growing grapes for wine.

The Level 4 ITO qualifications workers work towards achieving while on the job was also discussed.


IMG_0262WIMG_0270ellington High School WERO Leaders gathered to load up the huge amount of food and other grocery items donated by students over the last few weeks of Term 2.

The food drive was for the City Mission and has been an inter-tukutahi “competition”.