Important dates:

30 October – BOT Meeting

2 November – Whakanuia (Maori Prizegiving)

3 November – Last day for seniors

6 November – Senior Prizegiving

16 – 17 November – Junior Exams

Bioethics forum 2017

A group of Year 10 students took part in the Bioethics forum on Wednesday 25th October 2017 at Victoria University, as part of the year 10 science enrichment programme. Topics were “Cosmetic surgery for teenagers”, “Donor organs”, “Supplements in sport” and “Sugar tax: Government Initiatives to reduce obesity.” The forum was run by staff from the School of Biological Sciences and presentations on each topic were made by their Masters students. Following the presentations, the Masters students answered questions from our students, as well as students from Queen Margaret’s College, Bishop Viard College and Wellington East Girls’ College. Later, each group of students rotated through workshops run by each of the Masters students. Being able to participate in these discussions was very enjoyable for all parties.

International student success

Year 11 international student, Yucen Wu, from China has won an Academic Excellence award, one of only 12 awards given out to international students, both high school and tertiary, in the Wellington Region.

Yucen was the youngest award winner and one of only four high school students to win!
Only two awards were given for academic excellence – other awards were for sports, culture, alumni and leadership.

Yucen was part of the WHS International Young Naturalist Team, who won the world championship in Nanjing, China in July, beating teams from 11 other countries.

Wellington International Student Excellence Awards

Wellington International Student Excellence Awards

Yucen excels at Science and is on track to get an Excellence Endorsed Level 1 NCEA certificate, with Excellence endorsements in most subjects as well.

He is also a marvellous piano player, badminton player and a kind, humble and generous student who helps his peers.

The award is so well deserved.

Wellington Region Economic Development Agency (WREDA) established the international awards in 2016 to recognise international students from around the region who have excelled in different areas.

Past Pupil Success

WHS is so delighted to see former student Edward Watkins recognised as Wellington’s Outstanding Barista at this year’s Felix Awards.

Eddy works at Memphis Belle Coffee House and can be seen here enjoying his success with the Memphis Belle team.

Gabor Toth Visits WHS

On Thursday WHS hosted another exciting and illuminating lunch time lecture in the Library. Wellington historian, Gabor Toth, shared his knowledge, images and stories of The History of Pukeahu – Mt Cook and the School, Polytechnic and University now on this site. Thanks To Gabor for talking, Michael Kingston for organising the event and Jane Shallcrass for hosting many, many informative lunchtime lectures in the Library.


VUW Open Evening

All Year 12 and 13 students were invited to the VUW open evening on the 19th October. They heard from staff and students about life at Victoria and sport, social and extracurricular clubs as well as the academic courses on offer. Our students asked about study options, scholarships, accommodation and what to expect in your first year of study. For those students that couldn’t attend, they can still find out more about study at Victoria by visiting their website or by talking to Chuni Bhikha, our careers counselor. VUW offers course planning appointments and campus tours throughout the year. Our students will be attending VUW courses and tours on BioEthics, Nanotechnology and STEM subjects this term.


Wellington Loop Breakfast - Avoiding 'Solutionitis' and Focus on What Matters

On Tuesday, Wellington High hosted a breakfast for other schools in the Wellington Loop exploring ‘future focused’ education. We are regularly told that the world is changing fast, that jobs are evolving and that we must radically alter the way we prepare our students for the future. Surrounded as we are with a multitude of competing ‘solutions’, how do we sift through the buzzwords and (re)focus on what is most likely to make a difference in our own communities? Our WHS Deputy Principal, Karen Spencer, keynoted and facilitated the lively interactive discussion activities. Educators tackled some of the ‘change messaging’ head on, focused on our curriculum as a blueprint for planning, and explored ways to approach future development that will help us hold the line on what’s important, both in school and across the Loop. Presentations on local innovations were also shared by from Wellington Girls, Wellington East Girls College and Aotea College.