Important Dates for Term 1

  • Monday 5 March – Friday 9 March: Noho marae for 9 Riley and 9 Royal whānau
  • Monday 5 March – Friday 9 March: ERO visiting WHS
  • Wednesday 7 March: Western Zone Athletics
  • Thursday 15 March: College Sport Wellington Athletics Day (Western Zones)
  • Thursday 29 March: Learning Conversations
  • Friday 30 March – Tuesday 3 April (includes Tuesday): Easter break
  • Term Dates 2018


Important Information

Accessing restricted games / digital content

We are aware of students who may have downloaded age-restricted games or content on to their devices and brought this material into school.

Wellington High is committed to maintaining a safe, learning environment for everyone. You can read more about how we do this in relation to digital technologies on our site.

All students and staff are entitled to experience learning free from content that is unsafe or illegal. Restricted material is not allowed in schools.

Please talk with your young person about the kinds of games, material and apps they have on their mobile phones/laptops so that they understand what is legal and appropriate. The following resources may be helpful:

If you have any concerns, you can contact your child’s Dean, or agencies such as Netsafe.

Unwell students

We have had a steady stream of students coming to the sick bay this week, and there seems to be a virus/bug going around.

Please keep your young person at home if they are unwell. This gives them time to recover and prevents the spread of illness around other students and staff.

You can inform us of their absence via the WHS app, via phone (04) 802 7673 or via email:


What's been happening?

Ambassador Gwen Palmer-Steeds

Gwen Palmer – Steeds  is one of only six students from the Wellington Region to be selected by Zealandia for the Senior Ambassador Programme. Ranger, Sue Lum notes that “The calibre of applicants was extremely high and it was a privilege to meet such passionate and articulate young people during the interview process.”

Gwen and her sister Ursula have established WHS’ first eco group through the Jane Goodall Institute Roots and Shoots program. They have invited speakers to WHS and organized a group of students to attend the Predator Control Workshop at EBIS on Thursday 1st March. Their latest initiative is to reduce and replace the use of wasteful plastic bags through direct action at school and in the community (using Boomerang Bags see below).

We are fortunate to have such eco leaders and conservation minded students in our school and whanau.


Waka Odyssey Trip

This week 45 of our Te Reo Māori and Waka Ama students had the amazing opportunity to sail on two Waka Hourua (traditional double-hulled sailing canoes) as part of New Zealand Festival’s Waka Odyssey. The seniors were on board the 72-foot waka Haunui from Auckland, which has been sailed across the Pacific and was one of the original fleet to have been built here. It was initially going to be used for spare parts until it was purchased by the Te Toki Voyaging Trust and championed by expert pacific navigator Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr.

The Hinemoana, which junior students were on, is the most recently built (and apparently fastest!) of the waka, and had been sailed around the world for five years as part of an international fleet revitalising traditional navigational knowledge. Since 2014 the Hinemoana has primarily been used as part of an 8-day long voyaging and cultural programme for young people in Tauranga.

On board both the Hinemoana and the Haunui were expert navigators from a range of Pacific countries including Samoa and the Cook Islands, and students had the chance to kōrero and experience a taste of what historic waka culture and traditional journeying are like.


Boomerang Bags at High

How it works

Boomerang Bags works to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in the making of Boomerang Bags – community made, using recycled materials. Boomerang Bags provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags. By getting involved, you are participating in a global movement, celebrating a grassroots initiative focusing on community building and sustainability.




Step 1) Connect
Roots and Shoot is organizing our whanau and community to source, resource and make Boomerang Bags at School.

Step 2) Collect materials
Rummage through the linen closets of family, friends and friends of friends, or clean out your local op-shop for second-hand materials suitable for making bags! Please bring any spare clean material into Roots and Shoots at WHS.

Step 3) Make bags!
Get together with Roots and Shoots and make Boomerang Bags! You can use our templates, or come up with your own designs.

Step 4) Put them to use!
The bags can be given away to friends, family, colleagues, The most important thing is to ensure that they’re distributed with a message…about waste, about sustainability, about community…make the connection and empower and inspire people to be part of the solutions!


Music News

Itinerant music lessons and groups now settled and ticking over nicely.

  • Choir (Wednesday lunchtime) sounding good with about 20 regular attenders. New singers very welcome.
  • String Ensemble (Wednesday lunchtime) with ex student Lauren Jack taking the group. Lauren studies Viola at Victoria University.
  • Three Jazz Bands practising regularly with two preparing for the Tauranga Jazz Festival at Easter.
  • New Junior Jazz Band will start up in term 2. I currently meet up with interested students.

If you wish to get involved email

Best musically wishes to all,  Fritz Wollner


Athletics Day

On Friday 23rd February we held our Athletics Day.  The sun was shining, the students were in good spirits and everybody had a fantastic time.  We had 8 school records broken, 2 Field and 6 Track.  Congratulations to the following athletes:

Ari Koed-Chang U14 Boys 100m 12.01sec
Ari Koed-Chang U14 Boys 200m 25.31sec
Ari Koed-Chang U14 Boys Long Jump 5.73m
Ella Blakely U16 Girls 200m 27.25sec
Ella Blakely U16 Girls 400m 1.02.35sec
Liberty McIntyre-Reet U16 Girls 800m 2.59.38sec
Fynn Hudson U16 Boys Long Jump 5.36m
Cameron Morgan U19 Boys 400m 57.91sec

Congratulations must also go to our 2018 Athletic Champions:

Junior Boys Tio Mulholland
Junior Girls Jazz Toomey
Intermediate Boys Lee Stanton-Bartnett
Intermediate Girls Ella Blakely
Senior Boys Taupiri Gray
Senior Girls Tabitha Batcheler

It was a fantastic sight to see so many of our students dress up in their house colours and give it their all at all the sporting stations.  The following is the final house points for the day:

1st Place with 783 points Royal – Blue House
2nd Place with 700 points Howell – Green House
3rd Place with 676 points Kelly – Yellow House
4th Place with 634 points Riley – Red House

A group of 24 students have been selected from our Athletics Day to represent Wellington High School at the College Sport Wellington Western Zone Athletic Championships on Wednesday 7th March at Newtown Park.  We wish all these athletes the best of luck.

Upcoming Sports Events

College Sport Wellington – Senior Volleyball Regionals 3-4 March at the ASB Sports Centre
College Sport Wellington – Futsal Regionals 14 March at the ASB Sports Centre
College Sport Wellington – Waka Ama Regionals 10 March
College Sport Wellingotn – Dragonboating Regatta 11 March
NZSS Summer Tournament – 19-23 March.  

Wellington High School have the following sports competing:

  • Futsal – ASB Sports Centre, Kilbirnie
  • Volleyball – Palmerston North
  • Ultimate Frisbee – Taupo
  • Waka Ama – Rotorua
  • Floorball – ASB Sports Centre  

Community Notices

NCEA Top Art Exhibition 2018

WHS Students and Teachers are invited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, in association with CoCA Massey to the first showing of the touring 2018 NZQA Top Art Exhibition. Top Art is an annual touring exhibition of visual art portfolios by secondary school students who achieved Excellence at NCEA Level 3. The exhibition includes up to 60 portfolios, and showcases the best of the five streams of Visual Arts: Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. This is an ideal opportunity for current art and design students, whānau, teachers, and the public to  view the high standard of work being produced by art and design students in New Zealand. The Top Art Exhibitions frequently feature WHS Art Students (see previous years weekly round-ups)

27 Feb 2018 10:00 AM – 08 Mar 2018 4:00 PM
Level C Galleries, Block 12 Te Ara Hihiko
Massey University, Entrance C,
Wallace Street, Wellington