Important Dates

  • Monday 30 July – Junior Parent-Teacher Interviews 3.30pm
  • Monday 6 August – Te Whānau a Taraika, 6pm
  • Monday 6 to Tuesday 7 August – Blank Canvas Exhibition
  • Monday 6 to Friday 10 August  – Year 9 In-Zone enrolments
  • Monday 20 August  – BoT Meeting
  • Friday 24 August — Thursday 30 August: Senior Practice Exams (Y11-13)
  • Friday 31 August – Mid-term break — School closed

Important Information

Parents’ Evenings

Parents’ Evenings for Years 9-10 will be taking place on Monday 30 July, 3.30pm — 6.30pm.

This is an opportunity to check in on your student’s progress with their subject teachers. Students should attend with you if possible. Student reports for Term 2 are now on the parent portal.


Note that each interview is five minutes.

Check you know which subjects and teachers your student(s) has. You can ask them, or use the Parent Portal ( > Timetable.


  1. Go to:
  2. Enter this code: ytyff
  3. Choose the SUBJECT then the TEACHER.
  4. Please leave a five minute gap between bookings.
  5. Note that we are only able to run one conversation with each teacher per student

We look forward to seeing you there to support your student.



What’s happening?

Haere mai to our international students!

We welcomed 17 new international students to WHS on Monday, with another 5 due over the next two weeks.  Our students come from many different countries – the US, Germany, Japan, China, Vietnam, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland and our first student from Hungary!

Out two days of Orientation included a trip around Wellington and up to Mt Victoria and the cable car.




Samoa Trip 2018

Settling back into the routine of cold northerly winds and structured timetables has proven to be a bit of a struggle for the 23 outdoor education students, having returned from Samoa at the end of the first holiday week. The 10 days spent a hop, skip and a jump away on the tropical island with temperatures of 30+ degrees was filled with turtle swimming, snorkeling through reefs and rock trenches, late night volleyball games and boogie boarding rescues was safe to say the perfect mid-winter escape from Wellington. After the first three days of humid rain (that did not stop any of the adventure activities), the students were stoked to feel the warmth we’d been waiting for and the sunburns and natural tans we were promised before going on the trip, with Franta Novak claiming the title of “The Most Tan”.

In addition to all the fun in the sun, we attended a church service, visited a school and threw coconuts into blowholes – clearly the main cultural highlights of Samoa. Still laughing over inside jokes and branding coral cuts and mosquito bites up and down our legs, we reminisce the scuba diving expeditions and stand-up paddleboard surfing catastrophes. Many thanks to Brook Rapson for being the resident “give it a bloody go” dad of the trip, and Simon Russell with the help of Grace Kingy for being the only responsible adults that kept us from drowning the entire time.

And finally, after only 6 years of having this trip, we were the first group who did not get sick from food poisoning. Cheers to the life lessons, breathtaking sunsets, and the most curry every consumed within a 10 day period.



HP 48 Hours Festival

This year 4 of the 163 school teams entered into the 48Hour Film festival came from WHS. The Year 12 Team had to develop a story around “The last day on earth”. They managed to develop a strong script and using skills developed at High completed a quirky little story which initially won them best use of genre in the Wellington finals. At the National finals, they emerged as the best school team.

Joseph Tiso and Molly Doyle traveled to Auckland to represent their team and the school.




Associate Professor Paul Dijkwel

Amazing Clones – the future of food – is this the end of bananas, chocolate & spuds?

WHS Library Talk on Friday, August 17th 12.30 – 1.15 – Cloning and Selective Breeding in Plants (and Animals) – a presentation and discussion with Paul Dijkwel. All Staff, Senior Biology, Science, Agriculture and Horticulture Students are welcome to attend. Paul is available to answer follow up questions on 91607 – the understanding of human manipulations of genetic transfer and it’s biological implications in S204 from 1.20 – 2.20 – recordings will be made available to senior students who cannot attend these discussions. This is a unique opportunity to hear the latest research from a world-class lecturer – our thanks to Paul, Massey University and the  Institute of Fundamental Sciences.



Bronze for the International Young Naturalists’

The New Zealand Team returned on Saturday from the 6th International Young Naturalists’ Tournament (IYNT) with bronze medals. The IYNT, held this year in Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi, is the world championship of science for under 17 year old students. Having led the tournament rankings after 2 rounds, and ranking second entering their semi-final, the team were in a strong position to win. Last year’s champions New Zealand suffered a narrow loss in the semi final to Bulgaria. Switzerland won the final with Bulgaria second. 15 teams from 9 countries qualified for this year’s tournament. The New Zealand students, all from Wellington High School, had been fitting in their investigations around their NCEA studies since their selection in the team in February. The team were supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand and assisted in their preparations by various members of the science community in New Zealand.


Team members: David Rea (team leader), Asher Wilkinson (16), Tom Divehall (16), Millie Rea (16), Ella Blakely (15), Murray Chisholm (team leader), Alexandra Cochrane (15), Lydia Acton (15) and Prue Kelly





Diving Success

Congratulations Liberty McIntyre-Reet for representing New Zealand in Singapore:

1st in 3 metre Synchro

3rd in 1 metre age group 16 – 18

4th in 3 metre age group 16-18

6th in 1 metre open

8th in 3 metre open

well done!



Ex WHS student Florence Isaacs has been awarded a doctoral scholarship from Antarctica New Zealand, you can see the article in the link below:

Congratulations Florence!

From the Careers Desk

Tertiary education fees free

Fees-free tertiary study or training is now available for eligible learners.

Investing in education and the future of New Zealanders is an absolute priority for the government.

Whether you are an aspiring apprentice or thinking about taking on a degree, we will invest in you.

Broadly, if you’re a New Zealander who finished school in 2017, or if you will finish school during 2018, you qualify for a year of fees-free provider-based tertiary education or two years of industry training in 2018.

If you’re not a recent school leaver, and you’ve done less than half a year of tertiary education or training (whether in New Zealand or in any other country), you may also qualify.

See the full eligibility criteria here.


Week of Engineering: Engineering Expo WelTec Engineering Challenge Competition


  • Spot prizes for entrants, category winners, and
  • Grand prize of a 3D printer for a school

As part of the Wellington Week of Engineering, there will be an Engineering Expo on 18 August at Shed 6. WelTec will be running a science, technology, engineering and math competition at the expo. There will be four competition rounds of 40 min each, with six teams per round and the first round will begin at midday.

The competition will involve 6 different activity or quiz stations, with a limited time available for each team on each station. There will be spot prizes for entrants and prizes for division winners which are sponsored by our Wellington Branch. There will also be a grand prize of a 3D printer awarded to a school chosen by the overall winning team, sponsored by WelTec.

The competition will be limited to 24 two-person or three-person teams and there must be one adult and one or two school children in each team.

Registrations to enter the competition will open at 12 pm on Monday 30 July.




Term 3 is quite a busy term for us here at WHS. We have the conclusion of Winter Sport at the end of August, Tournament week for our Basketball Boys, Football Girls and our Underwater Hockey team in the first week of September.

Trials for Summer sports will start in the next 3 weeks, we have Touch Rugby, Volleyball, Cricket, Ultimate Frisbee, Futsal and Tennis Lessons all on offer for our students, so please remind your child to read the notices for signing up or they can come and see me in my Sports Office.


Outstanding Sports Fees

If you have any outstanding sports fees can these please be paid ASAP,  your child may not be able to play any summer sports if these are still outstanding.

Inter Tukutahi Sport

We have had Year 9 and Year 10 Inter Tukutahi Sports competitions over Term 2 and they concluded this week.  It has been a fantastic turn-out from all classes and the students really had fun and fully enjoyed themselves. The played Futsal, Badminton, Basketball and Floorball.

Staff v Students

This is always a competitive but fun competition between the Students and Staff and we are all fighting to win the Wakefield Boot.  Sports that will be played are Netball, Basketball, Volleyball and Football/Futsal.


Community Notices

House of Science NZ

House of Science Wellington Film Fundraiser

‘Science Fair’ is a documentary about nine high school students from around the globe competing in The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

11:00 am Sun 29 July
Reading Cinemas
100 Courtenay Place
Wellington, Wellington 6011

For more details and tickets:…/science-fair-documentary-hou…/