Important Dates

  • Friday 31 August  Mid-term break — School closed
  • Monday 3 September -Future Focus Evening,  3.45pm — see notice below
  • 3—7 September — Winter Tournament week
  • Monday 17 September — BoT meeting, 6pm
  • Friday 21 September — Learning conversations (more information to follow)
  • Friday 28 September — End of Term 3: Senior Course Choices for 2019 due


WHS Board of Trustees news for Term 3

It is with sadness that we have farewelled Crane Amaru from the board at our August meeting. Crane is one of our longest standing Board members, dedicating much time to our school and to Te Whānau a Taraika in particular. He has utilised his wonderful skills in many ways that we are hugely appreciative of. Crane started on the Board as a Te Whānau a Taraika co-opted rep and then as an elected parent rep on the board. Crane will be missed.

It is with pleasure that we have welcomed Belinda Rynhart onto the board in a co-opted role. Belinda is a lawyer and we are very pleased to have her skills on our board.

The triennial Board of Trustee elections are happening in May next year (2019) and the board are working towards this transition. We encourage all Whānau to consider offering your time and skills to our wonderful school. In particular,  if you have financial, governance, policy or legal skills give it some thought. If you are interested and wish to find out a bit more here is a link to a short video about becoming a trustee.

Over the past term, the board has been working on governance issues including policy and property ones. This includes working with the Ministry of Education to address some of the repair work that needs to be done to our buildings and grounds, including boiler and lift replacement work which is currently being carried out.  Over the next holiday period, the car park will be getting a re-asphalt, and warm water is being provided to bathrooms that currently do not have any.

The board is anticipating a record number of Year 9 students starting at our school in 2019. This is great news for the school but has space implications that the Board is working through with the leadership team. It is the first time in a number of years that the school has had to enforce its zoning policy.

The school has received an excellent report from NZQA as a result of a Managing National Assessment visit in July. The report covers how the school manages our internal and external assessment practice for national qualifications, how this data is used in school and examines our assessment policy and procedures. We have hard working staff who deserve the credit this report indicates.

Congratulations to all the students who have achieved accolades in the many sporting and academic endeavours our students are involved in over the last term. We have many talented students that we are justly proud of.

Deanne Daysh
Wellington High School Board of Trustees

What's been happening

Ski Trip

60 year 11 students and 4 staff members including myself had the unique opportunity to visit Tukino ski field in pretty perfect weather conditions.  We managed to get two full days skiing, some students were even invited to become ski patrollers and one lucky student headed out with the ski field engineer to groom the slopes. The students were fantastic company and were a great bunch to get to know. Thanks, Brooke Rapson, Jason Reddish, and Roger Mantel.

Ms Bates , Art Teacher





Science enrichment

“Mountains to Sea Wellington” and some other scientists and engineers are working with our Year 10 Science enrichment students on a  Freshwater Inquiry programme: The Whitebait Connection. This programme covers human impacts, freshwater monitoring, biodiversity and restoration. Students prepared in class for several hours on the 13th and 14th August before the Owhiro Stream field trip from 11am-3pm on Tuesday 28 August.

Big thanks to the organizers, teachers and experts involved esp Science Enrichment Coordinator Murray Chisholm.


Staying safe online

Online gaming advice

Online games are a great way to relax and have fun, but just like any hobby, there are some risks that are worth thinking about. Netsafe has put together some tips about things to look out for and ideas for staying safe while you play:

Text for help

Netsafe knows that for young people, asking for help with something that has happened online isn’t always easy. To help make things simpler, they’ve launched a new text service aimed at making it easier for you to get support for online challenges. Get in touch by texting ‘Netsafe’ to 4282.


Māori Education Grants

CORE Education offers grants that advance Māori from early years through to secondary, for individuals, whānau, and/or Māori communities.
The purpose of the Māori Education Grants is to enhance Māori distinctiveness, illuminate creative potential and support successful educational pathways.

This year’s theme is Ngā Hononga ki a Papatūānuku – Exploring Connections to Papatūānuku (Earth Mother).

Applications close 5.00pm, Saturday 1 September 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact Hariata Tutua-Nathan

Find out more and apply here


Future Focus – Mini Careers Expo

Main Foyer area (3.45pm – 5.45pm) 

What will be on offer? Wellington Tertiary providers will be present.


  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Massey University


  • Weltec
  • Whitireia

Other Providers:

  • Yoobee (School of Design)
  • Capital Training

Industry Training Organisation (ITO)

BCITO – Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation: Architectural Aluminium joinery, Brick and Block laying, Carpentry, Concreting, Exterior Plastering, Flooring, Frame and Truss, Glass and Glazing, Interior Systems, Joinery, Kitchen and bathroom design, Painting and Decorating, Resin Flooring, Stonemasonry and Tiling.

Careerforce – Community Support Services Industry Training Organisation Limited: Health and disability, Mental Health and Addiction, Aged Support, Rehabilitation, Social and Community Services, Community Facilitation, (NZ Cert in Health and Wellbeing – L4).

Careers Information Displays

  • Vocational Pathways – 6 broad industry/work areas and the types of jobs in those pathways
  • WHERE TO? Where can your interests in particular subjects take you?
  • Apprenticeships Info – Important organisations and contact people in Wellington
  • Armed  Forces – current info on Army, Navy and Air Force
  • Resources/information from other Wellington Providers: NZIS, NZ College of Massage, Premiere Hairdressing College, Fashion Tech, NZMA (Business Studies and Childcare/teaching children), The Learning Connexion (Dip in Creativity), Elite Beauty and Spa
  • Resources from Careers NZ– Jobs by Interest, Contact Careers NZ Card, Jobs Galore, Where to Next? Brochures
  • TAKE A “CAREERS – PERSONALITY QUIZ” – Take home a quiz and answers – could be interesting!
  • Request an appointment with the Careers Advisor – Take a business card and send an email.