Week    – Important Dates  

Monday 17 September — BoT meeting, 6pm
Friday 14 September — Preliminary course choices due via the Student Portal
Friday 21 September — Learning Conversations, 8am – 4.30pm (more information below)
Friday 28 September — End of Term 3; Senior Course Choices for 2019 due

Important Information

Learning Conversations

Learning Conversations will be taking place on Friday 21st September.

This Learning Conversation takes place between your student, your student’s rōpū teacher and parent(s) / caregiver(s).

This is an opportunity for students to reflect on their learning so far this year, and discuss plans for Term 4 and 2019. End-of-term reports will be available on the Parent Portal before the day.

Each learning conversation takes 20 minutes. Students will only be at school on Friday 21st September for their learning conversation.

How to make your booking:

 – Bookings for learning conversations can be made via this link: https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code?code=wgxmg

 – Bookings are made by choosing the year level, then the rōpū teacher. Please note that we are only able to run one learning conversation per student.



Course Choices

The Senior Course Choice Booklet for 2019 is available on our website and hard copies from Student Services: http://www.whs.school.nz/course-choice-booklet/

Students in Years 10—12 are invited to explore the options available.

The timeline for making course decisions for 2019 is below. There are opportunities to discuss course choices at your Learning Conversation:

  • Monday 3 September 2018              Future Focus Evening, 3.45pm—5.45pm
  • Friday 14 September 2018               Preliminary course decisions made NOTE: This is an update
  • Friday 21 September 2018               Learning Conversations Day
  • Friday 28 September 2018            Final course decisions made for 2019


Thank you to our volunteer SAC supervisors

A huge thank you to the amazing volunteers we had supporting our students with Special Assessments Conditions (SAC) during our school exam week. These lovely people were Reader /Writers. This help is crucial to provide vital support to a large number of students with SAC at this busy time.

The volunteers were a number of parents and volunteers from Holmes and NZCER.


What’s happening?

Hillary Outdoor Pursuits ‘Get to Go’ Challenge

Last week, 18 Year 9 and 10 students competed in the Hillary Outdoor Pursuits ‘Get to Go’ Challenge. There were 26 teams from the lower North Island competing in this adventure race. Teams had to compete in four different challenges; these included mountain biking, orienteering, kayaking and rock climbing. Both the Wellington High teams had a great day and really enjoyed this experience.

Photo: Mountain Bikers Chris Francis and Tiopira Mulholland


Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Kia ora whānau! Next week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori- Māori Language Week, and WHS is celebrating with a range of events for everyone to get involved with.

These include free coffee in the foyer for students who order in Te Reo, a Māori film and documentary shown each day of the week, the Toi Māori poster competition, a daily rōpū quiz, and a drama performance by Taki Rua Productions.

We also have special guests including Victoria University Professor Peter Ads, spoken word poet Te Kahu Rolleston, and tāmoko artist Pōkau Te Ahuru for kōrero session in the marae.

Nau mai haere mai, kia kaha te Reo Māori!





EdTech MeetUp – Free Event – at WHS – book now!

Meet the digital tech students and teachers at Wellington High School – all welcome – free event

12.30pm – 2.30pm on Thursday 13th September 2018
Meet at Wellington High School Library  

Email: tony.cairns@whs.school.nz

or for more information click here









High time to win Epro8 STEM Challenge

This year Epro8 – the National Engineering Challenge is happening in Wellington High School’s Riley Centre.

The region’s top college STEM teams are competing to be crowned the EPro8 Challenge Champion.

Wellington High School is in a strong position to take the championship with 8 teams entered in the Finals  – a record number of 32 contestants (including reserves).

Teams have been training all term under the expert guidance of tech coaches: Jeremy Gold (coding and software coach) Murray Chisholm (physics and maths) and Rosi Yourukova (design, technology and robotics). All parents, caregivers, staff and students are welcome to attend the exciting action-packed engineering challenge.

The first events begin on Thursday 13th September at 4.55 and finish at 8.00pm.

Good luck to the teams!

Above: One of last year’s winning teams Y10 High Gate with whānau and friends at EPro8 2017 Finals.


Tournament of the Minds

WHS entered two teams in the 2018 Tournament of Minds on Sunday 2nd September. Wellington High topped the STEM challenge with our videos, sketches and analysis of a newly discovered chimeric ‘species’. The extremophile found wandering on our own school highlands incorporates the adaptive features of over three distant phyla: Chordata (backbone), Cnidaria (stinging cells) and Euarthropoda (jointedlegs).

Welly High should have been a shoe-in for the spontaneous challenge but we were pipped at the post by Samuel Marsden, whose fancy footwork was judged more ‘soleful’ than our teams’ insights into the utility of high fashion footwear.

Teams celebrated ecstatically at the after match party and potted their own mascot beans to hopefully grow a new crop of champions in coming seasons. A big shout out and huge thank you to the parents, caregivers, and guardians who supervised the teams of hard working, scientifically-minded STEM students. It was a good result for the fledgling teams on their first championship and the many Year 9 competitors are looking forward to next year’s challenge and the chance to win nationally and head of overseas to the world championships.

If you are interested in coaching a team of HIGH STEM talent in 2019 then please contact Tournament of Minds (ToM) Manager  tony.cairns@whs.school.nz 




A very big CONGRATULATIONS to our Senior A Boys Basketball team for being the 2018 CSW Division 3 Champions.  It has been 15 years since a Wellington High School Basketball team has won a Senior Basketball Championship.

Thanks must go to all the staff and students who came out and support the boys at the final, and mostly to their coach Joe Sione for all the time, dedication, and experience he has given to the boys.



Underwater Hockey

The junior girls underwater hockey team are away in Rotorua competing in the national championship. Only the top 10 schools in the country qualify for nationals and we are very proud of this team,coached by Gwen Palmer-Steeds. At last week’s CSW playoffs the girls won their playoff for 5th in Division 1.

The junior open team, coached by Maya Symmans de Vere Green, won the Division 2 final. In the process they won their 10th straight game.

The senior open team finished 5th in Division 2.




Tournament Week

This week we have three sports teams away at the National Secondary Schools Winter Tournament Week.  Good luck to our teams Underwater Hockey in Rotorua from 6 – 9 September, Girls Football in Whanganui from 3 – 7 September and Boys Basketball in Whanganui from 4 – 7 September 2018.  

Summer Sports

Summer Sport Sign up sheets are on the Sports Noticeboard outside the Sports Office.  Sports on offer in Term 4 are Tennis, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Cricket, Futsal, Tennis Lessons and Yoga.

Winter Sports

Now that Winter Sport has concluded, all playing uniforms are to be returned to the Sports Office or to your coach, washed and in a named plastic bag. Can you also make sure that all sports fees have been paid?  Thank you

From the Careers Desk

Community Notices

Knowledge shop NCEA 1 & 2 Holiday Programme

Knowledge Shop will be holding its highly successful NCEA Exam Preparation Programme from Monday 1 October to Friday 5 October 2018. St Patrick’s College City  & the Johnsonville Community Centre venues are open to students from all schools. Subjects include English, science, mathematics, physics and study skills. This is an excellent opportunity to revise the most important areas of the curriculum to ensure you are prepared for the upcoming NCEA exams.

Students can book single or multiple sessions. Classes are taught by highly regarded, current NCEA teachers from around New Zealand.  Classes are limited to only fifteen students per group.

Visit our website at www.knowledgeshopnz.co.nz for the full programme. All bookings can be made online. Limited spaces so please book early. Enrolments open now.


Climate Change Conference 15th September 2018

Wellington after Paris – Zero Carbon Capital City – All welcome to help!!!

WHEN: Saturday 15 September, 8:30am-3pm

WHERE: Ranchhod House (beside Preservatorium Café) 39 Webb Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Wellington can continue to be a vibrant place while responding to the need to reduce emissions and adapt to a changing climate and rising sea levels. The “Wellington after Paris” Civic Trust forum offers a unique insight into the wellbeing, employment and resiliency benefits on offer when we make the transition to a zero carbon city.

Session 1: Economic Transformation – Carbon Neutrality

Session 2: Natural & Cultural Heritage – What will our city be like?

Session 3: Social/Community Implications – Shaping the city in the way we want

Register directly at Eventbrite link https://bit.ly/2KysZ9p

Attendance is free with morning tea provided, but koha welcome.

Lunch available at $15 a head. More information at http://www.wellingtoncivictrust.org/