Week   Important Dates to Remember

Monday 17 September — BoT meeting, 6pm
Friday 14 September — Preliminary course choices due via the Student Portal
Friday 21 September — Learning conversations (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.

Please note that we will run Friday’s timetable on Wednesday 19th September.

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

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.


NZQA Fees Payments

If you are yet to pay your NZQA fee, this must now be paid directly to NZQA via their website https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/

Wellington High School is no longer able to accept payments.

What’s happening?

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern launches te wiki o te reo Maori at Wellington High School

Wellington High School welcomed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Crown/Māori Relations Kelvin Davis to their marae, Taraika, to kickstart the week-long celebration for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

The school, which has made Te Reo Māori compulsory at Year 9 this year, invited the Prime Minister to meet students in the marae and address a school assembly.

She talked about her biggest regret that she didn’t learn te reo Māori and she hopes the next generation will be the ones who will change that.All students at Wellington High School study te reo Māori in Years 9, and can take programmes in both mainstream and immersion to university level. Staff have been learning the language weekly, and Kapa Haka and Media in Aotearoa courses are both on offer for 2019.

The school had a programme of events for the week to celebrate te reo Māori and Māori tikanga, including film screenings and daily workshops. Students will be able to explore Māori art with Pōkau Te Ahuru (Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Te Atiawa me Ngāti Ruahine), discuss Treaty issues with Peter Adds (Te Atiawa) and enjoy the spoken word poetry of Te Kahu Rolleston (Ngāi Te Rangi).


Zero Waste Awareness Week

Wellington High’s Roots and Shoots environmental group held a Zero Waste Awareness Week from September 10-14th

This included:

  • raising awareness for sustainable waste management
  • ensuring that students know how to use recycling bins
  • help reduce waste at school

For more information about the week’s events click here https://www.thewellingtonapp.co.nz/news/conservation/whs-roots-and-shoots-group-runs-zwaw/

Congratulation Gwen Palmer Steeds on a well-planned event and for all your hard work and effort you put in.


The Breakfast Club — GiveA Little campaign

We found that 45% of students at WHS don’t have access to the amount of food they need every day (data collected from the school survey). We would like to change that.

Dear Parents,

we are a group of students at WHS that are hoping to make a positive change to our school community. We found that students at WHS weren’t getting enough food to benefit their education and wellbeing. So we came to the conclusion that a free breakfast at WHS would be beneficial for our school community.  The free breakfast stall would involve us buying food from our local supermarkets and creating a space where students can come and get free food for breakfast. If you would like to support our cause we have created a give a little page and would appreciate your kind donations to help the students at WHS who struggle to get food. The link for this page is https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/free-breakfast-at-wellington-high-school# or go to the give a little homepage and search Free Breakfast at Wellington High School. We will use the money to buy nutritious and delicious breakfast food for the students and any supplies that might be required.  Any extra will be donated towards the New Zealand charity, Child Poverty Action Group.

Thank you.



Looks like it might be us doing things right…

In a recent NZ Stuff article, there was a report about how sex education had not improved since 2007. Interestingly, when they looked at which schools were doing this right, they appeared to be referencing many of the initiatives at Wellington High School…





Horticulture/Food Tech

From the garden to the table.

Leeks, celery and herbs were harvested from the school garden. Mr Naylor then kindly made up a big pot of delicious potato and leek soup for some of the vegetable growers lunch.



Wellington High’s very own pride day is back! OUTLOUD will be happening on the Wednesday the 26th of September in the foyer at lunchtime. We’re partnering will Hell’s Pizza’s Rainbow Youth campaign selling $25 t-shirts with a free pizza voucher! There will also be prominent Wellington rainbow figures such as Labour MP Grant Robertson, InsideOut spokespeople, Bella Simpson, Rainbow Youth spokespeople and Victoria University students! Bring cash or card to purchase badges, totebags and colourful baking! Bright colour dress up is encouraged – see you all there, come celebrate pride with us!



Spanish students prepare to leave for WHS Argentina trip

Next Friday 21st September, 5 Year 11 Spanish students will leave for a three week trip to Argentina. These students will participate in a school exchange with students at Colegio Parque de España in Rosario, a city to the north of Buenos Aires, staying with local students and their families. The students at the Colegio will in turn visit Wellington High School in 2019. Following the exchange, the students will visit the impressive Iguazu falls on the border with Brasil.

The students (Flynn, Felix, Jonah Broughton, Sebastian Boyes and Thomas Woodward) have run a couple of sausage sizzles to fundraiser for their trip. We wish these boys good luck and a happy adventure – ¡buen viaje!

Photo: Flynn Cunningham-Beentjes and Felix Ayland demonstrate their formidable understanding of the art of sausage cooking.



WHS takes out the Wellington Speaking Union Final 

Congratulations to Rilke Comer, Rusheen Draper and Amelia Mance who beat Hutt Valley High School at Parliament to win the Senior Premier debate competition for 2018. They take home the Henning Cup, while Rusheen won the Suffrage Cup for Best Speaker. Well done!





WHS Win at  NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair

WHS Students competed against more than 300 entries (from 34 Schools)  to win great prizes at the annual science fair. Just 8 students competed: we did quality, not quantity.  Everyone got commended, or higher! See Here.

Year 9 students Joseph Sushames, Raphael Mueller and Murad Mohammed at with their exhibit “Gritty Heat” which studied temperature rise due to friction, winning Highly Commended.  


Zuni Preece presenting Blowing Bubbles which won a Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Education Prize, plus Highly Commended.



Luke Roeven (“Ring Oiler”) took out Fourth in Class 5, and  VUW Faculty prizes from both the School of Education and the School of Mathematics and Statistics.



Ensai August presenting Drinking Straw, a study into why straws can get lifted out of a glass by a carbonated drink. He won Second in Class 5, plus the Kainic Medical Communications prize.

Ryan Bright “Facial Recognition for class rolls” was third in Class 4 and he won the Engineering NZ prize.  Lydia Acton (“Fame”) won a highly commended. Prize money totals over $1000!

Prize-giving is from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 11 – Awards Ceremony Venue –   Te Toki a Rata, Lecture Theatre 1, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus. All prize winners, families, friends, teachers and exhibitors are welcome to attend.




Y13 student Arie Faber was recently published by the online news site: The Spinoff. He has been working on an investigative/opinion piece for Y13 Journalism and the result “Not-so-squeaky clean: Why wellness culture is a scam” can be found at the following link:


Arie’s piece will also appear in this year’s Flannel magazine, alongside other students’ work from the Y12 and Y13 Journalism courses. The magazine will be available for purchase in Term 4. Very proud.


Winter Tournament Week

Well done to the teams who competed in the NZSS Winter Tournament Week.  Below are the final placings that the teams achieved;

Boys Basketball in Whanganui  – Final Placing Overall – 4th

Underwater Hockey in Rotorua  – Final Placing Overall – 10th

Girls Football in Whanganui – Final Placing Overall – 14th

The girls lost all their games but played well and several of the games were close losses.

Wellington High was nominated for the Fair Play award but it went to another team.  The standard of Fair Play was really high this year, which made for a really enjoyable tournament. The team is excellently led by captain Milly Woodbury, and coaches Gwen Palmer-Steeds and Sian van Dyk. Alexa Lee was named team MVP for the tournament.




Ollie Markwell, Joshua James and Joseph Basham represented Wellington High School at the NZSS Fencing tournament held in Christchurch from 8-9 September.  The boys came 3rd in the team’s events.

Well Done and Congratulations boys on a great result.



Sports Uniforms

All sports uniforms are to be returned to the Sports Office in a named plastic bag by Friday 28 September.


Sport Fees

Can all outstanding sports fees please be paid by Friday 28 September either via the Parent Portal or through Student Services.



The WTA offers students the opportunity to gain a L2 National Certificate in a Service/trades area while that are still at school. The credits they gain from the WTA will also be credited to their NCEA L1/2. So … students could complete the year with TWO strong qualifications.

If you are interested in your son/daughter pursuing this option, please get in touch with …

CHUNI BHIKHA  (Careers) chuni.bhikha@whs.school.nz      04 3858911  Ext 827

We envisage that courses will be similar to those offered this year which are as follows – with some minor changes to content:

  •         Construction Trades – 4 classes (2 Whitireia Porirua & 2 WelTec Petone)
  •         Engines – Whitireia Porirua
  •         Engineering and Automotive – WelTec Petone
  •         Hospitality Services – Whitireia Porirua
  •         Hospitality – WelTec Petone
  •         Salon Environment – Whitireia Porirua
  •         Hair and Beauty Salon Support – WelTec Petone
  •         Health Science – Whitireia Porirua  (1 day per week)
  •         Creative Technology – Whitireia Te Auaha
  •         Introductory Animal Care – WelTec Petone
  •         Introduction to Sport and Fitness – WelTec Petone