Important Dates

Friday 28 September — End of Term 3: Senior Course Choices due for 2019
Monday 15 October — First day of Term 4
20-22 October — Labour Weekend; School closed on Monday 22 October
Friday 26 October — Year 10 Course Choices due for 2019
Thursday 1 November — Whakanuia Prizegiving
Friday 2 November — Last day for Year 11-13 students; Senior study leave begins
Monday 5 November — Senior Prizegiving

What's been happening

Dyslexia Potential Presentation

Last week Learning Services took a group students to hear a presentation from Matt Strawbridge, founder of Dyslexia Potential. He described his education experience, spoke about how he has come to see his Dyslexia as a strength and offered some strategies. We hope students found this valuable.



New Zealand Programming Contest

Technology Teacher, roboticist and coder Vince Brannigan took our school teams to the New Zealand Programming Contest over the weekend 15 – 16 September 2018. The NZPC has been running each year since 1991.  It is open to all programmers in New Zealand. Our teams including Will Hayman, Eli Martin and John Shea (Y10/11) came 2nd in Wellington to a very good Y13 team from Onslow.

All our other teams did well by getting points on the board in what is a very difficult 5-hour programming marathon. The rest of the crew were Lydia Acton, Nina Anderson, Jacob Baddeley, Tess Burgoyne, Jonathan Emanuel, Xandi Gobbi, Molly Henry, Hemi Johnson, and Nico Poultney.



Roots & Shoots runs Zero Waste Awareness Week

Siblings, Gwen and Ursula Palmer Steeds, are making a huge difference for the environment with the WHS  Eco group by targeting waste management and promoting recycling at the school.

The group organised a well-attended programme of speakers, workshops and bake sales for the Zero Waste Awareness Week at the school from September 10 to 14.

Roots & Shoots – has also recently been successful in introducing a recycling system into the school. Wellington City Council staff assisted and attended the recent launch of this program to help educate students on how to use the new bins and help reduce waste.

The 10 speakers in the ZWAW included Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage, former Prime Minister and Minister for the Environment Sir Geoffrey Palmer, as well as representatives from Wellington Zoo, Kaicycle, Generation Zero, and Zealandia bird sanctuary.

Students learned the key to successfully making compost, mixing and refining natural body care products, designing and sewing reusable Boomerang bags, and more about menstrual cups.



Sage advice from the Minister of Conservation

Eugenie Sage is the key New Zealand environmentalist and politician. She has been a Green Party list MP in the House of Representatives since the 2011 election Eugenie currently serves as the Minister of Conservation and Land Information, as well as holding the Associate Minister for the Environment portfolio. She discussed her work, hopes and vision for a predator pest free Aotearoa New Zealand with students from Roots and Shoots the Wellington High School Eco Group in the School Library on Tuesday 11th September.

Eugenie Sage at the WHS Library Discussions on Predator Pest Free Aotearoa, Zero Waste Schools and Conservation Initiatives from the Green Party and Government.



EdTech Meetup – Great start for future tech exchanges

20 Technology experts, University lecturers and Software developers seized the opportunity to meet WHS Staff, students and alumni on Thursday 13 September. They enjoyed talking with the teachers using technology and the science, technology and art students at Wellington High School.  Feedback was positive as the event opened new doors to communicating with tertiary and business what we do best with our tech students here at High. “Thank you so much for the invitation to Wellington High School for the EdTech meetup. It was a very valuable opportunity to see the great work you are doing at Wellington High and to work towards easing the transition to university for your students.” Diane Ormsby VUW Bioethics Lecturer


Poetry wins the day

Sophie Mance won third prize in the Year 12 category of the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook Student Poetry Competition. It can be read here:

Engineering Success

Sophie Mance has also been selected by the University of Canterbury to attend the WiE CAN Women in Engineering Residential Programme at the University of Canterbury in January 2019. Sophie was selected out of 263 applications from 119 schools. For more information see:

Science Author and Reporter

Sophie Mance – National Finalist in last weeks NZ Eureka Science Challenge – is writing her science notes up for the NZ Science Teachers Suffrage Edition.  This year, one of the main themes in their annual science print journal is about New Zealand women who are role models in Science. Our country needs to better tap the massive pool of talent in our young female leaders; and NZST is hoping to stir up discussion among our members about this.  Women need role models to lead the way in Science and encourage others to see what is achievable – Sophie is one of many such role models here at High and further afield. She has been asked to write an honest and open account of her journey, feelings and the hurdles she have overcome, and what support gave her the chance to succeed in Science, Engineering and the Arts.

Well done Sophie!


Engineering Challenge – 4 teams in EPro8 Semi-Finals

Four of 8 teams in the Epro8 Wellington Regional Finals were placed either first or second last week.
They have all qualified for the National semifinals and Grand finals Series on Thursday 27th September and Friday 28th September at Onslow College. “I am looking forward to the semi finals of Epro8 because I enjoyed the first one. Also my dream job is to be an engineer and I feel like this will help me get there. I really enjoy Epro8 and cannot wait for the semi finals and possibly even the finals!” Manoj Patel

Images thanks to Gillian Dudfield-Hendren taken at EPro8  @WHS


Swimming success

CONGRATULATIONS to Orlando Cristobal-Mandel who competed in the NZSS Swimming Championships held in Wellington from 13-16 September.

Orlando won Gold medals in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke and Bronze in the 200m Breastroke.  In two weeks Orlando will be traveling to Auckland to compete in the NZ Short Course Championships in 7 events – we will wish you the best of luck Orlando.





The WHS Girls Football team competed in the Grant Jarvis Tournament from 3-7 September.  The team was in a very tight pool but we came away with 4 wins and 4 losses over the week finishing in a very competitive 14th out of 24 teams.  The team is made up of year 9s to year 13s and they all enjoyed the fun together both on and off the field. Thanks go to the parents who came along to help and support the team Mr. Mitipelo, Ms. Stone, Mrs. Stephens and Mrs. Drysdale, but a big thanks go to our coach Mr. Will Dewhirst. We are excited to see the team going forward as we retain 14 of the current players.



Wellington North Rotary Scholarship Trust

Every year, the Rotary Club of Wellington North Inc offers about 40 Scholarships to provide assistance for Tertiary education, vocational training or the development of life skills. Scholarships are typically in the range of $1000 – $5000 each.

Preference is given to students who:

  1. Have shown the ability to work and a desire to succeed …
  2. Because of financial hardship, would be less likely to complete the training or education or would only complete the training and education with difficulty, the cause of which is not of the person’s own doing …
  3. Are of good repute
  4. Reside, or are currently being educated within the Greater Wellington area
  5. Can demonstrate the potential and ability to undertake and complete the training or education.

There are no age restrictions. Further information and application forms can be obtained from the website after 30 Sept (


Community Notices

StudyTime NZ

StudyTime NZ is hosting a number of subject-specific workshops to provide students with the knowledge, confidence and strategies to excel in their NCEA externals. The workshops will be held during these school holidays at varying dates between 1-10 October, depending on the subject, at Wellington Girls’ College, Wellington. The workshops currently cost $79.99 per student, per workshop, however, there are also discounted packs if students would like to attend multiple workshops. The workshops are run by experienced tutors who are studying these subjects at a tertiary level. Head over to for more information and to register.”



Spotlight Performing Arts

Does your child love to SING, DANCE and ACT?
Dance, Drama and Singing for students aged 4-16 yrs old.
Led by London West End performer Sherene Clarke.
Now taking bookings for TERM 4