Important Notices

Room changes

Please note that classes usually in Taraika or Hineakau will be moved from Monday 3rd December to Friday 7th December.

All Year 9 Te Ao Māori classes will be in the gallery

Year 10 Māori will be in T201

Year 10 Japanese that is usually in Hineakau will be in PR16




ID Cards  

Last day to order ID cards for Term 4 is Wednesday 5th December – no orders will be taken after that date.



New online safety advice from Netsafe                 

Netsafe has put together new advice for young people around managing digital footprints, online pornography and what to do when receiving a nude of someone without their permission. Check them out below — and access a full list of resources here.

What's Happening?

Students present I Welcome Pledges to Parliament

Our WHS Year 10 students — Amie Samson, Keira Haig, Emily Brooke — and their teacher Miriam Pierard, joined with Amnesty International Director and staff, student activists, Justin Lester and Labour/Green MPs on the steps of Parliament to hand over boxes of I Welcome pledges from 10,200+ people across Aotearoa to Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. These pledges support an expansion of the Government’s community sponsorship of refugees programme piloted this year.

You can spot our students hiding from the rain in the bottom right corner.



Live music night

This is an annual fundraising event to raise some funds for the orphanage school in Nepal which has been supported by WHS for the last 14 years. Over the last 3 years we have also supported an organization called Umbrella who have done an amazing job re homing children who have been rescued from slavery. This music evening is a great way to raise funds for this worthy cause.

Nepal Orphanage Music Fundraiser

When:  Tuesday 4th of December from 8.00pm to 10.00 pm
Where:  MEOW in Edward Street, Central Wellington
Cost: $10, or koha from anyone who is still a student

Who is playing?  Information below
 It would be great to see lots of you on the 4th

No Principals (playing from 8pm to 9pm) have formed as a Wellington High School teacher band over their shared love of Beatles music 5 years ago. All four members have been playing in various other bands before in styles from Jazz to Punk. In the last couple of years the band has moved onto music by The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Doors and other 60’s and 70’s artists. Their latest project will be songs from the Antipodes including Crowded House,The Muttonbirds, Hunters and Collectors etc. There will be a sneak preview of these new songs on the night.

Cumbia Blazera (playing from 9pm to 10pm) is an eleven’ish piece band that plays football on the weekends – or a football team that plays Columbian dance music. It started as a post-prizegiving jam in 2013, and one thing led to another – including tours of Raglan, the South Island, and Columbia. Expect dancey original grooves, some familiar tunes turned into cumbias, and a lot of guys on a small stage.



International Students Activity Programme

Our non-NCEA international students have finished their activity programme, with several weeks of outings around Wellington, sometimes with students from Onslow, Wellington Girls and Scots. This year our NCEA students also had a day out to celebrate the year, at Staglands and Shanghai Kitchen.




College Sport Wellington Ki O Rahi competition

Photos here of our junior students competed in the College Sport Wellington Ki O Rahi competition. Ki O Rahi is a game where teams alternate roles of Kīoma and Taniwh. Kīoma score by touching Pou/s with the Kī then running the Kī through Te Roto, without being touched and placing it down in Pawero to convert pou touches into points. Taniwha score by hitting the Tupu with the Kī. A big thank you to all our students who competed.





Career planning helps prepare for the future of work

Career guidance at school can help young people prepare for a changing workforce. School leavers are entering a changing workforce. New technology and automation mean some jobs are disappearing while others are being created. Young people who understand how jobs might change and what skills could help them in the future will be more resilient and better able to take advantage of new opportunities. Career education and guidance in schools can play a role in preparing them for the future of work.

Raise awareness early

Workers in the future may have to rethink their careers more often than in the past. Young people today could change their job 17 times and work in five different industries during their careers.

“Career education is a really, really good tool for readiness,” says TEC principal career adviser Pat Cody.

“Career education can help people develop awareness about jobs and industries, and spot where jobs are opening up or where jobs may be disappearing.

“Ultimately, it allows people to make decisions and to act. It allows people to respond to opportunities,” he says.

Prepared, resilient workers

Workers who are prepared are more likely to be resilient when change happens unexpectedly, according to Pat.

“Career guidance gives the young person or even the older person a sense of being prepared.

“Career guidance raises self-awareness by getting people to think about their qualities and developing a sense of their opportunities. If they also have a plan of action, people are more enabled, empowered and resilient,” Pat says.

Build on curiosity

Young people who’re curious or motivated may do their own research into career and study options. They may have one or two ideas, but be unaware of other options. Or they may not see how their interests and talents relate to certain jobs or industries. Teachers can build on that self-exploration by helping students become aware of the range of opportunities they might have now or in the future. For example, a student who wants to be a truck driver could be encouraged to consider other heavy machinery jobs, such as a crane or earthmoving machine operator. Later on, experience or retraining might lead to other jobs in the construction, engineering or transport industries. The ability to look for and recognise opportunities across a range of industries will be useful when people experience changes in their workplace.

Work is changing

The world of work is changing, and so is the way we talk about it. Instead of focusing on job titles, talking to students about the skills they need to develop for different jobs is another way to help them find more opportunities.

“A job title is like a suitcase,” Pat says. “It’s the clothing, or skills, inside the suitcase that’s the important thing.”

Showing how the skills you learn in one job can be transferred to another can help young people be prepared for changes that might affect them in the future.

Find out more

Career education today can give students knowledge that will help them face workplace changes in the future. Find out how you can support career education and guidance in your school.