Our last weekly wrap up for 2017. We wish you all the best over the school holiday period and look forward to seeing you in 2018 for another great year at Wellington High School.  Have a safe and happy holiday.


To view the final Principal’s Message for the year (Click here)


Important Dates 2018


29 January  – Year 9 students ONLY
30 January – New Year 10 -13 & Year 9 students
31 January – All students

Public holidays: Waitangi Day 6 February,

Easter: Good Friday 30 March, Easter Monday 2 April
and Easter Tuesday 3 April (a school holiday)

School holidays: Saturday 14 April – Sunday 29 April (includes ANZAC day 25 April).


Important information for new students

Year 10 – 13 new student letter (Click here)

Stationery Lists for Year 9 & 10:
Year 9 Stationery List 2018
Year 10 Stationery List 2018

Dan Moskovitz's Podcast is attracting attention

Dan’s podcast, that was previously referenced in our weekly updates (T4W5), is attracting a little more attention. Stuff published the following piece yesterday with a link to the podcast.

See the full article here at



Farewell to Staff & Junior Prize Giving 2017

 Farewell to our fabulous four: Joan Hinton, Denis Wright, Marietjie van Schalkwyk & Jane Shallcrass.

Joan Hinton arrived at Wellington High School in 1981. She has spent 36 years in our Science faculty moving from teacher to Head of Faculty. In that time Joan has created a Science faculty that is the envy of all schools in Wellington. Through her tenure the Science faculty has become a creative hub of opportunities with strong links with universities and international success in a range of Science competitions. The sheer numbers of students choosing senior Science are testament to her strengths with her faculty. Joan is a wonderful leader who creates a sense of family in her faculty, no mean feat with a range of personalities and subject areas to bring together.

Denis Wright arrived at Wellington High School in 2001. He has been a DP, a Dean and an English teacher. Denis is also a published author whose young adult fiction novels, Violence 101 and Nanotech, give a slightly disturbing insight into his psyche. He is an outstanding practitioner who has made a strong contribution to English teaching at High at all levels. Denis possesses a wonderful sense of humour and is well known for his dramatic contributions to staff briefings and of course the annual staff mystery raffle. Denis has also contributed greatly to the cocurricular environment of Wellington High playing a very important role in the success of many debating teams over the years.

Marietjie van Schalkwyk or Mother Marietjie arrived at Wellington High School in 1998 and she is a much loved and revered figure in the Technology faculty. Although she only formally rose to the leadership position in the Technology faculty in 2010, her leadership and experience have long been valued by students and staff. Marietjie, in combination with Natalie Randall, has created a food department that is second to none offering creative opportunities in a variety of competitions, most notably CREST, with a multitude of honours being bestowed upon the school’s students. Marietjie has also been the primary organiser of the wonderful Europe Food and Fashion excursions.

Jane Shallcrass started at Wellington High School in 2002. Jane has been the heart and soul of the library which in turn has become the heart and soul of this school. Jane has such a wonderful way with students and staff and has always been a strong, calm advocate for the place of libraries in modern secondary education. Jane delights in reading young adult fiction and is a font of knowledge for staff and students in a multitude of genres. Jane has mentored an impressive number of student librarians over the years and has provided wonderful support for teachers in information literacies. A visit to the library on a wet day at lunch time gave us all an insight into Jane’s rare talents.

We wish you all the best for the future, and thank you for all you have done for Wellington High School over the years.

Congratulations to all those students in Year 9-10 who received awards this year.
The Junior Prize Giving ceremony was a wonderful celebration of the hard work of our students and staff, and the spirit of our kura.
The full list of awards and recipients can be accessed here: Junior Prize Giving 2017

Wellington High Students help out at the Soup Kitchen

Spreading the Christmas cheer, Wellington High students took time out to help at the Soup Kitchen Wellington.

TERTIARY Free fees guide for students

 TERTIARY: Free fees guide for students Click here

From 1 January 2018, tertiary education will be fees-free for eligible first time tertiary students. You need to meet these requirements for fees-free provider-based study.

No Pressure Film Festival

The students received the genre, dialogue, character & prop on Monday and had (3 afternoons) 6 hours of class time to complete the film. See the short films below:
Blockheads is a mockumentary
Unplugged is Sci Fi and was shot & edited on an iPhone.

New WHS rocketry record of 196.3m!

In what is becoming an annual event, our junior science students headed to McAllister Park 2 to launch their creations. Conditions were perfect and a new record was set eclipsing the old mark of 158m by John Shea and Nico Poultney.

1st place Matthew MacDonald and Jasper Rynhart 196.3m
2nd place Connor Williams Hatley and Josh Smith 160m
3rd place Gewan Chann 137.6m
Thanks to Larissa Wong and Molly Henry our official measurers, and science teacher of the year Jackson Martin.