Prinicpal, Dominic Killalea’s mid-term message is now online.  You can read it HERE


25 – 31 August
Senior Exams –

Senior Exams Timetable 2017 – updated  &  Senior Exams 2017 – Instructions to students

1 September
Mid-term Break

4 September
Future Focus Evening

4 – 8 September 
Winter Tournament Week

8 September  
Initial 2018 Course Choices for Year 11 – 13 due

12 September  
Year 13 Well-being day

20 September 
Learning Conversations 2



Congratulations to Zora Patrick, Year 12, who is the 2017 winner of the prestigious National Schools Poetry Award.

Read Zora’s Poem “Dampening” here

This award has been providing a forum for young writers in Aotearoa New Zealand since 2003. This significant creative opportunity is offered to every senior secondary student in New Zealand.

The energy and clarity of the work produced is exciting. Whether addressing family or friends, world-shaking events or intimate relationships, the poems are delivered with style, wit, and courage.

Read the top poems here.



This year Wellington High School teams won two categories at the Wellington Regional Aurecon Bridge Building competition.

Bridges were judged on strength, innovation, workmanship, aesthetics, and functionality.

Team “Navigate your way to Oz”, consisting of Sebastian MacAuley, Daniel Loader and Felix Vidal won the Innovation Prize for their arched bridge entry. They each won $50 Prezzy cards, while the school receives $500. Team “Arch-itechs”, who ironically didn’t manage to include an arch in their design, won the Strength award.

Xandi Gobbi, Daniel Sellen and Asher Wilkinson designed and built a bridge that withstood a load of 65.4kg before failing. They also won $50 each and $500 for the school. There was a strong correlation between winning and not wearing a uniform, as the other 2 categories were won by teams from Hagley College in Christchurch. All three WHS teams (including “The Town”, Nadya Macey, Zoe Crane and John Shea) have been invited to visit Aurecon for a tour.


At their debate held on Tuesday, the WHS Junior Prem team won their semi-final as the affirmative side arguing the moot “That it should be legal to sell body organs”.  

Congratulations to Josh, Ben and Xandi and good luck for the final!



WHS Junior Boys Basketball team won their division and are now the Division 4 Champions. Jason Reddish, their coach, had them training hard three times a week and it really paid off.

Well done team!


Get 2 Go Challenge

On Tuesday 22 August a group of ten students competed in the Junior Get 2 Go Challenge.  They competed in Mountain Biking, Orienteering, Rock Climbing and Stand Up Paddleboarding.

Each round consisted of them working as a group to strategize, support and motivate each other.  The day started out with a little rain but by the time we got up to  Paddleboarding it was nothing sunshine.

Well done to the following students for an outstanding day Poppy Smith, Isobel Smith, Heidi Coleman, Kayla Batcheler, Grace Medlicott, Tilly Coup, Ella Blakely, Caitlin Peirse, Hannah Hodson and Jacob Porteous.


We are holding a day of well-being for Year 13 students on 12 September.  The workshops being held are below.  Most students have already selected their

Get financially Savvy

This Year 13 workshop is focused on preparing students for the transition to independence, and covers a wide range of topics: including overviews of further study decisions, Studylink, flatting, insurance, tax and KiwiSaver

Relationships – SAPN

How to form healthy relationships and negotiate consent. With trained facilitators from SAPN (sexual abuse prevention network)

Look after your mates

Lloyd Ward and Health Nurse from Evolve

This workshop will look at helping to develop your understanding about and drug and alcohol-related issues.

  • Alcohol and other drugs, effects, classification
  • Risk factors for overdose and how to reduce these risk factors
  • Signs and symptoms of an overdose and how to respond to an overdose (basic first aid education)

Your Brand – Karen Spencer

Employment, CVs, applications, your brand! How to not be overlooked by employers.

Flatting Survival 101 – Jania Bates and Tim Li

How to cook cheap healthy meals, shop for groceries, wash clothes and keep your flat kind of clean!

How to guide – Mr. Mac

How to check your car’s oil, water and air pressure, how to change a tyre, where to turn of the gas or water to your flat, what to do if a fuse goes

Yoga  –  Emily from Yoga for the People

Yoga to help you manage stress, maybe some exam stress now, but definitely skills for life

Gap Year Ideas, Go Kiwi Go – with AFS Intercultural Programmes

Hear about global volunteering adventures. You might like to check them out in advance .You could be involved in projects with a focus on, wildlife and environment, healthcare, children, education, diving projects, girls, and women empowerment.