12 September  
Year 13 Well-being day

15 – 21 September 
Simply Dental on site

18 September 
Board of Trustees Meeting

20 September 
Learning Conversations 2


The library is hosting classes in tertiary transition skills for Year 13 students planning to go on to tertiary study. Universities are telling us that students are failing in their first semester because they don’t know how to reference their work, how to take notes or how to use databases, among other things.
The classes will be on Wednesdays from 3.30 – 4.30 for 4 weeks and also on Tuesdays from 9 – 10 a.m. for those who can’t come after school on Wednesdays. The same material will be covered in the Tuesday and Wednesday classes.


We have a large group of international students at Wellington High.  The majority of these students are living in a homestay situation where they are being hosted by a family in Wellington.
What is being a homestay all about?
  • A homestay fee of $271.00 is paid weekly
  • Provide an inclusive and supportive home, taking a student in as one of the family.
  • A student would require a room of their own and 3 meals a day.


Di Jordan, Homestay Coordinator. Phone 021 02063860 or email


Youth digital scholarship applications are open now and close 15 September 2017

The Youth Digital Enterprise Award is designed to provide scholarship funding to support young people who are developing and/or have an idea or concept for developing a smart and innovative enterprise project with a digital focus.

More info:


Winter tournament week has been in full swing around the country.

Wellington High School girls football drew nil-all in their first game against Paraparaumu College (who they recently lost to by 5-1) but sadly lost in a penalty shootout. They were playing for 9th place and played incredibly well.

In their second game, playing for 13th place, they beat Kurunui College in a penalty shootout, having drawn 1-all. As you can imagine it was very exciting. The girls have every right to be very proud of their efforts!

We will bring you more results next week.

Photos courtesy of Robin & Tim Poi and Wendy Turton.





On Thursday, 24th August six students from year 9  took part in the Wellington Mathematics Association competition, Mathswell. These students were selected from the mathematics enrichment group. In this competition, the best mathematicians at their school compete against each other in groups of three, in two problem solving and two multi-choice problem rounds.

The Year 9’s managed to get 6th in the plate final, which is an awesome achievement for the first time. Thanks to the parents and whānau that came along to support them.
EPro8 is Engineering Professional Innovation
A Nationwide challenge to find NZs top Engineering, Electrical and Mechanical Design Students. For the first time WHS entered teams of students into this prestigious competitive challenge. Despite their neophytic status and lack of experience – our Year 9 and Year 10 teams succeeded in the Regional Finasla and have won places in the National Finals on the 28th and 29th September at Onslow College
The Year 9 team, the Bright Sparks starred Team Captain Ryan Bright, the electrifying Isabelle Kettles, Wiring Ninja Liam Easton, Circuit Crusher Riley Rillstone and the omnipresent backup team of Leo Lewis. Their Coach is Daniel Collins who was the inspiration and hands on expert for the regional competitions winning team achieving a record 490 points.
The Year 10 team, the Watt Kins shone through the leadership of Ben Watkins, focused by the calm genius of Xandi Gobbi, polished by the wisdom of Nina Anderson and burnished bright by the brilliant Lydia Acton. Parents and Caregivers celebrated the success of this plucky first-time team and were thrilled at their last minute flood of critical game points to take them over the line, and onto the winner’s podium.


Social Action

Wellington High School senior students are asking the Wellington City Council to create a site and ongoing support for the many homeless women in Wellington.

The student’s Facebook page is HERE and their petition is HERE.  Give a Little page is coming soon to seek sponsorship for them for this little sleepover.

As a class, we have chosen a social action in two parts. The first is to take part in a fundraising event on October 13th run by 14 Hours Homeless.  We hope to raise at least $500.

The second part is this petition to the Wellington City Council asking them to assist in the creation of a permanent shelter for homeless women in the Central Wellington region as there is for men. Currently, 1 in 100 people in Wellington suffers some form of homelessness, 1/3 of them are women. The lack of a homeless shelter for women, while there is one for men, is a severe problem for the city.


 Roots & Shoots

Wellington High School officially has it’s own Roots & Shoots group! Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is a youth service program for young people of all ages. Our mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment. Every Term we set up projects to help Animals, People and the Environment. This term our environment group has been working on getting recycling bins for the school, and our animals group has been creating bird feeders.

Hundreds of thousands of Roots & Shoots group around the world are working to improve their communities and be the leaders that this world needs. We hope to truly make a difference here at Wellington High School and inspire others to take action and be the difference you want to see in the world.


Tess Norquay (ex-WHS fashion student ) has just shown her collection at NZ fashion week, in the new graduate show.
WHS student Kitty Hollis has been one of Tess photo shoot models.
You can see her and what the collection is about is HERE
Tess designed and printed all the materials as well as making all the patterns and sewing the pieces herself as well.
Sophisticated and clever overall, it is not about commercialism and wearability it is statement fashion.