Important Dates to Remember

  • Friday 23 February: Athletics Day — see update below
  • Tuesday 20 February – Friday 2 March: PATs for Years 9 and 10 core classes — see update below
  • Monday 5 March – Friday 9 March: Noho marae for 9 Riley and 9 Royal whānau
  • Monday 5 March – Friday 9 March: ERO visiting WHS
  • Friday 30 March – Tuesday 3 April: (includes Tuesday): Easter break
  • Term Dates 2018 click here.

Important Information

Athletics Day — 23 February        

On Friday 23 February we are holding our annual WHS Athletics Carnival Day at Newtown Park.

This year we are expecting all year 9 and 10 students to be competing. At years 11 to 13 the event will be for competitors only. Other students in years 11 to 13 will have a Home Learning Day and I encourage students to make good use of their time on that day if they are not going to attend the athletics. Teachers will talk to senior students about their expectations for this day. We encourage year 11 to 13 students to come along and support their peers and the junior students. Senior students who have committed to running a stall on the day are also expected to attend.

Students need to make their way to Newtown Park and have their name marked on the roll by 8.45am.  The athletics programme will start at 8.45am with the 1500 metres, these athletes will need to be at the track at 8.30am to warm-up and get ready, the day should conclude by 3.30pm. Entries for all events are taken on the day and students are encouraged to actively participate and to support their whānau group by wearing their colours, Riley – red, Kelly – yellow, Howell – green, Royal – blue.

We look forward to seeing who our top athletes will be as they will go on to represent WHS at the Western Zone Athletics Championships on Tuesday 7 March.

Please note that although bikes, skateboards and scooters might be used as transport to arrive at the park, they must not be ridden at all inside Newtown Park. Shoes and appropriate attire must be worn whilst competing.

Students should bring water, wear a hat and have sunscreen. Food should also be brought for the day and students may like to bring cash to purchase food from the stalls run by senior students.

Newtown Park is an all-weather track. However, should we need to cancel this will be communicated through the School App, Twitter, Facebook page and the school website.


PAT Tests

Year 9 & 10 Progressive Achievement Tests (PATs)

Year 9 and 10 students are sitting four Progressive Achievement Tests (PATs) during Weeks 4—5 in their core classes. PAT tests are used to provide baseline data about the cohort in Maths, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Science. Results support faculty and teacher learning design to support students.

  • All Year 9 and 10 students must ensure they have a laptop with them as the tests are completed online.

For more information on PATs, go to: Understanding PATs – Community and Parents (NZCER)


Te Whānau a Taraika Hui Invite 2018

Nau mai haere mai ki te hui Te Whānau a Taraika. We would like to invite everyone to our first meeting for Te Whanau a Taraika for 2018: Monday 19 February, 6pm, at Hineakau, Wellington High School.

Meet other whānau, hear about the school’s 2017 NCEA results and upcoming project work for Taraika, the new te ao Māori course for year 9 students, and discuss any other topics that you would like to raise.

Feel free to bring a plate of food to share over a cup of tea afterwards. All parents and whānau of Wellington High School very welcome!


Relay for Life 2018

Wellington High School is entering a team into the 24 hour Relay For Life. The relay will be held on Saturday the 17th of March at Frank Kitts Park, Wellington.

Relay For Life is an overnight relay, starting in the afternoon of Saturday continuing onto the Sunday morning. The event is to represent that cancer never sleeps, and all money fundraised goes to the Cancer Society. This is a awesome event to get involved in, and any support would be greatly appreciated.

Collect a registration form from student services and return by Wednesday 22nd to be involved. Entry is $20, which includes your Relay for Life T-Shirt.


What’s been happening?

Year 9 Camp — Noho marae

9 Kelly 1 and 2 wrapped up Week 3 on camp. Many trees were scaled and fears conquered at Adrenalin Forest. It was awesome to see so many students giving it a go.
We walked, swam, explored local history & Māori areas of significance. Some tired but happy campers today.



Sculpture Class

Year 12 and 13  sculpture class took advantage of the sunny weather and made an outing this week to Pukeahu park to analyse the public sculpture work.  

More trips are planned for this class to view the fabulous sculpture work that is installed around Wellington.


WHS Choir

Our fantastic new Vocal Ensemble/Choir has started up, producing already some wonderful sounds.
We meet Wednesday lunchtime in the main Music Room. All newcomers welcome.


Dancing in Disneyland

Julien, Ren Young (Riley 1), and Claire Lynch (year 10) are part of a dance team that will be going to LA in the April school holidays where they will get to dance at Disneyland and on Hollywood Boulevard, as well as attend dance workshops at various dance studios in LA. During the Christmas/New Year break they had rehearsals preparing routines for the LA Dance tour.

Last Saturday, at the Island Bay festival they performed some of their routines, see link below.

Island Bay festival video click here.


Scholarship Success

18 of our students achieved scholarship at the 2017 NCEA Scholarship exams across 12 different subjects.

 Scholarship is the highest level of achievement possible at NCEA Level 3 NCEA and awards $500 to each successful candidate.

Congratulations to Daisy Abraham, Ruby Medlicott (pictured left with Dominic Killalea, Principal), and Otis Rea who achieved scholarship across three different subjects which means they will receive a Scholarship award valued at $2000 a year for three years towards study in New Zealand.

CONGRATULATIONS Indio Avanci-Bishop , a Year 10 Student passed with EXCELLENCE in the NCEA Level 3 Human Evolution Biology External Exam. We wish him well for his South American Adventures this year.


WHS student makes international splash!

Congratulations to Anton Down-Jenkins (Year 13 in 2017) who has been selected to compete for New Zealand in the next Commonwealth Games. Read the full story here:  Teenage divers added to New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games squad

Sports' Notices

WHS Netball Summer Skills Workshop

The Summer Skills Workshops are an opportunity for anyone interested in getting their netball skills up to speed and then pushing themselves to excel in this wonderful game! You will be challenged, it will be hard work, but rewarding! You must bring proper shoes, training gear, a water bottle, and healthy snacks or a lite lunch.

9:00am Introductions – Michael
9:10am ACC Netball Smart Warmup​ introduction and activity – Vania
9:40am Ball Skills Circuits – Julie
10:20am Catch your breath
10:30am Footwork Circuits – Julie
11:10am Catch your breath
11:20am Passing Drills – Julie
12:00pm Catch your breath
12:20pm Game Time ​- this could be full court or half depending on how many turn up
1:00pm Warm Down
1:10pm Finish

WHĀNAU Welcome to the WHS netball whānau. You and your whānau are part of making our netball whānau an awesome one. Like any whānau we work together and support each other to succeed.

EXCELLENCE To be the best you’ll need to give 100% on and off the court. Physical fitness, attitude and commitment will take you to the top.

RESPECT Show respect with your words and your actions. A great team is built on respect and kindness – between players, family and supporters, coaches, managers, umpires and captains.

ORA Netball builds hauora, supporting mental, physical and social wellbeing. Netball is a great way to be your best self. Looking after yourself and each other will mean that your team has a fabulous season and that you will get the most out of playing netball.

WHS phone 04 385 8911 : Netball Handbook : :



Preseason training will start for all students wishing to play Football for Wellington High School this year.  

Training will be on Thursdays afterschool 3.30-5.00pm on the school field.  Mr Junca will be running these practices.  Trials dates will be confirmed a little later.

Summer Sport vs. Winter Sport

As a few winter codes are starting up their pre season training. Please note that if your son or daughter is playing a summer sport then this is to take priority over the winter sport training.  Trials for winter codes will be advertised within the next few weeks.

From the Careers Desk

Impress employers with your strong thinking skills:

No matter whether a job involves taking apart a car engine, picking up rubbish or writing technical reports, employers tell us you’re more employable if you can show you have the ability to think.

You don’t need to be a deep thinker, but you do need to show that you can solve problems, form an opinion and come up with new ideas.

For more details on these skills, check this link: Impress employers with your strong thinking skills.

For Careers Advice, or to make an appointment, contact Chuni Bhika, Careers Adviser/Vocational Pathways Teacher (