Important Dates

  • Monday 5 March – Friday 9 March: Noho marae for 9 Riley and 9 Royal whānau
  • Monday 5 March – Friday 9 March: ERO visiting WHS
  • Wednesday 7 March: Western Zone Athletics
  • Thursday 15 March: College Sport Wellington Athletics Day
  • Thursday 29 March: Learning Conversations
  • Friday 30 March – Tuesday 3 April (includes Tuesday): Easter break
  • Term Dates 2018


Message from our Student BoT Reps

Kia ora !

Our names are Maya and Arie and we have been voted in to represent the student voice here at Wellington High school. Our job is to bring the voices of our student body to higher management to make real and proper change for the better in our school community. Personally, we hope to focus primarily on environmental and social change that we believe can be made within our school. Our social media/contact page is @mayaandarie2k18 – follow us and/or message us for more details !

Aroha Nui

Maya Neupane and Arie Faber

Important Information

Class Photos

If your student was away on photo day but you still want to order a class photo, you can do so by either:

Going online,
 – Use the generic shootkey EJWEHSR99-999
 – Make sure you put your student’s name and class when ordering
Hand in cash/cheque in a plain envelope with student’s name and roopu class to student services.

Note: If paying by cheque, please make out to Schoolmemories.

School Magazine 2017

There has been a delay in the completion of the production of last year’s school magazine. While this is not ideal, we are working to have the copies ready in the next couple of weeks. Thank you for your patience.

Wellington Bus Service

This is to inform you that we are aware that there have been cut backs to the number of buses on bus routes in the Wellington region due to the changing of management. We have been informed that changes will be made to solve the issues but services will be limited until June when the new company  officially takes over.

A survey will be sent out by the new management and a link will be available  on our Weekly wrap-up in the near future to find solutions for the areas affected.

Also, as buses are packed, we encourage to remind students that it is polite to stand for the elderly to have a seat.


Whats been happening?

International BBQ

Last Friday the International Dept held a BBQ for our homestay families and international students.  This was held at school using the Pavilion and school field as the venue.

This is the first time that this event has been held and it was hugely successful.  There were in excess of 100 people who came along and enjoyed the evening.  It was fantastic for homestays to be able to mix and mingle and for the students from so many countries to mix in a relaxed social setting.

International students who have already been with us for 6 months or more were involved in the organisation of this event and did an amazing job setting up, cooking, organising games and cleaning up.  

We have a large international program at Wellington High School and this event illustrated the quality of both our homestay families and our international students.

PMs Excellence Awards

We are very proud that Wellington High School Board Chairperson Deanne Daysh has been selected to be on the judging panel for the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards. The annual awards celebrates outstanding work being carried out in schools nationwide.

Press release re announcement of judges and experts for 2018 FINAL DRAFT – click here





Lectures on CRISPR and Sustainability for WHS Students

Miriam Sherratt from Papa Taiao Earthcare came to talk to the Roots and Shoots Students and those from the Sustainability and Biology classes at lunchtime in the library on Friday 16th Feb. A direct result of this talk is the offer for students to attend the Predator Free NZ workshop on Thursday the 1st of March from 9.30am-12.30pm at Evans Bay Intermediate School.

Miriam’s presentation clearly showed the students the potential and problems of CRISPR and the need to eradicate problem pests in New Zealand. Her presentation worked well with Dr Melanie McConnell’s lecture on how CRISPR works and the future for it in NZ and overseas.

Biology Teachers and students rounded out this CRISPR Friday with a visit to the Environmental Protection Authorities Hui at the VUW Law School with Professor Kevin Esvelt from MIT, co-developer of the CRISPR genome technology.

Professor Esvelt presented his work on gene editing, gene drives and daisy drives and generated an informed conversation with our students about the technology. This was a unique opportunity to hear from some of the world’s experts on this technology. Our students were fortunate to be able to participate in this open conversation about new technologies and the various Māori perspectives on them before a technology is developed or used in Aotearoa.

These lectures, hui and workshops on CRISPR help our students to learn about the latest biotechnology and integrate the views and discussions from world leaders in the sciences. Our thanks to the speakers, organizers and the parents of WHS students who made this possible – we would not have known of these events, nor been invited to participate without the network of WHS parents, caregivers and student supporters.

Sunflowers in the school horticulture garden


CONGRATULATIONS to Abi Liddell, Sophie Mance and Amelia Mance for selection in the NZ U20 Ultimate Frisbee team.  They will be competing in the World Junior Championships to be held in Waterloo, Canada from the 19-25 August 2018.


WHS Netball Summer Skills Workshop

Saturday 24th February

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 : :

Netball Trial Dates

Saturday 3rd March
Juniors Yr 9 & 10
9.00am – 11.30am
Seniors Yr 11, 12 & 13
1.00pm – 3.30pm

Tuesday 6th March
3.30pm – 6.00pm

Thursday 8th March
3.30pm – 6.00pm

Saturday 10th March
Junior and Senior
9.00am – 11.30am

We will have sign up sheets for the students to complete in the Foyer outside the Library on Tuesday 27 February, Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1st March  

We are also trying to gauge if there is any interest in our Male students who are interested in playing Netball, if so they are welcome to sign up during the above dates.  If the interest is there we would like to run our own in house Netball Competition for them.


Preseason practice for Football are as follows:

Thursday after school on the school field 3.30pm – 5.00pm

Tuesday mornings on the school field 8.00am – 9.30am



Preseason practice for Basketball are as follows:

Wednesday afterschool in the Lower Gym 3.30pm -5.00pm

Junior Boys
Tuesday afterschool in the Tindill Gym 3.30pm – 5.00pm

From the Career Desk

Right subject choice key to career opportunities

With so many careers on offer, it’s easy to understand how young people get lost making decisions about the world of work. Careers exist that the world hadn’t even thought of five years ago.

Subject choice options vary from career to career. Where future doctors may need to focus on science and biology subjects, a student interested in tourism might focus on English and maths.

As a teacher, parent or whānau, you can help guide young people towards the right subjects to open up career opportunities.

Supporting positive career choices

You may initiate a career discussion with your young person, or it could start with them saying “I don’t know what to study”, or “I need help choosing my subjects”. The three simple steps below will help you guide a career discussion.

Step 1: Check current status

Ask your young person:

Step 2: Explore subject choices

When exploring subject choices with your young person, remember to discuss the following points:

Step 3: Create a subject choice action plan

An action plan will help a young person outline clear goals to study the right subjects for the right careers.

  • Help them come up with a plan for how they can most effectively use their time and effort and on what subjects.
  • Make sure they know what credits and levels of achievement they need to get into their chosen course.
  • Check with them to make sure they understand what support options their school offers. For example, would an extra half-year or summer study help them academically?