Important Dates

  • Thursday 15 March: College Sport Wellington Athletics Day (Western Zones)
  • Thursday 29 March: Learning Conversations
  • Friday 30 March – Tuesday 3 April (includes Tuesday): Easter break
  • Term Dates 2018

Important Information

Learning Conversations — 29 March

An email was sent to all whānau and caregivers this week to invite you to book a session for a Learning Conversation with your student’s rōpū teacher.

You can book your learning conversation session(s) now by going to and using the correct code(s) for your student(s):

  • Juniors Year 9-10: Code f7ajr
  • Seniors Years 11-13: Code q63q

Please note:

  • The Learning Conversation is a conversation between the student, the student’s rōpū teacher and parent(s) / caregiver(s).
  • Students will only be at school on Thursday 29 March for their learning conversation.
  • Each learning conversation takes 20 minutes
  • During the conversation, we invite students to think, and make judgements about, their learning. The teacher will help the student to lead the discussion and reflect on progress so far. Students will develop up to three goals that they would like to achieve through this year.



2017 Year Books

The 2017 Yearbooks have now arrived in school and will be distributed next week to all students, staff and families who have already ordered copies.

Apologies for the delay with the publication — but we think they look great so we hope you’ll feel it was worth the wait!



Entertainment Books 

You can order online or you can hand your order form to Student Services with either cash or credit card details.  Membership costs $65 and $13 goes towards our general fundraising efforts.




Last call for photo orders 

If you haven’t yet handed in your photo order envelope, please do so as soon as possible – last day is 9th March, however Student Services will be collecting late orders next week only.

You can still order online – parents please use the SHOOT KEY on your envelope.




Simply Dental

Simply Dental forms are available from reception to enrol with the on site Dental Caravan Service at Wellington High School.




Unwell students

We have had a steady stream of students coming to the sick bay this week, and there seems to be a virus/bug going around.

Please keep your young person at home if they are unwell. This gives them time to recover and prevents the spread of illness around other students and staff.

You can inform us of their absence via the WHS app, via phone (04) 802 7673 or via email:


What’s happening?

Drama Camp

Year 13 Drama students went on camp this week at Riversdale Beach in the Wairarapa coast. With 48 hours of torrential rain, they showed resilience and versatility, being confined indoors for most of the week. They have all made huge progress towards their next assessment in week 8 and auditioned for the major drama production, due in the last week of term two.


Film and TV News

All in the Mind

On Sunday night on Prime TV at 8.30pm, Nathan Mikharere-Wallis will be presenting a programme called ‘All in the Mind’. Three of our students from Year 13 last year — Runy Medlicott, Poppy Donaldson, Finn Agin — will be part of a discussion group looking at the male and female brain.


Be careful what you share

Finn Culver and Grace Medlicott recently appeared on Newshub (Thursday 8th of March). They were discussing a short film they were commissioned to make for the Chief Censor’s office.

The film is about the need to ‘think before you share’. Here is a link:  


Boomerang Bags Working Bees

Come to the Fabrics room D212 Lunchtime on Tuesdays (fortnightly ie Weeks 7, 9, 11) for Boomerang Bags working bees from 13th March.

Please bring in any clean dry fabrics to use in making the boomerang bags and leave it with Science Teachers on Level 5 Science.




Earth and Space Science field trip

Josh James and Jack Davies on the Earth and Space Science field trip to California and Harcourt Parks (Upper Hutt). They are standing on the scarplet formed by movement of the Wellington Fault.  The students are investigating the geology of the Wellington region for an NCEA standard.


Riley Students scale new heights

9Riley1 and 2 wrapped up Week 6 with their Noho Marae. Many trees were scaled ans fears conquered at Adrenalin Forest. It was wonderful to see so many students willing to give it a go on this challenging course.  We walked, swam, explored local history & climbed our maunga. Tired but happy campers will be sleeping soundly tonight.

(Above) Riley 1,  in the Hall of Memories, with Lyndon Smith’s statue, Mother and Children

(Above) Riley 1, remember the Battle of Passchendaele at the Belgian Memorial (Laurel ‘Memorial Wreath’)  at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

(Above) Riley riding the waves, with tuna, at PATAKA Art + Museum

(Above) Enlightened by Nexus from Shannon Novak at Pataka

(Above)Reflected through a vitrine, Juan and Theo ponder Pataka.

International News

International Student Welcome

Each year Wellington City celebrates the arrival of international students with a Mayoral Welcome and an afternoon of fun activities to introduce the students to New Zealand culture and to start the year on an exciting note.  New international students from Wellington High joined up with all other Wellington schools for the kapa haka group and events that followed.


Mel and Tom visit Switzerland

Two of our teachers Mel McGrath and Tom Lazarides are currently exploring the world. They have recently spent a week in Switzerland with the Chakroun family. Patrick Chakroun is one of our current wonderful international students.  He joined us in July 2017. The family were so welcoming of Mel and Tom and even took them sledding.

It is awesome that there has been this connection made. The family said “It was great to have Mel and Tom here. It was very interesting to hear a lot about NZ and we did talk a lot about the differences of Switzerland and New Zealand.  We had a lot of fun together, I think they loved the sledging!”

The family told Mel and Tom that they were really appreciative of all the work that Wellington High has done for Patrick. They couldn’t speak highly enough of theInternational Department, the awesome communication and how everything is made to be so straightforward for parents so far away.

Patrick has a great homestay and this has contributed hugely to the  success of his time at Wellington High. If you have an interest in hosting an international student please get in touch –


TEC and ICT Graduate School Hackathon

The Tertiary Education Commission and Victoria University’s ICT Graduate School organised an event to develop a game or app to teach a science concept. Six students from Year 11 and 12 with interest and ability in gaming, coding and Science were chosen to participate. At the two day event they were teamed up with students from other schools and ICT graduates. Each team was required to choose a science idea to focus their game on, and then develop a concept of a game or app to teach the science idea. Year 12 students Michael Edmeades and Kate Lindsay, whose game was designed to team the chemistry of rockets, were in the team that won. They each received a $2000 Victoria University scholarship.

Kate (seated) and Michael (standing) during “pitch” presentations




This year our Rugby team will be competing in the U80kg Division. Turoa Mulholland is the Captain and Murphy Bartle is the Vice Captain.
Congratulations Turoa, hope you have a great season.

Western Zones Athletics

On Wednesday 7 March we had a team head off to the Western Zones Athletic Champs.  It was a very cold and wet day for our athletics and helpers, but they did our school proud.  Tiopira Mulholland and Ari Koed-Chang both made the finals for the U14 Boys’ 100m final, Ella Blakely won the U16 Girls’ 200 & 400m and Cameron Morgan got 3rd in the U19 Boys’ 400m.  Ari broke the record for the U14 Boys’ Long Jump, with a distance of 5.79m. Congratulations and well done to all our students who participated.

CSW Volleyball Regionals

Our Senior Girls Volleyball team competed at the CSW Volleyball Regionals and come a very competitive 8th overall – Congratulations girls that is a awesome result and you should be very proud of yourselves.

Winter Sport sign-up and preseason training                            

Winter Sport is just around the corner and all the sign up sheets for the following sports will be up on the sports noticeboard to register your interest on Monday.  We have on offer: Basketball, Football, Hockey, Badminton, Squash, Table Tennis, Netball, Rugby.

We are also trying to gauge interest from any boys who are interested in playing Netball this year. We are looking at running a WHS in house competition if we can get enough player.  If you are interested please see the Sports Co-ordinator to register your name.

We have a number of sports who have started preseason training and some have already held trials.  

  • Basketball Girls preseason practices are Wednesday afterschool in the Lower Gym
  • Basketball Boys preseason practices are Thursday Lunchtime in the Tindill Gym
  • Basketball Junior Boys preseason practices are Tuesday afterschool in the Tindill Gym
  • Football Girls preseason practices are Tuesday morning 8.00 – 9.30am on the school field
  • Football Boys preseason practices are Thursday afterschool on the school field
  • Netball have their last trial/tournament on Saturday in the Tindill gym from 9.00 – 11.45am

Trials for the Senior Boys’ Basketball will be held on Monday 19 March 3.30 -5.00pm in the Tindall Gym and on Thursday 22 March at lunchtime in the Tindall Gym

Upcoming sporting tournaments

  • Tuesday 13 March 3×3 Basketball tournament held at Walter Nash Stadium in Taita
  • Wednesday 14 March CSW Futsal Regionals held at the ASB Sports Centre

Another sport we are looking at running, is a WHS Ten Pin Bowling Competition – if anyone is interested please see the Sports Co-coordinator.  This competition will be run at Bowlarama in Newtown and would run for 6 weeks in Term 2



Yoga is also a new activity we are looking at running for our students.  This would be in Term 2 for 6 weeks on a Monday after school from 4.00-5.30pm.

The cost for this would be $50, if your son/daughter is interested in this, please get them to registrar with the Sports Co-coordinator


From the Careers' Desk

Help your young person make smart NCEA subject choice decisions

As a parent/caregiver, we (Careers NZ would like to ask you a few simple questions to understand how you, and your school-aged young person/s feel about NCEA subject choices. From your feedback, we aim to improve the NCEA information on our website for parents/caregivers, teachers, and young people.

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Ngā mihi, and thank you for your time and supporting our research.