Weekly Wrap Up

The Wrap Up (Term 3, Week 8)

This week we re-visit OutLoud and follow some of our sports teams on Winter Tournament week. We catch up with the first alumni reunion held in Auckland and celebrate our former students’ successes at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 September: Year 11 DCAT exams
  • Monday 18 September: Board meeting 6pm
  • Tuesday 19 September: Music Evening
  • Friday 22 September: End of Term 3
  • Monday 9 October: Start of Term 4

Important Information

Meningococcal B vaccination

The National Immunisation programme now includes vaccination against Meningococcal B. Meningococcal disease is an infection caused by bacteria that can lead to Meningitis or Septicaemia. Meningococcal disease can be life-threatening and develop, becoming deadly in just a few hours.

Te Whatu Ora offers free vaccination for those aged up to 25 years who are entering into, or in their first year of residing in close-living situations e.g. tertiary halls of residence.

To find out more about vaccination against Meningococcal disease, visit

What’s happening?


Last week was Wellington High School’s annual OutLOUD Pride event, with a range of fun lunchtime activities spanning the week. Highlights included a drag performance in the Riley centre on Tuesday, and a festival in the foyer on Friday. The week of events was organised by UltraViolet, our LGBTQIA+ group, and raised over $350 for InsideOut, a wonderful rainbow charity organisation. 







He Kārero Purakau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu

On Monday two senior Music students, Francesca Rotolo and Nico Buhne, had the opportunity to play He Kārero Purakau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand river. This beautiful instrument is the central work of Michael Parekowhai’s 2011 Venice Biennale and took more than ten years to create.

Usually it is kept in collection storage, but it has been brought out for a fundraiser and limited sessions with the public. Fran and Nico performed a programme of 15 minutes each for one of these sessions. They both played wonderfully.

Auckland alumni luncheon

A small slice of history was made in Auckland with the first gathering of former Wellington Technical College and High School students held away from Wellington.
Held at a catering school owned by former student Danny Chan, more than twenty former students attended. Alumni present included the Mad Butcher, Sir Peter Leitch; Fred White (the school’s first ever boy Dux), Duxes Keng Choon Lee and Laurice Gilbert, and with the last Head Boy and Girl Prefect of Wellington Tech from 1963, Harold Chong and Jill McIntosh (nee Tarrant).
The gathering follows the highly successful 2022 reunion and is a way of keeping the momentum going and developing future sub branches of the Friends of Wellington High School and Technical College Association, in other cities and towns.
Those wishing to join the Friends Association and to hear of other events, should email the Chairman Carey Clements: You can also see details on the High School, Old School Facebook page.





He Kākano

This week junior ākonga rehearse their lines in drama class and practice drums in music. Seniors have been exploring whānau and identifying the te reo vocabulary for each member. They have also been creating presentations about Mexican food after making nachos. With spring on the way the He Kākano garden adds colour to the main block!


VUW graduates

Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington has shared with us the details of our former students who will be graduating over the coming months. We are proud of our former students’ achievements.

You can read the full list here.


Underwater Hockey

The WHS teams competing in the NZ Secondary Schools Tournament enjoyed some success, plenty of good times, and new experiences.

Our Senior Girls team placed highest, finishing 4th in their grade after narrowly missing out on playing in the final. Captain and team MVP Maddy Murdoch was named in the tournament team.

The other teams finished 6th in Junior Open, 7th in Junior Girls, and 8th in Senior Open. Ollie Thurlow-Rae was named in the Junior Open tournament team.

Home pool advantage seemed to count for a lot, with all four grades being dominated by Auckland schools. Thanks go to the teams managers, parents and coaches for making this such a successful year for Underwater Hockey.


Last year, WHS came runner up in the B grade in the Lower North Island Secondary Schools tournament (LNISS) but this year was a little different. The senior team had more than half the team out due to injury, so five junior players stepped up and had the opportunity to compete. They gained exposure to tournament Netball and even though they did not win a game, they can hold their heads high as they played very well against some of the top teams in the Lower North Island, finishing 32 out of 58 teams.

Football (Grant Jarvis tournament)

The Girls’ Football team had a hard fought tournament with some close losses, a couple of wins and two draws. The team finished 21 out 24 and take away a lot of valuable preparation for 2024 and memories of the tournament experience. We have no doubt that they are well placed for next year.
Thank you to Kini and Mr Roth Shank for coaching and looking after the team during tournament week.


Coming up …

Term 3 – Weeks 9 & 10

Year 12/13 Survey Students will be asked about their Career ideas and the assistance they need. This information will guide our next steps of support for those who are unsure about what next and will shape workshops we will offer in Term 4.

Years 10-12 Subject selection advice and guidance available for those needing support

Term 4

Yr 12/13 workshops – The focus for seniors will be on CV writing, job search, apprenticeships, and university course planning 

Year 10 – “Have a Go Day”students will have the opportunity to meet/hear from employers, to gather information about different areas of work that they are interested in. 

Careers staff contact information

If you have any questions, please contact: