Weekly Wrap Up

The Wrap Up (Week 2, Term 2 2024)

Congratulate Paul Austin on his impressive NZQA Top Scholar award in Painting. Sign up for the Young, Free and Pacific annual event at Massey and join with us to bid farewell to Edward Meredith, a highly regarded member of WHS staff and Year 13 Dean, who is embarking on a new teaching chapter in Rotorua. This and much more in this week’s Wrap Up.

Important Dates

  • Monday 13 May – Junior Parents Evening 2.00-6.00pm
  • Friday 17 May PPTA Paid Union Meeting – school closes at 12.00pm
  • Monday 27 MayThursday 30 May – Corequisite exams for some students in Years 10 – 13.  A modified timetable will run this week with periods 1-3 before lunch at 12.20pm and periods 4 and 5 after lunch from 1.20pm
  • Friday 31 May – Teacher Only Day – school will be closed
  • Monday 3 June – Monarch’s Birthday – school will be closed
  • Tuesday 4 June – NCEA Teacher Only Day – school will be closed
  • Monday 10 June – Open Evening for 2025 – school finishes at 3pm
  • Friday 28 June – Matariki holiday – school will be closed
  • Friday 5 July – End of Term 2

What’s happening?


Young, Free and Pacific 

Affirming Works is a Pacific-led, faith-based organisation dedicated to mentoring and educational services for young Pacific peoples, alongside offering community support services across New Zealand. Year 11 to Year 13 students at Wellington High School have been invited to a free two-day annual event in Wellington ‘Young, Free and Pacific’, which celebrates and empowers Pacific youth through workshops, cultural performances, and leadership talks. Aimed at fostering identity, community, and resilience, it’s an invaluable opportunity for engagement in their heritage.

Date for Young Men: Tuesday 25 June 2024

Date for Young Women: Wednesday 26 June 2024

Venue: Massey University, College of Creative Arts Toi Rauwhārangi, Block 1 Te Whare Pukākā, Mount Cook, Wellington.

For a bit of an insight from last year’s Young, Free & Pacific event, have a look at their blog post. If you are interested in attending, please contact Rebecca at 

Farewell to outgoing Year 13 Dean

At the end of this week we bid farewell to an outgoing Year 13 Dean, Edward Meredith.  We wish him all the best for his new adventures in Rotorua. Iona Forsyth will be taking over from Edward and will be sharing the Year 13 deans’ responsibilities with Chuni Bhikha. You can contact them using the Year 13 Deans’ email or students can find them in the Senior Deans office next to Student Services (M500).

Staff name change

Hannah Paton-Smith, Year 11 Dean and teacher in charge of Classical Studies, has legally changed their name and is now Paton Smith. This has also changed their cipher to SHP, and their email address.

Student ID cards

Student ID cards can still be ordered via this Google Form

You can choose from a Standard ID card $10 or a Snapper ID card $25.
Once you have completed the form, your student’s account will be billed.  Please note that payment is required before the card can be ordered.  We anticipate a turnaround time of 10 working days once payment has been received.



NZQA Top Scholar award for Paul Austin

In a ceremony at the Beehive on Wednesday 8 May, Paul Austin was recognised as the NZQA top scholar for 2023 in Painting. Paul’s parents are pictured, receiving the award on Paul’s behalf at Wednesday’s ceremony.
This is a phenomenal, well-deserved achievement as Paul’s portfolio demonstrates. You may already recognise Paul’s work as it was featured as the WHS yearbook cover for 2023.


Looking for a part-time job? There are a few jobs being advertised at the moment which have student friendly shifts. If you are keen to get some part time work, contact Bec McKenzie who will be more than happy to help you through the application process. 

Check out the up-coming opportunities and courses on offer in this week’s Careers newsletter  If you are interested in any of these opportunities please see Chuni Bhikha, Year 13 Dean/Career Advisor, located in the Senior Dean’s office next to student services.