Weekly Wrap Up

The Wrap Up (Week 5, Term 2 2024)

Rock to the beat at the regional finals of Smokefree Rockquest and tune into the Aotearoa Music Awards to celebrate a Tui win with one of our own. Book your tickets to Hector at BATS Theatre, and get muddy at the Tough Guy and Gal Challenge. Check out the Careers Newsletter for events and opportunities and sign up the Polytech and vocational pathways workshop. This and much more in this week’s Wrap Up.

Important Dates

  • 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

Important Information

Open Evening 2024 

Our Open Evening will take place on Monday 10 June. We will be offering three sessions. Tickets for all sessions must be pre-booked.

  • 4.30pm – tour followed by Principal’s address at 5.45pm
  • 6.00pm – tour followed by Principal’s address at 7.15pm

To book, click here:

For our rangatahi Māori and those akongā passionately interested in learning in Te Ao Māori spaces, we offer the following programme:

  • 4.30pm – Welcome, kai and kōrero from our senior Māori students and kaiako involved in Toi Māori, Māori Performing Arts, Te Reo Māori, Kapa Haka, Waka Ama. Hosted by Te Whānau a Taraika in Taraika Marae, followed by tours around the kura at 6pm and Principal’s address at 7.15pm

To book, click here:

Polytechs and vocational pathways workshop – Monday 17 June

The Careers Team’s Polytechs and vocational pathways workshop will take place on Monday 17 June from 6.00-7.00pm. The workshop is aimed at students in years 12 and 13 and their whānau and will take place in the Riley Centre. 

The workshop will cover:
– Overview – NZ Qualifications Framework (NZQF)
– Vocational Pathways
– Through school – Trades Academy and Gateway, Taster and STAR courses, Work     Experience, Finding entry level work
– Te Pukenga, Wananga, Private Training Providers (PTE’s) who and what are they?
– Gap Year vs Uni vs Polytech
– Mid Year courses
– First year FEES FREE
– Scholarships information
– Student Finances including loans and allowances
– Study Link
– Apprenticeships
– NZ School Leavers Toolkit

To help us manage numbers, booking is essential. Tickets are free and can be booked at:

When you book please include tickets for students who wish to attend.

Metlink updates

Changes to route 4 buses travelling towards Mairangi – effectively immediately.  This will be for the foreseeable future whilst Metlink works to formalise a permanent bus stop.

The last stop for Route 4 services towards Mairangi will be stop 5935 Mairangi Road at Norwich Street.

Route 22 and school bus 769  towards Wilton and Johnsonville will stop at stop 5935 Mairangi Road at Norwich                                                         Street and stop 5129 Wilton Road (near 79) and no longer at                                                         the bottom of Norwich Street.


What’s Happening?

Whānau evening

On Wednesday 22 May we held an evening to welcome our migrant and former refugee students. It was a lovely evening with delicious food.




Smokefree Rocquest – Regional Finals

Eleven music groups took part in Smokefree Rockquest Heats on Saturday –  well done to everyone who performed!  Five of these groups have been selected to compete in the Regional Finals: Marmalade, Ecstasy, The Michaels, The Jay-Js and The Side Characters. These groups will perform two original songs. Come along to Sacred Heart College (Lower Hutt) on Saturday 8 June! Tickets can be purchased on the door.

‘Hector’ by WHS Alumna Cadence Chung

Cadence is putting on another original play that she has written at BATS Theatre Wellington from 18-22 June.  The play is called ‘Hector’, it’s about composer Hector Berlioz ending up stuck in a room with a modern Chinese New Zealander Hector Wong. It examines historical canons around art and Western Art Music in a snappy and theatrical way.  Alongside stage manager Jackson McCarthy, two further WHS alumnus, Hazel Perigo-Blackburn and Lewis Thomson are co-directing the play.

The ticket link with a little show blurb is here:

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Hector by Cadence Chung

Tough Guy and Gal Mud Run Challenge

Friday 24 May showcased an exciting event, with more than 60 spirited students from WHS bravely tackling the Tough Guy and Gal Challenge as part of their Sports Science and PE curriculum. With mud-caked clothes and adrenaline pumping, they navigated through obstacles, demonstrating resilience and teamwork every step of the way. The coolest part was how they all worked together, cheering each other on and helping out when someone got stuck. When they finally finished, covered head to toe in mud, they were all smiles. We’re thrilled to announce that one of our own, Ivan Purdy, clinched an impressive 3rd place spot in the fiercely competitive U16-U19 male category. Congratulations to all participants for their outstanding performance and unwavering spirit!



Alumni Myele Manzana scoops a Tui at the AMA’s

Myele was awarded the Tui for Te Manu Taki Tautito o te Tau | Best Jazz Artist on Thursday 30 May 2024 at the Aotearoa Music Awards.  An accomplished drummer and composer, Myele is now based in London and is a full time working musician with an impressive portfolio of albums showcasing his talent.  Read more about Myele’s impressive career here



There are lots of opportunities in this week’s Careers Newsletter.  If any of these are of interest please see Chuni Bhikha, Dean/Careers Advisor, Yr13 Deans office by Student Services.