Weekly Wrap Up

The Wrap Up (Week 6, Term 1 2024)

Join our Dragon Boat Teams on the water for the Wellington Dragon Boat Festival. Celebrate International Women’s Day with our students at Parliament. Find out more about First Foundation Scholarship Programmes and fly high at the National Vert Junior Inline Skating Championships and much more in this week’s Wrap Up.

Important Dates

  • Monday 11 March – Board meeting 6pm
  • Wednesday 27 March – Learning Conversations
  • Thursday 28 March – Kāhui Āko – Teacher only day (school closed)
  • Friday 29 March – Good Friday (school closed)
  • Monday 1 April – Easter Monday (school closed)
  • Tuesday 2 April – MoE stipulated holiday (school closed)
  • Monday 8 April – Board meeting 6pm
  • Friday 12 April – End of Term 1

Important Information

Principal’s message

Dominic’s mid-term Principal’s message is now online here.

Non-suicidal self injury workshop

The Guidance team have arranged for Dr Kirsty Moore from Victoria University of Wellington to run a workshop on non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). The workshop will take place at WHS on Monday 25 March at 6.30pm.  

NSSI is an often misunderstood and stigmatised behaviour and the workshop offers support to those who may be struggling to know how best to respond and support the young person who is deliberately hurting themselves. Through taking part in the workshop, participants will gain an understanding of what NSSI is and will learn the practical skills and knowledge to best support people who are struggling. 

Workshop convenor Dr Kirsty Moore describes herself as a speaker, coach, trainer and general spreader of hope, who combines academic knowledge with personal experience to educate people about Non-Suicidal Self Injury. 

To book a place please go to: The workshop is free of charge and will run for approximately 2 hours.

First Foundation Scholarship programme webinar

The First Foundation programme is much more than a scholarship. Not only will students get financial help, but they will also have a dedicated mentor who’ll be there for them along the way—so even if they’re the first in the family to go to university, they will have support from someone who’s been there before.  Plus, they will get paid work experience to grow their skills, giving them access to the professional networks most people rely on for work opportunities. Join us on Monday night to learn more.

Be sure to share with these families and invite them to join us on Monday 11 March at 7.30pm to learn more about the First Foundation programme. Click here for more information. 

Expressions of interest have already opened and will close on 17 March.

Register for the webinar here

What’s happening?


This year our Year 9 English classes are taking part in a Reading Challenge – Read for a Feed: feed your mind and feed your body. Students are reading books then writing a book review to earn points throughout the year. At the end of the year the Library will shout the winning class a pizza lunch. So far there has been some great reading happening; 88 book reviews have been completed and Bradwell 1 is leading the challenge.

Lost & found 

We have a wide range of unclaimed Lost & Found items at Student Services.  These will be on display all day, in the main foyer (Level 5) on 27 March 2024.  Please come and check out the display if your child has misplaced any items i.e. hoodies, outdoor jackets, headsets, water bottles, keys, jewellery and much more.


International Women’s Day

For International Women’s Day, Nina Martin-Edgar, Anne Carey-Smith and Maaike Day (Year 13) went to the Zonta International Women’s Day breakfast at Parliament! We had a blast and  enjoyed the speakers Dame Farah Palmer, the Chia sisters Chloe and Florence, and Dame Miranda Harcourt. The Zonta Club of Wellington is part of Zonta International, a leading global organisation of professionals, empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Zonta envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognised as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.



National Vert Junior Inline Skating champion

Congratulations to Malachi Matheson (Year 10) who has retained the title of National Vert Junior Inline Skating champion. This is Malachi’s third consecutive title, completing the hat-trick in his final year of junior competition.

Malachi also took out the Biggest Air title, beating juniors, seniors, quad and inline skaters. A phenomenal achievement.

Taite Music Prize 2024 nominee

Former student Vera Ellen has been nominated for the prestigious Taite Music Prize 2024 with her second album Ideal Home Noise. She is competing with 9 other musicians for a $12,500 prize, to be presented on 23 April. Waimarie pai, Vera.


WHS Dragon Boating success

Congratulations to all our school teams who competed in this years Wellington Dragon Boat Festival.  The dedication to training paid off.  Our girls team were rewarded with gold in the B Girls Final, our mixed team received gold in the B Mixed Final.  Our staff team, Welly High Warriors, came 3rd place in their category.  A great outcome for everyone involved.



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