Weekly Wrap Up

The Wrap Up (Weeks 3 & 4, Term 1 2024)

Experience the energy from Rā Aroha as students signed up to sports and clubs for 2024. Find out about Year 12’s visit to Zealandia, and look at careers opportunities for senior students. Why not consider hosting an International Student or signing up for free courses with the Community Education Centre. All this and more in this 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


Five Scholarships for DVC in 2023!

Huge congratulations to the five dedicated WHS Design and Visual Communication (DVC) students who gained NCEA DVC Scholarships last year (this is 12% of the DVC Scholarships allocated across the country!). Logan Barret, Noah Bernhardt, Noah Godfrey, Vita Lawson, and Finn McKay, all your hard work was well recognised!

What’s happening?

Community Education Centre – free courses or NZ citizens and residents (with ID):

Please tell your whanau and friends, neighbours and colleagues about our free courses! Go to to book a place. (Please note you must be at least aged 16 to enrol in and come to our courses).

Zealandia visit

Biology (BIO223) students visited Zealandia this week to make some real life observations of the Takahē. This is part of our population pattern study of how Takahē numbers have changed over time.

Rā Aroha

There was an enthusiastic turn-out of students to sign up for clubs, groups and activities on Rā Aroha.  With a broad range of diverse and interesting clubs and activities to choose from, there was something for everyone.


World Peace Run

70 students participated in the World Peace Run on Monday 19 February.  This global relay seeks to inspire the creation of a more peaceful world. 

The sports season for Term 1 is underway!  We have more than 450 players spread across various dragon boating, floorball, futsal, volleyball, water polo, cricket, lawn bowls and waka ama teams.  We have had some great games already and encourage everyone to attend upcoming games to show support!

We’re looking forward to Athletics Day this Friday, February 23, 2024.


Interviews with Year 12 and 13 students

Over the next week, we will be asking students to complete a short questionnaire …

  • I do know what I am doing in 2025 … 
  • I have some ideas ….
  • HELP … I have no idea and I need some support …

Chuni Bhikha (Yr 13 Co Dean/Careers Advisor) will start to meet and chat with Yr 13 students and Bec McKenzie (Careers Advisor) will start to check in with Yr 12 students. We will both start with those who need assistance and work from there.

University visits are scheduled for this Term – interested students should keep an eye on notices and Weekly Careers Newsletter information from their Form Teachers.

New Careers staff member – we are also pleased to see the return of Ms Denise Pannett (Careers Assistant) who will be supporting the Careers team. 

Please keep an eye out for Upcoming Events and Dates in the world of Careers:

  •     Tech Women – 8 March 2024
  •     Yoobee Colleges Open Days begin 26-28 March 2024
  •     IAG – Application for the course (Open)
  •     Wellington Youth Development Programme – Applications close 19 April 2024
  •     Connexis Infrastructure Training Gateway Programme – Applications open
  •     Apiculture Beekeeping Gateway Programme – 18/19, 25/26 March, 8/9 April 2024
  •     Wellington Barista Course – 22/23 April 2024
  •     Student Leaders Academy 6-13 July 2024   

More on these scheduled events can be found in the Careers Newsletter coming out this Friday, 23 February 2024.


Upcoming Gateway Courses: For more information and to apply, students to see Paula in COM 5 or email

3-day IAG Insurance work experience programme

This 19-20 credit, Level 3 Programme is aimed at building independent and creative young minds. Linking on-site learning with our NZQA credited programme, the IAG Workplace Experience Programme provides a supported work placement opportunity. IAG is an international insurance company with a community focus. They’re offering an exclusive opportunity to business-minded learners wanting a taste of the corporate world. Starts in Term 2 TBC dates.

Applications for Wellington Youth Development Programme open

Applications close: Friday 19th April 2024

About the Programme

Youthline Wellington’s Youth Development Programme is a Gateway Programme in Level 3 Youth Work for students in years 12 and 13. We run our programme in Porirua from 1 pm – 3 pm and Wellington Central from 4 pm – 6 pm each Wednesday in Terms 2 and 3. Students can opt into our Extension Option, which continues into Term 4, to earn their full Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work! During Terms 2 and 3, students can earn 31 credits in level 3 Youth Work. If students continue to our Extension Option they can earn an additional 14 credits (45 credits total) and their full Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work. Through the programme, young people will learn about Youth Work values, practices and skills and will support Youthline Wellington to deliver an event on a topic of their choice for other young people in their community.

 If you have any questions, see Paula in COM 5 or email

Apiculture (Beekeeping) NCEA Level 2

In this 2-day course, students learn how to open and inspect a beehive and how to determine beehive health. They also learn about the fascinating characteristics of honey bees. The two days will be spent with an expert beekeeper to gain insight into beekeeping as a potential career. 

Total 10 credits.


  • 18th and 19th March – Wellington Botanical Gardens
  • 25th and 26th March – Wellington Botanical Gardens
  • 8th and 9th of April – Wellington Botanical Gardens

To apply see Paula in COM5 or email


Consider being a host family for an International Student.  Details below: