Weekly Wrap Up

The Wrap Up (Weeks 9 & 10, Term 3)

It’s the end of term and the Wrap Up is busy! Next term’s key dates (including a change to the end of term) are highlighted and we include important information for the derived grade exams and start of Term 4. We celebrate Drama, Music and Science and join the International Department in activities through the term.

Important Dates

  • Monday 18 October: Start of Term 4
  • Monday 18 October: Board meeting 6pm
  • Monday 18-22 October: Derived Grade Exam week — seniors on study leave unless they are doing exams. Lunch will be at 12.20 for Years 9-10. All the information students need is here.
  • Monday 25 October: Labour Day — school closed
  • Friday 12 November: Official last day for Seniors
  • Monday 15-19 November: Opportunities Week for those Seniors who wish to complete outstanding work.
  • Wednesday 15 December: End of Term 4. Change of date.As we were unable to take the mid-term break in Term 3, the end of the school year has been brought forward by one day. 

Important Information

Principal’s End of Term message

Dominic’s end of term message, a tribute to friend and colleague, Mike Neville, is now online.

Term 3 reports

Term 3 reports are now available for download from the portal.

Derived Grade Exams 

Students in Year 11—13 will be sitting derived grade examinations in some of their subjects between Monday 18 — Friday 22 October 2021.

The timetable, student instructions and a revision advice booklet can be found via the main link on the Student Hub > Senior Derived Grade Exams 2021. Hard copies of timetables are available from Student Services.

You can support your student by:

  • Making sure they know when and where their exams are – and supporting them to revise, have the right equipment and be on time.
  • Ensuring they have a good balance over the break – rest as well as prepare. Resources like the StudyIt site can be helpful for English, Maths and Science.
  • If your child is unwell on the day, please contact the school as normal. Opportunities to sit exams in class the following week is at the discretion of Heads of Faculty. Note that students may not be able to claim a derived grade from the exam if they sit it at a later date.

There is useful advice for parents about how to help your student prepare for exams here:

Lunchtime Week 1

Lunch will be at the early time of 12.20 for Years 9 and 10 during exam week. Some rooms will change for them as well – new room timetables will be displayed for anyone who is not sure.

What’s happening?

Year 13 Music

Fritz’s Year 13 music students finished their final solo performance assessment this week. A fine effort by all the students. We look forward to their group performance at the Music Evening on 2 November.


Year 11 performance goes online

On its second night of their performance run, the Year 11 Drama production of DNA was interrupted by the move to Covid Alert Level 4. Finally, in week nine, the remaining students managed to finish their assessment. The performance was filmed and is currently being edited. 

An email with a link to the performance will be sent during the holidays so that whānau can view the performance. 

Well done to those students for picking up their play again after a five week break!

He Kākano

Fashion technology, sonic arts, carpentry and hospitality are highlights in He Kākano this week. We also had students dressing up to participate in a media studies film project. We are nearing the end of term 3 and the students are completing work in a range of subjects and are ready for a nice spring break. 

International News

International Week

During term three the International Department held a school wide celebration of the cultural diversity of Wellington High.  The main events of the week were an International Food Fair and an International Football tournament (indoors).  Both were fantastic successes enjoyed by many students and staff while highlighting the richness of our school community.

The International Food Fair was held in the level 5 foyer  The foyer was filled with colourful flags, food stalsl from 11 countries and many hungry students and staff members perusing the delicious treats. Huge thanks to all of the students who worked so hard and also to Nanda (Chuni’s sister) who made and donated the Chickpea Curry.

$280.00 was contributed to the Nepal Orphanage fund from the food fair.

International Football

The Riley Centre was the venue for a  very entertaining indoor football tournament.  Five teams competed fiercely during the lunchtime event with many spectators.  The event was a great success and one to be repeated.

Food Technology Project

Four international students, Athena Suen, Vy Ha, Vasilisa Rybkina and Au Bui have been busy in term 3 preparing for a year 12/13 Food Technology project. The project was to develop a product and an associated resource for a member of the WHS community. Students were required to consider how fit for purpose their product is against social, economic and environmental factors.

Products were to have been prepared for our International Dinner however due to a date change this was not possible. On Tuesday 28 International staff and some students enjoyed the project products and provided feedback for assessment purposes.

The quality of preparation, presentation and product was very high. The tastes were sensational.  Congratulations to all four students for their work in this project.


WHS dominate NIWA Science and Technology Fair 

Year 13 Students Luke Weston and Ryan Bright placed first and second in the senior category (class 5) in this year’s fair held virtually on September 25th. Alex Buyck and Alexa Lee were also entered in class 5 and received Highly Commended certificates for their work. In Class 4 (Year 10), Aiden Scott received the Antarctic Society prize while Charlie Chen placed second. Luke and Ryan were also awarded special prizes, with Luke’s including a $5000 scholarship to study at Victoria University. I want to mention Ryan Bright who has now won prizes 5 years in a row, including 3 consecutive placings in class 5 and many major special prizes.


Information for Year 12 and 13

We have put together a document which contains information on Student Job search and provides a list of other job search websites that are great to use when looking for part time and full time jobs. If you need any help or have any questions contact Bec: 

Trades Academy presentation

If you/your young people are interested in finding out more about these programmes, please contact Chuni Bhikha (Careers Advisor/Trades Academy coordinator) identifying your students name, Ropu and what courses they are interested in. Enrolment applications are due to Chuni Bhikha by Fri 1 Oct.   

Presentation link ….