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Weekly Wrap-Up (Term 1 – Week 7)

Our students have been active in many areas this week including Strike4Climate, the World Vision Youth Conference, NZYPT and many sporting competitions. Read this week’s Wrap-Up for an update on all these events, and more.

Important Dates

NOTE: You can access the school calendar on our website: WHS School Calendar

  • 26 March: FRIDAY timetable runs today
  • 29 March: Learning Conversations all day (with rōpū teachers)
  • 12 April: End of Term 1

Important Information

Learning Conversations — 29 March 2019

The Learning Conversation takes place between your student, the student’s rōpū teacher and parent(s) / caregiver(s).  Each learning conversation will take 20 minutes at the most. Students will only be at school on Friday 29 March for their learning conversation. Emails have been sent home.

Bookings for learning conversations can be made at using code xktku

NCEA Internal Assessment calendars online

Students and their families can access the NCEA Levels 1—3 assessment calendars via our website.  On the calendars, you can see all the assessment deadline for the year.

Go to Students > Calendars and choose the one that applies to you.

You can add the appropriate calendar to your own via the Google button at the bottom right.





Measles Outbreak — Advice to schools

As you are likely aware, there is a large and ongoing outbreak of measles in Christchurch, with 26 cases as at 14 March. Auckland and Dunedin now also have measles cases.

While there are currently no reported cases in the greater Wellington region, people will move around NZ during the school holiday period of 13 – 28 April, which includes Easter (19 April –22 April), and ANZAC Day (25 April), and it is likely measles will spread.

Accordingly, attached is an information sheet and FAQs regarding measles for primary, intermediate and secondary schools. 

Regional Public Health –

Ministry of Health –

Immunisation Advisory Centre –

What’s happening?

Focus on Climate Change

At the time of writing, a large number of our students are in town for the Climate Change Strike, part of a global movement of youth protest. 

In the build up to this, Wellington High’s Molly Doyle in Year 13, took part in a panel with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the Green Party’s James Shaw, and student leaders from other schools. You can read more about the event here.







World Vision Youth Conference

Stop Press: While many of our students have been out at the Strike4Climate this morning, four students have been representing WHS at the World Vision Youth Conference. Abishkar Palma, Emily Brooke, Liberty McIntyre-Reet, and Jack Davies have been learning and sharing their ideas and vision of how they can be change makers in our community.






Talking Books with Jacinda Ardern

Johanna Christ, Alex Buyck, Otis Brown and Em Flux attended a fundraiser for the Katherine Mansfield House and Garden on the evening of Wednesday 13 March to hear Jacinda Ardern talk about her love of books. The Prime Minister shared advice for teenagers, “Know yourself. Know when you are feeling fragile and get off social media. Don’t live life on a screen.” She also talked about the importance of reading saying, “In order to give children the gift of reading, we need to give parents and caregivers the gift of time.” The students came away feeling very lucky to have had the opportunity to attend the event.




Farewell to Chrissy Laing

We reluctantly said goodbye to Chrissy Laing on Thursday 14 March after four and a half years of outstanding service as our Gateway coordinator.

Chrissy brought enormous positive energy to this important role and she will be greatly missed. Chrissy is embarking on a new journey much closer to home and we wish her well in her new role.




French Club trip to view a French Film Festival 

On Thursday members of the French film club, joined with other French students in Wellington to view the view Au Bout des Doigts.




Tongariro Crossing

On Monday the GEO223 and ESS223 classes left for the long bus ride up to Tongariro. We journeyed up to the mountains and on Tuesday did the long 19.4km Tongariro Crossing. The 22 students and 3 staff made it over in just under 8 hours, some more adventurous students choosing to run the final 3km downhill. Everyone did a great job an had a great time, and the warm hot pools straight afterward were welcomed by us all. The weather was fantastic – a number of us were sporting pink noses by the afternoon. Thank you to Kerry Parker and Kyle West who accompanied and made it possible to do the Crossing for the first time in many years.

Drama Camp

Last week Year 13 Drama went on camp to Riversdale in the Wairarapa. The purpose of the camp was to have an extended rehearsal period for two upcoming performance assessments. While they were away students worked on their acting technique for an assessment which finished yesterday, and started drafting self-devised character-based solos for presentation in week 11 (9-11 April).




JustSpeak lunchtime lecture

The lunchtime lecture on Friday 8 March was delivered by Tania Sawiki Mead.  Tania is the Director of JustSpeak: a movement of young people who are speaking up and speaking out about criminal justice, aspiring for a thriving Aotearoa. JustSpeak develops  youth-led tools, resources, spaces and support to facilitate public conversation on criminal justice informed by evidence and experience. Thank you to the Library for hosting another fascinating talk, and to Kathryn Hutchinson  for organizing the lecture and visit.





Talented footballer and former WHS student featured in Sunday Star Times

The Sunday Star Times on 10 March featured the story of former WHS student, Athman Othman. Athman is remembered by many of his teachers for his sporting talent and we were glad to read of his success on the field playing for Tasman United. Read the full article here.

NZYPT – New Zealand Young Physicists’ Tournament take silver

On the 9th March, two teams of WHS physicists competed in the Wellington regional heat of the 14th New Zealand Young Physicists’ Tournament (NZYPT). Held at Victoria University, the teams took part in science fights defending their research into seven pre-determined problems, and challenging that of their opponents. The team of Millie Rea, Sophie Mance and Khalid Adam are to be congratulated for finishing second. They will head to Auckland next weekend to take part in the national finals.






We have had another busy week sport wise.  On Wednesday 13 March we had a Junior Boys and Senior Boys team compete in the College Sport Wellington Futsal Competition held at the ASB Sport Centre in Kilbirnie.  The teams had a great day with some very close results. Big thanks goes to Mr Junca for coaching the boys.


  • vs St Patrick Town, 6-3 lost
  • vs Hutt International, 4-2 lost (draw until last 3 minutes!)
  • vs Hutt Valley High, 8-3 win
  • vs Scots College, 4 all draw (excellent game!!!)
  • vs Tawa College, 6-1 win


  • vs Wellington College, 7 nil lost
  • vs Aotea College, 2 all draw
  • vs Hutt International, 7-3 lost
  • vs St Patrick Town, 3-2 win
  • vs Onslow College, 3 nil lost

Regional Athletics

On Thursday 14 March a team of six from Wellington High School competed in the College Sport Wellington Regional Athletics meet at Newtown Park. Competing were:

  • Fynn Hutson Senior Boys High Jump
  • Thomas Woodward Senior Boys 100m and 200m
  • Liberty McIntyre-Reet Senior Girls 800m
  • Tiopira Mulholland Intermediate Boys High Jump
  • Ari Koed-Chang Intermediate Boys Long Jump
  • Frankie Coup Junior Girls Javelin

All athletes participated extremely well.  Thomas reached the final of Senior Boys 100m and Frankie  won the Junior Girls Javelin with a throw of 24.97m (which beats our school record).


Reminder: Junior and Senior Netball Trials take place on Saturday 16 March (tomorrow) and Saturday 23 March here at school in the Tindall Gym.

  • Juniors 9.00-11.30am
  • Seniors 1.00-3.30pm

Players must bring the correct shoes and a drink bottle.  If you cannot make both trial dates please let Ms McIntyre (Sports Office) know.


Trials for all Junior Boys wishing to compete in the Junior Boys Football team take place on Tuesday 19 March from 3.30-5.00pm. Players must bring their football boots and correct clothing for the trials. 

Also on Tuesday 19th March, trials for Senior students (Year 11-13) wanting to compete in the 2nd and 3rd XI Football teams, should meet at Wakefield Park, Adelaide Road, Berhampore, from 3.45-5.00pm. They will need their football boots and correct clothing for the trials. 

Upcoming Sporting Events

Summer Tournament week is quickly approaching!  From 25-31 March, we have the following teams away competing in the NZ Secondary Schools National Sporting Events.

Floorball – ASB Sports Centre 30-31 March

Ultimate Frisbee – Owen Delaney Park in Taupo 25-26 March

Wake Ama –  Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lakes) Rotorua 25-29 March

Futsal (Senior and Junior Boys only)- ASB Sports Centre 27-29 March

Mountain Biking – Waiu Trail Park, Wainuiomata 30-31 March

Sports Exchange

For the 2nd year running we have our Sports Exchange with Newlands College.  This year Wellington High School are hosting the exchange and we are looking forward to yet another great battle on the sports field.  The following team will be competing:

Badminton – Boys and Girls

Basketball – Boys and Girls

Hockey – Boys

Football – Boys and Girls

Netball – Girls