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Weekly Wrap Up (Term 4, Week 3)

This week the Wrap Up includes news of success at national level in Underwater Hockey, achievements at a local level in a brand new 24 hour theatre challenge. We thank our student librarians, follow He Kākano in Science and Art and follow students in the 24 hour challenge at the Gryphon Theatre.

Important Dates

  • Thursday 5th November: Whakanuia Prizegiving, Taraika, 6pm
  • Friday 6th November: Last day for most seniors (Year 11-13)  
  • Monday 9th November: Senior Prizegiving, Riley Centre, 6pm
  • Monday 16th November: NCEA Exams begin; access the timetable here.
  • Tuesday 17th November: Teacher-Only Day — school closed except for students sitting external exams.

Important Information

The 2020 school magazine will be published in December, celebrating this unprecedented year.  If you would like a copy, please ensure that you have paid $20 by 6 November. Payments can be made by Eftpos at Student Services, or online.

What’s happening?

Year 11 & 12 Portfolio Exhibitions

Last Tuesday 76 year11 art students completed and exhibited their art  portfolios in the Riley Centre. The art department teachers congratulate these students for their hard work, perseverance and completing work they should be very proud to exhibit.

The Year 12 portfolio exhibition is on at Wellington High in the Riley Centre hall, Friday 30 Oct 3pm until 5pm. The students who have worked on photography, painting, design and sculpture. The exhibition will only be on this one opportunity. Please bring friends and family to celebrate this completion of work.



He Kākano

It has been a colourful week in classes for our He Kākano students. Students learned how to separate substances using chromatography paper in Science class. There has also been submission of senior art portfolios and design work on Photoshop. Our department has some outdoor education plans later this term so some students are making presentations on how to spend a day out in Wellington.


The 2020 student librarians enjoyed their annual pizza lunch on Wednesday.  Most of the 58 Librarians were able to make it for pizza, cake, biscuits, fizz and juice.  We farewelled the Year 13s, some of whom have been student librarians for 5 years.

Thank you to you all for your help this year and we look forward to having you back in 2021!

Getting it right in sexuality education: WHS featured in Stuff

In a Stuff article this week, Health and Physical Education teacher Nat Bell featured in an article looking atsex and sexuality education in New Zealand. In its 2018 report, ERO commended WHS’s approach and success in this area, one in which Nat takes a lead. Click the link to read the full article. 


NZ U18 Underwater Hockey squad selection

Milly Woodbury recently competed at U18 interzone championships as vice captain of the Central Zone A team. The team made the final and collected silver medals. Milly has now been selected for the NZ U18 underwater hockey team, and hopes to compete in next year’s Trans-Tasman series. Milly has made a huge contribution to underwater hockey at WHS over the last 5 years, including coaching both the senior and junior girls teams this year. Congratulations Milly!

Gryphon Theatre 24 hour challenge

At the start of the last holidays, students Alex Quinn, Lily Mair, Parker Kemp and Roman Barlow competed in the inaugural 24 hour play challenge at the Gryphon Theatre. The team was the only school entry and were significantly younger than the other crews participating. At the end of the challenge they received two awards: for Pintoesque Pauses and Fantastic Structure and Acting. Congratulations to the crew for taking on and succeeding in this exciting new and local theatre challenge.