Weekly Wrap Up

Wrap Up (Weeks 3-5, Term 3)

This Wrap Up shares stories from the past few weeks, celebrating success in Japanese Speech, the national Spelling Bee and the IYNT tournament; sharing lockdown poetry and Haiku and offering the opportunity to join the Calm Collective for meditation. If you missed Year 11’s DNA or Cadence Chung’s Blind Faith, you can find out more here.

Important Dates

  • Friday 24 September: Learning Conversations Cancelled
  • Monday 27th September – Friday 1 October:  Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW).
  • Friday 1 October: End of Term 3
  • Monday 18 October: Start of Term 4
  • Monday 18-October – Friday 22 October: Derived grade exams

Important information

COVID-19 information

If you have missed the information sent out by Dominic, you can see it here. This page contains all the information sent by WHS in relation to COVID-19.

COVID-19 update Friday 27 August

What’s happening?

Calm Collective  – virtual meditation sessions

The Calm Collective meet twice a week in school and while we are in lockdown are meeting online. Using students WHS email addresses, whānau and caregivers are invited to join their Google Meet at the following times until the collective can meet again at school.

Monday: 8:15 – 8:45am
Tuesday: 1:45 – 2:15pm
Wednesday: 8:15 – 8:45am
Thursday : 1:45 – 2:15pm
Friday: 8:15 – 8:45am

National Poetry Day

Friday 27th August is National Poetry Day, so during lockdown the Library team invited students to submit poetry for the @WellyHighLibrary Instagram account. If you have time on your hands this lockdown why not do the same? Or send pictures of the books you are reading? Email them to the Library team and watch them trend… Thanks to Jasmine and Kalani and all who have contributed so far.

DNA by Dennis Kelly: Year 11 Drama

Year 11 Drama class presented their main production during week 4, DNA by Dennis Kelly. The play is about a student who is bullied and the actions of the group, who choose to cover up their actions and then get themselves into an impossible situation. The second performance for cast one (pictured) was on Tuesday 17 August, the day that we all went into Alert level 4.

An alternative time will be found for cast two, who unfortunately missed out on performing last week.  

In Blind Faith by Cadence Chung

Last week the school musical written and directed and composed by Cadence Chung was performed to sold out shows. Congratulations to Cadence and her outstanding cast and crew.

He Kākano

Our students are working successfully in classes across the school, following their interests and developing new skills. Painting in art class, bluetooth speakers in workshop, basketball in PE and industrial design are but a few subjects our students are engaged in.



Wellington Regional Japanese Speech Competition

Three WHS students entered the Wellington Regional Japanese Speech Competition this year: Taiga Chave and Michael Spiteri in the Year 10 division, and Isabelle Hegglun in the Year 13 division.  All the students performed really well, with Isabelle coming second in their division.  This is particularly impressive as Isabelle is a Year 12 student.




Spelling Bee

WHS had two students in the regional finals for the National Spelling Bee – a competition for year 9 and 10 students throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. Our students survived the written test and went into the group of 30 who then had to spell out the words in front of the audience. As the bell rang to indicate a mis-spelling, students dropped away until there were only seven left, including our Geronimo LaHood (9RYC) and Lias Morris (10PAB). Congratulations to both of them for making it so far and a special congratulations to Lias for making it into the national finals as one of the top four from our region.

International Young Naturalists Tournament (IYNT) 2021

Charlie Chen of 10 TNS competed as part of the New Zealand team in the 9th IYNT in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The six members of the team actually assembled in Albany for the tournament, which was held virtually this year. 13 teams from 9 countries participated, with the top 3 making the final on August 15th. Charlie was chosen by the team to report his solution to problem 2. Liquid layers in the final, which he did expertly. The team won Silver (virtual) medals. Well done Charlie.



The WHS Girls’ Football 1st X1 won their game in the regional premier cup 3-1. The WHS 2nd X1 had a really close game in the playoff for 3rd and 4th but unfortunately lost their game on Wednesday 2-1 to finish 4th in Wellington Division 2.