Greetings from the Principal | Wellington College

Greetings from the Principal

Tēnā koutou katoa

I am delighted to welcome you to Wellington College. 

Wellington College is a wonderful community of learners – our students, parents and whānau, teachers and other staff.   It’s great to have you with us.

I began in this role at the start of Term Two, 2018, but I have an existing and strong connection with Wellington College as a former student, Head of Department and Deputy Principal. On returning to Wellington College, I am inspired by the commitment of our staff to the achievement of all our students. We have people here who are experts in their subject disciplines, professional in their approach and who clearly understand the importance of developing connections and relationships with the young men of Wellington College.

Wellington College has outstanding academic achievement.  We also have a vast range of vibrant sporting, cultural, leadership and artistic opportunities for all our students to enjoy.  These activities all develop skills, character and relationships which will be with them for the rest of their lives.

In the short time that I have been here, I have been talking with others about four values or principles which are important to me.  As our students refer to themselves as ‘Coll Boys’, we have been using the acronym ‘COLL’, as a way of linking and remembering these ideas.  They are Community, Oranga (or well-being), Learning together and Leadership.  ‘COLL’ provides us with a focus for our work as we serve others, develop leadership and care for each other as we learn together.

As teachers, one of our most rewarding experiences is to work alongside and support our younger students, to see them grow and develop over their time with us, and then watch them step beyond our school gates to make a positive impact on the wider community.  

There are four key parent support groups who make an invaluable contribution to the life of Wellington College. Dates for their various meetings and special events are advertised in the school calendar and on the College website under ‘Our Community’.

  • College Parents’ Association holds forums which provide a platform for finding out what is happening at the College, and an opportunity to network with other parents. At each Forum, a guest speaker from the College or wider community talks about his or her area of interest. The Principal attends most forums to discuss topical issues and he welcomes feedback.
  • Parents in the Pasifika Support Group focus on providing support for the College’s Pasifika students.
  • Te Piringa (The Whanau Support Group) supports the College in its aim of creating an environment in which Māori students can experience success as Māori.
  • As well as these parent groups, the College has a very strong Old Boys’ Association which provides support to the College. There are over 10,000 active members.

I am proud to be Principal of this College.  If I haven’t done so already, I really look forward to meeting you, and discussing how we can work and grow together as part of the Wellington College community.

Nāku noa, nā

Gregor Fountain, Principal