The Wellington College Old Boys' Association (WCOBA) is one of the strongest alumni organisations in New Zealand with 32,000 recorded Old Boys. With a thriving reunion and events programme, we are proud of the strong connection between the WCOBA and the Wellington College community.
Our current Old Boys come from a wide range of ages (from those who attended the school in the 1930s to those who graduated last year), backgrounds and interests. Their careers and achievements since they left the College have taken them all indifferent directions to the far reaches of the globe but through the WCOBA they are able to share and celebrate their association with Wellington College.
The WCOBA hosts regular functions and reunions which enable many of our alumni to keep in close contact with their friends from school – even 60 and 70 years since they left school. The Association focuses on encouraging all leavers to maintain links with the school and with one another.
The Association has an elected executive and many Old Boys have given distinguished service to the WCOBA Executive as members. The WCOBA contributes annually to scholarships for current students and provides financial assistance for school projects.
Every student who leaves Wellington College automatically becomes a member of the WCOBA. By becoming a Life Member, your subscription assists the Association’s endeavours to support the College, subsidise reunions and events and publish the annual WCOBA magazine, The Lampstand. Being a Life Member of the Old Boys' Association provides many benefits including a membership certificate and Old Boys’ Lapel Pin, the annual Lampstand and special invitations to functions.
The WCOBA is your Association. We look forward to your participation in the life of the WCOBA. It is by making the effort to stay in touch we can all be sure that an education at Wellington College truly does last a lifetime.
To maintain contact with the Old Boys, a register of names and addresses is kept at the College and requires constant updating. Any information regarding a change of address or the whereabouts or activities of any Old Boy is welcomed and should be forwarded to the Executive Officer, WCOBA by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
With more than a half century of boarders having slept, eaten and studied within the walls of Wellington College’s Firth House, it is safe to say that this Reunion will be a blast from the past.
A gathering of past staff and boarders will come together to commemorate the closing of the boarding facilities some 40 years ago – if you recall, the reunion was scheduled for 2020, then 2021, and now we can finally host in 2022.
The one-day programme will feature a welcome by our new Headmaster, Glen Denham over morning tea and a tour of the school, including a visit to the new Memorial Hall (The AGC) stopping to pose for the group photo.
During the afternoon, you might plan to catch up with fellow classmates and roommates over lunch, or just do your own thing.
You’ll come back to the school from 6.00pm for drinks and canapés, then the formal Firth House Dinner will follow in the AGC. Partners are welcome to attend all events.
Smaller groups will gather over the weekend for golf, lunch and/or dinner. If you would like to coordinate a smaller get-together, please get in touch so we can share the arrangements with your fellow cohort members.
Friday, 30 September @ Wellington College
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Cost: The Reunion is not a fundraising event and all costs are a true reflection of the food, beverages, staffing, equipment hire and associated expenses in running an event in 2022 including cleaning, security and hireage.
Morning Tea: $20.00pp [$40.00 for Two]
Complimentary Welcome Drink, Canapés and Dinner: $170.00pp [$340.00 for Two]
Optional Firth House Decade Photo: $20.00 each
A cash/card bar will operate for the evening with a selection of wines, beers and non-alcoholic beverages.
Or preferably, you can pay by internet banking into our account: 01-0505-0842393-00
Reference: FH Surname/Initial
Please ensure you complete the registration form so we can match up your payment.
You can adjust the payment schedule to include your partner or decline individual options.
A list of registered attendees (and partners) will be circulated once we have a good number of RSVPs in. Please let us know if you wish to remain anonymous.
Here is the Firth House Spreadsheet excluding those deceased.
If you wish to plan other social activities for the weekend and want to liaise with fellow boarders to arrange, please get in touch.
Both myself (Steph Kane, WCOBA Executive Officer) and former boarder and WCOBA President, Ted Thomas really hope that you are able to make it back to Wellington College for this reunion. After being cancelled twice, we are looking forward to something positive happening on the horizon.
We love to keep the wider College community updated and appreciate hearing from our Old Boys. If you have news stories to share, please contact the WCOBA Office.
Each quarter, we share regular updates and news via our eNewsletter. If you are not receiving these, it’s because we don’t have your email address. As we gradually move all communications to a digital format, it is important to ensure your email is recorded with us.
Our annual magazine is issued November/December each year in both postal and digital format.
An update from the WCOBA President: December, 2020