Wellington College Old Boys' Association

The WCOBA

Lumen accipe et imperti (Receive The Light And Pass It On).

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: oldboys@wc.school.nz

WCOBA President - Ted Thomas
The Wellington College Old Boys' Association Office is situated at Wellington College, adjacent to the Canteen and Brew Café. To contact the WCOBA, please email oldboys@wc.school.nz or Call 04 802 2537.
WCOBA Constitution - Click Here.
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Reunions for 2022

Firth House Reunion

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.

DETAILS:

Friday, 30 September @ Wellington College

Programme:

9.30am

  • Registration and Morning Tea in Firth Hall
  • Meet the new Headmaster, Prefects and fellow boarders
  • Firth House decade photos in the AGC (Alan Gibbs Centre/Hall) at 10.30am
  • Optional Tour of the School including the new Memorial Hall and the Archives
  • Morning programme concludes around 12.30pm

6.00pm                

  • Beers n Bites in the AGC
  • Seated for Dinner in the AGC at 7.00pm
  • Concludes at 11.00pm

Register HERE

Pay by Credit Card HERE

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.

Old Boys' News

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.

o E-NEWSLETTERS

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.

August, 2022 Newsletter April, 2022 Newsletter           
July 2021 Newsletter April 2021 Newsletter              
April 2020 Newsletter July 2020 Newsletter
o The LAMPSTAND

Our annual magazine is issued November/December each year in both postal and digital format.

Click here for the 2021 Lampstand.         
Click here for the 2020 Lampstand.
Click here for the 2019 Lampstand.          
Click here for the 2018 Lampstand.
Click here for the 2017 Lampstand.          
Click here for the 2016 Lampstand.
Click here for the 2015 Lampstand.          
Click here for the 2014 Lampstand.
Click here for the 2013 Lampstand.          
Click here for the 2012 Lampstand.
Click here for the 2011 Lampstand.           
Click here for the 2010 Lampstand.
To read past Wellingtonian Magazines, click HERE.

For information about the Wellington College Archives and Museum click here

An update from the WCOBA President: December, 2020

It is with much regret that we advise you that Wellington College is unable to continue to fund the Office of the Wellington College Old Boys' Association and the Archives in the way that it currently does. 
As you may be aware, the school currently funds these two offices from its regular budget, which has relied heavily on income from international fee-paying students.   As the Government is not currently permitting secondary school-aged international students to enter New Zealand, the budget for the school no longer extends to cover the cost of these two positions.
The Wellington College Old Boys' Executive have now contracted the services of Steph Kane (Old Boys' Executive Officer) and Archivist, (Mike Pallin) directly to the Association with thanks from donations from our Old Boys. We will continue to seek support from our community to ensure that Steph and Mike can work keeping our Old Boys engaged and connected as well as maintaining and showcasing our history to current students, Old Boys, and the wider community. 
We are sure you will agree, we owe Steph and Mike (and Archives Volunteers, Gary and Alison Girvan, and Rod Page) a big thank you for all they have done over the many years of service to the College in keeping our Association active and engaged.
 The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions which are associated with it have created a difficult financial situation for the College.  We are grateful for the support of Old Boys at this time.
Ted Thomas, President WCOBA
If you are in the position to help support our team, you can make an on-line donation to our bank account: 01-0505-0842393-00. Individual Donors can claim a 33.33% tax credit for all donations over $5.00 when they submit their next tax return.