Wellington College Old Boys' Association


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 [Tuesdays & Wednesdays].
WCOBA Constitution - Click Here.
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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.


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

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

Click here for the 2022 Lampstand.
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.

Wellington College Archives and Museum PLUS past copies of the Wellingtonian 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.