Student Life

Learn about the success of our international students and their personal experience studying at Wellington College.

  • Homestay parents June Read and David Benseman take their homestay sons Shin from Japan, Klaus from China, and Ken from Thailand on a South Island adventure. Read Our South Island Trip

Advice & Wellbeing

COLL Time is an extended period of time during the week where tutors teachers can discuss issues of a ‘Pastoral Care’ nature. These may vary in nature from topics such as Cyber-bullying, goal setting, course planning and study skills.

Peer Support is a ‘student-help-student’ programme to build relationship skills and self-esteem. It has been run at Wellington College since 1992 and is backed by the Rotary Club of Port Nicholson.

Year 13 (senior) students are trained by a small group of certificated Peer Support teachers. These seniors are shown how to lead a group in activities and discussion. The leaders in turn are put in charge of a group of new entrant Year 9 students. They assist with their induction into the College, especially to assist them in making the transition to life at College.

Peer Support aims to provide the opportunity for all students entering the College to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to interact with their peers in a positive and supporting ways within the safe and caring environment of the College.

The Travellers Programme is an innovative, small group programme for Year 9 students, to build resilience and key life skills.

Young people today experience change at a more rapid pace than previous generations. This means some will benefit from the help and support of our Travellers Programme as they go through transitions like:

  • starting a new school
  • changing friendships
  • moving cities or countries
  • dealing with family and personal health issues.

During Term 1 a survey is undertaken with our Year 9 students and from this a group is chosen to undertake a 10 week programme with trained facilitators.

This is a day for our Year 12 and 13 students to discuss issues related to Wellbeing. It is predominantly student driven with students deciding upon the keynote speaker(s) and the workshop content. The day is based around The Whare Tapa Wha. This Maori philosophy towards health is based on a wellness or holistic health model.

Seeing health as a four-sided concept representing four basic beliefs of life:

  1. Te Taha Hinengaro (psychological health),
  2. Te Taha Wairua (spiritual health),
  3. Te Taha Tinana (physical health),
  4. Te Taha Whanau (family health).

Workshops in the past have covered topics such as financial education, healthy diets, yoga, resilience and sexualhealth.

Past Student Successes


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