'Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa' starts 27 May

May 22, 2019

All Week

During Samoan Language Week 2019, Pasifika boys will be wearing their Ie faitaga.

The words for the week are 'Talofa' or 'Malo'

Monday 27th May

Flag raising ceremony at 7.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend

Lunchtime: competitions in the Pasifika vale/M3

Tuesday 28th May

Samoan food sold at lunchtime outside the Language Centre. Bring some cash.

Thursday 30th May

School assembly will have a Samoan theme

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Industrial Action - 29 May

May 21, 2019

Kia ora parents and whānau

The Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) has indicated its intention to hold a national strike on Wednesday 29 May. As a result, the Wellington College Board has decided that we will not be able to offer our normal timetable on this day. The Board is requesting that students study at home. We can provide supervision, if necessary, for students whose parents cannot make alternative arrangements. If your son will be coming to Wellington College for supervision, please email Associate Principal Dave Ashby -

Paul Retimanu (Board Chair)

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Staff Only Day - 31 May

May 20, 2019

On Friday 31 May, the Wellington College teaching staff will be joining colleagues from throughout the Wellington region for the annual LoopEd Conference, which this year is being held at Wellington High School. There will be no school for students on this day. You can find out more about how the teachers will be spending the day here. As this is the Friday before Queen's Birthday Weekend, we hope that our students can enjoy an extra long weekend.

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NCEA Parent & Whānau Survey

May 19, 2019

Wellington College has been asked by the Ministry of Education to take part in a nationwide programme to provide feedback about the NCEA.

Please click here to tell them what you think, as the parent of a child currently competing or about to complete NCEA.  

Providing your feedback is voluntary, but if you do, it’s completely confidential. It will only take 1-2 minutes.

If you are an employer please complete a slightly different survey by clicking here

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Are you our new Deputy Principal?

May 18, 2019

Deputy Principal - Teaching & Learning (10 MUs)

We are looking for a new member of our Senior Leadership Team.

This vacancy has arisen due to the retirement of our deeply valued and long serving Deputy Principal, Robert Anderson.  Rob's departure provides an exciting opportunity for a new Deputy Principal to join our team and contribute to our school community in a wide variety of ways including the leadership of our learning programmes and pedagogical approaches outlined through our COLL Curriculum Framework.

Wellington College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all staff.

To apply for this position, please complete the application form (see below), and email it along with your curriculum vitae and a covering letter to:

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 4th June.

Position Resources

An introductory letter from Gregor Fountain, including the timeline for the appointment, is available here.

You can view our 2019 School Charter here.

The Position Description is available here.

The Application Form for this position is available here. (If you would like an editable version of the application form, please email

A draft diagram outlining our proposed new Senior Leadership Team structure and the responsibilities of each member of our senior team is available here.

More Information?

Thanks for your interest in this position. If you require any further information about Wellington College or this position, please call Gregor - 04 8022523 or email

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'Life After Coll' Careers Expo - 13 June

May 17, 2019

On Thursday 13th June 4.30-7.30 Wellington College is holding the 2019  'Life After Coll' Career Expo.

All students, parents, guardians, whānau are invited to this exciting event. The timing has been selected to complement student subject selection and goal setting.

There will be a huge range of exhibitors at our Expo, all highlighting the wide range of career pathways available to our students. Exhibition stands will include major Universities and Polytechnics, representatives from Fire, Police, NZ Armed Forces, Gap Years, Paramedics, Physiotherapy, Civil Engineering, Law, Tourism and Travel, Sport, Accountants, Plumbing, Building, Electrical and more!

So, mark your calendars and do not miss this wonderful opportunity.

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2020 Open Mornings - 22 & 24 June

May 16, 2019

We are delighted to invite prospective students, along with their whānau and friends, to join us for one of our 2020 Open Mornings.

On Saturday 22nd June our Open Morning will begin at 10.30am in the Alan Gibbs Centre - our brand new Memorial Hall and Performing Arts Centre. You'll meet our Principal, Gregor Fountain, and hear from some current students. You will then be invited to join a student-led tour of our beautiful campus. The tour will allow you to meet with key members of staff, representing our broad curriculum and our extensive extra-curricular programmes. There will be opportunities to find out more about our enrolment procedures for both in-zone and out-of-zone students.

On Monday 24th June starting at 9.30am, we will run a slightly reduced repeat programme for those who are unable to attend on the Saturday morning.

We are really looking forward to meeting you, and discussing how we can support your son's transition to Wellington College. in the meantime, you might be interested in viewing the College's new Strategic Plan. This will give you a strong sense of our values and our exciting plans for the future.

Our enrolment documents are available here.

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Board of Trustees Elections

May 13, 2019

Nominations will be open from 10-24 May. A covering letter and nomination form will be sent to all parents and caregivers. Nominations can be made online or in hard copy.

If you're interested in becoming a trustee or wish to access more detailed information about the election process, please visit the New Zealand School Trustee Association website. We invite interest from our domestic and international school communities.

You can hear current Board Chair, Paul Retimanu, discussing the Board elections with Gregor Fountain by clicking here.

You can find out more about the Wellington College Board of Trustees and our strategic direction by clicking here.

If you are interested in being part of the Board's work, please consider putting your name forward for election.

Claire Shakespeare

Returning Officer

021 260 9493

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Tai wins at Ngā Manu Kōrero

May 5, 2019

We were delighted to host the Wellington Regional section of the Ngā Manu Kōrero speech competition on Thursday 16th May. Thank you to all the members of the school community - staff, parents, students and whānau who supported this event in a wide variety of ways. Congratulations to all the participants and especially to Wellington College's Tai Renner (Year 9) who took out the Sir Turi Carroll Award for the winning speech in the Junior English category.

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The Collegian - April 2019

April 30, 2019

The Collegian is the quarterly newsletter for the Wellington College community. Click here to read the April 2019 issue.

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The Alan Gibbs Centre Wins Award

April 30, 2019

The Alan Gibbs Centre - our brand new Memorial Hall & Performing Arts Centre has won an award in the Education category in the Wellington Architecture Awards. The judges commented that:

"This hall, the third on the site, brings the original Memorial Window into a new light in the new school assembly building, a feature that showcases both heritage and functionality. A skin of metal, with brass and aluminium inserts as repeating patterns, wraps the building in a weatherproof cloak. An interweaving of spaces via a grand new stair provides grandeur, continuity and design flair, connecting the old to the new."

You can read more about this award and see photos of the building here.

You can view WCTV's beautiful film about the opening of the building here.

All the details you need to hire this award winning building for your function can be found here.

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Football Administrator Required

April 30, 2019

Wellington College Football require an organised and committed person to work in a part-time capacity. Previous administrative experience would be an advantage, along with the ability to work with both adults and students.

The position description and application pack are available from or by contacting 802.2547.

Applications close Tuesday 14 May. 

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ANZAC Assembly Address

April 26, 2019

Term One finished with the 2019 ANZAC Assembly. This was the first ANZAC Assembly in our new Memorial Hall & Performing Arts Centre. You can click here to read the speech given by the British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Her Excellency Ms Laura Clark.

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Uniform Shop - Extended Opening Hours

April 24, 2019

The Uniform Shop will be open extended hours to give parents and caregivers the chance to purchase items before or after their parent/teacher interviews.

The shop will also be open 11am-7pm on Monday 6 May.

Further information about the Uniform Shop can be found here.

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Poster Design Competition

April 22, 2019

This year's combined Arts and Culture event is entitled Tiaho te Ao and will be held in the Alan Gibbs Centre.

We are seeking a student-designed poster  to advertise the event. The showcase will include a combined choir, jazz band, concert band, orchestra, kapa haka and Pasifika performance and the Showquest dances from both schools. There will also be an AV display of Art from both schools. 

Entries to be sent to by 10 May 

Details for the poster are as follows:

            25 July, 7pm

            Alan Gibbs Centre, Wellington College

            Tickets:Adults $15, Students $ 10

            To purchase tickets, click here: (we will add a link when we have it)


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2019/20 Entertainment Memberships

March 23, 2019

Wellington College is once again selling Entertainment Memberships as part of our fundraising for the Extra-Curricular Arts Programme. We receive $13 for each book or Digital Membership we sell. There are fantastic savings to be made at Wellington’s leading restaurants, cafes and attractions. Your membership is a great way to find exciting new places to visit, or a reminder to get back to those old favourites. There are also great offers for over 2000 hotels. theme parks, rentals cars, online shopping and so much more. We will be sending the books home, with Year 9 students, for you to look through on Thursday 11th April, or you can pre-order your copy on the link below to receive over $180 of bonus offers that can be used straight away!

They are available to order through the link below.  To order securely online go to:

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Debaters Win Regional Title

March 23, 2019

The Wellington College Premier A debating team won the regional title after an intense weekend of debating on the weekend of 23rd & 24th March. They defeated the talented Wellington College B team in the semi final before overcoming St Oran's College in the final. Jesse Richardson was named the outstanding debater of the tournament with both Jesse and Adam Muir being named in the regional representative team. Hugh O'Leary, from the Wellington College B team, was named as one of the tournament's most promising debaters.

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Matthew Wins The Girdlers' Scholarship

March 22, 2019

Matthew Sutcliffe, Wellington College's 2018 Dux, has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Girdlers’ Scholarship, which will enable him to study Human, Social and Political Sciences at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, starting in October 2019.

“This programme looks at the big social questions and political issues that confront us today,” says Matthew. “I think the way these are looked at—from anthropological, sociological and political perspectives—is profoundly valuable.

“The HSPS interdisciplinary approach, which combines the analytical reasoning of politics, the human insights of sociology and the historical methodology of anthropology, is something that not only sews these interests of mine together but extends and challenges them too.”

At Wellington College, Matthew achieved excellence endorsements in five NCEA Level 3 subjects across a wide spectrum of subjects, Scholarship in seven subjects, was a top performer in the Cambridge Mathematics examination, and among the top 1% of both the Australian Mathematics Competitions and the ICAS Science Competition.

See the full press release from Universities New Zealand here.

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Mufti Day Raises $5935

March 21, 2019

Thank you to everyone in the Wellington College community that donated to the Christchurch Victims' Fund on Friday's Mufti Day. Together we raised $5935 to support families in Christchurch.

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2019 Wellbeing Day - We Need Your Help

March 17, 2019

Our team of Wellbeing Prefects is currently putting together the finishing touches to the 2019 Wellington College Wellbeing Day which we will be holding on Wednesday 15th May. This event is for all Year 12 and 13 students. On this day the normal timetable will be suspended to allow senior students the opportunity to take part in a series of wellbeing workshops and presentations.

The organising team is looking for people to present different workshops. The list below of possible workshops has been generated by the students. If you would like to take part or you know anyone who would be interested in presenting on this day we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Patrick Smith. His email is

Possible Workshops
  1. Friendships & Relationships
  2. Careers purpose - Aadirection of life after college
  3. Managing Stress and other emotions
  4. Financial Wellbeing - After school money management
  5. Safe & Healthy Sex
  6. Preparing to be independent after school
  7. Future employment skills
  8. Mindfulness and meditation
  9. Yoga & pilates
  10. Physical fitness - looking after yourself physically
  11. Basic First Aid including CPR
  12. Bike maintenance
  13. Nutrition
  14. Personal grooming

All other ideas will be considered.

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International Homestays Needed

March 15, 2019

Wellington College's International Student Marketing Manager, Feng Yu, and International Director Mike Ellett, will be visiting the families of new international students throughout March. Feng will be in China visiting Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Beijing and Shanghai.  Mike will be in Vietnam visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong and Hanoi. If your family is keen to host an international student in either our July intake or starting in Term 1 2020 please contact Kathi Scott on International students require their own bedroom and three meals each day. Host families receive $290 each week.

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Measles Outbreak

March 14, 2019

There is a large and ongoing outbreak of measles in Christchurch. Auckland and Dunedin also have confiemed cases of measles.

While there are currently no reported cases in the greater Wellington region, people will move around New Zealand during the school holiday period of 13 - 28 April, which includes Easter (19 April –22 April) and ANZAC Day (25 April), and it is likely measles will spread.

Wellington College students and staff are asked by the Regional Public Health to ensure they are measles protected before any planned trips to areas that are experiencing a measles outbreak.

More information is available from:

Regional Public Health

The Ministry of Health

The Immunisation Advisory Centre.

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Runathon - Saturday Events Postponed

March 14, 2019

The Police have requested that we postpone the World Vision Runathon events scheduled for Saturday 16th March. There is no specific threat. Wellington's Pride Parade has been canceled. We will schedule another day that we can complete the Runathon and continue to support World Vision's work in Cambodia.

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40 Hour Runathon Part 2 - 29 March

March 13, 2019

As a result of the tragic events in Christchurch, we postponed the World Vision Runathon events which were scheduled for Saturday 16th March, so we'll be completing the second half of the Runathon on Friday 29th March between 6am and 10pm. 

This year's Runathon marks the beginning of a new partnership between Wellington College and the Chi Kreng community in Cambodia with funds raised supporting World Vision's work to create clean water supplies for the 25,000 people who live there

The Runathon is a fantastic opportunity to show school pride and to support those less fortunate then us, so please get involved.

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Our Strategy - The 2019 COLL Charter

March 12, 2019

The Board of Trustees has a new Strategic Plan. It's based on the COLL values which we developed last year. You can check out our plans for the next two years by clicking here.

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WCTV Presents... The Alan Gibbs Centre

March 11, 2019


The opening of the Alan Gibbs Centre was a highlight of 2018. The WCTV team captured the events in this beautiful 7 minute film.

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Christchurch Attack - Support Available

March 8, 2019

The events which unfolded in Christchurch on Friday have shocked all of our school community.  Our thoughts are with the Christchurch and Wellington Muslim communities and we send our love to all who are suffering as a result of this terrible tragedy, including those within the Wellington College community.  

At 9am on Monday morning we gathered on the bottom field for a moment's silence and had a short ceremony in which we lowered our flag to half-mast.  We also started working with student and community leaders to organise a special assembly for Thursday to mark these tragic events and support people in our wider school community.

Starting on Monday morning, we made spaces and counsellors available at school for students who wanted to spend time in a quiet space, talk with a counsellor or access additional support.  

We are aware that many of our students have had access to the graphic online content which was available through social media platforms on Friday afternoon and evening.  Our counselling team is available to support these students should they wish to talk this through.  We have posted some advice from Netsafe which you might find useful if you are discussing this material with young people. Click here to access this advice.

If you have any specific concerns about your son or ideas for us to consider, please do not hesitate to contact your son's tutor teacher, dean, Guidance Counsellor, or any member of our senior leadership team.

The Ministry of Education has had advice for parents about supporting children and adolescents through the trauma of the incident translated into a range of languages. Click below to access this advice:





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Christchurch Attack - Online Content

March 8, 2019

Netsafe has some excellent advice for students, parents, staff & whānau who have encountered the online content associated with the Christchurch attacks. Click here for more information.

The Ministry of Health has some useful information for parents and others supporting children and young people who are dealing with trauma. Click here to access this advice.

We have advice for parents and caregivers about helping children and adolescents through trauma in Arabic, Urdu. Farsi and Malay available here.

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