March 20, 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.
March 19, 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:
March 18, 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.
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 email@example.com
All other ideas will be considered.
March 16, 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: www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/104j4088
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. International students require their own bedroom and three meals each day. Host families receive $290 each week.
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: