Parents new to NCEA - Information evening

March 20, 2023

An information evening for parents new to NCEA will be held on Wednesday 29 March at 6:30pm in the Wellington College Library.

Please register your interest, including any questions you may have, by completing this form.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Information on the school's assessment policy and procedures can be found here.

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Summer Photo Schedule

March 20, 2023

All students to turn up to the AGC 10 mins before their photo. Please make sure you are wearing the correct team uniform

Please click here for the schedule.

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New Careers website

March 20, 2023

The Careers and Transition Department has created a new website.

This can be accessed directly or through the WC website.

The Department will be sending out a weekly update or new and current information on the website to all Year 11 - 13 students. Parents and whānau can subscribe to the website in order to also receive these updates.  The Department will be happy to receive any feedback on information that parents and whānau would like to see on the website. Please contact Hamish Davidson if you have any comments.

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Volleyball Champions!

March 20, 2023

For just the second time, and over a decade and a half since their last win in 2007, the Wellington College Senior A volleyball team are College Sport Wellington Regional Tournament boys’ volleyball champions.

The team now heads to NZSS Nationals in Palmerston North over Summer Tournament Week at the end of this month with some confidence, overcoming a well-drilled St Pat’s Silverstream three sets to nil in Saturday’s CSW final at Kilbirnie.

There were no nationals last year because of Covid, but several players in the Senior A team have come a long way since they last competed there in 2021.

“We finished dead last two years ago,” lamented year 13 player Preston Wong.

“We actually won two games but still came last on the final day, so the team is looking forward to going again, where hopefully we can continue to play well and keep improving.”

Preston is referring to the Senior B team that he was part of that brought up the field in the fifth division. The school’s Senior A team was third in Division Four, but still 51st out of 80 teams.

Preston is the setter for the current Wellington College Senior A team and was the tournament MVP at this past weekend’s CSW. “That was a bit of a surprise,” said Preston, “because being a setter I am just trying to assist my teammates.”

Preston is one of several year 13s in the team that started playing together as juniors. “My first tournament was at the end of year 10 at the CSW Junior Tournament, and we came 12th.”

Time spent together on court and growing confidence have been key themes in the team’s recent success, culminating in Saturday’s win over St Pat’s Silverstream in the final.

The team’s captain is year 12 middle blocker Hamish Davenport, who said the team dug deep and played for each all weekend, none more so than in the final against a well-drilled St Pat’s Silverstream side.

“We watched Silverstream play some of their games between our own and we knew they were going to be extremely tough,” said Hamish. “At the start of the final we were very shaky, but we gained momentum and kept out energy high throughout the whole game.”

In the best of five sets, Wellington College won 3-0. They won the first set 25/23 and it was even more nail-biting at the end of the second before winning that 26/24, before taking out the third 25/16.

Earlier on the second day, Wellington College had beaten St Bernard’s College 3-1 in the semi-final. St Bernard’s beat Rongotai College in the 3 v 4 playoff match.  

There were three games on Friday, so Wellington College played and beat five schools to win the tournament.

Wellington College’s team comprises a mix of year 13s and year 12s and one year 11. A couple of players have been recent Wellington U17 and U19 reps, while a couple, Shea Bosher and Carisma Faitala, were in the Wellington College McEvedy Shield team that won an eight-peat of titles last week.

The Wellington College A team’s tournament results were:


  • Beat Mana – Won 3-0 (25/18, 25/22 and 25/21)
  • Beat Hutt Valley High – Won 3-0 (25/12, 25/14 and 25/19)
  • Beat St Patricks College Town (Quarter-final) – Won 3-1 (25/13, 25/16, 17/25, 25/17)


  • Beat St Bernard’s College (Semi-final) 3-1 (24/26, 25/10, 25/22, 26/24)
  • Beat St Patrick’s College Silverstream (Final) 3-0 (25/23, 26/24, 25/16)

Captain Hamish and Preston both made the Super 6 Tournament Team, along with players from Silverstream, St Bernard’s and Rongotai.

Hamish also plays hockey, while Preston plays several sports, including badminton, football, table tennis and tennis.

The Wellington College Senior A Volleyball team:

Hamish Davenport (captain), Shea Bosher, Carisma Faitala, Norman Guttenbeil, Tobiah Leifi Shirley, Patrick Morton, Liam Saolele, Noah Saolele, Ty Teau, Orlando Tevita-Manuao, Chekreiy Ung, Preston Wong. Coaches Mr Preston Wong and Mr July Saolele, Manager Mrs Jen Wong and Ms Caitlin Pollock.

The draw and pools for Nationals has yet to be confirmed, but as top Wellington qualifier, Wellington College are seeded seventh, behind the leading three Bay of Plenty schools, two from North Harbour and one from Manukau Auckland.  

St Mary’s College won the girls tournament, beating Sacred Heart College in the final, with Hutt Valley High School third and Naenae College fourth.

There were 23 Boys teams entered, across two divisions and 25 Girls teams. Paraparaumu College (Boys) and Samuel Marsden Collegiate (Girls) won the Division 2 titles.

Super 6 Tournament Teams


  • Soakimi Manulaiatea – St Pat’s Silverstream
  • Hassan Munir – St Pat’s Silverstream
  • Gordon Sio – Rongotai College
  • Vante Siolo-Ah San - St Bernard’s College
  • Hamish Davenport – Wellington College
  • Preston Wong (MVP) – Wellington College


  • Violet Fa’aso’a - Sacred Heart College
  • Gibeon Pole’o - Sacred Heart College
  • Litia Builcakau- St Mary’s College
  • Anntello Paulo - St Mary’s College
  • Krystana Leota - St Mary’s College
  • Annie Launiuvao (MVP) - St Mary’s College

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Toloa Scholarship 2023

March 17, 2023

Kia orana, talofa lava, Noa’ia e mauri, malo e lelei, taloha ni,fakaalofa lahi atu, ni sa bula vinaka, talofa, kia ora, tena koutou katoa.

Talofalava, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Ni sa Bula vinaka, Noa’ia,  Mauri, Taloha ni, Halo o le geta, Aloha, TenaKoutou katoa.

Congratulations to Ieremia Mia Morris for being chosen as one of the prize recipients to win a Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Toloa Scholarship 2023, in last week’s Award Ceremony.

This scholarship provides support for Pasifika students to prepare and embrace their futures in STEAM – (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics subjects and STEAM related subjects).  

Mia received funding to the value of $2,000, which included a Digital Chrome book, and $1,000 towards school fees, stationary and any STEAM related excursions. He also receives Toloa Wellbeing support throughout the year – delivered by LeVa, and will attend Toloa STEAM challenge in 2023 - The scholarship in March/April 2023

This is the second year that MPP have offered these awards. Congratulations to our last year’s prize recipients – Noah Saolele and Liam Saolele for being awarded a Toloa Scholarship 2022 from Wellington College.

Toloa’s Vision is to make a transformational impact in the communities we live in. Toloa Scholarships support Pacific students in Years 9through 13 to pursue studies in STEAM. The scholarship seeks to inspire and support Pacific student’s early stages of STEAM academic engagement.


Deborah Tiatia

Pasifika Mentor

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He Waka Taukaea - Collaboration with Victoria University

March 16, 2023

Te He Waka Taukaea is a pilot and leading-edge initiative that is focused on collaborative projects between Victoria University of Wellington and secondary schools in the wider Wellington region.

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington are keen that students in the region see the university as their university. Wellington College is the first signee to the memorandum of understanding pertaining to this pilot. The aim is to work collaboratively with the university and other schools to identify streams of work/courses/events that add value to all parties and enable kahui ako – a community of learning and establish equity in opportunity for all students across our region.

Watch this space for upcoming projects and activities. Cushla Thompson (Mathematics, WC) is already delivering Scholarship Calculus sessions at the VUW's Rutherford House. Over 80 students from an array of schools have been attending these sessions on Saturday afternoons.

The launch was attended by Wellington Mayor, Tori Whanau.

Cushla Thomson, Mathematics Teacher, Wellington College, and WC students.

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Public Notice - Enrolment for Schools in 2024

March 14, 2023

Please click here to access information about the following schools:




●          MANA COLLEGE





●          TAWA COLLEGE





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North Island Rowing Championships

March 13, 2023

An excellent effort at the North Island Rowing Champs resulted in the WC rowers making 8 'A' Finals and 4 'B' Finals, and then wining 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal.

Below is a stunning photo of our silver-winning U18 Quad team, with another WC team in the background.

U18 Quad team - James Hargreaves, Tai Renner, Maxim Ericson & Jimmy Langrish, with cox Lachie Wall.  
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Waka Ama Regionals

March 12, 2023

WC had a very successful competition at the Waka Ama regionals.

J16s won a silver medal in the Championship 250m Final and a gold ribbon in the 500m Plate Final (with a faster time that 2nd place in the Championship Final). J19s won a gold ribbon in the 250m Plate Final.

Looking forward to Nationals in two weeks time!

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Gil Roper

March 8, 2023

The school was very sad to learn of the recent passing of Gil Roper.

Gil was an old boy and former head prefect of Wellington College (Class of 1961). Following a career in teaching and working at NZQA, he was appointed as Systems Advisor in 2006 by Roger Moses, headmaster.

Gil became a much-loved colleague to many at Wellington College. We were honoured to have one of our choirs and our kapa haka group perform yesterday at his funeral.

Gil was very involved in the planting of the gardens around the Alan Gibbs Centre when it first opened. Below is a photo of the kapa haka group standing along side the plaque that honours 'Gil Roper's Garden'.

Kapa Haka group in front of Gil Roper's Garden

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McEvey Shield Victory!

March 8, 2023

It was an excellent effort by our team at Newtown park on 7 March. What's more, the behaviour by the WC athletes and spectators was exemplary.

Well done, everyone!

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Headmaster meets with Governor General

February 25, 2023

On Friday 24 February, Mr Denham met with  Dame Cindy and Dr Davies at Government House.

The school has a long association with Government House - and four Old Boys became Governors-General: Sir Bernard Freyberg, Sir Denis Blundell, Sir Paul Reeves, and Sir Michael Hardie Boys.

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The Houses at Wellington College

February 21, 2023

Te Pepeha o Te Kāreti Tamatāne o Te Whanganui-a-Tara

Ko Te Ranga-ā-Hiwi te maunga

Ko Te Aketārewa te pā i tū ai ki reira

Ko Kaipapa, ko Hauwai ngā pae whenua

Ko Waitangi te awa

Nō reira

Ko Te Kāreti Tamatāne o Te Whanganui-a-Tara te kura

Tiaho te ao, tiaho te ao mārama

Wellington College has embarked on our new house system and you can find your houses and colours here!

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Peer Tutoring Programme

February 14, 2023

We encourage all students, or caregivers, to fill out this form if they would like to have a senior tutor them in a subject this year.

This will involve one on one sessions at lunch times for Maths, English, Science, or other subjects dependent on how many tutors we have. It's a great opportunity and most boys find it makes a huge difference in their enjoyment and achievement in these subjects and classes!

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NZ Scholarship success!

February 10, 2023

Congratulations to Scholarship candidates from 2022!

Results are out and Wellington College gained a fantastic 86 Scholarships, including 14 Outstanding Scholarships. Scholarship is a very demanding set of examinations, and only a small number are awarded.

Of particular note are the five students who received Outstanding Scholar Awards: Sumner Hancock, Harry Hampton, Oscar Xu, Sartak Singh (all Year 13) and Henry Isac (Year 12). This is a prestigious award given just to the top 60 candidates nationwide. Oscar Xu was also the top scholar nationwide in Chinese.

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NCEA information 2023

February 10, 2023

Are you wondering about how to see your exam papers from 2022, or how to apply for a reconsideration?

Are you wondering about some of the assessment rules for 2023?

This presentation will answer your questions.

If you are a student new to NCEA this year, you will have an introduction to how NCEA works as part of your lifeskills course. We will run information evenings for parents and whānau later this term.

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2023 Stationery Orders

February 9, 2023

From Wednesday 14 December 2022 you can visit to order stationery. Please note that workbooks, revision books and textbooks are not available for purchase from the school and may not be able to be purchased from retail outlets in Wellington.

LayBuy is available from OfficeMax MySchool so parents can choose this to pay in six weekly automatic interest free instalments and still get their order straight away.

For any Art Kits ordered through MySchool by 23 January 2023 these will automatically be delivered to Wellington College to ensure your son has it for the start of the year. These orders will not incur a courier charge.

Art Kits ordered after 23 January 2023 will need to be delivered to your home and will incur a courier charge.

Buying through OfficeMax MySchool earns rewards for our school which we can redeem for much needed supplies and equipment for our classrooms or students in need. You are welcome though to buy your stationery from any provider.

If you have any queries regarding the school stationery lists please call Andrea on DDI (04) 8030301.

Andrea Buxton

Finance Officer

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Homestays urgently needed for International Students

February 5, 2023

With our international border now open, we have been receiving increasing numbers of applications from overseas students wanting to study at Wellington College.

Our students range from Year 9 - 13 and wish to study for WC in the short and long-term. If you are interested in becoming a homestay host, please feel free to contact Kathi, International Office Manager on 021 717 449 or  

Please also feel free to come in to school and meet our International team. We have some great homestay options that may suit your family.

Our homestay fee is $320.00 per student each week.

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Motorcycle and Scooter Use

February 3, 2023

Year 11, 12 and 13 who are legally licensed to drive can bring their motorcycle or scooter to school and park on school grounds.

Please register your motorcycle or scooter by clicking on the following link - Motor Cycle / Scooter Registration 2023   or use the QR code below:

If you have any questions, please see Mr Bergin, Associate Headmaster or Mr Smith, Deputy Principal.

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Sports Registrations are Open for 2023!

January 31, 2023

Welcome back to WC Sports!

A reminder that registrations for all sports are being accepted now, with the exception of rowing which is mid season.

Cricket trials have been completed so any late applications must be directed to the cricket administrator -

Volleyball trials are under way and other summer codes will start soon.  Go to the WC website and click on 'SPORTS' for details.

Winter sport registrations close 24 February 2023.

Any queries please contact the Sports Department on ph (04) 803 0309.

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Examination dates 2023

January 16, 2023

School derived grade examinations in 2023 will run in Term 3 from Friday 1 September to Friday 8 September. (Please note Friday 1 is the end of winter tournament week. Students impacted by this clash will have an opportunity to sit exams on an alternative date).

The 2023 NZQA examinations will run from Monday 6 November until Thursday 30 November. You can see the NZQA timetable here:

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Absolutely Positively Wellington Student Awards - 2022

January 10, 2023

The Absolutely Positively Wellington (APW) Student Awards celebrate secondary-school students’ contributions to their communities.

The following two WC students have been chosen to receive these awards:

Jamie Scott was a Year 13 student in 2022 and a keen tramper who showed leadership through WC's tramping club. He is also heavily involved with local Scouts – both as a youth leader at the Kea Club and assistant leader at Venturers. Jamie is an excellent team player and was a valuable part of the school's social football, ultimate frisbee and pickleball teams.

Harry Lancaster was also a Year 13 in 2022. A talented sportsperson, Harry was vice-captain of the 2nd XI cricket team and participated in football, surf lifesaving inflatable rescue boat racing and Eastern Suburbs Cricket premier reserve cricket. He also coaches junior cricket and showed great leadership skills through his involvement with the WC tramping club.

Further information on these awards can be found here.

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2022 - Junior Prize-giving and Effort Awards

December 15, 2022

Recipients of the Effort Awards 2022 can be viewed here.

Award winners for the Junior Prize-giving can be viewed here.

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Tower Block Remediation Project

November 27, 2022

25 November 2022
Re: Tower Block Remediation Project

We would like to take this opportunity to inform our school community of  remediation work occurring at Wellington College and the impact that it may  have on the Wellington College community. We have worked closely with the  Ministry of Education to ensure that we are well placed to continue to offer  engaging and rich learning experiences for all.
Below is a summary of the key points contained in this document prepared by both the Ministry of Education and Wellington College.

·         To be compliant with Earthquake Standards, the Ministry of Education will lead a project to re-clad the Tower  Block at Wellington College.

·          It is important this work is carried out to improve the Tower Block’s performance in a significant event and to meet MBIE requirements.

·          The work is scheduled to begin late  November 2022 and is expected to be completed early 2024. 

·          While construction is happening, some  classes will relocate to prefab classrooms that will be situated above the terraces to the main field. This will allow for the Tower Block work to be  completed in the shortest possible time.

·          We are working with the contractors  to minimise the level of noise during school.

·          During some phases of the work, the  lifts in the Tower Block will be unavailable.  Wellington College is  committed to making sure this does not disadvantage staff or students with  mobility issues by assessing which classes may have to be shifted to  accommodate them.

·          A one-way system for all vehicles  entering Wellington College will be established during the entire contract  period. This means that all staff, students, caregivers & parents, and  visitors to Wellington College will enter via Dufferin Street (by  Government House) and exit via  Paterson Street (by Mt Victoria tunnel).

Click here to read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Should you have any questions pertaining to any  aspect of this project, please contact, in the first instance, Darrell Harvey, Deputy Principal, (04) 802 2531.
Nāku iti noa, nā


Darrell Harvey
Deputy Principal

Wellington College

Anna Walshaw
Delivery Team Manager

Ministry of  Education


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WC Headmaster features on NewstalkZB

November 15, 2022

Nick Mills' interview with Glen Denham can be listened to here.

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Winners at CSW Sports Awards!

November 10, 2022

Oscar Jackson (Cricketer of the Year)

Nick Jones (Underwater Hockey Player of the Year)

Maxim Ericson (Rower of the Year)

Finn Harland (Swimmer of the Year)

Paddy Martin (Service to Sport Award)

Rob Greenfield (Volunteer of the Year).

Oscar was also finalist in the overall Sportsman category.

Congratulations also to those others who were finalists.

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Get ready to train with Snapper on all rail lines!

November 8, 2022

Metlink is introducing Snapper as an electronic payment method across the Metlink rail network during November 2022. Paying train fares with Snapper is cheaper, faster and easier than using cash or paper tickets.

You’re welcome to let me know if you have any questions or would like to request additional resources, like posters or brochures, to support the launch of Snapper across Metlink’s rail lines.

Here’s what you need to know

Tag on and tag off with Snapper

Paying with your Snapper card is easy, simply tag on and off for a cheaper, faster and easier trip. Snapper card readers are located near the entrances and exits at train stations.

Why do I need a Snapper card?

From 31 December 2022, we are saying ‘goodbye’ to paper tickets across the rail network. You will still be able to pay with cash for a single trip on board the train from 1 January 2023 but remember, paying with Snapper is at least 25% cheaper than the cash fare.

How do I get a Snapper card?

You might already have a Snapper card for your bus trips. A Total Mobility card or even some school student ID cards are Snapper cards in disguise – and are ready to use on the train. If you don’t have a Snapper card you can buy one from a Snapper retailer, the Snapper website, or at the ticket window at Wellington Station. Visit to find your nearest option.

When you have a Snapper card, simply top up at a Snapper retailer, kiosk, at the ticket window at Wellington Railway Station or use the Snapper iOS app on i-phone 7/iOS13 and above, or the Android app with NFC smartphones.

One Snapper card per student

Every student will need their own Snapper card to pay for their own train fare. This means students won’t be able to tag on their friends. Unlike on bus, the platform card readers can only tag on one person at a time.

Transferring trains on the same line

Students may need to transfer trains on the same line to get to and from school. When paying with Snapper, follow these steps:

At your boarding station

  1. Tag on at the station where you start your journey

At your transfer station

  1. Get off the train but DON’T tag off
  2. Wait for the connecting train but DON’T tag on before you board.

At your destination station

  1. Tag off

More information is available from the Snapper on Rail website or you can call Metlink’s Contact Centre on 0800 801 700

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New Head and Deputy Prefects

November 2, 2022

Congratulations to our new head prefect and deputy prefects.

Tai Renner, Head Prefect 2023
Deputy Prefects 2023

(from left: Barnaby Stevens, Sam Elkin, Tai Renner (HP), D'Mitrius Rere, Henry Isac, James Mason)

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New Carpentry Programme Starting

November 2, 2022

We are excited to launch our 2023 Pre-trade LT McGuinness carpentry programme, which will be made available to successful candidates, at the end of February 2023.

Since 1950, LT McGuinness has been involved in the successful construction and redevelopment of many leading and landmark buildings in Wellington and across the North Island.

We are a third-generation family construction company with over 70 years of experience and tradition in producing quality, on-time cost-effective buildings.

Click on the link LTMcGuinness to view our website and gain more information regarding who we are, and what we stand for.

At LT McGuinness our people are our strongest asset and we are committed to providing our team with the greatest opportunities to grow and develop.

If you are passionate about the building and construction industry and you are keen to learn as you earn, then this is the programme for you.

Key information

  • Learn residential carpentry skills (Level 3 Qualification) prior to commencing the NZ Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4 Qualification)
  • February-December 2023 (9 months)
  • Up to 22 hours a week paid work experience on a LT McGuinness construction site.   
  • Three days a week tuition in residential house building with our qualified LT McGuinness carpentry tutor.
  • The Course will take place at our LT McGuinness Training Facility (95 Eastern Hutt Road, Taita) and a residential house site in Wellington.
  • There is an opportunity for selected students to become a LT McGuinness apprentice the following year.
  • Basic hand tools and clothing will be provided for each student.


For further enquiries or to make an application, please send your CV to, or make contact with Steve McHardy on 021 502 590.

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Student Hearing Results cause Concern

October 20, 2022

Wellington College recently took part in the 2022 Hearing Screening and Make Listening Safe Programme This is such an important initiative to help young kiwi kids with their hearing health as well as educate them on unsafe listening habits which unfortunately in this modern world are leading to increasingly high levels of youth hearing loss globally.

The results of this testing are a cause of concern!

Wellington College results indicated that 24% of the students screened had abnormal hearing results. Some of these students are now being referred for a full hearing assessment. Sadly  28% of students advised they are already experiencing ringing in the ears, otherwise known as Tinnitus. In the majority of cases, Tinnitus leads to hearing loss and hearing health issues in the future, this is a worrying trend we are seeing across New Zealand. Ringing in the ears is being experienced by even those students who are returning a normal hearing screening result, which could mean if they continue with unsafe listening habits, hearing loss could be a real issue in the future.


Unsafe listening habits mean listening to personal devices such as smartphones at higher volumes than recommended and for long periods.  At Wellington College 54% of students that were screened are listening at unsafe levels for a long period and therefore may develop hearing issues in the future. This highlights the importance of educating students and their parents on how young people can enjoy listening to music and recreational noise safely to protect their hearing. Once your hearing is gone you cannot get it back.


The Make Listening Safe Education initiative is an important part of the Hearing Screening programme and aims to educate students and their parents on safe listening practices. Below is the website with resources that parents and students can read through to protect their hearing

Wellington College  will also try to address these issues through our Health and Wellbeing programmes.

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International Student Homestays Wanted

August 30, 2022

Wellington College is looking for kind and caring families/persons to host one (or more) of our International students. As a host family you'll have the unique opportunity to show young people our local culture and lifestyle, and get to learn about other cultures at the same time.

Are you:

· open and warm towards young people and other cultures

· living in or around Wellington, with good access to Wellington College

· able to provide one or more room(s) with bed, desk and some storage

In 2023 we pay our host families:  $320 per week for each student

If you are interested in becoming a host please contact Sibylle or Kathi at our International Department for more details.


Phone: DDI +64 4 802 2561

Mb: 021 717 449    

Our International team would love to hear from you!

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Year 11 Programme in 2024

August 23, 2022

Kia ora e te Whānau,

At Wellington College, we support our young people to perform to their personal best.  We encourage and support students to attain NCEA Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications, University Entrance, and to aspire to Scholarship. All of these provide a pathway in which students can find success.  Since 2020 there has been a national review of the NCEA system and as part of this review, schools across the country have been redesigning their curriculum programmes with changes to assessment at Level 1.

Over the last 18 months, Wellington College has been conducting its own review and, from 2024, we will be commencing a new Year 11 programme that better prepares our young people for the Level 2 NCEA qualification and beyond. Many schools have already made this change, and this document outlines the approaches some of them are taking.

Our new structure will reduce the amount of NCEA Level 1 assessments for students while still providing them with strategies and experiences to build their knowledge and skills. This will increase achievement and engagement at Year 12 and 13. More meaningful forms of assessment will be used to help students reflect on their learning, and to record and track progress, which will be clearly reported to whānau.  

We are now in the process of designing a framework, and will engage with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure this caters for all learners. There will be opportunity for community input and feedback throughout this process. If you have any initial queries or comments, please submit these via this form.


Ngā mihi nui,

WC Strategic Leadership Team


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Changes to NCEA for 2022

August 19, 2022

To recognise the disruption caused by Covid-19, some changes have been made to NCEA and UE for 2022.

For every 5 credits you achieve, you will earn 1 additional Learning Recognition credit:

  • Up to a maximum of 10 Learning recognition credits at NCEA Level 1
  • Up to a maximum of 8 Learning Recognition Credits at NCEA Levels 2 or 3.

NZQA will automatically calculate your Learning Recognition Credits in January 2023, when your exam and internal assessment results are known.

You can read more about the changes and how they will impact you here:

If you have questions please email your Dean or Ms Lendrum (

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COVID-19 - Stay home if you're unwell

May 23, 2022

WC is getting numerous unwell students coming to school who are then sent home as they become more ill during the day. These students are then advised to do a RATs test at home and a number are testing positive for COVID-19.

The majority of students who are tested at school are also testing positive.

If a student is feeling unwell, PLEASE KEEP THEM AT HOME and continue to test for COVID-19 as necessary.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

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Tax Gift

April 3, 2022

TaxGift lets you donate your tax rebate from any donations to Wellington College in just one easy step.

Click here to access TaxGift.

If you are an individual New Zealand tax resident who has received taxable income in the current financial year, then you are entitled to a rebate of 33% on the donations you’ve made to us. But if you choose to TaxGift that tax credit to Wellington College, TaxGift will turn it into even more for our school – all as a gift in your name.

Here’s how:

By signing up with TaxGift your total $840 school donation becomes $1,258 (an additional $418 to us) at no additional cost to you!

By TaxGifting you make a real difference to our school. These additional funds will continue to allow us to offer a wide range of subject choices, smaller class sizes, extra curricular activities and maintain and develop our outstanding facilities for our boys.

Historical tax credits

Here’s how you can help even further: if you haven’t claimed your tax credit on donations to us in the past four years, simply tick the box on the form when you sign up and the team at TaxGift will claim them as a further gift to us. This is a really powerful way to put thoseunclaimed credits to good use.

How to opt in

To opt in to TaxGift simply click on the link. It only takes a minute to sign up, won’t cost (we pay TaxGift a small fee for this service) and you won’t need to do anything more. Your donations for this tax year on will be captured. 

What else should I know?

It won’t cost you anything to sign up to TaxGift; no money leaves your bank account (although the school pays TaxGift a small fee for its services). Signing up to TaxGift appoints TaxGift as your tax agent solely for the purpose of gifting your tax credits back to our school. Don’t worry - it does not affect any other tax agents that you might have (for example, if you have an accountant who does your tax returns). You must be an individual New Zealand tax resident who has earned taxable income in the relevant tax year to be eligible for the tax credit and you can opt out ofTaxGift at any time by emailing their friendly team. 

You can visit TaxGift's website ( for more information. 

Click here to access TaxGift.





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Bringing a Motor Cycle or Scooter to School?

February 4, 2022

All students who wish to bring a motorbike or scooter to school in 2022 must register their bike/scooter using this form

Any issues please see Mr Bergin.

Mr Ashby

Acting Principal

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Guidance & Support Over Summer

January 11, 2022

Skylight Trust - Resources & Counselling

The team at Skylight specialises in supporting people through loss and trauma. They provide counselling and resource packs to help with anxiety and stress in both children/teens and adults. Click here for further information and to access Skylight's resources

Txt 1737

The Telehealth Counselling Line is available 24/7 to support people of all ages.  Free call or text 1737 any time, 24 hours a day. You’ll get to talk to (or text with) a trained counsellor or talk to a peer support worker. More details here.

Alcohol & Drug Support

Alcohol & Drug helpline: 0800 787 797 &

NZ Drug Foundation:

Distressing Online Content - Netsafe

Netsafe encourages parents to proactively discuss with young people what they should do if they come across distressing content online. Further information is available here.

If you have any questions relating to  distressing online content you can contact Netsafe for free and confidential advice at or call 0508 NETSAFE.

Other Key Phone Numbers

Lifeline: 0800 543 354 or text free to 4357

Youthline: 0800 376 633, free text 234

Samaritans: (anytime – 24 hours) 0800 726 666

Suicide Crisis Line: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Kidsline: 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline)

What’s Up: 0800 942 8787

Anxiety New Zealand: 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY)

Te Haika

Please note that if you are dealing with an urgent mental health issue or crisis then it is best to call Te Haika (CCDHB) on 0800 745 477.

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Get the Correct Shoes!

January 9, 2022

The Wellington College uniform requires black leather, polishable shoes. These can be either slip on or lace-up. In Terms 1 and 4, students are also permitted to wear brown or black Roman Sandals. The sandals must have a back strap.

See below for what's acceptable and what's not.

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