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Extra-Curricular Photos - 21 October

October 18, 2021

Winter sports & arts photographs will be taken on Thursday 21 October

Click here for the schedule. Make sure you know when your photo is being taken and be in the correct place and in the correct uniform.

You will be able to order the photographs online here.

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Wellington College - Alert Level 2

September 28, 2021

OVERVIEW

At Alert Level 2 COVID-19 is contained but there is a risk of community transmission. It is safe for students and staff to attend school as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for students and staff vulnerable to severe illness.

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. However, the Government has acknowledged that this can be difficult to maintain in schools.  Therefore regular cleaning and good personal hygiene practices are more important than ever. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, regular hand-washing with soap, and the regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.  All students and staff are encouraged to wear masks inside buildings and classrooms.

It is crucial that all students and staff stay at home if they are sick. We will send anyone home immediately if they have any symptoms.  School work will continue to be posted on Google Classrooms for students who are not able to come to the school campus.

The detailed information below is designed to help everyone to have a clear understanding of what to expect during Alert Level 2 on the Wellington College campus.

If any member of the Wellington College community has further suggestions about enhancing health and safety at Wellington College during Alert Level 2, please email us at feedback@wc.school.nz.

FACE MASKS

The Director General of Health strongly encourages all staff and students to wear face coverings in secondary school settings. However, masks remain an option for individuals and a decision for the individuals and whānau and are not mandatory . Whatever decisions students and staff make, it is their own to make and needs to be respected.  Where an individual chooses to use a face covering they should supply and wear their own, and to do so safely. 

TRANSPORT

Under Alert Level 2 Metlink’s school services will run to the usual timetable and routes. Students may sit together and all seats can be filled. Standing, however, is not permitted. With no standing allowed, there will be a reduction in capacity on the bus so students should have a Plan B in place for their school travel.

Face coverings are highly recommended on school buses, and they are a legal requirement on all forms of public transport, so if you're catching a public train or bus, it is crucial that you wear your mask.

HYGIENE, CLEANING & MOVEMENT AROUND THE CAMPUS

During Alert Level 2 some additional Health & Safety practices are implemented at Wellington College. These include:

  • The additional cleaning of toilets, changing rooms and high use surfaces throughout the day.
  • Clear guidelines for students & staff about appropriate hygiene practices being constantly provided & reinforced.
  • Hand sanitiser available and utilised in all classrooms and other spaces where people meet.  (While this will be provided by the school, students are welcome to bring their own supply of hand sanitizer if they wish.) 
  • Students using school desktop computers (e.g. Digital Technology, DVC, Design & Art) could consider bringing wet-wipes, or a similar product, to use prior to keyboard use.
  • Disinfectant being made available in all areas of the school for cleaning desks, equipment and other surfaces throughout the day.
  • Alert Level 2 routines for students entering classrooms (i.e. students will be permitted to enter straight into class with classroom doors being left open throughout the day to reduce corridor congestion).
  • Improved people flow practices for students as they move around the school (e.g. Year 9 & 10 students being released 5 minutes early from each class to ease congestion around the school)
  • Encouraging students to bring their own drink bottles to school (and filling them at home)

ATTENDANCE & CONTACT TRACING

Accurate class rolls are more important than ever under Alert Level 2.  Should there be a COVID-19 case in our school community, we would be required to pass this information onto the Ministry of Health for the contact tracing process.

  • If any student will not be attending school on any day, it is crucial that you let us know as soon as possible and by 8.30am at the latest, by using the absences@wc.school.nz email address, or by calling the absences phone line: (04) 8022560.
  • All students will be required to stay on campus for the duration of the school day.
  • Our usual processes around all visitors signing in when they arrive will also be crucially important. If you are visiting the campus, it is imperative that you report to reception, sign in, and sign out when you leave.
  • The use of the Ministry of Health COVID-19 QR codes is mandatory for all school visitors.
  • Please do not come into the school campus unless absolutely necessary. We would encourage parents to stay in their vehicles when picking up and dropping off students.
  • Staff and community volunteers who facilitate meetings, practices or gatherings associated in any way with Wellington College will be required to create and keep registers of attendees to assist with potential contact tracing.

‍LEARNING @ HOME

We are aware that there may be a small group of students who may not be able to attend school on some days during Alert Level Two. With this in mind, we will be asking teachers to continue to post notes and other class materials that are being used in class onto their Google Classrooms so that those students who are not at school can still be included in the learning.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Wellington College staff members and students are permitted to facilitate activities on our campus which are solely for Wellington College students. While there is a need to maintain our hygiene and contact tracing procedures, as everyone involved is part of the wider school bubble there is no limit to the number of Wellington College students who can participate in these sessions. If people from outside the student and staff body of Wellington College are involved in these events, the events become 'mass gatherings' and therefore the 50 person limit applies.

All College Sport Wellington events are strictly spectator free under Alert Level 2.

It is mandatory for all those involved with extracurricular activities, who are not Wellington College students or staff, to follow our contact tracing procedures using the Ministry of Health COVID-19 QR codes that are posted around the school.


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Learning Recognition Credits

September 26, 2021

NZQA has recently decided that Students outside of Auckland are able to earn Learning Recognition Credits. This is in recognition of the impact lockdown has had on many learning programmes.

Students will be eligible to earn Learning Recognition Credits (LRC) at a rate of 1 LRC per 5 credits achieved through assessment, up to a cap of 8 LRCs at NCEA Level 1, and 6 LRCs and Levels 2 and 3.

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Footballers Win Trevor Rigby Cup

September 23, 2021

The 1st XI Football Team won the Trevor Rigby Cup for the first time since 2013 with a 4-3 victory over Scots College. Click here for the full story from College Sport media.

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1st XI Hockey Retain Premier Title

September 22, 2021

Congratulations to the 1st XI Hockey Team who retained their Wellington Premier One title with a convincing 5-0 final victory over Onslow College. You can watch all the action by clicking here.

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BOT - Parent Representative By-Election

September 18, 2021

A by-election is being held for the election of two parent representatives to the Board of Trustees.

Voting and the Results of the Election

This is a postal vote. All eligible voters should now have recieved their voting papers.

The poll closes at 4pm on 5 November 2021.The highest polling candidates will be elected to the board of trustees.  The results will be made available to the school community.

Returning Officer

Claire Shakespeare

c.shakespeare@wc.school.nz

P O Box 16-073, Wellington 6242

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Careers Education & Guidance Review

September 10, 2021

As part of our regular cycle of review, we are currently looking at ways that we can enhance our approaches and structures in Careers Education and Careers Guidance.  We are asking parents & whānau to complete this short survey to help us with this review.  Thank you for your help. Please click here.


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Changes to 2021 NCEA Dates

August 25, 2021

New Dates for 2021 NCEA

Because of the disruption COVID-19 has caused to secondary school students, the following changes to assessment dates will apply to all students:

  • The dates for end of year NCEA and NZ Scholarship exams will be moved back by two weeks. Exams will now be held between Monday 22 November and Tuesday 14 December. You can view the revised timetable here.
  • NCEA subjects where students prepare a portfolio instead of sitting an exam – like Design and Visual Communication – will have the due date for these portfolios pushed back by two weeks.
  • The NCEA Level 1 Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT) will be delayed for two weeks.
    Schools will not have to provide portfolios from students sitting NCEA Level 1 or Level 2 Visual Arts for NZQA to verify. This means there will be more time for students to finish their work, and for teachers to mark it.

These changes will give students and schools more time to prepare for the end of the year.

Other changes

As the length of time New Zealand might remain in Alert Level 4 or Alert Level 3 becomes clearer, there are extra steps the Government might take, such as reintroducing Learning Recognition Credits, or making changes to the thresholds for Endorsements and University Entrance. NZQA and the Ministry of Education are working with the Minister’s Professional Advisory Group and schools about whether more changes might be needed.

Additional information

Schools already have a lot of control over how they teach and assess students working towards NCEA. The Ministry of Education and NZQA are working with schools to support teaching and learning under Alert Levels 3 and 4, and make sure this learning can be assessed while students are at home, or when they return to class.

If COVID-19 – or something else beyond a student’s control – means they are not able to sit their end of year exams, we have a well-tested Derived Grade process. This uses the student’s work already done during the year to provide a grade, instead of the exam mark.

Like in 2020, the changes to NCEA and UE are designed to make sure that students have a fair opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned both in and outside of class, and that an NCEA qualification received this year will open doors to study and work the same as an NCEA earned in any other year.


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COVID 19 - School Sport NZ Events

August 20, 2021

School Sport NZ, in conjunction with its sport partners, regretfully announce the cancellation of all sanctioned events on its calendar through to Monday 6th September 2021. This includes all events scheduled within the Winter Tournament Week window.  School Sport NZ will review the viability of future events on the School Sport NZ calendar on Wednesday 1st September, or as appropriate with changes to alert level protocols. School Sport NZ is acutely aware of the impact this decision will have on many rangatahi, particularly those senior students who face the possibility of having events cancelled for a second successive year.  Prioritising a safe return to sport and recreation must be our collective goal. Sport and physical recreation will play a significant role in supporting the wellbeing of rangatahi through this difficult period the entire country finds itself in. This will be more readily achieved at a local and regional level, rather than at a national level. School Sport NZ will work collaboratively with schools, school sport offices, National Sport Organisations, Regional Sport Trusts, and Sport NZ, to ensure young people can re-engage with sport as soon as possible.


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COVID 19 - An Update from College Sport

August 20, 2021

Dear students, staff, family members, partners and supporters of College Sport Wellington

Firstly we want to thank you all for your patience and ongoing support of the government measures to get Covid-19 back under control.  At the same time, your support of College Sport Wellington and it’s decision making process is similarly appreciated.  We understand this is a frustrating time and hope we can soon provide longer term certainty.

Having considered various scenarios and timeframes with the information currently available, we have determined the following for the remainder of Term Three:

·       There will be no CSW competitions this weekend irrespective of Alert Level settings.

  • CSW will not be offering regional tournaments next week (in lieu of the cancelled national Winter Tournament Week).  The lack of lead-in time and low likelihood of returning to Level 2 immediately means we will instead focus upon completion of the winter season and preparation for Term Four.
  • In terms of completing the remainder of the winter season, these are the key principles we will follow in our planning:
  1. Winter Sports won’t go beyond Term 3.
  2. We will allow sufficient time for schools and students to train/prepare once they return to school, before competitions recommence.  Depending on the length of time away from school, this may be up to 2 weeks of ‘prepare to play’.
  3. We will work with schools to ensure safe delivery of sport at Level 2, including whatever new requirements may be advised by the Govt.  We are conscious there may be new/additional requirements which need to be assessed and understood.
  4. We will work with Regional Sports Partners and Councils to determine what facilities will be available for completion of the season
  5. We note the above factors will determine which competitions/grades can be completed and some may not resume.
  6. Any current upcoming events (beyond the lockdown period) remain on the calendar, but may need to be postponed, taking into account the other principles.

Thanks for your patience and support as we work through this.  Hopefully at the end of the week we can gain some longer term certainty around the Alert Level timeframes, which will aid our planning/communications to you.  Our next planned update will be Friday evening.

Kind regards

Bryan Dickinson (CSW Executive Director)

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Year 12 & 13 Charity Ball - Postponed

August 11, 2021

The Ball has been postponed. We will be in touch with further information about the rescheduling of this as soon as we have information.

The Wellington College Charity Ball 2021 will be held on Friday 27 August at Shed 6 so get your suits and dresses ready. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Ticket sales close Friday 20 August (Week 4 of Term 3).

Ball Details

7:30pm - 11:30pm (doors close at 8:15pm)

Dress: Formal attire

Cost: $105 per ticket

We are delighted to present to you the 2021 Wellington College Charity Ball.

This is a school event run by a student-led Ball Committee, with the support of the Year 13 deans and a group of staff.

Proceeds from this event will be going towards this year's Runathon donations to World Vision, helping fund community projects in the Chi Kreng district of Cambodia, focusing on improving education in the region.

The ticket covers a standing buffet, non-alcoholic drinks, a DJ, photography and a photobooth. The Ball is restricted to Year 12 and 13 students. (No partners below Year 11 are permitted to attend). A maximum of two tickets can be purchased by each student.

Tickets will only be available to students who Maintain a minimum attendance rate of 85% and meet school expectations of behaviour and work completion.

Please note this event is on Wellington College's Mid-Term Break

Conditions of Entry:

  • Entry to the Ball is between 7.30pm – 8.15pm. No ticket holders will be permitted to enter the Ball after this time.
  • This is an alcohol, drug, and vape free event. All coats, jackets and bags will be searched by security guards prior to entry into the Ball.
  • Anyone attempting to bring alcohol or drugs to the Ball will be refused entry.
  • Anyone who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, will be refused entry to the Ball.

Conduct during the Ball:

  • Normal school rules apply during the Ball.
  • This is strictly an alcohol, drug, and vape free event.
  • Any attendees whose conduct is inappropriate will be removed from the venue by security and their parents contacted to collect them.
  • Photographs taken on the night may be posted on Wellington College’s website, Social Media, or used in the school magazine. (Any student who objects to this should not have their photograph taken.)

Departure from the Ball:

  • The Ball finishes at 11.30pm.
  • Students will be permitted to leave the venue from 11pm.
  • No pass-outs will be issued during the evening.

Pre and Post-Ball Events:

  • The College does not support any pre-ball or post-ball events.
  • Our expectation is that parents will drop their sons at the venue at the start of the Ball and collect them at the end of the event.
  • Please ensure that you are actively aware of your son’s movements and actions before and after the Ball.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to a fantastic event.

Peter Maitland & Ant Burt

(Year 13 Deans)

Anine Korb & Jenna Vreeburg

(Year 12 Deans)

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Reader/Writers - Can you help?

August 11, 2021

We have more than 180 students at Wellington College who qualify for special assessment conditions for exams.  We are looking for new volunteers to support these students.  

Please email Saskia and Brenda if you can help - senco@wc.school.nz You can find out more about what's involved by clicking here

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NCEA Information Evening - 30 August

August 7, 2021

For many parents, the NCEA can feel confusing and difficult to navigate. To help those of you who are new to NCEA or simply want a refresher, Wellington College would like to invite you to attend an NCEA information evening on the 30th August. Curriculum Deputy Principal Andrew Savage will offer a short presentation about how NCEA works. We would love to have your company. This event will be held in the AGC Auditorium, starting at 6pm, and will run for approximately 45 minutes.


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Bus Changes - From 6 September

August 6, 2021

Metlink have informed us of the follwing changes to their school services starting on Monday 6th September:

Route 700 Wellington Station to St. Marks/Wellington College - Cancelled

This service will no longer operate. Students who would have caught Route 700 will now need to catch public services instead,  which leave from Wellington Station – Stop A. Routes 1 and 23 provide a frequent service between Wellington Station and the Basin Reserve at that time.

Route 704 Wellington College to Wellington Station - One Double Decker

This service will now be operated by one double decker bus  rather than two single deckers. 

Route 742 Basin Schools to Miramar Heights - Leaving from WEGC

This service will now commence its journey from Wellington East Girls' College before picking up Wellington College students from the Basin Reserve school stop,  outside St. Marks.  

Route 742 Miramar Heights to Basin Reserve - New Service

This new service will be departing from Miramar Avenue at 7.45am in the mornings. It will stop at the Basin Reserve on its way to WEGC and Wellington College students are welcome to catch this bus. 


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2022 Year 9 Enrolments Due Now

August 5, 2021

Out-of-zone applications for Year 9 2022 have now closed. The out-of-zone ballot for Year 9 2022 will be held on Friday 6 August. Parents will be notified of the outcome of the ballot by Wednesday 11 August 2021.

We are now requesting all Year 9 in-zone enrolments as soon as possible to help us with our planning for the 2022 school year.

Click here for the online enrolment form.

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Tower Block - An Update from the MOE

August 2, 2021

Please click here for the latest information from the Ministry of Education about their plans for the remediation of the Wellington College Tower Block.


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Changes to the 728 School Bus Route

July 7, 2021

Metlink have informed the school that Route 728 3.25pm service to Berhampore, Island Bay and Owhiro Bay will not operate from the first day of Term 3, Monday 26 July.

As an alternative to this route, students can use Route 1 Island Bay public service that departs from Adelaide Road at the Basin Reserve (near 13) bus stop every 10 minutes. Or use the Route 29 public service that is scheduled to depart from the Adelaide Road at the Basin Reserve (near 13) bus stop at 3:36pm.

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NZSO and Wellington College

June 14, 2021

The relationship with the NZSO is a very exciting initiative for the young musicians at WC.  To date, the NZSO players have led workshops and masterclasses at the Instrumental Rehearsal weekend in Term 1, and sat with the WC orchestra on a weekly basis to help musicians on an individual basis. This has been an amazing opportunity for some of our newer players to get targeted help during rehearsals, and for our top players to be able to work with instrumental specialists. The feedback received from both the NZSO players and students has been overwhelmingly positive.  Wellington College has also hosted the NZSO Ensemble coaching sessions which involved a number of schools bringing in small groups to have specialist input from NZSO players. 

Other events planned with the NZSO include composition mentoring, performances for students from Wellington schools, and the provision of feedback on student work (for NCEA or otherwise). WC is also looking to run a performance that will feature young musicians playing with the NZSO, and a song writing performance that will allow nominated songwriters to perform their works with the NZSO.  

 There is a strong desire to also engage with other avenues of the Arts. Some ideas include visual art and/or dance responses from students to NZSO performed music or a live creation of art while music is performed. Thought has also been given as to how elements of Te Ao Māori could be combined with an orchestral setting. This still needs some discussion, but there is certainly a desire to engage a wider audience. 

 Ultimately, the hope is that the relationship with the NZSO will help WC to become a community hub for the Performing Arts and, in particular, music. WC is beginning to attract a range of musical events for students each year (Young Singers in Harmony, WeBO, etc) and the participation of the NZSO will only help strengthen the perception that WC values the Arts, and has facilities that allow the Arts to thrive. Access to world-class musicians provides an opportunity to inspire students and demonstrate the legitimate pathways that are available in the Arts

Nāku iti noa, nā

Liam Boyle 

HOD Music

Learning Area Leader - Ngā Toi | The Arts

 

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NZSS Swimming

June 14, 2021

The NISS Swim Champs took place last weekend with great results produced by Team WC. The boys took out 1st place on the medal table winning 23 medals overall (5 gold, 9 silver & 9 bronze).

Captain Eligh Ashby lead the way winning 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal. Shane Maskell won 1 gold and 2 bronze medal, and David Zhu won a gold and a silver medal. Finn Harland won 3 silver and a bronze medal with Jonas Lilley, Dillon Raimona-Pahongia, and Ben Dudding all taking home bronze medals.

The team also won 1 gold, 3 silver & 1 bronze medal in the 4 relay events.


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NZSS Cross Country

June 14, 2021

This past weekend the cross country team competed at nationals in Taranaki, in what was arguably our best performance for a number of years. There were some amazing results.

At Year 9 level, WC were 1st in the 3 man event and 6 man event, with Joe Martin placing 6th overall.

At Junior level WC were 1st in 3 man event and 2nd in 6 man event, with Ben Brunner placing 5th overall

And at Senior level we were 3rd in the 6 man event with Cross Country Captain Henry Beliveau leading the team from the front to finish with a top notch 3rd place finish overall.


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Top Young Scientist makes International Team

June 14, 2021

Congratulations to Sumner Hancock on being selected to represent New Zealand at the 2021 International Young Naturalists' Tournament. Young scientists competed from all over New Zealand to be selected as one of a team of six so this is an exceptional achievement by Sumner.

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Community Sports Bank

June 13, 2021

Do you have sports gear that you no longer use that is still in good condition? Are you no longer playing a particular sport, but still have some equipment taking up space?  Bring them to school and we will pass them on to the Community Sports Bank which operates across the Greater Wellington Region.  Sports Poverty is a growing issue within our communities, with one of the major barriers to sport participation being equipment costs.  Click here for further information.

Bring your used or unused gear in good condition to school and put them in one of the large yellow wheelie bins (2 in the Finance Office, one in the Deans’ office, and one in the Sports Centre).  Equipment such as skipping ropes, balls, swimming gear, fins/flutter-boards/goggles, shoes/boots in good condition, shin guards, bats, racquets and clothing without school or club logos on it are all welcome.  Sports gear for all school age children welcome.

It would be fantastic if we could fill these bins by the end of the term (just over two weeks) and support the valuable work of the Community Sports Banks around Wellington.


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TaxGift

June 1, 2021

School donations are eligible for tax credits. This can put money back in your pocket. If you don’t claim this tax credit then we ask that you consider giving it to the School as an additional donation. To make the process easier we’re partnering with TaxGift, click here to read more.

Wellington College has joined a number of New Zealand schools in signing up with TaxGift.

This partnership will allow you and other generous supporters to easily gift us tax credits from any donations you have made to Wellington College.

By signing up to TaxGift, you can make your giving to Wellington College go up to 48%further without opening your wallet. How? 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 up to 33% on each donation that you’ve made to Wellington College. This means that for every $100 that you donate to us this tax year, TaxGift will claim $33.33 on our behalf as an additional donation from you. Next year, that $33.33 provides us with another tax credit, meaning TaxGift claims $11.11 as a further gift of money from you. The next year we get gifted $3.70 as a further donation, meaning that over three years, from an initial donation of $100.00, your total gift has become $148.14 at no cost to you!

By clicking the link below, you can simply sign up to TaxGift and make an additional gift to Wellington College of the amount of your relevant tax credit on your donations to us for this tax year, and going forward. By choosing to donate your tax credit, the impact of your giving will go even further, making a real difference in the work that we can do!

Finally, if you know that you haven’t claimed the tax credit on your donation to us in the past four years, you can gift us those as well, amplifying your gift even further. Simply tick the box on the form regarding the past four years’ donations and the team at TaxGift will ensure that we receive this as an additional gift from you: it’s that simple.

It won’t cost you anything to sign up to TaxGift, and only tax credits available on your donations to Wellington college will be captured – but please note that once you have signed up, you will not be able to claim this tax credit for yourself. We pay a small fee to TaxGift for the use of their service. Signing up appoints TaxGift as your tax agent for the purpose of your donations to us – 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 can opt out of TaxGift at anytime by emailingadmin@taxgift.co.nz.

Please click on the link below to opt in to TaxGift your donations (you will need your IRD number), or visit www.taxgift.co.nz for further information.

https://onboarding.taxgift.co.nz/register/6078ab04cf985305f7f0a00f

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Shakespeare Globe NZ National Festival

June 1, 2021

A three month Shakespearian odyssey came to an exciting conclusion on the Saturday morning of Queen’s Birthday weekend. A troupe of 11 of Wellington College’s senior drama students performed excepts from the opening scenes for the Tempest to a large, passionate and discerning audience of young performers, teachers and whanau from all over Aotearoa as part of the 30th annual Shakespeare Globe New Zealand National Festival. 

Re-configured and re-named ‘The Slaves of the Storm’, the 15 minute piece with wings that transform into sails, grotesque prosthetic make up and a gas masked accordion player, was a visually rich, nautically inspired, shanty of a show that creatively introduced three significant character relationships in the play. 

The festival held at the Micheal Fowler Centre, over two and a half days was a fantastic opportunity for the hundreds of young thespians to bask in the over 50 interpretations of the Bard's timeless works. In keeping with a fine tradition of Sheilah Winn success in recent years, this year's group was awarded the national prize for Outstanding Costume Design. The troupe were rightly very proud of their efforts and the quality of their performance. However, of equal and lasting importance was the tonne of new connections made and the sense of being part of such an impressive community of talented, like-minded and passionate dramatic rangatahi.

Ahoy boys you did yourselves and our school proud!



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Senior Wellbeing Day and Pink Shirt Day

May 20, 2021

On Tuesday 18th May we were delighted to co-host our Senior Wellbeing Day with Wellington East Girls College. The day started with an address from Chloe Swarbrick on the topic of Mental Health which was then followed by a series of workshops. Topics ranged from car maintenance to flatting, financial investing to gender education, from board games to first aid. Throughout the day over 100 workshops were on offer and there certainly was enough range to keep all our students interested. It was great to welcome Wellington East Girls to our campus and equally to share their wonderful facilities too. Our warmest thanks go to the student leaders from both Colleges who organised this fantastic day.

On 21 May our school will be a mass of pink as we celebrate Pink Shirt Day. Our students will be certainly a lot more colourful than the usual and we are grateful to the large number of students who support this day each year and the important anti-bullying message that it promotes.


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NZ Young Scientists' Tournament

May 7, 2021

During the autumn break a talented trio of WC students entered the NZ Young Scientists' tournament - the first time Coll has entered a team into a tournament like this.  Over three gruelling days students were challenged by other school's teams in  'Science Fights' to present, and defend in debate, solutions to open-ended science problems.  Seven problems had been published in advance, so Aston Varga, Sumner Handcock and captain Krishin Cox had already put in many, many hours of hard work to get their presentations up to scratch...or so they hoped!

A good showing in the first two rounds followed by a brilliant presentation and defence in round three put us into the grand final. The presentations were strong, the debates were tough, but in the end our boys showed their superior understanding of key science ideas, debating skills. An exemplary presentation (explaining the buzzing sound you get if you roll a coin around the inside of a balloon) won Wellington College the trophy and won our scientific trio places in the New Zealand squad, hoping to represent NZ at the international tournament by Zoom later this year.

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Staff Only Day - Tuesday 11 May 2021

May 5, 2021

Along with other Wellington schools, we will be having a Staff-Only Day on Tuesday 11 May to prepare for changes to the NCEA.

These have been organised by the Ministry of Education, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, NZEI Te Riu Roa, and PPTA Te Wehengarua, Click here for further details about the focus of these days.

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Tower Block - An Update from the MOE

April 15, 2021

The Ministry of Education has developed a help sheet concerning the seismic status of the Tower Block. This is available here.



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World War II photograph

April 7, 2021

This photo of old boy and then Major General, Bernard Freyberg has been reproduced many times. But did you know that the man looking at the camera is also an old boy of Wellington College?

Jack Lester Griffiths was Freyberg’s aide-de-camp(ADC). He was also an All Black captain.

Born in Wellington in 1912 Jack lived in Khandallah. He came to Wellington College in 1926 and stayed for three years. “Like all boys, I wanted to become a footballer.” In 1928 Jack made the 1st XV.

“We were under the heading of a territorial force at Wellington College. Every Friday afternoon there was drill. We had tutors from the permanent staff or directors I should say. And some of our Masters who were commissioned officers held responsible posts.” This was before compulsory military training, but it was common at boys’ schools.

About to enter his fourth year Jack was accepted as an employee of the Bank of New Zealand in 1929. Rugby Football was his passion.  He made his debut for the Wellington representative side as an 18 year old in 1931 and continued to represent the province until 1938.  1934 saw Griffiths move into the big time, with an All Black trial, North Island representation, an All Black tour to Australia and his test debut in the second of the internationals.

He toured with the All Blacks again in 1935/6 to the British Isles, where he appeared in 16 matches - 10 at first five eight, five at second and one as centre - and in three of the four tests.  Back in New Zealand he captained the All Blacks in both tests against the 1936 Australians, was not required for the 1937 series against South Africa, but toured Australia again the following season, playing in the third test.

Source: http://stats.allblacks.com/asp/profile.asp?ABID=343

Jack Griffiths (1926-1928) on how he came to meet Bernard Freyberg (1898-1904):

“I was fortunate enough to be selected in playing rugby in 1935 for the New Zealand All Blacks who were touring the British Isles. During that period of our stay in London, General Freyberg, who was a very ardent rugby supporter, invited to his London flat six members of our team. He requested that at least one of whom should be a Wellington College old boy if it were possible. Well, there were two of us in the team who were Wellington College old boys. Joe Sadler and myself. We tossed and I won. It was a tremendous evening with personalities well known in earlier days of World War, and in history. When I mention names like Lord Jellico, Lady Bicester and people of that standing. It was an education to we young fellows on a rugby tour.”

In 1939, at the age of 27, Jack Griffiths, then stationed in Tokomaru Bay signed up for the New Zealand Army. “I think it was a matter of being loyal to the Crown… When war was declared there were quite a number, maybe six, of we bank clerks. As a bulk we went and offered our services. We volunteered for service in the army or whatever corps was thought suitable”.

“I left New Zealand as a private soldier with a first echelon to the Middle East. We took part in a lot of activities and trained to become soldiers.” Jack went through the battles in Greece, Crete and the Western Desert, finishing in Italy.

When General Freyberg first appointed Jack Griffiths to his staff he said it would be for three months as was his policy. “But I’m afraid that my three months developed into just on four years.”

The only break Jack had was when he came home on furlough. Otherwise he was with the General through all the battles.

"He was a very humane man”, Jack said of Fryberg. “His record of war… people get the impression he was rather severe. Brutal perhaps. But no, he had a very soft heart and his one thought was for his troops, for their comfort, for their everyday wants. He was responsible for establishing a mobile bath unit in the desert. This was wonderful. Soldiers only had a bottle of water to live on per day. But the bath unit would come along and all the troops would have a shower and that sort of thing.” Jack said Freyberg ensured his troops got food as good as anybody else. "He also established forward casualty clearing stations. This meant in battle the wounded soldier would be within easy range of care and assistance. There would be blood and all sorts of things available and the medical staff were highly qualified."

A tremendous boost for Jack Griffiths and all the soldiers in the Western Desert were the visits of the British Prime Minister.

“Mr Churchill took the salute of the whole division when we paraded for him after the North Africa battles were ended. We were in Tripoli at the time. I was in the fortunate position of being in close proximity [and I] overheard him say to our General – Bernard thank goodness you’re here.”

“Mr Churchill’s appreciation for General Freyberg was absolutely outstanding and he of course was responsible for appointing General Freyberg to his naval division in the First World War. So they had a very long and close association together”, says Jack.

After the war Jack Griffiths returned to the Bank of New Zealand. He and his wife Jean were frequent visitors to Government House when Freyberg served as Governor-General (1946-1952). “Sometimes officially, others just the four of us… and for a chat and a meal and that was really delightful. And I did stay the odd weekend at Government House with the General and we’d go and see a rugby match at Athletic Park and that sort of thing.”

 “I do not hesitate to say, and I say this quite strongly, that New Zealand and its families were very, very, very lucky to have such as able General at their command. He was a man respected throughout the world for his ability… in all due respects [with] other commanders, our casualties would have been greater. Much greater.”

Jack Griffiths (1926-1928), seen here with JC White passed, away in 2001.

We’re very grateful to old boy David Heather(1959-1963), Jack’s daughters Marilyn Tweedie and Rhonda Heather, and Jack’s grand-daughter Kirsty for sharing their family papers. Special thanks to Kirsty who interviewed Jack in the 1990’s and from that interview the quotes were lifted

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WC Tramping Club Centenary

April 4, 2021

The 1921 edition of the annual Wellingtonian contains epic stories from World War 1 that had only just finished 3 years earlier. One that stands out just a little, is of Bernard Freyberg swimming several kilometres, from one of the troop ships to the shore on the Gallipoli peninsula at midnight on 25th April 1915. He set up flares on a beach some distance from the landing site as a decoy to divert Turkish troops from where the landings would actually take place. Much of his swim was done under enemy fire. An extraordinary and almost unbelievable story of bravery and commitment.  

The 1921 Wellingtonian also has a short article covering the founding of the tramping club. One of the ‘vice presidents’ was Mr. Gifford after whom the observatory up behind the college was later named. Here is a quote from the article. ‘Commencing on Nov 5th a series of short tramps over the hills near Wellington will, it is hoped, train our members for more ambitious expeditions into the bush country east of Wainuiomata and at the head of the Hutt Valley.’ Later the article continues ‘we do not wish to rob cricket and other summer pastimes of their enthusiasts, but we earnestly ask all those who are not engaged in other activities to give the Wellington College Tramping Club a trial… subs 1s per annum’

In the following years Wellington College groups successfully completed the ‘Southern Crossing’ of the Tararua Ranges on a number of occasions. This was no mean feat, in an era when clothing and equipment, transport, lack of accurate weather forecasts and the condition of the tracks made such trips extremely challenging.

In 2021 we are fortunate to have polypropylene, Gore-Tex and merino wool clothing, comfortable backpacks and easy access, not just to the Tararuas ranges but many other backcountry locations throughout the lower north and upper South Islands. Some of the tracks are still just as muddy, however! Several staff members at Wellington College have significant experience in the outdoors and it is on the back of this expertise and enthusiasm that we are able to run 3 – 4 weekend trips each year into our awesome National and Forest Parks. Many of the students who come on these trips are also working towards the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award.

Earlier this term, 24 students, 3 staff members and a a sprinkling of former staff members and parents completed a crossing of the Ruahine ranges, which form a spine along the lower – mid North Island, to the north of Palmerston North. This is the 3rd time in the last decade that Wellington College students have successfully completed this crossing, experiencing a combination of stunning bush, open tops and river travel that has included sightings of whio or blue ducks, in the Oroua river.

In Term 2, on the weekend of 15th – 16th May, weather permitting, a year 10 group will tramp in to Tutuwai hut in the Tauherenikau river in the Southern Tararua ranges. Students will fly-camp on the river flats below the hut. This trip will re-trace part of the route covered by the first Wellington College party to complete a Southern Crossing, 99 years ago.

Later in the year the tramping club will visit the North Island’s central plateau and the Lewis Pass area of the upper South Island.

Phil Kendon

WC Tramping Club Convenor

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2021 Parent Donations

April 3, 2021

2021 School Donations

At Wellington College, we strive to provide an outstanding educational experience for all our students.  This includes the provision of a highly resourced curriculum, excellent teaching, quality pastoral care, careers guidance and an extensive range of sporting, artistic, service and leadership opportunities.

You may be aware that the decile-based funding that Wellington College receives from the Government provides only for core activities as determined by the Ministry of Education.  In fact, if we were to exclude their provision for teacher salaries, property and land-use, only about 50 percent of the funds required to operate Wellington College come from the Government each year.  Generous financial support from parents over many decades has been instrumental in developing Wellington College's programmes, approaches and facilities.  

We ask that you make your annual donation  to Wellington College.  Donations are tax deductible and you may chose to pay them through the parent portal, direct credit, automatic payment, or at the Finance Office by cash or eftpos.  You could make your donation in one lump sum or spread your payments throughout the rest of the year.

Thank you for your support of Wellington College in this way.

The Wellington College Bank account number is 06-0561-0137023-000. Please use your son's name or student number as a reference when making an online payment.

Thank you for your support of Wellington College in this way.  

Paul Retimanu (Board Chair) and Gregor Fountain (Principal)

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2021/22 Entertainment Memberships

March 13, 2021

We are delighted to be able to offer you the Entertainment Membership for 2021/2022. This year there are no booklets as all the memberships are digital.

All the funds raised through the sale of Entertainment Memberships support Wellington College's Extra-Curricular Arts programme.

To order your membership securely online please click here.

Thanks for your support.

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1st XI Cricket Retains Wellington Title

March 12, 2021

A terrific century from Oscar Jackson set the 1st XI up for a 110 run victory over HIBS in the final of the Premier Youth Grade.  They have therefore won the Bruce Murray Cup & qualified for the Gillette Cup National Tournament for the 4th consecutive year.

(Photo credit: Paddy Martin)

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International Student Update

March 9, 2021

Graduating class of International Students 2020

12 months of border closure means it’s one-way traffic only for international fee paying students. This year the school will miss out on over half a million dollars from income sourced from international student education.

"At the beginning of 2020 we had 72 international fee paying students and we were well on track to finish the year with the equivalent of 100 students", says International Director, Mike Ellett. "By year's end we finished with 69.”

Towards the end of term two 2020, the International Team started to approach off-shore families to see if they wanted to keep their sons in New Zealand over the summer.  They then spoke with the Wellington College homestay community to ensure the boys could continue to stay with them. This presented new challenges. It required extra pastoral care and staff to work through the summer break ensuring 24/7 support was available, should it be required. "It also meant the students would be away from home for a solid two years. We have a great responsibility for their care but I'm confident we're managing this well", says Ellett.

The effort to retain students through summer has prevented the collapse of Wellington College’s international student programme. “We have retained 45students for the 2021 year, with all the Year 9-12 2020 cohort returning for a further year”, says Ellett. “There was the natural attrition of Year 13graduates at the end 2020, many to tertiary study within New Zealand".

Incidentally, he International Student graduating class of 2020 achieved 100% in Level 3NCEA and University Entrance. A remarkable result considering the disruptions throughout the year. "These results reflect the extraordinary teaching and learning opportunities at our school and the quality of our international student programme", says Wellington College Principal, Gregor Fountain. "International education is an important source of income for us, but at Wellington College we put the student and their experience first.”

 In atypical year the attrition of graduating students would be offset by new arrivals. The closed border negates this. More boys will finish this year and the window for 2022 recruitment is closing every day. Ellett says, "We continue to market digitally and collaboratively and interest in attending Wellington College is huge. But, it’s the grim reality that there’s little we can do.  The fact is that student safety comes first and we have no wish to introduce international high school students back into New Zealand until it can be done safely. This would be in line with the Code for the Pastoral Care of International Students legislation.”

If there’s little that can be done then it’s not like Mike Ellett and his sector colleagues haven’t tried. New Zealand state or state-integrated schools cannot sell an online learning programme which is something that was tested and found to have a very solid market. They’ve also considered joint submissions to bring international students through Managed Isolation Quarantine which could involve using other schools' hostels. However, a MIQ system for high school students would need to meet very strict legislative guidelines. The Government has made clear that the priority is tertiary students who are already invested in their New Zealand university pathway. Realistically the sector is treading water and Ellett believes it may be sometime into 2022 for a change in settings.

“The global success of vaccination programmes and free and open border travel are the greatest hopes for the international student sector", says Gregor Fountain.

Wellington College has had to cut its cloth in the face of the reality of this new financial environment. This has led to the restructuring of some roles and funding cuts for students’ extra-curricular activities. In response, various appeals to parents and old boys are being made and a Team WC parent committee is fundraising to make sure the Wellington College sports and arts programmes remain sustainable.

The Wellington College International Student Association hosting and managing a games night for the Wellington International Student Association (WISA) executive. Eight high schools from across Wellington took part. These wonderful and talented students, domestic and international, make a significant contribution to the community.

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Island Bay Bus - Detour

February 20, 2021

There will be temporary changes to the Island Bay School Bus route between March & June as a result of waterworks on Severn Street. Click here or more information.  Click here for maps of the temporary route.

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New Board Member - Cameron Harland

February 9, 2021

Cameron Harland has been co-opted on to the Wellington College Board of Trustees. Here is Cam's statement about his desire to join the Board.

Kia ora

My name is Cameron Harland. I am the proud father of two sons currently navigating their way through the amazing school that is Wellington College. I am a born and bred Wellingtonian that is passionate about the city and sees Coll as a fundamental part of its fabric. As a CEO myself I feel that I can support Gregor and his team, with an affinity and understanding of the challenges of the day to day running of an organisation; balanced with solid governance experience. I am passionate about culture and an holistic view of success that embraces – intellect, endeavour and resilience. I am truly excited about contributing to the school and hope I can, in some small way, contribute to its legacy and influence on our young men.

Cameron Harland

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2021 Stationery Orders

February 9, 2021

You can visit the Office Max MySchool website to order stationery for 2021 online.

Buying through Office Max MySchool earns rewards for our school which we can redeem for educational supplies and equipment for our classrooms or for students in need.


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Join our Team - Sports Coordinator Role

February 6, 2021

We are looking for someone who is self-motivated, has good interpersonal and organisational skills, and can multi-task.  This is primarily an administrative position but there will be opportunities to have a “hands on role” with the sports.

This permanent, part-time position is for 25 hours per week – term time only - working alongside the Sports Director to assist in the provision of the comprehensive extra-curricular sports programme at Wellington College.

All enquiries to Dave Keat, Sports Director, d.keat@wc.school.nz.

Applications close Monday 1 March 2021. Please note, applications will only be considered if they are received via the School Jobs website.

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Changes to Snapper Top-Ups

February 6, 2021

Snapper are discontinuing the 'MySnapper' application which the school uses to offer students Snapper top ups.

From 15th February 2021 the school will no longer be in a position to offer students this facility.

Please click here for alternative ways of topping up Snapper cards.



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NZ Scholarship Success Continues

February 6, 2021

The remarkable success of Wellington College students in the New Zealand Scholarship Awards has continued, with the 2020 awards announced on Thursday 4th February. Scholarships are reserved for the top 3% of Year 13 students across New Zealand in each subject area. ‘Outstanding’ awards are given to the top 0.3% of Year 13 students in each subject area.

Wellington College’s students gained a total of 102 awards in 18 different subjects. 7 awards were gained at ‘Outstanding’ level. The subjects in which scholarships were secured were: Accounting, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Design, Economics, EnglishFrench, Geography, Health and Physical Education, History, Media Studies, Music, Physics, Religious Studies, Statistics and Technology. Outstanding scholarships were gained in Calculus, Design, English, Health and Physical Education, Physics and Statistics. Successful students are rewarded by receiving financial remuneration towards their tertiary studies.

Wellington College has always been at the forefront of top success among the NZ Scholarship awards since the inception of this examination. Worthy recognition and high commendation are given to both staff and students for their dedication and commitment to attain such high achievements.

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Alert Level 2 - College Sport Update

February 4, 2021

As you will be aware, the return of Alert Level 2 conditions in Wellington comes at a particularly busy time of year for the secondary school sporting calendar.  In addition to our weekly summer competitions, several major events and tournaments are scheduled to take place over the next fortnight.  The requirements of Alert Level 2 mean that we need to evaluate these events in terms of gathering sizes, plus contact tracing and the other hygiene considerations.  With this in mind, please find below a summary of our decisions for this week, and with a view to contingency plans for the following week also.

Athletics – Zone and Regional Meetings

The Zone Athletics meetings scheduled for this week (2, 3 and 4 March) are postponed, as is the Regional event scheduled for 11 March.  Postponement dates will be advised shortly, by the CSW Sport Managers responsible for each Zone event.  The Regionals are postponed until the week starting 29 March.

Senior Volleyball Tournament

The Senior Volleyball Tournament scheduled for 5 and 6 March will proceed, under Alert Level 2 requirements.  This will necessitate a reduction in the number of teams competing and the CSW Sport Manager responsible for Volleyball will advise schools shortly on the process for this.

Dragon Boating

This event has been postponed until the following weekend (13 and 14 March).

Weekly Competitions Proceeding (No Spectator Policy)

The majority of CSW’s regular weekly competitions will proceed under Alert Level 2 requirements and these will be communicated to schools by the relevant CSW Sport Manager.  In terms of managing gathering limits of 100 people, College Sport Wellington has assessed each sport and made the following determination:

Indoor Sports

Indoor Sports – no spectators are to be present

Outdoor Sports

Outdoor Sports – where social distancing can be reasonably expected/supervised, spectators are allowed.  On review of our COVID-19 plans, this means that spectators are allowed at cricket, golf and ultimate, but not Touch Rugby or Ki o Rahi.

Clearly this is a slight relaxation of the blanket “no spectator” policy used previously.  We have based this decision on the likely numbers present and their ability to keep within the 100 person gathering limits.  This decision will be reviewed next week upon feedback by the schools.  Regardless, we urge all people present to exercise caution and adhere to the Government’s guidelines on social distancing.

Weekly Competitions Not Proceeding

Floorball - At this stage, we can confirm that the weekly Floorball competition (4 March) has been cancelled, and that the games will carry over until next week.

We thank you in advance for your support of these decisions and we will communicate any updates to you in a timely manner.  Looking ahead to next week, College Sport Wellington is building further contingency plans into its events, in case Wellington remains at Alert Level 2 beyond Saturday.

We wish you all the best for the week and, like you, hope for a speedy return to Alert Level 1.

Kind Regards

Bryan Dickinson (College Sport Wellington Executive Director)

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Gold Medal at North Island Champs

February 2, 2021

Wellington College Rowing crews racing for the Star Rowing Club have had an excellent North Island Club regatta at Karapiro, with five crews qualifying for A finals 5 making A and twenty crews qualifying for B finals. Congratulations, in particular, to the Under 17 Quad who won a bronze medal and the Under 15 Quad who won the gold medal. Best wishes for the rest of the season to the rowing team and their many supporters.

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Josh Wins NZ Chess Champs

February 1, 2021

Huge congratulations to Joshua (from Year 11) who won the NZ Junior Chess championship over 11 days in Palmerston North in January.  His wins included: NZ Junior Champion, NZ School pupil Champion & Under 16 Champion.  He also won the Under 1700 rating class in the NZ Major open.  Amazing work, Josh.

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Maths Olympiad Squad Selected

January 31, 2021

New Zealand’s training squad for the 2021 International Mathematical Olympiad was announced during the Squad Selection Ceremony on Friday 15 January. The final team of six to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia in July 2021 will be decided in April. Congratulations to all the students selected but especially to Hamish Baguley and Ning Chin - two amazing Wellington College mathematicians. Click here for further information.

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Get the Correct Shoes!

January 30, 2021

Are you buying school shoes for 2021? Let us settle the arguments about which shoes are permitted.  Wellington College uniform requires black leather, polish-able shoes. These can be either slip on or lace-up. In Terms 1 and 4, students are permitted to wear brown and black Roman Sandals. Sandals must have a back strap. See below for what's acceptable and what's not.

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Alert Level One at Wellington College

January 29, 2021

At Alert Level One Wellington College is safe to attend, including for any staff and students who are considered vulnerable to COVID-19. We have good cleaning routines in place, people who are sick are staying at home and we continue to encourage good hygiene practices. We are supporting contact tracing by having COVID-19 Ministry of Health QR scan code posters at our entrances. Inter-school and community sport, cultural events, performances and parent meetings can take place and we welcome all of our school community on site for these activities.

In summary, at Wellington College we continue to have a large amount of control over how we can prevent the spread of COVID. At Wellington College we are:

  • displaying QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App
  • keeping our visitor register, attendance register and timetables up to date
  • monitoring for illness and asking anyone who is unwell to remain at home, or to go home
  • encouraging people with relevant symptoms to seek medical advice through Healthline or their GP and get tested for COVID if recommended to do so
  • reinforcing the importance of good hand washing and drying
  • reinforcing good cough and sneeze etiquette

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Guidance & Support Over Summer

January 17, 2021

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 & www.alcoholdrughelp.org.nz

NZ Drug Foundation: www.drugfoundation.org.nz

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 netsafe.org.nz 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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Physiotherapy Service on our Campus

January 3, 2021

This service is available to students and staff of Wellington College.

Appointments can be booked:

The prices are the same for both students and staff.

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Runathon Raises $100k for World Vision

December 12, 2020

At the school assembly on Thursday 5th November, it was announced that the 2020 runathon raised more than $100,000 to support World Vision’s work in the Chi Kraeng District in Cambodia. This is a phenomenal achievement in this challenging year for fundraising and the most money raised by any individual runathon at Wellington College in the past 20 years.  Congratulations to everyone involved!


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NZQA Examinations Continue

December 2, 2020

Please follow the links below to the NZQA timetable for the 2020 NCEA examinations and the Wellington College Candidate Rooming document. At the start of the rooming document, there is an explanation of how students can find out where they are sitting their examinations.

Students must be on time. If they arrive more than 30 minutes after an examination has started, NZQA will not allow them to enter. Students must wear school uniform. Click here for NZQA’s rules and information for candidates:

If a student becomes ill or is injured and cannot study for, or sit, an examination, please contact Deputy Principal Andrew Savage immediately, because he may be eligible for a derived grade. This is also the case when a student undergoes a traumatic event or family crisis, such as a serious illness or death of a family member. NZQA requires written verification from a health professional such as a Doctor or Counsellor, and they must complete particular sections in an official derived grade application form – click here.

Rooming for students with Special Assessment Conditions (SACs) will be ready shortly and this will be emailed out to students concerned.


Key Links

2020 Examination timetable

Candidate information and instructions

Rooming for the NCEA exams

Derived Grade application information


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Old Boys' Spirit of Adventure Scholarship

November 29, 2020

Each year, the Wellington College Old Boys’ Association (WCOBA) provides scholarships to assist students who wish to go on a Spirit of Adventure voyage.

If you are in Year 11 or Year 12 in 2021, and thinking about ways you can develop your leadership skills and reach your potential, visit the Spirit of Adventure website and register for one of their 2021 programmes.  Once that’s completed, you can then apply to the WCOBA for financial support – the WCOBA will award a Year 11 and a Year 12 student $800 to support the cost of the voyage.

Applications are to be made to the WCOBA, supported by a letter outlining how the programme will benefit yourself and Wellington College.  Email applications to: oldboys@wc.school.nz

Photo credit: Spirit of Adventure Trust

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Old Boys' Outward Bound Scholarship

November 28, 2020

Each year, the Wellington College Old Boys’ Association (WCOBA) provides scholarships to assist students who wish to participate on the Outward Bound Programme.

If you are in Year 11 or Year 12 in 2021, and thinking about ways you can develop your leadership skills and reach your potential, visit the Outward Bound website and register for one of their 2021 programmes.  Once that’s completed, you can then apply to the WCOBA for financial support – the WCOBA will award a Year 11 and a Year 12 student $500 towards the cost of the programme.

Applications are to be made to the WCOBA, supported by a letter outlining how the programme will benefit yourself and Wellington College.  Email applications to: oldboys@wc.school.nz

Photo Credit: Outward Bound

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Staff Only Day - Tuesday 17 November

October 31, 2020

Along with other Wellington schools, we will be having a Staff-Only Day on Tuesday 17 November to prepare for changes to the NCEA. These have been organised by the Ministry of Education, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, NZEI Te Riu Roa, and PPTA Te Wehengarua, Click here for further details about the focus of these days.

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Year 11-13 Derived Grade Exams

September 10, 2020

Click here for more detailed information about the timetable for the Wellington College 2020 Derived Grade Examinations (including rooms and times).

Year 11-13 students will be on study leave at the times that they do not have examinations.

Year 11-13 students who are not sitting Scholarship Trial Exams are not required at school on Friday 18th September

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Liam Presented with PM's Award

August 28, 2020

Liam speaking on the phone with the Prime Minister at the conclusion of the ceremony

Wellington College's Liam Anderson was recognised as New Zealand's top student in 2019 in a short ceremony at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) held on Wednesday 26 August. Liam was joined at the ceremony by his parents and Wellington College staff members - Phil Kendon and Gregor Fountain, along with the senior staff from NZQA. At the end of the ceremony, as afternoon tea was served, Liam received a personal phone call from the Prime Minister who congratulated him on his achievements.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority’s Top Scholar Awards for 2019 were announced during the lockdown, with Nicholas Patel and Liam Anderson gaining their Premier Awards for being ranked in the top 12 students in New Zealand. Jesse Richardson was acknowledged as the Top Scholar in New Zealand for History with Liam Anderson named the Top Scholar for Spanish.

Liam Anderson won the Prime Minster’s Award for Excellence as New Zealand’s top student in NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations.

The Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence recognises the success of the very top New Zealand Scholarship student in the country. The recipient has the most outstanding examination results and the highest overall academic excellence of all New Zealand's Premier Award winners.

Liam achieved Outstanding Scholarships in Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, and Statistics, and Scholarship in Biology, Calculus, English, and Health and Physical Education. He was also the Top Subject Scholarship Award winner for Spanish.

Liam is currently studying for his Bachelor of Science at Victoria University of Wellington. Congratulations to Liam, his family, all of his teachers, and his classmates throughout his time at Wellington College who challenged him and stimulated his learning and achievement.

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Defibrillator Relocated to Cricket Pavilion

August 27, 2020

The Community Defibrillator, which was donated to Wellington College by former staff member Kerry Lloyd, is now located on the exterior of the Cricket Pavilion.

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Changes to School Buses - 24 August

August 10, 2020

Metlink have informed us of some changes to their service starting on Monday 24th August to the 737 and 741 bus routes. These changes have been made in response to feedback they have received relating to overcrowding on the route 741 service.

The current route 737 trips (3) have been re-scheduled to depart Karori Park- Allington Road 7 minutes later at 7.50, 7.52 & 7.54am. The route 741 will still depart at 8.05am but will start from Karori Rd opposite Karori Normal School instead of Karori Park - Allington Rd. The key message for students is that the last bus servicing the stops between Karori Park and Karori Normal School departs Karori Park (Allington Road) at 7.54am - the 8.05am bus will no longer operate along this section of the route so students on this section of the route will need to be at their stop 11 minutes earlier. Students using the route 741 service boarding after Karori Normal School
will also need to be at their stop 6 minutes earlier.

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2021 Course Selection - Due Monday

August 9, 2020

Course selection is one of the most important decisions that a student makes each year. Each year, Wellington College aims to provide excellent advice from Senior Leaders, Deans, Heads of Department, careers and guidance staff, mentors, tutors and classroom teachers, to ensure that all students make the best possible decisions.

This year, we have developed a new  'Curriculum @ WC' website which contains all of the information that we think students and whānau will need to support their 2021 course selection decisions.

If you have any questions about the course selection process, please email Deputy Principal - Curriculum, Andrew Savage a.savage@wc.school.nz and he or another member of our staff team will get back to you.


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Year 11-13 Reports

August 3, 2020

Year 11-13 students now have a written report available on the parent portal.  You can go directly to the parent portal by clicking this link.


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Outdoor Education - Can You Help?

July 30, 2020

Would you consider sponsoring a Year 10 student on this year's end-of-year outdoor education programme? This programme has become a key part of the Wellington College experience, however the COVID-19 pandemic, the lockdown, and economic downturn have placed some of the trips and activities out of the reach of some families. If you would consider sponsoring a place for a student in need of support, please contact Principal Gregor Fountain and he will call you to discuss further. You can contact him by emailing the Principal's Executive Assistant - Claire Shakespeare c.shakespeare@wc.school.nz or (04) 802 2520 ext. 823.

2020 Outdoor Education Programme Costs

Tararuas & Wairarapa Trip - $340

Kāpiti Coast Journey - $290

Whanganui River - $390

Mistletoe Bay (Marlborough Sounds) - $440

Marlborough Sounds Sea Kayak & Tramping - $340

Abel Tasmal Sea Kayaking & tramping - $430

Learn to Dive in Island Bay/Tapu Te Ranga - $550

Wellington Day trips - $150

 

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Enrol Now for 2021

July 30, 2020

Thank you for your interest in Wellington College for Year 9 in 2021.

We have posted videos and documents on this page so that you can access all the information that you need about Wellington College, our people, our programmes, and our plans for the future.

We would be delighted it you would submit an application for your son to join our school community next year.

Please note, out-of-zone enrolments for Year 9 students in 2021 have now closed.

2021 Prospectus

You can download your own copy of the 2021 Prospectus here.

Virtual Open Day Address - Gregor Fountain, Principal

The Wellington College Experience - Current Students
2019 ERO Report

Click here to read our most recent report from the Education Review Office.

Enrolment Forms

Click here to complete your on-line enrolment application for Year 9 in 2021.

Click here to complete your on-line enrolment application for Year 10 to Year 13 in 2021.

Enrolment Procedures

In-zone Year 9 students for 2021

In-zone enrolment applications for 2021 may be made at any time during the year prior to the start of school (1 February, 2021).  We request that these be submitted on-line by Monday, 27 July 2020 to allow for curriculum planning and so that we can determine out-of-zone enrolment numbers.

All applications must have a copy of the student’s birth certificate (and passport if the student was born outside New Zealand).

In-zone applications must also provide a rates notice/tenancy agreement and a utility account to confirm in-zone status.

Students should remain within the College zone for at least two years from the time the student starts at the College. The College must be immediately notified of any change of address, within the zone.

Please note: Out-of-zone applications for Year 9 students for 2021 closed on 27 August 2020.

Out-of-zone Ballot for Year 9 students for 2021

The Out-of-zone Ballot for 2021 Year 9 students will be held on Friday, 7 August 2020 and parents will be notified in writing of the outcome on Wednesday, 12 August, 2020. The number of students accepted through the ballot depends on the number of places available.  This is determined by the number of in-zone enrolments.

Induction Day for Year 9 will commence Thursday, 19 November 2020 at 9.00am.  This is an opportunity for new students to meet key people and become familiar with our campus.

In-zone Years 10 - Year 13 students for 2021

In-zone enrolment applications for 2021 may be made at any time during the year prior to the start of school, but should be submitted on-line by Thursday, 15 October, 2020 to allow for curriculum planning and so that we can determine any out-of-zone enrolment numbers.

All applications must have a copy of the student’s birth certificate (and passport if the student was born outside New Zealand).

In-zone applications must also provide a rates notice/tenancy agreement and a utility account to confirm in zone status.

Students should remain within the College zone for at least two years from the time the student starts at the College. The College must be immediately notified of any change of address, within the zone.

Out-of-zone Years 10 - 13 students for 2021

The Out-of-zone Ballot for Year 10 - 13 2021 will be held on Monday, 2 November 2020 and parents will be notified in writing of the outcome on Thursday, 5 November 2020. The number of students accepted through the ballot depends on the number of places available.  This is determined by the number of in-zone enrolments.

Out-of-zone applications for Years 10 - 13 must be submitted on-line no later than 4.00pm on Thursday, 15 October 2020.

All applications must have a copy of the student’s birth certificate (and passport if the student was born outside New Zealand).

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Maths Olympiad - Hamish Baguley

July 29, 2020

In April this year Hamish Baguley of Year 12 was selected as one of six students to represent New Zealand in the International Maths Olympiad. This selection was the culmination of an arduous testing process with eye-wateringly difficult mathematics problems. We are very proud of Hamish for making it into the team.

Since April, he has been training virtually with the New Zealand team for the 61st International Mathematics Olympiad, which was scheduled to be held in St Petersburg, Russia, but will now be run online.

As part of the training programme, Hamish and other members of the New Zealand team have competed in two other Olympiad competitions – the Asia Pacific Maths Olympiad, in which he scored a Silver Medal, and the Cyberspace Mathematical Olympiad, in which he scored a Bronze Medal.

Wellington College was last represented in the NZIMO team in 2017 by Yiannis Fam.

You can follow Hamish and the NZ team's progress on the IMO website below, and try some questions out for fun. by clicking here.

The 2020 New Zealand Maths Olympiad Squad - www.mathsolympiad.org.nz
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Vaping Seminar Resources

July 28, 2020


We would like to thank friends and whānau of Wellington College who attended our vaping seminar on Tuesday 28 July. It was a great opportunity for all of us to learn together about why vaping has become more prevalent among teenagers and understand the serious health risks that are associated with it. Our Health and Physical Education teachers led a presentation outlining valuable content about vaping and things for parents to look our for if they they think their son or daughter may be vaping. They outlined the vaping content is being covered in the Wellington College curriculum

One thing we are committed to at Wellington College is ensuring we are providing a safe and supportive learning environment. Wellington college's smokefree policy includes a zero tolerance towards smoking and vaping of students, staff and visitors to our school. Our ongoing message for all students is about making positive, health-enhancing decisions for themselves and their peers within school and throughout the local community.

Click here for the slides which accompanied the presentation.

Image: Radio New Zealand - www.rnz.co.nz

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2020 Parent Donations

July 26, 2020

Thank you to the Wellington College families who have made their 2020 annual donation. We are aware of the economic impact that COVID-19 & the lockdown has had on many families. It is also having a significant impact on the income that Wellington College annually receives from fee-paying international students and the hiring of Wellington College's facilities. If you are in a position to pay some or all of the 2020 donation that we are requesting, we would really appreciate your support at this time.

At Wellington College, we strive to provide an outstanding educational experience for all our students.  This includes the provision of a highly resourced curriculum, excellent teaching, quality pastoral care, careers guidance and an extensive range of sporting, artistic, service and leadership opportunities.

You may be aware that the decile-based funding that Wellington College receives from the Government provides only for core activities as determined by the Ministry of Education.  In fact, if we were to exclude their provision for teacher salaries, property and land-use, only about 50 percent of the funds required to operate Wellington College come from the Government each year.  Generous financial support from parents over many decades has been instrumental in developing Wellington College's programmes, approaches and facilities.  

We ask that you make your annual donation to Wellington College. The amounts requested are stated on the parent portal.  

Donations are tax deductible and can be paid through the parent portal, direct credit, automatic payment, or at the Finance Office by cash or EFTPOS.  You could make your donation in one lump sum or spread your payments throughout the rest of the year.

The Wellington College Bank account number is 06-0561-0137023-000.  Please use your son's name or student number as a reference when making an online payment.

Thank you for your support of Wellington College in this way.  

Paul Retimanu (Board Chair) and Gregor Fountain (Principal)

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'A Mob Mentality' - The Complete Set

July 25, 2020

Download the programme for 'A Mob Mentality' here.

Listen to Episode One here.

Listen to Episode Two here.

Listen to Episode Three here.

Listen to Episode Four here.

Listen to Episode Five here.

Listen to Episode Six here.

Listen to Episode Seven here.

Listen to Episode Eight here.

Listen to Episode Nine here.

Listen to Episode Ten here.

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It's Arts Week!

July 21, 2020

27 July - 31 July is Arts Week!

We celebrate a week that focuses on creativity, participation and enjoyment of the Arts.

Watch out for these lunchtime events.

  • Monday: Impromptu Speech Competition in the Library
  • Tuesday: Year 9 Wearable Arts Competition in the Theatre
  • Wednesday: Arts Quiz in the Library and The Arts Week Mural in the Art Block
  • Thursday: Concert in the Theatre and the Mural continues
  • Friday: The Staff vs Student Debate in the Library

Also running is the WC Photo Competition (submissions Monday) and Theatresports Exchange on Thursday with Wellington Girls' College.

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'Fix & Fogg' Peanut Butter Fundraiser

July 16, 2020

Team WC is partnering up with our local Peanut Butter company, Fix and Fogg, for fundraising this year.

Complete this online form to purchase your jars of crunchy or smooth peanut butter, indicating which extra-curricular group or activity you would like to support. Orders must be made by 10 July.

Please note that as several members of our school community have peanut allergies, the jars will not be distributed during school hours.

Thanks for supporting Team WC.

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Swimming Success

July 2, 2020

23 Wellington College swimmers competed in the College Sport Wellington Regional Swim Champs at Huia Pool on Friday 26 June.  This was the first Regional Swim Competition in Wellington since lockdown.  Numbers competing were up and everyone was very appreciative of the opportunity to have their first racing hit-out for a number of months.

Wellington College did particularly well to top the medal table with 6 gold medals and their final medal count of 14 was also the highest in competition.  It was also good to see quite a number of our swimmers record significant personal best times. 

Medal Tally - College Sport Wellington Regional Swim Champs

9 of our Swimmers were among the medals, though a number of others went very close with 4th and 5th placings in tight finishes.

In the Junior Grade (Under 15 years), Finn Harland was in dominant form.  He secured 3 gold medals (100 metre Individual Medley, 100 metre Backstroke, 200 metre Freestyle) and each of his wins were by very good margins.  David Zhu was similarly impressive in the convincing way he won his 2 gold medals (50 metre & 100 metre Butterfly).  Gold medals were also won by Sean O’Connor-Close (100 metre Breaststroke) and James O’Brien (50 metre Breaststroke), with each also winning a silver medal (behind each other in the events listed above).

Our Senior Swimmers (15 Years & Over) were young this year and all of them have at least another year to compete in this grade.  Competition was very high and the followingdid well to secure medals – Shane Maskell (silver - 100m Breaststroke), Ryan Double (silver – 50 metre Butterfly), Eligh Ashby (silver – 50 metre Butterfly), Dillon Raimona-Pahetogia (silver – 50 metre Backstroke) and Luke Kuggeleijn (bronze – 200 metre Freestyle).

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Student Reports in 2020

July 1, 2020

Year 11-13 students now have a written report available on the parent portal.  You can go directly to the parent portal by clicking this link.


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Snapper Update

June 25, 2020

From Thursday July 1st charges for travel on Metlink buses will be applied. Please remember that at Wellington College, we are no longer taking EFTPOS or cash payments for Snapper top ups.  You can use the Snapper App to top up and keep an eye on your balance or use the computer in the Finance Office with your visa or debit cards.

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NCEA Information Evening - 25 June

June 17, 2020

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) can feel confusing and difficult to navigate for many parents. To help those of you who are new to NCEA or simply want a refresher, Wellington College invites you to attend an NCEA information evening on 25 June. Curriculum Deputy Principal Andrew Savage will offer a short presentation about how NCEA works and explain the temporary changes NZQA have made for 2020 as a way to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on our learners. We would love to have your company!

Event details:

Wellington College NCEA Information Evening

25 June 2020, 6:00-6:45 pm

Venue: The AGC Auditorium


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COVID 19 - Temporary NCEA Changes

June 16, 2020

We know some of our students - and their whānau - are worried that they might not be able to attain NCEA or UE this year, because of the disruption caused by COVID-19.

To help address this and support students, the following changes are being made to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) requirements for this year:

  • Students working towards an NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. These additional credits will be known as Learning Recognition credits. For every 5 credits a student achieves towards their NCEA either through internal or external assessment, they are entitled to an additional 1 credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits.
  • Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 – will be awarded a course endorsement.
  • Current UE requirements have been reduced from 14 to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet literacy and numeracy requirements to be awarded University Entrance.
  • External NCEA examinations and NZ Scholarship examinations will now take place from 16 November 2020 to 9 December 2020. This will provide extra time for teaching, learning and assessment in Term 4.
  • The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio (for example, Design and Visual Communications) has been extended to 12 November 2020, to give students more time to complete their portfolios.

These changes have been designed to encourage students to continue working towards their NCEA and to ensure that the NCEA attained by our learners this school year is just as valid as those earned in previous years.

Click here for a summary of these changes which NZQA has produced for students.


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Top of the Country - Liam Anderson

May 27, 2020

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority’s Top Scholar Awards for 2019 were announced during the lockdown, with Nicholas Patel and Liam Anderson receiving their Premier Awards for being ranked in the top 12 students in New Zealand. Jesse Richardson was acknowledged as the Top Scholar in New Zealand for History with Liam Anderson named the Top Scholar for Spanish. 

Liam Anderson won the Prime Minster’s Award for Excellence as New Zealand’s top student in NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations.

The Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence recognises the success of the very top New Zealand Scholarship student in the country. The recipient has the most outstanding examination results and the highest overall academic excellence of all New Zealand's Premier Award winners.

Liam achieved Outstanding Scholarships in Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, and Statistics, and Scholarship in Biology, Calculus, English, and Health and Physical Education. He was also the Top Subject Scholarship Award winner for Spanish.

Liam is currently studying for his Bachelor of Science at Victoria University of Wellington. Congratulations to Liam, his family, all of his teachers, and his classmates throughout his time at Wellington College who challenged him and stimulated his learning and achievement.

Liam Anderson & Nicholas Patel were our co-duxes in 2019
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CSW Competitions to Resume

May 26, 2020

Dear students, staff, family members, partners and supporters of College Sport Wellington,

Firstly, on behalf of the Board and Staff of College Sport Wellington, I want to thank you all for your continued support and patience as we inch closer to a resumption of secondary school sport.

Following yesterday afternoon’s announcement by the Government, we are now in a position to confirm the start dates for a number of secondary school competitions and events this term.  The planning by College Sport Wellington and its partners means that the appropriate risk mitigation measures will be in place before these start dates.  Ongoing, these plans and measures will be updated as new guidelines are announced by the Government.  Therefore, on that basis, College Sport Wellington can confirm the following:

  • Hockey – The Wellington Secondary Schools Hockey Competitions will commence on June 12 for P1/P2 grades and from June 15 for other grades
  • Underwater Hockey – The College Sport Wellington Underwater Hockey competition will commence on June 16
  • Basketball – The Dynasty College Sport Wellington Basketball competitions will commence on June 16 for Juniors and June 19 for Seniors
  • Football – The College Sport Wellington Football Competitions, now proudly sponsored by Fuji-Xerox, will commence from June 16 for Girls and from June 19 for Boys
  • Badminton – The College Sport Wellington Badminton competitions will commence from June 19
  • Netball – Netball competitions can commence from June 19 and each Netball Centre will confirm their exact start date shortly.  The Hutt Valley SS competitions will commence on June 20 and the College Sport Wellington RSSL will commence in Term 3
  • Rugby – The College Sport Wellington Rugby Competitions, now proudly sponsored by Tranzit Coachlines, will commence from June 20

In the coming week, the CSW Sport Managers and our partner Regional Sports Organisations will be in contact with schools to confirm the exact format for each competition.  At the same time, College Sport Wellington will endeavour to confirm the remainder of competitions and events on the secondary school calendar.  In particular we will be in discussions with our Regional Sport partners on the plan for Winter Tournament Week (31 August to 6 September), pending an update from School Sport NZ.

We wish you well for the season ahead and your preparations over the coming weeks.

Kind Regards,

Bryan Dickinson (Executive Director, CSW)

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Alert Level 2 - Buses & Trains

May 21, 2020

We are anticipating issues getting students to and from school as a result of the reduction in capacity on public and school buses, trains, and the subsequent congestion of traffic through Wellington City.  While students on school buses will now be able to use all seats, there will be no standing passengers.

  • Click here for the latest information from Metlink about the reduced capacity on their buses and trains.  We will update you as we receive further information.
  • We encourage those students who can, to walk or cycle to school rather than taking buses. Some may be able to walk to school from their parents' city workplaces.
  • Those that are travelling on buses must use the snapper system to tag on & tag off, to ensure contact tracing can take place.
  • If parents are dropping students at school, please do this at the bottom of the drive (or nearby) rather than driving onto our school campus.

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Alert Level 2 - Catch-up Week

May 14, 2020

The primary focus of our first week back is re-establishing relationships and routines, including creating spaces to process what we've all experienced. We need a balance of normality with the acknowledgement of the fact that we are returning to school during a significant nationwide event.

With this in mind, the first week of term is a catch-up week. This means that no new content will be taught in classes. We will take the time to discuss, recap, clarify and consolidate the work undertaken in the Learning @ Home programme.

No new content does not mean no learning! This is an opportunity to reinforce what has been taught during the Learning @ Home period and to clarify and deepen understanding. Students will be arriving back in class having had a wide variety of experiences of Learning @ Home with varying degrees of success and engagement. This week will be used to extend those students who have managed well and support those students who may need to catch up.



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A Message from our Student Leaders

May 14, 2020

Parking at school for Y12 and Y13! Email d.ashby@wc.school.nz ASAP.

Now that we have your attention!

CHECKLIST - IMPORTANT STUFF

  • Monday will start with Tutor Time and 8.50am and a Virtual Welcome / Mihi Whakatau
  • For the duration of Alert Level 2,  Year 12 and 13 students can bring their cars to school and park them in a designated space on our campus. If you intend to bring a car to school, please email Mr Ashby - d.ashby@wc.school.nz by Saturday at 12pm.
  • All students need to consider ways of getting to & from school that don't involve buses
  • New hygiene practices (e.g. Tower Block stairwells - one way up & one way down, coming straight into class rather than lining up, 1 metre spacing at the canteen)
  • First week is 'Catch-Up Week' - No new course content!
  • Years 12 & 13 students need to stay on site for interval and lunchtimes
  • Extra-curricular programmes will resume after Queen’s Birthday Weekend
  • Bring a full drink bottle (no water fountains available)
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the start of every class, but bring your own if you have some.
  • Stay away if you have a runny nose or sore throat, and get yourself tested for COVID-19 (the testing station is just round the corner from Jack's Bakery!)
  • More detail on all this stuff is here

WELCOME BACK

We know that some of you are really looking forward to getting back into your classes, and that some of you might be feeling a bit anxious for a variety of reasons. That is all good!  We know everyone will need time to re-adjust and get back into school routine, whilst also forming new habits with the new rules and expectations. So please be considerate towards your teachers and other students as we return. We want you to know that as a community we will support you in many ways when you come back. No matter where you got up to in your studies - don’t panic, you’ll have time to catch up. We understand everyone has had different circumstances over the past 7 weeks.

CATCH-UP WEEK!

We won’t be thrown in the deep end with work right away because the first week has no new content, so you have an opportunity to reconnect with each other, go over what has been taught during the Learning @ Home period. Big clutch from the senior leadership team. We know lots of you might not have completed as much work as you wanted, or may have fallen behind in particular classes. This week is designed to give teachers a chance to recap the work that you have been set over lockdown. 

WASH YOUR HANDS

School life will be a bit different for hygiene reasons: you’ll be needing to wash your hands, go straight into class instead of lining up, and use the hand sanitizer provided. As well as this, the tower block stairs are now one way, look out for the signs!  Make sure to stay at home if you are feeling at all unwell. 

WELL-BEING SPACES

Once we’re all back at school dedicated wellbeing spaces will open for boys to visit at any time if they are feeling overwhelmed. These spaces combined with the school counsellors, tutor teachers and class teachers will all be working together to make the transition back to ‘regular’ school as easy as possible for students.

Signing out,

Andrew L, Toby C, Josh KW, James M, Hugo K, Aidan H and Joel T :)

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Alert Level 2 - Sports & Arts Activities

May 14, 2020

There has been a lot of interest in our plans for the resumption of our extra-curricular arts & sports programmes. At Wellington College these will not restart until Queen’s Birthday Weekend. By then, we should have firmer guidelines from national and regional organisations to guide us in the safe resumption of these activities. The Government has said that it will review the 10 person limit for gatherings on 25 May. This will have implications for a range of community activities at schools throughout New Zealand.

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Alert Level 2 - COLL Check-In Continues

May 14, 2020

The COLL Check-in system is intended to support the partnership between home and school to encourage and support positive work habits through regular tracking of engagement.

At a fundamental level, the COLL Check-in is about staying connected and being able to identify students who may need extra support or encouragement. The COLL Check-in is not a report, but rather a weekly indicator of student engagement in their subjects. The purpose is to support conversations at home about how students are feeling about their learning. We hope that the COLL Check-in will also help students to have some accountability to engage with their learning programmes and to seek support from their teachers where they need it.

We recognise that staying motivated all the time can be difficult! We are encouraging students to let their teachers know if there are things they are finding challenging so that teachers can support them. This is also a way of demonstrating engagement!

The COLL Check-in is based on a ‘best-fit’ for the week depending on the expectations of different subjects. This means that what engagement looks like from week to week may be different depending on the kind of work the students are doing. 

The COLL Check-in  is updated by Monday afternoon each week. We suggest that parents and students check the portal every Tuesday. It is live on the parent and student portals under the ‘Class Efforts’ tab. The technical problem from last week has been resolved by our external provider, although the graphs look a little bit different. 

Parent Guide - How to check the Parent Portal for COLL Check-In

COLL Check-in Descriptors


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Learning @ Home Information - Updated

May 7, 2020

Thank you to all the students and parents who continue to provide feedback on our Learning @ Home programme  - we really appreciate your support and input!  Below are some updates based on common feedback and questions:

Student Survey

Our students told us that they really enjoy the flexibility of the online learning programmes as well as the wellbeing benefits of working from home. Students have let us know that we need to continue to monitor their workload as well as continue to offer regular opportunities to ask questions via Google Meets. The short feedback form is still open, so students are welcome to fill it in so that we can continue to use information from students to develop our programmes.

A couple of reminders for Week 5

Workload: We know that Learning @ Home isn’t always easy and that sometimes it feels like there is way too much work! If you’re finding it hard, please let your teachers know so that they can make changes.

Prioritising your activities: Your wellbeing is really important to us! We really want you to make time for exercise, creativity, connecting with your friends and device-free time. No subject is more important than another, but if it isn’t possible for you to give equal time to all of your subjects - don’t! Prioritise your work and complete what is manageable. Please let your teachers know if there are things you can’t do so that they can support you.

Support: PLEASE ASK FOR HELP! We are here if you need support - teachers, Tutor Teachers, Deans and the Counsellors. We also have a new online reporting tool WC Bullying Free Helpline  for you to use if there is anything happening that is potentially harmful to anyone in our community - both online and offline.

Learning Support

The Student/Learning Support team for all students is still available during this Learning @ Home period. We understand that some students will be feeling overwhelmed and may need some extra support. Our team is happy to help - please contact us at senco@wc.school.nz.

Here are some tips to help with Learning @ Home:

  • Click here to see accessibility features on ipads including text to voice features.
  • There are a range of text to speech options such as this one available, as well as a range of extensions for Google Chrome to support having documents read to you.
  • Google Docs has a speech to text function to allow voice typing. Go to Tools > Voice Type Setting. Remember that with this setting you need to say full stop, comma instructions as words.
  • Make sure you look after yourself - take regular breaks away from your screen, drink plenty of  water and make sure you get some exercise!
Connectivity

If your son, or another Wellington College student that you are aware of, is not able to access the online resources, for whatever reason, we would love to hear from you. Please email Andrew Savage - a.savage@wc.school.nz and he will follow up as soon as possible. We are working with the Ministry of Education to ensure that all our students are able to connect and learn in this new environment. For support with forgotten passwords or technical assistance please contact helpdesk@wc.school.nz.

Resources

Please click on the links below to ensure that you have the information that you will need to make the most of the online learning opportunities we are providing this term.

Learning @ Home - Student Help Sheet for Term 2

Learning @ Home - Parent Help Sheet for Term 2

Alert Level 3 - Parent Help Sheet

Wellington College Digital Responsible Use Agreement

Digital Citizenship Parent Information




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COVID 19 & NCEA Assessments - Updated

May 7, 2020

Overview

As a part of our response to COVID-19, Wellington College will be utilising the flexibility of NCEA to re-plan and adapt assessment programmes to help manage the impact of the disruption we have experienced during COVID-19 Alert Levels 3-4. To assist parents, whānau and students NZQA has provided a guide that addresses key messages and some frequently asked questions. You can find it here. 

It is important to remember that students only need 80 credits across all their subjects to be awarded an NCEA qualification and that the NCEA is cumulative in nature. While many students achieve an NCEA qualification in a calendar year (e.g. NCEA L1 is awarded in Year 11), the flexibility of the qualification means that some students will build a qualification over a longer period of time. 

For those of you needing a refresher or wanting to gain a little more insight into how the NCEA qualification works, please check out the information below:

How the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) works

 Watch a video explaining how NCEA works

  • Each year, students study a number of courses or subjects.
  • In each subject, skills and knowledge are assessed against a number of standards. For example, a Mathematics standard could be: Apply numeric reasoning in solving problems.
  • Schools use a range of internal and external assessments to measure how well students meet these standards.
  • When a student achieves a standard, they gain a number of credits. Students must achieve a certain number of credits to gain an NCEA certificate.
  • There are three levels of NCEA certificate, depending on the difficulty of the standards achieved. In general, students work through levels 1 to 3 in years 11 to 13 at school.
  • Students are recognised for high achievement at each level by gaining NCEA with Merit or NCEA with Excellence. High achievement in a course is also recognised.  For more information about NCEA endorsements click here.

To achieve NCEA Level 1, you need 80 credits made up of: 

  • 60 credits at Level 1 or above, and 
  • 10 literacy credits, and 
  • 10 numeracy credits. 

To achieve NCEA Level 2, you need 80 credits made up of:

  • 60 credits at Level 2 or above, and
  • 20 credits at any level, and
  • the Level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements must also be met.

To achieve NCEA Level 3, you need 80 credits made up of:

  • 60 credits at Level 3 or above, and
  • 20 credits at Level 2 or above, and
  • the Level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements must also be met. 

University Entrance (UE) is the minimum requirement to attend a New Zealand university. To qualify for UE, you will need all of the following:

  • NCEA Level 3
  • 14 credits in each of three approved subjects at Level 3 (Check the NZQA website for the list of approved subjects.)
  • UE Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
  • 5 credits in reading
  • 5 credits in writing.
  • UE Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above (this is the same as the requirement for NCEA numeracy).

Universities have their own requirements for admission to programmes. Check with the university you wish to attend about what the requirements for its different courses are.  Our Careers and Transition Team is available to help you.

NCEA Brochures

You may also find it helpful to read this brochure that is a great guide to how NCEA works:

The Te Reo Māori version of the brochure can be found here

You can find the brochure in English here.

NCEA Mobile App

To help parents better understand NCEA, NZQA has developed an app designed for mobile devices,- phones and tablets. It is called NCEA Guide, and provides quick and easy access to key information about NCEA. You can find more information here.



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Mihi ki a Ahorangi Te Wharehuia Milroy

May 6, 2020

Ka ngaro a Matariki i te pae, Ka ngaro te tangata ki te pō.

Kotahi tau kua ngaro koe,

E te pou tikanga, e te pou reo,

E koro Te Ahorangi Te Wharehuia Milroy

E moe ki te mārie o te pō

E noho ki te taha o tō makau

Ka ora tonu ana ō akoranga ki ngā kōrero tuku iho,

Tūwhitia te hopo, mairangatia te angitū.

Nō reira e mihia te hunga mate huri noa i te motu,

Haere ki a rātou ngā piki kōtuku

Haere ki tua o ngā wai o Pikopiko i Whiti

Ki a rātou ngā whetū pīataata i te rangi tuatini

Tākiri ko te ata pūao

Ka ngau Tāwera

Te tohu o te mate

Haere, haere, haere

Apiti hono tātai hono

Ko tātou te hunga mate i mau maharatia

Tātou anō tēnei te hunga ora e mihi nei ki a tātou

Tēnā tātou katoa.

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Alert Level 3 - Details for Years 9 & 10

May 6, 2020

Dear parents and caregivers of students in Years 9 & 10

Please note that at Alert Level 3, all students in Years 11-13 will continue their ‘Learning @ Home’ programme as they have for the duration of the Level 4 lockdown.  

Parents and caregivers of students in Years 9 & 10 are also required to keep their children at home if possible. The Government is asking you only to send your son to school if you are unable to provide adequate supervision for him at home.  

At Wellington College, we will not be providing conventional classroom programmes for Year 9 & 10 students on campus during Level 3.  Our school programme for those students who are registered will consist of staff members providing students with school-based supervision of their ‘Learning @ Home’ programmes.  Students will be placed in ‘school bubbles’of no more than 10 students.  They will be allocated a supervising teacher, a classroom, and an outside area for their interval and lunch breaks. In line with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education guidelines, they will not be able to mix with students from other ‘school bubbles’.

If you intend to send your son to school between April 29 and May 15 (inclusive), please email Dave Ashby (Associate Principal) d.ashby@wc.school.nz, registering him for each of the days that he will be attending.  We are happy to be able to support our families providing essential and safe services in this way.

There is no need for you to email Dave if your son will not be attending.

This is a challenging and unprecedented situation for all of us. We are grateful for your ongoing support of Wellington College and your care for those in our school community during this time.

Years 9 & 10 Level 3 Online Registration Form

Alert Level 3 - Parent Help Sheet

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Guidance & Support Still Available

April 30, 2020

Wellington College Guidance Counsellors

Our Guidance Counselling team continues to be available to provide support for students, whānau & staff while we are learning and working from home.

Please email Lyndon at l.coppin@wc.school.nz or Jane at j.gray@wc.school.nz for a video or phone appointment.

Alternatively you could phone or text Lyndon on 022 015 0877 or Jane on 022 016 1774 during school hours - or leave a message.

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.

Click here for further information about the wide range of support which is available to all students from Wellington College staff.

Anonymous Online Reporting

We also have a new online reporting tool WC Bullying Free Helpline for you to use if there is anything happening that is potentially harmful to anyone in our community - both online and offline.

A Message from the Wellbeing Prefects

Skylight Trust - Resources

The team at Skylight has produced COVID-19 resource packs to help with anxiety and stress in both children/teens and adults.The e-packs for children/teens include resources on: “how to strengthen children and teens against anxiety after news of a world trauma”, “helping children cope with fears and worries” and “coping skills for managing emotions.” The adult packs include resources on "adjusting to change" and 'job loss" as well as general anxiety management strategies. To order a COVID-19 pack click here.

Skylight Trust - Skype Counselling

Skylight is also offering Skype counselling for the first time to support Kiwis during this coronavirus crisis. Eleven of its 15 nationwide counsellors are now ready and offering online sessions for children aged 12-years and up, as well as adults. Parents with younger children have the option of counselling for parenting strategies/solutions. To find out more about Skype counselling click here or call 0800 299 100.

New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience - Blogs, Webinars & Resources

Click here a wide range of high quality blogs, webinars & resources from the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience.

Massey University Psychology Clinic

The Psychology Clinic at Massey University in Wellington is offering online psychological treatment at a reduced price of $80 per session with the aim of ensuring psychological support is available to young people and adults who are struggling with low mood or anxiety, and/or are having difficulty adjusting to the uncertainty of the current climate.  Please contact Carrie Wilson (Clinic Secretary) on (04) 801-0492 or at C.Wilson1@massey.ac.nz for further information or to book an appointment at a time that suits.

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)

Online Resources

The Ministry of Health’s website includes Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Nathan Wallis has some helpful videos on his Facebook page for parents and whānau.

Tips on looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 from the Mental Health foundation.

The Health Promotion Agency's website helps New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety.

25 Mental Health Wellness Tips during Quarantine from Eileen M Feliciano, Psy.D. – although overseas-based this is a good list and highlights some things particularly important for children. (Remember the rules of New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown still apply.)

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Careers & Transition Support Continues

April 30, 2020

Many students have questions and concerns about the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on their plans for 2021 and beyond. Our Head of Careers & Transition, Tia Greenstreet, continues to be available to support students throughout the lockdown. Please click here to make an online appointment & Tia will send you an invitation to a Google Hangout.

As well as providing information through their usual sitessuch as the Wellington College Careers website, Careers Central & the Wellington College Careers Facebook page, the Careers team have set up a Careers Google classroom for Year 13 (the code is qtj2n3o).

Please email Tia if you need any further information for advice.  Her email is t.greenstreet@wc.school.nz.



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Staff Only Day - Tuesday 28 April

April 23, 2020

Tuesday 28 April will be a Staff Only Day at schools throughout New Zealand.  At Wellington College we will be using this day to enable staff to prepare for the next phase of teaching during COVID-19. There will be no 'Learning @ Home' on this day, or on Monday 27th April which is a public holiday following on from Saturday's ANZAC Day.

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Virtual ANZAC Assembly 2020

April 23, 2020

War has cast a long shadow over Wellington College. Old Boys serving and dying in wars spans three centuries. The College’s Memorial Plaques are inscribed with the names of Old Boys who served and those who were killed in: The Boer War, World Wars One and Two and Afghanistan. For most, they are just names. Reading them now no longer invokes a memory or an emotion as it once did. 

However, we must never forget that they too walked the corridors of the school, jostling one another and talking about upcoming events, played on the grounds at lunchtimes and on Saturdays, sat in classrooms learning French vocab, Mathematical formulae, the difference between a verb and an adverb. 

Each ANZAC Day we must make time to remember them, our fellow students. To hope and pray that what they experienced will only be learnt about in books by the current and future generations of Coll Boys.

In the place of our annual ANZAC Assembly, we invite all members of the Wellington College community to watch the videos and explore the links on this page as we commemorate ANZAC Day together.

Wellington College Poppy

On their Wellington College Instagram page, our students have been promoting their 'virtues of the day'. In recent days these have included 'gratitude'. As a way of showing your gratitude to people, either in the past or present, we invite you to print off this Wellington College Poppy, add the name of someone you are grateful for, and place in a window at the front of your house. There is also a colouring in version that primary aged children in your bubble might like to use (or anyone else whose keen!)

Virtual Assembly

Click here to read about the experience of Wellington College and the First World War.

Click here to read out about Old Boy, Hami Grace, killed during the Gallipoli campaign, & hear Wellington College students reading from his diary.

Click here to watch a short video about life and tragic death of Hami Grace, and how Wellington College remembers him.

Click here to read the 1919 Wellingtonian, which contains photos of the Wellington College Old Boys, killed in the First World War.

Click here to hear British High Commissioner, Laura Clarke, speaking with Gregor after last year's Wellington College ANZAC Assembly.

Click here to read the British High Commissioner's speech, delivered at Wellington College's 2019 ANZAC Assembly.


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A Message from the PPSG

April 23, 2020

Talofa lava, Kia orana, Bula Vinaka, Malo e lelei, Fakalofa lahi atu, Malo ni, Aloha, to all our Matua, Parents and Fanau

We hope that you and the fanau are safe, well, and are looking after each other in your respective bubbles. It is important to keep positive and encourage each other during this time of uncertainty, as we have all been impacted by Covid 19. We acknowledge and thank our family of essential workers for their service and commitment to our community.

During this time we may be feeling anxious for our families health and wellbeing, loss of income and financial responsibilities, with many of these situations beyond our control. It is times like this where we need to come together and support each other. Having that connection with family, friends, and colleagues outside our bubble, is important too. By making that phone call, or sending a text message, having a Zoom chat, FaceTime, or Google Meet can uplift our spirits and help us feel connected to each other.

With Term 2 now started, it will mean new challenges, and getting into routines for learning from home. Thank you to all the WC Staff who have been working behind the scenes during the break to ensure that they would be ready for this, when we started back. Online learning or Learning @ Home means everyone should have access to a device. If you do not have one please make contact with Andrew Savage a.savage@wc.school.nz  at school as soon as possible, so that we can get you assistance. Thank you to the WC Board and Staff much needed chromebooks that have been delivered to some of our WC families!

There is a lot of information on the WC website and the Parent Portal. If you have any enquiries about your son's learning, please make contact with your son's Dean or Tutor Teacher with an email. It is important to keep communication between home and school up to date, especially during this time, where online connection is one of our only connectors.

We look forward to catching up with you all again soon!

Fa’afetai tele lava,

Deborah Tiatia (on behalf of the PPSG)


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Testimonials for 2019 Leavers

April 21, 2020

Our graduating students from 2019 can now request a testimonial using this online form.

Testimonials are not written automatically.  Instead, they are prepared for specific graduating students who want to have documentation to support a job application or a reference for a landlord when applying for a flat while at university.

To obtain a Wellington College testimonial, all graduation students must:

(i) complete this online form providing the requested information

(ii) email testimonials@wc.school.nz requesting a testimonial once NCEA & NZ Scholarship results are confirmed.

(iii) provide a personal email address and a current home address.

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Term 2 - A Message from the Prefects

April 17, 2020

Welcome back! 

This truly has been a unique time for everyone in the WC community, with students, teachers, staff, and whānau learning to adapt to what it means to be in lockdown. Moving forward into Term 2, we should take time to grieve for lost opportunities this year, however we must continue to look for the new opportunities that present themselves. We must be innovative in the way we approach what it means to be a part of the WC whānau. As a Prefect team, we have spent a lot of time discussing what student leadership looks like in lockdown, and have created a video showing what our portfolios are doing to support students, as well as some helpful information about wellbeing, NCEA, and motivation. 

I tēnei wā mokemoke, kia waiho i te toipoto ō mātou mauri, kaua i te toiroa

In this time when we cannot physically be together, may the essence of our community stand strong.

Ngā mihi,

Andrew Latta & the Prefect team



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Term 2 - A Message from the Board

April 9, 2020

Kia ora koutou

There is no question that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our city and country.  Many members of our school community are essential workers.  We thank you for your commitment and service to our wider community. The Board is aware that there are also families within our school community who have been impacted through loss of income and uncertainty around jobs and businesses. Many of us are anxious about the health and well-being of friends and family members both at home and throughout the world.  Our thoughts are with everyone at this difficult time.

While we do not know how long the Government imposed lock-down will last, it seems clear that Term 2 2020 will be unlike any other in the recent history of Wellington College.  For the start of the term at least, students and staff will be learning and working from home.  This brings challenges for everyone as we establish new routines and develop new forms of communication.  We are grateful for the work which the Wellington College staff team have done in recent weeks to prepare us for this new environment.  The Board believes that despite our physical distance from each other, Wellington College is very well placed to continue to be a strong and connected community focused on the learning and well-being of our students over the coming weeks.

For many students and their parents, Wellington College's extensive extra-curricular programme is the context for the highlights of any school year.  We are aware of the disappointment that many are feeling as a result of the cancellation or postponement of arts and sports events.  We hope that some of these will be able to resume or be rescheduled or reformatted, but we acknowledge and share the very real disappointment that you are feeling.  Our thoughts are especially with our Year 13 students who have been anticipating and planning for these events for a very long time.

Many of our students and parents will also be concerned about the impact of the disruption to schools on achievement for national qualifications.  While we may need to lower some of our expectations about the highest levels of achievement, we are fortunate that the NCEA is a flexible qualification.  The leadership and staff are committed to doing everything they can to enable all students to gain the qualifications they need to gain entry to the programmes and courses students are working towards for 2021.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Wellington College at this time.

Ngā mihi

Paul Retimanu

(Board Chair)

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A Message from our Student Leaders

March 24, 2020

Hey boys

In the midst of this stressful time, we thought it would be helpful if we passed on some information about the future of assessments, how school will operate over the next month, and how to look after your wellbeing. The school holidays have officially been moved forward, meaning that term holidays this year will be from Monday 30th March to April 14th. After that, we will have a couple weeks of Learning @ Home using a variety of different platforms - but all will be communicated and run through your Google Classrooms.

Learning @ Home Feedback 

Thanks to everyone that provided feedback via the survey that was emailed out. There was a sense that we appreciated the flexibility to manage our own time, and enjoyed having breaks, early starts or sleep-ins that worked for our own wellbeing! As a result of the feedback we have recommended that staff make Google Classroom the central digital platform, so that it is easier to keep track of learning tasks. We have also asked that work be focused on learning, rather than simply keeping students busy with exercises (e.g. Education Perfect, Quizlet). Finally, we have also suggested that it is imperative for students to have opportunities for interaction throughout this period of isolation, whether that be through group activities, video chats, class discussions or any other medium. Given how quickly we’ve been thrown into this situation, and the newness of this experience for everyone involved, things won’t be perfect. However, we ask that you try your best to continue engaging with Learning @ Home, and continue to put effort into your education.

Maturity online

We ask you to remember that your teachers and peers are people as well, and are going through the same hardships as the rest of New Zealand. Due to this please be understanding if the next few days are a bit messy, everyone is trying their hardest. Please remember to uphold yourself online to the same standards you would in person, and just use your common sense. Respect is of the utmost importance in difficult times, so please give your teachers and other students the respect and support they deserve to help make this process work.

Assessment

The staff understand that students may find it difficult to prioritise school work in the midst of this uncertainty. Due to this, Wellington College is taking a flexible approach on assessment. If you're having any concerns about being able to complete school work or access resources, please reach out to your subject teacher who can sort something out with you one-on-one. The first priority for all staff and students should be their families and their wellbeing, and the school and NZQA will take this into account during the coming period of online learning. Some assessments will continue as normal under the discretion of your subject teacher, but still email them to make sure. 

Further information on assessment can be found on the NZQA website. For specific information from NZQA about COVID-19 and assessment click here.

If you have any more questions or issues, please direct them to your subject teachers, or deans.

Wellbeing

The Guidance Counselors want everyone to know that they are still available in this very stressful time. You can book in an appointment by clicking here. The counselors are very flexible and are happy to reach out on a whole variety of platforms - such as zoom, Skype or Google meet. 

Finally, but most importantly, take care of yourself and your families. Now could be a great time to get involved with some new activities you’ve never had time for, and use this as an opportunity for something positive! Here are some ideas:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Read a book (maybe even start a book club!)
  • Learn a language
  • Pick up an instrument
  • Video Chat your friends
  • Practice cooking
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Photography

And one quick last note, make sure to thank and treat people in essential services with respect. 

Wishing you and your family well in these weird times.

Andrew Latta, Josh Kemp Whimp, William Thorpe and George Baker

(Student leaders & members of the Student Council)


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6-Peat - Athletics Team Wins McEvedy!

March 17, 2020

Congratulations to the amazing WC Athletics team & their coaches on their victory in the 2020 McEvedy Shield. This was a record-equalling sixth consecutive victory.

Click here for all the results.

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An Update from WC Rugby - March 20

March 10, 2020

Rugby has been played at Wellington College since 1877. Wellington College competed in the first ever recorded secondary school rugby match against Nelson College and the 1st XV still compete in the oldest secondary school annual rugby tournament, the Quadrangular Tournament.

All of this makes Wellington College a very proud and traditional New Zealand rugby school. That pride and place in the fabric of Wellington College continues today with Wellington College Rugby aspiring to instill in our boys, a culture of success, belonging and growth, all the while connecting them with our past.

Recently this has become increasingly challenging. On-field and off-field performance (results and player numbers) have been variable but on the whole, below expectation. As a result a number of stakeholder groups have expressed their concern at the trajectory of Wellington College Rugby.

Members of the Board, the Senior Leadership Team and the Rugby Club have listened to the feedback. As parents, teachers and coaches themselves, they agree that the status quo is not acceptable, but what the future of Rugby at Wellington College best looks like, is equally unclear. To help achieve clarity on this, a Committee composed of members of the Board, Senior Leadership, Rugby management, parents and Old Boys was formed to investigate.

The first stage of this work commenced prior to Christmas with a call for parents to give their input. Interviews were carried out with a number of parents of past, present and future students to assess the current state of WC Rugby. These interviews, while certainly not unanimous, highlighted a number of key themes. In general, there is;

• Disquiet – Dissatisfaction and frustration with actions or decisions of others

• Under-performance – Players and teams not reaching their potential

• Disconnection – Members of the community feeling undervalued or unwanted

Alongside these stakeholder discussions, for the past four months a group of Wellington College representatives has been meeting with members of our wider rugby community and leaders of rugby programmes in high performing rugby schools across New Zealand. These meetings have yielded some surprising insights, highlighted some myths and some home truths - some of which can be addressed immediately, others will take longer to remedy.

The committee would like to update you on this work to date – the findings, some actions already in train and plans for this and the coming seasons. We are also keen to hear your thoughts and feedback and this is always best done in person. Accordingly, you are invited to join us for a “Wellington College Rugby Community Meeting” at 7.45am, Friday 20 March in Firth Hall

As a demonstration of our commitment to WC Rugby we have commenced the following initiatives:

Some structural changes have been made within the rugby club so that the 1st XV coaches’ sole responsibility within the club, will be to coach the team.  

We have identified the long-term central importance of a full-time Director of Rugby role.  We have started the process of raising funds for this with the aim of having this in place for 2021

In 2020, Reg Goodes will be joining the coaching team as a volunteer.  Other old boys who have played rugby at professional level have agreed to be involved with the club.

Former 1st XV captain and SAS Officer, Steve Guiney, has been appointed to the position of ‘Manager – Leadership & Culture’ for the 1st XV and is available to work with players and teams throughout the club.

Filo Tiatia (All Black 2000) has agreed to help when he can from his base in Auckland. Timings are being worked out.

I understand there is interest in the grading and development structures which we have in place at Wellington College. Please click here to view this year’s plan.

Please RSVP to the breakfast meeting, by 18 March 2020. Current and past players, parents, old boys, staff and anyone interested in the future of Wellington College Rugby is welcome to join us. You can register by clicking here.

I look forward to seeing you there!


Gregor Fountain (Principal)

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Year 12 & 13 at McEvedy - March 3

February 19, 2020

This year marks the 98th year of this prestigious athletics championship - an event that Dr McEvedy hoped would enable the athletes to experience striving hard as the true measure of success, and an event that would give all students the feeling of pride we experience and develop when we represent our school worthily. 

Years 12 and 13 students have been given the opportunity to sign up to attend the McEvedy Shield Athletics Championship in support of the Wellington College athletes, as a part of our senior school spectator group. The arrangements for the day are as follows:

Students who are attending McEvedy should wear school uniform on the day and bring a sunhat and sunscreen. We will meet in our Tutor classes in the morning, where entry tickets will be issued, and we will walk to Newtown Park in groups. 

Those students who have not registered to attend McEvedy have been granted a day’s study leave, however there will be some supervision available at the College as only Year 9 & 10 classes will be running on this day. The parents of students who have chosen not to attend will be emailed on Monday.

McEvedy is an important event on the Wellington College calendar. All students who have registered have agreed to:

  • remember that the athletes have worked hard to represent Wellington College 
  • be positive in our support for the athletes and our team
  • demonstrate respect for our opponents, officials and spectators
  • demonstrate positive social behaviour by using appropriate language
  • respect the rights, dignity and worth of all athletes and spectators regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion
  • respect the use of facilities and equipment provided.

We look forward to working together with our students to ensure that this year’s McEvedy is one that we can all be proud of. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Normal classes will continue for Years 9 & 10. Click here for information for Year 11.


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Principal's EA - Come & Join our Team!

February 19, 2020

We are looking for a highly efficient administrator, who is digitally capable, with superior interpersonal skills to join our team as the Principal's Executive Assistant.   The successful applicant will be collaborative and enjoy working in a busy and unpredictable environment.  They will have to love working with young people, and build and maintain respectful professional relationships across the school.  The main tasks include supporting the work of the Principal and his senior leadership colleagues through day-to-day administration, event management, human resource administration & communications.   As Board Secretary, the successful applicant will also provide administrative & secretarial support to the Wellington College Board of Trustees.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a values-based, fun and focused team.

More details about the position and the application process can be found here.

Applications Close 24th February 2020.

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