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COVID-19 - School Holidays

March 27, 2020

The Minister of Education has announced that the school holidays have been brought forward and will now be from Saturday 27th March until Tuesday 14th April.

Thank you for your support of our Learning @ Home programme in the final days of Term One. With the school holidays now underway, please make sure that students and staff take a break over the holiday break. While there may be work on internals or assignments happening over the school holidays and all the Learning @ Home courses remain open, your teachers will be on holiday and preparing for the new term. Learning @ Home will resume on the Wednesday 15th April.

Please stay home, be kind, keep safe, and look after each other.

Arohanui

Gregor Fountain (Principal)

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School Holidays - Support Available

March 27, 2020

Wellington College Holiday Support

Our Guidance Counselling team continues to be available to provide support for students, whānau & staff during the school holidays

Please email Lyndon at l.coppin@wc.school.nz for an online appointment or support. Alternatively you could phone or text Lyndon on 022 015 0877 or leave a message.

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

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.

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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COVID 19 - NCEA Assessments

March 27, 2020

Several students have been in contact with questions or concerns about NCEA assessments in light of school closures and ‘Learning @ Home’.

We are closely monitoring and following the advice and guidelines we have been receiving from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

Correspondence from NZQA on 26 March indicated that NZQA staff and contractors are currently preparing material to support all schools through the days ahead.  By the time the holidays end on April 14 we should have more specific guidance from NZQA about managing our assessment programmes for the remainder of the year. In the meantime, please be assured that we are working closely with NZQA to equip ourselves for offering credible remote assessment opportunities if necessary and flexible approaches to assessment for all our students which will enable them to complete their NCEA qualifications in 2020 as planned.

We will post most information on this page as it becomes available.

Andrew Savage (Deputy Principal, Curriculum & NZQA Liaison for WC)

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Learning @ Home Information

March 27, 2020

Thank you for the way you engaged with Learning @ Home in the final days of Term One. With the school holidays now underway, please make sure you take a break over the next two weeks. While there may be work on internals or assignments happening over the school holidays and all your Learning @ Home programmes remain open, your teachers will be on holiday and preparing for the new term. Learning @ Home will resume on the 15th of April, and we will be in touch towards the end of the holidays with further information about the start of Term 2.

Learning @ Resources (these are being reviewed & updated over the holidays)

Student Help Sheet - Learning @ Home

Parent Help Sheet - Learning @ Home

Wellington College Digital Responsible Use Agreement

Digital Citizenship Parent Information

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Digital Citizenship Ideas & Resources

March 27, 2020

Our current environment means that we will all undoubtedly be spending more time online. At Wellington College we started the year by asking our students what they thought our guidelines for digital citizenship should be, as well as find out what things mattered for them. 

We have learned that our students appreciate all of the exciting possibilities that the digital world offers for learning new things, socialising with others and connecting with ideas and people all over the world. We also know that our young people regularly encounter challenges online such as social exclusion, bullying, inappropriate behaviour and pornography. 

As a learning community, with the help of the Student Council, we have been working together to develop our digital citizenship guidelines within the framework of our College Values and the Harmful Digital Communications Act.

We would appreciate it if families could take some time to discuss this agreement (we were planning to do this in Tutor Classes this week). It is so important that we remember that the Prime Minister’s message We will get through this together, but only if we stick together. Be strong and be kind” also extends to our online spaces.

To support our families we have also created a Digital Citizenship Parent Help Sheet called ‘Supporting Young People Online’. This contains some helpful information, including some possible conversation starters about online safety.

Let’s work together to provide a safe and enjoyable online learning environment for all. And remember that if you need help our Guidance Teams are here to support us and we can also report online harm to Netsafe

Wellington College Digital Citizenship Responsible Use Agreement.

Digital Citizenship Parent Help Sheet

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COVID 19 - A Message from College Sport

March 27, 2020

From our friends at College Sport Wellington...

Like so many others, the sport and physical activity sector has already been significantly challenged by coronavirus (COVID-19) and this will continue in the weeks and months ahead.  As details come to hand College Sport Wellington will work with its schools and partner Regional Sports Organisations to coordinate a planned response, in line with government advice and the COVID-19 Alert Level system.  Any decisions on the resumption of secondary school sport will be well considered and not rushed.  In the meantime, we encourage our students to stay active and think creatively.  Over the next few weeks we will be sharing tips and ideas via our social media channels; Facebook & Instagram.  We welcome any contributions you may want to share.

We hope everyone stays safe and well during these testing times.

Kia Kaha Everyone.

The College Sport Wellington Team

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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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2020 Parent Donations

March 16, 2020

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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2020/21 Entertainment Memberships

March 14, 2020

We are delighted to be able to offer you the Entertainment Membership for 2020/2021. 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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Join the Parents' Association

February 15, 2020

Click here for the WC Parents page on the Wellington College website.

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Register Your Snapper Card Online

February 15, 2020

We have had a large number of students experiencing problems with faulty Snapper cards this year, including adult fares being charged at times. Please direct any concerns directly to the team at Snapper. All their contact details are here.

It is also a really good idea to register your Snapper card online. This protects it if it is lost and it gives you online access 24/7 to your Snapper balance and transaction history.

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Liam & Nicholas Shine in NZ Scholarship

February 14, 2020

Wellington College’s joint duxes of 2019 have performed exceptionally well in the New Zealand Scholarship Awards. Liam Anderson gained a total of 8 scholarship awards, with 4 at ‘outstanding’ level and Nicholas Patel gained a total of 5 scholarship awards, with 4 of these at ‘outstanding' level. Jesse Richardson also performed brilliantly, gaining 7 'scholarship' awards, with 2 'outstanding'.

Liam & Nicholas have both been named among New Zealand's Premier Scholars. This places them in the top 12 students in Year 13 in New Zealand in 2019.

Liam was also the Top Scholar in New Zealand for Spanish and Jesse was the Top Scholar in New Zealand for History. Jesse was also identified as an 'Outstanding Scholar', placing him within the top 70 students in New Zealand.

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 105 awards. 53 individual students attained Scholarships in 15 different subjects. 13 awards were gained at ‘Outstanding’ level.    These results continue Wellington College’s remarkable record of success in these prestigious examinations. Congratulations to all of the students and their teachers who experienced Scholarship success in 2019.

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2020 Stationery Orders

January 30, 2020

Wellington College has once again teamed up with OfficeMax MySchool to make ordering stationery for 2020 simple. You can visit the Wellington College Office Max page to order stationery now..

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

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2020 - 5 Day Timetable

January 27, 2020

The 2020 timetable is structured over five days (rather than 6). This means that rather than rotating, each day's timetable is the same from week to week. On Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, school starts at 8.50am with either a Tutor or COLL Time. On Thursdays (assembly day), students report directly to their Period One class at 8.50am. On Fridays we have a late start so that staff can take part in their professional learning and development programme. On this day Year 9 and 10 students report directly to period one at 9.25am. For most students in Years 11-13, the first class of the day will begin at 10.15am. Students will receive their personalised timetable when school starts which will include the start time and location of all classes. This is also available through the parent portal.

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North Island Rowing Success

January 26, 2020

Between the 24th and 27th of January the Wellington College rowers competed in the North Island Club Championships. This is a huge regatta with over 2000
competitors. The rowers and their coaches have been working hard all summer. The results speak for themselves; competing for the Star Boating Club our rowers won 2 Gold, 2 Silver & 2 Bronze medals with success in every age category. Twelve boats made A Finals & and a further eight boats made B Finals. We are looking
forward to the North Island School Championship later in the term and thank the coaches and other volunteers who are having such a positive impact on our rowing club.



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Support the 1st XV Tour

January 26, 2020

The 1st XV squad is heading to Argentina for a preseason tour in April.  The boys have been working hard to raise funds. Can you help them?

Raffle Tickets

Tour Players are selling these at $5 or $40 for a book. These need to be sold by 16 February. If you would like to buy a book, please contact email Julie = juliecooper49@gmail.com

Bingo Beer & Bubbles - Saturday 22 February  

Get your teams together for music, bingo and our live auction. Spread the word among friends, family and colleagues. There are only a few tickets left at $35 (includes platters for your table. Plwase email Anna  anna@urbancottage.co.nz

Auction Items

If you could donate items for the auction, please email Dan - danandcolleen@googlemail.com

Golf Tournament – Friday 28 February

Get a team together for this Ambrose Golf Tournament at the Karori Golf Club. Tickets are $50 per person or $200 for a team. We are also looking for $100 business donations for each hole. Please email Kim Muollo with offers of sponsorship and to register to play - kimbom3@hotmail.com

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Changes to School Buses - Term 1 2020

January 25, 2020

We have received this correspondence about changes to the morning buses from Karori which will be in place from 2020.

There are a range of other changes occurring across the network and Metlink have asked us to highlight to our school community what these changes could mean for students across the city. Students should consider:

  • sharing services with the public where a specific trip has been extended to include ourschool
  • taking an earlier service to meet school bell start times
  • using a different designated school bus to get to school.

Metlink continues to work closely with our operators to recruit new drivers to alleviate the nation-wide bus driver shortages.  

New timetables will be available to view and / or download from our website metlink.org.nz from 23 December 2019.

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2020 Sports Registrations Due

January 23, 2020

With over 30 different sports available, there are sporting opportunities at Wellington College for everyone.  We have the traditional sports such as Football, Rugby, Basketball, Hockey, Rowing, Athletics, through to Ultimate, Futsal, Golf, Ice Hockey, Sailing, Waka Ama, Waterpolo and much more.  We have social teams as well as competitive & elite programmes. Click here for the full list of sports

Summer sports registrations will close on Wednesday 5 February (week 2 of term 1) and winter sports registrations close on Wednesday 19 February 2020 (week 4 term 1).  Click here to register now! .

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Get the Correct Shoes!

January 15, 2020

Are you buying school shoes for 2020? 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 sandals. Sandals must have a back strap. See below for what's acceptable and what's not.

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Brew Café Supervisor Needed

January 13, 2020

Our coffee shop -The Brew Café, needs a supervisor to work on site with our senior students who have undergone initial barista training. An exciting opportunity for someone with flair who is comfortable working alongside and supervising selected students, Mon-Fri 8.00am-2.00pm, term time only.  Previous experience in the barista and hospitality industry is preferred.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency.

Applications close 24th January 2020.

Please click here for more information and to apply.

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Head Prefect Team 2020

December 15, 2019

We are delighted to announce that the new Head Prefect Team for 2020 is:

Head Prefect (Manukura): Andrew Latta

Deputy Head Prefects (Amorangi): Joel Tebbs, Toby Cook and Joshua Kemp-Whimp

Congratulations and we look forward to working with you!


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Meet our New Deputy Principal

December 14, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Andrew Savage will be joining our staff team in 2020 as Deputy Principal - Curriculum. Andrew is a highly creative, energetic & strategic leader who was previously Deputy Principal of Wellington High School & is currently a Lead Advisor - Innovation & Collaboration at the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. Nau mai, hoki mai! Welcome back to Wellington College, Andrew.

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Ken Wins Prestigious German Award

December 2, 2019

Year 12 student Ken Rayner has been awarded a PAD German language scholarship. The PAD Scholarship (Pädagogischer Austauschdienst) provides Ken with a 4-week trip to Germany in June/July next year, all expenses paid. Ken will stay with a host family, attend school with other top international students and tour Germany in the northern hemisphere summer.

Photo: HOD Languages and German teacher Miriam Tornquist with the award winner, Ken Rayner.

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Te Kāhui Ako o Te Whanganui-a-Tara

November 17, 2019

Wellington College is part of Te Kāhui Ako o Te Whanganui-a-Tara - a community of learning which also involves Kelburn Normal School, Karori Normal School, Brooklyn School, Northland School and Wellington Girls' College. Click here for the Term 4 2019 update of what's been happening in our collaborative community.

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Te Pō Tuku Taonga - Senior Prizegiving

November 9, 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the Senior Prizegiving on Monday night. It was a privilege to celebrate together as a community a wide range of student academic, leadership and service contributions to Wellington College.

We would particularly like to congratulate our co-duxes - Liam Anderson and Nicholas Patel on their outstanding academic records, both this year and over the past five years. We would also like to acknowledge Nathan Turner who was the inaugural winner of the Prime Minister's Award for Vocational Excellence.

We extend to all graduating students our thanks for your contribution to the school. Our best wishes for the final examinations and all of your future endeavours.

A copy of the Principal’s Report will be available in December on the College website.


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Join our Staff Team

November 8, 2019

We're looking for an International Student Homestay Manager, a Financial Assistant & some new Teacher Aides to join our staff team.

For information about the Homestay Manager position click here.

For information about the Teacher Aide positions click here.

For information about the Financial Assistant positions click here.

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$94,000 Raised For World Vision

November 3, 2019

With the Wellington College Runathon 2019 officially coming to a close, the Super Six would like to thank everyone involved in helping create what truly was a special and unforgettable event.

With the help of everyone involved, we were able to smash the record for the most money raised in a single Runathon, raising an incredible $94,021.35 for World Vision. This amount will make a massive difference in the lives of those living in poverty in the Chi Kreng community in Cambodia.

This was an incredible way to kick-start Wellington College’s new support of the Chi Kreng community in Cambodia after we raised over $1,000,000 collectively for the Ibwera Community in Tanzania over the last 20 years.

Everyone’s support is really appreciated and we look forward to next year’s Runathon!

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Marudao Karate - Free Membership

November 2, 2019

All the details of this generous offer, from Old Boy - Tony Gaeta.

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ERO Report Released

October 26, 2019

We are delighted to share our 2019 Education Review Office Report with our school community. You can view the report here

We thank the ERO team for their acknowledgement of our work. We look forward to continuing to make decisions and take actions that will enhance our school community so that all of our students learn, achieve and develop the values which will enable them to actively and successfully contribute to the modern world.

You can view the letter we received from the Minister of Education in response to this great report here.

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2019 Black & Gold Award Winners

October 24, 2019

Congratulations to all involved in the 2019 Black and Gold Awards. Thanks to the Jazz Band, Kapa Haka Te Haeata Awatea, the Pasifika Performance Group and the Wellington Trio (Benjamin Carter, Peter Gjelsten, Michael Lau), for helping to make it a great evening. Thanks to the awesome team of Year 10 waiters and to Ben Shea and Elliot Willis for their excellent work as MCs

And the winner were:


  • Junior Sports Award: Thomas Dai
  • Junior Arts Award: Archie Taylor
  • Senior Sports Award: Atakura Julian
  • Senior Arts Award: Peter Gjelsten and Ben Shea
  • Arts Group Award: The Chorale
  • Sports Team Award: Under 16 Cross Country Team
  • Te Toki Poutangata: Atakura Julian
  • College Mothers' Award for Sport and the Arts: Callan Rothmets
  • Staff Award for Contribution to the Arts: Cushla Thomson
  • Staff Award for Contribution to Sport: Martin Vaughan




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Measles - Information for Parents

October 7, 2019

As you know, there is a large and increasing measles outbreak in Auckland with over 800 confirmed cases and over 900 cases nationally. There have been 21 cases in the Wellington region this year. Measles is likely to continue in NZ for months with travel, school holidays, inter-school events and tournaments increasing the likelihood of further measles spread.

Safeguarding your children from measles by being fully vaccinated, keeping students and staff off school and excluding those who have been exposed but are not immune will all help protect others, especially those at risk of complications from disease. It will also help to ensure they don’t miss learning opportunities, NCEA school exams, arts and sports tournaments and school balls.

Please locate your son's immunisation records now.  You may be required to present these to us as the situation develops.

To protect your child and their school Regional Pubic Health recommends the following actions NOW

  • If you are travelling to Auckland, especially South Auckland make sure you are vaccinated. This advice NOW includes babies aged 12-15 months who are recommended to have their first measles vaccine early before going to Auckland.
  • If you are not vaccinated we advise you to check your medical centre’s website or phone to see when they will be able to vaccinate you. The current measles outbreak in Auckland has led to an increased demand for the MMR vaccine.
  • Talk to your doctor if you are travelling overseas; especially if you have babies aged 6-12 months.
  • Locate your child’s immunisation records, so that you can provide these if requested. This information can be found in their‘ Wellchild’ book or by asking your medical centre for a printout of your child’s immunisations. For children aged 0 to 14 years the parent can email RES-NIR@huttvalleydhb.org.nz and ask for a copy of your child’s National Immunisation Register record.

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Arts & Sports Blues Awards

September 25, 2019

Blues awards are among the most prestigious awards presented to students involved in sport or arts at Wellington College. To qualify a student must have achieved at the highest level in their chosen activity by being selected for New Zealand at the highest secondary school level or through winning a national title or setting a national record.

At our assembly on Thursday 26th September, eight extraordinary students were presented with 2019 Blues awards.

Atakura Julian - Swimming and Surf Life Saving 

Atakura is Wellington College’s premier swimmer.  He won 5 medals at the NZ Secondary School Swim Championships – 3 of them gold against the country’s top under 19 swimmers. He also won a bronze medal in the Open Men’s 200 metre butterfly at the New Zealand Championships. He would have been selected for the NZ Team to compete in Australia if he had not already been selected for the New Zealand Surf Life Saving team which was competing in South Africa at the same time. This selection based on winning a gold medal at the National Surf Lifesaving Championships at the beginning of the year. 

Henry Hamilton - Football 

Henry is a member of the Wellington Phoenix Under 20 team in the Honda Premiership and captain of the Phoenix Under 17 team.  It has just been confirmed this week that he has been selected to play for the New Zealand Under 17 team to play in the World Cup in Brazi which starts in October.

Thomas Hoskin - Fencing 

Thomas is the New Zealand Secondary Schools Fencing Champion and also finished third in the New Zealand Under 19 Open Foil.

Roman Polaczuk - Hockey  

Roman is in his second year in the Wellington College 1st XI hockey team. He is a member of the New Zealand Under 18 team - the Junior Black Sticks.

Joseph Galinski - Music

Joseph plays the clarinet for the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds. A gifted musician, Joseph also sings in the Wellington College Barbershop Chorus, plays the clarinet in the school orchestra and the tenor saxophone in the Jazz Band. He was part of the trio that composed and played the backing music for 'Romeo and Juliet' in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival.

Andrew Latta - Music

Andrew is a member of New Zealand's premier men’s barbershop chorus - Vocal FX. He is involved in a number of vocal groups within the school including the Chorale, Barbershop Chorus and the Barbershop Quartet. He also plays in the Jazz ensemble and like Joseph, was a member of the trio playing for 'Romeo and Juliet' in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival..  

Dhruv Menon - Music 

Dhruv is also a member of Vocal FX which is extraordinary for a Year 10 student. He also sings in the Wellington College Chorale, Barbershop Chorus and Quartet and plays in the Jazz Ensemble.

George Parker - Drama

George receives his Drama Honours for being awarded a place in the prestigious National Shakespeare Schools Production Week. 43 students are chosen from the 5,000 who participate in the festival nation-wide. George performed in the national festival in 'Two Noble Kinsmen' and received significant recognition for his directing of the New Zealand  Sign Language 'Romeo and Juliet' performance. 


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Atakura Wins in the Waikato

September 17, 2019

Atakura Julian returned from September's National Secondary School Swimming Championships in Hamilton with an incredible haul of medals. Competing in the senior age group, Atakura won gold medals in the 100 metre butterfly, 200 metre butterfly and 400 metre freestyle events. In addition, he won a silver medal in the 50 metre freestyle and bronze medals in the 100 and 200 metre fresstyle events,.

In the 13 year old division, Finn Harland won silver medals in the 400 metre freestyle and 50 metre backstroke and bronze medals in the 100 metre freestyle and 200 metre individual medley.. James O'Brien also medalled in the 13 year old division, winning bronze in the 11 metre breaststroke.

A final medal was won by the Under 15 4X50 metre relay team who won the bronze medal.

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National Singing Success

September 15, 2019

Congratulations to the Wellington College Chorale on their Silver Medal winning performance at the National Big Sing Finals and to the Wellington College Barbershop Quartet who won third place in the Young Men in Harmony section of the National Barbershop Finals. You can view one of the Chorale's pieces here:

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Eat My Lunch - Every Friday This Term!

August 22, 2019

'Eat My Lunch' is New Zealand’s largest social enterprise. It operates on a one-for-one model, which means that for every lunch you buy for yourself, 'Eat My Lunch' provide a lunch to a kiwi kid who would otherwise not have one.  An estimated that 25,000 children go to school without lunch in New Zealand each day. Last year 'Eat My Lunch' provided their one millionth meal to a child in New Zealand but there are still 60 schools on the 'Eat My Lunch' wait list.

A group of committed student leaders is coordinating Wellington College's involvement in 'Eat My Lunch'. Lunch orders will be available every Friday for the rest of the term. If you would like to order yourself a lunch and provide lunch for a kid in need at the same time, please order and pay online by 5pm on the Wednesday prior to the day you'd like to order for.

Click here to make your order for this Friday.

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Reader/Writers - We Need Your Help!

August 17, 2019

We have more than 150 students at Wellington College who qualify for special assessment conditions for exams.  We are looking for new volunteers to help us support these students.  Please email Saskia & 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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Vaping - A Message for Parents

August 15, 2019

The use of e-cigarettes is growing rapidly among all age groups.  Manufacturers of these products employ aggressive advertising in an attempt to attract young people.  It seems that little is known about vaping among New Zealand addiction and health agencies.  To be fair, there is little long-term research worldwide and vaping is a recent phenomenon.

There is information available on-line of variable quality and use. The following bullet points are what we thought were the most useful:

- The biggest risks of vaping are the unknown risks.  The dangers will not be known for some time.

- Breathing any product into your lungs unnecessarily is not smart.

- Vaping was not designed to be taken up by non-smokers.

- Some young people start smoking after using e-cigarettes.  The spread of e-cigarettes is re-normalising smoking behaviour.

- A number of chemicals are added to vaping devices.  Of special concern are compounds not found in conventional cigarettes, e.g. propylene glycol.

- A common additive to e-cigarettes is nicotine, a highly addictive drug with known health risks. Young people may add very high amounts of nicotine to get a “buzz”.

- Nicotine can effect brain development and functioning in young people.

- Studies have found increased airway resistance after exposure to vaping.

- Research suggests that vaping damages the brain,heart and lungs.  It may lead to cancerous tumours, can account for stillbirths and that the harmful effects are exacerbated during foetal development and adolescence.

- There is little consistency across different products.

- There is no evidence that the aerosol used is safe.

- The general advice from experts is to steer clear of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.

Should you have any concern about your sons, please contact us:

Stuart Slater, Guidance Counsellor, s.slater@wc.school.nz, phone 802 2548.

Sarah Parker, Guidance Counsellor, s.parker@wc.school.nz, phone 803 0304

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Chorale Selected for Big Sing Nationals

July 30, 2019

We are very proud of the students in Chorale as they have continued to work hard and strive for excellence. For a number of years now, the Wellington College Chorale has been at the forefront of boys’ choirs in New Zealand, and it is great they have been selected as one of the top 24 choirs in the country to compete in the 2019 Big Sing national finals to be held in Dunedin, 29 - 31 August.

We wish them all the very best.

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Enrol Now for 2020!

July 26, 2019

We are delighted that you are considering joining the Wellington College community in 2020.

See our 2020 Prospectus with all 2020 Course and other information here.

You can view a short report about student achievement for qualifications at Wellington College in 2018 here.

Online Enrolment Links

Click here to complete your on-line enrolment application for Year 9 in 2020.

Click here to complete your on-line enrolment application for Year 10 to Year 13 in 2020.

In zone Year 9 students for 2020

In zone enrolment applications for 2020 may be made at any time during the year prior to the start of school (27 January, 2020).  However, we request that these be submitted on-line by Monday 29 July, 2019 to allow for curriculum planning and so that we can determine out of zone enrolment numbers.

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 Year 9 students for 2020

Out of Zone applications for Year 9 in 2020 have now closed.

Induction Day for Year 9

This will commence 21 November 9.00am in the Sports Centre.  This is an opportunity for new students to meet key people and become familiar with our campus and programmes.

In zone Years 10 - Year 13 students for 2020

In zone enrolment applications for 2020 may be made at any time during the year prior to the start of school (27 January, 2020), but should be submitted on-line by Tuesday, 15 October, 2019 to allow for curriculum planning and so that we can determine any out of zone enrolment numbers.

Out of zone Years 10 - 13 students for 2020

Out of zone applications for years 10 to 13 must be submitted on-line no later than 4.00pm on Tuesday, 15 October 2019.

The Out-of-Zone Ballot for Years 10 - 13, 2019 will be held on Monday, 4 November 2019.

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.

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New Deputy Principal Appointed

July 25, 2019

We are delighted to introduce Katie Rawles to Wellington College as our new Deputy Principal - Teaching & Learning.

Katie is currently the Deputy Rector at St Pat's Silverstream and was previously the Head of the Music Department at Wellington College.

Katie is a nationally regarded educator, with particular interests in culturally responsive practice, student agency in learning, music education and digital citizenship.

Katie will be starting her new position on Monday 19th August.

Welcome back to Wellington College, Katie.

Nau mai! Haere mai!

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2018 Student Achievement

July 24, 2019

I am pleased to report to the Wellington College community on student achievement for national qualifications in 2018.

At Wellington College, we have always used ‘roll-based’ data for both setting targets and reporting on results. This ensures that every single student who attends Wellington College in Years 11-13 is included in the statistics for their level (i.e. Year 11 – NCEA Level 1, Year 12 – NCEA Level 2and Year 13 – NCEA Level 3).

Achievement Highlights

One of the highlights of 2018 was the exceptional success of Wellington College students in the NZ Scholarship Awards.  Scholarships are reserved for the top 3% of Year 13 students across New Zealand in each subject area. Wellington College’s students gained a total of 108 awards. 50 individual students attained Scholarships in 18 different subjects. 8 awards were gained at ‘Outstanding’ level.  ‘Outstanding’ awards are given to the top 0.3% of Year 13 students in each subject area.  These results continue Wellington College’s remarkable record of success in these prestigious examinations.  Congratulations to all of the students and their teachers who experienced Scholarship success in 2018.

The 2018 overall results of Wellington College students in the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) were also exceptional and significantly higher than the average for boys at all decile 10 schools.  91.4% of Wellington College’s Year 11 students gained NCEA Level 1 (compared with 77.8% for all boys in decile 10 schools); 95.7% of Wellington College’s Year 12 students gained NCEA Level 2 (compared with 82.8% for all boys in decile 10 schools); and 92.2% of Wellington College’s Year 13 students gained NCEA Level 3 (compared with 77.7% for all boys in decile 10 schools).

Wellington College’s Māori students gained each level of the NCEA at a rate in excess of the average for all boys in decile 10 schools, with 78.6% of Year 11 students gaining NCEA Level 1, 93.8% of Year 12 students gaining NCEA Level 2, and 91.4% of Year 13 students gaining NCEA Level 3.

92.3% of Wellington College’s Year 13 Pacific students gained NCEA Level 3.  This was higher than the average achievement rate for all boys in decile 10 schools. While the results of Year 11 and 12 Pacific students were slightly below the average for all boys in decile 10 schools, their achievement rate was significantly higher than the average for Pacific boys at other decile 10 schools, with 76.9% gaining Level 1 (compared with 62.3%) and 82.1% gaining NCEA Level 2 (compared with 68.9%).

78.8% of all Year 13 students gained University Entrance in 2018.  This compares very favourably with the average for boys in all decile 10 schools, which in 2018 was 66.2%.

Continued Areas of Focus

While at most levels of the NCEA, Wellington College’s Māori and Pacific students achieved at a level that is similar to students from all other ethnic groups, there remains an achievement gap when it comes to University Entrance.  In 2018, this was particularly the case for Pacific students, with 38.5% gaining University Entrance (compared with 78.8% for all students).  It was disappointing that we were unable to maintain or improve on the result from 2017 when 59.1% of Year 13 Pacific students gained University Entrance.  The closing of these gaps continues to be a major focus for Wellington College.  Our Māori and Pacific Achievement Plans outline our strategy for achieving equity in this and other areas.  You can view these plans here.

You can find out more about achievement at Wellington College via www.nzqa.govt.nz and www.educationcounts.govt.nz.  Our achievement targets for 2019 are contained within our Charter, which you can view here.

Gregor Fountain (Principal)

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Ibwera Classroom Construction

June 29, 2019

Over the past 20 years, our students have raised more than $1 million for World Vision. Most of this money has been directed towards supporting projects in Ibwera in Tanzania.

Click here to read about how that money has changed the lives of large numbers of people!

Thanks for your ongoing support of Wellington College's community partner, World Vision New Zealand.

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World Vision Booklets - Get Them in!

June 23, 2019

As many of you may know, the World Vision Runathon took place earlier this year, and currently, we are in the process of collecting and counting all of the money coming in. We know that it's easy to get on board with fundraising when all the fun activities are taking place and we are working together, but in order to make a difference for the Chi Kreng community, it's time to buckle down and get those individual sponsorships in.

So far we have raised almost $10,000 from booklets alone. That's just over $5 each. Our aim is to raise a grand total of $100,000 this year, and if we want to reach our goal we are counting on everyone to keep putting in the hard work. If every student was able to raise $40 we will get there! As a small incentive to keep those booklets coming in, the tutor group that raises the most money will get a pizza lunch!

Thank you for your continued hard work and support of such an important cause.

2019 Super Six (World Vision Student Leadership Team)

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Avoid Spreading the Flu!

June 22, 2019

With the increase of influenza (flu) in the Wellington area the following steps are recommended by Regional Public Health to help reduce this virus spreading through our schools and the community

Influenza (flu) is a virus that spreads quickly from person to person. It can be spread through the air by coughing and sneezing as well as by hands, cups and other objects that have been in contact with an infected person’s mouth or nose.

The following information will help reduce the spread of influenza in our school:

1.      Make sure everyone covers their mouth and nose with tissues when coughing and sneezing.

2.      Encourage everyone to wash their hands regularly.

3.      Clean surfaces that are touched often (door handles, bench tops, toilets bathroom areas).

4.      Make sure students with symptoms stay at home until they are well and free of symptoms.

Symptoms Include:

·       A severe fever (over 38°C) lasting several days

·       A cough and sore chest.

·       Severe exhaustion and aches and pains.

Please click here for further information.

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International Student Homestays

June 19, 2019

We have a large group of international students arriving at the start of Term 3, mainly from Italy and Chile.  If you have a spare room, please consider becoming a homestay family. International students help us create a diverse and vibrant school community and provide a valuable global perspective in our classes.  Our programme also generates income for the school which supports the development of our programmes and facilities. International students need their own room and three meals each day.   Host families receive $300 each week.   Please email Kathi Scott - k.scott@wc.school.nz if you would like to explore this idea further.

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Tai wins at Ngā Manu Kōrero

May 15, 2019

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

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The Alan Gibbs Centre Wins Award

May 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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


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The Collegian - April 2019

April 30, 2019

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

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Football Administrator Required

April 30, 2019

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

The position description and application pack are available from d.keat@wc.school.nz or by contacting 802.2547.

Applications close Tuesday 14 May. 

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ANZAC Assembly Address

April 26, 2019

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

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Uniform Shop - Extended Opening Hours

April 24, 2019

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

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

Further information about the Uniform Shop can be found here.

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Poster Design Competition

April 22, 2019

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

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

Entries to be sent to k.hazledine@wc.school.nz by 10 May 

Details for the poster are as follows:

            25 July, 7pm

            Alan Gibbs Centre, Wellington College

            Tickets:Adults $15, Students $ 10

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

 

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Debaters Win Regional Title

March 23, 2019

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

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Matthew Wins The Girdlers' Scholarship

March 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

See the full press release from Universities New Zealand here.

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Mufti Day Raises $5935

March 21, 2019

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

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2019 Wellbeing Day - We Need Your Help

March 17, 2019

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

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

Please contact Patrick Smith. His email is p.smith@wc.school.nz

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

All other ideas will be considered.

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International Homestays Needed

March 15, 2019

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

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Runathon - Saturday Events Postponed

March 14, 2019

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

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40 Hour Runathon Part 2 - 29 March

March 13, 2019

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

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

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

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Our Strategy - The 2019 COLL Charter

March 12, 2019

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

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WCTV Presents... The Alan Gibbs Centre

March 11, 2019

 

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

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Christchurch Attack - Support Available

March 8, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Malay

Farsi

Arabic

Urdu

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Christchurch Attack - Online Content

March 8, 2019

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

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

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

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