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: