Wellington College (New Zealand)
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Firth Hall on the left with the school hall on the right
Lumen accipe et imperti - Receive The Light And Pass It On
|Type||Single Sex-Boys State Secondary (Year 9–13)|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||275|
|School roll||1667 (November 2015)|
Wellington College opened in 1867 as Wellington Grammar School in Woodward Street, though Sir George Grey gave the school a deed of endowment in 1853. In 1869 the school moved to a fine new, spired, wooden building on the hills above the central city in Clifton Terrace from where it could be seen from many places in Wellington. In 1874 the college opened in a much larger building at its present location. The former boarding establishment at the College, Firth House, was named after Joseph Firth, the headmaster from 1892 to 1921.
Wellington College's Pavilion, Firth House and the Gifford Observatory were opened on 1 December, 1924. The War Memorial Hall was opened on 2 March, 1928, financially supported by £6000 from the Old Boys' Association. The War Memorial Hall and classroom wings were demolished by the Ministry of Works and replaced in the 1960s with a new hall and seven-storey Tower classroom block due to its lack of earthquake reinforcements. The stained glass window from the front of the War Memorial Hall is now located in the front of the existing hall.
During the 1970s the Maths, Library and Technology blocks were opened, replacing the last of the War Memorial Hall building and classroom wings that opened in 1928. Also, the Old Boys Gymnasium was built on the eastern boundary of the campus replacing the swimming pool.
In 1980 Firth House was demolished to make way for a new gymnasium which opened in 1982. 1987 saw the opening of the Arts and Music block, and the Brierley Theatre, named after old boy Ron Brierley.
The first dedicated computer rooms in the College opened in 1992 in a new building located behind the school hall.
2001 saw the opening of the Science block, on the western boundary of the campus. In 2008 the Languages block opened, also located on the western boundary.
The campus also has many prefabricated buildings, some functioning as offices and some as classrooms.
The only "historical" buildings remaining on campus to this day are Firth Hall, the Pavilion and the Gifford Observatory.
Each year the school's rugby team plays in a competition with Nelson College, Christ's College, and Wanganui Collegiate School known as the "Quadrangular Tournament". Wellington are the reigning champions of this tournament and have been since 2003. Their current winning streak of ten titles in a row is the longest in the tournament's history.
The school also competes in a local athletics competition known as "McEvedy Shield" along with St. Patrick's College (Town), St. Patrick's College, Silverstream and Rongotai College. Historically, Wellington College have won the shield 49 times since 1922, more than any other school.
It is next to Wellington East Girls' College, also in Mount Victoria, and shares with that college the Gifford Observatory. Although Wellington College is situated next to Wellington East Girls' College, its sister college is Wellington Girls' College located in Thorndon.
In 2011, 2012 and 2013, Wellington College gained the highest number of scholarships in the New Zealand scholarship exams (128, 151 and 178 respectively), putting the school in top echelons of New Zealand's education system.
- Maxwell Fernie - organist, conductor and music teacher
- Alexander Grant, dancer
- Dai Henwood - comedian
- Raybon Kan - writer and comedian
- Bret McKenzie - Academy Award-winning songwriter and member of Flight of the Conchords
- John Mulgan - editor, writer, journalist and Army officer
- Robert J. Pope - songwriter, poet, cricketer
- Karl Urban - actor
Broadcasting & journalism
- John Campbell - current events TV host
- Keith Quinn - TV & radio sports presenter
- Chris Spence - journalist
- Sir Ron Brierley - businessman
- Alan Gibbs - businessman
- Arthur Myers - businessman, politician
- Steve Outtrim - businessman
- Sir Frank Renouf - businessman
- Henry Avery, New Zealand's Quartermaster General during World War Two and former All Black
- Air Marshal Sir Arthur "Mary" Coningham - famous World War II commander and World War I Air Ace. Portrayed in the film Patton.
- Ken Douglas, trade union leader and politician
- Lord Freyberg of Wellington, Governor-General, World War I VC Winner and World War II Commander.
- Thomas Gault - Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand
- Lord Grey of Naunton, last Governor of Northern Ireland (also attended Scots College)
- Sir Michael Hardie Boys - former Governor-General of New Zealand
- Michael Heron - current Solicitor-General of New Zealand (former Head Prefect)
- Don Hunn CNZM - senior New Zealand diplomat, civil servant, and State Services Commissioner
- Ngatata Love - academic and Treaty negotiator
- Rex Mason - politician
- Sir Matthew Oram - lawyer, politician, Speaker of Parliament
- Graham Beresford Parkinson - World War II commander
- Sir Paul Reeves - former Governor-General of New Zealand
- Adrian G. Rodda - senior civil servant and Chairman of the State Services Commission
- Dr William Ball Sutch, New Zealand public servant, put on trial for espionage
- Ray Wallace, Mayor of Lower Hutt
- George Leslie Adkin - farmer, geologist, ethnologist, photographer, and environmentalist.
- Ian Foster - computer scientist
- William Pickering - former Head of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (space scientist)
- Prof Tony Raine (1949–1995) - distinguished nephrologist
- Philip Robertson - chemist, university professor and writer
- Jonathan Sarfati - creationist, scientist, and New Zealand Chess Champion
- Leo Bertos - football (soccer) player with the Wellington Phoenix and New Zealand All Whites.
- Harry Boam - cricketer, plays for Wellington Firebirds
- George Bridgewater - New Zealand rower
- Tim Brown - football (soccer) player with the Wellington Phoenix and New Zealand All Whites.
- Ralph Caulton - All Black
- Ross Durant - football (soccer) player for New Zealand All Whites
- Simon Elliott - football (soccer) player with the San Jose Earthquakes and New Zealand All Whites
- Marc Ellis - former All Black, entertainer, businessman
- James Franklin - cricketer, plays for Black Caps and Wellington Firebirds
- Ken Gray - All Black
- Onny Parun - tennis player
- Lima Sopoaga - All Black
- Peter Taylor - New Zealand rower
- Neemia Tialata - All Black
- Filo Tiatia - rugby player
- Dane Coles - All Black
- Ian Uttley - All Black
- Nelson Asofa-Solomona- rugby league player for Melbourne Storm
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- "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- William Main, Wellington Through a Victorian lens revisited, Steele Roberts Publishers, Wellington, 2011, p. 25, the endpapers and the dustjacket.
- Wellington College. | NZETC
- "Henry Avery : Rugby Player". Militarian. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
- "Ray Wallace". Hutt City Council. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
2. A.W Beasley, The Light Accepted : 125 Years of Wellington College, Board of Trustees of Wellington College, Wellington, 1992
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wellington College (New Zealand).|
- Official website
- College history (official website)
- Source for examination results
- Wellington College and the First World War (from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage)
- St Pats take McEvedy Shield
- College Student Site
- Map showing school (1892 Thos Ward Map No 76; low definition version)