Wellington College, Wellington
|Motto||Lumen accipe et imperti|
(Receive The Light And Pass It On)
|Established||1867; 154 years ago|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||275|
|Years||9 – 13|
|School roll||1780 (March 2020)|
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 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. 1988 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 1994 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.
In 2016, the College Hall was demolished to make way for a larger Assembly Hall and Performing Arts Centre, which would be able to hold the entire school with its growing population. In preparation for this, the staffroom was moved to Firth Hall, the Uniform Shop opened a new premise next to the Archives, and the Computer Block was opened on the first floor of Tower Block. Construction on the new hall commenced in September 2016, starting with the removal of the Memorial Window.
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 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 earned the highest number of scholarships in the New Zealand scholarship exams.
Board of Trustees
The Wellington College Board of Trustees consists of twelve elected and appointed members.
- Maxwell Fernie – organist, conductor and music teacher
- Alexander Grant – ballet dancer, teacher, and company director
- Jonathan Harlen – author
- 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
- Edward George Honey – Australian journalist credited by some as the originator of the Two-minute silence tradition
- John Campbell – journalist, radio and television personality
- Keith Quinn – TV and radio sports presenter
- Chris Spence – journalist
- Bryan Waddle – cricket commentator & radio presenter
- Ron Brierley – businessman
- Alan Gibbs – businessman
- Arthur Myers – businessman and politician
- Steve Outtrim – businessman
- Frank Renouf – businessman
- Henry Avery, New Zealand's Quartermaster General during World War Two and former All Black
- Grafton Francis Bothamley – Clerk of the New Zealand House of Representatives
- Arthur Coningham – World War II commander and World War I Air Ace. Portrayed in the film Patton
- Ken Douglas, trade union leader and politician
- Bernard Freyberg, Governor-General, World War I VC Winner and World War II commander
- Thomas Gault – Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand
- Ralph Grey, last Governor of Northern Ireland (also attended Scots College)
- Frederick Hanson, World War II commander, subsequently Commissioner of Works at the Ministry of Works
- Michael Hardie Boys – former Governor-General of New Zealand
- Thomas Hislop – Mayor of Wellington from 1931 to 1945
- Don Hunn CNZM – senior New Zealand diplomat, civil servant, and State Services Commissioner
- Ngātata Love – academic and Treaty negotiator
- Rex Mason – politician
- Matthew Oram – lawyer, politician, Speaker of Parliament
- Graham Beresford Parkinson – World War II commander
- Paul Reeves – former Governor-General of New Zealand
- Adrian G. Rodda – senior civil servant and Chairman of the State Services Commission
- Eric Roussell – Clerk of the New Zealand House of Representatives
- William Ball Sutch, New Zealand public servant, put on trial for espionage
- Ray Wallace, Mayor of Lower Hutt from 2010 to 2019 
- George Leslie Adkin – farmer, geologist, ethnologist, photographer, and environmentalist.
- David Benney – emeritus professor and former head of the Department of Mathematics at MIT
- Ian Foster – computer scientist
- William Pickering – former Head of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (space scientist)
- Philip Robertson – chemist, university professor and writer
- Jonathan Sarfati – creationist, scientist, and New Zealand Chess Champion
- Nelson Asofa-Solomona – rugby league player for Melbourne Storm
- Tom Blundell – professional cricketer for the Wellington Firebirds and New Zealand Black Caps
- Leo Bertos – former professional football player for the Wellington Phoenix and the All Whites
- Harry Boam – cricketer for the Wellington Firebirds
- Craig Bradshaw – Former Professional Basketballer, and member of New Zealand Tall Blacks
- George Bridgewater – New Zealand rower
- Tim Brown – former professional footballer for the Wellington Phoenix and the All Whites. Also co-founder of Allbirds
- Ralph Caulton – All Black
- Dane Coles – All Black
- Ross Durant – football player for New Zealand All Whites
- Simon Elliott – former football 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
- Dion Prewster – Professional Basketballer, and member of New Zealand Tall Blacks.
- Lima Sopoaga – All Black
- Peter Taylor – New Zealand rower
- Neemia Tialata – All Black
- Filo Tiatia – All Black
- Ian Uttley – All Black
- "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
- "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
- "History of the McEvedy Shield". Wellington College. Archived from the original on 7 July 2017.
- "Henry Avery #170". All Blacks. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
- "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
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- 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