2012 National Schools of Character Awards winner


Wellington College

Wellington College is a state secondary school for boys with a roll of 1,539.

The college places a strong emphasis on character formation and academic achievement.

For a number of years the college has used Cornerstone Values resources. Each term one of the cornerstone values is promoted in form and pastoral care time. Where possible it is linked to assembly themes.

The eight cornerstone values are printed in the students’ homework diaries and the posters are displayed throughout the college.

Each Year 9 student is given a copy of the pocket book, Passport to Character, which is used along with a think sheet is used to assist students see their behaviour in terms of the formation of their character.

The college seeks to promote character in all areas including in the classroom, on the sports field and in cultural pursuits.

Students are encouraged to strive for excellence in all their endeavours.

The college a strong community service ethic. For example, each year the prefects and seniors organize a ‘runathon’ for the 40 Hour Famine Appeal. This generally raises about $60,000 making the college one of the top contributing schools in New Zealand.

Peer support is an established feature of the college. Each year around eighty senior students are trained to lead a group of Year 9 students as they are orientated into the college and process through their first year.

Each year every student sets a service and academic goals. These are set in a meeting with the student, his parents and a teacher.

The college has an impressive record of academic achievement. Unlike many schools there is an open-door policy for sitting scholarship subjects. In 2011 seventy students gained at least one scholarship subject.

The latest Education Review Office report (2009) notes that Results in the National Certificates of Educational Achievement consistently above national and decile comparisons and have been improving in the last three years. In 2008, 59 students were awarded 115 New Zealand Scholarships across 19 subjects. This record of consistent outstanding success places Wellington College students amongst the highest achievers in the country.

The headmaster and senior leadership team have a high profile throughout the college community. Collectively they are effective in nurturing the aspirations and dreams of students and staff. Students appreciate the many and varied opportunities that are made available to them, and staff acknowledge the fulsome support they receive to advance their subject specific knowledge and teaching expertise. Students express pride in the college and display a sense of ownership and belonging.

In 2013 the college aims to further promote positive behaviour and to strive for excellence in citizenship.

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