Wellington College (New Zealand)

Wellington College (New Zealand)

:"For other uses, see Wellington College (disambiguation)."

Infobox NZ school
name = Wellington College
badge =
motto = "Lumen accipe et imperti - Receive The Light And Pass It On"
type = Single Sex-Boys State Secondary (Year 9-13)
established = 1867
address = Dufferin Street, Wellington
coordinates = coord|41|18|12.65|S|174|46|56.94|E|type:landmark|scale:1000|region:NZ
principal = Roger Moses
roll = 1550
decile = 10
MOE = 275
homepage = [http://www.wellington-college.school.nz www.wellington-college.school.nz]

Wellington College is a secondary school in Mount Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand.


, the headmaster from 1892 to 1921.

Wellington College's Pavilion, Firth House and the Gifford observatory were opened on Monday, 1st December, 1924. The War Memorial Hall was opened on 2nd March, 1928, financially supported by £6000 from the Old Boys' Association [ [http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WarEarl-t1-body-d21-d6-d2.html Wellington College. | NZETC ] ] . The War Memorial Hall was demolished by the Ministry of Works and replaced in the 1960s.


Wellington College's zone mainly covers the central and western parts of the city.

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 six titles in a row is the longest in the tournament's history.Fact|date=September 2008

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 dominated this competition having won the shield 47 times since 1922.Fact|date=September 2008

It is next to Wellington East Girls' College, also in Mount Victoria, and shares with that college the Gifford Observatory.

Each year in Dunedin, a de facto reunion is held by old boys of the college studying at Otago University.Fact|date=May 2008

Although Wellington College is situated next to Wellington East Girls College, its sister college is Wellington Girls' College.

Notable alumni

* Rob Arnold, singer
* Leo Bertos, Football (Soccer) player with the Wellington Phoenix
* Sir Ron Brierley, businessman
* John Campbell, current events TV host
* Simon Elliott, Football (Soccer)
* Marc Ellis, Former All Black, Entertainer, Businessman
* Ian Foster, computer scientist
* James Franklin, Cricketer
* Lord Freyberg of Wellington, Governor-General
* 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, Governor-General
* Don Hunn CNZM, senior New Zealand diplomat, civil servant, and State Services Commissioner
* Raybon Kan, Writer and comedian
* Rex Mason, Politician
* Bret McKenzie, Flight of the Conchords
* Arthur Myers, Businessman, politician
* Sir Matthew Oram Lawyer, politician, Speaker of Parliament
* Onny Parun, Tennis
* William Pickering, former Head of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (space scientist)
* Keith Quinn, TV & Radio Sports Commentator
* Sir Paul Reeves, Governor-General
* Sir Frank Renouf, businessman
* Philip Robertson chemist, university professor, and writer
* Adrian G. Rodda senior civil servant and Chairman of the State Services Commission
* Jonathan Sarfati, creationist, scientist, and New Zealand Chess Champion
* Chris Spence, Journalist
* Dr William Ball Sutch, New Zealand public servant, put on trial for espionage
* Neemia Tialata, All Black
* Filo Tiatia, Rugby player
* Karl Urban, Actor


External links

* [http://www.wellington-college.school.nz/page.asp Official website]
* [http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications/ssq/statistics/school-stats.do?pc=275 Source for examination results]
* [http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/wellington-college Wellington College and the First World War (from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage)]

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