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Wellesley College 611a Marine Drive Days Bay www.wellesley.school.nz Cover image Boys being boys, Margie Beattie.

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Giving it my Best Shot Staff Matters Eve Owen: A Farewell Junior Syndicate Middle Syndicate Senior Syndicate Six Thinking Hats Art Beat: Performing Arts Art Beat: Visual Arts Boys Being Boys Surf 'n' Turf: Sport Top of their Game Future -Proofing / Giving Back On a Pilgrimage Golf to Gala The Art of Reconnection War Heroes Looking Back Obituaries Boys Being Boys Thank You


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Giving it my Best Shot Brendan Pitman principal

Walking through the Wellesley gates on my first day was an exciting, nerve-wracking and immensely proud moment for me. Here was a world-renowned school with a 100-year-old history, and I was to be its new Principal. Taking on a new job is always a risk because there’s so much you don’t know, but what I did know was I would give it my all-time best shot. The first thing I saw was Days Bay House, a beautiful old building that I knew would be significant in the time that I spend at Wellesley. However, the most exciting moment came when the boys started to come up the drive, many with their parents, with no doubt a similar look on their faces to mine. I had the opportunity to meet each young man who walked past the new Centennial Hall on his way to class. Shortly after 9am all the classes were on task, starting their year’s learning. Much of my day was spent learning too – about how the Wellesley teaching philosophy works in practice, and where everything was! Pretty quickly it became obvious to me how magical the school culture is for both staff and students. I was also taken by the bush and sea surroundings. The bush is much more rugged and hilly

than it is in Australia, and the view of the harbour from my office made it hard to get work done. Wherever I went on my first day, I was welcomed by both staff and boys. No one missed a beat. And they couldn’t stop smiling! One moment that stays with me is when I sat on the mat with the Year 1 class and joined in the lesson. It seemed the right thing to do as I was on my first day at Wellesley too! I was asked to think of a word beginning with the letter “R”, so I said “radio”. Luckily I got it right. One of the boys asked if radio started with the same letter in Australia; I said it did. At the end of my first day, I walked around the school watching the boys get ready for the buses. One young man was sitting patiently on the floor, waiting, his bag in his lap. He looked tired, but when he saw me he beamed and said: “Hi, Mr Pitman!” Embarrassed that I didn’t know his name yet, I returned the greeting and asked him how his day had gone. He looked down, and my stomach sank, thinking he may not have had a good start. There was a pause – only a moment – then he jumped to his feet in front of me and shouted, “It was FANTASTIC!” Over the year, I‘ve watched the boys make every day FANTASTIC. They engage in every opportunity they can – openly taking risks, both on the

Above: Principal Brendan Pitman and his wife, Christa, are welcomed with a pōwhiri.

sporting field and in their academic pursuits. They are given opportunities in science, technology and the arts, and they throw themselves in every time, even if it’s an area in which they aren’t naturally comfortable. They sing and dance with vigour, and engage in all sorts of competitions. At another level, I’ve watched boys in the playground demonstrate respect and empathy across all year groups. Senior students high-five younger boys, for example, and stop to have meaningful conversations about their weekend. I’ve seen so many ball games and chasing games going on it looks chaotic – twenty different sports balls in the air and boys playing like boys do – but somehow they always seem to watch out for each other.

The Wellesley journey has only just started for me. I’m still learning the ropes and trying to do my best, and I’m deeply thankful to the staff, and the students and their families, who support my family and me every day. To have such a talented team is truly a blessing. I am lucky that we are all working together with the same goals. I relish the opportunity to empower boys who are growing into young men and to be part of their young lives, but the truth is that right now the boys are teaching me as much as I am teaching them. Thank you, everyone, and keep up the great work!


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Staff Matters AWARDS Congratulations to Paddianne Neely, who was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in the New Year’s Honours List. Paddianne has been involved with the Wellesley Archives for 18 years, and was responsible for the Centenary display. She retires from the role of Archivist this year, to be replaced by Neela Clinton.

NEW PEOPLE Brendan Pitman joined us in early January to take over the reins from Warren Owen. Brendan was previously acting Head of Middle School at Anglican Church Grammar in Brisbane. It took staff time to become accustomed to the accent, but otherwise Brendan has fitted in seamlessly with Wellesley life. Brendan is married to Christa, and they have three daughters aged 1-7 years. Gabe Pang (Finance Manager), Colleen de Boer (Accounts) and Kate Cole (Teacher Support) all joined us at the start of the year, and have proven to be valuable additions to the Wellesley team. Coincidentally, Kate is married to Old Boy Vaudin Cole.

BABY NEWS In January Kate Sinclair and husband, Tom, announced the arrival of their first born, Alise. Kate returns from maternity leave next year. Sarah Bleier goes on maternity leave in November, with her baby due in December. Smart money is on a girl: Steph!

as well as coaching hockey and cricket He has impressed with his work ethic and passion for IT. Laurel Makowem left us in June from her role supporting Margie Beattie in the development office. Laurel is a true professional with a real “can-do” attitude.

FAREWELL – we’ll miss you

Fiona Donnelly has left us after nine years of dedicated service as Uniform Shop Manager.

Christine Trummer leaves Wellesley after teaching in Year 4 for 15 years. We thank her for her dedication and loyalty to the school, the profession of teaching and the boys. She goes to Normandale School.

At the end of Term 2 we farewelled Gap tutor Seb Morton after a great year, and the following term we welcomed Gapper Harry Pegg, who has fitted in well.

Jon Mackie leaves us after 12 years teaching Year 7 to take up a senior role at Ngaio School. Jon is a highly valued and respected teacher, and his rapport with the Wellesley students has been a real strength. He also successfully coached both softball and water polo. Darren Houston leaves to take up a role as Deputy Principal at St Mark’s School in Wellington. Darren joined us as a teacher in the Middle School, and transitioned into the role of PE teacher and Sports Co-ordinator. Darren’s organisational ability is legendary. Tim Parkes leaves to take up a senior teacher role at Plimmerton School. Tim arrived in 2011 to teach Year 5, and for the past three years has taught Year 8,

In August we were saddened by the death of the husband of our performing arts teacher, Ruth Hooke. Steve Hooke was a real supporter of and advocate for Wellesley, and for many years helped with the music for school productions.

"She taught us boys to be not only creative, but to be kind and brave." - Harry Russon (class of 2011)

Art teacher, Eve Owen, leaves Wellesley to pursue other opportunities. She has been with the school for 33 years, having arrived with her husband former Principal Warren Owen who retired last year. She will be sorely missed. Associate Principal Alison Garland pays tribute: Rarely in a teaching career are we fortunate enough to come across an exceptional individual who is truly inspirational in the love, connectedness and passion they show for teaching and learning. Eve is one of those inspirational educationalists, and she has given over 33 years of exemplary service to Wellesley. The school has been blessed by Eve’s contribution to the teaching

of true creativity, for she has a gift that captures the inner soul of the child. Creative and giving, Eve has nurtured in all our boys a potential for self-belief that goes way beyond their imagined capabilities. Her dialogue with the students has always been embedded in fertile and authentic contexts that inspired open-ended thinking in the boys, and helped define who they became. Throughout her time here Eve has remained true to the vision and values Wellesley holds for the boys. Eve’s recent initiative, working with refugee children, is an example of that. She walked beside these children, many of whom have been displaced by tragic circumstances and faced unimaginable challenges. Through the visual arts, she sensitively helped them evoke their stories from the past, and their dreams for the future. Eve has made this world a better place and her contribution to Wellesley is irreplaceable. We have lost a treasure.

"Some of my best memories from Wellesley take place in the art room, or involve art. Mrs Owen’s passion and kindness were infectious. She taught us boys to be not only creative, but to be kind and brave. These are three values that I believe are very important and will continue to live by." Harry Russon (Class of 2011) studying art, Wellington College.

"With a gentleness and enthusiasm I can vividly remember 25 years on, Mrs Owen introduced me to the idea that creativity is a legitimate academic pursuit. The confidence she instilled in me by putting my fledging artistic skills to work in decorating school productions and illustrating school newsletters was invaluable; and a foundation upon which I built further studies and a career." Jamie McLellan (Class of 1990) designer.

"Mrs Owen’s guidance, encouragement and love for the boys she taught undoubtedly shaped who we are today... I owe special thanks for the immense impact she personally has had on my life. I loved being in her company, and she truly inspired me to pursue the arts and follow a creative path." Henry Glogau (Class of 2008) studying architecture, Auckland University.


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Discovering Difference Years 1-3 by Alison Garland

Educating young minds for the future is to prepare them for an ever-changing world, and to help them develop the skills to cope with challenge and change, complexity and uncertainty. We are delighted to share our Junior School journey this year, which has focused on “mind, body and spirit”, and involved the boys gaining an understanding of world religions in context. It was a special occasion for our juniors to welcome Principal Brendan Pitman and his family to Wellesley with a pōwhiri on behalf of the school. This is the karakia we welcomed them with. "Give us hearts full of aroha and right spirit, wairua pai. Strengthen us to share this aroha and wairua with those we are called to share

this journey with. Support us onwards from here until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes. Until the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over for the day and our work is done. May we continue to be greeted by the smile of the rising sun each tomorrow. Amen." Families from our Junior School shared their values, traditions and beliefs. We heard about Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. We also experienced the rituals of a shared Indian meal with a visit to a local restaurant. The boys showed themselves to be creative, open-minded and respectful learners, with a natural curiosity for what people in our community had to share.

have gained an appreciation of the common values we share. Our boys are always encouraged to be mindful of the way they can make a difference. As global thinkers we learn to see the world through other people’s perspectives. The empathy that comes from this is an important tool in becoming a “change-maker”. Our Junior School market day was a time when we thought about others by recycling those things we no longer want or need. Our focus was on raising money for those who need it, while also developing greater community and global awareness.

These experiences, centred on respecting other people’s beliefs, have given us time to reflect on who we are, both as part of our school and the wider community. By learning about the differences in our world, the boys 9

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Personal Best Years 4–6 by Tony Orbell 11

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Has there ever been a more dynamic time to be involved in education? When I look back at my 20 years in the classroom, the answer is a resounding no! Technology has had an inescapable and radical impact across the education system. This is obvious when you walk into a Wellesley class today and see the boys interacting with a range of different devices: iPads, desktop computers and android laptops, to name a few. In any given week students will be writing and collaborating on google docs, researching on the web, taking photos and using images creatively, using websites and apps such as Mathletics to enhance their learning, checking the online school notices or creating code on Scratch. It's easy to get excited by the possibilities, but whenever we

consider implementing any new technology, we still need to consider if it will strengthen our school’s values and make our boys the best they can be. One of the philosophies that originally drew me to Wellesley, and continues to excite and motivate me today, is the balanced, “keep it real” approach of the school. Yes, we understand that technological growth is unavoidable and important, but we also recognise that there is so much more that makes the boy. The diverse opportunities available at Wellesley are invaluable, and we encourage the boys to try them from day one, and to persevere even if they don’t excel. For example, all boys are encouraged to develop their creativity in dedicated art sessions; the Year 4 and 5 boys sing at Art Splash, and every Year 6 boy participates in DanceSplash. All boys also participate in PE, cross country and swimming sports, and personal bests are celebrated. Colts teams give boys the chance for some

competition at the top level, and camps always stretch comfort zones and build positive relationships. At the Year 4 and 5 camp, boys experience fishing, bush-walking, swimming, rock-climbing and kayaking, but a real highlight is pitching their tents on the school field and spending a couple of nights camping with their mates. In Year 6, the boys head out of Wellington to Camp Kaitoke. Here the skills learnt in previous years are extended with a tramp, river swimming, abseiling, archery, kayaking and confidence courses. Such challenges embody the values we hold dear at this school, such as conquering fears and working together in new environments. They also allow boys to be boys! Through these sorts of experiences, our boys have the opportunity to flourish. I see motivated and engaged boys who persevere and achieve personal bests every day at Wellesley. It’s the best part of the job.



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Taking up the Challenge Years 7–8 by murray blandford

Risk-taking is part and parcel of being a Wellesley boy, but it is especially so for those who spend time in the Senior School. For a boy entering Year 7, the range of academic, cultural and sporting opportunities expands exponentially, and boys are continually being challenged to try something new. Timetabling of activities such as sports practices, choir, art extension, Tournament of Minds, “Wellesley’s Got Talent”, robotics and all the rest is not easy, as so many boys wish to give as many things as possible a go. This is largely due to the encouragement of staff, and ethos of the school. The boys are continually taking risks in their learning, which means that all efforts, whether successful or not so successful, are celebrated. This allows the boys to feel good about the experience, and to step outside

their comfort zones again and again. Anecdotal evidence tells us that the experiences boys receive during their time at Wellesley, and the confidence this gives them, allow them to continue to take risks later in life, in all manner of fields. This ensures they are better equipped to find their way in what can be a very competitive world. Our annual Senior Speech Competition is an example of being “forced” into practising a valuable but challenging life skill. This process is celebrated by everyone in the school, with boys supporting every speaker and learning from the experience themselves. They also have fantastic role models that they can learn from and aim to emulate next time. In fact, no matter what the activity at Wellesley, positive role models abound, and learning is "cool" and celebrated!

disciplines: Applied Technology, Language and Literature, Maths and Engineering, and Social Sciences. It is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problemsolving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way. This year we had a record nine teams entered from the Senior School, with the six members of each team coming from both year groups. Boys who committed to the programme had to arrive at school at 8am on Mondays! We have sent a team to the Australian Finals each year for the last three years. This year our team won the New Zealand final of the Language and Literature section, and travelled to Sydney in October. They came second in their section.

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green = creativity

yellow = benefits

black = cautions

Six Thinking Hats by Steve Girvan

red = feelings

Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats is a time-tested, proven and practical thinking tool that has been an integral part of Wellesley for nearly 20 years. It provides a framework to help the boys think clearly and thoroughly by directing their thinking attention in one direction at a time. It is a simple metaphor. Hats are easy to put on and to take off. Each hat is a different colour, which signals the thinking ingredient. In a group setting

blue = process

each member thinks, using the same thinking hat, at the same time, on the same thinking challenge. Six Thinking Hats is a powerful tool that facilitates productive critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. It enables each boy's unique point of view to be included and considered. Argument and endless discussion become a thing of the past, and thinking becomes more thorough. It was Principal Graeme Dreadon who was responsible for the Hats being taught at Wellesley. He attended a conference in Australia where Edward de Bono gave a presentation on thinking strategies. Greatly impressed by what this man

white = facts

had to say, Graeme brought back to Wellesley a number of de Bono’s ideas – which didn’t include the Six Thinking Hats at that time – and had them implemented and integrated into the curriculum. When de Bono devised the Hats, these too were quickly adopted by the school.  On a personal level, I am grateful that Graeme, and subsequently Warren Owen, were proponents of the teaching of thinking as a subject. De Bono’s strategies fit exceptionally well with our philosophy.  Many Old Boys still mention the Hats when I talk to them, and the impact they had on their learning. 


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Art Beat Mary-Anne Morgan & Ruth Hooke performing arts

Wellesley boys have been part of some fantastic experiences in the performing arts this year, as both viewers and performers.

band, there’s nothing like the thrill of the first performance of a new song, especially if it’s to the rest of the school! The rock band has enjoyed performances in assembly, the Arts evening, Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day and the Battle of the Bands.

They thoroughly enjoyed the shows at the Capital E Arts Festival in Term 1. All students got to see three performances and were exposed to a combination of music, dance and drama from a real mix of genres.

There were 34 energetic and enthusiastic boys in the Year 7/8 choir this year. They made beautiful music together, always rising to the occasion, and showing how hard work can create a wonderful musical memory for their audiences. As confidence has developed, several boys have challenged themselves to perform solos or duets. Performances included the Easter service, and annual exchanges with Chilton St James School and Queen Margaret College.

New Zealand Playhouse also performed two outstanding shows for us: Jack Flash for Years 1–6 and The Importance of Being Earnest for Years 7–8. And internationally acclaimed acrobat duo ZimboyZ left the whole school awestruck by their talent. The Year 6 choir took to the stage in the nationwide World Vision Kids for Kids concert, Year 4 and 5 boys were in fine voice at Art Splash, and our Year 6 boys once again loved the opportunity to perform in DanceSplash at the Michael Fowler Centre. The Junior School led a spectacular pōwhiri to welcome our new Principal Brendan Pitman. They performed a waiata and haka, and the choir sang. Meanwhile our school rock band beavered away in the music room on Wednesday lunchtimes – their performances eagerly awaited. For a

The boys in the orchestra met faithfully every Friday afternoon from 3–4pm to practise. Their progress as a group is quite transformational! The orchestra enjoyed performances at WEBO (Wellington Bands and Orchestra Festival), Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day and the itinerant music teachers’ concerts in Term 3. Around 85 boys learn an instrument during the school day at Wellesley – from beginners to advanced – and most of these boys performed in the concert. The standard was high. Some of our music teachers generously performed as well, making it an especially successful afternoon.


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Art Beat eve owen visual arts

Art has always been celebrated at Wellesley, and this year we had a number of opportunities to share the boys’ work with the wider community. A cross-section of our boys was represented in an Eastbourne exhibition celebrating the range of talent in our community, and we hosted older children from Viard College, who worked alongside our boys around the theme “Ordinary people in extraordinary situations”. The work was exhibited in Porirua, where it attracted a great deal of attention and offers to buy! This sort of experience gives our boys important insights into the lives of others as well as a better understanding of art. To mark the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb, our boys contributed paintings to an exhibition at Wellington Library called Tūmanako: Children’s artworks for a peaceful world. A representative of Soka Gakkai New Zealand, Joycelyn Raffills, said the exhibition showed a “striking depth of thought”. Another way for our boys to see into other lives and learn how to be better human beings. Our own biennial art exhibition was around the theme of “Time”.

The properties and nature of time, and the units of time that range from infinitesimally brief to interminably long, generated great discussions and a multitude of possibilities. Wellesley’s ARTBOURNE resident artist this year was Sam DuckorJones. His ceramic work is unique and intelligent, and he is a wonderful young man who has taken risks and shown great courage to deliver his beautiful clay figures to the world. Our boys were extraordinarily lucky to have him in the art room. His connection with them, his kindness, delightful humour and patience, as well as his skill as an artist, made the month of August special and inspiring for us all. At a Celebration of the Arts evening we were treated to Sam talking about taking risks, and his Leaning Men series, produced at school, was snapped up by the community. Art is about ideas combined with creativity, a close observation of nature and a willingness to start over again! “Try again. Fail again. Fail better,” said playwright Samuel Beckett. “Risk everything!” said author Katherine Mansfield. It is enormously rewarding watching young minds being puzzled by something put before them, and then to see them playing with ideas, taking risks and trying to complete the job.


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Surf 'n' Turf darren houston sport

Wellesley boys always love the challenge of new sporting and physical activities. The boys are encouraged to consider sports they haven’t tried, and evaluate the ones they’re doing now. The boys trial for different teams and sign up for something new. This takes them outside their comfort zones and builds determination and resilience. It is very encouraging to see so many of our boys taking this positive approach and attitude into their college years. They know that the rewards and challenges outweigh any risk of failure. The Junior School has had a variety of sporting programmes running throughout the year. Their uninhibited and joyful approach to our swimming, football, tennis and athletics programmes illustrates what sport is about for our boys. The traditional sports still have a significant part to play in the sporting calendar. The 1st XI Cricket team enjoyed the challenge of being back

in the New Zealand Post Cup and Shield competition, and being part of the summer tour group that travelled to Hereworth School for the first time in many years. The Colts Cricket team embraced their entry in the equivalent competition for younger players, and were crowned Wellington champions at their first attempt. The winter tour to the Canterbury region was a great opportunity for the boys to be tested, in teams and as individuals. Travelling away from home, staying with new families and playing sport together is also great fun and provides many memories. The rugby and hockey teams, in particular, demonstrated persistence and grit against strong opposition. The football teams were very skilful, and worked hard to maintain their high standards. Sport encourages the interaction of individuals working towards a common goal. At Wellesley, the older boys mentor the younger ones to help them achieve personal bests, maximise their contribution to the team and prepare them for when they step up to future leadership roles.


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Top of their Game

House Captains & Deputies Croydon Ben Stirling, Paxton Jones, Lincoln Amaru Marlborough Josh Kemp Whimp, Alexi Zangouropoulos, Oliver Hall Selwyn Will Saunders, Logan Forsyth, Robert Jones

Wellington finals: Three Year 5/6 Teams finished second in their respective disciplines. Wellington Mathematics Association’s Mathswell (Year 7/8) First Place: Andrew Sutcliffe, Oliver Lynch and Max Abbot (problem-solving); and Toby Marks, George He and Ethan Henry (multi-choice). They won the 35team competition for the second consecutive year. Our Year 5/6 team came fifth.

Wellington William Stevenson, Kyle Foo, Toby Barlow

All the boys worked hard, and can be very pleased with their result.

All boys in Year 8 can apply for the position of House Captain and Deputies. The candidates are interviewed by a panel comprising Mr Girvan and three Year 8 boys, who rank them, and the candidates then give a speech to their House saying why they should have the role. The panel and the House votes are collated, and the top scorers become the House Captains and Deputies.

First Place: Andrew Sutcliffe, Toby Marks, Max Abbot and Sam Paviour-Smith. They answered questions and completed practical challenges, such as heating a cup of water as close as possible to 37°C without using a thermometer.

Wellesley Teams Tournament of Minds (Problem-solving) First place in Language and Literature section, New Zealand finals, and second in Australasian finals: Josh Kemp Whimp, Alexi Zangouropoulos, Charlie Plimmer, Toby Marks, William Chandler and Hugo Lethbridge.

Hutt STEMM Schools Challenge – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Manufacturing

Kids’ Lit Quiz, Wellington region First equal: Wellesley A (score 79) of William Chandler, Logan Forsyth, Tom Adams and Josh Kemp Whimp. Eighth equal: Wellesley B (score 64) of George Parker, Alexi Zangouropoulos, Alex McKenna and Toby Marks. Wellesley were defending champions, but this year Samuel Marsden took out the competition with 85 points.

Clockwise: STEMM team; 2015 House Captains; Tournament of Minds team.

Annual End of Year Cricket Fixture The Gentlemen of the 1st XI took on their fathers, The Players’ XI. Once again the Gentlemen proved too strong for their older opposition.

Max Waiker represented the school at the World Vision Reward Programme.

Science High Distinction: 9, Distinction: 21.

ANZAC Day Service

Spelling High Distinction: 3, Distinction: 15.


A group of senior boys sang “Sons of Gallipoli” at the service in Eastbourne, a tradition for Wellesley boys.

Senior Speech Cup

Eastbourne RSA ANZAC Essay

Andrew Sutcliffe won with a speech on Donald Trump and the need for young people to vote.

Krishin Cox won the junior division and Felix Rees Moore finished third.

NZ Speech Board Assessments

Australian Maths Competition

Athletics Ruaridh Ferguson

Fifty-two boys participated, gaining one Prize, one High Distinction, 16 Distinctions.

Cross Country Ruaridh Ferguson (Year 8) Ethan McKenzie (Year 7)

Otago Problem-solving Competition

Tennis Singles Oliver Hall

87 boys in Years 3–6 gained Distinction, with 56 boys highly commended. Year 7 Father & Son House Breakfasts These were held at The Pavilion in Days Bay. Guest speaker and parent Peter Clinton, also CEO of Cricket Wellington, spoke about commitment, endeavour and leadership. World Vision 20-hour Famine Wellesley boys raised a staggering $8,478, and Luke Carpenter, Oliver Hall, Oscar Jackson and

Oliver Lynch scored a perfect 25/25. Toby Marks was nearly there with 24/25. International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) English High Distinction: 6, Distinction: 22. Mathematics High Distinction: 6, Distinction: 37.

Digital Technologies High Distinction: 4, Distinction: 18. Senior Champions Swimming Ben Stirling

Doubles Alexi Zangouropoulos & Thomas Dai Table Tennis Singles Oliver Hall Doubles Oliver Hall & Ruaridh Ferguson Triathlon Team of Toby Cook, Tyler Hornsby, Matthew McCallum 27

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FutureProofing Kit Jackson chair - wellesley foundation The Wellesley College Foundation is tasked with ensuring the financial security of the school through fundraising, and then investing and managing those funds. We are proud to share with you that the scholarships campaign, Promising Futures for Boys, has raised in excess of $800,000 in pledges and donations. Being able to offer scholarships does two things: it brings diversity to the school roll and provides financial security for the school itself. This is because the scholarships are paid for from the interest received from invested funds, as opposed to using the funds themselves. This means that our resources continue to grow while the school’s future financial security remains intact. With four scholarships provided by the Foundation and a further three more provided through the Foundation by our very special parent and Old Boy donors, we are able to offer the amazing Wellesley educational experience to seven deserving boys next year, and there is already a further scholarship for 2017. 

I would like to thank our donors for their generosity, our team of dedicated volunteers who have worked hard on this year’s campaign, my fellow Foundation Trustees and last, but by no means least, Campaign and Development Manager Margie Beattie for her continued determination to ensure the Foundation’s goals are achieved. Bring on 2016!

Giving Back Dr Murray Sim Chair - Board of Trustees Thank you to all boys, staff, parents and friends of Wellesley who have contributed to the life of the school during the past year. The end of 2015 will mark Brendan Pitman’s first year as Wellesley Principal. While many of you will have seen Brendan’s face around the school, most will not have seen his determination behind the scenes, working with the Board, enhancing the school’s leadership team, strengthening management, and charting Wellesley’s direction for the foreseeable future. At the beginning of the year the Board asked Brendan to lead the development of a strategic plan. This work over the past nine months has widely engaged boys, parents, staff, Old Boys and others connected with Wellesley. It has been an opportunity to

capture the values of the school and its special character, identify the traditions and practices that are important to maintain, and define the opportunities that lie ahead. Boys who attend Wellesley receive a significant advantage in their education. They have a well-resourced school, inspirational teachers, a broad curriculum that effectively engages them and a wonderful friendly culture. One aspect of Wellesley’s special character that is embedded within this culture is altruism – giving back more than one receives. Looking over my tenure on the Board, I reflect on a number of brick-andmortar developments, such as the library and Centennial Hall. Much more satisfying is the ongoing success of the Wellesley Foundation – a vehicle for the college to express its altruistic character. Seven boys will receive Foundation scholarships in 2016, and there’s already one more in the pipeline for 2017. So next year seven worthy boys will profoundly benefit from the generosity of the Wellesley community. It is humbling to see how many people are giving generously of their time, expertise and resources to support the Foundation’s Promising Futures for Boys campaign. On behalf of the Board I wish to thank all who are involved in this work. Your efforts truly reflect what is special about Wellesley.

On a Pilgrimage Murray Blandford & Ellie Sanderson MURRAY Rangiatea Church in Ōtaki, Rātana Church and marae, a boat trip up the Wanganui River, and Parihaka – when I heard of some of the places being visited on the Anglican Schools’ Pilgrimage, I found it very easy to put my hand up to go! Bishop of Wellington, Justin Duckworth, organised the inaugural pilgrimage last year to take students and teachers from the local Diocesan schools to significant Māori/Anglican sites in the lower North Island. This year we set off in September, after attending a Sunday church service at Wellington Cathedral. The bus-load of students was mostly from Year 10, with four Year 7 and 8 boys from Wellesley – Gabriel Giller, Leon Manning, Jonathon Hill and Luke Carpenter. Also on board: youth workers, teachers and a number of Anglican ministers, including our own Ellie Sanderson.

The pilgrimage was everything I was hoping for and more. Despite being busy from 6 in the morning until 10 at night, I found the whole experience uplifting. I couldn’t help but be moved by the meetings with significant Māori leaders, all of whom were incredibly welcoming and humble. Our boys excelled in the manner in which they involved themselves throughout the pilgrimage, asking thoughtful and respectful questions, and making insightful reflections at all times. I felt very privileged to have shared such an experience with them, and will be recommending it to boys and teachers when next year’s pilgrimage comes along.

ELLIE I was delighted that the Wellington Diocese choose to continue the Anglican Schools’ Pilgrimage again this year, and have established this as an annual event in our calendar.

The people and places that we visit on the trip deeply impact on all of us “pilgrims” in a genuinely life-changing way. We hear and see the genuine sacrifice and commitment of people who have sought to influence this land with love and truth, and for peace. It literally grounds the special character of our schools in the reality of the tūrangawaewae. As the words of one of our songs proclaim: “Te aroha, te whakapono, te rangimārie, tātou tātou e. In love, truth and peace may we all meet as one.”


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Golf to Gala Sharyn Mitchell Parents’ Association Chair

Golf Day was our first event of the year. A beautiful day greeted the golfers, the brisk breeze providing an additional challenge and resulting in some great (and some not so great) golf. Around $6k was raised for the Foundation Scholarship Fund. Dr Sven Hansen spoke about mindfulness at our parent education evening in Term 2. The principles of resilience were discussed first with parents on Thursday night, then the following day Dr Sven spoke to the boys directly – suggesting among other things that they shouldn't use electronic devices in the evening. I wonder if the boys brought that message home? It was a wonderful insight into a valuable concept. Our annual quiz evening was in August. This is a great opportunity for parents to get together and pit their wits against each other. The night ended with a unique auction, which included the opportunity to buy a “come dine with me” dinner, cooked entirely by the senior leadership team – a fabulous prize!

Of course the year ended on a high with the biennial gala. It was an incredibly successful day that showcased our school as well as creating fond memories for the boys. Over $35k was raised, with the funds going towards a new playground for the whole school to enjoy. We could not have had such a successful year if it were not for the support of the school community. So a big thank you to you all. A more specific thank you to Paul Madigan for his hard work organising the golf day, Pradeep Navalkar for bringing Dr Sven to our school, and Adrian Porter and Andrew McKenna for the very entertaining quiz night. Thanks too to the amazing team behind the gala, led by Phil Plimmer and assisted by Shazly Rasheed, Bhakti Mistry-Govind, Matt Hayes, Georgina Astwick, Sheree Freeman and Tim Richards. Finally a big thank you to Brendan and the WCPA committee for providing such great support in my first year as Chair.

Our 2016 AGM will be on Monday, 22 February at 7.30pm in the school staff room. This is where we elect the new committee and hear the WCPA plans for the year. Please put this date in your diary and we will see you then.


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The Art of Reconnection Margie Beattie Old Boys’ News

Winning Scots College tennis team

Most people have strong memories of their college years, but tend to dismiss all too easily their formative primary school years. However, for most Wellesley Old Boys, this is not the case. Garry Evans

So we’d encourage you all to reconnect and keep us in the loop. You can do this by updating your details via Friends of Wellesley on the school website, on our Facebook page and by email. Don’t be a stranger! The school is always available for a visit. And we love hearing your news. During 2015 we were delighted to have visits, phone calls and emails from many Old Boys and their parents or representatives. The boys love hearing Old Boys’ stories, and imagining how they feel returning. So put it on your bucket list, as one Old Boy visiting this year did!

Andrew Loverard and Fergus Murray

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Milestones Margaret Barns (née Hall), former teacher and tennis coach for over 30 years at Wellesley, celebrated her 100th birthday. Garry Evans (1947–1949) QSO, retired after 18 years as a Coroner, and before that as an employment lawyer. Garry is grandfather to pupil Sam Richards and former pupil Jack Richards, and father to Board member Megan Richards, also a lawyer.

Leadership Andie Moore (2008–2010) was voted Student Leader, representing students on the Board of Trustees at Onslow College; organiser of the “Day of Silence” at Onslow in support of LGBT students; and a speaker at the Australian/New Zealand “Students for Liberty” conference in Melbourne. Tim Saunders (2003–2006) represented Otago University and New Zealand in a team of four for the Scotiabank International Business Case Competition in London, Canada, placed first-equal with the National University of Singapore. Harry Russon (2007–2011) and Gus McPherson (2004–2011) were named deputy prefects at Wellington College, 2016.

Arts Michael Robins (1997–1998), filmmaker and photographer, organises

the biennial Ruapuke Roots Garden Festival, Raglan. Dominic Coffin (2008–2014) won the Scots College Drumming Solos 2015, the C Grade Drumming solos in Levin, and the Strathspey and Reel event, taking the aggregate score and cup. Dominic has received a scholarship to attend Youth Pipe Band Summer School in Christchurch, January 2016, and has plans to travel to Scotland next year for the Scots College Centenary. Harry Skinner (1995–2000) appeared as Bottom in the acclaimed season of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Nic Sampson (1999) is head writer for TV’s Jono and Ben, and performs his own comedy shows, notably Ernest Rutherford – Everyone Can Science. He was voted NZICF Best Newcomer 2014, and plays a key role in TV comedy Funny Girls. Nick Purdie (2000–2003), is performing in Mary Poppins at the Court Theatre in Christchurch, after Blood Brothers in London in 2014, and an international tour with London Palladium's The Sound of Music. Ben Allnatt (2002–2003), newly graduated Master of Architecture, is interning in Denmark. Ben was the winner of the Institution category of the 2014 International Architecture Thesis Awards. His thesis proposed an alternative government outpost in the Kapiti Coast hills.

Sport Finn Tearney (2002–2003) is New Zealand's new tennis number one, soaring over 1200 places in the world rankings this year to 366th, ahead of compatriot Rubin Statham at 389. Callum Hancock (2013–2014), aged only 13, won the U16 division of the Wellington Triathlon Club Championships and the U15 NZ Sprint Distance Championships. Christian Davey (2002–2010) won the Wellington Secondary Schools Triathlon and U19 Wellington club duathlon (run and bike), fourth in the U19 Oceania Triathlon Championships, and fifth – nine seconds behind the winner – in the U19 World Duathlon Championships. John Vogel (2005–2010), Felix Humphries (2008–2011), Finley Hall (2005–2012), and Milo Benn (2009– 2012) were in the Scots College team that won the National Secondary Schools Tennis title at the Renouf Centre in Wellington, with John Vogel as captain. Andrew Loveard (2011–2012) and Fergus Murray (2011–2012) were members of the Wellington College crew that won the U16 Coxed Quad Sculls ‘A’ Final at the Maadi Cup this year. They also won the Team Gold Award in the Wellington College Gold and Black Awards 2015.


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Ben Paviour-Smith (2006–2010) and Nick Healy (2005–2008) represented New Zealand at the World Age Group Underwater Hockey Championships in Spain. Ben captained the U19 Black Finns who won gold, beating France 6-1 in the final. Nick was in U23 team, placed third.



Dr Jeremy Owen (1990–1995) returned to Victoria University from the Rockefeller Institute in New York armed with a $300K Marsden grant to research how tiny soil organisms can fight superbugs.

Daniel Gendall (2001–2008) is training as a Boeing 737 pilot.

TJ Va’a (2009–2010) was selected for the Hurricanes wider squad just one year out of school, after being in the Lions Development squad and suffering an injury that had him sidelined and requiring surgery.

Dr James Black (1996–1999), having completed his PHD at Cambridge University with a thesis focused on cardiovascular disease of people with diabetes, is now undertaking postdoctoral research in Europe.

Zeke Sopoaga (2006–2007) was a member of the OBU team that won the 2015 Jubilee Cup, the Premier Wellington club rugby competition.

Geoff Cooper (1991–1993), graduating Master of Economics (Hons) at Auckland University, is studying for a Master of Public Affairs at Princeton University. Geoff was one of the founders of Aotearoa Development Co-operative, a microcredit organisation.

Otto Rasch (1993–1994) helped coach the 1st and 2nd XV forward packs at Wellesley this year, and made a huge impact on team scrummaging. He was in the HOBM team that won the Jubilee Cup in 2014. Isaac Rusholme Cobb (2010–2012) was selected for the Cadet and Junior New Zealand Commonwealth Fencing Squad to compete in Cape Town, and for the U17 team heading to the Australian Championships. He captained the winning epée U20 team at the national secondary school championships and was named College Sport Wellington Fencer of the Year. Mark Hudson (1998–2000) runs 265 Events Limited, an event company that organises SKYCITY Super League Darts.

Business James Doyle (1995–2003), graduating with an M Com in Finance at Sydney University, 2014, is now working for ANZ’s Global Wealth division in Sydney on their graduate programme.

IT Sebastian Hallum-Clarke (2004– 2008) was invited by the Ministry of Education to be part of a representative workshop on the content and positioning of digital technologies in the New Zealand educational curriculum.

Reconnection Old Boys who visited the school or contacted us. Brian Igglesden (1932–1941, Dux) Peter Young (1935–1938) John Ryan (1945–1948) Michael Robbins (1997–1998) John Clayton (1941–1949) Ken Longmore (1925–1931) Mike Stace (1951–1954) Donald Beswick (1947–1954) John Nankervis (1956–1959) Dr Edward Ballard (1987–1988, Dux) Alistair Faulkner (1988–1989) Miles Golding (1960–1962) Zane Pringle (1980–1985) Ruthie Adams, on behalf of her father Eon Anderson (1920–1930) Ben & Sam Lighting (1984–1985) Luke Jones (2013–2014, Gapper) Sopoaga family Raines family Zane Mcalister Menzies family Louise Williams, on behalf of her uncle John Williams (1925–1931) John Fry (1933–1934) Alistair MacAlister (1932–1939) St John Cooper (2009–2012) John Healy (1978–1981, Dux) Parents of Geoff Cooper.

War Heroes Neela clinton WELLESLEY Archivist

In the context of this year's remembrance celebrations, Wellesley would like to honour two Old Boys who lost their lives during WWII. John Edwin Ashley Williams attended Wellesley 1925-1931, along with his brothers David and Barry. Their father was a founding Director of the ANZ Bank, and the architect who designed Wellington's Embassy Theatre. Flight Lieutenant John Williams DFC flew in North Africa with Squadron RAF in 1942. His plane was shot down and he was taken prisoner. Sent to Stalag Luft III in Germany, John was "head carpenter" for the escape tunnel that helped 76 POWs to famously tunnel their way out of the camp.

Flight Lieutenant John Williams DFC

Jeffrey Michael Grave Morris (1935)

A True Story of the Great Escape by John's niece Louise Williams, released this year by Allen and Unwin, tells the story.

school friend Michael was not included on the Honours Board. Non-existent school records at that time meant that the school had no knowledge of his attendance. Now that it has been verified we are pleased to add him to our Honours Board.

Jeffrey Michael Grave Morris, who attended Wellesley around 1935, was an excellent rugby player, and trained as a signalman in the Royal New Zealand Navy. Morris was drafted to HMS Exeter just after Pearl Harbour, and died while a Japanese prisoner of war on 31 January 1945, aged just 22. Following Centenary celebrations last year, Old Boy John Fry noticed his


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Looking Back Paddianne Neely WELLESLEY Archivist 1997–2014

A goodly heritage, proud traditions, cherished memories. Our photographs go digital. Here are pupils Michael Ardley and his brother, Erin, in 1952 (see obituaries).

Over the past 18 years it has been a privilege and a pleasure to have been associated with Wellesley College, in my role establishing and building the Archives. The staff provide a professional yet relaxed and fun-loving atmosphere, and the cheerful attitude of the boys and the friendly interplay between them contributes to the comfortable work environment. Add to this the supportive leadership of Warren Owen and now Brendan Pitman, and this legacy looks set to continue. It is easy to step out onto the verandah at day's end and feel blessed to work in such a place. The magnificent school buildings, which are beautifully preserved in stunning natural bush,

look onto the glistening water of the harbour... and all eyes go to the wharf. This wharf has a special place in the hearts of so many generations of boys. Memories of ferry journeys back and forth across the harbour stretch back to Croydon School days in the early 1900s. Every school wants its own traditions, and Wellesley College has established a great one of jumping off the wharf. Who can forget the mass jump last year at the Centennial celebrations – Warren Owen with his pupils and Old Boys leaping for pure joy. Old Boys, staff, parents and friends of the College have been generous in their donations of material to

the Archives, and we now have a collection we can be proud of. May it continue to grow. But it is time for a change. Exciting work is underway digitising the photographic collection. It's in the very capable hands of Neela Clinton, a mother of two delightful pupils at Wellesley. I am happy to leave, knowing the Archives will be well cared for. Thank you to all the marvellous Old Boys I've had the pleasure of meeting and the wonderful Wellesley staff for their help and support.


Obituaries It is with great sadness that we honour and farewell some of our Wellesley family.

and trained at Durham University. Emigrating to New Zealand, he taught for five years at King's Prep in Auckland, and was only 33 when he took up the position of Headmaster at Wellesley. Arthur made a lasting mark on a school in transition. Working with parents and staff, he developed the school buildings and teaching materials, revitalised the arts and pushed for sporting competency. Former teacher Euan Purdie said at Arthur’s funeral, “He built a team, he rebuilt the brand, and although in five years the roll grew by 45 per cent, it was the sense of 'family' that was instilled in the team that I recall. It was an environment where everyone could flourish – the boys, the staff and the Board.”

Arthur Curtis 1938–2015 Headmaster, Wellesley 1972–1976 We were fortunate to be able to celebrate Wellesley’s Centenary with Arthur Curtis and his family before his death. Arthur was brought up in England’s North East, spent three years in the RAF and then made education his career. He learnt teaching skills at Mentone Grammar School in Australia,

After five years, Arthur became Principal at Hereworth, and then Mayfair School in Hastings. A spinal injury forced him to quit teaching, but he continued to tutor. Central to Arthur’s teaching philosophy was an emphasis on deductive reasoning, communication skills and the best use of leisure time. “Whatever the future brings,” said Arthur, “our boys will face it with the unvarying strength that comes from sympathy, the integrity of one’s own personality and honest effort in all things.” A belief that echoes the values at Wellesley’s heart today.

Arthur is survived by his wife and family.

ColIN Andrew Nielsen Beyer 1938–2015 Chair, Wellesley Board of Trustees 1999–2003, Wellesley parent 1970s–2003. Colin’s son, Oliver, and his three stepsons, Leonardo and Lorenzo Bresolin, and Georgina Beyer, were all pupils at Wellesley from the early 1970s through to 2003. 37

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The son of Danish parents, Colin grew up in Island Bay. He studied law at Victoria University, and became a prominent lawyer with Simpson Grierson, holding government appointments that included Securities Commissioner and Chair of the Accident Compensation Corporation. Colin was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors in 2006, appointed the Honorary Consul of Finland 2003–2010, and was honoured with the Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland. Colin is survived by his wife, Faith, and his family.

Sir John Desmond Todd KNZM 1927–2015 attended Wellesley 1936–1943, Dux. Sir John Desmond Todd was a highly respected business leader, one of the country's top philanthropists, Chair of the charitable Todd Foundation, with its focus on children and families, and a leading patron of the arts.

We were also honoured to have Sir John as a Patron of the Wellesley College Foundation scholarship campaign, Promising Futures for Boys, and are delighted to announce his gift to the school of the Sir John Desmond Todd Scholarship, to commence in 2017. Sir John started his career in 1945 at the Todd Motors assembly plant in Petone, studied accountancy and commerce at Victoria University, and worked his way up through the company to the role of Managing Director in 1968. Todd Corporation became a multi-billion dollar conglomerate with major energy interests and investments in land, retirement homes and information technology, and John was Chair until his retirement in 2011. Sir John said, "Making money is not a sin, but if you are successful you have a moral responsibility to help others." Sir John is survived by his wife, Lady Teena, and his family.

Michael Prendeville Watt 1936–2015 attended Wellesley 1944–1948 The Watt family has a rich history at Wellesley. Michael and his brother David (1949–1954) were pupils, as was their father Charles (1917–1920s), and Michael’s sons: James (1985–1991) and Andrew (1990–1995). Michael worked in office administration when he left school, primarily with P & O Shipping, but he is best known for his passion for smallbore rifle shooting. He represented New Zealand at the Munich Olympics in 1972 – performing with distinction, but coming away without a medal – and as a reserve for the 1976 Olympics. He continued with the sport as an organiser and administrator. His friends remember him as “a true gentleman”: a man of very dry wit with integrity and courtesy. His boys remember with fondness their father’s enthusiasm for and involvement


with their sports of rugby, cricket and sailing. Michael was passionate about his family and the Eastbourne community in which he lived. Michael is survived by his wife, Lesley, and family.

City Council, before returning to Wellington to join Hugh Sumpter & Associates. John’s passion was for art and photography, and he became an accomplished amateur artist, leaving a legacy of fine art, particularly in Masterton, where he retired.

Michael Anthony Ardley 1941–2013 attended Wellesley 1952

John Colles Burland 1926–2015 attended Wellesley from 1931 John Burland was born in Persia, and emigrated with his family to Karori, Wellington. He attended Wellesley and Scots Colleges. He was training for the Air Force when WWII ended, but his fascination with planes continued all his life. John worked for Shell and General Motors when he left school, and in 1960 spent four months on Palmerston Atoll, Cook Islands, researching and writing a founding family history.

Peter Wood (right).

Peter marshall Wood 1934–2014 attended Wellesley 1944–1950 Peter Wood joined his father's business, Woolyarns in Petone, in 1956, and devoted the rest of his life to it. He started work on the shop floor with the yarns and machinery, and eventually ran the entire operation. Peter's hobbies included boat and machine building.

Michael Ardley attended Wellesley as a Form 2 boarder in 1952. He vividly recalled his Wellesley escapades: “One of my achievements was walking through the tops of the macrocarpa trees lining the length of the front field without falling out.” Mike worked as a quantity surveyor throughout his life, enjoying a stint in the Territorial Army in the early 1960s. Mike married Ann in February 1965, and they lived mainly in Auckland, before retiring to Tauranga, with annual caravan holidays to Australia that they relished. Michael is survived by his wife, Ann, and family.

He is survived by his wife, Lyndia, and their two daughters.

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Throughout 2015, the wider Wellesley community has been involved in a strategic planning process, part of which was to identify the values that are at the heart of the school. Three emerged strongly: Perseverance and Personal Best, Risk-taking in Learning, and Respect and Empathy. These are articulated in At the Bay in the values ‘badges’ we’ve created – each with a different colour and shape – which are in turn attached to relevant articles in the magazine. An over-arching concept has also been identified to sum up the Wellesley experience. It is BOYS BEING BOYS, which feels absolutely right.

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