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Whitby Collegiate Holiday Programmes

Whitby Collegiate will be hosting a 3 day App Development holiday programme in July.  Our IT expert will teach students to create games for Android and iPhone using Python and the Kivy Library. The games will be optimised for desktop and mobile and packaged so that they can be shared with friends and family.

Programme details:Dates: Monday 18 - Wednesday 20 July 2022Time: 9:00am - 4:00pmCost: $250The class is open to students from Year 6 and up . No previous experience necessary but always helpful. Students must bring a Windows laptop with admin rights on the first day so that relevant software can be loaded by the instructor. Please bring a packed lunch, snacks and water. Lunch options are available for $10 per day.To book and pay, please register on the Whitby Collegiate website's holiday programme page or via the following link:

ROBOTICS HOLIDAY PROGRAMMEWhitby Collegiate will be hosting a 3 day robotics holiday programme in July. Our robotics expert will teach students how to build and programme a drivable robot, which will operate autonomously, collecting and using sensor data. On the final day students will collaborate in teams and watch their robots come to life playing a football match. Students keep their robots after the programme. Limited spaces available.
Programme details:Dates: Monday 25 - Wednesday 27 July 2022Time: 9:00am - 4:00pmCost: $350The programme is open to students from Year 6 and up. No previous experience necessary, other than an enthusiasm and interest in robotics. Students must bring a Windows or Apple laptop. Please bring a packed lunch, snacks and water. Lunch options are available for $10 per day.To book and pay, please register on the Whitby Collegiate website's holiday programme page or via the following link:

Spotlight Performing Arts - Term 3

FREE Mums and daughters self-defence course.

Where: Porirua Womens Centre, Level 3, Pember House, 3 Hagley Street

When: Wednesday 13th July 12 -2.30pm


Wednesday 20th July 12-2.30pm


Please note: Suitable for girls 8 years and above. No prior experience required.


Register your interest and which course you would like to attend at:

Winter Holiday Programme @ Adventure School, 11 - 22 July 2022

Winter Holiday Programme @ Adventure School, 11 - 22 July 2022

BOOKINGS OPEN Now! 2 weeks of popular and exciting activities await your child (e.g. Trip to Laserforce, Kung Fu, Ice Skating, Space Place, Roller Skating Rink, Rimutaka Gym, Movies @ Lighthouse Cinema and much more).  

BOOK ONLINE: For more information e-mail or call 027-454-6975. Our opening times are 7.30am – 5.00 / 5.30pm. Children from all schools are welcome J 

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Does your child love to sing?

Does your child love to sing? Wellington Cathedral of St Paul is currently recruiting for more singers aged 8-15 to join the Cathedral Choristers. This is a terrific way to gain a musical education and learn vocal technique from one of the foremost conductors in the country free of charge. Please see this link for more information, and this link to hear the Choristers talk about their own experience. For further information or to organise an audition, please contact Michael Stewart at

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Drama Classes

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Drama Classes. For over 40 years. Our international curriculum will help explore performance skills and creativity, overcome shyness, develop positive self  esteem, grow imagination, , make new friends and have lots of fun. Fun after-school classes for 5 – 17 year olds held in Khandallah, Tawa, Whitby, Lower Hutt.  To enroll or for more information please visit our

Next Chapter Parenting Course

Mana Arts Society celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary

Mana Arts Society celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary with an exhibition at Pātaka’s Bottle Creek Gallery. “Porirua Harbour Connections” opens on Thursday 30th June 5.30pm 

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Become a host family

Aotea College is excited to be welcoming International Students back!With the return of International Students, we are now looking to expand our pool of homestay families, for both short term and long term hosting.
Why host?Hosting a student is an enriching experience for both yourselves and the student. You’ll experience a true cultural exchange, sharing knowledge of your culture whilst learning about the many different cultures represented by our students. Often host families build lasting relationships with their students

What is expected from host families?
  • Involve their student in their life,  spend time talking with their students to give them confidence speaking in English and treat them as a member of the family.
  • Be caring and understanding,  patient but able to set boundaries
  • Show their students how to get to and from school (e.g. where the bus stop is, how to access the bus schedule, how to walk to school).
  • Provide three meals a day and snacks (including a packed lunch during the school week).
  • Provide a furnished bedroom
  • Provide bed linen (sheets, pillow, and blankets) and towels
  • Provide wifi
What we provide
Aotea College has a well-resourced International Department, with a Homestay Co-ordinator who is able to provide you with advice and support.
Homestay families are paid a weekly fee which is reviewed annually.
For more information about hosting a student please check out: or email

Brainplay Science & Technology

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Brain Play teaches online after-school science & technology classes to Kiwi kids aged 5 - 13, from right across the country! Online topics this term include 3D printing, coding, animation, STEM experiments, LEGO & more. Free trials available for new students. Check out our timetable on our website and use the form to get in touch -

2022 Wellington Marathon are looking for volunteers

Ready for a challenge?

The Heart Foundation are relying on big-hearted people, like you, now more than ever before so we can continue to fund our life-saving work. That’s why, this year, show your big heart by taking part in the Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon on Sunday 27 June 2021 and at the same time, make your support go further by raising life-saving funds to fight New Zealand's single biggest killer - heart disease.

Walk, run (or a bit of both) or join with friends…however you decide to take part in the Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon we’d love to have you join us and help make a difference!

 It’s quick and easy to get started. Simply register for the event and enter the distance of your choice and then create your fundraising page and spread the word to your friends and family! We’ll be there to support you every step of the way, plus, once your fundraising is underway, you’ll receive a Heart Foundation running t-shirt.

Funds raised in the Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon ensure that world-class research is funded, Kiwi cardiologists can undertake specialist training, and that the 170,000 New Zealanders living with heart disease receive the support, information and resources they need to live full lives.

 We would be so thrilled to have the support of your school this year and hope you are able to join with us to help make a difference!

Can’t compete?

If you’re not planning to run the 2022 Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon this year, how about joining this fun event as a volunteer? You’ll be out enjoying the atmosphere and helping with tasks like registrations and support at the finish line. If this is something you’d be keen to know more about or you’d like to register you can find out more here

Wellington Hockey - Fun Sticks Programme

Wellington Hockey is pleased to announce the return of our Fun Sticks programme for 2022.

The programme offers a fun and engaging introduction to hockey for children 5 and 6 years of age. The 8-week programme will give young hockey players the opportunity to develop fundamental skills through fun game-based activities in a positive coaching environment.

All equipment will be provided, and parents are encouraged to join in!

Sessions are available in Karori, Hutt Valley, Porirua and Wellington.

Registrations close Thursday 5th of May.

More information and registrations available here:

Little Musical Caravan - Mobile Music Therapy Service

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