Alumni News


June 2017: Recently we heard from an Old Boy Barrie Carruthers who owns Precision Microcircuits Limited in New Plymouth.  Barrie attended Wellesley between 1941 and 1946 and has recently celebrated his 85th birthday.  Barrie wrote the following email “At age 85 I haven’t yet got around to retiring, (may have something to do with the culture that was instilled when I was at Wellesley) but two of my sons are now running the operation and insisted that before I drop off the perch I record a segment for a short promotional video.     

 Barrie goes onto say that Wellesley was key in developing his self-reliance and the ability to work hard.  This is great news and something that is core to Wellesley’s values today.

A few weeks ago we featured a photo of former teacher John Crick and the 1979 senior bushies. We can now reveal a full roll call, thanks to John Crick, Matt Shirtcliffe and Prof Robert Goulding. Thanks gents for your input. They are:       

Standing group left: Robert Goulding, Dougal Campbell,  Warwick Ball, Brent Hollands, Richard Cresswell, Andrew Pike

Kneeling group left: John Crick, Michael Ward, Simon Lovatt (front), Grant McLellan

Seated group left: Mathew Shirtcliffe, Mark Gilchrist, David Lovatt

Keep up the   - it enriches the schools history. More to come, so watch this space……

1945 Panoramic Photo

1949 Panoramic Photo

1951 Panoramic Photo

Prof Robert Goulding visited just before Easter, with his two teenage children Tom and Alice. Robert was here from 1977 to 1979 and says that “one of my enduring memories was of the ‘bushies group’ ably led by John Crick. It allowed boys not traditionally sporty to connect with nature through tramping and camping and enjoy learning beyond the classroom.”
Robert lectures in a graduate programme as an associate Professor of Liberal Studies, and the History of Philosophy and Science, at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA. His areas of specialization are Renaissance Science and the History of Magic. See

Dr Ron Grieve (Dux of Class of 1949), Ross Mathieson (Dux of Class of 1946) and John Healy (Dux of Class of 1981). These three Old Boys who visited in recent months were all interestingly former duxes
All three were astounded by the physical developments to the school through the Foundations’ and schools fundraising. Especially delightful were their reactions when they walked into the inner quad and the tiered classrooms of it, and into the most recent building jewel, the new Library.

Gethyn Healy, son of John the youngest of the three old boys, attended junior school for a term while his family, normally resident in the UK, were visiting New Zealand.

We look forward to welcoming all Old Boys back whatever the reason, for a meander down memory lane; igniting some interesting school stories…                    


sam-150x225.jpg Old Boy Sam Judd has been awarded  Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Year. He is the NZ Herald Environmental columnist and co-founder of Sustainable Coastlines.
peter-150x180.jpg Old Boy Olympic Lightweight men’s double sculls rower Peter Taylor (Class of 1997) has been recently selected as part of the Lightweight men’s four team. Peter is excited about his new direction as a sweep oar and is looking forward to the World Cup regatta later this year. His former partner Storm Uru has headed overseas to study an MBA.



Terence Mansfield Burt –Old Boy- (1920-1925) - a potted biography

Terence was born on 31 August 1910, in Eketahuna. His father, Edward John Burt, born in New Zealand, was a chemist and also performed veterinary duties, as required in the district. Terence’s mother was Alice Gertrude Hornibrook, who was born in Cork Ireland.

Terence had four siblings, Kathleen, Henry, Norah and Edward. Edward also attended Wellesley College, between the years 1920 and 1929.

Terence moved from Eketahuna to Wellington in about 1921, and then attended Wellesley College on the Terrace from 1920-1925. Terence married Selma Knight in Wellington in 1943, and they had five daughters, Suzanne, Mary, Margaret, Julie and Josephine. He worked in the insurance industry, for the one firm, T & G, all his life. Terence died in Wellington, in March 1964.

Terence’s daughter, Mary, is the mother of Veronica Stevens, who is a Year 5 teacher at Wellesley in 2013. Terence has been identified in the 1925 all black and white school photo in the Images above(photo of p.49 of “The City and The Bay”) as the 2nd from front row, first on the left. Others in the photo include Sir John White, (2nd from left 3rd row from back),Selwyn Toogood (5th from left back row)) and George Davidson (3rd from right 3rd to back row. George is current art teacher Eve Owen and her brother, Old Boy John Davidson’s father, and current principal Warren Owen’s father in in law and Old Boys Jeremy and Simon’s grandfather).


Old boy brothers and fellow journalists Sam (Class of 1997)and Seamus Boyer (Class of 1994), scooped two national journalism awards recently.

Sam was voted best junior reporter and Seamus best arts and entertainment. Both work for the Dominion Post. Sam’s award was for a portfolio of work including doctors charging families for cremation certificates and using the ''ash cash'' proceeds for parties and Sky TV; the plan by the sole survivor of the Anzac Day helicopter crash to prosecute the Defence Force and a Wellington schoolgirl's sudden death from meningitis.

Seamus’s award recognised his exclusive series on Avatar director James Cameron's Wairarapa land purchases, which were approved under a residency deal that required Cameron to spend only 44 days a year in this country.

Sam and Seamus also attended Wellesley with their brother Joseph (class of 1991).


Wellesley Old boy (Class of 1999) Nicholas Fyfe has been in the news a bit lately with his phenomenal sports achievements. Not only was Nicholas a three bronze medal winner in the Special Olympics (athletes who all have an intellectual disability) in South Korea earlier this year, but he also won the Hutt Valley Sports awards for Athlete with a disability for his Olympic accolades and for his powerlifting. He is also nominated for the Dominion Post Sportsperson of the Year awards, to be announced in mid-June at the Wellington Town Hall.

Nicholas has always been a fierce competitor and it doesn’t surprise us that he won the three bronze medals for the Alpine slalom, Alpine Super G and Alpine Giant slalom, despite there being fierce competition, very difficult snow conditions,  a gastro flu that swept through the camp. However, in particular for Nicholas on day two of the competition, he ended up in hospital to have a deeply embedded piece of glass removed, but continued to ski in the competition with several stitches in place.

 See photos on his first day of school with his brother Kirk in 1990 and at the Special Olympics in the photos above in the Galleria.