Not only have thousands of young men been educated at Wellesley in the past 100 years, but there are equally many staff and past parents who feel a strong connection to Wellesley, and all of you are Friends of Wellesley.

During the year, as a friend, you will receive news from the Foundation; invitations to significant events / celebrations. You will also have the opportunity to host a Friends get together on the school grounds, and we always welcome you our Alumni and Friends to visit the school.

Upcoming Events

Feeling the tug to come back to Wellesley?

Unfortunately we have had to cancel our much anticipated Old Boys’ Back to School Day that was due to happen in August 2023.

If you are on our mailing list you would have received both an invitation and notification of cancellation. If you are not on our mailing list, now is the time to make sure you information is up to date.  The next Old Boys’ Back to School Day has been scheduled for May 2024. Make sure you have updated your information to receive the invitation and other communication from the Foundation.

Keep an eye out for upcoming events on the website or through Alumni/Friends of Wellesley communications. Not currently receiving Friends communications, please contact the Friends of Wellesley to be added to the mailing list. If you have not received any communication regarding the Back to School day and would like to attend please contact the Foundation office for further details and to RSVP.

Keep in touch

Please keep in touch with us, via email with your news updates, achievements and any other relevant information. We’d love to hear from you.

We want to provide all our Alumni and Friends of Wellesley the opportunity to remain connected with the school. For those not currently receiving our Friends of Wellesley communications including your access to At the Bay annual magazine, please advise us here.

Past Events

It was lovely to be able to gather again and welcome our Wellesley family to an informal evening of drinks and canapes at the lovely Wellington Club. The legendary Mr G was the MC, with old boy Christopher Tubbs (at Wellesley 1976 – 1984) as our guest speaker, a group of former staff, old boys and current Wellesley families were treated to a fabulous evening where they got to reconnect, hear about the wonderful scholarship programme at Wellesley, celebrate the Foundation’s achievements and enjoy beverages.

It was lovely to reconnect with Wellington region based alumni for drinks at the Honey Badger on the 5th August 2020.  Pictured here are some of our old boy attendees –  Chris Blundell, Peter Chrisp (both Class of 1999), Robert Cross (Business Manager Wellesley, and former parent), Cam Mexted (Class of 1999) and Ben Shaw (Class of 1986).  We look forward to hosting another alumni gathering soon.

Back to School Day 2022

Around 90 old boys gathered at Wellesley for our back to School Day in August 2022, it was wonderful for both the boys and staff to reconnect and catch up with each other. A real highlight for all.

Back to School

The  annual event called ‘Back to School’  is legendary: This is where our  College-age Old Boys are treated to a day of re-connection at their old school.

View our recent events here: Back to school Days 2022, 2021,  2018,  and 2017.

Keep an eye on our website for the next Back to School Day


Pictured here at ARTBOURNE 2018: John Shackleton, Louise Shackleton, Margie Beattie (former Director of Development and Foundation), Nick Shackleton (old boy) Tom Shackleton (old boy).


A great opportunity for you to catch up with other Wellesley friends is the Opening Night of the biennial ARTBOURNE exhibition & sales whilst supporting the Foundation’s scholarship campaign and celebrating artistic endeavour. ARTBOURNE 2022 will also showcase several Old Boy artists, and some wonderful local artists.