Students from our Levels 1 and 2 Medical Science Academy returned from their three-day camp today, 6th July 2018. Within minutes of leaving the camp the Piha Mill Camp and Grounds Manager Pieter Kruger sent this:

"My name is Pieter and I am the onsite manager at Piha Mill Camp and an employee of One Big Adventure. I hosted your students the last three days. I have been out at the camp for six years now and I have hosted well over 300 groups while out here. I have seen a lot of schools come through our camp. I would like to believe that I have a pretty good insight on NZ youth and the school system.

This would be the first e-mail to a school I have ever sent as I believe credit is due where credit is due. Allow me to congratulate you on the excellence of not only your teachers, but on your students as well. The teachers are highly professional, friendly and greatly respected by the students. It was an absolute pleasure dealing with them. I would especially like to single out Jane Coup. What a leader she is.

The students not only kept the camp rules 100% (the first for any school ever), but their respect for elders and politeness is beyond reproach. It was a breath of fresh air to witness respectful youth.

If this is the kind of young adults your College is producing then there is hope for our nation yet.

Dear Madam/Sir, I salute you! "

Great to get this feedback! We are very proud of our students.

Level 1 PE students were spun, twisted, dumped, half-drowned and left utterly entranced by their field trip to the Vector/Wero White Water Rafting Centre in Week 3. Highlights included overturning the raft in the rapids and paddling straight off a 4.5 metre waterfall. The trip is tied to a safety assessment and students will now use their experience to write a report.


Paddle Power

Level 2 Geography Trip

Level 2 Geography accompanied by Miss Parbhoo and Mr. Revill set off on an adventure to the Tongariro National Park with an aim to gather data on vegetation variation across the region. Students were treated with a day full of the snow while they collected data at different altitudes across Mt. Ruapehu,
Mt. Ngaurohoe, and Mt. Tongariro. They learned about the cultural significance of the area from members of Ngati Tuwharetoa and had a chance to feed some fish at the Trout Centre. The trip was a great success and one that students and teachers will remember for a lifetime.

Geo Trip Whakapapa Ski field

Gateway students have their CVs completed and are equipped to perform well in an employment interview.  Thanks to Great Success for their 1 day Interview Skills and Presentation for the Workplace workshop.  Students are also all qualified in Workplace First Aid and are currenlty completing Health and Safety education.  All Gateway students will be working Term 2 in a range of sectors including finance, media, design, technology, education, health and fitness, business management, tourism, beauty, customer service, aviation, construction, science ... to name a few. 

Mrs Jane Marshall (TIC Gateway)

Gateway Great Success Interview Skills Photo 2018

On Monday the 14th of August, Waitakere College welcomed Golriz Ghahraman from the Green Party, Phil Twyford from the Labour Party, Cinnamon Whitlock from the Māori Party and Chris Penk from the National Party for a political event called ‘Waitak Youthquake’.

This event was student led by Eiréann Diggins, Connor Te Hei, and Danielle Shannon with the help of Deputy Principal Shona Smith.

With the 2017 General election approaching it was an event to press the importance of voting for their year 12’s and 13’s as well as answering student questions about some of the proposed policies. Year 13 student organiser Eiréann Diggins pointed out that a third of their year 13 student body is eligible to vote this year and those who aren’t certainly will be by the time the next election comes about.

The overarching message of the event was not about choosing a political side. Instead Eiréann said it was about inspiring Waitakere College’s students and letting them know that “It’s time for your voice to be heard, it’s time to make your vote count and it’s time for a Youthquake”.

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Web photo


Keegan Pitcher (on the right) and his fellow New Zealand medallist William Stedman (on the left)

Waitakere College gives a huge congratulation to Keegan Pitcher for winning two bronze medals in the men’s 400m and 800m race respectively at the World Para Games in London. He also ranked the seventh in men’s 200m race.

Pitcher has focused on his athletic career after his graduation from Waitakere College, while he trains to be a P.E teacher. This is his first time competing against other para-athletes in an international event.

With strength and determination, Pitcher unleashed his power to reel in three athletes ahead of him in the 400m race. He won a bronze medal in a personal best and New Zealand record time of 55.23 sec. He also crossed the finish line third in the 800m race with time of 2min 13.48sec.

Both New Zealand athletics and Waitakere College are very proud of him.

Well done to Keegan.

Click here for Youtube video of Men's 800m Final

Click here for Youtube video of Men's 400m Final

Click here for Youtube video of Men's 200m Final

As a winner of a 2016 Young Enterprise Scheme award, Yr 13 student Tyrone Taylor was invited to introduce one of six prestigious inductions to the NZ Business Hall of Fame - George Methven, whose company is still going strong 131 years after he founded it in Dunedin, and it’s still producing award-winning products.

Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy was present to induct the six laureates to the NZ Business Hall of Fame, and to congratulate the winners of the Young Enterprise Trust's programme in schools, which focuses on developing entrepreneurial skills.

The event was held at the Langham Hotel in Auckland on July 27th 2017, and was a great experience for Tyrone as one of our outstanding Business Studies students.

The transcript of the Governor General’s speech is here:
Young Enterprise Trust NZ Business Hall of Fame Gala Dinner

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Waitakere College has won the 2017 award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning – Atatū at the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

This recognises the strength of our responsive curriculum adapted to student interests, e-learning programmes and our many different pathways including our Medical Science Academy. We are thrilled to receive this award, which recognises that the year on year trend of rising achievement at Waitakere College is real and ongoing, with NCEA results above national averages at all levels including Merit and Excellence endorsements.


This was announced by the Prime Minister, Hon Bill English at a gala awards dinner held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Tuesday 27 June. To win the award, we had to go through a rigorous two stage process, with finalists chosen by a national panel of education experts who looked closely at student achievement data and winners selected after a full day visit to each school by a separate panel of judges who are leading New Zealanders.

We were also a finalist for Excellence in Leading – Atakura, recognising the high calibre of our student and staff leadership teams.

Check out these video clips on the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards web-site. A longer video will be up soon with interviews telling the story of how we raised student achievement over the past five years.


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Waitakere College is a successful mid-sized secondary school located in the heart of West Auckland.