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Despite the slightly wet weather, Waitakere College students made a great effort in this year's Cross Country Run and Mufti Day.
A Cross Country Race coupled with a Run/Walk for Water fundraising mufti day.
Each student earned points for the Houses they are a part of: Aroha, Manawanui, and Matauranga.


The money raised from the day allowed for a new water fountain to be installed by the Gymnasium.

A big thank you to all the staff and students who took part.

The days results are posted below.

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1ST = Manawanui _ (420)

2ND = Matauranga _ (342)

3RD = Aroha _ (322)







Mackenzie Roskruge (A)

Zane Jenkinson (T)


Alia Smith (N)

Filmon Gebrehiwot (T)


Ivana Jurasovic (N)

Jayden Hunter (N)


Nikita Jones (N)

Josiah Hansen-Taumaaa (T)


Summer Bervang (A)

Brad Robinson (N)



BOYS: Brad Robinson (year 13)

GIRLS: Alia Smith (year 10)


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On Tuesday 4th April ATEED hosted their monthly "Business after 5" event in our Jackson Auditorium, with more than 50 students hosting tours for local business leaders of our technology, hospitality and engineering facilities, while Business students pitched their products, with entertainment from the Jazz Band.


Services Academy helped set up and break down the venue, and braved terrible weather to welcome guests outside as they arrived, sheltering them with umbrellas and escorting them to and from the carpark. Later in the evening they did a great drill display.

Some of the comments we received from those business people who attended:

 '...gave me great pleasure to see the outstanding results that your students are achieving and the team that you have at Waitakere I am very impressed.
The Values and attitude Begin from the top and they are being reflected by the Students and their achievements.'

'A great BA5 night showcasing WC the other night. Even in the rain, it did not dampen the enthusiasm and what was an all round great event! Jane, Antonia, Dan and I are still talking about how great the whole night was and how brilliant it was to have the band, the tour, the students serving, industry groups show-casing their designs etc'

'I was delighted to learn of the business projects being undertaken by students, and the professionalism and courtesy displayed by the student tour guides and food assistants was very impressive.
The Academy, Gateway, and Trades Training tours were jaw-dropping, and as a parent of a child approaching High School, I am pleased to report that Waitakere College now features as a high priority possibility for our family. Your students did you proud last night – well done to you and your staff.'

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Minister of Education Nikki Kay has just announced that Waitakeintro imagere College is a finalist in the 2017 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards in two categories:

  • Excellence in Leading – Atakura
  • Excellence in Teaching and learning – Atatū

These Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. “ We have been on a journey to accelerate student achievement over the past five years,” said Acting Principal Shona Smith.  We felt that the time was right to highlight the rising tide of success over the past four years not only in NCEA but also in terms of creating a culture where teachers have the will and the capacity to make a difference for their students.”

This has also been recognised also by the Education Review Office, whose final report on their February 2017 visit will shortly be published.

To read more about the selected finalists, click here

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AntonWaitakere College gives a huge congratulations to Anton Pulefale and his fellow crew members from Notorious Dance Company for their fantastic results in Hawaii!

The Dance & Cheer Games 2017 took place in Honolulu, Hawaii. Over 7 countries from all over the world participated such as China, Mexico & USA and many more. 

"We competed for 2 intense days (Prelims then Finals) where my crew managed to come first place in the open hip hop division and became the overall grand champions of the hip hop division" says Anton, a senior
student at Waitakere College.


This resulted in Anton and his crew having the top score in the whole
hip hop category representing New Zealand, coming in 1st place overrall. 

"A highlight would be that all crews that my company (Notorious Dance Company) took over to Hawaii came first in all 4 of their dance divisions, including a Jazz division."

Well done to Anton and everyone involved.

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Waitakere College year 12 and year 13 students will be able to reflect on their academic results both as individuals and as year groups at our Achievers Assembly on Thursday, 9 March 2017 at 6.30pm in the Jackson Auditorium.

Our academic achievement in the NZQA exams in Level 1 and Level 2, show us being above the National Averages in all categories as shown in the table. 





Level 1 – Year 11 90% 48 30
Level 2 – Year 12 90% 47 18


This is a great reflection of the work that teachers, students and families have invested in achievement for all our students.

Our NCEA Academic Scholarship results are also very pleasing with 6 students gaining scholarships which gives them a great platform for their University studies.

Congratulations to Scholarship Achievers: (From left to right)

Fa’asu Afoa-Purcell           NZQA Scholarship – Dance

Kent Aporillo                    NZQA Scholarship – Dance

Tiffany Chen                     NZQA Scholarship – Biology

Grace Gilberd                    NZQA Scholarship – DVC Technology

Shiyun Guo                       NZQA Scholarship –Photography

Jiawei Situ                        NZQA Scholarship – Photography   


WSchoilarship Achiuevers Website News          


Our students are in a school community which has high expectations to be the best they can be. We see this in our continued improvement in academic results.

We will celebrate this with students / family / and whanau at the Achievers Assembly, but also work with our students this year to maintain these results and improve them.




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COL Conference Wed 22 February

Our first COL conference for the year was held at Waitakere College on Wed 22 February attended by 48 teachers from primary, intermediate and secondary schools across the COL, along with Principals and Ministry of Education representatives.
The schools involved in our Waitakere Community of Learners (Te Kahui Ako o Waitakere): Summerland, Western Heights, Birdwood, Pomaria, Ranui, Holy Cross and St Paul’s primary schools as well as Henderson Intermediate and Waitakere, Liston and St Dominic’s Colleges.

The conference marked a new phase for the community as we welcomed three highly respected professional development providers who will be working with our teachers over the next three years. They are:

  • Dr Alison Davis of Vision Education, who will focus on how to accelerate progress in literacy - both reading and writing
  • Drs Roberta & Jodie Hunter of Massey University who will work directly with classroom teachers to help students learn the skills of problem solving in mathematics.
  • Laurayne Tafa and Jenna Crowley of Cognition Education, who help schools and teachers become more culturally responsive.

COL Leader and Deputy Principal Shona Smith commented on the benefits of accessing such high level expertise. “We can see that the professional learning will support our teachers to accelerate the progress of our students in literacy and mathematics and to work in ways which are culturally responsive.”

COL meeting 22 Feb 2017


Each school has also chosen one of the three providers for its own in-depth focus for PLD in 2017 – for Waitakere College the main focus will be on literacy, while the Mathematics Dept. will also be working with the Maths providers.


We’re in the news again

You may have seen the recent NZ Herald article about our COL, described as “one of the country’s most advanced Communities of Learning” , with a link to a video interview with COL leader Shona Smith.

Link to NZ Herald video

A photo of some of our teachers from the first COL conference in June 2016 has been used on the cover of a recent ERO report on Communities of Learners.


COL Teachers

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Term One always sees our school overflowing with colourful costumes, beautiful singing, beating drums and elegant dancing in the afternoons and early evenings, as cultural groups practise dynamically to prepare for the annual ASB Maori and Pasifika Polyfest. This year we entered 5 Cultural groups and 7 Speakers in theSpeech competition. Atotal of 192 students performed on the Maori, Niuean, Diversity and Samoan stages from Wednesday 15th March – Saturday 18th March. Groups also performed for our community at the school Fiafia night, which is a popular and entertaining event of our school calendar. Our groups all performed and behaved impeccably.Thank you to all the Staff and Tutors involved. 


  • Cultural groups 

  • Roopu Kapa Haka – staff in charge: Whaea Pearl Snowden 

  • Filipino group – staff in charge: Geraldine Gillies 

  • African group – staff in charge: Emelda Fransch-Jonathan 

  • Tuvaluan group – staff in charge: Candice Powell 

  • Samoan group – staff in charge: Wez Itamua 


  • Speech Entries  

  • Year 10 Niuean – Taylyn Pulefale 

  • Year 10 Samoan – Moala Matapula 

  • Year 11 Samoan – Fa’auta Tupito-Esau 

  • Year 12 Samoan – Osana Tuigamala 

  • Year 13 Niuean – Anton Pulefale – placed 3rd in the senior section 

  • Year 13 Samoan – Mary Lumsden 

  • Senior Samoan Impromptu – Frank Seve (year 12)

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Prefect1 2017On the 25th and 26th of January, 2017, 19 rested and eager Year 13 students, all selected by their peers and teachers alike to be Prefects of the school, ventured out on a Two-day Leadership Camp at Matakana that would build on and strengthen their already present ability to be leaders.
Whilst up at Matakana, the Prefects did multiple teams building puzzles and challenges. One of these included sending a member of your team across a wooden plank suspended over a creek, with only the rest of your team to balance the plank. Another involved rowing plastic covered cardboard boats across a lake. These, as well as the other puzzles, tested our problem-solving and communication skills, as these were major keys to completing the tasks.Max, from Action Matakana, spoke to the Prefects about leadership and the qualities of a good leader. He also shared a number of inspiring leadership quotes with us. Colonel Chris Powell also spoke to us about leadership, and things those good and bad leaders do. Both Max and Colonel Powell were inspiring and we all learned a lot about leadership from them.
Communication, teamwork, encouragement, problem-solving was put to the test as every Prefect went outside their comfort zone, achieving with every member of every team feeling accomplished, included, and leaving with a smile on their face looking forward to an incredible 2017.
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 - Mesha White & Bayley Dropich 
   Prefects 2017

Prefect2 2017

Young Enterprise Scheme 2016 Winners

Left to Right: Jacqui Passi, Rose Seilala, Jon Langsang, Tyrone Taylor, Solal Romand, Ants Cotton

2016 has been a successful year for Waitakere College. This is especially seen through the hard work of business students who won big at the Young Enterprise Scheme Regional Awards. ‘Apex Goods’, run by six year 12’s received the ‘One To Watch’ Award for their outstanding effort in creating a cookie mix to introduce young children to the fun world of cooking without the hassle of measuring ingredients. The group was up against thousands of other secondary students in New Zealand as a test of their marketing, sales, and entrepreneurship skills through the journey of bringing a product/service to market.


Rose Seilala also won ‘Pasifika Entrepreneur of the Year’ with her company ‘Tough Enough’ that aimed to prevent obesity in the pacific island community in West Auckland through Zumba styled workout classes.


We expect these students to achieve larger goals this year with Tyrone Taylor, CEO of Apex Goods aiming to win a National Award. With the support of the school, we are sure these students will succeed under Waitakere College and “Become Their Best”.

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Each year, 14 million people are forced to flee their war torn countries.750 of them find refuge in New Zealand.The theme for our team's very moving performance was to raise awareness of the struggles and challenges they face.


Student Lead Award - Faasu Afoa-Purcell

This award recognises students who have excelled in the leadership of their school's Stage Challenge production.


Award of Excellence for a school that demonstrates the greatest sense of 'community'.The two awards above were only presented to our school.




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