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.




Special Prize Awards

Principal's Prize:   Grace Gilberd

Te Taumata Toi:   Kent Aporillo

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The Summit of Arts 

Runner up to Dux Ludorum:  Philipa Smith

Award donated by Club Physical   

Dux Ludorum:   Inamaru Tere 

School Supplies Cup Award donated by Club Physical

Runner up to Dux Litterarum:   Kent Aporillo 

                                             Chloe Philips 

Dux Litterarum:     Tiffany Chen  

Maurice Borich Memorial Throphy 


TT Garland Cup For Senior Vocal Music:   Madeleine Mckinnon 

Donated by Friendly Road Choirs 


Dave Sarich Trophy:  Tuahine Brown 

Russell Jackson Memorial Award:
 Victoria Heavey 


Service to the School Awards

Head Student Awards

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Aroha:  Alyssa Tevaga

            Cameron Holland

Manawanui:   Victoria Heavey

                       Elekana Keni

Matauranga:  Chloe Phillips

                       Kent Aporillo

Student Representative Cup:  Elekana Keni 

Service to Arts and Culture:   Faasu Afoa-Purcell 

Service to the School:  Elekana Keni                                                                                                                         

Phil Twyford Parliamentary Internship:   Eireann Diggins 

Service to Peer Programmes:   Aidan Howes 


Scholarships Awards

Waitemata District Health Board

Medical Science Acdemy Scholarships Level 1:   Ashley Ah Chong 

                                                                      Shaheen Hussein 

Level 2:  Isabel Jones

             Merieni Polataivao 


School Partnership Study Award:   Ollie Evison

                                                  Hannah Loveday 


Kick Start Scholarship:    Tanya-Mareee Heteraka 

                                      Siniue Peia 

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Certificate/Diploma:     Aidan Howes

                                   Steven Brown                                                                                                                      

Academic:                 Grace Gilberd

                                Hannah Oledan

                                Emma Gibson

                                Elekana Keni

                                Aakanksha Deshwal

                                Mario Kiss 

                                Eileen Zhang 

                                Alannah Woolford 

                                Alexandria Henderson 


Retail World Resourcing

Academic Scholarship:     Samantha Wren 

Waitakere College Foundation:

Academic Scholarship:   Sweta Patel

                                      Monique Rees

                                      Shristi Kumar 

Auckland University of Technology:

Vice Chancellor Significant Student:   Chloe Phillips

New Horizons Scholarship:    Bara Bazova 

University of Auckland:

Top Achievers Scholarship:  Kent Aporillo 

Academic Potential Scholarship:  Tiffany Chen 

Clark Undergraduate Scholarship:  Alisa Wheeler 

Every year our families and teachers have 20 minute Family Conferences, where students introduce their caregivers to their work, goals are set and open discussions had about how families and students can work together with the school to achieve those goals.

Our style of family conference is more effective than rushed parent/ teacher interviews that some parents tell us they have experienced elsewhere. We promote ongoing involvement, realising this is not always easy for families to achieve with rapidly developing teenagers.

A typical parent comment from this year’s conferences: “Always a pleasure to speak with the teacher about our children. Family conferences are reassuring that this school cares about our kids”

Waitakere College has students of over 55 nationalities.

The diverse roll is made up of exchange students, international students, students whose families have moved to New Zealand and pupils with parents of different ethnicities.

Principal Mark Shanahan said the range of backgrounds brought richness to the school.

“We accept all students for who they are; their heritage and what they can bring to the school,” he said.

“If students are learning about something in social studies, history or geography that’s relevant to a student from a particular background, we encourage them to contribute to the class.”

Students were also encouraged to use their experiences for assessment.

“They might, for example, do a speech related to something from where they’re from,” Mr Shanahan said.

“It can be a great experience for students who have always lived in New Zealand as well, because they get to learn first-hand about different cultures.”

“The College has 80 Teachers and 40 additional staff working with its 1300 students. We try to have a diverse staff to relate to our students; Some are new New Zealanders themselves. Diversity is part of everything we do. There are opportunities for students to go on overseas trips. They are able to learn Mandarin, Japanese, Maori, French and Samoan.”

The school acknowledges everyone’s different backgrounds by putting a flag up in the assembly hall for each new international student who comes to the school. This five-year tradition has led to more than 70 flags being raised so far

Students gained NZQA Subject Scholarships in: English, Biology, Dance, Drama, Samoan and History.

98% of Year 13 left with NCEA Level 2 or above.

Our NCEA results are All above National Averages

  • Level 1 84%
  • Level 2 88%
  • Level 3 74%
  • UE 57%

86 students in yr 11 gained a Merit or Excellence Endorsement.

51 students in yr 12 gained a Merit or Excellence Endorsement.

40 students in yr 13 gained a Merit or Excellence Endorsement.

Endorsement means: 50 or more credits gained at Merit or Excellence in both internal and external assessments.

Waitakere College NCEA Achievers were congratulated for their academic successes by Dr. Malvindar Singh-Bains, a former pupil of the College who is renowned for her work studying Huntington Disease.

She is a two-time finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year (2015 & 2016), who was in the top three contenders this year, but narrowly missed out to winner Lydia Ko.

She aims to inspire the senior students, including those in the College’s Health Sciences Academy who are aiming for careers in Pharmacy and Medicine.

We’ve shown academic and sporting success across many codes, hosted development days for local intermediate students, produced a great school show, held one Art Exhibition and are planning another, and launched our Charitable Trust ‘the Waitakere College Foundation’.

Former students Shayne Elliott (now CEO of ANZ Australasia) and Dr Malvindar Singh-Bains visited to inspire current students, and we have made good progress on the building projects around the school to upgrade our Engineering Academy workshop and other facilities.

Read about our involvement in the local Community of Learners (COL) ‘across-schools’ cluster that aims “to create a community in which learning is engaging, empowering and successmaking for our diverse population, where no student is left behind”. This fits our College’s guiding tenets of Achievement for All, and Innovation, Excellence and Choice, and we are excited that the Waitakere COL is now recognised as a benchmark for other clusters of schools in New Zealand.

In June and July we welcome visits by families wishing to enrol their children at Waitakere College – please phone 836 7890 to book a school tour.

Mark P Shanahan

Waitakere College runs a series of Development Days in the fields of sport coaching (especially netball and soccer), Arts and Culture, Technology, Science, and Leadership.

The guest speaker for the first of these days was Silver Ferns and Northern Mystics netballer Temepara Bailey (formerly Temepara George) MNZM. Pupils from local Intermediates who were invited to the College benefited from her wise coaching advice, enjoying stories of how she reached the top of her sport and how they can too.

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