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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Tuesday 23 January 9am - 6pm

Wednesday 24 January 9am - 6pm

Thursday 25 January 9am - 6pm

Friday 26 January 9am - 3pm 


Bring your Own Digital Device (Chromebook) with you, and all stationery (buy offsite - see 2018 Stationery lists by clicking here)

Wednesday 31 January - Year 13 Sign in

Thursday 1 February - Year 12 Sign in 

Friday 2 February - Year 9 Full Day (Families invited to Powhiri 8.30am) 

Monday 5 February - SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday 6 Feb - PUBLIC HOLIDAY



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 PPSP

On Tuesday, May 23rd the PSSP (Peer Sexuality Support Program) team at Waitakere College held Pink Shirt Day at the school. The day included musical performances by the school’s band, as well as a duet from the stars of the school show. “Pink shirt day is all about speaking up and allowing your voice to be heard to support anti-bullying,” said Year 13, Shan Rai.


Some of the day’s highlights were kindness cupcakes, which were delivered by the PSSP team to students throughout the school, a candy floss machine and of course, pink shirts. What is Pink Shirt Day you ask? PSSP member Lars Atkinson said “Pink shirt day is more than an excuse to just wear mufti for a day. It’s a chance to come out and show your support for everyone regardless of personality, gender, and sexuality”.


Most of the school sported an item of pink and came out in support of this event. The event raised $700 for a West Auckland Charity.



- Zane Carnie

  Waitakere College Prefect


Image: The PSSP Team (From left to right: Kritsi, Anya Takau, Elspeth, Camryn Hoeft-Asekona, Lily Hollis-Hewett, Lars Atkinson, Emily Bicknell &; Caleb Heke).

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.


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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Wednesday 26th July 6.30pm

Jackson Auditorium (School Hall)

 Hear all about our school then go on a guided tour around classrooms in action.

 You can also enrol on the night.  

 (see the "ENROLMENT" section of our website for documents required)

 See you there!

Open Evening 2015 Computing
Open Evening Technology 2015














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