Welcome to Waicol

Wairarapa College is the largest secondary school in the Wairarapa with 1030 students and growing. Located in Masterton at 83 Pownall St., it provides a dynamic learning environment, blending tradition with innovation to assist each student in realising his or her full potential.

Set in spacious and beautiful grounds, the college contains a mixture of historic and new buildings, presenting an attractive and spacious learning environment for students.

We invite you to visit the site and see first-hand the many special benefits of Waicol life.

For further detailed information please explore this website. If you would like to know more please ring the college at 06 370-0400 or email office@waicol.nz to make an appointment with an appropriate staff member. We look forward to meeting and working with all of our community families, both those currently enrolled and those considering enrolment.

2017 Stationery Lists

Workbooks are available exclusively at Warehouse Stationery in Masterton from January 11th.
You can download the Year 9 stationery list here.
You can download the Year 10 stationery list here.
You can download the Year 11 stationery list here.
You can download the Year 12 stationery list here.
You can download the Year 13 stationery list here.

2017 Startup Information

Monday 16 January - Office Opens

Monday 23 January - Wellington Anniversary Day - Office Closed

Wednesday 25 January - Course Confirmation Day
This is a day when all Year 12 & 13 students come to the school hall with NZQA evidence of 2016 academic results, to confirm courses for 2017. Each student will meet with the relevant subject HOD to formalise entry.
Year 13 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Year 12 - 11:00am - 12:30am
Year 11 students who have clashes will be invited by a letter to come and resolve timetable issues from 1:30pm - 2:30pm in the hall.
All Year 13 students will participate in Peer Support Training from 10:45am - 12:15pm in the Common Room.

Prefect Camp Depart on Wednesday 25 January at 1pm. Meet in the Common Room. Return at 4:30pm on Thursday 26 January 2017. Please pay the camp fee and submit paperwork to the office prior to departure.

Monday 30 January - Beginning of the school year. All students are to wear perfect summer uniform.
Year 13 meet in the Hall initially at 8:40am - until 12:30pm
Year 9 meet outside the front of the hall for the Powhiri welcome at 9:55am. Whanau, Parents, Caregivers are welcome.
Following the Powhiri, Year 9 students will engage in activities with their Group teacher, Year 13 Peer Support leaders and participate in some classes. Year 9 will finish at 3:05pm. Students will need to come with pen, paper and a lunch.

Tuesday 31 January - Year 9 & 13 students are not required at school on Tuesday 31 January 2017
Year 10, 11 & 12 are at school from 8:35am - 3:05pm. Bring paper and pen as well as lunch. The canteen will be open.
Year levels meet: Year 10 Gym, Year 11 Hall, Year 12 Common Room

Wednesday 1 February
Full school on normal timetable. Arrive at 8:35am, it will be Day 3

Message from the Leadership Team of Wairarapa College


Wairarapa College lies at the heart of a district with many resources. It is a great place to live. It is rich in its history, people and environment. Wairarapa College offers a co-educational education of quality to its community, with resources that few other schools anywhere can match. Its facilities include an outstanding hall, gym, hostel, farms, pool and a wide range of other specialist buildings, some with history for sure. The hostel serves a unique purpose, enabling all state school families to have a boarding option. And the sporting, cultural, academic and performance outcomes of the school are high.

The 1030 students here are outstanding young people. Parents are placing their children in to a good environment. This school, with its size and facilities, offers great opportunities to get involved in teams and groups. It can also offer a range of staffed subjects in specialist areas that few other schools can.

The school is at an age when reinvestment in facilities and some curriculum rethinking needed to be done. This is well under way. 2016 has seen a different, reshaped and refinanced school emerge. It is one appropriate for today’s age. Communities need to step forward and back their schools as they change and that is what this community is doing. Wairarapa College is a great asset for the district, with great potential for the future. And it will achieve that potential, with everyone’s support.

So what has been done recently? The curriculum has had balance brought back in to it, so that we can retain all the enriching options like the arts, music, performance, the technologies, some languages and all the other essential areas of the NZ curriculum. An analysis shows that in the senior school there are still some 33 options on offer, an incredibly wide curriculum package for any school. There are many both academic and vocational courses on offer, leading directly to employment or further training. We have aligned courses more with the 6 vocational pathways for students, to give relevance to our curriculum- making sure it leads to jobs. We have sought further qualification opportunities for our students so they can prove what they can do by a detailed record of learning.

The school has moved further towards being an ICT rich environment. The purchase of 100 computers means all suites and many other curriculum areas have been upgraded with this technology. Another 60 computers have had RAM upgrades so that we can provide an ICT rich environment throughout the school. We have joined an eSchool, an online cluster of 21 schools so that we can offer an online curriculum to supplement and broaden our existing curriculum. Suddenly we have a huge new range of subjects to offer, like: German, Chinese, Spanish, 3D animation, web design and so much more. About 45 students are already engaging in on-line learning, a medium that many life-long learners will take up in the future. Personal devices are welcomed in to an environment where there will be more use of ICTs in teaching and learning- well supported by the powerful WiFi we have throughout the school.

With the key and overdue resourcing of upgrades to property and physical resources, we are doing or have done $45,000 worth of key improvements to things like the pool and turf/court fencing, the gym ceiling, power pole upgrades, tree maintenance and work on school security systems. The major roof repair work required has now been scoped at $1 million dollars and will commence soon. Negotiations around Stage 1 of the Property Master Plan work for the site redevelopment, worth an estimated $8 million, are proceeding and will in time make a tremendous difference to the school site. Progress is starting to take place.

There is a wonderful mix of sport, performance, academic, cultural and agricultural aspects that makes up this school. Wairarapa College is lucky that so many excellent students choose to attend this school. The highest possible achievement is expected and successfully attained from within our great group of students. The range of opportunities and diverse subject choices are designed to achieve maximum success for every student. And our students will have been nurtured through their years here by a caring group of teachers who are passionate about their school.

We recommend Wairarapa College to you. It remains the biggest school with the most opportunities available of any school in the wider Wairarapa District. It has more teams, subjects, physical resources and staff than any other school. With the high quality environment on offer for the students here, it makes a compelling argument for this as a school of choice for your child. Wairarapa College is a great place and this community has a high quality educational resource in its midst that will thrive with everyone’s support and provide a positive future for many more generations to come.


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