The Waitakere Way: learning, caring and respect

  • We are all here to learn.
  • We all care for each other.
  • We treat everyone with respect.

These three values are essential prerequisites for our goal of raising student achievement.

We have a vision for every student: 'Achievement for All'

Our teachers believe every student can achieve.

We have strong connections with families and community, including:

  • Year 9 Parents' welcome evening, NCEA Achievers' assemblies, Maori parents' hui, Pasifika parents' fono, Shine enrichment celebration, Waipuna celebration, Performing Arts Variety Night.
  • Weekly report cards for Year 9 and 10 students.

We meet the diverse learning needs of our students by offering:

  • Shine - our challenging programme for Gifted and Talented students.
  • A Performing Arts programme for those with a passion for performance.
  • Thinking skills - part of the curriculum for every student.
  • Learning Support: extra classes to boost reading levels to national standards for those who need it.
  • Inclusion Support Centre for students with learning and physical disabilities.
  • English for speakers of other languages.
  • Tracking of individual students, with target groups for those who need an extra push to succeed.
  • 3.05 Hive, our busy homework centre.

We have strong support systems:

  • Year 9 and 10 Deans to ensure a smooth transition into secondary school.
  • Homegroup teachers who care about the individual.
  • House Leaders provide care and support for the students in their house.
  • House cards offer recognition for achievement as well as friendly competition.
  • An holistic Student Support Centre with Counsellors, Careers Advisors, Youth Workers and a Nurse.
  • Trained students offer support as peer supporters, mediators, tutors and Kiwi-buddies.

We Offer:

Sports and Leadership

  • Variety of sporting codes on offer each season, with high levels of participation.
  • Football Academy provides specialist tutoring for talented soccer players.
  • Sports Award Dinner - our annual celebration of sporting achievement.
  • Many different opportunities for leadership, as prefects, ambassadors, peer supporters, peer sexuality contact, Kiwi-buddies and tutors.

Arts and Culture

  • Our achievements in the performing arts have been recognised by the Education Review Office (2007).
  • Our culture groups are well represented in the ASB Cultural Festival: Kapa Haka, Samoan, Cook Island, Tongan, Indian, Korean and Thai groups.
  • Annual School Musical and Talent Quest are packed-out highlights.
  • Arts and Culture Week is an annual celebration of the artistic talents and many different cultures within the College, followed by the Arts and Cultural Awards Ceremony.
  • Our Performing Arts class won the 2007 Fair Go Award Competition.

Transition to Work

  • Our Gateway Programme is recognised nation-wide as a leading example for providing structure work-place learning opportunities for senior students.
  • Our Services Academy is one of a few in the country that offers another pathway to future employment in the armed forces, police or other service roles.

WELCOME

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