From the 3-19th of July, our senior Harim Kim attended the Pacific Project, a UN Youth annual trip that educates participants on New Zealand’s relationship with the Pacific. Harim was honoured to receive the opportunity to be selected as one of only ten students chosen to represent New Zealand at the UN Youth Australia’s National Conference held in Adelaide. Over the time Harim explored the theme of ‘The Future Democracy’ and had the chance to learn from experts in international relations, participate in interactive workshops, and formally debate at the Parliament House of South Australia.

In Vanuatu, Harim has visited the High Commission of New Zealand and was involved with the discussion of the current process of how it is informing and taking actions in representing New Zealand regarding current political, social, economic and especially current military events in Vanuatu. Harim has also visited the Parliament of Vanuatu meeting with Ralph Regenvanu the Minister of Lands and the Foreign Affairs Minister of Vanuatu. Harim has been discussing the democracy of Vanuatu, the parliament system and particularly the relationship between New Zealand and Vanuatu.

Additionally, the New Zealand delegations met with NGOs in Vanuatu such as the CARE International, discussing how they are helping the community and people regarding environmental as well as human rights issues. At the start of the year Harim has also been selected as a High School Ambassador of UN Youth at Waitakere College and her trip is one of the first steps to her future of international law and politics.



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Abigail Foster on US Scholarship

Abigail Foster applied for a scholarship as an exchange student after competing in the 'Language Perfect World Championship', which was made possible through Abigail's French class. Abigail required glowing references from her teachers to get her to the final 10 candidates. Also, an intense 3.5 hour interview with a co-ordinator from NZIIU who fund the scholarships, covering all the pro's and con's of six months away from home. Then a congratulations email arrived a few days later stating she had won a $4000 scholarship and would make a perfect candidate as an ambassador for NZIIU.

Abigail will head off to America next August to live with a host family for six months, and attend a High School as a Grade 11 student for a semester, to soak up all there is American from culture, food, religion, the education system and environment, experiencing the full-on American love for their annual holiday festivities such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years etc.

Abigail says: "A massive thank-you to NZIIU for this incredible opportunity, my French teacher Ms Jarbeau, Ms McLeod and Mr Tuisamoa for believing in me. What an adventure it will be – Abigail Foster."

A heartfelt thank you and massive kudos goes out to our electric nans of Waitakere College who together gathered 4 vests and 40 hats to be donated to the premature babies of Auckland hospitals. 

Over the last few weeks, staff members and parents have been knitting away like electric nans to help with the shortage of premature baby clothing across Auckland hospitals. Mrs Garner, Mrs Loveday, Ms Bonkowski, Miss and Mrs Powell, Mrs Hoye and Mrs Adams have all given their time, dedication and money into producing these beautiful items which no doubt will find their way to a grateful and deserving family. Thank you so much! - Ms Dingle

If any parents or whanau are happy to contribute further to this worthy cause, please contact Ms Dingle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who can supply patterns and is continuing to make hospital trips for deliveries.


Students from our Levels 1 and 2 Medical Science Academy returned from their three-day camp today, 6th July 2018. Within minutes of leaving the camp the Piha Mill Camp and Grounds Manager Pieter Kruger sent this:

"My name is Pieter and I am the onsite manager at Piha Mill Camp and an employee of One Big Adventure. I hosted your students the last three days. I have been out at the camp for six years now and I have hosted well over 300 groups while out here. I have seen a lot of schools come through our camp. I would like to believe that I have a pretty good insight on NZ youth and the school system.

This would be the first e-mail to a school I have ever sent as I believe credit is due where credit is due. Allow me to congratulate you on the excellence of not only your teachers, but on your students as well. The teachers are highly professional, friendly and greatly respected by the students. It was an absolute pleasure dealing with them. I would especially like to single out Jane Coup. What a leader she is.

The students not only kept the camp rules 100% (the first for any school ever), but their respect for elders and politeness is beyond reproach. It was a breath of fresh air to witness respectful youth.

If this is the kind of young adults your College is producing then there is hope for our nation yet.

Dear Madam/Sir, I salute you! "

Great to get this feedback! We are very proud of our students.

Level 1 PE students were spun, twisted, dumped, half-drowned and left utterly entranced by their field trip to the Vector/Wero White Water Rafting Centre in Week 3. Highlights included overturning the raft in the rapids and paddling straight off a 4.5 metre waterfall. The trip is tied to a safety assessment and students will now use their experience to write a report.


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Level 2 Geography Trip

Level 2 Geography accompanied by Miss Parbhoo and Mr. Revill set off on an adventure to the Tongariro National Park with an aim to gather data on vegetation variation across the region. Students were treated with a day full of the snow while they collected data at different altitudes across Mt. Ruapehu,
Mt. Ngaurohoe, and Mt. Tongariro. They learned about the cultural significance of the area from members of Ngati Tuwharetoa and had a chance to feed some fish at the Trout Centre. The trip was a great success and one that students and teachers will remember for a lifetime.

Geo Trip Whakapapa Ski field

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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