Welcome to Waitakere College.

Mark Shanahan Academic Regalia

I believe three pillars make a great school.

The first pillar is our students who have high expectations of themselves to 'be the best they can be'.

The second pillar is our teachers who have high expectations of themselves as professionals and have
high expectations of their students to achieve their best in each subject.

The third pillar is our parent/whanau community who feel involved, informed and included in their son or
daughter's journey through Waitakere College.

We link these pillars to the tenets of our Waitakere Way, our daily code of how we operate.
These tenets resonate our "W" symbol of Waitakere College. They are:

  • Respect which draws on the values of tolerance, honesty, integrity and asks each of us to
    respect ourselves and others.

  • Caring which ensures we have as a focus a safe school because if students feel safe,
    they are happy and they learn.

  • Learning, our core business. As a College we ensure that each student
    has high expectations of themselves academically 
    and support this with SMART goals
    which are reviewed each term.

Our House System comprises of Manawanui (perseverance), Matauranga (knowledge)
and Aroha (love) which reinforce the growth of student achievement and reward students
via house cards associated with academic progress.

The three pillars are supported by the three tenets of the Waitakere Way
and the three houses all ensure that our motto "Achievement for All" means achievement for each student.





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