Whangaparaoa is surrounded by beaches with very few people. The beaches are very safe for swimming. Stanmore Bay beach is 1km from the school and is used as part of the outdoor education of learners.
There are lots of parks and reserves on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. There are also several golf courses, a marina, a football club, and two sailing clubs. The summers are generally dry and the winters are wet with a rainfall of about 1200mm. Temperatures range from around 2˚C on the coldest mornings, to 28˚C on the hottest days.
There are no large buildings or large industrial sites on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, it is mainly a residential area. The residents live in large, stand alone houses as there are no high rise apartments. Approximately 21,500 people live on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, while the greater Auckland area is home to 1.3 million people or one-third of the population of New Zealand.
It takes about 30 minutes by the motorway to get to the centre of Auckland City. Auckland is a large city with world class recreation activities. It is often called the City of Sails because there are so many people sailing. It has also the facilities of a large city including restaurants, sporting stadiums, music and cultural events, and outstanding art galleries.
At Whangaparaoa College you will learn in one of the most modern schools in New Zealand. The school opened in 2005 so all the buildings are in perfect condition. Computers are readily available and every student has access to the internet. International students can Skype their families directly from school.
There is a special common room for international students and a classroom for the teaching of English language support. As well there are all the facilities of a large, modern well-equipped school. There is a very large gymnasium and an excellent performing arts centre. Dance, Drama and Music are all part of the life at the college and many international students participate in these activities.
The school is very spacious covering 19.5 hectares, with wide open spaces and large fields. It is close to the beach and classes will often walk to the beach for science or other lessons. Most learners walk to school from home or use the inexpensive school bus.
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