Whangaparāoa College

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Learning at Whangaparāoa College

Thank you for considering Whangaparāoa College for your international education

Whangaparāoa College is a Year 7 to 13 school, we have a roll of 1700, which includes 70-100 international students, with up to 15-20 from any one country at a time.

Our students learn in one of the most modern schools in New Zealand. As our school opened in 2005, the buildings are all very modern and light. Wi-fi is available throughout the school for all students - international students can communicate online with their families directly from school.

We have a dedicated international student’s room and an English language support classroom to provide assistance to our international students.

We have a very passionate international team of 7 staff, headed by director Wiri Warriner. Our team includes a dedicated international students' support person, to help with NCEA school work, run a conversation club and assist our dean Ms Culliford with homework club.

Whangaparāoa College has all the facilities of a large, modern well-equipped school. There is a very large gymnasium and an excellent performing arts centre. Sports, 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 students walk to school from home or use the inexpensive school bus. Whangaparāoa College delivers an innovative curriculum with intensive use of modern technologies within an environmentally aware site.


School Waiata

Awhinatia ra te whanau
Tiakina te wairua
Tautoko nga iwi e
Anei to matou kaupapa
Hapaitia nga rangatira
Ko te mea nui te aroha
Ngātahi, whakapono, tutuki
Ngātahi, whakapono, tutuki e
School Song Translation

Support and encourage family
Accept others without prejudice
Embrace culture and identity
These are important values
Promote and support our leaders
To achieve all these things is most important
Together, believe, achieve
Together, believe, achieve

NCEA - New Zealand's national school-leaver qualification

NCEA (the National Certificate of Educational Achievement) is the main secondary school qualification in New Zealand.

NCEA can be awarded at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Students usually begin studying for their NCEA Level 1 in Year 11 and continue through Years 12 and 13 (from ages 15 through to 18).

NCEA fact sheet for International students:

Subject Options

At Whangaparāoa College students have a wide variety of subjects available

Please click this link to see options for year level 

International Student Successes

Estefanya Patjane, one of our students from Mexico, applied for a Young Enterprise Scheme; Entrepreneurship in Latin America programme. She was one of 20 successful New Zealand students who will be spending a week in the school holidays travelling throughout New Zealand visiting with businesses successfully operating in Latin America. It is such an exciting opportunity for her and we are very proud of the hard work she has put in to her Level 3 Business Studies class in order to be selected.

Please click here to read more information.

Fantastic work from our wonderful international student Kano Sugawara. She along with another Whangaparāoa College student were 2 out of only 3 New Zealand students who have won awards at the 2020 International Young Reporters for the Environment competition.

Kano's Social Studies teacher drew her attention to the competition as she knew of her passion in solving environmental issues. To enter, students were asked to investigate an issue relating to litter, research a solution and then report on it using film, photography or writing. They were then required to disseminate their piece via available channels and their entry was judged by an international jury.

Congratulations Kano for representing New Zealand in these international awards and doing so well. What an excellent achievement!
Please click here to read more information.

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