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Message from the Principal

Front GateWaimea College is committed to providing a high-quality education for its students and emphasises the importance of achieving personal standards of excellence in academic, sporting, cultural and recreational activities.


The College opened in 1957 and is very proud of the reputation it has established for providing opportunities for its students to experience success both in and beyond the classroom.


The College combines excellent facilities and a progressive curriculum with values such as house spirit, pride in the school and high expectations of performance and behaviour. These values are reflected in the school motto Semper Contendite (Always Strive).


New Principal Announced

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Waimea College Board of Trustees has appointed Scott Haines to the role of Principal of Waimea College. Mr Haines is currently Principal of Motueka High School, a position he has held for the last six years.


Board Chair Garry Hammond commented “we are very excited to have Scott join Waimea College to lead the school with its proud tradition of achievement, both academic and co-curricular. Scott brings a wealth of experience in teaching, leadership and across a wider spectrum of skills. His personal attributes are well acknowledged in the Motueka community as well as throughout the national education sector.”


 Scott Haines – Biography


Scott Haines is currently the Principal of Motueka High School, a co-educational secondary school of approximately 720 students here in Motueka. He joined Motueka High School in 2009 after serving nearly 10 years at Ashburton College in various roles including Head of Business Studies, Assistant Principal and Deputy Principal.

Scott is a passionate advocate for teaching and learning and considers that teaching and working with young people is one of the most important roles in society. In 2008, Scott was nominated by his students and their parents and became one of five secondary teachers in New Zealand to receive a NEiTA Foundation, National Excellence in Teaching Award.


In addition to his role as a teacher and Principal, Scott makes contributions to education across a range of areas.

  • He is currently an executive member of the Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand.
  • He is a member of the Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast Ministerial Cross Sector Working Party on Raising Student Achievement.
  • He is a Director for Outdoor Education New Zealand.
  • He is a Director for the Nelson Marlborough Loop Limited.
  • He is a member of the governance group for the Top-of-the-South Trades Academy
  • He was a member of Education New Zealand’s Strategic Roadmap Advisory Group for Growing the value of International Students to New Zealand.
  • Scott chairs a group called Education Nelson aimed at collaboration and growth of local International Education providers across the region. 
  • For the last 2 years, Scott has been on the panel of experts for the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.


Scott holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Masters of Business Administration and Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning. 

2016 Academic Prize Winners

academic prizegiving

Well done to all our Prize Winners from 2016. A special mention to the top prize winners (clockwise from top left), our Dux Brittany Dick and the Proxime Accessit Sami Jordan. Well done to Katie Thompson and Elliot Kennedy who received the General Excellence awards and to Ben Karalus and Hal Sellers who shared the Principal's Award.


Denied back to back titles.

This time they had to settle for second best.

The Waimea College Gold girls have been unable to defend their New Zealand secondary schools volleyball championship title, going down 3-2 to Burnside High School in a thrilling final in Palmerston North on Friday.

The match ebbed and flowed, with the 2014 champions taking the first set 25-19 before dropping the next two, 25-18 and 25-19.

Staring at their first defeat of the tournament, Waimea College Gold fought back to take the fourth set 25-20 and set up their second five-set final in as many years.

Three Waimea players - captain Katie Ditzel, Georgia Davies and Hannah Davehill - were named in the New Zealand secondary schools tournament team at the conclusion of the event, while Merekara McGuinniety of NCG was also rewarded with selection.


volleyball girls

Look I built a plane!

plane build


A group of young Nelson students have spent the past two years building a kitset aeroplane. The mission has been a lesson in persistence and patience, and on Saturday the students and their mentors celebrated the milestone moment of attaching the Van's RV12's wings to the craft. Congratulations to Danny Little and Harrison Carver two of our past students! Read more here in the Nelson Mail.

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The School Day


Form Time                  8.45am - 8.55am


Period 1                      8.55am - 9.55am

Period 2                      9.55am - 10.55am


Break 1                     10.55am - 11.20am


Period 3                    11.20am - 12.20pm

Period 4                    12.20pm - 1.20pm


Break 2                       1.20pm - 2.10pm


Period 5                      2.10pm - 3.10pm


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