Why Choose Waimea?

Our Committment to You

Waimea College is committed to providing a world class education for our domestic and international students. We believe in supporting our students to attain personal standards of excellence in academic, sporting, cultural and recreational activities.

Key Features of our School

Our Students

Our New Zealand students are friendly and approachable.  They enjoy having international students at the school and many will sign up to be an ‘international student buddy’ at the start of the year.  Our international group is made up of variety of nationalities from across Europe, Asia and South America.  When you leave Waimea, you will have friends from all over the world!

Student Safety

Waimea College is a safe school based in a friendly community.  Parents based abroad can be rest assured that their son or daughter is living with a caring and responsible host family that have undergone a full police check and are approved by the international department.

Our Staff

Our teachers and support staff are well qualified and experienced practitioners that are passionate about supporting your learning.  Click here to meet some of our team.

Our Curriculum

We have a rich and varied range of subjects for you to choose from, and a high level of resources and staffing to support your learning. Our International Tutor will help you select a course that matches your strengths, interests and academic goals.  To learn more about our curriculum, click here.

Academic Success

Students at Waimea College consistently demonstrate excellent results at all levels of NCEA.  Our pass rates are above the national average and our international graduates have attended universities from all over the world.  Waimea places a high value on academic achievement.  Our International Tutor and Academic Advisor will support you in achieving your academic goals, and additional support can be provided if needed.

Extra-curricular Opportunities

At Waimea College, we encourage you to say ‘YES’.  We provide a wide range of extra-curricular sporting, cultural and recreational opportunities that will help you make New Zealand friends, support you in embracing New Zealand life and empower you to make the most out of your time at Waimea.

Our International Programme

In addition to the array of extra-curricular opportunities that are on offer, international students also have access to a variety of other events throughout the year.  From our adventurous 3-day ski trip, to our weekend away in vibrant Wellington city, to our two-week end of year programme – there is always something to look forward to coming up soon.

Student Support

The safety and well-being of our students is of paramount importance.  Waimea College is committed to providing a high level of student support via its guidance centre, well-staffed international department, caring form teachers and the provision of year level tutors.  International and domestic student leaders are also available to support you if required.