All our students are important to us. We strive to develop well-rounded, confident young adults who are equipped for our modern and changing world. This is an important focus of Waimea College. Our co-educational setting provides vibrant academic and co-curricular opportunities and supports to ensure our young people are nurtured so they can reach their full potential.
While providing a world class academic education is our core business, our focus is also on developing strong citizens – young people with a sense of community, and service. This includes fostering an ability to relate to and work with others, including those socially and ethnically different. Our students are skilled and able to live and work in the real world to craft their own futures, as global citizens.
We are committed to supporting our Māori students along their journey for Māori to enjoy and achieve education success as Māori.
Waimea College works to produce students who will become future leaders. We offer mentoring, workshops and leadership opportunities for both junior and senior students.
In Year 10 there is a strong Junior Leadership programme which starts with a camp and culminates in an end-of-year trip to Wellington. Over the year students are encouraged to develop their leadership potential in their peer group and within Waimea College. These students may in the future become one of our head students or House leaders, a Board of Trustees representative, an Academic, Music, Sports or Performing Arts Captain or a member of a number of student-led committees.
Activities such as Stage Challenge are run entirely by students and showcase their leadership skills as well as talent. In Year 10 Waimea College holds an Enterprise for Education (E4E) event over two days that is entirely run by students. It is based around a theme and is a wonderful opportunity for students to show what they are capable of when given support and the opportunity to shine.
Creating Future Leaders and providing leadership opportunities is a recognised strength at Waimea College. In the junior school leadership positions exist at Year 10 and in the senior school the variety of leadership positions include Academic, Sport, Performing Arts, Culture, Environment, International Student Support, Visual Art, House Captains, Community Services, Student Welfare and Diversity Captains.
Our senior student leaders have a significant part to play in leading school assemblies, representing the College in the community and as role models to the wider school. Students also elect a representative to the Board of Trustees.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh programme, and to represent their year level on the Student Council.
So be inspired …
- Head Students: Marco Fon, Jack Kininmonth, Theo Scott, Leila Challenger, Brylee Orpwood, Lucy Pritchard
- Board of Trustees Student Representative: Theo Field
- House Captains:
- Hillary House – Leah Friend, Jack Munro, Jared Willoughby
- Sheppard House – Helena Arnold-Niemann, Adam Stack, Milla Gibson
- Cooper House – Ruby-Lou Stuart, Lorna Sharland
- Rutherford House – McKenzie Gale, Gus Smith, Nathan Dunn
- Hillary House – Leah Friend, Jack Munro, Jared Willoughby
- Academic Captains: Kate Edens (Mth), Thomas Bailey (Mths), Sophie Alexander (Sci), Gulliver McDonald (Sci), Lara Golding (Soc Sci), Meila Picard (Soc Sci), Kacey McNamara (Eng), Amber Field (Eng), Moab Heynekamp (Bus), Angel Dela Pena (Lang)
- Performing Arts Captains: Zanetta Arnold, Tessa Saunders, Caleb Grainger
- Sports Captains: James Ranson, Bree Anderson, Lareiahna de Leon McGrath, Luke Shirley, Milly Thurlow
- Arts Captains: Miah Borlase, Kimberley Eggers, Saskia Guyymer
- International Captains: Aika Matsusaka, Mameaw Jungsakul, Howard Chao
- International Peer Support: Rahera Marsh-Wetere, Samedi Nguon
- Special Education Leaders: Marley Richardson-Hall, Lily McLean, Serina Russ, Brooke Motley, Katie Arnold-Hall
- Special Education Captains: Connor O’Toole, Hannah Wilson, Emma Fox
- Media Captains: Elise Brabyn, Ivan Gordon, Jed Oakly, Isaac Breingan
- Diversity Captains: Dahlia Shaw, Elise Brabyn
- Culture Captains: Talia Grey, Katie Hone, Tynan Lister, Tevin Rangitakatu, Rahera Marsh-Wetere
- Environment Committee: Britney Addison-Robinson, Nadia Cregeen-Samuels, Savannah Curnow, Eva Genet, Millie Hewson, Brieanna Kirkwood, Taylor Suckling
- Events Committee: Sophie Aldridge, Aimee Berkett, Bridie CHarles, Nadia Cregeen-Samuels, Caleb Grainger, Saskia Guymer, Millie Hewson, Emma Waine, Katie Arnold-Kelly
- ICT Captains: Frank Robinson, Quinten Smit
- Careers Captains: Lara Goulding, Quilah Bruce
- Performing Arts Mentors: Jack Rollinson (Music), Emily Cullen (Drama), Katie Richards (Dance), Ebonie Montrose (Tech)
- New Student Ambassadors: Aisling Ching
Waimea College has established an excellent reputation for its commitment to student support provided by teachers, tutors, guidance and non-teaching staff. Our aim is to create students who are resilient and who are able to cope well with the demands of the modern world, but at the same time retaining their natural curiosity and creativity. Every student has the opportunity to receive guidance to plan their course of study, set short and long-term goals and receive assistance in achieving them. The College adopts a firm, fair and consistent approach to managing students’ behaviour within a framework of Restorative Practice and respect for others.
The following are key features of our support network:
- each student belongs to one of four Houses: Cooper, Hillary, Rutherford and Sheppard
- the Houses are divided into a number of Form Groups
- the Form teacher and Tutor are responsible for each student’s pastoral care
- the Tutor follows the year group for all of their five years at Waimea College to provide consistent support throughout this time
- a well-resourced Guidance and Learning Centre where fully trained counsellors, social workers and where access to some health
- services is available for those students requiring additional support
- the support from 24/7 Youth Workers.