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What’s in a Name?

Ask Heather Holmes and she will tell you!  Heather is a teacher aide here at Waimea College and has written this book on cancer. Heather took inspiration from colleagues at Waimea College who, when faced with a life changing diagnosis and its treatments, have tackled this challenge with incredible strength, courage and determination to fight.  It is dedicated to those that have won and those who have sadly lost their battle.   All proceeds from sales will go to the Cancer Society.

Waimea Combined 1st XV Rugby – Can they do it again?

Waimea Combined 1st XV will be competing for  the Plate Final tomorrow, Saturday 26 August at St Thomas’s College in Christchurch.  We wish them well.

Waimea Combined 1st XV Rugby

Wishing the boys good luck for tomorrow. They are playing St Andrew’s College in Christchurch for the plate semi final.

Open School Scavenger Hunt Winners

Congratulations to Noah Fay from Mapua School, Kynan Robinson, Michael Oliver, Teina Kotua, Hayley Milne and Jack Horgan all from Waimea Intermediate School who were our lucky winners.  A great evening had by all.

Laura Berthelsen

Congratulations Laura Berthelsen!

We had the pleasure of Belinda Harte from Volunteer Nelson call in to Waimea College today to present Laura with a Certificate of Recognition and a small gift for the work that Laura has been doing with the Big Brothers Big Sisters programme.

Laura volunteers her lunch time mentoring a girl over at Henley School. We would like to extend our congratulations to Laura for her passion and dedication as a volunteer in our community. Pictured are Laura receiving her certificate from Belinda Harte and Hamish Wheeler.



SGCNZ Shakespeare Nationals

After the NaLouis-Boutletional Shakespeare Festival, Louis Boutle was chosen to attend the SGCNZ’s National Shakespeare Schools Production (NSSP).  This is a week-long intensive residential course, studying aspects of Shakespeare’s works and three of his plays in particular under the direction of leading directors.

Throughout the lead up and week itself, the Directors, Workshop Tutors, CEO and others interacting with these students, evaluate them as team players who have a ‘sponge-like’ attitude and can gel as a group. Of the 48 highly talented students, a group of 24 of them are chosen to form SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company, which travels to the Globe the following year. 

This year NSSP will be held at Scots College, Wellington from 1-9 October.  We wish Louis well and hope for his selection to SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company.”


Laura Koleff and Ellie Huxtable have made it to the Smokefree Rockquest 2017 finals.  They are the first Waimeans in the final since the legendary ‘Exploding Poppies’ win in 1992.

The clip below is the entry they submitted.  We wish them well.



On Wednesday 28 June we celebrated the Year 9 and Year 10 successes in their option subjects. Congratulations for all your hard work.




Nau Mai Haere mai, Kia ora Koutou, Kia Orana, Talofa Lava, Malo e leilei and Hello.

Celebrating the Waimea College Māori and Pasifika Celebrating Success Hui with guest speaker James Lowe.


WAIMEA COLLEGE – TO GET FUNDING FOR 8 NEW CLASSROOMS “Associate Minister Tim Macindoe visits Waimea College – 27 June 2017”:


Press Release
Budget 2017: $5 million investment in Nelson and Marlborough schools

Associate Minister of Education Tim Macindoe has today announced that around $5 million will be invested in Budget 2017 to expand the capacity of schools in the Nelson and Marlborough area.

Minister Macindoe visited Waimea College in Nelson today to make the announcement.

“This first round of school infrastructure investment in Budget 2017 will provide a total of ten new classrooms to two schools in the area,” says Mr Macindoe.

The schools receiving new classrooms are:

  • Waimea College in Nelson (around $4 million for eight new classrooms)
  • Renwick School, Omaka Satellite in Marlborough (around $1 million for two new classrooms).

“Waimea College services the Richmond area which has seen substantial growth in recent times and also has a number of residential developments underway. This investment will help provide space to accommodate this growth and prepare for the College’s future.

“Waimea College also caters for a number of children who benefit from additional learning support to help them achieve educational success. The eight additional classrooms will provide safe, modern and inclusive learning environments which will help raise student achievement for all Waimea College students.

“The two new classrooms for Renwick school will be delivered as a satellite bilingual unit at the Omaka Marae. This is a great opportunity to provide Te Reo provision for the Marlborough region.

“Today’s announcement builds on the $2.6 million invested through Budget 2016 for 8 new roll growth classrooms in the Nelson/Marlborough region,” says Mr Macindoe.

“Budget 2017 is investing $456.5 million in education infrastructure, taking our overall commitment to extending and improving our schools to over $5 billion since 2008.”

It is expected that the new classrooms will be operational before the end of the 2018 school year.

Further announcements about Budget 2017 school property investments will be made over the next few weeks.


Click on the attached link to read more… COL schools join together to present Arts Gallery at Waimea College celebrating Arts Week.

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Shave for a Cure

Last Thursday 23 March and Friday 24 March we had a great turn out of ‘volunteers’ to have a free haircut but more importantly raise money for cancer awareness.  Thank you to all those involved.



Congratulations Cameron Jones!

Well done Cameron on winning the 2-day Coast to Coast event over the weekend.  Click the link below to read of this awesome effort by a superb athlete.”200″ />


Congratulations Cameron Jones!

Well done Cameron on winning the 2-day Coast to Coast event over the weekend.  Click the link below to read of this awesome effort by a superb athlete.

PhoneArt Nelson Winner

A minion, a rocket, a hector’s dolphin and a pineapple – these are just some of the amazing creations that old mobile phones have been turned into for project PhoneArt!

PhoneArt is an Arts Council Nelson initiative, supported by Creative Communities Nelson and Tasman. Dozens of old unwanted mobile phones have been made into miniature works of art and will be on show at Nelson and Tasman libraries this summer.

Nelson’s exhibition at Elma Turner Library has just finished, with Shania Kuipers from Waimea College winning the People’s Choice prize of a phone, sponsored by Nelson’s Warehouse Stationery. Over 450 votes were collected. The lucky voter, receiving a prezzy card went to Saul Cooper.

Manager of Warehouse Stationery in Nelson, Shaun James says “this competition was a great idea and that such events should happen more often to get our very talented Nelsonians involved. We were honoured to have been given the opportunity to sponsor a prize”.

The showcase is now in Richmond Library until 14th February, and tours through Tasman, to Motueka Library 27 February – 4 March, Murchison Library 6 – 20 March and Mapua Library 27 March – 17 April.

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above photo – PhoneArt entry by Shania Kuipers – winner of People’s Choice prize at Elma Turner Library.

For further information please contact PhoneArt Coordinators – Donna Allfrey 027 387 8087 or Heidi Lucas 027 344 9796.

Waimea College Music Instrument Sign-up time…

musical-instruments-introIt’s that time of year to make a decision about what instrument you might like to play. So if you’ve ever wanted to blow your own horn, bang the drums, or pluck a guitar, follow this link to sign-up and become a musician.


Waimea College Spelling Bee 2016


Photo from left to right: Mrs Caroline Inwood (1st) Serina Russ (3rd) Georgina Palmer (2nd) and Jordan Boyd (1st)

If you are known by a sobriquet, can recognise a diphthong when you hear it and enjoy a zephyr whilst sitting on a hot beach, then you may have been quite at home in this year’s Spelling Bee! In true Waimea College style, students and staff rose to the challenge of spelling words such as this in front of 600 of their peers. Fifteen students and six staff participated in the final to rapturous support from the student body. The three junior finalists, Serina Russ (year 9), Georgina Palmer (year 9) and Jordan Boyd (year 10) were impressive with only two incorrectly spelt words between them. Jordan Boyd won without a single mistake. The last two teachers standing were Caroline Inwood and Maree Smith. It has to be said that Caroline Inwood is the fastest speller I’ve ever come across. She wowed the crowds with her confidence, speed and accuracy. Maree Smith was just one word behind her. It was a close finish but congratulations must go to all who took part and in particular to our winners: Jordan Boyd and Caroline Inwood.
Well done to all finalists:
Students: Nico Strzedulla, Brayden Little, Bronte Hall, Elizabeth Bailey, Georgina Palmer, Jack Kininmonth, Kate Gaging, Keyle Brown, Naomi Halford, Sean Sharp, Serina Russ, Tayla Briggs, Thomas Papps, Jordan Boyd and Finn de Hamel. Teachers: Caroline Inwood, Caroline Foster, Corinne Coulthard, Kat Jones, James Tait and Maree Smith.

Next year’s Spelling Bee will be held in Term 2, so look out for the notices, grab a list of words and learn those spellings. See you there.
Tracy Simpson, English Department.

Proposed Amendment to Waimea College Enrolment Scheme

The Board of Trustees at Waimea College propose to amend their current Enrolment Scheme by removing the JobTrack provision from Priority 1.

It is proposed that this provision be removed from Priority 1 of the Enrolment Scheme, because the funding for this programme is no longer available and this programme will no longer exist from 2017. There may be an alternative provision provided at a later date.

Details of the Enrolment Scheme Priority 1 are available for viewing at the Waimea College main reception office or on our school website – under ‘Upcoming Events’ and then ‘Latest News’.

The Board of Trustees invite submissions in writing regarding this Enrolment Scheme change by posting to Waimea College, Salisbury Road, Richmond or by emailing: .

Submissions must be received at Waimea College no later than 3.00pm on Friday 9 December 2016.

Scott Haines



Important Message:

15 November 2016:  Waimea College is open as normal today.

14 November 2016: 3.40pm

Further to our communication earlier today, this is just a quick email to let you know that the structural engineer has inspected the campus today and given the buildings the all clear.

School will resume as normal tomorrow morning and NCEA Examinations will continue as timetabled. In the event of another earthquake or further significant afters-shocks please check your emails or check our school Facebook page for updates.

14 November 2016 – An Important Message for our School Community

Waimea College Closed Monday 14 November 2016
• Following a significant earthquake in the early hours of this morning, Waimea College is closed today as a precaution to enable engineers to undertake safety inspections of our buildings.

• Students and staff are advised to remain at home today.

• Please do not enter school buildings until further advice is provided.

NCEA Examinations Cancelled Monday 14 November 2016
• NCEA Examinations have been cancelled at Waimea College for today. NZQA advise that an emergency derived grade process will apply for students to ensure that students are not disadvantaged.

What is the derived grade process? (Extract from NZQA website)

The purpose of the derived grade is to ensure that no student is disadvantaged in achieving to their full potential due to exceptional circumstances. If a student is unable to take part in all or some of the national end-of-year NCEA exams, their school can use standard specific work (such as practice exams) they produced during the school year to submit a recommended grade to NZQA.

Derived grades are a standard known process to address exceptional circumstances such as this morning’s events.

• NZQA advise that the History and Chemistry Scholarship Examinations that were scheduled for today have both been cancelled across New Zealand.

Adult and Community Education Classes
• Adult and Community Education students and tutors are advised that classes are cancelled today.

• At this stage we anticipate that Waimea College will reopen on Tuesday 15 November 2016 and that both classes and NCEA Examinations will resume as usual, however this will be confirmed via posts on the Waimea College Facebook Page and the Waimea College Website
Our thoughts are with you all this morning and we hope your friends and families are safe and well.

Warm regards,

Scott Haines


Year 10 Economics Team Wins Award for the Young Enterprise, Epic Challenge

year-10-economicsThe EPIC Challenge is a programme run by Young Enterprise to help Year 10 students examine career options in New Zealand’s primary industries. Students work in teams to research the primary industries and available careers. They then create a promotional strategy to market one career to their fellow students.

This year we had a team receive a Merit Award for their design of a DNA spiral, to promote a career in Science. With text on each ‘rung’ listing the subjects you would need to take at school and a university qualification pathway, the spiral can be twisted and is a graphical model showing how a young person could work their way up the ‘ladder’ to become a Biotechnologist.

From 22 schools there were 110 entries. Congratulations to Grace Duff, Hannah Lacy and Alex Hunter who receive a $100 Farmers’ voucher for their team.

Well done to all students who entered the challenge.

School Wide Theme 2017 – Submit your Feedback!


We need your help in selecting our school theme for 2017.

We are looking for a catchy slogan that highlights:
* The desire to promote a high level of achievement.
* A theme that encourages positive school culture.
* A school that provides a safe physical and emotional environment

Share your feedback with us here:

Our favourite slogan wins a fancy new UE Boom Bluetooth Speaker!

Thomas Oliver visits Waimea

Thomas Oliver

Young musicians keep pro’s finger on the pulse

I make music that is in my heart and head … and not feel I’m wasting my life doing something I don’t want to do.

Waimea College Business Studies & Economics students make the National Secondary Schools’ Finalists:

University of Auckland Management Consulting Club National Secondary Schools’ Business Case Competition.
Congratulations to our team of Year 12 BIS students, Neve Williams, Alana Stilborn, Greg Stephenson, Alex Winch and Zach Irain who have qualified for the national final to be held at the University of Auckland on Saturday 13 August, courtesy of the Management Consulting Club (MCC).  Teams were emailed a business case study at 10am on Monday 1 August and had just 5 school days to familiarise themselves with the business and recommend strategic decisions the business should take to secure future growth. They then had to present their proposal to MCC by submitting a video presentation uploaded to You Tube by 3pm on Friday 5 August.  The national finals will involve a live, formal presentation and a 10 minute Q&A from the judges.  Go team WaiCol! The five finalist teams were:  Scots College, Waimea College, Macleans College – Team 3, St Kentigern College – CIBO, Auckland International College – Team 3

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Waimea-Combined-1st-XVWaimea Combined Team Wins Again!

Congratulations to the Waimea Combined team who won a tough fought out game against St Andrews College 34 – 25 on Saturday 2 July.  Keep up the good work boys!




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Congratulations to students and staff on recognition of improvement in our NCEA Achievement over the past two years.  Mr Haines had the opportunity of catching up with the Minster of Education, Hon Hekia Parata in Wellington recently.

Click here to read Hon Parata’s letter to the school Hekia Parata Letter re NCEA Results.

Well done to you all.

CongratulaInfinito Teamtions to Ella Binskin, Jamie Couper and Taylor Larking the team behind, Infinito.

Their business idea is co-branding coffee cup sleeves by partnering local businesses with coffee shops to provide a unique opportunity to raise awareness and fundraise for Nelson Special Olympics.

They are the only Year 12 team to have secured a coveted place in the regional finals held on Tuesday 28 June at The Theatre Royal, Nelson. Well done to Ella, Jamie and Taylor for winning the YES Challenge last night and the regional finals.  They were the only Year 12 team entered and won this year’s Challenge. Thank you to Ms Chapman for all her support!Infinito



Thoroughly Modern Millie – 29 June-2 July

Thoroughly Modern MillieSchool Production – At the time of writing this, we are only five days away from opening night for the Production and preparations have kicked into top gear. The hall is being transformed into a scene from 1920s New York, M Block is overflowing with ‘20s costumes, and props are lurking in every corner. The cast and crew have spent the last two weekends building, painting, singing and dancing and making the show look fantastic. We are now looking forward to presenting it to our fellow students and wider Waimea College community.

Tickets are now on sale at the Waimea College Finance Centre, Children $15 and Adults $20. Performances will be held in the Waimea College Hall on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 29 June – 7:30pm
  • Thursday 30 June – 7:30pm
  • Friday 1 July – 7:30pm
  • Saturday 2 July – 2pm and 7:30pm


Abigail-Marshall_FrenchOur congratulations go to Abigail Marshall who has been selected for the 2016 Young Ambassadors programme.

Abigail demonstrated strong leadership skills in her application, as well as a keen interest in the French language and culture and an outstanding willingness to explore the deep relationships the two countries have formed ever since.  We are very proud of her achievement and her ability to represent Waimea College and the wider Nelson/Tasman region as a Young Ambassador.

The Young Ambassadors Tour 2016 is part of Shared Histories (, a France-New Zealand school programme created in 2014 to commemorate the Great War. The programme provides a platform for French and New Zealand schools to partner and work on an educational project of their choice. More than twenty teams have formed since it started. Together, the teams research, present and make sense of World War One and of its long lasting influence on their communities, their schools and their respective countries.

The Young Ambassadors will also visit the historical and cultural sites where New Zealand soldiers made a significant contribution to the war. The trip includes the Somme battlefields, Longueval, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Le Quesnoy, and the Wellington Quarry in Arras and is likely to extend to Kemmel, Ypres and Messines in Belgium. This tour will occur in September this year.

The Young Ambassadors will also represent New Zealand at the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme ceremony, alongside youth and dignitaries from all involved nations.

On Saturday 25 June Abigail will travel to Wellington with her French teacher Hilary de Joux, to participate in the Inquiry & Project Definition Workshop, where they will meet the other nine Young Ambassadors from around New Zealand later attending a Reception at the French Ambassador’s residence together.

We wish you all the best Abigail for this fantastic trip and experience.


Waimea Combined 1st XV Rugby Team held a Quiz Night on Friday 17 June at the Waimea Old Boys Club rooms.  The club rooms were packed.  They managed to raise over $10,000.   Thank you very much to all the sponsors.  It was a great night.  Congratulations to all involved.


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