Top-Ranked Platform Diver For His Age Group
in New Zealand

Waitakere College Year 10 student is competing at the International Youth Diving Competition in Dresden, Germany in April.In Nathan's interview with The Herald he says "This is the second top event in the diving world after the world Junior Champs".

Nathan trains seven sessions a week and up to three hours a session! He has been diving since he was nine.

For the full Herald Story click on the link:


Nathan is fundraising to get to the Dresden competition by selling raffle tickets, having sausage sizzles, holding movie nights and mowing lawns. It costs over seven and a half thousand dollars to attend and Nathan needs extra help.

To read more about Nathan or  if you would like to contribute to his trip please visit "Give a Little" on the link below:



These are awarded only to the top 3% of candidates nationwide.

Congratulations to our three students who achieved four Scholarships

2014 DUX MICHELLE CHEN achieved two Scholarships in English and Biology 

2014 PROXIME ACCESSIT SYLVAIN BECHET achieved an outstanding Scholarship in French and is 1st in New Zealand (top scholar) 

2014 TE TAUMATA TOI KERRY SAYEGH achieved a Scholarship in Painting.


    Waitakere College is a successful co-educational

New Zealand Secondary School located in Henderson

in the heart of West Auckland.

The three key elements of the Waitakere Way - Learning, Caring and Respect  - guide our planning to ensure that each student is able to 'be the best they can be'.

As a college, we are ahead of the national averages for Merit and Excellence awards in Level 1, 2 and 3 NCEA and the Scholarships examination.

Courses on offer cater for the variety of student needs, from local students' learning an international language to international students learning English for pathways to university.

Download our 2015 Prospectus from this web-site to read about what we stand for and the programmes on offer. 

The Education Review Office has given Waitakere College a very positive report following their most

recent visit in March 2014:


The school is well placed to sustain and improve its performance because:

  • The board has a clear focus on raising student achievement, and ongoing improvement

  • Ongoing analyses of student achievement data are well used to inform interventions and initiatives to address any identified issues

  • Experienced school leadership, led by a skilled principal, has a cohesive focus on improving

    Student achievement for all students, with a focus on learners needing additional support to be successful

  • Teachers support the school’s direction for improvement and benefit from responsive professional learning opportunities

  • The performance management system, especially for teachers, is focused on developing consistency across the school so that teachers implement the school’s agreed teaching and learning practices

  • There are increasing levels of community support and involvement

  • The school demonstrates its commitment to success for all students in an inclusive

  • Environment that celebrates its diversity.”                     

                                                                                                 Waitakere College Education Review Report 2104

The full report can be read at www.ero.govt.nz

Initiatives for Year 9/10 Students

    • Weekly report cards to update academic progress

    • Gifted and Talented programme 'Shine" for very able students

    • Performing Arts programme

    • Targeted literacy classes to assist students

    • Accelerated programmes to do NCEA

    • Sports Academies

    • Opportunity to compete in many sporting and cultural activities 

      Initiatives for Year 11/12/13 students

  • Achievers' Assemblies acknowledging seniors who achieve in their year group

  • After school homework centre with tutors

  • Academic Monitoring and Mentoring of NCEA progress throughout each year to ensure success

  • Vocational Pathways programme including Academies leading to apprenticeships and tertiary institutions

  • Leadership opportunities via sports, mentoring and cultural activities



 "Achievement for All".   

Congratulations to Michelle Chen – Dux Litterarum 2014