Welcome to Waicol

Wairarapa College is the largest secondary school in the Wairarapa. Located at 83 Pownall St, Masterton, Wairarapa College provides a dynamic learning environment blending tradition with innovation to assist each student in realising their full potential.

Set in spacious and beautiful grounds, the College contains a mixture of old and new buildings, presenting an attractive learning environment for students.

We invite you to explore the site and discover the many unique benefits of Waicol life, and we hope you will want to visit us in person. We look forward to hearing from you...

Message from the Board Chair


As we approach the middle of the year, we can reflect on an eventful first half of 2015.

As usual our students have had the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of curriculum and extra-curricular activity encompassing summer and winter sports, Stage Challenge and other cultural options, and a full complement of learning options. We are very proud of the range we offer and believe that you as our community also value it.

However, we also must ensure that everything we offer is affordable and sustainable. For this reason we are undertaking a review of our total offering with a view to making any changes for the 2016 year. Please be assured that the welfare of our students will be paramount in our thinking on this issue.

On behalf of the BOT, I would like to publically express my thanks to Pam Redpath who has filled the role of Acting Principal for the bulk of Term Two while our Principal has recovered from surgery. The school has been lucky to have capability that can step in and we are pleased to be able to welcome Mike back for Term Three.

I would also like to thank the PTA for their substantial support for the College by funding some of the “extra’s” that the Ministry of Education funding we receive does not quite cover. This support is gratefully received.

In a similar vein, the Hostel Parents Committee also provide great support to the ensure that the environment and facilities available to our hostel students are enhanced. To them, thank you also.

The end of term sees us farewell Nigel and Danielle Shields as Manager and Matron of College House. We are sad to see them leave us but wish them well in the future overseas plans. We will be joined by Josh Syms and this family at the start of Term 3 in the manager’s role and we are looking forward to maintaining the positive environment that exists at our hostel.

Lastly, for our students, enjoy the break and come back refreshed for the drive to success in Terms 3 and 4.

As always, please let us know if you have any comments, concerns or even praise via our BOT email: bot@waicol.co.nz

Our latest ERO report can be found here

Geoff Copps,


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