Wairarapa College - Masterton

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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...

Wairarapa College's PB4L Acronym

The word is: LEAD

  • Learn with purpose
  • Engage with pride
  • Act with respect
  • Dare to succeed
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2014 Senior Prizegiving

The senior prizegiving for 2014 was held on Wednesday 5th November. Click here to download the prizelist. Congratulations to all prize recipients!

2015 Stationery List

This year we will recommend that purchases are made through Warehouse Stationery. They can be purchased in store or by using the online service here.
You can download the Year 9 stationery list here.
You can download the Year 10 stationery list here.
You can download the Year 11 stationery list here.
You can download the Year 12 stationery list here.
You can download the Year 13 stationery list here.
The workbook list for all year levels is available here.

Behaviour Management Initiative (PB4L)

After a great deal of consultation with students and staff, we have decided on our 3-5 expectations word that will become the branding for PB4L and the ‘way it is done around here.'
This word was presented to students last week by Harriet O’Hara, Gus Wakeling and Marcus Ale. The students will now look at each word in more detail and determine what it means to them.
This will eventually be displayed in each classroom and in their school log book.

Over time, it will be part of our documentation, signage and part of our communication with students.
We are looking for creative and innovative students who can portray this word in a range of different ways, to put around the school.

Currently we are calling for nominations from students to form a forum group to help and support our current PB4L student leaders. These students will be part of the team to help implement the expected behaviours around school.

The staff PB4L team and Harriet and Gus attended our final training session with the Ministry of Education on Tuesday 21 September. As a 3-5 year project, we are excited about how this will have an impact on the atmosphere at Wairarapa College.

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Message from the Board Chair


As you read this newsletter, the school year is all but over for 2014 and so it is appropriate to reflect on what a great year is has been for Wairarapa College.

On the sports field and on the stage we have seen wonderful performances from our students at all levels. On the sporting front this was highlighted by the achievements at the national level during tournament week and culturally, Grease was certainly the word.

It is too early to fully judge the academic performance of our students but it is clear that they have been given every opportunity to perform to the best of their ability. And now we all wait.

At a Board level the year has held some challenges which has meant some big decisions have had to be made as we plan for 2015. We have reached a point where we are no longer able to fund any teaching staff above the number funded directly by the Ministry of Education. We have been funding additional teachers out of operational funding for a number of years to support curriculum delivery but sadly we have had to reduce staffing number for 2015.

We have also had to review all operational expenditure as we deal with increasing demands for services and no matching increase in funding. We also have some legacy issues such as debt repayments for the Hall which will make things tight for a number of years to come.

On the positive side, we are well advanced in negotiations with the Ministry on our site re-development plan which will involve a number of stages resulting in a 21st century school. This is a multi-million dollar investment in the future education of this region’s young people and is an reflection of the importance that our college has in the social fabric of Wairarapa.

So I am looking forward to a short break over the Xmas period and then back into an exciting 2015.

I would like to thank you, our community, for your support for Wairarapa College in 2014. Without your support we could achieve nothing.

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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Cricket Coaches Required

Wairarapa College require cricket coaches for the Junior, 2nd XI and 1st XI teams.

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Uniform Shop Hours

Open Monday /Wednesday / Friday 3.00 - 5.00 pm ()

Tuesday and Thursday 12.30 - 2.00 pm

Holiday Hours.

Thursday 15 January - Monday 2 February

10 - 4 pm daily (excluding public holidays) and Saturday 24 January 10 - 2pm

2015 Maori Education Trust Secondary Scholarships

2015 Secondary Scholarships are now open and close on Friday 27 February 2015.

Eligibility is as follows:

- applicants applying for Maori Education Trust Scholarships must:

- be enrolled at a New Zealand secondary school in 2014;

- be attending full-time study for the full year;

- meet all criteria for the scholarships applied for

- submit the application and supporting documentation on time.

Apply on line at www.maorieducation.org.nz