Wairarapa College - Masterton

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...

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!

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 we approach the end of term 3, our senior students should have a clear path as to what they have to do to succeed in the NCEA programme. There are some very positive distractions from this in the form of tournament week and the major Production, Grease, but nobody should be using these as an excuse for taking your eyes off the main goal which is academic success. Naturally, this focus on achievement also applies to the junior school, just in a different way.

From a Board perspective, we are also focussed on our goals for the school as outlined in our strategic plan. Foremost in this is obviously student achievement but we do also need to focus on managing our resources to support the learning and teaching that occurs.

To this end, we are starting the budget process for 2015 already, as well as making some progress on the master planning process.  This ongoing planning and monitoring process does drive change and it is clear that these changes will continue but they are all made with the interests of our students at heart.

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.

Contact the office for more infomation: office@waicol.co.nz

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