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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...

Message from the Board Chair


As we approach the end of the year it is appropriate to reflect on this very turbulent year. I have endeavoured to keep you all up to date with the changes but just to summarise: With a focus on delivering the best education opportunities to our students, we have been living beyond our means for a number of years. This year is when it has become unsustainable. There will be changes in our curriculum in the future to allow us to live within the resources the Government gives us. While we might complain that this funding is not enough, it is what it is and we have to live within our means. And the unfortunate consequence of this is that there will also be staff changes. I do need to make it clear that any changes that are made will not be a reflection on the performance of those affected.

During the year we have also had some unforeseen and unavoidable issues with our leadership as our principal, Mike Schwass, has had to spend considerable time away from school during the year. I would like to acknowledge the work of Pam Redpath in stepping into the role and also welcome our Acting Principal, Peter Gould, who will be with us for the rest of year. The other new addition is Michael Rondel, who is supporting the college as it works to resolve its issues.w decline in the roll has stabilised now at around 1000 which gives us a platform to reconfigure the college from. This will mean adjustments to our curriculum, both in terms of the breadth of offering and methods of delivery.

At the Board level we have also had some change with the retirement of Toni O’Hagan and Andrew Fletcher during the year, both for personal reasons. Like all Trustees, these two gave many hours of their time and energy to the school and I would like to thank them for their contribution. 

On top of these issues is the lack of certainty about the Ministry’s commitment to the major property redevelopment that we have been discussing for the last 3 years. The lack of conclusion to a process that they started is extremely frustrating as while we have no decision, we don’t have our normal property resource in place and so things run down.

While that might sound like a long list of negatives, I believe that the school will emerge from the current situation in a much stronger position to continue to deliver a quality education to our students.

I wish all our students a successful year end that reflects the work they have put in over the year. And to our school community, let’s look forward to 2016 with a sense of positivity.

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

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Geoff Copps,


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