Wairarapa College - Masterton

Welcome to Waicol

Wairarapa College is the largest secondary school in the Wairarapa. Located in 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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Wellington Entertainment™ Memberships

The new 2014 | 2015 Wellington Entertainment™ Memberships are available now and packed with thousands of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers.

From every Entertainment™ Membership we sell, $12 goes towards our fund-raising for Wairarapa College! The more Entertainment™ Memberships we sell, the more we raise – so please share this with your family and friends!

Order directly online here or through the school office.

Common Ground

Those of us with young people in our lives know it can be difficult to help them when they're going through challenging times.
That's where Common Ground comes in. This website features advice, conversation starters, warning signs and sources of support for a range of issues and challenges that many of our young people face. It aims to help worried loved ones to guide their young people in managing challenging times in their lives, to they can enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing.

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


Now that we are about halfway through the year, all our students from Year 9 to Year 13 should be on track to achieve their goals or at least have a clear plan to achieve them.

Like the students and staff, the Board is also continually monitoring its progress against its goals as the days of leaving everything to an end of year cram are over for all of us.

There has been a focus this year on increasing this monitoring at years 9 and 10 to ensure that any issues are identified early and strategies put in place. We are confident that the results will show through at the end of the year and continue as these students move into NCEA territory.

In my last newsletter piece, I said that the master planning process was progressing well. We have been disappointed in the slow pace that this very important project has moved at but we are in the hands of the Ministry and the consulting community. Please be assured that we are maintaining the pressure to achieve the very best outcome for the students of today and into the future.

Lastly, there have been two pieces of media coverage about schools recently that I would like to reflect on.

1. School fees – while these are voluntary donations, they do help to ensure that we can maintain the level of education that we offer so please support your school by making your donation.

2. School rules – we believe that Wairarapa College has a clear and logical set of school rules that we expect all students to adhere to. These rules are not optional and we will be enforcing them in all circumstances

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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Waicol News

2015 Enrolment

Year 9 2015 Enrolment Packs will be posted out to students at local contributing schools in June.

Uniform Shop Hours

Monday /Wednesday / Friday 3-5pm

Tuesday / Thursday 12.30-2pm

KOOGA Tracksuits.

Jacket $89 Pants $57.50

If you want either of these items you can order them from the Uniform Shop. We can only carry limited stock so don't wait and be disappointed if you can't get these at the last minute.


Thursday 17th and Friday 18th July 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Westbush Challenge walk

The Westbush Challenge date has been changed from Friday 9 May until Monday 15 September.