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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Behavior 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 Term One - 2014 draws to an end, the Board has been reflecting on the history that was 2013 and how we are progressing against our strategic goals.

As usual, the summer weather has arrived just as school starts!

Overall the NCEA results were satisfactory with some cohorts of students showing improvement and others not. The emphasis this year will be on overall and sustained improvement. This includes an increased focus on monitoring and early detection of issues in Years 9 and 10.

One key to this is attendance as it is clearly very difficult for the school to make a difference if the students are not in class. We have set targets for attendance and through the access that KAMAR gives parents and caregivers the attendance of any individual student becomes very transparent. We would ask that the school is supported in its efforts to get every student in class and learning.

The start of 2014 was pleasing as we saw an increase in enrolments which is positive both as a measure of community confidence in the school and also in terms of resources both monetary and staffing from the Ministry of Education.

And despite the lack of visible action, the property master planning process is continuing which will result in a significant investment in the school by the Ministry.

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

Central Super Six Tournament College Pre-Season
Winter Sports Quadrangular Tournament
at Wairarapa College
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Open Day / Open Night
Tuesday 1st July 2014
Year 9 2015 Enrolment Packs will be posted out to students at local contributing schools in June.

Uniform Shop

Monday / Wednesday / Friday 3pm - 5pm

Tuesday / Thursday 12.30 - 2pm


Holiday hours

Wed 30 April - Friday 2 May

1 - 4pm

Winter Uniform compulsory from Monday 5 May.

Westbush Challenge walk

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