Whakatane High School
|Whakatane High School|
Bay of Plenty
Whakatane, 3120, New Zealand
|School type||State Co-educational Secondary|
|Motto||Kia Whakatane Ahau|
|Opened||1920 (As Whakatane District High School)|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||144|
|Number of students||773|
|Hours in school day||6.5 hours (including form time)|
|Houses||Kauri, Rimu, Totara, Matai|
|Slogan||Challenging Students to Achieve|
Facilities and buildings
The school consists of a field, gymnasium (a separate gymnastics building operated by the local Gymnastics Club lies next to it), school & student office, Careers Centre, the Barclay Hall, a library (named in November 2011 after New Zealand author Margaret Mahy, who went to Whakatane High School for a period of time), and numerous buildings split into blocks including: N block (Mainly used for Math, and ICT), T Block (Mainly used for Technology), B Block (Mainly for English, Social Studies and related subjects), A block (Multiple subjects including Languages and Health), and C Block (Mainly for art and related subjects).
The school currently has a roll of 773 students. Of this, 52% are female, and 48% male. Also, 55% are Maori, 41% are NZ European, and 3% are of other origin (e.g. Asian, Pacific).
There are four houses in which the students are split into:
Each house is named after a tree that is native to New Zealand.
Along with international students (6 at March 2011), the school get occasional 1-2 week visits from classes from another country (mainly Japan). The students are billeted with a student from Whakatane High. The visitors attend some of the classes of the student they were billeted with.
|This section requires expansion. (December 2011)|
- Jozef Klarssen, Member of Nederlands Olympic Eight at 2012 London Games
- Lisa Carrington, Canoe Sprint World Champion, Olympic gold medallist
- Karen Hanlen, Oceania mountain bike champion
- John Vernon Head QSM, Anti-landmines activist
- Margaret Mahy, author
- Benji Marshall, rugby league player
- Ian Shearer (born 1941), former National MP
- Brett Sinkinson, rugby union player
- Sir Alan Stewart, founding vice-chancellor, Massey University
- Nathan Twaddle, world champion rower and Olympic bronze medallist