Waitakere College

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Waitakere College
42 Rathgar Rd,
Auckland 0610,
New Zealand
Coordinates 36°52′1.55″S 174°37′15.10″E / 36.8670972°S 174.6208611°E / -36.8670972; 174.6208611Coordinates: 36°52′1.55″S 174°37′15.10″E / 36.8670972°S 174.6208611°E / -36.8670972; 174.6208611
Type State, Co-educational, Secondary School (Year 9-13)
Motto Achievement for All
Ministry of Education Institution no. 44
Principal Mark Shanahan
School roll 1321[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 3I[2]

Waitakere College is a state coeducational secondary school located in Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand, established in 1975. A total of 1321 students from Years 9 to 13 (ages 13 to 18) attend Waitakere College as of February 2017.[1]

Students entering the college are allocated into one of three "Houses". The house names use Māori words: Aroha (Love), Manawanui (Perseverance), and Matauranga (Knowledge). Their respective mascots are; a Dragon, a Lion and a Dolphin. During the course of the year students can earn points for their house with good behaviour in class and good marks. These points are added up every week in a house assembly to determine the winner for that particular week. This also happens at the end of terms and a final one at the end of the year shows which house has won that year with the most points.

Waitakere College offers an extra 'Performing Arts' option run by Stephen Nightingale. Entry is based on an audition process and the course runs for years 9 and 10. It covers drama, dance, music and singing, theatre, film/television, editing, theatre lighting, make-up and costume. As part of the course, students are required to take part in the school's annual musical.


  1. ^ a b "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.