Wanganui Collegiate School
|Wanganui Collegiate School|
|Liverpool Street, Whanganui,
Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Day & Boarding
|Motto||Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||192|
|School roll||437 (July 2017)|
The Wanganui Collegiate School was founded by a land grant in 1852 by the Governor of New Zealand, Sir George Grey, to the Bishop of New Zealand, George Augustus Selwyn, for the purpose of establishing a school. It was originally a boys-only school but in 1991 began admitting girls at senior levels and went fully co-educational in 1999. The school celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2004.
The school amalgamated with St George’s School in 2010. The combined schools provide primary education for day students on the St George campus, and secondary education for day and boarding students on the Collegiate campus.
Collegiate is an International Member of The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) which represents heads of the leading independent schools in Ireland, the United Kingdom and international schools mainly from the Commonwealth. Wanganui Collegiate is one of only three member schools in New Zealand.
In November 2012, it was announced that the school would integrate into the state system effective January 2013, after requiring a $3.8 million bailout from the government to stay afloat.
As a boarding school, the house system plays a significant role in student life. Each house (of which there are 6 in total; four for boys and two for girls) accommodates approximately 80 students, and each has its own Housemaster, Assistant Housemaster and Matron. The school houses are named Harvey, Hadfield, Grey, Selwyn, Godwin and Bishops.
The school grounds are also host to numerous sporting facilities, including the Izard Gymnasium, High Performance Cricket Centre, a full-sized Cross Country Course and many team sports fields. The nearby Whanganui River is used by students for rowing training and competitions; Rowing being one of the sports in which Collegiate has traditionally excelled, having won the Maadi Cup 17 times, a national record. The School also hosts the nationally popular Wanganui Cricket Festival each year which sees over 1000 cricketers display their skills throughout the month of January.
Since 1925, the school's 'First XV' rugby team has played Christ's College, Wellington College and Nelson College in an annual quadrangular rugby tournament. In recent times, this tournament has been dominated by Wellington College. Wanganui Collegiate last won in 1991.
- Hamish McDouall, Mayor of Whanganui
- Leslie Andrew, WW1 Victoria Cross & DSO recipient
- Chris Amon, Formula One racing driver, 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans champion
- Earl Bamber, professional racing driver, 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans champion
- Cameron Brewer, Auckland Councillor
- Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, Law Lord
- Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
- Leon Götz, National Party MP
- Volker Heine, physicist
- Joline Henry, Silver Fern netballer
- Nichkhun Horvejkul, Thai-American singer and actor based in South Korea, member of South Korean boy band 2PM
- Jimmy Hunter, member of The Original All Blacks
- Roy Jack, National Party MP
- David Kirk, All Black World Cup winning captain and former Chief Executive of Fairfax Media
- Patrick Marshall, geologist
- Ian McKelvie, National Party MP
- Arthur Porritt, Baron Porritt, former Governor-General of New Zealand
- John Scott, former Director-General of the Fiji Red Cross
- Rebecca Scown, Gold Medalist rower
- Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna, Fijian statesman
- Jeremy Wells (Newsboy), television and radio personality
- John Tanner, murderer
- Charles Henry Sinderby Nicholls (1854–1865)
- Henry H Godwin (1865–1877)
- George Richard Saunders (1878–1882)
- Bache Wright Harvey (1882–1887)
- Walter Empson (1888–1909)
- Julian Llewellyn Dove (1909–1914)
- Hugh Latter (1914–1916)
- Patrick Marshall (1917–1922)
- Robert Guy Wilson (1922)
- Charles Frederick Pierce (1922–1931)
- John Allen (1932–1935)
- Frank William Gilligan (1936–1954)
- Rab Brougham Bruce-Lockhart (1954–1960)
- Thomas Umfrey Wells (1960–1980)
- Ian McKinnon (1980–1988)
- Trevor Stanton McKinlay (1988–1995)
- Johnathan Rae Hensman (1995–2003)
- Craig Considine (2003–2008)
- Tim Wilbur (2008–2013)
- Chris Moller (2013-2017)
- Ross Brown (2017-)
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- "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
- "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- "Headmaster's Welcome". Wanganui Collegiate. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
- "Bailout of Wanganui Collegiate 'a sign of things to come'". Television New Zealand. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
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- "Eminent Old Alleynians : Sport". Dulwich College. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
- "Major Rab Brougham Bruce-Lockhart". Retrieved 26 August 2009.
- "Their Brilliant Careers" (PDF). Ingenio. University of Auckland: 24. Autumn 2005. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
- Full list with biographies in The Register of the Wanganui Collegiate School, 1854-2003, 7th edition, 2003, ed. P. N Irvine, ISBN 0-473-09863-6, pp 21-23
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