Wanganui Collegiate School

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Wanganui Collegiate School
Wanganui Collegiate School logo.jpg
Liverpool Street, Whanganui,
Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Coordinates 39°55′44.51″S 175°2′15.48″E / 39.9290306°S 175.0376333°E / -39.9290306; 175.0376333Coordinates: 39°55′44.51″S 175°2′15.48″E / 39.9290306°S 175.0376333°E / -39.9290306; 175.0376333
Type State integrated
Day & Boarding
Motto Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum
Denomination Anglican
Established 1854
Ministry of Education Institution no. 192
Headmaster Ross Brown[1]
Years 9–15
Gender Coeducational
School roll 437[2] (July 2017)
Socio-economic decile 9Q[3]
The school and chapel in 1912

Wanganui Collegiate School is a state-integrated coeducational, day and boarding secondary school in Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui region, New Zealand. The school is affiliated to the Anglican church.


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.[4]

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.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, spent two terms in 1982 at the school as a junior master during his gap year.

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.[5]

School life[edit]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]


  • 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)[8]
  • Rab Brougham Bruce-Lockhart (1954–1960)[9]
  • Thomas Umfrey Wells (1960–1980)
  • Ian McKinnon (1980–1988)[10]
  • Trevor Stanton McKinlay (1988–1995)
  • Johnathan Rae Hensman (1995–2003)[11]
  • Craig Considine (2003–2008)
  • Tim Wilbur (2008–2013)
  • Chris Moller (2013-2017)[12]
  • Ross Brown (2017-)


  1. ^ "New head for Wanganui Collegiate". Wanganui Chronicle. 28 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Headmaster's Welcome". Wanganui Collegiate. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  5. ^ "Bailout of Wanganui Collegiate 'a sign of things to come'". Television New Zealand. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 315.
  7. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 313.
  8. ^ "Eminent Old Alleynians : Sport". Dulwich College. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Major Rab Brougham Bruce-Lockhart". Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "Their Brilliant Careers" (PDF). Ingenio. University of Auckland: 24. Autumn 2005. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)


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