Our School

Whakatane High School challenges students to achieve with strong values around responsibility, respect and achievement. Kia Whakatane Ahau. Whakatane High School has a roll of more than 800 students, including International Students, located on Goulstone Road in Whakatane.
The staff at Whakatane High School understand the importance of education and helping young people to meet the challenges and demands of our ever changing world. It is our aim for each of our students to leave Whakatane High School as responsible citizens of the world, enthusiastic about life and learning and with the best possible qualifications.

Whakatane High School believes that respect, responsibility, and achievement are central to being positive members of society. These values have been championed for 95 years and will continue to ensure that Whakatane High School provides an excellent education for the young people of our district.

Whakatane High School’s unrelenting focus on student achievement has resulted in student success in academic fields, bi-cultural partnerships, cultural activities and in the sporting arena. We are proud of the achievements of all our students, both past and present.

The future direction for Whakatane High School is expressed in six strategic goals:

  • to provide a learning environment that challenges and enables all students to develop their potential
  • to manage the human, physical and intellectual resources of the school to provide a learning environment to maximise student learning and achievement
  • to provide a healthy, safe and caring environment that focuses on students’ responsibilities and rights
  • to ensure there is effective communication between the school and its community
  • to demonstrate in governance and management an obligation to fulfil the intent of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • to be the preferred provider of secondary education in the Eastern Bay of Plenty

Our well qualified, enthusiastic and professional teaching staff provide a wide range of courses that offer the best possible opportunities for academic excellence. Our well structured pastoral care network helps to ensure each person in our large community is valued, supported and encouraged to do their best.

We value the opportunity to play a vital part in the education of your son or daughter and look forward to welcoming your family to our fine school.

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