Waitakere College


Waitakere College
42 Rathgar Road

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Phone number

+64 9 836 7890


WELCOME TO WAITAKERE COLLEGE, in the beautiful city of AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND! Waitakere College warmly welcomes International students to our vibrant multi-cultural West Auckland secondary school. We have students from over 65 different cultures in our school and we celebrate diversity.

Waitakere College is the proud co-winner of the 2017 Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and also a finalist for Excellence in Leadership.

Our International Students are offered extensive ESOL support based on their English level as well as Academic Mentoring and support. Our free homework club meets three times a week with subject teachers available for extra support on two of the three days and student support on the third. Our English conversation group 'Korero' provides a fun way for International Students to improve their conversational English. Caring Kiwi Buddies enjoy the opportunity to befriend our International Students and help them integrate into life at the College and in New Zealand.

There are numerous sporting codes, cultural groups and music opportunities for students to get involved with at Waitakere College, something for everyone to enjoy!

The College is a five minute walk to the train station providing easy access to the city for weekend activities. Being in the West of Auckland means students are only a fifteen minute drive to the Waitakere rainforest as well as some of New Zealand's most iconic surf beaches. Within a short walking distance of the College, students can access an Olympic sized swimming pool at the West Wave Aquatic Centre as well as a large shopping mall and well equipped and modern public library.

Waitakere College arranges their own high quality, caring homestay families who have a genuine interest in young people and want them to make the most of their time in New Zealand. Our homestays are supportive and aware of the needs of International Students studying away from their families.

Our school canteen has a large menu of delicious and nutritious food and our International Department is equipped with a microwave and electric jug for students to heat their lunch.


Key information

  • Male and Female

    Male and Female

  • 1300

    Total number of students

  • 23

    International students

  • Auckland Region

    Auckland Region

More about Waitakere College

  • Dux 2017 Diana Thilay Cambodia

    Dux 2017 Diana Thilay Cambodia

Our Dux for 2017 was an International Student from Cambodia, Diana Thilay.  We are proud of her hard work and commitment to excellence across all areas of school life.


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