Newsletter Week 1 Term 2

Wairarapa College May 6 2021


He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata! He tāngata! He tāngata!

After only one term it is easy to see that it is the staff and students that make Wairarapa College a great school. The past and present staff and students have shaped what I refer to as the WaiCol Way or the WaiCol Wairua (spirit). The WaiCol Way is one of being willing to learn, helping each other, being involved in extracurricular activities, embracing and celebrating diversity and service to others. My personal aim is to enhance this culture, so all students and staff are cared for, thrive, excel and have fun.

This week we have commemorated the ANZAC forces who served our country and helped to shape its future. One NZ serviceman was the first principal of Wairarapa College, Mr G Hancox, who was instrumental in shaping the Wai Col Way. He was appointed principal in 1938 when the local High School and Technical College merged to create Wairarapa College. Mr Hancox served in World War 1 and returned to military service in World War 2 from 1941 to 1944 before returning to be principal until 1951.

Mr Hancox’s opening address to the College included, “On the foundations of knowledge, skill and physique that have been laid in the homes and primary schools of the district we hope in this new College to build such a superstructure that the boys and girls who pass through here will be still fitted to face the battle of life.” This is the essence of our College vision - with wisdom and courage. I hope all our students are prepared to face the battle of life with wisdom and courage, whether it be in the classroom, on the sports field, in the community or in our relationships.

Have a great term two.

Matt White

Principal Tumuaki

Staff update

We are pleased to welcome our new staff members, Ms Alix Bushnell, Head of Drama and Ms Katrina Matthews, teacher of English. Ms Rebekah Gray, teacher of Mathematics will replace Mrs Amanda Herrick on maternity leave from May 10. Ms Janet Chilton, teacher of Social Studies and English will join us for term two to cover Mrs Jo-anne Bisset who is on medical leave. Mr Joe Hurndell will be acting Assistant Principal while Mrs Bisset is on leave. Mr Steve Davis will join us for the first six weeks of term two to cover Mrs Sheelum Satya who is also on medical leave. We wish Mrs Satya and Mrs Bisset a speedy recovery.

Online newsletter

This is the first of our new online newsletters which we will aim to publish two-to-three times per term. We are also in the process of refreshing our website.

Upcoming Events

May 7 Cross Country

May 9 Mother’s Day


May 11 TEACHER ONLY DAY – This is a Ministry of Education organised day to focus on NCEA


May 14 West Bush Challenge

May 17 Tawa College Exchange

May 18 Variety Performance

May 19 Music Tour

May 21 Pink Shirt Day



June 2 Napier Boys’ High School Exchange


June 17 Paraparaumu College at WaiCol

June 22 Showquest