Waiheke High School offers an exciting opportunity to be part of an island community just a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Waiheke Island is a special and beautiful place to live. It has golden sandy beaches with stunning scenery and blue clean water. Dolphins, and occasionally whales, are spotted in the waters around Waiheke. The most popular leisure activities revolve around the sea, for example, kayaking, fishing, snorkelling and sailing. The Island is very safe and prides itself on being a caring community of around 8000. All international students are placed in a homestay arranged and monitored by the school. We select families carefully for their friendliness, their lifestyle and for the quality of care they offer to students.
Waiheke High School provides a quality educational experience, and has high expectations of academic excellence. There is a wide range of subject choices. Teachers are highly trained and qualified.
The School’s student support systems ensure that international students are well cared for during their time on Waiheke Island. Student welfare is a high priority. Our Deans of International Students provide individual academic and personal support to each student. Advice and guidance is given to those students who wish to study for the formal New Zealand school qualification, the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). There is also opportunity for some students to study subjects that may not be available in their own schools.
For students who need extra help with English, Waiheke High School has a quality ‘English for Speakers of Other Languages’ (ESOL) programme.
Waiheke High School has a strong sense of community and there are several events in which the whole school participates. In summer there is ‘Beach Sports’ day where all the students go to the beach and students participate in a range of fun activities, from swimming and kayaking races to sand castle building competitions. Matariki is another significant event for the School. Matariki, which celebrates the Maori New Year, is held in June. These special events are often highlights of International students experiences in New Zealand.