Have a great, safe, wonderful holiday break!!! Remember Day 1 term 2 is Monday 5 May.

Shakespeare Success – YES!!
Huge congratulations to our Senior Drama students who did a superb job of representing WBHS at the 2014 Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival on Wednesday evening (16 April). We were the winners of the 15 minute Teacher Directed piece: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 'Mechanicals ' the play within the play – starring Tim Atkins, Darcy Goodison, Connor McMurchy, Jonathan Leftly and Fletcher Coutts, Jimmy Kay and were also the  winners of the 5 minute Student Directed piece: Romeo & Juliet; Mercutio's death scene, played as a comedy, starring Austyn Mills, Stan Hallett Pullen, Robbie Mulligan, Thomas Hayman and Tamiti Heke.


Congratulations to Te Rei Clark and Liam Caldwell who have been named in the NZ U16 AFL squad of 30. 6 players will be cut from team that goes to Coff's Harbour next month for Sth Pacific Cup. Both of these fine young men were in the top team at the recent tournament in Wellington.

Congratulations to our new NZ weightlifting representative Taiao Kawiti-Cordtz (Y13) who has been selected to represent NZ in the upcoming Oceania Weightlifting Championships in New Caledonia on May 24th - Jun 1st.

Congratulations to Te Kaurinui Parata who was one of the 50 successful delegates (from 200 applications) selected to attend this year’s Sir Peter Blake Youth EnviroLeaders’ Forum in Wellington from 27 April - 1 May.

The selected delegates will join the Sir Peter Blake Trust and the Ministry for the Environment for an ‘urban expedition’ through the greater Wellington region, experiencing and learning about climate change and ocean health.  Delegates will also have opportunities to meet and engage with like-minded contemporaries, inspiring and informative speakers and experts - including Sir Peter Blake Trust alumni, local and national politicians, subject experts, business and community leaders.

Congratulations to our two quality junior swimmers Simon Delong and Euan Sapwell, on their recent success at the Div II swimming Nationals that were held recently in Hamilton.  These two young men earned a number of medals in the 14 year old age group.

Simon DelongGold 200m Breast; Gold 50m Breast; Silver 100m Breast; 5th 50m Back
Also entered in 200m Individual Medley and 50m Free but did not make the final.

Euan SapwellGold 100m Breast; Silver 50m Breast

Over the 133 years of its existence, Whangarei Boys' High School has established itself as a top-flight place of learning for day boys and boarders.  It has earned its reputation from the thousands of young men it has nurtured - young men who have contributed to its great traditions.

Whangarei Boys' High School numbers among its Old Boys a very high proportion who have been successful in politics, in business, in the professions, in sport and culture - in all walks of life.  We are proud of the achievements of these high fliers but our school is more than a well-directed environment for a gifted few.  It is the aim of our school to give every boy a genuine opportunity to excel in his own way; to instil the courage, self confidence, discipline and leadership we all require to tackle life in a positive and constructive manner.  In the classrooms, on the stage, on the playing fields, and in all our activities we aim to build a sense of self worth and fulfilment of potential based on knowledge, teamwork and respect.  The intellectual development of our boys is vitally important but their personal growth and development is of equal importance.

The school has always maintained a basic thrust for excellence and for the values expressed above and the 2011 E.R.O report confirms this.  We take pride in our uniform, our Prefects and Senior Leadership programme, our Gateway programmes, our Foundation Literacy and Numeracy Support classes, our mentoring programme, our Restorative Practice initiatives, as well as our academic, sporting and cultural successes.  Changing circumstances often call for changing approaches and it is pleasing to note that Whangarei Boys' High School is flexible and has continued to meet the needs of our times.  In its buildings, its equipment and its methods, the school is modern and is fitting its young men to confront the challenges and the growing technology of the workplace. Its innovative Academy Programme (e.g. Aviation Academy, Golf Academy) as well as our successful Trades Academies are indicative of our preparedness to look at new ideas and initiatives. 

If you would like to enrol your son in Whangarei Boys' High School (either as a day boy or a boarder) this prospectus will give you some idea of the opportunities available at the school.  If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to call us and ask.  Our phone number is (09) 430 4170; our fax is (09) 430 4172; our email address is a.kirk@wbhs.school.nz and our website is www.wbhs.school.nz

A F Kirk

January 2014