Congratulations to our WBHS Golf team (Braden Keown [Captain], Julian Fowler, Christian Nitsche and Ben Bowmar) - who took out 2nd place at the NZ Secondary Schools Golf Nationals in Taupo - narrowly missing an incredible "threepeat".

Congratulations also to Christian Nitsche for taking out the Best Individual title - meaning he is the no. 1 school boy golfer in the nation.

Congratulations to Head Boy James Edwards and his incredible performances at the ITU World Triathlon finals in Edmonton, Canada in the 16-19 yrs class.

James finished an outstanding 5th in the Aquathon (1st Kiwi) and in the main event two days later came 41st – a brilliant result. We are all extremely proud of James!


Congratulations to our Northland champion Rockquest band CO-LAB on making the top 20 cut as part of the process of selecting the final 6 bands to contest the national finals later this year.

All the best to Jimmy Kaye (Lead guitar), Austyn Mills  (vocals, trumpet, keyboard), Jesse Samu (Bass guitar), James Ross (drums), Josh Crawford (vocalist) and (recent Old Boy, now Kamo HS student) Tobin Taylor (Rhythm guitar) – let’s hope they make it to the next stage …


Congratulations to our JB7, JB8 and 1st XV (U18 comp) for making the finals in their respective grades on Friday night (8 August).

Special congratulations to the.....

* 1st XV winning the Northland U18 competition by defeating the 90 Milers (11 - 6) in a hard fought game, played away from home at Awanui.

* JB8 winning their grade by defeating the Vikings (38 - 19) in a quality game on Okara Park in front of a large and vocal crowd.

* Commisserations to the JB7 team who narrowly lost their final to Marist (27 - 22) in a very close, hard fought game that see-sawed throughout.

Well done to all teams, coaches and managers, and supporters.


to our 1st XI Hockey captain, Sean Crook, who has been selected in the NZ Under 18 men’s squad. An excellent achievement.


Congratulations to Co-Lab (Jesse Samu (bass), Jimmy Kay (Lead), James Ross (drums), Austyn Mills (keyboard, trumpet, backing vocals), Josh Crawford (lead vocal) and KHS student (and WBHS Old Boy) Toban Taylor (rhythm, and vocal) for winning the Northland Smokefree Rockquest final on Friday 4 July.  A brilliant effort.

Congratulations also to Austyn Mills in winning the Mainz Musicianship Award, with the opportunity to be selected for a national scholarship.

to two of our three Choirs who performed so well at the recent Big Sing at Forum North (Mon 9 June)

The Testostertones, and the Carruth Choir share the trophy for the Most Entertaining Song - Testostertones for "Heartbreak Hotel", and Carruth for ‘Little White Bull’’.

Commiserations to the Black Jackets Choir for narrowly missing out on also receiving a trophy! 

  SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company 2015

 Congratulations to Tim Atkins, Jonathan Leftley, and Stan Hallett-Pullen who have been selected to attend the Young Shakespeare Company's holiday workshops where the company who will then go on to the Globe in London, is chosen.  Congratulations to Ms Pope and her senior students; they have done WBHS proud.

The selection of these young men follows on from our recent success at the National Sheila Winn Shakespeare Competition, held in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

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 and our website is

A F Kirk

January 2014