Electives
This year’s Junior Electives will be run on the 27th & 28th November. The activities form and permission slip (to be returned to the office), will be given out to the students Friday 7 November. The sooner the students get the forms back to the office with their payment, the more likely it is that they will be able to take part in their chosen activity. The Waiwera Hot Pools activity has been heavily subsidised by the Student Council this year to make it affordable to all. Please note that all school subject fees must be paid before students can take part in off-site Electives.


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
HEADMASTER

January 2014