NCEA Workshops in classrooms
Monday 28 July at 6.15pm

How NCEA works - presentation for parents/boys and a question and answer session

followed by

Monday 28 July at 7pm in school library
 Study skills, manage projects, time management, tertiary entry

Wednesday 30 July from 4.00pm – 8.00pm in WBHS Hall 

This is designed for Seniors only who particularly need to see a teacher.  To make a booking please go to the website and enter the event code 5UFDJ.  Alternatively, you can phone the school office on 430 4170 to make a booking.

Thursday 31 July – early close 1.30pm
to allow core teachers of Year 9 and 10 classes to meet with their Year Level Deans to discuss progress of students in each of those core classes.  This early close of 1.30pm will be repeated again on Thursday 7 August.

Boys who regularly get collected, and bus boys, will be supervised until normal closing time 3.10pm. The Library will be open for study. 


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