Over the 137 years of its existence, Whangarei Boys’ High School has established itself as a 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.