About Waihi School

Independent school for day and boarding students from Year 4 - 8

Waihi is an Independent School for day and boarding students from Year 4 - 8. The school is situated north of Winchester on State Highway 1 in South Canterbury. Ten hectares of attractive grounds and updated facilities provide an excellent environment for a child to be a child. Waihi is committed to remaining a small school with the roll limited to 120. Generally just over half of the school are boarders drawing from Canterbury through to Southland. Day students travel from Timaru, Geraldine, Pleasant Point, Ashburton and surrounding areas either by private transport or on one of four school buses that operate available routes.

Wide range of achievements

Since opening in 1907 the focus of the school has been to challenge each individual to set goals and target achievement in a wide range of areas in order to develop all aspects of their life. Through a professional and a committed staff team we provide a learning environment that offers each Waihian the opportunity to fulfil their potential in a range of academic, sporting, cultural, spiritual and social programmes which prepare them for secondary school and beyond.

Waihi has a proud academic record of students being well prepared for success at secondary school. An experienced teaching staff, the assessment process, planning for individual needs, learning support for both extension and support programmes, class size limited to a maximum of 20, help to ensure academic success. Effective classroom management and a positive attitude to learning are fostered within a culture of high achievement. Waihi offers a broad and balanced curriculum including; Specialist Science, ICT, Art, Drama, English, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Humanities, Materials Technologies, Outdoor Education and Sport.

Importance placed on faith

Connection to the Church is vital to Waihi School. Our historic chapel is the location for services each Monday morning. Families are welcome at any service where students explore the Christian message, its values and principles. The Christian ethos is central to ensuring Waihi is a caring community that considers the needs of every child.

Honesty, self-discipline, loyalty, tolerance and respect for all are core values at Waihi.

Teamwork and leadership encouraged

Each student starting at Waihi is assigned to one of four houses named after the first Headmasters of the school. Belonging to a house gives opportunities for each individual to contribute in many areas of both sporting and cultural endeavour and encourages teamwork, brotherhood and leadership.

Strong emphasis on cultural talent

Cultural activities play an important part in a Waihi education. There is a strong emphasis on the choir and all students are encouraged to play a musical instrument through itinerant music teachers. Performance evenings, school drama productions, school speech competitions and New Zealand Speech Board Examinations for all, allow opportunities for to develop confidence and express their creative talents.

Sports are essential to school life

Sport is an integral part of life at Waihi and all students are required to play a summer and winter sport. Summer sports include swimming, cricket, tennis and touch rugby. Rugby, hockey, netball, football, and basketball are played in the winter. School teams are entered in the local South Canterbury competitions. Interschool fixtures against other independent schools are held in both winter and summer sports. School teams are entered in the South Canterbury combined Primary Schools events. In addition a variety of other sporting opportunities are available including a flourishing mountain-biking club. Table tennis, skiing, cross-country and karate are available. There is a fiercely contested series of inter-house competitions while the extra-curricular programme includes ski days, field trips, camps and weekend outings. Waihi’s tremendous facilities include football and rugby fields, cricket grounds (including two artificial wickets), cricket practice nets, artificial turf (tennis courts / hockey and PE), outdoor basketball/netball courts and heated indoor swimming pool.

Family atmosphere

With around fifty boarders and many staff and families living permanently on site, the school is a nurturing place for both day and boarding students. Boarding adds a special dimension to the school. The boarding house is a wonderful new (2012) first-class facility and the flexibility of a modern boarding system including weekly boarding, and short term stays for day students allowing a high level of access for all families.

Parent contact is a vital part of Waihi and is positively encouraged at all times. Weekend leave is available most weekends with an extra weekend home planned in the middle of each term. This longer weekend allows distant boarders a full weekend at home.

Waihi is a school that offers a family atmosphere where every child is valued as part of a busy and friendly community uniquely designed for the best experiences possible to prepare each individual for life.