Our School

At Waihi we believe in Nurturing Success - academically, physically, culturally, spiritually, and individually and we achieve this with our outstanding educational offerings and our specialist team of Educators along with the care and support of our extended Waihi staff and family.

Robotics, music, visual arts and craft, wood technology, along with encouraging our students to be involved in everything from choir to tea­m sports, we provide a well-rounded holistic approach to your son or daughter’s education.

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Nurturing Tradition

Today's Waihians are proud of those who have gone before them and understanding our history continues to create a strong sense of the values that we hold dear.

Nurturing Relationships

Boarding life will nurture your child’s ability to live and work alongside others and create successful, happy, courteous and confident young people. Our boarding facilities are modern and welcoming, and your child will always have someone to turn to, guide and advise them on the journey.  The friendships forged whilst boarding at Waihi will last a lifetime and we are proud to be able to offer the children a rural lifestyle in our magnificent grounds with regular planned pursuits offsite and many memorable trips to the Waihi River that will be talked about for years to come!


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Nurturing Values

Waihi is an Anglican school, and we believe in a world where traditional values are being constantly challenged. An educated rooted in a Christian-based values system is more relevant to our children than it has ever been. We undertake a weekly service in our beautiful school chapel to set the tone for the coming week, placing emphasis on the traditional values of good manners, courtesy, considerate behaviour, graciousness and respect.

Nurturing Sporting Success

Through sport our children learn about friendship, comfort zones, leadership, teamwork, communications, accountability, and responsible risk taking. They gain self-esteem, determination, and organisational skills.

Our students also learn about winning and losing. To be a gracious winner or a gracious loser is one of the hardest lessons in life to learn. It is certainly part of the package of a resilient child, preparing them for life’s ups and downs.


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Nurturing Creative Success

At Waihi we celebrate children’s passion for creativity, we nurture their inner artist, musician, technician or acting ability. Through our broad programme in arts and technology, we nurture your child’s sense of discovery and unlock their passions for the task at hand. Our specialist and skilled teaching staff nurture the student’s thirst for discovery and what drives them, working alongside them in our small and dedicated classes to ensure that each student can reach their full potential in all areas of the curriculum.

Grounds and Facilities

Our school is situated north of Winchester on State Highway 1 in South Canterbury. Behind our huge, manicured macrocarpa hedge lies 10 hectares of  attractive grounds with a mix of historic and updated school buildings and facilities where our students can roam and enjoy the freedoms of a rural environment.  Our very special school provides a safe and nurturing space, and our beautiful grounds prove to be an excellent place for a child to be a child.

Our beautiful established grounds boast a heated indoor swimming pool, cricket, football and rugby fields, netball and tennis courts, outdoor climbing equipment, a low ropes course and our purpose-built mountain bike pump track. We have a mix of school buildings including our large dining room, school hall, and Pyne House  - the heart of our boarding school. We give your child the tools to achieve and we are happy to work with you to nurture their individual interests.


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As an Independent School, we receive little government funding to assist with the running of our facility; therefore, our fee structure reflects this along with the quality educators and opportunities afforded to the Waihi Student that are not available at State Primary Schools. The fees for each year are set by the Waihi School Trust Board in December of the preceding year. A 5% discount on tuition fees for each sibling is given to parents with two or more children at the school at one time.

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