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Whangamata Area School is a co-educational state composite school catering for students from Year 1 to Year 13.  Currently we accept international students from Year 9 to 13.  The school roll is about 440 students.  Our senior classes are small and give good opportunities for small group and individual support.  Most Year 11 classes are fewer than 20 students and many of our Year 12 and Year 13 classes have fewer than 10 students.


Whangamata is located at the base of the Coromandel Peninsula on the East Coast, about two hours drive from the centre of Auckland and an hour and a half from Auckland International Airport.  Whangamata is a beach resort town with a permanent population of about 3000.  Whangamata is well known for its surf beach and a number of current and past students have represented New Zealand in international surfing competitions.  Over the summer period December/January the town's population swells to nealy 40,000 people.


The school prides itself in offering excellent opportunities for academic success.  We have a very effective staff offering the New Zealand National Curriculum.  In Years 9 & 10 we offer core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Health and Social Studies.  A wide range of "compulsory options" are also offered at Year 9 including Food and Fabric Technology, Multi Media, Drama, Art, Music, Maori, Metalwork and Woodwork.  At Year 10 students then choose three of these options to study further.  At Year 11, 12 and 13 we offer a range of subjects all geared towards students gaining the National Certificate of Educational Achievement at Level 1 for Year 11, at Level 2 for Year 12 and at Level 3 for Year 13.  Students thinking of enrolling in a New Zealand University are advised to contact our Careers Advisor to find the entry requirements for the course they wish to enroll in.


We make the care of our International Students a very high priority.  The Principal and the Dean for International Students oversee the programme and are available to our International Students for pastoral support.


Whangamata Area School has a strong Physical Education Department.  We offer Physical Education as an option at Years 11 to 13.  In all these programmes there is an excellent balance of practical to theory requirements.  In Level 3 Physical Education, that is Year 13, the topics range from windsurfing to mountain biking to skiing.
The school offers and encourages students to participate in a wide range of sporting opportunities, including athletics, swimming, cricket, rugby, soccer, basketball and netball.  Students are encouraged to take part in the cultural life of the school including drama, music and Kapa Haka.


The academic year runs from late January to early December with four terms, each of about 10 weeks.  The summer holiday is from early December to late January.


Students entering at Year 12 must provide evidence of English language proficiency.  Direct enrollment into Year 13 is done on a case by case basis.  To be considered a student would be expected to have at least 6.0 in IELTS or equivalent.  For students hoping to go on to University it is recommended that they enrol in Year 12 and progress through to Year 13.


English language (ESOL) support is given throughout the year and there is an expectation that students will attend ESOL classes.  Exemption may be given in exceptional cases.


All International Students must live in a school-approved homestay.  Students are not permitted to live in flats/apartments regardless of their age; they must live with a family which does their cooking and washing of clothes.  Students may not change their accommodation without the Director of International Student's prior permission.


Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment while studying and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service on its website http://www.immigration.govt.nz


P.O. Box 8, Whangamata, New Zealand
Phone: 64 7 8658557
Fax: 64 7 8658761

Director of International Students:


Whangamata Area School
P.O.Box 8
Ph: 07 - 8658557
Fax: 07 - 8658761