An education for life
Waihi is an Independent School for day and boarding boys from Year 4-8. The school is situated north or Winchester on State Highway 1 in South Canterbury. Ten hectares of attractive grounds and modernised facilities provide an excellent environment for a boy to be a boy. Since opening in 1907 the focus of the school has been to challenge boys to set goals and target achievement in a wide range of areas in order to develop all aspects of their life. Waihi is committed to remaining a small school with small class sizes. A positive attitude to learning is fostered within a culture of high achievement. Through professionalism and a committed staff we provide a learning environment that offers each boy the opportunity to fulfil his potential in a range of academic, sporting, cultural, spiritual and social programmes which prepare him for secondary school and beyond. Extensive facilities and a comprehensive sporting programme allows boys to experience competitive, social and recreational play. Waihi recognises the importance of sport in fostering emotional growth, individual challenge, collective pride and a healthy lifestyle. Waihi competes regularly in both local competitions and fixtures with schools from throughout New Zealand. The boarding option offers a friendly and boy affirming environment supported by a caring, responsible and deeply involved staff. Responsibility and independence enhance personal growth and strengthen peer, staff and family relationships. Late 2011 saw the completion of a new state-of-the-art boarding complex. Pyne House can accommodate 60 boarders in a modern contemporary setting in a home away from home. This complex is available for use by community group and sporting teams during school holidays. A Waihi Year 8 boys heading off to secondary school was asked if his friend should go to Waihi. Without hesitation he replied, "I think every boy should go to Waihi".