An ed­u­ca­tion for life

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

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".

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