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Wanganui High School is a modern, state funded, co-educational school of approximately 1600 students and 160 staff. The school is located in Wanganui in the region of Wanganui-Manawatu, New Zealand and occupies 12 hectares and consists of 12 single-storey teaching blocks. There is also a canteen, gymnasiums, playing courts, extensive sports fields, library, performing arts area, and our Te Atawhai Unit, which is designed for students with special learning needs.

It is the largest school in the lower North Island and one of the 30 largest schools in New Zealand.

Wanganui High School prides itself on caring for individual students in a quality academic environment. The school provides a balanced education for its students from Year 9 through to Year 13.

In terms of academic achievement our students’ achievement places the school well within the top 10 co-educational state secondary schools in New Zealand.  Wanganui High School is highly regarded internationally as evidenced by being Confucius Institute accredited and having as many as 80 foreign students studying with us.

The Wanganui High School community strives to ensure that all students are given the opportunity and support required to reach their potential in all aspects of their education.

By choosing Wanganui High School you are selecting a school that is committed to ensuring your youngster reaches their full potential.


Teen selected to help foster cultural relations - May 2015

ADVENTURE AHEAD: Wanganui High School student Mika Gordon leaves Wanganui for Thailand next week, where she will attend school to learn and teach.

Mika Gordon is off to Thailand as an exchange student to spend three weeks in Amnat Charoeon province, near the Laos border, where she will attend Huataphan Wittaya Kam School.

"I'm really excited to be chosen - over 300 New Zealand students applied to go and only 11 of us were chosen," said Mika.

Sponsored by the Royal Thai Embassy of New Zealand,...

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Athletes take Pathway to top - May 2015

HELPING HAND: Sport Whanganui's Nicole Dryden with kayaker and former WHS student Aiden Nossiter and coach Brian Scott after Nossiter's second inclusion in the Pathway To Podium programme.

Eight Wanganui-trained athletes have been included in Sport New Zealand's latest Pathway to Podium (P2P) programme to help them reach the elite level.

It is the second year of P2P, which is run by High Performance Sport NZ (HPSNZ) as a national development programme where young emerging athletes and their...

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Wanganui High School Cross Country Results - May 2015


Wanganui High School Cross Country Results 2015

Year 9 Girls             1st Rebecca Baker, 2nd Imogen Eastgate, 3rd Niamh Murphy 

Year 9 Boys             1st Travis Bayler, 2nd Mark O'Shanassy, 3rd Sam Luff

U16 Girls                 1st Emma Rainey, 2nd Jackie Hazelhurst, 3rd Mikal Terrey

U16 Boys                 1st Ryan Gray, 2nd Liam Jones, 3rd Logan Hughes 

Senior Girls             1st Naomi Craig, 2nd Francie Walford, 3rd = Renee Butler, Sammy Murphy 

Senior Boys             1st Riley...

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High challenge for semis spot - May 2015

After two narrow losses in the opening games of the Manawatu colts club competition, the Wanganui High School 1st XV have climbed into touching distance of the top four.

With three wins from five, they sit two points outside the semis spots. The season began with tight losses to Linton and Massey White before a win over Kia Toa by default. Since then, they have gone on a scoring spree, hammering Feilding Colts 75-7 and Massey Blue 27-0.

Apart from the Manawatu colts competition, the team are...

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