Important Notification!

This year we have adopted a different structure around the management of each year level.
We have assigned one senior staff member to assist the deans. 

The responsibilities are as follows: 

Year Level

Senior Staff member



Mr  Paul Turner             Deputy Principal

Mr James Sullenberger

Mrs Rebecca Hardy



Mr Darren Torrie           Senior Dean

Mrs Stephanie Andrews

Mr Hunter Wilson



Mr Chris Friedel             Deputy Principal

Mr Jason Shepherd



Mrs Jenny Langrish      Assistant Principal

Mr Jimmy Leonard



Ms Nola Todd                 Assistant Principal

Mrs Natalie Campbell


Please do not hesitate to contact these staff members if you have any concerns.

Our School

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.


Kauika medal success - February 2016

The Kotahi Aroha crew at the Waka Ama Sprint Nationals. WHS students/former students, back from left, Tanginoa Matthews, Daniel Kauika, Poutama Hamahona-Taiaroa. Front, Josh Larkin, Matenga Tamehana, Corbin Warren, Wanganui Chronicle article on 6/2/16... Read Full Story

Skates on and holding court as kids take tips- February 2016

LISTEN UP: Whanganui's former NBL Nelson Giant & International Impact camp player Akira Marsters (former WHS student) addresses the hopefuls preparing for Whanganui representative basketball yesterday Read Full Story

WHS at Cambridge Town Cup regatta

GASPING: Aramoho Wanganui Rowing Club's Luke Watts, James Sandston, Thomas Monaghan and Hugh Pawson (former WHS student) won the senior men's coxless four at the Cambridge Town Cup regatta at Lake Karapiro at the weekend. Read Full Story
WHS student Elena Forlong, 16, qualified for the butterfly, racing for NZ in both the 100m & 200m event at the Australian Age Gp champs in Sydney.

All Stars place secured - January 2016

WHS student Elena Forlong has been selected for the All Stars (lower North Island) zonal swim team to compete on February 13 in Auckland. Read Full Story