Whakatane High School

Whakatane High School

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Whakatane is located in the sunny Bay of Plenty region on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Our climate is mild, allowing for year round enjoyment of beautiful Ohope Beach – a ten minute drive from Whakatane High School. These warm waters are world-famous for incredible deep sea fishing and marine sports.

“In the last year, I did not only improve my english quite a lot, I also got also involved with a new, unique culture, rowed successful at different national competitions and last of all, I got to know a whole bunch of special people,many of them became good friends and a few I can now call my second family.” – Jan (Austria)

The Whakatane High School International Student Programme offers an excellent education to around 25 visiting students currently. We welcome students from all over the world. The majority of our international students come from Europe, with some also visiting from Asia and the Americas. Our school is a signatory to the Code of Practice for International Students. Students stay with approved host families who care for them like their own children.

“I realize how fast the time has flown by and at the same time how many awesome experiences I have had. The memories will last a lifetime.” – Tina (Germany)

International students who make best use of their time with us get involved in everything they can. They study Marine Studies and learn to scuba dive in the Marine Reserve off our coastline. Others join hockey, soccer, netball and basketball teams, learn to play rugby or to surf at nearby Ohope beach. They take a role in the stage production, play in a band or spend time doing art or learning to dance. Others on the Outdoor Education course learn to kayak, mountain-bike, rock climb, ski and hike.

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Marine studys

Marine Studies is a unique subject, offered by very few schools in New Zealand. Whakatane High School allows international students the opportunity to participate in the programme where they will study the ocean, marine plants and creatures. Students are expected to complete a PADI Scuba Diving Certificate as the class participates in several diving and snorkelling expeditions, including a visit to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, in Australia.

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