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Academic Excellence

Learning at Whanganui City College is designed to challenge our students to grow both in and out of the classroom. We aim to foster the partnerships between students, whānau/family and teachers.

We expect students to graduate from Whanganui City College with the following skills and qualities:

  • Independent learning

  • Passion for lifelong learning

  • Confidence

  • Creative problem solving

  • Proud of their heritage

  • Able to contribute to their whānau and community

  • Connected to the global society

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Learning at WCC

Fostering Inquiry

As our rangatahi move out into the world, it is essential that they take with them a kete of effective problem-solving skills.

At Whanganui City College, staff endeavour to meet the aims and objectives of the New Zealand Curriculum using innovative, place based learning experiences. Wherever possible, our focus is on giving students real world outcomes.

At the heart of these learning experiences is a school-wide focus on developing literacy and numeracy skills. 

Junior Curriculum

The Year 9 curriculum is intended to provide a base for studies at a higher level and gives many students an opportunity to explore areas of the curriculum that many be new to them.


In Year 9, all students study:
English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Music, Physical Education, Health, Music, Design Technology (Wood & Metal), Graphics, Food Technology, Textiles, Computing, Health, Dance, Visual Art, Te Reo Māori.

The Year 10 curriculum is designed to continue the general approach to education, but some opportunities are given to select special interest subjects.


In Year 10, all students study:
English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Health.

Optional Subjects include:
Music, Design Technology (Wood & Metal), Food Technology, Textiles, Computing, Economics, Te Reo Māori, Visual Art, Graphics.

Senior Curriculum

From Year 11 onwards, students are able to introduce increased flexibility into their learning programmes. We offer pathways for all students, whether they wish to pursue further academic studies at tertiary level, or transition into work roles.

We offer academic and work skills programmes of learning in each of the following areas:

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Sciences

  • Technology

  • Health

  • Physical Education & Outdoor Education

  • Visual Arts

  • Digital Technology

  • Te Reo Māori

  • Music

  • Economics

  • Military Services

  • Transition Education