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Principal’s Message

Kia ora Koutou


Thank you for considering Hillcrest High School for the education of your child.


Hillcrest High School is a decile 7 co-educational secondary school with a roll of approximately 1750 students. Opened in 1972, the school has been successfully serving the Hillcrest community for nearly 50 years and during this time has developed a very positive reputation, regionally, and nationally for providing a quality educational experience for our students. We are a very inclusive school with a wide range of nationality groups reflected in a diverse range of languages and cultures.


We aim to provide every student the opportunity to excel and gain the qualifications, skills and experiences that they require to assist in their future pathways. This year students across the nation experienced distance learning as schools closed due to COVID-19. We were fortunate at Hillcrest to have established Schoology, a learning management system that enabled teachers to provide work online and to monitor progress and make regular contact with their students. We are also a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school, so students already had experience with devices in their everyday learning.


Next year we will be reshaping our junior curriculum, and introducing a programme and timetable that will support student well-being, engagement, achievement, and enhance our students future prospects in the senior school and beyond.


Our students are provided with an extensive range of activities involving Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC), sport, the Arts, performance and culture as well as numerous leadership and community based activities. These opportunities make a significant contribution to our school and in doing so add pride and school spirit, which are both essential in a successful school.


The beliefs and values of Hillcrest High School are based on our RAPID values which are firmly embedded in the culture and ethos of the school and form the basis of our behavioural management system. Within the framework of these values the school promotes high standards of student conduct and behaviour. Staff and student well-being is foremost in our minds as we work collectively to ensure the best possible outcomes for our students, and provide opportunities for staff to develop professionally and continually strive to become better teachers.


As educators we play a key role in the development of our young people for their role in our future. Our world is undergoing considerable change, and we must provide our students with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable them to cope with the challenges ahead. 


I look forward to welcoming your child to our school and working in partnership with your family and whanaau.


Ngaa mihi

Kelvin Whiting