Hillcrest High School offers many co-curricular activities for its students to help encourage the development of personality, intellectual, emotional and social development, striving towards creativity and enthusiasm.

Our mission is to value all students, enhancing their self-esteem, academic potential, abilities and sense of responsibility by helping them to develop the knowledge, ideas and skills to become active, independent, caring New Zealanders. We strongly encourage all students to become involved in the many extra and co-curricular activities available to students.


Hillcrest High School's extra-curricular programme encourages students to become involved in the full life of the school, irrespective of expertise or experience. The school regularly enters over 100 teams in local sports, across 40 different codes. A significant number of our students and teams gain regional, national and international recognition and ranking for their endeavours. A special feature of our sports programme is the establishment of sports clubs in cricket, football, rugby, netball, rowing, hockey and volleyball with a large amount of parental involvement. These clubs provide support in organising, promoting and fundraising activities for their specific codes. We have a long established inter-sports exchange with Howick College and a recently established exchange with Rosehill College. A summer junior exchange also exists with Pakuranga College.


2019 National Representatives:

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Archery Alex Collett NZ U20
Beach Volleyball Jarod Robert NZ Youth Mens, NZ ISF World Cup, Italy
Kyle Smith
NZ Youth Mens, NZ ISF World Cup, Italy
Michael May NZ Junior Mens
Lacrosse Milly Henry   NZ U23 Womens
Ella Silvester
NZ U23 Womens
Volleyball Fletcher Stone NZ Junior Mens
Powerchair Football Willem van Vroonhoven

2019 Regional Representatives:

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Ethan Doake 


Louie Endres
Ellie Milina
Alicia O'Connor
Metuisela Tauaika
Kevin Li
Elite Squad
Victoria Guo
Elite Squad
Ruby Pattereson
Junior Squad
Ayla Strauss
Junior Squad
Chloe Henderson
WaiBop Womens
Emma Sizer
WaiBop Womens
Richlyn Tuhoro
WaiBop Womens
Emma Sizer
Waikato U19 Girls
Holly Shaw
Waikato U19 Girls
Jessica Sizer
Waikato U19 Girls
Kaylee Oosthuysen
Waikato U19 Girls
Libbie Gillard
Waikato U19 Girls
Stacey Palmer
Waikato U19 Girls
Jodi Win
Waikato U16 Girls
Nikki Gabolinscy
Waikato U16 Girls
Giorgia Lawson
Waikato U16 Girls
Kia Belle Smith
Waikato U16 Girls
Daniel Watts
Waikato U19 Boys
Nick Lowther
Waikato U19 Boys
Maya Wilson
Midlands U18
Lacrosse Ella Murphy Waikato U15 Girls
  Meg Coley Waikato U15 Girls
  Ashley Mayall Waikato U15 Girls
  Stephen Hockey Waikato U18
  Max Wilson Waikato U18
Softball Richlyn Tuhoro Waikato U18 Women
Touch Maeva Atatoa Carr Waikato U14 Girls
    Waikato U16 Girls Development
  Mereana Atatoa Carr Waikato U18 Girls



2018 Regional Representatives:

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Volleyball Harrison MacKenzie Waikato senior men
  Stephen Hockey Waikato U17
  Kyle Smith Waikato U17
  Jarrod Robert Waikato U17 MVP
  Amy Smith Waikato U20
  Ella Rodriguez Waikato U20
  Chelsea Watts Waikato U20
Lacrosse Chelsi Rys Waikato U18
  Stephen Hockey Waikato U18
Futsal Chelsi Rys Waikato U19
Cricket Sabrina Sidhu Northern Districts U18
Basketball Jesse Atkins Waikato U17
  Rylee Seal Waikato U17

2018 National Representatives:

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Lacrosse Anja Kuys NZ U19
Futsal Chloe Henderson NZ U19
Football Chloe Henderson NZSS U17
Hockey Kendra Peart-Anderson NZ U18
Inline/Ice Hockey Jana Kivell NZ U18/SW
Squash Dion Morgan NZ Emerging Boys Squad
BMX Jessie Smith Youth Olympics


2017 National Representatives:

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Touch  Cwyntin-Trei Taiapa   NZ U16 team
Lacrosse   Chelsi Rys NZ U23 Women’s team
Waterpolo  Emmerson Houghton   NZ Women’s team

Emmerson Houghton, Libby Alsemgeeest

NZ Secondary School Girls team
Beach Volleyball  Harrison Mackenzie NZ U19 team  
Netball Lyanne Eukaliti  NZ Secondary Schools team
  Lyanne Eukaliti  NZ U19 Tournament team
Inline Hockey Jana Kivell, Laura Thresher NZ Senior Women's
  Jana Kivell, Laura Thresher  NZ Junior Women's
  Jana Kivell, Laura Thresher NZ U18
  Ian Quick NZ U16
Badminton Lily Rose NZ Northern team (captain)
BMX Jessie Smith NZ team to 2017 Worlds
Equestrian Kendra Peart-Anderson NZ Show team

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2017 Regional Representatives:

Basketball  Giorgia Parsonson Waikato U19 Womens team
Volleyball Lexie Herod, Amy Smith, Chelsea Watts  Waikato U17 Women’s team
Lyanne Eukaliti, Jessica Pasene Waikato U20 Women’s team
Harrison Mackenzie, Teina Joseph, Jack Sheppard
Waikato U20 Men’s team 
Rugby Logan Catherall Northern Region Maori U18 team
Cameron Harcourt, Hadleigh Ilton, Sam O'Meara U18 Harlequins team
Hockey Aleysha Elmer, Kendra Peart-Anderson Midlands U18 Women’s team   
William Kingsbury, Aonghas Robertson Waikato U19 Men's team

Briar Wharry, Georgia Wharry, Lauren Johnston, Molly Bird

Waikato U18 Women’s team
Crae Kinzett-Rolfe Waikato Maniapoto Men's team
Jared Kelsen Thames Valley U18 team
Futsal Daniel Watts Waikato U16 Boys team  
Riley Higgs, Jet Lim Waikato U19 Boys team 
Chloe Henderson, Jodi Win, Stacey Palmer  Waikato/Bay of Plenty U15 Girls  
Chelsi Rys, Emma Sizer, Jess Sizer, Anja Kuys Waikato/Bay of Plenty U19 Girls
Chelsi Rys Waikato/Bay of Plenty Women's 
Riley Higgs, Daniel Watts Waikato/Bay of Plenty Men's
Netball Molly Huggan Waikato/Bay of Plenty Y9 & 10 Tournament Team 
Lyanne Eukaliti Waikato/Bay of Plenty  Senior Tournament Team
Cricket William Kingsbury Northern Distrists Identified Players' Squad
Amy Smith, Emma Walton Northern Districts U18
Lacrosse Anja Kuys, Matilda Plant Waikato Women's Open
Anja Kuys Waikato U18
  Dannii Cooke, Neve Wells Waikato U15
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Hillcrest High School Annex Group Photography 12A range of musical options are provided including the school symphony orchestra, strings (senior and junior), chamber music, jazz band, SCAT Choir and various rock bands. School musical productions have been a highlight of the school year which have included past performances of The Best of Broadway, South Pacific, Spamalot, Godspell, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Guys and Dolls, Seussical the Musical and The Little Mermaid (performed in 2018).

In 2016, two Hillcrest High School concert chamber groups performed in the semifinals and finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest.

With a convincing performance in the semifinal round the Yerevan Trio progressed to the final round to win.

This was a historical achievement, as this was the first time in the 50 year history of the Concert Chamber Music Contest that a group from Hamilton had been judged best chamber group in the country.

In 2017 our Raysken Trio competed again in the Northern Region final of the Chamber Music New Zealand Contest in Auckland winning the top prize, gaining direct entry to the national final in Wellington in August. Twelve groups were entered, Raysken the only group from the Waikato. This is the second year in a row they have gained a place in the national final.

Head of Music Department:    Mr Cook  (mcook@hillcrest-high.school.nz)

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Scat Choir             Yerevan Trio - 2016 National Winners School Orchestra




Drama has a high profile, with Hillcrest High selected as the Waikato representative at the National Shakespeare in Schools Competition on numerous occasions, and students regularly selected to visit and perform at The Globe Theatre in London. We also have a school Shakespeare Production every second year to bring the Bard to the stage.

Hillcrest High School has always been a strong competitor in the Waikato Secondary School Theatresports Competition. We have junior and senior teams entered and they have been very successful winning the shield on many occasions due to the energy and creativity of the team members. We also have the social theatresports club led by senior students at school for anyone who wants to give it a go.


 Head of Drama Department:   Mrs Binks  (sbinks@hillcrest-high.school.nz)

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The arts have a long and rich tradition at Hillcrest High School with many students going on to have long and successful careers in the creative arts after they leave school. Students have many opportunities to get involved in the performing and visual arts through extra and co-curricular activities.

Students can involve themselves in music, drama and cultural performance through the many clubs and groups at school.

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2018  -  The Little Mermaid


There are many cultural groups which students can become involved with at Hillcrest High School.

The school’s kapa haka ropu continues to grow from strength to strength as does the Pasifika group.
Some of the key events on the cultural calendar include the annual Autumn Gala and International Concert.

At Hillcrest High school we understand that succeeding as Māori by Māori is important and an integral component of the growth and development of our rangatahi. 

We want our Māori students;
To have a sense of belonging -Turangawaewae,
To be culturally strong, stand with confidence and competence - Kia tu Maia
To be successful and proud to be Maori, representing their whanau and culture - Kia Matau Maori 

We focus on providing a culturally responsive school community and classroom to eliminate barriers to learning, so there are no excuses for not succeeding. Various programmes are provided to encourage, support, mentor and give leadership opportunities for students to participate in.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Pasifika These include:

  • The Year 9 Tauwhare Marae camp
  • A Whanau Form Class
  • Manukura Tane and Wahine - these roles are given to a boy and girl in their final year at Hillcrest High school (Year 13) and it is expected that they uphold all things Māori across the school student culture. These are roles respected by all students.
  • Māori student committee - The Manukura Tane and Wahine chair this committee.
  • Whanau Hui
  • Māori Success and Achievement awards evening
  • Kapa Haka - Our whanau and kapa haka group regularly showcase their performance abilities in and out of the school through Powhiri, Ngahau (entertainment) festivals and award evenings.

Students with Pasifika heritage are warmly welcomed at Hillcrest High School and although our community comprises only
Poly boys 55% of the school student body, these are represented well in statistics for academic and cultural achievement, in leadership roles and in top sports teams.                                                                                                      

The Talents of the Pacific Academy (TOPA) are actively involved with the teaching and mentoring of cultural competencies throughout the year. Through this, Dance students achieve credits towards Level 1, 2 and 3 and some Music credits as well.

At Tertiary level we facilitate opportunities for students to access scholarships at either Polytechnics or Universities.

Other opportunities for students include a Pasifika Camp, participation in Pasifika by Nature Cultural Festival, ‘Power Up’ (through Kaute Pacific at Wintec) as well as subject specific mentoring.

Our goal is to encourage these young people to make the very best of their education as Pasifika, to ensure they can pursue meaningful careers in the future.              


Teacher in Charge of Maaori Department:   Matua Heemi Walker  (hwalker@hillcrest-high.school.nz)

Teacher in Charge of Pacifika Department:  Mrs Sue Radford   (sradford@hillcrest-high.school.nz)

Director of International Students:   Mrs Rae Selby  (rselby@hillcrest-high.school.nz)





                                                                    Hillcrest High School Kapa Haka Group performing at 2016 Te Tai Ohinga Maro Kapa Haka Festival at Karapiro


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                                                                                                                    Annual International Concert

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Student Leadership

Along with developing leadership skills through education outside the classroom and involvement in extra-curricular activities, there are also a number of opportunities for students to develop their leadership capacity in formalised roles. At the junior level, students can become involved in the junior council and ensure that the views and voices of the junior students are heard.

At the senior level there are elected leadership positions available in the area of Arts, Culture, Environment, Service, Well Being, Sport and Māori. The leaders in these areas also chair committees which students can join. The student body is led by a Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl. A strong house system is led by House Captains who are overseen by the Deputy Head Boy and Girl.


Year 9 Tauwhare Marae Noho


Hillcrest High School has a strong relationship with local Iwi, Ngāti Hauā, and this is further strengthened every year through the Year 9 Tauwhare Marae Noho. Form class groups get to experience life on a marae through an overnight noho which begins with a Pōwhiri on the morning of the first day.

Over the course of the two days, Year 12 student leaders and teachers lead the Year 9 students through a variety of activities, including a shared hāngī lunch. Attendance of the noho is an important part to the introduction of life at Hillcrest High School and how the school links to the wider community. All students are encouraged to attend the noho as it gives them an opportunity to immerse themselves in high school life and bond with students from their form class.

For more information contact Teacher in Charge:  

Miss Campbell  (lcampbell@hillcrest-high.school.nz)

Miss Celeste Warner  (cwarner@hillcrest-high.school.nz)

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Year 10 Great Barrier Island Experience

Hillcrest High School is proud to have created the first long term outdoor education course by a state school in New Zealand for Year 10 students. In collaboration with the Hillary Outdoors Education Centre on Great Barrier Island we have shaped a five week course that melds a combination of outdoor activities, community action and studies revolving around the principles of sustainability.

In 2012 we ran two inaugural five week courses, one for girls and the other for boys. After 8 years the programme is still surging ahead with strong support from parents, students and the local community. The course requires students to live independently in double berth cabins with students responsible for their cooking, washing, personal and group requirements. There is no cellphone coverage at the camp and contact is made home once a week.

GREAT BARRIER ISLAND 2Students are supervised by a mixture of Hillcrest High School staff and Hillary Outdoors instructors. Under their expert guidance the students undertake 2-3 day expeditions and a range of outdoor activities including coasteering, high ropes course, sailing, sea kayaking, tramping, steep creeking, fishing, snorkelling, gardening and adventure based learning.

They undertake a cross-curricular study of cultural, economic, environmental and social sustainability, interacting during the process with local tangata whenua, business owners, primary school, Glenfern Sanctuary, DOC and the Orama community.

At the end of each course a celebration evening is held during which the students deliver a presentation of their experiences and studies to their parents, along with taking the time to acknowledge their accomplishments and present awards.


For more information contact the Teacher in Charge:  Mr Uivel  (huivel@hillcrest-high.school.nz)



Year 10 Camps

The real kiwi outdoor experience!

The Year 10 Camp programme is based at Ngatuhoa Lodge in the Kaimai ranges. The students are involved in hiking, abseiling, swimming, kayaking, flying fox, tubing, conquering commando courses together with a multitude of other exciting team building activities. Students get a first-hand nature experience and learn about NZ culture.

Students attend in their form groups and develop relationship and interpersonal skills. They are guided by the Year 13 Outdoor Education student leaders, who have undertaken training to support the younger students. This is a valuable experience that all Year 10 students should take part in. We are so privileged to live in such a beautiful country that has a strong emphasis on Education Outside the Classroom and allows students to experience trips such as this. It enables students to take safe risks and be open to new, exciting activities. All students should aim to take part in this amazing programme. It encompasses the true essence of being a student in NZ.





Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Award is a global non-formal education framework, with more than 60 years of experience challenging young people to dream big and discover their potential.

By creating opportunities for our young people to learn a new skill (or develop an existing one), get physically active, give service to their communities, and take part in an adventure, the Award challenges young people to leave their comfort zones—and that's when the good stuff happens. They build self-confidence and greater resilience, helping to set them up for success in today's uncertain world, where they face more challenges than ever.

Open to anyone between the ages of 14-24—regardless of gender, background or ability—young people design their own Award programmes, set their own goals and record their own progress. The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award is the world's leading youth achievement award. Proven to help with job and study prospects, it has transformed the lives of millions of young people since it first began ... will you join us?

There are three levels to the Award—Bronze, Silver and Gold—and each level has four specific sections that participants need to complete activities in (plus a fifth at Gold level):

  • Service
  • Physical Recreation
  • Skills
  • Adventurous Journey
  • Residential Project (Gold level only)

If you would like further information on the award please log onto https://dofehillary.org.nz/ or see Dr Taylor in the Languages Faculty (classroom D12) who is the Award Leader.

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International Trips

International trips have increasingly become part of extending the learning opportunities for students. During 2016 students travelled to Spain on an international languages trip while the 1st XV rugby toured Samoa and the 1st XI cricket team participated in the World Schools Cricket Challenge in Melbourne. Over the past few years trips to Gold Coast, Noumea, Great Barrier Reef, Botswana and Zambia have occurred. In 2017 co-curricular trips were organised to New Caledonia as part of Language studies, Silicon Valley as part of Business Studies, Vietnam as part of Social Studies and trekking the ancient Inca trails in Peru as part of Outdoor Education. In 2018 a languages/music trip took place to mainland China. In 2019 during the term 1 holidays, a social science trip was taken to Vietnam. Also in 2019 trips are planned to visit NASA and Samoa.

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1st XV Rugby tour of Samoa


New Caledonia



Silicon Valley