Teaching and Learning


Students are at the heart of our teaching and learning at Westlake Boys High School. We are committed to learning in the classroom that recognises the cultural knowledge and experience each student brings and grows from strong relationships between teachers and students.  Teaching and Learning are inquiry-led and embraces ako as a core principle, and our inclusive, bi-cultural learning environment enables all of our young men to develop the values, knowledge and competencies needed to be creative, connected and confident NZ and International citizens. 

Our teachers at Westlake are dedicated to ensuring that each student aims high academically and achieves his potential through a variety of authentic learning opportunities in each subject area. Through a mix of direct instruction, guidance, collaborative or individual inquiry and questioning, students are encouraged to become curious thinkers, develop creative knowledge and reflect on how they are learning. Important aspects of this are differentiated learning, student goal setting and student subject literacy and numeracy.

Structure of learning

Throughout his junior years, a student will have an opportunity to study within all the learning areas equally. Our young men will also have Hauora, Media and Society and Finance classes aimed at developing their understanding of their place in society and challenging them to think about issues in their world. In the senior years our students are offered a wide range of learning opportunities and challenges through the different learning areas, and through a variety of pathways within the NCEA framework.  All our students are encouraged to study a range of subjects and to develop to their full academic potential.