About Us

Heretaunga College is a state, co-educational school with approximately 850 students.  The school is zoned and situated within five minutes of the centre of Upper Hutt (30 minutes by car from the centre of Wellington).  We are a multicultural school with 25% of our students identifying as Māori, and a small population of Pacific Island and Asian students.

Our school has a strong, collegial staff, who are committed to improving teaching strategies around teaching mixed ability classes.  Professional learning over the last 18 months has focused on developing Mātauranga Māori capability, implementation of the new NCEA standards, and strengthening our restorative practices. We are continuing with this learning for our whole staff and linking it all to Cultural Relationships for Responsive Pedagogy.

The school is looking to employ passionate, motivated teachers with an understanding of, and ability to differentiate their lessons.  Teachers need to be focused on increasing engagement for all their students through the use of a variety of teaching strategies, and a focus on contextualised learning for individual student needs and interests.  The ability to develop stimulating learning environments and to foster strong working relationships with students is essential.  


Secondary Day Relief Teachers

We are seeking qualified classroom teachers with proven experience, for day to day relief on a casual basis.

To register your Interest, please contact: John Russell, Caretaker Principal, c/-

Teacher Aide

Fixed term, Part-time, Term-time only

Heretaunga College is seeking a Teacher Aide to work 27.5 hours per week during school term time only on a fixed term basis ideally from 20 May 2024 to 5 July 2024, to cover for an employee on Board Approved Leave.

Ability to establish and maintain positive and professional relationships is essential. A police check will be conducted, and employment will commence following satisfactory vetting.

To apply, please register your interest and supply your CV to John Russell, Caretaker Principal, c/-

Applications Close: Thursday, 16 May 2024 @ 3.00 pm

Best Teaching Practice at Heretaunga College

We prepare for our learners by:

  • having high expectations

  • using an advanced organiser to state learning intentions.

  • planning and providing relevant, challenging, and differentiated  work for all students in our class.

  • planning for authentic and localised learning experiences 

  • planning to embed key competencies.

  • structuring lessons to provide opportunities for students to transfer knowledge of learned material to new situations.

  • exploring innovative practices and trying new things.

  • structuring our lessons to include a literacy and numeracy intention.

We create a settled school by:

  • providing consistent routines including:

  • lining-up Yr 9-10 students at the start of each lesson.

  • checking uniforms and sending students without permits to SLT.

  • using teacher assigned seating for year 9-10.

  • keeping students in class and using “out of class permission” when students are released from class for any reason.

  • establishing end-of-class routines.

  • being punctual.

  • applying ‘away for the day’ policy for mobile phone access and use

  • providing clear oral and visual instructions

  • behaving restoratively in all interactions with ākonga

  • modelling and encouraging care for our whenua/environment, including recycling.

We facilitate learning by:

  • providing appropriate integration of ICT into lessons and ensuring Google Classrooms are kept up to date to support learning.

  • providing varied, contextualised and differentiated activities in each lesson.

  • using cooperative learning approaches where applicable.

  • providing authentic learning opportunities that foster independence.

We show we value our students by:

  • greeting students at the start of each lesson.

  • having all exchanges in a respectful and restorative way.

  • providing an attractive learning environment.

  • communicating high expectations, with ākonga.

  • giving regular, prompt and precise feedback which includes specific improvement steps.