I got bullied horrendously here. Nearly developed an eating disorder because of bullies making comments about my food (I'm skinny to begin with). My best friend attempted suicide while here and nobody cared. She received no extra support in school after that despite the teachers being aware of what happened. Neither her bullies nor mine received any form of punishment because the teachers favored them. I recently had a mental breakdown due to the bullying and moved to another school in the north island. I have now realized the low standards that teachers at Waitaki Girls High have due to the difficulty I've had getting my NCEA level one because of how little I was taught there. I am a high achieving student who was in the top of my classes at Waitaki Girls, but because of the little I was taught I am now in tutoring and extra help. Please don't send your daughters here. I highly recommend Whangarei Girls High School though, as since I have started attending the teachers are wonderfully supportive and just want their students to succeed. Don't make the mistake I did.
The hostel for Waitaki girls is absolutely terrible, we are treated like 5 year old's and not the young woman we are meant to be. We don't get driven any where like it says on the website, one of the girls had to take a taxi and as she was on crutches the hostel did not offer to take her to her appts. The invoice later came through and the hostel is making her parents pay. The school is also terrible, the food that the government is paying for gets cooked but not cooked properly. It is raw and disgusting. I complained to the dean and she told me "you will be all right, just eat it, tough luck" I am a student here and I absolutely hate it.
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