Greetings from Principal Michael Houghton

Dargaville High School principal Michael Houghton


Kia ora koutou katoa

Welcome to Dargaville High School, situated on the western coast of Northland, gateway to the Kauri Coast. The school serves the Northern Wairoa region, an area with a long and rich history from Māori settlement to the trade in kauri gum and the early European settlers.
As a School we provide a safe and inclusive learning environment which helps students identify their strengths, experience success and provide the foundation for them to build their future pathway, whether it be to university, trade apprenticeships or employment. Our aims for our students is that they will have a strong sense of identity, confident in who they are and what they can do, and that they fulfil their potential, becoming all they can be.
We have a focus on building relationships with students, families and whanau, as we understand that the role of family and whanau are an important aspect of student success. Working collaboratively will provide positive outcomes for our students;
Ehara aku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini ke.
My strength does not come from me alone but also from others.

Our core expectations are Respect – Whakaute, Responsibility – Kawenga, Contributing – Aroha Hoatu and Integrity – Ngakau Tapatahi and we have high expectations of behaviour at all times. The school utilises the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) programme and restorative practices to build a culture that encourages and supports learning.
We are proud of our student achievements, and we look forward to another successful year.

Nga Mihi, Mike Houghton - Principal