Jack Ralston House (287-289 Lincoln Road, Henderson)
From Term 3 2016, Middle School West Auckland's main campus will be Jack Ralston House. Named after the late New Zealand coaching legend who passed away in 2012 following a battle with leukemia, Jack Ralston House will accommodate up to 180 students split into three 'villas' (containing up to 60 students in each). Led by Principal Alex Metzger (formally of Auckland Grammar School), Jack Ralston House boasts high quality modern classrooms, individual work areas, science facilities, an art, design and technology suits, state of the art I.T. and a Whanau area.
Villa Education Trust were honoured to receive the permission and blessing of Marg Ralston and family to name the building in recognition of a family man, outstanding friend, coach and mentor to many as well as an astute business man whose career took him around the globe. Jack packed 'life' into his 64 years and was not only a great inspiration to others, but his passion for excellence and development in youth aligns with the values of the Trust. Villa Education Trust Academic Advisor Alwyn Poole said: "Whether Jack was meeting with President Mandela, working with Michael Jordan, coaching an Olympic team or taking a 15-year-old through his first training session, his egalitarian, passion and belief in the best for those he coached, mentored and befriended shone through."
Pohutukawa Villa (22-24 Waipareira Avenue, Henderson)
Accommodating up to 60 students, Pohutukawa Villa is Middle School West Auckland's Te Reo bilingual unit. Offering a comprehensive Te Reo Maori programme comprising of language, tikanga and kaupapa (protocol) and kapahaka. The programme provides a rich offering to parents and caregivers who wish to incorporate Te Ao Maori into their child's education.