Our biggest advantage is our size and the greater number of opportunities that are available to individual students as a result. Chanel students are challenged to embrace a wide range of cultural opportunities, to learn new things and to improve their level of personal excellence. In 2017 Logan Tubman Wallis wrote and directed the Chanel entry that won the national Fair Go Ad award and in 2018, once again his entry reached the top ten in the country. Over the last year we have enjoyed seeing students sharing their talents in our 2018 major production, “The Death on the Smug Juggler,” two productions in the Otago University Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, the prestigious O’Shea Shield Competition with competitions in Drama, Oratory, Impromptu Speaking, Junior Public Speaking, Religious Questions and Scripture Reading. Chanel students participate in intercollegiate competitions in debating, public speaking, music, singing, mathematics, technology and kapa haka. Regular performance opportunities are provided in music and drama assessment concerts and at daily karakia. 


On 4 July 2019 we celebrate twenty-five years since our wharenui has been opened. During that time it has developed into one of the most beautiful school wharenui in New Zealand. The carvings were unveiled in 2000 and restored in 2018. Both Wairarapa iwi, Rangitane and Ngati Kahungunu are given respect and recognition in the beautiful carvings that adorn the front of the wharenui. Students are also able to enjoy tuku tuku panels and Kowhai whai panels. Chanel College offers Te Reo as a subject, together with Maori Performing Arts and Kapa haka.