Our Values

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We have the courage to try new things and do our best.

Sustainability – We Care for our World

Attractive surroundings encourage a positive attitude.

We have excellent facilities in which to learn.

Special Features Include:

  • Large Modern Library
  • Learning Extension Area
  • Assembly Hall
  • Modern well equipped Technology Block
  • Gymnasium
  • Performing Arts Centre
  • Wharenui (Te Puna o te Mātauranga)
  • Two computer rooms; all computers have Windows capability
  • Computer pods in the library, Careers Centre and Art Suite
  • Automotive and Engineering workshops
  • Art suite and photographic laboratory
  • Five modern Science Labs
  • Full size swimming pool
  • Large canteen
  • Beautiful central courtyard
  • Two mini vans for trips away
  • Rock Wall
  • Camera Surveillance
  • Recording Studio
  • Extensive Playing Fields
  • Wifi across entire campus

Success – We Challenge Ourselves

We focus on teaching and learning, closely monitoring student progress to ensure that students gain the best qualifications they can.

High academic achievement is encouraged by:

  • A school ‘tone’ which promotes learning as the central focus
  • Individual mentor programme for Year 13 students
  • Participation in Scholarship exams
  • Participation in Australasian Maths and English competitions
  • Regular, compulsory homework
  • Appropriate alternative courses enabling students to achieve at an appropriate level
  • Services Academy
  • Horticulture Academy
  • Trades Academy
  • Badge Assemblies for Academic, Service, Culture and Sports
  • Commendation certificates for hard work awarded by the Principal
  • Rangatahi Ora Whānau Group
  • Special programmes for gifted and talented and highly motivated students.
  • ‘Academic Counselling’ provided by Whānau teachers
  • Tracking of Academic Achievement by Deans
  • After-school homework sessions supervised by teaching staff
  • Tuition programmes available at intervals and lunchtimes

Positive Relationships – We Care For Each Other

Care and Support for the Individual

We recognise that each student is a unique individual who needs sustained support and guidance.

This is provided by:

  • Whanau Tutors and Deans who move through the school with their Whanau groups. Students will have the same Whānau Tutor and Dean for all their years at College thus providing a consistent focus point for parents and caregivers.
  • A student support network in which senior students “mentor” junior students
  • Student Council
  • Socials and sporting activities run by seniors for junior students
  • A formalised Peer Support system
  • House Competitions
  • A tuakana – teina support system in Rangitahi Ora
  • He Vaka Moana group for Pasifika students


  • A Learning Support Department which helps students with special learning needs:
  • Individual and group remedial tutors
  • ESOL work
  • Reading option
  • Special needs and learning support co-ordinators
  • Teacher Aides


  • Opportunities for close involvement of parents and caregivers:
  • Rangatahi Ora Whanau Group
  • In-class support
  • Course selection
  • Report evenings; orientation evenings
  • Sports coaches and managers
  • Information evenings eg NCEA
  • Parent conferences
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