We value innovation in teaching and learning. Our school is a vibrant and
diverse community with a strong focus on meeting the individual needs of our student body. This is
what, Lisa Onland (a previous Dux), had to say about Awatapu:
“There was always an option, always someone there to help you every step of the way, independence
and space to grow and achieve great things. They always believe in you to do your best.”
The ERO Report from a review in 2012 states that Awatapu College provides a flexible and
appropriate programmes, and that “effective teaching strategies meaningfully engage students”; the
highest praise that could be given.
Our Learning Support and Special Abilities (Extension) programmes ensure that all students’
learning needs are identified and addressed. A broad curriculum offers extensive subject choices
for all students. Academically advanced senior students are studying subjects through Massey
University while completing their NCEA qualifications. A wide range of co-curricular activities enables
students to follow their personal strengths in sport and culture. Achievement is celebrated at school
assemblies, which are led by the student leaders. Awatapu College provides its students with a
pathway to success.
Our International Student programme provides extensive opportunities for students to learn English
and encourages them to take a full part in the life of the school. It is my belief that the presence of
international students ensures that our New Zealand students learn about other cultures and beliefs,
thus developing an awareness and understanding of the wider world.
We expect excellence in all that we do. We set high standards for personal behaviour and students
are accountable for the choices they make. We provide structure and discipline alongside a
supportive and nurturing pastoral care system. Head of House stay with their year House Group,
getting to know the needs of their students well and also providing a constant point of contact for
At Awatapu College we are proud of what we can offer and of what our students achieve. This
website showcases the opportunities available and we are always happy to reply to any questions
you may have. I invite you to explore further.