Frequently Asked Questions

About Awatapu College

Awatapu College is a state, co-educational secondary school catering for students from Years 9-13. Our school is a vibrant and diverse community with a strong focus on meeting the individual needs of our student body. The College is currently experiencing roll growth at some levels in response to the positive culture that exists in the school and its reputation for the strong support given to students them to achieve their potential.

We believe that all students are capable of learning, and that it is our responsibility to ensure that each of them uses their ability to reach their fullest potential. To this end, considerable emphasis is placed on ensuring that our classrooms are stimulating, well disciplined environments, and that students are well supported. For more detailed information about the College, please read our enrolment booklet and prospectus.

Zone Restrictions

Awatapu College is not a zoned high school. We accept enrolments from across Palmerston North.


Years 9-11
Awatapu College is a uniform school for Years 9-11. Please click here to view the Awatapu College uniform regulations and price guideline. Uniform items are available for purchase from The Warehouse in Palmerston North.

Years 12-13
Year 12 and 13 students wear mufti all year round. Student Council organises mufti days for other year levels. Students are expected to dress in a neat and tidy manner, to take pride in their appearance and to present a positive image of Awatapu College.

In all cases, the Principal's ruling on the suitability of any item of clothing or a student's presentation will be final. 

Getting to School

Rural Bus Service
A rural bus service is available to out of town students via UZABUS. Please contact UZABUS on 0800 UZABUS (0800 892 287) for the most up to date information regarding bus routes and pickup/drop off points. Students must carry their Awatapu College ID card when travelling on the bus service. ID cards are available from the school office for $7.50.

City Bus Service
Awatapu College is situated on the Awapuni/Rugby bus route. Please visit the Horizons Regional Council website for more information regarding city bus routes, timetables and fares.

Private Transport
Senior students who wish to drive their personal vehicle to school must obtain a vehicle pass from the school office and abide by the vehicle pass regulations.

Course Selection

The College offers all students a comprehensive range of subjects from Year 9 to Year 13 leading to the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Levels 1-3, as well as the Scholarship level. Awatapu College students have a very good record of success in these national qualifications. Please click here to view the courses we offer. Course selection will be confirmed during your child's enrolment interview.

Co-Curricular Activities

A wide range of co-curricular activities enables students to follow their personal strengths in sports, art and culture. For more information regarding sporting opportunities at the College, please click here. For further information regarding cultural activities, please click here.

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