2020 Start Dates

For a full calendar of events please click here.

Monday 27 January 
Teacher Only Day 
10am Student Leader photographs (board room)
11.30am-1.00pm: Year 12/13 Course Confirmation (Block 1) OR
1.30pm-3.00pm: Year 12/13 Course Confirmation (Block 2)
12.30pm Student Leaders meeting (Room 104)
Tuesday 28 January 
Teacher Only Day 
12.30pm: Peer Support Leaders meeting and planning session (Gym)
 2.45pm: Powhiri Practice for Peer Support Leaders
Wednesday 29 January 
First Day for Year 9, New Students at Years 10-13, Peer Support Leaders & 400 Block Students (8.45am-3.10pm)
8.45am: Year 9 and New Students at Years 10-13 meet by flagpole
  Peer Support Leaders to Auditorium
9.00am: Powhiri followed by form time
11.30am: Year 9 Student ID Photos (Auditorium)
3.10pm: Students released
Thursday 30 January 
All Students Attend From This Date (8.45am-3.10pm)
8.45am: Year 9 Students and Peer Support Leaders to form class
  Years 10-13 Students (non Peer Support Leaders) to Gym and then to form class
9.00am-9.30am: Year Level assemblies
9.30am: All students to Period 1 classes
10.00am-3.10pm:     Normal timetable for all students
Friday 31 January
Normal Day For All Students (8.45am-2.10pm)
8.45am: Form time for all students
9.00am: Full school assembly
9.30am-2.10pm Normal timetable for all students

Please note, dates and events are tentative and may be subject to change. 

Stationery Requirements 2020

We’ve collaborated with OfficeMax to make back to school easy! Your child’s school stationery list is already online at www.myschool.co.nz/awatapu. Simply select your child's class and/or subject lists and follow the instructions on the website. NB: Some items must be purchased from the school office. 

For a list of stationery requirements for each year level, please click here.

From 2020, students and parents can also purchase a range of laptops from PBTech through our new optional BYOD scheme. Using a code (BYOD2020) families can logon to https://www.pbtech.co.nz/education/byod/awatapu-college?qr=pb_byod and purchase from a variety of laptops at a discount. Finance is available through PBTech.

Changes to Pastoral System 2020

After a review of our pastoral care structure, we have made the decision to move to Year Level Deans in 2020. This means your child will no longer have a Head of House but rather a Dean for their Year Level. Deans will move through the levels with their year group, getting to know the needs of their students well and providing a constant point of contact for parents. 

The Year Level Deans for 2020 are:

Year 9        Mr Fisher and Ms Griffin
Year 10 Mrs Orme and Mr Tuck
Year 11 Mr Binsted and Mrs Scott
Year 12/13         Mr Howarth and Mrs Povey

Changes to Daily Times 2020

After consultation with the wider school community, the following changes to the daily times will be introduced from 2020:

  • Timetable classes will finish at 2.10pm on Friday afternoons for all students. This replaces the Friday morning late starts.
  • Lunch has been shortened by 5 minutes to allow school to finish 5 minutes earlier. This change has been made in an effort to alleviate traffic concerns along Botanical Road.

The new daily times effective 2020 are as follows:

Monday to Thursday  
Form Time        8.45am to 9.00am
Period 1 9.00am to 10.00am
Period 2 10.00am to 11.00am
Interval 11.00am to 11.30am
Period 3 11.30am to 12.30pm
Period 4 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Lunch 1.30pm to 2.10pm
Period 5 2.10pm to 3.10pm
Form Time 8.45am to 9.00am
Period 1 9.00am to 10.00am
Period 2 10.00am to 11.00am
Interval 11.00am to 11.30am
Period 3 11.30am to 12.30pm
Lunch 12.30pm to 1.10pm
Period 4 1.10pm to 2.10pm

School Holiday Closing Period

The school office will be closed from Thursday 12 December 2019 and will reopen Tuesday 21 January 2020. Please click here for detailed information regarding start dates for students. 

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Year 12 students, Annelies Orme and Bobby Pritchard, were fortunate to attend a fully sponsored three-week Outward Bounds course earlier this year. Click here to read the Stuff article. Photo credit Warwick Smith (Stuff).