Shakespeare Globe - National Production
Congratulations to Sarah Judd (13HAI) who has been offered the opportunity to be part of the National Shakespeare Schools Production. This is a huge and fitting accolade for Sarah's hard work and dedication for the National competition!
Sarah will travel down to Dunedin to take part in workshops, receive expert tutoring, learn a part, rehearse, and take part in a performance from a Shakespeare play. She could then be selected to fly to London to take part in something at the Globe..


University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare National Award Winners

Massive congratulations to Mrs Kate Oatway and the drama team Sarah Judd, Aimee Dredge, Kip Powell, Iggy Johanson and Logan Rosewood who won the following awards at the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare National festival:

  • Most Imaginative and Innovative Production Award
  • Outstanding Makeup Award
  • Outstanding Individual Tragedy Role won by Sarah Judd playing Lady Macbeth

We wish them all the best for Nationals later this year.

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Open Night 2023

Tuesday 25 July 2023

5.30pm to 7.30pm

Awatapu College Gymnasium

Students and Parents interested in joining Awatapu College in 2024 are warmly invited to attend the our Open Night (including Special Needs Block) on Tuesday 25 July at 5.30pm. Please assemble in the College Gymnasium. Enquiries at all year levels are welcome.

Term Update - 9 June 2020

Dear Parents/Caregivers

I am sure you were as pleased as I was to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement about moving to Alert Level 1.  This means that all students should now be returning to school – unless unwell.

For us, there will be no major changes to what we are currently doing and our school continues to be safe for all to attend, including any staff / students who are considered more vulnerable to COVID-19.

We have a good cleaning routines in place, access to hand sanitizer, people who are sick are staying at home, and we will continue to encourage good hygiene practices.

What is changing is we can now look forward to inter-school and community sport, cultural events and performances, and to welcoming all of our school community back on site for these activities.

We therefore look forward to seeing you very soon.

Yours sincerely,
Gary Yeatman

NZQA Announce Changes to NCEA and University Entrance for 2020

We know some of our students - and their whānau - are worried that they might not be able to attain NCEA or UE this year, because of the disruption caused by COVID-19. To help address this and support students, the following changes are being made to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) requirements for this year:

  • Students working towards an NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. These additional credits will be known as Learning Recognition credits. For every 5 credits a student achieves towards their NCEA either through internal or external assessment, they are entitled to an additional 1 credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits.
  • Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 – will be awarded a course endorsement.
  • Current UE requirements have been reduced from 14 to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet literacy and numeracy requirements to be awarded University Entrance.
  • External NCEA examinations and NZ Scholarship examinations will now take place from 16 November 2020 to 9 December 2020. This will provide extra time for teaching, learning and assessment in Term 4.
  • The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio (for example, Design and Visual Communications) has been extended to 12 November 2020, to give students more time to complete their portfolios.

These changes have been designed to encourage students to continue working towards their NCEA and to ensure that the NCEA attained by our rangatahi this school year is just as valid as those earned in previous years.

If you have any queries about the changes, please contact Peter Howarth, Principal's Nominee by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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