Year 12 RYDA Course


On Tuesday 9 May, Year 12 students attended a five-hour Rotary Young Driver Awareness course held at the Central Energy Trust Arena. This coincided with Road Safety Awareness Week. During the course, students learnt about hazards, distractions and risks while driving.  While the first is out of the driver’s control, the second two can be minimised by the decisions the driver takes.  They saw, at first hand, how if a vehicles speed increases by 50%, the stopping distance doubles - as represented by a dummy flying over a car roof on impact. Students also listened to stories about the impact that road accidents have on lives - a powerful and important message all drivers should be reminded of.

The students were provided a booklet about road safety, access to the road safety website and space to provide thoughts on each of the six workshops. We encourage parents to have a discussion with their student about this.

Awatapu would like to thank Horizons for the funding provided, the Rapid Response Team for the BBQ lunch, to Rotary who provided staffing, and the RYDA team for a thought provoking day. Hopefully, our young people will make good choices around road safety.

The Miracle Worker

Earlier this term, the Awatapu College Drama department staged a moving production of "The Miracle Worker" by William Gibson. The play details the interwoven journeys from despair to hope of the two main protagonists, the brave Helen Keller, struck dead and blind from the age of 6 months, and her inspirational teacher, Annie Sullivan (played by Aimee Dredge and Matilda Fyles, respectively). In a complex, emotional play, they and the family of Helen Keller (played by Karl Werner, Britney Lewin, Kobi Shearer and Zoe Taylor), not only took their audience into their despair, but showed them what was needed to find the gateway out.

The Manawatu Standard recently interviewed the lead actors of the play. To read the full article, please click here

Such a production could not have been possible without our dedicated team of performers, costume designers, and stage crew - thank you. Thanks also to our talented students in the Hard Materials department for creating such an impressive set.

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Road Safety

A reminder to parents and caregivers, when dropping-off or picking-up your child, please use the bus bay or front carpark as drop-off/collection areas. Please refrain from driving into the College grounds or parking on the yellow lines down Botanical Road.

USA Scholarship

Congratulations to former student, James Scott, who has been awarded a four year golf scholarship at the Wesleyan University of Iowa, USA. James will travel to Iowa in August to study a Business Degree. Congratulations, James. We wish you the best of luck.

Interview Evenings

The Senior and Junior interview evenings for 2017 are scheduled for:
    • Thursday 18 May (Years 11, 12 and 13)
    • Thursday 25 May (Years 9 and 10)
    • Wednesday 9 August (Years 9 and 10)
    • Thursday 24 August (Years 11, 12 and 13)

Please note that the school will close at 3pm on the day of interview evenings.

Bookings for Parent/Teacher Interviews can be completed online. The booking process is user-friendly making it easy for parents/caregivers to book appointments to meet with the son/daughter's teachers. We encourage all parents/caregivers to attend so that they can actively monitor their child's academic progress. 

Relevant information regarding how to make bookings has been sent home with students. Please contact the school office on 356 4817 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have not received this information.

Oceania Skating Champ

Congratulations to Sam Portch who competed at the Oceania Skating champs in Brisbane during the April school holidays. Sam received a Silver medal in the Junior Men's Marathon and a Bronze medal in the 10km Points Races. For this fantastic achievement, Sam received a Gold Achievement in Sport Award.

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