Aorere College

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Aorere College
Aorere College logo.png
Portage Road, Papatoetoe
Coordinates 36°58′55″S 174°50′00″E / 36.982°S 174.8334°E / -36.982; 174.8334Coordinates: 36°58′55″S 174°50′00″E / 36.982°S 174.8334°E / -36.982; 174.8334
Type co-educational state secondary school (years 9-13)
Motto Virtus Caelum Recludit
Character opens the way to the heavens
Established 1964
Ministry of Education Institution no. 96
Principal Patrick D Drumm
School roll 1538[1] (July 2014)
Socio-economic decile 2

Aorere College is a co-educational state secondary school (years 9-13) that was established in 1964 in Papatoetoe, Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand. Patrick Drumm is the principal of the college. As of July 2014, there were approximately 1538 students enrolled.[1]


Due to the rapid increase in student population over the past couple of years the school has had to construct new buildings to accommodate all the students attending Aorere.

The new "Colin Pascoe Gymnasium" was officially opened on Thursday 1st April 2010 by The Minister of Education Anne Tolley. In attendance were formal principals of the school and community leaders. It is situated directly opposite the current "Charles Herbert Gymnasium". There is approximately a 40-year gap between the construction of both gyms. A dance studio will be added to the new gym, this is due to the rapid growth in the number of students wanting to partake in dance at the school.

The school has continued to undergo renovations which enhances not only student achievement but community involvement. Term Two 2010 saw Aorere start its very first radio station. Students and staff enjoy this whole-heartedly.

The school has invested $1.4 million into a new building project. Construction on the new library will commence later in 2010. It will be situated where the old library was based with seven state-of-the-art classrooms surrounding. This project is expected to be completed in mid-2011.

With the growing of our school's Dance & Drama department, a dance studio is being constructed directly beside the new Colin Pascoe Gymnasium. The completion date for this project is yet to be confirmed.

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  1. ^ a b "Directory of Schools - as at 30 July 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-08-02.