Kaipara College

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Kaipara College
Rautawhiri Road,
Rodney District,
New Zealand

Coordinates 36°40′49″S 174°27′34″E / 36.68028°S 174.45944°E / -36.68028; 174.45944
Type State Co-Ed Secondary (Year 9-13)
Motto Pro Viribus
"To be one's best"
Established 1924
Ministry of Education Institution no. 26
Principal John Grant
School roll 614[1] (July 2014)
Socio-economic decile 7

Kaipara College is a secondary school in Helensville, New Zealand. The current principal is John Grant.

The school began as Helensville District High School in 1924, and changed its name to Kaipara College in 1959.[2] A fire destroyed two classrooms and many resources in December 2006.[3][4]

Since 2010, construction has begun on the school up until today. New buildings include new Science, English and Social Studies blocks as well as a new canteen. The old buildings were knocked down and replaced with said buildings. There are more plans for the college to be reconstructed further.

On Saturday 18th May 2013, the college held its first open-to-public Open Day. This enabled parents as well as the general public to see the new classrooms and how the college has changed.

Notable alumni include All Black Tony Woodcock,[5] Manawatu Standard Editor Michael Cummings, veteran broadcaster Dave Grove and New Zealand Champion Motocross rider Chris Birch.

Style of Education[edit]

Kaipara College employs a mid-range teacher to student ratio, with classes hovering around the 20-30 student per class mark. The school uses a 'card' system to either discipline or commend behavior. There are four types of cards. Green cards, which are used to commend good work and can be entered into a draw to receive prizes at an end-of-term draw. There are orange cards which warn the students, red cards which send the student to the Dean's office and finally a white card which will place the student at the head of faculty's classroom for that period.


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 30 July 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  2. ^ "Kaipara College - ISSCC". International Student Services Center Corporation. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  3. ^ "Arson suspected in college fire". Television New Zealand. 8 December 2006. 
  4. ^ "Education Review Report - Kaipara College". Education Review Office. October 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-23. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Tony Woodcock on AllBlacks.com". New Zealand Rugby Football Union. Date Unknown. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 

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