Kapiti College

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Kapiti College
Margaret Road,
Raumati Beach,
New Zealand

Coordinates 40°55′19″S 174°58′59″E / 40.92194°S 174.98306°E / -40.92194; 174.98306Coordinates: 40°55′19″S 174°58′59″E / 40.92194°S 174.98306°E / -40.92194; 174.98306
Type Coeducational State Secondary (Year 9–13)
Motto Semper Fidelis
Established 1954
Ministry of Education Institution no. 247
Principal Tony Kane
School roll 1389[1] (October 2014)
Socio-economic decile 8

Kapiti College is situated at Raumati Beach on the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand, 40 minutes drive from central Wellington. It was called Raumati District High School when built in 1954, then renamed Kapiti College in 1957. The Kapiti College Motto is "Semper Fidelis".

The roll is 1125 in 2012, including 62 international students from as far afield as Germany, Brazil, China and Thailand. Numbers of students at the college increased by 400 in the 2003-2012 period.

Kapiti College is a Decile 8 school, meaning the majority of its students are from above average socio-economic status. Its students come from a wide range of backgrounds and includes a Māori proportion of 17 percent.

The school offers a wide range of subjects typical of a New Zealand school of its size, and places particular emphasis on performing arts. Kapiti students compete regularly in events such as Shakespeare-in-Schools and Barbershop competitions and have regularly reached national finals. A high proportion of students study drama, dance, music or filmmaking.

Recent changes include the construction of a new Sport and Recreation Centre, which is the only seated stadium on the Kapiti Coast, and dance and film studios. It has a commercial kitchen which can be hired, as well as Kapiti Marae at the far end of the College, which is available for accommodation. A new subject - Philosophy - was introduced for all Year 9 students in 2010. This is seldom taught in New Zealand secondary schools.

Past students of Kapiti College include All Blacks Mark Shaw and Christian Cullen,and filmmaker Peter Jackson.


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 5 November 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 

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