Rangitoto College

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Rangitoto College
564 East Coast Road, Windsor Park, Auckland
Coordinates 36°44′17″S 174°44′10″E / 36.738110°S 174.736133°E / -36.738110; 174.736133Coordinates: 36°44′17″S 174°44′10″E / 36.738110°S 174.736133°E / -36.738110; 174.736133
Type State co-ed Secondary (Year 9-13)
Motto motto: Circumspice (Latin: "Look around")
Established 1956
Ministry of Education Institution no. 28
Principal David Hodge
School roll 3037[1] (July 2014)
Socio-economic decile 10
View from the playing fields to Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto College is a state coeducational secondary school, located on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. Serving Years 9 to 13, Rangitoto has a school roll of 3037 as of July 2014,[1] making it the largest "brick-and-mortar" school in New Zealand (only The Correspondence School is larger, with 8414 students).


Rangitoto College is located in Mairangi Bay, on the East Coast Bays on Auckland's North Shore. The easternmost field as well as many of the classrooms on the eastern side of the school have a view of the Rangitoto Channel as well as Rangitoto Island.


Like many secondary schools in Auckland, Rangitoto operates an enrolment scheme to help curb roll numbers and prevent overcrowding. Rangitoto's enrolment zone, in which students residing are automatically entitled to be enrolled without rejection, covers approximately 12 square kilometres (4.6 sq mi), and includes Campbells Bay, Mairangi Bay, Murrays Bay, Pinehill, Rothesay Bay, Sunset North, and Windsor Park, and parts of Meadowood and Rosedale east of the Auckland Northern Motorway.[2] Students residing outside the zone are accepted as roll places allow per the enrollment scheme order of preference and secret ballot.

At the September 2010 Education Review Office (ERO) review of the school, the school had 2871 students enrolled, including 195 international students. The school roll's gender composition was 51% male and 49% female, and its ethnic composition was 53% New Zealand European (Pākehā), 9% Chinese, 9% Korean, 7% African, 5% Māori, 4% South East Asian, 3% Indian, 1% Japanese, 1% Pacific Islanders, 1% other Asian, and 7% Other.[3]

Recent principals[edit]

In mid-2005, principal Allan Peachey stood down in order to stand as a National Party candidate for election to Parliament. Alison Cleland took over as principal in the interim. As a result of Peachey's election as the Member of Parliament for the Tamaki electorate, David Hodge, a former student at Rangitoto College, was appointed as Principal in 2006.

Academic performance[edit]

Rangitoto College is a decile 10 school, meaning that, as the ERO (Education Review Office) puts it, Rangitoto draws its students from an area of 'least socio-economic disadvantage'. The data show that it performs at, or above, the average level for decile 10 schools nationally. Like other decile 10 schools Rangitoto performs better than schools from areas of greater socio-economic disadvantage.

Compared to the national average, Rangitoto students achieved very good results in the 2008 New Zealand Scholarship exams. 2.

Prior to Bursary being replaced by the National Certificate of Educational Achievement Rangitoto had at least one student recognised as New Zealand's top scholar in a subject between 2001 to 2003; in 2003 Rangitoto had three four top-scholars including Top all-round Female Māori Scholar. 5. In 2006 a Rangitoto College student was named "Top Scholar in New Zealand" for the subject of history in 2006 based on the NCEA framework.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Directory of Schools - as at 30 July 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  2. ^ "Enrolment Zone Map". Rangitoto College. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Rangitoto College Education Review". Education Review Office. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rangitoto College". Rangitoto College. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 

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