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|Spa Road, Taupo
|Type||Co-ed state secondary, year 9-13|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||167|
Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is ranked as one of the top performing schools in the central North Island, with NCEA results being above the national average for a decile 7 school. This school achieved steady results in the 2011 New Zealand Scholarship exams, particularly in Economics where 2 outstanding scholarships were gained. In 2010, a year 12 student achieved 119 excellence credits, placing the student among the top students in New Zealand.
Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is held in high regard for its tradition of sporting achievement from many young sportsmen and sportswomen within the school. There is an impressive line-up of national achievers and some students, have gone on to represent their country on the world stage with their chosen sport. There are over 30 different sports codes in the school. The top performing sportsmen and sportswomen are invited to join the High Performance Programme, in order to aid them in their sporting careers. This school is well known in terms of rugby, and in 2011 and 2013, the U15 7s team participated in an International U15 7s tournament in Nouméa, finishing in silver medal position.
In 2014 taupo nui a Tia under 15 sevens team entered in a secondary schools national sevens competition held in Mt Manganui, placing 11th out of 21 schools from all around New Zealand and gaining a position as 2nd best co-ed school in New Zealand at rugby sevens. Their best result was almost beating one of new Zealand's best rugby schools, Hamilton Boys' High School, losing 21-19.
Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is renowned for its strength in the performing arts field, with NCEA Subjects in Music, Drama, and Dance. In 2011, the school reached the national finals of Stage Challenge. Recent productions in the school include High School Musical, Footloose and Little Shop of Horrors. The college has many different music groups, including an a cappella group, Performing Arts Club, TNT Jazz band (usually formed at the start of Term 3) and also a combined schools Wind Band for young musicians around Taupo. Able music students are also invited to join the High Performance Music Extension Programme, in order to receive further tuition in their desired instrument.
In 2011, the rebuilding of a new school gym was completed, it has a 21st-century touch, complete with a Dance Studio, larger gym arena and newer changing rooms. In 2012, the new Design and Innovation technology centre was opened by Prime Minister John Key. This building is two stories high, with state of the art 21st century type classrooms, Two commercial kitchens, specialist computer suites, and also an elevator. John Key stated that this building will be a major forefront in the innovation of newer school buildings around New Zealand.
- Tauhara (Red)
- Ngauruhoe (Blue)
- Ruapehu (Green)
- Tongariro (Yellow)
Ruapehu have held the house shield 10 years in a row, from 2002-2014 - present.
Buildings and departments
- A Block - Performing Arts Block (Music, Drama)
- D Block - Design and Innovation Technology Centre (Technology, Visual Arts)
- E Block - (English, Drama)
- F Block - (Science, English)
- G Block - Gymnasium (PE, Dance)
- H Block - (English, Languages, Mathematics, PE)
- N Block - Nelson Block (Mathematics, Social Sciences)
- Louisa Wall - Member of Parliament