Campion College, Gisborne

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Campion College
Campion Rd
New Zealand
Coordinates 38°38′55″S 177°59′18″E / 38.6485°S 177.9884°E / -38.6485; 177.9884Coordinates: 38°38′55″S 177°59′18″E / 38.6485°S 177.9884°E / -38.6485; 177.9884
Type Integrated Co-Educational Secondary School (Years 7-13)
Motto In Christ We Are Alive
Ministry of Education Institution no. 211
School roll 521[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 6

Campion College, Gisborne is a Catholic, State-integrated, co-educational college located in Gisborne, New Zealand including students from Year 7 to Year 13.[2] The college received its name from its patron saint, St Edmund Campion whose feast day is 1 December. Religious Education is provided for all classes.[3]


The origins of the school lie in two former single sex colleges which operated in Gisborne; Saint Edmund Campion College founded by the Marist Brothers for males St Marys College founded by the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart for females. In 1960 the Marist Brothers transferred the boys' school to the site presently occupied by Campion College.[citation needed]

In 1974 the boys' and girls' schools were merged into one on the site of Edmund Campion College. In 1976 the administration as a co-educational College from Year 9-13 was set in place and the name changed to Campion College. In 1982 Campion College entered the State education system as an integrated school when an integration agreement under the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act 1975 was signed by the school's proprietor and the Minister of Education. In 2005, following the addition of the Hato Maria block to the grounds of Campion, year 7 & 8 students from St Mary's Primary School joined the college. Campion now caters for students from years 7 to 13.[citation needed]


Although the college focuses mainly on academia, sports have become a dominant aspect of college life. Campion specialises in sports such as volleyball, basketball, cricket, hockey & football (soccer).


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  2. ^ TKI
  3. ^ Character Review


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