Elim Christian College

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Elim Christian College
New Zealand
Coordinates 36°54′50″S 174°54′57″E / 36.913851°S 174.915707°E / -36.913851; 174.915707Coordinates: 36°54′50″S 174°54′57″E / 36.913851°S 174.915707°E / -36.913851; 174.915707
Type State, Co-educational, Composite (Year 1–15)
Motto A Future and a Hope
Established 1988[1]
Ministry of Education Institution no. 1190
Principal Murray Burton
School roll 985[2] (March 2016)
Socio-economic decile 8P[3]

Elim Christian College is a state-integrated coeducational secondary school located in Botany Downs, a suburb of Manukau City, Auckland, New Zealand.

Established in 1988,[1] the school currently caters for approximately 1000 students from new entrants to Year 13, including over 50 international students.[4] The school is associated with Elim Christian Centre.

On 15 April 2008, six students and a teacher from the school died in a flash flood while canyoning the Mangatepopo Stream in Tongariro National Park.[5][6] In 2011 Principal Murray Burton was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and the teacher and one of the six students who died given medals for bravery.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Prospectus 2008" (doc). Enrolments. Elim Christian College. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 18 April 2016". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-04-19. 
  3. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "School homepage". About Elim Christian College. Elim Christian College. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  5. ^ "Canyoning victim wanted to 'make most of it' — father". New Zealand Herald. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  6. ^ "Seven dead in NZ river accident". ABC News. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  7. ^ Binning, Elizabeth (2 April 2011). "Bravery awards: School's guiding light in a time of tragedy". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 

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