Ellesmere College (New Zealand)

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Ellesmere College
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Address
52 Leeston Dunsandel Road,
Leeston
Coordinates 43°45′29″S 172°17′33″E / 43.7580°S 172.2925°E / -43.7580; 172.2925Coordinates: 43°45′29″S 172°17′33″E / 43.7580°S 172.2925°E / -43.7580; 172.2925
Information
Type State, Co-educational, Secondary
Motto Strive For Perfection
Established 1981
Ministry of Education Institution no. 349
Principal Gavin Kidd
School roll 588[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 8P[2]
Website

Ellesmere College is a co-educational high school, located in Leeston in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand, with more than 500 students ranging from ages eleven to seventeen. It aims to provide students with a range of learning experiences, aiming to make its students good contributors to society. It encourages voluntary activities such as music lessons, drama, and sports.

History[edit]

Ellesmere College was founded in 1981, with a roll of 380 students, replacing Southbridge District High School.

Significant events[edit]

  • 1980 - Ellesmere College was built in Timaru and transported to the present site. One classroom was lost during transportation in the Rakaia River.
  • 1981 - Ellesmere College opened in February with 380 students and 23 staff.
  • 1983 - The gymnasium was completed.
  • 1984 - The official opening of Ellesmere College was declared by Hon Merv Wellington.
  • 1985 - More classrooms were built.
  • 1986 - The gymnasium was enlarged and dedicated to Riki Ellison.
  • 1987 - The library was extended.
  • 1988 - The playground was opened.
  • 1994 - Ken Dawson was declared the new principal.
  • 1997 - The library was split to form a new classroom, L2l
  • 2000 - The Health Education Centre opened.
  • 2008 - The gym was extended and the Wilson room was opened.
  • 2008 - The last founding staff member retired.
  • 2009 - The new stage and seating areas were completed.
  • 2009 - Ken Dawson announced his resignation.
  • 2010 - Students, staff and guests welcomed Gavin Kidd into the role as principal.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 

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