Kaipara College

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Kaipara College
Rautawhiri Road,
Rodney District,
New Zealand
Coordinates 36°40′49″S 174°27′34″E / 36.68028°S 174.45944°E / -36.68028; 174.45944
Type State Co-Ed Secondary (Year 9-13)
Motto Pro Viribus
"To be one's best"
Established 1924
Ministry of Education Institution no. 26
Principal Patrick Gale
School roll 759[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 7O[2]

Kaipara College is a secondary school in Helensville, New Zealand. The current principal is, as of 2016, Patrick Gale.

The school began as Helensville District High School in 1924, and changed its name to Kaipara College in 1959.[3] A fire destroyed two classrooms and many resources in December 2006.[4][5]

Since 2010, construction has begun on the school up until today. New buildings include new Science, English and Social Studies blocks as well as a new canteen. The old buildings were knocked down and replaced with said buildings. There are more plans for the college to be reconstructed further.

On Saturday 18 May 2013, the college held its first open-to-public Open Day. This enabled parents as well as the general public to see the new classrooms and how the college has changed.

Notable alumni include All Black Tony Woodcock,[6] Manawatu Standard Editor Michael Cummings, veteran broadcaster Dave Grove, Charles Philip Littlejohn (Clerk of the New Zealand House of Representatives)[7] and New Zealand Champion Motocross rider Chris Birch.

Kaipara College welcomed 185 Year 9 students in 2016, a record for the college.

Style of Education[edit]

Kaipara College employs a mid-range teacher to student ratio, with classes hovering around the 20-30 student per class mark. The school uses a 'card' system to either discipline or commend behavior. There are four types of cards. Green cards, which are used to commend good work and can be entered into a draw to receive prizes at an end-of-term draw. There are orange cards which warn the students, red cards which send the student to the Dean's office and finally a white card which will place the student at the head of faculty's classroom for that period.


Kaipara College is renowned for having one of the best Drama and Music departments in Auckland. The college actively competes against other Auckland schools at performances across the region. Music and Drama are compulsory subjects in Year 9, however they are optional from Year 10 onwards. Kaipara offers Visual Arts for Year 11.


Despite the lack of languages taught within the school, Kaipara College excels and prides itself with its Maori heritage. In March 2017, Kaipara College came 3rd place overall in the Third Division at Auckland's Polyfest, a Kapa haka competition. This was the first time ever the school's reached a position and advanced through to the next division.


  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. 
  3. ^ "Kaipara College - ISSCC". International Student Services Center Corporation. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  4. ^ "Arson suspected in college fire". Television New Zealand. 8 December 2006. 
  5. ^ "Education Review Report - Kaipara College". Education Review Office. October 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-23. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Tony Woodcock on AllBlacks.com". New Zealand Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  7. ^ Who's Who in New Zealand, 12th Edition, 1991

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