Kapiti College

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Kapiti College
Margaret Road,
Raumati Beach,
New Zealand
Coordinates 40°55′19″S 174°58′59″E / 40.92194°S 174.98306°E / -40.92194; 174.98306Coordinates: 40°55′19″S 174°58′59″E / 40.92194°S 174.98306°E / -40.92194; 174.98306
Type Coeducational State Secondary (Year 9–13)
Motto Semper Fidelis
Established 1954
Ministry of Education Institution no. 247
Principal Tony Kane
School roll 1547[1] (July 2016)
Socio-economic decile 8P[2]

Kāpiti College is situated at Raumati Beach on the Kāpiti Coast in New Zealand, 40 minutes drive from central Wellington. It was called Raumati District High School when built in 1954, then renamed Kapiti College in 1957. The Kapiti College Motto is "Semper Fidelis".

The roll is 1125 in 2012, including 62 international students from as far afield as Germany, Brazil, China and Thailand. Numbers of students at the college increased by 400 in the 2003-2012 period.

Kāpiti College is a Decile 8 school, meaning the majority of its students are from above average socio-economic status. Its students come from a wide range of backgrounds and includes a Māori proportion of 17 percent.

The school offers a wide range of subjects typical of a New Zealand school of its size, and places particular emphasis on performing arts. Kapiti students compete regularly in events such as Shakespeare-in-Schools and Barbershop competitions and have regularly reached national finals. A high proportion of students study drama, dance, music or filmmaking.

Recent changes include the construction of a new Sport and Recreation Centre, which is the only seated stadium on the Kapiti Coast, and dance and film studios. It has a commercial kitchen which can be hired, as well as Kapiti Marae at the far end of the College, which is available for accommodation. A new subject - Philosophy - was introduced for all Year 9 students in 2010. This is seldom taught in New Zealand secondary schools.

Past students of Kāpiti College include All Blacks Mark Shaw and Christian Cullen, filmmaker Peter Jackson, Sysdoc founder Katherine Corich and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce.

The school has its own radio show on Wellington Access Radio.[3]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2016". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Children and Youth". Association of Community Access Broadcasters. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 

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