Kapiti College

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Kapiti College
Margaret Road,
Raumati Beach,
New Zealand
Coordinates40°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
TypeCoeducational State Secondary (Year 9–13)
MottoSemper Fidelis
Ministry of Education Institution no.247
PrincipalTony Kane
School roll1497[1] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile8P[2]

Kāpiti College is situated at Raumati Beach on the Kāpiti Coast in New Zealand, 45 minutes drive from Wellington City. 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 1535 in 2017, including international students from as far afield as Germany, Brazil, China, Japan 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.[citation needed]

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.

Next to the school is the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre (KPAC), a new facility for use by the community and school, which is yet to have a major sponsor to help with the construction.[3][4]

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.

The College also has a wide variety of sports teams at both Junior ( years 9-10 ) and Senior Level (11-13)

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.[5]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Archived from the original on 24 January 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Home - Kapiti Performing Arts Centre". Kapiti Performing Arts Centre. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. ^ "KC - Kapiti Performing Arts Centre". www.kc.school.nz. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  5. ^ "Children and Youth". Association of Community Access Broadcasters. Archived from the original on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015.

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