Rangitoto College

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Rangitoto College
564 East Coast Road, Windsor Park, Auckland
Coordinates36°44′16″S 174°44′10″E / 36.7378°S 174.7361°E / -36.7378; 174.7361Coordinates: 36°44′16″S 174°44′10″E / 36.7378°S 174.7361°E / -36.7378; 174.7361
TypeState co-ed Secondary (Year 9-13)
Mottomotto: Circumspice (Latin: "Look around")
Ministry of Education Institution no.28
PrincipalPatrick Gale
School roll3215[1] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile10Z[2]
View from the playing fields to Rangitoto Island
The maths building of Rangitoto College

Rangitoto College is a state coeducational secondary school, located on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. Serving Years 9 to 13, Rangitoto has a school roll of 3215 as of August 2018,[1] making it the largest "brick-and-mortar" school in New Zealand (only The Correspondence School is larger, with 3828 students). Patrick Gale is the current principal.


Rangitoto College is located in Mairangi Bay, on the East Coast Bays on Auckland's North Shore. The easternmost field as well as many of the classrooms on the eastern side of the school have a view of the Rangitoto Channel as well as Rangitoto Island.


Rangitoto College opened in February 1956, with an initial roll of 180 Year 9 and 10 students (then known as Forms 3 and 4).[3] A block and D block are the school's two original buildings; these are standard school buildings of the "1950s Single Storey" type, with long single-storey blocks of classrooms orientated east-west with a corridor connecting the classrooms on the south side.[4]


Like many secondary schools in Auckland, Rangitoto operates an enrolment scheme to help curb roll numbers and prevent overcrowding. Rangitoto's enrolment zone, in which students residing are automatically entitled to be enrolled without rejection, covers approximately 12 square kilometres (4.6 sq mi), and includes Browns Bay, Campbells Bay, Mairangi Bay, Murrays Bay, Pinehill, Rothesay Bay, Sunset North, and Windsor Park, and parts of Meadowood and Rosedale east of the Auckland Northern Motorway.[5] Students residing outside the zone are accepted as roll places allow per the enrollment scheme order of preference and secret ballot.

At the September 2015 Education Review Office (ERO) review of the school, the school had 2871 students enrolled, including 258 international students. The school roll's gender composition was evenly split between male and female, and its ethnic composition was 45% New Zealand European (Pākehā), 11% Chinese, 6% African, 7% Māori, 2% South East Asian, 1% Indian, 1% Pacific Islanders, 12% other European, 11% other Asian, and 3% other.[6]

Rangitoto College has a socio-economic decile rating of 10 (step Z), meaning it draws its school community from areas of highest socio-economic strata when compared to other New Zealand schools.[7]

Recent principals[edit]

In mid-2005, principal Allan Peachey stood down in order to stand as a National Party candidate for election to Parliament. Alison Cleland took over as principal in the interim. As a result of Peachey's election as the Member of Parliament for the Tamaki electorate, David Hodge, a former student at Rangitoto College, was appointed as Principal in 2006, but left in 2017. Patrick Gale is the current principal.

Academic performance[edit]

Rangitoto College is a decile 10 school, meaning that, as the ERO (Education Review Office) puts it, Rangitoto draws its students from an area of 'least socio-economic disadvantage'. The data show that it performs at, or above, the average level for decile 10 schools nationally. Like other decile 10 schools, Rangitoto performs better than schools from areas of greater socio-economic disadvantage.

Compared to the national average, Rangitoto students achieved very good results in the 2008 New Zealand Scholarship exams. 2.

Prior to Bursary being replaced by the National Certificate of Educational Achievement Rangitoto had at least one student recognised as New Zealand's top scholar in a subject between 2001 and 2003; in 2003 Rangitoto had three four top-scholars including Top all-round Female Māori Scholar. 5. In 2006 a Rangitoto College student was named "Top Scholar in New Zealand" for the subject of history in 2006 based on the NCEA framework.[8]

In 2013, 94.4 percent of students leaving Rangitoto College held at least NCEA Level 1, 89.5 percent held at least NCEA Level 2, and 76.3 percent held at least University Entrance. This is compared to 85.2%, 74.2%, and 49.0% respectively for all students nationally.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]



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  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Our History". Rangitoto College. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Catalogue of Standard School Building Types" (PDF). Christchurch: Ministry of Education. September 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Enrolment Zone Map" (PDF). Rangitoto College. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Rangitoto College Education Review". Education Review Office. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Rangitoto College". Rangitoto College. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  9. ^ "School Qualifications -- Rangitoto College". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
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  15. ^ "Sean Marks inducted into New Zealand Basketball Hall of Fame". Stuff.co.nz. Fairfax NZ. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
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