Samoa College

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Samoa College is a secondary school in Samoa officially opened in 1953.[1] The college is co-educational and teaches from Year 9 - 13. It is situated in Apia on the island of Upolu and is considered the main college in the country. The early college and curriculum was modelled on secondary schools in New Zealand, reflecting the country's colonial history.

Education in Samoa is overseen by the government's Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture.But although the school has seen high academic achievements it is not multi-cultural.


The college was officially opened on 2 October 1953 by Charles E Beeby, the New Zealand Minister of Education, at the time. Samoa's education system is historically associated with New Zealand.[2] Prior to the official opening of Samoa College, a system of 'Accelerated' learning was developed in 1949 for selected pupils with top marks in exams from around the country. These pupils would make up the core of the new college. The accelerated pupils went to school at a fale in Malifa,[1] near the capital Apia and later moved to the new school once it was opened.

Former students include writer Albert Wendt who became the school principal during 1969 - 1973. His tenure saw the broadening of the curriculum to include arts subjects.


  1. ^ a b Meleisea, Malama (1987). Lagaga: a short history of Western Samoa. University of the South Pacific. p. 210. ISBN 978-982-02-0029-6. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Campbell, Craig; Geoffrey Sherington (2007). Going to school in Oceania. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 310. ISBN 978-0-313-33950-9. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 

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Coordinates: 13°50′56″S 171°44′56″W / 13.849°S 171.749°W / -13.849; -171.749