Western Springs College

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Western Springs College
100 Motions Road
Western Springs
Auckland 1022
New Zealand
Coordinates 36°51′45″S 174°43′2″E / 36.86250°S 174.71722°E / -36.86250; 174.71722Coordinates: 36°51′45″S 174°43′2″E / 36.86250°S 174.71722°E / -36.86250; 174.71722
Type State Co-educational secondary school (Year 9-13)
Motto All students, inspired with a love of learning, are challenged to discover and develop their unique personal strengths so that they are well equipped to contribute to the building of a just society.
Established circa 1960
Ministry of Education Institution no. 48
Principal Ken Havill[1]
School roll 1441[2] (July 2016)
Socio-economic decile 8P[3]

Western Springs College (Māori: Nga Puna O Waiorea) is a state co-educational secondary school in located in Western Springs, an inner suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. The school educates approximately 1441 students from Years 9 to 13 (ages 12 to 18).[2] The school was originally part of Seddon Memorial Technical College but was moved to the current Western Springs site in 1964.


The school was originally called Seddon High School following its separation from Seddon Memorial Technical College. Western Springs has produced several notable musicians and bands, such as Che Fu, Joel Little and Nesian Mystik, who have gone on to have considerable success in New Zealand and internationally.


The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC) is located with the school grounds.[4]


The school is one of few in the Auckland area to have no formal uniform. The school sees the development of sensible attitudes towards dress and appearance as part of the education process and tidy dress standards are enforced.[5]


The school consists of five houses:

  • Atea (Red) meaning Wind or Air
  • Moana (Blue) meaning Water
  • Whenua (Green) meaning Land
  • Kapura (Yellow) meaning Fire
  • Oranga (Purple) meaning Living (Rumaki Unit)

Enrolment and donation[edit]

The school operates an enrolment zone which entitles students residing within the zone to enrol at the school.[6] Students from outside the zone may be admitted through a ballot system. A voluntary donation to cover costs is requested at the time of enrolment.[7]

Rumaki and Pacific Unit[edit]

The Rumaki and Pacific units provide a specialised learning environment for both Maori and Pacific Island students. The units work under spoken and written language immersion and are focused on integrating culture and customs into daily learning.[8][9]

Academic achievement[edit]

The results from the school's 2005 NCEA examinations placed it as the top decile 7[10] school for NCEA Level 1.[11] The school is also traditionally strong in debating, with both teams in the final of the 2005 Auckland Senior Debating competition representing Western Springs College.[12]


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