Awatapu College

Awatapu College challenges students to achieve excellence, develop a sense of self-worth and become motivated and responsible citizens.


Principal’s Message:

Our school is a vibrant and diverse community with a strong focus on meeting the individual needs of our student body. This is what a recent Dux, Lisa Onland, had to say about Awatapu:

“There was always an option, always someone there to help you every step of the way, independence and space to grow and achieve great things. They always believe in you to do your best.” We value innovation in teaching and learning. The ERO Report from a review in 2012 states that Awatapu College provides aflexible and appropriate programmes, and that “effective teaching strategies meaning fully engage students”; the highest praise that could be given.

Our Learning Support and “Students With Special Abilities” (Extension) programmes ensure that all students’ learning needs are identified and addressed. A broad curriculum offers extensive subject choices for all students. Academically advanced senior students are studying subjects through Massey University while completing their NCEA qualifications. A wide range of co-curricula activities enables students to follow their personal strengths in sport and culture. Achievement is celebrated at school assemblies, which are led by the student leaders. Awatapu College provides its students with a pathway to success.

We expect excellence in all that we do. We set high standards for personal behaviour and students are accountable for the choices they make. We provide structure and discipline alongside a supportive and nurturing pastoral care system. Heads of House will look after their students for all five years, getting to know their needs well and also providing a constant point of contact for parents.

At Awatapu College we are proud of what we can offer and of what our students achieve.

Gary Yeatman

Physical Address

434 Botanical Road
West End
Palmerston North City

Contact us

+64 6 356 4817

Facilities / Features

Gender: Co-educational

School Roll: 790

Years: Year 9-13

Zoning: No

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