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About Us


Kia ora koutou and welcome to our college.  Choosing the right school is a very important decision and I invite you to visit Aparima College and discover why we are so proud of our school.

We have the small school advantage where our staff know each student well and recognise their individual character and needs, but is large enough to offer a varied curriculum that meets the academic and vocational needs of our students.

Our educational programme is delivered within a caring and supportive environment by our dedicated and professional staff, where the emphasis is placed on positive relationships.  We offer exciting and vibrant opportunities for students both in and beyond the classroom.

Above all, the success of our students reflects the commitment of the students themselves and the commitment of our staff, parents and community who inspire, encourage, guide and support our students to achieve their best.

Leah Fraser

Acting Principal

Leah Fraser
Acting Principal

  Ray Laurenson
Deputy Principal

Deans and HoFs

Lynne Grove  HoD English
Alex Grout  HoD Mathematics
Stuart Le Breton   HoD Science
Eugene Van der Spuy  HoD Technology
Richard Jones  HoD Physical Education/NCEA Principal’s Nominee
Jacqui Careswell  HoD Social Sciences
Mark Hillman Specialist Classroom Teacher/School Chaplin
Helen Ward Guidance Coucillor/Careers Advisor
Mark Hillman Year 11-13 Dean
Jacqui Careswell Year 10 Dean
Stuart Le Breton Year 9 Dean
Robbie Fraser and Sarah Wilson Year 7 and 8 Deans  

Classroom Teachers and TiC’s

Ines Ferguson TiC Hospitality/Correspondence Co-ordinator
Emma Jones Literacy Specialist
Brook Grimwood TiC ICT
Karl Buckley TiC Visual Art
Mark Hillman TiC Design and Visual Communication
Zara Heath Science
Sarah Wilson Year 7/8 Homeroom
Robbie Fraser Year 7/8 Homeroom
Matt Gibbs Year 7/8 Homeroom

Support Staff

Glenis Machen Executive Officer
Joanne Daly Principal’s PA
Tania Cleaver Administration Executive and Gateway Coordinator
Rebecca Carran Administrative Assistant
Ross Taylor Caretaker
Marion Wallace Librarian
Wendy Anderson Science Technician
Lauren Muntz Teacher Aide
Simon Riddell Teacher Aide  
Jo Taylor Teacher Aide
Jeremy Winders Sports Coordinator
John McKay Assistant Groundsman


Nicola Hornsey


Leigh Ronald - President, Karen Fleck - Secretary, Wendy Black - Treasurer,

Karen Drummond, Shelley Wills, Matt Gibbs - Staff Representative, Leah Fraser - Acting Principal

To contact the school, please feel free to use one of the following options;

Email: office@aparima.school.nz

Phone: +64 3 234 8900

Aparima College Office hours – 8am till 4:00pm Monday – Friday during the school term.

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Important Notice

Mufti Day tomorrow, Friday 23 March, gold coin donation.  It is an orange and crazy hair day.  No face or body paint to be worn.  Funds raised will go to the Leukaemia Foundation.