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About Us


During the formative years a teenager is faced with several major challenges;

  • They must find themselves
  • They must find their path
  • They must find a comfortable balance between the two

At Aparima we believe that we offer the necessary challenges and safety nets to allow for this search to occur for all of our students. Set in the idyllic background of a seaside town we offer a community based approach to teaching and learning in which students from all backgrounds come together to co-exist and to excel. As a relatively small school our students are afforded a very high chance to experience leadership and opportunity across all year levels and are supported throughout by a dedicated and diligent staff.

I believe whole heartedly in the power of Aparima College to assist in the teen journey to success, the proof of this is in our long history of student success and achievement in all fields … Check us out and see!

Kaye Day


Kaye Day

Leah Fraser
Deputy Principal
Ray Laurenson
Deputy Principal

Deans and HoFs

Lynne Grove HoF English
Karen Benn HoF Mathematics
Shantraj Bethel    HoF Science
Eugene Van der Spuy HoF Technology
Richard Jones    HoF Physical Education/NCEA Principal’s Nominee
Karl Buckley HoF Art
Jacqui Careswell HoF Social Sciences
Mark Hillman Specialist Classroom Teacher/School Chaplain
Helen Ward Guidance Councillor/Special Needs Director
Mark Hillman Year 11-13 Dean
Richard Jones Year 9-10 Dean
Robbie Fraser Year 8 Dean
Sarah Wilson Year 7 Dean

Classroom Teachers and TiC’s

Ines Ferguson TiC Hospitality
Mary Ann McNab Literacy Specialist / Head of Learning Support
Brook Grimwood TiC ICT
Robbie Fraser TiC Y7-10 Mathematics
Mark Hillman TiC Design and Visual Communication
Maxine Treweek TiC Music and Performance
Paul Maloney Mathematics
Loreen Bethel Science
Zara Heath Science
Sarah Wilson Year 7/8 Homeroom/Mathematics
Kyla McCullum Year 7/8 Homeroom
Matt Gibbs Year 7/8 Homeroom
Robyn Guyton Science

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
Sharon Wilson Teacher Aide
Wendy Anderson Teacher Aide
Kelly Turner/Zara Heath Sports Coordinator
Gayle Mills Canteen Manager
John McKay Assistant Groundsman


Nicola Hornsey


Karen Fleck, Wendy Black, Richard Adams, Donna West, Lynne Grove, Karen Westenra, Matt Gibbs, Leigh Ronald, Kaye Day

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

Athletics Day - Friday 3 March

All parents, caregivers, grandparents and extended family are invited to attend, support and cheer on the students participating in the athletics day. 

Students will be dresses in house colours:
Longwood - green and purple            
Nagapohatu - red 
Oraka - yellow                                   
Wallace - blue
Parade of Houses will start the day at 9:00 am.