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About Us


E ngā mātāwaka o Aparima, tēnā koutou katoa.

Nau mai haere mai ki to tātou kura.

Choosing a secondary school for your child is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent. I warmly invite you to visit Aparima College as part of that decision making process and discover why we are so proud of our school.

Our school motto is Knowledge is a treasurehouse which states that Knowledge is something to be valued and treasured as a taonga. Our educational programme clearly reflects this value and is delivered within a caring and supportive environment by our dedicated and professional staff.

We recognise that this knowledge does not exist only in the classroom. We offer exciting and vibrant opportunities for students both in and beyond the classroom with emphasis on helping our students build strong, positive relationships with their peers, the staff and the wider community.

Our core values of Focus, Integrity, Resilience, Service and Taumata drive us forward in helping achieve this vision. Aparima F.I.R.S.T reflects where we want our students to be !

At Aparima College - we want to be part of building up your child so they can develop the skills and knowledge to navigate themselves along their chosen pathway to success and open up access to the world at their feet.

Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro nōna te ngāhere, 

Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōna te ao. 

The bird that partakes of the miro berry reigns in the forest, 

The bird that partakes of the power of knowledge has access to the world. 

Aku mihi nui ki a koe

Cameron Davis


Cameron Davis

Leah Fraser
Deputy Principal
 Richard Jones
Assistant Principal

HOD's and TiC's

Lynne Grove  HoD English
Alex Grout  HoD Mathematics
Kelvin Goodall   HoD Science
Rodney Jackson  HoD Physical Education / Sports Co-ordinator
Jacqui Careswell  HoD Social Sciences
Mark Hillman  Specialist Classroom Teacher/School Chaplain
Helen Ward  Guidance Coucillor/Careers Advisor/Gateway
Sarah Wilson  HoD Junior School
Matt Gibbs  SENCO
Ines Ferguson  TiC Hospitality
Brook Grimwood  TiC ICT / Correspondence Co-ordinator
Karl Buckley  TiC Visual Art
Mark Hillman  TiC Design and Visual Communication
Robbie Fraser  TiC Agriculture
Zara Heath  Science
Sarah Wilson  Year 7/8 Homeroom
Amy Bond  Year 7/8 Homeroom
Matt Gibbs  Year 7/8 Homeroom
Robbie Fraser   Yr 7/8 PE
Shayne O'Neill  Technology
Eve O'Neill   Te Reo Maori
Kara Boys  Learning Support Co-ordinator

Support Staff

Tania Cleaver Principal's P.A
Glenis Machen Novopay Administrator
Rebecca Carran Financial Assistant
Ross Taylor Caretaker
Hollie Guyton  Librarian
Lauren Muntz  Teacher Aide/Science Technician
Simon Riddell  Teacher Aide  
Sue Mailman  Teacher Aide
John McKay  Assistant Groundsman
Board of Trustees
Leon Black - Chairperson
Lana Winders, Lynley Woodward, Michael Berkers 
Sarah Wilson - Staff Trustee, Fergus Murdoch - Student Trustee, Cameron Davis - Principal
Karen Fleck - President, Wendy Black - Treasurer, Jo Grimwood,
Wendy McNaughton, Matt Gibbs - Staff Representative, Cameron Davis -  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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Up Coming Events


Progress reporting to Parents   - Week of 23rd March

We will be communicating home with progress of all our students - this is in place of our previous Parent Interview evening. We trialled this new method in 2019 and we were pleased with the process so will be doing this again this year. We will endeavour to contact all our families in some form during that week, with particular focus initially on those students at risk of not meeting required academic standards.

Use of Parent Portal

Hopefully many of you have been able to access the parent portal which holds a great deal of useful information for parents. We will be using this portal to report home progress against individual assessments for all of our students so please let us know if you are unable to connect for some reason.


As mentioned in a previous newsletter, we do have the ability to source refurbished Chromebooks that can be purchased directly from the school. These items are considerably cheaper than what is on offer in retail stores at approx. $165. They come with a three month warranty and will cover all general subjects studied at school. For those specialist subjects like Photoshop in Art; CAD drawing in DVC and Digital Technologies, computers will still be provided for student use. Please let the office know if you are interested in purchasing one of these devices. 


Important Notice


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Latest ERO Report


PLease click here to see our current ERO report as of September 2019.