Principal's Welcome

The essence of this school is that it puts great teachers together with great students. It gives each the resources, facilities and freedom to get on with learning. It adapts the best of both traditional and modern teaching and assessment pedagogy. Results are constantly reviewed and targets set to bring improvement.

Rangitoto College is the largest school in New Zealand and each year receives a huge number of requests for enrolment. This popularity is in part because the school offers courses and activities that cater for the diverse interests of individual students. This ability to tailor learning to student need is illustrated by the 60 different course options on offer and the over 80 co-curricular activities available in the Sports and Arts/Cultural sections of the school. The school has a wide range of student support and guidance services available to assist individuals in ensuring that they make informed choices to best meet their aspirations and interests.

Rangitoto College is best known for the levels of academic achievement gained by students. At each of NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 students gain over twice the national average of passes endorsed with excellence and merit. Our top students regularly gain ‘top scholar’ awards and scholarships to prestigious universities. The school ranked number 5 in New Zealand for the number of scholarship passes gained. These were achieved in the widest range of subject areas. While the school has an unashamedly academic focus there are specialised programmes in place to meet the needs of all students, including those with recognised learning needs or for whom English is a second language.

The school has specialist classrooms for all of its teaching areas. These rooms are very well equipped with modern equipment. The school is a complete wireless environment and the integration of I.T. into mainstream teaching has been the subject of extensive staff development. State of the art teaching resources are complemented by excellent co-curricular facilities which include a large auditorium, netball and tennis courts, an Olympic standard hockey field and sand carpeted ‘all weather’ playing fields.

The school places a very strong emphasis on participation in physical activity that supports a healthy lifestyle. Numerous in-school events encourage activity and the majority of sports offer an opportunity for the new participant. Rangitoto College has an enviable reputation for the achievements of its elite athletes. Based on past performance in each year, over 50 students will represent New Zealand in their chosen sport. These high performers are assisted by a high performance sports programme designed around the individual athlete.

The Performing Arts programme in the College complements the achievements in sport. Young musicians, dancers and actors have the opportunity to excel in the classical form of their craft and in the most contemporary expressions. The school has award winning orchestras, chamber music groups and choirs. It has expert jazz and rock teachers and tutors. Students at the school can take individual lessons in a very wide range of musical instruments. The Drama and Dance programmes in the College are extremely highly regarded.

The success of Rangitoto College students in all areas of school life has, at its foundation, an ethos of hard work and discipline. Every child is encouraged to set their own goals and expectations and given the encouragement and support they need to achieve. As a result the school has a calm and purposeful tone, but without the oppressiveness of some institutions. Success is celebrated and rewarded.

Rangitoto College is the school of choice for students from a very wide local community. Local students are joined by a diverse number of international students who come from over 23 countries to enjoy a world class educational experience. These students add an international flavour and perspective to life in the College. In addition, students are offered numerous opportunities to extend their education beyond New Zealand. 

Once again, welcome to Rangitoto College. I hope you will take the time to visit us and experience the world class learning experience offered by the school.

Don Hastie