Arts and Culture

The college celebrates and embraces the diversity of its student population through regular school and community events.

Kaipara College enjoys an enviable reputation as a school where outstanding national success has been gained in the Performing Arts. The school has thriving Music, Drama and Maori programmes, with extra curricular opportunities available to all students.

Performance in Music has seen the school awarded New Zealand Music School of the Year three times in recent years. The school’s music programme is centred around contemporary rock and pop genres with numerous bands and solo artists gaining national recognition in the Play It Strange and the SmokeFree RockQuest competitions. All activities are set in real environments and have seen our students being given real opportunities and the chance to perform with some of the biggest names in the New Zealand music industry. The school has regular visits from internationally acclaimed musicians to mentor and guide our musicians artistic endeavours.

The Drama department at Kaipara College has gained considerable recognition and respect over the last few years as it has developed into a centre of strength. Drama has been nominated for seventeen Showdown Awards and has previously won awards for Outstanding Play, Best Props and Best Sound Design.

The Drama department focuses on building confidence within a supportive class environment, reaching our full potential in performance and most of all having fun.

The bicultural character of the school is celebrated through Te Taha māori being central to the college culture. The school Kapa Haka group, ngā Taniwha o Kaipara, participates in festivals and enjoys support from the five Marae situated within our college district. All students have the opportunity to learn Te Reo māori and participate in cultural celebrations of Matariki and Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori. P?whiri and karakia are integrated into school life.


Kaipara College benefits from a strong sporting culture where opportunities to participate and excel are open to all. Students are offered a wide range of sporting opportunities at Kaipara College and the school excels in a number of sporting disciplines, gaining a number of national and regional titles. Students are encouraged by committed coaches and an ethos of mutual support with personal and team development being at the core of our sporting philosophy.

Participation rates are very high, with students developing as well rounded individuals through their involvement in sport. Our athletes are able to represent the College in a wide range of team and individual sports, with clear pathways available for students to gain provincial and national representation. Our sportsmen and sportswomen are encouraged to give back to their community, with many volunteering to coach younger teams and athletes.



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