Our Faculties

  • Arts - Visual Arts, Music, Drama
  • English & Languages - English, English Language, French, Media Studies
  • Māori Studies - Te Reo Māori, Te ao Māori
  • Mathematics - Mathematics, Calculus, Statistics
  • Science - General Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Horticulture & Sustainability
  • Physical Education - PE, Health, Sports
  • Social Science - Social Studies, Geography, History, Business Studies, Tourism
  • Special Education - Special Education Support and Student Learning Support
  • Technology - Design & Visual Communication, Engineering, Wood Technology, Fabric Technology, Food Technology, Digital Technology & Computing

Year 9 Curriculum
Each term, the Year 9 curriculum is framed by a universal whakaaro and one of our five Tāera o Kaipara PRIDE values that students will develop a deeper understanding of.  Every Year 9 class will experience integrated and connected teaching and learning as designed by the team of teachers around that class.  All Year 9 students will take three periods of English, and two periods of Maths, Science, Social Science, and Health and PE.  The remaining four periods have students rotating throughout the year across a variety of learning areas in order to provide them with a broad learning experience that they will ultimately be able to use when selecting their four Year 10 option subjects.  

Year 10 Curriculum
The Year 10 Curriculum is framed by our Tāera o Kaipara PRIDE values and four universal whakaaro that are a progression from the four universal whakaaro they had developed an understanding of in Year 9.  Though teaching and learning is not integrated as in Year 9, the learning areas are connected by the four universal whakaaro. The intention is that all students develop a deeper understanding of the four universal whakaaro across the year in their different learning areas and are challenged to make their own connections across learning areas too.  All Year 10 students select two options per semester to take alongside English, Maths, Science, Social Sciences, and Health and PE.

Senior Curriculum

Years 11 to 13 students select five subjects to take across the year towards their NCEA qualifications. Senior subject selections are made online using the SchoolPoint platform and more guidance and information is given as part of Te Puāwaitanga o Kaipara and the Careers and Pathways team at Kaipara College.  For more information on what courses are available at Kaipara College, please visit


Faculty of Special Education & Learning Support

Special Education Support

Our Faculty of Special Education (FSE) caters primarily for students with MoE funding (ORS), although this is not necessarily an entry requirement for the FSE. We have created a whānau environment, providing students with both academic and pastoral support. Students are encouraged to participate as much as possible and practically within mainstream classes and extracurricular activities as they are first and foremost members of the Kaipara College community.

The FSE provides them with an education around literacy, numeracy and key competency skills. We currently have three dedicated and highly skilled teachers in the FSE and an experienced team of teacher aides who facilitate the support and learning needs of these students. The FSE works closely with the Ministry of Education and other agencies to ensure wrap around support.

Student Learning Support

All students, regardless of specific funding or not, are supported as much as is possible and practical at Kaipara College according to their additional needs. We work collaboratively with all areas of the school to ensure that students are supported in a way that enables them to experience success.

We have an extremely experienced team of teacher aides who work alongside teachers in the mainstream classrooms, focusing on raising literacy and numeracy within the school. We also provide Special Assessment Conditions (SAC’s) support in assessments /exams for identified students. When a student is identified as needing support, we assess their needs and respond accordingly, involving family, outside agencies and RTLB, where appropriate.

The Learning Support Department is committed to providing the best possible support to all students attending Kaipara College and we welcome you to contact us if your child has additional needs and they may need support to enable them to be successful at Kaipara College.

For more information on Special Education or Learning Support, please email the Head of Faculty, Special Education & Learning Support, Jenny MacDonald

Tu Rangatira

Tu Rangatira is a Māori student agency group with a focused approach to Māori learning as Māori. Students join Tu Rangatira by invitation or by recommendation from existing members or staff. Students range from Years 9 to 13 and are a mix of students who are highly engaged in school, as well as students who struggle to engage.

For more information on Tu Rangatira, please email the Head of Department Maori Studies, Brianne Te Paa

Senior Academic Prizegiving

The Kaipara College Senior Academic Prizegiving is held in November each year. There are numerous awards offered for students that have performed commendably but the most prestigious and sought after awards are the Dux and Proxime Accessit awards and the Subject and Faculty awards.

Kaipara College is extremely keen to recognise these gifted and diligent young people and also to support their continuing education at tertiary level.

For the past two years COVID-19 restrictions have forced some changes to the way in which senior prizegivings have taken place but with a responsive approach, we have ensured our graduating classes have been able to appropriately celebrate their achievements.  In 2020 a single sit down prizegiving was held for Year 13 students across the key areas of the school - sport, the arts, Te Ao Maori and academic, with family and guests in attendance.  In 2021 further restrictions led to a 'drive through' event which ultimately became a 'walk through' celebration when terrible weather again required us to pivot to meet conditions.  Both prizegivings were very successful on the night and we were delighted we could still acknowledge and celebrate our most senior students after such difficult academic years.

2021 Year 13 Prizegiving
Gemma BGemma B With Family
2021 Dux Gemma Bayly with Kāiarahi, Claire Farnan, left
and Principal, Cindy Sullivan, right

Gemma and family
Josh WishartJosh Wishart 2
2021 Proxime Accessit Josh Wishart with Kāiarahi,
Israil Foreman

Josh and family

2020 Year 13 Prizegiving
Ella Cunningham DuxVictoria Carter
2020 Dux Ella Cunningham with then Principal, Steve

2020 Proxime Accessit Victoria Carter

Kaipara College Dux Calculation protocols

  1. The GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated in the same manner as NZQA use for the NCEA GPA.
  2. The GPA is calculated over the best 80 Level 3 credits from a maximum of five approved Level 3 University Entrance subjects. These credits are then weighted by awarding points based on the level of achievement.
  3. Only Level 3 Achievement Standards count.
  4. The school’s formative assessment of externally assessed Level 3 Achievement Standards count for credit total and the GPA calculations.
  5. NCEA Level 3 credits gained before Year 13 can be counted towards the best 80 credits used for the Dux calculation.
  6. The student with the highest GPA from their best 80 Level 3 credits is Dux.
  7. A student must complete all standards taught in each of the courses he/she is enrolled in. There cannot be any withdrawals from any Achievement Standards in any course entered.
  8. There is no weighting given to any form of assessment beyond taking into account the credit value of the Achievement Standard.
  9. Scholarship is not included in the Dux calculation.
  10. If students have an equal GPA from their best 80 Level 3 then the student with the most standards at “Excellence” is Dux.
  11. If there is still a tie, then the student with most standards at “Merit” is Dux.
  12. The runner up is the Proxime Accessit.