Message from the Principal

Steve McCracken

Steve Mccracken
Nau mai haere mai ki te kariti o Kaipara


Welcome to Kaipara College, a school with a proud history and an exciting future! Located in the scenic Helensville area, north west of Auckland City, our school draws from a wide semi-rural area, from Waimauku in the South, Muriwai to the West, South Head and Makarau in the North and Waitoki to the east as well as Helensville itself.  Our school prides itself on being unique to other schools, reflecting our diverse community - flexible, agile and ready to adapt, we are passionate about our people, the Kaipara Way of doing things and fostering our cornerstones of belonging and success. With approximately 860 students, our size enables us to treat all students as individuals and support them through their school journey to achieve their goals and to become well rounded young adults.  Over the five years we are fortunate enough to educate our community’s young people they will be given many opportunities to find their sense of belonging, not only at Kaipara College, but within the wider world.

With the development of our personalised curriculum and by offering a flexible and innovative learning programme, our young people will all experience their own levels of personal success.  Within the classroom, students and teachers work together to high expectations. Students are challenged to explore authentic learning activities which engage them in a range of environments, providing pathways for future growth. 

In 2021, we will commence a multimillion dollar programme of redevelopment including an extensive new technology innovation centre, enabling us to provide the students of the South Kaipara community the very best in modern and innovative learning opportunities.  Kaipara  College students are ready to engage with the real world.  They want to be leading.  They want to be successful.  They want to learn the way they want to learn and our goal is to help them do just that!  

Underpinning our values of belonging and success, are the stepping stones of PRIDE - Partnership, Respect, Innovation, Diversity and Excellence.  As well as their commitment to Kaipara College and their personal endeavours, students are expected to contribute to the broader community in a wider and socially responsible manner, with clear avenues of personal and leadership development offered. By building PRIDE in our students we hope to inspire them to reach their personal goals for success whether they be academic, cultural, sporting or vocational.  We want them to have PRIDE in who they are and PRIDE in where they come from to culminate in their sense of belonging.

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata!
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people!

 I invite you to come and visit us so that you can experience the Kaipara Way!