Principal Brent Lewis
Avondale College provides an outstanding quality of education within one of New Zealand's biggest and best secondary schools. Our co-educational college has all the advantages of size yet offers all the warmth, encouragement and intimacy of a small school. The facilities and setting are second to none, and the teaching is of the very highest standard.
Our student body of over 2,600 includes 150 foreign fee-paying students who come to our college for the high quality of education that is on offer both in English language and in the broader academic curriculum.
We have 14 hectares of well-cared-for and park-like grounds incorporating courtyards, gardens, grassed areas and seven sports fields, including the first water-based artificial multi-sport surface in Auckland city with associated pavilion. Our sports stadium has two full-sized gyms, with the main one seating one thousand. All indoor sport can be played. As well, the stadium has two squash courts, a climbing wall, a dance studio, an aerobics room and a weights room. Over 140 sports teams make full use of the stadium and fields and compete with excellent success in Auckland competitions. In any one year we will have a large number of teams competing in premier grade sport.
Cultural activities are based in our Performing Arts Centre which includes a fully equipped 750-seat theatre, three specialist drama rooms and the College's music school which boasts a fully professional sound recording studio, practice studios and a full music technology suite.
Other facilities include the Art suite, a high-tech library and information centre, an open-air theatre seating four hundred, television and video suites, and outstanding information technology facilities, 1200+ computers and a recently built state-of-the-art Technology building. A student centre has a uniform and stationery shop and canteen. Classrooms and specialist rooms are well equipped and all specialist areas make use of computers and other technologies. We recently opened a new Physics and Mathematics building and as well as new Science, Health and PE, Dance and Social Science buildings.
We offer both NCEA and Cambridge pathways and our focus at Avondale College is on academic success for all our students. Our aim is to provide the education best suited to the needs of our students and the community we serve. We stress the importance of an academic curriculum supported by all the important sporting, social and cultural aspects of education. In the last few years Avondale has achieved top academic results, including outstanding Scholarship and Cambridge results. We prepare our students for future opportunities in the tertiary education sector and in all vocational areas including commerce, trade and the professions.
We expect students to develop respect for self, for others, and for property and we applaud such standards and values as honesty, integrity, courtesy, concern for others, perseverance and hard work. Sudents are expected to participate in all areas of school life, and to represent the College in sporting teams and cultural activities.
Parents are welcome at our school. Please do not hesitate to call us on any matter concerning your child's education. We also appreciate offers of help in coaching and supervising sport and outdoor education and participation in other areas of school life.
Taurewa Outdoor Education Centre
Avondale College is fortunate in being able to offer to its students the opportunity to attend Taurewa, the school's Outdoor Education camp.
Taurewa Camp is situated on the edge of the Tongariro National Park, on State Highway 47 between National Park and Turangi.
Students are able to participate in a great variety of outdoor activities including tramping, caving, rafting on the Tongariro River, rock-climbing, kayaking, ropes course and many others depending on the form level.
The camp programme involves Years 10, 12 and 13. Each form class in Year 10 spends a week at the camp, accompanied by teachers and parents.
Accommodation is in heated two to six bedroom cabins, with excellent kitchen, hall, dining and other facilities. Students experience and enjoy physical and mental challenges not available to them in an urban environment. Their time at camp fosters personal development and support of others.
For more information on school trips, gear, activites and bookings, please follow the link here.
International Sister School Programme
We have a 'sister' relationship with Daito Bunka High School in Tokyo, Japan. We value this partnership which provides enriching experiences for many of our students. We travel to Japan every second year with approximately 30 Avondale College students. Any students are welcome to come with us and are encouraged to start saving the $3,800 (approximate) now. Daito Bunka High School visits us every other year with approximately 40 students and we can thoroughly recommend billeting them as the opportunity arises.