Paraparaumu College is a thriving community of learners located at Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast, 45 minutes’ drive (or train-ride) north of Wellington City. The majority of us live in the local area of Paraparaumu, Paraparaumu Beach, Otaihanga, Waikanae and Pekapeka.
We are a co-educational secondary school for students from Years 9 to 13. For the purposes of Ministry of Education funding Paraparaumu College is graded within decile 8, but our community is drawn from the whole range of Kapiti’s socio-economic groups, reflecting New Zealand as a whole.
Of our 1150 students, approximately 165 identify as New Zealand Māori. Some have connections to Te Ātiawa, the tangata whenua of the area. Our Strategic and Annual Plans and Te Ako Patuia (our Good Learner Partnership Plan) outline our work developing for the school, policies and practices that reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity and the unique position of Māori culture within Aotearoa. Our work in this area is supported by the “Kia Eke Panuku – Building on Success” programme. All our students have the opportunity to learn about tikanga Māori (Māori culture) and te reo Māori (Māori language).
Paraparaumu College’s principles, our curriculum, our approaches to learning and our values are summarised by our “Good Learner Profile”. As a community of curious learners we strive to be self-managing and critical thinkers, focused on the task at hand, collaborative in our approach and resilient when we encounter obstacles. These learning attributes are crucial in the digital age as teachers no longer control students’ access to knowledge, information and ideas.
Paraparaumu College has a strong record of student academic achievement, success in sport and the performing arts. Several of our teachers have been recognised for their leadership and teaching with national and international awards.
Paraparaumu College is a “Positive Behaviour for Learning” School. This provides us with a framework for ensuring that the attributes of the “Good Learner” are fostered through our interactions with each other. As a Wellington Loop school, we also partner with other schools in the Wellington region in our work transforming learning at Paraparaumu College in the digital age.