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Welcome to Avondale College

Principal Brent Lewis

Avondale College provides an outstanding quality of education within one of New Zealand’s biggest and best secondary schools. Our coeducational 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 2,800 includes 150 international 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 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 that we serve, and we stress the importance of an academic curriculum supported by all the sporting, social and cultural aspects of education.

We also offer specialist academy programmes in sport, performing arts, information technology and scholastic endeavour.

Avondale College achieves outstanding academic results in NCEA, Scholarship and Cambridge; in recent years our students have topped New Zealand and the world in their Cambridge International Examinations. Avondale College’s results in NCEA are also strong, with results that are well above local, regional and national averages. Our students continue to do extremely well in Scholarship examinations, and our graduates are gaining direct entry into some of the world’s top universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard and many others.

Our ground-breaking Innovation Programme and ICT courses are leading New Zealand in information technology education, with students gaining real world project experience as well as industry certifications and NCEA and CIE qualifications. The success of these programmes can be seen by our students’ astonishing results in national and international competitions. Avondale students have gained 12 top-ten placings at the World Microsoft Office Specialist Championships in recent years - beating over 750,000 international competitors each year to do so.

Other students have represented New Zealand in the sciences, in the International Biology and Geography Olympiads, and at international trade challenge events.

With University Entrance results that sit well above local and national norms, we prepare our students for future opportunities in the tertiary education sector and in all vocational areas including commerce, service industries and the professions.

We expect students to develop respect for self, for others and for property and we applaud such values as honesty, endeavour, atawhai (kindness), respect and tenacity. Students 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 any offers of help in coaching and supervising sport and outdoor education, and participation in other areas of school life.

Kind regards


Brent Lewis


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. Daito Bunka High School visits us every other year with approximately 40 students and we can thoroughly recommend billeting them as the opportunity arises.

2009 Avondale College Victor Street, Avondale, Auckland New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 828-7024   Fax: +64 9 820-0183   Email: admin@avcol.school.nz