Studying at Ormiston Senior College

The Ormiston Vision

Preparing and inspiring our students to achieve their very best in a global society.

Personalised Learning

  • Designing the learning according to individual need
  • Every student has a Learning Advisor
  • Flexibility of timetable choice


  • Setting high standards for all
  • Celebrating success
  • Instilling a sense of school pride
  • Providing the stepping stones to lead to excellence

Equipping students with confidence and capability

  • Developing an environment where students feel safe to contribute, question and take risks
  • Ensuring students understand the relevance of their learning

Research-based teaching and learning

  • Ongoing professional development of all staff
  • A culture of inquiry
  • Data and evidence used to inform planning

Developing responsibility

  • Supporting students to manage their own learning
  • Encouraging students to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Providing a variety of opportunities for leadership
  • Contributing positively to the learning of others

An exceptional learning environment

  • A place where everyone feels safe and welcomed
  • Caring for our exceptional building and grounds
  • Valuing our natural heritage

An holistic education

  • Involving students and staff in a varied co-curricular programme
  • Encouraging students to try new pursuits
  • Valuing all endeavour: academic, sporting, cultural, service, entrepreneurial

A stimulating and challenging culture

  • Open-mindedness
  • An adult learning environment
  • Risk-taking and questioning fundamental to learning

Diversity and the life experience of others

  • Accepting and valuing a range of viewpoints
  • Everyone treating each other as they would like to be treated
  • Acknowledging and celebrating all cultures within a New Zealand culture

Educators who foster curiosity

  • Supporting students to push the boundaries of their abilities
  • Leading by example
  • Encouraging questioning minds

21st century technology

  • Integration of technologies into all teaching programmes
  • Opportunities to connect with local and global communities
  • Use of a variety of digital devices welcomed

A strong connection with local community

  • Opportunities for students to contribute to the wider community
  • Engaging community in the life of the school

Excellent Facilities

We are fortunate to have an exceptional campus that was purpose-designed by award-winning architects to facilitate 21st century technology and learning and to meet the needs of young adults. The buildings feel more like a university than a traditional secondary school but have all the spaces that other New Zealand schools have – and more. The school is very fortunate to have a raked theatre providing seating for 260 people for drama, dance and music performances, along with a large gymnasium with a sprung floor suitable for many sports.

We are proud to be the first school in New Zealand to achieve a 5 Green Star Education Design 2009 (Pilot) rating for our sustainable and green design features. This represents New Zealand excellence, with the significant environmental innovations also benefiting students and staff through integration into the teaching and learning programmes.

Excellent Opportunities

Senior high school is not all about education. It’s also about being offered opportunities and the support required to develop new interests, skills and talents. The College’s unique timetable also allows for students to work towards achievement in the ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme’ which both encourages and rewards students to have aspirations of success in all fields of life through involvement. In addition, we also offer a wide range of co-curricular opportunities to enhance school life- including in sports; culture, arts and music and citizenship and service.

Sporting & Co-curricular Activities

Students at Ormiston are encouraged to become involved in the wider life of the school. We offer a range of co-curricular activities from summer and winter sports to debating, dance, drama, music, robotics, film-making, cultural performances and service.


Each year as the school has grown, we have been able to offer a greater range of sporting opportunities and teams entered in inter-school competitions. From boys and girls football, hockey and basketball to netball, badminton, volleyball and turbo touch there is something for nearly everyone to participate in and enjoy.

Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award Scheme has quickly been established as a corner stone of life at Ormiston Senior College.

The scheme is a comprehensive, co-curricular programme that provides opportunities for students to develop skills in leadership, self-reliance and responsibility along with a sense of place in the wider world. Students carry out a self-reliant expedition in the outdoors which develops life skills including negotiation, research, communication, problem solving and presentation skills. As part of the award, students take up new skills such as learning a musical instrument, joining a sports team or dance group and give back to the community in a variety of ways.

The Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards challenge participants in four areas of life:


    Giving help in the local community


    Any non-physical hobby, skill or interest


    Sport, dance and fitness


    Training for, practising and completing a journey on foot, horseback, kayak or cycle.

Ormiston Senior College is committed to developing our young people through this programme.

Culture, Arts, Music, Debating, Science and Media

Our co-curricular programme is diversifying and expanding each year to meet student interest and passion.

  • Our international week enjoys a high level of participation from our diverse ethnic community.
  • Debating teams compete in the Auckland Debating Competition.
  • Rock bands participate in Rockquest.
  • A variety of dance groups perform at Polyfest.
  • Drama and musical productions have been part of the school calendar.
  • The Mãori and Pasifika group is an integral part of the school and performs at powhiri, awards ceremonies and other public occasions.
  • Learning a musical instrument is encouraged.
  • Robotics and the Science Club are becoming more and more popular each year with robotics teams competing in the Auckland championships.
  • 48 hour film making competition is an annual feature on the school calendar.
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