Aspire, Act, Achieve

Wawatia, Mahia, Ekea

We prepare students for success in a learning environment which values student contribution as individuals, and celebrates diversity.

William Colenso College is a modern and progressive school with a rich tradition of providing high quality academic, cultural and sporting opportunities. We are a co-educational secondary school for years 7 – 13 students. Our school is separated into two distinctive areas, Middle School and Senior School.

We take pride in being Napier city’s co-educational college and middle school. We have a healthy learning atmosphere, which encourages collaboration between boys and girls. This in turn develops self-confidence in students so that they feel comfortable sharing their ideas and opinions in any situation, which prepares them to excel in life after school.

Middle School (Years 7-10)

The Middle School Philosophy is based on an acknowledgement that emerging adolescents are at a pivotal developmental stage and have specific needs. Our Middle School creates a responsive and appropriate experience for this age group.

Senior School (Years 11-13)

The Senior School focuses on providing a wide range of academic, practical, cultural and sporting opportunities. Not only will these lead to qualifications (NCEA) but also to a real sense of achievement and enhanced self-esteem.

Our staff are renowned for being friendly and positive. We pride ourselves on being highly professional and are constantly reflecting, and looking at ways to improve our performance.

Term Dates 2017

Term One Monday 30th January – Thursday 13th April
Term Two Monday 1st May – Friday 7th July
Term Three Monday 24th July – Friday 29th September
Term Four Monday 16th October – Monday 11th December

Public Holidays

Waitangi Day Monday 6th February
ANZAC Day (during school holidays)
Queen’s Birthday Monday 5th June
Hawke’s Bay Anniversary Friday 20th October
Labour Day Monday 23rd October


Teacher Only Day-(No school for students) Friday 10th March

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The students of William Colenso College are drawn from Napier and surrounding areas. Our roll stands at 550 students, which includes approximately 35 – 40 international students.  These students come from Germany, Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Italy, Brazil, Thailand.