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Bringing up successful future leaders for a rapidly changing world

About Piopio College


We provide a positive, safe, supportive caring environment which promotes quality learning and we have a strong focus on meeting the needs of individual students.

Located just outside the Piopio township, 24 km from Te Kuiti, Piopio College is a co-educational secondary school that serves an extensive area in the western North Island of New Zealand. Our classes begin at Year 7 and continue through to Year 13.

While academic achievement is highly valued, our students are also strongly encouraged to develop as leaders by taking responsibility and contributing positively to those around them. Our curriculum and extra-curriculum activities provide ample opportunities for students to gain skills in recognising and solving problems, the desire to become lifelong learners and an appreciation of the dual heritage of the King Country and Aotearoa. 



While we focus on certain core subjects that are essential for your child’s success in NCEA Levels one, two and three, students here are also encouraged to take elective courses that are of interest to them. Many of these subjects have been chosen in conjunction with parents and students.

To ensure that our students get the most out of their education here, our class sizes are structured to be smaller compared to other schools. This allows teachers to give students more of their time and attention, ensuring that your child builds knowledge and character at the same time.

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Set in a well developed park-like environment, Piopio College encourages students to partake in a number of sporting, outdoor and cultural extra curricular activities. Our noteworthy sporting facilities include  a school gym, a 400m athletic track, netball and tennis courts, a 25m swimming pool, hockey, football, rugby and cricket pitches.

Our 20 acre farm and horticultural areas enable students to experiment, create and solve problems as well as taking farming courses and discovering sustainability.

Our drama has gained a good reputation both locally and nationally.


Student Achievements

It is important to us our student achievements both at school and in the community are recognised and celebrated. Awards are given out at assemblies,parents evenings and special events. Students visit the Principal with work they are proud of and will sometimes be awarded a Principal’s Award and be invited to a Principal’s breakfast.

Latest Newsletter
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Principal’s message

Tena koutou katoa nga whanau o Piopio.
I am Johan van Deventer, (also affectionately referred to as Mr Vundee by my students), and I am your new Principal. 
I am honoured and very proud to have been selected by the Piopio College Board of Trustees to serve and lead the learning for Piopio College and the community.




Prepare your child to be a future leader today by enrolling them at Piopio College.

 2017 Head students Puhi Ngawaka and Cody Mortensen

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My goal for our school is to strengthen the performing arts and cultural areas of our school as I have noticed a lot of potential within our community, that we could utilise a lot better. With the help of my fellow Head Student, Cody Mortensen, we hope to enhance our school’s hauora (wellbeing), as it focuses on all aspects that we think would help lift up our school.

Cody Mortensen, Head Boy 2017

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'This year we are looking to bring the school closer together and make it feel even more like a family environment, with improvements to our inter-whare competitions and the larger whanau groups we have established.


Phone: 07 877 8173
Email: principal@piopio.school.nz

Piopio College
18 Aria Rd  PIOPIO 3912
New Zealand