The Origins of Hauraki Plains College
Hauraki Plains College, originally Orchard School, was first founded to meet the educational needs of the local community as the Hauraki Plains was being opened up for farming settlement. The school began as a one room school with fifteen pupils which was nicknamed ‘The Dog Box’.
Orchard School grew to Ngatea District High School and then in 1963 was renamed Hauraki Plains College to signal its status as a Year 9 to 13 secondary school. Since then, Hauraki Plains College has continued to evolve and develop to meet the needs of 21st century learners.
Well maintained and expansive facilities are sited on a spacious 9.5 hectare site in Ngatea township beside the Piako River. Most of our 700 students originate from our eleven contributing Primary schools: Ngatea, Turua, Kaihere, Waitakaruru, Kerepehi, Kopuarahi, Kaiaua, Maramarua, Mangatangi, Mangatawhiri and Orere. While our school is continuing to expand and evolve, our school motto Quisque Pro Omnibus (Each for All) reminds us of the importance of showing respect, taking responsibility and considering others in all we do. Our charter mission statement Excellence is our Tradition captures both our origins and the aspirations we have hold for all we stand for and strive towards.
The school has an active past pupils association The Haurakians and the Haurakian Charitable Trust was established to provide additional resources for the College including a school farm, Centennial Centre and a Performing Arts Lodge. Our heritage is expressed in our school song Each for All.
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