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Aurora College (Invercargill)

Aurora College is a state coeducational Year 7–13 secondary school located in Invercargill, New Zealand.

Aurora College
234 Regent Street
Invercargill 9812
New Zealand
Coordinates 46°25′52″S 168°22′59″E / 46.4312°S 168.3831°E / -46.4312; 168.3831Coordinates: 46°25′52″S 168°22′59″E / 46.4312°S 168.3831°E / -46.4312; 168.3831
Type State Co-Educational Secondary (Year 7–13)
Motto It's not just the stars that shine
Established 2004 (formerly Mount Anglem College)
Ministry of Education Institution no. 548
Principal Robyn Hickman
School roll 396[1] (February 2018)
Socio-economic decile 2E[2]

It is New Zealand's southernmost stand-alone secondary school, and second southernmost secondary school after The Catlins Area School in Owaka.



Southland Technical College
Tweedsmuir Intermediate /
Tweedsmuir Junior High School
Southland College
Cargill High School
Kingswell High School
Mt Anglem College
Aurora College

Aurora College opened in 2005, although it has a history extending back to 1912. It was formed from the merger of Mt Anglem College and Tweedsmuir Junior High School, on the former Mt Anglem site.[3] Mt Anglem College had operated for only six years, having opened in 1999 following the merger of Kingswell and Cargill High Schools on the existing Kingswell site.[4] Cargill High School was the successor school to Southland College (formerly Southland Technical College[5][6]) after the latter site become part of Southland Polytechnic in 1978. Kingswell High School, which was established in 1971,[7][8] was built to the S68 plan which is characterised by single-storey classroom blocks of concrete block construction, with low-pitched roofs and internal open courtyards.[9]

Notable staffEdit

Notable staff of Aurora College or its predecessor institutions include:

  • Jack Alabaster, cricketer and educator
  • Austin Brookes, mountaineer and educator[10]
  • William (Bill) James Reed, artist[11]

Notable alumniEdit

People educated at Aurora College or its predecessor institutions include:


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 14 March 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 20 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Sonti, Chalpat (27 November 2004). "Goodbye Mt Anglem College". Southland Times. 
  4. ^ Baird, Nicky (12 December 1998). "Kingswell school's out forever". Southland Times. p. 3. 
  5. ^ Southland Technical College: Silver Jubilee. Invercargill: Jubilee committee. 1937. 
  6. ^ Southland Technical College Golden Jubliee, 1912-1962. Invercargill: Jubilee committee. 1962. 
  7. ^ "School's over". Southland Times. 21 June 1997. p. 27. 
  8. ^ "Post-primary (secondary) schools in Otago & Southland" (PDF). Hocken Library, University of Otago. February 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Category:New Zealand secondary schools of S68 plan construction
  10. ^ "Adventurer with a social conscience". DominionPost. Wellington. 12 December 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "William James Reed". Ferner Galleries. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 

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