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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
Address
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
Information
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]
Website

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

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HistoryEdit

Southland Technical College
(1912–67)
Tweedsmuir Intermediate /
Tweedsmuir Junior High School
(1943–2004)
Southland College
(1967–78)
Cargill High School
(1978–98)
Kingswell High School
(1971–98)
Mt Anglem College
(1999–2004)
Aurora College
(2005–now)

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:

ReferencesEdit

  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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