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- > Craighead Diocesan School (age 13 - 18), Timaru
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- > Glenfield College (age 13-18) Glenfield, Auckland
- > Heretaunga College (age 13-18) Upper Hutt
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- > John Paul College (age 11 - 18) Rotorua
- > Kerikeri High School, Kerikeri (Age 13 - 18)
- > Kristin School (age 4 - 18) Auckland
- > Lincoln High School (age 13 - 18) Lincoln
- > Long Bay College (age 13-18) Long Bay, Auckland
- > Lynfield College (age 13-18) Auckland
- > Mountainview High School (age 13 – 18), Timaru
- > Mount Albert Grammar School (age 13 - 18) Mount Albert
- > Mount Maunganui College, Mount Maunganui (age 13 - 18)
- > Napier Girls' High School, Napier (13 - 18 year old)
- > Nelson College (age 13 - 18) Nelson
- > Newlands College, Wellington (Age 13 - 18)
- > New Plymouth Boys High School (age 13 - 18) New Plymouth
- > New Plymouth Girls High School (age 13 - 18) New Plymouth
- > Nga Tawa Diocesan School (age 13-18) Marton
- > Northcote College (age 13-18) Northcote, Auckland
- > Otago Girls' High School, Dunedin
- > Otaki College (age 13 - 18) Otaki
- > Oxford Area School, Oxford (NZ) (age 13 - 18)
- > Pakuranga College, Half Moon Bay (age 13 - 18)
- > Rangitoto College, (age 13 - 18) Mairangi Bay
- > Rangiora High School (Age 13 - 18) Rangiora
- > Rodney College (age 13 - 18) Wellsford
- > St Bede's Boys' College (age 13 - 18) Christchurch
- > St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls (age 13 - 18) Stratford
- > St Paul’s Collegiate School, Hamilton
- > Taieri College, Dunedin (age 13 - 18)
- > Takapuna Grammar School (age 13 - 18) Takapuna
- > Tauranga Boys' College (age 13 - 18) Tauranga
- > Tauranga Girls' College (Age 13 - 18) Tauranga
- > Tauraroa Area School, Northland (age 11 - 18)
- > Upper Hutt College, Upper Hutt (age 13 – 18)
- > Tuakau College (age 13-18) Tuakau
- > Wakatipu High School (age 13 - 18) Queenstown
- > Wellington East Girls' College (age 13 - 18) Wellington
- > Wanganui Girls' College, Wanganui (age 13 - 18)
- > Villa Maria Girls College (age 13 - 18) Christchurch
- > Wellington High School (age 13 - 18) Wellington
- > Western Springs College (age 13 - 18) Western Springs
- > Westlake Boys' High School (age 13 - 18), Forest Hill, Auckland
- > Westlake Girls High School (age 13 - 18), Milford, Auckland
- > William Colenso College (age 13 - 18) Napier
General information on the Secondary school system in New Zealand
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Schooling is compulsory in New Zealand for all children from their sixth until sixteenth birthday although most start on their fifth birthday or soon after.
Schooling for New Zealand citizens and people with permanent residence in New Zealand, is free at state (government funded) schools until the age of 19, or 21 for special education students with disabilities (International students pay a fee for education in New Zealand). Parents are, however, expected to meet some minor costs, including the cost of school books, stationary and uniforms. Costs vary widely depending on individual school requirements.
The school day usually begins about 9.00am and finishes about 3.00pm (the secondary school day ends around 3.30pm). There is generally a short break in the morning, about an hour for lunch and sometimes, a short afternoon break.
Students are classified in year levels, beginning at ‘Year 1’ and moving up one class each year to the final ‘Year 13’. Years 1 to 3 are often referred to as ‘primers’ or ‘juniors’ and Years 4 to 6 as ‘standards’. Years 7 and 8 are known as ‘forms 1 and 2’ and Years 9 to 13 as ‘forms 3 to 7’.
Class sizes are set by the school in accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines. Some junior classes may include children of different ages and year levels in the same classroom; these are called ‘composite’ classes.
Student’s 16 years and over may choose not to finish their secondary education and leave in Year 11 or 12. By contrast, students can also attend school until the end of the year in which they reach 19 years of age if they choose.
State schools are co-educational at primary and intermediate level but some offer single-sex education at secondary level.
Children must be enrolled at primary school by their sixth birthday. However, most attend from age 5 to the end of their sixth year of schooling. Many schools have waiting lists and it is consequently advisable to pre-enrol children before their fifth birthday.
Depending on local options, children in their seventh and eighth years either continue to attend primary school or move to a separate intermediate school. Intermediate schools operate only in urban areas.
From age 12 to 13 through to 17 or 18 (Year 9 to Year 13), students attend secondary school - also known as high school, college or grammar. Students are usually grouped in classes, but generally have different teachers and go to different classrooms for each subject. Some secondary schools enrol students early and it is advisable to contact schools at least 6 months before the official enrolment date.
Also known as composite schools, these usually operate in rural areas and combine primary, intermediate and secondary schooling in one location.
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