About Us

Mangere College is a school at the heart of its community.  The board and staff celebrate the school’s multicultural composition.  In particular, the school acknowledges the significant pasifika student community, and staff emphasise a strong sense of whanau, aiga and family within the college. This work was affirmed by the ERO report of 2012:

Pacific identity and pride are strengths in the school. Samoan, Cook Island Mäori and Tongan are the major pacific groups and each of these languages, together with te reo Mäori is offered in the school’s curriculum. The school’s emphasis on language, culture and identity has been enhanced by the recent development of a new languages learning centre… The school provides an attractive educational setting and is well supported by parents and the local community.

The school, through the AIMHI (Achievement in Multicultural High Schools) Forum, has developed a strong and supportive learning culture that acknowledges the emotional needs of its students.  A wide range of support services provides students with strong pastoral care, health, careers and transition education. The Review Office recognised that “the school’s provision of career services is strength of the curriculum. Careers staff work with form teachers, deans and curriculum managers to help students make appropriate course decisions. Careers education is woven through the curriculum as a result of high quality planning and reporting. School leavers are individually monitored and tracked in association with external transition services. “

Teachers understand their students well and actively support them to achieve their goals.  Students are friendly and have pride in their school.  Staff are reflective and highly committed to developing their teaching skills, as recognised in the 2012 ERO report:

The school has a stable staff and many of the teachers know students and their families well. Students and staff refer to the family-like environment that nurtures their well-being and sense of belonging. The school’s supportive environment provides a positive climate for learning. Good relationships between students and teachers and amongst the staff are highly evident. School managers are strengthening culturally responsive teaching and learning practices. The school’s values are displayed prominently and underpin an inclusive and respectful culture.

Mangere College will provide Students:

A quality education. A positive, safe and supportive learning environment for all students.

Effective programmes of learning that deliver the National Curriculum Guidelines, challenge and motivate students, meet the educational needs of students and prepare them for future training and employment.

Effective guidance systems that support students in their learning as well as their social, emotional and physical development.

A range of co-curricular activities in order to broaden the experience offered to students outside of the classroom.

Regular meaningful reports to parents/caregivers on the progress of their son/daughter.

Opportunities for liaison between the college and parents/caregivers.


AIMHI (Achievement in Multi Cultural High Schools) is a group of nine urban secondary schools serving decile one communities where a large proportion of the schools’ student population come from Maori and Pacific Island communities. Since 1998, AIMHI schools, have worked in partnership with the Ministry of Education. Some of the more significant programmes as a result of this partnership are featured on the AIMHI website www.aimhi.ac.nz

Achievement Centre

The Achievement Centre was established in 2000 and caters for students who have not experienced success in traditional educational settings.

The Centre is funded by the Government’s Alternative Education initiative. The Achievement Centre is staffed by Erica Wilson (Manager) and Sharon Moyle.

The Achievement Centre consists of a large working area that can be divided in half and that opens onto an enclosed courtyard. The facilities are pleasant and functional. Students have ready access to computers and enjoy working in the Centre.

Some students spend their whole day based in the Centre, while others attend timetabled classes. Educational programmes are designed for each student and individuals are encouraged to regularly evaluate their programme and their progress. Pastoral Care is a major factor in the work of the Centre. The Achievement Centre is clearly meeting the needs of an important group of students.

Student Services

The Student Services Centre was established in 2000 and provides students with guidance and health care.

S.S.C Administrator – Kathleen: I am your first point of contact for the Student Services Centre Staff & services.   My role is to help run the Centre and I:

Issue the latecomers with late passes.  I book appointments for you to see any of the staff at the Centre.

Maintain the database of daily attendance by students, where I work alongside the management.

I also take care of the administration side of things in the Centre.


Guidance Counsellor – Kathryn Barclay:  Counselling can provide you with the chance to talk privately about your personal and school problems, I have respect for your beliefs, cultures and values. I also offer mediation and can help you to access services outside of the school. I believe in your safety and your right to confidentially according to the NZ Association of Counsellors Code of ethics.

Social Worker – Willie Tupou : Malo e lelei. My role is to support and empower students to develop the skills and resources in school to help improve their social wellbeing. I provide early assistance and intervention to students and their families when social or family circumstances are causing the student to struggle with education, health or social development.

Nurse – Heather Laxon: We provide a confidential service where students can see nurses in private for health related issues.  We work with students to help assist them to meet their health care needs.  We can arrange referral and follow up with other members of the S.S.C team and other health care providers.  We also offer full health assessments to all Year 9 students. A Registered Nurse is available each school day to see students in the S.S.C from 8.30am-3.30pm.

Community Liaison Officer – Walter Browne: The Community Liaison Officer provides an important Link between the School and Families. He works with the Assistant Principal, Student Services and the Deans to ensure important information and communication between families are maintained.