Principal's Welcome


Tēnā koutou katoa, Kia orana, Talofa lava, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo e lelei, Talofa ni, As salaam alaikum and Welcome! Porirua College is a vibrant, modern school which is home to over 500 Porirua students. We are a state, co-educational college, established in 1968, for Year 9 to Year 13/14. In our inclusive multicultural community students, staff and families learn together about how to become powerful learners, tū motuhake, and our three B’s:


Be Responsible - Manaakitanga 

We have a beautiful, modern learning environment looking out over the Porirua basin. Classrooms are clustered around central learning spaces in our four learning houses: Kenepuru, Rangituhi, Tangare and Whitireia. Students join one house for their time at college, where they learn to take care of our environment, connect with our community, give back to others and manage their learning responsibly. Student leaders run academic, sports, arts, cultural and community councils. All students can get involved in leading and making a difference at PC.  

Build Positive Relationships - Whanaungatanga 

We are a restorative school. We work together with students through our learning coach system to develop positive relationships and solve problems. Students spend five years in their learning house where staff support them to learn, get involved, succeed in NCEA and find a pathway to the future they want. It’s no wonder that our students don’t want to leave PC!



Be Engaged - Tū Māia

Porirua College students are gaining rising academic results. Our Merits and Excellence results have particularly improved in the last two years. Our committed staff work closely with students to keep improving their learning, both in class and through individual learning conferences. Students have opportunities to attend outside courses whilst at school and most of them progress to further education when they leave the college. 

This is a time of change and improvement for Porirua College. Our 2017 ERO report had already commented positively on, “a board of trustees that gives priority to student learning, wellbeing and achievement… [and] leaders who are improvement-focused.” Since then we have been working to develop our new curriculum where we learn as a community.

Ko te Hapori - collaboratively creating a rich, engaging, connected curriculum to grow courageous learners who shape the future

  • Rich: learning to learn, literacy, critical thinking, creativity
  • Engaging: curiosity, motivation, active participation, co-construction
  • Connected: students’ lives, culture, community, world

Please get in touch if you have any questions, or just come up and visit us!

Warm regards,


Ragne Maxwell

04 237 5465


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