Sports Director Nick Cooper says, “Paraparaumu College is a co-educational secondary school for students from Years 9 to 13 located in Paraparaumu on Wellington’s Kāpiti Coast. We have a strong record of student academic achievement, as well as success in sport and the performing arts. Several of our teachers have been recognised for their leadership and teaching with national and international awards. We have a strong record of scholarship success and in 2019 students at the college received 33 scholarships across 12 different subjects. This level of success places us amongst the highest achieving colleges in the Wellington region. In 2021 we had significant scholarship success with a scholarship student receiving a NZQA Scholarship premier Award (one of the top twelve scholars in New Zealand). “

“Paraparaumu College is a PB4L school and works within a restorative framework, seeking always to build and maintain relationships. As a ‘caring community of great learners’ emphasis is around promoting, living and celebrating our school CARE values. As a caring community, we aspire to be collaborative and active learners, respectful in our relationships with each other and effective self-managers.”

“We want Paraparaumu College to be known as a school with a strong sense of belonging and community and that delivers the highest level of equitable outcomes for its students, that embraces and lives Te Tiriti o Waitangi and that is great at preparing future-ready tauira to have the competencies, skills and qualifications they need to pursue the wide range of pathways beyond school.”

“Due to the player development focused playing structures we employ at Paraparaumu College, we are seeing a continual increase in participants in our sporting landscape each year. Sport is user pays in schools and having quality cricket balls to use for matches is beyond the income recovered from parents. Having higher quality balls for matches helps to encourage players when they see the increase in performance as a result.”

“A sport of genuine growth at Paraparaumu College over the past 2-3 seasons has been cricket, where we have doubled in participants. Paraparaumu College participates in the College Sport Wellington competition structure. And with our community focus in keeping players fees at a manageable level for our student families, we applied to NZCT for funding toward the overall cost of match Cricket balls for the season.”

“Our college believes that positivity enhances students' wellbeing, which has a direct impact on a students pride within themselves and our college. Assisting our students to participate in sport fosters our school C.A.R.E values of Collaboration, Active learning, Respectfulness and Effective self-management. We also believe that sport and its teachings go hand in hand with our core values - and the wonderful support from NZCT has enhanced our ability to deliver our core values within our sporting environment.”

“We are extremely grateful to the support of NZCT in providing this funding as it has allowed us to use our playing fees for additional training equipment and playing uniforms, which the costs of these match balls would usually take up. We have seen immediate results on the pitch with this assistance from NZCT with our 1st XI winning the Ross Taylor Bat T20 Championship, held in Palmerston North in March 2022.”
Sports Director Nick Cooper

Wellington’s Paraparaumu College is delighted to receive a grant from the NZCT for $3,774 for new sports equipment.