Co-curricular activities complement, support or extend students’ learning experiences

The co-curricular activities that Mackenzie College students undertake are designed to complement, support or extend the learning experiences of each individual. Some of the most valuable and lasting learning occurs outside the bounds of the traditional classroom and these co-curricular activities ensure that students receive a well-rounded education along with the confidence to apply their knowledge to relevant, real-life situations.

The College utilises three day learning events (3DLE), twice per year, to maximise our students’ access to robust, diverse co-curricular learning experiences. Past events have given our students access to: archery, marae experience, sculpture, Android app production, equestrian, firearm safety, agriculture training, first aid and fossil hunting – to name a few.

The performing arts are strongly supported by our students with well over a third of our students currently engaged in musical instrument lessons with a dozen visiting music teachers. They are able to showcase their talents throughout the year in performances such as our annual young performers’ concert and the musical roadshow. Whole school musical events include: the house singing competition where the four school houses battle for house points, and the iconic lip sync battle.

Our Kapahaka group is active in promoting te reo Māori (the language) and tikanga Māori (the protocols) in the College and across our community. Our haka, ‘Puia!’, has been composed and choreographed for the College by Awatea Edwin. It is used in ceremonies throughout the year including the welcoming of manuhiri, or visitors, to our school during the traditional mihi whakatau or powhiri. Our haka and waiata can be found here.


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