About Takapuna Grammar SchoolClimate
Auckland has a temperate climate averaging 124 days of rain and 234 of sunshine every year. The average temperature ranges between 12-15°C in winter, 20-25°C in summer. Boarding
The school has no boarding facilities, international students live with a NZ family in a homestay situation. Location
Takapuna Grammar School is between Takapuna and Devonport on the North Shore, fifteen minutes from downtown Auckland. In the immediate vicinity are local beaches and extensive local city shopping centres.
Type of School
Years of Entry
Years 9 - 13
Student roll : 1650
Extensive range of sports, including water sports, performing arts and cultural activities.
Academic Year 2013
Term 1 24 & 29 January (orientation - new students) 31 January (existing students) - 19 April
Term 2 6 May- 12 July
Term 3 29 July - 27 September
Term 4 14 October - 6 December (seniors finish 1 November 2013 for Revision Classes & NCEA exams)
English Language Proficiency
Evidence of English language proficiency is required, otherwise students may need to attend an English language course for 3-6 months. A school report confirming regular attendance and excellent work habits is required.
Takapuna Grammar School is situated between Takapuna city centre and the seaside suburb of Devonport. The school stands in more than 17 hectares of prime land with immaculate landscaped grounds and facilities to match any school in New Zealand.
Takapuna Grammar School is a state co-educational secondary school established in 1927 to serve the needs of Devonport, Belmont, Bayswater and Takapuna and the wider North Shore community. It is one of Auckland's historic schools with a long proud history and fine tradition. Its mission is to provide high quality, balanced education in a positive teaching and learning environment. Students are assisted to reach their full potential and are challenged to strive constantly for excellence in their academic, cultural, social, recreational and sporting activities.
Takapuna Grammar School prepares students to attend universities and technical institutes. The school has a reputation for academic excellence and offers a wide range of courses. The option structure is multi-level allowing flexibility in selecting the most appropriate individual course.
The school has excellent facilities including a large sports hall and second gymnasium, library, computer rooms, music suite and practice rooms, a drama suite, art block and dark rooms, technology block, swimming pool and extensive sports fields.
The school has a long tradition of musical and drama productions. There are a wide range of musical groups from classical quarters to jazz bands, harmony singing, vocal and instrumental opportunities. Twenty three sports are currently offered and overseas students often participate in basketball, volleyball, badminton and tennis.
Programme For International Students
Takapuna Grammar School welcomes students from overseas both as international fee-paying students and as exchange students through recognised organisations such as Rotary and AFS. All students are in the care of the International Department. Students from overseas with residency permits must be living with their parents within the school's zone.
All International students are required to have a caregiver resident in Auckland and be in a homestay situation. Homestay costs are $250 per week for 2013.
Annual tuition fees for international students in 2013 are $13,200 (in 2014 $13,600) plus $1,600 admin fee (including tax). Uniform, stationery, co-curricular costs and examination fees are extra. There are also some costs associated with subjects with take home components. Students taking Mathematics need to purchase a graphics calculator.
Prospectus and procedure details are available from the school on request.
Mrs Lesley Brennan, International Manager
Takapuna Grammar School
PO Box 33-1096
Telephone : +64-9-486-9858
Facsimile : +64-9-486-7118
email : international student enquiry
University of Auckland
The University of Auckland has acknowledged the valuable contribution made by Takapuna Grammar School in preparing international students for advanced sutdy at University level.
Please click on the download below to view the recommendation letter received from The University of Auckland.