Mount Aspiring College New Zealand
Mount Aspiring College is a Year 7-13, co-educational state secondary
school located in Wanaka, New Zealand. We are proud to be the community
school for the Upper Clutha area and also the chosen school for students
from throughout New Zealand and from around the world.
With a roll of above 700, we are small enough to know each student well and
recognise their individual character and needs, but large enough to offer an
extensive curriculum that meets the academic and vocational needs of
individual students, while also offering an impressive co-curricular
Our staff and students love this college, and are proud of the ‘MAC’ way.
You will find a tremendous sense of warmth and spirit within the school born
from the value placed on positive relationships. From our House Day in Week
1 to our impressive prize-givings at year-end, we set out to enjoy our
We aim to ignite passion in every student and develop their potential to be
the best that they can be. We believe in self-responsibility and encourage
our students to learn from their successes as well as their mistakes. We aim
for our students to leave us with the confidence, self-reliance and
motivation to make a difference in the world.
College (High School) in Wanaka combines an excellent education in a
magnificent Alpine setting. We encourage you to combine your passion
for learning with your love of the outdoors and adventure.
Wanaka is a
small town set on a beautiful lake in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
It is a safe, peaceful and unpolluted location. The town has excellent
services and facilities and as well being the gateway to Mt Aspiring
National Park, and a World Heritage area.
The small size
of the College is its major strength, with a supportive family
atmosphere in which all individuals are recognized. Class sizes are
The College has
achieved excellent academic results over the years and utilizes the
local environment in its comprehensive Outdoor Education Programme which
includes snowboarding, skiing, hiking, rock climbing and kayaking. We
offer an excellent performing arts programme. The music suite includes
practice rooms which are an integral part of the college. The college
offers free musical tuition in a wide range of instruments. Performance
groups include bands, choir, Maori Culture and college productions. We
have a purpose built drama suite.
College accepts students at Year 7 to Year 13 level as well as adult
students who wish to improve their English.
enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world. The
countryside and natural heritage are some of the most beautiful
College is a qualified educational provider who uses up to date
resources, has excellent results in external examinations such as IELTS
and TOEFL and has happy students.
benefit from studying in a safe, beautiful environment with an emphasis
on assimilation into New Zealand's way of life, country and culture.
College has a unique learning environment -we invite you to discover
education in paradise.
Enrolled students join NZ students
in subject classes which include: Art, Economics, English, Graphics,
Health, Japanese, Mathematics, Music, Outdoor Pursuits, Physical
Education, Sciences -Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Social studies,
Geography, Technology and computer studies. The integrated program
is for students who may study ESOL as well as a full NZ college
curriculum towards New Zealand Qualifications Authority
ESOL classes teach the NZ
curriculum so students can gain necessary qualifications to study
toward university. Internationally recognized exams are taught and
encouraged at our centre.
General English is
for students of all ages who wish to study ESOL at the ILC. There
is a variety of courses that may be taken at any time of the year.
The Centre provides tuition for students at beginner, intermediate
and advanced levels. The four skills of reading, writing, listening
and speaking are taught along with grammar. A variety of resources
are used with up-to-date texts.
International Language Centre (ILC) is situated on the school grounds.
It has two classrooms which includes a lounge area, a kitchen and
bathroom facilities. The language centre provides ESOL classes for
adults, casual students, visiting groups and International College
students. International students are welcome to use it for study after
You can apply
for a place at Mt Aspiring College through an educational agent or you
can apply directly to the College yourself.
If you are
applying without an Agent, you can then apply at the embassy in your
country and get a visa.
College is a signatory to the Code of Practice for International