A stable and experienced staff provided the framework for a decade of achievement in all areas of the College.

Academic: Bream Bay College exam results in School Certificate, University Entrance and Universities Bursary were consistently above the national averages. Outstanding academic achievement was recognised when prestigious University Scholarships were won by Russell Pirihi in 1982, and by Karen Singleton in 1983. Sherilyn George was awarded a Lion Nathan Scholarship in 1989.

Cultural: Maori culture was celebrated with the establishment of the first Maori Club in 1980. Carving courses were taught by Mr Ross Gregory from 1985, and Te Reo Maori was introduced as a curriculum subject at Year 9 in 1988. Gordon Lee and Rose Waerea raised the profile of Performance Music. The first concert they produced, ‘Throb 81’ was a raging success, and the first of many musical experiences that have continued through to today.

Sport: Hockey went from strength to strength, with up to nine teams fielded each year. The Girls 1st XI won the Premier B competition in 1983, 1984, and 1986, and national competitions in 1983 and 1987. In 1083, Angus Lindsay was selected for the New Zealand Under 15 Team, Layne Waerea played for North Auckland Women, and 17 other players were selected for various North Auckland age group teams. The 1st XV Rugby Team won the Murray Jones Shield in 1985. Players to gain selection for the North Auckland Secondary Schools Team were Grant Russell in 1985, Derek Heiwai in 1987, Duncan Bell and Nigel Gordon in 1988.

Developments at the Refinery and power stations led to an increased number of students at the College, with the roll peaking at 634 in 1984.


Bream Bay College Prefects 1983