HISTORY OF BREAM BAY COLLEGE

Bream Bay College is a Year Seven to Thirteen State Co-educational, decile 5 school, with a roll of 450 students which is expected to grow. Approximately 35% of our students are Maori. It brings together a unique combination of communities.

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The College is situated in the centre of Ruakaka, next to the local shopping centre. It serves this community, along with the area of Waipu to the south (a community with a strong Scottish heritage), One Tree Point, Ruakaka, the Marae-based community of Takahiwai to the North and the farming communities inland.

The College was established on its present site in 1972 replacing Waipu District High School. Our main contributing schools are based at Waipu, One Tree Point and Ruakaka.

The College’s Maori and Scottish heritage is evident throughout and has been woven into the organisational structure for pastoral care by linking four Scottish areas with the concept of Whanau to create the basis of the inter-house competition.

Time Line of the History of the College:
1939  Consolidation of 5 local primary schools onto St Mary’s Rd site. A secondary department with 15 students was added in Term 2.
1940  Waipu District High School was officially opened on 18th June by the Minister of Education, the Honourable Peter Fraser. The total roll was 180 students.
1946  The old Cove School building was shifted onto the St Mary’s Rd site and was set up as the Homecraft Centre.
1950  A new 2-class primer block was built
1952  A Woodwork and Metalwork room was built.
1954  Land was purchased in neighbouring Argyle St. Building commenced on a new secondary block.
1956  The new secondary block was opened.
1963  Barbara McKenzie became the first former WDHS student to graduate from university.
1968  The Education Board announced that a new secondary school was to be built at Ruakaka. This led to intense lobbying from angry Waipu residents who did not want the school moved from Waipu.
1972  Waipu District High School renamed Bream Bay College. The Ministry of Education decided that a Form 3 – 6 school would remain at Waipu before shifting to Ruakaka as a Form 1 – 7 school.
1973  Building of the new secondary school commenced on the Marsden Point Rd site.
1974  Bream Bay College opened. Waipu Primary School moved into the old secondary school rooms in Argyll St.
1977  The Administration Block was opened
1987  The Auditorium opened
1989  Tomorrows Schools reforms saw the Board of Governors replaced by the new Board of Trustees. Mr Craig Brown became the first chairman,
2000  Bilingual Unit opened for Years 7 – 8.
2006  The Student Welfare Centre opened. The building, formally the Seaman’s Mission from Marsden Point, was purchased by the Board of Trustees and moved to the BBC site.
2008 New Astro turf Surface
2009 The opening of the Performing Arts Block
2010 The Shade for the Performing Arts Area was installed
2012 New School van was purchased
2014 New Toilets
2015 New Car was purchased
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