About Central Southland College
are in Winton, a lovely small town (pop 2000) 30 minute's drive north
of the southern city of Invercargill (pop 50,000), in the province of
Southland, New Zealand.
That makes us only 1.5
hour's drive from Queenstown, the same to Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri,
and just a hop and a skip to Stewart Island. We enjoy a sunny and
temperate climate, just out of reach of coastal winds.
Our School Community
are the local secondary school for a very wide area of Central
Southland, including the small towns and districts of Winton, Otautau,
Nightcaps, Ohai, Dipton, and Hedgehope, together with a huge area of
farmland. Most of our students travel to school by free school bus. We
enjoy a high level of community confidence, and positive relationships
with parents, community sports coaches, local businesses, and
contributing primary schools. Our school community is approximately 12%
After hours, our school is used by lots of community groups
such as basketball competitions, the swimming club, sewing classes, and
Our roll is approximately
500, we are co-educational, and offer courses from Year 9 (age about 13)
to Year 13 (age about 18). We are rated as Decile 7 by the Ministry of
Education, for funding purposes. CSC opened in 1965, and is situated
in a quiet corner of the town. Teaching facilities are up-to-date, and
include a superb Technology suite, Library, Gym, swimming pool,
laboratories, hall, drama suite, and much more. Playing fields and
grounds are spacious and pleasant.
School Values and Expectations
CSC we expect everyone to work towards their "Personal Best" is every
way. Our motto "Ad summum" means "to the heights", or aiming for your
own personal goals, and learning to be the best you can be.
people-oriented organisation with learning as our core business, the way
we treat each other and work together is of the utmost importance. Our
over-riding value is respect - self respect, respect for others, and
respect for the environment around us. We maintain a positive tone,
orderly routines, and clear expectations of behaviour. Coupled with a
high quality of pastoral care, excellent teaching, and loads of
extra-curricular activities, these ensure a positive and safe
environment for learning.
ERO (Education Review Office) in its recent review, paid tribute to these school qualities in its October 2008 Report. View the report .
Qualifications, Results, and Destinations
at CSC study towards NCEA, the NZ "National Certificate of Education
Achievement." This makes courses of study available over three levels,
with many different styles of assessment - internal, external, written,
Central Southland College academic results are consistently at or above national averages for similar schools in NZ.
addition, a very high proportion of our leaving students go straight to
either further study, (university or polytechnics) or to fulltime
Extra-curricular and Special Programmes
We have a wide range of programmes and activities to help personalise opportunities for individual students as much as possible.
include Gateway, STAR, Youth Apprenticeships, transition to work and
work experience, extensive career planning advice and guidance, Peer
tutoring, outdoor camps, and many social activities.
programme is proudly spear-headed each year by enthusiastic musical
Major Productions and "Stage Challenge" dance presentations, while the
opportunities for sporting involvement are astonishingly wide.
progress through their school career is followed and mentored by a
personal "Dean", a senior staff member who follows them throughout their
years here. This person develops a close relationship with both the
students and their parents, and provides the co-ordinating face to a
holistic approach to social, learning, behavioural, and personal needs.