We believe all students have their own unique gifts and talents. Our school provides many opportunities for participation and encourage them to develop their skills; in whatever field that may be.


Year 9 & 10 Upper Band - students who show strength in core subject testing (asTTLe) in Year 8 are placed in 'Z' band classes for their core subjects (English, Maths, Science and Social Studies). While they complete the same curriculum, they are extended in the classroom with deeper level challenges and problem solving.


These students are expected and encouraged to enter the ICAS exams, Rotary Speech and Science Fair.


Senior Enrichment - when they enter Senior level, students who have excelled in core subjects at Junior level are placed in Enrichment classes for English, Maths or Science. The teachers of these classes challenge the students to continue developing their higher level thinking. Very able students may be advised to prepare for Scholarship in Year 12.


Students in these classes are encouraged to test themselves in: ICAS, Rotary Speech, debating, the New Zealand History or English Teachers Essay and other similar competitions.


NCEA Scholarship - at Level 3 (Year 13), students who are excelling in their subject are nominated to enter NCEA Scholarship. This top academic path requires a high level of commitment and ability to show a thorough understanding and knowledge. These students are closely mentored by their teachers throughout the year and are encouraged to challenge themselves to achieve. Each year, Howick College Year 13 students gain many scholarships, often in more than one subject.

Expressive Arts

Romeo & Juliet - UO Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Award

We have many students who shine in the expressive arts field: actors, dancers, musicians, artists and technicians. Our performances are highly regarded and of professional quality.


Many of our students successfully audition for admittance to performing arts degrees at Toi Whakaari and other elite insitutes.


Drama performances entered into Auckland Showdown or the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Award competitions challenge our students to higher level performances both on and off the stage.


The Howick College Jazz Band and Orchestra showcase their talent at the annual KBB Music festival and at many local performances.


Dancers are supported with workshops from visiting professional choreographers and enter the YouDance festival.


Each year, a Senior student is nominated for the Pat Hanly Art Award which is given to students who show exceptional talent and commitment to the Visual Arts. Student work is also entered into design competitions.


We offer many oppurtunities to students to grow their leadership skills. This may take place on a House committee or on one of our student led councils.


With the experience gained in these roles, students who display passion and mature leadership may also be nominated by teachers for selection to external leadership programmes. Some examples are: the World Vision 40 Hour Famine Scholarship, Auckland Council Environmental Leadership programme and Spirit of Adventure.


Students who are recognised with talent in the technology fields are given opportunities to showcase and test their skills in various areas: programming, fashion design, electronics and hospitality.


Mentored and supported by their teachers, they participate and achieve in high level competitions, such as the New Zealand Programming Contest and the Bright Sparks competition.

Opportunities to Excel at Howick College:

ICAS Exams - English, Writing, Maths and Science


Auckland Schools Debating

French language speech competition

Maths Olympiad

Rotary 4Way Speech competition

Auckland Showdown Theatre competition

University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Award

NCEA Scholarship entries

Model United Nations conference

World Vision Leadership Scholarship

NIWA Manukau Science Fair

KBB Music festival

Textile design competitions

Royal Society CREST awards

New Zealand Programming contest

New Zealand English & History Teachers essay competition

Howick RSA ANZAC Speech competition

Pat Hanly art award

Young Enterprise Scheme

Environmental leadership

Creative writing group

Stage Challenge

Auckland YouDance performance

Bright Sparks competition

Elite sporting events