Cromwell College is a Year 7 to 13 state co-educational school established in 1978. The College provides a broad-based general education catering for students of all ability levels. Our smaller size and experienced and committed staff ensure that students have their particular capabilities catered for. Our senior students are offered a very wide range of national courses leading to National Framework qualifications.
The College has excellent grounds and facilities. Classrooms are spacious and well-equipped. Art, workshop technology, information technology, and physical education are all catered for in specialist workrooms. As well as a modern gymnasium and auditorium the College utilises adjacent community facilities such as the indoor swimming pool and the hockey turf. The College also maintains a state of the art Aquatic Centre on the shores of Lake Dunstan providing a base for instruction in sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.
A well-rounded education
We endeavour to provide a complete education for all our students. As well as academic study students are encouraged to take part in music, art, drama, and sport and to take on leadership opportunities both within the school and the wider community.
Beyond the traditional
We recognise that our students need a national and international perspective. Accordingly, we utilise our wonderful location and our caring, family atmosphere to offer innovative programmes which attract students from beyond Central Otago.
Outdoor Pursuits Programme
The Outdoor Pursuits Programme is an exciting opportunity to experience a wide range of activities in the Central Otago region while continuing your secondary education. Since 1995 the College has offered this unique residentially based programme. From the shores of Lake Dunstan to the tracks on the Pisa Range and the peaks of the Cardrona Skifield, the programme covers it all. Kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, tramping,mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling and of course skiing and snowboarding; these are all part of a year at Cromwell College. There are opportunities in nearly all activitiesto achieve NZQA credits at levels two and three.
Cromwell College Golf Academy
This exciting programme gives you the opportunity to improve your golfing skills while continuing your secondary education at one of New Zealand's best-equipped ruralsecondary schools. Cromwell College has an active and successful record of golfing achievement. Our teams have won Otago-Southland championships and competed at the national finals. Individual students have been selected for school and adult provincial representation and development squads. The Cromwell Golf Club is widely regarded as one of the best 18-hole courses in the South Island. Nearby are such challenging venues as Millbrook, Kelvin Heights and Arrowtown. Central Otago's climate virtually guarantees year-round golf from the dry heat of summerto the crisp, clear days of winter. Your year at Cromwell will include regular golf instruction with Cromwell College's golf coach and Millbrook professionals, weekly competition as a full member of the Cromwell Golf Club, regular opportunities to play at other Central Otago courses and entry to selected tournaments and competitions.
Students in both programmes are accommodated in modern, well-equipped apartments under the guidance of caring supervisors. They learn essential skills such as budgeting,nutrition, food preparation and time management. It is an important link between adolescence and adulthood. The emphasis in these programmes is on character building, leadership opportunities and development of self-confidence. The friendships formed and skills learned last a lifetime. The Cromwell College Accommodation Centre has recently been subject to an $850,000 expansion allowing for new apartments, and bunk-room accommodation for visiting teams.
International students are also an important component of life at the College. In the past students from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and USA have enjoyed a year of study at Cromwell College. These students have access to all the school's programmes as well as specialised ESOL instruction suited to their own levels. Cromwell College's mixture of academic excellence, innovative programmes, and outdoor adventure help form the basis of unique and effective secondary school. We are extremely proud of our students, our dedicated staff, and our emphasis on a family atmosphere.
Otago Polytechnic - Cromwell Campus
Otago Polytechnic - Cromwell Campus
Cromwell is the hub of the Central Otago campus and offers the widest variety of programmes of the three venues. Mountains can be classrooms. Apples can be teachers. Computers can open doors. With Otago Polytechnic's courses in Cromwell, Wanaka and Queenstown, education doesn't have to be ordinary!
Applying for a course
Applications are welcome at any time from anyone resident in New Zealand. Options are also available to international students. Your past work and life experience counts at Otago Polytechnic. An initial evaluation willdetermine if you have already earned some course credits. If you want to pursue a particular qualification, but haven't completed the required prerequisites, that's no reason to give up. Most of the courses are not only excellent career moves in their own right, but they can also lead on to more advanced programmes.
Full Time Courses: Computing, Adventure Tourism, Tourism & Hospitality, Horticulture
Part-Time Courses: Business, Tourism & Hospitality, Horticulture, Art
Molyneux Training Restaurant
A training ground for budding Central Otago chefs and service staff. Open to the public from 6.30pm to 11.00pm on most Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Menus vary from week to week and cover a range of table d'hote and themed menus (for example wild food, thai buffet).
Bookings are essential so call 03 445 9900 or 0800 765 9276 during office hours (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm) to make your reservation.
Driving Range - Bannockburn Horticultural Unit.
Built by sports turf management students so you can practice on the real thing.