Services Academy is a Military-focused programme delivered in association with the New Zealand Defence Force that integrates military traits into the academic curriculum.  It prepares students for employment opportunities within but not limited to the Army, Navy, and Airforce, through the guidance and mentoring of the Services Academy Director.

The programme philosophy is driven by values such as; commitment, comradeship, honesty, being humble, and demonstrating respect for others.  The philosophy is the driver to enhance personal qualities that promote the desire to learn, and to succeed in life. The military component provides students with the experience to develop the courage to make positive decisions, setting themselves up for success. 

A significant amount of time is dedicated to physical training, leadership and teamwork.  Students are expected to attend and participate in a variety of activities in and outside the classroom including:

  • Induction - Waiouru Army Base

  • Basic Leadership - Ohakea Air Base

  • Bushcraft- Whirinaki Forest Park

  • Adventure Challenge- Lake Taupo

  • Advanced Leadership - Trentham

Year 10 programme 

Mākoura College offers a Year 10 Services Academy programme (two periods a week for one semester).  The programme includes physical training, military drill, values, ethos and bush survival skills.

“There are lots of opportunities and trips that put you out of your comfort zone. Great for fitness, and if you want to join the NZ Army” 

Services Academy Student