Who we are

We prepare students for life beyond school

St Paul’s Collegiate School has a reputation for getting the best from its students and for consistently achieving some of New Zealand’s highest academic results.

We make no apologies for setting high expectations. Daily we discuss with young men and women standards that we expect them to meet, recognising holding each other to account enhances and progresses the School’s vision of turning possibilities into reality. We want each and every one of our students to achieve personal bests in all areas of their school life; being firm, consistent and willing to have difficult conversations benefits this aspiration.

While our strongest focus is ensuring our students are achieving their potential in their academic studies, so too is our focus on developing good character in every young man and woman. Through our Tihoi Venture School programme, our Hauora wellbeing programme which includes emotional intelligence training, our regular Chapel services and our community service programme, we are striving to prepare St Paul’s students to be resilient, agile and contributing members of our society.

We are expert educators. Through teachers who are enthusiastic and passionate about teaching, a pastoral care system that recognises the highs, lows, strengths and weaknesses of each student; and peer support that forms a sense of belonging only a small education environment can provide, we believe young men and women thrive at St Paul’s.

In a school with 800 students, boys are welcomed from years 9-13 and girls from years 11-13, as day or boarding students. The senior years at St Paul’s offer co-ed learning while the junior school, years 9-10, remains a boys’ only school.

Tihoi Venture School

Tihoi Venture School is New Zealand’s only 18-week outdoor programme designed specifically for year 10 boys.

Students are stripped of modern technology, such as television and mobile phones, and placed into communal living with seven age-mates, regular schooling and outdoor experiences. Both the outdoor and academic programmes are underpinned by a clearly articulated and modeled virtues and values programme that develops young men into independent, responsible and contributing members of society.

Our Vision

Turning possibilities into reality

Our Mission

Preparing students for life in the global environment by providing challenging educational experiences that realise their full potential through faith, virtue and excellence in performance