Boarding school facilities at St Paul’s

St Paul’s Collegiate School, Hamilton, is a leading private day and boarding school for boys (Years 9 to 13) and girls (Years 11 to 13) in New Zealand.

The school boasts four modern boarding houses that students call their home-away-from-home, a new dining room that feeds 700 during meal times, a chapel where the whole student body congregate daily and state-of-the-art sports facilities.

Boys' boarding school structure (Years 9-13)

Boys' houses can accommodate up to approximately 90 students. Each house has a vertical system with boys from all year levels (Year 9-13). Houses are staffed by a housemaster, deputy housemaster, assistant housemaster, matron and tutors.

The boys dormitories are structured according to their year level:

  • Year 9, 10 and 11 share dormitories in various configurations
  • Year 12 boys are in rooms of two
  • Year 13 boys have their own room.

In addition, St Paul’s continues its tradition of managing boys well through their adolescent years to manhood with the integrated Tihoi Venture School. All Year 10 boys spend 18 weeks boarding at Tihoi, near Taupo. Time at Tihoi provides a challenging environment for physical and personal growth alongside continued study. Boys return to the Hamilton campus well prepared for the start of NCEA study in Year 11.

Girls' boarding school structure (Years 11-13)

The girls’ boarding house, Harington House, is structured to meet the needs of female students. Harington is a modern boarding facility with each girl in a single room. There are a number of common rooms where girls can meet socially and relax. Kitchen facilities are available for the girls to use for breakfast and snacks. Lunch and dinner is provided in the dining hall with the boys.

Girls have the opportunity to work and achieve across the various school disciplines, both within their house environment and within the School community. Their three years at St Paul’s is designed to give girls the confidence and life skills to make an effective transition from school to tertiary education or work and beyond.

HULA House

The Harington University Learning Accommodation House (HULA House) is a detached residence situated adjacent to Harington House, the female student boarding house, and between the housemaster’s and deputy housemaster’s residences.

The house accommodates four Year 13 Harington House boarding students at any one time. Each group of girls lives together for about five weeks in a “flatting” situation, which provides a taste of what it is like to live with others in a semi-independent, but monitored, environment.

Each girl has her own bedroom and each pair of bedrooms is connected by a shared bathroom. The residence is fully equipped and the girls are each expected to prepare dinner one night a week, do their own laundry and keep the facility clean and tidy according to a roster. The aim is to provide a homely an environment while providing a degree of independence and accountability.