Starting at St Paul’s

We look forward to welcoming new students to St Paul’s Collegiate School.

Whether you are just beginning the enrolment process for your child, or they have been offered a place, here you will find some helpful information about getting started at St Paul’s.

Preparing for an interview

After an enrolment has been submitted, the next stage is for your child to have an interview with either the headmaster or associate headmaster.

Below are some tips on how to prepare students for this interview:

  • Encourage them to be honest, be themselves and to talk about their interests
  • Bring something familiar, for example a certificate or medal that showcases an achievement or a favourite book
  • Encourage your teens to identify goals, have them think about why they are moving to St Paul’s and what their goal may be upon graduation
  • Discuss possible interview questions, for example, what subjects do you enjoy at school? What sports or cultural activities have you been involved in? Why do you want to be a student at St Pauls’?

Interviews are a great opportunity for you to ask questions about St Paul’s. Some of the questions you could ask during your child’s interview can be found on the left of this page under 'related publications'.


To ease any concerns you or your child might have about starting secondary school next year, we hold an orientation afternoon for Year 9 students in November each year. At that orientation, the students meet their housemaster and other students in the house.

An orientation is also held for all new girls in November each year where they meet their Housemaster and other students who are also new to the School. The girls also meet separately with their Housemaster for a one-on-one interview (with parents) so that the Housemaster can get to know each girl individually.

Entrance testing – Year 9s

All Year 9 students with a confirmed enrolment or an upcoming interview to attend St Paul’s, are required to attend a diagnostic entrance-testing afternoon where they will sit Mathematics, English and Reasoning Examinations.

We will use the results, along with the information we receive from school reports, to assist with Year 9 class placement. Two year 9 boys who perform impressively in the entrance test examination, and fulfill the school’s special character requirements, will be considered for a scholarship.

School uniform

St Paul’s students wear a formal school uniform (referred to as ‘Numbers’ or ‘Number Ones’) as well as a greys uniform. Each uniform is worn on certain days and for certain requirements.

You can purchase school uniforms from the School Shop, located in the foyer of the Student Centre. You will need to make an appointment for a uniform fitting and it is preferable that these appointments are made before the summer break so that uniforms can be ready in time for the start of school.

For more information, visit the School Shop website or email the School Shop.


For information about St Paul’s fees and payment methods, please click here.

Device information

All students are required to bring a device with a full keyboard. With NZQA stating that exams will be sat online in the near future, it is important that students are using a device with a full keyboard daily to prepare them for this.

Find out more about St Paul’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) here.

Open days

St Paul’s holds a number of open days, tours and information evenings throughout the year for families to find out more about what the school has to offer. Open days are a great way to have a good look round and get a feel for the school through student-led tours.

Find out about upcoming open days here.

If there is anything else that you would like to know more about, please don't hesitate to contact our enrolments officer at or +64 7 957 8889.