Why choose St Paul’s as a boarding school?

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 boarding environment at St Paul’s is one of the most modern in the country, creating a home-away-from-home for students, and one that boasts valuable programmes like scheduled and supervised homework, a strong pastoral care system and seven day boarding.

Modern facilities

All of St Paul’s boarding houses have been recently renovated. Boarding students enjoy modern bathrooms, age appropriate sleeping accommodation and a new dining hall. Students also have after-school access to squash and tennis courts, a fully-equipped gym, a heated 25-metre swimming pool and a water hockey turf.

Pastoral care

St Paul’s provides a strong support system for students as they grow from adolescents into young adults. Qualified support staff including a chaplain, nurse, guidance counsellor and careers counsellor are available for students who require academic, medical and emotional support and advice. Students can also call on their housemaster and deputy housemaster for support; 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Scheduled prep

St Paul’s offers its boarders a structured approach to homework through supervised prep time. Homework (prep) is done in the dining room under the supervision of a Housemaster.

Year 9 and 10 boarders spend 90 minutes each week night at prep, where senior students and teaching staff are available to help. The opportunity also exists for our boarders to work collaboratively together. This approach helps our boarders to develop the kind of study habits that are essential for academic achievement, and provides a solid base for progressing to NCEA and Cambridge courses in the senior school.

Junior boarders' in-weekend

St Paul’s boarding community is largely made up of students from rural New Zealand. Boarders have the option of staying on campus over the weekend with their peers instead of going home.

Traditional values

Students are taught traditional values, which, in today’s modern society, are sometimes forgotten. Students are taught proper etiquette and take part in a weekly formal dinner with the Headmaster in which they say grace, are seated at allocated tables in their formal uniform and enjoy time with their peers and teachers.