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St Paul’s Collegiate School

St Paul’s Collegiate School boasts some of the country’s most innovative and engaging academic programmes; world-class facilities; and has a reputation for developing well-rounded young adults.

For more information about St Paul’s and the programmes and opportunities the school offers its students, visit www.stpauls.school.nz

Tihoi Venture School

All Year 10 boys of St Paul’s attend TIhoi Venture School, an 18-week outdoor and social development programme that develops young men into independent, responsible and contributing members of society. At Tihoi, students are placed into communal living with seven age-mates without access to modern technology. Each week students spend four days in the classroom and three days in the outdoors participating in a range of activities including kayaking, sailing, rock climbing, mountain craft and sea kayaking.


St Paul’s university pass rate is 33% higher than the national average. The school’s national secondary school qualification (NCEA) pass rates are also significantly higher than the national average, sitting anywhere between 20 and 30% above the national score. This is as a result of class sizes less than 20, engaging programmes, technology in the classrooms and passionate staff.


The Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Science and Business is a two-year agribusiness programme designed to expose and inspire tertiary capable students to the range of opportunities available in pastoral agriculture. St Paul’s has worked closely with agricultural experts DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ, tertiary institutes and ten business partners from within the agriculture sector to develop a programme that suits the needs of the industry and delivers on the shortfalls of programmes offered at New Zealand secondary schools.


All students participate in both a summer and winter sport. For a small school of only 680 students, St Paul’s punches well above its weight in national and regional competitions. In 2015 alone St Paul’s won the Springbok Shield at Maadi Cup, placed fourth in the national Rankin Cup hockey tournament and first in the Central North Island Rugby Competition (undefeated, for the second year).


St Paul’s offers students a culturally rich environment with activities available across the entire performing arts spectrum including drama, music, kapa haka, art and debating. The School’s Year 9 band programme introduces students to instruments that they would never have tried before, more than a third of band programme students continue on with their instrument in later years.

Spiritual dimension

The spiritual and personal development of St Paul’s students is built on a virtues-based ethos including empathy, kindness, compassion, tolerance, helpfulness and service. The strong presence of faith within the school helps students to accept responsibility, serve others and be aware of the spiritual and moral dimensions of life.