Rathkeale College

Rathkeale College

Nil Mortalibus Ardui Est – Nothing is Impossible for Mankind



Rathkeale College is an Anglican school providing a unity of Day and Boarding components through programmes of worship and religious studies, upholding a strong moral code and providing a well-rounded education that promotes excellence through academic, cultural and sporting pursuits in which all students and staff are expected to participate fully.

Rathkeale College has a long tradition of hosting International Students. The College prides itself on how it integrates these young men into the New Zealand way of life and its education system. This is a small school where class sizes are kept small so that individual students are well-known and cared for by the teachers, boarding house masters and matrons. Overall care is provided by the Director of International Students who keeps in close contact with parents and assists with insurance, flights and other day to day issues.

“We have a proud history of representation at the Model United Nations, and look for opportunities where our gifted students can shine on a larger stage”

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Rathkeale College’s greatest facility is the 66 hectares of grounds on which it is located. So impressive is the forest and playing fields that rather than take our students to paintball they come to us! On-site there is a swimming pool, gymnasium and weights room, state of the art music and art suites, a squash court, library and computer suites. The 750 seat auditorium is one of the best in the region and in the past has attracted some very big names to Rathkeale including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.


Sport and cultural activities play a major part in Rathkeale’s curriculum. All students participate in singing and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Sport is compulsory and the boys must participate in both a winter and summer activity. In addition to weekend sport activities which usually take the form of competition games, the full boarders also have the opportunity to participate in weekend activities. Recently these have included rafting, caving, camping, karts and paintball.
International students stay with host families for except weekends when they are required to leave the Boarding House twice each term. During the holidays they can go to English language schools with other International Students or even go and Discover New Zealand that are organised by companies in New Zealand (Active Planet Travel) specifically for students from overseas.

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