St Mary’s College
St Mary’s College
Developing young women of Mercy
Established in 1850, St Mary’s College is the oldest girls’ school in New Zealand. It is steeped in history, tradition and cultural richness, all based on the spiritual values of Mercy. International students do not need to be Catholic to enrol. Every student is valued and shares a sense of community with compassion, care and respect for others.
St Mary’s College has enjoyed a long tradition of academic excellence and is one of the best schools in Auckland. It supports students from Year 7 through to Year 13 to reach the requirements to study at a New Zealand University or abroad.
The school is located in one of Auckland’s most respectable suburbs, Ponsonby, Central Auckland, just a 10-minute walk to Auckland’s city centre. It has a special mix of traditional and modern facilities including a 30m pool, tennis courts, gymnasium and a chapel, all within its spacious grounds, with spectacular harbour and city views.
At St Mary’s College, our Catholic character is woven into every facet of our college life. The Special Character programmes that we offer draw deeply on the values of the Gospel and the spirit of Mercy.
The St Mary’s Music Department is world-renowned for its award-winning achievements and is recognised for musical excellence in New Zealand and abroad. St Mary’s College continues to provide superior music tuition which, over the years, has helped many acclaimed musicians realise their potential.
Music is an important part of school life and music instruction is compulsory in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. There are many exciting musical opportunities for students at all levels to choose from, such as orchestras, symphonic wind bands and choral singing groups.
The College has a strong sporting tradition and all students are encouraged to participate in sports. Many of our teachers and parents put a great deal of time and effort into sport. As a result of this, we are represented in most sports and have several champion teams.
Students are expected to play for the school while they are at College. Parents are urged to support school teams on Saturdays and whenever inter-school games are played.