Sacred Heart College

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​Founded in 1903, Sacred Heart College is one of New Zealand’s leading boys’ schools offering an all-round education from Years 7-13.
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Founded in 1903, Sacred Heart College is one of New Zealand's leading Catholic boys' schools offering an all-round education from Years 7-13. The College is a day and boarding school with more than 100 years of Marist tradition that upholds the values of its founder St Marcellin Champagnat. The College has a roll of 1280 students, who come from diverse economic, geographic and ethnic backgrounds including 60-70 International Students.

Old Boys of Sacred Heart are numbered among New Zealand's top musicians, academics, artists, sportsmen, as well as religious and civil leaders. These include Sir Anand Satyanand - former Governor-General of New Zealand, Sean Fitzpatrick - former All Black Captain, and Dan Davin - author and Rhodes Scholar. Located on a magnificent site of 22 hectares of park-like grounds,

Location and Facilities

Sacred Heart College is 20 minutes' drive from the centre of New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland. The College is equipped with impressive facilities which include nine sports fields, six teaching buildings, a state of the art technology block, three heated swimming pools, a large gymnasium, modern computer laboratories, and a comprehensive library. A new 1500-seat auditorium enables the whole school to gather together as one for assemblies, concerts and prize-givings.

Quality Education

Outstanding Education Since its founding, Sacred Heart College has built an outstanding tradition of success in academic, sport, art and cultural activities.

  • NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 pass rates are consistently among the highest nationally for boys' schools
  • University Entry rates consistently around 80%
  • A large number of students gain NCEA scholarships each year in their chosen subjects
  • A strong pastoral care system in the school, therefore our students are well looked after
  • Our students achieve great results in sport, cultural activities and music.

International Students

Our students achieve great results in sport, cultural activities and music.International Department Sacred Heart College has had many years of experience hosting International Students from all over the world. The College is a signatory to the Code of Practice for International Students and takes the welfare and education of their students very seriously. The number of International Students is small which enables students to be readily integrated into College life. Currently our International Students represent 11 different countries and regions.

The International Department provides comprehensive care for our International Students ranging from curriculum planning, to academic progress and reporting, language support, social and health support, career advice, as well as accommodation arrangements, holiday activities and travel insurance.

Curriculum At Years 9 and 10 the curriculum has a greater reliance on individually based learning, with separate teachers in the core as well as specialist subjects. All students have the opportunity to study an international language such as French or Chinese if they wish. In Year 10 all students follow a common course of core subjects, as well as choosing three options from a range of nine – Art, Computer Studies, Commerce, Supplementary English, ELL, French, Graphics and Design, Chinese, Maori, Music, Technology and Visual Language. Senior School In Year 11 students enter NCEA Level 1.

Able students are offered a range of extension courses. In Years 11 to 13 many courses are available covering the National Qualifications Framework Unit Standards, and NCEA Levels 2 and 3. Many students undertake study across the levels. Underpinning the curriculum at all levels are the courses offered in Religious Education, which is a compulsory core subject at Sacred Heart College.

The College also offers Achievement Standards in Religious Education under NCEA. Further opportunities for the faith development of students include sacramental participation, liturgical worship and prayer and, for Senior students, retreats. The College, assisted in this area by its Chaplain, fosters and promotes the rich inheritance of Catholic values. English Language Learner Department For students who require extra English language support because they have English as a second language, the College offers extra support through the English Language Learners (ELL) Department.

A wide range of sporting activities is offered to all International Students and they are expected to participate in both a summer and winter sport.

Cultural activities include music, drama, public speaking and social service groups.

We encourage all International Students to join a cultural group, so that they can become fully immersed in the traditions of Sacred Heart.

Co-curricular activities and team participation provide opportunities for students to develop a sense of belonging, to support and encourage others, to learn about leadership, create group spirit and resolve conflict. They begin to understand how to interact constructively with others while working towards a common goal. They also learn and perfect their own individual skills and talents.

total school roll: 1280 Total number of International students: 65


Physical Address
250 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie Auckland New Zealand

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