Saint Kentigern Boys’ School is an Independent Presbyterian primary school offering the very best in private education to boys in Years 0–8 (ages 5 -12). The Boys’ School is located on an attractive, leafy campus in the residential suburb of Remuera close to the centre of Auckland. The Girls’ School and Preschool is in close proximity on its own campus in Remuera, with the College just a short drive away in Pakuranga.
With a reputation for excellence in our academic, sporting and cultural programmes, Saint Kentigern Boys’ School opens ‘a world of opportunity’ for the boys who begin their educational journey with us.
Our friendly School is an extension of family life; one that understands the importance of a close relationship between our boys, their parents and their place of learning. When family and school are aligned with a common set of values, the partnership of parent and teacher has profound possibilities for a student’s well-being and achievement.
The Learning Pathway
With programmes tailored to the specific needs of boys, your son will be encouraged in all his endeavours, developing a balance of confidence and humility as cornerstones of his character, forming a rock solid foundation for life.
Our exceptional team of teachers, specialists and support staff have a central mission for your son; the pursuit of excellence in every learning adventure and the enjoyment of this journey as he discovers ‘a world of opportunity for boys’.
Highly dedicated teachers and a wide range of resources and facilities prepare the way for the very best in teaching and learning at Saint Kentigern.
With programmes tailored to the specific learning styles and needs of boys, our mission is to inspire each of our students to strive for excellence in all areas of endeavour. We recognise that boys, in particular, require a structured learning environment where goals are clearly identified and the purpose of learning is made explicit.
Our integrated curriculum engages boys at every level in purposeful learning pursuits; capturing their interest in authentic contexts to give learning tasks real meaning. A strong foundation of literacy and numeracy is at the core of this curriculum. We recognise the importance of preparing our boys for an ever-changing world; giving them the knowledge to adopt and then adapt skills as new technological challenges unfold. Our students and their teachers make use of modern technologies to support teaching and learning. Every child has the gift of an inquiring mind. To build on this natural curiosity, the School utilises a guided inquiry approach to teaching that develops each student’s ability to become a self-directed learner.
The boys are taught to formulate questions with depth and clarity, to gather information with open minds and share their findings in creative ways. The inquiry process gives ownership of learning to the students themselves, developing their research and critical thinking skills. It allows them to pursue their own interests and make meaningful connections with what they are learning.
Students are guided by a Learner Profile which identifies the key characteristics of successful life- long learners: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open minded, caring, risk takers, balanced and reflective. Learners who are trained to think and communicate in this way will be well equipped to handle any subsequent learning environments. Inquiry learning is a life-long learning tool that extends well beyond the classroom.
F & Q
Here are some answers to the questions that we are most frequently asked. If you cannot find the answer to a question you may have, please call our friendly staff in Admissions who will be happy to help with your query. Phone 09 520 7696 or email Admissions
- When should I apply? We encourage applications to be submitted at least one year prior to entry. However later applications will be considered at any time dependent on availability. Please contact the Admission office for further information.
- At which year levels can students join the School? Our major intake years are New Entrants (5yrs old), Year 4 and Year 7. Students may join the School at any year level if places are available.
- Is there an opportunity for me to see the School before I submit an application? We hold two Open Days a year. Individual campus tours can be arranged by appointment.
- Are there any criteria for acceptance? All applications receive our consideration. Priority is given to students transferring from Saint Kentigern Preschool and current Saint Kentigern families.
- What happens at the interview? Interviews are conducted by the Principal and take place in an encouraging and friendly atmosphere with the parents present throughout. It is normal that the Principal will direct some questions to the prospective student, (this will vary according to the age of the student) and record notes during the interview, which will last approximately 15 minutes. A tour of the campus follows the interview.
- Do you cater for students of all ability levels? We provide education opportunities aligned to the interests and abilities of individual students. There is a well-established system of support for all learners whether they require extension or learning support.
- Do I have to reapply for my child to continue their education at Saint Kentigern College? All Saint Kentigern School students are offered priority acceptance to attend Saint Kentigern College, without the need to re-apply.
- Are there Scholarships available? We offer a number of scholarships to accomplished students whose circumstances would otherwise preclude their enrolment. These awards, both academic and all-round are available to boys in Year 6 at a New Zealand school, offering them a place for entry in Year 7. The scholarships may contribute up to half of the annual tuition fees and are available for two years.
82 Shore Road, Remuera, Auckland New Zealand 1050
PO Box 28790, Remuera, Auckland 1541