St Mary’s College

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St Mary’s College is the oldest existing secondary school for girls in Auckland, and one of the oldest in New Zealand. The College provides a rich, supportive environment for international students to learn, grow and realise their potential
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St Mary’s provides a high quality academic education with extensive co-curricular opportunities, and enjoys a long tradition of academic excellence with graduates moving on to further their studies across a wide variety of disciplines. The College boasts an extremely competent and committed staff, and has extensive performing arts and sporting opportunities, set in beautiful grounds overlooking Auckland City and the Waitemata Harbour.
St Mary’s College is a Catholic girls school for years 7-13 students and its 160 year heritage is reflected in its magnificent buildings, including the original St Mary’s Chapel which is in regular use by the students.  Over time significant new building projects have maintained and extended the high standards of educational facilities available.  A new $3,000,000 building has now been completed maintaining our high
standard to meet the needs of teaching that is innovative and challenging.

Students are prepared for all appropriate national examinations and certifications.  The high performance and significant success of St Mary’s in national examinations is a reflection of the quality of the teaching staff.  St Mary’s encourages self-motivation, independent learning, initiative, creativity and perseverance.  It provides the opportunity to excel and it promotes personal responsibility and pride in performance.  Students are well prepared to face and changing and challenging world.

Qualified ESOL teachers assess the students on arrival, assist them to adjust to school programmes and provide ongoing support.

The International Student Manager and Deans meet regularly with students to support their welfare and academic progress.  All Homestays are sourced and strictly monitored by the International Student Manager and must meet our very high standard before being accepted as a homestay for our International students.
St Mary’s College is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, and has been granted approval to accept Year 7 & 8 students living in homestay.


Physical Address
11 New Street, Ponsonby, Auckland , Auckland

Mailing Address
PO Box 47003, Ponsonby, Auckland 1144

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