Christ’s College is New Zealand’s only independent boarding school for boys from Years 9 to 13 (ages 13 – 18 years).
Christ’s College is renowned for the quality and strength of its academic, cultural, sport and co-curricular programmes, which are all designed to meet the needs of adolescent boys and prepare them for the future. Our commitment is to work with each boy, to inspire and encourage him to always aspire to reach his full potential. “Each boy at his best”.
One word to sum up the College experience is “opportunity”. There are so many opportunities to be had at College and so many ways in which a College education will enrich your son’s life.
We appreciate your interest and look forward to welcoming your family to our community.
My strong connections in Flower’s House meant I had a strong brotherhood of friends. They really were my family. I had some wonderful experiences with my friends and their families. Everyone was really nice to me and they offered to have me to stay. I was very lucky and I was able to experience normal New Zealand family life.
What makes us unique?
We get boys. We understand what makes them tick. We enjoy their energy, their humour, their ideas and their zest for life. We celebrate boys and we teach in ways that boys learn best.
Christ’s College is a Round Square school, so part of a network of 250 schools internationally who follow the IDEALS of Round Square. This commitment is largely student-driven, with our Round Square Senior and Junior committees leading Round Square initiatives. Our membership also gives our students access to exchanges and student conferences all over the world.
Our Year 10 and 11 students undertake the Christ’s College Diploma, a two-year academic programme based on educational research on best practice in boys’ education. The Diploma also gives boys the opportunity to be recognised for excellence outside the classroom. To graduate from the Diploma programme, boys complete a range of opportunities across six character elements that use the Round Square IDEALS to work towards the Christ’s College Graduate outcomes. Students who go above and beyond to show initiative and have an impact in these areas can be awarded Silver and Gold Diplomas to recognise their holistic educational experience.
We also offer the ‘Immerse and Inspire’ programme in Year 10. This includes a four-week residential programme, with three weeks at school and one week at the Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre in order to complete the requirements for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award Adventurous Journey. The Immerse & Inspire programme also involves two three-day incursions, the first being at the Ministry of Awesome, completing Lab5 Supercharged. Lab5 Supercharged is a three-day workshop focused on global challenges, which helps the boys develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills, and an understanding of social entrepreneurship. The other incursion is College-based and involves sessions on biculturalism, careers, wellbeing, study skills and planning and leadership.
It was Christ’s College’s academic culture, plus its diversity and sport, that persuaded me it was the school for me. Christ’s College is focused on education, and that is incredibly important. It has a very high percentage of students going on to university. It’s a culture that means people are trying to work hard to succeed.
Sports, Activities & Trips
Christ’s College is well known across New Zealand for its competitiveness in a broad range of sports, from traditional team sports to more recreation-based activities. Staff work alongside professional coaches to assist teams and individuals. The House system encourages participation in a wide range of sporting activities that lead boys into new experiences.
Sporting facilities include a new Upper West facility with two full-sized basketball courts and Strength and Conditioning facilities, a heated swimming pool, and outdoor playing fields. Sport is compulsory in both summer and winter for Years 9–13 students.
We also have extensive drama and music opportunities, including choir, chamber music and orchestra, contemporary music and Jazz and Big Band.
There are a wide variety of clubs such as Chess, Debating, Kapa Haka, Model United Nations and outdoor education opportunities such as the Duke of Edinburgh, tramping and the Spirit of New Zealand.
Our boarders have a weekend boarding programme which offers a variety of activities, at no extra cost. The programme offers boys the chance to try things that they may not ordinarily do. They are involving themselves in things which can be a tremendous asset to them later on.
Sports & Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Water Polo
- Clay Target Shooting
- Skiing and Snowboarding
- Table Tennis
Languages we teach
- Te Reo Māori
- Speech and Drama
- Chamber Music and Orchestra
- Contemporary Music
- Jazz and Big Band
- Model United Nations
- Kapa Haka
- Backstage production
End of Year Programme
At the end of Term 4, if not sitting exams, our international students participate in outdoor adventure and community service activities.
|Clay Target Shooting
|Skiing and Snowboarding
International Student Manager
Director of Advancement
Please note that these fees are approximate. Contact StudyNZ or the school for exact fees depending on your choice of activities or subjects.
|Study NZ Fees*
Our Fees include the consultation beforehand, school choice, assistance with all paperwork and visa application, preparation for time abroad. Pick up on arrival. Transfer to family or domestic flight depending on destination and support during entire stay in New Zealand for student and family. Airport drop off or check in support in Auckland for departure to home country depending on departure situation. We also offer orientation and farewell camps for our students on arrival and departure. Health Insurance is compulsory and can be taken out through StudyNZ with Unicare under our Master policy