Saint Kentigern has a long and proud history of excellence in education. Originally established in 1953 to provide education for boys based on the precepts of the Presbyterian Church, the College in Pakuranga, followed six years later by and the Boys’ School in Remuera, quickly confirmed their place amongst the best independent schools in New Zealand.
The introduction of girls to the College campus in 2003 marked the start of a new era for Saint Kentigern and a new educational model. Saint Kentigern is one of only two schools in New Zealand which offers the very successful parallel education method of teaching and learning. In recognition that boys and girls have different learning needs during their formative years, parallel education sees our girls and boys taught in separate classes for all core subjects up until Year 11 when they enter a co-educational setting to prepare them for tertiary study and beyond. Ten years on and few can doubt the benefits of this structure in preparing our young men and women to become the very best they can be.
In more recent years, the merger with the Corran Trust Board in 2009 saw Saint Kentigern open an all girls’ primary school in Remuera as a sister school to the long established all boys’ primary school. As a natural extension, a Preschool for boys and girls was opened in 2010 on the Girls’ School campus completing the educational pathway for Saint Kentigern families.
Over the course of 60 years, the Saint Kentigern community has remained deeply respectful of its heritage, staying true to its founding Christian principles and Scottish heritage. In 2012 a Framework for the Future 2012–2016 was formed to unify the schools with a shared Vision, Mission, and Values.
‘The Mission of the Saint Kentigern Trust Board is to provide education which inspires students to strive for excellence in all areas of life for the glory of God and the service of others.’
The Mission Statement commits us to fostering a caring school environment where the potential of each and every student is realised to the full, and service to others is considered ahead of personal gain. The involvement of parents and families in many aspects of school life, including Chapel services, social gatherings and class and school events, is a vital part of the Saint Kentigern experience.
‘Our Graduates will Serve and Lead with Distinction.’
A Saint Kentigern education runs much deeper than the acquisition of curriculum specific knowledge. Throughout everything they undertake, our students are encouraged to offer support and leadership to their peers and the younger students who follow in their footsteps. Service takes many forms and does not always have to be about big issues; it can be acts of kindness, consideration and compassion in the classroom, in the playground, on the sports field or at home. These little acts of service encouraged at an early age build a foundation for moral reasoning later in life. One of the measures of success for all our boys and girls is the extent to which they have made a positive contribution to their school and the wider community.
Respect Integrity Service Excellence Love
Values education has long been synonymous with The Saint Kentigern Way, a code of care and respect that all our students and staff are encouraged to adopt in every facet of their daily lives, both during the school day and at home. These core values provide a starting point for our students to explore many other essential values such as compassion, courage, determination, loyalty, justice and tolerance that are discussed and practised during the year.
Across all three campuses, Chapel Services, our well established Christian Education programmes and assemblies provide key opportunities for all our students from Preschool to Year 13 to unpack each value and explore how they relate to our daily lives and those of others — who we are, who we would like to be, who we should be.