St Mary's College

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St Mary’s College is a Catholic School for Girls from Years 7-13. It is the oldest girls’ school in New Zealand and is consistently one of the top academic performing schools in Auckland with a pass rate over 95% at each NCEA level. These pass rates outperform most state schools and rival private school education pass rates. It offers a broad and dynamic curriculum and a complete range of quality experiences to support and develop students to their potential. The school has 1000 students and 40 international students and prides itself on the level of personal care and academic support that results in students achieving the necessary qualifications to pursue pathways in tertiary education.


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Welcome to St Mary's College

3 reasons to choose our International Student Program

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An excellent, caring, girls school that features an extensive curriculum to experience lots of learning, world acclaimed music and art faculties and competitive sporting opportunities.

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With only 40 international students every student gets a high level of personal care and academic support resulting in students achieving and feeling settled in school life and happy in their homestay

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The College has a world renowned music school and offers a wide range of music ensembles for all levels including orchestras, chamber orchestras, concert bands, senior and junior choirs.

Offerings & Activities

School Facilities

St Mary's College has magnificent buildings and spacious grounds with extensive modern facilities including; computer and design suites, a gymnasium, state of the art science laboratories, a 30m swimming pool, music suites, a music performance hall, and tennis, netball and basketball courts.

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Subject Options

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Year 10

All Year 10 students study English, Math, Science, Religious Education, Social Studies, Health & Physical Education and THREE option subjects from below
Latin (numbers permitting)
Te Reo Maori (numbers permitting)
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Design & Visual Communication
Digital Technology
Fashion & Interior Design
Business Studies


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Year 11

All Year 11 students study English, Math, Science, Religious Education and THREE option subjects from below
Physical Education
Te Reo Maori
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Design & Visual Communication
Digital Technologies
Fashion & Interior Design
Computer Science: Coding


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Year 12

All Year 12 students study English and Religious Ed and FIVE subjects
Math and Statistics
Bio, Chem, Physics
Geo & History
Health & PE
Art & Painting
Art Design
History of Art
Classical Studies
Business Studies
Design & Visual Comm
Digital Tech
Fashion & Interior Design
Computer Science: Coding


Music / Performing Arts

The St Mary's College world renowned Music School is carrying on the tradition of excellence by providing many opportunities for students to learn a musical instrument or participate in choral singing.
The College offers a wide range of music ensembles including orchestras, chamber orchestras, concert bands, senior and junior choirs. More specialised ensembles are also available for students who are more experienced in playing their instrument. School music and drama productions provide opportunities for students to gain further confidence in stage presentation and public performance.

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St Mary's has a great sports focus with outdoor education camps, which aim to provide students with the opportunity to experience a range of exciting and challenging activities in the outdoors. Senior Physical Education students participate in an adventure-based learning programme which includes the challenging High Ropes Course in addition to various leadership and team building activities.

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Details & Facts

School Type: Day School

Gender: Girls

Qualifications: NCEA

Year Levels: 7-13

Religion: Catholic

St Mary’s College is founded in the Tradition of Mercy. The Mercy philosophy of education seeks to empower women and girls to be leaders in our society and to be advocates for social justice. We have a respectful and inclusive environment through a future focussed curriculum to make our students critical thinkers and future leaders.

Total Enrolment: 1000

Total international students year 9 - 13: 32

Program Established: 2002

International students accepted for: 9,  10,  11,  12,  13

Foreign Languages: French,  Latin,  Chinese,  Maori,  ESOL

Entrance Dates: Term 1/January,  Term 2/April,  Term 3/July,  Term 4/October

Length of stay: 1 Term,  2 Terms,  3 Terms,  4 Terms,  until graduation,  Short term study (1 to 8 weeks)

Application Deadlines: Rolling

Application Process: Enrolment Form,  School Reports,  Interview,  Entrance Examination,  Offer of Place,  Payment Receipt

Info: Accept online applications using ENROLLER



Location: North Island , City

Info: The College is located in one of Auckland's most safe and respectable suburbs, Ponsonby, in Central Auckland, a 10 minute walk to Auckland’s CBD/city centre. It offers a beautiful and spacious environment for students to learn with park-like surrounds and spectacular views overlooking Auckland City and the Waitemata Harbour. It has magnificent buildings and spacious grounds with extensive modern facilities.

Specialized Programs: Leadership,  Outdoor Education,  Trips,  other

Info: Service - Students are encouraged to take part in a number of opportunities to serve both our school and wider community.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award – this is offered to students in Year 10 to 13. Participants can progress through Bronze, Silver and Gold medals. Expeditions occur throughout the year. Students also work independently to complete the other components of the Award; Service, Skill and Physical Recreation.
Cultural Groups – these groups meet regularly and share language and customs with other students . Cultural richness and diversity are honoured and all nationalities are respected at St Mary’s.
Clubs – a wide variety of clubs aimed to have fun in the inclusive school spirit are offered

Accommodation: Homestay

Info: St Mary’s offers excellent homestay accommodation with a committed homestay manager who looks after all student accommodation. Most host families live in our local school community and nearly all have families have students who come to St Mary’s. Each homestay is reference checked and offers international students and their families in their home country comfort that they are being looked after and supported in a happy and safe home.

Student Services & Orientation & Counseling:

Student Support
Student support at St Mary’s College reflects the Mercy Spirit of being caring and kind to each other. There are school guidance counsellors and an international ambassador programme designed to integrate international students into the St Mary’s school life. Each international student gets the support and friendship of St Mary’s students in their classes and throughout their stay at the school, especially when they first start.

Term Dates 2020:

Term 2: 15.04.2020 - 03.07.2020

Term 3: 20.07.2020 - 25.09.2020

Term 4: 12.10.2020 - 11.12.2020


Our Fee Structure

1 Term (Term 1 or 2 or 3) NZD 8525 EUR 4821,83
2 Terms (Term 1 & 2 or 2 & 3 or 3 & 4) NZD 17050 EUR 9643,67
3 Terms (Term 1, 2, 3) NZD 25575 EUR 14465,50
4 Terms (Term 1, 2, 3, 4) NZD 34035 EUR 19250,57
4 Terms (Term 3, 4, 1, 2) NZD 28750 EUR 16261,31

Tuition Fees cover: Workbooks, homestay, administration, activities (sports and school run events)

Homestay Fees per week NZD 300.00 EUR 169,68

Please note that 1 term consists of approx. 10 weeks in school and host family. Moreover please take into account homestay fees during school breaks/holidays.

Additional Fees: Uniform $250.00 second hand. $500.00 New
Computer - Windows compatible (bring from home)
School bus transport approx $50 pw

Fees information available online:

Please calculate additional costs for
Airfare approx. Euro 1200 to Euro 1600
Visa approx. Euro 160
Pocket money approx. Euro 200 to 250/month
If applicable additional health/accident/third part liability insurance

Health Insurance: optional

We recommend Uni-Care

valid for school year 2019

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