A SCHOOL OF
CATHOLIC SPECIAL CHARACTER
WE EMBRACE OUR
RICH NEW ZEALAND CULTURE
WE ASPIRE TO
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
NAU MAI, HAERE MAI, WELCOME TO GARIN COLLEGE
At Garin College you will find a safe environment for personal expression and growth. You can look forward to a holistic education experience that will encourage your personal character development, as well as excellence in academic performance.
We welcome you to engage with Garin College and learn more about our values. Feel free to download a prospectus, or get in touch with us for more information.
John Maguire – Principal
Over the weekend, two Garin teams competed in the National NZAquaBot Challenge at the Richmond Pool. The Year 9 team, composed of Malika Rai, Eva Doak, Jessie Edmondson, and Wren Brudvik-Linder built an underwater robot and designed it to pick up various Pasifika...
We celebrated our End of Year College Mass where we celebrated the achievements of all our learners and those who will be leaving at the end of 2019. The celebration was filled with a focus on the call for Garinians to go out to the world as told by Jesus in Luke 9:1...
In 2019 the Year 12 Journey was held at Canaan Downs on the top of the Takaka Hill because in 2018 as year 11 students we were unable to complete this section of the journey programme due to the major slips that wiped out the road to Golden Bay. It was an exciting...
Why Choose Garin
Garin College facilitates an atmosphere where students and staff develop deep relationships built on trust, mutual respect and support for one another. We cultivate a safe environment where students are taught to care for one another and accept those who are different. At Garin College, it’s OK to make mistakes and we foster an environment where restoration and reconciliation are actively encouraged.
Catholic Special Character
Garin College is a school with a unique focus on faith and character. We believe our Creator made each individual and as educators in a Catholic school, we work with our Creator to help young people become the fully formed adults they were created to be. Garin College works hard in the formation of young people as responsible and principled citizens whose lives are based on the teachings of Jesus. We foster a holistic approach to learning, character growth and development in all areas of life. This means we educate the whole person God created: academic, physical, spiritual, emotional, moral and creative.
Excellence in Education
At Garin College, each student is encouraged to develop all of their gifts and talents – but we are particularly proud of our academic successes. Our students consistently deliver strong academic performance across all subject disciplines. We actively encourage students to apply themselves diligently and reach their full potential.
Our modern architecture creates a positive atmosphere that is conducive to positive learning. Garin College provides a bright, open and spacious layout that feels safe and inviting.
Rich New Zealand Culture
Garin College honours the rich New Zealand culture that is a part of our heritage. We provide extensive opportunities for students to study Kapa Haka (Māori performing arts), which is a key part of our identity as New Zealanders. Students also have the opportunity to create beautiful Mahi Toi (art), study Te Reo Māori (Māori language) and develop an understanding of the rich Māori culture. Garin College provides opportunities for students to experience the rich beauty of the New Zealand scenery in the surrounding region with our extensive outdoor education programs. Garin College is located in the heart of The Nelson Tasman region and is a jumping off point to the stunning natural landscapes in the area. There is easy access to beaches, mountains, rivers and lakes in the surrounding area and we facilitate opportunities for students to access the amazing beauty of these landscapes.