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
The home-based showcase concert was a great back-to-the-future move this year, bringing the community into our process at the time of energetic creation. The effort put into the House Dances this year was amazing. All four houses put up a piece to be proud of. There...
“Last Thursday we flew to Wellington to give a presentation about de-creation, along with Mr Etchells and groups from eight other Catholic schools across our Archdiocese. Our presentation was about five minutes long and went really well. We listened carefully to the...
On Wednesday, 12th June 76 students travelled to Picton for the annual sports exchange with Queen Charlotte College. The Garin teams arrived to a cloudy but fine day and gave it their all when they took to the court or sports field. Garin won the exchange by a nose,...
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.