Financial costs and donations to your child’s education

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whānau

The Education Act 1989 gives the right to free enrolment and free education in New Zealand for every New Zealand resident from the age of 5 to 18 years.

Unfortunately, the funding received by schools only provides for the very basic curriculum delivery. We pride ourselves by offering enhanced learning opportunities for all students, but to make this happen we rely on your contributions. These contributions are outlined in the school course/options booklet and are on the stationery lists.

Your donation can be claimed annually as a tax credit using the Inland Revenue form IR526. The college will provide you with a contribution statement in April each year. We strongly encourage you to claim the 33% tax rebate for your donation to the education of your child.




Purchase own basic stationery

Course Costs

All costs associated with courses held at Garin College can be found on our website. There is a mixture of voluntary and optional charges and the total cost depends on the subject selection. In short these are estimated as follows per year level:

Year 9 – $120-150

Year 10 – $200

Year 11 – $250

Year 12 – $250

Year 13 – $250

Attendance Dues to Archdiocese of Wellington (compulsory fees)

$1,092.00 for the 2022 year. These are payable to the ADW and not to the college.


Costs will depend on the availability of appropriately sized second-hand items and may vary from $250 to $500.

Journey Programme camp

Approx. $270-$320, depending on the year level.

Garin Express

This is a private bus service that carries students from Hira to Garin College: $831 per year or $217 for terms 1-3 & $180 for term 4 

Boarding Fees 2022

$14,640 per boarder, plus $120 per term for van usage per family.

The school requests the following donations from the parent community:

Curricular Donation (Parent Partnership) $100 per individual or $150 per family (used to fund various curricular based activities at the school)

Club Garin Trust Donations $15 per term or $60 for the year (collected on behalf of the Trust which helps support extra-curricular student activities in sport, service or the arts)

Garin College Education Trust Donations $150 per individual and $175 per family (the Trust has requested that donations be collected on its behalf to fund minor capital improvements, fund capital items, and enhancements for the benefit of our students here at Garin College)

Scholarships available include:

– CSB fee rebate – application form available from the student office

– Garin College Education Trust – application form available online at www.garincollege.ac.nz

Financial Hardship

Sometimes family circumstances change. If you find yourself unable to contribute to the costs above, please come in and talk to either: Business Manager or a  member of our Senior Leadership Team. The College can access funds and trusts to support families in need.