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Our School

PrincipalWe are a Catholic secondary school integrated into the New Zealand State School system, for day students and up to 56 borders. We were founded in 2002 – so we are truly a twenty-first century school. This year we have 520 students and 44 international students from Japan, Hong Kong, France, China, Germany, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea.

The following fast facts provide more information about us.

Garin College is a decile 8 school.

We are located in Nelson, in the top-of-the-South Island.

We see ourselves as a community school, and take pride in the way we include students and look after them.

Our students achieve very well academically and in a wide range of other areas.

We are passionate about the education of the “whole person” Our students are active in sports, arts activities, leadership, learning support, and Christian service:

Sports: netball, rugby, soccer, basketball, hockey, cricket, tennis, aerobics, triathlon, skiing, athletics, swimming, cross country running, badminton, volleyball, tramping, rhythmic gymnastics, rock climbing, rowing, touch rugby, equestrian.

The Arts: public speaking, Shakespeare, dance, debating, theatre sports, drama, choirs, instrumental music, bands.

Christian Service: we have many opportunities for service including raising money to support people in need around the world, helping people in our school and community, and leadership in the school.

The Journey: all students take part in a camp each year to test themselves in a new environment, to experience the beauty of Nelson’s natural environment, and to learn more about themselves.

Facilities: five fully equipped Science labs, two fully equipped computer rooms, internet and e-mail access for students (every student has an email address), computer access in every classroom, a workshop and technology suite, music/dance/drama rooms, art room, playing fields, outdoor courts with astroturf, gymnasium with a climbing wall and stadium seating for 300, a library.

Location: Richmond in the Nelson province of New Zealand. We are 10 minutes from the Nelson City airport, and 10 minutes from the beach.

5 minutes from shopping in New Zealand’s fastest growing residential town, Richmond (and 15 minutes from the Nelson City shopping centre) and just an hour from New Zealand’s most spectacular National Park: Abel Tasman National Park, and, an hour from ski field.

Our climate is wonderful – we normally lead New Zealand in sunshine hours – and the region is known for our forests, seafood and wine industries.

For Parent summary of our last ERO report please click 2017 ERO report link to go in here when it has been confirmed.


Garin College is located in the town of Richmond and a convenient 10 minute drive from Nelson airport.

Richmond is in the Nelson/Tasman region at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island.
Our region is a vibrant and sought-after location where we offer a relaxed lifestyle and an excellent education in a safe and family friendly environment.

Richmond town has a population of 15,000 people and 60,000 people live in the surrounding area. The city of Nelson is a 15 minute drive down the road and has a population of around 45,000 people.

Here in the Nelson Tasman area we are blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate, and we experience some of the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand.

Climate Average high temp Average low temp Rainfall*
  °C °F °C °F Average Rain Days per Month
Summer Dec – Feb 22 72 13 55 7
Autumn Mar – May 18 62 9 48 7
Winter Jun – Aug 13 55 3 37 8
Spring Sep – Nov 17 63 8 46 9

The Nelson/Tasman region is also home to some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world, and because of its awesome outdoor opportunities, gourmet food, world-class wines and sophisticated arts, many people choose to live and study in the region.

It offers a seductive blend of relaxed kiwi lifestyle, a safe and positive environment, world-class scenery, year-round favourable climate and a central New Zealand location.

Richmond has everything you need – a shopping mall, restaurants, Aquatic Centre, Library and Sports Clubs all within walking distance of your homestay and Garin College. Close by you will find beaches, mountains, lakes, rivers, farms and vineyards.

But it’s the people make Nelson Tasman the appealing region it really is. Family values and a strong sense of local community underpin day-to-day life in the region. We value our history and tradition, but we also welcome newcomers and the rich diversity they bring to our lives.

For more information about our region, go visit

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