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Garin College a state-integrated Catholic, co-education College opened in 2002.  The Archbishop of Wellington, Paul Martin, is Garin’s Patron and Proprietor. 

Garin College is committed to educating the whole person to strive for excellence inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ and Catholic tradition. 

The College takes its name from Antoine Marie Garin, who was a French Catholic Marist Priest, missionary and educationalist. Father Garin came to New Zealand in 1841 and for the next 40 years, through Fr Garin’s faith and inspirational leadership he established education, churches and faith community in the Top of the South. 

We celebrate and are inspired by our house patrons, Susanne Aubert, Euphraise Barbier, Catherine McCauley and St Mary McKillop, who served in the community, the poor and underprivileged through compassion, care and education. 

Our College Values are founded on the teachings of Christ in the Gospels underpin the relationships we aspire to where the dignity of all is upheld:  Generosity (Service and Community), Aroha (Love and Compassion), Rangimarie (Peace, Respect and Dignity), Integrity (Truth and Justice), New Life (Hope, Forgiveness and Reconciliation )

The Religious Education curriculum provides learning for all students from Year 9 to Year 13 and focuses on developing their understanding and how faith can be part of their lives. Within our curriculum we deeply examine the understanding that all people of Aotearoa are responsible for promoting the rights and culture of the tangata whenua and to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Tikanga Maori and Maori spirituality is actively explored in our teaching and learning programmes. 

Our Vision is for our graduate students will be Christ-centered people of faith who action this through love and wisdom within their community.