Now in its 100th year, St Cuthbert’s College is New Zealand’s leading girls’ school with a roll of 1,400 students aged from 5 to 18 years, 125 of whom are Boarders. The College was founded in the Presbyterian tradition and today is Christian, non-denominational in its approach. St Cuthbert’s has a rich history of educating generations of women who have gone on to succeed in their chosen careers, and our academic results in the external NCEA and IB qualifications have topped national polls for the past 10 years. Past students of St Cuthbert’s are known for maintaining their school friendships throughout their lives and the Old Girls’ Association is a strong supporter of the College. Nurturing confident, compassionate and resilient girls is at the heart of the St Cuthbert’s College philosophy. We don’t simply develop your daughter’s academic abilities, we grow her sense of self with exposure to many and varied opportunities from sport and music to dance, drama and community values projects. A St Cuthbert’s girl leaves the College at Year 13 knowing herself and ready to change the world. She has the College motto – By Love Serve – printed on her heart, with a passion to do her best by herself and others. The College has an extensive pastoral care network to give guidance and support to our girls during their teenage years. Our vertical form system pairs girls with their Tutor Teachers and House Deans for the entire five years of high school, allowing greater understanding between staff and students and the ability to identify any issues our girls may be dealing with, both inside and outside of school, early on. Outside of the classroom our sports teams demonstrate great talent and a fair play attitude. We have a number of elite sportswomen in the College, who we take great pride in supporting as they compete at national and international levels. The College also supports a number of musical endeavours from classical to contemporary and our students excel in competition each year, as well as achieving in other types of performance such as the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, Stage Challenge and Polyfest.
Students at the College have a choice of qualifications at the upper secondary level, either the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Levels 2 and 3 or the IB Diploma Programme. The College selected the The International Baccalaureate qualification because it strongly supports our goal for our teaching and learning programmes: to develop students into successful, autonomous, independent learners who are able to think critically, caringly and creatively. In addition to this, its philosophy aligns closely with the values and beliefs articulated in our College Compass. With increasing numbers of our students seeking entrance to international universities we must ensure that we offer a world class education- one that embodies the multidimensional nature of the College and its mission, which is to create remarkable futures for our young women. Subjects offered in the IB Diploma Programme are: GROUP 1: Languages A1 - English HL/SL GROUP 2: Learned Language - French HL/SL Spanish HL/SL Latin HL/SL French ab initio Mandarin ab initio GROUP 3: Individuals & Societies - Economics HL/SL Geography HL/SL History HL/SL Environmental Systems and Societies SL GROUP 4: Experimental Sciences - Biology HL/SL Chemistry HL/SL Physics HL/SL Environmental Systems and Societies GROUP 5: Mathematics - Mathematics HL/SL Mathematics Studies SL GROUP 6: The Arts - Music HL/SL Theatre Arts HL/SL Visual Arts HL/SL