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St Catherine's College, Wellington

Secondary (Years 9-13, approx age 13-17)

St Catherine's College was establised in 1950 by the Sisters of Mercy and sits on the Kilbirnie Hills with views of Wellington harbour and Cook Strait. St Catherine's College is committed to offering a quality education, rich in traditional values, without compromising modern educational advantages. The school offers the latest in educational technology and a wide ranges of subject choices enabling students to develop intellectually and socially in a secure and caring environment. St Catherine's College has completed an extensive rebuilding programme and upgrading of the new building named as Te Atawhai which means "Mercy". Te Atawhai provides spaces which allow teachers and students to work efficiently and closely and also is a hub for social life at school. St Catherine's College achieves excellent academic results year after year in NCEA exams and receives several scholarships as well. International Students have enjoyed the quality of education and friendly and caring environment our Mercy tradition offers for almost 20 years. They return to their home countries with confidence and self respect and they send wonderful news about their achievements there. 

Contact St Catherine's College, Wellington
Physical address

14 Upper Bourke St, Kilbirnie
6241 Wellington
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Phone numbers

64 4 939 8988

  • Number of students: 220
  • Number of international students: 8
  • Females only

Qualifications available

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

  • Career guidance
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus


  • Homestay

Religious Facilities (on-site)

  • Muslim Prayer Space

Religious Clubs

  • Catholic

St Catherine's College has completed an extensive rebuilding programme which offer educational and social spaces for school community. The College offers up-to-date Computer suite for digital art and photography and are proud to be able to offer three more computer rooms. Well stocked library offers with easy computer access. The new building block, Te Atawhai offers classrooms with modern technology equipment and it's studio 2 upstairs is a special space for Year 12 and Year 13 students. International students are important part of our cultural community and they participate a variety of extra curricular activities as well and they enrich the College community.

Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington was recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet.

Nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills, New Zealand's capital city is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty.

Things to do

Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner-city beach and delve into the many museums, art galleries and theatre shows that make up the city’s pulsing cultural scene. If you’re into the outdoors, Wellington has action-packed adventure activities like mountain biking and sea-water kayaking, as well as beautiful walks around the harbor and surrounding hills. Try the visually stunning Makara Peak track, as well as the City to Sea walk where you can experience the best of Wellington's waterfront. Ride the cable car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city and enjoy an ice cream at the top.

On the waterfront itself you’ll find Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand’s national museum. Te Papa, as it’s colloquially known, means ‘our place’ and is one of the best interactive museums in the world.

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The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy

A must for any Lord of The Rings fan, Wellington is home to Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop and the Weta Cave, where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at movie making magic. It’s also a great base for day tours to experience “Middle-earth” scenery.

Close to Wellington

If you want to visit the South Island, Wellington is the city where you can board the inter-island ferry with or without a car. This 3 hour ferry ride offers daily services and is one of the most spectacular in the world. Leaving regularly from Wellington, the ferry takes passengers past the magnificent scenery of the Marlborough Sounds, before berthing in the picturesque town of Picton at the top of the South Island.

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

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Main centres: 



Kapiti Island, Levin, Lower Hutt, Otaki, Paraparaumu, Porirua, Upper Hutt, Waikanae

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