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Kavanagh College


Kavanagh College

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Kavanagh College
340 Rattray Street
Dunedin Central

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+64 03 477 3408

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Kavanagh College is one of Otago's leading achievers in co-educational secondary school education. We are a modern, diverse and multicultural Catholic high school, located in the centre of the University city, Dunedin. For the last 30 years we have run a strong international programme which hosts students from over ten countries. Our international students are an integrated part of our school community and our host families ensure our students are happy and settled. Sport and culture also form a major part of school life, ensuring our students experience the best that a New Zealand education has to offer.


We offer an internationally recognised comprehensive programme with over 40 options. Students can choose from a wide variety of subjects, including Sciences and Agribusiness, Commerce, Social Sciences , Dance, Drama and Music, ESOL and Languages, Photography and a variety of Technology subjects such as Mechanical Engineering, Carpentry, Textile Design and Digital Technology. All are delivered in modern and spacious learning environments. 

The success rate for Kavanagh College students is consistently high, with Excellence endorsements well above the decile 8-10 NZ average at all NCEA levels. 

Teaching and learning is conducted in modern facilities which include computer suites, laboratories, library, building and engineering facilities, a hospitality kitchen, fabric design suite, performing arts suite, music studios and an auditorium. For physical pursuits we offer a gymnasium with a full size basketball court, weights room and tennis courts.  The school is also 5 minutes away from an Olympic sized swimming pool, bowling greens, golf courses and the harbour for water sports.


Kavanagh College makes student welfare its highest priority. Our international students live within well selected, police vetted homestay families, so that they experience being a valued part of a New Zealand home. Our Homestay Coordinator ensures that students have 24/7 support and that their homestay accommodation is safe, warm and comfortable. She has a close relationship with our homestay families and visits them regularly, so that we can be sure that students are well cared for.

International Student Support

The Director of International Students, Homestay Coordinator and ESOL department all take an active role in the support of International Students.  In addition, we have two school counsellors, and we also have access to same language support as we work closely with the University of Otago.

Extra-curricular activities

Kavanagh College offers a range of outdoor and experience opportunities including but not limited to:

  • Y 13 Geography field trip to Queenstown
  • School Production and Musical Performances

  • Formal/Prom for Year 12 and Y13

  • Ski Trips and Outdoor Activities, including Duke of Edinburgh Award

  • Sports such as Basketball, Handball, Curling, Badminton, Football, Rowing and others

  • Marae Visits, Hapa Haka and Pacific Performance

  • Camps and Hiking

  • Regular social events for International Students, including a welcome and farewell party

  • International student summer program for students not sitting NCEA (as required)

Key information

  • Male and Female

    Male and Female

  • 700

    Total number of students

  • 30

    International students

  • Otago Region

    Otago Region


  • School features
  • Academic guidance
  • Accommodation advisory service
  • Banking facilities on campus
  • Career guidance
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services
  • WIFI on campus
  • Accommodation options
  • Boarding hostel
  • Halls of Residence
  • Homestay
  • Onsite apartments
  • Religious Facilities (on-site)
  • Chapel
  • Mosque
  • Multi-faith
  • Muslim Prayer Space
  • Synagogue
  • Temple

More about Kavanagh College

  • Outdoor Experiences

    Outdoor Experiences

  • Supportive Learning Environment

    Supportive Learning Environment

  • ESOL Class

    ESOL Class

  • School Musical 2021

    School Musical 2021

  • Welcome


  • Kavanagh College

    Kavanagh College

  • Kavanagh College Students

    Kavanagh College Students

  • Kavanagh College Students

    Kavanagh College Students

  • Kavanagh College Students

    Kavanagh College Students

  • Lifestyle


  • Students Learning

    Students Learning

  • Building


Kavanagh College is the only Catholic high school in the city of Dunedin and consequently places at the College are sought after.  We are situated on the hills overlooking the city centre and Otago harbour.  Our buildings are modern and only 5 minutes away from an Olympic sized swimming pool, bowling greens, golf courses and the harbour for water sports.

We are a school with excellent academic, sporting and cultural results.  Studying at Kavanagh provides you an excellent pathway to Universities around the world.  We have a wide subject choice and religious studies is not compulsory for you.

Dunedin is a university city and welcomes students from all over the world.  Dunedin is only 3-4 hours’ drive from Queenstown, known as the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Quotes from international students:

‘In NZ you get to choose the subject you want.  In the classroom we get a clear understanding of what’s being taught because the class is quite small and the teacher and students can interact with each other easily’.

‘My homestay and my friends make me happy all the time that’s why it’s easy to stay in New Zealand.  I have lots of experience from here and that’s very good for my future’.


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