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Garin College

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

“Small School Big Heart”

We offer a top quality education in a safe and supportive family environment.  We believe everyone has a gift and there is something special about all our students.  Everyone knows our international students, why they are here and what they want to achieve.  International students have every opportunity to improve their English and mix with local students.  We limit the number of students from the same country.  Garin College has excellent academic results and is strong and supportive of the Arts.   Our graduates attend universities and work all over the world.  Their careers include embassy staff, government employees, doctors, teachers, IT programmers and private business people.

Contact Garin College
Physical address

35 Champion Road, Richmond
7020 Nelson
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Phone numbers

+64 3 5439498

  • Number of students: 480
  • Number of international students: 25
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

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


  • Boarding hostel
  • Homestay

Religious Clubs

  • Catholic

Garin College is modern and colourful with a lot of natural light in all our classrooms. Facilities include large grounds, 5 Science Laboratories, Technology Centre, Performing Arts Centre and Gymnasium with rock climbing wall, internal stadium seating and full size basketball court. There are tennis courts, soccer field, rugby field, a cafeteria and a Sacred Space in the library for quiet reflection. All teaching and learning uses the internet and cloud technology.


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