We offer an extensive range of academic subjects and a choice of qualification pathways to prepare our young men and women for tertiary education and beyond.

Principal - Senior College. Suzanne Winthrop MEd Mgt (Hons), BA, NCB, DipTchg

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The Senior College was established as a separate College on the Saint Kentigern Pakuranga campus in 2017, to recognise and provide clear direction and focus on the education of our Senior College young men and women in Years 11, 12 and 13 and I am honoured to be its first Principal.

In the Senior College years alongside inspiring academic excellence we focus on developing attributes such as resilience, independence of thought, problem solving and being a team player.  These are skills I believe are essential for young people to thrive in life after school. Our academic, service, student wellbeing and co-curricular programmes are designed to fully prepare our students for the complexity of the global experience that awaits them beyond our gates.

As educators, we know that ‘one size never fits all’ and so we offer both the New Zealand qualification, NCEA and the International Baccalaureate Diploma qualifications. This means students can have the choice of whichever programme best suits their personal learning style and aspirations. Either choice provides pathways to both New Zealand and International universities.  I am heartened by the fact that year on year an average of 91% of all our students attain New Zealand university entrance and may also go on to Australian and other top overseas Universities.

In parallel with this, our service programme and Christian Education classes begin from the moment students enrol in our school community and are an essential and fully integrated part of the Senior College programme. The values and ethos of Saint Kentigern encourage students to think of others before themselves and explore meaningful and effective ways of giving back to the community. Our commitment is to causes that support children in New Zealand and in the rest of the world who are much less fortunate than our students, to contribute to a better future for them. Our hope is that our students will continue to contribute in this way into the future.

We provide an unrivalled choice of sporting, arts and music opportunities. They inspire and motivate people to join in with their friends and peers and are a fun, challenging and essential part of a complete and fulfilling education. Our Senior College students have the chance to test themselves against the best which has resulted in numerous local, regional and national titles in all disciplines.

We find that when a student is happy to be at school their learning experience is enhanced. Our research tells us that feeling a sense of belonging through developing strong, trusting relationships with both their peers and teachers as well as feeling a sense of achievement are key elements which contribute to their happiness. The teaching and coaching they receive from our top quality team of teachers encourages them to take responsibility for their learning and to aspire to achieve their personal best.

The Vision of Saint Kentigern is that “Our Graduates will serve and lead with distinction” and I am confident that our students leave Saint Kentigern Senior College with an exemplary education and a genuine desire to make a positive contribution as citizens of the world. 

Please book one of our College Campus Tours to see first-hand, life at Saint Kentigern Senior College



Mrs Suzanne Winthrop MEd Mgt (Hons), BA, NCB, DipTchg

Principal - Senior College

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