Saint Kentigern College is an Independent Presbyterian day and boarding school offering the best private education to girls and boys in Years 7 – 13.
Located on a large and attractive campus in the suburb of Pakuranga, the College is 16 kilometres away from the centre of Auckland, New Zealand. Our students enjoy a park-like setting bordering the waters of the Tamaki Estuary, with extensive playing fields and world class learning facilities. Our boarders enjoy some of the best boarding house ‘real estate’ in Auckland with superb views of the estuary and easy access to many of the College’s superb facilities.
Our innovative Middle College ‘parallel education’ structure offers the best of both worlds to Years 7 – 10 students where boys and girls are taught separately, while Senior College (Years 11–13) students work in a co-educational setting.
The IB Diploma programme emphasises high academic standards in the mandatory areas of literature, a second language, mathematics, humanities and science. Academic excellence is coupled with an emphasis on personal development in areas such as research, philosophy and social awareness. The IB Diploma programme is aimed at average to good students with a strong work ethic: it is not an elitist qualification but its rigorous standards and sizeable workloads do require a great deal of commitment, organisation and initiative. IB Diploma students take six subjects of which three subjects are studied in depth at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). In addition, the programme has three compulsory course requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding. This requires students to complete a course in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), write a 4000 word Extended Essay (EE) and participate in a number of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) projects. IB Diploma subjects are assessed by a combination of continuous coursework and external examinations at the end of the two year programme. At Saint Kentigern College, three subjects are studied at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. Higher Level courses represent 240 teaching hours Standard Level courses represent 150 teaching hours All three parts of the core: The Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action and Service are compulsory, and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma. The requirement to select a subject from each group ensures that the science-orientated student is challenged to learn a foreign language and the natural linguist becomes familiar with the scientific process. Whilst balance is maintained, flexibility is catered for with a student choosing Higher Level subjects to pursue areas of personal interest and to meet special requirements for university entrance.