International Student Information

Welcome to the Sacred Heart College International Students information section. We invite you to join us as part of our school community and family. International Students contribute positively to the learning environment and provide a valuable cultural mix for our school.

Watch our video and check our International Students Facebook page.

Founded in 1903, Sacred Heart College is one of New Zealand's leading Catholic boys' schools offering an all-round education from Years 7-13. The College is a day and boarding school with more than 100 years of Marist tradition that upholds the values of its founder St Marcellin Champagnat. The College has a roll of approximately 1280 students, who come from diverse economic, geographic and ethnic backgrounds. This includes 70 International Students. Old Boys of Sacred Heart are numbered among New Zealand's top musicians, academics, artists, sportsmen, as well as religious and civil leaders. These include Sir Anand Satyanand - former Governor-General of New Zealand, Sean Fitzpatrick - former All Black Captain, and Dan Davin - author and Rhodes Scholar.

Location and Facilities


Located on a magnificent site of 22 hectares of park-like grounds, Sacred Heart College is 20 minutes' drive from the centre of New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland. The College is equipped with impressive facilities which include nine sports fields, six teaching buildings, a state of the art technology block, three heated swimming pools, a large gymnasium, modern computer laboratories, and a comprehensive library. A 1500-seat auditorium enables the whole school to gather together as one for assemblies, concerts and prize-givings. A new Performing Arts Centre was completed in early 2017 and is widely used for music, drama and performing arts activities.

Outstanding Education
Since its founding, Sacred Heart College has built an outstanding tradition of success in academic, sport, art and cultural activities.

  • NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 pass rates are consistently among the highest nationally for boys' schools
  • University Entry rates consistently around 80%
  • A large number of students gain NCEA scholarships each year in their chosen subjects
  • A strong pastoral care system in the school, therefore our students are well looked after
  • Our students achieve great results in sport, cultural activities and music.

Sacred Heart College has had many years of experience hosting International Students from all over the world. The College is a signatory to the Code of Practice for International Students and takes the welfare and education of their students very seriously. The number of International Students is small which enables students to be readily integrated into College life.

The Special Character of Sacred Heart College
Sacred Heart College is a Catholic school in the Marist and Champagnat tradition. Its spiritual or religious life is central to everything that happens at the College. International students, as with all students in the College whether they are of the Catholic faith or not, participate fully in all religious observances through maintaining a quiet, dignified and respectful manner.

A Marist and Champagnat school is one that draws much of its character from the spirit and traditions of St Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers. The Marist Brothers founded the College in 1903, today, the staff continue the work they began.