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The Benefits of Co-education

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"St Andrew's is in a unique position - the only co-educational, Independent School in the South Island - and co-education is exciting and supportive and inspiring and natural and real." - Christine Leighton, Rector.


In 2016 St Andrew's proudly celebrates 25 years of co-education.

  • Co-educational schools better reflect the diversity of our society;
  • They better prepare students to succeed in post-Secondary education and to eventually enter the workforce;
  • Students at independent co-educational schools feel comfortable about who they are and have a healthy and positive attitude and self-image;
  • Most students in co-educational schools indicate,"it is easy for students at my school to find a group that they fit in with";
  • Students in co-educational schools are more likely to feel safe in their school environment;
  • Research shows students in co-educational schools grow to be confident expressing their views in the presence of members of the opposite sex;
  • Collaboration between the sexes in the classroom helps develop confidence in students and they excel at university and beyond as leaders;
  • Girls at single-sex schools are no more likely than those at co-educational schools to participate in class discussion;
  • Girls' perceptions of their abilities in maths and science are nearly identical, whether they attend single-sex or co-educational schools;
  • Working together in the classroom and on homework assignments provides boys and girls the opportunity to learn from each other intellectually, as well as socially;
  • Teachers in co-educational schools recognise that some gender differences in learning do exisit and are skilled in catering for diverse learning needs in the classroom;
  • In a co-educational learning environment, students are exposed to both male and female role models in staff and senior students;
  • The ancient greek philosopher, Plato, said that co-education creates a feeling of comradeship - he advocated the teaching of both the male and female sexes in the same institution without showing any discrimination in imparting education;
  • "There are no overriding advantages for single-sex schools on educational grounds. Studies all over the world have failed to detect any major differences." - Professor Alan Smithers, director of education and employment research at the University of Buckingham;
  • For both girls and boys, co-education provides a more realistic way of training young people to take their places naturally in the wider community of men and women: it helps to break down the misconceptions of each sex about the other and provides an excellent foundation for the development of realistic, meaningful and lasting relationships in later life.

Centennial Chapel Update

The new St Andrew’s College Chapel will be at the heart of the College community - a place of worship, celebration, inspiration and gathering throughout our lives. The Chapel will embody the values, history, traditions and future aspirations of the College. It will commemorate the men and women whose lives were given in service, to community and to country. A place of contemplative beauty, the Chapel and its garden will be a serene island that anchors the College community. A window to St Andrew’s College, the Chapel will welcome members of the College and extended community to a school founded on Truth, Excellence and Faith. While preserving all the important aspects of our past, our new Chapel will look to the future and provide inspiration and opportunity for those yet to come.

Regulus Magazine

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The Rector's magazine, Regulus, is an important part of the College’s communication with our whole-school community.

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