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Preparatory School

Kura Whakataka

“It’s important we develop our children to become strong learners in their own right – that they have the highest level of EQ. This is fostered through diversity in every classroom. We want to have a mix of learning abilities and styles, and boys and girls together. Anything which challenges personal development is encouraged, as this leads to increased confidence.”
Jonathan Bierwirth, Principal of Preparatory School

Life at St Andrew’s College Preparatory School is engaging, creative, innovative and above all a happy experience for students in Years 1–8. They are welcomed into a vibrant co-educational community, are supported by excellent teachers and enjoy a well-resourced environment. Learning is engaging and meaningful for our students. As well as growing knowledge, we place a strong emphasis on developing key learning skills, strategies and understanding. The aim of our student-centred approach is to foster and grow independent learners and responsible individuals as they acquire the values, skills and confidence required to transition to Secondary School and a lifetime of learning.

In 2012, we opened our future-focused Preparatory School Learning Centre for Years 4–8 students, with teaching and learning spaces incorporating a spacious, flexible environment for social and academic development. Specialist facilities for art, music, drama, dance, science, food technology, speech and drama, music tuition, and learning support are other features of our exciting Learning Centre.

A new high-spec Junior School with bespoke playgrounds for Year 1–3 students opened at the start of 2018. These facilities provide a wonderful environment for learning and include a discovery type room for art, cooking and other activities.

For further information please contact the Assistant to the Principal, Charlotte McCaughey-Chapman on or +64 3 940 2017.