St Paul's Collegiate School - Hamilton


Welcome to the September edition of Informer. We have prepared a new digital format of this publication so we hope you enjoy reading it online. You will also receive a hard copy in the post soon. We welcome your feedback on this new format.

We have a number of sporting and house celebration dinners in term four. Please keep checking our online term four calendar to ensure you don't miss any of these special occasions. 

 SAVE THE DATE - Grandparents Day for new families - Mon 5 Nov - 10am-1pm. 

We wish our students a safe and restful three weeks in preparation for their final year exams.


  1. Digital detoxing

    In June, the Lower House of the French parliament passed a law banning the use of mobile phones anywhere on school grounds from this ... Read more…
  2. Winners of Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Award

    One of the highlights of the school year, if not of the past decade, for our school was the national recognition St Paul’s Collegiate ... Read more…
  3. Craig Hardman receives award for service

    At the Independent Schools of New Zealand (ISNZ) annual conference held in Auckland in late June, one of our outstanding members of staff ... Read more…
  4. Beloved long-serving matron retires

    After 45 years of service at St Paul's, Mrs Bev McCarthy has retired from her role as Sargood matron. Read more…
  5. Board welcomes new trustee

    Mr Alastair Grigg joined the Waikato Anglican College Trust Board as a new board member in September 2018. Read more…
  6. Agribusiness students experience the ‘Crocodile Pit'

    Year 13 agribusiness students are put to the test when they are required to design a new agribusiness product or service, develop a ... Read more…
  7. ICAS Science competition results

    This year, St Paul’s had 51 students enter the ICAS Science competition, which is a one-hour multi-choice examination requiring students ... Read more…
  8. Students with good reports rewarded

    Each term students who have worked in an impressively diligent and determined manner over the past ten weeks are nominated by their ... Read more…
  9. Medal haul at global language competition

    Every year in May, students learning Te Reo Maori, Spanish or French have the opportunity to participate in an online vocabulary ... Read more…
  10. Sam Edwards reviews “Legally Blonde – The Musical”

    “Musical Theatre is a wonderfully complex collaborative process that is so productive that it has become a significant means of training ... Read more…
  11. A student’s reflection on Legally Blonde

    “When students reflect on their time at St Paul’s, it is almost certain that the first thing that comes to mind is not the English test ... Read more…
  12. Creativity was alive on Arts Day

    In 2018, it was decided to try a new format for two of the most well-received and popular inter-House events, by combining Arts Day with ... Read more…
  13. Huge talent displayed at “Good Vibrations” concert

    On Friday 10 August, the following St Paul’s students performed a very impressive musical showcase for family and friends, of the variety ... Read more…
  14. Medal haul for musicians at Waikato ITM Music Festival

    Friday 24 August saw 45 students from Year 9-13 load themselves, and over 20 different types of instrument, into vans and head out for the ... Read more…
  15. Junior student placed third in regional Te Reo Maori speech competition

    St Paul’s competed in the Ngaa Manu Koorero Waikato Regional Speech competition for the first time in its 53-year history and Year 9 ... Read more…
  16. Mooting skills displayed

    In term 2, three of our students entered the Waikato Schools’ Mooting competition Read more…
  17. Great performance at inaugural CNI Basketball Tournament

    On the final weekend in June, the St Paul’s Premier boys’ basketball team competed in the inaugural CNI Basketball Tournament held in ... Read more…
  18. Shooting for medals

    At the end of Term 2, the shooting team participated in this two-day event at the Waikato Gun Club. Read more…
  19. 1st XI Hockey vs Christchurch schools

    Over the July holiday break, the 1st XI hockey team travelled to Christchurch for two days of hockey against Canterbury schools. Read more…
  20. Pitu Hockey Tournament

    Three 1st XI hockey teams (from St Paul’s, Tauponui-a-Tia College and Whangarei Boys’ High School) played each other over the weekend of ... Read more…
  21. Girls win their hockey division

    St Paul's first XI Girls' Hockey team secure second Midlands -inter-secondary school division two title. Read more…
  22. Outstanding performances by St Paul’s duathlon contenders

    On Wednesday, 1st August, St Paul’s had three students participating in the Waikato/BOP Individuals Duathlon Championships held at the ... Read more…
  23. Squash teams compete in secondary schools champs

    From 3rd to 5th August, two boys and one girls’ team from St Paul’s attended the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Champs held in Palmerston ... Read more…
  24. Grace Watson in medal winning crew at Junior World Rowing Champs

    Grace Watson was selected to race in the Junior World Rowing Championships in Racice, Czechoslovkia in early August as a member of our ... Read more…
  25. U55Kg Gold end their rugby season on a high

    Building on the success of this team over the past six years was one of the main objectives for the boys. Read more…
  26. 1st XV take out CNI Rugby Competition

    The 2018 rugby season ended with the greatest win of all, champions of the CNI rugby competition. Read more…
  27. Who were this year's first XV rugby coaches?

    The talented team of Jed Rowlands and Cody Price helped deliver another season's win for our first XV rugby team in the CNI rugby ... Read more…
  28. Developing future athletes through tertiary partnership

    As the strength and conditioning trainer for the St Paul’s 1st XV rugby team, TJ Pieters is preparing these boys for sport beyond school ... Read more…
  29. Get2Go team takes out Waikato regional title

    A team of four St Paul's students who combined with four Waikato Dio students made up a Get2Go team, won the Waikato regional competition ... Read more…
  30. Talent amongst our hockey coaches

    Let us tell you a little bit about what talent we have in our first XI hockey coaching team. Read more…
  31. Nothing but netball at Mt Maunganui tournament

    On Sunday, 19 August, our Open A Netball team side travelled to Mt Maunganui to play in a pre-UNISS tournament. Read more…
  32. Basketball Caps awarded

    has played 50 games and is really starting to develop into a top class shooting guard. He would take every opportunity to improve. Every ... Read more…
  33. Boys' Hockey Caps awarded

    has played 56 caps for the 1st XI hockey side. A talented player, who displays excellent hand-eye coordination, Bennet is deceptively ... Read more…
  34. Girls' Hockey Caps awarded

    Three girls were awarded hockey caps for playing 50 or more games for the Girls’ 1st XI hockey team. Read more…
  35. Girls’ Lacrosse Cap

    is the founder of Lacrosse at St Paul’s, starting the sport in 2016 and playing more than 30 games for the school. In 2016, she captained ... Read more…
  36. Netball Caps

    Katie has been with the Open A team for the past two years and has been a dominant force in the defence end. Whether at Wing Defence or ... Read more…
  37. Rugby Caps

    (22 games for the 1st XV) has had a disruptive season this year due to injury, but his presence on the field and the leadership he shows, ... Read more…
  38. Football Caps

    – in his third season as a member of the 1st XI football squad, Jasom has developed into an essential figure within the team. He has ... Read more…
  39. Other Sporting Highlights

    On 8th July, the Waikato/Bay Area Judo Association hosted the National Secondary Schools’ Judo Championships at Aquinas College in ... Read more…
  40. Year 11 Service in Action

    The following is a speech delivered in Chapel by Sophie Stocker and Ben Scanlon about the Year 11 students’ work with the Refugee Centre: Read more…
  41. Embracing diversity

    Who are we as human beings to judge one another because of their differences? As you saw in the video shown earlier, today’s theme is on ... Read more…
  42. Overcoming fear of failure

    Should we fear failure? Simple answer: no. I myself have had my fair share of failures and I'll admit a few times I’ve wanted to quit ... Read more…
  43. The importance of resilience

    “One minute of pain is worth a lifetime of glory” - Louis Zamperini. A statement that directly contrasts all normal thought processes ... Read more…
  44. Chaplain’s Comment

    Kia Ora E Te Whanau. St Paul was a remarkable man, an academic, adventurer and of course a passionate and inspirational disciple and ... Read more…
  45. Passing of stalwart and supporter

    On the afternoon of Thursday 24 May 2018, Mr John Mortimer a stalwart and a person who had a major influence on our school passed away. Read more…
  46. Well-deserved recognition of the '40 Hours of Service' initiative

    The combined 40-Hours of Service team from St Paul’s Collegiate School and Waikato Diocesan School for Girls was invited to this year’s ... Read more…
  47. Junior Leaders announced

    With the Benchmark examinations for the seniors being held in August, the following students have been chosen to be a Junior School Leader ... Read more…
  48. Embracing Spring at Tihoi

    A full intake of 64 students have embarked on their Tihoi journey. The chills of winter are tapering as we are into the second rotation of ... Read more…
  49. Construction Class build sports pavilion

    Over the past eight years, our Year 13 Construction classes have completed a number of impressive building projects. Read more…
  50. Grandparents Day - for new families

    We welcome grandparents of new families to our school on Monday 5 November. Senior students will be on study leave at this time but are ... Read more…
  51. Will you be returning in 2019?

    As we are in the process of finalising enrolments for 2019, we ask that any parents of an existing student from Year 9 through to Year 12, ... Read more…
  52. Absences from school

    St Paul’s has a legal responsibility to ensure that all absences are ‘explained’. This means that if your son/daughter is unable to attend ... Read more…