Our Vision

A community empowering ākonga to experience success, ready to embrace their future.


Our Values

Whānau         ‘We are family’

Manaaki         ‘We encourage mana through respect and caring’

Hiranga          ‘We strive for excellence’

Kaha               ‘We stay strong’


At Glendowie College, ‘whānau’ means that we….

  • have healthy relationships that are built on trust, respect and honesty
  • have a safe environment where everyone belongs
  • look out for each other
  • work together in everyone’s best interests.


At Glendowie College, 'manaaki’ means that we…

  • contribute to the mana of others
  • are proud of our identity
  • acknowledge and celebrate diversity
  • show respect for ourselves, others and the school environment.


At Glendowie College, ‘hiranga’ means that we…

  • try to be the best we can be
  • have the courage to take risks
  • work hard
  • have integrity.


At Glendowie College, ‘kaha’ means that we…

  • have a growth mindset believing that things can and will improve
  • are resilient and determined
  • are willing to live by the values we hold
  • keep looking for ways to improve.


Our Mission

At Glendowie College we have a school culture which provides a challenging academic education and an extensive co-curricular programme that allows students to flourish, establish their own identity and build relationships in a caring supportive environment.

Our ākonga are confident, articulate, resilient, and globally aware, ready to lead and be of service in a dynamic and changing world.


At Glendowie College we recognise that our students live in a global, diverse and technologically advanced world.

Through their academic studies and extensive co-curricular involvment, our students gain confidence; learn to think and communicate effectively; and develop resilience - i.e. build a realistic view of the world, learn that life is meaningful, and develop the ability to improvise.  These are the core skills or attributes for our young people to succeed today and tomorrow.

This success starts at school. 

Our students enjoy a rigorous academic education.  They are supported and challenged to achieve to their very best which is evident in our students' exceptional academic results in NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship, as well as success in other academic competitions. 

To prepare our students for academic success the college is the only state secondary school that offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP).  This is a framework of learning that provides students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to become active, compassionate lifelong learners.

At Year 11 there is a school-based programme.  The emphasis is to further develop learning and thinking skills rather than concentrating on credit accumulation.  By having this emphasis students are better prepared to meet success at NCEA Level 2 and 3.

Our students also participate and excel in the arts, sports and leadership.  We have the highest participation rate of co-curricular schools in Auckland, and many students excel nationally and internationally.  In the Arts we provide a wide range of opportunities such as music groups (orchestras), dance groups, debating and various drama opportunities such as school productions.  We provide extensive leadership development across the school, including the very popular Duke of Edinburgh programme.

All of this is backed up by a superb pastoral care system.  Through our four houses, form teachers, Guidance Counsellors, and school nurse ... the wellbeing of our students is closely monitored and supported. 


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