"Choosing a school for your daughter is one of the most important decisions you will ever make."

Sarah DwanCatholic education in the Mercy tradition

We invite you to consider the many benefits of Catholic education in the Mercy tradition. St Mary's College is a Catholic Integrated school for girls, offering education to students from Intermediate to Secondary, Years 7 to 13 (age 11 to 18, approximately).

St Mary's College offers a wonderful environment for your daughter to learn, grow and realise her potential. The College provides a high quality academic education with extensive co-curricular opportunities, and aims to instil in young women a strong sense of self-esteem and confidence.

St Mary's College has enjoyed a long tradition of academic excellence, with graduates moving on to further their studies across a wide variety of disciplines.

Magnificent buildings, modern facilities

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St Mary's College stands high on College Hill, surrounded by the leafy suburb of St Mary's Bay. Its 160-year heritage is reflected in its magnificent buildings, including the original St Mary’s Chapel which stands in the grounds of the College and is in regular use by the students

The College offers extensive modern facilities including computer suites, a gymnasium, well-equipped science laboratories, a swimming pool, music suites, a music performance hall, tennis, netball and basketball courts, as well as a state-of-the-art library and technology block. 

New recent phases of development have seen the addition of new classrooms, computer suites, a learning support area, as well as a classroom dedicated to English as a Second Language. Students enjoy the brand new Mother Bernard Towers Science Centre and Sister Marcienne Kirk English Centre. 

Surrounded by beauty

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St Mary’s College offers a beautiful environment for students to learn in, and a high quality academic education with extensive co-curricular activities. The College is in one of the city’s oldest and most established suburbs, St Mary's Bay, with park-like surrounds overlooking Auckland City and the Waitemata Harbour. Students attend the College from many parts of Auckland.

Mission Statement – the Mercy tradition of love in action


The mission of St Mary's College is to provide a Catholic education in the Mercy tradition of love in action, and to prepare students for their role as Christian women in the world. 

The person of Jesus, the model of Mary and the truths of the Catholic Church remain always at the heart of school life. Of fundamental concern is the development of each student towards her full potential.

A history of dedication to spiritual values

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The Sisters of Mercy Order was founded in Ireland in 1831 by Catherine McAuley, an extraordinary woman with a deep trust and faith in God. Her leadership and inspiration have been recognised and honoured for many years.

Arriving in Auckland in 1850 The Sisters of Mercy began their teaching mission immediately. They established St Mary's College based on the spiritual value of mercy.

St Mary's College is still owned by the Sisters of Mercy, Auckland who have established a Board of Directors. The Board works in conjunction with the Board of Trustees to ensure that the Catholic character and mercy charism of the school is not only maintained but enhanced and promoted.