St Oran’s College is a year 7 to 13 college for girls founded by the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand in 1958 to provide an education with the Christian faith as its base. It became integrated into the State School system under the Integration Act 1975 in January 1991. The small size of the school contributes to a family environment, creating a strong sense of belonging and community amongst students.

Our Special Character is central to the life of our College.

As a Presbyterian Girls’ College we provide an education based on the protestant teachings of Christian values found in the Bible in a caring and supportive extended family environment. These values are lived and taught throughout the College’s general school programme, as well as in the College’s Christian instruction, practices and ceremonies.

Students who attend the College, along with their families, are expected to support this Special Character. This support includes full participation by students in the School’s Christian instruction, observances and ceremonies and extra-curricular activities within and outside school hours.

There are many aspects of life at St Oran’s that contribute to our Special Character culture.

Through our general school programme students participate in worship and communion services, Chaplain assemblies, Easter and Advent services, student-led Christian peer groups, Commissioning and Founders Day services, charity fundraising and support, and service projects within our community and overseas. Our Chaplain oversees the Christian Studies programme, which is taught at all year levels. It is based on Christian teachings and principles and encourages students to explore their own personal growth.

Students have the opportunity to be involved in enhancing and strengthening the Special Character of the College through the Special Character Council. This council is chaired by our Head of Special Character, who is also part of the Student Executive.

We have a strong Pastoral Care Network that extends beyond our students to their families and our wider community. Our Peer Support Programme and mixed level Tutor Groups are also a component of our Special Character culture.

Our school culture is further enhanced by the active involvement of students and their families in extra-curricular and Special Character activities. The participation of family members in all aspects of their daughter’s life and experience at St Oran’s College is welcomed and encouraged.

While our Special Character is based on the Christian faith we welcome students from all cultures and faiths who support the Special Character of our College and seek a Christian based education.