John McGlashan College

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John McGlashan College
Lex Domini Lux Mundi
2 Pilkington Street,
Maori Hill,
New Zealand
Coordinates 45°51′20″S 170°29′53″E / 45.8556°S 170.4980°E / -45.8556; 170.4980Coordinates: 45°51′20″S 170°29′53″E / 45.8556°S 170.4980°E / -45.8556; 170.4980
Type Integrated, Boys, Secondary (Years 7-13) with boarding facilities
Established 1918
Ministry of Education Institution no. 387
Principal Neil Garry

Navy Blue, Gold, Red & White

School roll 617[1] (March 2015)
Socio-economic decile 10Z[2]
John McGlashan buildings in 2009

John McGlashan College is an integrated secondary, day and boarding school for boys, located in the suburb of Maori Hill in Dunedin, New Zealand. The school currently caters for approximately 520 students from years 7 to 13, including 150 boarders.[3]

The school is named after John McGlashan, a significant Presbyterian lawyer, politician, public servant and educationalist, and was founded after his daughters' gift of the family home and estate in 1918 on the provision that a Presbyterian school was established for boys.[4] Originally established as a Presbyterian private school, John McGlashan College integrated into the state system in 1989.[5]


John McGlashan College has two halls for boarding. Junior Hall (Ross House) is where the common room and bedrooms for year nine and ten boarders. Some housemasters also stay in Junior Hall. The newer Senior Hall (Balmacewen House) is where common rooms and bedrooms are for year 11, 12 and 13 boarders. Unlike Junior Hall (Ross House), Senior Hall (Balmacewen House) boarders have separate common rooms for each year level. John McGlashan College students gain privileges as they get older. Year 13 students are allowed to get meals earlier than year 9 students and are allowed to be out later.

International Baccalaureate[edit]

John McGlashan College has been an IB World School since December 1999. It is the only school in Dunedin that offers the IB Diploma Programme. Students usually take IB exams in November. In the last examination session, students completed the following exams: Biology, Business & Management, Chemistry, Economics, English, French, German, History, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Spanish, Theory of Knowledge and Visual Arts.

In 2011, 4 female students studied at the college full-time. Their original school, private Anglican girls' school, St Margaret's College, had been damaged in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. While being officially enrolled at nearby state integrated Anglican girls' school St Hilda's Collegiate School, the girls took classes at McGlashan as it was the only other IB school in the South Island.[6]

International Exchanges[edit]

John McGlashan College has a relationship with Ichikawa Gakuen, a large private school near Tokyo, Japan. There is also an annual exchange with the Centre International de Valbonne and Lycée Regional Valbonne Sophia-Antipolis in France for those who take part in the French program at the college. The German Exchange is a nation-wide exchange and is also supported by the college through its German program.


There is a wide range of sports available at the College, including rugby, soccer, cricket, tennis, hockey, softball, volleyball, basketball, trapshooting, yachting, skiing, badminton and golf. The College is located next to the Balmacewen Golf Course, and the college encourages their students to join the golf club.

In recent years the College's 1st XV has been aided by an annual exchange with Whitgift School.[7]


Every student upon arrival at the John McGlashan College is assigned to one of the four school houses. The houses compete in annually for the Elvidge Cup and the Minors Cup. The four Elvideg cup competitions are in the college Athletics in term one, the Cross-country in term two, the Haka competition in term three, and the College Swimming-sports in term four, all are compulsory for students to participate in. The interhouse Minors competition consists of Golf, Tennis, Rugby sevens, Twenty20 Cricket, Soccer, Hockey, Table Tennis, Badminton and Volleyball. The houses are:

  • Balmacewen (Red) - Named for Bella MacEwen, John McGlashan's wife.
  • Burns (Gold) - Named for Thomas Burns, an early settler and presbyterian minister
  • Ross (Blue) - Named for Lady Ross, an early benefactor to the college
  • Gilray (White) - Named for Colin Gilray, the longest serving principal of the college. The only non-original house of McGlashan.


  • A G Butchers (1918–1925)[8]
  • C Gilray (1926-1941)
  • T Holme (1942-1945)
  • J Connolly (1946–1950)
  • I Garden (1951–1966)
  • R Hunt (1966–1971)
  • W Keay (1971–1977)
  • A Paulin (1978–1995)
  • K M Corkery (1995-2013)
  • N Garry (2014-)

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 7 April 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ John McGlashan College- Welcome (accessed:12-06-2007)
  4. ^ Dictionary of New Zealand Biography- John McGlashan (accessed:12-06-2007)
  5. ^ Education Media- John McGlashan College (accessed:12-06-2007)
  6. ^ Lewis, John (8 March 2011). "McGlashan boys more courteous than usual". Otago Daily Times (Dunedin, New Zealand: Allied Press). Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  7. ^ [1]. Accessed 2014-08-25.
  8. ^ Arnold, Rollo (22 June 2007). "Butchers, Arthur Gordon 1885-1960". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  9. ^ Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 339. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  10. ^ "Ron Elvidge". Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  11. ^ McMurran, Alistair (13 June 2013). "Athletics: Two Oceania gold medals for Jopp". Otago Daily Times. 

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