Bishop Viard College

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Bishop Viard College
Viard crest.jpg
20 Kenepuru Drive,
New Zealand
Coordinates 41°08′25″S 174°50′21″E / 41.1404°S 174.8393°E / -41.1404; 174.8393Coordinates: 41°08′25″S 174°50′21″E / 41.1404°S 174.8393°E / -41.1404; 174.8393
Type State integrated, Co-educational, Secondary Years 7-13
Motto Truth is Light
Established 1968; 50 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no. 256
Principal Rose Sawaya
School roll 259[1] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile 1C[2]

Bishop Viard College, Also known as Viard College or BVC is a coeducational secondary school (years 7-13) located in Porirua, New Zealand. The college is now integrated into the state system under the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act 1975.


The college was founded in 1968 by Cardinal Peter McKeefry, Archbishop of Wellington, and was staffed by the Assumptionist Fathers and Brigidine Sisters. The school was named after Philippe Viard, the first Catholic Bishop of Wellington Originally the school consisted of two institutions (for boys and girls) on the same site, however it became a single co-educational unit in 1975. St Peter's College in Gore opened as a co-educational College in 1969.

The school celebrated its 50th Jubilee on Labour weekend, 19-21 October 2018.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Lillian G. Keys, Philip Viard, Bishop of Wellington, Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1968.
  • Ernest Richard Simmons, Brief history of the Catholic Church in New Zealand, Catholic Publications Centre, Auckland, 1978.
  • Michael King, God's farthest outpost : a history of Catholics in New Zealand, Viking, Auckland 1997.
  • Michael O'Meeghan S.M., Steadfast in hope : the story of the Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington 1850-2000, Dunmore press, Palmerston North, 2003.
  • Broadbent, John V. "Viard, Philippe Joseph 1809 - 1872 Priest, missionary, bishop". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  • Te Kete Ipurangi[permanent dead link]
  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.

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