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; 49 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no. 256
Principal Rose Sawaya
School roll 286[1] (February 2017)
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 40th Jubilee in 2008.[3]

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  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Bishop Viard College 40th Jubilee". Education Gazette. 17 Mar 2008. 
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