Small School, Big Heart
|35 Champion Rd,
|Type||Integrated secondary (year 9-13) co-ed|
|Established||2002; 15 years ago|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||6975|
|Principal||Mr John McGuire|
|School roll||492 (July 2016)|
Garin College, Nelson is an integrated, co-ed day and boarding secondary school located in Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand. The college was founded in 2002 to serve the Catholic community, especially in Nelson, Golden Bay and Marlborough. The college first opened on the 28th of January 2002.
Garin College has four houses. The houses all have individual names and are represented by colours. Siblings enrolled at the college are often put in the same house.
- Aubert, Blue House
- Barbier, Green house
- McKillop, Yellow house
- McAuley, Red house
The school has accommodation for up to 60 boarders in two boarding hostels, separated by gender. Francis Douglas House (male) and Mother Teresa House (female) which have been catering for students of the college since its opening in 2002.
The Garin College boarding hostels typically serve the Catholic community in the “top of the South”-the region north of a line between Westport and Kaikoura in the South Island of New Zealand.
A third hostel has been proposed, discussed and fund-raised for a number of years, but it is unlikely that it will be built in the near future, as the school is comfortably catering for its existing boarding students. The third hostel would be designed to cater for the senior students of the college, most notably students who are in years 12 and 13. It would be a co-ed hostel unlike the two existing ones.
The college's haka was written and performed for the first time in 2006, four years after the school first opened. It was first unveiled to the school and spectators at the 2006 annual Te Wairua o nga Mahi Toi festival. It was the opening act on the 2006 final Mahi Toi night.
- Maij, Sara (7 June 2016). "Garin College deputy principal retires after 40 year career". The Nelson Mail.
- "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2016". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
- Boyce, John. "Mahi Toi Opening Address". Retrieved 15 August 2010.