Glendowie College

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Glendowie College
School Emblem
21 Crossfield Road
Auckland 1071
New Zealand
Coordinates36°51′44″S 174°52′04″E / 36.8621°S 174.8679°E / -36.8621; 174.8679Coordinates: 36°51′44″S 174°52′04″E / 36.8621°S 174.8679°E / -36.8621; 174.8679
TypeCo-Ed Secondary (Year 9-13)
MottoE Paucis Excelsa
(Literal: From few, height
Non-literal: From few, greatness)
Ministry of Education Institution no.65
PrincipalRichard Dykes
School roll1223[1] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile10Z[2]

Glendowie College is a co-ed public secondary school based along Crossfield Road, Mt Taylor Drive and Riddell Road in Auckland, New Zealand.


The college was opened in 1961, with fewer than 200 pupils, all of whom worked in the Addams Building, the only building established at the time of the school's opening


Glendowie College offers NCEA as its national qualification standard. An Advanced Learning Program is available in years 9 and 10 for highly intelligent students. Also, exceptionally gifted students are given the opportunity to accelerate into classes a year or two years ahead of their peers in order to progress their learning.

The school performs well academically, and the Education Review Office has said that students are progressing and achieving very well.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


The main buildings on the school grounds were originally named using letters from the alphabet, but in 2016 they renamed the buildings after past principals. The buildings are:

  • B Block - Hammer Building
  • C Block - Eddy Building
  • Tech Block - Adams Building
  • Library Block - Sommerville Building
  • Multi Purpose Sports Facility

The Adams Building was the only building established when the college opened in 1961.


From its opening in 1961 to 2017, the houses of Glendowie College were named after continents.

The houses were:

  • Asia - Yellow
  • Europe - Green
  • America - Red
  • Pacific - Blue

In 2017, new house names were chosen to be more relevant to New Zealand:

  • Ruaumoko
  • Tane Mahuta
  • Tangaroa
  • Tawhirimatea[5]

The houses are randomly assigned, however younger siblings are assigned to the same houses as their older sibling.

50th Jubilee[edit]

On 1, 2 and 3 April 2011, Glendowie College held many events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school's founding.


On 29 and 30 July 2011, Glendowie College was the setting of the film Mister Pip (film) directed by Andrew Adamson and based on the popular novel by Lloyd Jones. Students were invited to participate as extras and work alongside cast and crew. The film first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012 and was released in theatres throughout New Zealand in October 2013.


  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.
  3. ^ "Glendowie College 04/07/2011". New Zealand Education Review Office. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  4. ^ Christian, Dionne (9 June 2018). "Jarod Rawiri: From GI to riding high on stage & screen". New Zealand Herald.
  5. ^ Robertson, Gordon (25 July 2017). "House Changes". Glendowie College.