John McGlashan College

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John McGlashan College
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 State integrated, Boys, Secondary (Years 7-13) with boarding facilities
Motto Lex Domini Lux Mundi
English: The law of the Lord is the light of the World.
Established 1918
Ministry of Education Institution no. 387
Principal Neil Garry

Navy Blue, Gold, Red & White

School roll 542[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 10Z[2]
John McGlashan buildings in 2009

John McGlashan College is a state integrated boarding school for boys, located in the suburb of Maori Hill in Dunedin, New Zealand. The school currently caters for 542[1] students from years 7 to 13, including 120 boarders and up to 30 international students.[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.

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.[citation needed]

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 nationwide 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.


Name Term
1 Arthur Gordon Butchers 1918–1922[8]
2 Colin Macdonald Gilray 1922–1934[9]
3 Robert George Colin McNab 1934–1943[10][11]
Albert William Harvey West 1940–1941 (acting)[12]
Thomas Slater Holme 1942–1944 (acting)[12][13]
4 Jack Conolly 1945–1950[14][15]
5 I. Garden 1951–1966
6 R. Hunt 1966–1971
7 W. Keay 1971–1977
8 Allan Paulin 1978–1995[16]
9 Michael Corkery 1995–2013[16]
10 Neil Garry 2014–present

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ John McGlashan College-Introduction (accessed:10 August 2016)
  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. "Butchers, Arthur Gordon". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Knox, Errol G., ed. (1935). Who's Who in Australia (9th ed.). Melbourne: The Herald and Weekly Times. p. 201. 
  10. ^ "John McGlashan College". The Press. 21 June 1934. p. 8. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Personal notes". Evening Post. 22 February 1943. p. 3. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Personal items". Evening Post. 18 December 1941. p. 11. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Personal items". The Press. 6 April 1944. p. 4. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "McGlashan College". Auckland Star. 30 September 1944. p. 7. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  15. ^ Wight, Bernard (May 1969). "Wight Family of Paeroa (1884 –)". Ohinemuri Regional History Journal (11). Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Principal named". The Dominion. 6 May 1995. p. 3. 
  17. ^ "Tony Dodds". 19 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "Ron Elvidge". Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  19. ^ McMurran, Alistair (13 June 2013). "Athletics: Two Oceania gold medals for Jopp". Otago Daily Times. 
  20. ^ "NZ names eventing squads for Rio 2016". Horse Talk. 29 January 2013. 
  21. ^ 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. 

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