St Paul's College, Auckland
|St Pauls College, Auckland|
|183 Richmond Road,
|Type||Integrated Catholic Boys Secondary (Year 7-13)|
|Motto||Confortare Esto Vir — take courage , be strong|
|Established||1955; 62 years ago (original school founded in 1903)|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||51|
|School roll||230 (February 2017)|
St Paul's College is a Catholic secondary for year 7 to 13 boys owned by the Marist Brothers and located in the central Auckland suburb of Ponsonby on a spacious 7.3 hectare campus. The Marist Brothers first opened a school on the site (Sacred Heart College) in 1903. St Paul's College (named after the apostle Paul) commenced operations in 1955 and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015.
The college, which became a State-integrated school in 1982, makes full use of its extensive grounds in sporting and other activities. The school offers the standard intermediate and secondary school curriculum leading, for the senior year levels, to the National Certificate of Educational Achievement assessment system (NCEA). The school has good pass rates in NCEA. The college excels in sport, especially Rugby football and in Polynesian and other cultural activities, notably in the annual Polyfest competitions. The Marist Brothers, the proprietors of the school, maintain a small community of non-teaching brothers on the campus to encourage the continuation of the Marist charism.
The Marist Brothers arrived in Auckland in 1885 and began operations on the site of previous schools in Pitt St in central Auckland. In the 1890s they began teaching secondary classes there but it became evident that the Pitt St site was too small and noisy. By 1900 negotiations were underway with Bishop Lenihan who arranged for the brothers to lease part of a block of land of 48 acres (10 hectares) near Cox’s Creek in Ponsonby. This land had been gifted to the Diocese of Auckland in 1851 by Hugh Coolahan, an Auckland Catholic businessman. He had come from Ireland and had prospered during the early days of Auckland’s commercial development. He had been a member of the building committee for St Patrick’s Church (later the cathedral)  and was a founding member of the board of St Peter’s School in Pitt St. The Marist Brothers leased 7.3 hectares of the land at £30 a year for a 42-year term.
The school, Sacred Heart College, was opened on 21 June 1903. The first building was a large three storied building with a prominent encompassing verandas. It was built from brick resting on concrete foundations. The bricks were coated in white plaster which later became grey with age. This building was a prominent landmark and became the main school building of St Paul’s College until it was demolished in 1980.
The site required much development. A gully ran through the middle of the property and the land was very unevenly contoured. Some of the land was farmed by the college. Over time the land was leveled, grassed and drained and other buildings were gradually built. In 1955 the complete campus and buildings was taken over by St Paul’s. But by the 21st century, the only Sacred Heart College structures left at St Pauls were a classroom, the old infirmary and a statue of the Sacred Heart.
It was only on 4 September 1946 that the Marist Brothers had acquired the freehold of the St Paul’s College Richmond Rd site. On 14 June 1946 the site was vested in the New Zealand Marist Brothers' Trust Board and there was a small ceremony and Bishop Liston was thanked by the Marist Brothers. One brother later observed, perhaps sardonically, that the Marist Brothers had been paying for the land for over forty years and had effected great improvements.
The school operated as St Paul's College after Queen's Birthday 1955 (from Tuesday 7 June) under the same motto "Confortare esto vir". The same traditions were faithfully upheld as they had been for the previous 50 years. Many sons of old boys preferred to attend St Paul's in the following years, both because it was more central and because their fathers had attended school there. The school maintained a substantial roll into the 1970s. On 8 August 1982, when the school was integrated it had a roll of 330 (280 in the secondary section and 50 in the middle or intermediate school), but this was increased in 1998 to a maximum roll of 400. However, with the establishment of other secondary schools in the school's traditional catchment, enrolment numbers declined. Many of the families associated with the school moved out of the local area as the socio-economic character of suburbs adjacent to the school changed although many still sent their sons to St Paul's by bus, mostly from South Auckland. The school is attempting to attract the sons of the new local demographic as well as the college's traditional supporters. In 2015 a 1700 square metre slice of unused school land was sold to fund new class rooms, an administration block and a new middle school due to open in February 2017. The middle school block is expected to enable St Paul's to increase its roll from 280 to 400 students. Afterwards $25m is to be spent to redevelop the secondary school so that the total school roll would be 1000 by 2025. The school hopes, particularly, to enrol more local students from the nearby suburbs of Grey Lynn and Westmere by "exhorting students" to "exam success" and "altruistic action." The Headmaster of St Paul's appointed in 2016, Mr Kieran Fouhy, has said that St Paul's is a huge job in transforming culture. He is trying to incorporate students' families in the life of the college and to encourage a spirit of independence and personal responsibility in the boys.
The names and colours of the St Paul's College Houses are:
- Xavier, named for Francis Xavier - red
- Champagnat, named for Marcellin Champagnat - yellow
- Lavalla, named for La Valla-en-Gier where the Marist Brothers were founded — blue
- Aquinas, named for Thomas Aquinas - green
- David Fane - actor
- Malo Luafutu (aka Scribe) - musician
- Brendan Perry - Musician, member of group Dead Can Dance
- Feleti Strickson-Pua - professional musician
- Lemi Ponifasio
- Sebastian Kohlhase - first-class cricketer, sports administrator and businessman
- Jason Suttie - Muay Thai Kingboxing champion player
- Bunty Afoa professional rugby league player
- Paki Afu - Parramatta Eels rugby league player
- Mark Elia - New Zealand Rugby League Kiwi
- Maurie Fa'asavalu - Manu Samoa Rugby player, St Helens Rugby League
- Sosaia Feki - NZ Warriors Rugby League Player
- Pita Godinet - Auckland Warriors rugby league player
- Mark Graham - rugby league player, former captain of the Kiwis
- Siliva Havili - rugby league player
- Nuko Hifo - professional rugby league player player
- Stacey Jones - New Zealand Warriors rugby league player
- Phillip Leuluai Cronulla Sharks
- Sam Lousi - New Zealand Warriors rugby league player
- Sione Lousi - New Zealand Warriors rugby league player
- Tu'u Maori - Papua New Guinea National Rugby League 2008 Rugby League World Cup team, Newtown Jets, Sydney Roosters under 20's, (previously played for Cronulla Sharks, Melbourne Storm, and Richmond Rovers).
- Manu Ma'u - Parramatta Eels rugby league player
- Arden McCarthy - rugby league player; Fullback/wing/centre position; current Club, Vodafone Warriors (previously played for Cronulla Sharks and Richmond Rovers).
- Francis Meli nz warriors St. Helens rugby league player
- Siose Muliumu (born 1976) professional rugby league player; played for Whitehaven, the United States, and the New Zealand Warriors.
- Dane O'Hara - professional rugby league player (Hull)
- Agnatius Paasi - Nz Warriors Rugby League player
- John Palavi- NZ Warriors rugby league player
- Jerome Ropati - New Zealand Warriors rugby league player
- Nafe Seluini - Penrith Panthers rugby league player
- Michael Sio - Auckland Warriors, Toa Samoa Rugby League World Cup 2013
- David Solomona - Bradford Bulls rugby league player
- Shannon Stowers - NZ Warriors Rugby League Player
- Mark Taufua - Newcastle Knights - Cronulla sharks
- Elijah Taylor - Auckland Warriors rugby league player
- Ben Te'o - Brisbane Broncos rugby league player
- Evarn Tuimavave - New Zealand Warriors rugby league player (Prop Forward)
- Joe Vagana - Auckland Warriors rugby league player
- Nigel Vagana - Auckland Warriors rugby league player
- Daniel Vasau - Rugby league international, represented Tonga at the 2000 World Cup
- Greg Wolfgramm - Rugby league international, represented Tonga at the 2000 World Cup
- Edwin Cocker New Zealand Rugby Union Sevens Player - Auckland Rugby Union
- Colin Farrell - All Black (1977), Auckland (1974–1981)
- Bernie Fraser - All Black rugby union player
- Liaki Moli Auckland Rugby Auckland Blues
- Isaia Tuifua - Professional Rugby Union player
- "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
- "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- Laura Walters, "St Paul's College sells chunk of land in trendy Ponsonby", Stuff News, 2 July 2015 (Retrieved 20 June 2016)
- The New Zealand Curriculum (Retrieved 22 June 2016)
- Laura Walter, "How Auckland's St Paul's College is fighting back", Stuff News, 7 July 2015. (Retrieved 20 June 2016)
- St Paul's College (Ponsonby) - 03/09/2012, Education Review Office report (Retrieved 20 June 2016)
- ASB Polyfest 2016 (Retrieved 20 June 2016)
- Matt McEvoy, pp. 153-154.
- Tony Water’s, p. 22.
- Father E.R. Simmons, "The first St Peter's School", Zealandia, 9 January 1977, p. 9.
- Tony Waters, P. 314 (Note 6).
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- Tony Waters, p. 61.
- Tony Waters, p. 124.
- Tony Waters, p. 138.
- Deed of Agreement between the New Zealand Marist Brothers Trust Board and Her Majesty the Queen, 8 August 1982 Clause 8, P. 7; Supplementary Deed of Agreement, 27 May 1998, Clause 1, p. 1.
- Michael Otto, "Papal Knight headmaster earns MNZM", NZ Catholic, June 26-July 8, 2016, p. 2.
- Ticketfly: Brendan Perry, Guthrie Baldwin(Retrieved 14 January 2014)
- Bennett, Adam (2008-08-09). "Exhilarating ride may finally be over". New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
- Richmond Rovers Rugby League Club; also educated at St Peter's College, Auckland.
- Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 323. ISBN 0-474-00177-6.
References and sources
- Pat (Patrick Owen) Gallagher, The Marist Brothers in New Zealand, Fiji & Samoa, 1876-1976, New Zealand Marist Brothers’ Trust Board, Tuakau, 1976.
- E.R. Simmons, In Cruce Salus, A History of the Diocese of Auckland 1848 - 1980, Catholic Publication Centre, Auckland 1982.
- Tony Waters, Confortare, A History of Sacred Heart College, Auckland 1903 - 2003: a Marist Brothers secondary school, Sacred Heart College, Auckland, 2003.
- Jenny Carlyon & Diana Morrow, Urban Village: The Story of Ponsonby, Freemans Bay and St Mary's Bay, Random House, Auckland, 2008.
- Matt McEvoy, The Grey Lynn Book: The life and times of New Zealand's most fascinating suburb, Paul Little Books, Auckland, 2016, pp. 149–153 (Chapter 29, "Change of Heart - Saint Paul's College")