St Catherine's College, Wellington

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St Catherine's College
14 Upper Bourke Street
Kilbirnie, Wellington
New Zealand
Coordinates 41°19′04″S 174°47′34″E / 41.3178°S 174.7928°E / -41.3178; 174.7928Coordinates: 41°19′04″S 174°47′34″E / 41.3178°S 174.7928°E / -41.3178; 174.7928
Type State-integrated, secondary
Motto Mercy and Wisdom
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1919 (primary school)
1950 (secondary school)
Founders Sisters of Mercy
Ministry of Education Institution no. 284
Principal Mary Curran
Grades 913
Gender Girls
Enrolment 204[1] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile 6N[2]

St Catherine's College, a Catholic secondary school for girls, operates in the Wellington suburb Kilbirnie in New Zealand. The Sisters of Mercy founded St Catherine's in 1919 initially as a primary school before becoming a secondary school in 1950.

On 30 March 1983, St Catherine's College became an integrated school under the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act of 1975. The Board of Trustees was first elected in 1989 and is responsible for the governance of the College. In recent years a new multi-functional hall, called "Mercy Hall", has been opened as well as a Food Technology Centre, a Music Suite, and a new Design Arts Centre. The college also has a new administration area, a chapel, and specialist teaching areas which was completed in September 2016.


  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.


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