St Peter's College, Palmerston North

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St Peter's College
1 Holdsworth Avenue, Milson, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Coordinates 40°20′02″S 175°36′19″E / 40.3338°S 175.6054°E / -40.3338; 175.6054Coordinates: 40°20′02″S 175°36′19″E / 40.3338°S 175.6054°E / -40.3338; 175.6054
Type State Catholic Co-educational Integrated College (Year 7-13)
Motto Ubi Petrus, Ibi Ecclesia
As Peter, so the Church [1]
Established 1974; 43 years ago (founded as an amalgamation of St Joseph's Convent School, Palmerston North Marist and St Patrick's Intermediate)
Ministry of Education Institution no. 204
Principal David Olivier
School roll 600[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 6N[2]

St Peter's College is a Catholic Integrated co-educational College Year 7-13 of approximately 564 students. It is located in the northern Palmerston North suburb of Milson. The school's campus includes the historic St Anskar's Chapel, which was given to the school by the Dannevirke Catholic community.

School Leadership[edit]

David Olivier is the Principal,[3] and the school is divided into a junior school (years 7-10) and a senior school (years 11-13). St Peter's puts emphasis on developing leadership skills in its students. This is line with the school's desire to provide its students with a holistic education based on service towards others.


Students and teachers alike are divided into four houses, named after the first four bishops or archbishops of Wellington. The houses compete annually for the House Shield, involving many house led competitions, like Parables (a short drama based on a Biblical parable), House Kapa Haka, House Singing and so on, as well as serving an organisational purpose for the students:

Sporting Rivalries[edit]

St Peter's Rugby Union 1st XV plays traditional matches against four other Catholic Schools. The schools are: St John's College, Hastings; Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth; Cullinane College, Wanganui (formerly St Augustines); and Chanel College, Masterton. Traditional games are played on an annual basis, with home and away legs alternating.

Former Students of note[edit]

  • Tim Wilkinson - Professional golfer on the PGA Tour
  • Simon Power - National Party MP, Minister of Justice, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Minister of Commerce, Minister Responsible for the Law Commission, Associate Minister of Finance, Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives.


  1. ^ "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. ^ "Principal's Message". St Peter's College. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 


  • Pat Gallager, The Marist Brothers in New Zealand Fiji & Samoa 1876-1976, New Zealand Marist Brothers' Trust Board, Tuakau, 1976.

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