St Bede’s College Open Day is Tuesday 10 May 9am – 12noon.

Prospective students for 2023 enrolments and their parents/ caregivers are welcome to attend.  Day School enrolments close on Friday 15th July.

Enrolment information is provided under the headings below. If you have any further queries please contact Rachel Pitcaithly.

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Year 9 Overview


Preference/Non Preference

The College is intended primarily for Catholic boys from Years 9-13. In terms of the Integration Agreement signed between the College and the Crown, a certain percentage of the total roll must consist of “Preference” pupils. Normally, a “Preference” pupil will be a baptised Catholic. If you are in doubt as to whether your son qualifies as a “Preference” pupil please consult Rachel Pitcaithly. Those who apply for a place as a “Preference” pupil should submit a Preference Card  with their Application.

A small percentage of the total roll may be “Non-Preference” pupils. Places are given to such pupils on the basis of availability. “Non-Preference” pupils are expected to take a full part in all aspects of College life and have the same opportunities and responsibilities as the “Preference” pupils.

The Criteria Promulgated by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference, which are to be used by Proprietors and their Agents, in order to Grant Preference of Enrolment are:

5.1. The child has been baptised or is being prepared for baptism in the Catholic Church

5.2. The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.

5.3. At least one parent/guardian is a Catholic, and although their child has not yet been baptised, the child’s participation in the life of the school could lead to the parents having the child baptised.

5.4. With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a significant familial adult such as a grandparent, aunt or uncle who is actively involved in the child’s upbringing undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.

5.5. One or both of a child’s non-Catholic parents/guardians is preparing to become a Catholic.


Letter to Parents regarding 2023 stationery requirements

Stationery orders at OfficeMax: www.myschool.co.nz/stbedes

Printable Stationery Lists:
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
Year 13


Developing Young Catholic Leaders

This year we will be awarding five entrance scholarships. These scholarships consider the whole person within the specified criteria, as outlined in the attached form.

The scholarship process comprises of:

  • Submission of a written portfolio outlining your son’s achievements and interests
  • the completed scholarship form – download here

All applications must be received no later than Friday 23rd September 2022. This process also applies to those who have previously indicated interest in these scholarships.

Further enquiries to rpitcaithly@stbedes.school.nz

The Keith Stopforth Memorial Scholarship

The Stopforth family have generously gifted this scholarship to acknowledge the profound affect St Bede’s had on their father, Keith’s (Boarder 1945 to 1949) life.  He valued the education he received and attributed a lot of his later achievements to his years spent at St Bede’s.

  • The recipient will be selected by the Rector of St Bede’s College.
  • No applications accepted. Strict Criteria applies.
  • More information about the scholarship here.

The Ministry of Education has various bursaries and allowances available:

  • School Boarding Bursary – eligibility is determined by the distance the student lives from the nearest state school or school bus stop. The distance being 4.8km for a child over the age of 10 years More information
  • Secondary School Technical Bursary – available for Year 10 and 11 students. Eligibility is determined by a student not being able to obtain tuition in at least two approved subjects at their local school. The student’s course must include at least four nationally approved subjects

Application forms are available from the local branch of the Ministry of Education or the College office.

School Fees and Donations

School Fees, donations and information on how these funds are used and how you can gift your tax credit here




St Bede’s College Shop is the sole supplier of the official College Uniform, a joint venture between the Board of Proprietors and the Board of Trustees. All new entrants are required to purchase their uniform from the College Shop and fittings will be arranged once your son is accepted for enrolment. The College Shop also has second hand uniform items.

Hair and Jewellery

Students may wear a cross or taonga under their shirts.  Earrings and facial piercings are NOT permitted.  No other jewellery is permitted except a watch.

Student’s hair is to be one colour, able to be combed, off the collar and clean.  Dreadlocks, corn rows, braided hair or rats tails are NOT permitted. If a student has long hair, it must be tied up when travelling to and from school in school uniform and during school hours.

Uniform Shop

International Enrolment

St Bede’s College welcomes International Students and is proud of its longstanding tradition in hosting students from many nations for over 20 years.

Overseas students make a valuable contribution to our College, adding to the richness and diversity of our own cultures, and enabling us all to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of a variety of other cultures.

International Enrolment

Boarding Enrolment

Boarding at St Bede’s is a tradition that goes back to the 1920s.  Our rich history and tradition provides an excellent foundation to embrace the challenges of the modern era and prepare our boys to be Catholic leaders wherever life takes them. 

Today’s boarders enjoy life away from home at the only single-sex Catholic boarding school in the South Island. Under the leadership of Associate Rector Jon McDowall and Director of Boarding, Mr Dai Williams, the Boarding School has a renewed focus on providing the best possible environment for all boys to develop into  fine young men of St Bede. 

Boarding families complete online enrolment by clicking the “Enrol Online Here” tab above.

For further information please contact:
Mr Dai Williams, Director of Boarding, 
03 375 1875, mobile 021 050 4189