Teaching and Learning

Our teaching and learning programmes are designed to develop young men who are:

  • Confident – who develop fully by faith and by work into men of integrity
  • Connected – who realise the importance of being connected to a faith community
  • Actively involved – who seek opportunities to live out the gospel of Christ by putting the needs of others first
  • Lifelong learners – who value learning as demonstrated by St Bede the Scholar

Students are encouraged and supported to follow a personalised learning pathway that builds on their strengths as we prepare them for a successful transition into the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) and their respective future pathway as a St Bede’s old boy.

We are fortunate to have facilities that are designed to support the development of our Catholic leaders of the future.  Our teachers are subject specialists with a deep understanding of boys’ education who facilitate learning within a community that is continually evolving to meet the needs of each young man.

Our aim is that leaver’s of St Bede’s College are self directed and reflective learners who can adapt, think and collaborate well with others.

At St Bede’s College we encourage whanau to be part of the learning process through ongoing discussion, reporting and conferencing.

Education Outside the Classroom

Learning at St Bede’s involves students engaging with and utilising the resources Christchurch, New Zealand  and the wider world has to offer.  Across all faculty areas, learning makes connections outside of the classroom setting as themes, concepts and projects are undertaken within this rich learning environment.  Our outdoor pursuits programmes, year level camps and retreats provide our students opportunities to explore our natural environment through personal challenge and reflection.

Pathway Handbooks

Our Pathway Handbooks have full details of our Teaching and Learning Programmes. View the e-versions here:

Senior Pathways Handbook
Year 11 Pathways Handbook
Junior Pathways Handbook


The NCEA is the main qualification for NZ secondary school students and complements external exams with internal assessment.


St Bede’s is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school where technology is blended into daily learning to enhance the teaching and learning process.

Centre of Enhancement

This incorporates Gifted and Talented Education, Careers, High Performance Sport and Culture and English as a Second Language.