The Master Plan will ensure we have the right facilities to meet our aspirations, mapping out the vision for making the best use of our considerable physical resources while staying true to the Saint Kentigern values we all share.

Below you will find the most up to date information regarding the Master Plan.

12 April 2019 


Master Plan Phase 1 developments 

During 2018, the Trust Board was pleased to confirm the Master Plan for significant development of new, purpose-built facilities, and enhancement of current facilities, on the Shore Road Campus and Pakuranga Campus. 

This is the second in a series of regular Project Updates to keep you informed of progress as the projects get underway. 


Preliminary Indicative Design
In our first project update, mailed earlier in the year, we outlined the work that had taken place during the course of 2018, centred on developing conceptual designs for the new Girls’ School and Specialist Facilities and Boys’ Senior School building. Since they were reviewed and approved by the Trust Board in December, work moved on in the early part of this year to the next stage in the process, the ‘Preliminary Design’ - work that was completed during March. 

We are delighted to now share the preliminary, indicative images of how these new facilities may look!

From the outset, the Trust Board has been quite clear that they are 100% committed to maintaining single gender education for our two primary schools; a vision that is strongly supported by Boys’ School Principal, Mr Peter Cassie and Girls’ School Principal, Ms Juliet Small. Each school will be maintained as a distinct entity with its own Principal, staff, curriculum and ethos, ensuring that the facilities meet the different educational needs of both boys and girls. Operationally and pastorally, each school will remain distinct and separate. The Master Plan for Shore Road is focused on meeting the changing needs of all our primary students, ensuring that both our boys and girls will benefit from new, world class teaching facilities. 

The New Girls’ School
As can be seen in the preliminary design images, the new Girls’ School will be striking, taking advantage of the sloping site to create a completely unique, multi-level, terraced school with its own distinct entrance and presence on Shore Road. 

The purpose-built, 19-classroom school will include a new integrated library and learning commons, with associated outdoor recreational and sporting areas for the girls, creating an outstanding environment focused on girls’ teaching and learning. 

Girls’ School Principal, Ms Juliet Small is excited by the future, ‘It’s a rare opportunity for a Principal to lead the planning of a new school and I’m relishing every minute of it. In preparing the briefs for the architects, we took many opportunities to explore best teaching practice in both our own and other schools to ensure the final design would enhance the very best in future-focussed teaching and learning exclusively for girls. The preliminary designs indicate that our new school will be a welcoming, contemporary environment encouraging connectedness, collaboration and shared experiences. Our girls ‘were born to fly,’ I am so proud to be part of helping them achieve this!’ 

The new Specialist Facilities and Boys’ Senior School Building
Housed in one building but with a distinct separation between the two areas, the preliminary indicative images show an exciting new addition for Saint Kentigern. Spanning the area from the original Boys’ School library to the site of the current staffroom, the impressive new building will be built above and down the bank, facing out onto the upper field, juxtaposed to the Jubilee Sports Centre. 

The Boys’ Senior School Classrooms
Catering for the specific needs of our boys in Years 7 &8, the 12 new Senior Boys’ classrooms and collaborative spaces will not only provide a purpose-built facility for our senior boys, but it will also release the current Senior School building to be refurbished for the Middle School. 

Boys’ School Principal, Mr Peter Cassie said, ‘I am delighted to see our ideas for a new Senior School come to shape. We know we have true strength in our teaching and learning at the Boys’ School, but current facilities are no longer keeping pace. The new technology rich, flexible teaching and learning spaces being developed for our senior boys will allow for greater specialisation as we prepare them to make the important transition to their college years.’

‘But equally as exciting will be the refurbishment of the current Senior School classrooms to breathe new life into the Middle School. The growth in roll in Years 4-6 has meant the Middle School classrooms have been spread across the campus in recent years.  Moving them to the current Senior School, once refurbished, will bring the entire Middle School into one location, allowing for greater collaboration for both students and staff within the syndicate, for the sharing of ideas and resources.’ 

‘As a Principal, I’m truly excited and grateful for the upgrade of facilities that will allow us to do what we do best, even better – deliver an outstanding teaching and learning programme where ‘every boy matters!’ 

Specialist Facilities
Whilst innovative at the time of their construction, the original specialist facilities at the Boys’ School have become outdated and no longer meet the needs of a changing school curriculum. The new Specialist Facilities provide significant new amenities for both our boys and our girls. All Specialist classes will be timetabled for access by both primary schools at separate times to maintain the integrity of Saint Kentigern’s single-gender teaching philosophy at primary level. The building will be linked to the new Girls’ School by a covered walkway, with a separate entrance for the girls. 

Mr Cassie and Ms Small concur that the economy of building one set of facilities for use by both schools means even greater things can be achieved. Mr Cassie said, ‘This will be a centre of excellence for scientific, artistic (visual and performance), technology (food, hard and soft materials) study and learning, where design, creativity, confidence, and scientific and critical thinking will be explored, encouraged and developed. Currently, both Saint Kentigern primary schools have well-developed programmes in these areas but bringing all specialist areas into new facilities under one roof will serve to allow each school to significantly enhance their offerings for each programme.’ 

Shore Road facilities available for timetabled access by both schools
To maximise the use of Saint Kentigern resources for the good of all our primary school students, in addition to the Specialist Facilities, careful timetabling will ensure each of the two schools has the benefit of separate and equitable access to the Sports Centre, turf, fields and the swimming pool.

Time Line
We are aiming for completion of the Girls’ School, Senior Boys’ classrooms and shared specialist classrooms by the start of Term 1, 2022. Over the coming months, Principals of both Primary Schools will be seeking input from the community on a range of aspects of the new facilities and look forward to your contributions. 

Pakuranga Campus and Preschool
Further information regarding progress on planned projects at the Pakuranga Campus and plans for a new Preschool on the Shore Road campus will be detailed in future updates.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Phase 1 Projects, please send an email to


Have you seen the Girls' School video?

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11 February 2019


During 2018, the Trust Board was pleased to confirm the Master Plan for significant development of new, purpose-built facilities, and enhancement of current facilities, on the Shore Road Campus and Pakuranga Campus. 

This is the first in a series of regular Project Updates to keep you informed of progress as the projects get underway.

Shore Road Campus 

The Master Plan for the Shore Road Campus provides for substantial investment in new and specialist facilities to enhance teaching and learning. The initial phase is focussed on advancing the construction of a brand-new Girls’ School at the lower end of the campus (gate 5); building a new shared, specialist facility; and a new building for Senior School boys’ classrooms. This will be followed by an extension to the Boys’ Junior School building, the refurbishment of the current Senior School boys’ classrooms for the Middle School boys and the construction of a new purpose-built Preschool. 

Following a careful selection process, the ‘client briefs’ for Phase 1 of the project were provided to leading Auckland architectural firm, Architectus, in late September 2018. The briefs were developed through a collaborative process, involving students, key Girls’ School, Boys’ School and Trust Services’ staff, and Parent Evenings for both Schools. 

The briefing documents, along with the approved Concept Master Plan, were the basis for the initial concept design work led by Architectus. The conceptual designs were reviewed and approved by the Trust Board in December and the next stage of design work, ‘Preliminary Design,’ has commenced. 

The new facilities are being designed to meet the educational needs of both current and future students of both the Boys’ School and the Girls’ School. Each new building has a distinct focus: 

  • The new Senior School boys’ classrooms will cater for greater specialisation and the important transition between primary and secondary to prepare the boys for the next phase of their learning journey
  • The design of the Specialist classrooms’ facilities, which will be available to both Schools on a time-tabled basis, will foster creativity and innovation, and will provide outstanding facilities for both performing and visual arts, science and technology learning.
  • The new Girls’ School building takes its cue from both local and international innovative learning spaces but will maintain the intimacy (connectedness) that our community values so highly at the Remuera Road Campus.

The site plan provides a reminder of the location of the new buildings, along with the proposed new Preschool. Preliminary Design is anticipated to be completed by March 2019 and will be followed by the Developed Design phase of the project. Once Preliminary Design is completed, we will be in a better position to share drawings of what these fantastic new facilities are likely to look like. 

We are aiming for completion of the Girls’ School, Senior Boys’ classrooms and shared specialist classrooms by the start of Term 1, 2022. Some ‘enabling projects’ scheduled for later this year on the Shore Road Campus, which will be done in the holidays to minimise the impact, include widening of the Gate 1 driveway and the addition of six temporary, relocatable classrooms to facilitate planned work. 

Over the coming months, Principals of both Primary Schools will ask for input from their communities on a range of aspects of the new facilities, such as the playground and various other features.

The New Preschool 

The new Preschool to be built at Shore Road is the other component of Phase 1.  Work on this building will commence as the construction of the new Girls’ School, Specialist facilities and Senior School boys’ classrooms reaches completion. This staged plan is aimed to carefully manage the impact of construction activity on the Boys’ School. Accordingly, design work on the new Preschool will commence in 2020 with the target of relocating the existing Preschool for the start of Term 1 2023. 

Sale of the Remuera Road Property 

The Trust Board is also pleased to announce that, following a competitive Request for Proposal late last year, Colliers International has been appointed to market the Remuera Road property (the current site of the Girls’ School and Preschool) for sale. The marketing campaign is scheduled to commence mid-February, with expressions of interest requested from interested parties by late March. This will enable the Trust Board to realise income from this property to help fund the delivery of the new Girls’ School and Specialist buildings at Shore Road. 

The education of our students on the Remuera campus is always the highest priority and the Trust Board will ensure that there will be no disruption to the school day during the sales process. Viewing times will be set outside school hours and there will be no ‘for sale’ billboards erected on the School’s boundaries. The Girls’ School students will remain at the Remuera Campus until they move to the new buildings on the Shore Road campus in 2022. The Preschoolers will remain on the Remuera Road site until the end of 2022.

Pakuranga Campus 

During 2019 and 2020, the Master Plan for the Pakuranga Road Campus will be progressed and more information about that will be available soon. 

If you would like more information about the Phase 1 Project, please send an email to


10 May 2018

A new plan for a strong future built on traditional values

The Saint Kentigern Trust Board is pleased to announce its decision on the master plan for our two Primary schools and the Preschool.

The Board would like to acknowledge the breadth and quality of feedback we have had from our community. We are also grateful for the commitment and input provided by four Reference Groups established across our schools. 

As a result of this input and continuing work by our planning team we are confident that our decision represents a superior outcome for current and future generations of students, while remaining true to Saint Kentigern values.

Key features of the master plan are:

  • A new purpose-built 19-classroom Girls’ School, with a new learning commons, library and recreational areas at a new location above and to the left of the Gate 5 entrance on Shore Road where it will have its own “front door” and distinct presence
  • New purpose-built facilities at the Boys’ School including the construction of 10 new classrooms, new recreational spaces and refurbishment of the current Senior School classrooms for Years 4 – 6 Middle School students
  • A new specialist Arts, Science and Technology block that will be available to both Primary schools on a separate timetabled basis
  • A purpose-built new Preschool located where the existing tennis courts are at the Shore Road campus, with new tennis courts to be created to the west of Roselle House and Lawn.

Planning will now begin on Phase 1 building developments and all aspects of related management; construction is currently anticipated to take place through 2020-2021 with all new facilities completed and ready for occupation in 2022.

For more information on the proposed master plan, please see: