Glendowie College

Glendowie College's buildings in 2019

Glendowie College is a co-ed public secondary school based along Crossfield Road, Mt Taylor Drive and Riddell Road in Auckland, New Zealand.

Glendowie College
School Emblem
21 Crossfield Road
Auckland 1071
New Zealand
Coordinates36°51′44″S 174°52′04″E / 36.8621°S 174.8679°E / -36.8621; 174.8679Coordinates: 36°51′44″S 174°52′04″E / 36.8621°S 174.8679°E / -36.8621; 174.8679
TypeCo-Ed Secondary (Year 9-13)
MottoE Paucis Excelsa
(Literal: From few, height
Non-literal: From few, greatness)
Ministry of Education Institution no.65
PrincipalRichard Dykes
School roll1257[1] (March 2019)
Socio-economic decile10Z[2]


The college was opened in 1961, with fewer than 200 pupils. The technology block, now Addams Building, was the only building established at the time of the school's opening.

Like most New Zealand state secondary schools built in the 1960s, Glendowie College was built to the Nelson Two-Storey standard plan, with its two-storey H-shaped general classroom blocks.


Glendowie College offers NCEA as its national qualification standard. An Advanced Learning Program is available in years 9 and 10 for highly intelligent students. Also, exceptionally gifted students are given the opportunity to accelerate into classes a year or two years ahead of their peers in order to progress their learning.

The school performs well academically, and the Education Review Office has said that students are progressing and achieving very well.[3]


Glendowie College also participates in the top level of School Rowing in New Zealand. It takes part in the annual Rowing Secondary School Championship, The Maadi Cup. Placing 1st in the Boys U18 lightweight coxed 4+ and the Girls U16 Coxed 8+, 2nd in the Boys U15 coxed 8+ and 3rd in the Boys U15 8+x in the 2015 Maadi Cup. During the 2017 season, the Boys U15 8+x received another bronze medal.

Glendowie College offers a range of sporting opportunities including: road running, cheer leading, badminton, underwater hockey, hockey, rugby, foot ball, orienteering, cricket, lacrosse, rowing, volleyball, tennis and netball.[4]

Notable alumniEdit


The main buildings on the school grounds were originally named using letters from the alphabet, but in 2016 they renamed the buildings after past principals. The buildings are:

  • B Block - Hammer Building
  • C Block - Eddy Building
  • Tech Block - Adams Building
  • Library Block - Sommerville Building
  • Multi Purpose Sports Facility

The Adams Building was the only building established when the college opened in 1961.


Glendowie has four pastoral houses to encourage student participation in the arts, sports, culture and leadership.

1961 - 2017

Between 1961 and 2017 the four houses consisted of Asia, Europe, America and Pacific, named after four continents.

Asia House was represented by the colour yellow/gold. Europe House sported green colours while America House wore red and Pacific, blue.


At the conclusion of 2017, a decision was made to adjust the pastoral housing system to better suit the needs of modern students at the college.

Four new houses were created and bore no resemblance to historic houses. Based off famous Māori myths and legends the four houses became Ruaumoko (God of Volcanoes), Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest), Tangaroa (God of the Sea) and Tawhirimatea (God of Weather).

Ruamoko became associated with red. Tane Mahuta chose green, Tangaroa chose blue and Tawhirirmatea chose purple.

The Dean pastoral system was redesigned in an effort to better support these changes. Prior to this, a Dean at the college would look after one specific year, following them from year nine to year thirteen. With the new changes, a Dean, and newly introduced Assistant Dean, would manage over one entire house.

Form classes were also reassigned, previously they had been streamed and would represent a mix of houses within the class. The new change removed streamed form classes and changed to house classes.

Upon joining Glendowie College future students are assigned one of the four houses randomly. If the student has a sibling at the college, past or present, they will likely be assigned that house for ease of communication between pastoral staff and parents.

50th JubileeEdit

On 1, 2 and 3 April 2011, Glendowie College held many events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school's founding.


On 29 and 30 July 2011, Glendowie College was the setting of the film Mister Pip (film) directed by Andrew Adamson and based on the popular novel by Lloyd Jones. Students were invited to participate as extras and work alongside cast and crew. The film first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012 and was released in theatres throughout New Zealand in October 2013.


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Glendowie College 10/06/2015". New Zealand Education Review Office. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  4. ^ Glendowie College (Auckland, N. Z. ) (1 January 1972). "Glendowie College". Glendowie College. | Items | National Library of New Zealand | National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 25 January 2020.