King's College, Auckland

King's College (Latin: Collegium Regis; Māori: Kīngi Kāreti), often informally referred to simply as King's, is an independent secondary boarding and day school in New Zealand. It educates over 1000 pupils, aged 13 to 18 years. King's was originally a single sex boys school but has admitted girls in the Sixth and Seventh forms (Years 12 and 13) since 1980, and in the Fifth form (Year 11) since 2016.[3] King's was founded in 1896 by Graham Bruce. King's was originally situated in Remuera, Auckland on the site now occupied by King's School, Remuera, in 1922 the school moved to its present site in the South Auckland suburb of Otahuhu.[4]

King's College
Golf Avenue
Auckland 1062
New Zealand
Coordinates36°57′30″S 174°50′17″E / 36.9584°S 174.838160°E / -36.9584; 174.838160Coordinates: 36°57′30″S 174°50′17″E / 36.9584°S 174.838160°E / -36.9584; 174.838160
TypeIndependent, Day & Boarding
MottoLatin: Virtus Pollet
(Let Manliness Prevail
Let Moral Courage Prevail
Let Excellence Prevail)
Religious affiliation(s)Anglican
Established1896; 127 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no.89
HeadmasterSimon Lamb[2]
GenderJunior: Boys
Senior: Co-ed
Enrolment1167[1] (November 2022)
Socio-economic decile10
AffiliationsG20 Schools
Round Square
Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference
Former PupilsOld Boys or Old Collegians
School SongCarmen Regale

The school has strong links to the Anglican church; the Anglican Bishop of Auckland, and the Dean of Auckland are permanent members of the school's Board Of Governors. The College is a member of the Round Square group. King's celebrated its 125-year anniversary in 2021, while the 40 year anniversary of girls attending King's was celebrated in 2020.[5]

Senior LeadershipEdit

Role Name
Head of King’s College Simon Lamb[6]
Deputy Headmaster John Payne [6]
Head Chaplain Reverend Gareth Walters [6]
Deputy Head, Pedagogy Melissa Irving [6]
Deputy Head, Academic Geoff Smith[6]
Deputy Head, Pastoral Care Daniel Mitchell [6]

King’s is governed by the King’s College Board of Governors, which is made of 13 members and chaired by Simon Power.[7]


As a New Zealand private school, King's receives around $2000 per student from the government and charges parents of students tuition fees to cover costs.[8]

At a February 2011 Education Review Office (ERO) review, King's College had 975 students including 31 international students. The school's gender composition was 85% male and 15% female, or 72% male and 28% female in the final two years. At the same review King's students identified as 79% New Zealand European (Pākehā), 7% Chinese, 4% Māori, 3% Indian, 2% Korean, and 5% other.[9]


King's College competes in the 1A Rugby Competition and has won 16 times, most recently in 2019.[10] The annual King's College v Auckland Grammar School rugby game is one of the oldest rivalries in New Zealand schoolboy rugby. The King's 1st XI Cricket team won the Gillette Cup in consecutive years between 2009 and 2011, producing notable cricketers with the most recent being Tim Southee.

Teaching and community activitiesEdit

The school, like some others in New Zealand, offers students Cambridge A-Level, and IGCSE courses as well as those from New Zealand's national qualification, the National Certificate of Educational Achievement.

The school co-ordinates a service programme which aids the South Auckland community.


All students are organised into Houses, which form separate communities within the College.[11]

Name Established Gender Boarding or Day Colour
School 1922 Boys Boarding Red


St John’s 1922 Boys Boarding Blue


Parnell 1924 Boys Day Gold*


Selwyn 1945 Boys Boarding Green


Marsden 1947 Boys Day White


Peart 1947 Boys Day Sky blue


Major 1959 Boys Day Black


Averill 1961 Boys Day Brown


Middlemore 1984 Girls Boarding Maroon


Greenbank 1997 Boys Day Grey


Taylor 2006 Girls Day Purple


Marion Bruce 2020 Girls Day Teal


*The colour for Parnell House is Gold, not Yellow as proclaimed previously. This is shown in a Parnell Newsletter from 2013 stating their house colour. [12]


School songEdit

The school song of King's College is the Carmen Regale, the melody of which was composed by Dutchman Eduard Kremser and the lyrics were authored by I G G Strachan.[13][14] The school song is shared, among some other things, with King's School in Remuera.

Notable former pupilsEdit

King's alumni or former pupils are traditionally named Old Boys or Collegians.


The following individuals have served as Headmaster of King’s College.

Period Headmaster
1896–1901 Graham Bruce [30]
1902–1904 G Bigg-Wither [30]
1904–1905 L G W Wilkinson [30]
1905–1926 C T Major [30]
1926–1935 Canon H K Archdall [30]
1936–1939 J N Peart [30]
1940–1946 H B Lusk[31]
1947–1973 G N T Greenbank [30]
1973–1987 I P Campbell [30]
1988–2002 J S Taylor [30]
2003–2009 Roy Kelley
2009–2014 Bradley Fenner
2014–2016 Michael Leach
2016–Present Simon Lamb

Coat of armsEdit

Coat of arms of King's College
King's College first applied for arms in 1963 and was granted by the College of Arms in 1966. The Letters patent, however, were apparently forgotten about and not received from the College of Arms until 1980.[32][33]
On a Wreath Or Gules and Azure a Conical Cap per pale Gules and Azure turned up Ermine encircled by an Ancient Crown Or and ensigned by a cross formy fitchy Argent tied about the foot and pendent to the front a Cord twisted Gules and Or and to the back Azure and Or the tassels Or
Per pale Gules and Azure between two Chevronels Or three Estoiles each of eight points alternatively wavy and straight Argent all between three Towers each issuing from an Ancient Crown Or
Virtus Pollet (Let Excellence Prevail)


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