John McGlashan College is a Year 7-13 secondary school for boarders and dayboys in Dunedin, a long-established university city in the south of the South Island, New Zealand. The school is sited on the outskirts of the city in a pristine natural environment. It is blessed with outstanding views, expansive grounds, state-of-the-art buildings and facilities, and modern comfortable boarding houses.
The College was first established under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church. It is named after John McGlashan, Dunedin’s first lawyer and an early settler-politician who contributed much to the Scottish settlement of the city. He wrote of the importance of “a sound and liberal education” and the College is founded on such values and beliefs. In 1902, two of his daughters bequeathed their home and the land on which it stood for the purpose of establishing a boys’ school, to be named after their father. The College opened in 1919 and has, since then, established a well-earned reputation as one of the finest schools in New Zealand. It combines sound traditions and almost 100 years of outstanding achievement with a modern approach to education and a deep understanding of what parents and their sons expect from a school in today’s society.
The College stresses the individuality of each boy and aims to provide him with a strong foundation for life and extensive opportunities to develop his abilities. Over the decades, McGlashan men have become leaders in business and agriculture and in academic and professional fields.
By means of a well-structured curriculum, the College strives to instill the capacity for rigorous analysis, disciplined reflection and clear expression. Stated aims are to ensure that students become “…well-educated, men of character”, that they will “have the courage to stand, alone if necessary, for what they believe is right” and that they will “use their education and influence for the good of others”. The over-arching goal is for “…boys [to]...leave the College as men of integrity and conviction.”
The College gained authorization to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma in 1999, the third school in New Zealand to do so. That provided a new dimension for many and the IB’s global perspective is now firmly entrenched in the educational ethos of the College. In recent years many IB students have won highly competitive scholarships and awards, not only to New Zealand Universities but also to Duke, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Cornell, Imperial College and NYU amongst others.