Building foundations for life


John McGlashan College is a high-performing Year 7-13 secondary school for boarders and dayboys in Dunedin, a long-established university city in New Zealand. 

The college understands the individuality of each boy and we provide every student with strong foundations 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. 

At McGlashan, we value intellectual excellence, aesthetic awareness and the ideal of a healthy mind in a healthy body.  We believe in the standards of our Christian heritage: honesty, respect and concern for others are fundamental to the way we do things.  We expect our boys to become well-educated, independent young men of integrity.

We are committed to academic excellence and we offer four clear pathways to qualifications:

  • NCEA - National Certificate of Educational Achievement
  • IB - International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • The Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Science and Business
  • Gateway

Year 10 Camp 2017

This year's camp was split between Ohau and Lake Ruataniwha. In Ohau, the boys were based at Huxley lodge and hiked up the South Temple Valley; at Ruataniwha they engaged in a variety of outdoor activities. 

Posted: Sunday December 3, 2017

Important Information for the start of 2018

I wish all of the John McGlashan families a very happy holiday and we will look forward to all the boys arriving back in 2018 refreshed and ready to go for another year. Here are the important dates for the start-up of the 2018 school year.

Posted: Friday December 1, 2017

Physical education! Isn’t that just forward rolls and running shuttles?

Currently there are close to 400 boys taking part in physical education classes at the college and eleven staff involved in teaching them. 

Posted: Tuesday November 14, 2017

Principal's Foreword

Some exam advice and a successful trip to Japan.

Posted: Sunday October 29, 2017

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Course confirmation Year 11 & Year 12 day boys

Staff will be available for course advise. Boys are NOT required to attend if they have confirmed their course