Boarding at McGlashan


If boarding is an option for your son, we’d like to hear from you. Call today for a prospectus and to arrange for a “tour and a talk”.   
Click here to download the 2018 Boarding Booklet

McGlashan offers:

  • top-flight teaching – our academic results are outstanding
  • modern comfortable accommodation – probably the best in the country; most boys have single rooms
  • clear boundaries and guidelines – highly effective teachers and a sensible approach to tradition
  • a secure, safe and friendly environment

McGlashan is unashamedly a boys’ school. We aim to make the best of their strengths and we concentrate on what works for them – high expectations, academic and sporting challenges, healthy competition, the freedom to be themselves.

The roll is limited to 500 (125 boarders). A key advantage of this is that many boys are involved in a range of activities, in music, drama, sport and scholarship, for example, rather than having just one area of focus.

McGlashan men are busy, active and focused on achieving. Boarding here is also great fun and, because we’re integrated, the cost is not unreasonable.

  • Honesty is expected in all dealings.
  • All members of this community and guests are to be treated with respect and courtesy at all times.
  • Boys are expected to make the best use of their talents in all school activities
  • Private and public property is to be treated with care and respect for the rights of others.
  • School appointments are firm obligations.

While these standards apply to the conduct of boys at school or participating in school based activities, we expect them to live by these standards at all times.

McGlashan has a formidable reputation as an excellent boarding school built up over many decades. Boarders add a special dimension to the school, and many old boys have very happy and lasting memories of their years in the boarding house. The College has a well-earned reputation as one of the finest schools in New Zealand. It combines the traditions of 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.

John McGlashan College is an integrated school. This means the State provides funding for teachers’ salaries and the school’s operational costs allowing costs for boarders’ accommodation and schooling to be kept to a minimum. A clause in the Integration Agreement protects the ‘special character’ of the College.  This recognizes McGlashan traditions and the school’s commitment to Christian values.

Boarders are accepted from Year 9.  In their first two years they are accommodated in Junior Hall, mostly in rooms of two or three beds.  Senior boarders live in the new Senior Hall in single rooms.  The boarding houses have their own common rooms. The incorporation of two further neighbouring houses has helped us cope with expansion and to integrate International students into our place.

The boarding house has a full-time manager, an assistant manager, a matron and ten housemasters, each of whom is a fine role model for our boys. Boarding house reports from the Education Review Office can be read at they always read very well.


Applications Close 31st July 2019

We welcome your contact at any time if you are considering a boarding house application for your son. Below is an outline for the annual Year 9 application process. For boys of different levels do not hesitate to make contact with us as sometimes a place may become available.

Year 9 Intake

Each year we aim to take 25 boys. We do not hold open days aimed at boarders, instead we ask that parents make an appointment to bring their potential Year 9 son for a “Tour and a Talk”. You will begin by meeting with the principal and then view the college and boarding facilities with the director of boarding.

It is an opportunity for you to assess what we offer, for your son to get a feel for boarding life, as well as for us to start to get to know your lad. This should happen prior to 24th July. 

Selection Process

All applications received prior to 31st July are considered.  We select boys whom we feel will fit in easily and who bring special talents. We eliminate some boys if we do not believe boarding will work for them. Whenever we have more applications than places, we will complete our complement through a ballot. Families are informed soon after the closing date. Please phone Jan Owen, Enrolments Manager on 467 6633 to arrange for a prospectus to be sent out or to book a visit.

An awesome start in the Boarding House

The Boarding House has hit the ground running with thirty new Year 9 boarderslearning the ropes and routines of boarding school life.

Posted: Sunday February 4, 2018

Lochie Bain welcomes new boarding director Mr Andrew Campbell

Head Boarder, Lochie Bain, welcomed the new boarding director Mr Andrew Campbell at an induction service earlier last week.

Posted: Thursday March 23, 2017

Opening of Boarding House for 2017

Information for all families with boys in the Boarding House next year.

Posted: Thursday November 24, 2016

Golf, Curling and Canoe Polo

These sports are enjoyed by some very competitive young men too.

Posted: Friday September 11, 2015