"Our boys and girls learn together. They share new experiences and gain fresh perspectives from each other, thriving academically and developing social skills in the process. The result? Our students leave us as confident young adults, resilient and better prepared for life in today's world."
Christine Leighton, Rector
Life is co-ed, so it makes sense for students to spend their formative years in a highly engaged co-educational learning environment as they prepare for their future beyond school in a diverse society.
St Andrew’s College is proud to be the only independent school in the South Island offering Pre-school to Year 13 education for both boys and girls.
The benefits of co-education have been recognised since ancient times, when the Greek philosopher, Plato, said co-education creates a feeling of comradeship. He advocated teaching of both males and females in the same institution without showing any discrimination in imparting education.
Collaboration in the classroom helps boys and girls to gain a fresh perspective from each other intellectually, develop socially, and become more confident in expressing their views in the presence of members of the opposite sex. Research shows that students in co-educational schools are often better prepared to succeed in post-secondary education and to enter the workforce. It fosters a positive self-image and helps to develop the confidence of our future leaders.
Co-education provides a more realistic way of training young people to take their places naturally in the wider community of men and women: it helps to break down gender misconceptions and provides an excellent foundation for the development of realistic, meaningful and lasting relationships in later life. It also introduces students to both male and female role models, and leaves them with a wider, more diverse network of friends.
Co-education results in young adults who are open minded, well-rounded, and willing to step outside of their comfort zone.