Kavanagh College exists to promote excellence in learning and teaching in a climate of faith and pastoral care for the Catholic Community of Dunedin.

The College strives to educate young people through a wide range of learning opportunities relevant to 21st-century living. Considerable emphasis is placed on personal development, spiritual growth through our special character, leadership and community awareness. This is achieved through:

  • Excellence in pastoral care
  • Excellence in academic, cultural and sporting achievement
  • Excellence in developing and enhancing our special Catholic character

Most of all Kavanagh College is a strong learning community where students, teachers and parents work in unison to build well rounded, confident and connected young people who go forth to make a difference in the world.

Principal’s message

Tena Koutou Katoa. Nau mai Haere mai.

Greetings and Welcome to Kavanagh College.

What is the highest vision we can have for each other and the modern world we inhabit? What role does education play in building a better world for all? These questions are at the heart of Catholic Education which provides the foundation for an authentic learning experience grounded in our special character and Christian faith. Kavanagh College has an outstanding record of achievement in all curriculum domains as one of Otago's and New Zealand's leading co-educational schools. We are an inclusive and innovative school with a strong community base. Our staff are highly committed to their vocation, supporting each student to reach his or her potential in a happy and healthy environment. The school is held in high esteem by the Dunedin and wider regional community which is reflected in the strong demand for enrolment places.  I look forward to meeting you and discussing your child's education needs and future pathway.

Noho ora mai.

Best wishes.
Kate Nicholson