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Fostering intellect, building character.

At Iona, we don’t just teach students, we create the conditions where high-quality learning thrives. We want our girls to go into the world strong in intellect and equally strong in character. We want your daughters to understand that being brave, taking risks, working hard, developing self-control, showing grit and displaying adaptive thinking are qualities that will unleash their potential.

As one of the leading schools in New Zealand, we are experts in recognising the qualities of girls – understanding them as learners and as people. This knowledge is built up over many years of experience in educating young women. In partnership with families, our responsibility is to develop young women who have the capacity to engage with – and respond to – their world with integrity, wisdom and imagination.

Community permeates all we do at Iona. It has remained a defining approach since our college was conceived more than 100 years ago. Our motto – Love, Joy and Peace – develops girls with humility, tolerance, respect and understanding – these are qualities our college embraces.

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus where you will see our philosophy translated into practice. Walk through our beautiful grounds, see our world-class facilities, and observe our dedicated staff and wonderful girls immersed in what they do best – learning together. You will witness how Iona empowers girls for life: secure in character, confident in their abilities, respectful in their manner and equipped to make their unique contributions to the world.