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Julie Calder - Principal 

One of my lifelong aims, as an educator, is to ensure all students are equipped with knowledge, skills, and attitudes for their future lives, and ultimately their careers. At Selwyn House, core learning in English, Mathematics and Computer Science is complimented by trans-disciplinary inquiries and rich tasks, which allow high levels of application, creativity and problem-solving. The development of these skills combined with crucial interpersonal skills, such as self-regulation, curiosity, and tolerance, enable Selwyn House girls to become confident and informed global citizens eager to take their part in the world. We focus on helping girls to develop as inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Our girls receive a remarkable education that will prepare them for the global society they will live and lead in. We invite you to visit Selwyn House School to experience our future-focused learning environments.

About Selwyn House School

Selwyn House School is a leading New Zealand Girls’ school for Years 1–8.

Selwyn House School was founded in 1929 and is the only South Island Girl’s Primary School offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Year Programme.

"We do not give her the chance to be equal, we give her the opportunity to be remarkable."

"A Selwyn House School education is one of the most precious gifts you can give."

Selwyn House School offers an exceptional opportunity for girls from age three through to their graduation at the end of Year 8 to grow and learn in a stimulating and nurturing environment. As an International Baccalaureate World School teaching the Primary Years Programme, our focus is on developing globally minded learners and leaders.

Together with each family, our teachers’ work to ensure we inspire all our girls to love and be committed to learning as they develop their own unique way of being ‘remarkable’. To achieve this we actively encourage the girls to think about what sort of person they want to be, what sort of life they want to lead and what they are prepared to stand up and fight for.

We believe in the strength of tradition, the promise of the future and the power of education and inspiration to equip our young people to face our continually changing world with confidence and enthusiasm. Our students stand out amongst their peers. They are articulate and determined young women who have the values, skills and attributes needed to not only achieve their goals but to make a difference in their communities.


We inspire our students to learn through continuous inquiry, empowering them with the skills, knowledge, courage and optimism to become caring, active, lifelong learners who enhance the life of others.


Our values are at the centre of everything we do.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) created the IB Learner Profile as a set of attributes that all IB schools strive to develop in their students, employees and other community members. Selwyn House has embraced the IB Learner Profile and has adopted the attributes as our school’s values. Our students and teachers work together to embrace and develop these qualities in one another.