Mission Statement

“You not only have the right to be an individual, you have the obligation to be one.”

What do we want for our students?

Iona makes a commitment to education that focuses on personal growth for every student, both as a learner and as a person.  Our students come first!  Young people need to be confident, connected actively involved, life-long learners.

What do we believe in?

Iona’s principles reflect our founding documents, current charter, Integration Agreement and the New Zealand Curriculum.  They underpin all school decision making.

Personal Growth Iona is based firmly on Christian principles.  The school’s motto of “Love Joy Peace” instils a sound values base.  Very much associated with the school’s Christian principles are the concepts of service and fostering a caring community.  This gives Iona a strong foundation.

Iona believes in the principle of a sound and liberal education.  The school provides high quality opportunities for education which engage the student with her learning through curriculum programmes and cultural and sporting activities designed to pursue personal best.

A commitment to small class sizes ensures every girl is known at an individual level.

Iona believes in the principle of lifelong, self directed learners.  This will carry students into the future through fostering and developing in each individual self esteem, self confidence and self discipline as well as passion for learning and living.

Iona holds fast to the principles of caring, mutual support and respect for self, others and the environment.  The development of personal values is an integral part of the growth of the whole person.

Iona believes in principles of cultural diversity and valuing the histories and traditions of all peoples.  In particular, it acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and New Zealand’s bicultural foundation.

Iona believes in the principle of building on the past yet reaching for the future.  Students are made aware of both their rich heritage and their place as local, national and global citizens in an ever changing world.

What do we value?

The Iona College vision and principles are reflected in our values.

Three values are associated with the student as a person:

  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Integrity

Three values are associated with the student as a learner:

  • Curiosity
  • Resilience
  • Understanding