Our School


Rick Geerlofs Photo Small“In order to be an effective teacher, who makes an impact on a young person’s life, teachers need to foster a culture built around relationships and learning. Without these, the best intentions in the world will not bring about improved learning…. To get the best from their students, teachers need to foster the values of empathy, caring and respect.” (KVC charter)

Kaikorai Valley College is a medium sized Year 7 – 13 co-educational State Secondary School, situated in a beautiful park-like setting on the west side of Dunedin city. The school has a reputation for providing a SAFE learning environment where students receive a high quality education, are given a wide range of opportunities to develop as well rounded young adults, and ready to take on the challenges of work and study in ever increasingly dynamic and complex societies. Unusually for an urban city school, Kaikorai Valley College offers continued education from the ages of 10 to 18 (Years 7 – 13). This co-educational environment reflects the world around them, and provides students with the opportunity to develop into self-confident young adults who are happy to share ideas and opinions in any situation. It also allows them to perform to the best of their abilities in a safe and caring environment, free from harassment and bullying.

Kaikorai Valley College believes strongly in self responsibility. We promote and expect clear standards of behavior, having comprehensive structures in place for student support. We promote excellence in all facets of life, whether it is academic, cultural or sporting. Teachers are dedicated to maximising the opportunities for students, and hence our catch phrase of “Opportunity and Success for All.”

We accept enrolments across all age groups. Our biggest intakes are generally at Years 7 and 9.  However, it is not uncommon for students to start at all year levels throughout the school year. Our curriculum offers depth and breadth. Students are able to take a wide variety of subjects right through to scholarship level.

Our facilities are first class and are always being upgraded. The new administration block, full size gymnasium and attached buildings provide wonderful facilities for both our students and community.

The aim at Kaikorai Valley College is to give the young people of our community the very best start in life. If you would like to look around, discuss any aspect of our school, or how we might meet your needs, please do make contact and I will be very happy to meet with you.

Rick Geerlofs


Participation Respect Inquiry Diversity Environment

500 Kaikorai Valley Road
Dunedin, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 453 6035
Fax +64 3 453 1602