Our History


A group of parishioners from the Pukekohe Parish and parents from St Joseph’s Primary School meet and discuss the possibility of a Catholic College. A Steering Committee is formed.


The decision of the Ignatian charism for the College is made. The Steering Committee travel to Australia and receive the support of the Society of Jesus.


Under the leadership of His Grace Bishop Patrick Dunn D.D., the Auckland Diocese purchases 62 acres in Burtt Rd, Drury.


The name of ‘St Ignatius of Loyola Catholic College’ is accepted by the Bishop of Auckland, His Grace Bishop Patrick Dunn D.D. and the Provincial of the Society of Jesus for Australia and New Zealand Very Rev Fr. Stephen Curtin S.J.


The college is approved by the Minister of Education.


An establishment Board, including long-standing members of the Steering Committee present since the first meeting in 1997 is formed to begin setting up the college.


The first Principal is appointed. Mr Dean Wearmouth begins looking for staff to start the school planning process.


Staff begin planning the curriculum for the new school. Building is well under way.


On Tuesday the 30th of January 2024 St Ignatius of Loyola Catholic College begins with a dawn blessing by Ngāti Tamaoho. Then on Wednesday the 7th of February the school welcomed its first students with a powhiri and blessing by the Bishop of Auckland, His Grace Bishop Stephen Lowe.