Semper ad Optima - To Always Strive for the Best

Opened in 1997, Greenbank is the youngest of all the boy's Houses.  The House motto is used in the House to motivate, challenge and inspire its members to always step up and never settle for mediocrity.  The House strives to celebrate diversity.

Greenbank House was named after Geoffrey Noel Townshend Greenbank, who was the longest serving Headmaster the College has had.  During Greenbank’s time as Headmaster, from 1947 until he retired in 1973, he added to the school’s reputation as one of the most respected private schools in New Zealand.  Greenbank’s name lives on not only through the House, but the Greenbank Sports Centre and The Greenbank Award.

Paul Watts was chosen to lead the new House. Since then, Greenbank has grown into one of the most tight-knit and successful Houses in the College.




Greenbank House Shield

Mr John Taylor chose the grey colour for Greenbank, but the black trim was added to give it some identity from everyday grey school shirts.  The mythical creature the Griffin, with the head, talons and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion, symbolises the king of the beasts united with the lord of the birds.  The red colour of the Griffin acknowledges Geoff Greenbank’s nine year term as Housemaster of School House.  The Griffin is an ideal symbol for the House as it epitomises Greenbank’s strong ideals, high standards and indomitable spirit.


Click here for the Greenbank House Handbook


House Staff 


Housemaster Paul Watts 
Associate Housemaster David Ward
House Tutors
Bryan Sapsworth   
Allan Robertson  
Teacher Mentors Ro Bairstow
Gary Burton
Chris Adams
Ronel Barlow


What Greenbankians say about their House...

"The best things about being in Greenbank are, firstly, the general atmosphere and cheer that circulates throughout. Secondly, the excellent location with the gym and swimming pool right next door within easy walking distance; it provides perfect opportunities for boys to play and work. Being part of a team that helps each other get on with life and encourages them to do better in what they do is great. Finally, having older boys helping you and showing you how it all works"

A Year 10 boy.


"The boys in the House are always kind to each other and respect is given by everybody. The most important thing for ensuring someone is happy is having boys in the House who treat you like equals. So long as you give older boys respect, they will treat you as one of their friends which makes everyone feel wanted. My first impression was that I was quite nervous even though I had a brother here. Still with all the older boys' help I managed to settle in well and without my brother here now it still feels like a 'Home'"
- A Year 9 boy.