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To ensure our Year 9 Boarders get the best start to their life at King’s we have a specialist Year 9 Boarders’ Transition Programme. 

We developed this programme because we understand this is a crucial stage of a student’s education and we want to help them to build a strong foundation for the years ahead. 

Our Year 9 Boarders’ Transition Programme is built on the principles of Positive Education with a focus on student wellbeing.

Te Pūtake Lodge

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The cornerstone of the programme is our dedicated Year 9 Boarding House: Te Pūtake Lodge - The Foundation Lodge.

The name of Te Pūtake Lodge stems from the following whakataukī: ‘ki te kore ngā pūtake mākūkūngia, e kore te rākau e tupu - if the roots of the tree are not watered, the tree will never grow.’

By giving the boys an environment that suits their age and stage in life, we give them space to develop their own identity, discover the College and establish new friends and relationships. Year 9 Boarders also get to know their peers from across all our boarding houses and establish wide base of friendships within our Boarding community. 

A strong foundation and introduction to Boarding

Te Pūtake Lodge provides an individualised and specialised programme, literacy support and mentoring to establish productive study practices and prepare students for the demands of their senior schooling years.  The overall aim is to foster resilience and provide a positive approach to all aspects of College life in a safe and supportive community.

Every Year 9 Boarder is still part of their allocated King’s House for all inter-House activities such as House athletics, Big House Music and swimming sports, and once they are in Year 10, they move out of the lodge and into their allocated House.  This transition is made easier as the students have already established a strong network of friends and peers they will be living with.

If you would like to know more about our Year 9 Boarding programme or would like to book a tour of Te Pūtake Lodge or any of the other Boarding Houses, please contact us, we would love to show you around.