School History

History Of Chanel College

Chanel College was established in 1978 when St Joseph’s College for Boys, founded by Monsignor Nicholas Moore in 1945 and run by the Marist Brothers, amalgamated with St Bride’s College for Girls which had been established in 1898 by the Brigidine Sisters.

The traditions of the past are included in the College monogram

- the Brigidine Cross is superimposed over a stylised M, the symbol of the Marist Brothers. Chanel Crest

The College is owned by the Wellington Archdiocese and Cardinal Thomas Williams is named as its Proprietor. It was established to serve the Catholic community of the Wairarapa by providing a Catholic education for their children.

Chanel College became an Integrated School in November 1981, under the terms of the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act of 1975. Paragraph 5 of the Integration Agreement states:

“The school is a Roman Catholic school in which the whole school community, through the general school programme and in its religious instructions and observances, exercises the right to live and teach the values of Jesus Christ. These values are expressed in the Scriptures and in the practices of the Roman Catholic Church, as determined from time to time by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Wellington .”


St Peter Chanel

The College is named after St Peter Chanel who was a Marist Missionary Priest, martyred on 28 April 1841, on the island of Futuna in Oceania. Marist priests worked in the Wairarapa in the early days of European settlement and they had a particular interest in education. St Peter Chanel is a patron of the Catholic Church in New Zealand.

The College is administered by a Board of Trustees. The Board consists of parents and proprietor’s representatives, a staff representative, a student representative and the principal.