Corran School – Wikipedia

School in Auckland, New Zealand

Corran School was a small independent girls’ school catering for students from ages 5 to 18 located in Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand. This school was established in 1947 by Mrs Constance Duthie.[1] It closed at the end of 2009, and Saint Kentigern School for Girls was established at the site of the former school.


Corran School was established by Mrs Constance Duthie in 1947 as a private kindergarten. It was initially located at her private residence before being relocated to some rooms located behind the Remuera Library in Auckland, New Zealand. Corran School was officially established as a Primary School on 28 July 1952. In 1955 the Trust Board purchased land and a building located at 514 Remuera Road from the LDS Church. This house came to be known as “Corran House”. In 1956 the co-educational portion of the private kindergarten was closed, and the school was registered as a secondary school with the New Zealand Education Board. It was officially known as Corran School for Girls until 1967, when the name was shortened to Corran School. Over the following 60 years, the school expanded to encompass several bordering properties. The school remained at the Remuera site until its closure in late 2009.[2][3]

Corran School had a strong relationship with the Anglican Church throughout its 62 years. For many years the students made weekly visits to Saint Aidan’s Anglican Church in Remuera, Auckland.[4]

The Corran School Motto was Gaudeamus which can be translated as “Let us rejoice”. This motto was included in the school emblem. Initially, the Latin phrase was incorporated around the Tudor Rose to form the school badge. The rose was later replaced with the Manuka flower, which was felt to be more appropriate for a school located in New Zealand.[2]

Headmistresses and Principals[edit]

Mrs Victoria Constance Duthie was the founder and first headmistress of Corran School. She served as headmistress from 1947 until her retirement in 1960. She was succeeded by six other headmistresses and principals, including:[3]

  • Mrs Mary Kathleen Macky (1960-1965)
  • Mrs Margaret Heath Lamb (1966-1982)
  • Mrs Margaret Birnie Allan (1982-1994)
  • Mrs Gillian Eadie (1994-1997)
  • Mrs Jacqueline Scorgie (1998-2005)
  • Mrs Sally Dalzell (2005-2009)


On 6 April 2009 it was announced that Corran School would close at the end of the school year. The Corran School Trust Board announced that it intended to hand over all of its assets to the Saint Kentigern College Trust Board due to ongoing financial difficulties.[5][6] Despite some controversy surrounding the closing of the school, the two Trust Boards officially merged on 7 May 2009.[7][8][9]

Notable alumni[edit]

Old Girls’ Association[edit]

The Corran Old Girls’ Association survives the former school. Its stated aims include providing educational support to the school’s former students and maintaining the former school’s archives and history.[10]


  1. ^ Corran Old Girls Association. History. Accessed 19/02/2013.
  2. ^ a b Corran Old Girls’ Association. History. Accessed 19/02/2013.
  3. ^ a b ‘History of Corran School’. 2009 Corran School Review. Auckland, New Zealand (2009). pp.58-63.
  4. ^ Jacqueline Smith, ‘Anglicans fight to keep Corran’, New Zealand Herald, 25 April 2009,, accessed 19/02/2013.
  5. ^ ‘History of Corran School’. 2009 Corran School Review. Auckland, New Zealand (2009). p.61.
  6. ^ Jacqueline Smith, ‘Old Private School forced into merger’, New Zealand Herald, 7 April 2009,, accessed 19/02/2013.
  7. ^ Corran School merges, New Zealand Herald, 8 May 2009,, accessed 19/02/2013.
  8. ^ Jacqueline Smith, ‘Corran’s action illegal, says QC’, New Zealand Herald, 27 April 2009,, accessed 19/02/2013.
  9. ^ Melanie Verran, ‘Corran Girls to Fight’,, accessed 19/02/2013.
  10. ^ Corran Old Girls’ Association. About us. Accessed 19/02/2013.