Boys of all faiths are welcome in the Lindisfarne family, but enrolment requires a positive commitment to live by our special character, entrenched in the Christian faith and our Presbyterian heritage. 

There are many layers to the Christian Dimension of our school but it is our Christian values that underpin everything we do, how we define the crucial characteristics who we are, what we do, and how others see us.  

Central to the College is our Special Character which is focused on three areas; religious studies, worship and pastoral care.  Lindisfarne is affiliated to the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa-New Zealand and it is this Christian foundation that is the heart of the school's Special Character. ​​​​​​​We have developed an excellent pastoral programme, providing the best possible care to all boys during their time at Lindisfarne College.Through our well-established Christian education programme, as well as College Chapel services and assemblies, we are able to provide key opportunities for all of our students to explore their faith and purpose and to consider how they relate to their daily lives and those of others.​​​​​​​


"When I look back on my time at Lindisfarne, I will remember the diversity of the experiences that were offered to me; everything from volunteering and public speaking to music and sport. These are all things that will stay with me for the rest of my life."

​​​​​​​Andrew McLennan Chapel/Service Prefect​​​​​​​


The Lindisfarne College Chapel is the cornerstone of our College; a place where the Lindisfarne College community comes together to explore the Christian values upon which the College is founded and celebrate special occasions.  

​​​​​​​Our Chaplain delivers a sermon to the students once a week and the boys conduct a second service organised into their respective House tutor groups. Two to three Sundays a term our families are invited to join their sons in worship for a family Chapel service.

Religious Education Programme

The aim of our Religious Studies programme is to provide students with the opportunity of exploring faith issues and how these can positively influence the direction of their lives.  We aim to expose students to some of the fundamentals of the Christian faith, to the challenging questions of life and purpose so that, at a time appropriate to them, they are able to make informed life choices.  

Service Programme

Daily College life offers many occasions to lead and serve others.  Coaching a junior team, academic tutoring, guiding prospective families around the College, leading a tutor class chapel service are all rewarding ways to enhance a boy's personal and spiritual growth. Our stimulating and rewarding range of formal service activities include our Women's Refuge Care Packs and gardening, Year 13 Service Leadership day, Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Awards, community volunteering and fundraising activities, and in the past, a very popular trip to Nepal.​​​​​​​


Far from Iona's rocky shore
At Oswald's call St Aidan sailed,
To found upon the Holy Isle
His Church of Lindisfarne.

Then Cuthbert followed in his wake
to spread the Gospels far and wide;
And Lindisfarne became the seat
Of learning, love and light.

Now far across the mighty seas,
Far from old Durham's cloistered walls
There stands another Lindisfarne 
In Hawke's Bay's sunny clime.

The Aidan and the Cuthbert Cross
Now stand united in our crest,
Surmounted by the severed head
Of Oswald, king and saint.

May we, O Lord, in years to come,
As did the saints of Lindisfarne,
By striving ever in Thy Name,
Find Highways in the Heart.