Our School Values



By having high expectations and persevering in the face of difficulty, the pursuit of high achievements are encouraged by demonstrating courage, patience and reliability.


  • Perseverance
  • Reliability
  • Courage
  • Responsibility
  • Patience
  • Resiliance


By fostering strong relationships through shared educational experiences results in a sense of belonging. and the more positive relationships students have in their lives, the happier and more prosperous they will become.

  • Love
  • Kindness
  • Friendship
  • Caring
  • Generosity
  • Unity
  • Cooperation


By respecting learners, teachers, ourselves, and everyone else within the educational environment, the values of trustworthiness, helpfulness, confidence, humility, honesty and tolerance are nurtured.

  • Encouragement
  • Trustworthiness
  • Integrity
  • Confidence
  • Humility
  • Honesty
  • Accountability

Our School Values

The core values of Excellence, Whanaungatanga and Respect are at the heart of everything we do to enable positive supportive relationships between staff, students and the wider school community.

At Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate we endeavour to challenge ourselves just as Sir Edmund Hillary did, which made him adapt to tough situations and become stronger.

Lets’ take a look at the life of Sir Edmund Hillary as an example of our values in practice.

Edmund Percival Hillary born in Auckland to Percival and Gertrude.

Read MoreJuly 20, 1919

Two years at Auckland University.

Read MoreEducation

School trip to Mt Ruapehu ignites interest in mountaineering.

Read More1935

Works as beekeeper.

Read More1936-43

First major climb: Mt Olivier in the Southern Alps.

Read More1939

Navigator in RNZAF for Catalina flying boats in the Pacific in World War II.

Read More1944-45

Climbs in Austrian and Swiss Alps.

Read More1949

NZ Gawhal Expedition in Himalayas; British Everest Reconnaissance.

Read More1951

British Cho Oyu Expedition in Himalayas.

Read More1952

Summits Mt Everest with Sherpa Tenzing.

Read MoreMay 29, 1953

Knight Commander OBE.

Read More1953

Marries Louise Rose. Children: Peter, Sarah, Belinda.

Read More1953

Uses tractor in first overland journey to South Pole since Robert Scott.

Read More1958

Establishes the Himalaya Trust.

Read More1961

First ascent Mt Herschel, Antarctica.

Read More1967

Wife Louise and daughter Belinda die in accident in Kathmandu.

Read MoreMarch 1975

Accompanies Neil Armstrong to the North Pole, first person to stand at both poles and atop Mt Everest.

Read MoreApril 1985

NZ High Commissioner to India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Read More1985-1989

Inducted into Order of New Zealand.

Read More1987

Marries June Mulgrew.

Read More1989

Knight of the Order of the Garter.

Read More1995

Returns to Nepal, 50th anniversary of Everest ascent.

Read More2003

Officially Opens Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate

Read More2004

Returns to Antarctica for 50th anniversary of Scott Base establishment.

Read MoreJan 2007

 Last trip to the Himalayas

Read MoreApril 2007

Ranked New Zealand’s most trusted person in survey.

Read MoreMay 2007

Dies in Auckland of heart attack, aged 88.

Read MoreJan 11 2008