Why Bayfield?

Here are some great reasons to choose Bayfield

Bayfield High School is a Year 9-13 co-educational secondary school based in Dunedin, New Zealand.

We pride ourselves on our inclusive and caring culture and aim to provide a range of quality learning experiences in a warm and friendly environment.

Our aim is to maximise the strengths of individual students and their contribution to society, through excellence in teaching and pastoral care – we want our students to leave Bayfield as the best versions of themselves.

Bayfield’s values are Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence and these positive social and ethical values are emphasised in who we are and all that we do.

Our reputation

Bayfield High School was established in 1961 and has earned a reputation for academic excellence. We provide a friendly, supportive environment where students are encouraged to reach their full potential. We have special strengths in Outdoor Education, Music, Art and IT. We are one of the top schools in Otago with our students gaining grades well above the average in national examinations.

Academic programme

The school offers a wide ranging academic programme. We place emphasis on preparing students well for tertiary study. Subjects include: English, Mathematics with Calculus, Mathematics with Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Classical Studies, Economics, Accounting, Workshop Technology, Graphics and Design, Computing, Physical Education, Art History, Music, Art Printmaking, Practical Art, Art Photography, German, French, Chinese, Food Technology, Textiles Technology, ESOL.

Location and facilities

We are located on one of Dunedin’s most picturesque sites on the Otago Peninsula. We have extensive grounds, a well-equipped gymnasium, an excellent library and well-resourced computing facilities. We have five science laboratories, music suite, art rooms, senior common rooms, a careers room, and a common room for International students. All students are issued with personal email addresses and have access to the Internet for communication home.

Wide variety of sporting and cultural opportunities

An extensive range of academic, cultural and sporting programmes are offered. These include sports such as rugby, soccer, netball, softball, tennis, basketball, fencing, orienteering, canoeing, sailing, swimming, skiing, canoe polo, underwater hockey, athletics, cross country, cricket, hockey, golf, badminton, triathlon, volleyball. We also have a wide ranging outdoor recreation programme including tramping, abseiling, canoeing, etc. Our Music Department produces an annual show and provides individual musical tuition, choir, orchestra, and a jazz band.

Specialist Outdoor Education programme for Year 12 and 13

The school provides an optional extra-curricular Outdoor Education programme for Year 12 and 13 students.
Term 1 – Kayaking and Sailing
Term 2 – Outdoor First Aid, Mountain Biking and Rock Climbing
Term 3 – Skiing and Snow Boarding
Term 4 – Tramping and School Camp