Our Values

Whakaute – Respect

At Shirley we respect others for who they are, and treat others the way we would want to be treated. We also build whakaute for specific situations, whether inside or outside of school.

Tuakiri – Character

At Shirley we celebrate the unique tuakiri of individuals as well as developing other desirable character strengths.

Better Than Before (BtB)

The value with the greatest presence of mana at our kura. At Shirley we strive to be better than before in everything that we do.


At Shirley Boys’ we value Whānau. Whānau at Shirley is kotahitanga (unity and aroha), supporting one another and whanaungatanga – building positive relationships.

Hononga – Belonging

Hononga at Shirley is knowing who you are, and adding to the past, present, and future mauri of our kura.

Our Purpose

Preparing young men to succeed in their world

Our Motto

Interest omnium, Recte facere – In everyone’s interest to act rightly