Respect Reconciliation Faith Service
St Mary's Catholic School is a place where we live by the teachings and values of Jesus Christ. The School was founded by the Sisters of St Joseph and in 2013 we celebrated 100 years of the Sisters being involved in Catholic schools.
At St Mary's Catholic School we aim to develop a passion for learning through quality teaching and a balanced yet diverse range of learning experiences. Within our caring and nurturing atmosphere, Catholic values are taught and lived, and a concern for others is expected. We encourage and foster a love of learning and strive for excellence within a quality learning environment.
Our school motto is "Do whatever Jesus tells you". The motto aims to enhance the Catholic Character of the school and also make it easier for the children to understand and use in the daily conversations at school. It is very clear that although these words were spoken with compassion by Mary, there is also a very clear message in it and that is to consider what Jesus wants us to do and to listen to His instructions and do it.
We actively encourage as many children as possible to participate in our Sacramental programme. We also provide the opportunity to Catholic children from other schools to join our programme to complete the journey to Confirmation.
We encourage our children to live and display our school values - Respect, Reconciliation, Faith, and Service.
Here's a video showing a very special Mass we celebrated recently in our school hall.
Criteria for Preference of Enrolment in Integrated Catholic Schools
5.1 The child has been baptised or is being prepared for baptism in the Catholic Church.
5.2 The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.
5.3 At least one parent/guardian is a Catholic, and although their child has not yet been baptised, the child’s participation in the life of the school could lead to the parents having the child baptised.
5.4 With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a significant familial adult such as a grandparent, aunt or uncle who is actively involved in the child’s upbringing undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.
5.5 One or both of a child’s non-Catholic parents/guardians is preparing to become a Catholic.
Source: NEW ZEALAND CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE