ABOUT ST MARY'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL, PAPAKURA
From the Principal
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St Mary's Catholic School, Papakura is place where children thrive in a community of faith and grow in a loving relationship with Christ.
It is a privilege and an honour to have the opportunity to lead such an amazing school and faith community, where every staff member is passionate about our children's well-being, learning and spiritual growth.
We offer a broad and authentic curriculum for students from Year 0 to Year 8, providing a pathway to secondary Catholic education. Our holistic approach to learning encompasses a focus on mission and service, fostering a genuine encounter with Christ, His teachings and the teachings of the Catholic Church. As active participants in the evangelistic mission of the Church, our students are privileged with the opportunity to become authentic witnesses of their faith.
Since the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions arrived to open the then convent school on 21st May 1954, we continue to celebrate our school's proud history and multi-generational enrolments. Our school has evolved with the times, being able to offer 21st century technology and digital learning in innovative and engaging teaching spaces.
At St Mary's, learning is fun. Opportunities for students to excel, are supported by our amazing parent community who work tirelessly to raise funds and our forward-thinking Board of Trustees who work closely with our leadership team to strategically steer us towards our school vision.
We enjoy excellent academic outcomes and a high level of cultural and community engagement. Each child is valued for who they are and where they come from. Children are embraced and supported to learn and grow to achieve their own personal potential.
Set in peaceful and well established park-like grounds, St Mary's is a great place to grow, to learn and to work. Come and visit us and see for yourself.
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Our Vision and Mission
Developing confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners, living in relationship with Christ.
Our Mission Statement
Together We Learn, We Pray, We Serve
Me Whakatotahi, Kia Maarama, Kia Pono, Ki Te Karakia
Our Values and Pledge
As a Catholic school, everything we do will be characterised by the Gospel Values of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with a particular focus on fostering the three core values of respect, care and responsibility.
I will be like Jesus in my words and actions
I will respect myself others and our environment
I will always show care towards others
I will be a responsible member of the
St Mary's faith community