Our Kāhui Ako

A Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako is a group of education and training providers that form around children and young people's learning pathways, and work together to help them achieve their full potential. 

St Mary's Catholic School in Papakura belongs to the South Auckland Catholic Community of Learning.

These schools are members of our Kāhui Ako.

De La Salle College

Holy Cross School (Papatoetoe)

Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School

St Anne's Catholic School (Manurewa)

St John the Evangelist Catholic School

St Joseph's School (Otahuhu)

St Joseph's School (Pukekohe)

St Mary MacKillop Catholic School

St Mary's Catholic School (Papakura)

South Auckland Catholic Community of Learning

P.T.F.A - Parent, Teachers & Friends Association

St Mary's Catholic School PTFA is a friendly, pro-active group of Mums, Dads and Grandparents who create memorable events and experiences for our children while delivering essential fundraising for St Mary's School.  

Our school needs a strong ongoing community to support our fundraising requirements.  All events are executed in line with our school values.  Your commitment need only be as much or as little as you can give.  

The PTFA meet once a month to plan fundraising events such as discos, movie nights, pizza lunches, sausage sizzles, Graduation Mass and many more fun events.  

The PTFA is a great way to get involved in the school and to set a great example for your child/children.  We also have a helpers list of parents who are always happy to assist with baking or assistance at events.  'Every little bit helps'.   

Chairperson          ...       Mr Patrick Buckley

Vice Chairperson  ...       Mrs Karen O'Sullivan

Secretary              ...        Mrs 

Treasurer              ...        Mrs Karen O'Sullivan

Committee Members:

Patrick Buckley

Karen O'Sullivan

Jo Linklater

Sabrina Vaillancourt

Anne-Maree O'Leary

Rebecca Waite

Benita Kiutau

Sandhya Mathew

Philomena O'Donnell

Mrs Jane Fetu'u

Audrey Kippen - Principal

Bernadette Paulse - DRS

Krishnie Govender - Staff Representative

Gala Committee

A message from our Gala Committee

Held in the first term of each year, the St Mary’s School Gala is the biggest fundraising eventon our school calendar. It’s a popular community event, “world famous in South Auckland”.

The Gala committee is made up of an enthusiastic, dedicated and engaged group of parents,committed to delivering a successful Gala day.  Planning for the Gala starts in August eachyear and it’s a wonderful way to be involved, meet other parents and reaffirm our faith with
the act of service.  

There are many ways to help – new faces and fresh ideas are always welcome.  If you would like to be involved, but are unsure how, or have any questions, please email: galapr@stmaryspapakura.school.nz

We hope you can join us.  All are welcome!

Our Gala Committee Members

Name                                 Role








                                             People Power



                                             Mystery Envelopes

                                             PTFA Chairperson

                                             Basement & drop offs

Before & After School Care

Sponsors and Supporters