St Mary’s School is, first and foremost, a Catholic Character school. This means that a Catholic world view, Gospel values and Catholic doctrine lie at the heart of everything we do.
As a Catholic faith community, our special Catholic character is the cornerstone of who we are and everything we do at St Mary’s. Teaching at St Mary’s or any Catholic school is considered much more a vocation than a profession and our express goal is to make disciples of all our people: the learners, their whānau and our staff. Attending or working at St Mary’s School is an opportunity to participate in the mission of Jesus by sharing his Good News with each other and our wider community.
We have named our classrooms after the Sisters that founded our school. D (Dominic) block is a reference to St Dominic and the Dominicans who founded our school in 1933 and C (Catherine) block is named after Catherine McCauley who founded the sisters of Mercy and who ran the school from 1967. Our school uniform is designed with the colours of these two orders: green for the Dominicans and blue for the sisters of Mercy.