St. Mary's Catholic Primary School Gisborne

Kia Ora and welcome. St. Mary’s Catholic School is a very special place. We are a state integrated Catholic school of 229 students (and growing) in Gisborne, the first city in the world to see the sun each day. We enjoy a fantastic relationship with Campion College and the St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish.

Our vibrant school is founded on the Josephite charism of St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods. The four values we embrace are:

  1. Have an attitude of gratitude
  2. Do your bit
  3. Listen for God’s call
  4. Make room in your hearts for all

St. Mary’s Catholic School is a great place to learn. Our school is a member of the Tairāwhiti Community of Schools and a member of the Manaiakalani Outreach programme. We are working towards having all our classes operating on 1:1 digital devices (Ipads or Chromebooks) by 2020 and embracing a ‘Learn, Create, Share’ programme of teaching and learning. Our students are learning to work within a cyber smart curriculum and developing the all-important digital citizenship skills.

At St. Mary’s Catholic School we want all of our students to achieve their very best and to genuinely encounter Christ in their learning and the prayer life of our school. We offer a wide range of additional learning experiences and opportunities - in special character, leadership, enviro schools, gifted and talented programmes (Aurora), culture, music, sport and education outside the classroom pursuits.

Please come and visit us. We’re a busy and happy Catholic school community and you’ll be made very welcome. I’d be very happy to show you around our fantastic school.

Ngā mihi nui,

Helen McGuigan






St Mary’s Catholic School teaches and practices Gospel values where learners seek opportunities to realise their potential

Through Christian values aims to create a positive learning environment for all students!

Do Whatever Jesus Tells You!

40 Campion Road, PO Box 844, Gisborne 4010

Phone: 06 868 8332


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