Principals Message

Welcome to St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Paeroa. We are a Catholic Integrated School catering for years 0 to 8 students. Our roll number is around 75 and the majority of our students are Catholic or preference students. However, for parents interested in a quality, faith based education for their children but may not be Catholic themselves, please see me about the possibility of enrolling your child at our school.

We have close links to the St. Mary’s Parish Community. We attend and contribute to parish masses and many parishioners help around the school, from taking children for reading to golf lessons! Our school works hard to provide children with a modern, quality values based education through updated facilities, skilled supportive staff members and interactive learning opportunities. We are currently upgrading our classrooms to better reflect the demands of 21st century learning. The school is well governed by a strong and supportive Board of Trustees and we also have a parent fundraising committee who support us in providing extra resources for our children.

At St Joseph’s we C.A.R.E. This stands for Catholic, Attitude, Respect, and Excellence. We promote these values; in our school we have high expectations of all our students to do their best whether it is academically, in their faith journey, culturally or on the sports-field. They are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and make thoughtful choices. Visitors to the school often remark on the children’s good manners and friendliness and new students are quickly made to feel welcome. There are not many schools where you will find juniors playing in teams with seniors during lunch breaks! There are also not many schools where children are able to slide down the hill on cardboard and make huts in the bush in summer – under supervision of course!

St. Joseph's Paeroa is a very happy learning community and I am very proud to lead this school.

Catherine Swney


Criteria for Preference of Enrolment In Integrated Catholic Schools

1. The child has been baptised or is being prepared for Baptism in the Catholic Church.

2. The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.

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.

4. With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a grandparent or other significant adult in the child’s life, such as an aunt, uncle or godparent, undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.

5. One or both of a child’s non-Catholic parents /guardians is preparing to become a Catholic.