St Joseph's Catholic School

MATAMATA

VISION : Living – Loving – Learning with Christ as our guide

MISSION STATEMENT : To provide students with an excellent future-focussed education in a Catholic environment.

St Joseph’s Catholic School was established in 1930 with the encouragement of the Parish by the Little Sisters of St Joseph as a Catholic convent. It continues to provide education in a modern Catholic environment with a special emphasis on Christian values.

The school is proud of its Catholic heritage and its special connection to St Mary of the Cross, (Mary Mackillop) founder of the Little Sisters of St Joseph and Australasia’s first Saint.

We believe that :

 All students can learn

 Challenges help us to grow

 Learning is a life-long process

 All people are created by God and should be valued and respected

CORE VALUES OF ST JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL

St Joseph's is state-integrated Catholic Primary School where Jesus’s Christian values are taught and upheld. The school’s identity and culture, and its support for student well-being, are focused on these values.

These are founded on the charisms of St Mary MacKillop which are aligned with our 5 C's:

Christianity

Consideration - Make room for all

Co-operation - Do your bit

Commitment - Listen to God’s call

Care - An attitude of gratitude

As a small school, our children learn in a happy and caring family environment.

 We strive for excellence in all areas

 We cater for individual learning needs and learning styles

 We value the unique qualities each child offers our school

 We promote positive future focussed learning programmes through inquiry based learning and use of ICT.

 We offer low pupil/teacher ratios

The school caters for children from Years 0 to 8

Taking part in the Keep NZ Beautiful to clean up the environment around the school and surrounding areas.