St Mary's Catholic School


Our Mission Statement :

"To Grow in Grace and Knowledge in Christ Jesus"

We base our school values around this statement - to be always seeking excellence, doing our very best in all we do, through our thoughts, words and actions as Christ Jesus.


Quality learning in a caring family environment where everyone is respected and valued.

St Mary’s is an integrated Catholic Primary School Years 1 - 8. The original school (now Annie’s Childcare Centre) was founded in 1955 by the Sisters of St Joseph.

The present school was built in 1985 and named after our Parish and Church, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. In 1994 the school was renamed St Mary’s Catholic School.

Special Character

The special character of our school is central to all school activities. Staff and students are expected to reflect “Proud to be Catholic” through their actions, thoughts and words.

Within the small, and family-nature of the school community, St Mary's students learn to respect each other as individuals and their environment, be responsibility for their learning and of others, maintain a ‘can-do’ attitude and work together as a highly productive team.

The poise, confidence and achievement of St Mary's students when they move onto secondary school and beyond, is testimony to the ethics and skills they develop at St Mary's. We are very proud of what our school has to offer our students and community, and strive to continue with providing excellence in all areas.



St Mary's Catholic School Offers:

“...a well-established culture where students are

encouraged to care for and respect one another”.

“...confident students who enjoy participating in

all aspects of the school’s learning programme”.

“...explicit expectations for behaviour which are understood

by students and teachers”.

“...a climate of trust where students are encouraged to learn,

and are purposefully engaged in classroom programmes

and the social life of the school”.

“...hard working teachers who work collaboratively as a team”.

“...well organised and resourced classroom

"...environments promoting literacy and numeracy”.

(Quotes from Education Review Office report on St Mary’s Catholic School, Otorohanga, dated 2016)

“Faith, Hope and Love” is the motto on the school logo, designed by ex-student Hotu Frew.


Important Notices and Updates Here

  • All students come back to school in SUMMER UNIFORM on Monday 14 October.
  • Monday 28 October is Labour Day so school is closed
  • November 1 is All Saints Day & November 2 is All Souls Day

“The small school with the big heart”

Quality learning in a family environment where everyone is respected and valued.