Welcome to St Joseph's and our school community.

We hope these pages will help show you how SJS ticks.

He aha te mea nui o te Ao?                What is the greatest thing in the world?

Maku e ki atu....                                  My reply is......

He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!    It is people! People! People!

Our principal is leaving!

After 21 years of excellent service to our school and community, Mr Andy Thompson has decided to look for new challenges in life. The following is an excerpt from his resignation letter:

“ It has been a privilege to serve the children and community of St Joseph’s….I have been fortunate to be able to lead a school with great children, great parents, a great staff, a great senior leadership team, a great board of trustees and a great connection with the local church community.

There has always been a strong unity of purpose with the children at the centre of everything we do. Standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before, our Catholic faith and strong Mercy tradition have given all of us a clear direction.”

We wish Andy well as new doors open for him.

The board of trustees are currently advertising for a new principal to start in 2018. Information about the principal vacancy can be seen here.

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An Excellent ESOL Audit in August 2017

The school received very positive feedack from the Ministry of Education 'English for Speakers fo Other Languages - ESOL Verification Visit'.

A paragraph from the cover letter that accompanied the review:

"Your school has maintained a clear focus on oral language development over time and this appears to flow through into writing. The selected students were confident writers, They have developed confidence in the use of English language structures and their spelling is exceptional. You clearly have high expectations at your school."

An Excellent 2014 ERO Report 

The school has once again been placed on an extended 4-5 year review cycle, indicating confidence that St Joseph's has the ability to sustain and improve its performance  and innovative practice over this period.

Minister of Education Congratulates Board and School

Hon Hekia Parata, Minister of Education, wrote to the board of trustees to comment on the school being placed on the ERO 4-5 year review cycle.

The Minister recognises the demanding criteria that need to be fulfilled to achieve a 4-5 year review. She congratulates the board and all involved in providing a high quality education for SJS learners.

 A Very Positive Catholic Special Character Review

The Catholic Schools' Office external Catholic Special Character Review shows the commitment of the staff, board  and community to "strengthening the faith" of our children.

More details on our 'ERO & Other Reports' page