We Provide a Catholic Education
for the Whole Child
'And He said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation"' Mark 16:15
Through its curriculum, celebrations, cultivation of the aesthetics and Religious Education programme, the school attempts to give Witness to the essential wholeness of the human experience; social, moral, physical, spiritual and intellectual development.
St Mary's Catholic School was founded by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions in 1912. It was originally opened in the old Convent (cited by the Miro tree on the field) and in 1914 the present wooden block was opened.
Integration into the state system occurred in 1982 and in 1989 the first lay Principal was appointed. The school still has close contact with the Sisters who lived in the Convent behind the school.
In 1993 the new administration block and library were completed and in 1997 and 2000, new classrooms were built. Due to our growing roll, in 2013 we were fortunate enough to have three new classroom spaces added to an existing block in the form of an innovative learning environment.
St Mary's supports the mission of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Ellerslie and St Bernadette's, Mt Wellington, by offering quality education within the context of Catholic Values and traditions. As such, there are genuine efforts to establish a true community of faith and learning; one which recognises the uniqueness and dignity of the individual and operates on the Gospel Values of respect and care for one another.
Our aim is the pursuit of excellence in education, which allows for each individual person to develop their own God given abilities and talents. We aim to provide an enriched environment within which the acquisition and development of basic skills and learning processes is integrated into the total learning experience.