About us

Kia ora koutou, Talofa, Mālō e lelei, Kia orana, Namaste, Bula, Hola, Kumusta, Ayubowan, Hallo, Mingalaba, Selam, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Asalaam-walaikum, As-salamu alaykum,  Mhoroi, greetings everyone! 

On behalf of the St Mary’s Avondale School Board of Trustees, staff and students, I extend a very warm welcome to you and your family as you embark on the very important decision as to where to educate your child.

St Mary’s is a small Catholic full primary school with a big heart.  Our small size is one of our strengths as it allows us to foster a family friendly atmosphere where staff get to know all the children well. St Mary’s students are from multicultural backgrounds, and we rejoice in our diversity.

St Mary’s, originally named St Bride’s, was  founded by the Mercy Sisters in 1923 and we continue to follow the Mercy faith charism (gift), inspired by Catherine McAuley.

St Mary’s is an inclusive, caring school where staff, parents and students all work together to meet the needs of our learners and prepare them for their future.  Our children achieve very well academically and enjoy regular opportunities to participate in spiritual, sporting and cultural events. Parent participation is welcomed and we offer many opportunities for parents and families to come and engage with the children’s learning.

Excerpts from our latest ERO Review:

“Learners are achieving excellent educational outcomes. School performance has been sustained over time through well-focused, embedded processes and practices.”

“The school’s special character nurtures strong values. The school promotes a positive culture for learning where students, staff and parents are valued and encouraged to be actively involved. Students, staff and parents appreciate the school’s inclusive, family atmosphere.”

“The school has a holistic approach to learning that promotes students’ intellectual, spiritual, social and human development.”

We welcome your consideration of St Mary’s as your school of choice for your child and family.

If you would like to find out more about our school, or meet with me, please email me personally at principal@stmarysavondale.school.nz

“We should be shining lamps, giving light to all around us”  Catherine Mcauley

Ngā mihi nui

God Bless

Kathryn Hira