A message from the Principal
Welcome – Nau Mai, Haere Mai.
Since 2008 I have had the privilege of being the Principal of St Joseph’s School Whakatane. Our school is one that instills pride in us all. We are a dedicated group of teachers and support staff who, when combined with our school community, makes St Joseph’s School an ideal place for children to build a sound foundation on which to grow.
We are in a unique position as a Catholic School in that we provide an education that goes beyond the seven curriculum areas. We offer education in faith, an holistic education which caters for the whole child now, and for the future. It is in our Catholicity that we demonstrate a loving, caring, inviting and prayerful community. With this as a basis I believe that St Joseph's has the potential to stand as a beacon for education in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and lead our children toward a positive future.
It is my aim that children at St Joseph's will look forward to coming to school, that they will be proud of St Joseph's and have a sense of ownership of this, their school. This will come through the provision of exciting, stimulating and rewarding activities in a safe and compassionate environment where each child is valued for who they are and their individual needs are met.
The culture of our school is embedded around the five Golden Rules.
- We are kind and respectful
- We are truthful
- We work hard
- We listen
- We look after property
Our doors are always open and we invite our caregivers to be actively involved in our school. We welcome anyone interested in joining our school community to visit our school.
Words by Amanda Swantti 1993, Music by Andrew Chin 2000
Dedicated to Michael Weir, Principal 1981-1993
Lord be with us through the day
Help us understand the way
To follow right and never wrong
And make our love grow ever strong.
St Joseph protect us at work and play
And guide our teachers every day
To lead us along the right paths
This, dear Lord, is what we ask.
Haere mai haere mai e nga iwi
Nau mai ra ki runga
o Hato Hohepa
Ki te hapai i nga
mahi a nga tipuna
Ki a kaha, ki a toa, aue
Whakarongo ki te reo e karanga nei
A nga taitamariki e tu atu nei
No reira e hoa ma
matou I nga mahi Whaka