Our Principal’s Message

Tēnā koe, Welcome

Tēnā koe; a very warm welcome to our school’s website.  As Acting Tumuaki (Acting Principal), I am proud to lead St Benedict’s School – a place where each student, staff member and parent is valued for their contribution to this established community.

An Invitation to See our School in Action

On behalf of our staff, our school’s Board  and our HOK committee I extend a warm welcome to you all and encourage current and prospective parents alike, to come and see all the wonderful learning that takes place in our busy school. It would be my pleasure to show you around our school.

School Overview

St Benedict’s is a New-Entrant to Year 8 School which offers a faith-based education while providing a stimulating, challenging and well-rounded curriculum.

2021 is an exciting time at our school; recent significant growth is reflective of years of committed work, collaboration and focus by our school’s past and current community.

Catholic Character

As a Catholic school our spiritual values are integrated into all aspects of the school culture. We are proud to be Catholic and live our faith actively through daily prayer, Religious Education programmes and shared liturgies with the St Benedict’s parish. Importantly, our Catholic character and the values we display influence positively all relationships within the school community. Our recent Catholic Character review spoke highly of our school’s BoT, Leadership Team and DRS – all of whom ensure that our Catholic faith and teachings are carried out in authentic, everyday life.

We place a strong emphasis on the E.P.I.C. Gospel Values.  The values of Empathy, Perseverance, Integrity and Creativity have been developed from our founding order The Brigidine Sisters. These underpin everything we do.

School Vision

Our school motto ‘Developing our Children’s Minds, Growing our Children’s Hearts’ aligns with our school’s vision of being a school community which, in partnership with families and through our Catholic values, creates strong foundations where our students can truly become the best they can be, both now and in the future.

A Committed, Dynamic and Experienced Staff

The success of our school lies in the dynamic student-teacher relationship. We are very fortunate to have an experienced and dedicated team of teachers, teaching assistants and staff. Over the course of a year our staff offer a range of extra-curricular camps, day trips, clubs and events to nurture the holistic development of all students.

Our Curriculum

Along with The New Zealand Curriculum Framework covering eight defined learning areas, we also follow the comprehensive Religious Education Programme for Catholic Schools in Aotearoa.

Our all-encompassing programmes combine nurture of the individual with engaging learning experiences. This allows us to support and meet the holistic needs of all students at each stage of their development.

Our Students

Our students are happy, polite, enthusiastic and motivated to learn.  They are the jewel in our crown and as such make us proud when achieving highly in academic, sporting and cultural activities. We take advantage of a plethora of opportunities which allow our students to further develop and foster a love of learning.

At St Benedict’s our students are committed to participating fully in the life of the School. We are confident that when it’s time to leave our school, our students go on to secondary schools well equipped for the challenges that lie ahead, and with a passion for lifelong learning.

Parents as Partners, The Church and Our Community

At St Benedict’s School we are fortunate to have the full support of our parent body. As such we embrace parents as partners and actively seek ways for parents to enjoy our students’ learning journey.

We also enjoy an excellent relationship with St Benedict’s Parish; Father Pete Roe is a regular on the school grounds and in the classrooms. Staff and students alike welcome and appreciate his presence.

Developing a strong sense of community and belonging is at the centre of growing partnerships. We understand that positive relationships are at the heart of students achieving success, and so we strive to be inclusive and active members of our community.

School Board and HoK (Help our Kids)

We are fortunate to have a knowledgeable and passionate School Board. Their diverse talents and ability to work collaboratively for the continued improvement of our school is vital.

We are blessed with an engaged HOK committee who actively fundraise to provide additional resources for the school. Additionally, HOK supports new families integrating into our school along with hosting many events for our school families to socialise together as a community.

With all good wishes and blessings,

Mrs Cheryl Taylor, Acting Principal – St Benedict’s School