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St Mary’s Catholic School was founded by our Cluny Sisters in 1942 who still have a presence in our school today.

We are a Primary School (Year 1 – 6) of Special Catholic Character that caters for the education and supports the faith development of families within the Parish of St Thomas Aquinas. The Special Catholic Character of our school is expressed through the students, teachers and wider school community, living and teaching Gospel Values.

We have an extremely talented and professional team of staff, supported by a dedicated Board of Trustees and a committed parent community. Our harbour setting is second to none; a fantastic place for children to come and learn, and a rewarding place for teachers to come and teach. It is our collective aim to provide the very best learning opportunities for all of our students.

Our school sits on the edge of Tauranga harbour which provides unique and beautiful learning environment.

Please watch our video to gain a sense of the culture and values of our school here.

At St Mary’s School we value students from different cultures. If you are considering bringing your child to New Zealand for education purposes it is important to know that St Mary’s School is a Signatory to The Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students.

You are welcome to enrol or enquire as an International student through the Enroller link.  Apply Now or Enquire Now

You many like to read our International Student Handbook along with all supporting documents below.