Kia ora Koutou,

St Joseph’s School is an integrated school offering education with a Special Catholic Character to children from Year 0 to Year 8. The school is located in the rural township of Wairoa. St Joseph’s School is a decile 2 school with a current roll of 80 students.

Our school was founded by the sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart in 1911. Their leader was Sister Mary Mackillop now Saint Mary of the Cross. The sisters followed the mission of Jesus through Saint Joseph who is our patron saint. Both the sisters and Saint Joseph were models of stewardship, faithfulness, Gospel values, teaching and sustainability. Our school resides within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Palmerston North.

St Joseph’s School consists of three branches – the school community, St Peter’s Parish and the whanau of Tawhiti a Maru Marae.  These three branches of the school are interwoven with regard to school liturgy, support/tautoko and fundraising. Parents are involved in many ways assisting with grounds, maintenance/improvements, fundraising, coaching and managing sports teams and assisting on school camps and trips.  Parents/caregivers show a real interest in the learning, progress and achievement of their children.

Student achievement, support for quality teaching and learning processes and sound management of school structures and resources is significant and critical.  The Board of Trustees and Principal are committed to building upon leadership to support further development of effective teaching practice in order to make a significant contribution to student success and achievement.

From the beginning of 2024, Parents, caregivers, and whānau can find more information at One hour a day information for whānau.

 Phones Away All Day - If your child needs a cell phone, they must hand it into the office at the beginning of the day and collect it before going home for the day.

Our Values

We Light the Path – Learning to Love and Loving to Learn

Your Word is a Lamp for my Feet, a Light on my Path  Psalms 119:105

SCHOOL MOTTO :  We Learn with Faith for Tomorrow


Term 1  

Monday 29th January 2024

Friday 12th April 2024

Term 2

Monday 29th April 2024

Wednesday 3rd July (Last day of term)

Thursday 4th July 2024 Teacher Only Day

Friday 5thJuly 2024 - Teacher Only Day

Term 3

Monday 22nd July  2024

Friday 28th September 2024

Term 4

Monday 14th October 2024

 Friday 13th December 2024


Waitangi Day
Monday 07th February 2024 

Good Friday    
Friday 29th March 2024

Easter Monday     
Monday 1st April 2024 

Easter Tuesday     
Tuesday 2nd April 2024 

Kings Birthday     
Monday 3rd June 2024        

Matariki Day   
Friday 28th June 2024

Hawkes Bay Anniversary Day           
Friday 25th October 2024  

Labour Day     
Monday 28th October 2024 


8.50am          School starts

8.50am – 10.30am      In class

10.30am – 10.50am    Morning break

10.50am – 12.15pm     In class

12.15pm – 1.15pm       Lunch break

1.15pm – 2.50pm         In class

2.50pm School finishes