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 30th January 2023

Thursday 6th April 2023

Term 2

Monday 24th April 2023 - Teacher Only Day

Wednesday 26th April 2023 (First day back for students

Thursday 29th June 2023

Friday 30th June 2023 - Teacher Only Day

Term 3

Monday 17th July  2023

Friday 22nd September 2023

Term 4

Monday 9th October 2023

 Thursday 14th December 2023


Waitangi Day
Monday 07th February 2023  

Good Friday    
Friday 7th April 2023
Anzac Day      
Monday 25th April 2023           

Queen’s Birthday        
Monday 05th June 2023           

Matariki Day   
Friday 14th June 2023

Hawkes Bay Anniversary Day           
Friday 20th October 2023  

Labour Day     
Monday 23th October 2023 


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