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.

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 202

Good Friday
7th April 2023
Anzac Day
Monday 25th April 202

Queen’s Birthday
Monday 0
5th June 2023

Matariki Day
14th June 2023

Hawkes Bay Anniversary Day
Friday 20th October 2023

Labour Day
Monday 2
3th 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