Our Mission

Principal's Message

Welcome to St. Joseph's Catholic School, Opotiki, an integrated school for boys and girls from Year 1 to Year 8.

St. Joseph's has a long and proud history that dates back to 1890 and many families of pupils currently attending have been associated with our school since those early days.

For 100 years the school was staffed by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions and the Mission charism is still very present today.

We celebrate a wide diversity of cultures with 14 ethnicities comprising our school community.

St. Joseph's School is a place where staff, Board of Trustees, parents/caregivers and children work openly and co-operatively to achieve the school's mission.

We have much to be thankful for.

Raewyn Clark


Thanking essential workers.

Photo: thanking essential workers.

Catholic Character

We will, through our Religious Education Programme and effective modelling, teach our pupils the ideals and values taught by Jesus Christ and encourage them to be active members of our local and eventually, wider Catholic Church Community.

Mission Statement

St. Joseph's School will provide a faith enriched education within a supportive Catholic environment that promotes excellence in all aspects of every child's learning.


We the B.O.T and Staff will create a safe, stimulating and positive learning environment where children will

  • want to learn

  • are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning

  • have high Literacy and Numeracy Skills.

  • treat themselves and others with respect and dignity.

  • participate willingly in all school activities.

  • are provided with opportunities for Leadership, Team Work and the development of Life Skills.