MISSION STATEMENT

"Saint Josephs School will provide a range of spiritual, academic, cultural and sporting learning experiences for all students and through quality teaching will develop life-long learners with a strong Catholic faith."

St Joseph’s School is one of 2 schools in a rural town and one of 7 in the close surrounding districts. It was established by the Josephite Nuns to serve the Roman Catholic parish of St Mary’s. The rural activity surrounding Taihape is a mixture of sheep and beef. Taihape is a typical mix of socio-economic levels found in most rural centres throughout New Zealand.

At St Joseph’s school we believe that everyone is a learner. We support each other in our life-long quest to gain new knowledge, improve our skills and develop our talents. We have the confidence to give things a go and innovate in a climate of respect and forgiveness.

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Parents have high aspirations for their children. They expect a good education and see this as a means to full employment. Education is highly valued by the school community. Parents support the school through fundraising, providing transport for class trips and helping within the classes. There are enthusiastic groups active within the Board of Trustees, P.T.F.A. and Whanau ensuring that the school is well supplied with equipment and resources.

The Catholic faith and traditions are evident in all aspects of St Joseph’s School. We nurture a closer relationship with God and follow the example of Christ through our core values of forgiveness and love. We show integrity by serving God and helping others in our daily lives. Prayer life of the students begins and end each term.