Our Special Character

Goodness and wisdom through a Christ-centred life

At St Mary's our Catholic Special Character is the heart of our school's existence. Our multicultural traditions, beliefs and strong faith as Catholic Christians are visible in every aspect of our lives. 

 

Religious Education is taught everyday from pre-school to Year 8.  As Christians, this is to ensure a deeper understanding of our Catholic faith using traditions and scriptures. It is also strongly integrated in other areas of learning throughout the day.

 

We follow the official programme as set out in the "Religious Education Curriculum Statement For Catholic schools in Aotearoa New Zealand."  Before we start a new religious strand (topic),  parents are informed of the focus and learning intentions of the strand and what will be covered.   This will inform and assist you to help your child at home. 

 

Our Principal, Mrs Kathryn Hira, alongside with Mrs. Avida D' Souza, our Director of Religious Studies, are responsible for maintaining the Special Character of the school. 

 

"Goodness and wisdom through a Christ-centered life" is our school vision. In order to achieve this, St. Mary's Avondale have five core Christian values that we promote in everything that we do. The family of St. Mary's Avondale upholds the values of Respect, Integrity, Justice, Excellence and Creativity. These are the foundations of our School Charter and we believe that these values help us achieve our mission, to be a good, Christ-centred citizen of our society.

 

We strive to uphold the Catholic Special Character of our school by consistently educating students through our sacramental programmes. Throughout the year, we work  regularly with our parish priest being involved in several community based activities such as fundraising for charity and outreach programmes. All classes attend our school parish mass every term. Within the school year, the school and the parish come together to celebrate mass with the community.

 

For more queries and information about the Catholic faith, Catholic Education programmes and resources, visit these helpful websites:

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Catholic Character of New Zealand Schools

These suggestions are drawn from the best practices in New Zealand Catholic Schools.

Catholic Review Office

The New Zealand Catholic Education Office is the office of the New Zealand Council of Proprietors of Catholic Integrated Schools. It also serves the educational requirements of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference. It assists the Conference and the proprietors of Catholic Integrated schools in their mission of providing Catholic education.

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The New Zealand Catholic Education Office is the office of the New Zealand Council of Proprietors of Catholic Integrated Schools. It also serves the educational requirements of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference. It assists the Conference and the proprietors of Catholic Integrated schools in their mission of providing Catholic education.

Catholic Enquiry Centre

The Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC) promotes the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Faith. Based in Wellington since 1961, the CEC is an agency of the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand, and is supported spiritually and financially by Catholics throughout the country.

Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services, a member of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland provides professional services which can include counselling and social work. The counselling focuses on work with families, couples and individuals to do with relationships. The social work programme focuses on a wide range of family or relationship issues. 

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SCHOOL HOURS

Monday-Friday 8:40am - 2:45pm

OFFICE HOURS

Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

 

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Contact Us

2136 Great North Rd, Avondale 0600

Auckland, New Zealand

 

Phone:

(09) 828 5599

Email:

stmarysoffice@stmarysavondale.school.nz