About Us

St Patrick's School in Waimate is a Catholic, integrated, full primary school, big on heart and achievement. We have very high expectations for all of our students and we help them to be the best that they can be in the 21st century.  Students are at the heart of all we are.

Our school was first opened in the late 1880s. It is a Josephite School and the Sisters of St Joseph taught many generations of Waimate students here. In 2005, past and present students and staff celebrated the school's 125th anniversary.

The school is in a sheltered environment, both physically, because of the trees and location and literally, by nature of the community and the local parish community, making it a caring, pleasant and safe place.

We are a decile 5 school, with a growing roll of 41+ students. We participate in the Fruit in Schools Scheme and in the Duffy Books in Homes Programme.

There is one MLE consisting of both the Senior and Junior classes and a larger, whare-hui and quiet area. The library/learning centre is well resourced. There is an adventure playground, obstacle course and a large shaded sandpit as well as shaded eating areas. 

Our students enjoy learning and their parents value education and support the committed and hardworking staff, through parental help when required, the PTA (FASP), Board of Trustees and the Special Character Committee.

All of these people contribute to the big picture to provide the best possible academic, emotional, physical, spiritual and cultural outcomes for our school community, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ who leads our vision statement that consists of "excellence" and growing our students to be the best they can be.

The school is well equipped with modern teaching equipment, including the latest ICT (Information Technoloqy equipment), has a modern learning environment that can still separate classes. Library, resource rooms and area for performing arts. Our large playground, obstacle 

We are growing our strengths and recognition for cultural achievement. 

We teach the New Zealand Catholic Curriculum and the New Zealand Curriculum which, when combined with the aims and aspirations of our local school community form our own school-based curriculum.

We are consistently able to provide small class sizes, exceptional well qualified teachers and we have a fantastic setting in which to learn. We are quite happy being a small school and our students really benefit from the extra one-to-one with the teachers.  We also place a high emphasis on personal professional development for our staff members which adds value to their teaching.