Curriculum Statement

Our role is to provide our students with an education that is relevant to them and that equips them for their own lives, not one that replicates our own. Each of the curriculum components in this document is objective-based, measureable and achievable. Students that engage with this curriculum will emerge confident, creative and caring and well equipped for the world in front of them. 

Our Vision for our learners:  Caring, Confident, Creative.

"Our vision is to develop the whole child, living as a disciple of Christ, to create a community of excellence."

Our beliefs about learning:

We believe….

  • That school should be an enjoyable, positive experience for all.
  • That our school has a unique character and that it plays an important role in the Waimate community.
  • That children have a right to a safe physical and emotional learning environment.
  • That school should challenge and motivate all students to reach their full potential - academically, physically, socially and  spiritually.
  • In children becoming confident, creative, caring, risk-takers.
  • That learning about learning is essential and that we are all learners too.
  • In encouraging, valuing and celebrating individual skills, differences, interests and cultures.
  • That our students need to know about the world around them and the future before them.


At St Patrick’s School we believe that learning is most effective when students;


  • Experience success, have high levels of confidence and motivation, have a ‘can do’ attitude and a desire to achieve.
  • Become responsible and honest members of our school community. We believe students need to develop an awareness of their own emotions and spirituality, the consequences of their own actions and show respect and consideration to others and property.
  • Develop thinking skills and through opportunities to research and investigate topics of interest, develop inquiring minds.
  • Become independent and self-regulated learners who set and achieve their own goals and learn how to learn.
  • Students need to be clear about what they are learning and why and they need to be able to self-reflect and evaluate their own progress and identify their next steps.
  • Communicate positively and effectively through literacy, numeracy and ICT. We believe that by focusing on students’ abilities to listen, speak, read and write, students will develop skills and attitudes that will enable them to become independent and life long learners.
  • Are engaging with the media of today, using ICT and the digital technologies that are the tools of discovery.


Kei a Ihu Karaiti toku kaha ehara no roto mai i ahau anake.

My strength is in Christ, not in myself alone.