St. Mary's Catholic Primary School Gisborne 

School Mission 

Sharing the love of Jesus

School Vision

Empowering Confident & Capable Learners

Our School Motto:  "Do Whatever Jesus Tells You!"

Principal's Message

Kia Ora and welcome.  St. Mary’s Catholic School is a very special place.  We are a state-integrated Catholic school of 232 students (and growing) in Gisborne, the first city in the world to see the sun each day. We enjoy a fantastic relationship with Campion College and the St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish.

Our vibrant school is founded on the Josephite charism of St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods.  The four values we embrace are:

We are also a PB4L, positive behaviour for learning, school.  We have three simple school rules that underpin behaviour choices:

St. Mary’s Catholic School is a great place to learn.  Our school is a member of the Gisborne Turanganui-a-Kiwa Kāhui Ako and a member of the Manaiakalani Outreach programme.  Our Year 3-6 classes are all operating on 1:1 digital devices (Ipads or Chromebooks) and embrace a ‘Learn, Create, Share’ programme of teaching and learning.  Our students are learning to work within a cybersmart curriculum and developing all-important digital citizenship skills. 

At St. Mary’s Catholic School we want all of our students to achieve their very best and to genuinely encounter Christ in their learning and the prayer life of our school.  We offer a wide range of additional learning experiences and opportunities - in special character, leadership, enviro schools, gifted and talented programmes (Aurora), culture, music, sport and education outside the classroom pursuits.  

Please come and visit us.  We’re a busy and happy Catholic school community and you’ll be made very welcome.  I’d be very happy to show you around our fantastic school.

Ngā mihi nui,

Helen McGuigan

School Information Evening 2024

Principal's Award for Academic Excellence (Dux)

Molly Muir

BOT Leadership Shield

Billie-Mae Mackintosh

Patricia Ramanui Trophy

Anahi Foothead Walters 





40 Campion Road, PO Box 844, Gisborne 4010

Phone:  06 868 8332


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