Welcome to St Mary’s School Dunedin. We are a family focused school. Our school caters for learners from New Entrant until Year Six. At St Mary’s we pride ourselves on meeting the learning needs for all of our children. We have well-resourced learning spaces both inside and outside of the classroom. Our teachers are experienced in multi-levelled classroom teaching and in meeting the needs for a variety of learners.
At St Mary’s we use the latest research into literacy and follow a structured literacy approach. This means that all children including children who shows signs of neurodiversity are supported and nurtured through the process of reading and writing.
Play based learning in our Junior space supports this approach and allows for children to transition seamlessly from early childhood learning into primary based programmes.
At St Mary’s our goal is to ensure that every child is given every opportunity possible to develop and grow through our inclusive and holistic curriculum. We prepare our learners to be resilient, happy problem solvers, who are confident to meet the challenges that life brings.
Our school is open to all children and families in our community.
It is not necessary to be of Catholic faith to attend our school.
The criteria for obtaining preference of enrolment are as follows.
The child has been baptised or is being prepared for baptism in the Catholic Church.
The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.
At least one parent/guardian is a Catholic, and although their child has not yet been baptised, the child’s participation in the life of the school could lead to the parents having the child baptised.
One, or both of a child’s non-Catholic parents/guardians is preparing to become a Catholic.
With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a grandparent or other significant adult in the child’s life, such as an aunt, uncle or godparent, undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.
Attendance Dues are payable to the Catholic Education Office via the parish in which you live. These dues help to provide and maintain the school buildings of the Dunedin Diocese.