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Our Vision

To grow Catholic, Christian, young people, who are CONFIDENT, CONNECTED, LIFELONG LEARNERS, inspired by the teachings of Jesus, and who make a positive difference in their community.


How we make our Vision real

The St James’ motto is “Live the Truth”. At St James’ Catholic School, Jesus and His teachings are at the heart of everything we do.  We are encouraged and inspired to grow in faith and to learn more about being a member of the Catholic Church.  We are a welcoming community who responds practically, with compassion, understanding and sensitivity to the needs of others.  We participate positively in service to contribute to the common good of all.

Everyone has a place here. In our safe and inclusive environment we embrace and value diversity. We recognise and respect the uniqueness of every individual within the school community as made in the image and likeness of God.  We acknowledge and accept that there is more than one way to achieve the same goal. We value and encourage the development and sharing of everyone’s unique ideas, talents, skills, passions and culture. We understand the importance of supporting everyone to be the best they can be in their daily lives.

We are a family/whanau school. Best learning happens when strong, respectful partnerships are formed and nurtured within our community. Open communication and on-going conversations allow family/whanau to contribute to and share in their children's learning in a way that is positive and supportive.  Our teachers are highly motivated and understand that achievement and engagement are strongly influenced by effective teaching. They regularly review what they do and how their teaching impacts on student learning.

Learning experiences are purposeful and take place through meaningful, real life contexts and future focussed issues. Through engagement in learning, and a positive learning environment with high expectations, high levels of motivation, and positive relationships, our learners learn how to learn and are encouraged and supported to reach their potential. Their successes are nurtured and celebrated.

Through enjoyment in learning, we are able to embrace the future.

"I will show you my faith by my actions"

James 2:18

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