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St Mary's School is a Catholic Primary School for boys and girls up to Year 8 and was established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1894. Our aim is to provide a Catholic education which encourages all pupils to realise their full potential in the family, community and society.

Our recent complete school rebuild has been an exciting new development. These new buildings enable our students to learn in a modern attractive environment with flexible learning spaces. This development opens a new chapter in our proud history of education on this site over 125 years. Our central location on Manchester St (Bealey Ave end) enables us to access many of the city's best facilities.  We are in a prime position to take advantage of new central city developments. Already, this has enabled an exciting range of learning opportunities.

At St Mary's School we pride ourself on our diverse range of cultures and the small school family atmosphere which is evident throughout. All our children are valued and nurtured in a supportive Catholic environment.

We welcome any interest and encourage you to contact us for further information.

- David O'Neill, Principal


Our school is fortunate to be set in attractive spacious grounds with brand new buildings. Our modern flexible learning spaces enable each child to learn in an environment which is comfortable, warm and friendly.
Our central location in the heart of Christchurch allows us access to some of the city's best facilities - such as the Margaret Mahy playground, Canterbury museum, Turanga and art gallery which support and enrich our teaching and learning programmes.
Smaller class sizes and a dedicated staff ensure that all of our children receive the best Catholic Education possible. We celebrate a strong multi-cultural blend which encourages pupils to learn about a variety of cultures.
At St Mary's our greatest asset is the warm family atmosphere. Those who need special care are provided with extra help either by the classroom teacher or teacher aide if possible.
Each child has the right to be treated with respect, to feel safe and to learn.

ERO Report

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ERO stands for 'Education Review Office'. It is the New Zealand government department that reviews schools and early childhood education services, and publishes national reports on current education practice. 

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