St Patrick's Catholic School Te Awamutu

What We Believe

We believe that the child is at the heart of what we do at St Pats.

Our motto is 'Empowered today for tomorrow's world' and our mission statement is  

'To provide 21st century learning in a Catholic environment which empowers children to strive for excellence.'

The key elements therefore are :

Catholic Environment :  By following the teachings of Jesus Christ and the traditions of the Catholic Church we are equipping our students to be caring and  compassionate with a keen sense of Social Justice. This includes the Charisms of Faith, Hope and  Love and those of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, of seeing God in the ordinariness of life.


21st Century Learning : Providing an education with access to all the tools necessary to equip our students to be life-long learners in the 21st Century.


Empowerment : Fostering a climate in which our children take responsibility for their own learning by: setting goals;  knowing what their next steps in learning are;  knowing when they have got there.


Excellence : Fostering a sense of doing their best and achieving 'their' excellence, not settling for anything less than that.