Catholic education has always been seen as encompassing the total formation of the individual, with Christ the foundation, and salvation the ultimate goal, uniting culture and faith.
The Church continues to recognise the role of parents as the first educators of their children, the role of the parish as the heart of the Church, and the importance of each diocesan bishop leading the local Church. Our schools deliver effective education for young people, and aspire to excellence in all its dimensions.
History of St Joseph's Orakei
St Joseph's Orakei was founded in February 1958 by the Brigidine Sisters who travelled daily to Orakei from their convent at Meadowbank to teach the students. In December 1971 the school was handed over to the Sisters of St Joseph from the Josephite Provincial House at Mission Bay. At this time Orakei was a comparatively new suburb and there were several families with school age children for whom transport to other schools posed a problem.
St Joseph's School was integrated into the State system on 29 September 1982.
Description of the Community
St Joseph's is an integrated community with home, School, Parish, suburban and city influences. It includes the community of the Diocese of Auckland, the Parish of St Joseph's Orakei, the presbytery of Monsignor Pat Ward and the Marist Sisters whose Provincial House is sited on the property.
The school has a rich cultural mix that contributes to the uniqueness of the school. Student's respect for all cultures is encouraged through activities such as the bi-annual cultural day and marae visits. St Joseph's demographic reflects that of the greater Auckland city which helps develop a cultural understanding and tolerance that is of immense benefit as our children start interacting in the broader community.
As a Special Character School we do not call on one geographic school zone. Our students come from Orakei, Mission Bay, Kohimarama, St Heliers, St Johns, Meadowbank, Remuera, Mt Wellington, Panmure and Glen Innes. However, no matter where our families live, all our parents have high expectations of their children's spiritual, social and academic development.
Physical Description of the School
The school has a serene aspect yet is only 10 minutes drive from the Auckland central business district. On one boundary, we have the St Heliers Pony Club and on the other, the slopes of Purewa Creek that flows past Orakei Basin into Hobson Bay.
St Joseph's offers classes from Years 1 to 6. The school comprises:
- Seven class rooms and a Library / Information Technology room
- A Reading Recovery room
- Junior and senior adventure playgrounds.
- A field for wide games and sport.
- Administrative office and resource area.
The approved maximum roll is 175. The school is a Decile 6 school.