Haere Mai, Talofa lava, Maligayang pagdating, Sawatdeh kahk, Benvenuto, Mālō e lelei


St Joseph's School is a Catholic School situated in the thriving rural town of Ashburton in Mid-Canterbury, New Zealand.

We are a school that is proud of our students and staff and their achievements in all areas of learning and life. We create a strong supportive family atmosphere in which we are committed to providing an holistic education which meets the spiritual, academic, physical, social and cultural needs of all our students  

'We work hard to ensure we know our children well, connect with our families and work together to help children reach their very best as learners.'

A Message from the Principal...

I am delighted to introduce you to St Joseph’s Catholic School and hope you find our website a useful representation of our school.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly, welcoming school with a strongly embedded values and virtues programme. We are hugely focussed on learning and raising student achievement within an environment that embodies a truly special character- Catholic Character. Our Catholic character is embedded in all that we do when providing an education of excellence for your child.

We work hard to ensure we know our children well, connect with our families and work together to help children reach their very best as learners.

Our teachers are dedicated and competent professionals who have a sound understanding of the specific needs of our young people. They have a reputation for being devoted to student success in a caring, stimulating, supportive and innovative atmosphere.

We have a group of dedicated support staff who work alongside our teaching staff to provide extra support for our students. Our programmes of work and extra-curricular opportunities aim to stimulate and challenge all students.

At St Joseph’s School,  our students have maximum opportunities to succeed in Leadership, Sport, The Arts and Academic Pursuits. There are opportunities for all students to pursue their passions and interests across many contexts.

We want St Joseph’s Catholic School to be a place where our children “Learn and grow to be the hands and voice of Jesus.”

I invite you to be part of our St Joseph’s school community and parish family and look forward to working alongside you to provide the best possible education for your child during these important primary years of schooling.

If you would like to learn more about what we can offer you and your child at St Joseph’s School please make a time to come and talk to me about what your expectations are for your child’s education.

I would be happy to show you around .

Cath Blacklow


Honesty • Respect • Compassion • Forgiveness • Perseverance • Justice • Generosity • Hope


Term 1

2nd  February - 12th April

Term 2

29th April- 5th April

Term 3

22nd  July- 27th September

Term 4

14th  October- 20th December 


Waitangi Day
Monday 6th February

Good Friday
Friday 7th April 

Easter Monday
Monday 10th April

Anzac Day
Tuesday 25th April

King's Birthday
Monday 5th June

Friday 14th July

Labour Day
Monday 23rd October


There is no supervision of children at school until 8:30 a.m. This is to allow teachers time to attend meetings, prepare programmes etc.  

8:30 a.m. School Gates Open

8:55 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Lessons

10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Morning Interval

10:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m Lessons

12.00 p.m. - 12.30 p.m. Lunch

12.30 p.m.. - 1.30 p.m. Lessons

1.30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Afternoon Interval
(students encouraged to have fruit)

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Lessons

3 p.m. End of the school day


The school office is open 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. each school day.