About Us

Our Pepeha




Ko Pukewhakataratara te maunga
Ko Waitematā te moana
Ko Ngongetepara te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Te Kawerau ā Maki te Iwi
Ko Hato Pāora te kura


We acknowledge the Iwi of Te Kawerau ā Maki and Ngāti Whatua o Kaipara as the first people of the whenua on which our school stands. In 2022, we were blessed to begin our journey with Te Kawerau ā Maki. A fruit of this relationship is our beautiful school Pepeha, gifted to us through a process of inquiry, collaboration and respect; we developed this Pepeha together. Te Kawerau ā Maki worked alongside our community guiding us in the creation of this precious taonga. They will continue to walk alongside us so we develop a full understanding of our Pepeha.

Our Principal

Kia ora koutou, nau mai.


I am very proud to be the Principal of St Paul’s School, Massey.


I am blessed to lead a group of professional, collegial teachers who work hard to provide an excellent standard of teaching and learning for all our tamariki.


Our tamariki are caring, respectful students who enjoy learning and are successful. They come from North West Auckland suburbs including Massey, Ranui, Hobsonville, West Harbour and Kumeu.


We aim to provide our students with a range of learning opportunities in all curriculum areas.


St Paul’s School is a Catholic School. Our vision is to grow faith-filled students who show respect, love themselves and others, trust in God and are servant leaders.


— Mary Zellman, Principal

Our Special Character


As a Catholic School, Jesus is at the center of all that we do. Jesus is the model of our learning community and the inspiration for our children. We follow in the footsteps of St Paul, our patron saint and we live the Gospel Values of Respect, Servant Leadership and Trust in God.


The Faith of our school community is rooted in our school’s Gospel values Respect, Trust in God and Servant Leadership. We follow in St Paul’s footsteps as we grow in Faith and live out values that enhance the Special Character of our school. Religious Education is an integral part of our learning and students at St. Paul’s take great pride in showcasing their learning through events that draw us closer together as a community. Showing Aroha and living like Jesus did helps nurture faith-filled individuals and role models among us.

Our High Learning Standards


Engaged, confident students who enjoy learning and are successful is what we strive for at St Paul’s School. Through rich learning environments and a responsive curriculum, our students are able to achieve success and always aim for excellence. Our school vision is: Love-Aroha, Learn-Ako, Serve-Mahi.


We are a Relationships-First school, where each classroom environment fosters a family like context for learning. We have a rich, responsive curriculum which includes Maths delivered through the Maths No-Problem programme and Literacy that incorporates the Science of Reading. If you know our principal, then you will know how much she loves reading and that passion is shared with every child through the Reading Nights Award System. This is where each child is supported and encouraged to read every night and are rewarded with a medal at the end of the year if they achieve this awesome goal.


Once a year we showcase one of the Performing Arts as a major focus which culminates in a presentation in the form of: an Art Exhibition for Visual Arts; a Musical Extravaganza for Music; a whole school production for Drama and a Dance show. We are very fortunate to have a music specialist that teaches music to every class, as well as working with groups of students in a gifted and talented programme.


Sports and PE is an important part of life at St Paul’s School. We have a range of sporting opportunities and participate in local Cluster events such as Cross Country, Basketball, Touch, Rugby, Netball, Swimming, Chess and Gymnnastics tournaments.


Currently our teachers are upskilling in Kagan Cooperative Learning and Digital Technology to deliver the curriculum in an engaging way. Education Outside the Classroom is also a tool we use for authentic learning experiences and student engagement.

Our Community


Our school was architecturally designed to resemble a village, and we believe this also reflects our family-like ethos. We acknowledge the Iwi of Te Kawerau ā Maki and Ngati Whatua o Kaipara as the first people of the whenua on which our school stands. We are privileged to have a relationship with Te Kawerau ā Maki.


We are blessed to be governed and guided by a wonderful Board who support our principal and staff to achieve excellence and success for all our tamariki. A group of amazing parents form our PTFG which works hard to fundraise for various endeavours and resources. Meet our Board >


As a school we belong to the Kahui Ako o Waitākere, a group of schools working together to ensure smooth transitions between the levels of education, engagement for all learners through culturally responsive pedagogy and relationships so that all children are positively supported to achieve social, emotional and academic confidence.


Our relationship with our whānau is important from the very beginning. With each new intake our new children are welcomed with a blessing and song. A new parents’ meeting is held regularly to support our whānau as they transition into life at St Paul’s School. A smooth transition is also valued from the other end of the school, and we have established strong relationships with our local Catholic Secondary Schools, St Dominic’s College and Liston College.


Student learning is regularly shared at intervals with whānau through student led conferences and celebrations of learning. The school values whānau partnership and consults when decision making is required. Whānau also support in student learning by attending/participating in both formal and informal events such as Language and Culture Weeks, Curriculum Information evenings, coaching sports, class trips and community celebrations.


Most importantly, our school is a village of incredible families making one beautiful learning community, working together in partnership for the betterment of all our tamariki.