Special Character

fern1We are a Catholic School that upholds our Faith through Gospel Values particularly Unity, Wisdom and Knowledge as well as Respect, Trust in God and Servant Leadership.

  • We communicate Christ, to help form Christ in the lives of others and provide a genuine and on-going encounter with Christ.
  • We safe guard and enhance the Catholic Special Character of St Paul’s School by developing the dimensions of Catholic Community, Pastoral care and Religious Education.
  • We deliver the National Religious Education curriculum using the Inquiry approach integrated with all others areas of the curriculum.

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History and Special Character

St Paul’s School opened in January 2002.  This was the realisation of a dream for the Catholic community of Massey and the surrounding parishes who had long held the vision and worked hard over a number of years to establish this school.  St Paul’s is a Catholic State Integrated Primary School, for children in Years 1 – 6.

St Paul’s School is situated in the Parish of Massey which until 2004 was under the care of the priests of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  Like the great missionary St Paul, St Paul’s School is challenged to leaven all its activities and achievements with a similar missionary endeavour in the service of the Gospel.  St Paul’s School is resourced with the best equipment and the most modern technology, together with excellent teachers and learning resources, thus ensuring the national curriculum is delivered to the highest standards.  Our special Catholic Character permeates all planning, policies, procedures, programmes and practices within our school.

St Paul’s School places high value on

  • Life and our Catholic Faith
  • Partnership with home, school and parish
  • Multi-cultural diversity of our community
  • Care of the environment
  • Excellence in teaching and learning
  • Integrity
  • Compassion

The Vision will be achieved in its own time.  If it seems slow in coming… wait for it – for it will surely come.  And meanwhile, may we work together with wisdom and determination and patience and discernment.  Amen


The School Emblem

The stars of the Southern cross in New Zealand’s night sky.

Yellow paths—the Ten Commandments

The bible– the history and stories of God’s people.

The cross –through the cross and resurrection we are saved and have everlasting life.

2002—the year the school was opened.

The colour blue –reminds us of Mary, the mother of Jesus

Our school motto – unity, wisdom and knowledge


  • Religious Education

In Catholic Schools Religious Education is teaching and learning what the Catholic Church believes and teaches – it aims to enable children to understand and appreciate how people live, pray and celebrate and how they can respond freely to God according to their gift of faith. […] As their knowledge, understanding and experience increases, children become more aware of what it means to have a Catholic worldview and to live a life as part of the Catholic community.  […] The Aotearoa NZ RE programme reflects the understanding that from ‘learning about Jesus’ children can grow to ‘love Jesus and want to follow him as a disciple’. Evidence of this growth can be seen as they share the outcomes of their learning through their prayer, stories, art works, games, drama, digital learning, music and Scripture activities.      

(NZREBD, 2018)

Teachers of St Paul’s School will use the Religious Education Bridging Document to plan, integrate, teach and assess Religious Education. The REBD has a greater emphasis on encounter with the person of Jesus. The new emphases included in the RE Achievement Aims are:

  • Greater attention to Catholic Social Teaching
  • Greater attention to Catholic Social Teaching
  • Reference to recent Papal encyclicals and Papal quotes
  • Promoting experiences to nurture children’s spirituality
  • Highlighting children’s role in the mission of the Church as disciples of Jesus
  • Calling for more intentional experiences to help children ‘encounter’ Christ
  • Encouraging experiences that facilitate children recognising and responding to their personal call to holiness and entering into relationship with Jesus.


RE learning experience is to be integrated across other learning areas as well as into prayer, liturgical and reflective experiences and social justice outreach programmes. The REBD is delivered in Curriculum Levels rather than Year Levels.  In Years 1- 2 the students will cover all strands, and in Years 3-6 four strands will be covered – every year the Jesus and God Strand must be covered and the remaining four can follow a two year cycle.  Resources for RE lessons can be found on http://www.faithalive.org.nz.

There are six learning strands:

  1. God
  2. Jesus Christ
  3. Holy Spirit
  4. Church
  5. Sacrament
  6. Communion of Saints

Woven through these are the cross strands:

  • Scripture
  • Tradition
  • Prayer/liturgy
  • Doctrine
  • Christian Living

Four learning modules are used at appropriate times of the year.  These are:

  • Liturgical Year
  • Prayer
  • Myself and Others
  • Sacramental Celebrations

The virtues, gospel values and attitudes are to be embedded in the content and learning experiences of the RE programme.  The Charism of the School will be delivered at the beginning of the year and integrated throughout the year (as they occur in the Strands), here they will learn about the life of St Paul, the Whanau Saints, the school’s history, Our Gospel Values and the School Vision.