Special Character

As a Catholic school our Special Character is at the heart of all we do. Gospel values underpin our daily lives.

We value our Christian faith. We deliver a morals based education; our children should clearly understand the difference between right and wrong.

We respect each child’s uniquenes and the special attributes they bring to the school.

Our Charism – Te Wairua O Maria, the Spirit of Mary.

With these words to guide us we strive to be, first and foremost, a person who says ‘Yes” as Mary did.

We strive to live a life true to the Gospel values as Mary did. We encourage each other, support each other, respect each other and most importantly, look to Mary our Mother, in times of adversity.

You can learn about ways to help your child with their faith understanding by accessing the Family Whanau book at http://www.faithalive.org.nz/assets/Resources/Family-whanau-book.pdf

Catholic Character Review

The National Administration Guidelines (NAG 2) requires all schools to develop a Strategic Plan, maintain a programme of self review and report to the community. In Catholic Schools this process must include provision for the maintenance and development of Catholic Special Character. The review and development cycle includes annual internal self review of a key dimension of Catholic Special Character as well as an external review every four years.

From our latest review:

Marist School, Mt Albert provides a child-centred, Catholic, nurturing learning environment. The school has enthusiastic staff, supportive families, a good connection with the Parish and children who have a love of learning and who love coming to school. The strong spiritual and academic leadership of the Principal has brought all of these components together to form a happy and successful Catholic School community.

The Board of Trustees, parents, teachers and children have a clear understanding of the school’s goals and all members of the school community live by the Marist charism.

The senior children interviewed by the reviewers are living testament that the school is achieving what the community aspires to in their Vision Statement:

Marist children, inspired by the spirit of Mary, are confident life-long learners.”

The children are confident, happy, friendly and engaged in their learning. Along with their families they are proud to be members of Marist School.

“From the Pope’s words in the newsletters to the reverent prayers in the classrooms. I see God at Marist School.

“The sense of community at Marist Primary is the greatest strength, and this is a reflection of the Principal, staff and families who all embody the Catholic Special Character”.

(Parent survey comment)

Click here to read the full review: Catholic Character Review 2015

School Mass

We celebrate a week day school mass each term and parents and families are warmly invited to join us. Children are also invited to contribute items to the St Mary’s foodbank on these occasions.


School liturgies are an important part of our Friday morning assemblies. Parents and families are welcome to join us for these celebrations. We also acknowledge the ‘specialness’ of students and celebrate individual and team successes at these assemblies.


Prayer is an essential part of daily school life. Each classroom has a prayer centre as a focus. Classes begin each day in prayer so it is important that all children arrive at school on time so as not to miss, or interrupt, this important start to the day.