Vision & Values

Our MissionCalled to Shine

St Patrick’s School provides a quality Catholic education that in partnership with family and parish nurtures the faith and unique gifts of every child to shine.

Our Vision

Through the Mercy Sister Values our children will develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge needed to become confident, motivated, self-directed life-long learners.

Our Values

Our School is a Roman Catholic School in which the whole School Community through the general School Programme and in its Religious instruction and observances exercises the right to live and teach the values of Jesus Christ. These values are as expressed in the Scriptures and in the practices, worship and doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, as determined from time to time by the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Christchurch. At St Patrick’s we endeavor to demonstrate the Mercy Sister Values in our words and actions every day.

St Patrick’s Emblem                 

Catherine McAuley designed the first Mercy Cross herself, a dark background with a white cross in the middle. Our St Patrick’s emblem still represents this today with a white cross, which can be seen in the middle. The glow is to remind each and every one of us that we are ‘Called to Shine.’

Our Charism


The mercy value of compassion is about loving and caring for your family and friends, and about showing kindness to people who are feeling sad or upset to help them feel better. The mercy value of compassion is about feeling that you can make a difference.


The mercy value of hospitality is about making people feel welcome- whether it is someone new or someone you have known for a long time.

Te Tapu o Te Tangata

The mercy value of respect is about recognising the gifts and talents of the people around you. It is also about being responsible for our own actions and our own choices.


The mercy value of service is about helping others. You help others because it is what God wants you to do, and you don’t ask for pocket money or some other reward in return.


The mercy value of excellence is about trying your best in everything that you do. It doesn’t matter if something is new and really hard, or something you do every day. You give 100% effort every time. 

Social Justice

The mercy value of social justice is about being responsible for one another and trying our best to be fair by taking our turn and sharing. It is about trying to make sure everyone is treated fairly and justly.