Special Character

St Mary's Diocesan School has close affiliations with the Anglican Church and Christian values provide the basis for all activities in the school.


The particular values emphasised in the school are:

Respect | Responsibilty | Perseverance | Service | Care

The School has a chaplain who has two main roles. They are:

To provide for the spiritual needs of students through regular chapel services and direction of the Religious Education programme.

To provide pastoral care for students and to be part of the guidance network. This means that students are able to go to her with any difficulties either in or out of school.

The Bishop of Taranaki is a member of the Board of Proprietors and the Special Character Committee oversees the direction of this part of the school.

Our chapel is the centre of the school and symbolises the Christian faith of St Mary's.  Students attend chapel regularly.  Boarders also attend the local Anglican church at least once a term.

The special character of St Mary's includes the Arts programme including drama, music and art.