St Canice's School

Our Charter
Our Mission Statement
Weaving our future together through faith, respect and success
People • Care for ourselves
• Care for others

Respect • In our learning
• For others
• Our History
• For our environment
Faith • In our Catholic beliefs
• In ourselves
• In others Success • In our learning
• Accepting challenges
• In our sport
• In our relationships

Hutia te rito o te harakeke,
Kei whea te kōmako e kō?
Kī mai ki ahau;
He aha te mea nui o te Ao?
Māku e kī atu,
he tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata
“If the heart of Harakeke was removed, where will the bellbird sing
If I was asked, what was the most important thing in the world?
I would be compelled to reply, it is people, it is people, it is people
St Canice’s symbolises our approach to educating our children using the harakeke.
Weaving the leaves of the Harakeke makes a Kite. Our leaves are our Catholic faith, our cultural diversity, our unique environment and history and the New Zealand Curriculum to enable our children to have a life full of respect, faith and success. To grow our harakeke for our kite the plant must be nurtured.
Just like the Harakeke, the children are the rito. The parents, teachers, parish and community are the protective leaves around them with our ancestors and traditions encompassing all of us. Our Catholic Faith is the nutrients that keeps our Harakeke alive and vibrant.