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Who we are

An Introduction to Marist Education

A Marist education encourages the individual to develop his talents and fosters reflection so that the person’s heart, mind, body and spirit may become fully engaged to serve in the wider world.

St Patrick’s College is a Catholic school founded in 1885 by the Society of Mary (the Marists).

There is a network of eight Marist colleges in New Zealand and since commencing the very first Marist College in Belley, France, Marist education has spread across the globe.

The Marist aim is for each student to be treated as a unique individual who is enabled to grow spiritually, academically, culturally, emotionally, physically and socially in a nurturing Catholic environment.

Our Vision

To be a Catholic community that empowers our young men to become the best version of the person God created them to be.

Our Mission 

We develop and educate our young men in a nurturing environment based on our Marist traditions and values. Each student is inspired to grow and excel supported by staff, parents, whānau, caregivers, and our wider community.


Our Motto - Sectare Fidem - Hold Firm to the Faith

Our motto reinforces the importance of our faith in shaping our boys into men who will contribute positively to society.


Our Core Values

Faith - Kia Ū, Kia Mau

Live and teach the values of Jesus Christ in the way of Mary, showing our love for God and serving our neighbour. We are proud to be Marist and practise our Faith.


With Mary as our role model, we respect, support and care for each other. We are committed to social justice. We build positive, respectful relationships with and between students, whanau, staff and the wider community.


We strive to excel in all aspects of College and personal life. We nurture a love of learning both inside and outside the classroom; and we use our talents for the good of all.


We provide a safe and caring environment by acknowledging the value of every person and fostering self discipline, resilience, and self-esteem and well-being.


We work together as a community to promote honesty, humility, servant leadership and develop a sense of duty.