Our School

Our Lady Star of the Sea is a fully integrated Catholic Primary School in the suburb of Sumner, Christchurch for pupils from New Entrant to Year 8. The school’s culture and curriculum reflect the special Catholic character.

We aim to prepare our children for life by providing an education within a caring environment where everyone shares and lives the values, teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church.
The school is currently divided into three classes covering Years 0-2 in St Francis Class, Years 3-4 in St Patrick Class and Years 5-8 in St Cecilia Class.

The school also has a large space set up as an art room, two music rooms where itinerant music teachers teach, and a hall we use for assemblies, performances and dance lessons.
Extra group teaching is done by a teacher aide and a reading recovery teacher and all pupils have access to the school's learning support facilities.

Our Lady Star of the Sea a fully equipped library, two teacher aide rooms, a good sized grassed area with football goals and rugby posts, a playground, a tennis court and gardens with outdoor areas for relaxing and teaching.
All classrooms are equipped with modern teaching aids including large TV screens, interactive whiteboards, desktop or laptop computers and iPads. We have almost 1 to 1 device coverage in the junior school and 1 to 1 coverage in the senior two classes.

All classes and the library have remote access to the large screens for teachers to model learning from their devices and the ability for pupils to share their learning directly from the class iPads or their own devices.
The school encourages all pupils and families to be actively part of our Christian community. We begin each day in class with class prayers and have regular prayer liturgies before assembly where each class has the opportunity to lead the liturgy and assembly.

Classes attend Mass on a rotating roster each Thursday morning and Sunday School Mass is held at least once each term with the parish. The school values programme and religious education are delivered in an integrated approach with the rest of the curriculum.
Our Lady Star of the Sea is focused on delivering the National Curriculum with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy integrated into diverse learning experiences that draw on our unique community and environment.

Our school is supported by our fantastic community to be staffed for small class sizes to better cater for individual learning needs.
Art, music and sport are an important part of learning. Our school provides music education through inquiry learning time and within the religious education programme. In addition to this, music and dance lessons are available during school hours on site via private teachers.

Fitness and sporting activities in our programme include: golf, athletics, swimming, football, rugby, tennis, netball, hockey and many others. We also have an annual ski trip for our year 5-8 pupils.
Our pupil’s achievement, health and safety and well being are at the heart of the school’s work; it’s what we do and we love it!

For a prospectus please contact the office at: office@ourladystar.school.nz.