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Student Life

Community First

St Peter Chanel School provides education aligned to the Marist Charism and tikanga Māori of its local iwi. Most students are Māori and many families whakapapa to Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti, a hapū of Ngāti Raukawa who hold mana whenua. Core school values are Whakapono, Whanaungatanga, Aroha, Rangimārie and manaakitanga.

All students are provided with some instruction in te reo Maori. Many staff and trustees have long standing and strong connections with the school and the community.

The student experience includes a diverse range of curricula, extracurricular activities and opportunities to bond as a community. We offer many options for our students to choose from, making them directly involved in designing their own educational path.


Get in touch to learn more about what it’s like to attend St Peter Chanel School.

School Trips

School Trips | Nga Haerenga

At St Peter Chanel School, we believe that education should be fun and engaging. We offer a variety of activities that provide our students with the opportunity to explore, learn, and develop their skills. Our school trips and fundraising events are a great way for students to get outside the classroom and have a hands-on learning experience. We strive to create an environment where our students can learn, grow and succeed. Below are some of their latest adventures...

Otaki Beach

"One of our favourite places is exploring and connecting with Hine-Moana. Mukukai is our kaitiaki. We love discovering marine life, participating in beach-based activities and learning about the importance of protecting our environment."

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Nga Manu Nature Reserve

"Our school has been on a couple of trips to Nga Manu Nature Reserve in Waikanae. This is such a great learning space. We learnt about our native birds, go on walks to see their living habitat and admire the great native trees that provide food and shelter for them and other wildlife."

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Mahara Gallery

"We visited the Gallery as a follow-up to the Ngaa Manu visit. We got to see what an exhibition was and looked at creating native birds using paper mache.  Mahara Gallery exhibited our bird creations and then published a book of our work."

Our Environment

Our Environment

Te Kura o Hato Petera Kaniera is an environmentally friendly kura. We have a spiritual, physical, mental and social connection to the land, rivers and streams.

Our goal is to reduce waste by knowing what rubbish really is and looking for other ways to use the products and packaging we buy.

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Our Vegetable and Herb Gardens

Our learning and teaching revolves around our taiao. This includes working in our maara kai.

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Our Compost and Worm Farm

We enjoyed making our worm farm and our compost bin. We use worm pee, worm castings and compost to feed our maara kai.

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Pukekaraka is the name of the whenua that our kura, church buildings, our puke (hill) and Te Marae o Hine is situated on.

This year we are contributing to the restoration plan of this puke (hill) by planting native trees.

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