Mission Statement:
“We are a Catholic faith community
committed to quality learning.”


About our school

St Francis School is a state integrated school, which means that the buildings are owned by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland while the school operating costs are met via the Ministry of Educations state operating grant. Currently we have a roll of 60 students.



2019 School Term Dates ~ 

Term 1  - 4th February to 12th April

Term 2 ~ 29th April to 5th july

Term 3 ~22nd July to 27th September

Term 4 ~ TBC (no later than 20th December)


Reporting an absence

If your child is going to be away from school we encourage parents/caregivers to contact the school either in person, phone or e-mail. This is to ensure that everyone is aware of where the child is, safe at home and not missing between home and school. Should there be no contact by the family the school will endeavor to contact the parents/caregivers to check the whereabouts of the child.

School Hours

Our school day begins at 9am and finishes at 3pm. We like all children to be at school before 9am so they have time to prepare themselves for the day, but not before 8.30am as this is a valuable time for teachers to meet and prepare for the day. Once a child has arrived at school they are not permitted to leave the school grounds until 3pm unless parental permission is given directly to a staff member.


9am School commences
10.40am - 11.00am Morning Interval
12.30pm - 1.30pm Lunch
3pm School finishes


Students attending a Catholic Integrated school are eligible for school transport assistance where there are no bus routes if...
  • They are under 10 years and live more than 3.2 km from their nearest Catholic Integrated school or...
  • They are over ten years and live more than 4.8km from their nearest Catholic Integrated School.
  • We have buses that pick children from up the coast and out towards Puriri. We are currently working on getting a bus from Ngatea for the future. If you would like to be considered for the Ngatea bus route, please give your name and address to the school office. 

Communication between school and home

We consider this a vital link to helping your child achieve their full potential. We actively encourage both formal and informal get-together with parents through a series of school BBQs, sporting events, parent-teacher interviews, learning profiles and written reports. If you would like to contact a teacher the best time for this is 3.10pm - 3.30pm except on a Monday & Thursdays which is staff meeting nights. Each Monday a newsletter is produced and is given to the eldest child in each family to take home. Alternatively, we can e-mail these directly to parents if required. If you would like to take this e-mail option please e-mail us on office@stfrancis-thames.school.nz.  They are also available on this website.