St Joseph's School (Opunake) Taranaki

Principal U2

Primary and intermediate (Years 1–8) / kura tuatahi, Principal

English, Health and physical education, Learning languages, Mathematics and statistics, Science, Social sciences, Technology, Te reo Māori, The arts

Listed 9:53 am 28 January 2021
Closes 5pm 22 February 2021
Vacancy reference #: 1HAGU0

We are a Catholic, state integrated, decile 6 primary school for Y0–8 offering a faithfilled, warm and welcoming environment for around 80 culturally diverse learners. Every facet of school life is underpinned by its Catholic special character. Established as a Mission school in 1901, we are the heartbeat for the Catholic parish of this beautiful coastal town, set in thriving South West Taranaki.

We now seek to appoint an exceptional Catholic faith leader who will grow our school and introduce the very best teaching practices, while celebrating our rich cultural heritage.

Our new principal will be:

  • A charismatic and inspiring faith leader with high levels of energy and enthusiasm, especially in special character, sports, arts, culture and technology
  • A community builder who will put faith first, take an active role in the parish and attract new family/ whānau to our school to increase the roll
  • An outstanding curriculum leader focused on improving teaching and learning with a clear future vision for our wonderful Catholic school 
  • Relationship driven, a person of integrity with a strong sense of justice, treats others fairly, is genuine, approachable, welcoming and willing to listen
  • Committed to ensuring all learners achieve their true potential and become the best version of who God created them to be.

A willingness and ability to participate in religious instruction appropriate to the special character of the school is a condition of appointment.
A school house and relocation assistance are available. Applications are invited from all genders.

For a confidential chat please contact Andrew Harris on (021) 0296 9891 or

Please also visit and

We look forward to hearing from you.

How to apply

Contact Jane for an application pack. Please send your CV, and direct enquiries to:

Jane Parkinson, Blackcat Education
(06) 877 2082

Vacancy link:

Vacancy reference #:1HAGU0

Listed 9:53 am 28 January 2021
Closes 5pm 22 February 2021

School details

St Joseph's School (Opunake)

Type: Full Primary
Authority: State : Integrated
Gender: Co-Ed
Decile: 6
Roll: 85

School number: 2237
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Physical address:
Allison Street, Opunake

Postal Address:
P O Box 23, Opunake, 4645