From The Principal

Tena koutou katoa. Nga mihi nui atawhai.

A big thank you to all the staff and students who have responded so calmly to the new reality of a L4 lockdown, despite the frustrations we are all feeling. The staff have been very busy over the past 48 hours, setting up again, all the necessary processes to keep the learning smoothly transition from onsite to online. We’ve been here before; we know what it looks like and we will do our very best to utilise all the resources we have to continue giving our students the best learning opportunities we can.

We will continue to send out regular updates as information comes to hand. Keep safe in your bubbles.


‘We would like to welcome you, personally, to Carmel, with your whānau.’  Over the past few months, we have conducted many, many welcome meetings with our prospective 2022 students.  It is one of the highlights of my year – to greet these young women who are eager to continue their learning journey and they’re choosing Carmel.

Many of them attended our Open Day and, when I ask them what stood out for them, it’s always about how big Carmel is in comparison to their current primary school.  Often our school is three to four times their own school roll.  In the case of St Leo’s, nearly 200 times bigger!

When asked why they want to come to Carmel and what they know about us, they often mention friends, past or present students or other people that they know who have told them what a great school we have.

And these people have been telling a lot!!  From this week, we have had to close our 2022 Year 7 intake – and we’ve already added an additional 6th class, like we did for this year – and we are still getting daily inquiries from families wanting to enrol their daughters.

So, a huge thank you to all of you who tell your Carmel stories and inspire other young women to want to become part of this Carmel learning community.

‘Catholic schools prepare every student to meet the challenges of their future by developing their mind, yes, but also their body and their soul and spirit.’ David Vitter