St Joseph’s Orakei was founded in 1958 by the Brigidine Sisters who travelled daily to Orakei from their Meadowbank convent to teach the students.
In December 1971 the school was handed over to the Sisters of St Joseph from the Josephite Provincial House at Mission Bay. At this time Orakei was a comparatively new suburb and there were several families with school age children for whom transport to other schools posed a problem. St Joseph’s School was integrated into the State system on 29 September 1982.
St Joseph’s is an integrated community with home, School, Parish, suburban and city influences. It includes the community of the Diocese of Auckland, the Parish of St Joseph’s Orakei, the presbytery of Monsignor Pat Ward and the Marist Sisters whose Provincial House is sited on the property.
The school has a rich cultural mix that contributes to the uniqueness of the school. Student’s respect for all cultures is encouraged through activities such as the bi-annual cultural day and marae visits. St Joseph’s demographic reflects that of the greater Auckland city which helps develop a cultural understanding and tolerance that is of immense benefit as our children start interacting in the broader community.
As a Special Character School we do not call on one geographic school zone. Our students come from Orakei, Mission Bay, Kohimarama, St Heliers, St Johns, Meadowbank, Remuera, Mt Wellington, Panmure and Glen Innes. However, no matter where our families live, all our parents have high expectations of their children’s spiritual, social and academic development.