School History

The School and the Community:

The dream to have a Catholic school in Wanaka was deep rooted and brought to fruition by many determined, spirited and faith filled people. Bishop Len Boyle sowed the seed in 2004 and together with his successor Bishop Colin Campbell and Yeverley McCarthy and her team made the dream a reality.

Holy Family Catholic School opened in February, 2006 in Wanaka, to provide a Catholic integrated full primary school (Years 0 – 8) in the Upper Clutha area. It began with three teachers and 27 students in a 3 classroom teaching block, with two classes (Years 0-3 and Years 3-7). An administration block and a two bedroom apartment were completed at the end of Term 2, together with a new library, staffroom, and office suite. In 2009 a second teaching block was added. At the end of 2017 we opened up a 3rd teaching block.The roll has grown steadily within its maximum roll limit of 225.

In 2011 a stunning parish church named Holy Family Church was built adjacent to the school enhancing the special character of the school. The completion of the church was another step in the realisation of the original dream of catholic education in Wanaka, with the church nearby so as to be an integral part of the children’s journey in faith. .

The school is set in a most picturesque location with beautiful grounds, tennis/basketball courts and car parking. Native trees are planted throughout the area and beautiful Central Otago stonework is a feature of the buildings. The design is twenty-first century, future proofing in its design and layout. Each classroom block has 3 classes, resource rooms and wet areas and a collaborative space in the middle for assemblies, liturgies and gatherings complete with a roof mounted data projector and wireless capability throughout. The whole complex lends itself to cutting edge delivery of information technology for staff and students.