Our Lady of the Snows School, 20 Main Street, Methven 7730
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School Culture

Our Lady of the Snows School is a Catholic School and we aim to prepare our children for life by providing an education within a caring environment where everyone shares and lives the values, teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. Learn more

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Grounds & Facilities

Our Lady of the Snows is located in 3 Hectares of attractive grounds. The grounds feature two full size tennis courts inside a full netting enclosure. These courts double as netball and basketball courts for the winter months. Learn more

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Our History

In 1911 the Reverend Doctor James Kennedy was appointed Parish Priest to the new Parish of Methven and Rakaia. He invited the Sisters of Mercy to Methven to open a school for the education of the Catholic children of the district. Learn more

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Board of Trustees

The Our Lady of the Snows School Board of Trustees are committed to governing the school to work with the Principal and staff to make this the best school it can be with a strong emphasis on Catholic Character and effective teaching and learning. Learn more

We are committed to providing the best that 21st Century education can offer for all our children from New Entrant to Year 8. We are focused on covering all areas of the New Zealand Curriculum with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy.

Principals Message

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to Our Lady of the Snows School. I trust that the information on these pages will provide you with all you need to know about Our Lady of the Snows School as you prepare to enrol your child/ren. Our Lady of the Snows School has a long history of providing a quality Catholic education to generations of Mid-Canterbury locals. We are committed to providing the best that 21st Century education can offer for all our children from New Entrant to Year 8. We are focused on covering all areas of the New Zealand Curriculum with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy.

If you have any further questions about Our Lady of the Snows or wish to book an appointment please don't hesitate to contact me.

Tony Lamb
Principal

Our History

In 1911 the Reverend Doctor James Kennedy was appointed Parish Priest to the new Parish of Methven and Rakaia. He invited the Sisters of Mercy to Methven to open a school for the education of the Catholic children of the district. In 1912 the Convent was built with two rooms to be used as classrooms. On February 6th the school was opened with about 30 pupils and the era of Catholic education began in Methven.

Sister Mary Joseph and Sister Benedicta were the teaching Sisters and Sister Mary Patrick was the cook. The school was known in those days as the “Convent School”. This temporary arrangement lasted for 45 years and as the roll grew over the years, the original classrooms became cramped and inadequate. In 1956 Father Tom Farrell was appointed as Parish Priest in Methven. his first project was to build a new church in Methven but he was persuaded by parents that a school was the first priority. Plans were drawn up for a new two classroom block to be built to replace the two rooms being used as classrooms in the convent. Father Farrell along with hard working parishioners and parents worked tirelessly to raise the necessary funds that were needed and with further funding from the Diocese the school was built.

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