The name ‘St Brendan’s” was chosen by the founders to reflect the missionary character of the S.M.S.M Sisters who originally agreed to staff the school.
St Brendan’s opened for classes on 2 February 1961. Sister M Veronica was the first principal. The formal opening and blessing by His Grace Archbishop McKeefry took place on 25 March 1961.
In 1973 the S.M.S.M. sisters requested that they be excused from the task of running the school as they were finding difficulty in staffing it. That same year the first lay principal was appointed to take over in February the following year. If you have stories of our founding sisters to help us to know our wonderful founders better to enable us to continue their mission please share them on this link.
The Opening of the rebuilt St Brendan’s Catholic School took place on 30 November 1980.
The current school is a decile 8 and has a maximum roll of 290. The school population is largely New Zealand European 72%, with 10% Maori, 9% Pacifica, 4% Asian and 5% Other Ethnicities.