Annette O'Mahony - Principal

Annette joined St Joseph's School as principal in July 2013.  Being part of the Catholic school tradition is very important to Annette, and she finds it richly rewarding.  Her goal is to enable & encourage children to be confident and successful in their faith and learning.

Originally from Ireland, Annette has lived in New Zealand since 1982 with her husband Richard.
They have two adult children who now live in Milton and Dunedin.

Erica Milligan

Erica has been teaching at St Josephs since 2015.  Currently she is in Room Awhero teaching the year 5, 6, 7 and 8 children.  She is also the Sports Coordinator so can often be found at school sporting events.
Erica lives in Milton with her husband Brad, and has three children.  She enjoys playing and watching sports and spending time with her family and friends.

Niamh McElrea

Niamh has been teaching at St Joseph's since 2019.  Currently she is in Room Pono teaching the new entrants and year 1 children.  
Niamh lives in Milton on a sheep and beef farm with her husband Richard.  She enjoys spending time with her family, reading books and playing music.

Anna Grant

Anna has been teaching at St Josephs since 2013.  She is currently sharing the teaching of the middle room (years 2, 3 and 4) with Annette the Principal.
Anna lives on a farm just South of Balclutha with her husband Simon and children Pippa and Gus.  She thoroughly enjoys the outdoors and sports.

Rowena Miller

Rowena brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to our school.  This year she will be covering Anna Grant's maternity leave, starting in Term 2.

Jilly Dempster

Jilly has been a teacher aide for many years, working in the junior classrooms.  Jilly adores the children and is very passionate about our amazing little school and the values we uphold.
Jilly's three children all attended St Joseph's Primary School in their younger years.


Stephanie Bowden

Stephanie has joined Room Aroha again this year and is enjoying being back after a couple of years away. She lives in Stirling with her husband and has 4 adult children. She loves to sing and perform.



Shirley Katon

Shirley is our new Office Manager. She has been teaching locally for many years and now works in our office in the mornings and teaches at Warepa School in the afternoons. Shirley lives in Balclutha with her husband Dean. They have 2 adult children who also live and work in Balclutha.

Father Chris O'Neill

Father Chris is our wonderful Parish Priest who is an integral part of our school and Parish community, we enjoy seeing his face around the school every Tuesday morning when he comes over to spend some time with us.

Board of Trustees

We are very lucky at St Josephs to have a great Board with a wide diversity of experience.  Our Board meets ten times a year and sets the strategic direction for our school, as well as ensuring we work together towards our Charter goals.

Every meeting is open to school families to attend as an observer and copies of the Minutes of our meetings
are available from the school office.  

PTA (Parent Teacher Association)

The St Josephs PTA consists of a group of parents and caregivers whose aim is to encourage family involvement in the school's social and fundraising activities.


Our fundraising efforts provide important funding to the school for such things as sports clothing & equipment, buses to & from activities, and exciting new classroom additions for the children among many other exciting things.  


The PTA meet on a regular basis and all parents and caregivers are welcome to attend.  The minutes of these meetings are available at the school office.

We encourage parents to attend the meetings and assist in any way, even it it's just to help with brainstorming sessions.  All of our parents are PTA members; whether they hold an office bearing role on the committee or not.