St Mary's College


Music Groups

Guitar Ensemble

Owen Moriarty, our guitar tutor, directs the Guitar Ensemble.  The group prepares for Chamber Music competitions and other school performance opportunities.  They have become a regular feature at St Mary’s College concerts and events.




Prima is an all-comers choir that rehearses for one lunchtime each week, with a focus on singing for fun and performance.  Students from any year group may join and enjoy the variety of music we practice.






Schola is an auditioned chamber choir that performs a variety of music styles.  It suits students who can read music or those who are passionate enough to learn their part and practice independently.

It rehearses twice a week and aims to work on more challenging repertoire

Chamber Music

Chamber Music is for students who have been learning an instrument for a few years and would like to work in a small instrumental group.


Chamber Orchestra

The orchestra includes students from all year levels and abilities.  They play a range of styles, with a focus on more classical pieces.  Performances include different school events and concerts, including the school production.


More information can be obtained from the Head of the Music Department.

Music Lessons


Music lessons will be given for groups of students.  Group numbers depend on availability and the instrument being learnt.  Students involved in instrumental lessons must take part in extra curricular music groups.

Lessons are held during school time.  The lesson time will change/rotate each week so that the same school lesson is not missed.  Students need to keep up with regular class work to maintain a place in the instrumental tuition programme.  Regular times may otherwise be organised by request.

More information can be obtained from the Head of Music.


3Debating is one of the most rewarding activities you can do at St Mary’s College. Here’s why:

Debating sharpens your analytical skills and your ability to speak publically. You will learn to argue one side of a case while taking into consideration the counter argument.
Debating offers you important argumentative and persuasion skills, which ultimately help you later on in life, especially in career paths that require this form of activity, such as politics or marketing.
Debating teaches how to be an effective speaker, using language in a fluent and clear manner to be understood by your audience. Skills like this are needed to prepare you for tomorrow’s world.
Debating enables you to meet new people, make new friends and become part of a vibrant and inclusive community.
We compete in the following competitions:

O’Shea Shield
Wellington Speaking Union Inter-Collegiate Debating
Russell McVeagh Regional Debating Championships
Impromptu Cup
If you have any questions, please talk to Ms Jennie McInnes.

Stage Challenge

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The Stage Challenge experience is more than spending five months creating an eight-minute story to produce on stage. Stage Challenge is the experience of performing with family; a family who represent their school and community with pride and passion. Stage Challenge is about giving students the opportunity to learn and grow as young leaders and performers, bonded with school spirit.

St Mary’s has participated in Stage Challenge for many years and it is no secret why. Stage Challenge is a fully student-led production covering all aspects of production from choreography and set design, to costume and lighting.  As an extra-curricular activity, Stage Challenge brings students together from across all year levels as they unite in group rehearsals and team bonding sessions. With a cast of over 100 students in various roles, Stage Challenge is a big part of student life at St Mary’s and is both challenging and rewarding.

Through participation in Stage Challenge, leadership skills are developed and students are taught how to coordinate different components of a production simultaneously. Stage Challenge creates friendships and tests student determination and commitment to a project. But most importantly, Stage Challenge gives students the opportunity to showcase their gifts and talents and have the time of their lives in doing so.

Livvy Mitchell, Head Girl 2014

St Mary’s will be participating in Stage Challenge in 2016.