St Mary's College



Debating 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.

Music Lessons

Here at SMC we have some great itinerant music teachers who teach a wide range of instruments.  High school is the ideal time to continue learning or start a new instrument.  Music and learning an instrument enhances confidence, self discipline, concentration, creativity, and presentation skills.  It is also a great way to get involved, make new friends and is an excellent recreational activity.

All lessons are held in the Music Department and run during the school day.  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.  Priority is given to music option students, students who have been learning previously, and Y9 students, however, students of all year levels are encouraged to give it a try.  We also run a range of extracurricular music groups which will be starting up in the first few weeks of term.

Music lessons will be given to 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.

For Y9, click here for more information and the lesson try out form:

For Y10 – 13 click here:

For more information come to the Music room or email

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.