Following the earthquake St Mary’s College is closed today, Monday 14 November, to enable and engineer to assess any possible damage. An initial inspection by staff has shown no obvious structural damage.
Congratulations to our Senior Debating Team, winners of the trophy for the best affirmative team!They were one of only two teams to get 6/6.
The students are (left – right) Rebekah Amitrano, Lucy Witkowski, and Sophie Kane.
Congratulations to the Junior Premier Debating Team on their win in Round 3 of the Wellington Speaking Union Intercollegiate Debating Competition.
Samantha Samaniego (Yr 10), Catherine Ramoo (Yr 9), and Ariana Ngarimu (Yr 10) successfully affirmed the moot “That GST should be removed from fruit and vegetables”. Negotiating the moot was Kapiti College. The Best Speaker award went to Samantha. Thanks to Sinead Riden (Yr 9) who was Chairperson for the debate.
The team has made noticeable progress from the start of the debating season, developing confidence in speaking and forming convincing arguments. Good luck for the rest of the season!
You will be aware through the media that New Zealand schools have been the target of random bomb threat messages and yesterday, several Wellington Colleges were targeted.
We would like to assure you that St Mary’s College has procedures in place should we ever receive such a threat. We take these threats very seriously and our students’ safety is paramount.
In the event of a bomb threat, we will evacuate the students from the school and we will hold them on Parliament grounds until such time as the Police give us the all-clear to return to our campus.
As soon as we are able to safely do-so, an email will be sent to all parents notifying you of the evacuation. There will be instructions to follow in the email. PLEASE DO NOT COME TO ST MARYS COLLEGE OR PHONE THE OFFICE.
On our return to the campus you will be notified and classes will continue as usual. The students will be fully informed about what happened and any pastoral care or counselling needs for the students will be provided.
2016 is the year of the launch of the Positive Behaviour for Learning programme that the College has been working towards over the last two years.
At the Leadership Mass, Mrs Ryan announced the ‘STAR’ values which have been developed in consultation with the College community.
S – Strive to Succeed
T – Take the Challenge
A – Ako in Action
R – Respect our Values
A key philosophy of this programme is to reward students who are displaying these positive behaviours and to encourage others to do the same. The values will be taught to students throughout the year and therefore it sets out clear expectations for all St Mary’s students.
The programme is school wide and therefore incorporates all of the St Mary’s College community. Students carry small ‘coffee stamp’ cards and the staff stamp these when they see a value being demonstrated by that student. The cards are collected in to a box at Reception and then these are calculated for each student. Badges are awarded for the different levels of cards collected. Each card completed then also goes into the draw to win vouchers drawn out twice a term in Assemblies.