News by: Anna Ormond



14 Nov

School Closed Today

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.

Any other information will be posted here.

Mrs Catherine Ryan, Principal.

18 May

O’Shea Debating Success

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.

 

15 May

Debating – Junior Premier

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!

3 May

Subject Learning Conversations

Thursday 12 May for Students A – L

Tuesday 17 May for Students M – Z

Conversations will take place between 1.30 and 6pm on both days.
Bookings can now be made by going to:

www.schoolinterviews.co.nz

The code is – xwbkb

Please note:  There will be no classes in the afternoon.  Mon/Wed/Fri timetable for morning classes.

6 Apr

2016 NZ Secondary Schools Netball Team

Special congratulations to Renee Savaiianea and Ainsleyana Puleiata (both Year 11) who have both been selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Netball Team for 2016.

They have worked so hard and deserve every success.  Congratulations!

6 Apr

Entertainment Book

Entertainment Book

Support St Mary’s College by ordering your 2016/17 Entertainment Book!

Order Entertainment Book

 

11 Mar

Emergency Procedures

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.

Mrs Catherine Ryan
PRINCIPAL

1 Mar

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

St Mary’s College, Wellington – Evacuation of students after an incident

 

Procedures for evacuation following a global incident that affects every area of Wellington

Students will remain until collected by a parent or nominated adult. A register will be kept as students and the person collecting the student sign out.

  • Rolls will be taken to establish the location of every student and staff member. These paper rolls will be passed on to a designated reception/welfare centre.
  • The school will remain open and students will be catered for until they are collected and signed out – this means food, shelter and comfort/welfare.
  • Where practical parents will be updated via texting, email, Facebook, the school webpage, radio and the school app
  • If the event does not compromise the school buildings they will be occupied until such time as students are collected.
  • If buildings are compromised emergency shelters will be erected.
  • Control of the school community and school environment remains with the Principal until instructed by outside agencies
  • If the school is instructed by outside agencies to evacuate the school site, we will follow their instructions and where practical parents will be informed 

Please note that families need to make sure that contact details are updated at regular intervals including any changes in nominated caregivers.

 

St Mary’s College, Wellington – Evacuation of students after an incident 

Procedures for evacuation following a global incident that affects some areas of Wellington

Students can be released to go home if public transport systems are operational at the discretion of the Principal.

  • Senior students can make own way once they have signed out at reception as to their proposed course of action. Can stay at school till collected.
  • Junior students are to be collected by a parent or caregiver or a conversation initiated with caregiver to work out best solution for particular child. And signed out.
  • If student cannot be collected or released into a nominated person’s care then they must remain at school till collected.
  • A register will be kept as students and the person collecting the student sign out.
  • Rolls will be taken to establish the location of every student and staff member. These paper rolls will be passed on to a designated reception/welfare centre.
  • The school will remain open and students will be catered for until they are collected and signed out – this means food, shelter and comfort/welfare.
  • Where practical parents will be updated via texting, email, Facebook, the school webpage, radio and the school app
  • If the event does not compromise the school buildings they will be occupied until such time as students are collected.
  • If buildings are compromised emergency shelters will be erected.
  • Control of the school community and environs remains with the Principal until instructed by outside agencies
  • If the school is instructed by outside agencies to evacuate the school site, we will follow their instructions and where practical parents will be informed

Please note that families need to make sure that contact details are updated at regular intervals including any changes in nominated caregivers

 

Procedures for evacuation following an internal incident

Students can be released to go home if public transport systems are operational at the discretion of the Principal.

  • Senior students can make own way once they have signed out at reception as to their proposed course of action. Can stay at school till collected.
  • Junior students are to be collected by a parent or caregiver or a conversation initiated with caregiver to work out best solution for particular child. And signed out.
  • If student cannot be collected or released into a nominated person’s care then they must remain at school till collected.
  • A register will be kept as students and the person collecting the student sign out.
  • Rolls will be taken to establish the location of every student and staff member. These paper rolls will be passed on to a designated reception/welfare centre.
  • The school will remain open and students will be catered for until they are collected and signed out – this means food, shelter and comfort/welfare.
  • Where practical parents will be updated via texting, email, Facebook, the school webpage, radio and the school app
  • If the event does not compromise the school buildings they will be occupied until such time as students are collected.
  • If buildings are compromised emergency shelters will be erected. Control of the school community and environs remains with the Principal until instructed by outside agencies
  • If the school is instructed by outside agencies to evacuate the school site, we will follow their instructions and where practical parents will be informed

Please note that families need to make sure that contact details are updated at regular intervals including any changes in nominated caregivers.

Dr Peter Sanders
Assistant Principal

25 Feb

Positive Behaviour for Learning

 

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.