News by: Penny Cole

10 Dec

National Social Enterprise Winners

Congratulations once again to The Final Straw! Last night at the National Gala Awards dinner Jess Reiher and Rosie O’Hagan very graciously accepted this prestigious award on behalf of their team. This was quite a daunting prospect in front of an audience of 400 including the Governor General, several Politicians and other dignitaries. We are very proud of our girls given that this year there were 900 Young Enterprise teams around the country. The girls were particularly thrilled to win this award that reflects our Mercy values so well.

21 Nov

Reminder: School closing early on Friday, 23 November

Teachers are required to attend a Compulsory Paid Union Meeting (PUM) on Friday the 23rd November. This means school will close at 12.35 pm.
Please contact school office if your child needs supervision for the afternoon.
Please note the Tuck Shop will NOT be open on this day.

16 Nov

Young Enterprise Trip

Congratulations to Jessica Reiher who is one of 10 students from around New Zealand to be selected to go on the YES Business Leaders trip to Singapore.
The students were selected based on their passion for business and their interest in learning about other cultures.

On the trip (which is sponsored by the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence) students will learn about the culture and business community of Singapore.

2 Nov

Student leaders for 2019 announced

At Thanksgiving Mass on Tuesday we celebrated and thanked our 2018 Student Leaders and welcomed our 2019 Student Leaders.

The new leaders are:

Isabelle Pou: Head Girl
Melissa Ready: Deputy Head Girl – Special Character
Sarah Downs: Deputy Head Girl – Level Leaders
Tesara-Rose Faleafaga: Deputy Head Girl – Cultural
Eden Vaatstra: Deputy Head Girl – Arts
Maddie Feaunati: Deputy Head Girl – Sport
Samantha Samaniego: Deputy Head Girl – House

2 Nov

Success at Tahi Rua Toru Tech

Winning app to get students off their cell phones

 It’s a real challenge these days to get students off their cell phones. A team of students from 10 Digital Technologies have developed a winning prototype app, Encourage Mint, to help teenagers wean themselves off their beloved cell phones and improve their mental health.

The Brogrammers won the Wellington Regional Competition for Tahi Rua Toru Tech, held on 1 November. Team members were Catherine Connolly, Maddie Heffernan, Chloe Tinney and Annie van Kampen. They wanted to address the issue of young people spending too much time on their phones and to help them feel better about themselves and happier through developing a fun, interactive and innovative app.

Tahi Rua Toru Tech is a digital technologies challenge to develop an app to solve a problem in the community. IT Professionals of New Zealand organised the challenge, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the Royal Society, Digital Technologies Teachers of Aotearoa as well as industry partners who provided IT mentors.

Second place went to another St Mary’s College team, Quatre Amigos (Micole Marquez, Emily-Kei Brewerton, Yashka Rabichand and Mya Jones). They made a gamified app to make exercising more fun. It included a pedometer to record steps taken each day, and this was combined with walking trips around tourist attractions overseas. Rewards included ‘metre money’ for each ten steps, to enable players to purchase tickets to get to their next destination.

The top two teams in the Wellington Regional Finals, Brogrammers and Quatre Amigos, will compete at the National Tahi Rua Toru Finals, to be held at Te Papa on 5 December.

The other team representing St Mary’s College at the Wellington regionals was Hunger Busters (Alex Crampton, Orla Moss, Ahleea Hockings and Laura Radaich). They created SMC Tuck Shop, designed to make ordering food much easier and more efficient for both the seller and the buyer.  The SMC Tuck Shop app also aimed to cut down the amount of waste school tuck shops produce which would have a positive impact on our environment.

Tahi Rua Toru Tech was the focus for Term 3 in the 10 Digital Technologies classes. Teachers in Charge Genevieve Herder and Jocelyn Syme say the Challenge was a marvellous opportunity for students to develop their problem solving, computational thinking skills and project management skills as well as how to work effectively in a team.

The winners of the Wellington Regional Finals of Tahi Rua Toru Tech proudly wear their medals and hold the winner’s trophy. From left: Maddie Heffernan, Chloe Tinney, Annie van Kampen and Catherine Connolly.

29 Oct

NCEA Timetable

The timetable for the 2018 NCEA exams follows.

ncea timetable 2018

Please note that during the exams there will be a study room available for those senior students who want a place to study or to work on internals.  Details will be available nearer the time.

The library may be open for extended hours if there is demand.

29 Oct

Young Enterprise

Congratulations to the Final Straw (Jessica Reiher, Rose O’Hagan, Madison Crisp, Zoe Barrott and Abby Laws) who were named the Wellington Young Enterprise Company of the Year at the Regional Finals last Thursday evening! The team will now go through to the National Finals on December 6…and they have already won an individual National Excellence Award that will be presented at the National Awards function. The team also won awards in the regional categories for Financial Management and Social Impact. We are very proud of all our Young Enterprisers and commend them for their initiative, perseverance and dedication to social enterprise.

23 Oct

Year 11 Speech Competition

On Friday 19th October, nine year 11 students represented their English classes in the 2018 Speech Competition.  The topics were extremely varied and each student presented their speech with conviction and confidence. The audience were highly engaged due to the style and topic choices. The speeches were informative, confronting, humorous, thoughtful and persuasive.  The year 11 English teachers are very proud of each student who performed their speech at the competition. This year we had three runners up and an overall winner. Well done to everyone involved.

Runners up – Jeline Baldovino, Hannah Dorey and Sinead Riden

The winner of the 2018 Speech competition – Simone Lenora


11 Oct

More Young Enterprise Success

The Young Enterprise teams submitted their annual reports at the end of Term 3. They have been marked and The Final Straw is one of the four Regional Finalists. They will pitch to be the overall Wellington winner on 25 October.  Good luck!
The Final Straw are also finalists in three specific categories…Marketing Excellence, Financial Management and Social Impact.
Dog’s Business are finalists in the Sustainable Practice category and Ratu (previously known as Blue and Black) are finalists in the Business Resilience category.
So well done all round!