News by: St Mary's College

14 Mar

Entertainment Books 2018

The PTFA is once again selling the Entertainment Book. If you are interested in purchasing a copy please use the link below to order.

13 Mar

PTFA Notices


New Treasurer needed: Our fantastic Treasurer is moving on now that her daughter has left the school. If you are able to assist the PTFA in this capacity please let us know urgently at;

Any parents/friends or family interested in participating on the committee, or wanting to meet us to discover what we do are welcome to come along. We are always keen to hear new ideas and to receive feedback to help us do the best we can for the students.

Draft PTFA Event Calendar 2018

 Each year the PTFA has two goals. Firstly, to raise money for the school and secondly, to provide opportunities for families and friends of the school to gather as a community.

 We are finalising dates for our significant events over the next month and will let you know once the dates are set.

March:  Fundraiser
             Donation scheme request sent out

March- August:  Fundraiser
                          Entertainment Book available to purchase

Mid June:  Community Event
Parent/Daughter Breakfast at Parliament

August/September:  Major Fundraiser and Community Event

December:  Fundraiser
                   Parking for the Thorndon Fair

How can you help the PTFA to help the school?

  • We are looking for an inspirational speaker for our Breakfast at Parliament this year – let us know if you have a contact that might be of use.
  • We are developing a database of contacts that might be useful for sponsorship and donations for our raffles and auctions. If you think you can help or know someone that might fit into this category, please contact us at:
  • Like our Facebook page We’ll keep it up-to-date with information about upcoming events.
  • Join the PTFA as a committee member, or a helper (to be called upon to help with events).
  • Support our Hill’s Angels initiative. This is a small group of people that provide meals to be distributed to School families in times of challenge. It’s a way of providing support and care to our community.
  • Come along to fundraising events and bring your friends!

We look forward to opportunities to meet with you at events during the year. We will do our very best to ensure we keep you up to date with what we have planned. Upcoming events and information can be found on our Facebook page or on the school website. Please make sure to ‘Like’ our page.

27 Feb

Loving Vincent

Year 12/13 Art History Field trip
Penthouse Cinema, Brooklyn

On Friday, February 16, we went on our first Art History Field trip to see the film Loving Vincent, the first ever entirely oil-painted animation feature film. Set 12 months after the death of Vincent van Gogh, it tells the story of the life, death and artistic legacy.

The painterly brushwork made the animation come alive and many of the works of Van Gogh were recognisable throughout. It was a really good way to get new students of Art History into the spirit of the subject.

Ms Waldren
Art History Teacher

8 Feb

Music Lessons 2018

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.  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.

 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

Emina Steedman
HOD Music

1 Dec
30 Nov

Train Strike – Friday 1 December

Metlink advise that on Friday 1 December no Metlink train services will be running in Wellington – however, St Mary’s College will be open for usual teaching and learning and all Y9 and Y10 students, and senior students sitting NCEA external examinations are expected to be at school 

If your daughter has an examination which may be affected by these train cancellations please help her to make alternative arrangements to ensure she gets to her examinations on time. If there is still a problem – please contact our deputy principal Ms Helen Hardwick.

For alternative travel information please see below;

Bus timetables – (external link)
Walking & Biking – (external link)
Car-Pool –          link)
Smart Travel – link)

Dr Peter Sanders
Assistant Principal

30 Nov

2018 Stationery Lists

2018 Stationery Lists for all year levels are available at OfficeMax.  You are welcome to purchase your daughter’s stationery through OfficeMax or any other stationery outlet.

30 Nov

Officials warn swimmers to stay out of Hutt River

Greater Wellington Regional Council and Regional Public Health is warning swimmers to stay out of the Hutt River below Kaitoke due to the increased risk of swallowing potentially fatal toxic algae, which is blooming in the warm dry weather.

“Hot weather, warm water and a lack of rain in the last two weeks have made conditions ideal for the native algae to suddenly bloom,” say Greater Wellington environmental scientist Dr Mark Heath. “This means pieces of algae are breaking off rocks and floating downriver in much larger quantities than usual, and this has become a risk to swimmers as well as dogs.

“Even very small amounts of toxic algae, if swallowed, can cause serious illness and – although unlikely – can potentially be fatal. Usually algal mats are in limited quantities and easily avoided by swimmers, so there is a low risk of actually swallowing one. This week we have seen a sudden increase in the number of mats floating down the river and, without rain, this is likely to get worse. So the chance of accidentally swallowing an algal mat is much higher than usual, and we think this justifies a warning to stay out of the river.”

The council is also encouraging dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead and away from the river’s edge.

“The algae gives off an earthy/musty smell that attracts dogs. It usually gets caught up in rocks on the river bank so, with the volume of algae we are seeing, we encourage owners to keep their dogs safe on a lead and well away from the water.

“At this stage the warning is only for the Hutt River below Kaitoke. We are continuing to monitor other rivers in the region and any warnings will be put on the website. A burst of significant rainfall should flush out the river and lower the risk,” says Dr Heath.

“The most likely symptoms of algal poisoning are nausea, vomiting, numbness, tingling, muscle twitches, shaking, weakness, breathing difficulties and, although unlikely, potentially convulsions and loss of consciousness. These symptoms would usually occur soon after exposure,” says Dr Jill McKenzie of Regional Public Health. “If you are concerned about potential health risks, consult your doctor or ring the health line – 0800 611 116. Your doctor should report potential illness from toxic algal exposure to Regional Public Health.”


For media information, please call:

Clayton Anderson, Council Communications, 027 272 1370

Lucy Kingsbeer,  Public Health Communications Advisor,  Regional Public Health (04) 570 9034 (027) 583 3240

29 Nov
28 Nov

Bus Cancellations

Go Wellington, Valley Flyer & Airport Flyer have advised that there will be bus cancellations on Wednesday 29.11.17 between 9:00am and 2:00pm.

Please refer to the Metlink website for further details:

If your daughter has an examination which may be affected by these bus cancellations please help her to make alternative arrangements to ensure she gets to her examinations on time. If there is still a problem – please contact our deputy principal Ms Helen Hardwick.

Dr Peter Sanders
Assistant Principal

9 Nov

Rugby Sevens

The SMC Sevens team will defend its National Title on Dec 1-3 at Sacred Heart in Auckland. The team is in training for this event at the present time as well as fundraising to get to the event. As well as the E bike raffle we have started a GiveaLittle page to raise funds. The link to the page is:

Support for the team by a donation or spreading the link amongst your networks would be greatly appreciated.

Further information can be gained by contacting Mark Hurley at:

Mark Hurley
Team Manager