On Sunday August 14, one hundred students from Chanel College, Bishop Viard College, St. Bernard’s College, Sacred Heart College, St. Catherine’s College, St Patrick’s Kilbirnie, and St. Patricks Silverstream, joined together with St. Mary’s as the host College, for the annual Vinnie’s Mass. In addition, many teachers, families and friends attended. Students were acknowledged by the St. Vincent de Paul society for their generous and loving work they have done through the year in many areas of the community. The students then shared afternoon tea together. God bless our young Vinnies for all they do. It is really appreciated.
Kristen Fernandez (Y13) and Emily Jenner (Y12) French have thoroughly enjoyed hosting students Manon Paulais and Pauline Vielet from our French sister school the Lycée Guez de Balzac located in Angoulême for the past 6 weeks. Before leaving St Mary’s, Manon and Pauline described some of their experiences:
We spent a wonderful time here with all of you girls, you have really nice teachers and an amazing college quite different from ours. The roll at Guez is nearly 1200. We have a canteen and our timetable is different every day. On some days, we start at 8am and there are days when we finish school at 6pm. We don’t wear a uniform and Guez is co-ed.
There are a lot of differences between France and New Zealand which is really amazing. The landscape is very beautiful. You Kiwis are so nice and friendly. Now we have two families: our French families and our Kiwi families. Thank you for everything, we love New Zealand. We have spent the best holidays of our life, we’ll never forget you. Bisous la miff!
Debating is an academic sport where students engage in structured arguments on a range of topics relevant to New Zealand and the wider world. The discipline encourages them to broaden their understanding of world issues and develop confidence in public speaking. The Wellington Speaking Union Inter-collegiate debating competition has almost finished. Congratulations to all debaters on a successful debating season. The Junior Premier team is the remaining team who are still participating in the Wellington Speaking Union competition. Congratulations to Catherine Ramoo, Aria Ngarimu and Samantha Samaniego winners of the Quarter-Final debate against Tawa College affirming the moot: That we should ban private schools. This team, coached by Mrs Genevieve Herder, has now made it through to the Semi-Final stage of their grade. We wish them all the best.
The Impromptu Cup debating tournament was held on 7 August at St Catherine’s College. The competition provides a great opportunity for students to become more confident in their debating skills, and to improve their ability to develop detailed arguments in a short space of time.
Congratulations to Catherine Ramoo, Aria Ngarimu and Samantha Samaniego on winning the Impromptu Cup. In a very entertaining final debate they successfully affirmed the moot This house believes that all cats should be microchipped. They are to be congratulated on being the first St Mary’s team to win the Junior section in the Impromptu competition which has been running for 15 years. Aria Ngarimu received a Highly Commended speaker award. Aria is to be congratulated on this recognition of her fine speaking style.
Congratulations to the St Mary’s College SMSAO Group who performed outstandingly well at the Tu Tangata Festival on Wednesday. Your professional performance was testament to all your hard work and dedication which you have shown over many hours of practice.
Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected for Wellington Representative Rugby Teams. Monica Tagoai Wellington Pride Team, and Cheyne Copeland, Dhys Faleafaga and Lomia Fa’amausili who have been selected for the Wellington U18 Girls Team.