Congratulations to the Junior Premier debating team on their win in Round 5 of the Wellington Speaking Union Intercollegiate Debating Competition.
Catherine Ramoo (Yr 9), Simone Lenora (Yr 9) and Samantha Samaniego (Yr 10) successfully negated the moot “That prime-time sports on television should give equal time to women’s and men’s sports”. Affirming the moot was St Catherine’s College. Special thanks to Simone for stepping into the team at very short notice when we were one debater short.
The team has now completed the five preliminary round debates, winning 4 of the 5 debates.
Congratulations to Taylor Smith who won the Wellington Rowing Club’s most promising Novice school girl award. This is in recognition of her outstanding season. She received her award from Joe Wight – a member of the club and a current member of the NZ rowing eight going to Rio.
Other nominations from SMC on the night were:
Most promising noviceschool girl: Taylor Smith – winner Claudia Pettett
Best school crew: U16 Four (Taylor Smith, Lucy Golding, Jessie Drake, Meg Thompson, Rosie K (cox) who came 3rd in the B Final at Maadi
The College Sport Wellington Cross Country Championships were held at Trentham Memorial Park on Wednesday 1st June.
St Mary’s College was represented by a 6 person team in the Junior girls event which was 3km long. All competitors start together and try and gain the best finishing place possible. The Year 9 team: Jess Jenkins, Lucy Ross, Kelsey Wilkinson, Georgia Ballentyne, Amelia Burley, Ella Faulkner. Hannah Gordon ran in the Intermediate Girls’ 3km event and Bayley ran the Senior Girls’s event which was 4km long and gained 6th place.
We are still awaiting the official results for our Year 9 six person team and the girl’s individual placings.
In the last week of term one, the English Department held both the Year 9 and Year 10 Speech Competitions. Two representatives from each form class were selected to perform their speeches in front of their peers in the school hall. The speakers were entertaining, enlightening and persuasive; the topic choices were carefully considered by the presenters and thoroughly engaged the appreciative audience.
The topics were original and varied ranging from gender roles and stereotypes to why chocolate is better than a boyfriend.
All the students who performed on the day should be extremely proud of themselves.
Congratulations to the winners for 2016:
Jessica Reiher (10CI)
Samantha Samaniego (10MH)
Melissa Ready (10KA)
Melissa Ready, Jessica Reiher and Samantha Samaniego
Catherine Ramoo (9MY)
Tukasi Paongo (9GB)
Valini Vaka (9HG)
Alice Tinawi (Year 13 adjudicator), Valini Vaka, Catherine Ramoo, Tukasi Paongo and Kristen Fernandez (Year 13 MC)
Congratulations to Bayley Van de Coolwijk who has been selected as the number one qualifier in the girls 16-19 age group to represent New Zealand at the World Triathlon Championships in Cozumel, Mexico in September. This is a very exciting and wonderful opportunity and we wish Bayley all the very best!
Bayley winning the qualifying race for the World Championships in Kinloch
Our two choirs, Schola and Prima have been working very hard this year in the lead up to the Big Sing. We are now in the final weeks of preparation, and it is exciting hearing the songs taking shape and the singers becoming more confident in their parts.
We will be performing in two sessions at the Big Sing, which is held at the Michael Fowler Centre, on Thursday June 9th. Our first session is the recital session at 10.30am where each choir performs three songs. The choir then performs one songs at the evening Gala concert with the schools from both the day time sessions. It is a great celebration of choral music! Tickets are available via the Ticketek website.
To ensure that we are meeting the diverse needs of our school community, we are reviewing the languages taught at St Mary’s College and would welcome some input from you and your daughters. St Mary’s is a school which values languages and offers full year courses in Te Reo Māori, French, German and Japanese in Years 9 and 10.
At St Mary’s we currently teach Te Reo Māori. This is because it is our indigenous language and one of the official languages of New Zealand.
French is spoken by over 200 million people and is fast-growing, particularly in Africa. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Our exchange programme with the le Lycée Guez de Balzac in Angoulême has been running for eleven years.
Japanese is now a well-established subject. Student numbers in junior Japanese classes have been increasing over the past three years and our students have the opportunity to participate in a biennial trip to our sister school in Matsuyama.
Our senior students of German have the opportunity to participate in exchanges and German is valuable in the fields of Science and Tourism.
We would like to be able to offer another language but we need to be realistic about this in terms of our roll and staffing allowance. If there were sufficient demand for a particular language not already taught, there is a possibility that it could be considered for the 2017 year. This would impact on an existing language.
To have an indication of our community’s opinions, we invite you to participate in our brief Language Survey through this link: http://goo.gl/forms/AQ7nhZwOb43hYYFq2 by FRIDAY 27 MAY 2016.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this Survey.
This year Relay for life took place on the 9th of April at Frank Kitts Park. This is an event which works to raise awareness towards cancer in New Zealand, to remember our loved ones and to fund raise for research into this life changing disease. As a school, St Mary’s College raised over $1,600 through netball games with our brother schools along with hours of bucket collecting. This money will now be used to further help the cancer society to grow there resources which help families dealing with cancer as well as families morning a loss from cancer. Overall the day ran really smoothly with no malfunctions and plenty of laughs along the way, it was clear to see that the Year 13s that stayed over night were in much need of a sleep by Sunday morning. Natalia and I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of organising Relay For Life this year. We really encourage all senior St Mary’s students to get involved with Relay For Life next year as it is an eye opening and enjoyable event.