News by: St Mary's College

15 Jun

Vous voulez faire des crêpes avec nous?

To celebrate the completion of their unit on learning to discuss the differences between meals in France and New Zealand, our Y10 French students learned how to make crêpes with professional chocolate maker Marie Monmont.  Student Jaida Howard commented: “Making crêpes was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

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From left:  Shruti Raja, Samantha  Hill and Georgia Dearns.
Right photo:  Emily Gardner, Claudia Harach with MarieMonmont

14 Jun

2016 Launching Leaders Conference

The 2016 Launching Leaders Conference was definitely a day to remember! The conference was hosted by Scots College, and the six of us from St Mary’s were joined by around 200 other students from many other schools in the lower North Island region. Right from the welcome by our MC for the day, Scots’ director of leadership – Joel Bouzaid, we were encouraged to talk to as many strangers as possible.

We were lucky enough to hear from and be inspired by three amazing keynote speakers throughout the day: Richard Shirtcliffe, who, after launching and working for many different brands (to varying successes), is now the CEO of Tuatara Brewery. Katie Appleyard, a neuroscientist, fashion blogger and photographer. And Jason Buckley, the extraordinary marketing director of Hell Pizza who did not do well academically, but who was underestimated as an incredible business and marketing visionary, and a selfless people person.

Before lunch, we were split into six focus groups, where we discussed the issues surrounding social media, such as the depersonalisation of conversation and cyber-bullying, and then came up with possible solutions to these issues, including education.

The overriding messages that came across were things like never giving up, and never letting what other people think of you, define you. The idea that leadership is being friendly, persistent and passionate, really resonated with all of us there, and will never leave us. We are the next generation, the problem solvers, and the somewhat radical thinkers. It is up to us to realise the leadership potential within each of us, and BE the leaders of tomorrow, starting today.

Keva Ready
Deputy Head Girl – Special Character

14 Jun

Year 13 Accounting


Year 13 Accounting students recently attended “Meet the Business Leader” designed to provide students an insight to accounting as a career.  Students had the opportunity to directly engage with successful professionals through listening and asking questions about their choices and career path.



Business Leaders included representatives from BDO Wellington, Audit NZ, The Treasury, Moore Stephens Markhams  and the Chair of the Young Accountants Group, Manawatu.

The students found the session gave them a useful insight into the Accounting careers and university study.


14 Jun

Junior Premier Debating

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.

Mrs Genevieve Herder

14 Jun

Rowing Success

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.


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Other nominations from SMC on the night were:

Most promising novice school 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

Most dedicated school rower:
Meg Thompson

Outstanding Devotion to rowing:
Miriam Lindsay


2 Jun

Cross Country

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.

Bayley on the finish line

Bayley on the finish line

2 Jun

Board of Trustees

St Mary’s College had 4 nominations for the 5 elected Parent Representatives on the Board of Trustees,  therefore it is not necessary for an election to take place.

The new Board of Trustees will decide whether to co-opt any further members.

There was only one nomination for the Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees, so Mrs Genevieve Herder remains the Staff Representative for the next year.

The members of the new Board of Trustees are:

Stephen Corkill                 Parent Representative
Luana Penese                  Parent Representative
Mark Ross                        Parent Representative
Joyce Scanlan                  Parent Representative

Sister Natalie Murphy       Proprietor Representative
Kathy Sharpe                   Proprietor Representative

Mrs Catherine Ryan         Principal

Mrs Genevieve Herder     Staff Representative

Justine Lim-Ranola          Student Representative, until later in the year when the students have a vote on this position.

2 Jun

Year 9 & Year 10 Speech Competition

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:

Year 10

  1. Jessica Reiher (10CI)
  2. Samantha Samaniego (10MH)
  3. Melissa Ready (10KA)
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Melissa Ready, Jessica Reiher and Samantha Samaniego

Year 9

  1. Catherine Ramoo (9MY)
  2. Tukasi Paongo (9GB)
  3. Valini Vaka (9HG)

Alice Tinawi (Year 13 adjudicator), Valini Vaka, Catherine Ramoo, Tukasi Paongo and Kristen Fernandez (Year 13 MC)

31 May

World Triathlon Championships

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



31 May

Senior A Netball

Congratulations to the Senior A Netball team who won the College Sport Wellington Premier Netball Competition for the second year running.  They beat Wellington East Girls’ College 24-11 in the final.

SMC Netball