News by: Rebecca Taylor

25 May
17 May

Open Day – 25 May 2016

Join us for our Open Day on 25 May 2016 from 8.30am – 10am or 10.45am – 12.20pm.

Parking will be available on our netball courts which can be accessed from Hawkestone Street.

Enrolment Information can be found here

Open Day

17 May

Young Enterprise Dragons’ Den

The girls wowed the Dragons with their innovative ideas and professional presentations. SMALL TALK are producing personalised, positive and upbuilding stickers for take away coffee cups and LOCAL MATES RATES are a web based business allowing community hiring (in Miramar at this stage) of household and garden equipment. You will hear more about these businesses soon!

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The two SMC Young Enterprise teams discussing their very successful business pitches to the Dragons’ Den today!

12 May

Cross Country

The 39th Inter-college cross country relays were held on Wednesday 11 May at Ian Galloway Park. 4 teams represented St Mary’s College at the event.  Two Year 9 teams, one Under 16 team and one senior team.  We don’t have the results yet but there were some good individual lap times completed over the 2km course.  Well done to all the girls involved.





10 May

Deutsches Frühstück – German Breakfast

To celebrate the end of Term 1, students in Years 9 and 10 German prepared a traditional German breakfast. In Germany, breakfast is more formal. The table is set with a table cloth and place settings with napkins and egg cups. They eat bread rolls with lots of different kinds of cheese and cold meat or sausages, and a boiled egg. To drink they have coffee or tea and orange juice. We learned the German words for all these foods and drinks, how to say grace in German, and a traditional German children’s song about being hungry.

German Breakfast

9 May

PTFA Update

Parent Daughter Breakfast 15 June – Tickets on sale

Get in now to ensure you get your tickets for this special event as ticket sales are already humming along. 
All orders MUST be in by 1 June

Order forms are available on the School Website or on the PTFA Facebook page


Don’t forget the form class with the most ticket sales will receive a lunch sponsored by the PTFA!


Survey – What do we want at school?
St Mary’s PTFA are accumulating money through our fundraising activities. We want to know what things parents, care givers, teachers, girls and old girls want at school so we can prioritise what we do with this year’s funds.
The attached survey is your chance to have your say, so please take 2 minutes to give us your thoughts, please click on the link below. Survey forms need to be completed by May 20th.



Earlier this year the PTFA purchased a new BBQ for the school. It will be used for occasions such as the beginning of year Powhiri. We had a successful sausage sizzle on Friday to show it off!  Many thanks to all those involved.

5 May

NZ U19 Girls Basketball Team

In April Sariah Penese was selected to represent NZ U19 Girls basketball Team in China.  This team is also known as the Junior Tall Ferns Team.

Sariah was the only player who made the team from Wellington out of 6 trialist in the Wellington Region who were chosen to trial.


Sariah attended the China Tour for the “Four Nations Basketball Tournament” which included:

– Poland U23s
– China U23s
– USA U23s

There was a lot of competition from all countries, especially the USA Team who took out the tournament unbeaten.

USA had players aged from 24yrs to the youngest at 22yrs and players who all play at Division 1 NCAA Colleges in America, a goal in which Sariah is also aiming for.

Team 2

NZ Junior Tall Ferns came away with 1 win against the Poland Team.  They lost to China by just 5 points, and the USA Team within 10 points.

In the Guangdong Province of China, Sariah found herself playing in front of crowds of over 2,400 people.  They were very friendly, always wanting to take selfies, even wanting autographs.

Sariah did well through out the tournament, especially playing against the China U23s Team, tallest player at 6″10!

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The New Zealand Team played USA, Poland and China 3 times in three different cities in China. The games were played quite late at night which was something Sariah had to get used too.

With this experience, Sariah’s motivation has been fuelled to fulfil her goal of securing a full scholarship to a University/College in America.  Sariah is due to sit her SAT American Academic exam next month to give her an indication of where she needs to be academically in order to create opportunities for her to be eligible to not just play in America at a College but also work towards a degree in Journalism or education while she enjoys playing her sport of Basketball, that’s if playing in the WNBA falls through.