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