News by: Rebecca Taylor

1 Jun

Young Enterprise

Congratulations to our four Young Enterprise teams, Be You Tiful Bagels, Blueprint, Calico and Co. and Wahine Toa, who all gave impressively professional presentations to the judging panel at Dragons’ Den.  You will be hearing a lot more about their innovative products (delicious new flavoured bagels, and environmentally inspired children’s story and colouring book based on Maori culture, a Nadia Lim designed calico shopping bag and a personal crisis security device) in the coming months!

Mrs Myers
HOD Economics & Accounting

1 Jun
24 May

Stage Challenge Tickets

If you are interested in going to Stage Challenge next week, below is the link to buy tickets. There are no sales through schools this year

If anyone is interested/available to come out and support the girls, that will be appreciated. Stage Challenge is one night only this year.
Mr Hurley
HOD Social Sciences
16 May

UN Speech Competition

Zita Keller (Year 12) represented the school in the United Nations Association Speech Award at St Andrews on the Terrace on May 12th.  The topic was: Is there a Role for Nuclear Weapons in today’s world. Zita spoke with courage and conviction, delivering a really well researched, impressive speech. Zita commented on the enriching learning experience of being a part of this competition and especially hearing the inspiring speeches from fellow students.

Ms Waldren
English Department

16 May

Learning Conversations

Dear Parents

You are invited to make a booking for learning conversations with your daughter’s subject teachers.  Learning conversations will be held on two dates:

Thursday 18 May for students A-L
Thursday 25 May for students M-Z

Five minute interviews with a break for all staff between 3.30pm and 4pm.

Venues: Tech Block or Hall

Booking Outage:
Bookings for students A-L will be closed at 7.00am on Thursday 18 May to allow teachers to prepare for the learning conversations that day between 1.30pm and 6.00pm

Bookings for students M – Z will re-open at 6.00pm on Thursday 18 May for Thursday 25 May for 1.30pm and 6.00pm

Conversations will take place between 1.30pm and 6.00pm on both days.  Normal lessons will be held each Thursday from Periods 1-4 and then your daughter will be released at 12.30pm.  It is recommended that your daughter attends the learning conversations with you.

Bookings are made by going to and inserting the following code: bjhj5

Dr Peter Sanders
Assistant Principal

2 Jun
15 May

Teacher Only Day – College Closed – Friday 2 June

There is a Teacher Only Day on Friday 2 June 2017.  The college will be closed.

12 May

Board of Trustees

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The Board of Trustees has two parents interested in the vacant Parent Representative position on the Board.  Both of these parents have skills and attributes that are a good fit for our Board of Trustees.

We can have an election which would result in one of the parents being elected to the Board of Trustees.  The alternative is that the Board can discuss changing its constitution to allow six Parent Representatives to represent the community.  This would be a permanent change unless revoked.  Permission also needs to be sought from the Proprietor, and the Board of Trustees will do this.

If the Proprietor does not agree with this, the Board is required to proceed to an election for one position.  Similarly, if 10% or more of eligible voters expresses their opposition to this proposal at the upcoming Board meeting, an election will be required.

We hereby notify our parent community that we intend to discuss this matter at our Board of Trustees meeting which is to be held next Tuesday the 16th May at 6pm in the college Staffroom.  If any parents are interested in being part of this discussion, please come along to this meeting.

Kathy Sharpe
Chairperson, Board of Trustees

11 May

Secretary-General’s Visit

On Wednesday 3rd May, St Mary’s were delighted to welcome Mr Akbar Khan, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and Poto Williams, MP for Christchurch South. Our Student Leadership Team, School Council and top debating teams took part in an outreach session providing an opportunity for young people to learn about the political values of the Commonwealth such as diversity, development and parliamentary democracy; to discuss issues of concerns about the society in which they live and to meet local Members of Parliament.

Article on Parliament Website

Meg Davies
HOD English

10 May

GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge

On Tuesday 9th May, eight Year 10 students took part in the GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge run by the Young Enterprise Trust.
The challenge, aimed especially at Year 10 students, required the participants to come up with possible solutions to real problems faced in New Zealand’s primary industries. The two teams of four worked hard to come up with original and innovative prototype products using their knowledge of business, science and technology.
Congratulations to Catherine Ramoo who was awarded ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the day out of approximately 80 students from schools all over the Wellington region.
Thanks to all of the participants – Kaye Jayme, Simone Lenora, Gina Dao-McLay, Keira Chadwick, Xyryll Gayagoy, Bobo Wood Yan, Rachel Fitzgerald and Catherine Ramoo – for representing St Mary’s so well on the day.
Megan Meulenbroeks
Year 10 Dean
9 May

Musicians at Parliament

I was a very proud music teacher on Wednesday 3 May 2017 when I took a group of girls to Parliament to perform in an Official Ceremony Honouring the Top Scholars.

Originally the Prime Minister was expected, then the Deputy Prime Minister, however we were told they were busy making a “big announcement”, and we instead had MP, Nikki Kaye in her first day as Education Minister.


Leu Ulu and Adah Setefano sang, Olivia Karavias on drums, Kim Wheaton on bass and Anna Ng on piano.


The girls performed for 25 minutes before the ceremony, then performed as a band in the middle of the ceremony, and I got the privilege of accompanying the National Anthem at the end. It certainly felt a bit different playing it in Parliament!

The girls did an impressive job in an extremely formal situation. It was an excellent example of “Ako in Action” as I think their trust in each other meant that even I couldn’t tell they were nervous when they performed.

Emina Steedman
HOD Music