Congratulations to our Rugby 7s team who travelled to Japan to compete in the SANIX World Rugby Youth Tournament over the holidays. We are very proud of you as individuals and as a team for representing New Zealand and St Mary’s College so well. The dedication and commitment this team has shown has rewarded them with this amazing result.
The tournament was made up of teams from around the world including England, Australia, Japan & Hong Kong. The girls worked really hard and were unbeaten throughout the tournament.
All Year 9, House Captains, Competitors, and Officials are to attend the swimming sports.
Students must wear School Uniform to and from the Swimming Sports. Please ensure they have a rain coat as well as they will be expected to walk back to school for afternoon classes.
All students must assemble outside Freyberg Pool at 8:30am in alphabetical order in your form class for roll call.
Once students enter the pool they sit in House Groups.
Once Swimming sports are completed at 12pm, all students will return to school for afternoon classes. Students will walk back to school accompanied by staff back to the College.
Please NOTE that students will need to bring their own food and drink, as they are not permitted to purchase any at the pool. Food and drink can be consumed in the spectator viewing area only – do not bring glass bottles.
Do not leave valuables in the pool changing room. Best to not bring them at all.
Family members and friends are welcome as spectators.
R Turner HOD Physical Education
Congratulations to the Rowing team for their best ever results at the Maadi Cup. They made three A Finals and two B Finals. Special congratulations to the following rowers for a top ten finish in their events – Cara McAree, Grace Ohlsson, Lucy Golding, Meg Thompson, Miriam Lindsay, Eleanor Paxie and Amelia Burley.
On the 9th of March, Maria Helbano Deputy Head Girl Special Character and I attended a Cullen Breakfast, hosted by Peter Cullen. There were many prestigious Wellington leaders and other head students attending. The guest speaker was Prime Minister, Bill English, with whom we were lucky enough to chat to and ask questions after he spoke to us about the current affairs of the country. It was a privilege to represent the college at this event and to network with other school leaders.
Year 9 Social Studies students got an unexpected bonus when they visited Parliament on 21 March 2017 to find out how our democracy works. We were standing in the ‘media scrum’ area when Government ministers walked past, after their caucus meeting. Several of them stopped to say hello to the students, including Steven Joyce, Hekia Parata and Paula Bennett.
Then the Prime Minister, Bill English, stopped and chatted with our girls for several minutes. He answered such questions as where do you have your holidays, do you do much travelling, and what’s it like to be the Prime Minister. Meeting him was the highlight of the field trip, as shown in these comments:
“Meeting Bill English was an amazing surprise. I really enjoyed getting to ask him questions about his job. Because of this I came out of Parliament feeling like I knew not only a lot more about Parliament, but also about the jobs the Prime Minister does. Bill was very friendly and made the trip even better.”
“The thing that I most enjoyed on the trip was getting to meet Bill English. This was my favourite part because I had never met a Prime Minister before then. It was cool because we also got a photo with him.”
Other aspects of the trip which impressed the students included how laws are made, the billions of dollars collected in taxes each year and what the money is used for, and the rules of the debating chamber. Several students were fascinated with the role of the Speaker and the golden mace, especially because the Speaker could kick MPs out of the chamber, including the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Bill English, with students from Ms Syme’s Year 9 Social Studies class.