News by: St Mary's College

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

2 May

SANIX World Rugby Youth Champions

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.

Dominion Post Article & Video

Team Members:  

Olivia Aunoa
Cheyne Copeland (c)
Lomia Fa’amausili
Dhys Faleafaga
Lyric Faleafaga
Janaya Lau-Young
Ainsleyana Puleiata
Damaris Samani
Ivana Samani
Renee Savai’inaea
Laina Semu
Katalina Tai

Management Team:

Tuga Mativa (Coach)
Andi Hirini
Tony Meyers
Mark Hurley


Pool Matches:
SMC vs Hong Kong Sports School (27-5)
SMC vs Kokugakuin University Tochigi High School (31-20)
SMC vs Fukuoka Ladies Rugby Football Club (31-5)

Semi Final:
SMC vs Hartpury College (24-10)

SMC vs Kokugakuin University Tochigi High School (26-22)

4 Apr

St Mary’s 7’s Team Needs Your Help

St Mary’s College rugby 7’s girls have recently won the national 7’s championships and the right to represent New Zealand at the Sanix World Youth Cup in Fukuoka Japan at the end of April 2017.

Please consider making a donation to help our girls get on their way to Japan

We will be very grateful for any support that we may receive

Thank You

Mr Hurley
Team Manager

3 Apr

Swimming Sports 2017

Venue Freyberg Pool
131 Oriental Parade
Oriental Bay
Date Tuesday, 2 May 2017
Time 8.30am – 12.00pm



  1. All Year 9, House Captains, Competitors, and Officials are to attend the swimming sports.
  2. 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.
  3. All students must assemble outside Freyberg Pool at 8:30am in alphabetical order in your form class for roll call.
  4. Once students enter the pool they sit in House Groups.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Do not leave valuables in the pool changing room. Best to not bring them at all.
  8. Family members and friends are welcome as spectators.


House Colours
Anne Purple
Bernadette Green
Catherine Blue
Joan Red
Maria Yellow
Teresa Orange


R Turner
HOD Physical Education

3 Apr

Waka Ama

Great effort from all our crews.  Three of our U19 teams raced each other in the Bowl Finals in the W6 500m with Autuahineraa placed 2nd and our U16 W6 500m crew made the Plate Finals!.

Big thanks to Ms Goddard & Ms Hardwick and all our parents that were there to transport, cook, clean and support all our girls.

Ms Hirini
Sports Co-ordinator

3 Apr

Maadi Cup Rowing

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.

Mrs Paton
PE Teacher