News by: Rebecca Taylor

9 Mar

Y12 Economics Trip to RBNZ

Year 12 Economics went to the RBNZ to hear a presentation on Inflation targeting.

Mrs Myers
HOD Economics & Accounting

2 Mar

Art History Fieldtrip

The first Art History Fieldtrip took place on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 22nd. The Cindy Sherman Exhibition was an international exhibition of this very well known contemporary photographer.  At the City Gallery, Helen Lloyd conducted a really interesting and challenging tour for the students.
Ms Waldren
Art History Department
21 Feb

Touch Success

Year 11 students Ivana Samani, Jada Jacobs and Riarna Vulu represented Wellington at the Touch New Zealand Grassroots Trust 2017 Junior National’s Tournament in Auckland recently.
The team played eight games over the three days and the Wellington Under 16 Mixed team were undefeated across the tournament and were crowned national champions.
21 Feb

Heart Foundation Street Appeal

On a wet and misty summer morning, 13 amazing spirits took to the Wellington Streets for the Heart Foundation’s annual street appeal. The students embraced our STAR values of taking the challenge and respecting our values by giving their time to support this incredibly worthy cause. 

E whakamoe ana, e whakawhētai ana te hāpori o Hato Maria ki a koutou ngā kōhine tino atawhai o tō tatou nei kura i runga i te āhuatanga o te wā i kohikohia pūtea koutou mō te Rōpū Whakahaere Manawa. Nō reira kōhine mā tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Mrs Davies
HOD English

20 Feb

Soul Programme For Young Women…

. . . is a very new charity that runs programmes for teenage girls, that helps to grow their self-confidence as well as realising their potential and what they have to offer the world once they put limitations aside. It is their mission to replace prejudice and discrimination with unconditional love and respect.

Girls from all different backgrounds are encouraged to join – it is very much a “judgment-free” zone. The groups are made up of 10 girls, and they meet fortnightly on a Sunday afternoon at the Preservatorium Café – 39 Webb Street, Wellington 2 -4.30pm.

During a SOULcircle, girls are encouraged to put aside any barriers (those from themselves or perceived from others) and engage in fun activities, share positive stories and as a group, devise and rehearse a dance/performance. A bountiful afternoon tea is provided and it is generally over this time that the girls cement really strong friendships with the others.

The programmes are subsidised, however there is a small cost of $4 per session per girl involved. This is payable in advance of the start of each term. If this is an issue at all for anyone, scholarships available.

The start date is Wellington is 12th March, and then the 26th March and 2nd April before term 2 sessions begin.

For more information, see Mrs Dodunski (Guidance Counsellor)

Mrs Dodunski
Guidance Counsellor

16 Feb

Sacramental Programme

There is an opportunity for any girl who has missed out on any of the Sacraments of Initiation to participate in a programme leading up to Easter.  The girls have been alerted to this in the school daily notices.  If you wish your daughter to be involved in this programme please contact me or David Sullivan at the Catholic Centre on 496 1708.

Mrs Sklenars
Director of Religious Studies
13 Feb

Music lessons and music groups for 2017

These links let you sign up to all the SMC Music activities.  Some student led groups you can also join by just turning up (Prima choir and Uke group for example).
Music lesson forms and Schola need to be in by next Monday 20th Feb.  After this date, come and see Miss Steedman first.   These are NOT parent permission forms – that will happen once you have a confirmed lesson space.
Group sign ups don’t have a set time limit.
Please email or come to the music room if you have any questions.
Music Lessons:
Choir (the auditioned one:)
Miss Steedman
HOD Music
20 Feb
9 Feb


Dear Parents/Caregivers/Students,

VENUE:          Newtown Park

DATE:             Monday 20  February, 2017

START:           8:50 am Te Wa AKO Roll taken
9:00 am Athletics Sports begin
3:00 pm Athletics Sports day ends approximately


  1. All girls are to be present as it is a normal school day.
  2. Students must go directly to the park and remain at the park all day. No student from any level is to leave the grounds. Staff will be in attendance on the gates all day.
  3. Cancellations on The Breeze (94.1) from 6:45am onwards.
  4. Tracksuits or mufti (in house colours) may be worn to the park.
  5. Additional items that are needed are warm clothing, sunblock, hat and personal medication.
  6. Bring lunch and drinks with you (no glass bottles). No student will be allowed to leave the grounds to purchase lunch or drinks.
  7. Only necessary valuables should be brought on the day. Each student is responsible for her own belongings. Check that all items have your full name on them.
  8. No student is allowed in the centre of the grounds. When not competing, please stay in your house groups in the stands, in the shade.
  9. Each house is responsible for clean up. Put rubbish in the bins provided throughout the day. Dismissal will not be granted until the grounds are clean.
  10. Transport – It is best that parents carpool students to Newtown Park as bus services are limited. The Newtown Park bus (No. 10 – Stop B) leaves from the Railway station at 7:40am, 8am and 8:25am. The 8:25am bus is the last bus to leave ensuring arrival on time to Newtown Park. Please make the necessary arrangements so you are on time. Additionally the Mairangi Bus (No.23 – Stop J by Kirkcaldie and Stains) can be caught on Lambton Quay at 7:35am, 8:08am and 8:23am. This bus also stops near Newtown Park and students will need to walk up to the park. Alternatively it is economical for a group of students to hire a pre-ordered shuttle to take them to Newtown Park from the Railway Station. Students will be expected to catch public transport home from Newtown Park and may be released earlier than 3pm.



Theresa                Orange
Catherine              Sky
Anne                     Violet
Joan                      Scarlet
Bernadette            Dark green
Maria                    Gold

If you are placed in the first two in your final, you may be considered for the St. Mary’s College team for the Intercollegiate Athletics Sports team. The team will be announced the week following our athletics sports day.


Rhonda Turner
HOD Physical Education

9 Feb

First ever Wellbeing / Hauora Day for St Mary’s

On Thursday the 2nd of February 2017 students had the opportunity to attend a variety of presentations and workshops with a focus on wellbeing (both mental and physical). A team of presenters who are conducting the Youth Wellbeing Study (at the School of Psychology, Vic Uni) talked to the Year 10 students about what emotions are, the purpose or functions of emotions, how they provide important information about the world around us and help us communicate with others. Mrs Dodunski, the Guidance Counsellor, spoke to the Year 11, 12 and 13 students about how we can face life’s challenges by increasing our self-awareness (by knowing how emotions and thoughts are generated in the brain, developing ‘wise mind’ or intuition, and by increasing compassion for ourselves).

A range of other workshops were presented, including practising mindfulness, using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Tapping to deal with anxiety, making healthy food choices, increasing confidence, setting wellbeing goals and learning more about Volunteering. Students could also get active and enjoy doing Pilates, Zumba and Tai Chi, or sign up to Art or Writing workshops.

A huge thank you goes out to all the presenters who so kindly and willingly gave their time and expertise – it was deeply appreciated! Thank you also to all staff whose hard work helped to make the day a success. We look forward to the next Wellbeing / Hauora Day in 2018!

(If you would like further information about any of the workshops mentioned, please contact Mrs Dodunski:

Mrs Dodunski
Guidance Counsellor

5 Dec

Proud 2016 Champions of the Condor Sevens National Secondary School Tournament

St Mary’s College have created history by being the first Wellington Girls School to win a national sevens title.

Our amazing Sevens’ team played great rugby to beat Southland Girls’ High School 19-5 in the semi-final and beat Hamilton Girls’ High School 19-17 in the final.

St Mary’s College is extremely proud of each athlete in this well deserved result.  Five of the team have been chosen to be part of the Condors National Tournament Team. They are Lyric and Dhys Faleafaga, Cheyne Copeland, Monica Tagoai and Ainsleyana Puleiata.  This team will also be considered for a New Zealand Selection Team to play Australia, Samoa and other nations on 17 December 2016 at Sacred Heart College in Auckland.