News by: Rebecca Taylor

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.


30 Nov

New Zealand Under 21 Netball Squad

Congratulations to Ainsleyana Puleiata and Renee Savai’inaea who have been selected in the NZ Under 21 Netball squad that will form the basis of the team to play in the Netball World Youth Cup in Gaborone, Botswana in July 2017.

30 Nov

Cricket Wellington

Congratulations to Xara Jetly who has been selected to represent Wellington in the U15 and U18 cricket squads.

Well done Xara on such a wonderful achievement & all the best for the Cricket season ahead!

23 Nov

Deconstruction of 61 Molesworth Street

The building at 61 Molesworth Street suffered significant damage in last week’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Visual inspection by specialist engineers, including USAR engineers, established the building was a risk of collapse in another earthquake or large aftershock.

As a result, the building is going to be deconstructed.

There has been a cordon around the building and this will continue.

CERES is the demolition company that has been contracted to undertake the work. They have undertaken a significant number of deconstructions following the Christchurch earthquakes.

The council and the building’s owner have identified that there is asbestos in the building.

Wellington City Council and CERES know exactly where the asbestos is located in the building.

They have a management plan for the disposal of the building materials including the asbestos. The plan has been approved by the appropriate authorities.

As the demolition takes place, water will constantly be sprayed on the building to help contain dust from building materials, including asbestos.

The level of asbestos dust will be constantly monitored at a number of places around the site and if it becomes too high, deconstruction work will be stopped immediately.

At all times water will spray on the building material. This will happen until all the material is removed from the site.

All material from the building will be moved in covered trucks and disposed of at the Southern Landfill.

Wellington City Council
Communications Department

10 Nov

PTFA Update for 2016

To all Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

2016 has been both a busy and an exciting year.

During Term 1 we provided the school with $10,000 to be used for the purchase of Chromebooks. This ensured there were devices available for students across the school as the Year 9’s began BYOD. We also purchased a BBQ that will be used for school community events, such as the beginning of year Powhiri, and for the students to use for fundraising during the year. We were pleased to see it used for the recent sausage sizzle for Daffodil Day.

In March we held a Quiz Night at the Shepherds Arms. It was a great night, with a bit of banter and lots of spot prizes. In conjunction with a small auction on the evening, the night raised $2300.  This money has been allocated, along with some other funds raised this year, to purchase 100 beanbags for use in shared spaces around the school. We have finally had them delivered and it has been particularly satisfying to have them available for the students to use!








The highlight of Term 2 was the Parent Daughter Breakfast at Parliament. It is such a special St Mary’s tradition where we celebrate and acknowledge our wonderful school community. SMSAO and Schola performed for us and we had our very own SMOG, Fran Wilde as our MC.  The Banquet Room of Parliament was almost full and were fortunate to have Stacey Shortall as the guest speaker. Her personal story and initiative, “Who did you help today?” was an appropriate topic for the year of Mercy and we have had fantastic feedback from families. She was inspiring.

breakfast fran-wilde

In Term 3 PTFA decided to branch out and try something new…we held an Auction on 18th August. Despite a shaky start selling tickets, the school community came together to support the evening and it was a HUGE success. By designing the night as a mixture of entertainment and auction people were able to come just to enjoy the music girls performing and our speaker and MC Stephen and Gerard Vaughan.  A final figure of $9146.49 was raised and we now have the pleasure of identifying the best use of the funds around the school. Although some will be used for IT equipment, we are also hoping to improve the outdoor seating for the summer months.


As Term 4 approaches we are putting the final touches on our ‘Hills Angels’ support network. We will be asking for families to let us know if they are keen to be part of the pool of ‘Angels’, supporting families in our school community in times of  great need with meals. We are sure that many of you will want to be involved.

We meet the first Tuesday of each month in the Staffroom and welcome new members. We also value your opinions and ideas, so please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have something you want to share:

The PTFA are conscious that the support of our community is essential to our success fundraising for the school. We would like to thank you all for your contributions (however big or small) to our fundraising initiatives.

We hope you all have a safe and blessed Christmas.

The St Mary’s College PTFA Inc