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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Wellington Rugby Football Union have named their extended representative sevens’ squads. Congratulations to Cheyne Copeland, Lomia Fa’amausili, Dhys Faleafaga, Lyric Faleafaga, Ainsleyana Puleiata, Renee Savai’inaea and Monica Tagoa’i who have all been named in the Wellington Women’s Team. What a wonderful achievement for such dedicated group of athletes.
Congratulations to the St Mary’s College Sevens team once again, when on Saturday 5 November they won the American Ambassador Sevens title. This is a Wellington Women’s Club competition and it is extraordinary that a College team has done so well. The girls went through the day unbeaten, defeating Norths Rugby Club 26-12 in the semi-final and then Oriental Rongotai Rugby Football Club 24-15 in the final. Keep up the good work!
On Monday October 24 St Mary’s Sevens Team competed in the Condor Regionals at Naenae College. Over five games they scored 216 points with only 10 points scored against them. They now go to Auckland in December to compete at Condor Nationals.
On Tuesday, October 18th, Rebekah Amitrano represented St Mary’s in the Stockley Cup, an annual senior speech competition put on by the Wellington Speaking Union. It was held in Parliament this year there and were 15 speakers from almost every school in Wellington. The speeches were wide ranging in subject and style and the overall standard was excellent. Rebekah delivered her speech on Women’s Rights, with passion and commitment.
On 5 Oct, 26 girls in the rowing squad headed up to Whanganui and settled into the Army Camp at Languards Bluff. The camp is located next to the airport and whilst pretty basic, it served its purpose and provided a good base for the week. On the first day the girls unpacked the boat trailer and set up the boats for an afternoon row. Unfortunately the wind picked up so the girls didn’t get out on the water and instead put on their running shoes and ran 8km from Top Ten (where our boats were kept) to Union boat club.
Fortunately the water conditions were better the next day and the girls were able to train for two 3 hr sessions. During both sessions the training was conducted in pouring rain. The girls, whilst soaking wet, showed great character in adverse conditions and trained hard.
Overhead conditions during the next couple days provided largely clear skies for the girls to train in, allowing them to hone their newly acquired rowing skills. The camp culminated with a race day on Sunday morning. This session saw the girls race each other to bring out the competitive spirit and to simulate a regatta scenario in preparation for upcoming Regattas. It was a great way to finish the camp with close racing, demonstrating just how far the girls have come in such a short time.