News by: Rebecca Taylor

13 Oct

ICAS Results

This year, 14 students took part in the ICAS English competition. This is a prestigious competition with over one million student entries being accepted from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually. In addition, students from over 20 countries including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA participate in ICAS each year.

Participation: Julia Mason

Merit: Angeline Chew, Sharon Siby, Daphney Rodrigues

Credit: Emma Jenkins, Kai Mei Davidson-Khor, Sarah Downs, Niamh Judd, Samantha Samaniego, Ciara Shannon

Distinction: Bobo Wood, Naomi Pledger

High Distinction (both achieving in the top 1% of New Zealand participants): Julia English, Zita Keller

The students have achieved excellent results this year and the English department would like to congratulate the students on their fantastic efforts and achievements.

Lucy Stevenson
Teacher in Charge ICAS

21 Sep

Pilgrimage to Parliament for the Homeless

On Tuesday afternoon St Mary’s College students and staff joined with the Sisters of Mercy

in a response to the ‘Call to Action’ during the ‘Year of Mercy’. Our witness at Parliament

was a place to stand together to express our hope as a people of Mercy, that shelter and

protection will be provided for all. Prayer, waiata and storytelling were shared. This was a

great opportunity to show support for those in need, as at St Mary’s College we reflect

Jesus’ Mercy in the Gospels, and seek to live out these values of respect, compassion,

justice, and concern for those who are vulnerable.

Ms Patricia Lynch
Assistant Director of Religious Studies

20 Sep

Mathswell 2016

This year St Mary’s College entered two teams for the Mathswell competition, one Year 10 team and one Year 9 team. The girls were very enthusiastic and worked hard throughout the year, giving up many lunchtimes to practise complex mathematical problems in preparation for the big night. This year’s competition was run over two rounds. The top ten teams competed for the Mathswell Cup in the second round while all other teams competed for the Mathswell Plate. Both of our teams were placed in the top ten after the first round and thus competed for the Mathswell cup in round two. Although we did not win the Cup, our Year 10 team were placed eighth overall the Year 9 team were placed tenth. This is an excellent result and we look forward to continuing to build on this success next year.

The year 10 team was made up of the following students: Samantha Samaniego, Sarah Downs, Catherine Donnelly, Shruti Raja, Ciara Shannon, Aria Ngarimu

The year 9 team: Claire Chan, Gina Dao-McLay, Xyryll Gayagoy, Lauren Mitchell, Catherine Ramoo, Bobo Wood. Reserve; Anaiya Bhola

Congratulations girls and well done for working so hard to compete in this challenging competition.

Mrs Charmaine Izaz
HOD Mathematics

20 Sep

Australian Maths Competition

33 of our students across the College sat  the  Australian  Maths Competition  in  August.  The following girls gained a distinction which indicates they are solving problems at a very high level: Gina Dao-McLay, Lauren Mitchell, Eleanor Paxie, Bobo Wood, Magdalena Allen, Samantha Samaniego, Aria Ngarimu, Jessica Reiher, Sarah Downs, Stephanie Chan. These girls gained a Credit which is also very impressive: Rachel Rubite, Angeline Chew, Jodie Maquez, Xyryll Gagagoy, Anaiya Ahola, Emma Bahkos, Catherine Donnelly, Miriam Lindsay, Maria Cramp, Magaret Lilley, Min Xin Lee, Lillian Woodbury, Elena Heffernan, Zita Keller, Olivia Paxie.

Congratulations to all of our students who took part in this challenging  competition. Well done girls, this was a great effort.

Mrs Charmaine Izaz
HOD Mathematics

19 Sep

St Mary’s Stories Wanted

Mercy Women New Zealand is a Facebook page dedicated to sharing successes and achievements of past and present students of Mercy Schools. We’re wanting to reconnect with former students. If you have a story tip on a past student you know who is particularly interesting – for their work in the community, in business, industry, service, in family life… Please send us the details in a message on the Mercy Women NZ home page: or search for @MercyWomenNZ on The Mercy Women NZ Facebook page is provided by Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy NZ. Past and present St Mary’s College students are warmly invited to like the page!

19 Sep

World Triathlon Championships, Mexico

Congratulations to Bayley Van de Coolwijk, Year 12, who has represented New Zealand at the World Triathlon Championships in Cozumel, Mexico in the 16-19 age group.  Bayley’s coach, Jen Rose said  “Bayley was 1st out of the swim – 1st onto the bike – 1st onto the run (30 seconds ahead of the chase group) and a gutsy run to finish 6th overall.  We are all so proud of her.”

15 Sep
13 Sep

Smalltalk – TV3 Story

On Thursday night Our Young Enterprise group Smalltalk will be on Story TV3 at 7.00pm. Tune in to see the great job these girls are doing in promoting positivity in our community. Congratulations Smalltalk: Emily Jenner, Rosie Walsh, Beatrice Asuncion, Katie O’Hagan, Maria Helbano and Georgia Trass…we are very proud of you!

Mrs Marion Myers
HOD Economics & Accounting

15 Sep
13 Sep


Talofa lava and warm Pacific greetings

We look forward to seeing you at St Mary’s College Fono on 15 Sept 2016 at 5.30pm in the College Library.  Come and hear the Victoria University and the Otago University Pacifica liaison officers presentations to students and parents followed by general PIPA business

Joyce Scanlon

12 Sep

St Mary’s College Staff Knitters

As winter wrapped its icy tentacles around Wellington, a group of staff from St Mary’s College, Wellington decided to knit blankets for the Wellington Women’s Refuge. Peggy squares were contributed from more than 20 staff, including daily relievers, first time knitters, old hands, spouses and even one male. For many, it was a nostalgic journey as we reflected on childhoods full of hand knitted garments and the leftover wool going into blankets. Some of the knitting was done at home but a companionable group gathered at lunchtimes in the staffroom to knit and it was a welcome break from “screen time”!

Towards the end, there was even a sense of competition as knitters strove to present stripier, and more colourful squares. It was a pleasure to do this project for a wonderful organisation and we hope it will become an annual event in our college.

Ms Jennie McInnes