The annual Dunsheath Shield Speech Competition for junior public speakers is a competitive and inspiring opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to express their voice. Catherine Ramoo represented St Mary’s College with an entertaining and thoughtful speech on the life lessons found in stories, in particular Disney films. Amongst some remarkable speeches, Catherine’s speech was very well received and she was placed third.
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.
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.
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.
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: https://www.facebook.com/MercyWomenNZ/?ref=page_internal or search for @MercyWomenNZ on www.Facebook.com 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!
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.”