News by: Rebecca Taylor

12 Sep

1st XV Rugby

St Mary’s 1st XV rugby team is first Wellington girls school to make the Top Four national rugby competition.

They defeated last year’s champs, Hamilton Girls High School in the semi final 22-17. The final was against Southland Girls High School who were the eventual winners 46-29.

To make the Top Four was an outstanding achievement considering 2016 was the first year that St Mary’s College had embraced the 15 aside game.

Well done girls.  We are very proud of you!

8 Sep
8 Sep

Arts & Cultural Concert

There is an Arts & Cultural concert to be held in the school Hall at 6pm tonight.  All are welcome to attend.  Please bring a Gold Coin donation for Women’s Refuge.  There will be performances from Prima, Scholar, Irish dancers, solo singers, ukulele club, guitar ensemble, orchestra and more.  Approximate running time 1.5hrs.

5 Sep

Young NZ Writers

Congratulations to Justine Lim-Ranola for having her poem “The Seas” selected to be included in the Young NZ Writers’ Write Off Line 2016 book.  The book is called “Everyone’s a Winner” and is an anthology of NZ secondary school student short stories and poetry.

It will be available as an ebook and a print on demand from Amazon, on the 31st of October.  If you would like to pre-order a paper copy please email your details (name and address) to – you can pay by by direct debit to:

Young Tauranga Writers
03 1550 00061208 001

Each book is priced at $20 (plus $5 for postage).

30 Aug

Epic Day

Last Friday 12 Year 10 Economics girls attended “Epic Day” at the Royal Society.  This event was organised by Young Enterprise Trust and was sponsored by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Dairy NZ.

The day was intended to showcase the scientific, technological and entrepreneurial career opportunities available in our Primary Industries.  The girls pronounced the day “interesting and very worthwhile”.

29 Aug

Rugby 1st XV

Congratulations to the St Mary’s College 1st XV with a wonderful 58-12 win over Fielding High School at the Hurricanes Girls’ Rugby Regional Final.

We are the first Wellington girl’s team to qualify for the National Top 4 tournament.

The Girls National Top 4 starts this Friday in Palmerston North as St Mary’s play the defending champions, Hamilton Girls.  The winner progresses to the final on Sunday.

St Mary’s College first Wellington school to qualify for national rugby top four

29 Aug

Junior Premier Debating Semi Finals

The Junior Premier debating team of Catherine Ramoo, Samantha Samaniego and Aira Ngarimu won five out of six debates to reach the Semi Final of the debating competition. The team opposed the moot ‘That we should farm endangered species’. The girls confidently presented their arguments and rebutted with great enthusiasm. It was a close debate but unfortunately they were narrowly defeated by St Oran’s College. The girls can be proud of their accomplishments throughout the debating season. A highlight of their season was winning the Impromptu Cup debating tournament held on 7 August. Although this was the last debate of the year, there is a lot of talent in this team which bodes well for the years ahead.

Junior Premier Coach
Mrs Genevieve Herder.

27 Aug
23 Aug

1st XV Rugby vs Fielding High

St Mary’s College 1st XV rugby team will play Fielding High in the Hurricanes Zone final on Saturday 27 August at 11:30am at Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North

18 Aug

Congratulations to the 1st XV!!!

Congratulations to St Mary’s 1st XV who have won the Premier 1 Girls rugby championship defeating Aotea College 27-10 in a tense, competitive final.

The team now goes on to contest the Hurricanes zone final for a place in the Top Four Competition to be held in Palmerston North September 2-4

Preview YouTube video St Mary’s College (27) – Aotea College (10)

St Mary’s College (27) – Aotea College (10)
6 Sep
18 Aug

NZPPTA Meeting for Teachers

As agreed between the Secretary for Education, NZPPTA and NZEI, the St Mary’s College Branch of the PPTA and NZEI will be taking part in a paid Union Meetings on TUESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2016 between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.  The purpose of the meeting is to allow teachers to be updated on talks related to the Education Amendment Bill (No 4).

As we will be unable to operate the regular timetable, students will be dismissed from school at 12.30pm which is the beginning of the lunch hour.

Should any parents be unable to make alternative arrangements for their daughters, supervision will be arranged at St Mary’s until the end of the school day at 3.20pm.

The school Tuckshop will not be open during the lunch hour.


Catherine Ryan

17 Aug
16 Aug

1st XV Rugby Final

St Mary’s College 1st XV will play in the Premier 1 final against Aotea College at 6.30pm at Jerry Collins Stadium (Porirua Park) on Wednesday 17 August.  Come along and support the team!