Congratulations to the seven Year 13 students who have passed their first university paper:
Virginia Auton, Angelica Clarke, Lucy Clegg, Meg Henderson,
Zoe Luke, Emily Stephens, Rosie Walsh.
During the first half of this year, they studied the CHTH 102 paper, The History of Christianity, through Otago University’s Distance Programme. This covered the main outlines of the history of Christianity in the early, medieval and modern periods, with emphasis on understanding how broader historical and intellectual developments have had an impact on Christianity.
There was a lot of work involved with this, but also much satisfaction. The students can be very proud of their final overall grades which ranged from A- to Bs.
Congratulations to our Young Enterprise team Blueprint who won $400 at the recent Dragons’ Den Regional Final. The girls will use these funds to pay for the first print run of their children’s colouring and story book called “The Adventures of Katie and Tame…The Power of Plastic”.
Blueprint ran a successful stall at the Sustainability Trust’s Matariki Festival on Saturday. The girls are planning on donating a percentage of their profits to the Trust.
Market Day is this Friday at lunchtime in the gym! 85 Year 10 Economics students have been busy writing business plans, creating and now marketing their innovative products. 20 different little businesses have produced a range of fun and sustainable products including many healthy lunch options. Interested parents are welcome to come along and join in the fun.
On Tuesday 9th May, eight Year 10 students took part in the GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge run by the Young Enterprise Trust.
The challenge, aimed especially at Year 10 students, required the participants to come up with possible solutions to real problems faced in New Zealand’s primary industries. The two teams of four worked hard to come up with original and innovative prototype products using their knowledge of business, science and technology.
Congratulations to Catherine Ramoo who was awarded ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the day out of approximately 80 students from schools all over the Wellington region.
Thanks to all of the participants – Kaye Jayme, Simone Lenora, Gina Dao-McLay, Keira Chadwick, Xyryll Gayagoy, Bobo Wood Yan, Rachel Fitzgerald and Catherine Ramoo – for representing St Mary’s so well on the day.
Year 9 Social Studies students got an unexpected bonus when they visited Parliament on 21 March 2017 to find out how our democracy works. We were standing in the ‘media scrum’ area when Government ministers walked past, after their caucus meeting. Several of them stopped to say hello to the students, including Steven Joyce, Hekia Parata and Paula Bennett.
Then the Prime Minister, Bill English, stopped and chatted with our girls for several minutes. He answered such questions as where do you have your holidays, do you do much travelling, and what’s it like to be the Prime Minister. Meeting him was the highlight of the field trip, as shown in these comments:
“Meeting Bill English was an amazing surprise. I really enjoyed getting to ask him questions about his job. Because of this I came out of Parliament feeling like I knew not only a lot more about Parliament, but also about the jobs the Prime Minister does. Bill was very friendly and made the trip even better.”
“The thing that I most enjoyed on the trip was getting to meet Bill English. This was my favourite part because I had never met a Prime Minister before then. It was cool because we also got a photo with him.”
Other aspects of the trip which impressed the students included how laws are made, the billions of dollars collected in taxes each year and what the money is used for, and the rules of the debating chamber. Several students were fascinated with the role of the Speaker and the golden mace, especially because the Speaker could kick MPs out of the chamber, including the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Bill English, with students from Ms Syme’s Year 9 Social Studies class.
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.
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.