Welcome to the new term. As you probably heard, our Principal Mrs Ryan is unwell and will be on sick leave for the term. She is in our thoughts and prayers as she recuperates. On Friday 9 February we held our Leadership Mass.
We acknowledged some of our student leaders – specifically our student Leadership Team, Level Leaders and House Captains
Level Leaders for 2018: Year 9 – Elisapeta Aaifou-Aloisio & Tanisha Ramji Year 10 – Lillian Woodbury & Kennedy Payne Year 11 – Hannah McGinty & Lizzie Atonio Year 12 – Josephine Paxie & Sydnie Williams Year 13 – Tiffany Jacobs & Bri Mitchell
House Captains: Maria – Jufael Salu Joan – Yvonne Atonio Teresa – Taliah Sulupo Bernadette – Decima Schmidt Catherine – Amour Kennach Anne – Evie Henderson
At the end of last year, we introduced a new leadership role – Deputy Head Girl House. We identified a need to revamp our House events to support our vision of sisterhood, teamwork and a sense of belonging. With this new position came a change to the selection process – this year we put the student vote alongside the vote from the staff leadership team.
The challenge for our House Captains and Deputies is to help create a House system that encourages sisterhood, team-work and a sense of belonging. A House system we can be proud of.
Student Leadership Team:
Head Girl Lynette Sosefo Deputy Head Girl Special Character Caitlin Ramoo Deputy Head Girl House Bea Jayme Deputy Head Girl Arts Zoe Simpson Deputy Head Girl Sport Ainsleyana Pulieata Deputy Head Girl Culture Laina Semu Deputy Head Girl Level Leaders Ebony Hodge
Last week Yr13 were on a 3 day Leadership camp. On the first evening we learnt the school Haka. Leading this was a former St Mary’s student and a former St Mary’s teacher. We are grateful to them for their support
Mā te tuakana ka tōtika te teina, mā te teina ka tōtika te tuakana
(From the older, the younger learns how to do it, from the younger, the older learns how to be tolerant/everyone has responsibilities, both the old and the young)
Finally, I would like to thank you all for your ongoing support of our College and look forward to meeting more of our new whanau and reconnecting with current whanau
Here at SMC, we have some great itinerant music teachers who teach a wide range of instruments. High school is the ideal time to continue learning or start a new instrument. Music and learning an instrument enhances confidence, self discipline, concentration, creativity, and presentation skills. It is also a great way to get involved, make new friends and is an excellent recreational activity.
All lessons are held in the Music Department and run during the school day. Priority is given to music option students, students who have been learning previously, and Y9 students, however, students of all year levels are encouraged to give it a try. We also run a range of extracurricular music groups which will be starting up in the first few weeks of term.
Metlink advise that on Friday 1 December no Metlink train services will be running in Wellington – however, St Mary’s College will be open for usual teaching and learning and all Y9 and Y10 students, and senior students sitting NCEA external examinations are expected to be at school
If your daughter has an examination which may be affected by these train cancellations please help her to make alternative arrangements to ensure she gets to her examinations on time. If there is still a problem – please contact our deputy principal Ms Helen Hardwick.
For alternative travel information please see below;
Greater Wellington Regional Council and Regional Public Health is warning swimmers to stay out of the Hutt River below Kaitoke due to the increased risk of swallowing potentially fatal toxic algae, which is blooming in the warm dry weather.
“Hot weather, warm water and a lack of rain in the last two weeks have made conditions ideal for the native algae to suddenly bloom,” say Greater Wellington environmental scientist Dr Mark Heath. “This means pieces of algae are breaking off rocks and floating downriver in much larger quantities than usual, and this has become a risk to swimmers as well as dogs.
“Even very small amounts of toxic algae, if swallowed, can cause serious illness and – although unlikely – can potentially be fatal. Usually algal mats are in limited quantities and easily avoided by swimmers, so there is a low risk of actually swallowing one. This week we have seen a sudden increase in the number of mats floating down the river and, without rain, this is likely to get worse. So the chance of accidentally swallowing an algal mat is much higher than usual, and we think this justifies a warning to stay out of the river.”
The council is also encouraging dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead and away from the river’s edge.
“The algae gives off an earthy/musty smell that attracts dogs. It usually gets caught up in rocks on the river bank so, with the volume of algae we are seeing, we encourage owners to keep their dogs safe on a lead and well away from the water.
“At this stage the warning is only for the Hutt River below Kaitoke. We are continuing to monitor other rivers in the region and any warnings will be put on the www.gw.govt.nz website. A burst of significant rainfall should flush out the river and lower the risk,” says Dr Heath.
“The most likely symptoms of algal poisoning are nausea, vomiting, numbness, tingling, muscle twitches, shaking, weakness, breathing difficulties and, although unlikely, potentially convulsions and loss of consciousness. These symptoms would usually occur soon after exposure,” says Dr Jill McKenzie of Regional Public Health. “If you are concerned about potential health risks, consult your doctor or ring the health line – 0800 611 116. Your doctor should report potential illness from toxic algal exposure to Regional Public Health.”
For media information, please call:
Clayton Anderson, Council Communications, 027 272 1370
Lucy Kingsbeer, Public Health Communications Advisor, Regional Public Health (04) 570 9034 (027) 583 3240
If your daughter has an examination which may be affected by these bus cancellations please help her to make alternative arrangements to ensure she gets to her examinations on time. If there is still a problem – please contact our deputy principal Ms Helen Hardwick.
Message sent from NZQA in regards to the Train strike tomorrow 16 November 2017
Students who cannot get to their exam centre will not get a Derived grade
Emergency grades do not apply in this situation
The latest time a student can gain entry into the exam centre/school is 30 minutes after the start of the exam (ie 10am and 2.30pm)
A student can sit the exam at another school if the school can manage the extra numbers. (If you intend to do this I would suggest you contact the school you intend to do the exam with today and ask if this is possible)
SAC candidates cannot be accommodated by other schools
If you do intend to do the exam at another school you MUST have photo ID. An admission slip is helpful but not compulsory
If the student does not have an admission slip, they will be provided with the papers they believe they are sitting. NZQA will sort out entry issues with their school afterwards.
The SMC Sevens team will defend its National Title on Dec 1-3 at Sacred Heart in Auckland. The team is in training for this event at the present time as well as fundraising to get to the event. As well as the E bike raffle we have started a GiveaLittle page to raise funds. The link to the page is: