Category: Successes & Results

30 Oct

Young Enterprise

Congratulations to two of our Young Enterprise teams who won awards at the Regional Finals.

Calico & Co won the Social Impact Award and Blueprint won the Business Resilience Award.

Marion Myers
HOD Accounting & Economics

4 Jul

University of Otago – Theology

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.

Mrs Terri Helm
Teacher in Charge

7 Jun

Young Enterprise Dragon’s Den

Congratulations to Blueprint who have made it into the Final of the Young Enterprise Dragon’s Den on June 20th.  The group were placed in the top 8 out of over 100 teams from Wellington, the Hutt Valley and the Wairarapa.

Mrs Myers
HOD Economics & Accounting

16 May

UN Speech Competition

Zita Keller (Year 12) represented the school in the United Nations Association Speech Award at St Andrews on the Terrace on May 12th.  The topic was: Is there a Role for Nuclear Weapons in today’s world. Zita spoke with courage and conviction, delivering a really well researched, impressive speech. Zita commented on the enriching learning experience of being a part of this competition and especially hearing the inspiring speeches from fellow students.

Ms Waldren
English Department

10 May

GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge

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.
Megan Meulenbroeks
Year 10 Dean
2 May

SANIX World Rugby Youth Champions

Congratulations to our Rugby 7s team who travelled to Japan to compete in the SANIX World Rugby Youth Tournament over the holidays.  We are very proud of you as individuals and as a team for representing New Zealand and St Mary’s College so well.  The dedication and commitment this team has shown has rewarded them with this amazing result.

The tournament was made up of teams from around the world including England, Australia, Japan & Hong Kong.  The girls worked really hard and were unbeaten throughout the tournament.

Dominion Post Article & Video

Team Members:  

Olivia Aunoa
Cheyne Copeland (c)
Lomia Fa’amausili
Dhys Faleafaga
Lyric Faleafaga
Janaya Lau-Young
Ainsleyana Puleiata
Damaris Samani
Ivana Samani
Renee Savai’inaea
Laina Semu
Katalina Tai

Management Team:

Tuga Mativa (Coach)
Andi Hirini
Tony Meyers
Mark Hurley


Pool Matches:
SMC vs Hong Kong Sports School (27-5)
SMC vs Kokugakuin University Tochigi High School (31-20)
SMC vs Fukuoka Ladies Rugby Football Club (31-5)

Semi Final:
SMC vs Hartpury College (24-10)

SMC vs Kokugakuin University Tochigi High School (26-22)

10 Nov

Wellington Sevens Squad

The Wellington Rugby Football Union have named their extended representative sevens’ squads. Congratulations to Cheyne Copeland, Lomia Fa’amausili, Dhys Faleafaga, Lyric Faleafaga, Ainsleyana Puleiata, Renee Savai’inaea and Monica Tagoa’i who have all been named in the Wellington Women’s Team. What a wonderful achievement for such dedicated group of athletes.

9 Nov

American Ambassador Sevens

Congratulations to the St Mary’s College Sevens team once again, when on Saturday 5 November they won the American Ambassador Sevens title.  This is a Wellington Women’s Club competition and it is extraordinary that a College team has done so well.  The girls went through the day unbeaten, defeating Norths Rugby Club 26-12 in the semi-final and then Oriental Rongotai Rugby Football Club 24-15 in the final.  Keep up the good work!

Check out the great article at WRFU



3 Nov

Young Enterprise

St Mary’s two Young Enterprise teams, Small Talk and Local Mates Rates, both ended the year very well with several nominations at the recent Regional Awards.

Small Talk won a National Excellence Award, which will be presented at the National Finals in December, as well as a Social Impact Award and 3rd Place overall in the Wellington Region

Marion Myers
HOD Accounting and Economics