St Mary's College

Houses

House activities earn House points and at senior prizegiving a cup is awarded to the champion House.  Each House is associated with a saint and a colour, and has a House banner depicting these associations.

 

House Borders

This border was created to show that, although the Saints and heritage of Europe are revered, this College is a product of New Zealand and its heritage.  The Maori sun, moon and wind, the rafter patterns and the Marae acknowledge the presence of Maori culture in our lives.  The pohutakawa and clematis flowers show just two of our many beautiful plants, while the mountains, sea and sky; stream running through bush and punga groves remind us of our wonderful countryside.  Twelve pairs of New Zealand native birds are depicted; the tui; shining cuckoo; fernbird; saddleback; bellbird; stitchbird; yellowhead; whitehead; bushwren; kingfisher; South Island robin; and fantail.

The Celtic Cross recognises that Catholic education in New Zealand owes its existence to Irish Orders who came to this country to educate Catholic students.  The Mercy Cross acknowledges that St Mary’s College owes its continuing existence to the Sisters of Mercy.

The current House banners were created by the late Sylvia Wells in 2001.


Anne

Colour: Purple

Saint: St Anne

St Anne is the Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  In the House banner she is depicted teaching the young Mary.


Catherine

Colour: Blue

Saint: St Catherine of Sienna

St Catherine of Sienna, Virgin and Doctor(Teacher) of the Church is one of the great figures of Christianity.  She worked for the poor and sick, and especially sought to bring sinners back to their religion.  She laboured to bring the Popes back to Rome from Avignon and had great influence on the affairs of the Church.  Her writings still inspire today.  Pope Pius XII made her protectress of nurses.  In the banner she is depicted tending the sick.


Maria

Colour: Gold

Saint: St Maria Goretti

Maria Goretti was the daughter of poor farm workers in Italy. She was stabbed to death by a young man attempting to rape her.


Bernadette

Colour: Green

Saint: St Bernadette

Bernadette was born in Lourdes, France in 1844, to a very poor family.  Bernadette was out collecting sticks for firewood when Our Lady first appeared to her.  Over the next year she appeared 18 times to Bernadette.  The great shrine of Lourdes which was built where Mary appeared has been a place of many miracles and cures of the sick.


Joan

Colour: Red

Saint: St Joan of Arc

St Joan of Arc is the heroine of France as she helped the King of France reconquer his country.  She rallied an army behind her and, one by one, freed the cities of France.  She was betrayed by the Duke of Burgundy and sold to the Bishop of Beauvais, a servant of the English, for ten thousand gold francs.  The Bishop put her on trial for treason and heresy, and his court condemned her to be burned at the stake.


Teresa

Colour: Orange

Saint: St Teresa

St Teresa was born in France in 1873.  She was only acknowledged after her death when her diary, “The Story of a Soul” was published.  This book showed her spiritual greatness and the suffering she had endured.  Because she prayed for missioners she has been named the Patroness of the Missions.  She was declared a Doctor of the Church (Teacher) in 1997.