News and Events

6 Jul

Farewell from Ms Turner

Thank you and farewell to the St. Mary’s College Community.

For almost 17 years I have been at St. Mary’s College after being in the United States on a Cross-country and Athletics Scholarship, further study and work.

Thank you for your support through the many events that I have been involved in while I have been at SMC – Year 10 Camp, Spirit of Adventure, NCEA, Athletics Days, Football, Year 9 Water Safety Days, Japan and Europe Tours, Cross-country, Athletics, Swimming sports and also the fantastic support received as a Dean for 6 years. I have valued your input throughout.

I am taking up a role as a National Assessment Moderator at NZQA and I look forward to working with teachers, and assisting the nation to keep standards high as well as learning along the way.

I began my journey to become a teacher by attending the United States on a Cross-country and Athletics Scholarship. Therefore, in alignment with my beginnings I have donated a Student Athlete of the Year Award for Senior Prizegiving. The criteria is based on Athletic and Academic accomplishments as well as attendance.

Many thanks and farewell,

Rhonda Turner,

HOD Physical Education

22 Jun

He Pānui nā Te Tari Māori


What a huge couple of weeks for Te Reo Māori students!  Our Kura Tuākana (seniors) and Year 12 Drama students headed to Waiora: Te Ūkaipō at Hannah Playhouse, a play that made us think, cry and laugh out loud.  Five of the tuākana met the Minister for Women on Tuesday morning, at a Suffrage 125 event.  Ākonga from Tau 9 & 10 enjoyed trips to Space Place, leaving with a greater understanding of the place of Matariki in Aotearoa today.  And, as noted in last week’s pānui, Haylee Van Herpen-Jacobs of Kāi Tahu represented our kura at Te Whakataetae ā-Rohe mō Ngā Manu Kōrero, taking out first place in the Tā Turi Kara section (Junior English) with a fantastic speech about perfection … he tino toki koe Haylee.  Heoi, nei rā ngā mihi o Matariki ki a kāutau

22 Jun

Debating Success

Congratulations to the Junior Premier debating team on their win in Round 5 of the Wellington Speaking Union Intercollegiate Debating.
The team of Genevieve Woolf, Alex Crampton, Atawhai Lynch, Regina Fernandes and Ekodi Poludore have developed confidence in speaking and forming convincing arguments, winning three out of five debates.
Junior Premier Debating Coach – Mrs Genevieve Herder.

22 Jun

SMC Swimming Sports Tuesday 26.06.2018 – Freyberg Pool

  • Swimming sports are compulsory for all Y9 and Y10 students (optional for Y11,12 &13 students)
  • All students wear mufti (house colours) – do not bring school uniform
  • Free pool entry
  • Students must arrive at Freyberg Pool by 8.50am
  • If students want to bus from Wellington railway station – some bus options to Freyberg Pool include: (Cost: $1.50 with student ID and $2 without ID)
    • #24 bus at Stop B, Wellington Station – Will take you straight to Oriental Parade
    • #5 bus at Stop A, Wellington Station – Will take you to Courtenay Place (stop at Blair Street) – 11 minute walk to Freyberg Pool
    • #1 bus at Stop A, Wellington Station – Will take you to Courtenay Place (stop at Blair Street) – 11 minute walk to Freyberg Pool
    • Please go to for more transport info
  • Swimming sports conclude at 12 noon
  • Students may walk back to school
  • All students must be back at school by 1:40 – the start of P5
  • If it is wet and students choose to walk back to school, then go through town under the shop verandahs.

Any questions please email: or

19 Jun

Market Day – Friday, 22nd June

It’s Market Day this Friday and you are invited!

Come and sample a selection of tasty treats and see what our hard-working Year 10 Economics students have been up to.

See you in the Gym at 12.45pm.

15 Jun

Student success

On Wednesday, 13 June, fifty-three excited St Mary’s College girls turned up to the Regional Māori Speech Competition, held at Takapūwāhia Marae in Porirua.  Our sole competitor, Haylee Van Herpen-Jacobs, won her section, Junior English, a great achievement for her as well as our St Mary’s family.
15 Jun

GirlBoss founder visits St Mary’s

On Wednesday, 13 June, some St Mary’s students were lucky enough to attend a workshop run by GirlBoss New Zealand founder Alexia Hilbertidou.
GirlBoss encourages young women to dream big and consider careers in areas where women are under-represented.

29 May

Monetary Policy Competition

On Monday morning four of our Year 13 Economics students (Sophie De Gregorio, Sophie Kane, Tanisha Ramji and Crystal Vitolio) participated in a video conference with the Reserve Bank  as part of the 2018 Monetary Policy Competition. The girls justified their decision to lower the OCR (official cash rate) by 0.15% in a very polished and knowledgeable presentation. They should be very proud of their performance both in the presentation and in their skilful handling of the judges’ questions.

25 May

The Great Gatsby

The 2018 St Mary’s College production is The Great Gatsby.

Tickets are available from the school office ($15 – adults and $10 – students).

Performance dates: Wednesday 27th – Saturday 30th June

Venue: St Mary’s College School Hall

24 May