News and Events

23 Aug
23 Aug

SMC Auction 15 September 2017


15 September 2017

St Mary’s College Hall

7pm – 10pm


Tickets – $25 per person (groups welcome)

Tickets include;

  • a complimentary drink on arrival,
  • a delicious supper,
  • guest speaker, Richard Petrie (ex Black Cap)
  • entertaiment from students,
  • the Auction (items include accommodation, weekends away, vouchers for restaurants, art, jewellery, sporting memorabilia…the list is huge!

Email:  with your ticket order or leave in an envelope at the school office. Please state:

Contact Name:   _____________________________

 Telephone No:____________________

Number of tickets required:________

Form of payment:  Cash or Cheque(to school office)/ Internet banking

Daughter’s name and form class:_____________________________________

Internet Payment details:

St Mary’s College PTFA Inc, 02 0536 0177082 00   (Please use the code to distinguish your payment:  Auction- your Surname)

Go to our Facebook page to see a list of prizes and sponsors!

18 Aug

SMC Weekly News 18 August 2017



Yr 11, 12 and 13 only. The fee $76.70 to be paid to the school account by
Tuesday 12 September.
Account Number – 02-0585-0002457-002
Particulars – Surname + 1st and 2nd initial
Code: Ako Class
Reference – NZQA

Financial assistance forms 
are due to Ms Hardwick by Thursday 31 August with the correct fee paid to the school by the Tuesday 12 September. Forms are available from Ms Hardwick or the front office.
NZQA charge a late fee of $50 in the event that the fee is not made on time.

Senior Badminton
Congratulations to SMC 4 Team – who have qualified to compete at the CSW Senior Regional Badminton Finals – Friday 18th August, reporting 12.15pm – Badminton Hall Hataitai.

Senior Basketball: Girls ‘Glory League” Premiership – Sharp Cup
Girls continue their unbeaten record.
Game tonight vs. HVHS – 6pm ASB Sports Centre.

Football: Regional Premier 1 – Capital Football Trophy
1st X1 vs. St Oran’s – 6.45pm Wakefield Artificial Park.

Good Luck to both our teams playing tonight:
1st X1 play Wellington East Girls College – 5.15pm NHS 1
2nd X1 play Wellington Girls College – 5.00pm NHS 3
Good Luck to our Netball Teams – heading into final series tomorrow.
SMC Netball Team Standings are as follows:
SMC 1 – 1st Premier 2 Grade
SMC 2 – 8th Premier Reserve 1 Grade
SMC 3 – 1st Premier Reserve 2 Grade
SMC 4 – 3rd Premier Reserve 4 Grade
SMC 5 – 1st Collegiate 1B Grade
SMC 6 – 2nd Collegiate 1C Grade
SMC 7 – 1st Collegiate 2A Grade
SMC 8 – 5th Collegiate 2D Grade
SMC 9 – 5th Collegiate 2C Grade
SMC 10 – 3rd Collegiate 3A Grade
SMC 11 – 5th Collegiate 3A Grade
SMC 12 – 2nd Collegiate 3A Grade
SMC 13 – 2nd Collegiate 4A Grade
SMC 14 – 1st Collegiate 4C Grade
SMC 15 – 4th Collegiate 4B Grade
SMC 16 – 6th Collegiate 4C Grade
SMC 17 – 1st Junior Collegiate 1A Grade
SMC 18 – 2nd Junior Collegiate 1C Grade
SMC 19 – 2nd Junior Collegiate 1B Grade
SMC 20 – 5th Junior Collegiate 1D Grade
More in-depth netball news regarding our students’ representative and international achievements is posted on the Sports Website:

Congratulations to our Premier 1st XV team defeating Aotea College 51-12. Also, great heart and effort from our 10 aside team, going down to Porirua College.
SMC 1 1st XV team vs. Fielding Girls School – 26th August 2017 (venue tbc)

Well done to: Brenna Winter, Rosa Livingstone, Millie Day-Ellis and Hollie Reynolds – competed well at last night’s CSW Huia Cup Swim Relays at Naenae Pool.
Water Polo
First game – Monday 21st August vs Wellington East Girls College, 4.30pm WRAC
Upcoming Sports Events

SMC Uniforms – General Guidelines:
Uniform that is not returned within ONE WEEK of the final game will be charged to the student’s account at $150 per item. Uniforms can be collected at the end of the season by coaches/managers or can be returned to the Sports Office in a bag with your name, form class and sports code written on a piece of paper inside.

Student Achievements
We are very proud of all our student sporting achievements and want to share these accolades. I am not always aware of what sporting events your daughters may be competing at and would appreciate you letting me know…photos a real bonus!

Coming up this Term:
CSW Senior Badminton Finals – Friday 18th August
Hurricanes Girls Rugby Qualifier – Saturday 20th August
RSSL Netball Finals – Monday 28th August
Year 13 Formal 2 Sept
Winter tournament: 4 Sept – 8 Sept.
SMC Auction: 15 Sept
Mercy Week -11 Sept – 15 Sept

Yours in Mercy and Wisdom
Helen Hardwick
Acting Principal

17 Aug

Rugby finals Wednesday 16 August 2017

Article from club Rugby



St Mary’s College have successfully defended their WelTec Premier 1 Wellington title thumping Aotea College 51-12 in a replay of last year’s final.

Played in dry conditions under lights at Jerry Collins Stadium, St Mary’s outscored Aotea nine tries to two to secure their third victory of the season against the Porirua outfit.

The opening salvo was even with each team scoring a try. St Mary’s openside Damaris Samani powered over from ten-metres out initially and then her opposite Soteria Shalom Gaualofa responded for Aotea following a muti-phase build up.

Gradually St Mary’s assumed control and tries to standout centre Ana Puleiata and No.8 and captain Dhys Faleafaga catapulted St Mary’s into a 19-7 lead.

Aotea made sporadic breaks, but lacked the polish of their opponents. Moments before halftime Aotea centre Harmony Ioane disastrously retreated away from her support and was smashed by a quartet of St. Mary’s defenders inside her own 22. The ball was jolted free from Ioane’s grasp and snaffled by prop Laina Semu who touched down to make the halftime score 24-7.

NZSS netball centre Puleiata delivered a Harlem Globetrotters pass to first-five Cheyne Copeland who distributed to wing Riarna Vulu for the first try of the second half.

Aotea No.8 Syntyche Maiava scored a consolation five-pointer which was rich reward for an industrious and sometimes skilful display.
Ahead, 31-7, Puleiata crossed for a second try and was joined on the scoresheet by Ivana Samani, Leni Moananu and national netball teammate Renee Savai’inaea.

Earlier in the day, Manukura had defeated Feilding High School 22-5 in the Manawatu girls final, setting up Hurricanes semi-finals next Saturday between St Mary’s and Feilding (a replay of last year’s final) and Manukura and Aotea.

Of note elsewhere, Christchurch Girls’ High School won the Canterbury UC Cup today, beating Burnside/Rangi Ruru 36-7. CGHS will likely meet Southland Girls’ High School in the South Island final.

Meanwhile, back at Jerry Collins Stadium, Porirua College won an enthralling Premier 2 final 47-25 over St Mary’s College 2.

The 50-minute, ten-aside battle featured plenty of pyrotechnics with 14 tries scored and a number of bone rattling tackles.

Porirua pulled away after an explosive beginning saw each side trade three tries apiece. There were at least five tries which started from past the halfway stripe.

For Porirua first-five Moe John-Maora was classy and bagged two tries, but was outshone by centre and Captain Christina Lafaele who celebrated a hat-trick.

For St Mary’s diminutive skipper Heidi Coleman didn’t shriek the physical challenge and bravely completed a hat-trick while prop Juvael Salu fetched a double.

Premier I Wellington Secondary School Girls Champions:

2017: St Mary’s College
2016: St Mary’s College
2015: Aotea College
2014: St Catherine’s College
2013: Naenae College
2012: Naenae College
2011: Aotea College
2010: Aotea College
2009: St Catherine’s College
2008: St Catherine’s College
2007: Wainuiomata High School
2006: Wainuiomata High School
2005: Naenae College
2004: Sacred Heart College
2003: Sacred Heart College
2002: Sacred Heart College

Photos from the College Sport Wellington Girls Rugby Finals played at Porirua Park on Wednesday 16 August.

Premier 1: St Mary’s 46-12 Aotea

Premier 2: Porirua 47-25 St Mary’s 2

Photos by Masanori Udagawa.

10 Aug
27 Jul

Kapa Haka & Tu Tangata

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

There have been two moments recently where students from our St Mary’s College have, quite literally, taken my breath away – the Kapa Haka regional competitions in Otaki and the Tu Tangata celebrations held last night at the Michael Fowler Centre.

Nine of our students performed in the combined St Patrick’s, St Catherine’s and St Mary’s Colleges’ group, Ngā Maioha o Te Rangikauia in the esteemed regional competition for Kapa Haka. The breath-taking entrance of the group, the precision of the performance, the unity, the skills of movement and use of poi, the beauty in the spirit of the singing and the pride that shone on every face was an emotional experience for whanau watching and for whanau who had walked the journey through long months of preparation, supporting the students with kai, transport and fundraising.

It has been a similar journey for the students preparing for Tu Tangata. Student-led and student-choreographed with strong support from family and staff, the performance of song and movement by the SMC SOA group was stunning. As the lights came up to reveal our girls in the beautiful costumes th at so enhanced their performance, there was a moment of absolute realisation that all the hours of hard work had been worth every moment. Tu Tangata means to “stand tall”. To see our young women standing tall with immense dignity and pride in their culture and in the sisterhood of shared cultural appreciation, was a blessing. Our student group were especially chosen by the Komiti to present last in the group of performances. This is a position of honour at the Tu Tangata festival and well deserved.

Well done to all our girls in the Kapa Haka regionals and in the Tu Tangata festival. You have brought great joy to our College through your hard work and determination to succeed.


Catherine Ryan

Here’s the link of the official video from this years Tu Tangata festival. Our St Mary’s performance begins at 2:53:20.

Preview YouTube video Tu Tangata Polyfest 2017

Tu Tangata Polyfest 2017

25 Jul

Weekly News 24 July 2017

Welcome to Term 3. 
This term is looking to be another busy one. We have new enrolment interviews, Tu Tangata festival, Learning Conversations, subject information evening, course selection, PTFA auction night, Year 12 semi-formal, Year 13 Ball, continuation of winter sport and much more.

At the end of last term I was honoured to be able to support our kapa haka rōpū,
Ngā Maioha o Te Rangikuia.  Our students were absolutely amazing, with the level of competition extremely high.  I would like to thank all of the SMC parents and whanau for the time and energy they put in to supporting our rōpū.

Tomorrow night, Tuesday 25 July, our group SMCSOA will be performing at the Tu Tangata festival. I wish them all the very best and thank the girls, their parents, families and staff for the enormous time and energy put into the preparations for the festival. The students are looking and sounding stunning.

We welcome several new staff. The new Principal’s PA is Sharyn Hoerara; taking over from Anna Coltman is Shona Carstens who will be teaching Biology and Science and Tony Meyers, Religious Studies.

For the remainder of this year our Year 9 students will have our AP, Peter Sanders and our DRS, Donne Skelnars as their Dean. You can contact either by email at or

The Wellington Justices of the Peace Association offer the services of two local Justices of the Peace to come to St Mary’s College to certify copies of Photo Identification and to certify copies of Birth Certificates for students applying for placement at a tertiary institution. They also provide affidavits for those students applying for scholarships. This will take place next Monday July 31st from 12 noon until 1.30 pm in the Library. Students will need to bring copies of their birth certificate and passport. We are very fortunate to have this service.

Learning Conversations will be held on Thursday, 10 August, from 1.30pm – 6.00pm.   These learning conversations are focused on students who are not achieving to their ability or who need some additional support within their learning.  Subject teachers will be sending an email to parents of students who they would like to see. If you receive an email, please make an appointment to see the subject teacher.  Bookings can be made online from Friday, 28 July. Please see the website for details.
Coming up this Term:
Subject Information Evening 17 August
Australian Maths competition 27 July
Winter tournament: 4 Sept – 8 Sept.
SMC Auction: TBA
Mercy Week -11 Sept – 15 Sept

Have a good term.

Yours in Mercy and Wisdom
Catherine Ryan

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