News and Events

20 Sep

Australian Maths Competition

33 of our students across the College sat  the  Australian  Maths Competition  in  August.  The following girls gained a distinction which indicates they are solving problems at a very high level: Gina Dao-McLay, Lauren Mitchell, Eleanor Paxie, Bobo Wood, Magdalena Allen, Samantha Samaniego, Aria Ngarimu, Jessica Reiher, Sarah Downs, Stephanie Chan. These girls gained a Credit which is also very impressive: Rachel Rubite, Angeline Chew, Jodie Maquez, Xyryll Gagagoy, Anaiya Ahola, Emma Bahkos, Catherine Donnelly, Miriam Lindsay, Maria Cramp, Magaret Lilley, Min Xin Lee, Lillian Woodbury, Elena Heffernan, Zita Keller, Olivia Paxie.

Congratulations to all of our students who took part in this challenging  competition. Well done girls, this was a great effort.

Mrs Charmaine Izaz
HOD Mathematics

19 Sep

St Mary’s Stories Wanted

Mercy Women New Zealand is a Facebook page dedicated to sharing successes and achievements of past and present students of Mercy Schools. We’re wanting to reconnect with former students. If you have a story tip on a past student you know who is particularly interesting – for their work in the community, in business, industry, service, in family life… Please send us the details in a message on the Mercy Women NZ home page: or search for @MercyWomenNZ on The Mercy Women NZ Facebook page is provided by Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy NZ. Past and present St Mary’s College students are warmly invited to like the page!

19 Sep

World Triathlon Championships, Mexico

Congratulations to Bayley Van de Coolwijk, Year 12, who has represented New Zealand at the World Triathlon Championships in Cozumel, Mexico in the 16-19 age group.  Bayley’s coach, Jen Rose said  “Bayley was 1st out of the swim – 1st onto the bike – 1st onto the run (30 seconds ahead of the chase group) and a gutsy run to finish 6th overall.  We are all so proud of her.”

15 Sep
13 Sep

Smalltalk – TV3 Story

On Thursday night Our Young Enterprise group Smalltalk will be on Story TV3 at 7.00pm. Tune in to see the great job these girls are doing in promoting positivity in our community. Congratulations Smalltalk: Emily Jenner, Rosie Walsh, Beatrice Asuncion, Katie O’Hagan, Maria Helbano and Georgia Trass…we are very proud of you!

Mrs Marion Myers
HOD Economics & Accounting

15 Sep
13 Sep


Talofa lava and warm Pacific greetings

We look forward to seeing you at St Mary’s College Fono on 15 Sept 2016 at 5.30pm in the College Library.  Come and hear the Victoria University and the Otago University Pacifica liaison officers presentations to students and parents followed by general PIPA business

Joyce Scanlon

12 Sep

St Mary’s College Staff Knitters

As winter wrapped its icy tentacles around Wellington, a group of staff from St Mary’s College, Wellington decided to knit blankets for the Wellington Women’s Refuge. Peggy squares were contributed from more than 20 staff, including daily relievers, first time knitters, old hands, spouses and even one male. For many, it was a nostalgic journey as we reflected on childhoods full of hand knitted garments and the leftover wool going into blankets. Some of the knitting was done at home but a companionable group gathered at lunchtimes in the staffroom to knit and it was a welcome break from “screen time”!

Towards the end, there was even a sense of competition as knitters strove to present stripier, and more colourful squares. It was a pleasure to do this project for a wonderful organisation and we hope it will become an annual event in our college.

Ms Jennie McInnes

12 Sep

1st XV Rugby

St Mary’s 1st XV rugby team is first Wellington girls school to make the Top Four national rugby competition.

They defeated last year’s champs, Hamilton Girls High School in the semi final 22-17. The final was against Southland Girls High School who were the eventual winners 46-29.

To make the Top Four was an outstanding achievement considering 2016 was the first year that St Mary’s College had embraced the 15 aside game.

Well done girls.  We are very proud of you!

8 Sep
8 Sep

Arts & Cultural Concert

There is an Arts & Cultural concert to be held in the school Hall at 6pm tonight.  All are welcome to attend.  Please bring a Gold Coin donation for Women’s Refuge.  There will be performances from Prima, Scholar, Irish dancers, solo singers, ukulele club, guitar ensemble, orchestra and more.  Approximate running time 1.5hrs.

5 Sep

Young NZ Writers

Congratulations to Justine Lim-Ranola for having her poem “The Seas” selected to be included in the Young NZ Writers’ Write Off Line 2016 book.  The book is called “Everyone’s a Winner” and is an anthology of NZ secondary school student short stories and poetry.

It will be available as an ebook and a print on demand from Amazon, on the 31st of October.  If you would like to pre-order a paper copy please email your details (name and address) to – you can pay by by direct debit to:

Young Tauranga Writers
03 1550 00061208 001

Each book is priced at $20 (plus $5 for postage).

30 Aug

Epic Day

Last Friday 12 Year 10 Economics girls attended “Epic Day” at the Royal Society.  This event was organised by Young Enterprise Trust and was sponsored by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Dairy NZ.

The day was intended to showcase the scientific, technological and entrepreneurial career opportunities available in our Primary Industries.  The girls pronounced the day “interesting and very worthwhile”.