On Friday 8 July we are celebrating Wisdom Day at St Mary’s College. As part of this day we are celebrating Grandparents Mass. This Mass is at 10.15 am at Sacred Heart Cathedral followed by morning tea in the College Hall.
Invitations for the Mass have been given to the girls. We would love to celebrate this day with as many Grandparents as possible. Those who are unable to attend will be remembered in a special way at the Mass.
On Friday June 17 five of our Year 13 Economics girls participated in the Reserve Bank of NZ’s Monetary Policy Competition.
Scarlet Travers, Emma Botha, Paris Guglielmoni, Lauren Halka and Anna Te gave a very convincing and polished presentation via Skype Conference, and then proceeded to answer the RBNZ’s Judges searching questions very confidently. Congratulations to these girls on their impressive performance and the hard work they put in to their presentation. We have just heard that the girls were highly commended and placed in the top 10 teams out of 57 teams nationally.
On Friday June 17 four All Blacks visited the school to run a skills session for our rugby players. St Mary’s was a winner of the OneMoreTeam competition where three schools throughout the country were chosen to receive a visit from the All Blacks. The session involved questions and answers, signature signing and skills and drills, such as ball retention, tackling, passing and taking the ball into contact. At this time both rugby teams are unbeaten in their respective competitions.
The All Blacks involved were Lima Sopoaga (sister goes to SMC), Damian McKenzie, Patrick Tuipulotu and George Moala.
Two of our Y9 French classes enjoyed a special virtual trip to Paris visiting L’Opéra Garnier, Versailles and Notre Dame with former St Mary’s student Emma McDonald this week. Emma, who recently returned to Wellington after working as an English Assistante in two Parisian primary schools, completed an Honours degree in French at Victoria University in 2014.
Thank you to all those that helped make this week’s Parent Daughter Breakfast a success.
It was wonderful to see so many families brave the depths of winter to come together as a community. Our speaker, Stacey Shortall is an amazing woman, her strength and compassion were inspiring and we are sure that many of you will now end each day with the thought, ‘Who did I help today?”
Photographs will be available to download in the next few days – we will post the link on the school website and on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SMC.Wgtn.PTFA
To celebrate the completion of their unit on learning to discuss the differences between meals in France and New Zealand, our Y10 French students learned how to make crêpes with professional chocolate maker Marie Monmont. Student Jaida Howard commented: “Making crêpes was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
From left: Shruti Raja, Samantha Hill and Georgia Dearns.
Right photo: Emily Gardner, Claudia Harach with MarieMonmont
The 2016 Launching Leaders Conference was definitely a day to remember! The conference was hosted by Scots College, and the six of us from St Mary’s were joined by around 200 other students from many other schools in the lower North Island region. Right from the welcome by our MC for the day, Scots’ director of leadership – Joel Bouzaid, we were encouraged to talk to as many strangers as possible.
We were lucky enough to hear from and be inspired by three amazing keynote speakers throughout the day: Richard Shirtcliffe, who, after launching and working for many different brands (to varying successes), is now the CEO of Tuatara Brewery. Katie Appleyard, a neuroscientist, fashion blogger and photographer. And Jason Buckley, the extraordinary marketing director of Hell Pizza who did not do well academically, but who was underestimated as an incredible business and marketing visionary, and a selfless people person.
Before lunch, we were split into six focus groups, where we discussed the issues surrounding social media, such as the depersonalisation of conversation and cyber-bullying, and then came up with possible solutions to these issues, including education.
The overriding messages that came across were things like never giving up, and never letting what other people think of you, define you. The idea that leadership is being friendly, persistent and passionate, really resonated with all of us there, and will never leave us. We are the next generation, the problem solvers, and the somewhat radical thinkers. It is up to us to realise the leadership potential within each of us, and BE the leaders of tomorrow, starting today.