News and Events

10 May

Deutsches Frühstück – German Breakfast

To celebrate the end of Term 1, students in Years 9 and 10 German prepared a traditional German breakfast. In Germany, breakfast is more formal. The table is set with a table cloth and place settings with napkins and egg cups. They eat bread rolls with lots of different kinds of cheese and cold meat or sausages, and a boiled egg. To drink they have coffee or tea and orange juice. We learned the German words for all these foods and drinks, how to say grace in German, and a traditional German children’s song about being hungry.

German Breakfast

9 May

PTFA Update

Parent Daughter Breakfast 15 June – Tickets on sale

Get in now to ensure you get your tickets for this special event as ticket sales are already humming along. 
All orders MUST be in by 1 June

Order forms are available on the School Website or on the PTFA Facebook page


Don’t forget the form class with the most ticket sales will receive a lunch sponsored by the PTFA!


Survey – What do we want at school?
St Mary’s PTFA are accumulating money through our fundraising activities. We want to know what things parents, care givers, teachers, girls and old girls want at school so we can prioritise what we do with this year’s funds.
The attached survey is your chance to have your say, so please take 2 minutes to give us your thoughts, please click on the link below. Survey forms need to be completed by May 20th.



Earlier this year the PTFA purchased a new BBQ for the school. It will be used for occasions such as the beginning of year Powhiri. We had a successful sausage sizzle on Friday to show it off!  Many thanks to all those involved.

5 May

NZ U19 Girls Basketball Team

In April Sariah Penese was selected to represent NZ U19 Girls basketball Team in China.  This team is also known as the Junior Tall Ferns Team.

Sariah was the only player who made the team from Wellington out of 6 trialist in the Wellington Region who were chosen to trial.


Sariah attended the China Tour for the “Four Nations Basketball Tournament” which included:

– Poland U23s
– China U23s
– USA U23s

There was a lot of competition from all countries, especially the USA Team who took out the tournament unbeaten.

USA had players aged from 24yrs to the youngest at 22yrs and players who all play at Division 1 NCAA Colleges in America, a goal in which Sariah is also aiming for.

Team 2

NZ Junior Tall Ferns came away with 1 win against the Poland Team.  They lost to China by just 5 points, and the USA Team within 10 points.

In the Guangdong Province of China, Sariah found herself playing in front of crowds of over 2,400 people.  They were very friendly, always wanting to take selfies, even wanting autographs.

Sariah did well through out the tournament, especially playing against the China U23s Team, tallest player at 6″10!

Action (defence)

The New Zealand Team played USA, Poland and China 3 times in three different cities in China. The games were played quite late at night which was something Sariah had to get used too.

With this experience, Sariah’s motivation has been fuelled to fulfil her goal of securing a full scholarship to a University/College in America.  Sariah is due to sit her SAT American Academic exam next month to give her an indication of where she needs to be academically in order to create opportunities for her to be eligible to not just play in America at a College but also work towards a degree in Journalism or education while she enjoys playing her sport of Basketball, that’s if playing in the WNBA falls through.

5 May
4 May

Welcome back to Term 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to Term 2.

It is important for our young Catholic women to think about the plight of others.  At the ANZAC Day memorial service, Head Girl, Alice Tinawi, and Deputy Head Girl Arts, Laura Gianotti, laid a wreath on behalf of our College community.  A large number of our St Mary’s girls participated in Relay for Life with around 50 Year 13 students and another group of Year 12 students walking throughout the night.  Our Year 13 student leaders have been creating and presenting in assemblies a Map to Mercy to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  They are busy driving the College forward on the Mercy journey this term with special Mercy focus months.  This month we recognise the Corporal Work of Mercy, “Clothe the Naked”, as students are encouraged to donate clothing for various Wellington shelters.  We will soon be participating in an initiative with the Soup Kitchen.  This spirit of outreach also includes our wider community with the PTFA about to initiate a program of caring for our College community in times of stress.  I look forward to sharing this with you.

“Mercy is more than justice; it is a matter of attentiveness and sensitivity to the concrete needs we encounter”. (Kasper)



3 May

Subject Learning Conversations

Thursday 12 May for Students A – L

Tuesday 17 May for Students M – Z

Conversations will take place between 1.30 and 6pm on both days.
Bookings can now be made by going to:

The code is – xwbkb

Please note:  There will be no classes in the afternoon.  Mon/Wed/Fri timetable for morning classes.

19 Apr
6 Apr

2016 NZ Secondary Schools Netball Team

Special congratulations to Renee Savaiianea and Ainsleyana Puleiata (both Year 11) who have both been selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Netball Team for 2016.

They have worked so hard and deserve every success.  Congratulations!

6 Apr
11 Mar

Emergency Procedures

You will be aware through the media that New Zealand schools have been the target of random bomb threat messages and yesterday, several Wellington Colleges were targeted.

We would like to assure you that St Mary’s College has procedures in place should we ever receive such a threat. We take these threats very seriously and our students’ safety is paramount.

In the event of a bomb threat, we will evacuate the students from the school and we will hold them on Parliament grounds until such time as the Police give us the all-clear to return to our campus.

As soon as we are able to safely do-so, an email will be sent to all parents notifying you of the evacuation. There will be instructions to follow in the email. PLEASE DO NOT COME TO ST MARYS COLLEGE OR PHONE THE OFFICE.

On our return to the campus you will be notified and classes will continue as usual. The students will be fully informed about what happened and any pastoral care or counselling needs for the students will be provided.

Mrs Catherine Ryan