News and Events

19 May

Relay for Life

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This year Relay for life took place on the 9th of April at Frank Kitts Park. This is an event which works to raise awareness towards cancer in New Zealand, to remember our loved ones and to fund raise for research into this life changing disease.  As a school, St Mary’s College raised over $1,600 through netball games with our brother schools along with hours of bucket collecting. This money will now be used to further help the cancer society to grow there resources which help families dealing with cancer as well as families morning a loss from cancer.  Overall the day ran really smoothly with no malfunctions and plenty of laughs along the way, it was clear to see that the Year 13s that stayed over night were in much need of a sleep by Sunday morning. Natalia and I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of organising Relay For Life this year. We really encourage all senior St Mary’s students to get involved with Relay For Life next year as it is an eye opening and enjoyable event.

Rose Jenkins
Year 13 Student

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18 May

Term 1 Write Up

Term 1 this year has been quite a memorable one.

To begin the school year, we had our Leadership Mass, welcoming the Year 9s into our college and acknowledging and celebrating our Year 13s as leaders for 2016. Following the mass, our Yr 13s performed the St Mary’s College Haka, gifted to the school by former HOD of Science, Mrs Paula Hay, at the end of 2015. Performing the Haka to the rest of the school, teachers and guests was a sign of the Yr 13s service and leadership to the school and a challenge for the younger students to stand up and be women of Hato Maria.

At the Mass, the Leadership Team (Keva Ready, Emma Botha, Indyah Tavae, Elani Leuniauvau, Laura Gianotti and myself) announced the school theme of the year: ‘Be the face of Mercy’. Pope Francis announced 2016 as the year of Mercy. What a better occasion to celebrate a value that is already at the heart of our College. To reflect the theme, the Leadership Team also introduced a new initiative: ‘Map to Mercy’. Every two weeks in the daily notices we put a small and simple act of mercy that we encourage the girls to achieve in their school, social or personal life. These little ways of mercy will be our road map to become the face of mercy in our environment.

In order to come up with an artistic image for our 2016 school theme, the leadership Team set the school the challenge of ‘Be the Face of   Mercy’ art contest. This was open to any student in the school and their task was to come up with an image that represented our theme. Many girls entered and I congratulate all of them for taking the challenge and putting their ideas out there. The amount of pride that was put into each entry was really inspiring and unique! This art pieces will be displayed in the foyer.

Next, we kicked the year off with a bang as our girls dressed up in house colours and embraced our powerful school spirit on Athletics Day. The spirit, sisterhood and energy present was engulfing and brought everyone from the year 9s to 13s together as we witnessed together great athletes as well as supported our own Houses with great joy and laughter.

In Term 1, the school launched our PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) initiative, directed by Ms Coltman and Ms Hurst. They introduced to the school our STAR acronym. S – strive to achieve, T – take the challenge, A – ako in action, R – respect our values. STAR lays out achievable, motivational and healthy goals to encourage students to thrive for and achieve excellence in all aspects of their lives. Each term we will focus on a specific aspect of STAR. In Term 1, we focused on R – respect our values.  The schools response to this initiative has been fantastic and inspiring.

Summer sports began with many girls getting involved and participating in the many sports activities of the School. Our girls have made us more than proud with some astounding results, nationally and inter-collegiately namely our Rugby 7s Team (who came first in New Zealand), our senior touch team, our senior A Volleyball team, our Yr 13 dragon boating team, and our Waka Ama teams. These are only a few of the sporting achievements that Term 1 brought.

Stage challenge, Poly club, music lessons, Prima and Schola choirs, Vinnies, Environmental club and many other of our school’s cultural, arts and academic groups have already started up with a great enthusiasm displayed by the students. Many of our senior girls took part in Relay for Life and represented the school with pride for a good cause. Donations of money (and hair) is always a sign of our girls’ great generosity of heart.

To conclude this amazing term, we had a whole school inter-house Haka competition on the last day of school where each House took the time to learn and perform the Haka. The day concluded with the whole school performing the Haka together. The school spirit that day was breath-taking and spine tingling.

It was such a powerful way to end the term and it was empowering and humbling to witness my St Mary’s sisters making history.

Term 1 has been a blast and I can’t wait for the blessings that await in Term 2!!

Alice Tinawi
Head Girl

18 May

O’Shea Debating Success

Congratulations to our Senior Debating Team, winners of the trophy for the best affirmative team!They were one of only two teams to get 6/6.
The students are (left – right) Rebekah Amitrano, Lucy Witkowski, and Sophie Kane.


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Young Enterprise Dragons’ Den

The girls wowed the Dragons with their innovative ideas and professional presentations. SMALL TALK are producing personalised, positive and upbuilding stickers for take away coffee cups and LOCAL MATES RATES are a web based business allowing community hiring (in Miramar at this stage) of household and garden equipment. You will hear more about these businesses soon!

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The two SMC Young Enterprise teams discussing their very successful business pitches to the Dragons’ Den today!

15 May

Debating – Junior Premier

Congratulations to the Junior Premier Debating Team on their win in Round 3 of the Wellington Speaking Union Intercollegiate Debating Competition.

Samantha Samaniego (Yr 10), Catherine Ramoo (Yr 9), and Ariana Ngarimu (Yr 10) successfully affirmed the moot “That GST should be removed from fruit and vegetables”.  Negotiating the moot was Kapiti College.  The Best Speaker award went to Samantha.  Thanks to Sinead Riden (Yr 9) who was Chairperson for the debate.

The team has made noticeable progress from the start of the debating season, developing confidence in speaking and forming convincing arguments.  Good luck for the rest of the season!

12 May

Cross Country

The 39th Inter-college cross country relays were held on Wednesday 11 May at Ian Galloway Park. 4 teams represented St Mary’s College at the event.  Two Year 9 teams, one Under 16 team and one senior team.  We don’t have the results yet but there were some good individual lap times completed over the 2km course.  Well done to all the girls involved.





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.

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