News and Events

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

27 Jun

Young Enterprise

Congratulations to our Young Enterprise team Blueprint who won $400 at the recent Dragons’ Den Regional Final. The girls will use these funds to pay for the first print run of their children’s colouring and story book called “The Adventures of Katie and Tame…The Power of Plastic”.

Blueprint ran a successful stall at the Sustainability Trust’s Matariki Festival on Saturday. The girls are planning on donating a percentage of their profits to the Trust.







Mrs Myers
HOD Economics and Accounting

7 Jul
26 Jun

Grandparents’ Mass

You are warmly invited to attend our Grandparents’ Mass to be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral on 7 July at 10.15am followed by morning tea.

30 Jun
26 Jun

Market Day

Market Day is this Friday at lunchtime in the gym! 85 Year 10 Economics students have been busy writing business plans, creating and now marketing their innovative products. 20 different little businesses have produced a range of fun and sustainable products including many healthy lunch options. Interested parents are welcome to come along and join in the fun.

Mrs Myers
HOD Economics and Accounting

22 Jun