News and Events

7 Jun

Young Enterprise Dragon’s Den

Congratulations to Blueprint who have made it into the Final of the Young Enterprise Dragon’s Den on June 20th.  The group were placed in the top 8 out of over 100 teams from Wellington, the Hutt Valley and the Wairarapa.

Mrs Myers
HOD Economics & Accounting

1 Jun

Young Enterprise

Congratulations to our four Young Enterprise teams, Be You Tiful Bagels, Blueprint, Calico and Co. and Wahine Toa, who all gave impressively professional presentations to the judging panel at Dragons’ Den.  You will be hearing a lot more about their innovative products (delicious new flavoured bagels, and environmentally inspired children’s story and colouring book based on Maori culture, a Nadia Lim designed calico shopping bag and a personal crisis security device) in the coming months!

Mrs Myers
HOD Economics & Accounting

1 Jun
24 May
16 May

UN Speech Competition

Zita Keller (Year 12) represented the school in the United Nations Association Speech Award at St Andrews on the Terrace on May 12th.  The topic was: Is there a Role for Nuclear Weapons in today’s world. Zita spoke with courage and conviction, delivering a really well researched, impressive speech. Zita commented on the enriching learning experience of being a part of this competition and especially hearing the inspiring speeches from fellow students.

Ms Waldren
English Department

16 May

Learning Conversations

Dear Parents

You are invited to make a booking for learning conversations with your daughter’s subject teachers.  Learning conversations will be held on two dates:

Thursday 18 May for students A-L
Thursday 25 May for students M-Z

Five minute interviews with a break for all staff between 3.30pm and 4pm.

Venues: Tech Block or Hall

Booking Outage:
Bookings for students A-L will be closed at 7.00am on Thursday 18 May to allow teachers to prepare for the learning conversations that day between 1.30pm and 6.00pm

Bookings for students M – Z will re-open at 6.00pm on Thursday 18 May for Thursday 25 May for 1.30pm and 6.00pm

Conversations will take place between 1.30pm and 6.00pm on both days.  Normal lessons will be held each Thursday from Periods 1-4 and then your daughter will be released at 12.30pm.  It is recommended that your daughter attends the learning conversations with you.

Bookings are made by going to and inserting the following code: bjhj5

Dr Peter Sanders
Assistant Principal

2 Jun
15 May
12 May

NZQA Fees for 2017

Years 11, 12, and 13 students are required to pay a NZQA fee of $76.70. This can be paid into the school bank account using the following details

Account Number: 02-0585-0002457-02
Particulars: Surname + first and second initial (eg Smith JA)
Code: your Ako Class (eg 13MC)
Reference: NZQA

Financial Assistance forms are available from Mrs Hardwick.

12 May

Board of Trustees

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The Board of Trustees has two parents interested in the vacant Parent Representative position on the Board.  Both of these parents have skills and attributes that are a good fit for our Board of Trustees.

We can have an election which would result in one of the parents being elected to the Board of Trustees.  The alternative is that the Board can discuss changing its constitution to allow six Parent Representatives to represent the community.  This would be a permanent change unless revoked.  Permission also needs to be sought from the Proprietor, and the Board of Trustees will do this.

If the Proprietor does not agree with this, the Board is required to proceed to an election for one position.  Similarly, if 10% or more of eligible voters expresses their opposition to this proposal at the upcoming Board meeting, an election will be required.

We hereby notify our parent community that we intend to discuss this matter at our Board of Trustees meeting which is to be held next Tuesday the 16th May at 6pm in the college Staffroom.  If any parents are interested in being part of this discussion, please come along to this meeting.

Kathy Sharpe
Chairperson, Board of Trustees

11 May

Secretary-General’s Visit

On Wednesday 3rd May, St Mary’s were delighted to welcome Mr Akbar Khan, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and Poto Williams, MP for Christchurch South. Our Student Leadership Team, School Council and top debating teams took part in an outreach session providing an opportunity for young people to learn about the political values of the Commonwealth such as diversity, development and parliamentary democracy; to discuss issues of concerns about the society in which they live and to meet local Members of Parliament.

Article on Parliament Website

Meg Davies
HOD English

10 May

GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge

On Tuesday 9th May, eight Year 10 students took part in the GrowingNZ Innovation Challenge run by the Young Enterprise Trust.
The challenge, aimed especially at Year 10 students, required the participants to come up with possible solutions to real problems faced in New Zealand’s primary industries. The two teams of four worked hard to come up with original and innovative prototype products using their knowledge of business, science and technology.
Congratulations to Catherine Ramoo who was awarded ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the day out of approximately 80 students from schools all over the Wellington region.
Thanks to all of the participants – Kaye Jayme, Simone Lenora, Gina Dao-McLay, Keira Chadwick, Xyryll Gayagoy, Bobo Wood Yan, Rachel Fitzgerald and Catherine Ramoo – for representing St Mary’s so well on the day.
Megan Meulenbroeks
Year 10 Dean