News and Events

2 Mar

Art History Fieldtrip

The first Art History Fieldtrip took place on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 22nd. The Cindy Sherman Exhibition was an international exhibition of this very well known contemporary photographer.  At the City Gallery, Helen Lloyd conducted a really interesting and challenging tour for the students.
Ms Waldren
Art History Department
21 Feb

Touch Success

Year 11 students Ivana Samani, Jada Jacobs and Riarna Vulu represented Wellington at the Touch New Zealand Grassroots Trust 2017 Junior National’s Tournament in Auckland recently.
The team played eight games over the three days and the Wellington Under 16 Mixed team were undefeated across the tournament and were crowned national champions.
21 Feb

Heart Foundation Street Appeal

On a wet and misty summer morning, 13 amazing spirits took to the Wellington Streets for the Heart Foundation’s annual street appeal. The students embraced our STAR values of taking the challenge and respecting our values by giving their time to support this incredibly worthy cause. 

E whakamoe ana, e whakawhētai ana te hāpori o Hato Maria ki a koutou ngā kōhine tino atawhai o tō tatou nei kura i runga i te āhuatanga o te wā i kohikohia pūtea koutou mō te Rōpū Whakahaere Manawa. Nō reira kōhine mā tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Mrs Davies
HOD English

20 Feb

Soul Programme For Young Women…

. . . is a very new charity that runs programmes for teenage girls, that helps to grow their self-confidence as well as realising their potential and what they have to offer the world once they put limitations aside. It is their mission to replace prejudice and discrimination with unconditional love and respect.

Girls from all different backgrounds are encouraged to join – it is very much a “judgment-free” zone. The groups are made up of 10 girls, and they meet fortnightly on a Sunday afternoon at the Preservatorium Café – 39 Webb Street, Wellington 2 -4.30pm.

During a SOULcircle, girls are encouraged to put aside any barriers (those from themselves or perceived from others) and engage in fun activities, share positive stories and as a group, devise and rehearse a dance/performance. A bountiful afternoon tea is provided and it is generally over this time that the girls cement really strong friendships with the others.

The programmes are subsidised, however there is a small cost of $4 per session per girl involved. This is payable in advance of the start of each term. If this is an issue at all for anyone, scholarships available.

The start date is Wellington is 12th March, and then the 26th March and 2nd April before term 2 sessions begin.

For more information, see Mrs Dodunski (Guidance Counsellor)

Mrs Dodunski
Guidance Counsellor

16 Feb

Sacramental Programme

There is an opportunity for any girl who has missed out on any of the Sacraments of Initiation to participate in a programme leading up to Easter.  The girls have been alerted to this in the school daily notices.  If you wish your daughter to be involved in this programme please contact me or David Sullivan at the Catholic Centre on 496 1708.

Mrs Sklenars
Director of Religious Studies
13 Feb

Music lessons and music groups for 2017

These links let you sign up to all the SMC Music activities.  Some student led groups you can also join by just turning up (Prima choir and Uke group for example).
Music lesson forms and Schola need to be in by next Monday 20th Feb.  After this date, come and see Miss Steedman first.   These are NOT parent permission forms – that will happen once you have a confirmed lesson space.
Group sign ups don’t have a set time limit.
Please email or come to the music room if you have any questions.
Music Lessons:
Choir (the auditioned one:)
Miss Steedman
HOD Music
20 Feb
9 Feb


Dear Parents/Caregivers/Students,

VENUE:          Newtown Park

DATE:             Monday 20  February, 2017

START:           8:50 am Te Wa AKO Roll taken
9:00 am Athletics Sports begin
3:00 pm Athletics Sports day ends approximately


  1. All girls are to be present as it is a normal school day.
  2. Students must go directly to the park and remain at the park all day. No student from any level is to leave the grounds. Staff will be in attendance on the gates all day.
  3. Cancellations on The Breeze (94.1) from 6:45am onwards.
  4. Tracksuits or mufti (in house colours) may be worn to the park.
  5. Additional items that are needed are warm clothing, sunblock, hat and personal medication.
  6. Bring lunch and drinks with you (no glass bottles). No student will be allowed to leave the grounds to purchase lunch or drinks.
  7. Only necessary valuables should be brought on the day. Each student is responsible for her own belongings. Check that all items have your full name on them.
  8. No student is allowed in the centre of the grounds. When not competing, please stay in your house groups in the stands, in the shade.
  9. Each house is responsible for clean up. Put rubbish in the bins provided throughout the day. Dismissal will not be granted until the grounds are clean.
  10. Transport – It is best that parents carpool students to Newtown Park as bus services are limited. The Newtown Park bus (No. 10 – Stop B) leaves from the Railway station at 7:40am, 8am and 8:25am. The 8:25am bus is the last bus to leave ensuring arrival on time to Newtown Park. Please make the necessary arrangements so you are on time. Additionally the Mairangi Bus (No.23 – Stop J by Kirkcaldie and Stains) can be caught on Lambton Quay at 7:35am, 8:08am and 8:23am. This bus also stops near Newtown Park and students will need to walk up to the park. Alternatively it is economical for a group of students to hire a pre-ordered shuttle to take them to Newtown Park from the Railway Station. Students will be expected to catch public transport home from Newtown Park and may be released earlier than 3pm.



Theresa                Orange
Catherine              Sky
Anne                     Violet
Joan                      Scarlet
Bernadette            Dark green
Maria                    Gold

If you are placed in the first two in your final, you may be considered for the St. Mary’s College team for the Intercollegiate Athletics Sports team. The team will be announced the week following our athletics sports day.


Rhonda Turner
HOD Physical Education

9 Feb

First ever Wellbeing / Hauora Day for St Mary’s

On Thursday the 2nd of February 2017 students had the opportunity to attend a variety of presentations and workshops with a focus on wellbeing (both mental and physical). A team of presenters who are conducting the Youth Wellbeing Study (at the School of Psychology, Vic Uni) talked to the Year 10 students about what emotions are, the purpose or functions of emotions, how they provide important information about the world around us and help us communicate with others. Mrs Dodunski, the Guidance Counsellor, spoke to the Year 11, 12 and 13 students about how we can face life’s challenges by increasing our self-awareness (by knowing how emotions and thoughts are generated in the brain, developing ‘wise mind’ or intuition, and by increasing compassion for ourselves).

A range of other workshops were presented, including practising mindfulness, using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Tapping to deal with anxiety, making healthy food choices, increasing confidence, setting wellbeing goals and learning more about Volunteering. Students could also get active and enjoy doing Pilates, Zumba and Tai Chi, or sign up to Art or Writing workshops.

A huge thank you goes out to all the presenters who so kindly and willingly gave their time and expertise – it was deeply appreciated! Thank you also to all staff whose hard work helped to make the day a success. We look forward to the next Wellbeing / Hauora Day in 2018!

(If you would like further information about any of the workshops mentioned, please contact Mrs Dodunski:

Mrs Dodunski
Guidance Counsellor

8 Feb

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year!

There is so much hope in celebrating a new year – the opportunity for each of us to start again, to look forward to a fresh start. The most exciting part of the new year is that we don’t know everything about what lies ahead – there is real excitement in the unknown, in the untried, in the promise of good things to come.

I love the theme that we have for our new year at St Mary’s. As we focus on wellbeing of students, staff and families this year, we do so with HOPE, placing ourselves in God’s hands and setting our sights high for the amazing experiences that are about to happen.

I look forward so much to welcoming our new students and their families, to welcoming back our current students and families, to welcoming all our Year 13 students as leaders in the College. We wish our Student Leadership Team every blessing as they begin their special work in the College. To Head Girl, Elise Natoli, Deputy Head Girl Special Character, Maria Helbano, Deputy Head Girl Cultural, Te Mapihi Tutua-Nathan, Deputy Head Girl Arts, Olivia Paxie, Deputy Head Girl Sports, Sariah Penese and Deputy Head Girl Level Leaders, Penny Peneueta, we offer the support of our whole community. These girls have already been hard at work, organising and planning for the year ahead. I know they will lead the student body with great pride and passion.

There are many activities on offer at the College and I urge every student to consider becoming involved in some extra- curricular activity in 2017. There is immense value in the learning of subjects in the classroom but we should not miss out on the learning opportunities to be found in these extra-curricular opportunities. Being “good” at planning, reflecting, refining, working together, problem solving, having a go, persevering when the going gets tough and coming to understand our personal strengths is critical to being successful in today’s world. Every situation is a learning situation and we want our students to embrace and enjoy an immense variety of learning situations in 2017. Our Mission statement: Centered in God; Learning Together; Embracing the Future; Enabling Young Women, underpins so many of the above attributes. We will continue to be challenged by this vision.

Over the break our students have continued to be busy. I was really honoured to be invited by the Rowing Teams to watch their training at Lake Karapiro in late December. The two hours spent on the water was truly inspiring and gave me some insight into the skills and demands of this amazing sport; members of our College Rugby Team were selected to play in the Wellington Rugby Sevens Tournament Team, qualifying for nationals; Ainsleyana Puleiata travelled to Fiji, playing for the NZ Under 21 Netball Team. These are amazing experiences and the students involved deserve plenty of accolades. We look forward to the challenges that this year will bring for all our students.

Let’s join together as community in 2017 and work together, appreciating all that we each bring to this community as we make this year, this 2017, a truly happy new year – a year of HOPE.


Catherine Ryan