News and Events

4 Apr
3 Apr

Swimming Sports 2017

Venue Freyberg Pool
131 Oriental Parade
Oriental Bay
Date Tuesday, 2 May 2017
Time 8.30am – 12.00pm



  1. All Year 9, House Captains, Competitors, and Officials are to attend the swimming sports.
  2. Students must wear School Uniform to and from the Swimming Sports.  Please ensure they have a rain coat as well as they will be expected to walk back to school for afternoon classes.
  3. All students must assemble outside Freyberg Pool at 8:30am in alphabetical order in your form class for roll call.
  4. Once students enter the pool they sit in House Groups.
  5. Once Swimming sports are completed at 12pm, all students will return to school for afternoon classes. Students will walk back to school accompanied by staff back to the College.
  6. Please NOTE that students will need to bring their own food and drink, as they are not permitted to purchase any at the pool. Food and drink can be consumed in the spectator viewing area only – do not bring glass bottles.
  7. Do not leave valuables in the pool changing room. Best to not bring them at all.
  8. Family members and friends are welcome as spectators.


House Colours
Anne Purple
Bernadette Green
Catherine Blue
Joan Red
Maria Yellow
Teresa Orange


R Turner
HOD Physical Education

3 Apr

Waka Ama

Great effort from all our crews.  Three of our U19 teams raced each other in the Bowl Finals in the W6 500m with Autuahineraa placed 2nd and our U16 W6 500m crew made the Plate Finals!.

Big thanks to Ms Goddard & Ms Hardwick and all our parents that were there to transport, cook, clean and support all our girls.

Ms Hirini
Sports Co-ordinator

3 Apr

Maadi Cup Rowing

Congratulations to the Rowing team for their best ever results at the Maadi Cup.  They made three A Finals and two B Finals.  Special congratulations to the following rowers for a top ten finish in their events – Cara McAree, Grace Ohlsson, Lucy Golding, Meg Thompson, Miriam Lindsay, Eleanor Paxie and Amelia Burley.

Mrs Paton
PE Teacher

3 Apr

Futsal success: 2017 Wellington Zone Senior Girls Division 2 Winners

Kelsey Wilkinson, Alice Wright, Georgia Nairne, Rose O’Hagan, Zoe Barrott, Magdalena Allen


The St Mary’s College top futsal team were the unbeaten winners of the Wellington Zone Senior Girls’ Division 2.

This week the team competed at the Senior Girls’ NZSS Futsal Girls Championships at Wellington’s ASB Sports Centre. The girls made it into the top eight as the only team from the Wellington Region.

Ms Fiedler-Muck
German Teacher

28 Mar

Cullen Breakfast

On the 9th of March, Maria Helbano Deputy Head Girl Special Character and I attended a Cullen Breakfast, hosted by Peter Cullen. There were many prestigious Wellington leaders and other head students attending. The guest speaker was Prime Minister, Bill English, with whom we were lucky enough to chat to and ask questions after he spoke to us about the current affairs of the country. It was a privilege to represent the college at this event and to network with other school leaders.

Elise Natoli
Head Girl

28 Mar

Meeting the Boss

Year 9 Social Studies students got an unexpected bonus when they visited Parliament on 21 March 2017 to find out how our democracy works. We were standing in the ‘media scrum’ area when Government ministers walked past, after their caucus meeting. Several of them stopped to say hello to the students, including Steven Joyce, Hekia Parata and Paula Bennett.

Then the Prime Minister, Bill English, stopped and chatted with our girls for several minutes. He answered such questions as where do you have your holidays, do you do much travelling, and what’s it like to be the Prime Minister. Meeting him was the highlight of the field trip, as shown in these comments:

“Meeting Bill English was an amazing surprise. I really enjoyed getting to ask him questions about his job. Because of this I came out of Parliament feeling like I knew not only a lot more about Parliament, but also about the jobs the Prime Minister does. Bill was very friendly and made the trip even better.”

“The thing that I most enjoyed on the trip was getting to meet Bill English. This was my favourite part because I had never met a Prime Minister before then. It was cool because we also got a photo with him.”

Other aspects of the trip which impressed the students included how laws are made, the billions of dollars collected in taxes each year and what the money is used for, and the rules of the debating chamber. Several students were fascinated with the role of the Speaker and the golden mace, especially because the Speaker could kick MPs out of the chamber, including the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Bill English, with students from Ms Syme’s Year 9 Social Studies class.

Ms Syme
Social Studies teacher

16 Mar

Japanese Student Sculpture Walk

On a sunny afternoon in Wellington, the students from the St Catalina’s exchange walked at least 6kms to discover New Zealand sculpture in public places. The walk took in the waterfront, Civic Square, Lambton Quay, the Cable Car and the sculpture walk in the Botanical Gardens. The tour ended in the Peace Garden beside the Rose Garden – an appropriate conclusion as this garden is a memorial to the victims of war and celebrates friendship between our two countries.


Rudderstone by Denis O’Conor


Ms Waldren & Mrs Blacklock

13 Mar

Givealittle – Rugby Sevens’ Trip to Japan

St Mary’s College Sevens’ Team quest to get to Sanix World Youth Cup in Japan needs your help to make the dream a reality.

The team needs to raise $30,000 before Easter and are working extremely hard to fundraise. For some families the amount needed to travel is a big challenge.

This Givealittle page has been set up so that you can be a part of our journey and help us to bring home an international title!

Any amount no matter how small or big will be gratefully accepted.



Mr Hurley
HOD Social Sciences