News and Events

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

6 Dec

2017 Stationery Lists

2017 Stationery Lists for all year levels are available at OfficeMax.  You are welcome to purchase your daughter’s stationery through OfficeMax or any other stationery outlet.


5 Dec

Proud 2016 Champions of the Condor Sevens National Secondary School Tournament

St Mary’s College have created history by being the first Wellington Girls School to win a national sevens title.

Our amazing Sevens’ team played great rugby to beat Southland Girls’ High School 19-5 in the semi-final and beat Hamilton Girls’ High School 19-17 in the final.

St Mary’s College is extremely proud of each athlete in this well deserved result.  Five of the team have been chosen to be part of the Condors National Tournament Team. They are Lyric and Dhys Faleafaga, Cheyne Copeland, Monica Tagoai and Ainsleyana Puleiata.  This team will also be considered for a New Zealand Selection Team to play Australia, Samoa and other nations on 17 December 2016 at Sacred Heart College in Auckland.