News and Events

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
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.


30 Nov

New Zealand Under 21 Netball Squad

Congratulations to Ainsleyana Puleiata and Renee Savai’inaea who have been selected in the NZ Under 21 Netball squad that will form the basis of the team to play in the Netball World Youth Cup in Gaborone, Botswana in July 2017.

30 Nov
24 Nov

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PARENTS & CAREGIVERS Thursday 24 November 2016 4.42pm

Dear Parents & Caregivers

As you will be aware, the building at 61 Molesworth St suffered significant damage in last week’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Visual inspection by specialist engineers, including the NZ Fire Services USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) engineers, established the building was at risk of collapse in another earthquake or large aftershock. As a result, the building has to be deconstructed urgently.

This afternoon, St Mary’s College staff met with representatives from the Wellington City Council, Worksafe, Regional Public Health and CERES, a specialist demolition company. St Mary’s Board Chair, Kathy Sharpe, and a representative from the Ministry of Education were also present.

At this meeting, we were assured that the imminent demolition of the damaged building would be handled with the utmost care, within the strict protocols required to ensure the safety of the workers on site and personnel within the immediate vicinity.

The Council and the building’s owner have identified that there is some asbestos in the building. Wellington City Council and CERES know exactly where the asbestos is located in the building. They have a management plan for the appropriate and safe disposal of the building materials, including the asbestos. The level of asbestos dust will be constantly monitored and, if necessary, deconstruction work will be stopped immediately. All material from the building will be appropriately moved in covered trucks and disposed of at the Southern Landfill.

The risk of contamination from asbestos in this situation has been assessed as being LOW.

Work on the deconstruction is set to begin within the next 24 hours.

I appreciate and fully understand your concerns for your daughters. Having received the above information, in consultation with Board Chair, Kathy Sharpe, and the Ministry of Education, it has been decided that as the risk is low, school will continue as normal.

You can keep up to date with the deconstruction at:

Wellington City Council website

Wellington City Council Facebook

Contact centre phone (04) 499 444

Contact centre email

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. The College will keep you updated as any new information comes to light.

Yours sincerely

Catherine Ryan