News and Events



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 www.wcc.govt.nz

Wellington City Council Facebook pagefacebook.com/wellingtoncitycouncil

Contact centre phone (04) 499 444

Contact centre email  info@wcc.govt.nz

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

Principal

23 Nov

Deconstruction of 61 Molesworth Street

The building at 61 Molesworth Street suffered significant damage in last week’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Visual inspection by specialist engineers, including USAR engineers, established the building was a risk of collapse in another earthquake or large aftershock.

As a result, the building is going to be deconstructed.

There has been a cordon around the building and this will continue.

CERES is the demolition company that has been contracted to undertake the work. They have undertaken a significant number of deconstructions following the Christchurch earthquakes.

The council and the building’s owner have identified that there is 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 disposal of the building materials including the asbestos. The plan has been approved by the appropriate authorities.

As the demolition takes place, water will constantly be sprayed on the building to help contain dust from building materials, including asbestos.

The level of asbestos dust will be constantly monitored at a number of places around the site and if it becomes too high, deconstruction work will be stopped immediately.

At all times water will spray on the building material. This will happen until all the material is removed from the site.

All material from the building will be moved in covered trucks and disposed of at the Southern Landfill.

Wellington City Council
Communications Department

4 Dec
18 Nov
17 Nov

Water Safety Day – Year 9

There is an opportunity of Year 9 students to participate in a Water Safety Day in early December.  Considering “Drowning is one of the major causes of injury-related death to children in New Zealand accounting for 16.5% of all deaths” (Safe Kids, NZ), we think this is a very important day for students to participate in. The specific purposes for the day include learning to: tread water and survival techniques, raft handling and what to do if the raft tips, which is important for Year 10 Camp, river crossing, and rescue techniques.

Students will be split into groups. Life jackets will be provided for non-swimmers.

Date:                 Monday 5 December – 9HD, 9GB, 9KR
                          Wednesday 7 December – 9HG, 9MY

Time:                 9.00am meet at Thorndon Pool changed and ready for activities
                         11.45pm arrival back at St Mary’s College for lunch and then afternoon                                    classes

 Cost:               The cost per student $10.  This is to cover the cost of entering the pool and                            instructors from the Wellington City Council. It would be grateful if this is                              paid to the Cashier’s office prior to the event.

Payments:         Payments can be made to the Cashier Office or deposited in the following                              account: SMC BOT Account – 020-585-0002457-02.

                          Reference: Student’s name, Form class, Year 9 Water Safety

 Gear required:  Togs or appropriate gear, Towel, Goggles, Sun block

We are all looking forward to a great day out. The activity will continue regardless of the weather.

 

Rhonda Turner
HOD Physical Education

17 Nov

Year 10 Camp

General Information

Our outdoor education camps provide the opportunity for girls to push themselves beyond their comfort zones in a controlled environment. Together they learn to manage risk, responsibly, while challenging themselves physically. In doing so their confidence and self-esteem is enhanced and their relationships with their peers are strengthened. Teamwork, group interaction and basic outdoor skills are integrated into the programmes.

To ensure that the experiences are challenging and that safety is paramount the school uses specialist and experienced outdoor education providers – Kapiti Skills. A number of our staff accompany the students for pastoral support and to provide assistance with some of the camp activities. Whilst all necessary steps are taken to ensure safety it is imperative that your daughter listens and follows all instructions, does not have phones at activities and also looks out for everyone in the group.

Please take time to study the gear list and then make suitable arrangements to hire/borrow/purchase the necessary gear. It is imperative that all students are adequately prepared and have suitable gear for all weather conditions. The key to enjoying activities is wearing the right clothes. We cannot rely on consistent weather, so you need to be prepared for sun, wind, rain or a mixture of all three! Here are some tips to being comfortable and prepared:

  • Layering is essential.
  • Bring clothes that you can pile on and then peel off.
  • Lots of thin layers are better than one big, thick jersey.
  • Avoid cotton garments as these are very cold once they are wet.
  • Polypropylene thermals are ideal and can be purchased quite cheaply.
  • Fleece tops or woollen jumpers are great for putting on top of a base layer.
  • Make sure you pack spare clothes in your day packs in case of weather changes

Each student will need to take a day bag with them to ALL activities and it should always contain the following:

  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Spare thermals
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Fleece
  • Beanie/Sun hat (depending on the weather)
  • Gloves
  • Personal medication e.g. inhaler, antihistamine

Please leave all cell phones, stereos, ipods and the like at home. St. Mary’s College will take no responsibility for the loss of any equipment your daughter may lose on camp. Finally, a reminder that all school rules regarding smoking, alcohol and banned substances apply, and as stated previously parents/caregivers will be responsible for the cost of returning students to Wellington should there be a serious disciplinary problem.

Your daughter will require a cut lunch, and drink for the first day. Please ensure your daughter has enough food to last until dinner time. There will be no chance to stop and buy food and your daughter will be very active.

Monday 21 November

  • 10CI, 10KA and half of 10IZ need to be at school (Hawkestone entrance) by 8:15am for an 8:30am departure; If you are getting picked up from Paremata Station this will be at 8:45am.
  • You need to be dressed for activity – this will mean: footwear, socks, longjohns with shorts over the top or trackpants, thermal, jersey/polarfleece.
  • In your day pack you will need: Hat, sunblock, Rainproof Jacket, Gloves, Thermals.
  • You need your own lunch and drink. Bring enough food (snacks) to last until dinner time. This should also be in your day pack.
  • If you are rafting on the first day (see overleaf) remember your togs in your day pack, towel, and plastic bag. Plenty of warm clothes to put on afterwards in your day pack as well as dry shoes.
  • On Wednesday you will return to school at approximately 2:15pm. Drop-off at Paremata Station at 1:45pm.

Wednesday 23 November

  • 10DA, 10MH and half of 10IZ need to be at school (Hawkestone entrance) by 9:15am for a 9:30am departure; If you are getting picked up from Paremata Station this will be at 9:45am
  • You need to be dressed for activity – this will mean: footwear, socks, longjohns with shorts over the top or trackpants, thermal, jersey/polarfleece.
  • In your day pack you will need: Hat, sunblock, Rainproof Jacket, Gloves, Thermals.
  • On the first day you need your own lunch and drink. Bring enough food (snacks) to last until dinner time. This should also be in your day pack.
  • If you are rafting on the first day (see overleaf) remember your togs in your day pack, towel, and plastic bag. Plenty of warm clothes to put on afterwards in your day pack as well as dry shoes.
  • On Friday you will return to school at approximately 3pm. Drop-off at Paremata Station at 2:45pm.

Please leave all cell phones, stereos, ipods and the like at home. St. Mary’s College will take no responsibility for the loss of any equipment your daughter may lose on camp. Finally, a reminder that all school rules regarding smoking, alcohol and banned substances apply, and as stated previously parents/caregivers will be responsible for the cost of returning students to Wellington should there be a serious disciplinary problem.

We look forward to having a successful and enjoyable Year 10 camp

Rhonda Turner
HOD Physical Education

16 Nov

Buses

No buses will stop on Hawkestone St before or after school because of the damaged building on Molesworth St

Buses that normally stop on Hawkestone St before or after school will now stop on Hill St
This notice applies for the forseeable future and you will be notified when it is lifted
Students have been informed
Dr Peter Sanders 
Assistant Principal
16 Nov
15 Nov

UPDATE 15 November 7.30pm

St Mary’s College will be open Wednesday 16 November for classes for Junior students and for NCEA examinations.  If any examination students are prevented from attending the examinations due to weather conditions a derived grade process will be put in place for these students.

WARNING – A building on Molesworth Street in the block between Hill Street and Hawkestone Street is in danger of collapsing.  This area has been cordoned off by Police.  Students are advised to keep well clear of this area.

Mrs Catherine Ryan
Principal

15 Nov

IMPORTANT NOTICE 11.29am 15 Nov

Dear Parents and Caregivers

JUNIOR STUDENTS
We have just been advised that roads are closing due to flooding and that all train services have ceased. All families of Junior Students are advised that they should come and collect students from school as soon as possible.
Any students not able to get through to their home may remain at school where they will be cared for until they are able to be collected.
NO student may leave the school premises until a parent or caregiver has made direct contact with the school.

SENIOR STUDENTS.
NZQA morning and afternoon exams are still on as scheduled.

PLEASE KEEP CHECKING THE ST MARY’S COLLEGE WEBSITE www.st-marys-wellington.school.nz for further updates.

Kind regards.

Mrs Catherine Ryan
Principal

15 Nov

Important Notice for Parents/Caregivers

15 November 2016

Dear Parents and Caregivers

JUNIOR STUDENTS
We have just been advised that roads are closing due to flooding and that all train services have ceased. All families of Junior Students are advised that they should come and collect students from school as soon as possible.
Any students not able to get through to their home may remain at school where they will be cared for until they are able to be collected.
NO student may leave the school premises until a parent or caregiver has made direct contact with the school.

SENIOR STUDENTS.
NZQA morning and afternoon exams are still on as scheduled.

PLEASE KEEP CHECKING THE ST MARY’S COLLEGE WEBSITE www.st-marys-wellington.school.nz for further updates.

Kind regards.

Mrs Catherine Ryan
Principal

15 Nov
14 Nov

IMPORTANT NOTICE 11.20am 15 Nov

Dear Parents and Caregivers

JUNIOR STUDENTS
We have just been advised that roads are closing due to flooding and that all train services have ceased. All families of Junior Students are advised that they should come and collect students from school as soon as possible.
Any students not able to get through to their home may remain at school where they will be cared for until they are able to be collected.
NO student may leave the school premises until a parent or caregiver has made direct contact with the school.

SENIOR STUDENTS.
NZQA morning and afternoon exams are still on as scheduled.

PLEASE KEEP CHECKING THE ST MARY’S COLLEGE WEBSITE www.st-marys-wellington.school.nz for further updates.

Kind regards.

Mrs Catherine Ryan
Principal