St Mary’s College, Wellington Newsletter June 2009 Guildford Terrace, Wellington 6011 Telephone: 64 4 473 5554 Facsimile: 64 4 473 1244 Principal: Mrs Mary Cook Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.st-marys-wellington.school.nz 2 Newsletter No 4 June 2009 “May the wellspring of God’s gracious and compassionate Mercy give us courage to live Catherine’s vision in new and transforming ways, wherever we are.” Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Dear Parents and Friends of St Mary‟s I am very pleased that we have survived the term without having to close the school due to the pandemic. People have taken notice of the Ministry of Health guidelines and stayed at home if they had flu symptoms. We have had one student reported this week with suspected swine flu. The advice that I received from the Ministry of Health was that there was no need to close the school, but to continue with the precautions of staying at home if you had the flu symptoms and to continue with hand hygiene and coughs and sneezes procedures. One of our students Anneke Wilson, Year 11, has been diagnosed with cancer. Anneke is a very fit and active person who is a member of our Rowing and Senior Netball Teams. Currently Anneke is receiving treatment in Christchurch, as the Wellington Children‟s Oncology Unit is not taking on any new patients. Her family are with her. Anneke‟s friends have organised fundraising for Ronald McDonald House by selling ribbons and having a Mufti Day. Anneke has been enrolled in the Mercy International Prayer Network, part of our Mercy worldwide link. You are able to join in the prayer network with the following prayer for Anneke. Prayer for the Sick God of Love and Mercy You inspired Catherine McAuley To serve your Son By responding to the needs of her time. Moved by her care for the sick, We ask that through her prayers You reach out with your healing love And restore Anneke to full health. We ask this in complete confidence Through Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen. Venerable Catherine Pray for us. I hope that you will be able to spend some good times together as a family with your own daughter during the next two weeks. Yours sincerely Mrs Mary Cook Principal 3 NEWS FROM AROUND THE COLLEGE ACADEMIC Economics and Accounting: Congratulations to five Year 13 Economic students: Jessanah Betham, Helen Copsey, Andrea Fernandez, Mallory Toeaina and Hyun Ji Ko who have been awarded Rotary Scholarships to attend NZ Business Week in the July holidays. This week long residential programme, held in Palmerston North, gives senior secondary students a unique insight into the world of business as well as a chance to learn some entrepreneurial and decision-making skills in a practical setting. Young Enterprise St Mary‟s were represented by GAGA Enterprises in the Young Enterprise Regional Finals. They were in the finals for their „Oral Presentation of Business Plans”. Although they did not win, the girls were commended for such a “Great presentation”. A very successful Market Day was held on Tuesday 23 June 2009. A variety of innovative quality products were sold by the Year 10 Enterprise Studies groups. These girls had planned their business and designed and marketed their products during Term 2. Year 10 Enterprise Studies Students selling their creations. Technology: Congratulations to Sana Witheford-Smith who was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Secondary Schools Hospitality Competition at WelTech. Sana competed in the Salmon Mains live cookery section. 4 Knowledge Net: www.stmaryswellington.knowledge.net.nz All parents should have heard the term „Knowledge Net‟ used by your daughter. Knowledge Net is the secure computer data storage facility we use as our intranet and extranet. Students can log on to Knowledge Net with their own password from any computer with Internet access. Once logged on: students can search relevant and safe websites within the Knowledge Net framework, access resources for subjects, check the school calendar for upcoming events, check out the School Library, opening times, recommended reading etc. Each student also has their own private space on Knowledge Net, where they can upload documents to their work area and then retrieve them at home. This allows your daughter to send files home and continue working on them. Knowledge Net is the preferred method to transfer files from school to home and vice versa, as it avoids viruses which can be easily transmitted from USB memory sticks. If your daughter is absent from school due to sickness, she has access to a wealth of resources and communication tools available to her through Knowledge Net. All students are encouraged to take advantage of Knowledge Net which enables learning to continue beyond school hours. Ask your daughter how regularly she uses Knowledge Net. For any assistance with access and passwords see Mrs Herder in the Computer Lab, Room 23. CULTURAL ACTIVITIES Debating: The Senior Premier B team of Sophia Faure, Emma Bishop, Elisa Morrison and Monique Tuifao have had three debates in the Wellington Speaking Union competition. In Round One they defeated St Pat‟s Town, lost to Tawa in Round Two but had a good win in the impromptu Round Three over Wellington Girl‟s College. Congratulations to the Junior Premier team on winning their recent impromptu debate. They were affirming the moot “That we should ban violent computer games” against Wellington East. The speakers were Olivia Rutherford, Morgane Brunton-O’Sullivan and Domnique Nunns – with Morgane being awarded the best speaker of the debate. The Junior Certificate A team are to be congratulated on their win in the impromptu round of the competition. They were negating the moot “That we should change our flag” against Wellington College. The speakers were Jemma Faure, Sally Blake and Amy Lynch. The Junior Certificate B team won their recent impromptu debate. They were negating the moot “That cellphones do more harm than good” against Wellington East Girls College. The speakers were Bridget Churchman, Nina Boyd and Georgia Crisp, with Nina being awarded the best speaker of the debate. The Junior Certificate C team are to be congratulated on their first win in the competition. In the impromptu round they versed Kapiti College affirming the moot “That cellphones do more harm than good”. The speakers were Irene McGlone, Emily Lynch and Evelyn Lesiawan, with Irene being awarded the best speaker of the debate. 5 As we near the end of the competition with some teams having completed all of their debates and the other teams have only one more round to go, special mention must be made of our coaches. The coaches work as hard in preparation for each debate as do members of the team. We are very fortunate to have a fine group of hard working senior students and staff involved with coaching. Thanks to Mr Michael Herder (Senior Premier A), Mr Sanders (Senior Premier B), Ms C Meyer and Grace Stewart (Senior Certificate A), Ms J McInnes (Senior Certificate B), Jessica Herder and Simone Laing (Junior Premier), Nicola Wood (Junior Certificate A), Mrs J McClure (Junior Certificate B) and Ms J Syme (Junior Certificate C). Mrs G Herder - Convenor of Debating Music: The second term is regularly a very busy time in the school year for the Music department with the majority of secondary school music events being held. This year, our focus was the Big Sing where we had three choirs participating: PRIMA is our youngest choir. In “Living In A Holy City” they performed four part harmony. In the “Prayer of St. Chichester” they sang very high notes with fine tone quality, and in “Cat In The Dark”, they worked towards adding some drama to the music. SCHOLA is our elite choir. They performed a very difficult piece, “Überlebensgroß” with percussion accompaniment. The Percussion Ensemble consisted of drum students who were prepared to solve and rehearse very difficult parts. Special congratulations and many thanks to these girls who worked so hard in their support of the choir. Schola also performed an “Avé Maria” and “The Silver Swan”, tricky with its medieval harmonies. SOUL SISTERS is our popular choir. They worked on “My Life, My Love, My All” to win a special mention on the day. They also performed “Bow Low Mary” – a four part barbershop styled piece and “All Creatures of our God and King”. Many, many hours of work went into the preparation, direction and presentation of these choirs. Thanks to all directors, accompanists, managers, support staff and musicians who supported these choirs and attended rehearsals. We couldn‟t do it without you!! Prima and Soul Sisters are to be combined for the remainder of the year. They will sing at the Celebration of Music (10 September) and end of year functions. A highlight for the Year 10 Music class this term was the tour to Avalon Primary School. They prepared a concert which included solos and original band songs which some of the girls had written. It was a thrill to see the enjoyment on the children‟s faces and to be thanked for the polished performance the girls had delivered. While the girls were essentially working towards Achievement Standard 1.2, there was more achieved in terms of “Participating and Contributing” and basking in the satisfaction this key competency can bring. The School Orchestra and the Guitar Ensemble practise weekly under the direction of Slava Fainitski and Owen Moriarty, our instrumental tutors. Both groups are preparing for a debut performance at the NZ Catholic Education Convention to be held at the Wellington Town Hall. This is an important performance opportunity for these girls, who attend rehearsals regularly and have practised for hours before rehearsals ever begun. Our newest ensemble is the Jazz Combo. Only four rehearsals old, its members are settling into their roles and enjoying a „new‟ genre of music. It is great to hear saxophones, brass and flutes first thing in the morning. The Celebration of Music will feature their debut public performance!! Ms M Horner - HOD Music. 6 Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival: Congratulations to Telesia Siale-Tasele who has been chosen for the 2009 National Shakespeare Schools Production. 46 students have been chosen from throughout New Zealand. 22 were chosen from the regional competitions, and the other 24, including Telesia, were chosen at the Sheilah Winn National Festival on Queen‟s Birthday weekend. The production comprises talks and workshops by leading speakers and tutors, and intensive rehearsing and work shopping of three of Shakespeare‟s plays with three high calibre directors. It is a residential course in Wellington and is in the last week of Term 3 holidays. The workshop culminates in public performances on Sunday 4 October (venue to be confirmed) and Monday 5 October in the Legislative Chamber at Parliament. Telesia Siale-Tasele in her role as Shylock in the Sheilah Winn National Festival. Stage Challenge 2009: Winners 2009. Congratulations to everyone who was involved in helping St Mary‟s College to win Stage Challenge 2009. The event was a credit to the organisers supported by Ms Harris and Mr Hurley and the participants and their achievements were well deserved. Key student organisers were: Dance/Choreography: Alice Harrison, Charrie-Kae Chavaria, Ella Blake, Gemma Gray Nafanua Schmidt. Set Design/Construction: Alice Kennedy, Jac Vaughan-Sanders. Costume: Annie Nelson, Cassandra Ong. Finance and Marketing: Grace Whitmore, Megan Nunns. 7 Awards of Excellence were also given for: Mission-On 2009 Stage Challenge 1 st Place. Unitec Award of Excellence for Choreography. Mission-On Award of Excellence for Concept. Career Services Award of Excellence for Drama. ZM Award of Excellence for Soundtrack. Unitec Award of Excellence for Set Design and Function. Stage Challenge Award of Excellence for Costuming Character. Designer Brands Cosmetics Award of Excellence for Visual Enhancement. Stage Challenge Award of Excellence for School Community. Ministry of Youth Development Award of Excellence for Environment or Social Awareness. St Mary’s College Stage Challenge 2009 Winners SPORTS ACTIVITIES Cross Country: Karori Relays: Congratulations to Gracen Luka, Holly Hunwick, Anna Bergin and Susannah Lynch winners in the Under 16 Team event. Congratulations to Susannah Lynch who ran the fastest lap time in the Under 16 Grade. Congratulations to Susannah Lynch who won Gold in the Year 9 Race at the National Cross Country Championships recently in Nelson. Susannah was also the winner of the Junior Girls Wellington Cross Country Championships recently held in Trentham. 8 Congratulations also to Deborah Lynch who is one of two girls from Wellington to be named in a Triathlon New Zealand Talent Identification Programme. Deborah is included in a group of 20 secondary school athletes. Mercy Tournament 2009: On 11 June St Mary‟s competed in the annual Mercy Tournament, this year hosted by St Catherine‟s College. Our teams won Hockey, Basketball, Year 9 Netball and Senior A Netball enabling us to be the 2009 Champions. Congratulations to all the teams. Netball: Congratulations to Eliza Lloyd-Jones and Louise Hallagan who have been selected for the Wellington Region Under 19 Netball Representative Team. Volleyball: Congratulations to Paulo Vaelagi who has been selected for the Wellington Under 19 Volleyball Representative Team. SPECIAL CHARACTER Grandparents’ Mass: Our annual Grandparents’ Mass will be held on Thursday 23 July at 10.30am. Last year it became too crowded in the Sacred Heart Cathedral so this year it is going to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, corner of Molesworth and Hill Streets, just down the road from us. It is always a wonderful occasion and girls are encouraged to invite and bring their grandparents. In the Cathedral the girls who have brought grandparents sit with them for the Mass. We also remember those grandparents who cannot be with us on that day. Morning tea is served after the Mass in Connolly Hall in Guildford Terrace. If a student is bringing a grandparent then we ask that she brings a plate and takes it to Connolly Hall on her way to school that morning. Ms J Houlahan - DRS Oratory Cup O’Shea Shield Competition: Congratulations to Holly Beasley, Year 13, who was the winner of the Cup for this year‟s competition with her powerful talk about “The Lost Children”. We were especially pleased to win this year since St Mary‟s last won this award in 1996. However there is an important family connection as Holly‟s aunt Fiona Hoskins also won the Oratory Cup for St Mary‟s in 1988. Holly Beasley smiles as she holds the Oratory Cup. 9 GENERAL INFORMATION Staff Update: We wish Ms Jocelyn Syme a temporary farewell as she takes up a New Zealand Science Technology Award for Terms 3 and 4. Ms Syme‟s classes will be taken by Mr Richard Knuckey, formerly HOD Technology at Riccarton High School. BOARD OF TRUSTEES UPDATE Mrs Cassandra Palmer, parent representative, was welcomed to the Board. Mrs Palmer fills the vacancy left when Mrs Jackie Noble moved to Hamilton. The Board has received resignations from Mr Peter Garty and Mr Cleophas Peters. Owing to new employment, neither of these Board members is able to continue on the Board and a by-election will take place. We thank each of these Board members for their work on behalf of St Mary‟s College and wish them every success in their new ventures. A copy of the Audited College Accounts is available at the College Reception. During the July holidays new floor coverings will be laid in Carlow, McAuley, the prefabs and the Hall classrooms. Funds allocated by Catholic Schools Board Ltd, from Policy 1 money from the New Zealand Government have been allocated for this purpose. Curriculum Surveys 2009: Thank you to all parents who completed the curriculum surveys which were distributed during the recent Parent – Teacher interview evenings. Parents indicated satisfaction with our current curriculum options. 4 returns requested the addition of Spanish, 1 Italian and 1 Latin. 5 returns requested Dance and 3 Drama in the senior school. 1 requested Graphics. For additional subjects to be added to the College curriculum there would have to be a high demand leading to a stocktake of the current curriculum to identify which subject would be replaced. A review of the College facilities would also be required with our Proprietor, the Sisters of Mercy of New Zealand. Under the building code requirements of the Ministry of Education, St Mary‟s buildings are slightly over the maximum footprint allowed for schools of our size. In Carlow the verandas on Hawkestone Street side, which allow for maintenance access, are counted as part of the footprint. In McAuley the wide corridors also take up our footprint thus reducing our ability to receive any funding for developing new buildings. This also restricts our ability to introduce other subjects such as dance and drama. 10 As part of the New Zealand Curriculum, the Ministry of Education identifies the Key Competencies to be of equal importance. The following outlines each of these Key Competencies: thinking using language, symbols, and texts managing self relating to others participating and contributing. Thinking Thinking is about using creative, critical, and metacognitive processes to make sense of information, experiences, and ideas. These processes can be applied to purposes such as developing understanding, making decisions, shaping actions, or constructing knowledge. Intellectual curiosity is at the heart of this competency. Students who are competent thinkers and problem-solvers actively seek, use, and create knowledge. They reflect on their own learning, draw on personal knowledge and intuitions, ask questions, and challenge the basis of assumptions and perceptions. Using language, symbols, and texts Using language, symbols, and texts is about working with and making meaning of the codes in which knowledge is expressed. Languages and symbols are systems for representing and communicating information, experiences, and ideas. People use languages and symbols to produce texts of all kinds: written, oral/aural, and visual; informative and imaginative; informal and formal; mathematical, scientific, and technological. Students who are competent users of language, symbols, and texts can interpret and use words, number, images, movement, metaphor, and technologies in a range of contexts. They recognise how choices of language, symbol, or text affect people‟s understanding and the ways in which they respond to communications. They confidently use ICT (including, where appropriate, assistive technologies) to access and provide information and to communicate with others. Managing self This competency is associated with self-motivation, a “can-do” attitude, and with students seeing themselves as capable learners. It is integral to self-assessment. Students who manage themselves are enterprising, resourceful, reliable, and resilient. They establish personal goals, make plans, manage projects, and set high standards. They have strategies for meeting challenges. They know when to lead, when to follow, and when and how to act independently. Relating to others Relating to others is about interacting effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts. This competency includes the ability to listen actively, recognise different points of view, negotiate, and share ideas. Students who relate well to others are open to new learning and able to take different roles in different situations. They are aware of how their words and actions affect others. They know when it is appropriate to compete and when it is appropriate to co-operate. By working effectively together, they can come up with new approaches, ideas, and ways of thinking. 11 Participating and contributing This competency is about being actively involved in communities. Communities include family, whānau, and school and those based, for example, on a common interest or culture. They may be drawn together for purposes such as learning, work, celebration, or recreation. They may be local, national, or global. This competency includes a capacity to contribute appropriately as a group member, to make connections with others, and to create opportunities for others in the group. Students who participate and contribute in communities have a sense of belonging and the confidence to participate within new contexts. They understand the importance of balancing rights, roles, and responsibilities and of contributing to the quality and sustainability of social, cultural, physical, and economic environments. FORTHCOMING EVENTS 20 July Term 3 Begins 21 July Board of Trustees Meeting – 5.30pm 23 July Grandparents‟ Mass – 10.30am – St Paul‟s Anglican Cathedral 24 July Sports & Cultural Photographs 25 July Year 12 Semi-Formal 7 August Teacher Only Day – NZ Curriculum – College Closed 18 August Board of Trustees Meeting – 5.30pm 24 – 28 August Years 11 – 13 Examinations 31 August Winter Tournament Week September Mission Month 12 September Year 13 Leavers‟ Ball 14-18 September OPC 20 September Japan Tour Departs 22 September Board of Trustees Meeting – 5.30pm 25 September Mercy Day 25 September Last Day Term 3 12 October Term 4 Begins 20 October Board of Trustees Meeting – 5.30pm 26 October Labour Day 28 October St Mary‟s College Sports Prizegiving – 6.00pm 9 November Senior Prizegiving 11 November Thanksgiving Mass, Sacred Heart Cathedral Year 13 & Parents‟ Morning Tea. 12-19 November Year 10 Examinations 16-18 November Year 9 Examinations 14 November NCEA External Examinations Commence 12 2010 TERM DATES Course Registration Day: Friday 29 January 2010. Teacher Only Day: Monday 1 February 2010. Term 1 Commences: Tuesday 2 February 2010. Term 1 Finishes: Thursday 1 April 2010. Term 2 Commences: Monday 19 April 2010. Term 2 Finishes: Friday 2 July 2010. Term 3 Commences: Monday 19 July 2010. Term 3 Finishes: Friday 24 September 2010. Term 4 Commences: Monday 11 October 2010. Term 4 Finishes: Thursday 9 December 2010. THE DIOCESAN CAR FUND TRUST Looking to replace your car, or want to purchase a second car? Contact Mr Ray Lindsay - Phone: (04) 496 1705 for the best deals around. Generous sponsors of St Mary’s College Stage Challenge 2009.