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					   St Mary’s College, Wellington


            June 2009

Guildford Terrace, Wellington 6011
Telephone: 64 4 473 5554         Facsimile: 64 4 473 1244
Principal: Mrs Mary Cook         Email:

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.

                             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


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.

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.

Knowledge Net:

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
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.

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

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
    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.

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.

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.

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.

Congratulations to Eliza Lloyd-Jones and Louise Hallagan who have been selected for the
Wellington Region Under 19 Netball Representative Team.

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

                    Holly Beasley smiles as she holds the Oratory Cup.

                          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.

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
    thinking
    using language, symbols, and texts
    managing self
    relating to others
    participating and contributing.

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.

   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

                        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.

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