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27 January 2017
Dear St Mary's Community

Tena koutou

Welcome to the 2017 Academic Year.  I am delighted to welcome all students and families of our St Mary’s Community to a new and exciting year ahead.  I trust you have enjoyed the change of routine over the summer break and are looking forward to the year ahead. I am excited by the opportunities and possibilites that lie ahead and to leading the College into a new year.

This initial newsletter is intended to communicate essential information to assist you with a smooth start so we can focus on teaching and learning as soon as possible.  Please read through the newsletter regularly and carefully, and share it with your daughter - it is one of our essential tools of communication with our St Mary's Community. Excellent communication is key to a thriving community so let’s all do our part.
Yours in Mercy

Bernadette Stockman
       EXCELLENCE - creating Hauora for one and all
"The simplest and most practical lesson I know is to resolve to be good today, and better tomorrow" - Catherine McAuley

Prayer for the Beginning of the New School Year

Dear Lord, as we begin this new school year,
we gather once again as your community of believers.
We thank you for the energy and the spirit
that you renewed in us through the summer months.
We thank you for the time to enjoy our family and friends and to reflect on what is important in our lives.
Let this year be marked by enthusiasm and love so that,
with the inspiration of your Spirit,
we may continue to grow in our faith.
Help us to fulfill Your hope for us with honest intentions and works of faith.
Let us be gentle with ourselves and bring laughter, joy and love to others.
We ask this in your name.



Term 1, 2017
Year 7 Retreat - Tuesday 14.2.17
Year 13 Retreat - Thursday and Friday 9.3.17-10.3.17
Year 9 Retreat - Tuesday 14.3.17

Term 2, 2017
Year 10 Retreat - Tuesday 9.5.17
Year 11 Retreat - Tuesday 13.6.17

Term 3, 2017
Year 12 Retreat - Wednesday 2.8.17
Year 8 Retreat - Tuesday 12.9.17

ncea results

I am delighted with our unconfirmed NCEA results and I am sure many seniors are very happy with their results.  We will publish results as soon as we have confirmation from NZQA.
Christine Barlow, Deputy Principal                 


The BYOD programme is starting for Year 8 students. By now parents will have purchased the Acer Switch or the Lenovo device.  On Friday 3 February we will run BYOD orientation sessions for each Year 8 Form class and for any students in Years 9 -11 who are new to St Mary’s College. This will happen over a couple of days. Each form class will be called to the library for this to occur. Students will need to bring their fully charged devices to school.
Students will be instructed by their Dean regarding the care and management of their devices while at school. A copy of the student BYOD booklet that will be given to students is attached - please click here.

We are looking forward to your daughters becoming part of the BYOD programme this year.
Elena Grant, Deputy Principal

welcome to new staff 

A warm welcome to staff joining us in 2017...

Bridget Hansen - Faculty Leader, English
Debbie Morrow - Faculty Leader, Technology
Tonya den Baars - Acting Faculty Leader, Health/PE
Jenny Pullin - Year 9 Dean
Elizabeth Gill - HOD Drama
Hannah Tomlinson - Assistant Faculty Leader Mathematics
Jacob Sheehan - Development Manager
Pesio Matiseni - Sports Co-ordinator
Alex Feek - Health/PE
Sally Burrows - Guidance Counsellor
Misty Lang - Technology
Lucy Mitchell - Social Studies, History & Geography
Samantha Grbin - Learning Support

Ben Zilber - appointment to HOD Music


We farewell Ann Smith, Learning Support Co-ordinator who leaves us early February.  We thank Ann for her contribution to St Mary's College and wish her well in her upcoming endeavours.   

change of details

Please update the office on if you have changed any details during the holiday break - eg address, email, cell numbers etc

the 1st week of 2017

Wednesday 1 February - Year 12 & 13 Course Confirmation Day - No uniform required
Thursday 2 February - Teacher only day. Office closed from 1pm.

Friday 3 February - Year 7, 8, 9 and 13 return to school. Uniform required.
8.45am   The Years 7 and 8 assemble in the Paul Keane Gymnasium.  
8.45am   Year 9 (including all new Year 9 students) meet in the Stella Maris Hall.
8.45am   Year 13 assemble in the PK gym.
12.20pm  School finishes for all levels.
12.20pm  Buses will be at the College gate.
There will be a morning interval and the school tuckshop will be open.
Monday 6 February - Waitangi Day - School is closed

Tuesday 7 February - All students at school - 8.35am - 12.20pm

8.45am    Form time.
12.20pm  School finishes  for all levels.
12.20pm  Buses will be at the College gate.

Wednesday 8 February - 8.30am - 3.10pm 
8.30am  Students are to be at school ready for the 8.35am bell for Form time. Normal timetable begins.  Day 8.
3.10pm  School finishes.

Brian Nolan, Deputy Principal


Year 7 students will assemble at 8.45am on Friday 3 February and meet in the Cecilia Maher Hall, (newly painted teal green hall next door to the tuckshop).  

Year 8 students meet at 8.45am in the Paul Keane Gymnasium.
Year 9 students meet at 8.45am in the Stella Maris Hall located on the left as you enter the main gate.
Year 13 will meet at 8.45am in the Paul Keane Gymnasium.

Parents are welcome to accompany their daughters to the gym. The school day finishes at 12.20pm.  Teachers will help those students catching buses.

We will make sure we look after you really well and make this first day special.


School Timetable
The school operates a 10 day timetable with a total of 25 periods being taught each week. As the cycle is 10 days, the first week are Days 1 to 5 and the second week are Days 6 to 10.  This is why Wednesday 8 February, the first teaching day is Day 8. 
Rotating Fridays
There are 7 periods allocated on a Friday but only 5 periods taught as 2 classes are rotated off.  Please remind your daughter to check on KAMAR for her Friday timetable.

2017 - change of start time on friday mornings

On Friday mornings the staff will be engaged in Professional Development. Therefore there will not be a Form Time and the first period will start at 8.55am. Students will be informed as to the week this will start. 

All students will be expected to arrive at school by 8.40am at the latest. Buses will still be operating at the normal times. There will be teachers supervising the site on morning duty as usual. This will be a perfect time for students to hold interest group meetings.

Brian Nolan, Deputy Principal

student vehicles to school & parking permits - 2017

Students wishing to drive cars to school need to complete a "permission to drive to and from school form" and attach a photocopy of their license to it. Both parents and the student will need to sign this form which is available from the Office.

Students who are looking to drive a car to school will need to park on the street.  A parking zone exists around the area and so if you want to park close to the school you will need to apply for a permit from Auckland Transport. Without the permit you could be ticketed.  The online application costs $70 for the year. Auckland Transport have informed us that a letter of support from the College must also be provided with this application form.  

We will update you regarding parking permits when updates come from Auckland Transport.

Brian Nolan, Deputy Principal

college uniform

All students are reminded that blazers are a compulsory part of the St Mary's College uniform and they are to be worn at all College assemblies and all main College events. In Terms 1 and 4 blazers, or shirts, are to be worn whilst travelling to and from the College (cardigans are for extra warmth and may be worn during the day or under a blazer while travelling ).
During times of extreme weather conditions, such as summer heat, the Senior Leadership will advise of any changes to this requirement.
N.B. The first College assembly is Tuesday 9 February.  Blazers are required.

The uniform shop will be open at the bottom of BT block on Friday 27 January 2017 (9.00am - 12.00pm) and Wednesday 1 February (9.00am and 11.00am)

Normal shop hours are Wednesdays at lunch times - 1.30pm- 2.10pm.  Eftpos is available for purchases. 

stationery ordering for 2017

A reminder to arrange your daughter’s back to school stationery requirements:
All subject requirements for the school year are listed on the OfficeMax MySchool website  There is a full list of your daughter's class requirements for 2017.  Search for your child’s school and class where you can then download the entire list. From here, you can buy all the products you need online, in-store or over the phone. Free for orders over $57.50! (Conditions apply).

Select your daughter’s subjects and follow the instructions on the website where there are payment options for credit card and direct bank credit. There are also items listed on MySchool such as online subscriptions and workbooks that will be issued in class as well as sports, school fees and donations. Payments for these items will flow through automatically to the school’s bank account from the MySchool  online secure payment system. Alternatively these amounts may be paid to the school’s bank account, 02-0248-0050618-00 (be sure to include your daughter’s name and year level).

Officemax will also remain online all year & you can PAY ALL YOUR TRIP/EVENT/FEE/LOCKER payments through this website.


year 13 breakfast 2017 - save the date!

Our traditional Breakfast that all Year 13 students attend will take place on the 14 February from 7.30am - 8.30am in the CM Hall. 
Each student is invited to bring 1 Parent/family member as the venue has limited seating.
The guest speaker, RSVP and further information will be provided in the first days of Term 1, 2017.


A huge welcome to new families who will be hosting long-term students for us in 2017.  We look forward to working with you to ensure that both the students and your families get the most out of your international home-stay experience.  If you are interested in hosting students on a long-term basis in the future please don’t hesitate to contact the International Department as we have students arriving throughout the year.

2017 Short-term Homestays – Expressions of Interest
In 2017 we will be welcoming groups of students on a short-term basis as follows:
  • 12 March – 9 April - Thailand – 4 week single or double homestays
  • 14 – 21 March – Japan – Double homestays
  • 20 May – 30 June – Japan – Single homestays
  • Term 3 (approx. 24 July) – Japan and China - Single homestays for two/three week stays (numbers TBC)
  • 27 July – 7 August – Japan – Single AND double homestays
  • 7 – 30 August – China – Double homestays
  • 23 July – 26 August – Japan – 5 week single homestays
We would love to welcome back families who have hosted before AND welcome new families to our programme as hosting short-term students is a fantastic way to see if being a home-stay family is for you.  In the first instance, please contact Suey Bignall, Home-stay Co-ordinator at with contact details and any preference of dates you may have and we will be back in contact with you.
Sue King, International Director
Suey Bignall, International Student Support/Homestay Co-ordinator

enrolments - 2018

Our St Mary's College Open Evening will be held on Tuesday, 7 March 2017 - 2.30pm & 6.30pm.

Closing Dates for Enrolments for 2018 - Friday, 24 March 2017.

sport at st mary's in term 1


Welcome to Pesio Matiseni who is joining us as our new Sport Co-ordinator. She is to take over from Judy Elder who is retiring and looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren. Judy will be in for a few weeks  at the start of the school year to help with the transition. We hope to appoint a Director of Sports in the very near future. 

Swimming Sports and Athletics Day

There will be more detailed information in the first week of school, but just to give you forewarning of the following school events:

Swimming Sports  - 10 February 2017 - Venue - St Mary' College

Athletic Day - 17 February 2017 - Venue - Lloyd Elsmore Park

Sarah Bell -  Cordinaator for Swimming and Athletics  Events

2017 - ptfa - 1st meeting

Tuesday 7 February 2017 - 7.15pm will be the first meeting for 2017 - we would love you to join us in the College staff room.

Lou Dowd, PTFA

vacancies - st mary's college

St Mary’s College Director of Sport
St Mary’s College, Ponsonby is seeking an energetic and passionate person for the recently established position of Director of Sport to commence 25 January 2017.
The successful candidate will be required to drive the College’s strategic plan for sport that aligns with the Mercy values of St Mary’s College.
The position requires the applicant to have had experience in Sports management and have the attributes, expertise and drive to lead sport at St Mary’s College
The appointee will:
  • Lead, manage and further enhance St Mary’s College sports programme with particular emphasis on the Premier Sports and
  • This role will involve building and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships with the St Mary’s College community
If this sounds like you and you are ready to take up a new challenge. Apply now!
Job Description available from

St Mary's College - School Property Manager
Are you a tradesman with the ability to ensure St Mary’s College’s, Ponsonby’s buildings and facilities are maintained to an excellent standard? Do you enjoy working to provide the best possible environment for the client?
Your responsibilities will be
  • The overall property  maintenance and presentation of our College grounds and facilities
  • Providing a safe environment for staff and students
As the main point of contact for maintenance workers on site, this role requires a level of experience and supervision of the work of others, and the ability to communicate effectively with tradespeople and other College staff.
This is a full-time, position.   Please complete a non-teaching staff application form from the website & send with CV & cover letter to

St Mary's College - Caretaker
We are looking for full-time caretaker to commence at the end of February, 2017.
Experience preferable but not essential. 
Please complete a non-teaching staff application form from the website & send with CV & cover letter to

Past pupils ladies tennis tournament

St Mary's College Past Pupils Association would like to extend an invitation to participate in their Ladies Tennis Tournament.
Friday 24 February 2017
Pompallier Lawn Tennis Club, 11 Green Street, Saint Mary's Bay.
$45 per player (includes morning tea and lunch)
All proceeds will be donated to St Mary's College for purchase of sporting equipment.

All are welcome to enter the tournament and/or join us for lunch. Entries are limited. 
Inquiries to Louise Ryan Ph 846 0643 or 027 270 1770.
Barbara Drumm, Chairperson Past Pupils Association

elizabeth michael uniforms

St Mary’s College uniforms are supplied by Elizabeth Michael Uniforms. Elizabeth Michael Uniforms offers a “Made-to-Measure” service at no extra cost to those students who fall outside our school uniform size range.  Please call them to book an appointment for this service.  Please note that Elizabeth Michael Uniforms do not offer an alteration service for standard size garments
Elizabeth Michael Uniforms
357 New North Road
Kingsland, Auckland (09) 358 1680
Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 12pm

THE shoe clinic

We ask you to consider purchasing your school footwear through The Shoe Clinic as they generously donate back and support St Mary's College.
Shoe Clinic Ponsonby (101 Ponsonby Rd, 09 360 6032)
St Mary's College - Footwear Uniform Requirements
Junior Uniform – Years 7-11
Black Roman sandals (without socks) or black leather lace up school shoes (no sports, canvas or beach shoes are allowed. This includes Chucks, Vans or similar).
Senior Uniform – Years 12-13
Black Roman sandals (without socks) or flat plain black leather shoes with covered toe and back and without decoration or ornamentation. No stitching on the shoes in any other colour other than black (no sports shoes, boots, canvas or beach shoes are allowed.)


9 February 2017 - 6.30pm

14 February 2017 - 7.30am


Term 1 - 31.1.7-13.4.17
Term 2 - 1.5.17-7.7.17
Term 3 - 24.7.17 - 29.9.17
Term 4 - 16.10.17-8.12.17

11 New Street, Ponsonby,
Auckland, New Zealand Telephone (09) 376 6568 Facsimile (09) 376 0206

In this newletter.....
*1st day back
*Retreats for 2017
*New staff
*Rotating Fridays
*College Uniform
*Stationery ordering
*Year 13 Breakfast
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