St. Marys College : St Marys College Prospectus
A Cultural Richness Music The St Mary’s College Music Department is carrying on the tradition of Dame Sister Mary Leo by providing many opportunities for students to learn a musical instrument or participate in choral singing. Instrumental music is compulsory in Year 7 to Year 9 and all students learn to play an instrument, have a weekly lesson and participate in an ensemble. All years have the opportunity to sing as part of the Thursday morning programme. The College has a wide range of ensembles including orchestras, chamber orchestras, concert bands, senior and junior choirs. More specialised ensembles are also available for students who are more experienced in playing their instrument. All musicians are welcome and encouraged to share their talent. Debating, Speech and Drama St Mary’s College is well known for its success in public speaking and debating, with wins at every level of competition. Every student is given training in the skill and practice of debating and public speaking with selected students entering competitions. School music and drama productions as well as liturgical celebrations provide opportunities for students to gain further confidence in stage presentation and public performance. Cultural Groups Cultural groups within the College meet regularly and are encouraged to share language and customs with other students. Cultural richness and diversity are honoured during many events including International Day and an annual Cultural Concert. Students are able to join groups that celebrate many cultures including Maori, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island, Filipino, Indian, Chinese, Korean and Irish heritage. Service Students are encouraged to take part in a number of opportunities to serve both our school and wider community including Young Vinnies, Servant Leaders, Liturgical Representatives, Gospel Choirs and Liturgical Dance. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award is offered to students in Year 10 to Year 13. Participants can progress through all three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Expedition training is provided at school during the winter months, with expeditions taking place during the summer. Students also work independently to complete the other components of the Award: Service, Skill and Physical Recreation. The Award encourages students to show imagination, to be able to look beyond barriers, work with others and to set goals.