Principal’s Message

As another busy term at Sancta Maria College comes to a close, we give thanks for the wonderful blessings within our kura. 

We say farewell to Jayna Pedersen (Technology Assistant), Anna Burgess (Social Sciences), and after 15 years’ significant service to our school community, Debbie McCreath (Technology). 

Debbie has made a huge contribution to life at the College.  Back in 2008, she found a calling in working with students to plant native trees and make our College environment a better place for all.  

The initiatives overseen or instigated by Debbie include: Warm Day, Homeroom Rubbish Collection, building the Butterfly Garden, Otara Stream clean up, used glasses and used mobile phones collections, our school-wide bin system, the Worm Farm, and our student Water Fountains.  

The work achieved to uphold our school virtue of kaitiakitanga throughout our kura has been hugely beneficial for both our ākonga and the wider community.   

Debbie was rightfully recognised for her Environmental work when she won the Zero Waste Award in 2021.  Debbie starts her retirement from teaching (but not from service to the whole Tāmaki Makaurau community!) with our thanks and eternal gratitude.  Her legacy will live on. 

Thank you to all of our staff for their continued dedication in ensuring our young people receive the best possible learning experiences. 

These experiences encompass both in-class learning and education outside of the classroom, such as student visits to see a production of King Lear, Toi o Tāmaki Gallery, Auckland Museum, the Geography trip to Rotorua, and, currently underway, the Drama/Media Studies trip to Australia. 

Speakers and presentations within school have included Science Roadshow (Y7-10), St John’s (Y8), Bike Skills (Y7), Auckland Museum Palaeontology Dept (Y7), Victoria University Architecture (Y13 DVC), NZ Police (Love Me Not programme Y13), and various Drama workshops. 

Within the Arts, our Senior Choir had the opportunity to perform with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, in addition to the Big Sing competition, Rock Quest competition, and Music Madness performances.  You can read about these, and also significant sporting achievements, elsewhere in this newsletter. 

We wish everyone a restful break and look forward to meeting together for an equally busy Term 3 on Monday 17 July.