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Newsletters are produced fortnightly.

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On Monday morning, the whole school gathered in the Gym for a Liturgy in response to the Christchurch massacre. It was a very moving and somber time, and all the girls were deeply respectful and reflective. We prayed for peace, and for love to overcome hate. Then, our school community was offered the chance to light a candle in the Chapel for those victims of the Christchurch shootings. Many also took the opportunity to write a message of support to both Zayed College here in Auckland, and Cashmere College in Christchurch. The cloths of prayer and good wishes will be sent to these Colleges later this week.
Eternal rest grant unto them O God, and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.


On Tuesday 12th, we welcomed into our Chapel the recently deceased and beloved Sister Maureen Connolly OP. Sister Maureen was a Dominican with a long standing relationship with our Kura, and it was a great honour to have her resting in state here with us for three days before she was taken to St Malachy’s Church for her Vigil Mass, followed by her Requiem Mass at St Paul’s in Massey on Friday. Our Kapa Haka stepped up to welcome Sr Maureen into the Chapel. Sr Maureen’s cousin, Mrs Ella Trappe, who had come from Ireland to be with Maureen for the last month, was overwhelmed by the Karanga and the Haka, and told the girls that experiencing that was “the highlight of my life”.

Eternal rest grant unto her Oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

Photo Far Left– Right, Sr Helen, Sr Carmel, Sr Leonie, S r Jacqui, Sr Cecily, Sr Maureen, Mrs Ella Trappe



The school would like to thank all the parents who made this Monday such a success. So many of you turned up ready to engage with your daughter and her plans for her future. Your feedback is always appreciated. 91% of your daughters understand the academic coaching process, 93% set suitable goals and 97% think they can achieve their goals. Here are some comments: “The process was really good. I love the use of SMART goals and also being involved to help my daughter achieve the goal she set”. “It is a very efficient way to keep in touch with what is happening academically in the school and I have found it useful to build a relationship with the various coaches over the years I have been involved”. “The program is fantastic and is a guiding platform for my daughter towards her dream goals”.


Year 12 girls, Zeenat Ali, Viviene Bunquin and Caitlyn Kilpatrick participated in the ‘Auckland Schools Debating Seasonal Championship’ on Sunday the 3rd of March at Lynfield College and we had some amazing results. Our team won the novice division in the hotly contested 4 rounds of debating from 12 different schools across Auckland. Our girls were the only team to have won all four of their debates. Zeenat was declared the third best speaker and Viviene, the best speaker in their division Congratulations to our girls. We are very proud of them!
Photo from left: Zeenat Ali, Caitlin Kilpatrick and Viviene Bunquin


Foundress Day Mass

On Tuesday 20th February, we celebrated our first full school Eucharist of the year, with our Foundress’ day Mass. It was a joyful occasion, attended by many visitors, including Sr Bernie Cheyne and Sr Cecily Sheehy, representing the Dominican Order and many parents and whanau who came to support their daughters receiving their student leadership team badges. Father Kevin was in fine form, delivering a memorable homily about letting our light shine. (cf Matthew 5:14-16)

Other highlights included the commissioning of our strong team of Eucharistic Ministers for 2019 and singing the 2019 theme song “Be Who God Meant You To Be” for the first time, composed by one of our own Year 13 Liturgy Band leaders, Fiorencia Ichwansjah. Sr Bernie Cheyne read a letter of welcome and endorsement to our new Principal, Anna Swann, from the Dominican Leadership team in Dunedin. Once again the singing was fabulous, ably led by our student led Liturgy Band.

News from the Maths Department

We are very excited to share news of the academic success of some of our senior Mathematics students. Tayla Paauwe, Anastasia Bryleva, Amanda Wang and Jae Hwang, who completed Level 3 Calculus in Year 12, have been accepted to follow the University of Auckland Young Scholars’ Programme MAX course this year. MAX (Mathematical Acceleration and eXtension) is a first semester (internal or extramural) course in university mathematics for high achieving high school students throughout New Zealand. The programme is designed for students who enjoy academic challenge, have shown themselves to be very capable at high school mathematics and can handle a solid workload. The Department of Mathematics and the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland jointly offer this course which is academically equivalent to the first year Engineering Mathematics course.
Pictured L-R Tayla Paauwe, Jae Hwang, Amanda Wang.
We congratulate these students for this significant achievement!


From 22nd - 24th of January, our Head Girls and Special Character Leaders were invited to attend the annual Salt and Light Logos Leadership Retreat. We travelled to Kaueranga Valley Christian Camp, along with other Year 13 leaders from Catholic schools in Auckland and Hamilton. Over three days we engaged in group activities and challenges such as “the amazing race”. We connected with other students and retreat leaders as well as have time to reflect on ourselves and what leadership skills we would bring to our school communities.
Every activity we participated in helped us to deepen our understanding of what it is to be “salt and light”, which is derived from the Gospel of Matthew 5:13-16 stating, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?”... “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Salt represents our differences and unique talents, whilst light represents guidance, warmth and how we are able to use our light to help provide direction for others. As we reflected as a group and individuals on this bible verse we realised that as leaders we are called to be salt and a light and this is something we are really looking forward to acting upon as we head into this school year. This retreat cultivated beautiful friendships and created some amazing memories. Not only that but it gave the leaders of our Catholic School communities a chance to grow together. We couldn’t have been more honoured to be given the opportunity to attend this retreat and represent our amazing school.
Pictured Head girl Kate Devereaux (centre) Deputy Head girls (left) Dan-Yel James and Sandy-Mary Fonoti (right)

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Congratulations to our Lawn Bowls team who the Western Zone Interschool Lawn Bowls pairs competition recently and to the following girls who played in the Auckland final - Krychelle Espinosa, Dayna Gates, Hannah Anderson, Cassandra Seaton, Tala Siaosi and Maya Smith.

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PTFA Members Wanted

Our PTFA would welcome more parents to join them. The PTFA is a great way to become more involved in your daughter’s school. They meet at the College once a month from 7.00-8.00pm. If you would like further information, please contact Tina Allingham, Principal’s PA, by email   

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Second Hand Uniform Shop

A reminder that the PTFA Second Hand Uniform Shop is open 9am - 10am every Thursday morning in the room beside the library. We are always looking for uniforms to sell on your behalf. For more information please contact Olga at



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