Established in 1850, St Mary’s is one of the oldest existing schools in New Zealand.
We are a Roman Catholic college for girls. The college is on the site of St Mary’s School for Girls, opened and blessed by Bishop Viard in 1850 and staffed by four young women. The early school was attended by children of all denominations. In 1861 the first Sisters of Mercy came to Wellington. Travelling from Auckland, Mother Mary Bernard Dickson, S.M Augustine Maxwell and a postulant, Marie Deloncle, established the Wellington foundation and staffed the school. Some years later Sisters from Melbourne, England and Ireland joined the Wellington Sisters of Mercy and added to the staff. For the full story read Wellington 186 - Crimea’s Nurse to the Rescue at www.sistersofmercy.org.nz.
The outreach in mercy to the vulnerable of her society in Ireland in the 1800s by the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, is at the heart of the charism of the Sisters of Mercy. This charism influences the values of St Mary’s. Catherine McAuley’s inspiring story can be read here: www.mercyworld.org.
“What I love about St Mary’s is our long tradition of Mercy sisterhood. It is such an incredible honour to follow in generations of young women who have belonged to our college” Alex,Year 13 student