On the 1st of May 1850, the Clara sailed into Wellington harbour, bringing with it four heavily-veiled young women, whose commitment and labour would set the foundation for St Mary’s College Wellington. The young women ranged in age from 21 down to only 11. Their companions on the ship included Bishop Viard, other teachers, Marist Brothers, and Māori catechists.
Donations from Henry Petre and Wellington Catholics allowed for the land and building of a Cathedral and convent school, which was blessed and opened on 8 September 1850. For 170 years now, St Mary’s has been educating girls and fostering Wisdom and Mercy.
Our alumnae have made names for themselves in New Zealand and abroad as successful women with strong Mercy values and character.
We invite you to support the college to continue providing valuable education to grow women of distinction.
School fees and Ministry of Education funds alone do not provide all the funds needed to secure our goals for the future of St Mary’s College.
Your gift will enable us to grow funds to invest in our school’s facilities, support programmes that would otherwise not be available at our school, and educate students whose families are unable to cover attendance dues.
Every gift, no matter its size, when combined with all the gifts from our community, can make a significant impact on our school and our girls.
The purpose of the Board of Proprietors is two-fold:
The desired outcome is to enrich life at the College through school community-funded initiatives and projects, such as the creation of a cultural space honouring our Pacifika and Māori heritage.
Tēnā rawa atu koutou. Fa’afetai tele lava. Thank you.
We are grateful to all who have supported us by giving in the past. Your generosity has helped provide support for our students, such as a Scholarship Programme, teacher development in special character, and retreats for students and staff.
St Mary’s College is a registered charity (CC46601), and gifts are tax-deductible.
You can direct your donation to are,
Or, in kind. Can you provide goods and services? There are many ways you can give, other than in monetary terms.
We ask you kindly to send us an email to advise us of your wonderful donation,
Please use the legal name St Mary's College Wellington Limited, registered charity number CC46601 in your will.
Enquiries concerning donations, financial gifts or bequests to St Mary’s College can be made in confidence to:
Mrs Sally Dunbar