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St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls (age 13 - 18) Stratford

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Blending tradition with vision, St Mary’s Diocesan School Stratford has become one of the best small schools in New Zealand. St Marys is an integrated school with a tradition of Anglican worship and special emphasis on the Arts and Music. It is situated by beautiful Mt Taranaki in Stratford. Stratford is 40 km for the thriving city of New Plymouth. Taranaki is one of New Zealand’s most scenic regions, and has a strong arts scene.

There is a strong emphasise on academic achievement, with an excellent record of academic achievement. Students are well prepared to go through to Tertiary Institutions for further study. A wide variety of curriculum courses are offered.  International students receive English tuition and assistance in English in their classes.

International students stay in our modern hostel accommodation. The facilities offered here are of a very high standard with a high staffing ratio. Homestays arranged for holidays and weekends as required. The international student deans along with the matrons ensure that international students are well cared for and happy. They are available to provide suitable support for the students.

St Marys provides a wide range of activities for the students to take part in. A whole range of support is offered from rugby to rowing to tennis. Every year the school produces an annual drama production and various other smaller productions throughout the year. Music is also a feature with tuition in different instruments being offered, along with the opportunity to take part in Choir.

Hostel
St Mary’s Diocesan is one of the few schools in New Zealand where the majority of the students are boarders. Most rooms are twin-share with a bathroom and separate toilet for every four students.  The boarding house, like the school, has a family atmosphere. The school Chef and Boarding House Manager work to ensure meals are healthy and attractive to the students. After school and supper snacks are provided. Fruit is available at all times. Morning Tea and Lunch are provided in the Dining Room for all Boarding and Day students.

Study at St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls

One of the visions that St Mary’s Diocesan School has for each of its students is for each to become successful learners. To be a successful learner in the 21st century is being able to obtain qualifications, acquire new knowledge, have strong literacy and numeracy skills, be able to manage all information available and to be able to develop all the personal management skills and attitudes needed to become successful in today’s world. St Mary’s is proud of the success its students achieve in external examinations. We are regularly the top school in Taranaki and in the top group of schools throughout New Zealand.

Sports
All students are expected to play a team sport in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to enjoy participating and contributing in a team environment learning to be resilient in defeat and gracious in success. Sport is a key component at St Mary's with a wide range of sporting activities available to all students.

Music
Music has always been a strong focus at St Mary's and classroom courses are available through all levels of the curriculum, being compulsory at Year 9 and optional thereafter. Individual Music Lessons are available by external private tutors during school time for students. These include Piano, Theory, Drums, Voice, Strings, Woodwind, Keyboard, Brass, Pipe Organ, and Classical Guitar.

Drama
Drama is a popular subject at all levels at St Mary's right from Year 9 through to Year 13. We regularly have considerable successes locally at the annual Sheila Winn Shakespeare competitions with students also going through to the New Zealand competitions and beyond.

Art
The Arts (including Photography), are a special part of the special character of St Mary's. We endeavour to extend our students with participation in these activities. The introduction of our students into the Arts begins with the Year 9 Curriculum.

Cultural
There is a wide range of international cultures at St Mary's Diocesan School because of the international students who study with us. They add an exciting dimension to our school and we enjoy the interactions we all learn from each other.

We also ensure that our full boarders have weekend activities arranged for them. They range from shopping in New Plymouth to skiing, walks and handcrafts.

TUITION FEE*

One term Fees (3 months)

Administration fee

     500 NZ$

Tuition – St Mary’s Diocesan School

  3,065 NZ$

Insurance

     140 NZ$

Boarding fees plus linen

  3,043 NZ$

Student’s personal account

  1,085 NZ$

Uniform

  1,200 NZ$

Sub Total

  9,033 NZ$

One semester Fees (6 months)

Administration fee

     500 NZ$

Tuition – St Mary’s Diocesan School

  6,125 NZ$

Insurance

     275 NZ$

Boarding fees plus linen

  5,886 NZ$

Student’s personal account

   2,165 NZ$

Uniform

  1,200 NZ$

Sub Total

16,151 NZ$

Four Terms fees (12 months)

Administration fee

     500 NZ$

Tuition – St Mary’s Diocesan School

12,250 NZ$

Insurance

     550 NZ$

Boarding fees plus linen

11,571 NZ$

Student’s personal account

   4,330 NZ$

Uniform

  1,200 NZ$

Sub Total

30,401 NZ$

Sport and English course fees not included

Pocket money and personal expenses are not included