150th Anniversary

150 years of St Mary’s College

It’s time to celebrate! The 150th anniversary of St Mary’s College takes place this year and we are calling on all members of the College community to help us mark this special occasion by joining in a series of events over the coming months.

To get you in the spirit of our 150th birthday celebrations, we have created a ‘School Spirit Video’! This project has been months in the making, and we are so excited to share it with the College community. 

You can view the video via the link below – and please be sure to share it with your family and friends. 

St Mary’s College 150th School Spirit Video from St Mary’s College on Vimeo.

Tickets on sale for 2018 Gala Dinner

Kick up your heels – it’s time to party!

We are very excited to announce that tickets to our 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner are now available for purchase.

All members of the St Mary’s College community are warmly invited to join us in celebrating our major milestone by attending the dinner, which will be held on Saturday 12 May 2018 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart.

Buy your tickets at the following link: https://sievents.eventsair.com/st-marys-college-gala-dinner/smc150/Site/Register

Tickets are $89 a head (includes three courses and musical entertainment).

Please note, a table consists of 10 people. There is an option to list who you would like to be seated with.



Ticket ballot for Government House Cocktail Party

One of the events planned for our 150th anniversary is a party hosted by the Governor of Tasmania at Government House on Thursday 10 May 2018 at 6.00pm.

We would love everyone to be part of this event but unfortunately we are limited by space constraints. Once the VIP invitations have been accounted for, we will still have considerable places.

For this reason, anyone interested in attending the cocktail party is welcome to enter a ballot for an invitation.

There will be three separate ticket ballots offered for current staff, current parents and alumni of St Mary’s College.

If you would like to be considered for the ballot, please complete the online application form, which you can access at the link below:

This process will only take a few minutes of your time and all information provided will remain confidential to the College.

The ballot will close on March 16, 2018.

The results will be drawn randomly, with successful applicants advised of the outcome of the ballot by email by March 23, 2018.

Please note, tickets issued via this ballot are only valid for the admission of one person (plus-ones will not be accepted).

Thank you in advance for your interest in our event.

Celebrate our 150th birthday in true Irish style!

St Mary’s College will soon be seeing green, but don’t worry, it will all be in the name of fun and frivolity!

Preparations are in full swing for our 150th Anniversary Fun Day, which will take place at the College on Saturday 17 March from 12.00-3.00pm – and what better way to celebrate our Irish roots than with a birthday bash on St Patrick’s Day?

Guests will be transported back to the past with a jam-packed program of old-fashioned games, colonial dress-ups, Irish music and dancing, and a giant birthday cake to complete the celebrations.

In true festival style, there will be a complimentary sausage sizzle on site, along with a wide array of delicious snacks and drinks – all of the green variety, of course, as well as anniversary merchandise and free face painting and a scavenger hunt for the kids.

Dress to impress

There will also be prizes awarded on the day for best-dressed guests (with the luck of the Irish on their side), so get your thinking caps on and dress to impress to ensure you stand out from the crowd.

All members of the College community are invited to come along and enjoy the fun on St Patrick’s Day.

You will be able to find us on the SMC convent lawns – just look for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Event program

Click on the link below to view and download the official event program:

150th Anniversary Fun Day Program



Blessing of 150th badges

On Tuesday 6 February the College gathered as a whole school community to be presented with the 150th Celebration Badges.

The badges, which were blessed by His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Adrian Doyle AM DCL were distributed to our 970 students and 150 staff members to wear proudly throughout our anniversary year.

150th Art Competition

We are calling on all creatives to enter their designs in the St Mary’s College 150th Anniversary Art Competition.

The competition, which runs until April 2018, is an exciting opportunity for SMC’s emerging artists to showcase their work at our 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on May 12, 2018.

Along with the coveted title, winners will take home an AdArt voucher and their work will be framed and hung on display at the College.

All members of the St Mary’s College community including current students (Kinder to Year 12), alumni, teachers/staff, parents and friends, are encouraged to enter.

For more information, click here.





150th anniversary merchandise

Commemorate the 150th anniversary with an Esther Shohert or Peter Barraclough artwork, cheeseboard, coasters or greeting card.

Local artist Esther Shohet has created an original piece to showcase Hobart’s lively connection to St Mary’s College. Amongst the historic buildings and many facilities you can see students at play and a nod to the Presentation Sisters foundress, Nano Nagle.

Click here to print and order your 150th Anniversary merchandise items. Order forms can be scanned and sent to stmarys@smc.tas.edu.au or delivered in person.


Esther Shohet A3 print $17.90

Esther Shohet Cheeseboard $17.90

Esther Shohet Coasters (set of 4) $25.20

Esther Shohet Greeting card $3.30

Peter Barraclough A3 print $15.00


Key dates for 2018


College Community Event, St Mary’s College
Saturday 17 March (12.00-3.00pm)

Anyone and everyone who has a connection with the College is warmly invited to attend this celebration of all things St Mary’s. More information will become available soon. Watch this space!

Cocktail Party, Government House
Thursday 10 May (6.00pm)

By invitation.

Mass, St Mary’s Cathedral
Saturday 12 May (3.30pm)

Historical walking tours of the College will be conducted prior to the Mass.

Tours will depart every 15 minutes from 12.30-2.00pm.

Anniversary Gala Dinner, Hotel Grand Chancellor
Saturday 12 May (5.30pm)

Tickets are $89 a head (includes three courses and musical entertainment).

Book a ticket and let us know who you would like to sit with (e.g. other alumni from your graduating year) or get together a group of friends and book a whole table (of up to 10 people) for a mini reunion!

Bookings can be made through the following website: https://sievents.eventsair.com/st-marys-college-gala-dinner/smc150/Site/Register

Please note, a table consists of 10 people. There is an option to list who you would like to be seated with.

For more information, contact Kate Burgess at Eventsphere on email: hello@eventsphere.com.au or phone 0418 325 927.

Grand Bazaar, St Mary’s College
Sunday 21 October

Hosted by the Parents and Friends Association. More information will be made available closer to the date.

Reconnect with us

Archives uniformSt Mary’s College alumni are being invited to reconnect with the College in the lead-up to our 150-year anniversary by updating their contact addresses to stay informed of the various celebratory events we have planned.
If you believe your details might be out of date, please email Communications at communications@smc.tas.edu.au and encourage your friends to do the same.
We also encourage alumni to share memorabilia such as uniform items and stories from their school days to be included in our Heritage Centre. If you would like to contribute to the Heritage Centre, please email communications@smc.tas.edu.au or phone 03 6108 2560.

150 Faces

A special highlight of our 150th milestone celebrations is the production of a book that features 150 faces of significant people who have made an impact on the St Mary’s community.

The book will highlight their school service and achievements and be published ready for our 150th Anniversary.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at our Grand Bazaar (fair) on Sunday 21 October 2018.




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