St Mary’s College has the recipe for success

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Winners of the Australian Culinary Federation Tasmania Junior Challenge Emma Hannon, left, and Caroline Wilson (Year 10).

Two of SMC’s rising culinary stars have added another notch to their belt after taking home gold at the Australian Culinary Federation Tasmania Junior Challenge. 

Year 10 VET Hospitality students, Emma Hannon and Caroline Wilson were named the overall winners of the competition, which was held at Guilford Young College yesterday (July 3, 2018). 

The girls’ winning dishes.

Teams were judged on elements including taste, communication, hygiene, teamwork and ability to meet timeframes, with Emma and Caroline working well under pressure to achieve a fantastic result.

Thank you to SMC’s VET Hospitality, Foods and Textiles teacher, Rosemary Dwyer, for helping the girls develop their skills and techniques, and GYC VET Hospitality teacher, Stephen Lunn and Industry Link’s Michael Norton for mentoring students on the day.

2018 Melbourne Art Trip

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On Thursday 7 June, 24 of our Year 10, 11 and 12 Art students, accompanied by teachers Jessica Lewis, Anna Berger and Debbie Claridge, travelled to Melbourne for the annual three-day art trip. View more photos on our online gallery here

Upon arrival, the group made a beeline for the Heide Museum of Modern Art for a moving and enigmatic tour that explored the history of the museum and current exhibition by famous photographer, Diane Arbus.

Following the visit, students and staff hopped back on the bus and, before checking into their hotel, made a pitstop in the CBD, where they wandered through several of Melbourne’s popular and world-famous street art laneways.

It was an early start the next day with a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) on the agenda and, of course, more exploring and photographing of the city’s street art scene.

At the museum, the girls participated in an intriguing tour of the gallery’s permanent collection, during which they learned about famous works by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and many other prominent artists.

They then viewed the ‘Top Arts’ exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre, which showcases the outstanding achievements of Victoria’s most gifted young artists who have completed courses equivalent to those that some of our students study here at St Mary’s College.

Arguably, for the girls, the most exciting part of the trip was being part of the huge crowd passing through the MoMA collection currently on show at NGV. Our students viewed works by big-name artists such as Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo and Henri Matisse to name but a few, and were visibly moved, showing tears – and enormous smiles.

The girls displayed gratitude for all the artwork they viewed and spaces entered and should be commended for representing SMC responsibly and with pride across the three days. The group cannot wait to go again next year! 

Students gather for Justice Action Network workshop

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Seven young women from St Mary’s College yesterday gathered with students from schools across Hobart for the 2018 Justice Action Network workshop on girls’ education.

Participants had the privilege of hearing from two prominent guest speakers: activist, former Australian Senator and leader of the Australian Greens Party, Christine Milne (who is also an SMC Alumna); and a representative of the International Women’s Development Agency, Andreana Reale.

Hosted by Guilford Young College, the workshop provided a space for students to discuss issues related to women’s education and practical ways to increase awareness and promote action on a global scale. 

The Justice Action Network is a network of students and staff from a number of schools across southern Tasmania that has existed for more than 20 years.

The Fountain Newsletter – 13 June 2018

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Australian Mathematics Competition 2018

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St Mary’s College Junior and Senior School students are being encouraged to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC). 

Suitable for students of all standards, the competition challenges participants to solve 30 problems in just 60-minutes (Year 3-6) or 75 minutes (Year 7-12).

Designed to test mathematical thinking, the problems can be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one, with questions progressively getting more difficult throughout the competition – challenging even the most gifted of students.

Offered annually to students at St Mary’s College from Year 3-10, this year’s competition will be held on Thursday 9 August.

While some Senior School classes may have entered automatically, the competition is open to all students at the College who fit into the above year range.

Classes already enrolled are Year 7 – Jess Veitch and Wendy Forsyth, Year 8 and Year 9 – Ivano Del Pio, and Year 10 – Andrew Baker.

If your daughter would like to compete and is not in the classes listed above, please contact Andrew Baker ( as soon as possible.

About the AMC

The AMC was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australian-wide mathematics competition for students. It has since spread internationally, with students in more than 30 countries attempting the same problems.

In recent years the competition has been available in two formats (online and paper), allowing even more students to participate worldwide.

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