SPEAK Up! Stay ChatTY parent information session

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St Mary’s College parents and carers are invited to attend a free facilitated information evening presented by Mitch McPherson, founder of SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, at the College on Monday 9 April (6.00pm for a 6.30pm start).

This one-hour session will address basic mental health information, risk factors and warning signs of suicide, lived experiences of bereavement by suicide and ways of engaging young people in conversations about mental health.

Mitch will also provide information about the community-based resources available for students and parents on the topic.

The session will run for approximately one hour. Please refer to the below flyer for further details. Please send RSVPs to Ryan Flack: rflack@smc.tas.edu.au by Friday 6 April.

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY is a registered not-for-profit that works to promote positive mental health and suicide by normalising conversations about mental health and encouraging people to seek help when they need it.

The organisation’s key message is ‘that nothing is so bad that you can’t talk about it’.



When great minds unite

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On Tuesday 13 March, St Mary’s College welcomed approximately 100 high ability students from southern Tasmanian Catholic primary schools for an action-packed day of mind-bending activities covering science, design technology, mathematics, creative writing, drama and philosophy.

Onlookers would have heard a pin drop in the Nagle Centre that morning, with girls and boys focused intently on their design technology projects, which they worked on in pairs.

The challenge: designing and building a one-metre tall tower to support the weight of a book, using just newspaper and scotch tape.

Thank you to our Junior School Extension teacher, Jenny Noble, for organising and coordinating such a successful day for our students and visitors.

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1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching

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Would you like to develop new strategies to help manage your child’s behaviour, strengthen the relationship with him/her and parent proactively rather than reactively?

1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching will help you develop these skills and take the wonder out of what to say and do when unwanted behaviours are exhibited.

This ParentingPlus course is presented by St Mary’s College Counsellor, Gai Bath, together with registered celebrant, Maxine Lowry, and will run over two days – Wednesday 14 and 21 March, 2018 at the Uniting Church Hobart (6.00-9.00pm both sessions).

Please click on the link below for more details and to register.

1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching course

Student story shortlisted for young writers’ award

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St Mary’s College is delighted to announce that Year 5 student, Lucy McKenna has been shortlisted for the Redgum Book Club​ Young Writers’ award in the Picture Book category.

Lucy is among just 10 young budding authors from primary schools across Australia to make the finals, and one of only two Tasmanian students shortlisted.

Well done, Lucy – the College is very proud of you. Keep up the good work and best of luck for the finals!

All shortlisted authors are now eagerly anticipating the winning results, which will be announced on March 12, 2018.

You can read Lucy’s winning story below. Enjoy!



Muddy Feet
By Lucy McKenna

Muddy Feet, Muddy Feet, Walking on the ground. Where have they been? Jumping on the ground. Splash Splish, Splish Splash.

Dirty hands, Dirty hands. All covered in dirt. Oh no! Oh no! Don’t wipe them on your shirt.

Messy face, Messy face. How did it get like that?

Mummy cries, “No”. Daddy says, “Oh dear”. They look at each other. Smiling from ear to ear.

” Your hair needs washing, and your feet need scrubbing”
“Go wash your hands and wipe your face, you are such a disgrace”

The soap is bubbling and the tap is running.

What will happen if I call for Mummy?

Mummy walks in and picks me up. She puts me in the bath and starts to scrub.

Bubble, Bubble, Pop, Pop. I really, really want it to stop.

Mum picks me up and wraps me in a towel. What will happen if I call for Dad now?

Daddy puts me in a chair. My hair’s flying everywhere.

“Now get in clean jeans, and grab a nice shirt. Then if you’re lucky, you can get a rubber ducky”

I get changed quickly, and climb in the car.

Look where I’ve been so far. Now for my reward. Hoorah!

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