Vinnies Quiz Night success!

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By Isobel Kuo (Year 11)*

A full house packed the Mary Morgan Wing for the annual Vinnies Quiz night on Friday 15 September.

The St Vincent de Paul Society has a special place within the heart of St Mary’s College.

Vibrantly embodying the traits, charism and mission echoed by the Presentation Sisters, the role that the society has played within the cultural life of the College is immeasurable.

Over the past several years, the school has worked closely with the Vinnies Youth Team to assist and support the organisation in its outstanding works through various school-wide fundraiser and awareness events.

However, the highlight of the social calendar is, and continues to be, the annual quiz night.

On September 15, the St Mary’s College St Vincent de Paul team was proud to host the 2017 quiz night. The evening consisted of challenging questions, exciting games and, most importantly, enviable prizes.

With 80-plus trivia champs in attendance, the night was rife with healthy competition and comradery.

The highly coveted winning title was swept away by the ‘Let’s Get Quizzical’ team after a close battle with the teacher’s table.

Coming together under the collective effort of the ‘Mini-Vinnies’ team, along with teachers and staff, the night was an astounding success.

Special thanks are extended to Mr Michael Gaynor, Mr Andrew Clarke, Mr Matthew Williams and Mrs Charmaine Fenton for their unwavering care and dedication towards the cause.

The evening was generously supported by the following sponsors:

Vinnies quiz night sponsors


*Isobel Kuo is the President of SMC’s Young Vinnies group.

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Eighty-five students from St Mary’s College were among more than 300 aspiring young Tasmanian scientists who recently took part in the southern Science and Engineering Investigation Awards.

The event is an annual state-wide competition challenging school students in Year 5-12 to present and explore a research topic of their choice.

SMC won 19 prizes; six in Year 7, three in Year 8, four in Year 9 and six in Year 10.

The prizes will be announced at an awards ceremony tomorrow night (Thursday 21 September).

Read the media release here from the University of Tasmania:

Great minds bring home honours

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ToM Year 7-8 team edit

SMC’s Year 7/8 ToM team, from left, Emily Walter, Isabella Cox, Alyssa Lee, Natalie De Cesare, Caitlin Marr, and front, Shreya Karunakara, left, and Bridie Lawler.

Congratulations to the Year 5/6 and Year 7/8 Tournament of the Minds (ToM) teams who represented St Mary’s in the state finals held at Ogilvie High School on Saturday 9 September.

SMC’s Year 7/8 team rose to the challenge to win honours (second place) in the secondary Social Sciences section.

ToM is an international program designed to give students the opportunity to participate in creative activities within a team structure.

It involves stimulating open-ended challenges which demand experimentation and reward creative thinking.

On tournament day, teams of seven students are required to present their solutions to two challenges – the Long Term Challenge and the Spontaneous Challenge.

The Long Term Challenge sees students given six weeks to prepare their solution, including script writing and creating costumes and props. This solution is then performed to a panel of judges and an audience.

The Spontaneous Challenge is a previously unseen ‘on the spot’ challenge, where teams are only given a few minutes to discuss and plan their responses. Participants are judged on their ability to develop ideas and work collaboratively towards a solution.

Well done to the following students:

Year 5/6 team – Primary Maths and Engineering Division: Ellie Atkins, Stefani Khoo, Bethany Creese, Elizabeth Monks, Zyla Williams, Adalia Hauler and Grace Cox.

Year 7/8 team – Secondary Social Sciences Division: Isabella Cox, Shreya Karunakara, Natalie De Cesare, Neve Mason, Emily Walter, Bridie Lawler and Caitlin Marr.

Thank you to the parents for transporting and supporting the girls on the day. Particular thanks goes to Mrs Cox and Mrs Walter for their help.

Thank you also to Extension Program teacher, Mrs Noble for her invaluable support, guidance and encouragement.

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