Science girls go for gold

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in Featured News, News, Timeline

Year 10 students, Keeley Hine-Haycock, Alana Bellette, Saakshi Dhakal, Spriha Paudel, Chloe Cooper and Eloise Deconinck have achieved something truly remarkable this year.

The girls, with the support and guidance of their science teacher Heather Omant, have all earned CSIRO Gold CREST Awards for their extended science investigations, which they have been working on for the majority of the year in partnership with mentors from the University of Tasmania and CSIRO.

The nationally recognised award is the highest accolade a student in Australia can receive for a science investigation in the CSIRO CREST (Creativity in Science, Engineering and Technology) program.

The topic that students choose for their investigation must demonstrate a high degree of originality, and extensive background research is essential. Students must spend at least 100 hours on their project with the support of their STEM mentor.

At Gold level, students’ work should contribute something new to the scientific or technological community or to a particular field of study. The projects are assessed by the students’ teacher and mentor, as well as an external assessor, before they are sent to the National CREST Office for final approval.

The reports which the girls wrote were of remarkable standard, with the final assessor commenting the following: ‘I am truly humbled by the efforts of all the students … Words fail me as to how much I admire what they have achieved.’

Keeley, Alana, Saakshi, Spriha, Chloe and Eloise are no strangers to the limelight this year, also winning prizes in the Tasmanian Science Talent Search, and their projects were nominated as state entrants in the BHP Billiton National Science Awards.

Congratulations, girls – we are super proud of your efforts!

Designers in the spotlight

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St Mary’s College Graphic Design students, Isabella Franklin, Imogen Barry-Murphy and Taylah Pickett (Year 11) have been working with College Principal, Helen Spencer and Sister Gabrielle Morgan PBVM (on behalf of the Presentation Sisters) on the design on a new leadlight window, to be installed in the College’s Adrian Doyle Chapel to mark our 150th anniversary in 2018.

The ‘Presentation Window’ will be centered around the concept of ‘Mary saying “yes” to God’.

Its design will comprise individual pieces of coloured glass, which will be intricately cut and joined together with a lead channel between pieces.

Once completed, the window will serve to complement four additional leadlight windows that feature on the opposite side of the Chapel building, which signify the Story of Creation.

Helen and the girls are pictured here with local glass designer and maker, Merinda Young, who the College has commissioned to create the Presentation Window.

The window is anticipated to be finalised for installation by the end of this year, so stay tuned for more updates soon.

Success on the court

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in Sport/Activity Featured, Sport/Activity News, Timeline

Please continue reading for the latest wrap on our involvement in basketball this past term.

Year 3/4 Division 1 basketballers score regional title

Our Year 3/4 division 1 team pulled off a superstar win at the recent Regional Basketball Competition (South).

Well done to the team, along with their dedicated coach, Mrs Anderson and manager, Mr Purves!

We wish the girls the best of luck as they go on to contest the state championships in December.

We are also thrilled to report that all four SMC teams did tremendously well at the competition and represented the College with amazing pride.

SSATIS basketball grand slam

Our Year 8 SSATIS basketball team has capped off a successful season on the court, winning their Southern Grand Final against Mount Carmel College on November 1.

The team put in a strong effort to take out the game with a score of 44-24. Well done, girls!

St Mary’s dominates regional basketball tournament

St Mary’s had three teams compete in the Basketball Tasmania High School Regional Tournament held in Hobart last weekend: Year 7/8 Division 1, Year 7/8 Division 2 and Year 9/10 Division 1.

Our Year 7/8 Division 1 girls had an outstanding weekend, going through undefeated to win their grand final on Sunday afternoon. They have now been invited to compete in the state final to be held in Launceston on the weekend of November 25-26.

We kindly thank Ashley Banks for coaching the girls and Shellie Wilton for managing the team, and we wish them all well in Launceston.

Year 7/8 Division 1 champions.

Our Year 7/8 Division 2 girls enjoyed a fantastic weekend considering they were reduced in numbers and had to play a very even competition. The team came runners-up and should be very proud of their achievements.

A huge thank you to Daniel Marr for coaching and looking after the girls.

Year 7/8 Division 2 basketball team.

The girls hit the court.

Our Year 9/10 Division 1 girls fared well in a tough competition, finishing fourth overall. The team enjoyed the weekend and the opportunity to play with their school mates.

We thank Robin Rhodes for coaching the girls and Wendy Studley for managing the team.

All girls should be congratulated for the way in which they represented their school and families. They displayed great sportsmanship and supported the other SMC teams with loud cheering when they were off the court.

One half of the Year 9/10 Division 1 team.

St Mary’s College student and qualified basketball umpire, Taylor Lowry (Year 10) should be commended for her amazing efforts in refereeing the weekend games.



The Fountain newsletter – 15 November 2017

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in Featured News, News, Newsletter, Timeline

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