From the Principal
St Mary’s College has a hidden treasure in the Languages department. In a context where languages are dropping in many schools across Australia, ours are thriving! Our students are now studying Chinese from Prep to Year 8, Italian in Year 7 and 8, and many elect to continue with either or both languages right up to Year 12.
We have sister schools in Italy in Assisi, Trento and Riva del Garda. We have a new sister school in Fuzhou, China, a school our 2018 tour group will be visiting on the China trip. We also have a continuing reciprocal home stay arrangement with Yaizu in Japan. We have Italian and Japanese students and teachers visit us, and we will welcome Chinese visitors in the near future.
The path to global citizenship
Our staff have also been part of the ASEAN Bridge exchanges, hosting Singaporean staff and visiting them and their schools in Singapore. Throughout this program, there is a real sense that our students are global citizens and that they have global responsibilities. Intercultural Understanding, Ethical Understanding and Personal and Social Capability are three general capabilities from the Australian Curriculum that are enhanced through the Languages Cultural Program. Thank you, Languages teachers, for enriching our College!
Stay safe online
This week is Cyber Safety Week. Parents should be alert to an online game called ‘Fortnite’. According to reports, it is violent and highly addictive.
Celebrating our shared future
It’s National Refugee Week from June 17-23. The general capabilities listed above position students to be welcoming, inclusive and open. The Catholic perspective comes directly from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew (25:35): ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’.
The Church has a very positive history of 100 years of Catholic social teaching on the issue of migration and asylum. Pope Francis said:
‘Has any one of us wept for these persons who were on the boat? For the young mothers carrying their babies? For these men who were looking for a means of supporting their families? We are a society which has forgotten how to weep, how to experience compassion – ‘suffering with’ others: the globalisation of indifference has taken from us the ability to weep!’
Source: http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/publications/ten-step-leaflets/827-ten-steps-towards-justice-for-refugees-and-asylum-seekers (Pope Francis at Lampedusa)
God of all creation
You have given us the beautiful land we call Australia.
Rich in ancient culture and tradition,
Rich in landscape, plants and animal life;
Rich in resources, laws and social structure,
Offering safety and opportunity…
Give us clear eyes to see the whole world
So that we may never take for granted the gifts you have given
Or think they belong to us alone.
Give us open hearts to reach out from our comfort
and open our gates
To walk in new solidarity with our neighbours.
Latest from the blogs
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Learning and Teaching
Easy is boring – challenging is interesting
Tameika Grist, Director of Pedagogy (K-12)
Upcoming important dates and excursions
Monday 11 – Friday 15 June
- Cybersafety Awareness Week.
Wednesday 13 June
- Kindergarten 2019 second round offers released.
Thursday 14 – Friday 15 June
- Year 11/12 Drama 3 production, ‘Steel Magnolias’, St Peter’s Hall, corner of Harrington and Brisbane streets (7.00pm both nights). Tickets $5 at the door.
Thursday 14 June
- JSSATIS Cross Country Carnival, Rokeby Police Academy (10.15am-1.45pm).
- Excursion: Year 3 to Risdon Cove (9.30am-12.45pm).
Friday 15 June
- Year 11/12 (2019) subject selection due.
Monday 18 June
- St Mary’s College Board meeting (5.00pm).
Wednesday 20 June
- Excursion: Prep to Eastside Activity Centre, Rokeby (10.30am-1.00pm).
Thursday 21 June
- Year 11/12 Study Day.
- Excursion: Year 1 to Narryna Heritage Museum and Battery Point (9.45am-1.00pm).
Friday 22 – Friday 29 June
- Year 11/12 mid-year exams.
Sunday 24 June
- Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council, Campbell Town Motel and Bistro (10.00am-3.00pm).
Monday 25 June
- P&F meeting, St Mary’s College (5.30pm).
Congratulations to the following students:
- Hayley Kent (Year 9), who competed in the recent Australian Bluefin Tuna Championships, winning the award for most points scored by a junior angler.
- Leni Vagg and Lucy Hofler (Year 4), who have been selected in the 2019 Tasmanian futsal team. The team will compete in the U10 Girls’ Futsal National Championships, which will be held in New South Wales in January 2019. Both girls attended three trials in the lead up to selection.
- Taylah Hayes and Jessica Skinner (Year 6), who recently represented Tasmania in the 2018 Australian National Judo Championships, held on the Gold Coast.
- Olivia Eade (Year 12) and Teresa Smith (Year 7), who wowed judges at the 2018 City of Hobart Eisteddfod in the pianoforte section. Olivia won the 18 Years and Under Recital Solo and 18 Years and Under Performance categories. Teresa was awarded a Certificate of Merit for her showcase in the 14 Years and Under Performance Solo and 14 Years and Under JS Bach Solo.
Steel Magnolias on stage this week
Audience members will be transported to northwest Louisiana in the 1980s when SMC’s Year 11/12 Drama 3 students present their upcoming production, Steel Magnolias.
Based on the stage play by American writer, Robert Harling, the heart-warming comedy-drama explores the bond shared between six southern women – with a penchant for gossip and big hair – in a small-town beauty parlour.
Directed by Senior Drama teacher, Leah Smith, the play will be showing this Thursday 14 and Friday 15 June at 7.00pm in St Peter’s Hall, corner of Harrington and Brisbane streets. Tickets are $5 at the door.
We hope you can catch a show in support of our talented young thespians!
St Mary's College Qkr! app
St Mary’s College has a mobile phone payment app called Qkr! by MasterCard (pronounced ‘quicker’).
The app is a handy tool that can be used to pay for school fees and canteen items, directly from your smart device.
If you have noticed that your Qkr! app is no longer working, there’s a chance it may need updating. This will likely be the case if you don’t already have the auto update enabled in your phone settings.
To get the app up-and-running again, simply download the most current version of Qkr! from the App Store and follow the prompts.
If you have downloaded the app but are continuing to experience issues, please consult the Qkr! website: https://qkr.mastercard.com/store/
1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching
If you were unable to attend the ParentingPlus 1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching back in March, you might be interested to learn that another course will be held in Hobart in June.
Designed for parents and carers of children aged two to 12-years, this practical six-hour course teaches participants how to deal with their children’s difficult behaviour and strengthen their relationship with their son/daughter.
The course, which is presented by St Mary’s College Counsellor, Gai Bath, together with registered celebrant, Maxine Lowry, will run across two evenings on Wednesday 20 and 27 June, 2018 at the Uniting Church (Hopkins Room), 2 Swan Street, New Town (6.00-9.00pm both sessions).
Please click on the link below for more details and to register.
Changes to SMC's Mathematics Methods pathways
SMC has experienced a few changes to the Mathematics courses in Year 9 and 10 due to some external forces and the change in TASC subjects. These changes have led to the Mathematics Methods Foundation 2 course being removed from the Year 9 and 10 curriculum. As its name suggested, this course formed the foundations for students wanting to study the then-Level 3 course in Year 11 or 12. These courses have since been redesigned and offered as Mathematics Methods Foundation 3 and Mathematics Methods 4.
Both the Level 3 and Level 4 course contribute to the ATAR, assuming the student achieves at least a Satisfactory Achievement. The Level 3 course is sufficient for students wishing to study many of the tertiary courses offered. It is recommended that students study Mathematics Methods Foundation 3 or a similar course before attempting Mathematics Methods 4. This subject is recommended for students considering tertiary studies in degrees with a significant maths requirement such as those in the mathematics, science and engineering domains. The course handbooks contain clear advice regarding the level of student achievement required in Year 10 and the expectations for Year 11 and 12. There have been no changes to the other mathematics subjects offered in Year 11 and 12.
From 2019, SMC will be offering a Mathematics Methods subject as an option in Year 10. Students achieving an A or B and having strong algebraic skills will be able to study further mathematics as preparation for Year 11 and 12.
If you have any questions regarding Mathematics Methods pathways at St Mary’s College, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Area Coordinator – Mathematics
Pyjamas out in force for Vinnies Winter Appeal
Thank you to all students and families who donated clothes to the Vinnies Winter Appeal last week, and those who made a gold coin donation. The College has raised more than $600 in funds for the charity, which is a terrific result. Well done, everyone!
As a result of your generous efforts, the Adrian Doyle Chapel was filled to the brim with warm clothing and blankets, with all supplies packed into a Vinnies truck for collection and distribution this afternoon.
To donate to the campaign, please visit https://winterappeal.vinnies.org.au/
You can view the photos from the Junior School’s Pyjama Day event, which was held in support of the Winter Appeal on Friday 8 June, on our online gallery here.
Students gather for Justice Action Network workshop
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.
Schools involved include St Mary’s College, Ogilvie High School, The Friends’ School, Guilford Young College, Fahan School, Sacred Heart College and MacKillop Catholic College.
Year 9 Science gets up close with native wildlife
By Ashley Mitchell (Year 9)
In Year 9 Science, we have been focusing on ecology. As an integral part of this unit, we were privileged to visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Austins Ferry Wetlands.
At Bonorong, we were able to learn about the sanctuary’s wildlife rescue program and have a look at its new animal hospital. We also saw many of Tasmania’s native animals and were lucky enough to feed the kangaroos, see devils up close and pat a baby wombat.
The wetlands allowed us to observe a natural habitat and view native birds from a lookout platform. In the afternoon we visited the Botanical Gardens. The focus here was to observe the Macquarie Island Plant House and the way the plants have adapted to cold, exposed and windy conditions.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our day out and learnt so much – not only the students, but I’m sure the teachers did as well.
Australian Mathematics Competition 2018
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 (email@example.com) 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.
Crash course in Kokoda
Gillian Goldsworthy’s History class went beyond the textbooks recently to learn about the Kokoda Track campaign via a virtual window into the historic battlefields of World War II.
Thanks to the College’s ICT Support Officer, Allan Chandler, the Year 10s were given an insight into the immersive powers of virtual reality (VR) technology.
Student Maddison Lamb was the first to test out the VR headset, which offered 360-degree vision, allowing her to observe and explore her 3D surroundings through the eyes of a solider at war.
The app, which runs on iPhones, Android phones and VR headsets (such as the Dell Visor) is free to download online at www.abc.net.au/btn/kokodaVR/
The many faces of Mary
Who is Mary and how does the Mary we know vary from country to country?
Year 7 Religious Education students have been studying the significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with a focus on how she is celebrated in different countries around the world.
As part of the unit, each student was assigned a particular country’s Mary to research for a report.
They also created Mary figurines using a variety of materials including paper, clay, fabric, aluminium foil, toilet rolls, plastic cups, socks, tennis balls, Barbie dolls and even a bowling pin.
More photos can be viewed on our online gallery here.
Celebrating our indigenous history and culture
National Reconciliation Week (May 27 – June 3) is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories and relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving recognition.
The significance of the week was acknowledged during the Junior School assembly on Friday 1 June when, as a College community, we joined together to sing Australia’s patriotic song.
The song includes a new second line that recognises indigenous and non-indigenous Australians living in harmony together.
To learn more about National Reconciliation Week, visit the website: https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/
Benvenuto to our Italian guests
St Mary’s College is very excited to officially introduce to you three of our newest Italian exchange students.
Earlier last month we welcomed 16-year-old Massimiliano (Max) Zambanini, pictured below, who has bravely stepped outside his comfort zone to explore the world and learn more about the Australian way of life.
Max, who attends Liceo Arcivescovile Secondary School in Trento, Italy, is studying Italian at SMC in-between other classes at Guilford Young College’s Hobart campus.
He is the first male exchange student in the history of the College and has been received with open arms by his host family, the Colavecchios, who will be providing a home for Max until he returns to Italy on July 24.
We also wish to warmly two of our newest Italian exchange students, Martina Mazzola and Lucia Carabelli (Year 11), who arrived at the College today. The girls will be staying with us until July 17.
If you happen to cross paths with Max, Martina or Lucia on your daily travels, be sure to greet them with a friendly ‘ciao!’
St Mary's College shines at cross country championships
Congratulations to all students who represented St Mary’s College with pride at the recent SSATIS and STCPSSA Cross Country Carnivals.
The SMC spirit was very much alive as our young athletes displayed great sportsmanship and a healthy commitment to the competition.
Thank you to all staff involved in the preparation and running of the events, and to our maintenance crew for setting up on both days – and ensuring the SMC tent did not blow away during last Friday’s strong winds!
Midford Uniform Shop update
Uniform Shop trading hours
The St Mary’s College Uniform Shop will close for the Term 2 school holidays on Thursday 5 July at 4.00pm.
The shop will open for the Student Free Day on Monday 23 July (9.00am-3.00pm), before returning to normal hours on Tuesday 24 July for the commencement of Term 3.
Please visit the Uniform Shop page of our website for school uniform requirements and pricing, and regular trading hours.
For more information, please contact Margaret Ilias on telephone 6108 2572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop Manager
What: Bricks4Kidz – Lego Holiday Workshops
Where: Ogilvie High School, 228 New Town Road, New Town
When: Monday 9 – 16 July 2018
Cost: One-day workshop $80 incl. GST, half-day workshop $40 incl. GST
More information and bookings: Kylie, Bricks4Kidz
Contact: T: 0408 487 393 | E: email@example.com | www.bricks4kidz.com.au/tasmania-hobart