From the Principal
Humans seem to spend a lot of time measuring and comparing. At the moment, I am very focused on measuring the daylight and waiting for the winter solstice to come so I can notice the days getting longer beyond it. I don’t think I am alone!
I have to question to myself as why it is important to me if it is light or dark, or whether I am, in essence, wishing time away.
Jesus said he came so that we may have life and live it to the full. Winter and long nights are as much a blessing as summer and long days; it is all in the mindset. A positive and growth mindset is a foundation for a happy and fulfilled life.
We talk those elements up at St Mary’s College because we believe they are so important for success. Maybe Nano Nagle’s use of a lantern is the practical and metaphorical example of how to approach the darkness of winter.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Thursday 15 June
- Excursion: Year 3 classes to Risdon Cove (9.00am-12.45pm).
- JSSATIS Cross Country, Rokeby Police Academy (all-day).
- World Challenge Quiz Night, Ogilvie High School, Lower Student Centre (6.30-8.00pm).
Friday 16 June
- Excursion: Year 3 and 4 classes to attend a performance of Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, Southern Christian College (9.30am-1.30pm).
Sunday 18 June
- Walk with Christ (leaving St Joseph’s Church, Macquarie Street at 1.15pm for procession to St Mary’s Cathedral).
Monday 19 June
- Excursion: Year 2 classes to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (9.00am-1.30pm).
- Excursion: Year 1 classes to Narryna Historic House, Battery Point (9.45am-1.00pm).
Tuesday 20 June
- Excursion: Prep classes to Eastside Activity Centre, Rokeby (10.30am-12.00pm).
Wednesday 21 June
- K-12 Vinnies Pyjama Day.
Thursday 22 June
- Year 11/12 study day (all-day).
- ThinkUKnow cyber safety session, St Mary’s College, Mary Morgan Wing (6.00pm).
Friday 23 June
- Year 11/12 mid-year exams (23-30 June).
Monday 26 June
- Year 11/12 mid-year exams (23-30 June).
- Year 10 study day (all-day).
- My Fair Lady musical – tech rehearsal, St Virgil’s College, Joyce Performance Centre (4.00-6.00pm).
Tuesday 27 June
- Year 11/12 mid-year exams (23-30 June).
- Year 10 mid-year exams (27-30 June).
- Junior All Schools Cross Country Carnival, Symmons Plains (all-day).
- My Fair Lady musical – dress rehearsal, St Virgil’s College, Joyce Performance Centre (all-day).
Wednesday 28 June
- Year 11/12 mid-year exams (23-30 June).
- Year 10 mid-year exams (27-30 June).
Congratulations to Molly Burnett (Year 8) for representing Tasmania at the Water Polo Australia 2017 National Championships held on the Gold Coast recently. Molly was one of 11 Tasmanians selected to compete in the state Under 14 team, which won two games during the weeklong event to finish 16th on the ladder (out of 38 teams). Not only did the girls achieve a solid result, but they also ended up setting a new Tasmanian record.
Molly described the experience as ‘amazing’, and said she ‘enjoyed meeting new people’ and proving to herself that with commitment and dedication, anything is possible. Very wise words, Molly – well done!
Walk With Christ 2017
Walk With Christ, the annual Corpus Christi Eucharistic procession, will be held on Sunday 18 June from 1.15-3.00pm. The procession will move from St Joseph’s Church (corner of Macquarie and Harrington Streets) at 1.15pm, via Harrington and Patrick Streets to St Mary’s Cathedral. Benediction will take place at the Cathedral and the event will finish at 3.00pm.
More details about the procession are available on the Tasmanian Archdiocesan website.
St Mary’s College, along with each Catholic school and parish in Tasmania, will be presented with a ‘Book of Life’. This Book of Life will give each student, staff member and extended College community member the opportunity to write in it their own prayers of petition.
Once completed, a representative of the College will be invited to carry our Book of Life during the procession and present it before the Blessed Sacrament at St Mary’s College. In this way, St Mary’s prayers will be added to those of the Archdiocese.
At the completion of the Walk With Christ, all books will be securely sent to the Carmelite Monastery for the prayerful intentions of the Sisters of Carmel in the days following Corpus Christi Sunday.
For more information, please watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0Vz9bPXRU4
This five-minute television report on the 2014 Feast of Corpus Christi in Rome features excerpts from Pope Francis’ homily and an excellent explanation of the events of the feast, the mass and the procession.
ThinkUKnow cyber safety session for parents
Do you think you know what young people, see, say and do on the Internet? Even though our children have grown up with technology, it is important to remember they may not understand the implications of their actions online.
St Mary’s College warmly invites all parents of secondary aged students to attend a free ‘cyber safety session’ on June 22 from 6.00pm in the Mary Morgan Wing.
Delivered by a network of accredited Australian Federal Police and Microsoft volunteers, the presentation will sensitively cover a range of topics that will assist parents and carers to raise responsible digital citizens.
Please refer to the below flier for further information and RSVP details. If you have any questions about this event, please don’t hesitate to contact the College on telephone 6108 2560.
Bridging the educational and cultural gap
St Mary’s College is participating in the Asian Education Foundation’s Australia-ASEAN Bridge School Partnership program, which connects Australian teachers, students and school communities with their counterparts in various schools across Asia.
As part of our involvement in this program, St Mary’s hosted Mrs Jane Teo, a teacher from CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School in Singapore, from May 24-June 30.
Mrs Teo spent time in the Junior School and Senior School language classrooms, where she observed our lessons and shared with students her own knowledge and life experiences.
Over the next two years, SMC students will have the opportunity to interact with CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ students in Singapore via various digital, or letter, exchanges.
We are looking forward to continue developing our relationship with CHIJ Nicholas Girls’ School. Visit the school’s website at http://chijstnicholasgirls.moe.edu.sg/primary.
Thank you to all students and teachers for making Mrs Teo feel welcome at St Mary’s College. She had a wonderful time here.
Senior geography students gain a new perspective
SMC’s geography 3C class attended two field trips in recent weeks.
On Tuesday 9 May students headed to the Sustainability Learning Centre at Mt Nelson, where Scott Strong from DPIPWE (Department of Primary Industries Parks Water and the Environment) introduced them to the fundamentals of spatial mapping, GIS and LISTmap.
They also heard talks from Dr Tanya Bailey and Louise Romanin from the University of Tasmania, and Matt Taylor from Tasmanian Land Conservancy, about the impact of climate change on land cover in Tasmania.
The following Tuesday 16 May, the group travelled to David Walsh’s property, Marchweil, at Bream Creek. The students were able to put their knowledge into practice as they were shown how to operate a GPS and broadened their understanding of farm management and biodiversity.
While on the property, students had the opportunity to exercise their green thumbs by participating in a Greening Australia restoration project. More than 1,000 trees were planted on the day, and our girls are looking forward to returning in years to come to see how much ‘their trees’ have grown.
Nel Smit, an education strategist from Greening Australia, said she was most impressed by the behaviour, positivity and efforts of the 2017 SMC geography class. Great work, girls!
Prep visit a dream come true
Prep boys and girls dreaming of a future in the police force had their first taste of the profession after receiving a special visit from Tasmania Police last week.
Sergeant Adrian Leary was given a warm welcome by our Prep classes – and daughter Estelle, who is a Prep Possum – when he pulled into the College in his marked police vehicle on June 8.
Dressed head to toe in full uniform, Sergeant Leary spoke of the role of a police officer, the importance of police sirens and the safety equipment police carry on them and use on a regular basis, including safety vests and breathalysers.
But for our young Bilbies and Possums, the highlight of the visit was, no doubt, the chance to climb into the police vehicle and turn the siren on!
Welcoming Friends of Nano into the College
On Friday 26 May, St Mary’s College students had the pleasure of a visit from Friends of Nano, Aitape in Papua New Guinea – a committed group of men, women and youth who meet regularly to pray, share and reflect on the Gospel and life and work (charism) of Nano Nagle and the Presentation Sisters.
Representing the group in Hobart was Mr Job and Mrs Alexia Tomur, two teachers from Presentation Schools in the far northern regional districts of PNG. Job was originally taught by Presentation Sister Patricia McNeil, who went to PNG as a missionary from Hobart more 50 years ago. These sisters went on to educate students in the villages and established a community of 16 Presentation Sisters in the area.
Job and Alexia have been working in education for the past 60 years, teaching boys and girls to the point that most villages in the area now speak English – a practical skill that allows locals to communicate widely beyond their region.
As PNG has more than 800 dialects, communication can be very difficult, even with people from close regions. For this reason, speaking English also enables local residents to communicate and trade with fishermen and suppliers from other trading posts.
Today, the group’s work reaches beyond the classroom. Friends of Nano is an active social justice movement that conducts ministry for children who do not receive food as part of their hospital treatment at local medical centres. The group also visits prisoners who are detained in cells of up to 30 men without adequate food or water. Job and Alexia are the epitome of the saying, ‘Teach a man to fish and he will be able to eat for the rest of his life’.
Joining Job and Alexia was Sister Mary Tubor, a Presentation Sister and PNG teacher. Sr Tubor visited our classrooms and spoke of the challenges of school life for the average PNG student, highlighting the shortage of books, paper and pens. Our students learned how the charitable funds given to the Presentation Sisters in PNG have been used to build rainwater tanks to provide safe drinking water, particularly in the Arop area devastated by the 1998 tsunami.
A photo of the Nagle Centre in Aitape drove home for students the realisation that while we live in a very different location, climate and culture to our Presentation friends in PNG, we share the common bonds of Nano Nagle, its charism and values.
Taking a step back in time
A number of Year 11 and 12 English 3 students were fortunate to travel to Melbourne for the day recently to view the latest play adaptation of George Orwell’s novel, 1984. The class is currently studying how the dystopian genre represents future worlds that exaggerate problems in today’s society.
There is no doubt that the control of the media and the dominance of technology is just as relevant today as it was in the 1940s when Orwell first wrote the novel.
As the publicity for the play suggests, “To understand 2017, you need to see 1984”.
Students found the play to be engaging, as much as it was confronting. They spent an hour afterwards dissecting the use of lighting, sound and, of course, technology.
They also visited the Australian Centre for the Moving Image to support their study of film as text. They are incredibly grateful for the opportunity St Mary’s has provided to enrich their studies.
Melanoma Tasmania presentation
Representatives from Melanoma Tasmania recently presented a talk at St Mary’s College in an effort to help our students understand more about the disease.
Our students heard from founder and chair, Di Mason, as well as local Catholic schools identity, Matt Kean, who spoke personally about his recent struggles with melanoma. Our students found Matt’s experiences particularly powerful, as many of our girls had been taught by him in recent years or are friends of the Kean family.
Melanoma Tasmania was established by a group of committed Tasmanians with a passion for reducing and preventing the incidence of melanoma in Tasmania.
The organisation aims to minimise the impact of melanoma on all Tasmanians through the provision of support for those living with melanoma and metastatic disease, their families, carers and friends and through raising skin cancer awareness in the Tasmanian community.
Receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation
On Pentecost Sunday (June 4), 14 students from St Mary’s College were among 40 candidates from across the Cathedral Parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the second of the three sacraments of initiation. Often described as the ‘sacrament of maturity and coming of age’, Confirmation empowers the recipient with the strength to follow Jesus and to become involved in the mission which Jesus left to the Church.
Congratulations to the students and their families on this significant milestone.
If there are any students who would like to consider being baptised and/or receiving other sacraments, please do not hesitate to contact Ruth Prichard at email@example.com.
Exploring gender myths
How do our gender beliefs shape the way we teach, learn and experience the world?
Leading author and gender expert Professor Cordelia Fine will delve into the myths and science surrounding gender differences at a presentation to be held at St Michael’s Collegiate on July 27 from 5.30-7.30pm.
Prof Fine tasks parents, teachers and society with carefully monitoring our entrenched perceptions, and the language we use around those perceptions, i.e. boys are more ‘naturally suited’ to science, construction, invention and risk-taking, while girls are more ‘naturally suited’ to more nurturing and artistic professions.
The speaking tour is presented by The Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia. To reserve your spot, log onto the AGSA website at: https://www.agsa.org.au/events/
International Competitions and Assessments for Schools
Year 3-6 students at St Mary’s College are reminded of an opportunity to participate in ICAS English in 2017.
ICAS is a skills development assessment program in key areas of learning for students.
These assessments have taken place annually in schools for more than 30 years and in 20 countries worldwide. Education Assessment Australia, which designs and delivers the competitions, is the not-for-profit arm of the University of New South Wales.
The English competition will be held on Tuesday 1 August 2017.
Please note: Registrations close on 16 June. If your child is interested in participating, please email Jenny Noble (Extension Program teacher) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Fair Lady coming to a theatre near you
St Mary’s College and St Virgil’s College have partnered to present the musical, ‘My Fair Lady’, for three performances from Thursday 29 June through to Saturday 1 July.
Please come along and support our SMC girls, who have been working extremely hard to deliver a polished performance that is sure to entertain families of all ages.
Times: 7.30pm – Thursday 29 June, Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July.
Place: The Joyce Performance Centre, St Virgil’s College, Austins Ferry.
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online at www.trybooking.com/274915. General admission is $20 (adults) and $15 (students). Families of four pay $60.
Runners rise to the challenge at SSATIS Cross Country
On Wednesday 31 May, 44 students represented SMC at the SSATIS Cross Country at Rokeby Police Academy. The girls represented their school with pride and certainly pushed themselves hard.
Georgia Chambers (Year 8) was a standout result, winning her Under 14 race by a long margin. Congratulations, Georgia – we are very proud of your achievement.
Our next best results were in the Under 13 age group with a closely contested fourth place by Claire Ransom (Year 7) and sixth place by Zoe Banks (Year 7).
Sophie Robinson was our best placed Year 9 runner, with Julia Gunn (Year 10) and Jamie Symons (Year 12) being our best placed in the Open age group. Great job, girls.
Senior School Cross Country results
The results from our Senior School Cross Country Carnival are in. Congratulations to all students who participated on the day, with a special mention to the following age group champions for 2017:
U13 – Zoe Banks (Year 7)
U14 – Georgia Chambers (Year 8)
U15 – Sophie Robinson (Year 9)
U16 – Lucy Ryan (Year 10)
Open – Oliva Eade (Year 11)
Parents and Friends update
Hello everyone. St Mary’s College is fortunate to have an enthusiastic and active Parents and Friends Association. The role of the P & F is two-fold. It is an important organisation to assist with social events and community building around the College through the organisation of a variety of activities.
The second aspect is to raise funds that can be utilised by the College for the benefit of students.
Most importantly though, the P & F Association gives all parents and guardians the opportunity to be more actively involved in their child’s education and life at the College.
Where is your money going?
At our last meeting, we were treated to a piano recital by a talented SMC student, Olivia Eade. Olivia played this piece on the new grand piano that the P & F donated to the Music Department. It is very rewarding to see the funds raised by the P & F ‘in action’.
Also at this meeting, we were informed that the College had purchased some outdoor seating for both Junior and Senior School students, with funds provided to the College from the P&F specifically for this purpose.
We hope the students enjoy this portable, comfortable seating.
The P & F Association has some upcoming events that you are warmly invited to attend.
On Sunday 13 August we are hosting a high tea in the Mary Morgan Wing. This is for mums and their daughters across all grades, and the boys in Kinder to Year 2. It would be lovely to see some grandmothers there, as well. This is a community building event, so we hope that you can come along and join us.
You can pay and leave the names and numbers of those attending in the College Business Office. You can also message us on the Facebook page.
If you would like to be involved in helping to organise this event, we are having a meeting on Thursday 15 June from 6.00-7.00pm at 16 Thelma Drive, West Hobart.
SMC Mother Daughter Sons (K-2) High Tea
When: Sunday 13 August, 2.00-4.00pm.
Where: St Mary’s College, Mary Morgan Wing.
Cost: Adults $15, Senior School students $10, Junior School students $5, children under the age of five-years free.
Father’s Day Breakfast
Another event we will be hosting is the Father’s Day Breakfast, which will be held on Wednesday 30 August from 7.30am. There are no costs involved to attend. We will be running a little fundraiser with this one, which is a Football Margin Ticket Competition for the AFL Grand Final. More details about this will be in the next newsletter.
At this stage, we have a number of Entertainment Books that are still outstanding. Can you please either purchase your book or return to the Business Office as soon as possible.
Reminders will continue to be sent to those on our outstanding list. We thank you for your continued support of this fundraiser.
Thank you to all of those families who have purchased one – if not two – books.
Thank you for your continued support of the Parents and Friends. All funds raised go directly back to the College for the benefit of your daughter or son’s education.
Our next Meeting is August 8 at 7.00pm in the Student Resource Room.
Parents and Friends President
Midford Uniform Shop
New winter items in-store
Beat the winter chill with a new range of girls’ and ladies long sleeve training tops, which have just arrived in-store.
These tops are great for rowing and other sports. They can be worn under short sleeve polo tops on the school ground for extra warmth. Cost: $55 each.
We also have smaller three-quarter length pants for Junior School students. These can be worn under track pants as an extra layer and for sports, but cannot be worn to and from the school. Cost: $42.
Term 3 trading hours
The Uniform Shop will close on Thursday 6 July at 4.00pm, re-opening on Thursday 20 July from 9.00am to 3.00pm.
Normal trading hours resume Tuesday 25 July, 8.00am to 4.00pm.
Normal trading hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 8.00am to 4.00pm.
For more information, please contact Louise Bennett on telephone 6108 2572 or email email@example.com
Uniform Shop Manager
What: Basketball Tasmania ‘Fun and Fundamental Camp’.
Where: Elizabeth College, Hobart.
When: Term 2 school holidays – Monday 10 to Tuesday 11 July, 9.00am-3.00pm (8.30am registration).
Cost: $90, includes one ticket to Hobart Chargers game.
More information and to register: Visit www.basketballtasmania.com.au/holiday-camps-basketball-tasmania
What: Learn-to-swim program – non-competitive and competitive squads from primary age to adults.
Where: YMCA Clarence Aquatic Centre
Contact: Denise Palmer T: 6244 2294 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What: Child Dental Benefits Schedule
Where: Moonah Dental Centre
Contact: T: 6228 1470
More information: The Child Dental Benefits Schedule provides free dental services to children between two and 17 years of age. To find out whether you are eligible, visit www.moonahdc.com.au
What: Eastside Activity Centre July School holiday program
When: Monday 17, Wednesday 19 and Friday 21 July, 2.00-4.00pm (Holiday Fun Session); Wednesday 19 July, 9.00am-1.00pm (half-day program).
Where: 4/73 Droughty Point Rd, Rokeby.
Cost: $15 first child, $10 each additional child of family (Holiday Fun Session); $25 school-age children and above (half-day program).
Contact: T: 6247 7399 | E: email@example.com
What: Bricks4Kidz – Lego Holiday Workshops
Where: Various locations in and around Hobart.
When: Monday 10-17 July.
More information and bookings: Kylie, Bricks4Kidz
Contact: T: 0408 487 393 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.bricks4kidz.com.au/tasmania-hobart
What: Kumon Maths and English program
Where: Kumon North Hobart Education Centre, 81 Federal Street, North Hobart
More information: Instructor Carmel Davies
Contact: T: 0403 853 200 | E: email@example.com | http://au.kumonglobal.com
What: PAUSE – Parenting Adolescents with Understanding Sensitivity and Engagement course
When: Wednesday 9, 16, 23 and 30 August, Wednesday 6 September, 5.30-8.00pm.
Where: CatholicCare Meeting Room, 35 Tower Road, New Town.
Cost: $35 per person, $50 per couple or $25 Health Card Concession (includes manual, study materials and light refreshments).
More information: Diana or Sonia, CatholicCare Tasmania.
Contact: T: 6278 1600 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Registrations close Wednesday 2 August.
What: Hockey Tasmania junior hockey rosters for players aged six to 12-years.
Where: Bell Street, New Town
Contact: Participation coordinator Tbarry@hockeytasmania.com.au for game times and information.
What: Antarctic Experience opportunity for schools
When: February 8-12, 2019
Where: Tours of four Hobart Antarctic and Southern Ocean research facilities, culminating in a flight to Antarctica.
Cost: Five-day package ex Hobart $2,700. Places are limited.
More information and bookings: David Dieckfoss, Bookend Trust.
Contact: T: 0408 138 111 | E: email@example.com
Note: You can win a place on the five-day program in Hobart and Melbourne, including a flight over to Antarctica, by writing and submitting a short-two page magazine article about a researcher and their research. Articles due by November 7, 2017. Visit www.expeditionclass.com for competition details, including how to submit your entry.
What: Robogals Science Challenge
When: Now until Friday 28 July.
Where: Online Australia-wide.
More information and to register: Visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RobogalsScienceChallenge.
What: Cooking for Kids
Where: West Hobart
More information: Facebook / Maya Turnbull
Contact: T: 0400 574 851 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Join your local Girl Guides
More information: T: 6244 4408 | E: email@example.com