From the Principal
This Saturday we farewell staff and students travelling overseas together to Italy. What a wonderful opportunity for our students to immerse themselves in another culture and enhance their language skills. This time of the year also provides them with a spiritual journey. They will leave Assisi on Good Friday and be in Florence on Easter Sunday.
Whether we realise it or not, we all have a spiritual dimension. It’s part of being human and, of course, it is unique to each individual. May Easter be a time of happiness, reflection and renewal for all of the St Mary’s College community. Joyce Rup says it so well …
‘Creator of joy, lift out of our hearts of any heaviness or deadly doldrums residing there. Turn our attention towards opportunities to rejoice; the colours, shapes, and sounds of beauty our eyes unconscientiously see and hear, unexpected kindness, the dawning of each new day, the quiet approaching of night, and all those little lifts of joy we can quickly pass without noticing or offering thanks. Reach us with your Eastering joy.’
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Learning and Teaching
Homework – why and how much?
Wendy Forsyth, Director of Curriculum (Year 7-12)
Upcoming important dates and excursions
Wednesday 5 April
- P&F meeting
Thursday 6 April
- The Playground Craze ‘Bullying No More’ performance, Nagle Centre
- Year 7-12 Athletics Carnival (Domain)
Thursday 8 – Thursday 27 April
- Italian Trip
Monday 10 April
- Palm Sunday Liturgy
- Excursion: Year 4 to Sustainability Learning Centre, Mt Nelson
Tuesday 11 April
- Excursion: Year 10 VET Childcare, Lady Gowrie, Battery Point
- Year 10-12 Parent/Teacher Conference, Mary Morgan Wing (4.00pm-7.00pm)
Wednesday 12 April
- Grandparents’ Day, Nagle Centre (9.15am-11.30am)
Thursday 13 April
- Term 1 concludes
- Holy Thursday Liturgy
Monday 1 May
- Term 2 commences
Friday 5 May
- Kindergarten 2018 enrolments due
Congratulations to our SMC team members who came 2nd in the Year 6 relay at the Catholic Swimming Carnival, held in Hobart.
National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2017
NAPLAN commenced in Australian schools in 2008. Each year students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in common national tests which assess:
- Language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
The scheduled dates for the tests in 2017 are Tuesday 9 May, Wednesday 10 May and Thursday 11 May.
For more information about the national tests, please visit the national NAPLAN website at:
What is the National Data Collection?
St Mary’s College will be collating evidence for the National Collection of Data upon students with disabilities. This evidence includes identifying students with disabilities and demonstrating how they are supported in our school. Once collected, the evidence is passed onto the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office for inclusion in this National Count.
For more information about the National Collection of Data, please visit the ComLaw website at: www.comlaw.gov.au or contact the Learning Support Co-ordinators, Isabeau Sloan and Louise Davidson, through the Office of St Mary’s College.
Year 9 camping adventure
At the beginning of March, Year 9 students headed off to the Far South Wilderness Camp near Dover. The girls participated in three full days of activities, resulting in some very weary students on return.
Activities included surfing, kayaking, mindfulness, fishing, bike riding, bush art, a Hastings Caves tour and pool swim, raft building, campfires, team challenges and a Paddy Prosser talk on the French history of the area, as well as a talent show presented by a group of very brave girls.
Everyone was fed within an inch of their life by the wonderful camp crew which ensured all students and staff were sustained well.
A huge thank you to the staff who gave up their time with their family and their classes to attend camp – Cathie Owens, Sarah Matsouris, Georgina Harris, Chelsea Mouritz, Gillian Goldsworthy, Andrew Baker, Gaby Stuebing, Michael Gaynor and Clinton Jordan.
SMC science stars shine
On Wednesday 29 March, 32 Year 9 and 10 students travelled to the University of Tasmania to represent the College in the annual Science and Engineering Challenge. This is a fun day where students compete against other local schools in a variety of engineering challenges. This year challenges included building a catapult, constructing a bionic hand and building a metre long bridge from cardboard and paddle pop sticks.
Through these activities students learnt design and problem solving skills and were exposed to the wide variety of areas where engineers are employed to solve problems in real life applications.
The girls represented the College with distinction, coming second place overall, narrowly losing to the first place team by only seven points (out of a total team score of over 1000). The girls left the challenge with an improved understanding of the role of engineers in society.
Year 10 student Eloise Deconinck was featured on Southern Cross Tasmania news in a segment about the challenge. You can watch this segment on SCTV’s YouTube channel – just make sure you choose the edition from 29 March and move the timer to 10 minutes 13 seconds in.
Reminder: don’t forget to order your buns
With Easter just around the corner, today is your last chance to order a pack of yummy hot cross buns as part of our fundraising efforts to support Project Compassion 2017.
Ordered bun packs will be distributed to Homerooms on Wednesday 12 April.
Click on the image below to download it with all the information you need to send your order through via the handy Qkr! app.
For more information on how to download and use Qkr!, head to the online payments page of the SMC website. (www.smc.tas.edu.au/shop-payments/)
Rowers rewarded at annual competition
Another successful school rowing season culminated in the annual Head of River at the picturesque Lake Barrington.
The weather could not have been more pleasant for this year’s event, with some very impressive results achieved by our SMC girls, detailed below:
U/13 single A Final – Cecilia Hutchinson – 1st
U/13 single B Final – Felicity Carter – 2nd
U/13 double A Final – Imogen Brown/Cecelia Hutchinson – 3rd
U/13 double B Final – Holly Goward/Holly Sice – 2nd
U/13 quad A Final – Eliza Mason, Liliana Radic, Imogen Brown, Cecelia Hutchinson, Gabby Radic – 1st
U/13 quad B Final – Holly Sice, Holly Goward, Felicity Carter, Meg Pinelli, Poppy Thorpe – 2nd
U/14 single A Final – Sarah Haas – 2nd
U/14 single B Final – Phoebe Teale – 1st
U/14 double A Final – Phoebe Teale/Sarah Haas – 1st
U/14 quad A Final – Samantha Williams, Chelsea Stanley, Phoebe Teale, Sarah Haas, Holly Teale – 4th
U/15 single A Final – Kate Oliver – 3rd
U/15 single B Final – Summer Carpenter – 4th
U/15 double A Final – Kate Oliver/Sophie Robinson – 3rd
U/15 double B Final – Summer Carpenter/Ruby Lang – 1st
U/15 double B Final – Hannah O’Connell/Maddison Lamb – 4th
U/15 quad A Final – Summer Carpenter, Maddison Lamb, Ruby Lang, Sophie Robinson, Holly Goward – 4th
A big congratulations to all girls who competed and a special thank you to all the parents and coaches who have invested many hours, as well as countless early mornings, to assist the girls to achieve such terrific results.
A special thank you also to John Oliver for his organisation of the raffle which raised more than $1,000 for the club.
Parents and Friends update - Entertainment Book distribution
Keep an eye out for the new 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Books, which will be distributed during the first week of Term 2. Junior School books will be sent home on Wednesday 3 May and Senior School books on Thursday 4 May, to the youngest in the family attending the College.
If parents do not wish to receive an Entertainment Book, students can leave their copy at school.
What: Winnie the Pooh is coming to Hobart
When: April 19-30 at 10.30am
Where: Set in the beautiful gardens of Pear Ridge, Margate (just one minute past the Margate Train)
Tickets: $15 each
Booking essential: www.hamleyproductions.com
More information: E: email@example.com
What: Acting to camera and theatre workshop – ‘Off the Beaten Track’
When: April 26-28, 9.00am to 3.00pm
Where: Guilford Young College, Hobart Campus (94 Barrack Street, Performing Arts Centre)
More information and bookings: E: firstname.lastname@example.org | T: 0408 466 00
What: Archery school holiday program
When: April 25-27, 11.00am to 12.30pm
Where: Gerrard Street Reserve, Moonah
Cost: $45 per person (three sessions)
Bookings: E: email@example.com | T: 6244 7556 | 0418 451 950
Note: All equipment is provided. Group/sessions are limited, so booking essential
What: Come ‘n’ Try music classes
When: Bookings now open for holiday classes (sessions for piano, drums, guitar and ukulele): April 26-29 at various times
Where: Geoff Long Music, Burnett Street, North Hobart
More information: Contact Lyndon, International School of Music T: 0413 289 978 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Coder College | Creating Creative Coders | Two-day courses
When: Courses being run during the Term 1 school holidays
Where: New Town High School, 6 Midwood Street, New Town
More information: E: email@example.com | T: 0475 462 049
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