From the Principal
Welcome to our new St Mary’s College families!
You are joining us on our birthday year – we are celebrating 150 years since the doors of our beautiful sandstone convent building opened to students for the first time.
We are blessed to have such strong tradition in our culture which provides a solid foundation for our pursuit of innovation and engagement.
The Parents and Friends are having their ‘welcome to families’ event at the College on Thursday 22 February at 6.00pm. We would love for you all to join us.
2017 TCE and ATAR success
We are very proud of our Year 12 graduates from last year. On Monday, Her Excellency Professor, The Honourable Kate Warner AC – our Governor, presented Rebecca Anning with an award for Outstanding Achievement in VET.
Bec gained entry to Business at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and has some great options in front of her.
Bec’s cohort did very well; 96 per cent of St Mary’s College students attained the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE), with 21 per cent receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 90 or higher.
In addition, 65 per cent of students earned ATARs of 75 or higher and 77 per cent received an ATAR of 65 or higher.
Year 12 also worked very hard to achieve strong VET results, with 14 Certificates I and II awarded and many more units of competence gained. Congratulation, Rebecca Anning and Year 12, 2017!
It’s back to school time
Thanks to all families for all that the return-to-school entails. The hair braiding, the stationery shopping, the uniform purchasing and dry cleaning, the lunchbox planning, the pep talks and all the other things.
Students have arrived this week shiny and ready to go. We delight in their return as we set sail with them on this new academic year.
New learning management system
This year, we are focusing on feedback for learning. Teachers giving feedback to students on their work is a really significant part of teaching. We are going to work closely to support students to make sure the feedback becomes a rich avenue for their learning. Our new Learning Management System, SEQTA, will be a great vehicle to ensure students have ongoing access to feedback.
As Term 1 progresses, parents and carers will gain access to this feedback too. This strengthening of the partnership around learning is an exciting development.
Our Parent Evenings will be the main opportunity for families to see it in action and gain an understanding of what’s possible. For the full list of dates and times, please visit the College website calendar here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/calendar/
Take time to give thanks
It would be difficult not to be overwhelmed by the beauty of Hobart at the moment as we cling to the long evenings and relish the warm(er) water.
We give thanks to our God of the universe for this generously graced joy. At this time, too, we pray for some in our community who are having a hard time.
God of the universe,
We thank You for Your many good gifts –
For the beauty of Creation and its rich and varied fruits,
For clean water and fresh air, for food and shelter, animals and plants.
Forgive us for the times we have taken the earth’s resources
And wasted what You have given us.
Transform our hearts and minds
So that we would learn to care and share,
To touch the earth with gentleness and with love,
Respecting all living things.
We pray for all those who suffer as a result of our waste,
Greed and indifference,
And we pray that the day would come when everyone has enough
food and clean water.
Help us to respect the rights of all people and all species
And help us to willingly share your gifts
Today and always.
— Fiona Murdoch, Eco-Congregation Ireland.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Thursday 8 – Friday 9 February
- Excursion: Year 7 Camp, Blue Lagoon, Dodges Ferry.
Thursday 8 February
- Kinder Koalas commence.
Friday 9 February
- Blessing of Nano Nagle sculpture and Chapel leadlight windows (2.30pm).
- Year 12, 2017 Afternoon Tea, Year 11/12 Common Room (3.00-4.00pm).
Monday 12 February
- Public holiday (Regatta Day).
Tuesday 13 February
- P&F meeting, St Mary’s College (5.30pm).
Wednesday 14 February
- Ash Wednesday service, Cathedral (9.00am).
Thursday 15 February
- Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival, Clarence Pool.
- Alliance of Girls’ Schools Association Executive meeting, St Michael’s Collegiate (4.00pm).
Friday 16 February
- Year 7-12 Big Splash, Glenorchy Pool.
Tuesday 20 February
- Junior School photos.
- Leaders’ Commissioning Mass, Cathedral (9.00am).
- Prep Information Evening, Prep classrooms (6.00-7.00pm).
- Year 1-2 Information Evening, Mary Morgan Wing (7.00-8.00pm).
Wednesday 21 February
- Year 7-12 photos.
- Parent Information Evening ‘SEQTA’ (College/Manresa students), Mary Morgan Wing (6.00pm).
Congratulations to the following students:
- Keeley Hine-Haycock, Eloise Deconinck and Spriha Paudel (Year 11), who attended the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards ceremony held in Melbourne on Tuesday 6 February 2018. We are very proud of their efforts. The girls were recently interviewed about their innovative science investigations, which they completed in 2017. You can watch the videos at the links below:
- Sarah Beltz (Year 10), who enjoyed success in a variety of equestrian show horse events during the school holidays, including wins in the EA Show Horse and Rider Horse of the Year (national qualifier) competition, Kingston Agricultural Show, Longford Agricultural Show and the Show Horse Interschools Event.
- The Year 6, 2018 Leadership Team: Grace Cox (Head Girl), Jessica Skinner (Deputy 1), Adalia Hauler (Deputy 2), Gabrielle Radic (Nagle Captain), Lucy Booth (Nagle Deputy), Holly Teale (Presentation Captain), Isabella Gebka (Presentation Deputy), Matilda Price (College Captain), Lucy Partridge (College Deputy), Mykala Mastrocola (Manresa Captain), Isabelle Hoggett (Manresa Deputy), Kyra Mastrocola (Councillor), Anna Fracalossi (Councillor), Charlie Spotswood (Councillor), Olivia Walter (Councillor).
Notifying SMC of student absences
Welcome to the start of the 2018 school year! We hope all families have settled nicely into their routines and are excited to see what the new school year will bring.
Parents are reminded that if your child is going to be absent or late to school, it is important that you contact the office as soon as possible (or by no later than 9.00am).
The following are options that you can use:
Telephone Student Services on: 6108 2560
SMS: 0437 996 701
Click on the Absentee link on the SMC home page (Child Absent/Sick – report here) and fill in the report.
Call into Student Services and let staff there know in person.
If your child is absent and the school has not been notified of your child’s absentee or lateness, you will receive a text message followed by a phone call.
School bus timetable and routes
The St Mary’s College bus timetable for 2018 is available to view on the College website at http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/bus-information/
As some of you may be aware, there are a number of bus routes that have changed in 2018. Detailed information on the changes and the revised routes and timetables can also be found on the College website at http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/bus-information/
For further school bus travel and route information, we recommend that you view each bus company’s website directly.
College website as a resource
The College website is a key information resource and families are reminded that it can be used in a variety of ways to stay-up-to-date with important news and events.
Did you know that you can synchronise the calendar from the College website with your own personal electronic calendar?
On the calendar page of the website you will find a blue ‘subscribe’ icon on the bottom right of the page. When you click on this button, a drop-down menu will appear giving you options of which electronic calendar program you would like to use, such as Outlook or Apple. From there, simply follow the prompts.
Having the SMC live calendar synched with our own personal electronic calendar will make it so much easier to remember important school dates. Give it a go today!
Keeping our students safe
Working with Vulnerable People registrations
When visiting a student at College or kindly volunteering in classrooms or on excursion, did you know you are required by law to hold a Working with Vulnerable Persons registration card?
It is the responsibility of College staff to check your registration card if you wish to volunteer, visit or work at St Mary’s and you may be refused entry if you do not have your registration card.
To apply for registration and for more information, please head to the Department of Justice website.
As it’s the start of the year, we have a few important safety messages to help us with keeping your children stay safe at College.
Drop off and pick up
There is very limited car parking around College, so it’s vital all parents are mindful to only drop children off in safe zones.
- For older children who can be dropped off at a distance from College, please ensure you stop away from driveways and other places cars could emerge unexpectedly. We have had calls in the past from concerned local businesses who have experienced students being dropped off and blocking their driveways. If it means you drop students off a little further down the block, please ensure the safety of your son or daughter is number one.
- For younger children we have created a dedicated Kiss and Drop area directly in front of the College on Harrington Street. Kiss and Drop is a NO PARKING zone, meaning parents/carers must stay in their cars and leave the area immediately after their children are safe on the footpath.
- The bus zone is also a NO PARKING area.
- If you accompany your child to College and pick up on site, please ensure you park safely nearby.
By following these instructions, you are helping to ensure a smooth flow of traffic on school mornings
Recycling and waste reduction at SMC
At SMC we are encouraging our students to reduce the amount of rubbish they produce through daily activities and to dispose of their rubbish responsibly in our landfill and recycling bins.
Although not part of formal lessons, these practices help our students in becoming responsible global citizens and in understanding their role in the stewardship of creation.
Parents can support this effort by sending less packaging to school in their children’s lunch box.
A great way to start is to purchase a ‘nude food’ lunch box which includes multiple compartments and thus removes the need for zip lock bags and cling wrap. It is also a great idea to buy in bulk (rather than individual serves of pretzels, yoghurts, etc.) and to decant into reusable containers or a lunch box.
This does not only save money, but also reduces the amount of additional packaging needed.
Your support in ensuring a bright future for our students and the next generation is greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact the SMC Sustainability Officer, Tanaz Jungalwalla at firstname.lastname@example.org
Family discounts 2018
If you wish to apply for a family discount, the Payment Arrangement Form forwarded via email on November 29, 2017 needs to be returned to the Business Office or the family discount will not be applied.
If you have any questions regarding the family discount, please contact the Business Office on telephone 6108 2560.
Happy 150th birthday, St Mary's College
The buildings and grounds may have changed over time, but for previous staff members of St Mary’s College, the SMC school spirit still remains.
The St Mary’s College Staff Reunion was held on Saturday 3 February to mark exactly 150-years of the school being on its present site (SMC welcomed its first students on February 3, 1868).
Current and former staff members of the College travelled near and far to attend the event, which involved a liturgy in the Adrian Doyle Chapel, tours of the school, a birthday cake and plenty of reminiscing about the ‘glory days’ of working at St Mary’s.
Thank you to everyone who joined us on this special occasion, especially those who contributed their time in preparation and on the day.
More photos from the staff reunion can be viewed on our online photo gallery: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/nggallery/galleries/150th-Anniversary-Staff-Reunion
2018 will be a big life in the year of St Mary’s College, and we look forward to joining together as a community throughout the year to celebrate our 150th anniversary together.
Our School Spirit Video is now live
We are so thrilled to finally be able to share with you our ‘School Spirit Video’.
This project has been months in the making and as its title suggests, we hope it gets you into the spirit of our 150th anniversary celebrations!
A special thank you must go to Scott Weston, the College’s Director of Music and Learning Area Coordinator for the Arts, for your tireless efforts in directing, filming and editing this production – we know it was no easy feat.
We hope you enjoy the film, which can be viewed on the College website here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/150th-anniversary/
The video is also on the St Mary’s College Facebook page, so please head over to our page and give it a ‘thumbs up’.
Please don’t forget to spread the word; we would love it if you could share the video with your friends and family.
“On we march, with a midnight sun, we will light our way, with our lanterns on…”
Blessing of 150th badges
As students returned to school this week, the College gathered as a whole school community to be presented with the 150th Celebration Badges.
The badges, which were blessed by His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Adrian Doyle AM DCL, were distributed to our 970 students and 150 staff to wear proudly throughout our anniversary year.
New play space for Junior School
There were certainly a few (extra) excited faces on the first day of Term 1 when students caught sight of our brand new Junior School playground.
The play space, which is located at the bottom court adjacent to St Peter’s Hall, is part of a series of upgrades planned for the College in 2018.
You may have noticed that the Junior School ‘line-up’ area has also had a facelift, with new artificial turf recently installed on the site for our young boys and girls to enjoy.
Alison Lowe's Singapore trip
While our students were enjoying a well-deserved break, St Mary’s College Junior School Chinese Teacher, Alison Lowe participated in a one-week cultural exchange to Singapore’s CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School (a Catholic, bi-lingual Year 1-10 all-girls’ school located in Singapore’s north east).
The visit was made possible through SMC’s involvement in the Australia-Asia BRIDGE School Partnership, an Australian Government-supported project which connects Australian teachers, students and school communities with their counterparts in Asia.
As part of the program, St Mary’s hosted Mrs Jane Teo, a Year 2 teacher from the same school in Singapore, for one week in 2017. During her time at St Mary’s, Mrs Teo worked with our Year 3 and Year 6 girls to create projects that were exchanged with her Year 2 class back at home.
Alison well and truly immersed herself in school life at CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School, where she learned about the Mandarin program offered, formed new friendships, visited cultural sites and, of course, sampled all the delicious local cuisine!
St Mary's official Facebook page
If you want to stay in touch with daily news and happenings at St Mary’s College, click here to visit – and ‘like’ – our official Facebook page. You can also search for St Mary’s College, Hobart.
We work hard to ensure it’s a supportive, informative and important site for all.
See you on Facebook!
2018 Parent Calendars
Families will this week receive a copy of our 2018 St Mary’s College hard-copy calendar. This calendar include some important dates that you will need for the year ahead, including information about our upcoming 150th anniversary celebrations.
Please be mindful that unfortunately we sometimes need to change the calendar, so it is always a good idea to check the website calendar, as it is the true source!
St Mary's College Open Day
If you have friends of family thinking about enrolling at St Mary’s, or if you want to see what our school is like, come along to our open day on Thursday 22 March.
The day will be an opportunity for families to see us as we are and learn more about the College.
More information will be made available soon, so watch this space.
College community event: celebrate our 150th with us
Save the date! We are holding a college community event to celebrate our 150th birthday and anyone with a connection to St Mary’s College is warmly invited to come along!
Held on St Patrick’s Day (Saturday 17 March) the Irish-themed event will be a nod to our convict roots, featuring a program of old-fashioned games, colonial dress-ups and a birthday cake.
Further details about the day will be in our next newsletter. We are looking forward to seeing you all there!
College life in pictures
Pop over to our photos page to view the latest galleries.
This week we have photos from:
A weekend of rowing success
St Mary’s College rowers have enjoyed a successful start to the year. The girls kicked off 2018 with a two-day rowing camp held at New Town Bay (where they had a chance meeting with some very friendly dolphins – visit our Facebook page for the full details) and recently completed their first event of the competition season, the Southern Schools Regatta at Franklin. Well done, girls!
First annual cocktail party
All past and present supporters of the SMC/SVC/GYC Rowing Club are warmly invited to attend the club’s first annual cocktail party, to be held at the New Town Bay Rowing Centre on Saturday 24 February from 7.00pm.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from the St Mary’s College Business Office, with all proceeds from the event supporting the maintenance of sculls, safety boat and club facilities.
For more information visit the event page: https://signedevents.net/australia/new-town-1/smc-svc-gyc-rowing-club-1st-annual-cocktail-party/ or contact Elizabeth Carter at email@example.com
Midford Uniform Shop
Term 1 trading hours
The St Mary’s College Uniform Shop is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.00am-4.00pm.
Where: Montrose Bay High Oval
When: Saturday 24 March, 11.00am-3.00pm
More information: www.greatsouthernprampush.com.au
What: Come and try girls’ cricket with the St Virgil’s Cricket Club
Where: St Virgil’s College Austins Ferry.
When: A registration session will be held on Sunday 25 February 2018 from 10.00am for anyone with an interest in playing for the club.
Contact: Stephen Bourke on T: 0409 450 044.
What: Helen O’Grady Drama Program is now taking enrolments. The classes are designed to building confidence, creativity and self-esteem through acting.
Where: Weekly drama classes for lower primary, upper primary and youth and senior youth at West Hobart, Sandy Bay, Kingston, Lindisfarne, New Town and Bellerive.
More information: www.helenogrady.com.au
Contact: Phone Belinda and Franz on T: 6272 2242 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org