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Year 10,11&12 Meningococcal Immunisation Information

Year 10, 11 & 12 students who have returned their permission forms will be participating in the free Meningococcal Immunisation program on 27 September 2017.Further information can be found by following the link,
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Year 5 Camp

Year Five’s two night camp is planned for Monday 23rd – 25th October.  Please follow the link for information.
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EXC: Year 2 Potoroo and Wombats visit to TMAG

Our Year Two classes will visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery as part of the geography unit currently being studied.For more information, please following this link:
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Father’s Day Breakfast on the College Green

Dear dads and male mentors,This year we will once again celebrate Father's Day by holding a special breakfast.Bring along your daughter and/or son, and enjoy a morning of snags and socialising. For more details, please refer to the P&F invite below and/or visit the events page on Facebook by clicking on this link.                                
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Year 8D Science Taroona Aquaculture Facility Visit

Year 8D Science class is visiting the Taroona Aquaculture Facility on August 17.Follow the link for further information,
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Year 11/12 Lawfest Excursion

Year 11/12 Legal Studies class will participate in UTAS Lawfest on 24 August 2017.Please follow the link for further information.
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Winners are grinners: Hockey grand final success

Congratulations to our first grade hockey stars who blitzed the field on August 1 to clinch a thrilling 7-1 southern grand final win over Mount Carmel College at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre. The win caps off an undefeated season for the girls, who have scored an extraordinary 50 goals over just nine games. Coached by our own SMC Alumna, Maddi Curtis, the team is now through to the state final, which will...
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Runners take on Symmons Plains

Congratulations to our Senior School athletes who tackled the Tasmanian Secondary All Schools Cross Country at Symmons Plains on Tuesday 4 July.SMC students received the following individual results, with the Under-16 Girls’ team finishing fourth in the teams’ event:Anna Blackwell (U17 Girls) – 31stLucy Eade (U16 Girls) – 9thSophie Robinson (U16 Girls) – 22ndKate Oliver (U16 Girls) – 52nd
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Kinder Play Arrangements

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Excursion: 4M to Elizabeth College

As part of Science Week, 4 Myrtle will walk to Elizabeth College and participate in a range of science activities.For more information, please follow this link: 
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Festival of Bright Ideas sparks new learning experiences

By Eve Richmond, Ella Archer & Amelia Roberts (all in Year 8)On Friday 11 August, SMC's 8C class attended the opening of the Festival of Bright Ideas at Hobart's Princes Wharf One (PW1).The festival, which is held as part of National Science Week (August 12-20), was an opportunity for the Year 8s to discover new information and facts about insects, oceanography, how trees grow, how soil is made, forces and pressure,...
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VET Tourism Tasman Peninsular Excursion

The VET Tourism class will be participating in a 2 day excursion on Sunday 27 August to Tuesday 29 August.Please follow the link for further information
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A voice for Catholic School Parents

The latest edition of the Tasmanian Catholic School Parents Council e-newsletter is now online.It can be viewed on the council's website by visiting the link below:http://tcspc.schoolzineplus.com/newsletter/33131
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Jump Rope for Heart in full swing

Jump Rope for Heart is in full swing at St Mary’s College.Last Friday (August 4) marked the official launch of our annual fundraising program, where all students received their sponsorship forms and participant ropes.Our Junior School girls and boys were shown the ropes by National Jump Rope for Heart Field Officer Mitchell Sandridge, and tackled techniques called ‘criss-cross’ and ‘double-under’, before finishing with some long-rope ‘double-Dutch’.Now in its 34th year,...
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Body image – it’s not a taboo subject

Year 12 students at St Mary’s College will be hosting an informative one-hour presentation on the issues related to body image, self-esteem and eating disorders on Wednesday 16 August at 9.30am.The event is geared towards raising awareness of these issues in order to reduce the stigma associated with the very real and growing problem of eating disorders.Guest speakers will include Christine Morgan, chief executive officer of The Butterfly Foundation, Jo Cook, founder of Tasmania...
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Book Week 21-25 August

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Year 10 Road Safety Education Program

The annual Year 10 Road Safety Education Program will be on Monday 28 August at the Royal Hobart Showgrounds.For further information please
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EXC Year 1 Classes 11.8.17

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Join the #parentech conversation

Parents of the College are invited to attend an exclusive Q&A screening of Screenagers on Monday 21 August at 6.30pm at Village Cinemas Hobart.The award-winning documentary probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, to understand how screen time affects young people's minds and development, and how parents can empower their children to best navigate the digital world and find balance.Please follow the link to view the...
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Parenting resilient kids: Research study

Evidence indicates that parents can play a major role in building their child's resilience against problems with mood and anxiety.Dr Marie Yap, a senior research fellow and psychologist from Victoria's Monash University, is leading a team of researchers evaluating a new online parenting program designed to empower parents with strategies to parent with confidence and stay connected with their pre-teen child.In the longer term, it is hoped that parents and...
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Jump Rope for Heart Information 31.7.17

Follow the link above for information about the official Launch of JR4H and our upcoming Jump Off Day.
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Art installation brings colour and vibrancy to school grounds

We are pleased to announce that the art installation created by visiting indigenous artist, Reuben Oates and students of St Mary's College is now complete.The artwork is a contemporary dot painting which depicts the symbolism of the Hobart region with Mt Wellington/kunanyi as a silhouette.The native Tasmanian animals featured include nine platypi, which represent the nine nations of Tasmanian Aboriginals.The handprints are significant as they embody the students’ signature and...
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Take a virtual tour of the College

You can now take a 'virtual' tour of St Mary's College from the comfort of your home computer or armchair.The tour shows you around the Junior and Senior School classrooms, main outdoor areas, resource area, Women in Science centre and gym.To explore our 3D space, visit http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/virtual-tour/ How to navigate our Virtual TourOnce on the tour page, select the tour option that interests you and then click on the play...
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Tasmanian Pathway Program Information Sessions

Members of the Tasmanian rowing community are warmly invited to attend a briefing session on the Tasmanian Pathway Program, to be held in Hobart on Monday 24 July. Jointly delivered by Rowing Australia and the Tasmanian Institute of Sport, the presentations will provide athletes, parents, coaches, clubs and schools with information on the opportunities available for talented Tasmanian athletes to progress along the sport's pathway, with the aim of advancing to state and...
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Canberra 2017

There is now a little under three months before the Year Six Canberra trip - we are all getting very excited!In preparation for departure there are a number of forms and documents that need to be completed.Please follow the links for further information: Please note this is a draft itinerary.   
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Students get a taste of ‘cool’ careers

SMC's Year 8A class recently took an excursion to the Antarctic Research Centres as part of the Midwinter Antarctic Festival for Science. The 10-day event is designed to highlight and celebrate Tasmania's connection with the Antarctic. Participating St Mary's College students, Emily Keane and Maddison Marsche have provided the following report about their trip. On June 29 8A joined four other schools from around Tasmania to participate in the 'Midwinter Antarctic...
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Sandy Bay Road temporary stop closure

Students and families are being advised that pavement works on Sandy Bay Road, between Quayle and Osborne streets, will disrupt Metro services from today (Thursday 6 July) until Monday 24 July 2017.The service affected is Route 2.45pm: Friends', St Mary's College to Maranoa Heights via Sandy Bay, Taroona and Kingston Central. As a result, the following bus stop will be temporarily closed: Sandy Bay Road Stop 6, opposite Byron Street.The...
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Madonna King Presentation: Being 14

Is your daughter 14? Are you struggling to know what is going on inside her head? Are you worried?Parents of secondary school-aged children are invited to attend an evening with renowned journalist, author and media commentator, Madonna King.Madonna's latest book, BEING 14, gives a voice to every teenage girl in Australia.In the author's own words, the book is aimed at 'helping fierce teens become awesome women'. It also seeks to...
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All Schools Cross Country 2017

Well done to all students who participated in the Tasmanian Primary All Schools Cross Country at Symmons Plains on June 27.The girls represented St Mary's College beautifully and did a fantastic job in their respective age categories, competing against more than 200 competitors in each race for school and state medals.Results are listed below:Year 3Billie Salter – 6th Zoe Brooks – 124thHolly Richardson – 131stGracie Pelham – 132ndBella Carter – 185th...
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Junior pupils hit the ground running

Junior School Cross Country - ReportWith the arrival of winter comes our interschool Cross Country events. SMC's Junior Cross Country team performed commendably at both the STCPSSA (June 9) and JSSATIS (June 15) carnivals, which were held recently at the Rokeby Police Academy.More than 50 competitors participated in each race, with SMC highlights including Jessica Smith (Year 4), pictured, who took out both of her events (in fact, at both carnivals...
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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...
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Workshop seeks to educate, empower young women

St Mary's College is offering six students the opportunity to attend a two-day workshop hosted by The School of Entrepreneurship for Girls - at no cost.Suitable for young women aged around 14-years, this school holiday intensive will educate, empower and inspire participants to build their self-confidence and self-awareness, achieve their goals, improve their problem-solving skills and financial literacy, and succeed in work and life.Workshop information:Who: Delivered by Vanessa Cox and Nina Christian...
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Year 11 Life Science Menzies Centre Visit

Information regarding the Year 11 Life Science Menzie Centre visit
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Year 10 Geography Field Trip

Year 10 Geography Class Field Trip information for 6 July 2017
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Festival of Voices Information July 2017

Please follow the link for rehearsal and concert details.
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Information for Kinder Parents 27.6.17

This week Kinder students will be bringing home their Learning Journal.  Please follow the link above for further details.
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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 unpack 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...
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Studying & success – a note from Miranda Ling (SMC Alumna)

At our Senior School Assembly this week, St Mary's College Alumna, Miranda Ling (Class of 2016) was presented with her award for outstanding Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) results in last year's examinations.Here she reflects on her time in Year 12, her definition of 'success', the way she approached her final exams and the positive strategies she relied on to make her study preparation and revision effective.Hey everyone, Hopefully most of you would...
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Coping with exams

Exams are looming for our students in Year 10, 11 and 12, so it is an opportune time to look at why we have exams and what students and parents can do to help reduce the stress that may develop.Why do we have exams?For students in Year 10, exams are generally only held for core subjects – religion, English, maths, history and usually, although not this year, science. Occasionally the...
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Rainbows Program in the Junior School

Our Rainbows will commence in Term 3.  This is a program run to support children who are being affected by significant changes in their life. Please follow the link above for details.
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Cosy for Compassion

Winter - a time for running noses and running campaigns.The Mary's College Senior School Vinnies group has recently launched its 'Cosy for Compassion Clothes Drive' for winter 2017.The drive runs until Wednesday 21 June, and will culminate in a Senior School Pyjama Day.To help out, simply bring along any warm, good quality second-hand clothing items that you would like to donate.Some ideas include:GlovesBeaniesJackets/coatsScarvesSocksJumpersBlanketsDonating your old clothes is a wonderful way to recycle and...
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SSATIS Athletics Team Information

For information regarding upcoming events for the SSATIS Athletics Team follow the link,
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EXC Year 2 Classes 19.6.17

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Information for Kinder Families 14.6.17

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EXC Year 1 Classes 19.6.17

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Career Conversations Evening

What do a neuroscientist, engineer, chief executive officer, global businesswoman/philanthropist, expert in human genetics and a research manager in the fields of geochemistry, sensors, sensor networks and ICT have in common?They will all be guest speakers on the panel at the St Mary's College 'Career Conversations Evening' on Tuesday 13 June.The evening is a fantastic opportunity for students and parents to hear from leading professionals from a range of different career paths and...
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Young minds unite for da Vinci Decathlon

A group of eight Year 7 students put their brainpower to the test when they participated in the da Vinci Decathlon on Friday 26 May.This is the second year that Tasmanian school students have been invited to take part in this nation-wide competition that challenges teams to work together to complete a variety of complex academic tasks involving engineering, acting, cartography, de-coding, poetry and maths.Proving that hard work really does...
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Year 9-12 Drama Excursion to Dracula Production

Year 9-12 Drama students will attending a production of Dracula on 16 June 2017, for further information please follow the link,
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STCPSSA Netball Round Robin 30.6.17

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Information for Year 3 Parents 6.6.17

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EXC Prep Classes 20.6.17

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EXC Year 3 and 4 Classes 16.6.17

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Term 3 Sport Options – Years 3-6

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Year 11/12 Introduction to Nursing UTAS Taster Excursion

The Year 11/12 Introduction to Nursing class will be visiting the University of Tasmanian on 8 June 2017.Further information can be found by following the link
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Wallaby Arrangements from 7.6.17

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Koala Arrangements from 7.6.17

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Letter from Director of the Junior School 1.6.17

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Year 10 Art Excursion to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Mrs Berger's Year 10 Art Class will be participating in an excursion to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.For further information
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EXC Kinder Koalas & Yr 6 Wattle 8.6.17

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Recognising and celebrating our Aboriginal heritage

Local Aboriginal Trawlwoolway artist Reuben Oates will be working on an art installation for St Mary’s College in partnership with a group of our K-12 students.Reuben, who was taught to paint by his father, Leigh Oates, predominately depicts Australian native animals from the region surrounding his home.He is associated with Art Mob in Hobart's Hunter Street arts precinct - Tasmania's only dedicated Aboriginal art gallery, and his exhibitions at the...
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Excursion Information for Year 10 Art Class

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Excursion Information for Kinder Wallabies

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Excursion Information for Kinder Koalas

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Information for Year 3 Gumnuts

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NDIS information session for parents and carers

We pleased to announce that the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be holding an information session here at St Mary's College on Tuesday 6 June.All are welcome to attend to find out more about the scheme and how it could help students with disability and their families and carers.The session will run from 5.30-6.30pm in the Mary Morgan Wing (located at the top of the stairs, accessed from the top ground)....
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Year 10 Excursion to University of Tasmania

The Year 10 students will be visiting the University of Tasmania on 8 June 2017, please follow the link for further information
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Year 11/12 Studies in Religion Student Conference

Students in Year 11/12 studying Religion in Society will be attending a conference A GRAND DESIGN: Science, Ethics and Religion in Dialogue on Thursday 25 May, please follow the link for further information.
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Runners tackle the cross country challenge

Congratulations to all students who participated in the Year 3-12 cross country on Tuesday 16 May.This year’s cross country was held at Tolosa Park, with students embracing the brisk winter air.The day was a great success, with all girls running fantastic races and producing exceptional results amongst all year groups.Thank you to the Year 12 students who hosted the sausage sizzle and cake stand, with the money going towards their...
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Year 4 Choir Information

Please follow the link above for details of the upcoming Hobart Eisteddfod.
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Information for Year 3 Bottlebrush

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Students pound the pavement for National Walk Safely to School Day

Junior School pupils at St Mary's College took National Walk Safely to School Day in their stride on Friday 19 May.Now in its 18th year, the national awareness-raising day is aimed at teaching primary school-aged children the importance of pedestrian safety and the benefits of regular exercise.This year parents and carers in the College community were encouraged to join children and their teachers bright and early as they took to...
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Year 5 & 6 Netball Round Robin 30.6.17

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EXC Yr 1’s to Hobart Rivulet Park 24.5.17

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It’s annual survey time!

As part of always striving to go ‘…one pace beyond’ as a College community, it is important that we are never satisfied with the status quo. From time to time then, we seek to survey parents, students and staff in order to celebrate the things we do well as a College and to identify areas for further improvement. Each member of the College community is invited to complete the survey...
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Kinder Koala Term 2 News

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Kinder Wallaby Term 2 News

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National Walk Safely to School Day 19.5.17

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Year 11/12 VET Tourism Excursion to Launceston

For information regarding the Year 11/12 VET Tourism Excursion to Launceston on  23 May & 24 May, please follow the link
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Year 9 Activity Week

For information regarding the Year 9 Activity Week follow the link; 
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Junior Cross Country Carnival 16.5.17

Please follow the above link for further information regarding our upcoming Cross Country Carnival at Tolosa Park.
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Year 7-9 Swimming Program

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Year 11/12 Geography Excursions

The Year 11/12 Geography class has two upcoming excursions, please follow the link for further information;
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Co-curricular sports and carnival round up

Term 1 saw a very busy schedule for our Senior School girls participating in both co-curricular sport and carnivals.The girls have managed to surf, swim, run, jump, throw, row, kick, ride, cheer and chant their way through the term with great success, as outlined below:EquestrianYsobelle Lane was our sole representative at the recent schools show jumping competition held in Hobart.The Year 10 student enjoyed the experience and has gained valuable knowledge...
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EXC Kinder Wallabies & Year 6 Banksia

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Barrack Street road works

The Hobart City Council will be conducting road works to improve pedestrian access in Barrack Street (between Patrick and Brisbane streets), commencing Monday 8 May 2017.The works will involve reconstruction of existing pedestrian access ramps, and are expected to take approximately six weeks to complete - weather permitting.The road will remain open to the public, and the Council advises that every effort will be made to minimise disruption to property owners,...
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Senior School Cross Country Information

Please follow the link for information regarding the Senior School Cross Country on 16 May 2017;
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Year 10 Law & Politics Visit to Parliament House

For information regarding the Year 10 Law & Politics visit to Parliament House in 11 May 2017 please follow the link;
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Year 9 Jewish Synagogue Excursion 5 May 2017

Year 9 Religious Education classes will be visiting the Jewish Synagogue on 5 May.Please follow the link for further information
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Year 10 Business Excursion Plato’s. Wonder.Create.Discover

Year 10 VET Business class will be visiting the Plato's.Wonder.Create.Discover in Salamanca Square on 5 May 2017.Please follow the link for further information;
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Year 11/12 Legal Studies Parliament House Visit 4 May

For information regarding the Year 11/12 Legal Studies visit to Parliament House please follow the link.
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Mother’s Day in Kinder

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Information for Parents 1.5.17

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VET Introduction to Nursing Clinical Practice Information

Year 11/12 VET Introduction to Nursing class will be undertaking Clinical Practice at Southern Cross Care.Follow the link for further information.  
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A ‘grand’ day to celebrate our loved ones

Grandparents and 'grandfriends' came from near and far to share in SMC's Grandparents' Day 2017.Held on Wednesday 12 April, the whole-school event saw our special guests given a warm welcome in the Nagle Centre, where they were treated to wonderful performances by the girls including a 'Welcome to Country' and prayer service led by the Year 6 classes and musical entertainment provided by our talented Year 3/4 choir.They enjoyed quality time...
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Term 2 Metro bus timetable changes

Metro Tasmania has extended its bus timetable to include an additional running time for Route 243AM: Blackmans Bay to Ogilvie High via Hobart College.Effective from the start of Term Two on Monday 1 May 2017, route 243AM will depart Blackmans Bay 10 minutes earlier than currently scheduled at 7.30am.The changes will help to alleviate the concerns regarding the timely arrival of students before the start of the school day.The new...
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Information for Junior Parents 10.4.17

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Kinder arrangements for Grandparents Day 12.4.17

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Term 2 Year 7 Activity Information

For information regarding the upcoming Term 2 activities for Year 7 please follow the link below.
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Year 9 Outdoor Education Fortescue Bay Camp information

For information regarding the Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp, please follow the link 
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Year 11/12 English 3 Melbourne Excursion

For information regarding the English 3 Melbourne Excursion, please follow the link.Information sent 10 May 2017Information sent 31 May 2017
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Prep – Year 2 Palm Sunday Service 10.4.17

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The Playground Craze ‘Bullying No More’

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SMC Science stars shine

On Wednesday 29 March, 32 Year 9 and 10 students travelled to the University 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 one metre long bridge from cardboard and paddle pop sticks.Through these activities students...
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Year 10 Personal Pathway Planning & Work Skills Program Information

Information regarding Year 1o Personal Pathway Planning & Work Skill Program - Work Experience
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Nude Food Day 29.3.17

Please follow the link for information regarding our Nude Food Day this Wednesday..
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2017 Science & Engineering Challenge

Selected Year 9 & 10 students will be participating in the Science & Engineering Challenge at the University of Tasmania on 29 March 2017.
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2017Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser

Information regarding the 2017 Hot Cross Bun Fundraising for Project Compassion.Orders need to be completed by Wednesday 5th April, via the College QK! app. 
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Epipen recall details

There is a current recall of epipens due to possible defects.If you have an epipen at home or in your car, please check the batch numbers against those in this image from today's Mercury newspaper.Click the image to view full size.
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Grandparents and Special Friends Day 12.4.17

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English Foundations- excursion to view Lion

If you daughter is studying year 11/12 English Foundations please see the link below for information regarding the upcoming State Cinema excursion to view Lion.   
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Year 8 Science and Geography joint Excursion

The Year 8 cohort will be going on a joint Science & Geography Excursion.Please follow the link for further information:-
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Kinder Photo Day Reminder

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St Patrick’s Day in Koalas

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TasICT Generations- Hobart Showcase

For further information regarding the TasICT Generations - Hobart Showcase excursion please follow the link below:
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Term 2 Sport Options

For Prep - Year 6 sporting options in Term 2 - please follow the link.
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Central Region Junior Soccer 2017

Please follow the link for further information regarding the winter roster.
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Year 10 Goal-setting Meeting Information

Year 10 Goal-setting Meeting will be on Tuesday 7 March between 6.00pm and 7.30pm.
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Year 11/12 Life Science Class Excursion

Year 11/12 Life Science Class will be visiting Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary at Brighton on Wednesday 15 March.
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Year 10 Maria Island Camp

The Attached letter details information & equipment list for Year 10 students, attending the Maria Island Camp March 20 to March 22.
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Temporary changes to bus routes

Please be advised of the following changes to bus routes on Friday 10 February - afternoon services. For more information, please call Metro on 132201.Bus stop closure on Duntroon Dr, RokebyServices affected:Route 307PM: Clarence High School, Emmanuel Christian School, Rokeby High School, Clarendon Vale Primary School, John Paul II Primary School, Lauderdale Primary SchoolRoute 326PM: Howrah Primary School, Clarence High School, Corpus Christi, Bellerive Primary School, Rose Bay High SchoolRoute 330PM: Lauderdale...
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Invitation to An Evening on the Green

Your Invitation to An Evening on the GreenThe Parents and Friends Association is hosting an Evening on the College Green where our community can meet each other or catch up from last year. It's a great opportunity for new families to get to know the Parents and Friends Association and each other.Click here to read more about the Parents and Friends Association.
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Year 9, 10, 11/12 Outdoor Education/Leadership – Minor Excursions

If you have a daughter taking Year 9, Year 10 Year 11/12 Outdoor Education or Leadership, please see attached letter for important information regarding minor excursions for this class.
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Student’s Innovative Science Recognition

Year 10 student Eloise Deconinck has recently received recognition for her innovative scientific research into whether plastics can be broken down fungi. From developing the theory at College, Eloise has gone on to participating in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards as a National Finalist. Eloise shares her experience below.I attended the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards Camp in Melbourne over the weekend of February 3-7 as a national finalist. I had a truly...
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Open Day 2017

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The Fountain Newsletter 8 February 2017 

The Fountain | 8 February 2017 Click on a heading to expand the item, then just click again to close. 
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Your back to school asthma checklist

Here's a handy checklist you can download and print to help with creating an action plan to manage asthma and to keep your children safe.Download as a PDF: 
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2017 Book Lists

Please follow the link for your child's current year for 2017 book list:-
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Leadership Camp 2016

By Holly Andre2017 Head PrefectTo farewell the 2016 academic year, Year 10 and 11 students, embarked on a two-day retreat to Orana Guide Camp in Lauderdale on Thursday 1 December. The camp was designed to form a greater bond between the two Year groups and to also heighten both College and House spirit.Over the two days, the camp involved activities such as bike riding, rafting, kayaking and beach activities which were...
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Youth Survey students acknowledged by media

Year 9 students Taylah Lowry and Anna Seymour answered some tough questions for The Mercury in relation to Mission Australia's 2016 Youth Survey. They spoke maturely and clearly and represented themselves, the College and the Catholic community as true St Mary's College girls.
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Community Announcements 13 December 2016

What: Bricks 4 Kidz® School holiday workshopsWhen: December 2016 / January 2017More information: http://www.bricks4kidz.com.au/tasmania-Hobart/Contact: Ange or Kylie - Hobart@bricks4kidz.com | 0408 454 851What: 3 Day Holiday Rock Music Camps for kids aged 5-18yrs (no musical experience required)When: January 11-13, 18-20, 23-25Where: Battery PointMore information: http://rockbandacademy.com.au/holidayrock/Contact: pete@rockbandcademy.com.au   Tel: 0416 012 482What: Hockey Tasmania school holiday clinics for kids When: January 2017Where: Hockey Tasmania, New TownMore information: http://hockeytasmania.com.au/Junior-Zone/School-Holiday-ProgramContact: tbarry@hockeytasmania.com.au 
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Reducing footprints at the Sustainability Fair

The second St Mary's College Sustainability Fair is on with all day workshops and events aimed at implementing change for our planet's wellbeing.St Mary’s College student-led initiative, The Footprint Project is at the forefront of the initiative and has planned the day’s events so all students and staff will take away at least one daily change that has a positive environmental impact. Changes can be made at school or home and...
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Year 6 Lunch 12.12.16

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SMC/SVC Social 9.12.16

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EXC Kinder Wallabies & Yr 6B 7.12.16

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Community Announcements 30 November ’16

What: Rhythmic Dance Centre 2017 enrolments. Tuition in jazz, tap, ballet, neo classical, hip hop and song & danceWhen: Now taking enrolments for classes age 3 to adult Where: Studios at Brighton, Claremont, Midway Point, Huonville, Bellerive and Orford More info: T: 6268 0864 or 0439 450 488 | E: rhythmicdancecentre@hotmail.com | W: www.rhythmicdancecentre.com | Also on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.What: Canterbury Hockey Club 2017 Young Lions Junior Development...
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Sports and athletics update

Athletics: Southern Knock out competitionOn 19 October SMC competed in the Southern round of the Knockout athletics carnival. Girls competed in both the Junior (Year 7 and 8) and Intermediate (Year 9 and 10) competitions with great success. Our junior girls finished 2nd overall, with our Intermediate girls winning their division and accordingly have been invited to compete in the National Schools Knock out carnival in Canberra on Monday 5...
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Year 10 Cambodia trip preparations

In September 2017, nine St Mary’s College students will team up with students from Ogilvie High School to travel to Cambodia with World Challenge. The Year 10 students will undertake a community project, a bushwalk and some travel through Cambodia.The eager team is currently preparing for its first big meeting on 5 December. They will work as a team to choose their community project, plan their travel adventure and organise...
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SMC student artworks shine

The annual SMC student art exhibition was launched on 17 November at St Peter’s Hall and the SMC art rooms. The artworks on display showcased the variety of projects and themes that were completed by students throughout the year and their consistently high standards in the visual art department.Each year SMC selects works as acquisitions, which are displayed around the college. The artworks chosen for acquisition this year were produced...
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The reburial of Mother Francis Xavier Murphy

On Saturday 19 November, Father Graeme Howard celebrated the Feast of the Presentation with Sister Gabrielle, Presentation Sisters and friends at Sacred Heart Church, New Town. This was a most significant celebration, falling as it did in the 150th year of the Sisters' arrival in Hobart. We don't know where the original Sisters celebrated their feast day in 1866, but it was most likely at St John's Church, Richmond, where...
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Athletics and Basketball wrap up

      Junior Athletics Carnival ReportCongratulations to our Year 3-6 athletics team who competed in both the JSSATIS and STCPSSA carnivals. These carnivals were held within one week, with the JSSATIS on Monday 19 September and STPCPSSA on Friday 11 November.St Mary’s College teams were extremely competitive across all year levels, with many of our girls placing in the top four in their field, track and relay events. Well done to...
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Spring Fair achievements and fundraising

It has been a couple of weeks since the wonderful Spring Fair.  Some of you are probably wondering how much money we raised and many of you will be wondering what the money will be put towards. At this point in time that the Fair raised in the vicinity of $26,000. This is not a definitive amount because not all the bills have been paid and not quite all monies have come...
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Community Service Announcement

The Old Nick Company’s 13th Summer School and auditionsWhen:  Auditions: Sunday 20 NovemberSummer school: 24 February – 4 March 2017 Where: Mount Nelson Theatre More info: Mark Holmes, mark.brisbane@hotmail.com | 0447 081 525Sacred Heart Catholic School’s Country Style Twilight FairWhen:  Friday 18 November, 3.30pm-7.30pm Where: 4690 Huon Highway, Geeveston         University of Tasmania Advice Nights and Options ExpoWhat: To help students find the pathway to their preferred course, no matter what your...
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Junior Swimming training cancelled- 25th Feb

For all Junior Swimming Members there will be no training tonight- due to absent coach
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Year 5/6 Health and Personal Development

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Year 1 Classroom Relocation

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Community Service Announcements-2 November

What: Sustainable Living FestivalWhen: November 12-13Where: Prince’s Wharf 1More information:  http://www.slt.org.au | facebook.com/sustainableliving.tasmaniaContact: Sustainable Living Tasmania: (03) 6234 5566What:    Sacramental Preparation SeasonWelcoming children over 8 years and adults. There is a separate preparation group for high school studentsWhen:  Ongoing to June 2017Where: St Mary’s Cathedral, 180 Harrington Street, HobartContact: Eva Dunn, eva.dunn@gmail.com | 0417 734 503What: St Aloysius College and Parish FairWhen: Sunday 13 November, 11.30am-2.30pmWhere: Nautilus Grove, Huntingfield 
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Sports Update 2 November ’16

Bsketball teams are doing wellOn Wednesday 26 October, Year 8 students competed in the SSATIS Basketball Grand Final against Sacred Heart. The girls played exceptionally well, coming away with a 36-20 win.This was the first time St Mary’s has won the Year 8 SSATIS Basketball competition, which made it an even better win. The first quarter was close but by half time the girls had established a good lead against...
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EXC Kinder Classes 16.11.16

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EXC Year 1 Classes 10.11.16

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Out and About – Excursions and more

Mole Day excursionOn Monday 24 October, 16 students from Year 11 and 12 joined with the Year 4 Myrtle class for an excursion to the University of Tasmania to celebrate Mole Day. The opportunity for the excursion was provided by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in combination with UTAS.Mole Day is an unofficial holiday for Chemists and commemorates Avogadro’s number (6.022 x 1023), the fundamental unit of measure in Chemistry,...
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A special visitor from Japan

Chie Kakuya from the Japan Foundation is a Japanese assistant teacher, working to support Japanese education in schools for the next two years.She recently visited St Mary's College to support high school Japanese and has also visited the Junior school to introduce Japanese culture. On Thursday 27 October, Chie joined us to help participants at the Japanese speech competition with their pronunciation of Japanese words. Pictured are Chie Kakuya with Year 5 students...
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Year 4 chefs in training

On Wednesday 19 October, Year 4 Blue Gums were lucky enough to participate in International Chefs' Day when Stephen Lunn and Michael from Guilford Young College, representing the Australian Culinary Federation came to cook with Year 4 Blue Gum students. Adalia Hauler and Zyla Williams share their experience.During the cooking session, we made blueberry pancakes and had a decorating competition. We could use a variety of toppings, such as fruit, whipped cream,...
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Annual Student Art Exhibition 2016

The grand opening of the Year 9-12 Student Art Exhibition is on November 17 at St Peter’s Hall from 6.00-7.30pm.All parents and students are welcome to come along and see the work our talented art students (and teachers) have put in over the course of this year. Some amazing work will be on display, plus we will be announcing the Art Acquisitions and prizes on the night! Hope to see...
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Fun at the Spring Fair

Sunday’s College Fair can only be described as a resounding success. At 11.00am after gusts of wind damaged tents, the call was made to completely dismantle all marquees (after a three hour set up). Due to the many available hands, we completely rearranged the Fair in 30 minutes. All food, coffee, drinks stalls, dining area and Chocolate Wheel were all moved to the car park under the Nagle Centre leaving the...
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Adrian Doyle Chapel windows

As a part of our 150th Anniversary celebrations, we marked the arrival of the Presentations Sisters in Hobart with the first installation of two lead-light and stained glass windows in the Adrian Doyle Chapel.The first in the series is named Let There Be Light. It is free of lead lines to represent the turmoil and ethereal qualities as light separates from darkness so day and night form.The second is named...
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Presentation Sisters’ Sesquicentenary Celebrations

On Saturday 29 October, Tasmanian Presentation Sisters, along with a number of their interstate colleagues, celebrated the sesquicentenary (150th Anniversary) of the arrival of the original group of Presentation Sisters with their candidates from Ireland.The Cathedral was packed for Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Julian Porteous and Archbishop Emeritus Adrian Doyle, together with fourteen priests from around the archdiocese.Joining the celebrations were alumni from St Mary’s College as well as from...
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EXC Kinder Koalas to Cornelian Bay 3.11.16

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Wear Red for Daniel Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Wear Red for Daniel Day in the Junior School.  Please follow the link for further information,
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Year 1 Penguins – Reading Program 26.10.16

Year 1 Penguins are now using a new online reading program called Wushka.  Please follow the link for further information.
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P-6 Swimming and Water Safety 2016

Our Prep - Year 6  ten day Swimming & Water Safety Program (SWSP) begins on Monday 14th November.  Please follow the link for important information.
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Prep – Year 2 Athletics Fun Day 2.11.16

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Pedlars Parade at the Fair this Sunday

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EXC Kinder Wallabies to Cornelian Bay 2.11.16

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It’s Spring Fair time

The SMC Spring Fair is on this Sunday 30 October.From 12.00-3.00pm, there's fun for all the family, including:live musicyummy food | bar for the adultscraft stallsface painting | jumping castleprizes to be wonand much moreHere's a map to help you find your way around: Where: 164 Harrington Street, HobartSee you there! 
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Term 4 Year 6 Councillors

Our Year 6 Councillors for Term 4 are, from left to right: Felicity Carter (6W), Hannah Pickrell (6B), Meg Pinelli (6W) and Jasmyne Ringrose (6B)Well done and enjoy your role as Councillors.
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Community Service Announcements 19 October 2016

Parenting Plus123 Magic® & emotion coaching: a six hour course for parents of 2-12 year oldsHopkins Room, Uniting Church, Swan Street North HobartSaturday 5 November, 9.30am-4.00pmEnquiries: 0409 971 757 | Enrol at: info@parentingplus.net.auhttp://www.parentingplus.net.au/Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council Conference and AGMCatholic School parents – prepared for the futureDon Bosco Creative Arts Centre, Guilford Young College, 76 Bowden Street, GlenorchySaturday 22 October, 9.30am-4.30pmRegistration: catholicparents@bigpond.comwww.tcspc.org.au | Twitter: @TASCATHOLICAPRENTS | FB: TAS-Catholic Parents CouncilDownload...
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Sports update 19 October 2016

Junior Regional Basketball TournamentSt Mary’s College had three Junior Teams competing in the Primary Regional Basketball Tournament held in Hobart on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October. It was a high standard competition, with our girls playing some fantastic matches over the two-day tournament. All teams achieved commendable results with our Year 3/4 Division 1 Girls finishing Runner ups & Year 5/6 Division 1 Girls winning their division. Well done...
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Year 6 study tour to Canberra

As part of our Year 6 educational program we study the qualities of leadership and the importance of democracy. On Monday 19 September our Year 6 students travelled to Canberra. All students from our Year 6 classes undertook an educational tour of the National Capital. While on the tour they participated in a variety of programs focused on Australian’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.In the lead up to the trip,...
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Spring Fair update and map

Spring Fair update 19 OctoberFair Day is Sunday October 30 between 12pm and 3pm. We are now on countdown with just over a week to go!We ask for your following and continued support by the donation of items for the Chocolate Wheel, White Elephant Stall, Book Stall and any other goods.Our next Major Donation Day is: Monday October 24 for Chocolate Wheel/White Elephant/Book Stall/Other Items. Also a reminder about the...
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Update from the SMC Student Services Office

Emailing receiptsPlease be advised that the Business Office has recently implemented some procedural changes with the way electronic receipts are processed. A receipt will now be emailed for all transactions (including payments made by direct debit, QKR App and direct transfers to the College bank account). This is to ensure transactions have been processed correctly and in a timely manner,If an emailed receipt has not been received within five working...
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Help needed in Senior School

Are you interested in helping out in class? We’re seeking volunteers to help in Senior School classes for this last term of 2016.We are particularly interested in anyone who is interested in maths, or is fluent in Italian and capable of engaging in conversation with students.If you are interested, please contact Wendy Forsyth, Head of Learning and Teaching, by email, wforsyth@smc.tas.edu.auA note about being a parent volunteerWe welcome all our...
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A word from the VET and Careers Coordinator: Partnerships with Industry

2016 has been a very busy year in the learning area of vocational education. Once again we have enjoyed a successful year partnering with a range of businesses and external training providers so we can give our students every opportunity to succeed in their chosen educational and career pathway.This year one of our year 12 students Madeline Haigh attended the Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School (JRLF SS) to complete...
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EXC Year 4 Day of Resilience 27.10.16

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Dittos Keep Safe Program 28.10.16

Please follow the link for information regarding our rescheduled sessions.
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EXC Yr 5 Waratah to Marimba Mania Concert 28.10.16

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EXC Year 4 Myrtle to UTAS 24.10.16

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Kindergarten Athletics Carnival 26.10.16

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Crazy Sock Day 19.10.16

Please follow the link for information regarding our Crazy Sock day next Wednesday.
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EdTechTeam Summit keeping educators tech savvy

The first EdTechTeam Summit has been held at SMC over the first two days of school holidays. The Summits, held globally, are designed to keep educators as tech-savvy as their students, so are packed full of exciting and innovative workshops held by informative presenters and speakers. More than 100 Tasmanian delegates attended the Summit, where they learned about integrating Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools into their classroom learning experience. Among the many...
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St Mary’s Cathedral Parish Sacramental Season

Interested families are asked to attend an information meeting on Tuesday 25th October.  Please follow the link for further information. 
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K-2 Pedlars’ Parade at the College Fair

Our College Spring Fair will be held this year on Sunday 30th October.  We invite all Kindergarten to Year 2 students to come along to participate in this fun activity.  Please follow the link for more information.
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Sports Update

 A fantastic win in the basketball state final What a game! St Mary's College took on Marist Regional College in today's State Basketball Final, winning 52-50. Congratulations to our hard-working team Ellie Collins, Sian Prior, Jamie Symons, Taylor Mole, Adelle Salter, Elizabeth McGann and Zoe Burke. Victorious state hockey win for the second time in historyCongratulations to our 1st Grade State Hockey champions. It was a hard fought game against St....
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Community Service Announcements September 21 2016

Sacramental preparation – St John’s Presbytery, GlenorchyWhat: Meetings for parents / carers who are parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic parish Glenorchy and who believe that their child is ready to prepare to celebrate the sacraments. Preparation for Reconciliation will be offered in Term 4 2016 and preparation for Confirmation and First Eucharist in Terms 2 and 3 2017.Where: St. John’s presbytery, 62, Bowden Street, GlenorchyWhen: Wednesday 19 October at...
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A breathtaking night of music

Music students and teachers combined talents for a breathtaking and inspiring night of music and song at the recent SMC Music Gala Night. The standard of performances were exceptional.We're so proud of the girls who performed as well as the staff and family who supported them throughout the year.Click here to go to the gallery of images from this year's music gala.
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Choirs shine at the Clarence Eisteddfod

The Clarence Eisteddfod was held recently with two choir groups from St Mary’s College competing. The competition was fierce – with nine choirs performing to high standards. Our students were outstanding, with the Year 4 and Under choir winning their section and our second group receiving extremely high praise along with a Certificate of Merit in the adjudicator’s comments.On handing out the awards, the adjudicator mentioned how difficult it was...
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You’re the Voice-NEAA Conference, Melbourne

The immense influence Nano Nagle had upon our international community is immeasurable. Her dedication to social justice and the attainment of righteousness is a standard of existence fervently articulated within the St Mary’s College community as we unanimously strive to emulate her compassionate leadership.Recently, six Year 10 students were given the opportunity to explore Nano’s continued impact upon contemporary society by attending the bi-annual Nagle Education Alliance of Australia Conference....
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Your opinion counts

We want to write and send newsletters that you look forward to reading. To do this, the frequency, content and style is something we are continually working to keep relevant.We’re offering you the opportunity to share your thoughts on how we're tracking and ask you to take our brief, 2-3 minute survey, below.Your reward? A relevant, newsworthy newsletter full of interesting content that you enjoy reading. We thank you in advance. 
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NCSS programming challenge success

The NCSS Challenge is a computer programming competition for school students. It has been running in Australia for the last 11 years. https://groklearning.com/challenge/This year the competition ran for five weeks with St Mary’s College students from Year 5 to Year 11 involved. Our students did exceptionally well and were awarded one High Distinction, two Distinctions, one Merit and one Credit.The NCSS Challenge is unlike any other programming competition students take...
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Year 1s and the digital age

This term Year 1 students have been learning about digital technologies with Peter Lelong.We enjoyed finding out what data is and how to represent it and how to program and have fun with the Beebots. We also learnt how to use digital technology apps like Scratch Junior and Daisy the Dinosaur on the iPads.
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Excursion update – Aurora Australis

On Thursday 8 September, Year 6 students were lucky enough to be involved in the Antarctic exhibition and board the Aurora Australis. The tour ran like a well-oiled machine and our students saw a lot in a very short time.We also visited IMAS and were shown the giant drills used to gather ice samples from deep, deep below. These ice samples provide information about weather conditions in the distant past.Click...
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SMC Science Expo and UTAS’s Science Investigation Awards

The Tasmanian Science Investigation Awards recently celebrated its 12th Anniversary with state-wide entries of 600 projects from 1000 students and 53 schools. The awards receive extensive support from the Tasmanian community, industry and professional associations, particularly as their primary aim is to inspire and encourage students’ interest in studying Science.As part of their third term Science studies program, St Mary’s College students from Year 7-11 formulated a scientific investigation of...
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Spring Fair update from Parents and Friends

The latest news on the Spring Fair!Sunday October 3012.00pm-3.00pmTrailer Raffle: hopefully every family has received their book of raffle tickets last week. The trailer raffle will be drawn at the school fair on October 30.  In the lead up to the fair, here are the significant dates for the raffle.Wednesday 19 October: all tickets to be returnedWednesday 26 October: trailer filling day and sports uniform day.From 8.00am, students from Year...
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St Mary’s wins in basketball showdown

St Mary's College and Marist Regional College faced off in the open basketball state finals on Monday 19 September, creating an exciting match.After a hard working season filled with accomplishment, the final result was the very close score of Marist on 50 points and St Mary's on 52!All this was achieved in the nail-biting last forty seconds of the game; St Mary's coming from behind, tying the game twice then...
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Yr 6 Canberra Trip 19-22 September 2016

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Excursion Kinder Koalas to Woolworths 23.9.16

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Parading with penguins

SMC students' penguins were amongst thousands on parade at the opening day of the inaugural Australian Antarctic Festival. The 5,500 painted plywood penguins were submitted by students from 110 Tasmanian schools, including St Mary's College and provided a colourful start to the festival, which ran for five days from September 8.The Mercury ran the full story here.Many thanks to the parent who provided this photo.
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Footy Colours in the Junior School

On Friday 16th September we are holding our Footy Colours and Activity Day.  Please follow the link for details of a fun day.
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Primary Schools Dance Event 15.9.16

Please follow the link for detailed information regarding our two upcoming events at the Kingborough Sports Centre at Kingston.
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Musical Gala 2016

Don't miss this free concert on Friday 16 September from 7.00pm-8.30pm. It's a celebration of all the wonderfully talented young musicians at SMC.
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Update: the College Fair

Dear ParentsThe College Spring Fair is happening early next term (Sunday 30 October). With organisation well on the way, here is a reminder of some things that are on offer.COLLEGE SPRING FAIRFun for the KidsFinding Nemo Jumping Castle, Sumo Suits, Bungee Run and Zorb Ball Pedlars’ ParadeFood and DrinkPulled pork tacos, fish and chips, nachos, barbecue, desserts, fairy floss and Devonshire tea! Smoothies, coffee, beer and wine! Cakes, cakes and more...
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SPORTS UPDATE

Year 11 students Meg Messer and Georgia Galea were recently given a unique rowing opportunity when they crewed an eight for the Vice Chancellors Cup on The Tamar River. The event is a north vs south university boat race over a five kilometre course.Meg and Georgia were both asked to fill seats in the northern crew when two rowers pulled out and were eligible to do so as they both row club for Tasmania...
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Community Service Announcements

St Virgil’s Junior School FairWhat: St Virgil’s College Junior School FairWhere: St Virgil’s College, 102 Patrick Street, Hobart When: Sunday September 11 Time:  11am-2pm Bricks 4 kidsWhat: Lego® holiday workshops – Bricks 4 Kidz® for kids aged 5-12 Where: Elizabeth College (enter through Warwick St gates) When: September 26-30 Contact: Ange or Kylie – hobart@bricks4kidz.com / 0408 454 851 Web: http://www.bricks4kidz.com.au/tasmania-hobart/North Hobart Demons Cricket Club Junior Pathway, 2016 / 2017What: A range...
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SMC Performs well in Wicked casting

The cast for Tasmania’s 2017 production of Wicked has been announced. Many of our ex and current students have landed roles in this major production.Katie Green (graduated Year 12, 2015), Jaime Mollineaux-Herbert (Year 10, 2014), Sarah Bourke (Year 12, 2016), Cassie Ogle Year (10, 2015), and Tayla Moschogianis (current Year 10) have all made the cast.Congratulations to everyone who was cast – we look forward to seeing the production.Click here...
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Australian Mathematics Competition 2016

The annual Australian Mathematics Competition was held at SMC on July 28 and 29 with 111 Students from across Australia in attendance.The competition involved students being presented with problems from the mathematics curriculum to solve. Two SMC students received a High Distinction score: Shreya Karunakara was graded in the 100th percentile and only missed receiving a prize by two points and Emily Barnett. A further 17 students received a Distinction...
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Art meets machines

On Monday 22 August, Year 10 students Olivia Eade, Alice MacKey, Kiarna Lunson and Heidi Gregory joined art students from other schools across the Hobart region for an intensive workshop at the Art School on Hunter Street.The students participated in a range of activities and presentations that explored contemporary art-making practice, including the construction of drawing devices and ‘machines’. The workshop was aimed at encouraging students to take risks, invent,...
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A brilliant Book Week

August has come and gone, however here in the Student Resource Centre, we are still smiling and enjoying that sense of celebration generated by the staff and students for Book Week!The theme: Australia: Story Country! was certainly well supported, with a beautiful display that included gum leaf bunting depicting every student’s favourite book and author!An enormous thank you must be given to all those responsible for the events held this...
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EXC: Year 5 to the Female Factory 8.9.16

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Tournament of Minds

On Saturday 3 September, fourteen Year 4-6 students travelled to Launceston to compete in the Tournament of Minds State Finals. Tournament of Minds (TOM) is a problem solving program requiring teams to work cooperatively and find creative solutions to given problems.St. Mary’s entered two teams—one in the Primary Language and Literature division and one in the Primary Social Science division. Both teams had to complete a spontaneous challenge on the day and...
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Bookmark dioramas to close Book Week

Art and literature combined this week at an exhibition of Bookmark dioramas created by Year 6 students. The students demonstrated their creative skills, cleverly integrating bookmarks into each one. Here is just a small snapshot of the many dioramas on display. 
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Years 3 -6 Term 4 Sporting Options

Please follow the link for information on extracurricular sports available to our Year 3 -6 students in Term 4.
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Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Program 14.9.16

A personal safety education program will be presented by Bravehearts to both parents and Kinder - Year 3 students.  Please follow the link for the parent session time and further information.
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Alpine Bushwalking Camp

Students in Year 10 & 11/12 Outdoor Education will be participating in the Alpine Bushwalking camp at Mt. Field from Wednesday 7 September to Friday 9 September. for further information
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EXC Kinder Wallabies to Woolworths 13.9.16

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Year 5 Camp Information 2016

Year 5's two night camp is planned for Monday 17th - 19th October.  Please follow the link for information.
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2016 Junior Athletics Carnival

Please find attached information regarding our upcoming Carnival.
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Combined Kinder Excursions

Please follow the link for information on combined upcoming Kinder excursions.
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Age Appropriate Social Media Information for Yrs 5 & 6

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EXC Kinder Koalas – Cornelian Bay 1.9.16

Koalas are going to Cornelian Bay for a play.  Please follow the link for further information.
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Science Week excursion roundup

Science and maths were the focus of activities and excursions in the past fortnight. Highlights included:Year 10 students Lily Ward and Olivia Eade attended the launch of Science Week 2016 at Government House on August 10.Students from Year 7 and 8 went on excursions to IMAS and the CSIRO Taroona laboratoriesYear 10 students were entertained by speakers from the Young Tasmanian Scientists group from University of TasmaniaComing upStudents from years 7 to...
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Year 6 Parliament

Year 6 students have been learning about the three levels of government in Australia. They have been creating their own Parliament, with very student in Year 6 taking turns to adopt a position of responsibility so that all students become directly involved in the parliamentary process.During Year 6 Parliament, sessions are held in St Peter’s Hall. These are formal meetings and as much as possible, the standard parliamentary procedure is...
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Community Service Announcements

Alexander TechniqueWhat: Alexander Technique – 6 introductory workshopsWhen: Monday evenings from start of SeptemberWhere: Level 2, Performance Space, St. Mary’s Cathedral, 164 Harrington Street, HobartTime: 6:00-8:00 pmContact: Sheila Hale – 0449 954 640, email: sfhale789@gmail.comCost: $300 for six workshops (health fund rebates apply)Little AthleticsWhat: Registration Day for 2016 Little AthleticsWhen: Tuesday 20 SeptemberWhere: Clarence High SchoolTime: 5.30-7.30pmContact: Shane Cox (Secretary) 0425 038 437 | www.clarence.org.au/Coder CollegeWhat: School holidays computer coding...
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Parents and Friends – College Fair time

Spring Fair News – call for volunteersWe are just two months away from the Spring Fair, which is being held on Sunday 30 October!I invite each and every parent to become involved in this great day. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate being a part of a College community. It is also a way to contribute towards your daughter’s education and to the College.On the day of the Fair we...
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Maths relay

Students for St Mary's College competed in the annual Maths Relay held at Rosny College on Sunday 21 August. This competition is organised by the Mathematics Association of Tasmania (MAT) and involves events in three regions across the state. Some 200 teams were competing in the Southern Division (Primary, Junior Secondary, Upper Secondary and Senior Secondary competition).Well done to all the girls who gave up their time on Sunday to...
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Visit from Japanese students

Early in August, four students from our sister city, Yaizu in Japan visited our school for one week. The girls were hosted by Caitlyn Cooper, Faith McDougall, Taylah Pickett and Sian Prior.SMC Japanese and Chinese teacher Shelley Macleod was involved with the visit from inception to when the students boarded their flight home. Here she shares her highlights of the week. Thanks to the welcoming nature of the St Mary’s College community, the...
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Olivia Burdick’s World Youth Day experience

From July 21 to August 11, Year 11 student Olivia Burdick attended the World Youth Day Pilgrimage with the Immaculata community, travelling with a group of 37 pilgrims from Tasmania, NSW and Victoria. Read on as Olivia shares her experience.We arrived in Poland on the July 23 and immediately kicked off with some sightseeing before heading to our accommodation, which was just out of Warsaw. We then proceeded to Czestochowa,...
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Science Week luncheon

On August 18, Year 6 students Meg Pinelli and Emmeline Mead represented St Mary’s College at the National Science Week Annual Luncheon at the Executive Building in Hobart. The Luncheon was hosted by the Minister for Education, the Hon. Jeremy Rockliff and attended by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Hon. Elise Archer along with numerous scientists, science teachers and science students from the University of Tasmania, colleges...
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Year 5 wax museum

Year 5s create Madame Tussauds at St Mary’sOn Friday August 19, Year 5 students organised and performed a biography wax museum.  Maisie Pfund (5S), has written the following article about the museum.We used ourselves as the wax figures and had to memorise a short speech about the famous person we chose and to do a poster and biography on them as well. The speech was delivered by the wax character...
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Migrant and Refugee Week, August 22-28

St Mary’s College is participating in a range of activities as part of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office’s (ACMRO) migrant and refugee week.On Monday morning we gathered to pray for all asylum seekers and refugees and listened to a beautiful song Oh Canada by Missy Higgins. We gathered together on the top ground and made a heart formation to illustrate our support as a community.This week we are also...
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A Journey into the Woods

Hobart’s Musical Theatre crew recently presented the Stephen Sondheim musical, Into the Woods.The production, co-directed by company founders Leiz Moore and Allan Jeffrey, showcased the talents of many of Hobart’s young performers, including current St Mary’s College students Tayla Moschogianis (Year 10) and Lucinda Smith (Year 9), as well as past students Katie Green, Cassie Ogle and Jaime Mollineaux-Herbert (and ex St Virgil’s boys from our 2012 musical Grease Ben...
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St Mary’s College Science Expo

Come along to the Science Expo.Parents are welcome to drop in and view the displays from 3.30 to 4.30 pm on the day.
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EXC Kinder Wallabies – Cornelian Bay 31.8.16

Wallabies are going to Cornelian Bay for a picnic and a play.  Please follow the link for further information.
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City of Clarence Eisteddfod 6.9.16

Our Year 3/4 Choir will be performing at the Eisteddfod.  For further information please follow the link.
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Music Gala Evening 16.9.16

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Term 3 and 4 Junior Sport News

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SPORTS UPDATE

1st Grade Hockey team claims victory and makes historySt Mary’s College First Grade hockey team made history in August when it claimed a 1-0 grand final victory over Collegiate in a nail biting game at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre. It was the first grand final win for more than 30 years – the last time was in 1982.The team has played exceptional hockey for the past few years, making the...
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Report Feedback Questionnaire

St Mary's College is currently reviewing its reporting process to parents across the school.  Please follow the link for information. 
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Important Information for Prep Families

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VET Tourism Trip 28-31 August

VET Tourism 2016 Trip will take place 28-31 August for more information;
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Year 7-8 Science IMAS Excursions

Year 7-8 IMAS excursions are occurring 15-17 August please see below:-
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Alumni Events 2016

 Please note that RSVP and payment for the Wine Tasting Lunch should be received by September 2. 
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Community service announcement

Hobart PCYC Term 3 Teen Gym ProgramWhat: A program to teach 12-18 year olds to use gym equipment correctly.When: Between July 19-September 22, 2016Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4.00-5.00pmCost: Members $8.00 per session, casual $12.00 per sessionBookings and completion of a registration form essential.Contact: 03 6230 2246 or email: enquiries@hobartpcyc.org.au Clarence Crocs Water Polo ClubWater Polo Players WantedIf you can swim and throw a ball then give it a go. No experience...
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Finals fever in Term 3

 Hockey finals feverCongratulations to our 1st Grade Hockey team for making it into the Grand Final. They have had a fantastic season and they will be hoping for a win against Collegiate on Tuesday 16 August. The game is being played at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre and starts at 4:15pm.It would be great to see you there to support the girls.College girls’ water polo roundupAfter a very successful season, the...
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Anecdotes from the Archives – The Centenary 1966

Following from the previous two articles about the booklet produced in 1916 for the Golden Jubilee, the writing and language in the booklet produced to celebrate 100 years of Presentation life in Tasmania is of course quite different in character and style.The story of Nano Nagle is told in a more up to date way, and with the benefit of much new information provided by the publication Nano Nagle and...
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Changes to Year 10-12 Mathematics Curriculum

There have recently been some exciting changes made to the Year 11/12 Mathematics subjects administered by TASC. The current Mathematical Methods Level 3 course has been reclassified as a Level 4 course and the current Mathematical Methods Foundation Level 2 course has been reclassified as Level 3.This means that the new Mathematical Methods Foundation 3 course will be a pre-tertiary subject that will attract ATAR points in Years 11/12. This...
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Father’s Day barbecue breakfast

To celebrate our wonderful St Mary’s College fathers and father figures we are holding a free barbecue breakfast on Wednesday 31 August at 8.15am.You’ll find us outside St Peter’s Hall, so pop in and grab a sausage for breakfast and have a chat to other fathers and father figures who are doing an amazing job raising the women of tomorrow.
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Move Well, Eat Well

St Mary’s College Junior School is proud to be a part of the Move Well Eat Well award program. The Move Well Eat Well award is available to Tasmanian early childhood services and primary schools, which are supported to meet key criteria to reinforce healthy eating and promote physical activity.The Move Well Eat Well Award Program is a comprehensive, straightforward guide to creating a healthier environment for children.The Award is...
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Book Week Information 2016

Book Week this year runs from Monday 22nd August - Friday 26th August.  We have a number of activities planned to celebrate.  Please follow the link for further details.
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Important information for Kinder families

Please follow the link for further information for Kinder families regarding our upcoming classroom moves.
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Important Information for Kinder, Prep & Year 5 Families

Please follow the link for information regarding our current building works and the need for further classroom moves.
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Year 3 Speaking & Listening Program 2016

In coming weeks students in Year 3 will commence a Speaking & Listening Program.  For further information please follow the links.
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COMMUNITY SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

CatholicCare Hobart PAUSE programWhat: The counselling team at CatholicCare Hobart is running a program for parents of children aged 10-18 years. The PAUSE (Parenting Adolescents with Understanding, Sensitivity and Engagement) program has been designed as a resource for parents to assist their children through the turbulent years of adolescence.When: It will be held over five consecutive weeks from Wednesday 24 August-September 21. The three hour sessions begin at 10.00 am....
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UPDATE FROM PARENTS AND FRIENDS

College Spring FairPreparations have begun for this year’s College Spring Fair, being held on Sunday 30 October. The committee has started meeting and preparations are now well underway.We are once again holding the Chocolate Wheel and asking for your assistance with donations of items for the wheel. You may remember the stall was hugely successful stall at last year’s fair and we’d like to see it be just as grand...
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Sports update

Congratulations to the following students for competing in the Senior All Schools Cross Country at Symmons Plains on Tuesday 28 June 2016.Year 7Georgia Chambers, Phoebe Teale, Shakira Bone, Sophie Robinson, Braiah Paul, Charlotte Chambers, Grace Lyden, Bianca Hoggett, Isabelle GreenYear 8Grace Molnar, Lucy Eade, Sophie Robinson, Kate Oliver, Elka Paprotny, Claudia Williams, Cariad Weitnauer, Bronte Jones, Victoria Goodwin, Holly McConnonYear 9Zoe Burke, Bridget Haydon, Aimee Huxley, Alana Bellette, Keeley Hine-Haycock,...
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Anecdotes from the Archives

The Golden JubileePart 2Part 1 of this story can be read in our final newsletter for Term 1.The little book titled The Golden Jubilee mentioned in the last newsletter has much to tell us about the nature of celebration of such events 100 years ago. It focuses very much on the religious and spiritual aspects of the half century celebrations and is packed with information.Almost as a postscript, the book...
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Senior Library’s Anniversary

It is incredible to think that June 30, 2016 marked five years since the official opening of the new libraries. We couldn’t believe we had been there five years already.The shared space has worked really well and we all enjoy the interactions with the wider range of library members in our wonderful space.The library staff celebrated with a special morning tea and are looking forward to the next five years...
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame performance

Junior School students were treated to an energetic live performance based on Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.Staged by Theatre in Education group Alpha Shows, the performance is designed to highlight the consequences of bullying and how transforming your physiology can transform your life in a positive way.The musical performance proved to be a great experience for students, who were engaged from start to finish and teachers have been...
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Sustainability and Recycling at school and beyond

St Mary’s College now has a sustainability and recycling group at school and we are researching ways in which we can reduce our footprint – reduce, reuse and recycle.Sister Gabrielle, who is part of the team, shared this excellent information that takes the message beyond school and into the homes of anyone who more than just the plastics that can be placed into your recycling wheelie bin.The Red Group is teaching...
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Minefields and Miniskirts

Our senior Drama production was presented in the final week of Term 2 to audiences at the Moonah Arts Centre. The Year 11 students – Sky Eastley, Malachi Johns, Faith McDougall, Oakland Smith and Polymnia Flouris (Year 10) – performed Terence O’Connell’s Minefields and Miniskirts, a piece of verbatim theatre that looks at Australia’s history in the Vietnam War. The play is a collection of true stories exploring the astonishing experiences of five...
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Going short for a good cause

On Thursday 14 July, Year 9 student Eve O’Neile decided to cut her hair short to donate to the Cancer Council to make into a wig for cancer patients.Eve was motivated to get her hair cut when she thought about the cancer patients who are often in need of wigs after treatment. She had been thinking about this for a long time and decided that the recent school holidays were...
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World Challenge Cambodia Opportunity 2017

Next year St Mary's College, in conjunction with World Challenge, is offering the opportunity for a group of Year 10 students to visit Cambodia for three weeks.  The trip will be organised by the students, with teacher and World Challenge assistance. World Challenge is a travel company that specialises in arranging overseas expeditions for high school students. The expeditions help develop life skills such as leadership, teamwork, self-awareness and compassion.The...
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Suspension of St Mary’s College Rowing Program

If your daughter participates in the College rowing program please see the attached notification from Ms Helen Spencer.
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Pyjama Day, Friday 29th July 2016

The Junior School are having our annual and very popular Pyjama Day. The Year 6 Parliament uses this event to launch their fundraising endeavours. This year their chosen charity is the Beyond Water Foundation.Please follow the links for further information:http://www.beyondwater.org.au/
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Year 9 Robogals

On Wednesday 20 July, students from Mrs Carlyle’s Year 9 Science class were treated to a visit by the Robogals team, which is made up of STEM students from the University of Tasmania. The girls spent an exciting lesson learning how to assemble and program robots before demonstrating their finished projects.
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30% off at the uniform shop

 St Mary's College uniform shop is currently offering 30% off selected uniform items.Limited sizes are available for track pants, shorts, college jackets, summer dresses, polar fleeces, skorts & polo tops.The St Mary’s College Uniform Shop is located under the Kindergarten, just off the Brisbane Street entrance to the school, and is managed by Midfords.164 Harrington Street Hobart 7000Telephone: 03 6108 2572Email: st.marys@midford.com.auShop Supervisor: Louise Bennett
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Canberra Information

There is now a little under three months before the Year Six Canberra trip and we are all getting very excited! In preparation for our departure there are a number of forms and documents that need to be completed.For further information please follow the links below: 
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VET Students and Calvary Hobart DVD Launch

On Wednesday 29 June, VET Introduction to Nursing students were joined by VIPs to launch the DVD that was produced from their experience working with palliative care patients. The DVD, titled Exploring Death, Dying and Palliative End of Life Care, is a poignant and gentle look at the human experience of life and death and takes us through the students' learning experiences.The DVD can be viewed on Calvary Hobart's website...
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Festival of Voices and Mia Casa Mio Cuore event

Aria award winning song-writer Kavisha Mazzella visited St Mary’s last Thursday to conduct workshops with the Year 9 Italian class and the choir. Students were taught Italian folk songs and dance.Kavisha has been commissioned by the Festival of Voices to put together a choir formed by members and friends of the Italian community. She has also written a song that recounts the Italian story in Tasmania.The girls were taught this...
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Remember Catholic education this election day

Catholic School Parents Australia has been working closely with the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) promoting the need for both parties to improve their support for Catholic Education.While it is not appropriate to promote a particular Political Party, it is important that parents consider the impact of the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal-National Coalition Party policy positions on the schools and colleges that their children attend now and into...
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Community service announcement

Hobart Police and Community Youth Clubs School Holiday ProgramEach weekday from Monday 4 July-Friday 15 July. The program is fun and affordable and suitable for age groups 0-5 years and 5-12 years. Bookings are essential and registration forms can be obtained by calling 03 6230 2246 or email enquiries@hobartpcyc.org.auTasmanian Writers’ Centre July school holiday writing workshopsThe Tasmanian Writers’ Centre is holding free workshops for under 18s at LINC locations throughout...
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Junior School Cross Country and Term sport information

Junior School Cross CountryWe have seen a number of Cross Country events take place around the state during June. Congratulations to all students who participated in the STCPSSA and JSSATIS carnivals held on June 10 and 16 at the Rokeby Police Academy and the Tasmanian All Schools at Symmons Plains on June 22. All students braved cold and rainy conditions, running fantastic races and producing exceptional results amongst all year...
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Year 1 explores the past

On Tuesday 14 June, Year 1E and 1P went on an excursion to Narryna Heritage Museum and took a walk around historic Battery Point.The excursion formed part of their history unit looking at the past and what it was like to live in Hobart more than 100 years ago. They had a very interesting time at Narryna House, looking at all the things that were used in the kitchen, the...
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Reviewed: Freedom Ride

One of the shortlisted books with a very strong Australian theme is Freedom Ride by Sue Lawson. It is also a Year 9 class novel.Here are some of Hannah Warwarek’s students’ opinions:Freedom Ride proved to be an enjoyable yet very informative novel. It gave me a good insight into the horrific level of racism in Australia during the 1960s and the harsh ways that Aboriginal people were treated.The novel included good descriptions...
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Back to the fleet day

 It was a grand day at St Mary's on Monday 20 June, when Year 4 students dressed up as sailors, free settlers and convicts to re-enact the journey of the First Fleet to Australia.   After tucking into a hearty olde-English style lunch of corned beef, potatoes and carrots, the brave travelers set off in 11 vessels, named after each of the ships in the First Fleet and well constructed from sturdy cardboard boxes...
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Migration celebration shared lunch

Year 5S class has been learning about the Australian gold rush as its history unit and how many immigrants went to the gold rush. Students Ellie Atkins and Harriet Kelly share their experiences about the class tribute to migration.In this unit we’ve been talking about how people migrated to Australia from other countries. Our class then had a migration party to pay tribute to everyone who migrated. We dressed up...
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Aboriginal experiences during the gold rush

Year 5 students have been learning about the gold rush and how it affected the Aboriginal community. Isabella Thurley shares her experience of a visitor who came to talk to them about the effects of the gold rush.On the June 16 a lady called Sharnie Everett came in to talk to us about how Aboriginal people were affected by the gold rush in the 1800s.She was a brilliant teacher and...
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UPDATE FROM PARENTS AND FRIENDS

Calendar note: Date change for the College FairTo avoid clashing with SATIS Athletics and the Primary Schools Basketball Championship, this year’s College Fair will now be held on:Sunday October 30: 12.00pm-3.00pmFrom now on we will have designated Fair and Committee Meetings.  The next Fair meeting is July 25, from 6.00pm-7.00pm in the Student Resource Room. Everyone in the Parent Community is welcome to attend. The next Committee meeting is Monday...
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Year 9 and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards

For the first time, 10 students from Year 9 are participating in the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program. The girls will be undertaking challenges to attain their Bronze Award.Successful completion of the Bronze gives them the opportunity to go on and participate in the Silver and Gold Award levels – each one progressively more challenging.If you’re interested in reading about the Duke of Edinburgh Award program, the website...
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St Mary’s at the Festival of voices

This Thursday 30 June our Year 5 choir has an amazing opportunity to sing in a mass choir directed by Richard Gill, OAM at Hobart’s annual Festival of Voices at the Federation Concert Hall. Richard Gill is a dynamic choral educator and one of Australia’s most prominent music ambassadors.We hope parents will be able to join us for what promises to be a very special event.
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Kindergarten survey

In the interests of continuous improvement, the College wishes to seek feedback from families about some of our programs and procedures. This week parents of Kindergarten and Prep students will be sent a Transition to Kindergarten Survey.The survey seeks parent opinion about our interviewing procedures, information sharing and school year commencement schedules.Please take five minutes to provide your feedback so that we may better serve the needs of our families...
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Junior School mid-year reporting

On Friday 24 June students from Prep to Year 6 will have brought their mid-year reports home. We hope that the report is a comprehensive communication of your child’s learning during the first two terms of this year. We look forward to meeting with parents to discuss the report and to set meaningful learning goals for their child for the remainder of the year.This week we will be facilitating bookings...
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Parliament House Excursion

On Wednesday 15 June, Year 3 students visited State Parliament House. Students Grace Marshall, Madeleine Ambrose and Ivy Lawson were there and this is what they experienced.We saw lots of interesting people, including Elise Archer*(Speaker), Will Hodgman, (Premier of Tasmania and Liberal leader), Lara Giddings (former Tasmanian Premier), Bryan Green (Opposition Leader, Labor), Michelle O'Byrne (Deputy Labor Leader).We went into the Public Gallery (which is where we watched all the talking...
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St Vincent de Paul Collection

St Vincent de Paul CollectionThank you to all the families who supported our Dress down and Woolly up day last Friday. We have collected a number of blankets and some much needed donations to support St Vincent de Paul in their work with the disadvantaged people of Hobart.Days like this remind us of how little it takes to make a positive difference to people in need. Well done Junior School. 
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Anecdotes from the Archives

The Golden JubileePart 1 In 1916 St Mary’s College celebrated its 50th Jubilee. A dear little booklet was produced, the cover of which is pictured here. The diagram of the College crest is of interest in itself, bearing a combination of both Latin and English. Among other subjects, the book tells the story of Nano Nagle, with many a poetic flourish, and yet quaintly appealing in its way. Always on the lookout for...
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Junior School Term 3 Sport Options 3-6

Please follow the link for further information regarding sports offered in the Junior School in Term 3.  
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A chat with Nicole Gasperini

St Mary’s College has been hosting Italian exchange student Nicole Gasperini since May 18. Nicole is from the northern Italian city of Trento, which is near the borders of Switzerland, Austria and Leichtenstein.Nicole has always wanted to come to Australia, to ‘where the kangaroos live’, so the opportunity to be an exchange student in Tasmania was too good to pass up.  While here she is staying with Vivienne and Laura...
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Life Science excursion to Pathology Museum

Students in Year 11 & 12 Life Science class will be attending an excursion to the Pathology Museum on June 30.Please follow the link for further information.
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Year 7A Science Excursion 25 July

Year 7A will be attending Box City at Hobart City Hall on 25 July.Please follow the link for further information;
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Dress Down – Woolly Up Day

On Friday, 24th of June, students in the Junior School are invited to come to school in their most comfortable and warm winter woollies for 'Dress Down - Woolly Up Day'. Families are asked to either make a gold coin donation or donate any spare blankets.Please follow the link for further information:  
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St Mary’s College Career Expo

Make sure you add this important event to your calendar – it could open new pathways to your future!
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Community Service Announcement

Supported learning for adultsClemente Tasmania is a program to enable adults to re-engage with learning. It is a fee free program to assist those who have experienced disadvantages and have had learning disrupted. It is provided by the University of Tasmania and supported by the Australian Catholic University.Clemente is an initiative of the ACU in advancing community engagement and it awards a Certificate in Liberal Studies with the focus of equipping adults with university...
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A philosophical reflection

Year 12 student Miranda Ling has been studying with the University of Tasmania through its High Achievers Program. Read on as she shares what she is discovering. Last year I applied for the University of Tasmania’s High Achievers Program. This program enriches the educational opportunities for high-achieving students in Year 12. It allows students to extend themselves academically through enrolment in university units to be studied alongside TCE courses.I was...
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Anecdotes from the archives

Recording the pastRecently, two Year 12 students looking for a project for their Community Service Learning, offered to assist me in a project to record the oral history of past scholars. The first project I had in mind was to interview on film Mrs. Jeanette Sullivan, with her story of being a boarder at St. Mary’s College in the late 1960s and into the 1970s.I met with the students Heather...
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Senior library news

The short listed Older reader books for this year’s Book Week were recently released, with a great range of different genres and styles.They are:Cloudwish by Fiona WoodThe flywheel by Erin GoughThe Pause by John LarkinFreedom ride by Sue LawsonA single stone by Meg McInlayInbetween days by Vikki WakefieldBecause they are for older readers, some of the books have challenging content and are reserved for readers in Year 9 and older.Here...
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Year 9 guest speaker – Change Makers and Rule Breakers

By Saakshi Dhakal and Spriha Paudel (Year 9B)As part of our Religion unit called Change Makers and Rule Breakers, Year 9B welcomed a guest speaker, Jessica Veitch. She came in to speak about her sponsorship of a child and teacher at an amazing school in Tanzania.The School of St Jude’s was founded by Gemma Sisia, an Australian woman from NSW. As a young person, Gemma was working in Africa as...
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Overland Track walk 2016

Staff members accompanying the students who trekked across the Overland Track returned with high praise for how well the girls went throughout this tough walk. Teacher Sarah Matsouris reflects on her experience of the walk.The wonderful group of girls is to be commended for their efforts. As most would know the walk is not an easy feat and the girls were truly a credit to the school. Please congratulate them if...
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Preps’ run in with the law

Constables Shelley Sheen and Steve Rose paid Prep Bilbies and Possums a visit on Monday 6 June. As part of our health curriculum we having been looking at ways to keep safe, so we were very fortunate to have the police officers to come in and discuss ways to keep us safe and the Preps also heard about what they did in their role as police officers. The best part...
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Year 4 visit from Grannie Rhodes

Miriam Cooper, who is better known as Grannie Rhodes, paid a visit to Year 4 students and shared stories about the people who lived in the little cottage she bought in Richmond.Students Maya Westmoreland and Chloe Mika share their experienceIn Year 4 we had a special visitor called Grannie Rhodes. Grannie Rhodes told us that she brought a cottage and discovered lots of history. She dresses up to tell us...
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Calvary Hobart DVD launch / presentation

Calvary Hobart, Palliative Care Tasmania and St Mary’s College are joined by the Hon Michael Ferguson, MP, Minster for Health to launch the Calvary Hobart Exploring Death, Dying and Palliative Care DVD on Wednesday 29 June at 2.00pm. Senior students who participated in the VET Introduction to Nursing course from which the DVD was made will be presented with their certificates at the launch. 
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Excursion:- Kinder Koalas

On Thursday 16th June as part of their Integrated Unit on Living Things Kinder Koalas will be going on an excursion to the Sustainability Centre at Mt Nelson. Please follow the link for further information.
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Year 4 Back to the Fleet Day 20.6.16

Year 4 Classes are completing this term's History Unit with an 18th & 19th Century dress up and activity day.  Please follow the link for further information on this fun filled day.
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Tournament of the Minds 2016

Some students in Years 4, 5 & 6 will participate in Tournament of the Minds. Please follow the link for further information. 
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Hairspray set to open tomorrow

 Our cast and crew of Hairspray are in final preparations for opening night tomorrow. They've also attracted some great media attention from The Mercury today, both in the print and online versions.Click here for The Mercury online story and pictures. 
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Festival of Voices – Tasmanian Sings Program

Our Year 5 students will be part of a group of 400 young people who will combine for this event - to be held on Thursday Evening 30th June at the Federation Concert Hall.  For more important details please follow the link.
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EXCURSION: Year 1 Classes

Year 1 Echidnas & Year 1 Penguins will be visiting Narryna Heritage Museum & Battery Point.  Please follow the link for further information.
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The science of it

Eliza Brazendale and Claire Heathorn of 7A share their experiences making lava lamps.For the last few weeks we have being doing a unit on mixtures with Mrs Walter. One experiment we did at home was to make a lava lamp.To do this, you mix water, oil, food dye and salt. When it’s all mixed together you can see that that the oil doesn’t mix with the water but the food...
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Year 9 and 10 art excursion

On Tuesday 17 May, Year 9 and 10 art students, along with two art teachers travelled to Taroona Beach for an art excursion, where they explored the environment and used a variety of mediums to capture the landscape to create artworks using the theme of Place.Students took artistic photos and created landscape drawings with a variety of pencils en plein air, emulating the French Impressionist tradition of sketching the landscape out in the...
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Anecdotes from the archives

As part of my duties as College Archivist, I encourage teachers at the school to bring their students to visit Fermoy Cottage and examine the photos, yearbooks, uniforms and other artefacts stored here. I also maintain my Teachers’ Registration so that I can in turn visit classes, discuss our history with students and take them for history walks around the school. In fact, I think these are my favourite activities,...
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Sports report – cross country, basketball and rowing

 2016 Cross CountryWell done to all students who participated in the Years 3 to 12 Cross Country held on 26 May.This year’s cross country was held at Tolosa Park, with students embracing the brisk winter air.Thank you to Year 12 students who hosted a sausage sizzle and cake stand, with the money going towards their chosen prefect charities – The Grace Reid Foundation, Speak Up Stay ChatTY and Educating Girls...
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Rostrum of Youth

On May 7, Year 11 students Olivia Burdick and Lily Robertson-Mallias, along with Nikita Duncan of Year 7, competed in the Rostrum Voice of Youth Speech Competition.As part of the senior round, Olivia and Lily presented a prepared speech on a set topic before delivering a short prep impromptu speech on a topic provided on the day.The girls did very well and enjoyed the experience, with Olivia winning her section...
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Science and Technology Challenge

The annual Science and Engineering Challenge was held at the University of Tasmania on May 18. Students from Years 9 and 10 were there to represent St Mary’s College, competing against other local schools in a variety of engineering challenges.The challenges included building a hovercraft capable of traversing a range of terrain, constructing a bionic hand and designing a rover to traverse the rough terrain found on Mars.Through these fun...
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Visit to Domremy College NSW

Recently Ms Anita Johansson-Wong and I accompanied two of our Year 11 students, Lucy Cooper and Claudia Mathewson on a journey to visit Domremy College in NSW.Domremy is a Presentation College like we are and our relationship through the Nagle Education Alliance Australia means we can benefit from meaningful educational and social exchanges. The main purpose of our visit was to find out more about the Vertical Home Room structure...
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Year 9 Activity days

Year 9 students braved the cold outdoors to take their learning out of the classroom and make connections with the curriculum to the local community. Each Home Room rotated through different activities off campus for Religious Education, Geography and Science.While on the retreat, students focused on the theme of Women of Resilience and used their own initiative to find religious sites and community-based organisations committed to working with those in...
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Community service announcement

No limits! Helping all students excelWhat:  A three day conference for parents, educators and psychologistsWhen: August 26-28Where: Elizabeth CollegeClick for details and bookingsEastside Activity CentreThe Centre is now taking booking for the Term 2 holidays from July 4-15.Click here for more informationPerformance Classes this JulySt Mary’s College is again hosting the July school holiday performance class program, presented by Off the Beaten Track.Who’s teaching? Ben Barber – NIDA graduate and...
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Year 7 Rivulet Excursion

Please follow the link for more information on the Year 7 excursion to the Hobart Rivulet
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EXCURSION: Yrs 5 & 6 to Hairspray the Musical

The Year 5 and 6 classes have been invited to attend a special matinee performance of “Hairspray the Musical” next Wednesday 8th June.  For further information on this excursion please follow the link.
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Creating the next generation of engineers

The annual Science and Engineering Challenge was held at the University of Tasmania on 18 May. Students from Years 9 and 10 were there to represent St Mary’s College, competing against other local schools in a variety of engineering challenges.The challenges included building a hovercraft capable of traversing a range of terrain, constructing a bionic hand and designing a rover to traverse the rough terrain found on Mars. Through these...
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Kinder Wallaby Excursion to the Sustainability Centre

On Tuesday 14th June as part of their Integrated Unit on Living Things Kinder Wallabies will be going on an excursion to the Sustainability Centre at Mt Nelson. Please follow the link for further information.
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New Catholic Education videos on YouTube

In the leadup to the Federal election, the National Catholic Education Commission, in collaboration with state and territory CECs and Catholic School Parents' Australia, has produced a series of five videos to promote the work of Catholic schools around Australia. The videos can be viewed through the NCEC's YouTube channel. The first has a general theme around Catholic schools, with the remaining four focusing on specific themes, namely parents, teachers, Catholic values and funding.
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Vertical Homeroom FAQs

We are excited to officially announce that St Mary’s College is moving to a new Homeroom structure in the Senior School in 2017.Please find answers to frequently asked questions below. 
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SMC Career Expo – alumni and parent help needed!

The St Mary’s College Community is excited to be hosting its first Career Expo on Tuesday 28 June and we need the help of some of our wonderful SMC community to help make it a success!How can you help?We are looking for Alumni and parents from a range of different career paths and industries to be present on the evening to speak with students about their career through informal chats. We are seeking...
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Hairspray musical tickets now on sale

We are excited to announce that tickets for the Senior School's production of  Hairspray are now on sale.The production opens at The Playhouse on Thursday 9 June and is directed by Leah Smith, with musical direction by Scott Weston. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for concession and are available through Centertainment via www.centertainment.com.au.
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Senior School Cross Country Information

Senior school cross country is being held on Thursday 26th of May at Tolosa Park.Please click the link for important information.  
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Prep Excursion to Eastside Fitness Centre

As part of their Health unit, Prep Bilbies and Possums will be attending an exercise and movement session at the Eastside Fitness Centre.  Please follow the link for further information.
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Year 1 Penguin News

Please follow the link for an important letter to Year 1 Penguin families.
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Art: identity and organic shape

Year 9The Year 9 Art class has just finished their unit of work on the theme of ‘identity’. Students explored what sorts of things go towards making up their identity – objects, symbols, memories, things they like, etc. They produced a mixed media drawing which incorporated some of these things as well as other imagery. They also created a box of trinkets and imagery associated with their identity, inspired by...
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NCCD 2016 information for parents

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students with disability and the level of reasonable educational adjustment they are provided with.Read more about the data collection here. Please note that if you do not wish to have your child included in this data collection, you must write a letter to the Principal...
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TasFire safety information visit

A fire fighter from the Tasmania Fire Service is visiting St Mary’s College next week to present a Fire Safety Program to the Junior School students in Prep to Year 6. The program is an initiative of the Tasmania Fire Service which aims to deliver appropriate fire safety education to every primary school child in Tasmania. The program is part of the Tasmania Fire Services ongoing commitment to educate the...
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Italian Community Choir

Cari amici,Kavisha Mazzella (http://www.kavisha.com/ ) has been commissioned by the Festival of Voices to put together an Italian Community Choir that will perform two or three times during the week of the Festival. She has approached us to boost the choir with some of our voices. Kavisha is keen to get together as many students as possible, but also staff and the wider SMC community. She will be in Hobart...
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Anecdotes from the achives

Margaret Gard revisitedLast week’s anecdote about Margaret Gard, a student of St Mary’s College who went on to become an international opera singer, prompted Mrs Fiona Attrill (Urquhart 1981) to contact me with more information on this famous former student.As luck would have it, Fiona and her family have recently been dealing with the papers of their late uncle, Mr Bernard Gillon. Mr Gillon had a wide range of interests,...
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Junior School Cross Country Carnival 2016

St Mary’s College will be holding the annual Junior School House Cross Country Carnival at Tolosa Park, Glenorchy on Thursday 26th May 2016.  Please follow the link below for further information.
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Community service announcement

Friendship and the gifted child presentationSpeaker: Adolescent mental health expert and psychologist Sarah SaricWhen: Thursday 2 June, 7.30pmWhere: Goulburn Street Primary SchoolWho: All welcomeCost: Current financial members $0, non-members $5    Book your place at https://www.trybooking.com/LMLI No limits! Helping all students excelWhat: Three day conference for parents, educators and psychologistsWhen: August 26-28Where: Elizabeth CollegeDetails: bity.ly/TAGnolimitsEastside Activity CentreThe Centre is now taking booking for the Term 2 holidays from the July 4-15.Hobart Kids,...
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Kinder Koalas excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

As part of the Integrated Unit (Living Things) this term, the Kinder Koalas will be going on an enjoyable and informative excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary on Thursday, 26th May.For further information please following the link below.
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Year 5 visit to Hobart Japanese Bujinkan Dojo

On Wednesday 18th May, the Year 5 classes are attending the Hobart Japanese Bujinkan Dojo to learn about traditional Japanese art and martial arts.For further information please follow the link below.
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TSO Concerts

Classes from the Junior School will be attending TSO Concerts this month.Please following one of the links below for more information.
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Kinder Wallabies excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

As part of the Integrated Unit (Living Things) this term, the Kinder Wallabies will be going on an enjoyable and informative excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary on Tuesday, 17th May.For further information please following the link below.
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Visit from Guide Dogs Tasmania

On Wednesday 18th May, Guide Dogs Tasmania will be visiting our Early Years Assembly with Dexter, the Guide Dogs' ambassador.Please follow the link for further information.
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Presentation Missions fundraiser

    On Friday 6 May the Junior School at St Mary’s College held a fundraising event to support the Presentation Missions in the Philippines, as part of their Nagle Foundation fundraising for 2016. Students brought along coins to be placed in the shape of hearts in the Junior School playground, representing the relationship aspect of the College’s Presentation values. Over $334 was raised.  
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Mother’s Day Breakfast

    On the first Wednesday in May, and possibly one of the coldest mornings this year, the Prefects held the annual Mother’s Day Breakfast. The event was a fundraiser for the three prefect charities, with all money raised being presented to them at the end of the year. The charities for this year are the Grace Reid Foundation, Speak Up Stay ChatTY, and Educating Girls Globally (E.G.G).The lead up to the...
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Davinci Decathlon

On Monday 21 March, eight Year 7 girls headed to Mt Carmel College for an exciting opportunity to work together and to test our knowledge. We had an early start at 8.10am and didn’t get back until 3.50pm. When we arrived there we had to go into the library to register and get our team number; ours was 716. We then headed upstairs and took our seat. After that we...
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It’s Hairspray!

Rehearsals for our senior musical, Hairspray, have been well underway for the past few months. This year we are collaborating once again with the boys from St Virgil's College. We are lucky to have a hard working and positive group of young performers who are very excited for this upcoming production. Rehearsal have been packed full of singing, dancing and acting, with never a dull moment. Our Drama and Music teachers,...
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Anzac Day

On Anzac day St Mary’s College was proudly represented by students Lily Ward, Isabella Franklin and Lucinda Smith, who sang at the Hobart Cenotaph Dawn Service. The girls sang to hymns and the New Zealand and Australian National Anthems, accompanied by the Army Band. The Governor and other dignitaries were very thankful and appreciative of their efforts. Congratulations to the girls who represented the College so beautifully and thank you...
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Community Service Announcement

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)Who: Families interested in enrolling a Catholic child aged seven or older in the Parish Programme for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).Where: St Therese's Church .When: Parent meeting on Thursday 12 May, 7.00pm.Contact: Parish priest Fr Mark Hanns can be contacted for an enrolment form or further details on pastormoonahlutana@netspace.net.au. Grief to GraceWhat: You are invited to a Public lecture and Candlelight Vigil with guest speaker Dr...
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Junior Hockey report

Well we were certainly fortunate with the weather yesterday for the first round of the School Hockey Season.It was great to welcome some new team members for the 2016 season yesterday. We were all fortunate to commence the season really well and witness the first win for the girls – much deserved for some as they have been persevering now into their third season – well done girls!There were certainly...
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Rowing Awards Night

On Sunday 1 May the SVC/SMC/GYC Rowing Club held its annual award presentations at the New Town Bay Rowing Centre.  As well as coaches’ awards, trophies were also presented based on results obtained throughout the school rowing regattas of 2015/2016.St Mary’s College Head of River Cup was awarded to the following girls:Under 13 Double Sculls: Phoebe Teale and Chelsea StanleyUnder 14 Doubles Sculls: Maddison lamb and Kate OliverUnder 16 Single...
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Anecdotes from the Archives

Famous FacesAs you have read previously, we are in the process of calling for nominations for our 150 Faces project.Sadly, we have very little documentation on students of the College prior to 1927, and huge gaps in some decades after that.However, occasionally little gems fall into my lap. One such is the story of Margaret Gard. I think I came across her story in a google search for something else...
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Have your say – satisfaction survey now open

As part of always striving to go ‘one pace beyond’ as a College community, it is important that we are never satisfied with the status quo. For this reason, we seek to survey parents, students and staff in order to celebrate the things we do well as a College and to identify areas for further improvement. Each member of the College community is requested to complete the survey which is...
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Budding St Mary’s scientist takes part in university forum

Well done to Lucy Cooper (Year 11) who participated in the Youth Science Forum, held at the University of Tasmania in the April school holidays. 
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Mother Daughter and Father Daughter Evenings 18 and 19 May 2016

Information regarding the Mother Daughter EveningInformation regarding the Father Daughter Evening
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Year 9 Activity Days

Year 9 Activity Days information
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Canberra Trip 2016

Planning for our Year Six Canberra Trip from Monday 19 September 2016 to Thursday 22 September 2016 is well underway.Please follow the links for further information.
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From the archives – 150 Faces Project

150 Faces ProjectSt Mary's College turns 150 in 2018 and we are planning major celebrations throughout the year.One highlight is the production of a book that features 150 Faces of significant people who have made an impact on the St Mary's community. The book will highlight the school service and achievements and be published ready for our 150th anniversary.While some stories are known to us, we are reaching out to you...
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Rowing report – Head of River

The Head of River was held at Lake Barrington International Rowing Course on Saturday 2 April. The day started off on a promising note with fine weather and calm conditions. Unfortunately, as the day progressed the weather deteriorated, mainly due to the gale force winds.  With frequent stoppages throughout the day due to unsafe conditions, many events and ultimately the day had to be called off. One of the highlights of the...
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NAPLAN Information for Parents 2016

The following information was distributed by NAPLAN. What is NAPLAN?The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in these year levels are expected to participate in tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. All government and non-government education authorities have contributed to the development of NAPLAN materials.Why...
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Year 9 camp report

On March 16-18, Year 9 embarked on an adventure that lead them to find out more about themselves and connect with their peers, otherwise known as camp.Over the three days the girls visited Hasting Caves where they learnt all about the magic of rocks and caves, as well as building rafts in order to find out whether they would sink or swim. On Wednesday, it was the day of love when...
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Enrolments closing

Please note that Year 7 enrolments close on Friday 22 April and all Kindergarten enrolments close on Friday 6 May.Please ensure sibling enrolments are completed as soon as possible to secure a place in 2017.
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Community service announcement

Eastside Activity Centre Holiday SessionsWhat: KindergymWho: 5 years and underWhen: April 11, 13 and 22, 9.30am-10.30amCost: $6What: Family FunWho: For walkers to 15 years, free play, not structuredWhen: April 13, 15, 20 and 22, 1.00pm-2.30pmCost: 5 and over $10, under 5 $6 What: Kitty WorldWhen: Open Wednesday and Friday, 10.00am-5.00pm Netball Holiday ClinicsWho: Year 3-6 studentsWhen: April 13, 14 and 15Where: Hobart Netball and Sports Centre, Creek Road, New TownTime: 9.00am until...
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Year 7 & 8 Excursions to TMAG Pattern Play

Mrs Walter's and Miss Crowden's Year 7 maths classes will be attending an excursion at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Pattern Play on Tuesday 5th April.Please follow the link for further information:-Mrs Walter's and Mrs Earle's Year 8 math's classes will be attending Pattern Play on Friday 8th April.Please follow the link for further information:-
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Junior School ‘Stride and Ride’ Activity Day

As part of our Junior School Physical Activity Guidelines and Move Well Eat Well obligations we are hosting a Stride and Ride Scooter Day on Wednesday, 6th April 2016.Please follow the link for further information.  
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Information for Year 4 Myrtle

Mrs Alexandra Canning commences maternity leave on Friday 8th April.  Follow the link for further details.
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iPads in the Junior School – update

Students in Years 3-6 have had their iPads at school for a couple of weeks now and are enjoying opportunities to augment their learning using these tools in a variety of curriculum areas within the classroom. We are constantly reinforcing the message of safe usage of all information technology devices.Tips for online viewingIf you are looking for some guidance about managing your child’s online usage at home, then there is...
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Entertainment Book fundraising

The Parents and Friends Association is very excited to be fundraising with Entertainment™ again this year. Order your 2016/2017 Entertainment™ Book and Entertainment™ Digital Membership today and 20% of the proceeds contribute towards our fundraising.Order your new Entertainment™ Book or Entertainment™ Digital Membership before April 26, 2016 and you will receive over $200 worth of additional offers that you can use right away, valid through to 1 June 2017.Entertainment™ Memberships...
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Justice action – International Women’s Day

On Tuesday 8 March, our global community took part in a monumental day celebrating the rights, achievements and hardships of our female populous. International Women’s Day commemorates the great feats of equality humanity has strived for and recognises our continuous battle for parity. This year, the underlying theme of the event is to support nations which have experienced a notable deceleration in the progress of equal rights.In our St Mary’s...
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Anecdotes from the archives

The chalets at St Mary’s CollegeWhen the Sisters first arrived in Tasmania, one of the most dreaded diseases then, and for many decades after, was tuberculosis, known as TB. TB was a much feared infectious lung disease, for which there was really no effective cure before the discovery of antibiotics.TB patients were usually separated from others and sent to special sanatoria. My own paternal grandfather died in one such sanatorium...
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Gifted Awareness Week Australia achievements

Junior School extension students have participated in various activities for Gifted Awareness Week.Congratulations to Isabel Burdick in Year 6 who was awarded first prize in Tasmania for her entry in the Gifted Awareness Week poetry competition. Her poem will also be sent to the national judge to compete for a place in the Australia wide poetry competition in her category. Zyla, Allysa and Adalia from Year 4 participated in a Gifted...
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Rowing: Bentley Tasmania Schools Championships, and Launceston and Henley Regatta

The Bentley Tasmanian Schools Championships were held on March 4-5 2016, and the Launceston and Henley Regatta on March 19-20. The 2016 rowing season is coming to a conclusion with one event to go, the Head of River which will be held on April 2. Left to right: under 13 rowers, under 14 heat winners, under 14 Madison Lamb and Kate Oliver, under 16 coxed quad skull team. Under 13s...
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Community service announcement

Holiday Clinics for Primary School Cross Country RunnersWhat: The Northern Suburbs Athletic Club will run three free sessions on cross country runningWho: Children in Years 4-6Where: Tolosa ParkWhen: April 12, April 14 and April 19, 10.25am-12.00pm.To register for these sessions and for more information contact Jim Court on 0417 098 512 or email jcourt43@gmail.comArrgone ArchersWhat: School holiday archery programWho: 7 years old to adultWhere: Gerrard St Reserve, MoonahWhen: April 12-14Cost:...
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Mathspace

Please follow relevant links below for information on Mathspace:-  
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Central Region Junior Soccer 2016

The Central Region Association are offering the opportunity for schools to enter their winter roster in 2016.  Please follow the link for further information.
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Year 6 Band Program

Our Music Department offers Year 6 students the opportunity to learn a concert band instrument.   Please follow the link for further information regarding options available to students with regard to instrument they are studying. 
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Excursion: Year 2 classes to Wellington Park – 22nd March 2016

Year 2 classes are heading to 'The Springs' to enjoy a fun filled day.  Please follow the link for further information.
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College Colours Cocktail Party

St Mary's College Alumni warmly invite you to the annual College Colours Cocktail Party.RSVP by Wednesday 16 March.
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11/12 Psychology Class outing

On 30th March the Year 11/12 Psychology class will be visiting the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Tasmania.Please follow the link for further information;
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Year 9B St Josephs Excursion

Year 9B Religion class will be attending Mass at St Joseph's Catholic Church between 11.50am - 12.40pm.Follow the link for further information;
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Law & Politics Parliament House visit

The Law and Politics class will be visiting Parliament House on 23rd March.Please follow the link for further information:-
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Year 8 Mt Wellington and Long Beach excursions

If you have a daughter in Year 8 an excursion has been planned as part of her studies in Geography and Science.Please follow link for further information:
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Junior Hockey 2016

Hockey Tasmania are again offering the opportunity for schools to enter their winter rosters in 2016. Please follow the links below for further information.
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Prep – Year 2 Palm Sunday Prayer Service 21.3.16

Holy Week is fast approaching.  Please follow the link for important information.
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Hot cross bun fundraising order

This year supported by Cripps Master Baker, Saint Mary’s College is offering hot cross bun packs of six for the hot price of $6. Money raised by this fundraiser will go directly to Project Compassion, the Lenten fundraising campaign by Caritas Australia.If you would like to order a pack of hot cross buns please complete the order form which will be distributed to your child through their home room or...
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Student reflection – Heather Excell, Prefect for Faith and Mission

On Friday 4 March Olivia Burdick, Michelle Karsznia, Marietta Rigoli, Penina Ygosse and I attended the 2016 ‘24 Hours for the Lord’. It was held over the March 4-5 in Cathedrals all over the world as requested by Pope Francis. The event consisted of 24 hours of Adoration in which people could come and go as they wished. Some peers commented on how peaceful they felt, and how the silence was...
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Vision and hearing testing

When you are talking to your child’s teacher, you may hear them say something like, ‘Has your child had their hearing and sight checked?’ Sometimes, difficulties in settling, listening, concentrating or learning in general can be greatly affected by your child’s ability to clearly hear and see.The previous system of vision and hearing screening conducted in the Prep year (at school) has been superseded by the stronger Healthy Kids’ Check.The...
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Year 10 Goal Setting

Goal setting meetings for Year 10 students were held on Wednesday night last week.  This is the first time we have done this at St Mary’s College and were pleased by the response with about half of our Year 10 students and their parents attending.  Each student was allocated a teacher/mentor with whom they met for about 20 minutes to reflect on the highlights and challenges of Year 9 and...
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Welcome to St Mary’s event for new parents

On Monday 7 March, the Parents and Friends held a Welcome to St Mary’s event for new parents to SMC between 5.30pm-6.30pm.This was to be held on the College Green but because of the slightly cooler temperature, we moved the function into the Student Resource Centre.Numbers attending this event were very encouraging, it was lovely to welcome so many new faces to the College. Parents enjoyed a champagne or wine...
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Exploring the work of Tasmanian artists

Year 10, 11 and 12 Graphic Design and Photography students visited a number of exhibitions by Tasmanian artists on March 25. Artists included painter and Archibald prize winner Geoff Dyer at Despard Gallery, mixed media artist Eloise Kirk at Colville Street Gallery, and Blair Waterfield at Handmark.Students then explored Tasmania's multi-arts creative hub, the Salamanca Arts Centre. The Arts Centre is an integral part of the State's arts and creative industries infrastructure and connects...
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From the archives – School uniform at St Mary’s

Early photographic evidence would suggest that school uniform was not introduced at St Mary’s College until some time in the 1920’s. Until then, it appears that some form of acceptable and modest dress was required.The first yearbook, Apple Blossoms, of 1927, contains photographs of all students in a regular school uniform. The uniform appears to be a dark green box pleat tunic with a cream blouse under it, worn with...
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Big Splash and SSATIS Swimming 2016

 Big Splash 2016What a great day! Congratulations to all of the girls that participated and made an effort to dress up and contribute to the spirit of the day. The cooler weather certainly made sure the girls used the warm showers at the Pool but despite being a bit cold it was wonderful to see so many smiling faces.Congratulations to the House Prefects and House Leaders for all of their...
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Year 7-8 T20 Cricket Blast

On Friday 4 March our Year 7 and 8 cricket girls participated in the T20 Blast tournament at Soldiers Memorial. The girls played fantastic cricket, winning all three of their games against St Aloysius, Taroona and Clarence High. This means the girls are off to the state final to be played in Launceston in Term 4, giving them a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to play on the...
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Rowing Report, North West Schools Regatta

  The North West Schools Event is held over two days at Lake Barrington, this year on February 27-28. This is the first time in the school season that the rowers are able to compete at Lake Barrington. It provides a very different rowing experience for all rowers as they actually have lanes to row in, which helps them to row in a straight line! The North West Schools event...
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Community Service Announcement

Make your Easter chocolate slavery freeSisters are asked to spread the word about eating only slavery-free chocolate this Easter and not buy Easter eggs and chocolate that might have been produced using child labour from West Africa.ACRATH and a coalition of social justice groups, is asking people to buy only chocolate that carriers a label (FAIRTRADE, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ certified) showing that the cocoa beans used in the chocolate’s...
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Gifted Awareness Week Australia

While we all have gifts and abilities, in the educational context gifted learners are characterised by traits such as:an ability to learn at a faster pacethinking that is abstract, complex, logical, and insightfula sense of justice at an early agean unusually large vocabulary for their ageperceptiveness: early development of the ability to ‘read between the lines’ of people’s words and actionssensitivity: a tendency to take criticism very much to heartdeep,...
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Dates of 2016 external exams for Year 11 and 12 students

Monday 14 to Friday 24 NovemberExam timetable released late SeptemberTASC external exams for 2016 will commence on Monday 14 November and finish on Friday 24 November. The exam timetable will not be available until late September so you are unable to find out the exam finishing date for your daughter until that time.SMC have no input or control over the scheduling of external exams and TASC will not reschedule exams for...
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Grandparents’ Day Information 23.3.16

Please follow the link below for further information regarding this very special day in the Junior School. 
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Senior School Retreats 16th March

Senior School Retreats will be taking place on 16th March at various locations around Hobart.
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Excursion – Yr 4 to the Sustainability Learning Centre 11.3.16

Please follow the link for information regarding the Year 4 excursion.
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Excursion – Year 5 Classes to T20 Cricket Cup Trial

Year 5 Students have been given the opportunity to participate in the T20 Cricket Cup Trial.  Please follow the link for further information.
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Welcome to St Mary’s event

All new parents to St Mary's College are invited to attend this event.
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Belling-in

Continuing with our Belling-in tradition, we welcomed new students to our College community on Wednesday 24 February.See more of photos here.
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Art Excursion 25 February

Year 11/12 Art Photography/Graphic Design class will be visiting Galleries around Salamanca on Thursday February 25 in periods 5 &6.For more information:-
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Leadership Commissioning

Congratulations to our student leaders who were officially inducted into their roles on Tuesday 23 February.View the event photo gallery here.Head PrefectKaitlin PetrieDeputy Head PrefectNadia Dandolo (and Secondary portfolio)Monika Orlowski (and Environment portfolio)PrefectsPrefect for the Arts: Sarah BourkePrefect College House: Ellie Collins Prefect for the Secondary School: Ella DanielsPrefect for Faith and Mission: Heather ExcellPrefect for Nagle House: Brooke HallPrefect for Presentation House: Kaitlyn HuxleyPrefect for Manresa House: Taylor KempPrefect...
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Parents and Friends Association

A very warm welcome back to the New School Year.  This year, the Parents and Friends Committee will be working hard to consolidate their aim of fostering and building the community school spirit at SMC.  We would also like to capitalise on our successful ventures of 2015.Two of our major fundraising ventures will be selling Entertainment Books. We will also be having another Spring Fair on October 16. Our very first...
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Junior School Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to all students who participated in the annual Junior School House Swimming Carnival on Friday 19 February. There was a fantastic spirit and houses were most confidently organised by their 2016 leaders.  Thank you to our Year 9 senior students who assisted and those parents who volunteered their time, it was most appreciated.See all the action here.Final House Placings:1st – Nagle, 357pts 2nd – Manresa, 347pts3rd – College, 303pts4th  –...
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From the archives – Presentation anniversary

This year 2016 is a most significant year for the Presentation Sisters of Australia.In 1866, exactly 150 years ago, that first small group of nine courageous women left Ireland to travel halfway around the globe to Tasmania. Their destination was another planet to them, its environs hostile, and its people unknown, even its animals unfamiliar and strange to them. Only one of these women would ever return to Ireland.Our Tasmanian...
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Southern Schools Regatta, Franklin

Over the last five years St Mary’s rowers have become the pacesetters in schoolgirl rowing. Due to the natural attrition of the sport and the increasing hours of training required, the sport does lose rowers over the years. However, SMC consistently field crews in all age groups and those crews are all extremely competitive in single, double and quad scull events. The girls have already competed in the Junior Sculling Regatta...
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Community service announcement

Flex your mental muscles!What: Hobart North Regional Chess ChampionshipsWhen: Thursday 24 March 2016, 9.15am-2.00pmWhere: The Friends School, 23 Commercial Rd, North HobartHow: Register online https://au.tornelo.com/tournaments/hobart-north--3Cost: Entry fee $20 per playerMore information: Check www.interschool.com.au Derwent Strikers HockeyWhat: Derwent Strikers Junior Registration DayWhen: Thursday 25 February, 5.00pm-6.00pmWhere: Tasmania Hockey CentreRSVP to Kathryn Westland (girls), ktrgwest@bigpond.net.au or call 0428 650 842 OHA Junior HockeyWhat: OHA Junior Hockey Registration Day, Clinic and BreakfastWhen: Saturday 27 February,...
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Prep Home Reader Information 19.2.16

For further information please follow the link below.
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Information for Years 3-6 iPad Program 2016

Please follow the link below for information regarding the iPad program.
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Year 9 Camp 16-18 March

Year 9 Camp will be held on 16-18 March 2016.Please follow the links below for further information.
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Back to school photo gallery

 We were delighted to welcome back our existing students as well as some news faces to St Mary’s this month.Check out some of our school photos here.
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Year 7 Activity Day

The Year 7 activity day will be held on 22 February 2016 at the Orana Guide Camp.More information and permission slip
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2016 Kindergarten Information Booklets

Please follow the links below to access the Junior Classes Information Booklets for 2016.
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Move Well Eat Well

Welcome back to 2016!  The St Mary’s College Junior School is a part of the Move Well Eat Well initiative which promotes a healthier Tasmania in which children can enjoy healthy eating and physical activity every day. It contributes to a healthy lifestyle and to the prevention of a range of chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and dental decay.  It also promotes and encourages a lifestyle...
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Safety Recall – Apple Wall Plug Adapter

The College has received advice of a voluntary product safety recall by Apple for their AC Wall Plug Adapter, which would have been supplied with Apple devices between 2003 and 2015.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has also issued a product safety recall advice, which can be accessed at here.The identified fault relates to potential cracking of the adapter casing and the risk of electric shock. We have put in...
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From the Archives – 150th Anniversary Celebrations

Families who are new to St Mary’s College may be unaware that in 2018 we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of accepting our first pupils on 3 February 1868. This is going to be a wonderful opportunity to party and you are invited along for the ride!Other families will be well acquainted with this significant upcoming date. For the Presentation Sisters, this year 2016, represents 150 years since the first...
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Community Service Announcement

Volunteer opportunityWhat: St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) is seeking volunteers to reach out to people in your local area who are in need of emergency relief assistance and basic home budgeting support. All training will be provided.Who:  For anyone aged 18 years or overInformation:  Do you:Have a few hours spare per fortnight?Want to make a difference?Have empathy and compassion for people in need?Contact:  For all enquiries please contact State...
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Junior School Swim Carnival 19.2.16

Please follow the links for information regarding our upcoming Swimming Carnival to be held on Friday 19th February at the Clarence Aquatic Centre.
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Junior Sporting Options in Term 1 2016

Please follow the link for further information regarding sports offered in the Junior School in Term 1.
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Year 8 Activity Day 22 February 2016

On February 22 all year 8 students will be participating in an Activity Day.Please follow the link for further information
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Year 10 Goal Setting Information evening 2 March 2016

On Wednesday March 2nd Year 10 students and their parents will be given the opportunity to attend a Goal Setting session specifically designed for students, to help prepare their goals for Year 10 and further studies.Further information can be found here;  
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SSATIS 7/8 Girls Tennis Final

The St Marys College team consisting of Eve O’Neile, Jade Bourke, Georgia Stalker and Julia Gunn at the completion of the roster had won 27 and conceded 6 rubbers, registering a 650ppg rating, top position on the ladder and a place in the final on December 1 against Mount Carmel College White.With gloomy skies threatening rain Julia and Georgia commenced their doubles match with the initial games going with serve...
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Community Service Announcement

Sacramental ProgramWhat: Catholic children aged eight and upwards who live in the Sandy Bay-Taroona Parish, or who attend Mass in the parish, are invited to join the 2016 Sacramental Program.When: First Reconciliation will take place before Easter. Preparation sessions will commence in mid-February, so parents are encouraged to enrol their child as soon as possible. Dates for Confirmation and First Eucharist are yet to be finalised.More information: Parental support during...
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From the Archives – The story of Home Science at St Mary’s College

To write this article, I combed through my various pieces of research, to see what I could find about the teaching of the domestic arts in the earliest days of the College. Most newspaper articles reported only on the excellent academic and music results obtained by its students. The first reference to anything vaguely domestic is in the 1927 Prospectus, which includes Needlework among the subjects on offer. One can...
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Metro Bus Route Notice for 2016

As a part of the broader review of service in Hobart, Metro would like announce the completion of their timetables for school services, effective Term 1, 2016.General access service information is available at www.metrotas.com.au. School services will be updated online shortly.CURRENTLY SERVICED BYRoute 89, 94S, 100, 110, 236AM, 424AM, 425AM, 429PM, 495PMWHAT’S CHANGING?School bus routes have been reviewed and re-numbered. All Metro school buses for northern, western and southern suburbs...
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Technology in the Junior School: iPad Program Pamphlet

Each family in the Junior School would have recently received a pamphlet with details of the new iPad Program. An electronic copy of this is also available below. 
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Community Service Announcement

Star Wars Episode VII WYD FundraiserWhat: Celebrate the end of the year and the release of the brand new Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens at our Special Screening World Youth Dday Fundraiser on OPENING NIGHT!When: Thursday 17 December (Opening Night), 6.00pm for 6.15pm.Where: Village Cinemas Eastlands and Launceston (take your pick).Cost: $30 (includes small popcorn, 600ml drink and chance for give-aways and pre-film entertainment).Contact: www.trybooking.com/JHYV HookIn2HockeyWhat: Hockey Tasmania is...
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2016 Book Lists

Book lists for 2016:-              
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Anecdote from the Archives – Boarding School

Among its great list of other ‘firsts’, St Mary’s College was the first Catholic Girls’ boarding school in Australia. Within two years of opening the school, the Sisters were advertising themselves as being available to take a ‘limited number of young ladies as boarders’. By 1871, the first gable end had been added to the Convent building, allowing more room for boarders, and enabling the Sisters to reduce the boarding...
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The SMC T20 Team is off to the MCG!

On Friday 13 November a team of 10 girls, accompanied by Miss Mann and Mrs Kemp, travelled to Launceston for the state T20 cricket final which the SMC team had qualified for by winning their way through a Regional tournament in September.Four Southern teams and four Northern teams competed under sunny skies on Friday. SMC played Wynyard in their first game of the day winning quite comfortably. They then went...
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Community Service Announcement

Zebra Football ClubWhat: Do you love soccer and want to improve your skills with qualified coaches? Then try it out for free at the Hobart Young Zebras training day.Who: Girls aged 8-12.When: Sunday 22 November, 11.00am – 1.00pm. Where: KGV Soccer Park, Grove Road Glenorchy.More information: www.hobartzebras.com.auContact: Linda on 0488 992 089 or linda@hobartzebras.com.au Surf GromsWhat: Weet-Bix SurfGroms new Term 4 program starts soonWhen and where: 7 Mile Beach – Saturdays,...
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2016 Information Mail Out

Electronic copies of information sent home via post on 2 November 2015        
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Anecdotes from the Archives

St Peter’s HallSt Peter’s Hall stands on the corner of Harrington and Brisbane Streets. It was originally designed and built in Wapping, a very impoverished part of old Hobart. It was a Temperance Hall, to keep Catholic men away from the demon drink, and also a centre for Catholic social activities.Just starting out in his career, Henry Hunter won the contract on the Hall, with patronage from Archbishop Robert Willson.For...
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BYOD Information Evening Recap

Thank you to all the parents that came out to the information evening last week. Both the Junior and Senior School Technology device plans for 2015 were discussed. If you missed it, you can stay informed by checking out the information on the school website Information Technology pages.We were asked many good questions on the night, and we have been updating our FAQ pages to reflect the questions asked then...
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Senior Art Exhibition 2015

Students, friends and families of the St Mary's College community are invited to the opening night of the Senior Art Exhibition, taking place at St Peter's Hall on Tuesday 17 November at 6.00pm.The exhibition will be open during school hours from Wednesday 18 November - Friday 20 November.
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Primary School Regional Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to the following students who represented St Mary’s College at the Southern Tasmanian Primary Schools Regional Basketball competition. This competition was held over the weekend of October 17-18 with three teams competing. All students are to be congratulated on their outstanding sportsmanship and will provided with a sports certificate for their contribution to junior sport.SMC 3/4 ‘BLUE’Adalia Hauler, Lucy Booth, Laura Smith, Abbey Holloway , Heidi Eastley, Laura Grubb,...
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All Schools Athletics Carnival Results 2015

Congratulations to the following students:Year 5Celica Hutchinson – 11 Years High Jump 1st, Long Jump 2nd, Discus 2ndYear 7Liana Kenna – U14 1st 100m, 1st 200m, 1st Long Jump, 1st Triple JumpElka Paprotny – U14 3rd 400m, 4th 100mYear 8Grace Jacobson – U16 1st Triple JumpYear 9Alice Randall – U18 5km Walk 1st, U16 3km Walk 1stRebecca Kovacic – U16 3rd 100m, 3rd Triple Jump, 5th 200m, 5th Long JumpLydia...
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Mud Run

Last week 53 SMC students from Years 7-10 competed in the School Mud Run Competition at Redbanks. Students enjoyed the 6km course which included over 30 different obstacles – most including mud! The girls ran with their friends and did not stop laughing all day! It would seem that the perfect recipe for our girls is ‘just add mud’!
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Sailing 2015

October sees the opening of the sailing season in Tasmania. All yachts from the smallest boats through to larger ocean racing boats begin their racing rosters. The intrepid crew from SMC competed against Friends and made a fine start their roster in very challenging conditions. Wind gusts of up to 20 knots battered the small laser class boats, but none of our boats capsized and we completed all races. The team this term...
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Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival

JUNIOR ATHLETICS CARNIVAL 3-6Congratulations to all students who participated in our annual House Athletics Carnival on Friday 16 October. The carnival was a huge success. The final results and year group champions are as follows: 1st: Presentation2nd: Manresa3rd: Nagle4th: College Year 3 Champion - Isabelle Hoggett, Runner Up – Shayla HallYear 4 Champion – Vara Marunda, Runner Up – Claire OliverYear 5 Champion – Jessica Harback, Runner Up – Cecilia HutchisonYear 6...
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Senior School Basketball Tournament

St Mary's College finished runners up in last weekend's Southern High Schools Basketball Championships. Wins against Dominic and MacKillop and a loss to Sacred Heart resulted in SMC qualifying for the final and a return bout against Sacred Heart. Despite a close first half, Sacred Heart pulled away, primarily due to their depth and experience. Our St Mary's girls worked hard and improved as the weekend progressed. We had three...
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Year 7 Basketball Grand Final

On Wednesday 28 October, the Year 7 basketball team participated in the grand final, after a great season which only consisted of one loss. The team worked fantastically together and were always eager to improve and better themselves. The grand final was played against Mount Carmel College. The first time we played this side, we had our first loss of 13 points. However, we went into the grand final determined...
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1st Grade Basketball Final

Basketball at St Mary's is something that has been growing for a number of years. From 1st Grade all the way down to Year 7 and even in the Junior School, we certainly have some future stars in the making.The strength of basketball at St Mary's this year has been demonstrated by the senior 1st Grade Team. This year was the second consecutive year they went un-defeated resulting in back-to-back...
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Thank you to our Fair Sponsors

It has been a couple of weeks now since our very successful fair. Since then we have been busy tallying amounts and paying bills in order to work out just how successful a fair, monetarily, it was.At this point in time I am extremely pleased and proud to report that the School Spring Fair raised just over $29,000; this includes the Trailer Raffle. At the next meeting, the P&F Committee,...
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Future Problem Solving Final 2015

After many years of trial and endurance, the Year 9 Future Problem Solvers were granted the opportunity to travel to Brisbane in order to take part in the national leg of the competition. On a chilly Thursday morning, we arrived at the airport bright-eyed but somewhat dishevelled. With Miss Gillian Goldsworthy leading the way, we experienced the sights and sounds of the city including Movie World, the Queensland Museum and...
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Justice Action Assembly

On Tuesday 27 October, the Justice Action team held a Senior School assembly to discuss pressing global issues and to showcase the underlying goal of the group. We were all brimming with excitement and anticipation, however our nerves were calmed by the warm reception of our peers.Hannah Sutton, the president of our school group, spoke about the core aim of the committee, which is to give a voice to those...
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Community News Update

‘There’s Life After Year 12 Exams’ campaignWhat: “There’s Life After Year 12 Exams” is a campaign designed to help students manage the stress and anxiety of Year 12 exams, organised by ReachOut.com, an online mental health service.When: Campaign launched on Wednesday 7 October.More Information: ReachOut.com/TheresLifeAfter. Anna Berger’s Art ExhibitionWhat: St Mary’s College Art Teacher, Mrs Anna Berger, has work featured in a group exhibition called ‘Darkness and Light’.When: Opening night is...
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1st Grade Netball Grand Final Winners

This year the 1st Grade Netball team once again proved themselves a formidable force. They were unbeaten through the roster and won the Southern Final against their arch rivals GYC. The girls then went onto play the State final against Scotch Oakburn who have beaten us comfortably over the last two years. The girls set out to prove that they meant business this year and were very unlucky to lose...
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SATIS Athletics Carnival

Following on from the SSATIS carnival, the best team was selected to compete in the State carnival in Launceston which was held on Saturday 17 October. The team is a reduced team in numbers compared to the Southern carnival as only one competitor per event is entered as opposed to two at the SSATIS event.The team left bright and early on the bus at 6.00am Saturday morning. There was a...
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SSATIS Athletics Carnival

The SSATIS carnival was run on September 22 at the Hobart Domain Athletics Track. The girls had trained well for the six weeks leading up and they were very eager for the carnival to commence.It was clearly evident from the SMC Senior carnival that some pretty smart athletes had arrived for high school in 2015 so we were really looking forward to seeing them bolster the already strong team through...
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Canberra Trip 2015

As part of our Year 6 Educational program we study the qualities of leadership and the importance of democracy. On Monday 21 September our Year 6 students travelled to Canberra. Students from our Year 6 classes undertook the educational tour of the National Capital. While on this tour they participated in a variety of programs focused on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.The Australian Government recognises the importance of all...
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Community Service Announcement

Sacramental preparation season 2015-2016 for St Mary’s CathedralWhat: Children over the age of 7 years, and all adults wishing for the grace of Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Eucharist (Communion) are invited to enrol in this current preparation season.When: October 2015 – May 2016.More information: For those already baptised in the Catholic Church, the Sacramental path includes Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. For those who have been baptised in another...
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Bell Shakespeare

Recently, Year 10 students from Saint Mary’s College joined with Sacred Heart students to view a unique rendition of Macbeth Undone on September 15 by the Bell Shakespeare crew. Macbeth Undone is a variation of the original play Macbeth by William Shakespeare.The Bell Shakespeare company has been presenting shows around the country since 1990. In addition to entertaining school groups Bell Shakespeare have put on professional shows in theatres, including...
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Science Awards

Congratulations to Hannah Sutton, whose Science Research Investigation Project on possible treatments for Alzheimer's Disease received the CSIRO's Gold CREST Award. This is an outstanding achievement as very few students receive these awards each year from around Australia. Hannah developed her project under the mentorship of Professor David Small and Dr Katherine Southam from UTAS through the Menzie's Centre.On September 17, 142 St Mary’s College girls from Years 7 -...
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Japan Trip 2015

During the Term 3 holidays, 12 students, Stella Barnhoorn, Molly Browning, Natasha Chu, Elisa Graves, Ellie Kaye, Faith McDougall, Alex McLeod, Sophie Parthenios, Taylah Pickett, Esther Pregnell, Sian Prior, Vivienne Scott, our Japanese teacher, Mrs Macleod, Mr Del Pio, Mrs Keller, Mrs Williams and Greg went on the 2015 trip to Japan. During the two and a half weeks we stayed there, we visited many places on the main island...
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Namaste India

For the first time the Alliance of Girls Schools joined with World Challenge to offer a 21 day expedition to India. St Mary’s students Lily Malais-Robertson and Eleanor Bearman, and teacher Karen Walter, joined up with Collegiate and Ogilvie students to experience a trip of a lifetime. World Challenge offers expeditions in developing countries where students have the chance to undertake a community project, do a bushwalk and enjoy some...
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Spring Fair Success

I am very pleased to report that the St Mary’s College Spring Fair on Sunday was a huge success!The aim of the Parents and Friends Committee going into this Fair was to provide an opportunity where the school community could gather together. We certainly achieved this aim. It would be hard to estimate how many people attended throughout the three hours we operated the Fair but it would be close...
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Bring Your Own Device 2016 Program Information

Please see attached information regarding the roll out of the College's Bring Your Own Device Program starting in 2016.There will be an information session for those interested in attending on Tuesday 27th October 2015 from 6.00pm in the Mary Morgan Wing.  Please advise Tammy Carlton (tcarlton@smc.tas.edu.au) of your attendance by Tuesday 20th October.     
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Anecdote from the Archives

A Story of Two ChapelsSince last year, students and teachers at St Mary’s College have been able to use their beautifully refurbished Chapel in the heart of the school, in what was once the Year 11/12 Common Room for many years, and prior to that, the Sacred Heart Dormitory until 1971.Many staff and students may not even be aware that the school Chapel for over 140 years was a part...
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MUNA 2015

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Claremont Rotary Club, we were able to participate in MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) from May 15-17. MUNA is a program run for Year 10 students’ state-wide, where teams of two represent a country on the United Nations Council and debate resolutions similar to those presented to the UN. Teams are billeted by Rotary Club members and must represent the wishes of their chosen...
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Year 6 Parliament Guest Speakers

On Monday 31 August, St Mary’s and the Year 6s were very fortunate to have the current Denison Federal Member of Parliament, Mr Andrew Wilkie, come and speak as part of their Parliamentary sitting. Madame Speaker Becky, introduced Mr Wilkie to Parliament. Mr Wilkie in correct parliamentary fashion spoke through the Speaker and gave the Year 6s some insight into Parliamentary life, his views on a number of contemporary issues...
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VET Tourism Trip

On Monday 31 August, Georgia Jenkins, Ebony Taylor and I set off to explore Sydney with some Guilford Young students and their Tourism teacher, Joanne Haneveer. The objective of the trip was for the students to act as tour guides to research, organise, script, guide and facilitate activities for one component of the itinerary. The itinerary was jam packed and there was little time to rest.On Monday we enjoyed lunch...
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Community Noticeboard

St Therese’s School FairWhen: Sunday 20 September.Where: St Therese’s School, Moonah.More information: Laser Tag, Zorb Balls, children’s rides, emergency services, bric-a-brac, second hand clothes, crafts, animals, show bags, desserts, Devonshire tea, coffee and lots of food options for everyone. MILO T20 BlastWhat: A fun and social style of cricket.Who: Girls and boys aged 7-12.More information: Go to playcricket.com.au/kids to find out more or register. MILO In2CricketWhat: Introduces girls and boys to the...
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Community Service Announcement

Sacramental programWhat: St Mary’s Cathedral Parish is inviting families to participate in the 2015-2016 Sacramental Program. Preparation includes the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and first Holy Eucharist.Who: The program is open to all baptised children over the age of eight years.When: Interested families are asked to attend our Information/Enrolment meeting on Wednesday 14 October 2015 from 6.00pm – 7.30pm.Where: St Mary’s Cathedral Centre, 180 Harrington St, Hobart.More information: If you...
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Anecdotes from the Archives – Henry Hunter

Most Tasmanians are familiar with the name Henry Hunter, the renowned architect of colonial days. He is sometimes mistakenly called a convict architect, but he was never in fact a convict. His name is associated with many Hobart and Tasmanian iconic buildings, all of which are heritage listed. He was a very popular architect with the Catholic Church, which is why we see his hand in many ecclesial buildings.The amazing...
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What a Blast for Book Week

We ‘closed our book’ on another Book Week festival this year, and I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thanks and revel in all the fabulous fun!All the students excelled in their efforts this year across all the activities offered to them, and it was an absolute pleasure to witness the enthusiasm they have for books and reading.The book character parade on Wednesday afternoon was filled with wonderful...
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Mathematics at SMC

Australian Mathematics CompetitionOn July 30 and 31, 135 students in Years 7-12 participated in the annual Australian Mathematics Competition. Students had 75 minutes to answer 30 problem solving questions. The questions gave students the opportunity to apply understanding of mathematics. The results will arrive at the College during September, congratulations to all the participants.Tasmanian Mathematics Association Maths RelayThe annual Maths Relay was held at Rosny College on August 23.  St...
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Fair Donation Collection Week

The Fair is just around the corner, so we’re ramping up our donation collections by locking in week of donations targeting different areas.A hard copy of the notice below detailing key collection dates for the White Elephant stall, Book stall, Chocolate Wheel and Trailer Raffle, starting September 14, will be sent home next week. A ticket book for the Trailer Raffle was also sent home with this notice.Spreading the wordWe need...
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Jump Rope for Heart Jump Off Day 2.9.15

Please follow the link below for more information about Jump Off day tomorrow.
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Music Gala Evening Friday 18.9.15

The St Mary's College Music Department is holding their annual Music Gala on Friday 18th September at Stanley Burbury Theatre from 7.00pm-8.30pm.  Please follow the link for further information.  
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Yaizu Sister School Visit

St Mary’s College was pleased to host 12 Japanese students from Hobart’s sister city Yaizu for five days from July 29 - August 5.  The Hobart City and Yaizu City study tour exchange is in its 26th year.The students attended a Mayoral Reception at the Town Hall as well as a trip to Bonorong Park, courtesy of the Hobart City Council. The Japanese girls interacted with many different students from Senior School as...
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Science Week 2015

This week is Science Week and a number of our classes are on excursions to experience Science in its many guises. Class based experiences are also focussing on the joy and importance of Science as a subject and as a part of our lives. Please talk with your child and check excursion lists to see what is on offer.Both Year 4s visited Elizabeth College for Science Week. They explored the...
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Bravehearts Ditto Show Program

On Wednesday 12 august ‘The Ditto Show’, a Personal Safety Education Program, was presented by Bravehearts to K – Year 3 students. The 35 minute show provided students with basic principles of personal safety, giving them the knowledge about how to stay safe and know what to do if ever feeling unsafe. Child Protection Week is September 7-11 and classroom programs will include information around personal safety at age appropriate...
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Junior School BYO iPad rollout and Cyber Safety Meeting

This week all Junior School parents received a letter outlining the development of the College iPad roll out and BYOD plan for 2016 and Cyber Safety Evening. This plan is a significant progression of device provision in the Junior School. The letter is also available on the College website.An FAQ document addressing some key questions will be sent out shortly to answer some queries that may be relevant at this point. Coming up...
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Bring Your Own Device – 2016 Information

For further information about the rollout of Bring Your Own Device in the Senior School please follow the link below.
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Community Service Announcement

Softball/Baseball Social 7s Family Day ChallengeWhat: Softball Australia are promoting a Social 7s Day and the Southern Softball Association has registered to be part of it.Who: A mix of genders and ages.When: Saturday 29 August, 10.00am – 3.00pm.Cost: Free.Contact: send an email to register your team - sballdev@yahoo.com.au. Sustainable Living FestivalWhat: The Sustainable Living Festival is an event showcasing environmentally sustainable ideas and organisations in a fun way.Who: The event caters...
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Beautiful Books, Bonus Book Swap and Pretty Parades

Final reminder to parents and guardiansAugust is around the corner and our build up to BOOK WEEK is beginning. The theme this year is, ‘Books Light Up Our World’ and we will be celebrating all things books from August 24-28.As students attend the Student Resource Centre in the next couple of weeks we will be introducing them to all the activities available during Book Week. There will be two main...
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Inaugural STE(A)M Teachers Conference

Our Senior Computing students attended the inaugural STE(A)M Teachers Conference at the Bahai Centre on Monday 17 August, opened by the Director of Catholic Education, Mr John Mula.STEAM fields is an acronym for the fields of study in the categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The initiative began to include arts and design in STEM fields education.STEM programs are designed to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in the classroom. These...
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Anecdotes from the Archives

The Persona Theatre You may be interested to learn that in 1972, Archbishop Guildford Young established a theatre group in Hobart, initially called Little Theatre, to give students a wholesome activity at weekends. It was to operate under his patronage. The majority of the students in the theatre group came from St Mary’s College, with others from St Virgil’s College and Sacred Heart College.The group, eventually to be called The...
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World Challenge

INDIA 2015….Getting ready for the Trip of a LifetimeOn September 17 two lucky St Mary’s girls will travel with Collegiate and Ogilvie students to India with Karen Walter, Mary Stewart and a World Challenge expedition leader. The students will spend three weeks in northern India completing a trek near the Himalayan border, undertaking some community service work and finally relaxing and sightseeing around Jaipur and Agra where they will visit...
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Jump Rope for Heart

On Tuesday 4 August we were delighted to have Katie Mead from the Heart Foundation visit to officially launch our 2015 Jump Rope for Heart program.  The Year 5 and 6 students also participated in a skills session at the launch, where they learnt new skills to pass onto our junior students. As we begin the third week of our program St Mary’s College has currently raised $9,390.32 for the Heart...
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Gala Music Night 2015 – Save the Date

St Mary's College is once again holding a Gala Music Night at the Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS. Please save Friday 18 September 2015 from 7.00pm – 8.30pm in your diary now. Come along to see performances from a range of groups including the Senior Concert Band, Senior Jazz Band, Senior Choir, Year 5 Choir, Year 3/4 Choir, String Ensemble and featured soloists.
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VET at SMC – Profile of Ellie Piuselli

Ellie has been undertaking a Certificate II in Business as one of her Tertiary subjects in Year 11 at St Mary’s College this year. Ellie recently participated in a work placement at the Hobart City Council, working alongside Helen Coad who is the Senior Operations Coordinator of Events and Salamanca Market.During the week-long placement Ellie had the opportunity to work onsite at the Creative Hobart Forum. “I really enjoyed it....
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Alumni High Tea

The St Mary’s College Alumni Committee is hosting a High Tea on Sunday 13 September 2015 and all families and friends of SMC are warmly invited to attend.The committee is hoping that a variety of SMC Alumni, staff, families and friends of the College will come along to enjoy the delicious selection of savoury and sweet treats on offer.The event will take place at 2.00pm at the Elizabeth St Pier Function...
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Father’s Day Free Breakfast

We want to celebrate our fantastic fathers this Father's Day, so we will once again be holding a free breakfast BBQ for fathers/carers of St Mary's College students.See you for a free sausage or two from 8.00am outside the College Reception on Wednesday 2 September.
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Anecdotes from the Archives

WHEN THE SAINTS WENT MARCHING DOWN…AND UPIn 1974, a decision was made for Year 11/12 students at St Mary’s College and St Virgil’s College to share resources, classes and teachers in a number of subjects, which made very good sense to all concerned. The boys marched down the hill from the Barrack Street campus of St Virgil’s for subjects such as British History, Art and Chemistry, while the girls marched...
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VET Profile – Georgia Jenkins

Georgia has been undertaking Certificate II in Tourism as one of her Tertiary subjects in Year 11. Although Georgia is unsure of what sector she would like to work in, a recent work placement at Ratho Farm has given her an opportunity to witness the diverse experiences the Tasmanian Tourism Industry is currently offering visitors.A one hour drive North of Hobart, on the edge of Bothwell Village, Ratho Farm is...
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First Fleet Day

In July, Year 4 participated in their traditional ‘Back to First Fleet’ day. Below are two students reports on the day’s activities. First Fleet Day by Bell ThurleyIn Year 4 we had First Fleet day. Here are some of the things I want to share with you. For First Fleet day I dressed up as a free settler’s little girl. In my group were Abbey, Hannah and I. Our boat was...
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NIDA comes to SMC

Performing Arts was in the spotlight at St Mary’s College recently, with a performance workshop during the school holidays, just off the back of the Junior School Musical at the end of Term 2.The Performance Classes - off the Beaten Track Workshop catered for students from all over Hobart, and was guided by NIDA graduate Olivia Simone and award winning star of House Husbands and Underbelly fame, Gyton Grantley.During the...
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St Mary’s Conquers Kokoda Track

St Mary’s College in Hobart took its school slogan of ‘One Pace Beyond’ quite literally recently, with a small group of students, Alumni and staff taking on the famous Kokoda Track during the July school holidays.This makes the College the first Tasmanian all-girls school to participate in the trek, which is most commonly undertaken by adults (mainly male) due to its physically demanding nature, and the first all-girls group that...
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Snow at SMC!

Greater Hobart experienced a winter wonderland treat on August 3, and St Mary's College saw some of the snow fun too.The students who were able to travel to school safely were treated to snow falling in the morning, with some settling on the convent building lawn, top ground and rooftops.Take a look at our snowy photo gallery here.
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Community Service Announcement

Australian Catholic Youth Festival - 3rd – 5th December 2015, AdelaideWhat: ACFY is three action packed days of concerts, sensational and engaging speakers, interactive expo’s, making new friends, listening spaces, prayer opportunities, learning opportunities, encounter and so much more!When and where: Information and registration sessions will be held at the Cathedral Centre (Cnr Harrington and Patrick Streets) at 5:30pm on Thursday the 30th of July.Who: Open to anyone from Grade...
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Anecdote from the Archives – College Yearbooks

Over the last few weeks, I have been sorting and cataloguing the College annual magazines. This has been a time consuming task, mainly because I am hugely entertained by reading them, and in doing so, I lose track of time.As far as I have discovered to date, the first yearbook was produced in 1927 and was called “Apple Blossoms”, of which we have a few copies in the archives. “Apple...
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Pirates of Penzance

St Virgil’s College in conjunction with St Mary’s College will present the musical, "The Pirates of Penzance," for three performances from Thursday August 6 through to Saturday August 8.  Tickets for the show go on sale today at www.trybooking.com/141253The cast of students have been rehearsing for hours each week since the beginning of Term 2 to bring the well-loved songs and script to life. The production is a comic operetta...
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SMC on Famous Kokoda Trek

After months of planning, seven St Mary's College current students and graduates, along with two staff members, flew out of Hobart on July 1 to begin what will surely be one of the most momentous journeys in their life - the Kokoda Trek.We are sure their months of training has put them in good stead to endure this famous trek and we can't wait to hear about their journey on...
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Holiday savings with Entertainment Book

For those of you that have not yet purchased the Entertainment book please do so by clicking on the link below, and remember if you are purchasing the Digital membership the book that was sent home needs to be returned to the school office.https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/24s0131For those parents that have purchased the book do look at the great school holiday activities you can do to keep our kids happy and save some...
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Annabelle leading goal scorer for Australia!

Annabelle Scutt (Year 10) was selected to play for the Australian School Sport 17 and under Europe tour after a strong performance from the National Under 16 competition in Adelaide. She travelled to France, Germany and Belgium to play against Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands national teams.It was a very competitive and physical competition and she was lucky to be the highest goal scorer for Australia. The Aussie team came...
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Community Service Announcement

Edmund Rice July Residential Camp  What: Each participant is paired up with a young adult leader who will share in games, meals and act as mentors. When: Tue9.00am on Tuesday 7 July to 1.00pm on Friday 10 July. Where: PCYC Huonville. Who: Children aged 8-15. Cost: $100. More information: ERCT will be running a bus to and from Moonah to the camp. Contact: Andrew Blackett: eo@erctas.org.au, 6208 1120, 0409 345...
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From the Archives – St Columba’s School

Many people in our school community may be unaware that there were two separate schools run on the present campus, almost from the time of the foundation of Mount St Mary’s, as it was named in 1868. This came about because it was the habit of the Presentation Sisters to establish a so-called ‘poor school’ in the grounds of a fee paying school, so that the more affluent citizens would...
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Junior School Cross Country

Well done to all those students who participated in the Junior School Cross Country on Thursday 28 May. Congratulations to Nagle for winning the House shield for 2015 and to the year group champions, runners up and those selected to represent St Mary’s in the Inter- School competitions. Final placings 4th College 3rd Presentation 2nd Manresa 1st Nagle Year Group Champions Year 3: Champion - Nyah Hall and Runner Up...
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NIDA Workshop Comes to St Mary’s College

St Mary’s College Hobart presents Performance Classes workshop ‘Off the Beaten Track’, featuring NIDA graduates and professional actors, including Logie winner and star of House Husbands and Underbelly, Gyton Grantley.Download poster here: When: Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 JulyWho: This opportunity is for any teenagers + interested in acting (not just St Mary’s College students)Times: Thurs/Fri 9.00am – 3.00pm, Sat 9.00am – 4.00pmCost: $385Where: St Mary’s CollegeContact: For bookings and...
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Japanese Musical Performance

On May 14 students from Year 3 and senior Japanese classes enjoyed an interactive performance from a professional Japanese Koto player at the College. Below are some students’ reflections on the experience. Year 3  Bottlebrush Last week a Japanese lady come to teach people all around the world about Japanese culture. She was wearing a cherry blossom printed Japanese dress and was wearing a five metre long Obi. She was...
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Community Service Announcement

Rhythmic Gymnastics Quiz Night What: Quiz Night run by Hobart Gymnastics Academy and Spectrum Rhythmic Gymnastics. When: Friday 19 June, 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Where: Claremont RSL, 9 Bilton St Claremont. Who: Anyone and everyone who enjoys a quiz night. Cost: $15 per person/maximum 10 people per table. More information: Includes games and silent auction. BYO nibbles. Drinks at bar prices. All proceeds go towards the gymnastic team’s New...
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JUNGLE BOOK KIDS MUSICAL: Tickets on Sale Now!

After weeks of rehearsals it's almost time for the big show with tickets for the Jungle Book Kids Musical now selling!We are selling these tickets through an online booking program. (Trybooking.com). Please follow the link below to organise your tickets. Prices are $10 per adult and $5 per child. There is a processing fee of $0.30 per ticket and in fairness to all families wanting to purchase tickets, we ask that...
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Vocational Education and Training (VET) at SMC

Profile of Year 11 SMC VET student Lucy Gunn After undertaking work experience at the North Hobart Veterinary Hospital as a Year 10 student in 2014; Lucy Gunn decided that she wanted to pursue a career working with animals. Of her own initiative Lucy decided to research the opportunities to study and work in the industry and discovered an online course in Certificate II in Animal studies was available to...
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Outstanding Dramatic Performance

Over a three night season in May, Year 12 Theatre Performance presented Peter Nichol’s black comedy A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. The play deals with the issues of raising a severely disabled child in Britain during the 1970s.This play proved to be a challenge, however we all thoroughly enjoyed the journey. A vivid and multi-dimensional play, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is both thought...
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Tasmanian North West Schools Regatta

The St Mary's rowers had a very successful regatta on March 8 and 9 competing against schools in the south and north of the state. Our girls placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th in two-thirds of the races they entered - an outstanding result which reflects the hard work, skill and dedication required to compete in this arduous, yet exhilarating of sports. All races are 1km long, except for u16...
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Tasmanian Schools’ Rowing Championship

The weather was cold but the competition was hot at the Tasmanian Schools' Championship Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington. Seventeen of our 20 rowers competed in finals or petite finals and 18 were among the top 10 fastest in the State in their age groups (some in a single, double AND quad). The u13 Quad are undefeated State Champions and, when the points were tallied at the end, St Marys...
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Hobart Penitentiary Excursion

The Year 4s recently visited the Hobart Penitentiary on an excursion. Below is a report from Bethany Creese on what she learnt on the excursion. I liked the Hobart Penitentiary because I like history and the Hobart Penitentiary is very historic. I loved the court room because I got to try on the wig that the judge would wear and I also got to bang the gavel. I also liked...
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Chinese Poetry Competition

On May 18 a selection of Year 7 and 8 girls participated in the CLTAT Tasmanian Chinese Poetry Competition at The Hutchins School. Students from several schools competed with a record number of 100 students in the Year 7/8 section. As there were many entrants and very close scores, the Judges awarded 1st to 5th prizes and Honourable Mentions.  Congratulations to Fay Burke, Abbie Elmer and Claire Jones for winning equal 5th place...
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Community Service Announcement

Southern Cross Exchange Give your children the wonderful opportunity to have an international big brother or big sister by hosting one of our exceptional international students arriving in Australia in July 2015 for their three, five or 10 month programs. Our international exchange students from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland will live as a local, attend a local secondary school, arrive with their own spending...
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Junior School Cross Country Date

Junior School Cross Country – Thursday 28 May Please note that the date of the Junior School Cross Country Carnival has been changed and is now being held on Thursday 28 May at Tolosa St.  This carnival is to be held in conjunction with the Senior School Carnival.  Race times are below and more detailed information is available via the school website, ‘In the school bag’. Year 4 - 10.00am...
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From the Move Well Eat Well team – lunch box ideas

Are you stuck for ideas or confused by mixed messages?  This week junior school students will receive a hand out with ideas and suggestions on what to include in our lunches, as well as what not to include.  Why? Fuelling our bodies with nutritious foods is the easiest way to encourage our brains and bodies to work efficiently.  Other processed or ‘empty calorie’ foods do not provide fuel for our bodies,...
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Walk Safely to School Day

National Walk Safely To School Day - Friday 22 May 2015 Primary school aged children across Australia will make those important steps towards a healthier future by participating in National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 22 May 2015.What is St Mary’s doing?  On Friday 22 May we will be completing a double block walk and have a visit from our ‘Adopt a Cop’ to talk to the students about...
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Community News

Chess Championships What: Hobart Regional Chess Championships. Who: Prep to Year 9. When: Monday 25 May 2015. All Zone events run from 9.15am – 2.00pm. Where: Immaculate Heart of Mary, 10 McCann Crescent Lenah Valley. More information: All players play 7 games - There is no minimum or maximum team size required. Chess Kids coaches will be on site to provide assistance. All equipment is provided. No one walks away...
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Visiting Artist Program – Beth Robb

Beth Robb is a Graphic Designer and practising Artist specialising in Graphic Art, Motion Graphics, Illustration and Performance Art. Since completion of a university degree in Graphic Design Beth has pursued a range of design projects over the past decade working freelance and as part of an agency both nationally and internationally. Beth visited SMC’s Visual Art Department in April as part of our Visiting Artists Program and brought with...
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Mothers’ Day High Tea

On Friday 8 May, the Year 2 students welcomed their mothers into their classroom to host a Mother’s Day High Tea. They spent their morning busily baking lemon cupcakes, scones, chocolate crunch and jam drops for their mums to enjoy with their tea and coffee. Once their mothers arrived and were seated, the children welcomed them with a song and a special video they made about ‘What I love about...
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Mothers’ Day Breakfast

Last Friday 8 May, St Peters Hall was a bustle of energy and excitement. As the Year 12s gathered with their very special mums and guests for the best meal of the day, breakfast. The annual Mothers' Day Breakfast fundraiser was a huge success with all money raised going towards our 2015 prefect charities Keep Up Stay ChatTY and the Annie Kenney Young Women’s Refuge Shelter both local Tasmanian charities....
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VET and Careers News

A word from the VET & Careers Coordinator (Senior School) Angela Mitchelmore Parents and Carers of our Year 12 students Although we are early into Term 2, I am already receiving many enquiries from Year 12 students about post St Mary’s Career Pathways. I am confident you are also having these discussions at home, and as you do, I think it is important to reflect on some recent information released...
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Cyber Awareness Week

The Tasmanian Catholic Education Office (TCEO) is again recognising the importance of Cyber Awareness during the week beginning Monday 25 May. With the increasing use of technology in education, Cyber Safety is an ongoing discussion in the Junior School at SMC. Whilst we have many opportunities for guided learning through internet based applications and websites at school, many students are also having increasing exposure to the internet at home. Here...
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Out of School Hours Care

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new and existing families to Term 2, Out of School Hours Care (OSHC). We are all expecting another fun and exciting term. Our program Our program allows children to participate in a range of activities, both indoor and outdoor. The children participate in crafts, role-playing, sports and educational games, as well as utilising the area to complete homework or...
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Junior School Reports

Junior School reports Junior School teachers are in the process of collating assessments and observations in preparation for the production of June reports. Please read the following explanation of how these reports are composed and their underlying purpose. The purpose of student reports Student reports do a lot more than simply inform parents of their child’s achievement rating. Student reports also help parents/carers identify weaknesses and target areas for improvement...
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Time and Space Program Returns in 2015

After the success of 2014, St Mary’s College is pleased to offer again the program Time and Space run by well-known relationship presenter, Bill Jennings. The aim of this program is to create that much needed ‘Time and Space’ to foster strong relationships between child and parent/guardian. We will be having a Father-Daughter night for Year 7s and a Mother-Daughter night for Year 8s on May 20/21. The sessions will...
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International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) 2015

The University of New South Wales is offering your child an opportunity to participate in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS). ICAS assessments have taken place annually in schools for over thirty years and in twenty countries. Educational Assessment Australia (EAA), who design and deliver the assessments, is the not-for-profit arm of the University of New South Wales. To enrol your child in ICAS, please complete the registration...
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AEDC

What the AEDC means for parents Every three years since 2009, the Australian Government has undertaken a census of all children in their first year of full-time schooling. This information is used to identify communities where families and children may require extra support and to help shape the future and wellbeing of Australian children. About the AEDC Each census year, teachers use an Early Development Instrument, which is a series...
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Community Service Announcement

DriveSmart Program What: DriveSmart Safe Driver course run by the Australian Institute of Advanced Motorists. Who: Year 11 and 12 students and any drivers. When: Two day program on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 April from 10.00am – 4.00pm each day (with a 45 minute lunch break). An alternative program runs over three Saturday morning sessions commencing May 16 or August 22. Where: Netball Centre on the corner of Creek...
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A Day in the Life of Joe Egg

‘She’s only one kind of cripple.’ It’s production time again for our senior Theatre Performance students.  A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is a 1967 play by English playwright, Peter Nichols. The play focusses Bri and Sheila who are struggling to save their marriage whilst trying to raise their only child, a small girl with cerebral palsy. Friends, Freddie and Pam, and Bri’s mother, Grace, all have something...
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Anzac Centenary Events

St Mary's College has been involved in a range of events to commemorate the Anzac Centenary in 2015. It began with members from the Senior Choir singing songs from the WWI era at the Anzac Centenary Dinner at Wrest Point. Then, after many hours work from staff and students, the special Anzac exhibition, Letters from the Front Line, was launched on Friday 24 April, which featured spoken word and musical...
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Footprints Project – Under the Sea Week

The Footprint Project is a student run initiative that regularly meets to discuss environmental issues and sustainability. Our first major project for the year ‘Under the Sea Week’, will aim to raise awareness in regards to marine conservation. Major topics such as coal mining the Great Barrier Reef, over fishing and pollution will be central themes to the activities that take place over the week. The Australian way of life...
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From the Archives – More Sporting Stories

A report in the Catholic Standard of October 27 1923 tells us that St Mary’s College boasted a Life Saving Class, instructed by Miss Gwen Crisp, and affiliated to the Royal Life Saving Society of Tasmania. This demonstrates that the Sisters were quite forward thinking, and alert to the trends of the times in health and water safety.
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Senior Softball

After retaining only one player from last year’s team this season has been a learning experience. It has been impressive to see the improvement in a few short weeks culminating in an impressive win against Collegiate on the international diamond at Corrie Jones Softball Park due to some outstanding team batting. With all the players being eligible next year it augurs well for 2016.Mrs Gaby Stuebing
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Mothers’ Day Classic

St Marys College has once again registered a team in the upcoming Mothers’ Day Classic on May 10 2015 and we welcome as many of the St Marys community as possible to join us. You can run 8km or walk or run 4km all in the name of raising funds for Breast Cancer research. To enter visit the Mother’s Day Classic website http://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/ and follow the Individual registration instructions until you are...
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Salamanca Art Excursion

On Wednesday 25 March Visual Art students from Years 11 and 12 visited an exciting collection of exhibitions in Salamanca. The trip coincided with the 10 Days on the Island Festival, which meant students were able to engage with a wide variety of both Australian and International artists. The visit included Colonial Afterlives at the Long Gallery featuring contemporary responses to British Colonization from indigenous and diasporic artists. Students also...
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Palm Sunday Pilgrimage 2015

On March 29 a group of students represented St Mary’s College at the Palm Sunday pilgrimage walk from Lindisfarne to Hobart. It was a bit wet in places, but everyone had fun. Thank you to all who participated, but a special mention must go to Isabella, Niamh, Lucy and Bridget who carried our flag for 7km and the Year 8 girls who represented SMC in the procession to the Cathedral with...
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Food Studies Bakery Excursion

In Week 6 the Year 9 Food Studies classes went on an excursion to Howden Bakery. During class we have been completing a unit on bread and yeast so it was a great opportunity for the girls to see bread being made on a much bigger scale. We got to see large scale equipment in action, dough being mixed, kneaded and rolled it out and finally being baked in the...
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The St Mary’s College Fair is Back!

The SMC Fair is back! St Mary’s College and the P&F Association are very excited to announce that this year we will be holding a College Spring Fair on Sunday October 18 between 11.00am – 2.00pm.  Please mark this date in your diary!  The College has not hosted a school fair for a number of years so we are hoping everyone will become involved in the spirit and join in....
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SMC Alumni Cocktail Party

The SMC Alumni Association are holding a cocktail party at the Lower House on Friday 1 May 2015 at 7.00pm. All SMC Alumni, staff, parents of current and past students and friends of the College are invited to attend. Spread the word and lock in your RSVP now! WHEN: Friday 1 May 2015, 7.00pm. WHERE: The Lower House, 9/11a Murray St Hobart. COST: $20 - includes canapes and drink on arrival....
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SMC Anzac Exhibition Letters from the Front Line

St Mary’s College will be bringing the Anzac story to life this April with a special community exhibition to commemorate the Anzac Centenary. In 2014 the College was successful in securing funding from the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program and a small group of dedicated Year 11 students have been working on the research project for the last 12 months in preparation for the exhibition. The girls have collected and...
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Visiting Artist Program

As part of the Visual Art Department’s Visiting Artist Program, local artist Joel Crosswell recently spent the day working with students studying Art in Years 9 - 12. After learning about Joel’s own art practice, ideas, inspiration and methods, students got the chance to get creative and develop their understanding of art making based on observation, memory and touch. Joel was the winner of the 2014 City of Devonport’s Tidal...
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Junior School Swimming Team

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent St Mary’s College in the STCPSSA and JSSATIS Swimming Carnivals.   YEAR 3                                                  EMMA GRUBB LUCY PARTRIDGE MYKALA MASTROCOLA AURORA GIULIANI OLIVIA WALTER HOLLY TEALE YEAR 4 CLAIRE OLIVER ALANNA MCKAY LAURA SMITH MIA BERRY-PRINS MATILDA WADDINGTON MIA CHRISTIE-JOHNSTON YEAR 5 NAOMI KLUG IMOGEN BROWN ADELE HARMAN CECILIA HUTCHINSON SAMANTHA RICKWOOD   YEAR 6 JESSIE EBINI PHOEBE TEALE HAYLEY KENT...
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Head of the River

The St Mary’s College girls had a great day at the Tasmanian Head of the River Regatta at Lake Barrington on March 7.See the full list of results here: Race 4aGirls u16 Single Scull3rdMeg Messer Race 6Girls’ u15 Double Scull           2ndEmily Philpot & Rebecca Eaton Race 6bGirls’ u15 Double Scull2ndMaddy Breen & Saffron Cooper-Smith Race 9aGirls’ u13 Double Scull1stRuby Lang & Hannah O'Connell Race 10aGirls’ Open Single Scull3rdAdair Morrison Race 17Girls’ u14 Single Scull5th Grace Gardner Race 18aGirls’...
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Debating Update 2015

The debating teams have been busy preparing for their first debates of the year. The first round kicked off with the topical argument of farming in Australia. The Year 7 students discussed why we should not only eat Australian grown food, in light of natural disasters and Nanna’s Berries health issues. In Year 8 to 10 we had debates ranging from the highly charged topic of intensive animal farming, the...
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Big Night In

The St Mary’s College ‘Big Night In’, a tradition, a rite of passage, a highlight of the school calendar. If you were looking for a place where you could watch scary movies with 80 other girls, all screaming and jumping out of your skin together, the St Mary’s College Big Night In is where you want to be. Maybe you’d like to play the world’s largest possible game of pass...
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Entertainment Book

Order your new Entertainment Book through St Mary’s College now!The Entertainment Book fundraiser is back at St Mary's College for 2015, coordinated by the Parents and Friends' Association. At the start of Term 2, the youngest child in each class will be sent home with an Entertainment Book to pass on to their parent/carer. If you would like to purchase the book please follow the steps in the flier accompanying the...
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Working with Children Registration

Want to be a Volunteer?If you wish to be a volunteer (such as a soccer coach) you will now need to have a Working with Children Registration. This is a requirement under new legislation. Below is a link to an information flyer that provides more information. This Registration is additional to the normal Police Check that is also required.
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NAPLAN 2015

NAPLAN TESTING TUESDAY MAY 13 TO THURSDAY MAY 15All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be involved in national Numeracy and Literacy Assessments from Tuesday 13 May to Thursday 15 May(the second week back after the holidays). Testing will occur in the first session each day so please do not make appointments for your daughter at this time. HOW CAN I PREPARE MY DAUGHTER FOR THE TESTING?Make sure...
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Community Service Announcement

Palm Sunday Pilgrimage 2015 What: Pilgrimage walk across the Tasman Bridge and into Hobart City to celebrate Palm Sunday with a lunch stop and festivities in the park - including activities for kids big and small! This is a celebration of young people as we mark World Youth Day 2015 and launch our pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016, Krakow! So we need every young person from around Tasmania to...
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From the Archives – Sporting Stories from the Olden Days

It seems that the prowess of St Mary’s College students in sporting areas has a long and glorious history. The Catholic Standard reported on October 13 1923, that                  The 23rd of September was a red letter day for St Mary’s College. They won their first Inter-College Sports, beating Collegiate by 4 points. Wild excitement was expressed by the St Mary’s girls. Some rivalries have a long and glorious history as...
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Central Region Junior Soccer Registration Information

Please follow the link to access information regarding Junior School Soccer.
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Community Service Announcement

Palm Sunday Pilgrimage 2015  What: Pilgrimage walk across the Tasman Bridge and into Hobart City to celebrate Palm Sunday with a lunch stop and festivities in the park - including activities for kids big and small! This is a celebration of young people as we mark World Youth Day 2015 and launch our pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016, Krakow! So we need every young person from around Tasmania to...
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Lantern Program & Extension Program News

Lantern Program As the St Mary’s College Learning Support Coordinator K-12, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome parents and students to the Lantern Program. Our dedicated team supports the development of our students as autonomous learners by developing their strengths and potential as scholars within our College community. Through personalised learning opportunities students are encouraged and supported in taking greater responsibility for their own learning, their participation...
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Grandparent’s Day

A reminder that Grandparent and Special Friends’ day is to be held at the College on Wednesday April 1. There will be a brief assembly in the Nagle Centre at 9.15am followed by time in classrooms. Morning tea will be served at 11.00am. A bus service travelling between the Brisbane St gate and the Nagle Centre will be in operation throughout the morning. We are all looking forward to welcoming...
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Trip to Nepal Training Camp

The Alliance of Girls Schools Tasmania in conjunction with World Challenge are offering students a fantastic opportunity to travel to Nepal in September this year. The trip involves a mixture of community work, travel, and a trek. A main part of the student experience is being responsible for the organisation of the trip and working as a team, whilst overseas, to co-ordinate the day to day travel. Two Year 10...
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Franklin Rowing Regatta

Tasmanian Southern Schools Regatta, FranklinDespite a rainy Saturday and windy Sunday, the St Mary's College rowers achieved some great results at the recent regatta at Franklin.Race 13GIRLS QUAD SCULLS UNDER 153rd: Brayanna Rees, Meg Messer, Maddie Gregory, Molly Browning (Cox: Chloe Hine) Race 14GIRLS QUAD SCULLS UNDER 151st: Rebecca Eaton, Emily Philpott, Maddy Breen, Saffron Cooper-Smith (Cox: Isabella London) Race 19GIRLS SINGLE SCULLS UNDER 141st: Bethany Eaton Race 20GIRLS SINGLE SCULLS UNDER 141st:...
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From the Archives – the Real Heroines of our Story

There are nine names which we should always remember in the story of our school. The names belong to the women who sailed from Ireland in 1866 in response to a call from the new Bishop of Tasmania, Daniel Murphy. He asked his sister, Mother Mary Francis Xavier Murphy, of the Fermoy Convent, to put together a missionary team, to establish a much needed Catholic school in Hobart. She brought...
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Parent Teacher Interviews (Junior School)

Parent Interview Conferences for the Junior School are scheduled for Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 March, between 3.20pm – to 6.00pm. Parents are invited to make an appointment with their child's teacher(s) using the online booking system detailed in the link below.
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Extension Program

Does your son or daughter exhibit gifted characteristics?  St Mary's College offers an extension program for students with gifted learning needs. A Bright Child: A Gifted Child: Knows the answers Asks the questions Is interested  Is very curious Pays attention Gets involved mentally and physically Works hard Can be inattentive and still get good grades and test scores Answers the questions Questions the answers Enjoys same-age peers Prefers adults or...
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BHP Billiton Science Awards – National Finals

BHP BILLILTON SCIENCE AWARDS – NATIONAL FINALS Congratulations to Hannah Sutton (Year 10) on being selected to attend the National finals of the BHP Billiton Science Awards. Hannah took part in a two day camp for finalists from around Australia in Melbourne recently. She presented her Science Investigation about the use of common weeds as a source of Bioethanol to judges on Monday 2 February. Hannah was one of three...
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Key Senior Sporting Dates for 2015

 February 17  St Mary's College Night Swimming Carnival     February 18  Term 1 sport registrations close    March 7  Head of River Rowing Regatta   Lake Barrington   March 11  SSATIS Swimming Carnival   Hobart Aquatic Centre  March 14  Rowing School Championships   Lake Barrington   March 25  SATIS Swimming Carnival   Hobart Aquatic Centre  May 1  Senior School Athletics Carnival   Domain Athletic Centre  May 8  SATIS summer finals   (North)  May 19             Term 2 sport registrations...
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Junior School Swimming Carnival Results 2015

On Friday 20 February the annual Junior School House carnival was held at the Clarence Aquatic Centre. Participation this year was to be commended, with several of the 50m and 25m events having 4 heats. The leadership by the newly appointed House Captains was very impressive and fun was had by all.Thank you to those parents and grandparents who volunteered their time on the day and to staff, parents and...
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From the Archives – More Money Matters…

As mentioned in the previous ‘From the Archives’ article in the fountain, there are few financial documents left to tell us about the early finances of St Mary’s College. There are a few receipts left, however, which enable us to read between the lines. A receipt dated September 1867, tells us that Mother Superior at St Mary’s, Mother Francis Xavier Murphy, accepted 160 pounds in payment for the cottage attached...
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Business Office News

Asthma Notice ‘Mild’ asthma is very serious. If your child has asthma, please call the College Business Office immediately on 6108 2560 and you will be sent a student asthma record form (if you do not already have one). The Asthma Foundation recommends that you fill this form out with your doctor. This is in light of information we have learned from our training with the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania....
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A Word from the VET & Careers Coordinator

A WORD FROM THE VET & CAREERS COORDINATOR I have received a very warm welcome from students and staff at St Mary’s College and I feel privileged to belong to this wonderful community. As the Careers Coordinator, I will be working to empower students in years 10, 11 and 12 as they consider and plan for their future years beyond St Mary’s College. I have already begun the Personal Pathways...
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SMC Girls Start in St Brigid’s Fundraiser for the Beautiful Rose Ackerly (Year 8)

On Saturday 14 February Cassie Ogle, Sarah Bourke, James Bourke, Jaime Mollineaux-Herbert, Bonnie Cashion and St Mary's College 2014 Head Prefect Shewit Belay performed in a Theatre Restaurant Dinner Dance. They showcased various songs and stunning dances to amuse and enthral a crowd of over 160 people at the New Norfolk Memorial Hall. The night involved a delicious two course meal, silent and live auctions, and two volunteers had their heads shaved in front of...
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Community Service Announcement February 25 2015

Palm Sunday Pilgrimage 2015 What: Pilgrimage walk across the Tasman Bridge and into Hobart City to celebrate Palm Sunday with a lunch stop and festivities in the park - including activities for kids big and small! This is a celebration of young people as we mark World Youth Day 2015 and launch our pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016, Krakow! So we need every young person from around Tasmania to...
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First Day of School 2015

On Wednesday 4 February the school was alive with student chatter and laughter once again as we welcomed our new Kindergarten and Year 7 students to SMC with the helpful guidance of our senior Year 10-12 girls. Everyone got off to a great start and the sunshine continued the following day where we welcomed the remaining students. View First Day of School Photo Gallery Here
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Community Service Announcement

Theatre Restaurant Dinner Dance Fundraiser The St Brigid’s Catholic School ‘Relay for Life’ Team is holding a Theatre Restaurant Dinner Dance to raise funds for Rose Ackerley’s family and Relay for Life/Cancer Council. Starring Andrew Colrain – comedian and singer – lead role in Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys & Dolls, & High School Musical. Plus some of Hobart’s best young musical theatre talent presenting Dreams with End of Conversations’...
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Junior Sport 2015 Update

Welcome to 2015!  We have many exciting opportunities for students to participate in after school sporting activities. Although not compulsory, we encourage your child’s participation.   Sports available in 2015 are listed below.   All expressions of interest to play in a team will this year be completed only through the “Sports Hub” via the school web page.  Further information with regard to this process will be provided. It is school policy...
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Splash Carnival

The Big Splash Carnival is almost here! For more information on the Big Splash Carnival, held at Glenorchy Pool on Friday 27 February view the following notice:
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Anecdotes from the Archives – Money Matters…

Very little is known about the finances involved in the construction of St Mary’s College, or indeed the money involved in preparing and outfitting the original nine women who left Fermoy, Ireland, for Hobart, in 1866. (When I travel to Europe in the next couple of years, I intend to research this subject in Ireland!) Research does show that the Sisters threw themselves on the mercy of the public by...
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Maths@SMC

2015 will see some changes in the resources for our students.  Each mathematics class has a virtual classroom which has been developed for students. These classrooms contain the yearly program that shows what your child is studying during the year and can be used when students are away for long periods of time. The classroom also contains detailed unit plans, assignments and revision work as preparation for assessment.  Get your...
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Year 7-12 After School Sports Registration

With the start to the new school year we are seeing a significant change in the way that Registrations for the after school sports will be accepted. The new St Mary’s College Website offers the opportunity for all sport registrations to be recorded directly, alleviating the many sheets of paper that were used previously. The registration system is very user friendly and is now accepting registrations for Term 1 sport.  ...
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Senior School Swimming Trials & the Swimming Team

Any girls interested in being selected in the swimming team this year can collect a notice from the HPE office.  Some classes will have the opportunity to be involved in swimming trials in PE.  Those classes are: 10th February – all year 7 11th February – 8B (teaching group) 13th February – 9A and 9B Girls are to wear their SMC Sports uniform to school and bring bathers (no string...
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Metro Bus Announcement

The Transfer Bus Pass pictured below should not be used for transfers to or from Metro services and will therefore not be accepted as a valid ticket by Metro from the beginning of the 2015 school year. The function of the card is to provide free travel to and from school. If a student qualifies for free travel on Metro services, they will be issued a student bus pass for...
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No rest for St Mary’s College students!

Three Senior Secondary students from St Mary’s College have been granted scholarships to participate in the 2015 Campion College Summer Program in Sydney during January. Isabella Gilhooly, Benedicta McGeown and Loveth Ochavi will have the opportunity to live College life at Campion College, a Liberal Arts Catholic university, for five days and nights. The girls will taste Campion subjects such as Literature, History, Theology, Philosophy, Science, Maths and Latin and...
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Religious Education in Focus

The study of religion is held very highly at St Mary’s College, a Catholic school in the Presentation Sister charism. Religious Education (RE) is a core part of the whole education that a student receives from Kindergarten through to Year 12. The skills learnt in RE enable the student to think critically, to develop empathy towards others and manufactures the social skills required to live efficiently in a modern society....
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Christmas Hampers

The shoots of generosity have truly sprung from our Jesse tree. We thankyou for your contributions to the St Mary’s Christmas Hamper Appeal! The generosity of student, their families and teachers has allowed us to create five bountiful Christmas Hampers to be presented to families within the St Mary’s community and the St Mary’s Cathedral Parish. Additionally, the final senior school assembly saw our Vinnies student representative, Laura Knowles, hand over a cheque for $4, 130.00 to Connor Fox,...
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Year 6 Lunch

On Monday 15 December the St Mary's Year 6 students gathered together for a special lunch in St Peter's Hall to celebrate their final two days of education in the Junior School. They all had a great time and can't wait to start their journey of becoming a Senior student in 2015.
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Christmas Baking in Food Studies

The Year 9 Food Studies class have been having a great time with Christmas baking, making some cake pops and decorating Christmas cakes. See photos of their beautiful creations here.
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Green Thumbs

The fantastic Green Thumb girls from Years 4 and 5 have been nurturing and harvesting throughout the year. They have learnt many skills, such as turning on the hose without wetting each other, worms are good for the garden, slugs and aphids are not, lots of vegies such as peas, beans and lettuce are great eaten straight from the soil, our apples will most likely get codlin-moth because we don't use...
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Kaz Schools St Mary’s Students on Girl Stuff

With all major assessments completed, Year 9 St Mary’s College students worked on ‘girl stuff’ on December 15 with famous author, cartoonist and broadcaster, Kaz Cooke. It was all part of Self-Care Day, where Year 9 St Mary’s students focused on caring for themselves – building their resilience and learning about matters of the body, head and heart, guided by advice from Girl Stuff author, Kaz Cooke. St Mary’s College...
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Community Service Announcement December 16, 2014

Hobart Chargers Basketball Camp What: Join the players from the Telstra Chargers and Telstra Lady Chargers as you improve your passing, dribbling, defence one on one skills, decision making and much more.When: January 21-22, 2015, 10.30am – 3.00pmWho: students aged 6-14.Where: Hobart Sports Stadium, Creek Rd New TownMore information: hobartchargers@bigpond.com or 0418 121 052 YMCA Swimming Program What: 10 day swimming lesson program with free access to Giant Inflatable Monday’s...
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Year 7 SATIS Girls’ Tennis Grand Final

St Mary’s Blue, consisting of Julia Gunn, Georgia Stalker, Jade Burke and Eve O’Neile, travelled to Mt Carmel College on Tuesday 2 December to compete against Mt Carmel White in the SATIS Girls’ Tennis Grand Final. St Mary’s got off to a good start in the first of the doubles rubbers when Julia and Georgia combined to defeat their opponents. Mt Carmel levelled the match when they defeated the St...
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Presentation Day Picnic

On Friday 12 December, all students from Prep to Year 9 gathered together at Tolosa Park to celebrate Presentation Day with a picnic. After such a rainy start to summer, we were delighted to see a sunny day for the celebration and welcomed the cooling icy pole treat after lunch. Students had fun playing games in the sun, walking around the park and watching the talent show put on by their...
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Community Service Announcement December 3 2014

Theatre Restaurant Dinner Dance Fundraiser The St Brigid’s Catholic School ‘Relay for Life’ Team is holding a Theatre Restaurant Dinner Dance to raise funds for Rose Ackerley’s family and Relay for Life/Cancer Council. Starring Andrew Colrain – comedian and singer – lead role in Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys & Dolls, & High School Musical. Plus some of Hobart’s best young musical theatre talent presenting Dreams with End of Conversations’...
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Rowing Reunion

A reunion of the St Virgil’s, St Mary’s and Guilford Young Colleges Rowing Clubs will be held at the new rowing sheds, New Town Bay on Saturday 14 February 2015The reunion is an overdue chance for any rowers, coaches, committee, parents, teachers, brothers, sisters and helpers involved in the proud history of rowing at the colleges to get together and take a tour through the new rowing shed facility to see how...
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News from the Dugout

Term 4 has seen St Mary’s College field a softball team in the Year 7 – 9 roster. This team achieved really good results considering that most of the girls had not played softball before. It was pleasing to see the good batting and developing fielding skills displayed by all the players. It augurs well for the future of softball at SMC.
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State Primary Basketball Championships

After taking out first place in the Southern Primary School Championships in October, the Year 4 girls team along with their families travelled to Burnie on November 15- 16, to compete in the State Championships.As the only team  in their age group to travel from the South of the state, the girls faced a tough challenge playing against the best of the best from the North and North West.A comfortable win...
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Basketball Championships

The SMC Year 9/10 girls finished third at the Tasmanian State High Schools Basketball tournament at the end of November at Kingston. This was an awesome effort considering the team finished third at the Southern Regional Championships a month or so back.We won three games and lost one but just missed out on playing in the Grand Final on percentage.  We lost our first game to Sacred Heart by about 20 and then...
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Leavers’ Dinner 2014

On Friday 28 November the Year 12 class of 2014 celebrated another rite of passage - their Year 12 Leavers' Dinner. Cameras, sequins, laughter, tears and dancing - the event had it all! They were no longer girls, but lovely young women, who all looked so glamorous and classy dressed in their finery. The Year 12s had a great night and their parents, significant others and partners were delighted to...
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2014 SMC AGM & Mass

On Saturday 8 November, the St Mary’s College Past Scholars’ Association held its annual Mass and AGM/Reunion. The day started with a Mass at midday, followed by a chatwith old friends over afternoon tea and champagne in the Student Resource Centre before the AGM. Along with our dedicated AGM regulars, it was fantastic to see some new faces and those that have returned after a brief absence. A group vote...
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SMC 2014 Art Exhibition

The evening of November 11 saw the opening of the annual St Mary’s College Art Exhibition in St Peter’s Hall. We were honoured to have Minister for the Arts, Dr Vanessa Goodwin, officially open the exhibition, which featured works from Year 9-12 students of Visual Art, Photography, Graphic Design and New Media. Proud friends and family had the opportunity to view student artworks on display in St Peter’s Hall and the Art Block...
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Year 5 Leadership Day

On November 14, eight students from Year 5 were chosen to attend a leadership day at Mt Carmel College. A representative from Caritas spoke to us about good leadership skills, how lucky we are and what good leaders need. What most surprised me was that out of five categories, from the poorest to the richest people in the world, we are some of the richest. We are really lucky to...
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Remembrance Day Poems

On Tuesday 11 November, the College commemorated Remembrance Day with one minute's silence, along with the rest of the Nation. Several classes focused on the special day with various units of work, with Mrs Lack's Year 4 Blue Gums' class choosing to reflect with poetry. A copy of Millie Lane and Charlotte Rafferty's poems can be viewed below:         Red poppies grow all over Flanders' fields where...
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Second-hand Book Sales for 2015

St Mary's College is once again running second-hand textbook sales for the 2015 school year. When to bring books: Students take books to the 11/12 Common Room from 10.35am on Wednesday 10 December. Every book must have an envelope with the name and Home Room of the owner in the front cover. (envelopes will be provided) When to buy books: Thursday 11 December, 2014 10.30am - 1.00pm and 3.00 - 4.00pm Venue:...
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Junior School Orientation Days & Class Teachers for 2015

On Monday 24 November we will host an orientation morning for our Kindergarten students commencing next year. On Wednesday 3 December all students in Years P – 6 will join their new year group and classroom teacher for a ‘step up’ morning. At this time we take the opportunity to meet new students to the College in each year level and have a taster session of the exciting learning experiences that...
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Community Serive Announcement November 19

The National Theatre Drama School Scholarship The National Theatre Drama School (Melbourne) is very pleased to announce that, courtesy of the generosity of the Gerda Nicolson Trust, a scholarship to the value of $5,000 will be available in 2015 to a student currently resident in Tasmania who successfully auditions for the School’s nationally-accredited Advanced Diploma of Acting course. The course aims to prepare graduates for entry into the Performing Arts...
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JSSATIS Winners

Congratulations to the SMC Junior Athletics team who had a fantastic day at the JSSATIS Athletics Carnival on November 7. There were some outstanding performances from our girls on the track and in the field, with many ribbons won and even several records broken.Well done in particular to Cecelia Hutchinson who broke the Year 4 record in both High Jump and Long Jump. Congratulations also to the record breaking Year...
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SMC Junior Athletics Representatives

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent St Mary’s at the JSSATIS and STCPSSA Athletics Carnivals on Friday 7 and 14 November at the Domain Athletics Centre.Year 6Ruby Banks, Kate Oliver, Grace Molnar, Laura Scott, Charlotte Farrer-Baily, Kate Edwards, Olivia Hanslow, Hannah O’Connell, Lucy Eade, Alice Hills, Holly Stewe, Amy Prokopiec andGabriella Collavecchio.Year 5Sophie Robinson, Chelsea French, Isabella Green, Phoebe Teale, Delphine Spaulding, Mia Barwick, Abigail...
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Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival

The 2014 Junior School Athletics Carnival final placings are as follows:1st Nagle 667pts2nd Manresa 444pts3rd Presentation 439pts4th College 394ptsA new initiative this year is the Athletics Year Group Champion and Runner Up Champion (points allocated from both track and field events participated in). They will receive a medallion. The 2014 Inaugural Champions are:Year 3 - Vara Marunda (15pts), RU - Lily Ransley (7pts)Year 4 - Cecelia Hutchinson (20pts), RU -...
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Southern Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to the girls that competed in the Southern Basketball Championships over the long weekend on October 26-27. Both senior teams (Year 7/8 and Year 9/10) finished a very respectful 3rd place which makes them eligible to compete in the State Finals at Kingston Basketball Stadium on the weekend of November 29-30. The feedback that was received from both coaches is worth a mention:“The girls were wonderful, well-mannered and tried...
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Important ATAR Information for Year 11, 2015 & Beyond

ATARs (Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranks) are used in admissions to universities in Australia. Information about ATAR including scaling and related issues is available at http://www.tqa.tas.gov.au/1549 and http://www.tqa.tas.gov.au/0472 The Academic Senate of the University of Tasmania has decided that from 2016 onwards, to be eligible for the calculation of an ATAR (and to qualify for entrance to Universities across Australia), students will have to have met the standards for the award...
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Community Service Announcement 5.10.14

Sustainable Living Festival When: November 8-9, 10.00am - 4.00pm Where: Princes Wharf 1 Hobart Cost: $5 (includes free SLT membership) entry free for kids and SLT members What: Festival events include Circus skills workshops and kids hub, expert sustainable living information and advice, delicious cooking demos using local produce, Saturday night Festival Party 6.00pm-9.oopm, informative talks and workshops, live performances and art installations & sustainability film series with BOFA More...
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Socktober

St Mary's Junior School students attempted to 'sock it to poverty' in Jamaica this World Mission Month, by participting in Crazy Sock Day and Juice For Jamaica on Friday 31 October. Socks of all colours and patterns could be seen around the College and some weren't even on students' feet! There was also a Juice for Jamaica stall run by the Year 6 Fundraising Ministers during lunch to raise funds...
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School of St Jude Visit

On November 3, the College had a visit from Felix, a Masai Warrior, to raise awareness about the School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania. It was a great way to see faith and mission in action. The School of St Jude is a charity funded school that provides a free, high-quality primary and secondary education to over 1,800 of the poorest and brightest children in the region of Arusha,...
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New Qkr Payment App

St Mary's College has a new smartphone payment app that will make paying for school fees, canteen items and uniform items easier than ever before. It's called Qkr! (pronounced 'quicker') by MasterCard. View the video explaining how Qkr! works and how to install it here. For further information on how to install Qkr! view the pdf instructions or follow the individual steps below.   Step by step instructions   To download app...
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SMC P-2 & Kinder Athletics Carnivals

On October 22 and October 29 the SMC P-2 and Kinder Athletics Carnivals were held on the College Green. Though the forecast was for rainy weather, we were blessed with sunshine on both days and even had to get out the sunscreen! Students had a fantastic time with buddy races, egg and spoon races, sprints and sack races. As usual, the parent races were also a highlight.View more photos from...
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Final Week for Year 12

Celebrations for the Year 12 graduating class of 2014 kicked off this week with the Graduation Mass in St Mary's Cathedral on October 28. Filled with smiles, tears and proud parents, it was a memorable occasion for all. Festivities for the last day of school were in full swing on Friday 31 October with tribal fancy dress, memorable assemblies, a surprise Hollywood themed morning tea hosted by the Year 11s and the traditional...
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Bandanna Day

Congratulations to Jess Hellinga (Year 12) for her successful organisation of the Year 7-12 Bandanna Day, BBQ and Talent Show held at lunchtime on October 22. Thank you to those who supported this event. $660 was raised for Cancer Research. Thank you to those who helped in the setup, including Mrs Beltz, Mr Russell, Mr Boulter, Mr Harris and Mr Martin. The official Bandanna Day for the general public is...
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P&F Trailer Raffle

The afternoon of Wednesday 29 October saw the much anticipated draw of the P&F Giant Trailer Raffle. It was a great community event, with families and students gathering for a complementary sausage sizzle and drink and a turn on the jumping castle, thanks to the generous P&F Committee. Thank you to everyone who supported the raffle by sponsoring prizes and selling/buying tickets and congratulations to the winners listed below.        1 Trailer...
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Community Service Announcement 22.10.14

THE LATEST COMMUNITY NEWS Internet Addiction - a growing issue Information session, 7.00pm on October 29 at the Farrall Centre, The Friends School. More information available here: CAS Hawker Scholarship The 2015 CAS Hawker Scholarships open on Monday 8 December 2014 and close on Friday 2 January 2015. The CAS Hawker Scholarship is one of the most generous privately funded scholarships available to undergraduate students in Australia, with each residential...
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SATIS Athletics Carnival

On Saturday 18 October our best athletes competed in the State Independent Schools Athletics Carnival at the Domain Athletics Centre. Whilst we did not win any shields, we did brilliantly to win the Under 14 pennant (age group for girls) and placed 3rd behind only northern schools for the shield categories in which we compete (junior girls, senior girls and aggregate – overall points). This is an outstanding result and all of...
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Science Winners

Congratulations to the following St Mary's College students who received awards at the recent Tasmanian Science Talent Search, Science Investigations Competition: Year 7 /8 Highly Commended: Lily Holloway & Bridget Haydon Lucy Clapham Olivia Eade Chloe Fox, Bella Gorringe & Ella Patterson   Year 9/10 2nd prize: Hannah Sutton - who was also selected as a state finalist in the BHP Billiton Awards Highly Commended: Abbey Murphy Lauren Gilmour Lucy Cooper...
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SMC Art Exhibition

The St Mary's College Student Art Exhibition will open to the College community on Tuesday 11 November, at 6.00pm in St Peter's Hall on Harrington St. Running until Friday 14 November, the exhibition is a celebration of artworks by St Mary's Visual Art students from Years 9-12. Be sure to come along and see the array of talent on display.
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Socktober Fundraiser

St Mary's Junior School students are asked to sock it to poverty in Jamaica this World Mission Month, by participting in Crazy Sock Day and Juice For Jamaica on Friday 31 October. Bring along a gold coin to wear your crazy socks and a dollar to juice it up!
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Year 6 Canberra Trip

As part of our Year 6 Educational program we study the qualities of leadership and the importance of democracy. On Monday 22 September our Year 6 students travelled to Canberra. Most students from our Year 6 classes undertook the educational tour of the National Capital, while on this tour they participated in a variety of programs focused on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance...
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Italian Trip

This year 16 St Mary's girls participated in a two week trip to Italy accompanied by Ms Paola Keller, Mrs Gianna Staples and Mrs June Williams. Beginning in Rome and challenged by jet lag and the heat, the girls did not take long to immerse themselves in the cultural experience. A visit to the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and then to the early Christian catacombs gave us a feel of what life...
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Vinnie’s Quiz Night Success

On Friday 17 October the Senior SMC Vinnie's Group held their annual quiz night. Approximately $1,700 was raised for the Hobart Vinnie's Youth Group, which will go towards running camps for disadvantaged children, social days with asylum seekers and providing assistance for the homeless in our community.   A massive thank you to everyone who helped organise this night and to everyone who came along and made the quiz a success....
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Japan Trip

Plans for next year’s school trip to Japan in September/October 2015 are now underway! Mrs Macleod and Mr Del Pio would like to invite all interested students (who will be in Year 9 onwards) and parents to attend an information evening on Monday evening, October 27 at 5.45pm in Room S108 on the parapet. Whether or not you have submitted an expression of interest, please come along to find out...
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Parents & Friends’ AGM

Please come along to the St Mary's College Parents and Friends Association Annual General Meeting on October 20 at 6.00pm in the St Mary's College Student Resource Centre. Executive role positions are vacated for the role of President and Vice President as well as general members, so please take the opportunity to join the committee and have your say. Nomination forms are available here:
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Past Scholars’ AGM & Reunion 2014

St Mary’s College Past Scholars’ Association Annual ReunionSaturday 8 November 2014 12.00pm Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral - 1.00pm AGM and afternoon tea in the College’s Student Resource Centre. Past Scholars are invited to join us for the Mass, AGM and afternoon tea with the opportunity to view the new Heritage Centre. RSVP to the College by Wednesday, 22 October, 2014. AGM RSVP/Membership Form
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Community Service Announcement

Request for Sacraments 2014/15 Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist for children of families belonging to the St Mary's Cathedral Parish. Please note it is customary for the Sacraments to be celebrated in the parish in which the family resides – not according to which school your child attends. The Sacramental Programme within the Archdiocese is parish based, family centred and school supported. View the link below for more information. Exchange...
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SSATIS Success on the Track

St Mary's College Senior girls enjoyed a very successful day at the SSATIS Athletics Carnival on September 24 in Hobart at the Domain Athletics Carnival. The following outstanding individual results ensured St Mary's won the Under 13 and 14 pennants (age group for girls) along with the Junior shield (year 7 & 8) and the Aggregate shield (overall highest points Girls from Year 7 – Open). This is an outstanding effort...
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P&F Trailer Raffle

It’s that time of year again – time for the annual SMC Parents and Friends’ Association Trailer Raffle Fundraiser!There are a great range of prizes to win – 22 in all, including the major first prize of a new trailer filled with grocery items, valued at $3,000.Tickets for the raffle have been sent home with the youngest in each SMC family via their class/Homeroom teacher on Tuesday 23 September with...
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Science Success at SMC

Tasmanian Science Talent Search Congratulations to Livinia Sproule who achieved 1st prize in the state-wide poster competition and Ella Berresford who gained 3rd prize. UTas Science Investigation Awards On Thursday 9 September, 150 St Mary's College senior students attended the Utas Science Investigation awards, together with pupils from schools in the south of the State. They presented displays of their Science Inquiry projects which they have been working on throughout Term 3. At the...
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Italian Long Lunch

On Sunday 21 September, St Mary’s College hosted an Italian Long Lunch fundraiser in St Peter’s Hall. Coordinated by Homeroom 11/12B and Mr Ivano Del Pio, the event was a huge success, with every last ticket selling out. Students, staff, family and friends of the College enjoyed a delicious three course menu of Italian food, homemade with love. Patrons also enjoyed musical entertainment by Vittorio Ferri and meeting special guest...
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1st Grade State Final Success

On Friday 19 September St Mary's hosted the State finals for Netball and Basketball 1st Grade Teams. In front of a vocal and large St Mary's crowd our Netball girls were first to take the court. They came up against a very talented Scotch Oakburn team but showed that they deserved to be representing their school by playing a very hard fought contested game. Scotch Oakburn were eventual winners by...
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Netball Success

On September 9 the St Mary’s College 1st Grade Netball Team played in the Southern SATIS Grand Final against Guilford Young College.It was a hard-fought match with St Mary’s overcoming the odds to beat the previously-unbeaten GYC team. GYC certainly made St Mary’s work for their victory by playing solid netball at both ends of the court. But St Mary’s had an answer for everything GYC could throw at them,...
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Footy Colours Day

On Thursday 22 September, the Junior School held a Footy Colours Day and Parliament activity afternoon.Celebrations included a parade and demonstration in the morning for all Prep – Year 6 students, where they proudly wore their team’s colours and got into the spirit of the day.In the afternoon, as part of the Year 6 SMC Parliament program, Year 6 students ran activities with the classes as part of the Move Well...
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Music Gala Evening

On Wednesday 17 September the College held a Music Gala Evening at the UTAS Stanley Burbury Theatre. Students, staff, parents and friends of the College enjoyed brilliant performances from the various talented musical groups, including the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Senior and Primary Choir, Choral Group, String Ensemble and various soloists. The Choral Group was a crowd favourite as well as the final performance of ‘Happy’ which all the choirs...
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Science and Sustainability Fair

On Tuesday 9 September, the College held its inaugural Science and Sustainability Fair to coincide with National Kids Teaching Kids Week. The fair showcased our students’ work in the Women in Science Centre and also the initiatives of the Footprint Sustainability program. Girls from Year 7 to 10 conducted individual and group Science Inquiry investigations during Term 3 and displayed their work for junior and senior classes, visiting guests and...
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Yaizu Visit

In late July, St Mary’s College was fortunate to have four students form Yaizu City, Hobart’s sister city in Japan, stay with us for a week. Lily Ward, Prue Mawhood, Elisa Graves and Sian Prior hosted the Year 8 girls during their stay. The students enjoyed learning about the culture of Australia and making many new friends throughout the school. They participated in many activities during the week including attending...
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Gala Music Night

St Mary's College is holding a Gala Music Night on Wednesday 17 September and everyone in the St Mary's community is invited to attend. Come along to the Stanley Burbury Theatre at the University of Tasmania, from 7.00pm - 8.30pm for an evening of entertainment with the performances from the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Senior and Primary Choirs, Choral Group, String Ensemble and a variety of soloists. A gold coin...
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SMC to walk Kokoda Trail

Kokoda Papua New Guinea 2015 Personal Learning Experience We are very excited to be able to offer the opportunity in 2015 for our Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students to walk the famous Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. The small group of students that qualify will be required to study two diggers of WW2, one still living and the other who has past. The students will be...
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Vinnies Quiz Night

The St Mary's College Young Vinnies group is holding a quiz night on Friday 17 October at 7.00pm (please note the change of date). Students, parents, staff, Past Scholars and friends of the College are invited to come along for a great night of fun for a good cause. See the poster for more details.
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Parent Teacher Meeting Bookings

It’s time for parents of St Mary’s Senior School students to start booking in their Parent/Teacher Meetings. PLEASE NOTE: Bookings will close at noon on the day of the day Parent/Teacher Meetings To get started, go to the website Then, download the guide on how to book Parent/Teacher Meetings online here and follow the instructions. Please contact Head of Teaching and Learning, Wendy Forsyth if you experience any difficulties with the...
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ATAR Results

Fantastic ATAR Results for Class of 2013 Congratulations to our Year 12 students of 2013 and to their teachers on the excellent Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) results secured in last year’s examinations. Of the 54 students who gained an ATAR score at SMC, 9.2% scored above 96 / 100; 25.9% scored above 85; 37% scored above 80, and in all 70% of our students were placed in the top...
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