150th Anniversary

150 years of St Mary’s College

It’s time to celebrate!

This year marks the 150th anniversary of St Mary’s College, and we are calling on all members of the College community to help us celebrate this memorable occasion by joining in a series of events to be held over the coming months.

To get you in the spirit of our 150th birthday celebrations, we have created a ‘School Spirit Video’! This project has been months in the making, and we are so excited to share it with the College community. 

You can view the video via the link below – and please be sure to share it with your family and friends. How many familiar faces can you spot?

St Mary’s College 150th School Spirit Video from St Mary’s College on Vimeo

150 Faces of SMC

A special highlight of our 150th milestone celebrations is the production of a book that features 150 faces of significant people who have made an impact on the St Mary’s community.

Researched and written by College Archivist, Margaret Rootes, the book will highlight their school service and achievements, and be published in October. 

Order yours now for $45 by completing the order form and returning it to the St Mary’s College Business Office or contact the office on (03) 6108 2560 to make a phone order.

Read more about the project here.

Book launch 
Wednesday 17 October 

You are invited to the launch of our anniversary book, titled 150 Faces of St Mary’s College, at 5.30pm on Wednesday 17 October in the Mary Morgan Wing at St Mary’s College.

Everyone is welcome, light refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be available for purchase at $45 each. RSVP is essential by email principaloffice@smc.tas.edu.au or phone (03) 6108 2560 by Wednesday 10 October.

If you can’t make the launch, the book will be available from St Mary’s College from October 18. A limited number of books will also be available for purchase at our Grand Bazaar College Fair on Sunday 21 October.

If you have made a previous order, we will be in touch to arrange collection.

Grand Bazaar, St Mary’s College
Sunday 21 October 

It’s almost time for our next big 150th anniversary event – the Grand Bazaar! Taking place on Sunday 21 October, the event – which is an initiative of the College’s Parents and Friends Association – is exactly like the regular school fair, but with a bit more of an ‘old school’ flair, as it acknowledges the very first fundraiser for St Mary’s College 150 years ago (also called the Grand Bazaar). 

Planning for the fair is well underway, but the P&F is in urgent need of volunteers and assistance, including stall helpers and donations for the chocolate wheel. 

If you have any suggestions for stalls, games, activities or entertainment, the P&F would also love to hear from you.

How can you help make our fair a ‘grand’ success?

  • Attend our Grand Bazaar meetings and help with planning and ideas.
  • Assist with organising or picking up items needed for the day.
  • Assist with set-up on the day, or contribute an hour or two to running a stall or activity.
  • Make a donation of cash, goods or services towards the event. 

If you can lend a hand, please email P&F President, Stacey Daley: stacey.hobart@helloworld.com.au 

Can you spare a glass jar? 

The P&F is currently on the lookout for glass jars that could be used for a ‘lucky jars’ fundraising stall at the fair. If you have any empty, unused glass jars sitting your pantry, please consider donating these to the committee (donations can be dropped off at Student Services). The more jars you can save, the merrier! 

150th anniversary merchandise

Commemorate our 150th anniversary with an Esther Shohet or Peter Barraclough artwork, cheeseboard, coasters or greeting card, which are now available for purchase from our front office.

Local artist Esther Shohet has created an original piece to showcase Hobart’s lively connection to St Mary’s College.

Amongst the historic buildings and many facilities you can see students at play and a nod to the Presentation Sisters foundress, Nano Nagle.

Click here to order your 150th anniversary merchandise items. Order forms can be scanned and emailed to stmarys@smc.tas.edu.au or printed and delivered in person.


Esther Shohet A3 print $17.50
Esther Shohet cheeseboard $17.50
Esther Shohet greeting card $3.30 
Peter Barraclough A3 watercolour print $15.00

Please note that the Esther Shohet coaster set has now sold out.

We thank both Peter and Esther for their beautiful contribution to our school and for managing to capture the St Mary’s College spirit in a single image.

To view more of the artists’ work, please visit their websites, which are listed below:


Please note that all souvenir items are available in limited quantities until sold out. Re-ordering may be possible, but not guaranteed

Lights, camera, action! 

We are excited to announce that the professional photos taken at the 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner are now available to view and purchase online via the link to the photographer’s website, provided below:


To sign in, select the event: St Mary’s 150th Anniversary Dinner and enter the access code: STMA5CA5D413

If you have any queeies about the ordering process, please phone Michael Webb Photography on 0419 536

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If you have any queeies about the ordering process, please phone Michael Webb Photography on 0419 536

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Grand Bazaar poster competition

We are delighted to announce that Lily Barnett (Year 1) has been named the winner of the 2018 Grand Bazaar poster competition. Lily, whose colourful design (pictured below), will receive $20 to spend at the fair.

Congratulations, Lily, and well done to all Junior School students who entered the competition, including runners-up Sophia Bearman (Year 5) and Isabella Harman (Year 4).

Prizes can be collected on fair day at the fish and chips stall.

150th Anniversary Art Competition 

People’s Choice category winner.

Among the many events and activities planned to mark our 150th birthday this year was a 150th Anniversary Art Competition.

Open to all members of the College community, the competition was an opportunity for our emerging artists to showcase their work at our gala dinner.

Submissions could range from 2D and 3D media and could be individual or collaborative pieces, but they had to be in the theme of ‘150 Years at St Mary’s College’.

The competition received a delightful array of entries across all award categories. Our judging panel was not only impressed with the level of talent on display, but the participants’ ability to interpret the competition’s theme in such creative and insightful ways.

Congratulations to the following individuals who received awards in the St Mary’s College 150th Anniversary Competition:

Junior School Award

Winner – Lucy McKenna (Year 5)
Highly Commended – Sophie Fidanza (Year 4), Lily Castellana (Year 6)

Senior School Award
Winner – Stefani Khoo (Year 7) and Kay Lye Khoo
Highly Commended – Eliza Topham (Year 7), Sonia De Cesare (Year 7), Adele Harman

People’s Choice Award
Winner – Clare (Year 4) and Mia Wanandy (Kindergarten)
Highly Commended – Louise Davidson (St Mary’s College teacher)

Reflecting on a week of celebrations and memories

This past week has been an eventful and meaningful one in the history of St Mary’s College, as we gathered as a school community to celebrate a sesquicentenary of educating young boys and girls in the Presentation tradition.

150th Anniversary Cocktail Party | Government House Tasmania | Thursday 10 May

Our planned program of milestone anniversary events commenced on Thursday 10 May with a cocktail party hosted the Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC and Mr Richard Warner at Government House Tasmania. 

One hundred and fourteen invited guests attended the reception – including staff, parents and friends of the College and other dignitaries, which marked the College’s long and generous contribution to the greater Hobart community.

Set in the magnificent surrounds of the ball room, the warm and dignified occasion was a wonderful opportunity for attendees to connect and mingle with one another, while escaping the evening’s torrential rain and fierce wind.

150th Anniversary Gala Mass | St Mary’s Cathedral | Saturday 12 May

Our 150th Anniversary Gala Mass on Saturday 12 May was a beautiful and spiritual celebration of our 150th.

With enchanting music, a moving speech by College Head Prefect, Isobel Kuo; striking lanterns adorning the walls and spaces of St Mary’s Cathedral, and a very special lantern procession featuring our smallest and tallest students, the Mass will be ingrained in the hearts of our College community for a long time.

Thank you to the organisers of the Mass, Ruth Prichard, Sr Gabrielle Morgan, Andrew Clarke, Estelle Levy and Scott Weston, as well as Ruth and Christina Martini, and the many teachers who assisted with ensuring that the lantern reflections were prepared in time for the Mass.

While the wet weather conditions forced the cancellation of the historic walking tours scheduled for that afternoon, College Archivist, Margaret Rootes generously opened Fermoy Cottage for visitors who were keen to view our historic memorabilia prior to Mass.

150th Anniversary Gala Dinner | Hotel Grand Chancellor | Saturday 12 May

The festivities kicked up a notch that evening, as our SMC community let their hair down – and kicked up their heels – at our gala dinner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

The event saw the venue’s Federation Ballroom packed to the rafters, as more than 640 guests were treated to a three-course meal, with the talented Australian Army Band Tasmania providing a live musical backdrop of smooth jazz tunes to keep feet tapping. 

Everyone was in great spirits as we rejoiced in stories from days at St Mary’s and re-acquainted ourselves with old friends.

Thank you to Co-Chair of the SMC 150th Anniversary Committee, Josephine Messer, for doing a superb job as MC of the evening, and our guest speaker, Margaret Rootes, who regaled attendees with colourful anecdotes connected to the many great alumni of the College.

The dinner formalities concluded with the cutting of the 150th birthday cake by our Presentation Sisters, and a rousing rendition of our school song, the Alma Mater, that echoed throughout the halls of the Grand Chancellor building.


SMC goes green to honour Irish heritage

St Mary’s College was bathed in a sea of green on Saturday 17 March as we celebrated 150 years of our Irish beginnings with a community ‘fun day’.

Past and present students, teachers and parents took part in the festivities, which centred on a program of Irish music and dancing, colonial dress-ups and old-fashioned games dating back to SMC’s 19th century heritage.

Guests enjoyed historic tours of the College, green food and beverages, and a fancy dress parade showcasing St Mary’s College uniforms through the ages, with children kept amused with face painting, a scavenger hunt and jumping castle.

Blessing of 150th badges

On Tuesday 6 February the College gathered as a whole school community to be presented with the 150th Celebration Badges.

The badges, which were blessed by His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Adrian Doyle AM DCL were distributed to our 970 students and 150 staff members to wear proudly throughout our anniversary year.

Reconnect with us

Archives uniformSt Mary’s College alumni are being invited to reconnect with the College in the lead-up to our 150-year anniversary by updating their contact addresses to stay informed of the various celebratory events we have planned.
If you believe your details might be out of date, please email Communications at communications@smc.tas.edu.au and encourage your friends to do the same.
We also encourage alumni to share memorabilia such as uniform items and stories from their school days to be included in our Heritage Centre.
If you would like to contribute to the Heritage Centre, please email communications@smc.tas.edu.au or phone 03 6108 2560.

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