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Setting new leadership goals

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Featured News

In the January school holidays, Hannah and I travelled to Sydney for the Alliance of Girls’ Schools conference. It was exciting to attend the largest all-girls leadership event like this in Australia, at The Women’s College, University of Sydney from 14 – 17 January.

We joined 177 students from 81 girls’ schools worldwide, from across Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, the Philippines and the United States.

Over the course of the week we had some amazing guest speakers that inspired us and everyone there to think about leadership in new and different ways. One that stood out for us was Ben Pettingill. Ben has been 95% blind since he was 16 and has accomplished many wonderful goals such as walking the Kokoda Trail, competing in a Spartan obstacle race and skiing in the fastest water race in the world. His aim is to educate aspiring future leaders with his idea of ‘Limitless Vision’, which teaches people to aspire, educate and act on their goals.

The conference taught us so many things that we can put into action at school, such as time management skills and changing our mindset about leadership. The conference helped us learn who we are as leaders.

At the conference, we were also placed in squads and our mentor Rachel, helped us with figuring out who we are and showed us that it’s okay to not be sure of everything in life after school. Our squad was made up of a nice group of girls from all around Australia. We really bonded and had many laughs and tears through the week as we connected on various experiences and shared our thoughts.

We will be forever grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this event and will always remember the inspiring activities and speakers and what we learnt about ourselves as leaders.

Matilda Noonan and Hannah O’Connell
Year 12

Click on the links below to learn more.

Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia

Ben Pettingill

Senior and Junior School photos reminder

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Timeline

We wish to remind families it is Senior School photo day this coming Tuesday 18 February and Junior School (Prep – Year 6) photo day this coming Wednesday 19 February.

Photos are only available online this year.  

To order your school photos for both individual children and families, please log on to www.leadingimage.com.au and access St Mary’s College with our school access key V6YU847G.

Packages are available to order with this access code.

We ask all families to please place family photo orders online by the evening of Monday 17 February, to ensure the order can be processed.

Family photos are available at St Peter’s Hall before school from 8.00am and after school until 4.00pm.

Parents with three or four children at St Mary’s College may be eligible for the family discount. The terms and conditions will be available online when you log on. Please see key details here.

If you have children at both St Mary’s College and St Virgil’s College, vouchers have been created for you to apply the joint discount. These vouchers are for any family that has three or more children across the two schools (GYC not included).  Please visit St Mary’s College Student Services if you need to collect a voucher.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact Leading Image on info.tas@leadingimage.com.au or call 03 6228 9966.

Advice to parents: novel coronavirus

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in News, Timeline

We hold the safety of students and staff with the utmost importance and would like to provide you with additional details about novel coronavirus.

For information about the novel coronavirus provided by the Australian Government Department of Health, please read here.

While we do not wish to disrupt families or cause unnecessary alarm, the College will adopt a similar approach to many other schools who may have students who have visited the affected areas in China, particularly the Hubei Province. Please note the following:

What you need to know

Health authorities identified cases of novel coronavirus in Australia in January 2020.

The novel coronavirus originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The majority of cases are there. There is evidence of person-to-person spread, particularly in Hubei Province.

Health authorities have also identified novel coronavirus cases in several other countries.

Currently in Australia, people most at risk of contracting the virus are people who have:

  • Been in mainland China recently.
  • Been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus​.

You need to isolate yourself in the following circumstances:

  • If you have travelled from Hubei Province within the past 30 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province and show no symptoms.
  • If you have left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after your last contact with the confirmed case.

You do not need to self-isolate in the following circumstances:

  • If you have travelled from other provinces in mainland China prior to 1 February 2020 AND have not been in Hubei Province.
  • If you have only travelled in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

For example:

  • If someone left the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province on 22 January 2020, they would need to isolate themselves until 6 February 2020.
  • If someone left Shanghai on 28 January 2020 and came to Australia via another country on 3 February 2020, they would not need to isolate themselves (as they left mainland China before 1 February 2020).
  • If someone left Beijing on 3 February 2020 and arrived in Australia on the same day, they would need to isolate themselves for 14 days until 17 February 2020.

Should you have any concerns about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me via email jlambert@smc.tas.edu.au or phone 03 61082560.

We pray for those who have been affected by this virus.

Junior School Swimming Carnival preparations

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Sport/Activity News, Timeline

Our annual Junior School Swimming Carnival will be held on Thursday 13 February (Week 2) at the Clarence YMCA Aquatic Centre, commencing at 9.30am. 

It is expected that all students participate in the carnival. If your child cannot participate for any reason, please contact their class teacher. 

We encourage parents to discuss with their daughter/s the events she will enter. As the College uses the full 50m pool for the 50m events, only those students who can completely swim a full 50m length (and have done so previously without the need to stop), should enter those events.

If your daughter is unsure of her ability to swim this entire length, she should consider entering the 25m or novelty events. 

All 50m events will be timed. Swimmers with the fastest times recorded in the 50m events will go on to compete at the JSSATIS and STCPSSA representative carnivals (not the heat winners). 

We would really appreciate any parents/carers who could assist us with running the carnival. If you can help out, please email Fiona Rhodes at frhodes@smc.tas.edu.au

We hope to see you there to support and cheer on our girls! 

Term 1 sport registrations now open

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Sport/Activity Featured, Sport/Activity News

Would you like to play sport with St Mary’s College? 

As a member of the Southern Sport Association of Tasmania Independent Schools (SSATIS), St Mary’s offers a range of after-school sports for all students in Year 1–12. 

Junior School 

In the Junior School, the sports available this term are soccer, tennis and flippa ball.

All the relevant information for each sport and the days they are played can be found in the table below. Please note, further details will be sent to families this week. 

YEAR

SPORT

DAY PLAYED

ROSTER STARTS

1 – 2

Soccer 

Thursday

27 February (Registrations close 12 Feb)

3 – 6

Soccer

Thursday

27 February (Registrations close 12 Feb)

3 – 6

Tennis

Tuesday

18 February (Registrations close 12 Feb)

3 – 6

Flippa Ball

Sunday

23 February (Registrations close 12 Feb)

If you would like to register your child to play sport for St Mary’s College in Term 1, please complete the sign-up form by following the below link and selecting ‘Term 1 Registrations – JUNIOR SPORT’. 
www.smc.tas.edu.au/sports-signup-term-1/

Other major Junior School sporting events/carnivals taking place in Term 1 are: 

  • JSSATIS and STCPSA Swim Carnivals –Thursday 19 March (10.00am–2.00pm) and Friday 3 April (12.00pm–2.30pm) at the Hobart Aquatic Centre. 

As with all school sport, parent help with coaching and/or managing teams is vital and unfortunately without that support teams cannot be entered. 

For questions regarding our Junior School after-school sports or upcoming sporting/HPE events, please feel free to contact Junior School Sport Coordinator, Fiona Rhodes at frhodes@smc.tas.edu.au or phone the College on 6108 2560.

Fiona Rhodes
Co-curricular and Carnival Coordinator –Junior School

Senior School 

In the Senior School, the two major sports available in Term 1 are soccer and cricket, with rosters commencing in Week 3. 

All games start at 4.15pm and will be played at various school or council sports grounds around Hobart. All SSATIS sports are free of charge and playing equipment is provided by the school. No previous playing experience is required, so it’s a great way for students to try a new sport, have some fun with their friends and be active. 

All the relevant information for each sport and the days they are played can be found in the table below.

YEAR

SPORT

DAYS PLAYED

ROSTER STARTS

7 – 8

Soccer

Tuesdays

18 February 

7 – 8

Cricket

Thursdays

20 February 

9 – 10

Soccer 

Mondays

17 February

9 – 10

Cricket

Thursdays

20 February 

11 – 12

Soccer

Wednesdays

19 February

11 – 12

Tennis

Thursdays

20 February 

11 – 12

Cricket

TBC

Based on interest/numbers

If a student would like to register for a sport, the sign-up form can be completed by following the below link and selecting ‘Term 1 Registrations – SENIOR SPORT’. 
www.smc.tas.edu.au/sports-signup-term-1/

Other major Senior School sporting events/carnivals taking place in Term 1 are: 

  • Night Swim Carnival – Monday 17 February at Hobart Aquatic Centre from 7.00pm–9.00pm. Any student who would like to be considered for the St Mary’s swim team is invited to attend. Students will receive an email with a link to register for the events they want to compete in. 
  • Big Splash – Tuesday 3 March at Glenorchy Pool from 10.30am–3.15pm. All students are encouraged to have a go and participate in the wide range of fun activities we will have on offer. This is a whole Senior School event with students to be transported to and from the pool by bus. 
  • SSATIS and SATIS Swim Carnivals – Wednesday 11 March and Thursday 26 March at the Hobart Aquatic Centre from 8.30am–3.00pm. Students selected to represent St Mary’s will compete against other Southern SATIS and State SATIS schools. 

As with all school sport, parent help with coaching and/or managing teams is vital and unfortunately without that support teams cannot be entered. 

For questions regarding our Senior School after-school sports or upcoming sporting/HPE events, please feel free to contact Senior School Sport Coordinator, Mia Blignaut at mblignaut@smc.tas.edu.au, or phone the College on 6108 2560.

Mia Blignaut 
Sports Coordinator –Senior School

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