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Celebrating NAIDOC week

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in News, Timeline

As part of our SMC NAIDOC week celebrations, Year 11 and 12 Religion in Society and Year 7 Visual Arts students worked in collaboration to install a First Nation inspired artwork in our Reflective Garden. 

     

Within their coursework, students have been learning about First Nation culture as being one of the oldest living cultures, and to consider ways in which vital aspects of spiritual knowledge are transmitted through the visual arts.

Students investigated how artmaking is a spiritual ritual used to explore and share ideas, meaning, belief and values with others in the community and were provided with the opportunity to make different kinds of rock paintings inspired by their own spiritual ideas and beliefs.

We acknowledged that we were not creating First Nation works, rather, we were receiving inspiration and guidance from these works.

Our works have been shared with our community in a space of solace and reflection, to transmit hope and positivity to others.

Elema’s journey to Australia

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Newsletter

Congratulations to Elema Godana (Year 12) who has won the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania Storytelling Competition in the 17-18 years age group category.

We are very proud of her efforts in sharing her amazing story, Coming to Australia, which started in Ethiopia and brought her here to Australia.

Read about Elema’s journey to Australia here.

Elema also shared some additional details about her experience:

What did it feel like to leave your home and country?

I was sad to leave, but it was the only option we had really. I was eight years old when I left our small village in Ethiopia with my Aunt and four young cousins and made the long journey of many days to Kenya. When we arrived, we were in a completely different place, by ourselves, where we knew no one. We didn’t speak Swahili and it took a little while to find someone to help us and guide us to the Refugee Camp.

What do you remember most about that time?

I remember how much I enjoyed going to school in Kenya. I was in Year 7 with 40-50 students in my class. There were five other Year 7 groups, so many students attended the school.

I loved to learn and had fun with my friends at school.

What do you like about living in Australia?

Everything! The environment, the peace and quiet, the way it’s safe and the feeling of freedom.

What does being in Australia mean to you?

It means freedom, a new life and a fresh beginning. It has given be different opportunities.

After I finish Year 12 I want to go to TAFE and study to become a Nurse. I am very hopeful for the future.

Junior School pick-up and drop-off instructions

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Timeline

In full compliance with government guidelines the College will continue to restrict the number of adults on site. To support parents and carers with the safe drop-off and collection of their child/ren the following arrangements will be in place as of Monday 25 May:

Kinder and Prep students 

Please use hand sanitiser as you arrive, which is available at each gate.

  • For drop-off, parents and carers are to enter through either Brisbane Street gates and deliver students to the classroom door. No parents or carers are to be in the classroom.
  • For pick-up, parents and carers are to enter through either Brisbane Street gates and pick up students from outside their classroom at 2.45pm. No parents or carers are to be in the classroom.
  • If you are also collecting a sibling from Year 1 to Year 6 those students will be waiting outside the Uniform Shop at 2.45pm.

Year 1 and 2 students

  • For drop-off, all students are to enter through either Harrington Street gates. Staff will be at the gates from 8.15am to welcome students to school. If drop off is by car, use the drop off bay and a staff member will collect your child from the car and accompany them through the gate.
  • For pick-up, all students are to exit through the Harrington Street gates. Staff will be at the gates to direct students to parents. If collection is by car, please have a clearly visible sign in the passenger side corner of your front windscreen with the name and class of the student you are collecting. A staff member will accompany your child to the car while you wait.
  • If you have a child in Year 3 – 6 they will be waiting with their younger sibling.

Year 3 – 6 students

  • Students making their own way home will leave via the Brisbane Street gate after 3.00pm.
  • Students with younger siblings will go to the bottom court and wait with them to be collected.
  • Students being collected by car may be collected by either parking and collecting at the gate in Brisbane Street or parking and collecting at the Harrington Street gate. If you are wanting to make a collection by car in Harrington Street please place a clearly visible sign in the passenger side corner of your front windscreen with the name and class of the student you are collecting.
  • Students waiting for older siblings will be supervised in the courtyard until collection.

Please ensure your child knows the arrangement for how they will be collected.

The below image provides a useful outline of Harrington Street’s drop off and pick up zone and where the bus zone has now been moved to. 


 

Parent and Carer COVID-19 email communication

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Latest Notices/Forms, News

Please find below a record of all recent communications sent to parents and carers via email regarding COVID-19.

Some communication has also been provided in The Fountain newsletter and on Facebook.

Please use these as a reference guide.

17 June 2020: From the Principal: Update #12

25 May 2020: From the Principal: Letter from Minister to Year 11 and 12 students

22 May 2020: From the Principal: Parent Update #11

20 May 2020: From the Director of Junior School: Return to school

14 May 2020: From the Director of Junior School: Week 4 Student Attendance 

13 May 2020: From the Principal: Parent Update #10

12 May 2020: From the Principal: Parent Update #9

8 May 2020: From the Principal: Parent Update #8

6 May 2020: From the Director of Junior School: Week 3 Student Attendance 

30 April 2020 From the Principal: Parent Update #7

27 April 2020 ACARA content for Principal Peaks

24 April 2020 From the Director of Junior School: Commencing Term 2

22 April 2020 From the Principal: Parent Update #6

9 April 2020 From the Principal: Parent Update #5

3 April 2020 From the Principal: thanks from the staff at SMC

3 April 2020 From the Communications Officer: online learning survey for parents

31 March 2020 From the Principal: online learning and fee support

31 March 2020 From the Director of Junior School: learning update and attendance survey

27 March 2020 From the Director of Pedagogy: learning from home

27 March 2020 From the Director of Junior School: learning from home

27 March 2020 From Catholic Education Tasmania: Premier’s announcement

25 March 2020 From the Department of Education: Term 1 ending early, upcoming student-free days

24 March 2020 From the Testing Coordinator: cancellation of NAPLAN

23 March 2020 From the HPE Sport Area Coordinator: HPE TCE excursions

20 March 2020 From Midford: social distancing and hygiene practices

20 March 2020 From the Archbishop: cancellation of Masses

20 March 2020 From Angela Mitchelmore: Year 10 work experience postponed

20 March 2020 From the Deputy Principal: continuing the week with resilience

19 March 2020 From the Principal: precautionary medical quarantine

18 March 2020 From the Department of Education: how to talk to your child about COVID-19

17 March 2020 From the Principal: COVID-19 update #3

17 March 2020 From Catholic Education Tasmania: health advice including social distancing

17 March 2020 From the Department of Education: social distancing

16 March 2020 From the Principal: COVID-19 update #2

13 March 2020 From the Principal: student absences, events cancelled

10 March 2020 From the Principal: COVID-19 update

10 March 2020 From the Risk and Compliance Manager: advice from the Australian Health Department

6 March 2020 From the Risk and Compliance Manager: advice from the Australian Health Deptartment

 

Learning from home

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Featured News, Timeline

St Mary’s College will share key learning from home information with parents, carers and students via the links below, with a dedicated page for Junior School and Senior School.

For all reference information, please visit the pages below.

Junior School learning at home

Senior School learning at home

Here are some practical, fun tips for learning from home. We hope you find these useful! 

 

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