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Celebrating the final week for Year 12

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in News

What a wonderful final week it was for our Year 12s. There were many embraces and teary eyes as they walked through the student guard of honour in the tradition of Belling Out.

Congratulations to our Year 12s on their amazing St Mary’s College journeys, we wish each student all the best for the future and ask them to be sure to stay in touch. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for these bright young women.

As we celebrated the end of schooling for our Year 12s, we captured photos of their main events. See Graduation Mass and other photos here: www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/.

 

New canteen menu and operation

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in News

St Mary’s College has welcomed Canteen Manager, Phil Shanny to the College who will be providing healthy, delicious and nutritious food – all made onsite with sustainable packaging, free-range eggs and locally sourced ingredients.

In addition to a regular menu, the canteen will also be offering daily specials. Please check out the new canteen menu here and on the Qkr! app.

As we move towards sustainability, it is important to note some changes. The canteen will serve food in reusable containers, which are to be returned by students. You will also notice we have discontinued packaged drinks, instead offering tea and coffee (in a reusable cup) for Senior School students. We will be encouraging all students to drink water.

We look forward to these sustainable changes having a positive impact for the College, students and our environment.

The canteen now sells breakfast menu items and barista coffee to St Mary’s College parents as well as students.

Junior School Basketball champions

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

On the weekend of 19-20 October, the Southern Regional Junior School Championships were held at various venues across southern Tasmania. Kate Jordan and I (Fiona Rhodes) had the pleasure of attending and cheering on our girls as they competed against other southern primary schools throughout the weekend. St Mary’s College had three teams competing across the Years 5/6 and Years 3/4 Division 1 and 2 rosters. As you would expect, a considerable amount of time and preparation goes in to these tournaments and I would like to extend a very big thank you to coaches Kylie Anderson (Year 5/6 Division 1), Daniel McKenzie (Year 5/6 Division 2) and Natalie Geard (Year 3/4 Division 1), along with team managers Grant Holloway and Louise McKenzie.

All teams played their hearts out in every game and each student who participated should be congratulated on the way they conducted themselves and how well they represented the College. Daniel McKenzie, who coached the Year 5/6 Division 2 team, summed up his team’s performance perfectly: ‘I think the phrase ‘a picture tells a thousand words’ is a perfect reflection of the way the young lady’s approached the weekend. The way each young lady approached the weekend truly reflected the SMC values of Relationships, Resilience, Respect and Responsibility.’ This team was indeed an absolute pleasure to watch!

The Year 3/4 Division 1 team had a hard draw but never stopped competing, or smiling, once – something that made both Kate and I extremely proud to watch and be associated with. I think the team was pretty chuffed to be cheered on by Mrs Lack on day one too!

The obvious talent and skill of the Year 5/6 Division 1 team was on display in the grand final where they took out the premiership in a very convincing fashion, the win was never in doubt. It should be said that even with such big wins (in all pool games and the grand final) this team played with humility and humbleness and always showed great respect for their opponents. Along with the Year 3/4 team (who finished third), they will contest the state tournament in Launceston on 30 November – 1 December. We wish these teams the very best for that tournament.

As well as thanking the coaches and managers, the role that families play in these tournaments cannot go unmentioned. Thank you to all families for the way they supported our teams throughout the weekend.

Well done to all the students who played in the tournament.

Fiona Rhodes
Junior Sport Coordinator

1st Grade Basketball battles Marist in the final

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

Our 1st Grade Basketball team recently won their Southern SATIS roster, and qualified for the 2019 State SATIS Winter Sport Finals. Marist Regional College did the same in the Northern SATIS competitions which meant we had a lovely five-hour bus trip up to Burnie on the last Wednesday of Term 3.

St Mary’s started really well holding a slight lead going into the third quarter and it was evident that everyone was playing their heart out. Even though the opposition had us beat in height, we kept fighting for every rebound and just as with the hockey, it went down to the wire with Marist managing to hold on to a 39-37 win in the last three seconds of the game. Even though we didn’t end up with the trophy, every player should be immensely proud of their incredible effort and especially in the way they represented St Mary’s College.

A big thank you goes out to all the team coaches and managers. Thank you to basketball coach Robin Rhodes for making the trip up and guiding our girls to a State Final. We also wish to thank all the parents who have done the countless drop-offs and pickups as well as the thousands of hours sitting and supporting at games over the years, without you none of this would be possible.

Mia Blignaut
Sports Coordinator – Senior School

1st Grade Hockey team takes home the win

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

This year our 1st Grade Hockey team won the Southern SATIS roster, and with that, qualified for the 2019 State SATIS Winter Sport Finals. Incidentally, Marist Regional College did the same in the Northern SATIS competitions which meant we had a lovely five-hour bus trip up to Burnie on the last Wednesday of Term 3.

The Hockey team was able to match Marist goal-for-goal until they capitalised on a penalty corner making the score 2 – 1 with eight minutes to go. After some great offensive plays, St Mary’s was awarded a penalty corner with two minutes left on the clock. Unfortunately, the shot missed and the ball was cleared out of the circle. Our players rallied together working well as a team and with just 18 seconds left, Chloe Cooper got one passed the keeper to level the scores and send the game into extra time! Thankfully we scored the golden goal within three minutes making this our fourth State Hockey Final victory in a row, which is an incredible achievement.

A big thank you goes out to the team coaches and managers. Coach, Maddy Curtis was unfortunately unable to attend so Kate Lakos assisted with the help of team manager extraordinaire, TJ Berresford. Thank you to all the parents who have done the countless drop-offs and pickups as well as the thousands of hours sitting and supporting at games over the years, without you none of this would be possible.

Mia Blignaut
Sports Coordinator – Senior School

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