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Students go Heywire for storytelling

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in News, Timeline

Senior School students got a look-in to life as a journalist and learnt a little more about regional storytelling with a visit from Landline journalist Margot Kelly. We’re looking forward to reading, watching and listening to students’ stories as they get ready to submit them to ABC’s Heywire competition. 

Qkr! mobile phone payment app

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in Latest Notices/Forms, Timeline

St Mary’s College has a smartphone payment app that will make paying for school fees and canteen 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 following guides.

How to install the SMC Qkr payment app

Step by step instructions

To download app to device:

  • Enter into your smartphone or tablet app store
  • Search for Qkr! Mastercard app and download onto device
  • Welcome note will appear; either view or skip to next section
  • Click on ‘get started’
  • Select ‘Australia’ under country of residence
  • Click on ‘next’

Qkr sign up area:        

  • Enter email address    
  • Create a password
  • Confirm password
  • Click on ‘done’
  • Enter profile picture or skip to the next section
  • Click on ‘done’
  • Search for ‘St Mary’s College’ by entering st marys hobart in the search bar
  • Alternatively, scan the QR code found in the PDF instruction sheet above (note: you will need a QR reader app for this on your phone)

This will take you into the St Mary’s College Qkr! app. The following menus are available:

Canteen: canteen menu orders (please click on the blank square below chosen day to commence order)        

School Payments: payments for Building Fund donations, school fees and trips/excursions

To add a child:

  • Enter student’s name
  • Select relevant year (eg Kinder)
  • Select relevant grade (eg Wallabies)

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can use the desktop version of Qkr!

P&F Father’s Day Trailer Raffle

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in Featured News, News, Timeline

The P&F’s major fundraiser for the year will be the Trailer Raffle, drawn at the Father’s Day Breakfast (Wednesday 28 August). 

Students are asked to bring a donation of a non-perishable grocery items.

To ensure a broad range of grocery items, we ask that donations are made according to the guide below:

Kinder – Year 1


Shampoo , conditioner,  soap, toothpaste,  deodorant, wipes, toilet paper, paper towel etc.

Year 2


Cleaning products, washing powder, detergent, tissues etc.

Year 3-5

Kitchen cupboard

Tinned foods, herbs and spices, salt/pepper, sauces, oil, vinegar, soups, stock powder etc.

Year 6

Baking Items

Cake mixes, flour, sugar, dried fruit, mixing bowls etc

Year 7 – 10

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Cereals, spreads, rice, pasta, muesli bars, instant meal sauces ( i.e. pasta bake sauce, stir fry sauces) etc.

Year 11 – 12

Coffee break

Tea, coffee, Milo, cordial, biscuits, chocolate and lollies.


Please ensure raffle books are returned by Friday 23 August. 

For more information about the raffle, please see the flyer below:

Plastic Free July: Wrap Up

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in News, Timeline

There has been a lot of wide-spread debate over single-use plastics for a while. Now that Plastic Free July is over, it could be the perfect opportunity to continue reducing your use of single-use plastics.

Plastic Free July is an initiative that began in 2011 Western Australia, with the aim of encouraging people to ditch plastics in hopes of ‘seeing a world free from plastic waste’.

Throughout the years, millions of people have taken on the challenge of giving up plastic for the month of July or even extending it for longer periods of time with 120 million people over 177 countries participating in 2018.

The message of the challenge is to learn to refuse plastic products that are not necessary for our everyday lives and instead adopt alternatives that help save our environment. This also includes disposable or recyclable plastics since most of the time, they also wind up in landfill.

Through the new Plastic Free July website, you can stay up-to-date, and learn more about alternatives and how to spread it around in your community. There are some great tips about how to manage plastic-free in various environments such as the workplace, school and home! You receive emails throughout the month with encouragement and tips. It can be as easy as bringing your own container when you order takeaway foods or drinks to swapping plastic bin liners for newspaper. They even provide a list of the most common plastics hidden in our everyday lives, ways to cut it out of your life and the effect that plastic has on our planet, this can be very useful in helping to plan how much you are going to challenge yourself for the month.

Just by carrying your own reusable water bottle with you means that you can help reduce the 300 million single-use plastic bottles that Australians send to landfill each year! Whilst this challenge takes a bit of planning beforehand, it is very worthwhile and can help get you into the habit of refusing single-use plastics and saving our environment!

Eve O’neile
The Footprint 
Year 12

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