On Wednesday 17 September the College held a Music Gala Evening at the UTAS Stanley Burbury Theatre. Students, staff, parents and friends of the College enjoyed brilliant performances from the various talented musical groups, including the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Senior and Primary Choir, Choral Group, String Ensemble and various soloists. The Choral Group was a crowd favourite as well as the final performance of ‘Happy’ which all the choirs and bands joined together to perform. Congratulations to all the girls involved and to our talented music teachers and tutors.
On Tuesday 9 September, the College held its inaugural Science and Sustainability Fair to coincide with National Kids Teaching Kids Week. The fair showcased our students’ work in the Women in Science Centre and also the initiatives of the Footprint Sustainability program. Girls from Year 7 to 10 conducted individual and group Science Inquiry investigations during Term 3 and displayed their work for junior and senior classes, visiting guests and students from the Alliance of Girls’ Schools. The finished display boards, which are the result of many months of experimentation, data collection and evaluation were very well received. Grade and overall prizes will be announced at the first assembly next term and the work will also be entered in the UTas Science Investigation Awards, Tasmanian Science Talent Search and CSIRO CREST awards.
We are very grateful to our generous sponsors; the Australian Science Teachers’ Association, Grains Research Council of Australia, Firestarter, Kids teaching Kids organisation and Target, Coles, Hobart City Council, and West Hobart Gourmet Meats who helped make the event so successful.
The fair was officially opened by the National Director of Catholic Eathcare, Jacqui Raymond, and the students were then treated to inspirational speeches by special guests Tino Carnevale from Gardening Australia and Greg Irons from Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Girls from the entire senior school were involved in a Trash to Flash fashion parade in which they were required to dress in recycled materials based on an environmental theme, such as food from the oceans or Fair Trade food. The students embraced this opportunity with spirit and held a rousing Fashion Parade complete with a judging panel and a whole-school rendition of the chicken dance to celebrate free-range chicken practices.
At lunchtime the rain kindly passed and the school enjoyed the sun whilst getting involved in face painting, a sausage sizzle with free-range Tasmanian produce from West Hobart Meat and fresh bread from Howden Bakery, plant stalls, student run stalls, having their ‘selfie’ taken, cuddling piglets and lambs from Brightside and much more. We are very grateful to the visiting stallholders from our Hobart community including Replas, UTas, Brightside, and Travel with a Cause. The afternoon continued with workshops run by Greg Irons from Bonorong Sanctuary and Ben Arthur from IMAS.
The fair aimed to inspire and educate our students about local and global environmental issues and to empower them to make a difference in our community. The girls took up this opportunity and created a fantastic vibe around the school, with all involved energised with the positive energy required to make change.
We hope that this will be the first of many Science and Sustainability Fairs at St Mary’s College, involving our students and community in the essential global change required to care for our planet. As the school was chanting during the day: ‘We will consume Less, and Share Better.’
Mrs Heather Omant and Miss Tanaz Jungalwalla
In late July, St Mary’s College was fortunate to have four students form Yaizu City, Hobart’s sister city in Japan, stay with us for a week. Lily Ward, Prue Mawhood, Elisa Graves and Sian Prior hosted the Year 8 girls during their stay. The students enjoyed learning about the culture of Australia and making many new friends throughout the school.
They participated in many activities during the week including attending a making and design class, rock climbing and teaching primary school students about Japanese culture and Japanese language. They were treated to a trip to Bonorong Park on their last day to experience Tasmania’s unique wildlife. On the weekend the students enjoyed sightseeing around Hobart, doing the Tahune Air Walk, expolring Richmond and driving up a snow covered Mt Wellington. Of course, one of the highlights was their Saturday morning visit to Salamanca Markets for a shopping spree. A special afternoon tea was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Hobart, Alderman Damon Thomas with many dignitaries attending to welcome the Yaizu group.
The trip was a great experience for everyone involved, and gave each of us the opportunity to make new friends and learn about Japanese culture first hand.
St Mary’s College is holding a Gala Music Night on Wednesday 17 September and everyone in the St Mary’s community is invited to attend.
Come along to the Stanley Burbury Theatre at the University of Tasmania, from 7.00pm – 8.30pm for an evening of entertainment with the performances from the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Senior and Primary Choirs, Choral Group, String Ensemble and a variety of soloists.
A gold coin donation upon entry. Seating – first in best dressed.
We are very excited to be able to offer the opportunity in 2015 for our Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students to walk the famous Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.
The small group of students that qualify will be required to study two diggers of WW2, one still living and the other who has past. The students will be asked to ‘walk in the spirit of their digger’ and share their history with the group during the trek.
The successful group will be leaving Hobart on July 1, 2015 for an 11 night adventure. Eight of these nights will be spent on the mountainous Kokoda track whilst there will be two nights in Cairns (pre and post PNG) and one night at Kokoda Station.
A high level of commitment and fitness is expected and training will commence during Term 4, 2014. A letter with more details has been issued to parents who will have students in the mentioned year groups next year.
A parent information evening will be held on Monday 22 September in the Seminar room at SMC at 6.00pm. Mrs Sue Fitcher from Getaway Trekking will be running the evening. Sue and her husband have completed the trek on more than 50 occasions between them. Bookings are essential.