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Year 6 Canberra Trip

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Canberra Trip - Parliament HouseAs part of our Year 6 Educational program we study the qualities of leadership and the importance of democracy. On Monday 22 September our Year 6 students travelled to Canberra. Most students from our Year 6 classes undertook the educational tour of the National Capital, while on this tour they participated in a variety of programs focused on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit their National Capital as part of their civics and citizenship education. To assist parents in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributes funding under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program toward travel expenses incurred. We know that this excursion was a rewarding and memorable experience for all students and would like to thank the Australian Government for their support.

After a very early start at Hobart airport and a quick stop at Melbourne, we landed in our nation’s capital full of excitement over the next four action packed days.

Although we were able to enjoy many of the wonderful offerings Canberra has, there were a few highlights. A few of these included a visit to Parliament House, wandering through the beautiful gardens and stalls at Floriade (not to mention the ferris wheel) and spending an afternoon reflecting at the War Memorial and being part of a very moving last post ceremony. We were also lucky enough to see and use the facilities of some of our countries best athletes at the Australian Institute of Sport, and we even saw some of the athletes during some important final training sessions. Mrs Wakefield and many of the girls made good use of the Giant Drop at Questacon, which is as nerve racking as the name implies!

Despite these and many other amazing places we were able to visit, the highlight for the teachers was undoubtedly the way in which the students conducted themselves at all times. People often approached us to comment on their exceptional manners, enthusiasm and intelligent contributions. After three nights of much fun, laughter and learning, we headed home to our families in Hobart, where many of us enjoyed a recovery sleep-in over the holidays. It was definitely a trip we will always remember.

Mrs Clark & Mrs Wakefield

Year 6 Teachers

Italian Trip

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Italian TripThis year 16 St Mary’s girls participated in a two week trip to Italy accompanied by Ms Paola Keller, Mrs Gianna Staples and Mrs June Williams. Beginning in Rome and challenged by jet lag and the heat, the girls did not take long to immerse themselves in the cultural experience. A visit to the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and then to the early Christian catacombs gave us a feel of what life was like two thousand years ago. One of the highlights was seeing Pope Francis outside St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday as he whizzed around in his Pope mobile, nearly close enough to touch.
 
Seeing the artworks of the famous masters in the Vatican museum, the Sistine Chapel, the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, the Ufizzi, and just around the streets of some of the cities was an amazing experience for the group.
We did our bit to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, as well as assisting the Italian economy with some shopping in Florence. We practised our Italian at every opportunity, especially when ordering gelato – we became experts at that! We can now navigate our way on the Metro in Rome and organise 19 suitcases in small luggage compartments in trains.
 
Our trip ended with a home stay hosted by students from our sister school, l’Arcivescovile di Trento. This really immersed us in Italian life and put our study of Italian into practical use.

Vinnie’s Quiz Night Success

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Vinnie's Quiz NightOn Friday 17 October the Senior SMC Vinnie’s Group held their annual quiz night. Approximately $1,700 was raised for the Hobart Vinnie’s Youth Group, which will go towards running camps for disadvantaged children, social days with asylum seekers and providing assistance for the homeless in our community.
 
A massive thank you to everyone who helped organise this night and to everyone who came along and made the quiz a success. We would also like to thank the following businesses for donating prizes and food:
 
Travelodge Hobart Airport, Hobart Airport Tourist Park, Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Redbill Surf, The Foodstore, Hill Street Grocer, Savoy Day Spa, Mitre 10, Nichler Hair, Dome,
Fullers Bookshop, Artizan Speciality Coffee, Sax Fashions, Chemist Warehouse, Three Little Ducks, Big Red Box, Blue Illusion, Wishing Well, Waxed, Jenerick, The Foodbank, Gather and Bombardieri Jewellers.

Japan Trip

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Japan Trip 2012Plans for next year’s school trip to Japan in September/October 2015 are now underway!

Mrs Macleod and Mr Del Pio would like to invite all interested students (who will be in Year 9 onwards) and parents to attend an information evening on Monday evening, October 27 at 5.45pm in Room S108 on the parapet. Whether or not you have submitted an expression of interest, please come along to find out more about dates, itinerary and costing.

From Fukuoka (in Kyushu) to Tokyo, itinerary highlights will include:

  • Experiencing Japanese culture, way of life and language practice
  • Exploring the natural beauty of Kyushu
  • Visiting Hiroshima and the World Peace Memorial
  • Immersing in everyday life in a homestay and school visit in Hobart’s Sister City, Yaizu
  • Relaxing in beautiful Hakone and enjoying natural hot springs in the foothills of Mt Fuji
  • Enjoying the vibrancy, restaurants, shopping and sightseeing of Tokyo which, of course, will include a trip to Disneyland

Parents & Friends’ AGM

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Please come along to the St Mary’s College Parents and Friends Association Annual General Meeting on October 20 at 6.00pm in the St Mary’s College Student Resource Centre.

Executive role positions are vacated for the role of President and Vice President as well as general members, so please take the opportunity to join the committee and have your say. Nomination forms are available here: P&F Committee Nomination Form

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