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Announcement of 2020 student leadership

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

We are delighted to share our St Mary’s College Prefects for 2020. 

The group will be led by Head Prefect, Amy Prokopiec and Deputy Head Prefects, Lucy Eade and Hannah O’Connell.












Congratulations to our Prefects for 2020:

Amy Prokopiec – Head Prefect)
Hannah O’Connell (Deputy) – Senior School
Lucy Eade (Deputy) – Communications
Ruby Banks – Nagle House
Gabriella Colavecchio – Culture
Ruby Dean – Wellbeing
Anya Grimmett – Sustainability
Maddison Lamb – Identity and Mission
Florence Mann – College House
Hannah Manning – Manresa House
Brianna McVilly – Junior School
Matilda Noonan – Arts
Kate Oliver – Health and Sport
Claire Riley – Presentation House
Laura Scott – Wellbeing
Selamwit Woldeabzghi – Academic

We wish these 16 young ladies the very best in their new roles and know they will lead and guide their fellow students with respect, resilience, spirit and pride. 

We also congratulate our Junior School leaders for 2020: 

Head Girl – Lucy Hofler
Deputy – Isobel Geard, Sarah Thomas
College Captain – Ruby Berry
College Deputy – Ava Baker
Manresa Captain – Phoebe Green
Manresa Deputy – Abbie Graves
Nagle Captain – Ellie Smith
Nagle Deputy – Mia Smith
Presentation Captain – Piper Spotswood
Presentation Deputy – Ruby Wighton
Councillors – Mackenzie Graves, Layla Lukianenko, Holly Richardson, Lyanne Olesco

Jane Sutcliffe joins SMC Counselling team

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in News, Timeline

Welcome to the 2020 school year.

St Mary’s College is excited to introduce and warmly welcome our new Year 7–12 Counsellor, Jane Sutcliffe, pictured, who will be working on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Jane comes to us with a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours and a Master of (Clinical) Psychology, University of Tasmania.

Role of the School Counsellor at SMC

There are many new families to St Mary’s College and we thought it would be a good idea to introduce ourselves and provide you with information about our school counselling service.

Who are the School Counsellors, when are they available and how can a booking be made? 

We, the School Counsellors, each work at SMC three-days-a-week. Gai generally supports the Junior School students and Jane generally supports the Senior School students, however we each have clients in both sections of the school. Please add us to your list of people you can turn to when your child needs help. If your child is finding difficulty in coping with any of life’s challenges (it does not have to be a school-based problem), we are available each day of the week. Booking is easy. Please email Gai at or Jane at or phone Student Services on 6108 2560 to contact us. Your child can also approach us in person or via email, speak with the office staff or talk to their class or Homeroom teacher about an appointment.

What can we help with?

We provide a confidential service where we listen carefully to every concern and work with your child, and sometimes you, to find a good solution, or at least a way to cope with the difficulty.

Parents of Junior School students are always phoned prior to a child engaging in counselling. If we have any concerns about your child’s health or wellbeing we will contact you by phone. We keep information provided in counselling confidential, however, if we believe someone is at risk of being harmed we are required by law to make a report (mandatory reporting).

Chances are that whatever the problem, we have helped someone else with a similar one before. In our training (Gai – Bachelor of Education and Master of Counselling, University of Tasmania; Jane – Bachelor of Psychological Science and Master of Psychology, UTAS) we focused on child and adolescent development, how to listen and respond to children and teens, and how to help them learn to solve problems, build positive relationships, make decisions, cope with stress and be assertive. We are experienced counsellors and can provide options and ideas for a myriad of issues. We are also able to refer students and their families to outside resources. In any given year we see approximately 20 per cent of students in both the Junior and Senior Schools in a one-on-one setting in our capacity as counsellors.

Given that BeYou Australia tells us that at any given time one in five young people are experiencing mental health difficulties of some kind, this is not an unusual statistic.

We also occasionally address classes on topics related to wellbeing and we organise guest speakers and special days such as ‘Bullying. No Way!’ and the Bravehearts presentations. A current major focus is the formation of a wellbeing team to audit all aspects of wellbeing at St Mary’s, collect data from all stakeholders, including families, interpret the results and establish the areas in which we can improve mental health, relationships at school and assistance for students.

Ultimately, we are about helping to make your child’s school experience the best it can be and creating a positive environment for everyone at school.

In each fortnightly edition of The Fountain newsletter you will find an article ‘From the Counsellors’. Over the years, this has developed into a vast resource for parents and carers. All past articles can be found on the SMC website at

Developing leadership skills at home – parenting ideas

The following link outlines some simple things that parents can do to help children’s potential for leadership:

Podcasts that may interest you – Generation Next

Topics include: Kids, Consumerism & Materialism, Sexting – Why Do Young People Do It and What Are the Consequences?, Supporting Children with Anxiety, Could It Be Asperger’s?, Encouraging Boys to be Respectful and Caring, Conversations We Should be Having with Teens About Mental Health, Gorgeous to Grumpy – Motivating Early Teens and many more. For more information, visit the Generation Next website.

Enjoy the learning while reading and listening. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you or your child would like an appointment.

Gai Bath (Kinder–Year 6) and Jane Sutcliffe (Year 7–12)
SMC Counsellors

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 - Archive

St Mary’s College has a smartphone payment app that makes 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!

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