Prefect fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Featured News, Newsletter

Thank you to everyone for your support of the 2020 Prefect Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania. The event was a huge success with the auction beginning online and continuing on the night of Friday 18 September to raise an amazing total of $3,234! 

The splash of red made for a fun event for staff who battled it out with the silent auction! Thank you to the wonderful sponsors who provided fantastic auction items: Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, Willie Smiths, The Running Edge, L’occitane,  SupaWorld Adventure Centre, Village Cinemas, T2 Tea Australia, Savoy Baths and Day Spa, Sheepskin and Opal World, Cooper Automotive, art by Naomi Rose, A&A Mitchelmore, Dymocks Bookshop, Cage Keyrings, Shambles Brewery, Glow on Collins, and Routleys.

A special thank you to Angela Mitchelmore, VET Hospitality students and the Year 12 Prefects for their hard work and the running of a fantastic event!

Open Day: Kinder 2021 and 2022

Written by Shelley Medhurst. Posted in Featured News

Prospective families interested in Kinder in 2021 or 2022 are invited to the St Mary’s College Kinder Open Day on Tuesday 20 October. Bookings are essential and can be made via the link below or contact Enrolment Officer, Fiona Medwin at or phone (03) 6108 2560. Bookings will close on Monday 19 October.


Light refreshments will be served.

Conditions of entry

Due to current COVID-19 requirements, we have put in place a number of measures to ensure the care of our entire community.

Please note the below conditions of entry.

  • If anyone in your family is unwell or have cold like symptoms on the day you all will be unable to attend. Please contact Enrolment Officer, Fiona Medwin on (03) 6108 2560 or email to reschedule a tour.
  • Use hand sanitiser (provided) upon entry.
  • We will check you in using the booking details, recording all visitors at the College and confirming your contact details.
  • Please adhere to 1.5 metres social distancing where ever possible.

All advice will be subject to further consideration in the case of new restrictions or health advice.

Rowing Blessing of the Boats

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Featured News, Newsletter

It was certainly a very different season for rowers this year and all have stood strong and competed wholeheartedly in the events that did take place. Congratulations to all rowers on a wonderful season and to the following students:

Maddison, Sophie, Hannah and Kate (Year 12), the Open Rowers who received the Golden Oars award. These students have represented the St Mary’s College rowing team for six years. What an amazing rowing legacy!

Eliza, Jessica, Tehya, Cecilia, Felicity, Holly, Cara and Holly (Year 10) who received their Open Rowing badges. Best of luck for the next season of rowing.

The rowing team also celebrated the Blessing and Naming of the Boats on Sunday. Announcements were made for the Captain of Boats, Amelia Roberts and Deputy Gabby Woodhouse. Congratulations to you both!

Student Spotlight – Molly Topham

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in Featured News, Newsletter

What do you enjoy most about Chinese?

I really enjoy learning the language, but I really love experiencing and learning more about their culture.

When did you first start enjoying and feeling connected to learning Chinese?

I started in Year 7 when I first came to St Mary’s College. I didn’t enjoy it much then, but after doing the Chinese Speaking Competition and winning in Year 8, I felt like learning the language would be an amazing and fun challenge. I was also encouraged by others and saw it as a beneficial subject to take.

What’s your favourite part about learning Chinese?

I enjoy the way the language is taught, as it is very different from the way we learn other subjects, like maths for example. I enjoy learning and writing characters, as each one is like a little art piece, intricately drawn in order for it to be read. It is also quite funny when you miss out a line or dot because then the character means something completely different than what you intended it to mean.

How has learning Chinese been different this year?

We are learning more about information and communication, in general, this year, rather than learning about basic communication. We learn a lot about their culture through learning the language too. This year, we have learnt more about identifying characters in writing, how to write characters and understanding longer and more everyday conversations.

Learning at home due to COVID-19 the content wasn’t any different, but it was interesting as I found myself more confident to practise the language around the home.

What’s the thing you’ve learnt in Chinese that has always stayed with you? What’s been a key part of your learning Chinese?

Well, something I will always remember fondly is the food we cooked with Li Li Laoshi in Year 9. We cooked spring rolls, dumplings, beefcakes and mooncakes. There was only four of us, and we each got to learn how to make them so we could try it at home. It was a lot of fun and we would always look forward to it!

A key part of my learning in Chinese is learning about the culture, seeing how vastly different their culture is in comparison to Australia. and the history of their culture and how it has changed over time, including all the beautiful cultural celebrations that we have learnt about like the celebration of Chinese New Year and the importance of the Chinese Zodiac.

What is your favourite Chinese item e.g. food, drink, a place, historical location?

Dumplings and tea! We recently went on an excursion to our former teacher’s tea rooms, it was amazing! We learnt a lot about the history of tea, tea etiquette and different types of tea. We tried quite a few and really enjoyed it!

In Year 9, we had our first cooking lesson where we made dumplings! It was really fun, and I remember they tasted so good! I had never had dumplings before and I now officially love them!

Do you want to study Chinese further and explore this as a career path? If yes, what will be your main focus?

I would like to study it in Year 11, and hopefully keep it as a skill for my future. It is extremely beneficial as Chinese has a strong presence globally and in Australia. It would be beneficial towards the career path I wish to go down which is politics and law. The background knowledge and understanding of the language will be beneficial and stay with me throughout my life.

What would be your dream Chinese experience or job?

My dream Chinese experience would be visiting China, experiencing the little towns, visiting the Fuzhou province, walking along the Great Wall, immersing myself in their culture and trying some of their food!

What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome while studying Chinese?

Speaking and fully understanding what has been said and also interpreting it into my everyday life. Listening is the biggest challenge as we all tend to speak fast in the language we are fluent in, which means it is hard to understand listening tasks and videos we watch. But I have found that if a few keywords are understood, you can still have a conversation.

What advice would you give to other aspiring language students?

If you are interested or curious about any area of a country’s language or its culture, I encourage you to try and learn it! It is a great tool for communication with other countries and you will learn and meet amazing and interesting people along the way. Various opportunities for future careers, holidays, competitions, prizes and more become available to you once you begin to learn! If you are keen or even slightly curious, it is a tremendous opportunity and heaps of fun!

Book a Kinder tour

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in Featured News, Timeline

We are excited to announce that St Mary’s College is accepting enrolments for the first girls-only Kinder class in 2021. While changing to girls-only in the early years is new for St Mary’s, the College has been leading the way in girls’ education for decades, having girls-only classes from Year 3 to Year 12 on the one, central campus.

Kinder at St Mary’s College is a wonderful place for children. It provides countless opportunities to discover, think, plan and play. We provide a nurturing, trusting and caring environment.

Children are encouraged to be independent and embrace the structure of each day. We really value the focus on kindness, and every individual is valued and celebrated. What a great start to our journey in formal education!
– Brigid Shea, Kinder parent and St Mary’s College alumna


Book a personal tour now

Restrictions to visitors onsite have now eased and we welcome enquiries from families wishing to take a personal tour of the College. Click here to request a tour, or contact Enrolment Officer, Fiona Medwin on (03) 6108 2560 or email

Due to hygiene measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, staff and visitors must follow strict social distancing measures. Please adhere to instructions from your tour guide. 


Places for Kinder 2021 are available. Apply now to avoid being waitlisted. Click here to download an enrolment form. Enrolment forms and supporting documents can be provided by email or post to Enrolment Officer, St Mary’s College, 164 Harrington Street, Hobart Tasmania 7000. Enrolment forms can be accepted in person by appointment only. Please contact Fiona Medwin on (03) 6108 2560 or email to arrange a time.

Would you like to learn more about St Mary’s College? Scroll down further to see the Kinder classrooms and facilities and take a video tour of the College here.

For more information about the enrolment process, please contact Enrolment Officer, Fiona Medwin on (03) 6108 2560 or email

Learning in Kinder

View our 2020 Kinder Handbook here.







The Kinder program is designed to nurture and provide opportunities to build confidence, independence and the joy of discovery and learning, which will carry on well beyond the student’s year in Kinder.

We provide a play based educational program that builds on the College’s vision statement and is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Our program is planned and implemented by taking into account the different interests, cultural backgrounds and developmental levels of all children. We focus on enhancing their strengths, recognising that children develop at their own pace to reach their individual potential. As a Catholic school we value the uniqueness of each child and aim to build and nourish their personal relationship with Jesus.













Kinder classrooms

The early-learning facility at St Mary’s College is purpose-built, designed with our youngest students’ experiences in mind. The modern space offers a stimulating and nurturing environment that is tailored to foster play and sensory-based learning. Kinder classrooms are large, airy and bright, overlooking the outdoor play space. 











Outdoor play space

Adjacent to the classrooms is a large outdoor play area featuring play equipment, a sandpit, water pump and stream, ‘bird nest’ sensory tub and sensory path, where children can explore and experiment with their natural surroundings.
















Kinder school hours

  • 8.45am-2.45pm 

During the first two weeks of Term 1 there will be a series of shorter school days to introduce your child to the Kinder classroom and students. 


Please find the 2020 Fee Schedule below.

2020 Fee Schedule

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