Winner of ABC Heywire Story Writing Competition

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‘We had another chance in another country — after my family had fallen to pieces’.

Joly Karabite (Year 12) has shared her moving story on how she came to call Tasmania home and was named as one of the winners of the ABC Heywire Story Writing Competition.

Joly will travel to Canberra as part of her prize and work with other students from around Australia in February.

We congratulate Joly on her inspiring achievement and wish her all the best for her trip to Canberra.

Listen to Joly’s story here.

Get ready for back to school

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Get ready for the new school year with the 2020 Back to School Toolkit, which includes book lists, uniform, fee information and more here.

Additionally, there’s still time to sign up for the Senior School BYOD Enrolment sessions this week.

The St Mary’s College ICT team are running the BYOD Enrolment sessions for Senior School students on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 January at 9am, 10am, 11am and 12pm.

Help sessions are available to assist in enrolling laptops into the BYOD platform, installing Office 365 apps and more.

Book your session here.

Order in the Supreme Court

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During Term 4, Year 9 students studying Law and Politics have been learning about the justice system, including the role of the courts. In this unit, they have discussed a range of justice issues in the Australian court system and investigated their own choice of court case, judging whether the justice system has upheld the rule of law principles.

On Monday 25 November, they were lucky enough to attend a trial at the Supreme Court to see these principles in action, accompanied by our Legal Studies expert, Angela Deconinck. The criminal case helped students to understand how a trial is conducted, including the role of the jury, the use of evidence and how the defence and prosecution question key witnesses. Additionally, students were able to see the range of ways studying Law and Politics or Legal Studies could contribute to future career paths, from the forensics police officer, the lawyers, the judge, the clerks and the journalists covering the case.

The Year 9 students were very respectful during their visit and many members of the public were impressed by their maturity. The court visit provoked some interesting discussion about the arson case itself and the complexities of the court system. We are also very grateful for the expertise and time of Angela Deconinck to help make this excursion possible and to accompany the group.

Students studying Civics and Citizenship, Law and Politics and Legal Studies are provided with many opportunities to witness justice in action by visiting the different courts, meeting with politicians and legal experts, hearing from lobby groups and investigating current issues in Australia today.

Australian Catholic Youth Festival

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St Mary’s College students Alyssa Lee (Year 10) and Gloria Wani (Year 9) attended the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth along with Sharon Lawler and Daniel de la Motte from 8 – 12 December 2019.

The festival provided a range of experiences for young people from around the country including singing, dancing, inspirational speakers, prayer, mass and heaps of time to get to know new people.

Our students shared this experience with over 5,000 people (83 from Tasmania) and had an amazing time.

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