Sustainability Fair tackles growing waste issue

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St Mary’s College will be celebrating our beautiful earth on Thursday 6 December when we hold our biennial Sustainability Fair. Students from Kinder to Year 9 will participate in workshops, specially designed around educating students on the environmental issues facing our planet, and how small changes can make a difference.

The fair is organised by the College’s Footprint Project, a student-led group, and will focus on everyday changes students can make. These small changes include everything from how to pack a nude-food lunch box, savvy op-shopping tips, and choices to help reduce the impact of beauty products on the environment. At the end of the day, the year groups will come together and share what they’ve learnt.

There will be a special focus on local produce, with food vans and a cupcake stall at the College offering gourmet options, served in compostable packaging with free range and fair-trade ingredients. Our very own KeepCups – which were recently launched to those in the wider school community – will be on sale, encouraging staff and students to ditch single-use coffee cups. Students will also participate in a swap-meet, involving swapping quality items no longer used for an item someone else has donated, and a make-your-own beeswax wrap stall.

Spending the day learning from teachers, their peers, and guest speakers, the Sustainability Fair will provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate our earth and participate in the stewardship of creation.

In the Fair’s lead up, please remind your child to bring items for the swap-meet and money for lunch or pack a nude lunch box. But perhaps, more importantly, ask your children what they have learnt, and be open to their suggestions of making small changes, so that collectively, we can make a big difference.

Contemporary art lights up historic College

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Five Year 11 students have collaborated with renowned Tasmanian artist Cary Littleford to create a digital artwork that will be projected onto the College’s façade for the next two weeks as the final event celebrating the College’s 150th anniversary year.

The instalment will coincide with the launch of the College’s Senior Art Show, which Mr Littleford is opening, and will be projected onto the Convent building from 8.30pm until midnight from Thursday 15 November to Friday 30 November. Students Jessica Grice, Chloe Cooper, Spriha Pauldel, Saakshi Dhakal and Georgina Green have provided the following artist statement about their work:

‘The main idea of the projection was to encapsulate what it means to be a St Mary’s student. We attempted to make a non-linear and semi-abstract video that represents the past, present and future of St Mary’s College to mark our 150th anniversary. The video begins with abstract imagery of the big band and finishes with the release of lanterns, which represents the letting go of one set of leaders.

‘Additionally, the project explores the concept that as St Mary’s girls we carry our lanterns and the light beyond St Mary’s. ‘Old’ and ‘new’ is depicted through a combination of historical photos contrasting with new photos from ‘today’, reflecting the inter-connective nature of St Mary’s. The Presentation values are interwoven throughout as symbols, with the rising sun representing resilience and falling leaves signifying the continuous respect within a St Mary’s girl.

‘The lanterns connote responsibility and the throbbing hearts represent relationships. We wanted the piece to not only be about what St Mary’s was, but what it continues to be. Special effects were used to not only make the projection dynamic but highlight the continuation of St Mary’s into the technological future.’

College Alumni enjoy reunion atmosphere at annual AGM

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The stormy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of our effervescent alumni as they were out in full force on Saturday 3 November for their annual mass, reunion and AGM.

Bubbles were flowing as the group recapped the year’s success, shared stories and rang the school bell in honour of our 150th anniversary.

The event also provided the opportunity to thank and farewell the committee’s co-presidents, Brigitte Gralak and Brigid Shea, who are stepping down from the role at the end of this year, and congratulate Alyssa Barrett, who will be taking the helm as president in 2019.

Photos from the day can be viewed on our online gallery here.

The St Mary’s College Alumni Association is always willing to welcome new committee members, as well as ideas for future functions. If you would like to be involved, please contact the College’s Community Relations team: communications@smc.tas.edu.au 

Marching for girls’ education

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On Saturday 3 November the College’s Justice Action Network rallied together again to make a change. This time it was to raise awareness for equal and fair access for all girls to education.
Students marched from Franklin Square to Parliament Lawns holding banners.

Once arriving at Parliament Lawns, we joined with students from Mackillop College, The Friends’ School and Sacred Heart College to share songs, poems and speeches about the issue of girls’ education.

Isabella Cox (Year 9) was our fantastic MC, and Shea Williams and Stella Barnhoorn (Year 12), made notable contributions. Two politicians from our community also spoke at the event – Jo Siekja, Labour MP and Helen Burnett, Greens MP.

More photos from the day are available to view on our online gallery.

Year 5 Waratah gets behind oral recycling program

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Hobart Family Dental is a family owned dental business that provides for people of all ages. They have recently started a new ‘Oral Recycling’ program that provides Hobart with an opportunity to recycle dental products such as toothbrushes, floss containers, toothpaste tubes and caps and other packaging. Schools all around Hobart have been asked to participate in this program, and St Mary’s have wholeheartedly taken up the request.

In the Student Services Office there will be a box for you to discard of your old toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers instead of disposing of them into landfill. By throwing away these items, you are damaging the environment. Around 2,000,000 toothbrushes go to landfill every year just in Tasmania!

By giving your old toothbrushes to Hobart Family Dental, these objects can be re-purposed into new plastic items. Imagine all that plastic from 2 million toothbrushes; it can endanger so many animal species if they come across it in landfill. Hobart Family Dental are showing respect to the environment, and you can too by donating your old dental products and packaging.

Grace Marshall, Madeleine Ambrose, Sophie Kelly, Eliza Daley and Bianca Nichols.

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