Science and Sustainability Fair

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Science & Sustainability Fair Free Trade StallOn Tuesday 9 September, the College held its inaugural Science and Sustainability Fair to coincide with National Kids Teaching Kids Week. The fair showcased our students’ work in the Women in Science Centre and also the initiatives of the Footprint Sustainability program. Girls from Year 7 to 10 conducted individual and group Science Inquiry investigations during Term 3 and displayed their work for junior and senior classes, visiting guests and students from the Alliance of Girls’ Schools. The finished display boards, which are the result of many months of experimentation, data collection and evaluation were very well received. Grade and overall prizes will be announced at the first assembly next term and the work will also be entered in the UTas Science Investigation Awards, Tasmanian Science Talent Search and CSIRO CREST awards.

We are very grateful to our generous sponsors; the Australian Science Teachers’ Association, Grains Research Council of Australia, Firestarter, Kids teaching Kids organisation and Target, Coles, Hobart City Council, and West Hobart Gourmet Meats who helped make the event so successful.

The fair was officially opened by the National Director of Catholic Eathcare, Jacqui Raymond, and the students were then treated to inspirational speeches by special guests Tino Carnevale from Gardening Australia and Greg Irons from Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Girls from the entire senior school were involved in a Trash to Flash fashion parade in which they were required to dress in recycled materials based on an environmental theme, such as food from the oceans or Fair Trade food. The students embraced this opportunity with spirit and held a rousing Fashion Parade complete with a judging panel and a whole-school rendition of the chicken dance to celebrate free-range chicken practices.

At lunchtime the rain kindly passed and the school enjoyed the sun whilst getting involved in face painting, a sausage sizzle with free-range Tasmanian produce from West Hobart Meat and fresh bread from Howden Bakery, plant stalls, student run stalls, having their ‘selfie’ taken, cuddling piglets and lambs from Brightside and much more. We are very grateful to the visiting stallholders from our Hobart community including Replas, UTas, Brightside, and Travel with a Cause. The afternoon continued with workshops run by Greg Irons from Bonorong Sanctuary and Ben Arthur from IMAS.

The fair aimed to inspire and educate our students about local and global environmental issues and to empower them to make a difference in our community. The girls took up this opportunity and created a fantastic vibe around the school, with all involved energised with the positive energy required to make change.

We hope that this will be the first of many Science and Sustainability Fairs at St Mary’s College, involving our students and community in the essential global change required to care for our planet. As the school was chanting during the day: ‘We will consume Less, and Share Better.’

Mrs Heather Omant and Miss Tanaz Jungalwalla


Yaizu Visit

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Yaizu visit RichmondIn late July, St Mary’s College was fortunate to have four students form Yaizu City, Hobart’s sister city in Japan, stay with us for a week. Lily Ward, Prue Mawhood, Elisa Graves and Sian Prior hosted the Year 8 girls during their stay. The students enjoyed learning about the culture of Australia and making many new friends throughout the school.

They participated in many activities during the week including attending a making and design class, rock climbing and teaching primary school students about Japanese culture and Japanese language. They were treated to a trip to Bonorong Park on their last day to experience Tasmania’s unique wildlife. On the weekend the students enjoyed sightseeing around Hobart, doing the Tahune Air Walk, expolring Richmond and driving up a snow covered Mt Wellington. Of course, one of the highlights was their Saturday morning visit to Salamanca Markets for a shopping spree. A special afternoon tea was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Hobart, Alderman Damon Thomas with many dignitaries attending to welcome the Yaizu group.

The trip was a great experience for everyone involved, and gave each of us the opportunity to make new friends and learn about Japanese culture first hand.

Sian Prior

Gala Music Night

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St Mary’s College is holding a Gala Music Night on Wednesday 17 September and everyone in the St Mary’s community is invited to attend.

Come along to the Stanley Burbury Theatre at the University of Tasmania, from 7.00pm – 8.30pm for an evening of entertainment with the performances from the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Senior and Primary Choirs, Choral Group, String Ensemble and a variety of soloists.

A gold coin donation upon entry. Seating – first in best dressed.

Parents’ & Friends’ Association

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 The SMC Parents’ and Friends’ provides a forum to:

  • engage in a spirit of cooperation with the life of the College.
  • promote genuine fellowship between parents, staff and friends of the College.
  • assist in the provision of the College’s facilities and teaching resources.
  • actively partner and contribute to their child’s educational experiences.

The Parents’ and Friends’ Association runs a variety of social and fundraising events and proceeds go directly to providing additional facilities for the students.

Be part of the Parents’ and Friends’ Association by attending meetings, providing assistance or being available for feedback. We look forward to your input.

Thank you,

P&F Association

“If I could be of service in serving souls in any part of the world, I would gladly do all in my power.”

– Nano Nagle

2019 Committee members

Executive Committee

Stacey Daley – President 
Jo Edwards – Vice President and Secretary
Andrew Pinelli – Treasurer

General Members 

Simon Edwards
Matthew Daley
Mandy O’Connell
Tony O’Connell
Deanne Lamb

Students benefit from P&F’s additions

Your P&F would like to welcome you to a new school year!

New meeting dates have been added, so please have a look below, as we would love to see some new faces.

To start the new year, we wanted to share with you where our fundraising dollars have gone to with some photos. The P&F fully funded a portable stage that can now be used for a range of College events – we think it looks great – and have received a very heartfelt thank you from the school. The stage was recently used for a photoshoot with The Mercury.

The P&F have also contributed to the new Year 5 class room furniture set-up. We were invited to have a look at the rooms, and I must say, the teachers have done a wonderful job and the rooms look amazing; I am sure our Year 5 girls are enjoying this more relaxed style of learning.

The playground equipment, made possible with funding from the P&F, was a welcome addition to the Bottom Court, and I am sure will bring lots of enjoyment throughout the years to come.

We have also purchased additional STEM learning devices (Spheros) for Year 6 students to code and use as part of their ongoing education.

Once again, we have some community events planned for this year – including Mother’s and Father’s Day breakfasts – which we hope to see you at; more information on these events will follow, so watch this space!

Entertainment Memberships available soon 

The P&F is thrilled to be launching the new 2019 – 2020 Entertainment Memberships soon!

For Junior – Year 7 students, the books will be sent home with the youngest student in each family.

Students in Year 8 – 12 will be able to purchase either a hardcopy book from Student Services after April 3, 2018, or can down an app version now, here.

Pre-orders are now open, so please take advantage of bonus Early Bird offers while they last – not only can you enjoy bonus vouchers, but you’ll also receive a $20 Woolworths Online offer and $50 Cellarmasters Online offer!

Celebrating 25 editions, the 2019 – 2020 Entertainment Membership is arguably their best edition yet.

Contact the P&F

If you would like to contact the P&F please email or come along to our next meeting.

P&F Meeting Dates for 2019

All Parents’ and Friends’ meetings are held on Monday evenings commencing at 5.30pm in the Boardroom, with the exception of the first meeeting of the year.

  • Tuesday 5 February 
  • Monday 25 March
  • Monday 27 May
  • Monday 26 August
  • Monday 28 October – AGM only
  • Monday 25 November – final general meeting 

Scheduled events for 2019

The following events will be held on the College Green (‘top ground’), weather-permitting.

Welcome to SMC Evening, date to be confirmed

Mother’s Day Breakfast, Wednesday 8 May

Father’s Day Breakfast, Wednesday 28 August

Minutes and Reports




Contributions to the school





Playground equipment (K-12) usage $20,000
  Furniture (Year 3-5) $27,000
  Portable staging equipment $13,000

Total 2019:



 Tournament of Minds $2,500
  Welcome to SMC Evening $746.82
  Father’s Day Breakfast $1,249.60
  Mother’s Day Breakfast $206.97

Total 2018:



Art kiln $5,000

Adrian Doyle Chapel (3rd and final instalment)


Playground equipment


Bean bags


Junior School play equipment (blocks)


Screen on the Green donation towards screen hire


Presentation Sisters Mission


Sponsor Child


Water Polo caps


Mother’s Day breakfast Year 12 donation


Hosted Welcome Evening – February


Hosted Father’s Day breakfast – August


Hosted SMC high tea – August


Total 2017:



Grand piano


Adrian Doyle Chapel (2nd Instalment)



PE Smart Boards


Principal’s Discretionary Fund



Water polo caps


Staff Well Being



Speaker for the Grade 11/12 Common Room



Sustainability Garden



Presentation Sisters Mission


SMC Sponsor Child



Total 2016:



Assistance with Presentation Sisters Mission in PNG



Carlo Fernandez Sponsor Child (from 2011-2015)



Adrian Doyle Chapel (1st Instalment)



SVC/SMC/GYC Rowing Club



Total 2015:



Equipment for SMC/SVC/GYC Rowing Sheds Amount $400 



Purchase of three interactive whiteboards for Junior School



Total 2014:



SMC Sports Department (Knockout Cup)

Library, PE Department and Principal’s Discretionary Fund 

Playground redevelopment



Playground redevelopment

Library, PE Department and Principal’s Discretionary Fund

Women in science hanging wall prints, microscope and recycled plastic seating in College Green area 



Library, PE Department and Principal’s Discretionary Fund



SMC Sports Department

SMC reflection area below parapet

SMC-Cyber bullying effort

Library, PE Department and Principal’s Discretionary Fund
























































































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