Exploring world of mask theatre

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in News, Timeline

Year 9 students have recently been exploring the world of mask in theatre, looking at traditional Commedia Dell’Arte masks, Basel masks and contemporary full-face character masks. 

Students have enjoyed the opportunity to experiment with character with a focus on non-verbal physicalisation. 



Performing Arts announcements

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in News

It’s a hive of activity in the St Mary’s College Performing Arts Department with Music and Drama students busily rehearsing for upcoming performances. 

The following students are to be commended on their first live music performance at the College’s Families Welcome Evening on 19 February:

  • Cecilia Hutchinson (Year 10)
  • Eliza Smith (Year 10)
  • Ava Thomsett (Year 9)
  • Estella Edwards (Year 9)

All Drama students are using their creative imaginations to develop their group work and acting skills, ready for peer performances. The Year 11 Drama 3 students are working on their major production, Picnic at Hanging Rock, by Tom Wright. This magnificent state play will be performed on 15–16 May—mark a date in your diaries as it will be a performance you won’t want to miss. 

Finally, rehearsals have begun for our 2020 musical, Matilda. Forty-four students from Year 7—11 make up this year’s cast, which includes the exciting addition of Hobart actor, Jack Lark in the role of Miss Trunchbull. Performance dates are 13–15 August, inclusive. 

Scott Weston
Learning Area Coordinator for the Arts and Director of Music

Leah Smith
Senior Drama Teacher

Students mark start of Lenten season

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in News, Timeline

On Wednesday 26 February the College gathered as part of God’s family for Ash Wednesday Liturgies to mark the beginning of the Lenten journey and to reflect and pray together. 

The sign of the cross was marked in blessed ashes on our foreheads as we learnt about the meaning of Lent. We also spoke about kindness and how each class will raise money for Project Compassion, Caritas’ annual Lenten appeal

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

Advice to parents: novel coronavirus

Written by Michaela Brighella. Posted in News, Timeline

We hold the safety of students and staff with the utmost importance and would like to provide you with additional details about novel coronavirus.

For information about the novel coronavirus provided by the Australian Government Department of Health, please read here.

While we do not wish to disrupt families or cause unnecessary alarm, the College will adopt a similar approach to many other schools who may have students who have visited the affected areas in China, particularly the Hubei Province. Please note the following:

What you need to know

Health authorities identified cases of novel coronavirus in Australia in January 2020.

The novel coronavirus originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The majority of cases are there. There is evidence of person-to-person spread, particularly in Hubei Province.

Health authorities have also identified novel coronavirus cases in several other countries.

Currently in Australia, people most at risk of contracting the virus are people who have:

  • Been in mainland China recently.
  • Been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus​.

You need to isolate yourself in the following circumstances:

  • If you have travelled from Hubei Province within the past 30 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province and show no symptoms.
  • If you have left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after your last contact with the confirmed case.

You do not need to self-isolate in the following circumstances:

  • If you have travelled from other provinces in mainland China prior to 1 February 2020 AND have not been in Hubei Province.
  • If you have only travelled in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

For example:

  • If someone left the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province on 22 January 2020, they would need to isolate themselves until 6 February 2020.
  • If someone left Shanghai on 28 January 2020 and came to Australia via another country on 3 February 2020, they would not need to isolate themselves (as they left mainland China before 1 February 2020).
  • If someone left Beijing on 3 February 2020 and arrived in Australia on the same day, they would need to isolate themselves for 14 days until 17 February 2020.

Should you have any concerns about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me via email jlambert@smc.tas.edu.au or phone 03 61082560.

We pray for those who have been affected by this virus.

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