From the Principal
On Monday we took delight in welcoming half of our Kinder students, our new Year 7 students, Year 11s, and all students new to the Senior School. There was a great sense of anticipation, and some nerves, as you would expect. It is such a privilege witnessing these milestones in education for our children and young people. I welcome new families to St Mary’s College, and know that our community welcomes you too.
I will keep my writing brief, as I will be sending Term letters home later in the week. I hope that 2019, our 151st year, is a happy, challenging and rewarding year for our children and young people in their education and development.
Beginnings often frighten us because they seem like
Lonely voyages into the unknown.
Yet, in truth, no beginning is empty or isolated.
We seem to think that beginning is setting out from
a lonely point along some line of direction into the unknown.
This is not the case.
Shelter and energy come alive when a beginning is embraced.
A beginning is ultimately an invitation
to open toward the gifts of growth and are stored up for us.
To refuse to begin can be an act of great self-neglect.
When the heart is ready for a fresh beginning,
unforeseen things can emerge.
And in a sense, this is exactly what a beginning does.
It is an opening for surprises.
Surrounding the intention and the act of beginning,
there are always exciting possibilities.
Beginnings are new horizons that want to be seen;
They are not regressions or repetitions.
Somehow they win clearance and become fiercely free of the grip of the past.
What is the new horizon in you that wants to be seen?
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Thursday 7 February
- Kinder Koalas commence (Group A 8.45am, Group B 12.15pm).
Friday 8 February
- 2018 Graduates’ afternoon tea, Year 11/12 common room (3.30pm).
- Twilight Rowing Regatta, New Town Bay Rowing Club (5.00 – 8.00pm).
Monday 11 February
- Public Holiday (Regatta Day).
Tuesday 12 February
- Night Swimming Carnival (Year 7 – 12), Doone Kennedy Aquatic Centre (7.00pm).
Wednesday 13 February
- Opening Mass and Leaders’ Commissioning (Year 5 – 12), St Mary’s Cathedral (9.00 – 10.00am).
- ‘Belling In’ (Year 12) (10.00am).
Thursday 14 February
- Junior School swimming carnival (Years 3 – 6), Clarence Aquatic Centre (9.00am).
Saturday 16 February – Sunday 17 February
- Southern Schools Regatta, Franklin (11.00am).
Tuesday 19 February
- Senior School photo day, St Peter’s Hall (all day).
Wednesday 20 February
- Junior School photo day, St Peter’s Hall (all day).
Congratulations to the following students:
Lucy Eade has been selected as one of 26 finalists from around the country for Australia’s most prestigious school science and engineering awards, the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards.
Lucy researched the prevalence and health risks of school students carrying backpacks which are more than 10% of their body mass. Lucy then developed a prototype warning system to alert the user when their backpack is too heavy.
The awards are a partnership between CSIRO, BHP Foundation and the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA). For more information about the awards can be found here.
We want to hear about your child’s significant achievements, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student absentees can be reported by email, SMS or via our website.
SMS: 0456 714 338
Phone: Student Services Office 6108 2560
Please ensure all medical and personal information is kept up-to-date, including changes of address and medication details. Please note that any changes to information will need to be done in writing.
Drop-off and pick-up information
At St Mary’s College the safety of our community is of significant importance. As an inner-city school, awareness of parking and traffic contributes to creating a safer environment for all.
Families are reminded to be aware to be aware of the following when dropping off and collecting their children from school by car, especially when using Harrington and Brisbane Streets, which are particularly busy zones during these high-traffic times.
Please note – parents and carers are not to use the bus stop at the front of the College as a pick-up zone between 3.00 – 4.00pm.
- There is a ‘Kiss and Go’ drop-off area in Harrington Street, designated by flags (the Council rezoned this area specifically to help reduce morning and afternoon congestion).
- For safety, students dropped off on the other side of Harrington and Brisbane Streets should use the traffic lights instead of crossing where they have been dropped off.
- Cars should not be parked across driveways. We have neighbours in Brisbane Street who have been unable to get out of their driveways because they have been repeatedly blocked in. (Some of these driveways are not obvious)
- Double parking, even to just quickly let someone out of a car, is illegal and dangerous.
- Three-point turns at the entrances to the College on Brisbane Street, although not illegal, can be highly dangerous, especially just before school starts and ends.
- Senior students who drive to school should find parks that do not require them to move their car throughout the day.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Is your child leaving during the day?
We understand that on occasions, students may need to leave school during class time. If your child must leave, it is necessary to notify the College. Parents and carers can inform the school, either by a signed diary note, a phone call or via an email to the College.
Students’ diaries must be signed by their teacher at time of leaving, and must be presented to the office to sign out. Additionally, diary notes are to be signed by Homeroom teachers if the student is leaving before lunch or recess.
Students, please make sure you always sign in or out at Student Services when you arrive or leave the College during class hours.
School fees via direct debit
If you’re wanting to pay your child’s school fees via a direct debit, please head over to the 2019 Back to School toolkit and complete the direct debit form.
Back to School toolkit
The 2019 school years is already upon us! If you’re needing some additional information, our Back to School toolkit can help you out. With bell timetables, term dates and booklists, it’s your go-to guide for all your start-of the-year questions. You can find it here.
Senior School sports sign-up
St Mary’s is pleased to offer Senior School students the option of participating in either soccer, cricket or tennis in term one. Please see below regarding important start-date information:
- First grade: Starts Wednesday 20 February.
- Year 9—10: Starts Monday 25 February.
- Year 8: Starts Tuesday 19 February.
- Year 9—10: Starts Thursday 21 February.
- Year 7—8: Starts Thursday 21 February.
- First and second grade: Starts Thursday 21 February.
All games will start at 4.15pm and it is parents and carers’ responsibility to arrange transport to and from the games. Other than first grade soccer, students wear their sports uniform and the appropriate footwear i.e. boots for soccer. All gear and scorebooks will be provided – there is no cost to play sports organised through SSATIS.
Please note all entries for Year 7-12 sports will close 8.00pm on Thursday 7 February, 2019.
Click here to sign your child up.
Junior School sports sign-up
Our exciting year of sport kicks off very soon! Sports on offer this term are:Our exciting year of sport kicks off very soon!
- Year 5 and 6.
- Tuesday after school at 4.00pm.
- Registrations close February 11.
- Year 1 and 2 boys, Year 1 – 6 Girls.
- Thursday after school at 4.00pm.
- Registrations closes on February 13.
- Please note this is not the CRJFA, which kicks off in Term 2.
- Year 3 – 6 girls.
- Day: TBC (further information will be provided as soon as it’s received from Water Polo Tasmania).
- Cost involved – approx. $60.
- Registrations close February 13.
Further information will be forwarded to families shortly. In the interim, if your child would like to compete in any of these sports, please complete the registration process on the College’s website.
St Mary's Sacramental program
Those wanting to become fully initiated into the Catholic Church are invited to express interest for the 2019 Sacramental program. The program is open to parents and carers of children aged eight years and older.
We hope to have a group dedicated to Senior students as well as a number of small groups for Junior School students.
The three sacramental steps after Baptism are: Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation), Confirmation and Eucharist (Communion).
Plans for the year will be discussed before you decide to enrol.
February 20, 2019, 6.30pm.
Preparation will start the week beginning March 3 2019.
If you would like to receive updates and reminders before the February 20 please get in touch with us:
Students celebrate the start of new year
The College was abuzz this week as we welcomed our new and continuing students to the 2019 academic year. You can check out all the photos from the week here, this album will be continually updated over the next few weeks.
We’re excited to celebrate a year of successes and achievements with you!
If you’ve got some back-to-school photos you’d like to share with us, send them through to email@example.com
St Mary's ditches the disposable coffee cup
We have a goal – to make St Mary’s College disposable coffee cup free!
We have a limited number of St Mary’s ‘LongPlay’ KeepCups available for parents and other members of the St Mary’s community to purchase.
These LongPlay cups feature a clear plastic booster, added to the blown tempered glass, which increases durability, maintains temperature and protects touch. You can find out more about these KeepCups here.
Why buy a KeepCup?
Reduce waste and help the environment.
Receive 20c off a hot drink at Queens Bakery when you use your St Mary’s KeepCup!
Cost: $20 for Longplay and $10 for an original (plastic) Keepcup.
St Mary’s Keepcups will be available to buy from the College’s Business office.
Gracie Pelham, Sarah Thomas, Clare Wanandy, Jasmine Williams, Sasha Bennett and Meg Brewer
Seeking students for exchange to Italy
The College is seeking students in Years 9—12 interested in an exchange program to one of two schools in Italy.
Partnering with Liceo Maffei in Italy’s north, St Mary’s exchange program provides an opportunity for students to participate in the day-to-day lives of young people from another culture.
Italian students would visit the College in June for a stay of four to 10 weeks, while St Mary’s students would head to Italy in early December.
This exchange program gives students an experience often only dreamt of – to experience living in another country.
For more information regarding the exchange program please contact the Business Office.
Junior School ready to make a splash
Mark the date! Our Year 3—6 students will travel to the Clarence Aquatic Centre YMCA on Thursday 14 February 2019 to participate in the College’s annual swimming carnival.
The swimming carnival provides the opportunity for all girls to have fun and participate and earn points for their house in an exciting and supportive environment.
As with all carnivals, parental help is needed. We are hoping for at least eight parents who can help on the day. If you’d like to voulenteer– even for part of the day – please email Fiona Rhodes . Your help is greatly appreciated.
The carnival includes 50m and 25m stroke events, as well as novelty events. All abilities and competencies are catered for ensuring full participation and maximum house points – every point counts!
Please note: it is extremely important that only those girls who have previously swum a full 50m length pool without stopping enter in the 50m races.
Further information and a detailed program of events will be forwarded to families prior to the event.
Come and support our girls and see which house will take out the shield this year.
We hope to see you there!
Midford Uniform Shop update
Midford Uniform Shop open
The Midford uniform shop has returned to regular trading hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.00am – 4.00pm).
For those on the lookout for a bargain, College jackets are currently 30% off.
Midford will also be introducing a new soft-shell jacket at the end of April.
For more information, please contact Margaret Ilias on telephone 6108 2572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop Manager
O’Grady Drama Academy
O’Grady Drama offers a fantastic developmental curriculum for students aged 5—18 years old, focusing on developing communication and social skills through their creative drama program. They have a number of studio ‘bases’ around various Hobart schools for both Junior and Senior students.
For more information, please contact Kath and Chris on 0405 159 093 or via email email@example.com.
Programs for high-ability students
The Tasmanian Association for the Gifted is holding ‘Climbing to the peak’, a study skills seminar for high-ability students in Year 9—12. There will be two workshops, one for students and one for parents and carers of high-achieving students. The workshop will be held at Elizabeth College on Saturday March 22, 2019. For more information, please visit – https://www.trybooking.com/YXCQ
Rotary Youth Programs will also be holding an information evening for parents and carers of high-ability students to discuss Rotary’s programs and the benefits of participation. For more information, please visit – https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=457168&