College championing the spirit of diversity

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in Featured News, News, Timeline

There was a pop of orange at St Mary’s College recently as students joined their hearts and hands together for the school’s annual Harmony Day celebrations.

With more than 10 per cent of Tasmanian residents born outside Australia, event organiser Nicky Wakefield said it was important for students to recognise, and celebrate, the benefits of a multicultural society.

“At St Mary’s College it’s important that Harmony Day’s message, ‘everyone belongs’, is voiced,” Mrs Wakefield said.

“Our aim is to enable students to make connections between the Catholic social teachings of compassion, solidarity and dignity, and how we can take positive action to create an inclusive environment.

“For us, Harmony Day also focused on the Matthew’s Gospel teachings of loving your neighbour as yourself and treating our worldly neighbours as equals.

“By celebrating this message at the College, it allows us a glimpse of what we are capable of as a community, and a society.”

In celebration of Tasmania’s multicultural society, which has come as a result of welcoming migrants into the Australian community, Year 6 students held a Migration Exhibition where students showcased migrants’ diverse cultural traditions.

Year 6 student Lucy McKenna said that celebrating Harmony Day was all about recognising the influences of other countries that together make Australia multicultural and diverse.

“Our grade put on a display about different cultures and their influence in Australia, and we had a big assembly where we had two men do a Chinese dance for us, and we talked about the importance of different cultures,” Lucy said.

“My favourite thing about Harmony Day was setting up the displays because it was a really good teamwork project and we kept on finding out new things about different countries.

“We’re Australian – what makes us diverse is that we have a lot of migrants and refugees,” Lucy said.

The College’s Junior School students were treated to a special line-up of activities, which included a traditional Welcome to Country, given by two Aboriginal students, kite flying, Chinese dragon and lion dances, and the Year 6s’ cultural migration exhibition.

Green team introduces Nude Food Fridays

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The St Mary’s College Green Team is pleased to announce that from now, every Friday is a Nude Food Friday.

Using too much plastic kills animals and hurts our environment, so every little bit we can do will help.

By 2050 it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Five trillion plastic bags are used each year – that’s 160,000 per second, and Australians alone use over four billion plastic bags a year. We need to make some changes to help our environment now!

There will be a chart in every classroom to tally up the amounts of plastic in the class. Nudies have no rubbish in their lunch, including lunch orders, Rudies have one piece of rubbish or more. At the end of each term, the St Mary’s College Green Team will tally up the scores and the class with the most Nudies and the least Rudies over the course of the term will win a prize!

Tips to make positive changes:

  • Try and buy bulk so there is less packaging and place your portion in a reusable container.
  • If you have a salad or yogurt, make sure you bring your own reusable cutlery from home.
  • Don’t wrap fruit in plastic, place it straight into your lunch box.
  • Bento-style lunch boxes are a good option because they have lots of compartments to put your food in.
  • Reusable lunch order bags are a great option for lunch orders.

Clare Wanandy, Ellie Smith and Matilda Wise
Year 5

Expression of interest for Board Members

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Expressions of Interest for the position of Board Member are now being invited. Overall the Board plays an important role in providing sound governance to the College and supporting the Principal through providing strategic advice with respect to:

  • Ensuring the school’s vision guides all areas of school life.
  • Supporting the development of the Catholic identity, ethos and mission of the school.
  • Contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of proposals for the school’s strategic direction (including for finances, buildings and other resources for the recurrent and long-term effective operations of the school).
  • Formulating local policy for the conduct of the school in consultation with the staff, parents, students and volunteers of the school.
  • Overseeing the implementation of the Catholic Education Commission Tasmania policy.
  • Supporting the Principal and the Director of Business and Operations in viewing the school’s budget.
  • Meetings are held on a monthly basis on Monday evenings from 4.30pm to approximately 6.30pm (eight meetings per year)

This position is appointed following a selection process with the Principal and Board Chair and is appointed for an initial three-year term. Board members can serve a maximum of two terms. The position would commence in Term 2.

Expressions of Interest should be forwarded to the Principal by Wednesday 29 May 2019, outlining your interest in the role and your skills, attributes and experiences that could support the College in its mission of providing Catholic education in the Presentation tradition.

Please contact the Board Chair Nick Prokopiec,, on mobile via 0419 425 168, if you have any questions about the role or the application process.

The Fountain Newsletter – 15 May 2019

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in Featured News, News, Newsletter, Timeline

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