Students benefit from P&F’s additions

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Welcoming 2019 with P&F improvements

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.

Jo Edwards
Vice President and Secretary

P&F Association 


Student combats weighty issue

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Student’s invention takes weight of kids’ shoulders.

With the new school year now back in full swing, St Mary’s College students could soon be carrying a lighter load thanks to the invention of a Year 11 student whose device ensures backpacks’ weight meet safety guidelines.

Lucy Eade said seeing students struggle with heavy backpacks inspired her to create ‘I’ve got you’re your back: Safety Backpack’ for an independent Science Engineering Mathematics and Technology (STEM) project.

“There are many studies out there that prove children carrying backpacks that are more than 10 per-cent of their body weight can receive serious injuries that not only affect their current health, but also their long-term health into adulthood.

“I surveyed students from St Mary’s and discovered 87 per-cent of them carried backpacks more than 10 per-cent of their own body weight,” Ms Eade said.

Ms Eade said her system, which used an electronic prototyping platform, allowed students to test their backpacks with either the purpose-built LCD board displaying the words ‘safe weight’ or a LED light illuminating when a bag’s too heavy.

“Not a lot of people are aware of the damage that can occur to students who carry heavy bags, so it’s important to educate students and help them to avoid this risk,” Ms Eade said.

Having written the device’s code, creating hardware and an LCD extension system, Ms Eade said the next challenge will be making a wireless model that could be placed into students’ lockers so they can easily weigh their bags before they left school.

St Mary’s Principal Helen Spencer said Ms Eade’s project allowed students to see how STEM learnings were rolled-out from theory through to real-world practice.

“Our science program, and dedicated teachers, means that students are capable of tackling and solving issues both inside and beyond the classroom,” she said.

Ms Eade’s ‘Safety Backpack’ was recently selected as one of 26 finalists from around the country in one of Australia’s most prestigious STEM competitions, the BPH Foundation Science and Engineering Awards.

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