St Mary’s College Student Art Exhibition Opening Night

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Please join us at the College for a special viewing of the outstanding artwork that our Year 9-12 students have produced this year.

The opening night of the 2018 St Mary’s College Student Art Exhibition will be held on Thursday 15 November from 6.00-7.30pm in the Senior School Common Room (Mary Morgan Wing, level 2).

Along with the opportunity to view the showcased works, the evening will include a special guest address and the presentation of the prestigious 2018 Art Awards and Art Acquisitions, which recognise those students who have delivered outstanding results and dedication to art.

Enjoy refreshments in the exhibition space, while also admiring the artwork on display in the corridors on level 1 and 2, and in the Art and New media classrooms.

The Senior School Common Room can be accessed through the top gate in Brisbane Street to give you flat access across the College Green (‘top ground’).

SMC combatting the War on Waste

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SMC is continuing its ‘War on Waste’ by phasing out single-use whiteboard markers.

Our old disposable markers will be replaced with refillable AusPen markers which feature metal casings, lids made from recyclable post-consumer plastic from discarded ink jet cartridges and ink that is xylene free.

They also come with replaceable nibs and inserts to cater for the inevitable wear and tear of teaching.

Championed by former staff member, Kerry Hennessy, who used his set of AusPens for more than 20 years, the new markers will soon be used by all teaching staff across the College.

As plastics persist in the environment for hundreds of years, every pen makes a difference. And with six fun colours to choose from, they will brighten up any lesson!

Going Green with the Footprint Project

Help us make disposable coffee cups a thing of the past

Last week the SMC Footprint Project conducted an audit of the waste at St Mary’s collected in one day. The group found 31 disposable coffee cups.

That’s 155 disposable coffee cups in a school week! 

Did you know that:

  • Each year 500 000 cars worth of greenhouse gas emissions are emitted by paper cups?
  • 58 billion paper cups are thrown away globally each year?
  • 32 million trees are cut down to produce paper cups?
  • 100 billion litres of water are used to produce paper cups?

To do our bit for the environment, we have decided to design and sell St Mary’s College KeepCups.

By using KeepCups we can save forests, cut waste and tackle climate change!

We will be selling St Mary’s KeepCups to students at the Sustainability Fair on December 6 for $10. What a bargain!

Check out our design below: 










Sarah Thomas, Gracie Pelham, Clare Wanandy, Jasmine Williams, Meg Brewer, Sasha Bennett
Year 3/4 Extension Group

Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge award recipients

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Congratulations to the following Year 3-12 students who received awards in the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge, which was held at the College last month.

Junior School 


Year 3-4
Ava Baker
Meg Brewer
Laine Debnam
Jade Frais
Izabella Jankowiak
Charlotte Poulson
Billie Salter
Sarah Thomas
Leni Vagg

Year 5-6
Madeleine Ambrose
Lili Castellana
Amelia Dickman
Adalia Hauler
Isabelle Hoggett
Grace Marshall
Stella Menjivar
Tina Purves
Jessica Smith


Year 3-4
Zoe Argyropoulos
Lola Wills
Beatrix Clarke
Lucy Hofler
Zoe Brooks
Milena Mackay
Trixie Millhouse
Holly Richardson
Ava Baker
Georgina Stringer
Charlotte Mika

Year 5-6
Lucy Booth
Taylah Hayes
Zyla Williams
Darcy Foale
Sophie Kitto
Jessica Skinner
Ella Grice
Kate Holloway
Anna Fracalossi
Emma Grubb
Holly Teale
Caitlin Wimmer
Ines Cruz
Grace Fogarty
Bianca Nichols

Senior School

High Distinction

Year 7-8
Ellie Woodward
Cecilia Hutchinson


Year 7-8
Zoe Banks
Elsie Oswin
Meg Pinelli
Teresa Smith
Eliza Topham
Emily Walter

The winning house will be presented with the trophy at the next whole school assembly.

Fun facts about the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

  1. The Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge started in Australia in 2014 through the CSIRO Education & Outreach program, Digital Careers. However, the Bebras Challenge has a long and world-wide history.
  2. Founded in 2004 by Professor Valentina Dagiene from University of Vilnius in Lithuania, the first Bebras challenge involved 3470 students from 146 schools.
  3. The Bebras Challenge has grown so much that there are now almost 60 countries, with more than 1.6 million students, participating last year alone!
  4. In case you’re wondering, Bebras is the Lithuanian word for ‘beaver’.
  5. The International Bebras Community chose this name because beavers endeavour for perfection in their everyday activities. They are known to be hard working and intelligent, so it’s only right that the challenge be named after them.

To find out more, please visit the website:

SMC Alumni Mass and Annual General Meeting

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Mark your diaries! The St Mary’s College Alumni Association will be holding its Alumni Mass and Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 3 November.

Mass in the St Mary’s Cathedral will commence at 12.00pm followed by afternoon tea ($20) – including bubbles – and the AGM from 2.30pm at the College.

The meeting is a great opportunity for SMC alumni to meet up with old and new faces and share ideas on alumni programs and events.

In honour of our 150th anniversary year, each alumni will be invited to ring the school bell.

Please register your interest to attend by contacting the College Business Office on (03) 6108 2560, or follow the payment instructions on the flyer available on our website:

SMC/SVC/GYC Rowing Club Cocktail Party – tickets still available

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All current and past supporters of the SMC/SVC/GYC Rowing Club are warmly invited to attend the club’s second annual cocktail party, which will be held this Saturday 20 October from 7.00pm at the New Town Bay Rowing Centre.

It’s set to be a fantastic night out, with highlights to include live entertainment by the Janelle Stowe trio, canapes, a free drink upon arrival and a silent auction fundraiser, with some exciting prizes up for grabs.

Last-minute tickets can be purchased at the door on the night for $40, from the St Mary’s College Business Office in person or by phoning 03 6108 2560, or from the St Virgil’s College Junior School Office.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase and maintenance of rowing boats, safety equipment and club facilities.

For event enquiries, or to express your interest in offering a donation, prize or voucher for the auction, please contact SMC Rowing Coordinator, Elizabeth Carter at

Please note, this is an adults only event. All rowers and non-rowers are very welcome to come along!

Thank you for supporting rowing at St Mary’s College!

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