150th Anniversary Grand Bazaar – the countdown is on!

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Excitement is mounting at St Mary’s College with just four days to go until our Grand Bazaar makes its long-awaited debut on Sunday 21 October.

The Parents and Friends Association is working tirelessly around the clock to put the finishing touches on the jam-packed program, which will run from 11.00am-2.00pm on the College Green (‘top ground’). 

Giant Trailer Hamper Raffle

A big thank you to all families and staff who generously supported our Giant Trailer Hamper Raffle fundraising initiative this morning, and those who have volunteered to contribute to the ‘Cake and Make Stall’ – we’re looking forward to sampling your baked goodies. Information about the Cake and Make Stall went home with families on Monday, along with your plates. If you have any questions, please email me at stacey.hobart@helloworld.com.au 

Don’t forget – raffle books for the Trailer Hamper Raffle are due back to the school by Friday 19 October.

Stalls, entertainment and attractions 

We also thank all individuals and groups who have put their hand up to man a stall at the event.

There will be more than 30 stalls – featuring everything from plants and succulents, second-hand clothes and books, a photo booth, fortune telling, white elephant items and 150th merchandise – and a wide variety of family-friendly games and entertainment including Zorb balls, sumo suits, a jumping castle, buried treasure hunting and old-fashioned quoits.

Appetites will be kept in check with a delicious range of hot and cold food, beverages and sweets available for purchase, with a lolly jar, chocolate wheel and trailer raffle for those feeling extra lucky on the day.

We are delighted to announce a new addition to the Grand Bazaar program – the Peddler’s Parade. Be sure to mark the following times in your diary to catch students peddling their wares to fair-goers: 

11.30am – Kindergarten
12.30pm – Prep

Helpers urgently needed

While we are at the pointy end of preparations, last-minute helpers are still urgently needed, particularly to man the inflatable stalls (Zorb balls, jumping castle, etc).

We are also still welcoming donations for the chocolate wheel. Donations can include electrical items, hardware items, sports equipment, toys and vouchers.

If you can help out in any way, please email P&F President, Stacey Daley at stacey.hobart@helloworld.com.au

Thank you in advance for generosity and support. Catch you all on Sunday!

Stacey Daley
Parents and Friends President

Junior School mural in the making

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Local artist Tom O’Hern has created a bit of a stir at the College this week. 

The reason? He has started work on a mural in the Junior School line-up area, which will be completed during the school term.

Inspired by the names of our Junior School classes, the painting will feature native Australian flora and fauna, such as wallabies, wombats, bluegum and wattle.

Students and staff are looking forward to witnessing the piece evolve over the coming weeks!

Celebrating Mental Health Week

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St Mary’s College is celebrating Mental Health Week (October 7-13) during the school holidays. 

To promote the value of mental health and wellbeing in our school community, we are encouraging SMC staff and students to share photos that show how they are choosing to unwind during the school break, using the hashtag #smconabreak. 

From relaxing activities such as gardening, swimming and playing with pets; connecting with nature and green spaces; to increasing your heart rate by going for a run or playing a sport; we would love to hear about what you are doing to keep your body and mind happy and fighting fit. 

How do you fit relaxation into your daily life? Message your photos to our Facebook page or email communications@smc.tas.edu.au 

About Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week is an annual, national event that aims to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing. 

This year, the theme of Mental Health Week is ‘Stronger Together’. The theme provides an inclusive and overarching theme for Tasmanian communities to come together to:

  • raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing.
  • build resilience and foster understanding. 
  • support wellbeing and self-care by promoting ways to maintain our mental health. 
  • encourage individuals to seek help when they may need it.

For more information about Mental Health Week, please visit the Mental Health Council of Tasmania website at https://www.mhct.org/mentalhealthweek/

Grand Bazaar donation day

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The latest news on the 150th Anniversary Grand Bazaar!
Sunday 21 October, 11.00am-2.00pm

Trailer raffle

On Friday 28 September, your son or daughter will bring home a raffle book to sell, with the prize being a trailer full of groceries. Tickets are $2 each and there are 20 tickets in the book.

Monday 15 October

Cake plates for the ‘Cake and Make Stall’ will be distributed to the youngest child in each family on Monday 15 October. Parents are asked to kindly return these – with their baked items – on Friday 19 October at school drop off, or from 10.00am onwards on Grand Bazaar day (Sunday 21 October).

Wednesday 17 October

Wednesday 17 October is our official Grand Bazaar donation day. Please bring your donations of items for the trailer raffle to the College Green (‘top ground’) and we will fill the trailer. Children can wear their sports uniform on this day. More information is contained in the flyer, linked below.

2018 P&F trailer raffle ticket flyer

Friday 19 October

We ask that the raffle books are returned to the school by Friday 19 October as the raffle will be drawn on the day of the Grand Bazaar (Sunday 21 October). 

Chocolate Wheel

If you own a business, or if you know of a friend or family member that does, please consider making a donation towards the Grand Bazaar chocolate wheel. Donations can include electrical items, hardware items, sports equipment, toys and vouchers.

Can you help?

We are still seeking helpers for the Grand Bazaar – any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please email P&F President, Stacey Daley at stacey.hobart@helloworld.com.au 

Please visit the SMC Parents and Friends page of the College website for all the latest news and updates. 

SMC 2018 China Trip

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We wish our Language students, and their teachers Shelley Macleod, Alison Lowe and Jacqueline Conboy, safe travels as they set off for Fuzhou, China this morning.

Have a wonderful time and enjoy your trip. See you all in two weeks’ time! 


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