1st Grade State Final Success

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1st Grade Basketball TeamOn Friday 19 September St Mary’s hosted the State finals for Netball and Basketball 1st Grade Teams. In front of a vocal and large St Mary’s crowd our Netball girls were first to take the court. They came up against a very talented Scotch Oakburn team but showed that they deserved to be representing their school by playing a very hard fought contested game. Scotch Oakburn were eventual winners by 20 goals but the girls should all be very proud of their efforts and the achieving the opportunity to play in the state final.

Congratulations to:

Madison Becker (Captain), Sophie Saville (Deputy), Claire Roberts, Erin Batchelor, Taylor Kemp, Jemima Tomlin, Kaitlin Petrie, Jamie Symons, Chelsea Roberts (reserve) Mrs Therese Harris (Coach) and Mrs Frances Mann (Manager).

The Netball was followed by a very exciting game of Basketball against a strong Marist Regional College Team from Burnie. Our girls were very nervous and took a little while to settle. Once they did settle their passing and shooting accuracy was outstanding and saw them take the lead. The game was very tightly contested and our girls were eventual winners! This is the first time in a very long time that SMC has won a Basketball State final!

Congratulations to:

Nyandeng Guot (Captain), Evie Allwright (Deputy), Sidney Goram-Aitken, Madison Becker, Loveth Ochayi, Juliet Pritchard, Zara Dixon, Ellie Collins, Taylor Mole, Jamie Symons and Catherine Morgan.

Netball Success

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1st Grade Netball FinalOn September 9 the St Mary’s College 1st Grade Netball Team played in the Southern SATIS Grand Final against Guilford Young College.

It was a hard-fought match with St Mary’s overcoming the odds to beat the previously-unbeaten GYC team. GYC certainly made St Mary’s work for their victory by playing solid netball at both ends of the court. But St Mary’s had an answer for everything GYC could throw at them, and St Mary’s gradually built on their modest three goal half-time lead to end up victors with a score of 37-30 at the final whistle.

This is a fantastic result on the back of the St Mary’s 1st Grade team winning the Southern SATIS Grand Final in 2013.

Footy Colours Day

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Year 2 WombatsOn Thursday 22 September, the Junior School held a Footy Colours Day and Parliament activity afternoon.

Celebrations included a parade and demonstration in the morning for all Prep – Year 6 students, where they proudly wore their team’s colours and got into the spirit of the day.

In the afternoon, as part of the Year 6 SMC Parliament program, Year 6 students ran activities with the classes as part of the Move Well Eat Well program, with each student enjoying some fresh fruit to finish off the afternoon.

Music Gala Evening

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Concert BandOn Wednesday 17 September the College held a Music Gala Evening at the UTAS Stanley Burbury Theatre. Students, staff, parents and friends of the College enjoyed brilliant performances from the various talented musical groups, including the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Senior and Primary Choir, Choral Group, String Ensemble and various soloists. The Choral Group was a crowd favourite as well as the final performance of ‘Happy’ which all the choirs and bands joined together to perform. Congratulations to all the girls involved and to our talented music teachers and tutors.

Science and Sustainability Fair

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Science & Sustainability Fair Free Trade StallOn Tuesday 9 September, the College held its inaugural Science and Sustainability Fair to coincide with National Kids Teaching Kids Week. The fair showcased our students’ work in the Women in Science Centre and also the initiatives of the Footprint Sustainability program. Girls from Year 7 to 10 conducted individual and group Science Inquiry investigations during Term 3 and displayed their work for junior and senior classes, visiting guests and students from the Alliance of Girls’ Schools. The finished display boards, which are the result of many months of experimentation, data collection and evaluation were very well received. Grade and overall prizes will be announced at the first assembly next term and the work will also be entered in the UTas Science Investigation Awards, Tasmanian Science Talent Search and CSIRO CREST awards.

We are very grateful to our generous sponsors; the Australian Science Teachers’ Association, Grains Research Council of Australia, Firestarter, Kids teaching Kids organisation and Target, Coles, Hobart City Council, and West Hobart Gourmet Meats who helped make the event so successful.

The fair was officially opened by the National Director of Catholic Eathcare, Jacqui Raymond, and the students were then treated to inspirational speeches by special guests Tino Carnevale from Gardening Australia and Greg Irons from Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Girls from the entire senior school were involved in a Trash to Flash fashion parade in which they were required to dress in recycled materials based on an environmental theme, such as food from the oceans or Fair Trade food. The students embraced this opportunity with spirit and held a rousing Fashion Parade complete with a judging panel and a whole-school rendition of the chicken dance to celebrate free-range chicken practices.

At lunchtime the rain kindly passed and the school enjoyed the sun whilst getting involved in face painting, a sausage sizzle with free-range Tasmanian produce from West Hobart Meat and fresh bread from Howden Bakery, plant stalls, student run stalls, having their ‘selfie’ taken, cuddling piglets and lambs from Brightside and much more. We are very grateful to the visiting stallholders from our Hobart community including Replas, UTas, Brightside, and Travel with a Cause. The afternoon continued with workshops run by Greg Irons from Bonorong Sanctuary and Ben Arthur from IMAS.

The fair aimed to inspire and educate our students about local and global environmental issues and to empower them to make a difference in our community. The girls took up this opportunity and created a fantastic vibe around the school, with all involved energised with the positive energy required to make change.

We hope that this will be the first of many Science and Sustainability Fairs at St Mary’s College, involving our students and community in the essential global change required to care for our planet. As the school was chanting during the day: ‘We will consume Less, and Share Better.’

Mrs Heather Omant and Miss Tanaz Jungalwalla


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